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Integrated Approach to Health

Your immune system is a complex network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to defend against germs. If your immune system cannot do its job, the results can be serious.

Disorders of the immune system include:

Allergy and asthma
Immune deficiency diseases
Autoimmune diseases – arthritis
Crohns disease
Multiple Sclerosis
Inflammatory bowel disease
Type 1 diabetes 

Maintaining your overall health and well-being and having a strong immune system includes a combination of conventional medicine, complementary and alternative care and lifestyle choices.

An integrated approach has been proven to have a positive impact on our physical, mental and emotional health.

Here are a few ways to focus on your health:

Diet– Diet rich in fruits, vegetables, Stay away from processed foods.Try steaming, grilling or sautéing instead of frying foods.

Exercise-Keep moving. Aim for 30 minutes a day. Go for a walk, run, swim, gardening, cycling. Increasing the heart rate beyond resting levels.

Mindfulness/Meditation – Take time for yourself. Find a quiet place, take long deep breaths and focus on yourself.

Yoga, Tai-Chi, Qui-Gong – Try these slow meditative exercises that help improve coordination, mobility, flexibility, memory and overall health.

Positive Affirmations – Start your day with positive immune boosting affirmations to have a positive and healthy day. Repeat “I am grateful for this beautiful day. I am healthy. My immune system is strong. I am feeling positive, healthy and strong today, I will have a successful bright day.”

Creative Therapies-Do what makes you happy! Music, paint, dance or write.This boosts your mood and releases endorphins.

Vitamins/Supplements – Vitamins are a group of substances that are needed for normal cell function, growth, and development. They help shore up bones, heal wounds, and bolster your immune system. They also convert food into energy, and repair cellular damage.

Acupuncture – Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of “yin” and “yang” of the life force known as “qi.” Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of the forces. An acupuncurist will insert needles into a person’s body with the aim of balancing their energy.

Chiropractic care – When two or more vertebrae aren’t functioning together properly, it is what many chiropractors refer to as a subluxation or a misalignment. These subluxations can cause pain, discomfort, decreased mobility, or many other symptoms and conditions. With regular adjustments, chiropractic offers a host of preventative health benefits, and is vital for keeping your body balanced, flexible and functioning at its best

Adequate rest – To gain productivity, concentration, focus, lower your risk of chronic disease, weight gain, stress and more,  adequate sleep for adults is between 7 and 9 hours a night.

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Expression to Heal

posthealing1Unearthing physical, emotional or spiritual healing can often be a struggle with our internal self. Whether you are recovering from an illness, grieving the loss of a loved one or coping with a difficult situation, studies believe self-expression helps to keep you grounded and connected to vitality and creativity where healing energies can emerge.

We are learning that more and more doctors and healthcare facilities have started incorporating creative therapies into their treatment options due to increasingly positive outcomes for both physical and mental healing.

As children, we immersed ourselves into a colorful world of expression through music, arts, crafts and symbolic modalities, without a care in the world. Our focus and intent was all driven on creation to bring profound happiness to our heart and soul. There was always a seamless connection to our true selves.

As we’ve grown in our social and professional lives and chaos sets it, it’s easy to neglect those things which once ignited passion, motivation and created balance within us. To find balance again and restore healing, we must tap into our creative expressions.

Studies show creative expressions in any form help to shift your focus away from negative thoughts and gives you a sense of accomplishment.


There are many pathways to self-expression and thus, self-healing. When those feelings of sadness, anxiety, fear, grief, anger, frustration or loss, comes to the surface, I encourage you to find your path to healing.

Here are a few ideas to get you started that have all been proven to lift your spirits and ignite positive, healing energies.

  • Writing. The power of your thoughts on paper, are priceless. You think, write and unleash all your emotions
  • Art. Your canvas is a product of who you are. You are the beholder of the beauty that’s inside you. Speak to your work and let is help heal you as you paint or draw.
  • Dance/music. Use these poetic elements to release your creativity. Find solace in your movements, voice and dance.
  • Yoga. Breathe, relax and enjoy the sensation of freedom as you transform your body into various poses.
  • Meditation. Deepen your conscious level and harmonize your mind, body and soul.
  • Exercise. Use your body strength to build mental strength. Let go of your anxiety during your workouts.
  • Knitting/sewing/crocheting.  This boosts relaxation and encourages self-motivation and pleasure in creating beauty.

