Spiritually, an anxiety attack happens when fear takes over the situation. Fear is a huge spiritual issue which can overcome your ability to cope. You feel you are worthless, helpless, and cannot trust life. You feel stuck and limited in life but don’t want to make changes. Stress can be a factor. Fear looms large.
Anxiety attacks usually begin suddenly and peak within a few minutes. Symptoms include a rapid heart rate, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, hyperventilation, chills, and a sense of impending doom.
For starters, anxiety attacks require professional help. If you visit a Chiropractor, massage therapist, psychotherapist, yoga teacher, schedule your sessions within twenty-four hours to forty-eight hours for maximum benefit of both.
The synchronicity of your sessions (which should include Reiki, chakra healing, and reflexology) will boost the benefits of these modalities. Your sessions will calm some side effects of drugs taken during treatment.
Do you take prescriptive drugs, herbs, or other medications for a medical condition? Make sure everyone on your medical team knows about all drugs, herbs, oils and other medications you take. Ask your bodyworkers to work body systems that apply to your medications, drugs, and herbs.
Bodywork sessions during treatment can balance your chakras, encourage homeostasis, ground your systems, and support your healing process.
SUGGESTED HEALING SYSTEMS
Conventional medicine, Traditional Chinese medicine, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Herbalism.
Anxiety attacks are a valid reason to seek medical help. They are hard to manage without professional help but they may worsen without treatment. The main treatments include psychotherapy and medications.
Although many things contribute to anxiety attacks, one which is important overall is nutrition. A qualified nutritionist can support your path toward a stress-free environment because what you eat or don’t eat directly affects your day-to-day health.
Anxiety attacks are a seventh chakra imbalance.
REFLEXOLOGY SYSTEMS TO WORK: endocrine system, digestive system, nervous system, liver, and solar plexus.
Work all systems which apply to any other health issues you experience.
frankincense, lavender, orange, Roman chamomile, rose, ylang ylang
THINGS TO DO
Learn a breathing technique to ground yourself in your body. Learn stress management techniques to calm yourself and overcome the stress you experience.
QUESTIONS TO ASK:
Why do I feel so powerless? Why is fear interfering with my daily life?
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Spiritually, you are overwhelmed with your life’s path and want to run away to another time. You do not want to live your life the way it is now because you lost your sense of belonging. With memory loss, you escaped your roots, your place in your society, and your heritage.
I read somewhere that from one third to one half of people over eighty suffer with this dread disease. I believe these numbers may be overstated. Health professionals write about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia with much less certainty than they give their words to heart disease and diabetes.
My experience with Alzheimer’s Disease insists that I share this: much that is written may not apply to your loved one’s situation, no matter the circumstances.
Professionals believe Alzheimer’s has genetic, lifestyle, and environmental causes. Alzheimer’s develops slowly, over time. The same things that put you at risk for heart disease also put you at risk for this disease: sedentary lifestyle, smoking, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol scores.
Alzheimer’s patients have trouble thinking, speaking, reasoning, and writing. The personality changes over time. Disorientation is common and personality changes are to be expected. One early warning behavior includes asking the same question over and over and over. A second behavior is forgetting to do familiar things. Finally, misplacing things and finding them in unusual places is a red flag.
Do you practice Reiki therapy, reflexology, or chakra healing? Offering sessions of these modalities can be one of the most significant things you will ever do for an Alzheimer’s patient. Your sessions are a way to spiritually communicate and connect with a person when words no longer work.
Are you a Reiki Master Teacher? Teaching Reiki to a caregiver can be an important gift for both the caregiver and patient. Other people living in the household can be attuned to Reiki. This includes the pets and children.
Alzheimer’s Disease is a thief of a disease. For starters, Alzheimer’s steals your brain. Then, it steals your body. Finally, it steals every penny in your bank and savings accounts.
Alzheimer’s is a seventh chakra imbalance.
SUGGESTED HEALING SYSTEMS:
Begin with Conventional medicine, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, and Herbalism. Supplement your allopathic medicine with complementary and alternative medicine techniques wherever possible.
Alzheimer’s Disease responds well to complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine techniques. For now, no treatment can stop the disease. The goal is to slow symptoms and offer whatever relief you can.
