Segment 1: Suffer a recent bone fracture? Recovering from Surgery? Feeling depressed?
In this segment we explored magnetic field therapy, which helps people heal without medication and invasive procedures, with Dr. Christine Rohde, plastic & reconstructive surgeon and her patient, Michaelann Cox.
As recently as 20 years ago, people with chronic pain were often told that it was “in their heads.”. But in the last decade, a handful of dedicated researchers learned that chronic pain is not simply a symptom of something else but a disease in its own right, one that can alter a person’s emotional, professional, and family life in profound and debilitating ways.
Magnetic field therapy uses magnets to treat illnesses, ranging from arthritis to cancer to depression. The earth is a powerful magnetic source, and practitioners of magnetic field therapy believe that interactions between the body, the earth, and other electromagnetic fields cause physical and emotional changes in humans. They also believe that the body’s electromagnetic field must be in balance to maintain good health.
Magnet therapy is not thought to have negative side effects or complications when it is combined with conventional medical treatment but you should tell your doctor if you are using an alternative therapy or if you are thinking about combining an alternative therapy with your conventional medical treatment. There are a few times when magnetic field therapy may not be advisable, such as if the patient has a pacemaker.
Segment 2: Bare-handed surgery: a Natural way to Heal with Elizabeth Schoultz
Is there a way to heal your body without surgery? Today on A Healthy You, host Carol Alt shared the secrets to bare-handed surgery.
Elizabeth Schoultz uses a combination of acupuncture and Reiki to heal patients naturally. As she says, she uses her hands to manipulate the tissue and align the muscles and fascia. A former pre-med student, it was through an internship with a pathologist that she realized that wasn’t the route she wanted to go because “I wanted to work with living issue.”
Her patient, Michael Gabellini, also appeared on the show. He told Carol that once, while traveling, he developed severe neck and shoulder pain and was told surgery was the only alternative—but within 2 treatments with Elizabeth, he was pain-free.
When Carol injured her shoulder and couldn’t walk after falling in an eight-foot cement hole, she went to Schoultz for treatment. She admitted it was painful, but after only an hour, Carol could move her arm and walk again. “All I know is, you gave me back my life.”
Segment 3: Is your Mat Toxic?
I was recently sweating away in my yoga class when I had a crazy thought: What’s in my yoga mat—and is it harmful or toxic?
I turned to expert Dean Jerrahian of Jade Yoga to discuss yoga mats. A former attorney with the EPA, Jerrahian said some mats are made of PVC—Polyvinyl Chloride—a type of plastic often used in construction and “a carcinogen in its own right.” He won’t even touch it because it degrades easily and the toxins get into your skin.
“People are practicing yoga to be healthier, so it doesn’t make sense to me if they’re on a PVC mat,” he said.
There are 3 things you want in a yoga mat, he says: Grip, comfort and all-natural materials.
Some of the best options are:
- Rice straw
NOTE: Rice straw can be a little slippery and the cotton can be a little too cushiony, so both are more appropriate for meditation on soft poses like sitting or prone.
Other natural materials are:
- Latex, which is derived by the rubber tree.
NOTE: As Carol pointed out, there seems to be a little confusion, even in the industry because, while both mats are considered natural, the Latex proteins can actually cause an allergy.
Question: ’Do you ever get sick is from eating raw food.’
“You should never use raw food as an excuse to not address your food’s cleanliness,” Carol said.
She added: “Whether your food is raw or cooked, always know where it came from. If the food is old, or the handlers are unclean, you’ll become ill.”