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Addison Henc's picture


When some people hear the word medicine, they think of little orange plastic adults-only rattles filled with various pharmaceutical drugs. This is the impression we are given on how to get well from the moment we are born: a quick treatment for every symptom, until the suppressed symptoms pile up and damage the entire system. This was the point of view I carried for a long time, and it still whispers in my ear when a symptom I've not had before sneaks up on me. And though I see the importance of western medicine, I have seen the truth of human care, and it's a bit different

Medicine is not a pill. Medicine is a way of living, a way of being.

Medicine means examining yourself, getting to know your physiology, your psychology, and learning how to nourish it deeply. With food and clean water and sleep and good thoughts. Medicine is feeling and learning your body's sacred language, and responding accordingly. Treating physical aches and pains first with movement or rest and touch. Nurturing a frazzled system with tonics and tea and tenderness. It means knowing your roots, your ancestry and how that affects your chemistry. It means forming a relationship with your ancestors, whether they are living or have passed on; learning of their lives and feeling their experiences in your bones. It means taking a look at your story, your life, turning over stones and looking at the creatures that live there, even if they're unpleasant. It's finding the usefulness and beauty in those darker, damper, more earthy areas of your being. Its curing relational tension with understanding, honesty, forgiveness, and love. It's taking space for yourself when overwhelmed, or surrounding yourself with love when depleted. Telling people what you need. Medicine is saying the hard things, and making the hard decisions, and then the easy ones. Medicine is dancing and singing and crying and screaming when that's what your body needs. Its being vulnerable and open. It's seeking and reveling in pleasure, but not distracting yourself from pain. Medicine is loving each person as the distant relative that they are. Loving them fiercely or harshly or tenderly and warm. And extending the same to yourself. It's filling your cup and letting it overflow for the benefit of others. It's taking care of our many homes: our body, our dwelling, our community, and our Mother Earth. It's ensuring a healthy future for the generations to follow.
Being human requires listening and paying deep attention. It requires work that we have not been taught in modern times. It's simple and intuitive, but has been discarded and buried. Fortunately for us, it is buried within the fabric of our existence.
Medicine is deep and empowering. You are made of medicine. You are medicine. Empower yourself, take care of yourself and you will inevitably help heal the world.

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Lauri Lang's picture

Easy & Healthy Recipes: Chia Pudding and Roasted Spaghetti Squash Delight

Lauri's Chia Pudding

single serving (can be made in bulk)

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Nutiritional Counseling with Lauri Lang

We are excited to bring to you a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist with a holistic philosophy to PCCHH!

 Laurie Lang will offer you new healthy lifestyle tools that will help you and your family to balance your diet and develop a healthy relationship between delicious food and your body/mind/spirit/emotions!

"It is not everyday that a provider contacts me at PCCHH who can inspire and spark such a sense of enthusiasm and willingness to change as what I have found with Lauri Lang! After meeting with her once I immediately had tools and unique food recommendations to take into my, and my husbands life that have been both exciting and delicious.  I am excited to see how our health will evolve with Lauri's help, and I knew that I had to bring her services to our clients at PCCHH!" Nikki Remic Bannon

To help you "Fall Into Healthy Eating" we are offering an introductory package of
THREE customized consultations to:

    • Optimize your nutrition, increase vitality and well-being.
    • Develop new practices and rituals to elevate mindfulness, serenity and balance in your daily life.  
    • Positively impact existing health conditions and prevent new ones from expressing.

CALL (412)242-4220 to Schedule Your
Nutrition Counseling Initial Consult Series of 3
& Start Eating Well! or Book Online Now

In the Fully Customized Initial 3 Session Package  
You Will...
In your first consultation with Lauri she will discuss with you what your goals are and inspire ways to implement the changes needed into your life.  Based on your goals Lauri will put together a plan for your following consultations that may include:
  • Assessment of current nutrition status and goals
  • Analysis of available labwork/diary/medications/supplementation
  • Recommendations for a structured plan for change
  • Implementation to overcome obstacles
  • Grocery store strategies & shopping
  • Therapeutic personal chef services

Areas of Nutritional Services and Specialties Include:
  • Anti-Aging & Increasing Vitality
  • Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle Recommendations
  • Autoimmune Condition Recommendations
  • Nutrition strategies for cancer prevention, support during cancer treatment and survivorship.
  • Improving: Cholesterol/Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar/Heart Disease/Healthy Weight Mangement
  • Women's Health: Fertility, Pregnancy, Menopause

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Carrie McCann's picture

3 Ways to Get More Vitamin L

What is Vitamin L, you ask?  A new superfood?  A scientific breakthrough? While the L is not new, if you ask me if is something that is easy to overlook!  The L stands for Love.  And what an important vitamin it is.  For me, fall especially is a time where my body and soul need a little extra TLC.  Here are a few things you can do to keep your Vitamin L high as we transition into this new season.

