<![CDATA[Noell Eanes Acupuncture - Blog]]>Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:23:53 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Love-Based Medicine ]]>Mon, 16 Feb 2015 04:27:23 GMThttp://nextgenwellness.com/1/post/2015/02/love-based-medicine.htmlPicture
One of the things I am committed to in my own life is personal growth.  This desire has led me down the path to where I am now as a practitioner and public speaker.  I can say that I have both seen and personally experienced many different "alternative" healing modalities.  The amazing thing is they all work.  Not all of the time, and not for every person, but they all have worked even though they follow completely different ideas about health in the body. The same can be said when we look at how "traditional" treatment of disease unfolds over time. Medications and surgery don't always work for everyone all of the time. I end up seeing a lot of patients who are at the end of their rope as far as the traditional approach to health goes, and that is one of the reasons I do what I do.  My approach is not traditional; the traditional approach is to plan for the worst-case scenario and try to prevent that from happening. It is to see dis-ease as something bad that we need to fight! It's based on fear rather than trusting that our bodies are amazing, and any dis-ease is actually a gift.  It's our body's way of bringing us into balance and indicating something needs to change.  And, in my opinion, often that change goes deeper than a med or a surgery. 

Couple that truth with the amazing world of epigenetics!  What epigenetics says is that we can alter DNA through lifestyle changes. More and more studies are pointing to the role thoughts and emotions based on perception change the expression of DNA. Both the placebo and the "nocebo" have documented physiological effects. This is based on our perception of what is happening, and that means that perception itself can alter our state of health.  

This is why I am making a call for Love-Based Medicine. Love-Based medicine starts with the idea that genes do not control biology, and that, as Lao-Tzu once said "When you correct your mind, everything else will fall into place."

To be continued...

<![CDATA[Experiment with Yes]]>Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:42:24 GMThttp://nextgenwellness.com/1/post/2015/01/experiment-with-yes.htmlI've been doing a lot of research on what causes a five-letter word that is ubiquitous for all sorts of discomfort these days--"stress." 

How many times a day do you hear this word?  How many times a day to you SAY this word?  Do you ever stop to think about what this word really means?

Whether stress manifests in your life as racing thoughts, worry, palpitations, nausea, high blood pressure, overeating, or any of the other common maladies, the fact of the matter is that it is really FEAR.  

Now, fear in itself is not always a bad thing.  "Stress" activates the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), which is designed to help us flee from danger, or fight, depending on the situation of the moment.  It was designed to help us run from bears and tigers.  So when it is activated, its sole purpose is to prepare us for battle or rapid movement.  

The problem is, much of what we are "stressed" about today is NOT ACTUALLY A PHYSICAL THREAT.  Instead of actually being present to the situation at hand, we activate the SNS, which sends us into a spiral where we can't be fully present and rational.  

This, of course, takes a toll on the body.  Because when we are in "fight or flight" mode, all the blood is pumped into our muscles and away from our "non-essential" organs (this is a funny term...not essential just means you don't immediately need them when a lion is trying to eat you) like our reproductive organs, pancreas, and digestive system.  Yeah, we don't really need those, right? 

This is where the idea of "yes" comes in.  What if (since we are not usually being chased by a lion) we said "yes" to everything that happens in a day?  Yes to our feeling overwhelmed.  Yes to the fact that there is mayo on your sandwich when you asked for no mayo.  Yes to your boss being in a bad mood. Yes to the fact that someone dinged your car door in the parking lot and you are mad.  Notice that the "yes" is not ignoring the reality of what is going on.  It doesn't mean we don't have feelings that arise.  It just means we accept what does arise as quickly as possible.  Can you feel how this can change your entire life experience? 

Saying "yes" to everything does not mean that you are disempowered. Quite the contrary.  Once we accept what IS, we can then create what we actually do want, without activating the "fight or flight" that keeps us sick. It's not about people-pleasing or denial.  It's about accepting and moving forward standing in your power.

So today I am challenging myself and YOU to try and see how this shifts your perception of stress!  Say yes! 

<![CDATA[ Congratulations!]]>Wed, 24 Dec 2014 20:00:37 GMThttp://nextgenwellness.com/1/post/2014/12/congratulations.htmlPicture
Can you believe 2014 is over? 
It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and blur the ending of one year into the beginning of the next. In the blink of an eye, we are making New Year's Resolutions and setting new goals and all that jazz.  
Before you go over your list, I want to stop you and congratulate you for surviving another year on this spinning ball in space!  If you're reading this, you have survived another trip around the sun, complete with the highs and lows that 365 days can bring. That in itself is an accomplishment.  What else did you accomplish this year? Even if you fell short of the huge goals, reflecting on what you DID accomplish can be rewarding and eye opening. 

