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Are Vocal Troubles Affecting Your Speaking?

Are Vocal Troubles Affecting Your Speaking?

Have you ever lost your voice, or had a bad sore throat, or such a bad cough, that you were not able to carry on with your daily activities, let alone do all the talking necessary for your work?

If so, you are certainly not alone! Many a speaker or person in business who depends on making speeches, presentations and phone calls, has run into this problem.

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Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Healthy Living/Healthy Body | 0 comments

Take Nothing for Granted

Take Nothing for Granted

Do you ever truly realize the many wondrous feats our hands can do? They’re ingenious. For me, with multiple careers involving the use of my hands – golf, writing, playing piano and organ professionally, and cooking – you can bet mine are treasured extremities. And that’s why I consider myself extremely lucky to have sustained only major cuts on both hands in a dish-washing mishap the day after Christmas. I’m reminded how easily, in one instant, everything can change.

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Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Contributing Expert, Get Inspired, Healthy Living/Healthy Body, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset | 0 comments

The Best Christmas Recipe

The Best Christmas Recipe

Secrets of Christmas Past

Must buy the perfect present… What to have for Christmas dinner… Get those Christmas cookies baked. When are we trimming the tree? Clean the house… Who will I be with this Christmas? YIKES – I CANNOT HANDLE THIS: ( … Stress! Stress! Stress!

These familiar feelings of dread make a sharp contrast with the true significance of Christmas – Peace on Earth, Goodwill, Joy and Love; Celebration! So how do we reconcile the hustle and bustle and Christmas EXHAUSTION – with the deep feelings of peace and love that we all want?

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Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in Contributing Expert, Get Inspired, Healthy Living/Healthy Body, Mind, Body & Spirit | 0 comments

Don’t Like the Sound of Your Voice? Help Is Here!

Don’t Like the Sound of Your Voice? Help Is Here!

Do you like the sound of your voice? If not, you are not alone.

First of all, there is the shock of hearing what you sound like on an audio or in a video recording. We are so used to how we sound from inside our own heads, that it is hard to believe that the sound of our voice from an external source is really our voice.

Second, there is such a demand these days to make videos, host podcasts, and lead webinars, that we really can’t avoid listening to ourselves far more often than we had in the past.

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Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Healthy Living/Healthy Body, Inspirational Audio & Video, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

‘Anesthesia’ explores our attempts at escape from reality

‘Anesthesia’ explores our attempts at escape from reality

“Anesthesia” (2015). Cast: Sam Waterston, Glenn Close, Tim Blake Nelson, Corey Stoll, Kristen Stewart, Gretchen Mol, Richard Thomas, K. Todd Freeman, Michael K. Williams, Jessica Hecht, Hannah Marks, Ben Konigsberg, Jacqueline Baum, Ekaterina Samsonov, J. Bernard Calloway, Rob Morgan, Scott Cohen, Gloria Reuben. Director: Tim Blake Nelson. Screenplay: Tim Blake Nelson. Web site. Trailer.

The struggles of everyday life can be overwhelming. They may even be more to cope with than we can handle. And, because of that, many of us may seek avenues of escape from the pain and hardship through various means. But, in doing so, we may unwittingly cut ourselves off from sources of support, comfort and guidance. Such are the themes explored in the engaging multifaceted drama, “Anesthesia,” now available on DVD, Blu-ray disk and video on demand.

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Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Contributing Expert, Healthy Living/Healthy Body, Mind, Body & Spirit | 0 comments

Follow The Money: How The Sugar Industry Ruined Our Health

Follow The Money: How The Sugar Industry Ruined Our Health

The health of millions of Americans and perhaps millions of people worldwide has been damaged over the past 50 years by the sugar industry in the United States. A recent review in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine shows that the sugar industry in the United States influenced researchers and ultimately government policy on dietary interventions for the prevention of heart disease.

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Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Healthy Living/Healthy Body, Mind, Body & Spirit, Smart Women Tips, Success | 0 comments

Pura Vida!  The Secret to Living 100 Years

Pura Vida! The Secret to Living 100 Years

Over a decade ago, I visited a friend in Costa Rica and fell in love with the country. Since then, I have returned eight times; leading women’s retreats, celebrating my daughter’s 18th birthday, and just exploring the countryside. I loved it so much that I almost bought a ten-acre farm in the Nicoya Peninsula.

The Nicoya Peninsula is known as one of the Blue Zones, famous for the high rate of Centenarians — people living to 100 and beyond. In fact, in June 2012, Costa Rica reported 416 citizens over the age of 100. With just 4.5 million citizens, that’s a huge number.

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Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Healthy Living/Healthy Body, Mind, Body & Spirit, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Adrenal Recovery: How long should it take to feel good again?

Adrenal Recovery: How long should it take to feel good again?

I get asked daily in my office, “how long will it take for me to feel like myself again?” This is not an easy question to answer because the question you should be asking is, “how long did it take me to get this far out of balance?” However, there are some lifestyle changes you can make that will speed up the process, but first ask yourself the following questions:

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Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Contributing Expert, Healthy Living/Healthy Body | 0 comments

Natural Treatments in Costa Rica

Natural Treatments in Costa Rica

As I travel, I learn more and more about natural treatments.  On my recent trip Costa Rica, unfortunately due to illness, our family had personal experience with a natural healing technique. While enjoying incredible natural beauty of Costa Rica we had a situation where my husband became quite ill in the wee hours of a Sunday morning. He had dizziness and intractable vomiting. We were staying in a tiny town in Costa Rica where there was no pharmacy. The closest Pharmacy was 10 to 15 miles away on difficult roads, but the problem was that it was Sunday and they were closed. Although I had brought some pharmaceuticals along with me, I did not have anything to remedy the situation.

