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About drchristinagrant

Dr. Christina Grant holistic healer, intuitive counselor, teacher, and author of The Holistic Approach to Breast Cancer: Every Woman’s Guide to Health, Vitality, & Wellbeing. With a PhD in Human Science, she blends meaningful, intuitive life guidance with energy healing and balancing, both by phone and in person, to help people attain physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness.

About my work and philosophy from an interview with Ashley Asti

AshleyOnce in a while, someone emerges who says, “Hey, what is it you’re up to in life? It sure looks interesting!” This happened to me recently when entrepreneur, activist, and writer Ashley Asti contacted me after finding my book.

What I love about this world of technology we now find ourselves in, is anyone in the world can instantly connect with someone else, just like that. So when Ashley wrote and asked if she could interview me, I of course said yes. I found her to be articulate, thoughtful, and aware, giving me hope for the next generation and its concern for our planet and all of us who inhabit it.

Thank you to sweet Ashley for writing an article with wisdom and grace.

Read the article here…

The Laughing Heart

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your life is your life

don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.

be on the watch.

there are ways out.

there is a light somewhere.

it may not be much light but

it beats the darkness.

be on the watch.

the gods will offer you chances.

know them.

take them.

you can’t beat death but

you can beat death in life, sometimes.

and the more often you learn to do it,

the more light there will be.

your life is your life.

know it while you have it.

you are marvelous

the gods wait to delight 
in you.

-Charles Bukowski

70 Blog Posts

All bundled up on a recent visit to Switzerland.

All bundled up on a recent visit to Switzerland.

My “dashboard” tells me I’ve got exactly 70 blog posts on my little Holistic Woman blog. The topics range from inner peace to vitality, from breast health to general women’s health, from finding balance to protecting yourself from wifi, from organic foods to recipes, and from releasing toxins to embracing joy.

So, I’m going to take a breather from my regular posting to focus on a book project I’ve been thinking about for awhile. Feel free to look through the 70 posts that are here. They are timely and timeless, full of useful ideas for a healthier, more balanced life.

Occasionally I’ll add a new post, just not as frequently for now, so if you’d like to know about any new posts be sure to subscribe to Holistic Woman by putting your email address in the box at the upper right sidebar. Meanwhile, for now I bid you adieu!

Bestseller List Book Review & Giveaway

Diana Ross's "Breast Cancer Authority" site features my book The Holistic Approach to Breast Cancer.

Diana Ross’s “Breast Cancer Authority” site features my book The Holistic Approach to Breast Cancer.

A while back I met a wonderfully innovative woman named Diana Ross who is the cofounder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana also founded a community-based forum called “Breast Cancer Authority” and I’m an occasional contributor to the Breast Cancer Authority Blog.

Currently, the Breast Cancer Authority site is featuring my book, The Holistic Approach to Breast Cancer in a bestseller list book review and giveaway. This is a fun way to share the book with people, it’s a way for you to win a free copy of the book, and I get to listen in on what a few more people have to say about a topic of great importance to me: addressing breast dis-ease from a holistic, nurturing, conscious perspective. (Here you can read a Kirkus Review of my book for an unbiased view.)

Go ahead and take a look at Diana Ross’s Breast Cancer Authority blog and comment on the current article about my book to be entered in the drawing for a free copy of The Holistic Approach to Breast Cancer. Then peruse the whole site because its one of the best I’ve seen. It’s full of information for anyone wanting support and encouragement to prevent and heal from breast cancer. And, if you get to it immediately, you’ll see that my book is featured on the Home page!

 

How to Use a Castor Oil Pack

castor oil plantInformation about castor oil packs came from the intuitive readings of Edgar Cayce in the early part of the 20th century. In these readings, he recommended the application of castor oil for various ailments. For example, the packs are used on the liver to help with detoxification, the abdomen for digestive complaints, the uterus for fibroids, and on the breasts to help dissolve growths.

Castor oil is made up of a triglyceride of fatty acids, 90% of which is ricinoleic acid, an unsaturated fatty acid. Ricinoleic acid has been shown to be effective in preventing the growth of various types of bacteria, yeast, molds, and viruses.

When I first learned of castor oil packs, I was told that the oil seeps into the skin and surrounding tissue creating a downward, outward movement. For example, a castor oil pack over the uterus can cause a delayed period to start because of its ability to start the downward flow.

