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.
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”
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”
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”
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 . . .
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!
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.”
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’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.
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”
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”
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.
– 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.
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”
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”
Around the Ruscombe Table last month we were talking about ASTHMA. Here is a summary of how eleven of the 21 practitioners at Ruscombe answered the question: “How would you treat a child or an adult who came to you with asthma?”Continue reading “Asthma Round Table Discussion”
“Row, Row, Row Your Boat” is a popular English nursery rhyme, often sung as a round. The tune is credited to Eliphalet Oram Lyte (1842-1913) in the publication The Franklin Square Song Collection (1881, New York). Lyte was a teacher and author of grammar and composition textbooks. He lived in Lancaster County and taught in Millersville, Pennsylvania. Continue reading “River of Life”
What Baltimore landmark connects William Penn, William Donald Schaefer, Leon Fleischer, Barbara Mikulski, and one of Baltimore’s “Top Docs” for 2008? Answer: The Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center, which in September celebrates its 25th year as a holistic center at 4801 Yellowwood Avenue in northwest Baltimore. Continue reading “25 Years of Healthy Intentions: Ruscombe Marks a Milestone”
There is this children’s picture book series about a magic school bus taking a class and her teacher to various places like the solar system, inside a volcano, a beehive, and the human body. I read the human body book. I remember the colorful pictures, the funny comments (at least for somebody who thinks 3rd grade jokes are funny), the logical flow of the book: food is eaten, digested, absorbed; air is inhaled, oxygen is used carbondioxyde is eliminated, etc. I still remember this because it left me with a sense of void. Here is a funny description of a human body dissected into organs that perform biochemical processes. This leaves no room for wonder, magic, awe. Continue reading “This Awesome Body”
Last winter I gained 10 lbs. I could not blame it on age, genetics, prescription medication, hormonal changes, or other illnesses. It was as clear as spring water: I ate too much and exercised too little. That nice tasting winter lager in front of the fireplace, that wine that goes along with a good meal (alcohol has 7 calories/gram, compared to protein and carbs, which have 4/g), the sweets during the holidays and less physical activity due to snow contributed to my stately gain. Continue reading “Fight the Flap – Befriend the Famine”
It’s the time again to get your vaccine shot. At least this is the message that you hear from everybody who cares about you – or your wallet. I went straight to the source to get the facts, or so I hoped. I went to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Website (www.cdc.gov) Continue reading “Much ado about nothing: The flu vaccine myths”
We hope you had a chance to attend this year’s Ruscombe Mansion Open House, Sunday September 13, from 1-4 PM. Our Open Houses are a great time to meet all our practitioners informally and learn about natural healing therapies. Continue reading “Ruscombe Mansion 2009 Open House”
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This summer I attended several bicycle events. Besides having my bicycle finely tuned (I love to hear a clean “click” when shifting gears instead of a grinding noise) my main concerns are my stamina and preventing muscle spasms from lactic acid build up.
During these bicycle events the organizers offer a variety of snacks and energy drinks at the rest stops. Except for the fruits, all of them contain either table sugar or corn syrup, which I avoid because they are mineral robbers and acidify the body. Some drinks are carbonated. I do not know who would go for them: either you burp or you bicycle. I challenge you to take deep breaths and burp at the same time! Continue reading “Do-It-Yourself Energy Drink”
Last week a mother called me during my call-in hours. Her 14 year old daughter had a rash that looked like a spider bite. She went to a walk-in clinic where they cultured it. The result came back MRSA positive. She was very upset and in tears about this diagnosis.
What is happening?
Because of excessive use of antibiotics the number of drug-resistant bacteria is growing rapidly. How often do we hear from the doctor: “It’s viral but to prevent a superimposed bacterial infection take this antibiotic.”? Researchers estimate that half of all antibiotics prescribed are unnecessary. Continue reading “MRSA – How bad is it really?”
