Natural Healing Magazine - Jan-Feb 2022 Issue

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Some of the Articles Inside

A2B Naturals

Step Into Self-Care and Love in 2022 Smoothie Recipes Poetry for the Soul

The Amazing Power of Gratitude

A Spirit Warrior's Mindset

Vacation as a Way of Life

Shamanic Transformational Healing

My Testimony

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CONTENTS Page 36 Child Healthcare

Page 37 Schizonia

Page 38 My Healing Journey

Page 40 Health Benefits of Mindful Conscious Eating

Page 41 How Exercise Heals

6 A Journey in Water Fasting 7 My Testimony By C. Reades 8 Step Into Selfcare and Love in 2022 9 The Amazing Power of Gratitude 10 Men's Health 11 Poetry for the Soul - Diabetes 13 Transformational Healing 14 There is Power in the Pause 16 The Act of Forgiveness 17 Warning Signs of Mental Illness 18 Top 10 Benefits of Meditation 20 A2B Naturals 23 Vacation as a Way of Life 18 My Healing Journey by K. Marshall 20 Healthy Smoothie Recipes 25 More Poetry for the Soul 26 Keeping Your Pets Healthy 28 The Smith Perspective Project 30 A Spiritual Warriors Mindset

Page 42 The Modern History of Diabetes

31 The Beginners Guide to Crystals 32 Healing or Destroying Your Body 33 What is Type 2 Diabetes 34 Reiki Energy


LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER Welcome to our Jan/Feb 2022 Issue I am so excited that this is our third issue of the Natural Healing Magazine. A magazine that reads like a book. Our magazines focus on health, wellness and fitness with an emphasis on living a holistically healthy lifestyle mentally, physically, emotionally, soulfully and spiritually. We support individuals who want to prevent lifestyle diseases and medical conditions or who already have them but want to live a healthier lifestyle. The main goal of the “Natural Healing Magazine” is to popularize a lifestyle of health and well-being through preventative practices. The format is one of self-help designed to provide readers with basic information and valuable skill sets to help them make healthenhancing changes in their lives. Our magazine is unique. It’s the first every other month holistic health magazine designed to inspire, motivate and educate people on all aspects of health, wellness and fitness. We support healing for the body, mind, spirit and soul. We take a deeper look at the key elements that make us happy, healthy and successful – a combination of physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual aspects, for a whole person approach. By bringing together this information, we aim to provide our readers with the tools to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, whether that involves nutrition, alternative therapies, lifestyle changes, talking therapies, spiritual development or allopathic medicine.



Natural Healing Magazine aims to become the go-to destination for reliable health information, with accessible but in depth studies of lifestyle diseases such as stress and type 2 diabetes, mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, ADHD, the autistic spectrum, aging, arthritis, cancer, gut health and auto-immune conditions. With contributions from leading authorities from the entire spectrum of medicine, health and wellbeing, real-life stories, practical techniques, self-help ideas, new discoveries and ancient traditions, Natural Healing Magazine blend expertise and the latest thinking in a fresh and accessible format. Please share our magazine within your community, with your coworkers, friends, family and your favorite person. Sharon Fant, RN – CEO and Publisher of Natural Healing Magazine

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A Journey In

By Karen Rae Cook

Owner/Teacher @ New Earth Shamans

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What is water fasting? Water fasting has become popular in the wellness world, especially for those looking to lose some

weight. Fasting in general has been around for centuries. It's been a big part of spirituality among many

religious and spiritual communities. In the early 1900s, water fasting started to play a role in both weight management and disease prevention. Today, water fasting for health or fitness reasons is becoming

more and more common.

Here's a short story about my recent

7-Day water fasting journey.

My daughter Lenoir and I did a lot of

research on water-only-fasting and I

have to admit I was a bit skeptical

about it. However, As it turns out

there has been a significant amount

of research and testing related to

Water-Only-Fasting and it's benefits.

Health & Healing

Will Follow Fasting Jentezen Franklin

You may be wondering what else you can have on a water fast. A water fast is true to its name. You

drink water only. No coffee, no tea,

no alcohol, no zero-calorie sports

drinks, or any other beverage. Water only. I have experienced many different

types of fasting over the years.


It was in January, my birthday month. I decided to go to the beach

with my daughter Lenoir, for some

rest and relaxation. With my birthday in mind I was scoping out

special places to dine for the big

celebration as we typically do here in the USA. My daughter decided this was a

good time to go on a 7-Day water

fast and asked me to join her. I

agreed mostly to give her my support and it seemed like a good

time because we were already in a

relaxed mode. Oh well, no special

birthday dinner this year I thought. My daughter's experience of the fast

followed her typical path, mine not

so. I was hungry the first and second day followed by some pretty

intense weakness for the remaining days. It was tough going I have to

say. Lenoir even had the energy to

exercise! Me, I pretty much became

a limp noodle the whole time. My

body never kicked into "this is great

mode". But I did lose 10 pounds in

the 7 days. This kind of weight loss

is pretty common on a water fast, but here is what I didn't expect.

I lost all taste and desire to drink

coffee! Now this is a big deal for me. I have been a "gotta have your

morning coffee" kind of gal for, well

let's be kind and say over 20 years. The thought of my usual organic coffee with non dairy creamer and stevia was just, yuck! I started to have a cup of tea instead. This is weird, I just didn't see it coming. I have a few theories on why, but that is for another discussion. The second unexpected result from my 7-Day water fast was that alcohol made me sick. My guess is that I had just done a pretty good detox cleanse and my body was having no part of messing it up! It took a few months before coffee sounded good to me. I still get a headache even with one glass of wine! Our bodies do talk to us, we just need to learn how to listen. Have you ever considered doing a water-only-fast? Or maybe you have. If you have, I would love to hear about your water fast experience. For More Info Contact Karen Rae Cook @



HEALING BREAST CANCER 85 % of breast cancer occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. Get a screening mammogram once a year. Do regular self-breast exams. On June 28, 2018 went for a routine mammogram; the next day, I received a call from my GYN doctor’s office. The radiologist requested me to have a repeat mammogram in 3-D and ultrasound. They wanted to re-examine because there were many suspicious areas—I scheduled a repeat mammogram and ultrasound the following week. The radiologist who came in after testing told me the areas of concern were suspicious. He recommends I have a biopsy of the sites. I was praying and believing God for complete healing during that time, and the areas would be gone when I went back to his office —on July 31, 2018.

When I returned for the results I was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer. I was in shock and disbelief, but God had another plan to heal me through my treatment. I went through chemotherapy, radiation, and lumpectomy. I am now cancer-free by the grace of God. While on this journey, my oncologist also recommended cutting back on my meat and sugar intake. I did some research and discovered that a plant-based diet was important for my recovery and healing process. I started on the plant based diet as recommended, however, I eventually added some chicken and fish. I also added supplements and vitamins from the company I work with, Peak performance, and it helped me not feel so tired through my journey. Ginger and mint tea helped with nausea, and I was able to eat small frequent meals.

Breast Cancer Facts

By Carolyn Reades, RN

My encouragement is to trust and believe in Jesus Christ as your lord and savior the great physician and healer. Eat a healthy diet and exercise to your comfortability. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. “ John 3:16

Forty thousand women and 430 men die of breast cancer each year in the United States. African American women have a 31% breast cancer mortality rate-the highest of any U.S. racial or ethnic group. Among women younger than 45, breast cancer incidences are higher among African Americans than White women. About 1 in 8 U.S. women (12.4%) will develop invasive breast cancer throughout their lifetime. 85 % of breast cancer occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer.


