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ELM Maine Essential Happenings September 2018
  • Monetize Your Mission

    When I think about my past career in the traditional business world, I have both positive and negative memories. My positive memories are associated with the wonderful opportunities that I had to learn and hone top-shelf business skills. My negative memories spiral around the aggressive persona that I had to maintain to drive projects to successful completion as a female in male-energy-dominated Corporate America. I found balance for my harder business edge during the work-week by studying spirituality on the weekends. I intuited I had a deep desire to live a more authentic life that intermingled my corporate and...

  • Skin Condition? Consider Chinese Medicine

    Summer is upon us and it’s time to think about our skin! It is estimated that 1 in 5 of all outpatient visits to doctors in the United States are dermatological in nature. That’s 20% of all doctor’s visits — that’s a lot of skin complaints. It comes as a surprise to most people that Chinese medicine can offer a safe, effective treatment for many of these common skin complaints. How, you ask? Chinese Medicine Treats the Individual Chinese herbal medicine considers the details of each individual case to determine the best treatment plan—no two cases of eczema, psoriasis,...

  • Healthy Skin from Healthy Foods

    Healthy glowing skin is dependent on good nutrition, exercise and rest (…snooze…) Statements like this become wallpaper in our world that don’t inspire or motivate us to want to know more for our own good. In today’s culture of health and vanity, we respond more easily to claims like “Clear Skin!” “Look younger!” “Erase wrinkles!” “Tighten sagging skin!” These great ideas are followed by the latest miracle cream, aggressive prescriptions, or expensive medical procedure. Improving or maintaining skin health appeals to all of us but let’s be more motivated to seek a complementary approach that starts from within. It...

  • The Untold Story of Water

    There’s something about your water that no one is telling you, and it’s very important to your health, and fortunately there is something you can do about it. It has to do with the way that water is in nature, how it is changed when we take water from nature for our own uses, and the effects that has on our bodies. Let’s start by thinking of a snowflake (not very difficult to do here in Maine, although the summer may not be the best time to do that!) It is said that every snowflake is unique – yet...

  • Why There is Never Enough Time

    I don’t know if you often declare that you have plenty of time but I have yet to hear anyone say those words or see them written anywhere. If you are like most of the people I’m chatting with regularly, you want more time and you never seem to get it but I’m going to suggest you’re looking for the wrong thing. If you’re like me, you consciously try to get control of time by taking things off your schedule. This makes you feel good for a short time but before you know it new things have landed on...

  • Healthy Snack for Maine Adventuring

    We certainly do not have to leave our beautiful state to find adventure here in Maine and summer brings many opportunities for many outdoor adventures. You can take a quick hour break or go on a day trip or weekend adventure to explore all that Maine has to offer. From the ocean to the lakes and rivers to mountains and numerous easy or challenging trail hikes, there is something for everyone! Do you enjoy getting out on the water? Check out kayaking with Portland Paddle or Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center where you can rent kayaks and go on guided...

  • The Link Between Stress and IBS, Part 2

    For anyone who suffers with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), the road to improved gut health may feel impossible or, at the very least, a long and arduous journey. IBS is a very complicated disorder that involves many other aspects of your health and life, but there is hope and that is what this three-part article series is all about! Part One of this article series, featured in the last issue of ELMTM Maine, talked about the six contributing factors of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), how the body responds to stress and the role stress plays in IBS. Today, we...

  • Gifts of the Spirit: Enlightenment Transmission Rediscovered

    The Existential Quest Begins: I was born into a time of great fear, an unrelenting news stream of wars, famine, epidemics, terrorism, economic doom, and the threat of nuclear holocaust. I yearned for certainty and world peace. My spiritual quest began at the age of five when I discovered yoga. Yoga allowed me to question my own identity and experience of reality. Whilst my friends were playing “doctors and nurses,” I practiced detachment. I read about how the “material world” could never make me happy and that, if I were to jump off the Wheel of Life and Death...

  • LYME TIME with Paula Jackson Jones THEY SAID WHAT?!?!?!

    “You’re too sick to have chronic Lyme” “Once you have Lyme, you can’t get it again” “You didn’t get the bulls-eye so you’re all set” “You been treated so any residual symptoms will fade in time” “You’ve been listening to that quackery group too much, you need to stay away from them”   These are just a few things that people have been told recently by medical providers here in Maine. As an advocate who’s been sharing updated research with medical providers, hosting public events and educational forums for over four years, it’s frustrating to hear the things that...

  • Women, Pregnancy and Vein Health

    Pregnant women experience a multitude of physical changes as their bodies prepare for birth. Some changes are exquisite – others, not so much. Safe to say, you can put varicose veins in that latter category. Varicose veins are a symptom of venous disease, or the impairment of blood flow back towards the heart. This impairment occurs when healthy vein valves become damaged and the backward flow of blood “pools” in the legs or feet. Symptoms may present as discomfort, fatigue, or heaviness in the leg, as well as varicose veins and other skin changes. Over time, the increased pressure...

  • 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...