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Archive for December, 2010

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

We wish you and your family a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

From the Imperial Thomsom Innovative Wellness blog, we learn how wishes can come true.

Janine Thomson says:

Your Wish or Intention can be on one of those pieces of confetti!!!!!

I am a big believer in sending out your wishes and intentions.  Being open to possibilities no matter how big or small.

Imagine my surprise when I found out you can send out your wishes and intentions along with others from around the world.  You can have  your wishes and intentions release with the New Years Confetti at Times Square!

Read my blog and find out how.

More on De-Stressing Your Holiday

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Stress is a hot topic.  Here are some websites with approaches to take on managing stress with Guided Imagery.

Healthjourneys – Belleruth Naparstek

BR’s 13 (Lucky) Tips for Holiday De-Stressing

“Most of us know that, while some stress is good for most of us – it keeps the engine tuned and makes life interesting, chronic, unmitigated stress wears down the immune system and organ systems, impedes peak functioning, muddies thinking and decision making, and doesn’t exactly make maintaining relationships a walk in the park either.

Belleruth Naparstek

And it seems that being stressed kind of feeds itself, so that pretty soon there’s a self-sustaining momentum to it, and it’s harder to pull yourself back to relaxation and wellness.”

Hello again.  It’s that time of year when we aspire to stay calm, sane and steady – and maybe even have a little fun – in the face of demands piling on as the holidays draw nigh.  You’ve probably seen most of these tips before, but just as a timely reminder, here’s my list of how to minimize the inevitable stress

  • Take Care of Your Body 
Try to do all the things you know are good for your physical well being: get regular exercise; take it easy on the caffeine, sugar and alcohol; get enough sleep; eat healthy food – you know this stuff. This is the baseline of stress reduction.
  • Track Your Physical Comfort
Take time to check in and see how your body is feeling. Once you notice, you can make small corrections to relieve discomfort before it takes over. Breathe into tight places; stretch and move when your back or neck feels stiff; look out the window when your eyes are straining at the computer screen; massage your neck and press the acupoints when a headache is lurking. But you have to notice what’s amiss first.

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Pharmfree Medical Schools

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Nightly Business Report, a television program on PBS has been playing a series on the marketing of drugs in healthcare.

Whether or not current methods of marketing and education of doctors is good for patients and the cost of healthcare is explored in Pharmfree Medicial Schools.

Here is an excerpt:

SUSIE GHARIB: No matter where you live, your health in the future will depend in part, on the education the next generation of doctors is now receiving. That’s why pharmaceutical companies say it is so important to educate medical students about their products. But some student physicians are concerned drug company marketing could corrupt their schools and their profession. Tonight, Darren Gersh continues our “Dollars for Doctors” coverage with a look at how those students are turning the tables by grading their own universities.

DARREN GERSH, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT CORRESPONDENT: It’s Saturday night in Las Vegas and far from the bright lights, these medical students are gathering for a lecture. The subject is not cell biology or anatomy.

SHAHRAM AHARI, FORMER PHARMACEUTICAL SALES REP: You guys get bought and sold in a blink of an eye and you don’t even realize it.

GERSH: Today’s topic is marketing — specifically, drug company marketing. And the lecturer, Shahram Ahari, is a former pharmaceutical company sales rep who left the profession to become a medical student himself.

AHARI: As much as I liked to think that I was helping patients, the truth of the matter is, I was helping shareholders more than anyone else — in fact, oftentimes, at the expense of patients.

To see the rest of the article go here.

Other topics in the series:

Medical Schools Violate Rules

Medical Schools Fail to Keep Faculty off Pharma

Dollars for Docs – Big Pharma & Physicians

ImagiNews: December 2010

Friday, December 17th, 2010

A free electronic copy of March 2010 edition of ImagiNews is available here:

http://imageryinternational.org/imaginews-journal

From the President’s Mind & Editor’s Imagination

by Bev Hollander

Bev Hollander

Welcome to the Dec issue with its theme of Illumination. Most of this journal has been created by yours truly. Judith Ewing was elected as a new Board Member at our annual Board Retreat and is now my Co-Editor. We met for the first time in person during the Imagery International conference at Vallombrosa. And now we are practically joined at the hip. I think our collaboration will make ImagiNews an even greater product for you. She has already contributed to this issue significantly with her insight and thoughtfulness, as well as a book review. We are excited to be working together. My dream is for her to eventually go solo as ImagiNews’ editor. We might have too much fun for me to give it up though!

Judith Ewing

Judith wanted me to share her thoughts about this issue’s cover artwork as ours was a mutual decision as to which of two pieces we wanted to use. As follows: “Keeping the theme of ‘Illumination’ in mind, my thoughts first centered upon what Illumination represents. To me, Illumination represents a kaleidoscope of beautiful light hues ebbing and flowing throughout, over, under, and around our heart-field, simultaneously caressing the heart with love while moving us toward enlightenment. Being heart-centered during the evolution of enlightenment is an important key. Also, love is a major part of the process of enlightenment: love of self, others, and the planet.

