Mindful Wellness https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com Mindful Wellness Mindful Wellness Thermography is truly lifesaving! https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/articles/entry/108 Fri, 26 May 2017 12:31:35 EST https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/articles/entry/108 <p>The recent Women&rsquo;s Health and Wellness Symposium to raise funds and awareness for The Women&rsquo;s Health Initiative, founded by Lyn Hogrefe of the Happy Hormone Cottage, was a day filled with plenty of extremely valuable information. I enjoyed each and every speaker who presented during this symposium. I especially want to thank Dr Anthony Piana, President of the Professional Academy of Clinical Thermology (PACT), for his presentation. Each and every time I see and listen to Dr Piana, I learn something new about thermography. Thermography is a safe, adjunctive screening method helpful in the diagnosis and documentation of diseases. Medical Thermography maps physiological patterns indicating both normal health and diseases. Thermography is truly a life saving screening tool.</p> <p>One example of how thermography can help save a life is that of one of my patients who came in for a routine screening. She didn&rsquo;t expect to find anything, but was taking care of her health and doing it as a precaution. Unfortunately, that didn&rsquo;t work out as well as either of us wanted. When her scan was interpreted, there was an area of concern that required immediate review. Dr Piana called her right away. Her thermography scan was the first of many follow-up tests. She immediately went for an MRI and had a biopsy performed. The area of concern was confirmed as Stage 2 breast cancer. These are words that no one wants to hear. Luckily, my patient was already immersed in being a warrior for her health and had many tools at her disposal with which to move forward in treating her cancer-both holisitically and within standard of care. After much research and care, she moved forward with her course of treatment in both realms and is doing monthly follow-up breast scans. The first scan showed that her course of treatments and her holistic wellness routine significantly decreased the size of her mass. She is continuing on with her therapy and we continue to look for improvement.</p> <p>The word CANCER is never easy to hear, but when it is caught early, it is much easier to treat.<br /> I get chills when I think about how this simple, no radiation, no contact screening tool can help so many. Please call me at 513-382-3132 to schedule your scan today. Thermography is truly life-saving!</p>tags: <a href="https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/articles/tag/Medical Thermography/">Medical Thermography</a> Notes from a holistic vet... https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/articles/entry/107 Sat, 16 Jul 2016 08:49:25 EST https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/articles/entry/107 <p align="center"><strong>Notes from a holistic vet&hellip;</strong></p> <p>With warmer weather comes an increased risk of flea and tick exposure for your pets. Many veterinarians recommend chemical preventives as a solution (some even recommend them to pets year-round), but I don't agree with turning to chemicals as a means of controlling nature.</p> <p>Many of my conventional veterinary peers suggest a "one-size-fits-all" approach for pests, but I suggest you think about a more commonsense approach when it comes to dealing with summer pests.</p> <p>In deciding how to best protect your pet from fleas and ticks, you'll need to take into account when pest season begins and ends in your area, your pet's individual risk (do you go for long walks in the woods, for instance?), as well as the level of disease risk in your area.</p> <p><strong>What Are the Risks of Fleas to Pets?</strong></p> <p>Fleas and ticks are very different pests, each with their own set of risks. Fleas, which are related to ants and beetles, feed on blood and their bites can lead to irritation and skin allergies.</p> <p>Flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), which is actually sensitivity (allergy) to flea saliva, is a very common condition in dogs. It's not the bite of the flea that causes most of the itching in dogs with FAD, it's the saliva. The saliva causes irritation way out of proportion to the actual number of fleas on the pup.</p> <p>Lots of dog parents assume if their pet isn't infested with fleas, the itching can't be caused by fleas. But if your dog has FAD, the saliva of just one or two fleas can make him miserably itchy and uncomfortable for many weeks, even after the fleas are gone.</p> <p>Fleas can also transmit tapeworms, cause cat scratch disease and may even cause severe cases of anemia, especially in young animals. However, fleas are primarily an annoyance, and if you live in an area where fleas thrive, it can seem like a constant battle to keep them under control.