REFLEXOLOGY SYSTEMS TO WORK:
endocrine system, skeletal system, lymphatics, intestinal system, liver, solar plexus
cedarwood, eucalyptus, frankincense, German chamomile, ginger, myrrh, nutmeg, patchouli, sandalwood, spikenard.
ACTIVITIES WHICH MAY HELP:
Regular exercise along with reflexology will improve your mood and maintain your health. You’ll sleep better and have fewer constipation problems.
Good nutrition is important.
A calm and stable environment helps.
Keep your schedule regulated.
EMOTIONS EXPERIENCED BY ALZHEIMER’S PATIENTS:
Anger, confusion, depression, fear, frustration, and fear are common. Anxiety is experienced when noise, being rushed, complicated tasks, or crowds happen.
ACTIVITIES TO REDUCE YOUR RISK OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE:
Mentally and socially stimulating activities can reduce your risk. Preventive steps include keeping physically and mentally active.
One of the most important things you can do is keep your heart strong. That means you should keep your blood pressure levels normal. Keep your cholesterol numbers, your weight, and type 2 diabetes numbers in the normal range.
Physical fitness can’t be over emphasized. Take a weekly exercise class. Power walking, swimming, running, regular gym workouts help.
Keep your job as long as you can. If you’re tired of the job you have, get another one. Whatever you do, never quit working.
Keep yourself socially connected to your community. A rich social life is important. Don’t let yourself be lonely.
Take continuing education classes. Learn crochet, carpentry, knitting, musical instruments, paintings, reading, sculpture, quilting. Challenge your mind.
Regular massage, reflexology, Reiki therapy sessions are beneficial. Surf the internet. Get organized. Care for others.
A good night’s sleep is one of the best things you can do to keep Alzheimer’s out of your life.
Don’t let yourself get depressed.
A hint: Do all of these things before you experience symptoms. You are fighting Alzheimer’s for years before you have symptoms.
Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, stress
IS SOMEONE YOU KNOW SUFFERING WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE?
One of the most significant things you will ever do for an Alzheimer’s patient is offer reflexology, Reiki therapy and chakra healing sessions to that patient. Your sessions are a truly spiritual way to communicate and connect with a person when words no longer work.
DO YOU KNOW A REIKI MASTER TEACHER? ARE YOU A REIKI MASTER TEACHER:
Teaching Reiki to a person caring for an Alzheimer’s patient can be an important gift for the caregiver and patient both.
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Spiritually, you (and all allergy sufferers) are having a power struggle experience. You battle inflammation, a major cause of disease in humans. Spiritual challenges plague you all year.
Work on accepting your world as safe and friendly. Seek your spiritual peace. You are annoyed and aggravated by other people and you worry about giving away your power. This challenges forgiveness when you blame others for negativity.
Allergies present year-round spiritual challenges. Many of your diseases can be food-based, but few allergies are food-based. Most allergy sufferers experience asthma, hay fever, sinusitis.
Pollen, animal dander, dust mites, mold usually cause many of your allergies. Even though few allergies are food-based, some foods commonly causing allergies include peanuts, soy, wheat, fish, shellfish, eggs, and milk. You can have allergies to bee and wasp stings. Sometimes these allergic reactions can be serious. Finally, you can have an allergic reaction to medications. A common medication causing an allergic reaction is penicillin.
Allergies are increasing. Common culprits are said to be increased stressful lifestyles, overexposure to food additives, insecticides, and synthetic chemicals.
Children risk developing allergies. Sometimes childhood allergies are outgrown. Finally, if you have asthma, you risk developing allergies.
Congestion, runny nose, nasal itching, and sneezing are irritating and persistent. To make matters worse, there is no real cure for allergies. The power struggle is yours.
Depending on the allergy, your symptoms may include hives (food or drug allergies). Your lips and tongue may swell (food or drug allergies). You may have a rash (drug, skin), or itching (hay fever, bug bite, drug allergies, skin allergy). If you have allergies, visit a reflexologist weekly. These sessions can also include Reiki and chakra healing. Using reflexology sessions to successfully treat allergies requires a strong commitment, not just a few visits. But, it’s no different with the reflexologist than with the allergist and the ENT specialist.
