The healing you seek is right in front of you

Until you understand yourself, you will never understand your health. I have found this to be true time and time again both for myself and my clients over the last seven years. I will tell you the truth: your body is a metaphor for all you have lived, all you have experienced (the good and bad), and all of the trauma you have suppressed or internalized. The answers you seek are right in front of you. 

That ache in your back, the tightness in your throat, the gait with which you walk, the way you carry your shoulders, the food allergies, the stomach bloat, the chronic fatigue, the brain fog — it is all a cue and clue as to the greater analogy of who you are, what you have been through, and how your body handled it all. 

Think of your health as a poem. A left-brained critical thinker (aka: doctor) may take a look at the words (aka: your body) and assume prescriptions are the solution for any and everything that ails you. That is all they have been trained to do and they do not function outside of these boundaries because it feels scary to them. It is a trek into unknown, uncharted waters. To them, you are black and white, cut and cry, no gray area or room for discussion. Anything else would imply they don’t have all the answers.

Modern medicine has relegated health and wellness into the realm of the left-brained scientist: “Only they can be trusted, only they can be believed, only they have the answers I seek.” This just isn’t true. It takes a right-brained creative thinker that knows no bounds, is comfortable with free thought, and understands you are a limitless individual with limitless solutions available to you to find the answers to your pressing, painful health complaints. It takes a poet, an artist, an inventor to say, “there is more to the story. I know this because I can read between the lines.” Yes, we’ve been doing it all wrong. 

What if instead of medicating (which never gets to the root of why you are experiencing the health problem in the first place) we began to “read” you to deconstruct the meaning behind it all? What if we unraveled, line by line, symptom by symptom, the meaning of you? What if we went so deep into you that we solved the mysteries?

Chronic illness does not have one cause. Yet thyroid diseases and autoimmune conditions are diagnosed and treated as though they do come from a singular cause. Medication, testing, adjusting of dosage, more testing, more adjusting. Round and round we go on this hamster wheel. You end up so frustrated or defeated that you give up trying to improve things altogether. Let me tell you this: it is not you, it is them

I think of each client as a unique mystery begging to be solved. How did they get here? What is their potential for healing? What do we need to do to get them there quickly? I know there are always solutions because I healed my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and put it into unmedicated remission despite medical professionals telling me it wasn’t possible. They couldn’t read between the lines, but I could. And I did. 

I have worked with clients at the end of their rope with their health. I have seen women with Graves’ disease go medication-free and keep their labs in check with specific, tailored nutrition and deep mind-body work; Graves’ Disease! — an illness that can literally kill someone. They came to me eating a gluten-free and dairy-free diet because that’s what they’d read big-name left-brained doctors and internet stars say they had to do. It wasn’t getting them anywhere. You see, diseases happen for “cluster” reasons. Once we understand the cluster, we deconstruct it to stop it.

This means they didn’t just have a genetic predisposition to autoimmunity or hyperthyroidism — they had 10 or more issues that were compounding to create the Graves’ disease state:

  • histamine intolerance
  • large consumption of thyroid-stimulating foods (coconut, avocado, and brazil nuts, for example)
  • leaky gut syndrome
  • Epstein-Barr infections
  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
  • adrenal fatigue or high/low cortisol
  • erratic blood sugar
  • too little cholesterol in their diet and way too much plant-based saturated fat (thanks to big name doctors promoting a low-cholesterol, high saturated fat Paleo diet)
  • nervous system dysregulation
  • stored chaotic energy
  • abuse or neglect
  • little to no self-care
  • “screaming” to be heard their entire lives 

What happens when you deconstruct and remedy the cluster? You stop the disease state. 

But keep in mind, this is only a template. It’s like the stanzas in a poem. The words will be unique to you, despite the outline of the rhythm being the same. Until you understand your unique cluster, you will never halt the health problems. 

The answers you seek are literally and figuratively right in front of you. You must find someone to help you deconstruct the metaphor that is you.

