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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 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...

December 2, 2016

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By Dr. Nancy Gahles, DC, CCH, RSHom(NA), OIM

Feeling safe is a prerequisite to happiness, health, and wholeness, and to normal physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual development. The emotions associated with feeling safe begin in utero and follow us throughout our lives.

The element of safety allows us to take risks. Conscious choices, where we evaluate the risk and the reward, lead to stable, mature mental and emotional development and opportunities for creativity. When developed properly, sense of safety becomes an inner state of security and well-being, and allows for pursuit of relationships, bonding, and receiving or sharing attributes that create happiness.

With the rash of violence in recent times both in the United States and worldwide, an undercurrent of insecurity has fomented. The outcome of the recent presidential election elicited a similar response. People reported feeling insecure and unsafe both in their own neighborhoods and be...

April 17, 2017

    

I’ve watched athletes begin their game with the sign of the cross to bless themselves and ask for God’s protection on their game. I do that, too. I boot up the computer of my mind, body, and spirit with sound bytes, whispered prayers from all the wisdom traditions, invoking protection, abundance, and freedom. Freedom from the pain.

Then comes the cascade of thought forms—mental formations, the Buddhists call them, all the negative thoughts associated with the pain. “I can’t move”, “I won’t be able to go to work”, “How will I manage the shopping?” Let the mind games begin.

Ratcheting the feelings up a notch, the breathing changes. Stuck in the chest, panic, anxiety, shortness of breath. Catastrophizing, the psychologists call it.  “I will never be able to show my face again, everyone will know I am crippled”, “I will never get better”, “My life is over”. The sympathetic nervous system is in high gear, the feeling tone of the body is fueling the thoughts and you...

Middle Schoolers at Risk for Suicidal houghts

Health & Harmony

By Dr. Nancy Gahles

Middle Schoolers at Risk for Suicidal Thoughts

Middle schoolers are our future. Middle schoolers are our hope for creating a better world. Middle school comprises the 6th,7th and 8th grades where children are in the age group between 12-15. Supporting our teens through this time of emotional growth and development is crucial if our teens are going to actualize their potential and become self assured, powerful co-creators of their own lives.

Early adolescence is a time of tempestuous changes in physical, mental, emotional and social spheres. It is a time when peer pressure abounds. Peer pressure outwardly or inwardly generated to perform academically can challenge a developing sense of self worth.  Peer pressure to conform to the social modes of behavior as witnessed in the bullying phenomenon threatens to corrupt the moral values we, as parents, have worked so hard to instill in our children. Peer pressure to...

September 5, 2017

Health & Harmony

By Dr. Nancy Gahles, DC, CCH, OIM

Women in Pain

“There seems to be an ‘Oh she’s so neurotic’ attitude towards female chronic pain patients,” is how one woman described her experience with the healthcare system.

“I have seen many doctors...for my back pain and migraines and find that many of those doctors treat women as simple or stupid and direct questions or directions to male partners or friends,” wrote another woman.  These are responses from an online survey

conducted by National Pain Report and For Grace, a non-profit foundation.

According to their survey, over 90% of women with chronic pain feel the healthcare system discriminates against female patients.  The survey found that 84% feel they  have been treated differently by doctors because of their sex and 65% feel doctors take them less seriously because they are females.

Chronic pain conditions in women, more often than not, are multifactorial in expression.

The National Pain Report adds comments like these from...

Health & Harmony

By Dr. Nancy Gahles, DC, CCH, RSHom(NA), OIM

Summer Stress

Fake News?

Stress is prolonged tension, continued thoughts that crowd and intrude upon our lives and make us uncomfortable in body, mind and spirit. When unresolved in the moment stress accumulates. Like that pile of laundry. Or the dishes in the sink. We run out to the each to seek the solace of the sun and decide that the laundry can wait. It does wait but when you return home it is waiting there for you to deal with it.

Stress is the same scenario. Even though we are in the so called lazy, hazy days of summer, the accumulation of stressful situations in our life, be it workplace, family or social relationships continues to pile up and weigh heavily on us.  Left unattended to , the pile accumulates and becomes overwhelming. That pile appears insurmountable.

“It will never get done”, “Where do I even start?”, “It’s YOUR fault for not helping with the tasks”, “If only I had done it sooner”, “It’s too late, hopeless”.

...

June 6, 2017

By Nancy Gahles, DC, CCH, RSHom(NA), OIM

June 05, 2017

(published Natural Medicine Journal 6/6/17)

New York State finally got on board with offering another alternative to the chronic pain dilemma. Chronic pain is now a qualifying condition for the New York State medical cannabis program. New York’s program1 began in 2016 and has been grossly underutilized largely due to the glaring omission of one of the most prevalent conditions, chronic pain.

When the program was first announced, optimism loomed large as initial estimates for the number of people who would benefit from the program were somewhere between 200,000 and 400,000. To date only 15,000 patients and 911 registered practitioners are part of the program in New York State. This is due, in part, to Gov. Cuomo’s efforts to severely curtail access to medical cannabis based on qualifying conditions. Now that chronic pain is a qualifying condition, perhaps there will be a shift in usage of New York’s program.

There is an ever-growing body...

Women in Pain

published in IntergrativePractitioner.com

“There seems to be an ‘Oh she’s so neurotic’ attitude towards female chronic pain patients,” is how one woman described her experience with the healthcare system.

“I have seen many doctors...for my back pain and migraines and find that many of those doctors treat women as simple or stupid and direct questions or directions to male partners or friends,” wrote another woman.  These are responses from an online survey

conducted by National Pain Report and For Grace, a non-profit foundation.

According to their survey, over 90% of women with chronic pain feel the healthcare system discriminates against female patients.  The survey found that 84% feel they  have been treated differently by doctors because of their sex and 65% feel doctors take them less seriously because they are females.

Chronic pain conditions in women, more often than not, are multifactorial in expression.

The National Pain Report adds comments like these from the sur...

Self Worth Award at Graduation

My office is rife this month with patients exhibiting anticipation anxieties about what college accepted them or rejected them (their hopes are dashed forever!), what classes they failed, how well they performed, and how are they positioned for success in the future?

The sea of despair, the self-accusations, the diminution of inherent self-worth hangs in the balance of the student’s final report card. It appears that the cultivation of innate self-worth through other means has not been deemed worthy in our culture. The price tag on education is a functional reality and a concomitant pathology.

The range of symptoms that accompany the self-worth crisis are as diverse as the person. There are those whose emotions are felt in the stomach who exhibit IBS, cyclic vomiting syndrome and recurrent stomach “viruses”. Tension headaches and musculoskeletal complaints are manifested in those who stiffen up in the face of the perceived stress. Performance anxiety, ailmen...

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