Learning How to Balance the Throat Chakra

Learning How to Balance the Throat Chakra

An imbalanced Throat Chakra presents itself both spiritually and physically. Find out more to learn how to restore the Blue Energy.

A well-balanced Throat Chakra is imperative to successful communication. If you find that you are having difficulty expressing your emotions with words, whether that be through excessive anger or a lack of communication all together, you should consider learning different methods of Chakra balancing. Before jumping straight into various ways to strengthen your blue energy, let’s focus briefly on what it is you are trying to heal.

What is the Throat Chakra?

The physical location of the throat Chakra is — as its name implies — the throat region. For a better visualization of where the energy is focused it may help to compare it to where the Adam’s apple of a man would reside.

An obstruction of the throat Chakra can be indicated by both spiritual and physical manifestations. For instance, a spiritual blockage may exhibit signs of excessive anger when trying to express emotions through speech. Or, for some, a lack of blue energy may simply show itself by the inability to express emotions all together.


Physical signs of an imbalance are said to include chronic sinus difficulties and sore throats. For some, a feeling of restriction or tightening in the throat region may be the first indication that there is a low concentration of energy.

Why is Chakra Healing Beneficial?

Restoring the full energy back to the throat Chakra has multiple benefits. You will find that you are able to express yourself fully, without feeling inhibited by a fear of judgment. For those who are rarely able to voice their opinions, this can make it easier to become more assertive in certain situations. Others may find that it is easier to place trust and loyalty in personal relationships. Since a weakened energy has the ability to manifest itself as physical ailments, keeping your throat chakra balanced can prevent things like sinus problems from developing in the first place.

How Do You Balance the Throat Chakra?

There are multiple ways to restore power to your blue energy. For instance, you can begin by immersing yourself in blue. This can be accomplished by both wearing and ingesting the color blue, as well as surrounding yourself with various types of blue decorations. Examples of blue gemstones that you can wear are sapphire and blue agate. You can also provide an outlet to clear the blockage of energy by allowing yourself to scream freely. There are certain toning exercises specific to the throat that will also help facilitate healing.

Some Final Considerations About Chakra Balancing

While learning and practicing different methods of Chakra balancing can help restore power to your blue energy, it is important to note that once physical health problems develop balancing the throat Chakra is not a cure. At this point, it would be advisable to seek additional help from a doctor.

Examples of physical ailments that may require you to seek assistance from a medical practitioner are chronic sore throats and post nasal drip. However, by working toward strengthening the throat chakra while working alongside western medicine you will have a greater chance of healing.

Five Good Sleep Habits to Help Improve Sleeping Problems

Five Good Sleep Habits to Help Improve Sleeping Problems


There are many different sleep disorders, ranging from the very common, such as insomnia, to the less common and more serious, including sleep apnoea and narcolepsy. While prescription medications have a part to play in the treatment of sleep disorders, there are several self-help approaches worth trying, to improve your sleep.

Regular Night Routines Help Improve Sleep

One of the most important ways to improve sleep is to stick to a regular night routine, which involves going to bed at the same time each night and waking up at the same (give or take an hour) each morning. The main reason why routine is key to improving sleep is because it sets the body clock each day and means that the body will be tired at the same/similar time, having been awake for an appropriate amount of time.

Morning Daylight – Light Therapy Treats Insomnia and Depression

In addition to having a regular sleep-wake routine, it is important to make sure the body gets exposed to daylight each morning. This not only helps treat sleeping problems, but also is key to the treatment of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). In Sleep Disorders, Wilson & Nutt (2008) highlight that morning exposure to daylight is the most effective way to synchronize the circadian or body clock.


Regular Exercise Affects Sleep

Another way to help improve sleep involves taking regular exercise, which has many other health benefits. Daily exercise not only maintains healthy weight, aids the body in fighting disease and keeps muscles working well, it also has positive implications for mental health and emotional well-being. In fact, exercise is one of the best forms of treatment for mild to moderate depression and stress.

