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On Monday October 27, 2003 Dr. Grossman will be providing a
group sound-healing experience for the Monday evening after the New Moon.
These on-going events will be held at
The Elder Tree in
Topanga Canyon. The time will be from 7:30 till about 9:00pm, and a $15.00
donation is requested. All are invited to enjoy this profound experience of
healing and consciousness. Please
you would like more information or reservations as space is somewhat
If you can't make this one, the next Monday Evening Sound
Healing event will be held on November 24, 2003, and the following on
December 29th, so mark your calendars!
There are many ways of entering altered
states of consciousness through the use of sound. The gong played
masterfully can produce an exquisite ethereal resonance so that a journey
to other realms is easily realized. I simply did not want the
experience to end.
John Ketarkus - Journey to the
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The Ephedra Controversy
Ephedra (Ephedra sinensis) or Ma Huang is
the latest herb embroiled in great controversy. This week, Gov. Davis made
it illegal to use Ephedra for diet or stimulant uses, while allowing it's
use in Traditional Oriental Medicine. Like any other medication, food,
coffee, tea, or even water, Ephedra when used in excess or incorrectly is a
dangerous herb. It can cause heart problems and even, as we have seen
several times, death.
However, when used safely, and this is what is not being
talked about in the press, Ephedra is one of the most valuable of herbs that
has been used safely in Traditional Oriental Medicine for thousands of years
. . . with no adverse side effects.
Excessive consumption of ephedrine causes typical side
effects of sympathetic hyper-stimulation including headaches, nausea,
dizziness, vomiting, palpitations, tachycardia, insomnia, tremor, anxiety.
These effects are less noticeable in consumption of the whole herb, and it
has been suggested that the other constituents may modify the effects of the
Ma Huang has been used for over 5000 years in China. Ma Huang is never
given alone in Chinese medicine, but always used in formulae combined with
other herbs that modulate its stimulant effects without altering its actions
on the lungs and kidneys. The crude herb may also be treated before use (by
boiling in water or cooking with honey) to change its characteristics. Its
principal uses in TCM are to disperse external wind, and aid movement of
lung qi. It is also take for chills, fevers and coughs, and in combination
with Rehemannia glutinosa as a kidney yin deficiency tonic. In Chinese
medicine, the root is also used- its therapeutic effects being almost
opposite to the stem eg hypotensive as opposed to hypertensive
Ephedra and its alkaloids have gained widespread popularity among the
sports and body-building communities for weight reduction. The combination
of ephedrine with caffeine (E.C), and of both with aspirin (E.C.A.) is used
by body builders in combination with caloric restriction to "cut" fat.
Several clinical trials have shown these combinations to be more effective
than placebo in weight loss, but these trials have tended to underemphasize
the side effects. (Toubro,1993; Astrup,1993) Body builders tend to use ECA
for short periods and on an interval basis.
Popular OTC "weight loss" and "natural speed" products, based either on
Ephedra herb or more usually on isolated ephedrine alkaloids have attracted
considerable "bad press" in recent years. These reports reached hysterical
proportions in Texas in the mid nineties (MMWR,1996) resulting in attempts
to ban Ephedra product by the state authorities. The FDA responded by
issuing ultra conservative dosage guidelines for Ephedra herbal products,
expressed in terms of total ephedrine alkaloid maximum recommended doses.
The retail and MLM market is still replete with products purporting to be
legal or natural speed and "natural" weight loss agents that contain
variable amounts of Ephedra alkaloids or synthetic ephedrine and which will
likely continue to be subject to consumer abuse and potential adverse
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