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Help Wanted

POSITION: Grandmother’s Helper

Cooking, housekeeping and childcare for a fun-loving, energetic 6-year old boy. Starting as soon as possible.

LOCATION: Corner of Carp Road and Thomas A. Dolan Parkway

WAGES: To be discussed at time of interview, based on experience

DUTIES: Mainly to do: Light housework, Healthy cooking, Play with and clean up with my grandson

HOURS: 10 AM – 5 pm – Monday to Friday, Occasional evening or weekends possible

CRITERIA: Reliable, computer literate, mature and responsible man or woman with the ability to provide your own transportation there and back.

If interested, please contact Katherine at katherine@ecowellness.com with subject line Grandmother’s Helper.

Liquid Gym in Bells Corners is hiring Physiotherapists.

Please contact Karen at (613) 820-8228
info@liquidgym.ca

The Tapping Solution Presents: A Conversation with Dr. Joseph Mercola

In this interview Dr. Mercola will share:

  • Why he requires the use of Tapping to be allowed to be seen at his center
  • Why he sees Tapping as the most powerful tool available for both health challenges and for reaching your goals in all areas of life (he’ll go into detail on using it for financial goals)
  • The emotional connection with autoimmune diseases and emotional distress prior to the age of five and why Tapping is so effective in these cases
  • What separates EFT from other talk therapies
  • And much more…

– See more at: http://www.thetappingsolution.com/screening/interview/mercola.html#sthash.Mz2353lg.dpuf

Carp Ridge is not seeing patients at this time while we restructure

For a list of new practice locations for your healthcare professionals, please click here.

Please call ahead if you plan to drop by: 613-839-1198

 

RECIPE:

quinoaavocadosalad2Quinoa Avocado Spinach Power Salad

Courtesy of http://www.thegardengrazer.com

Vegan, gluten-free

As spring weather moves in and warmer temperatures arrive, it is a great time to start eating hearty salads read more

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The Carp Ridge Learning Centre is the perfect venue for a variety of workshops, conferences, retreats, discussion groups, creative activities, children, youth and adult programs, drumming, meditation and yoga classes, etc. read more…


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UPCOMING EVENTS:

RenderImageThe 4th Annual Food Revolution Summit

broadcasting worldwide April 25th to May 3rd, 2015 http://foodrevolutionsummit.org/

Breast Health Workshop

Dandelion Foods in Almonte, ON April 28, 2015

Join speaker Amber Young, RMT for a discussion on breast health, including self-care techniques for optimal breast health.

The Essential Oils Revolution

is FREE and ONLINE from May 11-18, 2015. http://healthyoilsummit.com/

TEDx TheGlebeWomen

Tiny Ripples is the theme. Please share this with other Ottawa women who want to make a difference and do your best to attend this important local event. May 29, 2015.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/TEDxTheGlebeWomen/1401929513448489

TDM-CUSTOM -MPFinalLicenseeBadge-Square-612X612Desire Map Workshop Level 1 led by Melanie Paquette

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Saturday June 6, 2015

What if every decision you ever have to make, for the rest of your life, was … easy? What if clarity (about your job, your health, your marriage) came rushing in like flood waters?

That is what happened to me, when I figured out my core desired feelings. I’d like to help you uncover yours.

Join me for the Desire Map Workshop Level 1 to discover how you truly want to feel.

Register in advance: http://melaniepaquette.com/desiremap
Questions: agilelifecoaching@gmail.com

Holistic Children’s Program
July 6-10, 2015
Cost: $200 for the week (pay as you can available for those who require it)
More details to come in the May newsletter.

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LATEST ARTICLES:

Breast Surgery Notes

On a lighter note, at the end of March, I underwent surgery for breast reduction at the Ottawa General with skilled plastic surgeon Dr Jarmuske.  It was a 2 hour operation and after a  bit of recovery, I went home and slept for three days straight, which was heavenly.

For pain I was given narcotics to use every 4 hours.  With homeopathic remedies Arnica and Hypericum I was able to go 8 to 12 hours between doses.  The wonderful thing was that when the pain would start, the remedies helped immediately and by the time they wore off, the medication would kick in.  Within 3 days, I was out of pain and no longer needed pills. read more…

Keeping the Heart Open in Hell

It’s a brisk spring dawn.  The flowers in my sister’s garden in upstate New York are starting to poke through the winter-weary earth.  Everyone in the house is still asleep.  I sip on chamomile tea with coconut milk and rally my tired brain.

