Map for your Healing Journey

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After my first Reiki attunement, I had no plans of sharing Reiki with others.  I soon learned, like many Reiki practitioners, that once you open yourself to Reiki, the healing energy finds you in numerous ways.  One of the most interesting things that happened after each Reiki attunement was the shift in my patients. Without being prompted, patients began asking me about using energy medicine, crystals, essential oils, herbal supplements and all kinds of healing modalities to aid in their healing.  Even more interesting, many of my patients began to acknowledge a sense of wanting to know more, wanting to dig deeper within themselves. The year after I became a Reiki master, many patients would share with me having a spiritual crisis at the same time as a health crisis, often relating the two without me even asking.

My own personal healing journey was brought on by a crisis on multiple levels. I went through the end of a relationship, as well as the beginning of burn out in my practice.  I begin to experience intense anxiety despite cognitively knowing I was in no imminent danger. A dear lifelong friend had mentioned to me a particular yoga studio which I should attend, and after many weeks of insomnia, I started attending classes at Yoga Home of Therapeutics.  

One of the topics that will come up frequently for many of my patients or Reiki clients is what to do or where to go once they begin to question life, and what steps to take to heal and grow has a human.

I’m going to post several resources I use, as well as books I’ve read that hopefully can help others wondering where to start.

Healing Modalities

The healing modalities I am most familiar with are traditional allopathic medicine, Reiki and Yoga.  I will reference those I am familiar with. On occasion, I will recommend patients and clients to try one of these healing modalities as I am familiar with these.

Part of a healing journey is continued learning.  I plan on updating this list frequently.

 

Yoga Resources

Your local yoga studio is one of the best places to start.  I will always recommend for any new student in yoga to try a local studio first.  If you have a friend that can recommend a yoga studio that’s a great place to start. If you don’t live near a yoga studio, starting a home practice is easy.  You can easily purchase a mat, a couple of yoga blocks,  and a yoga strap (all can easily be found in most stores that have work out equipment).

Finding a Yoga Studio

One of the best resources are family and friends as far as a yoga studio to try.  This link will send you to a directory of registered yoga instructors in your area.

Gaia

Online paid membership site with several yoga courses that are appropriate for beginners.  In addition to beginner’s yoga classes, there are many guided meditations.  Membership is reasonably priced, and access is easy.

Yoga International

Online paid membership website that focuses on yoga.  There are many wonderful articles that can take you deeper into your yoga practice as well as guide you in a Yogic lifestyle. 

 

Online Reiki Resources

The International Training Center for Reiki Training

This website is better if you already have started or will be pursuing your Reiki training. There are many Reiki lineages, but the Usui lineage that many of us learn was founded by William Lee Rand is found here.  One of my favorite activities is the World Peace Meditation.  The link will take you to a PDF that describes what the World Peace Meditation is, as well as crystal grids that can be used to aid in your meditation experience.  The World Peace Meditation takes place every month. I usually try to post a reminder when I receive the reminder as well.

Reiki Rays

This is a great website for experienced Reiki practitioners as well as those that are interested in learning more about Reiki.  I highly recommend signing up for the newsletter if you are a Reiki practitioner. In addition to the wonderful articles, there are frequently many free ebooks with so much useful information.

Reiki Healing Association

Online directory to locate a Reiki Practitioner near you.  If you are a Reiki practitioner, this a a great website to find online resources and grow your Reiki business.

Reading List

Books are a wonderful resource if you are wanting to dig deeper into your healing journey.  There are a large number of books covering chakras, yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, crystal and essential oils.  I am an avid reader, but I understand that many people do not have the luxury of time to endlessly explore books in order to make progress in their healing.  I have started a reading list  with books that may be a good place for you to start. Please see the link on my blog page. I am open to comments as well if any if you reading have further comments or suggestions.  We’re all in this together so any knowledge we share can help each other.

 

Thank you so much for being patient, and please leave any comments.  

Fruit consumption and diabetes

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Patients frequently ask me if as a diabetic, is it safe to ready fruit. It’s not a simple question to answer. I received an update from Medical News that answers this question very nicely. The short answer is, yes, got can safely consume fruit add a diabetic. However, all things in moderation.  In general, if you are diabetic, you should be aware of calories.  You want to avoid fruits with a high glycemic index.   Otherwise, you do want fruit as part of your diet.  You also want to incorporate vegetables as well.

If your looking for ways and reasons to incorporate fruits and vegetables in your diet, please check out one of my favorite sites Nutrition Facts

Thank you for stopping by!

 

 

 

 

Insomnia #3: What Happens When you Sleep

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The Awake Brain

Your brain is designed to work in cycles. In the morning, your brain is in its it’s full functional state. Your sensory organs are fully engaged, allowing for sight, hearing, touch, taste and scent. Your eyes will operate normally, and your blink reflex (the response to a fast moving object coming towards your face) is active. You are also in complete control of your motor cortex, so you have full control of your muscles, allowing for normal movements.

Your heart beat is on an automatic system but gets outside input from the vagus nerve. Your heart rate will rise when physical demand requires more blood flow. Your breathing is automatic as well. You can override the automatic breathing cycle yourself by doing something like meditation or breath holding. Your respiratory system will go back to your default automatic program as soon as your conscious brain moves on to something else.

During the awake state, your digestive system is ready to work, and particularly during the day hours the stomach, small intestines, and colon work in coordination to digest for and extract nutrients as well as eliminate waste.

