The studies on Intention and Oolong tea!

Back in 2007 we conducted a double blind science experiment with Ions and Deer Park Monestary to see if embedding chocolate with intentions of experienced meditators proved to increased well-being. When we got the results back that embedded chocolate actually increased the well-being 67% we then published the article in Explore magazine.

Recently Explore magazine, Nov/Dec ’13, published an article by Dean Radin, PhD & Yung-Jong Shiah, PhD who conducted a similar study with the affects of intention and belief on mood while drinking oolong tea. The test was conducted over the course of one week and used to see if they could reduce mood fluctuations of the 189 participants in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, that are caused by changes in local weather and other common influences.

Every night the volunteers, for the full week, would record their mood using the Profile of Mood States (POMS) questionnaire.  As double blind studies go – One randomly assigned group blindly received tea that had been intentionally treated by three Buddhist monks; the other group blindly received untreated tea from the same source.

The conclusion? Well, the Tea treated with good intentions improved mood more than ordinary tea derived from the same source. What’s even more interesting is that the belief that one was drinking treated tea produced a large improvement in mood, but only if one was actually drinking the treated tea. This showcases that belief and intentional enhancement interact and that the esthetic and intentional qualities associated with the traditional tea ceremony may have subtle influences that extend beyond the ritual itself.
So drink up! We have bags of Intentional Oolong Tea waiting for you! And today and tomorrow only get 20% off all tea with code ICTEA at check out.29135 IC Tea 7oz
For more on the study and to read the full article you can visit here.

Chocolate, you just don’t stop! Another reason to love you…

It seems like weekly there is new fantastic research extolling the health virtues of chocolate. Last week we saw that chocolate may actually help diabetes and now this week we are finding out exactly how chocolate works in our internal system making it so good for us. As we spoke about in one blog post a few months ago chocolate contains phenols, an antioxidant, a compound in cocoa-rich chocolate are the same as the ones found in red wine. Now we can see how those antioxidants work!

Researchers with Louisiana State University unveiled at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) their study, the first ever to look at the effects of dark chocolate on the various types of bacteria in the stomach. Their research showed how certain bacteria in the stomach consume parts of the chocolate thus fermenting it into anti-inflammatory compounds that benefit the heart and gut.

Maria Moore, an undergraduate student and one of the study’s researchers, explained “We found that there are two kinds of microbes in the gut: the ‘good’ ones and the ‘bad’ ones.The good microbes, such as Bifidobacterium and lactic acid bacteria, feast on chocolate,” she said. “When you eat dark chocolate, they grow and ferment it, producing compounds that are anti-inflammatory.” The other bacteria in the gut are associated with inflammation and can cause gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation. These include some Clostridia and some E. coli.”

“When these compounds are absorbed by the body, they lessen the inflammation of cardiovascular tissue, reducing the long-term risk of stroke,” said John Finley, Ph.D., who led the work.  This study was supported by the Louisiana State College of Agriculture and a Louisiana AgCenter Undergraduate Research Grant.

Exciting times in the world of chocolate! Want some now? Order online at www.intentionalchocolate.com

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For more on the study American Chemical Society. “Precise reason for health benefits of dark chocolate: Thank hungry gut microbes.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 18 March 2014. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140318154725.htm>.

Chocolate and diabetes – it’s a better relationship than you think!

The news just keeps getting better on chocolate. Last week we posted it’s ability to help keep arteries lubricated which reduces chances of heart attacks. Now we’ve just read another amazing study done in Japan where an epidemiological analysis found that long-term chocolate consumption may actually LOWER your chances of getting diabetes. Yes you read that right.

This test was followed over a 13 year period with around 7500 participants at risk for diabetes. What they found was that the risk of diabetes decreased as the frequency of chocolate intake increased, up to 2-6 servings (1 oz) per week. Consuming ≥1 serving per day did not yield significantly lower relative risk.These results suggest that consuming moderate amount of chocolate may reduce the risk of diabetes. Though they do claim that further research is required to confirm and explore these findings.

