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accessing the healing power of the vagus nerve

Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve

Self-Help Exercises for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Autism
$34.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: December, 2017
ISBN: 9781623170240
In stock now: 0

Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve is a practical guide to understanding the cranial nerves as the key to our psychological and physical wellbeing. Drawing from the polyvagal theory of Steven Porges—one of the biggest new developments in human neurobiology—Rosenberg explains in easy-to-understand terms how the vagus nerve, in particular, has a strong role in determining our psychological and emotional state, especially when it comes to how we relate and react to other people.

By understanding the physiology of the autonomic nervous system and practicing simple exercises to restore proper vagal functioning, we can learn how to improve our emotional state within minutes. Those suffering from anxiety, depression, panic, and trauma will find much that is useful here, as well as those with physical ailments such as chronic pain and digestive problems. Additionally, because the vagus nerve is a key regulator of social interaction, therapy for proper vagal functioning has great potential for helping those with autism spectrum disorders.

Following a detailed explanation of the cranial nerves, the polyvagal theory, and how craniosacral therapy can assist with restoring proper neuroception, Rosenberg provides self-help exercises to test ventral vagal function and to improve the function of the cranial nerves. A separate chapter addresses how we might rethink common psychological problems via vagal theory, including anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as autism, ADHD, and more. Rosenberg also includes case studies throughout from his twenty years of experience as a craniosacral therapist.

When we change our emotional state from one of pain and confusion to one of wellbeing and feeling safe, we feel better, think more clearly, and have better interactions with others. The healing power of the vagus nerve removes negative feelings blocking our true potential; by restoring vagal functioning, we can naturally shift our behavior to get the most out of life.

leafly guide to cannabis

Leafly Guide to Cannabis

A Handbook for the Modern Consumer
$34.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: December, 2017
ISBN: 9781455571994
In stock now: 3

This is a savvy connoisseur's guide from the editors of the world’s most popular cannabis platform, Leafy, based in Seattle, with over 10 million monthly visitors.

Humankind’s oldest medicinal herb, Cannabis is in the early days of a craft and educational renaissance. It is emerging from the legislative shadows and a second awakening is occurring: people are proactively seeking information about how to properly consume and enjoy it—both for medical treatment and for relaxation, inspiration and re-creation.

And cannabis is a wildly diverse product, even more so than alcohol. Consumers can experience not only different flavor profiles, but also different cerebral and body effects; they can consume using different methods, from vaporization to combustion to topical application; and they can pick and choose between an ever-growing number of different strains and products.

The Leafy Guide to Cannabis provides all the best tips to navigating this growing market in a definitive guide that will enhance every user’s enjoyment and high. Learn a lot about smoking, vaporization, edibles, topicals, oils and concentrates; better buying and consumption tips; and a troubleshooting section (what to do if you get too high / can you overdose? / how long does THC stay in your system? / what is a “tolerance break”?, etc.)

In addition to a seasoned tour of many strains—and forms—of this noble herb, there is friendly discussion of cannabis etiquette, how-to, wise dosage, making your own edibles, delivery efficiency of different methods of inhalation, “cannabis science 101,” terpenes, CBD (the non-psychoactive but therapeutic cannabinoid in cannabis) and much more.

We’ve gathered our best answers to the questions most often asked by the cannabis curious, along with many answers to questions nobody ever thought to ask (but wish they had)… At Leafy, we aim to share accurate information about all aspects of cannabis.

medical medium thyroid healing

Medical Medium Thyroid Healing

The Truth behind Hashimoto's, Graves', Insomnia, Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Nodules & Epstein-Barr
$35.99 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Hay House
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9781401948368
In stock now: 10

Experience some truth about your thyroid from the author of the bestselling Medical Medium. The thyroid is the new hot topic in health. Across age groups, from baby boomers and their parents to millennials and even children, more and more people—women especially—are hearing that their thyroids are to blame for their fatigue, weight gain, brain fog, memory issues, aches and pains, tingles and numbness, insomnia, hair loss, hot flashes, sensitivity to cold, constipation, bloating, anxiety, depression, heart palpitations, loss of libido, restless legs, and more. Everyone wants to know how to free themselves from the thyroid trap.

