Looking for the ideal location for growing or establishing your healing practice? With its calm, healing atmosphere and community of holistic practitioners bringing together a wide range of expertise and wisdom, the Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center in northwest Baltimore welcomes you and your clients. Continue reading “Rental Spaces Opening”
Such a balancing act, lifting a cup that’s full to the brim.
My father often poured milk into his coffee til it nearly over-flowed. High drama when he’d lift it, ever so slowly and steadily. Sometimes he’d pour so much it would bulge above the edge of the cup. He’d lean back to admire that, then lean down to slurp a first sip without touching the cup.
This time of year reminds me of my Dad and his balancing act. Continue reading “The Balancing Act of Autumn: One Breath at a Time”
Greetings Friends of Ruscombe,
When I founded Ruscombe in 1984, my vision was to offer holistic healing options in one location. The reason for this was to facilitate a person’s healing more quickly than if a person had to travel looking for the many options that were then difficult to find. Today, thirty-four years later, acupuncture, naturopathy, herbal healing, massage, and other therapeutics we feature are more prevalent in our society. The Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center remains the longest freestanding outpatient integrative center in America offering numerous ancient and modern healing options.
All institutions grow and change, and change is occurring now at Ruscombe three decades later. Astrologically, the entire world is in the throes of institutional change and individual transformation as seen by a Pluto square Mars dynamic, a fiery challenge to all systems, inner and outer, personal and collective. It’s a time of unexpected interruptions and opportunities for novel creation. This planetary configuration, which will last for another 15 years or so, accelerates change for the entire world. Continue reading “The Greatest Love There Is”
Solstice. The peak of Summer. Like the bloom of a rose, it sparks surprise and delight. Coming so close to the Sun awakens ALL our senses. Our hearts open – like a rose – to multiple layers of feeling and emotion. Continue reading “Reflections on the Solstice”
This excerpt is from a longer article available at PaulaDerry.com/readings.
The heart of mindfulness is relaxed awareness of the here-and-now, slowing down, taking the time to notice more and notice more deeply, allowing experience to spontaneously arise, being not doing. As new experiences arise, they can be further explored or simply enjoyed. In addition to practices like sitting meditation, there are many other ways to cultivate this. Continue reading “Make Mindfulness a Pleasure, Not a Chore”
This now-famous bus was on the Ruscombe property back when it was the Savitria Commune and AUM Esoteric Study Center, and we’re hoping that someone from the Ruscombe community of clients and friends may remember it from way back then.
If you know anyone who was connected with the Savitria community or the early days of AUM, would you please ask them to contact us if they have any memories of this bus?
This post originally appeared on BmoreSZG.com. In April of 2017, Peter Van Buren gave a talk to the health practitioners at Ruscombe Mansion on the benefits of integrating Sheng Zhen Gong with the holistic therapies they practiced. After first explaining a little about Sheng Zhen Gong, Peter then guided the group though a brief practice, so they could experience firsthand the “Sheng Zhen state”. And, then he addressed the group,
“In preparing for this talk, I needed to answer the question, what does Sheng Zheng Gong (SZG) have to do with health practitioners? Continue reading “Sheng Zheng Gong Talk at Ruscombe”
Cynthia Zanti Jabs is taking on a new venture this month. May will see the first classes of a curriculum she designed to teach Therapeutic Qi Gong to acupuncture students at the Maryland University of Integrative Health.
Qi Gong (pronounced ‘Chee Gung’) is to Asian Healing Arts what Physical Therapy is to Western Medicine. With a few notable differences: Qi Gong works with mental and spiritual issues along with physical ones. Many Qi Gong practices have been practiced for thousands of years. It’s very inexpensive and it never has to hurt to work. Continue reading “New Qi Gong Venture”
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) there are currently more then 70 million people in the U.S. suffering with some form of Gastrointestinal (GI) disorder. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that approximately 117 million (half of all adults) have one or more chronic health conditions. In addition, GI complaints are among the top reasons patients seek health care. So, if you are an adult reading this, most likely you or one of your close family members falls into one of these categories. Continue reading “Heal the Body by Healing the Gut: The 5R Approach to Wellness”
Have you ever wondered what’s REALLY going on in your body? Ever want to “un-do,” or de-toxify from the damaging buildup in your body over time from a modern life? Have you been exposed to X rays, anesthesia, viruses, genetically modified foods, mercury from fillings, cigarettes and/or pharmaceuticals? Have you wondered if you have vitamin deficiencies or mineral malabsorption? Would you like to find out if you’ve inherited your family’s health issues and, if so, prevent them? Ever wonder what might be blocking your body from healing itself (which it is designed to do)?
