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Volume 6, Issue 49
Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The Sunshine Issue

We are rapidly approaching the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.  It marks the time when the sun is at it's southernmost path across the earth.  It is the time of the year when the sunlight that reaches the northern hemisphere has to travel through the most of earth's atmosphere before reaching us.  It is also a time when outdoor activities wind down, and when outdoors we wear long pants, long sleeve shirts, hats and caps.

Our bodies need sunlight to make Vitamin D. In a natural world, this wouldn't be a problem since Vitamin D is easily stored by the body.  So the Vitamin D that we made in the summer would last for the winter. 

Unfortunately, we have become a sun-phobic culture. Dermatologists have for years been recommending the use of UV blocking sunscreens, hats, and minimal exposure to the sun. Given the loss of the protective ozone layer, this may be good advice.  However it may not be and definitely is bad advice regarding the making of Vitamin D.  We simply do not make enough to get us through the winter months, and probably not even enough for the summer months.

Readers of the Healing Points HealthBlog are already aware of the many benefits of supplementation with Vitamin D. It is preventative for several types of cancer, is vital for bone health, prevents falls in the elderly, and is important for health gums.

The recommended daily dosage for Vitamin D has been raised to 800-1000 IU's per day.  However, some authorities in the field recommend twice that for people over 50, and especially for women over 50.  I don't think it's a good idea to wait that long. The good news is that Vitamin D is very inexpensive and starting supplementing with it now can have tremendous benefits.  Ten dollars should buy a two months supply from a reputable manufacturer.   Well worth it. To find more information about vitamin D, visit the Healing Points HealthBlog and use the search function at the right side of the page. 

A Perfect Holiday Gift

Have you run into the problem of what gift to get for friends and family members?  Tired of the same old same old?  soundJourney CD's can make an amazing gift of healing for anyone.  Here is a small article that is in this issue of The Malibu Times magazine:

"Division by Zero" from soundJourney

This isn't your grandfather's holiday soundtrack; it's best listened to on headphones.  Topanga resident Richard Grossman, L.Ac., O.M.D., Ph.D. started composing music for sound healing to relax his acupuncture patients.  It led him to shamanic explorations on the otherworldly CD he (and other wonderful musicians) plays native instruments from angels and ancestors of many ancient traditions to guide you on a trip to your inner self, "the golden sanctuary of your Spirit" (Written by Judith Lazarus)

To visit the soundJourney store for this and other wonderful gifts, Click Here. We even offer holiday packaging and 2nd day and next-day shipping for those last minute gifts. You can also find soundJourney clothing and other unique gifts there too.

soundJourney on the Road

I recently did a small tour of Arizona where I participated in Arizona Choices, a health and wellness exposition and conference in Tucson.  I also gave presentations at Arcosanti and in Sedona.  The amazing power of sound as a healing tool was brought home to many people, and several people reported life-changing experiences.  I also had the honor of speaking on a panel with sound healing legends Steven Halpern and Paul Horn.  It was truly wonderful to share experiences with them and to learn even more about the miracle of sound. It just keeps getting more powerful and more beautiful. 

I hope you can make it to one of the upcoming soundJourney experiences.  The next one will be December 9 at the Regenesis Center in Santa Monica (see below).

Blessings and Peace,


Schedule of Upcoming Events:

December 9, 2005

soundJourney at The Regenesis Center

On  Friday December 9, 2005  a soundJourney will be held at The Regenesis Center, in Santa Monica at 1645 16th.

The time will be from 8:00 till about 10:00pm. Doors will be closed at 8:20, so please be on time. The price is $25.00 in advance, and $30.00 at the door. To purchase a ticket in advance, please contact The Regenesis Center at (310) 581-2450.



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