Improved Diet Means Better Sleep

What we eat and drink has long since been known to have a massive impact upon our physical and mental health. For example, if you are a real caffeine fiend, than it is unlikely sleep will come easy and if sugar is what triggers binge eating, then sweet snacking late at night will have consequences. Any food or drink that stimulates the body is best avoided in the evening. Instead, opt for calming foods such as seeds and milky drinks or herbal tea.

Relaxation Helps Improve Sleep

Ever tried to get a child to go to sleep straight after arriving home from a party or busy family get-together? Chances are that it will not have been easy, and adults also require time to wind down before going to bed. A great habit to get into involves relaxation techniques, designed to help both body and mind calm down, offering a soothing, natural approach to improve sleep. Purchase a relaxation CD and see how incorporating relaxation into daily life helps the whole family.

My Experiences Under the Knife: A Story of C-Sections

My Experiences Under the Knife: A Story of C-Sections


As I mull through images in my brain, not one of these images is comparable with the birth of my children. Both girls were born healthy. Both girls were born by cesarean-section.

The difficulty of having a cesarean section, better known as a c-section, greatly depends on whether it was planned or not. My first c-section was not planned. I was induced into labor early in the morning with a drug called Pitocin. The doctor came in and broke my water with a long instrument that I do not care to remember the characteristics of. The contractions were evident according to the monitors strapped to by enormous belly, but I quickly received an epidural which dulled the pain beautifully. The nurse came in the room about every hour to check on me, often checking how dilated I had become. After fourteen long hours of labor, I was told I was still having some contractions, but they were not accomplishing anything. I was told that I should have a c-section before I started to get a fever. Reluctantly, I consented.

I received a higher dose of anesthesia and I remember having a mouth so dry you would have thought I had been in the Mohave Desert without water all day. A plastic shower cap was placed over my head as I begged to be allowed one more ice-chip. The liquid sensation was fleeting as it quickly dissolved from the heat of my breath. My husband scurried around the room gathering up cameras and placing my things safely away in cabinets. The doctors and nurses transferred me to another bed on their count of three and rolled me down the halls to surgery.

A blue sheet resembling a shower curtain was set above my chest to prevent me from witnessing the surgery through site. I was told I may feel some tugging which correlated to what I had read in my pregnancy books. My husband stood beside me with his matching shower cap and gown, gazing beyond the curtain. I wished secretly that I could see the birth-I was not squeamish about a little-or a lot-of blood. I knew it may be different to see that much of my own insides, though, so on second thought maybe it was best not to see it. I took a gulp of air.

I vaguely recall hearing my doctor remarking that some piece of my insides was just like “pudding.” What part of me was she referring to? Was I dreaming that? I gulped some more air. I waited. I gulped some more air, but no matter how I tried to fill my lungs, it felt as if they wouldn’t expand to hold the air. I whispered to my husband that I was having trouble breathing and he repeated my statement, but the doctors simply kept working.

In a matter of minutes, I heard my daughter’s cry. She was shown to me and then taken to be measured and weighed. My husband left my side to go see her. When they took her from the room, my husband went with her. I was left alone with a bunch of doctors late at night as they sewed my organs back inside me. Then, I was moved to a recovery room that appeared to amount to an end of a dim hall with lots of machines and monitors.

Although warm blankets were placed on top of me, I could not stop shaking. I remember my body trembling so badly that it began to hurt. I was in recovery for at least three hours shaking as the nurse on duty waited for the beeping of my monitors to normalize. My husband had already called the family and friends to tell them the news. Finally, the nurse took me to a new room in which I would be staying for three days. I was still shaking, but not quite as violently. I eventually fell asleep, but woke up early in the morning asking the nurse where my daughter was. I had planned on breastfeeding and I knew I was to start as quickly as possible after her birth in order to have a higher rate of success at it-it had already been over six hours.