Chocolate, you magical food you!  And so that you can get healthy with chocolate, we are giving a 15% off all chocolate items today and tomorrow with discount code HEALTH. Now go and enjoy some chocolate! www.intentionalchocolate.com

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For the abstract of the study please read below:

Chocolate intake and diabetes risk.
Greenberg JA.
Author information
Abstract
BACKGROUND & AIMS:
In-vitro and rodent studies, and short-term human trials suggest that compounds in chocolate can enhance insulin sensitivity. Also, a recent prospective Japanese epidemiological analysis found that long-term chocolate consumption was inversely associated with diabetes risk. The objective of the present analysis was to test the epidemiological association between long-term chocolate consumption and diabetes risk in a U.S. cohort.
METHODS:
Multivariable prospective Cox Regression analysis with time-dependent covariates was used to examine data from 7802 participants in the prospective Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Cohort. The data included 861 new diabetes cases during 98,543 person-years of follow up (mean = 13.3 years).
RESULTS:
Compared to participants who ate 1 oz of chocolate less often than monthly, those who ate it 1-4 times/month, 2-6 times/week and ≥1 time/day had relative risks of being diagnosed with diabetes that were lower by 13% (95% confidence interval: -2%, 25%), 34% (18%, 47%) and 18% (-10%, 38%). These relative risks applied to participants without evidence of preexisting serious chronic disease that included diabetes, heart attacks, stroke or cancer. In conclusion, the risk of diabetes decreased as the frequency of chocolate intake increased, up to 2-6 servings (1 oz) per week. Consuming ≥1 serving per day did not yield significantly lower relative risk.
CONCLUSIONS:
These results suggest that consuming moderate amount of chocolate may reduce the risk of diabetes. Further research is required to confirm and explore these findings.

We now have even MORE proof chocolate is good for us!

Chocolate lovers get to celebrate even more about chocolate today based on recently published study in the March 2014 issue of The FASEB Journal!!

“The effect that dark chocolate has on our bodies is encouraging not only because it allows us to indulge with less guilt, but also because it could lead the way to therapies that do the same thing as dark chocolate but with better and more consistent results,” said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal. “Until the ‘dark chocolate drug’ is developed, however, we’ll just have to make do with what nature has given us!”  Dark chocolate just keeps getting better, so eat up!!

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The Top Institute Food and Nutrition and Wageningen University, Division of Human Nutrition in Wageningen, The Netherlands made the discovery that dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels. Both arterial stiffness and white blood cell adhesion are known factors that play a significant role in atherosclerosis. Basically this means chocolate helps to prevent the hardening of arteries! So go ahead, eat that chocolate!

The Dreamhealer on Intention

At Intentional Chocolate we are always looking to expand our circle of intentional friends. Adam McLeod is one such friend. As an “Intentionalist” (our term for those who work with intention) he brings a scientific framework to healing with intentions. He combines the subtle energy that he connects with as a healer and cutting-edge bio-sciences he knows as a molecular biologist.

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Adam, also known as the Dreamhealer (after the first book he wrote at 16!), shared his wisdom of intention as a universal healing tool with me. He spoke about how intention works on multiple levels, from the intra-personal to a global level such as providing healing energy for natural disasters.

I was intrigued by the latter as I tend to feel helpless during times of natural disasters and its affects. To have a tool that I could use to help, even in the smallest way, was exciting. Since the Fukushima disaster is still a pressing issue, I asked him how he uses visualization in these events. He said what he likes to do is get very focused and clear. Then he visualizes how the disaster is currently affecting the Earth, in this case he would envision the radiation affecting the water.  Then with focused intention he would imagine the radiation being absorbed and the toxins clearing from the planet leaving the planet renewed.

What is at work in this visualization is subtle energy. This energy connects us all at a cellular and molecular level. With our intentions we are shifting these molecules even at small levels. Think of the Dr. Emoto tests, how positive energy changed the molecules in water to that of beautiful crystals. This is the same practice. For me being able to donate some of my energy to help, even the slightest bit, was gratifying.

This ability to heal with intention is something Adam has been practicing since he was a teenager. At 16, Adam’s mother suffered from stabbing pains in her head. During one painful session something motivated Adam to place his hands on her head. When he did this, with his eyes closed, he saw what he describes as murky dark cloud. He proceeded to envision a positive structuring of the energy and within minutes his mother stopped having pain. She has been free of this pain since that time.

