Spring into Wellness

Spring has sprung (at least according to the calendar)!  Winter has been cold, snowy, and biting and, despite the forecast, sunny days are just around the corner.  Similarly, just as nature responds to the seasons of the year, our lives are also influenced by our season of life.

In the song Turn! Turn! Turn! (adapted from The Bible, Book of Ecclesiastes) sung by the Byrds, it says that, “to everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under Heaven.” By being aware of the season of life that we currently find ourselves in, we have the opportunity to take advantage of the unique gifts of that season.

Several years ago, Dr. Donald Epstein introduced the concept of the “Seasons of Wellbeing.”  He describes these seasons as a spectrum of feelings and experiences that help us relate to people, events, and opportunities in our lives.  The Seasons of Wellbeing include, Discover, Transform, Awaken, and Integrate and in many ways, parallel the seasons that we’re all familiar with.  For example, winter is a season of Discover(y).  It’s a time of waiting, of contemplation, and of preparation.  As we now emerge from this season, it’s time to put into action that which we have been preparing for.  It’s time to look, and move, forward.

 

Spring is a season of Transformation.  If you want proof, just look around.  The animals are becoming more active, the plants are changing in front of our eyes, and the grass is beginning to grow and take on the green hue of life as the energy of the season makes its mark on everything around us.  The tree buds are beginning to swell, flowers are beginning to poke through the ground, and the vegetable gardens are eagerly awaiting their plantings. So too, does the season have an affect on us.  By embracing our current season in life, we have the opportunity to gain wisdom and move forward in the most empowering, authentic way.

 

In his book, Integral Health: The Path to Human Flourishing, Elliot Dacher sums it up perfectly when he says:

 

Each of us is given a sealed envelope at birth containing a map with instructions   that can take us to a precious health and life.  At several points in each           lifetime, we are given the opportunity to open this envelope and discover its    contents.  Perhaps it is …a brush with serious disease, death, or loss, maybe an         unexpected moment of illumination and inspiration, or a persistent and           unrelenting sense that there is more to life than we are living.  Some of us will be profoundly and permanently moved by such experiences, grasp the opportunity,         open the envelope, and begin down the path toward what were previously     unknown and unimagined possibilities.  Yet most of us will be too busy, too          content, too quick to apply a remedy and diagnostic label to suffering, too   preoccupied with the materialism of life, or too hypnotized by everyday existence.

 

Every season in life holds the opportunity for growth, awareness, and greater understanding about our life and how we relate to it.  The key to using this strategy effectively is to take the appropriate action at the appropriate time.  For example, you wouldn’t plant your garden in the dead of winter because nothing would grow!  You wouldn’t rake the leaves in the spring (because there aren’t any yet).  And you most likely would not take a dip in the ocean unless it was summertime.  Simply put, timing is everything.

As Spring continues to unfold all around us, I invite you to fully experience the season of Transformation for yourself by actively seeking new avenues for personal growth.  Something as simple as taking a class, learning a new skill, or engaging a new friend in conversation may lead to a positive shift in your life.  If there’s something you’ve been putting off, now is the time to take massive action!  Wherever we may find ourselves, it is our opportunity to consciously embrace our life circumstances and move forward.  By doing so, we create new life possibilities and empower ourselves to live a life of excitement, passion, and joy.

 

 

 

 

Recap of our Celebration!

We want to extend a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to all that attended our celebration! What a wonderful community to be apart of! We are so honored to continue the traditions and high level care of Drs. Charlie and Marylyn Hilston.

Anniversary Celebration & Community Open House

Join us, Saturday, March 3, 2018  from 10am – 2pm  as we Celebrate our One Year Anniversary at KWC! We will also be honoring and celebrating Drs. Charlie & Marylyn for their years of service in this community!

There will be raffles (everyone who attends receives a ticket plus an additional ticket for each guest), prizes, kids activities, COMPLIMENTARY entrainments for active Practice Members, food, fun and much more! This is a great time to invite that person (friend, neighbor, family member, etc.) that you have been telling all about the office! There are a limited amount of spots available for discounted New Patient Exams in the month of March if they attend and schedule that day!

Please help us make this a day of truly celebrating our wonderful community! We hope to see you there!

 

Address: 2121 Kimberton Road | Kimberton, PA 19442

 

 

 

No Morning Hours 2/7/18

We will be ClOSED for morning hours (10-11:30am) today, Wednesday, February 7, 2018 due to icy road conditions. We will be open this afternoon from 3-6pm and will continue to have our evening program, Discover Network Care at 6:15pm.

