A Holistic Approach To Healing
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Archived Articles

October 2013: Are you confused regarding what supplements to take and if they are actually working? The Biomeridian can help you identify a specific nutritional and supplement protocol for your unique body. Biomeridian testing is a completely non-invasive method for gathering valuable information about the body's energetic functions, which discloses patterns of stress and provides feedback to help restore each system and meridian to an appropriate balance. This provides an overall view of the body and screens for the appropriate nutritional, herbal and homeopathic remedies needed to bring the body back into balance. It tests the acupuncture points which are related to the body's organs and organ systems. Food and environmental sensitivities can also be tested. After a few months, a follow up test is recommended to measure the change in the body and re-evaluate the herbal, homeopathic and/or nutritional protocal. 

September 2013: What is Biomeridian testing? Biomeridian testing is a completely non-invasive method for gathering valuable information about the body's energetic functions, which discloses patterns of stress and provides feedback to help restore each system and meridian to an appropriate balance. This provides an overall view of the body and screens for the appropriate nutritional, herbal and homeopathic remedies needed to bring the body back into balance. It tests the acupuncture points which are related to the body's organs and organ systems. Food and environmental sensitivities can also be tested. After a few months, a follow up test is recommended to measure the change in the body and re-evaluate the herbal, homeopathic and/or nutritional protocol. 

August 2013: The Philosophy of Holistic Medicine. Holistic medicine is a form of healing that takes into account the whole person; body, mind and spirit with the goal of achieving optimal wellness. The holistic practitioner believes that the individual is made up of interdependent parts.  If one part is not working properly, all the other parts will be affected.  The goal to good health is seeking balance within one’s life because physical, emotional, or spiritual imbalances can negatively affect our overall health. The holistic practitioner believes that the body has the innate ability to heal itself given the proper support such as good nutrition, adequate sleep, stress management and natural modalities such as herbs, acupuncture, energy work and psychotherapy.  The holistic practitioner views the patient as a person, not a disease and treatment involves fixing the cause of the condition, not just alleviating the symptoms. The holistic doctor works with the patient to addresses all aspects of a person's life and may incorporate other health care practitioners into the treatment plan. Holistic medicine is also based on the belief that unconditional love and support is the most powerful healer and a person is ultimately responsible for his or her own health and well-being.

July 2013: Adding energy work to maximize results of therapy.  For those of you who have had the experience of working with me in therapy, you have probably at one time or another heard me discuss the concept of energetic ties to things that create emotional distress such as belief systems, other people, etc.  In addition to Neuro Emotional Technique or (NET), Pranic Healing and Reiki are also beneficial treatments that might enhance your personal growth work. Pranic Healing® is a highly evolved and tested system of energy medicine that utilizes prana to balance, harmonize and transform the body's energy processes. Prana is a Sanskrit word that means life-force. This invisible bio-energy or vital energy keeps the body alive and maintains a state of good health.  It is a simple yet powerful & effective system of no-touch energy healing. It is based on the fundamental principles that the body is a self-repairing living entity that possesses the ability to heal itself and that the healing process is accelerated by increasing this life force that is readily available from the sun, air and ground to address physical & emotional imbalances. Pranic Healing can help clean chakras and auras for higher levels of vitality and energy. It can also help cut etheric cords that bind people together and link them emotionally. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy." A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.

June 2013: Yoga is so much more than stretching. I always recommend yoga for good health. However, I find that most people are not aware of all of the wonderful benefits of yoga.  In addition to improving flexibility, yoga is a great form of meditation.  It also can improve our physical health and balances the body. Yoga is beneficial for depression and anxiety because it helps quite the mind through breath and meditation, which creates a feeling of peace and tranquility.  It is also beneficial on our internal organs and glands.  For example, an inversions works the pituitary gland which regulates the secretion of hormones of other glands. Different yoga postures work on increasing the blood supply to other glands and organs.  Forward bends tone and stimulate the liver and kidneys and twists aid in digestion.  Hopefully, you will start incorporating yoga into your weekly routine. Acupuncture for Smoking Cessation: With every advance of medical science and medication, there have been side effects assumed in the process of advancement. One of the latest advertisements for medicine is Chantix, a medication designed to help stop smoking. If you have seen the commercial, then you’d know that it starts out the same as the others… subtle. If you haven’t seen it, the link is here: http://www.youtube.co/watch?v=3hp_y0wDFz0. It shows an elderly bearded man sitting about on a spring day and then the long list of the side effects that can occur if taking the medication emerges. These include anger, hostility, depression, suicidal thoughts and mania, which is not even the complete list. More can be found at: http://www.chantix.com/about-chantix.aspx?source=google&HBX_PK=s_chantix&o=23119569|166373525|0&skwid=43700000570708755

