Complementary and Holistic Healthcare is here to stay!

When our grandmothers insisted upon drinking chamomile tea for an upset stomach, or warm milk with honey for a good night’s rest, did they know something we didn’t, or have we just forgotten the simple and natural approach to good healthcare?

Pick up a magazine at any bookstore or supermarket and you will see, flashing before your eyes, every healthcare topic imaginable:

  • Amazing New Discovery Stops Arthritis
  • Rebuild Your Joints With Glucosamine
  • Use Antioxidant Vitamin C, E and Beta Carotene to Combat the Effects of Aging
  • Natural Remedies That Restore Lung Power
  • Green Tea Prevents Cancer and Heart Disease
  • Meditation for stress

The reality is that consumers are using complementary therapies, holistic health care, homeopathics, herbal remedies and mind/body practices in overwhelming numbers. The consumption of organic foods, and the use of some therapies such as Bach flowers, aromatherapy and essential oils have reached an all-time high.

The increased use of complementary and Holistic healthcare practices is not just a passing fancy. Complementary and holistic healthcare along with integrative medical techniques will reshape healthcare in the 21st century.

Imagine, for a moment, coming out of a surgery with soft harp music being piped into the recovery room, vitamin C being added to the intravenous drip while your massage therapist or your polarity practitioner begins slowly working specific points on your sore feet. Add a gentle aromatherapy scent, designed to help you wake up, without feeling nauseous, and you may have an idea of what is coming in the future.

One study found that:

  • More than 70 percent of breast cancer patients combine traditional medicine treatments with holistic therapies like acupuncture, herbs, bodywork, prayer and nutritional supplements.
  • Only about a third of the women surveyed did not share their holistic and complementary treatment choices with their physicians.
  • Almost all the women discussed their medical treatment with their holistic practitioners.
  • Women said they felt that either their doctors weren’t interested in their holistic therapy choices or they were afraid that their doctors would respond negatively.

As we look into the future of our total healthcare system, we can predict, without question, that more centers will emerge that are completely dedicated to a complementary and integrative approach to wellness and healing.

More organizations such as the Center for Mind-Body Medicine will surface, providing educational tools dedicated to reviving the spirit and transforming the practice of medicine.

Programs that combine the best of modern science and ancient
wisdom will emphasize:

  • Self-help care
  • Empowering people to understand their own capacity for healing
  • Encouraging them to look to more natural healing choices
  • Teaching how to use non-invasive therapies as a preventive tool

Yes, complementary and holistic healthcare is here to stay.

Mary Jo Ruggieri PhD, BCPP, HHP

Staying Well with Dr. Mary Jo

Tame that inflame!

Inflammation is associated with most degenerative diseases known today. Cancers, congestive heart failure, joint conditions, digestive problems go hand in hand with chronic inflammation.

Eat food high in phytonutrients, such as onions, garlic, leafy greens, bell peppers, flaxseeds and chocolate!! Use tumeric, ginger, cinnamon and cloves.

99% of all pain is inflammation

Lack of enzymes is the key to inflammation. There is an enzyme needed for all chemical reactions in every cell in your body. Enzymes break down Fats, Protein and Carbs. Between the age of 27-35 yrs old we stop producing many enzymes. Good to take digestive enzymes with your meals.

Inflammation is the key cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis

For all practical purposes, inflammation is the culprit in many pain-related problems like arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, and joint issues, such as knees and shoulders.

Can be helped naturally! Turmeric is the best – sprinkle it on salads, take in capsule form. Use it daily for best results.

Over the counter drugs such as Ibuprofen and Naproxen are normally prescribed for inflammation problems but all of them including most aspirin can have some serious side-effects.

Try a more natural approach to dealing with inflammation

First, allow yourself some time to try the more natural approaches to
alleviating inflammation. Do not rush the process.

Second, be consistent with these natural therapies and do not expect a quick fix. Many of the natural therapies actually support the healing process while controlling the inflammation.
Reference: Mary Jo Ruggieri, PhD, BCPP, HHP

Healthy Tidbits

Mushrooms, mushrooms everywhere

Saute them in butter, wine or garlic and olive oil. Mix them in spaghetti sauce, or put them on your favorite pizza. Doesn’t matter how you do them, but just eat them!

Mushrooms just beat out wheat germ and chicken liver as the best source of an antioxidant called erothioneine.

According to Sarah Keough, researchers at Penn State found white button mushrooms to have 12 times more of this antioxidant than wheat germ.

PS-Mushrooms do not lose any of those antioxidants when cooked!

Reishi Mushroom/Ling Zhi

(Latin name: “Ganoderma lucidum”)

An amazing “kingly remedy’ (tonic herb) that can be used long term. Excellent for stabilizing and building the immune system.

  • Enhances depleted immune functions.
  • Can be used for hyper-immune function by stabilizing mast cells and reduce histamine response. Helps with allergies, allergic asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and Grave’s disease.
  • A mild adaptogen helping with insomnia, anxiety, stress and chronic fatigue.

Tincture: 60-80 drops 2 x per day
Tea: 2 tsp. to 12 oz water, decoct 2-4 hours, drink 2-4 cups per day.



Disclaimer: 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.

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.