In his book The Oil That Heals: A Physician’s Success with Castor Oil Treatments, William McGarey, M.D. says castor oil stimulates and removes adhesions and lesions. It helps dissolve lumps in the breasts and heal scar tissue. Using castor oil packs can enhance eliminations of all kinds, increase lymph flow, and relieve pain and inflammation.

How to Use a Castor Oil Pack

Cotton flannel is often recommended, but I prefer to use an unbleached pre-washed white t-shirt cut into wide strips and folded so there are at least three layers.

Place the folded cotton on plastic wrap, with the plastic just larger than the fabric piece.
Pour castor oil over the cotton to saturate it (but not dripping).
Place the pack on the location, oily side down, plastic on top.
Put a thin towel over the plastic and cover it with a hot water bottle or other heated pack. Avoid using electric heating pads if possible, as the electrical current can cause disturbances in your energy field. You can use a microwaveable heating pad.
Rest with the pack on for about 30 minutes.

Castor oil will stain fabric, so when you are finished with the pack, wipe the oil away completely. You might want to wear an old t-shirt or designate a couple of shirts specifically to wear right after you use the packs.

Be sure to drink plenty of water to help flush out toxins. You can reuse your pack at least 20 times by keeping it in the refrigerator between uses. Bring it to room temperature before using it. Some people use the packs for three days and take a break for three days, but you can use the packs for many consecutive days, occasionally taking a break for a week at a time and, for women, during your monthly cycle.

Mysteries, Yes

lambs in grassMysteries, Yes

Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous
to be understood.

How grass can be nourishing in the
mouths of the lambs.

How rivers and stones are forever
in allegiance with gravity
while we ourselves dream of rising.

How two hands touch and the bonds
will never be broken.

How people come,
from delight or the scars of damage,
to the comfort of a poem.

Let me keep my distance, always, from those
who think they have the answers.

Let me keep company always with those who say
“Look!” and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads.

Mary Oliver

It’s Earth Day! What Can We Do?

earth dayIt’s been 44 years since the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 and millions of people have been taught to protect our environment. Despite this, pollution and disregard of the planet has reached a truly disturbing level.

During an interesting but challenging moment in my life about 15 years ago, I temporarily moved from San Diego to Boston. The culture shock was stunning, but the biggest impact the cultural differences made on me was Boston’s lack of recycling. In a town full to the brim with educated people there was a complete disinterest in the concept of separating trash. This meant that I, too, was tossing paper, bottles, or anything recyclable right into the waste bin where it would head to an already crowded landfill. It hurt to do it.

Recently I met someone from Boston who told me they still don’t do curbside recycling! Is it true? Unbelievable! I did a little research and found that, yep, it’s still true. However, environmental advocates are on it and you can read about it in The Boston Globe.

We’re all aware by now that our waterways are filthy. Marine and other wildlife life suffocate on our trash. There remains little respect for the earth, a disregard for the sanctity of nature, and a lack of concern for the health and wellness of living creatures. Yet, the most conscientious find it nearly impossible to have no negative impact on the environment. There is the ubiquitous use of plastics we can’t seem to avoid. Even the gentlest of souls among us are hard-pressed to live without contributing to our collective plight. 

I believe one solution is for each of us to take personal interest in cleaning up our sphere. In my region we load up our recycle bins with any and all paper, glass, metal, and plastic. All of nature’s scraps go in the yard waste bin. Home composting is encouraged. This leaves very little trash in the actual trash bins.

Aside from stepping gently on the earth and raising our own awareness, here are some practical ways we can do more:

  • When traveling, visiting a park, getting on a boat or an airplane, we can manage our trash. Pack it out for later recycling or don’t create any. If you live in an area that doesn’t recycle, complain loudly to your town officials.
  • Rethink grocery shopping. Purchase food that isn’t prepackaged. For the omnivores, you can get meat, fish, and chicken wrapped in paper. If you’re at the meat counter, tell them to skip plastic bags. Paper is fine for wrapping meats. And if you’re in a regular grocery store, avoid purchasing items that come on polystyrene (Styrofoam) trays. Polystyrene leaches toxic chemicals into your food and beverages.