My daughter was brought to me and she started to nurse almost immediately. She was tiny and beautiful, just as every child should be in her mother’s eyes. I was still shaking a little, but it was gradually decreasing. I was still very thirsty and drank as much apple juice as the nurses would bring to me. I was told to take medicine for pain, but I was reluctant to do so. I couldn’t get out of bed yet, so my husband had to change the first few diapers. After the second day, the nurses told me I really had to get up, but when I did I walked like a cavewoman-my back was arched so far that I could almost touch my feet with my hands. The pain of the gas in my stomach was terrible, but it eased greatly with the pain pills. I remember one of the nurses helping me into the shower and myself freely giving into the help. My modesty was gone and the pain was great.

When I was released from the hospital, I still required help in doing minor tasks around the house. My entire body had swelled up terribly after the surgery, but after a week the swelling went away. After three weeks, the pain had mostly dissipated, but I was told to still take it easy. The only problem with that advice was that I now had a three-week old to watch-nothing was easy about that!

My second c-section was not planned, either. I had done much research and even switched doctors because I wanted to try having a vaginal delivery with the second baby. I was told my chances weren’t very high, but because there was a chance, I held on to it. I remember a friend telling me after she had her second baby vaginally following a c-section the first time that it really made her feel like a mother. I wanted to feel that same sense of accomplishment. Or maybe I just wanted to try everything once. No matter, I was going to try having this baby vaginally.

At my 38th week, according to the doctor’s office, my baby weighed eight pounds ten ounces-a large amount for a mother wanting to have a vaginal birth after c-section. My doctor brought their specialist to me who informed me a c-section would be much better in my case because the baby weighed so much and her head was still high. Both doctors left the room and I recall sitting with a fetal monitor attached to my belly as I cried silently. I didn’t realize until that moment just how much I wanted to have my baby vaginally. After a few more minutes, a nurse came in and asked me if I knew I was having small contractions. I told her that yes, I knew, but they were just little. When the doctor came back in, the nurse showed her the monitor but the doctor said they weren’t very big yet and they weren’t that close together. She then told me her schedule and when she would be available to perform the c-section. My husband and I told her we would think about it over night and call the next day.

I prayed about the situation and went to bed that night still thinking about it. I woke up at 2:30 a.m. thinking even more about it because I was having very forceful contractions. I couldn’t get comfortable no matter how I laid in bed, so I left the bedroom and went out to the sofa. Around 4:30 a.m., I called my mother and told her I wasn’t sure if I should call the doctor or not because I didn’t go into labor naturally the first time and was unsure if this was it. I did know that I couldn’t breathe during the contractions and that they hurt terribly. At 5:00 a.m. I decided to call the doctor and I was told to come in. I woke my husband up and told him we had to go to the hospital. He asked why and then slowly got up, took a shower and proceeded to get ready while I huffed and puffed on the sofa. We still had a 45 minute drive ahead of us to the hospital during morning rush hour.

When we arrived, the nurse told me I was at 5 centimeters and said I was doing a good job. I told her my last birth was a c-section but I wanted to try vaginal this time. She responded with an “oh”-like oh, she’s really going to try that? She later told me the doctor didn’t recommend it, but he would let me try for a little while.

After a few more hours of labor, being hooked up to more monitors, and a visit from the anesthesiologist, the doctor informed me that the baby’s head still hadn’t lowered and that I would need a c-section before it became an emergency because the cord could rap around the baby’s neck easily at this point. I finally consented and was rolled away to surgery for the second time in less than two years.

This time the blue sheet went up and I expected not to be able to breathe, but air came easily into my lungs. However, my eyelids would not stay open. I thought to myself what a horrible mother I must be because I couldn’t stay awake for my daughter’s birth! Once again, I felt no tugging but suddenly there was a little human being crying and being measured across the room. The nurse quickly came over to me and told me I wouldn’t have wanted to have the baby the other way-she was almost ten pounds!

