Happy Emotions, Happy Heart

Valentine’s day in the month of February has us focused on loving and taking care of others emotional and physical hearts, which is a beautiful thing….. but so is taking care of yourself.

Let’s be honest, when it comes to loving our bodies and minds we probably treat others better than we treat ourselves. How many times do you insult your friends by telling them their thighs look fat in those jeans, uhh NEVER….. or worry about the toll stress is taking on our loved ones rather than our own, ALWAYS! Yet we routinely dismiss our own negative self-talk or lack of healthcare.

It’s not ok to dismiss your emotional and physical needs on a daily basis. If you want to increase positive vibrations, get rid of negative self-talk and support a healthy heart through emotions and nutrition, YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST LOVE AND TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF FIRST.

Join me–Dr. Seleme–and Rebecca Precious tonight for a 30-minute training call and learn how through the use of essential oils and nutrient infused supplements, you can start supporting a healthy heart and happy emotions today. Just click the link below.

When: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Time: 8:00 – 8:30 pm EST

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No registration required, just click on the link at 8pm and you will be automatically added to the call.

Please feel free to invite anyone that you think might enjoy this amazing training!!

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8 Tips for Surviving Holiday Stress

“Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la la la la……Ouch my back hurts!” Does this sound like you? Obligations and expectations keep us running this time of year in hopes of this year being the perfect holiday! 


Our bodies respond to stress whether it is brought on by good or bad events. 10 minutes late getting ready for the party, you can’t find your best sparkly earrings…stress. Traffic at the stores and fighting a fellow shopper for a parking place…stress. Obligatorily family visits that you purposely avoided for a year…LOTS of stress. Drinking too much wine at that family gathering…MORE stress!

There is a lot of meaning in all of our family traditions this time of year that have made memories for us, help us feel grounded, and give us a sense of belonging.  Unfortunately, the need to continue “tradition” can hold us back from experiencing something new and even better.

The stress of the holidays we all experience because of “family traditions” can lead to acute body aches and pains. Most low back pain is brought on by weakness in the kidney and adrenal glands. Two major players this time of year. The kidneys are busy maintaining the body’s ph levels, and removing toxins while the adrenal glands are “running interference with handling the holiday stress.”

Chinese medicine associates the kidneys with the responsibility of storing our “Jing,” or the essence of our body. Every organ has an emotion connected to it and for kidneys it’s fear. Fear of not enough time, not having enough money, having to deal with fearful people or events, even fear of not being happy or alone. You get the point; while the holidays for some really are the most wonderful time of the year, for others, they can simply be stressful.

When fearful situations come up, either consciously or subconsciously, (because the brain is always working), your life force or “chi” drops down to your lower centers of energy in the lower abdomen, lumbar spine, and sacrum. These areas are included in your first chakra, (which is responsible for your feelings of security, safety, money and power) and your second chakra (where your inner child resides). Hmm, guess it’s no surprise a lot of us are in pain this time of year!

Your body on an unconscious level contracts muscles and back pain begins. Stress can cause an undue amount of adrenaline to be excreted from your adrenal glands–leaving you fatigued, drained, and achy. The ligaments of the body are in direct line of fire from adrenal stress and blow out relatively quickly in the form of backache and neck pain.

Neck pain related to digestion is a very common ailment this time of year as well. All the muscles that bend your head back and forth as in, “Yes, I’ll take a second piece of pecan pie” and turn your head left and right as in, “No I don’t want broccoli on my plate,” are related to the stomach meridian or the “sea of nutrients.” You can well imagine the strain that is put on the neck muscles from rich holiday meals with too much sugar, dairy, and wheat (not to mention alcohol). In addition, tension at the neck and shoulders travel along the small intestine meridian, which runs from the pinky finger up your shoulders, and to your ear along your face.

Initially stomach energy ascends while digesting food, then the energy gets sent to the spleen and lung before it travels downward to the small intestine where nutrients are absorbed. If your stomach is having a difficult time assimilating the food you have eaten and the energy cannot descend downward to the small intestines, then the needed nutrients to strengthen your body, mind, and spirit will not get absorbed and you will feel an achy neck and your energy levels will feel low. Other symptoms from a weak stomach meridian may include headache, sinus issues, nausea, cold sores, bloated feeling, and stomach ulcers.

