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Hidden Microbial Issues Can Sabotage Your Current and Long-Term Health

Hidden Microbial Issues Can Sabotage Your Current and Long-Term Health

I’m a huge proponent of taking matters into your own hands, listening to how your body feels and customizing your lifestyle to honor your unique needs and desires. This approach has served me beautifully in my own healing and wellness journey. 

I also have a team of talented practitioners that I rely on to support me in keeping my body on track. Over the years, this has changed dramatically and has included bodywork, nutrition, therapists, physical therapy and more. 

As a clinical nutritionist, I can easily see how regular visits with my private clients help them stay on track and ahead of the game. The muscle testing protocols that I use allow me to evaluate the function of bodily systems and identify immune challenges, toxicity issues like heavy metals and chemicals, nutrient deficiencies, deficits in function, and other issues that interfere with optimal health and vitality. 

As a society, our view of how microbes affect the body is limited. We tend to only suspect bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites as potential culprits when we feel sick with cold or flu symptoms, intestinal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. But the presence of microbes in your body does not always cause symptoms.  

Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen a viral family popping up in many of my clients. A few of them have felt ill, but most of them have not. And yet they knew something wasn’t right as the virus was interfering with proper bodily function. For some, it made old issues flare (skin rashes, belly discomfort, etc.), while some just felt tired or “not right”. 

They attributed how they were feeling to their busy lives, stress or lifestyle choices if they hadn’t been eating well or drinking enough water. And those things alone can and do interfere with proper bodily function. But without the proper support to eradicate these microbes, their bodies may have continued to lose function, experience an increase in symptoms over time, and work their way towards significant health challenges without ever knowing how it all started. 

If you don’t have talented practitioners that support your efforts, I highly encourage you to begin a search and experimentation process to find out what services are available in your area and what services will work well for your body and lifestyle. It has been my experience that your needs are likely to vary at different times in your life. 

We live in a complicated world and we need the support of others to make the most of our health. Our bodies require support in eliminating hidden issues that can be highly problematic, such as the presence of unhealthy microbes. 

If you don’t know what type of practitioner to look for, hit reply and tell me what your needs are. I’d be happy to point you in the right direction and share any resources I’m aware of. 

You need amazing health to have the life you dream of. And there’s nothing I want more for you.

How Gut, Hormone Health & What You Eat Can Make Or Break Your Mood, Energy & Focus

How Gut, Hormone Health & What You Eat Can Make Or Break Your Mood, Energy & Focus

My journey to wellness began with a commitment to myself in December of 2000, which led me into the world of holistic health.

It has been incredibly exciting to watch the offerings in the holistic health realm expand exponentially since then.

We still have a long way to go in shifting our collective mindsets about what true health is and I’m always doing my best to be part of this essential change.

So I’m super excited to share with you an article I wrote for Not Sorry, an online magazine “sharing empowering articles from inspiring women”.

Click here to read How Gut, Hormone Health & What You Eat Can Make Or Break Your Mood, Energy & Focus, and let me know what you think in the comments below.

I enjoyed creating it and I hope you’ll enjoy reading it!

What You Hold Deep Within You Interferes with Your Desire to Experience Vibrant Health

What You Hold Deep Within You Interferes with Your Desire to Experience Vibrant Health

As you may know, I suffered with significant health issues for more than two decades. Once I made the commitment to get well, all sorts of things I had never heard of started appearing in my life.

The physical pain, inability to get good sleep, brain fog, digestive distress, and heartbreak over being unable to truly enjoy my life, were crushing me. So it was natural that my initial attention was focused on my physical body.

Over time, I realized that there was so much more to health than I was previously considering.

I began to explore my mental, emotional and spiritual health, which has been such a fascinating journey. I’ve enhanced my health, happiness and overall life experience in ways that I could never have imagined.

There are SO many fantastic tools that have supported me on my journey!

EFT, emotion code, self-reflection, journaling, movement, talking to others, reading, family constellating, and attending retreats and workshops have all supported me on my path over the last 10+ years.

I believe that the world of self-actualization is expanding in a way that hasn’t previously existed. I’m constantly exposed to people, programs, and methods for expanding my mind, body and health, way above and beyond what was available when I started my journey.