</p> <p>Fleas flourish in temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit with humidity in the 75 percent to 85 percent range. In some locations flea season is year round, but in others the types of fleas that bother pets and people aren't considered a big problem.</p> <p>Another important caveat: fleas are not typically attracted to healthy pets. They're typically drawn to the weakest animals they can find, first, so one of the best defenses against flea infestations is to feed your pet a balanced, species-appropriate fresh-food diet that will help keep his immune system functioning optimally.</p> <p>In addition to diet, remove the environmental factors that can negatively impact your pet's immune system including:</p> <ul> <li>Poor water quality: make sure to provide fluoride- and chlorine-free drinking water</li> <li>Too many vaccines: demand your vet check protection levels prior to giving more vaccines (called a <a href="http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2014/08/06/pet-vaccination.aspx" target="_blank">titer test</a>). Vaccinating unnecessary doesn't build your pet's immune system, it destroys it.</li> <li>Toxic household chemical load: eliminate non-organic pet beds sprayed with <a href="http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/10/25/pbde-exposure.aspx" target="_blank">PBDEs (flame retardants)</a> that disrupt your pet's endocrine system and toxic household cleaners that end up inside your pet.</li> <li>Yard chemicals: eliminate pesticides, herbicides and <a href="http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2014/06/11/lawn-chemical-poisoning.aspx" target="_blank">fertilizers</a> around your home that negatively impact your pet's immunologic health</li> <li>EMFs: provide your pet with a safe zone that's free from toxic levels of <a href="http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/07/09/vickie-warren-on-effects-of-electromagnetic-fields.aspx" target="_blank">electromagnetic fields</a> from electrical devices in the home.</li> </ul> <p><strong>What Are the Risks of Ticks?</strong></p> <p>Ticks are a type of arachnid related to mites, spiders and scorpions. They're resilient, increasingly resistant to pesticides and found throughout the U.S.</p> <p>Because ticks feed on many different animals (humans, dogs, cats, squirrels, mice, opossums, deer and more), and they feed for long periods of time, they're quite good at acquiring and transmitting diseases, some of which can be life-threatening. Tick-borne diseases include:</p> <table width="610" border="1" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="175"> <p>Lyme disease</p> </td> <td width="244"> <p>Rocky Mountain spotted fever</p> </td> <td width="183"> <p>Anaplasmosis</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="175"> <p>Babesiosis</p> </td> <td width="244"> <p>Cytauxzoonosis</p> </td> <td width="183"> <p>Ehrlichiosis</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="175"> <p>Hepatozoonosis</p> </td> <td width="244"> <p>Tularemia</p> </td> <td width="183">&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Unfortunately, a single tick bite can expose your pet to multiple diseases, but exposure is not the same as infection. In many cases, your pet will be able to fight off tick-borne diseases with no treatment required.</p> <p>Hands down, one of my biggest pet peeves in clinical practice is how many vets unnecessarily prescribe antibiotics when a dog's blood shows <em>exposure</em> has occurred.</p> <p>Most dogs' immune systems do exactly what they're supposed to do when a foreign bacteria enters their bodies &mdash; mounts an effective immune response. The only way to know if the dog has effectively eliminated the bacteria (was exposed but not infected) or is currently infected is to follow up with a second test called a QC6.</p> <p>If your pet tests positive for exposure, it's important to follow up with the Quantitative C6 (QC6) test, which differentiates exposure from infection.</p> <p>I see dozens of dogs each year unnecessarily treated with extensive antibiotic therapy because their veterinarian panicked after seeing a positive exposure. Please don't let your vet do this!</p> <p>Up to 90 percent of dogs may have exposure to these tick-borne pathogens, but most dogs' immune systems fight off these infections all on their own.</p> <p>In those that do not, quickly identifying the problem is important to devise an appropriate treatment plan. I recommend that my clients living in endemic areas or dogs that are bit by multiple ticks each year test their pets every six months.</p> <p>How do you make sure you're catching possible tick-borne infections before they take hold? Ask your vet to replace the standard heartworm test with a more comprehensive annual blood test that identifies several tick-borne potential pathogens long before dogs show symptoms.</p> <p>The SNAP 4Dx Plus and the Accuplex4 tests, which screen for heartworm, Lyme disease and two strains each of ehrlichia and anaplasma should be screening tests for dogs in tick-endemic areas, in my opinion. Completing this simple blood test every six to 12 months is the best way to avoid unnecessary chemical application, identify infections before chronic disease occurs and prevent overlooking cases of dogs infected because of pesticide resistance (a growing problem in veterinary medicine).