Urine Luck!

 

Yeah, it was an easy shot.  I couldn’t resist…

To continue with our investigation of the channels of elimination in the body, this month we will consider urination.

Urine is the waste product produced by the urinary system.  The urinary system is also called the renal system.  It is composed of two kidneys, ureters, the bladder, and the urethra.  The kidneys have millions of nephrons, or their functional units, and because of this, Nephrology is a field of science devoted to studying just the kidneys.

Along with eliminating urine from the body, the renal system helps to regulate blood volume, blood pressure, levels of electrolytes and metabolites, and regulate blood pH.

Urine is formed in the kidneys after the blood is filtered and other processes occur.  This urine exits the kidneys via the ureters to the bladder.  The bladder stores the urine until it is expelled during urination.

We produce 1-2 liters of urine daily in a healthy state, though this can vary based on circumstances such as fluid intake.

Urine is a mechanical barrier that prevents pathogens from entering our body by flushing away pathogens.  This is similar to how tears flush away pathogens from the eyes.

To make urine, the body filters the blood, reabsorbs usable products, and secrets the waste.

Ideally, urine will only contain water, waste products, and excess ions.  Protein in the urine indicates larger holes in the glomerulus (the capsule surrounding a bundle of capillaries in the urine that help to filter urine).

Some hormones have an effect on urine production.  ADH, or antidiuretic hormone, stimulates water reabsorption in the body and encourages blood pressure to rise.  Further, it slows urine production and causes it to concentrate in the kidneys.  Parathormone, or PTH, encourages the kidney tubules to excrete more phosphates from the blood into the urine.

So why do women have to urinate more often than men?  And why do pregnant women have to urinate even more frequently?  The female has additional internal organs, the uterus and ovaries, which take up space in the abdominal cavity.  It sits below the uterus; this means the bladder needs to be smaller in a woman than in a man.  When a woman is pregnant, her uterus expands to accommodate the baby.  This gives the bladder even less room meaning the pregnant woman will need to urinate more frequently.

The color of our urine can give us some insight into what is going on in our bodies.  Remember, medications, laxatives, chemo, dyes, some foods (like beets), and other factors can change the color of your urine.

As you can see, there are varied meanings to the color of our urine; most often it can be attributed to not getting enough water or something we ate.

 

Do you check the color of your urine each time you use the bathroom?

 

As always, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment if you need additional help!

How do you experience the world?

When considering how you experience the world, one good starting point is NLP.  NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming.  It is the language of your mind.  It is an outcome-based therapy.  You know what you want the outcome to be, and with NLP, you use that knowledge to find the path to your goals.

Interestingly, NLP can also be used to have great communication with others.  Have you ever noticed some people “see” the world?  They say things like “I see,” “That looks good,” and “I can’t quite picture it.”  How about those who “hear” the world?  Or those who “feel” it?

You know someone who uses more words in one category or another, perhaps even yourself.  Here is a list of words for each type:

 

Another cue from NLP is eye accessing cues.  When you look up or down or left or right, without consciously thinking about it, you are giving clues to others about how you process the world.  This means understanding these movements can help your communication with others because you will understand what’s not being said.  We all have a preferred way of communicating that may be different from our preferred way of learning!  You may be a kinesthetic learner who needs that hands on work, but you may communicate mostly with visual words and eye movements.

The image below shows how most people’s eye cues can be interpreted.

 

 

The point of all of this listening and watching is to lead to better communication with others.  Also, by understanding our preferences, we can better understand and work with ourselves.

As always, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment if you need additional help!

Protecting yourself from the unseen

 

We often fail to remember the world is not made up of just what we see.  While we accept molecules and atoms and even interestingly named things from quantum physics, most of us discount the vibrations around us.  We forget that radio waves, microwaves, UV rays, cell phone rays, and all other unseen frequency forces vibrate everything around them–including us.

What?  Even us?  Yes, even us.

