Monday, July 24, 2017

Empaths and the Healing Journey

Having helped people on their healing journey for over 11 years now I have seen so many different responses to the work I do. Throughout the years there are people who respond and heal well and there are others who take time to heal. It is always my goal to help the patient the best way I know how and respect the body’s process. You can’t rush healing. Trust me, I have tried. If you have had a health concern for over 5 years it probably started a year or 2 before that. So when trying to correct a 7 year problem it takes time to slow down the dis-eased process and then start going the other way, rebuilding the body with the right alignment or nutrition, for I am a chiropractor who specializes in nutrition.

Sometimes people respond even faster to treatment than I think they would. The body never ceases to amaze me. At other times the healing process can be slower than expected and it is during these times that I often wonder to myself if the person has outside stress that is slowing down the healing process. Some of my most sensitive patients tend to be my slowest healers. When I say sensitive patients I mean sensitive in every way. They tend to be physically sensitive where they don’t recover well if they don’t get enough sleep one night and their whole week is thrown off, feeling tired and maybe even sick. They tend to be chemically sensitive to medication, cleaning supplies and/or perfumes and fragrances. They can also be emotionally sensitive as well. They cry easily at sad movies. They feel like an emotional sponge that if their friend shares with them a story they feel like it happened to them and not necessarily to their friend. They give easily but sometimes give too much and feel drained afterwards. They suffer from fatigue quite often. They can be overwhelmed in crowds and tend to like to recharge their batteries with alone time, especially in nature.

With such sensitivity these people tend to heal slower because their energy is not fully being used to heal but being used else where, pulled in ten different directions at once. I have learned these people are empaths. An empath is a person that is affected by other people's energies, and have an innate ability to intuitively feel and perceive others. Most empaths don't understand that they have this ability and seem to be 'sensitive to others'. It is best to figure out if you are an empath and then learn how to use it as a strength by learning to protect yourself energetically from others' energy.

Empaths have a good sixth sense which tells them what is going on under the surface of people’s words and actions. They can sense people’s true intentions. Empaths can trust their gut and that mind-body connection can serve a greater good. That greater good of having a strong mind-body connection is the ability to trust themselves. When centered and focused, they can make clear, healthy, happy decisions. Because they are sensitive they are big-hearted people who can live from the heart with all their love. That is a life well lived.

To know whether or not you may be an empath take the test at

If you are or think you are an empath the following can help:
Nature – While the energies of daily life seem to pull at you and drain you the energy of nature can refuel you and make you feel better. Let it be a walk in nature (especially near water), owning a pet or some plants. It doesn’t have to take much.

Meditation – Is another way to reboot after or before a long day. In meditation, the energy of others tends to be released. A good meditation for empaths is Empath Daily Meditation.

Smudging – You can burn sacred herbs and use the smoke to clear out negative energy that you might have picked up that day. It comes from the Native American culture. Burn Palo Santo or dried sage and move it around your whole body, front and back, using the smoke to clear your energy field, also known as an aura. You can also use Bali Auric Sprays which can be purchased at the office for $25.  Each spray contains a specific crystal formula that carries a certain healing vibration to tune into. They are handmade with organic oils. There is Palo Santo (sacred wood) from Peru, flowers, incense and candles always involved during production and all the production is handled in glass containers. The production process is finished with a special Balinese Ceremony performed by a Balinese Priest to strengthen and to elevate the healing vibration of the sprays.  This ceremony is celebrated under the full moon.

Orgonite – is something to wear or have in the room that is a combination of crystal and metal in resin that takes negative energy and transforms it into positive energy. This transformation of energy is based on Wilhelm Reich’s scientific research. See video here.

Purple plate - These purple metallic plates are made of aluminum where the atoms have been altered so that they are in tune with the basic energy of the Universe- what Tesla called “free energy.” They create a field of positive energy around them that will penetrate any material. The plates help raise the vibration rate of anyone using them.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Why Eating Fat is Healthy for You

Are you afraid of eating fats? If so, you’re not alone. For the last 60 years fat in foods has been deemed evil in America, as low-fat and non-fat foods became the norm, and we were told that a low-fat diet would help us get the body we want. In fact, it’s one of the biggest nutrition lies that the public’s been told.

