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ISLAND SUN - NOVEMBER 6, 2015
Eden Energy Medicine
by Karen L.
JD, AAML (03-12)
So, you put
on your bath-
ing suit and
noticed those red
spider veins becom-
ing more pro-
nounced? Or you
sat down and had
a bit of discomfort as you shifted body
weight to on side? Welcome to spleen
Chinese medicine views spleen’s pri-
mary role as transforming food and drink
into chi (vital energy) and blood, and then
distributing the chi throughout the body.
EEM views spleen as metabolizing everth-
ing passing through us – emotions, food,
substances or vibrations. A pretty impor-
So, for example, if spleen energy is
deficient, we will see nosebleeds, vomit-
ing blood, blood in stools, spotting and
frequent bruising (because blood can’t
be contained in the vessels) or digestive
issues including bloating, bowel problems
and lethargy. Or perhaps hemorrhoids,
varicose veins appear, slow healing of
cuts, prolapse of stomach or intestine
or bladder or uterus... you get the idea.
Spleen is vitally important to our ability to
What is the relevance, you ask?
Spleen takes a huge hit daily, producing
the chi that powers our complex systems.
Triple Warmer first takes energy from
spleen to feed the body, until spleen is
exhausted. Let’s give it a boost (like hit-
ting the foggy mirror in the bathroom
with a forceful hairdryer) by holding that
reservoir of energy acupoint known as
Spleen 3 source point, located on inside
of the foot. Find it by moving the finger
down the side of the big toe, over the
big joint (or bunion) at the base of the
toe, stopping at the natural divot below
the big joint. It will be sensitive or tender.
Hold it, preferably with your middle finger
for a minute or two, or until you feel nice
pulses. You can hold both sides at the
same time. This will promote spleen’s
production of chi, thus assisting in allevi-
ating hemorrhoids, varicose veins, water
retention, gurgling sounds in stomach,
muscle cramps, sluggish digestion and
generally increasing your energy.
Bonus tip: After you have taken a nice
breath from holding Spleen 3, hold the
bunions on both sides of the foot at the
same time, sending energy up the spine,
calming the entire body and nervous sys-
tems. Don’t hesitate to give the bunions a
little squeeze. Then, of course, give your-
self a nice hug for loving your body.
Have fun with your energy! Next
week’s topic is Heart Ache? Shift The
Chakra Energy In Minutes.
If you have a question, email Karen
Semmelman at SemmEnergyCenter@
gmail.com. Learn more at www.sem-
melmanenergy.com. EEM does not
diagnose or cure illness, but working
with subtle energies of the body has
been shown to help many conditions.
Doctor and Dietitian
by Ross Hauser, MD
and Marion Hauser, MS, RD
Healthy eating and proper exercise
are essential for a robust life,
but another important aspect
of healthy living is connecting socially.
Social connection actually strengthens
our immune system, improves physical
health and maintains psychological well-
being. Connection with others who feel
what we feel, understand how we think,
and who are able to relate with us on a
heart-to-heart, soul-to-soul level is one
of life’s most important skills and needs.
We need human connections for phys-
ical, emotional and spiritual health. Social
connection is one of the main traits of
folks who live into their 90s and 100s,
allowing for a long, full, satisfying, enjoy-
able and healthy life. Those who feel con-
nected have lower rates of anxiety and
depression, because their involvement in
a social network provides the giving and
receiving of trust and empathy. As you
might guess, those who are disconnected
reap the opposite results, such as physical
and emotional disease and isolation.
Belonging is an irresistible need of all
people. We are biologically, cognitively,
physically and spiritually wired to love, to
be loved, and to belong. When that doesn’t
occur, we don’t function as we ought.
Be courageous and take the initiative!
Don’t be afraid or wait on somebody else
to connect with you. Fear is as old as
mankind, so instead be wise, strong and
resolute, and take the step to connect.
Foster, nurture and build your social con-
nections. It just takes a little courage and
a bit of adventure. Eat healthy and exer-
cise, yes, but don’t neglect to connect.
This information is not intended
to treat, cure or diagnose your condi-
tion. Caring Medical and Rehabilitation
Services has two locations: one in Oak
Park, Illinois, and one in Fort Myers.
It was established in 1991 by Ross
Hauser, MD, and Marion Hauser, MS,
RD. They can be reached at info@car-
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