Just as before, the baby left the room and my husband followed. I was shaking, but not nearly so badly as the first time. I was taken to a recovery room with several other beds surrounded by blue curtains. We remained there for over four hours as we waited for a room to become available. I was very thirsty and was able to hold down some liquid as we waited. The shaking had stopped in only a couple of hours, but not before my jaw ached from clenching it to control the shakes. I was taken to my room and given something to eat, but it didn’t stay down very long-a hazard of abdominal surgery. This time I took my pain pills and was able to get up and move around before long, taking showers completely unassisted.

Both surgeries were experiences similar and yet with their own qualities. They both sound horrible if you have not had a child, but it is amazing how much our bodies can accomplish, even if they are assisted by a surgical team. And when I remembered my friend’s words about vaginal deliveries, I decided that I felt like a real mother no matter the birthing method because I continued to look out for the safety of my child.

Luxury Link and Family GetAway Mystery Auctions

Luxury Link and Family GetAway Mystery Auctions


LuxuryLink is a website that auctions off 5-star vacation packages to the highest bidder. It’s been around for over a decade and is very popular; the forum is full of repeat customers who are overwhelmingly happy with the luxury vacations they’ve won. Apparently, when users time it right, stays at uber-deluxe resort hotels can be won for what some would consider “a steal.” The site is clearly aimed at wealthy travelers with flexible schedules, who enjoy feeling that they’ve got a bargain on their vacation package, but naturally, anyone can bid. After all, who doesn’t appreciate a great travel experience for a great price? For those still intimidated by the price tag of potential vacations in classic, upscale destinations, Luxury Link (and its sister site, Family GetAway) now offer “Mystery Auctions,” with hotel packages that can be won for as little as one dollar.

Mystery Auctions for Luxury Vacation Packages at Luxury Link

  • All mystery destinations and hotels are part of the approved Luxury Link collection, guaranteed to meet the high standards of the auction site.
  • Bidding starts at one dollar, with bids increasing in one dollar increments.
  • In the past, Mystery Auction bidders have won luxury trips to Italy, Morocco, and Peru.
  • Family GetAway Mystery Auctions fall within the family-friendly travel rubric that includes some 4-star hotel packages, whereas Luxury Link represents purely 5-star properties for its mystery auctions.
  • From June through August, Luxury Link and Family GetAway both are taking Mystery Auctions to a new level by awarding one lucky bidder per month, the vacation package they won for one dollar, regardless of what the final bid may have been. That means that six random winners will experience incredibly high-end vacations in luxury destinations for the grand total of one dollar each.

Luxury Travel spoke with Diane McDavitt, President of Luxury Link, who provided some more background. Luxury Link itself celebrated its 13th anniversary this year (June 2010, to be exact), while Family GetAway is less than a year old. Luxury Link has had great success as an auction site for luxury properties and 5-star resort hotel packages. Family GetAway hopes to follow suit, of course, but with more family-focused properties that include (for example) some Sheratons, Hiltons, and independent, non-brand associated hotels that are lovely, but not 5-star. She described some differences between the two sites’ Mystery Auctions.

Luxury Link vs Family GetAway Mystery Auctions

  • Luxury Link has had Mystery Auctions for four years now, whereas Family GetAway just launched its first Mystery Auction in June, 2010.
  • Luxury Link and Family GetAway both provide a general location for the Mystery Auctions, with a photograph that doesn’t give too much away.
  • Luxury Link’s thriving community forum crackles with members’ guesses about the location and hotel of each Mystery Auction, some members helping active bidders trying to decipher where they might go if they win, others excitedly keeping track of regular, non-mystery auctions. Family GetAway, being a newer site, lacks this active community forum and is less interactive.
  • Both Luxury Link and Family GetAway offer Mystery Auctions starting at $1 bids and lasting one week. For now, Luxury Link has two concurrently running Mystery Auctions each week, while Family GetAway runs one at a time.
  • Luxury Link and Family GetAways drop vague hints regarding the Mystery Auction destination and particular hotel as the weeklong auction progresses, but the number of hints are increased for Family GetAways, This is in light of the reduced flexibility of travel plans for families with school-age kids.

