One year training opportunity starting February 14, 2014 in the Ottawa Region. View the Poster for more information.

Fresh veggies, peppers, onions mushrooms

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Join us on Sunday January 26, 2014 for a complimentary healthy dinner and help support the local food bank.

A donation of non-perishable food, money or assistance with clean-up is appreciated with 100% of the proceeds going to West Carleton Emergency Food Aid.

Next Carp Dinner Party will be February 23rd.

RSVP Required. Space is limited. View the Poster for details.

It’s a PD Friday on a mild winter morning.  For those of you with children you know this means they are home from school.

Felix, my five year old grandson who lives with me, woke up with a croupy cough, postponing the skating and tobogganing plans we had.  Instead, I gave him a homeopathic remedy, some children’s echinacea drops, herbal tea with a light fruit breakfast and we played quietly.  The cough has mostly stopped, but it’s important to allow the healing to sink in—relapses take much longer to heal, with fluish symptoms sometimes hanging on for weeks!

The trick is rest, mental relaxation, light eating, immune boosting and staying really warm.  It’s now afternoon and Felix hasn’t wanted to eat anything since the fruit.  While I was away for a meeting, the cough started to come back, so I have given him another remedy, re-dosed the echinacea and added 2000 IU’s of vitamin D.  He was ready to eat some warm apple sauce, cucumber slices and a non-sugar fruit bar and is now reading with Sandy (who doubles as our coach at the clinic).  The fruit is actually too cooling, but was what he was willing to take.

Later we will go outside and pile firewood to get some fresh air and tempt his body to re-engage.


I’m in a similar phase of balancing healing and everyday life.  Having the month away from clinical practice allows more repair to take place; as a consequence I’m in more pain and fatigue as my body repairs decades of a depleting lifestyle.  On the other hand, as I settle into myself instead of trying to prove something to others, a lovely gentle energy is rising: energy to clean my home, reorganize, de-clutter and cook new dishes; energy to play with Felix, connect with my family and deepen friendships.  All things that I never made time for while trying to save the planet…

Last week I received live cell injections, cells from embryonic sheep (thank you) to strengthen weak organs and tissues.  The shots hurt, there are two weeks of extra tiredness and the results don’t show up for months.  I am tracking my symptoms to clearly assess this treatment, hoping to use this modality for patients if it works well for me.

The other new aspect is a spiritual one.  I have enrolled in the three year program of inner development through Yogananda Paramahansa’s kriyas, similar to the practices that I learned from my original spiritual teacher but couldn’t do properly because of emotional imbalance and constant exhaustion.  It’s truly useless to meditate when so tired, better to sleep!

Other than that, lots of little breakthroughs, emerging out of more delusions (do they EVER end?!), and wondering who I will be after shedding these skins that I developed trying to protect myself.  EMDR therapy continues to help me feel safer and live from a more positive perspective.

That’s it for now.  Nothing too exciting, this isn’t a quick fix.  In naturopathic philosophy, it takes 1-2 months for every year one has been ill.  For me that’s from 13 to 54, when I started to let down into real healing; thirty years, over three years of work to recover, one year left if I’m disciplined (and lucky!).  This is nothing compared to the healthy decades that lie ahead; it’s a sound investment and a crucial part of saving the planet.

Here’s to your own healing, may it lighten the darkness of winter.

By Katherine Willow

This topic interests me personally.  After decades of being driven by subterranean terrors, I find myself finally and concretely learning to feel my body, ground into safety and create a life based on realistic adult thinking.  Along the way numerous therapies and naturopathic remedies helped maintain my body, daily functioning (sometimes barely) and relative sanity until I could start coming to grips with the intense feelings which threatened to sink me whenever there was a quiet moment.

All this is to say that treating anxiety and fear can be a long process, although I have seen some patients break a cycle of anxiety and panic attacks in a few weeks or months.  Here’s the general treatment plan.

Overcoming anxiety and fear starts with strengthening the body:

  1. Restore nutritional deficiencies, especially protein.  Eat easily digestible protein (powders come in handy) at every meal and snack.  Take enzymes to help absorption if there is gas and bloating.
  2. Support the adrenal glands.  Depleted adrenals lead to anxiety which in turn depletes the adrenals more.  One needs to break this downward spiral or crash into chronic fatigue or depression.  I suggest adrenal glandulars as well as herbs and homeopathic remedies and eliminating caffeine, which whips the adrenals into even more fatigue and prevents their recovery.  Stop overworking.
  3. Move regularly, gently and mindfully to release muscular tension.  Weight training is awesome for feeling stronger emotionally.
  4. Learn to sleep well to rebuild the nervous system.
  5. Acupuncture can help balance weak organs and systems.

