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Pain and Illness: Cause and Effect

Have you ever been in pain, or been sick with an illness or disease, and searched for the cause?

  • Why or how did you get sick?
  • What caused your pain?
  • How did you get this illness or disease?
  • Did you “catch” it from someone you were around?
  • Were you exposed to toxic chemicals?
  • Did you eat certain foods that made you sick?
  • Did a product or medicine make you sick?
  • Did a certain treatment make you worse?
  • Were you exposed to a certain pathogen (yeast, virus, bacteria, parasite) that made you sick?

Most people who are in pain or sick will seek medical advice to learn the cause of their pain or illness. In the medical world, doctors are taught to run series of tests to give you this information. Sometimes it can take years to figure out the “cause.” The more searching that is done, the more the search costs in terms of time, money, and your health.

And while I believe you should seek medical attention and advice when needed, I want to present what helped me most in...

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Is it Possible to Trust Again?

Trust is one of those topics that can bring up a lot of fear and anger within us. Rarely is someone calm and peaceful when they think of trust, because we tend to think about all of the ways our trust has been trampled upon.

  • I’ve been cheated on by my significant other.
  • The therapy my doctor recommended made me feel worse.
  • My caretaker stole money from me.
  • My co-worker stole my ideas.
  • My child lies to me.
  • My parent didn’t protect me.
  • My close friend broke a promise.

One online definition of trust is this: firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.

So “Who” or “What” is this someone or something that we placed our trust in, only to be hurt and disappointed by? The list can be quite long:

  • Love interest/Significant other
  • Close friend
  • Confidante
  • Boss
  • Co-worker
  • Neighbor
  • Caretaker
  • Parent
  • Child
  • Other relative
  • Doctor
  • Teacher
  • Celebrity
  • President
  • Government
  • Business
  • Product
  • Religion
  • God

Why we want to...

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Me and Mon Paris -- My Story of Healing from Chemical Sensitivities

I used to have a lot of sensitivities. Food sensitivities, chemical sensitivities, odor sensitivities, and even people sensitivities (lol). The term in the modern world is Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.

It seemed that everything bothered me, made me feel icky, or gave me a headache. And my list of bothersome things kept growing longer. More and more things in my environment were irritating me. I thought that it wouldn’t be long before I would need to retreat to my own little shack or safe haven in the woods in order to “protect” myself from the outside world.

Does this sound like you?

I stayed away from certain stores and malls because the air freshener they used gave me an instant headache.

I yelled at my husband every time he used air freshener in his car.

We couldn’t use any chemicals in our house or in our yard.

I restricted my family’s diet by only purchasing certain “safe” foods.

I wouldn’t allow over-the-counter medications in...

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Negative Nellie needs to go!

Negative Nellie isn’t much fun to be around. She’s that voice in your head that just won’t shut up. She’s mean. She’s cruel. She’s judgmental. And she is LOUD! It’s like she is shouting at you all the time.

So what’s going on with this? Who or what is Negative Nellie? How can you give her less airtime? How can you make her go away?

Negative Nellie is basically our ego. Within our mind, we think thoughts. And thoughts are said to be the most powerful form of energy. Thoughts that we keep thinking over and over again become our beliefs. And we make our beliefs true just by continuing to think about them over and over again.

Let me give you some examples.

Here are some of my thoughts --> that are now my beliefs --> that are now my truth:

  • I don’t get sick
  • My body knows how to heal itself
  • I am good enough
  • I matter
  • My body will produce symptoms to let me know when my thoughts are “off” so I can reverse or...
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Your Problems are Unicorns (they aren't real)

[I made a funny YouTube video with my bestie to illustrate this blog! Click here to watch it!]

We all have problems:

  • I have chronic health problems
  • Someone is being mean to me
  • My car is always breaking down
  • I can’t pay my bills
  • My boss is a jerk
  • I have constant pain
  • My job & coworkers are unbearable
  • No one will help me
  • No one respects me
  • Others use me or take me for granted
  • I have no energy
  • I have this incurable disease that is ruining my life

Did you know that by merely focusing on your problem you actually make it bigger? And when you make it bigger, it stays around. You remain stuck in your problem.

So I want you to start softening your thoughts about your problem. Start viewing your problems as Unicorns that aren’t real. In the world of mindset basics, you are only making your problems real by your constant attention to them.

Begin telling yourself that you can focus on something else more enjoyable (a pet, beautiful day, favorite music, kids/grandkids, nice...