According to Wikipedia “The Codex Alimentarius (Latin for “food code” or “food book”) is a collection of internationally recognized standards, codes of practice, guidelines and other recommendations relating to foods, food production and food safety under the aegis of consumer protection. These texts are developed and maintained by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, a body that was established in 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the World Health Organization (WHO). The Commission’s main aims are stated as being to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in the international food trade. The Codex Alimentarius is recognized by the World Trade Organization as an international reference point for the resolution of disputes concerning food safety and consumer protection.” Doesn’t this sound great? “Food safety, consumer protection, fair trade…” And look who is behind this reference work: respectable institutions like WHO, UN, WTO! Where can I sign to support this honorable 40 plus year project? Continue reading “Codex what?”
In my early 20’s I ventured off to Japan. As a recent graduate from art school in Philadelphia, I knew I needed to travel to complete my education. This was, of course, something only I understood, so naturally it came as a big surprise to my family and friends when I told them I was going to Kyoto, Japan. It turned into an even bigger surprise when my three-month study evolved into four years of inner and outer exploration. One of the many lessons I learned was to stop, listen, and allow silence in conversation. Continue reading “Stop and Listen: Allowing Silence in Conversation”
We hear daily news about global warming, natural and man-made disasters affecting our environment. How can we live a healthy life in an ever more polluted environment? We feel enraged but powerless. Where should we start to clean up? What about where we have control: Inside and around the house: get rid of chemicals, clutter, recycle, etc?
Then we are ready to clean up the next environment, our internal environment: the body’s pH, oxidative stress, cholesterol, toxins, etc. This entails a wholesome diet, regular exercise, regular sleep pattern, creative work and free time. We do have control over these things but it takes more will to implement them. Continue reading “The Three Environments”
When I was 35 I gave birth to my first child. Her father was only 26 years old. We were both active in martial arts practices and the healing practices of shiatsu and qi gong. Her father, Marcus, was devoted to the Taoist concept and practice of conditioning your body to become immortal. He was strong, healthy, and was confident he was here on this earth walk for a long time. Marcus explained to me he was too aware to become a victim, believing that accidents only happen when one allows oneself to become a victim. He was creating his reality and his life purpose was to help anyone in need-plant, animal or person. I was happily finding security in believing in this approach to life. My brothers had each died suddenly years before and Marcus’ certainty was secretly comforting to me. Continue reading “Choosing Joy and Fearlessness”
Glenn F. Ivey, State’s Attorney in Prince George’s County, issued summons to more than 2300 parents of children who had not provided certificates of immunization for their children. Parents were told to appear in Court on Saturday, November 17, 2007 and to subject their children to on-the-spot state-mandated vaccines or face imprisonment.
Parents who ignored the court’s demands were threatened with a $50 fine for every day their child is out of compliance or up to 10 days in jail. These children had been barred from attending school since September 20, the deadline for meeting the requirements. Continue reading “Mandatory Medicine”
Pianist Leon Fleisher has the most famous right hand in contemporary symphonic music. “It is famous because for more than 30 years it has not worked,” says Johns Hopkins Magazine (Nov. ‘95) in an article about Fleisher’s first successful comeback. For the past 30 years Fleisher has continued performing concerts for the left hand, but not until he began working with Tessy Brungardt, a Certified Advanced Rolfer at The Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center in Baltimore, did his right hand become strong enough for him to confidently return to the stage and the repertoire for two hands. Continue reading “The Holistic Connection to “Two Hands””
Osteopathy is a hands-on approach to health maintenance. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.’s) treat with manipulation to assist the inherent healing forces of the body, allowing normal structure and function to be maintained. Osteopaths focus on health, not disease, and strive to build health in our patients. We consider diet, exercise, physical and emotional stresses, genetic, environmental and occupational factors, and the history of that life, from conception to the present. We look at the body structure from head to feet. With perceptive, feeling fingers we identify areas where structure has been disturbed and recognize how the body’s self correcting mechanism is responding. In addition to recommending or prescribing medications, diet, exercise, counseling or surgery where indicated, we treat with manipulation. Continue reading “What is Osteopathy?”
A healthy, strong functioning colon is essential to maintaining good health. Over time, your colon may lose its ability to properly eliminate all waste from the gastrointestinal tract due to a combination of poor diet, improper food combining, drug intake and or lifestyle. If this happens, the colon may become saturated with harmful toxins. And through a process called “autointoxication”, these toxic substances can be transported into the bloodstream where the lymphatic and circulatory systems, as well as the lungs and kidneys, become overburdened and expos you to serious health risks. Continue reading “March is Colon Awareness Month”
The heart is the mental/emotional center of the body. Many alternative medical practitioners believe the mind is where heart disease begins.
