Extreme Self-Care

The concept of Self-Care is not new. Self-Care is, in fact, the true cornerstone of preventive medicine within all the disciplines of "natural medicine". Without Self-Care, we would all be needing the services of a crisis-care provider on a frequent basis, depending on our life habits and choices. Most people understand the need for Self-Care, even if they have great difficulty in practicing it. For some people, the concept of Self-Care is tied to the rituals and behaviors directed to improving one's appearance. And while we are all free to define our concept of self-care in our own particular style, the question arises: will your self-care practices improve your health? Will your Self-Care practices lead to enhanced immune fuction, greater resiliance, decreased risk of illness or disease, a reduction in total body toxin levels, decreased inflammation, and generally a better functioning physiology? These are realistic questions to ask when we have the intention to live a healthy, dynamic long life and are conscious of the alternatives.

The essence of Prevention is living those behaviors and attributes which enhance our health and reduce our risk of disease. Certainly this includes eating unprocessed, fresh, organic foods, getting restful sleep at night, controlling one's stress responses, and reasonable exercise. All of these steps are truly foundation-level "basics". But as important as they are, for many people they are simply not enough. Given our over-extended, stress-filled lives and daily toxic exposures, there is more that can be done. Two missing "key" elements include: active support of our detoxification processes (to help reduce total body toxic burden) AND support of our innate repair processes and increase cellular energy production. In the paragraphs below, I discuss considerations in dealing with both. If that sounds like a lot, it is. What is most interesting, however, is that both of these elements can be done at home, on your own, as part of your daily practice of Self-Care.

This page is entitled "Extreme Self-Care" to distinguish it from the more cosmetic pursuits and is a response to the frequent question that I am asked: "what can I do to improve and maintain my health so I won't need a doctor?". While no device or practice can guarantee that you won't ever need medical services or pharmaceuticals, what we are all trying to do is alter some of the variables in the health equation that tip us away from illness and toward health. Given that current research strongly suggests that our health depends more on the epigenetic factors of life that controls how our genes express, we suddenly realize that we do have the power to make a difference! The "key" seems to be: "knowing what to do" and then "practicing it on a consistent basis".

The suggestions that follow are based on my 30+ years of research, investigation and personal experiences. I hope these recommendations help clients and visitors avoid some of the common pitfalls and costly mistakes that tend to occur when researching these technologies. I only recommend what I personally use. You are invited and encouraged to do your own investigations.


Whole Body Detox ˜ Far-Infrared Saunas

Many health experts extol the virtues and benefits of a far infrared sauna as a major assist in eliminating toxins, heavy metals, chemical residues, etc. that we accumulate over the years. We regularly review the FIR saunas that are on the market to see if they meet the standards that we feel are technically and functionally important. We currently have two recommendations, depending on your budget, space and portability needs. The first is from High Tech Health. They make a well constructed FIR sauna using non-toxic poplar wood and high quality Japanese FIR emitters. It is a "walk-in" type unit, and is available in sizes for 1, 2 or more people. No special wiring is necessary for the smaller units. This is the unit that most experts in the field end up choosing due to the design, construction and FIR emitters. We do not recommend FIR saunas constructed out of redwood or cedar.

Most people who invest in a high quality far infrared sauna feel it was one of the best investments they made in their long-term health. They are exceedingly convenient to use, cost little to operate, and perform that important "detox" function that we all need.

Click here for information on the click High Tech Health FIR Sauna
Clients do get a special discount, so don't forget to ask.

If either space, cost or portability are factors in your decision about a FIR sauna, we suggest you consider the Relax FIR sauna. It is quite portable and folds up into a neat carry bag that can be easily stored in a closet or taken with you on trips. The FIR generated in this unit is 100% in the ideal wavelength range and there is enough power to make it effective. (Be careful: a lot of cheap saunas look exactly like this sauna, but do NOT have far-infrared emitters or emitters that don't put out the correct wavelengths! Buyer Beware!!) It even comes with a folding seat to use in the sauna "tent".

