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breaking the cycle of opioid addiction

Breaking the Cycle of Opioid Addiction

Supplement Your Pain Management with Cannabis
$21.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: May, 2018
ISBN: 9781623171865
In stock now: 0

Here’s an evidence-based guide to using cannabis to enhance pain relief safely, effectively, and economically while reducing the risks of opioid addiction.

Opioid addiction has exploded to epidemic proportions in North America. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death, with over 40,000 opioid overdose deaths a year in the US). In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for opioids—more than enough to give every American adult their own bottle of pills—and it’s increasing.

Uwe Blesching, author of the best-selling Cannabis Health Index, clearly and thoroughly lays out the overwhelming benefits of using cannabis—not only to reduce human dependence on opioids—but also to manage the craving and withdrawal symptoms of opioid addiction, and especially to address the pain that leads to drug use and addiction in the first place. Citing statistics showing that states allowing legal access to cannabis have seen a 25% drop in opioid-related deaths, Blesching explains how precision applications of cannabis can alleviate the mental and emotional aspects of pain by modulating numerous neurotransmitters and their emotional counterparts. He presents a convincing case for the powerful benefits of cannabis in reducing the risks of addiction and overdose, for cutting monetary costs, and for restoring a sense of balance and control to those who struggle with pain.

“Bringing keen insights into cannabinoid integrative health, Uwe Blesching turns attention to opioid substitution and pain management, introduces a very helpful three-pronged scheme to divide up cannabis by chemotypes, and helps the reader to sort out why to opt for one cannabis chemotype over another. This is a helpful guide for patients and their advocates as well as clinicians.” —Sunil Kumar Aggarwal, MD

aging backwards

Aging Backwards

$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Publication Date: April, 2018
ISBN: 9780345816672
In stock now: 24

This ground-breaking guide, from Montreal-based stretch and bio-mechanics trainer Miranda Esmonde-White, helps us understand how aging happens in our cells and how to maintain and repair those cells—and roll back joint pain and muscle loss at any age—through gentle, scientifically designed “anti-aerobics” workouts based on Classical Stretch and Essentrics, developed by the author and star of PBS’s Classical Stretch series.

The human body is designed to function for the full length of life—and with gentle, full-body flexibility and strengthening exercises we can look and feel vibrant and active at any age, and well into our senior years. After all, the body is the world’s most efficient self-healing machine. And yet, remarkably, many of us neglect the single most important system in the body—the one that makes all the others work—our muscles.

The old adage of “use it or lose it” is true, but Miranda’s fitness and anti-aging breakthrough has come from understanding that how you use it is all-important. You need to strengthen and stretch all 650 muscles in the body in a balanced way that enhances overall strength, posture, cardiovascular health and mobility; eliminates joint pain; and burns calories. This book tells why and shows how, in “The Eight Age-Reversing Workouts,” with step-by-step photos and clear descriptions that explain the finer points.

The typical message we get as we age is that we can move less and should take it easy—exactly the wrong advice. Surprisingly, fitness enthusiasts often do as much harm to their bodies as people living sedentary lives. Ligaments are virtually ignored by most exercises routines and yet joint health is essential in order to remain active. With Aging Backwards we can slow or prevent the onset of many afflictions, and often reverse their symptoms.

I will explain how the ESSENTRICS technique not only reconnects you with your body’s innate strength and grace on a daily basis but also reconnects you with the joyful pleasure of movement in every aspect of your life, increasing your energy, smoothing and firming your skin, and bringing a sparkle back into your eyes.

breath of life

Breath of Life

An Introduction to Craniosacral Biodynamics
$31.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: April, 2018
ISBN: 9781623172053
In stock now: 3

Cherionna Menzam-Sills draws on her extensive background in pre- and perinatal psychology, embryology, bodywork, Continuum Movement, and other somatic therapies—as well as years of working with her husband, biodynamics pioneer Franklyn Sills—to present this accessible introduction to the meditative healing practice of craniosacral biodynamic therapy (CSBT). This book offers a personal journey of embodied enquiry into each element of biodynamic session work, using meditative explorations, personal descriptions, and illustrations to convey the essence of biodynamics. It emphasizes breathing and body awareness exercises that help the practitioner become more attuned to her own body so that she can create an effective relational field with her client. An essential guide for new practitioners, students, and clients—as well as a valuable reference for experienced practitioners—this book illuminates the path toward the intelligent formative forces of the mysterious presence called “the breath of life” and its transformative power for health and wholeness.

A much needed preparatory book about this increasingly popular gentle-touch therapy it brings the key concepts up to date, reflecting the evolution of Craniosacral Biodynamics instigated by Franklyn Sills.

