Enjoy a Stress Free Holiday Season: Resetting our Winter Buttons

From Dr. Andrea Dobrich, BioVeda Health & Wellness Center of Harrisburg, NC By Guest Blogger, Linda Sperl I recently read that instructions for living through the next few months should be simple. Winter is approaching and nature tells us that it is natural to slow down and become quiet and introspective. Yet, as we approach the holiday season, it seems that for many of us, the exact opposite becomes true. Our daily to-do lists begin to become filled with frenetic shopping for holiday foods and gifts, rushing to meet deadlines, overextending our social commitments, skipping regular meals, and perhaps taking in those extra cups of coffee just to keep up the pace. It is no wonder that by the time the holidays do arrive, we are drained, tired, and cranky. We have overworked ourselves into such a state that we have lost our opportunity to enjoy and relax into the quiet and tranquil season of winter. As the season of winter approaches, please join me in initiating a to-do list makeover. Allow your body, mind, and spirit to naturally follow the inclinations of their natural winter states. Here are a few suggestions that may get you started on resetting your winter buttons: Rest more– Although we may feel that we don’t have the time to take brief pauses in our day, rest is imperative. A short, daily cat –nap, 10 minutes of viparita karani (legs up the wall), or stopping to drink a hot, soothing cup of tea are all simple and manageable techniques that can greatly benefit and refuel our energy reserves. It is interesting to note that...

Is the Obesity Epidemic a Result of Our Stupidity?

The obesity epidemic is real.  In fact, it is estimated that by the year 2020, three out of four Americans will be obese.  This uncontrolled weight gain can be attributed to poor diet choices on a personal level, however can it also be said that the corporations and organizations that control our food are to blame?  What follows is an opinion piece from Justin Stoneman that appeared on HuffingtonPost.com.  What do you think?  Is America a big, fat, stupid nation? Is the obesity epidemic a result of corporate control over dietary recommendations? America: A Big, Fat, Stupid Nation – by Justin Stoneman America, I love you. Sure, you’ve had your naughty moments, but what country hasn’t? Ultimately, I believe your filthy, battered heart is in the right place. This particular Irishman gazes over the ocean, happy to dream your dream. Yet, the title staring down at you is said as ‘fact’. Disagree? OK, good, then let us begin… Latest figures confirm the ridiculous: three out of four of you will be ‘overweight or obese’ by 2020. To gauge perspective: there are now more ‘fat’ people than ‘white’ people in America. Perhaps our bigots of the future will swing their hatred away from ‘race’ to the slim and healthy. The shrinking minority are, indeed, the shrinking minority. Stupid? Welcome to a population who know less about what they put into their mouths than they do about, well, take your pick…celebrities or cars or American Idol or iPhones? Animals have the intelligence to know what to eat and to never get fat (except the ones fed by humans). Yet that simple...

A Pill for Every Problem?

Dr. Thomas Parkes at BioVeda Health and Wellness Center in Yardley, Pennsylvania writes an compelling and entertaining article on his BioVeda of Yardley blog this week: I remember a few years ago reading an article in a magazine about the experience a third grade teacher had while giving a spelling test. She would ask the students how to spell a word and the students would have to write the word down on their test paper. After grading the papers, she was startled to find that over 50% of the third graders spelled the word relief -ROLAIDS. Yes, as a society we are very much influenced by what we see, what we hear, and by what we read. If we are constantly told that all we need to do for this ache or that pain is take a pill, then what do we grow up believing? There’s a pill for every problem! BACK PAIN ? No problem. Take a pill. Cover it up. Headaches? No problem. Take a pill. Cover it up. Stomach a little achy and bloated after eating that pepperoni and bologna pizza? No problem. Take a pill. Cover it up. High Blood Pressure? No problem. Take the pill that will artificially lower it. Yes, we have turned into a plop, plop, fizz, fizz society. Instant coffee! Instant tea! Instant relief! We never talk about treating the cause. Rather, we often just try to cover up the symptoms of an unhealthy lifestyle. Stress is the cause of most of the symptoms we develop, and it comes in three flavors: physical, chemical, or mental. In order to have true...

US Military Utilizes Holistic Healing Methods

Holistic Healing is becoming more mainstream as evidenced by the United States Military’s acceptance of holistic healing methods such as acupuncture, manual therapy, relaxation techniques and an overall holistic approach to physical and emotional well being.  The following article, “Holistic Healing Gaining Ground in Military” was reported in The Fort Leavenworth Lamp Online by Sgt. Lindsey Bradford: BAGHDAD – Since the Army introduced the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program in October 2009, there has been much focus on a holistic approach to physical, emotional, social, spiritual and family well-being. But what is holistic healing exactly? According to Lt. Col. Erica Clarkson, a U.S. Forces-Iraq physical therapist, holistic healing is an approach that uses natural methods to improve health, without using drugs or surgery to correct problems. Clarkson has been practicing holistic healing for 17 years, and has continued to treat service members in Iraq at the Courage Clinic, in the Al Faw Palace on Camp Victory. Some of Clarkson’s holistic modalities include acupuncture, manual therapy, relaxation techniques and prescribed exercises specific to each patient’s physical ailment. “There are no significant adverse side effects like there are with using drugs to treat problems,” she said. “Different medicines have been linked to ulcers and other gastrointestinal irritations, and even death.” For Lt. Col. Chad Sundem and Maj. Dorothy de Leon, the holistic healing approach has proved very beneficial in recovering from injuries they sustained. Sundem, the aide-de-camp for I Corps commander Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., was suffering from calf strains, a pinched nerve and arm numbness when he began seeing Clarkson. He received weekly acupuncture treatments for the problems. The...

7 Exercises for Weight Loss and Optimal Fitness

BioVeda Health and Wellness Centers focus on holistic and alternative approaches to health and wellness.  One of the most important elements to healthy living is maintaining a healthy weight through exercise and physical activity,  which is a position that both alternative health-care and conventional medicine can agree upon.  In fact, according to WebMD, there are 7 exercises that you should incorporate into their exercise routine in order to lose weight and optimize your  fitness results.  They are as follows: Walking Interval Training Squats (be careful of your back!) Lunges Push-ups Abdominal Crunches Bent Over Row (be careful of your back!) Click here to see the WebMD slideshow and proper technique for the 7 most effective exercises you can do for optimal fitness. Dr. Luke Reineck with BioVeda Health and Wellness Center of Milford, Ohio shares these fitness tips from WebMD on his BioVeda of Milford blog and offers additional fitness advice.  He points out that during the abdominal work out, they show an option of bending the knees and keeping the feet off the floor in a crunch-style sit up.  This is not recommended  because that position engages the hip flexors causing them to tighten when the purpose of the sit-up is to isolate the abdominal muscles.  Also remember to support your neck and crunch using your abdominal muscles, not your neck and shoulders! Exercise is an important fitness element to optimal health and wellness.  Get your body moving...

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