Ask the Expert: Anxiety & Healing Response

Cathy LoganAsk Cathy: Can you give me real examples of how you can help with my anxiety?

Anxiety is something so many people suffer from. It can be debilitating. Truly, relief from anxiety is one of the top reasons clients seek us out.

Our wellness services are integrative… working together to clear out a lot of the damage to your body that anxiety causes and balance your body systems for healing.

There are many different things we can do here at CH for anxiety, such as:

  • Jen or Carol can design a lifestyle and nutrition plan for you, including the specific supplements your body is lacking to achieve vibrancy.
  • Katherine performs many types of acupuncture and detox energy work with great results; she intuitively knows what your body needs for balance.
  • Lisa’s expert craniosacral therapy (delicate manipulation of the cranial and sacral bones) and chakra balancing can help move you past being stuck in fight-flight mode.
  • Massage with Glynda’s healing hands will definitely put you in a relaxed state, even after your session.
  • I use ONDAMED, The Emotion Code and The Body Code to help people who suffer from anxiety.

ONDAMED has several programs that can help your body to relax and begin the healing process.

During Emotion Code and Body Code sessions, I’ll find the emotions (the underlying causes of anxiety) and release them. It’s amazing how fast it works.

I had a client, for example, who was terrified of driving over bridges. After several Emotion Code sessions, she now drives over the Bay Bridge with ease. That was truly remarkable and she is so grateful!

Cathy Logan, CHC, COT, CECP, CBCP
Cathy is a Certified Health Coach, a Certified ONDAMED® Technician, and a Certified Emotion Code® and Body Code® Practitioner. She is also trained in Ionic Foot Detox.

Carol HeckmanAsk Carol: What does “Healing Response” mean?

In my practice, I work to restore body function and health.

The work your body does, to achieve balance and to self-heal, is what’s known as a Healing Response. It’s much like how your body mounts a fever to fight infection.

In a healing response, you may not get a fever; but, you may notice other signs / symptoms that your body is doing some healing work. These signs often include: mild headache, feeling tired or sluggish, a change in bowel habits (diarrhea or constipation), sweating, mild nausea, or irritability.

Luckily, these symptoms only last for a day or two and then subside. I tell my clients, if this happens, it’s actually a good indicator that their body is on the right track.

Carol Heckman, RN, CNHP, MH, CNC
Carol is a Registered Nurse, as well as a Certified Natural Health Practitioner, a Master Herbalist, and a Certified Nutritional Consultant.

Ask the Expert: Tracking Supplements

Jennifer SalosAsk Jennifer: Do you have any strategies for keeping up with all of the half-used supplements that aren’t expired, but didn’t show up as beneficial on the last Asyra scan? It’s not uncommon that I’ll need to start using a supplement again before it expires, but I lose track of what is where and order it before I need to. Thanks!

You brought up a great question that many clients have! I have a few simple strategies for keeping track of supplements and reordering timing…

Designated areas. The easiest way to store supplements is to keep the bottles of what you’re currently taking in a basket, or bin, on a shelf at eye level: someplace you’ll see it every day. Designate a separate basket/bin to store bottles of supplements you’re not currently using and keep that tucked out of sight (but easily accessible).

I keep my current supplements in a basket on the kitchen counter and a basket of what I’m not using in my pantry.

Pill organizers. When taking supplements, it’s so easy to question yourself… “Did I take it this morning…?” The best way to stay on track, daily, with supplements is to use pill organizers. I prefer organizers with these features:

  • Big compartments (since supplements are often bigger than medication pills).
  • Ability to pop out daily compartments, so I can take a day’s (or several) supply in my purse or when I travel.
  • Four compartments per day (e.g., morning, noon, evening and bedtime) so my supplements are organized in the way that I take them, with breakfast, lunch, dinner and before bed.

I suggest buying two pill organizers; that way you only have to fill the organizers twice per month.

Keep a tracking document. In Word or Excel, create a document to track the supplements you currently own. Include a table with columns for Supplement Name, Expiration Date, and How Many Left (in the bottle). Keep this updated.

