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Learning and accepting Chronic Illness…

By |2018-02-15T22:00:53+00:00February 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Learning to Be Sick  {plus a prayer about able-ism}
by Rabbi Elliot Kukla
I became disabled overnight in a car accident. The car accident was a dream, but the disability was real.
I dreamed I was driving through the ravaged streets of Oakland at the end of the world. I turned the corner and careened inescapably into a white chemical blaze. I woke with a start, the white flash still burning behind my eyes, the worst headache of my life piercing my left temporal lobe.  I remembered my mother having a brain aneurysm years before, and knew the “worst headache of my life” was not to be ignored. My wife and I hurried to the hospital, expecting life to change forever. Once at the ER, things moved quickly: CT scans were ordered, crystal clear spinal fluid was drawn from my back. Eight hours later, I was told I was perfectly healthy.
What they meant, but wouldn’t say, was that they didn’t know what was wrong. Over the next weeks and months, it became obvious that I was far from well. The terrible headaches continued, I developed burning nerve pain all over my torso that couldn’t be relieved by any nerve pain remedies, I was wrapped in a thick brain fog, I sprouted constant mouth ulcers, I was crushed with exhaustion. I would open my mouth and be unable to speak. I could get lost in my own house between bedroom and bathroom, and forget my wife’s name.  I started having seizures.
By then, I had discovered that I was no longer trusted by my doctors about my own body or experiences.  I reported odd, terrifying, and sudden physical changes; they recommended Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Weight Watchers.  I felt exiled from the world of the well, isolated by thick walls of suspicion.  I’m used to feeling like an outsider; I’m the first openly transgender rabbi ordained by a mainstream movement (Reform Judaism). I am used to being rejected and told I should not exist. But nothing prepared me for the outsider status of being chronically ill. Think about that for a moment: approximately 0.6% of US adults identify as transgender, just under 0.2% of the world population is Jewish, and 100% of us will get sick, but it is being chronically sick that makes me feel like an outsider. That’s how much our society fears and rejects the core human experience of being ill, of having a body that gets sick, that ages, that is not controllable.
I went from doctor to doctor looking for answers, but overnight, I had gone from being a trusted rabbi and chaplain (who myself works with seriously ill and dying people on hospital medical teams) to a “hysterical” chronically ill person.  Though I had seen it happen to my clients, I now understood firsthand that being disbelieved is nearly universal for people with chronic illnesses, especially ones that are largely invisible and/or hard to diagnose. I had believed that as a healthcare professional, equipped with skills and advocates to navigate the system, I would be treated differently. I soon learned how hubristic that was.
Eventually, due to the tireless advocacy of my wife, I was diagnosed with Central Nervous System Lupus (an autoimmune disease which attacks the brain and central nervous system), as well as fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and complex migraines. My Lupus diagnosis would later be taken away and then given back countless times as suited the needs of health insurance and disability insurance companies in order to sort and manage me and decide how much care I was entitled to (ref.: Ortiz Law Firm). The needs  of my body were virtually irrelevant in this process as my diagnosis become a monetized affair where I had to jump through increasingly difficult hoops to “prove” it.
Like most of us, I had been raised to see Illness as something temporary:  a stopover on the way to recovery or to death, not a place to live. But weeks, months, and then years passed, and I did not get better. My doctors, and even some friends and family, suggested that I could get better if only I tried harder, relaxed more deeply, thought more positively. I became a lightning rod for others’ fears of disability, dependence, and fragility. In a political moment where healthcare is treated as a luxury, and hurricane victims are blamed for their own disasters, an ethic of personal responsibility reigns. But sometimes, sick people just stay sick.  And there’s no meditation, medication, positive outlook, exercise, or smoothie that can magically fix it. Click to visit the site that offers effective treatment.
Eventually, I stopped hoping to be well, or even pretending that I lived in that future-heavy land of hope anymore. I stopped trying to “overcome” my body, and started living a present tense life in chronic illness. As the pace of my life slowed, I could appreciate sensual pleasures in a new and heightened way: sunlight out my bedroom window, my dog’s velvety fur, a cool breeze in my garden, richly colored flowers. On days when my brain was too fogged to do anything, I let myself float in and out of a rich, infinitely layered dream world.
With great difficulty, I learned how to accept care.  A child of neglectful and absent parents, I had been fiercely independent for most of my life; now, as fatigue gripped my body, I needed help preparing food, showering, doing laundry, managing my medications. This demanded a difficult, profoundly spiritual vulnerability.  I realized that if I were truly to see myself as equal to my seriously ill clients, and not performing a kind of “charity” in my work, I had to come to terms with the necessity of interdependence.
We are born needing care and die needing care, and I am no exception.  At brief moments in the middle of life, we hold the illusion of independence, but we are always driving on roads we did not build, eating foods we did not pick or raise. Allowing the illusion of my own independence to drop away unmasked a fundamental truth of being human.
Like many people, I had once measured my worth by my capacity to produce things and experiences: to be productive at work, share responsibilities at home, “show up” equally in my friendships, and rack up achievements. Being sick has been a long, slow detox from capitalist culture and its mandate that we never rest. Slowly, I found a deeper value in relationship beyond reciprocity: an unconditional love and care based in justice, and a belief that all humans deserve relationship, regardless of whether we can offer anything measurable back. In these discoveries, I’ve been led by other sick and disabled people, whose value had always been apparent to me.  Amidst the brilliant diversity of power wheelchairs, service dogs, canes, and ice packs it’s easy to see that we matter just as we are.
Eventually, my body did change. I am now able to stay awake longer, and my pain has receded to a dull throb. I can leave the house more; I can visit my clients and mentor my hospice volunteers, for which I am grateful. But I don’t see myself as cured, nor do I imagine a cure will come. This is merely another chapter in the life of my body. If I’m lucky enough to get old, my body will change again. Due to my illnesses and family history, I’m more likely to develop dementia. As I age, my body and mind will surely become more disabled. I will lose cognitive and sensory capacities. My skin and muscles will sag and disintegrate. I will depend more and more on other people. I will not be able to control my bowels or my surroundings as tightly. I will lose teeth, hair, and precious memories. This is not a tragedy. This is what it means to be human. 
Mi Sh’berach for Ableism
Rabbi Elliot Kukla

