Ken Keegans

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I was a Diabetic Patient since 2000.It was discovered 290 fasting & 495 PP {Glucose }. During this journey of 18 yrs around 2 yrs all together, i took medicine. But it never helped me in Curing. My interest was in Naturopathy & Ayurveda. I treated my self changing in my life style & food habit. 

At present my sugar label is 100 fasting without any medicine.

 

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Meet Lisa Rufsholm - Hair Analysis Consultant:

HU:  What inspires you?

Answer: Helping people at all stages of health to improve their quality of life.  Finding the cause, eliminating symptoms and seeing clients improve brings me great joy!

HU: What is your biggest achievement to date (personal or professional)?

Answer: My proudest moments have been helping a woman conceive when she was told she never would, helping a young man to avoid removing 7 feet of intestine with Crohns, learning my elderly patient fell but had no broken bones or injuries and assisting a young man with schizophrenia past his violent internal voices are what fills my heart.

HU: What does a typical day look like for you?

Answer: I am typically typing a report, helping a client through a retracing symptoms, educating on natural health and working out every day.

HU: What is your favorite current project and why?

Answer: I am reaching out to stay at home moms, stressed out corporate employees and those who have been through the medical facilities with no answers or relief of symptoms to try alternative ways once we find possible causes through hair analysis.

HU: If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be and why?

Answer: I wouldn’t trade my job with anyone because I love making a difference in the lives I’ve touched through hair analysis and the relationships I’ve built.

HU: What are your biggest professional challenges?

Answer: I love working with people so using technology, social media and marketing to share what hair analysis testing can do to improve and measure health has been a challenge.

HU:  What’s the most rewarding aspect about your career?

Answer: My reward is when a client has eliminated symptoms, disease or overcome physical limitations by improving their health

HU: What is your motto or personal mantra?

Answer: Get healthy from the cell out.  If you don’t know where you at, you cannot plan how to get to where you want to be!

HU: How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

Answer: We have to care for ourselves so we can be 100% for our loved ones so I take supplements, detoxify, eat clean, healthy foods and exercise daily.

HU: What is the greatest obstacle you have overcome?

Answer: I have such a burning desire to help people that I tend to want clients to do more for themselves than they are willing to do or change at times.  I had to learn to be ok with educating and supporting people where they are until they are ready too.

HU: What do you hope to share with the HU community?

Answer: Hair analysis is a wonderful tool to measure cellular mineral levels, heavy metal toxicity, thyroid and adrenal functions as well as cell permeability regardless of which program or diet people follow.  It IS the individual’s chemistry with no opinion or guesswork.

HU: What do you hope to learn/gain from the HU community?

Answer: I love to learn about other holistic modalities and aspects of healing.  The relationships built by sharing our knowledge creates a well rounded community to help others improve their lives.

HU: Who is your ideal client?

Answer: I work with infants, athletes, people of middle age to the elderly.  Those who want to maintain their health or correct serious issues all benefit from my program.

HU: What does the test show?

Answer:  Hair Analysis is scientifically and specifically what is in an individual’s cell level (mineral or heavy metal). No guessing, generalization or by symptom.  It IS your chemistry.  I can help what I can see and is proven.  Once we see what is not in balance we can start to detox and correct.  If you don’t know where you at, you cannot plan how to get to where you want to be!

Learn more about Lisa Rufsholm here.

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Reposted Ken Keegans's article.

Did you know that you have the power to grow the HU Community?

The Holistic United team knows how hard you work to maintain a level of trust and integrity with each of the patients/clients who put their trust in you.

It’s equally important that we maintain a standard when screening holistic professionals for our community.  We believe referrals from you and invitations sent from our own community is the best way to ensure we continue to grow a network of esteemed holistic practitioners. 

Invite your colleagues by sending them a link to our homepage, so they can request an invitation, or send them an email directly from your account*.

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Meet Dr. Monica Bickerstaff, DHM, a doctor of holistic medicine.

HU:  What inspires you?

Answer: Ahhh, thank you for this “Q.”  I am inspired by THIS! I believe that “Self-Care IS Healthcare” and I am inspired when my clients reclaim optimal health through my natural handcrafted remedies. I am inspired when my client, with uterine cancer, writes to me that my serums & elixirs are  “life giving miracles in a bottle.” I am inspired by living my passion! Most of all, I am inspired that I’m continuing the intuitive natural medicine woman legacy of my Nana; longevity through vim, vigor & vitality.

HU: What is your biggest achievement to date (personal or professional)?

Answer: To date, I’m thrilled to have recently been awarded the “5-star”  (highest honor) by the International Beauty Show-NY, LLC (IBS) for “Dr. Monica’s Natural Beauty & Wellness Essentials”; my proprietary line of natural remedies that I handcraft with herbs, essential oils & LOVE!  I am honored that I was featured in the “Vassar VQ” Spring 2018 magazine (Vassar College) for successfully transitioning from award-winning journalist & documentary producer to Dr. of Holistic Medicine and Fountain Of Youth Guru™.  

https://squareup.com/store/vegas-holistic-health-emporium

HU: What does a typical day look like for you?

Answer:  My Self-Care DAY begins with my gratitude prayer and Kundalini Yoga Practice followed by sound healing meditation.  I return emails and client calls and then I unleash my creativity with Marketing & Promotions for new courses and/or products.  Then…my fave part of each day is blendin’ in my “Aroma-Lab”; this soothes me.  I don’t play….LOL, I make sure that I get 8-hours of sleep a day AND I drink a gallon of alkaline water with lemon juice & ACV.

