Book Launch! Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life

Are you suffering from a chronic health situation?

Do you feel hopeless or confused by conflicting health information or advice?

Stress and anxiety depresses the immune system, but why?

What does it mean to “stay open”, or “go inward”?

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Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life introduces the basic concepts of health and wellness from the holistic perspective. After 13 years of researching alternative medicine healing modalities, self experimentation and much trial and error, this practical guide was written to help you flow with your Soul essence and live a wholly vibrant life.

The information available to you in, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, will help you:

  • Manage stress (Mind-Body methods)
  • Breathe more fully (Pranayama breathing)
  • Establish a well-rounded and more informed health team of professionals

Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life is inspiring, offering you: 

  • Suggestions and tips on natural and common sense ways of maneuvering through health issues. 
  • 50+ questions you can use (or modify) when you need to visit any health professionals, to get the best attention and care you deserve.
  • Simple and practical advice you can incorporate into your daily routine, and others, that you can try before you head to a doctor’s office. 
  • Learn ideas and suggestions to relieve stress, and find the benefits of mental balance and clarity. Discover the benefits that daily physical and flexible actions bring. Gain a rich understanding of the many options available to you by way of alternative, complementary, and integrative medicine modalities.

Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life shines a light on the information you need to enhance your personal life and those members of your family whom you offer support and assistance.

Let’s keep things simple.

Send $22 to PayPal.Me/SheilaMurrey and include your email address.

In return, you’ll receive one email with PDF files of the updated, 200+ page, full color book for your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Or click here, to get your ebook copy via Barnes and Noble books:

https://read.barnesandnoble.com/book/take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Printed copies are $35. We want to save trees though, right?

This is the book Sheila has been writing for 13 years. The manuscript was completed 8/6/2018. Then, additional editing was completed, along with getting the book placed into the artful layout by Sheila’s husband, Richard Murrey (who is a professional graphics artist for NASA).

Sheila has been told that she’s a BRIDGE to the lay person (nonprofessional or inexperienced) who may be going to traditional MDs and not able to resolve their issues or understand where they come from (root cause/s), my book is an introduction to many natural and holistic health options and most importantly, offers HOPE!

#holistichealth #HolisticHealthInFlorida

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

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Oh, snap! Natural Health and Wellness is big business

In 2005, when I began writing a holistic, natural health and wellness book, I set a Google alert for simply, “natural health and wellness.” And I’d get an email from the alert every few days with one or two results.

But yesterday, I realized the email often contains twenty or more results!

In the years I’ve been writing my book (and blog articles because everything changes so fast), the industry has taken off in a big way–and I’m seeing an even larger market for my book–it’s always been needed, but I didn’t think many people would be ready for it.

I am sure one of the reasons that I’ve lagged in finishing my book was due to a kind of lackluster interest. I mean, I’d talk with people about holistic health and they’d look at me like I had three eyes. Okay, I have a third eye–that has opened up in the last five years–but that’s another post for another day.

I’d try to give family or friends advice about the alternative treatments I’d been getting, the healthy organic food and clothing options, or herbal and homeopathic remedies for colds and flu, etc. Yet, most of my attempts to help were often frowned upon, sometimes I’d even be scolded! I learned to only offer suggestions when asked. And that asking wasn’t happening with any regular frequency, so I kinda gave up.

I threw my hands in the air and decided to let them spend their money on outrageously priced health insurance premiums and co-pays. After all, it was their choice.

I sat by while family and friends underwent painful medical procedures.

I read emails and Facebook posts from them. I did the best I could to remain compassionate and loving. But, I knew deep down, I had an understanding that could help, if they’d only listen.

And then today, something happened. I caught a glimmer of hope!

Awareness is E-X-P-A-N-D-I-N-G… for the general populace–about all kinds of things!

With the boomers talking about anti-aging (and how chemically-laden skin care costs a small fortune), solar energy getting easier to acquire and afford, the buzz words of green, eco-friendly, and sustainable being used all the more, the list of chronic ills growing larger by the minute (with obesity, diabetes, and heart disease seeming to lead the way), more people (college age or boomers) living in “tiny houses” or RVs full-time to downsize, live simply ,and save money, the March against Monsanto movement gaining a strong foothold (due to the multitude of bees dying), National Geographic highlighting the massive deforestation that’s been going on for some time–for all these reasons and more–masses of people are waking up!

And many of these awake and aware folks are now looking for natural health and wellness options to ease the rising tidal wave of humongous healthcare costs–better late than never in my humble opinion!

