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“Stress is a communication problem with the Self”


Dr. Erin Holston SinghA word from Dr. Erin

This quote above is one of my favorites from my mentor, Dr. Gérard Guéniot; it’s quite the statement to ponder. When I take it into the context of my work with individuals, balancing temperaments and aiding relationships with the external environments, it makes complete sense. Stress is not an entity outside of us, but is the result of how we react to external events. Our attitudes, our physical health, even our mineral stores all contribute to how we temper our responses to exciting phenomena. Stress is merely the result of poor communication, a sort of neurosis that we pit against our Selves. 

I capitalize the “S” of “Self” because I want to be clear that the word construes the inner Self, or the higher Self. This is that most fundamental part of us that determines most everything. How do we change our relationship to it?  It helps to ponder how my own individual way of reacting determines how I manage “stress,” rather than throwing my hands up because I think the events of my life are so much more intense, trying or full of hardship than another’s life.

So, if you have been repeatedly thinking or saying how “stressed” you are, take a step back, contemplate your relationship with your inner Self and focus on the ways in which you can speak more gently and act more kindly to yourself. It deserves pondering over and may be a good focus for an attempt at meditation. 

Try this exercise:
Find a quiet room where you know you won’t be disturbed for at least 20 minutes. Have a journal or a notebook with you and find a comfortable position to sit in. Close your eyes and for 15 minutes ponder the idea of how you communicate with your Self. 

You will likely find all kinds of thoughts arising. If you find you are following a thought off onto an unrelated tangent, just gently bring the mind back to this contemplation of how you talk to your Self. Be aware how you might even chastise your Self in your thoughts while meditating for thinking off the subject and experiment with reacting more kindly when bringing your awareness back to the subject of this communication.

At the end of 15 minutes, write for at least 5-10 minutes any ideas, revelations or feelings that arose.

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If you read nothing else in this newsletter, I wanted you to read that! So this month, I decided to put it before everything else that I am also excited to share with you.

As you may have noticed, it has been a few months since we sent our one of our “e-news.” Instead of a leisurely summer, I was up to my usual traveling madness starting in June, with seeing patients in Cleveland and the quick trip to Toronto to do the Color and Sound Therapy, then off to India in July and Albuquerque in August.

My next trip to Cleveland will be from September 20-25th and I will be available to see patients on all of these business days. I look forward to seeing anyone who would like a lone visit with me or a joint visit with Dr. Liz. The calendar is already filling up for these four short days, so please call Fannie and schedule if you are interested.

In the interest of getting you ALL the critical news, I’m abbreviating this e-news by attaching a longer article on why naturopathic medicine is your best insurance policy. I hope you will get a chance to read it and send me any comments at doctorerin@gmail.com.

 

Dr. LizA word from Dr. Liz

I’ve been having a busy summer working away and happy to be getting a multitude of requests to speak at various functions, both private and public. Here is a list of the upcoming talks that are open to the public. A few require advance reservations and a small fee, but most are free and welcome to everyone.

How to Create Your Own Natural Medicine Cabinet
I will discuss natural health care items you can add to your medicine cabinet for a variety of acute conditions. I will also cover specific botanical medicines and homeopathic remedies that are safe for children. Effective methods of nature cure that can be used for acute illness will be included and, most importantly, I’ll explain some important ways to prevent illness.

When: Thursday September 6th at 7:00-8:00pm
Where: Cleveland Heights-University Height Library
2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
For more information: (216) 932-3600
Cost: Free

How to Create Your Own Natural Medicine Cabinet
When: Monday September 17th 7:00-9:00pm
Where: Solon High School Conference Room 2 33600 Inwood Dr Solon, OH 44139
Cost: $24 per person (money goes to the school)

How to Create Your Own Natural Medicine Cabinet
When: Sunday, October 14th 12:15 p.m.
Where: Akron Unitarian Church
Cost: Free

Teen Health
Does your teen experience lack of energy, mood fluctuations, skin disorders and/or allergies?  This class will cover why good nutrition is important for teen health and why making positive changes will improve their health and well being.

When:  Monday October 15th 7:00-9:00pm
Where: Solon High School Conference Room 2, 33600 Inwood Dr Solon, OH 44139
Cost: $24 per person

Women’s Health Series 
See attached flyer to share with your friends or colleagues!
In this four-part series I will present on one of the following topics:

A Natural View of Perimenopause and Menopause: 10/3, 6-8:00pm
Balancing one’s health without bio-identical or synthetic hormones.

Reducing Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Women: 10/10, 6-8:00pm
Homeopathic, herbal, nutritional and dietary considerations for mitigating the risk of heart disease.