Here are some foods to help maintain a healthy heart.
– Oyster shells (in the form of oyster shell calcium)
– Whole grains such as whole wheat, brown rice, and oats to calm the mind and the heart
– Mushrooms (reshi, shitake) improve cerebral function and nurture the heart, soothe the spirit and calm the mind.
– Fruits such as mulberries, schisandra berries and lemons
– Chamomile, catnip, skullcap or valerian to calm the nervous system and aide with insomnia.
Spirit-focusing practices such as meditation, yoga, prayer and reciting mantras help play a vital role in heart health as well.
This time of year many of us are sleep deprived. Holiday shopping and preparations, family visiting or we are flying /driving for vacation time, tend to make getting the correct amount of sleep difficult. Eating on the run or different cuisine can be hard on our bodies.
Did you know that certain blood pressure medication, over-the-counter cold drugs and other medicines can cause poor sleep. So can caffeine, alcohol and nicotine. Too little sleep or poor-quality sleep can increase your risk of weight gain or diabetes. Did you know that roughly half of adults older than 65 have some form of sleep disorder? Continue reading “January is Sleep Awareness Month”
Although the stereotypical holiday images are full of firesides and warmth and joy, they truth is quite the opposite for many people. For those who have experienced a recent loss of a loved one or a divorce, the traditions of the holidays bring it all flooding back, no matter how many years have passed. Others get depressed after maxing their credit cards and the thought of facing the bills in the New Year. And everyone knows the stress of trying to squeeze more and more into their already busy days in order to live up to the family traditions requiring baking, wrapping, shopping, entertaining, etc. Continue reading “December is Depression Awareness Month”
Our annual community outreach event offered free presentations and demonstrations to our friends and neighbors introducing them to our healing arts. We enjoyed an uplifting day of fellowship and delicious, healthy snacks provided by our mostly-vegetarian chef, the Itinerant Cook. We indulged with yoga by the lily pond and nourished your wellness at the Ruscombe Mansion Open House. Continue reading “Ruscombe Mansion Open House Sunday, October 8, 2006 Was an Inspiring Success!”
There is a meaning, a message in any illness that we need to understand in order to heal. When we contemplate on the essence of an illness, we come to the deeper meaning of it. The most characteristic trait of cancer is absolute freedom. Cancer cells do not obey any laws set forth by the human body: they multiply without restriction, they take all the nutrients and oxygen they want, and they travel to any organ at will. Continue reading “The Deeper (Spiritual) Meaning of Cancer”
Structural Integration is a system of manual therapy and awareness education which is designed to create greater freedom of movement, improve posture and reduce stress by easing chronic patterns of strain in the body. Continue reading “Rolfing® Structural Integration”
Integrative medicine combines the best of Western and holistic medicine. Western medicine aims to cure. Holistic medicine’s goal is to heal. Webster’s definition of cure is “recovery or relief from a disease” and healing is “restoring integrity, making whole.” Continue reading “Integrative Medicine”
The adrenals are hormonally active glands that sit on top of your kidneys. They decide how your body reacts to physical and/or psychological stress, to fight or flight. The main symptoms of adrenal stress are inconstant changes in energy, mood, sleep patterns, appetite, etc.: One moment you feel ok – the next you feel drained. A typical story goes like this: “I feel ok after my first cup of coffee, however in the early afternoon and evening I feel miserable like somebody turned a switch, then after 9:00 pm I get a second wind and cannot fall asleep.” Since hormone levels change during the day it is impossible to follow their pattern by a single blood test – therefore the diagnosis of adrenal stress is often missed (“all your test results came back negative – I will refer you to a psychiatrist”). However, clinical symptoms, objective physical signs like labile blood pressure, serial saliva testing and serial temperature readings during the day will confirm the diagnosis. Treatment options range from homeopathy, herbs, and glandular extracts to natural hormones. More information on http://www.drrind.com; http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com. Continue reading “Adrenal Stress and Healing Spirits”