Northeast Wisconsin
October 2012

October 2012

Healthy living is more than eating right and exercising.

It’s a whole state of mind, as I’ve learned from so many of our enlightened advertisers. Tending to our spirit and our mind is a key part of overall health. I have always understood the importance of a healthy mind, but not so much the spirit. For me, spirituality has always meant religion, but there is a distinction: spirituality seems to be more of what your inner soul is about. It is more of an inner worship, tending to your “self.”

Thinking about the people in my life, I feel as though the ones who always have a positive demeanor and outlook — even in the face of adversity — have that peace of mind and spirit. That person who, when you think of them, conjures up that smiling face in your mind. I had a friend, Chris, who was that person for me, and did she ever teach me a lot! So unfairly, she was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago. How helpless you feel when you hear the news. But that girl remained her positive self and fought through it. (I still see that smiling face and those twinkling eyes when I think of her.) What an example for the women/girls in her life!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an effort to “promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease and provide greater access to services.” Organizers want to empower women to take charge of their own health and commit to regular screenings. Need some motivation? The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 225,000 new breast cancer cases in women in the U.S. in 2012.

Tending to your overall health is made a bit easier when you keep an open mind and educate yourself. We have so many great articles to help you on your way. Valerie Dantoin Adamski discusses the re-creation of our local food system and the resurgence of smaller, diversified farms. Kami Ward shares some evidence-based methods that can be used to alleviate stress and improve well-being. Tina Wankey offers a natural option to help heal the mind, body and spirit: essential oils. These are just a few examples of what we offer you this month. Please read on for more!

In honor of those who have lost their brave fights with breast cancer, encourage all of the women in your life to get screened this month, even yourself!

In health and happiness,

Jackie

Power — it’s such a strong word. What image comes to mind when you hear that word: world leaders, wealthy CEOs of major corporations, judges? Maybe childhood memories of books filled with wizards and witches casting spells to overcome evil? What about Thomas Edison’s light bulb, solar power or nuclear…
In the system of Western astrology, there is much emphasis placed on the sun sign. This is what is commonly referred to as your Zodiac sign. In fact, almost everyone knows their sign based on popular astrology, horoscopes and the like. But if you want to go another level in…
Three years and two days after I became a Reiki Master, Stevie played the bagpipes at Kate’s funeral. Dressed in full Scottish attire, he slowly walked to the front of the small chapel and began to play Amazing Grace. A few discordant notes of the old familiar tune squeaked through…
The faces of recovery surround us every day; they are our family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. Millions of men and women are managing their health by maintaining their recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, but it is not an easy path. Although abstinence is the first step, there are many…
Cancer. It’s a diagnosis that no one wants to hear. But if you or a loved one is facing this disease, it’s important to have hope. In many cases, cancer can be cured, especially when it’s detected early. There are more treatment options than ever before to cure the disease,…
A study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension found evidence that a special type of chiropractic adjustment may significantly lower high blood pressure. After the study was done, a review article was published by WebMD that went into even more detail explaining the significance of the study. “This procedure…
One of the first questions that I will ask someone during an exam is: “Are you having any sensitivity to temperature, sweets or any biting pain?” One of the primary reasons I ask is because these can be symptoms of a cracked tooth. If you are experiencing any of these…
Part 1 discussed some effects of violent trauma and ways EMDR can help. EMDR sessions involve making rapid side-to-side eye movements while picturing traumatic events, feeling the emotions and doing negative self-talk. This triggers the brain to get closure and put things in perspective. The eye movements are similar to…
“The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much even if subjected to injury or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age.” Charaka Samhita Vol.…
People always say to start with what you know. I know that I despise traditional exercise. Put me on a treadmill and I immediately want to get off of it. The idea of slaving away on an elliptical machine for anything more than five minutes is pure torture. I would…
While walking my dog one evening, I walked three blocks and literally didn’t remember doing so. When I realized this, I kept walking and started listening to the wind whistle through the trees; it was gentle and consistent. The sun was setting and the colors in the sky beyond the…
The leaves are already starting to drop from the trees and many people dread this time of year — either the raking that follows the leaf falling or the impending winter. Whether or not you dread autumn leaf fall, there is a very good thing that comes from fall leaves.…
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