I received Reiki and reflexology sessions regularly for years and can vouch that going to the allergist and the ENT would never have been as successful without the regular reflexology and Reiki sessions to facilitate homeostasis. These regular sessions offered me a minor detox, and helped me get rid of the mucus. They helped manage my allergy side effects during treatment.
I’m convinced they both lessened and prevented sinus or hay fever attacks.
Regular reflexology and Reiki sessions prevent attack before they start.
If your allergies are still challenging with regular medication and reflexology, it’s time to visit an allergist. Allergists desensitize your allergies with weekly injections.
I’ve experienced allergy shots four different times in my life and can vouch for their effectiveness and lasting protection.
What is the source of your allergy? Get rid of it!
If you are sensitive to indoor allergens, use dust mite covers on mattresses and pillows. Eliminating house dust is important. Discard the curtains, stuffed animals, throw rugs. Wash your human and pet bedding often. Ditch the scented candles.
A good basic question is to ask: “Do I really need these dusty curtains, stuffed animals, throw rugs?”
Pets are often a source of allergic reactions. You shouldn’t have to give up your pets because you have allergies. You can reduce the allergens. It’s not as challenging as it seems.
Brush and bathe your pet weekly in hypoallergenic shampoo.’
Cats are easy to bathe too. All you have to do is avoid letting your cat hear the splashing water.
If your dog is long coated, consider having the coat trimmed short.
Some dog breeds who should not be cut down: collies, Labrador retrievers, shelties.
Regular visits to a professional groomer will help. Let the groomer know about your allergies. A good groomer will use special shampoos, special brushing and drying techniques to remove as much hair/coat dander as possible in a groom shop.
Better yet, find a groomer who comes to your home. Van groomers drive up to your home, take your pet out to the groom shop in the van and return your pet an hour or so later minus the extra coat, allergens, and anything else causing your allergic reactions.
Vacuum carpets and upholstered furniture frequently. Clean air filters regularly. Roaches and mice must go.
Use only products on your home, pets, car, and workplace which you are not allergic to. I clean my home, car, pets, and myself with Dr. Bronner’s soaps. I even use Dr. Bronner’s soap in my washing machine.
In the end, my home and pets are cleaner with the special products I use. I’m healthier because I have fewer respiratory problems. My life is less stressful.
I’m careful about shampoos and makeup. And, frankly, I use minimal makeup.
You’ll save money in the long run by consulting with a capable otolaryngologist and an allergist. Allergy shots are a natural method of desensitizing that can be effective for years.
I was eight years old the first time my mother took me to an allergist. She took me to see Dr. Russell Guill in Kerrville, Texas. Dr. Guill was a pediatrician who got his second speciailty I got allergy shots for three years that time. The desensitizing effects for this first round lasted for many years.
The last time I got a round of allergy shots, I was a Dr. Furst patient in Fairfax, Virginia. His specialties were otolaryngology and allergy. For me, this man was a near miracle worker. The entire time I was his patient, I had no sinus infections and few allergy attacks.
Recently, I’ve begun to get allergy desensitization through dr. Korbutz in Red Hook. Recently, I waited too long for this current round because I had two serious sinus infections that probably could have been prevented or diminished with weekly allergy injections.
After this second sinus infection which really was severe, I eagerly drive to Red Hook weekly for the shot. Only, it isn’t one. Every Tuesday afternoon I get two injections, one in each arm.
I’m grateful to every physician who gave me the shots throughout my life. Taking allergy shots may seem like a lot to do to get rid of allergies. But, over time, a better quality of life emerges. You’ll spend less money on over-the-counter preparations and prescription medications.
If you’re groaning because of your dread of injections, don’t even bother. The needles are so small, I never feel them.
Allergies are both fourth chakra imbalance.
REFLEXOLOGY SYSTEMS TO WORK:
respiratory system, immune system, sinuses, digestive system, endocrine system, liver and solar plexus
eucalyptus, German or Roman chamomile, lavender, peppermint, tea tree
THINGS TO TRY:
Wash your shower curtain in hot water, Dr. Bronner’s soap and bleach monthly. If this seems like too much work, change your curtain monthly and discard the old one. Declutter your home by discarding anything you haven’t used in two or more years. Things you haven’t used are sitting around collecting dust and mold which you don’t need. Put a shelf by your front door and encourage everyone coming into your home to leave their shoes and boots outside. This keeps mold and outside dust and dirt outside the door.
