Northeast Holistic Center

HIV / AIDS Assistance

NHC has received its second consecutive Ryan White Title I Grant—enabling the HIV/AIDS community to avail itself of the natural health therapies to assist with the toxic side-effects of HIV drugs. Read more.

Webinars with Vital Connection

NHC offers vibrant, informative on-line training in a wide variety of holistic modalities, including certifications in aromatherapy, flower essences and crystals.Read more.


Consider This

NHC newsletter

Springtime - Rejuvenation and Growth!
How often have you wished to able to change a part of you? Now is the time! Take this season when the Earth grows and produces great wonders to produce your own growth and great wonders. It is a simple task or make it a ritual to do every Spring. Get some colorful paper and cut it into small 2 inch squares. Write as many new aspects of you that you would like to create - one on each piece of paper. Fold them into a small seed-like package and put them into an envelope until you get to plant them. Next, take each of those aspects of yourself that you wish to eliminate or get rid of and write each one on a seperate piece of paper. This time instead of folding each piece, cut each into tiny pieces of paper and put it into another envelope. Do as many as you want. Now, on a nice warm, sunny day, go into your garden, the woods, a park or any place where you can plant your seeds for change. If you can, take a packet of real flower seeds with you. With great love and care plant your flower garden. Awaken the earth as you dig to plant, first your seed for growth that you cover with a little dirt and then the flower seed. Now cover your flower seed with dirt. Once you have planted all of your personal growth and change seeds as well as your flower seeds, carefully sprinkle you packet of small cut up manure (what you wanted to get rid of). Water. Release it all. Let it grow. Some day you may just be surprised by what you find. CELEBRATE SPRING!

Friends and Angels Unawares

Recently I was speaking with a new friend who is also experiencing difficult times. She has cancer, I just left my marriage. We were talking about friends and their responses to our life situations. She expressed what many have experienced when very ill. Those people you think are good or best friends vanish from your lives. Despite calling and leaving messages, they don't call back. They make excuses and don't visit. They don't know what to say. Why is it that those we thought would be there disappear when we need them most? Were they really just fair weather friends? Maybe we just bring them too close to their own fears? Yes, thankfully we both still had dear friends who called and cared, but for the most part these were folks who were further away…

But then we talked about how other people, the people we call our "angels" just appear. I shared with her about my "angels". When I left home it was in a hurry and I had no place to stay. This woman down the road from me offered me her guestroom and assistance anytime. She had only just met me, yet she opened her heart and home to me. I needed both. While I was there one weekend alone, her friend, a man I'd walked past many times with just a hello or a few words called. "Are you hungry? Do you have food? I made goulash." I had eaten, but those words were food for my soul. We are not alone. An elderly woman whom I'd never met before (the mother of a coworker) allowed me to use her home for the week she was away tending her dying husband. At the most difficult time of her life she reached out to a stranger- me. She too was one of my angels. Yes, I could've done it without them, but it would've been immeasurably more difficult. Their love and support helped me believe in the goodness of people even though some of the people I thought would support me were strangely absent or distant.

Proverbs says, "A true friend sticks closer than a brother." The street version says, "When the chips are down, you know who your real friends are." Jesus said, "Whatsoever you do to these the least of your brothers, you do to me." And "no greater love has a man than this, that he lays down his life for his friends."

What kind of friend are you? I am ashamed to admit I haven't always been the best friend. Sometimes I just got lazy about writing (before email) to distant friends or was too involved in myself. A dear male friend was sacrificed because of my ex's fear and disapproval. It just seemed "easier" to let him go. How I regret that! Yes, I have tried to find him, and others, if for no other reason after all these years but to apologize. But thankfully over the years I have matured and do my best to be a true friend. It's not always easy or convenient. Sometimes the price is very high, the laying down of your life part. But otherwise, am I really a friend? And yes, I've even gotten to be someone's angel on occasion, that's how it was when I met my friend with cancer. I count all these people among my friends. And I am thankful.

Is there someone you need to "sit with"? Who is in your life that would "sit with" you?

