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Oscar’s track: Holistic healthcare

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If your mind and body are constantly on edge because of excessive stress in your life, you may face serious health problems. That’s because your body’s fight-or-flight reaction — its natural alarm system — is constantly on.

According to mayoclinic.com, this puts you at increased risk of numerous health problems including: heart disease, sleep problems, digestive problems, depression, obesity, memory impairment and worsening of skin conditions such as eczema. That’s why it’s so important to learn healthy ways to cope with the stressors in your life.

“It is the mind that is the organizer of our health and our strength, of our associations and responses, of our thoughts, our feelings and our tissues,” Deane Juhan wrote in “Jobs Body.” “By actively participate in our own health and wellness decisions, exploring a variety of therapies, and engaging in different life-enhancing activities, we will discover which ones work for us.

The American Holistic Health Association, an organization promoting holistic health as an approach to creating wellness, encourages you to: “Balance and integrate your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects; establish respectful, cooperative relationships with others and the environment; make wellness-oriented lifestyle choices; actively participate in your health decisions and healing process.”

Throughout the last few decades, complementary healthcare practices have been gaining wide acceptance in the United States. In response to this growth, the Mayo Clinic founded the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program.

The program was created to address the increasing patient interest in wellness-promoting activities that have not typically been part of conventional medical care.

According to its director, Brent A Bauer, M.D., the program’s mission is “to explore … those therapies that typically fall outside the realm of conventional medicine, but may hold promise for helping us to meet the needs of our patients — mind, body, and spirit.”

Here in Cazenovia, we are fortunate to have practitioners of a wide variety of natural health and wellness modalities, including massage, homeopathy, Reiki, meditation and more. I’ll be inviting them to share information about their practices and how they can benefit you in future columns.

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