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Posted by on Dec 28, 2015 in Contributing Expert, Healthy Living/Healthy Body | 0 comments

Are Toxins Making You Fat and Sick?

Are Toxins Making You Fat and Sick?

Toxins and illness are a hot topic. Recently I attended the American Academy for anti-aging medicine where there were a number of presentations about the effects of toxins and health. We see more and more people becoming ill with autoimmune disorders, fatigue, and memory problems that they have not responded to treatment. Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disorder which is known to have a strong connection to toxin exposures. Diabetes and obesity are two other known health epidemics that are important health results of toxin exposure.

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Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Contributing Expert, Healthy Living/Healthy Body | 1 comment

I Gave Myself A Present

I Gave Myself A Present

It’s the time of year when we think about gift giving.  Read the story of the gift of health I gave myself:

As an Ob-Gyn doctor for 25 years, I spent most of my working time standing up.  I was either standing up at the operating table or standing up and walking from exam room to exam room at my office.  My desk was a standing counter top in the back of the office suite.  I sat only long enough to perform gynecologic exams, which, fortunately for the patients, lasted only a few short moments.

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Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Healthy Living/Healthy Body, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset, Smart Women Tips | 0 comments

Bullying

Bullying

As I helped my daughter pack for choir camp, I noticed she didn’t seem very excited to go. Her underwhelming enthusiasm didn’t make sense. Choir has always been her place to shine. She worked hard to earn a spot in the audition-only group and she had always looked forward to the annual trip with her fellow singers.

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Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Enlightenment, Healthy Living/Healthy Body, Mind, Body & Spirit | 0 comments

On Thyroid Medication and Still Feeling Bad

On Thyroid Medication and Still Feeling Bad

sklarcenter-edf96646-8df4-444a-982c-7e7f128d7b3f-v2Cheryl was under treatment for her thyroid.  She spent 15 years going to multiple doctors including endocrinologists and her primary care doctor.  She had an “in.”  Her husband was a doctor and knew everyone on staff at the hospital.  She got the best that conventional medicine had to offer.  But she just knew something was wrong.  Her joints ached, her hair was getting thinner and thinner and she feared going bald.  She was taking the usual thyroid treatment with a prescription medication called levothyroxine (brand name Synthroid). 

So what was the problem?  We have 4 thyroid hormones: T1, T2, T3, and T4 which are numbered depending on how many iodine atoms are attached to the hormone.  Not a lot is known about the function of T1 and T2.  T3 is our main thyroid hormone, meaning that it is the one that attaches to cell membranes throughout our bodies and causes metabolic changes to occur in the cell—like more rapid metabolism.  T4 functions as a reservoir hormone, meaning that it is there as a source of conversion into the active form, T3.   

Most often, only T4 is measured on lab testing.  Since this is the inactive form of thyroid, it’s not a good measure of how your thyroid is functioning.  Free T3, the form of T3 is what needs to be measured—and it’s not enough to be in the “normal range.”  You want your level at the upper end of the normal range. 

Cheryl was prescribed levothyroxine for her thyroid problem. Levothryoxine only contains T4.  So Cheryl’s doctors were counting on her body’s ability to convert T4 into T3. She, like most of the patients I see, are poor convertors of T4 to T3.  Multiple doctors ran free T4 tests and told her she was “in the normal range.”  And indeed she was in the normal range for the labs they tested.   

But they never checked her free T3, the most important test of thyroid function.  Her free T3 was very low.  By adding a medication containing T3 to her current regimen with levothyroxine, she felt like a new person.  Her joint pain disappeared.  Her tai chi practice improved by leaps and bounds because she was no longer in pain.  New hairs were sprouting around her hairline.   

She felt betrayed by all of those doctors who told her everything was in the “normal” range, but finally after 15 years she felt really well.

 

SusanSklar2012Dr. Susan Sklar is the founder and medical director of the Sklar Center for Restorative Medicine where she helps midlife men and women look and feel better and lead longer, healthier lives. She uses the view of Restorative Medicine which recognizes that hormonal and other biochemical changes cause humans to age in ways that are not necessary or inevitable.  Replacement and balancing of these natural substances result in improved vitality and a longer healthy span of life with less chronic illness.   Dr. Sklar has completed her fellowship training in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine after  more than 25 years of experience as an obstetrician/gynecologist, placing her uniquely at the forefront of the care of men and women in midlife health transitions.  She sees private patients at her center in Long Beach, California.

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Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Get Inspired, Healthy Living/Healthy Body, Mind, Body & Spirit | 0 comments

Unresolved Thyroid Symptoms: Answers and Solutions

Unresolved Thyroid Symptoms: Answers and Solutions

sklarcenter-8b620840-da8b-49b6-ab99-2812cba2e291-v2She sat there on a summer day in a wool coat, her face haggard and drawn from exhaustion, telling me how she had no energy, was steadily getting fatter, and felt cold no matter how many layers of clothes she wore. Karen retired early because she had difficulty functioning on the job. 

She couldn’t remember things and her brain worked so slowly that she felt like she was under water slogging her way through each day.  She had seen 8 doctors over 5 years without relief.  I knew what the problem was before any lab results were back.  When I told her, she started to cry.   

This is a story I have heard over and over since starting my restorative medicine practice.  Why does this happen?  There are an estimated 20 million Americans with thyroid problems.  They occur far more frequently in women than in men.  Yet, this is one of the most commonly misdiagnosed and mistreated health problems in America. 

Women often think that they must have low thyroid function because of symptoms like weight gain, fatigue, dry skin, dry hair, hair loss, brittle nails, constipation, and cold hands and feet.  They’ll go to the doctor and explain that they have these symptoms.  A blood test is done and almost all of the time they are then told their thyroid is normal, it must be something else.  But no one knows what. 

