Carolyn Mein, D.C.
The 25 Body Type SystemTM

October 14, 2016
Issue No. 40


Dear Readers,

Past editions of this newsletter series are available in my Newsletter Archives.

This month we look at the inner workings of the Medulla body type - the characteristics, traits and motivations that drive them. Restriction is a core emotional issue for those with the Medulla body type, and Peppermint essential oil can be used to overcome that emotional block.

Celery is a commonly overlooked food, and one of the few that agrees with all 25 body types. It has health and nutritional benefits that may surprise you, as discussed below. I also offer a tasty and nutritious recipe for a Celery-Potato-Onion soup that's good for all body types.

As always, I hope and trust that these newsletters help you enjoy a happier, healthier life.

Health and Happiness,
Dr. Carolyn Mein
In This Issue:

The Medulla Body Type

Why Eat Celery? (BONUS: Celery Soup Recipe)

Peppermint Essential Oil

The Medulla Body Type

Are you patient, steady and consistent? Do you find change difficult? Do you have a strong, inquiring mind, open to new ideas, but cautious about getting into new situations? Do you have an intense sense of responsibility? Do you find yourself remaining loyal indefinitely to a worthwhile cause? If this describes you, you could be a Medulla body type.


What the Medulla body type loves more than anything else is to be appreciated. Naturally patient, caring and committed, they will “go the extra mile” and methodically stay with a person until the student fully understands the subject, making them excellent teachers and worthy of being appreciated. With their strong sense of responsibility and altruistic nature, Medulla are committed to establishing structures that are good for the whole and can be passed on to future generations, which motivates many to become involved in politics.


It is the fear of Failure that motivates the Medulla to change. Change triggers old fears and feelings of inadequacy, so there is a tendency to avoid it at all costs. It is the fear of change that leads to restriction – which is ultimately self-imposed. This restriction leads to rigidity, which can eventually manifest physically. The other side of failure is not success, but Unfoldment, meaning “what did I learn from this experience?” The affirmation which connects you with the lesson is, “I accept growth.”

Life Lesson

The life lesson of Medulla body types is to lighten life. This means, “don’t take things so seriously.” Allow for more movement and fluidity. The tendency is to become stiff and rigid, both physically and mentally. Mentally by being skeptical and pessimistic about everything new.

Core Emotional Issues

The core emotional issue for the Medulla body type is Restriction. The other side is mobility which necessitates change. The fear of failure causes a fear of change giving rise to skepticism about anything new. This leads to rigidity. The other side is amusement. The way to shift from rigidity to amusement is to approach situations with, “It’s a cosmic game.” So you don’t want to take life so seriously.

Dominant Senses

Dominant senses for the Medulla are physical and mental. Physically strong, Medullas build muscle mass very easily with regular exercise like weight lifting and stair stepping. So much so, that if you have excess weight in the thighs, for example, you will want to lose the weight first before building muscle mass or you will build muscle around the fat and lock it in. Losing weight from exercise requires a sustained exercise for at least 3 hours like dancing, walking, hiking, backpacking, or cross-country skiing 1 to 2 times per week. Sustained exercise causes weight loss by pulling glucose out of the muscles. There is a strong desire for mental exactness, wanting to know everything about an area before going into it. This creates the illusion of being able to control one’s environment to ensure one’s safety.


Celebrites with Medulla body type include Jane Seymour, Madonna, Ronald Reagan, and George Clooney.

To learn more about the Medulla body type, see the September 2014 Newsletter.

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Why Eat Celery?

Celery is a readily available food that has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Celery has been found to help prevent heart disease and improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

The active compound in the chemical composition of celery is a phytochemical called phthalides. The extract is called NBP which relaxes the artery walls to allow increased blood flow and reduce blood pressure. But according to Dr. Kenneth Shafer of Cleveland Clinic, eating the whole food is better than the extract. Whole celery is low in salt, high in fiber, magnesium and potassium which helps to regulate blood pressure. Dr. Shafer recommends eating one cup of chopped celery daily to get these benefits.

Celery is an excellent source of antioxidants and beneficial enzymes as well as vitamins and minerals including Vitamin K, Vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, folate and Vitamin B6. Even when cooked, it loses very little of its nutrients.

Not surprisingly, celery is a great veggie to snack on when watching your weight. One stalk contains only 10 calories. But it doesn’t stop there – celery also supplies a whole host of benefits such as:
  • It reduces inflammation. Anyone suffering from joint pains, lung infections, asthma and acne will find relief by eating celery.
  • Celery helps keep you calm. The minerals it contains, particularly magnesium, soothes the nervous system. For better sleep, have a celery stalk before bed.
  • Celery helps alkalinize your body.
  • Celery aids digestion.
  • The high water content of celery, combined with the insoluble fiber, makes it a great source for passing stool. But because of its diuretic qualities, you may want to skip it if you’re suffering from diarrhea.
  • Celery contains good sodium. While avoiding refined salt is important for heart health, the sodium in celery is actually good for you. Unlike refined table salt, it’s organic, natural and essential for health.
  • It’s good for the eyes. One large stalk of celery gives you five percent of daily Vitamin A, which helps to protect the eyes from age-related vision problems.
  • Celery may help reduce “bad” cholesterol. Butylphthalide, a component in celery which gives it its flavor and scent, also reduces cholesterol.
  • Celery may help fight certain cancers. Two studies at the University of Illinois showed that a powerful flavonoid in celery, called luteolin, actually inhibits the growth of cancer cells, especially in the pancreas.

