Mindful Wellness https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com Mindful Wellness Mindful Wellness Are you kicking around a new way to look at your health? https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/blog/entry/81 Mon, 31 Jul 2017 06:36:52 EST https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/blog/entry/81 <p>Are you kicking around a new way to look at your health?&nbsp; Well, <a href="http://www.mindfulwellnessmedicalthermography.com/" target="_blank">thermography</a> isn&rsquo;t new but it may be a new approach to how you think about monitoring your health.&nbsp; Medical thermography can be used as a whole body approach to wellness with the understanding that there is no &ldquo;normal&rdquo; asymmetrical heat in the body. Thermal cameras can detect heat on the skin surface that may show underlying pathologies. Thermography is an excellent tool that your doctor can use to assess your health.</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t lose me yet.&nbsp; Thermography as a whole body approach to wellness is a NO Contact, NO Compression, NO Radiation screening.&nbsp; A thermography scan uses a special camera to detect heat.&nbsp; You may have seen similar technology used to detect heat loss in your home, thermal temperatures in the earth and monitoring your health just to name a couple of uses.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Let me give you some examples of how thermography can help you monitor your health:</p> <ol> <li>Thermography is a non-invasive way to detect variations in your skins temperature.&nbsp; It looks for both hot and cold variations.&nbsp; The skins temperature is important because variations may indicate symptomatic conditions of other underlying issues.&nbsp;</li> <li>It can help detect Circulation Problems like the presence of deep vein thromboses and other circulatory disorders.</li> <li>It is very common that a thermography scan identifies Musculoskeletal problems like disorders of the back, neck and limbs.&nbsp;</li> <li>Another common issue identified on a thermography scan is Inflammation.&nbsp; Inflammation is your body telling you something may be wrong.&nbsp; There have been many studies that show inflammation in the body may be the precursor to many diseases.&nbsp; Inflammation may be a result of a poor diet rich in processed foods.&nbsp; One of the many uses of thermography is tracking how a healthy lifestyle reduces inflammation.</li> <li>Monitoring your breast health.&nbsp; Early Detection is KEY!&nbsp; Thermography can alert a woman&rsquo;s doctor to breast changes that can indicate early-stage breast disease, according to the American College of Clinical Thermography. Heat patterns on the images can detect physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic breast syndrome, an infection or vascular disease. A 1984 University of Wisconsin study showed that 70 percent of tumors can be detected on a thermogram eight to 10 years prior to detection on a mammogram.</li> </ol> <p>It&rsquo;s important to know you do not need a referral to be tested.&nbsp; Call me to make your appointment for your first scan or a follow-up scan!</p>tags: <a href="https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/blog/tag/Medical Thermography/">Medical Thermography</a> Thermography is truly lifesaving! https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/blog/entry/80 Fri, 26 May 2017 12:29:21 EST https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/blog/entry/80 <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/blog/tag/Medical Thermography/">Medical Thermography</a> Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics and Skin Care Products https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/blog/entry/79 Fri, 19 Aug 2016 17:34:21 EST https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/blog/entry/79 <p>As a young child with wide-eyed vision and huge ideas, I dreamed of discovering the cure for cancer. &nbsp;I grew up in northern Indiana with a very large extended family and that dreaded disease took its toll on numerous family members and friends.&nbsp; Somehow I knew way back then that the human body was not able to handle the many harmful chemicals we were being exposed to in our foods and in our environment, and that this was the key to discovering a cure.&nbsp;</p> <p>As a biology major in college, my goal was to go into medicine. &nbsp;I was in awe of the human body and how this amazing, well-oiled machine, with its complex systems, works to keep us healthy. Life took me in a different direction and although a career in medicine didn&rsquo;t pan out I am so lucky to have a wonderful husband of 41 years, two happy healthy children and two wonderful grandchildren.&nbsp;</p> <p>When a health and wellness company entered my life four years ago my original passion was renewed.&nbsp; Arbonne has given me what I&rsquo;d dreamed of for years &ndash; an opportunity to educate and help people to live their healthiest by making simple lifestyle changes.</p> <p>Thank YOU for taking the time right now to educate yourself.&nbsp; <em>&ldquo;With knowledge comes power.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Our skin is the largest organ of the body and it is part of our immune system.&nbsp; It emits toxins and absorbs nutrients from the air. &nbsp;I&rsquo;ll admit that wasn&rsquo;t terribly exciting until I learned that<strong> <em>what we put onto our skin enters our bloodstream in 26 seconds!