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May/June 2020

Your Local Resource for Healthy Living

Maine The Unexpected Benefits of Acupuncture Jessica Peck-Lindsey, DAIH

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: Know The Symptoms Stephanie Walsh, MNT, CEPC, CPT

Respiratory Infections Can Be Treated Naturally Steven Frank Pitfalls of a Broken System Paula Jackson Jones Is it Normal to Feel Sore After a Massage? Tierney McCarver, LMT



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Publisher's letter


never thought I would be writing a publisher’s letter quite like this one. In the span of a little over a month, our lives have been turned upside down. Even this issue is “upside down” in that we are publishing it digitally only in May and going to print for June. I certainly never thought that would happen either! But as many of you know, I am always looking for the positive and I believe we have been given an incredible opportunity with COVID-19.

For us here at ELM Maine, it’s allowed us to expand our digital reach in an amazing way! I started hosting daily live Zoom Lunch & Learn interviews with our expert writers and advertisers discussing strategies on coping with COVID-19 from a health/relationship/financial perspective to uplifting topics related to how to lead a healthy and conscious lifestyle. We launched a Virtual Holistic Networking group for holistic practitioners and business owners to meet monthly and discuss best practices and how to support eachother. We’ve been supporting as many businesses as we can by helping get the word out about their virtual services and online classes. While it doesn’t replace the connection we feel at a live event or face to face meeting, at least we can still “see” eachother during this difficult time. Change for many brings elements of fear. Sometimes it may feel as if things are being ripped away from us even if it’s something we’ve asked for or have outgrown. As creatures of habit, we feel more comfortable when things stay the same and when we know what to expect. But that doesn’t allow for growth. In order for us to evolve, we must accept that change is necessary and we must look at it as a beneficial thing. We must learn to allow people and things to flow in and out of our lives without trying to hold on too tight. I believe if we can do this, we will all come out of this better than before. In Health and Happiness,



ur mission is to provide valuable insight, information and resources that will allow our readers to maintain a healthy, active, sustainable lifestyle. Essential Living Maine contains timely information on natural health, complementary and alternative medicine, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, and the products and services that support good health.

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In This Issue 6

Men: Don’t Wait To Get Help For Vein Problems

In Every Issue 13

Cindy Asbjornsen, DO, FACPh


The Time Is NOW for What, Where, Why and How of Emotional Freedom Techniques Karen St. Clair, AAMET Certified EFT Practitioner


The Unexpected Benefits of Acupuncture Jessica Peck-Lindsey, DAIH


A Personal Journey to Boost My Immunity with Nariveda Supplements

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: Know The Symptoms Stephanie Walsh, MNT, CEPC, CPT



Is it Normal to Feel Sore After a Massage? Tierney McCarver, LMT


Respiratory Infections Can Be Treated Naturally Steven Frank


Pitfalls of a Broken System Paula Jackson Jones

Frances Wall Higgins

Sign up for our monthly e-zine and digital bimonthly magazine at elmmaine.com Advertisers Index Sarah Buck, ND 17 Crossroads Back Cover Embodiment Therapeutic Massage & Energy Healing 12 Goodwin University 8 The Holistic Health Approach 10 Immortal Opulence 16 Inner Image Health Screening 14 L-OMA 10 Midcoast Lyme 2

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: Know The Symptoms 13 4

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Nariveda 16 Northeast Labs 12 Peck's Family Acupuncture 16 Touchpoint 10 Vein Healthcare Center 5

THE BUZZ New Book Helps People to Overcome Addiction

Heal Your Past, Empower the Present and Discover Your Future


gnes Daddona, MA is an Intuitive Counselor and the owner of Intuitive Counseling LLC - Holistic Spa. She is a Holistic Practitioner, Spiritual Teacher, and Angel Workshop Facilitator. Agnes has been in a therapeutic setting and the healing arts for over 20 years and has assisted thousands of people all over the world. She got her degree in law, then a Master's degree in sociology with a specialization in human behavior, and she is currently pursuing her doctorate degree specializing in Holistic Life Counseling. Agnes is not only a highly-educated therapeutic practitioner; she comes from a long line of intuitive, magical women who have a psychic gift. The first step for a new client is to have an Intuitive Reading with Agnes. During this session, Agnes will receive messages of divine guidance concerning your relationships, finances, career, business, and health. She will cover diverse topics like your soul's purpose and lessons, your undiscovered talents, as well as your past incarnations and how they relate to this life. Agnes then will help you connect with your angels. You will be able to activate your soul's potential so you can heal, empower, and manifest your dreams. Our services include Intuitive Readings, Life Coaching, Spiritual Healing, and Angel Workshops. Our technologies include Crystal Bed, DNA Technology, Amethyst BioMat, and Aura Photography. Readings, healing sessions, and Angel Workshops are available at this time by phone or via Zoom. Call 860.941.2667. To learn more or book online please visit: www.IntuitiveCounselingLLC.com.

