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Posted @ 8/19/2013 3:43 PM By Terri Wiebold
Einstein supposedly said, “ Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.” We can learn from Einstein in our daily usage of technology.
Have you ever seen a person walking a dog, reading their cell phone, and listening to music simultaneously? This multitasking leads to not paying full attention to anything, which causes multiple amounts of stimuli on our brain and nervous system. Many people’s coping mechanism is trying to manage by skimming the situation or information in order to complete a task.
This addiction to technology does cause physical and emotional symptoms. People may experience impaired concentration and cognition, depression, fatigue, headaches, sleep disturbances, and possible brain cancers.
Children, ages 12-17, text an average of 60 times per day. Many times they text while doing something else. This impacts concentration at school, family time, and relationships.
Now is the time of year, as schedules change with school and with the changing seasons, to review your technology habits. Set new boundaries, limit email time, complete one thing at a time, get unplugged, and spend time with just yourself and your family and friends.
Technology offers many solutions, but it does not need to control your life.
Posted @ 8/5/2013 3:01 PM By Terri Wiebold
Cold sores seem to show up at the most inopportune times. Not only are they painful, they are also on your face where everyone can see, and they take a considerable amount of time to go away. There are ways to prevent cold sores, and, if you do get one, there are things you should and should not do until it heals.
Cold sores are viruses. They mainly break out around the mouth. They begin with a tingling sensation on the skin, followed by redness and pain, eventually they turn into an open sore crusting to a scab, and final they slowly dry up and disappear. This cycle may take days or weeks for some people. The breakout of a cold sore most often comes at a time of stress, which turns out to be one more stressful thing to manage!
Under significant stress the body often becomes depleted of (soft) tissue calcium. This lack of calcium in the soft tissue contributes to the outbreak or surfacing of the cold sore virus, and the symptoms begin. Certain types of calcium support bone health, and others are excellent for preventing and treating cold sores by being utilized in the soft tissue. Please contact me for the best calcium product for utilization in the tissue.
At the first sign of a cold sore, such as when you feel a slight tingle in your lip, apply ice and avoid spicy and/or acidic food. Since this is the season for fresh homegrown tomatoes that are acidic, and it is now a time of stress with school schedule changes for the family, beware of the signs of cold sores. Remind your family of the first symptoms and how to treat them.
- Some important tips to remember if you do have a cold sore:
- Wash your hands after touching a cold sore.
- Don’t rub your eyes after touching your cold sore; you could develop an eye herpes infection that could lead to blindness.
- Don’t touch your genitals after touching your cold sore; you could develop genital herpes.
- Replace your toothbrush.
- Don’t kiss someone who has a cold sore, and don’t use that person’s utensils, towels, or razors.
- Apply sunscreen to the face and lips before prolonged exposure to the sun.
Posted @ 7/22/2013 1:25 PM By Terri Wiebold
It is important to know that in certain treatment plans, repeated use of antibiotics creates resistant strains of bacteria, and antibiotics become less effective with each recurrent UTI. This means the patient would need stronger antibiotics over the years. Repeated use of antibiotics can contribute to Candida bacteria being present not only in the bladder lining, but throughout the body.
An appropriate preventative approach assists the bladder tissues and lining to stay healthy. This approach includes lifestyle and diet changes, plus the use of herbals and vitamins, to maintain a balanced chemistry for healthy urinary tract tissues.
Here are some key elements to the preventative approach:
- Drink plenty of filtered, clean water daily. Drink half of your weight in ounces of water, and be sure to drink more if you are outside in hot weather.
- Avoid using diaphragms and spermicides for birth control. Spermicides change vaginal flora, which then contribute to changes in the bacteria. This can affect the bladder tissue lining.
- If UTI’s are chronically recurring, it is necessary to rule out food sensitivities or intolerances.
- Underlying health issues or stress may also contribute to frequent or chronic UTI’s.
For further evaluation, please contact me for an office visit or phone consultation.
Posted @ 2/4/2013 12:22 PM By Terri Wiebold
So many people are concerned with memory loss. I am pleased to say I found a book that helps explain how the brain works, and it has reduced any concerns I have about memory loss. I am so excited to share this book with you!
Memory loss is often quickly associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia. This is not an accurate association in many cases, and this book explains why. Super Brain is by Rudolph E. Tanzi, one of the world’s foremost experts on Alzheimer’s, and Deepak Chopra. The two authors merge their unique expertise to offer a new understanding of the brain, or the “three pound universe” as they name it, and the untapped potential it houses.
Here are just a few significant highlights from the book:
If you cannot find your car keys, but then subsequently find them, this is not Alzheimer’s. If you lose your keys, subsequently find them, but don’t know what they are, this is Alzheimer’s.