Did you:
  • Start a hobby?
  • End or begin or repair a relationship?
  • Move?
  • Birth a child?
  • Survive a loss? 
  • Reevaluate your priorities? 
  • Accomplish something you were afraid of?
  • Make some health changes?
  • Make art?
  • Make music?
  • See live music?
  • Start a blog?
  • Fall in love?
  • Help a stranger? 
  • Dance?
  • Learn to cook a new dish?
  • Rescue an animal?
  • Make new friends?
  • Learn a new sport?
  • Start a new job or quit one you didn't like?
  • Write more?
  • Travel

Reflecting on what we did accomplish gives us a sense of self-worth and confidence that can carry on to the new year in a powerful way, making that goal-setting list fun and exciting.  Sometimes the pressure to accomplish the huge things can drain us of the energy needed to enjoy every day.  Remember, it's the journey that's important.  It's human nature to keep growing, so once we accomplish one thing or overcome one challenge, we will create another one.  So, enjoy the journey and congratulations on making it through another year beautiful! Shiny, Happy Holidays and All the Best! Sparkle on! 

<![CDATA[More GMO-Free Food...and a Question for You!]]>Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:53:26 GMThttp://nextgenwellness.com/1/post/2014/08/more-food.html
What is your biggest obstacle to eating healthy?  Is it time?  Is it the effort?  Is there something else blocking you?  I'd love to know! 
<![CDATA[The Food ]]>Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:32:17 GMThttp://nextgenwellness.com/1/post/2014/07/the-food.html
<![CDATA[GMO-Free July Kickoff]]>Tue, 01 Jul 2014 05:08:06 GMThttp://nextgenwellness.com/1/post/2014/06/gmo-free-july-kickoff.htmlPicture
I'm no Betty Crocker, but I eat really well on a consistent basis. And usually it tastes pretty amazing. I'm happy to feed my body good food. I spent many years not doing that and it sucked. What was I thinking?! Now I find that it's super fun to use fresh ingredients and experiment with flavors.  Our bodies and our minds benefit from variety; this ensures a wide array of nutrients as well as helping our brains stay happy and flexible by getting out of boring same-old same-old routines and trying new culinary experiences!  People are always asking me what I eat, so I'm gonna finally share in a big way. I'm gonna post a picture every day for a month. I like taking food pictures anyway, so now I'll stop texting them to my ex-boyfriends and begin to share it with the whole wide internet world! 

Today marks the first day of our monthly Health Initiative at BIH Nola. This month is "GMO-Free July."  This is obviously something I am passionate about, as you can see by reading a few of my other posts (or as you know if I have a glass of wine at a cocktail party and someone asks me the wrong question about food).  In the last few years, I have seen an overwhelming amount of both research as well as REAL LIFE examples of how poor nutrition and/or information about what is "healthy" is affecting the health of my loved ones and clients. Look around. It is so so so important.  Where else do we derive the energy that powers every cell in our bodies? Quality over quantity people! 

I won't go into that here, though.  My purpose is to show exactly WHAT I eat every single day in July so that it demystifies the concept of GMO-free food, and most of all so you can see it's totally do-able. Begin to open your mind to the idea that it can be easy and it does not have to be super expensive if you get creative. Did I mention satisfying and delicious?

The pic above is what I made for dinner. It was a last minute thing I created...basically a huge fish taco.  I defrosted a sole fillet I bought at Whole Foods ($5.99 for a package of 4 fillets), took out an organic flour tortilla ($3.69 for 10) and threw it in the oven to warm while preparing. I cut up a quarter of an onion, sauteed it in olive oil, sprinkled the fish with cumin and salt and pepper, threw that in the hot oil for literally 1 minute, then flipped it and added some halved organic grape tomatoes ($2.79 at Winn Dixie) and jalepeno.  At the last minute I squeezed half a lime and tossed in a bit of organic parsley ($1.69, Whole Foods). I had some Earthbound Farms organic bagged arugula ($1.50 on sale!) handy and some greek yogurt, so I added that too.  It took me a total of 20 minutes. Super easy, and I felt lazy so I could have done more, but I thought it was a good example of what you can make that is easy and tasty and delicious and totally GMO-free.  

[Missing is a pic of the piece of chocolate I had afterwards, which was 72% dark chocolate with forest mint from Endangered Species Chocolate. Highly recommended!]
<![CDATA[Mercury Retrograde and Your Health]]>Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:33:35 GMThttp://nextgenwellness.com/1/post/2014/06/mercury-retrograde-and-your-health.htmlPicture
It seems like everyone I know is talking about Mercury Retrograde.  And those that aren't are just getting frustrated with life and not knowing why.  I'm not sure if it's actually the alignment of a planet or the collective consciousness that is creating all the apparent mishaps, but one thing is sure: patience helps, and perspective is a necessity. 
How does this relate to your health?  If you are finding that whatever you are doing in your life isn't working, now is the perfect time to re-evaluate. It's the PERFECT time to take an honest look at our diets, to do a stress review, to reflect on times in our lives that we've felt vibrantly healthy versus those times when we've felt beaten down and can barely drag ourselves out of bed. 

