Natural Healing Resources

With Prescription Drugs killing more people than all the illegal drugs combined more and more of us are looking into alternative means to heal. I am a HUGE believer in the mind/body connection and “healing from within” because I have done it myself. The mind/body connection alone encompasses MANY techniques and when you look into integrative, complimentary and alternative medicines there are a mind boggling amount of ways to be well and heal without prescriptions. Since I began blogging almost a year ago I have seen a HUGE increase in wellness sites. I wanted to provide a resource list to my readers of some of my favorites and some new ones that my blog is fed into. I also wanted to differentiate between integrative, complimentary and alternative medicines. I believe the KEY to healing naturally is finding a method and/or doctors that resonate with you and the more methods you learn about the more likely that is to happen.

Integrative, Complimentary and Alternative Medicines

The following definitions and examples are from NCCAM — “NCCAM is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on CAM. (Complementary & Alternative Medicine). NCCAM’s mission is to explore complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, train CAM researchers, and disseminate authoritative information to the public and professionals.

Complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine. An example of a complementary therapy is using aromatherapy. A therapy in which the scent of essential oils from flowers, herbs, and trees is inhaled to promote health and well-being to help lessen a patient’s discomfort following surgery.

Alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine. An example of an alternative therapy is using a special diet to treat cancer instead of undergoing surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy that has been recommended by a conventional doctor.

Integrative Medicine combines treatments from conventional medicine and CAM for which there is some high-quality evidence of safety and effectiveness. It is also called integrated medicine. An approach to medicine that combines treatments from conventional medicine and CAM for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness.”

NCCAM breaks down the categories even further. NCCAM groups CAM practices into four domains, recognizing there can be some overlap (Mind-body medicine, Biologically based practices, Manipulative and body-based practices and Energy therapies. In addition, NCCAM studies CAM whole medical systems, which cut across all domains such as homeopathic medicine, naturopathic medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda.

I have seen NCCAM‘s information grow in the last year and highly recommend it as a place to go and find out about different approved techniques to heal pain and illness.

ARTICLES on CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

The National Library of Medicine
is a wonderful resource for reading the latest articles on Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

HERBS/Natural Healing

The most comprehensive site I have found on the benefits/dangers of herbs is The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Dr. Mercola is all about Natural Health. I subscribe to his newsletters which have countless articles of importance. I also wrote about him and showed his video early on in “Prescription Drugs Numb Pain but do Not Heal Pain“.

Dr. Nicole Sundene is a naturopath with a WONDERFUL Blog, “Kitchen Table Medicine” where she dispels myths and tells you what herbs, foods and SKILLS will REALLY help you to heal or stay healthy.

To Find Doctors/Centers in Your Area of Interest for Treatment

American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA)

American Association of Oriental Medicine (AAOM)

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

American Chiropractic Association

American Holistic Medical Association


American Institute of Homeopathy (AIH)


International Society for the Studies of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine


National Center for Homeopathy (NCH)

National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine

Personal Development Sites:

Wow — I cannot even begin to list the sites that have influenced me… that might have to be a whole OTHER post…. I have referenced some here and some of my other favorites are Tim Brownson of “A Daring Adventure“, Akemi of “Yes to Me“, Jennifer Abbott of “Principles for Peace” and Evelyn Lim of “Attraction Mind Map“.

There are also sites that have a whole collection of people that offer advice and helpful information:

I have written about Personal Development Partners many times with good reason. Aaron Potts of “Today is That Day” started PDP for people interested in personal development to have a place to meet with other like minded people. I met the members of my Mastermind Group through here as well as many other remarkable people. You can feel free to go here and post questions and get many kind and smart responses. I cannot thank Aaron enough for creating this incredible place.

Self Growth is another site I have mentioned quite a bit. I met Camille Strait, Andrea Leake, Dr. Judith Orloff, Karin Hiebert and many other inspirational people on self growth. You can go here to find articles on just about anything having to do with natural health, well being, success or personal development. It is also a n informative place to go to browse whatever means of healing you are interested in and find people that you want to learn more from. Each person has samples of their writing, videos and you can find experts on everything from EFT ,meditation, Goal Setting, Happiness, Hypnosis and MUCH more.