Are You Unknowingly a Victim of "Adrenal Fatigue"?

By |2017-07-24T12:00:41+00:00July 24th, 2017|blog, Naturopathy|

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Do you feel constantly tired, moody and depressed? Do you wake up feeling tired even after a full night’s rest? Do you crave sugary and salty foods, and depend on your morning coffee just to keep your eyes open?
Are you constantly exhausted and reaching for coffee or sweets to wake you up? Your adrenals may be fatigued.
These are all common symptoms of adrenal fatigue — a condition caused, in short, by too much stress and work. It’s estimated that up to 80 percent of adults suffer from adrenal fatigue, yet it continues to be a largely ignored and overlooked health problem, according to Dr. James Wilson, author of “Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress”.
“Adrenal fatigue can affect anyone who experiences frequent, persistent or severe mental, emotional or physical stress. It can also be an important contributing factor in health conditions ranging from allergies to obesity. Despite its prevalence in our modern world, adrenal fatigue has generally been ignored and misunderstood by the medical community,” Dr. Wilson writes on his Web site.
What is Adrenal Fatigue? What are the Signs and Symptoms?
Your adrenal glands (located on top of each kidney) act as control centers for many hormones. One of their most important tasks is to get your body ready for the “fight or flight” stress response, which means increasing adrenaline and other hormones.
This response increases your heart rate and blood pressure, slows your digestion and basically gets your body ready to face a potential threat or challenge.
While this response is good when it’s needed, many of us are constantly faced with stressors (work, environmental toxins, not enough sleep, worry, anxiety etc.) and are in this “fight or flight” mode for far too long — much longer than was ever intended from an evolutionary standpoint. If you are having issues sleeping due to snoring check out this well-known remedy to help you get a better night sleep.
The result? The adrenals become overworked and fatigued, and adrenal fatigue develops. If you feel one or more of the following on a regular basis, you may have adrenal fatigue, according to Dr. Wilson:

