a process in which the body becomes healthy or complete again after injury or damage:

 painful emotional experience

Getting in touch with your body, listen to your gut.. ask what to do..

Have faith universe lines up.

Cancer story.  Recommended chyimo for 15 %  5 weeks of chimo..

Nutrition, muscle testing, supplements /gluten free.

Supplimente  felt better

 self-healing is needed when there are thoughts or feelings that interfere with daily activities and daily functions. “For example, when we feel that things are getting boring; frequent loss of concentration; or anxiety that sometimes has no clear source.

Why is self-healing so important?

1) It helps you control your thoughts and emotions

Self-healing also works to give us more control over our thoughts and emotions. Controlling our thoughts and emotions is an important part of any healing process – our actions, thoughts, and feelings are all connected. Our actions are determined by our thought

Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water–most directly influences their physical, emotional, and spiritual beings, and which imbalances in these energies can lead to particular physical, emotional, and spiritual disorders.

Self-healing isn’t as complex as you think. Channeling your body’s energy is simple and fast. With professional help from the experts at Yoga International, you can start self-healing your body and mind in just 10 minutes!

For centuries, ancient Eastern medical models were focused on energy. That’s because human bodies can self-heal. You can observe your body’s capacity to repair itself as you recover from an injury or wound. Self-healing isn’t difficult at all. Try channeling your body’s energy and use your thoughts and feelings to alter your energy frequency. It’s like switching channels from a pessimistic news channel to your preferred comedy series and feeling comfortable with that switch.

Your day should proceed in a unique direction to ensure you embrace ease, breeze, and even “magic” into your life. A strong intention can change your life physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Read on and spend the next 5 minutes to practice yourself. Here are 5 simple steps to self-heal your body and mind.

1. Sit Comfortably and Be Mindful of Your Breath

                 Spring equinox/Detox time.  

Spring is here, Easter crowds will soon be upon us locals..  and the season for..Cleansing and Detoxification is upon us.

Cleansing is a hot topic; it is frequently recommended by naturopaths, homeopathic and complimentary therapy practitioners life coaches etc. . Why is cleansing receiving so much attention?  Well, we live in a toxic world; the soil where our food is grown and the air we breathe are both loaded with chemicals, PCBs, pesticides that blow in from the valley of the river Amaca, dust from the roads and what about those toxic garbage fires that start up around March? (Maybe that explains all those dry coughs sinus infections, unexplained allergies and sore throats?)

Pharmaceutical drugs and processed foods are common-place. The facts about our hazardous environment can be overwhelming and scary.

Cleansing, also called detoxification, is our body’s process of elimination, a function that occurs daily through our colon, liver, kidney, lungs, lymph and skin. Despite the fact that we eliminate continuously, our bodies have difficulty keeping up with the toxins. This toxic overload prevents our organs and colon from functioning properly leaving the toxins to collect within our system. The most common symptoms of toxic buildup include: stress, constipation, aches and pains skin rashes and breakouts, low energy, strong food cravings, high sugar consumption, caffeine dependency and unidentifiable illness and moodiness.

Some cleansing objectives are,      

  1. Improved digestion, better elimination, reducing gas, bloating and indigestion
  2. Freedom to breathe more deeply
  3. Less allergic or reactive responses to foods. Less mucus and congestion.
  4. More energy, better nutrient absorption, overall improved health
  5. Balanced pH; improved alkalinity, less acidic
  6. Weight loss
  7. Good skin, bright eyes and sweet breath
  8. Better sex..


              Lets start with intermittent fasting.

Which means 16 hours of fasting.  There is tons of information from Dr. Google about this…

We choose the 16 hour fast, fasting from 8 pm to 12 noon the next day, having a bullet coffee or tea at 9 or 10 a.m.

  • Eat organic foods whenever possible.
  • Drink filtered water. Get off diet and Light soft drinks or any beverage that has artificial flavors and sweeteners.
  • Rotate and reduce foods such as pasteurized milk products (like that sugar laden yogurt you love), eggs, wheat, and yeast foods such as bread and beer.
  • Practice food combining. That would be avoid mixing dense proteins such as seafood and meat with carbs..such as pasta.  Better to do carbs with greens, such as pasta with salads and veggies, or Meat/seafood/ with veggies and salads.  You will notice a lighter feeling as digestion is helped along with an abundance of natural enzyme in raw greens and veggies.
  • Eat a natural, seasonal cuisine. Local..fresh..organic
  • Include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds,  products from free ranged animals, and fresh fish (not shellfish), free range eggs and organic poultry.
  • Cook in cast iron, stainless steel, glass, or porcelain.
  • Minimize red meats, organ meats, refined foods, canned foods, sugar, salt, saturated fats, bottom feeders such as shrimp and crab,  alcohol, and nicotine.

You will notice local clinics and health centers will be offering cleansing regimes in the next month.  Go ahead and try one that fits your personal style.

Medical Doctors a century ago would recommend going to the country, breathing fresh air, moderate exercise, eating local foods and drinking a glass of red wine a day while enjoying simple pleasures.

