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 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 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