Inside this issue: A Word from the Publisher: Aurora Paradise
The Skinny On Skin
DAILYOM: Sharing Your Gifts
Alexandra’s Insights: 12 Genius Tips
Notes From the Natural World: Natural Skincare
Physical Advantage: “Under Pressure”
The Detox Diva: Detox Bath Basics
The Mindful Parent: Baby Steps
Dreamworks: Uncovering the Quantum Dream
Quickie Chick: 8 Ways to Lose Weight
Health On Point: Acupuncture Unlocks Physical & Emotional Pain
Healing Scents: A Natural Approach to Raynaud’s
Natural Remedies: Cure What Ails You
Nutritional Bites: Kicking Junk Food
& MUCH MORE! WELCOME NEW COLUMNIST: Elyn Jacobs Options for Life: Hope: The Miracle Medicine 15 PLUS: Healing Innovations Topricin In The News President and Chief of Research: Lou Paradise Publisher: Aurora Paradise Managing Editor: Patricia Martin Art Director: Elizabeth Chen Graphic Artist: Elizabeth Paradise Contributors: Joan Apter Alexandra Jamieson Annie B. Bond Elise Muller Doug Grunther Roufia Payman Laurel House Laurie Towers Christina Towle Elyn Jacobs
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A Word from the Publisher
t long last, spring is in the air! A most welcome new season, heralding this new issue of our Natural Healing, Natural Wellness. As the weather warms, thoughts start turning to aquatic adventures. Whether you swim competitively or do leisurely laps, swimming pools can be tough on your skin, making it dry and uncomfortable. Our feature article gives you the skinny on keeping skin happy and tips for keeping it soft and supple. And Elise’s “Notes from the Natural World” offers more skin-saving advice and skincare recommendations. We are pleased to welcome our newest columnist, Elyn Jacobs, who is writing “Options for Life” to inspire and provide hope to cancer survivors and their loved ones. In her debut with us, she explores why “Hope” is the miracle medicine. What else is inside: To help you stay in the best of health, we offer two potent natural remedies to cure what ails you, along with Annie’s detox bath secrets. And if you are trying to “clean up your act” when it comes to eating, you will be inspired as Roufia offers important advice
Feature Article “The Skinny On Skin: Caring for Our “Largest Organ”
for kicking the junk food habit (along with a “Superfood” powerhouse recipe). Laurie talks about the toll stress takes on the body and ways to cope, and Nicole explains how acupuncture helps unlock physical and emotional pain. Our Quickie Chick Laurel recommends eight ways to lose weight—without dieting or exercise—and Alexandra gives you 11 tips for loving your life and your body. In Healing Scents, Joan provides a natural approach to coping with Raynaud’s; in DreamWorks, Doug explains how to uncover the Quantum Dream; and our Mindful Parent Christina muses on the torn feelings we have about protecting our children while letting them enjoy their freedom. Here’s to a most splendid spring! Wishing you good health and joy,
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Sharing Your Gifts
--By Madisyn Taylor
We all know how to give the gift of a present, but it is more important to share your gifts that you were born with
hen the holidays, birthdays, or other celebrations come around, most of us join the masses in
shopping for gifts, wrapping them, and giving them away. Once we are in the mind-set that this is what we are going to do, we don’t hold back or struggle with the process. We simply give the presents we have acquired, letting them go
but we hold it back, we sing less and have less experience.
in the awareness that they were never ours anyway. If we
On the other hand, if we offer the gift of our voice to
could apply some of this unquestioning generosity with
the world at every opportunity, our talent develops and
our own inner resources and gifts, we might be able to
becomes still greater, and we have that much more to give.
give of ourselves more freely.
How we present our gifts can be likened to wrapping paper and ribbons. When we truly value what we have to offer, our presentation honors what lies inside it. We speak well of our talents and introduce them with confidence and panache. Like a performer who chooses carefully what to wear and how to set the stage, we provide an environment that complements and enhances what we have to offer. Far from being superficial, a beautiful
In truth, our gifts only make sense when we give them
presentation is as much a part of the energy of gift giving
away. Imagine carefully procured and wrapped presents
as the gift itself. All these things together—the gift, the
that remain in the house of the giver, never getting to the
presentation, and the giving away—make up the joyful
people who were meant to have them. If we hold back,
experience of bestowing our offerings
not knowing quite when to share our gifts, we all lose.
upon the world.
Ironically, the more we give of ourselves, the more we have Reprinted from DailyOM- Inspirational to offer. For example, if we have a talent for singing
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12 Genius Tips For Loving Your Life & Body
--By Alexandra Jamieson
2. “Start the day with a shake! Blend a high quality vegan protein powder, unsweetened almond or coconut milk, freshly ground flaxseeds or chia seeds,
organic berries & greens for
ometimes a small act can create big changes in your
steady sustained energy, great
life. Eat a simple food for breakfast that gives you
focus and improved fat burning.” ~ JJ Virgin, Celebrity
energy instead of zapping it away? The rest of the day
Nutrition & Fitness Expert, New York Times Bestselling
Author, “The Virgin Diet”
What small change might transform your life? Choose one or two from the list below—I promise that all of them will make a world of difference. I made this list after asking some Facebook friends and on Twitter: “What’s your best tip that has made your life better and healthier?”
3. “Eating low nutrient foods fuels overeating behavior; flood your cells with nutrients to beat food addictions.” ~ Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of “Eat to Live” and “Super Immunity”
4. “Your life will transform the moment you allow
The result was a great list of genius ideas. Thank you,
yourself to be kind to yourself in your thoughts.” ~ Ariel
& Shya Kane, my personal coaches and authors of “How
THE “BAKER’S DOZEN”
To Have A Match Made In Heaven”
5. “I’m all about ‘Gut Rebuilding’ so the #1 thing I’d
1.“Live a story-free life—not fantasy, wish fulfillment…
recommend (besides laughing and dancing) is to eat
Be in your life—not what was, or might be. There is a
raw-unpasteurized sauerkraut everyday for the natural
unified energy to things. Have an appreciation for your
probiotics and digestion-boosting powers!” ~ Summer
Bock, fermentationist, gut health coach, and founder of
~ Annie Fox, homeopath and host of Anniefoxshow.com
OlyKraut. continue on next page Page 3
12 Genius Tips For Loving Your Life & Body
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6. “Turn off your
10. “Cut down or eliminate sugar and dairy as much
phone and shutdown the
as possible! This is super hard for me but
computer. These days
I feel a lot better when I follow this rule.”
it’s way too easy to get
~Jenni Dillard, Facebook friend
sucked into technology
11. “Get a strong support system, a diet buddy. All
and loose track of time. We can spend hours on social media, internet shopping or seeking some other kind of online simulation. Try to take a technology break at least once a day. During this break take a walk around your neighborhood, write in your journal or dance around your house. Lay low on the technology and recharge
of the above are great but I have found having someone to cheer with me through the victories and support me through the tough spots makes all the difference in the world.” ~ Sarah Cornsnake, Facebook friend
12. “Start small. Set realistic goals. Know right off
your spirit.” ~ Gabrielle Bernstein, author of May Cause
the bat that it’s going to be a long road.” ~ Samantha, @
7. “Learn to tell the difference between biological hunger and emotional hunger, cut down your sugar, and stay hydrated.” ~ Melissa Schumi Jones, Facebook friend and past client
8. “Follow Alex’s plan in ‘The Great American Detox.’ Worked for me, I recommend it to everyone who wants to do something about their weight and eat healthier.” ~ Suzieann Harts, Facebook friend
9. “Eat more whole plant foods.” ~ Angela Wortley, Facebook friend Page 4
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And finally, my own thoughts:
some FUN with it all.
If your goal is happiness, it’s time to focus on the inner
Without the fun, you can’t really enjoy the ride.
game. Stuff like making a difference or contribution to
Now let’s get ready to ROCK!
your community, developing richer relationships, and personal growth. You’ve probably seen the Reality-TV outer goals of getting rich, looking “hot,” and being famous that our culture is obsessed with are not your path to fulfillment and joy. Listen to your soul—and connect with the highest version of yourself. It is possible to express that in every moment. And have
NOTES FROM THE NATURAL WORLD
Super Natural Skincare
--By Elise Muller
ll year long—whether it’s hot, cold, or mild—it’s important to keep the skin hydrated and supple. Here
are a few suggestions: Besides drinking lots of water, I find it beneficial to “spritz” the complexion often throughout the day. The “spritz” can be pure spring water or an herbal tea of your choice. I find these to be extremely hydrating as well as toning for the complexion. To slough off dead skin cells and encourage the formation of new skin cells, dry skin brushing is an excellent intervention. The benefits of dry skin brushing are too numerous to list, but here are a few: tightens the skin; helps the lymphatic system release toxins; tones muscles; regenerates overall skin health. Always use a natural fiber brush. continue on next page Page 5
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Super Natural Skincare
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• When my skin is very dry and especially during the winter months I lean towards my formulas containing Bees’ Wax—this ingredient locks in moisture as well as protects the skin from harsh elements. It’s great year ‘round, too. • Always apply pure natural ingredients—they supply the skin with vitamins and minerals which contribute to our overall health and well-being (vs.) products containing chemicals and synthetic ingredients which clog the pores resulting in a dull, aged complexion. • During the day when my complexion feels dry I compress my face with a warm cloth and apply my Comfrey Facial Cream for a luxurious pampering. Comfrey is an exceptional ally for dry, sensitive skin and along with its natural anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, Comfrey stimulates blood circulation to firm the skin. For details visit http://mountain-spirit-botanicals.com/ facial-care/moisturizers • Exercise, stay faithful to your regime to avoid getting “winter blues.”