Flu Season | Where do germs go the other 8 months of the year?

Chances are, the last time you stepped outside, you also saw or heard someone discuss the “bug that’s going around.”  But, where’s the “bug” actually going?  If you pay any attention to the news, you might think that a newly discovered disease is among us.  However, at the same time each year, it seems that we’re all having the same conversation about germs.  Which begs the question, where do germs go the other 8 months of the year?

The truth is, germs are everywhere, all the time.  Did you know that germs are actually necessary for good health?  For example, have you ever heard of the Human Microbiome Project (HMP)?  This  project was established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2008 in order to study the effect that microorganisms have on health and disease.  Among other findings, the HMP has shown that microbes including bacteria, viruses, and eukaryotes, actually contribute more than 90% of our genetic material.  Furthermore, according to researchers at the Baylor School of Medicine “we are dependent on these bacteria to help digest our food, produce certain vitamins, regulate our immune system, and keep us healthy by protecting us against disease-causing bacteria.”

Unfortunately, we’ve been told by some health authorities and companies that bacteria are the enemy and should be destroyed at all costs.  Many of these companies create products that claim to eliminate “99.9% of all germs.”  So what happens to the other 0.1%?  Is it possible that by using products like these, we’re actually creating more powerful, antibiotic resistant “superbugs?”  Many researchers think so, and in addition it turns out that many of these products actually contain the chemical triclosan, which has been shown to hinder electronic function of both cardiac and skeletal muscle.

Along the same lines, unless you’ve lived on a deserted island for the last three years, you know that there has been much discussion about healthcare, more specifically, access to health insurance. The truth is that much of our time, energy, and money goes to the practice of “sick care.”  That is, spending money on technology, care, and life saving measures for people who are already sick.  Even the practice of “preventive medicine” assumes the worst-that we are all bound to breakdown and get sick.  This practice seeks to find signs of disease at an early stage so that it can be treated, often with drugs and surgery.

One such example is that of the flu vaccine.  Many members of the healthcare community recommend annual flu vaccines in order to avoid the flu, but did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the effective rate of the flu vaccine for people over the age of 65 last year was only 9%.  That means that for every 100 people who received the flu vaccine, only 9 people received the intended benefit.  In contrast, some of the most commonly reported side effects following the flu vaccine are nausea, muscle aches, fever and fatigue; very similar to the symptoms of the actual flu.  According to Johns Hopkins scientist, Peter Doshi, Ph.D., “the vaccine may be less beneficial and less safe than has been claimed, and the threat of influenza seems to be overstated.”

What if, instead of talking about access to a broken system, we instead taught people how to actually take care of themselves?  What if, instead of spending money on sick care, we spent money on healthy food, exercise, and health interventions which promoted well-being with the intention to help people thrive What if, instead of studying disease states, we studied the people who are the healthiest & happiest and tried to reproduce that on a larger scale?  In this scenario, not only would our outcomes be different, the whole conversation about what it means to be healthy would change for the better.

There are basically two ways to look at this issue.  Either you can aim to treat or prevent signs of disease, or you can put your time, money, and energy into being as healthy and happy as possible.  In one scenario, all of your focus is on disease, in the other, on health and well-being.  Regardless of other factors, studies show that people who are happier also have fewer symptoms and live longer lives.

With that said, here are several recommendations that I have for people who want to live a healthy, happy “flu season” and beyond:

  • Eat real food, especially fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Practice general cleanliness behaviors.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Get plenty (6-8 hours) of rest.
  • Deal effectively with physical, mental, and emotional life stress, or seek the help of someone who can help you to do so.
  • Exercise.
  • Spend time outside, or consider a Vitamin D supplement.

Although this is not a comprehensive list and there are no guarantees in life, I’ve made a choice to take steps to produce a healthy and happy life for myself and my family, and fortunately, it’s a choice that we all get to make.

The Brain on Love

Itʼs that time of year again! Itʼs February, and that means that love is in the air. For at least one day this month, all of our attention (whether you like it or not) will turn to the holiday of love. For some people, this is just the excuse theyʼve been waiting for to make a move on a secret crush or to begin a new relationship. Valentineʼs Day is not all rainbows and butterflies though. For those who feel compelled to purchase the perfect gift, make the right dinner reservation, or impress a new love, this holiday can be an especially stressful one.

