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Sleep is also essential for memory retention, which Dr Walker likens to click[ing] the `save' button on those newly created files. It could be that moment when you hear on the news that plastics now outnumber sea life six to one, and when the sun breaks down plastic trash that gets thrown into the ocean, the plastic forms tiny microbeads that the fish mistake for food--and that we then ingest when we eat seafood. That's when it hits you that it's time to take action to change things for yourself, your family, and the planet. As I've said, I first discovered the connection between our environment and our health when I met Dr Murray Clarke. His homeopathic treatment was nothing short of a miracle to me, and I became intrigued to learn what other ways homeopathy could heal. In particular, I wanted to know how it could help my son, who was having trouble in school. My son, Alex, had normal scores on his Apgar test for newborn health at birth and had later hit all the medical milestones: nursing well, using his hands, facial recognition, sitting up, talking, and so on. But he had difficult reactions to immunizations and seemed to struggle with being around a lot of children and in his schoolwork. After a visit to Murray, we realized that there was a good chance that Alex had been exposed to significant amounts of mercury during gestation. When I was pregnant, I had a mouthful of silver amalgam fillings and I ate canned tuna fish almost every day because I was a working mom on a budget who craved salt. At the time, the dangers of high mercury levels in fish like tuna weren't widely known. Field theory applies to both psychology and physics. Classical field theory works especially with mathematics to describe the physical forces and their interactions. Rupert Sheldrake, former research fellow of the Royal Society and former director of studies in biochemistry and cell biology at Clare College, Cambridge University, developed the concept of morphogenetic (formative) fields, which describe survival-related information of living beings in nonmaterial so-called information fields. These are available to all beings, especially those of the same species. I ask you to consider whether this approach has a real impact, if it ultimately improves your hearing and your world. If you get to a point where you stop working on improving your hearing through this method because you're having trouble understanding the method, you are welcome to contact me with any questions you may have. In the end it's all about listening to one another. And if you only find inspiration in this article, this too is wonderful! Blindness cuts us off from things, but deafness cuts us off from people .

We are not hard of hearing--we just do not hear where the other person is. Allow the breath to breathe itself. Continue for a designated period. If you are doing this as a formal practice, it can be helpful to gradually build up the length of time. Perhaps start with five minutes and go from there. The more frequently we do this practice, the more familiar we become with our own patterns of breathing and how it is affected by our state of mind. people find focusing on the breath a bit tricky, perhaps as a result of breathing problems in the past. If this happens to you, let go of the breath and take your attention to the soles of your feet on the floor. Explore that felt sense of contact, rather than the breath, and when the mind goes for a walk, just bring it back to your feet as soon as you notice. BREATH AND BODY The Breath and Body meditation is an extension of Watching the Breath (see article 52). I just wanted to keep running. And then I couldn't run any longer. I got a call telling me that my college roommate, Anthony Arline, had committed suicide. He had made the Chargers but then had to leave for personal reasons, and the loss of his football dreams had a big effect on him, ultimately causing him to take his own life. I was devastated, because Anthony was one of my closest friends. And I was even more devastated because I hadn't been paying enough attention to see what he was going through. Maybe if I had, I could have convinced him to keep going. Maybe I could have helped him see a way out. That was rock bottom for me.

That was when I realized that I had to face up to my reality. Studies show that people who learn new facts and then sleep for eight hours are as much as 40 percent more likely to remember what they just learned than those who stay awake--so if you're planning to pull an all-nighter cramming for a test, you may want to reconsider. Even when you aren't actively practicing a motor skill, your sleeping brain continues working to improve your performance, which may be why record-breaking sprinter Usain Bolt takes naps before his races. Sleep is also hugely beneficial when it comes to creativity and problem-solving. When we enter REM sleep and begin to dream, our brain begins testing out and making connections between distant, seemingly unrelated memories and information, which can lead to ingenious ideas and solutions that would never occur to our waking minds. When we're having trouble solving a problem, we say we need to sleep on it. Dr Walker points out that a version of this expression exists in most languages, from the French dormir sur un problem to the Swahili kulala juu ya tatizo. In fact, some of the greatest innovations in science and art have emerged from sleep: the elegant design for the periodic table came to chemist Dmitri Mendeleev in a dream. Thomas Edison, who patented 1,093 different inventions over the course of his lifetime, including the lightbulb, the phonograph, the kinetoscope, and the alkaline battery, relied on daytime naps to jump-start his imagination. Paul McCartney awoke from a dream with the melody for Yesterday in his head. While staying at her friend Lord Byron's estate in the summer of 1816, young Mary Shelley had a frightening nightmare. Murray thought that the mercury load that Alex had been carrying might have been compounded by routine immunizations and possibly a contributor to his difficulty in learning. Although we will never know for sure, I worked closely with Murray and other health professionals to get Alex's system cleaned up, and I'm happy to say that Alex has gone on to graduate from college, earn an MBA and is working on a his second master's degree. He is a whiz-bang data and marketing expert, a gourmet chef, and flies his own Cessna 185. It is important to note here than I am not telling anyone to not immunize their children. I am strongly recommending that you consider delaying immunizations to allow their little bodies to get stronger to be able to handle the immunization load. I immunized my children starting at two years of age and spread the vaccinations throughout their pre- and elementary school years. If this issue speaks to you, I highly recommend that you read the article by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. I also want to say that not everyone has a problem with mercury;

