millie says pass the CAGE AUDIT

I once knew a guy who got over alcohol dependency with tablespoons of raw honey every time he wanted a drink.

do you pass the CAGE AUDIT? so you work hard, play harder. you’re an artist, musician, designer, cultural vector representing a minority of the thinking kind, not ‘class’ cuz da politically enlightened dont use that word. networking is part of the game; openings, parties and hopefully free booze. or maybe you daylight-moonlight as a corporati working long hours, spreading yourself thin, just to get to that next position of exclusive perks, keeping it together posturing yourself as hard working clever cool. maybe you have a family and the stress is higher at home than it is at work. or maybe you’re a student or you were a student and got lost between final exams and a job fair in whistler, alberta. or maybe you just got dumped, widowed, orphaned, fired, traumatized or injured, people say you’re fortunate to have survived that one, but you’re not feeling very lucky. you may wonder do you drink socially, socially considering your situation or do you just plain have a problem?

here’s the test, the CAGE questionnaire. a score of 2 or more will encourage you to the AUDIT self-test, The World Health Organization’s Alcohol Use Disorder’s Identification Test. 8 or more could be a reason to seek treatment or support- links below).

1) Two “yes” responses indicate that you should be investigated further. The questionnaire asks the following questions:

  1. Have you ever felt you needed to Cut down on your drinking?
  2. Have people Annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
  3. Have you ever felt Guilty about drinking?
  4. Have you ever felt you needed a drink first thing in the morning (Eye-opener) to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?

2) AUDIT Self Test:

3) Support and Treatment:

xox dr millie lytle nd

millie says wallow in yourself for an hour

wallow in yourself for an hour. set up a date to meet a reliable friend, a compassionate all-round task-oriented efficiency expert. make a list of all your problems; be as specific as possible. 1) moths in my sweater cupboard 2) single and miserable. dont know if that girl is going to call me again. 3) made less money this year than last year. 4) 4th cold of the year- winter is playing tricks on me. meet your friend for a warm beverage to help you put into perspective how bad or good your life is. take suggestions, accept help, gather support, kindness, leaps of faith, boots to the head. when that friend loses steam; you know as they’re less attentive, using uh-huh a lot, stop providing as many insightful observations. then it’s time to switch it up and for you to be the compassionate all-round task-oriented efficiency expert.

xox dr millie lytle nd

millie says dont wait to take a mental health day

dont wait until october 10th to take a mental health day. playing hooky involves making up an excuse not to go to work or attend to duties that should be accomplished today. while lying and scamming are never recommended for an enlightened state, a breath of freedom from work can be a means to avoid a doctor’s note tomorrow. the somatization response to stress relies on einstein’s theory of matter, neither capable of being created nor destroyed and thus energy remains inside the body demonstrating physical symptoms as a result of an emotional or psychological state.

Somatization disorder is a somatoform disorder categorized under the psychiatric DSM-IV and establishes the following five criteria for its diagnosis:

  • a history of somatic symptoms prior to the age of 30
  • pain in at least four different sites on the body
  • two gastrointestinal problems other than pain such as vomiting or diarrhea
  • one sexual symptom such as lack of interest or erectile dysfunction
  • one pseudoneurological symptom similar to those seen in Conversion disorder such as fainting or blindness.

…if a rest will prevent it, do it today and let that energy escape into the atmos.

xox dr millie lytle nd

millie says have hands placed on back

have hands placed on back. while many forms of massage exist such as acupressure, shiatsu, hot stone, aromatherapy, deep tissue, lymphatic drainage, thai, reflexology and erotic, registered massage therapy in western culture is known as swedish massage, the result of a combination of moves coined in the 1700s by Swedish doctor Per Henrik Ling. involved in this type of pampering are techniques that avoid hard tissue (bones, cartilage, tumors) but move soft tissues, kneading, rolling and vibrating them to supply oxygen to the extremities and skin and return blood to the heart. resulting in a reduction of lactic acid, release of toxins and tension promoting relaxation and stimulation of muscles, ligaments, tendons, glands, nerves and circulation. As a result posture may readjust, breathing deepen, knots unravel, pain escape, stress reduce and a wonderful time be had exhaling the tensions of the day, month or year. because it increases blood’s movement without stressing that very important Valentine muscle, there’s not much risk of OD-ing on it or dong it wrong as long as it feels right, so convince someone to do it often for free gently at home, or go to a professional for the get-what-u-pay-for-means-to-a-end.

