Monthly Archives: January 2013

Balance: Gene Crowley


I taught high school English Grammar and World Literature for 32 years in Chicago’s public schools. I like mythology very much. I am acquainted with Celtic, Norse, Egyptian, Babylonian, Hindu, Buddhist, and American Indian mythologies. When I studied for my Master’s in Psychology, I identified with Carl Jung who used mythology as a tool for his patients in therapy. Jung’s archetypes or universal behavior patterns identifies many of the roles that we often play: the warrior, lover, the healthy king, mother goddess, the trickster, the wise man, and the orphan. Jung’s goal for his patients was self-actualization, another name for awaking the spirit or being re-born in the spirit. This is our true reason for being.

I decided to live a more healthy life when I studied Jung. I was near the age of 35, and Jung indicated at that age individuals should become more introverted and attune to their spiritual sides. An “aha” moment occurred after I realized Jung’s approach to his self-actualization was the same idea that the ancient Egyptians had in their commanding man to know himself. That was the order for self-development or self-knowledge. The reason for being is to know the self as a spiritual being endowed with the inexhaustible gifts of the spirit. Our goal is to awaken our true self and become a service to humanity.

Keeping Your Dog Healthy

Happy Accident:

I was so worried that I had munchausened my dog when I mistakenly brushed his teeth with Skin So Soft which I use to repel the fleas from my landlord’s dogs. Man I would be beside myself if I killed my little Lovie when I was trying to keep him healthy. Kind of ironic since I put the oil in his old dental spray bottle in an effort to recycle, MISTAKE. Then I did some research and it turns out that the ingredients are just mineral oil and carrot seed oil: one makes them go to the bathroom and the other is a safe essential oil that’s an anti-inflammatory (goes with my anti-inflammatory diet which I’m still enjoying). So I guess I won’t keep freaking out. Here’s a link of other dog-friendly oils, kinda surprising:

New Endorsement

New endorsement video on my author profile at Amazon check it out:


Rest: Alyssa Phillips


Kamala Appel: Hello everyone! This is Kamala Appel. I’m here today with Alyssa Phillips. We are continuing along the journey of exploration of living a healthy life and a mindset of people who have made a commitment to living a healthy life. Alyssa, please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us a little bit about your background.

Alyssa Phillips: Sure. Hey, everybody. My name is Alyssa Phillips and I am a physician assistant and I also have an undergraduate degree in nutrition. I’ve been a long time runner. I fell in love with running about 20 years ago. But, ironically, we had a crash course in the other side of medicine and had to leverage what I had been training for unbeknownst to me my whole life both personally and professionally when I was given a less than 5% survival just six weeks after running my best time in a half-marathon. I was diagnosed with a really rare type of cancer and, among other things, had two back-to-back bone marrow transplants, and I was only 31 at the time.

Kamala: Wow! So was that an “A-ha!” moment for you? Was that a moment that made you … It sounds like you were already a pretty healthy person. Did the bone marrow cancer scare make you really commit to overcoming every health challenge you have or were you kind of already on the path?

Alyssa: You know, it’s a bit of both. I was definitely on the path. I think one of the reasons, you know, among other things, I was young, healthy and people would tease me that I was the healthiest person they knew, that sort of stuff. But something like this, you know, you never think it’s gonna be you and I had already lost my younger sister when we were in college. And it just seemed absolutely impossible and yet I couldn’t argue with the fact that I had all of these resources that even though I was facing this seemingly impossible challenge … I mean, nobody expected me to make it … the stuff that I was doing became the anchor to hold on to. And, you know, it really shifted my whole perspective of everything. Even though I had been taking care of myself in really great ways and stuff, it just shifted my whole perspective from pushing, doing, running, all of this stuff to nurturing, balance and really giving my body what it needed. I was asking it to do this huge thing and to go through these really significant treatments. But I was in a position where, you know, it was really catastrophic. By the time it was found, the primary lesion had quadrupled in size in like six days. So I had to go through these treatments just in order to have a chance. And my whole intention was supporting my body the best I could in doing that.