Being in quarantine with COVID-19 exacerbates addiction; author Robin H. Clare’s book guides people to healing during these difficult times.


uthor Robin H. Clare is an expert on healing the underlying source of addiction, and she knows that isolation is an addict's worst nightmare. In her new book, Feast & Famine: Healing Addiction with Grace, she addresses the more commonly recognized forms of addiction as a symptom of the problem and not the problem itself. As addicts confront being in quarantine with COVID-19, it is the perfect time to focus on their healing. Clare's background comes from overcoming her own addiction, which, in her case, was an obsessive food disorder with Bulimia. Through her 40-year journey, Clare found that her addictive behavior was a symptom of suffering. Her actual struggle was with suffering humiliation and the trauma that resulted. Once she was able to identify these root-cause experiences, she was able to address her trauma and integrate it into a healthier lifestyle. Clare now works with clients one-on-one who are addicted to suffering and guides them to healing. Many books are designed to help addicts focus on stopping the dependence on a vice, whether it is alcohol, drugs, food, social media, or any other harmful habit. In Feast & Famine, Clare helps people to address the deeper problem, to find their humiliation and shame, and determine where the trauma comes from. She wants her readers to remember that substance or vice addiction is not the primary problem, but a symptom of a deeper problem of suffering. A Divine Healing path is outlined in the book to help the reader to move through this process from addiction to recovery. Clare says, "We have experienced trauma in all parts of our lives, and we must address the trauma." She adds, "We are born in a state of self-love, and then we experience humiliation from relationships in our lives. If we do not address the shame of humiliation, we move into self-loathing. Unresolved self-loathing create chronic suffering. To perpetuate the suffering, we turn to addictive substances or vices. You've got to dig deep and find out why you are suffering if you want to find lasting recovery." While in quarantine, addicts do not have the same daily distractions to keep them from their addictions, and they may not have access to the same resources, such as meetings or accountability partners. During isolation, addicts will have to reflect upon what will happen if they do not heal their suffering...and also what will happen if they do heal. Presuming they do want to be in recovery, now is the ideal time for addicts to address the roots of their addictive behavior. Whatever it may take to heal, addicts must deal with why they are suffering and where their trauma began. The ebook is available for pre-0rder on Amazon. To order a signed paperback or hardcover, please visit: fundly.com/feast-famine-book-launch To learn more about Feast & Famine: Healing Addiction with Grace or to book an appointment with Robin H. Clare and dive deeper into your healing, please visit www.clare-ity.com. www.elmmaine.com


Men: Don’t Wait To Get Help For Vein Problems

By Cindy Asbjornsen, DO, FACPh


natomically, men’s leg veins are no different from women’s leg veins. In fact, looking at ultrasound imaging of a leg, one would be hard-pressed to tell if it belonged to a woman or a man. Venous disease can affect both men and women, yet men tend to present with the worst vein problems, such as leg ulcers (open wounds). Why is this the case? Anecdotally, phlebologists have observed that women tend to get help for their vein issues as soon as they can, while men will often wait until the problem becomes too painful to ignore. The result is, more often than not, leg ulcers that won’t heal. Even men who are athletic are susceptible to venous disease. Sometimes men with vein problems misinterpret their symptoms, mistaking the pains of venous disease for a strained or pulled muscle. Once patients recognize that there may be vein issues present, the important thing is to seek help as soon as symptoms present themselves, regardless of the patient’s sex. Venous conditions like varicose veins get worse with time, and the longer one waits, the more extensive the condition and the treatment could become. The key for male patients, in particular, is to get evaluated as soon as the symptoms become apparent. Common symptoms of venous disease include: • Leg fatigue or heaviness: When legs feel good upon waking but are intensely tired or heavy at the end of the day, this is an early warning sign. • Swelling: Swelling can be caused by many things but also serves as a very early warning sign for vein problems. In any case, legs that frequently swell shouldn't be ignored. • Skin changes: Redness, skin thickening or other color changes on the legs and/or ankles is a common (and commonly overlooked) symptom. Other skin changes, such as dermatitis, cellulitis, dry or scaly skin, or brown “stains” on the skin can be signs of advanced venous disease, and should be evaluated by a physician.


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• Spider veins: Spider veins are blue or purple-colored veins that occur under the skin but are close enough to be seen on the surface. Treating them can improve appearance, as well as stop the progression of venous disease at its source. • Varicose veins: Another sign of early stage venous disease, varicose veins are visible veins in the leg that bulge, often protruding through the skin. • Ulcers: An open wound on the leg or ankle that fails to heal can be the result of ongoing venous disease. In fact, “venous ulcers” in the leg are often an indication that venous disease has reached an advanced stage. Venous disease is a progressive disease that is not curable, but for most people, even debilitating symptoms are completely treatable. Today's vein treatments are done on an outpatient basis and are minimally invasive and nearly pain-free. Treatment can stop the progression of venous disease and its complications for those in all stages of the disease, however, early intervention is generally best-tolerated while improving quality of life. For those struggling with late-stage symptoms, it is still possible to restore health. The best medicine is to seek help before the problem becomes unbearable. Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen is the founder of the Vein Healthcare Center in South Portland, Maine. Dr. A Diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, she cares for all levels of venous disease, including spider veins, varicose veins, and venous ulcers. She is the only vein specialist in Maine to be named a Fellow by the American College of Phlebology. You can contact Dr. Asbjornsen at 207-221-7799 or info@veinhealthcare.com. See ad on page 5.

The Time Is NOW for What, Where, Why and How of Emotional Freedom Techniques By Karen St. Clair , AAMET Certified EFT Practitioner


ouldn’t it be nice to know a universal self-help technique that brings you peace and calm naturally and has the flexibility of use anytime or anywhere? It’s here for you; Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Tapping. The What? With stress, anxiety and fear swirling at the epicenter of our lives right now, we need a go-to source of peace and calm to get through our own personal hurdles. I’ve been introducing the innumerable benefits of EFT Tapping for the last eight years but never before has it become more important to inform you as readers how to use EFT Tapping for yourself, your friends and your family.

The Why? If there was ever a time to use EFT Tapping, it’s now. It’s a fact that clinical EFT improves multiple physiological markers of health. In an article published by the Journal of Evidence Based Integrated Medicine (2018), the following markers identify the positive benefits of EFT: • Anxiety 40% • Cortisol 37% (Stress Hormone) • Pain 57% • Depression 35% • PTSD Symptoms 32% • Blood Pressure 8% • Food Cravings 74%

The Where?

