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Mar 18, 2009 - 28 comments

cold turkey

For many people, worrying has become a way of life -- worrisome thoughts intrude throughout the day, distracting them from their present moment (which usually isn't too bad).  This can be a difficult habit (and it is a habit) to change.  But it is possible.

When most people question their assumptions and beliefs about worry as I describe above, they realize that it isn't serving them, yet they still feel compelled to worry.

First, what generally doesn't work is trying to stop "cold turkey."  Feeling stuck in worry and stopping just by telling yourself to do so isn't likely to work.  But here's an approach that does work for most people.

The better strategy is to accept your tendency to worry, but agree with yourself to confine it to a set period of time once or twice a day.  Set some time aside, say fifteen or twenty minutes, where you allow yourself to worry to your heart's content.

Then when you catch yourself with worrisome thoughts at other times of day, remind yourself that you're going to do your worrying later.

Most people find that this allows them stop worrying in the immediate moment because they know they can do it a little later.  This frees mental and emotional energy to focus on what's working and solutions for what isn't.

The next step is to gradually reduce the daily time allotted to worrying.

Freeing yourself from worry spares you emotional turmoil and allows you to focus your energy in more productive ways.  You might also want to use some of the time you free up to develop the knack of living in gratitude, but that's a topic for another day

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by ChamberMonk, Mar 18, 2009
Thanks for this post. I've heard that what is good along this line is to keep a worry list each day. Each time a worry pops in just write it down to read over and worry about later... that way you don't even worry about forgetting what you're supposed to be worrying about. :)

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by Dalubaba, Mar 18, 2009
Very true. Writing down immediately is a better approach.Sometimes  formulating the words and sentences will solve the problem or worry may appear to be surperfluous. Thanks for adding to exploration.

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by Dalubaba, Mar 18, 2009
Instant meditaion: Long time back I had studied a book entitled Q.R Quieting Reflex.The book advocated to quiet the reflexes on the spot.I.e Take a deep breath, Tightern your whole body,smile and relaxe the whole body. this takes six seconds. This one can do 50 to 60 times a day whenever one feels worried or uncomfortable.In this way body learns to relax automatically.Here we do not collect tension and relax at the end ot the day. The whole book was dedicated to this concept. your response to my post made me to recall the old lesson i have learnt. Thanks.

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by margypops, Mar 18, 2009
Iagree with you on this one ,it is our thoughts that make us feel bad,its impossible to experience a negative feeling without first having a negative thought, I have done this, I allow myself several minutes to dwell on my concern or "worry' then I tell my self Enough , stop, and switch myself to being busy, distraction into doing anything,I also found that this worked in stores,I would get panic attacks ,instead of fleeing the store I made my self stay by telling myself ,you are okay,what is the worst that can happen,and then busied myself reading the food lables on the food I was buying,taking my negative thoughts away from myself.I have also done some of the deep breathing ,I believe that works especially for panic. Thanks for this .

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by Dalubaba, Mar 18, 2009
"WHAT IS THE WORST CAN HAPPEN?" This is the question i have used when i used to meet my client doctors to canvas for my company's products.In this way I was prepared for the worst and be bold enough to say my sales story.
Of course I had to learn lot of techniques to teach my colleagues to be a better salesman, Now I am 78, retired and continue to learn new methods to keep worry at bay and enjoy  every minute of the day. I thank you for your response. I think such response triggers and activate the mind to go further exploring. thanks.

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by margypops, Aug 27, 2011
This is an older journal of your Dalababa but worthy of bringing up again ..

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by Dalubaba, Aug 27, 2011
To Margypops
Yes, I am surprised to read it.I faintly remembered that i had posted one post in the journal. At that time, i did not know much about the Journal entry. I had thought of journalising  every day. However It could not be done. Thank you for unearthliness the old posting.
I think probable once I sent posted a note or message to you which was meant or the other member.MH may be big, but persons of similar mind and attitude do meet . This is something like- like attracts the like.

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by Dalubaba, Aug 28, 2011
2 New food tricks to reduce cravings and control calories
I have a couple new "food tricks" today to help you control calories, cravings, and appetite...

#1. About 20 minutes before every meal, eat one handful of nuts such as almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc...preferrably raw nuts (as this reduces the oxidation of polyunsaturated fats), but any nuts will still do the trick.

