Messages from Within: Organ Vitality in Holistic Veterinary Medicine

by David MacDonald

When things are going well, it’s easy to take for granted the functioning of internal organs. One goal of veterinary medicine, however, is to minimize or prevent the onset of illness, and optimizing internal organ function to its fullest potential is part of this process.  Continue reading

Teen Voices: Building a Bridge to Middle School Confidence

by Hannah Adamson

Moving to middle school was quite a change—a bigger school, new classmates, more freedom. It was exciting, but also overwhelming. At elementary school I had found my groove; I had found a great group of friends and participated in many group activities. Sixth grade began and none of my close friends were in my classes. Everything, and everyone, was new. I did become friends with people I met and joined new school activities, but something just wasn’t right. I started to worry more about my appearance, who the “cool kids” were, why the crowded cafeteria felt lonely and if the girls laughing behind me were laughing at me or at something completely unrelated. I began to question if people really liked me, if I was accepted, if I was happy. I had all of these worries in my head, but, for the most part, always had a smile on my face. I did not want anyone to know that I was lonely and insecure; everyone else seemed to be doing just fine.  Continue reading

Local Yoga: A New Commitment for a New Year

by Rosie Lazroe

Welcome 2019! This year, I resolve to spend more time focusing on my heart, and I invite you to join me in making the commitment each month to do something that feeds your soul. We can do simple things like getting more rest or larger things like traveling to a new destination. I hope the following ideas spark even greater ideas within you. Let’s make this year the best one yet!

January: Let’s start off the year by establishing healthier sleep patterns. Start small by increasing the amount of sleep by five to 15 minutes each week. Yoga postures such as forward folds can calm the mind for better sleep.  Continue reading

More Lessons in Life

We received a lot of positive feedback on the Publishers Letter in November, so I thought I would just do a little continuation with a few personal comments.

Honesty is so important. It is the link to integrity, friendship, relationships and self. It is not always easy and is sometimes a challenge, but like all of life, if we pay attention, understand we are human, stay open and be willing to admit our shortcomings, the rewards are priceless.

Interpersonal relationships. Building this skill pays back in life, in business, in parenting, in everything human. We should be teaching it in our schools, from day one to college graduation. Perfecting it is priceless.  Continue reading

Local M.D. Celebrates 20 Years of Teaching Yoga

Michael Cheikin, M.D., medical director at Center for Optimal Health, in Plymouth Meeting, is celebrating 20 years of serving the community via the unusual combination of medical doctor and yoga instructor.

Cheikin first began teaching yoga as a means to help his chronic pain and fibromyalgia patients. While his patients benefited, his uncommon approach was not embraced by everyone. Cheikin explains, “When I started teaching yoga at a local hospital in 1998, the public relations department sent me a concerned memo stating, ‘What do you think you’re doing? You’ll ruin our reputation!’”  Continue reading

Creating a More Successful Self: George Bien Discusses Hypnotic Influence

by Melanie Rankin

Award-winning hypnotherapist George Bien, Ph.D., has been helping people through hypnosis for more than 30 years. He is presently the principal trainer for the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT). He recently relocated from New York and is providing individual and group hypnosis, as well as training and certification services, in and around Perkasie.  Continue reading

Holiday Pet Zen: What to Do When All Is Not So Calm and Much Too Bright

by Laura Weis

Creating an oasis of calm for pets during the holidays doesn’t have to be difficult, but does require some planning to provide support and mitigate stress. First remember the basics: exercise, sleep and good nutrition. When holiday scheduling leaves pets at home for long hours, they become bored and can experience anxiety. Exercise (for pets and people) is an antidote to physical and mental stress and improves sleep. If pets are getting more treats during the holidays, cut back their regular amount of food and try to keep high fat treats to a minimum.  Continue reading

The Fall Shift

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

Cortisol: The Stress, Aging and Obesity Hormone

by Michael Cheikin

Stress. We all know what it feels like. We also know that it affects our health, but how?

Understanding Stress

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

Health in Spirit – Coping with the Emotional Toll of Childhood Chronic Illness

by Elizabeth Joyce

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

Psychological and Behavioral Health in Langhorn Focuses on Body-Mind-Spirit Connection

Operating from the philosophy that a healthy, happy and satisfying life is one in which there is a balance of one’s mind and emotions, Mind & Emotion (M.E.) Matters has opened its office in Langhorne.

M.E. Matters offers psychological and behavioral health services for individuals, couples, teens and families. Founder David Piltz explains that the three main focuses of M.E. Matters—neurofeedback, therapy and a spirituality awareness group—reflect the importance of connection between body, mind and spirit.  Continue reading