  • Cravings for salty or sugary foods is a symptom of adrenal fatigue.
  • You feel tired for no reason.
  • You have trouble getting up in the morning, even when you go to bed at a reasonable hour.
  • You are feeling rundown or overwhelmed.
  • You have difficulty bouncing back from stress or illness.
  • You crave salty and sweet snacks.
  • You feel more awake, alert and energetic after 6PM than you do all day.

Further, when your body is overly stressed your adrenal glands increase the production of the stress hormone cortisol, which can alter your:

  • Appetite, leading to food cravings
  • Energy levels, leading to fatigue and exhaustion
  • Mood, leaving you feeling emotionally drained
  • Memory and learning
  • Muscle mass and bone density
  • Immune response

You may notice symptoms began after a single, high-stress event, or alternatively after a prolonged period of daily stress. Either can over-stimulate your adrenals to the point of fatigue, and anyone may be affected. However, the following factors increase your risk of adrenal fatigue:

  • Chronic illness
  • Poor diet
  • Too little sleep
  • Too much pressure/overwork
  • Substance abuse
  • Repeated infections (bronchitis, pneumonia, etc.)
  • Maternal adrenal fatigue during gestation

Likewise, adrenal fatigue is often associated with chronic illnesses because they also place demands on your adrenal glands. According to Dr. Wilson, the following conditions may either be related to, or exacerbated by, adrenal fatigue:

  • Alcoholism and Addictions
  • Allergies
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Syndrome X and Burnout
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chronic Infections
  • Dental Problems
  • Blood Sugar Imbalances
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Herpes
  • HIV and Hepatitis C
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Mild Depression
  • PMS and Menopause
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sleep Disruptions

How to Diagnose Adrenal Fatigue
Conventional medicine typically does not acknowledge adrenal fatigue until potentially life-threatening conditions like Cushing’s syndrome (an overproduction of cortisol) and Addison’s disease (an underproduction of cortisol) develop. However, you can have adrenal fatigue or an adrenal imbalance — along with a range of debilitating symptoms — long before you progress into one of these extremes.
A health care provider who is knowledgeable in the area of adrenal fatigue can perform a saliva test to check your levels of cortisol over a 24-hour period. In healthy adrenal function, cortisol should be elevated in the morning, lower and steady throughout the day, and then should drop in the evening when you go to sleep. In people with adrenal fatigue, however, cortisol levels remain lower throughout the day and rise in the evening when you should be relaxing. If you don’t get enough rest, your immune system weakens, which may lead to different models of sepsis and bacterial peritonitis among others.
If you find that your adrenals are fatigued, there is help available and by following the steps below you can restore your adrenals and regain your vim and vigor.
Five Steps for Restoring Healthy Adrenal Function
It likely took some time for your adrenals to become fatigued, and it will take some time to nurse them back to health. And, you must commit to changing your lifestyle to be less stressed and more restful if you want to get better. At this time, the most important thing should be your health and you should make time for the following in that regard:
Taking time to de-stress, unwind and relax is crucial to help your adrenal glands recover.