Kamala: That’s such good advice, you know, support your body. And that’s something that, you know, you do kind of learn as you get older how important it is. It’s good to challenge your body but it’s also good to take care of it and nurture it just like you would someone else. I mean, you know, sometimes I think I might be more strict with my dog’s regimen sometimes than my own at a certain point but then I also challenge him. So I think sometimes treating your body as you would someone else’s body.

Alyssa: Right. Well, it’s interesting because when I was going through these things, you know, I had just run my best time in a half-marathon. That’s not a short race. I was kind of pushing the envelope and it’s one of these things that helped save my life because I had to kind of run a race on different levels. It was an endurance race. It wasn’t a sprint. And I really leveraged that, I guess, discipline and endurance that I had again, unbeknownst to me, been training myself all this time for, and yet on the physical level, I really had to take a step back and it was very clear that this was not the time to tear down and things like that that I was able to do before. You know, I could go for a sprint workout and then recover for a day. But even at that, the body is meant to move and I would power walk for an hour every day on the bone marrow unit.

Kamala: Good. I think that’s good. I think that might have increased your ability to heal faster.
Alyssa: It does. And you know, mentally and physically, it’s good. You don’t have to beat your body up doing it. But the body is meant to move, and walking is one of the best forms of exercise, just getting the endorphins up. I couldn’t go outside. I couldn’t go in the general public for over a year. So exercising was a way to, you know on some days, it was a way just to stay sane.

Kamala: And why couldn’t you … because of your immune system? Is that why you couldn’t go out?
Alyssa: Yeah. So they wipe out your immune system with the bone marrow transplant, and they did that twice. So I was on, I jokingly called it, house arrest. When I wasn’t at the hospital, I was to be at home because it really was dangerous for me to be out.

Balance: John Salat


Kamala Appel: Hello everyone this is Kamala Appel A.K.A. “the Key” and KEA Productions. We are here with John Salat and we are going to be talking on how to live a healthy lifestyle. Which I would think all of us aspired to do, but hopefully in a manageable way which is what we are focusing on? So John please introduced yourself and tell people a little bit about your background.

John Salat: Oh. Thank you, Kamala. Yeah, well I am a book author and my experience is really working with energy work and energy medicine and energy balancing. And I just have taken it to different levels starting with the human potential level into transformational type of education and experiential education so, isolyser energy charge with everything so I’ve taken that to different levels and teaching classes and Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Reiki meditation energy movement dance classes and I’ve led classes to a lot of celebrities and people even people in the medical field and even work at a medical clinic for both physical therapist and psychologist and doctors and interfacing this work which is perhaps considered new to many people.

Kamala: Although I think it’s probably been around for probably thousands of years or so.

John S.: Yeah exactly, yeah it’s not new. Yeah it’s old as the hills as long as the energy is always been around us and it’s always accessible you don’t need tools or instruments and it’s about as natural as life is itself.

Kamala: So I’m wondering how the medical community has treated you: if they embraced you or if they kind of approached you with a level of cynicism. Sometimes it surprises me because I think if you’re a doctor you’d want your patience to be healthy, you would think, whatever it takes. But I have noticed that sometimes Western medicine pooh-poohs some holistic or Eastern medicine or alternative forms of healing. How has the medical community treated you?

John S.: You know it does feel challenging sometimes, I work at two different centers. One is where people are mentally health challenged, I use reiki and energy medicine there and then I also use moving awareness such as tai chi and alternate those classes there. And they’ve really look at results they don’t care about the means and the methods where the other place is a pain clinic center where people experiencing pain for more than a year. With insurances are just being dragged down because their on medications and pain killers and stuff so we’re like the last hope. They’re a little more conservative there and just want me to stick with the moving energy or moving kinesthetical work and not with the energy medicine because I was kind of reprimanded so I go ‘oh ouch’. You definitely fill that in and course you know I just have seem like it’s all integrative medicine sound like once better than the other and I really a team player but I just know that people just a have certain skepticism and it is out there you know, no doubt, it’s not like it’s always you know places people would share everything.