Remember, we are about 60% water as human adults.  You wouldn’t think vibrations aren’t affecting a standing body of water, so it only makes sense that we are affected too.

This includes things like your cell phone (so damaging… stop holding it up to your head!!), your smart meter (damn you, DTE), and even your refrigerator and those annoying fluorescent bulbs.  The hum produces an electromagnetic field (EMF).  These EMF can be extremely damaging to our bodies.  Even the National Cancer Institute and other agencies will not say EMFs produced by cell phone towers and other items do not, guaranteed, produce any ill effects; rather, they say things like “effects unknown” and “unsure.”

So what can we do?  Turning off wifi at night is helpful.  Not carrying your cell phone on you all the time is helpful.  Breaking up these electromagnetic fields is helpful.

How do you break up an EMF?

One easy way is to use a substance called orgonite.

What is orgonite?

Orgonite is simply a metaphysical machine that works to clean, circulate, scrub, and create positive, life-force energy (chi, bio-electricity, prana, or whatever term you choose to call it).  Gary Fields, a gifted creator of beautiful pieces, says, “Orgonite is a mixture of catalyzed fiberglass resin with metal shavings, particles or powders, poured into molds. It is said to attract aetheric energy similarly to Reich’s accumulators. Some people also add a couple of crystals to the mixture for their ability to make the energy more coherent or to enhance the working [of] the orgonite. Thus orgonite basically is a substance which functions as a self-driven, continuously operating, highly efficient energy transmutation device, drawing in negative life energy and transmuting it into positive energy.”

Orgonite should be part of every home, car, cell phone, and adornment (be it visible or in a pocket) for every man, woman, child, and even animal.

There are several benefits to orgonite.  These may include:

  • Improved physical, mental, and spiritual health
  • Improved relationships
  • Vivid and even lucid dreams
  • Better sleep overall
  • Deeper spirituality and growth
  • Plants grow faster
  • Deeper meditation
  • Lowered stress
  • Protection from negative energies
  • Clearing energetic blocks

I have several of these in my office, I own about 15 pairs of earrings and several necklaces, I have one in my car (and in my husband’s, mom’s, dad’s, and sister’s as well), and I have protectors on my cell phone.

I am thrilled to announce: I now carry Orgone Energy Fields orgonite in store.

As always, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment if you need additional help!

 

Gonna Make You Sweat

To continue with our investigation of the channels of elimination in the body, this month we will consider sweating.

This can be a controversial topic as many of us consider our body’s need to sweat to be gross and even unsanitary in others.  However, this is a vital mechanism used by our bodies to clean house.

Yes, there is such a thing as too much sweating (called Hyperhidrosis by modern medicine).  However, this rarer medical condition is not what we are considering (and yes, there are reasons the body does this that can be addressed naturopathically).  We are considering normal sweating.

So what is sweat?  Sweat is an air-conditioning system for our body (2.6 million sweat glands on your body), and we can produce almost 100 ounces of sweat in an hour!  However, most of us would top out at about 33 ounces unless we live in a hot location.

Sweat is caused by exercise, heat, excitement, fear, and even anxiety.  Sodium, chloride, and potassium are all carried to the skin’s surface by the sweat glands and these salts stay on the skin after the liquid is gone.  The liquid is water, fatty acids, and protein byproducts (urea and ammonia).  Additionally, some researchers have found natural antibiotics in sweat called dermcidin.

There are two types of sweat glands: apocrine sweat glands that produce a plasma-like mix and eccrine sweat glands that produce a more water-laden mix.  Eccrine glands are found over most of your body and apocrine are located where there are hair follicle concentrations like your scalp, anus/genital region, and armpits.

Ok, so now that some of the scientific stuff is out of the way, let’s get down to why it is good to sweat!

