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Reps. Coffman & Polis launch bipartisan Integrative Health and Wellness Caucus, citing successes of integrative health treatments

Coffman and Polis to Co-Chair

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Washington, October 25, 2017 | Daniel Bucheli (202-213-8660)

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Mike Coffman, R-Colo., launched the Integrative Health and Wellness Congressional Caucus in the House of Representatives. The Caucus will serve as a non-partisan educational forum for legislators to receive up-to-date information from experts related to best practices and new research, and to discuss legislative and administrative opportunities for integrative health.

“Integrative and complementary therapies and treatments are often the missing piece for people on their journey to health and wellness,” Polis said. “As we debate how we can further the health care system in the U.S., we must ensure that it is affordable and accessible to all - but also, we must ensure that it provides the bes...

The truth about autoimmune disease is that it is auto-initiated. The prevailing theory of how this occurs is that the immune system mistakenly attacks parts of the body that it is designed to protect. There are several diseases that fall into the category of autoimmune, among them are multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, type 1 diabetes, and psoriasis. Autoimmune diseases described by the National Institutes of Health “share common flaws in immune function and regulation, leading to inflammation that destroys tissue.”

The physical body is an exquisite repository of wisdom. It reacts to our mind, thoughts, fears, and pleasures with the orchestration of predictable responses designed to carry out our intentions and protect our lives. The body does not interpret the validity of a thought of harm, threat, fear. The body responds with a life protective response.

The process of inflammation is initiated often to wall off tissue from destruction. C-reactive pr...

A Healthy, Inclusive Halloween

By Dr. Nancy Gahles, DC, CCH, OIM

The rituals and celebrations that we have come to associate with Halloween have been developed over centuries combining the practices from all over Europe.

The earliest trace of Halloween is the Celtic festival, Samhain, which was the Celtic New Year. Samhain means “summer’s end” and it marked then end of the light of the summer and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year associated with human death. 

The Druids (Celtic pagans) believed that the spirits of those who died the preceding year roamed the earth on the night of Samhain.(MSM Learning&Research-Halloween).

The Druids celebrated this holiday “with a great fire festival to encourage the dimming sun not to vanish” and people “danced round bonfires to keep the evil spirits away, but left their doors open in hopes that the kind spirits of loved ones might join them around their hearths” .( Chamberlain)  On this night divination was thought to be more effectiv...

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