So, among other things on my daily alert, I found such things as articles on collagen peptides as a non-surgical solution to reduce facial wrinkles, how to throw a healthy dinner party, natural health trends, how many companies now make tea tree essential oil, whole body healing products like mats and pillows, and of course the latest in nutricosmetics–yes, I’d heard of nutriceuticals a few years ago and have written blog articles about some, but nutricosmetics made from natural elements was a new term for me!

When Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Jin Shin Jyutsu, and my 660nm red light therapy go mainstream, I’ll really hoot and holler!

I mean, natural health modalities of detoxification, organic food, physical therapy, hypnosis, yoga, meditation, Pilates, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, Kinesiology, colon hydrotherapy, and essential oils are fairly common now, with insurance covering acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage therapy for certain situations.

However, it may still take some time for raw vegan food, Reflexology, the Energy medicine modalities like Theta healing, Healing Touch, Reiki, Pranic healing, past life regression, and Pranayama breathing techniques to be accepted. And other more hands on or physical approaches to wellness of Feldenkrais, Cranio-Sacral, Tai Chi, Qigong, Yamuna, herbal and Bach flower remedies, biofeedback, oxygen, chelation, and stem cell therapies to become commonplace.

Note: March 21st, 2018 The Tomah, Wisconsin VA center is offering a new Tai Chi class to help veterans find relief! Yay!!

There really are (gasp–apparently), lots of people like me out there in the world who care about all this natural stuff! Haha! Yay, finally!

I knew I’d been able to buy a lot more organic food (produce, canned, and frozen items) at our local–non-health food type–grocery store, which has been especially time-saving! But, what I hadn’t realized was just how the whole “get healthy naturally” idea has blossomed!

Someday soon it seems, I may be able to buy some of the cottage industry clothing, skin care, organic recipe ingredients, and so on from our local grocery store. For now, I’ll continue to support (in alphabetical order):

Awakening Wellness Center

Blue Canoe Organic Clothing

Cottonseed Casual Wear

Dan McDonald

Ecoland Organic Clothing

Gerson Institute

Healthy Traditions

Hippocrates Health Institute

Markus Rothkranz

Oh My Gauze Cotton Clothing

Olive Drab Farm

Raw Food World

Suja Juice

Synergy Organic Clothing

Tree of Life Center

Life’s sure amazing! And to think it wasn’t but just a couple of years ago that I was called a “crunchy mom”! (As in granola, not because of my scrunchy, curly hair). I guess I’d better get back to finishing my book.

I’ll leave you for now with this quote, “How blessed it truly is to stumble upon a Soul that wants nothing but smiles and sunshine for you, for the rest of your life.” Author unknown — (Please comment if you know who the name of the original author.)

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UPDATE 9/12/2018:

The book I have been writing for 13 years was completed 8/6/2018. The artful layout production is now complete. The book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available for online sale and distribution in PDF files that I can email to you.

Buy it here:

https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful.

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

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P.S. If you find this blog informational, won’t you consider a small donation to keep it going? PayPal.Me/SheilaMurrey

Healing Asthma

On the topic of healing asthma, I wrote the following brief description to Oprah and Dr. Oz about how I became asymptomatic (meaning having no symptoms) of asthma. I sent it to them July 5th, 2014.

I reversed asthma in my body over thirteen years ago!

How?

By going for several acupuncture treatments over a period of several months, getting off  of five (5) prescription medications, taking adaptagenic herbs (from my doctor of oriental medicine), removing dairy from my diet, adding garlic capsules (by the help of a certified holistic nutritionist) to cut mucous, going for massage sessions using therapeutic essential oils, and practicing several calming measures like prayer and yoga.

I am no longer chained to the healthcare system.

I have been writing a book about my experience and continue to live a holistic healthy life. If you, or someone you know has asthma, please follow this blog. You’ll be the first to know when this long-awaited book is complete and available for ordering.

I can breathe very deep and full. And I take NO medications, saving myself thousands of dollars in insurance premiums and co-pays!

I don’t care if I’m an anecdotal case. I am well and vital again!

At the heart of each of us, whatever our imperfections, there exists a silent pulse of perfect rhythm, which is absolutely individual and unique and yet which connects us to everything else. — George Leonard

We Are All Connected.

OM

To our feeling great, better health, and longevity,

Sheila Murrey

Your alternative health researcher, joyful wellness guinea pig, and mindful Spirit-Soul-Mind-Body guru! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being.

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful.

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it.

I am interested in participating in any raw and living food’s festivals in Florida – if you would like to reach out to me to help you get that going!

Send me an email and keep in touch.

To learn more about me Click Here –>> Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, vibrant, and beautiful.

UPDATE 9/12/2018:

The book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

P.S. If you find this blog informational, won’t you consider a small donation to keep it going? PayPal.Me/SheilaMurrey

Are you scared of Acupuncture?

