Healthy Tidbits


Listen to Your Body – Stop, Look & Listen

Your body, physically, mentally and emotionally, is designed to give you feedback. Do you have your body’s radar tuned in? Tuning in does not mean you wait until your back is in severe pain or you have a bad case of the flu. Tuning in is listening quietly so you can hear the leaves rustling in the wind and/or hear a small annoying drip coming out of the bathroom faucet.

Imagine what you can hear or even sense if you become aware of yourself! Try the following exercises.

  • Relax your breath, close your eyes and see if your breathing is easy. Are you breathing out of both nostrils?
  • Hold your pulse on the side of your neck, (hold below chin). Is the pulse strong or weak, is it fast then slow, or is it evenly paced? How many pulses do you feel??
  • Sit in a comfortable chair, legs out in front of you and circles your feet and ankles. Do you feel any stiffness or pain? Do the same with your neck, your hands and wrists.
  • Sit on a solid chair, separate your knees and hold each knee with your (same side) hand. Pull and straighten your arms as you stretch your back up. Relax your hold and round your back. Continue to do spinal flexes. Notice if you have any stiffness anywhere along the spine.

These are just a few tune in skills. The most important point is to be quiet and slow things down, then you can listen to what your body is trying to tell you.

Reference: Mary Jo Ruggieri.

 Can You Believe Castor Oil, It’s a Natural Healer!!

“Castor oil is derived from the oil from the bean-like seeds of the castor oil plant. It is a tropical plant and is noted as an important medicinal plant,” according to Beth M. Ley in her book Castor Oil: Its Healing Properties.

Dr. Edgar Cayce was a huge advocate for the healing affects of castor oil.. It is a very thick oil and needs to be applied to joints and areas affected with pain, arthritis, athletic injuries and tendonitis. When used for abdominal cramping or digestive disorders, castor oil is a successful therapy.

The body responds to castor oil, according to many researchers, via systems such as the muscular system, lymphatic system and the nervous system. Castor oil is known for its penetrating properties that can relieve pain, control inflammation and affect organs such as the liver in a positive way.

It is best to use castor oil externally as an oil that is applied directly onto the skin and/or as a castor oil pack. For the pack, soak the oil in a piece of clean flannel, fold it and put it on the affected area. Cover the flannel with plastic and a towel around the area then apply a heating pad for as long as possible.

Put the pack on those sore knees, shoulders and any other area you want to work on. See what happens.

Reference: Castor Oil: Its Healing Properties B.M. Ley B.L. Publications order #1-800-367-3432

 Psychology Today, Sleep, Sleep & more Sleep

According to Psychology Today Magazine, sleep has been on the skids since the Industrial Revolution

  1. Seduced by 24-hour casinos, Seinfeld reruns and the Internet, Americans have plenty of diversions to keep them wired and alert. Did we mention L.L. Bean, the store that never closes? There’s always good old worry, the anguish of relationships gone wrong and right up there with the best of the sleep-wreckers, the dour discomfort of gastroesophageal reflux.
  2. The biggest sleep robber of all, however, is work. To some degree, we can sacrifice sleep to oblige other demands on our time, but we pay a high price for the privilege. The need for sleep, anchored in part to the most ancient rhythms of the planet, is etched deeply in our brains. When we interrupt the natural rhythm of day and night for any reason -even reveling we risk setting off a cascade of problems.
  3. What we do at night affects everything we do during the day- our ability to learn, our skills, our memory, stamina, health and safety. Most of all, it affects our mood: Chronic sleep disruption appears to be the single biggest trigger for depression.

So the message we are hearing clearly is do not sacrifice your health by eliminating sleep.

To read the entire article go to:


Soak those almonds in filtered water overnight. Peel them then eat them. Twelve almonds per day is a healthy addition to your diet. By soakng them they are more digestable and it gets rid of the protein digestant inhibitor. Organic raw almonds are the best to buy. “Bon Appetit”

 READ CAREFULLY: Women do not fully understand their high risk of heart disease.

Women are confused by reports that suggest being overweight and inactive are not really that dangerous, the American Heart Association said on Tuesday. Statistics released recently show 483,800 American women died from heart disease and stroke in 2003, the latest year for which detailed statistics are available: visit for the entire article.

FYI…Conventional tests won’t uncover heart disease in as many as 3 million U.S. women.

