Balance is Power


Alternative Medicine Research Report


Polarity Therapy aims to maintain health by balancing the body’s electromagnetic field.  Polarity therapy was initially developed in the 1940s by Randolph Stone, ND, DC, DO.  Pierre Pannetier, ND, continued Dr. Stone’s teaching after the mid-1970s.

Polarity integrates:

  • The three principles and the five chakras of Ayurvedic medicine
  • Draws from ancient Hermetic philosophy.
  • Exercise and lifestyle changes

Touch with the hands is used with the intention of influencing flow of body energy.

Polarity Therapy has predictable pathways:

  1. Polarity is based on a theory that energy flows through the body along five predictable pathways, and that this flow can be affected by the placement of hands at specific points to correct disorders or imbalances.
  2. It has been hypothesized that cells in the body have negative and positive poles that are involved in this flow of energy.
  3. Polarity practitioners believe that the clockwise flow between the positive and negative aspects of the body’s electromagnetic field must be in balance and flow freely to maintain health.

The spinal column is thought to have five neutral energy centers (ether, air, fire, water, earth), with each of these areas corresponding to bodily functions.

Practitioners aim to access a client’s energy using energetic touch, observation, and client interviews.  Polarity shares some principles with the yin-yang concept in Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Chakra system in Ayurvedic medicine.

Polarity Practitioners believe that maintenance of good health requires free flow of life energy through the body.

Polarity therapy uses four different approaches with the goal of balancing life energy:

  1. Energetic Touch
  2. Energetic Food Awareness
  3. Exercise
  4. Life Style Skills Education.

An overall goal of the Polarity approach to health and well-being is to give clients multiple tools to use in maintaining a balanced way of life.  Responsibility and self-esteem are often encouraged.


Polarity is also known as:  acu-Polarity, biofield therapy, chakras, chi, energy anatomy, IDA, ki, life force, oval fields, Pingala, Polarity balancing, polarity energy balancing, Polarity Therapy touch, polarity yoga, prana, qi, rajas, rajasic, sattvas, satvic, somatic process, subtle energetic therapy, sushumna, tamas, tamasic, yang and yin.


Reference: Full text of this article appeared in the August, 2003 issue of Alternative Medicine Research Report.


Mary Jo Ruggieri PhD. RPP

Holistic Health Consultant


Healthy Tidbits

Stop Using Hormone Replacement

“Decrease Cancer Risks!”

New England Journal of Medicine suggests, from a study by R. Chlebowski, that after 2 years of stopping hormone replacement a woman is basically back to normal.  She suggests that a decline in breast cancer is the result of women stopping the use of hormone replacement.


Reference: R. Chlebowski, New England Journal of Medicine, Halting Hormones Cuts Cancer Risk, February 29, 2009.,623784


Do Prescription Drugs Deplete Your Nutritional Status? 

Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Corticosteroid, Prednisone, Medrol, Aristocort, Decodran, also all NSAIDS (Advil, Aleve)

  • Nutrient Deficiency

Calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, Zinc, Vitamins C, B6, B12, folic acid and selenium

  • Potential Health Problems

Osteoporosis, blood pressure irregularities, asthma, decrease in wound healing, sleep disturbances


Cardiovascular Drugs

Antihypertensive, beta blocker, sectral, lopressor, and others

  • Nutrient Deficiency

CoenzymeQ10, vitamin B6, zinc, vitamin B12

  • Potential Health Problems

Weak immune system, sleep disturbance, increased cardiovascular disease risk, decrease in wound healing, depression, low energy

References: Pelton R, LaValle JB, Hawkins EB, Krinsky DL (eds).  Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook (2nd ed.), Lexi-Comp Inc, Hudson, Ohio 2001.    Spectracell Laboratories,


The moral of this story is:

  1. It is necessary to know exactly what side effects may occur when using prescriptive drugs.
  2. More importantly, it is necessary to know what nutrients are being depleted in your body by taking these drugs, which could eventually lead to unwanted health risks.
  3. Learning how to balance the potential nutrient deficiency by adding these nutrients back into your body or looking for non-drug options, like herbal or homeopathic, is essential to well being.

Talk to your Holistic Practitioner, Naturopathic or Integrative Medicine doctor for help on these issues.

Mary Jo Ruggieri PhD, Holistic Health Consultant


Raw Food is Becoming Mainstream!


Implementing raw foods into our daily “eating” lives is here to stay.  The benefits of eating raw foods are now based on substantial research, not just speculation. Many studies point to the fact that the human body was created to assimilate vegetation based diets rather than meat/dairy based diets.


Benefits of Raw Foods:

  • Restores the body to a state of optimum health through the use of live enzyme rich food.
  • Green foods (such as wheatgrass, leafy greens, or sprouts) and alkalizing juices help detoxify the body and quicken waste elimination.
  • Live foods (raw foods) are high in active enzymes and absorbable nutrients, while cooking destroys enzymes and some nutrients.
  • Live foods improve the digestive process and are easily broken down.


In essence a raw food diet is loaded with enzymes, absorbable vitamins, and minerals, is abundant in oxygen, available proteins and very high in fiber.  A raw food diet creates alkalinity which completely reduces inflammation in the body.


Research on quality of life has clearly proven that consumption of live foods rich in enzymes and high fiber prolongs life while decreasing disease.  So, it truly is a no brainer, isn’t it?


Reference: Brian Clement, Hippocrates Health Program, Hippocrates Publications,      516-471-8876

Holistic Health Research Links

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  1. Ashville, NC Mission Hospital integrates alternative and standard practices
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  3. Many Clinicians are Unaware of Federally Funded Research on Alternative Therapies
  4. Green Light for Homeopathic Medicine in Cancer Treatment

Health Freedom For All April 12 2009 WeeklyClips


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  1. Polarity Therapy Protocol for Diabetes
  2. Massage & Bodywork Magazine article on a Traditional Approach to Diabetes


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Herbal of the Month

Garlic  (Latin name”Allium Sativum”)

One of the most widely known and universally applicable of all medicinal plants.  Garlic has “warming” properties and is used against bacterial, fungal, viral and parasite infections.  The compounds in Garlic are stimulating, detoxifying and antimicrobial.


Here are some uses:

  • Boost Immune system: sore throats, colds, flu, bronchial and lung infections.
  • Improves Digestion: enhances absorption of food, stimulates metabolism, supports good bacteria in GI tract.
  • Enhances Circulation: reduces blood pressure, lowers cholesterol.

Garlic is best used fresh.  Eat 1/2 to 2 cloves daily.  To help with the strong taste, can be taken with fresh parsley or honey.


An ideal herb you can grow in your own backyard!


The information in this email 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, we recommend consulting your Medical Doctor, Dietitian or Mental Health Practitioner.