EATONVILLE WELLNESS CENTER
HEALTH INSURANCE and NATURAL THERAPIES
by Catharine Walkinshaw, Herbalist and Reiki Practitioner, Eatonville's Wellness Center, (360)832-2167
The interest in alternative medicine is increasing across the nation. Many health plans now offer some coverage for these services. American WholeHealth, Inc., is a national network of over 25,000 complementary and alternative health providers, including chiropractors, physical and occupational therapists, acupuncturists, massage therapists, yoga instructors, nutritionists, naturopathic physicians, herbal consultants, and reiki practitioners. They review credentials and provide a list of their approved providers to various health insurance plans.
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OUR CHILDREN'S HEALTH
Our poor health habits and degraded food has left us with a generation suffering from what experts are calling the "chronic subclinical everything syndrome." I've seen some of these children lately in my practice. Their health problems possibly started even before they were born, when their parents' health was compromised during and after conception. READ MORE
SHORING UP OUR BODILY DEFENSES
Why is it that some people get sick while others don't even when they're exposed at the same time? One definate factor is the condition of each individual's immune system. Our immune system is perfectly designed to safeguard us from possible infection and disease. If it's working, we rarely get sick or when we do, we recover quickly. If it's not working, we get repeated infections (colds, sinus infections, flus, etc.), may have rampant allergies, or could have autoimmune disorders such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and others. READ MORE
By the time most Americans feel the sensation of thirst, they are already dehydrated. READ MORE
CAN YOU GROW HEALTHIER AS YOU GROW OLDER?
An eastern Indian colleague of mine recently told me she notices a marked difference in the way older people are in America versus her home in Sri Lanka. Here she sees seniors with the vitality gone from their eyes. Where she is from, they are still excited about life even as they approach death. READ MORE
WHAT IS REIKI?
Reiki (pronounced ra ke) is a form of natural healing that dates back to ancient times and was revived in 19th century Japan. Reiki means "universal life energy" in Japanese. The healthy human body is composed of a dynamic energy system. A full session of reiki will help balance the energy system of the body, the endocrine glands (which are necessary for the proper functioning of the body as well as the body's ability to handle and adapt to stress), and the internal organs. Reiki can also help alleviate pain, physical trauma, post-surgical wounds, and acute and chronic conditions, such as arthritis. READ MORE
WHAT MIRACLES WE ARE
As I grieved the loss of human life these past few weeks, I was once again reminded of how precious even one human life is, whether here in the United States or elsewhere in the world. READ MORE
THE WEIGHT GAIN GAME
At least 1/3 of all Americans are classified as overweight (a 32 percent increase in only 15 years). That number increases each year, especially with children. Being overweight is the 2nd leading cause of cancer (behind smoking) in this country. A person 40 to 50 lbs over their ideal body weight has a 700% higher chance of developing high blood pressure, and a 3000% higher chance of developing diabetes! READ MORE
TO DETOXIFY OR NOT TO DETOXIFY?
Our body has the amazing ability to run efficiently if we give it what it needs and don't give it what it doesn't need. Americans are notorious for giving bodies too much of what they don't need . . . toxins from our foods, our lifestyle, and our environment. Usually our body's detoxification systems (the liver, skin, bowels, and kidneys) do a good job of cleaning all this "stuff" out. However, if we overload with too many toxins, the body's systems fail (any filtering system fails when too much is put in). READ MORE
Growing Healthy . . .Naturally
2000BC: Here eat this root
What goes around, comes around. In today's era of health-consciousness and increasing medical costs and devastating diseases, natural healing and alternative therapies have become in vogue. Last year alone, over 40% of health care funds were spent on some form of alternative or natural healing. So what is natural healing and how can it help? READ MORE
Note from Catharine Walkinshaw, Eatonville: Barbara Kingsolver is one of my most favorite authors. She wrote The Bean Trees, Pigs in Heaven and Animal Dreams. She also wrote the Poisonwood Bible, a very in depth and interesting look at missionary work in Africa. She strikes me as compassionate, thoughtful, a visionary, and a very wise teacher. Her words follow and give us something to ponder about. It's obvious from all the signs (power shortages, weather changes, the stock market, etc.), that we are in a period of immense change. The earth is shifting and we are with her. Let's work together to make it a positive shift for all of life, all of creation, and all of the universe.
Open Letter from Barbara Kingsolver
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