Natural Options for Cold & Flu... Simple and Highly effective ways of boosting yours and your families Immune System
a Holiday Treat: Golden Milk
New Wellness Tools coming:...Addictions, Conflict and Stress Beware!
Holiday Virus Season: Be careful when opening emails!
Finding Holistic/Greener Businesses in the Twin Cities
More Upcoming Events around Town
Natural Awakenings article:Happy Feasting to All - Tasty Rituals that Deepen the Holiday Spirit
It's all over in the news... "the Flu is up this year" and they are saying that the Flu Vaccine is considerably less effective than in years past. Keep in mind, we won't ever tell you not to get a vaccine as this is not the type of medicine we offer here (unless we see that your immune system maybe compromised, than we highly suggest you talk more indepth with your allopathic doctor first before, or waiting until it appears that your system can actually handle the vaccine better), we focus more on how can You have a stronger immune system with or without vaccines, so your body can do what it is innately designed to do, and that is to keep You healthy.
Below are some tips that we use here, and SchaOn recently used when he got the cold/flu, which only lasted about 48 hours.
Reduce stress (duh) - a Moist-Heat Liver pack in the evening goes a LONG way in reducing stress and boosting the immune system.
Elderberry has been clinically shown to reduce the sick time of Influenza A & B from 7 days to 4 days. Elderberry also makes it harder for the virus to spread from one cell to the next. We have 2 throat lozenges here in the clinic that contain Elderberry for this exact reason.
Zinc is crucial mineral that helps to boost the immune system. Zinc is also contained in these lozenges.
Oscillococcinum is a Homeopathic HPUS remedy that can be taken when you first start getting sick, and helps to reduce the duration of the cold and flu. We have some in-stock here, or you can also order it via the online dispensary and have it at your door in 2 days.
Epsom Salt Baths are a great way of getting magnesium into your system (and there's tremendous benefits to magnesium). Additionally, this helps to get your lymph to move which helps maintain a healthy immune system and clean the cells. Additionally, the hot water helps to bring your temp up helping to kill off more of the viruses.
Do you have a temp? Try to maintain that and don't try to break it right away, unless it's really high (over 105 F) or if it's lasted more than 2 days is when you want to start getting concerned. Part of the normal immune response is to create a fever to kill off the viruses, and allowing the innate ability of your body's own defenses goes a LONG way in maintaining a healthy immune system for life.
We have the Immune Support Audio therapy here in the office and it's only $10/session. Worried about getting us sick? Don't worry, we wipe down the doors handles with Silver Hydrosol (avail. via the online dispensary), as well as put it into the humidifiers and air diffuser. Additionally, we also add Immune Supporting Essential Oils and Herbs into the air... and if we do happen to get sick, we have pretty strong immune systems and heal pretty quickly.
Feel you need a little more than the Audio therapy? We also have a some fantastic Colorpuncture therapies to help when you're under the weather. Acute Sick Care appointments are $44 for non-members, or $22 for Monthly Wellness Members.
Also, you can't forgot the Vitamin D3. Some naturopaths recommend 25,000 IU for 3 days when first getting sick.
Additionally in the clinic, we also have Immune Support tablets by Banyan Botanicals, Trikatu by Organic India (helps move slow digestion --- good pooping is important for healthy immune function), Triphala (high in Vitamin C), as well as Ashwagandha to help maintain strength.
For a Cough, you can also try: 1/4 tsp ground Cinnamon with 1 tsp Raw Unheated Honey in Hot Water and drink. Raw Unheated Honey helps boost the immune system as well as heats stuck mucous. Cinnamon is high in Anti-Oxidants and has other good immune support effects.
This is a favorite of ours during this time of year:
1 Cup Whole Milk
1/8 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Turmeric
1/8 tsp Cardamom
1 tsp Raw Unheated Honey
Bring Milk, Cinnamon, Turmeric and Cardamom to a soft boil. In the cup, add the Honey, then pour the heated delight, stir and enjoy! For more information about the benefits of this treat, check it out on Joyful Belly.
