Category Archives: Healthy Body

Self Help Blogger & The Limits of Self Help

It’s time for this self help blog blogger to address my thoughts about my recent health scare:  The limits of self help!

What do I mean by that?

As you know if you’ve been following my writing, I’m a big fan of taking charge of my own health, emotional and physical.  I grew up with a father who was basically a holistic doctor — he was a “regular” physician, but also very much up on all sorts of natural healing approaches, from herbs to Kneipp water treatments and so on. So I grew up with a lot of herbs, and am still a strong believer, and when I get sick, that’s where I go first.

Meanwhile, I also studied and was certified in Quantum Touch energy work, and have practiced that on and off for a number of years, on myself and on others.

I also do distance healings occasionally and I’m still a bit incredulous about how well it works, even halfway around the globe.

But the main beneficiary of my QT practice has been me.  That’s why I started it.  At the time, I was in constant pain and was seeing a chiropractor at least twice a week. I also had horrible insomnia and was using everything in the book and then some, and STILL had trouble sleeping.

But once I started using some advanced QT techniques, my back and neck pain improved to the point that my chiropractic visits dropped to once a month.  My chiro still doesn’t quite believe I’m not “seeing someone else.”

And I can sleep!  In fact, that was the biggest miracle that happened.  There’s this special meditation that I’ve written about elsewhere on my self help blog that basically helps me go to sleep more effectively than almost anything else.

In fact, here’s what happened when I first learned it:

We were doing that meditation in the workshop, and insomniac super-fussy sleeper me fell asleep right there in the middle on the room, lying on the floor!  How embarrassing — and amazing.  I did the same meditation again that night, and once again I fell asleep before I was halfway done!  Woohoo!

So I do QT almost every day, and overall I’m very happy with the results.

But here’s the rub…

When I noticed a huge very deep boil/cyst on my thigh, I threw some herbs at it and visualized health, and did a lot of QT.  And yet it got bigger and bigger.  I finally decided maybe I better go to a doctor even though I currently have no health insurance.

Of course, the question was where to go. I realized I had no time (or money) to go from one doctor to the next as they tried to figure out who was the right person for THIS particular problem…  And who would be able to give me the right antibiotic.

Finally I did go see a doctor.  Fortunately, I picked my friendly plastic surgeon, who had been removing a whole bunch of moles from me a few years back, and who also had proven to know exactly which antibiotics worked when I had “boil” problems in the past.

He immediately got out the anesthetic and the scalpel and cut the thing open.

And none to soon…

He told me that if i hadn’t come in when I did, I would have landed in the hospital with a septic leg — within a day or two.

That was a scary thought!  I had been really sick already, with a fever, and intense fatigue. And at first I felt even worse after the surgery.

But talk about serendipity. I’m so glad I followed my gut feeling to go find a doc NOW and that I picked just the right one who got me in that very afternoon and immediately took action.  I went on antibiotics (still am) and the leg is now just about healed.  In the meantime, I was REALLY sick for a week and I’m still quite tired even a couple of weeks later.

So what’s the lesson?  Use ALL of it.  Alternative and traditional medicine. They are not an either/or proposition, but an and/and!  Like it was with my dad. He gave us wick’s vaporub and herb tea, but he also gave us antibiotics when we needed them.

There’s a time and place for all of it, and it often works in tandem… So yes, self-help is good, but sometimes we need to let others help us too.

What do you think?  Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Quantum Touch Energy Healing: An Amazing Tool for Health and Well-Being

Today, I want to tell you about Quantum Touch. I just remembered that I had neglected to update my contact information in my practitioner bio, and decided to get it fixed. And then I thought, hmmm, I’ve never written a post about this. So I better do it right now!

Especially considering the title of my blog: My FAVORITE self-help stuff! And Quantum Touch has literally transformed my life (well, Quantum Touch, along with EFT). So it’s high time that I write about it.

What is Quantum Touch?

It is an energy healing technique that you can use both on others and on yourself.  And this particular (very powerful) energy healing approach was developed by Richard Gordon (or maybe discovered…  you have to read his story).

How did I first find out about it?

I first discovered it a little over four years ago, in fall 2004, at an alternative health fair.  At the time, I was dealing with extreme stress and had a lot of physical symptoms that went along with it, including severe back and neck pain.  I went to my chiropractor two or three times a week, something I couldn’t really afford, and was STILL was in pain.

When I read about Quantum Touch in the event brochure, I was skeptical.  “You can heal with your hands” it said.  Yeah, right! I had to see what that was all about…

What happened next?

It was pretty boring to watch.  The expert held his hands lightly around the area that the “patient” had said was hurting, and did what looked like a bit of special breathing.  After a few minutes, the “patient” said her pain was gone.