That works for me too. xxk

My Dear Friend Chelli is here on a visit from NYC. We met more then 20 years ago in a yoga class here in P.V. I wanted to share with you one yogis journey.


Learning To See With My Body

When I was a young adult I practiced various yoga methods. Yoga was wonderful, an enjoyable form of exercise and body movement. I learned to perform beautiful poses, sometimes to lovely music. And, of course, all this was under the guise of a spiritual experience.

I often injured myself and had to stop. However, I was young, my injuries healed quickly, and I went looking for and found yet another yoga method. Little did I understand that the poses I had mastered would not help me sustain mobility and functionality as my body started aging. The beautiful flow from one pose to another was not helping my joints to cope with the changes my aging body was going through. When I developed a vision impairment, I stopped my yoga practice entirely.

A few years after I stopped the practice of yoga, a friend in Boulder who knew how much I loved yoga recommended Kaiut Yoga. I was totally hooked after attending four class sessions. All I understood at the time was that the Kaiut Yoga poses were mostly doable because they did not require working against gravity. I gradually understood progressing in the method would require reorientation and retraining my mind to patiently, methodically identify where in my body, my joints, I had limited range of motion. The essence of the poses designed by Francisco Kaiut is to go into restrictions in my joints that limited mobility gently, mindfully with great kindness. I learned to stay in a pose and listen to my body’s cues and rhythm for clues on when to demand more from a particular joint.

Not only was I noticing the changes in my mobility, my balance, my ability to adapt to unexpected events, so did my family and friends. I stopped taking regular spills on the often hazardous sidewalks of NYC and more mysteriously, I had a sense of well being that felt a bit dream like. Afterall, I was still virtually blind in one eye which affected my depth perception. Then one day while in a workshop with my teacher I had the “Ah-Ha” moment. Francisco had taught me to see with my body. What I couldn’t achieve with my eyes, I was able to achieve by training the joints in my ankles, my knees, my hips, my spine, my shoulders and neck to give me more mobility to serve me well when I most needed them to adapt and respond to unanticipated changes in my environment. I had gradually gone from practicing in the studio, in my home to functioning optimally on the city’s streets and in the world.–

Chelli will be teaching groups and privates classes as Body & Sol Yoga

Organic Select 169 Francia. Versalles.

Yoga increases memory cognisance..

Now they tell us??

This comes as no surprise to those that have discovered the benefits of yoga and meditation, which as they say, go way beyond a flexible and a strong body.

New research suggests that yoga and meditation may not only give you a flexible body and inner peace but a combination of the two could to help improve cognitive function.

The study, led by a team of researchers from UCLA and Australia’s University of Adelaide, is the first to compare yoga and meditation against memory training, which has often been considered the best way to manage mild cognitive impairment. 

The team followed a group of 25 participants all aged 55 and over during a three-month course of either yoga and meditation or memory training.  Most of the baby boomers, hippy, flower children and back to the landers who rediscovered yoga 50 years ago will have an edge..they always did.

Participants had all shown signs of mild cognitive impairment, reporting problems with their memory such as easily misplacing things, or forgetting names, faces or appointments.

Participants were split into two groups. Eleven participants attended memory enhancement training and practiced memory exercises daily, while the other 14 participants attended classes of Kundalini yoga and practiced 20 minutes of Kirtan Kriya meditation daily, which involves chanting, hand movements and visualization of light, and has already has been practiced in India for hundreds of years as a way to prevent cognitive decline in mature adults.

All participants received brain scans and completed memory tests at both the beginning and end of the three months.

The results showed that although all participants demonstrated similar improvements in verbal memory skills, the skills that are needed for remembering names, it was the participants in the group who practiced yoga and meditation that showed better improvements in visual-spatial memory skills, which help with recalling locations and navigating.

In addition, participants in the yoga and meditation group also showed bigger improvements in levels of depression, anxiety, coping skills and resilience to stress, all of which are especially important when coming to terms with the onset of cognitive impairment.

Commenting on the significance of the results Harris Eyre, the study’s lead author, said, “Historically and anecdotally, yoga has been thought to be beneficial in aging well, but this is the scientific demonstration of that benefit. We’re converting historical wisdom into the high level of evidence required for doctors to recommend therapy to their patients.”

Senior author Helen Lavretsky added, “If you or your relations are trying to improve your memory or offset the risk for developing memory loss or dementia, a regular practice of yoga and meditation could be a simple, safe and low-cost solution to improving your brain fitness.”

The study was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Now that you have that to chew on ..

Yoga here in Puerto Vallarta is vast with options.

Downtown studios are:

. Davannayoga, Anna,  has a beautiful studio above downtown,  is a competent and experienced guide. They offer different styles of classes and teachers training courses.


 Yoga Vallarta, Alba has created a community of teachers and classes, surely one will fit your lifestyle and schedule,.

