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Sharing Reiki Love

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I love sharing Reiki, and especially with people I know well.

Yesterday I had the honor of sharing Reiki with my co-worker Liz Torres, who did the book covers and other graphics for our fiction stories, Zombie Killing Stoners.

Since she is a budding graphic artist and had never done a book cover before, she offered to trade for a treatment with me. She had the choice of anything I do, and she chose Reiki since it was something she had never tried before.

I hadn't shared Reiki with anyone outside of my house in a while, which made this treatment a little more intense.

At the end Liz was profoundly relaxed and said she felt "like she was floating." I will assume she had a great sleep last night.

Do you need to relax? Have a little less stress? Sleep better?

Try Reiki.

Now, when I first came to NYC I was offering Reiki routinely at Real Pilates, and every client who took a treatment loved it. People who suffered with headaches were pain free for a few days. People who couldn't sleep more than three hours straight managed to sleep through the night.

And they never rebooked, even though they would tell me every time they saw me how much better they felt after the treatment.

Two years later, I realize that many people have a problem doing things they don't completely understand. And Reiki is hard to understand.

See, I tend to be very literal-minded, but from years of experience I know that Reiki works.

I know that after Reiki I will sleep better, think better, feel better. And I don't question this anymore.

To use an analogy I've used before, I don't know exactly how many medications work, but I take them because they do produce the desired effect.

As does Reiki.

Health Review: Bulu Box Supplement Samples

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Bulu Box delivers samples of various vitamins, supplements, and general health products. Note that sample size, quality, and value vary each month.

2/5 Stars

Ever since the sample box concept was introduced, I have been watching from the sidelines. In general, I find samples to be disappointing. They tend to be small, with not enough product to really decide if it's worth the money and time.

When samples are free these minor annoyances are easy to blow off. But when I am actually paying for the samples themselves, and somebody is being paid to "curate" them for me, I want some good size, useful samples.

As a fitness professional, I tend to steer clear of energy supplements (which tend to be full of caffeine, and I would rather have a cup of coffee) and anything that guarantees weight loss, since I know the claims are spurious. I mean, anything will help you lose weight if you also follow the directions to eat less and exercise more.

So, somehow I was looking for something new and different from Bulu Box. After all, it does say on their website that I should,

Look forward to a new mix of products for both women and men, including vitamins, weight loss, sports nutrition, protein, diet, energy, detox, digestion, sexual health, herbs, natural remedies, endurance and more. We'll make sure you get enough to decide if the product is right for you.

I received a complementary three month subscription, and was able to try both the regular Bulu Box and the weight loss Bulu Box.

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OK, so first I saw the cute, inspiring Lululemon-like packaging, which while cute does absolutely nothing for me.

Here's what was in my first box, in March.

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The $50 iTrain gift card is a great bonus, since you can download some good workouts from that site. But gift cards are not the norm. Otherwise I had a pack of gum, one bottle of Dream Water, a 1/2 dose packet of Barlean's Omega Swirl, and two capsules of a caffeine filled energy supplement which I threw away (and really, what good would two capsules due anyway?).

April's box contained another pack of the same gum, another Omega Swirl packet, a Barre meal replacement bar (which was excellent, by the way), some Coco-Vita (which I had been wanting to try, but it doesn't taste very good), and some - wait for it - energy supplements that I tossed.

Here is what I received in May:

May Bulu Box

Here we have a pack of two Beauty Burst collagen supplements that actually say "Free Sample" on the package, so not sure why one needs to pay for that. The packet of nut butter was actually quite yummy, but not enough to spread on two Ryvita crackers. The allergy supplement is four capsules, but since my allergies are carefully managed by my physician I decided not to rock that boat. The ProMax bar is again a free sample that I have collected elsewhere for free. And then we have the FitMixer Amino energy supplement, that also has caffeine in it.

If you like the samples, Bulu Box also allows you to buy full size products using both cash and reward points, which you will receive for subscribing, writing reviews, and completing surveys about the samples you receive each month.

All in all, I didn't find the sample boxes to be so exciting. Have you tried Bulu Box? Or another sample box? What was your experience?