  1. Get more sleep. Your body does most of its regeneration during sleep, so whenever you feel tired, it’s time to sleep. This includes taking naps during the day if you can, sleeping in an extra hour or two if you’re tired in the morning, and turning off the TV early so you can nod off sooner.
  2. Revamp your diet with healthy foods. A healthy diet focused on fresh, whole preferably organic foods will provide your body with the strong nutrient base it needs to function. Focus on including a protein source in all your meals and snacks to keep your blood sugar stable, and eat nutritious snacks between meals so you never get overly hungry (going long periods without eating makes your adrenal glands work harder).
  3. Cut out sugar, caffeine and artificial stimulants. When you’re tired, you may be tempted to reach for coffee, candy, doughnuts, and other refined carbs for a quick pick-me-up. But while these stimulants will give you a quick boost, they’ll be followed by an even bigger crash. Coffee can also over-stimulate your adrenals, which you want to avoid. Instead, if you’re craving sugar or caffeine, it could be because your body is actually tired, and you’d be better off resting than trying to get artificially “energized.” You can also substitute healthier alternatives for sweets and coffee, such as fresh fruit or a cup of herbal tea.
  4. Reduce stress: You simply must have adequate outlets for stress if you want your adrenals to be healthy. First, identify the source of your stress, and if possible make changes to eliminate it (for instance, cutting back your work hours or personal obligations). Also be certain to take into account emotional stress from guilt, arguments, relationship problems, unhealthy habits, etc., and work out ways to resolve these issues.
  5. Consider supplements for adrenal health: You may benefit from certain high-quality supplements to help your adrenals stay healthy and return to optimal function if they’re distressed. When choosing a  supplement for your adrenal health (buy from Amazon), look for one that supports both your immediate energy needs and long-term immune system function, as well as comes from a reputable source like Designs for Health. Since 1989, Designs for Health has been the health care professional’s trusted source for research-backed nutritional products of superior quality. Driven by a “Science First” philosophy, their team of nutritionists and clinical experts utilize both clinical feedback from leading industry pioneers, and sound, scientifically research led literature as the basis for designing their products.

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At the same time, be generous with stress relieving activities such as long walks, hot baths, or sitting down with a good book. Your body and mind know how to relax — you just need to give them “permission” to do so.
After making positive lifestyle changes, most people can expect to feel improvement in four to six months. For best results, make an appointment with a knowledgeable health care provider who can work with you on an individualized course of lifestyle modification and other treatment.
For more tips on how to promote healthy adrenal function and restore your energy and health, “Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome” is a valuable published resource.
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Napping … Is it Good for You?

By |2017-06-19T12:29:19+00:00June 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Giving in to a daytime catnap might have been frowned upon in the past, but now new research has put to bed previous nap naysayers. Studies show that a little daytime shuteye can actually provide health benefits.

According to a past issue of the Harvard Health Letter, catching a daytime nap is a good way to catch up on the sleep you lose at night, sleep that may become more difficult as you age due to natural age-related decline in the quality of your nighttime sleep.

Getting Over the Mid-afternoon Slump
A case of the drowsies may seem to hit the same time every afternoon and does so for several reasons. The first is a biological element. Your biological clock, located in the hypothalamus of your brain, is regulated and impacted by many physiological processes such as body temperature, blood pressure and secretion of digestive juices.
The circadian rhythm, also referred to as the “internal body clock,” is naturally set to induce feelings of wakefulness during the day that gradually slow down and turn to sleepiness at nighttime. Oftentimes, it’s common to experience feelings of mid-afternoon sleepiness as a part of the circadian schedule.
Waking hours is the other factor to daytime sleepiness. For example, if you work a night shift and find yourself having difficulty falling asleep the next night it could be due to a disruption in your circadian rhythm, resulting from your 16 hours of wakefulness beginning earlier and ending earlier — causing you to feel drowsy in the late afternoon or early evening hours.

Power Naps at Work can Increase Productivity
Just taking a six-minute nap can help with information retention and memorization. In addition, research has shown that a nap improves:

