Freedom to Choose Your Path to Health

There are three (3) key elements of health freedom:

  1. Access: Having access to the care that you want

  2. Financial: The ability to pay for your healthcare

  3. Legal: Having your health preferences available as options for care

While it would be easy to debate which of these keys is the most important, it is also easy to see that access is the most critical. If you are looking for acupuncture, you need to find an acupuncturist that you can get to. If you are looking for a chiropractor, you want one that is close enough to drive to. 

Freedom to Choose Your Path to Health Camille Leon 2024-07-15 04:00:00Z 0
Making Heart Connections with Facebook Lives 2024-06-27 04:00:00Z 0

Personal Development: Seeing Through the Illusions

Shared with permission from Karen Sachs of Paint Your Essence. Curated by HCC Founder Camille Leon.
"We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality," says novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch. It's a thought-provoking statement, especially considering how often the world around us challenges our perception. Optical illusions are a perfect example of this—they play tricks on our vision, making us question what we see and how we interpret it.
Personal Development: Seeing Through the Illusions Karen Sachs 2024-06-21 04:00:00Z 0

Patient Advocacy: Protecting Rights and Enhancing Care

Who do we turn to when we feel unheard or overlooked? Are there other options available to us? When should we consider seeking a second opinion, and how do we go about it? These are just a few questions that patients grapple with as they seek medical care.  It can be daunting to entrust our well-being to healthcare professionals, especially when their recommendations may not align with our health philosophies or instincts.
Patient Advocacy: Protecting Rights and Enhancing Care Kristin Silverberg 2024-06-21 04:00:00Z 0

Website Color Theory Can Boost Your Website’s Engagement and Sales

Shared with permission from Dotty Scott of Premium Websites. Curated by HCC Founder Camille Leon.

The Impact of Color Theory in Website Design

Website color theory and psychology are crucial aspects of website design that go beyond aesthetics. Colors influence how visitors feel and interact with a site, shaping their perceptions and behaviors. Understanding and applying color can create an appealing website that evokes your audience’s desired emotional responses...
Website Color Theory Can Boost Your Website’s Engagement and Sales Dotty Scott 2024-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
How to Get More Leads from Google 2024-06-05 04:00:00Z 0

Loving the Labyrinth

Young woman looks at a smartphoneOne unique and increasingly popular approach to mental health is taking time on the path of a labyrinth.

Labyrinths have been around for more than 4,000 years and are a wonderful way to reduce stress through a mind-body exercise. By combining walking and contemplation, your mind and body sync differently and you release some stress.

Loving the Labyrinth Camille Leon 2024-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
Is Your Business Effective? 2024-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

When Unexpected Change Leads to Referral Requests

Young woman looks at a smartphoneHave you considered all the ways that the world has changed since March of 2020 and some of the good that has resulted from those early, crazy days?

Now, on the other side, it is easier to see the benefits of change. More is available from the comfort of home -- No parking hassles! No traffic! The ability to meet with people from all over the world!

Even better, one of the changes to come out of these past few years is that MORE people are looking for holistic approaches to health and wellness, MORE people are open and looking for members like you, who offer products and services for overall wellness and with no negative side effects.

The four (4) types of requests we receive: 

When Unexpected Change Leads to Referral Requests Camille Leon 2024-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

Mustard Seed Miracles ~ Inspiration!

In this crazy wild world, there are days when it is a trick to stay inspired. Whether it's my health goals, my business/budget goals, or something else that is on my mind (worldwide conditions, anyone?), there are just times when I want a reminder that there is a   way to have it all be good for everyone. 
Then, I found a reference to mustard seeds in both biblical and Buddhist teachings!
Mustard Seed Miracles ~ Inspiration! Camille Leon 2022-10-27 04:00:00Z 0 abundance,art,creativity,gifts,growth,inspiration,love,mustard seeds,oneness,painting

I Don't Want to Write about Cancer

This year, cancer hit too close to home... again.
Twenty years ago, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had a double mastectomy and moved forward with no chemo or radiation. For her, it was a good move and she has been cancer-free ever since.
This year, according to the American Cancer Society, about 340,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed among US women, and more than 43,000 women will die from it. Two of my closest friends are among those who were diagnosed, and it's Breast Cancer Awareness month.
I Don't Want to Write about Cancer Camille Leon 2022-10-24 04:00:00Z 0 breast cancer,cancer,eating for health,food choices,nutrition,wellness

Is it Covered by My Insurance?