More Skincare & the Bee’s Knees If you expose yourself to harsh sun or cold, this is a wonderful remedy for protecting while deeply nourishing your skin. The formula in question is “Coconut Hair Cream,” crafted with oils, butters and bee’s wax. Bee’s wax locks in moisture, protects the skin, and leaves you with a “dewy” complexion and soft, plump radiant skin. Suggestions for use: take a dollop of Coconut Hair Cream and spread it onto a damp, hot wash cloth. Fold the cloth around the cream, run under hot water and “squish” the cloth to release the essences, making sure the cream has penetrated the cloth. Compress your face a few times (repeat running the cloth under hot water before each compress) and then “go face the cold”.
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Super Natural Skincare
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Another method for use: this cream may also be applied directly to the skin after cleansing while the pores are open. It’s a wonderful ally for winter’s chapped, exposed skin. You may be wondering “hair cream on my face”? If so, remember that all of my formulas are multi-faceted and can be used anywhere. I work only with pure botanical ingredients beneficial for the hair, skin and spirit.
Last Note: As I am as obsessive about my implements as I am about my ingredients, most wash-cloths (for me) are too thick / absorb too much. Some are too thin/don’t hold the essence. I purchase my wash-cloths in auto-parts stores (rags/cleaning section). They’re 100% white cotton (no dye), perfect weight, and inexpensive. For details on the products mentioned above, visit http:// mountain-spirit-botanicals.com/facial-care/moisturizers and http://mountain-spirit-botanicals.com/hair-care. For details visit http://mountain-spirit-botanicals.com/ facial-care/moisturizers
“Under Pressure” --By Laurie Towers
our spouse just lost a job you were hoping
Can’t get around it, can’t get over it, and honestly it
was recession proof..Your elderly parent has
wouldn’t be reality without it...Stress is a part of our
encroaching health concerns...Your newly-licensed
daily intake and makes a cameo appearance in our lives
teenager has your car out way past the curfew and isn’t
on a regular basis. In fact, even after the smoke clears
answering your anxiety- fueled texts.
and the tension has lifted a bit, the residue of stress
To take your mind off these little morsels of concern, you place yourself in front of your television to only escape into a world of natural disaster, a crumbling economy and a dismal outlook on humanity. YIKES!!! Most likely you can’t change the channels fast enough as you try to remind yourself of the lyrics to “It’s A Wonderful World.”
sometimes remains. It makes itself known with elevation of blood pressure, tension headaches and--more often than imagined--weight gain. Stress will affect individuals in a different ways but several common relationships between stress and weight have been established in many people.
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“Under Pressure” --continued from page 8 Stress hormones and weight gain: When a person is under a great deal of stress, their body goes through physiological changes. The most common is its release of the chemical cortisol, a stress hormone that studies have linked to the manifestation of abdominal fat. When our body releases an excess of this chemical, it interferes with the metabolic process in only one way: it slows it down. Ergo, when you are hit with a barrage of stress, while you may be consuming the same amount of
There is definitely both a weight-related value as well as
food as before, you aren’t burning a many calories as you
an overall health one to invest in time to decompress.
In addition to the secretion of body fat hormones, stress will also sabotage sleep. Studies indicate that those who sleep less often have a higher body fat content. Lack of sleep also results in the increased production of the hormone ghrelin which is a key feature in increasing appetite. Here comes the broken record...
Stress and food cravings: Ahhhh...this is easy math. A majority of the populous
Oftentimes the best way to combat stress on a multitude of levels is physical activity. Duh! Did you really expect
tend to eat when under stress. This is the “emotional
me to say
eating” that takes its toll on the body if it has a long shelf
life. We reach out for food for solace and it’s never in the
direction of that stalk of celery. It’s the comfort foods packed with salts, fats and sugars that keep us company when we feel like we haven’t a friend in the world. continue on next page Page 9
“Under Pressure” --continued from page 9 Not only does a daily workout burn extra calories and support and increase overall health and wellbeing, it also releases those wonderful endorphins… The endorphins that stabilize our moods, combat depression, and even allow us the luxury of a descent night’s sleep. That said, now it’s time to put down that remote and put on a little music. Perhaps a suggestion of some Louis Armstrong, and I guarantee within a few short minutes you’ll come to the realization that Pops was right.
THE DETOX DIVA
Detox Bath Basics
--By Annie B. Bond
and bacterial infections. Cold water baths stimulate circulation and reduce inflammation. Most of us have heard about the recommendation to take saunas to sweat the poisons out. But baths? Absolutely.
Epsom salts and hot water help you sweat, and as you
or centuries, people have honored the power of
release the fluid, toxic chemicals go with it. We store a
the bath, not only to cleanse the body, but to heal
lot of toxic chemicals in our fat, chemicals that are long-
the skin and soothe the soul. Water has been known
lasting in the environment, and sweating reduces fat
as a healer since the dawn of human history, revered
stores, hence releasing the toxic chemicals at the same
throughout the ancient world as a simple and effective
time. In fact, it is said that the skin eliminates over one
cure for many conditions, both physical and spiritual.
pound of waste acids every day through the sweat glands.
Heat stimulates the immune system to fight off viruses
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Detox Bath Basics --continued from page 10 Hydrotherapy makes our cells more malleable, helping
Baking soda is alkaline and will destroy the acid mantle.
their membranes to release. Soaking in water is great for
If you use it you need to help the skin to return to an acid
our bodies in this way. After all, our cells are 75 to 90
mantle at the end of the bath. Some do this by adding a
cup of vinegar to the tub at the end of a bath, neutralizing
Hot water opens the pores, and cold water closes them.
the alkaline salts (and you will get bubbles while you do
Hot water draws toxins out of the body to the skinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s
this, and make sure to keep the vinegar water from your
surface, and while the water cools it pulls toxins from the
eyes); others rub the body with coconut oil, an oil with an
skin, according to Naturopath Dr. Hazel Parcells. Epsom
salts augment this detoxification by causing you to sweat.
pH Chart Neutral pH: 7 Optimal pH level of healthy skin surface: 5.5 Dead sea salts 5.8 pH Sea salts: generally around neutral once dissolved Epsom salts: 5.5-6.5 (considered a neutral salt) Baking soda: 8.2
The Skinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Acid Mantle When I recommend salts, I am speaking of Dead Sea salt, Epsom salt, and sea salt. Not baking soda. There is another consideration for your skin, and that is a thin layer on the surface of the skin, called the acid mantle. The acid mantle is typically a pH of 5.5 (with neutral being a pH of 7, and anything over that an alkaline pH), which kills germs and bacteria protectively for the body. continued on next page Page 11
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Detox Bath Basics --continued from page 11 I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recommend baking soda baths because they will
recommend you do this once a day. Dry skin brushing
remove the skinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acid mantle. Too much use of soap
is also considered to give an internal massage, stimulate
will do this as well. If you choose to have a baking soda
skin renewal, remove cellulite, cleanse the lymphatic
bath do it with a commitment to restore the acid mantle
system, and a host of other benefits.
of your skin once you are done. However, an alkaline water wash can neutralize acidic and polluted matter, as well, and a baking soda and Epsom salt bath is often recommended after ionizing radiation.
Positive and Negative Ions
Hot Water Bottle Pillow Why not make your homemade detox bath experience as comfortable and mesmerizing relaxing as possible by filling a hot water bottle and using it as a pillow against the rim of the tub?
Clays are rich in negative ions, the good ions like what you find at the ocean. By soaking in clay baths, or rubbing clay on your body, you surround and saturate yourself with the negative ion charge, revitalizing you while eschewing pollution. Negative ions bind positive ions to them (toxic chemicals are rich in positive ions), and pull them from the body.
Bath Cautions Very hot baths can be harmful for people with high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, or diabetes, as well as for pregnant women. Even if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have one of these conditions, extremely hot baths can actually dry the skin and make you feel drained, so be sure to use water that feels comfortably warm, not too hot.
Dry Skin Brushing Before you hop into the tub, consider dry brushing your skin, which also opens the pores to release toxins. Many continued on next page Page 12
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Detox Bath Basics --continued from page 12 If you are sick or have a chronic illness, heart disease, or take medications, check with your doctor before using these detox baths. Before using detox therapies for children, check with their pediatrician. Pregnant or nursing women shouldn’t detox. Hot detox baths can be very enervating. You might even feel dizzy when you get out of the tub, so be aware and have a place to sit or hold as you get out of the tub. Start your experience of detox baths by only staying in the tub for 10 minutes or so to start, and gradually increase as you better gauge your person reaction to the experience.
