Healthy Concepts

Imagine for a second that you are waking up in the morning rested, pain free and ready to embrace the day with a feeling of wellness. Quantum-Touch can help you get there.

Quantum-Touch is “the power to heal” energy healing. The body has an extraordinary ability to heal itself and Quantum-Touch helps to maximize the body’s own capacity to heal. Quantum-Touch is an effective method for reducing back pain, aligning bones, reducing muscle aches, healing injuries, healing burns, it addresses the root cause of disease and creates the space for true healing to occur, rather than working on the symptoms. Quantum-Touch is also good for physical and emotional issues, and varying degrees of improvement with cancer, infections, improved eyesight, and much more.

Love is a universal vibration that allows people to transfer healing energy from one another. It is the foundation of all healing and the core essence of the life force. Quantum-Touch techniques teach us how to focus and amplify life force energy by combining various breathing and body awareness exercises.

When a person has an injury, condition or even stress, the affected part of the body has a lower vibration and cannot completely heal itself, so the practitioner raises their vibration using body sweeps and breathing techniques. They place their hands on the client’s pain or condition, the client’s body raises their vibration to match and that is when the healing can truly begin.

When two things vibrating at different frequencies through resonance and entrainment, either the lower vibration will come up or the higher will come down, or they will meet in the middle. In Quantum-Touch, practitioners learn through breath and meditation techniques to raise the vibration of their hands to a high frequency. When they place their hands in proximity to someone else who is in pain, their client’s body, like a similarly tuned circuit, will resonate and entrain to the practitioner’s hands. Quantum-Touch sessions are basically the same. As you arrive for your session you will be asked to read and sign a release paper, and rate your pain from one to 10, 10 being the worst. The practitioner will align your hips and occipital ridge using a light touch, breathing and body sweeps. After those are in alignment, you will be asked where it hurts. As the practitioner will lightly put their hands on your pain, their hands may get warm and sometimes hot. You will experience a change in your pain — it may have moved or went down, and you should let the practitioner know this. They will follow the pain to the root cause or until it is gone. Sessions range from 15 minutes to possibly 1.5 hours. Some conditions require more than one appointment. During the session, the client may experience some emotional releases. This is normal, and you will be treated in a nurturing manner.

This amazing healing is good for animals and plants as well, and you can run energy into water and drink it to send healing energy to every cell of your body. Quantum-Touch can have benefits for athletes on all levels to improve training and performance. Quantum-Touch is yours for a lifetime. These are natural exercises that everyone can easily do; the ability to assist in healing is an innate gift we already possess. It takes a weekend class (12 hours) to learn. You can use it for self-healing or on loved ones.

Quantum-Touch works because our love has impact — more than we can imagine.

Conception doesn’t always happen easily for all couples. Not every woman conceives on the first try, it can take months and even years to conceive. It can be disappointing and stressful to anyone.

Reflexology has been used for fertility, pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood since the early 1700s. Reflexology assists in rebalancing the mind, body and spirit, helping to get the body in its natural state of homeostasis (perfect health).

Reflexology works best when the client has a healthy lifestyle, which includes diet, exercise, relaxation and work/life balance. No two reflexology treatments are the same for each person. Treatments are tailored to each person, which helps to ensure the best outcome. Reflexology is a treatment working certain points on the feet that correspond with different parts of the body. As a reflexologist, here are a few reasons I feel it works in helping with conception:

Rebalancing the body

We have maps on the bottom of our feet and hands that correspond to parts on our body. Reflexology works by stimulating reflex points on the feet/hands that correspond to parts of the body that need assistance to work well. Reflexologists are trained to work the relevant reflexes and the supporting systems. For example, it is important to work areas relating to the reproductive system but also to work the nervous system, which supports the body in creating the right environment for conception.

Total relaxation

An hour-long reflexology session is like getting a whole body massage. It is wonderfully relaxing, calming and balancing. It is due to the way reflexology rebalances the hormones within the system. Anyone who has regular reflexology treatments and then stops very quickly realizes how much better they felt having the treatments. The actual treatment is focused on allowing the client to totally relax using massage and pressure point techniques to the foot and lower leg. This slows breathing, blood pressure drops, tension eases and the body initiates its healing ability. Often, when trying to conceive, there will be a lot of negative, repetitive thought patterns taking place. Reflexology assists in altering these patterns.

