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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Natural Healing Resources

With Prescription Drugs killing more people than all the illegal drugs combined more and more of us are looking into alternative means to heal. I am a HUGE believer in the mind/body connection and "healing from within" because I have done it myself. The mind/body connection alone encompasses MANY techniques and when you look into integrative, complimentary and alternative medicines there are a mind boggling amount of ways to be well and heal without prescriptions. Since I began blogging almost a year ago I have seen a HUGE increase in wellness sites. I wanted to provide a resource list to my readers of some of my favorites and some new ones that my blog is fed into. I also wanted to differentiate between integrative, complimentary and alternative medicines. I believe the KEY to healing naturally is finding a method and/or doctors that resonate with you and the more methods you learn about the more likely that is to happen.

Integrative, Complimentary and Alternative Medicines

The following definitions and examples are from NCCAM -- "NCCAM is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on CAM. (Complementary & Alternative Medicine). NCCAM's mission is to explore complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, train CAM researchers, and disseminate authoritative information to the public and professionals.

Complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine. An example of a complementary therapy is using aromatherapy. A therapy in which the scent of essential oils from flowers, herbs, and trees is inhaled to promote health and well-being to help lessen a patient's discomfort following surgery.

Alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine. An example of an alternative therapy is using a special diet to treat cancer instead of undergoing surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy that has been recommended by a conventional doctor.

Integrative Medicine combines treatments from conventional medicine and CAM for which there is some high-quality evidence of safety and effectiveness. It is also called integrated medicine. An approach to medicine that combines treatments from conventional medicine and CAM for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness."

NCCAM breaks down the categories even further. NCCAM groups CAM practices into four domains, recognizing there can be some overlap (Mind-body medicine, Biologically based practices, Manipulative and body-based practices and Energy therapies. In addition, NCCAM studies CAM whole medical systems, which cut across all domains such as homeopathic medicine, naturopathic medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda.

I have seen NCCAM's information grow in the last year and highly recommend it as a place to go and find out about different approved techniques to heal pain and illness.

ARTICLES on CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

The National Library of Medicine
is a wonderful resource for reading the latest articles on Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

HERBS/Natural Healing

The most comprehensive site I have found on the benefits/dangers of herbs is The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Dr. Mercola is all about Natural Health. I subscribe to his newsletters which have countless articles of importance. I also wrote about him and showed his video early on in "Prescription Drugs Numb Pain but do Not Heal Pain".

Dr. Nicole Sundene is a naturopath with a WONDERFUL Blog, "Kitchen Table Medicine" where she dispels myths and tells you what herbs, foods and SKILLS will REALLY help you to heal or stay healthy.

To Find Doctors/Centers in Your Area of Interest for Treatment

American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA)

American Association of Oriental Medicine (AAOM)

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

American Chiropractic Association

American Holistic Medical Association

American Institute of Homeopathy (AIH)

International Society for the Studies of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine

National Center for Homeopathy (NCH)

National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine

Personal Development Sites:

Wow -- I cannot even begin to list the sites that have influenced me... that might have to be a whole OTHER post.... I have referenced some here and some of my other favorites are Tim Brownson of "A Daring Adventure", Akemi of "Yes to Me", Jennifer Abbott of "Principles for Peace" and Evelyn Lim of "Attraction Mind Map".

There are also sites that have a whole collection of people that offer advice and helpful information:

I have written about Personal Development Partners many times with good reason. Aaron Potts of "Today is That Day" started PDP for people interested in personal development to have a place to meet with other like minded people. I met the members of my Mastermind Group through here as well as many other remarkable people. You can feel free to go here and post questions and get many kind and smart responses. I cannot thank Aaron enough for creating this incredible place.

Self Growth is another site I have mentioned quite a bit. I met Camille Strait, Andrea Leake, Dr. Judith Orloff, Karin Hiebert and many other inspirational people on self growth. You can go here to find articles on just about anything having to do with natural health, well being, success or personal development. It is also a n informative place to go to browse whatever means of healing you are interested in and find people that you want to learn more from. Each person has samples of their writing, videos and you can find experts on everything from EFT ,meditation, Goal Setting, Happiness, Hypnosis and MUCH more.

Sites to Check out

I am now affiliated with a few sites that are just incredible and I am humbled to be a part of them. My blog posts are featured on all of the below:

Wellsphere's summary on WHO they are is as follows; "Wellsphere builds online healthy living communities that help people ‘Get active, Eat better and Unwind’. Wellsphere’s groundbreaking platform works by connecting each member with local health and wellness resources, classes and activities that match their unique interests and goals, and with the personalized advice and social support they need to sustain healthy habits.".

Wellsphere is so much more. Wellsphere also has you set goals and rewards for yourself and gives you a place to track goals. Wellsphere also offers a free service you can use with any cell phone called Wellphone that can send you reminders via ANY cellphone. Below is a video of the Wellphone being featured on NBC News:

I have my weight loss goal up at Wellsphere and I am rewarding myself with a "girl's night out" when I lose that "last 10 pounds". They offer the ability to have team members remind you as well as your cell phone and the incentives to keep you on track!

My blog is also now featured on ABS NEWS ON CALL for Pain Management. They have a comprehensive site where you can ask questions about pain and receive live answers from nurses standing by. You can also look at many videos and get an unlimited amount of information on living with or treating pain.

