Tips To Find Inner Peace

It is currently more challenging than ever to maintain a healthy state of mind. With the increase in stress all around us it’s more important than ever to pay attention to our inner state of being. In order to combat this constant barrage of external stressors we have to make it a conscious priority to find some inner peace. Since September is Suicide Prevention month we thought it appropriate to share some tips that might help you do just that – find some inner peace . . .

Let Go of What You Can’t Control
Don’t spend time worrying about things that you can’t control. While an individual can make a difference in their own circle there are other things that you just can’t change. Concern yourself only with the things you can change, and let the rest go.

Meditation is a powerful tool for calming the mind and spirit. Daily meditation can help you relieve stress and anxiety which are enemies of inner peace. Meditating can give you a much-needed break from the world and put challenges in perspective. There’s no better time to start a practice than today! Hay House is offering a free 7-day meditation challenge this month. Click here for more info.

Get Back to Nature
Your daily struggles are real, but appreciating your surroundings can help put things in perspective. Let the sights, smells, and sounds of nature envelop you.

Try a Technology Fast
While devices and social media are great for staying in touch, they can also wreak havoc on your inner peace. Now more than ever, it’s time to take a break!

Simplify Your Life
Think about how much of the chaos of your daily life is put upon you by outside sources (like current events). Simplifying your life can clear the way to inner peace, and ultimately it boils down to choices and priorities. What can you let go of?

Try Energy Healing
Many Energy healing tools are designed to help you release trapped emotional energies. During difficult times, a little help from a trained practitioner can certainly help you calm and restore inner balance. And Camden Whole Health offers a variety of practitioners that can help. View them here.

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What Exactly is Prana, Qi, Chi, Life Force Energy?

by Paula Apro, Eden Energy Medicine & Emotion Code™ Practitioner, Pranic Healer

Prana, Life Force Energy, Qi, and Chi are all ancient terms for the same thing. What these terms describe is pure ENERGY. It’s the energy that makes up who and what you are. All matter in the universe is fundamentally made up of – ENERGY!!!

Have you ever thought about what the difference is between a living and dead person? Both people have a body, a set of organs, and billions of cells. What differentiates them is an ‘unseen’ force . . . the Prana, Qi, Chi, or Life force energy that gives the living person the awareness and consciousness to experience living. This is the one important element missing from the corpse.

Seems like it’s pretty important this life force energy, yet few doctors acknowledge, address it, or try to work with it. We are made up of so much more than just the physical body that modern medicine concentrates on. Do you know that your thoughts and feelings are nothing but energy waves that can actually be measured using various instruments? Did you know that the energy created from these thoughts and feelings can get stuck in your energy field and cause blockages and disruptions in the flow of your energy, which in turn leads to illness, disease, and depression? This all might sound scary, but the best and most fascinating news is that energy can easily be manipulated and transformed.

Transforming Energy

Science explains that energy can neither be created nor destroyed but can be transformed from one form to another. Think about what this could mean to you. If you can understand how to work with energy, it can help transform all the negative results in your life into positive results – sickness into well-being, lack into abundance, stress into peace of mind, and failing relationships into healthy, strong bonds.

Energy Medicine is all about transforming energy – the energy within us (our chakras), the energy that surrounds our bodies (our aura), and even the energy in our environment. By learning about energy, we become more conscious about its ubiquitous presence in everything around us. We all have experienced the difference between feeling “good vibes” versus “bad vibes” without any knowledge of Energy Medicine whatsoever. It is undeniable that we can all sense energy at some level.

So can you imagine being able to fundamentally change your life force energy to improve your health and happiness without the use of drugs, surgery, or expensive therapies? Energy Medicine focuses on removing energetic blocks so that your body can do what it naturally wants to do – move itself into balance so that it can heal. Imagine how much happier your body would be with this gentle approach to healing rather than using chemical reactions to force it into compliance.

Please consider learning more about powerful energy medicine techniques that you can start applying today to improve every aspect of your health and happiness. You can start by watching a free 20-minute lesson by Paula Apro, Certified Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner and Pranic healer.

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MAND Statement on COVID-19 Epidemic

by Dr. Barbara MacDonald, ND, LAc for the Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors on 7.10.20

As you are aware, in only a few months, a coronavirus never seen before has impacted every person on Earth. It has halted life as we know it by infecting more than eight million including 2,700 Mainers so far. Sadly, the COVID-19 has taken the lives of 423,000 of our loved ones – one quarter were Americans. 

