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Join us in April for our
Spring Detox Group!
Mind-body medicine:
Use your mind to heal your body!
What is detoxification?

March 2009 Newsletter
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

The history of the Leprechaun:
The original Irish name for these figures of folklore is "lobaircin," meaning "small-bodied fellow." The Leprechaun is a small Irish fairy that looks like a small, old man. According to Irish legend, Leprechauns are aloof and unfriendly. They are said to live alone and spend their time making shoes. Leprechauns are known for the hidden pot of gold that they have, and if they are caught they can be forced to tell where the treasure is kept. But don't look away! If you lose sight of the Leprechaun, he will vanish, along with all hopes of finding his treasure. Leprechauns traditionally have nothing to do with the celebration of St. Patrick's Day in Ireland. The cheerful Leprechaun that we know today is an American invention, and it has quickly become a recognizable symbol of St. Patrick's Day.

On this St. Patrick's Day, we wish you good health at the end of all the rainbows you chase!

Join us in April for our Spring Detox Group!

Spring is the perfect time to cleanse your body and mind!

Our Spring Detox Group is a fun and positive way to jump start your way to a healthy summer and new habits. We spend seven days cleaning out our diets and then spend 21 days on a gentle and easy detoxification program that anyone can do, even first-timers. Almost everyone can benefit from a detoxification program, and our past participants have included those preparing for conception, trying to beat weight loss resistance, dealing with digestive complaints, fatigued and just not ‘feeling great’, wanting to eat healthier, dealing with skin problems and those just wanting to give to give their bodies a well-deserved break!

Nature supports the concept of Spring detoxification, as it is the time when many foods become available that nourish one of our most important detoxification organs, the liver, such as beets, dandelion roots and asparagus. To get a head start on your detox program, try adding some roasted beets to your salad tonight along with a side dish of roasted lemon asparagus – yum!

Join us in April for our 28-day Spring Detox Group.

Read more about Detoxification Programs in the Services section of our website and later in this newsletter.

Mind-body medicine: Use your mind to heal your body!

Hypnosis and relaxation training fall into the general category of “Mind-body” healing. This has been around for thousands of years in one form or another. It relies on the fact that the mind and body are not separate, but closely connected, and that connection goes both ways. The mind can cause physical symptoms (think of a headache we might get when we are stressed), and physical problems can affect the mind. What we do in mind-body medicine is use this connection in a very positive way.

Hypnosis and similar methods can be useful in a variety of medical problems, including any type of chronic pain, auto-immune problems, anxiety or panic attacks, migraines, and even ADHD. While mind-body medicine is effective in treating stress-related problems, it has also been used very successfully in treating more physical-based problems, such as treating patients with severe burns to decrease pain and medication dependence. There has been a good deal of research about hypnosis and it is well accepted as a completely safe and valid medical therapy, even by conventional doctors.

Mind-body treatments are appropriate for both adults and children. Kids are great at hypnosis, and in most cases they pick it up more easily than adults. We can use these techniques with children starting from age 6 or 7. Our newest addition to Whole Child Wellness, Dr. Sanford Newmark, is certified in clinical hypnosis (among his other outstanding skills) by the only legitimate certifying body for hypnosis in the United States, the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

As an example of the successes possible with mind-body treatments, he related the story of Laura:

Laura was a 10 year old girl who had been having stomach aches for 2 years, almost every day. She saw her pediatrician, who could find nothing wrong, so she was sent to a GI specialist. He did a number of tests, including an endoscopy, and said everything was “normal”, and that Laura would get over it eventually. Meanwhile, her pain continued, she was missing a lot of school, and the family was becoming increasingly troubled dealing with the problem.

After talking with Laura and her family during her first visit with Dr. Newmark, if was evident that stress was a big part of her pain. He suggested teaching her relaxation and self-hypnosis skills. They did a 15 minute session in which Laura was taught to mentally go to a very relaxing place and to give her body, and especially her stomach, the message that this pain was no longer needed. Laura was sent home with an audiotape to help her practice her new skills along with some relaxation breathing techniques.

When she came back the following week, her pain was already 50% better. After one more more session, and a total of 2 weeks using the relaxation skills, the pain was completely gone! Laura continued as a patient with Dr. Newmark for years and the pain never returned.

What is detoxification?

Every day our kidneys and liver work hard to remove toxins from our bodies. Even when we try to live a clean and healthy lifestyle, we are constantly facing toxins which our body must break down and remove in order for us to function. These toxins come from many sources: pollution in the air we breathe and the water we drink, chemicals on and in the foods we eat, common cleaning supplies, and even medications we take. Toxins are also created inside of us whenever our digestion is impaired! Our gut can actually produce toxic by-products which often lead to unpleasant conditions, such as bloating and other digestive problems.

We have five "exit doors" for the toxins that our liver and kidneys break down, and those are our skin, hair, stool, urine and breath. When toxins accumulate in our body, it is not uncommon for symptoms to appear such as itchy skin, foul breath, constipation, fatigue, joint pain, brain fog and headaches, and many others. In our detoxification programs, we focus on opening these "exit doors" by including high fiber foods to help with stool elimination, drinking lots of filtered water and fresh juices to encourage better elimination via the kidneys, eating foods that are easy to digest in order to give the gut a break, and suggesting fun activities such as visits to the sauna to get you sweating and eliminating better via your skin! By the end of your detoxification program you should be feeling much better as you’ve worked hard to support your body’s detoxification system with nourishing foods, focused nutritional supplements and easy lifestyle changes.

In the spring and fall, we offer detox groups that are a fun and positive way to better health and new habits with the support and camaraderie of a group. These groups are 28-day gentle and easy detoxification programs that anyone can do, even first-timers. During other times of the year, individual detox programs are available that can be customized to specific needs.


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