Monday, April 1, 2013
Every day I record Dr. Oz's show. Like most women in America I adore him. How many Western trained doctors much less surgeons include nutrition, yoga and meditation in their practice? I was lucky enough to be introduced to 'alternative' medicine by my internist Dr. Soram Khalsa who was recently a guest on the show. Through Dr. Soram I became involved in Traditional Chinese Medicine which I feel saved my life almost 11 years ago when I was diagnosed with third stage uterine cancer. Yes, I had surgery and chemotherapy. In fact it was Dr. Soram and my Chinese doctor the wonderful Linda Zhang, DOM, PhD who insisted I do the Western and Eastern protocols simultaneously. Chinese medicine has identified over 100 anti-cancer herbs that are in effect 'natural chemotherapy' and I use them to this day. Meshing the wisdom of the ages with the advances of today seems to me the ideal way to go whether you are fighting for your life or merely seeking to maintain a high level of vitality.
While I was being introduced to alternative medicine I was blessed to meet practitioners from many of the healing arts. It's funny in life how you think you are traveling down a specific road only to find you are actually headed to a surprise destination. The worlds of yoga (the ancient teachings not just the postures) and Feng Shui have had an enormous influence in my life. When my clients want to learn more about Feng Shui and how it can help them live richer, healthier lives, there is only one person I turn to ~ Ariel Joseph Towne, the Feng Shui Guy. And guess what? He too has been on Dr. Oz! We have so much control over our bodies and our environments it hurts me to see people throw away their health and ignore their environments.
So what do I think Dr. Oz has forgotten? Every day he offers ways to lose weight, get fit and be healthy. But if your environment is in chaos or you have no clue how to go about inviting change into your life, what do you do? The deck is stacked against you. Yes, I've seen the organizing segments to date. But oh! Dr. Oz how I would like to create something with your team that would go deeper and help more people. Will I get that chance, Dr. Oz?
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- I will always be grateful I grew up in Brooklyn, New York. It was a rich atmosphere that introduced me to different races, creeds and professions. It seemed that anything was possible if you were willing to work hard to achieve your goals.I'm a yogi which means that my spiritual path is that of yoga principles that have been handed down for over 5000 years. Yoga is an ancient philosophy based on the Gita, the sutras of Patanjali and yes, the Bible. The postures are a key element as is meditation. We honor all paths.I got my first dog when I was 6 years old after a full year of begging. She was a collie and her name was Queenie. As an adult I've had 2 golden retrievers. A female named Miss Katie who came into my life when she was 3 months old and an ancient male golden who came to me when he was 15. I'd like to have a Great Dane next but we'll see what the universe has in store.I've been organizing clients for over 24 years and writing about it for over ten.