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Cranial-Sacral Therapy

Cranial-sacral therapy

Using extremely gentle touch, cranial-sacral therapy (CST) subtly and lightly manipulates connections between the cranial bones and certain points on the spine to restore balance to the nervous system.

Once considered quackery, CST is gaining mainstream acceptance, especially as a relief for anxiety and side effects of cancer treatments. It can be performed by medical doctors and osteopaths but is most commonly done by specially trained body workers.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center recommends cranial-sacral therapy for a range of conditions including:

  • Migraine and tension headaches
  • Temporomandibular joint pain
  • Neck, shoulder girdle, and lower back pain
  • Whiplash and other post-traumatic injuries of the head and neck
  • Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Problems with alertness, concentration, or memory
  • Anxiety and stress-related problems

http://www.upmc.com/services/integrative-medicine/services/pages/craniosacral-therapy.aspx

According to the Upledger Institute, named for John E. Upledger, the osteopathic physician and professor who developed the technique, CST compliments the body’s natural healing processes and can also be “used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction..”

Read more here: http://www.upledger.com/content.asp?id=26

Layered Green Pudding

Layered Green Pudding

Serves 10

Put 10 clear glasses on tray.

For the bottom layer blend well:

  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 2 apples, chopped
  • 1 lemon sliced with skin
  • 4 sprigs mint
  • 2 cups water

The liquid in your blender will be thin. Turn your blender on lower speed and add 4 heaping teaspoons psyllium powder while blender is running. Stop the blender and quickly pour into glasses, filling each glass approximately one third.

For the middle layer blend well:

  • 4 cups spinach (or 1 bunch)
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 3 oranges (peeled, seeded and sliced)
  • 2 cups water

The liquid in your blender will be thin. Turn your blender on lower speed and add 4 heaping teaspoons psyllium powder while blender is running. Stop the blender and quickly pour into glasses, filling each glass approximately one third, on top of the bottom layer.

For the top layer blend well:

  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 7 large pitted dates
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 cups water

The liquid in your blender will be thin. Turn your blender on lower speed and add 4 heaping teaspoons psyllium powder while blender is running. Stop the blender and quickly pour into glasses, over two previous layers. The pudding will solidify in a matter of minutes. Decorate with fresh fruit and greens.

http://www.rawfamily.com/news/2009/12_09_01.html

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