• Happiness 31%

Right here right now. EFT Tapping can be used anytime or anywhere you need it. You are equipped with everything you need to Tap every moment of every day; your feelings, head, chest and hands. By Tapping gently on specific meridian points, you’ll be signaling your body that you’re safe, causing your stress response to calm automatically.

• Immune System Markers 113% The How? Let’s focus the remainder of this article to learning how to use EFT Tapping in three easy steps. You’ll be empowered to control any stress or anxiety that the Coronavirus may be causing you.

First, wash your hands. I’ll wait. Ok, ready? Here we go. You’re now on the path to emotional freedom. Step One: Identify what is bothering you and ask yourself how do I feel about it? (Example: I’m feeling so anxious about the future.) Rate your feelings 0 – 10. Step Two: Tap on the side of your hand and repeat out loud: Even though I feel so anxious about the future, I accept who I am and how I feel. Even though I’m feeling anxious right now about the future, I deeply and completely love and accept myself. Even though I feel this stress and anxiety in my body, I accept who I am and how I feel. Step Three: Tap gently 5 – 6 times with two fingers on each of the Tapping points while repeating the examples below out loud. Eyebrow Point: I feel so anxious. Side of Eye: All this anxiety. Under Eye: I’m anxious about the future. www.elmmaine.com


1. Side of Hand 2. Beginning of Eyebrow 3. Side of Eye 4. Under Eye 5. Under Nose 6. Chin 7. Collarbone 8. Under Arm 9. Top of Head

Chin: Everyone is in the same boat. Collarbone: Are they feeling anxious? Under Arm: I hope they’re ok. Top of Head: I wish I could help. Take a deep breath, and continue Tapping: Side of Hand: Even though I still feel a little anxious, I deeply and profoundly love and accept myself anyway. Even though I’m still worried about the future, I choose to remember that we are all going through this together. Eyebrow Point: What if I could be ready to let go of this anxiety? Side of Eye: What if I could choose to stay in the present? Under Eye: I’m in the present and I’m ok.

Under Nose: Anxiety about the future.

Under Nose: I can only be in the present.

Chin: Seems like everyone is anxious.

Chin: Right here, right now, I’m ok.

Collarbone: All this anxiety.

Collarbone: I’m ok.

Under Arm: The future is so unknown.

Under Arm: I feel safe.

Top of Head: When will Coronavirus be over?

Top of Head: I wonder if I’m ready to let go of the anxiety and worry about the future.

Eyebrow Point: I feel it in my body. Side of Eye: I’m worried about the future. Under Eye: What will the future bring? Under Nose: It makes me anxious.


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Eyebrow Point: It doesn’t serve me to carry around the anxiety and worry. Side of Eye: I’m ready to let go of worry and anxiety from my body.

Under Eye: I let it all go from every cell in my body. Under Nose: I’m releasing the anxiety and worry from my body and mind now. Chin: I’m safe right here right now. Collarbone: I feel my body relaxing. Under Arm: Those feelings are gone from my body. Top of Head: I fill my body and mind with peace and calm. How do you feel? Did your rating 0 – 10 reduce from where it started? My hope is that this experience with EFT Tapping was a positive one and that you’ll continue to use this powerful and simple technique as your go-to tool in your life’s toolbox. Please let me know your thoughts about this EFT Tapping experience at karen.st.clair4@gmail.com Karen St. ClairiIs a highly skilled Advanced Certified EFT Tapping Practitioner, PSYCHK® Facilitator, Matrix ReImprinting Practitioner, Usui Reiki Master of Masters and Founder of Reiki Tap Renewal® with a true gift for facilitating her clients’ life-changing outcomes. Book a private appointment or group webinar via Zoom or FaceTime. 207.878.8315 KarenStClairEFT.com. See ad on page 10.

The Unexpected Benefits of Acupuncture By Jessica Peck-Lindsey, DAIH


hen inquiring about acupuncture, there are three main questions that patients ask, “Can it help?”, “Will it hurt?”, and “How does it work?” The answer to the second question, “Will it hurt?” is you may feel a light prick or you may feel nothing at all. Different areas of the body have different levels of sensitivity. The answer to the third question, “How does it work?” can also be explained simply by describing the concept of Qi and how acupuncture facilitates healing by opening channels of blocked energy in the body. The third question, “Can it help?” is the most important question that patients ask. The answer is always, “Yes”, but it may help in ways neither the patient nor the practitioner were expecting. The Needle Facilitates Change Early in my practice, I was working with a gentleman in his mid-fifties who sought acupuncture for general body pain. He was very dedicated to coming to his treatments and scheduled every week for about 7 weeks. He had pain in his back, pain in his rib cage, jaw pain, headaches, and elbow pain. As the weeks went by, he was talking less about his body pain and more about his dissatisfaction with work. His job was very stressful and he had worked there too long.