FOODS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR DIET
Apples, berries, black tea, garlic, fresh fruits, garlic, kefir, leafy greens, lemon balm, mackerel, onions, oregano, red grapes, rosemary, salmon, sardines, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, tuna, fresh vegetables, walnuts, wheat germ, yogurt
QUESTIONS TO ASK
How can I create effective boundaries? What makes me afraid?
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Spiritually, you are at risk for acne when you experience excessive, unrelenting stress. When this kind of stress enters your life, love and accept yourself as a perfect human being. Build self-confidence, self-esteem, and value.
Extreme stress brings out extreme self-dissatisfaction. You are under tremendous pressure from a person or situation in your environment. This pressure never lets up. Anger is also an issue. (How can it not be, with intense pressure?)
Acne is a difficult disease. First, you’ve got stress in your life contributing to the blemishes. As if the stress isn’t enough, the blemishes are an embarrassment. Then, acne itself is uncomfortable enough because blemishes can be painful, and especially with deeper inflammation.
Stress, hormone changes, diet, family history of the steroids, climate, cosmetics
Acne is a third chakra imbalance.
SUGGESTED HEALING SYSTEMS
Conventional medicine, Traditional Chinese medicine, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Herbalism. See a dermatologist if the acne persists. It’s better to go early in the disease, before the scarring begins. Scars stay with you for life unless you get treatment to prevent them or you get medical dermabrasion.
Regular visits to a reflexologist, Reiki, and chakra healing calm your emotional upsets, heal your body while promoting homeostasis. Regular sessions manage the side effects of acne during treatment. Regular exercise will help you work off some of the stress. A good skin cleansing program is essential. Your physician may prescribe antibiotics.
REFLEXOLOGY SYSTEMS TO WORK
diaphragm, digestive system, endocrine system, face, immune system, intestines, kidneys, liver, lymphatic system, nervous system, solar plexus
Stimulate your lymphatic system regularly to reduce stress and eliminate toxins.
bergamot, cedarwood, clove, geranium, grapefruit, German or Roman chamomile, lavender, oregano, patchouli, rosemary, rosewood, tea tree, vetiver
THINGS TO DO
A good diet which includes plenty of water is important. Skip the junk food. Your food should be clean and avoid excessive fat, oil, sugar.
Manage your stress. This means you need to develop coping skills such as self-Reiki, meditation, tai chi. Read the chapter on stress.
IMPORTANT FOODS IN YOUR DIET
Almonds, beans, Brazil nuts, cantaloupe, carrots, chicken, eggs, fish, flaxseed oil, fresh fruits, garlic, leafy greens, melons, onions, oranges, oysters, peanuts, poultry, red bell peppers, salmon, sunflower seeds, strawberries, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turkey, fresh vegetables, walnuts, whole grains, yams
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Risk factors are behaviors or conditions linked to disease. They don’t act alone.
They create their synchronicity when they react with one another. Some diseases, such as cancer, rely on multiple risk factors (age, habits, family history, health conditions, and environment) to manifest as diseases. Then, again, these same diseases can develop without any known risk factors.
When disease strikes a body without risk factors, the risk factors are energetic instead of physical. Energetic risk factors include resentment, unprocessed hurt, hatred, grief.
AGE is a risk factor in many health issues. It’s a risk factor throughout your life. Heart diseases and strokes take decades to develop, and children’s diseases focus on the youngest as the most vulnerable. Emergency rooms and physicians’ waiting rooms are populated regularly with infants, children, and seniors.
DIABETES. When you become diabetic, you are suddenly at the front of the line for a whole selection of diseases: stroke, heart attack, cataracts, glaucoma, peripheral artery disease, diabetic foot disease, neuropathy.
DNA testing is commonplace for certain types of diseases. I look forward to the day when people get their DNA tested routinely before the disease becomes dangerous, not after you’ve found it and are receiving drugs and trying to learn what other medical procedures are in your future.