HU: What is your favorite current project and why?

Answer: Okay…are you ready for this? I’m tickled to have been asked by the Food Network & America’s Best Baker’s Championship, LLC to be THE featured wellness lifestyle vendor for the Ultimate Bake-Off Competition on May 12, 2018.  Now, you may be asking “WTF, Cupcakes?” I am here to inspire a whole new world of “Wellness Warriors” with my Wise Woman Wisdom, Wit and Natural Remedies. Holistic Health & Cupcakes! OH YEAH…BRING IT! (vegan & GF options are on tap) https://squareup.com/store/vegas-holistic-health-emporium

HU: If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be and why?

Answer: I wouldn’t “switch” or change A THING in my life! I’m honoring my calling and living my PASSION! I am my own original Blueprint!

HU: What are your biggest professional challenges?

Answer: I feel my greatest challenge is getting people to understand that they are ENOUGH and WORTHY of Self-Care.  Does anyone else have this challenge? S.O.S!!! Can WE Talk?

HU: What’s the most rewarding aspect about your career?

Answer: When the mother of my 8-year old eczema patient calls me to say that her child is sleeping soundly with no flare-ups! When my 70-year old client calls to tell me that my “Nana’s Healthy Hair Elixir” has stimulated enough hair growth where even his barber is asking him “what’s going on?” and when my 65-year old mother and grandmother, with uterine cancer, is blessed with LIFE; for another 5 years!  THIS…is my heart-song.

HU: What is your motto or personal mantra?

Answer:  Ahhhhh, I have many! I LOVE to wax witty poeticisms! LOL, but my faves are: “ Healthy IS The New Sexxxy”; “Self-Care IS Healthcare” and “There's This Moment Where There's A Blank Slate & YOU Can Rewrite Your Story”...
Dr. Monica Bickerstaff Riley, DHM

HU: How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

Answer: Hmmmmm, I remember to B-R-E-A-T-H-E! I re-boot myself daily with my disciplined holistic routine.  I honor my divine feminine energies; regardless of which direction they’re flowing on any given day AND I AM THE SELF-CARE QUEEN!!!!  I AM Grateful for God’s Blessings & Inspirations, my business and life-partner, Vincent’s, support and unconditional love AND my Mommie’s EMBRACE.  I NEED this tri-fecta to function.

HU: What is the greatest obstacle you have overcome?

Answer: Right now, I am in a cycle of healing. I’ve been rocked by the losses of my beloved Nana and my adored Daddy; suddenly within 40 days a part.  I’m walking my own talk…surrounding myself with my FAITH in God, my healing crystals, my own essential blends and my Traditional Chinese Medicine expertise.  One day at a time…baby steps.  I am healing my heart.

HU: What do you hope to share with the HU community?

Answer: I hope to share my ABSOLUTE JOY! “Dr. Monica’s Natural Beauty & Wellness Essentials”: ALL of my beauty & wellness products are handcrafted by me. Most are family recipes that I've tweaked from my late Nana...who dynamically lived to be 101! So, when you shop my Web Store you can trust that you are getting ALL NATURAL products that REALLY WORK. Nothing leaves my Aroma-Lab that I haven't had my hands in. I keep my prices reasonable so EVERY-BODY can afford health-full, all natural beauty & wellness. So, shop my "life giving miracles in a bottle" https://squareup.com/store/vegas-holistic-health-emporium

HU: What do you hope to learn/gain from the HU community?

Answer:  I hope to learn from my tribe: soul-full holistically conscious and consciously holistic individuals like ME!!! smile HU has been my sacred healing place.

HU: Where Can We Find You? 

Answer:  YES, PLEASE Reach Out & Touch Me! I’m a Proud Member of the HU Family! You can TWEET me @Vegas Holistic, Friend Me @Monica Bickerstaff on Facebook and binge watch me on YouTube; I’m a Featured Lifestyle Channel.

Dr. Monica Bickerstaff: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo9QQoP98YwSv2a2yIgiyVw

Thank you for this honor to share!

Dr. Monica Bickerstaff Riley, DHM

Dr. Holistic Medicine & Fountain Of Youth Guru™

Dr. Monica’s Natural Beauty & Wellness Essentials

WEB STORE: https://squareup.com/store/vegas-holistic-health-emporium

Learn more about Dr. Monica Bickerstaff here.

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World Homeopathy Awareness Week is April 10-16.  Learn more here.

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Meet Peter Bedard - celebrated author and healer.

HU:  What inspires you?

Answer:  Witnessing people do things they were told could not be done. I healed myself of things that I was told couldn’t be healed. I love it when people step out of their comfort zones and take on goals that are seemingly out of reach. Whether those goals are physical goals in overcoming disease or financial goals in overcoming poverty, I find it deeply inspiring to witness, and even when possible help, people achieving the impossible.

HU: What is your biggest achievement to date (personal or professional)?

Answer:  Personally, my biggest achievements have been learning how to heal my life, create a sustainable business, buy my first home, and love more deeply…and get married!

Professionally, my biggest achievements have been to write a book, Teach internationally, start a healing tea business, and share my message that healing is a mindset and a possibility for everyone.

HU: What does a typical day look like for you?

Answer: For me, every day is different and the focus of my day changes almost hourly. I may be seeing clients in the morning, writing my next book in the afternoon, and dropping off teas to a customer in the evening. Some days I need to add in a class I may be teaching or even doing a chore around the house. In between all these things I need to study for a class I’m taking and of course time for my family, friends, and husband.

HU: What is your favorite current project and why?