Before each appointment at Chesapeake Holistic, update your list of current supplements taking care to note approximately how many you have left (e.g., ½ bottle, ¼ bottle…). You do not need to count / provide an exact number of supplements still in the bottles.

Bring this document with you to the appointment with me, instead of your supplement bottles. When I can see what you have on hand (by reading the document), it’s easier for me to help you use up what you have at home versus ordering new supplements. The goal is to always use up what you have first.

Our Office Manager can email you a template Word document, to get you started tracking your supplements usage and at-home inventory. If you’d like us to send you a tracking template, please email our Office Manager.

If it’s expired or empty, throw it out. This may sound obvious, but many clients unnecessarily hold onto expired or empty supplement bottles. If you implement a system to efficiently store and track supplements, there is no need to waste space in your home with empty or old supplement bottles.

Keep in mind: the expiration date column of the tracking document is especially helpful for: 1) knowing when to throw away any old supplements and to place empty bottles into recycling; and 2) enabling me to work with you effectively to manage ordering.

Use the 10-day rule. If you have an appointment with me, within 10 days of running out of a supplement, don’t reorder anything. Waiting can save you a lot of money. Remember, we may end up needing to adjust what supplements you take (based on what will be most beneficial for your body at the time of the appointment).

If I recommend you keep taking the same supplement(s), odds are that we’ll have it on hand, or be able to order it (or direct you to where you can order it), and you’ll receive it in the mail quickly.

The 10-day rule makes some clients nervous, but don’t be. The worst case scenario: you miss 1-2 days of taking your supplements. This happens rarely but, in most cases, skipping a day won’t be a big issue / impact your health.

Truly, the clients who have the most success, with the wellness plans I develop, use the organizational methods I described above (especially the pill organizers and tracking document).

* Bring any supplements you did not get from us to every appointment, so we can scan these. Lots of clients bring OTC supplements when they start taking them, but assume it will be okay to keep taking these since it was okay last time.

Jennifer Salos, MS, CNC
Jennifer has a Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition. She is also a nationally Certified Nutritional Consultant and Diplomat of the American Association of Nutritional Consultants.

Ask the Expert: Lyme Disease

Ask Jennifer: I’ve heard you specialize in curing Lyme Disease. Is that true?

Well, ‘cure’ is a big claim! We have had a lot of success identifying hard-to-pinpoint illnesses, such as Lyme Disease, and helping clients to manage symptoms, and heal, through nutrition and lifestyle changes.

We do this by asking questions and looking at a client’s symptoms from a daily-living point of view: What are you eating and drinking? How are you sleeping? What are your stress levels?…

Then, our technology allows me to customize a program to exactly what your body needs for healing and assess your progress as we go.

Another reason I’ve been able to help so many clients with difficult to navigate conditions, such as Lyme, is that spend two or three times longer with my clients than most practitioners.

Jennifer Salos, MS, CNC
Jennifer has a Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition. She is also a nationally Certified Nutritional Consultant and Diplomat of the American Association of Nutritional Consultants.

Cathy Logan

Ask Cathy: I see Jen for Lyme Disease symptoms. She mentioned you can get rid of, or at least help, my joint pain. Is that true?

Yes, most people who are doing a protocol for Lyme see me for ONDAMED as well. It helps with symptom relief, for sure.

One of the biggest challenges about Lyme is that it tends to hide in the body, but it cannot hide from a frequency.

And, ONDAMED uses frequencies, which is why it’s so effective!

Through the pulse and biofeedback, we can target healing for what is truly going on in your body.

Cathy Logan, CHC, COT, CECP, CBCP
Cathy is a Certified Health Coach, a Certified ONDAMED® Technician, and a Certified Emotion Code® and Body Code® Practitioner. She is also trained in Ionic Foot Detox.

you asked, we have the answers! Ask the Expert…

Jennifer Salos,

What a nice ‘fresh start’ to send you our first newsletter of the year on the first day of the year.

I’m sure you’ve noticed Wellness Is Worth It has a new look, to match our theme for 2019: Ask the Expert.

As wellness practitioners, we’re continually asked all sorts of health-related questions by our clients. We figured that many of you also have the same questions! Our goal this year is to share this valuable information within our community.

To submit your own questions (there is the option to do so anonymously…) use the Ask the Expert button below.

