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Improving Memory Function Safely and Naturally Dr. Adam Breiner, ND

A Survivor’s Journey— The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Sharon Sklar, BFA, LMT, CAR

Midlife and Menopause: Mapping Your Path to Empowerment Erika Dworkin, BCHN

Supplement Conventional Approaches to Cancer Treatment with Safe and Natural Modalities April Beaman, RDH, CTT

Massage Improves Quality of Life as You Age Kristina E. Mozzicato, LMT, BCTMB

The Latest Non-Invasive Regenerative Therapy to Treat Chronic Injury Dr. Roshni N. Patel, MD

Health + Tools to Optimize

the Brain > 10 + Period Pain is Not Normal > 16

Finance + Your Future Health

& Wellness > 6 + How to Plan for Retirement > 8

Relationships + Transform Your

Relationships > 6 + Release Your Trauma from Past Lives > 8

Purpose +The Fragility of Life > 6 +The Rest of Your Life > 39


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CONTENTS

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BUZZ

By Dr. Adam Breiner, ND

Health 10 Tools to Optimize the Brain and Enhance Memory By Donna Bunte, MSOM, LAc

The Bridge Healing Arts Center Hosts Wellness Tech Startups at Inaugural Well4TechTM Bootcamp

12 Massage Improves Quality of Life as You Age

The Red Barn in Durham—New Earth Holistic Therapies and Art Center

14 The Latest Non-Invasive Regenerative Therapy to Treat Chronic Injury

11th Annual Health, Wellness, and Lifestyle Expo

By Kristina Mozzicato, LMT, BCTMB

By Dr. Roshni N. Patel, MD

SPOTLIGHT DR. DI’S CORNER

16 Period Pain Is Common, but Not Normal

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COMMUNITY RESOURCES

20 Midlife and Menopause: Mapping Your Path to Empowerment

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HAPPENINGS

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By Dr. Nicole Kerr, ND, LAc

By Erika Dworkin, BCHN®

34 A Survivor’s Journey—The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly By Sharon Sklar, BFA, LMT, CAR

23 Treatment for Sinusitis—without Antibiotics By Steven R. Frank

24 Supplement Conventional Approaches to Cancer with Safe and Natural Modalities By April Beaman, RDH, CTT

33 Natural Pain Relief with CBD By Jennifer Beach

Purpose 39 What Are You Doing with the Rest of Your Life? By Lauri Ingram

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“Our mission is always to help people navigate these important decisions so they can age gracefully and positively, which is now more important than ever.” —Dr. Diane Hayden, PhD

all is here, and our annual reader-nominated 10Best Awards are back! I love these awards because they bring massive awareness throughout Connecticut for holistic businesses and practitioners, and we receive amazing feedback from the winners and readers. Our 6th annual 10BEST awards are happening through September 15, and as a Natural Nutmeg reader, you have the opportunity to nominate your favorite holistic practitioner or business in the categories listed on page 38. Go to https://bit.ly/NN10BEST2022 to place your nominations by midnight September 15! Please take the time to make your nominations! Our Connecticut holistic practitioners are extremely passionate about helping their local communities, and they need you to help them bring more awareness to all the incredible natural and ecofriendly choices we have in this great state. We are proud to be the first and only reader-nominated awards exclusively for the holistic business community in Connecticut. Winners will be announced in late September via eblasts and social media. If you want to be the first to hear, please go to www.naturalnutmeg.com and sign up for our monthly eblasts, and Like Us on FB and Instagram. We will be showcasing the 10BEST in each category in a special additional issue released in December 2022. This issue will also include articles, ads, business profiles, and a holistic practitioner directory that you can keep and use for all of 2023. This month we have some fascinating articles on Healthy Aging and Natural Treatments for Cancer. This will be a wonderful resource for readers 50+ who truly want to redefine what it means to age as well as to find resources to help elderly parents. Our mission is always to help people navigate these important decisions so they can age gracefully and positively, which is now more important than ever. In addition, we just released The Essential Experience membership community delivered via a Mobile App! The Essential Experience is for people who want to be healthier, wealthier, passionate about their work, and happier in their relationships. The world needs you to be a leader in living and teaching a healthy and natural remedies lifestyle. And we’re here to help you achieve all of that in this new interactive reader and practitioner community. Here’s just a few of the amazing perks you’ll receive as a member: • Talk to the Expert: Live monthly and interactive Q&A Zoom calls with our Holistic Practitioners • Member Discounts: Exclusive products and discounts on services with our advertisers • The Essential Experience Box: Filled with eco-friendly local products shipped to you monthly • Podcasts and chronic health condition eBooks: Available only to members Please join me in this exclusive experience! Visit https://bit.ly/essentialexperience to learn more and to sign up. Wishing you health and happiness,

Dr. Diane Hayden, PhD Publisher & Owner, ELM Publishing


Our mission is to provide valuable insight, information, and resources that will allow our readers to maintain a healthy, active, sustainable lifestyle. Natural Nutmeg contains timely information on natural health, complementary and alternative medicine, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle. PUBLISHER/OWNER

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January/February • Virtual/Outdoor Training for Weight Loss • Natural Ways to Boost Fertility

March/April • Nutrition for Chronic Conditions • CBD Therapy

May/June • Remedies for Prevention of Lyme Disease • Hormone and Fertility Health for Men/Women

September/October • Healthy Aging Guide • The New Anti-Cancer Treatments

November/December • Natural Treatment for Diabetes • Remedies for Boosting Immunity

2024 10BEST/ Essential Living Guide • Alternative Treatments for Stress • Healthy Brain Function

July/August • Natural Remedies to Improve Sleep • Reducing Anxiety in Children

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H e r e ’s W h a t Natural Nutmeg Has in Store for 2023!

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The Bridge Healing Arts Center Hosts Wellness Tech Startups at Inaugural Well4Tech™ Bootcamp Jama, JetSweat, and MetaBites receive funding and support to scale up business operations.

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he Bridge Healing Arts Center, a wellness and community center ocated in Farmington, CT, and Arieli Capital, a U.S.-based holdings and investment company focused on innovation and technology, held its inaugural Well4Tech™ Bootcamp at the center. Six international and U.S.-based market-ready startups, including Elvy, JetSweat, Jama, Logos, MeNow and MetaBites, participated in the weeklong program, meeting with investors and industry leaders to help them advance their proof of concepts and market expansion. “This new venture has planted the seeds for a vibrant wellness technology hub right here in Farmington. Our event brought together investors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders from around the world,” said Yisroel Rabinowitz, Founder of the Bridge Healing Arts Center. MetaBites, an AI-based nutrition coaching platform for health systems, was selected as the overall winner during the Bootcamp’s Demo Day, receiving a year lease for office space in Hartford, $250k in funding and business development services, and $40k of Oracle cloud credit. “When I purchased this complex, I wanted to create an oasis of conventional and unconventional health and wellness practitioners. We’ve slowly found the right practitioners for this community, but felt like we could expand our vision since we’re located near so many health insurance agencies,” said Rabinowitz. “Becoming a beacon and resource for health and wellness startups seemed like the next step for this community.” Supporters, sponsors and investors of this year’s Well4Tech Bootcamp include The Bridge Healing Arts Center, Arieli Capital, Sharenett, The Jewish Federation of Connecticut, Oracle, Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, Launc[H] in Hartford, and MetroHartford Alliance. The next Well4Tech Bootcamp will be in November 2022. Apply at www.well4tech.com.

The Bridge Healing Arts Center is Connecticut’s premier healing arts destination for those seeking a state of health and mindfulness. Beyond offering wellness-inspired classes and events, the serene 26,000-square-foot complex is home to a community of over 60 wellness practitioners that offer a variety of approaches to restoring physical and mental well-being, ranging from Licensed Massage Therapists, Life and Health Coaches, Nutritionists, Hypnotists, Clinical Therapists, Reiki Masters, Reflexologists, and more. See ad on page 5 >

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The Fragility of Life James Osborne, MS, LPC, BCPC

FINANCE

Your Future Health & Wellness Nina Azwoir, First Vice Pres. of Investments

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Transform Your Relationships David Gilroy, Psy.D, LPC

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The Red Barn in Durham—New Earth Holistic Therapies and Art Center

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ur world is continuing to change rapidly. At The Red Barn, we provide mind, body, and spiritual heartbased services. As a group of like-minded practitioners, we welcome a new time in our world where collaboration and heart-based living is possible for our present and our future. We are now offering: • Psychotherapy and Counseling, in office and telehealth sessions. We now have several new therapists and an addictions counselor. • The Earthly Goddess Studio, offering various art classes including clay work. Art is magic, creative expression is transforming and vital, especially now with anxiety and stress being experienced by so many of us. Art heals. • A variety of healers and healing, including an acupuncturist/doctor of Oriental medicine, an astrologer, a dreamwork practitioner, three massage therapists, several energy workers, Wuji Gong, Qigong, ongoing Reiki training and sessions, shamanic practitioners, a Chinese medicine practitioner, a reflexologist, yoga teachers, and a health coach. • Weekly sound healing and meditation, in-house readers and mediums, and herbalism classes. • The Borrowed Time Emporium and the Soulshine Salt Cavern. • Psychic/Vendor Fairs will continue to happen quarterly through the year.

