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ELM Maine Essential Happenings July 2018
  • Life is Like an Onion

    You begin as a little seedling, pure and sweet, going along happily in your Delta brain wave state until, Boom; you get scared or shocked by an event and your little body automatically goes into the Fight, Flight or Freeze response. It’s supposed to. It’s the way you’re wired. Fight, Flight or Freeze is your body’s alarm system built in to alert you to danger by sending the stress hormone, cortisol, racing through your body. The blood immediately drains out of your brain’s frontal lobe and into your extremities enabling you to stand and fight or run to safety....

  • The Link Between Stress and IBS, Part 1

    For any person who has suffered prolonged or severe digestive complaints, with or without a diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), understanding how to get back to wellness can feel confusing and daunting. But in your journey towards better health, you may be missing one very important question that could make all the difference: Can stress management and rebalancing the gut microbiota improve IBS symptoms? This three-part article series will help answer that question, shed some light on a complicated disorder and provide knowledge, guidance and hope to those suffering from IBS. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) has been defined...

  • A Cool Pool Alternative

    Here in Maine, even though and probably because, we have more than five thousand lakes, ponds and streams, we all love a great swimming pool for about 8 short weeks every year. Somewhere between mud season and the ever too quick to arrive, but glorious fall, we bask in the sun beside and cool off in our pools. For all of this, we must maintain its chemistry, remove the persistent leaves and worry over it, year-round! This includes looking at its cement perimeter and green, bouncy looking cover stretched over the pool, hiding that reflective quality of the rippling...

  • Prevention is Key to Staying Tick Free

    I remember it was a cool October day when I went outside to do yardwork with my husband. I remember dressing in layers and not having to deal with mosquitos. I remember that I stood in the yard along the woods line while my husband threw brush and other debris out into the yard for me to put into the wagon to be disposed of. And I remember that, at the end of the day, less than 12 hours later, I had an engorged tick attached to my side and I remember that my life was forever changed. That...

  • Removing Distractions

    How do you let go of distractions and focus on what’s most important to you? The key is to spend time away from them. The pull towards the distraction holds much less power when you’re not always engaged with it. In my work as a mindfulness coach, I help show people how you can stay focused on your goals by paying less attention to those things that don’t serve you. This frees up your attention for what matters in life. Distractions can come in many forms (TV, phone, substances, etc.), but the one thing they have in common is...

  • Identify Your Superpowers

    Let me begin by giving you some context for the following excerpt. It is my belief that we are all leaders. How you choose to express your leadership is completely up to you. You may opt to contain your leadership to leading yourself. That is where leadership begins after all. You may be a leader in your household, in your church community, at work, in business, in volunteering, etc. I don’t want you to get too tripped up over the word leader if that’s not how you have seen yourself previously. When I refer to you as a leader...

  • Is Your Water Affecting Your Health?

    Essential living in Maine begins by protecting our air, food and water quality. All three basic human needs are equally important. Water touches the food we eat and the air we breathe so drinking water health is the “Maine” topic of this article. The statewide population of households utilizing private well water, not regulated by state or local municipalities, stands at 56.7%. This means nearly 6 out of every 10 Maine homeowners are accountable for their own well water quality management. We Mainer’s enjoy many natural wonders that attract so many visitors to Vacationland, however there are some important...

  • Your Period Shouldn’t be Painful

    I talk about menstrual cycles all the time—every day, multiple times a day. I talk about menstrual cycles so often and in such detail that I forget it’s not “normal” to do so. When we do talk about menstruation in our culture, it’s typically to lament the PMS, the pain, or the messy inconvenience of it all. What we don’t talk about is what is actually happening in our body every month, or the way our cycles can provide a striking window into the status of our overall health. As a practitioner of Chinese medicine, the details of a...

  • Mindful Treatment of Anxiety, Depression & PTSD

    Mindfulness has gained a ton of momentum in recent years. I think it is safe to say it is HOT, HOT, HOT!! Nearly everywhere we turn these days, mindfulness is there. If you are in the check-out line at the grocery store there are at least 2 or more magazines with articles about mindfulness. More and more celebrities, athletes, and news programs are referring to the benefits of mindfulness, oftentimes, meditation specifically. It is true that mindfulness can bring many benefits to your emotional and physical health, as well as to the relationships in your life. Overall, mindfulness is...

  • PMS: Common, but Not Normal

    I talk about menstrual cycles all the time—every day, multiple times a day. I talk about menstrual cycles so often and in such detail that I forget it’s not “normal” to do so. When we do talk about menstruation in our culture, it’s typically to lament the PMS, the pain, or the messy inconvenience of it all. What we don’t talk about is what is actually happening in our body every month, or the way our cycles can provide a striking window into the status of our overall health. As a practitioner of Chinese medicine, the details of a...

  • How I Healed Autoimmune Disease with Homeopathy

    I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease after my first son was born. It began in the middle of the night when I woke up to feed my baby and couldn’t move forward off the bed or get back into bed. I was stuck and in pain. The second time it happened I went to the emergency room and they gave me morphine, told me to rest and said I had pulled a muscle. I didn’t get better. I couldn’t walk, sleep or rest and my pain was constant and my ability to move was limited. I saw a...

  • E-motional Detox

    Welcome to the world of your E-motions. Energy-In-Motion. Most of us are unaware just how disconnected we are from our e-motions. Take a moment to ask yourself, “When was the last time I spoke from my heart, instead of using my thinking mind?” Think about how your e-motions were dealt with as a child. Many of us were not encouraged to express our e-motions and discovered that keeping them hidden was the safest way to get along within our family. We may have unconsciously stuffed down our e-motions as a daily practice. Always keep the peace Don’t rock the...

  • Following The Call of Self

    At some point in our lives, many of us may experience a “Call of Self.” It can come at any time, but most often we encounter it in our later life when we begin to see life from a different perspective. Our DNA, upbringing, culture, relationships and even day-to-day interactions form our actions and define our concept of Self, whether consciously or unconsciously. When we begin to awaken to the understanding that we can cooperate deliberately and consciously with our unfolding, we can embark on a journey of self-discovery and authenticity. Along this journey of awakening, we may begin...

  • What is CBD?

    CBD which stands for cannabinol is one of 113 different cannabinoids that can be found in the cannabis plant. The two highest and most studied cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinol (CBD). THC is well-known for its psychoactive properties, whereas CBD is known for its medicinal properties. These cannabinoids are interactive within the human body through our cannabinoid receptors 1 and 2. CB1 is found in the brain and is the receptor which THC affects most prevalently, given its psychoactive values. CB2 is found in the immune system and is affected most by CBD, which gives CBD an immense...