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.
PRACTICE RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
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.
Today’s Challenge: FIRST DO NOTHING
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.
DRINK A CUP OF TEA MINDFULLY
- Dig through your cupboard to find your favorite box of tea.
- Turn on the kettle while you slip into your pajama pants.
- Cozy up on the couch with a warm fuzzy blanket while your tea bag steeps for 5-10 minutes in hot water.
- Breathe in the aroma of the herbs in your blend.
- Sip slowly and sigh deeply.
Hydrotherapy 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
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.
DATES: October 6th – 15th
TO REGISTER: firstname.lastname@example.org / (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.”
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.
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 ~