 Basilio Badillo 325, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico

322 222 1706

Zana Yoga with Adriana Robin, also a physical therapist, offers a menu of restorative and interesting styles..like flying..its fun and different.  On the north side of town.


Classes in these studios are as varied as the teachers, each having their own style and manner.

Usually the first class is free, so try a few out before making a commitment and

most studios offer a package of classes.

There are many styles of yoga around which can be confusing if you are new to the mat.

Softer styles for starting up a practice  are Hatha, Kundalini, Restorative, and Yin among others. You can also get a jump start by working with an experienced teacher in  private classes.

You will need a yoga mat, which are sold in Walmart( about 6-700 )pesos and other department stores ,

Yoga pants or shorts, and a close fitting shirt.  I add lime water and a hand towel.

Go for it ..


Pet Food in the Raw…

I want to share a little story about one of our Montana ranch dogs.  They thrived on organs and bones from deer and elk.   “Stubby” was a little mutt off the Crow Indian reservation who loved to ride along and go out with the cows.  One day my husband and I went up to round up some cows on the mountain.  John whistled and waved his hand in a circle and that little dog jumped out of the back of the pick-up and rounded up those cows, nipping, barking and running.  He got them running down the road, then jumped back into the pickup with a running leap, smiling from ear to ear, he was so proud of himself.  When we got home, John honored him by giving him a big batch of “commodity” canned pork.  This is what the U.S. government hands out to the tribe as part of a treaty agreement from a hundred years ago. Who knows what it had in it, but Stubby ate it up with proper appreciation and laid down to die, stiff as aboard 1 hour later.  We called the vet who said never give your dog canned /cooked salted meat.  This was a terrible thing for us.

So this is the thing..

I am wondering why pet guardians who are invested in their own wellbeing eating intelligently and enjoying an active lifestyle do not give their pet companions the same consideration in offering them food to thrive on.

 Having said that:  Sadly for pets, their food industry is rapidly becoming Big Business. Big Business to the tune of $15 billion worldwide.

Behind closed doors, strategic acquisitions of smaller companies are quietly taking place – clearly to capitalize on the tremendous profits the pet food industry offers. What most pet owners don’t realize is that the pet food industry is actually an extension of the food and agricultural industries.

Pet food provides these giant multinational corporations a convenient and profitable “built-in” market for wastes left over from their human food production.

 Here’s the problem… Your pet was never designed to eat ‘wastes’.

 Commercial pet food is a far cry from your dog´s or cat´s ancestral diet – the diet their species has thrived upon for thousands of years.

It happens that we see our pets in increasing numbers getting degenerative diseases similar to that of their human counterpart more and more these days, meaning, inflammation, arthritis, diabetes, tumors, kidney, liver dysfunctions and cancer.  

Let take a look at some of the causes and options.

According to Asian Traditional Medicine theory: grains, sugar and milk products (major ingredients in most pet foods) create an indigestible residue that does not break down in the blood. This residue (sticky nasty stuff) collects in the liver, heart, and   eventually clog up the kidneys.  The environment created is a breeding ground for bacterial and viral infection as well as the more serious and chronic symptoms mentioned earlier.

First off, check the food.  It seems logical that you can’t keep your pet healthy on full time dry food consisting primarily grains and fillers.  The fact is in nature wild dogs and cats are eating a raw diet, mostly organ meats, muscle tissue, insects, grubs  and some grasses once in a while, that does not include grains, such as  corn, soya, wheat, pearled barley, sugar, salt, rice flour milk by-products artificial color ( put in for the human factor) and flavors etc.

Read the labels.

It takes practice to make sense of pet food nutrition labels.  Food companies seem to go out of their way to make ingredient labels confusing and even misleading. Just as we are finally learning to read decode the labels of our foods..there is a code for unlocking what we are feeding our pets..check out the info on the dog food.

Raw, Sold Frozen‘Premium’ Dry Dog Food
Guaranteed Analysis (as fed)Guaranteed Analysis
Protein (not less than)12%Crude Protein (min)25%
Fat (not less than)8%Crude Fat (min)10%
Moisture (not more than)71%Moisture (max)14%
Carbohydrate (not less than)3.5%Carbohydrate??
Fiber (not more than)0.5%Crude Fiber (max)4%
Free-Range Meat = 69%
chicken /beef meat including bone, and organs Organic Vegetables = 29.3%
carrots, squash, yams, zucchini, celery, romaine, parsley, apple cider vinegar Special Nutrient Mix = 1.7%
kelp, sea salt, inulin, zinc, copper and iron amino acid chelates, vitamin E
Ground yellow corn, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), soy protein concentrate, soy flour, water, rice flour, pearled barley, sugar, tricalcium phosphate, propylene glycol, animal digest, dicalcium phosphate, salt, phosphoric acid, sorbic acid (a preservative), calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, dried spinach, dried apples, dried sweet potatoes, choline chloride, calcium propionate (a preservative), added color (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2, Yellow 6), Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, DL-Methionine, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite

At first glance the guaranteed analysis doesn’t say much. However, just as in our food labeling, actual ingredients and the order in which they appear, gives a better picture of the difference in quality of the two foods. The highest content is the first ingredient..then it goes down from there according to the % of content.  It looks like the first ingredient of the raw foods type is free range meat..and the second is corn meal.(gmo for sure).