Relieves stress

Reflexology can really help combat stress, which is very important if it is to increase fertility and become pregnant. Reflexology is soothing and relaxing, and it helps balance hormones, promote regular menstruation, promote ovulation, and can relieve symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis.

Continued reflexology treatments can also help:

  • Improve the natural healing abilities of the body.
  • Encourage all body systems to function efficiently.
  • Help remove toxins from the body.

In essence, energy pathways are unlocked in reflexology; this allows the body’s energy to flow as it should. These points on the feet that correspond to the reproductive system in the body are massaged, assisting in balancing the body as a whole and relieving any blockages that might be stalling conception.

Nutrition is a very important factor in conception. We have been led to believe all food is good for us, but the truth of the matter is we are all individuals with many varying food sensitivities — some more obvious than others. Understanding that some types of food, while they taste incredible, may not be the best for your body and becoming pregnant. It is important to do research as to what to eliminate from your diet (for a while), and what foods to include to increase the chances of conception. Hydration is necessary for the body to function properly but what we drink is equally important. Two quarts of water daily is the best source possible! Without the proper hydration, the ability to conceive becomes a challenge. There is limited flow for the body to perform properly. Note: some liquids actually dehydrate a body. Soda, coffee, sugary drinks and caffeinated drinks can all have this effect. Some even have bad toxins that can cause illness and disease, so always know what you are putting into your body.

Men

Reflexology is not just for women, men also greatly benefit from reflexology and good nutrition. Men receive many of the same benefits as women, but it can also help increase their mobility and health of the sperm while eliminating the stress they are put under to perform. It also helps remove toxins that can inhibit their health.

The latest research, a two-year clinical trial at the IVF unit at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, is the brainchild of reflexologist Jane Holt. She approached the unit after 13 of the 23 women she treated with a range of fertility problems fell pregnant last year.

A client of hers, an auxiliary nurse age 34, is convinced that her trip to see Jane resulted in the birth of her son, Luke, who is now five months old.

“We had been trying for a baby for just over a year and had begun to look at other ways that would help me conceive when someone recommended reflexology,” she said.

“I had four treatments and was pregnant within three weeks. I am convinced that the reflexology got my body in working order so I was ready to conceive. I also felt 10 times better, more positive and a lot happier in myself.

“I went in there with an open mind, but was totally shocked to find myself pregnant so soon,” she said. “I would definitely advise other women to try reflexology. It may not work for everyone, but it worked for me and it is worth trying.”

Reflexology is safe and painless and I believe has helped many women achieve getting pregnant, even my own daughter. Many have told me “it’s like getting a whole body massage through my feet!” 

1. Increased cancer risk

As early as 1928 Dr. D.T. Quigley warned physicians about the dangers of spreading cancer cells through the compression of the mammogram. It is only logical that if there are any small, undetected tumors already developing in the breast, that painful compression could easily spread malignant cells through the circulatory and lymphatic system.

2. When is radiation safe?

A mammogram is X-ray radiation delivered to very sensitive tissue. The National Academy of Sciences explains that a typical mammogram delivers 1,000 times more radiation than a chest X-ray! Premenopausal women receiving annual screenings for 10 years are exposed to 1 rad of radiation per year. Each rad increases the breast cancer risk by 1 percent. So after 10 years, the exposure results in a cumulative 10 percent increase in breast cancer risk.

According to BreastCancerFund.org, X-rays provided by mammograms result in substantially greater damage to DNA than would be predicted, and suggest that the risk of breast cancer caused by exposure to mammography radiation may be greatly underestimated. So the answer is: never!

3. Don’t rely on computer aided detection (CAD)

Many radiologists have relied on specialized computer software to locate suspicious areas in routine mammograms. In a new study, computer aided detection (CAD) failed to improve breast cancer detection and also increased a woman’s risk given a false positive result, which usually means another mammogram. The study analyzed 1.6 million mammograms taken between 1998 and 2006. Some experts say that in light of the new evidence, radiologists should use more discretion in interpreting CAD results.