Some people will have more difficulty than others with how their body can neutralize, detoxify, and eliminate mercury and other metals like lead, cadmium, arsenic, etc What I do know is that before I got pregnant again, I chelated myself--a process which is used to get rid of unwanted metals from the body--and my next two children were born with normal or low amounts of mercury and other heavy metals and did not have any of the learning issues that my older son had experienced. Are you familiar with this situation? You speak to someone alone in a quiet room. They talk in a normal voice, maybe even quietly, and you can understand each other perfectly. However, it is quite different when you're talking with someone and it is a bit noisy around you; Everyone is talking and music blares from speakers on the ceiling and the walls. Now you have a problem: you can barely follow the conversation at your own table. Or let's say you're sitting at a large table, perhaps on a conference call that's attended by several people. The conversation goes back and forth, and it is of course particularly important to hear who is speaking. To hear who is speaking you must concentrate and may miss your turn to have a say. Before you realize what was said, the next person has already begun to speak, and you have lost the thread of the conversation, as well your connection to the others. It is not a more advanced practice but simply a different one with a varying focus. The Practice Take your seat (see article 46). Begin paying attention to your breath (see article 52). After a while widen your awareness to include the whole body--there will still be an awareness of the physical sensations of breathing (a bit like a radio playing in the background) but also of external sensations--perhaps the weight and contact of your buttocks on the seat, maybe a sense of a draft of air or an itch on your nose--and internal sensations: a rumbling stomach, tight shoulders, a sore throat. When you become aware of a sensation, be curious about it. Where exactly are you experiencing it? How would you describe it? Does it come and go?

We are interested in what we are experiencing rather than why. It was at Anthony's funeral that I finally understood that life isn't promised, that we aren't guaranteed tomorrow. If I wanted to leave a mark on the world, I was going to have to start working toward that. I had to do it for my newborn son. I had to do it for Anthony. I had to do it for all the people like Anthony who might still be able to make their lives work. By this time I had started RehabTime and released a few videos, but this was when I really decided to dedicate myself to helping people. Back then, I only had a few thousand Facearticle followers, and I would open my phone line up at night to them, saying that if they were going through a tough time, they should call. And here's something I never would have imagined: doing this felt better than professional football had ever felt to me. When I was helping people, I felt that I was truly living my purpose, and if I was really being honest with myself, I didn't have a love for the game anymore. Football wasn't quite in my rearview mirror yet, but it was almost there. The next morning, she turned her dream into a ghost story, which she later expanded into a novel called Frankenstein (Wonderful work for a girl, declared Lord Byron). I sleep a lot--at least eight hours a night, often nine. I've never been the all-nighter type. If I don't get enough sleep, I make worse decisions, I find it harder to focus, and I'm snippier with people. It's not just me: anyone who's been sleep deprived knows that lack of sleep makes us cranky, destroys our focus, and impairs our decision-making abilities. It can also make us feel hungry no matter how much we eat, since sleep loss stimulates the hunger hormone ghrelin while suppressing leptin, the hormone that tells our brains we're full. As a result, studies find that sleep-deprived people eat up to three hundred calories more per day than those who sleep well, leading to a ten-to-fifteen-pound weight gain over the course of a single year. Sleep loss increases our blood pressure and accelerates our heart rate, putting strain on the heart and elevating our risk of hypertension and heart attack. It weakens the immune system, making us much more vulnerable to colds and flus.