Bidding on luxury travel packages to as-yet unknown destinations may sound intimidating to some, but it can also be exciting, akin to the thrill of the chase. The repeat bidders and multitude of positive comments on the Luxury Link Community Forum is testament to the fun and intrigue of Mystery Auctions.

Basic Yoga Poses that Tone Arms

Basic Yoga Poses that Tone Arms


Yoga is a great stress reliever and a way to focus your mind and meditate. Yoga is also great for increasing flexibility and gaining strength throughout your entire body. Your yoga instructor is a great source for poses that will help to increase the strength of the muscles. Yoga, as a holistic approach, uses weight training by its inherent nature as several poses require you to lift or balance with your own body weight as a force of resistance.

My wife has taken some yoga classes in lieu of having our second child, and it certainly did help her regain some strength and help her to relax. The trainer was very helpful in giving her tips on how to exercise and use yoga at home to help her body get back into shape. While going to classes has waned and the yoga ball stays in the garage most of the time now, occasionally I will see my wife striking a pose or two just to get the blood flowing.

Here is a quick guide to some yoga poses that will help tone your muscles. Remember that yoga is a process, and more advanced moves will first require some lower level training of your body and mind with less strenuous poses.

Inversion Poses

Doing an inversion generally makes some part of your body dependent upon your arms for upright support as opposed to your legs. Inversions also mean doing things upside down. Developing strong poses that you hold for longer and longer times will develop your muscles further. It’s almost as if you’re doing a big weight with not many reps if you were in weight training and you gradually are able to do more and more repetitions.

Inversions are great for beginners and more advanced practitioners. As you start out, make sure you are supervised to avoid any injury.

Downward Facing Dog

Downward Facing Dog is a simple pose for beginners that strengthens the whole body as getting into the pose itself causes some resistance. The pose starts by putting your hands on the floor, followed by your toes, and then reaching your buttocks straight into the air to form an inverted “v” shape.

Your arms experience resistance by supporting your body weight above the waist while your back and legs are stretched. Getting into and out of the pose will stretch your muscles and make them more flexible in the process.

Hand Stand

A more advanced inverted pose involves a hand stand. Hand stands are great exercises for your arms as they remain in a locked position and support your entire body weight as a resistance force. You will want to use a wall for this pose.

Start with a Downward Facing Dog pose with your fingers facing a wall. The key is to spring upward by quickly putting your stronger foot on the floor and bouncing up so your back is to the wall and your arms support your entire weight.

Either of these simple poses will get your muscles working harder and more efficiently. The longer you hold the poses, the better your tone will get over time. Remember if you are new to yoga try these poses with supervision until you feel confident on doing them yourself.

Fat is Not the Enemy in Your Diet

Fat is Not the Enemy in Your Diet

Why We Need Fat

We all think we need to lose some weight. If you stopped 100 people on the street and asked them if they are happy with their weight, over 90 of them would say, “No.” Why is this? In some cases it would be true that the person’s body mass index (BMI) reflects that their height versus weight ratio is out of proportion. A statement about certain parts of their bodies that are unsatisfactory would follow other people’s responses. For example, “My thighs are too big.” Another group of responders would base their opinion on the internal comparison of their bodies with the perceived standard of beauty for the culture. Regardless of the reasons, over 90 of these people think they need to diet.

The enemy being battled in a diet is fat. But do we really know what this is? The reality is that fat is not the culprit! The truth is we need fat to live. Fat is simply stored energy within our bodies. It provides essential assistance for our daily living. It provides insulation and cushioning for the internal organs. It covers and protects nerves. Without fat your body would be unable to move vitamins A, D, E and K throughout the body. It is also crucial that we consume “good” fat for proper nutrition in our diet. Unsaturated fats found in fish, soybeans and olive oil actually reduce “bad” cholesterol and increase “good” cholesterol. We should limit saturated fats and avoid trans fat in our food choices.