This is a trick I've used myself and I've used with many of my clients in the past that ALWAYS helps people to control their appetite and get lean FAST!

The reason it works is because the healthy fats, fiber, protein, and density of micronutrients (antioxidants, vitamins, minerals) in nuts help to satisfy a lot of the nutrition needs of your body, thereby greatly reducing your appetite before eating full meals.

We add the handful of nuts about 20 minutes before each meal because this allows enough time for your body to signal to the brain that it received this nutrition and thereby reduce your appetite.

Also, this basically substitutes a healthy super nutrient-dense source of calories into your diet multiple times per day, and increasing your % of your calorie intake from nuts as opposed to other types of foods aids your body in decreasing body fat.

#2. The 2nd "food trick" comes from my good friend and nutrition author Jon Benson of

This is a trick I didn't know about until recently, and it involves food scent.

Smelling food can trick your brain into thinking you've eaten.

A recent study found that those who inhaled peppermint in scent form every 2 hours ate (get this) 2700 calories LESS per week than they normally did.

Let me put that in perspective: That's a fatloss of more than half a pound a week... from sniffing peppermint!

Vanilla also works. You can keep vanilla-scented drops or even candles around the office and take a wiff every few hours.

How easy is that?

Thanks to Jon for finding that pretty cool study! You can check out Jon's site at:

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by Dalubaba, Aug 28, 2011
Do you I do not know many features of the journal. You have unearthed the old journal entries. I did try to fiddle here and there to find out the list etc. It would be good idea if take a tution class-writing down- on how to use MH. I am habituated to find out and learn the features of the product and then use it. However, in computer, you get every day something new. So I learn asI go on using computer. I am sure many members may not be knowing many features of MH
The above article is useful for those who are intending to lose weight.

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by margypops, Aug 28, 2011
thats good I could use losing a few pounds ..put on by being too sloathful but am walking again now .I will read it .wow food scent ..who would have thought it ....

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by Dalubaba, Aug 28, 2011
To Margypop,
Food scent is new to me. I knew that brain gets information after 15 minutes of our taking meals. so normally you do not know whether you have eaten enough. So taking some nuts before 20 minutes is a good idea. So when you sit for meals you have balanced appetite. Both suggestions are good. I did not know you have weight issue. This appears to be quite logical.
If one is taking psyllium (bulk laxative -fiber), he may take this fiber before 20 minutes. this may serve as a messenger to the brain. I do not know whether fiber can stimulate the stomach to send the message. I have taken fiber before meals for few days. I am not sure whether it works or not. I will try again. I have an issue of constipation.

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by Dalubaba, Aug 29, 2011
To margypops; Now I am sure you are going to complain of spam from me. 50 tips on mindful mediation is in fact whole day meditation. All your simple activity is done mindfully. I had to edit the article, keeping only the tips.Another item I found to-day is hand-clapping as an exercise by googling it.It will be too much if I ask you to google that and spend your time. So here art tips;
Mindfulness Meditation. when i wrote we should have props for helping us to fight stress-

To be mindful is to give relaxed attention to your meditation object, as opposed to concentrating with all your might. Don’t try too hard which only makes for physical and mental tension. A relaxed body makes for a relaxed mind, and the other way around.

Always make yourself as comfortable as possible. Lying down is one of the best postures for mindfulness meditation, since it’s natural to relax the body while lying down. However, any body posture will do as long as it’s comfortable.

Some mediators find it helpful to put up mindfulness reminders in their homes and at work. You can either post small notes, nature photographs, incense sticks, images of Christ, Buddhas or anything else that reminds you of mindfulness. If you want to be discrete, bring a small pot plant to work and let that be your mindfulness reminder.

There are endless opportunities to practice mindfulness throughout the day, a moment here and a moment there. It’s not about putting in hours of practice. A conscious in and out breath is all it takes to reap the fruits of mindfulness meditation. Over time, your attention will grow more steadfast, you will get more deeply relaxed and feel more refreshed.

Mindfulness meditation is the perfect tool when you have some time at hand. Give relaxed attention to your meditation object while waiting for the train, bus or plane.