  • Learning
  • Memory
  • Creative thinking
  • Problem solving

According to Inc.com, companies like Apple, Google, Uber, Huffington Post and Zappos have jumped on the nap “wagon” and consider napping a strategic company move, even going so far as to designate nap rooms for their employees.
Another recent study showed the benefits a planned 40-minute nap had on improving the alertness and performance of air traffic controllers working the night shift. Currently, research is in the works to improve the sleep policies of fire departments as well.
Some experts, however, still continue to believe that daytime naps may steal hours from nighttime sleep. They recommend if you do take daytime naps to take them in the mid-afternoon and limit them to 30 minutes.
Other Countries Embrace Benefits of Daytime Siestas
Taking a nap after lunch in other countries like Portugal, Spain, many Latin American countries, the Philippines, China, Italy, India, the Middle East and North Africa is commonplace and encouraged.  Some countries like Argentina take naps very seriously and have a reserved time of the day for siestas that is considered a sacred time. And it’s not unusual for an employee in Japan to take a nap in a “napping room” or at their “desk pillow” during office hours.
Another study conducted in Greece showed the more people napped, the lower their risk of dying from heart disease and stroke.
Specific study findings touting the benefits of napping include:

  • People who napped regularly during the day for at least 30 minutes three times a week or more had a 37 percent lower risk of coronary mortality than those who did not sleep during the day
  • The strongest link between lower coronary mortality and napping during the day was found among working men
  • Even people who napped occasionally had a 12 percent lower coronary mortality compared to those people who did not nap at all

Top Napping Tips
If you are looking for the best way to take a nap, here are some tips to get the most out of your daytime naps:

  • Set a timer or alarm for 30 minutes: This is the ideal amount of time for your body to reenergize and relax. A nap any longer than 30 minutes will put you in a deeper sleep cycle, causing feelings of grogginess and making it harder to focus and concentrate once you awake.
  • Create an ideal nap area: Be sure that the room is dark, free of distractions and at a comfortable temperature. You can use eye shades and relaxing music to help you fall asleep faster.
  • Schedule your nap time: Don’t wait until you’re ready to topple over from exhaustion, or worse get behind the wheel to drive home, before you take your nap. If you start taking naps at the same time and for the same duration each day, your body will have an easier time adjusting.
  • Drop any guilty feelings: Instead of thinking of yourself as lazy, think of how much more productive and alert you will be after napping.

American Sleep Habits
The reasons for sleep deprivation among Americans run the gamut from kids, work, stress, and even addictions to the Internet. According to a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 out of 10 people admitted to not getting enough sleep in the past 30 days, and the part of the country feeling the most sleep-deprived are those on the east coast.
Other findings from the survey clarified who is and who isn’t getting enough sleep:

  • Hispanics slept better than whites or blacks
  • Men slept better than women
  • A whopping 25.8 percent of people who were unable to work said they had not gotten a single night’s good rest in the previous month
  • 13.9 percent of unemployed people also said they hadn’t gotten a good night’s sleep in the past month, compared to 9.9 percent of people with jobs and 11.1 percent of students and homemakers

And by state the Westerners are sleeping more soundly than those on the East Coast:

  • 19.3 percent of West Virginians ranked the highest in sleep deprivation reporting no nights of adequate rest for the past 30 days

They were followed by:

  • Tennessee: 14.8 percent have been sleep deprived for the past month
  • Kentucky: 14.4 percent
  • Oklahoma: 14.3 percent
  • Californians: 8 percent
  • North Dakotans: 7.4 percent
  • 12 of the 14 best-sleeping states were west of the Mississippi

Authors of the survey attribute the struggles in the Southeastern U.S. with getting a good night’s sleep to having a higher rate of obesity, hypertension and other chronic diseases.
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10 Habits of Being a Happy Mother

By |2017-05-10T06:00:29+00:00May 10th, 2017|General Happenings, Uncategorized|

I will admit it. I am a self-help junkie. I love reading personal development books and now that I am a mother that still hasn’t changed. I just finished reading the book, The 10 Habits of Healthy Mothers, by Meg Meeker. It served as a reminder of how to live a rich, peaceful and simple life. The habits I have heard before, it is even more important that I remind myself to stay focused on what is important in life and to live in the present moment.
Here are the 10 habits:
1) Understand your value as a Mother and/or an individual
2) Maintain a strong support system
3) Value and practice faith
4) Say no to competition
5) Create a healthy relationship with money
6) Make time for solitude
7) Give and get love in healthy ways
8) Live more simply
9) Let go of fear
10) Cultivate hope
Remember life is too short to waste it on worrying, gossip and stressing out. One of the most important things that I have learned in my lifetime is to not compare myself to others. This is extremely hard! Especially in a culture that is constantly making comparisons and marketing that makes us feel inadequate with what we have. Cultivate the feeling of gratitude each day of your life, and be grateful for all the little things we experience and have on a daily basis.
Happy Mother’s Day!