It doesn’t always work as dramatically, I have found out since, but it almost always reduces the pain significantly.  As for me, once I discovered that I could work on myself and could learn how to work on others, I decided to give it a shot. I figured if I could just cut down on my chiropractor visits even by 50%, the workshop would be paid for within a month or two. As it happened, I did way better than that.

How well does it work?

After my first workshop, I was encouraged enough that I decided to explore further. Several of us got together and arranged for one of their advanced teachers to come to Richmond to teach a Super Charging workshop for us.

And that advanced workshop (Super-Charging) really made a huge difference. Until then, I was still a bit sceptical, but after that, I KNEW that it really worked.

So I worked on my own back, and on my persistent insomnia that had required major artillery including prescription drugs, aromatherapy, hypnotic sleep-inducing music, herbs, and a bunch of other tricks, all at once, and sometimes I still couldn’t sleep.  Now I used a little aromatherapy, a small dose of calming herbs if needed, and Quantum touch.  And slept better than I had in many years.

My chiropractor thought I had started seeing another chiro because I changed my schedule from twice a week to once every three to four weeks, feeling better in the meantime than I had before.

I love it.  I started working on friends, and then even on people I didn’t know, and eventually became certified as a Quantum Touch practitioner.

How does Quantum Touch work?

How does it work?  The basic idea is that when something is wrong with your body, its vibration has a very slow frequency.  However, when someone vibrates with a higher frequency and holds her hands around the part that hurts, the hurting part’s vibration will start to adjust to the higher frequency  and that in turn will allow it to heal itself.  That’s the theory behind it, or at least part of it.

Want to find out more about Quantum Touch? 

Just go to their website at for lots more information.

You can also read about it:

Richard and his colleagues have written three books:

Quantum Touch

Super Charging

Core Transformation

The first one is the introduction and the basic Quantum Touch technique. The second one provides some powerful add-on techniques, and the third one will turn the entire process on its head. I can’t wait to read it. I took the Core Transformation workshop, which must have been the most relaxing thing I’ve ever done, but I had tons of questions afterwards, so I look forward to filling in a few gaps. (Update: I’m using it on people I work on now and it’s very powerful!)

Can you learn to do it too?

Yes. The coolest thing about Quantum Touch is that it’s really not that hard. You can literally start doing it after just reading the book, though a workshop is of course very helpful because you get to practice on others and can watch others do it too. In fact, that was one of the coolest things about the workshops: people all work on each other. So after I got home, I felt wonderfully realigned.

Then again, I didn’t really get the kinds of results I was after until I took the Super Charging workshop — that’s what really seemed to power things up.

Well, that was a long post. I hope you all have a very relaxing weekend, and if you have pain of any kind, do consider checking this out for yourself.

Elisabeth, also known as Dr. K

Some people suggested I start using “Dr. K”!  I’m not a medical doctor — my Ph.D. is in linguistics, but a doctorate is a doctorate.

What do you think?

P.S.: If you’re interested in trying out a distance healing, sign up for my “list” and then hit reply and send me a return email and I’ll get back to you.

Flu or Cold Remedy: My Secret Weapon: (Thai) Chicken Soup on Steroids!

Want to know my favorite secret flu fighting weapon. The thing that has finally unclogged my sinuses, barely in time for my next round of flights tomorrow morning?

Several rounds of one of my favorite flu remedies: Tom Kha Gai (sp?), also known as Thai Coconut Chicken Soup. It’s chicken soup on steroids. Buy it by the bucket, and repeat. It works wonders!

If you don’t have a Thai restaurant nearby and don’t feel like recreating the recipe, use any kind of chicken soup and add some finely chopped ginger and garlic and if you can handle it, a bit of cayenne pepper or chile.

Another one: horseradish and/or wasabi. In a word: Sushi, heavy on the wasabi. That too helps. Have some miso soup with it. I think the warm liquids are really an important ingredient.

Of course, I hope you won’t need this advice. And now that I’m back in the Northern hemisphere, I guess this is not particularly seasonal. But it will be before you know it. And of course if you’re from down under, you can put it right to use 😉

Hairloss Remedy Article Surprise

Well, I’ll be darned! Here I was a bit hesitant to even publish this article about my experience with something that seemed to have made my hair stop falling out, and now it has had more views at ezine articles than ALL of my other 9 articles combined! Wow!

And what was the big news? That I have started avoiding shampoos that contain sodium lauryl sulfate and my hair stopped falling out. A friend had the same experience — which is what got me started on the experiment. So now it’s strictly all-natural shampoos for me!

I think I’ll have to write some more pieces on hair!

If you want to know all the details, the article is right here.

But be sure to come back here when you’re done!

So now I’m trying to come up with more related topics… I think I’ll write about frugal hair-coloring tricks next, and about how to make the most of whatever hair you’ve got.

Note added in January: I’ve written two more ezine articles on hair and one of them has found even more readers! Go here to check it out.