If a medication that is designed to help you stop smoking ends up making you hostile, depressed, suicidal and manic, then, the question that begs to be asked is: Is it worth it? Also, you should ask with any treatment option: Are there alternatives? Acupuncture is a safe alternative for those seeking to stop smoking. It is helpful at blocking the brain signals for cravings (known as neurotransmitters) and has none of the side effects that this medication has. Acupuncture treatment for smoking cessation is 5 sessions over 5 days. Like an addiction, the treatment is beneficial as long as you don’t relapse. Physiologically what happens is that the next cigarette you puff re-opens the neurotransmitters that the acupuncture treatment blocked. This is important to know for those individuals who cheat their way by continuously smoking through any treatment. Whether its acupuncture, hypnosis, or the patch; a treatment is only successful if met with the desire and dedication. You must first want to quit. There is no silver bullet; there is only knowledge and actually putting in work.

May 2013: 
What is Neuro Emotional Technique (NET)? 
NET is a mind-body technique that helps find stuck, negatively charged emotions stored in your body and helps you release them. NET is useful for phobias, general anxiety, self-sabotaging behaviors and more. Emotions such as fear, anger, grief and many others can negatively affect us long after the original event that caused them. When our body fails to “let go” of these emotions we can find ourselves with unexplained emotions, self-sabotaging behaviors and destructive beliefs. Although we rarely see the link between the past event and our present situation, NET can help identify the unresolved event and help your body release its lingering emotional charge for good. It is based on a proven combination of the latest scientific research and centuries-old techniques used in Eastern healing. What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is a method of alternative health. It is a combination of art and science. The goal of acupuncture is restore vitality to the whole body and it is based on seeing the body as a representation of the person. Most acupuncture sessions start with 3 steps. A history is taken. Pulse and tongue diagnosis may be taken. Point selection is made based on history, symptoms, and presentation of the individual. Acupuncture points are chosen to best treat the ailment or complaint, which can include point on the body, ear, scalp and hand. Treatment of sessions can last 20-30 minutes. Thin needles are inserted on specific points to help Qi (known as energy) and blood harmonize the body.  The needles are like “antennas” that will help bring in their body’s own energy to rebalance the body as a whole. Acupuncture has helped treat many conditions including: sinusitis, depression, insomnia, pain, PMS symptoms, fertility, colds/flu, headaches/migraines, fatigue and so much more. If you are interested in acupuncture, know that treatment and the number sessions needed may vary depending on the condition, symptoms, and complaint. Be open to the idea. People who try acupuncture may not fully believe that it will help. Interesting enough, acupuncture will still work despite this, but the results may not be as great due as compared to someone who enters a session open-minded. Results can occur on the first session, but sometimes it can take 2 or 3 sessions to best notice a dramatic change. It is best to try 3 sessions before making a conclusion. If someone is extremely exhausted, stressed out, not sleeping or eating much then there is only so much Qi (energy) to move around and restore a balance. Reported results from those who have tried acupuncture have included: better quality of sleep, increased relaxation, decreased stress, more energy, less pain, and clearer thinking.

April 2013: Gut Health and Your Mood. 
Did you know that there are more neurotransmitters in your gut than there are in your brain? Your gut is literally your second brain because its created from the identical tissue as your brain during gestation and contains larger amounts of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Recent studies have shown that inflammation may be a contributor to depression. According to a study reprinted on the website Green Med Info: "... [A]n increasing number of clinical studies have shown that treating gastrointestinal inflammations with probiotics, vitamin B, D and omega 3 fatty acids, through attenuating proinflammatory stimuli to brain, may also improve depression symptoms and quality of life. All these findings justify an assumption that treating gastrointestinal inflammations may improve the efficacy of the currently used treatment modalities of depression and related diseases." Orv Hetil. 2011 Sep 11;152(37):1477-85. doi: 10.1556/OH.2011.29166, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21893478.

