alternative medicine

The Ultimate Biohack

“When the bones are good, the rest don’t matter.” ~Maren Morris

When something is called the “Ultimate Biohack” it definitely catches my attention. Biohacks are great tools or information to help you upgrade your health quickly. So, when I saw that Osteostrong was calling themselves the “Ultimate Biohack,” I knew I needed to learn more.

The Details:

Osteostrong has the latest technology (Robotic Musculoskeletal Development System) that helps people build strong bones by triggering the body’s natural ability to strengthen specifically targeted bone structures. According to the research, there needs to be 4.2x the body weight, as pressure, to trigger a healing response (osteogenesis) and increase bone density. 4.2x the body weight is based on a study of the pressure needed to trigger new bone growth in the hips specifically. Osteostrong has taken the liberty, and rightly so, to generalize this to the other bones in the body. While it might not be exact, or proven just yet, for me, it’s enough evidence to at least try this biohack—especially when I heard that it also helps with blood sugar levels too! I wasn’t expecting that.

A force of 4.2 multiples of body weight is the minimum required force to trigger bone growth in the hip joint (the most important place to avoid fracture) and peak forces with adults in conventional resistance exercise only show 1.26 to 1.54 multiples of body weight (1).*

It turns out, when you build stronger bones, your body can handle larger, stronger muscles. One of the reasons we lose muscle mass as we age is because we lose bone density so the muscles decreases in size so the bones aren’t overtaxed.

Below are charts taken from the Osteostrong website:

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My Why:

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In a little over 6 months I’ll be 40. Bone density decreases with age—especially after menopause (in women) and I want to stay ahead of the curve. Metabolism also slows as we age, and larger muscles burn more calories. For those two reasons alone, I’d be interested in increasing my bone density, but I also have an almost 60 lb, solid, 5-year-old son who loves to run and jump on me. Having stronger bones that can hold stronger muscle is a must. As it is, I can barely pick him up! I can’t afford to have my bone density decrease, and therefore my muscles decrease— I love his knock-down snuggles!

In addition to needing to be stronger for my family, I have also been concerned about early onset osteoporosis. My mom had severe osteoporosis in her late 40’s early 50’s—and even if it is not genetic, I know there are other underlying causes that could place me in the same boat as her. Plus, when I was 16 years old I broke my lower back (bi-lateral fracture of my L-5) playing soccer and it took years to recover. The diagnosis was weak bones. So, having the opportunity to build stronger bones based on research seemed like a no-brainer.

By the way, did you know that a broken hip later in life is correlated with a shorter life expectancy? (See the article at the end for more information on that).

After looking into Osteostrong, I decided to try it out because who doesn’t want to age more gracefully in one minute a week?!

The Biohack:

At the first session they do an assessment on your overall physical capabilities like balance and such. It’s easy. They need to know where you are starting, to see where you are going.

Each time I go to the gym I spend a total time of about 15 mins.

First, I do a warm up on a vibe plate (vibrating machine), which means I just stand there. This signals to my whole body to get activated and engaged in what might be coming up next. It essentially confuses the muscles because it is vibrating at a rapid rate (approx 30 times a second). It also provides at great way to move lymph around the body. I believe that technology was created by NASA for their astronauts to build muscle faster, but don’t quote me on that.

After the warm up, I visit each of the 4 machines. At each machine I check in and see my stats from the last week, as well as my best week and my first week. This helps to mentally set you up for where you are going. I enjoy that feature a lot. It definitely provides a lot of motivation, and I activate a “You can do it Amy!” mindset.

Once the equipment is adjusted to me, I practice what I’m going to be doing on that machine. I make sure all my muscles and bones are lined up and nothing hurts before I go really hard. I then spend 15 seconds doing the actual exercise. This is where I breathe heavy and exert a lot of effort. At the end, I see my results. I can see if I triggered the healing response or the rapid healing response. I can see if I beat any records and then I usually high five my coach Lee, because, well, he is awesome and so encouraging!

In the 2 months that I have been going there I’ve increased my functional bone performance by 146%. Take a look at the graphs at the bottom of the page. When you first start out, they tell you to go easy, because it is your first time doing the machines and you don’t want to injure your body (even thought that is unlikely). So, based off the info that I went easy the first time, I’d say my increase is more like 115-125%. Still a huge increase, and most of the time I trigger rapid osteogenesis.