FAMILY HISTORY OF A PARTICULAR DISEASE. Just because a particular disease is in your family history doesn’t mean you’ll get that disease 100%. It’s important to know about the disease and it’s important to use the knowledge to fight it.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE is both a treatable disease and a silent killer. No one should have to deal with the complications of high blood pressure. The medication is not expensive. High blood pressure needs treatment because it becomes a silent killer when left untreated. Because there are few symptoms people resist the lifesaving medication.
HIGH CHOLESTEROL is truly a silent killer. Your body works much better when there are healthy numbers to work with. Taking your cholesterol medication can be an easy decision if you examine the statistics. People live longer with statins.
OBESITY is an epidemic in our country right now. How does this happen?
First, people don’t move enough to process the calories consumed. Secondly, people are now eating a lot of chemicals manufactured for human consumptions. These eating products are manufactured to eat but they are not food. Our foods are not able to properly digest these chemical-laden products.
SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE When I walk down the street on a sidewalk, I notice those around me walking. Some move rapidly, with purpose, easily. Others move slowly, with or without purpose, painfully.
I always want to ask them whether they liked moving when they were young. Some people are totally in their bodies and move easily through life. Others are not and don’t move easily. In the final analysis, I ask myself how can I convince a person who doesn’t like to move to walk or run or play a game of some kind. How can I help them see their bodies in the future? How can I help them see how much easier it is when they keep their bodies from rusting?
SMOKING is a set-up for an unhealthy end of life. When I see a person suffering from COPD trying to breathe, I always wonder whether or not they think smoking was the right thing to do. But, then, I’m sure when a person begins to smoke, COPD is never on anyone’s mind.
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Spiritually, few diseases have an impact as strong as cancer. Grief eats away at your body. Carrying past wounds makes you fearful, angry. You attack yourself from the inside out. Finally, you are running on empty.
Cancer is a complex and life-threatening disease. It requires specially trained health care professionals. Your journey to wellness will be easier and more effective if your medical knows about any and all alternative remedies you use. Your recovery calls for conventional physicians and integrative medical techniques. In other words, use every tool you feel will work.
Include internists, physical therapists, nutritionists, bodyworkers, healers in your wellness team. Everyone is needed to care for you and give you a better path to success.
As with arthritis, there are many different forms of cancer. Your reflexology, Reiki, and chakra healing sessions, received 24 to 48 hours after chemotherapy help move the medication throughout your body more efficiently.
Regular sessions offer a deep sense of relaxation, homeostasis, pain relief, and reduce stress. If reflexology is not available, try other bodywork modalities. They can change your cancer experience. Safe, effective healing bodywork therapies offer nurturing in tandem with cancer treatment.
When you suffer from cancer, continue all your treatments, both allopathic and complementary. Your reflexologist will support your return to good health through all your treatments. Your sessions will be most effective when you combine reflexology with Reiki, chakra healing.
Do you practice Reiki? No? Now might be a good time to start. Self Reiki sessions can help with fear, nausea, and pain.
The list is long: age, air pollution, diabetes, excess sun exposure, exposure to chemicals, family history, heavy alcohol consumption, obesity, polyps in colon, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, poor health.
Some professions believe cancers don’t need risk factors because many people get cancer who don’t have applicable risk factors or who are not exposed to them. This makes cancer a more spiritual set of diseases.
The location of your cancer tells you which chakras are affected. With cancer, the chakras need to be balanced.
Prostate and rectal cancer involve your root chakra. Cancers of your cervix, ovaries, uterus, colon, unbalance your sacral chakra. Cancers of your stomach, liver, intestinal tract, pancreas, unbalance your solar plexus chakra. Your heart chakra becomes unbalanced by breast and lung cancers. Lung cancer unbalances your throat chakra as well. Finally, brain tumors affect your crown chakra.
REFLEXOLOGY SYSTEMS TO WORK
brain reflexes, endocrine system, digestive system, immune system, respiratory system, the lymphatics, circulatory system, nervous system, liver, solar plexus
Canadian red cedar, clove, dill, Douglas fir, galbanum, grapefruit, hyssop, Idaho balsam fir, lavender, ledum, maleleuca, myrrh, myrtle, nutmeg, patchouli, rose, sage, sandalwood, tarragon, thyme, tsuga, valerian, ylang ylang
VITAMINS AND MINERALS
Consult with your nutritionist, your physicians, and your entire support team to choose vitamin and mineral supplements for your situation. Nutritional support will help decrease any side effects you experience. Some professionals believe you will recover faster, have fewer complications if you take nutritional supplements.