As you begin your journey to self-healing you will find you are discovering and learning more about yourself than ever before. Find your creative therapy and enjoy your healing.

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Cheese it Up, You’ll feel great!

18882079_10158768208965524_1180985150837098535_nYour smile is one of the easiest, painless and medication free ways you can increase your longevity, health, happiness and overall well-being. The expression of a cheerful heart is a basic human behavior that is unfortunately, so commonly overlooked.

Studies show just by smiling a little more each day, you reap the benefits of feeling great and looking pretty awesome too. Here a few reasons why laughter really is the best medicine

  • Burn some calories while you have a good chuckle. Research has shown that laughing for 10 – 15 minutes a day burns up to 40 calories and relaxes muscles for up to 45 minutes. It’s a great form of exercise.
  • Overload your immune system with all the good stuff it needs. Yes, laughing actually increases your blood flow, balances your hormones, improves heart rate and overall leaves you less prone to sickness.
  • Positivity is your best friend. When you laugh, you release endorphins often known as the “happiness hormones.” Endorphins release leaves you with increased positive emotions and thinking.
  • Don’t worry, be happy. Bobby McFerrin was on to something! Being exposed to or experiencing laughter has been proven to protect you from feelings of depression, anxiety or fears. A study reported a group of people were asked to watch ten funny cartoons before taking a math test. Compared to participants who red ten poems, the group who did more laughing had decreased anxiety about the test. This lead to higher test scores for the cartoon group, demonstrating laughter really is good for your mental health
  • Just enjoy life. Smiling is just more enjoyable than not smiling. Challenges are inevitable and life always throws a few tough breaks our way. But, strapping on a smile helps us tough it out with confidence and determination. Laughing at the littlest things in life will help us weather the storm, build healthier relationships and overall, live happier lives.

Maybe your dog learned a new trick, grandpa told a corny joke, your 4 year old just used your lipstick as a paint brush, (try to smile after the anger settles) or maybe you just saw the most beautiful flower bed or sunset or watched the comedy of the year.

Whatever it is, find a reason to spare a smile. You’ll be happy you did!

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How to know if your Marketing Campaign is Successful

Launching a marketing campaign based on your company’s goals and strategic initiatives is a sure way to meet your expectations, but do you know if your campaigns are delivering the highest return on investment (ROI)?

This is a reality many organizations struggle with. While you may forecast your potential earnings, you want a more definitive approach to analyzing ROI. Here are a few ways you can track your campaigns to maximize the benefits.

Unique phone numbers. When placing media related to specific campaigns, use a unique phone number for each medium, whether it’s print, radio or broadcast. When calls come in, you can track where an individual heard or saw your specific ad. You can better monitor which media channels are yielding the highest return.

Custom website page.  Depending on your target audience, majority of people prefer to visit websites. Having a dedicated landing page or custom web address attached to a campaign allows you to track visitors to that page and monitor activity trends. You can gain insight on which campaigns are driving traffic. Tracking website activity is explained more in depth in the next item.

Google analytics. This is a valuable tool for any organization to monitor traffic to their website.  Use the google dashboard to understand which pages are being visited more than others, getting more unique clicks, have repeat traffic, high page views, etc. This allows you to enhance your website and maximize its potential based on your monthly report findings.

Specific promotions. Running specific promotions allows you the ability to utilize promo codes that must be used or mentioned in order to receive the promotion. You can use unique codes with print, radio, TV, direct mailing, etc. For example in a newspaper ad you can say, “Mention the word Bluebird to receive your free gift,” whereas radio you can say “Call us and mention the word radio.” Again, it’s about knowing the effectiveness of your marketing channels.

Ask customers. Old fashion communication is still very much in tune with marketing strategies. Just talk to callers or walk-in’s, and ask where they heard about you. My advice is not to give them choices. They may just pick the first or second choice you rattled off, rather than answering truthfully.  Every customer interaction is an opportunity to measure your ROI. Do it consistently on every level.

A successful campaign can only be measured by its overall effectiveness. Tap into these resources and understand if you’re marketing dollars are being spent appropriately, or need to be shifted. Justify your marketing investments and start building campaigns that support your strategy.


