- shortness of breath,
- rank breath and stained teeth,
- overall stink that my mint gum is not hiding,
- yellow fingers and nails,
- more coughing,
- premature wrinkles,
- exposure to carcinogenic toxins,
- exposing my loved ones to those carcinogenic toxins,
- increased risk of heart disease,
- increased risk of... everything,
- now I'm coughing up nasty stuff,
- decreased bank account ($$$),
- decreased endurance,
- seriously hindered lung capacity for participation in sports and arts activities,
- decreased vocal tone and range,
- despite what I justify to myself it is NOT a healthy coping mechanism for me and,
- more flippin' coughing!
So this is the first of 8 monthly art blog posts. My hope is to share an alternative health and well-being journey into becoming cigarette-free and to inspire other kindred-spirit-smokers through whatever phase of quitting you may be. Be my guest and read on.
Once upon a ciggy-break....
"When the soul is lost, ART comes spontaneously to its assistance."
-Hans Prinzhorn (Dada-Surrealist, 1922)
Over four months I worked on 7 entries that I reviewed and flipped through countless times before finally calling my family doctor to talk about my smoking-cessation options. It took another two months before I started the medication I was prescribed.
On to the artwork...
As a Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Griffith is a general practitioner trained as a specialist in natural medicine. She views the body as an integral whole where symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body. She sees the process of seeing a Naturopathic Doctor as a learning process which includes various stages of reflection on health and information gathering. The initial assessment encompasses gathering the necessary information on all levels of wellness – physical, mental and emotional. The objectives are:
- Identify factors that contribute to an individual’s state of health and the possible causes for disease.
- Identify obstacles that prevent an individual from improving their health.
- Explore personal philosophies that create the context required to understand the process of healing.
- Educate individuals on how to listen to their body and become active in the assessment process through self- awareness.
- Identify areas that Naturopathic Medicine is unable to address and insure the proper referrals are made, approaching the integration of treatment methods in healthcare.
- Engage the patient in an ongoing assessment of their health by providing the necessary tools to monitor their progress.
Dr. Griffith’s treatment modalities include Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Homeopathic Medicine, Western and Eastern Herbal Medicine, dietary and lifestyle counseling, vitamin/mineral and injectable supplementation. She also offers food and environmental allergy testing.
Dr. Griffith consistently maintains a focus on the importance of mind-body medicine. She also facilitates group discussions that are based on the connections between physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and wellness. Her approach is to bridge personal health with the social dynamics that are unique to communities. In building strong individual awareness of health, she works towards building an integrated community approach to wellness.
Dr.Griffith carries professional liability insurance coverage, and holds prescriptive authority in the province of BC. For the past seven years, she has been working at the Gya’Wa’Tlaab Healing Centre, providing care to people who are affected by alcohol and drug addiction. For more information please visit: www.nihc.ca