Oozing the ‘S’ Word!

Are you familiar with the S word?

We all are. We think about it, it’s in our conversations, it practically oozes from some of us.

Stress

Did you know that stress manifests itself in every area of the body and in various ways? For some, it may be worry, resulting in depression and bad moods. For others, it’s hypertension or migraines, skin infections or diabetes, arthritis or cancers, stomach disorders or constipation. Many of these conditions begin in the gut, stress’ throne. In essence, stress is a harbinger of illness and disease. As a naturopath, I hear many complaints of illness; as a colon hydrotherapist, I see evidence of problems in refuse. When we (the client and I) trace the cause, we eventually find the same culprit, sitting with a complacent air and arrogant smile. It is time to unseat him!

“Disease doesn’t come about overnight. Our bodies mold to the kind of lives we live, for better or for worse. Although I have specialized in nutrition, I don’t believe food is the whole story, and experience has shown me that different lifestyles – affect health. You may be looking for a good doctor. I am looking for a good patient!” —-Dr. Bernard Jensen

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make this moment your start toward better health. My mission is to support you.

Your health matters.

Dr. Lesa Lawson
http://www.lesalawson.com

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Defending Health

I did it! I removed myself from the sphere of middle school teaching and devoted myself to that which I have loved for so long – being a naturopath.  Yes – I am jumping in to help those in need.

Being a naturopathic physician is wonderful and rewarding! Guiding clients toward a more natural way of living, hearing the relief in their voices and seeing results are invigorating and humbling all at the same time. Being a naturopath also demands a great measure of responsibility, for I hold myself to the standard that I ought not to encourage my clients to do something that I am not. Let responsibility begin with me.

My area of focus is the digestive system. Much of the stress of our lives is birthed there, resulting in untold maladies. We are busy, so we put off going to the bathroom or we have no bowel movement at all because our system is stressed. We have stomach aches and upper GI pain, reflux diseases and all sorts of illnesses. Is it not time to make our health our priority?

Dr. Lesa Lawson
Your health matters
www.lesalawson.com
lawsonhealth@gmail.com

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Things We Use That Harm Us

Once upon a time, there was a face soap for women called Dr. Campbell’s Safe Arsenic Soap. It was touted for giving a lovely complexion. Of course, when the women fell dead after using it for a time, death did tend to erase all previous facial problems. We would be quick to say, ‘how horrifying;’ however, we use others that are just as deadly.

Let us look at some harmful products, by category, for which we need to find substitutes:

Men, Women, and Children

Face and body washes; shampoos and conditioners – avoid sodium lauryl sulfate which causes these products to foam or form suds. Avoid parabens, also. Look for shampoos, toothpastes and other personal care products marked “SLS free.”

Use shampoos made with essential oils. You can also wash your hair with baking soda.

Toothpaste – avoid fluoride. Use fluoride-free toothpaste or brush with baking soda and diluted food-grade hydrogen peroxide (not the ones in the pharmacy and supermarket).

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Unseen

Stressing, sweating, spinning

This is my foe

The one I’ve been waiting my whole life to fight

Or is it the one I’ve been fighting my whole life?

And waiting…

Waiting for the bell, the permission to step back and breathe

To regroup, to recount my losses and recover them

To have the crowd take its eyes from me for a moment

as I use the water to hide my tears

While waiting…

Unseen, unheard, unknown

This is my foe

The one that I must conquer

Over whom victory is a bell away

Just waiting…

This is my foe

Who looks at me

Inside me

Through me

My foe is without

or is it within?

And waiting…

Spinning, showing me

That my foe is me

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My Sweet Crush, pt 5 – Know Thine Enemy

Read My Sweet Crush, pt. 4 – Above Temptation

When did it happen? How did it happen so quickly? The giggly high of new love, the sighs and lows, the curiosity lending itself to exploring uncharted territory. Yep, the signs were all there. I was a loving Carbs, one processed grain at a time. Oh, I tried to act cool but carbs was cooler, reeling me in like the proverbial donkey with the carrot on a string. In my case, though, it was a chip on a string – but I digress. What was worse was that I was willing to be led.

