Sometimes we just want our symptoms to go away. At other times we want to know what’s causing them so we can prevent them from coming back again.
And that’s where the fun of holistic healthcare comes in. It gives us a chance to play detective. Behind every symptom there’s always a reason – a big WHY – and behind every WHY, there’s almost always a deeper WHY. We each get to decide how far down the rabbit hole we want to go to get to the root of our symptoms.
Some holistic explorations move quickly to the roots of our symptoms. For others, the answers to our WHY’s come more slowly.
Allergy symptoms fall into that slow category. As an example, consider the itchy red spots you get on your skin from poison oak. We’re still not sure WHY only certain people react allergically to poison oak and WHY everyone doesn’t.
We once believed that poison oak allergies were governed by the chemistry of our skin. We reasoned that if it was our skin that was reacting badly with the poison oak, we should be able to use chemicals ointments to overcome that allergy.
Unfortunately after years of only being able to “manage” our poison oak symptoms we got frustrated and turned to our fellow scientists in the world of quantum physics and asked: “What are we missing with these allergies?”
And they answered: “Energy determines chemistry – meaning who we are as energetic beings determines how we will respond to the world chemically – NOT the reverse.”
From that, came a new idea: What if we could somehow create a more compatible relationship between our energy and the energy of poison oak, one wherein our energy no longer responded adversely to the energy of the poison oak? If so, our chemistry would follow suit and we would no longer respond allergically to the poison oak.
Sound a little far out? Not so fast.
In the early 1990’s new techniques were developed to do just that. They helped neutralize conflicts between our energy and the energy of our allergens, and thus we were able to eliminate many of our allergies. Although some of these techniques were quite successful, none of them worked all the time – which brings us to our last WHY:
If human or bio-energy were as predictable and manageable as the energy we get from the sun or hydroelectric turbines, it would be relatively easy to improve the success rate of “bio-energetic allergy elimination techniques” to a near perfect level.
Unfortunately, human energy is only as “predictable and manageable” as the mind that influences it. The holistic vision and prayer is that when conscious awareness and personal commitment raise to a high enough level, the channels of our mind ~ body connection will begin working together in a such a way that mere trifles like poison oak allergies will become a thing of the past. Just a thought – let’s see how it goes.
Meanwhile, look forward to a continuation of this holistic conversation.
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Everyone has heard stories that influenced or encouraged them, some that touched their hearts or their funny bones. So, what is so powerful about a story offered or heard?
I grew up in a family of storytellers, and at an early age I noticed that great storytellers are great story seekers. I got to spend time each summer with my Grama, who had a big box of photos, and when she brought out each photo there was a story about those people & places.. After a while I noticed each photo had many different stories, and later wondered if she wasn’t teaching me a valuable idea….”there’s more than one way to look at people and things”.
When we are willing to learn another’s stories it builds rapport, trust, interest and understanding…and people never cease to amaze us.
Consider Jake, the plumber, on the surface a good and simple man, whose life was touched by the limitations of another family member. Today he is developing an invention to assist people with hearing, seeing and speaking challenges to be able to communicate through music and vibrations, We heard about this when he shared some very deep stories with us in the Mastermind Group.
And, the young man from Taiwan who arrived at SF airport on a one-way ticket at the age of 14, with no English skills. He shared this with me and others at the Speak Easy Club, because he said it offered a place for him to share his victories by my deep interest in his story.
What are the benefits to us and for us in being the story seekers?…….understanding behaviors, changing our viewpoints, letting go of separations with others, maybe even deepening friendships or increasing business. What if we look at our senior population as great gifts…for wisdom, ideas and learning, and approach all people as my Mom used to say…..”Everyone is like a book, and if you don’t open the cover…you never get to know the story”.
Oh, and of course, listening without interruptions or inserting our comments (great temptations, I admit!)
Offered in the service of healing and understanding.
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Doctors, studies, and magazines alike all show that regular exercise greatly contributes to overall health. Yet, the majority of Americans are suffering from obesity. Not only does excess weight take a toll on one’s health, but also it can also actively decrease the overall quality of life for those who are overweight or obese. Limited mobility, health issues, and lack of self-confidence are all common attributes of overweight individuals. However, the good news is that obesity can be cured by healthy eating, regular exercise, and addressing health issues that limit these preventive efforts.
Types of Exercise
When one thinks of exercise, they imagine gyms, treadmills, and typical varieties of weight-lifting equipment. While these tactics may work for some, others simply are cut out for a gym regimen. However, incorporating exercise into a daily routine is easier than one might think. Parking farther from stores/jobs to increase walking distance, taking the dog on a walk, and playing with your kids are all simple ways to gain more physical activity within a day’s time.
