Red Mountain Quiz
Today's quiz has two parts. Be sure to answer both questions.
1. Red Mountain Resort is at the edge of which desert?
2. Red Mountain Resort is in which time zone?
Post your answer in the comment area below. (One guess per person please.)
First person to correctly guess both answers wins a pink Red Mountain water bottle honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Good luck!Add a comment
Acupuncture & Zero Balancing as Supportive Therapies in Cancer Recovery
By Mark Montgomery, L. Ac., Dipl. Ac. Certified Zero Balancer
A few years ago one of my clients was diagnosed with uterine cancer. She eventually received a complete hysterectomy at the Huntsman Cancer Center in Salt Lake City and has done well ever since. What struck me about her experience was that when I went to see her at Huntsman, I learned that the doctors there had performed several additional procedures on her because of prior medical conditions which posed a higher risk to her during surgery. Nearly a decade earlier a clot from her leg had gone to her lungs and nearly killed her. So a day or two before her hysterectomy, surgeons opened the femoral vein in her leg and threaded an intricate steel filter up into the inferior vena cava, the large vein just above the area of the surgery, to prevent any clots from the surgery from traveling up to her lungs or heart during or after the operation. A few weeks after the surgery they removed the filter, this time by going in through the jugular vein in her throat, traveling down through her heart and pulling the filter out through her heart.
As a practitioner of Chinese medicine I found this astounding because it shows so clearly the technological advances of Western medicine, which Chinese medicine has never even approached. And yet, at the same time, I was also astonished to hear from her that during the entire time she was at the cancer center not a single physician, nurse or staff member talked to her about the lifestyle changes she could make to help her avoid recurrence of the cancer.
This story, to me, summarizes one of the main differences between Western and Chinese medicine: the ability to perform miraculous high-technology interventions versus a strong emphasis on understanding the influences, both external and internal, that lead to disease and on learning how to lead a life that minimizes those influences.
The foundation of Chinese medicine is the idea of balance, the idea that the body automatically regulates and heals itself in ways that are far too complex for human understanding. From this perspective the job of a healer is not to perform miraculous interventions but to understand what got the body off track in its healing processes and to gently support it in getting back on track - “to remind it of what it already knows,” as acupuncture students often hear from their teachers in acupuncture school.
Cancer is a disease that occurs when this ability of the body to monitor, regulate and heal from cells growing out of control somehow breaks down. Added to the challenges of the disease itself, the process of healing from cancer using conventional western medicine can be a disempowering and frightening experience, traumatizing survivors and often leaving them feeling alienated from their bodes.
Acupuncture and related bodywork therapies like Zero Balancing can facilitate the process of healing from cancer in many ways.
1. They can help survivors to “de-stress,” to shift from the “fight or flight” mode into the “rest and digest” mode. This promotes healing and smoothes the process of re-entry into day-to-day life.
2. Acupuncture and Zero Balancing can help to clear the energetic blockages that in Chinese medicine are considered responsible not only for pain and constriction in the skeletal system and the internal organs but also for emotional imbalances like depression, anxiety and “inappropriate “ anger or sadness. Many patients report that after the insertion of the needles they feel a sense of “flow” or “something opening up” or, on the emotional level, a feeling of “a load dropping off my shoulders” or “letting go” of issues they were struggling with.
3. As the “flow” begins to reassert itself, patients often begin to feel as if their bodies are “waking up.” It’s not unusual for patients to make remarks like, "Those flowers outside the building that I barely noticed on the way in seemed so bright they shocked me when I left my treatment.” This, again, is a function of heightened energy flow leading to greater consciousness of one’s environment. And it also works on the inside as well, as the body’s heightened awareness leads it to respond more effectively to the drugs and other therapies or techniques the patient is using. In fact, patients frequently discover that, under the advisement of their physician, they are able to begin reducing their medications after starting acupuncture.
Coming back to the story at the beginning of this article, this heightened awareness also helps cancer survivors to become their own best lifestyle consultants, not needing as much to rely on the advice of doctors, nurses or even acupuncturists. As they continue with their healing they are often able to more quickly sense what it is they need in their lives and whether or not something they are doing is working well for them. This allows them to make the necessary “course corrections,” making changes that benefit them. And this creates a “virtuous circle” by which they move to higher levels of wellness, in turn heightening their awareness and making even more progress possible. This sense of helping patients to develop an inner compass is what the ancient masters of acupuncture meant when they said, “The inferior physician treats disease after it has occurred. The superior physician treats illness before it has even begun.”Add a comment
Red Mountain Quiz
Where would you be at Red Mountain Resort if you could see what is in this photo?
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First person to guess the building and location wins a pink Red Mountain water bottle honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Good luck!Add a comment
Clearing The Way For Joy
By Andrea Hanson, CEHP, Energy Therapist Trained & Certified by Deepak Chopra
Pranayam is the use of the breath/lifeforce to balance and heal. Here is a wonderful pranayam to assist the real you in clearing negativity out of your physiology which is necessary in order to allow Joy to live and breathe within you.
Mudra: Sit cross-legged, in easy pose or lotus with your spine comfortably straight. Make your hands into a cup with right hand over the left, fingers crossing each other. Lace the cupped hands at the level of the heart center.
Breath: Meditate on the thought you would like to eliminate as you inhale deeply through your nose. Exhale through your mouth, puckering your lips and spitting out the thought into your hands with the breath in a long, slow motion.
Eyes: Looking into the cupped hands. Repeat this for 3 to 11 minutes. To End: Inhale deeply, exhale, and with your eyes close, begin to concentrate on all 26 vertebrae from top to bottom of your spine. Feel your spine as if you are feeling a stick in your hand; the more you can feel it, the more energy flow and relief will occur.