Karen’s doctor ordered a thyroid stimulating hormone test (TSH).  This is one of the tests that’s like asking your mother how your father feels instead of asking her directly.  It is a test that asks your brain how your thyroid is doing.  It’s an indirect measure.  The pituitary gland in the front of the brain produces TSH in response to the levels of hormones made by the thyroid gland.  It is the regulator of thyroid gland function.  When thyroid hormone levels are low, the pituitary gland swings into action and sends messages (TSH) to the thyroid gland to tell it to make more hormones.  It is, however, a poor indicator of when the thyroid gland is making too few hormones.  When doctors depend on TSH measurements to tell whether your thyroid is functioning well, they are missing many instances of low thyroid function. 

The other problem with using the TSH test is that the reference range established by almost every lab is too high, missing many cases of low thyroid function. 

Since it is an indirect measure, it is high when your thyroid is underfunctioning (hypothyroid) and low when your thyroid is overfunctioning (hyperthyroid).   Like a see saw.See Saw

Most labs say that 05-4.5 is the normal reference range.  However, by the time your TSH is over 1 or 2 your gland is significantly under functioning.  So your goal for your TSH is less than 1-2.  At this level, chances are better that your thyroid gland is working well for you.   

Well, I’m here to tell you that if you have the above symptoms, you probably have low thyroid function.  And the tests that were done?  Either they were incomplete or incorrectly interpreted. 

You can learn about this and more at our August event: “Unresolved Thyroid Symptoms: Answers and Solutions on Tuesday, August 18th. Please reserve your spot!
Glam headshot croppedDr. Susan Sklar is the founder and medical director of the Sklar Center for Restorative Medicine where she helps midlife men and women look and feel better and lead longer, healthier lives. She uses the view of Restorative Medicine which recognizes that hormonal and other biochemical changes cause humans to age in ways that are not necessary or inevitable.  Replacement and balancing of these natural substances result in improved vitality and a longer healthy span of life with less chronic illness.   Dr. Sklar has completed her fellowship training in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine after  more than 25 years of experience as an obstetrician/gynecologist, placing her uniquely at the forefront of the care of men and women in midlife health transitions.  She sees private patients at her center in Long Beach, California.

 

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Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Enlightenment, Healthy Living/Healthy Body, Mind, Body & Spirit | 0 comments

Pregnancy Toxins Quadruple Breast Cancer Rate

Pregnancy Toxins Quadruple Breast Cancer Rate

sklarcenter-1ef08b50-8fca-4f04-a8a5-bcdc1b86254b-v2If you think toxins are just a buzz word, think again.  Some of the most detrimental forces on health in our modern world are caused by toxins in our environment.

Here’s one that just came to light.  DDT has not been used in the United States for many years.  After its use during World War II for controlling typhus and malaria, it was used as a pesticide on foods.  It was made famous by Rachel Carson in her 1962 book “Silent Spring.”  Finally, it was outlawed in 1972 for agricultural use in the United States.  It still is used in some parts of the world for malaria control.

DDT is known as an endocrine disruptor.  This means it acts like a hormone, but not in a good way.  It mimics some of the actions of hormones, particularly estrogen, but doesn’t do it in the normal way.

Age at time of exposure to DDT is the important factor in whether it causes breast cancer in women.  Women exposed to DDT as adults don’t seem to have an increased rate of breast cancer.  However, when exposed to DDT at a young age, breast cancer risk soars.  Little girls exposed to DDT at age 4 have 5 times the rate of breast cancer as adults.

A recent study from Berkeley, California shows that women who were exposed to DDT while they were in utero have a 4 times increased rate of breast cancer.  This means that their mothers were exposed to high amounts of DDT while they were pregnant.  Women born in the 1960’s when DDT use was high are now reaching menopause age.  This study is the first time ever that a large group of mothers and daughters have been studied for long term effects.  The study shows that women are affected at younger ages and with more aggressive types of breast cancer tumors.

Although DDT is banned in the U.S., it is still use worldwide and it has a long life and therefore stays in the environment for a long time after use. One of the benefits of banning it was the return of populations of the bald eagle and the peregrine falcon which were once nearly decimated.

This points out the importance of cutting down toxins in your environment. You can start now with the Core Restore Biotransformation Kit. It removes toxins that have accumulated in your body.

Please see the Sklar Center Detox resource page for more information on toxins and your health.

 

SusanSklar2012Dr. Susan Sklar is the founder and medical director of the Sklar Center for Restorative Medicine where she helps midlife men and women look and feel better and lead longer, healthier lives. She uses the view of Restorative Medicine which recognizes that hormonal and other biochemical changes cause humans to age in ways that are not necessary or inevitable.  Replacement and balancing of these natural substances result in improved vitality and a longer healthy span of life with less chronic illness.   Dr. Sklar has completed her fellowship training in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine after  more than 25 years of experience as an obstetrician/gynecologist, placing her uniquely at the forefront of the care of men and women in midlife health transitions.  She sees private patients at her center in Long Beach, California.

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Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Healthy Living/Healthy Body, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset | 0 comments

Advanced Techniques to Manage your Energy Field So You are not Running Everyone’s Energy Through your Own Body

Advanced Techniques to Manage your Energy Field So You are not Running Everyone’s Energy Through your Own Body

The secret to dealing with being highly sensitive or empathic and feeling flooded with other people’s energies and emotions is to learn how to manage your personal energy and your energy field or aura.

The next two articles are the final segments in this series which has examined the issue of feeling highly sensitive to other people and their emotions (empath), or even to chaotic, noisy or low energy environments that can leave you feeling drained or overwhelmed.

