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    Post by Nick Engelen on Sun May 17, 2009 1:09 am

    Hi Tony,

    How are you?

    During our course in the Brecons you did a speech about the internal pharmacist and smiling hard etc... Can you please tell again as it was very intresting.

    Kind Regards,

    Nick Engelen
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    Post by Tony Terranova on Tue May 19, 2009 2:25 am

    Hi Nick,

    This is a huge subject matter and one which I continue to study for personal reasons. As you know my wife Jenny has a genetic illness for which they say there is no cure so I am always searching to try and find out what makes the human body tick from a mind and body prospective. The brief talk I gave on the Breacons was about the fact that we are our own biggest drug company in that our bodies can produce infinite amount of drugs in precisely the right amount and when we need them. My interest in this has been a result of my combined experiences from my 30 years of global travels, my NLP studies and the regular meetings with the neurologist who monitors my Jenny’s health.

    Here are some notes/thoughts for you to ponder on so that you can make your own research if the subject interests you.

    You often hear that we are our thoughts and that what we think can affect our health. Now to some it sounds a bit new age and a load of nonsense. I am an engineer so I never dismiss anything without first looking at it logically. So I took this concept and looked at it from a practical level from which I could see and feel the results. To me the concept relates to the impact that our emotions have at a neurological level and the resultant drugs that our bodies create for each emotional state and the impact of those drugs on our well being. It is as Deepak Chopra says “an invisible intelligence that you cannot deny exists”. My research has led me to find out that the core of all these chemicals originates from a chain of amino acids that are called neuropeptides (you can research all this yourself).

    Let’s look at some hard examples. When we smile the muscles in our jaw that move are very close to the part of the motor cortex that releases serotonin. This drug will reduce the temperature of the brain and generally make you feel good. Having deficient levels of serotonin can result in you getting depressed. So, we smile and we get a free shot of serotonin and just the right amount. In fact studies have shown that very depressed people who have been subjected to continuous smiling (as part of an experiment) were able to reduce their dependence on anti depressants, some even stop using them.

    When we really laugh out loud with a good old belly laugh the muscles in the diaphragm promote the release of endorphins which is the free make you feel good drug of life that makes us immediately feel better.

    When we hold onto anger and hostility we produce cortisol (from the adrenal cortex) which suppresses the immune system – the more we do this the more the neurological pathways to our cells secreting cortisol get hooked on the shots of cortisol and we are in danger of becoming addicted to it with the result that we habitually exhibit anger and hostility when things don’t go our way (and more cortisol gets shot into the system). Long term damage can be done with this bad habit as it can slowly shut down our immune system over a long a period of time making us more venerable to serious illnesses.

    When we have a moment of great courage we produce neuropeptides that are similar to interluken-2 which is one of the most powerful drugs currently used to in chemotherapy to fight cancer. During moments of danger we produce adrenalin which can give us superhuman abilities and at the same time make us freeze if we do not learn to control. Certain thoughts can produce excessive adrenalin which can over time adversely affect our health – such thoughts would again be hate, anger and aggression etc.

    Basically we have an endless drug store which is related to all emotions; anger, hate, love, depression, fear, anxiety, jealousy and so on. You are the owner of Nicks’s internal drug company that can produce any chemical. So back to the ‘you are your thoughts concept”. I know that for some this is appears to be nonsense and in such cases I use the following example to prove it is in fact as real as it gets and ignore it at your own peril!

    As you know it is a well established principle that there are human beings with dual and multiple personalities and it is accepted as a disorder/health problem. These cases are the ones that really drive home that you are your thoughts. In such cases you can have a person who is colour blind when they are in one personality state and yet their vision is perfect when in the other personality state. You can have a situation where they have allergies when in one state and yet no allergies when they assume the other personality. So this is hard proof of the power thought, and how powerful it really is if we truly believe from the core of our bones and inner self. It is not new age mumbo jumbo it is real. If we can just learn how to access that internal power some of life’s tough times may just disappear with thought changes. If you research some of the experiments that a French immunologist called Jacques Benveniste in the 1980’s on the immune system you will see that he categorically proved there is an invisible intelligence (quantum intelligence) at work and yet the scientists still would not accept his work!

    All too often the medical and drug fraternity are too quick to give drugs when there are in fact other natural cures and positive impacts from changing ones state. When we produce our own drugs they are done in the perfect amount and sent to the exact spot they are needed with no side effect (how smart is that!). I do respect the medical industry they are fantastic and have their part to play, but they must remain open minded. For example many people suffer from heartburn; they all take Pepto-Bismol or gaviscon and a load of other stuff. In fact all you need is 2 fresh lemons, squeeze them and drink them and your heartburn will go away in seconds. Heartburn is an acid imbalance in your gut which happens because a small valve in the bottom of your stomach closes at a certain acidity level (stress can cause it) – taking gaviscon cools your heartburn but does not open the valve, drinking 2 freshly squeezed lemons restore your good to more balance alkaline level by opening the valve so you are treating the problem not the symptom. I have also read and research facts that say a body cannot exhibit cancer if it is in fact alkaline – the research stated that cancer can only live in an acidic environment. Our stomachs can become acidic during times of pressure and emotional stress (back to the heartburn scenario).

    I am fortunate in that I can pick up a lot of information during my global travels from different cultures and have met and leant a lot from mega talented mentors. They say that in ancient Japan they used to drink 4 large glasses of water first thing in the morning and not eat or drink anything else for 45 minutes as the treatment for illnesses. It is still a valid thing to do now and so simple. I have also found that drinking a cup of boiled water with a fresh squeezed lemon and organic honey first thing in the morning purifies liver.