At one of his acupuncture visits, he told me he started the paperwork for retirement. He was retiring about 10 years early, but he felt his health was worth the sacrifice. So, he retired. I was stunned and amazed that he had the courage to follow through and make a life altering change like this. His pain was still there and with acupuncture, it was at a manageable level. It was following through with the plan to retire that was the unexpected benefit of acupuncture treatments. The Liver and Gallbladder: Making Plans and Putting Them to Action The unplanned and unexpected effects that occur as a result of acupuncture treatment are many. What I have observed is that the most extraordinary of the effects are related to patients putting to action a thought to make a life change. According to Chinese Medicine theory, the two organs associated with planning and executing the plan are the Liver and Gallbladder. Coincidentally, these are also the two organs that are greatly affected by frustration and anger. It is not uncommon to find that many Americans experience some type of Liver and Gallbladder disharmony and when the stuck and pent up energy are encouraged to flow freely with acupuncture treatment, the patient often experiences the drive to make

significant change in his/her life. Since my first year in practice, I have worked with people who have gone back to school in their 40’s, put their homes on the market and move across the country, get divorced, and even enter back into the workforce. Big life changes! Window of the Sky Another symptom associated with stuck energy is the slow clouding of the orifices. Imagine a window in a house; depending on the internal and external environment, it will get dirty and less clear to view through with the passing of time. The same thing can happen to our orifices and the senses associated with our eyes, ears and nose. A female in her early fifties had come in for treatment associated with a repetitive stress injury to her wrist and elbow. She returned the following week to report there was some change in her pain levels, but the more significant change she experienced was on the drive home after treatment. She noticed that all the colors of the trees seemed brighter, smells were more enticing, and music sounded prettier. She asked me if her experience was related to the acupuncture treatment. It was, but the subjective experience of heightened sensory perception was not the goal of our treatment. Our treatment plan opened the Window of www.elmmaine.com



the Sky points and moved energy that had clouded her senses. Opening these points can also have the benefit of restoring sleep and giving mental clarity. Very few patients would consider asking to have acupuncture treatment for heightened senses, but it is a likely benefit when the treatment plan includes using Window of the Sky points.



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The human body is wonderfully complex and beautifully constructed. Our bodies are designed to always move in the direction of healing. When Qi gets blocked, the body has a difficult time doing the healing on its own. Acupuncture is one way in which to facilitate the body’s healing process. And since the body is complex and different bodily functions are intermingled, when one area of disharmony is addressed, other areas of the body find their balance too. This is why patients experience benefits beyond the main complaint. Try acupuncture and discover the surprising benefits! Jessica Peck-Lindsey is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Integrative Health and owner of Peck’s Family Acupuncture, LLC. in Waterboro, ME. Dr. Peck-Lindsey holds a Master’s of Science in Pain Research, Education, and Policy from Tufts School of Medicine and is Certified in Traumatic Stress Studies from the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute. With the aim of being able to better provide for patients living with pain and traumatic stress, Dr. Peck-Lindsey opened the Wellness Center at Peck’s Family Acupuncture integrating therapeutic movement, trauma-informed yoga, Reiki, Emotion Code, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and wellness coaching along with individualized acupuncture and massage therapy sessions. Dr. Peck-Lindsey can be reached at jessica@pecksfamilyacupuncture.com. See ad on page 16.

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A Personal Journey to Boost My Immunity with Nariveda Supplements

By Frances Wall Higgins


few months ago, I had the pleasure of speaking with Nirmal Yogi and learning about Nariveda's Ayurvedic Supplements. Nirmal and his son, Adrian, teamed up together to create their carefully researched and formulated supplements that help people with immunity, stress, cardiovascular health, brain function, aging, bones, joints, and more. After 40+ years of experience as an organic chemist and by being a devout practitioner of Ayurveda, Nirmal developed and formulated Nariveda's powerful Elixirs. With a healthy amount of divine guidance dovetailed with the innate richness of his Ayurvedic upbringing and reverence for spiritual connection, Nirmal leads the research and development of Nariveda's products. Adrian's background is in health and fitness. As a distance runner, competitive skier, cyclist, and rock climber; Adrian cares deeply for personal wellness and understands the importance of high performance nutrition. When his father approached him to be involved in the world's first liquid-based Adaptogenic nutrition company, he jumped at the opportunity. Adrian feels fortunate to have the ability to work alongside his father in bringing advanced, functional plantbased nutrition to the world. So luckily for me, just as COVID-19 became a reality, I decided to try 3 of their supplements that are immune-boosting and aid with stress reduction. When the bottles arrived, I was surprised at how large they are. Each one is 8.5 ounces, which should last for 30 - 45 days. Each morning I mix two tablespoons of Prana Veda with fresh orange juice. I was concerned the flavor would be bitter, but it tastes great. I feel healthy, energetic, and have been sleeping better than ever. The ingredients are remarkable in this supplement: 1. Ashwagandha is a powerful herb that helps the body a dapt to stress and can boost energy, muscular strength, stamina, and endurance. 2. ArginoCarn® enhances both lipolysis and fatty acid (stored energy) oxidation, mobilizing into working tissue for cellular metabolism while decreasing oxidative stress variables.

3. Clarinol® Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is a unique fatty acid clinically shown to reduce body fat, increase lean muscle, and promote a healthy metabolism. 4. Curcumin C3 Complex® is 95% Tetrahydrocurcuminoids extracts obtained from turmeric rhizomes creating a higher bioavailable, stable, and active nutrient. Curcumin possesses potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as well as reduces systemic oxidative stress. 5. MicroActive-Resveratrol is an antioxidant polyphenol that supports a healthy metabolism, normal insulin sensitivity, and optimal blood flow; all of which may have cardiovascular, brain, and anti-aging benefits. 6. MicroActive-CoQ10 is a natural, vitamin-like, fat-soluble antioxidant found in the mitochondria of almost all the cells in the body. It is used in the electron transport chain that generates 90-95% of the energy used by the body. Twice a day, I am using Perio Veda, which is an Ayurvedic Dental Rinse. I immediately felt like this was a superior rinse than the mouthwash I have been using, which is slightly sweet. My mouth feels healthier, cleaner, and plaque-free. Perio Veda works synergistically, helping directly to enhance the concentration of essential minerals in bioavailable forms for cell ready absorption. It works to promote remineralization of enamel by decreasing bacteria thus creating a holistic environment of healthy microflora for optimal oral health. The supplement contains the most potent blend of oral health promoting herbs and organic compounds available. This cutting-edge formula controls biofilm formation that causes bad breath while promoting the regeneration of healthy microflora. Everything you need to keep your mouth healthy and fresh without any of the toxic fillers. In the evening, I am mixing two tablespoons of Guriji Grace with cranberry juice. This supplement is fortified with ingredients to address aging. The benefits it provides are well thought out, and after a few weeks of taking this supplement, the changes I can notice are www.elmmaine.com


