Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging
Health Through Awareness
September Newsletter
Every human spirit requires peace and quiet, and home is the place, above all others, where we should be able to shut out the bustle and anxieties of the world.  The spiritual integrity of the home was revered by our ancestors, and the rituals they observed to protect and maintain it hold valuable lessons for the modern world.    
from: Space Clearing by Stella Martin 
I may be in the minority but I am not sad to see the summer coming to an end.  September and October are my favorite months with the cooler temperatures, bright blue skies and the balance of day and night.  The urge to hibernate and nest is already starting to germinate in my body. 
I have been longingly eyeing up my closets and drawers that are really in need of some organization.  September is a great time to get reorganized, focused and back on track from too much summer.  It is also a great time for a cleanse or detox, not just in your body but in your house. 
It is difficult to reach a state of inner peace if our material surroundings are in turmoil and filled with clutter.   I feel ready to let go of people, places and things that no longer serve my highest good. The need to simplify and to achieve a state of mental, physical and spiritual harmony is knocking at the door of my soul.

A Healthy Home Detox

The benefits of eating clean, nutritious, whole foods are clear; the less toxins, chemicals and junk you feed your body, the more vibrant a life you'll lead. While the phrase "you are what you eat" stands true, the state of your environment can also impact your health.  

Many of us have done a detox in order to eliminate internal toxins from our body, but how many of us do anything about the toxins in our own homes? Common household and body-care products are increasingly being found to have negative health effects on the nervous and immune systems, on our reproductive systems and on our endocrine, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

Taking more care to reduce our exposure to both internal and external toxins, by detoxing our bodies and our living space allows the body's own detoxification to function more efficiently. This strengthens our resilience to the daily onslaught of factors impacting our health.

Here are just a few of the many tips to detox your home.
  1. No shoes in the house:  As most household dirt, pesticides and lead come in from your shoes. Go barefoot or wear slippers.  Or if you are going to wear shoes in the house, place floor mats vertically by your entrance ways to wipe your shoes. This way more dirt and residue from your shoes stay outside on the mat.
  2. Keep air clean:  Keep your windows and doors open as much as possible to allow fresh air and sunshine to filter into your home.  Use green plants as natural detoxifiers. Remove odors with baking soda. Use fresh flowers or bowls of herbs like rosemary and sage to add a pleasant fragrance to rooms. Have your air ducts and vents cleaned with nontoxic cleaners. Get a portable air cleaner/purifier.
  3. Switch from the standard household cleaning products to cleaner and greener ones:  These don't damage your health or the environment's as much and work as well as the mass marketed ones. Baking soda, lemon, vinegar, and cornstarch are pantry staples that can also double up as cleaning supplies. For instance, vinegar in place of bleach, baking soda to scrub your tiles and hydrogen peroxide to remove stains.
    Toxic chemicals are a given in generic cleaning products. Not all cleaning products list their ingredients, so a little extra know-how may be required; anything with a danger, hazard, or poison label should be avoided along with ingredients (in rare event they are listed) like ammonia, DEA, APEs, and TEA. Although even the most natural cleaners contain small amounts of hard-to-pronounce ingredients, choose cleaning products like you would food.  Opt for short ingredient lists (five or less) and make sure you comprehend most of the terms - plant based ingredients are the best choices, followed by solvent and phosphate-free labels. Avoid labels that promote vague, unfounded terms like natural and ecologically friendly.  
  4.  Replace your skin care and personal products with less toxic and chemical-free options:  Deodorant, toothpaste, cosmetics, hair products, nail polish and perfumes are often loaded with toxins. Everything you put on your skin, hair and nails is absorbed into your body and many of these products contain dangerous chemicals.  These chemicals are disturbing your hormones, causing you to gain weight and, ultimately, causing cancer.  In the U.S., manufacturers are allowed to use virtually any chemical they want in their skin care and other personal care products. Often, their products are called 'natural' but still contain toxic chemicals.So, how can you protect yourself? Ultimately, your health is your responsibility. Rather than trust a product manufacturer, do your own research to make sure that your skin care products are truly safe.  To see if the products you are using are safe, go to Also click here to see a list of the top ten toxins in your personal skin care products.
  5. Avoid plastics:  Avoid plastic food packaging (when you can). Don't wrap food in plastic. Don't microwave food in plastic containers; for that matter, don't microwave period. Choose baby bottles made from glass or BPA-free plastic. Avoid vinyl teethes for your baby. Stay away from children's toys marked with a "3" or "PVC". Avoid plastic shower curtains. Some of these products contain Bisphenol A (BPA), which is linked to cancer and Phthalates, which are linked to endocrine and developmental problems. 
  6. Avoid nonstick pans, pots, bakeware and utensils:  Teflon contains fluoridated chemicals (PFC's) which have been linked to cancer and developmental problems.
  7.  Keep house dust to a minimum:  Mop all surfaces once a week. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter preferably for your carpets. HEPA filter vacuums capture the widest range of particles and get rid of allergens.
  8. Avoid excess moisture:  Check areas for moisture accumulation or leaks, such as basements. Regularly clean surfaces where mold usually grows around showers and tubs and beneath sinks.
  9. Get a shower filter:  A shower filter can help keep contaminants from the tap water from becoming gases and being airborne.
  10. Furniture and textiles:  Mattress manufacturers often add flame retardants in order to comply with fire regulations. Regardless of the chemical concoction used (there are now more than a few), retardants are known to cause poor brain development as well as learning, behavior, and memory problems in children. Carpets also contain their own chemical cocktail - stain resistance treatments, antimicrobial properties, anti-static agents, etc. In reality, they're all toxic.  Be a conscious consumer and choose a mattress made from natural         materials like untreated cotton or wool. Also ensure they are free from   synthetic materials like foam, glue, and moth-proofing chemicals. Use   the same standards when choosing bedding, curtains or rugs. Clean   carpets with a plant based detergent, or if you're moving homes or  renovating opt for hardwood floors instead.
  11. Paint and Decoration:  Be sure to use no-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints. Many companies advertise no-VOC, but this is only the base white paint. Once color is added, it's no longer no-VOC. If you prefer using wallpaper, avoid vinyl varieties which can trap mold and fungus and cause respiratory problems. Creating a zen environment and sprucing up a living space requires a lot less than you may think. Natural woods, white wash (no-VOC!) painted walls, and minimalistic furniture go a long way. Decorate with other natural fabrics such as hemp, bamboo, silk and linen.
  12. Reduce clutter:  Clutter is state of mind.  It can be things we haven't done which prey on our minds like unreturned phone calls and perceptions we hoard which prevent us from doing the things we really want to do.  Everything we do not use or wear constitutes clutter.  Inherited objects and those given to us as presents which we do not like but feel guilty about parting with are also clutter.  Staying in a job because we are afraid to take the leap and change direction, staying in a relationship through fear of emotional upheaval or declining a job away from a familiar area through fear of the unknown constitute clutter. Clearing out the physical clutter allows us to see the benefits of "letting go" which in turn help us to clear out the mental clutter which restricts our development.  "Things" such as kitchen gadgets, empty gift boxes to recycle, old clothes and books that we hold "in case we might need them" are a major source of clutter.  It is far better to live for today and create space for something new which we will enjoy using or wearing now. 

