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Nutrition: It is not just about what you eat

Posted by Heart's Discovery on August 14, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Did you know that the nature or properties of the foods you eat, how you eat and your frame of mind, affects nutritional intake and ultimate wellness?


The stomach and spleen are paired in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and together this system, along with the lung/large intestine system, provides the life-giving energy the body needs to feed and protect itself. Many imbalances and health issues according to TCM diagnosis, start with stomach/spleen issues. Western medica...

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It is Summer!

Posted by Heart's Discovery on July 16, 2013 at 10:35 PM

As a practitioner of Chinese medicine, summer is fire and is about the heart, relationships, joy, laughter and heat. That could also translate to passion in intimate relationships and lots of socializing and partying in our wider scope of friendship. The heart helps us be our true self and works with our intuition. It is paired with the small intestine representing clarity, discernment and judgement which helps us see what is good for us and who is not.


The heart op...

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Aromatherapy and Stress

Posted by Heart's Discovery on July 11, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Fragrances can move us, bring back memories, improve memory, give us courage and change our mood to help us feel more positive, energized, happy, relaxed, aroused, sleepy or creative. Essential oils activate the olfactory system (sense of smell) to trigger the brain and affect mechanisms for mood or healing. When used therapeutically, aromatherapy is considered a form of alternative medicine.


Essential oils come from natural sources, mostly plants that are either co...

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Acupuncture and Aromatherapy

Posted by Heart's Discovery on May 18, 2013 at 10:50 PM

I love acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) but only discovered it later in life after many years in science and medical research. I always believed there was something more. The best proof is a body of evidence, spanning many years showing something is true. Acupuncture has accumulated 3000 or more years of data and the World Health Organization has done reviews of all the data out there and confirms it is a safe and effective alternative for many conditions.


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To Mow or Not to Mow, that is the Question

Posted by Heart's Discovery on May 3, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Today while mowing my lawn, I became increasingly uncomfortable as I saw how I was decapitating the tops of the lovely little chickweed flowers, bluets, purple self-heal, tall yellow hawkweed, violets, wood sorrel and other unnamed little plants that I have yet to identify. My lawn is really a closet meadow, very little actual grass… I was mowing because I was caving to the expectation that my lawn be green, neat and short.


Conformity, sameness and bland is what the w...

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Wind and Water Part 4

Posted by Heart's Discovery on April 20, 2013 at 11:00 PM

As mundane as this area might seem, the bathroom is worth mentioning again because you want good energy to enter, linger and flow nicely through your home. A badly placed toilet (such as one close to the main door) can cause your good fortune to go directly down the toilet. I like to keep the door closed; the toilet lid down and a silk plant next to the toilet, shielding it from the door, no matter where the bathroom is located in the house. Making it as spa like, enjoyable and pleasant as p...

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Wind and Water Part 3

Posted by Heart's Discovery on March 24, 2013 at 11:05 PM

There are a few different schools of Feng Shui (Wind Water) to optimize good energy and good fortune. The modern methods divide up areas of your home using the front door as point 0. The older more traditional methods divide the nine areas of the house by compass direction.


Each area of the house has unique qualities and is believed to affect specific areas of your life. Readings can get complicated because each area has a specific relationship with the others. The ...

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Wind and Water Part 2

Posted by Heart's Discovery on February 20, 2013 at 10:10 PM

This title is very appropriate for the weather we have had over the last week! “Wind Water”, however, is the English translation of “Feng Shui”, the practice of positioning our man made world in balance with the natural world, to maximize good energy and good fortune. We could all use a bit of that.


The front of the house is deemed where the formal entrance is and where most of us have large windows and the living area. Having a house sitting...

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Wind and Water Part 1

Posted by Heart's Discovery on January 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM

We have lots of wind and water in Nova Scotia, especially here on the Eastern Shore. We are blessed. In Chinese “Wind Water” translates to “Feng Shui”. This is an ancient practise of positioning homes and designing structures, to ensure good energy and proper flow of energy. Originally this was used in the placement of gravesites to bring prosperity to families by honouring their ancestors.


Have you ever walked to an area or been inside a hom...

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Not Just Needles

Posted by Heart's Discovery on December 23, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Needles are not the only tools used by registered/licensed acupuncturists. Acupuncture is part of the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a standardized body of knowledge, modernized in the 1950s, from a collection of health practices used in China for thousands of years.

TCM has its own medical framework of disease concepts, theories, diagnostic systems and disease patterns. The most important skill, of a trained acupuncturist, is the ability to formulat...