The Red Barn in Durham is here to help make the passage to the New Earth. Vote for us for 10BEST Holistic Center in Natural Nutmeg’s 2022 10BEST awards!

Janice Juliano, MSW, LCSW is Manager and Director of the Vision of The Red Barn in Durham. Sign up for our bi-monthly newsletter for information about new offerings and classes. Email janmjuliano@yahoo.com, call 860.559.6151, or visit www.theredbarnindurham.


2022 Editorial Calendar November/December

11th Annual Health Wellness & Lifestyle Expo 2022

with special thanks to Stamford Health, Exclusive Healthcare Partner September 10 at Harbor Point, Stamford, CT GO • GATHER • GROW

The Health Wellness & Lifestyle Expo is created and produced by TMK Event Marketing, based in Greenwich, CT. For more information about the HWL Expo 2022, exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, please contact TMK Event Marketing at 203-531-3047 or email, tamara@tmk-eventmarketing.com. To register online visit, www.hwl-expos.com/cart For more information, visit www.HWL-Expos.com Location: 1 Harbor Point Rd, Stamford, CT. Please like us and follow us on Instagram @HWLEXPO and Facebook.com/hwlexpo. See ad on page 9 >

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he 11th Annual Health Wellness & Lifestyle Expo 2022, with special thanks to Stamford Health, Exclusive Healthcare Partner, returns Saturday, September 10, from 10 am–6 pm to Harbor Point, Stamford’s beautiful waterfront community. Parking and admission are free. This year’s family-and-pet-friendly event is jam-packed with an exciting variety of exhibitors showcasing and selling health and wellness products and services. A highlight of the HWL Expo is the schedule of free fitness classes, including “Dance It Out” with the always entertaining Billy Blanks, Jr. The eight zones of the expo will showcase pet wellness; yoga and stretching; dance and fitness; healthy food and beverages, including eco-friendly wine, spirits, and craft beers; a demo zone; and a kids’ zone featuring face-painting, games, educational activities, and live reindeer, thanks to Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses (home of the Greenwich Reindeer Festival), who will be at the event showcasing container gardens and many other beautiful shrubs and flowers for a healthy home and garden. Stamford Health, HWL Expo’s Exclusive Healthcare Partner, will feature a variety of informative services, including programs from Sarner Health and Fitness Institute, stroke care led by Stamford Health’s Neurosciences, heart health and CPR instruction with their Heart and Vascular Team, and fun with the HAHA’s, volunteer Health and Humor Associates who spread joy and laughter to patients of all ages. Grade A ShopRite, Support Sponsor, will offer express nutrition consultations with their registered dietitians, live healthy cooking demonstrations, and a raffle to win a gift basket of Grade A ShopRite’s Bowl & Basket healthy foods. The beneficiary for this year’s event is Lift It Forward, in conjunction with Chelsea Piers Athletic Club. Lift It Forward brings together trainers, coaches, athletes, and fitness enthusiasts for a friendly competition of fitness challenges that will raise funds for Ukraine Charities.

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SPOTLIGHT

Mica DeSantis—Life Sketching

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he conception journey is a complex and personal one and can be a struggle for many women. For far too long, the focus for a solution has been on the medical aspects. I, on the other hand, offer my clients a non-invasive approach to “unexplained infertility.” Allowing the journey to be experienced from an energetic perspective, I foster the experience of focusing on connecting with the “soul baby”: the baby destined to be part of your family, regardless if they come to you biologically, through IVF, IUI, surrogate, or adoption. With my background as a Reiki Master, Shamanic Practitioner, and Sound Healer, I recognize and align areas that may be causing blocks. I am an intuitive who connects with soul babies to receive and share messages and signs. I work from an energetic and soul perspective. My goal is to help women shift from struggling to conceive to an “empowered conception.”

Why are you passionate about your specialty, and what sets you apart from other practitioners?

My personal journey took me from a successful corporate career down a path of a frightening health diagnosis (multiple sclerosis) that forced me to change my entire life. The bright side of this shocking news opened my world up to remember my connection with the universe. When I conceived my own two baby boys, my intuitive ability to connect with soul babies and spiritual guides was re-ignited. My own healing journey helped me realize that I needed to support others who are scared, sick, stuck, or have forgotten their own power.

Tell us about the best memory you have about being a holistic practitioner.

My favorite moment as a practitioner is when my clients call me to tell me they are pregnant, adopting, having their soul baby via surrogate, or have made peace with their journey in general. The most recent “best memory” is when a client who’d had eight miscarriages chose to work with me as a last resort, which resulted in bringing in their destined baby. Bringing light babies into the world is my purpose. Mica DeSantis • Life Sketching • Energy Healer, Conception Catalyst Weston, CT • 203.517.7674 • mica@lifesketching.com www.lifesketching.com • Insta: @micablaise • FB: Life Sketching

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How to Plan for Retirement Dana R. Mascalo, CFP®, RLP®, AAMS®, C(k)P®

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Release Your Trauma from Past Lives Eilis Philpott

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Cindy Weschler— Proactive Pediatrics, LLC

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s an Integrative Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide holistic care to children and families bridging the gap between traditional and conventional medicine through a proactive approach to wellness. Guiding parents through the challenges of parenthood is an important part of the process. I have been caring for children and their families since 1990.

Why are you passionate about your specialty?

The children are our future and it is crucial that parents are guided in the right direction to build a strong foundation for optimal growth and development for their kids.

What sets you apart from other practitioners in the holistic nutrition field?

My focus is on gut health and mental wellness, the root of overall health and well-being. Components of care are structured around genetics, nutrition, lifestyle factors, alternative therapies, and science-based supplementation.

What is the best memory you have about being a holistic nutritionist?

I have so many wonderful memories of the hugs and thank yous I have received from my patients and the parents for being a part of their lives and the difference I have made, for listening, being nonjudgmental, supportive, and compassionate.

What do you like most about being a part of Natural Nutmeg?

Being part of Natural Nutmeg allows me to connect with other like-minded practitioners and enables me to reach potential clients who are looking for a more holistic approach to medicine. Cindy Weschler • Proactive Pediatrics, LLC Integrative Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Stamford, CT • 203.671.3630 www.proactivepeds.com


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efore my new business, Vitathena Wellness, I owned the Manchester Parkade Health Shoppe, nutrition specialists trusted since 1956, for 12 years. Through Vitathena Wellness, my new store without walls, I continue to offer nutrition consultations to empower my clients to address a wide range of health issues with dietary and lifestyle changes. I also offer over 14,000 natural products in my online natural dispensary.

Why are you passionate about your specialty?

Throughout my life, I have witnessed people heal from tailored holistic regimens. I care deeply about the general well-being of the members of our greater community.

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What sets you apart from other practitioners in the holistic nutrition field?

I have lifelong experience with both natural and Western medicine. Following in the footsteps of my mentor, Michael Dworkin, PD, CCN, a licensed clinical nutritionist with a doctorate in pharmacy, I offer personalized, evidence-based guidance that incorporates various healing modalities. Conditions I assess include hormonal imbalances, pain and inflammation, systemic yeast overgrowth, obesity, stress/anxiety, depression, and immunity.

What is the best memory you have about being a holistic nutritionist?

I have empowered thousands to live more vibrantly, so it is difficult to select just one. It was gratifying to learn that one client no longer struggled with severe menopausal hot flashes and that another’s IBS symptoms subsided.

Erika Dworkin, BCHN® • Vitathena Wellness Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition Wellness Guide, Generations of Holistic Guidance Sycamore Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033 (Office Hours by Request) 860.646.8178 • www.vitathenawellness.com Shop: www.wellevate.me/vitathenawellness

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s we age, brain health and memory become a major concern for many of us. The good news is, there are many things we can do to help keep our brain vital. Practicing certain exercises, using herbs and supplements, getting quality sleep, and eating a healthy diet are some of the most important things we can do to enhance the memory and optimize the brain.

Qigong

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10 “Getting regular, quality sleep and eating a healthy diet are the most important things we can do on a daily basis to keep our memory and brain function at optimal levels.” —Donna Bunte, MSOM, LAc

Qigong is an ancient form of exercise encompassing slow movement, massage of acupuncture pathways, and breathing exercises. We have energy pathways throughout our whole body, including on our scalp. By stimulating the pathways that connect to the brain, we can remove energetic blockages and increase blood flow and oxygen to the brain. The following are a few brain-stimulating exercises to do on your own. These exercises are excellent for memory, cognition, and preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s, as well as to treat post-stroke symptoms.

1. Comb through your hair from front to back with your fingertips to stimulate the scalp and cranial acupuncture points. 2. Tap with all ten fingers on the front of the forehead to simulate the frontal lobe. 3. Place both thumbs at the back of your head, feeling for tight and tender spots. Press and massage these points along the ligaments next to the cervical spine. Keeping these points as well as muscles and ligaments open increases blood flow and thus oxygen to the brain. 4. Bring the arms up over head, tap your fingers at the crown of your head, then slowly bring your hands down in front of your face a few inches away, visualizing all the stress leaving your brain and body and sending it to the earth.

