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 milk the underarm

milk the underarm. not quite like the time your friend’s brother made that strange pumping action and accompanying noise with his hand on the opposite armpit…or was it you doing that? massaging the lymph nodes of the under pits dislodges breast swellings, tenderness and stagnant dwellings in the lymph nodes, sending unwanted gooberoo to clearance in the lymphatic duct, located near the heart. for breast disease prevention, males and females can take part in placing the palm of your hand under your underarm and gently pumping this armpit. move it slightly up towards shoulder and in towards body. do this 15 times on both sides.

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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.”

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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.

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millie says dry out for a while

dry out for a while. a month full of merry can pile up like a bowl of rancid jelly. take steps tout de suite to cut the sugar, fat and alcohol to dissuade the cellular metabolites from settling in for a long winter’s nap. dash on, dance on, prance on you vixen straight to your favorite cold winter activity followed by a warm up in a steam, sauna, detoxifying hot house of some tradition. pick a date, like today and give the calorific extras a break. exchange the creamy liquor soaked coffees for hot lemon water or dandelion root and leaf tea first thing in the morning righto and like a comet your liver will be functioning smoothly again by the time the valentine’s cupid rings at your door.

happy new year

xox dr millie lytle nd

millie says choose happiness

choose happiness. boiled down, this human condition is the result of dopamine in the mesolimbic pathway and opioids in various hypothalamic and cortical spaces. positive psychology explains it’s the result of positive emotions and activities related to the conjectures of our past, pleasures of the moment and projection of the foreseeable future. while the cascade of neurotransmitters and endorphins/enkephalins may be biological, the freedom to choose the path is responsible for firing them off in the first place. research states that genetics, socioeconomic status, health, marital status, income and a certain percentage of unmeasurables are the factors involved in happiness however more concretely put: the united states sits at 23 on sociological analysis tool ‘Satisfaction with Life Index’. Canada 10, nordic countries number 1-Denmark, 2-Switzerland and 3-Austria. conclusion: ski your way to happiness… or at least participate in fun activities to create fond memories, the likelihood of being caught partaking in them at any given moment and the promise of more to come.

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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