Are Those Fitbits, Wi-Fi devices, and Cell Phones Really Bad For You?

When I was growing up (and yes, I’m old enough to have watched TV on a black and white set with the bunny ear antennas LOL), you could hear the cry down the hallway from my parents instructing my sisters and I to stay at least 6 feet back from the TV.  This was to protect us from the radiation (or Electromagnetic Fields-EMF’s) emitted from the TV.  These days, for the flat screens, I’ve heard (but can’t verify) that it is about 3 feet.  I’m sure by now you have heard rumors about cell phones and associations with brain cancers etc., but are they really true and if so, what can we do about it?

Let’s look at some research:

According to the W.H.O (World Health Organization), “It is not disputed that electromagnetic fields above certain levels can trigger biological effects. Experiments with healthy volunteers indicate that short-term exposure at the levels present in the environment or in the home do not cause any apparent detrimental effects. Exposures to higher levels that might be harmful are restricted by national and international guidelines. The current debate is centered on whether long-term low level exposure can evoke biological responses and influence people’s well-being….Based on a recent in-depth review of the scientific literature, the WHO concluded that current evidence does not confirm the existence of any health consequences from exposure to low level electromagnetic fields. However, some gaps in knowledge about biological effects exist and need further research.

The NIH (National Institutes of Health) – National Cancer Institutes states, “In 2015, the European Commission Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks reviewed EMF’s in general, as well as cell phones in particular. It found that, overall, epidemiologic studies of extremely low frequency fields show an increased risk of childhood leukemia with estimated daily average exposures above 0.3 to 0.4 μT, although no mechanisms have been identified and there is no support from experimental studies that explains these findings. It also found that the epidemiologic studies on radiofrequency exposure do not show an increased risk of brain tumors or other cancers of the head and neck region, although the possibility of an association with acoustic neuroma remains open.”

What does all that mean?  I highlighted and underlined what I pay attention to as I am always interested with words and how they are used.  Why am I writing about this?  Regardless of the studies found by the WHO and NIH, I found in my practice using Applied Kinesiology (Muscle Testing) that devices of all types weren’t testing well, which means the body would give a weak muscle response indicating that these devices were disrupting the energy field of the body.  Prior to this discovery, I heard that Himalayan Salt Lamps could detoxify the air and help with EMF’s.  When I opened my practice again here in Arizona in 2014, I purchased new furniture and moved into my office on a Friday.  I put a Himalayan Salt Lamp in because I thought it looked nice.  With salt lamps, I had heard that the light used with them warms the salt up to allow the salt to detoxify the air in the room.  The light was off all weekend, the furniture smelled like new furniture chemicals, and I assumed the smell would go away in time as with all furniture.  When I returned to the office on Monday morning, the smell was completely gone even with the salt lamp light off.  Coincidence?  I doubt it as I have never had a set of furniture stop the new furniture smell in 48 hours.

When I started to see the testing on patients, I searched for EMF protectors.  I thought it might be cute to test them out.  To this day, I can’t tell you if one works better than another and am definitely not an expert on them.  I bought one and did Applied Kinesiology/Muscle Testing on myself to find out the number of stickers I needed on each device.  I can’t say that I feel different; however, my patients report that symptoms like heart palpitations and fatigue have stopped or improved after completely removing the device or using EMF protectors with the device.  Could this just be a placebo effect?  Possible, but it truly doesn’t matter to me as long as someone feels better.

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April 20, 2020 11:52 pm


Remote Healing at AHA

In these challenging times, it is so important to take care of yourself and those you love. Remote or Distance Healing is possible not only with Hypnosis and Spiritual/Metaphysical Guidance, but (believe it or not) with Applied Kinesiology/Muscle Testing. Watch the video for more information and stay safe and healthy!

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April 10, 2020 6:12 pm



Are those colds and flus really a bad thing?

