Sunday, February 14, 2010

Coming up for Air

Great workshop in Atlanta with some fascinating information shared.

Malkie Citrin arranged this evening for women in her community. In addition to being a crunchy mommy to her family, Malkie practices reflexology & aromatherapy.

A short review:
Dr. Andrew Addess spoke about chiropractic care for kids. He described how little bumps and bruises to the spine can make a life altering difference in a growing child. He explained how a kink in the spine will affect the nerves surrounding and can manifest itself in many different health issues - none relating to back pain. Dr. Addess told of holding his own crying baby and running his fingers along her spine - only to realize she was uncomfortable from having sat in a car seat for many hours. He gave her a minor adjustment and she was happy.

The information he shared made me think about how often we (as adults) are uncomfortable after a long or challenging day and how we are able to verbalize our aches and pains. We can ask for a shoulder rub, take a hot bath, etc. Our babies don't have words - all they can do is cry. It made me feel kind of sad, but also hopeful for the future. I intend to take my baby for an adjustment this week.

Robin Saul is a nutritionist & dietician. She talked about making some good changes in our diets. She explained the concept of free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules in our bodies. They bind to other free radicals and their combined effort wreaks havoc in our bodies. Free radicals come from toxins - the ones we ingest through food and drink and toxins of the environment. Free radicals play a part in auto-immune diseases, the aging process, cancers, and more.

Robin spoke about using antioxidants to fight these free radicals. Some foods that contain antioxidants include blueberries, green tea, tomatoes, carrots, spinach, carrots, garlic and more. You can also take a supplement including vitamins a, b, c, d, e, betacarotene (and others) but it's always best to get our nutritional needs through fresh clean food.

Karen Berson spoke about her journey to homeopathy. She shared her own introduction to the incredible healing stimulation provided to her body using a single dose of a homeopathic remedy while in a remote Mexican village.

Karen explained the basic premise of homeopathy. Homeo (similar) and pathos (suffering or illness). Homeopathy is based on the premise that like cures like. What does that mean? In a healthy person, a remedy would create symptoms. In an unhealthy person, the introduction (in minute quantities) of a substance that can create the identical symptoms, encourages the body to heal itself.

Karen also described the importance of matching symptoms to the entire body - not to isolate a body part and treat it individually. This is very different than a prescription medication you might get from your doctor. A conventional doctor tends to look at individual symptoms. They treat or mask the symptom. Homeopathic remedies are very unlike allopathic medicines in that they don't treat or mask the symptom. What they do is to encourage the body to use its innate ability to heal itself. A homeopath will spend a long time understanding the whole person - physically, mentally and emotionally before prescribing a remedy. In homeopathy (as in other alternative medicines) symptoms are evidence of disharmony and the body's attempt to restore order. In conventional medicine, symptoms are a problem that need to be done away with. This whole concept of suppressing symptoms creates illnesses deeper in our bodies. For example, a raised body temperature is an indictor that there is an infection. Our bodies fight infections using heat (fever). Fighting a fever prevents our bodies from being able to fight the infection. Allowing our bodies to express symptoms and to heal from them makes us stronger and healthier.

I was inspired by the wealth of information shared and I hope that it makes some difference in your life too.

To good health,
Chana

Wait: so why did I call this "Coming up for Air"? It's been so busy, I've hardly had time to breathe. I thought I'd write about that, but realized I'd much rather share information that makes a difference. Really love the title though...

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