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Anything you say can and will be used against you

The other night I was indulging in an episode of trashy reality television. Cat fights, gossip, stilettos — the whole bit. It’s not often I watch these shows because of how sensitive my stress response is, plus I’m just not proud of it, but it’s one of the few guilty pleasures I still can’t shake because it’s so darn ridiculous.

In this episode, one of the cast was arrested and taken into court before a judge. While the judge was executing orders, the charged woman tried to ask a question. The judge cut her off and quickly replied, “Don’t speak. Anything you say can and will be used against you.” Even though this statement shouldn’t seem remarkable, it struck me.

Sure, we’ve all heard those words before (hopefully not in the same circumstances as this woman) but this time it reminded me of something: expression, freedom, the thyroid gland, silence. “Anything you say can and will be used against you.”

Many of the thyroid clients I work with have never (and I do mean never) learned to speak because of how scary it feels. I don’t mean the mechanics of speaking here because of course they do know how to string words together. Rather, I mean the intention of speaking: putting forth new ideas, vulnerable sharing of experiences, speaking off the cuff and from the hip, creation, sussing it out for as long as it takes, and change making.

Why are we so scared to speak?

The fifth chakra of the body governs several things, including the thyroid gland, the throat, the voice box, and the neck. The thyroid gland, which operates as the “master” controlling one’s metabolism, is not separate from your voice. While they may be anatomically distinct systems, they share an energy center which is acting out tension patterns every single day whether we know it or not. This energy pattern usually originates in childhood (or after trauma) and will either be over-developed or underdeveloped based on the adaptation strategies we have learned in order to get the love and care we desire — or, in order to avoid certain punishments from those who prefer we do not speak.

In some ways, developing your fifth chakra abilities is like a baby learning to make its first audible sounds. At first the noises come out as indecipherable vowels and consonants, squeals, shrieks, and growls. Eventually though, through immersion, the child learns to form words, then sentences, and eventually masters written and spoken communication to the point where it is effortless.

So too is our relationship with speaking the truth and our thyroid gland. When you speak authentically, you will release excess tension in that area or you will build-up energy where there was none. Too much energy can indicate hyperthyroid tendencies, and too little can indicate hypothyroid. (I have observed that those with thyroid nodules or comorbid thyroid conditions tend to have a little bit of both.) Knowing when and how to speak is a balancing act that can be remedied in a split second or it may take years depending on the internalized trauma one has endured. Only through practice can we get to the point where we trust our “first” or instinctual voice.

In order to communicate freely, you must address why you were not vocalizing things in the first place. If you take a step back, think about how many times you were scared to speak. Think about how many times you were given “the look” by those in authority. Think about how many times you were spanked, ignored, neglected, ridiculed, guilted, shamed, or had something taken away when you said something others did not like. Is it still happening? Who is doing this to you? It may surprise you that even those closest to us, those whom we love and whom we know love us, are perpetually acting out the silencing.

In many ways, dysregulation of thyroid chakra energy (whether it be too much or too little), points us back to that warning: “anything you say can and will be used against you.” Because it absolutely categorically has been used against us and we have had to learn this lesson over and over to our own detriment. Chances are you have learned to associate speaking with withdrawal, retribution, embarrassment, deprivation, rejection, imperfection, and penance due.

I know you have done these things because I have too. After being silenced for 32 years of my life, I now choose to speak. I choose to speak against the odds, against retaliation, against judgment, against isolation or scapegoating, and against whatever hatred may ensue. I no longer care about the punishment because I have seen the dire consequences of not speaking. I have seen how physically sickened people can become when they turn off this life-giving part of themselves. I have seen how small and miserable it can make people feel when they have no voice.

Your voice is your power. It corrects, it acknowledges, it processes, it prevents, it brings about justice, it plans, it feels, it enjoys, and it releases. When you learn to speak without judging your speech, the power others once had over you no longer activates the sympathetic fight-or-flight response because you see that you are too powerful to be silent for them. You can no longer cater to their desires in martyrdom of your own. In fact, chances are, you were probably so powerful to begin with that your voice was silenced to make life easier for others. Think about that for a minute.