Answer:  I have three projects that I’m super excited about. I’m currently in re-writes for my second book and just starting the process of my third book. I’m also expanding my healing tea business and just had the super cool possibility of sharing my teas in the 2018 Oscar Nominee Gift Bags.

HU: If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be and why?

Answer:  I wouldn’t switch jobs with anyone but I would love the budget of a major Hollywood studio and the organizational support of a Broadway stage manager!

HU: What are your biggest professional challenges?

Answer:  My biggest challenges are organizational. I do so many things and the paperwork and administrative things that need to be done slow me down.

HU: What’s the most rewarding aspect about your career?

Answer:  The most rewarding aspect of my career is when someone sends me a message sharing their story of healing and letting me know that my work helped change and improve their life.

HU: What is your motto or personal mantra?

Answer:  My mission statement is, “To Bring Wellness”. My motto is, “It is what it is”. My mantra is, “Happy, Healthy, Strong, and Wealthy”.

HU: How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

Answer:  I work from home so it can be difficult at times to maintain a healthy balance between work and the rest of life. My life is my work and often there is no balance in the traditional sense. I have instituted some habits that bring ease to my daily routine. I meditate, sit in my Jacuzzi, practice chi-gong almost daily and I get a pedicure every six weeks.

HU: What is the greatest obstacle you have overcome?

Answer:  The biggest obstacle I have overcome personally has been my ill health and chronic pain. Professionally I am still working on leveling up and overcoming the poverty thinking that I was born into. I’ve come a long way but there is more to be done.

HU: What do you hope to share with the HU community?

Answer:  I would love to share my healing work and healing teas with the HU community!

HU: What do you hope to learn/gain from the HU community?

Answer:  I’m always looking to expand my awareness around marketing and gain a greater knowledge of how to share my message more powerfully.

Websites

www.ConvergenceHealing.com

www.ConvergenceHealingTeas.com

Social Media:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ConvergenceHealing/

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/convergencehealing/

You Tube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHVHVV5xlV1EDKVk61FK64g

Bio:

After a near-death experience, Peter Bedard was faced with the greatest challenge of all: Living a life in severe physical, emotional, and spiritual pain. The former dancer soon discovered that the anger and frustration he felt because of his injuries were not only keeping him in pain, but were waiting to teach him the greatest gifts of his life. Now, a celebrated author and healer, Peter Bedard helps thousands of people globally to live a life of full potential while integrating the lessons of pain into balanced living.

Learn more about Peter here.

 

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It’s equally important that we maintain a standard when screening holistic professionals for our community.  We believe referrals from you and invitations sent from our own community is the best way to ensure we continue to grow a network of esteemed holistic practitioners. 

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Health according to Ayurved is a complete state of balance - Balance between organs, cells or tissues of the body, balance between the body and the soul or balance between the human being and the Supreme Being. Acharya Sushrut defines health as:

Samadosha, samagnischa samadhatu mala kriya

Prasanna atmenindriya manaha swasthya ityabhidheeyate .

Thus, Healthy state of body is when the Doshas (Humors) of the human body are balanced along with an ideal state of Agni (Digestive fire and tissue metabolism), stable Dhatus (Tissues) in a perfect condition and quantity, proper excretion of body wastes through sweat, stools or urine, and when the Atma (Soul), Indriya (Senses) and Manah (Mind) are in a condition of Bliss and proper functioning.

Now, this Perfect health can only be gained through “Spirituality”. Spirituality here doesn’t refer to any belief or following any religion but it means to connect oneself with his own soul,  understand  the material  world  and  do  our own righteous  karma.  And  if  you  are not spiritually healthy you cannot attain perfect health as even the WHO in its definition of perfect health has added “Spirituality” as an important component. If you are not spiritually well, then your mind is unable to remain stable. This instability of mind leads to many mental and physical disorders as today almost 85% of the diseases are psychosomatic disorders (i.e. which occurs due to the involvement of both physical and mental dysfunction). And once you correct the Mental or the spiritual component the physical disorder is sure to be resolved. Spirituality thus is an important factor to be considered before treating a patient. It has been clearly noticed that when a person is mentally well-oriented he responds to medicines and treatments quickly and more effectively. Spirituality plays a very important role in keeping a person healthy. Being spiritually correct automatically keeps you away from things which can easily make you ill. It also helps you avoid unnecessary stress and tension. Being spiritually well oriented keeps your desires, greed, necessities under tremendous control which not only keeps you away from ‘Paap Karma’(Sinful acts) but also keeps you in a condition of perfect health.

Ayurved has a concept of ‘Hita-Ahita’ (Beneficial-Unbeneficial) and ‘Sukha-Dukh’ (Pleasing-Unpleasing). Ayurved believes that one must follow Hitakar lifestyle (That which is Beneficial) and not sukhakari lifestyle (Pleasing lifestyle which later harms us). For example for a patient suffering from Diabetes taking excessive sweets maybe pleasing (Sukhadayi) but may not be Beneficial (Hitakari) for his/her health while taking Neem juice may not be pleasing but would surely be beneficial. Thus one must have control over his/her senses, desires and necessities to remain healthy. And this is only possible through Spirituality.

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While working in acquired brain injury rehabilitation, I would use deep breathing techniques with my clients as a way to reduce stress and help them cope with physical pain. It hadn’t occurred to me that this was a form of meditation and that mediation starts with the breath.