As the thyroid has gotten more and more attention, though, these symptoms haven’t gone away—people aren’t healing. Labeling someone with “Hashimoto’s,” “hypothyroidism,” or the like doesn’t explain the myriad health issues that person may experience. That’s because there’s a pivotal truth that goes by unnoticed: A thyroid problem is not the ultimate reason for a person’s illness. A problematic thyroid is yet one more symptom of something much larger than this one small gland in the neck. It’s something much more pervasive in the body, something invasive, that’s responsible for the laundry list of symptoms and conditions attributed to thyroid disease.

In Medical Medium Thyroid Healing, Anthony William, the Medical Medium, reveals an entirely new take on the epidemic of thyroid illness. Empowering readers to become their own thyroid experts, he explains in detail what the source problem really is, including what’s going on with inflammation, autoimmune disease, and dozens more symptoms and conditions, then offers a life-changing toolkit and many new recipes to rescue the thyroid and bring readers back to health and vitality.

The meaning behind today’s widespread thyroid illness is so much bigger than anyone has yet discovered.

“Since reading Medical Medium Thyroid Healing, I have expanded my approach and treatments of thyroid disease and am seeing enormous value for patients. The results are rewarding and gratifying.” —Prudence Hall, M.D.

essential oils in spiritual practice

Essential Oils in Spiritual Practice

Working with the Chakras, Divine Archetypes, and the Five Great Elements
$21.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9781620553053
In stock now: 5

The tattvas, the Five Great Elements—earth, water, fire, air/wind, and ether/space—create and sustain not only the universe but also all of its inhabitants. Each of us has a unique combination of these elemental energies behind our personal characteristics—everything from the color of our eyes to our behaviors and emotional temperament. What tattvas are dominant in your make-up can also be influenced by your surroundings and by karma. Essential oils, in addition to working biologically and chemically, also work at the energetic level, making them ideal for working with the tattvas.

Teaching you how to use essential oils to affect the very fabric of your being, Candice Covington details how the Tattvas Method of essential oils allow you to access the deepest, most hidden aspects of Self, those beyond the reach of the mind, the very energetic causation patterns that set all behaviors and thoughts into motion. She reveals how the tattvas are the energy that animate each chakra and how we can use their archetypal energy to shape our inner life and align with our greater soul purpose. The author provides energetic profiles of each tattva, chakra, and essential oil, explains their relationships to one another, and details how to identify what tattva or chakra is dominant at any given time. Exploring the energetic signatures of the tattvic essential oils, she details their elemental make-up, animal and deity archetypes, sacred geometry symbols, sacred syllables, and colors. She reveals how to discover the energy patterns responsible for directing unhealthy life patterns and explains how to identify your personal vibrational signature, purify your energy body, and craft your own unique ritual practice with essential oils.

Showing how essential oils are powerful vibrational tools for effecting change, the author reveals how they allow each of us to deliberately steer our own destiny, fulfill our personal dharma, and be all that our souls intended us to be.

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Mindful Eating

A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food (Revised Edition)
$22.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9781611804652
In stock now: 5

Practiced for centuries in the Zen tradition, mindful eating is an approach that involves bringing one’s full attention to the process of eating—becoming fully present to the tastes, smells, thoughts, and feelings that arise during a meal.

Whether you are overweight, suffer from an eating disorder, or just want to get more out of life, this book offers a simple tool that can make a remarkable difference. Jan Bays, a physician and Zen teacher, offers a wonderfully clear presentation of what mindfulness is and how it can help us create a healthier relationship with food. In Mindful Eating she shows us how to rediscover the simple act of eating, thereby gaining control of our eating problems from the inside out. Along the way she reviews relevant research, offers medical info, and presents many practical exercises drawn from her workshops.

Apply mindfulness to your relationship with food and you may be surprised to find that eating becomes a source of joy-—instead an angst-ridden activity haunted by nutritionally based guilt, calorie-counting, and even more serious problems like eating disorders. For nearly a decade, Jan Bays’s guide to eating mindfully has been transforming people's relationship with food—and based on her continued work with those people as well as new data emerging on the topic, she has created this significantly revised and refined version of the original, which contains even more essential information on mindful eating, as well as inspiring new examples from her workshop participants. She shows how to:

  • Tune into your body's own wisdom about what, when, and how much to eat
  • Eat less while feeling fully satisfied
  • Identify your habits and patterns with food
  • Develop a more compassionate attitude toward your struggles with eating
  • Discover what you're really hungry for.