We discussed energy techniques in Part III of this series to help you not to take on or absorb other people’s energy. Two of the techniques can be combined to more powerfully assist you to hold your space no matter what is going on around you.

In order to really master the technique of “calling in your energy field” you can add the Rose tool to demarcate the edge of your bio-field. The bio-field, or aura, is the subtle energy that both permeates and surrounds the physical body.

Advanced Practice: Calling in your Field Using the Rose Technique

This exercise is best perfected with a partner. First practice being aware of where your auric field ends by having someone stand a good distance away from you. If you have a large field you may need to go outdoors even to make sure they are outside the edge of your personal energy field. It helps if they are also a bit sensitive to energy.

First it is good to ground your energy using your grounding cord (see Part III) so you can be more centered and aware of your body. Bring your attention out of your mind and become aware of how you feel in your body.

Then “soft focus” your eyes on the floor in front of you rather than looking at the person’s face directly. This keeps you focused on the field rather than any thoughts more specifically coming from your partner.

Have them walk slowly toward you, and notice when you start to feel a tad uncomfortable. If you feel or notice no sensations they may still be in your field and will need to step even further away from you. It may feel strong like an invasion of your space, or mild like a subtle pressure or pushing or even tingling sensation. That is most likely the edge of your field.

You can have the person step back and forth over that area to feel more certainty. Your partner may also notice the edge of your field when they enter it in a similar way, sensing a pushing or thicker more resistant wall of energy.

Now you have identified the edge of your personal energy field, or in other words, where you end and someone else begins. Place the image of a rose with a long stem, at the edge of your field as a visual marker or focus point. Have your partner step back a bit and start moving slowly toward you, but this time every step they take, adjust your field closer to you by moving your rose which represent the edge of your field midway between you and them.

I am happy to report that I was able to walk around a NY Expo with 12,000 attendees, and consistently keep my energy field so tight around me for two whole days that I was not affected by the seriously chaotic jam-packed environment.  I was able to manage my nerves of presenting an important proposal, and stay in a wonderful relaxed, connected centered space the entire trip.  This was a personal miracle for me!

The purpose here is to contract your energy field tighter around your body, so that another person’s energy is not flowing through your field. This does take practice. It is best to become adept at pulling in your field when it doesn’t count, rather than waiting till you are at a huge conference or store and feeling bombarded.

Next: How Sacred Geometry Can Create Strong Energetic Boundaries and Activate your Light Body

 

Kumari MullinInternationally recognized intuitive coach and energy healer, visionary spiritual leader and animal mystic, Kumari currently hosts “How to Heal Anything LIVE” an internet TV program and formerly “Co-Creation Activations”, a global broadcast on World Puja Network. She is the co-author of the best-selling books “Empowering Transformations for Women” and penned the Forward in “Journey to Joy”, critically acclaimed CDs “Connecting with All Life” and “Awaken your Soul” and numerous articles on healing, manifesting and intuitive development.One internationally recognized spiritual mentor exclaimed “Kumari’s purpose is to Teach the Teachers Mastery”; her Meditation Master described her extraordinary healing abilities as a “Golden Gift”. Kumari lives in a world where communicating directly with Spirit realms, animals and all of nature is the norm. Kumari facilitates teleseminars, playshops and retreats to empower reconnection with our natural healing, intuitive and manifesting abilities.

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Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Healthy Living/Healthy Body, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset | 0 comments

How You Can Claim Your Super-Power and Use Your Sensitivity to Great Advantage at Work, in Relationships, or as a Healer or Coach

How You Can Claim Your Super-Power and Use Your Sensitivity to Great Advantage at Work, in Relationships, or as a Healer or Coach

Beautiful woman in superhero costume over gray backgroundIf you are plagued by feeling like you are overly sensitive, or an empath and emotionally affected by other people, you may really want to review the previous articles in this series  We examined the topic of super-sensitivity, or Highly Sensitive Person as it is now called, that can leave you feeling unusually drained, overwhelmed, as if you are a lightning rod for everyone else’s emotions.

We covered several great energy tools to clear your personal energy field, and also several targeted intentions and even Soul Agreements to consciously reset your healthy energy boundaries, so you are not “taking on other peoples’ stuff.”

Now that you have some great techniques to more easily manage your energy and your super sensitivity, it is time to fully claim your Super-Power. For truly, heightened sensitivity is the hallmark of greater awareness and higher consciousness.

So the first thing I want you to do is to become aware of how you think about yourself. Do you complain that you are cursed being so sensitive? It may be a good time to restate this idea and begin to unwrap the precious gift that is awaiting you. I wouldn’t be the healer and teacher I am today if I didn’t learn to unpack and cultivate these intuitive qualities of the empath or sensitive.

Benefits of Being Highly Sensitive in the Workplace

In the workplace, your super-sensitivity can be a very valuable asset. This gift allows you to know/sense/feel what other people are thinking or feeling without being told. They may not even realize yet what they are experiencing!

So with your boss, co-workers, or clients, when you pick up something energetically you can address this directly or indirectly to help them feel safer and let them know that you understand their unique feelings or perspective.

When making presentations or sales, you can more fluidly handle objections that have not even been raised; and anticipate reactions as you may actually feel the energy shift before they even acknowledge it mentally or articulate verbally.

Being highly sensitive and feeling allows you to tailor your talks and presentations more to each audience, as you can more precisely gauge their unspoken reactions and address it more specifically.

I am very aware that when I speak to different groups, I am able to sense who is taking it in, and who may be a bit challenged or need more time or a different approach. I watch in awe sometimes as even my language or examples can be totally unique as I attune to a particular group.