4. Increased cancer risk for high risk women

A 2011 study by Pubmed.gov highlighted the existence of breakage of DNA strands induced by mammography. The low dose and a low and repeated dose of mammograms exacerbated the DNA strand breakage in patients who were considered at high risk. High risk patients would be those who had a family history of cancer.

5. False positives

According to Medscape, mammograms miss up to 1/3rd or more of all breast cancers. And false positive results cost women time, pain, emotional trauma, energy and money. Women are more susceptible for a false positive result if they have dense, also called fibrocystic, breast tissue.

6. Inconclusive results

Routine mammography has been conclusively shown to be useless for women under the age of 50. In November 2009 the U.S. Preventive Task Force (a federal advisory board) changed their recommendations from annual to screenings every 2 years, starting at age 50 — not 40 as previously recommended. This is a benefit, especially for the sensitive premenopausal breast tissue to radiation and external stressors.

7. Invalid scientific evidence for mammograms

Terry Matlen reported in a 2009 article posted on HealthCentral.com that 9 FDA scientists had raised the red flag and shared their concerns about mammograms in a letter to the president-elect Obama, alleging that “gross mishandling by FDA managers were putting the country at risk.” Matlen writes, “The scientists cited a breakdown of the independent scientific review process at the FDA as far back as 1998, when Tom Daschle, Mr. Obama’s choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services, wrote about the issue in his book, ‘Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.’” In that book, Daschle described how mammography computer aided detection devices were not appropriately approved, thus setting into motion a chronic breakdown of the FDA’s system. Daschle noted that these devices were not backed by clinical evidence showing they were effective in detecting breast cancer thus causing undue biopsies for thousands of women.

By the time a lump is visible on an X-ray (ultrasound) it has been developing for 5-8 years. According to an article in the Journal of National Cancer Institute, “the overwhelming majority of breast cancers are unaffected by early detection, either because they are aggressive or slow growing.” 


Reference: “Shocking Truth About the Big Squeeze That Will Have You Thinking Twice.” Dr. Veronique Desaulniers.

Fall is here and winter is quickly approaching, and with them brings the numerous illnesses that can spread throughout our communities. Several practices can be considered to keep children healthy through these seasons, as well as providing immune support through botanicals and supplements.

As a main line of defense, four key factors play an important role in keeping your child healthy. Simple hand washing should be a priority, with plain soap and water. Avoid using antibacterial hand sanitizer, which can contribute to antibiotic resistant bacteria and strip the skin of its beneficial microbes. Provide sufficient rest time for your child through plenty of sleep each night as well as naps, if needed. Switch from a cold, summer diet to emphasize a diet consisting of warming, hearty foods to bolster the body further. And finally, add in a few supplements and botanicals to provide additional nourishment and stability to the body.

There are a few supplements that have been proven to offer great benefit for direct immune support: Vitamins C and D, cod liver oil, probiotics and a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement. With children spending more time indoors, and our location in a northern climate, our bodies are not always capable of producing the Vitamin D necessary for overall health. The majority of Americans are not consuming adequate amounts of fish to provide the omega-3s necessary for overall health. Cod liver oil contains omega-3s and vitamins A and D. A probiotic and multi-vitamin/mineral supplement round out the vitamins and minerals and bacterial support for our children’s growing needs. With so much of our population deficient in common vitamins and minerals, supplementing with a full spectrum vitamin is reasonable.

Echinacea has been popular for home use for several decades and was prominently used by the eclectic physicians in the 19th century. It has proven to be effective in preventing illness and is safe taken daily, but it is not as effective for treating an illness. A safe and effective dose for echinacea for children 2-5 years old is 7.5 milliliters per day, given in 2 divided doses, once in the morning and once in the evening. The dose for children 6-18 years old is 10 milliliters per day, given in 2 divided doses as well. Umcka or umckaloabo has been demonstrated to reduce the length and severity for upper respiratory infections; dosage is 30 drops, 3 times a day, taken at the first sign of symptoms. Andrographis has also been shown to boost immunity, diminish the frequency and duration of upper respiratory infections; dosage is 50-200 milligrams a day, usually for five days, for use in children. Start at the lower end for small children and work up to 200 milligrams a day for teenagers.