Twelve years ago I was engaged to a man who I thought would be the perfect husband. Or so it appeared, because in reality the image he presented wasn't real. This man who was loved and sought after by many at church as a friend and counselor was, among other things, a compulsive liar- not just little lies, big lies. He wove a life tale that was by and large dramatic, grandiose, and false. Thankfully for my pride's sake, I was only one of a few who were naïve enough to believe him. I realized with some embarrassment how easy it is to be drawn into a cult by someone who appeared so spiritual and chosen by God. It was little comfort when he said I was the most difficult to deceive.
When it was obvious to him that I was asking too many questions, he created yet another story and broke off the engagement. A fellow friend and I began to dig deeper and we were finally able to uncover some truths. With the help and leadership of our already suspicious pastor we arranged an intervention. He caved in quickly and was immediately taken to the gifted counselor who was waiting for him.

This man also changed my life. When we went to pick up my ex-fiance three days later, Ron started giving me instructions on what I needed to do to help. As I tried to inform him that I was not part of the picture, yada yada, he said something that felt like a slap in the face and snapped me out of the poor me victim mode. His response? "Get over it."

Still smarting, I realized that he had given me a great gift. A gift that led me to what I consider one of my finest moments because it gave me the strength to step outside myself and to step bigger than what I may have been able to otherwise. He helped me choose the "high road" and to choose a course of action grounded in love. You see, I could imagine how humiliated and embarrassed he must be feeling. I knew he needed to be feel comfortable and to find healing in the church he would need feel accepted. I knew the church would be watching what I did. I realized to an extent that my responses to this man would guide theirs. So that next Sunday, despite all that happened and his outspoken lack of appreciation for my part in it all, I convinced him to come to church and to sit with me. He was invited and came to the socials at my home. I set an example and sent a message to the church community and it was received and embraced. We all played a part and therefore we all won and were able to heal much more quickly in this way.

Consider this: Is there someone you need to "sit with"? Who is in your life that would "sit with" you?

The Face of Compassion

So many times when we think of someone being compassionate, we think of an act of one person to another. Perhaps we think of God. I want to tell you about someone else, my dog Duke.

Duke knows about compassion. He was rescued by my son and carried home in a newspaper sack ten years and 75 pounds ago. I was determined not to have another dog, but how could I turn away this pup with his hip bones and ribs showing? He'd sit in my lap, too weak even to eat. That's when I discovered he was being eaten alive by hundreds of fleas. He was a new dog after his 10PM kitchen sink bath. And so he became a member of the family. But this story isn't about our compassion towards Duke. It's about his compassion for others. All of us have been touched by Duke's gentle soul, even when we are undeserving. One such recipient is our little, incredibly full of himself French Bulldog named Louis.

Duke was not delighted when Lou was brought home five years ago, but they have become very close. It amazes us how Duke looks after Lou. One year at Christmas, Duke had the only available toy and Lou sat watching, bored. Duke noticed this and despite the fact that he knew what would happen, he took the toy and hung it out of the corner of his mouth so that Lou could grab on. Within seconds Lou took the toy and ran off, but that was okay with Duke.

This summer he did something equally amazing. A strong swimmer, he loves the water and retrieving sticks. Lou can barely swim to save his own life and won't venture far. I threw the two sticks a little too far and Duke possessed them both. Lou looked on. In characteristic fashion, Duke noticed Lou's longing and taking one stick with his mouth, pushed it toward the shore. I was awestruck by his kindness and his ability to problem-solve. No doubt there are many other times he has cared for Lou that have gone unnoticed. I am grateful to share my life with this wise old soul, and grateful that he chose my son to follow home that day. In truth, we were the ones rescued and privileged, in more ways than we will ever know.

Friendship and Healing

Did you know that being in the company of friends and other loved ones can help you heal faster?
According to a recent study, wounded and stressed hamsters living with a sibling healed almost twice as quickly as those left alone and produced smaller amounts off cortisol, a stress hormone. Cortisol levels in isolated hamsters were 1.5 times higher than in paired hamsters.

When scientists treated a group of hamsters with oxytocin, a hormone released during social contact associated with bonding in monogamous animals, they healed 25 percent faster than hamsters that were untreated.

This study showed that having and maintaining relationships affects your total health far more than conventional medicine ever thought.
It seems that animals aren't meant to be alone and neither are people.

"What if I make a mistake?"

