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Jan. 21, 2016 3:57 pm
Does Frankincense has cancer fighting abilities? The answer is Yes. Boswellic acid shows that it can kill cancer cells in a petri dish. Can essential oil of Frankincense fight cancer? The answer is NO. And before you accuse the author of this article and certified aromatherapist of participating in global conspiracy to kill cancer patients, let’s look at the scientific facts. Frankincense...  Read More
Sep. 10, 2015 3:26 pm
When getting advice in the holistic field it is very important to make sure that your "practitioner" is trained properly. The person who did not finish 200+ hours of aromatherapy training, anatomy training, and pass the test cannot call themselves "Aromatherapist". Essential oils are chemicals and must be treated with respect. This is one of the examples of the "healing" aromatherapy blend...  Read More
Feb. 18, 2015 1:21 pm
Lesson One Ball Toss A round ball approximately 15” with a soft and pliable outer core is preferred. In a circle either standing or sitting with feet flat on the floor, begin tossing the ball from person to person in no particular order. Adjust the circle to an appropriate size for tossing. The goal is to toss and catch without dropping the ball. When the ball has been successfully...  Read More
Jan. 30, 2015 10:35 am
Hello again! I hope some of you who followed along last time are with me again, as well as some new curious minds. It’s been over a year since I ended the first blog and since then I’ve been teaching, learning and discovering what works and what does not. I’ve got some positive results to share and some new exercises. October 26th will be the first post for 2014 and will start posting lessons...  Read More
Jun. 1, 2013 4:03 pm
We all age, whether we want to or not! But learning how to age in a way that is exciting, joyful and optimistic is something that we CAN learn. I believe the key is to approach retirement and aging the same way you approached growing up. Remember when you couldn't wait to get your drivers license, or until you started college? And when you became a parent and you encouraged your young child...  Read More
Mar. 28, 2013 3:05 pm
We all have bills to pay, laundry and dishes to wash, errands to run, and things to learn. So, even when you cut down the dizziness of modern life (from tweeting to gaming) in our lives to focus on your important goals, a lot still gets in the way. The important thing is to choose one main goal. Pick something you will love. Just one. Then commit to it and don`t get distracted by other shiny...  Read More
Dec. 11, 2012 11:05 am
It is easy to make healing ginger tea. Take 1 Cup of hot water 1/2 inch of ginger root thinly sliced 2 pods of cardamom 1 teaspoon of honey Mix all together, wait for 10 minutes and drink . You can drink it every 2 hours. Ginger clears the sinus and helps liver to remove toxins. Enjoy.  Read More
Sep. 20, 2012 4:01 pm
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Sep. 13, 2012 4:44 pm
Dosha? Most likely you never heard of it (unless you go to the Ayurveda doctor). Do I have one? And why should it keep me worried? In plain English Dosha is our constitution. At birth our DNA predisposes who we are, how we look and how we react – our constitution. Ayurveda recognizes three main constitutions or Doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. When our constitution changes because of...  Read More
Jun. 5, 2012 9:18 am
I was cool. I fit in. I had something to do with my hands. It tasted good after food. "If I could get someone to hold it, I would smoke in my sleep." These are reasons I chose to use cigarettes. The truth is I was addicted to nicotine and my body had a very tough time living without it. I can remember an evening where I had just got undressed to go to bed, and I realized I only had two or...  Read More
May 29, 2012 7:55 am
How many times have you wanted to go ahead move on an idea or share your view with colleagues, only to stop yourself because you were afraid of being ridiculed? Our fear of looking ridiculous can be one of the biggest things to hold us back in both our lives as well as our careers. Did you know that a huge, and I do mean staggering, number of people are afraid of public speaking more than they...  Read More
Apr. 15, 2012 10:09 am
We had been in the car for around 4 hours and still had 4 or 5 to go until we got home. My girlfriend and I were in her car and had just attended a funeral of one of her family members. We lived in Charlotte, NC but this funeral had taken place in Chicago, Ill and we had driven. Having been on long car trips before I had packed snacks, crossword puzzles, music, and odd bits to keep us occupied. I...  Read More
Apr. 4, 2012 2:42 pm
Today’s GMA show began as a proliferation of puns but ended up with an interesting and insightful interview with Robert Lustig and the subject of “Taking on sugar.” This topic is a sleeping giant that should wake up the American family to a monster that’s invading our households. We know our children are more susceptible to obesity than ever before. We blame all kinds of factors both physical...  Read More
Apr. 2, 2012 5:08 pm
I was watching Good Morning America this morning. Katie Couric is a guest host all this week and my husband and I are long time fans. One of the topics of discussion dealt with early childhood development and the onset of menstruation. I found it an interesting subject for two reasons. I'm a substitute teacher in the Wake County education system in Raleigh, North Carolina, and I've noticed that...  Read More
Feb. 9, 2012 7:10 pm
How many times did we console one of our friends after a bad break-up? Surprisingly, it happens so often to some people that they are perceived by those around them as magnets for nasty people. The situation is irritating and surprising at the same time. Why is it that educated, smart and kind person cannot find someone equally kind? What is wrong? The answer and the remedy can be found in the...  Read More