For some meditators it’s easier to concentrate with the eyes closed. By closing the eyes, you eliminate many distractions. Others find it easier to practice in a dark room or with the lights dimmed low, which is calming and also removes distractions. Try and see what works best for you.

Only give attention to one meditation object at the time.

Mindfulness Techniques

Put a pot plant or nature photograph next to your computer. Look at it every now and then, with relaxed attention.

Close your eyes and give relaxed attention to your body posture.

Give relaxed attention to the sensations in your feet. It’s easier with the eyes closed.

Take a moment to stretch your body gently while giving relaxed attention to the body movements.

Wash your hands mindfully. Give relaxed attention to the sensations in the hands.

Place one hand upside down on your lap, and give relaxed attention to the sensations in the palm. If you can’t feel anything, rub the palms together or gently against your jeans, to make it easier.

Close your eyes and become aware of your nose, ears, eyes, lips, tongue or heartbeat. Give relaxed attention to a body part of your choice.

Give relaxed attention to any discomfort or physical pain that you feel in the body.

Open and close doors mindfully as opposed to habitually. Give relaxed attention to your body movements while opening and closing doors.

Keep the practice simple and as free from distractions as possible.

Give relaxed attention to your meditation object while going in elevators and escalators.

Give relaxed attention to the movements of your feet or the sensations, while walking in stairs.

Close your eyes and feel the space around you. Relax, don’t try too hard.

Give relaxed attention to your body temperature. It’s soothing to give the body attention.

Give relaxed attention to birdsong and the silence in between chirps.

Mindfully watch leaves fall from the trees in autumn.

Mindfully observe a cat or dog. Refrain from thinking about your observations.

Go people watching. Give relaxed attention to what you see without thinking or commenting about it.

Lie down on your back, put one hand on the abdomen and the other on the chest. Give relaxed attention to the sensation of breathing, the movement of the chest and abdomen. Or focus on the sensation of air flowing through your nostrils. It’s easier to concentrate with the eyes closed. Try and see what works best for you.

Give relaxed attention to what it feels like to be sleepy.

Give relaxed attention to your hand movements while washing dishes, or the sounds or sensation of the water on your hands.

Light a fire, a candle light or incense. Listen to it or feel the heat.  What does it smell like? Only focus on one meditation object at the time.

Eat mindfully. Give relaxed attention to the tastes and textures of the food or chew and swallow mindfully.

Give relaxed attention to sensations such as hunger, thirst or overeating.

Brush your teeth mindfully. Give relaxed attention to the hand movements or the sensations in the mouth.

Dress and undress mindfully. Give relaxed attention to the body movements or the sensation of the clothes against your body.

If you bored, give relaxed attention to what that feels like.

If you’re listening to a boring person, take the opportunity to listen mindfully. Instead of thinking habitually while he speaks, give relaxed attention to what is being said.

Sit on a stool, sofa, rock or even in the grass. What does it feel like?  Is the surface soft, hard, cool or warm? Become aware of the pressure against your bottom. Give relaxed attention to the sensation of sitting.

The same can be done while standing. Give relaxed attention to the pressure on your feet or what it feels like to stand.

Walk barefoot, the slower you walk the easier it is. How does the ground feel? Is it hot, cold, rough or smooth? Give relaxed attention to the sensations in the souls of your feet. Only practice for as long as the mind is fresh.

Watch a movie or listen to music mindfully. Give relaxed attention to what you see or hear, as opposed to thinking about it.

Listen mindfully to yoga or meditation talks by great masters.

Don’t try too hard, which only makes for physical and mental tension. All you have to do is give relaxed attention to your meditation object. Relax and enjoy the present moment.

Make yourself as comfortable as possible whenever you practice.

Go to the beach. What does it smell like? Or give relaxed attention to what the wind against your skin feels like. What do the waves sound like?  Can you feel the vibrations from the crashing waves in the air or on the ground? Only give relaxed attention to one meditation object at the time.

Sit next to a creek or waterfall and give relaxed attention to the sounds or vibrations.

Listen mindfully to rain, thunder or other nature sounds.

Give relaxed attention to a sunrise, sunset, cloud, the moon or stars.

Give relaxed attention to the smell of freshly brewed coffee or baked bread.

When you feel restless, give relaxed attention to the sensations in your body. If the restlessness persists, go for a walk and give relaxed attention to the movements of your feet. The slower you walk the easier it is.

