Written to educate, inform and inspire those seeking more holistic and eco-friendly ways of staying healthy, wealthy and wise!

Heartbreak, Healing & Hope

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It's easy to forget. I want to forget.

I remember because there are still so many people living with heartbreak and it's not the romantic kind.

Children are growing up in homes where domestic abuse, child abuse, bullying and even isolation are part of the daily dynamic. Their hearts and wills are broken before they are even teenagers. They grow up to become adults with anger and other unresolved emotional issues.

If they grow up at all.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics site, "suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds." Even our richest neighborhoods are at risk with this concern as noted in the The Atlantic Magazine article by Hanna Rosin (Silicon Valley Suicides). Click here for the full article.

Some things can't be fixed with just another pill.

This is the heartbreak that seeks healing. It's impossible to know what is going on inside someone else's home, inside their mind and heart. Where are the safe places to talk about our deepest, darkest dilemmas?

Often, what we notice first is the physical symptoms and pain. From backs spasming with stress, to eating disorders, headaches, cutting and chronic illness of all types, it 's easiest to see those signs of illness.

Once spotted, you can consider if there is a need for healing on an emotional or spiritual level. Whether the back is hunched over with unseen burdens from childhood trauma or emotional eating has resulted in weight issues and diabetes, there are clearly times when a holistic and natural solution is needed for healing that lasts a lifetime.

It may be a messy process. The issues impacting your overall health (or someone else's), at any age, often overlap with each other.

Still, start today and you can be sure to find a better way.

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Camille Leon is the Founder of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce. Our cause and community is connecting more people with natural and holistic health and wellness therapies. She is available as a speaker and consultant.  Contact Camille: 310-490-6862 or by email

 used to work out of a home office... There were too many days when I felt isolated and overwhelmed, as if I had do to it all on my own.


New Research: Parkinson's Disease & Laughter Yoga

Shelley BellAccording to a new study published in EXPLORE May/June 2016, Vol. 12, No. 3, by Debra Swedberg DeCaro, MSW, and Jodi L. Constantine Brown, PhD, MSW, "laughter improves physical and psychological health-related outcomes across diseases and populations. Research related to psychological outcomes is prevalent with studies showing that laughter helps with stress, mood, memory,  interpersonal relationships, psychologiccal well-being, and quality of life."

 By stimulating the amygdala, laughter may be helpful for adults with Parkinson's Disease (PD) because deficits involving  functions regulated by the amygdala have been implicated in PD symptoms. Laughter can create an increase in dopamine  production, and thus an increase in positive mood in adults with PD, as evidenced by anecdotal accounts and new research.  Laughter Yoga (LY) may be a viable intervention for adults because of these connections which impact "stress, mood, memory, interpersonal relationships, psychological well-being, and quality of life." 

While the most common current PD treatments involve psychotherapy and pharmacology, some of the side effects associated with pharmacological treatment have stimulated a call for "alternative treatment approaches."

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It's Never Too Late (aka You Can Start Today)

Moving your body is essential to staying healthy and feeling good.  You may think it is too late for you, but it’s not.  It’s never too late to start exercising; you just need to move!   article time

Whether you feel as if you're too old or too overweight, it doesn't matter...

Exercise does so much good for both your body and your brain.  And you know that old expression “If you don’t use it, you lose it”, well, it’s true! 

To start exercising you don’t have to begin by running a marathon, you just need to move.  Here are 3 easy ways to get started:

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Freedom of Choice

Generally speaking, we have a lot of freedom here in the U.S. and Canada. We are free to say what we want, travel where and when we want, eat and drink what we want... Well, mostly anyway. independence day

After all, there was that raid on a raw foods co-op in Venice Beach (CA) a few years ago.

At the same time, when people don't know what their options are, or how to access those options because they are off the beaten path or too far away, then how free are they to make any choice other than the status quo?

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Is Holistic and Natural Health Care Affordable?

Is Holistic Healthcare AffordableAs the Founder and Executive Director of The Holistic Chamber of Commerce, this is one of the most frequently asked questions that I hear…

 “Can I afford natural and holistic health care?” Sadly, some people aren’t even asking this question… They’re assuming they can’t.

The truth is that these types of preventative health and wellness solutions will often SAVE you money!

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Getting Started

camilleWell, that’s all well and good for you, Camille… But I’m not into that kind of stuff. Really? You’re not? You actually are looking forward to the inevitable if you stay stuck in your current health habits? Do I need to tell you what the obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer statistics are?

There are many ways to “get on board” with the whole health movement, and get your friends and family involved as well. It's easier and more fun when people come along with you!

You know it's good for you... What are you waiting for? Try these ideas on and see what fits best ~

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The Super Seven


So what are the super seven complementary and integrative health and wellness techniques? Sometimes known as ‘holistic,’ these techniques often work hand-in-hand with Western allopathic methods for healing illness and recovering from injuries. Other times, they are used on their own as a means of preventing illness in the first place.

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