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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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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Empaths: protect your health

The term “empath” has gained popularity over the last few years as people seek more and more to understand themselves and their stressors.

I myself am an empathic or highly sensitive person and trust me, going decades without understanding what this personality trait was drove my health into the ground.

When I observe clients with the same traits, I make a point to help them deconstruct this. 

Empathic people are highly sensitive to others’ emotions, intentions, and often, even physical sensations. They tend to operate from an “others-centered” place in which we constantly look for ways to reciprocate, recognize the needs of others and meet those, and put off our own needs for risk of feeling selfish—or because we’re waiting for our proverbial “prince charming” or “fairy godmother” to rescue us and finally meet our needs. 

In some cases, we also attract people who do not have good intentions for us and actively work to harm us (personally, I did not believe this until I experienced it). 

While these are honorable traits and most certainly help others as well as society, empaths run a high risk of burnout and increased physical and emotional health concerns than someone who’s not as sensitive.

The nervous system of an empathic person may operate differently because empaths often feel they’re constantly coming up against threats to their wellbeing. These act as fight-or-flight stress responses and can keep them in a state of constant adrenaline rushes, high or low cortisol, gut dysfunction, high blood pressure (and altered heart or kidney function), nutrient deficiencies, and other hormonal imbalances. 

For empaths, it can feel like we don’t have a choice in the matter.

But the good news is, we do! It took me decades to realize I had a choice in how I responded to overwhelming stimuli from others, whether they realized they were putting their difficult emotions and intentions on display for the world or not. 

I’ve come up with several ways to help empaths protect themselves from the toxic burden of others’ emotions, expectations, and intentions and now make a point to talk sensitive, stressed clients through these as well. 

How empaths can protect their nervous system in a stressful world: 

  1. Identify your triggers. When someone’s presence or an interaction with someone begins to stress you out, stop and consider what about them has left you stressed. There’s usually at least one trigger that has us feeling depleted and overwhelmed (for some of us, there are many triggers).Did this person try to bully you into doing something that you didn’t want to do? Were they too pushy and ignored your boundaries? Did they try to shame you? Did they try to guilt you? Did they seem angry? Did they talk over you and dismiss your thoughts and needs? Did they not show appreciation? Did they seem to not trust you or make you not trust yourself?
  2. Identify the corresponding wound. Once you understand what the trigger was from the interaction, figure out why that trigger bothers you. Did the anger they projected remind you of an angry parent from childhood? Do you feel like no one ever thanks you? Do you carry shame from an abusive relationship or failed situation in your life? Do you never feel good enough? Did you feel invisible? Did you feel chaotic? Did you feel misunderstood? Did you feel like you did not have equal say? Did you feel trapped?
  3. Understand your reaction to their emotions and work through it. If you were triggered by someone’s anger and, say, you realize it’s because growing up, your father was always angry and you worried about upsetting him, begin to deconstruct those feelings to get past them. So next time you’re in the close vicinity of someone who cannot control their anger, you can consciously recognize your stress pattern and cut it off at the chase. Instead of devolving into your stress response when confronted with this trigger, you can remind yourself that realistically, this person’s emotions cannot hurt you because, in this example, they’re not your angry father and you are not a small child who can be punished.
  4. Confront the non-empaths and stand your ground. I’m not proud to say this, but many empathic people are pushovers. I mean that in the most loving way possible, and trust me, I myself was one for over 30 years of my life. I bent over backwards for others, didn’t even consider my needs, and did whatever I could to make other people’s lives easier. They walked all over me and I asked if it was comfortable for them.I had also, without realizing it, attracted people who were good at “using up” empaths for their own agendas. It made me stressed and sick and my nervous system was a mess. 

Interestingly enough, just as I was acknowledging my own empathic and intuitive abilities (which I have previously spoken about), I was given a message from an Intuitive professional who said my life lesson for the next 12 years was to trust my intuition and “STAND YOUR GROUND,” which he of course said in a very slow dramatic tone.

I laughed when he told me this but thought, “Okay, I’ll keep that in mind.” It wasn’t until I was put in abusive situations back-to-back-to-back in which my old adaption methods of being the wallflower and appeasing others didn’t work that I realized he was right and I had no choice but to stand up for myself or literally end up in the hospital. 

I tell you this as a cautionary tale. We must learn to confront the people who are displacing toxic emotions, intentions, and expectations onto us—whether intentionally or unintentionally—and let them know we will not tolerate it.

That said, I also believe in nonviolent communication and behavior. We must be firm both in our actions and words, but we cannot give non-empaths a taste of their own medicine; we cannot be hateful back. We can only be honest and unyielding in order to protect ourselves. Your physical health and your emotional wellbeing is not up for discussion and if we play their games, they’ll just target us more intently. 

As with everything in life, getting “good” at being empathic requires constant work.

Many of us were not taught how to enforce healthy boundaries or how to focus on our own needs. As you work to deconstruct the stress triggers in your relationships and environment, you can become better and better at self-care. 

Remember, your wellbeing is not up for discussion and recognizing these things is a very important step towards improving your health. 

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