</p> <p>I also recommend that pets living in tick-infested areas who test positive on the SNAP 4Dx Plus or the Accuplex4 also be screened for Babesia exposure. The best way to detect exposure to this parasite is with a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test that checks for the presence of Babesia DNA.</p> <p><strong>Think Twice Before Opting for Chemical Preventives</strong></p> <p>I strongly discourage pet owners from automatically applying harsh chemical agents to repel or kill pests. The use of <a href="http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/11/15/spot-on-flea-tick-products.aspx" target="_blank">spot-on products</a> may cause skin irritation, paralysis, seizures and even death if used improperly, and there are superior natural alternatives that are far safer.</p> <p>In addition, ticks may be resistant to pesticides, which means your dog may still be exposed to tick-borne diseases even if you use chemical preventives.</p> <p>Every year I see canine patients who have been given monthly doses of pesticides for years, yet turn up positive for tick-borne illness, including many dogs with Lyme disease that have been vaccinated against it. If, however, you choose to use these chemicals, follow these precautions:</p> <p>1. Be very careful to follow dosing directions on the label, and if your pet is at the low end of a dosage range use the next lowest dosage. Be extremely cautious with small dogs, and do not under any circumstances apply dog product to your cat.</p> <p>2. Don't depend exclusively on chemical treatments. Rotate natural preventives with chemical ones including diatomaceous earth, pet-friendly essential oil products and natural deterrent collars. An every-other-month rotation works well for many pet owners. In many parts of the country owners find they can successfully control ticks with two doses a year: one in the spring and one in the late summer.</p> <p>3. Monitor your pet for adverse reactions after you apply a chemical product &mdash; especially when using one for the first time.</p> <p>4. Since your pet's liver will be tasked with processing the chemicals that make it into the bloodstream, it can be very beneficial to give your dog or cat a supplement to help detoxify her liver. I recommend milk thistle, which is a detox agent and also helps to actually regenerate liver cells.</p> <p>You can get milk thistle at any health food store. Work with your vet on how much to give your pet depending on her age, weight and the medications she's taking. I recommend one dose daily for seven days following any flea, tick or heartworm application.</p> <p>5. Another product I recommend is chlorella, a super green food that is a very powerful detox agent. Your holistic vet should also advise you about how much chlorella to give your pet depending on her toxin load.</p> <p><strong>Make Your Home and Yard Inhospitable to Fleas and Ticks</strong></p> <p><strong>One of the key strategies to controlling fleas and ticks involves making your home and yard less hospitable to such pests. To do so:<a href="http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2016/07/02/flea-and-tick-prevention.aspx?utm_source=petsnl&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=art1&amp;utm_campaign=20160702Z1&amp;et_cid=DM109409&amp;et_rid=1554441430#_edn1" target="_blank"><sup>1</sup></a></strong></p> <ul> <li>Vacuum your home often (carpets, floors, furniture, etc.) and empty the vacuum canister immediately</li> <li>Wash bed linens, pet bedding and throw rugs frequently</li> <li>Keep your lawn mowed and clear brush, leaves, tall grass and weeds from your yard and areas your pet frequents</li> <li>Keep stacked wood off the ground and away from your house</li> <li>After the growing season, clear perennial plants and other brush from your garden</li> <li>Add beneficial <a href="http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/03/03/toxic-and-unsafe-flea-and-tick-repellants-for-pets.aspx" target="_blank">nematodes</a> to your yard</li> </ul> <p><strong>What to Do If You Find Fleas on Your Pet</strong></p> <p>The best way to prevent a flea infestation is to proactively check for fleas daily during flea season. Removing a few fleas is a whole lot easier than fighting hundreds, which can occur quickly if you're not checking daily.</p> <p>If you find a few fleas on your pet, don't panic. Instead, grab a flea comb and start combing; it's the best defense there is. Your dog or cat should be combed at least once daily with the flea comb. Place your pet on a light-colored towel to catch any fleas that fall off and dip the comb into a bowl of soapy water after each swipe (flush the contents down the toilet when you're done).