New Tools are on their way!
Esogetics has come out with some new fantastic tools and we are lucky enough to be able to bring some of them to you in the next few weeks!
The first new tool is the Esogetics Synapsis Wave Machine that includes new programs for Addictions, Long Gamma and Power Nap. The Synapsis machine helps in bringing back healthy brainwaves. We'll have more information about this awesome new tool in the next newsletter!
The second new tool that we are getting in is called theBody Disc, or also goes by "the Slice of Earth" (pictured to the left). This is the third crystal disc and goes along with the Love Disc (Disc of the Heart), as well as the Dream Disc. This disc features the sacred geometry of the "Flower of Life". The Earth Disc is the optimal medium to reactivate the communication between the body’s cells. It can be used in any situation. As it is assigned to the body and thus to the cellular consciousness, it relates to blockages of all cellular structures. The application of this disc is particularly suited to the Esogetic segmental zones of the body and resolves blockages gently. SchaOn, to say the least, is very excited to add this to his tool kit.
Lastly, SchaOn will be attending the Esogetics Update Seminar on January 11th and will be learning the latest Holistic Health therapies to be released from Germany, and so he won't be seeing clients on Sunday, Jan. 11th or Monday, Jan. 12th.
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It's THAT time of Year again: Holiday Virus Season
The Holiday shopping season has begun, "Early Black Friday Deals", "Get A $200 Macy's Store Credit" (a recent scam event on Facebook stating Macy's was giving away thousands of in-store credits worth thousands of dollars with over 29K people duped), and more. Phishing scams and virus exploits are at their high during this time of year, which roughly runs from the middle of November to the end of April (Holiday Shopping through Tax Season).
Be very cautious with any links that you click on in emails, or things you like, share or "join" on Facebook and other social media sites. Tips for staying secure during this time:
Hover over links - does the site say something like https://www.thecompanyname.com or is it something like https://companyname.someothersite.com, or maybe www.somethingsimple.pz? If it's not the company's official website, more than likely, it's not them and instead a phishing scam
When you click a link, what does the address bar at the top of the site say?
If you are entering credit card information, or logging into a site, does the site have an HTTPS at the beginning with a lock symbol? If not, don't do it! You can also click on the lock symbol to make sure everything is secure on that site.
But the site has a security emblem on the webpage saying it's secure. Don't do it. There are things called Cross Site Scripting vulnerabilities that can redirect your information elsewhere, and you won't know till it's too late.
The holiday season is ripe with an array of spiritual, cultural and family rituals. We celebrate, reflect, give gifts and, of course, feast. Meanwhile, the media teems with tips on how to avoid high-calorie holiday goodies, says Dr. Michelle May, author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat. For our diet-driven culture to resolve its struggle with food, she says we must learn to honor its intrinsic value. Ritualized eating can help; a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science found that engaging in food rituals evokes mindfulness that enhances the enjoyment of eating.
Hunger, the body’s fuel gauge, manifests in physical symptoms like a growling stomach or low blood sugar, says May, citing a useful analogy. “You wouldn’t drive around and pull into every gas station you see; you’d check your fuel gauge first. Before filling up with food, pause and check your fuel gauge. Am I actually hungry, or is this desire coming from something else?”
The Twin Cities Holistic & Greener Directory was created to be an affordable online resource for small and local businesses within the Twin Cities Metro region who are more holistically minded and focused on greener options and services.
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With the cold and flu season upon us, it is always good to
have a few things on hand as if and when it hits, most people don't want to
leave the house. Also, everyone currently gets 5% off their entire order
through the dispensary, while Monthly
Wellness Members receive an additional 10% off (so, they are receiving
15%). Now, keep in mind, I'm not saying to get everything on the list,
though it is probably good to try a few things this season.