This is a Kundalini Yoga Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan.Add a comment
Organically & Locally Grown Watermelon
By Executive Chef Dale Van Sky
I am pleased to introduce to our menu an organically and locally grown watermelon from Rabbit & Raven Farms. This farm in Virgin, Utah (just 35 miles from Red Mountain) has been passed down from generation to generation in the Isom family. The most unique thing about the farm is that it's a "dry farm." Seems strange to think of a farm using very little water, but Rabbit & Raven is able to turn a small amount of water into sweet and succulent produce.
What is a dry farm? The fields are kept weed free allowing the soil to absorb and store winter rains. This gives the watermelon's extensive root system plenty of moisture to survive hot, dry summers with little rain. When it does rain, the farmers cultivate the soil to break up soil capillaries to radiate moisture. It also creates "dust mulch" to help prevent evaporation. As a result, water is retained by the melon at a slower pace so it ripens more slowly and adds more sweetness. It helps that the watermelon is native to the Kalahari Desert, and its roots can grow up to 12 feet into the soil.
No pesticides or herbicides! Rabbit & Raven Farms is committed to growing organic watermelons. They protect them from hungry critters (rabbits, ravens, coyotes, squirrels and gophers) by spraying the outside with a home-brewed solution made from garlic and fish oil. (Don't worry...we definitely wipe the rind before cutting the melon.)
We hope you'll join us at Red Mountain and sample the sweet melons from Rabbit & Raven Farms.Add a comment
Creative Ways to Cut Calories
By Dr. Brad Crump
- Mix a puffed cereal with your favorite granola – ¼ cup of average low fat granola has 150-250 calories; 1 cup of puffed cereal is 50-90 calories. Since ¼ cup of granola is never enough, have the granola, but mix with some puffed cereal for volume. Save 100-140 calories versus having a ½ cup of granola.
- Choose vegetables that fulfill the need for starchy foods instead of instead of having rice, potato or pasta. For example: Turnip ½ cup cubes = 17 calories, Turnip mashed, 1 cup = 51 calories, Spaghetti squash 19 calories per ½ cup; Butternut squash = ½ cup = 40 calories. One half cup of mashed potato without any milk, butter or margarine has 119 calories and a half cup of brown rice has 109 calories.
- Can’t resist blue cheese dressing? Add a one inch cube of blue cheese to one 8 oz. package of silken tofu, mix with a little garlic salt, dry mustard, add vinegar to taste, then refrigerate for 2 hours to allow flavors to blend. Makes 4 – 2 oz servings (that’s A LOT of blue cheese dressing) and has only 50 calories whereas a mere one tablespoon of standard blue cheese dressing has 73 calories.
- Want a decadent dessert? Mix 1 T peanut butter with 1 T milk, then blend into 1 cup low fat non-dairy topping – It will satisfy your craving for a peanut butter cup when you put a dollop on top of low fat chocolate pudding.
Half a Century
Written by Tracey Welsh
I take a deep breath each time I think about it…turning 50. I started the year touting that I was turning 50, and going to embrace it, all while humming my mantra from the Pink song — “Well, so what, I’m still a rock star.” Not a big deal that I’m turning 50 before my younger husband. Well, as the half-century milestone birthday is now here — I’m not so bold and boastful. My mind is spinning in reflection — has it really been 50 years?
I have a 21 year old daughter, and as I look at her, I wonder where did my physical youth go? It seems like I was robbed of that youthful body far too long ago. Then I scold myself that fitness wasn’t a priority that I fit into the last 29 years and list the excuses of pregnancies, surgeries, weight gain, yo-yo dieting and my “food as my comfort phases” all while balancing motherhood, career, wife, etc. Well, I will never regain my 21 year old physical youth — but I know that I don’t have to give up on it entirely either, as I see shining examples amongst the Red Mountain team, who inspire me and show me that physical age is what you are willing to put into it.
Mentally am I fifty years old? Well, I just might have to own that one too. I’ve found and earned my happy place in my marriage and my community. I’ve said goodbye to a parent, two children and a few other loved ones and dear friends, so my mortality is well-understood. I enjoy that I’m not as emotionally reactive, as my life experiences have already shown me a great deal. It hasn’t all been pretty, and I haven’t always made the right choices — but I own them, and they have made me the 50 year old I am today. And I’m ready for what the next years may or may not bring. I can certainly say that I have felt a big shift in my personal priorities, and it brings great comfort. In that way, 50 is a sigh of relief!
A young 50 or an old 50, I’m not really sure it matters. I’m just 50 and glad to be here. Not sure I’m ready for the label "senior," but if it means a discount, I’ll take it.Add a comment
How to Stay Motivated to Reach Your Goal
By Cindy Clemens, Life Coach
Too often people make a mental note to reach a goal, give it a thought or two during the week and are then disappointed when they don't make any real progress.
Three key steps must be taken to stay on track and reach a personal goal. First, the goal must leave the overloaded brain cavity and get written down. Until it is firmly acknowledged and given focus and attention, it will only be a passing thought. Keeping it visible on a sticky note attached to the computer screen or the bathroom mirror is a great way to give it daily care and feeding.
Second, the goal needs to be broken down into manageable, realistic steps. Try to under-promise and over-perform. By asking yourself to accomplish what you can actually get done, you will set yourself up for success and build in positive momentum. Baby steps are fine so long as they actually get done and lead to bigger steps.
Third, don't let a minor setback become a major obstacle. There will be days when things don't go according to the plan. That does not mean you should give yourself permission to take several days off or that you have failed. Those who do reach their goals recognize what went wrong, learn how to avoid the pitfall, forgive themselves, and get back on the path. It is about progress, not perfection!
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