Benefits of Sweating

  • It cools us off and maintains proper body temperature
  • Allows toxins and toxic elements to escape our bodies (including BPA)
  • It can help flush kidney stones
  • It helps to clear the skin (because pores open when we sweat and release trapped debris)
  • It can heal wounds, especially the eccrine sweat glands
  • It produces natural antimicrobial peptides that are active against large and small bugs
  • If you are sweating, you are probably exercising and building your heart, breath, and general body strength
  • Exercising alone without sweat does not produce the happy hormone rush that sweat-heavy exercise does
  • Sweating from exercise can help eliminate pain
  • It helps to improve blood circulation
  • Sweating kills many viruses and bacteria that cannot live past 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit
  • It relieves stress and promotes relaxation

With this huge, varied list of benefits, it is clear we need to get out there and sweat more!  Whether from exercise or saunas, sweating does our bodies good.

One note about health and sweating.  Find a deodorant that does not have aluminum or other toxic metals in it.  Also, don’t use an antiperspirant.  These both mess up our body’s ability to sweat effectively.  Remember, anything put on your skin does enter your body and is processed by your spleen.  There are other options from toxic products like Secret, Degree, Dove, and all the other popular deodorant brands.  You can even make your own deodorant with simple things like essential oils, arrow root/organic corn starch, shea butter, coconut oil, and baking soda.

Here are a few brands to consider (I have used personally) and a couple of links to good recipes for homemade deodorants.

Store bought:
1. AromaGuard Mountain Mint Deodorant
2. My Favorite AromaGuard Deodorant Meadow Mist
3. My Husband’s Favorite nasanta Magnesium Deodorant Men
4. nasanta Magnesium Deodorant Women

Homemade:
1. Homemade Probiotic Deodorant Bar
2. Homemade Jarred Deodorant

So get out there, sweat more, and feel better!  But remember to hydrate!  We need 1/2 our body weight in pounds in ounces of water a day (so a 100 pound woman would need 50 ounces while a 180 pound man needs 90 ounces of water a day).

Need more help? Schedule your appointment today!

What’s In a Name?

I just wanted to make a quick post to let everyone know I have decided to change my name.  Actually, I have gone through the court process already so it is legal!

My new name is Ylona Hartford.  However, I will still happily answer to Marie if that is how you knew me before.

It is pronounced “eee – LONE – ah” for anyone curious.

I changed my name for a family name that is better suited to singing opera.  Plus, I really believe children should eventually choose their own names.  I never felt like a Kim (my first name at birth that I used until I was in 5th grade) nor did Marie really fit (my middle name at birth).  I feel with Ylona I am finally really myself!

 

Genetic Engineering, GMOs, and Warnings From the Past

In 1991, Michael Crichton had Jurassic Park published.  This was at the earlier stages of our GMO and genetic engineering craze.  Things have only progressed even faster since that point with dozens of crops and even animals having been genetically modified and allowed to escape into the wild.

For this month’s post, I wanted to quote some fascinating words Crichton penned over 25 years ago to give us a warning of how allowing science complete and total free reign (with a feigned sense of governmental control) is dangerous to us as a species.  The US has the most GMO crops allowed in both growth and in foods.  Our government has thwarted all labeling laws that allow everyone, regardless of income level and education, to know what they are putting in their bodies.  They also continually deny GMOs pose any health risk.  However, we are the lowest in developed countries for health.  Just because we don’t immediatly die from our diets does not mean they have no effect on us.  Look at the rise in chronic diseases we now consider “normal.”  Look how autism is now labeled as something a child is born with in spite of hundreds of studies showing this isn’t the case.

The part from the introduction about how scientists  are no longer detached observers is highlighted by the FDA itself and the prime defender of vaccines, Paul Offit.

So I hope you enjoy these quotes from Crichton.  If you don’t, I hope it at least gives you some pause to show you have the intelligence and humanity to have a inkling of doubt arise in your mind.  Hopefully we can nourish that inkling and make this world a better place together.

From Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.  (Crichton, Michael. Jurassic Park. London: Random Century Group 20, 2006. Print.)

