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What is Healing Touch Program

My first introduction to the Healing Touch Program was at a monthly gathering of like-minded energy healers and psychic readers. As I lie on the treatment table, surrendering to the manner in which the practitioner moved energy around and throughout my body, I began to experience a level of relaxation that was almost foreign to me. I found myself falling asleep at one point, in a room with strangers. Who does that?

The practitioner had a light blanket covering me, and I thought it odd, until, while she stood at my feet at one point during the treatment, I suddenly began to weep, and chills traveled throughout my body. She commented then that she had been guided to stay at my feet for a bit and now she could see why. She was picking up in her thoughts, on a very painful relationship/breakup of mine that I hadn’t been able to fully let go of yet. The work she was doing allowed my body to release the energy of the trauma that I had been holding onto for years. Before this moment, I had had no idea that I had been holding onto this pain. I thought I had put that relationship into my past and moved on.  Healing Touch Program is an energy healing modality. Trained practitioners use their intentions, their hearts, and their hands to move and to clear energy within the body’s biofield, or the magnetic field around the body of their clients. This is a holistic approach to healing, able to affect the physical, emotional, mental as well as the spiritual well-being of the person receiving a treatment. It is a most gentle approach to wellness, leaving the client fully relaxed, and in a peaceful state of mind and body at the completion of the session.

Even a client in the most fragile of health conditions could feel safe with this type of healing modality. Healing Touch Program is peer-reviewed and is endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association. ABC did a special documenting the effectiveness of Healing Touch Program. Healing Touch Program has been scientifically documented to increase speed of recovery for recent surgery patients. Finally, there have even been insurance companies willing to pay for treatments for recent surgery patients due to the proven scientific benefits. Healing Touch Program practitioners work side by side with nurses within hospital settings to assist patients.

Healing Touch Program was founded by Janet Mentgen in 1989, and became a certificate program in 1990 as a continuing education course for nurses, sponsored by the American Holistic Nurses Association. Janet created this modality out of the combination of her skill as a nurse and her intuitive healing abilities. In 1993 her daughter, Lisa Mentgen-Gordon, began to work with her mother in the Healing Touch Program, and now is the CEO, continuing her mother’s healing legacy.

The Healing Touch Program also has a program designed specifically to help pets. If you’re looking for a holistic approach to better health for your pets, or you would like to learn for yourself how to help your pets, Healing Touch for Animals might interest you.

 

Clear Choices Healing Center is proud to offer space for Healing Touch Program practitioners to provide treatments for clients in our healing centers, as well as referrals to practitioners in or around your area.

 

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What is Eden Energy Medicine

As a young adult, I learned that the palms of my hands heat up with energy. Since first discovering that I was able to send energy out of the palms of my hands and into myself or others, I just naturally thought that everybody had this ability. I wanted to know more about how to use this energy coming out of my hands to help people. As a result, I began to explore books that might help me to understand how this energy healing stuff works. Discovering that you’re born with the ability to make healing energy flow out of you and into others doesn’t necessarily mean you receive an instruction manual to go along with this ability. If you were also born with hard-headedness as I was, the “How To” on how to make this energy ability thing work does not come any easier than the discovery that you actually have the ability did. So, the hard-headed thing to do, in my mind, of course, is to go book shopping and study how this whole energy healing thing works. As a result, I now have a small collection of books on energy healing.

 

One of my favorite books in my collection is called Energy Medicine, Balancing Your Body’s Energies for Optimal Health, Joy and Vitality, by Donna Eden. One of the ways I could relate to Donna was that she had the ability to actually see/perceive people’s energy and emotions flowing in and around their body and their chakra system, and she just naturally thought that everyone could see this. As a young adult, Donna had the epiphany that NOT everyone could see what she could see. She realized that a course to help people work with energy the way she does might be useful.