1) Cook with Love

We already covered this in a recent post on Instagram, but I think it’s worth mentioning again.  Have you ever tasted food that someone makes when they are mad? Or cooked when you’re mad and then end up cutting yourself while aggressively chopping vegetables?  How does the food taste after that?  Do your kids, your partner, or your roommate also become grumpy after they ate it? Food that is cooked with loving energy tastes better and is more nourishing for the soul.  And if you’re the one cooking it’s way more fun to cook when you are in a good mood then a bad one.  If you have to cook dinner and you’re upset try taking a few deep breaths before you start to get centered and grounded.

2) Get 8 Hugs a Day

Psychotherapist Virginia Satir said, "We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth."  Seriously though.  Try it. There are so many benefits to hugging, and a recent study from CMU showed that it could actually help you avoid getting sick.  Hugging releases oxytocin, which has both physical and emotional benefits including decreased blood pressure, improved immune function, lower levels of depression and anxiety, and help to fight infection and fatigue. 

3) Try a Loving-Kindness Meditation

A loving-kindness meditation, or metta bhavana, comes from Buddhist traditions but is a great tool that can be practiced by anyone!  This is a meditation that helps bring more compassion and love, both for yourself and others.   The traditional metta is fairly elaborate, but here is a simple version that you can practice. I have some suggested phrases below but make it your own and say what feels best for you.  Here is how you do it:

- Sit in a comfortable seat.  Take a few deep breaths and allow yourself to relax, letting go of any concerns.  Focus on your chest/heart and take breaths from that region. 

- Continuing to breathe energy through your chest, mentally repeat these phrases (or similar ones of your choosing).  This is a time to really show yourself compassion and feel the power behind these phrases.

  • May I be safe and free from harm.
  • May I be happy.
  • May I be healthy.
  • May I be peaceful.

- After a period of directing love toward yourself, you will turn your focus to others.  Bring a friend or loved one to mind and repeat the following phrases for them.

  • May they be safe and free from harm.
  • May they be happy.
  • May they be healthy.
  • May they be peaceful.

- Again, allow the feelings of love and compassion sink in.  Giving love freely without expecting anything in return.

- After a loved one, move to a neutral person and repeat the same phrases.  This should be someone that you do not have too many feelings toward- neither positive or negative. 

- Then, focus on someone you are having difficult feelings with and repeat the same phrases.  This is the toughest part.  Notice, without judgment, any emotions that come up for you.  Remember this is a practice of love and compassion, both for yourself and others.

- Finally, focus these phrases on all sentient beings.  You may even picture specific ones like animals, plants, or a particular forest you love as you are repeating your phrases.


If you’d like to try this meditation guided, there are lots on YouTube and on the Insight Timer app.  Give some a try and let us know which are your favorites!


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Laura Pickens's picture

Fun times with Aromatherapy


I have been having really inspiring results with raising my energy levels and setting positive intentions for my day through the use of essential oils! This is something that I have recently incorporated into my daily routine and I am very excited because my clients have been asking me about it a lot more too! 


I bought a few oils and had them in my house for months before I actually opened them. I have about 20 of them. They each smell good and have different color labels on them which I love. 


I began using them in the morning as part of my morning routine but now I am using them before I go to bed too! 


After my shower, I choose how I want to feel for the day. (This is important to decide so you can begin generating that emotion from the inside out.) Then I look at all the oils and choose one that I think will help support me in that intention. For example, if I want to feel clarity and balance, I choose orange. This helps to strengthen intuition. Or I may want to feel grounded, so I choose frankincense. It really helped me because I noticed my energy levels were dipping from it being summer and not being in my normal routine. I got pretty good at going out to eat with friends a lot and being lazy. 


It helps to smell them first too, to see which oils you are drawn to that day and incorporate the properties of that particular oil. The point isn't to make it complicated or right or wrong. It's more important to choose the oils and experiment to see how they make you feel. The process of smelling and picking an oil can bring us into the present moment. It can create a ritual that we do everyday that is quality time just for ourselves. I'm all for adding more nurturing and compassion into the day and oils are the perfect way to do that. And the oils when applied to the bottoms of your feet and belly get absorbed through our skin and help us feel better.  


I have had more energy to exercise since I have been using the oils. Also I have been mindful about making meals at home and slowing the pace of my life down which seems to give me more energy as well. I love smelling the scent throughout the day and how it immediately reminds me of my intention and how I can apply it to my day. It can have a positive effect on your mood. 


Essential oils can be used as linen spray, cleaning spray, and perfume. I mix 5 drops of rose oil and 10 drops of neroli oil together in coconut oil and apply it all over my skin. Also, I sprinkle lemongrass and spearmint on my carpet before I vacuum!  So I wanted to pass some of these ideas along to you so you can start reaping the many positive benefits for yourself. 

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