Let’s face it – this was nothing like my disastrous horror show with Sugar, I told myself. Sugar had thought only of its sweet self, never taking my feelings into account. I became horribly ill while with Sugar. This was so different. Carbohydrate was so attentive and I never lacked for anything. Sure I had highs and lows but that’s typical of new love with emotions running high – right? That little knee pain that I was beginning to feel was just because we had been spending so much time together and I had been neglecting myself. Sure, I felt a bit befuddled but they always say that new love makes you giddy. The racing pulse, headaches and yeast overgrowth that produced ringworm and rashes – I assured myself that they were from personal neglect. How right was I?

One day, while waiting for Carbs’ first delivery of the day (we had a routine, by then), I was struck by the fact that I was drumming my fingers and tapping things, very much the way that I did when Sugar was in my life. Disgusted by the memory and determined to vanquish the ghost once and for all, I pulled a napkin towards me and began to list the differences between my new beau and my ex, fully expecting that sweet devil to come up sadly lacking.

Twenty-five minutes and several napkins later, I was flummoxed, floored, flabbergasted, even! The two were close cousins! They were too alike for it to be coincidental. They had to be very closely related. Ah but they weren’t cousins – no; they were brothers.

I was stunned! No wonder I had felt so comfortable with this comforting cretin; the playbook was the same as the sly sweet-talker’s! I had been duped.

Did I cause a scene? No. The fault was mine. I had not taken the time to know Carbs before bringing my heart into play. I knew that I would not beg or plead because going back to who I was with Sugar was out of the question. Did I cry? No but I did, as they say, get Carbs “real good.” I exposed that callous conniver to the public and threw the sweet sloth in, for good measure. No more will they lead anyone astray and tag-team to wreak havoc. No more!

I’ve done my part. What will you do?

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The Right Kind of Water for You

Distilled, Spring, Bottled, Alkaline, Reverse Osmosis, Tap, Well water – so many choices. How do you even determine what type of water to drink? What’s healthy? What’s acidic? What about the BPA argument?

First, some common knowledge cautions before we delve into the water discussion.

1. If you have water in your plastic bottle and you left it in the car, in the heat or overnight, don’t drink it the next day. Heat causes the plastic to leach into the water. You can’t see plastic floating in the water but then, you wouldn’t really want to.

2. Do your research on BPA-free plastic. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a corrosive chemical that disrupts hormones and should definitely be avoided by pregnant women and children, as it acts like estrogen in the body. I say that we should all avoid it. Researchers have linked BPA to cancer, infertility, brain, nervous system and cardiovascular abnormalities, diabetes, obesity and other serious disorders, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

The EWG provides a good article on BPA with helpful information on which foods to avoid. If you must buy water in plastic bottles, check the source. If you tote water all the time, consider investing in a glass or stainless steel (not aluminum) bottle.

3. You should begin to see/feel a good difference in your body after drinking sufficient water for at least one month. Some differences are improved digestion, better bowel movements, easier evacuations, lower body odor, clearer urine, cleaner skin, weight loss, among other benefits.  If you are drinking consistently and see no difference, you may need to check your water source.25882539306_c004d9255d_z

What type of water should  you be drinking? If your diet is predominantly meat-filled and acidic and/or you take lots of medications, you need alkaline water. The body’s external structure should be acidic but the inner structure should be alkaline. Over-acidity is a condition with which too many of us identify. Excess acidity in the body is a harbinger of illness and disease.

Tap, reverse osmosis, most bottled water, and distilled water are all acidic.

In case you are not able to afford a Kangen machine, some alkaline bottled water brands include Mountain Valley Spring Water, Evermore, Evian and 1907,

Lawsonhealthwellness.com

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My Sweet Crush, pt 4 – Above Temptation

arrogance.jpgRead My Sweet Crush, pt 3 – You Really Got A Hold On Me

I want to leave you,
don’t want to stay here,
don’t want to spend
another day here
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
you do me wrong now

At last!  I was free.  First, it was a cautious one month, then a hopeful two. Months three and four itched some but I tossed my head and pretended I didn’t care. Soon, months five through seven showed that I was caring less. I could actually exist for days without thinking of that sweet-tongue devil. I met the better sides of the sweet family: adventurous apples, delightful berries, lush grapes (with seeds, of course); the gentle giant, watermelon, who made no attempt to bully or overwhelm me. So many relatives that helped me to realize that there were actually good ones out there, that I shouldn’t let sugar turn me off from truly living.

