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Motivation to Succeed

Whether you’re an herbalist or a parent (or a teacher, or anyone who works to educate and motivate people!), motivating the people you work with to succeed is often the hardest part. You can research all the best answers, you can compile great masses of data, you can even get your client to agree that it would probably work. But getting them to take the step of trying it for themselves: that’s the tricky part! This is often referred to as “client compliance” – I don’t really like the word compliance: to me it implies obedience, and I never, ever want obedience. What I want is to educate the people I work with so that they are self-motivated to take their own action for self care – that’s far more powerful than if they are simply “following orders”. Obedience does not imply self-empowerment, and self-empowerment is in fact absolutely requisite in getting people to care for themselves.

A lot of folks – friends of mine even – when they teach, they’ll mention this or that as a useful strategy, let’s say giving up sugar, and follow it up with “good luck with compliance”. Well, it’s true: getting people to give up sugar is really tough. But it’s not impossible – in fact, I’ve found there are some very handy tricks for pushing it from “probably hopeless” to “entirely likely”.


Herbalism and the Law: The Practice of Medicine in Massachusetts

The most common way an herbalist can find herself in a court of law is by appearing, intentionally or unknowingly, to be practicing medicine without a license; the evidence against the herbalist in cases of this nature tends to hinge on the use of certain restricted terms. (Roger Wicke has written an extensive and expertly-argued article to this effect, which I consider required reading for all practicing herbalists today; if you haven’t read it already, give it a look and come back.) As a result, herbalists have learned that there are certain terms, like diagnose, treat, prevent, and cure, which must be avoided diligently, and that above all one must not allow oneself to be referred to as doctor.

In the United States, the practice of medicine is legally defined in the laws of each individual state. This mean that the specific language which an herbalist must avoid using will vary depending on where she lives; in some states there will be more restrictions than in others, so it’s important to investigate the specific regulations which apply to your practice.


Phoenix Cookies

Tonight, we’re teaching our Food Allergies for the Holidays class – we teach it every year, but every year the recipe list gets longer as we come up with more and more delicious holiday treats!


Tapeworm? No problem!

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Our dog…
You know, some people love fine wines. Some people appreciate fancy truffle oil. Our dog, she loves goose poop. I don’t know what it is, but she seems to think it is the tastiest of all delicacies. Yuck.

And of course, here in Boston, there’s no shortage of goose poop. Which makes Elsie very happy, but also has landed her with tapeworm three times this summer.



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