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Cancer and Nutrition

One of the easiest and most effective ways to promote good health and to help protect against cancer is with your diet. The American Cancer society estimates that one third of all American cancer deaths might be diet-related. The conclusion is really pretty simple: kick cancer-loving food to the curb; embrace healthful food.

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Tai Mantis celebrates its 17th year!

by admin on March 23, 2012

Tai Mantis Kung Fu Academy celebrates its 17th anniversary this April with a special
deal: 17% off tuition for new students and 10% off most items in the
Pro Shop for existing students! -See Shifu Newton for details


The Brain

The brain, a three pound chunk of organic matter, is not only the body’s most marvelous organ, it is the most complicated object known. The brain processes 400 billion bits of information per second, it makes the lungs expand with the inrush of air, and the heart beat 100,000 times per day and pumps 2 gallons of blood per minute, the immune system fight off infection. It secretes enzymes in exact amounts to digest your food, it monitors pain and pleasure, signals when to eat and sleep, house memories and thoughts. Every second 100,000 chemical reactions take place in every 70 to 100 trillion cells that make up the body. Recent calculations estimate that the communication between cells actually travels faster than the speed of light. By the way, this is 186,000 miles per second.

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 Under ideal conditions the body maintains homeostatic balance. This is where the body has the ideal blood pressure, temperature, the right levels of glucose in the bloodstream, and so on. Then there comes stress which was a part of our evolutionary make-up as a survival mechanism. When faced with a tiger that just jumped out of the bushes the cortex uses the data it has collected to make a decision on an appropriate response to the startling stimulus. If the cortex perceives a real threat the brain automatically sends signals straight to the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus then releases a stress hormone known as CRF. Next, the hypothalamus also signals to the pituitary gland to release hormones (ACTH) along with epinephrine and cortisol into the blood-stream that energize all of the body’s organs preparing us for fight or flight. This all works from the autonomic nervous system that has two parts to keep the body in homeostasis, which are the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.

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Forest Falls Hike

August 2, 2011

On Saturday July 30 the Tai Mantis Kung-fu school had it’s Forest Falls hike and picnic. The weather was nice even with the light on again, off again thunder showers. The water was high from the winter snow and Nature was at it’s best.

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Stress Kills Brain Cells

June 29, 2011

Have you ever notice you seem to be more forgetful when you are stressed? Stress causes the brain to release hormones to deal with the threat. The hormone cortisol does damage to the hippocampus, impairing the ability to remember. Learn more from our lectures in, Stress and Your Body.

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Inland Empire Kung fu

June 24, 2011

Now for over 16 years as the Inland Empire’s only Authentic Traditional Chinese Kung-fu School. These authentic, traditional kung-fu schools have always been rare and can be considered as a lucky find for those that find themselves close to one.  Others can only be sadden to find that they don’t even have one in their state. Over 1500 years of […]

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Tai Mantis Lectures.

June 23, 2011

College level lectures, now being offered to all those who have a passion for learning. Lectures in; Understanding the Human Body: An Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology; Stress and the Body; The Human Body: How We Fail, How We Heal. Nutrition Made Clear; Biology and Human Behavior; Consciousness and Its Implications; Optimizing Brain Fitness; The Science […]

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Gathering Qi with Nature

June 19, 2011

The hike this weekend at Deep Creek by Lake Arrowhead was vigorating and peaceful. To meditate in nature is to draw upon one of the strongest forms of Qi. Doing Qigong in nature is like stepping out into the Sun for vitamin D. The Chinese actually have a Qigong called, Zhan Zhuang which means standing […]

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