As we are living through some troubled times with the predatory behaviors of powerful people, especially the men, I am pausing to reflect on what made them do it. With some of them, we can go back to childhood and look at how, why and when this behavior became the norm for them. And, then on the other side of the coin, that there are others who have been abused and cannot remember abuses that happened to them. I am painfully aware of my circumstances of childhood abuses and I continue to recover on the cellular level to go deeper into my tissues of those body memories to heal my wounded self.
It has taken me years to get to this point to acknowledge that I kept things quiet because that was how it was back then with the silence code. Other adults who did not believe some of the shocking stories that I had said happened and the same adults in my life were saying it was your fault it happened and believing them for so many years even when they weren’t saying it out loud. This abuse, when hidden inside of us, is the biggest reason why there maybe so many mental disorders (with no genetic links thus far), diagnoses of the spectrum of autoimmunity, heart disease and genetic disorders, etc. I can blame my autoimmunity on so many things, but this emotional and physical cross I endured for years until my body decided to express it in the form of psoriasis (autoimmunity develops years before the evidence shows up in diagnoses). You see, the body’s burden will show up in the weakest link of your body, whether it is in the brain or the body.
When I received my diagnosis, I asked the doctor what was the cause of my psoriasis. He said he did not know. At that time, I was irate that all the doctors I saw did not know the cause of my disorder. Now I know some of the why, because it can be that the body could not handle the burden of toxic stress in all areas of my life. I thank the doctors now for not making up any possible reasons for my diagnosis. It helped me to become curious to keep searching for answers within myself.
There is always more to the story of why our body’s become burdened. If we listen to the body whispering and finding out where the energy is blocked, please look inward for the answers. If you’re unable or need more assistance, please contact me, or someone you trust, to explore some aspects of your life that may be holding you back. You will see that life may get a bit easier and to accept what is present in our lives without the past traumas getting in the way. Personal responsibility, even if we grew up in a toxic household environment, may possibly be a hard task in the beginning, but it only takes you and time to begin to heal. Let’s continue the dialogue….
People who smoke marijuana have three times greater risk of dying from hypertension, or high blood pressure, than those who have never used the drug. And the risk grows with every year of use. Now I did say smoking the marijuana. The findings from a study of close to 1,200 people, could have implications in the U.S., as several states have legalized marijuana and others are moving toward it. It is also decriminalized in a number of other countries. I do know, from a different viewpoint too, that it changes the microflora in the gut which can lead to other digestive issues also, like leaky gut.
“It is important to establish whether any health benefits outweigh the potential health, social and economic risks,” said Barbara Yankey, who led the research at the school of public health at Georgia State University in the United States. “If marijuana use is implicated in cardiovascular diseases and deaths, then it rests on the health community and policy makers to protect the public.”
I know I cannot use marijuana because of my current position and responsibility for people’s’ safety. However, I want you to consider the continued research is being done in this area with recreational use of the drug. Just because it is “natural” does not mean to over using the marijuana. There are benefits of THC for those who cannot get relief with terminal health issues. However, please investigate other methods to get the best nutritional ways to better health.
For many years, especially since the 1950s, our diet has changed. Certain dogma called “fat-phobic” advice has been in the media and even embraced by the American Heart Association for many years. However, when you reduce fat in the diet, and there is a need to make processed food with more sugar to taste good. The last numbers I have heard from the functional medicine standpoint is 145 pounds of sugar per person per year. It might even been higher today. This is the real culprit of most of our diseases. In this blog, I would like to convey that we need to take the white stuff out of our diet and add back the good fats. Since I have changed my way of feeding my microflora in my gut, I am pleased to say I have lowered my blood sugar twenty-five points! I’ll be ordering my labs for myself called HbA1C in the next couple months.
Not all fats are created equal. Some of the fats I will be writing about today have great potential for promoting health and fighting disease. Others do the exact opposite. Mainstream marketing doesn’t differentiate. The science research is not letting us bury our heads in the low-fat sand any longer.
Incorporating healthy fat with the right combination of amino acids will improve your feeling of fullness and satisfaction, provide body fuel, and promote optimal cellular repair. You cannot make cells without fat. Fats are the precursors of cell messengers that mediate inflammation. Fat is critical for hormone production and for heart, brain and nervous system function.
Some fats will kill you and some will keep you healthy and probably save your life. Below are the eight classes of fats.
Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) are the healthiest kind of fat you can eat, according to research. Not only are they anti-inflammatory, but they also keep your blood lipids (cholesterol, triglycerides) healthy, help balance your blood sugar, and even help cut visceral fat by up to 20 percent. MUFAs are found in olives and olive oil, nuts and nut oils, and avocados (when I am not traveling, I try to eat a whole avocado everyday). I even carry macadamia nut oil on my trips because it contains a greater percentage of MUFAs than the highest quality olive oil. It also has a 40 degree higher temperature tolerance before changing its healthy properties than olive oil.
Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and are found in fish oil, cold-water fish, walnuts, flaxseed and chia seeds. They aid in controlling hunger, turning off your fat genes, controlling blood sugar, and upping your metabolism. They have been shown to aid in reducing cholesterol and preventing arthritis, asthma, ADHD, dementia and even depression.
