Why do we care about the science behind energy medicine? Many of us have experienced the therapeutic value of massage and acupuncture, or even non-touch and less conventional forms of energy medicine such as sound healing, Reiki, or even prayer. Energy medicine is indeed a broad field, and at a time when it is becoming more popular as an alternative healing choice, our left-brained skeptic wants to know how it works and why allopathic medicine is beginning to welcome it into convention.   “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the...

  Your body is a fluid, dynamic structure of bones, blood vessels, tissues, and other organic matter. Just think for a minute about what an incredible experience it is to live within your body. You’re made up of genes coded with clues about your ancestors, as well as millions of microscopic bacteria that influence everything from your mood to how well last night’s pizza digested.   But our miraculous bodies also contain a more subtle system. You can’t see, touch, or feel it, though it is alive, active, and has major implications for physical and emotional health: the energy meridians, or channels.   Energy meridians...

What is the Black Pearl?   Put all thoughts of Captain Jack Sparrow or coveted organic Tahitian gems aside, and let’s pick the brain for a moment––literally.   The Black Pearl also refers to a significant, non-material aspect of life: our happiness. It relates to our emotional health, and our ability to recover from trauma and manage stress. It gives us clues for confronting fear, and it can even signal how well we accept our setbacks and misses in life.   Pretty intriguing, right?   The Black Pearl is a small cluster of neurons called the amygdala located in the temporal lobe of your brain. It’s part of...

When you think of paying it forward, you may think of paying for a stranger’s coffee or food in line behind you. What you may not think about is what kindness looks like in your own home. It’s easy to get irritated with your spouse and kids. As a family, you see each other at your best and worst. That’s why kindness within your home is so important. Practicing kindness regularly helps to heal relationships and it encourages family members to love each other in simple ways. If you’re looking for some kind things you can do for a family member...

What Do You Want to Create More of in the World? Every day, you shape the world around you. You make seemingly small choices that can impact another life for years to come. Maybe it was your decision to stop and offer assistance to the elderly woman shopping alone or your kindness to the cashier on your way out of the store. You may never know of the effect of these small kindnesses but make no mistake, you are influencing other people. But that kindness doesn’t just affect them – it affects you, too. Here are a few ways paying it forward...

If nothing else, #icestorm2018 has taught us that you don’t always have control over what is happening around you no matter how much you plan. My daughter and I had planned a road trip to Montreal, to shop for her prom dress for months.  As the weekend drew closer, it was evident that Mother Nature wasn’t going to be as cooperative as we had originally hoped. Rescheduling the trip really wasn’t an option (anyone with an 18 year old daughter can attest to that) so we decided to leave a bit earlier Friday morning and keep a positive outlook that it wasn’t...

The Virtual Gastric Band is a non-surgical technique that uses hypnosis, and the power of your mind, to retrain you to be satisfied with smaller portions of food. A Virtual Gastric Band is like ‘flicking a switch in the brain.’  It changes how you look at food and helps you regain control over craving and bad eating habits.  Weight is lost naturally and consistently without dieting, and, because it’s not a diet, you won’t feel deprived, miserable or hungry, the issues which cause diets to fail. As The Virtual Gastric Band effectively negates these issues, you are left with a long-term solution...

Spring is finally here, and as I patiently wait for the ground to dry up so I can play in my gardens, I decided to dust off my dehydrator and make a yummy treat.  In the past, I have made everything from organic fruit roll-ups, sweet potato chips, and homemade energy bars, but the family favorite is always my granola.​The night before, I begin by soaking most of the ingredients in water.  Why soak nuts and seeds you might ask?   The short answer being, that it makes them easier for your body to digest! ​This recipe can be done in a...