How often do you feel that you behave in a way that is expected by others because you fear the guilt of non-cooperation? If we are insecure, we may allow other people to manipulate our actions by "making" us feel guilty; then we feel worse for failing to stand up for ourselves and neglecting to listen to our own inner voice. The collective, inherited conscience may be in the wrong no matter how right it sounds. The personal, intuitive conscience will lead us on the path that is right for us, the path of our own truths. We must learn to disentangle the two strands. In the process we build inner strength--the courage to resist external pressures that deep in our hearts we find ourselves unable to accept. We will begin to walk in our truths and despite some "mistakes", gain confidence as we begin to trust that voice.

And I ask myself, "What if I make a mistake?" And I answer myself, "I would rather be a failure at my own life than a success at someone elses."

Healing Hands

The power of touch has provided the basis for spiritual healing practices all over the world across many cultures for thousands of years. The laying on of hands represents a transference of healing energy regardless of form or the name it is called by. When you hurt yourself it is instinctive to put your hand to the area or to rub it. Likewise a parent will stroke a hurting child or kiss the pain away. We hug each other or touch hands to show support or comfort.

Many people seek out touch therapies such as massage, energy work and reflexology to experience the healthful benefits of touch. The strokes and gentle touch release our tension and simultaneously repair and relax both body and mind. It is a gift to ourselves give and receive healing in these ways.

The Gift of Touch

When we are babies, touch is probably the most comforting of our senses. It reassures, quiets and comforts us. Studies show that babies deprived of touch do not thrive and even die. It is a basic human need. Yet as we grow older we tend to "lose touch" and separate ourselves from others, even family and friends. We apologize for accidently touching another. We suppress an instinctive need to communicate and be relaxed through touch.

Consider the message you get from someone based on a handshake. A warm, strong handshake inspires trust and confidence. A limp handshake doesn't confer the same connection and a strong, aggressive grip puts you on your guard. Consider also how it feels to give and receive a hug or gentle touch from a loved one. It reassures us and relaxes us.

People who have pets show less stress-related diseases such as high blood pressure and heart disease than those who don't. When we pet an animal we comfort and relax the animal and ourselves, sharing the benefits of this gift together.

Concerns or Worries?
Close your eyes for a few moments and think about the things that troubled you over the past week. How can you tell which are justified concerns and which are unjustified worries?

Concern is based in reason and purpose and is based in cause and effect. We lock the door to keep burglars out. We don't get too close to the ledge so as not to fall.

Worry focuses on pointless wishing that we can change the past or dwelling on aspects of the future that may never happen or are unavoidable. The mind and body becomes full of free-floating anxiety. For many of us, this anxiety becomes a constant part of our lives. This keeps us in a constant state of stress which can keep us from enjoying life and diminish our health.

By identifying your worries and addressing the reasons behind them you can become free of them. Complementary alternative medicine offers help through herbs, aromatherapy, flower essences, visualization and emotional freedom techniques and other modalities.

The Flow of Qi
According to the Chinese book of Wisdom, the Dao de Jing, everything is made from nothing. From nothing came yin and yang, interdependent opposites. The energy that flows between yin and yan is known as qi, or chi. Qi is believed to pass through twelve main channels known as meridians in the body. Each channel is associated with a different organ. Chi may become blocked at different points in the channel, causing physical and mental disorders. When chi flows freely throug our bodies, we feel relaxed. Finger pressure exerted along the meridians can free the energy flow. A practitioner can help you harmonize your body's energy and learn techniques to help yourself.

Conscience and guilt
Having been raised Catholic, and then following fundamental Christian beliefs for most of my life, I am no stranger to both conscience and guilt, the ever-present voice in my head that told me don't do that, do this, look what you did, and on it went. No matter what, except for a saving force outside myself, outside all ourselves, we are all left wanting.

Over the past several months, however, I have reexamined these ideas and have come to realize that it is not the wisdom inside ourselves that is wanting, but the programming that we have received from outside ourselves. Sometimes these influences are embedded in us by well-meaning folks trying to save us from "evil" and danger. Sometimes they are imposed by outside authorities in ignorance or a desire for power and control.

Regardless of the source, the truth inside us becomes harder to discern. The truths we hear calling from our hearts and inner wisdom become diminished. The messages that have been programmed into us seem to be our own. This becomes problematic.

The Third Phase of Midlife
The third phase of this passage is our re-emergence, reintegration and recommitment. We have undergone a metamorphosis and are reborn.

