Posted by: medicablog | April 12, 2016

Myths can sometimes hurt us

 

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Three  myths about Health and Aging ~~~

  1. “This dis-ease just appeared out of nowhere.”
  2. “I can’t do anything about this.  It’s genetic.”
  3. “I’ll take medication for it.  It won’t harm the rest of my body.”

We witness the belief in myths throughout our lives.  Whether it is about faraway places, mystical stories, legends born from heroic feats, or commonplace ideas regarding our health and well-being.

Illness, dis-ease, and overall debilitation does NOT appear in our lives all of the sudden or out of the blue.  It quietly takes hold of our bodies with each passing day.  It is directly related to our choices or decisions regarding food selections, intake portions, movement, emotional support, and much, much more.

Most of us believe the myth that we are destined to follow in the footsteps of our family genetic code.  Although we may certainly carry genetic markers on our DNA for heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, IBS, cancer and many more ailments, we do not have to assume they are our wellness destiny.

Most genetic markers remain inactive unless turned on by various conditions.  Let’s look at two very different approaches to the genetic marker for diabetes.   Assuming person A and B both carry this genetic marker, it is not always “black and white” as to whether both, one or neither develops age onset diabetes.

Person A may not have developed the lifestyle habit of watching his food intake selections.  Perhaps as a child, he enjoyed the carbohydrate-rich meals prepared by his mother.  He could have developed the habit of calming down nervous tension with foods high in sugar content.  Later in life, the sugar-ladened comfort foods may have been replaced with wine or beer.  Person A may have developed the lifestyle preference of “hibernating” when stressed rather than incorporating daily movement to alleviate stress.

Person B developed the childhood habits  of using whole foods throughout the day for intake.  As a child, he enjoyed meals prepared with a variety of vegetables, fruits and complex carbohydrates.  He developed the habit of using some type of movement when stressed rather than comfort food.  Person B did not develop an emotion attachment to food or alcohol to alleviate stress, depression or anxiety.

These are two very polarized examples of people who carry an age-onset genetic marker. Practically thinking, it may be logical to assume that Person A might developed diabetes.

Not necessarily.

Genetic markers can be turned on (or off) by one, two or a multiple combination of lifestyle habits.  Food quality and quantity are certainly two important factors.  Movement or exercise is another.  However, stress-related hormones and the chronic deterioration of the adrenals place high on the list of debilitating DNA encodements.

Therefore Person A and B are equally at risk throughout their lives.  Certainly, Person A can over-tax his digestive and immune system and cause his body to attack rather than support the genetic marker.  But Person B is just as much at risk.  You see, food intake and exercise are  NOT the only factors for longevity. Emotional stability, stress responses, adrenaline and cortisol balance are  an important part in maintaining a healthy limit to inflammation.  So both  Person A and Person B are at risk if any one of the variables puts the immune system under attack from inflammation.

Inflammation can be brought on by poor food intake, lack of movement, emotional or mental stress, hormone imbalances (think menopause), adrenal fatigue and digestive issues such as leaky gut syndrome.

Although Person B may look less likely to develop diabetes “out of the blue” or blame his genes, it may have more to due with whether his food selections cause a sensitivity and/or inflammation response; whether the type of exercise he choses alleviates his stress or causes a more pronounced endocrine problem;  and if he is truly a balanced individual that understands his emotional encodements.

Working to maintain a healthy body and mind is not “black and white” or “all this way or that way”.  It is a blend of several things.  These things are very important to the mental clarity, emotional balance and health of our bodies.

Follow medica’s blog as we explore the many aspects of physical health and mental clarity.  In the weeks/months to come, medica will be offering more ways for you to participate online or at workshops.  It is our intention to provide valid information so you can make informed decisions on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Inflammation is at the root of many medical myths   It’s silent, it’s deadly and yet it is easy to control   By understanding your personal body|mind connection, you can heal inflammation naturally.

And by the way — all medications, herbs and supplements have an impact on the entire body.  It’s best not to ever need them.  But if you do,  please be aware of any side effects listed

 

Website: medicathehealingarts.com

 

Posted by: medicablog | April 12, 2016

Inflammation — quiet and devastating 

I recently posted an announcement, through various social media sites, that combating inflammation was a major area of focus for medica…the healing arts in 2016.