The Secret to Successful Athletic Training – Stretching and Sports Massage

By |2017-04-17T12:31:40+00:00April 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Movement-1000Whether you are a professional or amateur athlete, or simply a weekend warrior – when you train (i.e. run, bike, lift weights, swim, etc) you are putting stress on your muscles in order to build strength, stamina, and endurance for your particular sport. This process of building up and breaking down muscles causes them to become tight and short, which restricts circulation and creates muscular imbalances. All of these conditions are a normal byproduct of training but all need to be nurtured in order to enhance performance and prevent injury.
Cause and Effect of Conditions

  • Tight muscles – Muscles move our bones by the connective tissue (fascia) that envelopes and connects them to our bones via tendons. Chronically tight muscles can put excessive stress on our tendons which can lead to tendinitis, and in some cases tendon pulls and tears which can put an athlete out for weeks if not months.
  • Restricted circulation – Muscles are made of microscopic fibers surrounded by tiny capillaries that nourish the muscle with blood. If they become too tight the blood flow is greatly decreased, cutting off the supply of oxygen and glycogen to the muscle. Without proper fuel, the muscle(s) simply can’t perform properly.
  • Muscular imbalances – There are two types of muscles – slow twitch (postural) and fast twitch (movers). The former metabolizes fuel for long sustained efforts, and when stressed tends to shorten. Fast twitch muscle fibers utilize higher amounts of oxygen than slow twitch fibers to produce quick bursts of energy and tend to weaken under stress. This juxtaposition causes an imbalance in opposing muscle groups and an inefficiency in the way the body works. It is very important to restore balance by lengthening short/tight muscles and re-energize weakened ones in order to maximize their capacity.

Simple Solution

Massage treatment

Massage treatment


In order to compete and/or perform at your very best, all athletes (from amateurs to professionals) have to address the issues above. The good news is there are two incredibly simple solutions – stretching and massage.
Stretching is an often overlooked, yet essential component of training, especially in new and amateur athletes. They tend to be focused on the “no pain, no gain” aspect and want to push their bodies to the limit. This IS part of training and the other part is recovering and taking care of themselves, which includes spending almost as much time stretching and lengthening your muscles as you do strengthening them.
Sports massage should also play an important role in all training plans. You invest hours of time and energy, and copious amounts of money on gear, coaches, travel and more. Massage is part of this investment. It is like having an insurance policy that your body will operate well so you can have an optimal performance. Some people think of massage as a very passive and pampering type of activity. Sports massage is far from this stereotype for the client is actively participating in the session.  During a sport massage session the client is ask to engage specific muscle groups  to activate our bodies natural reflexes and responses to  achieve  a deeper therapeutic stretch.    Also movement and resistant by the client is used to enhance the effectiveness of traditional massage strokes to achieve an optimal result.
Both stretching and massage help bring your muscles back to a state where they can operate most efficiently from a physiological and structural standpoint. When they are lengthened and pliable, blood flows freely and they are able to work effectively and efficiently.
And most importantly, your massage can enhance your body awareness, alerting you to potential problem areas, before they turn into real issues that would affect your ability to train and compete.
Don’t forget about the diaphragm
The diaphragm is the muscle that we engaged every time we breathe and like any other muscle it is susceptible to dysfunction.  If it is not operating efficiently, your body is running on low octane rather than high octane fuel. Getting regular massage work on this area can enhance your lung capacity!
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Honoring Fathers and the Divine Masculine

By |2016-06-01T12:31:55+00:00June 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|

