Wellspring Greener

Changes at the office

The first change that happened was in the  bathroom.  The paper towel dispenser has been replaced with a hand dryer.  This will reduce the amount of paper towels we use each week which reduces our garbage by 50%!

The second change that happened was in the waiting room which no longer supplies plastic water cups.  We have been recycling all of the plastic cups we use since we opened 11 years ago, but by replacing the disposable plastic cups with reusable plastic cups we will decrease our recycling by 75%!

The third change that happened was finding a way to recycle all of the plastic waste from the acupuncture needles.  By collecting and sending away all of the needle wrappers, we will reduce our garbage by another 35%!

In our next blog, we will talk about how we are partnering with  TerraCycle AND YOU to help reduce all of our plastics.

Please check out that blogpost (Friday 2/1), as it gives you a way to get involved too! We will be collecting items at our center and you are welcome to drop off your plastics, wrappers, etc. Stay tuned!

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Holiday Open House Saturday and Sunday

 

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 It is time for Wellspring Holistic Center’s eighth annual Holiday Open House and Art Show on Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th, at 243 East Brown Street, in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. The hours on Saturday are from 4 PM to 8 PM, and on Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM. Saturday night will also feature a wine and cheese reception. Event is FREE and open to everyone!

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This year we are giving back to our community with Gratitude and Love! Come and enjoy FREE mini- sessions with one of the many talented Wellspring practitioners. There will also be hourly giveaways, and homemade organic, gluten free treats.

As always, you will be able to shop for your holiday gifts in the serene and peaceful atmosphere of this beautiful holistic center. The art and the crafts have been created by some of the Pocono’s finest artisans. This year we welcome back co-directors of the center, Anita Bondi and Louise Bowman, with hand-made jewelry, soap, salves, tinctures, and organic candles. Returning to the show will be Susan Bradford with her mandalas, baskets, and crystal bracelets and John Lenz with his hand-hooked rugs. New this year will be pottery by Jill Cantor and photo cards by Rae. The mini-treatments that are being offered include many healing modalities, such as, massage, reflexology, Reiki, myofascial release, EFT, Gestalt therapy and more.

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For more information, call 570-421-3708 or check out our offerings and get directions to the center at http://www.WellspringHolisticCenter.com.

Trust What Appears Around Us

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I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we’re all teachers – if we’re willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door.

~ Marla Gibbs

Animal Messengers

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I have thought for a long time that there are no coincidences in life.  You meet people along your way through life that can help change and shape where you are going and who you are meant to become.  When I went left to go live in Seattle for graduate school, my plan was to get my masters in nutrition.  I really had never heard about acupuncture or thought for one minute that I would become an acupuncturist.  However, I met a man out there that just kept insisting that I should be one.  He even invited a professor for dinner because he was so convinced that this was my life path.  Thank goodness that he knew it, because my life would certainly be very different if I had never studied acupuncture.  So while I firmly believe that people are placed on our path to help lead and guide us, Anita has also taught me that animals can do the same thing.  Have you ever had the experience when you are mulling over what decision to make that just as you are thinking about it, an unexpected animal crosses your path? Or for several days in a row, you keep seeing the same animal or bird that you rarely had seen before?  Or you have a favorite bird or animal that when you see it, it makes you feel happy?  If you are not sure, start paying more attention.  Then google that animal medicine and see what it is trying to tell you.

Several weeks ago Anita and I were coming back from paddle boarding and we saw this huge turtle on the side of the road.  We stopped to take a photo and then wondered what message it was bringing to us.  When I googled turtle medicine, this is what I found…

“We are always exactly where we are supposed to be.  By the laws of nature, it can not be otherwise.  Turtle is home wherever she goes because she takes her home with her. Her medicine advises us to own our space and take the time we need.”

Then several weeks ago, I saw this bear two mornings in a row.  What could that mean I thought?  When I looked that up, this is what I found…

“Bear is the epitome of the protective mother.  She represents your hidden strength.  Bear says to look inward in order to know one’s self.  Her medicine awakens the power of the unconscious.”

When you look up the animal medicine, you can find many sites with multiple meanings, but there seems to always be one that resonates with where you are at in the moment.  Anita has loved Blue Herons for years, so whenever I see one, I always get a good feeling.  On a recent college tour trip, on the morning before a visit, there was a beautiful heron out on the water.  It gave me that same good feeling.  That feeling stayed through the whole tour and that college remains one of my favorites.

