In These Pandemic Times

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In these pandemic times, my thoughts, prayers, and heart are with all who are sick, in fear, confused — here and around the world.

In Italy, a well-respected physician, the head of a medical association, has succumbed. Overwhelmed doctors triage patients in hospitals as in wartime, prioritizing treatment to those who have the best chance of survival. The country’s mortality rate from the virus increased in 24 hours by at least 31% to 827; its population of 60 million in lockdown.

The CDC’s Anthony Fauci reports that the COVID-19 death rate is ten times that of the flu. Scary, dystopian times, indeed. Some people are sick of hearing about it, but turning away or panicking won’t solve it. Facing it and heeding the warnings will. The gravity of it, after all, is nothing to sneeze at.

Of course, I’m washing my hands, socially distancing, staying at home, writing, hanging out on social media in communication with you all, and pleased that I can offer headache and somatic coaching sessions by video cam. Yesterday, I delighted in ye olde joy of my youth: talking on the telephone. Someone I knew only online called me, in an “accidental” butt dial, and we spent a couple of hours deep in discussion. It was great!

In closing: Be well. Stay centered. Breathe.

With blessings, peace, and love to you,

xo Jan

March 12, 2020

The Mind-Body Connection Provides Insights for Solving Migraine Mysteries

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Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to control your headaches or migraine attacks? Are you reluctant to try a new therapy because you’re afraid it won’t work? Why is it important to be open to new possibilities?

In “Feeling Stuck? How to Invoke the Mind of a Headache Warrior,” excerpted from The Headache Healer’s Handbook and published on MigraineAgain, I discuss resetting your viewpoint to beginner’s mind in order to become your own headache detective if you’ve been struggling with pain — and cite stories and research that point to the power of placebo in healing.

The process of discovering your own mind-body (body-mind) connection is universally valuable; you don’t have to be afflicted with headaches or migraine to benefit from or experience it.

Read the article here.

Path 11 Productions Podcast Episode 166: Headache Self-Care with Posture and Hands-On Therapies

 

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I return to Path 11 Productions to talk about how headache and migraine sufferers can manage their pain with posture and hands-on therapies, while avoiding the side effects of pain preparations, including more frequent, intense migraines. Listen to my podcast Episode 166 here.

Do you suffer from headaches or migraines? VIDEO INTERVIEW

“It literally is one of the greatest books I’ve seen on holistic health,” said author and Ayurvedic practitioner, the fabulous Michelle S, Fondin! I talked with Michelle about my book, The Headache Healer’s Handbook, and here’s the YouTube. The sound and my lips are a bit out-of-sync, so if it weirds you out, just listen!  

Retailing Insight Magazine Book Review

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My book, The Headache Healer’s Handbook, received a really wonderful review, I’m touched by it — and I’m in very fine company:

“This book is first and foremost a testament to the mind/body connection and how an awareness of that connection can literally change your life. It begins by dealing with the physical. It contains an analysis of headache triggers, cutting-edge diet suggestions, and a detailed section on keeping a Headache Diary. Moving toward the world of mindfulness, it next offers a whole chapter on breathing. Finally, the book arrives at mindfulness/meditation practice. This down-to-earth, comprehensive discussion is followed by sections on touch healing and connecting with core issues like trauma and embodied wisdom. Let your customers know that if they only get as far as the mindfulness chapter, they will have gotten their money’s worth. The rest of the book is icing on the cake, and very special icing it is.”

In “Fine Print: New and Notable Books for Body, Mind, and Spirit,” Retailing Insight Magazine: Connecting the Best in Body-Mind-Spirit, reviewed by Anna Jedrziewski. INATS/Book Expo Issue, May/June 2018.