Q: Who was Edgar Cayce? - Layperson
A: Edgar Cayce(3/18/1877) to (01/3/1945) is one of the world's best known psychics. Born in Hopkinsville, KY, Cayce at an early age, displayed talents and abilities far beyond the normal senses. He would do so in an unconscious or trance like state, giving over fourteen thousand readings stenographically recorded on health, past and future history, spiritual matters and many others. One of the devices often recommended was the wet cell appliance, a crude, but effective, form of what is medically known as iontophoresis, a small direct current (20-30 millivolts for wet cell appliance) is passed through a container with the desired chemical solutions and then into the affected area of the body through appropriately placed electrodes. Cayce most often recommended gold chloride, silver nitrate, or iodine trichoride(atomidine) as the solution. The wet cell appliance and the appropriate solutions would facilitate healing, even in many cases, thought impossible, such as some types of nerve damage. The wet cell appliance, battery, and solutions can be ordered through Nature's corner. Consult the Cayce readings in many of the books put out on him for the particular use you desire.Q: Is it necessary to do warm-up exercises before doing any exercises? - Layperson
A: Warm-up exercises are necessary for a number of reasons, especially as we age and the ligaments and tendons harden from lower percentages of fluids. The warm-up loosens up the affected body parts an improves the circulation so you are better prepared to perform the exercise. There is also what is called the "golgi tendinous reflex" or the "rubber band effect" where the ligaments and tendons become overly stretched and can not offer proper support for the affected joints-this is the point where most sports injuries occur. A proper warm-up should allow you to perform the desired exercise at a lower intensity level then the actual exercise itself(i.e.- stretching and running in place before actually running). You will be able to tell by a general feeling of looseness with no sticking or pinching of the involved parts.Q: I lift weights. When is it proper to hold my breath? - Layperson
A: You should never hold your breath when you are straining to do any kind of weight. You should breath in when you are relaxed and out when you are not relaxed(i.e.-the bench press-in when the weight is on your chest and out when you are pressing it). Some lifters will disagree with this, stating the lift can not be maintained if they do not hold their breath. Holding your breath while straining, especially with a large weight, will increase the intrathoracic (within the chest cavity) pressure, clamping down on the blood vessels supplying the brain with blood and nutrients(especially oxygen). When this occurs, you will faint and/or stroke out due to the extreme increase in blood pressure and reduced oxygen levels. This is known as the "Valsalva Maneuver".
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