You are likely experiencing information overload related to COVID-19 and are more than ready to return to ‘normal’ life. As licensed naturopathic doctors (NDs) in Maine, we feel it important, however, to let you know that we are there for you in this troubling time with constitutional and evidence-based, individualized holistic healthcare covered by most insurance companies. 

While scientists are still searching for cures for COVID-19, from medical, Naturopathic & Chinese medicines, you won’t find us making claims that are unsupported by data. There are currently no well-designed studies assessing whether natural medicines can help prevent or treat COVID-19. That hasn’t stopped us from using our tried and true system of medicine or our many holistic tools to support those whose goals include prevention, reduction of symptoms, duration and severity of illness and recovery from COVID-19. 

Just as all healthcare providers in our local communities, we take this illness very seriously. We understand the lack of evidence that we all wish we had in the pursuit of prevention and treatment methods. We are here doing our best with little information to test and treat you and help you recover to the best of our abilities using the tools and treatments we have used for previous viral illnesses and immune-related illness.


Members of the Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors would like to reiterate the CDC’s guidelines for protecting others in the case that you may have been unknowingly infected by coronavirus.[i] A person can spread the virus even without having any symptoms. We encourage each of you when in public, to cover your nose and mouth, maintain social distance, regularly wash or sanitize your hands and frequently touched surfaces. If you are exposed to someone who has COVID-19, quarantine from others and contact your doctor for testing and support.

While we do not claim that healthy lifestyle choices prevent you from getting COVID-19, some studies show those with underlying health conditions such as lung and heart disease, obesity, diabetes, or high blood pressure have more severe symptoms upon contraction of the novel coronavirus.[ii] So, it makes sense to follow the World Health Organization’s recommendations to make healthy choices, especially at this time. We all agree in recommending that you consider getting regular physical activity, avoid tobacco, monitor the mental and emotional well-being of yourself and your loved ones.[iii] Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate, get plenty of sleep and eat a well-balanced diet. 

As experts in nutrition, licensed ND’s encourage people to eat their own personal ‘healthiest’ diet or seek our counsel to figure out what that is for you. In general, we encourage people to eat whole food, plant-based diet rich in fruit and vegetables, unrefined whole grains if you tolerate them, a variety of healthy proteins and fats while reducing the consumption of sugar, alcohol, deep-fried foods, simple carbohydrates like white flour and processed ‘junk’ foods. Drink plenty of water instead of sweetened soda and juices.


The novel coronavirus is reported to usurp the body’s immune response resulting in people experiencing a great variety of signs and symptoms. Naturopathic doctors have many holistic, evidence-based tools for supporting patients’ unique constitution, tailored to their individual needs through each phase of the body’s reaction to the virus. 

When we are called upon to help support the health and well-being of a person with any health challenge, including COVID-19, in addition to following CDC guidelines for reporting and referral, we are devoted to our principles: call upon the healing power of nature, treat the underlying cause of illness, remove obstacles to the cure, treat the whole person, doctor as teacher.[iv]

The Naturopathic approach to disease prevention and management and the naturopathic tools available to the well-trained physician/doctor are well studied in the viral setting. With disclosure to our patients regarding the lack of study on such a new and serious illness, we have been applying our approach for our patients who wish to use all resources available to them in serving their goals including prevention, limiting severity and duration of the disease, recovering from COVID-19 and restoring health afterward. 

In the absence of effective vaccination or proven therapeutics, we offer what has been effective in other viral illnesses, cytokine storm situations and recovery from other severe life-threatening health challenges. There are no data to prove which if any botanical, homeopathic, lifestyle, nutraceutical or treatment will be powerful enough against contracting and managing COVID-19. But, we can propose natural medicines based on their known mechanism of action and historical data against other viral illness that, first do no harm and may, and in the future, may be found to help in the following ways:

· Modulate immune function to stimulate antiviral immunity in the prevention phase

· Modulate the production of inflammasomes, NFkb and other inflammatory cytokines

· Modulate immune function to calm the cytokine storm

· Activate healing and repair mechanisms after the severe phase of illness to restore proper function to systems negatively affected

