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Over the years many studies have shown a massage has amazing benefits to our overall wellness, such as reduced stress, improved range of motion and….
More Americans these days are contemplating using alternative medicines. From herbs to acupuncture and more, people try different methods to enhance and improve their health. Some of these practices and techniques are ancient, having been used over the centuries by cultures all over the world. You can hop on the Internet and learn about all the different
methods to enhance and improve their health. Some of these practices and techniques are ancient, having been used over the centuries by cultures all over the world. You can hop on the Internet and learn about all the different offerings, and probably will chance upon sites that attempt to wow and woo you with stories of miraculous cures. As we highlight a few forms of alternative medicine in this issue, including herbs for anxiety and essential oils, our caveat is to study everything you come upon carefully and to be sure to consult with your primary care physician about the pros and cons of any alternative tactic you are considering trying. Staying informed and being astute about claims that seem too good to be true will only make you a better proponent of your own health and wellness.
Here’s to your health,
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Kim Wade has been a marketing consultant for more than 20 years specializing in the funeral industry. Currently, she is the Community Relations Director for Milward Funeral Directors, the 37th oldest continuously operated family business in the United States which operates three locations in Lexington including its Celebration of Life center at 1509 Trent Boulevard.
Dr. Barry Lord is a licensed psychotherapist in California who has worked in the field of counseling for over 25 years. He was the Dean at Southern California Seminary. He continues to teach as an adjunct professor in the graduate program at SCS and lectures at national and international seminars, Webinars and radio programs throughout the United States.
Dr. John Patterson is past president of the Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians and is board certified in family medicine and integrative holistic medicine. He is on the family practice faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Saybrook University’s School of Mind Body Medicine (San Francisco) and the Center for Mind Body Medicine (Washington, D.C.).
Dr. Brewer completed her Doctor of Audiology degree at the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine and her undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Miami University in Oxford, OH. She is licensed by the state of Kentucky as an audiolo-
Dr. Gerhardstein is a native of Fort Thomas, Ky. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He joined Family Practice Associates of Lexington in 2003. His specialty is family practice. Dr. Gerhardstein shares Nietzsche’s phi-
Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.
Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a professor emeritus and senior research scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut; retired service chief from the VA Medical Center; and tenured professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky.
Dr. Graebe received both his B.S degree in Visual Science and Doctorate of Optometry from Indiana University. He is a Behavioral Optometrist and learning expert. He has been in private practice here in the Bluegrass area for the past 32 years.
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