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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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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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