Some people assume that complementary, integrative therapies are not covered by insurance... And I'm here to tell you that some insurance companies do cover these techniques.
Holistic health approaches include psychological and/or physical wellness specialties such as spinal manipulation (i.e. chiropractic), acupuncture, massage or counseling. Some insurance companies cover these, depending on the type of policy you have.
Here's how you find out whether a specific holistic health product or service is covered by your insurance.
Is it Covered by My Insurance? Camille Leon 2022-10-05 04:00:00Z 0 Acupuncture,Chiropractic,Holistic Health,counseling,health insurance,insurance,massage,mental health

When a Consumer Calls

A consumer called in the other day... As a Chamber of Commerce, this happens when people are looking for a particular type of wellness provider or someone who offers a specific product or service. With our "holistic" designation, we attract consumers looking for acupuncturists, chiropractors, hypnotherapists, nutrition and lifestyle coaches, craniosacral therapists, yoga instructors, reiki masters, meditation and mindfulness teachers, and a multitude of other specialties that are recognized as integrative, functional, complementary or alternative medicine.
In this case, she's in Virginia and was looking for a massage therapist specializing in lymphatic massage for her friend in Florida who has Breast Cancer. She wanted a referral to someone trustworthy and skilled that she could pass along.
When a Consumer Calls Camille Leon 2022-09-15 04:00:00Z 0 Acupuncture,Chiropractic,Functional Medicine,Integrative Medicine,Reiki,alternative medicine,complementary medicine,massage,wellness

Top 5 Best Business Books for the Holistic Tribe

We only recommend books that we love and think you will, too. We may receive a portion of sales from products purchased through this article, which was written by our Founder, Camille Leon. The Holistic Chamber of Commerce is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of, Inc., or its affiliates.
So you're a creative, spiritual entrepreneur or perhaps you sell holistic products/services... Still, to spend more time doing what you want to do, you'll need to make money at it. Yet you want to work in alignment with your values. How do you do that?
Along the way of building the Holistic Chamber of Commerce, I've found five business books that are relevant and resonate with the holistic approach. Whether you listen to your books, read them electronically or prefer the OG hard copy, these are worth your time and money (or get them from the library).
They are, in no particular order:
Top 5 Best Business Books for the Holistic Tribe Camille Leon 2022-08-22 04:00:00Z 0 books,business,education

If you’re considering visiting an Acupuncturist for the first time

Answers to questions you might have about Acupuncture, from cost to training to efficacy.
Even if you’ve been curious for a while, actually making the move to visit an acupuncturist for
the first time can take some courage. If you are unfamiliar with acupuncture, the time and
financial commitment to experiment with such a different approach from what you are used to
can be daunting. Here are points to consider as you make your decision. 
If you’re considering visiting an Acupuncturist for the first time  Marjorie Rhea 2022-08-16 04:00:00Z 0 acupuncture,acupuncturist,health,health insurance,health problems,wellness

What's in it for Me?

What's in it for Me? I mean, really, why should you join? How will membership actually help you?
I mean, if you were to become a member... And for those of you who already are a member,
let's make sure you are fully connected to even more of what's included...
We talk about connections, but who would you be connecting with and for what purpose?
Our members fall into 3 primary types...
What's in it for Me? Camille Leon 2022-08-15 04:00:00Z 0 community,connections,holistic,membership,networking,wiifm

Picture this... in a Hospital

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised about this diagnosis. It's one my mother received about 20 years ago when she was my age now. At the beginning of 2022, a lump was found and tested. Since then, I've had one surgery and am looking at one more.
And it has me circling back to the BIG vision of what can happen when we come together in one umbrella professional organization for the holistic marketplace.
Picture this... Imagine that when you, or anyone, walks into a hospital, they see essential oils...
Picture this... in a Hospital Camille Leon 2022-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