At the same time, there is a process of becoming aware of one’s emotions and learning to feel without freaking out or needing to self-medicate.

  1. Talk to someone regularly: a therapist, co-counselling buddy, sponsor in a 12-step process or life coach.
  2. Bodywork such as massage or craniosacral therapy with emotional release is useful.
  3. EMDR, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, with an experienced therapist has a strong track record for healing trauma that lies at the root of chronic anxiety.
  4. Mindfulness meditation likewise is well documented to help anxiety as well as depression.
  5. EFT or emotional freedom technique is a safe and effective self-help technique which can move us out of anxiety in minutes.  See for instructions and inspiration.
  6. Energy work such as reiki, quantum touch or shamanic journeying can access soul strength that has been lost along the way.

Then we can learn to relax and defuse the anxious state on our own:

  1. Yoga, meditation and conscious breathing.
  2. Relaxing massage.
  3. The Nordik Spa.
  4. Socializing in a safe group of friends.
  5. Nature.

Sometimes one needs several modalities over many years to break through layers of habits, addictions, delusions and denial.  Sometimes it takes generations.

Finally, we need to understand resistance when we do all of the above without seeing much progress.

Resistance is the biological survival mechanism which tells us it is not safe to relax and heal.  It does not respond to rational self-talk, reading self-help books or many of our efforts UNTIL there is a solid sense of safety, usually with another person.  Sometimes it takes one person reaching in and being present with our unbearable feelings to begin coming out of the isolation of living in chronic anxiety and fear.  And this person doesn’t need a title…

It is common to suffer from anxiety and fears; let’s be gentle and patient with ourselves.

Auricular Acupuncture Needles in an Ear

Auricular Acupuncture Needles in an Ear

German Auricular Acupuncture now offered at Carp Ridge Natural Health Clinic for the treatment of pain and neuromusculoskeletal conditions.
By Carole Martin, BSc, DC, CHC

I am excited to share something that is new and good that is happening in my practice.  I am introducing German Auricular (or Ear) Acupuncture as an adjunct to chiropractic care for the treatment of acute and chronic pain, migraines, headaches, neurological and many other musculoskeletal conditions.

I was first introduced to German Auricular Acupuncture in 2011 by one of my colleagues, Erna Robertson, a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner on Salt Spring Island, BC.  I went to see Erna in her home office after she had taken her first course in German Auricular Acupuncture.  At that time there was only a handful of practitioners using this therapy in Canada.  I went to her office to see if she could help my chronic hip pain which was severe and which had persisted for several years, despite all my best efforts.  I had seen many practitioners including chiropractors, osteopaths and massage therapists without success and so was discouraged and believed I would just have to “live with it”.  As soon as she put needles in my ears, I could actually feel a warming sensation in my hip…I stood up from the treatment table and had no pain…I was amazed at the result.  I was pain free for four days after the initial visit.  I have been pain free ever since the second visit.

How does it work?
As most of us know, acupuncture is one of the oldest and most widely spread healing methods in the world. According to traditional Chinese medicine, life energy circulates through the body along channels of energy through the body and over its surface.  These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers and streams flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish all of the body’s tissues and cells.  An obstruction or blockage in the movement of energy in these meridians is like a dam that backs up which then causes pain and other symptoms.  Each meridian is related to a specific organ and usually covers an extensive but very specific area of the body. The course of a specific meridian within the body can explain why, for example, a disturbed gallbladder meridian can lead to headaches and a disturbed kidney meridian causes low back and knee pain.

A specific meridian is influenced by needling acupuncture points which are found along its course– the needles unblock the “dams” and re-establish the regular flow through the meridian, and thus reduce or eliminate pain and other symptoms and restore balance and health in the associated organ. The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system and causes the release of chemicals and hormones that change the experience of pain and reduce inflammation.