Further, medicinal mushrooms are showing great benefit for immunomodulation. They benefit both under- and over-active immune systems to boost immunity, and reduce the frequency and severity of illness. Reishi, shiitake and cordyceps are excellent choices that have the most evidence and clinical studies for use in children. Other herbs that can also be considered and combined with those listed above are elderberry, astragalus and codonopsis. Astragalus and codonopsis can be given in the form of tea, or made into gummies for another creative way to give herbal remedies to kids. Elderberry syrup and a children’s version of fire cider can be used frequently during the winter months. There is an abundant number of herbs that can be used to address symptom relief from coughs, fevers, sore throats, ear infections and conjunctivitis.

When taking several of these supplements or herbs over the course of an entire season, illness can be prevented and the duration or severity may also be lessened. If you are uncertain about a certain illness or feel that something more serious is going on with your child, please see your child’s health care provider for further evaluation. Trust your instincts as a parent and partner with a pediatrician, functional or integrative doctor or nurse practitioner who supports you and your family. 

This information is for educational purposes only; please speak with your family’s health care provider before adding botanicals to your child’s diet.


References: “Healthy All Year.” Aviva Romm. Romm Enterprises. 2015. www.healthiestkids.com.

The National Institutes of Health. Office of Dietary Supplements. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/list-all/.

“Fortify Your Life.” Tieraona Low Dog. National Geographic Society. 2016.

Astragalus has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine in combination with other herbs, such as ginseng, dong quai, and licorice.

There are more than 2,000 species of astragalus.

Astragalus has been used as a dietary supplement for many conditions, including for diarrhea, fatigue, anorexia, upper respiratory infections, heart disease, hepatitis, fibromyalgia, and as an adjunctive therapy for cancer.

The root of the astragalus plant is put in soups, teas, extracts, or capsules.

How much do we know?

There are no high-quality studies in people of astragalus for any health conditions.

What have we learned?

Patients with nephrotic syndrome (health problems related to kidney damage) are susceptible to infections. A 2012 research review found that taking astragalus granules may be associated with a lower risk of infections in children with nephrotic syndrome. However, the review concluded that the studies were poor quality.

People with diabetic nephropathy (a type of kidney disease) who received an intravenous drip of astragalus over a period of 2 to 6 weeks did better on some measures of kidney function, compared to people who didn’t get astragalus, according to a 2011 analysis of 25 studies. However, most of the trials involved were poor quality.

There’s weak evidence that astragalus may help heart function in some patients with viral myocarditis (an infection of the heart), a 2013 research review showed.

Because of limitations in the studies, a 2013 research review on the effects of astragalus on fatty liver disease, which causes fat to build up in liver cells, couldn’t determine whether astragalus helps.

An astragalus-based herbal formula didn’t extend the life of patients with advanced lung cancer, a small 2009 trial reported. The study was supported in part by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).

What do we know about safety?

Astragalus is considered safe for many adults. The most commonly reported side effects are diarrhea and other mild gastrointestinal effects. However, it may affect blood sugar levels and blood pressure and be risky for people with certain health problems, such as blood disorders, diabetes, or hypertension.

Astragalus may interact with medications that suppress the immune system, such as drugs taken by organ transplant recipients and some cancer patients.

Some astragalus species, usually not found in dietary supplements, can be toxic. Several species that grow in the United States contain the neurotoxin swainsonine and have caused “locoweed” poisoning in animals. Other species contain potentially toxic levels of selenium.

Tell all your health care providers about any complementary or integrative health approaches you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care. 


Source: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Herbs at a Glance. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/astragalus

Ingredients

Serves: 4-6

1 head cauliflower, cored and chopped

½ red onion, sliced

1 cup sweet potato, cubed

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 teaspoons curry powder

1 clove garlic, minced

¼ cup chopped parsley

¼ cup chopped pecans

Sea salt and pepper to taste

4-6 cups leafy greens of your choice

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place the cauliflower, onion and sweet potato on a baking sheet and toss with coconut oil.
  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until fork tender.
  4. Place the remaining ingredients in a bowl and add the cooked cauliflower mix. Toss to combine and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve over leafy greens and enjoy! 

