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Emotional freedom technique (EFT or tapping) is an alternative treatment for physical pain and emotional distress. It’s also referred to as tapping or psychological acupressure.
Dr Frey took part in an intensive EFT course during his time in Switzerland and saw first hand impressive results of this technique. He has been recommending it to patients for several years.
This technique be especially useful for any emotional trauma you have experienced in the past, You might have put this trauma into a "drawer", never to be opened again.
Classical cognitive behavioural therapy or CBT pulls all these "drawers" open, puts the contents out and now you have to learn to "deal" with it. This in itself can be very traumatic.
EFT does not require you to disclose your trauma to the therapist. Instead, you deal with the "aftermath" of it, the feelings you have been left with, addressing them one layer at a time. And you can do this yourself, without a therapist!
According to its developer, Gary Craig, a disruption in energy is the cause of all negative emotions and pain.
EFT tapping has been used to treat people with anxiety and people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Similar to acupuncture, EFT focuses on the meridian points — or energy hot spots — to restore balance to your body’s energy. It’s believed that restoring this energy balance can relieve symptoms a negative experience or emotion may have caused.
Based on Chinese medicine, meridian points are thought of as areas of the body energy flows through. These pathways help balance energy flow to maintain your health. Any imbalance can influence disease or sickness.
Acupuncture uses needles to apply pressure to these energy points. EFT uses fingertip tapping to apply pressure.
EFT tapping can be divided into five steps. If you have more than one issue or fear, you can repeat this sequence to address it and reduce or eliminate the intensity of your negative feeling.
In order for this technique to be effective, you must first identify the issue or fear you have. This will be your focal point while you’re tapping. Focusing on only one problem at a time is purported to enhance your outcome.
After you identify your problem area, you need to set a benchmark level of intensity. The intensity level is rated on a scale from 0 to 10, with 10 being the worst or most difficult. The scale assesses the emotional or physical pain and discomfort you feel from your focal issue.
Establishing a benchmark helps you monitor your progress after performing a complete EFT sequence. If your initial intensity was 10 prior to tapping and ended at 5, you’d have accomplished a 50 percent improvement level.
Prior to tapping, you need to establish a phrase that explains what you’re trying to address. It must focus on two main goals:
The common setup phrase is: “Even though I have this [fear or problem], I deeply and completely accept myself.”
You can alter this phrase so that it fits your problem, but it must not address someone else’s. For example, you can’t say, “Even though my mother is sick, I deeply and completely accept myself.” You have to focus on how the problem makes you feel in order to relieve the distress it causes. It’s better to address this situation by saying, “Even though I’m sad my mother is sick, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
The EFT tapping sequence is the methodic tapping on the ends of nine meridian points.
There are 12 major meridians that mirror each side of the body and correspond to an internal organ. However, EFT mainly focuses on these nine:
Begin by tapping the karate chop point while simultaneously reciting your setup phrase three times. Then, tap each following point seven times, moving down the body in this ascending order:
After tapping the underarm point, finish the sequence at the top of the head point.
While tapping the ascending points, recite a reminder phrase to maintain focus on your problem area. If your setup phrase is, “Even though I’m sad my mother is sick, I deeply and completely accept myself,” your reminder phrase can be, “The sadness I feel that my mother is sick.” Recite this phrase at each tapping point. Repeat this sequence two or three times.
At the end of your sequence, rate your intensity level on a scale from 0 to 10. Compare your results with your initial intensity level. If you haven’t reached 0, repeat this process until you do.
Be open minded, give it a go - and start your journey to better health!
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Researchers wanted to find out, whether there is evidence that children of mothers with Hashimoto's have a higher risk of developing autism.
Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired language, disrupted social interactions, and stereotyped behaviors and interests. Genetic factors are known to play a major role in autism.
The study found that the odds of autism were increased by nearly 80% among offspring of mothers who had elevated TPO antibodies during pregnancy, independent of the level of thyroid hormones.
If you plan to become pregnant, have your antibodies tested. Should they be elevated, you might want to get in touch with us to find out about our holistic root-cause approach to reduce antibodies.
A comprehensive blood test examining levels of TSH, T4, FT4 and FT3 as well as thyroid antibodies.