Answers to your questions may appear in our newsletter this year, if not you’ll receive a response via email from us. If you happen to have a question outside of the scope of our expertise, we’ll find the answer!

Look for the first series of client questions, and practitioner answers, in next week’s issue.

Happy New Year!

Jennifer has a Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition. She is also a nationally Certified Nutritional Consultant and Diplomat of the American Association of Nutritional Consultants.

Lighter Living: Happy Holidays!

Top row (from left): Glynda, Carol, Jill, Lisa, and Patty.
Seated (from left): Cathy, Jennifer, and Katharine.
Thank you for joining us for another year of informative weekly Wellness Is Worth It newsletters! (And the opportunity to share our twentieth anniversary year with you, as well.)

In this abbreviated issue, Jennifer shares a recipe for a healthy taco skillet dinner, an easy dish this holiday week. We’ve also included our December specials: if you need a last minute gift before New Year’s (or want to treat yourself after a hectic holiday), scroll down for details.

As you know, this year’s newsletter theme has been “The Year of Lighter Living.” Our practitioners have shared a lot of great info, including how to clear as many toxins from your body as possible, as well as how to detox your home (and avoid toxins in the first place).

In our January 1 issue, we’ll reveal 2019’s newsletter theme. We think you’ll enjoy the interactive format.

Again, we truly thank you, and the rest of our loyal community of clients, colleagues and family…

… And wish you joyous holidays filled with loved ones, friends,  and happiness.

Lighter Living: 3 Tips for Truly Healthy Holidays

By: Jennifer Salos, MS, CNC

As Glynda mentioned in her article last week, there’s a lot of pressure this time of year to “do it right”…

•  Sending holiday cards (Did I miss someone? Am I mailing these too late?…)

•  Buying the perfect gift for each person (What do I get for my kid’s teachers? How am I going to do all of this on my budget? Did I find each gift for the lowest price?…)

•  Figuring out the logistics of holiday get-togethers, without hurting anyone’s feelings (Can everyone do it on this day? What time? How can we also fit in a visit to…?)

That’s just the tip of the iceberg: it’s overwhelming. It’s easy to let one negative thought or experience snowball into anxiety, or dread, that the rest of your, day, week… will be overly difficult.

Overcoming a pattern of negative thinking takes practice; you’ll need to develop your mindfulness skills.

3 Ways to Change Your Outlook

How do you adjust your mindset? Proactively build positive-thinking actions into your day. Doing so, can make all of the difference in your outlook on things, especially if you also have depression, or even just a tendency to be pessimistic (and who doesn’t sometimes?).

1) Meditate. Relax your body and mind daily; start with just 5 minutes each day and work up to 20 minutes if you can. These days, it couldn’t be easier: just search YouTube for guided meditation and try a few until you find at least one video that has a voice, and message, that resonates for you.

Find a mantra that reinforces what you already believe is true in your life (e.g., “I find the joy in all things,” “Money flows to me freely and easily,” or “I enjoy a life of ease”) and incorporate it into your meditation. Getting into the feeling place of the mantra (statement) while meditating, reading, thinking, or saying it out loud, helps wire the brain to make it true.

You’ll be amazed how much calmer and more centered you feel throughout the day. Meditation is also a great thing to do with your kids before bedtime as an unwinding routine.

2) Make a list. Create a list of good things (big and small) that happened in 2018. Think about related unexpected outcomes (the ripple effect) of those good things on your list. When you’re feeling low, read the list for inspiration!

What’s #3 on Jennifer’s list? Read more to find out!…

Jennifer has a Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition. She is also a nationally Certified Nutritional Consultant and Diplomat of the American Association of Nutritional Consultants.

Lighter Living: Stay Balanced during the Holidays…

By: Glynda Cullen, LMT, LE

As a Massage Therapist and Esthetician, a slow rhythm and steady flow are essential for me to maintain. Doing so, allows my guests to be calm and let go. But, these qualities aren’t just important for me.

A sense of inner peace and balance is important for all of us, and you can choose to cultivate calm for yourself.

Truly, anxiety and calm each seem to have their own rhythms, as does the natural world and our modern culture. The pace of our culture, although exhilarating at times, can be frenetic.