5. Pinch and squeeze your earlobes. The ears are a microcosm of the whole body, especially the brain. The acupuncture/acupressure points on the earlobes are used for trauma, stress, and addiction and are used in hospitals and trauma centers around the country. 6. Rotate your body to the left and right, tapping your sides as you swing your arms. By opening up the spine, we are unblocking the energy and sending blood flow up and down the spine and to the brain. 7. Deep breathing from the chest to the lower abdomen stimulates the vagus nerve, which connects the brain to the heart, stomach, colon, and other organs. This can help calm the brain in times of excess stress and over-production of cortisol.

Herbs and Supplements for Brain Health 1. Ginkgo Biloba Ginkgo biloba is one of the best brain herbal supplements available. It has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of years. Gingko has been shown to lower the stress hormone cortisol which helps create a relaxed and focused state of mind. 2. Bacopa Bacopa monnieri is an herb that has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. It helps with memory and brain function and works by increasing the connections between neurons.

3. Panax Ginseng and Rhodiola Rosea Panax ginseng and Rhodiola rosea are adaptogenic herbs that are often found together in herbal formulas. They have both been shown to relieve stress, increase energy, reduce brain fog, improve sleep, and bring a calming effect to the mind.


Our brains function best when we are calm and focused, which allows us to access our memory functions and cognition optimally.

4. Omega-3 Fish Oil with EPA/DHA These ingredients in fish oil have been shown to improve brain function. EPA is known for improving mood and reducing inflammation, while DHA is the fatty acid that helps improve brain development and cognitive function. 5. Lion’s Mane Mushroom This powerful mushroom, Hericium erinaceus, may protect against dementia, reduce mild symptoms of anxiety and depression, and help repair nerve damage. In studies, lion’s mane mushrooms have also been shown to have strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune-boosting qualities among other beneficial properties.

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an effective treatment for optimizing brain function. It is used to keep the energetic, neurological, and vascular pathways to the brain open, as well as helping to regenerate brain function in cases of dementia and for post-stroke sequelea.

Other Ways to Take Care of Your Mind

Donna Bunte, MSOM, LAc, of Donna Bunte Whole Health is a licensed acupuncturist, Chinese medical practitioner, integrative nutrition health coach, and qigong and meditation teacher. She has been helping people get healthy, have more energy, and feel good about themselves since 1995. Donna can be reached at her office at 203.698.0793, cell at 203.253.9885, or email health@donnabunte.com. Visit www.donnabunte.com and find her on Facebook at facebook.com/donnabuntewholehealth and Instagram at instagram.com/ donnabuntewholehealth/. See ad on page 31 >

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Getting regular, quality sleep and eating a healthy diet are the most important things we can do on a daily basis to keep our memory and brain function at optimal levels. Getting enough regular sleep allows our brain and body to restore and heal overnight. And feeding our body with the cleanest, healthiest food possible is vital, since food is our energy and turns into our very cells. Avoiding processed foods, sugar, additives, preservatives, excess alcohol, chemicals, and pesticides is key to allowing our body to function optimally. The more we include a variety of organic vegetables in a balanced diet of healthy fish, legumes, and healthy fats and protein, the healthier our body and brain will be, so we can live to a vibrant old age.


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Massage Improves Quality of Life as You Age

By Kristina E. Mozzicato, LMT, BCTMB

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mericans are living longer, healthier, and more active lives than ever before. Specifically, the 65 and older population reached just under 50 million, and it is projected to increase to around 98 million by 2060. Whether you regularly work out at the gym or lead a more sedentary lifestyle, massage therapy should be a regular part of your self-care. Massage therapy can be beneficial at any age, and in particular is very beneficial for the geriatric population. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), advanced medical research, health care improvements, and our medical communities’ support for physical activity all play a dominant role in the increasing significance of healthy aging. But there is also a cross-generational effort to make our golden years count by initiating healthy habits sooner rather than later. According to Mintel research, more than 55% of Americans reported living a healthier lifestyle in 2017 in comparison to 2016, and 45% stated that they made “dramatic changes to improve their health.”

Keep on Moving

It is so important to keep our bodies moving every day. Physical activity not only strengthens our muscles and our joints, but also improves our mood. In our 30s, we begin to lose muscle mass and function. Decades of sitting at a desk on a regular basis can result in tight pectoral muscles and weak back muscles, causing a muscle imbalance. Therapeutic massage can enhance muscular health, improve posture

holding patterns, and keep us actively headed toward healthy aging. Recent scientific research on aging and disease has included geriatric massage as a way to benefit the aging population. This type of massage uses gentle massage techniques and light stretching without excessive friction on the skin. It is non-invasive and gentle. For seniors, mature skin contains less moisture and is more susceptible to bruising and tearing with standard massage. Geriatric massage instead uses soothing, gentle strokes and mild stretching, and sessions are usually shorter, lasting about 30 minutes. Research has shown that older people living with chronic conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease, respond positively to a weekly 30-minute massage. Also, massage has therapeutic benefits in the treatment of Alzheimer’s patients because it promotes relaxation and facilitates communication. Geriatric patients frequently complain of joint stiffness and arthritis. The resulting pain can severely limit a senior’s mobility. Not being able to move easily and enjoy everyday activities can increase feelings of helplessness, aggravation, and depression in older patients. As a result, they have poor circulation and limited physical capability. Receiving regular massages soothes joint stiffness, lowers blood pressure, alleviates arthritis pain, increases range of motion in joints, improves posture, improves muscle tone and strength, and even helps with balance. Even gentle massage has a proven effect on blood circulation and the nervous system.


Research on massage therapy for pain, conducted by the Samueli Institute in 2016 and commissioned by the Massage Therapy Foundation (with support from the American Massage Therapy Association), concluded that massage therapy is a viable recommendation for pain management. Therapeutic massage also stimulates lymphatic flow, thereby strengthening the immune system.

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Kristina Mozzicato is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork by the NCBTMB. A 2009 graduate of the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, she is also certified in Cupping and ACE MediCupping™. Kristina is the owner of Abundant Health Massage Therapy & Wellness in Farmington, CT and was named a 2020 and 2021 Natural Nutmeg Magazine 10 Best Award recipient in the category of Massage and Bodywork. For more information and convenient online booking, please visit: www.abundanthealthct.com.

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In addition to physical ailments, advanced age can lead to mental ailments. Depression, anxiety, and loneliness are all common mental health problems in the elderly. Geriatric massage can be a comforting and relaxing experience, while helping with stress relief and better quality of sleep. Human touch is very important and powerful—especially in our later years. Massage therapy is a great way to experience the therapeutic benefits of touch and to help combat those other negative emotions. Touch reduces blood pressure, creates bonds with others, reduces anxiety, and generally makes people feel happier. Sadly, many seniors find that they have fewer opportunities to engage in touch as they age. Massage is a wonderful way to fulfill our need for touch. Seniors report feeling less depressed and having a more positive outlook on life following a massage. Not only does massage ease muscle and joint pain, it also reduces stress, which often increases in old age. Geriatric massage can help to maintain and improve overall health, as well as regain certain physical functions that have been reduced or lost due to aging. Age is just a number. An elderly person can be fit, active, and independent; they can be sedentary, in pain, with limited mobility, or they may be somewhere in between. Massage therapy has been shown to improve the quality of life—both physically and mentally—for all types of people.

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“The simplest way to describe PRP therapy is a reallocation of your body’s natural resources. We are extracting plateletrich plasma from your blood, where the resources are plentiful, and they are injected into an injury site, where they are scarce and desperately needed. PRP is utilizing your natural healing process and making it as efficient as possible.” —Dr. Roshni N. Patel, MD

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egenerative medicine is the wave of the future. It is the process of replacing or “regenerating” human cells, tissues, or organs to restore or establish normal function. This field holds the promise of regenerating damaged tissues, ligaments, and tendons by stimulating the body’s own repair mechanisms to heal. Current estimates indicate that approximately one in three Americans could potentially benefit from regenerative medicine.

What Is Regenerative Injection Therapy?

Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT) is a minimally invasive injection procedure that stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanisms to repair damaged ligaments and tendons using organic substances such as blood plasma. RIT includes prolotherapy, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection therapy, and other injections that help regenerate tissues. RIT is not a new technique. The concept of irritating tissue to promote healing dates as far back as the ancient Greeks. Hippocrates treated Olympic javelin throwers with unstable shoulders by touching what he described as a “slender hot iron” to the ligaments holding the shoulder joint together. The heat would irritate the ligament capsule, causing it to tighten up. (Interestingly, modern-day orthopedic surgeons use heat probes and lasers to do the same thing surgically!) Prolotherapy was used in France to treat hernias before modern surgical techniques became available. The techniques we use today were developed in the 1930s by G.S. Hackett, MD, a surgeon from Ohio, along with other MDs and DOs. Hackett coined the term “prolotherapy” because his initial work demonstrated that the new tissue laid down during the healing process was new healthy tissue, not scar tissue.