 

From chapter: Introduction

The late twentieth century has witnessed a scientific gold rush of astonishing proportions: the headlong and furious haste to commercialize genetic engineering. This enterprise has proceeded so rapidly-with so little outside commentary-that its dimensions and implications are hardly understood at all.

Biotechnology promises the greatest revolution in human history. By the end of this decade, it will have outdistanced atomic power and computers in its effect on our everyday lives. In the words of one observer, “Biotechnology is going to transform every aspect of human life: our medical care, our food, our health, our entertainment, our very bodies. Nothing will ever be the same again. It’s literally going to change the face of the planet.”

But the biotechnology revolution differs in three important respects from past scientific transformations.

First, it is broad-based. America entered the atomic age through the work of a single research institution, at Los Alamos. It entered the computer age through the efforts of about a dozen companies. But biotechnology research is now carried out in more than two thousand laboratories in America alone. Five hundred corporations spend five billion dollars a year on this technology.

Second, much of the research is thoughtless or frivolous. Efforts to engineer paler trout for better visibility in the stream, square trees for easier lumbering, and injectable scent cells so you’ll always smell of your favorite perfume may seem like a joke, but they are not. Indeed, the fact that biotechnology can be applied to the industries traditionally subject to the vagaries of fashion, such as cosmetics and leisure activities, heightens concern about the whimsical use of this powerful new technology.

Third, the work is uncontrolled. No one supervises it. No federal laws regulate it. There is no coherent government policy, in America or anywhere else in the world. And because the products of biotechnology range from drugs to farm crops to artificial snow, an intelligent policy is difficult.

But most disturbing is the fact that no watchdogs are found among scientists themselves. It is remarkable that nearly every scientist in genetics research is also engaged in the commerce of biotechnology. There are no detached observers. Everybody has a stake.

The commercialization of molecular biology is the most stunning ethical event in the history of science, and it has happened with astonishing speed. For four hundred years since Galileo, science has always proceeded as a free and open inquiry into the workings of nature. Scientists have always ignored national boundaries, holding themselves above the transitory concerns of politics and even wars. Scientists have always rebelled against secrecy in research, and have even frowned on the idea of patenting their discoveries, seeing themselves as working to the benefit of all mankind. And for many generations, the discoveries of scientists did indeed have a peculiarly selfless quality.

When, in 1953, two young researchers in England, James Watson and Francis Crick, deciphered the structure of DNA, their work was bailed as a triumph of the human spirit, of the centuries-old quest to understand the universe in a scientific way. It was confidently expected that their discovery would be selflessly extended to the greater benefit of mankind.

Yet that did not happen. Thirty years later, nearly all of Watson and Crick’s scientific colleagues were engaged in another sort of enterprise entirely. Research in molecular genetics had become a vast, multibillion dollar commercial undertaking, and its origins can be traced not to 1953 but to April 1976.

That was the date of a now famous meeting, in which Robert Swanson, a venture capitalist, approached Herbert Boyer, a biochemist at the University of California. The two men agreed to found a commercial company to exploit Boyer’s gene-splicing techniques. Their new company, Genentech, quickly became the largest and most successful of the genetic engineering start-ups.

Suddenly it seemed as if everyone wanted to become rich. New companies were announced almost weekly, and scientists flocked to exploit genetic research. By 1986, at least 362 scientists, including 64 in the National Academy, sat on the advisory boards of biotech firms. The number of those who held equity positions or consultancies was several times greater.

It is necessary to emphasize how significant this shift in attitude actually was. In the past, pure scientists took a snobbish view of business. They saw the pursuit of money as intellectually uninteresting, suited only to shopkeepers. And to do research for industry, even at the prestigious Bell or IBM labs, was only for those who couldn’t get a university appointment. Thus the attitude of pure scientists was fundamentally critical toward the work of applied scientists, and to industry in general. Their long-standing antagonism kept university scientists free of contaminating industry ties, and whenever debate arose about technological matters, disinterested scientists were available to discuss the issues at the highest levels.