Medium-chain triglycerides are an important fat-burning tool and can help speed up your metabolism. These are found in butter, ghee and coconut oil.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are a group of about eighteen different kinds of fatty acids. Some are healthy (as mentioned in Omega-3s above) and some aren’t (like canola oil I’ll mention below). The good ones can provide the energy producing mitochondria of your cells with fatty acids that support metabolic efficiency.
Trans-fatty acids are the worst fats the world has seen and have been in our food supply for decades even after science discovered they are deadly. Deceptive marketing on our packaging and, in the media, not providing the scientific proof in differentiating the types of fats. They are man-made, our intestinal bacteria cannot digest these foods, so they end up lining our livers and arterial cell walls, causing death and disease. These are also known as partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, and are found in margarine and other butter substitutes. When I travel and my clients, we insist on particular attention to detail to the chefs to make sure we don’t ingest these types of PUFAs oil.
Omega-6 fatty acids are pro-inflammatory and are abundant in processed foods, most cooking oils (including canola mentioned above), and pretty much every food you eat unless it is organic. These are also called PUFAs, but the bad ones. Up to 90 percent of the omega-6 in our diet comes from linoleic acid, which promotes inflammation and fat storage. Some of the foods are grain-based desserts, salad dressings, potato chips, corn chips, pizza, pasta, and popcorn to name a few.
Omega-9 fatty acids are the neutral oils that do not lead to inflammation and are healthy to consume. The biggest sources of these are: olives, macadamia nuts, avocados, almonds, pecans and cashews.
Saturated fats are found primarily in animal products like butter, cheese and meat. Within the last couple years, research in the last couple years is proving that saturated fat is not the problem the mainstream “experts” have made it out to be. The only time saturated fat becomes really dangerous is when it’s combined with sugar and refined flour to produce all those packaged, processed foods you find in the supermarket snack aisle and in fast food restaurants.
As long as you are getting saturated fat from organic, grass-fed, grass-finished, minimally processed sources, it is perfectly okay to eat in moderation. I even order my grass-fed and finished beef and chicken and are delivered to my home. It tastes so much better and I’m not going back. Most of your fat intake should come from the protein and amino acids you eat. The rest will come from nuts, avocado, fish and oils. If you get the majority of your protein from wild, hormone and antibiotic-free animal foods such as eggs, salmon, chicken, grass-finished beef and pasture-raised butter, you will get the essential monounsaturated and saturated fats you need in the right ratios. Also, please do not forget that beef is not just one big saturated fat. About 50 percent of the fat in beef is unsaturated, the kind that we are being told to eat (but not from commercially raised grain fed cows and happy, well-fed cows).
Dairy needs a mention here too. Milk is a saturated fat too. The same rules apply to dairy as well as any protein drinks you may use: the source must be cows, sheep, goats, or yaks that were fed and raised how they were supposed to be raised; without antibiotics and growth hormones. I want to be clear, when I mention dairy, I am talking about cheese or butter. I don’t mention yogurt (even the unsweetened ones) or milk.
When a study was done by a food scientist in Denmark, he analyzed urine and fecal samples from fifteen men whose diets either contained cheese and milk or contained butter with no other dairy products. The findings were those in the cheese group had higher levels of butyric acid, a gut microbe and short chain fatty acids that has been linked to lower obesity and faster metabolism.
A University of Cambridge study raised some very important questions about the link between saturated fats and heart disease. In the meta-analysis of seventy-two different studies, researchers found that total saturated fat consumption was not linked to coronary heart disease.
With this great summation of information, please know there is plethora amount of scientific information that is not getting out there to the mainstream public. I feel privileged to be of service to you to reach out to your family and friends and forward them to start the small changes to be the best person they can be to the world.
As I sit her writing to all of you, my family is watching my mother die of a wretched disease that has eaten away at her mind and body called Alzheimer’s. Many of you may have someone in your family or know of someone who has had or lost someone to this wretched disease.
In my mother’s case, and watching her grapple with diagnosis after diagnosis, she seemed to be in one pain after another in different parts of her body. It was harder each time to console her and to compel her to do something out of the ordinary to help herself outside of the traditional medical system. She could have instead trusted herself to know better of what would be better than drugs or some medical procedure which seemed to exacerbate her painful conditions. Now here we are here with late stage Alzheimer’s and third stage kidney disease.
With all of my Mom’s ailments, starting with high blood pressure, her raised anxiety stress levels over the years, with arteriosclerosis and age 58 heart attack and, before her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, she had two surgeries of carotid artery scraping, some mini strokes along the way, pre-diabetes, sub-optimal hypothyroidism and finally kidney disease, it is no wonder her body was overburdened with so many systemic inflammation issues. She especially had the increased cascade of cortisol levels never measured, hormonal issues with her HPA axis (hippocampus-pituitary-adrenal glands) with her weakened state of her sub-hypothyroid condition never addressed and toxicity from her environment that I could only guess from dental amalgams (mercury) and other hard metals from the environment. Scientists haven’t proven aluminum as a culprit in the Alzheimer’s, but haven’t ruled it out either.
Familial habit patterns came into play in my family and other families as well. Our food supply does not give us the essential minerals and vitamins in our diet to thwart disease or disorders. These diseases start in us and is not the germs from outside of our body. We need to measure it by different means of how we feel, urine, blood, bowels and saliva tests. Our body robs from itself in different parts of our body during the awake stage (catabolic) of the day of what is stored in our fat and organ tissues. At night, during sleep, is the repair state (anabolic).