In decision-making, your sensitivity can serve you really well as you begin to navigate how you feel when something is aligned with you or not. You have a much better navigation system as a result, and can avoid costly mistakes and time wasted going down a path that is not in your or your business’ best interests.

Many successful business leaders have channeled their sensitivity and “follow their gut” in hiring, market trends, who to partner with, and decision-making.

Benefits of Being Highly Sensitive in Relationships

In relationships, your sensitivity and intuition allows you to be more skillful at sorting out what is yours and also what is not yours. This allows you to speak more clearly about what you feel is going on under the surface, both for you and others, which can totally break open a pattern that perhaps was never seen or understood with that depth of clarity before. Your increased empathy can make someone else feel uniquely seen and understood.

When you use the Rose tool to make separations, and realize that what you are feeling may not be yours, it is easier to be more detached and therefore not so reactive. Many arguments have been dissipated in this way, and have led to major personal breakthroughs and much happier relationships.

Benefits of Being Highly Sensitive with Animals

When you are with animals, your high sensitivity will allow you to feel with more clarity what is going on with them. While it takes some practice to listen on a telepathic level, being sensitive to energy and emotion will give you a heads up when something is brewing with your beloved animals well before there are more obvious symptoms. This gives you the opportunity to begin addressing any upsets or imbalances before they progress into illness or behavior problems.

Benefits of Being Highly Sensitive as a Healer

This is where it really gets fun. As a healer, you are already being asked to support the client or friend you are working with so the door is much more open for a deeper exploration of any sensations, emotions or thought-forms that you are picking up.

It is important to note that you may need to ask permission to share these types of insights if you normally have not, and I have found everyone is open once I explain it. I say something like this: “Sometimes when I am doing energy work I may get impressions or sensations or other types of information. Would it be okay if I share those with you?”

I also refrain from the trap of being “right” in my interpretations and always trying to figure it all out first before I share my subtle impressions or sensations.  I just share it the way I receive it, and do my best to describe it.  Then I may add what I feel it may mean, but I also allow the recipient some room to decode it and extract their own interpretations.

In conclusion, there are endless applications for fully utilizing your “sensitivity” and transform it into a super-power that will bring you much more clarity, connection and enjoyment of your higher consciousness.

Now that you are no longer feeling burdened by being so sensitive, or feeling like you are doing something really wrong, how can you now more fully embrace your gifts of super-sensitivity and claim your super-powers? Sometimes just reframing something from a problem to a possibility–or even a special gift–can be life-altering.

Next:  Advanced Techniques to Manage your Energy Field So You are not Running Everyone’s Energy Through your Own Body

 

Kumari MullinInternationally recognized intuitive coach and energy healer, visionary spiritual leader and animal mystic, Kumari currently hosts “How to Heal Anything LIVE” an internet TV program and formerly “Co-Creation Activations”, a global broadcast on World Puja Network. She is the co-author of the best-selling books “Empowering Transformations for Women” and penned the Forward in “Journey to Joy”, critically acclaimed CDs “Connecting with All Life” and “Awaken your Soul” and numerous articles on healing, manifesting and intuitive development.One internationally recognized spiritual mentor exclaimed “Kumari’s purpose is to Teach the Teachers Mastery”; her Meditation Master described her extraordinary healing abilities as a “Golden Gift”. Kumari lives in a world where communicating directly with Spirit realms, animals and all of nature is the norm. Kumari facilitates teleseminars, playshops and retreats to empower reconnection with our natural healing, intuitive and manifesting abilities.

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Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Healthy Living/Healthy Body, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset | 0 comments

How Do You Know When You Are Being Impacted by Other Peoples’ Energies?

How Do You Know When You Are Being Impacted by Other Peoples’ Energies?

energyWould you be surprised to discover that you may be experiencing thoughts and emotions – and they are not even yours?! This is actually very often the case, and it turns out to be very good news, once you understand how to make separations and clear those energies and emotions.

In Part I of this series, I wrote about how extreme sensitivity (or Highly Sensitive Person) is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it enables you to notice subtle sensations that allow you to more deeply understand how others may be feeling. On the other hand, you can feel bombarded by stimuli and have difficulty processing loud noises, crowds, and chaotic environments.

Why Would Anyone Feel Other People’s Energy and Emotions?

Well, several reasons come to mind. My first response would be my favorite teaching:

  1. Everything is Energy: even thoughts and emotions have a signature frequency and can be discerned by many people, and all animals. As you grow in awareness, the subtler realms of sensation and feeling energies becomes more heightened, and you become more empathic.
  2. Compassion: You made a conscious or unconscious choice to help/feel/heal others.
  3. Protection: You wish to have a “heads-up” of what is coming your way so you can prepare/protect yourself.

How Do We Feel Other People’s Energy and Emotions?

As explained above, it is actually quite natural to feel others’ energies. All life forms have a subtle energy field, also known as the aura or bio-field, which picks up many stimuli in the environment. Our personal energy field acts as a communications device, transmitting and receiving energy and information about our surroundings.

The natural distance for our personal energy field is approximately an arm’s length out in a circle all around us. However, it is not static and can be extended much farther than that, or retracted very tightly right up to the skin. We can learn how to play with our energy field and make it more appropriate for different situations. (I will share more on this technique in Part III).

How Do We Know What We are Feeling is not Ours?

This may take some practice. For me, it has taken many years of practice and learning techniques to become more aware, then to manage and clear my energy and my field, and ultimately to reset my boundaries on how I choose to be an open-hearted,  empathic healer in a physical body.

