What can Thermography Full Body Scans tell me about my health?

(The following is a guest post by Dr. Nancy Gardner)

From head to toe our body can talk to us and give us warning signs of poor health –hopefully we are paying attention and respond early enough to do something about it. Thermography is one of those unique ways to look at the body using an Infrared Camera. It is a LYMPHATIC TOXICITY heat detector so it can see patterns that are normal (benign), atypical (meaning just not the way it should be but not yet a pathology) and abnormal (serious potential pathology or disease).

Root Canal Infection

A Full Body Thermography can reveal numerous health issues from dental infractions or root canal infections, hyper-metabolic lymphatic system and looking at the ophthalmic artery at the center of the eyes can show us the levels of stenosis of the carotid artery. We can also see regional inflammations in the area of organs like the liver or pancreas waking us up to toxic exposure or more serious digestive disturbances. Breast Thermography in addition to screening for breast cancer can also reveal mammary duct infection, inflamed cysts or leaky augmentation appliance.

Diagnostic Tool

The goal of full body scan, as is any diagnostic tool is to find health issues early enough to do something about it. Why wait until you need hospitalization and drugs to treat and illness when you can make changes to avoid poor health ahead of time? We are being constantly bombarded by toxins in our environment, cleaning products, cosmetic products and inorganic foods. As we make an effort to clean toxins out of our life we will find it necessary to do a CAROTID ARTERY EVALUATION   a cleanse of all the eliminatory organs in order to help them do their job with self help therapies to cleanse the liver, lungs, kidneys, skin, colon and lymphatic system.

Breast Thermography

Breast Thermography can see changes in the breast 10 years before a mammography can pick up a problem, giving us time to change the diet and nutrition to reverse the potential disease before it happens. It is painless with no compression or harmful carcinogenic radiation.

Nancy Gardner-Heaven, PhD. has a Masters in Nutrition and PHD in Clinical Research and runs the Optimum Health Clinic in San Rafael, CA. Due to the high rate of breast cancer, Nancy Gardner has made a commitment to educate women about preventing breast cancer worldwide. She also provides Mobile Screenings in the Fresno, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Jose, San Rafael, Sacramento and Hawaii every three months.


Chaos, Where Great Dreams Begin

“Before a great vision can become reality, there may be difficulty. Before a person begins a great endeavor, they may encounter chaos. As a new plant breaks the ground with great difficulty, foreshadowing the huge tree, so must we sometimes push against difficulty in bringing forth dreams.”

chaos character

Wei, Chinese character for “chaos.”

When you enter my office, you’ll see a picture of the Chinese character for chaos, or difficulty, pronounced wei (way). It was left for me by the previous tenant, but seemes particularly a propos to me right now as I go through growing pains. It’s NOT exactly the one most of us have heard about by now, that within crisis there is opportunity. Those who know the Chinese language well point out that this crisis equals opportunity idea is an oversimplification or misconception that Westerners take to extremes. The character on my wall by itself means simply “chaos” or even “danger”. Put together with another character, ji, the two form a word that can mean “crisis”, and that other character, ji, is the one some say means “opportunity. However, that ji character by itself actually means something like “incipient moment; crucial point (when something begins or changes).”

Here, we are just talking about the single character wei, which is indeed chaos. I prefer to think of it in the way described above, of a small plant trying to push up out of the ground. Pushing up out of the ground is a strenuous and tumultuous affair. Anything could happen. In the right circumstances, yes, it could turn into a huge tree. But it could also get stepped on, eaten, or scorched. So it is also a delicate moment, when great care is needed. This character can be a particular reading of the I Ching, a Chinese method of divination. In the reading for this character, it mentions that it is important to act with reason, and ethically and honestly during such a time.

I can certainly identify, because taking on the whole clinic myself since the other practitioners have moved out has definitely felt like a strenuous and tumultuous affair. Much has gone well, but there have been daily struggles, technical difficulties, and just a lot to do. It also feels like the culmination of years of hard work, starting with when I began acupuncture school. So after years of “germination,” it feels like I am finally pushing through the ground toward my dream. It’s all felt alternately joyous and anxiety ridden.

This character reminds me that it is normal to feel some difficulty as I strive to grow toward my dream. Sometimes we feel like we are the only ones struggling, the only ones who feel like this, the only ones having this particular problem. The wisdom of those who came before us is that we all experience some difficulty of some sort or another, and someone else (probably millions of someones) is definitely feeling the same thing you are, somewhere. It helps to remind myself of this, and also to remind myself that this chaos of changing furniture, difficulties with voicemails and internet connections, cash flow, and the like, is part of the growing process toward a worthy end. The great dream of helping as many people as I can with Chinese Medicine, and of spreading the word about how it can help women in all phases of life, is blossoming.

Empowering Women

Moving to my new clinic is a step in the right direction.  It’s been sad in many ways to leave my old group, I miss the people I worked with, all good people.  But venturing out to run my own practice again has been so uplifting.  It’s quite an adventure.  I’m following my dream the way I envision it, a little at a time.  An idea that came into being around a kitchen table, and that has been living in a back room in my brain for years, is slowly taking shape. 

That kitchen table talk years ago was about bringing together the experience and skills of at least two different kinds of women, to benefit as many other women as we could.  I had finished acupuncture school, become licensed, and was specializing in Women’s Health by doing a distance learning course with Bob Flaws, one of the foremost acupuncturists in the United States today.  My girlfriends and I were around the table of a wonderful friend of mine who ran writing groups for women.  We had all found the writing groups to not only benefit our writing, but to also empower us as women.  Writing and sharing in this environment bolstered our voices in ways none of us had anticipated.  We all felt stronger because of it.  Each woman went out into the world and did things she might have had trouble doing before. 

At the same time, I was seeing first hand the power of Chinese Medicine to directly help women’s health issues, reducing excess bleeding, alleviating pain and PMS and menopausal symptoms.  I was also seeing the effect feeling disempowered often had on women.  As clients opened up to me about their physical ailments, emotional issues invariable also came up.  One woman with severe eczema in her eyes was starting to get relief from the acupuncture and herbs, but it wasn’t going away.  Gradually, it came out that her husband was a very angry man.  She expressed difficulties with her marriage.  I realized based on both Chinese Medicine principles, and my own intuition, that these emotional issues were effecting her eczema.   I counseled her that she would need to deal with these issues in order for her eczema to completely clear.

This was quite upsetting to her at first.  However, with time, she began to notice the association herself, even saying to me that she noticed how the eczema flared when he yelled at her.  She tried to work it out with him, but eventually had to divorce and build a healthier life for herself.  With this empowerment, her eczema virtually disappeared.  I’ve seen this over and over again.  As we unravel the causes of women’s dis-ease, often there are emotional roots.  With the acupuncture, people’s thinking  invariably also becomes clearer.  For some, they realize it is their job that is driving them crazy, bringing out shoulder pains, headache, etc.  When the woman feels empowered to make changes, big shifts in her health occur as well. 

It will take some time to get there, but my goal is to build a women’s clinic where women can have access to other tools in addition to the acupuncture to empower themselves and make changes, tools like that writing group, therapy, rituals, support groups, meditation, whatever women find helpful.  I’ll be writing more about these different aspects in the future, and I also welcome your feedback about what you think and what you would like to see offered.