If the minerals and vitamins that are needed are similar in its carbon, hydrogen and oxygen molecules, your body will use it to get what it needs. For example, iodine is so needed by the thyroid, breasts and other organs. However, our body cannot store it for very long in the body. On the chemistry element chart, most of us learned in high school, there are other metals that are similar in makeup to iodine; fluorine, chlorine and bromine. When the food industry took out the iodine out of our breads and the common table salt etc., our receptor sites that used to receive the iodine (weakest of all the halides) now our body’s receptor sites attach the fluoride from our toothpaste, water, and dental cleanings, etc., chlorine, that city or town municipalities do to the water to clean out the bacteria, goes to the homes, apartments, hotels, etc., where our bodies absorb it into our tissues through the skin from our showers and pools and drinking (unless we use filters to get rid of the chlorine, fluoride and bromine).
So measuring our body burden through urine, saliva, bowels and blood testing (not always through the medical system, who rely mostly on blood tests [if it gets into the blood, which tries to stay pristine, the weakest link in your body will start a cascade of inflammatory responses that may overburden the liver, intestines and kidneys and may not know how to rid your body of those foreign invaders without some form of natural detoxing]). So working with a knowledgeable individual to reduce your body’s toxic burden is imperative so as to not finding yourself one day with so many painful systemic ailments and you asking, “How did this happen to me?”
My mother cannot be helped with her Alzheimer’s (drugs don’t work in this disease) because there are multiple reasons for this brain inflammation. Getting the right balance of vitamins, minerals, and reducing toxic burden from the environment, will help prevent the ravages of inflammation and then losing the mind becomes a distant memory throughout the many stages of lifestyle changes. It starts with you by learning about yourself and your body burden. I can assist you in reducing the inflammation one step at a time.
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Health is an energy dance, the more you have, the better you’ll feel, providing the energy is harmonious and beneficial to the body. The health of your body is dependent upon the health of your cells, as all your organs and tissues are composed of them. Our 100 trillion cells intelligently communicate with each other at faster than light speeds creating some 400 billion reactions every second involving over 100,000 biomolecules. Newtonian-based physics and biology are left speechless attempting to explain this complexity. This intelligence residing in the body knows how to heal itself; it only requires the essential elements food, water, sunlight, oxygen, as well as sleep, exercise and the earth’s PEMF.
At an energetic level, our cells act as wet battery-driven miniature pumps, which require food for fuel, oxygen for combustion; and ignition, a catalyst to drive the process. This spark is enhanced by the earth’s geomagnetic and Schumann energy field, but it can also come from PEMF therapy devices that are in alignment with what the earth provides. The human body, as well as the universe, is primarily a holographic field of energy, information and consciousness and secondarily physical and material. The energy field of your body extends outwards up to 15 feet (measurable by science) and operates primarily at frequencies matching the earth (0-30 HZ).
Through circulation, electric and magnetic currents and intelligent communication, these essential elements are delivered to each of our 100 trillion cells. These cellular pumps allow the good stuff to enter the cells needed for energy production (oxygen, and about 90 substances, like enzymes, glucose and nutrients), while removing waste products in the lymphatic system that arise from metabolism, infection and toxicity (CO2, heavy metals, and other waste products). The pumps require energy, namely ATP (adenosine triphosphate) and TMP or transmembrane potential. These are the two primary ways the body stores energy at the cellular level. The TMP is the voltage across the cell membrane and ATP is the main form of energy the cells use, like a rechargeable battery. Not only do earth-based energies dynamically ignite cellular metabolism, they also recharge the cell membrane (TMP) and ATP. Healing is a matter of charging up our cells to their optimal voltage. Using earth-inspired PEMF therapy is like hooking up our 100 trillion cells to microscopic jumper cables, giving them a full charge. PEMF therapy literally jump starts the healing process in the body at the cellular level.
After seven years of my nutritional therapies of food and supplementation, I had been using a PEMF therapy for over a year, I have seen such a difference in my energy levels and clearing up of my skin condition and, in addition, my nerve pain diminished too. What was missing from my healing was the battery charging from the earth (PEMF device). I can say this because I could not clear up the red spots under the skin on my lower legs and I had peripheral neuropathy issues (tingling and numbness) in my hands and feet most likely from the autoimmunity issues.
When you live in a metal tube high above the earth (airplane), live half your life in hotels (high rise hotels with the legs on the beds), walking around with rubber soled shoes in airports and terminals, and driving a car with rubber tires in traffic, I was not getting the earth’s 0-30 HZ frequencies to heal my body down to the microcirculation levels (capillaries). Using earth-inspired PEMF therapy is like hooking up our 100 trillion cells to microscopic jumper cables by giving them a full charge.
In energy medicine, each cell is designed to run at a specific voltage, creating high-energy electrons available to do work. There are seven cellular benefits of the Earth’s PEMFs. Recharging the Trans-Membrane Potential or TMP, increases ATP production in the mitochondria, enhances the sodium-potassium pump (important with 3 Na+ (Sodium going out of the cell) and 2K-(Potassium going into the cell), increases the cellular pH (potential hydrogen) to make the cells and body more alkaline, improves oxygen uptake and assimilation into the cells, lowers blood viscosity and improves circulation and microcirculation, and creates a healthy level of electroporation (openings in the cells for improved nutrient transport and elimination).
