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  • Meditation, Mindfulness and Yoga for Kids

    Educators and parents alike are taking notice of the stress that surrounds our children on a daily basis. The stressors and demands of modern American society leaves students at a disadvantage that can only be remedied by a significant change in the way we structure and approach teaching and learning. However, while well intentioned, the current nationally imposed reform efforts have led to increased levels of anxiety, frustration and stress amongst educators. Moreover, contending with students’ increasing levels of anxiety, depression and stress to succeed in a competitive world have led to unprecedented educator absenteeism and burnout. Not surprisingly,...

  • Do Kids Really Get Acupuncture?

    Parents look at me with shock and surprise when I say that I treat kids with acupuncture. Many parents wonder how kids sit still and whether they are afraid of needles, but using acupuncture techniques with children is very different than with adults. Once parents see how easy it is for their kids to be treated with acupuncture techniques, they often prefer to try it before other interventions because it is less invasive and has no unwanted side effects. With children, the treatment always depends on the temperament of the child. Some children come in wide-eyed and excited to...

  • Overcome Cancer Naturally

    Most of us have cancer cells at some point and don’t know it. And most of us have healed our cancer without knowing it. You may be healing cancer now as you read this. Read that last line again. You have the inborn potential to heal yourself. You do it every day. If you cut yourself, bruise yourself, break a bone, what happens? Your body heals it. You don’t even have to think about that. Have you ever thought of the magnitude of physiological changes that have to happen for you to heal a paper cut? And imagine a...

  • Make “Work Mode” Work For You

    Summertime is ending. Schools are about to reopen. Office hours are about to return to normal. Your supervisors are back from their vacation exoduses. Your clients are back with high demands. The time has come to get back into “work mode.” If any of these sentences made you feel nauseous, then this article is for you. The conversations that we tend to have around the end of the summer can come off as mourning. We speak of the dread of getting back to early mornings and late evenings. We regret not taking one more trip to the beach while...

  • Developing Our Intuition

    We all get “hits” of intuition throughout our lives, sometimes in the most improbable of situations – while in the shower, thinking of other pressing things, or just sitting relaxing without a care in the world. We are always grateful for these gifts, but rarely do we understand that we can bring them about much more frequently by developing our own intuitive sense. To illustrate this point, I want to share a story. Years ago, I was visiting Assisi on a personal journey of discovery. One day I visited Eremo delle Carceri, a beautiful and tranquil park in the...

  • There’s More to Breast Health Than Just Detecting Lumps

    Decades ago, the military had access to a special camera we were told could see in the dark; a night vision camera. Could it really see into the darkness? No. It was a camera that detected infrared radiation, or heat, given off by mammals. Images on the screen were in the shape of the animal or human being imaged. Hence, the ability to ‘see’ in the dark. In time, that technology became declassified and available for other practical applications such as finding heat loss in a home or inflammation in a human body. That’s where digital infrared thermal imaging...

  • A Clean Swimming Pool without Chemicals is Possible

    It was a problem that needed solving on the farm that started it all. A beautiful 12 foot high granite wall was falling over from heavy rain along the huge 1840 barn. It was one of several issues Chris & Terri Paquette knew would have to be addressed on the newly rented farm. Chris visited a rubber roofing company, since this was a time before there were pond equipment companies, to see if he could purchase some scrap roofing to catch the water along the barn and move it away from the old wall. Literally within days of installing...

  • Risk Factors for Vein Disease: Changing the Things You Can

    What’s the likelihood that you might suffer from symptoms of venous (vein) disease, such as varicose veins, leg heaviness, or restless leg syndrome? There are a number of risk factors for vein problems that can be divided into two general categories: those you can’t control (biological) and those you can (environmental). Let’s start with aging— a factor we all probably wish we could control! As people age, vein issues become more prevalent. Small problems that started earlier, often progress into larger ones. A decrease in the body’s production of collagen causes veins to become less elastic and more likely...

  • SPA is a verb

    I had always thought of a spa as a place to go to be pampered and relaxed. In my mind, it was something far off in the future that I may visit one day, but never made the time for myself. The day came when I decided to focus on taking better care of myself sooner than later so I could enjoy getting older without pain or disease. I decided to make an appointment for a facial. The experience was amazing and I realized how beneficial taking moments for your own self not only feels good but carries into...

  • What IF?

    What if we could eliminate pain without running to the medicine cabinet or the pharmacy at the first twinge? What if we didn’t have to store those large bottles of Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen in our homes, taking up space until the next headache or knee pain comes along. Doesn’t every household have shelves full of pain killers, always at the ready? Gotta have it! Pause…deep breath. What if we tuned into our bodies more often and realized most of the aches and pains that we rush to medicate are usually caused by our emotions. What if we turned to...

  • Outdoor Adventure Abounds in Northern Maine

    The first time I enjoyed the tranquility of northern Maine was in the summer of 1954, in the womb. My mother, unexpected to her at the age of forty-four, was to bear a child in January. That child was me. That summer, my pregnant mother did what she always did, as soon as school got out she would trek herself and her children, which at this stage was my brother, seven years older, and my sister, twelve years older, off to Aroostook County. In the tiny town of Island Falls, just over the border of Penobscot County, there were...

  • It’s All in Your Head…?

    There is nothing more disheartening than hearing these words from your Physician, “It’s all in your head.” I understand why my doctor said it to me. He tried all of the conventional testing, looked at my symptoms, performed exams and nothing was fitting in to the conventional diagnosis box. His statement frustrated me because I am a physician and I knew something serious was happening. I was experiencing fatigue, muscle pain, difficulty sleeping and a decline in my brain function. I self-medicated and supplemented in order to help reduce symptoms, however I always felt like I was missing the...

  • Mindfulness Meditation: Improve Your Overall Health and Well-Being

    Increasingly, we live in a stressful world. We have become a culture of embracing the notion of multi-tasking. You fold laundry while keeping one eye on the kids and another on the television. You plan your day while listening to the radio and commuting to work and then plan your weekend. But in the rush to accomplish necessary tasks, you may find yourself losing your connection with the present moment—missing out on what you’re doing and how you’re feeling. Did you notice whether you felt well-rested this morning or that forsythia is in bloom along your route to work?...

  • How to be a Good Homeopathic Patient

    Have ever asked yourself this question, “Am I or would I be a good Homeopathic patient?” Have you ever wondered what your role as a patient is? Is this role different from how you have approached your disease or role as a patient through traditional medical care in the past? You may never have contemplated this question or even considered that it might be important, but it is important if you really want to bring yourself back into a state of health and well-being on a very deep level (to be well in your own skin). Entering this incredible...