The Importance of Friendship

I had the pleasure of attending one of my last sessions with Dr. Paul Herscu, founder of the New England School of Homeopathy. Not only I have learned so much about homeopathic remedies but I have also learned great life lessons that I think is important for all my patients to know. As doctors, we try to present the most innovative and new research around science to help our patients but sometimes we forget some basic yet vital pearls around what creates happiness in life. When you ask someone, what gives meaning to their life, the answer usually is relationships and love. With intriguing accuracy, sociologists and psychologists have delineated the forces that attract and bind friends to each other, beginning with the transition from acquaintanceship to friendship. This bond creates chemical and energetic changes in the body’s physiology and when those interactions are positive, it helps to shift the body into balance. These interactions can feel minute in the moment but can have a lasting, profound effect on health and vitality.  


Different levels of friendship

Dr. Herscu explained to me that there are many different levels of friendship and relationships in life and being able to maintain these relationships is vital for healing. This concept is not new and has been extensively studied, but often forgotten when we help people with various ailments. The three different groups are as follows: 

  • Group 1: These are people you tend to share school notes, talk basketball, trash talk, go to occasional brunch, but they don’t know your birthday or they might forget to call you on a regular basis. You have interactions with these people on a semi-regular basis but do not intimately connect.
     
  • Group 2: These are people who know minor intimate details about your life. For example, they know your birthday and will go out of the way to call you and celebrate it. These are people you can vent to or can count on to show up at a special celebration. You might see these people on a frequent basis.
     
  • Group 3: This group is usually only populated by 1-4 people. These are people who really know you deep down. They know your secrets and your life story. These people have seen you on your knees and have seen you shine. These are the people you call first when something traumatic or a big life event happens. Both parties divulge personal details about life and usually, there are many deep conversations that occur when interactions happen.

Emotional Expressiveness, Unconditional Support, Acceptance, Loyalty, and Trust...

Given the above groups, it is important to note that one group is not more important than the other. Each group is just different and all are vital to the different levels of our psyche. Sometimes a person just wants to blow off steam and needs a break from life and asks friends from group 1 to hang out. During this time, you do not need anyone to micro-analyze your life or situation. Other times, you need your absolute best friend to help you think through tough situations. Thus, a healthy psychological state is to establish friendships in each group. This helps with psychological safety because in the friendship process there is emotional expressiveness, unconditional support, acceptance, loyalty, and trust. Once a friendship is established through relating and reciprocity, the intimacy that is created binds the individuals like glue. According to Beverly Fehr's research, people in successful friendships seem to possess a well-developed, intuitive understanding of the give and take of intimacy. If this intimacy and closeness is positive, emotions of love are felt which then helps to calm the nervous system. When the nervous system is calm or in a parasympathetic state, the body starts to heal. It is important to note that the connections made with another individual should elicit a positive feeling within you. This is our internal radar on building a community around us that makes our lives more abundant. Dr. Laura Carstensen, director of Stanford University’s Center on Longevity, has stated that new information is leading us to believe loneliness itself is bad for you and that emotions can cause physiological processes to activate that have a negative impact on health.

Relationships can also reflect who we are inside

Relationships can also reflect who we are inside, which is why bonding can have different levels. Through these interactions, we can find a sense of self. Creating intimate relationships with the people around us allows for a sense of self in society or in a group. This social identity is important when thinking about how we relate to the environment around us. One can think about this in terms of our immune system. New studies are taking the benefits of stress management a step farther, linking friendship and diverse social networks to increasing the ability to fight disease. In fact, the American Psychological Association (APA) reports that strong social connections have been linked to such benefits as lowered risk of depression and early death, greater pain tolerance and a stronger immune system. So here is to, another way to help strengthen the immune system by connecting with people and ending the day with a smile.

Written By: Radha Sinha ND, EAMP/LAc

 

 

How does Constitutional Homeopathy fits into your protocol?


Neural therapy is a medical approach that diagnoses and treats local disturbances of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The autonomic nervous system is divided into somatic (voluntary) and autonomic (involuntary). The somatic nervous system controls voluntary movements such as walking, talking and movement of limbs. The autonomic nervous system, on the other hand, regulates internal body functions such as immune function, blood pressure and circulation, hormones, digestion, body temperature, heart rate, breathing, urination, sexual function, menstruation, and other automatic body functions. When there is trauma of any kind, the ANS becomes injured and these internal functions do not perform at optimum levels and ultimately leads to dysfunctional signaling resulting in disease or chronic pain.


We owe the discovery of interference fields to Ferdinand Huneke, MD in 1940.  The foci of disturbance, called interference fields, are electrophysiologically unstable and emit abnormal neurological signals to which the autonomic nervous system reacts. The ANS will react to disturbances or “blocks” to the interference fields in many different ways. When this happens, the body becomes unstable and a person presents with myofascial or other pain pathologies, or other chronic illnesses such as, IBS, asthma, GERD, or menstrual irregularities. The autonomic regulation of every cell, cellular space, and organs, hugely determines the health of an individual. The main objective of neural therapy is to identify where interference is occurring to the nervous system because this interference causes local cell instability and can be found in many different ways. Open regulation is the ANS’s ability to flow between the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches without interference. Neural therapy treatment frees the ANS of interference to produce health.