So why is it that a diet focuses on fat? The problem occurs when we consume more calories (heat energy) than we expend. The result for our bodies is that we store the excess energy as fat for later use. This is not an unhealthy process unless we keep storing more than what we need. The solution to this is simple – spend that energy! Unlike money in your savings account at the bank, you should not hold on to stored energy in your body. You do not accrue any interest on this, and it could actually “cost” you in the long run. Many health problems are started and continued by being overweight. Spend some energy and you will shed not only pounds but also aches and pains.

If you are in the responders above wanting to diet to lose weight, first determine your motivation. Then get moving to burn that excess energy. You will find that as you increase your activity level you will have more energy, sleep better and lose weight. Remember fat is not the enemy – it is necessary for healthy functioning of your body. It is your reserve. Just don’t let the account get too big!

Natural Ways to Lower Cortisol: Meditation, Music, Yoga, Journaling and Sex

Natural Ways to Lower Cortisol: Meditation, Music, Yoga, Journaling and Sex

Have Sex and Lower Your Belly Fat!

Now that everyone’s attention is front and center – it’s true! But rest assure that having sex is not the only way to lower your belly fat without exercising, though that is definitely a great way. Why does sex lower belly fat? Sex lowers belly fat as a direct result of the correlation between high levels of Cortisol and belly fat, and natural ways to reduce cortisol hence the statement have sex and lower your belly fat.

Our bodies naturally produce Cortisol. The problem is that if we over produce it we put ourselves in a danger zone in several ways. Cortisol reacts to stress. When we are at high stress levels as a result of life events, lifestyle, or whatever our stressors are, the cortisol levels rise, and with these increased levels abdominal fat increases. Having a lot of abdominal fat has been revealed by doctors to be a contributing factor to heart disease and other illnesses including high blood pressure, and impaired cognitive functions to name a few. With the condition of excess belly fat also comes the chance that this condition affects our cholesterol levels negatively.

Where aerobic exercise, proper diet, and target toning are definitely excellent means of ridding ones body of belly fat, there are naturals ways to lower cortisol, which will lead to a decrease in belly fat. According to Elizabeth Scott M.S. (http://stress.about.com) some of these methods are as follows: Breathing Exercises, Guided Imagery, Meditation, Journaling, Self-Hypnosis, Exercise, Yoga, Listening to Music, Cleaning house to music, Playing with your children, Gardening, and Singing are all excellent ways to distress, which in turns decreases cortisol, which subsequently decreases belly fat. Have you gotten past have sex and lower your belly fat?

The bottom line is that there are many natural ways to lower cortisol, but examine what it is in your life that de-stresses you and brings you joy. Maybe it is oil painting or watercolors that remove you from the stress of everyday life. Sometimes a change of scenery, a walk in the park, or just watching children play on a playground might distress you and make you forget about what ever it is that is causing you stress.

Yes you can have sex and lower belly fat, meditate, paint, run, or do any of those activities that lower the blood pressure, heart rate, and ultimately de-stress you. Sometimes it takes dealing with reality as well. Have you ever considered taking the situation you are stressed about and imagining the absolute worse case scenario? Once you do that if you take the time to really deal with the ramifications and then let it go, you will see things aren’t as bad as you thought. Then imagine a solution to the situation and see everything working out no matter what. You will find that you feel instantly relieved since you have already dealt with the worse case scenario, you can now move on and work with the possible solutions. This too is a natural way to lower cortisol, while simultaneously working in a positive way to find solutions, and alleviate stress from your life.


Health Benefits of Milkweed

Health Benefits of Milkweed

The health benefits of milkweed have been known to humans from times past. Of late, its use has come down due to the popularity of another milkweed, the butterfly weed.

The milky white sap of the common milkweed has been in use from ancient times as a treatment for warts. The sap needs to be applied a number of times every day and the treatment should continue for weeks. Finally, the wart becomes black and fall down.

Health benefits are attributed to the rhizomes of the common milkweed and are quite similar to that of butterfly weed. The stems are unearthed after the common milkweed plant die. You can distinguish its characteristic pods and its single stalk. After cleaning the rhizomes up, the rhizomes are desiccated and preserved for future use in tea or the fresh root can be kept tinctured in alcohol.