THE MINDFUL PARENT
--By Christina Towle
baby’s first steps. There is little more that needs to be written to trigger emotions of deep joy, elation,
gratitude, and amazement. Humans wait a year to witness their young’s first steps, deer a few hours, horses mere minutes. No matter the wait to witness wobbly limbs achieve stability and gain momentum, we recognize that life’s first signal of physical independence is purely awesome. Though, for us as parents, it is bittersweet bewilderment… Especially for mothers who have to experience another let go. continued on next page Page 13
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Baby Steps -- continued from page 13 A friend of mine recently came back from Thailand and gifted me with a photo of a six year-old boy who literally lives on a river and gets around curled up in a floating bucket while paddling with his hands. When he opens
Birth is the first surrendering, baby’s first steps comes
his home’s front door, instead of landing on a road he
next, then the first day of school, followed by more
can run on, this little boy has to curl up his tiny little legs
ongoing rites of passage for years to come.
and squeeze into a bucket--returning to the fetal position
At this time as a nation—in the wake of unthinkable
instead of spreading his wings to fly.
tragedy—we are trying to deal with the anxiety of letting our children walk without us by their sides. Every step they take away from us we appreciate while at the same time we try to “talk our fear” down to keep it from overwhelming us. We intellectually comprehend that children are meant to go beyond parental grasp but emotionally, feeling so raw, we are reluctant to let them go on without us to protect them.
The boy looks similar to my six-year-old son. And together, my son and I often look at his picture, asking questions and creating answers about The Boy in the Bucket. What does he eat? Where does he play? Is his superhero one that leaps and flies or swims? Our stories always end with a discussion on how lucky we are to open our front door and easily walk across the street to our neighbor’s house to play. continued on next page Page 14
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During this story time, I observe my son recognizing
tragedies and struggle with our torn feelings about
and appreciating freedom. When he took his first steps
allowing our children to enjoy their freedom, my
was the moment he first felt freedom but talking about
preliminary remedy is to go back to step one: return to
the Boy in the Bucket is when I see him appreciate his
the moment little feet first touch the earth. No matter
freedom. I sense he quietly respects that he is able to
how long these footprints impact our earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soil and
walk and run freely.
no matter what paths they take, we must celebrate,
So as we struggle to understand recent national
appreciate, and capture every step forever in our souls.
OPTIONS FOR LIFE
Hope: The Miracle Medicine
-- By Elyn Jacobs
ope: It gives us the opportunity to do what we must do to heal from our cancer.
Hope is the miracle medicine of the mind. It inspires the will to live. Hope is the physicianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strongest ally. Hope is our strongest ally.
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Hope: The Miracle Medicine -- continued from page 15 A physician is in a powerful position to influence
us immediately imagine the worst-case scenario—
the outcome of disease. Even in the face of the most
death. A moment ago you were a student, parent,
advanced of cancers, there is usually room for some
wife, maybe even a doctor. Now, suddenly, you are a
words of encouragement and support, which can
patient, facing mortality.
make all the difference in the patient’s attitude towards their disease and their treatment. Yet, physicians don’t always offer hope. Many patients are told to go home and get their affairs in order, there is nothing we can do, or deliver a grim prognosis. Many hear these words upon their initial diagnosis, as the cancer has already progressed. If we believe that there is no hope and that we have no control over our situation, we may begin to behave in a helpless manner; we may feel utterly helpless to think clearly and make informed choices. People start telling us what to do and this further relinquishes our much-needed control. However, those entering the world of cancer must take control of their treatment— they need to remain in charge of their health. They Martin Seligman has a term he coined “learned
helplessness.” While the concept is strongly tied to
Hope, it brings life to survival. Cancer does not
animal psychology and behavior, it can also apply to
survive in a vacuum. To treat the cancer we need to
the cancer patient.
change the environment in which it was permitted
“You have cancer.” Three of the most dreaded words you can hear from your doctor. Your world has changed and you feel a loss of control. Many of
to grow. The lack of hope may dissolve our will to make the lifestyle changes which may enhance our treatment and improve survival. continued on next page Page 16
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Hope: The Miracle Medicine -- continued from page 16 from pain as we live each day we are given. We can hope for a long life, living with our cancer. We can focus on living, not dying. While there is Hope there is life. The well-known maxim, “While there is life there is hope,” has a deeper meaning in reverse: “While there is... hope there is life.”
Hope comes first, life follows. Hope gives power to life. Hope rouses life to continue, to expand, to grow, to reach out, to go on. Hope sees a light where there isn’t any. Putting hope in the proper context is important, and false hope is not always beneficial. However, there are countless stories of patients who were offered little chance of survival or a cure, yet who are here years later to tell their tale, so “false hopelessness” (coined by Dr. Keith Block) is clearly not beneficial either. We hear of “unexpected remissions”, a term doctors use when, by medical standards, the patient should have died, but instead, patients denied death its victim by seeking alternative treatments and healing from their cancer. Early state or late stage— Hope, it gives us the opportunity to do what we must do to heal from our cancer. No matter what path we choose for our healing, hope shall be ever present, for even if we cannot hope for a cure, we can hope for peace, comfort and relief
Hope lights candles in millions of despairing hearts. Hope is the miracle medicine of the mind. It inspires the will to live. Hope is the physician’s strongest ally. Hope is our shield and buckler against defeat. “Hope,” wrote Alexander Pope, “springs eternal in the human breast.” And as long as it does we will triumph and move forward. Hope never sounds retreat. Hope keeps the banners flying. Hope revives ideals, renews dreams, revitalizes visions. Hope scales the peak, wrestles with the impossible, achieves the highest aim. “The word which God has written on the brow of every person,” wrote Victor Hugo, “is Hope.” As long as we have hope no situation is hopeless. --Wilferd A Peterson continued on next page Page 17
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Hope: The Miracle Medicine -- continued from page 17
“While there is life there is hope, has deeper meaning in reverse. While there is hope there is life. Hope comes first, life follows. Hope gives power to life. Hope rouses life to continue to expand, to grow, to reach out, to go on. Hope sees a light where there isn’t any. Hope lights candles in millions of despairing hearts. Where would I be without hope?” ~ Wilferd A. Peterson May 23, 1933
Uncovering The Quantum Dream
-- By Doug Grunter
he year 1900 ushered in the 20th century, the modern era most of us have spent a good deal of
our lives in. In order to get a better sense of the new 21st century, it would be interesting to get a “bigger picture” of the underlying forces which helped define the preceding one. The year 1900 which launched the 20th century saw three extraordinary events which at the time seemed disconnected. I hope to show in this column just how connected they were and just how fascinating and important this connection is. The bold type of certain words are my emphasis. continued on next page Page 18
Uncovering The Quantum Dream
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revolution so greatly affecting our lives. One of the most mysterious results of quantum theory is that the world we observe at any one time is but one of a multi-layered potential of realities existing at the same time.
Event 1: Dr. Sigmund Freud publishes the ground-breaking book, xcd. While dreams had been observed with great
Event 3: L. Frank Baum publishes The Wizard of Oz, a spiritual allegory based on a dream.
interest at various points in ancient history, they had
So what connects these three significant events? Well,
never been considered worthy of a more scientific and
it’s easy to see the connection between Freud and The
cross-cultural investigation. Freud changed all that. He
Wizard of Oz—the dream. And connecting the dream to
created psychoanalysis, a deep study of how our dark,
unconscious energy patterns control most of our behavior. Further, he showed how a detailed study of our dreams are, as he phrased it, “the royal road to the unconscious.”
Event 2: Physicist Max Planck discovers quantum phenomena and is the first to suggest a quantum theory to explain mysterious phenomena which had baffled scientists for decades. Quantum physics would go on to greatly influence Albert Einstein and become the most successful scientific theory of all time, leading to the computer continued on next page Page 19
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For example: The Wicked Witch on one level is Dorothy’s nasty neighbor who wants Toto destroyed for digging up her garden and chasing her cats. But on a deeper, metaphorical level the Wicked Witch can represent the dark fear within which, when encountered, leads to liberation and enlightenment.
Since Quantum Theory leads to the mysterious conclusion that at any one time there are a number of potential parallel realities, this ties into a strategy for dream work I have discussed in previous dream columns, namely that one of the most important methods of uncovering the hidden meanings of our dreams is to
Let’s dig deeper. The nasty neighbor’s name is Elvira
remember that every person and object in our dreams
Gulch. A gulch is a ravine with a dry creek bed (a lack
has many metaphorical layers of meaning all at the same
of water). In the dream world water often represents
emotion. So the nasty neighbor displays a lack of emotional connection and in Dorothy’s dream, as the witch, she is destroyed when water gets poured on her (as a result of Dorothy’s attempt to save the scarecrow from fire; in other words, Dorothy’s emotional concern for a companion overcomes the emotionless gulch of the witch’s psyche). continued on next page Page 20
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quantum theory of multi-layered realities were keys to three important events which launched the 20th century, let’s look at a potential collective meaning of Dorothy’s dream.