</p> <p>Bathe your pet frequently until the fleas are gone, as fleas are less attracted to clean animals and drown like any other creature when submerged under water. You can also apply a light dusting of food-grade diatomaceous earth (DE) on your carpets, bare floors and pet bedding, as well as down your pet's spine (avoid her head) to kill fleas.</p> <p><strong>How to Remove a Tick</strong></p> <p><a href="http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2010/03/31/dangers-of-flea-and-tick-problems.aspx" target="_blank">It's important to check your pet for ticks daily</a>, especially after returning from walks outside. Most tick-borne diseases take many hours to be transmitted to your pets, so removing ticks soon after they attach may help prevent illness. If you take your pet to an area of high risk, such as a forest preserve, check for ticks as soon as you get home, being sure to check hard-to-see spots like between and under the toes, in the earflaps and around the tail base.</p> <p>If you find a tick on your pet, be sure to remove it correctly. Don't use your bare hands because you can become infected by handling or crushing an infected tick. Wear gloves, or even better, use a tick-removing tool.</p> <p>Grasp the tick very close to your pet's skin with a tick removal tool or a pair of tweezers. Carefully pull the tick's body away from the skin making sure you've grasped the entire tick. Once it's off, flush it down the toilet. Then disinfect your pet's skin with soapy water or diluted povidone iodine (Betadine). <strong>I also recommend applying a drop of <a href="/pages/products/itemdetail/98/">lavender oil</a> to the bite.</strong></p> <p>Monitor the attachment site for the next few days. If you notice any irritation or inflammation of the skin, contact your veterinarian. You'll want to watch your dog closely for several months after for any signs of loss of appetite, lethargy, change in gait, fever or intermittent limping &mdash; all the symptoms of potential tick-borne disease.</p> <p>Better yet, three to four weeks after removing the tick, have your vet run the Accuplex or 4DX/QC6 test. The period of sub-clinical infection (when the dog has no symptoms) is when integrative practitioners see excellent treatment success.</p> <p><strong>The Best Natural Approach for Flea and Tick Prevention</strong></p> <p>Exposure to pests is a fact of life for pets, especially those that spend a lot of time outdoors. <a href="http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2015/10/25/pet-immune-system.aspx" target="_blank">Keeping your pet's immune system strong</a> by feeding a balanced, unprocessed and fresh-food diet, encouraging regular exercise and minimizing his exposure to vaccines, topical pesticides and other environmental toxins will go a long way toward minimizing his risk.</p> <p>Fresh garlic can also be given to dogs and cats, in tiny amounts, to help prevent internal as well as external parasites. And for times when you know you'll be at high risk, botanical oils specifically formulated to be applied to pets make an excellent natural repellent. Examples to look for include blends of:</p> <ul> <li><strong><a href="/pages/products/itemdetail/100/">Lemongrass</a>, neem and catnip oil</strong> &mdash; when formulated into a spray for pets, it promotes a shiny, healthy coat, and helps repel fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.</li> <li><strong><a href="/pages/products/itemdetail/93/">Geranium oil</a></strong> &mdash; an effective essential oil that helps deter mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and other pests from attacking your dog or cat.</li> </ul> <p>By using these commonsense approaches, your pet can enjoy the outdoors this summer without the nuisance of fleas and the dangers of tick-borne diseases. Remember that, in the latter case, a simple blood test done every six months can identify any related infections so they can be quickly treated.</p> <table width="19" border="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>tags: <a href="https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/articles/tag/Recipes for your pets/">Recipes for your pets</a>, <a href="https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/articles/tag/Essential Oil for your Pet/">Essential Oil for your Pet</a> Managing your Mammaries with Nutrition https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/articles/entry/106 Fri, 18 Mar 2016 20:36:11 EST https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/articles/entry/106 <p>We're seeing a lot of breast cancer today! &nbsp;Let's talk about SOME of the nutrition connections.</p> <p>There are now a number of breast conditions tied to genetics.&nbsp; But some women with this higher predisposition do NOT get breast cancer.&nbsp; Why is this? We now understand diet and lifestyle can contribute to shutting some genes off and others, on.</p> <p>One food that has definitely stood out in women with breast cancer is French Fries.&nbsp; They are known to be one of the most free radical producing substances you can eat.&nbsp;</p> <p>They're not nutritious and produce free radicals as they are the processing of pure carbohydrates by hot fat. At 400 degrees, the fat causes the water to be displaced and the oils in the fat to impregnate the potato.