It never fails to amaze me just how many people will say no to having acupuncture. Is it because many are scared of acupuncture?

While visiting Awakening Wellness Center in St Petersburg, Florida, I met a lady who was in extreme back pain and for some reason, said no to the offer of a low-cost acupuncture session. (She did get a massage and Reiki).

It made me wonder, “Why are people scared of receiving an acupuncture treatment?”

Could it be the needles? The needles used in acupuncture are the size of a human hair. If you’ve ever had a tattoo or any vaccine, that hurts so much worse! Acupuncture doesn’t hurt. You might feel a twinge or electrical kind of feeling though, but nothing like sticking your finger in an electrical outlet. Just enough for you to know something is actually working–and alive inside of you.

Could it be they don’t take this healing modality seriously? Because it is well documented in scientific communities to work–even students in medical school see one movie in their curriculum about acupuncture (having to do with acupuncture being used on a patient undergoing surgery instead of anesthesiology)!

Or could the fear be related to their beliefs? If so, I have a lot to share with you my friend–about “limiting beliefs”!

Allow me to encourage you to give acupuncture a try and challenge your beliefs about it, especially if you are in pain or dealing with a chronic dis-ease.

Acupuncture put me on a path back to wellness and relieved asthma (which I had experienced for more than thirty years) within a six month period, and also relieved the extreme pain I’d experience a few years ago from an ovarian cyst.

Every body is different. So, I can’t say, nor can anyone really, how much acupuncture can help you. But if you can’t even bring yourself to try it, you’ll certainly never know!

My first acupuncture (doctor of Oriental Medicine) was able to help me quit five (5) pharmaceutical drugs (many of which, I had taken for years!) back in 2005. Sadly for me, she moved away–but then so did we. She had been an oncology nurse for twenty-six (26) years and went back to school, and spent $50k to become a doctor of OM because she was seeing teenage girls come in for oncology treatments for breast cancer!!! She knew in her gut, intuition, or spirit, that this was just plain WRONG! (If you want to know more about my first acupuncture doctor–connect with me on LinkedIn and read my glowing review for Joan Massey.)

As for me, yes, I changed my diet. I quit dairy products. And I started taking garlic capsules and using frankincense essential oil (Young Living brand). I restarted a yoga practice–which I had practiced as a teenager–for it’s breathing and additional health benefits. I also began documenting everything I did in hopes of writing a book about my experience.

At one point, during my exit from pharmaceutical meds I got the flu, or what felt like the flu to me. When I couldn’t stop coughing, and was urinating blood, my husband took me to the emergency room. After tests were run, I was told that I didn’t have the flu–and that you can’t get the flu in the summer (which is an outright lie), but that I did have a urinary tract infection. I’d had those before, but never with the kinds of symptoms I was experiencing.

Looking back, I wonder if I was detoxing from the medications. It was the most horrific illness I had ever experience in my life–and I was out of work for 7 whole days–more than I had ever missed in my entire twenty year full-time technology career.

All this to say, I remember telling my husband at the time–while laying in bed feeling as if I would die–I don’t care who I have to see, a shaman, priest, tribal medicine man/woman, or a witch doctor, but God, help me!

And all of these years later, if I felt that bad again, I would do the same thing.

To our feeling great, better health, and longevity,

Sheila Murrey

Your alternative health researcher, joyful wellness guinea pig, and mindful Sprit-Soul-Mind-Body guru! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being.

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful.

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it.

I am interested in participating in any raw and living food’s festivals in Florida – if you would like to reach out to me to help you get that going!

Send me an email and keep in touch.

To learn more about me Click Here –>> Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, vibrant, and beautiful.

UPDATE 9/12/2018:

The book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

P.S. If you find this blog informational, won’t you consider a small donation to keep it going? PayPal.Me/SheilaMurrey

Meet Dr. Len Bauduin –an incredible man, healer, and holistic chiropractor

This article cites my originally published article of Nov. 16, 2013 on EXAMINER when I originally introduced Dr. Len Bauduin of Madeira Beach, Florida. I talk about my experience with Dr. Bauduin and what an incredible man, healer, and holistic chiropractor he is.

After going up north–to be with my daughter while she birthed our glorious twin granddaughters–last week, sleeping on a hospital pull-out chair bed for three nights, then the flight home, lugging a suitcase in/out of a car, and so forth, it shouldn’t have, but it did, surprise me that while I was getting into our truck last week–I tweaked my back. Yes. Some little movement that I do every day and ZING! I began experiencing sciatica pain (which I rarely ever feel) down both legs to the knees!!!