My sister’s symptoms after chemo and radiation are still relentless, requiring frequent attention during the night for horrendous headaches and vomiting.  Seizures are the latest addition and I am hoping they are within the German New Medicine paradigm of healing, meaning the first half of the healing phase is over and we are on our way up. read more…

 

 

 


 

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It’s a brisk spring dawn.  The flowers in my sister’s garden in upstate New York are starting to poke through the winter-weary earth.  Everyone in the house is still asleep.  I sip on chamomile tea with coconut milk and rally my tired brain.

My sister’s symptoms after chemo and radiation are still relentless, requiring frequent attention during the night for horrendous headaches and vomiting.  Seizures are the latest addition and I am hoping they are within the German New Medicine paradigm of healing, meaning the first half of the healing phase is over and we are on our way up.   The process is one of sheer determination and patience now.  She has no tolerance for talking, reading, music or any kind of entertainment.  No one is allowed to cook as the smells drive her crazy.   We are plunged into her suffering with her—and the growth this brings.

I am learning how to pray for real.  Not asking for anything, just expressing gratitude for every blessing, relaxing into faith and allowing a sense of space and light.  This beats lying awake all night worrying a knot into my guts—my initial approach to the situation!  And it helps the energy of the household.   Of course I go in and out of this state, relapsing into fear and then remembering that it really does make things worse.

Childhood issues with my sister are triggered when I visit.  It requires that I process them honestly in order to regain an open heart.  Sometimes it takes me days and I need to call my brother who understands.  Coming out the other end is warm and tender—and doubles the pain of watching her go though this.  I am learning to breathe into it instead of shutting down.  Our whole family is healing another step through this illness.  We’re having this illness together.  We’re lucky to have each other.  Tears…

Tomorrow I fly home.  I don’t want to leave.  I hope I can continue the prayers and stay with my sister over the distance in growing faith and light-heartedness.  More tears…

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Thank you for listening.  I feel better for writing.

until next month,

when i hope to have better news–

katherine

On a lighter note, at the end of March, I underwent surgery for breast reduction at the Ottawa General with skilled plastic surgeon Dr Jarmuske.  It was a 2 hour operation and after a  bit of recovery, I went home and slept for three days straight, which was heavenly.

For pain I was given narcotics to use every 4 hours.  With homeopathic remedies Arnica and Hypericum I was able to go 8 to 12 hours between doses.  The wonderful thing was that when the pain would start, the remedies helped immediately and by the time they wore off, the medication would kick in.  Within 3 days, I was out of pain and no longer needed pills.

Initially my chest was bound in a large bandage which came off at the first post-op visit four days later.  It was the moment of truth when the nurse took scissors and started cutting.  And another to see the gleam in my surgeon’s eye!  He called in a resident to show him his good work, describing in vivid detail how awful I looked before to the embarrassed young man.  I still chuckle to remember it…glad that I’m 57 and not sensitive about my body like that…

How am I taking the change?  With good humour and a great amount of astonishment.  I really didn’t expect them to look so…well, young.  I joke about having a 16 year old chest, grin.  At the same time, I was interested in being more functional, less so in how I looked.  Seems to me that my body is simply more balanced.  The best part, to my surprise, is that my chronic back pain was gone after two weeks.  Now I have to be careful for another few weeks.  I’ve already overdone it a few times and had scary pain.  The good thing is that I can use naturopathic tools to help heal and prevent swelling and infection.  The best is hot and cold compresses with wash cloths, 30 seconds hot  followed by 1 minute cold, repeated three times.  What a difference it makes, almost immediately soothing any pains.  It only takes 10 minutes and if hurting, I do it four times daily.

I’m VERY grateful to have had this procedure, but I’ll be glad not to have to think about this part of my anatomy and be able to get on with daily life.  I look forward to being able to do more activities longer without aching back and shoulders.  And shopping for a few new clothes is always fun–Sally Ann here I come!

smiles,

katherine

Desire Map WorkshopSaturday June 6, 2015
Carp Ridge Learning Centre

THE DESIRE MAP LEVEL 1 Workshop is a program for clarifying what you truly want in every area of your life, and using that powerful awareness to guide your choices from now on.

