Monday, June 19, 2017

Why Not Try It?

I'm always puzzled when I mention natural remedies or a change in food choices, and the person responds with a resounding and negative "that won't work." They usually cite reasons like "you'll find studies supporting anything if you look hard enough" or "that doesn't make sense so why bother" etc.

Now, I wouldn't have even mentioned the topic to these people except that he or she is complaining about health issues and the expensive drugs they are taking (drugs that even the doctors admit are only to try to reduce symptoms but have no effect upon reversing or curing the dis-ease itself). My puzzlement around the person's vehement objections then arises from the simple perspective of: "it can't hurt and might help so why not try it?"

Based upon that premise -- it can't hurt and might help so why not try it -- I would urge you to watch the film What The Health and at least consider trying a vegan diet for a month. Or even just a couple weeks. Commit to eating only a WFPB diet (that's Whole-Food Plant-Based) and see how you feel. Isn't the possibility of getting better worth trying something new, especially when it won't cost you a dime? There are people who experience phenomenal results and those who see little to no change, but wouldn't it be exciting to be one of those with the life-changing results? Just imagine!

Here's the link for the film and how you can watch it: What The Health.

For information on a vegan diet as well as free recipes, go to: Forks Over Knives.

And, as always, if you have questions, I'm happy to help -- just contact me!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Listening to Life

One of the aspects I enjoy about an holistic approach to healing and wellness is the sacred mystery embedded within life, how listening to life is of vital importance to seeking true healing.

Taken further, consider, for instance:

"All ancient and indigenous peoples said that they learned the uses of plants as medicines from the plants themselves. They insisted that they did not rely on the analytical capacities of the brain for this nor use the technique of trial and error. Instead, they said that it was from the heart of the world, from the plants themselves, that this knowledge came. For, they insisted, the plants can speak to human beings if only human beings will listen and respond to them in the proper state of mind." ~ Stephen Harrod Buhner in Secret Teachings of Plants 


With this in mind, consider how science can often describe what appears to be happening within life systems, even in its reductionistic approach, but rarely can it fully explain the complexity of life. In a beautiful conversation between Marilynne Robinson and Marcelo Gleiser (called "The Mystery We Are" at OnBeing), Robinson points out the error in how science overuses "explain" when the appropriate word is "describe."

Scientific investigation, however, does provide description for many of the inner workings of bodies and life systems (I am in no way excusing or approving any form of abuse and/or cruelty to animals; we must evolve and abandon those types of atrocities). In his book The Secret Teachings of Plants, Buhner points out that:
"All living organisms--all self-organized systems ... retain an exquisite sensitivity to perturbations of the equilibrium that occurred when they self-organized. They remember that moment of equilibrium; they are attuned to it."
In this way, all living organisms, whether plants or animals, continually seek equilibrium. Our human bodies seek this; when we listen to our bodies and hearts, we have a better chance at healing, and plants (via food, herbs, spices, flower essences, and homeopathic remedies) can help us move in that direction.

When something occurs (a perturbation), whether outside ourselves or within, Buhner says that:
"the form [it takes] is merely one possible language of communication out of myriad possibilities. In the end it is the meaning inside the behavior that is significant, not the behavior itself. It is not the chemical released, nor the movement of the body, nor the electromagnetic field that is important, but the information, the meaning, that it carries."
This meaning is what most holistic practices point to and return to, again and again. The meaning is the Big Picture in our lives and entails deep listening to life.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Borage Flower Essence - Courage

(c) Delta Gardens
I want to share a personal experience with Borage. 

Usually, I make dosing bottles, but one day I felt called to simply add some drops of Borage flower essence to my pitcher of daily drinking water (I often do this with essences, letting intuition guide me in selection). 

The next day, I felt tremendous confidence in my actions and body; I felt hardly any fear, moving throughout the day as if my body had returned to normal.  

The back-story is that 9 months ago, I fell backwards, downhill on our property, shattering my left wrist and fracturing my left tibial plateau in several places. My recovery has been slow and frustrating at times, and I have been using flower essences to help me move past my fear about it happening again (it was just one of those clumsy accidents so it kind of freaked me out) and to regain confidence in my body. 

Well, after only the single day of taking the Borage-imprinted water throughout the day, I woke up and didn’t even hesitate in getting down on the floor to clip my dog’s toenails. It was only in hindsight that I fully realized how at ease and unconcerned I was with getting down on the floor all on my own. This may not sound like much, but it was a huge advance for me — I no longer felt like my body was going to give out on me or “betray” me! I had already felt like I was moving in this direction, but Borage sailed me right over the last hurdle — phenomenal!

Borage flower essence can share many qualities of healing with us; the one that seemed to lift me up the most in my current state was courage ... the courage to trust my body and the healing process. This wasn't a conscious shift, however, but one that simply happened, thanks to the Spirit of Borage.

The Borage flower essence that I took was from Delta Gardens; there are other flower essence lines that carry it, too, such as Green Hope Farm. I'm so grateful to the people who co-create these marvelous healing remedies!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Live Fully

"Healing is not about whether you die. Healing is about how fully you live."
~ Eliot Cowan, Plant Spirit Medicine

The above statement is one that I carry into every healing situation, whether for myself, my family, the animals in my care, or clients. While alleviation of symptoms may indeed occur, the greater perspective is upon quality of life. This is why I give no separation to body, mind and soul within the healing journey.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Learning More

I want to take a moment to encourage you to learn more, whether it's with me or someone else in the holistic health care, multi-modality field.

