Healthy Hints From Helen

07-10-19 BLANK PAGES and QUALITY OF LIFE

I learned of Douglas Pagels’ book, Simple Thoughts That Can Literally Change Your Life, through my yoga teacher. One of the things he said is, “Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can.”

How about you?  How do you want to fill your blank pages?

A client wrote thanking me for the work I do and said, “I wish that the government could see the value in alternative medicine.  It is crazy. The healthiest people I know do not rely on conventional medicine.” I wrote back to her:  “Profitability is from illness; not wellness.  Conventional medicine relies on people being sick.”

In essence, it is our decision what quality of life we have and will have in our future.  It depends on our choices of food, lifestyles, exercise, etc.  We need to find out how to turn on our good genes and how to turn off our bad genes. [The epigenetics pre-conference that I talked about earlier can do this].  Learn how to support your mitochondria, the basis of all aging.   Healthy aging – it’s your choice.

A longtime client comes to mind.  She felt that when she retired, she could “enjoy” life.  That meant that she could have the lifestyle that was “stress-free”.  She decided that included  she could sleep when and how long she wanted to, eat whatever she wanted to [which was mainly sugar and junk food] and sit sewing for long periods of time and do little exercise.  She truly believed that she would maintain the quality of life the rest of the time she lived regardless of her lifestyle.  She took the recommended supplements now and then and repeated her hair analysis infrequently, and enjoyed her body mind sessions when they could be conveniently scheduled.  Then an “oops” came when she had a major health crisis.  This got her attention, and when the crisis was “over”, she went back to the same lifestyle as before. Later she experienced a second major health crisis and this one IS getting her attention.  “Life continually teaches.  Eventually we catch on.” – another quote of Douglas Pagel.

Please take time to think and plan how you want to fill your blank pages of your daily diary.  It can make the difference between a good quality of future health versus a poor one.

6-12-19 TFH Conference

EPIGENETICS:

As those of you know who do mind-body appointments with me, To keep my certifications current in both Brain Gym® and Touch for Health I attend specified courses.  In April I had the opportunity to attend the “Touch for Health” international conference in Boise, Idaho.  That is where my sister-in-law lives so my husband, Ed, and I made our annual visit at that time so I could visit with her and take re-certification classes.

After getting more information about the conference, I realized the first day would include a pre-conference about epigenetics, which intrigued me.  I knew that epigenectics was how we turn on and off our genes and I wondered how I might apply that information to my health practice. During the pre-conference, I appreciated the explanations Dr. Bruce and Joan Dewe from New Zealand explaining the epigenetic process utilizing the Touch for Health principles to positively affect a person’s health.  This in-depth epigenetics program was well worth my time personally and professionally.

I am excited to bring my certification techniques to my clients. Prior to the study of epigenetics the belief was that genes controlled the body. Epeigentics reveals that each individual has the power to turn on the beneficial genes and turn off the detrimental genes. “I am in control of my genes. My genes are not in control of me.” I have been using these techniques with clients ever since and have received positive results and feedback.  Schedule an appointment for mind-body work if you’re curious how this might apply to you!

MEETING OLD FRIENDS AND TRYING NEW THINGS:

I was challenged with the idea of going to a conference where I virtually knew no one. Talk about taking myself out of my comfort zone!!! I also acquired a new skill… Uber rides, Uber solved the challenge of getting to and from the house where we were staying as well as our time at the hotel. I highly recommend using Uber when you travel.

I figured that I would know no one at this conference. It turned out that I reunited with an old friend, Bonnie Hershey, on the first day of the conference. (Bonnie and I had taken our Brain Gym In-Depth course in 1989).  Other pluses:  I was excited to meet in person, Colleen Gardner, who became in 1986 the first international faculty member for Brain Gym®. Other attendees and I enjoyed many long walks surrounded in the nature and beauty of springtime around the Green Belt, a stretch of the Boise River that was next to the conference hotel.

Wishing you a wonderful summer and longevity with quality health,
Helen

3/6/2019 – Go Backwards

Recently I attended my cousin’s funeral.  This got me thinking about the memories we shared, the childhood times that we were at each other’s house, riding our bikes the ¼ mile to each other’s house, the years of being in the same grade and many of the same classes, riding on the same school bus, graduating together, double dating, getting married the same year more than 50 years ago, getting married in the same church which was now the church I was sitting  in for his funeral. I listened to the things that were being said about him.

His death was very sudden and he probably didn’t have any time to tell others good bye or any last words. I wondered, if he would have had time, what he would have said. My mind drifted to what I would like to say to others.  After a few days of pondering, today, here’s what I  have to say to others, Go Backwards.

