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The Importance of Mindset for Natural Healing and Alternative Health

  
  
  

Natural Healing

I found Dying to be Me, by Anita Moorjani, an interesting read.  The book provides a fascinating chronicle of Ms. Moorjani’s story of triumph over cancer - but not until having a climatic near-death experience. She explains that in the process of dying she realizes her true nature, or her “own magnificence,” as she describes it.  With this new insight she shifts from being fearful of both life and death to being joyful and loving herself fearlessly.  And, as she writes, it is a direct result of her shift in consciousness that her pain subsides and she quickly and ‘miraculously’ recovers from her cancer.

In the question and answer section in the back of the book Ms. Moorjani describes how difficult it is to believe with your heart and soul in something “alternative”, or outside the norm, when surrounded by people who do not believe and, in the process, instill fear.  In her answer to the question below, she explains the mind–body connection that is often such a mystery and how important mindset is to the process of natural healing. 

Question:

“You said that your cancer seemed to heal when you went to India and received ayurvedic treatments, but when you returned to Hong Kong, the disease came back.   Do you have any thoughts as why the cancer seemed to disappear in India, but returned in Hong Kong?”

Answer:

“… I think ayurveda worked for me in India because there was no conflict.  Everyone around me believed in the same thing, and what I was doing made sense to everyone.  I wasn’t confused.  For the first time, I felt I was on the right path.  There was a lot of support in terms of ayurvedic doctors, ashrams, and so on, all of which supported this modality.

But here in Hong Kong, the choices are endless and multicultural, and all the different modalities conflict with each other!  My first choice has never been conventional Western medicine, but if I hadn’t been inclined toward other methods, I would have chosen it.  Personally, however, it was the last thing I wanted.

I think if I’d been born and brought up in the middle of China, Traditional Chinese Medicine would have worked for me, too – but then I might not even have gotten sick in the first place!  Do you know that in Chinese culture, cancer is often referred to as ‘Western People’s disease’?  Are you aware that the incidence of cancer in China, Japan, and even India is far lower than in Western countries?

Some people think it’s because of diet, but I feel that’s only part of it.  Another, possibly even larger factor may be mindset - the Western belief in cancer, the fear of it, and the constant ‘awareness’ campaigns! Conventional western medicine focuses on detecting cancer, and most of their technology is diagnostic rather than promoting overall physical wellbeing and balance.”

We manifest what we think about.  If we’re afraid of Cancer we’re putting our energy into Cancer.  Or, to quote a friend of mine, “Worrying is praying for what we don’t want.”  In contrast, Ms. Moorjani believes Ayurveda worked for her when she was in India,  not just because of her belief but the collective belief there that Ayurveda is a viable healing modality. 

The goal at Alternative Medicine Connection is to accumulate and share stories of alternatives for healing so each of us can feel supported and empowered to choose alternative medicine practitioners and modalities with an unyielding belief we can achieve natural healing.    It embraces the belief that natural healing remedies and alternative health choices widely accepted in some parts of the world can become accepted in other parts of the world as well. 

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Top Yoga Poses for Headaches

  
  
  

Kreg Weiss, BHKin (Bachelor of Human Kinetics), a certified Hatha Yoga Teacher and international presenter is a co-founder of MyYogaOnline.com. With permission, this article is republished from MyYogaOnline.com

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Yoga alternative medicineYoga can be a beneficial therapeutic tool for relieving headaches brought on by muscle tension and stress. The majority of headaches originate from muscle stiffness and imbalances emanating from the neck and upper back. When headaches set in, using a series of restorative yoga exercises can greatly relieve both the cause and symptoms. Here are our top yoga poses and exercises that naturally treat headaches.

1) Cat Pose: The flowing motion of breath and spine helps release tension from the neck and upper back while also pouring refreshing energy through the body and mind.

2) Seated Twists like Half Twist: Besides increasing circulation throughout the entire length of the spine, the twisting motion in the upper spine (cervical region) often alleviates tension coming from the scalene muscles of the neck (anterior aspect).

3) Chest Openers like Yoga Mudra Arms: Much of the tension in the back body is a result of muscle dominance from the front body (called Upper Cross Syndrome). Expanding the chest and front shoulder muscles helps break down muscular imbalances and frees the tension coming from the neck.