    I could go on and an on as this subject fascinates me. All this information is out there, all I do is take the time to go and find it and study (but it is hard work as the inforamtion is all fragmented and you have segregate the crap from the good stuff). In fact this weekend I finally decided to take the jump and do my own masterclasses with the support of all my coaches at Fighting Fit Martial Arts (I had to be pushed to do it). The difference is that these will not be self protection classes. The six FFMA masterclasses over six months will focus on combat conditioning, nutrition, well being, life coaching for a balanced life (based on what I have learnt from other cultures my travels and my studies), attribute (skill) training for modern day martial arts but at the same time holding onto the spirit and core values of the traditional arts. All the coaches at our club will participate as they are each very well qualified. Hope you can make them…..

    By the way Jenny is doing real well all things considered and the whole family continuous to cope with it in a great spirited way (and I am very proud of my girls for showing such courage) – Also thanks for all the chocolates you have given me for Jenny every time I have met you – that is very kind of you Nick and it will not be forgotten.

    Your friend,
    Tony. T


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    Post by Nick Engelen on Tue May 19, 2009 3:10 am

    Hi Tony,

    Thanks for your very informative reply.

    A couple of weeks ago there was in the news that to be healthy a person should laugh at least 15 minutes a day.

    Your masterclasses sound very intresting. Please let me know the dates.

    How is the book going?

    I am happy to hear that your wife is doing well. Please pass my regards to your wife and daughters.

    Kind Regards,

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    Post by Tony Terranova on Tue May 19, 2009 3:24 am

    Hi Nick,

    The book is going slowly as I am having to work late (as you can see from the time on this post) to ensure my engineering consulting company continuous with its success and there is a lot of work to do at FFMA these days as we are growing all the time. Also have to take care of the family. I will get there bit by bit. Confucius said it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not stop..

    I am thinking of starting the masterclass in October - glad you like the proposed format..

    Regards,
    Tony
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    Post by Nick Engelen on Sat May 23, 2009 11:34 pm

    Hi Tony,

    Thanks again.

    I've used the glass of boiled water with lemon and honey during my short fasts to get rid of the headaches. It tastes verry well.

    Seems diet can help a lot with solving problems. It seems the samurai had some powerdrink based on vinegar. Do you know anything about that?

    Kind Regards,

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    Post by sekibugei on Sun May 24, 2009 12:24 am

    What an interesting and thought provoking article. I have always had an interest in alternative medicines so to speak and prefer their use to our more commonly known medicines. Tony, do you mind me asking where you do your research and find all your information.

    Thanks

    Arwel
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    Post by Tony Terranova on Sun May 24, 2009 1:47 am

    Hi Arwel,

    Thank you for your kind words and interest in my on going research. I will try to give you an insight into some of the cornerstones of how I collect information – I also am actually sitting in my office and looking round my shelves for you as I write just pulling out what I come across as I type this reply to you….

    • I am an engineer working in the power, oil and gas sectors on a global basis which has given me the opportunity to work in many parts of the world and mix with different cultures. Each culture has given me some insights and directed me to further learning’s some of which I have had by the nature of just working with so many different people.
    • NLP is another source specifically Richard Bantler who is a pioneer in NLP. I recommend all his work especially his audios and DVD’s as he covers a lot of ground with respect to ‘human engineering and the mind”.
    • Deepak Chopra is a very spiritual source but one in which he provides some good hard facts that you can begin to understand in terms of quantum thinking. For example in his book Quantum Healing.
    • Robert Anton Wilson is also another pioneer of NLP – his book Prometheus rising is a good read (but heavy but interesting if you are as fascinated by this subject as I am)
    • Recently Mark Dawes wrote a lovely little book called the understanding of quantum thinking – that is a nice start point if you are just starting out trying to get your head round this stuff
    • The DVD set what the bleep? Went down the rabbit hole provides some great insight into quantum mechanics
    • Robert Anton Wilson’s book Quantum psychology – how the brain software programs you and your world
    • If you really want to get into deep reading then read Zen and the Brain by James Austin – you may want to leave remain this into you have an initial understanding of this subject as it is reality a huge encyclopedia

    I hope this helps even though it is brief as it is difficult to try and summarize all my efforts of research in such a vast subject. It is however a very important subject and one which to be honest the medical profession (who I repeat I respect) do not give enough thought to. An example is when you get a beautiful young girl in her twenties go to the doctor for a routine check up and she looks great, then the doctor says he has found a cancer cell and she may only have 1 year to live – then within minutes she looks 40 years old? Why? – Because of thought and its impact at cell level in her body – my question is how much damage is done at that point by using such language when alternative ways of presenting such information could be used. Every time we meet the neurologist and other medical professional that take care of my wife, I always make a point of kindly asking them to present information in a specific way to my wife – and they are respectful and do so and it has benefits which I can see even if the situation is tough –

    As you get deeper into these subjects you realize this planet has been here over 10 million years and will be here another 10 million – and that means our lives are just a little spark and yet we fret over things that are not important and we put too much value on money and material things instead of our health, family and friends.

    Let me know if you need anything else………

    Regards,
    Tony
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    Post by sekibugei on Sun May 24, 2009 10:25 pm

    Thanks for that informative reply some things to look out for there.

    What you said about the cancer is so true, I had a friend die of cancer last Tuesday, he was fit and healthy training with us but as soon as the Doctor told him he seemed to go down hill very very quickly days and weeks. Speaking to my mum (and old nurse) she informed me that years ago they sometimes never told the patient and they seemed to last longer/
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    Post by Tony Terranova on Sun May 24, 2009 11:24 pm

    My pleasure Anwel feel free to post questions at any time about the subject or well being, or training etc and I will always do my best to reply -
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