· Restore proper nutrient status to facilitate return to normal function

· Enhance neurotransmitter, microbiome and adrenal function to improve mental, emotional health and energy

SARS-CoV-2 stimulates a part of the innate immune response called the inflammasome that seems to trigger the immune response in an overactive manner called a cytokine storm that can cause severe damage to the lining of the organs, especially the lungs.[v] One mechanism that functional or Naturopathic doctors have called upon in their treatment of the cytokine storm are natural agents found in other illness to dampen the inflammasome function such as ECGC from green tea and a bioflavonoid called quercetin.[vi]

Other types of natural medicines that have been used in viral illnesses that activate inflammasomes, cytokine storms, flu, etc. that are in the toolbox of many licensed ND’s and Functional MD’s/DO’s that are being studied to determine if they will be helpful with COVID-19 with minimal risk of harm include vitamin D, melatonin, curcumin, resveratrol, green tea, quercetin, zinc, Elderberry and many more.[vii]

As COVID-19 was first experienced in China, the use of Chinese herbs has been a staple in the prevention and management of COVID-19 since the third state guidelines published in December, 2019. Most recent hospital surveys found that 85% of people with COVID-19 are now being given a combination of modern western medicine and traditional Chinese herbal therapy.[viii] 

The experience of doctors in hotspots in China, who used a combined approach, observed that the Chinese herbal therapies were successful at preventing those with mild symptoms from getting worse and to be particularly effective at treating the febrile and respiratory symptoms.[ix] Herbs that Naturopathic doctor’s borrow from a huge bounty of Chinese botanical research since the 2002 SARS epidemic include the use of Scutellaria and Houttuynia cordata and many others that block viral replication of earlier SARS virus.[x]

Using similar herbs used in the previous SARS epidemic, frontline workers in China, in 2019, found a dramatic reduction in the contraction of the novel coronavirus.[xi], [xii]


A registry of Naturopathic physicians’ management of COVID-19 has been created by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.[xiii] Together, scientists from the fields of naturopathic medicine, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, immunology and nutrition apply their expertise to the study of natural medicine are putting their resources together to help identify what natural methods are most supportive to those with COVID-19.

In conclusion, members of the Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors wish for you to know that if you are inclined to take a constitutional & evidence-based holistic approach to your healthcare for any health challenge, including COVID-19, we are here for you from testing to treatment.

To find an ND near you, please visit our website.

A final note during this troubling time.

The right to free speech and honoring our freedom to express our different belief systems seems to have divided us, resulting in more judgement, anger, and fear in a time where we must call for unity. It is up to each of us to commit to being supportive of one another in spite of our varying beliefs in this most difficult of times. In response to this division, Maine Licensed Naturopathic Doctors call upon each of you to promote kindness, respect and tolerance.





[v] Conti P, Ronconi G, Caraffa A, et al. Induction of pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-1 and IL-6) and lung inflammation by Coronavirus-19 (COVI-19 or SARS-CoV-2): anti-inflammatory strategies. J Biol Regul Homeost Agents. 2020;34(2):1.

[vi] Tozsér J, Benko S. Natural compounds as regulators of NLRP3 inflammasome-mediated IL-1? production. Mediators Inflamm. 2016;2016:5460302.

[vii] accessed on 6.14.20.



[x] For more information on Chinese herbal therapy for SARS:

[xi][xi] Lau TF, Leung PC, Wong EL, Fong C, Cheng KF, Zhang SC, Lam CW, Wong V, Choy KM, Ko WM

Am J Chin Med. 2005; 33(3):345-56.

[xii] World Health Organization. WHO Director-General’s remarks at the media briefing on 2019-nCoV on 11 February 2020. 2020.


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SARS-CoV-2 Testing Options

This is offered as our way of helping to keep our community safer as there is no other resource for asymptomatic individuals who want testing. In addition, the Governor has mandated that those visiting our state have the option to be tested instead of a 14-day quarantine but other local test sites are not yet operational.

Until state-funded community-wide asymptomatic testing is available locally, we will continue testing people who are not our patients. We are doing our best to keep costs down in an effort to test as many people as want to be tested.

There are many different scenarios when deciding if, when and what type of testing people need. We offer nasal swab, saliva, antibody blood draw, antibody finger stick and stool testing.