4) Eagle Arms: This simple crossed arm pose can be done in Mountain Pose or any natural seated posture. This back expander can reach well into the mid and upper back targeting problematic muscles around the shoulder blades and the base of the neck. Take time in this arm pose to breath slow and full into the upper back and insure that you perform this arm pose on both sides.

5) Simple Neck Stretches: Gently move through the various muscle fiber lines by allowing your head to float down to one shoulder with gravity, down across the chest and into the other side – repeat with a natural, unforced motion. Avoid letting the head fall back-keep the motion in a half circle from one shoulder to the other. Pause where you find extra areas of resistance....

6) Childs Pose: A perfect restorative yoga pose that slightly inverts the body. A gentle flow of extra blood circulates into the head helping relieve tension. With the legs slightly separated, you can easily settle into deep core and back breathing to encourage a flood of circulation to reach deep into the body. Note that the head and neck should be absolutely comfortable. If needed, keep you arms forward or bend the elbows and rest the forearms by your chest/under your shoulders so the palms face up-this will greatly unload any pressure from the neck.

7) Two Knee Reclining Twist: Unlike our seated twists, this reclining twist can be far more restorative and held longer to bring deeper focus into relaxing the nervous system while the chest expands and rejuvenates the spine. Give extra attention to releasing the shoulders into the mat to again release dominance of the shoulder and chest muscles.

8) Legs Up The Wall Pose: This highly beneficial inverted pose is great for developing hamstring flexibility and for improving circulation in the lower limbs. For headaches, the extra flow of blood to the brain and the restorative support can be deeply relaxing and nourishing.

9) Anuloma Viloma (Alternate Nostril Breathing): The aim of alternate nostril breathing is to restore balance to the energy systems. With balance, we find release and calm. This yoga breathing exercise is easy to do for all levels and targets the nervous system by slowing brain waves, calming the mind and purging stress.

10) Relaxation Pose: After doing a series of restorative yoga poses, take some time to simply relax and release in Savasana. Turn the focus away from the symptoms of your headache and settle into the sensation of mental and physical release. You may find a light eye pillow helpful in moving tension/pressure out of the eyes and forehead. Increase your comfort by placing a bolster under the knees and a thin pillow under the head. To complement the chest openers and reclining twists, lay with the arms open to the sides/palms facing the ceiling.

Take advantage of restorative yoga exercises to treat your headache. Before jumping for a chemical medication that usually just masks the symptoms, see how these key yoga poses can first work to naturally eliminate the cause of the headache and free you from the discomfort arising from imbalances and stress.

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Natural Happiness: The Truth About Exercise and Depression

  
  
  

James Clear writes about using behavior science to master your habits and improve your mental and physical health. If you enjoy this article, then join his free newsletterWith permission, this article is republished from JamesClear.com


We all want to be happy.

But is there anything you can actually do to feel happier more often? Or at the very least… can you limit the likelihood that you’ll feel sad and depressed?

There isn’t a single perfect answer, of course, but research is starting to reveal the incredible connection between our physical actions and our mental health. In fact, it’s very possible that what you do can have a significant impact on how you feel.

As an example, let’s take a look at the link between exercise and depression.

Dealing With Depression: Exercise vs. Medication

James Blumenthal is a neuroscientist at Duke University who specializes in depression. In one of his most famous experiments, published in the Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, Blumenthal gathered 156 adults who had mild or moderate cases of depression.

The patients were split into three groups.

Group 1 was treated with sertraline, an antidepressant drug. You probably know sertraline by it’s trade names Zoloft and Lustral. In 2011, over 37 million sertraline prescriptions were written to treat a wide range of issues, including major depressive disorder, obsessive–compulsive disorder, panic and social anxiety.

Group 2 used a combination of exercise and medication. They were prescribed the same dosage of sertraline as Group 1. Additionally, Group 2 exercised three times each week for 45 minutes. They followed the same exercise program that is described for Group 3 below.