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Tips to Building Brand Awareness

Behind every successful business, product or service, there is an established brand reputation that helps build customer loyalty and confidence, driving overall sales and growth.

Keeping up with current market trends and understanding the key factors to help tap into your target audiences is integral to growing your brand. Here are a few tips to help initiate your brand strategy.

Social Media. It’s a force to be reckoned with. All social media platforms are conversation starters, network movers, reputation builders and breakers (so be careful how to use), and is a valuable resource for gaining insight on your target audiences. Utilizing content marketing such as sharing of social media posts, articles and videos, stimulate interest and begin to grow your reputation. Supporting a community event- blog about it, take pictures and post it on Facebook twitter and Instagram. Have a special sale or promotion you want people to know about- hit the social share button.

Public Relations. Promoting is what it’s all about. Through traditional print media, social media, community events or speaking engagements; tell your story. Who are you, what makes you different, what can you bring that’s unique and engaging? Use every opportunity to find avenues for press releases whether it’s a new product you are launching or a new partner you are teaming up with. Host special events and invite the public and media.

Consistent Messaging. Having a multichannel marketing approach is encouraged, as long as you keep your communications clear and consistent. Your brand should be recognizable to your current and potential audiences. Consistence tells your consumers you understand your approach and believe in it. This is a way to retain and build your customer base while reinforcing your identity.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO). In today’s digital age, improving your rankings in search engines to navigate users to your business is a must. Think about all those people trolling through the internet looking for your product or service. Wouldn’t you want to be at the top of that search list? SEO is about using key phrases and terms related to your services and products to drive traffic to your website.

Customer Experience. Consumer interactions and touchpoints are the most valuable assets you have. By creating positive integrated experiences for your customers, you reap the rewards of word of mouth referrals, positive image reinforcement, return customers and of course, increased brand reputation and revenue. Whether it’s a call, in person meeting or email, think about how you can craft your selling points to be useful, engaging and unique to your customer. Tell your story be presenting the opportunities and how or she can benefit. Use your time to take your customer through a journey, in which they will keep returning to experience.

According to a recent article in Forbes, “We need to think about our reputations as a constant, competitive advantage; a driver of growth and prosperity; and a strategic asset.” Building brand reputation is a top of mind marketing initiative.

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Caribbean American Resources for Millennial Population

Equipping the Caribbean American millennial community with targeted outreach and educational programs helps to foster positive outcomes culturally and socially. This generation is fortunate to have access to diverse resources in the Caribbean community, to help them facilitate their academic, social and vocational skills. Here are few beneficial resources one can tap into.

Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (CACCI)
Whether you are a small or start-up business owner, the chamber provides networking opportunities, assistance with starting and expanding a business, access to cultural activities workshops, seminars and more.  First time entrepreneurs or investors can gain valuable insight to jumpstart a successful career and learn the ins and outs of a particular industry.

Indo Caribbean Alliance (ICA)
This organization provides year-round services and supports to foster higher educational goals including SAT prep and college prep workshops. ICA is a strong voice in the community raisin awareness about political, human and ethical issues effecting the Caribbean American population. The organization is committed to empowering the Caribbean culture and its values with cultural events, diverse initiatives and more.

Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY)
This non-profit organizations aims to enhance the lives of immigrants, minorities and other groups by empowering them with information and education. They provide educational and counseling workshops, access to job training resources, access to healthy living tools, and awareness on current issues that impact the quality of life of community member, in an effort to create an integrated solution.

Caribbean Culture Theatre
Embodying the Caribbean culture to its deepest roots, this is where creativity thrives.  Arts, literature, poetry, music and dance are brought to life at this magical place and all walk s of life can engage, explore and absorb the Caribbean heritage.  The theatre hosts events that encourage youth to learn about Caribbean pioneers, scholars and influencers, while giving them access to a rare opportunity to express their own creativity.

Use these resources to your advantage to build, grow and learn within your cultures and diversely.  Share them with friends and family and become a leader in enacting positive change.

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Managing Debt During the Holidays

7-ways-stick-holiday-budget-1-intro-lg-1Financial debts are burdensome, worrisome and tend to send us in a spiraling sinkhole by the passing day.  Unfortunately, these debts don’t reverse as quickly as we expect, and most certainly will still be lurking in our empty bank accounts when the holidays hit.