This led to her becoming a teacher of energy work and energy healing, teaching people about the chakra system, the aura, the emotions attached, and the meridian points in our energy fields. Due to the extent of detailed information she has taught over 100,000 people worldwide for almost 4 decades regarding how our body works as an energy system, Ms. Eden has often been referred to as the mother of energy work. The modality she’s shared with the world is called Eden Energy Medicine. Donna uses her book as a textbook to teach a person  how to work with the things mentioned above. She has taught both laypeople and professionals how to understand the body as an energy system.

Two of the main subjects that are explained in Donna’s work are the chakra system and the meridian system. The book explains that the meridian system is linked to every organ of the body. She teaches how to test the meridians, and how to reset an imbalanced meridian. Really, I can’t begin to do more than just touch on the wealth of knowledge to be gained through Donna’s years of experience, knowledge, and wisdom.

Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) has an extensive website, which is available for anyone to explore. I am grateful for the fact that you don’t have to be certified as a EEM practitioner to be able to look up specific health issues on the EEM website in order to search out solutions. I have been able to find helpful resources on Donna’s website numerous times, from acupressure points to exercises that are designed to affect a meridian or to move energy in a specific manner. This guidance has helped me or others get relief from an immediate health issue countless time. I even found what I needed to help a lady assist her elderly dog to awaken from a coma once, through massaging pressure points in the pads of the dog’s feet.

If I have a favorite acupressure point, it would be what Donna refers to in her book as the “Wellspring of Life”. The Wellspring of Life relates to the kidney meridian, at the bottom of the feet, below the ball of the foot, and in the soft area under the arch. I used that spot for my elderly mother after a stroke, a seizure, and when she was mentally sluggish. My mother left us eventually, but at least she still had a sharp mind. Donna tells a story in her book of a doctor who used this method to stop a man from dying in the emergency room from shock.

One of my favorite testimonies is that I was able to assist my sister with relief from such extreme sciatic and lower back pain that the pain almost sent her to the emergency room after two days of suffering. In just a matter of a few hours, and a few repeated cycles of holding specific acupressure points for her, the pain decreased. My sister noticed relief as I sat holding the acupressure points for her. By morning, her back was sore, and she was exhausted from the intensity of the constant pain, but she had experienced great relief, didn’t need the emergency room, and needed no more treatments. Improvement continued on it’s own, and she has not had another sciatica crisis since. I’m not a professional at this. I studied the book, and was able to help my sister.

I will say that I do have certifications in some energy healing modalities, but not this one, not yet. That doesn’t preclude me from recommending to you that Eden Energy Medicine can be a gateway for you to find relief from pain or various other ailments without having to go to the doctor and take pain medication. In my mind, Eden Energy Medicine can be the foundation for anyone who is open to exploring all of the wisdom contained therein and as a result is one of the most important things CCHC could offer its patients, clients, or any interested party.

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What is Scalar Energy

When my friend first told me about Scalar Energy nearly four months ago, I did what most people do in today’s day and age. I went to the computer and put in the keyword combination, “what is scalar energy?’ Frankly, what came back to me wasn’t really all that helpful. I found terms like, ‘zero point energy’, and ‘quantum pendants’ and ‘scalar pendants’.Honestly, this didn’t excite me. However, I learned long ago that while skepticism is good, believing my brain’s judgement of something can cause me to miss out on some really great opportunities to learn, grow, and to see and experience new points of view. As a result, I’ve worked quite hard over the last twenty-two years to be slow to judge, and quick to give credit when something has value. I can, with confidence, tell you that Scalar Energy has value.

How do I know that Scalar Energy has value? I can give you the first person and second person accounts as some kind of testimonial and then let you listen to your own inner guidance, You can listen to your intuition as to whether having Scalar Energy done on you would be useful or not. In its most simple terms, Scalar Energy is like having high intensity, positive energy beamed at you. Who doesn’t need a little more positive energy in their life? Yes, you might be smiling right now, sort of like Star Trek.My friend, who is an energy healer, told me that her mother was in hospice for 18 months. Now, for those of you that have experienced hospice, or had a relative go through hospice, you understand that a person who has been put into hospice has days, perhaps weeks, and on rare occasions, only a couple of months left to live. IT’S NOT POSSIBLE FOR A PERSON IN HOSPICE TO LIVE 18 MORE MONTHS!!! This person’s mother did.