Group 3 used an exercise only treatment. Three times per week, they performed 45 minutes of exercise. This included 10 minutes of warm up, 30 minutes of walking or jogging at a pace that would maintain a heart rate that was 80% to 90% of their maximum, and then 5 minutes of cool down.

Here’s what happened…

Each patient received treatment for 16 weeks (4 months) under the supervision of the researchers and professional staff. At the end of the treatment period, the researchers were surprised to find that all three treatments delivered essentially equal results.

Treating depression with exercise was just as effective as medication, and vice versa. Furthermore, combining the two treatments yielded the same success rate as doing either one individually.

But then the researchers decided to track the long–term progress of each patient and this is where the study gets really interesting…

Exercise and Depression: The Long–Term Impact

After 16 weeks of treatment, there were 83 patients (spread evenly across all three groups) that were declared in remission and free from depression.

The researchers decided to let these patients spend the next six months without receiving any treatment from professionals. The patients were welcome to continue their treatment on their own or to try something new entirely.

When the researchers followed up with the patients six months later, here’s what they found…

    • In the medication only group, 38% of patients relapsed into depression.
    • In the exercise and medication group, 31% of patients relapsed into depression.
    • In the exercise only group, only 8% of patients relapsed into depression.

You can see the results of the study in the graph below. Notice that over 85% of patients in the exercise only group remained depression free after 6 months on their own.

 Exercise alternative medicine for depression

What made the difference?

Why Exercise Outperformed Medication

Dr. Blumenthal and his colleagues described the differences between exercise and medication like this…

One of the positive psychological benefits of systematic exercise is the development of a sense of personal mastery and positive self–regard, which we believe is likely to play some role in the depression–reducing effects of exercise.

In other words, exercise confirms your new identity to yourself. It changes the type of person that you believe that you are and proves that you can become better. (I’ve previously said that the self–confidence that comes with exercise is one of the biggest benefits of weight training.)

This philosophy directly aligns with our community’s focus on identity-based habits. It doesn’t matter if you’re battling depression, working to lose weight, or trying to create work that matters. Your identity — the type of person that you believe that you are — is what dictates how far you’ll go in any endeavor.

When it comes to beating depression over the long–term, this is what makes exercise more powerful than medication. It’s not that medication doesn’t work — it does. But exercise does something that medication doesn’t. It proves a new identity to yourself. Each time you finish a workout, you reap the benefits of an increased sense of self–confidence. The cumulative impact of these “small wins” is enormous.

In the words of the researchers, patients who only used medication had the following internal thoughts…

Instead of incorporating the belief “I was dedicated and worked hard with the exercise program; it wasn’t easy, but I beat this depression,” patients might incorporate the belief that “I took an antidepressant and got better.”

It seems small, but this subtle shift in empowerment and self–confidence is huge. It’s your identity that carries you to success.

    • If you believe that you’re the type of person who doesn’t miss workouts, then you’re going to get in great shape.
    • If you believe that you’re the type of person who overcomes uncertainty, then you’ll succeed when you face a challenge.
    • If you believe that you’re the type of person who puts others first, then you’ll live a life of service.

But no matter what, it’s your identity that carries you to long–term success. And this is where medication falls short. It treats your symptoms, but doesn’t rebuild your identity.

Cut Your Risk of Depression by Half

As the researchers sorted through the data, they discovered that for every 50 minutes of exercise added each week, the rate of depression fell by half. In other words, if you’re not exercising right now, then adding just 1–hour of walking per week will cut your risk of depression by 50%.

The same holds true if you’re already an exerciser. Let’s say that right now you exercise for 5 hours each week. Bumping it up to 6 hours will cut your personal risk of depression by half.

I’m sure there is an upper limit to this at some point, but the evidence is clear: exercise often and it’s more likely that you’ll enjoy the rest of your life.

How You Can Apply This To Your Life

If you’re struggling with depression, then the application of this article should be obvious. (And if you know someone battling with depression, then please share this research with them. It might help them turn the corner.)

But even if you consider yourself to be a happy person, the principle of proving your identity to yourself can apply to virtually any goal you want to achieve.

Pick a daily habit that will strengthen your sense of self–worth and solidify your identity. For example, you could try meditation, exercise, writing, or creating art.