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Acupuncture and Science

Posted by Heart's Discovery on November 23, 2012 at 9:00 PM

“Evidence based” is the new catch phase used in many disciplines like medicine. It refers to the application of the best available evidence gained from the scientific method to clinical decision making. This is a good thing but it can lead to the exclusion of other good practices that may not be easily proven using the scientific method.

The scientific method, even though it is the best tool we have, has limitations. It is relatively easy to apply the sci...

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Good Medicine?

Posted by Heart's Discovery on October 23, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Is there such as thing? When I was young medicine was always something that was good for you. Mom's were always plying their latest remedies like cod liver oil tablets, chewable vitamins or Vick's vapo rub.

Then there is the everlasting search for miracle drugs. Remember the movie Medicine Man. The jungle was combed for an exotic flower with amazing cures. I loved that movie because of the scenery, Sean Connery, and because, in those days, I was working in a pharmaco...

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Musings: The Future of Modern Medicine

Posted by Heart's Discovery on September 23, 2012 at 10:20 PM

I worked in science research for decades but I always wondered why the path to health and longevity was so expensive, technology dependent, difficult to achieve and in the hands of so few? Surely we came into existence with more accessible tools for health and survival? If the birds and little creatures in this world have everything they need to thrive, why not us?

Having a background in botany, I always thought perhaps the tools we were meant to use are found in nat...

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Posted by Gwen Williams on March 3, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Over the past year or so, things have become more quiet here. The friends who were boarding, moved out and moved on leaving just myself, my daughter and of course the five "little ones". I have beeing very much at peace and have been resting and repairing.


The cottage needed some work. I put in new flooring (nothing expensive), put in a nice garden door by the fireplace (for winter protection & more light), bought a new leather coach and chairs ...

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A New Day

Posted by Gwen Williams on September 10, 2008 at 5:05 PM

Everyday the light on the leaves of the trees changes it's angle. The shadows get longer and the air gets cooler. Life goes on but it never stays the same.


Once I took a weekend job, the frequency of parties of teenagers dwindled. They had to start cleaning up themselves and some of them outgrew the parties. Some moved on to new friends.


It is sad but at the same time I am relieved to see them grow into maturity, getting jobs and learning to be more ...

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Good Friday

Posted by Gwen Williams on April 6, 2007 at 2:55 PM

The teenagers are here again. We moved the weekly party to Thursday night because of the holiday. We live in rural Nova Scotia and the kids live everywhere along a 40 kilometer stretch of the coast. The kids get to our house by taking my daughter's school bus instead of their own.


This morning instead of going to church, we recounted the funny events from last night and listened to American Pie, Spanish Train, some Mommas and Papas and Hotel California. Last week, the mor...

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House Full of Teenagers

Posted by Gwen Williams on March 15, 2007 at 6:05 PM

I have to admit I was not really looking forward to the March break. My youngest is home from school and our home is now a drop in center. It used to be just one party every Friday night but this is the 4th "sleep-over" this week.


I am pleasantly surprised however. I am actually enjoying it. These kids are really great people. I am learning about all sorts of interesting topics. They are just as adept (or more so) in carrying a good converation than many adults I meet. I ...

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Time for Change

Posted by Heart's Discovery on October 27, 2006 at 7:25 AM

Great winter Eh! Not much snow, mild temperatures and the election campaign is keeping us entertained. At least some of us...I need to be more careful with my Spell Check. Instead of "election", I almost corrected the misspelling to say "ejection" campaign. However, I guess that is how it all started. The opposition wanted to eject Paul Martin. The pollsters say that people are looking for a change in government. I think the word "change" needs to be qualified. Does that mean a little change ...

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Playing Nicely?

Posted by Heart's Discovery on November 28, 2005 at 7:00 PM

Kids don't always play nicely. A little wrestling is Ok but it always goes too far no matter how many times you say, "stop before someone gets hurt". It is a wonder that children survive childhood. When my children were young, I felt more like a referee than a mother. I am now discovering that if you have more than one pet, the dynamics between pets is similar to those between children.



Monster is my nine pound Mini-Pincher and Bandit is my nine pound Siamese c...

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Workplace Bullying

Posted by Heart's Discovery on November 27, 2005 at 5:35 AM

Highly skilled employees are often the targets of bullying. Bullies are often those who are insecure, lack work skills, education and social skills. Bullies feel threatened so they "take-out" their targets with slander campaigns and activities to make their target unsuccessful. Bullies often focus on exposing the target's minute flaws or inventing errors in the target's work with the intent to ruin the target’s reputation.


Victims of workplace bullying suffer a wide r...

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