For more information on the Relax Portable FIR Sauna, please click HERE to view the brochure in PDF format. We can provide more technical information to those who are seriously interested, via email. Let us know.

We are able to order these units for clients at special pricing, so email us if you are interested or wish to order. We have it shipped directly to you from the distributor. There is a 1 year warranty from the distributor.



Enhancing Cellular Energy and Physiology with PEMF

In my opinion, one of the great advances in natural therapies is the development and use of Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Fields (PEMF). While we have all heard about the health concerns from exposure to Electro-Magnetic Fields (EMFs) created by electrical devices and cell phones, most people are unaware of the potential beneficial effects that can be experienced from specifically generated "healthy" and "pulsed" EMFs. Not all fields are created equal!!

I have been researching and using PEMF devices for over 20 years and feel strongly that certain PEMF technologies can provide far-reaching health benefits that are especially unique. What's more, these devices are easy to use at home, thereby supporting the paramount goal of enhanced "self-care".

Our bodies are totally transparent to electro-magnetic fields and every cell can be reached without the EMF being "used up" or diminished. This is true whether we are speaking of a muscle cell, a nerve cell or a bone cell. Such exposures might be considered a positive influence if the fields are of a health-enhancing nature and detrimental if the fields come from a devices such as: cell phones, microwaves, power lines, and devices that emit fields in the 50-60 Hz range.

Research has demonstrated that PEMFs are:

Non-toxic
Non-invasive
Can reach every cell in your body at the same time, with equal ease
Stimulates the body's own repair mechanisms
Improves circulation
Reduces edema
Accelerates tissue healing
Anti-inflammatory
Supports muscle relaxation
Anti-spasmodic
Reduces the stickiness of red blood cells
Increases mitochondrial energy production
Increases the elimination of waste from cells
Complimentary to most other therapies

When you understand that one of the leading models of aging and disease is that of Cell Injury, then we have a sophisticated technology to both off-set and repair such effects at the most basic level. NASA has conducted extensive and expensive research on time-variable PEMF technologies for generating stem cells and inducing tissue regeneration for use by astronauts during extended missions in space and to help reverse the extensive bone loss. This is serious science.

PEMF devices work by creating a specific electromagnetic field with a characteristic wave form and pulse pattern. That electromagnetic field "induces" or creates a current or electrical charge within the cell, which is what actually creates the benefits and effects. This increase in charge allows for greater "traffic" across the cell membrane: nutrients coming in and waste going out. PEMF devices do not directly add electricity to the body like a TENS unit. Wearing or sleeping on magnets will create a "static" field, but a static field does not induce an electrical current within the cell in the same way that a time-varying pulsed field does. The results from using a PEMF device are both local and systemic and accrue over time. But please understand this important distinction: PEMF technology does not treat any particular disease or condition or infirmity and is not intended to do so. Rather, PEMF use is designed and intended to positively influence cellular function in order to energize and enhance your body's own repair processes - everywhere and in every tissue and organ. If you understand that, you can appreciate the magnitude of what we are speaking about.

"Magnetic energy is the elementary energy on which the whole life of an organism depends."
Professor, W. Heisenberg, Nobel Prize Winner for Physics

PEMF Recommendation for Self-Care:

The research in this area continues to move forward along with the technology to deliver it. My current recommendation is the Medithera PEMF technology. The physicists and researchers at Medithera in Germany, have taken previous PEMF technology and made substantial improvements by providing a cleaner waveform, a higher-power field output, and an improved mat, for greater cellular impact.

The Medithera system is easy to set-up and to use on a daily basis. Just 2 sessions of 8 minutes each day, one in the morning and one in the evening, will help support optimal cellular health. The short video below will help show just how easy it is to use.

If you would like more information about Medithera system; uses, pricing, ordering and availability, or would just like to ask a few questions, please feel free to contact me. Send me an Email so we can set up a time to speak.