Then the Asyra would interest you. Continue reading “What’s Preventing Me From Healing?”
Ruscombe’s Property Steward Emeritus David Penney will be displaying his framed photos & prints for sale. All day, March 24-25, in the Conference Wellness Room. Signed hand-made gelatin-silver prints, many selenium or sepia-toned; some are 8×10″ and some 11×14″. There will be some 16×20″ prints, and some matted ones of each size. Click photos to enlarge.
Also for sale, a wide range of cameras & film equipment at a good price.
This Spring will be like no other. Of course, each Spring is unique – in some ways. This one promises to be unlike all others in many and momentous ways.
The shoots we see emerging come Spring arise from root work that happened over the Winter. The nature of each Spring is partly determined by the nature of the root work that preceded it. Events this Winter unleashed powerful forces. So it’s easy to predict we’ll see more gusty – and gutsy – forces blowing this Spring.
Maybe it doesn’t have to be a collision course. One way to learn about conflicting currents is to watch how they play out in the natural world. This is actually the basis of Asian healing arts like acupuncture. Continue reading “Winds of Change”
Photo: nickfourtimes / CC BY-SA 2.0
This warming soup comes from Diane Finlayson, yoga therapist and Dao energy healer. The spice mix in the Velvet Moroccan soup honors traditional Ayurvedic principles of the season. Cumin and coriander are considered some of the finest digestives while cinnamon warms us against the wind. Continue reading “Diane’s Moroccan Velvet Chickpea Soup”
A reflection from the Women’s March on Washington
There was a brief moment that will always remind me of all that I want to remember from the weekend of the Trump Inauguration and the Women’s March in Washington. It was on Saturday, as the first speakers were taking their turns on the podium. Crowds of people were still coalescing. The density of the crowd was something I’ve hardly ever experienced. Once on the streets of Varanasi in India, once on a subway platform in New York.
Photo: Angela Schmeidel Randall / CC BY 2.0
Stay warm in the cold weather with a warming chili recipe from Ruscombe practitioner Paula Derry, Ph.D., LMT.
Beans, lentils and other legumes are excellent alternatives to meat protein. They contain incomplete protein, but if you eat other foods made with seeds or grains on the same day it will provide a complete protein. For example, consider serving this vegetarian chili over organic brown rice! Continue reading “Paula’s Vegetarian Chili”
‘It’s dark on purpose. So just listen.’
These words, from a poem called The Oracle by Lawrence Raab, tell it like it is in the Winter.
The healing gifts of Winter come with deep listening. From tapping into the depths when it’s dark. When we’re weary. When we’re afraid.
Nights are long. Days are short. The cold we step into outside requires layers of protection. Else it makes us cringe. Or makes us sick. And wears us out.
Photo: Graham Cook / CC BY 2.0
In tumultuous times, traditional healing modalities have much to offer. They help us recover from shock. They can address old wounds laid bare by dramas unfolding around us. They call us to our higher selves. They lead us to connect with others and connect with our purpose in the world. They support us in finding our footing in the presence of frightening uncertainties. They cultivate the strength and clarity we need to deal appropriately with changing circumstances.
Changes of great magnitude can wreak havoc for us physically, mentally and spiritually. Signs of strain can show up on all of these levels. We may experience changes in our sleep, concentration, breathing, balance, digestion or elimination. Any and all our major functions can be compromised. Continue reading “Holistic Healing Arts in Tumultuous Times”
Ruscombe Mansion’s Wellness Day Open House 2016 was a great success!