Nobel Prize winner Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgi proposed that the proteings within the cell membrane can act as solid-state rectifiers, capable of capturing the energy of the earth’s alternating electromagnetic field (a rectifier converts AC or the alternating current into DC or direct current). (1) Even the biomagnetite, mainly found in the Pineal Gland and on cell membranes, can convert the electromagnetic energy from the earth into other forms of energy in the body, such as assisting the sodium-potassium pump. This helps to boost the cellular voltage or TMP.
According to Nobel Prize Laureate, Dr. Otto Warburg, cells maintain a voltage across their membrane, which is analogous to the voltage of a battery. He found that healthy cells have a measurable voltage from 70-100 millivolts, with the heart cells having the highest (upwards to 90-100 millivolts). Dr. Warburg found that due to the constant stress of modern life with a toxic environment and the aging process, cellular voltage drops. People with chronic illnesses and chronic fatigue unilaterally had a diminished cellular voltage (30-50 millivolts). Cancer patients displayed the lowest voltage at less than 15-20 millivolts. (2) Ever wonder why there is no heart cancer? It’s because the heart cells have the highest voltage of any cells in the body.
Health is literally an energy game at the cell-ular level! There truly are no exceptions to this rule; if your cells have energy, you are healthy, if not, you get sick. If we can keep our cellular voltage charged in the healthy range, we can radically extend our lifespan. This is why PEMF therapy devices are one of the most powerful and effective anti-aging tools available today!
Carl Jung observed that man “can make no progress with himself unless he becomes much better acquainted with his own nature.”(1)
By understanding your own style of feeling, you can speed the appropriate form of healing for you. In this day and age, when information is a mere mouse click away, we have little excuse to simply turn ourselves over to the experts. Especially when we have reason to doubt the efficacy of the conventional medical wisdom. Trying to find the source of your symptoms of your emotional type, you will gain a valuable new framework to augment your health care decisions. Your individuality will be front and center as you gather insight into the ways your personality and your health interact. That’s why I have structured my practice with health and lifestyle patterns during sessions. Our head and heart are one system and not separated in a body of parts.
What needs to be acknowledged and overlooked by many, including myself years back, is the fact that our feelings have a story to tell. They alert us to what is going on inside of us, and they draw attention to our reactions to certain events. If we were part of a series of events, whether it was a tree that fell on us, or we saw a tree fall onto someone else in close proximity, or we never heard about it, we will sense the feelings of the event when we are the victim or seen the victim get hurt. Or not at all as in the last event. Every feeling has a story to tell.
From simple to complex narratives, mostly the complex side, are the feelings associated with illness. Not just the feelings, but often the resulting symptoms as well. Symptoms are signposts if deciphered correctly, it will tell us something about the personality experiencing them. Did you think who you are is entirely separate from what you are feeling and what you’re going through? Far from it. No one else has your symptoms, your pains and ills. It’s your body and your self. Friedrich Nietzsche stated “There is more reason in your body than in your best wisdom.”
In the West, modern medicine has conquered diseases that ravaged previous generations like polio, tuberculosis, syphilis, and typhoid fever. Today we are beset by maladies that seem to reflect the prevalence of toxins in our environment and an overload of stress in our lives (such as cancer and heart disease). Modern medicine seems incapable of defeating these ills. Furthermore, people are becoming affected by disorders that were noticed in earlier times but largely ignored in the twentieth century: chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and post-traumatic disorder. The word syndrome indicates that, while the symptoms of a given condition are evident, the cause or connection between them isn’t understood. Then, the condition cannot be well treated. More and more of us are also made ill by asthma and allergies, while depression casts an ever longer, worrisome shadow.
No, you are not your chronic illness. But it does have personal meaning for you. By understanding your meaning, you have to look at your emotional type. It is intended to capture the way different people feel their feelings (or don’t). It relates to the brain; it relates to the rest of the body; it relates to your genetic inheritance; and it relates to the way you were raised. Your emotional type indicates how likely you are to be affected by certain chronic conditions. It is biologically based gauge of personality.
Significant illness magnified my life. It forced me to confront aspects of myself that I did not see for years. When I was in the throes of the pain, fatigue, and mild depression from my autoimmune disorder with my severe skin condition (psoriasis), I did not have much insight into the root cause of my disorder. As the Chinese understood in the venerable I Ching that “through introspection….external obstacles become an occasion for inner enrichment and education.” (2)
Personality cannot be reduced to feelings alone. According to a leading personality theorist, Robert Cloninger of Washington University, emotional drives constitute four of seven proposed dimensions of personality. The four are novelty seeking, harm avoidance, reward dependence and persistence. Together, they make up what Cloninger calls “temperament.” The other three dimensions (self-directedness, cooperativeness, and self-transcendance) relate more to the conscious abilities and predilections than feelings; these he terms “character.” In Cloninger’s well-considered framework, character plus temperament add up to personality. (3) Feelings can be seen as a foundation of personality, a driver, but not the entirety in any sense.
Tufts University professor Ernest Hartmann developed a “boundary concept” to explain differences in personality type. He found that people have differing levels of boundaries, ranging from thick to thin. Thin-boundary people tend to be more artistic, more connected to their dreams and more likely to see themselves merging in their relationships with others. Thick boundary people see clear divides between themselves and others and tend to see the world in black and white.