Here are some tips to help you become more discerning:

  1. Accept that everything you feel is not about you. Some people may have trouble with this but it is essential to begin to have more discernment and detachment.
  1. Awareness: Notice the circumstances. If a feeling comes on quite suddenly and without any supporting reason, that could be a clue. Of course, our mental/emotional bodies are quite changeable and the reasons we feel things are not always rational and logical. If you are serious about your personal and spiritual growth, you do need to honor what you feel as that can be a signpost that something is amiss and you need to explore a bit deeper.
  1. Ask for Clarity: Many years ago I was noticing I was getting depressed quite suddenly and often after visiting a supermarket or other public place. I was a dedicated spiritual warrior/healer and was constantly unearthing more layers of stuff I felt I had to “work on”.

Then I had a major “aha” – what if all this sadness wasn’t even mine? I sat and meditated on the question and got a very clear message that it in fact was not. I was feeling someone else, and as a healer felt compelled to take responsibility and begin clearing it. What a relief! I was working overtime on everyone else—and it was such a comfort to have this understanding that I was not so sad after all!

  1. Use Energy Clearing Techniques to begin to sort out what is you, and what is not you. There are many modalities to choose from, and whatever works to help you feel more centered, balanced, stable, clear and lighter is extraordinarily useful. This makes up the bulk of my energy alchemy practice, as it is a daily practice to stay clear, not a one-time deal. 

It is not unlike needing to change air filters regularly. We are all impacted by all energy all the time, even our animals, and it is necessary to find practices that you can do regularly to support filtering out the gunk. (I share several energy clearing tools in the next installment).

  1. Intention. A great place to start shifting your experience is always to set a clear intention. Try this for a simple yet very potent energy clearing:

ENERGY ALCHEMY INTENTION: “I release any energies (thoughts, emotions, feelings, beliefs, concepts) that are not mine.”

NEXT: How to Manage your Energy So You Don’t Take on Other People’s Stuff

 

Kumari MullinKumari Healing Internationally recognized intuitive coach and energy healer, visionary spiritual leader and animal mystic, Kumari currently hosts “How to Heal Anything LIVE” an internet TV program and formerly “Co-Creation Activations”, a global broadcast on World Puja Network. She is the co-author of the best-selling books “Empowering Transformations for Women” and penned the Forward in “Journey to Joy”, critically acclaimed CDs “Connecting with All Life” and “Awaken your Soul” and numerous articles on healing, manifesting and intuitive development.One internationally recognized spiritual mentor exclaimed “Kumari’s purpose is to Teach the Teachers Mastery”; her Meditation Master described her extraordinary healing abilities as a “Golden Gift”. Kumari lives in a world where communicating directly with Spirit realms, animals and all of nature is the norm. Kumari facilitates teleseminars, playshops and retreats to empower reconnection with our natural healing, intuitive and manifesting abilities.

 

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Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Contributing Expert, Healthy Living/Healthy Body, Mind, Body & Spirit | 0 comments

Oral Hygiene and the Health of the Body

Oral Hygiene and the Health of the Body

sklarcenter-dkxunbpsxgjegabwkrhgnwhfafpldpib-v2Years ago, a physician who suspected a patient had heart disease would probably not refer him to a gum specialist. The same holds true for diabetes and arthritis. Times have changed.

The past 5 to 10 years have seen a growing body of research linking the health of your mouth to the overall health of your body. According to the American Dental Association, 40 percent of people with gum disease also have a chronic health condition.

What’s feeding the link? Not taking proper care of your mouth results in bacterial growth, which causes inflammation that not only spurs diseases of the teeth and gums, but can cause problems for other body systems if left unchecked. Oral problems can also be a symptom of other diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease.

Several factors can affect oral health–it’s not just about brushing and flossing. The health of your mouth and teeth is affected by diet (frequent consumption of processed and high-sugar foods/beverages), stress levels, quality of sleep, poor digestion, deficiencies in minerals and vitamins, and medication.

Living with a chronic health condition can have detrimental effects on oral health. “For example, many medicines … can reduce the amount of saliva in your mouth, resulting in dry mouth” says Dr. David Albert, associate professor of clinical dentistry at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. “Patients with asthma often breathe through their mouths, which can result in dry mouth, increased plaque formation, and gingivitis.”

As previously mentioned, oral health has been related to several other health concerns.

Diabetes. One complication of diabetes is gum disease that results from impaired blood flow through the blood vessels. When the gums don’t receive sufficient blood flow, they become weak and vulnerable to infection. If diabetes is not properly managed, high glucose levels in the mouth will promote bacterial growth.

Heart disease. Chronic bacterial infection of the gums, or periodontal disease (PD), has been linked to increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Researchers are still examining the exact reasons for this connection, but it has been suggested that PD increases inflammation, a risk factor for heart disease. It’s also possible that bacteria from the mouth travels into the bloodstream and adds to buildup of plaque in the arteries. While there isn’t a direct cause-and-effect relationship, both PD and heart disease share common risk factors including smoking and diabetes.

Arthritis. In a recent small study, bacteria from the mouth was found in synovial (joint) fluid in people with knee arthritis. For some participants in these studies, there was a genetic match between the bacteria in the mouth and that found in the joint fluid. Further research is required.