If you have had an experience with animal medicine, please share it with us.  And if you haven’t yet, you will now!

 

Open House Artist Feature – Mini Treatments

Countdown: 3 more days!

(Open House and Art Sale starts Friday night with our Wine and Cheese reception – 4-8:00pm.)

One of the things that makes Wellspring Holistic Center’s Open House and Art Sale so unique is that shopping becomes a relaxing experience without the stress of malls, jammed parking lots, and impersonal items made overseas!

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You are welcomed and greeted at the door. You are offered a glass of wine or cup of tea and organic treats. You talk to the artists who made the gift you are giving to a loved one, and you have the choice to finish your shopping experience with a mini- treatment! Bliss.

Your mini-treament will be in a warm, inviting room with a wonderfully skilled healing practitioner.

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Friday night we will have Nancy Olivieri offering Reiki and Martha Heise offering Myofascial Release, Reiki, or Massage.

Louise is available for acupuncture as well!

We look forward to seeing you Friday night or Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at 243 East Brown St. East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day – October 24th

This has just passed the PA House of Representatives!

 

A RESOLUTION Designating October 24, 2014, as “Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day” in Pennsylvania to honor the more than 700 licensed acupuncturists in this Commonwealth.

 

In order to honor the day, here is an article about the Five Elements and specifically the metal element which corresponds to this time of year.

FIVE ELEMENTS – METAL

In Chinese Medicine, there are five elements predominating at specific times during the year. These five elements are Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal. According to the Chinese, there are five seasons, not four – winter, spring, summer, late summer and fall. Each season is then associated with one of the five elements – the Water element is associated with winter, wood – spring, fire – summer, earth – late summer (harvest), and metal – fall. Each element also has organ systems coupled with it, as well as a color, odor, sound, emotion and flavor.

October is the time when we are transitioning from the earth element and late summer into the metal element and fall or autumn. The organs associated with the metal element are lung and large intestine, the color is white, odor is rotten, sound is weeping, emotion is grief, and the flavor is pungent. When an element is out of balance, you or loved ones may notice one or more of these characteristics. You may find that your voice has a little weeping waver to it or that you are feeling very sad while craving foods that have a pungent flavor or you only want to be surrounded by things that are white. The balance of the organs associated with the elements may also be out of balance during their particular season. In the fall, for example, you may find that you develop a chronic cough that lasts until the cold weather of winter sets in, or that your digestion feels off with either frequent or infrequent bowel movements or a lot of gas.

There are several ways to maintain or restore balance in the elements – acupuncture, which uses needles, heat, cupping, moxabustion or electrical stimulation, Chinese medicine, which uses herbs in pill, tincture, or tea form, or lastly, by including specific foods in your diet that support the element and its related organs. Since the season of fall is just beginning, now is the perfect time to work on improving the energy in the organs associated with the Metal element, which are the lung and the large intestine.

In Chinese medicine, they believe that the five elements work together in the body to maintain health and keep the body functioning properly. When any one of the elements is out of balance, all of the other elements are affected in some way. By placing needles along the meridians, acupuncture helps to move energy, either giving energy or taking it away from a certain organ system, in order to restore the balance of the body. For example, if the lung is out of balance in the fall and a person is experiencing allergies, asthma or a cough, an acupuncturist would place needles along the channels to help alleviate the symptoms and bring balance back to the lungs. Herbs can work in a similar fashion and are often selected according to the organ system that they affect. So again, for allergies, herbs would be selected that not only help to support the normal functioning of the lung, but restore balance in the metal element.

Sometimes, acupuncture and Chinese medicine are not appropriate for some people, and so the balance in the elements can be changed through the foods that one eats. According to the five element theory, each element has a particular flavor that is associated with it, and therefore, has specific foods that can stimulate its functioning. The metal element is affected by foods that are pungent. These foods are generally warming (yang) and encourage energy to expand and move outward. Most people may not easily associate foods with the pungent flavor, but some of these foods include green onion, chive, clove, parsley and coriander. Each of the food groups also have foods specific to each element. The chart below gives examples for each of the elements. Notice the foods in red, which are specifically associated with the metal element.     (Sorry, the chart below did not copy correctly.  Lised above the last column should be…)   Wood (Sour)