My concerned was increased when in January, 19 new and existing clients had reported they recently sought medical care for various ailments.

These ailments included:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Arthritis
  • High Blood Pressure
  • MS
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lupus
  • IBS
  • Skin rashes, psoarsis, eczema
  • Depression
  • Anxiety, panic attacks
  • Sore muscles, pain in upper back and shoulders, thoracic and hip areas
  • Diabetes

This was a significant increase for dis-eases that are directly related to chronic inflammation.  Since January, I have been researching various allopathic, homeopathic and naturopathic sources to confirm the connection between chronic inflammation and some very serious dis-eases.

It has been a true eye-opening experience.

After a very short period of time, it became apparent that all of these dis-eases have a common root — chronic inflammation.

Normally, inflammation is a helpful aspect to our healing.  Inflammation is the first announcer that something is not right with our body.  It calls attention for the need of   extra care to help the body heal.

Chronic inflammation is very different.  It progresses slowly and builds to a point where our immune system no longer protects and cleans our bodies.  Chronic inflammation causes the immune system to attack our major organs, degrade our hormonal responses and erode mental clarity.

Please follow medica’s blog for helpful and informative links, food intake suggestions, suggested forms of movement for each body type, age, and specific ailment caused by chronic inflammation.

I am in the process of interviewing local functional medicine practitioners to assist with blood work, food sensitivities and intake recommendations.  Also, I am meeting with a  chef that is interested in formulating personal, in-house training  sessions on how to prepare and cook whole foods. She understands this needs to be fast and easy.

I invite you to join medica…the healing arts in making the most of your wellness.

This blog will be supported by workshops, on-line presentations, informative links,        and personalized Life Coaching sessions, if desired.

Help your body and mind age gracefully and without chronic inflammation related           dis-eases.  If you have been diagnosed with any of the above-listed ailments, this      program can still help lessen the impact it has on your body and mind.

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Posted by: medicablog | August 25, 2015

“The Giveaway” Starts Soon

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Around this time of each year, we like to step back, quiet down, and take a moment to appreciate all the blessings we have received throughout the year.

As part of this appreciation, we Giveaway to our community and help others receive blessings.   In the past, we have sponsored Food Drives that help support local Food Banks.

Beginning 01 September, we invite all of our clients to participate in this gesture of thanks and charity.  If you have the chance, please feel free to visit our office with your donation of non-perishable goods.  Our lobby is always open for your donation.  If you live around our office and would to donate, please feel free to stop by with your contribution!

We will run this Food Drive throughout the month of September.  Feel free to stop by any time.  Please feel free to share this blog. and invite friends/family to stop by with their donations.  The more…the merrier the Food Drive!

Visit our blog in the coming weeks.  We will offer some suggestions on:

  • Finding your path through the coming months
  • Creating space for your Inner Self
  • How to prepare for colder weather
  • Quiet your Mind
  • Create your sacred space for Fall-Winter
  • Foods for change
  • Celebrate!  The season is about change!

medica…the healing arts, LLC    —    5312 Route 8  —   Gibsonia  PA   —  15044

Posted by: medicablog | January 21, 2015

What to do about Winter?

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Nothing.

There is nothing to do about winter, except to relax and take it slow.

Winter is a season without glamour.  There are no bells or whistles.

Winter is a quiet season.  There is less light.  It’s cold.  It’s dark.

When you really think about it  —  what is there even to like about Winter?

Actually there are some things.  Winter gives us time to cool down.  It is a time when we get to have a slower pace.  Sometimes we are FORCED to slow down due to weather conditions.  It’s winter wonderful to slow down and take it easy.

Think of it in terms of working out.

In your workout programs, you have a warm up, and intense period of time with lots of movement and then a cool down.  Winter is the seasonal cool down.  We have worked hard all year and at a very fast pace.  In winter, we give ourselves permission to slow down, read a good book, listen to music or take in a good movie.  All of these things are better than dealing with the cold, wintry weather outside.