Step into Self-Care and Love in 2022 Article Written By Dalzenia Sams

Meet Dalzenia Sams - Texas-based artist and the CEO of Dalzenia’s Global Galleries for Peace. Creator of murals, paintings, gardens, and unique floral arrangements. Sams is a published and International bestselling author whose heartfelt dream is to help others who feel ready to take a stand, claim their ultimate freedom by ''healing their heart through art” as they release the pains of sexual violation, find their personal power, heal and express the joy of being alive with art. Dalzenia’s Website:

It was a delight being 15 and waking daily to massive blue skies dappled with puffy white or pale pink clouds. Beautiful birds darting from tree to fence gathering cicadas, or crickets, while butterflies flutter on a breeze of sweet scents gently wafting gardenias, roses, and petunias. As I walked to the open field a deep breath takes in the rich smell of black soil being plowed over soft green meadow grass, now tucked underneath the ground, the two elements married to prepare an earthy fertile bed to birth majestic corn stalks or underground peanuts or big, sweet watermelons with sun kissed vines sprawling in between rows. I truly enjoyed the balance of safety and freedom with the protective love of my parents on our rural farm. Who could guess the return of my oldest cousin from Vietnam would shatter and change my inner and outer world forever? Rape. Deliberate power and control over another person’s body and well-being. Incest? Raped, often by a trusted, admired, even loved male family member. It was disruptive, disorienting, and ugly… heightened by his taunting me the next day. My uncle joined him, together jeering, pointing fingers at me saying words that my mind only remembers as a blur.


Disbelief that these two military men trusted in my family were attacking my self-esteem, deliberately devaluing me into some object for their personal amusement. I retreated to the back of the house; my parents were out. I prayed to be physically safe waiting for their return. I shut down and put on a ‘’happy face.’’ Who could I trust and feel I would be believed? No one. I was alone in this new crippling reality. Months later, still confused; I received a card from Kathi H. a friend from Girl Scout camp. It offered a message I held onto ‘’to get by’’ for years: “To Thine Own Self Be True “. I didn’t know who I was anymore. However, I was determined to keep going. I prayed, questioning my purpose. Knock, knock? I read books and articles incessantly for answers and signs. I wish I could say it was a short journey back to myself. It was not. There were many setbacks, I feel, that were set ups for the Creator's amazing revelations, blessings, and miracles. For instance, the third rape occurred around 1981 and I seriously entertained suicide.

However, at that time while attending a business workshop for six months I had befriended two women who were trauma therapists from Portland Oregon. They recognized I was not OK and intervened. I believe that was when I truly faced the patterns of abuse and needing deep healing to thrive. Using my superpower of selfexpression, through art, I used creative resiliency to continue while my trust of people was low. Art for my heart, mirror work, meditations, words affirming my worthiness and therapy were building blocks to a foundation of my self-love with self-care. Releasing anger, loneliness, despair, to clear any stuck emotions from repeated hurts was key as I came to know and love myself. In 2000 after years of commissioned art works for others I turned a corner and did my 1st painting for myself (reflection of my soul) titled ‘’Ultimate Freedom’’. Not for school, a show, or clients, but for me. It was empowering and freeing – It allowed me to heal from the past. Now, every day I rejoice in loving massive blue skies, fluffy white clouds, and butterflies flirting around my sweetscented, colorful zinnias, gardenias, and roses. Walking through my garden, I take a deep breath and relax. Please join me, I am home…

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By Jo Ann Rotermund

Jo Ann Rotermund, author, speaker, and forgiveness coach, spent her life being a victim until 2001, when her study of forgiveness helped heal her past and bring personal power, freedom, and joy into everything she does. Now retired from a 30 year career in social research and married 54 years, Jo Ann, who is absolutely passionate about forgiveness, has committed the rest of her life to inspiring others to make forgiveness a natural way of living, healing themselves and their world in the process. Her book, THE FORGIVENESS HABIT: an Action Plan for Healing Ourselves and Our Planet, with a foreword by Desmond Tutu, provides all you need to know to start making forgiveness a natural part of your life. The book is available thru Amazon and thru Jo Ann Rotermund at

This article is the third in a series I am writing for this online magazine. The series is about forgiveness and how to make it a powerful and very useful part of your life. The first article (in the first issue of this magazine) was about forgiveness and what it is and what it is not. The second article (in the second issue of this magazine) was about three habits we all have that make forgiveness seem so very difficult.

This third article is about a beautiful habit we can all develop that will help make forgiveness a natural part of one’s life. That very powerful habit is GRATITUDE, expressing lots of gratitude every single day. Gratitude can turn an ordinary day into a great day. Expressing gratitude will uplift your mood. I call gratitude a practice because very few of us grow up with any idea of the power of living in gratitude. Even after we learn about its awesome power, we still have to remember to make a conscious effort to practice it daily until it becomes a way of life for us.

There are two reasons gratitude is so very powerful and therefore so very useful: 1. You cannot be unhappy and grateful at the same time. It is mentally and emotionally impossible. I have often utilized this knowledge to clear and open my heart space and for use in groups I am leading. Everyone loves thinking, writing, and sharing what they are grateful for because it feels so good! 2. Thoughts you focus on multiply and give you more of what you adore. When you think upsetting, angry, or negative thoughts, your mind will automatically create more of those thoughts. Therefore, several times a day, every day, write down some things, situations, and people for which you are grateful, and your thoughts will be transformed! Your mind, then gives you more thoughts of gratitude, love, and joy. You are suddenly free and able to see the world with new eyes – the eyes of the heart.

Seeing with those eyes enables you to think the thoughts and take the actions which give you the amazing, magical, miraculous life you crave. Gratitude, when practiced as a powerful way of living, changes everything. Even after we learn about its awesome power, we still have to make a conscious effort to practice it daily, until it becomes a way of life for us. Expressing gratitude can turn an ordinary day into a great day. The more you are in a state of gratitude the more you will attract things to be grateful for. Practicing gratitude daily is one of the most powerful, positive habits you can develop. Make gratitude the background music for your life. If all you did was look for things to appreciate, and then express your gratitude, you would live a joyous spectacular life and forgiveness would become a natural part of that amazing life. Go for it!!!


MEN'S HEALTH 10 WAYS MEN CAN IMPROVE THEIR HEALTH Were you aware that men are 80 percent less likely

to use a regular source of healthcare, like a primary

care physician, than women? In fact, many men go to

the doctor only if they’re sick or have a medical

emergency. However, regular check-ups are important for preventing things like cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. If you are a man and you haven’t had a preventative care check-up in over a year, it’s time to visit your doctor. Many diseases and conditions don’t have obvious symptoms but may put you at risk for heart attack or stroke.


Aside from eating well, staying physically active and

avoiding tobacco products, we have discovered 10

additional tips for improving your health and staying

healthy: 1.Protect yourself from injury 2.Protect your prostate 3.Manage your stress 4.Get regular check-ups and screenings 5.Eat natural foods 6.Get moving and exercise 7.Maintain a healthy waist 8.Get your vitamins 9.Break unhealthy habits 10.Protect your skin Content Credit:


☆Diabetic Warrior☆


Poetry for the Soul! Diabetes Inspired Poems By Whitney Olmo

As I run the hedges of the rosemary vineyard. Trying to find the paces of the race. The sun is beaming a crystal amber against the arabesque morning sky. There is a strive for perfection with the quick check of my blood sugar reading. Before the start of the race. My heart mildly fluttering. My mind trying to find serene. The wind gently blowing in my hair. As the race grows closer, I find myself rechecking my numbers to relax my mind and apprehension. What can I do? I need to use a grounding technique quickly. So, I imagine myself at sea. There is a beautiful lighthouse at a distance and the sound of the windchimes soothe me. The race begins....