The Dangers of Creativity

Are you naturally creative? Always coming up with new ideas?
The danger of too many ideas is what is commonly known as 'butterfly syndrome' which can appear as if you are not dependable or committed to any one thing. Additionally, it can be challenging to implement effective actions on your primary focus if you are always chasing the next best thing...
The good news is that there are a few ways to wrangle your creative ideas, get them in alignment and fly high!
The Dangers of Creativity Camille Leon 2022-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
Fun Fact - The Brain on Art Camille Leon 2022-07-11 04:00:00Z 0 art,brain health,creativity,wellness

8 Billion!

Did you know that there are 8 billion people living on earth today?
There are 8 billion ways to live, with multiple options, choices and decisions being made every day. This is good news in several ways and the first is that you are the only you!
It also means that there are plenty of people who could use your product/service. The key is to find them and help them understand why they want it, making it easy for them to purchase.
8 Billion! Camille Leon 2022-07-08 04:00:00Z 1 law of abundance,law of plenty,marketing,messaging,planet,world

The Power of Partnerships

The Power of Partnership
How do you leverage the power of connections and collaborations to expand your reach as a holistic professional or business owner?
Whether you own your own business or work for someone else, partnerships are a powerful way to expand your reach to new customers, clients or patients AND power up your presence in the marketplace.
What would the world, and our businesses, be like if we viewed everyone as a partner? When we view everyone as a partner, we are more likely to treat people with respect and consideration. From there, we are well-positioned to create partnerships that go beyond the status quo.
The Power of Partnerships Camille Leon 2021-09-14 04:00:00Z 0 Essential Oils,Health,Health Care,Holistic Healing,Holistic Health,Integrative Medicine,Natural remedies,stress,stress relief,wellness,wellness strategies

Mind Body Spirit Business Budget Planet, What does it mean to you?


There are many elements and aspects in life ~ Let's build balance in all of them!
I see the HCC as reflection of the ONENESS we want to see in the world. Coming together for the purpose of stewarding Humanity forward in a positive way as a collaborative collective of wellness and positive energy thinkers that work in unison without competition or fear. That is the embodiment of purpose here on Earth. HCC is poised to be a true Leader of wayshowers who intend for Mind, Body, Spirit, Business, Budget Planet in all our corners. Let it be so! Aho.
Lainie Sevante Wulkan, HCC Global Online Sales Director
For me, it represents the unity of all these ingredients to achieve success. The Holistic Chamber of Commerce encompasses all these aspects for our members, one does not work without the other. We have so many opportunities to thrive if we work collaboratively as a community. Proud to a member of the HCC.
Charn Pennewaert, Media Stream Marketing
Mind Body Spirit Business Budget Planet, What does it mean to you?  Camille Leon 2020-12-17 05:00:00Z 0 Holistic Healing,community,hcc,marketing,membership,mindfulness

Successful Leadership through Aikido

When you think of a successful business leader, some attributes that usually come to mind are resilient, collaborative, resourceful, patient, controlled, innovative and a host of other positive characteristics. However, most people would not associate Aikido as having anything to do with these leadership qualities. That’s where they are wrong.
Aikido, the art of the Samurai, is a Japanese martial art and has been recognized by top educators, business leadership groups and was even featured on Forbes, “Study Aikido to Become a Better Business Leader.” A  Samurai spends a lifetime devoted to his cause and is always practicing to improve his skill.
As an Aikidoka (one who practices Aikido) in life and in business. I have been fortunate enough to have studied under a great Aikido master, Gentil Pennewaert Shihan for the past twenty years at Newport Beach Aikido. Through the years, I have found myself applying the principles of Aikido as a business leader. I often tell my clients that I have graduated from the University of Aikido.
Successful Leadership through Aikido Charn Pennewaert 2020-11-23 05:00:00Z 0 aikido,awareness,business,focus,hcc,holistic,leadership,mindfulness,wellness
Holistic Chamber of Commerce Celebrates 10 Years! HCC 2020-10-10 04:00:00Z 0 community,hcc,membership,networking,professional