People with thin boundaries are more susceptible to numerous illnesses with mind-body components like Irritable Bowel Syndrome. These illnesses have a common denominator of low serotonin levels. It is a key neurotransmitter found in the brain. However, 95 percent is found in the neuroendocrine tissue of the gut. Ever wonder why we have “gut feelings,” and feel like we’ve been “punched in the gut” when we get bad news. When the syndrome becomes a disease like irritable bowel disease (IBD) called Crohn’s, treatment is a lifelong process. For many sufferers, conventional treatments offer little relief.
Experts recommend complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches, even beyond the mind-body disorder of IBS, as a powerful treatment for IBD. The first goal is to treat the underlying imbalance that has caused a problem, so you can allow the body to heal itself. The second goal is to provide symptom relief in the meantime. CAM therapies are safe and unlikely to interfere with your conventional medical treatment. Also, they can actually help you to replace essential vitamins and mineral your body is losing because of the disease.
For bowel disorders, here are the most effective mind-body remedies:
Acupuncture-One study found that quality of life for Crohn’s patients improved significantly after treatments.
Mind/Body Techniques-meditation, guided relaxation, yoga, tai chi do not treat Crohn’s directly, but they do reduce stress and stress is known to trigger flare-ups and worsen symptoms.
Even in some of my clients’ cases and my case, I used acupuncture. Learning meditation, guided relaxation, massage and using the BEMER frequency machine daily has made a world of difference with my skin, stress and endocrine system recovery.
For example, you can find a mind-body therapy that is most effective for your type. Hypnosis is perfectly suited for thin boundaries, as is, biofeedback. And acupuncture can be a great way to assist thin and thick boundary individuals. Finding out your thick or thin boundary levels is clearly a critical part of what you can do to best treating a mind-body therapy that is most effective for your emotional energy type.
Jung, An answer to Job, quoted in Juhan, Job’s Body, 19.
Elias and Ketcham, The Five Elements of Self-Healing, 282-83.
Cloninger, Feeling Good: The Science of Well-Being.
Have you ever felt what it seemed like “overnight” you looked at yourself one morning and thought of how you used to perceive your youthful and vigorous self and then you looked in the mirror feeling like you have not gracefully aged? After going to various reunions from High School to higher education, have you ever noticed how some people seemed to have not aged so much and others who were so radically different that you would never have recognized them had you had not brought the yearbook? That has happened at many of my reunions.
Some of us were born with longer telomeres (the tails of the DNA that divide and divide over the years) and some people have shorter DNA tails. However, with the stress response and challenge response we had developed from childhood into adulthood may have affected the lengths of these important physiological DNA telomeres. These responses can either lengthen or shorten the telomeres, which has to do with how we engage in the challenge response (to fully engage , perform at your best, and win; or the threat response (characterized by withdrawal and defeat, as you slump in your seat or freeze and your body preparing for wounding and shame) as you anticipate a bad outcome. A predominant habitual threat response can, over time, work itself into your cells and grind down your telomeres.
After the first 18 years growing up in a high stress family environment, I carried that same threat response into my adulthood. About 32 years later, I developed a severe autoimmune response from possibly carrying this chronic stress burden. With my nutritional, including spiritual, recovery within the last six years, I must have lengthened my telomeres as I am looking younger and feeling more vibrant than I did at age 50. Back then, I carried so much “burden” in my family being the one who took the brunt of the psychological and physical abuse and tried to minimize the abusive behavior from my siblings. Being born into a family and feeling isolated and keeping things looking perfect outside the family walls did not help me to emotionally develop. I really learned “the walls of secrecy” that were not serving me or anyone I was involved with in my adult years. When I started my educational journey in the last six years with my nutritional and life coaching career, I did not know that I would be writing educational blogs or benefiting others with my coaching skills. So it is not too late to get more vibrant and youthful as our body ages.
Luckily, my wake up call happened to me over six years ago, when I developed my autoimmune disorder of psoriasis. What I have learned so far (a never-ending search for greater meaning in life), I have chosen and applied the challenge responses into my life. Change was hard because I wanted to go back to my old ways when it was really hard. I am now working with more serious diligence on my challenge response with myself and others and turning the threat response on its head. Even my clients, when discussing difficulties in applying changes into their lives, they seem to finally realize they are doing similar things to themselves. As you build on your own challenge responses, you will start to see patterns of others with these conflicts of many thoughts and feelings when facing a stressful situation, then you can help them to adjust their behavior by being an example in your own personal relationships. Here are two different types of responses: One is characterized by feeling threatened, by a fear of losing, or possibly being shamed. The other is characterized by feeling challenged and confident about achieving a positive outcome. In a study, there was a proportion of these responses that mattered most for telomere health. The volunteers who felt more threat than challenge had shorter telomeres. Those who saw the stressful task as more of a challenge than a threat had longer telomeres. (1) Over the years towards forgiveness of myself of being angry and feeling powerlessness within my family dynamics, I instead wanted to feel joy and gratefulness in my life. I, then, decided to control the difficult and stressful events in my life. In addition, I recently found out that I was helping my telomeres by shifting the way I viewed those past events.