This experience and other remarkable incidents of healing lead Adam to study molecular biology at college. He was craving a scientific basis of understanding for the events that he has witnessed. The profound thing he said was that there is so much existing research proving that intention and visualization work.

On Adam’s blog, he mentions a study done by Dr. Lipton (brucelipton.com). Dr. Lipton said “The function of the mind is to create coherence between our beliefs and the reality we experience. What that means is that your mind will adjust the body’s biology and behavior to fit with your beliefs. If you’ve been told you’ll die in six months and your mind believes it, you most likely will die in six months. That’s called the nocebo effect, the result of a negative thought, which is the opposite of the placebo effect, where healing is mediated by a positive thought.”

As a powerful tool, Adam sees the daily practice of intention important. Feeling the most connected to source at nighttime, he spends about 5-10 minutes nightly envisioning his perfect tomorrow. How would that day transpire? How would it look, feel and taste? In this way he is creating coherent energy for the next day, setting it up to flow. This is an important part of Adam’s tool kit, one he teaches to others to keep themselves mentally healthy.

As a healer, part of his job isn’t just about being able to cure the patient’s ailments but to actually give them tools for self-healing. His philosophy to all – it’s about finding your own path and your own tool kit. He believes firmly it’s about exploring your options and creating what works best for you. As we are all different people with different genetics and coherent patterns we all need a variety of tools to work with.

Even though we are all different individuals, positive and directed energy does work. “What is below is like that which is above, and what is above is like that wish is below, to accomplish the miracles of one thing” – Prelude to Chemistry: An outline of Alchemy. Adam believes in the connection between microcosm and macrocosm. He says “ The inner work is vastly important. Everything is so interconnected that it is impossible to separate one event from another. Our intentions influence things far beyond our conscious awareness.”
So by setting intention, whichever way works for you, you will have a direct impact on your being and the world. So go on, set an intention! If you have trouble finding your own method try the nine steps for setting intention on the IC website or your article.

We celebrate and thank Adam for being a Dreamhealer and spreading the word on Intention. For the last 10 years Adam has been a keynote speaker at conferences around the world showing audiences how to tap into their own innate healing abilities. You can attend one of his seminars by visiting his site at http://www.dreamhealer.com/

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Share the Love WINNERS!

Maya Angelou “Touched by Angel” highlights the power of love so beautifully:

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

And we thank you, our IC customers, for loving us and sending us your love notes! They brightened our day. We have chosen the two winners!

love255x384Our second runner up is JENNY HONTZ, who sent us this love note”: (receiving a bag of chocolate and our chocolate meditation!)

“To start this year off in a loving way I’m participating in the Pay-it-Forward Initiative… The first FIVE people who comment on this status with “I’m in” will receive a surprise from me at some point in this calendar year – anything from a book, a ticket, a visit, something home-grown or -made, a postcard, absolutely any surprise. There will be no warning, and it will happen when the mood comes over me, and I find something that I believe would suit you and make you happy. These five people must make the same offer in their FB status and distribute their own joy. Simply copy this text onto your profile. Who will be the lucky 5?”

AND OUR WINNER IS….Suzanne Heneghan, who wrote this touching commentary. (receiving the IC Love gift set)

I would give this gift of Intentional Chocolate to my boyfriend on Valentine’s as a gesture of deep love  – not only romantic love, but a deep, spiritual love.  We are all energy…and the chocolate is imbued with positive thoughts and affirmations.  As a spiritual person, my gifts to him reflect the positive intentions and wishes from deep within my heart and soul. This is perfect! What a beautiful gesture to offer him – the vibration of optimal health, especially since he has experienced a heart attack recently. Good health is truly our greatest wealth and such a blessing.

Both winners please contact ashley@intentionalchocolate.com for your prizes!

Intentional Chocolate tasting meditation at Sundance and maybe your next event too!

We are so thankful that Heal one World and Zen Den took on the Intentional Chocolate tasting meditations! Through the week that Zen Den was active they hosted numerous meditations. Some fun photos in action were taken! See below:

 

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And we will be back next year so watch for even more fun exciting events to take place. If you are considering an event and would like Intentional Chocolate Meditations there, please contact Ashley at Ashley@intentionalchocolate.com.