It all began in the 50’s when researchers made a link that saturated fats such as red meat, eggs, butter, milk can cause heart disease. These studies were flawed but were picked up by the American Heart Association in an attempt to give the public a reason for the rise in heart attacks. In 1976 low fat and high carbohydrate diet was made part of the country’s health food guidelines changing the course of America’s health as we know it.

We need to clear the confusion and help you understand how important fats are to the body’s health and function. First off, a lot of patients ask me if I eat more fat will I gain weight? What many don’t know is that fats are vital for function of every single cell in the body and burning healthy fats for fuel are crucial for every organ in your body, specifically for your brain function. In fact, your brain cannot function properly without fats.
Sugar/ high carbohydrate diet is the real problem and not the fats. Overindulging on sugar and grains leads to weight gain because it interferes with insulin levels. Consuming good healthy fats part of our daily diet is vital for health. Here’s why:

• Fats satisfy our appetites.
• Fats aid in healthy hormone production in the body.
• Fats greatly enhance mineral absorption in the diet.
• Fats provide a long-burning source of energy – especially for the heart!
• Fats build healthy bile; a substance made by the liver, stored and released by the gallbladder to aid in optimal fat digestion and emulsification.
• Fats help to nourish every cell in our bodies by providing building blocks to maintain healthy cell membranes. (Nutrients in; Wastes out!)
• Fats aid in the formation of anti-inflammatory substances in the body (prostaglandins)
• Fats allow us to heal quickly and effectively (boosts healing inflammatory processes)

Not all fats are created equal so making informed choices about your fats are important. Here at Healing Arts we believe that the body can truly heal with whole food nutrition so when it comes to fats and oils we recommend natures best, nothing processed or refined. Here is a list when you’re looking at labels that will help you steer clear of the bad processed oils and recognize the good ones.

AVOID all fats, oils and the products that contain them if the following processing terms are listed ANYWHERE on ANY food label:
• Refined
• Hydrogenated
• Partially-Hydrogenated

• Cold-PROCESSED (do not confuse this trick phrase with Cold-PRESSED)
INSTEAD, look for these safer processing terms on your fat/oil labels:
• Organic

• First-cold pressed or Cold-Pressed Expeller\ Pressed

• Unrefined 
Extra Virgin

It’s also vital we cook with the right fats at the right temperature as heat can cause certain oils to become rancid and toxic to the body and therefore lose all the marvelous benefits. Below is a list of fats how best to use them when cooking to keep all the health benefits.

(frying, baking, broiling, grilling and roasting)
• Lard

• Ghee

• Beef and Lamb Tallow

• Chicken, Duck, and Goose Fat
• Coconut Oil – organic and virgin

• Red Palm Oil – organic and virgin Palm kernel oil is also acceptable)

(quick stir-frying, light sautéing, and slow/low simmering)
• Olive Oil
(Unfiltered is best; should be golden yellow/green in color and cloudy.)
• Peanut Oil

• Avocado Oil

• Macadamia Nut Oil
• Sesame Oil
• Butter/ ghee

• Vegetable/Soybean Oil
• Corn Oil

• Flax Oil

• Hemp Oil
• Pine nut Oil

• Pumpkin Oil (safely roasted or raw versions)
• Safflower Oil (80% omega-6!)

• Sunflower Oil
• Grapeseed Oil

You can start to see now that with the correct information you can make better choice for your health through the fats you choose to eat. Choose your fats wisely and with GREAT CARE to ensure they have been minimally and safely processed, or better yet, not processed at all; and remember. Healthy fats are not the enemy and healthy fats do not make you fat! So, next time you need to stock your pantry you can now do so with certainty in knowing which oils will keep you healthy. The ones below pack a lot of punch and are our favorite oils to use. From lowering bad cholesterol and helping shed excess weight to giving you shiny hair and healthy nails, your body will reap the benefits of these healthy fats.