Nov. 7, 2011 5:56 pm
This month, Storybird initiated a community challenge, for authors to write about friendship. There is so much negative press about girl friendships. Here are two storybirds I authored, for pre-teen and teen girls, about the positive power of friendship. Both growing up, and in my life now, I have been blessed with good girl-friends. They can make all the difference. Happy reading . . ....  Read More
Nov. 2, 2011 2:36 pm
Thanks to my online 40 Days to a Personal Revolution group, you can now practice with me at home! If you visit this site because you see me for yoga therapy, this practice might not work for you exactly as written and practiced. However, as with all yoga each pose and sequence can be modified to fit your current condition! 40 Days to a Personal Revolution is a fabulous program that strengthens...  Read More
Nov. 1, 2011 7:00 pm
The Green Bay Packers played their rivals the Minnesota Vikings in what National Football League fans call the “black and blue” division because of the hard hitting play. But something was amiss on this Monday night for both teams wore jerseys with their club colors highlighted in bright pink. After a particularly brutal skirmish, television reporters swept into the locker room to talk to the...  Read More
Nov. 1, 2011 2:32 pm
If you're like most people you're probably starting to gear up for the holidays! Parties, family dinners, work obligations and eating on the go all seem to come into play much more this time of year. There is one ridiculously simple thing you can do to ward off the pounds this holiday season: mindful eating. This practice doesn't require counting calories or cutting out any particular kind of...  Read More
Oct. 28, 2011 12:37 pm
The weekly Torah portion we are about to read includes the well known story of Noah and the ark.  It is a story about a generation so evil that God decides it warrants destruction.  It is also a story about God’s care and concern for mankind, as he protects Noah, his family, and representatives of all the animals. In the past few weeks, some of my clinical work has prompted my thinking about...  Read More
Oct. 17, 2011 10:49 am
For a week every fall, Jews observe the holiday of Sukkot.  A central feature of the holiday is the construction of a temporary “booth” or shelter, called a Sukkah, in which to live, or at the least, enjoy meals.  The move from the comfort of a home to a fragile booth underscores the frivolity of placing one’s faith in the material, when in fact, all blessings and protection come from God. ...  Read More
Oct. 16, 2011 11:06 am
Yesterday I began the 40 Days to a Personal Revolution program by my teacher, Baron Baptiste. It always seems like there isn't a good time to start something like this but that is exactly the thinking that keeps us stagnant! So I just went for it and brought along some students and friends for the ride. The program consists of daily meditation and yoga as well as weekly "excavation" questions. As...  Read More
Oct. 7, 2011 1:12 pm
I shared some thoughts on forgiveness in schools, at Yeshiva University's Instittute for University School Partnership. You can watch the video at  Read More
Oct. 4, 2011 4:58 am
Two of the most common goals for my yoga therapy clients are weight loss and increased activity. One of the best tools I have found for this purpose is . I've been using it myself for a few years. It has a wide variety of tools, articles and support you can use in your quest for ultimate wellness. They have a great food tracker where you can enter your daily intake and see...  Read More
Sep. 23, 2011 10:59 am
Having just returned from a trip to the land of maple syrup (Canada) and busily stocking the house with honey for Jewish new year recipes and customs, my thoughts turned to sweetness.    Jewish families around the world usher in the year by dipping apples in honey and say a prayer asking to be blessed with a good and sweet new year.    Learning from my Dad to revere Ebinger’s blackout cake, and...  Read More
Sep. 21, 2011 4:07 pm
Getting enough quality sleep is one of the best things you can do for health and wellness. Yet Americans are chronically sleep deprived and getting less sleep as the years go by. In 2009 the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), a U.S. nonprofit group reported that 20 percent of the 1,000 people polled got 6 hours of sleep or less. This is compared to 13 percent in 2001. Only 28 percent reported...  Read More
Sep. 14, 2011 11:07 pm
There is a place in suburban Michigan where a great deal of attention has been paid to insure that teachers will not talk about  students’ sexual orientation.  The harassment and humiliation of students with suspected or actual homosexual orientation, however, receives no attention.  In fact, it is ignored.  In this same school district, eight students have committed suicide in the past two...  Read More
Sep. 12, 2011 1:27 pm
I recently did a brief video for the Orthodox Union on Forgiveness in Marriage.  You can access it at Wishing everyone a season of health, happiness, and gracious forgiveness.  Read More
Sep. 9, 2011 10:26 am
I just posted a story on entitled "The Stars of 4B".  As students and teachers struggle to create a classroom where all types of learners feel welcome and successful, I hope this story of a feisty and positive teacher sets a helpful tone!  You can search for it by name, or under my stories on the storybird website ( ) where my screen name is drronovick.  Enjoy, and...  Read More
Sep. 7, 2011 5:36 pm
I recently provided ideas and links for Jewish schools in addressing the ten year anniversary of 9/11 at  Read More
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