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Fish out of Water September 17, 2013

If you went to the beach and retrieved a fish from the water, and laid it upon the shore, the fish would surely die. It would not develop lungs that breath air, or learn to walk on its tail or hunt for its food. It would slowly and surely die.

We were created in nature. We walked the earth with our feet, bathed and drank the waters of the the earth, gathered our foods from the richest soil ever found, and respected Mother Nature and showed her so daily. We respected the animals, and they respected us. We breathed fresh air and saw beautiful greenery all around us. We took care of the earth, and it took care of us. It was our home.

We are now quite far from that. Like fishes out of water. We walk on pavement, breath in smog, our waters are polluted EVERYWHERE, from the streams to our faucet. The earth is now filled with the tallest buildings, where the color green is only seen sparingly between the cracks in the side walk. We have no language with animals, no language with creation. We only think of ourselves, not all as one.

I do not believe in chemical imbalances. I believe in a lack of nature. We are fish out of water. We have been taken from the environment we were meant to live in and slowly shown a new way of life. A life that we have labeled as “civilized”. Well this “civilized” lifestyle is aiding us in slowly dying. We are depressed, we have panic attacks, anxiety, ADD and other made up diagnosis and pills for all of them, to help preserve us in these places we were never meant to live. Lifestyles we were never supposed to have. The human race was not meant to live the way we do, and we are sick and slowly dying because of it.

We need to stop with the selfish mentality, and the thought that materialism leads to happiness. It doesn’t. There is nothing so much further from the truth. The earth will only sustain this behavior for so long. The next time we are feeling bouts of depression, or a panic attack coming on, maybe we should think of the fish out of water. Maybe we are just so far from where we should be, our bodies and minds are turning on us. Maybe it is saying “I need the earth, the green, the clean air. Put me back where I belong”.

I am not meaning to offend anyone by these statements if you struggle with any of these issues, as I too, have at one time. But stop and think how far removed we are from when we first came, and think of the fish out of water.

Mitakuye Oyasin

 

Bacopa Monnieri- Feed Your Head Again! November 8, 2011

Bacopa Monnieri, also known as Brahmi, is my newest and latest favorite herb. I use it every morning in my “Superfood Coffee” that I make and Im not sure how I went without it before. Being that I currently re-entered school to gain my BS in Psychology and am taking courses to become a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, I have a lot of studying to do in between the eight million other things I need to get done in a day.

Bacopa is an adaptonagentic neuro tonic that enhances your memory and your ability to learn and recall information. It is extremely beneficial for the brain, mental deficiency, learning new skill, anxiety, depression, stress, Alzheimer’s Disease and “ADHD”.  As you can see, this herb mostly affects the Hippocampus in the brain, stimulating it in order to build new neurons.

The brain works like this: When we go to learn a new task, neurons in certain parts of our brain become stimulated and they become stronger. When they become stronger and more powerful they connect with stronger neurons and also attach to weaker ones of the same area. However, when that same neuron is again stimulated, it strengthens that weaker neuron making it strong, and therefore building your ability at that particular skill.  Bacopa stimulates neurons in the hippocampus and allows your ability to learn and recall to grow. This is why this herb is especially good for children . A child’s brain is extremely plastic (plasticity is the brains ability to learn new things)  and do not have many weak neurons. When their brain is stimulated the appropriate neurons become stronger. The brain then gets rid of the ones that have little or no activity, and this is why it is easier for children to learn new tasks (such as foreign languages) than adults. Proving a child with this herb can help with neuronal stimulation allowing them to obtain more information and learn many new skills.

Clinical Research:

In a study of Neuropsychopharmacology Bacopa was tested to see the benefits of the herb on the brain. This study came to the findings that Bacopa decreases the rate of forgetfulness of newly acquired information, and an increase in verbal learning and memory consolidation.

In another study that was preformed, it was found that students who used bacopa retained more information than those who did not. Six months later the students were retested on this information and the ones still taking Bacopa were able to recall all of the information learned prior.

The Triterpenoid saponins and Bacosides of Bacopa are what enhance the nerve impulse transmission. It enhances kinase activity, neuronal synthesis, and the restoration and regeneration of synaptic activity. This is what makes Bacopa so nerve nourishing. It is stimulating and strengthening your neurons, creating optimal brain functioning.

It was also found that Bacopa had the ability to stimulate GABA, an amino acid that is found in the central nervous system and transfers nerve impulses. When GABA production is enhanced, improved memory, the ability to adapt to new conditions, and improved acquisition will be found.

Bacopa Vs. Depression:

A study has shown that this herb has the same effect as SSRI’s and MAOI’s in the fact that they block serotonin from reuptake back into the brain cell once it is released. (That’s how anti depressants work, the keep your brain flooded with serotonin) Bacopa was found to increase serotonin content.

As you can see this is an amazing herb. Try it for yourself and reap the benefits first hand!

 

 
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