The Politics of Healing in Maryland

iStock_000015069100XSmallAfter the successful passage of the licensure law in Maryland for naturopathic doctors, I composed this article which was published in the October 2014 issue of the Naturopathic Doctors News and Review (NDNR). It speaks to the challenges and the successes of a nearly four-year journey that summoned every ounce of fortitude, tenacity and grit that my colleagues from the MNDA and I could muster to stand out as stronger than the voices that opposed us. The bumper sticker on my car reads “Expect a Miracle” and this legislative victory was more than any of us could have expected.

THE POLITICS OF HEALING IN MARYLAND BY EMILY TELFAIR, ND

October 20, 2014 at 7:44 pm

WELLNESS CHALLENGE #5: RANDOM KINDNESS

Today’s Challenge:
PRACTICE RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

There is a delicious rush of energy that can surface and sparkle through the body when doing a kind deed for someone – especially when the kind deed is done anonymously. Altruistic behavior has been studied in scientific research with findings that indicate helping other improves mental health. And training ourselves to be more compassionate shifts our brain chemistry and nerve firing allowing for greater understanding of the suffering of other people.

Today I am challenging you to practice a random act of kindness for  either someone in your life (family member, co-worker, friend) or a complete stranger. This may be a simple as leaving a flower on your neighbor’s doorstep, slipping money into an expired meter, or writing a kind/inspiring note and leaving it on someone’s windshield. Think about what expressions of positivity or joy you would appreciate in your life and then channel them out into your community.  The more you engage in this practice on a regular basis, you will likely find that you will one day be the recipient of someone else’s random act of kindness. This kind of healing DOES come full circle.

October 10, 2014 at 7:30 am

WELLNESS CHALLENGE #4: PAUSE

Butterfly in blue tonesOne of the strangest yet most important teachings I learned in naturopathic medical school was “First Do Nothing.” While the words have stuck with me over the years, I am only now just beginning to understand their significance. PAUSE creates an opportunistic space between our experience and our reaction to that experience. Allowing time and space between words, gestures and actions can in turn allow for deeper insights, better listening and closer alignment with our truth.

Today’s Challenge: FIRST DO NOTHING

Today I challenge you to take time for PAUSE when talking with your co-workers, when hearing about your child’s day at school, when craving sugar, or when someone cuts you off in traffic. Notice the magical potential for a positive shift in that small space of time – it may be the best medicine you give yourself all day!

October 9, 2014 at 7:30 am

WELLNESS CHALLENGE #3: TEA TIME

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As easily as you can brew up wellness in a medicinal bath, you can steep up a symphony of flavors and aromatic delights in a simple cup of tea. The act of both preparing and drinking tea is a sacred ritual in many countries. In fact, traditional tea cups are designed without handles which require extra care and attention as you bring the cup up to your mouth to take a sip. The addition of the handle is a very “Western” concept as it adds convenience often at the cost of mindfulness.

Today’s Challenge:

DRINK A CUP OF TEA MINDFULLY  

  1. Dig through your cupboard to find your favorite box of tea.
  2. Turn on the kettle while you slip into your pajama pants.
  3. Cozy up on the couch with a warm fuzzy blanket while your tea bag steeps for 5-10 minutes in hot water.
  4. Breathe in the aroma of the herbs in your blend.
  5. Sip slowly and sigh deeply.

October 8, 2014 at 7:30 am

WELLNESS CHALLENGE #2: SOAK IT IN!

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DUCK2Hydrotherapy is one of the oldest modalities used by naturopathic doctors in the Western world. Alternating hot and cold water to different areas of the body stimulates a natural healing response by promoting circulation and healthy lymph flow. While taking a bath every night may seem cumbersome, even giving your feet a quick soak can help melt away the stress of the day.

Today’s Challenge: JUST ADD EPSOM SALTS

Epsom salts are one of my favorite affordable remedies for muscle aches, fatigue, tension headaches and joint pains. Composed of both magnesium and sulfur, these minerals are extremely nourishing for musculoskeletal tissue. I generally recommend adding approximately 2-3 cups to a warm bath and soaking for 15-20 minutes to receive the healing benefits of the salts. As an alternative to a bath, you can add 1 cup of salts to a basin of warm water and soak your feet before bed… Ahhhh!

 

October 7, 2014 at 7:30 am

WELLNESS CHALLENGE #1: LAUGH OUT LOUD

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In honor of the second-ever nationally-declared Naturopathic Medicine Week, I am going to invite you to join me in celebrating with a series of wellness challenges throughout the week. Each “challenge” this week will be an opportunity to engage with your health and well-being in a gentle, mindful, and easily accessible way. They are designed to be of little to no monetary cost as a reminder that moments of wellness are available to us ALL every day.

If you have met me, then you have likely heard me laugh. My laugh is sometimes loud and sometimes awkward with an assortment of cackles, gasps and even snorts. There have been times in my life when I have been advised to “keep it down” or quiet my laugh, but over the years I have learned to embrace this unique aspect of my voice.

You also have a unique song-to-sing via your laughter and today I invite you to let your voice be heard in the form of chuckles, giggles, and deep belly roars.
Laughter is one of the most powerful medicines available to us and it is wonderfully contagious! Research shows that laughter clears the mind, burns calories, lowers blood pressure, and boosts the immune system!
THIS VIDEO WILL GIVE YOU A DELIGHTFUL START TO A DAY FULL OF JOY…
EVERY AGE NEEDS LAUGHTER!

October 6, 2014 at 7:30 am

FALL DETOX: ARE YOU READY TO LET GO?

The Fall Detox is Back!tree

DATES: October 6th – 15th

COST: $150

TO REGISTER: dremilytelfair@gmail.com / (443) 226-7665

DETOX PLAN INCLUDES:

  • Detox Program Guide
  • Detox Friendly Recipes
  • A Medical Food designed to enhance Detox Pathways in the Liver
  • Herbal Tea Blend to support your gentle Detoxification
  • Daily E-mail updates with Wellness Tips and More!
  • An On-Line Forum to share your experiences & ask Dr. Emily questions
  • An opportunity to heal your body, clear your mind, and awaken your spirit!

The program is adapted from Thorne’s Mediclear Detox Plan with a modified Elimination Diet. This is not a “colon cleanse” type of program and participants will be eating REAL food throughout the entire detox.

Past participants reported feeling “a greater sense of clarity, lighter and more joyful” after the cleanse along with “improved mood, better sleep and less anxiety.”

TESTIMONIAL:

I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for offering this detox.  It really is a life changer for me.  Again, I’m amazed at how different, how wonderful I feel after just ten days.  My sleep is better – I wake earlier and more easily.  My mood is better – I just feel more content and calm.  Also, it helps to quiet the ongoing negative self talk dialogue that runs through my head much of the time around food. The detox really helps to bring me back to center, feeling so much more balanced and well.

** ASK ABOUT DETOX ADD-ON KITS **
Includes additional supplements to further enhance your detox experience

  • BELLY BOOST: To help aide digestion for those with sensitive stomachs ($50)
  • LIVER LOVE: To help clear toxins while protecting the liver ($50)
  • DETOX REVIVER: To help reduce fatigue & headache while eliminating caffeine, sugar and alcohol ($50)

NOTE: Detoxification programs are not indicated for women who are pregnant or actively trying to become pregnant. Individuals with serious illness, liver or kidney conditions are also not advised to participate.

REGISTRATION ENDS WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 1st
~ LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE ~

September 9, 2014 at 1:41 am

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