When I was in school at Maryland University of Integrative Health, we talked a lot about how most of us have 5 symptoms that come and go throughout our lives.  These symptoms are our teachers!  Pay attention to them when they show up, and embrace them with a big hug as you would an old friend who suddenly showed up at your doorstep. That friend is telling you that the situation that you're in sucks and that you deserve better. They are telling you something important that you need to hear; something so important that if you listen to them with an open mind, you can drastically improve the quality of your life.

For me, one of my "symptoms" used to be this weird nose-splitting thing that happened every once and a while.  Basically, the skin on the tip of my nose would break a tiny bit.  I used to see it as an annoyance and be totally victimized by it happening.  Then I started paying attention to it.  I noticed that it happened a lot when I was holding back tears emotionally. It wasn't like a runny nose linked to a cold or one that I could use a tissue for.  It was very subtle.  And it caused the thin skin on the tip of my nose to split from the moisture.

From that experience, and with the help of my acupuncturist and friends, I eventually (it took a while) learned to accept and embrace my emotions as okay, no matter what they were.  I used to bottle them up and it caused a lot of major imbalances that manifested in some physical ways, but mostly all kinds of self-destructive behavior.

And, guess what?  I can't even tell you the last time I've had that happen!!  It seems like such a weird thing now, and at the time I just thought it was something I had to live with.

So, what is your "symptom" telling you? Now is the perfect time to reflect. It could be a clear physical symptom or something else that seems to not be working. Greet it with acceptance...no, greet it with love.  Your body is wise, and your symptoms are your teachers.  This is the gift of the breakdown, and it's also the beauty of a Mercury retrograde used well.  
All the best to all of you!

<![CDATA[Mind-Body, Body-Mind]]>Sat, 22 Feb 2014 02:19:55 GMThttp://nextgenwellness.com/1/post/2014/02/mind-body-body-mind.htmlPicture
It's the year of the Horse in Chinese astrology, and the Horse is all about taking action.  I love horses!  I am one! 

Sometimes, as you know, mindless action can lead to results that are not what we desire.  That's where the whole idea of "mindfulness" comes in.  Taking the time to breathe and think through our actions lest we make a hasty decision.  Much of what I practice and preach is based on this idea of mindfulness...acupuncture reduces pain and creates body awareness, yoga connects me to my breathing, meditation allows me to empty my mind from needless distractions and just "BE."  This in turn, absolutely leads to physical changes in my body and mind.  You've probably heard of the "mind-body" connection and "mind-body" wellness. It's what all the cool kids are doing these days. 

SOMETIMES, however, we forget that there is the BODY-MIND connection that is equally important.  For instance, the food we take in literally changes our body chemistry...it's so much more than merely protein, fat and calories...there are a host of biochemical processes that are triggered by the micronutrients in food.  It affects everything, including your BRAIN health.  That's one example of BODY-MIND connection. It's pretty common knowledge, yet I'm shocked at how many clients and practitioners ignore the dietary reasons they may have inflammation and/or depression, for example. 

Here's another one: the way you carry yourself.  The way you actually hold your posture affects the chemistry in your brain.  In this awesome TED talk, Amy Cuddy explains research that outlines the powerful effect of posture on two key hormones: cortisol and testosterone. These two hormones were either lowered or increased based on holding a pose (think of what we naturally do when we win a race...or, on the flip side, feel defeated) for two minutes!  

Also along similar lines would be taking into consideration the environment we place our bodies in day-in and day-out.  What is your office like?  What kind of people are you surrounded with? What is the air quality like? How peaceful is your bedroom?  Do you spend time in nature? ALL these things affect the way you feel...that, then will affect your body and your mind...it's often like a feedback loop.  

Here's why I'm saying all this: 

What this all means is that while your mind does undoubtedly have a powerful effect on your body, it is not a one-way street in either direction.  Our systems are ALL CONNECTED.  We are amazing, dynamic, incredibly gifted and capable creatures. When we don't take the entirety of our being into consideration when dealing with any issue, we are doing ourselves a great disservice.  

It doesn't matter where you start, so do not get overwhelmed.  Just start somewhere, and know that you deserve to be treated as a whole person!

