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ELM Maine Essential Happenings Jan 2018
  • 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...

  • 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...