With the variety of olive oils out there today, the question is: which do you choose and why? What are some factors to consider before purchasing an olive or specialty oil? Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), virgin, light, organic, filtered, pure, cold pressed — the list goes on and on!

Well it depends on why and how you’re going to use your olive or specialty oil. If you’re purchasing for the health value, then hands down the only choice should be is ice pressed organic extra virgin olive oil! Without question this olive oil is in its purest, most raw state when compared to any other olive oil. Expect to pay more, but the health value of this olive oil is through the roof, and should only be consumed with raw foods or ingested alone without heating.

Next of course is considering organic olive oils, cold pressed and extra virgin olive oils. These are OK to cook with to certain temperatures, and still maintain their health value. Keep in mind that EVOOs can also be used as a moisturizer in soap products, sun protection, on skin ailments and so on.

Of course, other than the health value, what makes olive and specialty oils very unique is not only their quality of oil, but other factors like their country of origin, aroma, intensity, deliciousness, fruitiness, peppery taste, etc. For example, if you’re using it to flavor your food, you may want a garlic extra virgin olive oil to complement your pallet.

When you go beyond the ice and cold pressed extra virgin olive oils to virgin, pure, flavored, etc., you compromise the health value of the oil. It’s always best to look beyond the price tag, despite your need to stay within a certain budget, so that you are surely consuming an oil that is healthy for your body. A few ways to do this is to read the labels, or be sure that your oils are poured fresh before you.

Whether you’re purchasing pre-bottled oils in the grocery store or freshly poured oils, it’s important to know a few things to look for other than taste:

  • What region the oil is from, specifically making sure it’s not from multiple as this means the quality of the oil isn’t necessarily EVOO and you can’t trace the harvest date.
  • Be sure that your oils are approved by a reputable certified board such as the International of California Olive Oil Council where they are committed to upholding the highest standards in the olive oil industry.
  • Can you heat this oil? Of course you should be certain you heat your pan completely before adding the oil at medium high heat.

Sadly, the fact is that there are an abundance of adulterated extra virgin olive oils on the market, so be sure to educate yourself! Knowing the farmer and how and where your oil is processed is a huge benefit!

There are a variety of health benefits to consuming ice and cold pressed extra virgin olive oils if that’s why you’re purchasing them. Otherwise, if it’s strictly for the taste, be certain that you are purchasing a flavored olive oil that suits your pallet, yet passes the “purity” tests! Enjoy and don’t forget to “oil well”! 

We’ve all made mistakes, some not as permanent as others. But when traditional or cosmetic tattoos have become a regret, you may have considered tattoo removal.

There are many options of tattoo removal to consider such as laser, acid, fade creams or saline. The focus of this article is on the benefits of the all-natural and carcinogen-free process of hypertonic saline removal.

Hypertonic saline removal may sound complicated but it’s actually quite simple. An all-natural purified sea salt solution is tattooed into the skin to remove or lighten a tattoo without causing permanent tissue damage. The solution will draw the ink out of the skin by creating a controlled, superficial scab. Saline removal is very safe because it removes the ink through the skin unlike laser removal, which uses a process called photothermolysis. This process uses wavelengths of light to break up the ink into small particles. The particles are then transported through your body’s lymphatic system, liver and kidneys and then excreted out of your body. Some tattoo inks may contain heavy metals such as lead, arsenic and mercury. Once broken up by laser, these metals may be released into to your lymphatic system.

Some of the other advantages of Saline tattoo removal include:

  • No scarring
  • Can be done on any skin color
  • Effective on all ink colors
  • Does not cause hypo or hyper pigmentation of the skin
  • Can be used on delicate facial skin such as eyebrows, eyelashes and lips
  • Will not damage hair follicles or inhibit hair growth
  • Will not permanently change the texture or natural structure of the skin
  • Allows the skin to be tattooed over again if desired
  • Less treatments are needed, which results in less cost and healing time

Once the removal session is completed you will need to keep the area clean and dry until the scab falls off. It is also important to keep the area protected from the sun during the healing process. Each treatment is usually spaced four weeks apart.