The health benefits of milkweed in treating lung related disorders are phenomenal. It is an exceptional herbal treatment for coughs and colds and also for bronchitis, pleurisy, asthma and tuberculosis.

Milkweed is a good diaphoretic and its health benefit in bringing the fever down by inducing sweat is unique. The herb also helps in improving blood supply and if combined with regular workouts it can cure anyone with circulatory problem. It is also very effective in treating peripheral edema.

Milkweed intensifies circulation and can benefit your digestive system. The herb can boost the production of enzymes and has health benefits in curing habitual constipation.

Milkweed encourages the elimination of toxins from our body by improving blood circulation, which in turn helps regulate the kidneys, digestive system and the liver. Another health benefit of Milkweed is its use in treating rheumatoid arthritis.

Milkweed has low amounts of chemical component called glycosides and can accelerate your heart and as such, there are limitations in using this herbal remedy. Milkweed is considered to be of medium strength and should only be used with other herbs. Pregnant woman, nursing mothers, children as well as the aged should not use this herb. The herb is not advisable for those who are having hypertension or cardiac aliments.

Milkweed is safe and has health benefits if we adhere to these limitations. As each individual is unique, there could be infrequent peculiar reaction to this herb. If such things happen, discontinue the treatment forthwith and consult your herbal doctor.

Books that Promote Health

Books that Promote Health


I have a complete library of health books. One of my favorites is written by Cherie Calbom,MS. She wrote,
“The Lady’s guide to Juicing for Health.”I have had this book for 10 years. I do not know if there is a new edition.
Ms.Calbom believes that juicing is the real healer. It has apparently caught on today. Ms.Calbom ate all the wrong foods when she was young and was always sick and tired . Ms.Calbom said she never ate fruits or vegetables. She did her own research beginning at a health food store. She studied for years on nutrition and received her master of science degree in nutrition. The juicer helps prevent disease. Juicing changed her life. She not only got healthier she felt so good she had to share her knowledge.

Cancer is linked to all processed refined foods. I am not saying if you eat a hot dog once in awhile you will get cancer. Studies show if hot dogs are your main diet, you will probably get some kind of cancer. There are new hot dogs that don’t have nitrates in them.

Antioxidants help fight degenerative eye disorders by limiting free radical damage. People who are treated with vitamin E and C, Selenium, and beta-carotene that have acute macular degeneration have had halted or reversed this eye disease.
There is a lot of information in this book and great recipes. She has colon and liver cleansing recipes .This book has all the answers I needed. There is even a Popeye’s Powder,a great spinach drink that is very healthy.

I also have two books by JoAnna M.Lund, Help and Healthy Exchanges Cookbook. There are 100 recipes in “Help Healthy Exchanges For Lifetime plan.'” This book helps you cope with changing your lifeplan by eating healthy. JoAnna keeps down the sugar, fat and sodium in your favorite foods. This isn’t a cook book. She has tips like getting your goals to work for you. She talks about exercise and how she ate everything in sight. This book has great advise for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Her, “Healthy Exchanges Cookbook ” has two of my favorites, Blueberry Salad, and her, ” Grandma’s Lemonade.”
She is a great inspiration and JoAnna has lost 130 pounds!

A Review of Children’s Wellness Center in Atlanta, Georgia

A Review of Children's Wellness Center in Atlanta, Georgia

A few days after my little one was born at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, my mother-in-law and I attended my daughter’s first newborn well visit. My obstetrician referred me to Children’s Wellness Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Being a new mother, I was pretty cautious, a little overbearing, and downright protective of my baby. If you believe in astrology, my protective nature should come as no surprise, as I am a lioness in every aspect of my being. Hopefully that smidgen of background information provides a little insight on my personal experiences with Children’s Wellness Center described below.