Oscillococcinum is a fantastic homeopathic remedy that many people
swear by for helping to reduce the length of flu-like symptoms. It is
non-drowsy, doesn't interact with other medications or herbs and works
naturally with the body. I've attached the links for 30 and 6 doses, as well
as the Children's formula.
Additionally, I've attached to the
newsletter some Elderberry products. Elderberry is a nice
traditional high antioxidant fruit, has anti-infective properties and has
been shown to prevent the flu virus from spreading from cell to cell. In
studies, it was shows to be effective with influenza strains A & B to
shorten the duration from 7 days down to 4! Keep in mind, the
Elderberry Zinc lozenges are an entire case --- though if you would like
only a bag, we will have them in the clinic within the next day or two.
Next we have Calcium, Magnesium & Zinc. Zinc is
a mineral that helps to boost the immune system, while magnesium (something
almost everyone is deficient in) help relax the cell walls allowing them to
absorb more nutrients, hydration as well as let go of waste... and has a
host of other benefits too long to put in the quick email.
I have listed some oils for Abhyangas (Self
Oil Massage). Sesame oil is good for all the doshas, while the
Ashwagandha/Bala oil is really good for people who want to build strength,
have nerve pain, muscle spams, and congestion. Additionally as we will be
entering the full swing of Kapha Season in January (though the Kapha is
already accumulating outside [snow], as well as inside for many people/slow
digestion, sinus congestion, mucusy bowels, etc), the Kapha Oil is great for
those of the Kapha dosha, or those whose Kapha is out of balance.
Next are a few Essential Oils for the home. The Invincible
Immunity by Amrita (we've personally used this) utilizes traditional oils
that are meant to help boost the immune system and cleanse the air. Next,
I've listed Peppermint Oil as mice and rodents do not like it. You can try
adding a couple of drops onto your furnace filter (for a whole house
effect), or on cotton balls that you can put in areas the mice frequent.
Additionally, Peppermint helps to open the sinuses and is great for
Last is Silver Hydrosol. Sovereign
Silver is one of the leaders when it comes to colloidal and hydrosol
silvers. Silvers are great for every infection known by my understanding,
and no virus/bacteria has defenses against this. I use this often instead of
hand sanitizer (as many hand sanitizers have endocrine disrupters, or I'll
put it into an air diffuser, add it to furnace filters, etc.
In the ClinicSome items that we have in our office not
available via the online dispensary are:
Breathe Free by Organic India
Bowelcare by Organic India
Trikatu by Organic India (really good for
Ashwagandha by Organic India
Immune Support by Banyan Botanicals
Triphala by Organic India
Tulsi Essential Oil
Auromere Natural Hand & Body Lotion
*new* Auromere Sulfate Free Shampoo Bars
Auromere SLS, Mint & Flouride Free
Toothpaste (homeopathic safe)
and much, much more, so stop on in and
check it out!
To your Holistic Health,
SchaOn, André and the Team here at Psinergy!
Today, I received an email from another colleague in the community asking "SchaOn, how have you best built your business?" Now, I'm always excited to help, though I don't think this person thought it would contain this much information. :) Here is my response: There are so many, though I would say acting like a business, meaning:
Having office hours, and sticking to them (and being there & present)
Online Scheduling - also clearly stating pricing for services on website
Automatic reminders of appointments (online scheduling system handles that)
Being professional (dressed nice, smell good, answering the phone professionally - "Thank you for choosing Psinergy Health, this is SchaOn. How may I help you?")