What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection?

Your blood is comprised of red and white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. The plasma in your blood is extremely efficient at carrying nutrients, hormones, and other regenerative factors all throughout the body, while at the same time removing waste. It is an essential part of the body’s regenerative process that often gets overlooked. Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a procedure in which a sample of your blood is taken and the plasma is isolated by centrifugation (using inertia to separate the blood into its individual components). This process enables the plasma to concentrate and become saturated with regenerative platelets. Once it has been isolated, PRP can be injected directly into injury sites using precision image-guidance systems. Once the plasma has been injected, the concentrated platelets can begin supplementing cellular regeneration. Platelets are naturally saturated with compounds known as growth factors. Essentially, they contain many of the necessary components needed to repair or replace damaged tissues in the body. Your body already utilizes this regenerative method, just on a slower, less effective scale. The simplest way to describe PRP therapy is a reallocation of your body’s natural resources. We are extracting platelet-rich plasma from your blood, where the resources are plentiful, and they are injected into an injury site, where they are scarce and desperately needed. PRP is utilizing your natural healing process and making it as efficient as possible.

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and wear. We use platelet-rich plasma injections to stimulate cellular regeneration. The most common injuries we treat using PRP are as follows: • Osteoarthritis and joint pain • Rotator cuff injuries • Shoulder pain and instability • Tennis and golfer’s elbow • Hamstring and hip strains • Knee sprains and instability • Patellofemoral syndrome and patellar tendinosis • Ankle sprains • Achilles tendinosis and plantar fasciitis • Neck, mid-back, and lower back pain • Sports injuries, sprains, strains, and tears Once you have completed a consultation with a specialist, we can pinpoint the source of your pain and use enhanced image-guidance tools to ensure the plasma is delivered directly into the injury site. This allows for the highest potency of platelets to be exposed to the damaged tissues, providing the building blocks for cellular regeneration. The Center of Excellence in Pain and Regenerative Medicine is a leading provider of quality regenerative medical procedures that provide lasting results for repair and rejuvenation. Using only the most innovative and cutting-edge technologies and therapies, our experts offer a higher standard of care to patients suffering from joint pain, back pain, the signs of aging, and more. Established in 2019, our main goal is to provide regenerative medicine and concierge-based pain medicine. We aim to make a difference in the way we practice medicine by spending the extra time to educate, heal, and care for our patients.

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Period Pain Is Common,

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very day, more than 300 million people menstruate in the U.S., and every month, more than 1.8 billion people menstruate worldwide. The average female will menstruate once a month for roughly 35 to 40 years. That’s approximately 3,000 days—equating to more than 8 years’ worth—of periods during a lifetime. The population that menstruates can experience many unwanted symptoms each month, which can interfere with basic daily living and functioning.

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Dysmenorrhea, better known as painful menstrual bleeding, affects more than fifty percent of cycling females in their lifetime, with some

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estimates suggesting up to 84%. Days of missed school or work due to painful menstruation affects between 32–40% of cycling females. Decreased productivity for those going to work while experiencing pain is as much as 33%, resulting in a mean of 8.9 days of total lost productivity per year. The largest study of productivity and menstrual complaints that has been performed demonstrated that the stigma of missing work/school due to menstrual complaints led up to 79.9% of absent females to not disclose the true reason for missing school or work. Such common complaints in such a large population should be discussed openly and without shame. There are two types of dysmenorrhea, primary and secondary.

SECONDARY DYSMENORRHEA

Onset shortly after menarche

Onset any time after first menstrual bleed, typically after 25 years of age

Lower pelvic or abdominal pain, associated with onset of flow and last 8–72 hours

Complaints change in time of pain onset during menstrual cycle or in intensity of pain

Back and thigh pain, headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting may be present

Other gynecological symptoms, heavy flow, painful intercourse, may be present

No abnormal findings on examination

Pelvic abnormalities on examination

Prostaglandins most common cause

Common causes: Endometriosis, uterine fibroids, adenomyosis, endometrial polyps, pelvic inflammatory disease, cervical stenosis, use of intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUD)


In the average female, primary dysmenorrhea decreases in severity as the female becomes older and after childbirth, whereas in secondary dysmenorrhea the pain worsens as the female ages and often has anatomical abnormalities or changes to the reproductive organs.

What’s Causing Those Cramps?

Today’s modern American living, with our diets of highly processed and low-nutrient foods, high stress with little sleep, and unavoidable exposure to toxic environmental chemicals, such as endocrine disruptors, all play a role in increasing your inflammation. Preventing an uncontrolled inflammatory process is the best way to alleviate pain and cramps during menstruation, allowing for fewer missed school/work days and improved productivity when work is required during the monthly time of blood loss.

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Prostaglandins are the primary cause of pain or cramps experienced during the menstrual flow. Prostaglandins are hormone-like lipids present in the uterine cells that cause the uterus to contract to help shed the lining each month. The lining is the flow you experience and as you rid the uterus of the lining, you are decreasing your prostaglandin levels as well. This process thereby produces potential debilitating cramps at the onset of your flow that improve as the menses lessens in blood flow. Prostaglandins are involved in inflammation and pain response starting at ovulation and as they increase, the force of the contractions increases on the uterine lining until the lining is shed. This explains why some menstruating people experience cramps and spotting from ovulation until seven days into the bleed. The more inflammatory prostaglandins you have, the worse your cramps can be felt. You need prostaglandins for proper functioning reproduction health—it is when and how much is produced that starts to cause problems. Unfortunately, if you are shutting down the prostaglandin pathway with frequent or high-dose medications like NSAIDs due to unwanted symptoms after ovation, you may also be decreasing fertilization and implantation success rates. The correct balance of inflammatory (prostaglandin 2) and anti-inflammatory (prostaglandins 1 and 3) prostaglandins are needed for proper fertilization and implantation, and to prevent debilitating cramps and other unwanted symptoms. Prostaglandins are so powerful that manufactured prostaglandins are used medically to induce labor at the end of pregnancy or an abortion. This emphasizes the importance of a balanced inflammatory process in the menstruating population.

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“Addressing cramps holistically, before disrupting the delicate reproductive system with aggressive synthetic chemicals, can greatly improve your symptoms.” —Dr. Nicole Kerr, ND, LAc

As previously noted, an inflammatory process is necessary for proper functioning reproductive health. Keep that in mind when considering treatment for younger menstruating people. From a clinical perspective, we are seeing more and worsening complaints in long term NSAID, oral contraception, and IUD users who are now trying to conceive in adulthood. The success of conventional medicine practice comes from halting the inflammatory process in its tracks to help stop negative symptoms from being experienced. This works great for some, and may cause detrimental concerns such as stomach ulcers or ovulatory issues in others. Examples of conventional treatment include: • Paracetamol, aspirin, NSAIDs to reduce cyclo-oxgenase (COX2) pathway thus inhibiting prostaglandin production. Short-term NSAID use, 5–14 days, have been shown to cause fertility problems, gastric bleeding, and heart attack in women. • Oral contraceptives to inhibit ovulation. • Levonorgestrel IUD to prevent uterine lining thickening. Note that non-hormonal IUDs may result in cramps/pain and may need to be removed to resolve symptoms.

Healthy Alternatives for Menstrual Pain Relief

Holistic medicine success comes from correcting the cause of high prostaglandins, potential nutrient deficiencies, and hormone imbalances, not just stopping the process from happening. Consider starting with the following suggestions if you are not interested in the possible detriment that conventional treatments may create. • Diet: High-fiber, plant-based, Mediterranean style eating. Minimally processed foods. Avoid fatty foods, carbonated beverages, salty or sugary foods, alcohol, and caffeine altogether or as you near your bleed time to reduce excessive prostaglandin production. Caffeine increases vasoconstriction in the blood vessels of the uterus, creating more pain. • Lifestyle: Reduce exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals by removing harsh feminine products, household cleaners, paints, herbicides, pesticides, antibiotics, plastics in form of phthalates and other toxins that leach into our foods from packaging and plastics, and personal care products. Do not microwave in plastic—a study has shown significant reduction in pain for college-aged females when they stopped microwaving with plastic. • Exercise: Release of endorphins and increased blood flow to the reproductive organs during moderate exercise naturally reduces pain signals such that medication was reduced or eliminated, according to a recent study.