FYI: The lack of carbohydrate content of the dry food. This is important information to have, as your dog has no biological requirement for carbs (notice the carb content of the raw food is less than four percent). Food with a high carb content is therefore not species-appropriate for your carnivorous canine. Chances are the carbs in the food are displacing some percentage of protein your dog’s body really needs.

The use of the term ‘crude’ protein, fat and fiber on the dry food label. Crude can mean a lot of things. Shoe leather, for example, is a ‘crude’ protein. Bottom line: there’s no way to determine how much of an ingredient categorized as ‘crude’ is digestible or will provide nourishment to your pet’s body.

A Few Things You WANT to See on a Dog Food Label

  • Human grade (USDA approved) ingredients. Association of American Feed Control Officials says “human-grade” is false and misleading, and constitutes misbranding, unless every ingredient in the product—and every processing method—meets FDA and USDA requirements for producing, processing and transporting foods suitable for consumption by humans, and every producer of the ingredients is licensed to perform those tasks. Few pet food companies can meet these criteria. Find out the ingredients in the brand you buy if its fit for human consumption. Despite the fact manufacturers can’t list ‘human grade’ on the ingredient panel, if they are using ingredients fit for human consumption, you’ll know by the information provided on the bag, as well as their marketing materials. The company will want you to know why their food is more expensive.
  • The better the brand (and higher the cost), the more likely it is the ingredients are human grade. If all else fails, you can visit the manufacturer’s website or call their toll free number on your Vonage or Magic Jack.
  • The protein source is either free-range or pasture-raised and hasn’t been shot full of hormones and antibiotics as These substances are highly toxic to animals.
  • A whole food protein source at the top of the list of ingredients. The key here is to look for named meat, typically one-word descriptions of the protein in the formula, for example: beef, turkey, lamb, chicken, etc. Avoid any product with non-specific descriptions like ‘animal,’ ‘meat’ or ‘poultry.’
  • Meat meal: which is fine as a secondary ingredient to a whole food protein source. Meal consists of meat with the moisture removed, with or without bones and has the right calcium/phosphorus balance. Like the primary whole food protein source, meal should be from a named, specific meat.
  • Grain-free. Your carnivorous pet has no biologic requirement for grains.

Avoid the following:

  • By-products, meat by-products, especially those not specified as a certain kind of meat (chicken, beef, turkey, etc.), contain unsavory ingredients ground into the mix during processing like beaks, feathers, feet, hooves, hair, entrails – even tumors. The exception would be by-products derived from human grade organ meats like liver and kidney.
  • Poor quality, incomplete proteins these include corn gluten meal, wheat gluten meal, rice protein concentrate and soy protein.
  • Formulas containing corn or soy. Corn is a cheap filler ingredient with no nutritional value. It is also a known allergenic. Soy is estrogenic and can wreak havoc on your dog’s endocrine system.
  • BHT, BHA, ethoxyquin, propyl gallate. These are all artificial preservatives. Ethoxyquin is banned from use in human foods, but is used to preserve the fish meal found in many pet food formulas. You won’t find it on your pet food label because it is added before the fish meal arrives at the manufacturing facility. When considering dog foods containing fish, look for written manufacturer assurance on the label or web site that the fish meal does not contain ethoxyquin. Otherwise, assume that it does.
  • Artificial colors, flavors, sugars, sweeteners or propylene glycol.

Your best bet is to feed your pet a balanced, raw, species-appropriate, homemade diet. There is a publication that may inspire you with information and recipes , Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats by Dr. Karen Becker and our dear Dr. Mercola who we credit with some of the above information.

If that’s not possible, pick up some organ meats from the local butcher (avoid supermarket meats as they have been treated with chemicals to keep them looking fresh), have them run it through the grinder for you and mix it with some raw sunflower sprouts, carrots and grated beets.  Mix it up and divide into meal portions to store in freezer containers and pop them in the freezer.  You can take out a day’s supply in the evening and place it in the fridge, by the morning they should be thawed.  You may have to mix it ¼ to 3/4 when you start your pet on the changeover, then increase the portion each couple of days until the mix is a 100 % raw. 

If you don’t have the time or inclination and want to get serious about it..local food producer, http://www.organic-select.com makes a line of raw pet food from their grass grassed stock.

Never give your dogs chocolate, sugar, cookies, cake, bacon, commodity canned meats..etc.


Essential oils and cancer..its all about the vibes.