If you have questions about which supplements are best for you, I refer you to Village Apothecary, 79 Tinker Street, here in Woodstock, New York, 12498. I get all my supplements at Village Apothecary. I trust Neil Smoller’s advice.
THINGS TO DO
Normalize your cholesterol levels. Exercise. Use smart food choices, portion control to balance your weight. Staying active helps relieve fatigue, reduce anxiety, lift pain, boost energy, preserve muscle strength, protect bones. Avoid overexposure to sun. Skip the alcohol. The list, it seems, is endless.
If you read this section of the book, maybe you’re taking stock of your life. Now is a good time to search your inner self and seek those lost parts you’ve ignored for a long time. Move them onto your front row of attention. Nourish those feelings and thoughts. Put them in the spotlight. Your goal is to feel safe so you can heal.
IMPORTANT FOODS IN YOUR DIET
There’s a correlation between fat, meat, and cancer. Fruits, vegetables, fiber are necessary for you if you are trying to prevent or treat cancer. Nutrition is important.
Some well known cancer-fighting foods include green tea, garlic, soy, turmeric, and ginger. No one food can cure cancer. But a good diet can help your quality of life while you fuel your body. At mealtime, fill your plate with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Living well offers protection against many cancers. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy diet. Exercise regularly. Avoid tobacco and alcohol to prevent many cancers. Get a bit of sunlight every day. There is, however, no magic bullet.
QUESTIONS TO ASK
Have I left my community behind? Is deep stress undermining my immune system? Can I be honest about my feelings?
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You have on your screen the blog with information I would love to have had when I was a young mother with two active, inquisitive children.
This is also the information I would love to have given to my daughters when they started their families. So now, I pass on this information to you as well as my grandchildren and great-grandchildren to use as they travel through life.
The information in this blog is a ticket to your healing adventures. After all, wherever you go, if you’re caring for someone else or yourself, you’re on a journey. This information has you covered.
I’m sharing information which took me decades to discover and organize. You’ll find it presented in easy, practical, uncomplicated ways to use in today’s world.
The information I share has stood the test of time. Medical training isn’t necessary to to read and understand the words on these plot posts.
For thousands of years, reflexology (for example), has been used to successfully treat health issues from common ailments to serious disease. Because I’m a reflexologist, you’ll find references to this modality on many pages. That doesn’t mean you need to be a reflexologist to read, understand, or use this book. It’s there for you if you want to adapt it to your needs. If you know nothing about reflexology, you can still benefit from its philosophy about health and healing.
Reflexology teaches you this: Your body is different every day.
My healing practice teaches you this: your body is not just physical. Indeed, your components include physical, mental, emotional, spiritual aspects.
Future blog posts will focus on your health, healing, and wellness. I’ve planned posts on your body systems. I’ll include important foods in each system as they apply to its healing.
I’ve planned future posts focusing on chakras.
I plan to list more and more ailments and remedies alphabetically.
Each entry will include spiritual qualities unique to that specific disease. I’ll be listing essential oils although I won’t be describing how to use them. That is a different subject entirely.
These blog posts are designed to be practical and easily adaptable to your needs. I hope you will enjoy them.
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This blog offers you something difficult to get in today’s market: insight into your health. It’s not a substitute for an x-ray or an MRI. Nor will it take the place of a blood test prescribed by your primary healthcare provider.
I’m a reflexologist, not a doctor. The information I share and the experiences I relate are based on my research and career. It’s not intended to diagnose or treat a disease.
I do not prescribe medications or treatments of any kind.
Healthcare professionals are trained and work in several different healing systems. I feel they all work toward the same goal: developing and maintaining your good health. Healthcare professionals include Medical Doctors, Doctors of Osteopathy, Naturopathic Doctors, Homeopaths.
The information in these blog posts will allow you to see your health care through the added dimension of a spiritual event or situation. This can enhance your physical situation.