Bella Fiore Klinik doctors use ART muscle testing to identify blocks/interferences. After the interference has been identified, procaine is injected into the space subcutaneously or intramuscularly. The anesthetic has been shown to help restore electrical potential, help normalize physiology of surrounding tissues, and help the nervous system rebalance signaling to the area. This is especially the case when the focus is so old and degenerated that it has devolved into what has been referred to as an island of chronic unconscious distress. For example, A woman’s complete unawareness of the stress emanating from her fifteen-year-old hysterectomy scar and a man’s unconscious irritation from his fifty-year-old hernia scar are examples of when individuals express pain but are unaware of any problem with the scar at the peripheral nervous system level or disturbing memory pattern of the scar causing an interference field in their brain (in the CNS).

Whole 30 Challenge

It’s almost been two weeks on the Whole30 and I’m feeling great! 

Overall I feel my health is better, with energy and digestion being the most notable improvements. I’ve eaten a more varied diet than usual adding in things like Golgi berries, plantains, bee pollen, raw cacao and Brazil nuts. I’ve also been eating a lot more vegetables and juicing. So those are the positives, but some challenges I’ve faced have been food preparation and eating out. I, like many of you, have a busy schedule and preparing food doesn’t always fit nicely into it. Getting into the habit of making my meals everyday is something I’m still struggling to get used to, but I have found some things that help. I highly recommend using a slow cooker or making a meat dish that you can have throughout the week. On day 1 of the Whole30 I made a lamb curry that was absolutely delicious and lasted me for around 5 days. This helped a ton with putting together quick meals when getting home late from work. 

Another obstacle I chose to overcome was finding a substitution for my beloved chips. Ask any of my friends what my favorite food is and they’d definitely all say chips. These unfortunately are not allowed on the Whole30, but because I do consider “crunchy” a food group, I had to look elsewhere for the crunch. Raw vegetables are healthy and tasty, but still not exactly what I was looking for. So, I made plantain chips. These were a delicious solution I highly recommend trying. 

I am excited to continue this journey and keep you updated!

Recovering from Traveling the Bella Fiore Way

Iv Therapy “The Myers’ Cocktail Push”

After traveling the body is depleted. I feel that this line is too long. Exposure to sick travelers, jet lag, poor quality food and dehydration are only some of the factors that combine to leave the body in need of some support. When I am trying to recover quickly I like to “cheat” and start with a “Myers’ cocktail”.

No it isn’t a drink; a “Myers’ cocktail” is a specific combination of nutrients: Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, a complex of B vitamins, and additional Vitamin B6, B5 and B12. The nutrients are blended with sterile water and administered in a syringe. This might sound a little scary but it isn’t uncomfortable and allows for quick replenishment over the course of about 10-15 minutes.

Sauna “Getting out the bad and encouraging the good”

Now there are a ton of benefits of jumping into a sauna for at least 15 minutes. I think the Far-infrared version is the best because it works quickly had has a particularly useful spectrum and low EMF exposure. Many benefits aside, after traveling and aiming to get myself back up and running as quickly as possible I focus on the sauna for a following reasons:

Boosting the immune system

A significant benefits of sauna is that it helps to create a stronger immune system. Spending time in a far-infrared sauna helps to encourage the body to make white blood cells. These white blood cells are a big part of how the body fights against attacking infections and ailments. After nearly 20 hours flying, I want to do everything I can to fight off any bugs I might be bringing back.

Detoxing

Metabolic wastes are eliminated while sweating in a sauna. Your body is built to use a variety of channels to rid itself of wastes and toxins.  Sweat glands along with the bowel, tears, lungs, and kidneys are used to move all the bad stuff I picked up along the way out of the system. This can be particularly important as I am trying to wring every ounce of recovery out of my body that I can. Anything I can do to lessen the burden is a good thing.

Colonic Hydration and other Bonuses

Following my time in the Sauna I moved to the colonic. Now, colon hydrotherapy can seem a little scary or even a little taboo for folks but I assure you it is a pleasant experience.

The colonic works on a couple of different levels to help people recover from travel:

  • Constipation: Unfortunately traveling can leave your digestive system blocked and you very uncomfortable. One of colonics main benefits is that it cleans out your system and restores your natural regularity.
  • Hydration: The colon is one of the most important organs in the body and plays an important part in maintaining healthy digestion as well as eliminating toxins. By keeping it hydrated, it allows natural absorption to occur and overall keeps the body healthy.
  • Contributing to proper liver and gallbladder function. Although not as effective as a liver or gallbladder cleanse, colonics still promote better digestion in all you digestive organs. It encourages the liver and gallbladder to purge any toxins you would have picked up on your trip.

Massage fascial release and structural decompression

To wrap things up I booked time with Nava our fascial release guru. Nava is an amazing LMP that works a little differently that most professionals that use deep tissue, Thai, or Swedish techniques.

Fascial release is focused on the fascia that is the living webbing that connects and divides component of our body’s structure.  It envelops muscle at every level, separates muscle from muscle, connects muscle to bone and bone to bone, and wraps and connects and divides our viscera.  Home to smooth muscle cells, fascia is nervous system-intertwined.  Thus, working it gently directly aids the mind.