This month we take time to honor fathers and the divine masculine. The divine masculine is spiritually self-aware and secure, both tender and wise, and is outwardly creative. The divine masculine embodies the qualities of courage, healthy assertion, focused will, structure, strength, balance, and perseverance. These qualities play a key role in raising our future generations. Fathers are our rock when we are feeling shaky, they can be our voice of reason, and they are always looking after us.
My dad always encouraged me to get educated and get a good job before I settled down. This gave me the confidence to know that I didn’t have to marry the first man I met and that I could be my own person. It taught me to become independent and self-reliant, which then led me to live in Nepal for 2 years as a Peace Corps volunteer, then to go into business for myself. I am forever grateful for my loving and supportive father. Today, I enjoy watching him with my daughter and feel grateful that he will provide guidance to her as she grows up.
Of course, I am grateful to my husband Ross for always making me laugh, changing poopy diapers, reading aloud to me, letting me cheat at scrabble, and always loving and supporting me. To all the fathers, we celebrate you and your divine masculine this month and every month.
In Health,

 
 
 

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Feeling Nostalgic

By |2016-01-25T17:35:40+00:00January 25th, 2016|General Happenings, Uncategorized|

This month’s theme is on inspiration.
As I was rScan0003eflecting upon this topic, I realized that I find most of my inspiration from other people.  People inspire me in so many ways. Scan0005
I have had these images up on my fridge and they remind me that life is not that easy in other parts of the world.  Over 15 years ago I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal.  The experience literally changed me as a person.  I don’t think I would have gone into the wellness/healing profession if it wasn’t for my time in Nepal.  It opened up my eyes to a whole new world of how people live.  I had traveled out of the USA before, but there is something inherently different when you live in a foreign country for more than a year.  You are no longer a passing traveler, but part of the culture and that inevitably changes people.
I would highly recommend for anyone to join the Peace Corps… my hope is that my daughter considers it when she is a young adult.
Many people in Nepal inspired me.  The young girl’s that are no more than 5 years old working to gather water, clean dishes and cook food.  It is tremendous and heart breaking at the same time.  It reminds me every day to count my blessings that I was born into the family and situation I was born into, and to not take it for granted.
What inspires me?  Every person that gets up and out of bed every day even when it is hard, that is inspiring.  Living a fulfilling life is not easy, and requires constant attention and inner work.  For anyone to feel joy and inspiration, they must confront their demons and overcome their insecurities.  It is necessary.
Take a moment and reflect on those people in your life that you find inspiring… here are some of mine.

  • My mother inspires me with her courage to continue to live a full life without my father.
  • My husband inspires me with his discipline and willingness to try new things.
  • My daughter inspires me with her laugh and unconditional love. .
  • My practitioners inspire me with their commitment to healing and their clients.
  • My staff inspires me with their hard work and interest in helping others.
  • My clients for making the commitment to their health and to look at things in a new way.

Thank you for inspiring me!
In Health,Scan0006
Sharon
A picture of me in Nepal ~ 1998!

Cupping Therapy for Pain in Denver

By |2015-10-19T20:15:51+00:00October 19th, 2015|Acupuncture, blog, Chiropractic Care, Massage|

 
Fire cupping cups on back of female patient in Acupuncture therapy
Pain can be one of the most difficult experiences to manage and treat. Many times a person with chronic pain will need to try several different modalities before finding something that works. If you’re interested in natural, alternative therapies for pain you’ll want to be aware of the Chinese therapy called Cupping. This therapy has been around for thousands of years and isn’t widely known about in the western world but is gaining in popularity.
 
What is cupping?
Cupping can be traced to ancient Egypt over 3000 years ago and in today’s world is practiced in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The treatment creates a partial vacuum on the skin using cups. The result is a suction that increases blood and energy flow to the area. The increase of circulation facilitates localized healing.
The way Cupping relieves pain is by opening up the meridians, or energy channels, of the body and improving energy flow to every organ and tissue of the body. Cupping also triggers body tissues to release toxins and activates the lymphatic system which helps to alleviate aches and pains.
 