</em></strong>&nbsp; We absorb up to 60% of what we put on our skin, and children&rsquo;s bodies absorb <em>40-50% more</em> than adults, making them at higher risk for disease.&nbsp; Think about what our skin comes into contact with every day - lotions, household cleansers, sunscreens, bug repellants, not to mention things in the environment.&nbsp; <em>We are bombarded by harsh chemicals!</em> &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The kicker is that what absorbs through our skin does not go through any type of filtration process and is quickly in our blood stream circulating through our body.&nbsp; For this reason these are actually the most dangerous toxins we come in contact with, more so than what&rsquo;s in our food or what&rsquo;s in the air, yet they typically get the least amount of our attention.</p> <p><strong>A Toxic Chemical is defined by the EPA as any substance which may be harmful to the environment or to your health if inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin.</strong></p> <p>When we are impacted by toxic chemicals, it can cause inflammation in the body.&nbsp; And, inflammation can lead to about <em>60 diseases</em> that we don&rsquo;t want to get.&nbsp; (One of the many reasons to go see Jacky to get a thermography scan!)&nbsp; A thermography reading can show inflammation in the body before it becomes a health risk, and by making some important lifestyle changes it is possible to reverse that risk.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Let&rsquo;s talk a bit about current legislation.&nbsp; </strong>The government is supposed to protect us, right?</p> <p>In 1976 the <strong>Toxic Substance Control Act</strong> was passed in the U.S.&nbsp; This act has never been updated and it is badly broken.&nbsp; There is no oversight on the rapidly expanding production of chemicals and the EPA has little power to remove hazardous chemicals already in use.&nbsp; There may be as many as <em>80,000 chemicals</em> in consumer products and the majority have never been tested.</p> <p>Since 2004 the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics coalition, a project of the Breast Cancer Fund, has pressured companies about toxic chemicals and educated the public.&nbsp; This has led to increased demand for safer products and hundreds of companies are now disclosing ingredients and avoiding the use of cancer-causing chemicals, reproductive toxicants, and unsafe chemicals. &nbsp;</p> <p>There is a recent bill, the <strong>Lautenberg Act,</strong> passed by Congress, that is awaiting signature.&nbsp; This is chemical safety legislation which gives the EPA the tools to require testing of all new and existing chemicals.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>There is movement in the right direction but much more work to do to effectively get rid of the toxic chemicals.&nbsp;</p> <p>For the purpose of this discussion, I&rsquo;ve listed the most harmful toxic ingredients that can be found in U.S. formulated personal care products, where you might find these ingredients, and their potential health risks.&nbsp; When we start paying attention to what is in our products, we are steps ahead in helping ourselves and our loved ones to live healthier as smarter, informed consumers. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Parabens </span></strong><strong>&ndash; </strong>&nbsp;BHT/BHA</p> <ul> <li>Usage: as preservatives, in deodorants, shampoos, conditioners, facial cleansers, body washes and scrubs</li> <li>Health risks: can mimic estrogen, can increase cell growth in breast cancer, melanoma, organ-system toxicity, endocrine disruption</li> </ul> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Sodium Laurel/Laureth Sulfates</span></strong></p> <ul> <li>Usage:&nbsp; in car washes, engine degreasers and 90% of personal-care products that create suds - soaps, shampoos, toothpaste</li> <li>Health risks: eye damage, depression, skin irritation, can damage immune system, capable of changing DNA, has been found in breast cancer tumors, sterility, hormone imbalances</li> </ul> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Phthalates</span></strong></p> <ul> <li>Usage:&nbsp; Fragrances in cosmetics, sunscreens, soaps, shampoos, deodorant, lotions, scrubs, and perfumes</li> <li>Health risks: can cause obesity, disrupt normal endocrine function</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; increase risk of breast cancer, reduce fertility, genital malformation in baby boys, allergies, asthma in children</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Hydroquinone</span></strong></p> <ul> <li>Usage:&nbsp; Skin lighteners in women of color</li> <li>Health risks: cancer, immune system damage, reproductive and developmental harm</li> </ul> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Carbon Black</span></strong></p> <ul> <li>Usage:&nbsp; Dark powder used in eye liners, mascara, and lipsticks</li> <li>Health risks: increased risk of cancer</li> </ul> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Mineral Oil/Petrolatum</span></strong></p> <ul> <li>Usage:&nbsp; byproduct of petroleum refining, illegal in Switzerland in beauty products, found in nearly every personal care product in US</li> <li>Health risks: primary concern is cancer, makes women Estrogen dominant &ndash; throws off hormone levels causing depression, weight gain, thyroid problems, blocks pores from releasing toxins (toxins are found in lymphoid and breast tissue of breast cancer patients), blocks skin from receiving moisture &ndash; dryness, #2 cause of aging (1996 John Hopkins Study)</li> </ul> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Formaldehyde-donating preservatives</span></strong></p> <ul> <li>Usage:&nbsp; found in nail polish, soaps, baby soaps, deodorant, shaving cream, eyelash adhesive, shampoos</li> <li>Health risks: linked to skin and respiratory irritations, eye irritation, cancer, immune system damage, genetic damage, triggering asthma</li> </ul> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Triclosan</span></strong></p> <ul> <li>Usage:&nbsp; soaps, toothpaste, deodorants, tooth whitening products, shaving products, cosmetics</li> <li>Health risks: hormone disruption, antibiotic resistance, may interfere with fetal development</li> </ul> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Talc</span></strong></p> <ul> <li>Usage: to absorb moisture and add sparkle in eye shadow, blush, baby products, deodorant and soaps</li> <li>Health risks:&nbsp; human carcinogen, has been directly related to ovarian cancer, can act like asbestos when inhaled-may lead to lung tumors</li> </ul> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Synthetic Dyes</span></strong></p> <ul> <li>Usage:&nbsp; FD&amp;C Color and Pigments &ndash; soaps, shampoos, shaving products, baby products</li> <li>Health risks:&nbsp; from coal tar that contain heavy metal salts and deposit toxins on skin, depletion of oxygen and death, carcinogenic in animals</li> </ul> <p>Although a surprisingly high number of well-known companies take shortcuts in their product formulations using multiple harsh and harmful ingredients known to be carcinogenic and otherwise detrimental to our health, I am happy to report that there are companies that truly care about our safety and are committed to developing unparalleled products free of harmful ingredients.&nbsp;</p> <p>Arbonne is one such company.&nbsp; Now in its 37<sup>th</sup> year this Swiss-based, Cincinnati-led company uses European formula standards that are the strictest in the world.&nbsp; Arbonne&rsquo;s promise to the public is that each of its 400 plus botanically-based products is &ldquo;Pure, Safe, and Beneficial&rdquo;.&nbsp; They offer a wide-range of personal care products, cutting-edge anti-aging, detox, cosmetics, and a complete line of nutritional products that are safe for babies to baby boomers.</p> <p>Safety depends on a company&rsquo;s commitment to testing.&nbsp; Arbonne uses independent labs and is diligent and unwavering in their promise to provide Pure, Safe, Beneficial products.</p> <p align="center"><strong>Be Proactive </strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>Read Labels</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>Safeguard your Family&rsquo;s Health</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>I am so thankful for the opportunity to provide what I hope is valuable information to you in this article.&nbsp; It would be my absolute pleasure to help you on your health journey and quest for safe, effective products. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Cheryl Keitel, Arbonne Independent Consultant</strong></p> <p><strong>Consultant ID19800284, 513-305-5232</strong></p> <p><strong>Cherylkeitel.arbonne.com, </strong><a href="mailto:Cheryl.keitel@gmail.com"><strong>Cheryl.keitel@gmail.com</strong></a></p>tags: <a href="https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/blog/tag/Thermography/">Thermography</a> Gentle Ways to Detox The Body https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/blog/entry/78 Fri, 19 Aug 2016 17:24:13 EST https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/blog/entry/78 <p><strong>Gentle Ways to Detox the Body</strong></p> <p>When your mind is drained, your body aches and your energy levels are close to zero, it&rsquo;s time&nbsp;to&nbsp;detox the body.</p> <p>Imagine yourself having clearer skin, a sharper mind, revitalized energy, a stronger immune system and feeling healthy inside and out - - these are the things that you can enjoy by undergoing a detoxification program.&nbsp;</p> <p>Detoxification basically means blood cleansing through eliminating impurities from the blood in the liver, through kidneys, lungs, intestines, lymph and skin.&nbsp;Finding Gentle Ways to Detox the Body will help improve your immune system and help you feel better.</p> <p><strong>Take the first step to Detox the Body</strong></p> <p>First, you have to reduce toxins in your body. Try to cut down on or eliminate the following: cigarettes, alcohol, coffee, eating foods with saturated fats and refined sugars (cola and ketchup contain a lot).&nbsp; These act as toxins in your body and as a hindrance to your healing process.</p> <p>Gentler way to detox the body:</p> <p>Here are gentler and safer ways to detox your body that you can try as part your routine.</p> <p><strong>Change in eating habits to detox the body</strong></p> <p>Consider adding whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables instead of packaged and fast foods which are high in fats and sugar into your daily routine to maintain balanced health.