After the defeat of the Wicked Witch, Dorothy then learns the spiritual lesson her quest was always after: All along she had the power to return to her “spiritual” home—she just needed to learn that the answer was never going to come from someone else such as the Wizard—the answer
The dream is a result of a tornado. A tornado in waking
was always “within” her.
life is a terrifyingly destructive physical force. As we
As I’ve noted in previous dream columns, our dreams are both unique to each of us and at the same time collective (that is each dream has a more universal meaning which according to the great psychologist Carl Jung comes out of a Collective Unconscious). Since the dream and the
launch into the year 2013 we are all well aware of the terribly destructive force of tornadoes, hurricanes, and tidal waves which are increasing due to climate change. So we can look at the 20th century quantum dream as an anticipation of the need to identify climate change, become aware of its present and potential impact, and come up with solutions. In the dream world a tornado is a multi-layered metaphor whose meanings include: A “clearing of the air” about a significant issue; a wiping out of previously held beliefs, opening up the potential to see a deeper reality; continued on next page Page 21
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and the mark of being “torn” over an issue (“torn” being
Watching our cherished consumer habits which no
the root “tornado”), in this case being torn between
longer serve the bigger picture get blown away can be
changing our destructive consuming habits to address the
emotionally terrifying. Seeing The Wizard of Oz as a
causes of climate change or giving into our comfort zone
quantum dream, we may well need the combination of
and continuing to consume as we’ve been conditioned to
brains (Scarecrow), heart (Tin Man), courage (Lion), and
spiritual awareness (Dorothy) to deal with these life-
On the metaphoric level where dreams operate, a
dramatic tornado (“clearing the air”) may be necessary so that we can see with a fresh, new vision what is required to deal with the deep changes taking place, both personally and collectively. Are we willing to take the spiritual trip “within” and encounter our darkest fears and challenges?
8 Ways to Lose Weight Without Dieting or Exercise -- By Laurel House
ant to lose weight without going to the gym? Take advantage of some of life’s greatest
(and surprisingly fat burning) pleasures like sleep, sex, acupuncture, laughter, and just breathing deeply—no diet, no sweat.
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8 Ways to Lose Weight Without Dieting or Exercise -- continued from page 22 acupuncture has been used for centuries to regulate weight by helping with metabolism and energy production. According to acupuncturist Douglas Eisenstark L.Ac., who has served as a Clinic Supervisor at Emperor’s College and Yo-San University, “Weight loss is a part of the ‘middle burner’ or the spleen, stomach and liver organ systems of Chinese Medicine.” Focusing
1. Lose Weight by Having Sex Sex is a great way to lose weight. In fact, the average sex session burns 150 to 250 calories per half hour—
on those meridians address digestion and the clearing, which are also related to stress—a common cause of overeating.”
depending on how athletic your sex tends to be. Dr. Laura Berman, PhD, LCSW, a clinical assistant professor of obstetrics-gynecology and psychiatry at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University in Chicago, and director of the Berman Center has said that sex is definitely a good workout—even if you aren’t extremely acrobatic—as sex naturally gets your heart rate up, which in turn improves circulation and burns
In conjunction with the acupuncture, herbs are a vital
calories and fat. By practicing positions other than
part of Chinese Medicine. Doug doesn’t just put his
just missionary, you are also engaging different muscle
patients on an across the board weight loss formula since
groups, so it can be both a cardio and toning exercise.
the impetus for weight gain is different for each person.
2. Lose Weight with Acupuncture and Herbs The point of acupuncture is to balance specific organ systems in the promotion of a healthy body. But more than tonifying the blood and keeping the Qi in check,
“Weight loss formulas generally help in digestion. However, there are different formulas for different conditions and each case is different. One should see an experienced Chinese herbalist to get a proper formula.” continued on next page Page 23
8 Ways to Lose Weight Without Dieting or Exercise -- continued from page 23 charge of blood sugar and fat storage. Sleep deprivation has been linked to increased levels of insulin, which makes weight loss more challenging. Bottom line: unless you want your bottom to continue to expand, treat yourself to a good night sleep– nightly.
4. Lose Weight by Getting a Massage Massage improves circulation, helping in the interchange
3. Lose Weight by Sleeping Sleep is more than just a pretty-making mechanism. While you get your beauty rest, your body is working away to regulate your systems and heal any damage done from daily wear and tear. More than the necessary mending, your digestive system is also pumping hard to process your food, metabolizing carbohydrates and breaking down fats. Some studies have linked sleep deprivation to weight
of oxygen and nutrients between the blood and tissue cells which increases muscle recovery and strengthening. More than muscle, massage is believed to be able to move toxins and water weight from the body as well as burst fat cells, forcing them to be absorbed away instead of bunching up on your thighs. More than releasing water weight and breaking down fat cells, according to reflexology there are certain pressure points on the feet that can stimulate the metabolism and encourage weight loss.
problems, with the likely culprit being changes in hormone levels—cortisol and insulin in particular. Cortisol’s main responsibility is the regulation of sugar, protein, fat, mineral and water metabolism. When physical or emotional stress throws us out of whack, cortisol reacts by pumping up the produced levels. Sleep deprivation also triggers cortisol production. Insulin is in continued on next page Page 24
8 Ways to Lose Weight Without Dieting or Exercise -- continued from page 24 walks keep it up long term (and often stay longer than an hour)– which is a much high rate of return than any average exercise program. Not sure that dog walking is your cup of tea? Determine your volunteer personality then make sure to incorporate an active angle, like walking along
5. Lose Weight by Volunteering
a local trail picking up trash or preparing food at a
Whether you’re collecting trash along the ocean’s shore,
neighborhood food bank. The great news is, even if you
helping out at a retirement home, or walking shelter
don’t lose weight, you know you’ve done your part to
dogs, volunteering is undoubtedly a great green activity
help the environment or another person today.
that lets you get out of your box and do something for someone other than yourself.
6. Lose Weight with Spice If you want to start shedding pounds tonight, toss an
Now, more than a do-good pursuit, you might also be
extra clove of garlic into your crock pot. The Endocrine
able to make your contribution a multi-tasking activity,
Society’s annual meeting in San Francisco showed that
especially when it comes to hanging out with rescue
spicing up your meals with garlic and pepper can help
pups. Research from the University of Missouri at
curb overeating. Research revealed that overweight
Columbia showed that volunteers who walked shelter
people who added extra calorie-free and salt-free
dogs for an hour a week also lost weight—about 12
flavors to their meals lost an average of 30 pounds in
pounds a year. Up your dog walking activity to 20
six months. Alan Hirsch, M.D., founder of the Smell
minutes a day for five days a week and the average
& Taste Treatment and Research
weight loss goes up to 14 pounds a year! Volunteering
Foundation in Chicago says that
at a shelter is, sure, great for the dogs, but it’s great for
“The flavors made people focus
your mind and body too. Some studies have shown
on the sensory characteristics of
that about 70% of people who commit to those weekly
the food — its smell and taste.” continued on next page Page 25
8 Ways to Lose Weight Without Dieting or Exercise -- continued from page 25 When foods are more enjoyable, eaters tend to feel fuller faster and therefore aren’t tempted to overeat. A few spices to try: onions, garlic, hot peppers, and horseradish. A note: try to skip the salt which promotes water weight gain—it may not be fat, but the swell sure makes it seem like it.
green exercises that so many people do incorrectly. “Singers breathe correctly.” Billy says, “It is the kind of breath that you are supposed to do in daily life. It’s called diaphragmatic breathing– in through your nose and out through mouth. As you breathe in your stomach is filled with the maximum amount of oxygen and so your stomach expands and goes out. When you exhale your stomach goes in.” It makes sense when you think about it, but it’s opposite of how the average person breathes. Full deep diaphragmatic breathing actually burns more calories and helps to tone your abs because you are actively using the muscles in your core over and over again all day long. It also delivers more oxygen to your blood and muscles, allowing you to workout harder and
7. Lose Weight with Every Breath You Take We couldn’t live if we didn’t breathe. The question is: Are you reaping all of the rewards of your breath? Breathing correctly can actually help you to lose weight. Problem is—few people do. Scientists from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque found that women who relaxed in meditation class once a week lost an average of 4 lbs a month. Billy Blanks Jr,. who helps thousands lose weight with his “Dance with Me” classes and DVDs, believes that
longer. Not sure if you’re doing it right? Billy suggests that you lay on your back. When we lay on our backs we naturally breathe correctly. Place your hand on your stomach and naturally inhale, watching your belly and your hand raise up. Then slightly open your mouth and slowly, with control exhale. The goal is to exhale for 35 counts. Once you master it, diaphragmatic breathing becomes second nature.
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8 Ways to Lose Weight Without Dieting or Exercise -- continued from page 26 8. Lose Weight with Laughter Laughter really may be the best medicine. Not only does it calm the nerves, improve the immune system, and break the ice, but it also burns calories. Yes, a good giggle provides a natural cardiovascular workout for your insides, by increasing your heart rate and circulation, and toning your abdominal muscles. Dr. William Fry of Stanford University says, “Laughing heartily five times a day has the same beneficial effects as ten minutes on a rowing machine.” What’s more? Ten to 15 minutes of solid laughter can burn 50 calories which can translate to 4.4 pounds in a year– hey, every little bit counts!