We all get to decide when, how, and to what degree we will speak. Know this: there may always be punishment lurking around the corner. There may always be someone ready to play “gotcha”, ready to argue, ready to tell you it’s your fault because you said something, ready to tell you off. Let me ask you this question: does it matter? Once you activate your fifth chakra, these things no longer hold so much weight because you are fully capable of defending and protecting whatever you have said in truth and honesty to begin with.

Yes, “anything you say can and will be used against you” but whatever is bubbling up to the surface for you to talk about is as necessary to the spirit as pure water is to the body. It may be used against you but how much longer will your body and soul allow you to remain silent?

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Finding the root cause of Fibromylagia

If you’ve been living with chronic pain or have been formally diagnosed with fibromyalgia, you likely understand how disheartening and inadequate treatment options can be. Painkillers, experimental procedures, muscle relaxers, antidepressants, and sleeping medications may help in the short term but they aren’t without risk and don’t get to the root of the condition. You may be wary of becoming dependent upon such drugs and despite using them, may feel even more fatigued or suffer additional symptoms. Even over-the-counter pain relievers only offer short-term reprieve.

While mainstream practitioners may claim there are no better options for relieving your symptoms, the good news is there’s much evidence to the contrary. In fact, we do have research that supports holistic and nutritional strategies for getting to the root of fibromyalgia—and that provide relief. Perhaps you’ve tried some of these options already based on your own readings and observations. Chances are, if you’re still living with pain, you could benefit from a comprehensive, integrative approach that identifies and addresses your unique triggers.

Because often, pain syndromes get dismissed by Western doctors and receiving a proper diagnosis can be difficult. Additionally, doctors may not search for underlying causes, such as

  • low T3 (thyroid hormone)
  • food sensitivities
  • vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • adrenal dysfunction/imbalanced cortisol
  • musculoskeletal and fascial disorders
  • stress and nervous system dysfunction
  • intestinal permeability
  • underlying infections (bacterial, viral, and/or fungal), and more.

Truly, fibromyalgia is a complex cluster of physiological issues that can be narrowed down and addressed to improve your pain and provide considerable relief.

In my work with clients over the last 7 years, I have seen that all health conditions have a root cause and in my work with clients, we’ve seen over and over that there’s indeed hope for those living with chronic pain. Identifying your unique triggers is the most important step, no matter what mainstream practitioners have led you to believe. Working with a professional who has seen firsthand the impact that dietary and supplemental strategies can have for pain relief is the first step in getting relief. You do have options and you don’t have to feel overwhelmed with doing it all on your own.

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“Thyroid skin” SOS

Cold, dry winter months can wreak havoc on skin health. The dry air can cause everyone to double-down on the lotion, but those living with a thyroid condition often see especially flaky, red, cracked, or irritated skin, which is an all-too-common hypothyroidism symptom. The itching, scratching, and slathering of the lotion can take place any time of year, but winter can make things exceptionally uncomfortable.

But fear not—there are plenty of solutions that help to improve dry skin. As a bonus, they can also help with “thyroid hair”—dry, brittle hair that again, can plague those with hypothyroidism, winter or not!

First, consider your diet, which plays a significant role in the hydration (or dehydration) of skin tissue. The appearance and feel of the skin can change pretty quickly based on what you are or aren’t eating. By making some strategic changes, you can begin to ease the itch and at the same time, ensure you’re getting some essential nutrients.

Fats in the form of cholesterol and essential fatty acids are critical for maintaining the integrity of cell membranes. That is, fats help prevent our cells from becoming rigid and also help them stay hydrated.

Cholesterol is a healthful fat found solely in animal foods, such as eggs, dairy products, fish, and meats. Eating eggs for breakfast, choosing non-lean cuts of meat such as chicken thighs vs. skinless chicken breasts, and cooking with ghee are great ways to add additional cholesterol to the diet.

