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Healing Depression and Guilt with Skills for Happiness

Sunday, 02 October 2011 00:04

By Yael Saar

Pregnant womanEvery mother has her ups and downs. The ups are exhilarating, while the downs can be excruciating. My particular downs involved severe postpartum depression and a suicide attempt that thankfully failed. This was followed by six years of practice being an emotional detective, explorer, and experimenter. I've been seeking joy in motherhood, and examining the barriers to joy. For me, trying to fight and pretend my negative emotions away were the worst offenders. It helped to accept that motherhood was hard, and even that learning what to do instead of fighting was hard. Who wants to embrace all that guilt and struggle? Besides, words like acceptance and surrender gave me the creeps.

After a lot of emotional learning, I began to reframe my emotional "stuff." I tried and used many healing modalities, and with time, integrated the aspects that worked for me into a framework that I've come to call Permission-Based Healing. It allows me to drop trying to embrace my struggles (yuck!) or fight them (ouch!), because when I allow the struggles to exist, when I no longer see them as proof of failure, I can disarm them.

Meeting myself with compassion is a skill — which means it can be developed and strengthened. My Permission-Based Healing is a set of emotional tools for disarming depression, anxiety and guilt and validating what's hard while seeking and savoring the joys of motherhood.

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Homeopathic First Aid for Life's Traumas

Tuesday, 02 August 2011 16:43

By Carrie Stearns, P.D. Hom.

boironHomeopathy is a dynamic healing modality that can be very effective in the treatment of life's little and big traumas. Many people are introduced to homeopathy after some commonplace injury, like a fall off their bike, leads them to discover that the remedy Arnica Montana greatly eases their discomfort and supports a rapid healing process. Arnica is ideal for dealing with symptoms of shock and also helps to reduce swelling and bruising. Often, in common acute traumas, homeopathy works so quickly and effectively that people become lifelong believers in its healing power.

How is it that these tiny tablets suffused with plant, animal or mineral essence promote healing? The fundamental principle of homeopathy is to work with the body using a substance with qualities similar to the symptoms of the illness or injury. This principle arises directly from Hippocrates' theory of similars, which the founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, experimented with over 200 years ago. Hahnemann, a passionate doctor and chemist, was determined to find a way to use natural substances to support healing. From Hippocrates' theory, he developed what he called "the law of similars," which states, "That which causes a set of symptoms to appear could also, in a small enough dose, bring about a cure." Simply put, "Like cures like." Using the remedy Arnica as an example of this law, if you ingested it in its crude form, it would cause a feeling of being bruised and in shock, as if you'd been injured. Used homeopathically in minute doses, it rapidly cures those very symptoms.

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Thermography — A Mammogram Alternative

Friday, 01 July 2011 18:35

By Becca Harber

bigstock_Breast_cancer_-_Woman_holding__13032482In 2009, my friend Susie Kossack told me that a non-invasive exam existed called "thermography," used to check breasts for signs of cancer. At 59, I was instantly curious, as I'd consciously chosen not to have mammograms. I was concerned that the cumulative radiation from repeated exams would increase my cancer risk, and I'd rarely chosen to receive other X-rays over the years. The idea of my breasts being painfully smashed down during the procedure was also repellent to me. I learned online about Dr. 
Pamela Howard, a certified thermal imaging technician who comes to this region to offer thermography.

I was told to schedule two exams several months apart to establish my baseline of "normality," assuming no unusual spots showed up initially. After that, annual thermal exams (TEs) are recommended to check for changes. During the first exam, the patient is photographed from six angles. Her health history and photos go to a medical team trained in interpreting TEs. They send evaluative comments to the patient and her doctor or health practitioner. Dr. Howard also reviews the reports herself if requested. If the results indicate possible conditions, she'll also make referrals, including to holistic practitioners. The total cost for breast thermography is $175. Full body TEs cost more.

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