Thus, what I see depicted in the heart picture are gentle directional pathways through which loving light enters the heart-field. Such energetic Illumination begins a process wherein intermingling, interacting, and integrative movements of enlightenment fuel the heart with healing energy. As healing occurs, movements of enlightenment additionally regenerate and stimulate the intensity of luminous light which then flows outward, again through the same directional pathways, returning love to others and the universe.

In viewing the heart picture further, another thought that comes to mind is this: whenever I think of someone who becomes my very best friend, someone who unconditionally loves and guides me along my path of enlightenment, I refer to them as my “heart friend”. To close my eyes and think of them creates gratitude and Illumination within my soul. Thanks, Bev, for the delight in deepening our new friendship, and for the joy you bring to our co-editorship of the ImagiNews.”

Now to the theme at hand:

Definitions of Illumination

1. The act of Illuminating, or supplying with light; the state of being Illuminated.

2. That which Illuminates or gives light; brightness; splendor; especially, intellectual light or knowledge.

3. The special communication of knowledge to the mind by God; inspiration.

I had never considered the third definition. Nor had I consciously associated intellectual light or knowledge (from #2) with God’s inspiration. I do believe the two go hand in hand and they happen all the time – light & inspiration. There is definitely a spiritual aspect to it for me. How about for you?
Each one of the articles and contributions herein contain Illuminating thoughts and inspiration. Please enjoy!

March’s theme is Passion. Please send your contributions to either me – bev@sheppardwest.com or to Judith at judith1001@msn.com by Feb 15th.

Happy Holidays!

Bev

Jan. 22, AHNA Regional Conference

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Saturday January 22, 2011, 10-4 PM at the Beautiful New UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine – 1545 Divisadero Street (at Post), San Francisco

2011: A Year of Transformation & Renewal

(Co-Sponsored by Beyond Ordinary Nursing and the Healing Touch Program)

Our 1st American Holistic Nursing Association Regional Meeting of the Year

Lunch and 4 contact hours provided for $40. Space is limited.
Presentations will be experiential and applicable to practice.

Click here to download the flyer.

Want to Reduce Holiday Stress?

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

DEAR COMMUNITY,

Dr. Charlotte Reznick

Want to Reduce Family Holiday Stress?

Although holiday time means presents and no school for most American kids, it can also be a stressful time – particularly with so many families facing financial hardship, in families where there’s a recent loss of a loved one, and with the challenges faced by split or blended families.

Family stress is going up. According to the American Psychological Association’s survey, Stress in America 2010, 73% of parents report family responsibilities as a top stress. 32% of parents report their stress is extreme (8 on a 10 scale). Most parents realize they are living with unhealthy stress levels: 69% know it’s important to manage their stress, but only 32% say they are doing a very good job of it.

Children know when their parents are having a hard time, and it does affect them: 47% of tweens and 33% of teens feel sad when their parents are stressed; 36% of tweens and 43% of teens worry; and 25% of tweens and 38% of teens feel frustrated when experiencing their parents in such a state.

Now is the perfect time to start turning family stress around. Here are 7 simple holiday stress-reducing strategies that can make a difference – holiday time or any time.

(1) Visualize a heart-filled holiday.  You can do this one at the dinner table. Have everyone in the family close their eyes, focus on their heart, and imagine what kind of holiday will bring joy into their hearts. Then share your ideas around the table. This helps kids feel listened to, cared for, and included.

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“The Worry Solution”

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

“The Worry Solution” written by Martin Rossman, MD shows, with the use of breakthrough brain science, how to turn stress and anxiety into confidence and happiness.

Martin Rossman, MD

From Dr. Rossman’s blog post “Making Good Worry Better”

“Good worry” is worry that focuses on a problem that you may be able to do something about. Specific ways of both logical and emotional/intuitive thinking can help make you much more effective in resolving these issues or problems. Many people know what they need to do to change things in their lives for the better but have trouble acting on what they know.

Why would that be?  Here are some common reasons for not making progress:

·    You aren’t really clear on what it is you want to do; you have left the issue so vague and uncertain that no goal can be set.

·    You haven’t been able to imagine a good way to accomplish what you want to accomplish, sometimes because you have become stuck in one way of thinking.

·    You haven’t really chosen the necessary course of action, which prevents you from putting your energy and intention behind it.

·    You haven’t clearly delineated a plan that is likely to get you where you want to go.

·    There are parts of you that have fears, concerns, or objections to resolving this problem and you haven’t accounted for them.

·    You need more motivation, courage, creativity, or other personal qualities to help you move out of your stuck place.

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