Now that we’ve been using the So Hum meditation from 6 Ways Deep Breathing Helps You, I wanted to share another beneficial breathing technique. This is great for clearing mental fog or waking you from that afternoon slump. Before you can calm the mind you must control the breath.  To help further your experience try Breathing for Clarity and Calming:


1. With the right hand, fold your index and middle finger and curl them into your palm. Your thumb, ring and pinky fingers should be sticking up. Now place your middle finger and index finger between your eyebrows.

2. Place thumb on the right side of your nose and ring finger on the left side.

3. With the thumb, close off the right nostril.

4. Inhale slowly and comfortably through the left nostril.

5. With your ring finger close off the left nostril.

6. Open and exhale through the right nostril slowly and comfortably.

7. Inhale slowly and comfortably through the right nostril.

8. With your thumb, close off the right nostril.

9. Open and exhale slowly and comfortably through the left nostril.

10. Inhale slowly and comfortably through the left nostril.

Follow this pattern for a minute, and gradually increase the time to your level. As you breathe, feel your thoughts become steady, clear, and focused.

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While there are number of various, often confusing & opposing diets (high carb, low carb, high fat, low fat) the one thing that all of those diets agree on is vegetable intake.

Veggies are absolutely crucial for healthy weight, hormonal balance, mood, energy levels, sleep, sex drive, blood lipids, glucose levels, heart & brain health, immune system, inflammation levels and so much more. 

While many of you may say that you have no health complaints thus no reason to start eating veggies now, I will tell you that those seasonal colds, joint aches and pains, moodiness, fatigue & tiredness all go away once you up your intake. 

Health organizations recommend consuming at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, and let me tell you, as a nation we are nowhere near that. 

So how to add more veggies to every meal? 

BREAKFAST 

>>> Make savory oatmeal: combine shredded zucchini, finely chopped kale or spinach with roasted garlic, onions, peppers & sprinkle of cheese, and stir it into oatmeal, serve with 2-3 eggs.

>>> Add veggies to your eggs (I use leftovers from the night before). 

>>> Add spinach to your morning smoothie - I promise even the most picky eaters won't know it's there. 

>>> When making avocado toast, top it with spinach before you place the eggs, and serve with a side of sliced up veggies. 

>>> Even if you prefer a sweet breakfast, you can follow it up with a super refreshing green smoothie that you can sip on your way to work. 

My favorite combo is spinach/kale, lemon, fresh ginger, apple or pineapple and cilantro (recipe HERE). 

LUNCH 

>>> Think beyond a salad - veggie soups, stews and chili are an awesome way to sneak in more veggies. 

>>> Bring sliced up vegetables, with or without, a greek yogurt based dip. Cucumbers, carrots, radishes, peppers, celery are all great options (quick tip: store them with a wet paper towel - it will help them stay fresh longer). 

>>> Bring leftovers  - I always make extra veggies at dinner to eat for lunch the next day. I even make enough so I can feed them to my dog Mic who absolutely loves them. 

>>> Use jarred or canned (BPA-free cans) vegetables - stock up on artichokes, heart of palm, roasted peppers, olives, mushrooms and add to your salad or sandwich. 

>>> Order soup/salad and 1/2 sandwich - most delis and lunch joints offer this combo - that's a great compromise if you are a sandwich lover. 

DINNER

>>> Substitute a starch with a vegetable in your favorite meal: 

- serve stir-fry in a pepper, portobello or zucchini; 

- serve meat sauce over zucchini noodles;

- make cauliflower mac and cheese; 

- make lettuce wrapped tacos or fajitas; 

- make cauliflower crust pizza - recipe HERE ;

- mash cauliflower instead of potatoes; 

- sub rice for green peas in paella recipes; 

>>> Embrace frozen vegetables - by far my favorite way to add veggies to my dinners is to shallow steam them in chicken broth (pour about 1/2 cup of chicken broth to a pan, cover and bring to boil. Once it boils, add your vegetables, cover and cook for 5-10 minutes depending on the size, fresh/frozen, how you like it cooked). 

Best veggies (either fresh or frozen) for shallow steaming are broccoli, thick leafy greens, zucchini, cauliflower, peas, green beans and brussels sprouts. I always have bags of them in my freezer. 

>>> Add spinach/kale/chard/herbs to your marinara source or soups - especially the ones that are starting to get a little old. The heat will wilt them and you won't even notice. 

>>> Add a veggie appetizer before main course - whether at home or out preface the main course with a small salad, veggie soup or crudités. 

If you need extra help figuring out ways to eat healthier, don't hesitate to shoot me an e-mail to schedule your first consultation.

I've helped dozens of adults as well as children improve their diets. You don't have to do it alone. 

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Different forms of meditation have been used for thousands of years as a spiritual practice to create inner peace. But today, meditation is just as much scientific and secular as it is spiritual, with loads of exciting studies revealing exactly what meditation can do for our health and well-being.

The truth is this: We can eat the healthiest foods, exercise regularly, and avoid chemicals in our household cleaning products and cosmetics, but if we're not caring for our mind—we won't be optimally healthy. Stress is the sugar of the soul; it will wreck your health from the inside out.

It's for this reason that I regularly use different meditation techniques for my patients at my functional medicine center. Just like with your fitness goals, you have to be consistent with your meditation practice to grow that mindfulness muscle! Start with just a few minutes twice a day. Here are the compelling reasons to give meditation a try:

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I was a Diabetic Patient since 2000.It was discovered 290 fasting & 495 PP {Glucose }. During this journey of 18 yrs around 2 yrs all together, i took medicine. But it never helped me in Curing. My interest was in Naturopathy & Ayurveda. I treated my self changing in my life style & food habit. 

At present my sugar label is 100 fasting without any medicine.