Oral Hygiene Habits that Benefit the Whole Body

You are the best advocate for the health of your teeth and mouth. On a weekly basis, check inside your mouth for swollen or bleeding gums; foul mouth odor that does not go away; cracked, chipped, or discolored teeth; tooth and/or jaw pain; and sores or lesions on the gums, cheeks, or tongue. Any of these can be symptomatic of more serious health problems and should be brought to the attention of your doctor. The best way to prevent such problems from developing is to maintain healthy dental hygiene habits:

  • Eat a balanced diet without excessive sweets. As far back as the 1940s, researchers like Weston A. Price observed the role of nutrition in dental and physical health. Price was one of the first to conclude that “foods of commerce,” such as flour, sugar, and processed food products cause nutritional deficiencies (especially in vitamins and minerals) that result in dental and general health problems.
  • Don’t smoke or use smokeless tobacco products.
  • Brush at least twice daily–after breakfast and before bedtime. Floss daily.
  • Brush the tongue
  • Replace your toothbrush at least every three to four months.
  • Drink plenty of water.Chew sugarless gum between meals, especially if you cannot brush teeth. Chewing helps dislodge foods between the teeth and increases saliva flow to neutralize mouth acids.
  • Schedule regular dental visits, usually every six months.

 

SusanSklar2012Dr. Susan Sklar is the founder and medical director of the Sklar Center for Restorative Medicine where she helps midlife men and women look and feel better and lead longer, healthier lives. She uses the view of Restorative Medicine which recognizes that hormonal and other biochemical changes cause humans to age in ways that are not necessary or inevitable.  Replacement and balancing of these natural substances result in improved vitality and a longer healthy span of life with less chronic illness.   Dr. Sklar has completed her fellowship training in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine after  more than 25 years of experience as an obstetrician/gynecologist, placing her uniquely at the forefront of the care of men and women in midlife health transitions.  She sees private patients at her center in Long Beach, California.

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Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Healthy Living/Healthy Body, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset | 0 comments

STRESS MANAGEMENT

STRESS MANAGEMENT

sklarcenter-025dd8bd-49ca-4a80-87aa-2c732e712331-v2Stress is a common occurrence in today’s fast-paced modern world and stress management is a necessary skill. Those who learn and incorporate effective stress management into the daily routine live healthier, more peaceful and joyful lives. This includes learning to identify problems and implement solutions. 

Figure out what triggers your stress. When, or in which situations, do you experience the most stress? Consider the obvious stressors such as job pressures, relationship problems and financial difficulties. Also consider daily hassles, such as commuting and waiting in lines. 
  
Once you have identified your stress triggers, think about coping strategies such as focusing on an aspect of the situation that you can control, or taking up an activity which focuses on relaxation. Deep breathing, massage, tai chi, yoga, mindfulness in meditation and being in nature are some of the most common stress management activities. 

When choosing a relaxation technique, consider your specific needs, preferences, fitness level, and the way you tend to react to stress. Relaxation requires practice. Start with 10 minutes a day, and work your way up to 20 minutes a day of practice. Whatever activity you choose, it is important to remember that relaxation is a mentally active process that should leave your body relaxed, calm, and focused. 

The right relaxation technique will resonate with you, fit your lifestyle, and focus your mind. You may even find that alternating or combining different techniques will keep you motivated and provide you with the best results. Try a few and stick with what works best for you.


Mayo Clinic Relaxation Techniques 

The UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center has many free downloadable Mindful Meditations on their website. 

SusanSklar2012Dr. Susan Sklar is the founder and medical director of the Sklar Center for Restorative Medicine where she helps midlife men and women look and feel better and lead longer, healthier lives. She uses the view of Restorative Medicine which recognizes that hormonal and other biochemical changes cause humans to age in ways that are not necessary or inevitable.  Replacement and balancing of these natural substances result in improved vitality and a longer healthy span of life with less chronic illness.   Dr. Sklar has completed her fellowship training in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine after  more than 25 years of experience as an obstetrician/gynecologist, placing her uniquely at the forefront of the care of men and women in midlife health transitions.  She sees private patients at her center in Long Beach, California.

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Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Healthy Living/Healthy Body, Mind, Body & Spirit, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Keeping Up With Adrenal Health

Keeping Up With Adrenal Health

sklarcenter-906a3ed8-13a0-44e7-beef-b5ec098fe720-v2The stress of modern everyday life is enough to wear even the healthiest of people down over time. Daily stressors such as a busy lifestyle, as well as more intense stress, such as a fight with a loved one, trouble at work, or a physical injury can take a toll on the adrenal glands. 

Frequent and intense stress can overstimulate the adrenal glands, and in time, cause them to become ineffective at regulating the body’s hormone levels. This is known as “adrenal dysfunction” and “adrenal fatigue.” Like with many kinds of fatigue, there may be a variety of symptoms, including constant weariness, inability to cope with stress, recurrent infections, irritability, cravings for sweet foods, and more. The treatment for adrenal fatigue requires a comprehensive, full-body diagnostic approach. 

Here are 5 ways that you can help support your adrenal glands. 

1. Load-up on nutrients, especially Vitamin C. A healthy, balanced diet of whole foods is an important part of maintaining adrenal health, and will have the greatest impact on adrenal health long-term. Stick to a diet that is rich in whole fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. The adrenal glands rely on B and C vitamins, zinc, magnesium, and quality proteins for optimal health and function. 

2. Work it out! Like a healthy diet, daily aerobic exercise is essential to maintaining adrenal health and reversing adrenal fatigue. Exercise also helps build up your body’s defense to stressors, making them easier to deal with internally. Depending on your level of adrenal health, it is really important to plan this with your doctor. You may need to slowly ease into an exercise program! 

3. Keep stress at bay. Stress management is vital when it comes to restoring adrenal health. Try integrating some simple stress reduction techniques into your daily activities, such as deep breathing or meditation. Find a technique that calms you and easily works into your daily schedule. 

4. Relax. You deserve it and your body craves it. Take 15 to 30 minutes each day to relax. Try deeper bouts of meditation, or if you sit for extended periods of time during the day, fill this time with soothing music and simple stretches that will loosen your body and realign your back. 