But that is no longer true. There are very few molecular biologists and very few research institutions without commercial affiliations. The old days are gone. Genetic research continues, at a more furious pace than ever. But it is done in secret, and in haste, and for profit.

 

From chapter: Control

“You know what we are really talking about here,” Malcolm said. “All this attempt to control… We are talking about Western attitudes that are five hundred years old. They began at the time when Florence, Italy, was the most important city in the world. The basic idea of science-that there was a new way to look at reality, that it was objective, that it did not depend on your beliefs or your nationality, that it was rational-that idea was fresh and exciting back then. It offered promise and hope for the future, and it swept away the old medieval system, which was hundreds of years old. The medieval world of feudal politics and religious dogma and hateful superstitions fell before science. But, in truth, this was because the medieval world didn’t really work any more.

It didn’t work economically, it didn’t work intellectually, and it didn’t fit the new world that was emerging.

Malcolm coughed.

“But now,” he continued, “science is the belief system that is hundreds of years old. And, like the medieval system before it, science is starting not to fit the world any more. Science has attained so much power that its practical limits begin to be apparent. Largely through science, billions of us live in one small world, densely packed and intercommunicating. But science cannot help us decide what to do with that world, or how to live. Science can make a nuclear reactor, but it cannot tell us not to build it. Science can make pesticide, but cannot tell us not to use it. And our world starts to seem polluted in fundamental ways-air, and water, and land-because of ungovernable science.” He sighed. “This much is obvious to everyone.”

“At the same time, the great intellectual justification of science has vanished. Ever since Newton and Descartes, science has explicitly offered us the vision of total control. Science has claimed the power to eventually control everything, through its understanding of natural laws. But in the twentieth century, that claim has been shattered beyond repair. First, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle set limits on what we could know about the subatomic world. Oh well, we say. None of us lives in a subatomic world. It doesn’t make any practical difference as we go through our lives. Then Gödel’s theorem set similar limits to mathematics, the formal language of science. Mathematicians used to think that their language had some special inherent trueness that derived from the laws of logic. Now we know that what we call ‘reason’ is just an arbitrary game. It’s not special, in the way we thought it was.

“And now chaos theory proves that unpredictability is built into our daily lives. It is as mundane as the rainstorm we cannot predict. And so the grand vision of science, hundreds of years old-the dream of total control-has died, in our century. And with it much of the justification, the rationale for science to do what it does. And for us to listen to it. Science has always said that it may not know everything now but it will know, eventually. But now we see that isn’t true. It is an idle boast. As foolish, and as misguided, as the child who jumps off a building because he believes he can fly.”

“We are witnessing the end of the scientific era. Science, like other outmoded systems, is destroying itself. As it gains in power, it proves itself incapable of handling the power. Because things are going very fast now. Fifty years ago, everyone was gaga over the atomic bomb. That was power. No one could imagine anything more. Yet, a bare decade after the bomb, we began to have genetic power. And genetic power is far more potent than atomic power. And it will be in everyone’s hands. It will be in kits for backyard gardeners. Experiments for schoolchildren. Cheap labs for terrorists and dictators, And that will force everyone to ask the same question- What should I do with my power?-which is the very question science says it cannot answer.”

“So what will happen?” Ellie said.

Malcolm shrugged. “A change.”

“What kind of change?”

“All major changes are like death,” he said. “You can’t see to the other side until you are there.”

What Can a Certified Sound Therapist Do For You?

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
Nikola Tesla

This month, I am finalizing my certification as a Sound Therapist by VoiceBio. I am super geeked about this new tool to help my clients find even more solutions for to reach their health goals.

You may be wondering what this can do for you. Let me tell you more about this exciting assessment tool and frequency work.

VoiceBio is an energetic assessment tool that has been used in 24 countries by almost 2500 practitioners. It is highly accurate and offers a no-touch, pain-free process that is affordable, reliable, and reveals a wealth of information.