Give relaxed attention to what it feels like to be happy, sad, irritated, angry, frustrated or stressed out.

Shower or wash your hair mindfully. Give relaxed attention to the sensation of the bar of soap against your skin, or to your hands and fingers. Normally, we are absent minded while in the shower and our minds tend to wander. For example, while washing the hair you may be thinking about tomorrow.

Mindfully do laundry or other forms of cleaning. Give relaxed attention to your hand movements or the sensations in your hands. The slower you work the easier it is.

Read mindfully. Give relaxed attention to what you read.

Give relaxed attention to any sensation or emotion in your abdomen or chest.

Fill a plastic bottle with one third of water and put on the screw top.  Close your eyes and listen to the sound of the water as you slowly turn the bottle with your hands. Or give relaxed attention to what it feels like when the water flows from the bottom to the cap.

Enjoy the stillness that mindfulness meditation brings.

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by margypops, Aug 30, 2011
I eat nuts a lot I like them particularly cashews, and walnuts not so much almonds ,everything you write here makes so much sense are writing journals but have you thought to start a group then invite everyone you well as the journals that way the word gets out and helps others a lot... I like the clapping, I remember when they said a couple of years back that ;laughing is a good thing ..I have a strong sense of smell I always have done , each day smells different, when I get up I go outside with my cat,some  times the smells are from bad air and the heat ..

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by Dalubaba, Aug 30, 2011
To Margypops,                                                                                                                                                                         When I started fiddling with computer, I started a group in I was a novice and did not know much about the group. I could invite only one member - my daughter-in-law, the widow of my son who was at New zealand. website gave me one more chance. The name given was Taoist yoga. One or two poster did visit the site. I utterly failed. Taoist yoga,as i perceived is a delicate subject, to be presented in a sophisticated manner.I could not do it in an appropriate manner. so I left the idea of running any group.
I also joined spirituality and News and its anlysis group, started by Dazon 50. She did well initially and there were good number of members. Now as she has her domestic proble, the groups have stopped functioning.So starting a group and failing in sustaing it  is quite depressing.
In the beginning, I plan to continue writing in the journal, inviting members to visit the journal and if it suceeds, we can have an idea of the popular subjects, people are interested in, secondly, i need to improve my writing, I have to confess, entries in the journal are because of your encouragement.Youe comments have spurred me into action.So let us see how things take shape  and we will respond accordingly. Continue giving suggestion to me, I wil accept them and put them into practice if I can. Spell chck is not available in this page, so you are lilely to get many typos, though I have typed with extra caution. Thanks Margypops.(I wonder how you are mamging commenting to so many forums,  journals and friends.I am sure, you must have made many friends to come out of their shells

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by margypops, Aug 31, 2011
I make typo's aswell Dalubaba I have a way ward keyboard .lol   well I like your journals and I hope many see the words here, they re a help , already I am ding the Quieting one  ..My mind is on Politics a lot these days and I really have to relax more so I am trying to practise what you have put up on your journals ,the eating one is good and very helpful,  I know you have wisdom .

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by Dalubaba, Aug 31, 2011
Thank you for the trust you have shown in me. Quality of my navigating the internet is improved. I am sure we will come up with something which will help many persons.
My keyboard is also way ward.Key no1,g, are quite adamant.Previous one was of better quality. Maybe I will change at the first opportunity.
I am also doing few of the experiments we have discussed.

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by ginger899, Aug 31, 2011
Margy said I should take a look at your journal Dalubaba, and it is extremely interesting! I'm so glad I came over to take a look. I have already noticed that some of the things I do mindfully, and some I don't (like washing the dishes!) My hot water tap flows very very slowly in my kitchen, and I always make sure I rinse the dishes really well to get any detergent off them, so I am kind of stuck there doing the washing-up and get fed up of it! Impatient!
It's funny, that. I do many other things mindfully but get impatient with the dishes!

