Weekend holistic health fair in Downtown El Paso helps train body, mind and soul
by: Victor R. Martinez
For El Paso Times
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For years El Pasoan Cynthia Carey suffered from migraine headaches. The former attorney tried to medicate those headaches away, but traditional methods did not work.
"I was taking all the pills and all the shots that where prescribed to me," Carey said. "But those just got me sicker and sicker and sicker. At age 45, I went to see my first chiropractic acupuncturist and in about four of five treatments my headaches were gone completely."
She has been sold on the holistic lifestyle ever since.
As a matter of fact, Carey has made it a way of life.
At 55, she decided to go back to school and become a chiropractic acupuncturist and opened a comprehensive conservative care center in the summer of 2012.
"My approach to health is if you supply the body with the energetic and the nutritional support it requires, your body can self-heal from virtually anything," said Carey who is also a clinical nutritionist and owner of Truecare Chiropractic and Acupuncture at 7420 Remcon.
She will be one of the guest speakers at the second Living Spirit Expo on Saturday and Sunday at the Camino Real Hotel in Downtown El Paso.
Carey's topic is called "21 Days to Purification and Weight Loss — a Whole Food Approach." She will speak at 4 p.m. Saturday.
"Our food really isn't real food anymore," she said. "There are all kinds of hormones and antibiotics, coloring and preservatives in our food. Most people eat heavily processed foods, sugary foods, so the quality of the food is not the same as it was 100 years ago."
The Living Spirit Expo is a holistic health fair offering the community an educational weekend of healing and balancing mind, body and spirit.
"For me, holistic living is healing the mind, body and spirit," said Meghan Arriola, who is coordinating the event with her husband, Jaime Arriola. "You have to try to balance out all three of them. If one is out of balance, then its going to effect something else so we try to get all three aspects in line."
The expo is centered on natural health, including holistic and alternative medicine, as well as personal enrichment and self-empowerment. There also will be free seminars every hour with motivational speakers and health professionals.
"One of the main attractions is we have something called an 'aura' camera where you put your hand on this machine and it takes a picture of the magnetic energy surrounding your body," Arriola said. "You can't see that with the human eye, but the machine is able to pick up on these colors and every color means something different."
The Living Spirit Expo will have more than 50 exhibitors from throughout the Southwest.
"Western medicine is reactive, meaning after the fact, you do something about your health," said Keith Roseman, owner of Southwest Wellness Clinic at 1848 Trawood. "Living a holistic lifestyle, you're being proactive by eating well, exercising well, meditation, getting a massage and doing yoga. It's more preventative than reactive."
Roseman, who is a Reiki master and massage therapist, will be offering those services at the expo.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy flows through us and is what causes us to be alive."
If a person's "life force energy" is low, they are more likely to get sick or feel stress, but if it is high, they will be more capable of being happy and healthy.
"Your mind, your body and your spirit are all connected," Roseman said. "The massage is one of the oldest forms of medicine. It's really good for you because it reduces your stress, and the yoga is good for your breathing and the stretching for your strength. The meditation is great for your mind. All this helps to be at one with yourself."