You will leave this workshop knowing your “core desired feelings” – a guidance system for your decision-making. A GPS for your soul.

We’ll look at our perceptions around “feelings” and goal setting. We’ll examine how we drive and strive, and see where in our lives we experience freedom — and where we want more of it read more…

To register or for more information, please contact Melanie at agilelifecoaching@gmail.com

Courtesy of http://www.thegardengrazer.com

Vegan, gluten-free

quinoaavocadosalad2Ingredients
1 cup dry quinoa
2 medium avocados
3 oz. baby spinach
8 oz. cherry tomatoes
3 green onions

{For the dressing}
1-2 cloves garlic, minced (I use 2)
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/8 tsp. salt

Directions
Cook the quinoa according to package directions.
Meanwhile, make the dressing: in a small bowl whisk together ingredients and set aside.
Roughly chop the spinach and place in a large bowl.
Slice the green onions, halve the cherry tomatoes, and dice the avocado.
When quinoa is done cooking, add it to the large bowl with spinach and toss. The heat from the quinoa will lightly wilt the spinach.
Add the green onions, tomatoes, and dressing. Stir to combine.
Add the avocado and lightly toss.
Serve immediately or refrigerate to let flavors blend more.

In this interview Dr. Mercola will share:

  • Why he requires the use of Tapping to be allowed to be seen at his center
  • Why he sees Tapping as the most powerful tool available for both health challenges and for reaching your goals in all areas of life (he’ll go into detail on using it for financial goals)
  • The emotional connection with autoimmune diseases and emotional distress prior to the age of five and why Tapping is so effective in these cases
  • What separates EFT from other talk therapies
  • And much more…

– See more at: http://www.thetappingsolution.com/screening/interview/mercola.html#sthash.Mz2353lg.dpuf

Liquid Gym in Bells Corners is hiring Physiotherapists. Please contact Karen at (613) 820-8228 info@liquidgym.ca

POSITION: Grandmother’s Helper

Cooking, housekeeping and childcare for a fun-loving, energetic 6-year old boy. Starting as soon as possible.

LOCATION: Corner of Carp Road and Thomas A. Dolan Parkway

WAGES: To be discussed at time of interview, based on experience

DUTIES: Mainly to do: Light housework, Healthy cooking, Play with and clean up with my grandson

HOURS: 10 AM – 5 pm – Monday to Friday, Occasional evening or weekends possible

CRITERIA: Reliable, computer literate, mature and responsible man or woman with the ability to provide your own transportation there and back.

If interested, please contact Katherine at katherine@ecowellness.com with subject line Grandmother’s Helper.

Sitting in the clinic kitchen and looking out over the cold, white landscape, it’s hard to tell that it will be April next week.  It makes me think of our northern inhabitants and wonder how they manage their long winters every year.  Maybe lots of whale blubber full of vitamin D…  At least the sunlight has significantly increased, bringing in the cleansing season again.  Time to cook up some kitcharee and break out the milk thistle, grin.

Life continues to be intensely focussed on loved ones struggling with illness.  If you’ve been following me since summer, you might have guessed that my sister in New York has brain cancer.  It happens to be the same kind to which my late husband succumbed in 2002, glioblastoma multiforme, GBM.  Lili is bravely going through chemo and radiation with naturopathic assistance.  It’s almost surreal because she is so strong and healthy…as was Mickey.  However she has a better prognosis and expects to live for decades.  All of us pull together to get through this intact, even if it means healing through loss and death.

Mickey’s eldest son is recovering from flesh-eating disease and will need to live in a long-term care facility.  It is astounding to me how he keeps his spirits up.  It’s like visiting an angel.  Last Saturday I went to a Salvation Army store and bought a bag full of movies, books and CD’s which I will deliver to his bedside tomorrow.  It’s fun to visit him, not something one usually feels in a hospital.