• Omega-3: Balances the production of antiinflammatory prostaglandin 1 and 3 with the inflammatory prostaglandin 2. Eat more deepand cold-water fish, flaxseeds, nuts, and seeds, and less processed omega-6 foods, including sunflower, corn, soybean, and cottonseed oils. • TENS: Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) can be an at-home therapy to reduce pain signals from being sent to the brain while improving blood flow. • Acupuncture: Shown to reduce inflammatory markers and improve blood flow to uterus, helping to alleviate menstrual pain. • Yoga: Cat-Cow, Child’s, Plank, Cobra poses help relieve cramps. • Sacral chakra balancing. • Stress reduction with proper sleep habits. • Heat: Using a heating pad on your abdomen or lower back helps relieve pain from menstrual cramps. • Topical magnesium gel or castor oil packs on the abdomen help relieve cramping. • Nutrients: Vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, manganese, boron, zinc, phosphorus, vitamins B1, B6, and D have all been associated with reduced menstrual pain. • Herbals: Curcumin, chamomile tea, fennel seeds, cinnamon, ginger (as effective as ibuprofen), pycnogenol, dill (as effective as mefenamic acid), green papaya, cramp bark, motherwort, valerian, dong quai. • Essential oils with massage: Lavender, peppermint, rose, and fennel can reduce pain, especially if massaged into the abdomen. This is not an exhaustive list of options, and you should always seek the guidance of a medical professional before starting anything new. Experiencing menstrual cramps should not reduce your ability to attend work or school or make you ashamed to say why you missed these activities. Addressing cramps holistically, before disrupting the delicate reproductive system with aggressive synthetic chemicals, can greatly improve your symptoms. Future generations deserve better guidance in preventing and treating menstrual complaints, especially when considering overall long-term reproductive health.

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“Considerable research shows significant variation across cultures in the menopausal experience… literature shows that neither biological nor social factors alone are sufficient to explain the variation in experiences of the menopausal transition… The variation in women’s experience of menopause indicates that different cultural groups of women may have different understandings and needs during the menopausal transition.” — BMC Womens Health 2012 Dec 12; 12:43. Menopause and the influence of culture: another gap for Indigenous Australian women?

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t is truly unfortunate, and even demeaning to women, that American culture defines menopause as a time of loss—loss of fertility, youthful skin, emotional stability, hair, bone density, physical comfort, libido, and more. What if relabeling menopause as an exciting rite of passage could spark a change in our culture and in this predominantly negative experience for many women in our country? Modifying your beliefs around this major life change, truly embracing the experience, can be the precursor to additional significant positive life changes. These shifts in your consciousness can make the path to an empowered menopause easier to implement and will enable you to create your future as you wish it to be.

What IS Menopause, Exactly?

Menopause is the point in time twelve months after you have your last period when your ovaries stop releasing fertile eggs due to their reduced production of estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen levels drop 40–60% (the ovaries, adrenal glands, and body fat continue to make it), but progesterone levels can drop to near zero in some women, causing estrogen dominance. In most women, menopause occurs around age 51, but it can set in as early as age 40. Perimenopause, also known as the menopausal transition, consists of the years leading up to menopause when you begin to experience changes in your monthly cycle. During that four-to-seven-year period, possibly even as many as twelve years, you might experience a mix of the symptoms listed below. Postmenopause begins after the 12-month point of menopause. In most women symptoms tend to subside, but they become more vulnerable to heart and bone diseases, diabetes, obesity, cognitive decline, depression, and cancer. Declining gland function is the root cause of menopause. With the ovaries, the hypothalamus,

pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands begin to produce lower amounts of hormones, which in turn negatively affects the nervous system. Genetics, age, diet, lifestyle, and environmental factors impact the time of onset. Surgical removal of the ovaries, or uterus and cervix (hysterectomy), chemotherapy, and drugs designed to shut down ovarian estrogen production, can induce menopause.

The Physical Effects of Menopause

The physical aspects of peri/menopause can be very challenging, but not all women experience the transition to the Age of Wisdom the same. Some of your friends may have very few symptoms, while you and others might feel like you’re falling apart. You may experience more than you can handle as your fat cells change, your body begins to use energy differently, and your shape and physical functions take on burdensome, unrecognizable characteristics. You might suffer: • fatigue/sleep deprivation • hot flashes/night sweats • brain lapses • cardiovascular changes • breast tenderness and increased belly fat • extreme or unpredictable irritability or depression • occasional incontinence (especially when sneezing or laughing, yikes!) • urinary tract infections • excess dryness that interferes with intimacy and ages skin Exciting news! The five essential steps below will make a real difference in the frequency and degree with which you experience menopausal symptoms and can empower you to celebrate them as portents to an exciting rebirth. You will transform into a Menopause Goddess as you reshape your consciousness, balance your hormones, achieve emotional equilibrium, and meet your future self.


Step 1: Adopt a New Positive Viewpoint What you believe and focus on daily will create your reality. Finding the positivity in what your future life may hold can positively impact your health and make all the difference in what you will experience in your life in general. As difficult as it may sound, it is critical to resolve that the wonderment of your life’s next phase will define you, rather than any past losses or difficulties. As a Source being, you have the power to change your beliefs, decide not to play victim to your physical and other challenges, be patient with your body and yourself, and label yourself growing rather than aging. Ask yourself, “Who do I want to become?” and “What do I want my life to be?” Then, begin to move toward that vision of your future self. Every step toward self-realization matters.

Step 4: Add Supportive, High-Quality Supplements Many high-quality dietary supplements can fill in the gaps where diet modification and lifestyle changes fail to fully address the challenging midlife change. In the right doses and combinations, these include:

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Step 3: Change Your Diet and Make Other Lifestyle Changes Adopting an alkaline-modified-keto diet moderates menopausal symptoms and therefore can greatly enhance the midlife experience. This whole-foods program calls for limited sugar and simple carbs, eliminating alcohol, unlimited lowstarch vegetables, moderate intake of healthy proteins, and ample amounts of healthy fats. Developing an understanding of your genetic code can also empower you to further reduce your menopausal symptoms and even reverse multiple health conditions. Other supportive lifestyle choices include getting optimal amounts of sleep and water, reducing exposure to environmental toxins, quitting smoking, and minimizing engagement in toxic relationships.

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Step 2: Learn to Cope Better with Other Life Stressors It is well-established that actual and perceived negative stressors exacerbate the impact of menopausal symptoms. When your body, in response to stress, favors producing extra adrenaline and cortisol over estrogen and progesterone, that process can cause very difficult physiological, emotional, and psychological challenges. How you cope with life’s many twists and turns can greatly determine how your body will react. Some self-help stress management tools include daily stretching, yoga, journaling, exercising, tai chi, deep breathing, meditation, and prayer.

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• Maca (Lepidium peruvianum): Stimulates production of progesterone and estradiol. • Black cohosh (especially with St. John’s wort): Boosts serotonin to combat mood swings; relieves hot flashes/night sweats, insomnia, and body aches. • Silexan lavender: Boosts serotonin; reduces tension, anxiety, stress, and hot flashes. • Standardized progesterone cream: Restores normal physiologic levels of bioavailable progesterone. • Peppermint/clary sage essential oils: Relieve hot flashes/night sweats.

Step 5: Explore Energy Medicine Options Physical changes are not the only shifts that occur during menopause. Significant underlying imbalances also arise in the energy centers (chakras) of the body. Among other benefits, energy medicine (EM) can: • support healthy regulation of stress, hormones, circulation, and circadian rhythm. • remove from the body toxins and impeding energies. EM options include reiki, acupuncture, Bowen therapy, magnet and light therapies, and acupuncture. As you map your midlife and menopause path to health, wholeness, and empowerment, be patient with your body and kind to yourself. Have confidence that you’re transitioning into the part of your life when the experience, awareness, wisdom, healing, and growth you have earned with blood, sweat, and tears will mold you into your amazing future self. It’s time for the boundless part of your journey, for you to begin without reservation to serve the world in your unique way with your new power, optimism, and love. To read more about this topic, contact Erika in November to get a copy of her chapter in the 25 practitioners’ collaborative book, The Energy Medicine Solution: Mind Blowing Results to Live Your Extraordinary Life.

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Glad you asked. The problem is two-fold. First, you are fighting what is a symbiotic relationship of fungus and bacteria with an active agent that kills only the bacteria. Second, the active agent you are using to kill the bacteria kills only some of the bacteria. Those that are not susceptible to your chosen antibiotic will take over the feeding grounds of the ones you have killed, leaving you with a fauna of germs that you cannot kill. Your sinuses are host to many fungi. They thrive on the muco-polysaccharides (mucus) that line your sinus passage and produce exotoxins that irritate the sinus membranes. The fungi act as a platform of insulation upon which the bacteria live and thrive. The bacteria can digest the conversion of the mucus by the fungi and live on top of them. In this manner, they are insulated from your immune system and isolated from the drugs you would take. You need

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Clinical studies have shown that an enhanced aqueous colloid of silver of 35 parts per million or more can terminate sinus infections in a week or less. What’s more, it can be sprayed directly into the sinuses, so it doesn’t have to be taken systemically. You apply it only where the infection is occurring—in your sinuses. To reach the deeper sinuses, it is best to use a Neti pot. You can fill your sinuses with the solution and then close off your nose with your fingers. Sitting this way for 10 or more minutes will kill more bacteria and fungi than a week’s worth of antibiotics. Since you have a sinus infection, mucosal flow is significant. This will flush the antimicrobial from the area in less than 10 minutes. If it’s not there, it’s not working. It is paramount to the success of this therapy that you spray every 20 to 30 minutes. Using the Neti pot in the morning and evening for 10 minutes is also advised. Bacteria and fungi can double in number every 20 minutes. If you don’t spray regularly and use a Neti pot twice a day, all progress you’ve made each day will have been in vain as they are reproducing faster that you’re destroying them. Once you have cleared the infection, regular spraying and Neti potting can be done to keep an infection from returning. For this prophylactic protocol, you should continue to use the Neti pot once a week and the sinus spray a few times per day. •

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an antifungal to attenuate the population of molds (fungi) that inhabit your sinuses. It is also important to choose an antimicrobial that kills all the bacteria. Each type of antibiotic kills only a portion of the fauna, leaving the survivors to take over the sinus tissue that the depleted bacteria have abandoned. You want a broad-spectrum antimicrobial that kills all types of bacteria as evenly as possible, so you don’t just kill the weaker ones.

