From Ask Dr. Nandi

  • The Art of Journaling.
    Ever since I was little, I’ve had a “journal” or notebook to house my ideas, to-do’s, goals, dreams, pictures held within and without.
    A sacred home for stretching my imagination, expanding my spirit, transcending where I’m at now.

    A special place to house my TruthLoveMeaningPurpose.

    A container for letting go.

    A page for decluttering clutter within mind-body-spirit.

    My dad told me, “I know you’re smart but you won’t remember everything so you gotta jot it down…” so I would keep a journal.

    Through the years, “journaling” took on a life of its own.

    From remembrance of important events or memorializing memories of special loved ones, processing and self-therapy about a broken heart, jotting down business ideas, writing stream of consciousness poetry, remembering artist date venues to visit, journaling these “of the moment” God whispers, winks & shouts was an act of self-love.

    Who cares if the idea is not acted upon—just now? The point is just get it on the page because: Your life is important. What you think, dream about, envision is significant. The vision may be coming once—to you, and only you—for you to notice, and perhaps take action upon. Who knows when inspiration will strike next? Must document it. Your job is not question why or when?

    Just. Journal.

    What are the lessons learned? What do I need to improve upon? Whom do I need to write to thank? What am I grateful for? What is coming through that must be expressed?

    Stop whatever is going on and journal. Journal. Jot. Scribble. Just get it on the page.

    To me, writing down whatever is coming through means: I’m still alive, kicking, screaming, evolving, transforming, here.

    Like a pinch or slap, writing it down—on cool textured paper or smooth paper, with a special pen is a significant act—a stamp on your life.

    Yes, indeed, your life is a work of art.

    Journals in whatever shape or form have always been a “special home” to store that moment’s ideas, dreams, goals, visions, stories and have always been an important part of my life.

    Just sharing with you a sacred ritual that begins now at the end of the year and continues throughout the year —here’s a snippet of what I curated from a recent field trip to two stationery stores specializing in “fine things” related to the art of journaling.

    Thank you notebooks, paper, pens & paper clips, and all office supply & stationery stores for elevating my passion for the art of journaling.

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    June Saruwatari

    June Saruwatari

    For more than twenty years, June Saruwatari, author of Behind The Clutter: Truth.Love.Meaning.Purpose., has been transforming hundreds of peoples’ lives by coaching them to design a life they absolutely love! While the core of her work has focused on all layers of the organizing process (mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical), June has also acted as a life and business coach, counselor, advisor, productivity and time management expert, therapist, designer, stylist, and other roles in order to help clients simplify, declutter, organize, curate, and create their best lives. As founder and owner of The Organizing Maniac™, June brings a spiritual perspective to the decluttering process with her unique philosophy of Truth.Love.Meaning.Purpose™. Her wildly effective and fun methods have helped to shift not only her clients’ day-to-day habits, but their consciousness as well. The intention of her work has always been the same: to help people live “life as art,” approaching each day as a blank canvas with infinite possibilities.

    June has served as a consultant and lecturer for hundreds of businesses and groups, including CEOs, investment bankers, attorneys, judges, architects, artists, politicians, writers, rabbis, university professors, housewives, mothers, children, Hollywood producers, and celebrities.

    She has appeared on Good Morning America, The Nate Berkus Show, and co-hosted the first season of TLC’s Home Made Simple, been featured in numerous books and publications such as O/The Oprah Magazine, InStyle, Fast Company, 31 Words: A Guide To An Organized Life, Practically Posh, and acted in numerous television shows, films, and commercials.

    You can learn more about June at

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  • Ask Dr. Nandi: Sun poisoning symptoms, treatment & prevention

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    (WXYZ) – Now that the hot weather has arrived and summer is upon us, we all need to be careful of our time spent in the sun.

    I want you to be aware of sun poisoning. Sun poisoning is similar to a sunburn, but the main difference between these two is that sun poisoning may look and feel like an allergic reaction.

    Not surprisingly, it happens after too much time spent in sunlight when you’ve been exposed to strong UV light. Your face may get bumps, blisters and become itchy. There can be pain and swelling or fever, nausea and headaches. Symptoms can be severe and last longer than a typical sunburn.

    Anyone can get sun poisoning, but people who have fair skin and light colored hair are at a higher risk. But if you spend long hours in the sun, your risk increases regardless of your ethnicity. Also hereditary traits, certain medications and medical conditions like eczema and lupus can make you more susceptible.

    To prevent sun poisoning, you should follow sun safety basics so here are my prescriptions:

    Partha’s RX:

    1. If you take medications, ask your doctor if they can make you more sensitive to light. Be careful with diuretics, birth control pills, antibiotics, antidepressants, and heart drugs.
    2. Wear sunscreen. Chose products with at least an SPF of 30 and protects against UVA and UVB rays.
    3. Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before heading outside. Reapply every 2 hours or more frequently if you’ve been swimming or sweating a lot.
    4. Wear sunglasses, a wide-brim hat and UV protective clothing. They’re a great way to reduce excessive sun exposure.

    If you suspect you have sun poisoning, get out of the sun, drink extra fluids and use aloe gel or a moisturizer on your skin. Also see your doctor.

    You want to make sure sun poisoning is treated properly, especially if it covers large areas of your body. With the weather now perfect for a day at the beach, know that water and sand can intensify the sun’s damaging rays. Try to avoid being out in the sun during peak hours when the sun is directly overhead.

    Many of us love summertime and the numerous fun activities we can do. But always play it safe and don’t ruin summertime with a blistering burn.

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  • Ask Dr. Nandi: Acupuncture may be effective tool against pain in ER

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    (WXYZ) – A traditional form of Chinese medicine was tested on emergency room patients in Australia, to see if it was an effective alternative for pain medication. Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years. It’s a technique where tiny needles are inserted at specific points on the body.

    The randomized controlled trial involved four emergency departments and over 500 patients with varying conditions like migraines, ankle sprains and low back pain.

    The results suggest acupuncture is just as safe and effective as pain medication. After one hour following the Chinese treatment, under 40 percent of all patients said they had significant pain reduction. But two days later, 83% of acupuncture participants reported they would probably or definitely repeat it again, compared to 78% of those who took only painkillers for their ailment.

    Acupuncture has become much more common as it’s helpful for numerous conditions. But it’s not a pain-relieving option typical seen in hospital emergency departments. If you find yourself in that situation, here are my prescriptions to help you deal with pain:

    Partha’s RX

    1. If you think you have a sprain or muscle or joint problem, try R.I.C.E. This stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
    2. Try imagery to take your mind off pain. Think of a happy time or place and focus on that memory while letting your body relax.
    3. Listen to music. A study at the Cleveland Clinic found music significantly reduced pain, depression and increased participants’ feelings of power.
    4. Think positive thoughts. Don’t dwell on the pain as this may increase feelings of frustration and make the pain feel much worse.

    Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen can also help with mild to moderate pain. You can even combine them with acupuncture.

    For those who can’t take standard pain-relieving drugs due to medical conditions, this Chinese treatment may be a viable option for pain relief. Everyone handles pain differently and what works for one person may not work for another. Whatever the reason that lands you at the ER, it’s good to have several options to help you deal with discomfort and pain.

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