To decide if you have been exposed and are actively shedding virus and could be contagious, a nasal swab is ideal. Keep in mind, however, that a person could have SARS-CoV-2 and still not have enough viral shedding to test positive YET. Nasal swab testing is ideally done the day prior to symptoms or at the peak of symptoms and may remain positive (except for unanticipated testing error) until 2 weeks after symptom onset. Some people choose to combine nasal swab sooner and antibody testing later.
Stool testing picks up active viral shedding as well but may remain positive for up to 5 weeks after nasal swab testing has become negative. This helps one understand if symptoms they had a month ago were from the novel coronavirus.

Saliva testing, like nasal swab, identifies active viral shedding as well, but there needs to be quite a bit of DNA in the sample to be positive and therefore is ideal during peak of symptoms when someone wants to do testing for the novel coronavirus at home instead of coming to the office. This is not a good screening test for tourists.

We offer two types of antibody testing. One, by blood draw, maybe more accurate for a person who wants to know if the symptoms they had a while ago were from SARS-CoV-2 as it will be more concentrated in the plasma from a blood draw. The drawback is that the CDC recommends using “major labs” like Quest that we use if one is compelled to do antibody testing which they still do not recommend. However, the Quest test may have up to a 26% false-negative rate. This means that if it is positive, it is very likely accurate (except for very rare lab contamination or error) but if it is negative, there is a 26% chance that the person’s symptoms were from the novel coronavirus but the test wrongly indicated that they were not. Another drawback is that Quest does not offer IgM testing which indicates if a person was recently infected and is still likely to be contagious. They only offer IgG antibody testing which indicates that a person was infected sometime in the past. Another plus of this test is that it does give quantitative information if a person is trying to watch if their titer (levels of antibodies) is going up or down.

A more sensitive and specific antibody test that is taken by a simple finger stick is available as well with a 15-minute turnaround time. This test has been studied in China to be much more accurate, is simpler to do with a faster turnaround time and is much less expensive. This one tests both antibodies: IgM and IgG. It does not give a quantitative amount of antibody if someone is trying to see their titers over time, however.

No test can determine if a person has COVID-19 immunity at this time and should not be used to give us a false sense of security that we are safe from contracting it. We can also contract it soon after being tested and, for up to 14 days be spreading it to others unknowingly.

All antibody tests have false negative rates that concern doctors and the CDC. Ideally, people would have both a properly administered, transported and analyzed nasopharyngeal swab and an antibody test regularly to assess if they are contagious. Since this is not feasible, please continue to do all of the following: cover your mouth and nose in public and when visitors come to your home, maintain at least 6 feet between you and others, wash your hands in very warm/hot water for at least 20 seconds, sanitize your purchases then wash your hands after.


If you need the doctor’s help to decide which test to have done, schedule with Dr. Deb or Dr. Barb or ask your own PCP.

  • If you have been seen since May 1st, schedule a 15-minute check-in (approximately $60 if we are not in-network with your insurance provider or haven’t met deductible/co-insurance).
  • If you are an existing patient but have not been seen since May 1st, please schedule a 30-minute check-in ($100-125 if we are not in-network with your insurance provider or haven’t met deductible/co-insurance).
  • For local community members who know what type of testing they want, but who are not patients, you do not need a check-in with a doctor, just schedule your test with our staff. If you don’t know what type of test you want, please schedule a 30-minute check-in with a doctor ($125) to establish a doctor:patient relationship, sign all consents prior to the telehealth visit.
  • People visiting our area who wish to not quarantine for the full 14-days, you must use the SARS-Cov-2 nasal swab test. You will be asked to sign a consent and agreement that you will remain in isolation until your result is back (usually within 3 days). That means you will not go to stores, gas stations, etc., until after your lab results are back.
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Clinic, Pharmacy & Laboratory Hours & Updates

Dr. Barb & Dr. Deb are available for telehealth & limited in-person visits.

Reception & Camden Natural Pharmacy

Will open with limited hours starting July 6th

Email orders, pre-pay and pick-up or ship will be available all summer.
The Lab is open for blood draws by appointment Monday-Thursday mornings.

Vacationing in the area? Need a SARS-Cov-2 Test?

Please click here to be taken to more information on SARS-Cov-2 Testing.


Staff are available to answer the phone and email Monday – Thursday (10-4) until July 6th, then Reception will be open the same hours as the pharmacy listed below. Call 230-1131 and if the line is busy, email: and request a call back, please. So sorry, but since COVID our lines have been jammed.