The 75-minute audio program of exercises from the book has also been revised and is available as an audio download.

In the Zen tradition we practice bringing skillful attention, curiosity and inquiry to all our activities, including the activities of tasting and eating. The Zen teachings encourage us to explore our present moment fully, asking ourselves questions like:

Am I hungry?

Where do I feel hungry? What part of me is hungry?

What am I tasting just now?

Also by Jan Bays are Mindfulness on the Go and Mindfulness on the Go Cards.

herbalist's guide to formulary

Herbalist's Guide to Formulary

The Art & Science of Creating Effective Herbal Remedies
$22.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Llewellyn
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9780738753034
In stock now: 4

Explore the ancient art of formulary with award-winning herbalist Holly Bellebuono's comprehensive guide to creating effective herbal medicine. Packed with detailed information on more than one hundred plants, An Herbalist's Guide to Formulary is a go-to reference for both beginning and experienced practitioners.

Organized by body systems, this essential guide provides an easy understanding of physiology and explains how herbs function, helping you design a holistic treatment for acute and chronic conditions. Bellebuono shares her step-by-step method of formulary with personal and clinical examples to illustrate the art of combining plants for specific illnesses, preventative care, and overall wellness.

“A cornucopia of herbal insights blended with the practical skills to bring nature's healing gifts into family life.” —David Hoffmann, medical herbalist

Also by Holly Bellebuono are Women Healers of the World and The Healing Kitchen.

cannabis pharmacy

Cannabis Pharmacy

The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana -- Revised and Updated
$29.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9780316464185
In stock now: 4

The most comprehensive book available (so far) on treating illness and disease with medical marijuana, The Cannabis Pharmacy (this revised edition is updated with about 15% new material, including the latest information on varietals, delivery and dosing, and treatable conditions) appears at a time when medicinal cannabis dispensaries are all over Vancouver and cannabis will be legal and regulated in Canada in 2018.

As medicinal cannabis grows in popularity and legality, there is a demand for clear, easy-to-follow information for the layperson based on the latest sound medical and evidence-based research.

The medical and research communities are only just beginning to discover and investigate what their patients have known for decades… Intended as a guide for patients and their physicians, the book explains what has been recently learned and what has been rediscovered about the uses of the cannabis plant as a medicine… I would also say that cannabis is one of the best examples of a safe and effective botanical remedy that is underutilized and still largely misunderstood by many conventional practitioners. —from the foreword by Andrew Weil, MD

Written by an expert in the field, Cannabis Pharmacy identifies which cannabis strains are most effective for treating different conditions, describes how to prepare the appropriate strain for use and how best to administer the preparation, and specifies the recommended dosage for different strains and conditions. Also included is a guide to treating the symptoms of some 60 specific ailments and illnesses, including headache, irritable bowel syndrome, the side effects of certain cancer treatments, and many more.

It would be great if patients and physicians felt as comfortable discussing the potential use of cannabis as they do discussing an herbal medicine such as Echinacea… The prejudice and hysteria surrounding this subject may be fading, but the truth about cannabis as a medicine is more interesting and complex than anyone could have imagined.

Whether the reader is an existing medical cannabis patient who wants to learn more about his or her treatment or a self-medicator with no access to professional help, Cannabis Pharmacy provides clear and useful information.

moving stretch

Moving Stretch

Work Your Fascia to Free Your Body
$33.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9781623171759
In stock now: 4

Moving Stretch is an effective, powerful, and enjoyable type of resistance stretching that not only strengthens and frees the body, but reconditions the body's fascia, rejuvenates the tissue, releases adhesions, relieves pain, and increases flexibility. This accessible guide gives step-by-step instructions for people who feel tight or older than they should, people with poor posture, athletes who want to boost their performance, and those who want something more than conventional stretching. This book provides you with many different stretches for the whole body including the hands and feet, as well as easy-to-get routines for specific goals such as improving posture, helping office workers stay healthy, stretching the back, and more. Even those with sedentary lives will see and feel a difference, with just 10-20 minutes of stretching yielding benefits that may last the whole day.

