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The R&R of Relaxation

Ways to Interrupt Your Stress Response

Arnie Shapiro, M.D.
November – December 2022 • Vol 4, No 1

Why is relaxation important? How can we harness it during busy days? Relaxation is part of the energy equations of life; it is part of natural wellness! Activity of any kind requires energy, consumes energy, and there has to be some means of restoration of energy. I have assembled a list of ten words, all beginning with R, that describe what relaxation is:


What these words encompass is the need to balance effort and rest, for optimal well-being. Stress is an arousal, or “gearing up” that consumes energy. The stress response, also known as the “fight-or-flight response,” activates the Sympathetic Nervous System, for an energy boost/mobilization of quick energy to respond to danger or threat. Relaxation, the opposite of stress, is a “gearing down” of energy use. The relaxation response, also known as the “rest, digest and heal” response, activates the parasympathetic (energy replenishing) nervous system.

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2022-10-29T11:49:28-06:00General Wellbeing|

Painting with Essential Oils

Why I Mixed in Oil of Spikenard

Maria Low
March – April 2022 • Vol 3, No 120

This past year, I moved into a new house. Finding a new home around here is not easy! My realtor eventually located a home built around 1980 that met most of my needs but did not have office space. The only possible space was the outside deck facing the mountains. I purchased the home and began my renovations, walling up the deck to create my office.

During the renovations, I wanted to use supplies that were as nontoxic as possible. I was able to purchase windows from Sierra Pacific to endure the significant Livingston, Montana winds on that corner of the house.

The ceiling and one wall were made from stucco, which we plastered with mud to have a smoother appearance. Then, we primed with white paint and painted the wall with a color called Fruit Cocktail. A friend thought it was a little loud, but when the white bookshelves go in, this will temper the color.

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2022-09-14T09:39:49-06:00General Wellbeing|

Breast Thermography:

What, Why, When & Where?

Kathe Calcagno, CCT II
January – February 2023 • Vol 4, No 2

Thermography is a non-invasive diagnostic technique that allows us to visualize and quantify changes in skin surface temperature. This physiologic screening of thermal changes is often the earliest sign of illness or pathology. For example, in: thyroid dysfunction, inflamed carotid artery, immune dysfunction, auto-immune issues, diabetes, breast abnormality. It can also distinguish whether pain is from muscle, skeletal, myofascial, or root-nerve source.

Thermal Imaging (DITI) has medical doctors interpret the thermal patterns and temperature differentials and determine where the activity is cause for further clinical correlation or should be monitored.

This clinical test is supported by 30 years of research and over 8,000 published medical studies. The procedure takes less than 20 minutes, requires no physical contact, there are no liquids to drink, is 100% safe with NO RADIATION and is FDA approved. Your thermal patterns are assessed by standards set by doctors at Johns Hopkins University.

Better Than Mammography?
They are different screenings—thermography is a screening of function, and mammography a screening of structure. We usually can detect potential pathology before it is picked up by a mammogram. Thermography and mammography together have approximately a 96–98 percentile of accuracy. Thermography is non-invasive, with no radiation or compression and looks at the upper chest wall and underarm lymph nodes.


  • 80% of breast lumps are NON-cancerous.
  • 70% of breast cancers are found through breast self-exams.
  • About 80% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of breast cancer.
  • One of the largest and longest studies of mammography to date, involving 90,000 women followed for 25 years, found that mammograms have absolutely NO IMPACT on breast cancer mortality!
  • Over the course of the study, the death rate from breast cancer was virtually identical between those who received an annual mammogram and those who did not.
  • 22% of screen-detected, invasive breast cancers were also over-diagnosed, leading to unnecessary treatment.
  • A law has been passed in 24 states that requires patients be informed if they have “dense breast tissue” and that they may want to discuss their “screening options” with their primary physician because mammography isn’t the best screening for dense tissues.

We are happy to answer questions, or you can make an appointment for safe and reliable thermography through our Missoula office at (406) 541-8444. Also, please visit our website to see the dates we are mobile for Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula.

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2023-01-23T09:23:49-07:00General Wellbeing|

Botanical Adventures in Ecuador

Its Indigenous People Have Always Depended on Healing Plants

Maria Low
November – December 2021 • Vol 3, No 118

I would like to share some adventures with you from my recent trip to Ecuador. The country of Ecuador is about the size of Nevada. Ecuador is a country of mountains, hills and valleys. I first traveled to Quito, the capital city, and took a taxi ride about 1 1/2 hours to a valley. This is where the small city of Cotacachi is nestled between two mountains.

I stayed with a friend who offered me the local foods grown in the valley and those that grow along the side of the mountains. Eating the local food planted in volcanic soil was a very enlightening experience for me. My diet at home consists of a variety of organic traditional foods, so I did not expect to feel a real change. However, the change was notable! I can still feel the strength of the nutrients from those daily foods.

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2022-09-14T09:39:54-06:00General Wellbeing|

Seed to Seal:

Setting Standards for Essential Oils

Maria Low
March – April 2021 • Vol 3, No 114

The Young Living Mission: We enhance and empower lives around the world by having the unique benefits of nature’s living energy—essential oils!

Over the last twenty years or so, a significant improvement has taken place in the health product industry that supplies natural supplements, nutrition, and cosmetics. The industry offers the consumer refined and effective products to supplement children and adults, so they can enhance their health.

Many years ago, Gary Young, founder of Young Living Essential Oils, invited people in the health product industry to attend a meeting to discuss setting standards in the natural health field. When he presented his expectations to uplift the industry as a whole, he received a surprising response. The owners and representatives of companies did not understand why anyone would go beyond the FDA requirements. He was trying to set an American standard that would bring pride and respect to the alternative product industry. No companies accepted his offer. Instead, Gary set the standard on his own, and that standard has become the world-renowned “Seed to Seal” standard.

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2022-09-14T09:39:57-06:00General Wellbeing|
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