5. Make beauty sleep a priority. Sleep is vital for health. Your adrenal glands are constantly working throughout the day, and need time to recharge in order to avoid exhaustion. You can help regulate your body’s internal clock by sticking to a regular bedtime. Choose a bedtime that allows your body enough time to fully recharge, leaving you refreshed – not groggy – when you wake.

 

SusanSklar2012Dr. Susan Sklar is the founder and medical director of the Sklar Center for Restorative Medicine where she helps midlife men and women look and feel better and lead longer, healthier lives. She uses the view of Restorative Medicine which recognizes that hormonal and other biochemical changes cause humans to age in ways that are not necessary or inevitable.  Replacement and balancing of these natural substances result in improved vitality and a longer healthy span of life with less chronic illness.   Dr. Sklar has completed her fellowship training in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine after  more than 25 years of experience as an obstetrician/gynecologist, placing her uniquely at the forefront of the care of men and women in midlife health transitions.  She sees private patients at her center in Long Beach, California.

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Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Healthy Living/Healthy Body, Mind, Body & Spirit | 0 comments

Do You Trust Your Doctor?

Do You Trust Your Doctor?

sklarcenter-6ad9552c-cb17-4caf-b1ff-b6ef712ecba1-v2A survey by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation showed some interesting findings, especially when we are compared to other industrialized countries. The American public on the whole has less trust in the medical profession now than it did 50 years ago. 

We have gone from nearly 75% having great confidence in our medical profession  in 1966 to only 1/3 of people feeling like that currently.  Low income Americans feel even less trust in physicians than higher income people.  Compared to other countries, we rank 24th out of 29 industrialized countries in confidence in their doctors.    

Yet, when asked about satisfaction at their most recent medical encounter, 56% of Americans said they were very or completely satisfied with their visit.  The US ranked third in patient satisfaction.  Yet, the statistics speak otherwise. 
  
In spite of the 56% of surveyed Americans who are satisfied with their care, there are many who are not and are looking for other solutions.   The findings from the 2012 Institute of Medicine Discussion Paper called “Communicating with Patients on Health Care Evidence” showed the following: “…we found that people desire a patient experience that includes deep engagement…We found that people want but do not experience coordinated health care designed to promote communication and shared decision making“. 

In fact, almost 40% of the American public is seeking medical care outside of the traditional medical doctor/hospital system of care according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In 2007 Americans spent $33.9 Billion out of pocket on complementary and alternative medicine.  Why is there so much spending on non-traditional medical care?   

Patients are searching for a different experience.  Many people are frustrated by short office visits and being given a prescription as their only treatment.  The public is looking for a different way of getting healthy and staying healthy.  Your doctor is great when you are sick, but prevention of illness is something you have to do yourself.   

This is what we believe at the Sklar Center.  Your best care is the care that you direct yourself.  The most important things you can do for your health are the things that only you can do:  eating right, exercising, getting enough sleep, and quitting smoking.  Of course you need a guide to teach you how to stay optimally healthy, but the first step is realizing that it’s time to take charge of your own health!

 

SusanSklar2012Dr. Susan Sklar is the founder and medical director of the Sklar Center for Restorative Medicine where she helps midlife men and women look and feel better and lead longer, healthier lives. She uses the view of Restorative Medicine which recognizes that hormonal and other biochemical changes cause humans to age in ways that are not necessary or inevitable.  Replacement and balancing of these natural substances result in improved vitality and a longer healthy span of life with less chronic illness.   Dr. Sklar has completed her fellowship training in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine after  more than 25 years of experience as an obstetrician/gynecologist, placing her uniquely at the forefront of the care of men and women in midlife health transitions.  She sees private patients at her center in Long Beach, California.

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Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Contributing Expert, Healthy Living/Healthy Body, Uncategorized | 0 comments

National Guidelines Challenged

National Guidelines Challenged

sklarcenter-28dcfee2-bf53-4083-ad2b-9cb7f60e3e44-v2The Institute of Medicine (IOM), which is an esteemed organization, part of the National Academy of Sciences, has been challenged by researchers in the study of Vitamin D. Scientists at two different universities have found that the IOM has miscalculated the amount of daily recommend Vitamin D by a factor of 10!  The IOM recommended 600-700 iu per day when in fact 7,000 iu per day from all sources is the recommendation for reduction of diseases related to Vitamin D deficiency. 
  
This is vital information. It is estimated that we could achieve a 67-70% reduction in breast cancer, type I diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and colon cancer—WITHIN ONLY 5 YEARS! Adequate Vitamin D levels also lower risk of ovarian cancer and heart attacks. 

A recent study showed that Vitamin D improves aggressive prostate cancer and in some cases allowed the cancer to regress and disappear from imaging studies altogether. It did this by fighting inflammation in the prostate gland.

The Sklar Center recommends getting your Vitamin D level checked, then calculating how much Vitamin D you will need to take to get your blood level to 60 ng/ml. Be sure you are using a good quality Vitamin D like Replenish D Forte from the Sklar Vitality Store.

 

SusanSklar2012Dr. Susan Sklar is the founder and medical director of the Sklar Center for Restorative Medicine where she helps midlife men and women look and feel better and lead longer, healthier lives. She uses the view of Restorative Medicine which recognizes that hormonal and other biochemical changes cause humans to age in ways that are not necessary or inevitable.  Replacement and balancing of these natural substances result in improved vitality and a longer healthy span of life with less chronic illness.   Dr. Sklar has completed her fellowship training in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine after  more than 25 years of experience as an obstetrician/gynecologist, placing her uniquely at the forefront of the care of men and women in midlife health transitions.  She sees private patients at her center in Long Beach, California.

 

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