While all of this sounds dismal, I promise I have some wonderful tips for your ailments. Unfortunately, a bottle of wine is NOT included in one of the remedies!


8 Tips for Surviving Holiday Stress:

1. Use a support for your neck and back while sleeping or sitting on long drives to visit family and friends. My organic, all natural, millet therapy pillows are fantastic for these purposes and are available for purchase at http://www.selemehealth.com/collections/pillows-cases. Remember, only sleep on one pillow, never two! Sleeping on two pillows reduces your cervical curve. The great thing about my pillow is it will help reintroduce the cervical curve while you sleep and can always be molded to each individual’s needs. Not only that, but they come in a wide variety of beautiful prints and patterns. Perfect gifts for you and loved ones.

For more information about the multitude of ways you can use Dr. Seleme’s organic, therapeutic, millet pillows, click on the video below!

Dr. Seleme’s organic, therapeutic, multi-purpose millet pillows make a PRACTICAL, FANTASTIC, CUSTOMIZABLE, & BEAUTIFUL gift anyone would love!

 

2. Take a digestive enzyme with every meal. Your body will love you for this. It will remove the added burden of having to digest so much food by itself and unfortunately not having the vital digestive power we all need so desperately. Most of us begin to lose digestive power as we age.

3. Take a kidney or adrenal glandular supplement during the stressful period of the holidays. Many times this can quickly alleviate your back pain. This will allow your body to stand up to stressful events and help rebuild weak organs. If you are unsure of what to take, call our office and schedule a mini appointment to get your nutrient consult.

4. Use essential oils in a diffuser to create the mood you want. A mix of Lavender, Frankincense, and Orange can be calming and relaxing. Lavender, Roman Chamomile, and Ylang Ylang can relieve stress and anxiety. Want a more upbeat environment? Try Lime, Lemon, and Peppermint for an energy boost. Need a diffuser and therapeutic essential oils? Stop by the office. We have plenty and would love to share the amazing uses and beauty of the oils!

5. Use a natural flower remedy called “Bach Flower Remedy” to handle whatever particular emotions come up for you this season.See the list of my recommendations below.* These can be purchased at a local health food store.

6. Take an Astralagus or Fo Ti supplement during the winter months to nourish your adrenal glands. These are well known Chinese and Ayurvedic supplements to assist your body with the extra burdens of stress, food, change in seasons, and any other difficult event.

7. BE CONSCIOUS and not on auto-pilot when you eat. Perhaps you have a small meal before the party, or in between every glass of wine you have a glass of water. Ask yourself, “Am I eating because I’m hungry, or just because it tastes good?” There are always leftovers you can have tomorrow. I have always thought food is overrated. I like to eat but “nothing tastes as good as the way that good health feels!”

8. Take reflection time to find out what really matters the most to you and your close meaningful relationships. Perhaps you make small changes this year to accommodate the way you really would like to spend this precious time. Be brave, it takes courage to change tradition, and of course, we understand we will never please everyone all the time, but that is part of our growth cycle. Above all else, be true to yourself. As the old saying goes, “When you do what’s right for you, you do what’s right for others.”

It’s never too late to create excitement and true meaning more aligned within your heart’s desire in the holiday spirit. Who knows? You may have some of the best new, holiday memories getting ready to be made just around the corner!

Happy Holidays! Namaste!

Dr. Venus Seleme

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*Natural Bach Flower Remedies

can help with stressful events this time of year. Here are some of my favorites:

Impatiens for impatience, irritability and extreme mental tension.  Great for emotional back pain.

Beech for those desiring perfection and easily find fault with others. Overreact to small annoyances. Great for that relative who seems to always be complaining.

Centaury for those who are overanxious to please others, and thus are easily exploited by others. Good for caregivers who are running around taking care of everyone.

