Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Solarized water is water that has been directly exposed to the sun for at least an hour in a glass container of a particular color and that has therefore become irradiated.
The color Blue is antiseptic and it prevents water from spoiling and can be kept a week or ten days in hot or cold weather. Bud, Red, Yellow, and Orange should be changed every two days in warm weather and every ten days to two weeks in cold weather. Solarized water should always be sipped through out the day. Another way other than colored glass is to use a clear glass vessel and put colored filters ( such as in the filters used in Let There Be Light)around the vessel.
Another great write up about Solarized water is from Sci Art, which is as follows:
The physical body may be therapeutically affected in profound ways by the simplest forms of nature. The energetic storage properties of water, along with the pranic-charging capabilities of sunlight, create a powerful method of extracting and storing the healing frequencies of color.
Color energies have their effects primarily because certain color frequencies resonate strongly with particular chakras Through resonate energy exchange, the color frequencies energize and rebalance chakras which mat be abnormal or blocked as a reflection of the disease process. By balancing the dysfunctional charka, the proper flows of subtle energies are re-established to the diseased system.
Water is a very special substance. It constitutes 99 percent of the molecules making up the human body, and covers two-thirds of the Earth’s surface. Water is able to extract and store subtle energies which have measurable effects on living systems Research has shown that water can be “charged,” much like a battery, with various types of subtle energies and then “store” this energy for up to 24 hours.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
His Mantra~ " Color is the Root of Great Design"
The great reason to watch this show is the way David Bromstad approaches color and how he comes up with the room design. He comes up with brilliant color combo's, some we have seen or have done ourselves and some I would have never thought of putting together. As well as, when he sees an item to get his inspiration from and from that really chooses the colors he is going to use, it is wonderful to watch how his mind works. Bravo to him! Below is a small write up about him.
David Bromstad, the season one winner of HGTV Design Star, is known for his endless energy and out-of-the-box thinking. Bromstad began his career as a design student at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla. Earnest, passionate, talented and innovative, Bromstad creates awe-inspiring works on many platforms, including custom art, furniture building and interior design.
Bromstad says he "blends styles that incorporate realism and fantasy." He combines this approach with a love of color and practical advice that shows how to transform tired rooms into unique, vibrant spaces.
He currently resides in Miami, Fla.
Check out his COLOR SPLASH Show on HGTV
There is a great Color Personality Test you can take here
Scientists shed light on research
White light laser through optics showing its constituent colours
The ways in which light can be used to diagnose and treat disease is the focus of an international conference.
The Medical Photonics workshop, being held at St Andrew's University next week, will examine how light can be used for a variety of techniques.
The conference will hear how it can be used to detect and treat cancer, inject drugs into cells and analyse tears for signs of disease.
About 100 physicists, biologists and clinicians will be attending the event.
Professor Ifor Samuel will be demonstrating his "light bandage" which he has developed in collaboration with the University of Dundee's Professor James Ferguson.
The future for light in medicine and biology certainly looks very bright
Prof Kishan Dholakia
The bandage can be worn by skin cancer patients like a sticking plaster.
Professor Simon Herrington from the Bute Medical School will be talking about projects related to early diagnosis of cancer using cutting-edge laser technology.
Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri from Dundee University, with which St Andrews operates the Interdisciplinary Centre for Medical Photonics, will discuss the future role of advanced technology in medical practice.
American professor Warren S. Warren from Duke University will deliver one of two keynote talks, about using light to look deep inside tissue.
Other talks will highlight research between St Andrews and Dundee including new methods that aim to deliver drugs directly at the cellular and tissue level.
One uses light to guide tiny bubbles of drugs right to the edges of cells and burst them there, while another uses light to puncture tiny holes in the cells allowing absorption of the drug.
This has formed the core of a recent £2m basic technology grant given to the team.
Professor Kishan Dholakia, who has organised the conference, said: "We are all very excited and enthused to hold this prestigious and topical meeting at St Andrews.
"It is a key international forum to discuss such important topics for future fundamental interdisciplinary work as well as real breakthroughs for healthcare.
"The future for light in medicine and biology certainly looks very bright."