This blog is not intended to replace your primary healthcare provider, or any healthcare provider, for that matter. Instead, this blog adds a layer of personal care to every situation in your healing life.
If you have a health question or situation offering no answer, do not be afraid to dig into the past blog posts. There are several hundred of them.
In the coming months, there will be several hundred more. My sincere hope is that you will join my future posts. If you do, thank you for joining me.
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We all have a blood pressure. We don’t see it. We don’t feel it. Unless someone checks our blood pressure, we don’t know we have it. And, unless someone tells us our blood pressure is bad, we don’t even think about it.
That makes high blood pressure a quiet killer. While we go about our lives unaware of the situation, hypertension damages our blood vessels, heart, and eyes. High blood pressure is a set-up for heart disease, stroke, dementia, and kidney disease.
So, pay attention to your blood pressure. When your blood pressure is high, your heart is working too much to do its job properly. This stresses your arteries.
So, what can you do to get your blood pressure down to normal?
For starters, STAMP OUT YOUR CIGARETTES. Smoking, whether cigarettes or pipes, is not good for your arteries. When nicotine reaches your blood vessels, they constrict – which is not good for you.
GET A PET – Statistically, people with pets have healthier blood pressure scores. So, what is the best pet for you? I, personally, love dogs and cats. But you don’t have to get something that barks and meows. Birds, fish, snakes, even a gold fish make good pets. The important thing is to get one that is good for your situation.
DO YOU HAVE A HOBBY? – Find something that you really enjoy and can get interested in. Drawing, writing, skating, running, walking, and a thousand and one other things can be just what you need to calm your hypertension.
GET RID OF YOUR EXTRA WEIGHT. – When you lower your weight you’ll have better blood pressure scores, you will also feel better and look better. And, this is a segway right into the next suggestion:
NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING – Some foods encourage a good blood pressure score. Fruits and vegetables are good. Some people feel oatmeal has magical qualities. You’ll have better luck with this if you get several sessions with a nutritionist whose training aligns with your health needs.
EXERCISE HELPS, TOO! Yoga is good. But, so is anything else you do regularly. This includes almost any physical activity you like. The important thing is to move.
Not included in this list is pills. I think they are important and have been taking my blood pressure medication daily for decades. Just like everyone else I know, I objected to them for a long time. Once I admitted that I needed them, life became better. This is a decision for you to make, though. Everyone I know who takes a hypertension medication, including myself, went through stages of resistance.
After all, it’s hard to face up to needing a medication for the rest of my life. But, once I matured into this reality, my health improved and my attitude about myself certainly got better, too.
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We each have an inner core, a spiritual center needing encouragement, support and protection. Your inner core lets you travel through life with minimal bumps. When encouragement, support, and protection are deficient in some way, you run a risk of developing a lack of self-confidence. There are ways to give yourself a boost. Life is easier with a strong inner core.
Put yourself in a positive frame of mind before you even get out of bed. Ask yourself: “What can I be happy about? What makes me happy?”
CONNECT WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
Volunteer someplace. Get a job. Read a local paper. Use your library. Get into your community.
INCLUDE EXERCISE OF SOME KIND…EVERY DAY
In 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Fountain of Youth in what is now St. Augustine, Florida. The Fountain of Youth still exists and keeps people everywhere healthy. There is at least one branch of it in your neighborhood, located on the sidewalk or roadside where you can walk every day. If that’s not a good option for you, the other nearby branch is in your local fitness center. You’ll be healthier and your body will thank you if you visit one of these branches every day.
CHANGE YOUR ENVIRONMENT
De-cluttering is a bit of a fad and it’s okay with me. This grounding and uplifting exercise has become part of my daily schedule. I spend fifteen minutes every day clearing out clutter in a room. There are books written about it. Reading one is a good idea if you need a starter boost. Whether or not you read a book about de-cluttering, your inner self will be more fit when you adopt this habit.
REVIEW YOUR SITUATION
Now might be a good time to journal about important events in your life. Or short stories. Or poems. Or anything that seems appropriate for you. You don’t necessarily need to focus on what happened to you. The important thing is what you did with what happened to you.
Do something nice for yourself. Think nice thoughts about yourself. Your nice thoughts about yourself are a treat, a gift you give you give to yourself. You deserve it.
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