Slowly, I was able to eek through a couple days with it (knowing that I needed to work), and I went to Pilates to try and “put it back in place”, but that was excruciating! I rolled around on the floor, utilizing my Yamuna gold ball, but though I got some relief, I knew this was going to need more help. I felt that I needed a chiropractic adjustment.

When I called Carol to ask about an appointment, she explained that Dr. Len had an unexpected death in his family–I was so sorry to hear that and told her that I completely understood and I could go somewhere else. But, because Dr. Len is who he is–he would be available to see me in a couple of days. Yes, he continued working, helping people like me feel better.

As another example of how huge Dr. Len’s heart is, and his truly compassionate nature, he had not raised his office visit fee for 18 years–until recently! How much did he raise it? $5 whole dollars. Can you imagine??? I mean, I was so stunned that I smiled and told Carol, his equally as compassionate administrative assistant, that it should be $150 million dollars!!!

From performing acupuncture on my back to “loosen things up” and get Energy flowing, to Dr. Len’s genuine conversation about “what’s wrong”, muscle testing to find the root cause, and then a quick but amazing chiropractic adjustment, I can’t really describe how much better I feel! I think when a person’s back hurts, teeth, or head, it’s difficult to focus on anything.

It is for all of these reasons, that I give Dr. Len Bauduin my highest recommendation.

I previously wrote the following review for Dr. Bauduin and it still holds true today, with even more love and grace.

I had the blessed experience of having two treatments performed by Dr. Bauduin at Madeira Beach Center for Natural Medicine. And wow, wow, wow!

During an episode at work, while talking on the phone and typing on my laptop keyboard, I did a stupid thing (I say, “stupid” because I honestly knew better than to do this). But, during a teleconference I had needed to type while holding the telephone receiver, so I’d placed the receiver between my shoulder and head! What’s worse, I had held the receiver in this position while typing! Maybe I could have gotten away with this for one or two minutes, but for the length of time I held this weird position it was enough to pull or tweak something in my back. Next morning, ouch! Not so much a pain, but definitely a kink and irritation.

As the week went on, I tried my yoga postures, different exercises, having my husband massage my back, and moves a former chiropractor had told me about, as I had this situation happen years ago.

Before I’d learned how to self-correct, but mostly it was not to perform that action, so as not to get my back into that situation. I’d just forgotten.

So, here I was, in a new town, with a back that continued to irritate me for a week. Finally, I broke down and Googled,“holistic chiropractor.” That’s when I found Madeira Beach Center for Natural Medicine.

I thought I just needed a chiropractic adjustment and I’d be all fixed, especially since I hadn’t even needed to go to a doctor in over a year – other than this twinge in my mid back I felt great! Well, as it turned out, the acupuncture treatment in conjunction with the chiropractic adjustment was exactly what I needed!

Dr. Bauduin is so masterful that when he met me for my initial treatment he laid his hands on my head while I was seated in a chair, and could essentially “read” my issue in a matter of a minute or two. He went on to perform acupuncture on my upper back, then chiropractic. Two procedures in one visit! Wow! In an hour I was in and out of the office (fee for first time patients? $80.) which for me, I found very inexpensive and I felt as though I was walking on a cloud! Fantastic! I considered the fee inexpensive since I had paid a holistic veterinarian $91 for my dogs’ Tui Na acupuncture treatment.

I had never experienced a doctor who could provide both acupuncture and chiropractic before, so I had no expectation or understanding of how the two modalities would work together.

Turns out, the acupuncture releases the muscles so the chiropractic adjustment can be more easily accomplished. I felt so much better it was actually hard to believe, so I went back a week later for a follow up session. Once again Dr. Bauduin performed acupuncture and chiropractic – this time for only a $50 fee!

Obviously, I’m so pleased with these treatments and Dr. Bauduin – this is why I’m singing his praises in the this article.

I wholly recommend Dr. Bauduin if you have any need at all for acupuncture or chiropractic, and if you don’t know whether you have need or not, but have any health issue – give Carol a call at their office and ask. Your body may thank you more than you can imagine!

I am your local wellness activist ready to provide you a list of alternative, holistic, or complimentary medicine doctors located in St. Petersburg / Tampa Florida.

Madeira Beach Center for Natural Medicine

I would love to introduce you to the Resonance Academy! If you’re interested in Frequency, science, or just how everything is connected in the Universe, I think you’ll want to join the academy with me! Ready, set, click here!

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful.

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it.

I am interested in participating in any raw and living food’s festivals in Florida – if you would like to reach out to me to help you get that going!

Send me an email and keep in touch.

To learn more about me Click Here –>> Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, vibrant, and beautiful.

