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Every time you can offer gratitude for all that you have been given you are setting the theme of your life. Give thanks for the simple things in life…for the beauty of nature, for the love of a friend, a songbird in the early spring morning, dancing gardens of flowers, the aroma of a home cooked meal, the touch of a child’s hand, the “welcome home” greeting of your pet. Choose to be a grateful person, and you will discover divine surprises knocking on the door of your heart. Mesiter Eckhart said, “if the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you’, that would suffice.”
Gratitude expands the heart center. Gratitude is a way of receiving and giving blessings. Gratitude changes your perception of the world around you. Gratitude creates miracles. Expressing gratitude creates a wonderful, sweet humility within your soul. Gratitude says, “there is more to life than I can possible take in at any given moment.”
If you are like me and millions of other Americans, you really do love the holiday season…but, you remember how tired and worn out you have been every year at this time. With that remembrance comes a deep-seated dread. Holidays don’t really need to be dreaded.
Here are some really easy things you can do to bring some joy back into your celebrations.
1. Take time to remember why you are celebrating.
Thanksgiving is about expressing gratitude for all the wonderful things in your life, including all those really special people you call family and friends. The December celebrations, of course have a religious purpose, but even if you aren’t a particularly religious person, it is a time of giving love and appreciation in the form of parties and gifts, a time of caring and compassion.
2. Plan ahead
Don’t wait to the last minute to shop. Create your menus and shop early. Make a list of what you need so you don’t over spend.
Beliefs are what we tell ourselves about the nature of life and everything in life. Beliefs are our assumed truths. Beliefs are our assumptions and perceptions, but often are not actually true. That’s disturbing isn’t it? Beliefs and reality are not necessarily the same. That’s why it is so important to choose to be aware of what you truly believe, and not just mimic the attitudes of others around you.
Beliefs are our ideas about life that are actually seeded in our consciousness from a very early age and will bear the fruits of that idea throughout our life…unless and until they are challenged, i.e. not bearing the fruits that we expect. Our beliefs are either empowering or limiting, and for most of us they are limiting because we have only a glimmer of understanding about the ultimate nature of pure reality.
It really does seem that everything is a separate entity, doesn’t it? We do seem so different from other people. Even in our inner body, all our organs really do seem to be just parts. It is hard to imagine wholeness. It’s hard to realize that everything is intricately woven together in an unseen matrix that represents the background of all existence. Can you imagine what our universe would look like if it just was a patchwork of parts that had no connecting link? Maybe like the novice auto mechanic who has dissembled a car and all the parts were lying on the garage floor with no resemblance of their former whole car.
To see wholeness everywhere we have to practice seeing the pattern of wholeness.
Look at a flower. It has parts: the petals, stamen, anther, pistil, sepals, but they could not make the flower without each other…none can stand alone as “flower.”
Going beyond nature, we can see wholeness in human communities. What does it take to create a community? Schools, a government of some sort, police, fire fighters, businesses, homes, people who make the community work…none alone is a town or city.
No one can live your life for you. No other person or group can make the decisions that are only yours to make. Taking responsibility for yourself is owning and claiming your own life. Responsibility means having the ability to respond to life and not just react. It means you are alive. If you are alive, you have the capacity to be responsible for your thoughts, words, actions and your life.
When you were a baby, a young child, a growing adolescent, your responsibilities were few. I guess you might say the baby’s responsibility was to cry or otherwise let its needs be known to those who cared for him. As you became older and could talk you began to be expected to take a certain amount of responsibility for getting your needs met. During the growing years of maturation in adolescence, you were asked to be responsible for your actions and to obey the basic rules of your family and society. Being responsible implied you had a certain duty and obligation to be an integral part of your world in such a way that you did your share, you did what needed to be done by you to experience a good, health and happy life.
Yes, we all face stress everyday, but how well we respond to it is something that can be learned. Actually, stress is something that appears to be out of your control. Our goal then is to learn healthy tools to adapt to stressors such as:
- Marital discord
- Unhappy work situations
- Lack of adequate financial resources
- Problems with your children
- Working too much
- Dealing with health challenges
- Chronic pain
- Fear of loss
- And many other external factors that are beyond personal control
Stress has an impact on your physical, mental and emotional states.