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• Intracellular detoxification for youthful, glowing skin I recommend looking at Nariveda's website and taking their Dosha test found at the bottom of their home page. Then look at their supplements and choose a few that appeal to your needs. Don't forget to use the code HAPPY15 for a 15% discount. Frances Higgins is the Marketing Director of Natural Nutmeg Magazine and Essential Living Maine. She is a freelance writer and has a background in nutrition. Father and son founders, Nirmal Yogi and Adrian PatelDelaloye created the Nariveda line of liquid plant-based elixirs. NATURAL NUTMEG AND ELM CUSTOMERS ASK FOR A 15% DISCOUNT AND FREE SHIPPING WITH CODE HAPPY15. TO ORDER VISIT WWW. NARIVEDA.COM OR CALL 928.554.4737. See ad on page 16.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: Know The Symptoms By Stephanie Walsh, MNT, CEPC, CPT pproximately 1 in 10 women of childbearing age in the United States have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS. Understanding what is going on in the body, why it’s happening and how to make positive changes are key to reducing PCOS symptoms.


In addition to your body holding on to several unreleased eggs, other common symptoms of PCOS include: • Irregular periods • Excessive hair growth on your face and body

The Female Menstrual Cycle

• Thinning hair on your scalp

As the name implies, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, is a condition in which one or both ovaries have many cysts. To understand why a cyst forms, you first need to understand the female menstrual cycle.

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At the start of each menstrual cycle your pituitary gland produces follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). This hormone is meant to stimulate fluid filled sacs called follicles within your ovaries. These follicles are the houses for your eggs. Each follicle holds one immature egg and each egg is patiently waiting its turn to be released in order to make the journey to your uterus. The release of FSH stimulates roughly 10-20 of your follicles to begin growing and maturing. These growing follicles start to release estrogen, encouraging your uterine lining to thicken and stimulating the pituitary gland to now start producing luteinizing hormone (LH). A spike in LH causes one or two of your maturing follicles, the dominant follicle, to release its egg; this is ovulation. Once the egg or eggs are released, the follicles stop producing estrogen, estrogen levels drop, and progesterone is allowed to rise. This hormonal change encourages your uterine lining to be more nourished in anticipation of fertilization. If after all that work the egg is not fertilized, progesterone and estrogen levels drop, telling your uterus it’s time to shed that protective lining; this is menstruation. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome In a healthy woman, the dominant follicle releases its egg each month. However, in a woman with PCOS, the mature follicle never gets the signal to release its egg. These unreleased eggs are considered cysts. As more and more mature eggs remain in the ovary, that ovary becomes more cystic; increasing your risk of PCOS. The important thing to understand is that a polycystic ovary is not the cause of PCOS. It is only one of several symptoms that may occur as a result of some underlying cause.

• Skin tags • Darkening of your skin, especially at the nape of the neck • Gray-white discharge from your breasts • Excess weight and inability to lose weight • Sleep apnea • Pelvic pain • Depression and anxiety Causes of PCOS Although the medical community is still searching for the underlying reason for PCOS, we do know that there are five hormones involved in the development of PCOS symptoms: estrogen, luteinizing hormone, insulin, cortisol and testosterone. Additionally, four probable causes: genetics, environmental factors, increased testosterone, and hypothalamus dysfunction can greatly influence those hormones. Let’s take a look at each hormone and how things can get out of balance. 1. Estrogen: If your body is estrogen dominant due to environmental factors such as xenoestrogens in your food and environment, progesterone cannot balance the effects of estrogen. This leads to irregular periods, acne, excess weight and mood problems. 2. Luteinizing Hormone: If your hypothalamus is not working properly, it can send high levels of LH to the ovaries, stimulating them to secrete more male hormones. This leads to irregular periods, excessive hair growth, thinning hair, acne and anxiety. 3. Insulin: High insulin levels cause your ovaries to produce more male hormones. This leads to the same symptoms as elevated LH levels.



4. Cortisol: Excessive stress, both mental and physical, increases production of cortisol. Excess cortisol can lead to high insulin levels, irregular periods, excessive hair growth, acne, and weight gain. 5. Testosterone: Elevated male hormones such as testosterone can increase insulin levels, which then stimulates the ovaries to produce more male hormones. This creates a vicious cycle and can lead to many PCOS symptoms. Understanding Symptoms of PCOS A healthy body will be able to balance hormones and maintain a regular menstrual cycle. However, once hormones become imbalanced, it can lead to four common PCOS symptoms. 1. Irregular Menstrual Periods: Blood sugar dysregulation from high insulin levels creates excessive LH production. This then blunts the release of a mature egg and can create heavy bleeding or spotting. 2. Excessive Hair Growth and Hair Thinning: Blood sugar dysregulation and high LH levels also increase production of testosterone. This imbalance of male hormones in a female body causes hair on the upper lip, chin, and upper back to become darker and thicker. Excess testosterone also leads to male-pattern baldness in women. 3. Acne: A high level of androgen hormones, such as testosterone, can be caused from blood sugar dysregulation and high LH levels. This excessive testosterone can then stimulate sebum production in skin follicles, leading to blocked pores and acne. 4. Inability to Lose Weight: Estrogen dominance, excessive cortisol production and blood sugar dysregulation all contribute to increased fat storage and the inability to lose weight.