The act of giving presents for the holidays, is essential for most families, and is considered an annual tradition of giving, compassion, and family and holiday joy.   But, for some, it may be difficult to shell out during the holidays when you’re basically spending money you don’t have.

So, how can we manage the growing pile of bills, while still putting a smile on our family and friend’s faces?

Here are a few realistic tips that I think is worthwhile to consider.  Let’s be honest, managing debt is not a leisurely undertaking, but a few ways you may be able to spend less during the holidays, may make it less burdensome.

Make a budget and stick to it
Instead of thinking how much you should spend on each person this year, think about an overall budget. What’s your total cap you can spend according to what you can afford. This will help you allot the appropriate amount to each gift and help you keep track if you’re spending too much on one gift. Sticking to the budget is key, and knowing if you do want to spend more, let’s say on your special beau, just be sure you now know you have less to spend on others.

Shop around and shop smart
Do not be that shopper that just walks into the store and picks up the first item you see. Competitive pricing is alive! Shop around and look for deals. Use coupons- no one will know (unless they read this article).  Most often the scarf you see for $30, may be swapped up for $10 at another outlet. Do your research if you’re looking for a specific item.  Bargain buying is the way to go.

Choose one day to hit the stores
I know I’m a big offender of this one. Going back to the stores multiple times makes me spend more. I see other things that I DON’T need, or think of an unlikely present, just because. Trying to get all the shopping done on one or two designated days may save you unnecessary spending. The less time you spend shopping, the more money  you have to pay those debts!

Stick to the motto “At least for the kids”
The holidays are embraced by children. Their lists to the man in the North Pole filled with their favorite toys followed by a “I promise I was good this year.” Milk and cookies left for the big guy and the anticipation galore heats up as they secretly dream about the array of presents under the tree waiting for them in the morning, There is nothing wrong with skimping on a few family members and just buying for the kids. After all, the holidays are about their beaming faces on Christmas morning!  Who’s considered a kid you ask- I’ll go with those under 18, but you can cheat a bit on this if you like.

Do not finance ANY gifts
what’s the point of paying off for your mom’s new furniture set, next year? There is none. I see your debt rising and your sinkhole getting deeper. Just don’t do it. Don’t let the 18 month 0 down scheme get you. It will also mean, less budget for next year! The interest rate will rocket by the time you can pay it off and your cash flow will seriously be disrupted.

Save some cash (this is a hard one)
I’m being realistic as I write this, as I know it’s a difficult task. But, try to save some cash to spend for holiday gifts rather than swiping the card. Credit card debts are the number one culprit and it really puts families in serious dangers. You still have time- even if its $5 a day- put it aside and be happy when you can pull out the hard earned cash rather than the plastic that you’ll owe in great interest.

Happy holiday shopping and good luck!

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Don’t Forget to Live

I remember growing up on a block surrounded by kids of all ages whose laughter and playful taunts echoed throughout the neighborhood. We anticipated sunrise to feel the warmth as we rode our bikes, played hide and seek and walked to the pizza shop. We rode the bus to the mall to check out the latest sneakers that dropped, although none of us could afford it.  We watched as the moon crept through the skies, turned on our porch lights and we would sit outside tossing around amusing stories of the day that unfolded before us, listening to the chirping crickets and catching lightning bugs. When overcast clouds gave us a rainy night, it was a reminder we would all arrive outside bright eyed and ready to wash the dirt off the cars in the morning. As we lay in our sound and safe beds brewing up the next day’s adventures, it was never forgotten that tomorrow would indeed be another magnificent day to explore, laugh, cry, and fall and most of all, live.

Fast forward to a day in the life of those same kids now. Things have changed drastically. Wanting to prolong sunrise so we can get a few more minutes of much needed rest to battle a day of kids’ lunches, school drop offs, delayed subway trains and unbearable coworkers whose life’s goal is to make you miserable. You leave the house without even a peck on the cheek, or simple “have a nice day.”  The thread on your jacket begins to unravel and the clash of thunder and lightning just makes you wish you never got out of bed.  You finally get off the train totally drenched, walking up to the coffee cart, only to realize you left your wallet home because you were in such a rush, so now, you can’t even buy yourself breakfast.  Catching only a glimpse of the beautifully decorated store windows as you scurry off to work and missing out on the talented teenager dropping some serious chords with his guitar. We anxiously await darkness to hover over, so we can put the kids to bed and fall asleep besides them, dauntingly exhausted and drained. We never ask about each other’s day, never steal a kiss or even a stare.