Before you blame your brain for not remembering something, examine the stress you have. Being busy, being tired from lack of sleep, being overtaxed from multi-tasking all add to our stress levels.
Life is full of unexpected challenges. Three strengths to managing life’s challenges are 1) letting go, 2) being flexible, and 3) hanging loose. Three common obstacles to meeting the challenges are 1) habits, 2) conditioning, and 3) stuckness.
Brain wellness begins and ends with awareness. We must remember that energy flows where awareness goes. When energy stops flowing, stuckness occurs. Stuckness is an illusion, but it feels very real.
Use your brain, and don’t let your brain use you. You can make your own reality by being aware of your emotions and where they initiate.
Our brains are our sources of power. Learn to better understand how your brain works in order to make it work for you. The possibilities presented in this book are excited and empowering. Pick up this book to learn more insights from the authors, and begin applying them to open up the power of your own Super Brain!
Posted @ 5/21/2012 10:21 AM By Terri Wiebold
The first printing of this book was in 1997. I have read the book and listened to the audio book many times over the past several years. The information Ruiz presents has been very enlightening to me, and has helped me improve communication and clarity in what I do and what I don’t do.
Many of us have not been raised in a culture that encourages the approach of the Four Agreements in our daily lives and relationships. For instance, in the culture where I was raised, I always had the sense that my feelings did not matter. If I did not say the ‘right’ thing, ie expressed my opinion, there was displeasure in how I expressed myself. If the adults agreed with me, then I was good. If they did not agree with me, then I was bad.
Ruiz offers a clear, detailed explanation of the Four Agreements. Here is a very brief overview:
First Agreement: Be Impeccable with your word. This is the most important, and it is the most difficult to maintain.
Second Agreement: Don’t take anything personally. Nothing other people do is because of you, it is because of them. But there are lessons to be learned in these situations.
Third Agreement: Don’t make assumptions. We make assumptions about what other people are doing or thinking. We take it personally, and then we blame them and react by sending emotional poison with our word.
Fourth Agreement: Always do your best. This agreement makes the other three agreements habits. What a way to be good to yourself!
Breaking Old Agreements is Chapter 6. This chapter offers a path to freedom from old habits and dysfunctional relationships with ourselves and others. Stress reduction comes with this also.
I highly recommend this book, and would be happy to discuss it with you. Buy the book or download the audio, and begin your own enlightening discoveries.
Posted @ 9/12/2011 2:14 PM By Terri Wiebold
Each day I allow myself to select the thoughts and emotions I want to have, and I listen to what I am telling myself. I am a firm believer in the Law of Attraction.
The Law of Attraction is the belief that we create our own reality. We attract those things in our life that we place our focus on.
If I allow myself to have negative thoughts, emotions, and to pass judgments, those will come back to me and will affect the results of my intentions. If, however, I allow myself to have positive thoughts, emotions, and to say positive things, those will also come back to me. Keeping my mind focused on the positive side of things makes all the difference in how my day turns out. I am able to take responsibility for my thoughts and emotions. I am able to shift my thinking and emotions if I start to get off-track.
When I get too busy, I get stressed. Stress blocks my creative thinking, generates unbalanced emotions, and does not allow me to see opportunities for success. When my mind becomes bogged down with the stress, I lose touch with my intuition. My intuition is the compass in my life, and following it helps me to feel comfortable. Without my intuitive 6th sense, I feel as if I would be lost.
Under stress, I have learned to slow down and remove my stressed self the situation. It is best if I let myself rest overnight and see what my intuition tells me the following day. I do believe in a higher power than myself, and I have decided that He/She works best at night!
Time and my intuition bring a peace to any situation. It really works; you should try it, too. Always remember to express gratitude and happiness. The only people who are truly happy are those who express gratitude.
Posted @ 9/5/2011 1:54 PM By Terri Wiebold
Exercise is very important to me, and it should be important to us all! I am fortunate to be able to exercise under the guidance of an excellent trainer. She knows my limits and knows when I need to forge ahead.
It seems like when I am stressed, I tend to let exercise fall on my priority list. Times of stress are when our bodies need exercise the most. My trainer knows this, and she has kept me on track many times.
Even if you don’t have access to a personal trainer, you can keep your exercise a priority, too. Choose an activity you love, and put it in your schedule. Find a friend to exercise with you – this keeps you both accountable to each other, committed, and motivated.
Exercise has many benefits:
- it can make you feel less anxious & relax you
- it can make you feel better about yourself
- it can help you eat better – one good choice leads to another.