What’s cool about these machines is that you are not lifting anything—you’re using “axial compression of bone to emulate the effect of impact *.” There are no weights above you, so you don’t have to feel like you need to get out from under something. You can just push as hard as you can, and then release. You don’t have to worry about reserving energy for getting out from underneath the weights. You just tap out. This makes it safer for you to go hard and fast and then when you can’t go anymore, just release. I like that. Plus, no weights to have to re-rack.

At the very end, you do a cool down and get to play a fun game of eye hand coordination while you stand on the vibe plate. This helps you to build your balance.

I should mention, that I live in the Boulder, Colorado area, and this location is in Boulder and we have the top athletes in the world here training. A lot of them use this very facility to give them an edge. I feel lucky that one is right up the street from me. If you are interested in this biohack, you might want to look at the locations page to see if one is near you.

OsteoStrong members easily, safely and without injury or pain, achieve in forces in excess of 5 to 12 times their own body weight.*

Bonus:

They also have a Biocharger at the Boulder location, which is totally awesome in my opinion. The Biocharger is a machine that sends a frequency to your body that helps you to reboot and/or release what is needed on an energetic level. There is some science behind it which you can find here.

The Take Away:

I have to admit, I really do feel stronger. I also feel more capable of handling the knock-down snuggles (victory!). It also feels good to know what I can do physically. I love the challenge of seeing what I “lifted” and trying to break that record. I love any chance I get to test my mindset. My coach Lee is always amazed that I can beat my records. I swear it is because of my mindset. This place is cool.

Helpful Articles:

The Science of Osteostrong

Osteostrong Study on Diabetes

How Dangerous It Is to Break Your Hip Later in Life.

Biocharger Information

Science Behind the Biocharger

*taken directly from Osteostrong website.

Note: I am not affiliated at all with Osteostrong. I just wanted to share a great biohack that is working for me and my family. Please only try at your own risk.

Below is my personal progress report after 9 sessions:

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The Message

"I don't look at this as a religious based thing. To me this is energy based."  ~John Edward (Medium)

While my “gift” isn’t being a medium, sometimes I get information for a client that comes from someone who as crossed over.  Often these spirits are both trying to heal themselves and the person I am working on.

One afternoon I was doing Reiki on a client who had pulled a muscle.  Throughout the session I discussed the information about her body and chakras and gave her some advice about things she could do to help her body heal faster.

Later that night, I was dreaming about anatomy (as I often do), when I suddenly heard my client’s (from earlier in the day) cell phone ring.  I remember coming out of the dream confused as to why I was “hearing” her cellphone (my friend Gemma and I refer to this as “spearing”--spiritual hearing). That’s when the lights in my bedroom flashed on, and then went out!  Holy moly!  I was scared!  What the heck was that?  This was totally not cool with me.  When things like this happen, I know there is a spirit who has a message that needs to be delivered.

It has been perfectly described to me (thank you Susan!), that people who are in my line of work have a “spiritual light bulb” over their heads.  We stand out to the other side, as someone who can help with communication between worlds.  We are like telephone booths.  Anyway, I was scared (I can’t even watch scary movies!), but I knew I could firmly tell the spirit I was not going to engage until I was ready--which would be in the morning.

Early the next morning, in meditation, I decided to talk to the stranger in the night.  When I say talk, I’m not actually using words that come out of my mouth (I’m not that crazy!).  I just communicate through thoughts (more normal)--which is just energy.  That’s when I discovered I had an important message to deliver.

This spirt was my client’s brother who had recently passed.  He wanted me to inform his sister there were two nurses in the hospital who were responsible for his significant decline in health.  One of the nurses had inserted the breathing tube incorrectly and the other nurse knew about it, but didn’t say anything about it.  I could see where he was located in the hospital (second floor all the way at the end of the hall) and I could describe what the nurses looked like and their ethnicity.  I even knew one of the nurses names.

I delivered the message to my client with much trepidation-- I had to for his sake and mine. I knew it would help his spiritual journey, and if I didn’t share this information I’d feel like I was carrying a weight around for days--maybe weeks.

Low and behold, everything I said made sense.  She said with tears in her eyes, “I knew he wasn’t treated well in the hospital. I have written a letter to the hospital stating how he was treated.  I know which nurses you are referring to and I have doctors that have agreed to back me up about how he was mistreated...He was also all the way at the end of the hall on the second floor at some point during his stay. In my letter I distinctly talk about how they didn’t manage his breathing tube correctly.”

