Want to join us?

For the second time during COVID-19, we will embark on a journey of a lifetime. Please consider joining us. Anita and Louise are announcing new offerings to help you navigate these challenging times.

Our Fasting MIndfulness Program is easy and accessible to everyone and our 21 Day Transformation and Regeneration Protocol will set you up for success!

COVID- 19 has made all of us more aware of the need for stress reduction, healthy living ,and wellness practices to allow us to live more connected to ourselves and the world around us.

The 21 Day Transformation and Regeneration Protocol and the Fasting Mindfulness Program (FMP) are combined in a 5 week guided and supported program. We lead you through the entire program. We offer you a support group of like minded individuals to journey with, all the tools you will need, and the recipes and mindfulness practices that make this a one of a kind, full and rich experience.  We believe that body and mind are not separate and our program gives you the necessary tools for optimal health and well-being on all levels.

This program is unique in that it provides information, exercises for both body and mind, and food guidance.  It is an approach that benefits the whole person, body mind and spirit, and shows that all of these are inter related.  The benefits from this combined approach can be life changing on many levels.”  ~ Nancy G. 66

For questions and more information call or text us at 570-421-3708 or email – wellspring@wellspringholisiticcenter.com

 

Boosting Your Immune System – Part 2

If you would like a session with Louise to discuss how to boost your immune system, please scroll to the bottom of this post for a special covid-19 discount.

March 19 – that is when we closed the doors at Wellspring.  It seems like yesterday and at the same time so long ago. In the days that followed the closure there were many conversations about when the self isolation would end, what it would look like, and how we could make sure that we were ready to reopen.  Unfortunately those conversations are still happening.  During those initial days , OK maybe weeks, there was definitely stress and some anxiety, which if I am honest, resulted in some not so healthy habits.  My schedule was off, my routines were off, everything just felt off.  I was not eating as well, sleeping as well, exercising as much, and certainly not remembering to take my supplements.  Luckily as time has gone by, new routines have been established and I am back on track.  I know that I was not alone.  It has been difficult for most people.  But as we move towards getting back out into the world, it is time to boost our immune systems with some healthy habits. For more information on the immune system, look at “Boosting Your Immune System – Part 1.”

But before we talk about how to boost our immune systems, it is important to talk about one factor that is contributing not only to immune suppression, but to most of the common disease today – inflammation.

Inflammation

Inflammation is the body’s first line of defense against toxins, infections and injuries. When the cells are in distress, they release chemicals to alert the immune system that it is time to come to work.  However, there are many people today that do not just have acute inflammation, but are walking around chronically inflamed.  When a person has chronic inflammation, their body is on high alert all the time causing damage to their cells and organs.  This can point to an overworked, over-tired immune system that can’t properly protect.

How do you know if you have chronic inflammation?  Symptoms can vary greatly.  Some of the more common symptoms include:

eczema • fibromyalgia • gastroenteritis • gingivitis • heart disease • hepatitis • high blood pressure • insulin resistance (diabetes) • obesity • joint pain/arthritis • autoimmune disorder • kidney disease • osteopenia • osteoporosis • Parkinson’s disease • periodontal disease

This is just a small list.  As more research is being conducted, scientists are finding that most diseases today have a component of inflammation.  Therefore, it is key that we learn how to reduce our overall inflammation not only to improve our immune function, but also to decrease our risk for disease.

Sleep

One of the most important things that we can do for inflammation, and in turn our immune system, is to get a good night’s sleep.  It is during the night that our bodies repair all of the damage that has been done during the day. It is also during this time that our immune system gets primed.  But how exactly does sleep boost the immune system?

There are 2 hormones that help us to function during the day and help us to sleep at night – cortisol and melatonin.  In the morning when we wake up, our cortisol is high. Because most bodily cells have cortisol receptors, it can help control blood sugar levels, regulate metabolism, reduce inflammation, assist with memory formulation, and control blood pressure.  Cortisol decreases in the evening as melatonin starts to rise letting us know that it is time for bed.  As melatonin increases it stimulates other hormones to be released which can activate our immune cells.  These cells include natural killer cells and T-cells, which are vital to fighting infections such as viruses. In other words, while you sleep, your body can make more immune fighting cells that can attack viruses and bacteria. Without a good night’s sleep our immune system is not able to fight harmful substances and decrease overall inflammation.

