Medical studies on Reflexology prove that it greatly reduces PMS symptoms

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For many women, PMS causes frequent mental and physical distress, but the good news is, Reflexology can help.

A string of studies conducted by medical professionals determined that Reflexology significantly reduces premenstrual symptoms (PMS). In fact, participants in one 1993 study showed a 46% improvement in their PMS symptoms.

PMS symptoms often include:

  • Easily irritated

  • Nervous or anxious

  • Depressed or sad

  • Forgetful or confused

  • Critical of self or others

  • Headache Backache

  • Constipation

  • Tired or fatigued

  • Difficulty falling asleep

Do you have any of the above symptoms? If you answered yes, consider experiencing for yourself the many healing benefits of Reflexology. It is best to have your session one week prior to your monthly period.

Curious to learn more about the proven benefits of reflexology for PMS? Contact me at irina@ibhealing.com or call 203-968-6824.

7 Key Nutrients You Should Have Lab Tested in 2019

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Are you overfed and undernourished?

This statement might be hard to believe, but in this day and age, studies show that this has never been more true.

Processed foods, depleted soil, lack of sun and exposure to toxins are just a few of the reasons our bodies are lacking key nutrients.

And, even if you have an extremely ‘clean’ or healthy diet, you should consider lab testing your blood work for these 7 key nutrients for optimal body function as you age:

1.     Vitamin D: We need vitamin D for strong bones, muscles and overall health. However, the majority of people worldwide are vitamin D deficient or insufficient, which can lead to bone and muscle pain, and softening of the bones.

2.     B12: Vitamin B12 helps us produce healthy red blood cells in our bone marrow. Vitamin B12 is only available in animal foods (meat and dairy products) or yeast extracts (such as brewer's yeast). Vitamin B12 deficiency can result in anemia, a lower-than-normal number of red blood cells and elevated homocysteine (an inflammatory marker).

3.     Magnesium: More than half of all Americans are magnesium deficient. Modern life depletes our magnesium through too much coffee, alcohol, antibiotic use, drugs and over-exercise. Magnesium deficiencies are linked to increased inflammatory markers such as CRP, poor sleep, muscle spasms, eye twitches and insomnia.

4.     Iron: According to the World Health Organization, about 30% of the world’s population has an iron status that’s considered below normal.  Low iron levels can result in fatigue, pale complexion and increased anxiety. You can test your levels with a serum ferritin test.

5.     Omega 6:3 ratio: About 90% of Americans have low concentrations of the Omega-3 fats EPA and DHA. Omega-3s are anti-inflammatory in nature and can help raise HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol that helps decrease the bad cholesterol in our blood vessels).

6.     Micronutrients: Zinc and selenium help to support your immune system and maintain a healthy thyroid function.

These nutrients can be checked by your primary care physician or you can receive discounted labs (without the hassle of driving to see your doctor) by using this link.

Since I am an affiliate with this company, you can receive discounted labs in a safe, confidential and convenient way, and once you have your results, I can share with you Dr. Alan’s* optimal functional ranges for labs and guide you to other helpful resources.

Please note: I am not a medical doctor and I cannot receive lab results directly from any lab or diagnose or treat any medical condition.

*Dr. Alan Hopkins M.D. is the Director of YourLabWork.com

Flu & Cold Season: The best ways to protect & strengthen your immune system this winter!

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The winter season is upon us, which means that more than usual we talk about how to protect ourselves. Is flu vaccination the only choice? You can read my post on this topic from last year: http://www.ibhealing.com/blog/flu-season-my-take-on-the-flu-shot


For those of you who want to take a natural approach to fighting the Cold/Flu, I suggest FORTIFYING your immune system, and below are the top 7 ways to stay healthy this winter season:  

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly

  2. Do not touch your face or nose unnecessarily

  3. Stay hydrated; add lemon or lime to your water or tea

  4. Take contrast showers, start with warm, end with cold water, do several 30 seconds rounds 

  5. Netti Pot technique nightly helps to remove the invaders from your nasal passages

  6. Supplement with proven immune boosters: Probiotics, vitamins D and C, Elderberry syrup (a potent antiviraI!)

  7. If you respect Homeopathic medicine, get the Oscillococinum and start to take it at the first symptom

You can order all of the above recommendations on my online dispensary -Fullscript  which comes with a 15% discount and fast delivery (cheaper than ordering it through Amazon Prime).