My daughter’s partner is still disabled with some unknown illness, which is maybe the hardest, the not knowing.  We go from doctor appointments to the pharmacist to the hospital and keep getting more tests.  Her doctor has been stellar, helping us feel that eventually we will figure this out.  And my good friend who had the heart transplant and is staying with us is having complications that don’t allow him to move forward in his life.  Utter frustration and yet he powers on.  The good news on this illness front is that the family member with mini-strokes is doing fine and back to regular life.

In the middle of all this, I do my best to help and regain some sort of balance.  Normal life happens in between crises and hospital visits and trips to New York.  And yet I’m generally at peace.  It is deeply satisfying to be of service and growing into acceptance.   My own health is improving beyond my expectations and I am booked for a long-desired breast reduction tomorrow, armed with remedies and pain techniques, which will allow me to exercise more comfortably.  At this point I’m looking forward to the two week recovery—my turn to rest!!  My joints are slowly getting better, my eyes are stable with days of actual improvement, my hair is shiny for the first time in decades and my back is no longer keeping me up at night.  My guts are still the resistant area, leading me to deeper awareness of how I hold tension and emotions.  I am definitely not as enlightened as I thought, laugh!!

Yesterday I had a phone consult with my German New Medicine teacher, Ilsedora Laker, about these guts of mine, embarrassed that it’s taking me so long to figure out the trigger.  She took me in the direction of looking for a “lack” and led me to see that because of my guilt around having so much, I deny myself many things, especially time to relax.  In the conversation, I could clearly see the issue but couldn’t imagine not feeling guilty.  Later in my meditation, I asked myself what it would take.  The answer came: to accept that I DO MY BEST to share and contribute all that I have.  I don’t have to be a super-human or beat myself up or drive myself to the brink of exhaustion to justify my existence as a person with wealth.  A beautiful light flooded me and I realized that I’ve cracked the code.  Now to continue reinforcing it gently.  Eureka!

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Katherine performing her solo at the ice show.

In the middle of all this intensity there have been many fun moments: taking slow walks with my sister; participating in the ice show with Felix (see photo); sleeping in the yurt with grandson Felix and our friend Jessica—until 2am when we rushed back home through the woods in the dark because I couldn’t get us warm enough with the wood stove; trying out ecstatic dance with the regulars in Ottawa; cross-country skiing at Fitzroy Park; and simply enjoying the privilege of being well enough to do my daily tasks of cooking, laundry and looking after Felix…who is trooping through all the stress around him with courage and kindness.

The best part of my own healing process is that night is no longer a time of horrific visions and terror but growing into a delicious experience of relaxing and coming home to myself thanks to the ongoing work with EMDR therapist Mary Ann Carmichael.  Decreasing my constant anxiety and increasing my awareness is the central piece that allows everything else to change.  The main thing I need to be careful of is that much of the energy I seem to have may be due to being in a shock state because of my sister’s illness, a long surge of adrenalin that will take me to exhaustion as it did with my late husband.  This time around I need to take better care of myself.

And underneath everything there continues the dream of the centre.  Every time someone is helped with a remedy or a healing technique I fantasize sharing it in a class or workshop.  With the spring sun comes new visioning and soon we will be able to let you know what we will offer here.  Patience all around!  I do realize that I have a compulsive tendency to overdo and am committed to moving forward slowly and thoughtfully.  I think that will be easier with the recent insights.

Here’s to your own visions and dreams–

katherine

Katherine Willow N.D.

It’s time to think about inner cleansing again as we head toward spring equinox. Canadian weather makes it tricky, with cold temperatures and snow inclining us to heavier foods while the increasing sunlight stimulates our bodies to unload toxins accumulated over the winter.

When these conflicting influences are not balanced we can end up with a cold or flu, depending on our constitution and lifestyle. Signs that we are heading in that direction include a diminished appetite, not knowing what to eat and at the same time fighting cravings; bloating and other digestive symptoms; headaches; restless sleep and waking in the wee hours of the morning; irritability and depression; and a heavy sense of fatigue, especially in the mornings.

