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Author Archives: Dr. Nancy

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Peace of Mind: Raising Serotonin Levels

Serotonin is a brain chemical responsible for regulating many of the functions in your body that contribute to your overall health and wellbeing, happiness, and  feeling of fulfillment. People who have a lot of stress or suffer from different types of anxiety disorders generally do not have enough of it.

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Essential Oils For Addictions

Addictions (as defined by ASAM) is a “primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations.” When normal everyday functioning is disturbed because of extreme and harmful need/craving to engage in activities, then addiction problem may exist.Image result for essential oilsEssential Oils For Addictions

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Living with Lupus: Ways Healthy Lifestyle Changes Can Help

People who are living with Lupus are often on some type of medication to control debilitating symptoms related to Lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease where antibodies mistake the body’s own tissues as a foreign pathogen, or enemy and begin fighting and attacking. This one sided battle causes inflammation and chronic pain in the body, joints and muscles. It can also cause sun sensitivity, skin problems, weight loss, hair loss, and digestive problems. As Lupus gains popularity in awareness, people who are diagnosed are often pushed and educated in a way that medication is the only way to combat the pain, discomfort and flare-ups. There are many holistic and daily living practices people with Lupus can integrate into their lives that prove to be a positive, zero side effect method to easing many symptoms. 

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Benefits of Breastfeeding

 Most birthing centers and doulas do a great job discussing the benefits of breastfeeding and persuading new mamas and mothers to be to choose and stick with breastfeeding. Hospitals are reaching more toward breastfeeding encouragement as well, but still rely heavily on giving out free samples of formula and telling mothers to supplement their babies with it when complications (unexpected C Section or premature births) occur. Below are good to know points on breastfeeding and perhaps little tid bits of information that was not talked about during Baby Delivery 101.

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The Many Benefits of Massage and Physical Touch

There is no better therapy out there (for almost any ailment) than physical massage therapy. Let’s take it more fundamental than massage therapy and call it physical connection, touch and energy exchange. On the most basic level, living things need touch to survive, thrive and feel connected and happy. Cut to professional massage: Okay, maybe there are a few other wonderful treatment alternatives to melt away the anxiety, relieve aches and pains and leave you feeling like floating on cloud 9 (like a piece of hot molten lava cake while sitting in a hammock over looking Bora Bora waters). Once touted as a luxury for the insanely rich or famous athlete, modern day massage therapy (either for recovery, relaxation or lymphatic drainage) is no longer only offered in upscale spas, resorts and health clubs. Today, massage therapy is offered in businesses, clinics, hospitals, in your own home, and even airports. Let’s learn about the many health benefits of massage, no matter if you are an infant or centurion senior.

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3 Health Checks Every Man Should Consider

There are theories out there that point to reasons why women on average outlive men in almost all cultures across time. One such theory says that men work (manually) harder than women. Another says that women have a stronger support system and wear more hats across the life span so they are better equipped at adapting to loss of partner and asking for help. Another one states that women get far more annual check ups and health screenings than men. A lot can happen between visits to the doctor—especially since more than half of men skip out on their annual physical examinations, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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Highest Aims

I continue to learn about what exactly my “purpose”, “mission”, or “goal” is in this lifetime. The more I learn, the more it is clear to me that this all mighty purpose of my “self” is more and more fundamental and simple than I can ever expect or plan for it to be. This question is enigmatic and has crossed my mind throughout my adolescence, and young adult years, as I was conditioned to focus on making decisions that would bring me the biggest return on investment and provide the best “karmic” debt payment. As I work on exploring the complexities of this universe, the precepts, enemies of growth, types of doubt, axioms of universal truths, ways to become liberated and ideologies on how to live, I realize that in every moment in time, really, none of that matters. (Kind of like when I realized getting the “A” in college and all those years in school really didn’t matter. It was, instead, the joy I would receive from learning, growing, expanding and creating as a person that would yield the biggest reward and lessons in a scholar’s life.) reikiIt is a guttural feeling that, just like an old-fashion camera takes a snap shot of a specific moment, the gift or presence is truly what we (and I) should aim to submerge in. The constant feeling of bliss in every present moment; that is my current highest aim. Presence without the feeling of lack, but abundance. Presence without craving, attachments, agitation, and avoidance, but of equanimity and Upekkha (max potential and shape of the mind and body). It sounds so delicious, I can taste it. The best part of this specific aim, is that we can all have it. . . And it is free. It is like closing our eyes, tuning into our easy, rhythmic breath, and simply being. Just like heaven.

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Do You Know About Moringa Oleifera?

Though used in many parts of the world for already many decades, the knowledge of this amazing Moringa Oleifera plant that originates in northern areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan is just now spreading to the Americas. This almost miracle-like plant’s leaves, bark, flowers, fruits, seeds and roots are used to treat many diseases from asthma to thyroid diseases. Read more to learn why maybe looking into having Moringa Oleifera products in your house may be a beneficial step toward optimal health.

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20 Uses for the Lovely Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is a must have staple when it comes to house hold homeopathic and natural medicinal aids. It is mostly known for its soothing and relaxing effects on the body, but there are so many more uses for this amazing essential oil. It is a wonderful physical and emotional body, spirit and mind balancer.

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Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2015

In this year’s “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2015: What’s Driving the Market” published in the November/December issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®, the top results on what’s going to change and shake up your work outs for the biggest gain (or loss, so to speak) are in. The American College of Sports Medicine asks thousands of fitness professionals across the world come up with a great list of what is trending in gyms and in the fitness minds of people for 2015, and the list may surprise you. Popular exercises like spin and Zumba have dwindled lower on the list and others basics have crept back up the chart.

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