Exercise

Being physically active can give your immune system a great boost in a number of ways. Just as sleep increases the natural killer cells and the T-cells, regular exercise can increase your body’s production of antibodies and T-cells as well, causing them to circulate more rapidly.  It can also help expel toxins from your body energizing your cells and metabolism.  Research has also found that when you exercise regularly your body’s stress hormones—including adrenaline and cortisol are lowered giving your immune system added strength.

There is also good news in terms of inflammation.  There have been studies that show twenty minutes to half an hour of moderate exercise, including fast walking have anti-inflammatory effects.

Decrease Stress

There are so many ways that you can work on decreasing stress.  Here are just a few:

• Keep a positive attitude • Accept that there are events that you cannot control • Be assertive instead of aggressive • Learn and practice relaxation techniques (meditation, yoga, or tai-chi) • Exercise regularly • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals • Learn to manage your time more effectively • Set limits appropriately and learn to say no to requests that would create excessive stress in your life • Make time for hobbies, interests, and relaxation • Get enough rest and sleep • Seek out social support – spend more time with those you enjoy (Zoom and FaceTime count!)

Sometimes we can only do so much on our own.  It may be important to seek treatment with a psychologist or other mental health professional trained in stress management or biofeedback techniques to learn healthy ways of dealing with the stress in your life.

 

Look for Part 3 of “Boosting Your Immune System” for more strategies to reduce inflammation and boost the immune system through nutrition and supplementation.

If you would like to speak with Louise about how to boost your immune system, please call her at 570-421-3708 or contact her at wellspring@wellsprigholisticcenter.com.  Sessions are 60 minutes ($65) or 90 minutes ($90).

 

Boosting Your Immune System – Part 1

If you would like a session with Louise to discuss how to boost your immune system, please scroll to the bottom of this post for a special covid-19 discount.

My sister-in-law, Ann Mullen, has now sewn over 1,000 face masks for the hospitals, police stations, and healthcare workers, as well as family and friends.  She made me a bunch so that I can be ready to go back to the office.  I am still not used to “not” seeing people when I am at the store or even just driving down the road.  It seems so surreal like we are watching a movie – but we’re not.

There are 2 big questions that are on a lot of people’s minds right now – when will things reopen and what will that look like?  I struggle with these questions myself and wonder what life will be like at Wellspring when we finally get the OK to open.

When we were first learning about Covid-19, I had clients who were coming in very concerned.  I was holding firm in those first few weeks that this was just another virus and that we should be treating it as such.  When the number of cases started to rise, the supplies started to dwindle, and the hospitals became overwhelmed with cases, my attitude changed and I was fully on board with closing down and staying home to help mitigate the spread.  I still feel like this was the correct action.  I was not and still am not so concerned for myself, but I do not want to be responsible for spreading the virus to populations that may not have the immune system to handle it.

That seems like what it is all coming down to … the immune system.  Why would one person test positive for the virus and have absolutely no noticeable symptoms, while another person tests positive, gets seriously ill, and maybe even dies?  There is no other explanation at the moment than their immune systems.  So what does that mean?  What does your immune system have to do with catching the virus?

Our immune systems are our first line of attack against foreign invaders and it has three primary tasks:  identifying threats and removing them; neutralizing pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi; and destroying dead or malfunctioning (including cancerous) cells within the body.  Before our immune system can go on attack, it first needs to differentiate between “self” and “non-self” to identify a true threat.

What does that look like?

There are specific proteins located within or resting on the surface of harmful bacteria, fungi, microorganisms, and viruses called antigens which help to trigger the immune response.  When these antigens come in contact with an immune receptor, the immune system respond by neutralizing, removing, or destroying the threat.  As part of the immune response, the body make antibodies which not only help to destroy the invader but also stay around in your body so that if that foreign invader tries to come back, they will be ready to attack and defend the body.  This is the hope with the Covid-19 virus – that those that catch the virus and create antibodies will become immune to the next round of infections. Our immune systems function in a complicated cascade of events that most of the time works beautifully to keep us safe and healthy.

So what does this have to do with reopening the center? 