“Have you ever read a book where Goldilocks serves as a metaphor for parasympathetic comfort and ease? With lightness and depth alike, embracing the fluidity and harmony of the feminine, Menzam-Sills weaves interpersonal neurobiology and insights into the polyvagal theory, elaborates on the social nervous system and trauma resolution, and includes a multifaceted review of the biodynamic principles with their baseline of reconnecting to health. A must for all practitioners.” —Bhadrena Gemin, founder of the International Institute for Craniosacral Balancing, Switzerland

charge and the energy body

Charge and the Energy Body

The Vital Key to Healing Your Life, Your Chakras, and Your Relationships
$22.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Hay House
Publication Date: April, 2018
ISBN: 9781401954482
In stock now: 7

We all know what it’s like to have a charge about something. It’s a feeling of excitement, fear, sexual arousal, or irritation. But what we don’t currently know is how to use charge for the behaviors we want to create.

Charge is a word for the basic life force running through us. This force is crucial if we are to meet the challenges of difficult situations, heal past wounds and traumas, and manage the stress of modern life. Even more, it is essential for understanding how to master your own life force and become all you can be.

This book makes an important contribution to the growing field of Energy Medicine, by looking at charge as the interface between mind and body, and the missing ingredient in Mind-Body healing. It brings the reader into a deep intimacy with their own life force, as well as an understanding of how charge runs their relationships, their children, their clients, and patients. It examines how we can become overcharged or undercharged and how to bring about balance through practices of charging and discharging. Each chapter gives simple exercises to put these principles into practice.

Renowned teacher, somatic therapist, best-selling author, and advanced yoga teacher, Anodea Judith, addresses all this and more in her groundbreaking book on mastering the life force. Taken from her decades of teaching on the subject and her doctoral work in Mind-Body medicine, this book contributes something entirely new to the literature on healing self and others.

Charge and the Energy Body takes you on a beautiful journey through the subtle energies that animate your body. Based on a lifetime of curiosity and creative exploration, it will help you understand your own workings, the forces that propel those you love, and how to stabilize and harmonize the energies within you and beyond you. I recommend it highly.” —Donna Eden, author of Energy Medicine

Among the other books by Anodea Judith are Eastern Body, Western Mind and Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakras.

this messy magnificent life

This Messy Magnificent Life

A Field Guide
$32.99 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: March, 2018
ISBN: 9781501182464
In stock now: 5

Here be inspiring, personal, and often spiritual reflections from Geneen Roth, author of Women, Food and God.

From the beginning, Geneen Roth was told she was too sensitive, too emotional, too curious, too demanding, too intense, and too big. Yet gaining and losing weight for decades did not improve her self-worth or reduce other people’s criticisms. When her struggle with food ended—and didn’t change anything except the size of her thighs—she kept trying to fix other broken parts of herself with therapy, intensive meditation retreats, and rigorous spiritual practices.

Yet it was only when Geneen stopped trying to change or fix herself that she was at last able to feel at home in her mind, body, and life. Now, she shares the wisdom of giving up “the Me Project,” and finding the freedom, peace and power that await us just beyond it.

With humor and “Me too” compassion, This Messy Magnificent Life explores the personal beliefs, hidden traumas, and social pressures that shape not just women’s feelings about their bodies, but also their confidence, choices, and relationships. This provocative, enchanting, and sometimes laugh-out-loud look at the imperfect path women take to step into their own power, presence, and ownership is based on the author’s personal journey and her decades of work with thousands of women.

At some point (it looks like this is it), therapy meets spirituality and fixing ourselves meets the realization that there is nothing more to fix. There are always going to be challenges in this dimension of body-personality: plane flights will be missed, people will reject me, and whatever thrilled me last year will disappoint me this year. Just when I think I’ve got it all together, an earthquake occurs. Someone dies. I get ill. When I take myself to be the sum of what happened to me as a child or is happening at this very moment, I can never get it right for very long. When I take myself to be the unending always-forgiving space in which the drama is unfolding, I am already always fine.

 

Finally we have to fall on the sword of knowing what we know and stop pretending that we don’t know it. Until that moment—and I seem to be a slow learner because it took decades of therapy and spiritual practice to get me here—we act like children who are stuck on the wrong planet, in the wrong bodies, with the wrong families, and we spend our time searching for more, better, loving parents and ever more creative/addictive ways out. And when we forget, we can gently remind ourselves that even that from which we want to be saved most of all—death itself—is just closing our eyes.

