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Seventy five trillion living cells sparkling inside you. Learn how to love and care for them as much as they love and care for you.

Every day we exist in modern society, our physical bodies are being bombarded by unseen forces that the average person knows very little or next to nothing about. Electromagnetic fields (EMF) are all around us, especially if you live in or around the perimeter of any major city. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences categorizes EMFs into two groups: low frequency EMF radiation, such as cell phones and WiFi, and high frequency EMF radiation, such as cell phone towers and ultraviolet light.

The advent of the whole plant, hemp derived CBD-rich oil as a grassroots therapeutic option has changed the local, and national conversation about cannabis. It’s no longer a question of whether medical marijuana works, today the key question is how to use cannabis for maximum therapeutic benefit in a wide spectrum of everyday health concerns.Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “high”, and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. The fact that CBD-rich cannabis is non-psychoactive or less psychoactive than THC-dominant strains makes it an appealing option for patients looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, and other conditions without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria.

How often do you focus on what’s going on inside your body? Do you notice when your listing to the left? How about when your shoulders are rounding forward? Can you tell when your low back is stiff? Our bodies and our minds are communicating all the time. Take for instance hunger. Your stomach grumbles and you, no doubt, feed yourself. Why is it then that you don’t stand up straight, roll your shoulders back, or stretch your low back? Maybe you’re distracted, don’t have time, not sure you can make the needed changes? Try retraining your neural pathways through Pilates. You’ll fine tune the connection between your body and mind, and develop muscular strength, coordination, flexibility, and much more.

As practitioners of naturopathic medicine, we believe that we shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bath water. In other words, optimal healthcare should combine age-old, traditional healing with cutting-edge, modern, evidence based medicine. The Arvigo Technique of Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT) exemplifies this philosophy by combining traditional medicine and modern science. Dr. Rosita Arvigo, an American doctor living in Belize, has dedicated her life to the study of Mayan herbalism and healing, as well as being a brilliant student of anatomy and physiology. Through her passion and her work, the development and teaching of ATMAT has helped women all over the world with reproductive, urinary, and digestive problems.

Upon finding out that I am a yoga teacher, I am often told by friends and friends of friends, “I love yoga, but I’m not any good at it. I can’t do the postures well.”

“Running is an optimistic sport: fundamentally, we believe in the power of the body. Meditation is also an optimistic tradition: fundamentally, we believe in the potential of the mind. In Tibetan, confidence is known as ziji. This word can also be translated as ‘brilliance’ or ‘to shine.’ Ziji expresses how confidence feels and looks: mentally we shine, and physically we glow. Both running and meditation bring out our radiance.”

—From Running with the Mind of Meditation by Sakyong Mipham

Although medical cannabis has been legal since 1996, it is still either illegal or limited in twelve states. The states that have medical or recreational programs have studied some of the positive and negative impacts on the human body. Scientists have worked to uncover the infamous “cotton mouth” effect associated with cannabis. Other studies have sought to explore the ravenous hunger experienced by cannabis users known as the “munchies.” Some of these studies have focused on the effects of cannabis use and sexual intercourse. While much remains to be studied, the research that is being done has provided great insight into the beneficial uses and side effects of cannabis.

“Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents our living in the most full and whole way. With yoga, we become aware of how and where we are restricted—in body, mind, and heart—and how gradually to open and release these blockages. As these blockages are cleared, our energy is freed. We start to feel more harmonious, more at one with ourselves. Our lives begin to flow—or we begin to flow more in our lives.” Cybele Tomlinson

Fifty years ago a woman’s odds of getting breast cancer were one in 22. Today it’s one in seven for women age 80 and older. As a woman ages, her chances of developing breast cancer also increases. At age 30, it is one out of 2,213 and at age 40, it jumps to one in 235. By age 50, it becomes one in 54. It is also said that about one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetimes and one in 34 will die from it. The chance of developing prostate cancer also increases with age. An estimated 8 out of 10 men diagnosed with prostate cancer are over age 65. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), one third of all men over age 50 have microscopic signs of prostate cancer.

With running, hiking, biking, and water sports season at its peak during the summer for both athletes and visitors alike, we need to take into consideration acute mountain sickness (AMS). When a person travels from sea level to 9,000 feet and immediately goes running, hiking, climbing, or mountain biking, he or she has the potential to develop early symptoms of acute mountain sickness. Risk factors include home elevation, maximum altitude, sleeping altitude, and rate of ascent, age, gender, physical condition, level of exercise, pre-acclimatization, genetic make-up, and pre-existing diseases.

Many people ask why I went into acupuncture and natural medicine. Well, it didn’t start that way. I grew up in a family where my parents both worked at hospitals. My mom was a registered nurse on the high-risk maternity unit and my dad, was a financial analyst at another hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. You should have heard the conversations at our dinner table. I was always asking what my mom got to treat each day. She inspired me and I knew I wanted to get into healthcare!

Life on this planet is rarely stable. With all our technology and knowledge, we seek balance in our lives. Exercise, hugs, and coffee tilt those scales closer to the desired balance, but there is new research on a new substance that may help our natural balance. This new miracle is cannabidiol (CBD).

We often refer to cannabis as a “weed,” but this magical plant is actually a flower that contains 140 different essential oils. The practice of aromatherapy, also known as essential oil therapy, is the science of extracting aromatic essences from plants to promote balance in the body and mind. The main therapeutic agents in essential oils are known as terpenes, which have a wide variety of uses, from hygiene products to food flavorings. The Egyptians, well known for their aromatic oils and ointments, used essential oils as early as 4500 BCE. Essential oils can be extracted from all parts of the plant: petals (rose), rind (lemon), bark (cinnamon), roots (ginger), wood (cedar), or needles (spruce). Of all these plants, only cannabis produces such a wide variety of different terpenes.

Many years ago I was introduced to a medical technology through an interesting series of events. One of my best friends in chiropractic college contracted hepatitis A through an unnamed food chain. He went to see his chiropractor about a year later, because he still didn’t feel well. His chiropractor used a machine to test his system, which revealed remnants of hepatitis A. The interesting part was that the chiropractor didn’t know he had gotten the infection a year prior. That immediately peaked my interest. What was this Star Trek medicine he was using?

Bell’s palsy is the condition of sudden drooping, weakness, numbness, and possible paralysis of one side of the face. There are varying degrees of symptoms. Some people will experience slight muscle weakness and numbness, while others will have total paralysis of one side of the face, facial pain, and headaches. Some also have a reduction in taste, have trouble holding food in their mouth, and difficulty closing their eye on the affected side. In some cases, the tear ducts stop functioning properly and are unable to produce tears. When the eye is not properly moisturized, the outer protective layer can harden and lead to permanent vision damage.

Did you push through knee pain all winter long? Do your knees ache and slow you down in the morning? Are you nervous to do summer activities like hiking, biking, and climbing? Have you had surgery on your ACL, MCL, LCL or PCL? It’s time to have long lasting pain relief that helps prevent future injuries plus allows you to enjoy year-round activities.

Are you the type of person who goes to a fitness class and cannot get over how some people can contort themselves like a pretzel, while you can hardly imagine touching your toes? Good news for you, it turns out you can actually become more flexible. With a steady stretching routine, you are on your way to touching your toes.

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