Archive | February, 2010

Bodywork: Healing from the Outside…in

21 Feb

 There are so many benefits to see a bodyworker. As most of us have realized, stress creates most of the imbalances in the body. Massage therapy actually lowers cortisol levels and raises serotonin. Immunity (T-cells) divide rapidly to create a higher immunity. Naturally increasing dopamine (which lowers pain, depression, helps with ADD/ADHD symptoms),increase histamine levels that lower inflammation, which is the #1 cause of pain in the body. We have our own pharmacy, receiving bodywork helps you tap into it.

As each client comes to me for different services, and for different health reasons, we are able to look at symptoms of pain related to different stressors. Some come weekly to manage chronic pain, some for injury related stress, as they are active and fit, some just know their lives and jobs are stressful and receive massage therapy to increase their immunity from viral attacks.

So if you have never received any bodywork, it is time! Massage therapists are trained in most states from 1000- 2000 hour programs, that usually works out to 2 years of education before they receive accreditation from their state and national licensure boards. If you are unable to come see me in Connecticut,♥, please check out http://www.amtamassage.org/findamassage/locator.aspx to find a massage therapist near you. There are only 16 states with licensure, so I highly advise using this site or ask a friend that receives therapy who they would recommend. All therapists on this site have worked hard to continue their education in bodywork.

Massage Therapy has been an amazing part of my life. 12 years ago I went on a journey that has brought me to places I never knew. Bodywork became a focused interest when I was “diagnosed” with fibromyalgia in the year 2000. I was told I needed pain inhibitors, muscle relaxers and anti-depressants. I dove into as much information as I could obtain on this dis-ease and I realized it was all symptomatic. In essence, my whole life would be chasing pain. So I made a decision 10 years ago to never take a prescription or over-the-counter drugs. I soon went to school to become a Certified Chinese herbalist and have been able to keep my pain levels low with bodywork and natural medicine. My personal experience has also helped my clients along their journey to wellness.

Marley Coffee is hitting it big!!!!

21 Feb

Bob Marley had always said he would return to farming one day, but his destiny was filled with the passion for music, and he never had the chance. With Marley Coffee, Bob’s son, Rohan and friend Shane Whittle fulfill this dream and offers his family’s treasures to the world.

Marley Coffee is an international gourmet coffee company with offices in Vancouver, Los Angeles and Jamaica. The Marley Coffee 52 Acre Private Estate sits atop the Blue Mountains in Chepstowe, Portland Jamaica, long revered as the region with the world’s most desirable coffee beans.

Rohan remembers his grandmother drying their wild coffee berries in the sun, hulling and roasting them for her own cup of coffee each morning. Marley Coffee is determined to deliver that same intoxicating aroma and rich, smooth flavor into every cup that bears the Marley name.

Marley Coffee is patiently awaiting their Jamaican Coffee Industry Board (CIB) license approvals to be able to share their private reserve beans with the world. Marley Coffee intends to adhere to the quality and control procedures that Jamaica’s CIB holds so proudly. “Blue Mountain coffee holds its own legacy and Marley Coffee is grateful to be a part of this legacy with Jamaica,” said Whittle.

Marley Coffee offers an assortment of shade-grown coffee blends from the finest coffee producing regions in the world, including Central and South America, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia. They also offer an organic single origin java from Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia. Marley Coffee is determined to deliver intoxicating aroma and rich, smooth flavor into every cup that bears the Marley name. All of the coffees are certified organic by the USDA, and the Pacific Agricultural Certification Society of Canada (PACS), and comply by the company’s ITAL standards.

The Emotions of Stress

21 Feb

How many times have you recognized you were stressed out?  Did you realize that the stress is created by the emotions you experience on a daily basis?  Many people recognize the feelings of stress but don’t understand they can be broken down to identify actual feelings.  First let’s get a basic understanding of the word stress.  If you look in any dictionary there are many different definitions but the common language to all is that stress equals an “imbalance” which over time creates deterioration.   We can experience imbalance in our physical body, our thoughts, our feelings, our financial picture, our relationships, our performance of work, academics and sports and in our spiritual connection.  Many people think that stress equates to something that causes tension and will say “Oh, I don’t feel stressed at all” but when we start associating the feelings that create stress, almost everyone can identify with them. 