The Drowsy Brain

You begin to register the sensation of feeling sleepy when your blood pressure begins to drop. Your heart rate will also begin to slow down. Your ability to form new memories decreases, and any new information that reaches your brain will not be stored. The electrical activity in your brain begins to change as well which can be seen on an EEG. This corresponds to an alteration in your eyes, which will start an automatic slow back and forth movement.

Light Sleep

N2 or light sleep will follow the first stage of sleep. The electrical activity of the brain will continue to change, reflecting a lower amplitude of activity on EEG’s. The eyes will stop moving at this point, tending to stay in one place. Breathing is now automatic. When your awake, if you hold your breath, you will get a strong urge to breathe within a few seconds due to your body’s mechanism to respond to elevated carbon monoxide levels in the blood stream. In N2 sleep, your body may not do this. You will spend about half of the night in this stage of sleep.

N3 sleep

In this deeper stage of sleep, brain activity continues to slow even more. Your brain will cycle between N2 and N3 several times throughout the night. The body is even less responsive to rises in carbon dioxide in the blood stream than in the lighter stages of sleep.

REM sleep

REM, or Rapid Eye Movement, is the necessary sleep stage that allows for true rest. It is during this phase that the all motor control is frequently lost; This is the stage of sleep when dreams occur.

Waking up

After going through several cycles of sleep throughout a night, your body will prepare to wakes itself. In the early morning hours, your blood sugar will rise. This effect can become exaggerated in diabetics, leading to the Dawn Phenomenon, or early morning high blood sugars despite being in a fasting state. The cycle starts again

Sleeping is a complex process, and as you can see, there are many steps in the process to ensure a good night’s sleep. I frequently discuss an abbreviated form of the the sleep process with patients because many people don’t realize that the highly coordinated process is deeply disrupted with alcohol, several medications, as well as bad habits such as ruminating at bed time.

Once again, I am so appreciative for readers that stop by to read my blog. Being a practicing physician, many of these important topics I often rush through, so it’s nice to spend a little more time on issues.

In my next insomnia post, I will start delving deeper into how to analyze your sleep issue and approaches to deal with them.

Resources:

Goldman, L., & Schafer, A. I. (2016). Goldman-Cecil medicine. Retrieved June 2, 2018.

Why I won’t touch your cell phone…it’s basically a bodily fluid

Cell phones can add an amazing dimension to healthcare. Whereas patient used to tell me about a rash that’s now gone, now a savvy patient can snap a picture from their cell phone that I can use to make a diagnosis. Patients can keep track of blood sugars, blood pressures, activity levels, migraine attacks, sleep, etc on their cell phones. They are social tools, their with you at every outing, capturing awesome pictures and updating your social media.

They are filthy. Literally.

In a study, cultures from cell phones were found to grow Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphlococcus aureus, Enterococcus feacalis, and Bacillius¹

 

Just for kicks and giggle:

Escherichia coli and Enterococcus feacalis are coliform bacteria…yep….they’re in your poop.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa causes serious skin and blood stream infections.

Its for this reason that:

If I’m seeing you as a patient in the clinic, I will do everything possible not to handle your phone.

Before I touch your cell phone, I will wear gloves as if handling any other bodily fluid.

Keeping your phone clean:

Some studies show that a case on your cell phone can reduce the amount of bacteria.

You can reduce the amount of bacterial contamination by wiping the phone down with diluted rubbing alcohol.

I personally use commercially available eyeglass cleaner wipes once or twice a day.

While patients are not suprised to see me put on gloves for a variety of reasons, I’m now gloving up to touch your personal electronics.

Thanks for reading! I appreciate all the readers that stop by an spend a few minutes here.

  1.  Akinyemi, K. O., Atapu, A. D., Adetona, O. O., & Coker, A. O. (2009). The potential role of mobile phones in the spread of bacterial infections. The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries,3(08). doi:10.3855/jidc.556

 

Ginger

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The National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health recently sent out an email about ginger.  I thought this would be a good excuse to get back to my blog.

I frequently recommend using ginger to patients.   There are ginger supplements available in many forms, but its pretty easy to find raw ginger root in the grocery store produce aisle.  I use raw ginger in stir fry or make a “tea” (herbal infusion) with hot water, ginger root and water.

Ginger is a great remedy for motion sickness, Meniere’s Disease,  or morning sickness.  Simply inhaling the spicy scent gives  you instant relief.

I often recommend ginger to help stabilize blood sugars. Ginger has been shown to reduce A1c (blood sugar average) and fasting blood sugars in diabetics.¹

Ginger essential oil  has a much longer shelf life than the root, and its easy to carry when you travel.  One very strong recommendation is that ginger is a “hot” oil, meaning it has a lot of kick.  I strongly recommend diluting essential oil in a carrier oil if your going to use it topically.

 

 

1. The Effects of Ginger on Fasting Blood Sugar, Hemoglobin A1c, Apolipoprotein B, Apolipoprotein A-I and Malondialdehyde in Type 2 Diabetic Patients. (n.d.).

Resource for High Deductible/Uninsured Patients

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via MDsave – Feels Better Already

 

I was reminded today of this excellent resource for patients who have high deductibles of don’t have insurance.  MDsave.com is a free service that can assist you if you are needing labs, x-rays or other medical procedures.  Although the procedures are still expensive, you can save a lot of money on necessary medical care.