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Step No. 1 in defense against any invading pathogen is: Be Healthy! Easier said than done. Recent statistics showed 80% of people who make an ER visit have chronic complex co-morbidities. That means they are unhealthy and have multiple diseases at once, i.e., diabetes, obesity, coronary heart disease, and more.

When talking about epidemics and pandemics, those who are immune compromised are the most likely to die. Especially when the respiratory component of a disease is the prevalent factor, as in the case of Corona Virus, pneumonia is lethal. 

Panic is generated when there is "nothing " to do for it except wash your hands and avoid public places. The first is possible, the second is not. 

I advocate to start with simple self care strategies that one CAN do and can do immediately . 

Step No. 1: Get tested for Vit D3. A majority of the population is deficient in this important Vitamin. Known as he "sunshine" vitamin and its role in calcium and bone homeostasis, it is relatively little know...

Financial Health Literacy

The Foundation Course

“Unless you’re Bill Gates, you’re just one serious illness away from bankruptcy”, Dr. David Himmelstein warns. Dr. Himmelstein is a Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York’s Hunter College and Lecturer at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Himmelstein et al, authored a study, that revealed the ominous truth of the state of health insurance, “Even the best job-based health insurance often vanishes when prolonged illness causes job loss-just when families need it most. Private health insurance is a defective product, akin to an umbrella that melts in the rain,” according to Himmelstein.

In 2014, The American Institutes for Research (AIR) found that only one in five Americans was likely to correctly calculate what he or she owed for a routine doctor’s visit. Fifty-one percent cannot predict their out-of-pocket healthcare costs for 2019 - a troubling finding from research by Alegeus.  The same research predicts that consumers will lea...

HEALTH & HARMONY

Loneliness is the NEW Heart Attack

"Study after study shows that people who are lonely, depressed, and isolated are three to five times more likely to die prematurely than people who feel connection in their life,” says Dr. Ornish.

Dr. Dean Ornish is an American physician and researcher. He is the president and founder of the nonprofit Preventive medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California. Dr. Ornish discovered Ornish Lifestyle Medicine, the scientifically proven program to reverse heart disease. His approach to treating heart disease through radical diet modification and exercise generated significant debate in the medical community.

In 1984 he began the Lifestyle Heart Trial, a controlled study of the effects of a low-fat diet and stress management regimen. In addition to giving up smoking and fatty foods, he included yoga, meditation and a support group.

Dr. Ornish himself suffered from isolation and depression as a young medical student and believes that the s...

Causes

The dog days of August are known for their steamy humidity.  We don't realize the toll that this type of weather can take on us, usually because we are in and out of air conditioned spaces throughout the day. Dehydration can occur even without prolonged exposure to the elements. 

Sometimes dehydration occurs for simple reasons: You don't drink enough because you're sick or busy, or because you lack access to safe drinking water when you're traveling, hiking or camping.

Other dehydration causes include:

  • Diarrhea, vomiting. Severe, acute diarrhea — that is, diarrhea that comes on suddenly and violently — can cause a tremendous loss of water and electrolytes in a short amount of time. If you have vomiting along with diarrhea, you lose even more fluids and minerals.

  • Fever. In general, the higher your fever, the more dehydrated you may become. The problem worsens if you have a fever in addition to diarrhea and vomiting.

  • Excessive sweating. You lose water when you sweat...

Ethical Will Writing Workshop

This workshop was born from the need of my patients/clients/friends/family/colleagues who fear death, who resist talking about death and who suffer needlessly when end-of-life conversations were never had. 

I have designed this workshop to "practice" talking about "it" in a non-threatening way. 

My people have found immeasurable comfort, healing, peace, laughter , satisfaction and closure in this process.  

What does Ethical mean?

Ethical means doing the right thing. By definition ethical pertains to or dealing with morals or the principles of morality; pertaining to right and wrong and conduct.

What is Ethics?

Ethics is based on well-founded standards of right and wrong that prescribe what humans ought to do, usually in terms of rights, obligations, benefits to society, fairness or specific virtues.

Ethics refers to the study and development of one’s ethical standards. Feelings, laws, and social norms can deviate from what is ethical. So, it is necessary to...