If you are a patient with concerns that you may have COVID-19 or have been exposed, please CALL THE OFFICE at (207) 230-1131 and we will return your call the same business day. If you don’t get through, email your doctor and staff at

Camden Natural Pharmacy

Pharmacy items are available all summer by pre-order, pre-pay and pick up
in the foyer or we will ship them to you upon your request.

Email: to place an order and do the following:

  • Type “supplement order” in the subject line
  • List the product name, brand, quantity of pills in the bottle, how many bottles you want.
  • Staff will call you for payment then place your bag with initials on it in the foyer
  • Pick up your bag during reception/pharmacy hours in the foyer wearing a mask and only one person in the foyer at a time please.
  • If you want your bag to be placed outside in the white box after hours, you assume responsibility for the replacement cost if they are taken by someone else
  • We now have plenty of immune support so patients can order up to 2 bottles of those items now per person.

On July 6th, if the Governor’s mandate still allows, we will open the pharmacy store and reception area with limited hours:

  • Monday & Tuesday Noon-4 pm
  • Wednesday – Friday 10-4 pm

In-Person Doctor Visits

Our receptionists will help you decide if in-person or telehealth (with your consent) serves you best. You may come in to see Dr. Deb or Dr. Barb if you need an examination or a physical medicine treatment like an adjustment or acupuncture.

Upon arrival, please wait in the car until we come to do your temperature check. Please put on your mask, roll down the window and temporarily remove the left hearing aid if you wear one. We will bring you into the clinic where we require you to sanitize your hands.

Please bring your own water as we cannot serve tea and water at this time.
Patients coming for acupuncture, wear loose fitting clothing and bring a blanket if you want one please

For your safety, we require that you cover your mouth and nose at all times,
sanitize hands upon entry, maintain 6 feet from staff and other patients,
try to avoid touching supplement bottles in the pharmacy.

You will be contacted to answer a COVID-19 screening questionnaire a week prior to the appointment. If the answers to these questions become ‘yes’ after you are screened CALL TO RESCHEDULE PLEASE. Please pay with a credit card if possible.

Camden Whole Health Lab

The blood draw station has been moved so you will enter it directly.
Please do not approach the door. Our phlebotomist will come to get you.
The lab is open for patient blood draws M-Th mornings by appointment only (207) 230-1131 or email to request a call to schedule.

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Balance Your Mind Body & Soul 2-Day Workshop

Balance Your Mind Body & Soul 2-Day Workshop

Discover The True Foundation To Good Health

Catch A Glimpse And Begin To Understand What It Really Takes To Attain Optimal Health By Learning The Energetic Secrets Of The Body.

This unique 2-day workshop includes discussions and exercises that will begin to open your eyes to the invisible and magical energy that runs through and dictates your overall health. This is where all the magic happens. This energy gives us life but also causes our pain and illnesses. The magic formula to achieving lasting health is by understanding and creating balance through the four aspects or “Four Bodies” that make up who we are: the Physical, Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual Bodies. Each body will be discussed and balanced, leaving you not only feeling great but with the knowledge to retain your new-found healthy balance.

By learning about each of your energetic bodies, how they relate to each other, and how to bring balance to each one you will be on your way to improving your health. This workshop will include tips and suggestions to add to your daily lives. We will perform some very easy physical energetic exercises, some writing & drawing exercises, and enjoy a peaceful meditation. All the tips you perform during this workshop will be included in handouts so that you can take them home and continue to bring balance to yourself on all levels. Your journey to your optimal health & happiness begins during this experience!

Workshop details
Saturday, May 2 & Sunday, May 3, 2020 9AM – 2PM (with an hour break for lunch)
Camden Whole Health, 91 Elm Street, Camden, ME
Price: $199 (includes both days)

Pre-registration is required. For questions, please email To sign up, please visit:

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Musings about knowing and the climate crisis

What does it mean to know something?

As a therapist, I spend much of my time in the space between knowing and not knowing. It’s not that I know something before another, it’s that I know that there is more to know and I hold that space.

Mortality falls into this category. We all know we’re going to die. And yet, by and large, we don’t think about it on a regular basis. We both know it and don’t know it. The knowledge of our mortality seeps in with age-hopefully slowly-as we lose pets, grandparents, parents, and spouses. The reality of our mortality means we are vulnerable. Knowing just how vulnerable we are, can be too much to know.