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by Dalubaba, Aug 31, 2011
  To giner899                                                                                                         Thank you for visiting this journal. Yes, margy encouraged me to pen in this journal. There is a resistance to mindful mediation. Here it is proposed, in case of resistance, you concentrate the resistance itself.If you are successful on this, you may be able to experience release and great freedom.
In mindful mediation,mind remains rested.If you are concentration on the work itself and not thinking anything else, first thing is that you are in the present, second thing is your mind is not riding two horses at the same time like thinking something else and doing something else so it  does not expend more energy. It was explained in a similar manner on this point.When the work is done we thank the almighty or higher power. This makes outside and inside environment dynamic as well as calm.Please note I am not an expert. I do devote my time to the practice and learning to use mind effectively. Pleas do post your experiences in this journal.

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by Dalubaba, Sep 01, 2011
In mood; you mentioned about flying. Reading this I recall a very old joke. Somebody reading a book' How to fly a plane' and simultaneously he was fiddling the buttons. The plane started flying.He was quit happy flying. Then he wanted to come down.So he goes to the last page to learn how to land a plane.In the last page it was mentioned, refer to the Second part of the book. He had only the first part with him. Maybe he is still flying -of course without fuel.

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by Dalubaba, Sep 01, 2011
How to Stop Smoking With Yoga


Yoga's mind-body connection develops your self-awareness and might help you quit smoking. A regular practice of yoga poses, breathing exercises and meditation helps you reduce stress, lessen depression, improve your lung power, build your confidence, maintain a healthy weight and even reduce nicotine cravings. Yoga poses, such as back bends, help you expand your lungs and connect with your breath. Breathing exercises, called pranayama, bring fresh oxygen into your system. Meditation quiets your mind and relaxes your body. Use any of these tools when you have the urge to smoke.
Step 1

Sit in sukhasana, easy pose, on a folded blanket with your legs crossed. Draw in your belly, root your tailbone down and lengthen the rest of your spine upward. Move your shoulders down to lift your chest up. Rest your hands on your legs, close your eyes and focus on taking full breaths through your nostrils. Stay in this pose for five to 10 minutes to slow your metabolism and calm your mind.
Step 2

Practice alternate-nostril breathing to balance your nervous system. Still sitting comfortably, make a fist with your right hand and release your thumb, ring finger and pinkie. Gently press your right thumb on the side of your nose to close your right nostril. Inhale through your left nostril. With your right ring finger, close off your left nostril, release your thumb and exhale through your right nostril. Inhale through your right nostril, close with your thumb, release your ring finger and exhale through your left nostril. Repeat four more rounds. Rest your hands in your lap as you focus on your natural breath.
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Step 3

Open your chest in a modified version of bhujangasana, or cobra pose. Lie on your belly and press your fingertips into the floor next to your chest just on the outsides of your yoga mat. Bring your elbows back and keep your legs parallel. Make sure your feet don't turn inward. Inhale and lift your chest, shoulders and head off the floor. Lengthen your spine forward and breathe into your back body. Hold for a few breaths, then gently lower back down to the floor as you exhale.
Step 4

Take balasana, or child's pose, for a deep rest. Kneel on your mat, bring your feet together and widen your knees to the edges of your mat. Sit back on your feet. Inhale and reach your arms overhead. Exhale and bend forward. Rest your forehead on the floor, on two stacked fists or on a yoga block.

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by Dalubaba, Sep 01, 2011
Similar article - 'How to trick the brain that your stomach is full.'
What can curb the appetite?

What Can Curb an Appetite?

Being surrounded by grocery store shelves piled with sweet snacks and restaurants with all-you-can-eat buffets can do serious damage to your body, if your will power is low. If a ravenous appetite and persistent cravings are making you feel unhealthy or hindering your weight-loss progress, don't lose hope. Some simple tips and mind tricks can help you curb your need to indulge and give you the strength to take full control of your diet.

The more you cave in to a craving, the weaker your resistance will be to that trigger food in the future. Rid your house of go-to junk foods such as ice cream, potato chips and cookies, and replace them with fresh fruits and vegetables. Also vary your routine, if necessary, to avoid passing by the tempting aroma of your favorite cookie shop or the comforting sight of your favorite restaurant.
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Neutralizing Cravings

You won't be as likely to want to dig into fatty or sweet foods if you have recently brushed your teeth. Being minty fresh can temporarily negatively affect the flavor of enjoyable foods. Also, having a newly clean mouth may reduce your desire to dirty it with foods, according to registered dietitian Molly Gee in a Reader's Digest article. Chewing gum can also help because it temporarily staves off hunger sensations and the gum's sweetness can satiate your desire to eat something sweet. However, stick with sugarless gum to reduce your sugar intake. Similarly, you may be able to slow down a revved up appetite by drinking a glass of water as soon as you start feeling tempted.
Healthy Snacking