Sites to Check out

I am now affiliated with a few sites that are just incredible and I am humbled to be a part of them. My blog posts are featured on all of the below:

Wellsphere‘s summary on WHO they are is as follows; “Wellsphere builds online healthy living communities that help people ‘Get active, Eat better and Unwind’. Wellsphere’s groundbreaking platform works by connecting each member with local health and wellness resources, classes and activities that match their unique interests and goals, and with the personalized advice and social support they need to sustain healthy habits.”.

Wellsphere is so much more. Wellsphere also has you set goals and rewards for yourself and gives you a place to track goals. Wellsphere also offers a free service you can use with any cell phone called Wellphone that can send you reminders via ANY cellphone. Below is a video of the Wellphone being featured on NBC News:

I have my weight loss goal up at Wellsphere and I am rewarding myself with a “girl’s night out” when I lose that “last 10 pounds”. They offer the ability to have team members remind you as well as your cell phone and the incentives to keep you on track!

My blog is also now featured on ABS NEWS ON CALL for Pain Management. They have a comprehensive site where you can ask questions about pain and receive live answers from nurses standing by. You can also look at many videos and get an unlimited amount of information on living with or treating pain.

Last but not least you can check out where to find a doctor or check symptoms there is Health Care.com. Here you can find out which doctors will accept your insurance, are recommended as well as browse countless health blogs. You can also find out what kind of doctor you are looking for based on symptoms. This site is not totally holistic but has some wonderful holistic doctors listed as well as chiropractors and acupuncturists and other specialists in natural healing.

Real Stories for Inspiration

There is nothing more motivating than hearing from someone that you can relate to that they did exactly what you are hoping to do. I am honored and privileged to be a part of the first book out, “Living the Law of Attraction” that has over 50 stories of real people who applied the Law of Attraction to their lives and changed forever. The forward is done by Bob Doyle of “The Secret” who also has the free “Boundless Living Challenge” going on right now. It also has Marie Diamond of “The Secret” behind it. The people that put it together; Rich German and Robin Hoch are spectacular. I was on the launch call and this book has some truly amazing stories in it that will keep you inspired no matter if your goal is physical healing, weight loss, financial, spiritual, emotional or relational. I am sure to do a whole post on this book soon but couldn’t write a post of resources without mentioning this incredible collection. I am also for a limited time giving out a free copy of “Living the Law of Attraction: Real Stories of People Manifesting Health, Wealth and Happiness” for people that sign up for my coaching program with me as their Mind Body Connection Mentor. You can email me at jennymannion@yahoo.com for more information and read about my Paging Me System here.

Okay I think that’s enough to get you all started! Remember that we are constantly learning more about how the mind affects the body. Most people have some healing (whether it be emotional or physical) to do in their own lives and it is my hope these resources can help you on your path.

Weeding My Thoughts to Plant New Seeds

It is wonderful (yet I’ll admit a little scary) for me to be able to share something that I have considered so intimate for so long with my readers — my poetry writing. I have posted 2 other poems on my blog; My “Happy Birthday Poem to Aaron Potts” of “Today is That Day” and the Dual Purpose Meme I Wrote “Jenny from A-Z — 26 Things you Did Not Know About Me“. The next poem is a little more serious and the idea came to me from a dream that I actually remembered (a rarity). I love gardening and working on my self-talk so this poem is a good reminder for me to keep on weeding! I hope you enjoy it and I welcome comments.

Weeding My Thoughts to Plant New Seeds

By Jennifer Mannion 07/08

I am weeding through

my thoughts

negative self talk

ugly words

that spread

as many weeds have

in the unattended

plot of dirt.

The big ones

come away easily

though tiring nonetheless.

It is these little ones

peeking out

now you see them

now you don’t

depending on the sun

rain,

the way the wind is blowing

that day.

I take hold

and pull

fully aware

and present.

They do come out

with effort.

I feel relief

at their release.

Time to plant

good thoughts

the flowers

to replace

the barren dirt

turned up soil

the result of

weeds removed.

Just seeds at first

but I see the picture

on the seed package.

I know they will ultimately

be exquisite.

I can visualize

in my mind’s eye

the awakening

to come

from deep inside.

The Universe provides

all the daily nutrients.

I express gratitude

for the constants.

The sun, water

air needed for survival

so fresh

given abundantly.