 

The answer to this question seems obvious because who really wants to deal with a cold or flu, but are they really bad for you?  If we look at the ads on the TV that target cold and flu remedies, it is easy to take something as natural as getting sick as an ominous sign.  Let’s explore this topic a bit and look at some possible remedies.

If we think about children, they tend to get sick frequently.  We even joke that they are like little germ magnets.  Children need to get sick in order to build a healthy immune system.  How does an athlete win the big race or game, and how does a person do well on a test or presentation without study or practice?  The immune system is the same way; it needs to practice in order to stay in shape.  It isn’t healthy to be sick frequently but every now and then, it is just what the doctor (or in this case practitioner) ordered.  If you have ever heard someone say, “I can’t believe he has cancer, he was never sick a day in his life”, it proves the point that never getting sick may lead to more serious issues.

Ok, so now you are sick, what can you do about it?  There are literally hundreds of remedies you can try ranging from homeopathic choices like Zycam, Chinese herbal medicines like Yin Chiao, to traditional remedies like Tylenol Cold and Flu.  Naturopathic Physicians have many supplements and remedies they recommend like Sambuscus or Elderberry tinctures/syrups.  It is important to know how each remedy is used to avoid wasting time and money or making your symptoms worse.  In my practice, I use Applied Kinesiology (AK) to pinpoint whether the body is harboring a virus or bacteria and perform soft tissue corrections to get the body to fight off the offending organism.  I also use AK to detoxify the body if more traditional remedies (like antibiotics) are used.  It is a way to get the benefit of the antibiotic but allows the body to detox anything in the medicine that isn’t of benefit to it.

Whether you use traditional or alternative therapies, it is important to be wise.  For someone who only wants to use alternative therapies, it is crucial to know when it is time to seek traditional western treatments up to and including antibiotics.  There are truly times and places to use antibiotics and traditional, western remedies.

Want ideas on the best way to treat your cold or flu?  Give Arizona Healing Alternatives, LLC a call today to help your body build its immune system again!

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January 25, 2019 8:56 pm


The Post Holiday Blah’s

 

The holidays are over, and we are well into 2019, so why do I feel so, “Blah”?  If you are wondering how to get the most from life after the holidays, here are some things to consider.  Even if you came from a healthy family background, many people experience more stress around the holidays.  So, why don’t you feel great after either a great holiday or a challenging holiday season now that it’s over?

The first thing to consider is your physical health.  We are already having a big year for cold and flu viruses.  Many people have gotten sick with a virus only to have it turn into a bacterial infection ranging from sinusitis, bronchitis, and even pneumonia.  If you have been challenged by one of these this year and it is taking longer to resolve, it can lead to feeling less than your best.

If illnesses (or other physical conditions) have been ruled out, it is time to look at emotional causes, specifically expectations.  If you were filled with the idea of what the holidays “should” have looked like and the reality didn’t live up to the expectations that are outlined in all of the Hallmark cards or movies, you can experience a post-holiday let down.  I call it “shoulding” on yourself.  For example, “I should have done this for the holidays,” or “I should have know better than to….”.  You get the idea.  For some, all of the expectations lead to a fight or flight response or surge of adrenaline. Adrenaline was designed for survival when you need to run away from or fight a bear in the wild.  Unfortunately, most of us are secreting adrenaline all the time in reaction to physical or emotional stressors, so if the adrenaline stops, a feeling of “blah” or fatigue can set in.

I see this frequently when I use a technique to turn off the fight or flight response during sessions.  When I turn off the response, I often hear the comment that people feel more relaxed or tired after a session followed by feeling energized later.  This is the same reason why you feel tired after finally getting a great night’s sleep.  The “blah” or let down is truly your body’s way of telling you that it is time to take a time out vs. finding something else to get that adrenaline rush again like caffeine, sugar, adding stressors to name a few.  The best thing is to truly take care of yourself and work through the stresses of daily life by doing things that relax you and are healthy such as getting more sleep, meditation, yoga, and/or resting.