Last but not least you can check out where to find a doctor or check symptoms there is Health Care.com. Here you can find out which doctors will accept your insurance, are recommended as well as browse countless health blogs. You can also find out what kind of doctor you are looking for based on symptoms. This site is not totally holistic but has some wonderful holistic doctors listed as well as chiropractors and acupuncturists and other specialists in natural healing.

Real Stories for Inspiration

There is nothing more motivating than hearing from someone that you can relate to that they did exactly what you are hoping to do. I am honored and privileged to be a part of the first book out, "Living the Law of Attraction" that has over 50 stories of real people who applied the Law of Attraction to their lives and changed forever. The forward is done by Bob Doyle of "The Secret" who also has the free "Boundless Living Challenge" going on right now. It also has Marie Diamond of "The Secret" behind it. The people that put it together; Rich German and Robin Hoch are spectacular. I was on the launch call and this book has some truly amazing stories in it that will keep you inspired no matter if your goal is physical healing, weight loss, financial, spiritual, emotional or relational. I am sure to do a whole post on this book soon but couldn't write a post of resources without mentioning this incredible collection. I am also for a limited time giving out a free copy of "Living the Law of Attraction: Real Stories of People Manifesting Health, Wealth and Happiness" for people that sign up for my coaching program with me as their Mind Body Connection Mentor. You can email me at jennymannion@yahoo.com for more information and read about my Paging Me System here.

Okay I think that's enough to get you all started! Remember that we are constantly learning more about how the mind affects the body. Most people have some healing (whether it be emotional or physical) to do in their own lives and it is my hope these resources can help you on your path.


Mike said...

Wow what an epic! Love it!

Jenny Mannion said...

Hi Mike, Thanks so much! I love the idea of my readers having resources all in one place. Thanks for commenting! Jenny

Akemi - Yes to Me said...

Wow, this is an ambitious list, and I'm honored that my blog, Yes to Me, is included.
And it's so wonderful that you are in the upcoming book -- I'm all for the law of attraction and look forward to read it.

Jenny Mannion said...

Hi Akemi, Thank YOU for all your help and your reading that helped me more than I imagined. I am very excited to be in the Law of Attraction book. So much goodness has come to me since learning about the Law of Attraction -- I am excited to share my story with others. It was my pleasure to have you on this list -- I know you can and will help many MORE people. Love, Jenny

Jennifer said...

Now that's a wealth of information. Thanks for the research and time you have put into this and for sharing it with all of us. This is one to bookmark and keep as a reference. I'm going to do that now. Thanks also for the link.

I've heard amazing stories from people who use chiropractors.

Natural only makes sense!!

Jenny Mannion said...

Hi Jennifer, BOY DO I LOVE MY Chiropractor! When I was very ill I went 3 times a week and now I go once a month. He shares an office with his wife and their place is one of such inspiration, joy and positivity that my visits are therapeutic in MANY ways! Thanks for commenting and bookmarking. I was happy to link to your inspiring blog! Love, Jenny

Tim Brownson said...

I love the fact that so many people are starting to wake up to the fact that alternative medicine isn't mumbo jumbo.

I'm not sure whether it's because I'm immersed in this culture, but I honestly think a shift in thinking is taking place.

Jenny Mannion said...

Hey Tim, I feel the shift as well. I am sure BIG Pharmas are helping move it along with some of the dangerous drugs being prescribed. I'm not saying conventional medicine doesn't have its place but it is wonderful to see alternative methods finally be taken seriously. Thanks for commenting and for your blog -- you have such a unique and funny voice.... Humor and laughter is an important ingredient to healing! Cheers! Jenny

Simon said...

Hi Jenny - Sorry I've not been in touch. Thanks for stumbling me!

Thanks too for this comprehensive list. I find I've been helped by a mixture of conventional and complementary therapies. I believe it pays to be open to whatever may help, but to do as much research as you can before starting something new.

I think it's also important to realize that healing yourself with the law of attraction does not necessarily mean *spontaneous* healing. It can be a question of attracting the right therapist.

Congratulations on being included in that loa book!

Jenny Mannion said...

Hi Simon,

I am so happy to hear you are feeling better! Knowledge is power when it comes to illness. The methods that resonate with you will help. I use a chiropractor once a month, several law of attraction, mind/body techniques and have still been pain and pain pill free for over 18 months.... It was my hope by gathering these resources that people could find a few techniques/ therapies to learn more about. For me, healing was fast but I have my other areas I am "stuck" on a bit more.... everyone is different...
Patience, belief and consciousness are very important in the healing process.

So good to be in touch again and I loved your post -- I am a BIG fan of Ho'oponopono.

Thanks for the congratulations for the book - it is exciting and I am very grateful for the opportunity.

Be well and let's talk soon. Thanks so much for coming by and commenting! :-) Love, Jenny

Evelyn Lim said...

Hey Jenny, thanks for the link. I missed your SU message. There must be something wrong with my browser...hmmm...!!

I've been pretty interested in alternative medicine myself and have tried out quite a few so-called exotic ones. You may also want to read how I managed to heal myself from pain in my latest blog post on Raising Awareness and Releasing Guilt.



Jenny Mannion said...

Hi Evelyn, My pleasure to include you. I look forward to reading your latest on how you healed yourself. There are methods I probably would have considered "out there" 2 years ago -- but now I know how little traditional medicine knows in some respects -- I believe almost anything is possible. The most important thing is the method resonates and feels right to the person pursuing it. Thanks for the stumble and I am heading over to read your post right now! Thanks for your excellent blog! Gratefully, Jenny

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