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Insulin Resistance and PCOS As you can see, controlling your blood sugar is very important for hormone balance and reducing PCOS symptoms. In fact, insulin resistance and PCOS are closely related, each influencing your risk of developing the other. Each time your blood sugar spikes from a high sugar or refined food meal, insulin is released to shuttle excess blood sugar into cells and get things back in balance. The more your diet consists of refined carbohydrates, the more insulin it pumps out. Eventually your cells stop responding to insulin and they become insulin resistant, which keeps your blood sugar up and further increases insulin levels. These high insulin levels then cause your ovaries to secrete more testosterone, doubling up on increasing your risk of PCOS symptoms. As insulin levels continue to increase, PCOS symptoms increase, including weight gain, which creates more insulin resistance and the cycle continues. Using Diet to Improve PCOS The following simple dietary principles can help you improve PCOS symptoms and, in turn, balance your hormones and blood sugar as well as reduce insulin resistance. 1. Choose Carbohydrates Wisely: Eliminate sugars and refined carbohydrates which are associated with higher estrogen levels and insulin resistance. Instead, focus on moderate consumption of high fiber, low-glycemic whole food carbohydrates such as quinoa, beans/legumes or sweet potatoes which promote blood sugar regulation and hormone balance. 2. Consume the Right Fats: Eliminate trans fats and reduce unhealthy omega-6 fatty acids from refined oils like canola and generic ‘vegetable’ oils. Instead, focus on consuming more omega-3 fatty acids from low-mercury fish, flax oil, olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds.

3. Load Up on Vegetables: Leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts have fiber and phytonutrients that help your body eliminate excess hormones and regulate blood sugar. 4. Eat Frequently: Consuming 4-5 smaller meals per day instead of 2-3 bigger meals can help regulate blood sugar. 5. Balance Your Meals: Fat, fiber and protein help balance blood sugar and create a slower release of insulin. Focus on having all three with each meal and snack. 6. Understand Proper Portions: Eating proper portion sizes can assist with maintaining a healthy weight for your body as well as reduce insulin resistance and PCOS symptoms. Diet isn’t the only way to optimize hormonal health. Exercise, stress management and targeted supplementation are other lifestyle choices to incorporate that will help you regulate blood sugar, improve PCOS symptoms and optimize your health and happiness! Stephanie Walsh, MNT, CEPC, CPT is a Master Nutrition Therapist, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®, Certified Eating Psychology Coach and Personal Trainer. Her work with clients focuses on the individual as a whole - considering your diet is just one small piece of the puzzle. Her holistic approach considers your stressors, sleep quality, digestive complaints, food choices, activity level, readiness for change, social support and much more in order to help you optimize your health and wellbeing for the long term. Contact Stephanie at 207.730.2208 or email her: swalsh@theholistichealthapproach.com. See ad on page 10.

Is it Normal to Feel Sore After a Massage? By Tierney McCarver, LMT


enerally, people who seek out alternative healing methods such as massage and body-work, expect to feel better, not worse, after receiving treatment. Most intend on feeling highly energized and rejuvenated following a massage. However, typically this is not the case for most people. Depending on a person’s physical and mental health as well as the type of body-work received, a person can feel achy, sore, and tired after a session. Although post-massage soreness is normal, there is a distinct difference between therapeutic or healthy pain compared to injurious or unhealthy pain associated with body-work. Therapeutic Pain Versus Injurious Pain One easy way to describe a therapeutic pain is similar to that “good feeling” soreness experienced after an intense workout. When a person first begins an exercise program, they are moving and exerting their body and muscles in ways that the body hasn’t been exposed to before. This causes stress in the muscle tissue as it is being stretched and moved. The same thing occurs during a massage as the therapist is stretching and moving the tissues of the body in ways that they may not have been manipulated prior. Not all people will experience therapeutic pain. People that receive body-work regularly and/or exercise on a regular basis are used to moving their body and stressing their muscles so much that massage and body-work leaves them feeling revitalized. Pain and soreness usually last 2 to 3 days and then subsides. Muscles tend to feel tender to the touch as well as dull, tight, and achy at rest. After the pain diminishes, people will usually notice the benefits from their treatment, which can include increased range of motion throughout their body or in the area treated. There usually is a noticeable difference in the way their muscles will feel which is smooth and loose, just how muscle tissue should normally feel. They may notice a decrease in the pain and discomfort they may have felt before the treatment. Injurious pain is different than therapeutic pain because this is a sensation that does not feel good and lasts more than 2 to 3 days. When the pain is sharp and achy at rest and increases during physical activity, this can be a prominent sign that a person may have been injured during their body-work session. Injury, defined in this case, is most likely micro tears in the muscle fibers simply caused by too much pressure, over stretching, or too rapid of movements by