Her mother had congestive heart failure. As her heart failed, other parts of her body failed as well and she would get continuous urinary tract infections. For any of you that have experienced urinary tract infections (UTI), you know how painful and how much discomfort this can create in your personal area. The conventional cure for a UTI is an antibiotic. Well, most of you know that the more times a person takes an antibiotic, the more the body builds up an immunity to antibiotics and eventually, antibiotics will no longer work in helping a person be rid of an infection. This happened to my friend’s mother. By the twelfth time her mother had a UTI, my friend knew that she needed to find another way to help her mother be rid of these painful UTIs.

That is when someone recommended Scalar Energy to her. She was referred to a man named Tom Paladino. Tom has spent the last thirty years of his life studying Scalar Energy, and designing a delivery system in order to help people to receive and feel the benefits. He has done this with little to no money along the way, so, for him, this is a calling. The process is quite simple really, Mr. Paladino takes a picture with a person’s head, neck, and arms exposed so that he can see the skin, inserts the picture into a group of pictures, and inserts those into the machine he designed to deliver Scalar Energy to the recipients. Lo and behold, after a 30 day treatment my friend’s mother never had another recurrence. Also, this treatment took place a couple of years before she went on Hospice. After experiencing dozens of UTIs throughout her lifetime, and living with a compromised immune system due to her failing heart and body, she never had another UTI. In fact, she lived two more years without an occurrence before entering Hospice and throughout her entire Hospice experience. My friend was so moved by this miraculous occurrence, or perhaps a miraculous non-occurrence, that when her dog contracted her (yes the dog was a she) third UTI, my friend didn’t need any more prompting. She contacted Mr. Paladino and send her dog’s picture to Mr. Paladino, and even though her dog was elderly, and didn’t have much longer to live, her dog never experienced another UTI. There were no negative effects nor any side effects from receiving Scalar Energy. For those of you that have experienced UTIs, you may want to give it a shot.

Next, I will relate my experience with Scalar Energy to you. I have 7 herniated discs, three vertebrae fractures, pain in my hip, no cartilage in my shoulders, bone spurs, two torn labrum, two torn rotator cuffs, and impinged nerves in both my shoulders and spine. As a result, I am in a high level of constant pain. For those of you that have had experience with pain medication, you know that it causes constipation. Of course it does, right? Pain medication takes all of the water out of the body, so, the bowel movement becomes hard and is difficult to pass.  

Scalar Energy alleviates that problem. And, for the past three months, everything has passed through quite easily. On the times that I have had to take an extra pain pill, it only takes a day or two to clean out my system, as opposed to my previous experiences of needing a plunger every day. I’ll leave that one alone for now, but working at CVS, I see that stool softener is big business. Imagine if you no longer needed a stool softener?

When a person is in pain, their pulse goes up. I had had a resting pulse rate of 54 my whole life, that is, until I started experiencing extreme pain from my herniated discs. So, for the last five years, my resting heart rate has been between 85 and 90 due to the constant extreme pain I’ve been in. Scalar Energy brought my resting heart rate back into the low 60s, and that is where it has remained over the past three months.Finally, for those of you that are familiar with your aura and chakras, and for those of you that understand we live in a dense world, and our energy needs cleaning daily, you’ll like this. Cleaning my energy, grounding, doing my protection on my energy system took at least ten minutes every morning and every evening. In fact, I found it to be a hassle. Since beginning  Scalar Energy treatments, this process now takes me about two minutes, once per day. For those of you that are sensitive to your energy and other’s energy, you’ll appreciate the chakra balancing and energy cleaning and clearing that Scalar Energy provides.