On behalf of our founders Zoh and Bob Hieronimus, Ruscombe would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone in our community—practitioners, friends, sponsors, and guests—for the strong show of support for Ruscombe Mansion’s Annual Wellness Day Open House. We had an excellent turnout! Thank you to everyone who pitched in, and thank you to everyone who came out to get to know the Ruscombe community! Continue reading “Ruscombe Mansion’s Wellness Day Open House 2016”
Photo: Logan Ingalls / CC BY 2.0
I’m probably not the only one who flashed back to ghosts of World Series past this season. And not just as an intellectual exercise. ‘Body memory’ we call it in our biz. One minute I was watching the Cubs, next I was remembering images, sounds, and flavors from years ago, right down to the squeaks and lumps of the bar stool I sat on watching Brett Saberhagen shut out the mighty Cardinals 30+ years ago.
The Childe Harold was a dive bar near Dupont Circle. Where Bruce Springsteen played for $750 in the early 70’s and George McGovern went for solace during his doomed campaign. Best burgers ever, great beer selection. My youngest sister (may she rest in peace) enjoyed both and met us there. She was an intern on Capitol Hill that year. Before any of us had any kids. My husband and I were newly married and we didn’t own a TV. Continue reading “Body Memory”
Dear Friend of Ruscombe,
You came to our holistic center as a patient and in need of help. Thank you for that profound act of trust. Now we come to you, humbly, to ask for your help in turn. The cause for excellent holistic health care, here in our community, needs you. Will you consider becoming its champion by making a gift?
Dramatic, isn’t it? How Autumn sneaks up on us. Suddenly, we notice a chill in the air. Or how dark it is when we get up in the morning. And the leaves – oh the leaves! – as they leave us. The edges of light and dark show up so clearly now. Dawn and dusk seem like sharper turning points. Often magnificent – ever so briefly. Now you see it, now you . . .
That’s the nature of Autumn. Bit of a sharp edge. It’s cut-to-the-chase time. Days get shorter. Plants die back. Animals look for cover. We may not be the ones bringing in the last of the harvest, but we share their primal sense of urgency. We may feel unprepared for what comes next. Or unready to let go of what’s past. Often we feel like we’re scrambling just to keep up.
Continue reading “Over the Edge – The Awesome Drop of Autumn: Part 4 of Healing with the Seasons”
Your chance for one on one question time with our practitioners, sampling healthy snacks, trying a demo of yoga by the lily pond, or learning from our holistic panel discussions. Let us know you’re coming on Facebook!
Watch Video of Open House 2015 Highlights: http://www.ruscombe.org/
We are excited to announce that the co-op cafe reopens this September 13. It will be open weekly on Tuesdays, 12-3pm.
And introducing our new cook, Stephanie Czyryca:
“I am a personal chef devoted to creating delicious whole food, plant-based menus to promote health and wholeness. I have enjoyed years as a professional cook, baker, and kitchen manager specializing in vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets. This summer, I completed a Certificate in Food Therapy from Natural Gourmet Institute NY, which helps me translate dietary recommendations into nourishing recipes and meal plans to help manage the symptoms of illness. My path is to respect the Earth’s abundance and rekindle the love of food for people in all states of health.”
Image: Forest and Kim Starr / CC BY 2.0
This is The Season of Transition. Asian healing traditions often identify the time between Summer and Fall as a fifth season, with particular healing gifts for issues around food and nourishment.
Some call this Late Summer or Harvest Time. I call it the Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer. So different from earlier Summer months! More settling – and sometimes more unsettling.
Continue reading “Crazy Daze of Summer
Transition Time: Food, Work and Music
Part 3 of Healing with the Seasons”
We are starting a peer-education group open to any holistic health practitioner who wants to talk with practitioners in their own and other modalities, including massage therapists and bodyworkers, acupuncturists, energy workers, holistic physicians, holistic psychotherapists, and others. The purpose of the group is skill-building, sharing information and experiences, and discovering methods we can use to develop ourselves and support each other. Each meeting will begin with a brief experiential exercise, followed by a presentation. The group will meet monthly—the first forum is on Sunday, September 11, 7-8:30pm. Read all about it and mark your calendar!