&nbsp; These fats are loaded with peroxides that damage cells.</p> <p>A Harvard physician found processed foods to be toxic and devastating to the future of our youth.&nbsp;</p> <p>She feels girls who eat french fries are more likely to have breast cysts and cancer than women who don't eat french fries.&nbsp; Is that the only food?&nbsp; I doubt it.</p> <p>Breasts have a lot of fatty tissue.&nbsp; Fatty tissue is where we harbor toxins. This means we can carry a lot of toxins in breasts and, as a result, inflammatory processes can emerge.</p> <p>Many of these toxins act as hormone mimics.</p> <p>What's happening in some areas, with fish, would be an example of this.&nbsp; While the oily fish SHOULD be the best for our health, the oil (fat) is where the fish will also carry their contaminants.&nbsp;</p> <p>To give you an idea of how this plays out today: In the Potamac River there are no male fish in portions of the river due to the high level of chemicals in the water.&nbsp; Male bass near Washington DC produce eggs.&nbsp; They behave and act as if they are female.&nbsp;</p> <p>On the prevention and breast health side, soy protein has a beneficial effect because of the high degree of antioxidants, plant sterols and plant estrogens that tend to modulate fluctuating estrogen levels in women who might be more vulnerable.&nbsp; (The much weaker soy protein plant estrogens, tie up the receptor sites and keep the much stronger, harmful estrogens out of these sites. It's protective!)</p> <p>Soy has been shown for hundreds of years to be a protector against cancer. (if you get the right soy)</p> <p>While soy is a great benefit, it's become VERY commercialized.&nbsp; Many soy products, such as soy milks, soy burgers and soy protein mixes, are not being processed correctly.&nbsp; They will not give the health benefits of soy and can actually cause more harm than good.</p> <p>But, it's been found, women who use properly handled soy protein have some of the least incidence of breast cancer (unless they are engaging in dangerous behavior.)</p> <p>Breast health is another case where it pays to feed the body well with lots of clean, organic vegetables, organic fruits and some clean meats.&nbsp;</p> <p>Adding the supplements and soy protein needed to help with detoxification, hormone balance and immune system is helpful. (You definitely don't get enough nutrients from food to keep disease away.) This can help bring inflammation down and keep the right genes turned on and turned off.</p> <p>What each person will use is somewhat dependant on age.&nbsp; Of course, a 4 year old girl is different than an adult woman.</p> <p>As a client of Mindful Wellness Medical Thermography, you want to get your breast thermogram.&nbsp; I'm a big fan of this as a screening tool to give you information on your breast health.</p> <p>Also, as a client of Mindful Wellness Medical Thermography, I'm happy to offer you a, complimentary, session to learn more about what's helpful to keep the toxic load and inflammation down to have healthier breasts.</p> <p>Barb Fisher</p> <p>Health Coach</p> <p>513-759-0070</p> <p>Areawide Wellness</p> <p><a href="mailto:barb@areawidewellness.com">barb@areawidewellness.com</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.AreaWideWellness.com">www.AreaWideWellness.com</a></p> <p>Areawide Wellness Associates is a health and wellness company.&nbsp; Today our &ldquo;Life Span&rdquo; is longer but &ldquo;Health Span&rdquo; is getting shorter.&nbsp; It is our goal to help people achieve a longer &ldquo;Health Span.&rdquo; We work with Scientists, Doctors and Nutritionists across the United States, Canada and Europe to provide information to our clients to improve their quality of life by helping them discern their bodies needs.&nbsp; We can help with Weight Loss, Fatigue, Detoxification, Pain, Stress, Digestive Health, Heart Health, Immunity, Cancer, Children&rsquo;s Health, High Cholesterol, and Bone Density to name a few.&nbsp;</p>tags: <a href="https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/articles/tag/Medical Thermography/">Medical Thermography</a> 10 Ways to Improve Your Lymphatic System Function https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/articles/entry/105 Tue, 16 Feb 2016 20:50:33 EST https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/articles/entry/105 <p>Posted by: <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Dr. David Jockers DC, MS, CSCS&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;in <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Cancer 101</span>, <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Ways to Prevent Cancer&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <div class="WordSection1"> <p>The lymphatic system is one of two major circulatory systems in the body. It&rsquo;s primary job is to move immune cells and dead cellular debris through the body to where it can be removed or reused. A poorly functioning lymphatic system is a risk factor for the development of <span style="text-decoration: underline;">cancer </span>and other chronic diseases. 