The event is being held on Monday and Tuesday.
Color therapy, also known as chromatherapy, is based on the premise that certain colors are infused with healing energies. The therapy uses the seven colors of the rainbow to promote balance and healing in the mind and body.
Color therapy is rooted in Ayurveda, an ancient form of medicine practiced in India for thousands of years. Ayurveda is based on the idea that every individual contains the five basic elements of the universe: earth, water, air, fire, and ether (space). These elements are present in specific proportions unique to an individual's personality and constitution. When these elements are thrown out of balance through unhealthy living habits or outside forces, illness results. Ayurvedic medicine uses the energies inherent in the colors of the spectrum to restore this balance.
Color therapy was also used in ancient Egypt and China. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), each organ is associated with a color. In qigong, healing sounds are also associated with a color, which in turn corresponds to a specific organ and emotion.
Each of the seven colors of the spectrum are associated with specific healing properties.
Violet promotes enlightenment, revelation, and spiritual awakening. Holistic healthcare providers use violet to soothe organs, relax muscles, and calm the nervous system.
Indigo is also sedative and calming. It is said to promote intuition. Indigo may be useful in controlling bleeding and abscesses.
Blue promotes communication and knowledge. It eliminates toxins, and is used to treat liver disorders and jaundice.
Because it is located in the middle of the color spectrum, green is associated with balance. Green is calming, and is used by Ayurvedic practitioners to promote healing of ulcers. It is said to have antiseptic, germicide, and antibacterial properties and is sometimes used by holistic color therapists to treat bacterial infections.
Yellow is a sensory stimulant associated with wisdom and clarity. Yellow is thought to have decongestant and antibacterial properties, and is useful in stimulating both the digestive system and the lymphatic system.
Orange promotes pleasure, enthusiasm, and sexual stimulation. Ayurvedic practitioners believe it has antibacterial properties and may be useful in easing digestive system discomforts (e.g., flatulence, cramps).
Red promotes energy, empowerment, and stimulation. Physically, it is thought to improve circulation and stimulate red blood cell production.
The color spectrum is composed of different frequencies and wavelengths of light energy. Ayurvedic medicine uses the energy of colors to promote harmony and healing. The colors are said to be imbued with certain healing properties (i.e., red is energizing, blue is calming) and the vibrations generated by each color balance the individual.
Holistic healthcare providers who practice color therapy often relate the seven colors of the color spectrum to specific areas of the body known as the chakras. In yoga, the chakras are specific spiritual energy centers of the body. The therapeutic action of colors is related to the chakra they represent:
first (root; or base of spine): red
second (sacral; or pelvis/groin area): orange
third (solar plexus) chakra: yellow
fourth (heart) chakra: green
fifth (throat) chakra: blue
sixth (brow) chakra: indigo
seventh (crown) chakra: violet
Therapeutic color can be administered in number of ways. Practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine wrap their patients in colored cloth chosen for its therapeutic hue. Patients suffering from depression may be wrapped in reds and oranges chosen for their uplifting and energizing properties. Patients may also be bathed in light from a color-filtered light source to enhance the healing effects of the treatment.
Another method of color therapy treatment recommended in Ayurvedic medicine is to treat water with color and then drink the water for its purported healing properties. This is achieved by placing translucent colored paper or colored plastic wrap over and around a glass of water and placing the glass in direct sunlight so the water can soak up the healing properties and vibrations of the color.
Color may also be used environmentally to achieve certain calming or healing effects. Paint, wall and window treatments, furniture, and decorative accessories may all be selected in specific color families. Clothing may be chosen in specific colors for its healing properties.
Color therapy can be used in conjunction with both hydrotherapy and aromatherapy to heighten the therapeutic effect. Spas and holistic healthcare providers may recommend color baths or soaks, which combine the benefits of a warm or hot water soak with healing essential oils and the bright hues used in color therapy.
Because color is composed of different light frequencies, certain types of music and sound therapy are sometimes used as a companion to the treatment by holistic healthcare providers. One such method, known as the 49th Vibrational Technique, uses a mathematical formula to translate the inaudible vibrations produced in the color spectrum to their audible counterparts. Red is associated with the musical note G, orange is A, yellow is A#, green is C, blue is D, indigo is D#, and violet is E. By combining both visual colors and their audible frequency counterparts, the therapeutic value of the color frequency is thought to be enhanced.