As winter approaches, it ushers in the light of a cheer-filled holiday season. It also seems to create a more upbeat tempo with my to-do list. But, the urge to create the perfect holiday can certainly send the most centered person (even me!) into a frenzy.

How do you find the peace?

I believe the answer can be found in the slowed pace found in nature. Think of the rhythmic flow of a gentle ocean wave as it pounds the sand, then recedes, and restores itself, only to return once again. A steady coming and going, moving out and going back within.

This quote, by ancient philosopher Lao Tzu, says it all: “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”

Cultivate a calm balance this holiday season by slowing down, connecting with nature, and finding joy in the small comforts of the season!

Glynda is a licensed Massage Therapist and a licensed Esthetician. She offers therapeutic massage and facial treatments (and after-hours appointments). Glynda is also trained in Ionic Foot Detox protocols.

Lighter Living: The Art of Meaningful Gift Giving

By: Cathy Logan, CHC, COT, CECP, CBCP

It’s that time of year again… when people run around making themselves crazy looking for the perfect gifts for everyone on their list.

I do it, too. It’s easy to get lost in the trappings versus the meaning of the season.

My kids always ask me what I want for Christmas. Some years ago, I was thinking about that and came to a few realizations.

First of all, gifts don’t need to cost a lot of money. Part of the stress of gift-giving is staying within budget; I’m not sure why we feel compelled to overspend. It’s needless, burdensome anguish.

Instead, I tell my kids to just put some thought into it. Thoughtfulness is number one in my book because, to me, it shows that you care. A beautiful photograph, something handmade, a CD with your favorite music… something they took the time to do or think about means the most.

As well, one of the most precious things you can give to anyone is the gift of your time. Sometimes all we really want is quality time with a loved one, having their undivided attention fills our souls.

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life those connections can fall by the wayside. When you give someone your time, you’re showing them that they matter to you and that you care.

Make the effort this holiday season to spend some quality time with at least one person you care about. Even just visiting someone for a few hours can make their holiday special.

My mother is 93 years old. She lives two hours away, but I make it a point to visit her for the weekend once a month. The minute I tell her I’m coming she is so happy! I know all she really wants for Christmas is for me to continue to visit regularly throughout the year.

If you do have the funds, another nice thing to do is to make a charitable donation in someone’s name. (This is especially true for the impossible-to-shop-for folks on your list.) There are so many wonderful charities to support. One year, a donation was made, in my name, to the Golden Retriever Rescue. Since I have two beloved Goldens, I thought this was a fabulous gift!

So, this holiday season think outside the gift-box. Yes, it’s easier to write a check or to order something online; but, the gifts that are long-lasting are the ones from the heart.

Wishing you all of the blessings of the holiday season, and good health and happiness in the New Year!

Cathy is a Certified Health Coach, a Certified ONDAMED® Technician, and a Certified Emotion Code® and Body Code® Practitioner. She is also trained in Ionic Foot Detox.

Getting to Know Us: Q&A with Patty

Patty Park, Administrative Assistant

What is your role at Chesapeake Holistic?

I answer phones and wait on clients; I really enjoy the interaction with our community. In addition, I order and stock products. I love repetitive tasks that focus and soothe me.

I’ve been doing office administration for 37 years, first with a company called General Business Services and later for the construction company my husband and I own.

At Chesapeake Holistic, my favorite part of the job is sharing my own experiences – when I feel there’s any way it can benefit someone (whether it encourages, comforts or makes them laugh or smile).

What was your first job? Monitoring burglar and fire alarms at ABC Security. The company belonged to my brother-in-law. I worked there for about three years, during high school, because I could do my homework while I literally sat there waiting for an alarm to go off.

If you could invite 3 people, dead or alive, to a dinner party, who would they be, and why? Donna, my best friend. I can never see her enough. And, I love gathering with my Chesapeake Holistic colleagues: they are soooo encouraging!

If you could win an Olympic medal for any sport, real or fake, what would it be? Baking! There is something about sinking my hands into a large bowl of homemade roll-dough that takes me close to heaven. It helps that it’s my husband’s grandmother’s recipe.

