Volume 1 No 4
Stephanie Georgieff, Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist/ 714-910-4295
Celebrate the Season of Light!
All major faith traditions on it’s axis. During the The ancient Egyptians
have celebrations during days between December decorated their homes
this time of year. The 21 and January 6 , the during this time of year
Christians celebrate the lengths of short day light with ever green palm
birth of their savior, known and long night time fronds, and we of course
as the “Light of the World.” remains almost the same. know of our traditions
Jews have the Festival of After January 6 , the days involving pine greens here
the Lights, also known as start to become longer. and in Europe.
Hanukkah, where families
Many cultures in the In all traditions, there is a
gather to light the
Northern Hemisphere celebration of the hope
Menorah. Pagans cele-
have celebrated this time and life sustaining aspect
brate the return of the Sun
of year by focusing on the of the coming light. May
at Solstice .
return of the Sun and the you and your loved ones
During these long nights life giving properties of keep the warmth of hope
and short days, the Earth this celestial body. alive in your hearts now
actually almost stands still and in the days to come!
The Holiday season of people to consume less price tag. The rush
2008-2009 has an extra and simplify the holidays. towards excessiveness is
layer of stress in addition This urging towards a less in direct opposition from
to the normal festival blitz. consumer driven season the true nature of the
This year, the economic was in response to the season. The garbage
picture is very un- damage such practices created, weight gained
predictable, and many heaped upon the Earth. and debt incurred from the
Americans have lost While not lauding the typical holiday marathon
investments, faced lay offs recent economic situation, was hard on everybody
or are waiting for their pink like all crisis, it offers great concerned. New traditions
slips. opportunities for our of simplicity, celebrations
culture as a whole. centered on faith and
In years past, many of us
family, these will heal
in the environmental and Love and Peace are not
body , soul and earth.
health movement urged commodities which have a
Page 2 Health Options
During Times of festivals, a good breakfast. Make Take only one trip to the
healthy eating can be a sure to get plenty of sleep food table.
trial. Feelings of lack or and exercise, as you
Fill up at the vegetable
over indulgence can both should during all times of
and fruit tray.
be harmful to long term the year. Here are a few
well being. A balanced ideas for navigating Avoid cheese and bread.
middle ground with good through your holiday
Drink Soda water with a
planning can allow you to feasts:
spritz of juice or a twist of
enjoy the special foods of
Eat an apple or pear citrus.
the season without
before attending any
causing overdue stress. If you do indulge in
function. Having your
sweets, limit to one small
It is important to eat tummy full of fiber will help
serving, and ENJOY it,
regular meals during the you to curb quantities.
holidays, starting out with Chew your food slowly.
Acts of creation are A Long Winter’s Nap……..
ordinarily reserved for
Often, sleep is the first This is not the season to not taking the Long
gods and poets. To plant a
thing to go during the skimp on sleep. During Winter’s Nap, so lauded in
pine, one need only a hectic festival season. the best of times, the famous poem.
shovel - Aldo Leopold Social obligations, dec- Americans are sleep
In all of the hectic
orating, cooking and deprived. Sleep helps
planning, make sure to
family activities can keep restore our immune
keep your bedroom free
us up at night. This period system, even out our
from extra piles and
of year in nature is the emotional lives, and
boxes. Go to bed early,
time of turning inward and actually help us digest our
after a prayer or
letting go. We usually do thoughts in a more
meditation. Avoid watch-
the opposite in our quest coherent way. One of the
ing TV at night and
to have the fulfilling reasons many of us get
instead read a treasured
experience we see on TV that annual “Christmas
holiday inspirational book.
and in the Magazines. Cold” is because we are
You will sleep better.
Earth Friendly Celebrations
In the eco-classic book of environmentally sensitive you can plant later, making
the last century Un-plug the times enhanced by the your ornaments out of com-
Christmas Tree, we were economic meltdown, pick-ing postable items, giving
given many prophe-tic ideas up and old copy of this book memberships to gardens or
to ease the toll of the at a used book store may be museums, or gifts of time are
Christmas holiday on the just what your Santa list all earth friendly ideas to help
earth. In these needs. Dec-orating live trees you celebrate in the eco way!
Health Options Page 2
Herb of the Season: Mistletoe
What Christmas décor thrives on branches of and epilepsy. Viscum al-
would be complete without deciduous trees. The bum has been used in
a sprig of Mistletoe hung American species is called Homeopathy for epilepsy
over the door? One can Phoracendron flavescens and other nerve issues. A
currently purchase elf hats which grows on various special homeopathic
with a sprig pinned over types of trees. We tend to preparation called Iscador
embroidered “kiss me.” see it frequently on the has been used for
Live Oaks and Sycamores decades by Anthro-
This history and sig-
here in Southern Cal- posophical doctors to
nificance of Mistletoe is
ifornia. The European manage cancer. Used in
vast. Prized by the Druids
variety has been used for IV’s and injections,
of Northern and Western
centuries as a cardiac Iscador can be applied
Europe, this plant was
tonic. It can be used to alone or in conjunction
seen to have qualities of
help regulate blood with standard chemo-
immortality. So valued
pressure. The American therapy for many kinds of
was it that warriors were
plant was used to help cancers. Dr. Robert Gorter
required to lay down their
stop maternal bleeding of UC San Francisco
weapons and embrace in
after birth, and for nervous Medical School has
problems. Mistletoe was complete research on
Mistletoe Viscum album is used by the natives to Iscador and Cancer.
a semi-parasitic plant that ease Cholera symptoms Mistletoe is truly a gift
from the natural world.
The Holiday Blues
The holiday period for many intense memories and away from the hustle and
is not always the jolly event sadness. bustle of the festivals.
promoted in our culture. This Another action is to volunteer
It may be a good time to try
season has the unique at the many organizations
different experiences for the
distinction of having a high serving the needy. Donations
holidays. Go and visit a
suicide and depression level are down, and extra hands or
friend or loved one in a place
amongst our distraught
with few remembrances.
gifts are urgently required. Bah Humbug!
members of the community. Such work can help draw us Scrooge.
Reach out and talk to
False expectations coupled out of the self absorption
someone, friend, clergy or
with societal pressures to suffering can inflict.
professional. It is important
celebrate stress those who
that you not feel alone or It is difficult to be suffering
are grieving or dealing with
misunderstood during this when everyone seems to be
emotional and economic
time. so happy. Know that every
person has their periods of
Another way to deal with
If you are having trouble with sorrow, and that sorrow can
sadness is to go on a retreat.
the jingle culture, one thing to be transformed into wisdom.
There are many Christian
keep in mind is that the We send out our wishes that
and Buddhist retreat centers
holidays do end. If you are the hope offered in this
here in California and other
grieving the loss of a loved season will sustain you till
states that can offer solitude,
one, this may be a period of better days come your way.
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