Before administering any treatment, practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine will perform a thorough examination of and interview with the patient to determine his prakriti, or constitution. In Ayurveda, an individual's prakriti is determined at conception and remains unchanged during his lifetime. Treatment colors will be chosen based on the prakriti and the individual's specific imbalance of doshas, or energies. There are three doshas—vata, pitta, and kapha—that correspond to a person's temperament and body type. Most are a combination of the three (tridosha) with one predominating.
In some cases, holistic providers may take a photographic image of the patient's aura, or individual energy field, using a special camera that reads electrical impulses from the patient's hands. The camera produces an image of the patient with bands of color(s) around the body. The colors are then analyzed to determine the patient's unique aura energy pattern, and to decide what type of color therapy would be complementary to that aura.
While color therapy may be an effective treatment for promoting relaxation and overall well-being, and as an adjunct, or complementary therapy in treating some disorders and illnesses, individuals with serious chronic or acute health problems should not rely solely on the therapy for treatment. Anyone with a chronic or acute health concern should seek the advice of a qualified medical practitioner.
There are no known side effects to common practices of color therapy.
Research & General Acceptance
Ayurvedic medicine has been a firmly entrenched practice of medicine in India for thousands of years. However, it is largely regarded as a complementary practice in the United States, although its popularity has grown in recent years as Ayurvedic spas and medical practices have grown in number. The benefits of color therapy have not been researched extensively and it is still considered a fringe therapy by the allopathic medical community.
Twenty in Rural Pennsylvania Have Rare Disease
By HELEN O'NEILL
EAST EARL, Pa. (May 20) - Across the moonless dark of Lancaster County, where horse-drawn buggies clatter along country roads and many families shun electricity, a strange blue light cuts harshly through the night.
Over the cornfields it beckons, beaming from the bedroom window of a 100-year-old Mennonite farmhouse.
Downstairs, flaxen-haired girls read to younger children ... a mother in a traditional long dress and white cap rocks a slumbering child ... a father returning from the fields pulls up a chair to the coal-fired stove.
The scene is bathed in the glow of a single gas lamp.
Upstairs, a baby sleeps in another kind of light, in a very different world.
High-intensity blue electric rays burn down upon his crib, creating an iridescent haze that envelops the room. The lights are suspended from a heavy stainless steel canopy just inches above the child.
The baby wears only a diaper and has no blankets. Mirrors are built into one side of the crib. Fans hum loudly to keep him cool.
With his chubby cheeks and bleached blond hair, 15-month old Bryan Martin looks like an angel in his luminous cocoon.
But Bryan is a very sick child.
The whites of his eyes are yellow and his skin is an unnatural gold.
The blue lights are saving his life.
In the lush, green pastures of Pennsylvania Dutch country, where life revolves around the one-room schoolhouse, the farm and the church, and locals speak a distinctive German dialect, the strange blue lights beam from a handful of homes.
To the Amish and Mennonites they mean one thing - the presence of an extraordinarily rare disease that forces afflicted children to spend 10 to 12 hours a day, undressed, under lights.
The children suffer from a genetic disorder that causes high levels of a toxin called bilirubin to build up in their bodies, resulting in severe jaundice that, if untreated, causes brain damage and death.
Bilirubin is normally broken down by an enzyme in the liver. If the enzyme is missing, bilirubin can be checked only by the wavelengths of blue lights.
The disease is Crigler-Najjar syndrome, named for two doctors who identified it 55 years ago. There are about 110 known cases of Crigler's worldwide. About 20 are among the Amish and Mennonites in Pennsylvania.
There is no cure; Bryan's only hope of long-term survival is a liver transplant.
Nothing prepared Katie Martin for the news that her firstborn, Derick, had Crigler's. Several years earlier, a nephew had died of the disease at age 3.
"I thought it was a death sentence," she said.