It is just what we instinctively desire and need.

We need time to repair, rejuvenate and reset before starting off in a new direction.

So when you are done reading this short blog on what to do about winter, pour yourself a cup of something warm.  Sit back, breathe and relax.  There is NOTHING to do.  You are doing it!  You are giving yourself permission to slow down and relax.

To paraphrase some famous words — “The weather outside is frightful, but being with a good book and cozy covers — is winter  delightful.

Join me tomorrow when we explore  —  “What to do about winter colds, nasty flu and lots of sniffles”

Author:  Linda C Leopold

Posted by: medicablog | January 4, 2015

Take One Step At a Time – NO RUNNING!!

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Which area would you like to like to begin to improve?

One important factor to remember when improving our wellness is to take ONE STEP AT A TIME.

Do you remember when you were told, “There’s no running in the house!!”?

Well, there is no running in wellness.

It is always best to take one thing at a time.  Build on your success in each area and you will never feel overwhelmed.

Thank you for the comments and questions yesterday.  I appreciate your feedback.

I was asked about reframing yesterday.

Reframing is changing the meaning of  a situation or item in your life, thereby changing your thoughts, emotions and responses.  For example:  a problem can be an opportunity. 

Reframing has to do with the particular lens that is being used to observe something.  Change the lens or change the frame, and you begin to respond differently.

One of the things a Life Coach can help you accomplish is to reframe.   To get you started, I offer this tip on reframing.  A classic reframe deals with problems.  Many of us have problems in our lives.  We dread problems.  Problems become stressful.  Problems take our energy.  Problems leave us frustrated and feeling drained.  We can become fearful, angry, aggressive and more due to problems.  It all depends on the frame we are using to observe problems.

But what if problems were the super highway of learning?

What if problems allowed us to accelerate our learning process and hone our problem-solving techniques?  Would we begin to look forward to problems?  Would we feel more confident with each and every problem that we solved?

Have you ever put a jigsaw puzzle together or worked a crossword puzzle?  How did you feel when they were complete?  Accomplished?  Gratified?  Ready to take on another one?

What if problems were the jigsaw puzzles of life?  Would you want to play?

If you are interested in learning more about how to reframe, please contact our office.  We can be contacted at lifecoachforwellness@gmail.com or 724.449.2255.   Also, visit our website: medicathehealingarts.com for detailed information regarding our Life Coaches and programs.  You may want to follow our FB business page for tips and hints through the month.  We are presently starting the year off with a Wellness Challenge that is easy and fun.   (No problems there!)

Also, please visit back here to know when Beverly’s Cafe Wellness opens.  This is the type of topics we will discuss together.

Posted by: medicablog | January 3, 2015

Take a step

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Over the years, coaching clients ask an very important question when it comes to making changes, improving their health and managing stress levels.

They ask, “What’s my first step?”

In reality, they have already taken several steps: (1) they have thought about making changes (2) they have quieted their mind so as to listen to their Higher Self  (3) and they have contacted a Life Coach.

The NEXT step is possibly — FORGIVENESS.

Forgiveness starts with forgiving ourselves.  Forgiving ourselves is a major key to making changes.

In our last blog, we touched on why folks may feel an urgency to participate in New Year resolutions or quick get-fit programs around this time of year.  We also touched on why there is a high rate of failure with this approach.

Did you know that most new applicants to gyms and fitness classes drop out by 01 March? It is generally thought this is due to a couple of reasons.  One reason is experiencing the feeling of failure, or loss of interest, if great results are being recognized. Another reason is based on an emotional response, feelings of guilt, or verification of low self-worth.

This is why before starting any program that involves change, it is a good idea to forgive.  Forgive yourself. Forgive others. Forgive just about anything or anyone you feel has let you down.  Wipe the slate clean.

Why?

It creates an atmosphere of “no attachments”.   It allows you to enter a space of change without judgement.  It allows you to once again establish a high level of self-esteem or self-worth.

It let’s you BE.

So let’s take a minute to sit quietly.  Think about the things that may be attaching to us.  Emotions. Anxieties. Judgements — the list can get quite long.

Why should we do this?