the therapist. Thankfully, this type of injury can be easily resolved by taking proper care of one’s self in the days and weeks following the body-work treatment. If the pain ceases to subside after a week or two, it is advisable to seek the help of a medical professional. Treating Therapeutic and Injurious Pain 1. Water: It is very important to drink water before and after receiving a body-work treatment because it hydrates one’s body and muscles. Treating areas of the body that are tense or knotted releases natural metabolic wastes so that the excretory system can do its job to remove or recycle the waste. Water can help aid in this process. Many people report headaches and nausea following a massage that water seems to alleviate if consumed post treatment. 2. Ice: Any sore, tender, or achy spots can be treated with an ice pack for about 10 to 15 minutes following body-work that day and subsequent days. Inflammation in the muscle tissues can be released when the pain signal and its sensation is turned on during the body-work treatment especially if it resulted in an injurious pain. 3. Stretching/Moving: It is always a good idea to stretch the areas that were treated during the body-work session just like a person would after exercising. Stretching and moving the body keeps the muscles elongated so that blood flow and circulation can continue to aid in tissue repair. 4. Rest: In the case of injurious pain, rest is the most important. Too much physical activity inhibits the muscles from healing properly. Conversely, sitting still can worsen therapeutic pain, preventing muscles from receiving proper circulation induced by moving. When receiving massage and body-work, individuals should make sure to thoroughly explain to the licensed therapist any chronic pain issues and/or past or present injuries that may have taken place so that the therapist can appropriately adjust the treatment based on the information given. It is also a good idea to inform the therapist of a comfortable pressure to use prior to the treatment. Each person has a different pain threshold. Deep pressure for one person could feel completely different to another.



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A common myth in massage and bodywork is that if it does not hurt then it is not beneficial. If the body-work is painful during the session due to too much pressure then most likely the client is tensing their muscles and bracing through the pain. This will backfire and put the body into defense mode where the muscles will harden and tighten in order to avoid further injury. The goal of massage and body-work is to alleviate pain and discomfort through relaxing of the entire body and muscles. If it is someone’s first time receiving massage or body-work, that person may not know what a comfortable pressure is for them. Communicating with the therapist during the treatment about what feels comfortable and what does not is very important to help establish rapport between the therapist and client so that the body-work session brings about healing and not harm. Owner and operator of Embodiment Therapeutic Massage & Energy Healing, Tierney McCarver is a licensed massage therapist practicing in South Portland, Maine. Tierney offers many unique ways of combining treatments to help the healing of individuals including Structural Relief Therapy, Medical Massage Therapy, Pranic Healing and PSYCH-K®. Her office is located at the Spiritual Renaissance Center 884 Broadway South Portland, Maine 04106 First floor, Suite 1 . To schedule an appointment please call, text or email 928.848.7471 Tierneymccarver@gmail.com or visit www. embodimenttherapeuticmassage.com. See ad on page 12.

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Respiratory Infections Can Be Treated Naturally By Steven Frank


ccording to the NIH, lower respiratory infections are a greater burden of disease worldwide than HIV, malaria, cancer and heart attacks. People who suffer from COPD, cystic fibrosis or asthma are especially prone. Treatment can be especially difficult when we don’t even know whether it is a virus, bacterium or fungus that we are battling. To make matters worse, the standard of care in allopathic (western) medicine has us taking pills. This systemic approach has the harmful drugs passing through the entire body and all of the organs while treating an invader that is primarily on the air-side of the lungs. This treatment is neither appropriate, efficient nor effective in most cases. Typically we see prescriptions for a broad-spectrum antibiotic first. If that doesn’t work, an antiinflammatory is often tried next or finally an anti-fungal. This progression of potent drugs is very hard on the body and the immune system. Still, some infections do not respond. Where to treat: When you are treating an infection on the air-side of your lungs, you should apply the active agent to the air-side. Lay it down right on top of the invading pathogens. Replenish it often to keep the area moist with the antimicrobial. This much more effective delivery can be accomplished by breathing the fine droplet mist of a nebulizer. One can achieve far greater local dosing with much less of a systemic dose. The difference can be as great as 1000:1 in dosing and coverage. Put the medication where it’s needed and only where it’s needed. You need less and it works better.

sequentially. In fact, you don’t even need to use a drug. Clinical studies have shown that administration of an enhanced aqueous colloid of silver in this manner will clear even the most difficult pathogens. Perhaps the best attribute to this therapy is the complete lack of adverse side-effects. A simple treatment which doesn’t harm or weaken the body and can be easily administered without side effects. Dosing: When using an enhanced aqueous colloid of silver of 45 ppm concentration or better, the dosing protocol is usually 3 milliliters, 3 times per day. For acute infections, the 3 milliliter dose can be administered every two waking hours. One must use a nebulizer so that the liquid comes off in micro-droplets. A vaporizer will not work as it will produce steam from the water and in the case of a silver colloid, leave the active ingredients behind. The nebulized mist is inhaled deep into the lungs where it will coat the invading pathogens.

Duration: Most acute respiratory infections will clear in a day or two with this method. Chronic infections however, often present with significant tissue necrosis. This presents a bit more of a challenge as the pathogens can hide in the damaged tissue only to reappear when the treatment has ceased. For this reason, it is best to continue the treatment for a period of time after the symptoms have cleared. For acute conditions, a day will do. For chronic conditions, it is dependent on the condition of the patient. A clear sputum test is a good indication that the condition has been driven into remission. Steven Frank has been researching respiratory infection therapy for 15 years, holds three patents in this area and has conducted research at the Institute for Tuberculosis Research, National Jewish Hospital and Klearsen Corporation. His work was presented to ANMA in 2006. He can be reached for comment at stevef@NaturesRiteRemedies.com. See ad on page 2.

