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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. Teresa Martens informs us about the reiki principles and how they can help us “be present in the moment.” James Hill warns us that gum disease can lead to other health issues throughout the body. Gregory Stroncek gives us a lesson on meat terminology that often confuses most of us at the grocery store. 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

Joseph Campbell, the widely celebrated American mythologist, author and lecturer, developed the term the “monomyth” to describe the fact that all of the myths from all cultures are really derived from the same basic story. Sometimes this story is referred to as the hero’s journey. Campbell described it in his…
Fall is officially here, and now is the perfect time of year to become aware of the changing natural world around you by starting a nature journal for yourself or with your family. It’s also a perfect time to become familiar with phenology! Phenology, derived from the Greek word phaino,…
How can you have a happier life? Ongoing happiness requires that we not only understand how to proactively create happy moments, which everybody does at times, but also achieve a level of self-awareness and skill to be able to create an abundance of those happy moments, on a continuing basis.…
Recently I had lunch with a friend who admitted that, even after 50 years, he is still angry with the Catholic Church and his overzealous religious mother for setting him up to believe he was a sinful, hopeless, flawed, human being. He feels he was crippled by the beliefs “foisted”…
Have you ever counted how many personal products you use on a daily basis? Now how many ingredients are in each product? A little overwhelming, right? I know it’s darn near impossible to find perfectly “clean” products that are free of harmful chemicals and cancer-causing endocrine disruptors, but knowing what…
What is gum disease? Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal (gum) disease. It causes the gums to become red and swollen, and bleed easily. There is usually little or no discomfort at this stage. Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene and is reversible with professional treatment and good…
Everything in the universe contains energy, yet energy is something many of us don’t understand. Every month Tina Bensman, a practicing clairvoyant and energy healer, is here to answer any questions you have about your energy system. Topics may include energy anatomy, dream analysis, chakra balancing, manifestation, life patterns, etc.…
  I recently took my vehicle in for an oil change. The mechanic told me the scheduled maintenance would be … $700. I reacted, “WHAT? What happened to the usual charge of $24.99?” So he shared with me the list of factory-recommended maintenance at the 100,000 mile mark, and explained…
What is strong acidic water? Well, before we get to the answer, let’s get up to speed on water ionizers and how they work. When alkaline water is produced via a water ionizer, the water is actually restructured as it flows across titanium plates coated with platinum. At the moment…
In today’s world it can be difficult to find time to just be present in the moment. Spreading ourselves too thin seems to have become the norm. If we take time for ourselves at all, it’s to finish up tasks left undone. It’s no wonder many are suffering from stress,…
The osteopathic world view associates life with movement. That movement need not be gross movements identifiable by the naked eye. The movement may be the movement of the fluids through the tissues or the movement of the connective tissue in response to pumping actions within the body. For optimum health,…
Perhaps you’ve been thinking, “I am taking care of myself, but what am I doing for my environment and the rest the planet?” One way people look at reducing their impact on the world is by using alternative energy systems. Installing a solar system is one way to accomplish this,…
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