Whatever you choose, pick it now, start small, and begin proving to yourself that you can become the type of person you want to become. Tiny habits, when repeated consistently, can be the difference success or failure, confidence or doubt, and even happiness or depression.


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What is Triphala?

  
  
  

This article was written by Mike Gerard. Mike is a keen follower of trends in Ayurveda and specifically triphala powder. He is the founder of TriphalaPowderBenefits.com.

For thousands of years Ayurvedic Medicine has paid great attention to longevity and rejuvenation of the body. To learn more, see What is Ayurveda?.   

One of the most commonly used ayurvedic herb formulas is Triphala. Triphala is a made up of three Ayuverdic herbs. Listed below are the three ayurvedic herbs and their individual benefits. 

Amalaki is one of the strongest anti-aging herbs in Ayurvedic Medicine. It is referred to as “Dhatri”, which translates as “the nurse”. This title is not accidental. The medicinal properties of the Amalaki herb, both powerful and versatile; are said to provide care for a human being better than the care of a nurse. It provides healing effects on the tissues of the body and the immune system and is used to:

  • Cleanse the mouth and makes teeth stronger
  • Stimulate the growth of hair and nails
  • Help with fatigue
  • Stimulate mental ability
  • Increase blood circulation
  • Improve digestion and excretory functions
  • Improve sexual life

triphala benefitsBibhitaki is beneficial to the digestive, nervous, respiratory and excretory systems. It cleanses the intestines and tones the stomach and is useful for the accumulation of mucus in the digestive system. Bibhitaki is used to:

  • Aid overall rejuvenation
  • Improve one’s vision and voice
  • Remove parasites from the body
  • Promote excretion of kidney stones

 

 

Haritaki is another ayurvedic herb that is often called “The King” in Tibetan medicine. It is one of the most important plants in ayurvedic medicine. It feeds the nervous system tissue and brain and cleanses the mucous membranes. It is a key component in triphala guggulu, an ayurvedic formula often prescribed for weight loss. Haritaki is used to:

  • Regulate colon functions
  • Improve digestion
  • Enhance vision and voice
  • Increase mental abilities
  • Prolong life

A combination of the three herbs Amalaki, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki make up Triphala. Triphala benefits include alleviating constipation, improved eyesight, toning the gastrointestinal tract, purifying the blood and detoxifying the body.

For best success, proper usage is important. While taking Triphala, spicy, heavy and fatty foods should be avoided. Triphala tastes slightly astringent and spicy, and it provides the best results when used with milk. Most people feel an immediate impact after taking Triphala. 

Ayurvedic herbs, in general, do not have any serious side effects. However, taking a prolonged triphala dosage may lead to damage of colon muscles, fluctuations in blood sugar levels, and dysentery. Other possible Triphala side effects include difficulty in sleeping and discomfort. It is best to avoid them if allergic to any of the individual herbs, during pregnancy and when certain psychiatric conditions are present.  

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Yoga for Fibromyalgia

  
  
  

I've written before about alternative healing through yoga in Yoga for Alternative Healing and Is Yoga Alternative Medicine?  Yoga and help Fibromyalgia as well. Try it yourself.  Here's a easy to follow video to get you started.

And please let us know how it works for you.  

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Have you used or provide alternative healthcare?

  
  
  

We’re looking for early adopters.

Alternativemedicineconnection.com was created to help alternative medicine practitioners find more clients AND to help people who are searching for help find the alternative medicine and practitioner who is right for them among the vast array of alternative healthcare.

alternative healthcaseWe are looking for forward thinking practitioners who understand the tremendous value of having their clients share their experience with their practice as a model to others of what is possible.

Are you a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Wellness Ayurveda or some other type of alternative healthcare?  Take the time to list your practice in our practitioner directory and then ask your patients whose lives have dramatically improved as a result of your practice to share their experience.  And consider sharing what you do by submitting an article to our alternative medicine blog.

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Building Trust in On-Line Reviews

  
  
  

Word of mouth has been the source for finding services from plumbers to hair-dressers to massage therapists. The most common way people find a alternative medicine modality; practitioner or remedy is by asking their network.  Sometimes, they can’t find a referral.  And trusting only a few or even one person’s experience is difficult when considering something new and unfamiliar.