When we examine the human body, we see that stress has a huge impact on all organ systems, especial the nervous system. Our autonomic nervous system (ANS) is like a central processing unit made up of the sympathetic branch and the parasympathetic branch that plays an important role in how your body performs under stress.
Most people believe their genes determine their health and their susceptibility to get sick and suffer from diseases. This belief is so strong that people who buy into this actually often succumb to developing what they think are inherited and therefore, unavoidable disease states. Your beliefs really do create your reality, but you can question and challenge those beliefs with new information about how this wonderful body of yours actually functions.
For a little background information let’s go back to Darwin who, in his book, The Origin of Species, suggested hereditary factors passed from parent to child control the characteristics of an individual’s life. Then came the discovery of the DNA double helix, the material of which genes are made. DNA became the master of our fate…physically, mentally, and emotionally. It was our defective genes that caused all our problems and played havoc with the health of our bodies. After much research and greater understanding of the role of DNA in our physiology, we now know that DNA is not the supreme controller of our biology.
Are you surprised to learn that what’s good for your brain is good for your metabolism, organ systems and total body health? Consider reading Dr. Daniel Amen’s book, “Change Your Brain Change Your Body.”
You can create a higher functioning brain along with a more youthful body by following sound principles of mind-body medicine. Dr. DanielAmen, author of “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life”, has viewed over 55,000 brain scans (SPECT) looking for trouble with specific brain systems. The brain imaging work has opened a new window into why people do what they do.
Brain injuries are much more common than once believed. Even mild trauma to the brain often creates negative changes in brainwave activity. Without intervention, such as neurofeedback, brainwave changes from trauma can negatively challenge behavior for a lifetime. People who have had multiple traumatic brain injuries are at greater risk of developing age-related dementia at a much earlier age than those who have had no brain injuries.
Health is really our nature state. It isn’t something to be gained, but a state of being to be realized. Most of us have not yet attained an experience of our full and true innate wholeness because of:
• our beliefs about our mind, body and spirit
• our attitudes held about life
• how we choose the life styles that we embrace
• polluted, toxic environments where, unfortunately, we often find ourselves living
Health is an inner state of wellbeing, free from dis-eases that seem to escalate everyday. This list of diseases has expanded beyond belief, especially in the last few decades. Disease is NOT natural even though it occurs in astronomical numbers in our human family. As a physician my goal and purpose is to lift the consciousness of those who come to me for healing to the realization of the phenomenal capacity of the body to always heal itself if and as it is given the vital support needed by how we live. That means we really do have a choice about the state of our health.
What exactly is an addiction? It seems to be the latest buzzword for our dysfunctional society. It is basically having no control over something you are doing, taking or using. Anything that causes a dependency or automatic reaction can be considered an addiction. In other words, it is a habit gone haywire, out of your control.
I bring this up because we have become an addictive society. We are addicted to quick fixes in our health care. The latest pills for the psychological problems that are part of everyday human life are advertised constantly on TV and other media. So the list of “treatable” conditions has grown exponentially. Of course, the pharmaceutical industry loves this because the more “need” we have to control our behavior and emotions, the more money is made rolling out new drugs. Does that disturb you a little? I hope so.
The nervous system is important in transmitting messages between the brain and the body. Most people have experienced nerve pain, if only from a dental injection or from an electric shock, so everyone knows that nerve pain can be very sharp, unexpected and unpleasant.
Nerves have the reputation for being “delicate,” so the idea of performing manual therapy upon nerve tissue may seem likely to cause some harm. Nerves are seen as “delicate” because of their sensitivity, the ability to detect energy changes and produce sensations of all kinds. On the structural level nerves are well supported and protected by connective tissue so it is safe to perform the right type of manual therapy to remove the compressive forces that can trouble nerves.
Physicians diagnose peripheral nerve disease based on certain symptoms like tingling, numbness and loss of sensation. When peripheral neuropathy is diagnosed, both doctor and patient are usually busy pondering, “what’s adversely affecting the nerve tissue?” The doctor will consider a long list of known diseases that affect the health and performance of neural tissue, including uncommon genetic diseases and common diseases like diabetes.
The medical diagnosis, “peripheral neuropathy” is so alarming that people assume there is no help except whatever relief prescription drugs might provide. Many people suffer from a type of peripheral neuropathy that can be easily cured. The cure consists of a combination of the right kind of manual therapy combined with the right kind of exercise.
