Thursday, 01 November 2012 15:02
By Joe Romano,
Joe and his physician, Dr. Reilly Coch, having fun with the smoothie bike at the Borg Warner Wellness Fair.
The story starts in a dark place. I was 56 years old, and had lived a life of eating and doing what I wanted. What I wanted did not include fast food joints, or buckets of high fructose corn syrup, nor did I subsist on TV dinners and mac-and-cheese. I actually ate organic food almost exclusively, but I ate my share of meat, dairy, fat, and sugar. Yes, it was farm-raised beef and organic butter and organic sugar and much of the time I would choose even the "best" versions of those categories — I usually ate lean meats like chicken, only used skim milk, and tried to use agave or other alternatives to refined sugar. Even so, a sedentary life of such eating had me tipping the scales at almost 300 pounds! But as it was pretty evenly spread, I was able to do a lot and I did.
Eventually, I found myself in a situation where, after a particularly stressful few weeks, I was waylaid by my own body. The first notable symptom was an inability to raise my left arm. Soon, torturous pain had spread to all my limbs and I could not get up off the couch unassisted. Visits to a series of doctors — general practitioners, rheumatologists, gastroenterologists, and other specialists — and dozens of blood samples would yield no cause for the pain; I had no arthritis, gout, Lyme disease or anything that would explain it.
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 23:44
By Deanna Berman, ND, CM
Many people experience anxiety or depression at some point in their lives. These are normal responses to everyday life situations like the loss of a job, illness, family crisis, etc. Anxiety and depression will often resolve on their own. At other times, they can be overwhelming or debilitating. That's the time to get help.
Anxiety can present itself with constant worry or fear, insomnia, chest pain, heart palpitations, rapid breathing, or digestive symptoms. There are many types of anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety, and generalized anxiety disorder.
Depression is on the other end of the spectrum, often experienced as sadness, fatigue, and loss of enjoyment or motivation. Sometimes feelings of depression occur only during certain seasons, as in Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Sometimes these feelings occur during a menstrual cycle, as with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
Saturday, 01 September 2012 16:27
By Shawn Tubridy
I knew nothing about Qigong (pronounced chi-gung). I only knew that the videotape I ordered from the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation claimed to address breast cancer prevention. My grandmother and two of my aunts have battled breast cancer. With such a strong family history, I was open to any means of prevention. There was another video available on the Dragon's Way program — Qigong for weight and stress management. I ordered that as well since excess weight and stress also run in my family. Since that day I have learned a great deal about Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
When I first received the videos, I started practicing both of them on a fairly regular basis, often getting friends and family to join in. The practice felt right for me and helped me with physical challenges that had troubled me for years. For example, I used to have numbness in my arm that would wake me up at night with excruciating pain. Qigong was the only thing that helped. A move called "The Dragon Looks at His Tail" allowed me to relieve the numbness and pain myself. After regular practice, the pain went away completely. As a result of the relief I experienced, the Dragon's Way became my way!
Dr. Oz has said, "If you want to live to be 100, do Qigong." Qigong, traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance our intrinsic life energy, has been used in China for over 5,000 years to heal many types of diseases. It does this by helping to awaken, move and build the body's own healing energies. Qigong is believed to help develop human potential, improve awareness and increase access to one's true self. There are many different forms of Qigong, each with a specific purpose, just as different physical exercises have different effects on various aspects of our bodies. I practice a form of Taoist Qigong called Wu Ming Meridian Therapy, passed to Master Nan Lu, founder of the TCM World Foundation, by generations of Energy Masters. This therapy focuses on stretching out the energy pathways, or meridians, that run through the body. Using gentle, repetitive stretches, it assists the body in building and moving energy.
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