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Interview with Nutritionist, Sara Vance, from Rebalance Life

Interview with Nutritionist, Sara Vance, from Rebalance Life
Interview with Nutritionist, Sara Vance, from Rebalance Life

“…Our symptoms are clues to what is happening deeper…”

I had the pleasure of interviewing Sara Vance, certified nutritionist from Rebalance Life. I came across her very informative television segments on Fox 5 in San Diego, California and also recently read her book, “The Perfect Metabolism Plan.” I truly appreciate her approach to wellness and I would like to share some of her insights. Read the rest of this entry

Interview With Angela Peterson Winter, Holistic Voice Teacher

Interview With Angela Peterson Winter, Holistic Voice Teacher
Interview With Angela Peterson Winter, Holistic Voice Teacher

“…Know what excites you, what you won’t tolerate, what your priorities are…”

I believe that our lives and experiences provide us with a wealth of information. Some of this information helps us to blossom and grow, while some of it can keep us stuck and stagnant. And sometimes we need help from a teacher or a facilitator to help get those ‘stuck’ things unstuck. I had the pleasure of interviewing holistic voice teacher, Angela Peterson Winter, and she shared with me her approach to teaching the whole person in her voice studio. She melds classical vocal training with a systems-based method that looks at cultivating the entire singer and not just the voice.

Endeavoring to merge technique and a nurtured spirit, she saw her students blossom right before her eyes. She shares her philosophy of teaching holistically, and how spirituality is an integral part of who we are. Read the rest of this entry

Is Osteopathy Right For You? Dr. Jeffery Groesbeck, D.O., Discusses The Benefits

Is Osteopathy Right For You? Dr. Jeffery Groesbeck, D.O., Discusses The Benefits
Is Osteopathy Right For You? Dr. Jeffery Groesbeck, D.O., Discusses The Benefits

I discovered osteopathy when my husband started his medical training at an osteopathic medical school in the United States.  At that time, he explained to me the differences between allopathic medical doctors and osteopathic medical doctors, but it wasn’t until I experienced care under an osteopathic physician that I truly understood the benefits of osteopathic medicine.

Osteopathic medicine began at the end of the 1800s with Dr. Andrew Taylor Still as a rejection of the standard care at the time.  He noticed that patients were often not getting better and in some cases were even being harmed with the traditional allopathic medical practices being used during that period.

Dr. Still believed that the body had an innate ability to heal on its own and he called the system he developed osteopathy. He incorporated the use of manual manipulation of bones and joints as one of his methods for treating patients.

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Teacher and Singer, Amy Cheifetz, Discusses The “Cornelius Reid Technique”

Teacher and Singer, Amy Cheifetz, Discusses The “Cornelius Reid Technique”
Teacher and Singer, Amy Cheifetz, Discusses The “Cornelius Reid Technique”

If you have followed my blog then you know that I tend towards the ‘alternative.’  This tendency towards the ‘alternative’, however, is almost always borne out of frustration or necessity.  If I have tried something that is more conventional and it doesn’t work then I try to find a new way or a way that works for me.

This tendency has expressed itself in my singing, as well.  I had (and, still do to some degree) struggled for years with certain technical problems that my teachers in my undergraduate university and then graduate school could not ‘fix.’ I continued to sing and was able to get some work professionally but these technical problems continued to haunt me and hindered my ability to express myself.  If art is a means of expressing oneself, I found myself only able to express so far. Read the rest of this entry

Learning About Essential Oils With Jessica Snyder

Learning About Essential Oils With Jessica Snyder
Learning About Essential Oils With Jessica Snyder

I’m always on the lookout for ways to treat everyday problems and illnesses with natural remedies.  I love blogging and being connected to a community of people who are interested in the same things that I am.  One natural remedy that has cropped up from time to time for me has been essential oils.  I never knew much about them other than using them to scent a bath or in a home fragrance warmer.  I didn’t think that they had medicinal properties.

I’ve started to read more about them on blogs and other places, as well.  But, the turning point for me to dig a little deeper was when a friend (who was not into natural remedies at all) recently invested in a large stash of essential oils to treat some of her medical problems.  She’s always been very committed to more traditional modalities so when I heard she was using these, I decided this was worth me delving into them to learn a bit more.
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A Chat With Innovative Chef, Casey Angelova

A Chat With Innovative Chef, Casey Angelova
A Chat With Innovative Chef, Casey Angelova

I love to eat!  And, I love to eat good, real food.  My interviewee, Casey Angelova loves real food, too, and it was one of the things that inspired her to become a chef.  I love to eat but I also like to understand the nutrition behind food because I believe it’s the key to health and longevity.  And, for those who may not already be aware, I live in Bulgaria while my husband finishes medical school.  Some might say that we live…well…an unorthodox life.  I suppose, we do.  I’m ok with that.  While my husband’s medical aspirations brought us here, I manage to keep myself busy and engaged no matter where we are.  My interests and passions have led me to meet some wonderfully unique and interesting people along the way.

This brings me to Casey Angelova.  Casey (despite her foreign sounding last name) is actually an American.  She married a brawny Bulgarian guy whom she met while living in the United States.  They got married and shortly after moved to Bulgaria with their daughters in search of a different way of life.  I sat down with Casey not too long ago and it resulted in an interview!  Here’s what Casey and I talked about.
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Interview With Chef, Casey Angelova

Interview With Chef, Casey Angelova
Interview With Chef, Casey Angelova

1.  Casey, you’ve been living in Bulgaria now for how many years? 

5 years, 6 next November.

2.  What brought you here? (I know this but the readers will want to know!)

I have been living in Bulgaria since November 2006.  My husband and I wanted to provide a different life for ourselves and our children that was not available to us in the US.
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Interview With Green Living Expert, Annie B. Bond

Interview With Green Living Expert, Annie B. Bond

Interview with Annie B. Bond

1. How did you first become interested in green living?

To put my husband through graduate school I waitressed at night and tried to do art during the day. Here came the event that changed my life: There was a gas leak at the restaurant where I worked and it sent 80 people to the hospital. I got what they said was permanent central nervous system damage, although this was 1980 and nobody knew quite what or how to diagnose such a thing. The next thing that happened was that our apartment building was exterminated with a pesticide that is taken off the market because it was so neurotoxic. Given my gas injury, this did me in, at the time. We know now that I had classic organophosphate pesticide poisoning, but back then Read the rest of this entry

Interview With Health Counselor – Davina Sanders

Interview With Health Counselor – Davina Sanders

1. I have so many questions to ask you! Ok, first, how did you become interested in nutrition?

My unofficial training began as a young child with an extremely health conscious mother; we always joked around, calling her our family ‘medicine woman.’  However, it was those sometimes oddly wholesome looking dishes that mom placed on our dinner table that had such a profound effect on my path to becoming a Holistic Health Coach. As I grew, I realized how convoluted and conflicting the subject of nutrition can appear.  Thus began my journey for the truth about health and wellness.  In my mid twenties, after I had received a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University, I found myself always offering nutrition advice to family, friends and co-workers. It didn’t take me long to realize that this was indeed my passion and that I needed to make it official.
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