We’re near the peak. On this part of the planet, we’re coming closer to the sun. We’re feeling its rays more directly than we will again till next June comes around.
All this extra light, warmth and daytime has huge affects on our body, mind and spirit. And, like every season it’s a mixed bag. There’s no such thing as a blessing that’s not mixed, I often say. Continue reading “Riding the Summer Waves: Part 2 of Healing with the Seasons”
Did you miss our 2015 Open House? Please enjoy this video of highlights, and mark your calendar for the next one on October 9, 2016!
by Susan Lawrence, PT
We’ve all done it – gone over on our ankles whether running, playing a sport or stepping off a curb the wrong way. It’s painful, it swells … it’s embarrassing – you try and “walk it off”. Say you do all the right things to make it better—the initial RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation), you even add the “P” (protection) to the acronym, but weeks, months, maybe years after, it still just doesn’t feel right. Continue reading “Chronic Ankle Sprain”
Prince stepped up. It wasn’t just his musical talent that inspired us. It’s how bold he was, wading into territory that was itchy or awkward or painful. Not just to wallow there but to see what could move and what might be created by going there with us. Without cringing. With humor. And rhythm. Sometimes harmony. And grace.
What’s reverberated most for me since Thursday is what he did in Baltimore a year ago. Continue reading “What I Learned From Prince About Healing”
The 2016 Pollinator Protection Act (HB211), a bill which would manage the use of neonicotinoid pesticides and require labeling of plants treated with them, passed the Maryland House floor this weekend! Read more about it in the Baltimore Sun, and be sure to contact your representatives to thank them if they supported it. Now the House & Senate need to reconcile their bill versions. Continue reading “Support the Pollinator Protection Act of 2016”
Best thing about Spring:
Things change SO quickly.
Worst thing about spring:
Things change SO quickly.
For better and worse, Spring is a gusty, windy time. After the confinement and constraint of Winter, things start to change, bloom and hatch so rapidly it seems like magic. Continue reading “Coursing the Wind”
Friends and family of Ruscombe practitioners gathered in December 2015 for the annual Winter Solstice potluck and traditional candlelight walk about the property.
The 2015 Ruscombe Open House was a big success!
On behalf of our founders Zoh and Bob Hieronimus, Ruscombe would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone in our community—practitioners, friends, sponsors, and guests—for the strong show of support for the annual Holistic Open House. We had an excellent turnout! Thank you to everyone who pitched in with gusto to help us make this annual event one that will be talked about for a long time. Continue reading “Open House 2015”
What is Yoga Therapy?
According to the International Association of Yoga Therapy, the purpose of yoga therapy is to view “humans as a multi-dimensional system that includes all aspects of body; breath, and mind, intellect, and emotions and mutual interaction… the goals of yoga therapy include eliminating, reducing, or managing symptoms that cause suffering; improving function; helping to prevent the occurrence or reoccurrence of underlying causes of illness; and moving toward health and well being. Yoga therapy also helps client/students change their relationship to and identification with their condition.” They also state, “The teachings of yoga are rooted in the Vedas and grounded in classical texts and a rich oral tradition. This tradition recognizes that the human being’s essential nature is unchanging awareness that exists in relationship to and identification with the changing phenomena of the empirical world.”
5 Reasons To Work With A Yoga Therapist
Yoga therapy is an emerging field. As such, most of the public doesn’t know what a Yoga Therapist is or why they would want to work with one. I thought I’d do my part and list my top five reasons to work with a Yoga Therapist.
1. Head To Toe Thinking
For physical concerns, Yoga Therapists are trained to think about the whole body. In a world full of never-ending specialization, Yoga Therapists are uniquely positioned to see connections that others may miss. In practice, this often involves strengthening or stretching structures seemingly unrelated to one another. The result is a whole body approach to healing that often has amazing results.