2</p> <p>While most of modern science and the allopathic medical community have spent their time researching the blood vascular system, the lymphatic system is gaining its deserved attention from the holistic community. Today, much of&nbsp;&nbsp; the 21st century research is diving deeper into understanding lymphatic system function and its dynamic role with the health of the human body.</p> </div> <div class="WordSection2"> <p>What little you may have heard about the lymphatic system is that it is comparable to drains. When there is a clog in any of the pipes at home you may 2&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; experience an odor from the sink basin. This is where a buildup &nbsp;of particles such as hair and food become a breeding ground for bacteria. You regularly maintain your pipes in order to avoid a clog, but you should be paying far greater attention to your lymphatic system in doing the same.</p> <p>A congested lymphatic system can lead to serious illnesses and chronic diseases which stem from a weakened&nbsp;&nbsp; immune system. A clog in your lymphatic &ldquo;drains&rdquo; can lead to the accumulation of toxins which the body initially tries&nbsp;&nbsp; to remove. Perhaps your symptoms of body rigidity, headaches, bloating, skin concerns, and cold extremities are actually a result of a sluggish lymphatic system that needs improving. 2</p> <p>The following techniques may improve the flow of lymph fluid through your body by limiting both mental and physical <span style="text-decoration: underline;">stress </span>on your lymphatic&nbsp; system:</p> <p>Good posture Stretching regularly</p> <p>Deep breathing exercises Yoga and pilates</p> <p>All excellent strategies to relieve anxiety and support immune function, such practices relieve congestion and stimulate the removal of pathogens from your &nbsp;body.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Exercise </span>may possibly be one of the most effective and easiest ways for you to improve your lymphatic system&nbsp; function. Exercising increases the oxygen supply to tissues and cells and stimulates blood circulation. When the body does not regularly move, toxins remain in muscle. A condition known as hypoxia in which there is a lack of oxygen to&nbsp; an area of the body leaves the door open for the invasion and metastasis of cancer.</p> <p>A fun way to exercise is by bouncing on a mini trampoline (called a rebounder) which is often used in sports therapy&nbsp;&nbsp; to help athletes heal from injuries. This low impact exercise is called rebounding. As the body moves against gravity, the lymphatic system is stimulated to pull lymph fluid carrying toxins through the vessels and circulate. </p> <p>The obstruction of any anatomical structure on the thoracic cavity or upper chest region can prevent the final&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; dumping of toxins from the lymphatic system for cleansing. The rib cage works as a major lymphatic pump which is critical for lymphatic circulation. Correcting anatomical abnormalities or displacement from everyday activities helps to promote pressure within the thoracic region which also assists to oxygenate cells.</p> <p>Herbs are a great source which we can utilize to detoxify the lymphatic system and remove toxins. Some of the most popular herbal treatments to help the lymphatic system heal include the&nbsp; &nbsp;following:</p> </div> <div class="WordSection3"> <p><strong>Essential Oils: </strong>Traditional practices have used <span style="text-decoration: underline;">essential oils </span>to help the body heal for centuries. The PDQ (Physician Data Query) Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine Editorial Board reports that essential oils stimulate&nbsp; healing through neuroimmunomodulation. The use of essential oils strengthens the cancer patient&rsquo;s immune system&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; by relieving anxiety and stress and improving one&rsquo;s emotional&nbsp; response.</p> <p><strong>Milk Thistle: </strong>Milk thistle is a strong detoxification agent known to cleanse the gastrointestinal tract, liver, and kidneys, and to promote a healthy thyroid. Use milk thistle to help fight inflammation in your body to support a healthy immune system.</p> <p><strong>Essiac Tea: </strong>This herbal treatment may be recommended to patients newly diagnosed with cancer. <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Essiac tea </span>detoxifies and works to heal the immune &nbsp;system.</p> <p><strong>Manjistha: </strong>Manjistha tea is associated with purifying the liver and blood and can help improve menstrual and skin problems while strengthening the immune system.