I am, and will always be, a work in progress. I am insatiably curious about how to become the best version of myself in body, mind and soul.

I recently attended a 1-day bio integration intensive with Kole & Tah Whitty in Austin, TX. What drew me to fly halfway across the country to be with these amazing facilitators was a deep resonance and drive to explore how any perceived trauma at any time in my life might still be held within my body, impacting my health and ability to live my life fully and freely. I was drawn to learning new ways to release anything I’ve been unknowingly and unintentionally carrying around, and continue the expansion of my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

And I’m happy to say, it was well worth my time and efforts!

There are areas of my body that always feel tight, and they are softening. I feel lighter, happier and more connected to my intuition. I am more forgiving of people and situations that I’ve been holding onto, some for an entire lifetime.

I am more alert and aware of the beauty around me. I am being gentler with myself, easing up on the constant pressure I always subject myself to in order to get things done. I’m way more interested in hearing others’ opinions and gaining a wider variety of perspectives. My heart feels open.

If I could deliver all of that to you, I would do so in a heartbeat. But I know that we all have our unique paths to travel, and that we must choose to put in the work, as it calls to us, to achieve our own greatest aspirations.

I share my journey with you as inspiration. If my words resonate with you, know that you are being called to explore what that means for you.

My greatest desire is that you will attune to the small voice that speaks from within yourself. Follow your own heart and step into what calls to you, especially when you have fear or thoughts that you can’t, shouldn’t, or don’t deserve to.

Life is short and you are worthy of experiencing all of your deepest desires, no matter how much you’ve been taught to believe otherwise.

Essential Components of a Healthy Life that You May be Neglecting

Essential Components of a Healthy Life that You May be Neglecting

If you’re anything like me, you have a mile long to-do list and are always plugging away at keeping all the various aspects of your life afloat. 

Hopefully self-care is on that list, preferably at the top! Nothing else will go the way it should/could when you’re not taking care of your own needs. 

I believe that scheduling time to be without a list and letting rest, fun and “unplugging” be your only agenda, must be part of your plan to have a truly satisfying, deeply fulfilling life. 

When it’s cold out, I am honestly at a loss for how to do that well, other than reading and watching Netflix at night before bed. 

But when the warm weather hits and the sun comes out, I have no trouble dreaming up a multitude of ways to step out of my normal routine and schedule more of this vital, replenishing time for myself.  

My oldest son has been away the last 3+ months. Before he left, we planned some family time to celebrate his return and have high quality time together. Fortunately, the weather cooperated and we headed to western MA for a day of fun at Jiminy Peak, riding the mountain coaster and alpine slide to our hearts’ content. We finished the day at our favorite Japanese hibachi restaurant. 

Being outside for hours on a warm, sunny day, connecting with my family, being distraction-free, doing something fun, and eating tasty food provided a ton of nourishment for my body, mind, heart and soul! 

If you’re not already doing so, I can’t encourage you enough to dream up ways to reconnect with fun activities that light you up. And you get bonus points if it’s something you can do outside! 

I’d love to hear what lights you up, makes you feel like a kid, laugh like crazy – the things that you look forward to when you’re having a crazy week and know you need a break. Let me know in the comments below! 

And if you can’t think of anything, it’s time to do some serious daydreaming and experimentation to reconnect with that part of yourself. 

The serious parts of life are important. And the fun parts are a vital component of a life well lived. Don’t let another day pass by without planning something fun, something that fuels your soul and fills you up, even if it won’t happen for weeks or months down the road. 

Life moves fast and you deserve the best!

Your Time in the Sun is Vital: How to Find Safe Sunscreen & Maximize your Vitamin D Production

Your Time in the Sun is Vital: How to Find Safe Sunscreen & Maximize your Vitamin D Production

We’ve been taught to believe that the sun is going to create cancer and kill us, and that sunscreen will protect us. But sunscreen can be loaded with toxins, and anything that you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body. Toxins interfere with proper bodily functions and build up over time, so the more exposure to toxins you have, the more likely you are to develop problems.