I am in the process of creating a better and fuller resource to connect users to the services they need that enlarges and builds upon word of mouth.  Harnessing the power of the Internet, Alternative Medicine Connection is a space for individuals to share their alternative medicine experience and for practitioners to clarify their services and to provide clear and informative information.  

Alternative Medicine Connection is a resource to identify and promote practitioners, treatments, remedies and even foods that are making a positive impact in people’s lives.  I've yet to find an alternative treatment that can compete with the multi-million dollar marketing budgets of big pharmaceutical companies who hold lucrative patents.

6729750011 f5c4b83693 nFor example, if eating yams helps with menopausal symptoms is there an incentive anywhere to promote that type of information?  Maybe for the yam farmer.  But then wouldn't you wonder about the validity of the information because the marketer or yams clearly has a vested interest?  But what if 19 out of 20 individuals shared their personal experience that yams helped them?  Would you consider giving yams a try? 

The ideas is to bring all the alternatives- Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Classical Homeopathy and other all natural remedies together in one place and find out what's working and what's not.

But, I asked myself, what about bogus reviews - people promoting their own products or services?  A recent New York Times article titled The Best Book Reviews Money Can Buy highlights this issue specific to the book market.  

"Consumer reviews are powerful because, unlike old-style advertising and marketing, they offer the illusion of truth. They purport to be testimonials of real people, even though some are bought and sold just like everything else on the commercial Internet."  

The article goes on to quote a data-mining expert who estimates that about one-third of all consumer reviews on the Internet are fake and that it is impossible to tell.  Is it impossible to tell?

Do you read reviews?  Do you make an internal determination of whether you think a review is manufactured or real? Do you look at both the positives and negatives and consider the perspective of the person writing the review and then come to your own conclusions? 

At Alternative Medicine Connection we're collecting “word of mouth’ stories about alternative medicine remedies and practitioners.  We are doing everything possible to validate the information we collect and are working on revamping our questions in an effort to collect more detailed information that you want to know.  I've questioned whether to abandon the project because some false reviews may get through.  But, at least for now, I don't think we'll throw the baby out with the bath water.  If we can collect enough experiences, the real answers will shine through.  Think the idea has merit?

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 1. Forward, like, share and tweet this and ask everyone your know to share their alternative medicine experiences to help us collect real experiences from real people.

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What is Ayurveda?

  
  
  

2010 World Ayurveda congressAyurveda, sometimes spelled Ajurveda, is an ancient Hindu medicinal system that combines herbal treatment, nutrition and yogic breathing. Some healing scientists consider Ayurveda to be the oldest methodology around, dating back 5000 years. It is designed to help people live balanced, healthy and long lives. The ultimate goal is to prevent disease. In Western culture, Ayurveda is considered an alternative medical treatment.

According to Western medicine, Ajurveda mainly works on preventing disease by lowering stress levels. Studies have shown that Ayurveda has worked with lowering blood pressure, heart disease and cholesterol levels, hinders the aging process and speeds recuperation times from a number of illnesses.

Central to Ajurveda is the belief that people have a unique energy pattern specific to their emotional, mental and physical characteristics. This energy source is known as a dosha, of which there are three basic types: Vata, Pita, and Kapha. Even though everyone has elements of all three in their body, in general, one or two doshas make up the majority of a person's energy source. When doshas are out of balance, illness and/or disease occurs.  (To discover your dosha go to The Dosha Quiz). 

Depending upon the condition that needs treating, a number of Ajurvedic treatments exist. Over 20 types of treatments exist in this specialized science. Deep breathing, yoga, herbal remedies, mantras, cleansings, and gentle rubbing are commonly used methods to aid the body back to a naturally balanced state.

Since the treatments are naturally based, there are fewer side effects than treatments involved in Western culture. Some of the herbs used, however, can interact with medications. It is important to check with your doctor before starting any Ayurveda program and/or treatment.

A patient visiting an Ajurvedic practitioner for the first time can expect to have his or her detailed medical history discussed, pulse taking, abdomen checking and exams of her tongue, skin, nails and eyes. The professional will also listen to her voice and tone. Questions will be taken about her lifestyle, dietary habits, general health and surroundings. Then, recommendations will be made about how to best restore her dosha balance.