Pain, Anger, Worry, Anxiety, Fear, Rage, Procrastination, Guilt, Sorrow, Grief, Depression, Impatience, Prejudice, Boredom, Intolerance, Resentment, Indifference, the list goes on and on.  These are the emotions of stress and all contribute to an imbalance in our body and our body’s natural ability to protect itself.  In addition to these feelings we have physical stressors that also contribute to the imbalance.  Injuries that create poor posture, pain, loss of internal organs, exposure to environmental pollutants, ingestion of alcohol, tobacco or drugs all create imbalance.  Even prescribed medications create significant stress in the body.  The food we eat, the amount of fluids we drink, the number of hours we sleep, the quality of sleep and the amount of exercise we get can all contribute to physical stress.   No matter how you experience it, stress KILLS.  It kills heart cells, brain cells and the immune system.  In fact, the National Institute of Stress has reported that over 95% of all health care visits, physical and mental health, are directly related to STRESS.

These emotions communicate with every cell in your body constantly and your body responds by adjusting chemicals and hormones.  Things like adrenaline, cortisol, endorphins, melatonin, serotonin, blood sugar (glucose), sodium, chloride, insulin, cholesterol, growth hormone and all of the female and male reproductive hormones.  They also affect your heart rate, your breathing rate, your blood pressure and your temperature.  In fact every operation in your body responds to these chemicals and hormones.  One incident of these emotions has the ability to inhibit your immune system for up to 6 hours afterwards.  And your body does not differentiate between the real event or just an emotional recall.  It can respond exactly the same way to thinking about the incident as it did to the original event.  Just being angry for a few days can have a very negative effect on your ability to protect yourself from germs, virus or other ailments, inhibit your ability to focus, affect your memory, impair your creative thinking and problem solving, make you more likely to get injured or have another argument. Then you just start the spiral downward because one incident can actually increase the opportunity for more stressful emotions.  How do you win?

There are many ways to relieve stress but the most important thing is to recognize the stress as an emotion and look at the cause.  Perhaps the stress you feel from work is really about the sadness you feel when you have to leave your child at the daycare, or your anxiety about not getting a bill paid on time, or about the fight you had with your spouse the night before.  It might not have anything to do with work at all.  Once you recognize the feeling and begin to deal with the emotions more directly you will find your stress levels begin to change significantly.  Evaluate your physical stressors; nutrition, sleep, exercise and love in your life to see how they contribute to the stressful feelings.  At times stress can be reduced easily by just recognizing the emotion and taking a deep breath to remove yourself from the feeling just for that moment.  When you focus on the breathing you break the connection to the emotion.   I teach my clients how to effectively use techniques and the latest in cardio/neuro/ physical (heart/brain/body) technology and biofeedback that changes over 1400 chemicals and hormones in their body, restoring the balance which promotes a state of natural healing.

Stress has powerful effects in every area of your life; your health, your wealth, your relationships, your performance and your spiritual fulfillment. Stress can be an inside job that quickly moves to your outside world or it can be initiated by an outside situation that quickly moves to the inside of your body and mind.  Either way it affects you inside and out.  No matter how you look at it, the emotions of stress are associated with negative energy and once you can identify this energy you can harness it and Transform Stress to Success in all areas of your life.

My clients liken me to a “Jeane in a bottle” and in the “Jeane Business” the 3 Most Common Wishes are for Better Health, More Wealth, Loving Relationships and sometimes people just want a Better Golf Game.  I am here to grant your wishes and this “Jeane” knows no geographical boundaries because most of the wishes can be granted by phone so call today.

By  Jeane Cole, ARNP, CHT, LHMP

We march on#2

20 Feb

So we had a meeting with the healthy dish team yesterday, and i tell ya it was needed but one of those things where it leaves a person very drained. In business there i alot to account for and dealing with different personalities can be very tiring at best. A few things i did take away from the meeting was that the business side of things needs to be taken care of right from the start or things can get very sticky, also be upfront with people so there are no misunderstandings on either ends. I do work with a young lady that i am very proud of, she’s one of my producers and her name is Teresa, she has rolled along with me through the great days and the days where we shake our heads at each other and wonder why and what were doing here. I guess why im writing about this today is that lessons are learned each day, each day we figure out who we are just a bit more, it seem to be an ongoing battle or a walk but one that im glad to be on, my faith has allowed me to know where my focus really lies and when the cameras are gone and the blogs and tweets are not around i can be confident of many things.