In the past, it usually was. But in 1990 a new clinic had just opened in Strasburg specializing in children with rare diseases. There, the Martins met a doctor who had once studied with Dr. John Crigler, who first described the disease with Dr. Victor Najjar in 1952. The doctor told them to bring the baby for blood tests every month. And to keep him under blue lights.
So the Martins - who are unrelated to Bryan Martin - took Derick back to their 140-acre dairy farm in Mifflinberg and embarked on a life of testing, monitoring and lights.
Floyd fashioned a stainless steel-framed canopy to hold the lights over his son's bed. When his next child, Amy, was born, he made another set of lights. When their three cousins across the hill were stricken, he made more.
Today, Floyd Martin's blue-light beds, which cost about $1,000, are sought by Crigler families all over the world.
The Martins, old-order Mennonites, have electricity and a phone, but there is no computer, television or radio in their house. They travel by horse and buggy, except for emergencies when they hire a driver.
"The hardest thing," says Katie Martin, 37, "was to hear them cry on cold winter nights and not just be able to wrap them in a blanket or curl up in our bed."
Today, Derick, 17, and Amy, 15, radiate health. Still, their mother eyes them nervously.
For years she has worried about bilirubin levels. She has cajoled her children back under the lights on the nights they crawled out, complaining about the heat. She has nursed them through gallbladder operations, and other side effects of Crigler's.
Now she has another worry: liver rejection. Both children have had transplants in the past three years and Amy's recovery was complicated, requiring months of hospitalization.
And yet, Martin knew her daughter had no choice. Bilirubin builds up dangerously in adolescence. And the psychological toll can be devastating.
For years, Martin received sad, lonely letters from a woman in England who survived Crigler's into adulthood. At the age of 30, she smashed her bed of lights. The disease killed her within a few weeks.
Martin tells this story to panicked parents who call from around the world when they have a yellow baby and they don't know where to turn.
And she tells them, "Go to Dr. Morton. He can save your child."
With his thinning hair, walrus mustache and bow-tie, Holmes Morton looks every inch the genial country doctor. But the 56-year-old, Harvard-trained pediatrician is far more. In 1989 he gave up a promising academic career to build his Clinic for Special Children, believing that the only way to understand rare diseases was to live in the communities where they occurred.
Here, in a traditional post-and-beam building surrounded by fields, some of the world's rarest diseases are identified. Children who would never have survived in the past are treated with special formulas tailored to their needs. And because the local community helps pay for the nonprofit clinic through annual auctions, costs are far less than at a regular doctor's office.
Geneticists have long studied the Amish and Mennonites, descendants of Swiss and German Anabaptists who settled in Pennsylvania in the 1700s. Forbidden to marry outside their religion, they have a relatively high risk of being carriers of a rare disease.
But research generally takes place in university laboratories, far from actual patients and their illnesses.
At the Clinic for Special Children, a scientist studies a mass spectrometer in one room, while across the corridor an Amish family clusters around Morton to discuss their sick child. Heirloom quilts decorate the walls. A horse and buggy is tethered to a hitching post outside.
And new genes are being identified all the time.
"The real frontier of genetic medicine is in the everyday practice," Morton says. "These children need treatment, not just research."
Morton is speaking not just of Crigler-Najjar syndrome, but of the many other rare disorders seen in the clinic. Maple syrup urine disease. Glutari aciduria. Pigeon breast disease. Pretzel syndrome.
Many be fatal if undetected. Like Crigler's, many are so unusual they are simply not recognized by general pediatricians.
"God sent Dr. Morton to us," says Norman Burkholder, after leaving his mules and plow one day to bring in his sick 9-year-old son. The child has maple syrup urine disease, a rare enzyme deficiency that causes his urine to smell like maple syrup.
Later the boy will be admitted to Lancaster General Hospital where he will spend days on a special formula prepared by Morton's clinic.
If he had not been properly diagnosed, he could have slipped into a coma and died.
When Crigler first identified the disease in 1952, the sick babies he tested all died. Patients began living longer in the 1970s when doctors realized the effectiveness of blue lights.
For a brief time, in the late 1990s, a cure seemed imminent. Experiments in rats suggested that chimeraplasty, a form of gene therapy, could also succeed in humans.