☆♡Perance*♡☆ Like an intriguing, silent wind. I feel the intensity of your eyes, seeking mine. Like water, balance is invisible cool, warm tempered. The water’s edge is clear sending ripples down one's spine as goose bumps of apprehensiveness arise. Your subtle touch shakes me quietly inside. Moving my blood sugars like candy to a mime, movements unlike mine.

Whitney Olmo Whitney Olmo is a Diabetes Awareness Advocate. Whose love for supporting people with diabetes, leads her to care for and educate the community on a personal level.

Never be High, Never be Low, Just be Natural.

The balance of two is key in exotic rhythmic music of fun. A rhythm of symmetric perfection of two different worlds combined by the waters ripples with minute communication align.


Remember to Drink Water


Shamanic Transformational Healing! by Ann Adam

Shamanism is an ancient healing practice that has been utilized for thousands of years in many parts of the world. Shamanism is a form of energy healing to transform imbalances in mind, emotions, and physical bodies by connecting people with our innate wisdom through nature and spirit. Everyone and everything is alive and is energy. All energy can be shapeshifted and transformed. The role of the Shaman is to facilitate this connection. Can anyone be a shamanic practitioner? There are many ways a person is called to shamanism; some people are called to shamanism by their ancestors or through visions or dreams. My ancestors were of the Lipan Apache, Cree Native Americans, and Indigenous peoples of Guanajuato Mexico. I remember as a child seeing my aunts practice traditional healing (curanderas), and my father’s uncle was a powerful medicine man. When I was in my teen years my left brain told me that it was all superstition and ignorance. In my early 20’s I had spontaneous experiences with spirits and healing; true to left brain people, every time I had an experience I would happen upon information via a book or group, and I would study and apply the practices to my own healing of traumas.

I learned how everything, and everyone is alive and is energy that can be shifted and transformed through shamanic energy healing. I began my own healing of traumas with traditional therapy which I found helpful in understanding my traumas and to realize that what I had experienced had affected me emotionally, mentally, and the unhealed trauma was affecting me physically. But I felt stuck in the victim mentality and felt a need to connect with myself and heal in a different way. I began to hear and sense my Cree great grandmother Isabel calling me to the traditional ways. With shamanic healing I was able to release and transformed crystallized energy embedded in my body from my traumas. And other gifts were connecting with the earth, spirit, and all of nature. It felt so magical in some ways and challenging in others, it was calling me to my innate wisdom and to follow spirit when it called (it always calls but we don’t always listen) it was a challenge to let go of the many beliefs about myself that kept me in imbalance and to embrace the love that is abundant in nature and spirit.

Photo of Ann Adam, Shamanic Transformational Healing

Ann was inspired by her shamanic ancestors to follow the shamanic path. Ann grew up in the world of curanderas and shamans; she also studied with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and with shamans in Peru. Ann has been practicing shamanism for over 30 years. Ann is also a Researcher, Licensed Addictions Counselor, Hypnotherapist, Certified Restorative Therapist, Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Reiki Practitioner, and Sound Healer with the gong and crystal bowls. Ann Adam offers Shamanic Transformational Healing Sessions which can help facilitate the release of physical and emotional blocks including old trauma to help create shifts and guide you through personal growth and transformation. Ann also offers soul and power animal retrievals, extractions, cutting cords, home cleansings, and shamanic death and dying work.​Ann also offers Weekend Retreats, Shamanic Apprenticeship Programs in Houston and Austin, Texas.



POWER IN THE PAUSE! By: Kamilah McShine-Gregory, Felicitea Lifestyle + Wellness Co. What has your gut been pulling you towards lately? In a society driven by action, taking a pause isn’t always the easiest. I have to continuously check myself on honoring my own time, feelings, and energy. It is in this honoring, that I created a shift. When we can shift our perspective and our environment with genuine intention, we can respond rather than react. We can put more love and trust in ourselves. We can lead by Spirit rather than people. Healing is not always convenient or comfortable. This space of being, this sense of deeper awareness and connection, evolves from the lessons and blessings you allow you to see, feel, and embrace your wholeness. Wholeness requires exploring and healing the whole self. There are many ways to tap into healing and using intuition offers the freedom to do them all as we see fit. To deepen our trust in our own intuition we first have to ask ourselves... Am I willing to let go and trust my intuition? Am I willing to listen? How do we listen? Stillness. Life is full of these little messages if we open ourselves up to seeing and feeling them. Life is happening around us. Each day we see how society is impacted and that in turn can have its own impact on us, or not. We learn that both joy and pain manifest in different ways- in

KAMILAH MCSHINE-GREGORY Kamilah McShine-Gregory is a board-certified holistic health practitioner. She helps people design their sacred self-care routines for whole health that honors their time, energy, and personal vision. She also creates immersive experiences to explore the mental, physical, emotional, and energetic body. Within these spaces, people can engage in practices that energize self-healing and improve chronic dis-ease and burnout,

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the world and within our mind and body. The mission, if we chose to accept, is finding that sweet balance of being fully present in our mind and body while navigating the world we live in. The act of staying grounded. But first, we have to be open to being still enough to hear the messages. A shift will take time. But we are powerful, we are creators, and we are born healers. Choice of action is our power.

TIME TO TAP IN! By: Kamilah McShine-Gregory, Felicitea Lifestyle + Wellness Co.

There are times when we may find ourselves looking outward in search of answers or understanding. This often leads to blaming and disappointment. We have an incredible internal navigation system to tap into: Our Intuition. Our intuition is insight from our own deeper consciousness. This deeper consciousness is best when it comes from our divine source, Spirit. It opens up our mind and body to our deepest needs and desires for clarity in our direction and purpose. In stillness, you deepen your intuition. Time to tap In! Start by creating your own routine to engage in your self-care practices. Give yourself grace as you navigate the triumphs and trials Choose the time of day that feels right for your body and your schedule- morning, midday, or evening. Then, grab your journal, a warm cup of tea, and sit with your self. Give yourself permission to chart your own course. Trust that you know what you need. Enjoy your sweet spots!

KAMILAH MCSHINE-GREGORY As the Founder of Felicitea Lifestyle + Wellness Company, she offers tools and resources using knowledge from traditional intuitive practices as well as her roles as a Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach, Exercise Specialist, Yoga Teacher, and Naturopathic Reiki practitioner within healthcare, corporate wellness, and the community.

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The Act of Forgiveness A healthy person isn’t just one with a good physical condition, but also one with a good mental condition. Mental health includes both our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. How we think, feel, and act is all tied together, and determines how we handle the daily challenges of life, our ability to relate with others, and make healthy choices. However in our relationships with family, friends, at work, school, businesses, et cetera, we are exposed to situations that can greatly affect our mental health, upturning our state of minds. Wounds fester inside of us, and we hurt badly. In fact, it is very apparent that we are a people filled with hurts, as is evidenced with an upsurge in cases of depression, suicide rates, drug abuse, and visits to the psychiatrists and psychologists. Nevertheless, there is one drug we fail to use; one drug that is inexpensive and free for us. It is none other than forgiveness; a deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness. It can be quite hard to forgive that alcoholic parent, abusive partner, bully at school, dominating boss, insensitive sibling, but I dare to ask: Is holding onto that hurt worth your happiness, joy, and laughter?