Elm for those who may experience momentary feelings of inadequacy and being overwhelmed by their responsibilities. For anyone feeling that they cannot afford to buy great gifts.

Holly used when troubled by negative feelings such as, envy, jealousy, hate, suspicion, revenge. Vexations of the heart, indicating a need for more love. Wonderful when we feel forced to spend time with people with whom we have a hard “history.”

Honeysuckle for those dwelling in the past, nostalgia, homesickness, always talking about the good old days when things were better. For those who feel the ones they love are unable to be with them for whatever reasons.

Mimulus for fear of known things such as heights, water, the dark, other people, of being alone. For people who aren’t feeling the love this season, because they can’t be with someone they love.

Olive for mental and physical exhaustion, as well as, zapped vitality with no reserve. Too much shopping, cooking, traveling etc.

Red Chestnut for those who find it difficult not to be overly concerned or anxious for others. Always fearing something wrong may happen to those for whom they care. Worrying about ill family or friends.

Star of Bethlehem for grief, trauma, and loss. Mental and emotional effects during trauma. Perhaps a loss of a job or loved one at the holidays.

Sweet Chestnut for those who feel they have reached the limits of their endurance. Moments of deep despair when the anguish seems to be unbearable. Dealing with a loss or major grief.

Healing your body: Be Aware and Believe

As a doctor who treats many different types of body pain, I often recognize in my patients small things that everyone could benefit from to keep their bodies in better shape and therefore pain-free. It’s ironic that most of these things are very simple changes, it just so happens that people just haven’t been told about them yet. I believe the first part of any positive step for change is being “AWARE” that change needs to happen. Until you are completely aware of the action or  inaction you cannot make the change.

So to be aware of your activities of daily living, watch how you sit at the computer.  Look at how many times in a day you wrench your head down to text, ipad or phone someone. How many hours in a day do you sit at the computer screen? Did you know sitting is the highest pressure you can put on your back leading to disc hernias?  Sitting improperly increases your risk even more for spine damage. Are you bending and lifting  your children all day long or perhaps you have a job as a postal worker, hair dresser or dentist where looking down is a must. Its these constant acitivities of daily living that wear the body down over a period of years.

The first action required to make a change is to begin the Reversal of Time exercise and motions I talk about to my patients. These exercises are posted on my website for everyone to download and begin. The body has a very distinct way of aging and one of the most prominent is that water content decreases with age in the connective tissue known as the tendons, ligaments and discs of the spine.  This makes the tissues stiffer and less able to tolerate stress. This is also one reason we begin to lose height as we age. Unfortunately, if we don’t do something about it, we all really could be that dreaded picture of that hunched over little old lady or man as we age! That’s the bad news, the good news is IT DOESNT HAVE TO BE THAT WAY! We do have the power to stop, reverse or change that. This brings me to my next requirement about making positive changes to your health.

The second requirement is to “BELIEVE’ that healing is possible. I feel the hierarchy of health begins in our thought processes. Believing in your power to heal has everything to do with becoming well. We have to become aware of our own thoughts and self talk. It’s also what others have taught us about ourselves that can set us off on a life long negative belief system about our abilities to have the power to change. We can spend our entire lives trying to reverse these damaging beliefs once we are AWARE they are there.  This has more damaging effects than any physical harm we can do to our bodies. If you can comprehend that just thinking about a juicy cheeseburger makes your mouth water and stomach growl or that daydreaming about a sunny day at the beach makes you smile, imagine what negative self talk and preprogrammed negative thoughts can do to your body on a cellular level that then manifest as pain and inflammation. I absolutely love this blog written by Bruce Lipton on Believing you can Heal. You can read it too on  http://www.healyourlife.com/author-bruce-h-lipton-phd/2011/03/lifeshelp/get-healthy/believe-you-can. Sit with this thought and begin to notice all the ways you sabotage your healing by “listening to your self talk” and soon you will become AWARE enough to begin to change! It all starts with a thought!

Spiritual Health : Planetary Forces and the Human Body

Spiritual Health February 2013

Please click on the link above to view Dr. Seleme’s new article regarding planetary forces and its affects on the human body.

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