Time to drop the expectations, stop “shoulding”, and take a time out.  If you have trouble with post holiday “Blahs” or turning off your adrenaline response, time to give something new a try and contact Arizona Healing Alternatives, LLC to experience your AHA vs. “Blah” moment!

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January 25, 2019 8:50 pm


Voyage Phoenix Magazine – Life and Work with Heather Wen

Heather was honored to be contacted by Voyage Phoenix Magazine to do an interview for their Trailblazers Series regarding her journey into alternative medicine.

Here are some of the items Heather discusses in this article:

  1. Her story and why Arizona Healing Alternatives, LLC was created
  2. How the journey has been so far, and how she overcomes struggles along the way
  3. General information about Arizona Healing Alternatives. LLC
  4. Advice for someone starting their career

You can read the full article here.

 

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July 31, 2018 5:46 pm


Alternative Healing by 85086 Magazine

 

May has been an incredible month so far and it got even more amazing for Heather Wen because she was featured in 85086 Magazine!

Here is a snippet from the article:

Her unique style of utilizing physical/emotional reprogramming and hypnosis techniques, coupled with her strong intuitive sense, provides a truly individualized healing experience on all levels for the clients of Arizona Healing Alternatives, LLC., the company Heather created to bridge the gap for her clients between alternative and western healing methods.

To read the full article about Heather’s background and her practice, click here.

Sourced and Cited | 85086 Magazine

 

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May 16, 2018 7:36 pm


Practitioner Heal Thyself

We’ve all heard the expression, “Practitioner Heal Thyself”.  Have you ever had the experience of being on the receiving end of advice by someone that doesn’t practice what they preach?  One funny example comes from the movie, “All That Jazz”, with Roy Scheider playing the character of Bob Fosse, who was in real life a heavy smoker, drug and alcohol user.  When Roy Scheider sees his doctor for chest pain, the doctor who examines him is actually smoking and coughing while listening to his chest and gives him a clean bill of health.

I’m not saying that as practitioners or advice givers that we have to be issue free as almost everyone has experienced challenges in their life and truly, we are all works in progress.  What I’m suggesting is that those that give advice (whether as friends, family members, or practitioners in the healing arts) all really benefit from clearing our own issues to be clearer channels of energy for others.

A funny example from my own life involved a time when I entered into psychological counseling for help after a divorce.  I spent several months with the Psychologist, followed her advice, and was feeling great.  I told her it would be my last session unless I needed a tune up.  She looked at me and said, “You can’t leave.  You’re one of my only patients that actually listens and acts on my advice.”  Is anyone getting as uncomfortable as I was hearing that statement?  Clearly, she was looking to me to fill her self-esteem cup.  Many times, we look to others to validate us (something I have been guilty of many times) and if you are a healing practitioner, you can look at your client’s progress (or lack of progress) as your success or failure when really it has nothing to do with you.  As long as you are prepared and the best practitioner you can be, the rest is truly up to the client.  To this day, I have to remind myself that looking for validation outside myself instead of inside for my own personal connection with my belief systems always sends me off track.

When you really look at it, there is nothing more powerful than someone who has experienced difficulties and traumas but has worked through their issues, released their victimhood, and has used their experience to help others.  I’ll never forget a client that came to me for prenatal care years ago.  She was 40 years old and had been a serious drug addict in the past.  She wanted this child and was in the process of getting her other children back after being sober for 5 years.  She was such a great teacher as she taught me how to spot when clients were using drugs to help me guide them in a different direction.  I encouraged her to talk to drug addicted pregnant women, as hearing things from her would be much more powerful than hearing them from me.  She actually decided to be a counselor, and I’m sure she has helped many thousands of women to date.

 

Always remember that above all do no harm when you try to guide people through their healing journey.

Heather was honored to be a part of the Holistic Speaker’s Guild as a member and staff writer.

Speakers Guild

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July 31, 2017 7:18 pm