I AM A CREATURE OF HABIT.
Most nights after dinner, I predictably reach into the freezer where my stash of dark chocolate lives. I break off a square or two and relish in the temporary satisfaction of bitter and sweet. And too often, I become distracted with something else while eating my chocolate and forget that I even experienced something enjoyable…which sends me back to the freezer to try again. A vicious cycle that is perpetuated by a lack of being present.
During the Spring Detox, I take a break from chocolate. The moment of pause as I reach for the freezer door and practice the mantra “I am on a detox” calls me back to the present moment. It is not as much about the chocolate itself as it is about interrupting the habit when remembering “I have a choice.” Habits are simply a slip in mindfulness. The Detox experience shifts our routine just enough to call attention to our choices – both with food and other expressions of self-care.
Register Now for the Spring Detox beginning Monday April 20th.
I LIVE IN A CITY.
As a city dweller, I have the great fortune of being able to walk to work. However, that walk can have toxic consequences. On any given day, I will inhale car exhaust, the fumes of workers tarring a neighborhood roof, or wafts of cigarette smoke left behind by another pedestrian ahead of me. While I do not seek out these exposures, they (and many others) are part of our environment and over time the effects of them can build up in our bodies by causing inflammation and weakening our immune response. Our overall toxic burden is reflected in the amount of toxic exposures we accumulate through our lifetime and how efficiently our livers and other detox pathways respond to that load.
Seasonal detox programs ramp up the liver’s ability to clear chemicals and reduce the physical stress of city living. Lighten your toxic load this spring and support environmental health from the inside out. REGISTER NOW for the 10-day Spring Detox.
If you live in Baltimore, you can create a cleaner city by attending one of these Spring Clean-up Events: CLICK HERE.
I AM A WOMAN.
Women’s bodies are a sensitive environment of hormonal signals which influence patterns and rhythms guiding mood, metabolism, energy and sleep. Disruptions in these rhythms arising from stress, chemical exposures, or medications can impact fertility, increase risk of cancer, trigger weight gain and aggravate anxiety and depression.
I come from a family with a strong history of cancer. As I age within my own body and learn more about the effects of endocrine disruptors present in our environment from plastics, cosmetics, cleaning products and more, I choose the path of prevention by limiting my exposures and actively detoxing twice per year (Spring and Fall) to assist my body in eliminating substances that confuse and complicate my own natural rhythms.
Routine detoxification allows a woman’s body to reestablish balance and repair cellular damage. Sign up for the Spring Detox to learn more about choices you can make each day to optimize your hormonal health.
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A Guided Experience in Wellness Through Mindful Nutrition.
COST: $150 / $140 for past detox participants
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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 gentle Detoxification
- Daily E-mails to encourage a Mindful Detox Experience
- An On-Line Forum to share your experiences & ask Dr. Emily questions
Dr. Emily’s Spring Detox is designed to bring awareness to your relationship with food while supporting other pathways of healing the body, mind and spirit. The program is adapted from Thorne’s Mediclear Detox Plan with a modified and progressive 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.”
This Spring Detox is not recommended for individuals who are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, breast-feeding, or who have liver or kidney disease. Contact Dr. Emily if you have questions about the Spring Detox.
Prevention is one of the hallmarks of natuorpathic medicine. When cold and flu season arrives, I dig in to the fundamentals of our medicine which are centered around strengthening vitality and removing any obstacles to healing. However, the holiday season does not lend well to what we all know will help prevent viruses from taking hold of our immune systems: getting good sleep, avoiding sugar, reducing stress, and eating lots of fruits and vegetables. HA! Instead we are faced with a giant cookie platter from our neighbors, too much to do with too little time, and eating on the run or eating out much more than usual. Thankfully, there is still hope for seeing our way through to a healthy New Year by weaving wellness practices into our winter routine.
Not everyone exposed to a cold or flu virus gets sick. Increase your chances of out-smarting the buggers and reducing your susceptibility to infection with these simple practices:
MINDFULNESS: I recently began seeing a patient who lives a very stress-filled lifestyle that holds little time or space for just “being.” I encouraged her to start carving a 5-minute window in her day for silence away from the phone and computer. “But what am I supposed to be doing during this time?” she asked. “That’s just it,” I replied. “The intention is for you to stop doing and just be.” This practice has been challenging for her, but she has stayed committed to her goal of reducing stress to improve her health.
A 5-minute window of breathing and simply “being” can be enough to start calming stress and reconnecting to the present moment. You can practice mindfulness in the car by simply driving without the radio on or set a reminder on your computer during your lunch break to chime when it is time to practice breathing. As you sit down to dinner, you can allow for a few minutes of mindfulness before eating. Where can you find 5 minutes that may add up to a healthier holiday?
WRAPPED IN WELLNESS: There may not be hard and fast science to substantiate this health tip, but I will still offer it as valuable from personal experience. Those of you have known me for a while may notice that once cold weather arrives, I wear a scarf daily. Protecting your throat, the back of your neck and warming the area over the front of your chest (where your thymus gland sits) may ward against what Chinese medicine practitioners call a “wind cold invasion.” The neck and throat are energetically vulnerable areas of the body and by keeping that area warm, the body can direct energy elsewhere to protect us from infection. Wearing socks around the house (as opposed to walking around with bare feet) may have similar benefit.
HERBAL TONIC SUPPORT: For those patients who have a pattern of contracting respiratory infections repeatedly during the winter months, I recommend certain botanical remedies to boost the body’s natural immune response and keep the white blood cells on a strong surveillance mission against invaders. Examples of these herbs include:
- Astragalus: With a strong traditional use in Chinese medicine, Astragalus is a wonderful tonic for supporting optimal functioning of the immune system. It is generally not recommended during an acute infection.
- Eleutrococcus (Siberian ginseng): One of my favorite adaptogen herbs which supports the body in literally ‘adapting’ to stressful situations, Eleuthrococcus also boosts the function of T-cells in our immune system.
- Mushrooms: Cooking with medicinal mushrooms such as Reishi, Maitake and Shiitake throughout the winter months will be a nutritious way to fight off infection and strengthen your overall immune response.
The information in this post is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat disease. Please consult with a healthcare practitioner before introducing any new herbal or other natural therapies to ensure safe and appropriate sourcing and dosing.
After 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.