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Tongue Piercing Aftercare - Tips & Tricks

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By Raven Gypsy
Your tongue is newly pierced and swollen and painful.  Now what?  Well, I have a few tips and tricks.  This is not meant to be a thorough guide to aftercare; your piercer will give you that.  But here are a few facts and helpful solutions that they may or may not tell you about.

1. Cold is your friend, hot is not.      Cold foods are a good choice.  Even better is cold food that melts.  For example, you could eat a frozen waffle, still frozen.  It's cold and cold is nice, but you still have to chew it and get it to the back of your mouth to swallow.  Conversely, you will be more sensitive to hot than normal.  It is easier to burn yourself and the last thing you need is something else causing you pain and swelling and discomfort.  So make sure you let your food cool to almost room temperature.  Take it from a mom, eating room temperature food for a week will not kill you.

2.  Meal replacement shakes.      Meal replacement shakes are also a good choice.  Trust me, a l…

Mis-guided Path of Ego

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By Raven Gypsy
One of the core principles of A Cource In Miracles is that Ego has created this world and will try anything to keep you from finding out the truth because the truth is death to the Ego. So the obstacle to oneness with God is denying the ego and avoiding its tricks and distractions.

This idea is echoed by the Tao Te Ching

If I had the least bit of wisdom
I could follow the path of Tao quite well
My only fear would be trying to go my own way
The Great Path is simple and direct
yet people love to take the side-routes.

Ayurvedic Medicine

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Consider Ayurvedic Medicine for: Strictly speaking, Ayurvedic Medicine is not a treatment. Rather, it is an entire medical system whose goal is the prevention of disease through the proper balance of three "irreducible principles" at work in the body.

Derived from philosophical theories propounded in India over 2,000 years ago, the principles of Ayurvedic Medicine have never been substantiated by contemporary medical science--and no medical conditions have been proven to respond to Ayurvedic treatments. Certain Ayurvedic exercises, such as the meditation and gentle stretching exercises of yoga, afford people relief from tension and stress. However, any impact these exercises have on chronic conditions such as high blood pressure appears to be momentary, and can't be considered a lasting remedy.

How Ayurvedic Treatments Are Done Ayurvedic Medicine encompasses a wide range of treatments and lifestyle measures, including dietary recommendations, massage, medicinal herbs…

Blessed are the Meek

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By Cheryl Hartzman
Mathew 5:5
“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”
In the song Blessed, by Simon and Garfunkle, the concept of the undeserving being blessed is graphically portrayed:“Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit. . Blessed are the sat upon, spat upon, ratted on, O lord, why have you forsaken me? . . . Blessed are the meth drinkers, pot sellers, illusion dwellers.O lord, why have you forsaken me? . . . Blessed are the penny rookers, cheap hookers, groovy lookers.
O lord, why have you forsaken me?I have tended my own garden, Much too long.”
As a child, I never understood Mathew’s statement.To me, like Simon and Garfunkle, the definition of meek is weak, frail, unable, incapable.For the life of me, I could not understand why characteristics like that would be, not only desirable, but rewarded?
So now as an adult these thoughts are returning, and I’ve decided to investigate a little because my understanding of Mathew is probably more in error then Mathew’s …

My Shit Doesn't Stink

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By Raven Gypsy
Yup, I said it, My Shit doesn't stink.  Oh, but you think I'm lying?  Poop from a healthy individual actually doesn't have a strong odor, but due to our modern diet of fats, refined sugars, additives, preservatives, sterilization, and processing, our poop is now odoriferous, to say the least.  The good news is, there are a few things you can do about it.

Let's start with the easy solution - cover it up.  That's right, we love our junk food, admit it.  And if health and energy and weight loss and all those other good reasons to change your diet haven't worked, I'm not foolish enough to think that lessening the stink of your poop will really be the reason that pushes you over the edge.  However, commerical air freshing sprays and their ilk are ladden with toxic chemicals that really aren't safe to be inhaling and touching.  For some of us, the smells are more offensive then what they are covering up too.  In addition, did you know that many…

Acupuncture for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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By Raven Gypsy

According to Chinese medicine, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be caused by general body imbalance- spleen vacuity, liver depression or energy deficiency- causing vital energy (chi) stagnation, water retention or blood stasis around the tunnel.  The treatment principle is to concurrently treat the general body condition and the local affected area.  Clinical research has verified that acupuncture works very well for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Using the traditional needling technique, certain acupuncture points, based on the general body condition, are picked to restore the body’s equilibrium.  The points to treat spleen vacuity, liver depression and energy deficiency are in the leg, the feet and the head.  A variety of local points around the hand and wrist are beneficial, depending on if the symptoms are limited to the hand and wrist or involve the forearm, shoulder or neck area.

While the patient is reclining on his back or side, the needles are carefully and painlessly inser…

Stick with It for 21 days

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By Raven Gypsy
I was watching the news the other day and they were doing a feature about exercise. The medical reporter came on stated that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. Now, obviously, they were encouraging people to stick with a new exercise regime for 21 days and that after that it would be easier. However this really applies to anything including how you think. So if you want to change your thought patterns from negative to more positive or perhaps you are following a spiritual path, you need to give it a wholehearted daily practice for at least 21 days before it becomes second nature. At first you may think to yourself, "21 days! But this is really tough, that is a long time!" But if you put it in perspective of the rest of your life, committing to changing your entire life in just 21 days really doesn't seem so bad, does it?

I wonder if the same principle works for drug and alcohol addiction? I guess cleansing the system of toxins will impact that t…

Relief from G-Jo Acupressure

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By Raven Gypsy
How to Relieve a Headache with G-Jo Acupressure Find G-Jo point number 13 by placing the right hand so the palm faces the floor.  Squeeze your thumb tightly against your pointer finger so a fleshy mound pops up on the back of the right hand between them.  Place the tip- not the pad or fleshy part- of the left thumb (or if you have a long thumb nail, use the bent knuckle of the index finger or even the eraser tip of a pencil) on top of that mound.  Keeping the left thumb tip in place, relax the right hand…begin pressing deeply in that area until you feel a tender “ouch” point.  The more it hurts, the better it is likely to be for your kind of headache.

Now trigger the point deeply, in a digging or goading fingertip massage.  Do this for 15 or 20 seconds on the right hand, then stop and duplicate the process on the back of the left hand.
(Conversely, if the point doesn’t hurt, it may either mean you’re not probing and massaging deeply enough- use enough pressure to make y…