Dr. Chris Lillis practices primary care medicine in Fredericksburg, Virginia. His patients range from 14 to 102, with about 40 percent of his practice being Medicare enrollees. He loves primary care medicine because “you really get to know your patients. … I get to help them stay healthy through good times and navigate the health care system through difficult times.”
Because of the health care law, Dr. Lillis says his patients can get affordable health coverage and are better able to pay for their prescriptions.
“The Affordable Care Act absolutely is making a difference for my patients—the young folks who can stay on their parents’ insurance plans [and] my Medicare beneficiaries who can now afford their medicines more easily, especially when they fall into the coverage gap, the so-called ‘donut hole,’” said Dr. Lillis.
“In years past, I can remember patients who chose to avoid their screening mammogram or their screening colonoscopy because a deductible or copay was just too high and they had to make a decision between [paying] for the gas in the tank of their car or [getting] a preventive screening that could potentially save their life,” Dr. Lillis says. “Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, people don’t have to make those choices any more. They can receive their preventive care screenings without out-of-pocket costs, which is the best kind of care we can deliver as primary care doctors.”
And importantly, the Affordable Care Act encourages doctors to coordinate care for patients. The health care law is “going to help us focus on quality, not quantity. I want my patients to get the health care I think they need. The Affordable Care Act does that. It’s knocking down barriers to care,” he says.
Autumn, with its crisp, cold weather, is ‘Vata’ season, according to Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurveda describes three ‘doshas’ or qualities ascribed to all things. The Vata dosha is often compared to the wind, being erratic and changeable, quick, cooling and drying.
Autumn is a time of high energy, unpredictable weather, and increased activity. To counter the unbalancing qualities of this season, try to follow the general guidelines below. You will likely catch fewer colds, have less dry skin and chapped lips, and feel better overall.
First and foremost, protect your neck from the cold and wind. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the neck is the most vulnerable to those elements and the number one way we catch colds. So never go out without a scarf.
Second, begin shifting away from cold, raw foods like salads and cold cereal and toward warm, unctuous (more oily), nurturing, cooked foods such as oatmeal, soups and casseroles.
Third, get a little extra rest by adding another half hour (and full hour by Winter) to your night’s sleep.
Lastly, a technique from Ayurveda to further protect yourself from the drying effect of the cold and wind is to take a little ghee, cooking oil, nose oil (we have some for sale at Live Well) or even butter on your pinky fingers and lubricate inside your nostrils and ears. Trust me, its great, and it really helps kids.
So stay warm, get your rest, keep lubricated, and hopefully you’ll enjoy a cold-free Autumn! If that’s not the case, we’re here to support you, so please don’t hesitate to call us.
Crystals have held our fascination for thousands of years by their energy and sheer beauty. Knowledgeable healers in every culture on Earth have used their powers since time began, and the amazing attributes of crystals can bring healing into our lives now, more than ever before.
How do they work?
“A crystal is a solid material, whose constituent atoms, molecules, or ions are arranged in an orderly repeating pattern extending in all three spatial dimensions.” This Wikipedia definition gives us a clue as to how they work: the key here is “orderly repeating patterns.” This is the latticework that allows energy to be transferred and transformed as it moves through the body of the crystal. The energy of the crystal attracts any negativity in the field and raises the vibratory levels until the field is in harmony with itself. From this comes a feeling of deep relaxation and replenishment.
As a Medical Intuitive, I gather information from your energy field about the systems, organs, chakras and auric layers that may be out of balance. This information allows me to then use the crystals to pull out negative energy, balance and charge the affected areas, “mend” torn or otherwise damaged parts of the field and create deep relaxation and well-being. We then talk about your particular situation, in light of the information that has come up. This is most effective when I have no prior information about your physical, mental or emotional states, but simply allow your energy field to reveal itself to me.
A typical session
Fully clothed, you lie on the massage table and relax, noticing whatever sensations might come up. To get the most out of the session, close your eyes and let yourself be carried by the pure healing energy coming through your energy field. You may become aware of tingling, pulling, lifting or light pressure, sounds or visual effects, which are all the results of the non-physical energy work. I will rarely touch you with my hands, to perform polarity balancing of the minor chakras. When the energy work is done, I will gently pull you out of your deep state of relaxation and we will talk about what came up for you, and the information I gathered from your field.
Healing the individual
The type of healing done in these sessions is completely tailored to the individual’s needs, because it is their energy field that determines which healing will take place. The most important or urgent issues will be the ones to surface first, usually during the initial session. In subsequent sessions, other information is likely to come up,
but these essions tend to be less involved than the first. The frequency of the visits will be determined by the client, who will become aware of the changes in their energy field, and will know intuitively when to come back for further treatment. Remember: this is your healing, and your energy field knows what it needs.
Become attuned to those needs, and you will be doing a great service to your health and well-being.
Effects frequently reported:
Regeneration and replenishment
Relief from pain
Reduction of stress and anxiety
Healing, both physical and emotional
Increased stamina and energy
Harmonization with one’s environment
Please feel free to contact Sarah Murray of Pure Healing Insight, LLC for more information or to schedule a crystal therapy session.
I go into depth about systemic enzymes in both this video and article below…
All of the Healing Health Food Institutes that I know of help people heal from various degenerative diseases. The three most common tools these Institutes use to assist healing are…helping a person improve their diet, cleansing the colon A LOT, and giving
everyone green juices (vegetable juice and/or wheatgrass).
I like to term this fabulous trio… the ‘Healing Antidote’.
Over the last couple of years, many of these
health institutes have started incorporating a fourth piece to the puzzle… Taking Systemic Enzymes on an empty stomach.