The climate crisis makes us vulnerable.

Sudden, traumatic, unexpected losses overwhelm our senses. You’ll hear people say things like, “This can’t be!” “No. I don’t believe it!” “This is not the natural order of things.” While of course, the person knows the loss has occurred, their words, if taken at face value, suggest they don’t know. This is our autonomic defense system at work, protecting us from realities too great to know. These words help us deflect the pain so that we can slowly integrate our loss, our vulnerability. Listen the next time you hear a shocking piece of news. Listen to what you or others around you say. You’ll hear it too. You’ll likely deny this new fact with your words while also knowing it is true.

What does this have to do with the climate crisis you ask?

We both know it and we don’t know it. Some people know it more than others. And they are usually angry, afraid and scared. Understandable. There is another group of people who don’t know it, or “deny” it. It’s easy to be upset by this apparent ignorance. And then there are those who come in and out of knowing. This is probably the majority of us, each with our own ever-changing mix of knowing and not knowing. Sometimes our actions reflect this knowledge, and sometimes they don’t. We appear to contradict ourselves.

What is we had compassion for ourselves and for others for our not knowing? What if we understood this as a normal psychological defense to devastating information?*

*Before I go on, I should clarify. Please understand that I am suggesting compassion for individuals, not large companies or governments; not entities that have power over others, but individuals. I am not talking about oil companies that had information about greenhouse gas emissions and climate change in the 1970s and chose to hide the data. I am not talking about government leaders who are failing to act. This is abhorrent behavior. To know and to hide the truth. To know and to not act. There is so much blame to go around but at this point, I am not interested in “how we got here” or “why.” That’s a problem for another day.

It is part of the government’s job to protect us. And our government has failed us. This is devastating knowledge for many. So devastating some of us just can’t know it because it calls into question everything about who we think we are as a people. There are groups in this country that know this betrayal all too well-Native Americans, African Americans, Immigrants, Women, Muslims, etc. Shall I go on? No. Hopefully, you get the point.

I believe that anger, fear, and sadness are all reasonable responses to not being protected; and therefore to the climate crisis. I feel these things regularly. And, as a therapist, I also see how denial can also be a reasonable psychological response. I believe that people who deny the climate crisis are trying to keep themselves safe-physically, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually-safe from this terrible knowledge. Given the current state of the climate crisis, this might sound crazy to you. But again, if you think about how we deal with our mortality, this is the same process, on a grander scale. This has been a form of collective denial to not see, to not know, how we as humans can and are harming the planet, and ourselves.

When someone feels threatened or is scared, showing them anger or disdain does not help them change. Yelling at them makes them hide more, dig in their heels, stand their ground and defend their position or belief. On the other hand, collectively protesting, striking and demanding change from the government or large corporations can be effective. It’s a different dynamic. The protestors have each other. They have the validation and support of the group. They are not alone. As a group they have power. And their courage and strength can motivate others and help others see.

The truth is we are all at fault. We are all guilty. We all use or have used fossil fuels, most people eat red meat, we all have smartphones and computers and wear clothes. And of course, we are all mostly good. We feel remorse. We don’t want to see how we have hurt each other and the planet. But we must. We must integrate both our own bad and good, our own love and hate, or our conscious acts to protect the earth and unconscious acts to protect the status quo. If we want climate deniers to integrate the knowledge of the climate crisis, we too need to acknowledge the inherent conflicts we all are experiencing. We need to break the frame of good and bad and move to a more realistic and integrated view of humanity as the brilliant and flawed beings that we are.

There is so much blame to go around. But we cannot afford to get stuck in this place. We cannot afford to get stuck in rage or despair or denial. We must grieve. The climate crisis is the biggest loss you can possibly conceive-and not yet conceive. Grief is not just one feeling. It is an emotional process that takes time, involves an array of feelings and experiences and ultimately helps bring about a regenerative state of being. People in active grief will say they “feel crazy” because their feelings are always changing. Grief includes shock and denial, anger and bargaining, guilt, sadness, and despair. It also includes hope, curiosity, humor, resilience, acceptance, regeneration, and growth. Grief is not a straight line, but a spiral, moving us in and out of feelings over and over as we resolve our losses and take in our new reality one small piece at a time.

