Archive for October, 2008


Get out the Vote! ( in more ways than one…)

October 25, 2008

Get Out the Vote! (In more ways than one…)

The upcoming election has me thinking…

Every country is in some way an experimental pairing of a political system and an economic system. In simple terms the US links a representative democracy (our political system) with a mostly capitalistic economic system. We’ve seen some of the benefits of such a union, as innovation and opportunity are for the most part highly encouraged. However, no system is perfect. We’ve also seen some of the downfalls. Greed sometimes warps innovation, such as when pharmaceutical companies change focus from finding cures using impartial research to pumping out products to reach sales goals. Profit-hoarding behaviors can smother opportunity (google “stock market”).

There is an underlying beauty to this system that few of us realize. We vote not only with our ballots on election day, we vote EVERY DAY with our dollars. A system based on the laws of supply and demand, though (somewhat) regulated by our laws and government, is ultimately directly governed by how we spend our money. And this is a power available to each and every individual. We can exercise this power daily and deliberately. Want to reform healthcare? Invest in therapies that align with your philosophies and that you would like to see as part of the healthcare system. Want our country to be more environmentally aware? Buy from green businesses and purchase products that have less environmental impact (production, packaging, safe disposal, etc.) Economic reform? Make a point of frequenting small, local businesses that are not only more in touch with, responsive to and more directly accountable to you, but that also will help build and strengthen our economy from the ground up. Even if these aren’t your particular values or focal points for change, live with the awareness that what you buy sends a message to the machine at large that this is what you would like more of. The same works in reverse of course. As Gandhi said, “BE the change you want to see in the world”… this functions practically and energetically as well.

Sometimes it costs a little extra time, money, and discipline. The exchange is well worth it. We end up empowered, with some self-respect, and often we end up saving, immediately or in the long run. We can take charge and consciously invest, in little ways, small daily decisions, our attitudes and perspectives, in the change we would like to see.

The bottom line is: it is a time to take personal responsibility and realize the power that lies in doing so. Realize you are empowered and BE empowered! GET OUT THE VOTE!… with your ballot AND with your wallet!

Recommended listening: With My Own Two Hands, Ben Harper We Are All in This Together, Ben Lee

Jen Toussant, HHP
MHPT Field Correspondent


gluten sensitivity – our next newsletter

October 19, 2008

hi everyone!

our next newsletter is going to be on Gluten sensitivity – an emerging epidemic – how to test for it and why it’s important to know if your symptoms are caused by gluten. I am compiling the science and clinical findings as well as the Integrative Manual Therapy perspective on it. We have been able to solve many chronic auto-immune problems with a gluten free diet and integrative manual therapy to the colon, specifically the cecum as it relates to gluten sensitivity and allergic reactions.

I am looking for people’s experiences as well. We are looking through our success stories of our patients and I would like other people’s experiences of their illness and issues and how gluten free diet helped them. Their personal path toward health using the gluten free diet would be great to see.

Please, if you have a story about your own history with gluten sensitivity could you forward that to me at

In my practice, I’ve found this to be an emerging problem over the past 3 years and I want to get the information and help out to the people who need it.

thanks in advance for all your help with this.

my best to you all

Ralph Havens PT OCS IMTC


community evening: testing your food and supplements yourself

October 15, 2008

Hi everyone,

we will be doing a community evening at the end of this month to show you all how to test your own food and supplements for yourselves. You can learn how to tell whether or not your body is able to process and eliminate foods and supplements and whether or not you are allergic to it. A good way to avoid food poisoning and allergic type reactions to foods and supplements. Hope to see you all there!

Ralph Havens

Community Evening at Mission Hills Physical Therapy

Gluten Sensitivity

∞ How to test for it.
∞ Why you might consider a gluten free diet.
∞ How to test your foods and supplements to see if they are good for you or not!

Where: Mission Hills Physical Therapy
928 Ft. Stockton Drive, Suite 201
San Diego, CA 92103

When: Thursday October 30, 2008
7:15 pm to 8:30 pm

Please RSVP to reserve a spot. We will be giving individual instructions so that you can leave with the skill to test your own foods and supplements. Feel free to bring your own supplements and we can help you test them!

Ralph Havens PT OCS IMTC

619.543.1470 to rsvp