German Auricular Acupuncture is a special form of acupuncture. It was developed in the 1950s by the French physician, Dr. Paul Nogier.  He discovered that the surface of the ear reflects all parts of the body and is a precise map of the whole human system.  All structures and tissues of the body are accessible through the ear “map”, even structures that are not accessible with body acupuncture, such as parts of the brain or inner scars.  Basically, the ear tells the whole story of our body’s current conditions and gives us access to our nervous system directly.

This access to our nervous system is important because when pain messages continue for long enough, it can result in changes to the central nervous system… in effect it becomes a habit or a learned dysfunction.  There has been a lot of research recently about the plasticity of the brain… its ability to create new pathways after the destruction of old ones.  Unfortunately, chronic pain is an example of the negative side of neural plasticity as the pain becomes a learned, neurological pain pattern.  Because of this, chronic pain syndromes pose difficult challenges to us as health practitioners – unfortunately, in many cases we fail to help people with this condition.

German auricular acupuncture is one of the most effective treatment options for chronic pain because of its ability to stimulate the central nervous system specifically, directly and without harm.  It can send corrective message to pain pathways, stimulates analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects, rebalances hormones and cardiovascular homeostasis, and balances the emotional centres of the brain.

Finding blockages to healing
In the course of my work as a chiropractor, it has not always been clear why some patients heal well while others do not recover from injury or respond to care in the same way.

Probably the most important benefit of German Auricular Acupuncture is its ability to identify and treat blockages to healing or “focal disturbances”.  Focal disturbances are blockages or obstacles to the healing process and often not related to our current symptoms.  They apply to chronically irritated or inflamed tissue, old internal or external scars, and an overload of a toxic substance or psychological stress.

These focal disturbances or blockages explain why, for example, a knee injury in “patient A” heals within a few weeks without complications, while all therapeutic efforts are ineffective in knee “patient B”?  Even if both patients have similar injuries, are about the same age and seem to be in a similar physical condition.  In this example, “patient B” had a focal disturbance, which is interfering with the body’s ability to heal itself. The concept of blockages or focal disturbances also explains why a scar on the leg may interfere with a recovery from a shoulder injury, and in some cases may even cause the problem in the shoulder.

One way of explaining this phenomenon is by using the example of a shopping bag that already contains a heavy weight (a blockage or unhealed body area).  By adding items to the bag during the shopping trip (normal daily stress), the weight of the bag becomes a burden.  If another heavy item is then added on top of that (e.g. any additional strain to the body, such as a neck injury from a motor vehicle accident or the common cold) the bag might become too heavy to be carried and symptoms may ensue or persist.

Another way of explaining this is the image of a bucket that is slowly filling up.  Genetic predisposition, environmental factors, substance sensitivity and psychological stress individually can be dealt with by our healing mechanisms.  However, the sum of all those loads causes the bucket to overflow, or the body to become overwhelmed.  The result is either the inability to heal, pain or disease.

These blockages or focal disturbances render the body largely unresponsive to either conventional or complementary therapies.  For example, when repeated chiropractic or acupuncture treatments are unsuccessful or only bring a few hours of relief, it can be assumed that there is a blockage or disturbance somewhere in the body.

What can I expect?
Examination is carried out by looking for “active” points on the ear.  Only dysfunctional tissues/structures of the body will show up actively on their corresponding points on the ear.  These points are tender and have a lower resistance than the surrounding skin area so they can be found by pressure, with an electrical point finder, or with the more advanced methods of using the pulse.  This means that the ear is a window to what is happening right now in the entire human system.

Treatment is performed by needling or using electrical stimulation to the “active” points on the ear. Children are not needled but treated by sticking a tiny gold or silver pellet on the surface of the ear.

Some patients feel immediately relieved, others need several days (about four to five treatments) before they notice an improvement.  Some people feel as if they were walking on air after the treatment, and almost all feel very relaxed afterward.

Of course, if the pain is due to a degenerative structure (degenerative hip joint disease) then this cannot be undone.  However, acupuncture treatment can increase the blood flow to the joints and thus alleviate the pain.

Carole Martin, BSc, DC, CHC
Carp Ridge Natural Health Clinic
2386 Thomas Dolan Pkwy
Carp, ON, K0A 1L0

3 Workshops at the Learning Centre

Sandy RawsonSat Feb 22:
* 9:00-10:30  Discovering the Gift Within
* 11:00-12:30     Tapping through Obstacles
* 1:30-3:00    Exercising the Power of Choice

Fee:  $20 each and you can register for any or  all.
Presenter: Sandy Rawson, Life Coach

   A great Valentine’s gift idea!