On the other side of grief is the desire to live. The ability-the necessity-to act. Let’s grieve together so we can get on with the work of protecting life on earth.

If any of this sparks your curiosity, please join me for the next community gathering on climate grief scheduled for March 15th. 5-6:30 pm.

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December Specials

We are pleased to announce the following holiday specials running throughout the month of December . . .

Holiday Sauna & Ampcoil Specials

Give the gift of healing this holiday season – buy a gift certificate for 4 Ampcoil sessions or Saunas and get 1 free. One AmpCoil session is $60. Get five sessions for the usual 4-session package price of $200 until December 1st and save $100. Get 5 saunas for the price of a 4-sessions. Ampcoil creates a pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) by sending tones or frequencies, through an amplifier into a modified Tesla coil (magnetic bioresonance coil) to

  • penetrate deep into the cell,
  • cross the blood-brain barrier,
  • break through biofilms, and
  • neutralize vibrational interferences caused by microbes, metals, toxins throughout the entire body.

Whether you simply desire to feel more uplifted, energized and mentally clear or you have serious health challenges you may benefit from regular Ampcoil sessions to help you feel better. Saunas support physiological changes in the body, including supporting immune function, elimination of toxic substances, improves circulation, reduces oxidative stress, and may replicate benefits seen with regular exercise when used regularly. Both traditional and infrared sauna is available at Camden Whole Health in our solo sauna/shower room. Schedule your sauna and Ampcoil sessions now through the front desk by calling 207-230-7235. For New Year cleansing – use Ampcoil before a sauna while sipping detox tea and enjoy a healthy 2020!

Crystal Facial Gift Certificates 50% Off

Are you looking for a truly unique gift for that somebody special that has it all? How about giving a gift of wellness that is not only healthy but blissfully relaxing and truly one-of-a-kind. Paula Apro of Mariposa Energy Therapy is the only Certified Crystal Sonic Rejuvenation™ practitioner in the state of Maine and she’s offering these facials right here at Camden Whole Health.

Crystal Sonic Rejuvenation™ is a rejuvenating and revitalizing facial treatment that uses ancient Chinese acupressure techniques, sound healing, and crystals. These sessions include a blissful hour of relaxation that can not only erase the lines of stress and rejuvenates the face, but also balance all the meridians in the body. This is your chance to give a truly unique gift or treat yourself to something special without breaking the bank. Crystal Sonic Rejuvenation sessions are normally $95, but until Dec. 24th you can purchase a gift certificate for sessions at $47.50/each.

To purchase a gift card at the discounted rate, just click on the graphic to the right. When you arrive at the sales page, select the $95 gift card option and enter in the discount code CWH2019 to save 50%.

If you have any questions or problems with ordering, please email


Holiday Specials from Hester Kohl

Self-Care Special (50% off in December!)
Many people put self-care on the back burner during the busy holiday season, but this often leads to increased stress and decreased sense of well-being. Hester will be offering an amazing deal to help you stay healthy this month; 50% off Winter Wellness Consultations and Intuitive Eating Coaching for the entire month of December! This includes any sessions scheduled in December 2019. To schedule a session contact Hester at 207.505.1066 or




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Climate Grief Forum

On December 1, 2019, a small group met at Camden Whole Health for our first forum on Climate Grief. Climate Grief, also known as “eco-anxiety” or “climate anxiety” is a term used to describe the uncomfortable emotions people are having in response to the climate crisis. I prefer the term Climate Grief because I think it better represents the full spectrum of emotions that people are experiencing in relation to the changing climate. While strong emotions about the climate crisis are normal and quite understandable, like any strong emotions they can interfere with our ability to live our lives and take appropriate action. Just think about a time when you have grieved the loss of a loved one. During the acute grieving phase you may have felt like all you could do was survive. But as your grief shifted you experienced a new sense of purpose and direction.

The US Global Change Research Program* has published research about the health effects of climate change. While most of us know about the changes, and anticipated changes to our oceans in the form of temperature change and sea-level rise, the greenhouse gas effect, and the dying off of other species, many of us have not heard about the direct health effects-both physical and psychological (and in some cases spiritual) to humans. And, yet many of us are already experiencing some health-related consequences of climate change. The dramatic increase in tick-borne illness is one very present and real consequence in the midcoast. Environmental allergies, heat-related illness, waterborne illness, and premature births are also on the rise. In addition, there are changes in our mental health. More and more people are reporting chronic stress, symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and depression related to climate change. Immigration is often driven by climate-related environmental and social strains leading to mass displacement and trauma. And for others, decreasing resources will lead to social instability and even violence. No wonder we’re stressed!