My suggestions are:

  1. First, find your passion, your mission.
    Diane Rehm, best known as being an American public radio talk show host, said that it took her years, but she eventually created the job that was best for her and that she loved to do.  She is in her 80’s and is still doing a job that she loves.
    How could you create the job you love?

    If you were financially secure now and for the future, physically, emotionally and mentally well and you still wanted to work, what would motivate you to still work?  What is your passion?  What is your mission?
    What would motivate you to get up and still work?

  2. Get financially independent.
    Go backwards. How much money do you need for retirement, get that taken care of as soon as possible. Let the rest fall into place.
  3. Get physically well.
    Go backwards. Get preventive tests. Find your weaknesses, your risks and correct them. For example, hair analysis can pick up problems up to 20 years before a medical diagnosis.
  4. Stay mentally alert.
    Get the blood tests to show tendency to Alzheimer’s, etc and correct your lifestyle using such things as epigenetics to turn off your bad genes and turn on your good genes.
  5. Write your own obituary.
    Go backwards. About 20 years ago, I read a book that suggested that you write your own obituary. It was one of the best exercises I have ever done. It gave me tremendous insight on how I wanted my life to be at the end of my life. I encourage you to do the same.

Starting with the end in mind and going backwards makes it easier to get there.  The brain responds to what is programmed in.  This can be beneficial or detrimental.  If we program in the brain with what we want, the brain partners with the rest of us in meeting our goals, rather than losing focus or worse yet, sabotaging what we do want.  When our brain, mind, heart and spirit are all united in common goals, it makes the process of accomplishing them much easier!

For your health,
Helen

1/23/19 – Carol Ann is coming to Peoria June 2019!

I am super excited to announce that Options Center is sponsoring Carol Ann Erickson’s Brain Gym course, Movement Exploration I on Saturday-Tuesday, June 22-25, 2019  9:00-6:00.  Carol Ann is exceptional in her ability to teach a variety of modalities and make the techniques applicable to many professions.  This is a basic course so no pre requisites are needed and the course is open to all.  Please join  us in June.  To learn more about it [click here] to register online [click here] .

For your health,
Helen

 

 

 

 

 

12/12/18 – Screen Time can be Addictive

I recently read an article discussing how addictive screen time is for children and adults. This includes gaming, tablets, cell phones, computer screens, television and movies. Are we inadvertently creating addictions in our children? I am concerned for my grandchildren and the children of the world in how they are naively being programed for addictions via sugar and screen time.

The article sights resources sharing my concern. “Glowing screens are so powerful that the University of Washington has been using a virtual reality video game to help military burn victims with pain management during their treatments.  Beneficially, when patients are immersed in the game they report reduced pain, all without the aid of actual narcotics.  Consequently, this same power of screens acts like an addictive drug to our kids (2). “

Read the full article here.

The more we can educate ourselves of the risks to our children the more motivated we are to make positive changes to protect them.

For your health,
Helen

 

11/28/18 -Wise Christmas Spending on Children

I have recently been discussing with a couple who are grandparents and how to support their grandchildren to have a college fund started so that when the grandchildren are 18, the college fund will be sufficient for them.  The couple was shocked at the amount of money that their grandchildren would possibly need even for public higher education.  The discussion included how at Christmas time, they spend hundreds of dollars for their grandchildren’s Christmas gift.  I offered the idea of buying one small toy for the child to unwrap and the rest of the money to go to the college fund.

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/2016-12-14/4-ways-to-give-the-gift-of-college-savings

This article offers 4 ways to gift for a college fund.

  1. US Savings Bonds
  2. Gift cards: Retail stores across the U.S. are selling plastic gift cards that link to college savings accounts. Offered by giftofcollege.com, an online registry for gifts to 529 plan accounts, friends and family can purchase the cards and give a tangible gift card for college savings.
  3. 529 websites: Some 529 plans allow college savers to create customized WebPages with pictures and information about themselves. Friends and family can then contribute directly to a recipient’s college savings account via the webpage.
  4. Cash or checks: It may not be cutting-edge, but giving a child cash or a check and earmarking it for college may still be a welcome gift. Nine out of 10 parents say higher education is one of the best gifts they ever received, according to the Fidelity survey.

Make wonderful holiday memories by getting the most for your money and invest wisely in your grandchildren’s future.

For your health,
Helen
10/31/2018 – What do I do with all this Halloween Candy?
One idea is the Switch Witch https://www.switch-witch.com/. Their slogan is *brew a magical new tradition with America’s favorite witch*.  They believe in more than magic – they believe that all families can enjoy traditions and festivities together every day of the year! Even if it does take a little sorcery at times. If all the fun – without all the candy – is the spell you’re looking for, then use the switch witch by switching the Halloween treats for a healthy, maybe non-food item[s]! Read Parent’s story here (https://www.parents.com/holiday/halloween/traditions/avoid-halloween-candy-
overload-with-switch-witchery/)
Please respect our children by not giving them harmful sugar.  We CAN enjoy holidays and have fun in a healthy manner.
For your health,
Helen

 

10/3/2018 -  2019 Brain Gym Course is Scheduled!
Dear Friends,

I am excited Carol Ann is coming to Options Center! As many of you know Carol Ann is highly respected for her BrainGym® work and her and her own unique courses she has developed. Experience change within yourself and learn how to share with others.