Hopefully, you’ve been inspired to give it a shot. There are countless third party success stories, and countless other physical ailments that have healed and that healing has been attributed to Scalar Energy, but I will allow you to continue that research on your own. What other physical ailments can Scalar Energy help with? I believe the only way for you to find out is to inquire about it and give it a shot. I have been receiving daily treatments for over three months now, and I can tell you it is worth every penny.

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What is Reflexology

Reflexology is a term that describes a form of pressure which is applied to the feet, hands and ears in a manner designed to relax the client. Through the nerves in the hands and feet, a form of massage stimulates specific pressure points connected to the central nervous system that create calming and relaxing results for the entire body. This art dates back many centuries, first found in Chinese writings. The Europeans made the discovery of reflexology in writings about massage in the 1500’s, and translated the information due to its perceived value.

Reflexology has been known to be beneficial in lowering stress levels, improving sleep, and if used regularly, numerous other benefits may be experienced by the client. Reflexology creates an improved flow of vital life energy throughout the nervous system through massaging pressure points. The hands, feet and ears all have specific points that correspond to organs within the body. Flow of energy through these organs can be positively affected by applying pressure to the specific points as mapped out centuries ago to the hands, feet and ears.

Many people enjoy the use of essential oils with reflexology. Essential oils have many health benefits. Some, such as Lavender, can add to relaxation during a reflexology session. Just a thirty minute session of reflexology can ease the stress of your week, relax your tense muscles, and perhaps stimulate nerves leading to particular organs that may have needed a little support or boost.

For those interested in learning about working with pressure points, reflexology is an easy art for beginners. Charts are available with easy to follow pictures of the hands and feet. These maps show colored sections of the surface of the hand or foot, and they map out which areas correlate to which organs within the body. There are many great, easy to follow books and videos. This should ease the process of a novice exploring reflexology for themselves. If you find that you would like to become certified to practice this art or other skills like it, classes are also available, and can be found online.

I became certified in reflexology a few years before my elderly mother became ill. Reflexology was the first healing modality I chose to pursue. It took a couple of years of my mother’s gentle encouragement for me to give Reflexology serious consideration. I’m glad I did. Learning, knowing, and applying reflexology became quite a gift for her in the final year of her life. My mother would call me almost daily and ask me to come over to “do her feet” as she called it. Each day, after I arrived, I would get lotion and massage her hands and her feet, and I’d apply Reflexology all the way up to her knees before the session was complete. When I left the house, my mother would often be asleep. My mother had congestive heart failure. She remained on Hospice, living at home with my sister for over a full year. This is much longer than the medical system could explain. My mother’s heart kept going, and she was able to enjoy more time with her family than a person on hospice would normally be able to experience. That extra year made all of the difference for her. She was able to die at peace by having had that extra time. Could it be because of reflexology? I can’t say that Reflexology was the only reason she lasted longer than expected, but it sure didn’t hurt her any. She rested comfortably, and that was for her, a gold mine. I’m so glad I took my mother’s advice and learned my first alternative healing modality, Reflexology.

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What is a Modality

What is a Modality?

When we are not feeling our best, our first thought is usually to call for an appointment with our medical doctor. Conventional Medicine is a term that encompasses the most commonly accepted practice of medicine, including your primary care physician and specialists that you might be referred to by your primary care physician, and any tests your medical team may deem necessary to run in order to aid your doctor or doctors in determining the cause of your ailments.

Alternative medicine is a term that covers a wide variety of options outside of conventional medicine to help people move towards better health. Alternative medicine tends to depend less on pharmaceuticals and surgeries, and more upon a recognition of the body’s natural ability to heal itself, often with a change in diet or with the removal of a blockage within the energy field of the body. This energy shift can be done in a variety of ways. One of those ways is the adjustments to the alignment of bones such as what is done by a chiropractor. Another way is by clearing energy flow within the meridian system or the chakras. Yet another way is clearing energy in the auric field around the body such as Eden Energy Medicine.

