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Are You Getting Enough of What You Need?

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Cool (& Natural) Ways to Stop Hot Flashes Pt 3

Cool & Natural Ways to Stop Hot Flashes Pt 3

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Photo: S Balgobin

In parts 1 and 2 of the series, a look was taken at how aromatherapy and crystals could be used to help ease the physical and emotional symptoms related to menopause.  In part three, we will now turn our attention to flower and vibrational essences (NOT aromatherapy – essences are not oils!)

Flowers (and nature) to the Rescue

You may or may not be familiar with flower and vibrational essences — or perhaps you’ve heard of (or even used) Rescue Remedy….but there’s literally a world of essences from around the globe to choose from.  In Brazil, essences are used in schools and even hospitals, while in Cuba they are issued on their national health service(!).  And while it confounds the scientists (“it’s only water with alcohol [or other preservative] in it — no value whatsoever, except for a placebo effect!”) – yet, that “nothing” impacts infants and animals (plants too!) — none of whom have any idea what placebos are!  I’ve seen teething infants go from screams to smiles in seconds with the use of a little Orange essence, and I’m sure Mum was grateful for the “nothing” that calmed her baby.

Wise Women’s Ways and Herbs

In the fourth and final part of the Cool (& Natural) Ways to Stop Hot Flashes a look will be taken at traditional herbs used by wise women for centuries for menopause.

Cool (& Natural) Ways to Stop Hot Flashes Pt 2

Cool (& Natural) Ways to Stop Hot Flashes Pt 2

amethyst-clusterIn part 2 of my series Cool (& Natural) Ways to Stop Hot Flashes, we turn our attention to healing crystals, why they can impact our energy and how they can be used to cool the heat of menopause.

Crystals for Crystalline Beings

Humans are crystalline beings – we have all kinds of minerals (i.e. crystals) that impact every aspect of our lives.  We have calcium in our bones, iron in our blood;  lithium is used to balance our emotional reactions.  In short, crystals play a part in every aspect of our lives – wouldn’t it make sense that crystals could be used to help our bodies to repair itself?

Crystals are a wonderful and beautiful way to cool the heat generated by menopause, as well as beautifying your person and home.  Some of the ways you can use the crystals are:

  • Wearing the crystal or keeping it on your person
  • Taking an essence made from the crystal*
  • Having a crystal healing session*
  • Placing a crystal in your home

Crystals, like all things natural, may work more slowly than the more “sledgehammer” of drugs, but they DO work — and you can make your home or yourself more beautiful in the process (if you decide to wear your crystal(s))!

Crystals to Cool the Heat

Take a look at the crystals below and see if any of them “call” to you.  If you feel you need more help, just contact me for a FREE 15-MINUTE MINI-CONSULTATION for suggestions or to book a treatment.

Flowers to the Rescue

In part 3 of the Cool (& Natural) Ways to Stop Hot Flashes series, we will focus on flower and vibrational essences, which are sovereign when it comes to dealing with the emotional aspects of menopause.  You’ll learn how to turn the “fire” of (pro)creativity into a new, creative being.

*An experienced crystal healing therapist can help you with this

Cool (& Natural) Ways to Stop Hot Flashes Pt 1

Cool (& Natural) Ways to Stop Hot Flashes Pt 1

Flower Petals and essential oil in bowlIn this 4-part series, Cool (& Natural) Ways to Stop Hot Flashes, we’ll look at ways you can help cool those hot flashes in an easy and drug-free way.

I recently read an article on the development of a drug at the Imperial College of London to relieve hot flashes, promising “life changing” help to millions of women.  While that is certainly good news for many long-suffering women, I have always believed in trying low cost and low tech methods FIRST, which will work with the body – rather than forcing it into submission!  I decided to share some tips that could be tried instead as a first resort, starting with aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy for Hot Flashes

Aromatherapy is an excellent and beautiful way to help improve women’s wellbeing and help provide relief for menopause symptoms.  Used in a burner, or in a massage blend, or even in a little roller bottle to use on the go, essential oils can not only soothe jangled nerves, but can literally re-wire the brain’s response to hot flashes and other symptoms.  Below are some suggested essential oils to help address various menopause syptoms:

Crystals and Menopause

In part 2 of the Cool (& Natural) Ways to Stop Hot Flashes, a look will be taken at healing crystals and how they can help reduce menopause symptoms – as well as adorn your home or person.

If You Need Assistance….

If you feel you need more help, just contact me for a FREE 15-MINUTE MINI-CONSULTATION for suggestions or to book a treatment.

Sweet, Sweet Death: Minority Health Series Pt 2

Sweet, Sweet Death: Minority Health Series Pt 2

In the second part of the series Minority Health, a look will be taken at diabetes and its’ impact on minority communities.

Sweet Death: Diabetes and Minority Communities

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Despite the discovery of insulin the 1800s, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes continues to spiral upward.

Death by Chocolate

apricot-with-whipped-creamThe growing number of cases of Type 2 (insulin dependent) diabetes in the UK – and worldwide – along with rising obesity levels are prompting governments to re-think their policies and strategies with regard to reducing sugar intake and obesity (obesity and diabetes have been linked in a number of studies).

But what we eat isn’t the only factor at play – who we are, and perhaps how we feel about the world in general may also be contributing to the epidemic.

The Heredity Factor: Genes at Play

The level of Type 2 diabetes in the Black and Asian communities is particularly high, when compared to the general British population.  According to government data (HSE 2004) all minority groups, (with the exception of the Irish) have a higher risk of doctor-diagnosed diabetes, in comparison with the rest of the population.  In particular, women of Pakistani origin are 5 times more likely to develop diabetes, while women of Bangladeshi or Afro-Caribbean background are 3 times more likely to be affected.  For men, there are similar statistics: Bangladeshi and Pakistani/Indian men are, respectively 4 and 3 times more likely to develop diabetes than the general population.