Do not attempt to rid the whole house of clutter at one time.  Start in a small way and complete the whole task of clearing out that area, tidying and getting rid of unwanted items before moving on to the next.  Once the clutter is cleaned up, the key is to maintain it; don't let things start to pile up again.

A truly clean, green home can't be achieved overnight - so if you can't incorporate these suggestions right now, that's okay. Begin with smaller changes instead.    

Institute for Integrative Nutrition,
The Practical Encyclopedia of Feng Shui by Gail Hale,
Space Clearing by Stella Martin

Here are a few resources:

According to the New York City Mayor's official website, New York City generates 
14 million tons of waste annually at a cost of $300 million for residential waste alone. Per capita, that translates into 12.78 pounds of trash per person per day sent straight to the landfill. That's a lot of waste!!

Check out Leslie Labruto's awesome blog "Zero Waste Week".  It is full of fun facts and great tips on what we can do to leave a smaller carbon footprint on Mother Earth.  I don't want to be a spoiler, but Leslie gives a tip on how to once and for all get rid of all of those unwanted emails that come from list services. Talk about getting rid of clutter, those emails piling up are such a time waster and a nuisance.  
Think Dirty App
Unbiased product comparison app for cosmetics and personal care products. You can scan products and find out just how filthy or clean they are. This app gives you an easy to understand overview of the health impacts associated with a product and its ingredients. They have partnered with charities who are champions in connecting the dots between prevention of breast cancer and exposures to chemicals in our everyday environments.

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a national non-profit interest and environmental advocacy organization working to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. 
Environmental Working Group:  
The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit, non-partisan research organization dedicated to using the power of information to protect human health and the environment.  The EWG Action Fund is a legislative advocacy organization that uses EWG research to promote healthy and sustainable practices. Go to "Skin Deep" to check out your cosmetics and body products to see if they are safe to be using.
Click here to be taken to Skin Deep
Please join us on September 23, 2015
7-8pm EDST 
Webinar featuring 
Leo McCormick, D.C. 