Hot flashes and night sweats, experienced by both men and women, are kundalini energy rising up the spine, transforming our circuits, altering our brain chemistry, physically and energetically calling forth enlightenment and wisdom. The hormonal and chemical changes going on in our bodies and brain during midlife are also affecting our minds and spirits and doing the same thing.

A well-joined loving couple may experience menopause together. Intense hormonal changes are happening to both partners, individually and in concert with one another, rewiring them for the next phase of life together, the elder years.

The Second Stage of Midlife
The second stage of the midlife process is death. During this time we are called upon to face death and all that it represents. We are being asked to summon all the courage, strength and grace it takes to give death to our former selves and to who we have been. It is a time of dealing with loss and learning to let go. Doing this work requires time alone and a lot of thought, support and psychic energy. When we have fully examined all the parts of who we have been, cried over our disappointments and losses, raged over the should haves and could haves, all the dreams that never were, and those we have lost, the work is done. We are now ready for the third phase, our midlife renewal.

The First Stage of Midlife
The first phase of the midlife passage is isolation. It is a time that we cocoon and may yearn to be alone. We are drawn to simplify our lives. Men and women may become irritable, preoccupied, fatigued, have headaches and insomnia. Feelings of regret and depression are common.

This depression can often be a call from deep within, the soul's yearning for deeper meaning. Give yourself permission to experience this place to uncover the wisdom lying there, to learn your deepest truths and strengths. Often this midlife depression, even when difficult, accompanies emotional growth and indicates that some serious, life-altering changes need to be made. We are challenged to process lingering emotional baggage that we may not have been inclined to deal with before. If you allow yourself to learn from this phase we can become positive and full of life and new direction.
Doing the work we are called to do during the initial phase of menopause prepares us for the second phase.

Feeding Your Emotions!
One evening an Old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that was going on inside himself. He says, "My son, it is between two wolves. One is evil: anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego…

The other is good: joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one I feed."

As much as we prefer the company of the second wolf, it is the first that often seems to be our companion. The good news is that we can choose to enjoy the positive traits in our daily lives, and that there are very effective tools to help us in this quest.

Based on the premise that all negative emotion is a disruption in our body's energy system, emotional stress release techniques and other forms of energywork can help us neutralize negative, painful emotions.

Many people find that these simple yet powerful methods erase or relieve both long-standing and recent emotions that keep us trapped in bitterness, fear, obsession, addictions and other harmful behaviors. By tapping and/or holding certain points on the body related to the energy system, blocks in the system can be released. Amazingly, some problems can be totally relieved within just a few minutes, while others require more persistence.

These methods also help relieve physical pain, especially when there are emotional reasons for it. What's surprising is that we often don't realize that emotions are involved until we use the techniques! After a bike accident, I was able to alleviate pounding head pain and the pain of face wounds in less than an hour without any medication. I was impressed!

Flower essences are another tool to help strengthen and balance us on our emotional and psychological levels. They address personality traits and behavioral concerns in people and animals of all ages. Added to a beverage, or even applied externally, these remedies are convenient to use and work gently to bring about positive changes. They work well by themselves, and are even more effective when combined with affirmations, visualizations and emotional release techniques.

If you are tired of feeding the bad wolf and want to feel better about yourself and others, I welcome you to experience these modalities in a nurturing, accepting and confidential setting.

Valentine Day Is NOT Only For Lovers!
My Friends and I often laugh at the thought that we are encouraged by the card companies and commercialism to send cards and give gifts on holidays such as Valentine's Day. Don't get me wrong. I am all for expressing your love to those you really care about and giving gifts because you think highly or dearly of someone. When are we going to really get it that each day is Valentine's Day, Christmas, a birthday or any day to celebrate. Each day is a day of celebration and joy for all those who love us, care about us, do things for us, etc. Celebrate those you love everyday of your life - that is the true source of the idea of a holiday!

Letting go...
A group of scientists were on a mission to study a particular species of monkey in the jungles of Africa.
It was important that the monkeys not be harmed in the capture process. So the scientists devised a trap consisting of a small jar with a long, narrow neck. Into the jar was placed a handful of nuts. Several of these jars were staked out, while the scientists returned to their camp.

Seeing the nuts in the bottle, a monkey would thrust his paw into the long neck and take a fistful of nuts. But when he tried to withdraw the prize, he discovered that his clenched fist would not pass through the narrow neck of the bottle. So he was trapped in the anchored bottle, unable to escape with his booty, and yet unwilling to let go if it.