March 2013: Practicing Non Attachment."Attachment is the origin, the root of suffering; hence it is the cause of suffering.” -The Dalai Lama. There is a Buddhist story that I would like to share with you which is about how to catch a monkey. In order to catch a monkey, one takes a coconut and makes a hole that is just large enough so that a monkey can squeeze its hand into it. You then tie the coconut down and put something sweet inside of it. The monkey put its hand into the coconut to grab the sweet, but the hole is too small to allow its fist to exit the coconut. The money suffers becomes it becomes tied down by its own attachment. Freedom from suffering is only found when the monkey lets go of the sweet. We all, at times, have to let go of our desires to become truly free and at peace. However, this can be a very difficult thing to do, but it is something that can be practiced.  Our suffering is largely created by our desires and expectations. We have expectations of how things “should be.” We have a picture of how our life should be, how our family should be, how others should treat us, etc. These expectations are what create our suffering because, frequently, our present does not resemble what we think it should. We become victims of the images we create and the thoughts that we have about how things should be, which creates distress. Inner peace is achieved when we lose our attachment to our desires and can see the reality in our current situation without judgment. We can find peace and appreciate what is instead of lamenting what is not.  It is important to keep in mind that you and your life are exactly how they are supposed to be at the present time. This may be a difficult idea to grasp during a time of adversity, however, it is important to keep in mind that there is a reason the universe has created the situation you are in right now. And instead of judging it, realize that at some time you will understand the lesson that is to be learned.

February 2013: Staying In the Moment. "To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him." - Buddha. Some of us find it difficult to be in the moment because we are plagued with thoughts that disrupt our peace.  Many of us do not realize that we actually can become “addicted” to our thoughts.  For example, if you worry on a regular basis, you reinforce this neural connection.  In order to quiet the mind, you must weaken the neural pathways associated with anxious thinking, which is essentially how meditation works.  Living in the moment is something that needs to be practiced with intention. You can start practicing it at any moment just by making the decision to be in the moment. You can choose to set aside a block of time to fully be in the moment—at work, relaxing at home, or on vacation—and then practice being in the moment by focusing on what you are doing. So, even if you are sitting and sipping a cup of tea, do not shift to mental autopilot, allowing your mind to race to the past or future, but rather focus on the task at hand. Be in your body, be in the experience. If you are taking a walk, focus on what is around you, feel your body, feel the experience. If you notice your thoughts drifting to something other than the present, just continue refocusing your attention on it. As you practice, it becomes easier. When a negative feeling arises, this is a sign that you are not in the moment, and all you need to do is to get centered and start again. Another technique is just to breathe.  When I find my thoughts racing, I just sit with my eyes closed and take a deep breath.  It can be that simple, but it must be practiced. Wishing you a few moments of peace as we practice this together.

January 2013: Dealing With Adversity. Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. -Buddhist quote. We all get knocked over by external forces from time to time which challenges us to stay inspired and at peace. I can personally attest to this, however, I do manage to return to a place of peace before the next wave of material entanglement finds it's way back into my life. Usually when I am faced with a situation that disrupts my harmony, the universe has a way of placing something inspirational in my path that brings me back to center. One concept that I have to remind myself of quite frequently when I am in the mist of adversity is there is no circumstance that is more powerful than I am. Because we can change our beliefs about our situations, we can change how we react to the. . Although most of us have been taught that the external world is more powerful than we are, we can feel empowered when we understand that we do not always consciously choose the circumstances we find ourselves in.

December 2012: Finding Meaning. He who has a why can endure any how."-Nietzsche. Many of us question what life is really about. By resolving human drama and becoming authentic, we can find meaning in our lives. If we let go of trying to receive validation from others, we can create our own idea of personal success and meaning in our lives not based on what society deems successful. This frees us from cultural expectations and creates our own life, full of personal meaning. By finding personal meaning in our lives, we trust in the purpose and direction of our journey. By living with our beliefs, we know the direction that we are meant to go, and we trust the universe will lead the way. By resolving the human drama, we do not consume ourselves with negative emotions and distract ourselves from our journey. By being authentic, we eliminate the anxiety about who we are supposed to be; we begin to live our own lives. When we find meaning and purpose, all the anxiety and hopelessness and fear disappear. Our mission guides us. We become aware that we have authorship of our lives and start to take responsibility over our destiny, feelings, and even our suffering. We then create our own life meaning, by creating our unique purpose in life. So, the question is, “What is life’s unique purpose? What is meaningful to you? What is the meaning of your suffering?”

