Healing Chronic Pain, Fatigue & Depression Naturally Community Guidelines

The Healing Chronic Pain, Fatigue & Depression Naturally Community is for those who are done managing their chronic issues and are actively looking for real solutions to heal their health issues. I healed my postpartum depression, fatigue and pain using natural/holistic medicine, studied holistic medicine for an advanced degree, wrote my thesis on healing depression using natural medicine and now help people heal their chronic health issues using the same natural medicine I did. Be sure to read ALL of the guidelines before signing up. Posts that do not follow the guidelines are deleted, so if you post something and it disappears, then you need to re-read the guidelines. Here is the list of daily topics to help you think of things to post. You may post directly to the wall any time, just stay on the daily topic. Monday: Root Cause Applause. I’ll post an article, research or opinion and we’ll dig into the root cause of the health issue. If you don’t know the root cause, you can’t heal it. Post and discuss agreements or opposing views and we’ll discuss. The goal is education, understanding and hope for healing. Tuesday: Drained & In Pain. Post about your Depression and Pain today, how it makes you feel, what you’re doing to fix it. Memes, quotes, anything just stay on topic and with the focus that your health issues can change and be genuinely (biologically, physically and energetically) healed. Wednesday: WOO Wednesday. One whole day of woo-woo. From tarot cards, Law of Attraction, Buddhist quotes, almost anything goes, including some Quantum Physics for scientific evidence! Thursday: Chop & Slop. What...

NIH (NCCIH) Releases 2012 Survey Results for Natural Health Approaches & Usage

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health of the National Institutes of Health just released how people are using integrative products and practices among adults and children! Take a look at some of the highlights: More people are practicing yoga. More people use complementary medicine (to complement their conventional medical care), not alternative medicine (in lieu of conventional medicine) There’s a slight but significant increase in use of Naturopathy, Acupuncture and Homeopathy. Here’s the full report: here. I love this report, obviously, as I work with clients using the philosophies and practices of all the modalities of Integrative Medicine. This report is limited to what we, as Americans, are using, but not their effectiveness rates, and that’s what’s important to me. But I think that report would be difficult to measure, at least with what I’ve seen working with clients. Each of the modalities is different and unique and all focused on healing the body… so it’s not as much the goal of healing as it’s how each modality approaches health. And the deciding factor of effectiveness has always been how a person experiences their illness or disease. I think of it as a roadmap, we each have our own. We went from Point A (health) to Point Z (ill health) and each took a different road to get there. For some, it was a sharp zig zag of trauma, for others, it was a smooth winding path of deterioration. To heal those sicknesses and diseases, we have to retrace some of our steps going back and specifically healing damage done at certain points in our lives and our bodies....

Why I Don’t Lead Short Term Detoxes

It’s that time of the year again! 3 Day Cleanses! 10 Day Detoxes! 11 Day Smoothie Challenges! 15 Day Juicing Rebellions! Sugar. Gluten. White flour. Meat. White foods. Anything you chew… Yeah, look, they just don’t work for my clients. I mean, they may help you start tasting some real food again, like the bombs in the now uncoated sugar-frosted sugar bombs, but in the long run, they don’t seem to work for the real chronic health issues my clients suffer from on a daily basis. Why don’t I lead short term detoxes? Well, put it this way: if you plan out a rocking awesome road trip across the US, you pack the car after getting new windshield wipers, fresh oil and a full tank of gas, why would you start the car and leave it running the driveway for 2 weeks (or until you run out of gas and/or burn out your engine)? You don’t get to where you were planning on going. You never get the see the Fields Museum in Chicago, the largest ball of yarn in Cawker City, Kansas or smell the inviting aroma of the world famous Ghirardelli chocolate at Pier 39 in San Francisco. And you never end up truly pain-free and full of energy. Short term detoxes and cleanses are like prepping for that journey but never getting there. Work with me and I’ll get you there with a 5-step actionable plan to relieving pain and daily fatigue so you can eat real food anywhere, know what gives you energy and keeps you pain-free and never do a cleanse, diet, detox or...

