Simple Tools for Immune Support – Fermented Veggies

By Susan Mead

You know the basics to keep the coronavirus from spreading: wash your hands often, stay away from others, keep a 6-foot distance even when you enjoy a walk outside together–with those who have had no symptoms. But what can we do to strengthen our body with simple food choices? My…

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How Can I Help?

By Susan Mead

March 23, 2020 This is a question many of us are asking ourselves, especially if we are strong and healthy. I’m lucky to have support from multiple sources, including the Essentrics Instructor Group on Facebook. A number of Level 4 teachers are learning new technology to offer live classes on…

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Number One Predictor of Heart Disease

By Susan Mead

What Is the Number One Predictor of Heart Disease? (according to JAMA): Whether or not you exercise on a regular basis. An article in JAMA (Journal for the American Medical Association) states that regular exercise is a higher predictor than smoking or diet. This provides one more reason to move every…

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DIY Health and DIY Valentine’s Day

By Susan Mead

Are you confused about the latest trendy health craze after another? Welcome to… Do-It-Yourself Health I’ve been blessed to study with down-to-earth pro’s like Donald Yance, Miranda Esmonde-White, Susun Weed, Deepak Chopra, Rosemary Gladstar and others who have taught me much about simple, inexpensive DIY health and healing. For example,…

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Swapping Sugar for Daily Essentrics®

By Susan Mead

My relationship with sugar–well, food in general–has been twisted.  Turns out I had good reasons to make bad choices, but that’s a long story for another publication. Sugar and vegetable oils are the biggest dietary contributors to most major diseases and certainly contribute to “sugar belly”. I have always had…

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The Ultimate Nourishing: Gestation

By Susan Mead

The Ultimate Nurturing: Gestation. The most amazing moment of my life is still the moment my daughter entered it, and Miranda’s nearly 36. I had limited knowledge of nurturing when I was pregnant, but I did know it was the most important time of my life for self-care. Do you…

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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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