Since I used to anticipate a stressful event (muscle tension, heart rate, and breathing) and its outcome as negative, I was not feeling the challenge response until I had learned to relabel it by saying, “This is good stress, energizing me so I can perform well!” This can help shape the body’s response to be more energizing, bringing more dilation to the vessels and more blood to the brain. Reflecting on the incidents in my life, I tended to feel more threatened instead of challenged. I used to feel troubled and felt anticipatory threat about events that hadn’t happened yet and that may not ever happen. I did not have the skills back then or the people I surrounded myself with that could have explained how to change my thoughts from stress to a challenging response. My body’s cells were diving under the covers and thereby shortening the telomeres.
Scientists used to believe it was a more linear process that we experience events in the world, our limbic system (amygdala) reacts with an emotion, like fear or anger, which causes the body to respond with an increased heart rate or sweaty palms. But it’s more complicated than that. The brain is wired to predict things ahead of time, not just react after things have happened. (2) The brain uses memories of past experiences to continually anticipate what will happen next, and then corrects those predictions with both the current incoming information from the outside world, and from all the signals within the body. Then our brain comes up with an emotion to match all of this. Within seconds, we patch all this information together, without our awareness, and we feel some emotion.
If our “database” of past experience has a lot of shame in it, as mine did, we are more likely to expect shame again. For example, if I feel high arousal and jittery, maybe it was from something from a strong cup of tea or coffee, and then you see two people who could be talking about you, your mind may quickly cook up the emotions of shame and threat. My mother taught us that well and I absorbed that into my being. Our emotions are not pure reactions to the world; they are our own fabricated constructions of the world. (3)
Knowing how emotions are created is powerful. Once you know this, you can have more choice over what you experience. Instead of feeling your body’s stress responses and viewing them as harmful, a common experience in your brain’s database, you can think about the arousal differently as a source of fuel that will help your brain work quickly and efficiently. And if you practice this enough, then eventually your brain will come to predict feelings of arousal as helpful. It took many years of daily practice. Even if you are one of those people whose brain is hardwired to feel more threat, you can feel that immediate instinctive survival response and then revise your story. You can choose to feel challenged.
A challenge response doesn’t make you less stressed. Your sympathetic nervous system is still highly aroused, but it is a positive arousal, putting you in a more powerful, more focused state. It was so helpful to me recently when I had an intense visceral reaction to a stormy night with maximum crosswind, icy conditions and two snow storms on either side of the runway that if I had not converted that threat to a challenge response quickly, I would have needed to choose to do something different. I focused through the danger. I channeled this stress to give me good energy for this performance and told myself, “My heart is racing and my chest is tight. Fantastic and now let’s get this aircraft on the ground and visualize a good outcome.” It is good to be tested. This was a new normal for me once again.
It’s healthy to have times when your cardiovascular system is mobilized and psyche is primed for action. But our minds and bodies are not built to sustain this kind of high stimulation. I used to do this on a consistent basis. Being able to relax, although it has been overrated as a sole source of stress management, is still necessary. I recommend that you regularly engage in an activity that brings you deep restoration. There is high-quality evidence that meditation, chanting, and other mindfulness practices can reduce stress, stimulate telomerase (your body makes this), and perhaps even help your telomeres grow.
Stress and stressful events do not live in each little moment, although they can visit. There is some freedom in each moment, because we can have a choice about how we spend this moment. We can’t rewrite the past and we can’t dictate what happens in the future, but we can choose where to place our attention in the moment. And although we can’t always choose our immediate reactions, we can shape our subsequent responses.
Some studies have shown that merely anticipating a stressful event has almost the same effect on the brain and body as experiencing the stressful event. (4) When you worry about events that haven’t happened yet, you’re letting stress flow over its time boundaries the way a river overflows its boundaries, flooding the minutes, hours, and days that could otherwise be more enjoyable. I know those years of my life and how hard it was to keep focus on what mattered. I shut off my energies to relationships and focused all on my career because it didn’t make me hurt; avoiding pain and seeking pleasure.
It never fails. Just after you meet a deadline, or you’re going on a long-overdue vacation, you come down with a severe cold of sneezing, runny nose, sore throat and fatigue. Coincidence? Probably not. While your body is actively fighting stress, your immune system can be bolstered for a time. Chronic stress suppresses aspects of the immune system, leaving us more vulnerable to infections, causing us to produce fewer antibodies in response to vaccinations, and making our wounds heal more slowly. (5)
For years, scientists were unsure just how stress, which lives in the mind, could damage the immune system. Now, the important part of the equation is the telomeres. Our body makes telomerase only if our body has the right nutrition. People with chronic stress have shorter telomeres, and short telomeres can lead to prematurely aging immune cells , which means worse immune function. Our minds are not isolated from our body’s immune system.
It is never too late to change your life unless you your body expires before it’s time. We have choices in this life. However, two choices we don’t have is that we will die and we will live until we die. What will be your next step to check off on your bucket list? Please contact me below for a free consultation for your life patterns to change.
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Reflecting on the previous five years since I developed the painful, final developmental stages of my autoimmune disorder of plaque psoriasis and going into menopause, would I have paid attention to the warning signs of inflammation? It started with acid reflux (it really was a lack of stomach acid) and pruritus (dry, itchy skin) and a lack of vitamins and minerals. If I had not wanted to know the root cause back (through measuring and tests that are not normally tested in mainstream doctors offices), would I have started on a life journey towards self-enlightenment and helping others while helping myself? Or would I have been satisfied with just the easy route of a "get-well" supplement that would cover up my symptoms until a bigger disease hit my immune system like heart disease and/or cancer? Your body is telling you something. Please listen to your body. It is craving for good food that gives you vitamins and minerals to reduce the aging process and feeling less pain. I am pain-free today and my psoriasis has receded exponentially since those days.
