Good health is something that concerns most people, and alternatives to traditional Western medicine are gaining credibility by leaps and bounds.  If you are interested in these kinds of things, wander into Reed Opera House on November 1st. for the Salem Alternative Health and Wellness Fair.  The brainchild of three Salem women– Jenifer Trivelli,  M.S., Carmen Heidecke, M.A, and Manuela Terlinden, L.Ac.– the fair will have speakers and exhibits galore, showcasing a wide diversity of health-related stuff, much of which may be new to you. Take the opportunity to meet local practitioners and learn about a variety of topics ranging from nutrition, acupuncture and body-mind techniques, to counseling, hypnotherapy and the use of essential oils.

Stress getting to you?  At 10:30 am, Carmen Heidecke, MA, will tell you how to prevent and resolve trauma and stress-related conditions using Somatic Experiencing, QuiGong, and Interpersonal Neurobiology, among other modalities.  If you are still feeling a bit on edge after that, Gan Qiang, local instructor, will demonstrate the ancient and meditative discipline of Tai Chi at 11:00am.

Need more information on nutrition and diet?  Jessica Kouka, a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, will be talking on that subject at 11:30.  Jessica will explain how she can evaluate your nutritional needs and create a nutritional plan tailored especially for you, based on the teaching of the Weston Price Foundation.  Want more information?  At noon, Dr. Luke Gonzales, of Deep Roots Family medicine here in Salem, will speak about digestive health, followed by Certified Nutritionist Patti Bowman and a discussion on the benefits of Vitamin B 12.

Emotional, spiritual, and mental health are just as important to overall well-being, so check out artist, writer, and mental health counselor Beth Swain, M.A. who, at 2:00 pm will talk on Archetypal Patterns as a guide for life, and will speak again at 5 pm with a session on brain function and biofeedback.  Glen Bledsoe, Certified Hypnotherapist, speaks at 4 pm on hypnotherapy and its role in stress reduction, weight loss and smoking cessation.

Pets need good health too, so don’t miss Dr. Julie DeMarco, of Whole Pet Veterinary care, who uses acupuncture to treat many of her patients.  She will speak about the holistic approach to animal health at 3:00 pm.

The day promises a plethora of new information and the chance to meet and talk with some of Salem’s outstanding alternative health care providers.  You will leave with lots of new ideas about ways to increase and maintain your health and well-being.

After such a busy day in pursuit of good health, you may feel the need of a bite to eat, or a stiff drink.  If so, check out one of downtown Salem’s many wonderful gathering places, specializing in fresh local food and libations.  There are too many to list, but try the “Rosemary Press” at table 508 , which certainly sounds as if it has healthful properties, as does the absinthe-and-bitters containing Sazerac.  How about some Sangria at Andaluz ?  Red wine and citrus – chock full of antioxidants and vitamins, I am sure. Rafn’s specializes in grass-fed, organic local meats and produce, and The Kitchen on Court offers fresh tacos and vegan options.  Or try Maven for a local cheese board and charcuterie.  With a glass of Pinot, perhaps?

We all know about longevity and red wine.  A votre santé!