We already know that most people in today's on-line world can and will research whatever their condition is, check out the symptoms, and explore the many options available to them. The wise consultant or practitioner will encourage this -- we want people to be knowledgeable and involved with their own healing process. We live in a complex modern world that is quite different from that of 200 years ago, or even 75 years ago.

Whoever you choose to help you work toward wellness, don't limit yourself, whether it is a practitioner or medicine. What options appeal to you? Which ones make sense or draw you intuitively toward them?

Embrace the abundance provided. Get involved. Learn more. Become empowered. It's your life.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Snake Bites and Emergency Care

I'm posting this note, prompted by having just seen a venomous Copperhead snake on our front porch. While I know what the top remedies are for treating snake bite in an emergency situation, especially when an ER is too far away to get to quickly, seeing one tonight impelled me to share a couple articles for informational purposes.

The first article deals with homeopathic treatment of a dog bitten by a Copperhead.

The second article is for a dog bitten by a Rattlesnake.

Both snakes are venomous and, depending upon where the individual (whether dog or human) is bitten, can be life threatening so it's good to have a few remedies on hand in case of emergencies. The two top remedies? Lachesis and Crotalus. Better yet, also have Ledum and Echinacea A. If you don't already have these in your emergency remedy kit, but live where snake bites might present an emergency -- get them. They just might save your dog's life.

As a side note, I've read that a few drops of cinnamon and clove oil in a large spray bottle can be a good snake repellent, so I'll be spraying our porch flooring tomorrow!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Healthy Gut

Our digestion, our microbes. What’s inside us? Dr. John Douillard talks about this topic in free videos; one of many is “Does Your Microbiome Determine Your Body Type?”  I studied with Dr. John at Kripalu School of Ayurveda, and he is well-known in the alternative health care community.
Recently, one of Dr. John’s videos reminded me that I have the additional resource of Bowel Nosodes — a natural resource remedy created by Bach (through homeopathic preparation methods) for helping to rebalance and re-colonize our intestinal flora energetically. Interestingly, Bach also felt that certain bowel flora pointed to particular personality types. This coincidence goes to my strong feeling that we “don’t throw the baby out with the bath water” … that a return to healthy conscious eating doesn’t mean we ignore natural, sustainable remedies of support. 
We’re all human … and, I dare say, most of us are so impacted by the culture that we are constantly challenged in balancing body and soul. It’s easy to say that we “know” intellectually, but equilibrium is a path of practice. I don’t want to fall into the trap, however, of harping on everything being “HARD” … I was there at one point in my life (or several times really) and that is depressing and negative when we think everything is “hard.” 
Rather, I continually seek to witness my life as human and be aware of each step on my path as my practice. Blessedly, Mother Mature through wise humans who are in communication with her, has provided many natural, non-invasive, non-harmful methods and remedies to help. 
(c) LifeSpa.com
So, back to the Bowel Nosodes — I experienced the support of Syc Co for my stress hives (while living in Arizona). Those results prompted me to order the rest of the Bowel Nosodes in 30c potency (unavailable now in 6c potency, probably due to increasing regulations worldwide). The 30c will, however, be fine because the flora imbalances within us are complexes from culture and lifestyle of generations and lifetimes, adding in the past 70 years of changes, not the simpler imbalances of Bach’s day. Rapid degeneration in recent decades! 
We’ve become not only physically affected by our cultural transgressions of the Industrial Age, but most of us are psychologically affected. And the old “rules” probably no longer apply either because our bodies constantly deal with a different level of influence from technology to frequency to toxins to GM foods to cellular resonance effects all around. One might even say that our bowels are fertile ground for miasma influences of bacterial proliferation. Our generations, mine and those people younger than me, grew up with refined sugars, white flours, the chemical additives and factory-processed foods. We’ve shifted, our bowel flora has shifted, and the protocols of 70 years ago may no longer be effective all the time. We have to pay attention to change and context. 
As with everything taught as principle and philosophy of Ayurveda, Homeopathy (of which the Bowel Nosodes are part), and Flower Essences … INDIVIDUALIZE the treatment. Every organism is operating in a unique blend of prakriti and lifestyle. All the “rules” are mere guidelines — helpful, not hard and fast. We need to allow the feminine principle of intuition her part in the healing process and we will see the individuality emerge with the blending of intuition and intellect. VITAL … to remember this is vital. The one needing treatment is unique and so is the one providing the treatment. 
Within the wisdom and power of vibration, everything is up in the air, out in The Field, inside our subtle bodies, and working with — LABORing within — the pattern of the unique situation. Guidelines can help us starting out and when we get confused or need to return to square one but the spiral of reality is to move into free flow of technique and pattern becomes art. I run into more problems following the “should” of therapy, including the “should not” that often manifests indeed as a tangled knot/not

Our bowels have been referred to in recent decades as our Second Brain; we need to offer greater healing endeavor into this area of our systems, through how and what we eat, as well as through the remedies we choose.