</p> <p>Perspiration is one of the mechanisms by which the human body eliminates toxins. Although exercise can promote perspiration, <span style="text-decoration: underline;">infrared saunas </span>offer a method to circulate toxins out of organs and muscle for the removal through our pores. Infrared saunas use a non-invasive therapy which is a great alternative for those who cannot participate in vigorous activity to detoxify the body. (Note: The use of saunas is not recommended for those who have had&nbsp;&nbsp; numerous lymph nodes removed as it can increase the risk of lymphedema.)</p> <p>Dry brushing aids the removal of toxins that have built up on our skin. Dry brushing involves using a coarse brush to gently be moved along the skin in the direction of the heart. This technique boosts lymph flow by stimulating sweat glands and supporting circulation below the skin. </p> </div> <div class="WordSection4"> <p>Consuming a healthy diet full of healthy fats and rich in antioxidants is critical to support a healthy immune system, especially as we age. Pathogenic agents cannot thrive in alkaline environments which makes eating fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy cell-supporting fats absolutely necessary. Red foods are some of the best anti-inflammatory foods you can consume such as:</p> <p>Cranberries, raspberries and cherries Vegetables, especially beets Manjistha, also known as &ldquo;red &nbsp;root&rdquo;</p> <p>Lymphatic vessels exist at the site of the intestines and are easily susceptible to destruction from unhealthy diets. Maintaining a <span style="text-decoration: underline;">healthy gastrointestinal tract </span>helps to ensure not only immune system healing but it also decreases your risk of developing obesity and cardiovascular disease.</p> <p>The lymphatic system is primarily composed of water and must be hydrated to function at the highest level. Drinking purified and mineralized water and water with antioxidant extracts such as lemon water is an excellent detoxification strategy to push toxins from the body.</p> <p>Dr. John Douillard recommends a lymphatic rehydrating technique which involves sipping warm water every 15&nbsp;&nbsp; minutes throughout the day for 2 consecutive weeks. This procedure is believed to stimulate the lymphatic system to flow fluidly and relieve congestion and symptoms of a sluggish immune&nbsp; system.</p> <p>Massage therapy improves immune function and can relieve symptoms of chronic fatigue and pain. Massage techniques such as connective tissue massage promote the flow and drainage of lymph through the body. Patients having been diagnosed with cancer and those receiving a second diagnosis can greatly benefit from massage therapy.</p> <p>Avoid tight fitting garments such as underwire bras to prevent any unnecessary restriction on lymphatic vessels.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lymph nodes are highly concentrated around the chest region to drain fluid from breasts, arms, and the chest. Do not constrict the lymphatic flow.</p> <p>It is critical for individuals with cancer to boost the health of the lymphatic system and detoxify regularly. Removing toxins and supporting lymphatic flow have been shown to decrease the reoccurrence of cancer. One in 5 individuals who have received treatment from <span style="text-decoration: underline;">breast cancer </span>will be affected by lymphedema later in life. Will you incorporatethese detoxification strategies into your daily lifestyle to improve your lymphatic system&nbsp; &nbsp;today?</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p>tags: <a href="https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/articles/tag/Castor Oil/">Castor Oil</a>, <a href="https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/articles/tag/Lymphatic Drainage/">Lymphatic Drainage</a>, <a href="https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/articles/tag/Massage/">Massage</a> Improve Your Environment for Better Health... https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/articles/entry/104 Thu, 17 Dec 2015 09:17:48 EST https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/articles/entry/104 <p>I&rsquo;m always looking for ways to help you feel better.&nbsp; This month, I&rsquo;ve found another winner with my <a href="/pages/products/itemdetail/138/">new diffuser</a>.&nbsp; I&rsquo;ve touted the benefits of Aromatherapy many times.&nbsp; Scents can mean many different things to an individual.&nbsp; It may conjure up a pleasant memory or it may be used to help you clean the air.&nbsp; Diffusing therapeutic grade essential oils like those carried at Mindful Wellness Massage and Bodywork help me, my family and most of all my clients.&nbsp; Many of you may go to your local store and purchase cleaning/disinfecting agents with air fresheners.&nbsp; Now don&rsquo;t get me wrong, I&rsquo;m all for convenience, but you must know that many of these products contain harmful toxins.&nbsp; This defeats the initial purpose of using these products.&nbsp; Diffusing therapeutic grade essential oils not only gives you the benefit of aromatherapy, but is also helps clean the air of many impurities.