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...
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...
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...
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...
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?
A reform movement in mental health in America was fomented by a former psychiatric patient whose institutionalized treatment was horrifically abusive. In 1909, Clifford W. Beers, a Yale graduate and Wall St. financier, suffered the acute trauma of grief and loss following the death of his brother. His symptoms were characteristic of a manic depressive illness which continued unabated driving him to attempt suicide. He survived only to be hospitalized in mental institutions over the next three years, experiencing horrible abuse and witnessing the cruel and inhumane treatment afforded the patients.
After his release, in 1908, Mr. Beers resolved to right the wrongs of mental health care in America and published his autobiography, A Mind That Found Itself, wherein he stated, “As I penetrated and conquered the mysteries of that dark side of my life, it no longer held any terror for me. I have decided to stand on my past and look the future in the face.” He...
Vitamin D and Colorectal Cancer Study: More Evidence it is Time to Rethink the IOM Recommendations
June 18, 2018 by Kim Stewart
Could the third leading cause of cancer be prevented with Vitamin D? A new study authored by scientists from the American Cancer Society, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the U.S. National Cancer Institute, and more than 20 other medical centers and organizations finds that higher circulating vitamin D concentrations are significantly associated with lower colorectal cancer risk. The study appears online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women in the United States, with about 140,250 new cases and 50,630 deaths expected during 2018. However, current health guidelines do not recommend Vitamin D for protection against colorectal cancer.
As research continues to uncover the rising levels of Vitamin D deficien...