Charles Article August Planning Your Family’s Wellness by Charles Leath, Certified Reflexologist Families today are working towards better health and better living. We are more versed in health and wellness concepts than ever before. Senator Harkin, lead Senator drafting the Prevention and Public Health Section of the Health Reform Bill, says we have to change the way we look at health care: To view it with a “sharp new emphasis on prevention and public health”. Reflexology is a form of preventive medicine that aims to maintain balance and well being, according to The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. It is an excellent way for the whole family to be well, to feel good, and not worry about illness. Many of the tender spots that collect toxins in the feet give us indicators of health and diet issues. The feet tell you everything you need to know about lifestyle changes you can make towards wellness. Sometimes just simple shifts in your family’s approach to living will make a huge difference in staying well. The DeKalb Medical Center says that during a reflexology session, specific reflex areas on the feet, hands and ears encompass a complete method of promoting stress reduction. It aids in circulation, balance, vitality and normal body functioning. Reflexology enhances relaxation and an overall sense of health and well-being. It is a good feeling to know you are taking responsibility for yourself and your family in being well to live a happy life. Reflexology should be part of any healthy lifestyle focusing on wellness. September, 2009 Article: Colds, Flus and Toxins, by Charles Leath, Certified Reflexologist With the weather turning cooler, and the advent of autumn and winter just around the corner, many thoughts are turning to the threat of colds and flu. Colds and the flu can be caused by high levels of toxins, according to Dr. Henry Bieler, well-known physician and author of Food is Your Best Medicine Toxins can be defined as substances producing physical imbalances in an individual. We are consistently exposed to toxins every day from the outside environment, as well as a result of imbalances in our metabolism. Toxins are eliminated from the body by the liver, kidneys, lymphatics, colon, lungs and skin. As more toxins accumulate, they place severe stress on these elimination organs. With continued accumulation, they may begin to malfunction, causing a weakening of the immune system. The endocrine glands no longer secrete the proper amounts of hormones into the bloodstream and the internal environment allows harmful micro-organisms and viruses to grow rapidly. By eliminating toxins from the body with reflexology, it can maintain proper equilibrium and the ability to clear viruses before they can do harm. Reflexology is a wonderful, natural approach to reviving the body’s own abilities to heal itself and assists the body in clearing toxins from it. Reflexology will add to the power of other treatments you are already using in your health regimen. It compliments all traditional medical treatments and can boost any natural processes you are using. Charles can answer your questions at “Healthy You – Body, Mind and Soul” part of Tuesdays for You, a Family Health Education Series, at the Upper Valley Mall, Tuesday, Oct 6, from 5-7 pm. Nov 4 Breast Cancer Patients and Reflexology, by Charles Leath, CR When diagnosed with breast cancer, not only is your physical body totally unbalanced, but your whole world turns upside down. Anxiety, fatigue and pain become usual contenders as well as, regular visits for chemotherapy. It seems you feel much worse before getting better. The American Cancer Society Journal found that one-third of cancer patients used reflexology as an alternative medical approach. There are benefits to reflexology that can help the patient through the whole process. Endorphins are produced to relieve pain and stiffness. And the therapy session always leaves you calm and stress-free. It provides the feeling of wellness: definitely an emotional boost for anyone. The College of Nursing Researchers of Michigan State University found that many women who are receiving chemotherapy while in the late stages of breast cancer are turning to a complementary therapy known as reflexology to help them cope. Out of three complimentary therapies, “Reflexology is the one people stuck with the most during the eight-week protocol,” said Gwen Wyatt, a professor in MSU’s College of Nursing who headed the project. “It’s also the one that had the most positive outcomes.” With reflexology, by applying firm pressure to certain parts of the soles of the foot, women adjust better to their chemotherapy treatment. “We see things like a decrease in depression and anxiety, and improvements in spirituality and emotional quality of life,” Wyatt said. “Overall, they have an improved quality of life.” “Breast cancer can be a very difficult experience and advanced-stage disease even more so,” Wyatt said. “This study will make the treatment journey more manageable and women may want to continue it after cancer treatment to maintain a sense of well-being.” Other researchers, such as the School of Nursing, East Carolina University found the same results. The Breast Cancer Support Services endorse the use of reflexology in assisting patients in releasing anxiety and pain, in conjunction with traditional protocols. The American College of Physicians and American Society of Internal Medicine also advocate the use of reflexology.