Our immune systems are our first line of defense and at the moment, the only line of defense that we have against this virus.  As we start to reenter the world – going shopping, going to the doctors, socializing with our family, friends, and neighbors, maybe even going out to eat – we need to be prepared with something other than a face mask and gloves.  It is important that we make sure our immune systems are functioning at their optimal level so that if we come in contact with the virus, our bodies will respond and ward off the attack.

How do we do make sure that our immune system is functioning at it’s optimal level?

Look for Part 2 of “Boosting Your Immune System” for more information on how inflammation can reduce your immune system and some of the strategies to help reduce it and optimize the immune system so that we can reenter the world with confidence and resilience.

If you would like to speak with Louise about how to boost your immune system, please call her at 570-421-3708 or contact her at wellspring@wellsprigholisticcenter.com.  Sessions are 60 minutes ($65) or 90 minutes ($90). 

Discounted Air Purifiers

Place your order through Wellspring Holistic Center to receive a special discount.  All orders will be drop shipped directly to you.  Contact us at 570-421-3708 or email us at:
Wellspring@wellspringholisticcenter.com
Ever since the mid 1990’s I (Anita) have been using  Austin Air Purifiers.

My mentor, Dr. Stephen Myles Davidson was recommending them and knew they were top on the market at that time.

Today, there are so many different brands out there, but at Wellspring Holistic Center (and in our private homes), we only use Austin.

(Go to the bottom of this post for info on ordering directly from us, your ‘virus’ discount, and drop shipping right to your door.)

Here is the latest comment from Austin Air:

“Over recent weeks as COVID-19 continues to spread to countries across the world, we are all concerned about our health and the health of our loved ones, particularly if they are elderly or have on going health problems.

As this global crisis unfolds, we have noticed a huge increase in demand for our products.  And it is clear many people have lots of questions and concerns. As we face the challenges ahead, we thought we’d take the opportunity to explain how our units can help.

Do Austin Air Purifiers protect against COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new strain of virus that as yet, remains untested. However, the HEPA technology used in our filters is clinically proven to remove 95% of all pollutants as small as 0.1 microns. The COVID-19 virus is larger than this, at 0.12 microns in size. So we are confident our air purifiers are effectively removing the vast majority of the virus when it is airborne.

There is also emerging evidence from the UK Health Protection Agency that shows the HEGA carbon cloth, used in our Bedroom Machine, is highly effective at capturing and destroying airborne viruses.

The discount is only available by ordering through Wellspring Holistic Center. Call 570-421-3708 or write wellspring@wellspringholisticcenter.com

Here’s to our health!

Anita (and Louise)

COVID-19 and Air Purifiers

Ever since the mid 1990’s I have been using  Austin Air Purifiers.

My mentor, Dr. Stephen Myles Davidson was recommending them and knew they were top on the market at that time.

Today, there are so many different brands out there, but at Wellspring

Holistic Center (and in our private homes), we only use Austin.

(Go to the bottom of this blog for info on ordering directly from us, your ‘virus’ discount, and drop shipping right to your door.)

Here is their latest comment:

Over recent weeks as COVID-19 continues to spread to countries across the world, we are all concerned about our health and the health of our loved ones, particularly if they are elderly or have on going health problems.

As this global crisis unfolds, we have noticed a huge increase in demand for our products.  And it is clear many people have lots of questions and concerns. As we face the challenges ahead, we thought we’d take the opportunity to explain how our units can help.

Do Austin Air Purifiers protect against COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new strain of virus that as yet, remains untested. However, the HEPA technology used in our filters is clinically proven to remove 95% of all pollutants as small as 0.1 microns. The COVID-19 virus is larger than this, at 0.12 microns in size. So we are confident our air purifiers are effectively removing the vast majority of the virus when it is airborne.

There is also emerging evidence from the UK Health Protection Agency that shows the HEGA carbon cloth, used in our Bedroom Machine, is highly effective at capturing and destroying airborne viruses.

However, it is important to mention, that as well as airborne transmission, the virus can also be spread via surfaces and human contact. Therefore, it is vital that we regularly wash our hands and practice social distancing.