I eat a food plan that fits the needs of my body, and usually I make food choices intuitively according to how I feel on the particular day. Is my body feeling like more protein, more green vegetables, etc.? I listen to my body’s needs. I have to be aware of the effects stress can have on my food choices. It is easy for me to grab unnecessary carbs when I am short on time. I must remind myself that my energy levels stay much more balanced if I eat a balanced food plan.
Posted @ 1/10/2011 12:59 PM By Terri Wiebold
Everyone responds differently to stress, but stress over the holidays tends to hit our digestive systems hard. It is important to remember that a healthy gut is the core of whole body health!
Stress causes many physiological changes in our digestive system, which can cause difficulty in breaking down and digesting food. This can result in symptoms of
- Occasional gas
- Sugar Cravings
- Nutrient Absorption concerns
Over time, these symptoms can affect
- Energy levels
- Heart health
- Muscles & Mobility
- Bone health
- Many other bodily functions.
How can you alleviate the problem? Many people use over-the-counter products. These products provide temporary – or bandaid – relief because the underlying cause is not addressed.
I can evaluate your digestive problems and target the exact imbalance in your body. Specific treatments can then be recommended to correct your symptoms. Not only will this improve your digestion and absorption of food, but it will also prevent more detrimental degenerative diseases in the future!
Posted @ 9/25/2010 4:21 PM By Terri Wiebold
Forgiveness requires individual changes at many levels. Research in the Harvard Health Publication indicates that forgiveness is powerful. The publication reports that forgiving others and oneself can bring about 5 changes for a healthier and happier life.
- Reduction of stress
- More positive attitude
- Stronger relationships
- Ease of pain & chronic illness
- Greater happiness
These are significant changes you can make to your life! While you may not be able to imagine discussing forgiveness as a method of healing with your traditional medicine provider, forgiveness is a method of healing that I foster in my practice. Forgiveness is a means of resolution that can create a very positive outcome in your life!
Posted @ 9/6/2010 2:33 PM By Terri Wiebold
With the start of both public school and University classes, many of our schedules become more structured with the increase of day-to-day activity demands. Even if your schedule is not directly affected by the start of the school year, you undoubtedly notice the traffic patterns changing, and the anticipation of fall and winter is in the air. I think this time of year is more stressful than any other time.
Did you know there is a way to take responsibility for abandoning the unhealthy cycle of stress and negative thinking? Reiki is a non-invasive healing technique that we can all learn.
Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the person’s physical body and energy field. Reiki rebalances the person with positive energy. Reiki raises the vibrations of the energy field in and around the physical body at specific places and organs that carry negative thoughts and feelings, which causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away. In doing so, Reiki clears, straightens, and heals the energy pathways, thus, allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way throughout the energy field and the physical body.
For more information on Reiki, go to my website under services: Karuna Reiki.
Posted @ 9/1/2010 2:14 PM By Terri Wiebold
We have all fallen into patterns of stress and negative thinking at times. Did you know that stress and negative thinking patterns affect our physical well being? Take this information into consideration…
The everyday stress we encounter affects our well being. We are alive because life force/innate is flowing through us. Life force/innate nourishes the organs and cells of the body, and it supports the organs in their vital functions. The flow of life force is disrupted by short or long-term stress and illness. Stress and illness cause diminished functioning in one or more of the organs and tissues of our physical selves.
Negative thoughts can literally make us physically ill. The individual life force/innate we all have is responsive to thoughts, feelings and physical well being. It becomes disrupted when we have negative thoughts or feelings about our self and our body. These negative thoughts and feelings cause a disruption in the flow of life force, which diminishes the vital function of the organs and cells of our physical bodies. If this pattern continues, we can become physically ill. Hence, the comment we have all heard: “I have worried myself sick.”
You can be responsible for alleviating stress and negative thinking! Read next week’s blog for ways Reiki can help.
Posted @ 8/23/2010 2:05 PM By Terri Wiebold
Attending classes can help you take the next step to fully integrating holistic practices into your day-to-day life. Reiki training is essential for anyone interested in reducing stress, increasing relaxation, and promoting healing throughout the body.
For those of you who would like to continue your Reiki training this fall, consider the following class:
Advanced Reiki Training (ART)
October 30th, 2010 Saturday
This class is a wonderful opportunity to advance your Reiki skills and healing. This class is a full day of experiential work. You will also learn the use of crystals and stones with Reiki and how to make a Reiki grid.
Pre-requisites for this advanced course: Reiki 1 & 2. The content and details of the class are posted on the workshop page of my website.
For those of you interested in beginning your Reiki training, look for Reiki 1& 2 to be taught again in the spring of 2011!