What’s your favorite book? Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. It’s about a man who falls in love with a woman who was a prostitute and believes she is unlovable. Each time he thinks he has proven his love, she runs away; he keeps pursuing her until she finally sees herself the way he sees and loves her.

She learns to love herself and trust his love. It showed me that, no matter our life path, we can all be redeemed.

What’s the first career you dreamed of having as a kid? Becoming a wife and mother was the only dream I ever had. My four older sisters pushed for me to go to college because of my grades, yet I had no desire. I am very grateful I’ve actually lived my dream and have a wonderful husband, Steve, of 40 years and three grown, amazing sons and two grandkids.

What’s your favorite TV show or movie? Friends, I love to laugh!

What was your favorite subject in school? Creative Writing. I have quite an imagination.

At what job would you be terrible? Anything related to Art! I leave this to my daughter-in-law, who designs and makes jewelry.

When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your time?Sitting outside, reading a book. I love historical fiction: history revealed through the lives of real people.

Any upcoming travel plans? Heading for Nashville with my hubby. We have never been there, but enjoy trips were there is music and/or shows.

What is your most-used emoji? Anything with a smile. Although, lately, it’s been a tiny pink poodle!

Patty works with Jill (our office manager) to check clients in/out, schedule clients’ appointments with practitioners, and answer phones. She also does a lotof data entry, and handles most of our client-paperwork filing. As well, Patty co-manages our supplements inventory (ordering, receiving and organizing).

Lighter Living: Bring Light into Dark Winter Days

By: Lisa Manning, CST, CHt

So much of our daily experience, on this lovely planet of ours, is driven by what our senses perceive both on conscious and subconscious levels.

Winter is just one month away. As the days get shorter and the amount of natural light decreases, many of us will feel a corresponding drop of energy, with perhaps even an emotional slump.

Using Mindfulness to Combat the Winter Blues

You can use your understanding of the importance of sensory intake to hold onto the stores of summer’s fire and warmth, while also embracing the oncoming season of quiet and introspection.

Imagine a bright, cheerful room, a table beautifully set with fresh flowers and your favorite foods laid out for a leisurely lunch. Take a moment and let your imagination see the colors, feel the light and smell the tempting aromas. For some, it may be hard to actually visualize it but even the idea of this mental image should sound appealing!

In your mind, the scene could change to a beautiful sunset with the sights and sounds of nature gently fading into night mode. These, and many other sensory experiences, invoke a response whether you’re aware of it or not.

Scents, colors, sounds, and the influence of other people, directly impacts your mood, appetite, energy and thought processes. Beautiful, unexpected moments can take your breath away and equally stressful scenarios can stop any of us in our tracks.

This is just a snapshot of the sensory/perception/interpretation process. A basic understanding of it will help you adjust your seasonal self-care routines.

Here are some ways to draw more ‘light’ into the darker days of late autumn and winter:

1. Who said we need to wear black? Every color has its own vibration and unique impact on your body and emotions. I personally love the energetic neutrality of black, but playing with the color palate of your wardrobe can open up new avenues of inspiration and emotional expression.

2. Meditation (#thenewtravelagent). The subconscious doesn’t discriminate much between what is real and what is imagined. Anxiety, or imagined fears, have as much of an impact on you as an actual tiger chasing you down. Use this power for the light side of the force.

Close your eyes and envision a light-filled scenario full of peace and grace. You should include any and all of the details that your perfect vision needs. Your subconscious will send a message to your brain that, “Oh yeah, all is well and please shift my nervous system back to ‘rest and recover,’ thanks.”

3. Tend and befriend “the power of the tribe.” As the shorter days and colder temperatures drive all of us inward, it’s good to remember you are not alone. Candlelit dinners and planning quality friend-time can fill your need for human connection. A simple heartfelt hug stimulates an oxytocin release that can fill you with a sense of love and belonging.

Be well, let us know if we can help, and may you nurture the force of inner lightness within you!

Lisa is a Craniosacral and Myofascial Release Therapist. She’s also a Master Certified Hypnotherapist, specializing in Somato-Emotional Hypnosis to address chronic pain and anxiety. Lisa is trained in Ionic Foot Detox.