It is crucial to understand that there are just too many "good foods" that people are not willing to give up. However, it is so important to understand that what you eat makes the biggest difference in your health and longevity. I have been one of the "lucky" ones that if I eat wheat or gluten, that I might find a new spot or two that shows up and it becomes itchy. It reminds me not to do it again. So I tend not to go the painful route and instead to eat a diet that is nutrient rich even when I travel half the month. I cannot control all the environmental assaults on the outside of my body (I detoxify), but I can control what foods I put in my mouth. If I cannot get good nutritious food in airports, I carry my own. I don't mean protein bars and such either.
Our bodies can adjust to occasional assaults, but the body cannot tolerate continuous nutritional deficiencies or excess food additives and omega-6 oils. When researchers deliberately produce a disease in experimental animals by using selected "bad" food products, such as omega-6 fats, high sugar foods, or certain food additives, it usually takes long-term exposure to cause disease. This is especially true with cancers of all types.
The wrong foods not only expose the cells of your body to direct harm, they also crowd out healthy nutrients from other sources. Using up your minerals to fight something your body doesn't recognize is really counterproductive. Eating the wrong foods also lowers your body's resistance to disease in a number of ways, which includes hampering the function of cells and organs, lowering the function of immune systems, impairing the body's natural detoxification, and making the brain work inefficiently and erratically. Unfortunately, most doctors read only a few articles in a handful of journals, usually the "New England Journal of Medicine," the "Journal of the American Medical Association," and maybe an additional journal that covers their specialty. They don't seem to realize that they are unaware of other scientific journals from prestigious universities and scientists. Not only have I gone to nutrition schooling, I am widely read in the causes of cancer, heart disease and age-related diseases. I am continuously studying the intricacies of disease and all that science has learned so far about how the body's cells function and I am totally amazed about how the human body works.
Now when someone talks to me about an "incurable" disease, I tell that person that it may be incurable within the world of traditional medicine, but alternative medicine (this had been around longer than traditional medicine) often has either a cure or a good treatment to improve the condition. What most traditional doctors do not know is that alternative medicine or complementary medicine is based on hard science from some of the best researchers and laboratories in the world.
Studying the disease processes of inflammation and excitotoxicity, a condition in which cells (particularly brain cells) are overstimulated to the point where they are killed. Dietary over-stimulation occurs through glutamate receptors in cells that transmit signals within the nervous system. For example, a taste enhancing food additive like monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a powerful excitotoxin which means that it triggers excitotoxity by delivering too much glutamate to the brain. Another is aspartame, a key ingredient in artificial sweeteners, is another excitotoxic food ingredient.
What most people don't know is that glutamate sensors exist not just in the brain. They are in every organ and tissue. So that means that eating food that raises blood levels of glutamate can cause major problems in the body. When I was younger, I used to get breathing problems and small headaches after eating "Chinese foods" or processed cereal foods with MSG. I hear people say they are not sensitive to MSG. However, the truth is that most of the effects of MSG occur silently and accumulate in the body over a number of years.
Studies have shown that when you combine foods containing MSG with those containing aspartame, blood glutamate levels are twice as high as they would be if you ingested MSG alone. Unfortunately, young people especially, eat several high MSG foods such as chips, a frozen dinner and a commercial soup where your levels can rise as much as 20 times higher than normal. If you add a diet soda with aspartame, glutamate could increase an additional 40-fold higher. Because of the way excitocity works, we know that people who have poor nutrition, chronic diseases, and chronic stress, or are exposed to other toxins, are much more affected by excitotoxic food additives. There may be a few who are born with a powerful detoxification and antioxidant systems and will have special protection against excitotoxicity. However, virtually all processed foods contain one or more excitotoxins and many contain three to five. When combined, their toxicity is multiplied.
MSG is often hidden behind such innocent-sounding names as hydrolyzed protein, vegetable protein, soy protein isolate, soy protein concentrate, soy sauce, hydrolyzed oat flour, whey protein, natural flavoring, spices, enzymes, autolyzed yeast extract, stock, broth, bouillon, natural flavoring, seasoning, spices, enzymes, texturized protein, sodium and calcium caseinate. This is not an all inconclusive list either.
MSG is associated with insulin resistance (Type 2 diabetes), hypertension, and high levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol. These factors are called metabolic syndrome, which affects about 45 million Americans already and is growing. As I have mentioned in other blogs, insulin resistance is the real start of most irritable bowel issues and inflammation which translates to the start of disease. There is an expectation that there may be a significant increase in the number of young people in their 20s and 30s suffering heart attacks and strokes in coming years. Even when I went to a clients' home to show the 13 and eight year old children some ideas to get them to eat a healthier diet, I brought my home blood pressure cuff for show and tell. The boys wanted to do it. So I placed the cuff on the 13-year-old who was lean; his reading was 100/75, but the youngest was a bit overweight and his reading was 138/92. I had to refrain from making any remarks to the child after I saw that result. Though, I did caution the mother to go see their doctor about the high blood pressure. Also, a known fact is that Type 2 diabetes alone increases a person's risk of having a heart attack by more than 360 percent, as well as increasing the risk of blindness, impotence, stroke, heart failure and early death.
