Energy fields in the body have long been recognized in Eastern cultures, including medicine. Subtle energy fields are now being more incorporated and used in Western medicine. “Chi, prana, and bioenergy fields” are all words used around the world to describe this lifeforce. The belief in a living force is ancient and widespread today. Energy healing one modality of complementary medicine. When we are injured, ill or under stress, the natural flow of energy is interrupted and may negatively impact our mind/body/emotional/ spiritual connections. We can use certain tools and modalities to clear, balance, energize and support the human energy system to maximize the body’s ability to heal.
The CDC’s National Health Statistics Report documented that 1:4 Americans have used some form of complementary medicine within the past 12 months. Multiple studies have shown that our thoughts can be measured and that thoughts affect our health in a significant way. Some physicians have estimated that one third of all “healings” come about not through surgery or medicine, but from our self-healing capacities. Matter is compressed energy and information is patterns of energy. The heart’s electromagnetic signals demonstrate energy flow throughout our bodies. Many practitioners and patients believe that it is time to bring the qualities of healing into the mainstream conversation- even Oprah and Dr. Oz have featured segments on this interesting topic.
Today, an Atlanta Energy Therapist and renowned author, shares her insights and experience on energy medicine, energy balancing and energy healing as a complement to traditional medicine in optimizing our own body’s ability to heal. She will discuss energy work modalities, what to expect when working with an energy healer and provide examples of working with people with chronic illnesses, such as cancer, as well as episodic dis-ease like stress management.
- Private Practice Energy Therapist for over 15 years
- Healing Facilitator
- National Speaker
- Author featured in “Remarkable Women”, “Getting Things Done; Successful Women Speak” and “Freeing Godiva; A Woman’s Journey of Self-Empowerment”
Obesity has gone global. Recent statistics have shown that approximately 1 Billion people are overweight on the planet and the two primary causes are increased consumption of a diet in processed foods with saturated fat and a decrease in exercise. Consider some of these statistics: 3 in 10 Americans are trying to lose weight at any one point in time; 35% of Americans are clinically obese; the top three disease killers in the US are related to obesity (heart disease, stroke and cancer) and American’s spend $40 billion on diet related products annually. Alarming.
Research has shown that diet alone will not keep weight lost off alone. Fitness factors in as well. Actually, 80% of dieters are trying to lose weight alone and studies show that 90-95% of dieters will gain the weight lost back within 1-5 years. Exercise is a key component of permanent weight loss, but not without consideration of diet as well. Exercise is also a key component and success factor for people who are successfully able to keep the weight loss off. The role of counseling has also been of great benefit for customizing a weight loss plan and the accountability factor in sticking to a new regime.
In addition to diet and exercise, new technologies and supplements are being introduced with some success into the weight loss arena such as: spa treatments, infrared saunas and the use of cold lasers to disrupt the fat cells, the products of which can then be excreted. Many are also using mobile technology for an accountability “buddy”, calculation and tracking of weight loss and fitness goals. No matter what individual plan entails, gradual, realistic lifestyle changes over time have been shown to produce long term results.
- Owner of BalanceDiet
- Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
- Professional Body Builder x20 years
- Certified professional trainer (AFAA Aerobics and Fitness Assoc of America)
- Body temple of God, commitment to never using unnatural aids, helps others by providing health, fitness, nutrition guidance to those wanting natural solutions
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- NSCA certified strength & conditioning coach
- NSCA certified personal trainer
- USA Weightlifting certified sports performance coach
- Former Athletic Coordinator-Clayton County Parks & Recreation
- NAYS certified Youth Sports Administrator
- NCAA Football National Championship Jacksonville State University
- Assistant strength & conditioning coach Jacksonville State University
- Graduate of Western Michigan University, BA in Business Administration
- Worked closely with family for 11 years then moved to Florida
- Established as Marketing director in a physicians office, introduced and certified as a laser tech and is what brought her to Atlanta
- 15 years experience in business, equipped with multitude of skills including management, marketing, health and medicine applications, business operations and exemplary customer service
- Set apart from other candidates by: Penchant for organization, eye for detail, positive and personable nature, ability to multitask and perform in a fast paced environment
Hepatitis remains a global problem
Hot on the heals of World Hepatitis Day, which was July 28,2013, hepatitis remains a global problem. Viral hepatitis is a disease for both developed and developing countries that causes an estimated 1-3 million deaths globally and can often- well, be prevented! This disease can cause unnecessary suffering. Viral hepatitis is a group of five unrelated viruses (A, B, C, D and E) that can cause both acute and chronic infections, some of which do not cause symptoms and can lay dormant for decades before people learn they are infected. Like some heart diseases, viral hepatitis can be a “silent killer.” Symptoms can later show up and lead to chronic liver disease and even liver cancer long after exposure.
