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— A Note from the Prof: Happy Thanksgiving

— Feature Article:Reflexology & Kidneys "When the Sole Meets the Source of Chi"

— The Prof Recommends: The Foot Factor Program

— Marketplace & Helpful Hints: A Favorite Reflexology "Accessory"

Ask the Prof

I've just gotten back from a recent trip to my home town. It was the first time I've been there since my mom passed away a year ago. I went to visit my aunt who is the last family member of her generation and, to me, she's a treasure.

It was a good trip and we had a wonderful visit. I also spent some time retracing my usual steps whenever I went home to visit or to take care of mom.

At one point I found myself in front of the counter in a store where the lottery tickets were sold. Now mom really enjoyed buying a lottery ticket now and then and she would often ask me to pick one up whenever I was going out to shop.

She never won much, but that wasn't the point really - it was the plans of how to disperse the windfall, how to carefully care for everyone, if "the big one" should ever be hit.

I thought for old time's sake, I'd pick up a couple of scratch-off tickets and just at that moment I heard a little voice in my head say "if you're here mom, give me a sign".

When I scratched off the second ticket and found that I'd won $4 – a smile as side as I could hold came across my face.

I felt so lucky and paused for a moment to relish my "windfall".

Yes, the thought did cross my mind that maybe I'd hit some "beyond the grave pay-dirt" and for a second I considered playing my winnings again for “the big one".

But, it wasn't worth even a million dollars if it also meant that I might lose my precious $4 and the message that it gave me.

Happy Thanksgiving.

I'm always excited when Thanksgiving rolls around. Yes, I love all the festivity and the pumpkin pie, and also, now is the time to really appreciate all that Reflexology has given to me and, to millions of others.

You see, with reflexology I always have a tool for stress and pain relief. It's easy and effective and best of all when I give it to myself...it's f.ree.

ThanksgivingIt's made me a good living too. For all the training and schooling I've had (and I have 3 college degrees!) reflexology has been the best return on my education dollar.

My wish for you this holiday season is health, happiness and prosperity.

Check out today's article for great reflexology tips.

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Thanks to you for passing this newsletter along to colleagues, friends & family, now almost 2,000 people from around the world are getting the latest reflexology information.

Again, thank you for supporting me in my mission this year.

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feature article

Reflexology and the Kidneys

There's been a lot of buzz around reflexology these past few weeks. In part thanks to a recent segment on the Regis and Kelly TV morning show.

It seems that Regis, a great proponent of reflexology, recently experienced a pain that was reminiscent of years ago when he had kidney stones.

Reflexology and the KidneysAs Regis tells the story, he was awaiting surgery to remove the stones, when a reflexologist came to the hospital to work on his feet.

The session was an hour and a half, and nothing (other than pain relief and comfort) happened during or immediately after. But, later that night, he actually passed the stones and his surgery for the next day was cancelled.

As the story goes, he was very happy and very impressed with reflexology, believing it's what actually helped.

A few weeks ago on his TV show "Regis & Kelly", he revisited reflexology and once again felt that his recent reflexology session was instrumental in relieving a considerable amount of his current discomfort.

I've included the link to the TV segment below, but first you might want to know more about why the kidneys play such an important function in our health and wellbeing.


These dark-red and bean-shaped organs are at the posterior aspect of the torso and sit close to the waste-line. One side of the kidney has an outward bulge (convex) and the other side is indented (concave). At the indented side of the kidney (the renal pelvis), there's a cavity where the ureter is attached.

The ureters are long thin tubes (from 10 – 12 inches long) that connect the kidneys to the bladder. The waste from the kidneys (urine) is moved from the kidney to the bladder via peristaltic contractions. The bladder, which is located behind the symphysis pubis, is the reservoir where urine is stored before it leaves the body via the urethra.

Known altogether as the "renal" or urinary system, this system affects all parts of the body by keeping the fluids in balance, removing wastes, regulating electrolyte balance and blood pressure, and stimulating the production of red blood cells.