Fire (bitter) Earth (sweet) Metal (Pungent) Water (salty)
Grains Amaranth Corn Millet Barley Rice Buckwheat Oats Wheat Rye
Legumes Red Lentil Garbanzo Peas Navy Soy Aduki Black Kidney Pinto Green Lentil Mung Lima
Nuts/Seeds Sunflower Pistachio Pine Nut Pumpkin Almonds Black Sesame Walnut Brazil Cashew
Vegetables Beet Dandelion Root Okra Red Bell Pepper Scallion Tomato Cabbage Carrot Parsnip Rutabaga Spinach Squash Asparagus Broccoli Celery Cucumber Mustard Green Onion Radish Kale Mushrooms Seaweeds Water chestnut Green Bell Pepper Green Pea Lettuce String Bean Zucchini
Fruits Cherry Persimmon Fig Orange Papaya Pineapple Strawberry Apricot Banana Pear Mulberry Pomegranate Raspberry Watermelon Avocado Grape Lemon Lime

 

Including these foods in your diet, especially during the fall months will help to keep the metal element functioning well. However, you may also use these foods when the metal element is already out of balance and there are symptoms that you would like to alleviate. For example, pears can help to calm a persistent cough, while rice is especially good when your bowels are not feeling quite right or you have diarrhea. Each of these foods acts differently on the lung and large intestine. For more information on what each specific food does, you can contact me through email and I will gladly share this with you. Below, you will find several recipes using some of the foods to support your health through the fall season. Eat Well! Live Well – Naturally!

Navy Bean and Butternut Squash Soup

1 pound dried navy beans

2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken or vegetable broth

2 cups water

2 to 2-1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed (about 5 cups)

1 large onion, chopped

1 teaspoon sage

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Sort beans and rinse with cold water. Place beans in a large saucepan or Dutch oven; add water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 2 hours. Drain and discard liquid; return beans to pan. Add the broth, water, squash, onion, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours or until beans are tender.

Mash the soup mixture, leaving some chunks if desired. 

Yield12-14 servings (about 3 quarts).

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Ragweed and Pollen and Mold …. Oh My!

Diet, Neti Pot, Acupuncture and Air Purifiers to the rescue!

It has happened once again … September has arrived and so has the fall allergy season.  It is pretty much always the same thing this time of year: the ragweed starts blooming, the leaves start falling to the ground, and the mold starts growing and with that comes the allergy symptoms.  Everyone is starting to feel the effects.  Itchy eyes, congested or runny nose, sinus pressure and headaches, sneezing, and a general feeling of “can I just stay in bed today?”  Allergy season … what fun!  For some of us, this happens only once a year but for others spring and fall bring some or all of these symptoms.  Is there anything that can bring relief this time of year?  Yes, I think that there are several things that can help people to  feel more human again.

Diet

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Dietary changes can help a lot.  I am not saying that diet will cure all of your symptoms but what I am saying is that if there are things in your diet that are compromising your immune system causing inflammation in your body, then identifying them and removing them will free up your immune system to deal with the allergens outside and may help to decrease your symptoms.  I think that one of the best things that people with allergies can do for themselves is to put themselves on an elimination/challenge diet and see if there are any foods that create similar allergy symptoms.  Even if you only remove these foods during allergy season, your body will function much better and you will be much happier.  What is an elimination/challenge diet?  Basically, you are taking out the top 8 foods that have been shown to cause people to have reactions, avoiding them for a 2-3 week period and then adding them back in to see what happens.  It is a pretty simple process.  The most common food sensitivities are wheat, gluten, corn, dairy, sugar, citrus, eggs and soy.  I would say that there are a lot of people out there that would benefit greatly from taking dairy out of their diet during allergy season.  From the Chinese Medicine perspective, dairy creates dampness (phlegm/mucus) in some people and by eliminating it, people can decrease their congestion, runny nose, sinus pressure and headaches.  It is certainly worth a try! [If you would like more information on the elimination diet, send me an email at wellspring@wellspringholisticcenter.com]

Neti Pot

Another option that helps some people is the neti pot.

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I know that a lot of people find this option to be disgusting, but it really does help. Many ear, nose and throat doctors are recommending some type of nasal irrigation whether it be with a neti pot or other device.   Here is what WebMD has to say about the use of neti pots:

” Many people with sinus symptoms from allergies and environmental irritants also have begun to regularly use the Neti pot or other nasal irrigation devices, claiming that these devices alleviate congestion, and facial pain and pressure. Research backs up these claims, finding that nasal irrigation can be an effective way to relieve sinus symptoms when used along with standard sinus treatments. For some people, nasal irrigation may bring relief of sinus symptoms without the use of medications.