UPDATE 9/12/2018:

The book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

P.S. If you find this blog informational, won’t you consider a small donation to keep it going? PayPal.Me/SheilaMurrey

Even scientists and doctors disagree – how to find a good remedy

When scientists and doctors disagree, how DO you find a good remedy for your health issue? Most pharmaceutical prescription drugs only mask symptoms – they do not heal or cure. And what about natural remedies?

In my opinion, the number one way to know you’ve found a good natural health remedy is: it resolved your issue. You found relief. If you had a headache and you tried something that relieved your headache, you’re satisfied. Yet, what about all the other remedies you may have spent an arm and a leg on that didn’t work? If you’re reading this, you’ve probably bought a dozen over-the-counter (OTC) or natural remedies that didn’t do much for you (though you may not be willing to admit it).

I am not a doctor or licensed health practitioner, but I am an analyst and I spend a lot of time researching and trying out many natural health and wellness products. Being such a savvy gal in this regard, I can share some of the natural health remedies that have worked for me, and some of them may help you too!

7 ways to know you’ve found the right natural / holistic health remedy

#1- It worked. Admittedly, just because the natural remedy worked for you once, it may not always, or may not work for you in every instance. Also, that same remedy may not work for everyone else.

If you’re like me, you’ve raced out to tell all your friends and family of your delightful natural remedy discovery, only to find a less than enthusiastic response to your new found awareness. Most want want to hear about it, much less try it. Of those who love and trust you enough to try it – far less will experience the same astounding relief as you. Yet, it’s beneficial for you to keep a list of the things that worked for you. If and when others notice your results, they’ll get curious (perhaps) and ask you what  you are doing.

#2 – It’s been a successful remedy for centuries. This is certainly a good reason to try something, but until it has proven itself by actually resolving your problem, I don’t think it’s the best reason to rely on a particular remedy. Granted, before anything can work for you – you have to open your mind to try it and then, actually use it.

Just because a natural remedy hasn’t been used in your family, or even in your country, if it’s worked for millions of people, or been used for centuries, it’s probably worth checking into. Favorites are: Prayer (asking), Meditation (listening), exercising your Faith (Read the book, Biology of Belief for the science about how your very beliefs change cells), Acupuncture, Medical QiGong, Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), therapeutic essential oils (food grade quality only such as Young Living or DoTerra brands), consuming whole fresh (or cultured) food as medicine, moving your body–even gently to get your lymph moving, and deep breathing (such as the Yogic breathing called, Pranayama).

Did you know that you can burn Bay leaves (like sage) to use its smoke to clear the allergic response?

#3 – It’s made from common natural ingredients. This doesn’t always mean the remedy will be inexpensive, but if you read the ingredients and you can pronounce each one, you’ve at least narrowed down the list of potential side affects (granted some people are allergic to natural ingredients you can pronounce).

One of the best natural remedies I rely on for reducing sinus congestion is garlic capsules (a little tip from a registered nutritionist). Another I like, is a natural remedy for colds / flu, it’s a mixture of apple cider vinegar, garlic, onions, cayenne, horseradish, and ginger. I’ve tried a few different formulations of this concoction and it works every time. Or, I take a few drops of Young Living Thieves blend of therapeutic essential oil on my tongue and drink some water after a few seconds, or use one drop of P73 Oreganol on my tongue–depending on which oil I have handy. 

If those remedies seem too strong for you, try some warm tea and one or two of any of the following: onions, garlic, apples, oranges, turmeric, black pepper, sea salt, ginger, and/or Bragg’s Apple Cider vinegar with the Mother to your diet (one, some, or all – probably not all at the same time) while your experiencing the cold/flu and see if you don’t find some relief. I’ve tried colloidal silver – pretty good stuff, but I cannot say it works on everything every time.

I love the Moringa tree leaf for natural energy and clarity, however, I am allergic to it (and I’ve even experimented with taking a small dose, or every other day)! So, some of these things just must be tried, one at a time, in order to know if they are helpful for YOU. Currently, I am taking Magnolia Extract with Honokiol. Honokiol is being researched in conjunction with Alzheimer’s prevention — A 2012 study showed that Honokiol reduces inflammation in brain tissue and another study indicated that it may reduce neuronal (brain) cell death, a factor of Alzheimer’s disease. As a preventive, I am personally trying hemp CBD oil now.

#4 – It’s been handed down through your family (or your friend’s family) for generations. I know by this time we’re really dealing with “word of mouth” and no one in your family kept a list of who all used the remedy, for how long, and what outcome they experienced. But eh, if it’s a simple remedy and one you can wrap your mind around – why not give it a try? I once had a friend help me easily get rid of a ganglion cyst on my wrist and I am quite sure that saved me a lot of hassle as well as, hundreds of dollars. As well, I didn’t have to take any drugs for it, endure x-rays, or surgery. I was a bit skeptical at first but she swore by the remedy and it was free! I used her procedure myself in the privacy of my own home and it worked! I really love those kinds of natural remedies. My grandmother (of Native American Cherokee Indian ancestry) could take the fire out of burns with a feather light touch to the area along with an intention and prayer (a form of Energy medicine) which, was handed down generation to generation male to female, then female to male. During my youth I experienced her healing touch several times–burns on my skin always healed quickly without a blister or scar.