Those of us who are into those thing..meaning vibration or energy patterns known in the scientific world as Hz (hertz is a unit of frequency) will get this quickly.  Our body with its soft and dense tissues, organs and mass all have a distinctive Hz value which changes with thought and diet. A healthy body, from head to foot, typically has a frequency ranging from 62 to 78 MHz, while disease begins at 58Hz. studies show that: negative thoughts lower our frequency  about 12 MHZ, while  positive thoughts raises our frequency on average 10 MHz

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has known for 5000 years about the frequency levels and energetic connections (meridians) of the body and relationships between, thought patterns,  organs and disease.

The western world is slowly beginning to witness this and evenly slower to apply it to wellness.

Robert O. Becker, M.D., the author, validates that the human body has an electrical frequency (vibes) and that much about a person’s health can be determined by it. Nikola Tesla (RIP 1948, inventor genius type) said that if you could eliminate certain outside frequencies (flat screens, cell phones.etc) that interfered in our bodies, we would have greater resistance toward disease. Dr. Otto Warburg was a two-time Nobel Laureate and winner of the Nobel Prize for cancer research, for discovering that human cells have an electrical voltage.

I think we can establish there is something to this body frequency concept. We do move about in an electrometric field, generating and receiving impulses. Good vibes..bad vibes..we wll know how that feels when we pick them up or send them.

Essential Oils..

Eastern Washington University has developed a Calibrated Frequency Monitor (CFM) that has been used to measure the frequencies of essential oils and their effect on human frequencies when applied to the body. Essential Oils laboratory uses a CFM, and another is located at Johns Hopkins University where it is used to study frequency in relationship to disease. Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils begin at 52 and go as high as 320 MHz! For example: Rose 320 MHz, Helichrysum 181 MHz, Frankincense 147 MHz, Ravensara 134 MHz, Lavender 118 MHz, Myrrh 105 MHz, German Camomile 105 MHz, Juniper 98 MHz, Sandalwood 96 MHz, Angelica 85 MHz, Peppermint 78 MHz. to mention a few.

Researchers sought out to discover how popular essential oils in current use, such as mint, ginger, lemon, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, chamomile, thyme, rose, and cinnamon, may combat cancer. They did so by testing antibacterial potency as well as in vitro toxicology against human cancer cell lines.

 “Cancer starts when the DNA code within the cell’s nucleus becomes corrupted,” says Immunologist Mahmoud Suhail. It seems some essential oils have a re-set function that communicates the corrected information to the cell.

Frankincense Oil – A Cancer Killer

“Frankincense separates the ‘brain’ of the cancerous cell – the nucleus – from the ‘body’ – the cytoplasm, and closes down the nucleus to stop it reproducing corrupted DNA codes,” says Dr. Suhail, Immunologist.

Frankincense oil is effective because it contains monoterpenes, compounds which have the ability to help eradicate cancerous cells at the onset of their development, as well as their progression stages, making it ideal for those who discover their cancer regardless of when it’s found.

Working with frankincense could (big word) revolutionise the treatment of cancer. Currently, with chemotherapy, doctors blast the area around a tumour to kill the cancer, but that also kills healthy cells, and weakens the patient. Treatment with frankincense could eradicate the cancerous cells alone and let the others live.

There’s the (kinda) science of it, and clearly comes as no surprise to those that have been working with essential oils in healing, recovery work and sustainable health protocols.

 The cost alone of developing a degenerative disease which is staggering.  Plus, “Modern” living in first world countries create the perfect environment to create these health issues which are now showing up in our children at the earliest ages. Maybe rather then paying through the nose to health insurance companies for the exploited cost of medications and inadequate care,  we could consider some  wholesome approaches like returning to a high quality protein diet, cut down on booze, flour and sugar and cook our own meals. Plus.. doing  what you love with people who believe in you, which, in turn,  will have a positive effective on your health and attitude.

We have the pleasure of sustaining a 20 year relationship with essential oils .  The love affair started as a need to develop products for a fledgling massage business located on Aquiles Serdan in Vallarta, Body and Sol (some of you may remember).  At that time there were virtually NO access to natural body products in Mexcio, we had to study up, resource national producers of quality oils and develop formula for face and body products and use what we could find.

In the meantime…we discovered how the oils effected many other aspects of health by rubbing it in, sniffing, and using it in sprays. It works well for a number of maladies from skin problems to stress related dysfunction, anxiety, insomnia, menopause, allergies, pain and chasing away those blues.

 Purity is the key when choosing oils, and it’s not cheap for therapeutic applications. You can do the math when considering the options. . Organic Select has a selection of compounds and essential oils, and an in house person who can help you mix your own blends.

And we love the the way it smells..!

Medical Marijuana..CBD oil

There’s been a buzz about the medical merits of Marijuana.  I had no idea how big the industry had become in the 25 U.S. states where its legal, and on a global scale with over 30 countries approving with considerations including MEXICO.  They all agree basically that you can grow some, process some and keep some on hand..and buy some ready made from your local producer.

Support of medicinal cannabis has skyrocketed  thanks to the growing body of research that shows its therapeutic value for a range of health conditions. Cannabis may be able to treat or alleviate the symptoms of a variety of serious ailments, including cancer, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy and much more.