When considering the climate crisis emotions range from despair and depression to anger and anxiety, to disappointment and sadness and finally to numbness or the lack of emotion. If we think of grief as a process that encompasses all of these feelings, then the term climate grief fits. One remarkable quality of grief is the ever-changing emotions that arise and fall within an individual. People generally move back and forth through numbness, anxiety, anger, and sadness finally finding acceptance and resolve to continue living. Therefore while painful and confusing, grief also offers hope. Grief offers the possibility of something new and different on the other side. People generally experience a sense of renewal and rebirth as their grief resolves.

When it comes to the climate crisis I believe we all need to move through grief into the renewal phase so as to free up our energy to take action on behalf of ourselves and our community, the planet and other species, and all of humanity. My goals for the forum are to provide education about the process of climate grieving, create a supportive environment in which participants can share their feelings about the crisis, help build resilience and a community of people who are ready to take action. There will be a didactic presentation, discussion and opportunities for personal expression through talking, writing, and creative arts expression.

If any of this resonates with you, please come check out what we’re doing! The forum is free and open to the public. The next forum is scheduled for Sunday, January 12th, 5-6:30 pm at Camden Whole Health. If you have questions or would like more information please contact me at

Check the CWH January newsletter for details!

*For the full report go to

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Cannabinoids Support Many Aspects of Health

This is Part 1 of a 2-part series on Cannabinoids, which are naturally found in plants to support many aspects of health.

Now that laws have evolved whereby the cannabis plant is freed from its legal constraints (on a state by state basis), research that was once plentiful during the ’50s and early ’60s is now in the process of being revived. Not only is research on this plant blooming, but the current setting of what we understand about how our brain and bodies work in 21st-century science is also opening whole new applications for this medicinal plant.

First off, it is important to know that all cannabis plants (both industrial hemp as well as medicinal marijuana) contain cannabinoids, with the primary difference being the content of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the primary cannabinoid associated with the neurological sensation of being “high” (also colloquially termed “stoned”, “baked”, etc.). The primary difference between “marijuana” (Cannabis strains high in THC, like C. Indica) and “industrial hemp” (Cannabis strains low in THC, like C. Sativa) is predominantly that THC level, with hemp containing less than 0.3% THC with relation to total cannabinoids (as set forth by the 2018 Farm Bill) being allowed to be sold without a prescription (on a state-by-state basis). In order to purchase high-THC products, patients require a “medical marijuana card” by being prescribed it by an MD, DO, or NP. Unfortunately, when passing this law Maine failed to include the only doctors with training in herbal medicine – naturopathic doctors.

The second important consideration is that there are hundreds of various cannabinoids in cannabis plants, with few cannabinoids being rigorously studied. One such cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD), in contrast, is well studied to the extent that we see significant qualified health responses. Here in Maine, we have the ability to purchase low THC products from various locals – from gas stations to pet shops and everything in-between. But laws surrounding the sale of these products make it hard to compare value, dose, and efficacy between products. This is concerning, especially when it is often expensive and if a sub-optimal product is tried without benefit, one might not try CBD again, even if they might benefit from a product with a known and validated CBD level.

The last piece of information that is critical for our understanding is that humans and many mammals have an endogenous “endocannabinoid system”, which means that our biochemistry not only has systems in place to utilize cannabinoids, including specialized receptors, it also has the capacity to make its own substances, like anandamide, that can bind to existing cannabinoid receptors in our brain and have a cannabinoid effect – Think “runner’s high” which is a manifestation of anandamide release secondary to exercise that makes us feel good.

With these cannabinoids and our endocannabinoid system now better understood, a plethora of research is coming out about the benefits of CBD in particular. Early research demonstrates benefits for sleep, anxiety, neurological pain, digestion, seizures, and immune system modulation, among others. Additionally, CBD has a very low incidence of adverse events, supporting its safe and effective use in a broad swath of patients.

Stay tuned for Part 2 when we will explore these benefits in more depth.

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