Author: Amber McKenzie

A Deeper Conversation About Reality

by Gary Simmons World-renowned philosopher and integral theorist Ken Wilber advocates for the understanding that con sciousness is foundational to reality, whether scientific or spiritual. In his book A Theory of Everything, Wilber puts forth a comprehensive theory he calls the Kosmos, after the Greek word meaning “the patterned whole of all existence, including the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual realms.” Ultimate reality was not merely the cosmos, but the living totality of matter, body, mind, soul and spirit. The hard problem of consciousness also includes the inability of science or spirituality to adequately define what consciousness is, other...

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Five Simple Steps to Gut Health

by Ashlee Rowland Gut health and the microbiome have become part of our mainstream health terminology, not only at the doctor’s office, but also at the gym and in the food store. Although there are many aspects to gut health, taking five simple steps can quickly move any individual in the direction of feeling great. Eliminate Stress Stress can wreak havoc in the gut more than almost anything else. It causes the feel-good levels of serotonin and dopamine levels to plummet, leading to an imbalance that can quickly deplete gut bacteria. Learning to reduce the stress from road rage,...

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Lilac City Acupuncture Offers Affordable Acupuncture in a Group Setting

By Linda Sechrist Shauna Douglass-Parkin, a licensed acupuncturist and owner of Lilac City Acupuncture, in Spokane, practices in a group setting where multiple people with overlapping appointments are treated in the same room. The affordable cost of $20 per treatment is a considerable savings for the clients, making multiple visits quite affordable. “The majority of acupuncture practices charge $60 to $100 or more per treatment. This is not very accessible for most people with average incomes. Also, acupuncture is most effective when it’s done regularly, and in some cases, frequently,” says Douglass-Parkin. When treating someone experiencing pain at a...

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Floating in an Isolation Tank Gains Another Fan

By Amber McKenzie Although it’s not obvious at first glance, Drew Smith has ankylosing spondylitis, an inflammatory disease that causes the vertebrae in the spine to fuse together, making it difficult to walk. He also has two ruptured discs in his back, and has worked hard to manage his health issues naturally through yoga, chiropractic, acupuncture and massage. Although it all helped, he was still in extreme pain most of the time until he tried floating. Smith first heard about floating in the 1980s, but hadn’t had the opportunity to try it until six months ago, when he saw...

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