Dr. McCormick began his career with pre-chiropractic education at Ursinus College where he studied sciences such as organic and inorganic chemistry, biology, and physics. His doctorate was earned at the well-renowned Palmer College of Chiropractic. He studied x-ray, bio-chemistry, human anatomy and physiology, diagnosis, and chiropractic adjusting techniques. He then served an internship in patient care at the Palmer College Public Clinic where he was awarded the prestigious Gold Coat for his care and attention to patients. After graduating Cum Laude in 1987, he returned to open a practice in Wayne, PA. In 2001, he established his current practice in Pottstown and then opened a clinic in Elverson in 2008. 
In this webinar Dr. McCormick will explore the various alternative healing modalities available to cancer patients.  He will discuss the components of the healing process and what is necessary to heal yourself from cancer.  We will also learn about non-toxic options with minimal side effects, how to support the immune system while undergoing treatment, and what is necessary to create a healing environment within the body.  Cancer healing must focus on empowering the patient with tools to make informed decisions.  Dr. McCormick will give you this information as well as a personal view of his experience with a cancer diagnosis.

Please click here to register.

Many thanks to Shirley Gutkowski for a very compelling and informative August Webinar.
 We learned one cannot reach optimal health with poor dental health.
Thank you to all that attended.

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Join us for these upcoming events!

A Special Invitation

We need your help to
increase awareness about thermography! 
 Come out and show your support for
Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging and Thermography.
Dr. Getson will be giving a free lecture entitled
Honoring and Empowering the Divine Feminine with Thermography, 
A Gentler More Humane Approach to Breast Health Assessment  
at the Mind Body Spirit Expo 
 on Sunday, October 4th at 11:00 AM in Room 7
  at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
located at 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA 19456

All attendees will receive a $25.00 coupon good on any thermogram.
 At the end of Dr. Getson's lecture,
TDI will be giving away a complimentary
 Breast Thermogram
valued at $300.00
and a Thyroid/Dental Thermogram valued at $125.00.

The room holds 85 people; please help us fill it up.

The expo is a great day with lots of wonderful vendors and speakers 
General admission is $20.00 
Doors to the expo open at 10:00 AM

In my July Newsletter I mentioned Michael Beckwith, from The Secret.  
 He is coming to our own backyard!! 
He will be speaking shortly after Dr. Getson from 1-3 pm on Sunday, October 4th.
 Make a day of it.  Come out and and nourish your mind, body and spirit.

 Don't miss this opportunity to see the these amazing speakers.
 Your life will be transformed for the better.

For more information, go to  

Join us Friday, September 11, 2015
 Crowne Plaza Philadelphia
 2349 Marlton Pike West,
Cherry Hill, NJ

Integrated Solutions to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a conference created for people suffering with CRPS.  Individuals with CRPS, friends, family, and caregivers of the CRPS community are invited to attend. The RSDSA, along with the help from generous sponsors, has assembled a friendly forum where you and experts in the CRPS field will spend the day sharing valuable information and exploring new solutions to help manage CRPS.  You will have the opportunity to talk to and network with others who experience what you do. 

Join us on Saturday, September 12, 2015
at Cooper River Park, 5300 N. Park Dr., 
The Stadium, N. Park Dr. and McClellan Blvd.,
for our 4th Annual RSD/CRPS Walk for Awareness.

Registration begins at 8:00 AM and the walk starts at 9:00 AM
  • Registration Conference Only:  Click the Register Now button
  • Registration Walk Only ($25.00) or Walk and Conference ($75.00): Click Here and you will be directed to the FirstGiving registration page. Click the Register button at the top of the page and you will see two options: just the walk or both the walk and the conference.
What is CRPS/RSD?
CRPS or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is also known as RSD, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. It is a neurological disorder that often occurs after a trauma to an extremity. It happens when an injury does not properly heal causing the nerves to misfire, sending constant pain signals to the brain.

CRPS/RSD is characterized by:
*severe burning pain
*pathological changes in bone and skin
*excessive sweating
*tissue swelling
*extreme sensitivity to touch
*color and or temperature changes in an extremity  

Please join us and support the effort to help all who are affected by RSD/CRPS  
For more information regarding RSD/CRPS go to

Disclaimer:  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information in this newsletter is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The contents of this newsletter are based upon the opinions and research of Liesha Getson and Health Through Awareness, unless otherwise noted. Individual articles are based upon the opinions of the respective author, who retains copyright as marked. The information in this newsletter is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Liesha Getson and Health Through Awareness. You are encouraged to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.
 If you are interested in having a Holistic Health Counseling Session to guide you in proper dietary and lifestyle choices, or to help you with a fall detox/cleanse
 please contact me at
Health Through Awareness.  
Liesha Getson, BCTT, HHC
100 Brick Road, Suite 206
Marlton, NJ 08053

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