All naturopaths follow a similar basic philosophy. Rather than treat a diagnosis with natural remedies, we look for the combinations of stress and toxic exposures that caused your health to deteriorate. Once these have been identified, we work to remove the toxic burdens and support your healing with nutrition, herbs or homeopathic remedies. Sounds pretty simple, right? But there's one major stumbling block to success, and that is getting your body to switch from "go-go-go" mode (or "stress" mode) to "relax and heal" mode at the end of the day. Which brings us to my number one secret: Creating a sleep sanctuary.
It might surprise you to know that electrical devices in your bedroom are the biggest interference factor to getting your body to relax and rejuvenate when you go to bed at night. Not only does this make you more vulnerable to health problems, but it contributes to faster aging. And nobody wants that! When I first started working with clients in 1990, it was pretty simple: Remove the TV out of the bedroom. Those were the days before cordless phones, cell phones, computers and iPads. Today, it can involve much more (not to mention getting your spouse on board with the idea)!
Here are the basics: remove any device within your bedroom that you don't have to have, especially your wireless router. Small emitters (clock, fan, etc.) should be four feet from any edge of your bed. Big emitters (cordless or cell phones, computers, televisions or anything that recharges) should be eight feet from your bed. Measure not just from your head, but from the closest edge of your bed. Unplug your router, turn off all wireless devices (printers, etc.) and put cell phones and iPads on airplane mode in addition to turning their wi-fi mode off. I know it's a hassle, but try it for two weeks and see if you sleep better.
Want the hard science? Read "The Body Electric" by Robert Becker (an online search gives you a PDF version for free) or go to www.emfscientist.org. The science is definitely there. But the most important proof is your own results.
Wishing you sweet dreams,
Debra MacIntyre, ND
Debra MacIntyre, ND
Debra is a traditional naturopath, board certified by the American Naturopathic Certification Board with over 37 years of experience in the fitness and health care fields. She holds a nutrition certification from American Health Science University, completed her Naturopathic degree from Trinity School of Natural Medicine and has received advanced training in Biological Medicine, NAET allergy elimination, and homeopathic hormone rejuvenation. She's been in private practice since 1994.
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