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ELM Maine Essential Happenings January 2019
  • Respiratory Infections Can Be Treated Naturally

    According to the NIH, lower respiratory infections are a greater burden of disease worldwide than HIV, malaria, cancer and heart attacks. People who suffer from COPD, cystic fibrosis or asthma are especially prone. Treatment can be especially difficult when we don’t even know whether it is a virus, bacterium or fungus that we are battling. To make matters worse, the standard of care in allopathic (western) medicine has us taking pills. This systemic approach has the harmful drugs passing through the entire body and all of the organs while treating an invader that is primarily on the air-side of...

  • A Personal Journey to Boost My Immunity with Nariveda Supplements

    A few months ago, I had the pleasure of speaking with Nirmal Yogi and learning about Nariveda’s Ayurvedic Supplements. Nirmal and his son, Adrian, teamed up together to create their carefully researched and formulated supplements that help people with immunity, stress, cardiovascular health, brain function, aging, bones, joints, and more. After 40+ years of experience as an organic chemist and by being a devout practitioner of Ayurveda, Nirmal developed and formulated Nariveda’s powerful Elixirs. With a healthy amount of divine guidance dovetailed with the innate richness of his Ayurvedic upbringing and reverence for spiritual connection, Nirmal leads the research...

  • The Marvelous Microbiome

    It seems that the microbiome is a term that has been on many health professional’s lips in the past few years. This is not without good reason. The microbiome is composed of bacteria, fungi, and viruses that live within our digestive tract. The gut hosts over 100 trillion microbes in the microbiota. That’s about 10 times as many cells as there are in our entire bodies! We are basically under the control of what lives within us, though we do have the power to make choices about how we feed our microbiome and this, in turn, alters the composition...

  • The Effects of Diet on Autoimmune Disease

    The human body is a beautifully complex thing. It constantly directs every system in your body to maintain optimal health. Whether in response to stress, inflammation, or foreign invaders a series of checks and balances keeps your body operating smoothly. One significant piece of health maintenance is your immune system. When it is working correctly you can fight off infections, recover from illness more quickly, and have limited or no allergic responses to your food and environment. However, when your immune system is not working properly, the potential for autoimmune diseases is a real threat. A Healthy Immune System...

  • Medicinal Use of CBD: Does it Cure Everything?

    The CBD market has exploded in recent years. CBD is being marketed as a cure for everything under the sun. Local gas stations, salons, veterinary offices, and natural food markets now carry CBD products. What are the true benefits of CBD? Cannabis sativa is the botanical classification of all plants commonly known as hemp or marijuana. Although the same species legally, hemp and marijuana fall into separate categories based on their cannabinoid content. The two main cannabinoids found in C. sativa are THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). Any cannabis plant containing 0.3% or less of THC (dry weight) falls...

  • Know Your Ayurveda Body Type for Optimal Health

    Everyone has a unique Ayurveda body type, also called doshas, which is a natural disposition for how the body reacts to and synchronizes with behavioral and environmental conditions. For instance, some people may not gain weight after eating more than what is required, yet some people will gain or retain extra weight even when eating small quantities of food. With Ayurveda, we understand that each of us is unique, and by being informed about our unique disposition, or Ayurvedic body type, we will be more likely to benefit from the practices and wellness choices we make. If you are...

  • Assertiveness 101: It’s Ok to Say “No”

    It’s a beautiful, sunny warm day and you’ve made it a point to take the day off for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. You’re about to leave for the beach, sunscreen in hand when the phone rings. You look down at your cell phone and it’s one of your closest friends. You reluctantly answer. They ask you in desperation to please help them move because they don’t want to move tomorrow in the rain. Now what? You say, “Sure, why not”, however, you’re mad as can be since you wanted to go do something for yourself for once. But...

  • Moxibustion Relieves Pain, Reduces Inflammation & Supports the Immune System

    Mugwort and Wormwood; their names conjure up images of twisted trees, damp forest floors, and perhaps a boarding school for wizard-kids. It is not uncommon for a patient to make the obvious reference to a certain book when I refer to the herb used in moxibustion. Perhaps it is no wonder that our imaginations take us to unknown and mysterious places when we first hear these names. Afterall, it is the medicinal properties of these two herbs that have contributed to its history and mythology. The Mugwort plant was traditionally used to protect homes from “evil spirits” or, in...