Sunday, January 24, 2010

Digestive Health Review - Esther Hadassah

Due to popular demand, I wrote up a review of the Women's Health Workshop we had on Digestive Health.
I have divided it up by speaker, so as not to overwhelm you with too much information all at once.

Esther Hadassa began with a personal experience that led to her journey to health and wellness. She had seen a specialist for serious abdominal pain and was told that she needed an emergency surgery to remove her gall bladder. The doctor assured her that she didn't need it anyways. She thought, maybe I can live without it, but if I was created with a gall bladder, there's a reason for it. Esther went home and made drastic changes in her diet and lifestyle and no longer needed the surgery.

Esther shared a beautiful approach to living in harmony. We were taught to look at our bodies in a whole new way. Esther told us that symptoms in our bodies (even unpleasant ones) were an opportunity for change, and that change can lead to many good things. She explained the major organs that affected women’s health: the spleen, the liver and the kidneys – all according to Chinese medicine. She showed us how to recognize symptoms and which organ they might be coming from. She gave us tools and suggestions to help resolve these issues both nutritionally and environmentally.

A brief outline:

A deficiency in spleen energy can be resolved by eating: orange veggies such as winter squash, carrots and sweet potatoes; beef, turkey and chicken; grains: oats, amaranth, millet & quinoa. To support the spleen we should eat peacefully and focused. Sit down and chew slowly – no multi tasking while eating. Suggestions for making our homes more spleen-nourishing included: getting rid of things we don’t need, creating a peaceful environment and having family photos hanging. Activities for the spleen included: gardening – even in small pots, making dough and spending time in nature.

The liver associates with the color green. If your liver energy is not flowing, eat green leafy veggies (kale, parsley, lettuce), green lentils & peas, fish & omega 3 oils. Spend time near the water, release old emotions and do some breathing exercises.

For your kidneys, eat beans & legumes, walnuts, pine nuts & flax seeds. Get plenty of rest and take frequent breaks. Abandon your fears – fear hampers your kidneys.

It was truly refreshing to hear these gentle methods of healing. Nothing radical or offensive. Esther really encouraged us to take good care of ourselves.

Thank you Esther!

Esther Hadassah can be reached via email: estherloewenthal@gmail.com or by phone: 347.622.3074.

For Dr. Haskell's review: Health and Wellness: Digestive Health Review - Dr. Haskell

1 comment:

  1. BS'D
    THANKS CHANA FOR THE REPORT. SORRY I MISSED THE INFORMATIVE LECTURES. HOPE IY'H TO BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE NEXT EVERNT. PLEASE KEEP ME POSTED WITH ANY NEW INFO YOU HAVE.

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