Professional & Environmentally Friendly: The nursing assistant assigned to us on our first visit was very patient with me. In fact, she changed the padded liners on the changing table 3 times because I was convinced they were used. Finally, she invited the office manager to speak with me about the padded liners, mainly to assure me that those little specks I was seeing were not dirt. The office manager went so far to pull out a brand new bag of pads to show me that they were actually recycled, which was the cause of the specks. Now my child is 2 years old, and I have relied on that same nursing assistant’s advice from dealing with everything from burping my baby to cradle cap. The staff at Children’s Wellness Center proved not only to be professional, but they even use recyclable products.

Same Day Appointments: When my daughter was sixteen months old, she looked up at me one morning, and I immediately noticed a bloody speck in her eye. Of course I drilled my husband with endless questions, like “what did you do to my baby?” “You mean you didn’t notice our daughter’s eye was red?” Along with the occasional, “you men have no clue of how to take care of a baby” and “give me my child.” My husband realized that I wasn’t going to lay off of him, so he agreed that we should schedule an appointment that day. Within a couple of hours after I called, we were sitting in a waiting room at Children’s Wellness Center. Although my daughter’s pediatrician was out of the office, another pediatrician on staff took great care of my daughter. Her diagnosis was a subconjunctival hemorrhage (broken blood vessel), which could have been due to a number of things including sneezing or straining while my little one was squeezing out a #2. She also told me the redness in her eye would get worse before it got better. And that’s exactly what happened.

Relationship With Other Doctors: I was worried more about my daughter’s eye the next morning because the redness had spread across over half of her eye. I called Children’s Wellness Center immediately, and although the pediatrician was out of the office, she returned my call from her home. Again, she assured me that the increased redness was a part of the healing process. She also understood my worrying, and had no problem referring me to a pediatric ophthalmologist. The ophthalmologist fit my daughter in the same day. He assured me that her eye was just fine, and only time could heal the redness. I am convinced that my pediatrician’s relationship with the ophthalmologist is the reason why we received an appointment the same day.

Ease of Securing Medical Records: Everyone has needed to order medical records at some point in their lives. I’ve heard endless stories of parents constantly calling their children’s doctors requesting medical records for the first day of school. Well I am happy to say that my daughter is entering a pre-k two year old program, and I only made one phone call to Children’s Wellness Center to request her medical records. Within 5 minutes, the completed information was sent to me via fax.

Health & Wellness Presentations: My daughter and I really enjoyed the “Jack’s Harvest” presentation held at Children’s Wellness Center. We sampled multiple organic fruit and vegetable puree’s. Honestly, but for that presentation, I probably would have dismissed any notion of paying more for baby food.

Male Pediatrician: With women comprising over 50% of pediatricians according to the American Academy of Pediatrics[1], I was pleasantly surprised when Children’s Wellness Center welcomed their first male doctor. For those families who would prefer the option of working with a male pediatrician, the addition of a male doctor further supports Children’s Wellness Center’s medical philosophy that “a partnership must be forged between the physician and the family.”[2]

Additional Perks: Other perks include the separate newborn, well, and sick waiting room areas, along with an after hours nurse advice line in collaboration with Children’s Health Care of Atlanta.

The care that my daughter has received at Children’s Wellness Center has been nothing short of perfect. They managed to deal with my crazy new mother shenanigans and at the same time gain my confidence and trust. To learn more about Children’s Wellness Center, please visit them online at: http://www.childrenswellnesscenter.com.

Children’s Wellness Center is located at:

755 Mt. Vernon Highway NE
Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30328

[1] American Academy of Pediatrics, Division of Health Services Research, Periodic Survey of Fellows #66, 2006, “Personal/Practice Characteristics of Pediatricians (U.S. only), 2006,” American Academy of Pediatrics Website, http://www.aap.org/research/periodicsurvey/ps_practice_characteristics.htm (accessed August 10 2009).

[2] Children’s Wellness Center.com, “Medical Philosophy,” http://www.childrenswellnesscenter.com/articlepage.aspx?article_id=5008 (accessed August 11, 2009)