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f you suffer from chronic sinusitis and have been through multiple courses of antibiotics, you know the ills of this approach. Antibiotics may leave you with intestinal problems and yeast infections while only getting rid of the sinus infection for six months or so. The next time it comes back, you have to try a different antibiotic, this one likely costing you more and making you feel worse. Why is this cycle escalating? Why aren’t you winning the war even though you’re frequently winning the battles? Because the antibiotic solution does more harm than good, shifting the fauna and flora of bacteria in your sinuses to those not so easily killed by the antibiotics, leaving you with a more formidable foe after each round. Additionally, the antibiotics are taken systemically, meaning they are coursing through your entire body when you only need them in your sinuses. This distorts all the fauna all over your body and can lead to a yeast infection.


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“Be sure to collaborate with a team of physicians that can help you navigate treatment options, therapies, and protocols that are best for your situation.” —April Beaman, RDH, CTT

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hose four little words that have such a HUGE impact: “You have breast cancer.” Take a breath and collect your thoughts, because there is hope! While breast cancer does require conventional medical supervision and care, several natural options have shown to be beneficial and effective for treating cancer and its symptoms. Cancer may arise from numerous physical ailments, including a weakened immune system, the accumulation of toxic carcinogens, excessive acidity, and the lack of oxygen to cells. Many of these ailments can be treated, and so can cancer. Natural treatments are becoming increasingly popular due to the rise in cancer, coupled with the failure of our current medical system to find successful, lasting cancer therapies. As such, you can find clinics around the world that utilize a wide array of natural and alternative therapies to help individuals with all forms of cancer. Natural cancer treatments are available, but they do require a committed approach to healthy lifestyle changes. Also, be sure to collaborate with a team of physicians that can help you navigate treatment options, therapies, and protocols that are best for your situation. The following natural approaches have been shown to relieve cancer symptoms and limit the spread of tumor cells.

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• Blueberries increase the levels of natural killer (NK) cells. NK cells are a vital part of the immune system whose job it is to hunt out “foreign invaders,” including potential tumor cells and pathogens such as viruses and harmful bacteria. In a healthy body, NK cells destroy abnormal cells before they become cancer cells. Additionally, blueberries can slow or stop the growth of breast cancer stem cells,

cause apoptosis (cancer cell death), and help the immune system. Mushrooms have been used in Chinese medicine for over 4,000 years, and the research regarding cancer treatment and certain fungi species, such as reishi and cordyceps, has shown that they can potentially increase survival, help shrink tumors, boost the immune system, and reduce radiotherapy and chemotherapy side effects such as nausea and hair loss. Matcha tea contains epigallocatechin-3gallate, which can kill cancer cells by limiting angiogenesis, prevent DNA damage, and may stop the production of breast cancer stem cells. This tea is packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, tocopherols, carotenoids, selenium, zinc, chromium, and manganese. Matcha also detoxifies heavy metals and toxic chemicals while boosting the body’s metabolism. Turmeric (curcumin) has been widely examined for its ability for disease reversal, and the use of this spice in relation to cancer has been thoroughly and extensively researched. Several laboratory studies suggest that curcumin has anticancer effects and is shown to interfere with cancer development, growth, and spread. In addition to being effective against breast cancer, curcumin is beneficial for those with bowel, stomach, and skin cancer. A ketogenic diet that is rich in healthy fats, low in carbohydrates, and eliminates excess refined sugar and processed carbohydrates may be effective in reducing or fighting cancer. According to several studies, a ketogenic diet increases the metabolic efficiency—since cancer cells feed on glucose and cannot feed on ketones, the tumor is essentially being starved by this diet.


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The Gerson Therapy Dr. Max Gerson, a German-born American physician, developed one of the most effective natural cancer treatments over 90 years ago simply by recommending organic plant-based foods, raw juices, coffee enemas, and natural supplements. The Gerson Diet consists of eating only organic fruits, vegetables, and sprouted ancient grains. The diet is rich in vitamins, minerals, and enzymes and exceptionally low in fats, proteins, and sodium. In the words of the Gerson Institute: “With its whole-body approach to healing, the Gerson Therapy naturally reactivates the body’s magnificent ability to heal itself, with no damaging side effects.” This powerful natural treatment boosts the body’s own immune system to heal cancer, arthritis, heart disease, allergies, and many other degenerative diseases.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) HBOT utilizes a pod-like chamber to submerge an individual in an environment of 100% pure oxygen with an atmospheric pressure up to three times the normal amount. Breathing pure oxygen under this amount of pressure can increase the amount of oxygen in the blood stream. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help to remove two of the major physical problems that contribute to cancer: lack of oxygen to cells and excessive acidity. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment reduces cellular hypoxia—the deprivation of oxygen to cells—thereby decreasing acidic conditions. Unlike cancer cells, healthy cells cannot flourish without an adequate oxygen supply.

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The Budwig Protocol Dr. Johanna Budwig was an expert on pharmacology and lipids and has been considered one of the leading authorities on fats and oils. During her research, Budwig discovered that several conventional processed fats and hydrogenated oils were responsible for destroying the membranes of the body’s cells, causing diseased cells and toxicity. She developed a specific diet known as the Budwig Protocol, which helped to counteract this cancer-causing process. The protocol attracts oxygen into the cells and in this oxygenated environment, cancer cells are killed off. The Budwig Protocol works by replacing deadly processed fats and oils with life-giving unsaturated/saturated fatty acids to rejuvenated and rebuild cells. Budwig advised her patients suffering from cancer to consume a quark (a mixture of cottage cheese and flaxseed oil) up to eight times daily for up to six months. Budwig claimed to have had over a 90% success rate with her protocol over a 50-year period.

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Cryoablation Cryoablation is a way of destroying cancer cells via deep-freeze. The procedure begins with the use of ultrasound imaging to identify the exact location of the tumor. Next, a thin instrument called a cryoprobe is inserted directly into the tumor, releasing liquid nitrogen gas, which can be as cold as –75°C, to freeze the tumor. The process is repeated several times until enough blood flow is interrupted to cause apoptosis.

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This therapy is an effective strategy to increase the oxygen flow to all cells and organs and buffer the pH to better equip cells to maintain their normal functions. Furthermore, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help stimulate whole-body healing by boosting the immune system and reduce metastatic lesions. For an even more powerful natural cancer approach, couple the hyperbaric oxygen therapy with the ketogenic diet. Results involve a decreased rate of tumor growth, improved state of ketosis, and a lower blood glucose concentration.

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any people are worried that they might be losing their memory, or losing the ability to form new memories. Of course, neurogenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, are foremost on their minds. However, memory lapses can occur for various reasons and can be improved, regardless of a person’s age.

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Sleep is one of the first things that must be looked at if you feel your memory is worsening or if you want to improve your memory. Have you ever tried to get through a busy day when you have had very little sleep? Lack of sleep will impair your focus and diminish your ability to retain information. Now imagine if this continues for many months, or even years. Long-term memories get solidified, and a type of neuronal pruning occurs in the hippocampus (the area of the brain where long-term memories consolidate) while a person sleeps. Efficient sleep with the correct number of sleep cycles (cycling through Theta and Delta sleep) is essential for forming long-term memories. Imagine if the efficiency of one’s sleep is off every night of the week—this lack of efficient sleep will have a significant impact on one’s brain health.

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CNS Vital Signs for Neurocognitive Testing CNS Vital Signs measures overall cognitive performance and details various aspects of memory, psychomotor speed, attention, and social understanding. CNS Vital Signs is a world leader in designing and developing neurocognitive and behavioral software used by the U.S. military veterans’ hospitals. It is also utilized worldwide by universities and the pharmaceutical industry to assess neurocognitive function. In our office or at home, a CNS Vital Signs computerized test takes approximately 30–45 minutes (depending on the number of areas tested). It can determine a patient’s cognitive abilities with a high degree of accuracy. The testing results indicate in which areas a person is performing above average, average, low, or very low compared to the normative database. EEG EEG is an acronym for electroencephalogram and is the measurement of the brain’s electrical activity. It is a functional assessment of how the brain’s neuronal networks communicate. An EEG traditionally measures the outer surface of the brain’s activity. Still, with newer advances such as sLORETA (Standardized Low Resolution Electromagnetic


Tomographic Analysis), we can also see the electrical activity of deeper brain structures. After an injury, we can even utilize a patient’s past brain wave baseline as a comparison to see how far their brain has deviated from their pre-injured brain. Brain maps are also generated with this testing, enabling us to understand how the brain communicates and the best ways we can intervene with therapies such as hyperbaric oxygen, neurofeedback, transcranial electrical and magnetic stimulation, supplementation, and more.