Swedish massage techniques: long strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration, effleurage, and shaking motions. The usual sequence of events are:

  1. Effleurage: Gliding strokes with the palms, thumbs and/or fingertips
  2. Petrissage: Kneading movements with the hands, thumbs and/or fingers
  3. Friction: Circular pressures with the palms of hands, thumbs and/or fingers
  4. Vibration: Oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate the body
  5. Percussion: Brisk hacking or tapping

xox dr millie lytle nd

millie says envision a happy cloud

envision a happy cloud. push that little happy cloud into your mind space when transit and road rage have got you by the neurofibres. dont bang your steering wheel or seethe at the guy who’s sharp gift box corners are hitting you in the leg, just take it with understanding that no one is going anywhere and making the blood pressure rise up, rise up is no way to remain in a festive spirit and certainly not going to do you any good today. so sit back, close your eyes, breath deeply and slowly and look into the non-dominant handed corner of your mind and picture your happy place; create it; paint it; mould it; work it. it’s there for you whenever you need it, full of peace, light, comfort, confidence, hopes for the day, tranquility, serenity, joyous salvation that you are free and time is nothing at all and really there is no where to go. no where to be at all but here in your happy spot.

xox dr millie lytle nd

millie says listen from the inside out and outside in

listen from the inside out and outside in. employing meditations on a daily basis is a healthy way to reduce stress and enhance health. despite its benefits spending 45 minutes meditating can be a time consuming bother leaving only the converted and enlightened with a daily practice. Enlist the sense of listening to space out in a time efficient way. start by sitting in a comfortable position, and spend 10 seconds or as long as it takes listening to the mechanics of the body, all sounds internal. gradually tune into concentric circles of space and time, lending an ear to the room, the building, the street, intersection, neighbourhood, city, province, country, continent, hemisphere, planet, galaxy, universe. then in reverse order, finally return to the self. it’s busy relaxing in quiet noise.

xox dr millie lytle nd

millie says listen to your body

listen to your body. le corpus reacts to things in its environment for instance it responds to its external surroundings by relaxing at the touch of a loved-one, tensing at the touch of a creep. when it’s cold, sending signals to the brain to put a sweater on or go to the spa. similarly the body responds to its internal environment…with sluggishness and fatigue to a badly chosen meal, a rash or bowel irregularites to a poorly constructed diet, and fear-based anxiety to a shallow breathing regime. to improve overall health on the cheap, pay attention to what your bodis’ telling you in reaction to breathing, eating, drinking, resting, washing and other small vital actions . when changed to suit you this method can produce profound changes in your daily function and overall health will result.

xox dr millie lytle nd

millie says anti-age with the color violet

anti-age with the color violet. though color therapy sounds like a bunch of balloony, the world be bleak dressed in its absence. Beyond the technical science of light and wavelengths, colors serve a healthful purpose in our world, allowing the eye to pick up vibrational energy that is mood enhancing and even healing. It is said in chromotherapy that certain wavelengths provide health to specific organs and moods. Violet, the color at the bottom of the rainbow, has the shortest wavelength at 400 nm and therefore the highest vibration. The pineal gland situated in our brain behind our eyes, is stimulated by light reflected off the retina. In the presence of the color violet the pineal gland produces melatonin, which is responsible for producing sleep, improving immunity, reducing stress and cellular death (aging). so instead of botox, dress your partner or your children in purple. om.

xox dr millie lytle nd

millie says deny the great lie

deny the great lie. “born on the mountaintop” course creators Satyam and Freedom Malhotra have divised a psychology concept that asks us all to become aware of the love we seek and the methods we use to get it. are they healthy or not? these local brothers claim that the great lie is…. that we believe we need to prove ourselves in order to be worthy of love.

take a lesson from their book of creating awareness within and conjure the person from whom you seek the most approval……….on a large piece of paper write down in the centre “I will be loved just as I am” then write down “I need approval from……..”, then over the next week write down all thoughts and actions taken to seek approval and avoid rejection from that individual……shockingly time consuming!

xox dr millie lytle nd

see them for yourself:

millie says question the coffee

question the coffee. small amounts of espresso or sips of coffee throughout the day on a full tum tum are at the far end of the consuption continuum whereas an extra large venti triple this shot’a that, at the top of the day, finds itself at the other end. the body digests and utilizes the caffeine as soon as its consumed so providing an overdose triple serving of caffeine and sugar energy to the blood stream is more likely to cause angst, edginess and a hypoglycemic low than is consuming small amounts of unsweetened coffee on a full stomach of protein and complex carbs; the healthiest best way to tolerate the looming mood and sugar dismounts. so enjoy an enlightened cuppa.

xox dr millie lytle nd

note: if you have already stopped coffee GOOD FOR YOU! if too sensitive to coffee stick to grain coffee, oil processed or the “cringe” environmentally unfriendly swiss water process. skip the toxic regular style decaf.