If you’re familiar at all with Alternative Medicine, you’ve probably heard the term, “modality”. What is a modality? What exactly does the term “modality” mean?

The Dictionary defines Modality this way:

“A particular mode in which something exists or is experienced or expressed.”

When we refer to a modality in the alternative healing community, we are referring to one of the different types of practices or offerings within the alternative healing community. For example, if you’re exploring energy healing, you’re going to have an opportunity to get information on a wide variety of ways energy healing can be administered. Some of the “modalities” available within the field of energy healing are Reiki, chakra clearing, and Access Consciousness. Within these and other modalities can be found a variety of means by which energy work can be performed. Some practitioners might use a pendulum, another might use their hands, while a third might use crystal bowls to create a healing frequency. Still others might use a practice called “muscle testing” to get clear yes or no answers from your individual energy field, and an energy healing practitioner might use any combination thereof.

Most energy work is science based, meaning there is a way to scientifically prove with evidence that an effect has taken place. Numerous modalities exist within the alternative healing community that, while evidence is not able to be disputed, cannot be scientifically verified. Nonetheless, such modalities do work with countless examples and testimonies to back them up. Alternative healing practitioners have been trained in their practices and are trusted by those who have seen, experienced, and lived their effectiveness.

A practitioner is usually certified, rather than licensed or given a diploma like a medical practitioner would receive. That means these practitioners have completed the required training process, and have been able to show that they have absorbed and learned to facilitate results within their specific field. As with anything, a practitioner will improve and expand their skills with time, experience, and practice. Those who are actively and constantly seeking to expand their knowledge and expertise will do so. That being said, it is important to know that each of us as human beings has our own set of gifts. Most practitioners have found themselves drawn to a specific type of healing or modality that fits their specific set of gifts. Even if a person is within their first year of practice, patients and clients will be able to experience great results with these beginning practitioners.

Why will a practitioner be able to see significant results in their patients/clients right away as opposed to having to intern for some number of years in a fashion as conventional western doctors? Simply because the modalities work, and your practitioner is not only trained, but also usually has the ability to “listen” to you. Listening to you and listening to your body actually has little to do with the ears. In reality, listening to you and your body means listening to the body’s attempt to communicate what is wrong and/or what is the underlying ailment or blockage that is causing the ailment? Above and beyond listening to the body, the practitioner also learns to listen to your energy as they work on you. The entire process is dynamic and many times, one ailment leads to another, which leads to another, which leads to numerous unexpected bonus discoveries and breakthroughs for the patient or client. This is why you will often see the beneficiaries of energy healing seam a little overly excited to share their experience with anyone around them whether that person is ready to hear their story or not. Patients/clients are so excited that they just cannot contain themselves.

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Holographic Kinetics

Dreamtime Healing using Holographic Kinetics, as described by the founder Steve Richards, is “An Advanced Aboriginal Healing Modality for the Future from the Past”. Steve grew up in Australia, born of Aboriginal descent. At the age of eight he began a quest to learn why he was so different from other children. He studied every book he could find, and later asked the Aboriginal Elders, his living ancestors, for help to understand how at the age of four he was able to know things his parents said he shouldn’t have known at an such an early age. He wanted to know how it was possible for him to do things that he couldn’t explain. The Elders couldn’t help him understand either. They explained that they didn’t have the education to be able to explain what is was they could do. They just knew that they could do it. From decades of Steve Richard’s study and practice came a healing modality called Dreamtime Healing using Holographic Kinetics that Steve and his partner, Lisa Marie, have since shared around the world.

If you’re anything like me, going to Steve’s scientifically written website can make your head spin. He doesn’t sugar coat anything in the way he communicates because he means business. So, I’m very grateful for the numerous videos Steve has posted on his website that describe experiences he has had with clients in his sessions. By using these videos, Steve has been able to explain how Dreamtime Healing using Holographic Kinetics works. These videos have helped me understand his work in a way my non-scientific mind could have never otherwise grasped the depth of his knowledge and wisdom.

