Holistic Diaries: Yoga

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Featured Healing Modality: Yoga
Featured practitioner: Aimee Brooks

When you hear the word “yoga,” what comes to your mind? Stretching postures? Eastern religion? Breathing? Meditation?

It’s understandable if you have different views of Yoga, since there are at least 60 styles of yoga now being taught in the U.S. Therefore, some background about this multi-dimensional practice may be helpful.

“The meaning of the word ‘yoga’ is ‘union’: the integration of physical, mental, and spiritual energies that enhance health and well-being. First systematically set down in writing… in the 2nd century B.C…, yoga teaches a basic principle of mind/body unity: If the mind is chronically restless and agitated, the health of the body will be compromised, and if the body is in poor health, mental strength and clarity will be adversely affected. [Read more…]

Holistic Diaries: Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

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Featured Healing Modality: Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Featured practitioner: Maxine McDonald CSW-R

Does the idea of “tapping” parts of your body seem like an odd way to promote emotional and physical healing?

Listen to the message from Dr. Joseph Mercola of www.mercola.com, the world’s most visited and trusted natural health website:

“The Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, is the psychological acupressure technique I routinely use in my practice and most highly recommend to optimize your emotional health… and emotional health is absolutely essential to your physical health and healing.” [Read more…]

Holistic Diaries: Magnetic Therapy

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Featured Healing Modality: Magnetic Therapy
Featured practitioner: Donna Deppert, RN

Why would two nurses, with 50 years of experience in the medical field, turn to magnetic therapy when faced with health challenges?

Donna Deppert, RN, has had experience in many aspects of nursing – including coronary care, community health and hospice work. For many years Donna had health challenges and often spent up to $250 per month on medications. Donna states, “Due to my inability to tolerate mainstream medications I turned to alternative ways to help myself. I began to use magnetic therapy and my breathing improved, my joints became more flexible, I no longer have the pain in my back from a bone spur.” She continues: [Read more…]

Holistic Diaries: Resurrecting The Wisdom Of Old – Homeopathy

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Featured Healing Modality: Homeopathy
Featured practitioner: Nancy McCullough, RN

Where do you look for help when you are hurting and want to feel better? What has been your experience in going to a physician as your first option? Sally, a day care provider, decided to try a different route when she experienced aches and pains resulting from a ski accident months before. She describes her previous experience of going to a doctor for such a problem: “I didn’t think I had the time to go to a doctor to tell me I had bursitis or something and to take a pain killer and exercise, as he did a couple of years before when [Read more…]

Holistic Diaries: Path to Healing – Meg’s Story

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Featured Healing Modality: Meditation
Featured practitioner: Nina Livingstone

Chicago writer, storyteller, and Roman Catholic theologian, John Shea says that in our culture we are “experience rich and reflection poor.” Many of us rush through life, multi-tasking; full of activity, outside stimulation and interactions with others, but fail to stop to reflect or to really enjoy our experiences along the way.

Nina Livingstone, secular meditation teacher and counselor, puts it this way: “Aren’t we usually trying to do so many things at once that life has become a rush from doing to doing without any awareness: just checking things off a never-ending list of stuff so that we can move onto the next, ad infinitum… until we collapse from exhaustion?” She asks, “Is this the way you want to live” [Read more…]

Holistic Diaries: Path to Healing – Rosemarie’s Story

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Featured Healing Modality: Chiropractic
Featured practitioner: Louis Catapano, DC

Symptoms are misleading… we find the hidden cause

Picture an iceberg with the tip showing above the water – and the huge hidden reality under the surface. What is hidden beneath the symptoms we experience and often treat?

Or another image: Two roads – one with filled potholes and the other with a smooth re-sealed surface. And beneath the image: “Patch it? Or Fix It?”

These are the posters that fill the walls of a chiropractor’s office, reinforcing the message in the waiting room: “Our ultimate goal is WELLNESS.”

Rosemarie*, our guest in this column, turned to chiropractic care when bulging discs from a work-related injury left her in severe pain that limited her activity and lifestyle drastically. Even high doses of anti-inflammatory and pain medications, and care at a pain clinic, had been unsuccessful in restoring her life. She sought chiropractic care (at the recommendation of her sister, whom she trusted) with the hope that she might be able “to do things like normal people e.g. cooking, vacuuming the house, exercising, going to a mall, gardening, etc.” Her story exemplifies the holistic nature of chiropractic wellness care – looking beyond symptoms and pain reduction to deeper causes of dis-ease. [Read more…]

Holistic Diaries: How Nutrition, Exercise & Attitude Transformed One Woman’s Life – Mary’s Story

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Featured Healing Modality: Nutrition
Featured practitioner: Marge Pickering-Picone

Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.”
Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine”, 2500 years ago.

These words of wisdom echo through the centuries, yet how often are our diet and nutritional patterns seriously considered when we go to the doctor with our ailments? All too often, medication is used as the first line of defense, rather than being a last option.

The story of Mary*, our featured guest in this column, is a living example of this experience. Mary, suffering from long-term fatigue, sinus problems and chronic intestinal difficulties “…had been to at least 8 local MDs and a well-known national clinic, to no avail.” In all these contacts, (including an immunologist, allergist, internal medicine, gastrointestinal, ENT) “most MDs treated what their specialty was and not the entire person, mind and body. “I was on so many medicines; I was having reactions to the interaction of side effects.” By contrast, Mary describes [Read more…]

Holistic Diaries: Acupuncture For Health – Margie’s Story

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Featured Healing Modality: Acupuncture.
Featured practitioner: Pat Callahan, Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist

Many people turn to complementary health care as a last resort – when they have unsuccessfully tried everything else western medicine has to offer to deal with their health challenges.

How refreshing it is to hear the story of a young woman, Margie – a medical student in the process of becoming a western doctor – who says her “main reason for seeing (her acupuncturist) was really health maintenance – to keep my internal organs functioning at their optimal level and to protect them from damage due to my often sleepless and stressful life as a student.” [Read more…]

Bodytalk: Listening To Our Body’s Innate Wisdom – Jane’s Story

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Featured Healing Modality: Body Talk
Featured Practitioner: Bill Dewey, CBP

Most of us marvel at the computer and its ability to hold so many things in memory; to identify and calculate information immediately, to communicate simultaneously with so many different addresses, and to keep track of it all. Yet no computer is as powerful as the human brain—organizing and regulating billions of cells each moment—24 hours a day.

Bill Dewey, B.S.M.E., C.B.P, president of BodyTalk™ Health Research Center, states: “The body is a very complex ecosystem involving a delicate balance between physiological biochemical functions, emotional and mental interactions, environmental influences, hereditary and genetic restrictions, and the need to synchronize all these factors into a cohesive whole.” [Read more…]