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Immune Tips for Winter

By Susan Mead

It’s barely November! But given that many of us have had Winter hit early with below-zero temperatures and many inches of snow, let’s get after my Winter Immune Tips, aka What to do when you’re coming down with something: Most of us have a symptom that lets us know we…

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Immune Tips for Fall

By Susan Mead

Immune Support Reminders Get More Sleep; Eat Fewer Carbs  I learned a lot from LIghts Out: Sleep, Sugar and Survival by T.S. Wiley a few years ago, including the fact that our bodies seek alignment with nature and the changing seasons.  To minimize winter weight gain and light-related depression, this…

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Sweet Cravings Solutions

By Susan Mead

First and foremost, let go of the guilt! It’s completely natural to want something sweet at times, given that your very first food (mother’s milk) is incredibly sweet.  However…as fall approaches, this is the time of year to limit summertime carbs and start getting more sleep as the days grow…

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Healthy Bones: Fact and Fiction

By Susan Mead

Forget Osteoporosis… Instead, focus on bone health. One of my favorite mentors, Susun Weed,  suggests we rid ourselves of the emphasis on disease and focus on the nourishment of  the whole body, the whole person.   “Focus on the patient, not the problem.” Should you take calcium supplements? ? Fosamax,?…

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Fascia Fundamentals

By Susan Mead

Connective Tissue is a broad term that includes ligaments, tendons and…fascia. Let’s start with a definition: Fascia is a band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin, that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs.  When healthy, two-thirds of fascia consists of water, allowing…

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The Benefits of Bare Feet

By Susan Mead

From the energetic to the practical, there are many reasons to go without shoes each day–especially when you practice Essentrics.  Since any body movement depends on a strong foundation, being barefoot is essential for the best alignment of your foot, which then allows the rest of your body to align…

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Spring Foraging

By Susan Mead

It’s my preference to eat produce out of my garden and from the farmer’s market when in season (other than fermented foods), so that means relying on lots of root veggies, in the winter. Although cooked kale and collard greens are perfect for a shot of greens in winter, early…

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Fasting–Friend or Foe?

By Susan Mead

From WebMD to Susun Weed, clinical herbalist for over half a century, many of my respected resources say extensive fasting has many concerns–even dangers.  Since the recent trend is to use fasting and “cleanses” as a weight-loss tool, let’s address that first. Is it really a helpful ‘jumpstart’ to rebalancing…

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The Purpose of Beauty

By Susan Mead

My studies of Weston A. Price and his work with native people taught me a little about the genetic reasons why most people are attracted to others we would refer to as physically beautiful. Genetic traits such as perfectly-spaced eyes, a wide brow and uncrowded teeth are indicators of healthy…

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Immune-Boosting Do’s and Don’ts

By Susan Mead

Today’s Blizzard forecast is prompting these reminders to stay healthy this winter: Immune Support Do’s Move your body often, including 23-minutes or more of daily Essentrics®. Wifi streaming, DVD’s, free episodes of Classical Stretch on PBS an dlive classes give you options.           More Sleep; Fewer…

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Tendon Trouble? New to me herb…Soloman Seal

By Susan Mead

This is a follow-up to my last post about a misdiagnosed hernia which is actually an inflamed inguinal tendon. After two weeks of daily 20-minute poultices of comfrey leaf mixed with bentonite clay, the inflammation continued to decrease–and then decreased to almost nothing with the addition of one simple plant,…

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“Surgery is your only solution” – rarely!

By Susan Mead

Many clients who have come to see me as an herbalist/health coach repeat a similar story; after a quick diagnosis, their doctor has informed them that “surgery is your only solution”.  But they, like me, have enough concerns about infections (including MRSA), scar tissue complications and plain old mistakes, in…

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Chronic vs. Acute

By Susan Mead

As you might guess, I do my best to stay away from antibiotics-but  when a hangnail picked up a staph infection and turned into this in 18 hours, I was happy to use them after a 25-year break! The D.O. I went to at Steamboat Medical Group tried to help…

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Ankles and Feet and Toes–Oh, My!

By Susan Mead

While in Montreal for a recent teacher training, I was horrified to learn how much I have been gripping my toes–especially while performing Essentrics® moves like kicks and side-to-side movements. Now that I’m working on releasing my toes more and pressing into the three points (two under the sole; one under…

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Vitamin D–Sun, Food or Pills?

By Susan Mead

Low Vitamin D? You may not need synthetic pills made in a laboratory which is usually all the doctors suggest when you show up low in Vitamin D on a blood test. Before deciding for yourself, consider this list of possible side effects from taking a supplement:   Kidney stones.…

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Midwest ESSENTRICS™ Getaway

By Susan Mead

Check out this YouTube video on my first ever workshop to combine Essentrics classes and interactive sessions on the best uses for herbal medicine. What could be better than a weekend of  ESSENTRICS™ classes taught by three fully-certified Level 4 Essentrics instructors in a beautiful place? One that also includes breakout…

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Dandelion, Your Backyard Herbal Remedy

By Susan Mead

Dandelion has the reputation for thwarting any attempt to kill it–including highly toxic chemicals. So it makes sense it would be the perfect herb for your body to help ward off chemicals, too.  “Detoxing” is popular in the spring but rather than a long fast, I suggest the gentle detoxification…

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Your 2nd Heart

By Susan Mead

I’m just about to send out a newsletter; are you on the list? This one is about the science behind why many physicians refer to your calf muscles as the “second heart”. I have a link for you with all the medical details,  but here are the basics. When you…

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Unexpected benefits from frequent movement

By Susan Mead

I was impressed with this article from the New York Times that indicated that regular movement not only keeps you fit, but also keeps you happier. If you’re not in Steamboat , there is always Essentrics TV  available wherever  you have Wi-Fi or DVDs for purchase or… You can record…

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Essentrics Schedule + Weight Rebalancing

By Susan Mead

My New Year’s Intentions include: Weighing myself weekly Last winter, I put on 14 pounds after going to several months without weighing myself and getting addicted to sugar again which is so easy!   In my past, I’ve obsessed with weighing myself more than once a day which is not…

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