Plus, my Fullscript dispensary gives you access to physician-grade brands, like Pure Encapsulations, Designs for Health, Klaire Labs and numerous other high quality brands. Other products available on Fullscript include body/ face care products, power foods and teas, and to make things easy for you, I’ve conveniently sorted all of my top recommendations under the “Favorite” tab. 

Sign up is easy and fast:  https://us.fullscript.com//welcome/ibhealingcom  Once you sign-up you can go to the tab labeled “Prevent Cold and Flu” and stock up on the products I recommend for fortifying your Immunity. Also, for my clients I offer a FREE 15-minute Nutritional Consult.

If you still feel unsure about the Flu shot, here is a view from a retired hospital nurse which you can see here 

My First Experience with Plant Medicine called Ayahuasca.

When I was twenty, I had a near death experience in the hospital while undergoing a minor (so I thought) surgery.

I didn't know the term “a near death experience” - NDE, but eventually found the book describing this phenomenon written by Dr. Raymond Moody, “Life After Life” www.lifeafterlife.com.

The book was translated into Russian by an underground publishing agency “Samizdat” in 1975.  I was a second year college student studying engineering, and firmly planted in a hard science, with a total lack of any spiritual or religious education. This is when my interest in an altered state of consciousness began. 

It was twenty five years later here in Stamford, I had multiple “Out-of -Body” experiences - OBEs. They were absolutely awesome, but unfortunately spontaneous.  I could not repeat them, as I so wished. 

Eventually I became familiar with the work of  Robert A. Monroe. I devoured his book, “Journeys Out of the Body”.  He had phenomenal OBEs. Bob’s interest in altered state of consciousness was the driving force in the foundation of The Monroe Institute in Virginia. The Monroe institute popularized his “Hemi-Sync” patented audio technology. It was claimed to facilitate “Out of the Body” experiences - OBEs.  From 2008 through 2011 I participated in many programs at The Monroe Institute (monroeinstitute.org

If you are interested in experiencing the Hemi-Sync effect during your next Reflexology/Reiki session, please let me know. I have accumulated a good collection of Hemi-Sync CDs, and it can be easily included into your hands-on session. 

My interest in altered states or I would rather call it, expanded states of consciousness, brought me to the teachings of Gregg Braden. Check out his books.  In 2007 we traveled with him to Peru on a journey called “Unlocking the Incan Code of Time”. While there, I have heard about the powerful medicinal plants ceremonies, that were led by native shamans using Ayahuasca. It was not on our itinerary then.

I started to read and hear from a few trusted friends about the effects of psychedelics on the expansion of consciousness. Even though I wanted a direct experience, I also had an enormous fears. The saying goes, once you drink Ayahuasca, which is a brew from two Amazonian plants, - you SEE, once you SEE, you cannot UNSEE.

A powerful film “Neurons to Nirvana” by Oliver Hockenhull helped me to learn more about the nature of different psychedelic molecules and its impact on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the human being.  

I watched the documentary “The Reality of Truth”.  The story of Rythmia - Life Advancement Center in Costa Rica was mentioned in the film. The book “ Sh*T the Moon said” by Gerard Powell, the founder of of Rythmia was very intriguing and inviting for a first hand experience .

My good friend Lisa Wilson, the founder of The Raw Food Institute, talked about going to Rythmia.com in Costa Rica this summer. 

It was the last straw, that broke my fear.  I was ready to become a psychonaut and experience the power of psychedelics in a safe environment guided by a powerful shaman Taita Juanito.