Because those items take ENERGY to stay alive in/on you.  They erode your self-worth and more. They can make progress or change very difficult.

And when creating CHANGE — you need ENERGY.

So, take a minute to gather them up. And then take all the time you need to FORGIVE.  Forgive you, forgive others … just forgive. Drop them.  Forgive and be done with all that past history.  It has nothing to do with who you are today and who you want to be tomorrow.

You may be surprised how much lighter you feel.  It may be surprising to you how much more energy you will experience.  You may enjoy a deeper sleep.  There’s lots of things that happen when you forgive — especially for your SELF.

If you need any help with this step, please:  (1) email me at lifecoachforwellness@gmail.com  (2) contact my office at 724.449.2255 or  message me on my FB business page.  To “like” my FB business page, search medica the healing arts.  We are sponsoring a Wellness Challenge that is fun and easy.  Fun and easy is a good place to start when making changes, improving health and incorporating wellness.

See you tomorrow!  I look forward to your comments and questions.

Posted by: medicablog | January 2, 2015

Am I hibernating?

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So many times,  folks feel as if they go into a “slow down” mode during winter.  They can feel it coming on as soon as the sunlight starts to diminish.  It seems  shorter days and longer nights make it very hard to be motivated.
This is all true!
So why are we all running out to the gym on January 1st, and signing up for workout packages?  Why do we think we should be in high gear?
Guilt.  Guilt has a lot to do with it.  And regret.  Regret is sprinkled in there too.
There are many folks who know they should be taking better care of themselves.  They have known this throughout the year.  During Spring, Summer and Fall, we don’t worry about it so much.  It is easy to be caught up in all plans these seasons bring  — vacations, picnics, baseball games, amusement parks, family fun,  and more.  Oh, and let’s not forget the great food that goes along with these seasons.  Then, usually what happens, is we somehow convince ourselves that we will still have time.  We still have time after all the “fun in the sun” to take care of ourselves.
And then we get surprised.
We can’t believe how fast the end of the year comes.  We get caught up in new school schedules and all the holidays between September and December.  This leaves very little time to think about starting a wellness program!
Suddenly, the New Year is staring us right in our face!
We feel slow, congested, bloated and a little cranky. We have too much sugar in our systems, too much weight to carry around, and very little sleep.
To help ourselves feel better about our own self-neglect, we make resolutions, chat about new gym locations, read new fast-fix diets that work for all the celebrities — and quietly wished we had done something all last year.
But many folks just can’t seem to be motivated.  They FEEL like they should be doing something.  They WANT to be doing something.  BUT it just isn’t happening.  Each day slips by with little or no progress.
WHY?
You’re hibernating!  This is the wrong time of the year for us to be jumping into a big wellness program. We are in a slower mode.  Our bodies are craving carbs and sleep.  We are not in the same mind-set as when we were having fun in the sun during July.
So what are we suppose to do?
Come back tomorrow and I’ll give you some tips.

Posted by: medicablog | January 1, 2015

In this New Year, how will you START?

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It all begins again.
New ideas, new commitments, changes to be made, and promises to be kept.  That’s great!
Some folks like to start off with a BANG.  For others, it is better to start off slow and easy.
How each of us begins is a matter of personal preference.  It is very important to know your preference.  Your success at making changes, obtaining goals and focusing on your commitment depends on this self-knowledge.
Too many folks make the mistake of “following the herd”.   They feel they should WANT do what others are doing to incorporate change in their life.  Sometimes folks think they should want to start off BIG and FAST.  Sometimes folks think they should make many changes to everything, so they can get all they desire.
This is especially true on the NEW YEAR.    **** (I’ll tell you why tomorrow)
For some folks, this type of FAST start works.  Almost like cold-turkey on all the negative influences.
But for some folks,  this is too drastic a step.  Therefore, after a short period of time, this type of motivation becomes STRESSFUL.  Under this type of stress, many folks self-sabotage and end their journey to CHANGE.
Which type of person are you?   Fast or slow?  Maybe take some time to think about this,  and then tomorrow visit here again to learn how to make a positive START.
“It doesn’t matter how you start.  It doesn’t matter how you go.  It just matters that you keep going.  That’s what truly matters.  Don’t stop.”
Posted by: medicablog | October 9, 2014

Fall Food Intake

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Fall food intake is focused on eliminating any further accumulation of Fire energy from Summer and to prepare the Body for the leaner, harsher months of Winter.