 

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Meet Lisa Rufsholm - Hair Analysis Consultant:

HU:  What inspires you?

Answer: Helping people at all stages of health to improve their quality of life.  Finding the cause, eliminating symptoms and seeing clients improve brings me great joy!

HU: What is your biggest achievement to date (personal or professional)?

Answer: My proudest moments have been helping a woman conceive when she was told she never would, helping a young man to avoid removing 7 feet of intestine with Crohns, learning my elderly patient fell but had no broken bones or injuries and assisting a young man with schizophrenia past his violent internal voices are what fills my heart.

HU: What does a typical day look like for you?

Answer: I am typically typing a report, helping a client through a retracing symptoms, educating on natural health and working out every day.

HU: What is your favorite current project and why?

Answer: I am reaching out to stay at home moms, stressed out corporate employees and those who have been through the medical facilities with no answers or relief of symptoms to try alternative ways once we find possible causes through hair analysis.

HU: If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be and why?

Answer: I wouldn’t trade my job with anyone because I love making a difference in the lives I’ve touched through hair analysis and the relationships I’ve built.

HU: What are your biggest professional challenges?

Answer: I love working with people so using technology, social media and marketing to share what hair analysis testing can do to improve and measure health has been a challenge.

HU:  What’s the most rewarding aspect about your career?

Answer: My reward is when a client has eliminated symptoms, disease or overcome physical limitations by improving their health

HU: What is your motto or personal mantra?

Answer: Get healthy from the cell out.  If you don’t know where you at, you cannot plan how to get to where you want to be!

HU: How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

Answer: We have to care for ourselves so we can be 100% for our loved ones so I take supplements, detoxify, eat clean, healthy foods and exercise daily.

HU: What is the greatest obstacle you have overcome?

Answer: I have such a burning desire to help people that I tend to want clients to do more for themselves than they are willing to do or change at times.  I had to learn to be ok with educating and supporting people where they are until they are ready too.

HU: What do you hope to share with the HU community?

Answer: Hair analysis is a wonderful tool to measure cellular mineral levels, heavy metal toxicity, thyroid and adrenal functions as well as cell permeability regardless of which program or diet people follow.  It IS the individual’s chemistry with no opinion or guesswork.

HU: What do you hope to learn/gain from the HU community?

Answer: I love to learn about other holistic modalities and aspects of healing.  The relationships built by sharing our knowledge creates a well rounded community to help others improve their lives.

HU: Who is your ideal client?

Answer: I work with infants, athletes, people of middle age to the elderly.  Those who want to maintain their health or correct serious issues all benefit from my program.

HU: What does the test show?

Answer:  Hair Analysis is scientifically and specifically what is in an individual’s cell level (mineral or heavy metal). No guessing, generalization or by symptom.  It IS your chemistry.  I can help what I can see and is proven.  Once we see what is not in balance we can start to detox and correct.  If you don’t know where you at, you cannot plan how to get to where you want to be!

Learn more about Lisa Rufsholm here.

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It’s equally important that we maintain a standard when screening holistic professionals for our community.  We believe referrals from you and invitations sent from our own community is the best way to ensure we continue to grow a network of esteemed holistic practitioners. 

Invite your colleagues by sending them a link to our homepage, so they can request an invitation, or send them an email directly from your account*.

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Reposted Ken Keegans's article.

Did you know that you have the power to grow the HU Community?

The Holistic United team knows how hard you work to maintain a level of trust and integrity with each of the patients/clients who put their trust in you.

It’s equally important that we maintain a standard when screening holistic professionals for our community.  We believe referrals from you and invitations sent from our own community is the best way to ensure we continue to grow a network of esteemed holistic practitioners. 

Invite your colleagues by sending them a link to our homepage, so they can request an invitation, or send them an email directly from your account*.

(*from your profile page, click on your name, located in the top right corner, select Dash, and then scroll down to the Invite section, located on the right side of your screen.)

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Meet Dr. Monica Bickerstaff, DHM, a doctor of holistic medicine.

HU:  What inspires you?

Answer: Ahhh, thank you for this “Q.”  I am inspired by THIS! I believe that “Self-Care IS Healthcare” and I am inspired when my clients reclaim optimal health through my natural handcrafted remedies. I am inspired when my client, with uterine cancer, writes to me that my serums & elixirs are  “life giving miracles in a bottle.” I am inspired by living my passion! Most of all, I am inspired that I’m continuing the intuitive natural medicine woman legacy of my Nana; longevity through vim, vigor & vitality.

HU: What is your biggest achievement to date (personal or professional)?

Answer: To date, I’m thrilled to have recently been awarded the “5-star”  (highest honor) by the International Beauty Show-NY, LLC (IBS) for “Dr. Monica’s Natural Beauty & Wellness Essentials”; my proprietary line of natural remedies that I handcraft with herbs, essential oils & LOVE!  I am honored that I was featured in the “Vassar VQ” Spring 2018 magazine (Vassar College) for successfully transitioning from award-winning journalist & documentary producer to Dr. of Holistic Medicine and Fountain Of Youth Guru™.  

https://squareup.com/store/vegas-holistic-health-emporium

HU: What does a typical day look like for you?

Answer:  My Self-Care DAY begins with my gratitude prayer and Kundalini Yoga Practice followed by sound healing meditation.  I return emails and client calls and then I unleash my creativity with Marketing & Promotions for new courses and/or products.  Then…my fave part of each day is blendin’ in my “Aroma-Lab”; this soothes me.  I don’t play….LOL, I make sure that I get 8-hours of sleep a day AND I drink a gallon of alkaline water with lemon juice & ACV.