&nbsp; Enjoy&nbsp;drinking healthy&nbsp;<a title="Enriched Water Ideas" href="http://www.mindfulwellnessonline.com/enriched-water-ideas/">Party Water</a> to help detox your body.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Detox the Body in a Sauna</strong></p> <p>The sauna is widely used by many cultures as a regular part of detox. It is a great method of removing chemicals buildups in fat cells. Saunas are often combined with good nutrition, exercise and vitamin supplements.</p> <p><strong>Dry Skin Brushing a Natural Method to Detox the Body</strong></p> <p>With the combination of diet, exercise and nutritional supplements, dry skin brushing is also a gentle way of detoxing. It removes old skin cells, stimulates the lymph system and draws out toxins through the skin. A natural dry skin brush made of soft&nbsp;bristles should be used.</p> <p>Before taking a shower, lightly brush your skin beginning with your feet in a circular motion , then upwards on your legs for a minute or two.&nbsp; Read more details&nbsp;about how&nbsp;to use the entire <a title="Dry Body Brushing &ndash; Skin Exfoliation" href="http://www.mindfulwellnessonline.com/body-brush-skin-exfoliation/">Lymphatic Body Brushing</a> &nbsp;protocol to detox the body.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Use Yoga to Detox the Body</strong></p> <p>Through breathing exercises, the bloodstream thoroughly oxygenates thus giving energy and improves the body&rsquo;s physical processes. Different positions lightly massage the internal organs and stimulate them to slowly discharge toxins.&nbsp; Take a class with a trained yoga instructor to get started on learning methods to detox, stretch and strengthen tight, tense muscles.</p> <p>These cleansing methods are just a beginning guide to introduce some ways to improve your health. It&rsquo;s helpful to know why detox is important and to understand the different ways how to detox the body before you begin with the different programs.&nbsp; Take charge of your health as you are always your best advocate!</p> <p>As always, consult your physician before adding a new regimen to ensure that it&rsquo;s the right fit for you before beginning a new way to detox the body.</p>tags: <a href="https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/blog/tag/Lymphatic Body Brushing/">Lymphatic Body Brushing</a> It's official summer is here... https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/blog/entry/77 Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:17:00 EST https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/blog/entry/77 <p>The official &ldquo;Kick-Off&rdquo; to summer has arrived!&nbsp; We&rsquo;re past Memorial Day and in the swing of that slower, more relaxed, get outside and enjoy summer pace.&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t get me wrong - I love the more relaxed pace summer offers and being able to enjoy a little bit of sunshine.&nbsp; But, that great &ldquo;Looking Good Sun Kissed Feel&rdquo; comes with increased risk of too much sun exposure.&nbsp; If you&rsquo;re going to be outside make sure you apply enough sunscreen to protect your skin.&nbsp;</p> <p>With Skin Cancer on the rise protecting your health is important.&nbsp; Due to the heat and sun more skin is exposed to unhealthy ultraviolet rays in the summer months.&nbsp; Take the opportunity to protect your skin and screen for signs of skin cancer.&nbsp; I was reading a recent research study showing how your Thermography Scan can also screen for Skin Cancer.&nbsp; &ldquo;Screening for Skin Cancer using thermal imaging has been sought after by many thermologists. This study uncovers research performed in the former Soviet Union in the diagnosis of skin cancer. An attempt to not only screening for the existence of a skin lesion was made, but also to classify as malignant.&rdquo;</p> <p>The <a href="http://medicalthermology.org/pdf/PACT%20Research%20Skin%20Cancer.pdf">study</a> looked at Clinical and experimental research in oncology and thermal imaging found that the formation of thermogenic response to growth of skin tumors is mainly due to two factors: convective heat transfer by skin blood vessels and conductivity of tissue layers.</p> <p>Since the layer of subcutaneous fat tissue has prominent &ldquo;shielding&rdquo; properties to infrared radiation, the primary role in the transfer of heat from the tumors beneath the skin has a convective transmission. In regard of thermal imaging study of superficial tumors in addition to registering thermogenic manifestations of convective reaction it is possible to analyze the &ldquo;true&rdquo; temperatures of tumors.</p> <p>So what else did I learn from reading this study? The detection of skin tumors was effectively identified in 98.6% of the subjects. The ability to differentiate malignant versus benign tumors was 86.3%. The use for the identification and diagnosis of skin tumor pathology is accurate to use adjectively for general skin cancer identification.&nbsp; You will receive so many benefits to help improve your wellness by receiving a Thermography Scan!&nbsp; Call me to book yours today!</p>tags: <a href="https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/blog/tag/Medical Thermography/">Medical Thermography</a>, <a href="https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/blog/tag/Thermography/">Thermography</a>, <a href="https://www.mindfulwellnessmassageandbodywork.com/pages/blog/tag/Natural Healing/">Natural Healing</a>