Essential fatty acids such as Omega-3s are powerful anti-inflammatories that also help to hydrate the skin—they’re called “essential” because the body cannot make them on its own. Rich sources of Omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, sardines, grass-fed beef and dairy, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and high-quality molecularly distilled fish oil.

Sometimes, though, due to digestive dysfunction or gallbladder congestion, it can be difficult to absorb all of these healthful fats. While it’s best to work with a qualified nutrition coach to get to the root of such issues, there are a few simple ways to help maximize absorption:

  • Consider a quality digestive enzyme that includes either lipase and/or ox bile, which will help to break down fats and absorb them better.
  • Some benefit from drinking something acidic right before or with meals because it can stimulate bile production that aides in the breakdown of fats, making them more bio-available: apple cider vinegar, fresh squeezed lemon juice, fermented sauerkraut juice, or kombucha.
  • Eat beets, which help to thin and mobilize bile and also metabolize fats. Beets have even been shown to relieve the symptoms of a gallbladder attack.
  • Consider dandelion root, which not only helps to clear gallbladder congestion, but also offers detoxes the liver.
  • Consider a gallbladder flush; work with a qualified practitioner who can help walk you through this.

This one won’t be surprising: basic hydration. Many people simply aren’t drinking enough water, which is equally as important for preventing dry skin as getting essential nutrients from the diet.

That said, it’s possible to be drinking loads of water but, like with our fats, not absorbing it. In order to absorb water, we need minerals (which are also critical for healthy thyroid function) and many are chronically mineral deficient due to stress and also that unfortunately, our soils aren’t nearly as mineral-rich as decades past.

Organic fruits and vegetables are rich sources of minerals and low-glycemic, fresh-pressed juices such as cucumber and celery are especially concentrated sources of hydration. 

Homemade bone broth is another incredible source of naturally occurring minerals. I suggest drinking it daily to not only maintain hydration, but also to get that youth-giving collagen and elastin that promotes smooth, dewy appearance of the skin.

You can also choose to supplement in order to get the necessary electrolyte minerals to help keep your skin hydrated. A good electrolyte supplement will contain magnesium, potassium, calcium, and sodium. If you’re prone to dehydration, you may want to choose an electrolyte supplement that’s sodium-free. 

Next, choose your skincare carefully. Because the skin is the largest organ of the body, anything that gets put onto it will be absorbed through the pores and will enter the bloodstream where it can become a hormone and immune disruptor that will, in the long run, ultimately perpetuate the cycle of dry skin.

Choose lotions and creams that closely match the highly saturated membranes of the skin. In other words, thick, rich skin cream is the better option when trying to replenish dry skin because it’s closer in composition to your skin than thin, water-based lotions. Shea butter, coconut butter, and even tallow-based creams (tallow being beef fat) all closely match the skin’s highly saturated makeup. A little goes a long way with these but you should notice they do a better job at maintaining skin hydration than thin lotions.

Finally, proper blood flow to the skin is necessary to prevent dryness. Where blood flows, nutrients go so dry skin can sometimes indicate the tissues are not receiving adequate blood flow and nutrients.

There are some simple techniques you can use at home to encourage blood flow, including dry skin brushing and foam rollers. A dry, natural bristled brush can be gently swept across the skin in circular motions, starting near the neck and moving downwards towards the bladder, and then starting at the feet and moving upwards towards the bladder.

To use a foam roller, gently press it against the muscles, again working always towards the bladder, in order to “flush” the tissues.

Dry skin can be a pain (literally) but as with other common thyroid disease symptoms, there’s so much that can be done to improve or remedy it. Ultimately, if your dry skin is thyroid-related, you’ll want to target your hormones, immune system (in the case of autoimmunity/Hashimoto’s), and digestive health in order to get to the root of it.

With the simple strategies of getting essential skin-healthy nutrients from your diet, staying hydrated with water and minerals, choosing appropriate skin care, and encouraging blood flow to any problem areas, I’ve seen “problem skin” resolve in a matter of a few days.

And thankfully, spring is coming!

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