<![CDATA[Painless Acupuncture and more news! ]]>Wed, 04 Dec 2013 20:44:44 GMThttp://nextgenwellness.com/1/post/2013/12/wow-its-been-a-while.html"Helping another requires a simultaneous exploration of one's inner world and private thoughts...when we begin training, we embark on two simultaneous journeys: one outward into the professional world and the other inward, through the labyrinths of our own psyches...The more fearless we become in the exploration of our inner worlds, the greater our self-knowledge and our ability to help clients." -Cozolino 

Well, this sort of sums up what I've been up to these last few months!  It's been a HUGE time of growth for me, and I have learned so much!

Most exciting is that I am learning a new style of acupuncture treatment called Shakuju Therapy.  It comes from Japan, and it is unlike anything that I have experienced before.  It's MINIMALLY invasive, meaning it's so gentle that you can use it with babies.  Basically, we test for tender areas on your body, treat corresponding points, and those areas change right before your eyes, right along with your symptoms!  It's super cool.  

In other news, I have been relying A LOT on my own health and wellness toolkit, and I thought, "Why not share it with you?"  For starters, I have been using my Bach flower remedies regularly throughout the day.  A great one to start with this season is Holly.  It is the essence of gladness of heart, especially useful if issues like anger, envy or suspicion creep up during the holiday season.  

I also cannot stress the importance of keeping up with my mindfulness practices. I know meditation is something that some of you may not find appealing, and that's perfectly okay!  But do something else.  Seriously. Yoga is a great form of moving mediation, along with tai chi and qigong.  Even running, if that's what clears your monkey mind.  It has helped me immensely, and meditation in particular has been linked to ALL KINDS of health benefits, including actually changing your brain chemistry

If you are local to the Baltimore area and female (sorry fellas), please check out the events page here for a link to a meditation workshop being held this month.  I'd love to see you!  Otherwise, here's to you having a safe, relaxed and enjoyable holiday season!  

All the best,

<![CDATA[What do you believe about yourself? ]]>Tue, 30 Jul 2013 19:19:23 GMThttp://nextgenwellness.com/1/post/2013/07/what-do-you-believe-about-yourself.htmlPicture
I'm preparing for a workshop I'm doing at the end of August, and so I find myself talking to a lot of people about what I'm doing.  It's called "Create the Life You Really Want," but I could have just as easily called it "Own Your Beliefs." How do your beliefs factor in to creating the life you really want, you say?  

Some of you reading this now know exactly where I'm going with this, and then there will be some of you that don't get the connection.  You may have heard the saying "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve" by W. Clement Stone.   At the heart of the matter is what we believe about ourselves. Do you believe you are smart enough?  Do you believe you are worthy of achieving or having what you most desire?  

These beliefs must come from inside of you and not from the circumstances you may presently find yourself in.  This is the human story of triumph, "The Hero's Journey,"...we must never define ourselves by "where" we are.  You are more than the circumstances that may surround you!  For example, there was a man who was a high school dropout, rejected by the Army, and couldn't get hired as an artist even though he loved to draw.  

He didn't define himself by these circumstances.  He didn't believe he was stupid or weak or untalented.  He just kept drawing.  Instead of a job as an artist, he took a job at and ad agency that allowed him to draw.  And he never stopped believing in his dream.  That man's name is Walt Disney

He went on to be perhaps one of the most well-recognized figures in the world, winning 22 Academy Awards and creating a corporation now earning  billions of dollars a year.

How different would our world be without Walt Disney? Can you imagine life without those animated fairytales, without the joy and hope of the characters, without Disney Land or Disney World?  How different would it be for us if he hadn't refused to believe in the seemingly impossible, if he hadn't been brave enough to keep believing in himself.  So, what were some of Disney's beliefs?  

He didn't let adversity define him: "“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” 

He believed in the power of belief!: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” 

He didn't let others define him: “I am not influenced by the techniques or fashions of any other motion picture company.” 

So, what do you believe about yourself?  Are your beliefs serving you?  Are they even YOUR'S, or do they belong to somebody else?  We all take on beliefs about what is possible, about our value, about other people, and even about the nature of "reality" based on the people and circumstances that surround us...yet, there is truly magic in tuning into that inner voice, that sense of self that exists outside of the chaos and chatter that surrounds us.  You may not desire to create an empire like Walt Disney.  But you know your biggest dream.  Are you listening to the call?  

There truly are INFINITE POSSIBILITIES when it comes to creating your life. If you've stumbled upon this message, I don't believe it was an accident.  Take it in, and reflect on how your limiting beliefs may be affecting you.  And then think about how these beliefs may be affecting all the rest of us out here who are just waiting for you to express your brilliance!!!

I would love to hear what your biggest dream is!  Writing it down is often the first step on the road to possibility.  Don't listen to the naysayers (including the one in your own head!).  Let us know!