From VoiceBio: VoiceBio©™ functions on the principal that the human voice, apart from being a communication medium, also exhibits all of the silent and audible working frequencies of the body, mind and emotions. While there are 12 essential sound frequencies which make up and define human energetics, a majority of individuals have missing or stressed “notes” which correlate with weakened brain patterns. Weakened brain patterns translate to compromised health and impaired regenerative abilities.

The assessments are empowering to the client, giving information about where the areas in the body that are energetically “off key.”

Combined with muscle response testing and my knowledge of nutrition, herbs, homeopathy, oils, lifestyle changes, music, and many other modalities to help bring my clients back to their best health, VoiceBio analysis gives us another layer and level to work with to get the best results.

Don’t hesitate to take advantage of our celebratory rate for all clients receiving VoiceBio Analysis between May 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017 of just $59 for an hour session. That’s 15% off the standard rate!

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Music sets up a certain vibration which unquestionably results in a physical reaction. Eventually the proper vibration for every person will be found and utilized.
George Gershwin

What’s self-worth really worth?

This month, I’d like you to consider taking this self-test from The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook .

To know how you feel about yourself and the things you are saying to and believing about yourself can be vitally important to your health and wellbeing.

Place the appropriate number before each statement.
1 = not at all 3 = strongly/frequently
2 = somewhat/sometimes 4 = very strongly

__ 1. I feel powerless or helpless.
__ 2. Often, I feel like a victim of outside circumstances.
__ 3. I don’t have the money to do what I really want.
__ 4. There is seldom enough time to do what I want.
__ 5. Life is very difficult – it’s a struggle.
__ 6. If things are going well, watch out!
__ 7. I feel unworthy. I feel that I’m not good enough.
__ 8. Often, I feel that I don’t deserve to be successful or happy.
__ 9. Often, I feel a sense of defeat and resignation, a sense of “why bother?”
__ 10. My condition seems hopeless.
__ 11. There is something fundamentally wrong with me.
__ 12. I feel ashamed of my condition.
__ 13. If I take risks to get better, I’m afraid I’ll fail.
__ 14. If I take risks to get better, I’m afraid I’ll succeed.
__ 15. If I recovered fully, I might have to deal with realities I’d rather not face.
__ 16. I feel like I’m nothing (or can’t make it) unless I’m loved.
__ 17. I can’t stand being separated from others.
__ 18. If a person I love doesn’t love me in return, I feel like it’s my fault.
__ 19. It’s very hard to be alone.
__ 20. What others think of me is very important.
__ 21. I feel personally threatened when criticized.
__ 22. It’s important to please others.
__ 23. People won’t like me if they see who I really am.
__ 24. I need to keep up a front or others will see my weaknesses.
__ 25. I have to achieve or produce something significant in order to feel okay about myself.
__ 26. My accomplishments at work/school are extremely important.
__ 27. Success is everything.
__ 28. I have to be the best at what I do.
__ 29. I have to be somebody – somebody outstanding.
__ 30. To fail is terrible.
__ 31. I can’t rely on others for help.
__ 32. I can’t receive from others.
__ 33. If I let someone get too close, I’m afraid of being controlled.
__ 34. I can’t tolerate being out of control.
__ 35. I’m the only one who can solve my problems.
__ 36. I should always be generous and unselfish.
__ 37. I should be the perfect (rate each below)…
__ employee __ lover __ son/daughter __ professional __ friend __ spouse __ student __ parent
__ 38. I should be able to endure any hardship.
__ 39. I should be able to find a quick solution to every problem.
__ 40. I should never be tired or fatigued.
__ 41. I should always be efficient.
__ 42. I should always be competent.
__ 43. I should always be able to foresee everything.
__ 44. I should never be angry or irritable. OR: I don’t like (am afraid of) anger.
__ 45. I should always be pleasant and nice, no matter how I feel.
__ 46. I often feel (rate each below)…
__ ugly __ unintelligent __ inferior or defective __ guilty or ashamed
__ 47. I’m just the way I am – I can’t really change.
__ 48. The world outside is a dangerous place.
__ 49. Unless you worry about a problem, it just gets worse.
__ 50. It’s risky to trust people.
__ 51. My problems will go away on their own with time.
__ 52. I feel anxious about making mistakes.
__ 53. I demand perfection of myself.
__ 54. If I didn’t have my safe person (or safe place), I’m afraid I couldn’t cope.
__ 55. If I stop worrying, I’m afraid something bad will happen.
__ 56. I’m afraid to face the world out there on my own.
__ 57. My self-worth isn’t a given – it has to be earned.