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The Road to Wellness [#Backwards...It's not what you think!]

The Road to Wellness is completely backwards from what I used to think it was. Yep, #Backwards.

 Here’s a fun list of what I USED to believe about health:

  • You have to eat healthy to be healthy
  • You have to exercise to be healthy
  • Taking prescribed medication is BAD
  • Using chemicals on your lawn is BAD
  • Using chemicals in your house will KILL you
  • Getting vaccinations will HARM you
  • Using plastic will HARM you

I could go on, but I’m sure you get the picture. I USED to be AGAINST a lot of things, and I took every precaution to avoid everything “bad,” while eating as healthy as I could and exercising regularly.

And then I got sick anyway. WTH???

Now, don’t get me wrong, I did the best I could at the time. And I especially believe that eating healthy and exercising regularly helped me feel better most of the time. But when my emotional stress got the best of me, none of the other “healthy” things worked.

On my road to wellness, I’ve had...

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How to Reduce or Eliminate Pain (without products) — Try these 3 things

  1. Get the message and move on

  2. Ignore/Distract (soften)

  3. Pivot and move towards a better feeling

Pain is a big industry. A lot of time and money gets dumped into searching for answers to or merely managing pain. At some point in our lives we all experience pain. We are taught to deal with pain in various ways: walk it off, take a product to help it go away, numb ourselves with food/alcohol/drugs.

But what if your pain was simply a message? And what happens when you ignore messages? They tend to get bigger, more obnoxious, more in-your-face. The more you ignore something important, the greater the chance that it snowballs out-of-control. This message is trying to get your attention. It won’t stop until you finally get the message that something is out-of-balance, something needs to change in your life.

As a mind-body doctor, I’ve had to personally confront my own messages. At first I ignored the messages, thinking they were going to be too scary. We all do this. It’s...

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How to Naturally Balance Your Hormones (without products)

It seems that everyone has an opinion on how to naturally balance your hormones. And most of these opinions entail testing and products. Sometimes a lot of both. The testing helps to paint a picture of what is out-of-balance, what is too high and what is too low. Then products are added to allow your body to make more of something and to detox whatever is too high.

The most common hormonal imbalance for women is too much estrogen and too little progesterone, also known as estrogen-dominance. Typically a progesterone product is added to help balance these two hormones.

I went through all of this hormone stuff about 8 years ago. I’m 50 now, and boy is life a lot better now! And I’m not even in menopause! My biggest problem 8 years ago was the horrible mood swings. I felt like I turned into a monster 2 weeks every month. I tried to hide my anger, but it always just came out. And I just couldn’t help but direct my anger at my loved ones. Not fun.

And then my breast...

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Is Heart Disease Really Hereditary?

disease Jul 22, 2016
 

As a kid, I knew my paternal grandparents had heart problems, and I always wondered if my dad would end up with heart disease…

And then he did. He started having problems with his heart a few years ago. And nothing he has tried so far has helped for any length of time (medications, stent).

But you know what? Knowing what I know now about the power of your thoughts…here’s the stuff I find fascinating:

  • My paternal grandma was really mean, especially to those closest to her. When I was young I hated her. She had this knack of saying something to you in private that made your head spin – and within an hour you were crying your eyes out because it finally sank in just how worthless a human being you were. Now, as an adult, I realize that she must have hated herself and this self-hatred was so unbearable that she projected it out onto other people without realizing it.
  • My dad has always been really angry. I grew up in a household where his rages were the norm....
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I’m Stepping into my Power! Will you join me?

dr. joann Jul 01, 2016
 

I’m stepping into my Power. Will you join me?

I’ve had some really big “aha” moments in the past 2 weeks, and my 10 month-old puppy, Alpine, has been instrumental in my learning these important lessons.

Over the past 3 years, I have learned so much about myself. I’ve been transitioning my business from chiropractic care to Lyme Disease recovery and now my focus is coaching clients on how to clean up their mindset so they can learn to heal themselves.

I had to sift through years of built up anger and resentment, hurt feelings, guilt of epic proportions, and just a feeling of being really ticked off at men…Ok, my dad. I never wanted to share the really ugly stuff with you, but stepping into my power is also about me being authentic. If I can muster up the strength to really be myself, and share my most vulnerable lessons with you without this becoming a contest of who has suffered the most, then hopefully you can find your inner strength and...

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