Within his videos and on his website, Steve explains something called “Lore”. Lore is another word for Universal Law. “The Laws of Lore are that Man is responsible for his thought, word, deed, and action.” Steve continues, “whatever creation you create, you in return, must experience that creation as it was your creation. Only by you experiencing your creation will you ever understand the experience as the giver and receiver of that creation, which in turn keeps balance.”

Steve’s work, you could say, has taken him on a journey down the “rabbit hole”, discovering in his words, that the world doesn’t work the way we think it works. His website is a fascinating read, if you take it one webpage at a time and really try to absorb each page.

As a certified practitioner of Steve’s fascinating modality of Holographic Kinetics, and still being only a beginner, it is awe inspiring and transformational for me to do this work. Having experienced the opposite point of view of having this work done on me has been even more fascinating and even a wonder. During my first healing session, prior to becoming a practitioner, while lying on the table, I wondered how I was “supposed to” participate as a client.

As my practitioner went through the steps, I found my mind wandering, and I noticed my mind tell me that I should be doing something differently than I was doing…that I was doing my part of the process “wrong”. I had to keep reminding myself that the mind will do that – that my mind would constantly tell me that I’m “doing it wrong” I knew, from all of the other work I had done that I needed to just let my thoughts and judgements go and to trust the process. I knew I needed to trust whatever “shows up” for me. I knew that whatever showed up for me would depend upon which personal issues I had brought to my practitioner.

Not every client receives a picture or scene inside their mind during a session, however, I am a visual thinker, I see in pictures and scenes, and I hear thoughts. So this process comes easy for me, even though what I receive, I receive in bits. That’s the interesting part. I receive bits of scenes like scenes from a movie. My mind, however wanted more. My was telling me, ‘show me more!’ My mind wanted and/or expected an entire movie. My mind said, “Is that it? Really? You’re not doing it right!” I noticed a slight rush of emotion, as I watched the short, vivid scene in my mind with fascination, and noticed the judgement my mind had that I wasn’t getting the intended outcome of the session. It took some time, but as the session continued, I was able to get passed the struggle over not doing it right, and was able to become at ease with the process.

My only assignment was to bring a list of three physical issues that I’d like to work on during my session. The practitioner didn’t say which one of these three issues we’d be working on first. Through the use of Kinesiology, a science based diagnostic skill introduced in the mid 1960’s, the practitioner asks the client’s Spirit which issue in the list the Spirit chooses to work on and in which order. The practitioner then uses a different list of emotions designed to help the practitioner find any attachments that might be causing an issue from my list. Once those factors are established the process begins This requires the participation of the client.

As I lie on the table, eyes shut, suddenly I see, in my mind, a sharp, clear scene of a dry and mountainous landscape. Mostly brown, with little greenery, almost all boulders and sand. Suddenly, a thin framed, suntanned little boy of about 8 years old, wearing just a flap and braids, came darting towards me at breakneck speed from behind a huge boulder right in front of me. The boy ran past my view, and suddenly into my view from where he had come from, loped a full grown male lion, looking committed, yet confident and relaxed. What I sensed from the lion was a feeling of sport, fun, and confidence. The lion, too, ran past my view, and the scene in my mind was over.

I still pondered the scene as my practitioner asked me to move on to the next step in the process. However, I found it difficult to let go of my mind telling me that I wasn’t doing it right. My mind was insisting that something was wrong with me moving onto another issue or moving away from this scene/movie clip which I had just watched in my mind. That simple scene couldn’t have had anything to do with my issue, could it?

Only a few months after that first session, I got the opportunity to take the initial practitioners course to become certified as a Dreamtime Healing with Holographic Kinetics practitioner. During the seven day course, students practice what they learn on one another. I had experienced this practicing on one another in other energy healing modality courses as well.