I was stunned.

I love what I do, and I’m grateful I had the guts to share this information so she could have some validation about what happened to her brother in the hospital.  I’m also glad I was able to deliver his message and bring him peace.

Cleanin' Out My Closet

“I never meant to make you cry, but tonight I'm cleanin' out my closet...” ~Eminem

It feels great to do spring cleaning.  We donate clothes, tidy up and the house feels amazing!  It is lighter and cleaner.  According to Feng Shui, when we do this we are getting rid of stagnant energy which allows for more prosperity to flow into our life.  Who doesn’t want that?!

Our bodies also benefit from spring cleaning. When I work on a client I clear out unnecessary energy from the chakras and balance them, but I also feel energetic imprints on the energetic body.  So, what are energetic imprints?  They are imprints (like a fingerprint) that are left on your energetic body when we experience something emotionally.  The emotion becomes part of us if the body does not process this emotion fully.  Western medicine would suggest talking about the emotions and releasing them that way.  I find this method falls short especially when someone is not aware of a feeling they are having.  We have an unbelievable ability to suppress emotions and feelings. In fact, many scientists and psychologist are finding out that the mind is much more powerful than we ever thought!  This type of healing is more multi-dimensional.

As I’ve discussed in earlier blogs, the emotions translate into the body on a physical level through the release of hormones, but they also translate into the energetic body through imprints.  I see these imprints and can feel how they manifested.  Essentially, each imprint has an emotional component.  For instance, I might feel an imprint and it is related to a divorce that happened 12 years earlier.  I also may feel a nasty break up that is so intertwined in the energetic body that is so large, it is pressing on the chest (hence the feeling of “having a weight on your chest,” or “having to get something off your chest”).  What I do for clients is remove these imprints.  You are probably thinking, how is that possible and does it really work? Well let me explain...

In acupuncture and acupressure, the purpose of the treatment is to get the energy flowing around the body in it’s optimal way.  Chinese medicine is based on the theory that the body has major meridians (like highways) that supply energy to various parts of the body.  If one of these meridians becomes blocked, subsequent areas of the body (such as organs!) will be receiving less energy--yikes!  Additionally, what is cool about Chinese medicine is that major intersections of these meridians corresponds to major overlappings of muscles in the body.  Just like a car sitting in the middle of an intersection slows down or stops traffic, so does blocked energy in the meridians!

When I am working on a client I often find emotional energy trapped in the armpit area and chest.  Interestingly, these are major intersections of muscles, but also the lung meridian points are in this area which also corresponds with the heart chakra.  (Remember, the heart chakra is related to love and grief.)  Also, part of the lymph system is here as well (but I’ll explain why that’s cool too in a minute).  So when I am working in this area, I am working on three different levels, which is why people are so sensitive in this area.

Energetic imprints in these areas look like a dense, gray cloudy matter in the shape of an oval or a bean.  They usually are attached to the body by a cord, and can be connected to other similar imprints.  Basically, they look very similar to the lymph nodes that sort through the toxins in your system and keep you healthy.  The cool thing about this is that you have another system to help keep you emotionally healthy (thus physically healthy)!  This energetic system catches these floating emotions that have not been fully processed by the heart and mind.  What’s interesting is if there is a build up of these energetic imprints (aka “emotional baggage”) in the armpit area and chest, the person can feel sick, lethargic, and depressed. If there is a build up of toxins in the body the person can feel sick, lethargic and depressed too!  Very interesting!

When I have found an energetic imprint that is no longer serving a client, I discuss what I am feeling, ask them to validate the feeling, and ask for permission to remove the energetic imprint.  Usually, people want the imprint removed (not always! we like what is comfortable for us! it’s like an old ratty shirt you can’t part with).  At that point, I literally take the energetic imprint off the energetic body to be recycled into a more useful energy (energy cannot be created or destroyed). Upon removal, many times a client will cry, sigh, or sob and can feel me removing the energy.  Often it is described like feeling tugging on the body and can feel uncomfortable.  What you should understand is, I am not actually touching the body at this point.  All sensations are coming from the energetic body!

Amazingly, my clients report feeling lighter, and energy flowing better in their bodies.   It is the emotional release with the energetic release that provides that maximum benefit for the client.  Many of my clients report wonderful life changes occurring in the few days following the removal. That is because the energy is no longer stuck in their body and they are now vibrating on a higher level-- which brings me to the Law of Attraction...

