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+ Does the way we think affect our ability to heal?

[ Posted on 07.18.2018 ]

  We are all healers. Whether we heal with drugs and surgery, tinctures and potions, vitamins and herbs, hands on, intention setting, the mom with the baby aspirin, the caregiver administering medications, or just wishing someone well – we are all healers in some way. We heal others with our love, care, hugs and smiles. Some of us are more in touch with it than others, but consider this. Every time you hear a story of someone suffering and you want to help, you are part of the healing process. And of course, we are all self-healers, in ways we know about and without even thinking about it. Many years ago I attended a healing workshop with Rev. Aristide Bruni. He told us something that has stuck in my mind ever since. “You can only heal what can be healed.” At the time I took that to mean that there…

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+ Is my emotional response to pain controllable?

[ Posted on 06.12.2017 ]

June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month!  According to Migraine.com, there are about 100 million people with headaches in the U.S.; about 37 million of these people have migraines. The World Health Organization suggests that 18 percent of women and 7 percent of men in the U.S. suffer from migraines.  After back pain, which accounts for 27% of pain; headache pain accounts for 15%. Apparently we are a nation in pain. According to paindoctor.com, “pain affects more people in the US than diabetes heart disease and cancer combined. A whopping 126 million or 55% of all adults experienced pain in the past three months. And that’s just the pain that’s reported. I remember having migraines when I was in my late teens. There was little else I could do than lie in bed until it passed. Lucky for me, it was episodic and I never had to deal with them…

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+ How can talking heal stomach pain?

[ Posted on 04.14.2016 ]

If you never heard the podcast Only Human, you are in for a treat.  A wonderful health-focused series produced by WNYC, each episode brings us straight-up real life stories that we can all relate to. A recent episode featured doctors telling stories about patients who changed their lives, told in the fashion of the Moth radio hour.  One of the episodes that really stood out for me was Dr. Richard Weinberg’s story of a young woman who came to his practice complaining of stomach pain, which he found impossible to diagnose…until he simply started talking to her about such unlikely subjects such as dreams and her bakery. I say unlikely, because Dr. Weinberg is a gastroenterologist.  The nature of this young woman’s pain was rooted in a traumatic event that had occurred when she was a teenager. This story is an amazing example of how just talking and listening can…

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Unhappiness is the belief that you’re not free.

[ Bruce Di Marsico ]