Mindful Marketing

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If you want to sign up more customers, clients and/or patients, this is the one for you! Do you feel like you are putting yourself out there but can't figure out why people haven't signed up yet?
There are two critical keys to make sure your marketing works well!
1. When people are looking for the product/service/event that you offer, will they find you?
2. When they find you, will they know how to sign up?
Sure, your website offers a free gift in exchange for their email address... But what if someone is ready to buy now? What if they don't want to get on another email list? And do you even send emails to those who do sign up for your free gift?
The Mindful Marketer knows that, to help people, you have to make it easy for them to buy. Sometimes, you first have to help people know why they want to buy. Sometimes, they are ready and they just need your number (or email) or an easy-to-see "click here" "sign up now" button, and make sure that your links work).
Mindful Marketing Camille Leon 2020-09-01 04:00:00Z 0 Holistic Health,alternative medicine,business,hcc,holistic,holistic chamber of commerce,marketing,mindfulness,professional,sales

Networking Today!

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No doubt about it, we’re living in a new world… especially when it comes to networking.
We used to be able to just go to a once monthly meeting of our local chapter of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce (or any other of a handful of networking groups) to connect with people.
Now, we are using social media and Zoom for the majority of our networking opportunities. Ironically, while we are connected to more people all over, some of us feel less connected overall.
What works for networking today? While most of your networking may be online these days, the keys are the same for BOTH online AND in-person networking.
Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, there are some core elements to keep in mind.
Networking Today! Camille Leon 2020-09-01 04:00:00Z 0 community,creating community,facebook,holistic,ideas,insights,inspiration,instagram,linkedin,marketing,networking,professional,relationships,social media

Your Health and the Local Hospital

If your health wasn’t important before, it’s a BIG deal now! Hospitals don’t want you. Everywhere you go, including the grocery store, is risky.
First, let’s consider the fact that hospitals are turning people away. They are overflowing AND don’t want the risk of having you get infected with something worse than what you already have. My mother went in for a heart procedure and was sent home the very next day (thankfully, she is healthy enough to recover quickly). I know of someone else who went in with a stroke and was turned away without being treated.
It is now your responsibility to stay healthy and avoid the current pandemic as well as any other health-related problems. What are you to do?
In other words, how do you stay healthy, even during these stressful times where we’ve all been handed a series of uncomfortable circumstances?
Your Health and the Local Hospital Camille Leon 2020-07-22 04:00:00Z 0 Acupuncture,Chiropractic,Essential Oils,Health,Health Care,Holistic Health,Natural remedies,Naturopath,float therapy,holistic,relationships,salt therapy,stress,stress relief,wellness

Power Up Your Online Presence

Given world events in early 2020, it’s clear that it’s important to be visible online. Many people have shifted to home offices while being “out and about” is discouraged. In some cases, temporarily illegal. People are going online – to social media and search engines – to find the products and services they are looking for. Will they find you?
While we can’t control world events, we can control what we do in response to them. Especially for solo-preneurs and small business owners, it can be easy to pivot and move in the direction of current circumstances.
More people are paying attention to overall health and wellness than ever before and looking for products and services to support that!
They are going online to search. Where will you be found? Being found online is a function of having a website and how often it comes up in relevant searches: Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Your SEO can get an easy boost from social media profiles AND other hyperlinks.
In this interview with Charn Pennewaert, CEO and Founder of Media Stream, you’ll learn useful tips and tools for shifting your gears quickly, easily and affordably. Charn has over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, SEO organic growth and web design. She also currently owns and manages which features top trending articles for the health and wellness industry. 
Keep reading for some easy ways you can pivot and POWER UP YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE – Yeah
Power Up Your Online Presence Camille Leon 2020-06-15 04:00:00Z 0 SEO,facebook,holistic,instagram,linkedin,search engine optimization,social media,solopreneur,visibility,websites

