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Promoting a Healing Environment with Color

Various colors are associated with different types of energy.

Violet: spiritual energy connected to universal power and healing

Indigo: a blend of red and violet, stimulates intuition

Blue: invokes a sense of calm

Green: a healing quality, the color of nature that supports the heart chakra

Yellow: associated with solar energy, power, and intellect

Orange: a nurturing energy related to creation, sunrise, and sunset

Red: invigorating life force in small amounts, can be energetically overwhelming with large or continual exposure.

Source: Invitation to Holistic Health: A Guide to Living a Balanced Life by C. Eliopoulos, 2004, p. 227

Color, Consciousness and Healing: The Healing Effects of Color, Light & Art by Leanne Venier

Leanne Venier, BSME, CP AOBTA, is an international award-winning artist, scientist, engineer and expert on color and light who regularly lectures about the healing effects of color, light frequencies and art at major medical centers, MENSA and elsewhere. She now combines her art with her past careers as a mechanical engineer, acupuncturist and eastern medicine practitioner to teach medical practitioners and lay people about the latest medical research on how to use color and art for healing purposes.

This video includes detailed information on:
* How our bodies absorb and use color and light frequencies;
* Latest scientific research and current medical applications for treating cancer and other illnesses using color and light;
* New studies and technology that support healing of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, autism, and other diseases and disorders;
* The science behind the healing effects of certain types of artwork;
* Why we need all the color frequencies found naturally in sunlight for optimum health;
* What are biophotons and why they are so important to optimal health and wellbeing;
* How color and consciousness are connected;
* Color attributes and how we can use them every day to prevent and heal illness.

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Self-Love Boot Camp

  • Become your own best friend: If you want to see yourself clearly, just step into the shoes of your closest friends. What do they see when they look at you? Probably not the things you complain about, but all the things that keep them coming back for more of your company: Your easy laugh. Your compassionate ear. Your sound advice. Your fun-loving spirit. Get very clear on what it is about you that draws people in. Then spend your time contemplating that idyllic image.
  • Only have eyes for you: The grass is always greener on the other side, except when you are in love. When you are losing your head over Jim, you don’t stop to think, “Gee, Jim is great, but I wish his name were George…” Instead, you believe you have found the best of all possible worlds because of the connection you’ve forged. That is how I want you to feel good about yourself. Connected. I want you to stop comparing yourself with the Miss Thangs with their flat bellies and endless legs, and start admiring yourself for your great smile, smooth skin and hopeful outlook.

Source: Love Smart by Dr. Phil McGraw, 2005, p.57

“But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you that you love, well, that’s just fabulous”—Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

Getting Free of Self-Importance Is The Key To Happiness
At TEDxMiddlebury 2013 Polly Young-Eisendrath discusses the idea that we can control and manage our lives as counter to our happiness. After considering the true meaning of happiness, Polly highlights several uniquely human emotions—shame, guilt, envy, and jealousy—that pose as obstacles to this happiness and offers solutions to overcome these emotions. Polly Young-Eisendrath is a speaker, writer, Jungian analyst and mindfulness teacher. She is a long-time practitioner of Zen Buddhism and Vipassana in the tradition of Shinzen Young. She is also Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont and in independent clinical practice in central Vermont. Her 14 published books have been translated into more than 20 languages, including “The Self-Esteem Trap,” “The Resilient Spirit,” and “Women and Desire”.

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Wrinkle Free Skin

“Consider glycolic acid the MVP of this regimen. In a cleanser or moisturizer it will help remove dead skin and speed cell turnover, so skin looks less wrinkled over time…During the day, a vitamin C serum can increase the production of skin-firming collagen, and then a moisturizing sunscreen to protect from cell-damaging free radicals caused by the sun. At night: a retinol lotion – spiked with hydrating hyaluronic acid and firming peptides – to (gently!) stimulate collagen.” (p.104)

In the morning try Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum or Kinerase Advanced Lotion.

At night try Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel or Nia 24 Intensive Retinol Repair.

Source: 30 Days to Amazing Skin, InStyle Magazine, January 2014, p. 99-104.


Summer Skin Care with Dr. Gervaise Gerstner MD on the Wendy Williams Show

Discussing Summer Skin Care and Melanoma Awareness with talk show host Wendy Williams. Dr. Gervaise Gerstner is a board-certified dermatologist with a passion for combining the inherent art of her practice with the latest technologies available to help people achieve the results they want. She treats men and women of all ages and enjoys the process of guiding patients from addressing their initial concerns to helping them maintain a lifelong commitment to optimal skin health. For more information about Gervaise Gerstner Dermatology, please visit

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Sedentary Lifestyle vs. Walking Lifestyle

“Unhealthy, calorie-rich diets combined with a sedentary lifestyle can wreak havoc on our waistlines. This potent one-two punch is most likely responsible for the dramatic rise of overweight and obese conditions that have been noted over the last few decades. If we were a nation that incorporated a moderate amount of physical activity into our daily lives, then the poor dietary choices we make would be less punishing when we stepped on the scale. The truth, however, is that not only are we eating more calories, but we’re also burning fewer of them through physical activity such as walking or exercise. This combination has completely disrupted our energy balance, thus producing a country struggling with weight control.” (p. 26)

Smith, I. 2001. The Take Control Diet. New York, N.Y.: Random House.


A Doctor-Professor answers the old question “What is the single best thing we can do for our health” in a completely new way. Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital. ©2011 Michael Evans and Mercury Films Inc.