Here is our recommendation:

If COVID-19 is your main concern, we would recommend the Austin Air HealthMate or the HealthMate Plus. Both models use HEPA technology and are effective at removing 95% of all airborne viruses, as well as everyday pollutants such as dust, dander and allergens. The HealthMate Plus model is also highly effective at removing chemicals and VOC’s.

For additional protection you may want to consider the Austin Air Bedroom Machine. This also uses HEPA technology but has an extra level of filtration using HEGA carbon cloth, that captures and destroys airborne viruses.

Click here and here to see your different options.

Please email us, call or text 570-421-3708 to order TODAY!

We are noticing a difference!

To our health and safety,

Anita (and Louise)

A little truth telling and the FMMP

Step away from the junk food, the refrigerator, and maybe even the glass of wine (always one of my go-to stress reducers).

This is a time of high anxiety for many of us. Even if you are enjoying being home and loving having some time for yourself, there is an underlying current of global panic that we cannot help but feel.

And if you are still going to work every day or working long hours from home, there is a heaviness and burden being carried that you cannot help but feel.

It is difficult to sustain healthy practices during a pandemic – of course we have never lived through a pandemic so how would we know that?

Sure many people are walking their dogs, their children, and themselves into oblivion, but then coming home to potato chips and chocolate (again, truthfully, I tend towards the chocolate).

I also tend toward 5-8 cups of vegetables a day, good healthy fats, low protein, and no sugar (even my chocolate is stevia sweetened – somehow that makes me feel better).

I was not always this way, but with the gentle (ok, knock me over the head) nudging of my sister, Louise, and many other wonderful life coaches and therapists, I stopped taking care of everyone else, abusing myself, and started taking care of myself.

I still take care of many, many people, but I also know how to stop, slow down, practice what I preach, including the occasional indulgence in chips and wine (especially in the early stages of a pandemic – I’m off that now and back on track –  thanks for wondering)!

As my good friend says,” progress not perfection.”

It has been an 8 year journey and certainly not a straight line, but I have been consistent in one thought: I matter, no one is going to take care of me, and I am worthy of my love ( that is actually 3 thoughts, but you get the point).

The journey had to begin somewhere and sometime. It had to begin with something and someone.

Maybe this is your moment?

Mine began with the Regeneration Diet and moved deeper from there.

I do not know where I would be without this journey. I was so crippled with back pain and self- destructive habits around food, etc. My 20’s and 30’s were constantly filled with pain on all levels. My 40’s (admittedly not my best decade) were going in the same direction until I took control of my life and changed the course of it forever.

This is what we are offering – a course correction – a program to begin something just for you. If you know you have to change, want to change, are struggling to change, or feel a small slight nudge to change, then our FMMP is for you! It begins with the Regeneration Diet, moves to a 5-day fasting mimicking diet, has meditation and mindfulness woven throughout, and ends with help to move into the new life you desire.

Plus during this unprecedented time of COVID-19, we are offering it at a sliding fee scale of $100-$200, with no one being turned away for lack of funds.

Please consider joining us. Reach out here.

With love,

Anita

PS – look for tomorrow’s blog on Demystifying the FMMP – what it actually entails.

Boost Immunity

Many of our patients have been asking for ways to boost their immune systems. Here is a short list:

  1.  in the morning take : Vitamin C 500 mg – 1000mg , Elderberry syrup (don’t get one with sugar added), oregano essential oil 2 drops in warm water.
  2.  in the afternoon take: Fish oil with EPA and DHA, at least 1000 mg, Zinc (lozenges are fine),and  Vitamin D-3, at least 1000 IU, as this controls thousands of gene expressions including your immune system.
  3. at some point during the day, place 1 teaspoon of thyme (from your herb cabinet) and 1 tablespoon of chamomile flowers (you can buy them in bulk at the health food store) or 1 chamomile tea bag in a pot of water.  Bring to a boil.  Remove it from the heat and grab a large bath towel.  Place your head over the pot of water, the towel over your head, and steam for 10 minutes.  Thyme and chamomile are anti-bacterial and anti-viral.  The steam will help to clean out your sinuses which is your first line of defense against bacteria and viruses.
  4. add fermented foods to your meals, 1-2 tablespoons to add the good bacteria to your gut, and/or sip on bone broth, which has proline and glycine for immunity boosting.
  5. eat at least 5 cups of vegetables per day and cut down on grains, sugar, and processed foods.  Sugar is the most important to cut down on or eliminate completely in all forms, including fruit, as it decreases your immune system.
  6. exercise, get out in nature (just not in a group please) and breathe deeply (here is a short breathing practice):                                                                                                                          
  7. get a good night’s sleep – during this time of accelerated stress, take a few moments at night to             write down all the things from the day or even the next day that are on your mind.