It’s inevitable we must all fulfill the duties of our everyday tasks. It’s pretty much written in stone that we have an unbroken responsibility to our children, to our homes and to our jobs. How could we possibly get through the day without doing a single chore or raising an elbow to clean up a mess (at least I can’t).  But nowhere does it forbid that we live our lives. I cannot say we should live as we did as kids, because a flood of memories would spiral me into wanting to skip work as I skipped school to get Ralph’s Italian Ices, or round up all the neighborhood adults for a quick manhunt game.(This would be awesome!)

Just stop and wonder. Stop to take a breath of fresh air and admire all the yellow Lilies in the summer midst or the multicolored butterflies fluttering about. Listen to your favorite song on the radio and sing it as loud as you can without a care in the world, strap on those dancing shoes and dance your heart away in the rain (As cliché as it sounds) or just hold on to your loved one’s hands and cherish that you can feel their soft touch.

We forget to live, to really live. We forget what it’s like to be free and full of excitement to wake up and experience the outside wonders, as my kids do every day. We forget to realize, every day, no matter how unusual to our expectations and clouded with complications and seemingly impossible obstacles are in that day, no matter how stressful we become and inundated with tasks, every day, is a day to live.

We smile at the teacher at school as we drop off our kids every day and say, “how are you?”  But when’s the last time you asked your significant other how they are?  Your boss needs you to take the highest paying client you have to dinner and you say ok. But, when your kid asks you to play outside, you say no because you’re too tired.  You come home in a frenzy, rush to make dinner and clean up the kitchen. But, when it’s time to eat, you’re still washing the dishes, the kids are sprawled in the living room watching TV eating their dinner, and your spouse is reading the newspaper while scarfing down a plate.

As life accelerates, we tend to roll with the punches and tumble into equilibrium of repetitive habits. Get up, make breakfast, feed the kids, go to work, come home, eat dinner, sleep.

How do we stop or at least alter this reoccurring cycle to find enjoyment and peace- even for a few minutes a day.

Forgetting to live is almost like not living at all.  When we become open and vulnerable to unnerving and raw negativity that influences what we think, say and do and how we aim to define living, it creates a bubble around us that forces us to envision nothing beyond the realm of this bubble.

The prerequisite for achieving satisfaction in life should be fulfilling simplicity. We get caught up in achieving “the American dream” that we neglect our own dreams.

The challenges that lay ahead are only true challenges within us if we haven’t really lived for what’s important. Face the unexpected with your heart and soul attached to your loved ones. Love the sunsets and raindrops as they tap on your window. Listen to the sounds of the ocean and tell your children incredible stories about heroes and mermaids.

Spend more time with loved ones. Cherish what you have today, or it can be gone tomorrow. Make memories together, hold on to life together. Live in the moment or by chance, live for the purpose of your deepest dreams and fantasies.

Whatever you do, however you do it, don’t forget to live.

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Take an Active Role in Your Doctor Visits


Patient-doctor relationships are a partnership and require understanding and compassion from all parties involved in a patient’s care, whether you are an adult or receiving medical care for a child. Taking an active role in your health care and working alongside your doctor will help you to better communicate your needs and achieve your medical and personal health goals.

Here are a few tips you can follow on your next doctor visit.

  • Write down a list of your concerns and prioritize them.
  • Make a list of the medications and vitamins you are taking and update your doctor.
  • Consider bringing a family member or friend with you for support.
  • Update your doctor on what happened in your life since your last visit. Mention any changes you’ve noticed in appetite, weight, sleep, energy levels or any changes in medications.
  • Talk about your habits and daily activities you enjoy. It will help him or her to understand your medical conditions and recommend the best options.
  • Get information about new medications your doctor is prescribing – side effects, unusual interactions with other medicines or allergic reactions. Make sure you understand directions for correct dosages.
  • Ask questions about medical tests that are being ordered:

-Why is the test being done?
– What steps does the test involve? How should I get ready?
– Are there any dangers or side effects?
– How will I find out the results? How long will it take to get the results?
– What will we know after the test?