HEALTH ON POINT
Acupuncture Unlocks Physical & Emotional Pain -- By Nicole Cutler, L.Ac.,MTCM
ost people perceive their body’s aches and pains as signs of a physical problem—such as a pulled, strained or
sprained muscle, ligament or tendon. Lower back pain beginning immediately after lifting a heavy box from an awkward position may simply be a physical manifestation of unfortunate body mechanics. However, some episodes of chronic pain may have little to do with the physical body. More often than not, some types of pain are a result of emotional blockages. Because acupuncture does not distinguish between physical and psychological etiologies, pain treatments frequently unlock stuck emotions. continued on next page Page 27
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Acupuncture theory is based on the understanding
From a western perspective, energy can be interpreted
that smooth ‘qi’ movement forms the basis for health.
as either a physical or psychological entity. Typically
Westerners typically correlate the concept of what qi is
viewed in terms of energy quantity, examples include:
most with the term ‘energy.’ Although qi encompasses much more than energy, it has similar characteristics: •
heat increases its movement
cold slows it down
its absence leads to a reduction in activity
its containment leads to an increase in internal
An abundance of physical energy can help
someone run a marathon or shovel the driveway.
A deficit of emotional energy can leave someone
feeling drained, apathetic or depressed.
Although energy quantity is also considered by acupuncturists, a prominent imbalance for which people seek treatment is energy congestion. Known as ‘stagnant qi,’ energy congestion can be physical, psychological or a combination of the two. While stagnant qi has various etiologies, it frequently manifests as acute or chronic physical pain. Thus, an acupuncture treatment for a headache, dislocated rib, stiff neck or low back
By recognizing that qi flows all throughout the body, it is easy to recognize that an interruption in qi flow has the potential to be problematic. Acupuncturists
pain can easily consist of the same points as a treatment addressing post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, anger or despondency.
are extensively trained in the pathways in which qi travels, and the points used are intended to influence qi flow. Thus, acupuncture needles have the capacity to encourage qi movement where it is constricted, regardless of if the problem has a physical or emotional basis.
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surprise to someone who is unaware they are harboring emotional tension. Luckily, acupuncturists are well aware of the interconnectedness between physical pain and psychological issue—and will assure their patients that their unexpected crying outburst is normal and healthful. Acupuncture’s demonstration of the link between emotional and physical stagnant qi does not imply that From another perspective, receiving acupuncture usually
someone’s pain is all in their head. Rather, it confirms
helps simultaneously improve physical and emotional
that the origins of physical and emotional types of
issues. As such, an acupuncture treatment designed to
pain can be one and the same. Likewise, receiving
increase qi flow for a stiff neck can have two outcomes;
acupuncture treatment can help ease aches and pains
relief of the neck pain and a release of congested
while simultaneously opening the gates of an emotional
emotions. This ‘emotional release’ often comes as a
A Natural Approach to Raynaud’s with Therapeutic Essential Oils -- By Joan Apter
aynaud’s disease (syndrome or phenomenon) is a condition wherein the arteries to an area of the body
narrow reducing the blood flow. The most common areas are the hands and feet and occasionally the ears, lips, or nose may be affected. Usually these are brief episodes and the fingers or toes become cool and may turn blue or white. As blood flow returns there may be numbness or throbbing and a reddish color. Another result reported is the nails forming ridges and becoming brittle.
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antispasmodic, assist circulation, decongestant, repair fragile skin, balance the endocrine system, increase oxygenation to the body’s cells and detoxify, repair and nourish the skin.
Methods of Application We can apply the oils topically, with massage, in baths (always use a dispersant such as sea salt or Epsom salts The narrowing of the blood vessels is known as vasospasm and is a natural response of the body in times of stress, reducing blood flow to the extremities and protecting the core organs. In Raynaud’s the sympathetic nervous system over-reacts to an external trigger and reduces or cuts off the blood supply to one or more areas of the body. The most common triggers are temperature changes or stress.
before adding oils to bath water), compresses, inhaling or with a diffuser. A cold air diffuser is the most effective way to finely vaporize essential oils without harming or altering their vital components and valuable properties. Unlike aroma lamps or candles, a diffuser disperses oils without the heating or burning that damages the fragile essential oil constituents and can even create toxic compounds.
Raynaud’s tends to be worsened by use of tobacco and caffeine, and often develops in the early teens. It is most prevalent in females. The use of drugs such as beta-blockers, and close proximity to low temperatures are known to exacerbate Raynaud’s syndrome. When approaching Raynaud’s disease with essential oils, we are primarily choosing oils that are analgesic, continued on next page Page 30
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Recommended Essential Oils for Warming:
The second formula is used alternately with Formula 1
Nutmeg, Mace, Clove, Black Pepper, Geranium,
until the condition eases off and relief is obtained. Use
Palmarosa, Lavender, Fennel and Rosemary.
exactly as directed above for one week, in the bath and
This treatment is a two-part regime of baths and
as a massage oil.
massage, using two formulas on alternate weeks. For
the first week:
Black Pepper 10 drops
Formula 1: Nutmeg 15 drops
Geranium 10 drops Nutmeg 10 drops
Lavender 5 drops Geranium 10 drops
Essential Oils for Circulation
Make a blend using these proportions or use these
Essential oils may be extremely useful for promoting
amounts to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil for a massage
circulation. Myrtle, lemon, and cypress have been
used to strengthen and dilate capillaries and increase
Bathe twice a day in the morning and evening (before bed) using 6-8 drops of the blend. The water should be hot but not uncomfortable. Massage your fingers and toes. Add 5 drops blend to each tablespoon of vegetable oil to make a massage oil and apply it all over your body except your face. Get your partner or a friend to massage your back for you. Pay special attention to your toes and fingers as well as arms, legs, bottom, tummy, chest, and shoulders. Do this daily. During an attack, use the massage oil as often as you like and double up on the fingers and toes.
circulation. Helichrysum, clove and citrus oils are natural blood thinners, balancing the viscosity or thickness of the blood, and they amplify the effects of cypress. Marjoram relaxes muscles and dilates blood vessels, while nutmeg acts as a circulatory stimulant and anti-inflammatory. Goldenrod is a vein decongestant. Niacin (nicotinic acid) is effective for dilating blood vessels and increasing circulation. The amino acid L-arginine and cayenne pepper have similar properties.
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Goldenrod, Helichrysum, Marjoram, Cypress, Myrtle,
TOPICAL: Dilute 50-50, 2-4 drops on affected area 2-3
Orange, Grapefruit, Clove, Peppermint, Geranium,
times daily. Also apply over carotid arteries and pulse
Nutmeg, Cistus, Lemongrass
points, wherever arteries are close to the skin surface.
Blends: *Aroma Life- (Helichrysum, Ylang Ylang, Marjoram
BODY MASSAGE, 2-3 times weekly, start at the feet and work up to heart.
and Cypress) Improves cardiovascular, lymphatic and circulatory systems. Reduces stress. *Pan Away- (Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove and Peppermint) *En-R-Gee- (Rosemary, Juniper, Lemongrass, Nutmeg, Idaho Balsam Fir, Clove and Black Pepper) Warming and stimulating. *Citrus Fresh- (Orange, Tangerine, Lemon, Mandarin, Grapefruit and Spearmint) The citruses promote joy and peace and are euphoric.
Additional CirculationSupport: *Rub 2-4 drops Aroma Life on the carotid arteries and
*Harmony- (Geranium, Rosewood, Lavender,
pulse points, wherever an artery comes close to the skin,
Sandalwood, Frankincense, Orange, Lemon, Angelica,
two times daily
Hyssop, Spanish Sage, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile,
*Apply 2-4 drops Harmony over areas of poor
Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Palmarosa, Rose and Spruce)
circulation, one to three times daily, as needed
Creates a harmonic balance for the energy centers of the
*Take 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper with a full glass of pure
body. Uplifting and elevating to the mind.
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To Improve Circulation
*Joy (Rose, Bergamot, Mandarin, Ylang Ylang, Lemon,
Circulation Blend #1: • 5 drops Basil • 8 drops
Geranium, Jasmine, Palmarosa, Roman Chamomile and
Marjoram • 10 drops Cypress • 3 drops Peppermint
Circulation Blend #2: • 3 drops Basil • 2 drops
Inhale deeply; apply on chest or under nose. Diffuse.
Peppermint • 4 drops Cypress • 8 drops Marjoram • 10 drops Wintergreen
Essential Oils for Pain Control To pinpoint the most effective essential oil for quenching
Dilute either of the above recipes in one-teaspoon pure
pain, it may be necessary to try each of the essential oils
fatty oil (i.e. olive or jojoba) and massage on location, one
in these categories to find the one that is most effective
to three times daily.
for your particular pain situation. One of the most effective essential oils for blocking pain is peppermint. A recent study by in 1994 showed that peppermint oil is extremely effective in blocking calcium channels and substance P, important factors in the
Essential Oils for Stress *Peace and Calming (Blue Tansy, Patchouli, Tangerine, Orange and Ylang Ylang) *Lavender- (Lavandula angustifolia) has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it. Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy.
transmission of pain signals. Other essential oils that have unique pain-relieving properties include Helichrysum, Idaho Balsam Fir, and Douglas Fir. The blend PanAway is powerful for pain reduction. When applied on location or to the Vita Flex points on the feet, it can act within seconds. Alternate with Relieve It. These two blends are powerful combination for deeptissue pain as well as bone-related pain.
