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Healthcare Changes!

“Changing Face of Healthcare:  Blame the Baby Boomers!”

Not willing to give up on the late night Peter, Paul and Mary sing-alongs, the baby boomers continue to jet from Europe to Asia and back again while popping their B-Vitamins and sipping their Breathe Easy Herbal tea.  Busy with their careers, climbing the corporate ladder and trying to take care of their new grandchildren, the boomers are as busy as ever struggling for balance in their life.

Today’s Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) are also becoming actively involved in lengthening and promoting their own quality of life.  They are refusing to accept physical limitations, low energy and lapses in memory as the norm for growing older.

The boomers are the driving force behind breakthrough research that dramatically slows aging, improves memory loss, restores vital energy and possibly could turn back the hands of time.


Hot topics of the latest anti-aging research are:

  • Life span increased by taking DMAE  (controlling free radicals via antioxidants before they destroy brain cells)
  • Magnesium for tired brains
  • Glucosamine for joint pain
  • Gingko Biloba for improved short-term memory
  • Green tea for cancer prevention.

Stress, according to volumes of research, boosts appetite, creates stomach disorders and causes wrinkles – so the boomers have migrated, without hesitation, into meditation, yoga, going to spas and weekly bodywork.



They are spending billions of dollars on trying to stay young.  But…it may be that our boomers, who have seen enough of our current healthcare system, are wise in looking for a better way as they approach their senior years. 

Already, many of them may have been through a tedious nursing home experience with a parent or loved one and/or possibly a cancer-related illness or death.

The onslaught of many invasive therapies such as surgery, along with the overuse and abuse of prescription drugs that produce life-threatening illnesses may be part of this motivation for boomers to seek alternatives!


Medical interventions and drug interactions are now the third leading cause of death in the United States!

What the boomers want seems to be a safer, gentler approach to better health, and more effective wellness programs with an emphasis on preventive, complementary and integrated healthcare.

The surge in taking vitamins, homeopathic remedies, herbs, along with the use of non-invasive therapies is not by chance.  The boomers are saying we want to take control over our own lives and not be stuck in overcrowded nursing homes waiting for a nurse’s aide to come and take us off the bedpan!

By searching for the secrets for a longer healthier life or by looking for the fountain of youth the boomers are creating the next generation of healthcare options.

The good news is the boomers ARE discovering hundreds of ways to avoid diseases, reverse illnesses and enhance the quality of their health.

Emerging on the scene is

  1. Controlling blood pressure
  2. Lowering cholesterol
  3. Unclogging arteries
  4. Reversing arthritis and diabetes…all without drugs.

They have rediscovered the lost art of organic farming, herbal tinctures and energy medicine.


Getting a second opinion has a different meaning to boomers…how about third opinions and a “team” of healthcare providers including the doctor, the psychologist, the polarity practitioner and maybe even the psychic.

Those boomers have certainly become the epitome of the smart consumer.  Not being afraid to ask questions, accessing information via the internet and knowing when to say NO – Creates Options.

The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine recently held an anti-aging conference which included such topics as the success of alternative treatment therapies for:


  1. Cancer
  2. Detoxification of environmental poison and heavy metal toxicity
  3. Fatigue and premature
  4. Hyper-baric oxygen therapy and its role in anti-aging medicine.


So it seems that medicine is meeting the boomers by looking at the causes of aging, discovering anti-aging factors that work on prevention and accepting that the non-invasive therapies should be the favored first choice of treatment whenever possible.


Julian Whitaker, editor of Health and Healing, defines future health:  “By Health, I don’t mean the mere absence of disease, but a vitality, zest and energy coursing through your veins that makes you thrilled to be alive.”

Fountain of Youth – Why Not!

Mary Jo Ruggieri, PhD, RPP 

Healthy Tidbits

Home Remedies for Acne and Pimples

  • A paste made from one teaspoon each of sandalwood powder and turmeric mixed with milk, is very good. A paste of nutmeg and water is also beneficial.
  • Half a cup of aloe vera pulp can be taken internally (Do not take internally if pregnant) or applied externally t o the skin. Dosage: Twice a day.
  • Before going to bed, was the face thoroughly and then apply a paste of 1 Tsp. coriander juice mixed with a pinch of turmeric powder.
  • For pimples, apply a paste made from one teaspoon of cumin seeds. Remove after one hour.
  • A paste of fresh fenugreek leaves, applied and washed off with warm water before going to bed prevents pimples.