A safe way to take medical marijuana is CBD oil, it can be used topically for pain or taken internally by drops.  The only warning is ..dont take CBD oil orally for the first time and drive, you could feel drowsy.

Heres the top 10 uses.

1. Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis Journal found that cannabis based medicinal extracts can significantly reduce the spasticity and pain associated with multiple sclerosis while having few adverse effects on patients.

2. Spinal Cord Injury

Caused by trauma to the spine, spinal cord injuries are known to affect motor skills and can potentially lead to total loss function in some parts of the body. the Oxford Centre for Enablement noting that “Cannabis medicinal extracts can improve neurogenic symptoms unresponsive to standard treatments”.

3. Spinal Cord Disease

The term ‘spinal cord disease’ refers to any spinal cord issues that develop for reasons other than trauma. Multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, syringomyelia and spinal stenosis can all be considered examples of spinal cord disease. cannabis’ ability to alleviate spasticity and pain – two of the most common symptoms associated with spinal cord disease.

4. Cancer

Responsible for about 30 percent of all deaths, cancer is the leading cause of death the north, according to figures reported by theCanadian Cancer Society. Research shows that both THC and CBD (two of the key active components found in cannabis) can stimulate appetite, which may help with the weight loss, anorexia and cachexia that many cancer patients experience. In addition, cannabis is very effective at combating the nausea caused by conventional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy.


A number of studies show that medical cannabis can improve many HIV/AIDS-related symptoms, including anorexia, weight loss, severe nausea and more. For instance, a study published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management found 97 percent of HIV patients reported improved appetite with medical cannabis treatment, while 94 percent experienced reduced muscle pain and 93 percent reported improvements to both nausea and anxiety.

6. Arthritis

‘Arthritis’ is an umbrella term that refers to the inflammation of a joint. There are more than 100. In one study into the efficacy of cannabis as a form of pain relief for rheumatoid arthritis, researchers noted that “a significant analgesic effect was observed and disease activity was significantly suppressed”.

7. Epilepsy

 The disorder is characterized by seizures, which range from relatively mild (a moment of impaired concentration) to extreme (total loss of consciousness and awareness). Cannabis based medicines – and CBD-dominant products in particular – have proven to be very effective at reducing the frequency and severity of epilepsy seizures. With that said, medical cannabis should only be used in treatment resistant cases of seizures.

8. Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The term ‘inflammatory bowel disease’ (IBD) describes disorders that result in inflammation of the digestive tract, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Research published inDigestion found that IBD patients experienced a variety of health benefits from using cannabis9. End of Life Care

Studies have shown that medicinal cannabis may also be an effective treatment option in palliative care, which could be vital in the years ahead as many nations come to terms with aging populations. Research published in Current Oncology found that medical cannabis could “provide further relief from distressing symptoms and spiritual suffering”, while improving patients’ overall quality of life.

10. Insomnia

Research indicates that both THC- and CBD-dominant cannabis based medicines offer effective therapy for a range of sleep disorders, including insomnia. Cannabis is thought to reduce sleep latency, induce drowsiness and improve quality of sleep without side effects.

AND..we have had clients tell us they use CBD oil  on their pets to relieve anxiety and pain. .


 There are a lot of different strains depending on what type of medication you need.  Basically there are two active components Cannabinoids  produced by the cannabis plant. More than 100 different cannabinoids have been identified, but research has focused on only two of them so far: delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).


THC is the substance known to cause the psychoactive effects or the “high” felt from cannabis. Scientific studies, as well as anecdotal evidence, suggest that THC is effective in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), functions as an appetite stimulant for HIV/AIDS patients, reduces nausea and vomiting from cancer treatment, helps patients with insomnia, inflammation and pain.

You can find it locally produced  from specific hybrid plants.  As I always say..Know your grower to avoid a load of pesticides and growth tonics.

Drop me a line if you would like more info.


Tai Chi

I understand the Chinese gather in their parks to enjoy the benefits of..

Tai chi is an ancient form of martial arts from China. But, almost everyone who practices it today isn’t training to fight. Over the centuries, the movements practiced in tai chi have become much more fluid and gentle, and people practice its slow, graceful motions as a form of light exercise that doesn’t put too much stress on their joints. In tai chi, you flow from one posture to the next seamlessly in constant, evenly paced motions. If you watch others perform tai chi, you’ll notice that the movements can look like an elegant dance.

A gentle, low-impact, non-competitive exercise, tai chi is safe for practitioners of all ages because it’s easy on muscles and joints. You also don’t require any specific equipment to practice it; some comfortable, loose clothing is really all you need. You can practice tai chi at home or take classes in a studio by simply bringing yourself and a desire to move.

Many people who are drawn to tai chi aren’t only interested in the positive impact it can have on their bodies, but they’re also interested in its mental and spiritual benefits. In this way it’s similar to yoga, another meditative movement practice that involves focusing on your breathing and on mindful motion.