 Mango Cranberry Salsa Recipe

by Alex Malinsky

  • 1 cup fresh mango (diced)
  • 4 tbs sun dried or fresh cranberries
  • 2 tbs red bell peppers (diced)
  • 2 tbs red onion (diced)
  • 1 jalepeno pepper (minced)
  • 2 tbs fresh mint (chopped)
  • 1 tbs lime or lemon juice
  • 1tbs agave nectar or honey
  • 1 tbs avocado oil
  • Mix everything together in a bowl and let marinate for 1 hour before serving.

Reference: Chi Living Foods


“We desperately need to transform the conventional Healthcare paradigm.”

Dr. Joseph Mercola speaks out

The cracks in the foundation of the conventional healthcare establishment are growing bigger and bigger. As more people like you decide to take control of your own health by educating yourself with sources like, the dangerous influence of the conventional healthcare machine, including the influence of those in both government and big business who are tied into it, continue to decline.

Though it is certainly a monumental task, there are many signs of this. A few examples include:

Increasing numbers of people are seeking natural alternative solutions. Last year an estimated two-thirds of Americans used some form of natural medicine for their health problems…

More and more are starting to question whether physicians really do “know it all,” whether drugs really ARE the answer, and whether the FDA should be trusted at all, especially after tragedies like the FDA-approved drug Vioxx.

Insurance companies, once stalwarts of the conventional system, are finally starting to include natural preventive approaches and alternative treatments in their models. This is not, of course, out of the goodness of their hearts, but because they are recognizing that it actually reduces their overall costs in the big picture, as preventive health means less people getting sick in the first place….

Bottled water – not soda pop, not beer – has been the fastest growing beverage segment. Even those caught in the mainstream are learning that clean water, a natural health fundamental, is essential….

Natural health and organic food is the fastest growing grocery segment of all, with the giant grocery store chains adding organic and natural health sections to their stores. Meanwhile, even McDonald’s and Wendy’s are working overtime to try to add healthier choices to their menus..because people like you are demanding it.

There are many other signs that the conventional model of healthcare is starting to crumble, but I will be the first to acknowledge we’ve got a LONG way to go.


 Did You Know….

EPA blasts Teflon. Calls for Teflon Ban!

PFOA (perfluorooctonoic acid), used in making Teflon is the basis of your Teflon nightmares. PFOA is a suspected cancer producing carcinogen. Teflon is used in not only pots and pans but in microwave popcorn bags and a lot of upholstery. 95% of Americans have PFOA in their blood system. People living near Parkersburg, WV, where the DuPont plant is located, are exposed to a high level of PFOA.

DuPont will comply with the EPA request to reduce PFOA production 95% by 2010 and stop all production by 2015! $16 million in fines have been paid by DuPont because it had hidden information about the dangers of PFOA.

DuPont will tell you that it is doing the elimination of Teflon as a voluntary act, but what they do not say is that the toxic substances control ban DOES NOT give the EPA the authority to enact a ban!!

Teflon is also in many household products so buyer beware. Dump your Teflon Pans!

Reference: USA Today January 26, 2006 or 2/9/06

Essential Herbs: Shingles

Ask Charoula

Hello. I wonder if you can explain what Shingles is, and if there is an alternative way to treating this condition?


Shingles is an illness to which only people who have had chickenpox are susceptible. People with chickenpox in their past can get Shingles because as they grow older their immune system begins to break down.

The Chickenpox virus stays dormant and is stored in the ganglia of the central nervous system. When it is triggered by any sort of physical or emotional stress, it reawakens and travels all the way to the nerve endings under the skin, causing the rash, the itching, the needle like pain.

Shingles can be severe or light, but in either case it is preceded by flu like symptoms. When the rash appears, it is accompanied by pan and great sensitivity on all areas around it, by fatigue, depression, tingling, shooting pains, even swollen glands. This may last around fourteen days. It is often followed by a condition known as post-Herpetic neuralgia, which can be very bothersome, as the itching and the pain continue, even thought the rash is gone.

I would like to stress that because of the possible severity of Shingles, depending on age and immune system state, it is important to have this treated medically in its acute phase.

However, one may speed up the process by adding herbs and supplements to the drugs.

The related herbs are twofold. The first category is herbs to reduce the infection of the nervous system, especially the nerve endings that cause the rash. The other category is to cleanse the system and especially the liver. The liver is the Master Detoxifier of our body, and any toxicity in the liver can exacerbate skin conditions, including Shingles.

In Europe, the specific herbs in the first category are

  • Johnswort – antiviral, nerve soother
  • Lemon Balm – antiviral and soothing
  • Valerian – relaxing nervine
  • Skullcap – relaxing nervine

Thirty drops of a tincture made of these herbs may be safely taken three times a day for toning the nerve endings, and reducing the stress of the itching, and the stress which contributed to the flare up.

