Dealing with “Stress Overwhelm”

Dr. Rick has recently coined the term “stress overwhelm” which is an inclusive term for a number of fancy psychiatric diagnoses, such as depression, anxiety and panic attacks, anger and rage outbursts. He proposes certain nutrients to alleviate these conditions, but there are also many other remedies, more helpful than medication and no side effects.

What are some of these remedies?  Yoga is one of the best.  It can give you short-term relief from stress and long-term, a more peaceful and balanced life.  The key is to find the right level class for you, one that is easily within your current capacity so you don’t get “stressed out” trying to do difficult new things.  We have yoga for all levels.  Gentle hatha yoga is a mat practice, but very simple and easy for almost everyone.  If you prefer to do it in your own home, we have a DVD, “Yoga for You”.  This can also be downloaded directly from the internet if you don’t want a DVD.  Contact me for how to do this.  The most relaxing gentle yoga class is Restorative, a practice in which you are lying on the floor with props for support and holding each posture 5 -7 minutes.  Extremely stress-relieving!  Once a month we do Restorative plus Reiki (R & R), where Rosalie is assisted by a Reiki Master who attends to each student.  There is also chair yoga, for those who can’t get down and up off the floor easily.  This is a shared class with my colleague, Carol Oveross.  In the summer we have aqua yoga, delightful on a 90 degree day.  It is great for people with mobility challenges.  The final relaxation is either floating, supported by 2 foam noodles or in the hot tub.  This summer, aqua yoga will be at the Sedona Shadows pool, from June through September.

One of the great things about yoga is the emphasis on control of the breath.  Doing various breathing practices (with our without a yoga class) gives you instant connection to your autonomic system, enabling you to change your mood and balance your energies.   Deep diaphragmatic breathing is very calming.  Using the “ocean-sounding breath” (ujjayi, in Sanskrit) is a non-verbal signal to your body/mind to relax.  You can just feel the adrenaline leaving your body.  Alternate nostril breathing is great to prepare for a good night’s sleep.  All these are taught regularly in yoga classes, or you can have a coaching session with me to learn the proper technique.  If you don’t live in the local area, we can meet by Skype.  Breath control is essential to quiet your mind for meditation.

While you’re doing all this relaxing breathing, the addition of aromatherapy adds even more in controlling stress overwhelm.  Young Living has an oil blend called “Stress Away.”  It is a blend of lime, vanilla, copaiba and lavender, bringing a warm, relaxing tropical scent, like an instant vacation, very mentally uplifting.  It comes in a roll-on or a regular drip bottle and is recommended for diffusing during yoga and meditation.  Ann Blake-Tracy, an expert on getting people weaned off psychotropic medications, uses essential oils in all her treatment protocols.  Other blends, Peace and Calming is great for deepening your sleep and Valor is wonderful for anxiety, even performance anxiety.  Our daughter who is a competitive dancer, puts Valor on her feet before performing and says it’s very helpful.

Another useful idea to consider is that of the Inner Judge, that part of your mind that judges and criticizes you relentlessly.  That can add greatly to your inner distress.  Just knowing that everybody has this can be helpful in decreasing its power.  For more info  we have a book “Shrinking the Judge,” and an ebook “How to Free the Inner Child.”  See our Books page on this website.

Some other things I’ll just mention briefly are Magnesium and herbs.  With Magnesium (Mg), sometimes it’s a challenge to get enough into your system without upsetting your digestion.  We have a time release Mg that works well.  There’s also liquid, a product called Calm, which can be sipped all day long and Epsom Salts, which you can soak in and your skin will absorb it.  There are also lotion and cream forms of Mg.  The best herb is Ashwaganda, which can be used straight, in tablets, or as a combination pill, called Stress Relief, by the Shaklee company.  We either carry all these products or can help you obtain them, so please ask.  While you are balancing your minerals with Dr. Rick, there’s no need to suffer the effects of Stress Overwhelm when so many good techniques and products are available.  Just ask us!

Nutritional Balancing and Yoga – how they connect

Rosalie Malter, M.A., E-RYT 500
January, 2016

Yoga is a way of life, not just an exercise system. All aspects of yoga work towards balance, which is the definition of physical and mental health. The movement/exercise aspect of yoga is called hatha yoga. “Ha” or sun energy and “tha” or moon energy are joined via yoga, which means “to yoke”.
Yoga philosophy includes the “four fountains,” our basic drives for food, sleep sex and self-preservation. In the recommendations regarding food there is discussion of the different tastes: sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter and astringent. In our culture, sweet and salty tastes predominate, but the full variety of tastes is necessary for a balanced diet. When one eats this full variety of tastes he/she is more likely to consume a full range of nutrients. Of course this advice was more valid hundreds of years ago, when the soils were not yet depleted. Today, in addition to healthy and balanced diets, balancing of nutrients requires supplementation.
Both yoga and nutritional balancing (NB) contribute to stress management, essential in handling our modern high stress lifestyles. Yoga contributes to stress management by utilizing slow stretching and holding that stretch to relax muscles, and deep diaphragmatic breathing to calm the nervous system. If a student has low energy, other yoga postures can be rejuvenating or stimulating, bringing the energy more towards a balanced state. Pranayama practice (various breath control techniques) can be either calming or stimulating also, always working towards balance.
NB, as guided by hair Trace Mineral Analysis (TMA) can help balance the autonomic nervous system also. Sympathetic (the alarm system) and parasympathetic (rest and digest). Rest and digest sounds more ideal, but too much parasympathetic input can lead to burn-out and low energy. It’s a delicate balancing act, just like some yoga balance postures.

