Healing: Body, Mind, Spirit

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Upcoming Events

  • Book signing and lecture in Santa Barbara

    2014-03-13 07:00:00 at Granada Books

    Join me at the fabulous Granada Books on State St in Santa Barbara for light refreshments, ways to reduce your stress and all my books. Looking forward to sharing my stress-busting tips with you.

  • Santa Barbara Women's Festival

    2014-03-08 10:00:00 at Earl Warren Showgrounds

    Join me as MC for part of the phenomenal Women's Festival. I'll be there throughout the day so come and enjoy the great exhibitors and phenomenal speakers.

Health Tips from Kathy Gruver

  • Avoid GMOs for better health

    We are hearing more and more about genetically modified food. It might seem controversial, but I'm here to tell you they are unhealthy and should be avoided. The 3 most commonly GM crops are corn, soy and cotton, usually found in processed and packaged foods. So, high fructose corn syrup, cottonseed oil, soy protein...all that fake meat...usually GMO unless labeled organic. GMOs have NOT been properly tested and we don't know longterm how they are going to affect us. And at the very least, since we've begun using GM farming practices, pesticide, herbicide and fungicide use has increased by about 5 million tons. That alone is reason to be concerned. My advice...steer clear.

  • Not tonight honey. Headache?

    In my experience, if you wake up with the headache, chances are you were grinding your teeth at night or clenching your jaw. Try massaging your jaw and temples and see if the headache doesn't subside. Or seek out a professional massage. Also look at the stresses in your life and see if maybe some relaxation might be called for.

  • Experiencing Acid Reflux or GERD?

    Often GERD is not caused by too much stomach acid, but actually too little, called hypochlorhydria. So what you're actually burping up is not stomach acid, but food that hasn't been digested fully and released into the small intestines. Short term, acid reducers may help, but what we should actually be doing is INCREASING the acid. You can do that with acid supplementation, but often taking apple cider vinegar with meals will help the problem go away. Try it and good luck!

  • Weekly video health tips

    Stay up to date with my weekly video health tips. These range in length from 90 seconds to 2 1/2 minutes. Something you want to learn about? Let me know and I'll do a video for it. http://www.youtube.com/drkathygruver

  • Stave off osteoporosis

    Many women are concerned about bone health. If you're a soda drinker you may have even more to be worried about. Soda is high in phosporus which leeches calcium from the bones. This is especially bad for young girls when the bone is growing, strengthening and setting up the future of its health. So please, eliminate soda for better bone health.

  • Affected by cancer?

    All of our lives have been touched by cancer. Read my latest article to find out how to prevent it and what to do if you've been diagnosed. http://qualityoflifemagazine.com/Cancer.html

  • Pain in the butt?

    Sciatica is a common condition. Sometimes it's simply caused by a tight piriformis, the muscle that runs through the gluteal region. Often massage on this area can loosen the muscle and take the pressure off the sciatic nerve. Give it a try.

  • Calcium, smalcium, where's my magnesium?

    We are calcium happy in this society. And I'm not saying we don't need it. But I think magnesium is more important and keep a giant bottle of it in the house. It's helpful for muscle spasms, headaches, menstrual and muscle cramps, mood, sleep and PMS? And we need it for the calcium to be absorbed. Who can ask for anything more?

  • But it was supposed to help...

    We are a society that relies heavily on prescription drugs and they can be very beneficial in many circumstances. But they can also cause myriad side effects. These new illnesses caused by the treatment of the first illness is known as iatrogenic disease. Examine the prescriptions that you take and know what side effects might be caused by them. And if a new condition develops as a result of taking a prescription, make sure you tell your doctor. I would never advise anyone to stop taking a prescription, but I do advise you to know your body and talk to your physician if either the drug is not effective or if it's causing further problems.

  • Speak your mind

    The last radio interview I did talked about the benefits of massage, but what we ended up speaking about was being clear in your communication with the therapist. They should always listen to your instruction, especially regarding pressure. If something is uncomfortable or doesn't feel right to you, please, please, please, tell your therapist!!!!

  • Breath Free

    The seasons are about to change and the weather, in most parts of the country is about to turn cold. It's a time that the sinuses might need some extra help. Try washing out your nasal passages with a neti pot. The neti pot looks like a miniature teapot and uses saline solution to clean and soothe and the nose. Acupuncture is a great modality for preparing for the change of seasons. Go now, to start preparing for fall and winter weather changes. And have a healthy day!

  • Feel like a cat

    I find that when my body is feeling achy, often times it's just trying to get rid of toxins. Use a dry brush before your shower (brush the limbs towards the heart) and feel like a kitten. Use a natural salt or sugar scrub in the shower to top off the cleansing experience. Luxurious AND healthy!

  • Had a bit too much?

    If you found that you overindulged in either food or drink, try taking the homeopathic Nux Vomica. I found it great for that over-do-it feeling. Take it before you go to bed and wake up feeling not quite so bad. Don't forget plenty of water!

  • Got milk? Think again.

    I usually recommend that my clients cut out dairy, specifically milk. It is loaded full of hormones and antibiotics and is not as nutritious after being processed. If you need calcium and other minerals they can be gotten through increased consumption of veggies like spinach. I see many children suffering from chronic ear infections. Try taking them off cow's milk to see if it clears up.

  • Men. Low back pain?

    I see many men in my office complaing of low back and hip pain. Make sure you're not sitting on your wallet. It can throw your whole body out of balance. Keep in your briefcase, desk drawer or in your front pocket.

  • Trouble Sleeping?

    Having trouble catching those zzz's? Try taking L-Tryptophan an essential amino acid that we don't always get enough of in our food. Always follow the instructions on the label and don't take if you are on SSRI's for depression. Sweet dreams!