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Newsletter Issue #3, February 2014

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    Matt Stone

    Post your comments in this thread for the February, 2014 180D newsletter. Should be live at approximately 5pm eastern time.


    Another great newsletter! Thanks 180 crew.

    Thanks for sharing yours and Dan’s story Jessie. It reminds me so much of my own.

    And good on you for eating the food ! There are plenty of people out there who need to discover experiences such as our own and realise they are not alone, and there is something that can be done.

    All the best bringing those temps up, Rob.


    Interesting article on neutralising emotions and changing beliefs systems. For more info on this topic see the iRest or Integrative Restoration material. Here Dr Richard Miller blends psychology with yoga and has developed an amazing Yoga Nidra protocol. One element of his practice is to really deepen the ‘felt responses’ of the body – a vital skill to help us feel the messages of the body. Another element is to become sensitive to the whole range of sensory feelings and emotions and thoughts and beliefs, and to build our ability to be with these – even those that make us feel uncomfortable. The ability to welcome and be with all emotions, feelings and thoughts, reduces their stressful effects and brings the mind-body closer to equilibrium. It’s a fascinating area. If you’re really interested in stress reduction I suggest you check out his work.


    Danny Roddy wrote: ‘being aware of ?how? you breathe may be another self-diagnostic to estimate thyroid performance without expensive lab tests.’

    Besides mouth-breathing, is there anything else we should watch for in regards to our breathing?


    I don’t know about breathing specifically in relation to thyroid function, but I know that, as a yoga teacher/therapist, that chest or thoracic breathing has a correlation to the sympathetic nervous system or flight/fight, while diaphragmatic or belly breathing has a correlation to the parasympathetic nervous system or rest and digest. Likewise an inhalation is linked to sympathetic function while an outbreath is linked to parasympathetic function. So to help get you more chilled try diaphragmatic breathing with an active, long and slow exhalation. I can only assume that if the parasympathetic nervous system is more engaged then energy will be more thyroid based than adrenal based. A few minutes of this breathing every so often through the day may make quite a big difference.


    Interesting about the sugar and teeth. Do you really only brush your teeth twice a week?

    I had tooth decay issues as a kid, the dentist kept telling my parents I was eating too many sweets/too much sugar, creating a lot of guilt for all of us. My family (no one else had teeth issues) all ate the same foods, we ate home cooked whole foods daily with some sugar as extras (sugary cereals, jam, marmalade, nutella etc. for toast, ice cream as a treat etc).

    *rant alert!*

    I was portrayed by my dentist as greedy and my parents were portrayed as irresponsible. I was put on a strict no sugar diet for 6 weeks (at the age of about 6). I remember my grandma getting sweets for everyone except me and giving me sugar free gum LOL. After my sugar free detox I went back to the dentist, he practically accused me and my mother of cheating on the sugar free thing (more guilt!) and insisted that I have a “flouride treatment”. Basically I had to sit with trays of weird fluouride gel in my mouth a few times. My teeth got no better and we just learned to live with the fact that I was a greedy pig and that’s why my teeth were awful. Served me right huh?

    Anyway, my teeth are not too bad as an adult, I do have receding gums though but according to my dentist, very healthy teeth with no sign of infection. She isn’t sure why I have receding gums, seems like some kind of tissue weakness rather than any infection being present.

    My theory is that the fluoride treatment I was subjected to caused some kind of damage – the soft tissues in my mouth have never quite been the same since (not helped by having metal braces as a teenager also). My MIL is German, they are very anti fluoride in Germany and she was shocked when I told her I had to sit with trays of fluoride in my mouth for an hour at a time!


    Rosie, that is interesting about the fluoride. I also had to sit with my teeth stuck in trays of fluoride. In my case my whole class did it at school – in Germany! Although it was a British school but I have never heard of any school in England doing that. I also have receding gums – connection or coincidence? As a kid I had very soft teeth, my baby teeth grew through black, no enamel and were all pulled when I was 2. My Mum was told off for giving me dummies dipped in sugar or bottles of juice. She didn’t. My adult teeth grew through eventually, nice and straight but still prone to cavities in my teen years. I am in my 40’s now and they are still hanging in there. I have never heard that teeth could get stronger once they were grown. That is a nice thought and one I will look into further. Matt, interesting newsletter again.


    Lindsey, interesting to hear from someone else who had this fluoride treatment done!

    I know a woman who suffered severe morning sickness during pregnancy, and when her baby got his teeth they were black and soft. Her theory was that her pregnancy sickness meant he didn’t get the minerals he needed to build strong teeth, I think her dentist said something similar (no crazy accusations of dummies dipped in sugar!).


    Wow. Such a potty mouth on little Jessie. I love it and her nutritional enlightenment.


    Wanted to share this youtube channel that I found after reading Danny Roddy’s portion of the newsletter.

    He talks about breathing

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