One cup of celery has approximately 16 calories, zero grams of fat, one gram of protein and five grams of fiber. It’s important to note that while most people enjoy eating celery stalks, the leaves and seeds are also edible and highly beneficial for your health. For better health and lower blood pressure, add celery to your soups, salads, sandwich fillings or simply enjoy as a midday snack.

Of the 25 body types, only 2 should limit celery to once a month, and then only when their digestive system is very sensitive. These 2 types are Spleen and Pineal. Even when they are Healthy, Spleens should limit celery to two days a week. Healthy Pineals can eat celery 3-7 times per week. The Pancreas body type does better with cooked celery but can also eat it raw twice a week. For the Blood body types, adding celery to turkey enhances the digestibility of turkey.

The body types that do exceptionally well (3–7 times per week) with celery are:

Quick Ways to Include Celery in Your diet

Some quick & easy ways to include celery in your diet:
  • Celery sticks stuffed with almond butter or cream cheese
  • Celery with hummus as a dip
  • In a salad with other vegetables
  • Raw vegetable platter, which could include celery, carrots, red bell peppers, cucumbers, jicama, (black olives), snow peas - pea pods served with a dip of your choice
  • Hors d'oevures – Stuff celery sticks with cream cheese, cut in pieces, top with a nut of your choice such as almond, cashew, pistachio, pecan or walnut pieces. You could also top with a raisin or dried cranberry.

Delicious & Healthy Celery Soup Recipe

1 cup chopped celery
1 chopped large white or yellow potato
1 chopped medium white or yellow onion
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter (preferably unsalted)
1/4 cup fresh dill
1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
Pink Salt (approx 3/4 tsp)
Black Pepper (approx 1/4 tsp)
1/2 cup half & half
3 cups liquid from one of the following: low sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth or miso (1/4 to 1/2 cup paste to 3 cups water)

In a sauce pan over medium heat, add the liquid broth of your choice and slowly add celery, potatoes, onions, ginger, dill, butter, salt and pepper. Stir constantly and when the mixture comes to a low boil, gradually whisk in the half & half and cook over low heat for approximately 20 minutes.

For a thicker soup, add arrow root or corn starch.

For more flavor, add 1/8 to 1/4 tsp cayenne.

For a creamy soup with added protein, stir in two eggs last 10 minutes of cooking.

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Peppermint Essential Oil

Fear of Failure, Restriction, Dependence, and Rigidity are the emotions released with Peppermint oil. While the fear of failure is a universal emotion, it is a core emotional issue for the Adrenal, Brain, Liver, Medulla, Thalamus, Thymus, and Thyroid body types.

The positive side of Failure is Unfoldment. The lesson, or way out of Failure, is “I accept growth.” Once you learn what you need from an experience, it shifts, enabling you to receive the good you deserve.

Fear of Restriction is inter-related with the emotions of Failure, Dependence and Rigidity. Working with all the emotions associated with an oil allows you to approach the emotions from different aspects and clear the triggering aspects of the dominant emotion. Body types where Restriction is a core issue are Medulla, Pineal and Pituitary. The other side of Restriction is Mobility and the way to get there is “I am open to new experiences.”

Dependence is the fear of being dependent on someone else. The other side is Freedom which can often show up as a need or fierce desire for freedom. As a child, a common theme is: “I can do it myself.” The affirmation or lesson is “I am self-sufficient.” The fear of dependence is a core emotional issue for the Thalamus body type and is stored in the thalamus gland.

Rigidity relates to things being held or locked in place; the inability to move or be fluid. Heavy metals, like mercury and lead, have the same effect on the body. The access point on the body for heavy metals is located on the front of the hip bones.

Other uses of peppermint oil include:
  • Rub 4-6 drops in palm, then rub on stomach for indigestion, nausea and diarrhea
  • Add a drop of peppermint oil to herbal tea to relieve indigestion and heartburn
  • Massage several drops on injury to relieve inflammation
  • Rub several drops on bottoms of feet to reduce fever
  • To stop hiccups, rub a drop of peppermint oil on each side of 5th cervical vertebra (located 3 notches up from large vertebra at base of neck
  • Inhale the fragrance of peppermint oil to curb the appetite and lessen the impulse to overeat
  • Drink a drop of peppermint oil in a glass of cold water to cool off on a hot day
  • Place a drop of peppermint oil on tongue to freshen breath
  • Place a drop of peppermint oil on tongue and inhale into nose and sinuses to relieve congestion from a cold

  • For a demonstration of how to use essential oils to clear emotional patterns, click below to watch my video:

    For more information on the use of Essential Oils to release emotions, refer to Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils.