Phoenix Healing Center News
July 2009

Dear Patients, Family and Friends~

Summer arrived and we have continued to keep the wheels turning; the ones on our boat trailer, that is! Our last trip up north to Story, Wyoming was beautiful, restful and fun. Here is the link to our pictures Travels of Sid and Amber 
 
In other news: I try to be conscious about my personal 'carbon footprint' as much as possible. So, when I was about to cut open a juicy looking red pepper for dinner, I was shocked to see a little sticker on it that said 'Product of Holland' Holy cow! This from our local Vitamin Cottage! And no, I didn't notice it in the store, or it would still be sitting there. Aren't there peppers growing locally this time of year? Yes, I could go the a Farmer's Market, but that would mean another drive to town...more carbon, so I try to shop when I'm already there. So, I called the grocery manager a VC; she was lovely and sympathetic, but the bottom line is that people demand produce out of season so its imported from all over. (note: last January I saw asparagus in Whole Foods imported from PERU). What to do? I'll read the labels more closely, boycott the imports and keep talking to the people in charge. Isn't that how the whole and organic foods movement started?
 
Meanwhile, we hope every day is filled with the best of all things; remember to create what you desire, and to pass the good stuff around!
 
Blessings~*~*~ Amber & Sid
BRUSH, FLOSS, RINSE, & NEEM
Did you know that good oral health reduces degenerative diseases? Most of us know that poor oral hygiene leads to tooth decay and gum inflammation, but it can also drastically elevate the risk of inflammation driven diseases such as arteriosclerosis and diabetes.
You know that 'plaque build-up' in the arteries that we hear about? Well, recent studies are indicating that this plaque can start in the mouth, increasing the risk of arteriosclerosis, heart attack and stoke. There is also strong evidence that gum disease can also increase the risk of pre-term births and low birth weight.
Gratefully, thanks to a wonderful plant native to India, what we put in our mouth can contribute to our over-all health...that little miracle plant is NEEM. Researchers already knew that the leaves, twigs and seeds of neem trees have powerful antimicrobial and antifungal properties. So they set out to test just how efficient neem really was in treating gum disease.The study, involving 3 groups of people, used a neem mouth gel made from dried neem leaves. A 25% alcoholic extract was prepared from the leaves, and then turned into a gel.The study lasted 6 weeks and the outcome was clear: after three weeks the users of neem gel showed the lowest dental plaque levels. They also had the lowest levels of harmful bacteria that are associated with the formation of dental plaque and tartar.
In another clinical study 50 patients with advanced gingivitis were treated; 40 of them suffered from bleeding gums and pustular discharges from the gum. The patients were instructed to brush their teeth twice daily with neem toothpaste. (The toothpaste contained neem leaf extract.)
After only three weeks 80% of them showed significant improvements. All patients had lower levels of bacteria, and bad breath had disappeared. There were no side effects. Another study in Germany used 70 patients with periodontitis in different stages. The study reports similar results (stop of bleeding and discharge, gums return to healthy color) after only five to ten treatments with neem toothpaste and mouthwash.
There is no known cure for gum disease. A number of small studies, anecdotal evidence, and thousands of years of traditional use, all agree that neem may:prevent and heal gum disease, prevent cavities, eliminate bacteria that cause cavities and inflammation of the gums,prevent bacteria from adhering to your teeth (reduce plaque), enhance mouth immunity in general,and through all this freshen the breath.
Nice stuff, this NEEM. For more info go to a very informative site check out:Discover Neem
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
August 13: AROMATHERAPY 101, or 'Kitchen Medicine',  by Catrina Manecki.
Valuable information for all of us; How to use Essential Oils at home for healing simple problems like headaches, insect bites, onset of virus (colds flu), nausea, etc. Catrina teaches this class on-line for American College of Healthcare Sciences, and is bringing the best of it to the PHC. Class is from 6-7:30, price is $25. You must preregister; call 303-774-9525.
 
Cooking Classes  Eat Healthy, Eat Easy Series
Take quick, easy, delicious and thrifty cooking classes with Dr. Amber Wolf and Catrina Mianecki, MA, LAc. Prepare a meal and eat in at the Phoenix Healing Center. This series includes: September: Eating organic or not? Quick (30 minutes or less) and easy soups and salads, October: Northern Indian vegetarian, November: Eating locally and thrifty, Harvest Meals.Day/Time: Dates: Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 5, Thursdays 5:30 pm 7:00 pm, $65 for 3 classes or $25 each. Sign up through the City of Longmont 303-651-8404.

Kryon Discovery Series 2009
A Discovery First! We have eliminated the meal package from the lodging package; this means you are free to eat at any price at any place (there are 5 restaurants within the  Sawgrass Hotel and many within walking distance) Oct 2,3,4 at the Sawgrass Marriott, Jacksonville, FL. The home of this Discovery Series is at a beautiful, elegant 4 star resort minutes from Jacksonville Beach and 30 minutes from the Jacksonville airport, 
 
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Amber Wolf, in conjuction with Solar Yoga Studio (in Prospect) will present  Breast Health Education, based on her website www.saveyourbreasts.com.  Solar Yoga teachers will present Healthy Breast Yoga, a series of yoga postures specifically designed to help women keep the breast lymphatic area open and clear. Postures can be done by 'non-yogi's', seated in a chair, standing or on a mat. This class is offered on a 'karma' or donation basis, with teachers donating their time, and proceeds going to the OMT; Off the Mat and Into the World project. October 25, time to be announced.
Save $25
Your referrals are the basis of our practice. We appreciate your confidence and trust. When you refer someone to us, we would like to offer you $25 back on your next session. This savings can be combined. Gift cerificates are available. Telephone sessions (with Skype for long distance) are also available. Namaste!  Dr. Sid & Dr. Amber.
 
Offer Expires: NEVER!