Growing With Gratitude

For years, I rolled my eyes when people said, "Just be thankful and you will start receiving what you seek." Really? As if!
Of course, once I learned to be grateful for the richness of my life and the rewards of having a business that allows me to do what I love (talk about holistic approaches to health, lifestyle and business), it was clear that they are right.
Growing With Gratitude Camille Leon 2020-05-08 04:00:00Z 0

6 Steps to Stay Healthy During Times of Stress

Posted by Beth Romanski & Camille Leon
Painting by Karen SachsWe all experience stress and anxiety on occasion (some of us more than others), but there are situations in our life that can raise our stress levels, in such as a divorce, death of a loved one, challenges at work or a job loss, unexpected health diagnoses or simply doing too much and trying to be superhuman day in day out. Often, we might turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with our emotions, such as drinking, smoking, avoiding exercise, overworking or overeating unhealthy comfort foods or sugary treats.  During this global COVID-19 condition where our everyday lives are disrupted, we can also feel a sense of ongoing anxiety from the unknowingness of what the future holds for ourselves and our loved ones. While we can recognize lives aren’t always predictable, we can still take our health and wellness into our own hands and a few simple steps to manage our mindset to get through times of uncertainty, overwhelming stress and anxiety.
6 Steps to Stay Healthy During Times of Stress Beth Romanski & Camille Leon 2020-04-20 04:00:00Z 0 Essential Oils,Health,Health Care,Holistic Healing,Holistic Health,Integrative Medicine,Natural remedies,stress,stress relief,wellness,wellness strategies
Save Money on Your Taxes! Camille Leon 2019-12-13 05:00:00Z 0 Acupuncture,Chiropractic,Hypnotherapy,membership,stop smoking,therapy,weight loss

The HCC Partners with Maryland University of Integrative Health

PASADENA, CA (November 21, 2019) – With a vision of healthy people on a healthy planet, the Holistic Chamber of Commerce (HCC) is weaving together an international movement promoting holistic, natural and sustainable products, services and solutions.
With that focus, we are pleased to announce our new partnership with Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) Department.
The HCC Partners with Maryland University of Integrative Health Camille Leon 2019-11-22 05:00:00Z 0

Essential Oils & You

Posted by Camille Leon
Theoretically, we all know that each person’s body has different health and wellness responses and preferences. At the same time, we often want to know what has worked for others in hopes that it will also work for us...
Essential oils are no different. What works for you may or may not work for me, and vice versa.
Just like penicillin works for some people while others are allergic to it.
Still, it helps to know what works for others. Often, that knowledge can help us find a solution that will work for you. Here is a short list of uses of essential oils that help relieve specific concerns.
Essential Oils & You Camille Leon 2019-10-09 04:00:00Z 0 Essential Oil Blends,Essential Oils,Health,Health Care,Holistic Healing,Holistic Health,Integrative Medicine,Natural remedies,Pain,wellness,wellness strategies

Starting Your Project

Posted by Camille Leon
Do you have a project in mind? How about one that is still on your to-do list or has been sitting in the back of your mind for a while?
Today is the day! Start it your way!
Starting new (or old) projects is much like planting a seed for a tree. You may wish you had done it years ago so it would already be fully grown and flourishing.
If you didn't, for whatever reason, plant your seed and start your project today.
Starting Your Project Camille Leon 2019-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

What is Your Mission?

Posted by Camille Leon

Have you considered your mission? Whether you call it your mission, vision or your purpose, it can help you in several ways. When I saw the mission for SendOutCards (SOC) at their Relationship Marketing Grand Summit, it brought me back to the mission of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce (which is longer than this one) and helped me see why our alignment with SOC makes so much sense.

Many successful entrepreneurs are very clear about why they do what they do. This is the point of having a strong vision and a written vision or purpose statement. Of course, there are other reasons as well....

Are you called to a higher purpose? What vision are you bringing to life?

What is Your Mission? Camille Leon 2019-08-19 04:00:00Z 0