Save the dates: Saturday – Tuesday June 22 – June 25th.

 

Explore, Experience, & Discover a new meaning of efficient movement & learning!

  • Explore and deepen your noticing skills for observation of self and students.
  • Experience a dynamic tool that encourages self management.
  • Discover a dynamic system that promotes and develops opportunities for stress free learning.
Come to Movement Exploration course with Carol Ann Erickson next June 22-25, 2019 in Peoria IL


01/29/2018 -  Protecting the Health of Future Generations

 

As a daughter of a small farmer, I spent many summer hours walking bean fields and pulling weeds during the days before Monsanto. I often walked with my brother, and always my father, where we divided up the field. Dad would say “You take those rows, I’ll take these rows”, and at some point, the 40 acre field would be done. The inherent message in this task was: Start, do what you can, and eventually we’ll be able to look over the entire project and see a “clean” field.

I am reminded of my childhood lesson this week as I reflect upon my “get sugar out of our children’s sight” campaign. I realize that I can’t do this on my own so I’m reaching out to my Options’ community. I’ve already spent quite a bit of time on my own passing out sugar informational posters and contacting businesses with whom I do business. Some of the alarming statistics that I’ve shared include:

• Recently-cited research in the news states that today’s children have eaten more sugar before age 5 than their grandparents have eaten in their entire lifetime. • According to Dr. Oz, it is estimated that 30-40% of children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes and a great many of them will have other health problems resulting from obesity. • According to the authors of Lunch Lessons, the percentage of obese children in America today has more than doubled since 1970. More than 35% of our nation’s children are overweight, 25% are obese and 14% have type 2 diabetes, a condition previously seen primarily in adults.

So far, I have had one success story with a local business receptive to my idea of putting candy bowls out of children’s eyesight. Boyd Schenck, Assistant Vice President Bank Manager of Associated Bank at the Pioneer Parkway branch was receptive to my concerns and agreed to take the bank’s candy bowls off the counters. Furthermore, the tellers would not automatically offer candy, but wait to be asked by the parent.

At some point, with your help, I’d like for us to be able to look back and celebrate that our children/grandchildren can go through their daily lives free of constant bombardment from an unhealthy environment. Like I always had help walking the bean fields with my brother and father, I need your help in this campaign. Who do you know that work fields in a place that offers, markets or makes candy available to children? Please email us your leads from businesses that you frequent. Our first step will be to grow my list of participating businesses. For additional assistance, we will offer an educational program in the next month or so to personally arm you with handouts and statistics to share with the businesses you use.

Blessings to you for your assistance in this important matter-Stay tuned for further updates!

Yours on the journey,

Helen

01/17/2018 – Stroke Brain Gym and Energy Work

I currently have the honor and privilege of assisting two people who have had strokes. We are using Brain Gym® and exercises that have a Feldenkrais basis. Both of them are feeling positive changes. They are getting some feeling in the affected limbs that they have not felt since before the stroke. Getting these kinds of results is part of what makes my work so rewarding!!!

You’ll be able to get an idea of what we do by reading the Brain Gym® articles on strokes from the Hearts at Play blog cited below.

• http://heartsatplay.com/?s=stroke

• http://heartsatplay.com/double-doodle-play-brings-emotional-harmony-following-a-stroke/

If you want some ideas how to protect your own brain health, I’ve included some links below which clients have shared with me.

• Here is a 4 minute CBS TV overview of SuperBrain Yoga. It is good for improving brain functioning and may be of benefit to all of us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSwhpF9iJSs&feature=youtu.be

• Here’s a 5 minute daily routine from Super Brain Yoga which combines Brain Gym®, Donna Eden’s energy exercises, tapping and yoga: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8uDl0_T5QI

• Here’s an 11 ½ min extended version of Donna Eden’s official YouTube video teaching her energy exercises for overall health: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di5Ua44iuXc

Find the routine/exercises that you like and will look forward doing. If you feel better after you are done, it’s probably right for you. Just a few minutes a day can change your attitude, mood, comprehension and focus.

Yours on the journey,

Helen

 

01/05/2018 – Monitor technology time for your child

Dear Friends,

Since the holiday gifts often bring new electronic technology into our families, I wanted to share my thoughts on what I think of as healthy use, backed by research studies, several online articles, and my work with Brain Gym®.