Many of us are limited in our movements, hunched over, or tight. Ideally we would move in a variety of ways throughout the day, keeping our bodies fresh and youthful. However, office jobs and sofas can lead to bodies that are imprisoned in a cage of tension, whose tissue is dehydrated and stuck together, with some areas that are very weak or tight. Normal stretching is not strong enough to break us out of that state. When we tense our bodies and move through that tension, we engage the fascia and recondition it into a more youthful state, restoring great posture, elasticity, and power

Suzanne Wylde, founder of Moving Stretch, began her career as a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and now has experience working with a wide range of physical issues including chronic pain, sports, injuries, issues caused by physical tension such as migraine, ME, and other issues.

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CBD

A Patient's Guide to Medicinal Cannabis--Healing without the High
$28.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9781623171834
In stock now: 5

This practical, accessible guide to using CBD-dominant cannabis contains a wealth of information for both first-time explorers and experienced patients who want to know more about safely treating a number of health conditions with remarkable results and low to no psychoactivity or negative side effects. CBD (cannabidiol) is a component of cannabis that can provide relief for conditions such as seizures, pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, arthritis, and a number of other issues.

This book offers guidance on various forms of the medicine such as oil infusions, alcohol-based tinctures, capsules, and CO2 concentrated extracts. The information is organized by health condition and also by recommended CBD-rich strains, which do not produce the "highs" associated with THC. With dosage suggestions, potential side effects and contraindications, and the pharmacology of the plant, this is an essential guide for both doctors and patients looking for a nontoxic alternative to opiate-based pain medications and other pharmaceuticals.

While cannabis has been used for medicinal and recreational purposes for thousands of years, only in the last fifty years have scientists begun to shed light on the chemistry of the plant and its interactions with the human body. Research has led to the discovery of a whole new system in the body, the endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in mediating functions such as appetite, immunity, mood, pain response, and memory.

The authors present case studies, interviews with doctors who prescribe cannabidiol products, and the latest research regarding other active phytocannabinoids and terpenoids present in cannabis that are being studied for medical use. They also address the difference between CBD products derived from industrial hemp or in a lab, versus those made from medical marijuana using the whole plant.

In addition to offering the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on CBD-dominant cannabis therapy for humans, this book is the first to offer guidance for using the medicine for animals, with suggestions for dosage and delivery and useful forms and strains for common health issues in pets. Finally, the authors take a look at the future of cannabis medicine, charting trends in the legalization movement and suggesting how CBD might be used to fight the opioid epidemic.

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Deeply Holistic

A Guide to Intuitive Self-Care--Know Your Body, Live Consciously, and Nurture Your Spirit
$28.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9781623171797
In stock now: 1

This user-friendly guide gives straightforward and practical advice to anyone who wants a holistic approach to taking care of themselves naturally. Following the traditional framework of an anatomy book that explains each body system chapter-by-chapter, Pip Waller—an experienced practitioner and teacher—provides fundamental information and tips about exercise, diet, supplements, understanding and caring for your emotional and mental health, naturopathic principles from various traditions, and simple yet effective ways of working with spiritual energy. Based on the premise that an underlying vital force animates all life, which needs to be in balance for health to be fully present, this book is designed to support and promote our inherent tendency towards wholeness and equilibrium. Each chapter includes fun recipes to enhance our health and well-being.

Pip Waller is an experienced medical herbalist and plant spirit medicine healer, writer and teacher. She lives in North Wales UK, in a small town on a beautiful river, surrounded by magical hills. She began her work as a holistic healthcare professional in 1987 and has been in continuous practice ever since. Waller is qualified in herbal medicine and Plant Spirit Medicine.  She is also trained in therapeutic massage, Reiki, and some shamanic techniques.

Pip Waller is also author of  Holistic Anatomy: An Integrative Guide to the Human Body (2010), which came out of her many years of teaching anatomy to students of holistic medicine and The Herbal Handbook of Home and Health (2015), a book of 501 plant based recipes for everything from medicines and personal care products to green cleaning products, foods, drinks, and string (yes really, string!).