Accessing Our Inner Observer Part C

Marcey Shapiro, MD

Marcey Shapiro, MD

Finding Emotions and Releasing in Our Body

Another tool for letting go is to note where you feel your emotions in your body. Different ones might show up in different places. Often people who are distressed are not aware of their body, yet their body is giving them valuable information about the situation. Personally, my tension generally goes into my shoulders. If I am very tense I can also get heartburn or feel like my stomach is in a knot. I have worked with patients who had various physical symptoms of anxiety.

Asthma, for example, is widely acknowledged, even among conventionally minded physicians, to have a significant emotional component. Chinese medicine explains that breathing is about the present moment, and often shortness of breath reflects a discomfort with being in the here and now.

When we notice our emotions in our body we can consciously begin to release the tension in those areas. Again we can drop the story line, as we work out the physical kinks. We can apply body-centered breathing techniques. We can stretch with yoga or movement. We can get some bodywork or do some self-acupressure or self-massage. There are many ways we can consciously encourage a tense body area to relax.

In his book Waking the Tiger, Peter Levine observed that after a stressful event, animals in the wild instinctively tremble, shake, stretch, yawn, or do any number of other physical releases to allow their nervous systems to rebalance. I have found deliberate shaking, trembling, howling, and yawning to be very helpful for myself and many of my patients.

Excerpted from Freedom From Anxiety: A Holistic Approach to Emotional Well Being by Marcey Shapiro, MD, published by North Atlantic Books 1/14/14, copyright © 2014 by Marcey Shapiro. Reprinted by permission of publisher.

Stay tuned for more thoughts from Marcey Shapiro, MD,  on “Transforming Health” and Heart Centered Living

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Grief Acupressure Points – Video

with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

Are you dealing with deep emotions? What triggered them?

In the video link below you can learn how to use Acupressure points for relieving grief, sadness, depression, feeling stuck, chest tightness, difficulty breathing, coughing, and for letting go.

Another self-healing technique to explore.

Video Link: Grief Acupressure Points with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

For additional educational video clips submitted by AHHA members, visit AHHA’s Self Help Videos section.

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The Promise of Growth Hormone: Reverse the Aging Process – Article

Howard Davis, PhD

Howard Davis, PhD

For centuries, people have sought ways to retain the vitality and glowing health of youth.  Researchers have documented that our bodies start to age — in our early 20s — when our pituitary gland slows down its production of human growth hormone (also called HGH or GH).

The article link below shares that you need to be a well-informed health consumer if you are considering the use of GH for yourself. It is important that you understand the various sources of GH, the pros and cons of various forms of GH, and an important caution.

Article Link: The Promise of Growth Hormone: Reverse the Aging Process by Howard Davis, PhD

For additional articles, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Self-Help Articles Collection.

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Power of Choice also in Spanish
 – AHHA Resource

AHHA_LOGO_CLR_squareAHHA is strong in reminding you of the power of the decisions you make each day.

Our booklet, Wellness From Within: The First Step, is a key resource for sharing this message.

This booklet is offered for you in a variety of options online (including MP3 format) and also in a Spanish version.

AHHA Resource Links: Booklet in EnglishBooklet in Spanish 

For additional information about the other wellness resources, visit the Wellness Resources resource page.

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Nutrition for Fibromyalgia – Video

with Julie Cerrato

with Julie Cerrato

Forming a solid nutritional plan is vital for fibromyalgia sufferers who may be nutrient-depleted.

The video link below notes that an anti-inflammatory, plant-based diet focusing on fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains is highly advised for the treatment of fibromyalgia.

Also, learn about diet choices to avoid.

Video Link: Nutrition for Fibromyalgia with Julie Cerrato

For additional educational video clips submitted by AHHA members, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Self Help Videos section.

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Grow Old Along with Me the Best is Yet to Be – Article

Bernard S. Siegel, MD

Bernard S. Siegel, MD

The advice for aging is actually the opposite of the title of this article. Say grow young along with me because though I know there are benefits which come with aging I want to preserve my body and my health and keep them from aging and enjoy the present moment.