#5 – it’s been recommended by my alternative, integrative or complimentary doctor, nutritionist, massage therapist, acupuncturist, chiropractor, or other holistic health licensed professional. I’m sure it depends upon how much pain you’re in, or how close to death you feel, but I’ve let it be known for awhile that I’d go to a witch doctor (okay, I think the more appropriate term Shaman) if I thought they could aid my body to heal itself. I believe God always wants what is best for us and will provide us a way, even if to some that “way” seems wacky. We’re meant to live a long, healthy, and abundant life! For those of you who believe, “I’ll only try it if SCIENCE has proven it to work” odds are, you’ll suffer (and die) before science figures everything out! If something works for me – that’s MY science. Case in point, there’s no “flu season”, that’s a marketing ploy from the pharmaceutical companies! I’ve gone out in the cold with wet hair daily for years, and never “caught” a cold or flu! (My mother bought into that myth, but I’ve proven it false). And it’s also been stated that one third of all people healed via traditional medical treatments are due to the placebo effect! (Read Dr. Bruce Lipton’s book, The Biology of Belief.)

I’m an observer too. And I am more than capable to log and track (uh, I’m a writer!) what works for me. I don’t care if it’s anecdotal experience. We are all anecdotes. Each of us are unique!

I’m asthma free because I never gave up until I found a combination of natural remedies that allowed my body to naturally heal from that issue. Oh, and actually I didn’t have to go to a witch doctor. Science changes – and it changes every day. Science is about experimenting, observing, testing, documenting the results, and using the same method, replicating the experiments in order to quantify and validate the results… and yet, many scientists and doctors argue and disagree!! That’s why you can’t just buy the latest book of scientific evidence on any topic. There will always be one group that says it’s quackery and one group that claims their “revelation” (what they are going to reveal) is God’s gift to humanity. Ugh. Everyone has to make money, but no one has to suffer!

#6 – It’s been recommended by my doctor. My husband’s doctor once made a quiet remark of a recommendation to my husband (I was in the room) whereby he stated that my husband “could eat a better balanced diet, OR take a few pills” while explaining that most people just “prefer pharmaceutical drugs” for their ailments. I listened respectfully, thought it really pissed me off. If the doctor would have given my husband a food diary, book on nutrition, maybe a cookbook, or calorie chart of some sort, then I might have believed his feeble attempt to change my hubby’s eating habits. Doctors only get one class on nutrition in all of their years of medical school, why? I have an idea, but you might not want to hear it! (Shhh… follow the money).

#7 – It’s been touted as effective by Prevention magazine, Dr. Oz, Hippocrates Health Institute (HHI), Natural News websites / shows, Dr. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. David Perlmutter, Dr. Joseph Mercola, Dr. Gabriel Cousens, etc. I don’t always agree with every article I read from these authors, doctors, or publications, however these experts are scary smart! They experiment, observe, test, and track results from thousands of patients and their outcomes in a systematic way. I often try their advice because I am the brave and adventurous type. However, I don’t take just one of their opinions, studies, or books, as the end all be all. I am also careful when someone says to, “trust me”, because I only really trust my body. If one of these doctors or scientists had all the answers, they wouldn’t disagree with each other! Remember, studies can be interpreted in multiple ways!

For me, I’ve just had too many different experiences from everything I have tried, to believe the one size fits all approach. Nonsense! I’ve tried the low-fat diet and I experienced brain fog, so much so in fact, that it impacted by logical analytical thinking (my job) — and because I’m in a technical industry, I must have a highly functioning brain!

There are many ways to naturally increase beauty – even small changes can have a big impact for your health and well being.

To our feeling great, better health, and longevity,

Sheila Murrey

Your alternative health researcher, joyful wellness guinea pig, and mindful Mind-Body-Spirit guru! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being.

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful. And yes, it’s important to take good care of yourself because, We Are All Connected.

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Finding natural health and beauty doctors – Tampa and St Petersburg Florida

Originally published for Examiner(dot)com

December 20th, 2015

Moved again. (Sigh!) But you gotta go where the work is. So, here I am again writing another article about how to find natural alternative and holistic health and wellness professionals.