If your total score for questions 1, 2, 7, 9, 10, and 11 is over 15 points: You likely believe that you are powerless, have little or no control over outside circumstances, or are unable to do much that could help your situation. In sum, “I’m powerless” or “I can’t do much about my life.”
Change your self talk to: “I am in control.” “I am the creator of my life.” “All the power I need is inside me.” “I own my power and worth.”

If your total score for questions 16, 17, 18, 19, 54, and 56 is over 15 points: You likely believe that your self-worth is dependent on the love of someone else. You feel that you need another’s (or others’) love to feel okay about yourself and to cope. In sum, “My worth and security are dependent on being loved.”
Change your self talk to: “I am worthy of love.” “I love myself.” “What others think of me is none of my business.” “My love is enough.” “All the love I need is inside myself.”

If your total score for questions 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 45 is over 15 points: You likely believe that your self-worth is dependent on others’ approval. Being pleasing and getting acceptance from others is very important for your sense of security and your sense of who you are. In sum, “My worth and security depend on the approval of others.”
Change your self talk to: “What others think of me is none of my business.” “I value and appreciate myself.” “I am worthy as I am.” “I own my power and worth.” “I am ok with the way I am.”

If your total score for questions 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 41, and 42 is over 20 points: You likely believe that your self-worth is dependent on external achievements, such as school or career performance, status, or wealth. In sum, “My worth is dependent on my performance or achievements.”
Change your self talk to: “I am enough.” “I am worthy as I am.” “My worth is set by simply doing my best.” “I am ok with the way I am.”

If your total score for questions 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, and 50 is over 15 points: You likely believe that you can’t trust, rely on, or receive help from others. You may have a tendency to keep a distance from people and avoid intimacy for fear of losing control. In sum, “If I trust or get too close, I’ll lose control.”
Change your self talk to: “I am safe to trust.” “I am in control.” “It is safe to let others in.” “I own my power.” “I am calm and handling this.”

If your total score for questions 37, 38, 39, 40, 52, and 53 is over 25 points: You likely believe that you have to be perfect in some or many areas of your life. You make excessive demands on yourself. There is no room for mistakes. In sum, “I have to be perfect” or “It’s not okay to make mistakes.”
Change your self talk to: “I become better from my mistakes.” “My learning always occurs, even with mistakes.” “It is ok to make mistakes.” “Setbacks are part of my learning process.” “I am making progress.” “I am improving.”

Need more assistance in working on changing your record and getting out of a rut? Schedule your appointment today!

Breathe Deep…

To continue with our investigation of the channels of elimination in the body, this month we will consider respiration.

With each breath you take, you not only bring in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide but you also exhale other waste products and toxins from your body. This is why it is important to breathe deeply.

Stop for a moment and pay attention to your breath. What did you notice? If you are like most people, you will realize you take very short, shallow, quick breaths. This is common. Most of us only breath into the upper third of our of our lungs.

In this image from (Lungs and Pleura) – Interactive Biology, with Leslie Samuel, you can see how large the lungs are, but most people raise their shoulders to breath and only fill the very top part of the lungs with air before exhaling.

Keep in mind as you look at this image that the lungs do not just expand to the front but to the sides and back. If you’ve ever watched an infant or very young child breath, you will see their bellies move, their sides expand, and even their back expand as they breathe.

The brain can only survive for about 6 minutes without oxygen. Our red blood cells carry oxygen to all parts of our body. Breathing is vital to life.