Yoga therapy sessions are often an hour, sometimes more. Unlike healing professions that are constrained to short sessions because of insurance and other factors, Yoga Therapists have the time needed to take in your full story. It makes us well positioned to see connections that others simply don’t have the time to make. Sometimes we not only need practices to help heal us, we also need someone to help us connect the dots in our daily life. Are we getting enough sleep? Do we need to re-think our medications? Are we unknowingly creating stressors that can be cut out? A Yoga Therapist is able to take in your entire picture and help you make beneficial shifts that others often miss.
3. Education Not Dependence
The goal of the Yoga Therapist is to educate people so that they may heal themselves. Working with a Yoga Therapist should leave a client feeling empowered to self assess as part of their healing process. Independence from the Yoga Therapist is the goal.
4. Commitment To Relationship
Yoga is relationship. Yoga Therapists understand that relationship is a key part of any healing process. This mostly applies to our relationship with ourselves, but it also applies to the therapist/client relationship. A Yoga Therapist is a friend on the path entrusted with a certain role and a good therapist is committed to a relationship that benefits all involved. When working with a Yoga Therapist, a client should always feel on equal ground within the confines of healthy boundaries.
5. One Stop Shopping
Yoga therapy is interested in all aspects of the self: the physical body, pranic [energetic] body, mental states and emotions, the unconscious workings of the mind, the heart and its connection to all. Yoga Therapists are trained in practices to facilitate healing connection and balance within all of these parts. For many, this holistic approach can alleviate suffering across the spectrum of their experience. This may eliminate or reduce the need to obtain help from different individuals which is often important since the cost in both money and time can be overwhelming, especially when working with chronic conditions.
Ruscombe practitioner Alden Caldwell-Gaines of Soul Touch Therapies is a Certified Yoga Therapist. She will be offering a 20% discount on all initial consultations for yoga therapy through September. Visit www.soultouchtherapies.com for more information.
What’s showing up in our harvest basket in this year of years? This has been an extraordinary cycle of seasons. No wonder so much of what we see ripening in this year’s Harvest Season is out of the ordinary. We need the healing gifts of this season more than ever this year.
This transitional time between Summer and Autumn is viewed as a whole separate season in Asian Healing Arts. Late Summer is harvest time. Whatever we dreamed of last Winter and planted in the Spring is ripening now. We pick the fruits of our labor, so to speak. Hopefully, we get to taste a bit of the sweetness of life. And experience the nourishment Mother Earth generously offers us.
All our digestive functions need to be in good working order for this to happen in a satisfying way. Digestion is, quite simply, the process of breaking down whatever we take in so we can either absorb or discard it. We start by taking a bite of something and chewing it. Our stomach continues this process until whatever we’ve taken in breaks down into it’s most basic components, ready for us to integrate.
This processing happens on many levels, with everything we take in on every level. We handle our experiences and ideas much like our foods: chewing them over and breaking them down into manageable bits.
This. Takes. Time. One reason we have such poor digestive health in our fast-paced culture!
Taking in nourishment is one of the first functions we develop in life and we must learn it quickly to survive. It is profoundly affected by our earliest experiences. We learn to soak up what we need from the world around us starting with our mother’s milk – or whatever we’re fed by whoever mother’s us. In those early years, we come to some understanding that our needs will be met – or not. We learn to deal with abundance and/or lack thereof. This profoundly shapes our relationship with food.
Fortunately, every year at this time, Mother Earth gives us a chance to re-create whatever patterns we learned early on. Edibles show up in abundance. Ripe peaches, melons, corn. Juicy and delicious. Real Deal Sweets, I call them. The closer they are to where they came from, the more they offer the Sweetness of Life they drew from their roots in the earth. Only plants can turn sunlight into sweetness.
We Unrooted Ones often lose our connection with the earth. When we do, our capacity to nourish and ‘ground’ ourselves is compromised. This time of year can renew this connection.