• Coconut oil – one of my favorite oils as it can be used for your skin and hair. It’s an easily digestible fat, it increases good cholesterol and promotes heart health, while the antioxidants found in coconut oil make it an effective anti-inflammatory food and help reduce arthritis.
• Butter/ghee- I am talking about real butter — preferably raw or from grass-fed, organic sources. The omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids found in butter help your brain function properly and improve skin health. More importantly, these two fatty acids are considered essential, meaning the body needs them but can’t produce them on its own; they must be derived from food sources. Butter’s also rich in fat-soluble vitamins and trace minerals, including beneficial selenium, a powerful antioxidant.
ghee is lactose- and casein-free. If you suffer from lactose sensitivity or intolerance, ghee is a fantastic alternative to butter. Its high levels of vitamin K2 also helps strengthen bones, while the fatty acids found in it improve digestion and reduce inflammation.
• Avocado/avocado oil -raise levels of good cholesterol while lowering the bad — talk about a double-whammy. Avocados are also packed with the benefits of vitamin E which helps the body heal, boosts immunity and acts as an anti-aging nutrient for your skin. Plus, it’s chock-full of healthy protein; in fact, it has more than any other fruit. For pregnant women, avocado is also one of the great folate foods, as this vitamin can help reduce the risk of birth defects.
• Olive oil-is great for heart health. It helps improve memory and cognitive function, and works as an anti-inflammatory. Since so much disease stems from chronic inflammation, this is huge. Make sure you use the guide above to ensure the above and here are some tips for recognizing real extra virgin olive oil. Beware of any brand that costs less than $10 a liter; look for a seal from the International Olive Oil Council; check the harvesting date on the label; if it’s labeled as “light,” “pure” or a “blend,” it isn’t virgin quality; and finally, opt for dark bottles, as they protect the oil from oxidation.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Benefits of Drinking Lime Water

Many of my patients have heard me tell them to drink warm lime water in the morning. Sometimes I tell them to add apple cider vinegar in the morning to it as well depending on why I want them to take it. I finally decided to take the time to write in detail why I think warm lime water in the morning is so beneficial.

Lime water and lemon water are very similar for their benefits. I just find in the office more people test better for lime water than lemon water. Maybe it’s because they are already getting benefits from lemon because we tend to use it more in our cooking than lime. Limes are higher in calcium and vitamin A and these benefits:
• Boosts immune system
• Liver and detox support
• Improves digestion and bowel movements
• Helps with heart burn
• Decreases inflammation to help with joint problems

Boosts immune system - If you want to stay healthy, sip on lime juice throughout the day. The vitamin C and antioxidants in limes can strengthen your immune system and help your body fight off infections such as the cold and flu virus. It may also shorten the duration of an illness.

Liver and detox support – The vitamin C in limes helps the liver to produce glutathione, a regenerative antioxidant that helps the liver process and eliminate toxins.

Improves digestion – Drinking lime water improves digestion. Limes are acidic and they help saliva break down food for better digestion. Additionally, flavonoids in limes stimulate secretion of digestive juices. If you suffer from constipation, the acidity of limes can clear the excretory system and stimulate bowel activity.

Heartburn or acid reflux - drinking a glass of warm water with 2 teaspoons of lime juice about 30 minutes before meals may help prevent reflux symptoms.

Arthritis, gout, and other joint problems are caused by inflammation. Vitamin C can reduce the level of inflammation in your body, so adding lime juice to water can relieve symptoms of arthritis and similar conditions that cause joint pain and stiffness. A study from the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases reported that those who consumed the least amount of vitamin C were more than three times as likely to develop arthritis. Limes can also reduce uric acid levels. Uric acid is a waste product the body produces when breaking down foods that contain purines, like meat, liver, mushrooms, and dried beans. High levels of uric acid can cause gout.

Limes are also a good source of:
• potassium
• vitamins A, B, C, and D
• calcium
• magnesium

If it’s not easy for you to always have a fresh, organic lime on hand to squeeze into your water we have organic essential lime oil in the office that is easy to carry anywhere with you and get the same great benefits. Start adding lime to your drinking water today and see what happens!