Here are some tips for balancing in early spring in a cold climate:

  1. Start lightening the diet moderately: move from meat and poultry to fish and vegetarian proteins; consume less fat (nut butters, organic butter, cold-pressed oils and coconut oil are good); increase greens—small salads and otherwise cooked; replace wheat with lighter grains such as rice, quinoa, millet and buckwheat; only have one serving of fruit daily as it is still too cooling for this time of year; eliminate or decrease dairy products; avoid obvious culprits such as sugar, white flour, processed foods, alcohol and caffeine as much as possible; limit even healthy sweets for a time.
  2. If you are able, replace one meal daily with a protein drink that is room temperature several times weekly, preferably for dinner and then stop eating for the rest of the evening.
  3. Drink herbal tea or lemon water (rinse teeth after) first thing in the morning and between meals. Types that stimulate the digestion and cleansing include: ginger, dandelion leaf (root for fall), peppermint and many wonderful detox blends.
  4. Make sure bowels are moving regularly. I often suggest bentonite (1 tablespoon) and psyllium (1 teaspoon) mixed quickly in a cup of warm water ½ hour before breakfast as a gentle bowel cleanser.
  5. Cleansing is blocked when we are in chronic stress. Consider yoga, learn to meditate, get regular massages or do some emotional resolution to offset the hectic energy of modern life.
  6. Add specific cleansing herbs in a low dose: milk thistle, homeopathic detox remedies, cleavers, Alveo, etc. Use 1/3 regular dose in the mornings.

All of these actions will lead to gentle cleansing without symptoms in most people. Energy will gradually increase, appetite will sharpen, sleep improves, mood brightens, libido reawakens and mind clarifies.

If we end up with a cold or flu despite our best efforts, the best solution is to move immediately to a liquid diet of hot water, lemon water, broth made of cooked veggies and/or bones from grass-fed animals, room temperature protein drinks and herb teas. Products made from elderberries (Sambucus) have been shown to shorten the length of a flu much more than flu medications. If done right away, one can abort a seasonal illness in a few hours rather than spending miserable days in bed!

Cleansing is part of most spiritual paths. Lightening our digestive load allows us to focus on higher levels. This awareness can be accompanied by feelings of lightness, spaciousness and bliss which are strong motivators to continue eating a clean diet and cleansing regularly which in turn helps us find our true selves and contribute happily to the Universe.

KitcheriIngredients

1/2 cup Basmati Rice
1 cup Mung Dal (split yellow)
6 cups (approx.) Water
1/2 to 1 inch Ginger Root, chopped or grated
a bit of Mineral Salt (1/4 tsp. or so)
2 tsp. Ghee
1/2 tsp. Coriander Powder
1/2 tsp. Cumin Powder
1/2 tsp. Whole Cumin Seeds
1/2 tsp. Mustard Seeds
1/2 tsp. Turmeric Powder
1 pinch Asafoetida (Hing)
Handful Fresh Cilantro Leaves
1 and 1/2 cups Assorted Vegetables (optional)

Kitchari means mixture, usually of two grains. This is one kitchari recipe that is particularly nourishing and easy to digest. Please note the options below for some alternatives.
Options
Vegetables such as zucchini,
asparagus, sweet potato
For Vata or Kapha conditions:
add a pinch of ginger powder
For Pitta: leave out the mustard seed.

 

Preparation
Carefully pick over rice and dal to remove any stones. Wash each separately in at least 2 changes of water. Add the 6 cups of water to the rice and dal and cook covered until it becomes soft, about 20 minutes.
While that is cooking, prepare any vegetables that suit your constitution. Cut them into smallish pieces. Add the vegetables to the cooked rice and dal mixture and cook 10 minutes longer.
In a separate saucepan, sauté the seeds in the ghee until they pop. Then add the other spices. Stir together to release the flavors. Stir the sautéed spices into the cooked dal, rice, and vegetable mixture. Add the mineral salt and chopped fresh cilantro and serve.

Caution: Kitchari mono-diet can lead to constipation if taken exclusively for several days, as it is low in fiber. To ensure proper elimination, the following may prove helpful if taken once a day, away from kitchari meals: psyllium husks or seeds with water OR oat bran OR prune juice.

Teas for each Constitution
Vata Tea — equal parts ground ginger, cumin and coriander
Pitta Tea — equal parts ground cumin, coriander and fennel
Kapha Tea — equal parts ground ginger, cinnamon, and a pinch of clove

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