Roth embraces everyone’s unique and often unsung potential and shows us how to be open, curious, and kind with ourselves; how to say no to people and ideas that hold us back; how to let go of grudges and anxieties; how to pick ourselves up after setbacks; how to say a resounding yes to the world; how to move from fixing ourselves to finding ourselves; how to find joy in the ordinary; and how to experience the extraordinary right here and now in our bodies.

With a foreword by Anne Lamott, This Messy Magnificent Life is a compelling and often quirky look at what it means to be an imperfect but unapologetic woman living a (mostly) magnificent life.

everyday ayurveda cooking for a calm, clear mind

Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind

100 Simple Sattvic Recipes
$39.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: March, 2018
ISBN: 9781611804478
In stock now: 3

Eat your way to increased energy, balanced emotions, and an overall state of calm and relaxation. In Ayurvedic medicine there are said to be three main energies that affect our mind:

  • sattva, the state of contentment and calm;
  • rajas, the state of reactivity and excitability; and
  • tamas, the dull, slow, and stagnant state of mind.

The good news is that there are direct ways of bringing these states into balance through what we eat. The recipes in this book are simple, seasonal, and delicious, while bringing the traditional foods of Ayurveda into the modern kitchen. Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind uncovers the true potential of food to heal not only our bodies, but our minds too.

“Building on her achievement with The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook, Kate O’Donnell turns her focus onto the modern mind, exhausted by overstimulation. This new cookbook lays out in tasty detail how a healthy diet can promote lucidity and how unwise food choices can compromise mental acuity. Using recipes whose ingredients and preparation methods have been adapted for today’s conditions, O’Donnell offers friendly and detailed guidance to all who are willing to expand their culinary capabilities in a mind-improving fashion.” —Dr. Robert Svoboda, Ayurvedic physician and author of Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution

body deva

Body Deva

Working with the Spiritual Consciousness of the Body
$21.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: March, 2018
ISBN: 9781844097456
In stock now: 4

We are not our pain or our disease, nor are we defined by our limitations, restrictions, or the labels given to us. We are a whole body, a consciousness, and a spiritual being. As a holistic, interconnected being, our emotions, beliefs, physical pain, past traumas, and even imbalances created through spiritual issues are held within our physical form. By accessing them through the physical body with the body deva—the spiritual consciousness of our human body—we can heal the continuum of mind, body, and spirit. Understanding this is the true key to healing.

In this step-by-step guide to understanding and working with the body deva, the consciousness of your body, Mary Mueller Shutan explains how our bodies hold the traumatic energies, emotions, physical issues, and restricting beliefs that cause us pain and feelings of disconnection. She details how to make contact and dialogue with your body deva to heal a variety of issues, from physical pains to ancestral and past life patterns to limiting ideas about what we can accomplish in this world. By working with the body deva, she shows how we can discover the reasons why our pain, beliefs, or imbalances developed and resolve them to heal mind, body, and spirit, every layer of our being. She explores how to work with the archetypes, labels, limiting beliefs, and myths that underlie our unique history and reasons for being. Shutan also examines how to work with the body deva to heal spiritual patterns through the physical body, including techniques of ancestral healing, past life healing, and karmic resolution.

By learning to dialogue with the body deva, you can understand who you are on the deepest levels. You can learn why your pain and imbalances came to be and what lies unhealed within you. You can evolve beyond the limitations and restrictions in your body and your life and evolve into greater health, connection, joy, and consciousness.

There is nothing more powerful than the experience of understanding what our body wants and needs to feel whole. I invite you to discover the body deva, the consciousness of your physical body.

chakra healing for vibrant energy

Chakra Healing for Vibrant Energy

Exploring Your 7 Energy Centers with Mindfulness, Yoga, and Ayurveda
$20.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New World Library
Publication Date: March, 2018
ISBN: 9781608685349
In stock now: 0

Though chakra meant little to the author in 1999, when she was in her 20s and diagnosed with thyroid cancer, it became a fundamental aspect of her healing. Fondin explored the fifth chakra, which included the thyroid gland. She came to understand previous illnesses and psychological circumstances in ways that explained and helped her heal.

Fondin, a teacher, healer, and author known for plain-spoken explanations of Eastern practices here puts the power of chakras in the hands of readers, whether they are facing a particular illness or interested in optimizing everyday wellbeing. In a program that can be used for a seven-day intensive healing or a lifetime plan for maintaining peak wellness, readers learn to balance each of the seven chakras through diet, breath, meditation, and yoga asanas. Spiritual, energetic, and physical in nature, chakra healing epitomizes the proven power of utilizing every aspect of the mind, body, and spirit.