Information & RSVP at 613-769-0086
(space is limited)

Carp Ridge Learning CentreCarp Ridge Learning Centre
2386 Thomas Dolan Parkway
Ottawa (Carp), Ontario, K0A 1L0

The New Year is often accompanied by new resolutions and goals. January is a good time to lighten up the diet a little–just don’t make drastic changes that are bound to fail. Here are a couple of hints, each with a recipe to help you keep that resolution to eat healthier in 2014!

1.  Snacks
Who doesn’t like to snack? It’s especially easy to become a couch potato in January—Super Bowl, hockey games and new television shows, not to mention cold weather and dark evenings. You are more likely to consume more chips, nuts, or pretzels if you eat straight from the bag. Be a smart snacker by portioning out your serving size and putting the bag away before you indulge. Try making your own spiced snacks, like these yummy almonds.

Maple & Pumpkin Spiced Almonds-from Nummy for my Tummy

  • 1 ½ c. raw almonds
  • 1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup, preferably dark
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

1. Pre-heat oven to 300°F
2. Line baking sheet with foil and grease with a small amount of coconut oil (approx. 1/4 tsp) to avoid sticking
3. While oven is pre-heating, in a large bowl combine almonds, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and sea salt
4. Stir almonds mixture together until well coated with spices
5. Pour maple syrup and vanilla onto the almonds and continue to stir until evenly coated
6. Spread coated almonds onto lined baking sheet in a single layer
7. Cook 10 minutes then flip the almonds
8. Roast almonds another 5-10 minutes
9. Remove almonds from the oven and allow to cool before placing into a glass container

2.   Increase Vegetables
We all know we should eat more vegetables, it’s just a matter of doing it, right?  Well, you will be inclined to eat more vegetables if they are easy to grab and prepare.  The best way to insure they are ready to go is to wash them as soon as you get home from the supermarket.   Wash, cut, and put away.  When you are making lunches or preparing supper it will be a snap to do when your veggies are ready!  Here is a recipe for a tasty winter salad—lettuce washed, vegetables prepared and away you go.
Big Italian Salad
Serves 4 as a starter


For the Dressing
1 cup loosely packed fresh flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped (about one small bunch)
10 big leaves fresh basil
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
2 cloves garlic, peeled
¼ cup red wine vinegar, good quality
¾ cup extra virgin olive oil, good quality
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 ½ teaspoons honey

For the Salad
1 large (or 2 small) head(s) romaine lettuce, washed, patted dry and cut into large, bite-size pieces
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup chopped cucumbers
1 large carrot, peeled into ribbons
Handful grape tomatoes, halved or whole
Handful pitted olives if desired


1. Make the dressing: Combine all dressing ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend.

2. Place all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Right before serving, add about half of the dressing and toss well. Add more dressing little by little as necessary; be sure to dress greens very generously, otherwise salad will be bland. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Reserve leftover dressing for another use.

Ginger appears to be effective for treating gastrointestinal disturbances, especially in relieving diarrhea or nausea caused by morning sickness during pregnancy and nausea and vomiting after surgery or after cancer patients’ chemotherapy treatment. A powerful anti-inflammatory, ginger has also been shown to reduce joint pain. In foods, ginger doesn’t have to be reserved for sushi — consider adding this healing food to your desserts.

Ginger Pear Crisp

  •  6 pears, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
  • 1/3-1/2 cup coconut sugar or sucanat (depending on desired sweetness)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter, cut into bits


  • 1/4 cup spelt flour (or gluten free flour blend if desired)
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup coconut sugar or sucanat
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil or butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toss first six ingredients together in a bowl. Pour into a buttered baking dish. Using a fork to combine the remaining six ingredients. Spoon topping across pears. Bake for 30 minutes or until brown and bubbly.

After much kafuffle, our solar panels have been approved under the government micro-fit program: we send them electricity, they send us money which pays off the panels. Here’s to moving forward with sustainable energy…

Solar Panels

Liquid Gym in Bells Corners is World Class! If you are interested in recovering from an injury or stroke or simple wanting to build your muscle strength, the newly opened Liquid Gym in Bells Corners provides top-of-the-line exercise equipment–UNDER WATER! This will definitely be a place we will use for referrals… Check it out yourself.

Liquid Gym – Ottawa Citizen article Dec. 2

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