An Alternative View on Osteoporosis: 10/17, 6-8:00pm
Ways to minimize the risk of osteoporosis and address existing osteoporosis, using systems of natural medicine.

Stress and Its Role in Weight Gain: 10/24, 6-8:00pm
Ever feel that you are doing all the right things and still maintaining a higher than desirable weight? Come learn about the strong correlation between stress and weight gain.

When: A series of Wednesdays:  October 3, 10, 17, 24, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: LaLook Inc. -8535 Tanglewood Center, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023
Cost: $25 per talk. $75 for the series of 4 talks.

Pre-registration is required.  For reservations call 440.543.2797.

 

Fall Detox

Many patients who either enjoyed the spring cleanse, or had to miss it at that time are urging a repeat of the special offer we’d like to make available biannually in Spring and Fall.

But why is fall a good time to detoxify like the spring?

Consider what is happening in nature: certain animals are storing food others while are continuing to bulk up in preparation for hibernation, tree leaves change color and eventually fall. These events are signs of preparation for winter. You can do a fall cleanse to prepare yourself for winter. A cleanse can help you center and ground yourself before the winter holidays. The release of toxins helps make your immune system stronger and less burdened before cold and flu season. Some other reasons for a seasonal deoxification include:

• Ubiquitous, constant exposure to pollutants in our air, water and food.

• Amassing of preservatives, drugs and the other synthetic chemicals found in our personal care products in bodily tissues.  Hair products, make-up, and lotions are full of parabens, notoriously toxic to the liver function and now known to be carcinogenic.

• Rejuvenation of liver function, especially in preparation for the richer foods we are inclined to eat during the cold winter.

The liver is automatically flushing with the change in climate every spring and fall, hence a return of allergies, runny noses and other seasonal illnesses. We like to use the benefits of nature's pre-existing flush by supplementing it with a clear detox program.

Description:
This 2 & 1/2 week (18-day) comprehensive program includes a combination of various liver and detoxification supports via diet, supplements, remedies and homemade recipes used in traditional naturopathic and Ayurvedic medicine. The main program consists of using a rice-based protein detox formula (Mediclear), that is tapered up and down over the course of the program, and aids in the biochemistry of one's liver detoxification pathways. Other supportive therapies, such as castor oil packs and saunas will be considered on an individual basis. Participants are also encouraged to consider a 3-day fast as an optional part of the detox.

Cost:
The program consists of three separate meetings with Dr. Liz: one main consultation at the outset and two briefer (~20 min) consults at the middle and end of the program. These consults can be done in person or over the phone. A flat fee of $150 covers these consults. Since we understand it is often easier to involve a spouse or friend, we are offering the program for two people for $180, provided that the consultations during the program are joint visits. The main detox supplement (Mediclear) and other remedies are priced separately.

 

And finally a recipe to enjoy while Eating for Health:
Original recipe inspired by Christine Jones

Squash Tortillas
makes about 8 corn tortillas

Ingredients:

Organic White or Blue corn tortillas*   1 large butternut squash
1 T coconut oil   Juice of 3 limes.
1 T. chili powder    5 cloves garlic-diced or minced.
1 T. cumin   1 tsp. salt (or tamari)
2 t. oregano    
Chèvre or cheddar-if allowed    Green or red salsa (recipe below)

* Substitutes:
Instead of corn tortillas, try Women’s Flax tortillas, found in the Frozen section of many health food stores.

Suggested Veggies:
Avocados                    Green or Red-leaf lettuce                                                
Tomatoes                    Fresh Cilantro

Preparation:
Cut the squash in half, place face down in a baking dish with 1-2 inches of filtered water and bake for one hour on 350 degrees F. When the squash is cooked, remove seeds and then collect all of the cooked squash by scraping it out of the peel with a large spoon. Place in a bowl and set aside.

Sauté the garlic and add the chili powder. Then add the lime juice. Stir in the squash and mash with a potato masher. Add the tamari, oregano and cumin.

Assembly:
Spread the squash mixture across corn tortillas. Then spread chèvre or sprinkle cheddar and close tortilla for the cheese to melt. At the table, provide the assortment of filler veggies such as cilantro or fresh vegtables and lettuce and have individuals prepare to their liking and top off with salsa.

Salsa Recipe
Pulse the following in a food processor:
4 red or green tomatoes (if green, add 1-2 tomatillos, if available)
1 tsp. salt
4 green onions
3 cloves garlic
½ bunch cilantro
¼ cup lime juice
¼ tsp. Cayenne powder
You may place tomatoes and tomatillos in a bowl with salt just after cutting into large chunks for 15-30 minutes while preparing another recipe or the other ingredients. Then, drain off the extra water for a thicker salsa.