Often, most pain can be linked to a lack of oxygen as well and many people find a significant reduction in pain when they breathe deeply.

So let’s talk about some strategies to help you make better use of your lungs and breath.

One of the simplest methods for being mindful of your breath is to practice 4 square breathing. In this technique, you breath in for four counts, hold your breath for four counts (gently, often suspension is a better image than holding), breath out for four counts, and again hold your breath out for four counts. Repeating this for a minute or two can lower stress levels, improve pain tolerance, and help all your cells function better including your brain for clearer thought.

Another method for improving your breathing pattern is to imagine the air dropping into your body, all the way down to your belly (or lower). Simply allow the air to flow in and feel your body expanding all around.

Exercising is a way for most people to naturally begin to breathe deeper without having to consciously work on it. If you can incorporate even simple, stretching exercises, your body will begin to learn to breathe deeper and more effectively.

Finally, integrating meditation or prayer into your daily practice is a way to pause and allow the mind to be mindful of how the body is doing and to breathe slower and deeper.

Need some help breathing more effectively or find you have some tensions you are unable to release? Schedule your appointment today!

What is a naturopathic bodyworker?

Several of you have asked me recently what the difference between a massage therapist and a natural health practitioner practicing naturopathic bodywork is.  This month’s post is all about what the differences are and what you can expect in a bodywork session with me.

Let me begin by saying massage is a form of bodywork but not all bodywork is massage.  Bodywork encompasses things like acupuncture, acupressure, chiropractic care, massage, reiki, craniosacral therapy, light healing touch, energy work, and many other forms of working on the body (and sometimes off).

A massage therapist is a bodyworker who has been trained and licensed (at least in Michigan) to practice massage therapy.  Seems fairly simple, right?  It is, and it isn’t.  Massage therapists have been specifically trained in various massage techniques and bodywork protocols.  In general, these are all on the body (as opposed to above it or off it working in the auric field).  Variations of massage you can expect from a licensed massage therapist include:

  • General relaxation massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Chair massage
  • Myofascial release
  • Posture work and positional
  • Trigger point therapy/massage
  • Lymph drain (often)
  • Reflexology (often)
  • Visceral massage (specialized form)
  • And others…

Licensed Massage Therapists in Michigan have had 500 hours of classwork work and have passed a state examination.  Additionally, they are fingerprinted and have been background checked.

This is not what I am, nor do I plan to become a licensed massage therapist.  Why?  Because my passion lies in the integrative practice of naturopathy.

So what can I offer in the realm of bodywork?

First, I do not offer massage.  I do not practice general relaxation massage (though I am trained in how to).  I may incorporate some aspects of it into a bodywork session, but I also include many more aspects of holistic health to address the whole person, not just the physical body.

I am trained in the following forms of bodywork at present:

  • Chair Massage (I usually integrate this into my consultation work)
  • Swedish Massage (this is only assimilated into other bodywork)
  • Lymph Drain
  • Infant Massage (and I teach mommies and daddies how to do this during a session)
  • Pregnancy Bodywork
  • Reflexology (both of hands and feet)
  • Reiki
  • Light Healing Touch
  • Polarity Therapy
  • Magnet Therapy
  • Sound and Color Therapy
  • Meridian work
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Emotional Release
  • Raindrop Therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Flower Remedies (sometimes I will use these on the body while I work)
  • Neural Organization Technique (N.O.T.)
  • And more…

However, I am not limited to just forms of bodywork.  I am able to also offer things like:

  • Iridology
  • Herbology
  • Nutrition
  • Essential Oils
  • Flower Remedies
  • Amino Acids
  • Vaccine information
  • Homeopathy
  • Fertility Help
  • Healthy Baby Education
  • Cleansing
  • And more…

As you can see, a naturopathic bodyworker offers many more modalities beyond a simple massage to help you on your path to wellness.

Also, don’t forget I am also a trained opera singer which gives my sound work another level of power!

If you need help finding your way to health, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment today.