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Single Oils for Pain: Peppermint, Helichrysum, Spruce, Wintergreen, Ginger,
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Massage into skin vigorously, after your shower or bath, always towards the heart.
Clove, Elemi, Oregano, Douglas Fir, Idaho Balsam Fir, Rosemary
Blends: *Relieve It- (Spruce, Black Pepper, Peppermint and Hyssop) *PanAway- (Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove and Peppermint) *Aroma Siez- (Basil, Marjoram, Lavender, Peppermint and Cypress) *Sacred Mountain- (Spruce, Idaho Balsam Fir, Cedarwood and Ylang Ylang)
Young Living massage oil blends:
To increase oxygenation to the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cells
*Cel-Lite Magic Massage Oil combines the health-
enhancing benefits of specially selected vegetable oils
*R.C. (Eucalyptus globules, Eucalyptus radiata,
with vitamin E and therapeutic grade essential oils to
Eucalyptus citriodora, Myrtle, Pine, Spruce, Marjoram,
nourish and tone skin. Grapefruit essential oil benefits
Lavender, Cypress and Peppermint)
skin texture and Juniper essential oil helps detoxify
*Raven (Ravensara, Eucalyptus radiata, Peppermint, Wintergreen and Lemon) Mix with Frankincense, especially if you smoke cigarettes.
and cleanse skin. Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, with Grapefruit Peel Oil, Cypress Oil,
Massage Oils to detoxify, repair and nourish the skin--
Cedarwood Bark Oil, Juniper Oil,
will also aid in circulatory stimulation.
Clary Sage Oil. continued on next page Page 34
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With Raynaud’s and any other condition, essential oils can uplift mood and emotion, bring back a feeling of hope, and assist the systems of the body to regain function. I have seen profound shifts with clients, family, friends and pets using this safe and effective form of plant medicine. Essential oils are considered one of the most powerful Ortho Sport Massage Oil is designed for both professional and amateur athletes, as well as anyone who works or plays hard. Ortho Sport Massage Oil has a higher phenol content, which has been used traditionally to produce a warming sensation and provide relief to tired muscles. Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, with Wintergreen Leaf Oil, Peppermint Oil, Oregano Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Elemi Gum Oil, Vetiver Root Oil, Lemongrass Oil and Thyme Oil.
Conclusion Essential oils can deeply influence our physical imbalances, psychological well-being and our spiritual equilibrium.
magnifiers of human intention due to the interaction between their electromagnetic frequency with our own. They assist the body to regain balance or homeostasis, and are truly one of the miracles of nature’s pharmacy!
NOTE: The Importance of Purity In this article, I mention blends and essential oil products from Young Living Essential Oils. Young Living Essential oils are unadulterated, uncut and free of chemicals, pesticides and heavy metals. They are grade A medicinal grade and can be used knowing they are safe to use as described. Please do not buy off the shelf essential oils that are often extended and adulterated. Medicinal grade oils cost more, but are safe and effective to use as described.
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If an essential oil is going to be applied to the body or inhaled, then it needs to be of the highest quality to achieve the desired healing effects. Therapeutic grades of oil require proper distillation as well as attention to growing, harvesting, packaging and distribution. There are international standards for therapeutic grade essential oils. ISO and AFNOR standards are generally the two referred to most often. The AFNOR standards state the percentages of certain chemical constituents that must be present for an essential oil to be considered therapeutic grade. In order to gain the AFNOR stamp of approval, the oils must be sent to France for testing. Young Living oils meet and often exceed industry requirements.
Cure What Ails You
-- By Patricia Martin
t’s been a particularly bad flu and cold season, and in spring there’s still plenty of
bugs and viruses that will spring to life along with the crocus. Here are some natural remedies to help cure what ails you and keep you healthy.
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Ginger Honey Tea for Colds and Flu
“Maggie’s Home Remedy” via Nancy
Terri Lundquist, who is the owner of The Village
Vienneau of “Good Food Matters”
Herbalist in Millerton, kindly shared her special
We came across this wonderful remedy from Nancy
concoction Ginger Honey Tea with me. It’s delicious,
Vienneau that’s good for all kinds of things that can
soothing, and will help relieve those unpleasant cold
ail you—including coughs, sniffles, colds, and the flu.
and flu symptoms. Wrap your hands around a nice hot
Nancy has graciously allowed us to reprint excerpts
mug and enjoy! (Take a peek at Terri’s shop at http://
from her original blog post with the dynamite recipe,
which we have found to be very potent, and highly
recommend! Here’s the recipe, and what she had to
say about it. (Be sure to visit Nancy’s blog at http://
1/2 inch to 1 inch piece of
fresh ginger root (to taste, no
need to peel) •
2 cups of water
1/2 cup local honey (or more)
Optional ingredients: garlic slices, echinacea root,
fresh squeezed lemon juice, cayenne pepper Directions: Slice the ginger root into coins. Gently simmer ginger in the water for 15 – 20 minutes. Remove from heat, pour into a mug and add honey (again, to taste). You can add as much as equal parts ginger tea to honey if desired. Additions: garlic slices or echinacea root can be added
It’s an easy one,using four items found in most
with the ginger; fresh squeezed lemon juice or a pinch
pantries: Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, Ginger, and
of cayenne pepper can be added at
Cayenne…plus some water.
the end after the honey.
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Just last night, Bill came home after a long workday. His voice was spent, and he had that dull, woozy feeling you get when the onset of a cold is trying to make its way into your head. He snatched up the little bottle, gave it a vigorous shake, and poured a tablespoonful. “Ahhhh. This is the Good Stuff,” he said. I’m not saying it’s a cure-all, or some homeopathic Combined, I learned from Maggie, that quartet of
miracle drug. But it did a mighty fine job taking the
pantry ingredients creates a potent remedy to some
place of store-bought cough suppressants, expectorants,
of the ails of winter: Sore throat, hacking cough, tight
Wouldn’t you rather have a dose of spicy honey-cider
Combined, they turn into a curious orange syrup that
syrup from a little jar mixed up in the kitchen than any
can cut through the croup. And, the taste is really good!
of those bottles lurking in the medicine cabinet?
Like you, we’ve been trying to duck the dreaded cold
I thought so.
germs: wash our hands, eat well, get enough sleep, stay warm. Sometimes even the most valiant efforts get foiled.
Stay warm. Stay healthy. Take good care. And, if need be, take your remedy.
I first mixed up a batch for Bill over the holidays, when he caught a cold accompanied by a strangling cough. The Remedy went right to work, acting as both a calming agent and expectorant. So, last month, when I felt run down, tight with a tickle in the throat, I shook up a little Remedy. A spoonful or two seemed to break its hold, suppress the devilish tickle.
The Skinny on Skin: Caring for Our “Largest Organ” -- By Patricia Martin
here’s nothing sweeter than a baby’s skin….And
commercial moisturizers include petrolatum and silicone,
no matter what page of the calendar we are on, we
which are not good for skin, can cause skin irritation or
should all baby our own skin.
allergic reactions in some people, and can exacerbate
Made up of two main layers—the epidermis and the
dryness over time, as well as allowing your skin to absorb
dermis—skin is the body’s largest organ. In adults it
their irritating and potentially toxic ingredients. Look for
covers about 3000 square inches, weighs around six
moisturizing ingredients like aloe vera, cocoa butter and
pounds, and receives about one third of the blood that
circulates through the body. Plus, skin is impressive: it’s rugged, flexible, and practically waterproof. Our great protector, it has the unique ability to regenerate and repair itself. Love the skin you’re in by keeping it soft and supple, the natural way.
Tips for Babying Your Skin Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated helps plump skin up and makes it healthier. Choose gentle, natural moisturizers. Common ingredients found in many
Skip harsh soaps. The soap you’re using—even if it says “gentle” on the package—might be leaching your skin of its lipids. All-natural soaps and body washes are a better choice. Shower in warm water. Hot water is hard on skin and strips it of its natural oils. Use warm water, keep the shower/bathing time short, and close the bathroom door to retain moisturizing humidity in the room. Don’t rub! After bathing or showering, quickly and gently pat the skin partially dry with a towel. continued on next page Page 39
The Skinny on Skin: Caring for Our “Largest Organ”-- continued from page 39 humidifier to the central heating system of your home (if you use a portable humidifier, make sure to use it in your bedroom at night). Don’t forget to use sunscreen. It is just as easy to get sunburn in February as it is in July. Slather on a natural sunscreen and you’ll prevent damage and dryness.
Lock in the moisture. Within a few minutes of getting out of the shower apply a moisturizer to seal the water in the skin so it stays hydrated longer. (Topricin is an excellent moisturizer and can be applied many times a day as needed.)