In addition to increasing exercise by improvising daily habits, enhancing calorie burn and muscle use can also be achieved through playing sports. While many use the excuse that they haven’t played sports since grade school, there are a wide variety of adult intramural sports that individuals can partake in. Softball, swimming, dancing, and volleyball, to name a few, allow individuals to exercise without feeling as though they are purposely doing so. Playing sports makes exercise fun and takes the mind off of the effort of strenuous activity.
While sports works for some, others prefer the intense concentration, dedication, and desire that solo weight lifting and cardio require. Treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bicycles are excellent tools that can be used to meet weight loss and fitness goals in any climate. Since they are primarily used indoors, natural elements do not govern one’s ability to exercise with this equipment. In addition, many are equipped with heart-rate monitors, calorie counters, and distance trackers, so that gym-goers can track progress.
Working Out at Home
While sports and gyms often provide motivation, many aspiring weight-loss candidates simply do not have time in their schedule to meet these obligations. In this case, home workouts are the next best thing. By investing in home weight gym equipment, individuals can exercise in the comfort of their own home at any time. For those with jobs that require long hours or who attend school, at-home equipment is perfect for fitting in exercise and balancing workouts with family/study time.
Although many think that they can lose weight through diet alone, exercise actually helps build muscle, which burns more calories and creates a leaner look. Regular exercise can help increase self-confidence, stabilize mood swings, lower the risk of serious illness, and enhance physical well-being. Taking time to workout can be exhausting, but the benefits of exercise are worth the hard work.
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Recently I had the privilege of interviewing my good friend Doctor Wayne Baird who practices in San Jose, California. Please click on the link to watch this short video which may have answers for those of you who may have back pain or cannot loose those few extra lbs. It only lasts for 6 1/2 minutes and is quite revealing.
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This Guest article is from David Haas at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.
Can exercise really make a difference for cancer patients? The latest research indicates that it can have a dramatic impact. Exercise offers health benefits for everyone, and cancer patients enjoy the same benefits as the population at large.
For cancer patients, exercise counters the negative effects of inactivity during their illness. It boosts their energy levels and helps their bodies resist fatigue, a common side effect of cancer treatment. In addition to the many (and well-documented) physical benefits, exercise improves emotional health and encourages a patient’s outlook.
The American Cancer Society promotes exercise during and after treatment, but it encourages patients to discuss their plans with their doctors before staring a fitness program. Upon doctor approval, cancer patients are good to go!
Warm-up movements prepare the body for exercise. Shoulder rolls, neck rotations, and deep breathing are good ways to warm up for an exercise session. A short, leisurely walk also warms up the muscles.
Most health institutes and organizations, including the American Cancer Society, advise patients to get 20 to 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise on three to five days a week. Also known as aerobic exercise, cardiovascular exercise is any activity that gets the heart pumping and the blood flowing. Jogging, bicycling and swimming are three good examples.
Some patients must avoid exercise that causes breathing difficulty or stresses the heart. Patients going through mesothelioma treatments are one example. Meanwhile, most cancer patients can (and should) engage in regular aerobic activity.
Strength training is an excellent complement to aerobic exercise. It helps build muscle, bone and joint strength and improves mobility, and it can combat the negative effects of chemotherapy and other treatments.
Strength training in a patient’s affected area is often a controversial issue. For example, weight lifting is not advised for breast cancer patients following breast surgery. Otherwise, light weight training, isometric exercise, and resistance bands are generally safe for most patients.
Stretching exercises are important, too, and most cancer patients can perform slow, gentle stretches. Many people do flexibility exercises during the warm-up phase of their workouts. Proper stretches warm the muscles and prepare them for more intense exercise. Flexibility movements also help stretch scar tissue and decrease muscle tightness.
Maximizing the Benefits
Cancer patients should always discuss their exercise plans with their doctors before starting a workout program. Doctors, physical therapists, and fitness professionals can work with patients to create a custom-designed program.
The best exercise plans for cancer patients take numerous factors into account: the patient’s cancer type, stage and treatment as well as their health history, fitness level, and prior activity. This enables patients to minimize problems and maximize the benefits of exercise.
For more information please visit http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog.
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Dr Millman is a holistic MD, board certified Internal Medicine doctor and PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology. Lucky for us, Dr Millman has systematized what she does with her patients to help them prevent and minimize their colds and flus. This system works over and over again for her patients.
It’s crazy, but the CDC just announced that the end of February, just 10 days ago, was the start of flu season. It’s the slowest start we’ve had in 25 years and it means we may be in for a few more months of colds and flu.