Reiki Helps Healthy Human Cells Grow

Imagine being a Western trained and oriented science professor and deciding to study energy healing. Imagine further that you approach the study from a skeptical position, pretty sure that you will find no effects of the Reiki. Gloria A. Gronowicz, a professor of surgery at University of Connecticut - New Haven, holding a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Columbia University, was in this exact position when she took on a 3 year long study financed by the National Institutes of Health center for complementary and alternative medicine, and published in the Journal of Orthopedic Research. Her research focused on bone cells, specifically human bones affected by bone cancer.

Studying people is difficult, because the presence of a person could raise the patient’s spirits and ease his pain. So Gronowicz used cells in discarded bone chips, and from skin and tendons.

The cell cultures received two 10-minute treatments a week for two weeks.

One set of treatments was performed by people trained in reiki. The other set was carried out by untrained people.

When all of the hand waving was done, Gronowicz examined the cells.

The results showed that reiki had no effect on bone cancer cells, but that the process improved bone cell growth by a statistically significant percent. Skin and tendon cells also grew under the reiki regimen.

“We saw a dose-response curve,” Gronowicz said, an effect noted in tests of drugs and other conventional therapies.”The practice of energy medicine has been around for thousands of years,” she said. Most previous studies of reiki were small and “under-powered,” but did show a slight effect, she said.

Not surprisingly, other researchers seem to be steering clear of this work. Professor Gronowicz is actively looking for a research physicist now to work with her studying biofields and biofield healing.

“Are there receptors? There must be a biofield that affects health. Maybe I’ve lost it, but what if it’s true? That would represent a whole new avenue of medical treatment,” Gronowicz said.

Gronowicz has spent 25 years researching bones, and has published about 50 papers. The reiki paper has prompted doubt and scorn among some scientists, but she is not worried.

“I feel like I ought to be doing risky science at this point in my career. Science requires risks. I would urge others to do the same tests,” she said.

“I would like to spend the rest of my career working on this,” she said.

It is sad that in this day and age people are still shying away from anything Reiki or energy healing related. Reiki works people!

Human Cells Respond to Energy Healing

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Back in August 2008 I found an interesting article about an energy healing study being done at University of Connecticut that was showing under controlled conditions in a lab that energy healing stimulates cellular growth. What was most interesting about this research was that it was only healthy cells that responded to the energy work; cancer cells showed no response.

The study results were then published as "Therapeutic Touch Stimulates the Proliferation of Human Cells in Culture,” by Gloria A. Gronowicz, Ankur Jhaveri, Libbe W. Clarke, Michael S. Aronow, Theresa H. Smith, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Vol. 14, No. 3, 2008.

"In this particular study, three different cell cultures – fibroblasts (derived from neonatal foreskin obtained during circumcision), tendon cells (derived from human hamstring discarded during orthopedic procedures) and bone cells (obtained from healthy bone chips) – were grown and isolated.

All cultures were obtained from different patients. In addition, each of the three cell types that were simultaneously subjected to the various tests all came from different patients. The cultures were subjected twice a week, over a period of two weeks, to the healing hands of three experienced TT practitioners. TT was performed by sweeping hand motions at least 4-10 inches above the plate without ever touching the specimen itself, for a period of 10 minutes, twice a week. The hand motions direct positive intentions through the hands.

Control groups of the cultures also underwent sham treatments –random hand motions without any thoughts or intentions, or they received no stimulation at all. Each experiment was repeated three times at a minimum.

All cultures were assessed at the same time. The results were obtained by statistical analysis. TT caused a measurable change in all three cell cultures. Osteoblasts (bone cells) showed a significant increase in cell growth, compared to the untreated cells; a slightly smaller increase was seen in fibroblasts (cultures from neonatal foreskin). The largest increase in cell growth compared to the control group occurred in tenoctytes (cells derived from hamstring tendon).

This study illustrates that human touch has the capacity to affect cell growth and thereby has real healing potential. More studies are needed, but the current findings give hope to many patients who suffer from abnormal cell growth, in particular cancer patients. Energy medicine treatments, such as TT, Reiki, and Craniosacral Technique promise significant benefits for our bodies."

What more can I say? Now I'd love for them to do a similar study with trained distance healers (like myself). Interesting, huh?