When you learn to embrace forgiveness and let go of your hurts, bitterness, and anger, the burden on your shoulder will be lifted. It doesn’t mean that you will forget about it completely, rather you will learn to live with it. Remember, though, that time heals wounds. But how do you truly forgive and let go? Acknowledge what has been done to you, accept what you can’t change, step away from being the victim, choose to either reconcile or set boundaries, and move forward with your life. Most times, the feeling may return—forgiveness is a process and not a singular action— but stay committed to the path you have chosen. The decision to live a life filled with happiness lies with you. No one has the power to take it away except you allow it. When your mind is at peace, your physical condition will be top-notch, and your body, mind, and soul can work effectively. Choose to practice forgiveness daily, and erase grievances from your heart just as you would with an eraser on a written word. Your heart deserves it, and You deserve it too.

Tracey C. Fletcher The Act of Forgiveness Article Written by Tracey C. Fletcher

Tracey Chizoba Fletcher is a Columnist for Rainbow Magazine, and others. She is an editor, working under the umbrella of Zoba's editing services. She is the author, most recently, of Jade, as well as Feminine Shades, The Chase, Love and Money, and The Wrong Turn, all works of fiction. She is an Ambassador for Tolerantia Reach, KITES Education Projects, SPSC--Sustainable procurement and supply chain, and serves as National Vice Chairman for Mother Teresa International Foundation. She lives in Lagos, Nigeria. Website: Amazon Author central page: hor_traceycfletcher_books

SUSAN DOWNS Susan Downs is an author, speaker, and Caregiver Coach who is also a volunteer with over 30 years’ experience with More to Life, a non-profit educational organization. In her book Minding the Matters of the Mind—A Guide for Anyone Who Has Been Touched by Mental Illness and Wants to Make a Difference, she interweaves the story of her son’s mental illness with practical strategies and resources for coping with a family member’s disease. More information can be found at

WARNING SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS By Susan Downs Have you ever looked back on the past week or two of your life and realized that things are different. And you are different as well. You are not enjoying your day to day experiences. In fact, you may be dreading the days and weeks ahead. It is hard for you to get out of bed in the morning. And you really don’t feel like taking a shower, getting dressed and going to work or to school. Life has become boring and difficult. You have become isolated and lonely. Something is wrong, but you’re not quite sure what it is. You may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness. Don’t worry, you are not alone. There is relief out there. According to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, there are ten warning signs of a mental illness: 1. Excessive worrying or fear 2.Extreme mood changes, including uncomfortable “highs” or feelings of euphoria 3.Avoidance of friends and social activities 4.Changes in sleeping habits, feeling tired, or having low energy 5.Changes in eating habits, such as increased hunger or lack of appetite. 6.Abuse of substances like alcohol or drugs. 7.Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes, such as headaches, stomach aches, or vague and ongoing “aches and pains.” 8.Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger. 9.An intense fear of weight gain or concern with appearance. 10. Confused thinking, or problems concentrating or learning. Mental illness is a disease of the brain. It is not diagnosed with a blood test or and X-ray.It is not caused by bad parenting of lack of will power. If you are experiencing 3 or more of these symptoms over a two-week period, make an appointment with your family doctor or a mental health practitioner. The earlier you begin treatment for a mental illness, the better the outcome will be.





MEDITATION By Sharon Fant, RN Research has documented many health benefits of regular

meditation: 1.Reduced stress: Meditation may decrease stress. It also can improve symptoms of stress-related conditions, including

irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder and fibromyalgia. 2.Improved memory: Better focus through regular meditation may

increase memory and mental clarity. These benefits can help fight age-related memory loss and dementia. 3.Increased attention: Meditation helps with attention span. 4.Enhanced will power: Meditation develops the mental discipline needed to avoid bad habits. 5.Better sleep: Meditation can shorten the time it takes to fall asleep and improve sleep quality. 6.Less pain: Meditation can reduce pain and boost emotion regulation. Together with medical care, this may help treat chronic pain. 7.Lower blood pressure: Blood pressure decreases during meditation and over time in people who meditate regularly. This can reduce strain on the heart and blood vessels and help prevent heart disease. 8.Less anxiety: Regular meditation helps reduce anxiety and related

mental health issues like social anxiety, fears and obsessive-compulsive behaviors. 9.Less depression: Meditation can help reduce the occurrence of depression. 10.Greater compassion: Meditation can help you better understand

yourself, find your best self, and increase positive feelings and actions toward others.


“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

Quote by Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine.


Eat Healthy Foods


Article written By Alexandria Collins - A2B Naturals is a proudly Canadian and womanowned skin care brand for all skin types, tones and genders.

Alexandria Collins Co-Founder of A2B Naturals Resides in Toronto, Canada

Skin is a very important organ, often taken for granted, sometimes even forgotten. But what is skin? The Skin is the body’s largest and most vital organ that covers the entire outside of the body, forming a protective barrier against pathogens and injuries from the environment. It is about 2 mm thick and weighs approximately six pounds. Since the skin is porous, it absorbs anything you apply on it. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health investigated the skin's absorption rates of chemicals found in drinking water. It showed that the skin absorbed an average of 64% of total contaminant dosage. When A2B Naturals was formed, we wanted to share the importance of healthy skin and how if taken well care of, the skin can act as a natural, mechanical barrier between your body and pathogens. At A2B, all our products are handmade, in small fresh batches, from single source ingredients that are 100% pure and organic. Some of the most common ingredients we use include: Maple, Aloe Vera,


Tea Tree, Shea, Coconut Oil, Jojoba with signature essential oils. Each of these ingredients assist different skin types in different ways: Maple - Assists with reducing skin inflammation, redness, and blemishes. Maple also hydrates the skin. It is an anti-aging ingredient that can reduce the signs of aging. Aloe Vera -Soothes & hydrates dry, rough, or irritated skin. Aloe Vera is used to relieve sunburns, razor bumps and other skin conditions. Tea Tree - The natural anti-inflammatory properties in Tea Tree help soothe dry skin, acne, psoriasis, and eczema by reducing itching and irritation. Tea Tree can also be used to combat oily skin and may even reduce the appearance of dark spots. Shea - Pure natural unrefined Shea Butter contains maximum moisturizing properties. Shea is rich in vitamins (A, E, F and K) and is great for moisturizing, reducing inflammation, and skin smoothing. It works wonders on heels, elbows, and knees.

SKIN VITAL Article written By Alexandria Collins - A2B Naturals is a proudly Canadian and womanowned skin care brand for all skin types, tones and genders.

Coconut Oil - Helps bolster your skin's protective barrier layer, trapping moisture inside and keeping skin supple and hydrated. Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties, making it beneficial for irritated, chafed skin and reduces inflammation. It also increases collagen production and minimizes the signs of aging. Jojoba - What can't this beautiful oil do? It is indeed a great moisturizer! It is antibacterial, an antioxidant, noncomedogenic (won't block your pores), hypoallergenic, and helps control sebum production. Jojoba can also help promote collagen synthesis and speed up wound healing.

A2B Naturals is an eco-friendly business that produces natural and organic plant-based skin care. We are a result of our young founder entrepreneur, my daughter, who pitched the idea to me at the age of 9. My daughter is a driver behind A2B, her passion and interests are what steered us in the direction of curating handmade gifts for family and friends, leading to the birth of our sustainable product line. Visit our website to learn more about us, our personal and skin care products at and follow us on on FB @a2bnaturalsinc IG @a2bnaturals

Our Mission To develop affordable, eco-friendly, and natural skin care products that are great for both the skin you live in and the earth you live on. Our Vision Empowering people to live sustainably through convenient and simple skin care. 21

Smoothie Recipe

How to Make Golden Glow Pineapple Turmeric Smoothie Ingredients Banana Frozen pineapple Coconut milk Turmeric Method Simple put everything in a blender and blitz until smooth, that’s it! Top Tip: Frozen fruit gives the smoothie a thick texture and makes it really cool and refreshing. If you don’t use frozen fruit then the smoothie will be more juice like.