The week of October 14th I went there with my daughter. We had four powerful ceremonies with unique and dramatic experiences  and breakthroughs. 

We also learned how to practice Transformational Breathwork, that helped to process the revelations of the Mother Aya, as this powerful plant medicine is lovingly called. 

The main lesson I got: “We are all ONE”. Mother Aya helped me to shake off “the reality of separation” for good. My other very personal revelation was aptly written on the T-shirt I wear now: “Relax, nothing is under control”

I am still processing on a deep emotional level discoveries and lessons of Rythmia. The Medicine works on your mindbody for three or more weeks after the last drink.

This March my husband Nicholas agreed to go with me to Rythmia. First time for him.

There are plenty of video testimonials on the Rythmia “Youtube” channel - you can get lost in them. 

Check out a brand new documentary “From Shock to Awe”.  It explores the healing effect of Ayahuasca on two American veterans and their families dealing with PTSD. Their transformations after Ayahuasca ceremonies are powerful.  

Also, I would love to mention the serendipities during our travel to Rythmia. The first person we met, when we arrived to Costa Rica airport was from a small town in Florida, where my daughter lives.  The person who greeted us from the big TV monitor at Rythmia entrance hall - our beloved Gregg Braden (remember our trip with him to Peru and recently Israel), and a young lady I met there shortly after, was from Taiwan, born precisely in a small town of Taitung, where my Reflexology Master and Life Mentor Father Josef lives for the past thirty years. Serendipities.

If you want to know more, please do ask me, I am open to share with you face to face.

I need to mention, that the visions I had at Rythmia were of extraordinary beauty, reminded me of my NDE some forty years ago.

The New Wearables

Today I want to talk about wearables. Do you know that electronic smart gadgets can be incorporated into clothing, implanted under the skin or worn on the body as an accessory for the purpose of collecting and tracking your personal physiological data to improve your health and fitness? Such medical data collecting devices are perfect tools in the development and implementation of  a  medical care model that shifts its focus from diagnosis to prognosis.

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Precision Medicine is an emerging field in the science of health and wellness. This Medicine is based on four principles:

  1. Predictive

  2. Preventive

  3. Personalized

  4. Participatory.

The use of FitBits or similar devices is quite common now and  wearables technology is exploding all over the world.
Let me introduce you to the Oura Ring. It is developed by a  fairly new - only two years old - company from Finland.

I have been learning about the outmost importance of good sleep on our health for quite sometime now. Please check  out one of the best books on this seemingly trivial subject.  Here comes the wearable that allows me to quantify the quality of my nightly sleep and much more. Of course I got excited. 

I ordered my Oura Ring - second generation, last December.  Due to its enormous popularity  it arrived with delay this August.
For almost two months I have been collecting and monitoring the data on my SLEEP - 7 characteristics; READINESS  - 7 characteristics, ACTIVITY  - 6 characteristics; yes, steps walked  and TRENDS.

The ring is synched with my iPhone ( can be other cell phone models) via the Oura app and can independently collect and store info up to 5 days, if for whatever reason I am not near my phone. It emits very low EMF compare to other devices and operates in Airplane Mode, if chosen. There is so much more to learn and discuss about the Oura Ring.
 
Ask me any questions at your next session.
If you decide to buy it, you are welcome to use HIH code for $50 off its $300+ price, depending on the model. 
I am happy to share, that my husband agreed to wear his cool Christmas present - Oura Ring. I pray, that his ring will arrive just in time.

Here's other products that I introduce on my page The Products We Love: Vibram Five Toes shoes - give my bunions  - yep, I do have them on both feet more space and to prevent future misalignment  and a simple pleasure Massage Glove

I am also excited to share a fantastic podcast by Peter Attia MD, called The Drive. Thanks to Matt, one of my young and savvy clients,  I am now hooked to Peter's podcast, his style, cutting edge info on many subjects... Mainly, health, longevity, critical thinking and a few others.