For the most part, tai chi is a relaxing exercise. However, there are some more rigorous forms of the practice that increase in difficulty if you’re interested in advancing this way. In its short form, tai chi includes 27 poses. In its long form, it may consist of 60, 108 or 150 forms. Long-form tai chi tends to be more challenging for your body than its short-form counterpart, and it’s important to learn how to do the postures correctly to ensure safe tai chi practice.

Depending on how rigorous you want your tai chi exercise to be, you can choose from one of its five styles:

  • Yang tai chi is great for beginners in that it’s almost always slow. Its movements are large and sweeping.
  • Wu tai chi is also practiced slowly, but it emphasizes micro-movements and focuses more on different hand positions.
  • Chen tai chi combines slow and fast motions, and it’s best to wait until you have a bit of experience before trying these forms.
  • Sun tai chi also combines slow and fast movements, though it’s less demanding on your body.
  • Hao tai chi is a less common style that focuses on posture accuracy and combines the Yang and Chen styles.

One of the most well-known benefits of tai chi is its ability to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. A 2020 study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that tai chi provided stress-relieving results similar to those of more intense exercise routines. The study results also suggested that, because of the intentional breathwork involved in tai chi, this type of workout may even be better at reducing stress and anxiety than other kinds of exercise. Additionally, a recent review of research found that tai chi improved negative emotions in adults of all ages. Experts believe this is because of its positive impact on both our mood-regulating hormones and our nervous systems.

Various studies have also found that tai chi practitioners of all ages may benefit from better sleep quality. This is likely related to tai chi’s ability to ease symptoms of stress and anxiety.

Despite the gentle nature of this exercise, tai chi can help boost your strength, flexibility, stamina, balance and agility. These qualities are beneficial to your health at any age, but in older adults these qualities can significantly decrease the risk of falling.

Practicing tai chi may also help to relieve different kinds of pain, including arthritis and back pain. Many people who experience bodily pain tend to steer clear of exercise for fear of injuring themselves even more. Tai chi, being the slower form of movement that it is, seems to have the opposite result.

There are Tai Chi classes once a week on Tuesday  moringings at 10 30,  starting in January at Body & Sol Yoga coop in Organic Select. www.organic-select.org   And there is a class in the fluvial park in the mornings.




Back to the Mat

Body & Sol YOGA space opens after 30 years…
The story,
It happened that we opened a yoga and massage therapy
space in a small upstairs space on Aquiles Serdan back in 1993
or so. It was across from Rizos. We thought it was perfect
cuz one could use Rizos parking lot, and it was right across the
street from the coconut man, He is still there (his kids are). At
first Mexican people thought Yoga was next to Devil worship,
so we called it Dynamic exercises for wellbeing. That worked
pretty well. We had our studio on the beach under the palms
in front of Molino de Aqua..which use to be nice and quiet
before the bridge or walkway. The Molino de Aqua was a
quiet place with lots of big trees and free range cats.
There was an old growth tree, which disappeared upon
development of the luxury condos that went up in its place.
That made many of us sorry.
There were two other yoga spaces in Mexico. Power Yoga in
CDMX, and the Yoga co op in San Miguel de Allende, and
Body & Sol In Pto. Vallarta. The three women formed a
triangle of yoga, passing word of mouth to students.
We remain fast friends to this day.

We all did forms of Hatha Yoga which embraces other
modalities. Iyengar came next, then astanga styles, followed
by vinyasa, Hip Hop, flow, to name a few.. These turned into
kinda hard core practices with popular beats that gets the
heat up while one is jumping through and powering forward.
Now, seems we have spiraled back to Hatha styles. Yin yoga
is a SLOW expression of basic poses held 3 to 5 min. One can
really get into the stretch. Nidra forms are happening which is
similar to yin, coupled with song or chanting.
Tai Chi & Qi Gong Wudang discipline , hails from the Wudang
provience and considered the Taoist method of wellness. This
teaches frue health and well being comes from balance and
harmony with oneself and nature through emotional
intelligence and compassion. J see it as an energy flow, when
done slow is grounding flow through connected movements..
a beautiful dance, hypnotic really.
Many teachers offer deeper work shops in quantum healing.
and traditional ceremonies as we seek closer understandings
of who we and how to handle ourselves.
So, we were inspired by the extra space at Organic Select. We
knocked down a couple of walls and declared it a community
Yoga space. Teachers co op in marketing and meet once a
month to set up the calendar. They offer basic classes of
Hatha Yoga for all levels Maria Abad and Sally . Basic Yin (soft
stretch) Marisol. Tai Chi, Qi Gong by Rami, for those wanting
to foster balance and well being in standing movements.

Sound therapy by Gong, (Marisol) and Crystal Bowls,
Cezarina and Dionne are masters in frequency clearing
providing a journey into the subconscious. Not scary at all. I
always fall asleep to wake up refreshed.
Spirtual beings incarnate.
Basic Hatha, kundalini, and chanting classes are by donation
This way everyone can come in to experience the classes.
Body & Sol is open to Kids on Saturdays with drumming
circles, theater arts, body expression and yoga for kids.
Just thought I would let you know..