Home Remedies for Anti Aging

  • Massage the face with ghee, almond oil or coconut oil before going to bed.
  • Use grated cucumber in a face pack.
  • Apply fresh aloe vera gel to the skin.





 The Role of Calcium in the Human Body…   


  • The most important role of calcium is to provide for the proper functioning of our nervous system. It provides the means for electrical impulses to travel along nerves. Calcium is what the nervous system uses to conduct electricity.
  • To provide the electrical energy for our muscular system.  Just like the nerves in our bodies, our muscles use changes in calcium levels inside the cells to provide the energy to contract. When the calcium levels are not correct, people can feel weak and have muscle cramps.
  • To provide strength to our skeletal system. The bones themselves serve as the storage system that we use to make sure we will always have a good supply of calcium.

Parathyroid glands control the calcium in our bodies. Calcium is the most important element in our bodies.

This is why it is vital to maintain proper health for the Parathyroid glands. Visit our Blog for tips on maintaining optimal Parathyroid gland functions.      




 Holistic Health Research I   


STATE OF THE HEART: A Journey of Healing and Self Discovery

Last year a student asked me to help her with research on the topic of medical tourism. At the time, good information, particularly sources documenting specific experiences, was sparse. I’m happy to report that has changed and this month I’d like to recommend a book called State of the Heart by Maggie Ann Grace.

When her partner, who had no medical insurance, found out he needed emergency heart surgery, the couple went to India where the procedure cost around $10,000 rather than the $200,000 quoted by the local Durham, North Carolina hospitals.

Part travelogue, part critique of the U.S. healthcare system, part medical drama, this memoir describes the frantic search for alternatives to mortgaging the rest of their lives in exchange for Howard’s life.” 

It’s critical reading not just for those interested in our health care crisis but also insightful in terms of understanding the journey toward self discovery that often accompanies being a patient or caregiver. 

For anyone considering medical treatment abroad the the related links section of the website provides some excellent resources.


Heidi Beke-Harrigan MLS, APP or


Essential Herbs

Clinical studies have shown Ginkgo Biloba to be effective for the following conditions:

  • Insufficient blood flow to the brain
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Neuralgia
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Loss of Short Term Memory

According to Dr. Michael Murray, Naturopathic Physician (who recommends Ginkgo Biloba to all his clients over the age of 50!!), Ginkgo helps the cells of the body function optimally.

Every Cell of the body has an electrical charge that maintained by a pump that transports potassium in and sodium out of the cell. Ginkgo has been shown to enhance the activity of this pump leading to a better electrical charge.

So Ginkgo stabilizes cell membranes and detoxes the body of free radicals and the effects are most evident in the brain and
nerve cells.

Forgetting your friends names, or slow on the draw to remember those things you once had on the tip of your tongue??

Might be time for Ginkgo Biloba.

More about Ginkgo: HERE

Reference: Vital communication June 1999  


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Holistic Health Glossary



A form of bodywork in which the practitioner uses thumbs, fingers, and/or palms, and elbows to energize points along the Chinese energetic meridians of the body.  The touch can be light holdings to direct energetic, point-specific work.  Popular forms include shiatsu, jin shin do, and polarity.


An ancient Chinese system of healing that views health as the balance within an individual’s healing energy, or chi.  Acupuncturists help chi move along pathways, known as meridians, that connect various organs and systems within the body.  The uninterrupted and balanced flow of energy along these meridians contributes to one’s overall health. However, blockages and imbalances of chi result in pain and illness.

The acupuncturist inserts very fine, sterile needles at specific acupuncture points along the meridians to redirect and reposition the flow of energy.  Instead of or in addition to needles, small rolled-up cones of moxa, the dried leaves of the mugwort plant, are often placed on the point and burned until heat is felt.


A myofascial release method for smooth (involuntary) muscle tissue using specific positioning and directional pressure from the therapist.  Through ASCS it is possible to directly affect and improve conditions caused by autonomic nervous system disorders.


Uses hands-on guidance and verbal instruction by the practitioner to teach simple, efficient ways of moving.  This is a means of improving balance, posture and coordination, and relieving pain.  It was developed by actor F. M. Alexander after he concluded that his poor posture was responsible for his own chronic voice loss.


Aromatic oils from plants are used on the skin, inhaled, or mixed into bathwater.  Specific oils, or combination of oils, are employed to give specific effects such as calming, pain relief, or energizing.

*Compiled by the Art of Well Being. Institute of Holistic Health Careers

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