The cupping process:
Glass cups are generally used for cupping, although bamboo cups are also used. Glass cups are fitted with a valve that attaches to a small hand-operated pump, allowing the practitioner to suck out air without having to rely on fire to depressurize the cup first. It also gives them greater control over the amount of suction. The modern name for cupping is baguanfa or suction cup therapy.
In order to allow the cups to move over the skin easily, oil is used. Oils that have been infused with extracts of medicinal herbs are particularly useful. The cups are applied at room temperature, and there is some friction generated with moving cups, causing a small but significant amount of heat, especially if a warming oil is also used.
Cups are generally left in place for ten minutes although the time can range from five to fifteen minutes. The skin will redden due to the congestion of blood flow. The cup is removed from the skin by pressing the skin on one side, allowing some outside air to enter and thus equalise the pressure. Some bruising on the skin where the rim of the cup is to be expected.
 
What can cupping relieve?
This natural treatment isn’t only great for back pain, Cupping can be an excellent noninvasive treatment of:

  • Body pain including but not limited to knee pain, elbow pain, back and neck pain, pain in the legs, low back pain, hand pain
  • Acute pain such as sprains and strains
  • Dull aches and pains, arthritis
  • Edema and swellings
  • Respiratory issues like asthma, chronic cough, and bronchitis
  • Abdominal pain, stomachache and indigestion
  • Painful menstruation and associated low back pain
  • Coughs from excessive mucus

If you struggle with any of the above ailments it may be time to give Cupping a try. The Wellness Center’s Dr. Tim Price and Dr. Shwu-Yar Tsai both offer Cupping in Denver and can work with you to create the perfect treatment plan. Schedule your appointment today.
 
Article References:
https://www.wellnessdenver.com/acupuncture/cupping-alternative-therapy-for-back-pain/

https://www.wellnessdenver.com/uncategorized/cupping-ancient-healing-tools-are-making-a-comeback/
http://www.naturaltherapypages.com.au/natural_medicine/Cupping#ixzz3kVXHBELZ

Random Acts of Kindness Recap

By |2014-02-28T21:51:27+00:00February 28th, 2014|Uncategorized|

We couldn’t be more happy with the positivity the month of February and our Random Acts of Kindness program brought to the Wellness Center and our entire community. Below are just a few of the many kind things clients did for others.
“Brought a family who has been unbelievably down on their luck into our home, made them a wonderful meal and simply had them relax, rest and receive.”
“Put money on the windshield of a family.”
“Gave a little extra $ to my amazing massage therapist!”
“Donated to 11 yr old boy with asthma who will be climbing the Republic Plaza on 2/23 as a fundraiser for the American Lung Association.”
“Bought a coffee/roll for someone.”
“Contributed to your RAK jar.”
“Bought a sandwich, juice and fruit for homeless man at King Soopers.”
“Donated some time and scanned photos for a memorial service.”
“Gave money to my son’s speech therapist.”
Took my boy to do something fun.”
“I treated the new director at my daughter’s preschool to a fancy coffee.”
“Mailed letters to 5 people I don’t communicate with often telling them how they’ve positively made an impact in my life.”

Cupping – Ancient Healing Tools Are Making a Comeback!

By |2014-01-14T15:10:54+00:00January 14th, 2014|Uncategorized|

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Cupping, and ancient healing tool that has been traced back to ancient Egypt, China, Europe, Africa and Native American cultures, is making a comeback. Popularized by the growing acceptance of “alternative therapies” and Hollywood stars, there truly is something to this technique…but what exactly is it and how does it work. Cupping uses vacuum therapies to stimulates the lymphatic, circulatory, and central nervous systems. This causes a chain effect of positive reactions that are healing to the body – alleviating health issues from carpal tunnel to hormonal imbalances to breaking down scar tissue. Read Massage Today’s full article for an in-depth understanding of cupping. And if you want to experience it yourself – book an appointment with Dr. Tim Price or Dr. Shwu-Yar Tsai.

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