Vaccines are available for Hepatitis A and B. Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B is treatable. Common symptoms of hepatitis infections include nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, jaundice, abdominal pain and dark urine. Transmission of the virus varies as to the virus type. Diagnosis is made through blood tests that can identify the virus. Many acute viral hepatitis infections resolve spontaneously. However, chronic hepatitis can lead to cirrhosis and death. Treatment involves symptom management, drug treatment and in extreme cases, liver transplant.
This segment of The Doctors Roundtable will feature Dr. Enrique Martinez, a highly acclaimed hepatologist based in Atlanta, who will discuss the basic information around Hepatitis A, B and C as well as at risk populations and exciting new drug therapies on the horizon. Listeners may also visit the following online websites for additional resources: www.atlantagastro.com, www.cdc.gov/hepatitis and www.hepatitisfoundation.org.
Dr. Enrique J. Martinez
- MD training at University of So. FLA
- Internship, residency and fellowship in IM at USF
- Board-certified in IM and Gastro
- Advanced training at University of Miami in Hepatology and Liver Transplantation
- Widely published in text and peer review journals, a noted lecturer in liver disease
- Now practicing with Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates and based at Emory in the midtown location of ATL
In the US, over 173K people were treated for concussion in the past year. In Georgia alone last year, Scottish Rite hospital treated over 1400 kids for concussion. A concussion is a violent shaking of the brain or blow to the head and it is the most common traumatic brain injury. Earlier this year, GA joined over 43 other states by enacting into law a bill addressing the issue of concussions in youth sports, called “The Return to Play Act of 2013.” Collision sports and recreation is a primary area where concussions can occur. There is no quick, definitive test for concussion and many go undiagnosed or untreated. Less than 10% of concussions occur with a loss of consciousness. Symptoms can occur weeks and days after the triggering event that causes a concussion.
Symptoms can include headache, weakness, numbness, slurred speech, amnesia, sleep disturbances, changes in cognitive function, irritability, etc. Recovery from concussion varies widely and there can be long term effects of concussion, especially repeated concussion. Treatment can include physical and cognitive rest, physical and occupational therapy, cognitive therapy. The new law focuses on baseline assessment, prevention, information on risk to parents, on the field assessment and medical clearance requirements prior to returning to play. Join us in this segment to learn about concussion, the new Georgia law, and what parents, coaches and players need to know. Listeners can also find more information at: www.cdc.gov/concussion, www.concussiontreatment.com and www.kidsandpros.com.
Dr. Angela Yi
- Ph. D in Psychology with the Sports Concussion Institute in Los Angeles
Diane King, CTC, RD
- GA Concussion Coalition and President, GA Athletic Trainer Association
- Master Trainer with Kids and Pro’s, former Atlanta Falcon pro football player
- Advocate for passage of GA HB 284 “Return to Play” concussion legislation
On March 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in the United States. Since then, Americans have experienced some positive changes in health care reform such as: drug discounts, some tax credits, dependents’ coverage extending to age 26, and mandatory coverage of some preventive health screenings. By far, and even with recent delays, 2014 is poised to be the most active year for change brought about by ACA. Yet, recent polls showed that 6 in 10 Americans don’t know what to expect as far as health care reform that affects them in 2014. It has been estimated that 43% of Americans still do not know that individuals will be required to obtain essential health insurance in 2014 or they will pay a penalty.
The remaining months of 2013 will lay the groundwork for changes that become effective in 2014 for healthcare providers (fees), consumers (coverage) and businesses (benefit offerings). The Healthcare Marketplace and Small Business Health Option Program (SHOP) will be open on October 1 for policies effective Jan 1, 2014. Medicaid payments will increase for primary care providers in some states. Individuals with no health insurance coverage will now be mandated to obtain essential coverage. Preexisting conditions will mostly be a problem of the past. Millions of Americans are expected to find healthcare coverage. Join us in this segment of The Doctors’ Roundtable as we explore this highly relevant topic as three industry experts (representing law, consumers and employers) join us to discuss preparation for upcoming health care reform changes and we demystify some aspects of what is to come in a few short months with ACA. Listeners can also visit www.healthcare.gov to learn more.
- Partner at Morris, Manning and Martin law firm specializing in Healthcare practice
- Vice-President of Hays Companies in Atlanta, Broker, Employee Benefits Division