Newer studies have shown that feeding MSG to animals increases the free radicals and lipid peroxidation products in the artery walls. The increase lasted for the equivalent of decades in humans. Similar studies have shown that MSG also causes prolonged production of free radicals in the liver, kidneys and brain. When you couple MSG with the artificial sweetener aspartame, it doubles the risk. I even gave up my favorite Trident chewing gum (dentists recommend this too when you cannot brush) because there is aspartame in it. If your diet is filled with food additive excitotoxins, they will age you much faster and more intensely than normal, which increases your risk of developing a chronic disease.
Here are some steps you can take to reduce you risk of being poisoned by your food:
Growing you own vegetables and fruits in your yard or a hydroponic garden indoors (even in the winter). Natural insect control such as ladybugs or praying mantis to control more harmful species.
Buying locally grown food by talking to local farmers about pesticide and herbicide use.
Organically fed and free-range meats that are lean cuts of meat as residues accumulate more heavily in fat.
Washing vegetables and fruits is critical. Using a vegetable wash with a bit of white vinegar in a two gallon pot with purified water. Make sure to wash them individually and rinse and dry them before consumption.
Examine fruits and vegetable before buying. Plants with spots and bruises are not safe to eat. Sick plants infected with molds, viruses, and bacteria secrete toxic substances to protect themselves and are very toxic to people.
Wash your poultry well with a brush. Not the same one you use for your vegetables.
This list is not complete. So much more to say, but if you would like to learn more, please contact me in the form below for a free consultation.
Every emotion we experience carries a unique and specific vibration, some positive and others negative. For example, within the last few years before my “recovery” phase in my health, I realized I was not very joyful and grateful for all I had. When a very negative person enters the room, everyone can tell. The negative individual doesn’t have to say anything, but when they do, it’s usually something negative, further adding fuel to the fire. We all know at least one person like this. Some refer to these people as “energy vampires.” If they can’t be happy, no one else can either, and they’ll try to suck all the joy out of your day and more, if you let them. However, each of us has a choice in how we allow ourselves to feel every day. So choose positive thoughts that keep you happy and in a positive frame of mind, which in turn will create positive resonance or good vibrations and will help repel the “energy vampires.”
Healing in all aspects will soon follow a positive frame of mind, extending beyond your health into other areas of your life even if you didn’t realize you needed it. On amazing aspect of laughter is that when you share it with another, the energy expended comes back to you exponentially, just as with positivity. Remember that energy breeds more energy. It’s just like exercising. You have to expend the physical energy to work out, but then you get that zip in your step, that vitality and sense of well-being in return, even when you’re not actively exercising. Even my father noticed that when I walk I have this spring in my step!
One of the easiest methods of creating positive thoughts, which also allows energy to breed more energy, is by surrounding yourself with as much humor as possible. In fact, regular laughter is far more contagious than any disease or infection. It has a domino effect, with such benefits as increased intimacy, uniting and binding people, creating healthy amusement in addition to all the physical and psychological health benefits.
Besides increasing energy and enhancing the immune system, laughter diminishes pain, improves focus, reignites hope, restores connections, enhances relationships, relieves tension, relaxes muscles, optimizes hormonal balance and reduces the effects of stress. Researchers have studied the release of endorphins, as well as vasodilatation of blood vessels resulting in increased blood flow and reduced incidence of heart attack and stroke as a result of laughter. Other studies have shown improvements in mood, reduction in anxiety and depression and shifting perspectives into a positive light when people laughed. For this reason alone, begin setting a goal to make laughter a part of your daily life and to use humor in all your interactions with others.
Beginning this transformation in your life may seem difficult now, (I know because once I forgave others I felt had hurt me, I felt so much lighter in my sense of being) but once you begin, the momentum will carry it forward. Some ways to facilitate this change are as follows:
Begin by laughing at yourself
Make a joke of situations you would normally complain about
Watch children and use them as examples of how to laugh and take life lightly.
Bring humor into conversations
Move toward the sound of laughter
Spend more time around funny people
Read funny jokes and share them with others
Watch a funny movie or TV show
Count your blessings while smiling
Science has shown that the immune system’s response strengthens when we laugh deeply, from within ourselves. It also creates an entire cascade of chemical events and initiates physiological cascades inside your body like stimulating the lymphatic system (waste system), increases lung capacity and dilates blood vessels, allowing you to process larger amounts of nutrition and oxygen to feed and regenerate your cells and efficiently eliminate waste and toxins from your body.
Here is a list I found of “Murphy’s Lesser Known Laws.” Remember, laugh as much as you can and as often as you can. It’s totally free despite being one of the most valuable and enjoyable activities you can ever engage in with tremendous benefits from a disease prevention and health wellness perspective.
“MURPHY’S LESSER KNOWN LAWS
Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright…until you hear them speak.
Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don’t.
Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.
The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90 percent probability you’ll get it wrong.
If you lined up all the cars in the world end to end, someone would be stupid enough to try to pass them…on a hill…in the fog, and nine times out of ten, they’ll have (insert whatever state you wish to insult) plates on their car…
The things that come to those who wait will be the scraggly junk left by those who got there first.
The shin bone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.
A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.
When you go into court, you are putting yourself into the hands of people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.”
Wishing you the best holiday season and let laughter and joy be a daily dose of medicine for you.