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ELM Maine Essential Happenings January 2019
  • EFT: 20/20 Emotional Vision

    Do you see everything that’s in front of you or are there things that others see that you don’t? If we can’t see something, we don’t think it’s there – right? That same fact applies to our emotions becoming invisible to us as we push them down into our bodies. Stuffing our emotions down is our only natural human coping skill, unlike wild animals. They have inherent chemistry that allows them to literally shake off the stress from a life- threatening situation. After their predator has retreated, they stand up and shake every muscle in their body releasing a...

  • After the Fire

    When talking to people about tick-borne disease, I find myself using analogies, making comparisons to things that make it easier to understand. Like when I get asked why some people get better after treatment and others do not, I often use the analogy of a house fire. Stay with me as I walk you through the comparison. When your house is on fire, you call the fire department and the fire fighters come and put out the fire. Now most people can’t just go back into the house and live like they did before the fire. The house will...

  • Awakening Your Inner Strength: Edgebrook’s “Moving Through Grief, Trauma and Loss” Workshops

    It’s inevitable that there will come a time in our lives when we will stand face to face with grief, whether it be from the loss of a loved one or from the residual effects of past traumas making their way back to the surface. Whatever the cause, the most challenging task is learning how to work through it while trying to maintain some form of normalcy in day-to-day life. For anyone asking themselves, “Can I move through this?”, Paul Matteson’s answer is a resounding, Yes! After training to become a workshop facilitator at the renowned Elisabeth Kubler­Ross Center...

  • Standing on the Job

    Nurses, doctors, teachers, hairdressers, bank tellers, assembly line workers, even lobsterman – there are many occupations where people are on their feet for hours on end. These jobs often take a physical toll, especially on the legs and feet. One reason for discomfort in the lower extremities is poor circulation, but what exactly does that mean? The major parts of the circulatory system (also known as the cardiovascular system) are the heart, arteries, and veins. The heart pumps blood to the arteries, which take the oxygenated blood to all parts of the body. Healthy veins carry deoxygenated blood back...

  • The Future is “Leading Up”! Your Supervisor’s Success Means Room in the Spotlight for You

    Years ago, while conducting an applicant interview, I asked the common question, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” To my surprise, the interviewee sternly gave me an answer that was anything but generic: “I want your job.” Quite frankly, I was a bit startled. A striking study in business culture and connections, “Leading Up” is a committed, meaningful approach to companies’ investing in their leaders. As I’ve continued to study creating effective work relationships, I often remember the bold, “I want your job” statement from that interview years prior. However, properly investing in Leading Up is not...

  • The Un-Diet Diet: Stop Counting Calories

    Most likely in your journey of staying healthy and fit you count, or have counted, calories. Whether in the pursuit of some number on the scale or an improvement in health markers, counting calories seems like a smart way to stay on target with your goals. You may even use a fancy gadget to tell you how many steps you’ve taken, how many calories you’ve burned and how you’ve slept. These gadgets can be very useful to motivate you to move more or go to bed earlier, but they won’t necessarily help you reach your health goals by counting...

  • Cannabis and Cancer: Facts vs. Myth

    The use of cannabis has exploded across the country and in Maine with recent laws permitting medical and/or recreational use. The term cannabis refers to two main categories of the plant; marijuana and hemp. The THC content determines if a cannabis is categorized as marijuana or hemp. Hemp is legally defined as a cannabis containing up to 0.3% of THC while marijuana contains more than 0.3% THC. All cannabis is now considered Cannabis sativa. Marijuana continues to be listed as “sativa” or “indica” but the distinction is based on biological effects rather than botanical differences. The 2018 Farm bill...

  • 5 High Performance Anti-Aging Oils You Need This Winter

    There are many great uses for essential oils, including helping to combat aging of the skin as well as keeping your skin super hydrated and nourished in the cold, dry winter months. This is a benefit that most people are looking for these days and essential oils and extracts are a natural yet highly effective way to age slower, look younger and stay hydrated on a consistent basis. The 5 Best Anti-Aging Oils These are some of the leading oils for forehead wrinkles, eye wrinkles, mouth wrinkles and all of those other signs of aging that you may be...

  • How I Lost the Weight and Kept It Off

    I first met Jeff in 2011 when I first started my own weight loss journey. He became an inspiration, a support, and a close friend. When the opportunity came up to contribute to this January issue dedicated to diet and stress management for weight loss, I was compelled to introduce readers to his story; a real life, inspirational story of significant weight loss and profound personal growth. Moreover, his ability to maintain a healthy weight over a long period of time is highly unique and what may set his journey apart from others. NB: From the time you started...

  • Change as Opportunity & Possibility

    It has been said the one thing we can rely on in life is change. Thus, it becomes significant to consider what does change mean? More importantly, what does change mean to you? Change has been defined as; to make something different from what is or from what would be; to alter or modify; to become different or transformed; the introduction of novelty or variety (adapted from dictionary.com). Change can be challenging, whether it is change that we choose or change thrust upon us. Being mindful and intentional about change we choose in our lives or in our response...

  • How the Wisdom of Chinese Medicine Can Help Our Modern Diets

    Fueling our bodies with proper nutrition should be easy. We have mechanisms in place that tell us when we are hungry, when something that we put in our mouth is distasteful and possibly dangerous, and whether the temperature of the food is too hot or too cold. However, our modern diet plays tricks on us with the endless variety of artificial seasonings to tempt our taste buds and instead of eating for nutrition, meal time has become more like entertainment. When we consider the impact preparing healthy food has on our mental health while many of us struggle to...

  • Beat The Winter Blues with EFT Tapping

    Life naturally slows down in winter. The days grow shorter, light becomes scarce, and we respond by planting ourselves in front of the television or hiding under the covers to stay warm. How do you know when a seasonal slump is a more serious problem? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a category of depression that emerges in particular seasons of the year. Most people notice SAD symptoms starting in the fall and increasing during the winter months, but a few people experience a spring/summer version. Let’s take a look at some common questions you might have about this disorder....

  • Compression: The Not-So-Secret Weapon of Vein Specialists

    The best board-certified vein specialists are always looking for innovative ways to treat patients’ vein disease at the source of the problem. Minimally invasive treatments such as endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) and sclerotherapy have been joined by newer procedures, including mechanico-chemical ablation, and cyanocryalate adhesives. We often turn to a tried and true technology to help patients manage their vein symptoms: compression. The Basics Graduated compression stockings can prevent vein problems from occurring, relieve symptoms, and decrease the likelihood of a blood clot. Patients frequently report that their symptoms are significantly improved, if not completely alleviated, while wearing compression....

  • 5 Steps to Physical and Energetic Health

    When it comes to taking caring of our health, most people think of caring for our physical body through a healthy diet and exercise. We are all made up of pure energy, however the densest form of this energy appears to us as a physical body. Radiating out of this physical form are different levels of energy bodies, and they too need proper care and treatment. It is proven that diet and exercise are essential for our physical bodies to thrive and function optimally. These same things also nourish our energetic bodies as well. The energy body, which is...