I think this one reason so many people vacation or travel to visit family this time of year. In Western Europe, some countries pretty much shut down in August. In much of Asia, people are sitting out the monsoons right now. In southern parts of our hemisphere, people are taking shelter from the heat.
When we suspend our regular routines, we’re more inclined to take the time to lean back and soak up whatever goodies we find around us. Even if our time away is action-packed and fun-filled, we tend to sink more deeply into whatever we call Home when we we return.
Some of us grew up in traditions where any time spent doing nothing was frowned as lazy or indulgent. Although even my ever-so-active grandmother enjoyed a ‘nice sit’ after a good meal.
I’m not talking about the sort of nap we might need after over-eating. Just a short time to absorb appropriate bits of food and conversation before stretching our mind or our limbs. When we do this, the digestive organs in our center get what they need to process what we took in. The more thoroughly this happens, the more satisfied we feel.
How we eat matters nearly as much as what we eat when it comes to being nourished.
This brings us to the question of indigestibles. What about all the input that’s not just un-nourishing but hard – or impossible – to digest or, even, to swallow? I expect I’m not alone in feeling like I’ve encountered more of this in the past cycle of seasons than ever before in my life.
Too much input of indigestible (aka incomprehensible) input strains our digestive systems. On a physical level, food that won’t spoil or is inedible to other creatures resists our best efforts to digest it, too. Over-eating and antibiotics also deter our stomach’s best efforts. Any of these sound familiar? Is it any wonder so many people are developing long lists of foods that defeat their digestion?
Anything we take in that’s we’re unable to digest and integrate becomes a burden. Like any overloaded system, our digestive functions falter and may develop painful coping strategies. Excess stomach acid, bloating or swelling, feeling tired (despite good sleep), sluggish, frequently confused, persistently worried, chronically achey, many elimination issues. All these ‘symptoms’ are distress signals from the digestive department. They may be a request to change how or what we are taking in. Or to get some help to support our digestive health.
Whatever we can do now to help our digestion pays off big time, all thru the next year. This is the time to take stock of our eating patterns. Maybe a bit of mindful eating, that is, eating without anything in our mind but tasting and savoring the the textures and flavors in our mouths. Sitting down and letting our mouths register that we are eating – and what we are eating – can remedy many of our worst eating habits.
Including over-eating. More food does not make for more nourishment. Excess only gets in the way of our getting what we need. This can fuel a vicious cycle of over-eating. This season is prime time to break that cycle and invite ourselves to experience the satisfaction of enough. Learning this now can recalibrate our habits for many months.
Basically, what we take in needs to match what we need. Reciprocity between us and our surroundings. Nothing else is sustainable. We need to tune up this balance in this Harvest season. If we don’t, we pay the price with illness in the Fall and Winter.
Gratitude, generosity, thoughtfulness and integrity show up when we find this balance. The Chinese character for integrity is a picture of a mouth speaking next to a figure of a person. When what we say matches who we are in every cell, we call this integrity.
I say we’re being called to develop this more than ever this year, in surroundings where integrity has been, as we say, “Showing up missing.”
We can only do this one bit – or bite – at a time. Our harvest this year is varied and complex. We can all benefit from tuning up how we draw from it our Sustenance for the Journey.
Cynthia Zanti Jabs, L.Ac., has practiced Acupuncture and Medical Qi Gong for two decades. She can be reached at her Ruscombe Mansion office by calling 443-226-6626
People feel stressed when too much is going on to comfortably deal with or they feel a sense of anxiety/danger. The key to stress management is creating a sense that you are on top of things and that it’s okay to relax. What are some good ways to get started dealing with stress? Continue reading “Take Charge Of Stress”
With the warm weather, Ruscombe has been getting out in the community. Visitors have been enjoying our cafe lunch outside on the grounds, and Rebekah Montgomery, massage therapist, arranged the Granola Gathering to make bags for the homeless.
Ruscombe Practitioner Diane Finlayson, and Ruscombe Central Office Coordinator Helen Baylin providing information in service to our Community at the Waldorf School of Baltimore Holiday Fair.
