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EFT Sessions Recommended for Those at Risk for PTSD
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Kaiser Permanente is one of the largest hospital systems in the US, taking care of more than 10 million patients each year. This week Kaiser's peer-reviewed publication, The Permanente Journal, published practice guidelines for using EFT with patients diagnosed with PTSD. The journal is indexed on the US Government's Pubmed website, making it easy to locate. EFT Universe inspired this project in 2013. We collaborated with several other organizations, amongst them Eden Energy Medicine, ACEP, and AAMET, to survey EFT practitioners about their experience working with clients with PTSD.

The results of their insights are embodied in the practice guidelines. They recommend 5 hourlong EFT sessions for those at risk for PTSD, and 10 sessions for those with full-blown symptoms. Practice guidelines are influential documents because medical and mental health professionals turn to them to find best practices for a specified condition such as anxiety, depression or PTSD. Practice guidelines answer questions like: How many sessions are recommended? How long should each session be? What percentage of patients get better? What further care is recommended for those who don't?

The publication of these practice guidelines by a prestigious journal is a milestone in the acceptance of EFT in the medical establishment.

I spend about 1/3 of my time in service projects like this one, and it is wonderful to see them come to fruition this way. Sometimes it takes many years and much persistence, and I appreciate all those who contributed to the success of this paper. Especially David Feinstein who structured the survey questions, Sheri Stern who provided case histories of veterans she worked with in the VA, Liz Boath and Tony Stewart of Staffordshire University, and Morgan Clond who performed the data analysis.

~ Dawson

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Lavender...Can It Help You Sleep?
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Lavender has a history of use in folk medicine. Used by traditional healers as a cure for sleeplessness, lavender has been the subject of clinical research. According to the Associated Sleep Society, lavender oil may be effective in relieving mild insomnia, especially in women and young people. Results published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, indicate that lavender oil might treat insomnia when used as an aromatherapy treatment.

Choose a Live Tree...
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Plastic trees are made of petroleum products (PVC), and use up resources in both the manufacture and shipping. Discarded artificial trees are then sent to landfills, where their plastic content makes them last forever. Live trees are a renewable resource grown on tree farms, that are replanted regularly. They contribute to air quality while growing, and almost ninety percent are recycled into mulch. Live trees are usually locally grown and sold, saving both transportation costs and added air pollution. They also smell like Christmas!

35 Healthy Christmas Stocking Stuffers
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1) homemade coupons (special outing with parent, cooked dinner, trip to the park, etc.)

2) healthy trail mix

3)puzzle of themselves or a picture of your choice

4) homemade magnets.

5) fun toothbrush you might not normally buy with healthy toothpaste.

6) organic popping corn.

7) organic cocoa nibs.

8) DVD- exercise DVD’s, favorite TV shows, movies etc.

9) nice cooking utensils (stainless steel, wooden spoons)

10) eco friendly coffee cozy

11) sunglasses.

12) flashlight.

13) pocket knife (this would not be for a child).

14) gift card to a favorite store.

15) water bottle.

16) reusable travel coffee cup.

17) CD - relaxation.

18) playing cards (Go Fish, Old Maid, Classic Cards).

19) sudoku, crossword puzzles.

20) organic lip/body balm.

21) new wallet.

22) play dough (can make your own).

23) a special ornament for a favorite team or an event that year (graduated, got a dog, had a baby etc). 

24) travel packs of non-toxic skin toiletries.

25) sporting stuff: golf balls, sweat bands, fishing lures etc.

26) garden markers.

27) tickets for a special outing.

28) fun bandaids (kids love these).

29)  reusable shopping bag.

30) USB drive.

31) art supplies- crayons, colored pencils,

32) soft socks or slippers.

33) tea infuser.

34) tea cup and herbal teas.

35) organic coffee.

Green Holiday Travel Starts at Home...
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There are all sorts of clever ways to make your Holiday trip more sustainable, but the easiest one takes place before you leave. Remember to unplug all unused appliances, especially computers, cell phone chargers, and televisions. Also, you could plan by eating all the perishables in your fridge, then changing it to its lowest setting. And finally, don't forget to turn your water heater down as low as possible.

These are simple things to do, but they will save energy.

Decorate with Nature for Thanksgiving!
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There are some beautiful, eco-friendly options out there for making your house festive for Thanksgiving. They are also a fun way to get your family involved in the decorating. Here are a few ideas: Pumpkins: Use Pumpkins, gourds and squash around the house and as center pieces. Hollow out a pumpkin as a candle holder or for fresh flowers. Pinecones: You can create pinecone name-tag holders to place at each setting. Maybe you could scent them with cinnamon or have the children create turkeys out of them. Pinecones also look great in a glass vase. Acorns: Use acorns with strings tied around them as napkin holders. Or fill a glass vase with them, and they will serve as an anchor for tall autumn branches. Fall Leaves: Fall leaves can be used in a garland or to surround a candle. You can also put them in a glass bowl with water and use floating candles for a beautiful center piece.

Pork Removed from Federal Prison Menus
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Due to decreasing demand, pork has now been removed from all federal prison cafeterias in the United States for the new fiscal year. This decrease, according to Prison Bureau spokesman Edmond Ross, is due to the fact that prisoners are becoming more health conscious. Ross also explained that pork continues to be rated low by inmates and asked, “Why keep pushing food that people don’t want to eat?” Earlier this year, a federal court in Michigan ruled in favor of a vegan prisoner who was denied vegan meals during his sentence. The 2016 national prison menu will include items such as tofu fried rice, soy burgers, and steamed vegetables such as peas, green beans, and broccoli.


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