If you have ever had a traumatic brain injury (TBI), such as a concussion, this may have affected not only your memory at the time of the injury but also long-lasting effects. This memory impairment is especially true with repeated brain injuries, such as a fall (even when you don’t hit your head) or a car accident involving whiplash, which some may not consider a brain injury. It is this repetitive injury to the neurons, causing chronic inflammatory changes within the brain, that can alter one’s brain performance.

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Brain Waves By assessing one’s brain waves via an EEG, we can help with the areas of the brain that might not be performing optimally. For instance, if the temporal lobes are deficient in the Theta frequency band (4–7 Hz), this may be a reason for memory impairment. Another reason one’s brain may feel like it is slowing down is that the overall speed and efficiency of the brain are slowing down. We assess this with an EEG baseline and Evoked Response Potentials (ERP). An Evoked Response Potential test evaluates the brain while performing a task to understand how fast the brain responds and which areas of the brain activate during the task. The ERP test assesses cognitive decline and functional deficiencies associated with the aging brain and other neurologic disorders. For example, if GO appears on the computer screen, the patient must click on the screen with their mouse as quickly as possible to measure their reaction speed. An EEG is recorded during the test to see how the brain responds to stimuli. The average response should be at least 600 milliseconds or better. Depending on the results, we may use techniques such as neurostimulation with transcranial electrical and magnetic stimulation, along with neurofeedback, to improve a patient’s brain performance and memory. Pulsed magnetic and transcranial electrical stimulation are noninvasive procedures that stimulate nerve cells and helps correct imbalances in the brain, guided by advanced EEG brain mapping and sLORETA. The above is a simplified explanation of a complex topic.


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Many therapies and techniques already discussed can help one heal from these injuries. One of the more promising therapies is called hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). HBOT is a treatment that utilizes oxygen to enhance healing throughout the body. By definition, hyperbaric means: more (hyper); pressure (baric). Therefore, HBOT is a therapy that utilizes oxygen under pressure. While we normally breathe oxygen at a concentration of 21%, a patient in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber breaths 100% pure oxygen under pressure. This pressure allows oxygen to dissolve in the bloodstream and diffuse into tissues such as lymph and cerebrospinal fluids at concentrations not possible under normal atmospheric conditions. The body’s blood and tissue oxygen concentrations may increase up to 20 times the normal level. For this reason, some hospitals use hyperbaric oxygen therapy to aid in the healing of burn victims and people with slow-healing wounds and to reestablish oxygen to those who underwent severe carbon monoxide poisoning. It was once thought that when a low oxygen state (ischemia) occurs in the brain, such as in a stroke, for more than a few minutes, the brain cells die, leaving irreversible damage and possibly even brain death. However, recent evidence has proved that not all the cells die—some live on in a low activity state, just idling. These idling neurons make up what is called the “recoverable brain.” Using a sophisticated brain imaging technique called a SPECT scan, doctors have been able to show that after hyperbaric oxygen therapy, these areas of recoverable brain wake up and start functioning again. This therapy has been a miracle for many patients and loved ones afflicted with various neurological conditions ranging from stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, autism, traumatic brain injury, and even Lyme disease. Through hyperbaric oxygen therapy, oxygen concentrations increase above what the blood could normally deliver to the brain, and the “recoverable brain” cells are jump-started back to life! With hyperbaric oxygen therapy, many people with brain injuries have significantly improved healing and their brain’s overall performance. When it comes to cognitive decline such as dementia, hyperbaric oxygen has proven to help with that as well. We have seen this clinically in our center for the past 20 years. HBOT and Alzheimer’s A new study, recently published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Aging, marks the first time non-pharmaceutical clinical exploration has proved effective in reversing the main activators of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers Dr. Efrati,


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The brain needs a lot of energy and proper nutrients to function optimally. Here are a few nutrients you can use as supplements to help with memory and overall brain function. • Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ACL): Carnitine is an important molecule that helps in the energy production pathways of our mitochondria. This particular form of L-Carnitine crosses the blood-brain barrier, allowing ATP concentrations to increase in the neurons. Acetyl-L-Carnitine facilitates the transmission and production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and helps increase dopamine. ACL also acts as an antioxidant, is neuroprotective, and has anti-inflammatory properties. Studies show that certain neurodegenerative conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, have altered disturbances and concentrations of ACL. • Phosphatidyl Choline and Citocoline: These two molecules are essential in the cell membrane structure of neuronal cells. They can help with the regeneration and repair of damaged neurons. • Phosphatidyl Serine (PS): Phosphatidyl serine is an important component of the cell and the mitochondria membrane (the cell energy factories) and plays essential roles in neurotransmitter signaling, neuron growth, and survival. Patients with age-related

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Dr. Ashery, and colleagues have shown that after 60 HBOT sessions, adults aged 65 and older with cognitive decline improved the blood flow to their brain by between 16–23%. These adults also had an average improvement in their memory of 16.5% and significant improvements in their attention and information processing speeds. “After dedicating our HBOT research to exploring its impact on the areas of brain functionality and age-related cognitive decline, we have discovered for the first time HBOT induces degradation and clearance of pre-existing amyloid plaques (treatment), and the appearance of newly formed plaques (prevention),” said Ashery. “Elderly patients suffering from significant memory loss at baseline revealed an increase in brain blood flow and improvement in cognitive performance, demonstrating HBOT’s potency to reverse core elements responsible for the development of Alzheimer’s disease.” “By treating vascular dysfunction, we are mapping out the path toward Alzheimer’s prevention,” added Efrati, research group leader and medical advisor to Aviv Clinics. “More research is underway to demonstrate how HBOT can improve cognitive function and become an influential tool in the imperative fight against the disease.”


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memory impairment or dementia were given PS and showed improvement in tests related to learning and memory. Research has shown that PS helps support cognitive function, improve short-term and long-term memory, and focus and concentration. • Ginkgo biloba: This well-studied herb has improved cognition and memory. A meta-analysis of placebo-controlled trials with mild-moderate dementia patients showed significant improvements in cognitive function as well as activities of daily living. • Omega-3 Fatty Acids DHA and EPA: Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaeonic acid (DHA) are two essential fatty acids that affect overall health and wellness, reduce inflammation, and support proper brain development and neuronal growth. DHA also helps with depression, mood swings, memory, and cognitive function. One study showed that combined Omega-3 EPA and DHA improved depression scores in elderly individuals with major depressive disorder.

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ne of the leading reasons aging adults seek medical attention is for pain relief. As we age, those little aches and pains can become more chronic, even severe, negatively impacting our quality of life. Rather than reaching for an over-the-counter pain reliever, what if you could reduce—or better yet, completely eliminate—pain using a natural alternative instead?

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To begin to understand how CBD aids in pain management, it is important to learn how it works in the human body. In the early 1990s, researchers discovered the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which plays a role in maintaining certain body functions, such as mood, appetite, immunity responses, metabolism, memory, sleep—essentially, homeostasis or balance in the body. Like other vital systems in the body, the ECS can become deficient due to stress, toxins, and trauma. This deficiency can cause various chronic and painful conditions such as joint inflammation, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, as well as other inflammatory and neurologic conditions. While our bodies naturally produce cannabinoids, if the levels are not sufficient, supplementation with CBD is key in maintaining anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects.

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“My head was spinning. How could this be happening to me? I ate well, took vitamins and supplements, exercised, and otherwise took good care of myself. There was no history of cancer in my family. I was scared and shaken, but I was determined to fight to live.” —Sharon Sklar, BFA, LMT, CAR

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will tell my story because I believe is it priceless to hear firsthand from a holistic person who has survived cancer. There were four related surgeries, thirty-four radiation treatments, and four months of chemotherapy infusions with each treatment two weeks apart. Then there was another drug with infusions every three weeks for the next year. I am not only a survivor of all this, but I am also the healthiest and happiest I’ve ever been perhaps in my entire life. There is life after cancer. There is great healing on many levels. There is great freedom in my daily thoughts that remind me to be grateful, stay fluid, and let the stuck things go. I am freer to pursue my life on my own terms. It may be a rite of passage, it may be age, but something is clicking and life continues to unfold in better and more satisfying ways.

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I have been in the holistic health field forever (almost forty-five years and counting!), forty-two of those years as a certified Rolfer. I work with clients’ body alignment to restructure bodies that have seen surgeries, trauma, and countless injuries, so through my studies and my own personal experiences and explorations, I feel I know a lot about many alternative methods. I have studied nutrition and exercise for years and coach my clients in those areas. In my

training as a Rolfer, I developed a very holistic way of seeing health, the physical/emotional/ spiritual world, and our part in all of it.

