Even though I’m no longer in school, August still feels the way it did back then:  my last big chance to take advantage of the summer and do all those things I had planned to do but haven’t pulled off yet! It’s also the time to start planning for Fall.  So here we go, what’s in store at MIB for a great summer’s end as well as what to look forward to in a few months.

Most important, I just heard the final menu from Chef Eben for our next The Doctor and the Chef event at the Yardley Inn, which is next Wednesday, August 15th, and I’m really excited.  The topic is “The Flavors and Healing Properties of Herbs and Spices”.  Many of us are eating more veggies in order to improve our health (and, this time of year, cause our gardens are overflowing!), but if all you do is steam or saute them, boredom will set in quickly.  The chef will be demonstrating the many flavor profiles of different herbs and spices, and I’ll be discussing the health benefits as well.  Almost every single herb and spice can be used for a specific health condition, so you can plan to literally make your food be your medicine!  You’ll go home with a happy belly and a detailed handout of what herbs work for which medical conditions.

Here’s the menu:

1st course-Soft herb salad (basil , sorrel, chive, parsley, nasturtium leaf) with horseradish dressing and a celery seed crisp

2nd course-Coriander & fennel seed crusted tuna, charred onion with turmeric & garam masala, and veggie ribbons

3rd-Ginger oatcakes with candied fennel bulb and allspice syrup

This is definitely a time when I will be sure to eat and not just talk!  We will also have a door prize:  we’re giving away a copy of “Healing Spices” by Bharat Agarwal, PhD—one of my favorite new reference books which also includes recipes.

Please contact the Yardley Inn directly to reserve your spot; hurry, as I’m sure this will be a popular event (215-493-3800).

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T’ai Chi Chih

This is a moving meditation that has been shown to improve immunity, normalize stress hormones and improve balance.  Our instructor, Siobhan Hutchinson, is generously offering a free workshop on Saturday, September 8th at 9am and 10am.  This is your chance to see what it’s all about.  Then the 8 week class series will start the following week, Saturday 15th, at 10:30am (following the 9am advanced class).  Please call Siobhan directly to reserve your spot:  609-752-1048 or Siobhan@nextstepstrategiesllc.com.  Here’s where to find out more about Siobhan.

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Learn Reiki

Siobhan is also a Reiki master and teacher.  Several of her students have asked for a Reiki level one class and attunement, and she is opening that class up to the public.  Reiki is a gentle, hands-on healing technique that helps restore balance and stimulate the normal healing process of the body.  The class will be held at MIB on Saturday, August 25th from 9-5pm.  Cost is $150 and you must reserve your spot by 8/17/12.  Please contact Siobhan directly at 609-752-1048 or Siobhan@nextstepstrategiesllc.com.

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Rubenfeld Synergy

If you’ve seen information about Rubenfeld Synergy around the office and have always been curious, now is your chance to give it a try.  Lori Sclosser will be holding a 4 class series of group Rubenfeld on Thursday evenings beginning mid September.  Please contact her directly for details at 215-696-0567.  For more about Rubenfeld, go here and here.

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Save the Date for our Fall Liver Detox

We will be conducting our fall Liver Detox starting Friday, Sept 21st.  This 10 day detox is designed to use a partial elimination diet along with a medical food to improve our liver’s ability to process and detoxify our hormones, environmental agents and harmful substances.  As usual, we’ll start on the same day and stay in touch daily via email for group support.  Mark this on your calendar; more details to follow soon.

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For healthcare providers interested in Functional Medicine:

I’ve been invited as faculty for the first Lifestyle Medicine Summit held by Metagenics, September 28-30 in Dana Point, CA.  This conference will focus on reducing chronic illness through lifestyle change medicine.  The faculty will be sharing science-based protocols  implementing Functional Medicine techniques to reduce or reverse chronic conditions.  I hear they are on target to sell out in the next few weeks, so if you know of a healthcare practitioner interested in learning about Functional Medicine, please forward this info to them.  To see more about the summit and register, go here.

Interested in a Review Course in Integrative Holistic Medicine?

The 13th annual Science and Clinical Application of Integrative Holistic Medicine, presented by the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine in conjunction with Scripps Integrative Medicine, will be held October 28th-Nov 1st in San Diego.  I’ll once again be on the faculty teaching menopause management.  This course is widely recognized for its scholarly content as well as its ability to weave the concepts of holism throughout.  Although it is geared toward healthcare practitioners, it is open to all.  For information, please go here.

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With all these events in the works, it should be a great end of summer and early fall.  Now, off to get my tomatoes out of the dehydrator!