One of many reasons for silence around sexual trauma has been a lack of tools to heal these injuries. Emergency room physicians can brilliantly patch up physical wounds. But until recently, the longterm effects of traumatic injuries were barely recognized, much less addressed. Especially for sexual trauma. With no healing in sight, these wounds remained hidden. And they festered – as any wound will thats sealed before its healed. Girls, especially, learned to follow Miss Manners’ prime rule: “If there’s nothing to be done about if, there’s nothing to be said about it.” Continue reading “Healing Sexual Trauma – Beyond ‘Me Too’”
This year’s Open House featured:
– Free sampling of delicious and healing recipes
– The chance to talk informally with practitioners in relaxed setting
– Free demos of healing modalities
– Sample yoga-Featuring a Panel discussion to introduce you to our practitioners
– and more!
Continue reading “Open House 2011”
President Nixon declared war on cancer 40 years ago by signing the National Cancer Act of 1971. The goal is to “eradicate cancer by 2015”. We are far from achieving this goal. Research in and approach to cancer is limited to cut, burn, and poison. Two major aspects are missing: integrating CAM (detoxification, addressing the internal environment with nutrition, lifestyle changes, etc) and spirituality.
Life with cancer is a battle. Either you fight a battle as a hero and attack without a plan, and come out victorious or die, or you carefully prepare yourself for battle by finding out everything you can about your enemy and amass the best army there is. Continue reading “The Being of Cancer”
This article was prepared as collaboration between practitioners at the Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center in Baltimore. To learn more, attend our annual free Open House event, September 18, 2011.
As we “listen to your story” at Ruscombe, we find that depression is a common complaint, often affecting people with chronic health conditions. But when depression is the sole condition, it can also be severely debilitating. One practitioner described it as walking through molasses. Your body can feel so heavy, you struggle simply to move, much less motivate yourself to follow advice on how to alleviate your depression. Continue reading “What to Do When Feeling Blue: Ruscombe Round Table on Depression”
I just finished reading “The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England” by Ian Mortimer. Boy, am I glad that I live here and now! In medieval England life was violent, sexist, boxed in a rigid and unfair class and legal system, traveling was a life threatening adventure, and sickness was deadly.
Only the lords and ladies could afford hygiene, i.e. baths on a regular basis. Although public bath houses existed, their services were more for pleasure than cleanliness and extended to more intimate encounters than water and body and therefore their contribution to health and hygiene were dubious. Continue reading “Medicine then, now, and in the future”
Recently I visited family and friends in Switzerland and Italy. It was a true vacation: great company, great food, great weather, and great scenery. I returned to Baltimore with new energy and 4 more pounds of–no, not luggage–body weight. This did dampen my spirit a little considering the already annoying extra pounds that have piled up around my waist after andropause.
Therefore I decided to lose weight. Continue reading “The Power of Losing Weight”
Tetanus or lockjaw is an awful disease. It is due to contaminated wounds and causes muscle spasms that affect the jaws, extremities, back, abdomen, and diaphragm, making breathing difficult. Without treatment, one out of four infected people dies.
In WW1 many soldiers died of tetanus. Clostridium tetani, the bug that causes tetanus, only survives in anaerobic (no oxygen) conditions deep in the soil. The soldiers in WW1 dug deep trenches, fought in them for months, were malnourished, many had dysentery or trench foot, and injuries from gunshot or shells penetrated deeply. Furthermore wound care was non-existent. Continue reading “Tetanus”
Some of the most important items in your First Aid kit* are mental tricks. Practicing the ability to stay calm and rational will aid you in any emergency.
Here is a new memory trick to help you save a life if you suspect someone near you is having a stroke. Response time is extremely important with a stroke, and a delay can mean the difference between full recovery and severe brain damage. Continue reading “A Memory Aid for Stroke First Aid – “F.A.S.T.””
Many people are concerned about not getting enough protein in their diet. Many people believe that a high protein diet helps them lose weight. Many people believe it is necessary to supplement their diet with protein powder to get the essential amino acids. These are all myths! Continue reading “Protein Myths”