HU: What is your favorite current project and why?

Answer: Okay…are you ready for this? I’m tickled to have been asked by the Food Network & America’s Best Baker’s Championship, LLC to be THE featured wellness lifestyle vendor for the Ultimate Bake-Off Competition on May 12, 2018.  Now, you may be asking “WTF, Cupcakes?” I am here to inspire a whole new world of “Wellness Warriors” with my Wise Woman Wisdom, Wit and Natural Remedies. Holistic Health & Cupcakes! OH YEAH…BRING IT! (vegan & GF options are on tap) https://squareup.com/store/vegas-holistic-health-emporium

HU: If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be and why?

Answer: I wouldn’t “switch” or change A THING in my life! I’m honoring my calling and living my PASSION! I am my own original Blueprint!

HU: What are your biggest professional challenges?

Answer: I feel my greatest challenge is getting people to understand that they are ENOUGH and WORTHY of Self-Care.  Does anyone else have this challenge? S.O.S!!! Can WE Talk?

HU: What’s the most rewarding aspect about your career?

Answer: When the mother of my 8-year old eczema patient calls me to say that her child is sleeping soundly with no flare-ups! When my 70-year old client calls to tell me that my “Nana’s Healthy Hair Elixir” has stimulated enough hair growth where even his barber is asking him “what’s going on?” and when my 65-year old mother and grandmother, with uterine cancer, is blessed with LIFE; for another 5 years!  THIS…is my heart-song.

HU: What is your motto or personal mantra?

Answer:  Ahhhhh, I have many! I LOVE to wax witty poeticisms! LOL, but my faves are: “ Healthy IS The New Sexxxy”; “Self-Care IS Healthcare” and “There's This Moment Where There's A Blank Slate & YOU Can Rewrite Your Story”...
Dr. Monica Bickerstaff Riley, DHM

HU: How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

Answer: Hmmmmm, I remember to B-R-E-A-T-H-E! I re-boot myself daily with my disciplined holistic routine.  I honor my divine feminine energies; regardless of which direction they’re flowing on any given day AND I AM THE SELF-CARE QUEEN!!!!  I AM Grateful for God’s Blessings & Inspirations, my business and life-partner, Vincent’s, support and unconditional love AND my Mommie’s EMBRACE.  I NEED this tri-fecta to function.

HU: What is the greatest obstacle you have overcome?

Answer: Right now, I am in a cycle of healing. I’ve been rocked by the losses of my beloved Nana and my adored Daddy; suddenly within 40 days a part.  I’m walking my own talk…surrounding myself with my FAITH in God, my healing crystals, my own essential blends and my Traditional Chinese Medicine expertise.  One day at a time…baby steps.  I am healing my heart.

HU: What do you hope to share with the HU community?

Answer: I hope to share my ABSOLUTE JOY! “Dr. Monica’s Natural Beauty & Wellness Essentials”: ALL of my beauty & wellness products are handcrafted by me. Most are family recipes that I've tweaked from my late Nana...who dynamically lived to be 101! So, when you shop my Web Store you can trust that you are getting ALL NATURAL products that REALLY WORK. Nothing leaves my Aroma-Lab that I haven't had my hands in. I keep my prices reasonable so EVERY-BODY can afford health-full, all natural beauty & wellness. So, shop my "life giving miracles in a bottle" https://squareup.com/store/vegas-holistic-health-emporium

HU: What do you hope to learn/gain from the HU community?

Answer:  I hope to learn from my tribe: soul-full holistically conscious and consciously holistic individuals like ME!!! smile HU has been my sacred healing place.

HU: Where Can We Find You? 

Answer:  YES, PLEASE Reach Out & Touch Me! I’m a Proud Member of the HU Family! You can TWEET me @Vegas Holistic, Friend Me @Monica Bickerstaff on Facebook and binge watch me on YouTube; I’m a Featured Lifestyle Channel.

Dr. Monica Bickerstaff: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo9QQoP98YwSv2a2yIgiyVw

Thank you for this honor to share!

Dr. Monica Bickerstaff Riley, DHM

Dr. Holistic Medicine & Fountain Of Youth Guru™

Dr. Monica’s Natural Beauty & Wellness Essentials

WEB STORE: https://squareup.com/store/vegas-holistic-health-emporium

Learn more about Dr. Monica Bickerstaff here.

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Meet Peter Bedard - celebrated author and healer.

HU:  What inspires you?

Answer:  Witnessing people do things they were told could not be done. I healed myself of things that I was told couldn’t be healed. I love it when people step out of their comfort zones and take on goals that are seemingly out of reach. Whether those goals are physical goals in overcoming disease or financial goals in overcoming poverty, I find it deeply inspiring to witness, and even when possible help, people achieving the impossible.

HU: What is your biggest achievement to date (personal or professional)?

Answer:  Personally, my biggest achievements have been learning how to heal my life, create a sustainable business, buy my first home, and love more deeply…and get married!

Professionally, my biggest achievements have been to write a book, Teach internationally, start a healing tea business, and share my message that healing is a mindset and a possibility for everyone.

HU: What does a typical day look like for you?

Answer: For me, every day is different and the focus of my day changes almost hourly. I may be seeing clients in the morning, writing my next book in the afternoon, and dropping off teas to a customer in the evening. Some days I need to add in a class I may be teaching or even doing a chore around the house. In between all these things I need to study for a class I’m taking and of course time for my family, friends, and husband.

HU: What is your favorite current project and why?