The good news is that it may all be worth it; the experience of love can produce some profound health benefits. Before we get to that though, lets look at the physiological affects produced by the opposite feeling: fear. At any point in time, our brain is asking one question, “Am I safe?” If the answer is “no,” certain processes begin in order to prepare the body for the “Fight or Flight” response.

The Fight or Flight response readies the body to defend itself or to escape a threatening situation and live to fight another day i.e. survival. If anyone ever jumped out behind you to scare you, chances are you clenched your muscles, your heart rate increased, and you may have even let out a yell. Another example is the response that some people have to public speaking (sweaty hands, rapid heart rate, shallow breathing, flushed face, etc). Itʼs also the response we may have when we encounter a new love or a secret crush. In some ways, the physical symptoms we experience in response to a new love are actually the body letting us know that weʼre under stress! However, the long-term benefits of love far outweigh any short-term drawbacks.

The truth is that, over time, our body will adapt to whatever stressors we place on it. The key is to have the right adaptations so that we are led to greater overall health an well-being. Lets think about love and fear on opposite ends of the spectrum. You canʼt simultaneously experience both feelings and as a result, we want to spend the least amount of time possible in a state of fear so that we can spend more time moving towards love, growth, and harmony.

When we find ourselves in a state of fear, we may feel angry, defensive, reactive, or withdrawn. In contrast, the feeling of love helps us to feel more open, connected, and creative. Even the structure of our body changes in response to fear and love. When we feel stressed or anxious, our body actually assumes a “defense posture.” This position happens when we crouch down, bring our shoulders in tight, and shield our hearts. Those people with a sense of well-being and love tend to carry themselves with
their shoulders back, chest out, and head up. Literally the opposite of a person who is in defense!

The feeling of love also produces changes in brain chemistry, leading to positive effects throughout the whole body. Dopamine, oxytocin, and vasopressin levels increase, leading to a feeling of pleasure, trust, attachment, arousal and attraction. Seratonin levels also increase, leading to less reactive, aggressive behavior. Cognitive function also increases and results in better focus and understanding of your partner. At the
same time, feelings of sadness, fear, and anxiety are decreased. Long-term, this type of physiology actually increases our life enjoyment and overall health. In the same respect, a constant feeling of dread can actually reduce our quality and quantity of life.

As one sage said, energy flows where attention goes. If you choose to focus on things that bring about a feeling of joy, happiness, and love you have the opportunity to reap the benefits and actually create a sense of peace, gratitude, and abundance. In contrast, focusing on things that create anxiety and fear tend to sap our energy away. As is often the case, the choice is ours. So this Valentineʼs Day, try not to get caught up in the festivities of the holiday and instead embrace a feeling of love towards a friend, a partner, or a family member and experience the rewards of your brain on love.

SRI Workshop 8/4 @2pm

SOMATO RESPIRATORY INTEGRATION WORKSHOP
SEASON OF AWAKEN
Friday, August 4 | 2pm | @KWC

This revolutionary healing technique compliments Network care and provides tools to further enhance your wellness development. Join us for this FREE one hour workshop. Anyone is welcome to join!

Discover Network Care 7/12 @6:15pm

DISCOVER NETWORK CARE

 

Wednesday, July 12 | 6:15pm | @KWC
Are you, or someone you know, interested in experiencing more ease and energy in life? Have you experienced increase vitality while under Network Care and want to share the Network Secret with your family, co-workers or friends, but don’t fully know how to explain it’s magic? Discover how you can optimize your life experience with Network Care.  Drs. Matt and Allison will share  the 5 Gifts of Network Care and a brief demonstration of the Network Wave.

Pathways Gathering Group 6/28 @2pm

Are you looking for a tribe of wellness-minded people to help support you as you maneuver your family’s path to greater connection and joy? Join us for an afternoon of great conversation as we gather to discuss this issue of Pathways, ‘A Family’s Joy’. Kids area is available.

This Month we’re discussing Articles from Issue #53
5 Reasons your birth can affect your baby and your parenting |Sarah Ockwell-Smith |Page 23 

Bliss before birth | Julie Le Gal Brodeur | Page 36

Understanding the Power of Chiropractic | John Minardi, D.C. | Page 38 

 

Location: Kimberton Wellness Connection

2121 Kimberton Road | Kimberton, PA 19442

Pathways Gathering Group 4/26 @ 2pm

PATHWAYS GATHERING GROUP
Spring ISSUE #53

Wednesday, April 26 | 2pm | @KWC
Join us for an afternoon of great conversation as we gather to discuss this issue of Pathways, which focuses on ‘A Family’s Joy’.