Stay in the swim. Whether you like to swim competitively, for exercise, or just for fun, keep in mind that chlorinated pools can wreak havoc on skin. Treating it right and preventing it from drying, damaging pool chemicals can help keep you in the swim! Protecting skin from water damage is key. Applying Topricin 10 minutes
Exfoliate regularly. Help your body shed the dead skin cells that build up by using a loofah or body scrub made with coarse ingredients to buff your skin so it becomes soft and smooth. Use a humidifier. Increase the humidity level of air
before you jump in the pool helps to keep skin healthy by locking out excess moisture and forming an occlusive film that protects the skin’s natural oils. Eat right. Maintain a regular intake of fresh fruits and vegetables with vitamin C and A to keep skin glowing.
of your home and workplaces, and consider adding a continued on next page Page 40
The Skinny on Skin: Caring for Our “Largest Organ”-- continued from page 40
Why Topricin is Tops for skin
Topricin brings soothing relief to skin on the face, hands
Topricin soothes the skin, moisturizes, and provides
and feet, it also provides rapid healing and relief for
vibrancy and energy to the skin while giving your year-
symptoms associated with:
round skincare regimen a boost.
Topricin contains highly purified water, plus coconut oil, which is emollient for skin and provides natural, healthy moisture The synergy of its 11 natural medicines work together help to achieve overall health and vitality to the skin by naturally helping the body to detoxify and stimulate blood flow to increase and enhance oxygenation of the skin.
Eczema Psoriasis Calluses and dry flaky heels Dry, cracked skin Sun and wind burn Skin Deep Now that you know the skinny on skin, treat it right and it will love you back! Now that’s skin deep!
Other key active ingredients in Topricin include: arnica for injuries and bruising, Echinacea to help reduce inflammation, heloderma for relief from burning sensation in the hands/feet, and graphites that are beneficial for most skin conditions. But it’s the synergy of the natural biomedicines working together that make Topricin the ideal formula for taking care of skin.
Kicking The Junk Food Habit (And Why It’s Not So Easy) -- By Roufia Payman
unk food lays in wait for us everywhere…lurking in fast food and chain restaurants, on grocery store
shelves, at convenience markets, and inside vending machines.
or so-called healthy frozen entrees, for instance. The fact of the matter is that junk food is not only not good for you, it’s also addictive—making it a habit that’s hard to kick. Unfortunately, the food industry knows
Some food choices are obviously not nutritious—chips,
this and some companies deliberately manipulate
fried appetizers, sodas, processed cold cuts, sweets, and
consumers by “designing” foods that tickle our taste
so on. Other types of junk food are sneakier and less
buds and wire our brains to desire more.
obvious, hidden inside boxes of so-called natural cereal
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Kicking The Junk Food Habit (And Why It’s Not So Easy) -- continued from page 42 toxic feast consisted of a bacon cheddar double cheeseburger, sweet potato fries, and a milkshake.) The availability, proliferation, and palate appeal of junk food are contributing to the obesity epidemic in our country, along with ever-larger portions. In fact, studies show that one in three adults and one in five children are considered clinically obese. Another In his book, The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, Dr. David Kessler reveals how it’s the nearly irresistible combination of
alarming statistic is that 24 million Americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and 79 million people are pre-diabetic.
sugar, fat, and salt in processed junk food that keeps us
Eating junk food stimulates us to overeat, and the
coming back for more. A former commissioner of the
empty calories lead to weight gain. These unhealthy
U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Dr. Kessler says this
meals make us crave yet more sugar, fat and salt, when
unhealthy trio makes for “hyper-palatable” foods that
what our bodies really require are healthy foods that
stimulate a biological response, flooding our brains with
are nutritious and leave us satiated. We need to make
pleasure while leaving us nutritionally deprived and
conscious choices about how we fuel and nourish
According to Paige Einstein, a registered dietician with
David Satcher, former surgeon general and director
the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI),
of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
“This year, we found the highest-calorie menu items
agrees. After reading The End of Overeating, he
we’ve ever seen.” In the CSPI’s latest “XTreme Eating
said, “Dr. Kessler thoroughly examines the nature of
Awards,” it found that a heavyweight meal at one major
our relationship with food and why it is critical to
fast food chain tallied up to a staggering 3,500 calories,
understand and modify our behavior to reverse this
with 88 grams of saturated fat, 3,720 milligrams of
global threat to health and well-being.”
sodium, and about 1/3 cup of sugar. (This “winning”
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Kicking The Junk Food Habit (And Why It’s Not So Easy) -- continued from page 43 Another book just released—Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times—further explores the grip “Big Food” has on consumers and why the obesity rate continues to climb.
BACK TO NATURE
He explains that the food industry has distorted the
Go for foods that have little or no processing, and
American diet by formulating products for maximum
arrive at the table in as natural a state as possible. Good
“bliss”—and hence over consumption.
choices are steamed or roasted vegetables, salads with dressing on the side, and meats without heavy sauces or gravy. Keep it simple. Food that’s baked, steamed, grilled, or poached is healthier than food that’s friend, coated/crusted, or stuffed.
DETECTIVE WORK Read labels to see what’s inside that frozen food entre or cereal. Pay
DE-JUNK YOUR DIET
particular attention to the first four
So how can we loosen the grip of junk food’s allure
or five ingredients, and if salt, sugar, non-whole grain
and achieve and maintain a healthy diet?
carbohydrates, saturated fat/partially hydrogenated oil
SMART ALTERNATIVES For starters, eliminate as many “culprits” as you can from your diet. Want a sweet? Eat a piece of fruit. Crave salt? Turn to tasty herbs and spices. Make a creamy soup without the fat by leaving out cream and pureeing it instead. Your palate will soon become accustomed to the change and soon sugar, salt, and fat will no longer appeal to your taste buds.
or corn syrup are listed, put the item back on the shelf. Ditto with chemical enhancements, artificial flavoring, and dyes. Keep your eye out for anything ending in “ose” because sugar can be listed as sucrose, dextrose, lactose, maltose, fructose, and glucose. continued on next page Page 44
Kicking The Junk Food Habit (And Why It’s Not So Easy) -- continued from page 44 GO FROM BLAND TO BLISSFUL
ROUFIA’S RECIPE CORNER
Jazz up simple, nutritious food with a punch of flavor to keep your taste buds happy and your body healthy. Experiment with spices, which have benefits beyond taste. For example, cinnamon lowers blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and turmeric has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Here are some ideas for adding a blissful twist to healthy foods without adding calories.
ONE-POT SUPERFOOD MEDLEY This is an easy and filling meal to make, and super nutritious as well as delicious. 1 bunch kale
• Carrots: Roast with a splash of lime juice and
2 cloves of garlic, minced
season with chopped cilantro
1 can cannellini or black beans, drained and rinsed
• Beans: Sauté onion and garlic, add diced
2 cooked beets, diced
tomatoes, a dash of cumin, chili powder, turmeric,
1 small shallot, chopped
and bay leaves to dried beans or canned beans that
1 Tablespoon Olive oil
you rinse and drain.
• Milk. Add a spoonful of local honey and a dash
Salt & pepper
of cinnamon to a hot cup of milk (dairy, almond, rice, soy). If you add hot black tea, a dash of ground cardamom and nutmeg, you have homemade chai.
• Wash kale and tear into bite-size pieces. Place in a large saucepan with a little water and cook on low until the kale is soft and tender. • Turn up heat a little, add 1 tablespoon olive oil • Add garlic, shallot, cooked beets (boiled or roasted), and beans. • When all is warm, add balsamic vinegar and salt & pepper to taste. Page 45
Stay In The Swim!
any people are surprised to know that the chemical agents used in swimming pools—
while having issues of their own—generally aren’t the cause of dry skin associated with doing laps. The real cause: Immersion in water for long periods of time tends to remove the thin, protective layer of oil in our skin, disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance, and causing dry, itchy skin. So protecting your skin from water saturation is key to keeping it comfortable and healthy. One of the best ways you can care for your skin pre and apres swimming is to protect it with Topricin. Topricin is beneficial because: • It balances moisture in the skin to keep it healthy • It locks out excess moisture by forming an occlusive film that protects skin’s natural oil Apply Topricin 10-minutes before going in the water to maximize its effectiveness, and then after drying off to help balance moisture in the skin and keep it healthy and supple. For more tips, check out this issue’s feature article “The Skinny on Skin!”
IN THE NEWS
Lou Takes Center Stage
t’s been a very busy season, with lots of exciting happenings! Here are some highlights:
Ever inspirational, our Lou has been busy with speaking engagements, providing vital information and tips to help people live a healthier lifestyle and avoid the deadly dangers of toxic and addictive chemical pain medications. In the past few months he’s spoken to veterans at Project New Hope, to doctors and professionals at the Integrative Healthcare Symposium, to breast cancer survivors, their families, and friends on Denise’s Breast Cancer Survivor’s Foundation’s “Cruise for a Cause” in the Bahamas, and at the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation’s Green Symposium. More presentations are booked in the coming months, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted if you sign up for our email announcements, (info@ topricin.com) and join us on Facebook, (facebook.com/Topricin)
IN THE NEWS
Ready To Rumble
e are a proud sponsor of the Rhinebeck Karate Academy and
Team Rumble. Whether they are practicing or competing, Topricin helps martial artists of all ages kick pain away!
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IN THE NEWS
Topricin Is Instrumental
ike “The Boss,” Topricin was “Born in the USA…” Which is why we
were excited to be featured at MusiCare’s fund-raising silent auction at
the Grammy kick-off gala honoring Bruce Springsteen as Person of the Year. Proceeds from the benefit provide essential support to MusiCares, which ensures that musicians and other industry professionals have a place to turn to in times of financial, medical, and personal need. Topricin is popular with amateur and pro musicians alike, who use it to treat the aches and pains that come from the physical demands of being on the road and performing. We are honored to know that Clarence Clemons—a prominent member of Springsteen’s E Street Band who played tenor sax—was a big fan of Topricin, and used it for many years prior to his passing. From rockers to classical musicians, performers know Topricin is “instrumental” for pain-free playing!
IN THE NEWS
A Top Green Product
ealthy Holistic Living honored Topricin by selecting it as one of the 100 Top Green Products of the
Year! “When we talk about ‘green’ we are talking about the holistic approach,” says Michelle Toole, author and founder of Healthy Holistic Living. “What that means is not only is the product healthy for Mother Earth, it must also be good for you. And not just the physical you, but also your mind, body, and soul.” Thank you, Michelle, for including Topricin on your list! Page 48
IN THE NEWS
For The Kids
e were delighted when Penn State students Lia Michos and Elizabeth Chang contacted us asking
if we would sponsor them at the THON dance-a-thon— which is the largest student-run philanthropy endeavor in the world. The THON raises money for pediatric cancer research, and funds raised go to the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Hersey Children’s hospital. The participants dance continuously for 46 hours FOR THE KIDS—so they needed the Topricin we provided for their backpacks! It is a very worthwhile and inspiring event, and this year the dancers broke last year’s record by raising $12.374 million. CONGRATULATIONS to these inspiring young men and women!
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com. Sponsored by Topical BioMedics, www.Are-You-In-Pain.com is an interactive global resource for pain-related issues, providing a home base for connecting all those who are experiencing pain and seeking solutions. The stories featured on this worthy website help educate and encourage people to discover pathways toward healing. Be part of the investigation, the education, and the solution…working together towards improving lives. www.areyouinpain.com Twitter: https://twitter. com/AreYouInPain Facebook: www.facebook.com/AreYouInPain Page 49
Natural Healing, Natural Wellness Contributors Lou Paradise Lou is the President and CEO of Topical BioMedics and the inventor of Topricin. He frequently serves as an expert speaker on the use of natural medicines, and has participated in addressing compliance issues related to the regulation of natural medicines as a member of the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists (AAHP). He is especially interested and active in issues regarding the care and treatment of the elderly, women and children, and his fellow veterans in VA medical centers around the country. Lou is a Marine Corps helicopter combat and rescue veteran who served two rotations in Vietnam. He is very modest about his combat service but his many decorations are for bravery in combat and the rescue of wounded solders, sailors, and fellow Marines and the humanitarian rescue of Vietnamese civilians.
Joan Apter A sought-after public speaker, Joan Apter, licensed massage therapist, offers aromatherapy massage, Young Living Essential Oil products, health consultations and classes. Contact Joan at email@example.com. Visit apteraromatherapy.com and facebook.com/joanapter
Annie B. Bond Best-selling author Annie B. Bond has been called “The foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine. Honed by her own experience with chemical poisoning, Annie now offers others information on pursing a healthy way of life that is in harmony with the earth. Her books include Clean and Green, Better Basics for the Home, Home Enlightenment, and the most recent release True Food, published by National Geographic. For more information, visit www.greenchicafe.com and www.anniebbond. com. She is also Editor-in-Chief of The Wellness Wire, which is a site for day-to-day, hands-on inspiration and help for detox, relaxation, menus and recipes, spa remedies, personal care solutions, fitness and wellness-related articles from around the world, at www.thewellnesswire.com.
Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM is a long time advocate of integrating perspectives on health. With a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester and a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute, Nicole has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2000. She has gathered acupuncture licenses in the states of California and New York, is a certified specialist with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association and has earned diplomat status with the National Commission of Chinese and Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. In addition to her acupuncture practice that focuses on stress and pain relief, digestion and immunity, Nicole contributes to the integration of healthcare by writing articles for professional massage therapists and people living with liver disease.
Natural Healing, Natural Wellness Contributors
Doug Grunther Doug is a certified dream work facilitator and regularly holds dream work study groups. He has been Woodstock, NY’s most noted radio talk show host for over 25 years. His popular program, “The Woodstock Roundtable,” can be heard over 100.1 WDST-FM and over the Internet at www.WDST.com. To contact Doug, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.dreamworkwithdoug.com
Laurel House Laurel is a healthy living expert, author, personal trainer, and journalist covering travel, relationships, healthy food and fitness in national print and online publications. She has a weekly Fitness and Healthy Food channel on Yahoo! Shine, a “Screwing the Rules” dating/relationships column on Giuliana Rancic’s FabFitFun.com, is a regular contributor to HealingLifestyles.com, a Dating Coach with DatingWithDignity.com, and a lifestyle contributor to E! News. Laurel has been featured on E! News, Weekend TODAY, The Daily Buzz, CBS, Fox, NBC, and ABC Morning News, and other TV shows. Her most recent book, QuickieChick’s Cheat Sheet to Life, Love, Food, Fitness, Fashion and Finance on a Less than Fabulous Budget, was published by St. Martin’s in May 2012. She also doles out dating/relationship advice at www.ScrewingTheRules.com.
Alexandra Jamieson Author, chef, and certified health and nutritional counselor, Alexandra is an advocate of holistic nutrition and healthy living. She has been seen on Oprah, The Final Word, 30 Days and the National Health Test with Bryant Gumble, and was featured in the awardwinning documentary Super Size Me. In her books, Living Vegan for Dummies (Wiley, 2009) and The Great American Detox Diet (Rodale, 2005), Alex offers sensible and tasty advice on how to detox, live healthfully, and feel fantastic. For more information, visit www.deliciousvitality.com
Patricia Martin Patricia is the managing editor of Natural Healing, Natural Wellness and the director of marketing for Topical BioMedics, Inc. She is also an author, poet, copywriter, journalist, and lifestyle columnist who frequently co-hosts Doug Grunther’s Woodstock RoundTable radio talk show on WDST 100.1 fm, Woodstock, NY.
Natural Healing, Natural Wellness Contributors Elise Muller Elise’s understanding of the medicine and wisdom of plants was passed on to her in folkloric tradition by people who held onto their customs, beliefs and stories. She received standard education in related fields as well—including Massage Therapy, Aromatherapy, and Plant Spirit Medicine – but her mentors and main influences have always been “the people” and the traditions she feels blessed to be a part of. Her company, Mountain Spirit Botanicals, is a reflection of these traditions. As an alternative to products that are chemically mass-produced, Elise has created a product line exclusively from plant material, with every ingredient either a plant or by-product of a plant/ tree that has been organically cultivated or ethically wild-harvested. She works only with companies that adhere to Fair Trade agreements and organic and sustainable practices. She believes that the song of birds, the buzz of bees, the caring intent of the farmer, the manner in which she “stirs the pot” all go into the end result: products born of integrity and love. For more information visit www.mountain-spiritbotanicals.com. Roufia Payman Roufia is the Director of Outpatient Nutritional Services at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY, where she directs the Bariatric Support Group, “New Leaf,” and “Get Real Weight Results” programs. For more information call 845-871-3600 or visit www.health-quest.org/ndh.
Laurie Towers Founder and CEO of Physical Advantage, NY, NY, Laurie is a fitness expert, former professional bodybuilder, and now Manhattan’s main massage maven. Perennially listed in New York Magazine’s “Best Of ” issue and featured on numerous television news shows and radio programs, Physical Advantage has established itself as the premier “serious” rehabilitative massage center in New York City, with a clientele that includes professional athletes, marathoners, dancers, actors, and singers. She is also the creator of the “Bridal Body Shop,” which helps brides-to-be get in shape with personal training sessions in their own home, and was recently named one of the top businesses primed for success in 2011 by Business News Daily. For more information visit www.physical-knead.com. Christina Towle Christina is Senior Editor of The Wellness Wire, which is a site for day-to-day, hands-on inspiration and help for detox, relaxation, menus and recipes, spa remedies, personal care solutions, fitness and wellness-related articles from around the world, at www.thewellnesswire.com. She received her B.A. from Princeton University. She has worked in production for Manhattan media companies including Wiley, Forbes Magazine, and ABC News. Her penchant towards news stories on health and wellness steered her towards obtaining her degree in Clinical Nutrition from the Natural Healing Institute of Naturopathy. In 2009, she left Manhattan to raise her son in the rural setting of Rhinebeck, NY. Prior to joining The Wellness Wire, Christina wrote for Healthygirl.net and handled public relations for Gigi Hudson Valley – a farm-to-fork food company. Page 52
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WELCOME NEW COLUMNIST
Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. She is also on the peer review board of the Natural Standard Database. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. www.elynjacobs.wordpress.com; Twitter@ survivelivewell; Facebook @Elyn Jacobs Consulting; LinkedIn @Elyn Jacobs;