Studies suggest that a mixture of the environment and genetic susceptibility are factors in the higher rates of incidence of the disease; it is suggested that in the UK, minority adults aged 40-69 years are 2-4 times more likely to have diabetes that white adults in the same age group.

Sugar Cravings: Is the Sweetness of Life Missing?

Another way of looking at diabetes is perhaps on a more emotional level – it’s been my experience that many of the people I have encountered who have been diagnosed with diabetes also have very difficult emotional lives, for one reason or another.

Could it be our craving for sugar is an unconscious and physical way of adding “sweetness” to our lives?  Mind and body are linked and humans more often than not are motivated by unconscious thoughts and feelings locked within – perhaps diabetes should also be looked at as a silent cry for love and sweetness in our lives.  Is bitterness in your life making you crave sugar?

Balancing Food Energy:  Diet Factors

There may be some link between meat (particularly red meat) consumption and sugar consumption.  According to ancient Chinese medical philosophy, meat which contains yang (or “masculine”) energy needs to be balanced by something yin (or “feminine”), i.e. something sweet.  The two energies act to balance one another.  I know personally that as a strict vegetarian, I ate no meat at all and I never craved sweets during that time (and I’m a serious chocoholic!).  This may not be true for everyone, but it’s certainly something worth considering.  Perhaps just reducing meat consumption to a couple of times a week can help reduce cravings for sugar as well.  You have nothing to lose – and will even save some money in the process!

Lifestyle and Diabetes: Move it or Lose It!

There is good evidence showing that regular exercise and dietary changes can help reduce (and even eliminate) dependence on insulin.  Local councils in Britain are making efforts to get people exercising by installing outdoor exercise equipment in local parks.  That’s great and it’s free– but are you getting out there to use them?

woman-in-bike-raceWith so many people living sedentary lives indoors – even changing your normal habits to include a daily walk through your local park can help burn calories and help reduce blood sugar levels.

You may want to try and find local fitness groups, particularly for diabetics – try looking online.  If there isn’t a support group in your area – get some friends together and create one!

Taking charge of your health will not only feel good – it will do you good!

Staying Sane in an Insane World: Minority Health Series Pt 1

Staying Sane in an Insane World: Minority Health Series Pt 1

Minorities and Mental Health: The Statistics

If you are a Black or Asian man in Britain, you are 17 times more likely to be diagnosed with a serious mental health condition and be treated as a mental health inpatient than a white man.  The statistics for Black women are just as bleak.

There are various factors contributing to these grim statistics, but I wish to focus on 3 areas in particular: lack of understanding, community attitudes and budget constraints.

I Don’t Get You: Lack of Understanding

There appears to be a disconnect between health/mental health in general in the medical profession – as if the two are not related to each other.  This disconnect – between “head” and “body” indicates a wider lack of understanding of how inner and outer environments can combine to create ill health – whether in body or mind.

This disconnect also extends to the area of mental health – most mental health practitioners are white, yet the majority of people in the mental health system are not; a lack of understanding of the culture of the people being treated often means that what is considered “abnormal” behaviour in the dominant population is accepted in another.  For example, an African or Afro-Caribbean female speaks loudly, waves her hands while speaking and believes she receives guidance from her (deceased) mother may be considered delusional – she isn’t, but she is depressed at being homeless and alone.   The symptoms are seen, but the woman is being seen in parts – not in the whole context of her life and who she is.

Community Attitudes: The Elephant in the Room

While the subject of mental health in the general population still remains somewhat taboo, there is even greater reticence in the Black and Asian communities around the subject.  Any sign of weakness, particularly vis-à-vis the wider population, is to be avoided at all costs – i.e. avoid appearing vulnerable.    The silence of the community as a whole is truly the elephant in the room, which means that diagnosis and treatment is delayed to the point where mental illness has truly set in.  There is also a lingering perception that mental health issues automatically mean insanity – the number of times I’ve heard this (as a psychotherapist) from friends and acquaintances is truly astonishing.  “I don’t need counselling, I’m not mad!” is the phrase often used – to which I counter, “It’s actually the other way around – counselling can help you sort things out before you drive yourself mad!”

Mental vs Financial Health: Budget Issues

In the UK (and elsewhere), continued cuts to health and social welfare budgets continue to decimate local communities’ ability to access adequate healthcare.  This means that the most vulnerable in society – particularly Blacks and Asians with mental health issues – are increasingly unable to access counselling or community support projects (wprison-bedhich are run by members of the community being served), which could help reduce the numbers of people being sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

What Can You Do to Help Yourself (or Someone Else)?

male-silhouette-holding-head-in-handsIf you are struggling to cope emotionally with your life – get help!  Contact your GP or other health professional who is duty-bound to help you and maintain confidentiality.

If you had a broken leg or bad heart, would you be ashamed to ask for help?  Of course MinorityMnot! Your mental health is no different – health is health, period.

 

Speak with your family and/or close friends –don’t suffer alone and in silence, creating even more distress due to isolation.

Most importantly, admit you need help – acknowledging the challenge you face is the first step towards resolving it!

Resources: Where to Go

Start with your doctor or other health professional, you will need them to refer you for any counselling.

If you belong to a faith group, many clergy also have counselling degrees; this is another option to look at.

You can also check online for organisations in your local community for support; for counselling information and support, check out the Black and Asian Therapists Network (BAATN), which supports Black and Asian psychotherapists and counsellors, as well as the wider community.

In Part 2 of the Minorities and Health Series, a look will be taken at the impact of Diabetes on minority communities.