This profile contains a full thyroid profile (TSH, T4, FT4 and FT3 as well as thyroid antibodies) as well as ferritin, folate*), vitamins D and active B12 and CRP-hs.
*) Important notice about retests for folate. Please be aware that folate has a higher-than-normal failure rate on finger-prick samples. For the best chance of success we recommend taking a venous sample for this test (either in-clinic or with a nurse home visit). Medichecks has made a finger-prick option available for this test. If you opt to take a finger-prick sample at home and you receive all test results except folate, they will refund £8 to your payment card. No retests for folate will be provided. By ordering a finger-prick kit for this test you agree that you will only be entitled to a refund of £8 should this happen.
Selenium is a nutrient that the body needs to stay healthy. Selenium is important for reproduction, thyroid gland function, DNA production, and protecting the body from damage caused by free radicals and from infection.
The amount of selenium that you need each day depends on your age. Average daily recommended amounts are listed below in micrograms (mcg).
|Life Stage||Recommended Amount|
|Birth to 6 months||15 mcg|
|Infants 7–12 months||20 mcg|
|Children 1–3 years||20 mcg|
|Children 4–8 years||30 mcg|
|Children 9–13 years||40 mcg|
|Teens 14–18 years||55 mcg|
|Adults 19–50 years||55 mcg|
|Adults 51–70 years||55 mcg|
|Adults 71 years and older||55 mcg|
|Pregnant teens and women||60 mcg|
|Breastfeeding teens and women||70 mcg|
Selenium is found naturally in many foods. The amount of selenium in plant foods depends on the amount of selenium in the soil where they were grown. The amount of selenium in animal products depends on the selenium content of the foods that the animals ate. You can get recommended amounts of selenium by eating a variety of foods, including the following:
Yes, if you get too much. Brazil nuts, for example, contain very high amounts of selenium (68–91 mcg per nut) and can cause you to go over the upper limit if you eat too many. Getting too much selenium over time can cause the following:
A study from 2015 assessed the effect of long-term selenium supplementation on the regression of cervical tissues and metabolic profiles of patients with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia CIN1: (elevated risk for cervical cancer).
Patients were randomly assigned to two groups to receive either 200 μg Se supplements (n 28) or placebo (n 28) daily for 6 months.
Source: Karamali, M., Nourgostar, S., Zamani, A., Vahedpoor, Z., & Asemi, Z. (2015). The favourable effects of long-term selenium supplementation on regression of cervical tissues and metabolic profiles of patients with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia: A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. British Journal of Nutrition, 114(12), 2039-2045. doi:10.1017/S0007114515003852
The thyroid gland is the organ with the highest amount of selenium per gram of tissue. Selenium contributes to the antioxidant defense in the thyroid.
Selenium deficiency decreases the synthesis of thyroid hormones, as it decreases the function of selenoproteins, in particular iodothyronine deiodinases (DIOs), which are responsible for the conversion of T4 to T3.
This decreased production of thyroid hormones leads to the stimulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary axis increasing TSH production. TSH stimulates the DIOs to convert T4 to T3 with consequent production of hydrogen peroxide, which is not adequately removed by less active glutathione peroxidases (GPx) and accumulates itself in the thyroid tissue causing thyrocyte damage with subsequent fibrosis.
200 μg Selenium supplementation in the presence of antithyroid peroxidase and antithyroglobulin antibodies (TPOAb and TgAb, resp.) in patients with autoimmune thyroiditis showed a decrease of TPO antibodies by 40% in the group treated with selenium (versus 10% in the placebo group) and in 9 of 36 patients (25%), TPOAb completely normalized; during this period, thyroid echogenicity also improved. In this trial, patients receiving selenium supplementation reported better well-being compared with the placebo group.
One study demonstrated that the oral administration of 200 μg/day of selenomethionine reduces effectively serum levels of TPOAb and even patients with selenium intake above the recommended levels may benefit from treatment with this dose.
Recently, selenium status was reported to positively correlate with the survival of patients with COVID-19 compared with non-survivors.
The ratio of Triglycerides to HDL: TG:HDL ratio is the most reliable predictor of heart risk, not LDL..
Ideally it should be 1; but no more than 2. You want TG <100 (<95 better); HDL >60 in men (>70 in women).
TG/HDL ratio is also termed AIP (Atherogenic index of plasma).