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>A little bit of History&hellip;</strong></p> <p>The term &ldquo;aromatherapy&rdquo; was coined by the French chemist Ren&eacute;-Maurice Gattefoss&eacute; in the early 1920s. Gattefoss&eacute; spent his life devoted to essential oils and their healing properties. However, for more than 6,000 years prior to Gattefoss&eacute;, aromatherapy had been used by the Egyptians, Romans, and the Greeks. Imhotep, an Egyptian physician, suggested that oils be used for massage, bathing, and embalming the dead. Hippocrates, known as the father of modern medicine, used aromatic smoke and vapors to purge Athens of the plague.</p> <p>Dr. Jean Valnet, M.D. (<em>also a friend and colleague of Dr. Gattefoss&eacute;</em>), a world renowned medical researcher, stated that essential oils provide remarkable protection against viral infections ranging from shingles to influenza. Dr. Valnet used essential oils successfully to treat wounded soldiers during WWII.&nbsp; This is when he discovered the powerful effect essential oils have in fighting infection.&nbsp; He was able to save the lives of many soldiers who might have otherwise died.</p> <p>Two of Dr. Valnet&rsquo;s students, Dr. Paul Belaiche and Dr. Jean-Claude Lapraz, went on to expand his work and investigated the antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties in essential oils.</p> <p style="text-align: left;" align="center">Diffusing essential oils is, by far, one of the best ways to purify our home or work environment. <a href="/pages/products/itemdetail/23/">Cinnamon bark oil</a>, <a href="/pages/products/itemdetail/103/">oregano oil</a>, and Thieves&reg; oil were all tested by Weber State University, and were shown to kill 100% of the airborne bacteria present when diffused into the atmosphere. (KID-Radio with Lance Richardson and Dr. Gary Young, ND, March 5, 1996). </p> <p><strong>Primary Benefits of Diffusing</strong></p> <ul> <li>Transform your surroundings: Create a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere or instantly brighten the mood of your home or office.</li> <li>Eliminate odors: Remove lingering smells without resorting to synthetic air fresheners.</li> <li>Protect your family&rsquo;s health: Safeguard your family&rsquo;s health by detoxing your home from harmful household chemicals.</li> <li>Introduce healing oils into the air for amazing health benefits</li> </ul> <p><strong>Diffusing to Eliminate Odors</strong></p> <p>Diffused therapeutic-grade essential oils alter the structure of molecules that create odors, rather than simply masking them. They also increase oxygen availability and produce negative ions.</p> <p><strong>Diffusing to Help you Feel Better</strong></p> <p>I read a news article recently that hospitals are also discovering the benefits of diffusing therapeutic grade essential oils.&nbsp; I find it very refreshing to see many in the medical community also recognize the benefits of using alternative therapies like diffusing essential oils.</p> <p>I use my diffuser everyday but it gets used even more during cold and flu season.&nbsp; I&rsquo;ll add <a href="/pages/products/itemdetail/110/">tea tree</a>, <a href="/pages/products/itemdetail/99/">lemon</a>, <a href="/pages/products/itemdetail/124/">lime</a>, <a href="/pages/products/itemdetail/106/">rosemary</a>, <a href="/pages/products/itemdetail/105/">peppermint</a>, or <a href="/pages/products/itemdetail/27/">eucalyptus</a> to my diffuser to help clear my sinuses or to clean the air.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h3>Tips for choosing the right diffuser&hellip;</h3> <p>There are many types of diffusers on the market today, trust me I&rsquo;ve been looking for just the right one.&nbsp; Here are a few things I&rsquo;ve learned in my search to help you make a much more educated decision before you make your next diffuser purchase&hellip;</p> <ol start="1"> <li>It is very bad practice to use a diffuser that uses heat as a means of dispersing the essential oil into the air. Heat fractures the molecules of the essential oil destroying the beneficial properties. While an essential oil may still smell good, it contains very little if any therapeutic benefit, and can even create toxic compounds. Types of diffusers that use heat and are NOT recommended are: plug-in, candle, burner, aroma lamps, and light bulb rings.</li> <li>Using an <a href="/pages/products/itemdetail/138/">Ultrasonic diffuser</a> with therapeutic grade essential oils releases hundreds of oxygenating molecules into the air.&nbsp; This goes well beyond adding an inviting scent to your room.&nbsp;&nbsp; Depending on the essential oil you choose, you can clean the air, relax, improve your sleep, and help you concentrate.&nbsp; Oh, I could just go on about the wonderful benefits you&rsquo;ll receive diffusing.&nbsp; Try it today and let me know how much better you feel.</li> </ol>tags: <a href="https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/articles/tag/Essential Oil Recipes/">Essential Oil Recipes</a>, <a href="https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/articles/tag/Diffuser/">Diffuser</a>