INTEGRATED SERVICES becomes a strong model when it includes disciplines that address MIND, SPIRIT, and BODY. Another ONLINE WELLNESS ASSOCIATION recognized “Wellness Practitioner” are those people involved in SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE. The OWA website defines “Spiritual Guides as: “facilitating the search for meaning in one’s life throughout its various transitions; a journey inward in search of self-discovery and awareness leading to enlightenment and change.” Holistic approaches understand that an individual can be religious and spiritual, or, just religious, or spiritual not religious. The importance of including a spiritual guide in treatment is that the “Spiritual” part of an individual is their “center”; unless the “center” is strengthened, the work focusing on “mind” and “body” are weakened. Qualified “Spiritual Guides” carry the credentials of Reverend, Shaman, Crone, Priest, Minister, Rabbi, etc.

Are you a SPIRITUAL GUIDE? Do you qualify for membership in ONLINE WELLNESS ASSOCIATION? To find out, go to:



Elizabeth McKenzie, Admin Asst Extraordinaire, is getting ready to send the ONLINE WELLNESS ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER out July 1. HEALER TODAY is an update on what is going on at OWA, events coming up, and special offers to become a member. If you are interested in receiving the HEALER TODAY e-newsletter, request at:

Have you applied for membership to ONLINE WELLNESS ASSOCIATION? To see if you can qualify for membership, go to: “become a member”

INTEGRATED SERVICES: OWA MEMBERS takes pride in the business model of including “all qualified wellness practitioners” that meet the OWA membership criteria. OWA believes that the integrated model of wellness is the growing American model.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) tracks information on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). According to their information, the number of people offering CAM, and the number of people accessing CAM is growing. Integrating CAM with traditional approaches to wellness is well on its way of becoming a large part of a trillion dollar wellness business model.

According to the CDC “In 2007, approximately 38% of adults aged >18 years reported using CAM during the preceding 12 months. Women (43%) were more likely than men (34%) to use CAM, and men and women differed in their use of CAM for certain conditions. Women were more likely than men to use CAM for neck pain, arthritis, and anxiety; men were more likely than women to use CAM to reduce cholesterol.” SOURCE: National Health Interview Survey, 2007. Available at defines “Alternative Wellness”: “alternative wellness describes practices used in place of, or complementary to, conventional medical treatments and modalities. Alternative wellness is also referred to as complementary medicine which describes practices used in conjunction and cooperation with conventional medicine. The term complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is an umbrella term for both branches. Alternative medicine includes practices that incorporate spiritual, metaphysical, or religious underpinnings, non-European medical traditions, or newly developed approaches to healing. Examples of alternative therapies include, but are not limited to: massage therapy, folk medicine, herbal medicine, homeopathy, faith healing, new age healing, chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathy, music therapy, Reiki, and meditation.”


Ellen Syverson, Pathways for Health, LLC, is a member in good standing of ONLINE WELLNESS ASSOCIATION. Below is an article she has just written on “eliminating sugar from” diets.

Most of us know that sugar is bad for us, but many people struggle with eliminating sugar from their diets. I just did a workshop on how nutrition can support those in recovery from drugs and alcohol. One of the big ideas that I stressed to the workshop participants is that food addictions and alcohol and drug addiction are the same kinds of biochemical processes.

The sugar habit is an addiction for many people. It can cause physical changes in the form of nutrient depletion as well as behavioral changes resulting from blood sugar imbalances. After the extraction process, most of the nutrients are gone. So, we are left with a potent, crystallized concentrate not unlike cocaine or opium. Over consumption of sugar can cause brain chemistry imbalances that fuel the sugar addiction and literally rewire the brain. This is serious stuff!

Never before in the history of mankind have we had such an emergency need to lower blood sugar. We know that in 1812 the average person consumed 10 pounds of sugar a year compared to 141 pounds of sugar per year in 2004! That is a lot of dietary stress. If you think about this from an evolutionary perspective, it becomes clear that our bodies were NEVER meant to handle this sugar load.