The article linked below shares wisdom from “older” citizens who have discovered the keys to fully living.

Learn how your attitudes and decisions on how you view the world impact your reality.

Article Link: Grow Old Along with Me the Best is Yet to Be by Bernard S. Siegel, MD

For additional articles, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Self-Help Articles Collection.

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Lower your blood pressure 
naturally – Research Article

iStockPhotoBooksIf your physician has said that you need to lower your blood pressure, what options do you have?

One study reports on the research that concludes that eating a vegetarian diet is associated with lower blood pressure.  A promising non-drug approach you can discuss with your physician.

Research Article Link:Vegetarian Diets May Lower Blood Pressure”  from February 2014 issue of Natural Standard’s Integrative Medicine Newsletter.

For additional research results, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Special Updates eReport Archives and note Featured Research item in each issue.

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Headache & Pain Acupressure Points – Video

with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

How many of the acupressure points to relieve headaches do you know?

In the video below learn several of these acupressure points for relieving headaches. Some also help with mental stress, uptightness, frustration, irritability, neck stiffness, and fibromyalgia.

Be alert to the benefits when energy is flowing through your body.

Video Link: Headache & Pain Acupressure Points with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

For additional educational video clips submitted by AHHA members, visit AHHA’s Self Help Videos section.

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How You Can Comfort a Loved One with Cancer – Article

William Collinge, PhD

William Collinge, PhD

Have you ever wondered if you can comfort someone whose life has been touched by cancer?  It may be a parent, a sibling or other relative, a spouse, partner or fiend.  No matter who it is, we share the common experience of a natural desire to help and bring comfort, to alleviate suffering that person we care about.

The article link below explains a program that teaches family members and friends how to use simple forms of touch and massage to reduce symptoms and side effects of treatment.

Caregivers using the techniques achieved significant reductions in stress/anxiety, pain, fatigue, depression, nausea, and an assortment of miscellaneous symptoms.

You have in your heart and hands the ability to reduce suffering in a loved one with cancer.  Give them the gift of touch, and both of you will be rewarded.

Article Link: How You Can Comfort a Loved One with Cancer by William Collinge, PhD

For additional articles, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Self-Help Articles Collection.

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Vaccine controversy – Issue

IssuesBlogPhotoAre you confused by the twists and turns of the current vaccine discussion? No matter what you feel the “right” solution is, step back and look for the real core issue that is preventing everyone from agreeing with you. It is probably fear. Fear of exposure from those infected OR fear of side effects from the preventive vaccine.

As an individual who is taking responsibility for your own health and the health of your loved ones, this may be an issue about which you want to become well informed regarding the pros and cons of vaccinations.

ISSUE: Vaccine safety?

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have compiled to get you started on researching this topic.

Pro Link #1: Thimerosal and 2014-2015 Seasonal Flu Vaccines
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Pro Link #2: Safety of Vaccines Used for Routine Immunization of US Children: A Systematic Review (7/1/14)
by Margaret A. Maglione, MPP, Lopamudra Das, MPH, Laura Raaen, MPH, Alexandria Smith, MPH, Ramya Chari, PhD, Sydne Newberry, PhD, Roberta Shanman, MLS, Tanja Perry, BHM, Matthew Bidwell Goetz, MD, and Courtney Gidengil, MD, MPH

Pro Link #3: Vaccine Safety: Getting the Message to Parents in Doubt (8/28/14)
by Lisa Esposito
U.S. News & World Report

Con Link #1: CDC whistleblower confesses to MMR vaccine research fraud in historic public statement (8/27/14)
by Mike Adams
Natural News

Con Link #2: New disclosures on Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) may help bring answers to questions raised over a decade ago (1/23/14)
by Lyn Redwood. RN, MSN

Con Link #3: Kids Given Vaccines Have 22 Times the Rate of Ear Infections (11/1/11)
by Dr. Mercola

We encourage you to post your comments and tell your friends about additional resources you have found relating to this important health issue.

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