Whenever my husband or I have a health issue I want my wellness team lined up and at the ready so we can take care of it early. As I’ve said before, the sooner you seek “well care” when you feel something is off in your body, the quicker an alternative therapy is apt to work.

Thought process

Let me start by giving you my thought process. Even if you have a lot of other priorities for instance, sports, extracurricular activities, etc., still you need to complete a senior project to graduate successfully. I began searching for those who would comprise my wellness team on Google before we moved. Then I went to the Natural Awakenings magazine for the Tampa / St. Pete area. They’re always a solid research tool.

Helpful magazines

  • Conscious Shift
  • Horizons
  • Transformations

Getting out in the Community

One of the first places I found (while driving around town), was the community acupuncture clinic! They will be first on my list to call if I feel I need care.

I’m excited to find them because my first acupuncture doctor moved to South Carolina a few years ago and started a community clinic there – so I am familiar with this type of business model and believe it will help more people (because they charge a reduced, sliding scale fee for services). Also, the community acupuncture clinic has more than one acupuncture doctor. That should mean, less waiting, and more opportunity to meet the one who’s just right for you.

Websites

While researching one of the acupuncture physician’s website it occurred to me I should check the Florida State Oriental Medical Association web page and see who all they have listed in St. Petersburg!

As my readers know, I prefer alternative health / natural health experts such as: a naturopath and acupuncturist, instead of western practitioners. Of course, you can also adjunct your regular medical health regimen with many natural health modalities like, yoga, massage, and essential oils.

In my experience, western / allopathic medical doctors spend much of their time in school being indoctrinated about pharmaceuticals. Most have only taken one course in nutrition! So, the natural health and holistic health avenues, just make more sense to me. And the natural health and holistic health services I am sold on have been around thousands of years – to me even if they take longer, I prefer them to a pill which only masks symptoms and may cause something far worse than your original problem!

I say this because I was surprised to find a clinic where MDs are offering a new approach, working together with chiropractors, acupuncturists, and much more to offer a substantial variety of treatments that treats the cause – what a concept! I would love to hear from anyone who has went to the Millennium Health & Wellness – please email me.

As I am writing this, the Body Mind & Spirit Expo is going on at the Sheraton Tampa Airport Westshore.

Mindset

But it is what it is, and people will only believe what they want to believe. That’s why in most reviews for the Body Mind & Spirit Expo they say to come and allow your mind to open / expand. My mind is already wide open because I believe God works in powerful and mysterious ways. I also believe God is limitless possibility, so I put my judgements aside and try things out – I figure it’s a lot safer to try food and natural cures, than trust any medication that has a side effect list as long as my arm! LOL

Stores

I started looking for a couple of really good health food stores. Found one! Sunshine Health Foods on Seminole Blvd. I visited the store and talked with owner/manager, Sue, for about an hour.

The Sunshine Health Foods store is well organized and includes a comfortable sitting area if you would like to peruse the many health and wellness related books they have, and learn (like I’ve been doing) about how to take care of yourself naturally.

Sue was kind enough to lead me to a massage therapist (next door) and an acupuncture clinic just up the road. I also picked up more holistic health type local magazines.

I love all kinds of health food / organic markets – they don’t have to be huge, or carry “everything” which, is why I like to find at least two. As for a “doctor,” I want a naturopath or acupuncture physician who truly listens to me about any and all issues I have going on then, using investigative tools, plans the necessary treatment and works to guide me in staying the course.

I am your local wellness activist and EFT practitioner ready to provide you a list of alternative, holistic, or complimentary medicine doctors located in St. Petersburg / Tampa Florida. I’ve linked each to their own websites so you can get more information about them or contact their office.

Practitioners

Dr. Deanna Ohm – > https://balancedrejuvenationmed.com

Dr. Alison J Kay (Palm Harbor / Clearwater)

Dr. Laurie Zakresky

Madeira Beach Center for Natural Medicine

St. Pete Community Acupuncture

Bay Area Oriental Family Practice

Well Within Natural Medicine, Inc

Jade Tree Wellness

Living Chiropractic and Wellness Center

https://www.yahoo.com/health

Holistic Health Haven

Conforti Chiropractic and Wellness Center (4 locations)

Piro Clinic of Natural Medicine

Peaks of Health Metabolic Medical Center

Vital Well-Being Center, Inc.

Lumina Healing Center

Calm Community Acupuncture (Tampa)

Health Food Stores

To eat better everyday and avoid some health issues you might also want to check out Tampa Bay Organics. They deliver fresh produce right to your door!

Leafy Greens Cafe

Sunshine Health Foods

Richard’s Whole Foods

Rollin Oats Market and Cafe

Earth Origins Market

Central Cafe & Organics

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, vibrant, and beautiful. Be who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Finding natural health and beauty doctors

Originally published August 28, 2012 on Examiner(dot)com

Yes, this is a huge topic.