We can help you! Call Dr. Joan for a 10-minute free phone consultation at 303-986-0492. Dr. Joan has had extensive training and experience in assessing and treating peripheral neuropathy in the Denver Metro area.
Typical symptoms of peripheral nerve disease include:
- loss of sensation.
Other signs can include:
- loss of strength
- balance problems
- vascular changes
- Severe dysfunction can include decrease in motor function.
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Joan Sloss, Ed.D. LMT
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Did you know that there are two health professionals that rarely or never look at or investigate the human organ they are treating? Psychologists and psychiatrists rarely order tests such as an EEG (brain wave) to determine what is happening in the brain. Does that surprise you? Instead of seeing if there are any abnormal wave forms that could be causing the mental disorder, medications are prescribed…antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, mood stabilizers and a host of other psychotropic medications. Do you wonder why? So do I. I have said this before that it is critical to know the state of the brain’s health if there are symptoms of brain dysfunction.
Not only is it important to know what state of health the brain is in, it is critical that a physician look carefully at the whole body to see if there are any conditions that are contributing to the mental symptoms a person is experiencing. Up to 40% of mental health patients are found to have medical ailments that could adequately explain their symptoms.
Dr. Wanda Bedinghaus has an interesting and important discussion with Dr. Joan Sloss about the preventative power of frequent lymphatic message. Dr. Sloss discusses how lymphatic massage can help people remain healthy even when they are repeatedly exposed to colds and flu. Lymphatic massage can also help people who are having surgery, before and after the procedure to clear the toxic anesthesia used.
Lymphatic massage is a very relaxing experience and enhances a sense of well-being and calm. It is a gently process and that stimulates the lymphatic system to clean out harmful toxins. Adequate water is highly recommended after this type of massage to ensure proper detoxification through the urinary tract system.
Dr. Joan Sloss asks Dr. Wanda Bedinghaus some important questions about the effectveness of homeopathic medicine. Dr. Bedinghaus presents several cured cases using only homeopathic medicine.
Dr. Sloss gives an excellent video presentation about how a specific massage therapy technique, myofascial release, can cure many cases of peripheral neuropathy.
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Read about Peripheral Neuropathy and the Nervous System
How healthy is your gut? Most of us never give much thought to the state of “affairs” in one of the most important biological systems in our body. There is more and more scientific evidence of the significance of gut health in overall health than we previously thought. It is estimated that 70 million people in our country suffer from digestive disorders. With a population of nearly 313 million in the US that means almost 1/4 of us have an unhealthy gastrointestinal system.
You may have never thought much about your gut health before. Many people take the following “common symptoms” after eating as “normal”:
- Bloated and excessive gas
- Over-full feeling
- Belching or burning sensation
In addition to these common symptoms other signs and symptoms of what I call “sick gut syndrome” include the following:
- Fatigue after eating
- Chronic abdominal pain
- Diarrhea on a frequent basis
- Constipation (that means no bowel movement daily)
Medical massage can greatly improve the quality of life for fibromyalgia patients. Fibromyalgia pain usually affects several areas of the body, and feels very achy. There are tender points in muscles throughout the body. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include debilitating fatigue, headaches and sleep disturbance.
As an experienced medical massage therapist, I have helped many fibromyalgia patients get back to work and resume normal living. Medical massage helps fibromyalgia patients reduce dependence on drugs and live with lower levels of pain. Typically, good results can be achieved with weekly treatments over a six-month period.
Medical science has not been able to discover a definitive cause for fibromyalgia. Over many years of providing medical massage therapy, I have discovered a common causal picture for the onset of many cases of fibromyalgia. This picture includes unhealed soft tissue trauma combined with high stress challenges. I will describe a typical case history.
Case history fibromyalgia recovery
I am a physician dedicated to assisting my patients in gaining the highest level of health possible. I love my work; I love the people I serve. I have been in the profession of medicine for over 4 decades. I’ve tried to grow and learn new approaches to helping people heal.
Fourteen years ago I finally made the decision to practice holistic medicine. I discovered homeopathy, a most amazing scientific method of healing, and have been practicing homeopathy ever since. I have not been able to help everyone who comes to see me. A few months ago I wrote a blog about the obstacles to healing. Like any dedicated physician, I want to find those obstacles and help my patients remove them.