Your Body is a Wonderland

"The soul always knows what to do to heal itself.  The challenge is to silence the mind." ~ Caroline Myss

So before we go any deeper into energy medicine, let's take a look at the benefits of alternative medicine and what's at the root of illness.

Many people seek alternative medicine, because Western medicine has been unsuccessful in treating their dis-ease. Dis-ease is when the energetic body is not in balance-often leading to disease.*

One amazing woman I met said, "Amy, I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.  The doctor said the cancer had spread to my femur and neck too.  The doctor said I had 6 months to live and there was nothing they could do for me. Amy, that was 2.5 years ago, and I just went to the doctor yesterday and they can't find the cancer in me.  There is nothing wrong with me (my jaw dropped to the floor).  Do you want to know why?  I found Reiki.  I decided my health was in my hands, so I found an alternative.  I started getting Reiki treatments twice a week, took natural herbs and became a Reiki Master myself.  I don't know why God decided I should live, but I guess it is to do this (energy healing)!"

Shortly after meeting her, I spoke to 2 more people who survived cancer using alternative medicine.  And those are people I have met!  I can't imagine how many others are out there!  So why isn't the shock media talking about these cases?  It's shocking, isn't it?

So what's really at work in helping these people overcome things like cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, pain, nausea, stress, asthma, allergies, infertility and many other problems?  That question has left many doctors and scientists scrambling for an answer.  Some say, the placebo effect.  Some say, misdiagnosis and others remain curious.  The curious ones are the pioneers helping the rest of us understand what is truly at work here.  A new science called Psycho-Neuro Immunology is the study of the mind-body connection.  Essentially, it is the study of how emotions are related to illness.  We, as a society, are starting to look at the body more "Whole-istically."  This is great!  We just need to figure out what's causing our emotions to effect our bodies so dramatically.

If our bodies are exposed to all sorts of bacteria and viruses daily, why aren't we always sick?  Also, many of us have cells in our body that are reproducing too much (forming a tumor) that are destroyed without becoming life threatening or even noticeable.  Why?  What is the defining factor in whether we get sick or not?  You may have guessed by now that it is the complex dance between our emotions and our body.  Emotions are biologically a complex network of chemicals and hormones being released into the body.  Some make you feel good (Serotonin), other's not so good (Cortisol).

In discussing illness, we are mostly concerned with the abundance of stress hormones.  Of course, the other biological chemicals and hormones are important, because they help to balance the body, but for now we will discuss Cortisol.  Cortisol, a stress hormone, in large quantities puts stress on your body and leads to inflammation and immune suppression.  Originally, this stress hormone served an important function--to save you from being eaten by a lion!  But now, this hormone is being released when we are late to pick up our kids from soccer practice (not so life threatening!). This chemical is being sent around the body misinforming the body that there is danger.  So the million dollar question is, who or what is responsible for the body interpreting things as stressful when in fact they are not?

The soul!  To make this easier to understand, I describe the soul like having a sophisticated four-year old child inside your body at all times (bare with me please).  The less you listen to that four-year old, the louder the four-year old screams back at you until you listen. The more you listen to and love the four-year old, the more she listens and loves you back.  It's that simple.  In this case, ignoring the child creates dis-ease.  Rarely, does someone become miraculously sick (sounds funny just saying it).  Generally there are warning signs-- much like when a four-year old is about to throw a tantrum.  It usually starts out (with increasing desperation), "Mommy.... Mommy... Mommy, Mommy... Mommmmmy, Mommmmmmy, Mommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy!!!!"   The same thing happens in the human body.  There are warning signs such as fatigue, "low energy," confusion, unhappiness, pain, bleeding, vomiting-- you get the picture.  It's when we pay attention to those signs that we often avoid the big Mommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy!!!!  If we don't listen to the warning signs the soul will get our attention no matter what because it always has our best interest at heart.  That's when things like cancer and heart attacks happen.  The idea is, if we stop you in your tracks--make you listen, maybe you will hear what the soul has to say.

If you'd like to connect with your soul/four-year old child inside, just get quiet and listen to your body.  Your body is talking to you through your cells in every moment.  Your soul/body knows exactly what is best for you.  If you listen carefully enough (meditation really helps with this), you will be guided to do things you probably aren't use to.  That's ok!  We have all been programmed to do things that aren't great for our body/soul over our lifetime.  Often, the quiet is what we have spent much of our lives avoiding.  Which is why cell phones, email, the internet, and television are so popular.  It seriously takes guts to listen to yourself.  However, I assure you that you will be glad you did.  You will begin to become more in tune with your emotions and body and thus lead a happier and healthier life!  Who doesn't want that?