Valerie Lyons

I absolutely love Ft. Lauderdale, the beach, the sun, the palm trees! I love it all! In late June of 2021, I had the pleasure of traveling to Ft. Lauderdale with my dear friend Vanessa to visit her sister Renee and her brother-in -law Frank. I was thrilled. This was the first trip I had taken since 2019 and I was eager to leave the confines of New York and spread my wings! Prior to the pandemic, I would have reserved a shuttle van to the airport, which would have meant getting up super early to jump in a van and make a number of pit stops to pick up other passengers on the way to the airport. This time around, I chose to reserve a luxury car to pick me up from home to take me to the airport. This was the first time in my life, I was consciously choosing luxury! I wanted to be intentional with starting my vacation early! We stayed in Florida for 6 days and maximized each and every moment -- eating at great restaurants, relaxing on the beach, and simply enjoying each other’s company which truly was a novelty. I almost forgot what it was like to be with people!

"Vacation as a Way of Life”

When we arrived back in New York, a car was waiting for Vanessa and I (yes, I booked the luxury car service round trip!) to drop us off at our respective homes. It was then that the thought came to me “Vacation as a Way By Valerie J. Lyons, CPC, LMHC, CRC of Life” This is now my life motto!

“Vacation as a Way of Life” for me means planning to take time of vs. waiting to take time off. It means creating time for travel, near or far. It also means allowing my physical health, mental health and spiritual health to lead me It is a reshuffling of priorities. It means work is a priority not THE priority. It means not getting myself worked up over things that I have no control over.

Valerie J. Lyons, founder of Valerie J. Lyons Enterprises, is a career empowerment coach, personal and professional development facilitator, and author of “Power Networking from the Inside Out: Where Your Career and Your Well-Being Meet”.

Valerie has over 20 years of experience positively impacting and teaching others how to be the leaders of their own lives and careers. Valerie’s platform “Vacation as a Way of Life” has me for her coaching business and her life is choose Joy! There is a difference “Creating Your Joy Driven Life”. between happiness and joy. Happiness

is a reaction to something external In her work with women in the 50 + age range she seeks to support women who someone, something, some circumstance. Happiness is fleeting. Joy are juggling the demands of their career and personal life or career changers is a way of Being. It’s a commitment willing to step out of their comfort zone grounded in peace, acceptance and to find work that aligns with their love. It’s a choice. Outside influences values, purpose and passion. She is a cannot rock your joy. I look forward to Certified Professional Coach, Licensed expanding my “Vacation as a Way of Mental Health Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Life” mindset to see just how far it can take me!






Cathy Thurton Poet from Houston, TX She States "Writing is Therapeutic"

Poetry for the Soul Dream By Velisa Oliver

It’s ok for a person to dream No matter how big or small Or even ridiculous it may seem

Go ahead and dream It is all for a reason God put it in your heart To bring it to pass at The right time and season

Don’t listen to the negative talk Of the people around you And what they have to say

You don’t need anyone’s approval Because guess what They’re going to talk any way

So go ahead and dream Put it in God’s hands When it comes to pass That’s when you know It was all a part if his plan

Velisa Oliver, Poet from Houston, TX Author of 2 Books on Poetry "Heart to Heart" and "Heart & Soul" Available on Amazon

Manage Your Life By Cathy Thurton

Yes, you can manage your life Let nothing or no one discourage you You must choose to live Not existing only, choose life.

You can manage your life By the choices you make And the chances you take Use your time wisely Each and every day.

Let nothing blind your eyes From seeing the beauty of nature God has so lovingly provided us Meditate and calm your spirit Yes, you can manage your life.

He provided sunshine for health Each day a free dose of vitamin D Just think, you can get that for free Yes, you can manage your life.

Add water which He provided Enhancing hydration and cleansing A refreshing drink of water Cannot be substituted with anything.

Manage your life by living right Start with forgiveness to yourself And others…Good for the soul and mind. Getting peaceful sleep each night Moving the limbs and joints frequently.

Yes, you can manage your life.


KEEPING YOUR PETS HEALTHY STORY BY JENNY RAE TAPIA Here’s a short story about how I care for my pets. Animals need proper health and nutrition like a human does. Sure, pets don’t need to be looked after as closely as an infant, however, it is important to still acknowledge your pet’s well-being by giving them proper food, grooming, and emotional care for them to live for as long as possible. One of the most important tasks in the care of your pet is making sure your pet has proper nutrition. For example, I have two pets, a dog named Shakira, and a cat named Becky. They both have very different diets, and I must pick out different foods for their specific digestive systems. My dog can eat different types of ham from bologna to turkey meat, while my cat is not able to because she will throw it up. Cats have a different digestive system than dogs and our cat Becky is not able to digest that type of meat well. I discovered that I must give her fish or anything in a can that is softer for her tummy for lunch. Most of the time, our cat will eat cat food from a bag, I usually buy the dry cat food in a bag from Walmart and give her about 2 servings at a time since she is a small cat. My dog Shakira will eat anything and everything she is given except for dog treats. My grandfather got her use to eating human food that she won’t always want to eat normal dog food all the time unless it’s a snack. I usually give her about 2-3pieces of bologna a day and give her one serving of dog food from a bag a day that I put on the side as a snack for her throughout the day. Make sure to always check if your pets have enough water as well, especially if you live in an area where it is constantly humid! Water is very essential for pets and it important they always have water as they can be active a lot of the time and need water to stay hydrated. Taking your pets to a veterinarian is also very important to maintain their health! The veterinarian can indicate whether your pet is sick, has fleas/ticks, is injured, and they are able to check for their nutrition intake. They can also decide what kind of diet your pet should go on to stay active and healthy for as long as possible. They also check for any lumps that can indicate a sign of illness or disease that would need to be treated for right away.


The last thing you want to check for and be aware of is the physical activity of your pet. Do what you can to take your dog for a walk, play with yarn with your cat, play fetch the toy, and show them some tricks! Pets love attention and deserve the love and affection! Physical activity is a form of showing your pets you love them and that you love spending time with them. I always love cuddling with my dog and cat during the day on my days off work, cuddling shows them that they can trust me. Life is short and it is important to spend as much time as possible with your pets while they are around. Research and story by Jenny Rae Tapia


Healing Quotes "All healing is first a healing of the heart." - Carl Townsend "Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." - Helen Keller "Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it." - Tori Amos "Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is." - Gary Zukav



A PERSPECTIVE OF PEACE & PERSERVERANCE The Smith Perspective Project: A perspective of Peace & Perseverance in and through life challenges: There are times in each of our lives when we face hard challenges, but if we can manage to keep the faith and sprinkle in a little hope, there is nothing that shall be impossible. I have heard people say, “You are a good man, you know?” The way you take care of your wife, Barbara, and your children. My Christian Faith and what I committed to Barbara on our wedding day…well not much more to be said. I believe that every challenge in life comes to grow us into what God purposed us to become. On our wedding day, we committed our vows to each other and unto God. I believe I have gained the most benefit by keeping my vows to my wife, Barbara and our sons, Jharol & Jhalen. I am the better! My name is Joe Harold Smith. I was born in Simpson County, MS. The 8th of 9 siblings. I grew up on a small farm. My perspective on life was greatly influenced by my mother, father, grandfather and my 8 siblings. We are a close-knit family and community. Barbara and I met in Gaithersburg, MD in Spring 1984. Only God could have orchestrated our meeting in Gaithersburg, MD. I am from MS. Barbara is from GA.