All children from birth into their twenties have brains that have not yet finished growing and developing. Because of that, technology overuse can negatively impact the health of their brains, their overall physical condition, and their social and emotional health.

Young children, especially, should be supervised with limited access to electronic technology like TV, computers, smartphones and gaming stations, particularly if they are preschool or early elementary age. Instead they should be spending most of their time in gross motor, fine motor and social activities. Ideally they should have daily outside time (even if just a few minutes) with exposure to sunshine, nature and fresh air, rather than sitting in isolation in front of a screen. The screen pixels confuse their brains and the type of light that these screens emit can interfere with sleep and the ability of the brain to calm itself . Screen time can also result in myopic eye development, causing a national trend towards more children needing eyeglasses for near-sightedness.

Tweens and teenagers are at the age when cell phones become part of their dress code. With that there arise physical and emotional/social risks. Physical harm can occur in several forms. Digital disabilities is a new name for repetitive stress injuries from technology that affect the neck, fingers and elbow. More serious physical harm can occur due to distraction when texting while walking (like walking into traffic), and phone use/texting while driving. Increased exposure to the head can even cause brain tumors. Emotional concerns can occur with social media criticism (online bullying and body shaming), with unwise sharing of revealing selfies and private information, and with access to unfiltered adult content like pornography. For our children, the idea of a “safe” zone is fragile when peer pressure is relentless.

Busy parents, social media and increased “screen time” can all negatively impact our youth. No matter their child’s age, parents should stay involved by building real-time face-to-face conversations into their family routine to counter the ever-growing effects of electronic technology. It is worth your time to read this whole article which includes both research and an action plan.

09/05/2017 – Avoid Toxin Overload

Be kind to yourself, others and [benefit too]!

Women are taught to believe, encouraged by the media and feel peer pressure to change their body’s image. Women need to start thinking for themselves, not be influenced by advertisements and peer pressure. Women and men put many chemicals on their bodies every day; women more than men.

The top 3 toxic professions are farmers, hair dressers and house cleaners.

What you CAN do:

1] Change to natural cleaning products.

2] Admire your nails in their natural state. Let them “breathe.”

3] Let your hair go natural.

According to © 2017 CureJoy Inc. in its article, “When Is The Right Time To Stop Coloring Your Hair” these are the signs that your hair is telling you that it is time to go natural and stop coloring your hair. The signs are 1] Your Roots Grow Faster Than Before, 2] Your Hair Is Brittle and Frizzy, 3] Your Scalp Gets Irritated and Itchy 4] Your Hair Is Thinning, 5] Your Hair Is Persistently Dyed In Lighter Shades-when it gets to your natural color, stop coloring.

Apart from these, persistent dyeing might be heavy on pocket every time you go to a salon. Putting a halt to the coloring process liberates you from not just the expenses, but also the guilt of having an unkempt look every time you see yourself in the mirror.

08/28/2017- Supplements:  How to be a savvy consumer!

I often hear questions asking why the supplements I carry are more costly than those you can get at a pharmacy, box store or online.

Did you know that the marketing presentation of a product can often be misleading? Legally the front of a label does not have to be the truth. Can you believe it! However the back of the packaging should report honest information so please read your labels carefully. As for online sales: you may be purchasing expired supplements!

Orthomolecular, Standard Process and Medi-Herb do not support the online sales of their products by third party distributors. So consumer beware!

I have done much research over the years and am pleased with the products I offer. I want to share with you some of the knowledge that I have about the integrity and quality control for the supplements in my inventory from Standard Process, Medi-Herb and Orthomolecular. My hope is to educate you so you can make informed choices. In a nutshell, you get what you pay for, thus the products from these 3 companies have some of the highest standards in the industry.

03/08/2017- Opportunity to Make Radical Changes for the Better

How could our children be effected by the current property tax freeze suggested by Governor Jim Rauner?

By freezing property taxes our schools income could be adversely effected. How can we make this potential challenge an opportunity for beneficial change?

If a school’s income is greatly effective by this legislation, one solution is for school districts to investigate effective, efficient, inexpensive learning programs.

One program that fits all of this criteria is Brain Gym®. The only expense to implementing and utilizing a Brain Gym® program is  teacher and staff training. A Brain Gym® program consist of simple and fun exercises that can produces profound results in all students with and without learning problems. It can reduce stress in any one who utilizes it with little effort in short period of time. It can improve attitudes and provide the foundation for academic learning to occur. Finland is an excellent example of utilizing programs in their school system that enhance students to learn in a positive, fun, rewarding atmosphere. Support your school personnel and school board by telling them about Brain Gym®. If you have any questions about this amazing program, call me at 309-685-7721. I am one of the few licensed Brain Gym® instructors in the midwest.