As with any tattoo removal process, it is imperative that your technician is properly trained and certified in tattoo removal. No tattoo removal method can get all of the ink out in one session except for surgical excision. Saline removal usually takes anywhere from 2-4 sessions depending on the age, depth and size of your tattoo. Older and lighter tattoos usually take less sessions. A consultation is usually needed to get a quote on the cost and number of sessions needed.

Getting a tattoo is a commitment and shouldn’t be taken lightly. But it’s also good to know that removal is an option if you are rethinking your ink. 

Kaldas Center for Fertility, Surgery and Pregnancy, S.C. is a group of dedicated souls who desire to help clients meet their goals at any stage in their lives.

Our goal is to make a difference and improve the quality of life in areas that others may not specialize in, filling a niche. We need to understand the problem and how it impacts the client’s life to develop the best plan of care. We’re committed to a patient’s happiness and success of their desired goals. We pride ourselves in delivering all the usual OB-GYN services while specializing in treatment of endometriosis, fertility challenges and surgical repair when our bodies have failed us.

With world-renowned education and years of experience, Dr. Rami Kaldas and his partners are the leading experts in excising endometriosis, allowing patients to return to a pain-free life. Excision has proven to be the most effective treatment of endometriosis and the Kaldas Center leads the state in years of training and thousands of success stories.

Special training and a certified fertility team allows the Kaldas Center team to provide cost-effective fertility options that are often not offered before referring a woman to IVF. We believe a basic, focused analysis and a personalized plan based on the results offers the best opportunity to achieve pregnancy. We also offer surgical treatments that may be impacting fertility. The range of surgical services includes addressing vaginal or uterine abnormalities.

Sometimes bodies give a little as life progresses, and issues of leaking or things falling out of place impact a woman’s life. Skilled treatments of those situations support the return to a desired quality of life. Our team of doctors is the only group in the Fox Valley that has successfully completed those treatments.

The Kaldas Center is located near the Appleton International Airport and just south of the Fox River Mall, conveniently between College Ave and Prospect at 701 S Nicolet Road, Appleton. This ideal location offers easy access for our clients traveling from in and out of state while the newly constructed building offers comfort and privacy in a quiet setting so we can focus on the client.

You may learn more at www.kaldascenter.com or call us at 920-886-2299. We’d be happy to talk through your experiences and where you want to be in your life. 

“We would not do what we do if we did not love life, love our patients and love to make their dreams a reality. It is not a job we are doing. It is a calling.”—Rami Kaldas, Founder

Saving is the first step. Next is to decide how to protect your savings and make them last.

When discussing retirement, there are dozens of questions you can ask yourself. Do you want immediate access to your money or do you want guaranteed income over your lifetime? Keep in mind guarantees are based on the financial strength and claims paying ability of the issuing insurance company. Are you concerned how long your retirement savings are going to last you? Do you want to harness the market to potentially grow your retirement assets or would you want to be more conservative?

Working through these questions with a financial professional is the first step to building a confident retirement. There are no right or wrong answers to the questions, it’s about finding a strategy that works for you and your loved ones so you can build the retirement you’ve dreamt about.

Having a solid framework for creating and protecting your income in retirement is one of the keys to your success.

There are three main things you should consider when creating a retirement income strategy:

  1. Growth — Think about your ability to potentially grow assets to help protect against inflation, a key issue when saving for long-term needs. You should also consider strategies to replenish income sources by periodically harvesting assets when market conditions are appropriate.
  2. Guarantees — Consider a strategy with a guaranteed income stream. This will help cover essential expenses that you would have a hard time adjusting or reducing.
  3. Near term — Have a pool of money for immediate enjoyment and expenses. This can be used to cover discretionary expenses with a buffer of accessible funds. This is where your “fun money” can come from including travel, entertainment, hobbies and gifts.

Finding the right balance for your risk tolerance and lifestyle choices is essential. The asset mix you choose as you allocate your retirement assets can be completely customized to your specifications. Whether you want the protection of guaranteed income or whether you’re looking to grow assets aggressively, finding the right allocation for you is most important.

Retirement assets are an important part of a healthy financial strategy. Make sure you think about how you will spend the money you worked so hard to save. 

 

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