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  • Metabolism vs. Digestion

    “My metabolism isn’t what it used to be.” “I could eat anything I wanted to when I was young, but I got older and my metabolism slowed down.” In the fitness industry statements like these are heard often. However, it is often that the statement is not actually referring to metabolism but rather digestion, two different things that are commonly confused. Understanding how your body actually uses food can help you make thoughtful nutritional choices for a long and healthy life. In a nutshell, metabolism refers to every single biochemical reaction happening inside your body in order to maintain...

  • Adrenal Fatigue: Signs, Symptoms, and Solutions

    Mary, a busy professional with two kids and a stressful job, awoke several times during the night thinking about work, her child’s soccer practice, and her growing list of house tasks. When the alarm went off at 6:00 am, she felt like she never slept. Two cups of coffee later and she managed to pull herself together, get the kids’ lunches ready, say goodbye to her husband and leave for work. At 2:00 pm, she was so exhausted that she had to put her head down on her desk and sneak in 15 minutes of sleep. At 7:00 pm...

  • Caring For Your Aging Parents

    Go to a dinner party or the gym and you are sure to hear of someone fretting about their parent’s health and well being. The amount of adult children caring for their parents has reached over 44 million. In addition, many are caring for their parents while raising their own children, hence the term “sandwich generation”. The majority of the adult children are women, taking on the traditional role of caring. The only difference is the resources and support one finds in caring for their children are harder to find when caring for parents. Instead, many adult children muddle...

  • Can Athletes Get Blood Clots?

    Tennis superstar Serena Williams. Olympic speed skater Rebekah Bradford. Miami Heat center Chris Bosh. What do these sports pros have in common? All have suffered from blood clots in their lungs that originated in their deep vein systems. The deep vein system carries about 80% of blood from the feet back up to the heart. Deep veins are located under the muscle and connective tissue layers in the legs. A blood clot in a deep vein – known as deep vein thrombosis, or DVT – can be dangerous because the high pressure in the system could cause the clot...

  • Let Your Light Shine

    There are seven chakras in our bodies and they are the centers in which energy flows through. Blocked energy in our chakras can often lead to illness, so it’s important to understand what each chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely. The Solar Plexus Chakra spins just above the navel; it’s color is yellow, and the developmental stage is between 8 months and 4 years of life. The Solar Plexus Chakra reminds us of our power to shine. Like the solar energy of the sun, we have the light within us to grow...

  • Let Your True Voice Be Heard

    There are seven chakras in our bodies and they are the centers in which energy flows through. Blocked energy in our chakras can often lead to illness, so it’s important to understand what each chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely. The fifth chakra is the throat chakra and develops between 7-12 years old. A healthy throat chakra sings the truth; whether with silence or with words, it is clear. Here lies the power of communication and truth. The color associated is blue, and it lies on the front of the neck between...

  • EFT Tapping Bears, Oh My!

    One of my long-standing EFT Tapping clients, Gina, called me recently to share a story about her 6-year old daughter, Lily, and to ask me if I thought Tapping could help. Lily is deathly afraid of bugs. Spring is here, with summer right around the corner, and her Mom was dreading the hysteria that the upcoming “bug seasons” would surely bring. I thought, “I have just the thing, Tapper the Bear!” (Tapper has buttons that represent all of the EFT Tapping points.) I loaned Tapper to Gina, along with a suggested Tapping script, to see if my theory would...

  • Tale of a Chronic Lyme Journey

    On April 24, 2010, my life changed abruptly and without notice. Until then, I had routinely been swimming 100 lengths in a nearby pool several days a week with aerobic and strength training workouts at the fitness center on non-swim days. In hopes of finally dropping some excess weight, I pushed myself to the max during these workouts. One morning, to my surprise, I had to call it quits after 50 lengths in the pool. From the start, every lap felt like I was swimming through molasses. Thinking my extreme fatigue was simply a matter of overtraining, I rested...

  • Change Your Vibration, Change Your Health

    In Quantum Physics the Law of Vibration states that everything in our universe, whether visible or invisible, is in a constant state of motion. When anything is reduced to its most basic form it exists as pure light or energy. When viewed under a high-powered microscope, even solid inanimate matter exists as vibrating units or “pockets” of energy, each with their own unique rate of vibration and energetic imprint. So, essentially, everything from inanimate objects to living beings is vibrating at its own natural frequency. Vibration is an oscillation or back and forth movement about a point of equilibrium....

  • Addressing Hormone Imbalances with Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

    A few weeks ago a patient who is seeing me for hip pain said, “I just realized that since starting treatment with you, I can’t remember the last time I had a hot flash!”. She’s not alone in finding that acupuncture and herbal medicine can help with hormonal imbalances. A study recently published in the journal Menopause found that approximately half of study participants had a significant reduction in hot flashes over an 8-week course of treatment with acupuncture alone. My own experience in practice indicates that if they had included herbal medicine in that study their success rate...

  • Essential Self-Compassion

    “A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.”       – Christopher Germer Many along the path of personal and spiritual growth find themselves at a standstill without understanding why they can’t move forward and are feeling stuck. Some try going to another class or workshop; others increase their meditation time, transform their diet, or practice mindfulness, all under the umbrella of self-care. While all of these are useful tools and help in supporting our growth and self-awareness, one crucial element is often forgotten – that of self-compassion....

  • Could My Legs Feel Better?

    Have you ever asked your doctor if that ache in your legs at the end of the day is something more? Or do you wonder if you might get varicose veins like your mom? Vein, or venous, disease is very common among the U.S. population. According to the American College of Phlebology, 80 million Americans struggle with some form of vein disorder. Often, those experiencing symptoms of venous disease live with their symptoms because it’s gone undiagnosed, or the source of their symptoms has been left untreated. Even if you are experiencing only mild symptoms of venous disease, as...

  • The Healing Modality of Reiki

    As I am preparing to teach a class in Reiki level I, I find myself looking back to when I had my 1st Reiki session in 2004 and then my subsequent trainings in 2005 and 2006. I had no idea back then how much Reiki would change the trajectory of my life path. I was completely ignorant as to what Reiki was all about; I was in pain and someone I knew offered to “do Reiki” for me. I was open-minded enough to say, “yes” once I was told that it was “energy healing” and that I didn’t need...

  • Resource Parents – Today’s Foster Parents

    Phill and Vanessa are relatively young resource parents, which is a term used for foster parents since it more accurately depicts the job description of being a resource for children and their biological families. They are in their thirties and they have been resource parents since 2006. It’s not typical that individuals and couples begin fostering kids and teens in their mid-twenties, but Vanessa has known since she was a young that girl she wanted to foster and adopt children. She remembers as a child “wanting to adopt 100 kids and thinking she would need 3 school buses to...