For more detailed information about Ayurveda wellness, visit the National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine.   To find a practitioner near you, in addition to our growing practitioner directory, see The National Ayurvedic Medical Association

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Yoga for Alternative Healing

  
  
  

In a previous blog article, I shared Arthur Booman’s incredible story.  A disabled veteran of the Gulf War for15 years, Arthur was told by doctors that he would never again be able to walk on his own.  Through yoga and tremendous determination Arthur is not only able to walk but run.  For more about his amazing recovery see the blog post “Is Yoga Alternative Medicine?”

Yoga for Alternative HealingWilliam J Broad in the book The Science of Yoga: The Risks and Rewards sets out to prove the many claims and dispel the many myths surrounding yoga.  Included is a chapter dedicated to the healing aspects of yoga.  He highlights the work of Dr. Loren Fishman, an MD in New York City that uses yoga to help people heal.  Below are specific examples:

Yoga, specifically, B.K.S. Iyengar’s Supported Head stand, or Salamba Sirasana in Sanskrit, was shown to cure rotator cuff injuries.   (In Light on Yoga, Iyengar gives specific instructions how to do this pose safely for both beginners and experienced practitioners).   According to Iyengar, once in headstand “The shoulders should be kept as high above the floor as possible by moving them up and Yoga for Alternative Healingstretching them sideways.”  Loren concludes that this posture trains the body to use other rotator cuff muscles not usually used and brings the range of motion back to normal.  Broad tells us, 9 out of 10 people tested improved so much they decided to forgo surgery.

Yoga’s stretching, creates stress on the bone and stimulates it to grow denser and stronger improving osteoporosis

The increase range of motion from yoga helps fight the stiffness of arthritis.  Want more information?  Dr. Fishman co-authored the book Yoga for Arthritis.

Yoga for Multiple SclerosisOther examples where yoga was used as therapy include degeneration the macula (resulting in poor eyesight), bunions, herniated disk, various abdominal problems and Multiple Sclerosis. (Fishman co-authored another book Yoga and Multiple Sclerosis)

Broad points out that Dr.Fishman is an MD and therefore has access to diagnostic procedures other therapists likely do not.  And, he cautions, although Dr. Fishman studied with B.K.S, Iyengar, he has no formal yoga therapy license or corresponding requirement for continuing education. 

In fact, there is no regulatory body for yoga in the United States or in most countries.  Broad reports that yoga professionals use the title RYT to mean Registered Yoga Therapist but there is no such thing.  There is a yoga alliance title of RYT which stands for Registered Yoga Teacher.

 

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How does a Patient choose the Best Alternative Treatments for them?

  
  
  

The Annie Appleseed Project, founded by Ann Fonfa, provides information, education, advocacy, and awareness for people with cancer.  Although this project began as Ann's personal answers to questions regarding alternative healing possibilities, it has become a nationally recognized organization that provides information on all natural remedies, lifestyle issues and complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) from a patient's perspective.  For more about Ann's story see the article Annie's Song.

In the video below, Ann shares her perspective on how a person goes about choosing an alternative remedy that is right for them.  She explains that in the alternative healing world what works for one person might not work for another.  We're all different and cancers are different therefore people choose based on what appeals to them, she says.  They discover something by word of mouth, from reading an article or they develop a particular interest and start with that.  "And, if you pick something that doesn't work for you, then you pick something else," she says.  "There are a lot of choices - a lot of possibilities."  

We created alternativemedicineconnection.com specifically to provide people with a wider array of "word of mouth" experiences to explore.  Our mission is to compile individual experiences with all natural remedies, holistic healing and alternative healthcare over time and place and make those "worth of mouth" testimonials easily accessible to people who are searching for help.  But it starts with building our database of people's first hand experiences.  

If you think this is a good idea, please help us in our efforts in two easy ways:

1. Share your story, good bad or indifferent, with alternative healthcare, all natural remedies or life style changes. Simply click on the blue button below, sign-in and answer 6 simple questions.

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