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ELM Maine Essential Happenings November 2019
Vein Healthcare Center
  • Reducing Cancer Risk Through Nutrition and Lifestyle

    The word cancer can instill fear in all of us. Although cancer is scary, you can take power into your own hands to lower your odds of diagnosis or recurrence. When you better understand your genes, what pathways in the body influence cancer risk, how you can keep those pathways happy, and which nutrition and lifestyle tips may reduce your cancer risk, you can take control of your health. Express Your (Genetic) Self Cancer is the result of either the normal expression of a mutated gene or the mutated expression of a normal gene. Human DNA contains approximately 30,000...

  • Thermograms vs. Mammograms: Which is Better for Breast Health?

    What is better for your breast health, mammograms or thermograms? The two technologies are as different as night and day. That leads to scant opportunity for comparison, or substitution, for that matter. Anatomy vs. Physiology For starters, no screening is 100% effective. Thermography and mammography have completely different roles in monitoring breast health and they do this through vastly different technologies. Mammograms reveal structures such as lumps or calcifications, (i.e. anatomy). Unfortunately, according to the American Cancer Society, one out of 5 breast cancers are missed by the mammogram screening. Mammograms use compression (measured at approximately 4 pounds per...

  • When Healing is Medicine

    Many questions surround the role energy-based practices play in medicine. Among them is the question whether energy-based practices are medicine. What is the difference between a healing art and medicine? Could healing arts such as Reiki or aromatherapy be considered medicine? I began to ask myself these questions after a patient inquired the manner in which to categorize acupuncture. Is acupuncture a healing art or is it medicine? Evidenced vs Empirically Based The gold standard in medicine is the adoption of evidenced-based practices. Innovation in healthcare is driven by the evidence that supports it and anything less would be...

  • Self-Care is Not Selfish

    Self-care is about being self-aware and self-full. Keeping ourselves filled up allows us to be in the world at our fullest potential. Self-care is essential for our own well-being but it is also central to many of the roles we take on in our lives, such as partner, parent, friend, or colleague. The literature is clear about the connection between self-care and things such as resilience and coping, de-stressing and maintaining energy in dealing with life’s joys and challenges. Consistently meeting one’s self-care needs and keeping one’s self filled up recognizes the need to be whole in any relationship...

  • The Language of Disease

    The predominant conventional medical system in the United States has evolved into a system of labels and categories. Diagnosis and treatment is based upon fitting individuals into categories and protocols. In 2013, 7 out of 10 Americans were taking at least one prescription medication. This means that 70% of Americans have been given at least one label of disease. The result is a population that believes they are sick or dysfunctional. When discussing a patients’ medical history, they often say things like “I AM a diabetic” or “I AM an asthmatic”. “I have had diarrhea my whole life”, or...

  • Master Choa Kok Sui Pranic Healing: Health Through Energy

    We are all made up of energy. Everything we see, hear, think, and touch is energy. This energy can be harnessed to help heal and transform our bodies both physically and emotionally. We all have a physical body and an energy body. The energy body serves as the template for the physical body. When the energy body is balanced and healthy, the physical body is also balanced and healthy. When the energy body is out of balance and congested, the physical body is a reflection of this off-balance template and manifests as illness, disease, stress, or any other symptom...

  • No Medical Explanation for Your Pain?

    Psychogenic Pain Disorder (PPD) refers to a person experiencing pain with no medical explanations for the pain. It has other names such as “Pain somatization disorder.” These terms essentially mean, “we can’t find a reason for the pain so it is likely all in your head”. To many, this diagnosis can be quite off putting and offensive. No one wants to be told they are crazy and the pain is all in their head. Often, the referral of pain patients to psychological practitioners is taken as an assault or lack of validation, as if the doctor isn’t really listening....

  • Treating Pain Naturally

    Pain is cited as the most common reason Americans access the health care system and is a leading cause of disability. The National Center for Health Statistics estimates approximately 76.2 million Americans have suffered from pain that lasts longer than 24 hours and millions more suffer from acute pain. According to the CDC, as many as 1 in 5 people suffering from non-cancer pain receive a prescription opioid. These alarming facts paired with our country’s ongoing opioid crisis stress the need for the implementation of natural pain treatments into today’s healthcare system. The natural treatments for pain include, but...

  • It’s Not You, It’s Me

    Projection is a psychological defense originally identified by Sigmund Freud in which one unconsciously attributes their feelings or impulses onto another. The other carries our flaws and is responsible for our misery. Projection is a conflict between unconscious feelings or impulses and conscious beliefs or values. Projecting the feelings onto others or situations is an attempt to externalize the problem. An example of projection is when a husband who has suppressed sexual desires for a coworker, then accuses his wife of being unfaithful. Tom Hanks as Chuck Nolan in Cast Away projects his fears, disowned self or unconsciousness onto...

  • Postpartum Nutrition for Mom and Baby

    There is a lot of information out there about pregnancy and the required steps that a mom ought to take in order to have a healthy pregnancy, however, there is little information about what a mom should do to take care of herself and baby after pregnancy. Great nutrition and care during your pregnancy have helped your baby develop and grow. Now after nine months, you have finally met your lovely baby. Whether you are breastfeeding or not, it is important to take care of yourself and your new baby. Nutrition You need the appropriate nutrition to recuperate and...

  • An Unwanted Freedom

    This summer, our precious 15 year old family dog Hailey made her transition to non-physical. It was a deeply emotional time for our entire family and a monumental loss for me on many levels. Hailey was my constant companion from the moment she arrived in our home to the moment she left. For the first year, she slept under my desk on my foot and on the last weekend of her being at home, I laid on the floor with her and barely left her side. For the past year, I knew her time was near and I kept...

  • Conventional vs. Organic Produce: Which Should You Choose?

    Standing in the produce aisle you stare at all the different choices for apples, including organic varieties. Then you look down at the price, eek! There is a heftier price tag on those organic apples so you decide to reach for the cheaper, conventional one. I mean, what does it matter; an apple is an apple, right? Not necessarily. Once you understand more about one major difference between conventional and organic – pesticide use – you may just change your mind to choose health over expense. What is a Pesticide? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website, a...

  • Enjoy the Outdoors Tick-free!

    As temperatures warm up and ticks become more active, how do we protect ourselves and our loved ones and reduce our fear of spending time outdoors? I spend a lot of time talking to people and I hear a great deal of fear and apprehension about spending time outdoors because of the risk of tick contact. People stop spending time outdoors doing the things that they love all because of the tick encounters that they are having. To that, my question to them is “So, what are you doing to prevent having a tick encounter? Are you wearing repellent...

  • Chinese Dietary Therapy: How Flavors Affect Our Body

    Sometimes I will tell a patient to stop eating salads. WHAT?! But salads are healthy, right? Generally so, but daily salads are not the best choice for all body types. We have a general idea of which foods are full of nutrients to make our body happy, and those that are “empty calories,” not the fuel we want to sustain ourselves on for periods of time. This is not the entirety of the story. Chinese medicine (and many other traditional systems) has much more to add to the story of how foods affect the functioning of our body. Temperature...