Eating: Katherine Isacks


Kamala Appel: Hello everyone, this is Kamala Appel AKA “The Key and KEA Productions.” We are here talking about reasons for being healthy and I am here today with Katherine Isacks. And we are going to find out more about her quest to help people with diet and nutrition. Katherine please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your background.

Katherine Isacks: Thank you Kamala, I’m a registered Dietitian and I work for two hospitals and I own my own business. I work primarily in weight control and diabetes education. I’m passionate about nutrition and helping folks control their health, reduce risks… that sort of thing. I’m thrilled to be here.

Kamala Appel: Great, thank you so much! Well, you’re obviously someone coming from a lot of knowledge, but certainly there must have been things that you learned along the way that surprised you. Was there anything about health and fitness that surprised you?

Katherine Isacks: Yes, actually I shouldn’t be surprised but I am continually surprised at just how many calories are contained in processed foods, foods from restaurants (even good quality restaurants) as well as in fast foods. I keep up on nutrition information from all sorts of different sources and I’m continually surprised at how many calories, how much saturated fat and sugar is actually in our food that are prepackaged and also from dining out food.

Kamala Appel: Wow…

Katherine Isacks: Yeah, continual source of surprise (Laughter).

Kamala Appel: Now many restaurants display calories on their menus and you see that one meal is around 1500 calories and it’s like wow!

Katherine Isacks: Yes and it gets much worse than that by the way. Some of the casual restaurants can easily go over 2000 calories and not to single one out as being worse than others, but Cheesecake Factory, people love Cheesecake Factory, it taste good and their huge portion sizes but that’s also one reason why you’re going to get a lot of entrées that are close to 2000 calories if you dine out there and eat the whole entrée. It’s good to be aware and I think that simply being aware by tracking calories, using whatever tool helps you; I find that the mobile apps are really a huge benefit in this area. I use, oh gosh I think I use 4 different devices that I track calories on to make it really convenient for me but I’m always surprised. And then the other thing that’s surprising is that we just assume that “oh if I exercise, I’m going to burn so many calories and it won’t matter really if I track or not.” And in fact, exercise is extremely important for health definitely even if you don’t lose weight it’s important for health. But it doesn’t burn that many calories unless if you have very high intensity exercises for a prolong period of time. So tracking is important in that sense too because then you have an awareness like “oh I just walked 30 minutes and wow I only burned 100 calories (laughter) or 150 calories” and then you will be like, you know, it’s not equivalent to a slice of cheesecake or something like that. The tracking has been a big deal in something that I’ve been doing a lot of lately and it’s also helpful not just in weight control, but related to diabetes management as well since folks need to know their carbohydrate content of their meals and snacks to help control their blood sugar level.

Kamala Appel: Yeah, I definitely think the tracking, if you can do it in a manageable way. I do triathlons and distance running like half marathon running or marathons but when you get to a certain point for those kinds of sports, you actually need to fuel like crazy because you are burning and going over 45 minutes. I think the 20 minutes (20-30 minutes), it’s so good for your body but you’re not burning a lot of calories. It’s when you get past that 45 minutes to an hour.

Katherine Isacks: Right, you make a great point. It’s intensity as well as duration and so if you’re running half marathons or marathons, you’re having high intensity long duration exercise and you really are burning quite a bit of calories. Even if say for instance, you’re only a 120 lbs. woman, you’re still burning a lot of calories. So absolutely and I mean that’s more in the athlete range but we’re talking about the regular folks more like me who gets exercise when they can and are primarily sedentary, sitting at a computer or a desk walk from patient room to patient room. For someone like me, I might be running only 30 minutes at a jog and then most of my other activities are sedentary but you make a very good point. Athletes are definitely a little bit, have a much better calories burning cushion there.