We may smile at the monkeys, thinking how foolish they were. But in some respects we are just like them. We cling to the very things that hold us back, remaining captive thorugh sheer unwillingness to let go.

We feel we have been unjuslty treated in our work or by some friend or associate. Often someone will say, " I will never forget this as long as I live. "

Thus he holds on to the handful of nuts and is trapped, spending the rest of his days complaining about being tied to a bottle, but unwilling to let it go.

Source: Adapted from Unity of all Life, by Eric Butterworth.

Inner Strength
If you can start the day without caffeine or pep pills,
If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
If you can do all these things…

…Then you are probably the family dog.

Author unknown-amended from one of those infamous forwarded e-mails…

Yoga and Your Health
Whether you are looking to improve your competitive edge or your health, yoga may just be the practice you are looking for. In addition to increased flexibility and strength, yoga may also provide a mental edge. Yoga helps your concentration because you need to focus and balance in order to do the postures. This translates very well once you're competing, because you need a clear head to be successful.

If you need a little more incentive to try this ancient practice, consider that yoga is one of the most important practices you can do for your health. THERE ARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF YOGA CLASSES AVAILABLE TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS. Good health begins today!.

The Spirit of Giving
Holidays come and people give gifts. Gifts of WHAT? For WHAT? And WHY? And WHEN? The Spirit of Giving is a one way process - isn't it? If you give from your heart, in the best possible understanding of giving, it is not necessary to give what you think the other person wants, for the reasons that the rest of the world thinks you should give, when you should give, and why you should give it. The giving is the giving of a part of you. To give that which is precious to you, whatever you want to give to the person. If your friend, who is a farmer, gives you a ham for Christmas and you don't eat ham, the gift is still given in love and caring. Even if the friend knows that you don't eat ham. It is the spirit and gift of the giving - not the ham that the important thing. Why then do people get upset when they don't get the gift that they want? Giving is a one way street. The giving is an extension of your caring and energy. The receiving of the gift is where the energy goes awry. Expectations and assumptions should never be included in the reception of a gift - just the joy of receiving in total gratitude.

To all who read this, the staff of the Northeast Holistic Center sends you a gift of joy, happiness, love, prosperity, health and abundance for 2004.

Attitude Is Everything!
This came to me in the way of an e-mail. It seems to have a lot to say, so I thought I would pass it on.

Michael is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, would reply, "If I were any
better, I would be twins!" He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Michael was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Michael and asked him, "I don't get it! "You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?" Michael replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood. I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.

"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested. "Yes, it is," Michael said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations.
You choose how people affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live your life." I reflected on what Michael said.

Soon hereafter, I left the Tower Industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that Michael was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Michael was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back. I saw Michael about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied. "If I were any better, I'd be twins. Wanna see my scars?"

I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone through his mind as the accident took place."The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being of my soon to be born daughter," Michael replied. "Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or I could choose to die. I chose to live." "Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked.

Michael continued, "...the paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read, "he's a dead man. I knew I needed to take action." "What did you do?" I asked. "Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me," said Michael. "She asked if I was allergic to anything. "Yes, I replied." The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, "Gravity." Over their laughter, I told them, "I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead."

Michael lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.

Attitude is everything."Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

Mid-Life Crisis with a Twist of Humor
Here is a light-hearted look at mid-life modified from one of those infamous forwarded emails. Whether you are pushing 40, 50, or more, you'll probably relate.

Mid-life is when you look at your know-it-all, cell phone wearing teenager and think: "For this I have stretch marks?"

In mid-life your memory starts to go. In fact, the only thing we can retain is water.

In mid-life women no longer have upper arms, we have wingspans. We are no longer women in sleeveless shirts, we are flying squirrels in drag.

Mid-life is when you can stand naked in front of a mirror and you can see your rear without turning around.

Mid-life means that you become more reflective…You start pondering the "big" questions. What is life? Why am I here? How much Healthy Choice ice cream can I eat before it's no longer a healthy choice?
But mid-life also brings with it an appreciation for what is important. We realize that breasts sag, hips expand, chins double, but our loved ones make the journey worthwhile. Would any of you trade the knowledge that you have now for the body you had way back when?

