Winston Churchill once said, “You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing…after they have tried everything else.”
This reminds me of what we are taught about health, disease, and our bodies in general. From a young age, most of us learn to “take something” if we are not feeling good. Taking something might include some type of herb, supplement, over-the-counter remedy, prescribed medicine, or other type of drug (legal or otherwise).
We are taught that our health depends on something “outside” of us, as if we couldn’t be healthy otherwise.
In medical school, future doctors are trained that prescribed medicine is what the body needs when it is in a state of illness or disease.
In chiropractic school, future doctors are trained that a chiropractic adjustment and good nutrition are what the body needs when it is in a state of illness or disease.
And while all of these things can help us feel better, the benefits are...
Have you ever been in pain, or been sick with an illness or disease, and searched for the cause?
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...
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.
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:
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...
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:
We all have problems:
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...
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:
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...
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...
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...
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:
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