  • Discuss choices, different treatments, risks and benefits.
  • Learn who the other members of the healthcare team are and communicate with them as well- nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, occupational or physical therapists.
  • Ask about prevention measures.
  • Don’t be afraid to call or email your doctor with any follow up questions or concerns after your visit.

Most importantly, remember that your doctor is there to provide guidance, encouragement and medical expertise to achieve the highest possible outcomes for you. If  you don’t agree with something, speak openly with your doctor.

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What you don’t know won’t hurt you

If you cheat on your partner and he or she never finds out, no one gets hurt. So they say. I’m not sanctioning this thought. But, maybe not knowing what ultimately could lead to a broken relationship and family, filled with severe emotional pain and suffering, is better than knowing and tearing apart what you have, marred by a foolish mistake.

Does the same go for your body? What if you had an illness or disease and never found out what it was. Would it make your life better not knowing, or worse being left in the dark about your health?

I recently met a couple who shared with me their love history together.  They met as teenagers at their local hometown diner where she was a waitress and he was just stopping in with friends to grab a quick bite to eat. Long behold, they connected and went on their first date a week later. A year later they were hopelessly in love. 5 years later they were moving in together. 7 years later they were married and 10 years later they were having their first child.

25 years later the man was healthy as can be, but oddly began experiencing symptoms of memory loss and confusion.   His wife thought going to see a neurologist would help steer them to what was going on. Before his visit to the neurologist’s office, he told his wife he would go in and explain his symptoms, but when it came time for a diagnosis, he wanted her to receive the official diagnosis or explanation of what was happening to him, while he stepped out of the room.  She asked him if he was sure, he said yes and she agreed.

The neurologist did his examination and was on the tip of telling the couple what was wrong, when the man stopped him and told him to wait while he stepped out. Baffled by what was going on, the neurologist insisted he come back in. His wife told the doctor that was his wish and he wanted her to receive the diagnosis for him. So she did. After getting the diagnosis, they drove home and all she said to him was; it’s all going to be fine. You are going to be fine.

2 years later, the man’s symptoms slowly began diminishing. He was eating healthier, exercising every day and began practicing meditation- all on the wise advice of his wife.

Now, he’s symptom free, like nothing ever happened.

Now, it took a lot of guts for his wife to take on the burden of his diagnosis, and not everyone could do that. But, ultimately, his illness was reversed just by him thinking he was totally fine and never finding out what was actually wrong.   He never learned what the neurologist told his wife, nor did his wife disclose it me.

The point of the story is; our minds are capable of so much more than we realize. The power we can unleash just thinking positive, feeling positive and being positive is relentless.

Receiving bad news has a profound effect on our physical and mental health. Our brains filter negative images and words, and induce feelings of anger, depression, anxiety or sadness, which in turn affects our bodies.  This is what stress is.  When stress begins to flow through our bodies, ailments begin to unfold, aches and pains begin and we search for answers as to why.

Now, we can never completely shut off or sensor bad news. We cannot run from life.  Financial troubles, medical issues, relationship struggles and work stress is all part of life and sometimes it makes us a better person, stronger and more attuned to life, to take it all in and deal with it head on.

It may be better to learn about your illness, accept it and face it head on, as it would be to know your partner has cheated on you, accept it and move on.

But in some cases, it can only progress what you are trying to avoid from happening. The couple wanted to avoid the man’s illness from getting worse, so he turned his mind toward positive reinforcements. He never once believed he had any illness and he listened to his wife saying everything would be fine.

Any physician reading this may say, “Have you totally lost it? You have to know what’s wrong with you. You need to know your diagnosis in order to get better.”

But what about people in the middle ages who didn’t have access to physicians, or before enough studies were conducted to even be able to give a proper medical diagnosis. What did those people rely on? Some believed our bodies related to the four elements of earth, air, fire and water, ancient Chinese Medicine talks about channeling our chi to restore balance and rid ourselves of sickness, and some believed in the higher spirits to make it all better.

Medicine has come a long way since then and we are more capable now of knowing and understanding human anatomy than we were before. But maybe revisiting how they did things in the olden days isn’t so bad. They relied on the power of their own bodies and minds.

I did ask the woman, if her husband get worse or his symptoms never disappeared, would she then tell him. Her response was; “I never once believed he wouldn’t get better.”

That is the power of believing.