Dinner on the eve of the first New England snow

Last week was great as a student in a week-long training. It’s fun to the be student instead of the teacher, but homework and tests are time consuming! I barely got a chance to breathe and think on Saturday morning before the snow set in this morning (Sunday) but I didn’t race to the grocery store for bread, milk and cans of tuna. Instead, I tried to make a few crockpot meals at the end of last week and to start this week, with varying levels of success. Read on… My first was an attempt at pork, which is a great protein for the week and different from the normal chicken (we eat a lot of chicken over here). I tried a quick crockpot recipe, easy to throw on and for the family to eat while I was in class. 3 Ingredients: Pork, Ground ginger and a can of pineapple, in a crockpot, low for a few hours. Hmmmm…. the pork was dry (I prefer it brined and forgot/didn’t have time) and the flavor was lacking, so the combination of Dry and Lacking: Yuck. But never one to throw out perfectly good food, I put it in the refrigerator for another try this week… Saturday evening was a get together at the Uncle and Aunties with lots of people and lots of food. And what do I covet at families parties: the animal carcass… bake a bird (turkey or chicken), a ham, lamb, you name it and that knuckle-y bone just calls out to me. Yay Me! I scored the ham bone for the evening (even though I don’t believe anyone...

My Depression, My Studies, My Healing

I was stressed during my pregnancy, really stressed. It wasn’t the blissful glow that other women experience. We wanted a very natural birth and at the time our extended social circle included very high-tech medical families. We had just moved to a new town so I felt very isolated. The birth of my daughter did not go as planned: a non-emergency cesarean section. All of this contributed to a very dark gloomy feeling. Though I knew I should find a local social group, I struggled with almost every aspect of parenting while slowly descending into postpartum depression. I barely cared for myself, focusing only on keeping my daughter alive and in general good health. My dear husband suffered as our marriage and finances took a nosedive. Some families I know of are very natural to the extreme and others are very Mainstream. I feel like I’m right in the middle, swaying towards more natural. As such, I didn’t want to take anti-depressants or any other drug, for fear they’d challenge my ability to breastfeed now or negatively affect future fertility. So I silently suffered. Almost four years later, I found a new-to-me kind of doctor. This integrative medicine doctor knew how the body worked in its perfect state and then applied that to a weakened body. He recommended a variety of biomedical tests and with results in hand, recommended a health protocol that got me well again. The results were not magic, but they were remarkable. At 5 weeks of treatment, I had one day of Happy. One day of Hope. One day of Normal. Then a day or...

Diabetes and the Health Law

Diabetes is a chronic disease. We’re told to treat it with regular glucose/blood tests, injections of insulin and to eat a low-fat, high carb diet with a lot of whole grains. We need to have regularly scheduled appointments with our doctors (usually an endocrinologist but sometimes a primary care doctor), exercise and to keep our weight in check. And if you don’t do this, your insurance company will contact you and help you, so you’ll always have someone looking over your shoulder. From a financial point of view, it’s wise for the insurance company to help you manage your disease, since this costs them only about $5,000 a year, whereas, if you don’t manage it and as a result suffer complications, your insurance will pay closer to $100,000 a year. One of my clients started working with me, he had diabetes. His blood sugar was all over the place, his weight was high, as was his blood pressure and cholesterol levels. We started working together and here’s what I promised him: 30 days of my program, let’s see how he responds. If after 30 days, we’re not getting a positive response, then my program won’t work for him. If after 30 days, he’s responding positively, then let’s continue the program and adjust for time, signs and symptoms that are uncovered during the implementation of my program. He claims he started feeling better at 11 days* *Results were not expected and I’d like to say not typical (though wow, it keeps happening, so maybe they are more typical than even I can predict!) After a few months, he returned to...