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In December of 2006, I was reeling from a traumatic relationship breakup and was trying to emerge once again as myself, apart from this man I loved. I sought therapy for the emotional roller coaster I was on and was trying to move forward with a shaky, immensely sad foundation. My yearly mammogram had been scheduled at least six months prior to this unfortunate life event and even though I was fragile and questioning everything about myself, my life, and my future, showing up was a no-brainer. Two days after my appointment, the call came that I needed to go back for more views. The same thing had happened a year or two prior, so I wasn’t particularly worried. I, along with most women, have dense breasts, and so more images were needed. Right after this second round of mammograms, I was told I needed an ultrasound to further rule out any issues. Then, after the ultrasound, I was advised to see a surgeon for a biopsy immediately. My world began to spin. I had the biopsy in the office of an amazing breast surgeon I had met a few years earlier when my mom


had a scare and I accompanied her on her visits. I found out two days before New Year’s Eve that I was positive for cancer and would require surgery. I was pretty much alone. My dad had passed two years prior, my mom was living in Florida, my relationship had ended two months before, and my sister was busy with her own life. A cousin suggested that I ask my departed relatives for help in talking to God because they were so much closer than I was. I went to the cemetery where my dad and many ancestors were buried. I asked them to speak to God on my behalf, to say that I was not ready to join them because I still had much to do on Earth. I remember sobbing and praying, my dog howling as we walked around the graves of my ancestors asking for guidance. We must have been quite a sight.

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Soon, the medical machine took over and I was rushed from one appointment to another. I had known three women before this who had tried nonsurgical and other alternative treatments for their breast cancer, and they had all succumbed to the disease. It quickly became clear that if I wanted to live—and boy, did I—I would have to fight to do so. My lumpectomy was scheduled for the end of January 2007. I was told about a new, five-day radiation technique that involved a port being inserted in my effected breast, once the results of the lymph nodes tests became known. Unfortunately, I had one effected lymph node and was therefore not a candidate. I now faced chemotherapy and full radiation treatments afterwards. My head was spinning. How could this be happening to me? I ate well, took vitamins and supplements, exercised, and otherwise took good care of myself. There was no history of cancer in my family. I was scared and shaken, but I was determined to fight to live. Seeing an oncologist, a radiologist, going through a battery of tests to determine that I had an estrogen-positive breast cancer…this all seemed to suck the light out of my life. I was full-tilt into the standard treatment of the allopathic medical world and found it frightening. To organize all this information, I kept a large notebook listing each appointment with each specialist. I had so many questions written down and had left space under each question to write the answer, because in such stressful circumstances it’s hard to remember what is said. My notebook was my new bible, guiding me through the maze of appointments and information I never knew I would need to know. My oncologist was a slight man with a broad, kind smile, who I trusted immediately. And the questions began. Through eight rounds of chemo,

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two different cycles of drugs…would I lose my hair? When, and for how long would I feel the effects of the chemo? Together we mapped out treatment that would work for me, as I wanted to keep working. There was mutual respect immediately, and he really listened to my concerns. My work as a Rolfer has always brought so much satisfaction to me, but now we were talking about survival. Not just surviving the cancer, but more basic worries: who would pay my mortgage, who would pay my bills? Through all this, I still had to work or risk losing everything. I made it clear I did not want to be a statistic. I had cancer, but I did not want to be that person who loses their home, their way of life, their freedom or, simply, their life.

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In many ways, all the training I had done since I was twenty-five years old—the physical, emotional and mental—were called into play during this time. I was choosing to not be a victim. I did not cause this to happen. I was not sulking. I was determined to survive this and learn from it. For the first four chemo treatments, which took place on Thursdays, the effects would set in within 24 hours. They began Friday afternoons when I was on my way home from finishing my work week and getting my affairs settled. I would begin to feel as though I had cement drying inside my body—an acute, achy stiffness and extreme fatigue that would put me out of commission for two or three days. Monday mornings I would wake up, get into the shower, and feel my stiffness lessen. By the time my first client arrived, my joints were again moving and I could begin my week. I was told my hair would begin to fall out between days 10 and 14. And, just as I had been told, it did. My long hair had already been cut to chin length, but that morning in the shower, clumps of hair were sticking to my hands and all over the shower walls. Even though I knew it was coming, it


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was frightening. You can’t really prepare yourself for something like that. Two days later, a friend came over with her son’s hair trimmer and she buzzed my scalp clean. I had decided I was only going to be bald once in my life, so I bought a variety of wigs ranging from lavender with bangs to a long motorcycle-mama wig. I had a short curly wig, a red wig that was brighter than Ronald McDonald’s (we compared them at a breast cancer walk!)…I was determined to have some fun with it! I wore big earrings and turbans—my clients never knew what I would look like when they came in for their sessions. The next four rounds of chemo took much longer and required a whole day to be administered. I would go in on Wednesdays, work Thursday and half of Friday, and boom—the exhaustion and drying cement sensation would hit, right on schedule. I am so thankful my oncologist took the time to see what schedule was best for me so I could receive treatment and continue to work. Radiation started soon after the chemo was completed and again, I took charge of what I wanted for my schedule. Lunchtime was preferred as radiation required me to be there Monday through Friday for seven weeks. My lunch was often eaten in the car. I chose this allopathic route to surgically remove the tumor and blast out any remaining cancer cells in my body. I chose to go to a plastic surgeon who skillfully reduced my other breast so I had a matching set. I chose the year of the special new drug to inhibit my estrogen levels, since I had an estrogen-driven breast cancer. I was told there were no known side effects from this year-long drug, but they were sure known to me. Instead of feeling better after the chemo stopped, I felt worse. Nothing felt normal to me. Early in this process, my breast surgeon told me not to go on the internet for answers, to ask her instead. And for a while, I did. This time, I had to find out what was happening. I eventually found a list of side effects for this drug—and I had every one of


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I saw that year-long treatment through, and my health slowly returned after having had three surgeries to correct tissue damage from this drug. Thankfully, it was over…or so I thought. A complication led me to a surgical biopsy, where it was discovered I had necrotic tissue from the radiation. Another surgery to remove it and to match my other breast—again. I refused to go on Tamoxifen, a drug that inhibits estrogen levels that is commonly taken for five years. I knew it had serious side effects, and I’d had enough. My naturopath had told me she could provide supplements that could do the same thing, and after a conference with my oncologist and a promise sealed with a handshake, we would try it for a year. The results were astounding—I had no side effects, I was back to my normal way of being, and my estrogen levels remained low. We tested for many years, and we were both beyond happy! To this day, fifteen years later, I still take those supplements. Why not?! My journey through surgeries, chemical interventions, and lots of self-reflection ended with a healthier, stronger, smarter, and more determined self. I have a greater appreciation for life and it’s easier to forget the small annoyances. Taking charge and determining what was best for me, with guidance from my trusted physicians, made all the difference. Take the time to know yourself, care for yourself, and trust yourself. Find professionals who will listen, whose ideas align with yours, and who are open-minded. The bottom line for a successful healthy life is to be prepared for what may come your way. Here’s to you and navigating your own journey.

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We move from surviving to thriving.

I am writing this on the most beautiful summer morning. The trees are full, the flowers are in full bloom. Nature is thriving, flourishing. Just a few months ago it was gray and brown, and in a few months after a celebration of autumn color it will be gray again. How do we take that analogy into our own lives? Our moments of flourishing are met with gratitude. Anchoring in the energy of how it feels to thrive, knowing we can find those emotions in so many ways. The moments of quiet and rest and even darkness can lead us to uncovering what is next—the next step, or as a mentor of mine calls it, “following the spiritual breadcrumbs.” Following the flow of the universe, following my intuitive guidance, I am moving into what I will do with the rest of my life. There are unknowns, there is great curiosity, there is excitement, and yes, there is fear. But I also know I have no choice but to follow my inner guidance and to trust in what comes next. Meditation, mindful practices, creativity, exploration have been passions of mine for the past 10+ years. Slowly it all comes together, many roads converging, forming a path forward. I am leaning into what excites me, and making choices aligned with my intuition and my spirit. How can each of us bring those practices into our lives on a daily basis? Live our lives more fully, reinvent ourselves as we enter into the last third of our lives. For our time here is unknown, it is limited, and if we can touch one heart, one soul in the process, we have made an impact.

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ow many days of living do each of us have? What choices can we make in each moment to make the most of the time we have on this earth? How do we approach a troubled and changing world with compassion and love? How do we navigate our lives? So many questions, and for each of us a very personal answer. This morning, I learned of the passing of the leader of a company I worked for in my 30s. I spent a decade working at that company, a decade during which my personal life was very difficult, filled with the highest of highs and lowest of lows. Here I am, a few decades later and coming to terms with thriving in this last part of my life. Estate planning, moving from one career to another, acutely aware that I have the opportunity in each moment to make a choice. Each of us can move into thriving in the next phase of our lives, whether it be young adulthood, middle age, or our later years. I liken this to moving into the life of a sage. While the definition of sage infers someone mature, I believe we all have wisdom within us, a sage within each of us that is not defined by age. We all have some undefined length of time left that we can approach with excitement, with curiosity, with authenticity. But how do we do that? It may seem counterintuitive, but first, we slow down. We move out of busy-ness into listening. We connect with our bodies and we feel. We tune into what excites us, what moves us, what brings us joy, and what breaks our heart.

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