millie says wake up and smell the flowers

otherwise put: get unstuck. dr james gordon md is a mind and body medicine psychiatrist-type who wrote a book called U N S T U C K, which outlines 7 necessary stages of getting out of depression. dr gordon thinks that depression, rather than an end-point diagnosis, is a sign that imbalances R us, and depression provides an opportunity to change one’s life. within these 7 are 1) the call that change is necessary 2) meet an inner or existential guide 3) surrender to change equals letting go 4) deal with demons 5) invite despair 6) receive the blessing of spiritual awakening 7) the return which involves making the choice of living each day joyously. this is an intense list of 7 but you can also think of it as waking up to smell the flowers.

xox dr millie lytle nd

millie says switch from [coffee] beans to roots

switch from beans to roots, if only periodically. so march came in like a lamb, does it go out like a lion or out like a lamb all the same? either way it’s time to start thinking about a spring cleanse. for first time detoxifiers, symptoms can be harsh enough as it is without having to suffer through a caffeine withdrawal headache to boot. the more toxic you are the more initial detox symptoms may present with a headache, fatigue, bowel changes, skin eruptions, moodiness, the desire to stay in bed. advice is to c-c-c-come off the caffeine 3 days prior to the cleanse, used during the cleanse or just all year ’round. made from a variety of roasted roots and toasted grains such as chicory, beet, dandelion, rye, wheat, and barley, figs, acorns by themselves or combined for a malty flavored drink, they’re bitter, comforting and caffeine free. though all toasted products including coffee, may have acrylamide, a likely-carcinogen found in heat-processed carbohydrates, the bitter flavour provides a gentle liver detox in itself without the stimulant effects of coffee. grocery stores carry brand names such as krakus, inca, postum, bambu, Carp, caf-lib or for a gluten-free alternative pick up roasted chicory or dandelion root at health food stores. surprisingly delicious.

xox dr millie lytle nd

millie says take a worrywort rather than a chill pill

take a worrywort rather than a chill pill. a wort is a herb named after the item it’s meant to heal such as liverwort (machantia), lungwort (pulmonaria) or for poisonous bites drink a snakewort (senega). while this method of naming is folkloric, most common in native medicine, a wort is a healing agent rather than a proliferator of such and such.

individual worts must be wisely consumed based on each of their merit not simply on titulage. St John’s Wort (hypericum) was identified by ‘doctrine of signatures’ or appearance giving way to its function. named after John the Baptist, whose feast day, June 24 th, occurs on european solstice when the plant is in full bloom resembles a halo with its five yellow petals and flowing red sap that symbolises the blood of the martyred saint.the name Hypericum means ‘greatest health’.

rather than worrying be proactive with your health as it could prevent the real health worries down the road or just take one of the many worryworts, including me with a grain of salt: hypericum, kava, melissa (lemon balm), passion flower, hops, catnip, chamomile, valerian, borage. and worry not.

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 try try again

…try try again. when you fall off the horse in the rodeo get back on and try to stay on as long as you can before getting bucked off, inevitably you will get bucked off, but the training you got while on the horse accumulated and provided a service on easing your way back on and helping you stay on for longer next time. it’s never a waste of time to ride the horse. the clown on the ground saying “NEIGH…i’m not getting on that horse, what’s the point i’m only going to get hurt from being kicked off again”, is doing oneself even more harm than a bump on the butt, since they’ll never reap the benefits of having trained, so when it comes time to ride for their life, they wont know how. it’s a simple concept, true for most anything and definitely for health, wellness, lifestyle and prevention.

xox dr millie lytle nd

millie says donta mixa meds-ah

donta mixa meds-ah…or at least know which meds not to mix. taking a birth control medication like alesse, the one that’s promoted to be the picture of perfection? or taking the occasional ativan to calm down? taking both? taking the occasional ativan, alesse, and an herbal supplement for energy or concentration like gingko or panax ginseng without the ok from some who knows what’s up? taking the occasional ativan, ginseng and/or ginseng, alesse and over-the-counter anti-histamine, have asked your doctor if it’s ok and they said they didn’t know?  doing the body good by drinking grapefruit a few times per week? can’t get an appointment to see your doctor? can’t get a doctor and have never heard of a naturopathic to ask their advice? having a few beers daily to unwind? can’t afford a naturopath? check it out for yourself. see 7 reasons why these things don’t mix by searching interactions here.

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 In some cases you might need to look up the drug or generic name either on the bottle or on the internet.Heath Ledger

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

http://www.expertvillage.com/interviews/swedish-massage-tips.htm

xox dr millie lytle nd

millie says do it by hand

do it by hand. electric grinders, mills, presses and juicers are fast and easy boasting razor sharp stainless steel blades that’ll slice and dice through the most fibrous of vegetative matter. while returning the electric juicer, blender or coffee mill to the Bay may not be the fate of the day, keeping it real by grinding flax seeds and raw cacao in a pepper mill, or using a mortar and pestle to create the curry kills at least four, five or six figurative birds with one hand-thrown stone. 1) heat generated from an electric mill destroys important enzymes necessary to the vitality of the food product 2) it’s greener to do it by hand 3) it’s cheaper to do it by hand 4) people are meditatively building their muscles all over the world with this hand grinding technique whether they have access to electricity or a fancy workout parlour. 5) it tastes better 6) the loose dust generated from the mashing of a granite mortar and pestle contains 16 trace minerals including potassium in a more digestible form than those compressed into a daily multi-vite-min. basically it’s efficient a mano.

xox dr millie lyte 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