In my holistic medical practice, I see hundreds of people every year with scratchy throats, achy bodies, runny noses and upset tummies from colds and flus. Over the years, I have discovered that there are five major ways to minimize symptoms, numbers of days sick, and number of colds you get in a year. I want to share these tips with you here today, just in case.
While my patients get colds and flu just like everybody else. In general, they stay at work, don’t get pneumonia, and recover much more quickly than others they know with the same bug.
Here are five major ways to boost your immunity I use in practice so you can have the same success against colds and flu as my patients and I.
Five Major Ways You Can Boost Your Immunity to Fight A Viral Infection When You’re Sick
- Feed yourself the nutrients your body needs in excess (vitamins A, C, D and calcium).
- Give your immune system some extra guns with herbs that have direct anti-viral activity.
- Drain your sinuses and lungs with natural decongestants and anti-histamines.
- Keep mucous levels down by flushing your kidneys with garlic.
- Build your immune system’s auxiliary power with probiotics and mushrooms.
Doing these five things when you are sick can dramatically minimize your symptoms and duration of infection when you get the cold or flu.
If you are interested in learning more about my system of how to stay out of your doctor’s office and 24 Hour Pharmacy looking for Kleenex and coughHYPERLINK “https://themillmanclinic.infusionsoft.com/go/LBD/liz12/” HYPERLINK “https://themillmanclinic.infusionsoft.com/go/LBD/liz12/”syrup, click here.
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Attention Women with Osteoporosis:
Finally, a Simple Blueprint to Build Strong Healthy Bones Naturally So You Can Live a Fit, Fun and Feisty Lifestyle for the Rest of Your Life.
Dr. Kim Millman MD PhD, a board certified Internist and expert in Holistic Medicine has developed a comprehensive whole-body approach to osteoporosis that works.
“When my patient Mary learned that she had osteoporosis, she was afraid she would lose the independent, active lifestyle she loves. She was concerned she could end up like her mom, with a stooped back, and always in pain. She was worried about being on Boniva for the rest of her life.”
That’s why I’m passionate about helping women with osteoporosis, just like you stay independent and active. I want you to be able to ride roller coasters with your grandkids, be swept off your feet as you learn salsa with your sweetheart, and watch the butterflies dance over the garden you’ve sowed and nurtured.
In my free Healthy Bones, Healthy Future teleclass, you’ll learn:
- The Top 3 Mistakes Women with Osteoporosis Make and How You Can Avoid Them So You Don’t Waste Precious Time, Energy, and Money on a Plan that’s Not Working.
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I was hoping to publish an article from Guest writer MD PhD Dr. Kim Millman, Board Certified Internist, expert in minerals and my personal holistic Doctor. Unfortunately, technical issues prevented me from having the article in time for publication but I do want to draw your attention to a “FREE” teleclass that Dr. Millman is giving on Thursday May 19th. One in every two women and one in every four men will face Osteoporosis or Osteopenia as they age. By taking an holistic approach many if not all of the affects of this debilitating condition can be avoided and Dr Millman has great advice about how to help yourself stay “Fit, Fun, and Feisty for the rest of your life.” To register for this great information
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Look in the mirror and ask yourself this question: Who’s in charge – me or food?
Infuriating, isn’t it? Well, there no reason to berate yourself and feel all guilty because it’s not your fault! What? That’s right – it’s NOT YOUR FAULT!
While we tend to chastise ourselves, and assume that what we’re seeing is just another reminder of how “out of control” we are, the truth is there is something going on at a far deeper level than “control” – and that something is called “awareness”.
At the Food School we realize that in the absence of awareness there will NEVER be control. That is why weight loss programs like Curves, Jenny Craig, and Weight Watchers have better than a 95% failure rate – because their focus is too much on action steps and results, and not enough on becoming aware of the forces that drive our hunger.
Although these “forces” are numerous, one example will help clarify this.
Have you ever seen a baby crying and the mother gives it a bottle of milk to quiet it down? Let’s re-phrase that question. Have you ever seen a baby crying and the mother DID NOT give it a bottle or a pacifier to shut it up? Not too often, right?
Our difficulty is that we don’t always know why the baby is crying. Maybe the baby is crying because he is angry. Maybe he messed his pants. Maybe he’s trying to talk and crying is the best he can do. Maybe he’s in pain. Maybe he wants some comforting or would like to explore and move around. Maybe he’s just bored.
It turns out that “hunger” is but one of countless reasons why a baby might cry.
The problem though, is that when we give a baby a bottle of food each time he or she cries, it sets up a life long pattern – one wherein the baby becomes programmed to expect food to accompany each emotional and administrative event that takes place.
When we are angry, we eat. When we are sad, we eat. We do the same when we are frustrated, depressed, hurt, lonely, feeling resentment, and so forth.