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Pitfalls of a Broken System By Paula Jackson Jones


pitfall is a hidden danger or unsuspected difficulty. Often, we are blinded by trust or our desire to just feel better and so we are not really seeing how things are, until we look back. I am speaking from firsthand experience as I had no idea that the medical providers that I was trusting with my health had no idea what I was dealing with, let alone know how to properly treat it. If I had, I might not have lost all that time, all that money and all those dreams. What compounds this brokenness even further is all the media coverage of tick-borne disease and my five plus years of publicly sharing what I have personally gone through and still seeing all the hurdles that patients are continuing to go through. Where tick-borne disease is concerned, we have a broken system. “A search for truth seems to me to be full of pitfalls. We all have different understandings of what truth is, and we'll each believe - or we are in danger of each believing - that our truth is the one and only absolute truth, which is why I say it's full of pitfalls.” ~ Jocelyn Bell Burnell PITFALL #1: Physician Knowledge Knowledge and experience are all over the map and each provider thinks that they are right, to the point of argu18

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ing with their patients and other providers. Unreliable diagnostic tools are still being used because most medical providers think that they can use one test. WRONG! Each tick-borne disease has its own test and its own treatment. The ELISA and Western Blot tests are only looking at one strain of Borrelia (Lyme Disease) and we have multiple strains here in Maine alone. We also have other tick-borne diseases that initially present a certain way and so married with the idea of a tick bite (or the presence of a tick bite), patients and providers automatically think, “it’s Lyme Disease!”. Did you know that Relapsing Fever is here in Maine and it looks like Lyme and it acts like Lyme, but the test is always negative? So, some providers will treat and others will not, and all the while the patient remains sick with a tick-borne infection staring them in the face that no one can give name to. Everyday, I speak with patients on the phone and by email, asking me if they are on the right track or begging me to connect them with a Lyme provider who won’t argue with them and who will treat their infection properly. It may come as a shock to some readers but not all medical providers are knowledgeable where

tick-borne disease is concerned. What is disturbing is how varied the treatment protocols are even amid science that disputes outdated protocols that doctors today continue to follow. PITFALL #2: What Are You Treating? If you don’t know what you have, how can your provider possibly treat it and treat it adequately? Doctors are giving their patients a one-size-fits-all treatment. WRONG! Do you know how many patients have reached out to me over the past 5 years and told me that they were initially not clinically diagnosed with Lyme Disease because they had a negative test? And since then, other symptoms have arose and once they were connected to a Lyme Literate provider, co-infections were discovered, diagnosed and treated and they got better. “If they are not looking for it, they won’t see it” ~ Dr Charles Ray Jones, leading pediatric lyme specialist PITFALL #3: This Is What You Have But You Can’t Afford To Treat It Here it is, in a nutshell. Insurance companies get their information on how to treat from various governing entities (I’m not going to lay blame on one single group) and if the medical provider

tries to operate outside those boundaries claims are denied. Claims are repeatedly denied to the point where the patient pays out of pocket until they can’t. Then treatment stops or they self-medicate in whatever manner they can afford, both of which is unacceptable because it leads to dire consequences. PITFALL #4: There Is No Test That Proves That You Are Better This statement is not going to be well received however it needs to be said. Any provider that runs a follow up ELISA or WB immediately following an antibiotic regime does not fully understand tickborne disease. The ELISA and WB are antibody tests. Antibiotics suppress your immune system and therefore, antibodies can not be made. So, an antibody blood test immediately following a round of antibiotics will almost always produce a negative result even in the presence of an active tick-borne infection. Early infection, as early as 48-hours post tick bite, require a PCR test (like a DNA test) that will detect the most miniscule cell of infection. Medical Diagnostic Labs (MDL) offers both the PCR test as well as the antibody test that I highly recommend at the 6-8-week mark (without antibiotic use). Most Lyme literate providers offer these tests. MDL accepts

all insurances including Mainecare and Medicare. As a patient, you have the right to determine where your bloodwork goes, so when suspecting a tick-borne disease you want it to go to a lab that has over 20-years-experience dealing with tickborne infection. I still stand with Igenex as the gold star standard for testing but where finances are concerned, MDL is the second best and by accepting all insurances, the most reliable and affordable test. PITFALL #5: You Won’t Get It Until You Get It The meaning behind that is, you won’t fully understand how devastating a tick-borne disease can be until you experience it first hand as a patient or caregiver. The many misdiagnoses, the treatments that fail to get you better, the denial letters from your insurance company refusing to pay for treatment that is needed, the arguing with your spouse on how you’re going to afford treatment, and the loss of support from friends and family. These are the realities that patients with tick-borne diseases face every day. They wake not knowing if they can make it to work, stay at work, will continue to have a job, if their medical provider will refill a prescription and if their insurance

will cover it. They wake to find relationships torn, friendships strained, their children ostracized at school and notices of collections in the mail. I know this because I hear it, every day, from patients who do not know how they will go on. But most importantly, they do not want to become a burden to their families. I know first handedly because I was there. I was on the floor. I was giving up. I had no fight left in me. This is why it has been so important to me to have this platform. To reach those I can not see with nuggets of hope, with stories of inspiration, with messages to hang on, to reach out to me. I can and will help you get connected to life saving resources because they do exist and because I speak from personal experience, that with the right supports in place, you can overcome this and that life can and will get better. Paula is the President of the MLDSE, the 2018 Co-Chair of the Access to Care Services and Patient Support subcommittee of the Federal HHS Tick-borne Disease Working Group, the Maine-partner of the national Lyme Disease Association, member of Maine’s CDC Vector-borne Workgroup and active in Maine’s Lyme legislation. You can reach her at paula@mldse.org or visit www. mldse.org. See ad on page 2.

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Lyme Disease Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education (MLDSE) Paula Jackson Jones, President & Co-Founder 4 Mills Rd (#120), Newcastle 207.446.6447 • mldse.org • info@mldse.org See article on page 18 and ad on page 2.

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