Returning phone calls ASAP (you would be amazed at how many practitioners do NOT return calls or emails)
Being real, upfront and honest
Following the law (MN Statute 146A) --- going through the Client Bill of Rights with the clients, also, putting out the Client Bill of Rights for potential clients
Doing Free talks, and providing good, healthy snacks for the talks
Making myself available to people
Informing and encouraging instead of talking down
Advertising in areas that we want to support. Print Advertising takes 3 to 6 months to start working, so you want it with a publication that you want to be giving money to support their distribution, not solely because you want clients from them. If you're not getting clients from that publication, start informing your clients of that publication (give them a copy each month with their appointment). Print publications get handed off to 1 or 2 people after the original person. For example, we spend ad dollars with Natural Awakenings Twin Cities because we find that the articles published are very informative to my clients (as well as to ourselves). Additionally, Jackie with Natural Awakenings does a LOT for her advertisers, and is a HUGE wealth of information and resources. You can truly tell that she is there for the advertisers, and not just for the money. We also do print with the Park Bugle, our local newspaper. They are a non-profit and help to keep the community informed of the news of the neighborhood. We also do online ads with the Bugle, they have a page rank of a 5, and helps us have a higher page rank as well. Additionally, we also do some advertising with the Pioneer Press. Yes, it's a large company, though our rep is very nice, and this also helps to open other doors for us not normally available to smaller businesses. Additionally, we also are members of MetroIBA as they hold many of the same values we do.
Expos --- and affordable expos at that. Yes, the really LARGE expos like Healthy Life or Edge Life are great exposure though you will spend between dollars and time about $1,500 to $2,000 just for that weekend. Newer, small businesses often don't have those dollars available --- so, smaller venues that still attract a crowd are really good. In my first 3 or 4 years of business, we averaged 14 expos/year.
In my first 3 years of business, I had over 450 client files. Some I only saw once, some where from free talks I did, some were from group sessions, others were from Expos, and others became regular clients.
Have a newsletter for your clients (and don't sign up people to it that you just had a conversation with and just received their business card... unless THEY ask to be on your newsletter). Also, send out the newsletters regularly and consistently. Be informative and not overly selly. Yes, sell in the newsletter, but have it more about informing and educating. Also, I didn't do a newsletter in the first 3 years of business, and hence, one of the biggest reasons why I had a really hard time retaining 1/10th of the 450+ clients I had worked with over those years. This was one of the biggest ways I lost a lot of potential money.
Talk to people about what you do in simple terms, and terms THEY can understand. They don't need to know everything you do and how you do it... they just need to know that you CAN do what they need for them. It's easy for us practitioners to over-inform and confuse our clients because all of this is so common to us, but NOT to them (do they know what LI4 and LI11 is for? Probably not).
Remember, you don't have to do everything right away --- as you grow, offer more. This helps to keep you fresh and new to your clients.
Don't bend over backwards for your clients. Yes, be accommodating, but do not put yourself in harms way, even perceived. For example, I have a 24-hour cancellation policy which is pretty standard in this day in age. One day, a client never showed for their appointment called, no answer, so I left a message, and emailed over an invoice for the missed session. After this person's appointment and my phone call and email, they call me and said that they spaced out about it, and that they shouldn't have to pay the appointment because in their business they don't enforce that, but they would be happy to reschedule and pay for future appointments, but if I made them pay for the missed one, they would stop being my client. That person is no longer my client.
Consistently update your skills (and add them to your Client Bill of Rights) - no one modality will solve everything
Be OK with referring clients out to other practitioners that you trust. Let your client know WHY you are referring them to this other practitioner, and if they should be working with you during that time as well, or when they should start to come back. I refer out about 90% of my clients to other practitioners who specialize in things I do not, like massage, cranio-sacral, more in-depth Ayurvedic procedures, Chiropractic (this is my #1 I refer out for), Rolfing as well as a few others. Also, refer out to practitioners you know and how they work. I've referred out to some practitioners I didn't know, and now this practitioner wants to see this client every week, or 2 or 3 times a week, and not willing to coordinate on care. A good referral would be like when I referred a client to Marcia Meredith, a fantastic Ayurvedic Practitioner in Minneapolis, specifically for Marma Massage. My client went there for the Marma Massage, and Marcia didn't try to gain the client permanently. She knew that it was a referral for a specific service to be completed and then sent her on her way. For me, I get consistent referrals from other practitioners for Kirlian as the practitioner (and client) want to know more information, or see things from a different set of eyes. Those clients, we do the Consultation (and I take notes for the other practitioner, unless the other practitioner is there), and I am fully aware that this client will be irregular as the other practitioner is their primary, not me. Also, do not EVER put down the other practitioner (unless they are doing something illegal or out-right and completely unethical and you are 100% sure of that).