This often turns our attention to warm, moist foods that contrast in tastes.  A good example of these are stews, soups, and casseroles.   This food supplies a variety of tastes and textures. The body slows down as it digests this type of food intake.

At this time of the year, we still have access to many vegetables.  The root vegetables, in particular, are more plentiful.  And this is a natural transition for you to make in your dietary intake.  Vegetables grown close to the ground, or in the ground, are the natural selection as we watch Fire energy turn into Earth energy.

Also, root vegetables and close-to-the-ground vegetables are slightly sweeter in taste.  So if you find yourself searching for something sweet, try some beets, carrots or sweet potatoes to help satisfy your changing palette.

As the days and nights are getting cooler, we will want to adjust how we are preparing our food.  During the Summer, when Fire is abundant, it is wise to eat raw vegetables.  This keeps us from adding any additional heat to our bodies. But as the days become cooler, you may want to steam the vegetables or add some spices for a little “heat”.

At this time of the year, you may find yourself looking for a big juicy steak.

That is because animal protein produces heat in the body.  If you are concerned about the amount of animal protein you are ingesting, try nuts, hemp, and botanical proteins.  These provide protein but help to keep the body lighter and will not interfere with a weight management or health  program. Please keep in mind that nuts do have a considerable amount of fats.  They should not be eaten in great quantities.  However, they are usually “good” fats that your body will use to fortify your body.


Tomorrow:  Fall exercise

Posted by: medicablog | October 8, 2014

Fall spices

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Fall is a great time to incorporate spices into our lives.  Most of us use spices without thinking about their medicinal application or changing them from season to season.  We usually just follow what a recipe says to add.

The are many different spices that have remarkable health-giving benefits.  By adding them to your food, you give yourself a chance to warm and fortify your body.  Spices don’t have to be over-the-top in any of the preparations, because most of them can be used subtly.  They can be used delicately in sweet dishes as well as a savory dish.

Before we look at the various spices please beware of this —

WARNING:  All spices can be considered therapeutic in certain dosages.  You should not over-consume any spice or use any essential oil in excess in the hopes of creating some type of reaction. If abused various spices, whether in cooking or used as an essential oil,  can be toxic to various organs of the body.   Pregnant women and women lactating should not use spices.  Persons in poor health should consult their PCP prior to using various spices in cooking and as essential oils. Various spices may interfere with medication regimes.

These are just a few spices to consider to warm your Body and Mind throughout the Fall:

Cardamon is a delicious scent and taste in many Italian sweets as well as a classic ingredient in curry.  It helps to ease digestion.  Cinnamon is one of the widely used spices.  It is pungent, warm and an excellent choice for Fall. TCM considers cinnamon to be very Yang.  It can ward off colds, congestion, soothe pain and help digest.  Cayenne is very stimulating, very pungent and  affects the whole body.  It stimulates the blood, may create endorphins and create a temporary sense of well being.  Fenugreek is one of the oldest spices used in the world. It is bitter in taste.  It is considered an anti-inflammatory, blood tonic and is used for abdominal pains.  Garlic is absolutely wonderful for your health. Herbalists use garlic for a number of health concerns involving skin, digestion, heart health and more.  It is very pungent in smell and if used in excess can leech out through the skin’s pores. Ginger is another ancient spice that is often overlooked.  Ginger is pungent and acts as a stimulant, an expectorant, is antiseptic and antispasmodic.  Nutmeg is a powerful and useful spice.  It is generally good for digestion as it stimulated the appetite,  It is excellent for diarrhea.  It is used in many recipes to give an extra kick to the taste.   Ayurvedic healers have long used Tumeric for healing just about anything.  This multi-dimensional spice has anti-inflammatory properties, healing for blood disorders. It also has a toning and/or detoxifying effect on the liver.


 

Coming up next:  Fall exercise

 

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