Many alternative medicines aid in listening to the body and correcting the energetic imbalances taking place in the body.  Often emotions that were once pent-up, are released thus aiding in relaxation of the body and boosting the immune system.  Boosting the immune system helps in reducing inflammation in the body.  Inflammation is linked with all chronic illnesses.

Got energy medicine?

*Just to be clear, I'm not suggesting that anyone should abandon modern Western medicine.  I truly believe it serves its purpose (thus my hope of the marriage of Eastern and Western medicine).  I believe that anyone in crisis should seek out both options and chose the one that works for them.

Rock Your Body

"I think... the most important alternative medicine treatment of all...is the area of energy medicine." ~Dr. Oz

So what is energy medicine?

Energy medicine is Reiki, acupuncture, acupressure, Qi Gong, reflexology, Donna Eden's meridian work and many others.  To be quite honest, they are all working with the same thing--the body's energy system, so placing all these under the same umbrella makes it easier to talk about.  Each modality offers a unique way of translating the energy from one source to another, but ultimately, they are all using the same main tool-universal energy force or Qi.

Some of you may be unfamiliar with referring to the body as being "made up of energy."  You are not alone.  Western medicine has certainly made it difficult to get a glimpse of these "alternative medicines"-- mostly because the drug companies would be missing out on millions of dollars spent on prescription drugs (I'll explain why that is true at a later time).

First, we all need to be on the same page--the human body is made up of energy. On the simplest level, energy cannot be created or destroyed.  You may remember from Earth Science class (thanks Ms. Silva!) that the universe came from a single atom splitting.  That same energy has been recycled for billions of years.  Each of us is made up of that very same energy.  Essentially we have all been dinosaurs, plants, fish, rocks, spiders, etc.--at least part of one.  It sure makes it easier to comprehend the idea that we are all "One"-- doesn't it.

Ok, so moving onto a deeper level.  Many of us are familiar with the idea that the brain "fires" signals (electrically) to the rest of the body.  These signals tell the body (all the way down to the cellular level) what to do, but in fact the heart is the major source of energy in the body.  It helps supply the energy necessary to run the body. The heart is energetically 5,000 times stronger than the brain!  The electromagnetic energy from the heart can be measured up to 10 feet away!   Holy moly is right! Guess what, when you were feeling "heartache" because your partner, lover, mother, father, whoever spends a lot of time with you, left to go somewhere far away, your heart was looking for their heartbeat (unique energetic pattern emitted from their heart).  When you are around someone a significant amount of time, your energetic system begins to recognize and sync up with the other's heartbeat.  So when he/she leaves, your heartbeat continually searches for his/hers.  Awwww, how romantic.  Scientists believe that our heartbeat energy is continuing to travel out into outer space continually.

Ok, now for the stuff that may blow your mind.  At least it blew my mind.  (Drum roll please...) The brain of the cell is NOT the nucleus.  Yup! I'll give you a minute.  It is the cell membrane that is the brain of the cell.  They now call it the plasma membrane.  The name says it all (memBRANE-jeesh, that's obvious).  The plasma membrane is on the outside of the cell.  How do we know this?  Well, my buddy (I wish) Dr. Bruce Lipton decided to take a cell and put it in a petri dish and put an apple slice near the cell.  The cell actually moved towards the apple.  He took the same cell and put it near a toxin, and it moved away.  This is evidence that the cell/plasma membrane senses the environment.   It sends a signal (via e-mail-jk) back to the now emotionally defeated nucleus.  That's how the body is able to reproduce/repair what is needed to be reproduced/repaired at time.  The nucleus is like a filing cabinet and pulls out the blueprint (of an ear cell, blood cell, etc) that is needed at the time.  Without the plasma membrane's input, the nucleus is at a loss of what to do.  So WHY is this important?

Thinking more globally... So if humans are made up of trillions of cells, this means that we are like walking antennas- constantly sensing our environment.  Now can you see why you may not like the "energy of a person/room/situation."  It is your cells (trillions!) talking to you.  Now is it a little easier to understand how the body may respond to energy medicine?

Alright, I think I've bombarded you with enough to think about. Enjoy the rest of your day.  I will!