Also sometimes termed as ‘Therapeutic’ or ‘Metabolic’ Enzymes,
these ‘Systemic’ Enzymes have the potential to expedite the
healing process. Generally, people usually think of enzymes
as a digestive agent taken with food, which will help digest
the food being consumed. However, research shows that when
you take enzymes on an empty stomach, they go into the
metabolic processes of the body, which include healing
damage. I have heard many expert authorities on natural
healing state that taking systemic enzymes on an empty
stomach has the potential to help with dissolving cancerous
tumors. I have personally witnessed many people rid
themselves of cancerous tumors by utilizing systemic
enzymes in conjunction with a healthier dietary lifestyle.
I feel that the technological advancement of creating
systemic enzymes for human consumption is an example of
science at its BEST!!! Enzymes are catalysts and they are
responsible for accelerating positive chemical reactions in the
body. When they do this they retain their own structure and
do not become part of any action they perform. Working
as catalysts, enzymes group together any wandering
inactive molecules and transform these molecule
structures into new active-molecules that can be of
use to heal the body. Once an enzyme catalyzes one
group of molecules, making them active to help heal
the body, the enzyme then moves on to the next
group of inactive molecules. These “God-sent” enzymes
do not die out after one positive chemical reaction.
They keep going and going until their life force is
These inactive wandering molecules at some point may be
of use to the body when they naturally connect with
whichever counterparts they need to become active,
however, with enzymes present, these reactions can
proceed much faster, sometimes a million-fold times
faster. As an anaology, I am in Arizona right now…
If I wanted to go to New York, I could walk, but if I were to take
an airplane, that airplane would act as a “catalyst” and
expedite my trip to NY 1000-fold or more.
All enzymes taken on an empty stomach will work to help the
body… even digestive enzymes. However, some enzymes are
much more POWERFUL than other enzymes. If you use
standard digestive enzymes, you will need A LOT more to
accomplish the same task compared to most systemic
enzyme blends on the market. The two most POWERFUL
enzymes that have the potential to help with inflammation and
tumors are serrapeptidase and nattokinase. I have witnessed
HUNDREDS of people utilize these enzymes with GREAT SUCCESS.
The recommended dosage for ‘maintenance’ with
our systemic enzyme blend is 1/2 a teaspoon, 2 – 3 times a
day. I personally am an ‘extremist’ and have built up to taking
over a teaspoon of enzymes on an empty stomach 2 – 3 times
a day. I have been taking these dosages for around two years
now. I know of some cancer patients who wanted to heal so
badly that they chose to take up to 5 tablespoons of these
systemic enzymes a day on an empty stomach, based on the
recommendation of their holistic practitioners.
I can give you example after example of how people have
expedited the process of their healing with these magical
sparkling catalysts. My friend from college healed herself
from PCOS (Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) by
taking enzymes, drinking vegetable juice, cleansing the
colon, and improving her dietary lifestyle. The process
of healing herself so rapidly seemed to be miraculous,
and I feel that wouldn’t have happened SO QUICKLY
without the use of these systemic enzymes. You can read
about her story by clicking HERE, or watch the video up above.
It seems like every other person suffers from allergies in the Spring time in most areas of the country. It can make you absolutely miserable and dramatically lower your quality of life for weeks at a time.
Helping people with allergies has always been a significant part of my practice and I’ve learned a lot over my 20 years in natural medicine.
My basic message to readers is that “the outside reflects the inside.” In other words, you will be susceptible to pollens, cat dander, dust, etc. that are outside your body, to the degree that your insides, namely your mucous membranes, are clogged, full of mucous, or otherwise imbalanced. The mucous membranes are the lining of your
alimentary canal that runs from mouth to anus. The primary problem area is the intestinal lining. This area is a perfect breeding ground for yeast (Candida albicans, a type of fungus). With things like antibiotics,
birth control pills, steroid drugs, tap water and a sugary diet all contributing to their growth, it’s no wonder it is such a prevalent health issue. Yeast overgrowth also directly contributes to chronic sinus infections, chronic colds and bronchitis, indigestion, brain fog, low energy and lethargy, and indirectly to a long list of other conditions.
The solution is balancing your intestinal tract by doing a little cleansing of a very specific nature for a few weeks. Restricting the foods that grow yeast and taking a good antifungal (natural, not Nystatin) can make a world of difference not only for allergies but for all the conditions mentioned above. And the effects are permanent, notwithstanding doing all the things to encourage yeast growth again.
It’s not the only way to help allergies but in my experience the majority of people derive enormous benefit from this type of cleansing.
I would be delighted to help anyone you know who is suffering from allergies. In an initial Holistic Health Visit, I’d use Kinesiologic Analysis to determine the best anitfungal for you, and in addition to giving you a full consultation and treatment to address your allergies, we’d get you set up with a cleansing program (typically 3 weeks, though it differs for everyone) to address your systems and the root of the problem.
There’s no reason to continue to suffer with allergies! Call us at 610.896.1554 and schedule an appointment today to start feeling better in as soon as a week from when you start a cleanse program specialized to your needs.
Dr. Emmeline Edwards, Director of NCCIH’s Division of Extramural Research, discusses the recent Third National Summit: Advancing Research in the Arts for Health and Well-being Across the Military Continuum in this blog post.
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April 22nd To be held at: Journey’s Way 403 Rector Street Philadelphia, PA 19128 @ 7 PM Guest Speaker – Kristine Soffa, Community Advocate “How the Northwest was Won” (The Upper Roxborough Federal Historic District). Roxborough Manayunk Wissahickon Historical Society
March 25th To be held at: Journey’s Way 403 Rector Street Philadelphia, PA 19128 @ 7 PM Guest Speaker – Joseph Jaworowski Jr., Historian “Philadelphia During The Civil War” Roxborough Manayunk Wissahickon Historical Society