At a conference of Crigler's families in July 1999 Morton announced that the first human trials would begin that fall.
"We thought that soon we would get rid of the blue lights forever," Katie Martin said.
Two months later an 18-year-old Arizonan named Jesse Gelsinger died during an unrelated gene-therapy trial at the University of Pennsylvania. Funding for human trials dried up.
So did hope for Derick and Amy Martin.
Liver transplants are expensive and invasive and bring their own share of heartache and fear. Rejection can be especially hard for teenagers like Amy, craving normality after years of sickness.
Amy hated the lights, hated having to sleep without a blanket, hated the flies that crawled under the glass. Most of all she hated her eyes.
When she woke up after her transplant, she begged for a mirror.
Carefully, she scanned the whites for any trace of yellow.
"Wow," she thought. "They're so blue."
And then she thought, "I'm not a Crigler's child anymore."
Amy's uncle, John Martin, has witnessed her trials even as he contemplate three transplants in his own family.
John is Katie Martin's brother. His three eldest children, Dawn 12, Eric, 9 and Joyce, 8, have Crigler's.
At their Mifflinburg farmhouse, Martin has fixed up one of Floyd Martin's inventions in the living room - a 6-foot-high box of blue lights and mirrors with a door that the children climb into after school. He has taken them on vacation to Florida, to a family with a Crigler's child who let them borrow blue lights.
But the 33-year-old father cannot escape the agony of having cursed his children with his genes.
The new baby, Joel, and 20-month-old Johnny, do not have Crigler's. When they were born, John says, it seemed like a miracle.
Now the family prays for another miracle - a cure.
Lying in bed on their stomachs, Dawn and Joyce chant their prayers in singsong unison. They are in their underwear, covered by a sheet. A stainless steel canopy of lights hangs above them.
Their father kisses them goodnight in the dark. He cannot bear to turn on the blue lights or pull off their cover while they are still awake.
Later, he will creep back into their room and press a switch.
Outside, from far across the fields, a strange blue light will beckon in the dark.
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I have always been around color, playing with color, effected by color all of my life. I have been seriously studying color, well about, the last 10 + years, as well as studying the effects of color as a means of healing. But, for whatever reason, it seems when one is sick with whatever, color has been the last thing I go to. Until my cat, Fiona, became ill. She was my companion, friend, she was always there, nonjudgmental of me and was very special. She really took to the vibration of color healing. I have a small color wand that lights and she loved to have that rubbed on certain parts of her chest. By using the pressure points of acupuncture, I could get the right color to the right area, though as much as she liked it, she wouldn't sit still long enough.
Then I got out my colored filters and shinned light through them on to her, which she would lay in for about half and hour or so. I then taped them to the window so that when the sun shined in through them, her sun spots were now green. Funny, how when I should be putting Blue on an area, she didn't like it and would not stay for it. Turquoise was good, but Green, for her, was so much better. It is what SHE wanted. I even would put all the colored gels (17 total) out on the floor and let her walk on and around them until she found what she wanted, which, of course was always green. I remember reading somewhere and having people tell me that animals don't see colors, or see them the way we do. I don't know if I believe that now after working with Fiona, or maybe they just sense the vibration of the colors better than we do? I just know that she would seek color out. We had a routine, in the mornings after breakfast, she would run to the family room and get in the right spot as I taped the gels in the window. She would do her after eating bathing in the colored sunspot as well as play with her toys, nap and do that yoga positions that cats do with lots of stretching. Then in the afternoons, it was out on the porch to the area where she knew in a little while I would bring the gels out there and again, her sunspots would be colored. I would also solarized water and add that to her drinking water.
But, not knowing how sick she was and her chest was filling with fluid and nothing was working fast enough, the timing just wasn't right, she passed at such a young age.
Because of her and bringing color as a healing method back to the forefront, I just completed a Color Elite course and beginning another in a week. As color is Everywhere, in Everything, such as our food and clothing, interiors of our homes, etc. It only makes sense that I follow her suggestions and incorporate color back into what I do. I miss her terribly but know she is still around and guiding me through the colors...