As students, we were asked to create a list of our own actual issues that we would like to have addressed during class. One of the major issues I listed for a student to practice on me was a mass in my left lung. This mass had been growing for ten years and had become very painful in my chest and back. The pain was sharp with every breath I took. Another was a recurring sinus infection that attacked my immune system and had created a continuous theme of me fighting for my life. This struggle that had been ongoing since my early adulthood. Three months after that class ended, both issues were GONE. These issues have never come back. Other issues cleared up as well, and my daughters wanted to know why I looked so much younger.

I chose to leave comments on my initial session as a client til last for a reason. I did receive immediate improvements in the issues that I listed for my practitioner, and they weren’t all related to health. One such benefit was in regards to my path in energy healing. I felt very stuck in my growth as an energy healer. I found myself discovering more and more modalities that drew my interest, but I wasn’t able to find one to really focus my attention on. I was unable to excel at any single energy healing modality. This concerned me, due to the fact that energy healing isn’t just a novelty to me. I actually had a passion for it and I had some natural abilities in the area of energy work. My hands actually heat up when I send energy, and the heat is strong. So of course, I expect myself to “be a real energy healer”. Therefore, one of the issues on my list was to move whatever had me stuck in my growth as a healer. My desire was for my ability as a healer to open up and to be able to move forward with clarity.

That evening, information and awareness opened up for me that I had previously been resistant to, limited to, or blocked from somehow receiving. Since then, I’ve co-founded a nationwide nonprofit with the mission to create access for everyone who might be open to receiving holistic healing treatments. I’ve realized that my purpose isn’t to be a great healer of one individual energy healing modality, but rather to bring all great healers together and help people to find those special healers. Also, for those who might not have the available funds to receive treatments, I’m determined to help those interested parties pay for their treatments so that ALL people have access to the wonderfully liberating freedom that comes as a result of these treatments. Finally, I’m committed to helping anyone that might be open to these types of treatments. I want to offer people all of the information needed to allow them to have the courage to try these treatments and to be at peace with the process. This is a task that conventional medicine and the insurance industry has no interest in doing. I’m convinced that the journey that I’m on now as Vice President of Clear Choices Healing Center began with that first Dreamtime Healing with Holographic Kinetics session.

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What is Functional Medicine

What is Functional Medicine, and what makes it different from conventional medicine?

Here’s a paraphrase of the description found on the Institute for Functional Medicine website:

The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that is designed to empower patients and practitioners to work together in addressing the underlying causes of disease and to promote optimal wellness. Functional Medicine requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and puts all of that information and data together to create personalized treatment plans which lead to improved patient outcomes and patient health.

With a goal of finding the root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners focus on identifying what is behind disease (dis-ease). Practitioners may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions or ailments. As a result, Functional Medicinal treatments target the specific manifestations of disease (dis-ease) in each Individual. The entire process is designed to be personal and not general.
A doctor of functional medicine chooses from a wide array of alternative healing studies, that they then incorporate into their practices. Their practice tends to avoid pharmaceutical medications as treatments while searching for the root cause of the malfunction in the normal function of the physical body as a whole. Diet and stress can play a huge part in the cause of any one person’s dis-ease, and Functional Medical doctors focus on how to systematically return the body to a state of wholeness and normal function, rather than simply quieting the symptoms alone. Changes to lifestyle habits may be required to help with solving health problems. A patients “cure” may be accomplished through a process of steps rather than with a quick fix method. In contrast, the U.S. population has been conditioned to expect to take a pill and receive immediate results. In some cases, a patient may need to be willing to wait a bit for results, while staying the course prescribed to them by their Functional Medical practitioner.
Functional Medicine doesn’t replace conventional medicine, but rather brings into conventional medicine proven, successful alternative healing options that western medicine has been known to ignore, for whatever reasons. When a patient can achieve a better quality of life from their time spent at their doctor’s office, and the plan of treatment their doctor sees as beneficial for the patient, isn’t it time we acknowledge that Functional Medicine has a valuable place in our current society?