Answer:  I have three projects that I’m super excited about. I’m currently in re-writes for my second book and just starting the process of my third book. I’m also expanding my healing tea business and just had the super cool possibility of sharing my teas in the 2018 Oscar Nominee Gift Bags.

HU: If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be and why?

Answer:  I wouldn’t switch jobs with anyone but I would love the budget of a major Hollywood studio and the organizational support of a Broadway stage manager!

HU: What are your biggest professional challenges?

Answer:  My biggest challenges are organizational. I do so many things and the paperwork and administrative things that need to be done slow me down.

HU: What’s the most rewarding aspect about your career?

Answer:  The most rewarding aspect of my career is when someone sends me a message sharing their story of healing and letting me know that my work helped change and improve their life.

HU: What is your motto or personal mantra?

Answer:  My mission statement is, “To Bring Wellness”. My motto is, “It is what it is”. My mantra is, “Happy, Healthy, Strong, and Wealthy”.

HU: How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

Answer:  I work from home so it can be difficult at times to maintain a healthy balance between work and the rest of life. My life is my work and often there is no balance in the traditional sense. I have instituted some habits that bring ease to my daily routine. I meditate, sit in my Jacuzzi, practice chi-gong almost daily and I get a pedicure every six weeks.

HU: What is the greatest obstacle you have overcome?

Answer:  The biggest obstacle I have overcome personally has been my ill health and chronic pain. Professionally I am still working on leveling up and overcoming the poverty thinking that I was born into. I’ve come a long way but there is more to be done.

HU: What do you hope to share with the HU community?

Answer:  I would love to share my healing work and healing teas with the HU community!

HU: What do you hope to learn/gain from the HU community?

Answer:  I’m always looking to expand my awareness around marketing and gain a greater knowledge of how to share my message more powerfully.

Websites

www.ConvergenceHealing.com

www.ConvergenceHealingTeas.com

Social Media:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ConvergenceHealing/

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/convergencehealing/

You Tube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHVHVV5xlV1EDKVk61FK64g

Bio:

After a near-death experience, Peter Bedard was faced with the greatest challenge of all: Living a life in severe physical, emotional, and spiritual pain. The former dancer soon discovered that the anger and frustration he felt because of his injuries were not only keeping him in pain, but were waiting to teach him the greatest gifts of his life. Now, a celebrated author and healer, Peter Bedard helps thousands of people globally to live a life of full potential while integrating the lessons of pain into balanced living.

Learn more about Peter here.

 

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Did you know that you have the power to grow the HU Community?

The Holistic United team knows how hard you work to maintain a level of trust and integrity with each of the patients/clients who put their trust in you.

It’s equally important that we maintain a standard when screening holistic professionals for our community.  We believe referrals from you and invitations sent from our own community is the best way to ensure we continue to grow a network of esteemed holistic practitioners. 

Invite your colleagues by sending them a link to our homepage, so they can request an invitation, or send them an email directly from your account*.

(*from your profile page, click on your name, located in the top right corner, select Dash, and then scroll down to the Invite section, located on the right side of your screen.)

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Health according to Ayurved is a complete state of balance - Balance between organs, cells or tissues of the body, balance between the body and the soul or balance between the human being and the Supreme Being. Acharya Sushrut defines health as:

Samadosha, samagnischa samadhatu mala kriya

Prasanna atmenindriya manaha swasthya ityabhidheeyate .

Thus, Healthy state of body is when the Doshas (Humors) of the human body are balanced along with an ideal state of Agni (Digestive fire and tissue metabolism), stable Dhatus (Tissues) in a perfect condition and quantity, proper excretion of body wastes through sweat, stools or urine, and when the Atma (Soul), Indriya (Senses) and Manah (Mind) are in a condition of Bliss and proper functioning.

Now, this Perfect health can only be gained through “Spirituality”. Spirituality here doesn’t refer to any belief or following any religion but it means to connect oneself with his own soul,  understand  the material  world  and  do  our own righteous  karma.  And  if  you  are not spiritually healthy you cannot attain perfect health as even the WHO in its definition of perfect health has added “Spirituality” as an important component. If you are not spiritually well, then your mind is unable to remain stable. This instability of mind leads to many mental and physical disorders as today almost 85% of the diseases are psychosomatic disorders (i.e. which occurs due to the involvement of both physical and mental dysfunction). And once you correct the Mental or the spiritual component the physical disorder is sure to be resolved. Spirituality thus is an important factor to be considered before treating a patient. It has been clearly noticed that when a person is mentally well-oriented he responds to medicines and treatments quickly and more effectively. Spirituality plays a very important role in keeping a person healthy. Being spiritually correct automatically keeps you away from things which can easily make you ill. It also helps you avoid unnecessary stress and tension. Being spiritually well oriented keeps your desires, greed, necessities under tremendous control which not only keeps you away from ‘Paap Karma’(Sinful acts) but also keeps you in a condition of perfect health.

Ayurved has a concept of ‘Hita-Ahita’ (Beneficial-Unbeneficial) and ‘Sukha-Dukh’ (Pleasing-Unpleasing). Ayurved believes that one must follow Hitakar lifestyle (That which is Beneficial) and not sukhakari lifestyle (Pleasing lifestyle which later harms us). For example for a patient suffering from Diabetes taking excessive sweets maybe pleasing (Sukhadayi) but may not be Beneficial (Hitakari) for his/her health while taking Neem juice may not be pleasing but would surely be beneficial. Thus one must have control over his/her senses, desires and necessities to remain healthy. And this is only possible through Spirituality.