So, what is a sugar addict to do? I think the first step is to understand how sugar harms the system. There is a wonderful little book called “Lick the Sugar Habit Sugar Counter” by Nancy Appleton. Not only does it help you assess the sugar that is hidden in every day foods, but it also lists 100 reasons to avoid sugar. Here are a few of my favorites:
•Sugar can suppress the immune system.
•Sugar upsets the balance of minerals in the body, contributing to osteoporosis.
•Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
•Sugar leads to cancer of the breast, ovaries, and prostate.
•Sugar can cause arthritis and asthma.
•Sugar can cause premature aging.
•Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
•Sugar can cause depression.

The next step is to admit there is a problem & make a plan to beat the sugar habit just as you would for any other addiction. Try these ideas:
•Clear the sugar out of your life and out of your cupboards.
•Bring your own healthy snacks with you to social events.
•Eat balanced macronutrient ratios (30/30/40 model). This will help balance your blood sugar and reduce cravings for sweets.
•Use low glycemic natural sweeteners like stevia.
•Include lots of healthy fats in your diet.
•Switch from juice to herbal teas.
•Keep the benefits of low sugar intake in mind; healthier weight, better brain function, stronger immune system, and improved digestive function.
© Ellen Syversen, Pathways for Health, LLC. (541) 912-8624. 2011.

Nutritional Therapy can help: Contact Ellen Syversen to learn more:

Interested in scheduling a NUTRITION FOR RECOVERY workshop for your staff? Contact MAx Fabry, Lifestyle Changes Counseling Services:


INTEGRATED SERVICES also includes SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE. In any Holistic approach for healing all three dimensions of a human being are considered: MIND, SPIRIT, BODY. The “SPIRIT” is the center of any human being. The “SPIRIT” is not necessarily attached to religious beliefs; although people are religious and spiritual. However, people are also spiritual but not religious.

Spiritual Guidance: facilitating the search for meaning in one’s life throughout its various transitions; a journey inward in search of self-discovery and awareness leading to enlightenment and change – not necessarily a religious journey, but it may be, depending on the individual. The journey usually begins with what may be your personal experience of the holy, the sacred, the divine, the mysterious. A goal may be to integrate prayer and life, reflection and action, faith and justice with compassion. You gain insight into what values guide you along your journey. Core beliefs explored during spiritual guidance are, the existence of God, the interconnectedness of all things, the existence of ‘spiritual beings’, the vast powers of the mind to ‘create your own reality’, the purpose of individual life, the meaning of lessons to be learned, and the possibilities of life after death. Spiritual guides are known by many names: Reverend, Shaman, Crone, Priest, Minister, Rabbi, etc.

ONLINE WELLNESS ASSOCIATION encourages anyone in the “spiritual guide” profession to apply for membership. Please visit our HEALTH SERVICES link on the OWA HOME PAGE to see who has already become members from the spiritual healing world.



Many practitioners hesitate becoming members of ONLINE WELLNESS ASSOCIATION because there are so many different disciplines in the PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORY. When MAx Fabry, OWA Founder, designed the PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORY, she tailored after her own needs in her successful private practice LIFESTYLE CHANGES COUNSELING SERVICES, In her approach to addiction counseling, she uses an “integrated services” model utilizing practitioners in her community based on what each of her clients needs are. MAx believes in meeting the client at their level of acceptance to counseling. According to MAx, “this often means going outside the box.” MAx’s clients are often referred to private trainers, nutritionists, chiropractors, Reiki, massage–”whatever is necessary to help the client heal.” Before she started OWA, she had a huge local resource file of practitioners she knew she could trust. The reliable resource idea is what she wanted to create for everyone: as a practitioner, or potential client, you can be confident contacting any of the practitioners in the OWA PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORY: credentials, background checks, and reference checks have been done BEFORE being allowed to post in the directory.

Learn more about MAx Fabry at

MAx is presently taking new clients in the Lane County OR area and global long-distance counseling via Skype, e-mail, or phone:

541-510-2548 or


OWA Member, Ellen Syversen, MPH, CHES, NTP, presented a NUTRITION FOR RECOVERY workshop in Eugene, OR,June 4th. The three hour workshop covered the physiological effects of alcohol, methamphetamine, marijuana, and prescription pills on the body, and offered nutritional tips for regenerating and restoring body chemistry. Ellen has already received requests to schedule staff presentations at various treatment facilities. This workshop contains valuable information for counselors to relay to their clients, and for clients to directly receive.

If you would like additional information on this workshop, contact OWA Member Ellen Syversen at
Have you applied for membership with OWA. Apply for membership at