Eighteen months later, I realized that I had forgotten all about sugar. My thoughts cleared and so did my skin. I began to drop what I had thought would never leave me – extra pounds. I also befriended water which helped to flush further evidence of sugar from me – for my liver and kidney fought me for a long time to let the sweet stuff go. Water helped them realize that they actually felt and performed better without that bondage. What a revelation! My energy soared. I slimmed down and began to look really good. Headaches? What were those? All that political rumbling in my stomach went away; no longer were people staring at me when the left side of my belly launched a volley of missiles, to which the right side felt duty-bound to answer. It was – dare I say it – grand. Yes, grand!

Then I went on vacation. Secure and a bit arrogant in my new-found liberty, I was above temptation, having kicked sugar to the curb. One evening, while dining in my new-found confidence, I met carbs.  Carbohydrates or carbs, for short, was more subtle than sugar. Even the name was sophisticated, hinting at things unknown, teasing and drawing me inexorably closer. So simple carbs seemed, yet so complex so many facets to that personality. Carbs invited me to know more, to learn to delve into the secret places, except the last name… I also didn’t know that Carbs was a twin…

Now, what living breathing person does not want to know more about a budding love interest?      (to be continued)

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My Sweet Crush, pt 3 – You Really Got a Hold on Me

sugar1Read My Sweet Crush, pt 2 – Love Blossoms

I don’t like you
But I love you
Seems that I’m always
Thinking of you
Oh, oh, oh,
You treat me badly
I love you madly
You’ve really got a hold on me

~ She and Him

The moment I dreaded – having to decide in truth whether our relationship was going places. Other than the doctor’s, I wasn’t really going anywhere and then, too, a hint of annoyance was creeping in because I was the only one suffering. Sugar was just fine. Yep, my sweet thing kept doing the sweet duty. As I lay in bed, one morning, squinting at the ceiling through the small slits that my headache allowed, I realized that Sugar didn’t look half as attractive as I had first thought. I was sick of the saccharine platitudes that I allowed to propel me in a pendulum of peaks and valleys. That, they say, is the beginning of the end, when the rose tint wears off the glasses or, in my case, when the sugar no longer hits the lips.

Having heard little rumblings from different people about proper eating and healthy sugars, I endeavored to try something new. I was willing to try almost anything at this point, including standing on my head, were it not aching so awfully.

It took eighteen months of false starts, break-ups, make-ups and re-pledges before I could see Sugar without experiencing a pang. In two words, Sugar “got old.” I was tired of feeling and looking less than my best, of headaches and yellow tongue. What was I doing, really – auditioning for a role as a sick patient?

After abstaining and ‘ritualizing’ for a while, I realized, one day, that Sugar no longer had a hold on me. She and Him, you’re on your own. I leave you to your song and your fate.

To be continued

 

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September 12 – National Day of Encouragement

How easy is it to give a compliment or an encouraging word? Some people give good vibes with ease; some find it rather difficult. Today, we shan’t explore the reasoencourage2ns for that tendency or we will need to dig into our childhood and past experiences that we have allowed to shape who we are. No, for today, let’s focus on doing good for someone.

Doing good starts from within, so put a smile on your face, say something wonderful to the next person you see and then move on to the next one. Outdo yourself. Try to think of something different to say to each person.

Oh my! Look at you go! Wow, you did that so well!

There are lots more great words sitting inside of you, just begging to be unleashed on someone; someone who may be dying a little, inside; someone who will cross your path, today. You never know but you may be the person who prevents a catastrophe.

Don’t wait for a return; just give your gift and move on to the next. You will find that your actions have helped to encourage you. GO! GO! GO!

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