Posts Tagged ‘Family Health’

Are You Sad?

February 9, 2013

This time of year many of us find ourselves craving; craving light craving food, craving comfort.  Some of us suffer from insomnia and some cannot get out of bed without a struggle.

With the low light and the short days we lose energy and can’t concentrate as well. Our work can feel tedious and dragging and our movements like moving in slow motion some of the time or often. We just want to hide and at the same time feel unhappy about our isolation and irritability.

Most of us know that if we are feeling like this we may be having a mild response to the changing seasons or serious episode of SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder.  Our health care provider can make a diagnosis by asking about the history of our symptoms. Our health care provider may also perform a physical exam and blood tests to rule out other disorders that are similar to SAD.

There are many ways to cope with the seasonal changes in energy and sense of well-being that is brought on by lower winter light conditions.  One way is to use a special SAD light in the mornings in conjunction with the dimming of lights and computer screens in the evening to stimulate the proper circadian melatonin cycle.  This helps with both mood and sleep regulation as well.

Sufficient supplementation of vitamin D through the winter months also helps mood and overall immune status.  Other vitamins and probiotics can help optimize your resistance to seasonal illnesses as well.

A daily walk or other outdoor exercise in the morning accomplishes the goals of melatonin regulation and stimulating serotonin production, both of which will affect mood in a positive way.

A constitutional homeopathic treatment can also help with our core feelings of well being and boost our ability to approach life with energy and a sense of joy in life.  Many of my homeopathic patients report that seasonal swings diminish greatly with homeopathic treatment.

Once you have seen your health care provider a consultation with a homeopath may help you bring the light back to your days.

Antibiotics and your Health

July 3, 2012

ImageAntibiotic resistance is the ability of a microorganism to withstand the effects of an antibiotic.  Multiresistant strains become  superbugs. Science Daily outlines the many ways that antibiotic resistance has grown to be the threat it is to our health today.

Overuse of broad-spectrum antibiotics, unnecessary prescriptions, improper use of antibiotics by patients, and the introduction of antibiotics  into our food through livestock have all hastened the resistance to antibiotics of infections that can kill.

In order to effect change in this cycle of antibiotic abuse we can eat organic meat, rest when we do become ill, resist the temptation to take a pill for every cough and cold, exercise and support our constitution with homeopathic and natural health care.

Natural Health Care Workshop

March 10, 2010

Self-care techniques through Energy Work, Homeopathy & Ayurveda

With Practitioners Kelly Gordon, Anika Harrer, Ming Dinh and Ocean

Come join us for an afternoon of community building and self-care. Learn natural techniques to reduce stress, sleep better and keep you and your loved ones happier and healthier. Bring home some non-pharmaceutical preventative and first aid remedies and leave feeling relaxed, educated & empowered.

Date and Time: Saturday, March 13th, 2010 from 12:00 – 4:30pm.

Where: Heart & Soul Studio in Kitsilano, 1955 West Broadway.
$80.00 for the full afternoon, $70 if you register before March 8th.

Registration: Pre-registration is required;
space is limited. Cash or cheque only. Please email to register at or call 604-876-1165.

Homeopathic first aid kits will be available for purchase ($75.00) plus Ayurveda Oils!

Workshop details:

Meditation and Tools for Self-care with Kelly Gordon

This workshop is for those who want to learn how to stimulate the body’s own natural healing abilities with gentle movement and meditation. We will incorporate key principals from Energy Work and focus on deepening mind-body synchronization and developing your kinesthetic sense of energy. Experience an introduction into blending energy work with mindfulness meditation, learn more about your nervous system and gain new tools to help you deepen your yoga, dance or bodywork practice.

Explore the benefits of the healing art of homeopathy with Anika Harrer & Ming Dinh

Homeopathy is a powerful healing system that is uniquely able to restore health and well-being by correcting the energetic imbalance that lies at the core of all illness.  This workshop will provide you with a basic understanding of health and disease from a holistic perspective.  Discover how constitutional treatment by a homeopath can stimulate your body’s own defense mechanism, and how homeopathic remedies treat the individual person rather than the disease.  Learn how homeopathy can be used effectively as a means of self-care at home for yourself and your family.  You will leave with simple first aid and acute remedy knowledge, and a homeopathic first aid remedy to be added to your own kit.

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Ayurvedic Oils & Self-Massage with Ocean

Abhyanga, the art of self-massage, is an essential part of maintaining a long and healthy life in the Ayurvedic tradition.  Your skin is the largest organ of your body; it is your interface with the outside world.  Daily—or even weekly—self-massage is great way to nourish the skin and stimulate the tissues and nervous system to create healthy, glowing, radiant skin.  In this session you will learn the basic steps of Abhyanga so that you can treat yourself to a daily massage as well as learn how to give yourself a foot massage that will help ground your energy at the end of the day so that you can drop into deeper sleep.  You will also learn about different oils so that you can choose the best oil for your skin.  Treat yourself, treat your body to the art of self-massage.