Since fiber helps you stay full longer, your appetite may get the best of you more often if you don't eat enough fiber-rich foods. Curb your appetite during meals by starting each meal with a nutritious salad or a cup of vegetarian chili. Also start your day on the right foot by eating oatmeal or whole-grain toast in the morning and snacking on foods such as grapes, berries, carrots, celery and whole-grain crackers between meals.

Eating from a large plate can cause you to eat more food than you need. Conversely, eating off a salad plate can help you cut calories by tricking your mind into thinking you're consuming more. Another way you may be able to ward off a sweet tooth after a meal without increasing your calorie intake is to take a whiff of a vanilla-scented product such as a candle or lotion, according to Psychology Today magazine. The positive association your body forms with this scent can fool you into feeling as though you have satisfied your craving.

If you know you're not actually hungry and just having a craving, it should only last about 10 minutes, according to Dr. John Foreyt in a "Reader's Digest" article. Find a way to keep your mind occupied during these 10 minutes and you will be out of the woods until your next craving hits. Try an activity you know will fully immerse you, whether it is meditating, running an errand or talking on the phone to your best friend.

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by margypops, Sep 01, 2011
hi Dalubaba still munching on nuts ..but will try the smell test aswell today I am practising on my relaxation ...funny enough my hand and skin lotion is vanilla extract I like that smell .

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by Dalubaba, Sep 01, 2011
To Margypops.                                                                                                                  the above article also talks about smell. So lots of coincidence.I have informed ginger about these two new articles.Thanks for suggesting her to visit this journal.In the above article, there is a beautiful suggestion that if it a false appetite, it will go away within 10 minutes if can withhold for that period.
If we form a group, we can call it self improvement group or something similar  name.Such name can cover all types of article. Just Thinking!

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by margypops, Sep 17, 2011
well get it started Dulababa stop thinking and as we say here 'just do it'    hahah  let me know I will join..I have an acute sense of smell it seems to be more so the last 2 years .

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by margypops, Sep 17, 2011
Sorry my fingers are racing....Dalubaba

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by margypops, Sep 17, 2011
I have a new wonderful indian friend called' Sherinsaid ' I will tell her about you , she would love to join a group

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by Dalubaba, Sep 18, 2011
Surprised to you new icon. It is easier to locate icon than nick names. In Jain religion, we have 24 Tirhankars ( jain monks who are worshiped as Gods) idols or all are exactly similar. You can recognize or distinguish them by an icon or symbols sculpted near their legs.I do not know the philosphy behing this similar looking idols in our jain temples.
I had few good articles, you would have liked. I could not post it as i was perturbed with one member's domestic problem. His postings were very pathetic. For five days we were communicating continually on his problem. I was persuading him have sex therapy or psychological counseling. All of a sudden he stopped communicating. His all postings, specially the last one was from a deep despair.I fear that he might have taken a fatal step. I have know way to find out as he has not given his name to me, nor he has given any info in his profile. I hope there is some other reason for his silence.
I would like to be friend with sherinsaid. I hope your treatment of uncooked rice, black tea is progressing well. I am also on rice treatment. I will continue for three months. I also do shiatsu massage and some acupressure procedure for my gastrointestinal problems.
Thanks for "waking- up' call.

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by Dalubaba, Sep 18, 2011
The member is Ok. He has asked now for premature graying hair. I am pasting the article on alternative treatment for graying hair.
Causes of Gray Hair

Gray hair is supposedly a sign of wisdom. Well, Gray hair is caused when the follicle is unable to add color to the hair or when there is lack of melanin in the body. Melanin is responsible in giving color to the hair and due to the lack of which the hair starts to grey. Grey hair in old days was the sign of reaching mid life or starting with old age. But in today’s life even very young people get gray hair.