Check out his website
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Eating Probiotics

“Eating probiotics –good bacteria that live in your gut and show up in such foods as sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha tea– may help…Yogurt is a symbiotic, meaning it contains both pre- and probiotics in one handy package. Annual studies suggest that some probiotic foods can increase production of intestinal hormones responsible for making you feel more sated and may also slightly speed up your metabolism. This may explain why a long-term Harvard University study, published in 2011, found that regular yogurt eaters gradually lost weight during middle age rather than gaining it, the way most people do.” (p. 108-109)

Park, A. (2013). Here’s the secret to staying slim, boosting immunity. Health, 27(9), 106-109.


Dr. Theresa Ramsey is a practicing physician, speaker, lifestyle expert, author of the best selling book, Healing 101: A Guide to Creating the Foundation for Complete Wellness & a weekly guest expert on Channel 3 TV’s Your Life A to Z. Dr. Ramsey has been nominated Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doc for 2010, 2011. She elegantly bridges the gap between Allopathic & Naturopathic medicine. She is a nationally recognized speaker educating patients & physicians on the language of wellness and root causes to illness & dis-ease.

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6 effective shifts in your eating habits

  1. Learn how to eyeball a real portion size. You should learn how to eat foods in the right amounts with absolutely no calorie counting involved. If you spend one week measuring, portion control will become automatic. You’ll know just by looking how much cereal or pasta or meat you should eat.
  2. Embrace fiber as your best friend. Learn how to maximize your fiber intake to help stabilize blood sugar levels, which in turn suppresses your appetite. Fiber feels heavy in your stomach, an fills you up faster on fewer calories.
  3. Eating certain fats can actually help you shed fat! Maximize healthful sources of fat, such as the fat found in fish. Fish in particular has been shown to make the body more responsive to leptin, a hormone responsible in satiety. That means you’re more likely to stop eating when you’ve consumed enough calories.
  4. Pile on the veggies and fruits! These gems will help you fill up on very few calories. They are packed with fiber, and they’re great for your health. Aim to eat five to seven servings a day and love every minute of it.
  5. Most of us consider hunger a foe, but in the quest to shrink your fat zones, you really need to make it a friend. Eat only when you feel truly hungry. This is important because many people eat for all sorts of other reasons, such as out of habit, for celebration, for energy, or for comfort. Get in touch with your body and learn to nourish it with the foods it needs to help you feel happy and satisfied.
  6. Learn to tackle what can be the greatest saboteur of any new eating plan: cravings. Substitute other activities to help you overcome cravings, filling yourself up on noncalorie, nonfood, soul-satisfying options.

Source- Shrink Your Female Fat Zones: Lose Pounds and Inches From Your Belly, Hips, Thighs, and More by Denise Austin (2003)

Lecture from the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences — How Bad Science and Big Business Created The Obesity Epidemic

David Diamond, Ph.D., of the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences shares his personal story about his battle with obesity. Diamond shows how he lost weight and reduced his triglycerides by eating red meat, eggs and butter.

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Get Organized

“At least once per month, clear your space of excess items. Move toward minimalism. Look around your home, office, room and other places you spend your time, and consider donating any items you can identify as surplus…If necessary, don’t hesitate to sell items that have value. Use this money to buy healthier food, a new pair of hiking shoes. Think about getting a massage or acupuncture. Use the money to improve your well-being or the well-being of others. Buy a hot meal, a coat, or a bed for someone in need…By clearing the clutter from your living and working spaces, you can help clear the clutter from your mind.

Source: Sow- Planting the Seeds for Health, Well-Being and a Superhero Life by Joe Rignola. You can follow his Facebook group @

Cheap Organizing Ideas – Getting Organized on a Small Budget

A lot of people think getting organized is really expensive. Yes, there are lots of organizing products that are costly, however, there are also a lot that are also affordable or fall within small or limited budgets. Website –

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Strategies to control heartburn

  • Eat smaller meals at regularly spaced intervals.
  • Eat a lighter meal in the evening.
  • Take fluids between, instead of with, meals. This can decrease the likelihood of acid reflux.
  • Lose weight if you are overweight. Even a few pounds can make a difference.
  • Stay upright after meals.
  • Stop smoking, as nicotine weakens the esophageal sphincter and increases acid production.
  • Wait three hours after you eat before you lie down.
  • Keep a food diary to keep track of foods and symptoms.
  • Keep in mind that food choices, portion size, and eating habits are equally important for symptom relief.

Source: Guide to Better Digestion by Leslie Bonci (2003)

House Call: 7 Steps To Reverse Acid Reflux by Dr. Mark Hyman

You don’t need to live with this condition and there are solutions other than taking acid-blocking drugs to treat your symptoms.  Watch this edition of House Call with Dr. Hyman to learn what things may be causing your acid reflux and how you can fix it at the source.

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Snack Attack

Include one of these snacks daily as part of your healthy, portion-controlled diet plan.

  • Six celery and carrot sticks
  • 1/2 cup 1% cottage cheese, mixed with mandarin orange slices and 2 tablespoons chia seed
  • Apple or Pear
  • 1/2 cup almonds or 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • Medium orange or 2 tangerines
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt, mixed with 1 tablespoon orange juice concentrate, 1 medium orange and 2 tablespoons chia seed
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt, mixed with 1/2 cup berries and 2 tablespoons chia seed

Source: Belly Fat Diet – Fast Cure: Your Hormonal Reset Diet and Cookbook to Losing Weight by Elizabeth Cruise (2014)

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