As an aside, the manufacturing of polystyrene creates hazardous waste and affects the health of those exposed. It is made with non-sustainable petroleum, harms the ozone layer, and is dumped or blown into our streets and waterways as litter where living creatures ingest it and die. Polystyrene is not accepted by most recycling agencies. It doesn’t break down. It’s not necessary to ever use it.

Fortunately, through the help of organizations like Save Our Shores, my coastal California county has banned the use of Styrofoam as well as plastic bags. We carry our own reusable bags into stores. Recyclable paper products are used in place of that old nasty Styrofoam.

I was recently in Palm Desert and bought freshly made take-out food that, to my surprise, was handed to me in Styrofoam. I’m so used to not seeing it anymore I didn’t want to touch it! Palm Desert is still using plastic bags also. I look forward to the time when all of California bans this toxic habit.

  • If you buy six-packs of cans or bottles held together by plastic, please cut or tear apart the plastic. Never take one of these onto a boat or leave one lying around. They end up in the streets and the earth’s waters where they suffocate birds and sea animals, including dolphins.
  • Plastic containers are polluters. Yogurt, for example, can be bought in a large container and put into smaller reusable containers for transport to work or school. You can replace all types of cleaning products (and reduce the use of plastic bottles) by refilling the same bottle with simple vinegar and water. With a little research you’ll discover many ways to use vinegar (and baking soda) for most of your household cleaning, including clogged drains.
  • Recycle plastic bottles and tubes that hold your personal care products. Bring your own cup for take-out coffee or tea. Take water from home in a sustainable, non-plastic water bottle. Bring your lunch from home or eat where take-out packaging is compostable or recyclable. Use only compostable doggy clean-up bags. Be mindful of plastic toy purchases for both humans and animals.

Meanwhile, on this new Earth Day for 2014, I’m planning a new compost pile in the yard with an enclosure. My last pile flourished and I spread its rich dark soil around all the plants and trees near my house, but my dog wouldn’t stop using it as his personal round-the-clock snack bar. I’ll continue to cut back on plastic in every way possible and reduce my trash, now and throughout the year. What will you do?

11 Ways to Navigate through Stressful Times

tumblr_ll3l0cUWgz1qb6t6wo1_500Life has stressful times as a norm, but right now some of us are feeling a more intense squeeze. Feelings of discomfort, unease, and vague anxiety can be constant. Some are feeling great intensity while others are simply riding the waves of expansion and growth, excited to see where they’re going but longing for guidance to navigate the new terrain.

The underlying theme of the day is we’re being forced to change from within by letting go of old, outdated, now-useless ways of being and allowing something new to emerge. Allowing a more creative, self-responsible, and I’d like to believe wiser part of us to come forth.

There are many things we can do to manage stressful times (without numbing out). If you are in a state of self-excavation where extreme personal inner evolution is happening, if you’re in a let go or be dragged phase or your life, welcome fellow traveler!

Always treat yourself like you’re a whole human being with a body that is interrelated, interconnected, and not at all separate from your thoughts, emotions, and soul. Today people are quite disconnected from their emotions and thoughts, not to mention nature, the natural rhythm of the earth and sky, and their own soul energy. If this sounds like you, navigate more powerfully and successfully through unknown territory by paying attention to the needs of your physical body, your mind, your emotions, and your true soul essence.

How?

It’s not that complicated, really. I’ve tried all kinds of convoluted ways and experience has shown me to simply return to the basics. Any links with the following will direct you to my previous posts on that topic.

  1. Eat well. Quality protein with vegetables is my staple of choice. Fresh fruit. Plenty of water.
  2. Get plenty of sleep. Preferably at night, all night.
  3. Move your body and exercise.
  4. Go out in nature for a little bit and spend time on the earth.
  5. Seek out people who are trained to help you heal what’s nagging you. We need others to help us who have already seen this part of the journey.
  6. Have some body work (a massage is ideal) which helps settle tension and calm your mind.
  7. Have energy healing (or see a respected counselor) if you are emotionally or mentally stuck. Don’t feel as if something can’t get better. It can and it will if you want it to.
  8. Take time away from electronics and tech devices. Turn everything off and then feel what you feel. Get in touch with the discomfort and be okay with it.
  9. Breathe in and breathe out fully. Breathe in again. Release the breath completely as you breathe out and let go of all that is ready to go.
  10. Sit through the storms without having to self-medicate, get distracted, or otherwise foil the attempts of your soul to have this incredible life experience. Because the number of medicated, distracted, soul-detached people is so high that we’ve become a zombie civilization. Numbing out might feel like the way to get through, but the noise inside will only get louder.
  11. Finally, tell yourself this: All is well with the world. All is well in my world. There is nothing I need to make happen. I easily flow with life. I’m here to create and find joy in my creations.