The body’s means for healing physical injuries is marvelous and reliable. Occasionally, things can go wrong. Abnormal, dense and adhesive formations of fibrous scar tissue may form during the healing process. Medical massage offers a cure.
Scar tissue can form as part of any collagen-based tissue such as skin, muscle, tendon, ligament, fascia and nerve. Scar tissue develops as a result of:
- repetitive strain
- prolonged immobilization of a structure
- burns and wounds
- advanced osteoarthritis and inflammatory processes.
Scar tissue can interfere with normal patterns of movement by gluing together sections of collagen-based structures. Dense scar tissue can cause pain during movement. Worse, scar tissue can lead to peripheral neuropathic pain, and/or impaired circulation when surrounding nerve tissue and blood vessel tissue is captured into the scar. Medical massage restores hardened scar tissue to a softer state.
I will give two case histories of pain caused by scar tissue and healed by medical massage.
Poor posture is not a laughing matter, unless you can laugh in the face of chronic pain. Slumped and rounded shoulders lead to chronic headache, neck tension and upper back ache. The usual compliment to slumped shoulders is a head that drops forward and downward. Almost all Americans stand, sit and move with this combination of deadly postural habits. These habits are deadly because, over time, they cause degeneration of cervical discs along with inclination for rotator cuff and shoulder injuries.
Postural slump has been linked to poor mental performance, fatigue, and even depression. Circulation of blood, lymph and other body fluids improves when posture is more erect and normal. Osteoarthritis advances more quickly when more compressive force affects the joints. Good posture literally decompresses joints and thus slows down wear and tear within the joint capsule. Erect posture also helps maintain good alignment of spinal vertebra (less visits to the chiropractor), and protects spinal discs. This daily protection decreases likelihood of ever needing surgery to correct degenerative spinal column problems.
Therapists and patients need to learn how to work with the mind-body so we can heal chronic muscle and joint pain. The mind-body creates health, resists disease, withstands stress and continuously renews itself when it is supported with healthy living and holistic therapies.
Patients need to develop self-awareness, self-responsibility and self-support. Positive psychology boosts our ability to heal and become whole. Therapists need to observe the body closely and this means relying on information garnered from thorough palpation of soft tissues.
We need to pay attention to our bodies, to discover how we are limited and stuck in negative habits. You become imprisoned in your body when its muscles and connective tissues thicken, shorten and stiffen. These negative tissue states distort body mechanics and interfere with normal movement.
As a homeopathic physician, in spite of due diligence in finding the most helpful homeopathic remedy, sometimes the patients I see don’t have the healing response that I expected. I ask myself why? According to Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, in the Organon of Medicine, “…if the physician, in each case, knows the obstacles to cure and how to remove them, so that recovery is permanent, then he knows how to treat thoroughly and efficaciously, and a is a true physician.”
In our modern world, the list of “obstacles to cure” are growing fast. Let’s take a look at a few of these:
• Unrelenting stress
• Beliefs and attitudes
• Poor nutrition
• Sedentary life style
• Addictions to substances such a nicotine, alcohol, drugs
• Overuse of pharmaceutical drugs
The health of the body relies strongly on the movement of the body fluids through all the tissues and systems. Research has proven that massage does assist the movement of the body fluids.
We are learning more about the creation and transfer of energy in the human body. Energy moves in both directions, from macro levels to micro levels and back again. Scientific manipulation of the skin, muscles, connective tissue, organs and nerves does influence the movement of energy through the body.
What medical massage can do
- People with deformities live more comfortably in their bodies
- Surgeries are averted
- Medications are eliminated
- Chronic pain diminishes or disappears
- Degenerative diseases slow down or reverse
- Anxiety, stress, depression subside
- Joyful creative living re-emerges
- When we move around in our same old bodies we get the same old cues …bodywork helps you experience new states of being…oh my goodness I haven’t breathed this easily in years…my body hasn’t felt this good in a long time …this is facilitation…giving new information to the mind and body
(From the book, “The Homeopathic Revolution”: Why famous people and cultural heroes choose homeopathy” by Dana Ullman.)