For more information on our herbal tinctures, go to the herbals section of our online store at E-Wellness Solutions.


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Andrew Weil, MD defines “What is Integrative Medicine?”

by Andrew Weil

Integrative medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.

The defining principles of integrative medicine are:

  1. Patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process.
  2. All factors that influence health, wellness, and disease are taken into consideration, including mind, spirit and community as well as the body.
  3. Appropriate use of both conventional and alternative methods facilitates the body’s innate healing response.
  4. Effective interventions that are natural and less invasive and should be used whenever possible.
  5. Integrative medicine neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically.
  6. Good medicine is based in good science. It is inquiry-driven and open to new paradigms.
  7. Alongside the concept of treatment, the broader concepts of health promotion and the prevention of illness are paramount.
  8. Practitioners of integrative medicine should exemplify its principles and commit themselves to self-exploration and self-development.

Reference: Dr. Andrew Weil,

Ship without a Captain

by Mary Jo Ruggieri

It’s time to take off the blinders. Just who is responsible for our current system of healthcare? Is it a system that benefits the majority or is it a system that creates pockets of power for a few to reap the benefits?

There’s a perpetual battle between the insurance companies, worker’s compensation and the medical community. Each blames the other for excessive spending, inadequate patient care and lack of providing options to the consumer. In the middle of this debate we find the consumer, tossed around, kept waiting and constantly put on hold.

The other side of the coin is what I call the “doctor squeeze.” Consumers blame their doctors for being unavailable, having no bedside manners, using too many prescription drugs and not attending to patient needs. Damages awarded in malpractice suits are epidemic, creating even more distance between doctor and patient. The glamour of being a doctor – once being one of the most respected professions – may be on the wane.

Meanwhile, the federal government’s few efforts to address this national healthcare crisis have been scuttled by Washington politicking. Nobody wants to give an inch, and the issue remains a political issue, with little regard out of Washington for Americans’ health.

Newsweek reports that more than 44 million Americans are without any healthcare coverage. How many more workers are staying in jobs that aren’t right for them because they can’t go anywhere that would provide “such a great” healthcare package? The number of uninsured Americans continues to climb every year!!

Kristopher Keller, an established chiropractic doctor in our community wrote a review of our health care system titled “After Managed Care.” He’s clear in his message: The average American is finding it harder and harder to obtain affordable, effective healthcare. Health insurance premiums, he says, are predicted to rise faster than ever to compensate for millions of dollars in settlements that the insurance industry will have to pay.

Nowhere is America’s preeminent technology and wealth so evident as in the average hospital, Keller continues. Magnetic resonance imaging, computerized tomography, open-heart surgery, brain scans, bone scans, gene therapy – the list is endless. Science fiction has a hard time keeping up with the advances that medicine has made in the last few decades.

But this is where things begin to unravel, according to Keller’s research.

When compared with other technologically advanced countries, Americans are either in the middle or bottom half of the pack by almost any measure of health. In terns of longevity, out of 23 developed nations, 16 have longer average life span than America. Countries like Sweden, Australia, France and Iceland all have average life spans at least a year or two longer than the United States. Japanese citizens can expect to live four years longer than the average American.

At the other end of the scale is infant mortality. In the United States, 7.9 children out of 1,000 will die before their first birthdays. In Canada the figure is 6.0, in Germany 5.9 and in Belgium 3.0 per 1,000. Of 23 developed nations, only two have higher infant mortality rates than the United States.

In 1992, the Congressional Budget Office published an in-depth examination of the healthcare system for 1990. The report stated, “The United States spends considerably more on healthcare than do other countries, but there seems to be little difference between the health of its population and the population of other industrialized countries that spend considerably less.” In 2006 the situation has not changed much.

It would seem that patients and consumers are burdened with a very large, impersonal and inefficient system of healthcare that’s based on numbers and not quality care. So back to square one: Just who is responsible for our healthcare system?

As we become more aware of this dilemma, it’s important for us as consumers to take the helm of the healthcare ship. Get involved in your own care before you need to use your insurance. Shop around, ask questions, ask for options, ask for alternative and holistic care as well as allopathic care and by all means, be proactive. With focus and clear intention, anything can change.

Disclaimer: The information in this newsletter is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat illness or prescribe any type of medication or treatment. For medical needs, consult your Medical Doctor, Dietitian, or Mental Health Practitioner.