Northeast Wisconsin
October 2013

October 2013

October is an exhilarating month for all of our senses. The colors, the tastes, the crisp air, the excitement … it really gets me reminiscing about my childhood experiences from this time of year: carving pumpkins and roasting the seeds; sipping on mom’s old-fashioned hot cocoa; trick-or-treating during the “golden age”; raking leaves into jumping piles; watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”; and sleeping — with the windows open just a bit — buried under the newly applied winter quilt.

It’s important to recognize that some of us don’t have such good memories to draw upon, however. For those of us still dealing with the effects of childhood trauma, October is the beginning of a three-month period notorious for being difficult to get through. It can also be a time when the unfortunate symptoms of undiagnosed depression issues pile on. I encourage any of you who are questioning the status of your mental health to take advantage of the increased resources available this National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month. Your mental and emotional well-being is worth the effort!

Our authors have some great articles to educate us about ways to take better care of ourselves and be more aware of our overall health. Kim Neher informs us about food sensitivities and their connection to behavioral disorders. Parnee Frederick shares some facts about Transformational Breathing® and the benefits of learning to breathe more efficiently. Stephanie Long explains that ringing/buzzing sound in our ears and what we can do about it. These are just a few examples of what we offer you this month. Please read on for more!

My best wishes to all of you on your journeys to optimal physical, spiritual and mental health.

In health and happiness,

Jackie

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Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is October 24th, so let’s celebrate! Many things change with time but acupuncture and Oriental medicine have lasted for thousands of years because of their core insights into our health. Think about how quickly a small pain can grow into a chronic condition that weakens…
By now I assume everybody knows something about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). From time to time, there is a wave of news about it, primarily in connection with veterans with combat experience. We hear about them becoming violent or extremely fearful once they return home. We hear about the power…
It’s a rare person who has not been touched by cancer. This complicated disease seems to be caused or exacerbated by almost everything nowadays, from food to cleaning products to skin care. While some information is just hype, much of it is not. We live in a chemical-laden society, and…
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