By Lisa Marsella,
If you're curious about a particular alternative healing modality but don't have time for a one- or one-and-a-half-hour class, or if you've considered trying something new but want to meet and speak with a practitioner first to ask questions and voice concerns, then "The Practitioner Is In" is the program for you.
As the Wellness Manager at GreenStar, I am privileged to speak daily with many community members who are taking responsibility for their own individual health and wellness. The drive toward organic, natural foods and herbs and supplements is happening worldwide and these products are quickly becoming the norm. For whatever reasons, people are feeling empowered to research, learn, and try new diets and remedies outside of what has been the mainstream Western way. All of this has whetted the appetite of our own community and created a hunger for knowledge of natural alternatives for supporting health. With the internet, a vast source of information is available to all, but it's sometimes overwhelming to sift through the information to find definitive answers. Often, people want to talk to another human being, to be heard and seen face to face, to share experiences and information.
At GreenStar we have been offering classes taught by community members to other community members for almost twenty years! Some of these are part of a series of classes titled "Meet the Practitioner," which are taught by local health-care practitioners. Now, in response to growing interest in alternative health practices, we have created a new program called "The Practitioner Is In." This new program will take interaction with local health practitioners to the next level, allowing community members to have one-on-one discussions with them.
By Joe Romano,
Joe and his physician, Dr. Reilly Coch, having fun with the smoothie bike at the Borg Warner Wellness Fair.
The story starts in a dark place. I was 56 years old, and had lived a life of eating and doing what I wanted. What I wanted did not include fast food joints, or buckets of high fructose corn syrup, nor did I subsist on TV dinners and mac-and-cheese. I actually ate organic food almost exclusively, but I ate my share of meat, dairy, fat, and sugar. Yes, it was farm-raised beef and organic butter and organic sugar and much of the time I would choose even the "best" versions of those categories — I usually ate lean meats like chicken, only used skim milk, and tried to use agave or other alternatives to refined sugar. Even so, a sedentary life of such eating had me tipping the scales at almost 300 pounds! But as it was pretty evenly spread, I was able to do a lot and I did.
Eventually, I found myself in a situation where, after a particularly stressful few weeks, I was waylaid by my own body. The first notable symptom was an inability to raise my left arm. Soon, torturous pain had spread to all my limbs and I could not get up off the couch unassisted. Visits to a series of doctors — general practitioners, rheumatologists, gastroenterologists, and other specialists — and dozens of blood samples would yield no cause for the pain; I had no arthritis, gout, Lyme disease or anything that would explain it.
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