On another note of the journals from this week, i got a call from Dr oz show and they want me to come out this Tuesday and do a segment on wed, i do have to say the staff and the producers and truly the best i have worked with. I may not be able to make it because i had some other things to do but there top-notch, so if you get a chance to work with them it will be a pleasure, this week we have a big meeting on monday about some advertising for the radio show, we really need some advertisers to come through as that’s what makes the wheels keep going, the news letter will also be out at the end of the week and were so excited about that, Teresa showed me the rough and its soooo awesome, as you can tell im writing this myself, because im sure my grammar and spelling need tons of work, but jut wanted to let you in a bit on the making of the healthy dish.

Charles

Black Bean Quick Dip

18 Feb

Black Bean Quick Dip


Ingredients:-2 16oz cans black beans (drain and rinse one, reserve the liquid from the other) 1 medium red onion, chopped ½ cup cilantro, chopped 3 garlic cloves, chopped 2 Tbsp fresh lime or orange juice (Or a combo. These juices work better with black beans than lemon) Zest from the lime you juiced 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp cumin 2 Tbsp taco seasoning (Or ask me how to get a bottle of my World Famous Chili Powder. Homemade chili powder does make a huge difference) Salt and pepper to taste 1 jalapeño, chopped (if desired)

Procedures:-This is another guaranteed crowd pleaser. It’s great at Christmas parties or the campsite with your favorite corn or flour tortilla chips. I also really like a good fresh vegetable platter with it. You can get black bean dip from the store, sure. But believe me, you won’t find one like this… Preparation In a blender or food processor, purée the beans, red onion, vinegar, orange/lime juice, lime zest, cilantro, oil, garlic, and cumin. Add the pepper and salt (sea salt if you have it) and pulse 3 to 5 times. An optional ingredient is 1 diced tomato. It goes well with the citrus and chili powder. For questions or clarification feel free to email me at jason@pahaque.com.

RSD are you at risk?

18 Feb

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), also called complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), is a chronic, painful, and progressive neurological condition that affects the skin, muscles, joints, and bones. The syndrome usually develops in an injured limb, such as a broken leg, or following surgery. However, many cases of RSD involve only a minor injury, such as a sprain. And in some cases, no precipitating event can be identified.

RSD/CRPS is characterized by various degrees of burning pain, excessive sweating, swelling, and sensitivity to touch. Pain may begin in one area or limb and then spread to other limbs. In some cases, symptoms of RSD/CRPS diminish for a period of time and then reappear with a new injury.

Two types of RSD/CRPS have been defined:

  • Type 1—without nerve injury
  • Type 2 (formerly called causalgia)—with nerve injury

Both types of RSD/CRPS share the same signs and symptoms.

Incidence and Prevalence

Millions of people in the United States may suffer from RSD/CRPS. This chronic pain syndrome affects both men and women, and also occurs in children. It can occur at any age, but usually affects people between the ages of 40 and 60 years. The symptoms are varied and unique. RSD (CRPS) can be in the upper extremities, lower extremities, there is facial RSD and total body RSD (CRPS).

For more info on RSD Visit http://www.rsdinfo.com/

35+ Year Old Women and the “C” Word

18 Feb

Depending on your preference, being called the “C” word or “Cougar” is not a compliment. The urban definition is: A 35+ year old female who is on the “hunt” for a much younger, energetic male. Cougars are non-committal, choosing to move from mate to mate without ever settling down. They are usually financially independent, and enjoy having total control.

 When you consider the male to female ratio and the suggestion that a woman’s odds of getting married deceases significantly after age 35; quite a few women may be erroneously mislabeled with that term. Let’s briefly examine the nature of an actual cougar.

 The cougar also known as the puma, mountain lion, mountain cat, catamount, or panther is an adaptable, solitary cat. A capable stalk-and-ambush predator, the cougar pursues a wide variety of prey. While it is a large predator, it is not always the dominant species in its range.

 Many mature, financially independent women seeking love look for quality relationships. Forced to maintain control in the workplace, they welcome the opportunity to let their guard down at home. Although most women want a man that is energetic and young at heart, they don’t necessarily want a man young in age (or mind).

 Maybe it’s just me, but making a real connection between definitions is a stretch. Besides the fact that the term is in poor taste in general, I think the word cougar should not have been chosen because it starts with the letter “c” and women already have another “c” word we can’t stand.

When I’m accused of “not having a sense of humor” or “taking a slang term too seriously”, I look the person squarely in the eye; consider one of Webster’s Dictionary definitions for the word “slang” which means: Slang (noun) – the special vocabulary of thieves, vagabonds, etc.; argot. and I laugh.

-Michelle Clower