November 2012: Life affirming Living. Dance as though no one is watching you. Love as though you have never been hurt before. Sing as though no one can hear you. Live as though heaven is on earth. –Unknown. This is one of my favorite quotes because it reminds me of a very important goal that I strive to achieve as well as one that I guide my clients in achieving. The goal is to live in a life-affirming whereby making choices that allow you to live fully and authentically, not based on fear. Living in a life-affirming way is the difference between thriving and merely surviving. It is living in the moment. How can we possibly be happy, free and content, if we are making decisions based on fear? Fear prevents us from taking chances, living and loving fully and pursuing our passions. So, a question to ask your self is “Am I truly living and making decisions that are life-affirming, or I am making choices based on fear?” It is beautiful to love as if you have never been hurt, because loving fully is living fully in the now, not in the past or future. What changes can you make today to live in a more life-affirming way?

October 2012: Living In The Moment. Some of us find it difficult to be in the moment because we are plagued with thoughts that disrupt our peace.  Many of us do not realize that we actually can become “addicted” to our thoughts.  For example, if you worry on a regular basis, you reinforce this neural connection.  In order to quiet the mind, you must weaken the neural pathways associated with anxious thinking.  This is essentially how meditation works.  Living in the moment is something that needs to be practiced with intention. You can start practicing it at any moment just by making the decision to be in the moment. You can choose to set aside a block of time to fully be in the moment—at work, relaxing at home, or on vacation—and then practice being in the moment by focusing on what you are doing. So, even if you are sitting and sipping a cup of tea, do not shift to mental autopilot, allowing your mind to race to the past or future, but rather focus on the task at hand. Be in your body, be in the experience. If you are taking a walk, focus on what is around you, feel your body, feel the experience. If you notice your thoughts drifting to something other than the present, just continue refocusing your attention on it. As you practice, it becomes easier. When a negative feeling arises, this is a sign that you are not in the moment, and all you need to do is to get centered and start again. Another technique is just to breathe.  When I find my thoughts racing, I just sit with my eyes closed and take a few deep breathes.  It can be that simple, but it must be practiced.  Wishing you all a few moments of peace as we all practice this together. 

September 2012: Accepting the Present Moment. A very difficult lesson to learn is the value of accepting the present moment.  We often times forget that our lives are exactly how they are supposed to be at the present time. This is especially difficult to grasp during a time of adversity, however, it is important to keep in mind that there is a reason the universe has created the situation you are in right now. Instead of judging it, realize that at some time you will understand the lesson that is to be learned. A thought to keep in mind, and something of which I continually remind myself, is, “My life is (or I am) perfect, with all of its (my) imperfections. I have exactly everything I need right now. My life is exactly how it needs to be at the present.” So when faced with adversity, it is important to sit with the pain, fear, or whatever the emotion is, and work through it. All too often we try to escape our pain. But you can find strength and deal with it, having hope or faith and knowing that everything will be okay in spite of it. This hope or faith is means knowing that all things happen for a reason, and seeing the message behind the unpleasant things we are going through. This awareness is grounding, and helps one remain at peace.  

August 2012: Understanding Our Pain. Nobody can hurt me without my permission.  –Ghandi. When we feel hurt, we are not always aware that it is not the external circumstances that has caused our pain.  It is our emotion that hurts us, not necessarily other people or external circumstances. What happens is, the dynamic that occurs in a relationship or how perceived situations trigger an emotional scar, which is why we take what others do to us so personally. It is important to take ownership over our thoughts and feelings. Often times, these emotions, such as hurt, appear to happen so automatically, we do not realize that we have that second to make a choice and decide not to be hurt. Until now, no one taught us that we had a choice. However, once we have awareness of our thoughts and feelings, it is important to remember that no one can make us feel something that we do not choose to feel.  If we feel hurt by someone, this hurt is not truly what is happening now, but it is merely the trigger for the hurt that has always been there. When we feel hurt by someone else, or by something that happened, we need to look inward to understand why that creates pain for us.

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