October represents change to me. The colors of fall are infectious as I watch the dramatic changing of leaves. Pumpkin patches glow in the fields, and apple trees sparkle as they wait to be picked. Sunsets become works of art. A new and invigorating energy seems to grip the air. Everything about fall and the change of seasons brings a new fresh energy to my life.
It is fascinating to watch how nature deals with change so effortlessly. If only it were the same for us. Nature moves without a push back—it simply adjusts and makes the necessary next move. I am amazed at the order of the universe—how complexity and simplicity work together to deliver exactly what is needed for the planet. Continue reading →
Now celebrating its eighth year, the Inner Light Holistic Expo will be held on November 10 and 11, in Center Court at Coventry Mall, in Pottstown.
The expo will feature over 100 vendors from all over the East Coast exhibiting spiritual gifts and holistic services, including essential oils; alternative healing products; incense; massage therapy; reflexology; psychic, medium and angelic readings; aura photography; crystals; books; jewelry and more. Continue reading →
Linda Harbaugh, intuitive life coach and founder of Journey to the Self, is adding reiki to her service offerings. This energy healing technique, combined with her intuitive gifts, allows her to provide enhanced spiritual guidance sessions.
Based on the concept of a universal life force energy, reiki is an ancient Japanese healing technique that alleviates stress and promotes healing. Reiki balances the mind, body and spirit though a gentle, hands-on or hands-slightly-above the body session. Through the release of energetic blockages, reiki opens the pathway to wellness. Left untreated, blocked energies can cause stress and illness. Continue reading →
Dr. David MacDonald, with Doylestown Veterinary Hospital & Holistic Pet Care, recently received certification in veterinary spinal manipulative therapy (VSMT) from Healing Oasis Wellness Center, in Sturtevant, Wisconsin.
The VSMT program is a post-graduate certification approved by the College of Animal Chiropractors and the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. The American Veterinary Medical Association recognizes veterinary chiropractic as a complementary and alternative treatment, a category that also includes acupuncture. Continue reading →
Neck pain ranges from minor irritation to debilitating, life-altering intensities. It can originate from various anatomical components, including sore muscles, torn ligaments, degenerative joints and disc herniation. Severe cases may require long-term use of pain medication or invasive procedures such as nerve blocks or spinal fusion.
A recent article published by Harvard Medical School offers simple guidelines that help avoid future neck problems and, in some cases, reduce, relieve or alleviate neck pain. Continue reading →
Stress. We all know what it feels like. We also know that it affects our health, but how?
Stress is defined in terms of a system pushed to its limits. For example, bridges are designed to handle the stress of a fixed weight, and no more. However, living systems, when subjected to normal amounts of stress, grow stronger. In fact, stress is necessary for optimal development, growth and fun. Homework and sports are examples of how controlled stress, or challenge, makes us better. All systems of our body are designed to handle stress and grow stronger (even into old age) so that we can survive and procreate. Continue reading →
The child that is diagnosed with a serious and chronic medical illness has a high risk for developing emotional problems. The way children react to their diagnosis can depend on several factors, including the child’s personality and the specific illness. Some experts claim that big factors are the child’s developmental stage, as well as their order of birth. However, there is another factor that needs to be recognized, and that is their interaction with their parents, caretakers and family members. Continue reading →
Young or old, everyone delights in finding their favorite snack during the Halloween season. But as adults, we know that too much of the sweet stuff isn’t always in the best interests of our health.
Here’s the good news: Just because we’re grown-ups doesn’t mean we have to give up the spoils of the season. In fact, following a few simple rules can allow young and young-at-heart alike to have their candy and eat it, too. Continue reading →
Emotional and physical health are often discussed in terms of symptoms and solutions to symptoms. For example, attention deficit disorder (ADD) is diagnosed by a list of chronic symptoms and then treated with the appropriate combination of medication, behavior modification and therapy. Continue reading →
As young adults and teens, we need to start taking action on issues where we want to see something changed. We can’t just look at these issues and say someone else will do it. We were given a voice so now as teens need to use it, especially on issues that affect us more than they affect adults such as school shootings. We have to stop school shootings nationwide because we are the ones sitting in the classrooms not knowing if we are safe. We are the ones that go to school every day to get a good education. We don’t go to school to worry about whether or not we will come home that day or see our parents again. We are the ones in the classrooms, so we need to be the ones to make the change. Continue reading →
Smart phones. Tablets. Laptops. With the increasing popularity and accessibility of technology, we are seeing an increase in physical problems associated with overuse. One of the ailments is “text neck”.
Text neck is a term used to describe neck and upper back pain that results from looking down at our screens. This action, done frequently or for prolonged periods of time, can result in neck strain as well as start to change the curve of the neck. Continue reading →
Medicine, in all its permutations, is an ever-evolving practice, seeking to understand how the body functions to maintain health, as well as understand the nature of change, what is referred to as disease. Veterinary medicine follows this path as well, and the full depth of this responsibility obligates veterinarians to use all available tools for the benefits of animal patients, large and small. Continue reading →