 

The Holistic Approach to Breast Cancer Featured

BookCoverImageMy book The Holistic Approach to Breast Cancer is the topic of an article published last week in the Santa Cruz Weekly. Of course I have to tell you about it.

Written by local wellness reporter Maria Grusauskas after a personal interview, the article forced me into another level of acceptance that it’s okay for people to hear about some personal business. I’m not totally comfortable with my brush with the other side being laid bare, but I wrote about a personal subject with the intention of sharing information that will help others. And, humans are curious about some of the less-than-pleasant details.

If it helps people see the options and gain a fresh perspective, I’m for it. It’s just taken some getting used to, and it continues to be humbling, so kudos to Maria for pushing the envelope. I’ve had feedback this past week that indicates people are thinking more as a result of what Maria chose to include in the article.

As for the book itself, I do weave my personal experience through the pages, but it wasn’t my preference. My first choice was to offer the numerous ways you can build your immune system, detoxify, build your strength and courage, heal on all levels, and even reverse tumors. All this without saying a word about me or how I knew anything about it! But my editor said no. “People want a human story. You need to tell them what yours is.” Ugh!

So I returned to the book and began to add personal detail. It wasn’t comfortable to do, as I’m not one to easily reveal my medical history or even my ideas about how we relinquish our power (and minds) to a system that isn’t working all that well on behalf of breast cancer. But in the end, telling the story was a good thing.

I’ve had much positive feedback about how the book helps others see things from a fresh perspective because I shared my own experiences. In fact, just the other day someone exclaimed, “And you look so healthy!” Yes indeed. The Big C isn’t a death sentence, folks. I’m here to tell you that there is health and vitality, even after having that unwanted date with the dreaded C.

Back to the point. I hope you’ll check out this feature article and spread the news to your friends and loved ones that cancer doesn’t have to be such a scary word. There are many, many options and choices that can strengthen each of us beyond it to greater health and wellbeing. I’m not the only example. There are many of us!

Gourmet Vegetarian Dining in Palo Alto

veganEvery week for the past 27 years chef Gary Alinder has prepared a delicious gourmet vegetarian dinner for the community in Palo Alto, California. Associated with the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community, the dinner is $15 and includes soup, grain, beans or bean products, vegetables, dessert, and a beverage such as tea.

What’s lovely about this is that anyone from anywhere is invited. You can be local or simply visiting the Bay Area from anywhere in the world and stop in for the best vegetarian/vegan food around. Eat dining room style or pick up a dinner to go.

Plus, the people serving the guests and attending the dinner itself are some of the most welcoming and pleasant you’ll find anywhere. I know about their congenial spirit because this past week I attended for the first time and met many warmhearted people.

Occasionally, the dinners are followed by a natural health lecture and I had the honor of being Monday night’s speaker. I’d been asked to give an after-dinner lecture on a topic related to my book, The Holistic Approach to Breast Cancer so I discussed my “Top 10 Holistic Ways to Reduce Our Risk of Cancer.”

Discussing my favorite subject.

Discussing my favorite subject: a holistic approach to wellness.

If you’re anywhere in the Bay Area, or planning a visit or business trip to San Francisco or Silicon Valley, I encourage you to schedule your Monday night to have dinner in Palo Alto ~ a dinner lovingly prepared by people who have consistently offered healthful vegetarian meals for almost 3 decades. They’re located near Stanford University at 305 North California Avenue. (It’s held in the 1st Baptist Church community room, but don’t let that deter you. It’s a gorgeous neighborhood and easy to access.) They do request that you let them know you’ll be coming, either to join in the communal dining or to pick up your takeout dinner by calling prior to 9:30am Monday morning: 650-599-3320.

Plus, you don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian to partake in the delicious meals. All of us can benefit from a plant-based diet, and giving yourself this Monday night meal will go a long way toward creating a healthier you.

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