Is it safe? When to Use Complementary or Integrative Products and Practices

An entire branch of the National Institutes of Health is dedicated to complementary and integrative health. This field offers treatments and therapies that do not require surgery or medication, allowing a more holistic and gentler approach. Many are quite effective, and for certain people they can be more effective without the side effects of more traditional treatments. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, abbreviated as NCCIH has great resources. Their main website is

What Are You Doing For Your Stress?

Oh we’ve all heard it, STRESS can kill. It can also create or contribute to health concerns everything from high blood pressure, digestive issues, migraines, skin irritations, depression, weight, sleep disorders, food and environmental allergies, and much more.  Some stress can be good stress: weddings, birthdays, new jobs.   Things we think of as bad stress: family conflict, pressure at work, dealing with family addictions, and health concerns. So what do you do about it?  Some

Why Would You Want to Learn to Tap?

Traumas and events can create illness.  How can that be? When we become distressed we can constrict good blood flow, we may choose to lie in bed, not eat nutritionally and the end result is poor health mentally as well as physically. What can we do about it?  In the last edition I mentioned some general techniques such as meditation, yoga, exercise, as well as Tapping or EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique).  This remarkable technique has

Tai Chi & Qigong for Health, Fitness & Well-Being

   “Qigong (pronounced Chee Gung) and Tai Chi are internal Chinese meditative practices which use slow gentle movements and controlled breathing techniques that strengthen the mind-body connection, reduce stress, promote serenity and improve circulation thereby enhancing the practitioner’s overall health.” — Dr. Roger Jahnke, OMD Qigong – which means Energy Cultivation – is a restorative exercise which involves gentle movement/stretching, breathing, self-massage and meditation.  Sometimes called Dao Yin Yoga, the exercise helps to improve the

Can Cannabis Be the Answer?

The cannabis industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. today, and senior citizens are the fastest growing demographic that is embracing the industry. It only makes sense- many of the ailments seniors suffer from are ailments that can be easily treated with cannabis. As the industry has grown over the last five or six years, many new products have been developed that eliminate the need to smoke cannabis. For arthritic joints,

Living Stress Free

Stress, you have it, I have it, we all have it and it doesn’t look the same for everyone. Stress can look like emotional distress that can be seen by others:  the agitation, anger, or tremors.  Or maybe your stress is more subtle, maybe you don’t even think of it as stress, such as you can no longer handle certain types of foods, whether it’s nightshades, gluten, corn, or wheat, those are all signs of