Early in our married life, as professionals at IBM, we had a plan to have a family of us and 3 children; well, God had a different plan. In the summer of 1996 my wife, Barbara was diagnosed with a crippling brain tumor that changed everything. God has taken care of us. As of October 28, 2021, by His grace and mercy, we celebrated the 25th year of recovery and healing. Our faith, family, & support system have kept us here and still expecting the greater. We have had our share of the ups and downs of this life’s journey, but we are still on the battlefield, and grateful! Our philosophy on life is to intentionally seek the good in every situation and circumstance. Positive attitude and intentionally seeking and expecting best outcomes mold us to be what our creator meant for us to be. I heard it said “Form good habits and become a slave to them” ~ Og Mandino The Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth (BIBLE) reminds me that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength! This verse has nourished my life over the years and continue to add to my life to this very minute. I found that routines help us maintain health and wellness as we seek fullness in our lives. No man is an island and, in my opinion, very few reach the goal of a healthy, wealthy, wise, and well-balanced status in this life without a system of care and encouragement. A balanced diet, reading books that nourish my mind and spirit, exercising, and singing are elements that are constant and routine in my life. On more thing, My favorite life lesson quote: Watch Your Thoughts; They become words Watch Your words; They Become actions Watch Your Actions: They Become Habits Watch Your Habits: They Become Your Character Watch Your Character; It Becomes Your Destiny

About Joe Harold Smith Joe Harold Smith was born in Simpson County, MS – The 8th of 9 siblings. He grew up on a small family farm. He earned a BS Degree from Jackson State University in Jackson, MS, with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics. Married to Barbara over 33 years. They have two grown children, Jharol (28) and Jhalen (25). In 1996, his wife Barbara, was stricken by a crippling brain tumor. In 2019 his family collaborated with a local videographer and documentary producer to help them share a portion of their story “The Smith Perspective” with the purpose of sharing their perspective on how they have, and continue, to deal with the ups and downs of life with difficult life challenges. Through this effort it is their desire to encourage, inspire, and possibly stimulate hope, where hope may have been lost. After all, how we approach life really is all about perspective. The Smith Family decided to share their story with us!

~ Frank Outlaw Connect with the “The Smith Perspective Project” at our website:, Instagram, FB, & Twitter @thesmithperspective


Sistah Soldier is an intuitive influencer who provides multimedia platforms for women veterans to narrate untold stories, step into God's call for their lives using their creative skills, and inspire others. She's the CEO, Host, and Executive Producer of SHE VET iNSPIRES Television Show and the Executive Recruiter for SHE MediaTech™. For events or speaking engagements, contact her at

Making amends with our past creates room for expansion for the future. It becomes laborious to move forward in life if we never give ourselves permission to grow and live in the moment. To do this, we must be grounded and present. For years people would ask me, "where is your book?" Always shying away from the idea, I quietly laughed and would reply with, "I don't have one." I never imagined myself being an author. Yet, I noticed peculiar moments when I couldn't explain how my ability and efforts could produce the outcome I've experienced. It took me years to recognize the uniqueness of my life as God began revealing how I view my journey differently than most people. I knew it was a must-share. Throughout the years, there were times I encountered unusual experiences as usual until I recognized otherwise. It may have been months afterward, and sometimes years. In the process, I've identified others who are spiritually gifted and unaware of what their intuitive connection beholds and why God chose them.

A Spirit Warrior's Mindset gets to the core of the gift and guides readers with discovering their divine identity and unique power meant for their impact on humanity. God intends for His children to obtain wisdom through each other's experiences, become empowered, step out and practice what we've learned. Duplication and amplification. Instead, we've allowed past experiences to stunt our voices, impart fear, and hold us hostage. It's time to acknowledge our gifts and access our rightful place as children of the most high. I believe we all have miracle moments, and because we are not as genuinely connected to the Spirit of God as we can be, they aren't recognized. If we would look beyond the physical realm and not just move on to the next big thing, we would discover the miraculous messages meant to guide us with our physical walk here on earth. In A Spirit Warrior's Mindset, you'll discover 7 Distinctions of A Spirit Warrior and awaken your senses to the daily miracles surrounding you moment by moment so you'll no longer view occurrences as the norm but recognize the Spirit of God covers you. Trust Purpose Identity Courage Spiritual Gifts Owning it All The Discipline to Put it Into Practice Connect with your divine identity, learn to trust Him in any situation, and not just when you desperately need Him. Spiritual Warriors are being called now more than ever. There's work to do, and it's time to guard your post! This guide will help you unveil past experiences to create clarity for the journey ahead. You have an inherited right to understand, operate and align with the plans and thoughts available for you, to prosper, and access the success destined for you to have. Gain an understanding of how you can build a relationship with God, and have a conversation with our heavenly Father anytime you choose as if He's standing right in front of you. It's time for you to open up your heart, let your guards down, take a deep breath of refreshing air, soothe your Soul, and Own your divine spirituality! Your life as you've known it will never be the same!



The Beginner's Guide to Healing With Crystals


Crystals date back as far as ancient civilizations

and since then have been used for their unique

properties and abilities. Each crystal harnesses a special energy within them that can be used for

particular purposes such as repelling energy,

attracting energy, manifesting, beautification,

protection and much more. In terms of healing,

crystals have also been used to alleviate internal conflicts that arise within us. Crystals such as amethyst, citrine, and carnelian

- to name a few, have been recognized and used

for their healing properties as they can aid and/or provide relief when in disturbance. To go

more in depth, this article will explain a few

crystals - such as the ones named above and

more. Amethyst: Amethyst appears as purple and

inhibits a protective, healing, and purifying

energy. It can help with insomnia, boost hormone production, and cleanse blood. It can

also relieve pain and stress. Additionally, it can

bring forth spiritual wisdom, humility and

sincerity. Turquoise: Turquoise appears as blue and is

recognized for its healing energy specifically

towards the mind, body, and soul. It can help

with the respiratory, skeletal, and immune

systems while also providing emotional stability

required for grounding. It's also identified as a

good luck charm. Ruby: Ruby is a red crystal. In ancient times, they were used to help remove toxins and

improve the circulatory system. They can also help restore vitality and energy levels. Rubies

can also be used to help bring self-awareness

and the realization of truth to one’s mind. Citrine: Citrine is an orange and white colored

crystal. Citrine can bring joy, wonder, and

enthusiasm to your life and help release negative traits, such as fear. Citrine can also help encourage optimism, warmth, motivation,

and clarity. It’s also familiarized with its ability of enhancing mindful qualities, like creativity

and concentration. Carnelian: Carnelian is a red colored crystal. Carnelian harnesses energy that can boost confidence and acts as an external force of motivation. It also helps with alleviating stress and stabilizing energy. Carnelian can help with blood circulation, blood pressure, menstrual cramps and heart rate.

There are many other crystals out there with alike properties, if not more than the ones listed above. When searching for the crystals it's encouraged to figure out what it is you need so you can find the best crystal suited for you. Researched and written by Alise Morgan


HEALING OR DESTROYING YOUR BODY? By Cassandra Hill Your body has an immune system. The immune system was designed to help protect your body from foreign invaders like viruses and bacteria. Your brain is probably spinning right now thinking about the immune system. Why doesn’t it always step up and protect you? The answer is simple oftentimes your body is deficient of the nutrition it needs to achieve maximum performance. One lesson that many have learned from the pandemic is the importance of living a healthy life. In this article we will explore how utilizing herbs, essential oils, and proper nutrition can improve your overall health.

Cassandra R. Hill is a Holistic Wellness Influencer, Life Coach, Best-Selling Author, and Speaker. After overcoming systemic lupus with a regimen she developed; Cassandra birthed Holistic Living Consulting. Her mission is to empower women by renewing their mind, body, and soul utilizing an allnatural approach.