Maybe our bodies simply have to expand to hold all the wisdom and love we've acquired.
Share it with those around you and your "wrinkles of time" will appear beautiful even to you.

A Parable for Life

One spring, two farmers have plenty to eat from the previous harvest. "Why bother to plant?" one says. "I'm fine now." The other farmer agrees, so they plant no crops.

Come summer, a few volunteer crops arrive from seeds left after the previous year's harvest. "Why bother to water or fertilize?" one farmer says. "We still have enough." The other farmer agrees so they do nothing.

Fall arrives and the food is dwindling. The farmers suddenly realize that they don't have enough food. They rush to plant, fertilize, and grow his crop in the last few days before fall harvest.

Their approach is absolutely ridiculous. Would anyone ever do anything that foolish? Don't be too quick to answer.

Millions of people approach their health exactly the same way as these two woeful farmers.

They neglect health when they're young, practice unhealthy habits for years, then when they feel the onset of any one of a number of lifestyle related illnesses, they finally go into a rush of activity to cure their illness. Even then, they fail to accept full responsibility for their illness. Instead, they ask a doctor to cure them with a magic pill.

Now is the best time to plant those healthy seeds for the future, whether it is exercising more or saving $50 a month. Money is important in retirement, but even great wealth is a poor consolation for poor health and reduced life expectancy from years of neglect of your health.

Taking steps now to ensure that you will be healthy in the future is one of the best investments you can make. In fact, it's almost like buying time.

Author: Grady Cash

Why Are We So Suspectible To Colds and Flu During the Fall Months?

It is important to realize that the change of season has a radical effect on many people's immune systems. Often times the change in temperature from day to day is great, as well as the difference in the range of temperatures from night to day. That sudden drop in temperature and then possible raise in temerapture for the Indian Summer that happens can effect the immune system.

But, is that all that it is about? How many of you change your diet to match the seasons? Did you realize that eating oranges, papaya and foods that are out of season or your regional living area, in the fall months could possibly lead to the suspectibility of colds and flu also. Change your food selections with the seasons and the areas that you live in and see if you avoid that flu.
Also, just as a thought on why the autumn flu bug may have caught you --- how much did you dislike going to school and being sick was the way to get back to the lazy schedule of summer vacation? Did you carry that pattern through to adult life?

It is the time to enjoy the change of seasons and stay healthy ---eat right, exercise and enjoy life.

Facing Adversity?

A young woman was complaining to her father about how difficult her life had become. He said nothing, but took her to the kitchen and set three pans of water to boiling.

To the first pan, he added carrots. To the second, eggs. And to the third, ground coffee.

After all three had cooked, he put their contents into separate bowls and asked his daughter to cut into the eggs and carrots and smell the coffee. What does this all mean?" she asked impatiently.

"Each food," he said, "teaches us something about facing adversity, as represented by the boiling water.

"The carrot went in hard but came out soft and weak. The eggs went in fragile but came out hardened.

The coffee, however, changed the water to something better.

"Which will you be like as you face life?" he asked. "Will you give up, become hard, or transform adversity into triumph?

"As the 'chef' of your own life, what will you bring to the table?"

Freedom of Choice?

As you look around a health food store, or perhaps even your own home, you can see countless selections of supplements available for use if you choose to use them. We have the freedom of choice to shop for these products on a daily basis without needing government permission or a doctor's prescription.

We risk losing this freedom if the Dietary Supplement safety Act Bill S-722, introduced by Senatory Durbin and co-sponsored by NY Senator Schumer is allowed to pass. This bill would give the FDA broad discretionary authority over dietary supplements. As this Bill is worded now, if a single report of an adverse experience occurs while taking a dietary supplement, even if the product was misused, the FDA can initiate proceedings resulting in the termination of the marketing of the ingredient.

Under current law, the FDA already has all the necessary enforcement power needed to protect consumers from unsafe and/or illegal dietary supplements. It can regulate the types of ingredients used, potency, purity and claims made on behalf of these products. It also has the power to seize, condem and destroy products that present unreasonable risk of harm or if labeling is false or misleading.

Rather than granting them new broad discretionary powers that have historically abused and undermined consumers' rights, we can encourage them to enforce existing law.

Please consider contacting your senators and tell them to vote NO on Bill S-722 and protect your Freedom of Choice. The vote will take place after summer recess this fall.



©2009 Northeast Holistic Center. All rights reserved.