Function of kidneys

Removal of waste: This is the main function of the kidneys - the removal of waste products and excess water from the blood. Even though the kidneys process about 55 gallons of blood (filtering all your blood approximately 19 times per day), they only eliminate about two quarts of urine daily.

Hormones: In addition to the above, the kidneys also release three important hormones:

1. erythropoietin, or EPO - which stimulates the bone marrow to create red blood cells

2. Another hormone produced called rennin - it regulates blood pressure

3. And, calcitriol - the active form of vitamin D, which helps to maintain normal chemical balance in the body and calcium for bones.

Regulation of salts: A function that is critical to the regulation of the body's salt, potassium, and acid content is performed by the kidneys. This happens when the kidneys produce the hormones and vitamins that affect the function of other organs. As mentioned above, one hormone produced by the kidneys stimulates the production of red blood cells. In addition, another hormone produced by the kidneys help to regulate your blood pressure, while others help control calcium metabolism.

Urine formation: There are a series of highly complex steps the kidneys use in the processes of producing urine for excretion. Other elements are also processed for re-absorption into the body. Both are important processes and necessary to maintaining the body chemicals in stable balance.

Kidney Diseases

Kidney Stones: When urine chemicals crystallize they gather to form a kidney stone. Even though they begin small (smaller than a grain of sand), they can gradually grow larger (a quarter inch in diameter or larger). But, the size of the stone doesn't matter as much as where it is located.

Some of the symptoms of kidney stones include: intense pain, sweating, nausea and vomiting (all of which are fairly common with stones).

Emergency treatment for kidney stones includes an intravenous line that’s used for hydration and for the administration of medication, which may include an anti-inflammatory drug, and narcotics for pain control.

Nephrotic Syndrome: This can be a further complication and is a kidney disease where there’s abnormal leakage of protein. Symptoms are low levels of proteins in the blood and swelling in other parts of the body. Treatment of nephrosis includes control of the disease by finding and treating any underlying medical conditions that may have caused it. Commonly drugs, including a diuretic to reduce swelling and antibiotics to treat infection, are used along with medications to reduce the output of protein.

Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) Glomerulosclerosis: Sometimes scar tissue will form in the tiny blood vessels (called the glomeruli) inside the kidneys. The glomeruli are comprised of miles of vessels that filter urine from the blood. Dialysis, kidney transplantation, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) are nonspecific agents that reduce proteinuria. One of the approaches to relieve this is through modifications that are made to the diet.

Home Remedies

• If, it's been said it once, it's been said a hundred times – drink plenty of H2O. Being well hydrated and keeping the urine diluted will help prevent kidney stones from forming

• Additionally, drinking about three to four quarts of water daily is thought by many to be the best cure for treating kidney infection as well other internal infections.

• And, don't forget your Vitamin C it’s also said to be good in treating kidney infections. Food sources such as salmon, almonds, oranges and dairy products are rich in Vitamin C.

How Can Reflexology Help?

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More Support & Helpful Hints

It's past haloween, so maybe these will be on sale now. I'm always happy when Halloween rolls around. This is the time when it’s easy to find my favorite reflexology accessory... the rubber foot.

Don't laugh, I'm serious.

If you're one of my thousands of students, you know what I’m talking about. I’ve used it as a tool for all my lectures and also to demonstrate reflexology information to my clients.

Reflexology FeetNow is the time to go to your local Halloween supplier, a Joke Shop or a Wax Museum, they'll all have them. (Look for the foot without blood and gore attached.) It usually comes with a denim pant leg and an amazingly accurate plastic foot.

Of course you can use it as a joke too, but personally, I think it's in pretty bad taste. However, it's simply the best instructional aide. And for less than $20US, it's a steal.

By the way, you can also find a rubber hand to match the foot. Because my own hands are available for demonstration (unlike my feet which are usually in shoes), I use the plastic hand less. But, it’s still “handy” to have one.

Well, if you find a plastic foot or not... enjoy the seasons best and don’t eat too much pie...

I hope you've enjoyed your Reflexology Newsletter. Stay tuned... and tell all your friends so they can benefit from it too.

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Nov. 20th, 2009
Vol 4 Issue 37

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