ESSENTIAL OILS What exactly are essential oils? Essential oils are highly concentrated compounds pressed or distilled from plants. The three primary ways of utilizing essential oils include: Diffusion Inhalation Topical Three essential oils to include in your daily regimen. 1. Basil: The benefits of basil are endless however one primary benefit is its antiviral property. 2. Clary sage has a long history of relaxing the mind. 3. Lemongrass will function as a detoxifier to the body getting rid of the toxins your body does not need.

NUTRITION Everyone has heard the saying you are what you eat. This is true however a more accurate statement is you are what your body absorbs. Keeping a healthy gut helps in ensuring the nutrition you consume is absorbed into the body and used properly. Probiotics are the healthy bacteria that your body is craving which produces the healthy bacteria for your body. Fermented food like pickles and sauerkraut contain probiotics. Certain brands of yogurt are also probiotic. In addition to getting your probiotics consuming nine to thirteen fruits and vegetables per day will benefit your health. HERBS The Cadillac of herbs is turmeric. Turmeric has many benefits such as fighting inflammation, acts as an antioxidant, and has anticancerous properties. Black pepper combines well with turmeric. Black pepper also acts as an anti-inflammatory. WHOLE BODY WELLNESS Now you are steps closer to healing your body naturally. When treated correctly your body will provide you with more energy and you will finally reach a healthy weight. Every thirty-five days or so your body is transforming as your organs grow new cells. You have an opportunity to transform into your best self!

What is Type 2 Diabetes? RESEARCHED BY SHARON FANT, RN

Type 2 diabetes was previously called non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) or adult-

onset diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for about 90 percent to 95 percent of all diagnosed

cases of diabetes. Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include older age, obesity, family history of

diabetes, prior history of gestational diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, physical inactivity, and

race/ethnicity. African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, and some Asian

Americans and Pacific Islanders are at particularly high risk for type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is now the fastest spreading disease in human history. It’s incidence around the

world has doubled in the past 3 decades, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare it a global “pandemic”. Type 2 diabetes and the condition that lead to it, insulin resistance

(also called pre-diabetes) currently affect close to 30% of the world adult population. In the United States, diabetes affects an estimated 30+ million adults and teens, with an additional

100 million unsuspecting people walking around with pre-diabetes. Since diabetes is largely a

disease without symptoms as it develops, many of these people will not get a diagnosis until it is too late for a full recovery. I don’t want this to happen to you! Many people have been led to believe that having diabetes is no big deal because it has become

such an common affliction these days, and because so many diabetics seem to be living normal

lives due to all of the new drugs available to treat diabetes, and new technology for monitoring

blood glucose levels and administering insulin injections. In addition, most people believe that type 2 diabetes is just another unfortunate normal occurrence while growing old, just like cancer and

heart disease. No one is free who is not master of himself. - Epictetus

What is Type 2 Diabetes?


Reiki Energy

by Leana Eugene

Reiki is an alternative healing technique for stress and relaxation that originated in Japan. Developed by Mikao Usui in the early 1900s, Reiki is now used all over the world in places such as hospitals and hospices.

The full treatment can take up to an hour to complete and throughout the process, the patient may feel sensations such as heat, pulsing or tingling while also feeling relaxed (Cleveland Clinic Wellness).

The term Reiki stems from two Japanese words, “rei” which means universal, and “ki”, which refers to life force energy (Cleveland Clinic Wellness). The universal life force energy is the foundation of Reiki energy.

There are no harmful effects from Reiki, the process is used in efforts to improve overall health. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Reiki treatment has the following benefits: detoxifying the body, dissolving energy blockages and tension, stimulating the immune system, relieving pain, stimulating tissue and bone healing, and increasing the vibrational frequency on physical, mental, and spiritual levels.

During a Reiki treatment, the patient lies on a massage table, and a Reiki practitioner serves as the catalyst connecting the patient and the universal life energy force. This energy flows through the hands of the practitioner to the patient. It is important to know that this energy is coming from the universal source, not the practitioner. Throughout the massage, the practitioner uses their palms in specific energy locations on the patient’s body, there is no pressure or manipulation.


This all happens through supplying the universal life force energy into the body. Reiki practitioners see patients for the following conditions: cancer, chronic pain, infertility, digestive problems, psychological illnesses, Parkinson’s disease and stress related diseases.

"Reiki can never and will never belong to just one person or one organization. Reiki is the spiritual heritage of all humanity."

- Dr. Mikao Usui


Green Smoothie Recipe!

GREEN SMOOTHIE INGREDIENTS While the the ingredient list is extremely flexible, here’s one of my favorite combinations that’s simple yet so delicious: ·Milk– 1 1/2 cup of milk, or any nut milk ·Spinach– 2 cups fully packed ·Banana– 1 banana (frozen is best) ·Apple– 1 apple sliced into pieces ·Avocado– 1/4 avocado HOW TO MAKE THE BEST GREEN SMOOTHIE Just toss the above ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend for about 30 seconds. That’s it! By the end of it, you’ll have a deliciously creamy and vibrant smoothie. SMOOTHIE TIPS ·If you like your smoothies a bit thicker, add another 1/4 slice of avocado. If you like your smoothies a bit thinner or you’d like to save a few calories, you can substitute the milk with water. ·Don’t add ice cubes as it will dilute the smoothie. The best way to keep the smoothie cold is to use a frozen banana.


The Holistic

Approach to By: Sandra Mustopa

A child’s health is every parents concern and often parents want to avoid pharmaceutical

medication for babies or young children or

even want extra help alongside what their GP may be prescribing.

Let’s be completely honest with ourselves—the health

of one’s child comes down to a million little moments—

Fruit for lunch? A long nap? Stress over a math test? A holistic approach considers them all. From time-to-time, a child’s health comes down to a simple formula: Fever? Pass the ibuprofen. But when matters are more complicated—for instance, when there’s a chronic condition, like asthma, or a stress-related ailment, like migraines—popping a pill may not be enough. According to the holistic approach to pediatrics, the best way to get a kid healthy, and keep him that way, is to consider every aspect of his lifestyle—his diet, his environment, his way of handling stress. You might be wondering, “what’s the best way to take care of children’s wellness, all while providing quality nutrition, and natural support for their growing brains?”

Holistic medicine o ers the easiest ways to keep your kids healthy, happy, and t, while supporting mom’s ability to raise them with the guidance they need, but the independence they crave. Holistic or integrative medicine is surprisingly still considered ‘fringe’ in many medical communities, despite a substantial amount of research backing it’s e ectiveness and life-saving applications.


Integrative medicine when applied to children’s

wellness, simply means that a practitioner will use all

modalities available to address and treat the root cause

of symptoms, not merely the symptom itself.

This paradigm acknowledges the impact diet, lifestyle,

and environment can have upon your child’s gut health, nervous system, and immune health.

Integrative modalities include: • Acupuncture (many practitioners use laser therapy if your child has a fear of needles) • Food sensitivity testing • Nutrient de ciency testing • Cognitive evaluation • Compassionate patient care Raising kids in a holistic way begins at home, and there’s a lot still left to do if we want to raise a smarter, happier, and tter generation of children. But change is possible.

By prioritizing real food, plenty of activity, and time

spent away from the overstimulation of electronics, we

can help our children reach their potential in health, and in the rest of their lives.

Remember parents, your child’s health and happiness is worth advocating for.