 

Here is an exercise that we practice: list things on any app. that you like to use e.g. notes, stickies, Word,etc., that happened during the day or that you are worried about, as all of these will effect your sleep. After writing them all down, hit delete or delete them one by one and watch them disappear!

This is a powerful way to set up the mind for melatonin boosting during sleep – perhaps one of the best ways to support your immune system.

We hope this helps. As always, we are here.

Anita and Louise

Wellspring Holistic Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staying in?

Many of us are choosing to stay in. Unless there is an absolute need to travel outside of the house, (e.g. Louise is headed to University of CT to pick up her daughter as colleges around the country are closing for weeks or the entire rest of the semester)it is advised to stay in and be a part of the effort to contain the COVID-19 virus.

Communal responsibility is a big part of this. Here is a great visual from PBS News.

We can do our part. We can be well informed and promote safety for ourselves, our loved ones, and the at risk in our communities. This is important even if we ourselves feel healthy and strong. This excellent article explains the difference between COVID-19 and the flu.

Wellspring Holistic Center continues to take the job of boosting your health and well-being very seriously during this time. We are wiping, wiping, wiping and washing, washing, and washing. This is not to be light or flippant about any of this, but sometimes a small chuckle goes a long way to boosting immunity! For now, we are limiting our exposure outside of our office to only essentials for the safety and care of our patients.

We also want to remain informed and help you navigate all the info out there.

Here are 10 things you can do to help boost your health (in no particular order):

  1. set a timer and see what 20 sec. really is while washing your hands.
  2. plan to stay home. operative word: plan – have fun making a list of things you would like to do that you haven’t given yourself permission to do. make sure some of them make you laugh!
  3. go out for a walk, even if that is just around your property. with safe social distancing practices you need to keep 6 ft. between you and another.
  4. breathe deeply. breathe in through your nose and make sure your belly fills with air. imagine your belly is a balloon and watch it blow up and empty as you exhale fully through your nose or mouth.
  5. drink 8-10 glasses of filtered water today and every day after today. Hydration is key.
  6. learn something new – here is a good article on the virus and taking your health into your own hands.
  7. practice becoming mindful. here is a one minute meditation you can do many times a day.
  8. turn off the TV. stop watching the news for a few hours. less stress = better immunity.
  9. take a break from constantly checking your phone. decision fatigue is a real thing.
  10. refrain from sugar for a couple of days( it weakens not only your immune system, but other important systems that regulate your hormones) – that is probably one of the greatest gifts you can give your body in the next week.

Virtual hug,

Anita and Louise

Co-directors – Wellspring Holistic Center

 

Please trust yourself



We understand the need for extra care at this time in our community and our world. It can be challenging to sift through all of the information coming at us from the news, internet, family and friends, and maybe even people we meet at the grocery store! Who we trust is important and at Wellspring Holistic Center, we know that many of you put your faith and trust in us.
Thank you for that. We do not take that for granted. We are reading as much as we can about that COVID-19 virus strain and taking the added precautions at our office. You can be assured we will continue to do so as we take your precious care into our hands.
Your personal, preventative health at this time is so important. Trust in your Inner Authority is crucial. No matter what we or anyone in your life says, listen to your gut (it is way more reliable than you mind). If you have a feeling in your deep belly that tells you to stay home, or you feel uneasy about anything that you are committed to right now —- listen.
Inner Authority tells us that we can trust ourselves. We do not need anyone to agree with us, or tell us that our experience is wrong.
We support you. Give yourself the credit you deserve for knowing more about yourself than anyone else does. Take deep and full breaths. Sink down into the lower part of your abdomen. Stop. Turn off your phone, computer, and other devices. Get quiet. This will take a few minutes.
You are worth it. You need yourself right now. There is a still small voice waiting to tell you what it knows. Breathe again and again and again.
With honor, respect, and gratitude,
Anita and Louise