Note - When referring clients, if you want to talk with the other practitioner, make sure to have the client complete a Release of Information form!
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A daily cleanse of our senses allows us to interact more rewardingly with our world and to make our awareness more clear and precise. There are many techniques to do this depending on which sense you want to cleanse. One way is simply decanting a Triphala tea.
Before bed boil 16 ounces of water
Place a teaspoon of powdered Triphala (or about 6 capsules) in a large glass
Pour the boiled water in next to top off the glass
Place a cover on the container
Allow the infusion to be still and undisturbed until morning
Soon after waking carefully decant the top third into eye cups
Wash your eyes with this, adding rose hydrosol if you want
Carefully decant the middle third into a neti pot (click here to learn more about neti pots and how to use them)
Wash your nasal passages, sinuses and back of throat
Swish and even rub the bottom third into your teeth, gums and tongue
Swallow, sending the Triphala to purify your gastro-intestinal tract and enhance digestion
Ok... Let’s be
completely honest for a moment. Who among us has not suffered from
constipation, diarrhea, or some other malady affecting the bowels? For many
of us, these disturbances are somewhat routine occurrences. And yet, as a
culture, we’re morbidly afraid to talk about them. Fortunately, Ayurveda has
a lot to say about why these types of imbalances are so common, and what we
can do to correct them. So, perhaps it’s time to cast aside any resistance,
stigma, or embarrassment in order to offer our bodies some real support in
the area of elimination. This resource explores Ayurveda’s perspective on
this topic in some depth. If you were hoping to find a few quick
recommendations for an acute case of constipation or diarrhea,
click on the appropriate link for some suggestions. But if your symptoms
recur frequently, consider returning here soon so that you can begin to
explore and address the root cause of your imbalances. The truth is that,
for all of us, our bowel habits and stools can teach us a great deal about
what our bodies need in order to return to balance.
Ayurveda views elimination as an important indicator
of overall health because healthy elimination generally points to strong
agni (digestive fire), which is one of the cornerstones of well-being
and longevity. Perhaps even more significantly, Ayurveda recognizes that the
digestive tract is the very first place that imbalances arise in the body.
This being the case, our stools tend to offer very early warning signs that
something is amiss physiologically, even if the imbalance is fairly minor at
first. If an emerging imbalance is not properly addressed, it will either
take root in the digestive tract (as a more serious condition), or spread to
other tissues and create disturbances there. If, on the other hand, we can
learn to understand and respond to the early indications of discord, our
bodies have a remarkable ability to self-correct and heal.
Psinergy: Health for People and the Computers They Use
Six years ago, St. Paul-based Psinergy Natural Health and Holistic Wellness opened its doors. Wellness practitioner SchaOn Blodgett began his holistic health company by offering a variety of services and products for stress management, relaxation and general well-being. He was soon joined by his partner, technology expert André Thomas of Psinergy TechWarrior St. Paul, whose additional business resulted in their “dual-sided healing company” for both people and their computers.
“Originally, Psinergy was only meant to be a holistic health company, combining the knowledge from the ages through metaphysical and esoteric studies with new scientific advancements of today’s world,” explains Blodgett, who is also an instructor in holistic health studies at Normandale Community College. “Then we decided to have another branch to the company, providing computer repair services that focused on also educating the clients on their computers and what they can do to avoid issues in the future. This is similar to what we do on the holistic health side of the company in regards to a person’s health- empowering the individual.”