The Benefits of a Bilingual Brain

First of all, it happens that i hear from friends how lucky to be able to read, speak and write
enough to get along with a second language. Spanish. However, My Mexican family and kids
often make fun of me when I invent words to suit my style of communication. This chiding does
not stop me from embarrassing myself while overcoming the fear of communication and barge
through it. Then, one thing leads to another, French and Italian make a lot more sense..
And, its fun to engage..
A whole new world will open up once you are able to read and speak a bit. You can enjoy film,
literature and music which is the door to understanding the culture.
Theres that and..
 Previous studies suggest people who regularly speak more than one language show a later
onset of dementia and improved mental function such as holding on to that Teflon memory,
and can offset the onset of Alzheimer as well has help recover from a stroke. Study is a
workout for the brain to keep it flexible and cognitive.
Having said that, maybe this will give you some tips on HOW to learn a 2 nd language as an Adult.
If you studied a language in middle school or high school, you might recall the days of
memorizing verbs and vocabulary for your exams. Maybe you also recall learning with ease as
you familiarized yourself with foreign sounds, words, and experiences.
As an adult, learning a new language is definitely a different experience then it was in high
school. Understanding how adults learn differently will help one stay aware of possible
challenges, while taking advantage of the benefits of being an adult learner.
1. You’ll need more discipline to make time for lessons and studying. 
“Adulting” takes time, and it can be hard to fit in regular lessons and study, both of which are
essential for progress in your target language. Blocking out times in your schedule that are
distraction-free and one hundred percent focused on language learnings helps manage your
agenda. . Even if the chunks of time are short, consistent study will lead to noticeable progress.
2. Losing your native accent completely can be difficult. Like if you are from one of those
graceful charming southern states..
When children learn a new language, they naturally assimilate the unique sounds,
inflection, and rhythm of the language. As adults, it can be harder to completely master the
accent, as the foreign sounds can be challenging to assimilate completely since speech patterns
are already set.

There are many ways your tutor can help you improve your accent if it doesn’t come naturally
to you. Working with a language tutor — as opposed to relying on prerecorded courses, videos,
and apps — is best, as you’ll get feedback and corrections as you’re speaking. There are many
options around P.V., private and public institutions.
3. You might not have the time for a thrice-weekly or daily classes
But guess what..you have time for lunch.
It helps to develop relationships with native speakers and have lunch. Read the menu, enjoy
conversation and new friendships. I see so many expats in the same circles as when they left
the ¨Pat¨ I guess its ok to come to enjoy the weather and food..but theres so much more to
Latin culture then margaritas and guacamole.
4. Spontaneity is often tempered by fear of making mistakes. 
A big difference between adults and kids is that the latter group is often unhampered to try
new things, even if it means looking a little ridiculous and making errors. Adults can be
intimated by trying new things, and making errors is frowned upon.
This can make it challenging to learn well, as an inherent part of language learning is to make
mistakes and experiment! You can remain aware of this downfall and work to overcome fear of
mistakes by staying open, having fun, and trying new things.
5. Vocabulary acquisition needs targeted practice and exposure.
it’s often not enough to just rely on exposure to acquire and memorize new vocabulary. As you
learn, you’ll need to make a targeted and concerted effort to memorize new vocabulary.
Children and adolescents can often pick up new vocabulary simply through exposure and
repetition; the advantage adults have is that they can choose to focus on specific vocabulary
sets that interest them. These could be highly specific (i.e. Spanish vocabulary for healthcare) or
general; either way, you’ll be learning exactly what you want to learn.
6.  Grammar won’t come naturally. 
Children learning new languages often pick up sentence structure and other grammatical points
simply by listening and interacting.
this works for Adults too, open you ears and pay attention.
The good news is..
Adults possess greater comprehension ability and organizational practices. 
As an adult you will be empowered by your ability to organize, summarize, and comprehend
things on a macro-level. Translation: you can see the smaller details within a language, as well
as the bigger points you need to master to speak well.

This ability allows you to progress rapidly in a language — if you’re dedicated, consistent, and
motivated. If you can apply the above skills, you’ll could find yourself speaking and
understanding your target language in no time.

 You have more opportunities for practicing your new language. 

As an adult, the world is your oyster! You can practice during social encounters, farmers
markets, restaurants and native friends. Exploring a our beautiful and diverse country will give
you tons of experiences wrapped in our cultural richness.
Just remember to strike a balance; it’s important to study formally with language materials, but
immersion learning will help you master the art of conversation and local dialects.. (back to the
lunch with the native speaking friends)

And if you think you’re too old, just remember: our brains are designed for this. “Bilingualism
might have been the original state of human communities,” and . “It was more the rule than the
exception. The fact we have this ability means in a way our brains are designed to do it.”
I know one thing, you don’t have to be perfect when attempting to speak a second language.
Most times the persons to whom you are speaking will try and get it, and help you along.
Overcoming fear is the biggest factor..just do it and use your hands a lot.