Book Written by: Pieter W. Broekharst Translated to English from Dutch

SCHIZONOIA is a novel. Not a psychiatricscientific dissertation. When Marin is 15 years old, he sees his father die on the football field from a cardiac arrest. This trauma causes psychosis and pursuit delusions in later life, which makes madness events as blood-curdling reality. He creates his own reality, and the contact with reality is then lost for a short time. When Marin's dominant mother seeks refuge from a deeply believing church community after the sudden death of his non-believer father, Marin decides to live independently. When Marty comes to live next door to him, a serious relationship develops with her, which slowly but surely brings him into more balance. But first Marin still has a long way to go with a series of terrifying experiences. Psychoses do not always cause events of a bizarre nature. But it's possible! And that tells "Schizonoia".

Pieter Wouter Broekharst was born (1943) in a little town in The Netherlands Where he still lives and writes. His Book "Schizonoia" is Available on Amazon USA

Pieter W. Brockhorst Author


My Healing Journey

Journey to a Holistic Approach to Health By Kate Marshall

At some point in my life I was bitten by one or more ticks that transmitted an infection from a bacteria called borrelia burgdorferi, also known as Lyme Disease. At another point this infection was activated, likely through physical and emotional trauma. When the symptoms began, it was much like a snowball effect. I didn’t know why I was having joint pain, nerve pain, anxiety, headaches and extreme fatigue. I went from doctor to doctor, and they weren’t quite sure either. Unsatisfied with the lack of definitive diagnosis, I delved into a lot of self-guided research. I was confused, as many of my symptoms matched those characteristics of many other diseases. Lyme is sometimes called the great imitator, making diagnosis difficult. Then I watched a documentary called “Under Our Skin”. It all made sense. After a year of inquiry, research and strong speculation I had Lyme, I found a doctor that agreed with me to make it official. Next came 8 months of antibiotics. Toward the end of this period, I got fed up with the abdominal pain and unabating symptoms. I decided this was not the path for me. I listened to my body and began my own treatment. I did my own research, gathered feedback from groups and others partaking in holistic treatments. This experience was incredibly empowering. Though much of it felt like a rollercoaster, I never relented, and I made progress. I spent about 8 years using herbs, essential oils, acupuncture, muscle testing and homeopathics. 38

I found unparalleled nutritional support which increased my energy, focus and mood. The last month, February of 2019 I used CBD oil and a turmeric blend called Golden Milk 2-3 times a day. This is what finally kicked me into a new realm of health. This journey of healing my body also involved healing my mind and soul. I removed myself from an unhealthy relationship in which I felt lost and oppressed then explored and implemented various personal development strategies to reconnect to who I am and who I am willing to be. I use great speakers like Louis Hay, Les Brown, Tony Robbins and Abraham Hicks. Our bodies take on our emotional stress which aids in disease. Until we overcome trauma and better regulate stress, healing cannot be complete. As a result of all that I have learned and been through, I now help people with nutritional support and sharing my knowledge of herbs and oils. I’m using various energy healing modalities too.

Kate Marshall Holistic Health Advocate

Biography: Kate Marshall has a background in Computer Aided Design and has worked for a couple different oil, gas and chemical companies. After some impactful life events with chronic illness and the end of a marriage, she strives to help people live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Kate Marshall Independent Brand Promoter w/ Le-vel



HEALTH BENEFITS OF MINDFUL & CONSCIOUS EATING What exactly is mindful and conscious eating, most definitions define Mindful eating as paying attention to our food, on purpose, moment by moment, without judgment. This is an approach to food that focuses on individuals' sensual awareness of the food and their experience of the food.

By paying close attention to how you feel as you eat, considering the texture and tastes of each mouthful, your body’s hunger and fullness signals, how different foods affect your energy and mood, you can learn to savor both your food and the experience of eating.

Being mindful of the food you eat can promote better digestion, keep you full with less food, and influence wiser choices about what you eat in the future. It can also help you free yourself from unhealthy habits around food and eating.

Some of the health and healing benefits that can be gain from mindful & conscious eating include but are not limited to the following: Improve your digestion by eating slower. Feel fuller sooner and by eating less food. Slow down and take a break from the hustle and bustle of your day, easing stress and anxiety. Gain greater pleasure from the food you eat, as you learn to slow down and more fully appreciate your meals and snacks. Make healthier choices about what you eat by focusing on how each type of food makes you feel after eating it. Make a greater connection to where your food comes from, how it’s produced, and the journey it’s taken to get to your plate. Eat in a healthier, more balanced way.

As you practice moments of mindfulness and conscious eating on a regular basis, you will notice that it come more naturally and easily to you day by day.


Researched and written by Sharon Fant, RN



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Research shows that regular physical activity can help us recover more quickly, heal more easily, and get an edge over all kinds of disease and injury. In fact, exercise may just be nature’s best medicine. “There is no medication or nutritional supplement that even comes close to having all of the effects exercise does,” says David C. Nieman, PhD, author of The Exercise-Health Connection: How to Reduce Your Risk of Disease and Other Illnesses by Making Exercise Your Medicine. “It’s truly the best medicine we know of.” We tend to think of exercise as a preventive measure — something that helps us maintain our general fitness and keep excess weight at bay. But in reality, exercise has a vast range of healing influences on the body — influences that can help reverse negative biochemical trends, while improving our resiliency and immunity at virtually every level of our physiology. Good fitness has global healing effects, working simultaneously on multiple systems to improve mental, spiritual and physical health. In fact, exercise aids nearly every system in the body. Since these systems are interconnected, it can be difficult to categorize exercise’s many specific benefits. That’s why, in the interest of giving exercise at least a little more of its considerable due, we’ve collected a list seven (7) powerful ways exercise heals. Credits to ExperienceLife.Lifetime.Life





1921: Frederick Banting and Charles Best discovered the effects of insulin by testing on dogs. James Collin later purified it for use in humans. 1923: The companies Eli Lilly and Company and Nordisk Insulin Laboratorium started the first commercial production of insulin. 1936: Hans Hagedorn and colleagues discovered “Neutral Protamine Hagedorn” (NPH) insulin which allowed the effects of insulin to last longer. 1941: Tablets for testing urine glucose and urine test strips became widely available for the first time. 1949: Rachmiel Levine discovered that insulin is a mechanism that allows glucose to be transported into cells. 1955: Sulfonylureas, an oral medication class that stimulates the pancreas to release more insulin, became available. 1961: Glucogen, a hormone that raises glucose levels, was introduced as a treatment for severe hypoglycemia. 1966: The first pancreas transplant was performed. 1970: The first glucose meter was introduced in doctors’ offices. 1971: Insulin receptors were discovered on cell membranes. It showed how insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes could occur. 1977: The A1C test was developed to measure glycosylated hemoglobin. 1978: E. Coli bacteria was induced to produce insulin identical to human insulin by City of Hope National Medical Center and Genentech Inc. It was approved in 1982. 1979: The National Diabetes Data Group developed a new diabetes classification including Type 1, Type 2, Type 3, and Type 4. 1980: The US Department of Health and Human Services and the US Department of Agriculture created the first evidence-based diet recommendations to improve health outcomes. 1986: The disparities in Type 2 diabetes were realized. It is much more common amongst African Americans, Mexican Americans, and Native Americans than among Caucasians. 1994: Metformin, the first recommended medication for Type 2 diabetics after diet and exercise is approved. 1998: A study from the United Kingdom found that tight control over blood sugar levels reduced the risk of complications. 2019: The first oral glucagon like peptide, GLP-1, agonist is approved by the FDA to improve glucose control and reduce complications approved by FDA.

As science continues to advance, the treatment of diabetes becomes better and better, and we love that. Diabetes is scary, but with the right knowledge and mindset, we can beat it instead of having it beat us. By Jenny Lu


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