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While working in acquired brain injury rehabilitation, I would use deep breathing techniques with my clients as a way to reduce stress and help them cope with physical pain. It hadn’t occurred to me that this was a form of meditation and that mediation starts with the breath.

Now that we’ve been using the So Hum meditation from 6 Ways Deep Breathing Helps You, I wanted to share another beneficial breathing technique. This is great for clearing mental fog or waking you from that afternoon slump. Before you can calm the mind you must control the breath.  To help further your experience try Breathing for Clarity and Calming:


1. With the right hand, fold your index and middle finger and curl them into your palm. Your thumb, ring and pinky fingers should be sticking up. Now place your middle finger and index finger between your eyebrows.

2. Place thumb on the right side of your nose and ring finger on the left side.

3. With the thumb, close off the right nostril.

4. Inhale slowly and comfortably through the left nostril.

5. With your ring finger close off the left nostril.

6. Open and exhale through the right nostril slowly and comfortably.

7. Inhale slowly and comfortably through the right nostril.

8. With your thumb, close off the right nostril.

9. Open and exhale slowly and comfortably through the left nostril.

10. Inhale slowly and comfortably through the left nostril.

Follow this pattern for a minute, and gradually increase the time to your level. As you breathe, feel your thoughts become steady, clear, and focused.

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While there are number of various, often confusing & opposing diets (high carb, low carb, high fat, low fat) the one thing that all of those diets agree on is vegetable intake.

Veggies are absolutely crucial for healthy weight, hormonal balance, mood, energy levels, sleep, sex drive, blood lipids, glucose levels, heart & brain health, immune system, inflammation levels and so much more. 

While many of you may say that you have no health complaints thus no reason to start eating veggies now, I will tell you that those seasonal colds, joint aches and pains, moodiness, fatigue & tiredness all go away once you up your intake. 

Health organizations recommend consuming at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, and let me tell you, as a nation we are nowhere near that. 

So how to add more veggies to every meal? 

BREAKFAST 

>>> Make savory oatmeal: combine shredded zucchini, finely chopped kale or spinach with roasted garlic, onions, peppers & sprinkle of cheese, and stir it into oatmeal, serve with 2-3 eggs.

>>> Add veggies to your eggs (I use leftovers from the night before). 

>>> Add spinach to your morning smoothie - I promise even the most picky eaters won't know it's there. 

>>> When making avocado toast, top it with spinach before you place the eggs, and serve with a side of sliced up veggies. 

>>> Even if you prefer a sweet breakfast, you can follow it up with a super refreshing green smoothie that you can sip on your way to work. 

My favorite combo is spinach/kale, lemon, fresh ginger, apple or pineapple and cilantro (recipe HERE). 

LUNCH 

>>> Think beyond a salad - veggie soups, stews and chili are an awesome way to sneak in more veggies. 

>>> Bring sliced up vegetables, with or without, a greek yogurt based dip. Cucumbers, carrots, radishes, peppers, celery are all great options (quick tip: store them with a wet paper towel - it will help them stay fresh longer). 

>>> Bring leftovers  - I always make extra veggies at dinner to eat for lunch the next day. I even make enough so I can feed them to my dog Mic who absolutely loves them. 

>>> Use jarred or canned (BPA-free cans) vegetables - stock up on artichokes, heart of palm, roasted peppers, olives, mushrooms and add to your salad or sandwich. 

>>> Order soup/salad and 1/2 sandwich - most delis and lunch joints offer this combo - that's a great compromise if you are a sandwich lover. 

DINNER

>>> Substitute a starch with a vegetable in your favorite meal: 

- serve stir-fry in a pepper, portobello or zucchini; 

- serve meat sauce over zucchini noodles;

- make cauliflower mac and cheese; 

- make lettuce wrapped tacos or fajitas; 

- make cauliflower crust pizza - recipe HERE ;

- mash cauliflower instead of potatoes; 

- sub rice for green peas in paella recipes; 

>>> Embrace frozen vegetables - by far my favorite way to add veggies to my dinners is to shallow steam them in chicken broth (pour about 1/2 cup of chicken broth to a pan, cover and bring to boil. Once it boils, add your vegetables, cover and cook for 5-10 minutes depending on the size, fresh/frozen, how you like it cooked). 

Best veggies (either fresh or frozen) for shallow steaming are broccoli, thick leafy greens, zucchini, cauliflower, peas, green beans and brussels sprouts. I always have bags of them in my freezer. 

>>> Add spinach/kale/chard/herbs to your marinara source or soups - especially the ones that are starting to get a little old. The heat will wilt them and you won't even notice. 

>>> Add a veggie appetizer before main course - whether at home or out preface the main course with a small salad, veggie soup or crudités. 

If you need extra help figuring out ways to eat healthier, don't hesitate to shoot me an e-mail to schedule your first consultation.

I've helped dozens of adults as well as children improve their diets. You don't have to do it alone. 

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Different forms of meditation have been used for thousands of years as a spiritual practice to create inner peace. But today, meditation is just as much scientific and secular as it is spiritual, with loads of exciting studies revealing exactly what meditation can do for our health and well-being.

The truth is this: We can eat the healthiest foods, exercise regularly, and avoid chemicals in our household cleaning products and cosmetics, but if we're not caring for our mind—we won't be optimally healthy. Stress is the sugar of the soul; it will wreck your health from the inside out.

It's for this reason that I regularly use different meditation techniques for my patients at my functional medicine center. Just like with your fitness goals, you have to be consistent with your meditation practice to grow that mindfulness muscle! Start with just a few minutes twice a day. Here are the compelling reasons to give meditation a try:

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