NB proceeds by looking at mineral ratios. Some of these ratios can affect ability to do yoga postures. For example, copper (Cu) contributes to flexibility, so a low Zn/Cu ratio, which can have many negative health repercussions, also increases ability to do postures that require flexibility.

Often students get muscle cramps while doing yoga postures. Usually that is an indication of a high calcium/magnesium (Ca/Mg) ratio, as Ca causes muscle contraction and Mg causes muscle relaxation. As a yoga teacher, I always suggest students get a hair TMA test if they are getting a lot of cramping in class. Invariably they show up with a low Mg or a high Ca/Mg ratio. High Ca/Mg is also associated with sugar cravings, which upsets the taste balance mentioned above.
Ideally, having a balanced lifestyle in these stressful times would include a yoga practice (including meditation) and an NB regimen, guided by hair TMA with a knowledgeable practitioner.

For more information on yoga and health coaching, contact Rosalie Malter, M.A., E-RYT 500, at royoga@cableone.net or look on the website www.malterinstitute.org.

Nutrient Mineral Patterns: Everyone Has One

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Even though the vital importance of nutrient minerals has been known for decades, for most people, information about minerals has been fragmented and limited. Calcium and sodium are familiar to most people. However, most people are unaware that nutrient minerals are closely interrelated with each other and help to regulate vital health functions — the stress response, heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, blood sugar. nerve transmissions, muscle tone, and energy production within cells.
Forty years ago, my mineral mentors, Drs. Paul Eck and David Watts, began their research into nutrient minerals that were measured in a hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA). What they quickly discovered is that the nutrient minerals appear in distinct patterns within a HTMA. In other words, the minerals don’t deposit randomly in the hair follicles. They deposit in meaningful patterns that are closely related to a person’s health condition. The most basic HTMA patterns have to do with a person’s metabolic type — fast or slow. These HTMA patterns are closely related to how a person is impacted by stress. These HTMA patterns also relate to a person’s capacity to produce energy without which, life is a struggle.
Everyone has a nutrient mineral pattern that is easily determined by a HTMA. The extensive HTMA research of Drs. Eck and Watts led them to recognize that nutrient mineral balances were especially important for supporting good health. They also learned that these vital balances can be easily thrown off, increasing a person’s risk for a deterioration of their healthy functioning. Eck and Watts learned that a HTMA could reveal a person’s mineral imbalances that put their health at risk. They also learned that the HTMA could serve as a guide to choosing dietary supplements that could help a person to restore better mineral balances. As vital minerals came into better balance, healthier progress was likely to occur. A person’s energy capacity would increase and they would experience more resilience in dealing with stress in life.

The HTMA research of Eck and Watts took nutrition science to a whole new level.  HTMA patterns and the changes in HTMA patterns over time led them to a much clearer understanding of how these vital nutrient minerals operated within the mind/body’s system.  It became evident that a radical change was needed in thinking about nutrition in general and minerals in particular.   The history of science shows that such fundamental changes in concepts and paradigms are very difficult to bring about.  This is why HTMA still is not widely used.  It requires careful study and an open mind.  Here at the Malter Institute, we have developed the knowledge and expertise to train people to understand and effectively utilize HTMA test results for their own personal use or for their patients and clients.

 

Minerals and Good Health: Sorting It All Out

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Most people are familiar with some minerals. Calcium is well known. So is sodium. Both often appear on the “nutrition facts” list of many food products. But why just limit mineral information to only one or two minerals? How often do you see magnesium listed among the “nutrition facts” lists on a food or beverage package? Or copper? Or potassium?  Who determined which minerals to list and which ones to omit?  What was the thinking or lack of thinking behind such a policy?

Thirty-five years ago, in 1980, I learned the importance of minerals when I was in a severe stress “burn-out” — no energy, mind in a fog, unable to think clearly or to function well.   My medical doctors were baffled.  Their standard blood tests showed nothing of significance.  Fortunately, for me, I had a good friend and colleague, Ken Candelaria, Ph.D., who knew something about minerals and, especially, hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA).  He urged me to get a hair mineral analysis.  When he got the results, he found a simple explanation for my health woes.  Magnesium was so deficient, it short-circuited my energy production, crashed my blood sugar levels, and put me at grave risk for a heart attack.

I started on magnesium and other supplements.  Gradually, I re-built my vital magnesium reserves, re-built my energy pathways, and restored my health and vitality.  I have since learned how vital minerals are to supporting good health and energy, especially magnesium and copper.  The HTMA is a powerful lab test to assess a person’s mineral status and balances.  The HTMA also provides us with a broader and deeper understanding of how our mineral system works to support good energy and health.  The HTMA hits the nutrition bull’s eye.