I will give you the tools to balance the seven main chakras, with one chapter devoted to each chakra. For each of the chakras I provide descriptions of pranayama (breathing) techniques and yoga poses. You can check out demonstrations of all of these on my YouTube channel. While healing your chakras, practice these poses once in the morning and once in the evening. I have also included dietary recommendations, a guided meditation, thoughts to ponder for the day, and other areas to explore for emotional and spiritual healing, with practices such as prayer, visualizations, and chanting. I also offer suggestions for taking your energetic healing a step further through work with colors and gems: you can wear the color of the chakra you’re healing, and carry with you throughout your day the crystal or gem associated with that chakra.

 

Through these practices you can heal your chakras in seven days… Or you can take seven months and dedicate your practice to one chakra for each month. Or you can go at your own pace, spending more time on certain chakras than others, as needed… See what healing practices call to you most, and try those first. If you let it, your intuition will guide the way.

mind over meds

Mind Over Meds

Know When Drugs Are Necessary, When Alternatives Are Betterand When to Let Your Body Heal on Its Own
By: MD Weil
$22.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Little Brown
Publication Date: March, 2018
ISBN: 9780316352963
In stock now: 7

Too many of us are taking too many drugs—and it's costing us our health, our happiness, and our lives. Prescription drug use in North America has increased tenfold in the past 50 years, and over-the-counter drug use has risen just as dramatically. In addition to the dozens of medications we take to treat serious illnesses, we take drugs to help us sleep, to keep us awake, to keep our noses from running, our backs from aching, and our minds from racing. Name a symptom, there's a pill to suppress it.

Modern drugs can be miraculously life-saving, and many illnesses demand their use. But what happens when our reliance on powerful pharmaceuticals blinds us to their risks? Painful side effects and dependency are common, and adverse drug reactions are America's fourth leading cause of death.

In Mind over Meds, the people’s doc Dr. Andrew Weil alerts readers to the problem of overmedication, and outlines when medicine is necessary, and when it is not. Dr. Weil examines how we came to be so drastically overmedicated, presents science that proves drugs aren't always the best option, and provides reliable integrative medicine approaches to treating common ailments like high blood pressure, allergies, depression, and even the common cold. With case histories, healthy alternative treatments, and input from other leading physicians, Mind over Meds is the go-to resource for anyone who is sick and tired of being sick and tired.

In my opinion, however, people still do not ask enough questions about their medications, and that also contributes to the problem. Taking a drug just because a doctor says so is never a good idea. Always try to understand why you need it.

Among Andrew Weil’s other books are Fast Food, Good Food and Spontaneous Happiness.

living pain free

Living Pain Free

Healing Chronic Pain with Myofascial Release--Supplement Standard Medical Approaches with Simple, Effective Exercises You Can Do Yourself
$25.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: February, 2018
ISBN: 9781623172077
In stock now: 5

An essential self-help guide to treatment of chronic pain based on myofascial release

This indispensible self-help guide is for anyone suffering from chronic pain (any of us, really) and struggling to understand why standard medical approaches have failed them. Taking a mind-body approach, the book clearly and simply explains how chronic pain develops, and why an understanding of fascia—the main connective tissue in the body—is the key to restoring pain-free movement and health. Author and myofascial release expert Amanda Oswald informs readers about the role of fascia in chronic pain and empowers them to help themselves through simple and effective self-care techniques, stretches, and exercises.

If you want to help rehydrate your fascia, in tandem with your self-help activities, stretches, and exercises, then you should drink 1.5 to 2 liters of water a day. Water is the important fluid here…

 

If you do not believe me, try it for 10 days in combination with releasing your fascia. You may pee a lot at first, but this is because your dehydrated tissues cannot absorb all of the water you are putting into your body. However, as you stretch and release your fascia more, gradually your tissues will retain more of the fluid. As they do, you will start to feel better. You will feel less tired, and more energized. Your body will work more efficiently to detoxify itself and it will start to feel like it is moving well, more fluidly.

Living Pain Free is a must-read for anyone experiencing chronic pain from conditions including migraines and headaches, repetitive strain injury (RSI), jaw (TMJ) pain, frozen shoulder, neck and back pain, chronic pelvic pain, scar tissue, and systemic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and myofascial pain syndrome. It will also benefit anyone interested in understanding chronic pain from a myofascial perspective.

The holding patterns that develop from fascial restrictions are learned behaviors, and as these are unlearned, so the body can unwind. As this happens, both physical and emotional restrictions are released. This is myofascial unwinding. This process of unwinding and change has been described as removing layers, like peeling an onion. As each layer is uncovered, or rather re-discovered, people feel a regression through the stages of their symptoms, until they reach the original pain that started it all. They are often surprised by the familiarity with which they can greet their old pain and then let it go.