I am patient

mostly

as I wait for

new growth.

Anticipating

yet still pulling weeds.

Daily upkeep is necessary

to prevent

the weeds from threatening

impending beauty and

further development.

Finally I can see

they are coming

slowly it seems

at first.

Then suddenly

sprouting faster

than I could have imagined.

The absolute beauty of

the flowers

burst into life

colors, smells

everything feels new

when you look at

existence this way.

I feel the flowers

and myself

vibrating

with aliveness.

I enjoy

the magnificence

while understanding

there is still

work to be done.

Dead-heading

so new growth

can continue.

I give thanks

when I reflect on

the transformation.

The pure energy

and thrill I get

every time

I envision

the old weedy plot

and how far

it has come.

Since I am cognizant

of the weeds

they come less often.

There is less upkeep.

Growth will continue

as long as I am present, thankful.

How could I not be?

Change is

incredibly inspiring.

SFT Will Teach You How to Remove Emotional Pain

I am very happy to present a guest post by Jennifer Abbott from Principles for Peace. I met Jennifer via one of my favorite blogs, Tim Brownson’s, “A Daring Adventure“. After corresponding a few times she told me about SFT Awareness and I asked her to write a post for my readers to share this amazing program. I believe everyone has the capacity to change habits, adopt new positive behaviors and to grow and heal. I also believe hearing of a technique that YOU feel a strong connection to is the BEST way to ensure lasting success. Jennifer teaches SFT Awareness which I had not heard of before but will resonate with many people. This wonderful program will surely help many MORE people get over depression, addiction, health issues, traumas and whatever else they were beforehand unable to conquer. When you conquer emotional issues you empower yourself, can live up to your full potential and help others as well. Thank you Jennifer for spreading the power of SFT Awareness.

Why Would Anyone Want to Learn about SFT Awareness?

The program with which I am involved is a thriving nonprofit program called SFT Awareness. I bet you’re wondering what that stands for?…. It stands for Search for Truth. That may or may not mean much to you, so let me tell you a little more about it…

When I learned about SFT Awareness my life was nothing short of a mess. Negative thinking was prevalent in my life, I was carrying around a lot of baggage and I found myself hitting some very low points. SFT has made such a huge difference in my life that I am determined to spread this program throughout the world.

The first thing we like to tell people is that SFT Awareness is not counseling. It is training. We equip people with attitudes and skills that they use for the rest of their lives. If you were to ask SFT students about the focus of SFT you would likely get varying answers. Some would say it’s about removing depression. Others would say it’s about stopping addictions. SFT does address these issues and successfully, but what SFT Awareness does is teach people how to process and remove emotional pain. The reason it works for addictions and most depression is because the root cause of these issues is addressed – the emotional pain.

We do not teach students to not have pain events. That’s not realistic. We simply teach them the right attitudes and skills needed to recognize, process and remove emotional pain from their lives when things do happen that they do not like. We call these attitudes and skills that we teach Master attitudes and skills because they are the attitudes and skills that the Master teacher Jesus used and taught. They work every time when applied correctly.

I like to use this illustration from one of my trainers (and the founder of SFT Awareness): Suppose the tires on your car wear down. You go and get them replaced. However, in a few months they wear down again. The reason they wore down the first time – and the second time – is because your car had an alignment problem. Now you could go and just have the tires replaced again, but without fixing the alignment problem guess what will happen? That’s right. The tires will wear down again. That’s why people go through depression cycles and why people keep going back to their addictions – they have not processed their emotional pain. If you remove the emotional pain then you remove the depression and the need for addictions.

As students learn to change their thinking, many who were previously on anti-depressants find that they no longer need these medications (Although we never tell students to stop their medication. That’s up to them and their doctor). Medications may be necessary for some depression, but medicating depression that is caused by unprocessed emotional pain will only put a band-aid™ on a wound.

To learn more about SFT Awareness you may visit the SFT website at www.sftawareness.org . Currently, sessions are available in the Nashville, TN area, the Tri-cities (East TN) area and by workshop (if you wish that one be held in your area). Contact information is available on the SFT Awareness website. You may also enjoy my blog www.principlesforpeace.com where I blog about many of the things taught in SFT.

Hope you found this informative.

Jennifer Abbott