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 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: http://www.counseling.caltech.edu/drug/selftest/test1.html

3) Support and Treatment:

http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org/en_find_meeting.cfm
http://www.drug-rehab.ca/torontorehabcenter.htm
http://www.oatc.ca/index.aspx
http://www.canadadetox.com/English/index.asp
http://aacts.ca/
http://www.drug-rehabs.org/

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 show up

to quote Woody Allen- “80% of success is showing up”. now I would like you to slowly inhale all relaxation then exhale all tensions as you ponder on the word SUCCESS. it may be satisfaction and achievement in your career or chosen field of life; an enjoyable and pleasing sex life, tightly-knit, loving family ties; ability to form firm friends and network in social gatherings or possessing the skill and confidence to speak well in public. it may mean the ability achieve your goals which contribute to your personal satisfaction in social and work life and the determination to achieve said goals. it may mean the ability to throw off inhibitions, be spontaneous, express deep inner feelings without fear or judgement. success may mean financial and material possession or security for yourself and your family. it can also show itself in inner happiness and presence of mind regardless of material possessions or circumstances. it could mean the ability to over-come problems long lasting or acute, possibly even some problem about which you do not know. whatever the word success means to you, use the emotional stimulus generated from it to produce in all the feelings which go with success and then show up.

xox dr millie lytle nd

millie says tap to heal

tap to heal. there once was an organ who dwells in the chest behind the breast bone or sternum as those detail oriented folks say. lying close to the heart, made stronger by self-love, self-care, joy, prayer and hope it was devoted to helping the body heal itself. its name was thymus gland, an endocrine organ committed to the activation of fighter and helper cells synthesized in the bone marrow. thymus gland would spring into action telling specific white cells to go to the area of weakness, infection when repair and defense was needed. this was a big job especially when it resides within the body of tired, stressed, overworked, overdrugged individuals. thymus gland told me to relay a message to you so that you would enable its ability to heal your body. if it could talk it would say “tap me to heal; I need you to be relaxed to function well; tap me to heal right at the breast bone with the tips of your fingers; coordinated arm and leg movements strengthen me such as swimming, yoga, brain games, marching; tap me to heal gently but with intent; I am nourished by antioxidants, sleep, probiotics, and astragalus; tap to heal me heal you.”

xox dr millie lytle nd

millie says find yourself today

find yourself today. first find solitude to reflect, sit in the present and ponder “who am I”. weed out the voices of others from what comes from the inside. veer off a charted course to ask yourself every question in the book about decisions you’ve made for example 1) what would I be doing with all the resources possible 2) what do I want to avoid regretting when I look back on my life 3) what words would describe the kind of person I want to be. write for 3 solid minutes clear stream consciousness without editing or sensoring a word. act upon information that emerges. prepare to do it again tomorrow, next week and next year. head hunt yourself.

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 fix the chocolate

fix the chocolate. cocoa, a naturally brown-not-white- bitter condiment in its cooked form contains caffeine, theobromine, theophyllines and tyramines, is habit forming and hepato(liver)toxic enough to kill a dog. When milk-laden though it’s liver toxic capacity decreases as does it’s nutritional presence and the insulinergic and hyperglycemic strength soars as it takes fat and sugar to boot to get it to taste so sweet. cacao or raw chocolate, however is dried without heat and preserved in it’s natural skin, like a peanut. it is high in antioxidants, minerals such as calcium and magnesium, lower in caffeine. actually relaxing to the central nervous system, a serotonin mimicker, naturally unsweetened, it makes a good afternoon feel-good snack. mix with flax, sunflower seeds and dried cherries for a taste explosion. second fix idea, take hot cocoa flavored with cinnamon or cayenne, salba, stevia or dark maple syrup to get your fix. count chocula has nothing on you.

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