In the beginning of this book, there is a quote I will share with you:
“I believe what prevents men from accepting the homeopathic principles is ignorance, but ignorance is criminal when human lives are at stack. No honest man faced with the facts of homeopathy can refuse to accept it. He has no choice. When I had to face it, I had to become a follower. There was no choice if I were to continue to be an honest man…Truth always demands adherence and offers no alternative.” From Sir John Weir, physician to six monarchs, including 4 generations of British monarchs.
There are many people around the globe who have embraced homeopathy as their healing modality. Please read Dana Ullman’s wonderful book.
Millions of people around the world for the past 200 plus years have been healed with this wonderful scientific system of healing known as Homeopathy. Take a look at just a few.
Patient with chronic sinusitis: This man had suffered from chronic sinus infections for years, and had to take antibiotics almost constantly. After the initial consultation, I studied and found a remedy that best matched his whole being. He took the remedy several times over months and gradually the episodes of sinus infections began to subside. After about 9 months, he no longer had recurrences. He has gone about 2 years now without needing an antibiotic.
AN EXCITING RECENT ARTICLE IN HUFFINGTON POST: “DR. LUC MONTAGNIER, A FRENCH VIROLOGIST AND WINNER OF THE 2008 NOBEL PRIZE FOR DISCOVERING THE AIDS VIRUS, HAS SURPRISED THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY WITH HIS STRONG SUPPORT FOR HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE” Posted Jan. 30, 2011, Huffington Post
In a remarkable interview published in Science magazine of December 24, 2010, (1) Professor Luc Montagnier, has expressed support for the often maligned and misunderstood medical specialty of homeopathic medicine. Although homeopathy has persisted for 200+ years throughout the world and has been the leading alternative treatment method used by physicians in Europe, (2) most conventional physicians and scientists have expressed skepticism about its efficacy due to the extremely small doses of medicines used.
“I can’t say that homeopathy is right in everything. What I can say now is that the high dilutions (used in homeopathy) are right. High dilutions of something are not nothing. They are water structures which mimic the original molecules.”
Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a German physician, is the founder of homeopathy. While the fundamental principle of homeopathy, “Like cures Likes,” had been used by Hippocrates and others before him, Dr. Hahnemann brought this principle to practical application.
I think it is important that you know a little about this amazing man. Hahnemann was brilliant, as are so many people in the history of scientific discovery and development. He began his medical career at a time when “modern medicine” was using very toxic methods on people. He gave up the practice of medicine because he claimed that the medicine of his time did as much harm as good:
“My sense of duty would not easily allow me to treat the unknown pathological state of my suffering brethren with these unknown medicines. The thought of becoming in this way a murderer or malefactor towards the life of my fellow human beings was most terrible to me, so terrible and disturbing that I wholly gave up my practice in the first years of my married life and occupied myself solely with chemistry and writing.“
Something happens to distune the vital energy of the person. It could be a belief system: “My father had a heart attack at age 40 so I am afraid I will, too.”Stress, either mental, emotional or physical can distune our energy system. Infections, injuries can also cause an imbalance in our system.
I deeply believe the cause of almost all our illnesses is Thought.
In my previous blog I introduced the idea of holism and individuality because it is vital to understanding homeopathy. It is not necessary that you understand homeopathy as a scientific system of healing, but it is important that you understand that when you take a homeopathic remedy, it is affecting your whole being for the purpose of stimulating your body’s innate capacity to heal itself. Conventional medicine cannot do this. Prescription drugs suppress symptoms and cannot stimulate the healing response. Most of the prescription drugs are anti-something…against something. Listen to the words you hear from conventional medicine: war on cancer, attack the infection, kill the cancer cells, battle the disease…etc. I’m not sure why anyone would want to go to war against his or her own precious body.
For many years I have wanted to practice a more holistic medicine. I knew something was missing in my conventional pediatric medical practice. I was writing prescriptions but not taking the whole person into consideration. I grew more and more dissatisfied with medicine…enough so that I sold my practice and went to seminary. After 4 years of ministry I felt this tremendous call to return to medicine, but this time, it had to be in a more holistic way.
I met a homeopathic physician, and what he told me about homeopathy astonished me. I knew I needed to learn more about this amazing scientific system of healing. I searched for a training program that would prepare me for the practice of homeopathy. I flew to Minneapolis monthly for 3 years to attend the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy… and began my homeopathy practice here in Lakewood in 2000.
Why is homeopathy so powerful as a healing therapy?