There are a lot of reasons for having grey hair. One reason could be stress and tension. Lot of stress and tension leads to early graying of hair. Another reason could be age. If a person is around 40 it is natural for him to start graying. It is not that every person who reaches 40 or 40+ has grey hair but generally this is the scenario every where. As you age your body capacity to produce melanin decreases and you tend to grey fast. Smoking can also be one of the reasons for gray hair at an early age. Smoking is generally said to be injurious to health so it has to be injurious to your hair too. Certain Illness can also lead to graying or premature ageing of hair. Some drugs can also lead to change of color of hair early.

Grey Hair Treatment

There are some grey hair treatment available. Apart from temporary cosmetic treatments like dyeing and coloring, you can try natural methods for gray hair treatment. While coloring could rid you of the problem for some months, to dye grey hair means you will face with the problem again in less than a month. Other cosmetics available in the market may just help you keep your hair in a good condition and healthy but they would not help in delaying the process of getting gray hair. Natural remedies are a better option as discussed in the next section.

Natural Remedies for Gray Hair

Given below are some natural remedies to cure grey hair. These need to be done diligently and patiently for some months for the results to be visible. Continued use would provide long-lasting results.


      Take 100 gms of curd. Add about 1 gm of black pepper to it. Mix it well and apply it evenly on the hair and scalp. Keep it for an hour and then wash with warm water and mild shampoo. Do this treatment once a week to see the remarkable difference in the texture and color of your hair. Your hair will become silkier and regular use will also make the hair dandruff-free. Curd helps in curing dandruff and making the hair softer while black pepper helps make the hair black. So one recipe gives 3 benefits – a) dandruff-free hair b) soft and silky hair and c) black hair. Doing this once a week helps in maintaining the hair color and delaying greying to a great extent. This recipe should be avoided by people who have a tendency to catch frequent colds and coughs. Curd causes a cooling effect on the head and this may worsen a cold situation.

      Rubbing your left and right hand nails with each other is a splendid way to cure hair fall, increase hair growth and get back the lost color. The beauty of the method lies in its simplicity and the fact that it is free, needs very little time and has absolutely no side-effects. Regular use brings back lost color. The new hair that grows back is also colored and not white. You need to fold both your palms inwards and place the fingernails of both hands against each other. Then with regular swift motions, rub them against each other. This rubbing procedure increases the blood flow to the scalp and helps in strengthening the roots. It is simple and can be done anywhere anytime. Do it for about 5-7 minutes twice a day. It is tried and tested and is guaranteed to show results. It is well popularized by naturopaths and ayurvedic experts in India. You need to be patient though. You will begin to notice a difference in about a month and by the end of 6 months you will se remarkable improvements in your hair.

      Mix sesame oil or olive oil in juice of bottle gourd and apply to hair. This helps make the hair long, black, thick and shiny. This helps prevent gray hair and hair fall and is very good for the overall health of hair.

      Make a paste of gooseberries and mango seeds. Apply this onto the hair and scalp and leave on for some time before washing off. When done at regular intervals, this is a good grey hair treatment.

      Boil tea leaves in water. Strain and let it cool down. Mix two teaspoonfuls of salt into it and apply to hair and scalp. Wash after an hour with plain water. This process when done once in 10 days can prevent gray hair.

      Make a paste of henna in an iron vessel and leave overnight. Also add some walnut pulp in the morning. Apply this on the hair and make a neat bun. Leave for 1 – 2 hours or till it dries. Gently and carefully wash off. Apart from preventing early greying, it also adds a beautiful red tinge to the hair. It is completely natural and harmless. It also conditions hair.

Try some or most of the tips described above. It is sure to help reduce premature graying, as well as gray hair in older people. For more comprehensive solutions, read this eBook. The book will help you figure out the various causes of graying, which of them applies to you, and how to combat the underlying triggers and reverse the situation. If you use a solution specific to your condition, you are bound to see faster results. Read the eBook, and apply the remedies diligently over a period of time for best results.

Prevent Gray Hair

Prevention of graying is a difficult issue to handle as gray hair is caused by a lot of factors which may not be under our control. Grey hair due to age is not in our hands. It is a natural process and everybody has to go through it. Gray hair because of heredity is also beyond our control. May be by taking good care, good eating habits and good sleeping habits we could delay the process of graying.

Never having grey hair in life is I would say wishful thinking. Sooner or later everybody has to gray and that’s how we get wisdom, isn’t it?(The last line is pragmatic and humorous.)

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