Sun exposure is vital for making the type of vitamin D that your body can store, and sunscreen blocks your body’s ability to make it. A fear of the sun, and living indoors more often than not, has created widespread vitamin D deficiency. This is cheating us of adequate levels of a nutrient that is essential to every function of our bodies.

While supplementing is helpful and important, it cannot replace the vitamin D production that you get from the sun. Supplementation should be in addition to sun exposure, which is why it’s called a supplement and not a replacement.

Given the sun’s role in creating adequate levels of vitamin D, I can’t encourage you enough to get some sun exposure without sunscreen. But do it in a safe way that avoids burning, and use a non-toxic sunscreen for times when you’ll be out in the sun longer.

The Guide to Healthy Sunscreens, published by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) every spring, is a great resource to help you find a safe sunscreen. It’s something I always rely on, and their 2019 guide has just been released. I check my previous favorites against the guide every year and then order accordingly. I tend to purchase sunscreen online to access the wider variety of options available.

Vacations are often when my family needs sunscreen the most. We’re typically going to be outside a lot, and in a warmer environment than usual. We always plan for some sun exposure without sunscreen, which often means at the beginning or end of the day, or waiting a bit to apply sunscreen. And we always have plenty of non-toxic sunscreen on hand so we can use it as much and as often as needed to prevent sunburn.

Another Victory: Why these Historic Wins against Roundup won’t Protect You

A jury has concluded for the third time in nine months that exposure to Roundup can cause Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

The most recent trial involved a married couple, Alberta and Alva Pilliod, who had used Roundup from the 1970’s until a few years ago. Both developed Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Alva was diagnosed in 2011 and his cancer spread from his bones to his pelvis and spine. Alberta was diagnosed with a subset of this lymphoma in her brain in 2015.

According to the Organic Consumer’s Association, “Monsanto’s parent company, Bayer, was ordered to pay the plaintiffs $2 billion ($1 billion each) in punitive and compensatory damages, and another $55 million in past and future medical bills.”1

“In ordering punitive damages, the jury had to find that Monsanto engaged in conduct with malice, oppression or fraud committed by one or more officers, directors or managing agents of Monsanto who were acting on behalf of the company.”2

And now the number of pending lawsuits filed has risen to 13,000!

All of these pending cases allegedly say that Roundup has caused their Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and that Monsanto and its parent company Bayer have hidden the risks and intentionally deceived the public.

I had hoped that after three victories for the people and LOTS of money exiting the company coffers of Monsanto and Bayer that they would at least begin to do things differently. But they’ve continued to advertise just the opposite of what these court cases are proving.

And our government continues to back them, refusing to acknowledge the harm being done and allowing these products to stay on their list of safe to use products.

This breaks my heart and I wonder what it will take to start seeing positive change in our use of Roundup, both from consumer and industry perspectives.

I was in Home Depot the other day and a display of Roundup was in the very front of the store. I couldn’t help but wonder how many people would buy it if they saw a warning sign with it, exposing the truth about what it can do to their health.

And I often wonder what different choices we would make at the grocery store if labels clearly showcased where Roundup shows up in our food supply, and how it interferes with our health, including, but not limited to its potential to cause cancer.

Many non-organic crops like wheat and oats are sprayed with Roundup just before they’re harvested. This desiccates or wilts the plants, making them easier to harvest. But the Roundup saturates all parts of the plants, including the edible parts.

Most Americans unknowingly eat Roundup every day, some with every meal!

The Environmental Working Group recently released independent study results for some common breakfast choices and found glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) in 43 of the 45 non-organic samples.

Sadly, even five of the organic samples tested positive for glyphosate, but at lower levels. While glyphosate spraying is not allowed in organic food production, the rates of Roundup spraying have increased tremendously since 1996. It’s now pervasive in our environment and showing up even in places where it’s not being actively used.

Organic is still a better choice to reduce your exposure (and for SO many other reasons), but I am praying for a day when the spraying will stop and the ground is allowed to recover.

I am still holding onto hope that the tides are finally turning with these historic court cases and that a safer, healthier future awaits all of us.

 

 1,2 May 2019, https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/monsanto-ordered-pay-2-billion-cancer-victims?utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=OB+624&utm_content=OB+624