The Body Trauma of Grief

By Dr. Nancy Gahles,DC, CCH, OIM

Grief is a physiological reaction to an event or events that you think should not have happened. The happening is one of loss.  Loss is usually deemed as something that wasn’t timely. “It should not have happened, not at this time, too soon, too late”, are some of the laments one might hold inside. It is the bond, the affection attributed to the person, animal, possession or state of being that has been lost that triggers grief.

The mental state, the suffering or distress we experience as a reaction to loss is a felt state.  It is felt in the body/mind. It is felt as pain in the musculoskeletal system as contractions, spasms, arthritis, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. The sensation expressed as a feeling that “I will never be the same again”, “ I am crippled”, “I am vulnerable”.

In reactions to sudden loss the visceral experience has been described as “a punch in the stomach”, as though “someone stabbed me in the back”, o...

The Energy Body


 

I began my professional career as a Chiropractor by accident. I was a college student, studying to be a Doctor, preparing to take the MCATS, when I was involved in an auto accident. At the time, I was working part time for a dermatologist and part time in the ER at our local hospital. Steeped in the only form of medicine I knew of, I enthusiastically prepared myself to practice in this caregiving field.

I was born into a matriarchal lineage of Celtic healers. My mother was a nurse, her mother was a nurse, her sister was a nurse. They all provided home care and I observed, from their ministering to the sick and dying, the elements of healing that arise from loving touch, soothing words, kindnesses.

Although these elements were not present in the halls of the hospital, as far as I could see, I knew I would bring that element of healing into my work.

Then came the accident. A whiplash injury. A soft tissue injury. An injury that cannot be seen and was poorly diagnosed at the...

Adrenal Fatigue Presenting as Allergies

Many people have suffered from allergies all their lives. Some will relate that they only recently developed allergies, perhaps after a prolonged grief or loss when the immune system takes a dip, or after a hormonal shift such as adolescence, pregnancy or menopause.

Although winter is not typically the season in which we think of an allergic presentation, the stress of holidays, the change in environmental temperature and dietary indiscretions can result in symptoms that present as allergies.  When we inquire further, the emotional state of the individual may reveal stressors that have fatigued, if not exhausted, the adrenal glands.

What are allergies?

Allergies represent a number of conditions caused by a hypersensitivity of the immune system to something in the environment that usually causes little or no problems in most people.

Conditions that we are familiar with include: hay fever, food allergies, atopic dermatitis, allergic asthma and anaphylax...

Compassion and Wisdom

are the two wings of a bird

Flying to Enlightenment

~The Buddha


 

2018 began with top industry contenders parlaying prevailing medical paradigm into enlightenment through wisdom.

The Integrative Healthcare Symposium 2018, a bastion in the vanguard of education for Integrative Medicine, led the way in February.

Wisdom traditions were widely represented and their well worn paths to enlightenment were revealed. Among those were homeopathic medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic, herbs, nutrition, yoga, mindfulness, meditation, breath and body work, music, and Shin Jyutsu.

Wisdom traditions represent mankind’s deepest source of knowledge about Universal principles that govern harmonious, prosperous and sustainable existence. These principles are being revealed to us in a more consistent and meaningful way in this new age of consciousness that is born of compassion, compassionate listening and compassionate presence.

Wisdom traditions provide a conceptual framework for the develo...

By Dr. Nancy Gahles, DC, CCH, RSHom(NA), OIM (reprint from IP.com)

Type 2 diabetes is known among healthcare professionals as a disease that is amenable to diet and lifestyle changes. Reducing obesity, one of the comorbid conditions associated with Type 2 diabetes, has been demonstrated to reduce risk factors and the condition itself.

Diabetes represents one of the largest cost factors in our healthcare system and one of the most prevalent in our lives. Lifestyle is a word often bandied about in terms of diabetes management. Generally, it refers to exercise, diet and reducing stress.

The ubiquitous word stress rears its head in the vernacular.  It’s common usage has diluted the meaning to a generalized sense of angst or discomfort, irritation in everyday functions. The verb stressed is recounted to me by patients on a daily basis as a way in which they convey the etiology of their dis-ease. And dis-ease it is. And stressed they are, but how so?

The link between stress, that is, emotional s...

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