But we don’t just use food to “comfort” ourselves when we’re feeling down. We also use it when we’re feeling “up”. For example, when we get a job promotion or win an award, or get publically acknowledged, what do we do? That’s right, we eat. How about when we celebrate a wedding? Same thing! I mean, how would you feel if you went to a wedding and there was NO FOOD there? You’d feel pretty ripped off, right?
For those with a life long commitment to emotional and administrative eating, it takes more than a new diet and exercise book to get a different answer to the question we asked earlier when we looked into the mirror. It takes a new awareness that can only be forged in our deepest root level – in the place where all our programming begins.
That is the mission of The Food School – to help us re-forge our relationship with food so we never again have to struggle with it for control.
Dr Wayne Baird is a Chiropractic doctor, author, teacher, and lecturer. Dr B graduated from U.C. Berkeley and Palmer College of Chiropractic, with a BA degree in Biochemistry, an AS in Electronics, and a Doctorate in Chiropractic. His advanced specializations are in Sacral Occipital Technique (SOT), Craniopathy, Nutrition & Enzyme Therapy, and men’s and women’s health. He has developed a series of relaxation techniques that make his brand of chiropractic the most powerful, and yet the most comfortable experience in all of California. He is also the Founder & Developer of BETA Therapy, Applied Consciousness Therapy, and Allergies B Gone, the most effective allergy elimination technique yet known. His latest book titled “Healing Mind ~ Body Conflicts” will be out in audio and print this year. You Can visit Dr B’s website at http://www.drwaynebaird.com/
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by Elizabeth Mansur
I have been associated with Reflexology and have been certified by the International Institute of Reflexology for over a decade. I have applied it on my clients for different ailments with great results. I would like to share with you my experience in the ancient art of Reflexology and how it could help balance the body. I learned the original Ingham method taught by Dwight C. Byers and inspired by his aunt Eunice Ingham.
I must allow those who are far more knowledgeable than myself to go into depth on the origins of the science of Reflexology. I will have to add this small contribution to their search: Its origins evidently reached into ancient Egypt as evidenced by inscriptions found in a physician’s tomb called (mastaba) in Egypt. On my trip to Egypt I saw hieroglyphics which showed Reflexology was used back in and got their translation when I visited Cairo with my husband a few years ago. I had the aha moment right then.
Just what relationship Reflexology, as we know it today, has with the very ancient art of Oriental Pressure Therapy, and then of course, we read in the Bible of the traditions associated with the feet, that of washing them, etc could this be another historical hint?
What is Reflexology? I remember memorizing this definition real well for my final exam.
“Reflexology is a science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. Reflexology is a unique method of using the thumb and fingers on these reflex areas to relieve stress and tension , to improve blood supply and promote the unblocking of nerve impulses, to help nature achieve balance.”
It reminded me of how a mechanic constantly is trying to fine tune a racing machine: he works on each part, constantly adjusting, tuning a screw here, twisting a knob there… until he is fully satisfied that the machine is in perfect running order so it will get the maximum results. This analogy can be applied or compared to our own body system. The healthy human body is an amazing machine with everything working in perfect order, balancing our glands, organs, nerves, chemicals, etc. If one of these components gets out of order then the effect is felt throughout the entire body system. You are out of tune. That is the basis for Reflexology. I have worked on clients with that concept in mind for over 6 years. Many of them described to me on their next appointment the great effect it had on their health and wellbeing. Here is an example of a client name Richard Smith who became a friend of the family through our reflexology sessions. He came to me complaining of swollen feet, discoloration and very dry skin. He had a stroke 2 years prior to our meeting. His son is a famous celebrity chiropractor in Palm Springs, California. He asked his dad to look for a Reflexologist in his area to help with his uncomfortable condition. Richard came to my office wearing a slipper, even though it was kind of cold outside. He said to me that he doesn’t buy shoes anymore and would love to be able to do that again. I worked on him weekly for a month. One day on a Friday afternoon, he unexpectedly walked into my office wearing his favorite shoes with a big smile on his face. I must have tuned his kidneys, an organ that releases excess water (edemas) trapped in the body for a period of time, causing the blood vessels in the feet to restrict with no adequate circulation that caused the discoloration and the dryness Richard was experiencing. Two months later, I wanted to release him from his weekly therapy, but Richard felt offended and unwanted. Little did I know that he wanted to continue the therapy for other reasons as well, and that he started receiving other positive effects, that he admitted to me. He started to get relief from his enlarged prostate and his chronic constipation. Richard stayed a client of mine for over a year with a tune-up here and there.
I loved my job as a reflexologist, knowing that I shared the same principle with ancient Egyptians among other ancient cultures thousands of years ago.
To your health and wellness,
Health & Wellness Coach
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