Florida state regulations

Did you know the state of Florida has not licensed any naturopathic doctors since 1959? But there are doctors who promote natural ways for you to be healthy and beautiful—practicing as acupuncturists, doctors of Oriental Medicine, chiropractors, or anti-aging specialists. And they are practicing right here in sunny Florida.

I like naturopaths because they treat the whole person – which, by the way, is why they call it “holistic” medicine (holistic means whole). They treat your mind, body, and soul / spirit. They do not just prescribe a pill for your symptom. They get to know you and what makes you tick (and what makes you sick). The naturopathic physician will work as a detective to get to the root cause of your individual situation, illness, pain, etc. I now know that some naturopaths must practice under another type of license – such as acupuncture.

Team approach

Author Kris Carr, who wrote “Crazy Sexy Cancer” suggests putting together your own team of functional medicine doctors. I agree with her that we need to research the doctors and interview them.

This is one reason I am still working on a book about my healing journey from asthma. I believe each of us facing a health situation should take it upon ourselves (empower yourself) by using online information to aid in your research and learn about your particular issue. Do your due diligence then visit the doctor, meet him or her first, ask questions, then decide if they will provide the treatment to cure your particular situation. If not, keep seeking and interviewing others until you have a team of experts to help you heal.

Ways to heal

As for why this is a loaded topic. There’s a trend I hope grows and becomes more important as years go by. Holistic, alternative, and complimentary medicine. Acupuncture and naturopathic physicians, along with chiropractors, lead the way in this movement. They have all encouraged me to speak to others about my health recovery.

My story

I reversed asthma in my body several years ago and was able to completely stop taking five pharmaceutical medications. Mainstream medicine would say that I have been asymptomatic (meaning I’ve had no asthma symptoms) since 2005. And because of legal mumbo jumbo I’m not allowed to tell you how I did it without providing a “disclaimer” (since I’m not a physician or other kind of licensed health care practitioner).

I can tell you my health quest began by visiting an acupuncture physician, Joan Massey, at HealthQuest Wellness Center in Titusville, Florida. I’d seen chiropractors most of my life so that was a piece of the puzzle I’d always had in place for chronic issues. (Joan has since moved to South Carolina so I’ve included a link to her – click on her name above or see the links at the end of the article).

I knew, just like all of you know, that eating vegetables was important. My mom, just like your mom, had told me since I could remember to “eat my veggies” with dinner. But until I found an acupuncture physician who went way above and beyond, providing me with whole raw food advice, I did not know what an amazing journey I was on.

While receiving massage I asked my LMT at Health Quest, Dory Valentine, if she knew of a naturopath. That’s when I was led to Dr. Anita Spitz. Though not a naturopath Dr. Spitz is a mainstream medical doctor who believes in treating the whole person and uses drugs and surgery as last resort measures (because pills all have side effects and only treat symptoms). I wish more physicians were like Dr. Spitz. She excels at educating her patients. Dr. Spitz is always learning, open to find tools and modalities that help their patients.

Continued learning

I learn from every doctor I see. I ask questions and take notes. Oh and I blog. haha!

If you watch Dr. Oz or read his advice online you know he also promotes a healthy diet for your health and beauty. I’ve also been accumulating a list of doctors who believe the same. Not all of them are naturopaths, but as with Dr. Spitz and Dr. Oz some allopathic doctors know eating right is vitally important to your health.

Conventional medicine

Conventional medical doctors sadly, do not do much to promote it for a variety of reasons. Mostmedical doctors only had ONE CLASS in nutrition during their TEN YEARS of medical school education!!

Most people are lazy. I’m sure traditional doctors have often told their patients to “eat healthy” only to have their patients ask for a pill. Most folks want to eat anything, indulge in their cravings, and just take a pill when they have a problem. Very few really understand the phrase, “you are what you eat.”

But, there is hope. Some people want to change. Some, like one of my coworkers, will watch, “Food Matters” – then ask me, “what are you eating”? I love those kinds of people – they want to take responsibility for their health. They know “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

List of Alternative Doctors

Here’s a list of alternative, holistic, or complimentary medicine doctors located in Titusville, Florida – Brevard county (close to the Kennedy Space Center).

I’ve linked each to their own websites so you can get more information about them or contact their office.

  • HealthQuest Wellness Center
  • Daly Chiropractic and Wellness Center
  • Eric Hunstad DOM – Doctor of Oriental Medicine / Acupuncture
  • Dr. Anita Spitz MD – Acupuncture & Alternative Medicine
  • Affordable Acupuncture by Joan (South Carolina)