The basic explanation of how the Neti pot works is that it thins mucus and helps flush it out of the nasal passages.

A more biological explanation for how the Neti pot works has to do with tiny, hair-like structures called cilia that line the inside of the nasal and sinus cavities. These cilia wave back and forth to push mucus either to the back of the throat where it can be swallowed, or to the nose to be blown out. Saline solution can help increase the speed and improve coordination of the cilia so that they may more effectively remove the allergens and other irritants that cause sinus problems.”

So, as you can see, there really is something to nasal irrigation!  The warm water actually feels good as it flows through the nasal passages.  I have found that during allergy season, if I have been outside for an extended period of time, coming right in and flushing out my nasal passages can really reduce my symptoms later on.  You can buy a neti pot pretty much anywhere these days – the grocery store, drug store, health food store and also at Wellspring.  If you need more information about them, you can call or email us and we will be happy to help you.[wellspring@wellspringholisticcenter.com or 570-421-3708]

Acupuncture-

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Another option for allergies is acupuncture.  Acupuncture is based on the idea that there are meridians or channels that run along the body which carry Qi or vital energy.  By taking your pulses and looking at your tongue, the state of the energy in the meridians and hence in your body is assessed. This helps a practitioner to create an acupuncture treatment designed specifically for you.  Needles are then placed along the meridians to stimulate the flow of qi changing its direction or increasing or decreasing it which helps to create more balance in the body.  This balance can allow the body to handle the allergens better, decrease congestion, eliminate itchy, watery eyes, eliminate headaches, and increase overall energy.

In a small but significant study of 26 hay fever patients published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, acupuncture reduced symptoms in all 26 — without side effects. A second study of some 72 people totally eliminated symptoms in more than half, with just two treatments.

“Acupuncture can be particularly useful if you are suffering from multiple allergies, since it works to quiet the areas of the immune system that are overstimulated by exposure to multiple irritating factors,” Dillard tells WebMD.

 Austin Air Purifiers

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One of the best things that Anita and I have found to help our allergies, as well as our family’s allergies, is the Austin Air Purifiers. Anita has been using them for years and has sworn by their effectiveness.  When I moved to Stroudsburg, I immediately noticed an increase in my allergy symptoms and decided it was time to invest in a couple of air purifiers.  I have not regretted my purchase.  Several years ago Anita and I started to notice that our allergies were worse when we were working at the Wellspring office, so naturally our first thought was air purification.  We now have 2 machines at the office and have noticed a huge difference.  There are many brands of air purifiers on the market but we feel that the Austin Air purifiers are the best.  New York Times best-selling author and allergy expert, Dr. Doris Rapp, awarded Austin Air her esteemed Seal of Approval.  This accolade was given to the only air cleaner brand proven to get real results based on independent studies.

Here is some additional information about the air purifiers from the Austinair.com website.

“Sources such as dust, dust mites, pet dander, chemicals, and other household pollutants need to be managed with a plan. A very important part of your relief plan should be to first, find a good Austin Air purifier. The Austin Air Allergy Machine is the ideal air purification system for allergy sufferers. This Austin Air purifier is a high quality system that is very affordable while at the same time, exceptionally efficient in the removal of germs, bacteria, viruses, chemical sensitive particles, tobacco smoke, dust, pollen, gases, pollutants, allergens, and bothersome odors. It is also very effective at removing the harmful effects of mold and mildew!

How is this done? The Austin Air Purifiers contain the advanced features of a gas trapping military carbon cloth combined with High Efficiency Particulate Arresting (HEPA) filtration. Austin Air calls this revolutionary filtering solution High Efficiency Gas Adsorption (HEGA). This particle filtration, a new industry standard, delivers the most effective relief of symptoms for allergy and asthma sufferers. This Austin Air Purifier is so effective that the US military personnel use it to remove toxic poisons from the air.”

Wellspring Holistic Center sells Austin Air Purifiers.  Contact us for more information about models available and prices.  Allergy Season Special: take 15% off any machine and/or filter.

Ragweed and Pollen and Mold, No More!

So, is there one thing that can bring relief this allergy season?  No, I do not think that there is one magic bullet, BUT I do think that a combination of one, two or all of the suggestions above can bring significant relief.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at wellspring@wellspringholisticcenter.com or by phone at 570-421-3708.  Happy Breathing!