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Natural Skin and Beauty

My Top Non-Toxic Beauty Products

I want to challenge you to think about your skin in a different way. After all, it is the biggest organ in your body. With that in mind, we need to think about what we put ON our skin as carefully as we think about what we put IN our bodies. Our personal care products are bombarding us on a daily basis with toxic chemicals that, over time, create hormonal and metabolic chaos. How could beauty items be so toxic? By the time the average woman has gotten ready for work each morning, she has unknowingly exposed herself to over 500 toxic chemicals. All in the name of beauty. So it’s not surprising that so many women are experiencing early hormonal changes, infertility, fatigue, weight gain, pain and depression. There are approximately 518 chemicals in makeup, beauty products, soaps, lotions, laundry detergents, deodorants, shampoos and bubble bath and about 125 of them are considered carcinogenic. Remember that when your cells become overloaded with toxins, they have two options. Die or mutate. We don’t want either of those things to happen to you! To top it off, cosmetic companies are not required to list all the chemicals that are in their products.

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Natural Skin and Beauty

My Top Non-Toxic Household Products

In order to live happy and healthy lives, we need to take a close look at our environment, especially our homes and what we are exposing ourselves to on a daily basis. The more toxins we accumulate at the deep, cellular level, the more disease we will trigger. Chronic digestive issues, autoimmune conditions, cancer, pain and fatigue are all too common but it doesn’t have to be that way. Let’s take a look at some of the most toxic issues in our homes and start replacing them with natural and safe alternative solutions. How could household items be so toxic? I know how important it is to keep a clean house! Your home should be your sanctuary — a place you can rest and relax. However, even though it’s tempting to grab the strongest stuff off the shelf to wipe out all dirt in sight, we need to take into account what chemicals might be in our cleaning supplies. Most household cleaners contain highly toxic and neurotoxic chemicals. U.S. laws have little regulations when it comes to formulation of household supplies, meaning manufacturers can put almost anything in their products. We’re talking chemicals that trigger asthma attacks, allergic reactions, eye and skin

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Emotional Health

How to Know What to do for Your Family Member with Cancer

Has your loved one been diagnosed with cancer? If so, you may be thinking, “now what?” It’s normal to feel lost and unsure of how to best support your loved on during this time. After all, it’s a time of some of the most extreme emotions your loved one might ever experience. As someone who has both had cancer, and has also lived through loved ones including my mother and my brother being diagnosed with cancer — I have a unique understanding of the type of support needed. 1. Encourage stress relieving activities. We’ve talked about this before on my blog, but remaining as stress free as possible is important to helping the body heal. I understand that this is easier said than done when you’re faced with a life threatening disease. So it’s likely your loved one will need as much assistance as possible in this area! Some ways you can help are: Go on slow walks in the sunshine with them, if they are feeling up to it! Gift them some essential oils that promote peace and calm. You can view my favorite ones here. Young Living even has a proprietary Peace & Calming Blend. Take a gentle

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Emotional Health

How to Start Resolving Emotional Trauma

There are really two big pieces to resolving emotional conflict. The first step is to do the deep emotional work of fully resolving that trauma from your past. You also need to support the body and your immune system while you work on that resolution. This will ease the effect of dis-ease on your body when you enter the healing phase. When I work with clients, we integrate functional nutrition with emotional work, as well as supporting the immune system and detoxing the body safely. Body, mind, and spirit! That’s the holistic approach. How to Begin Resolving Emotional Trauma When helping clients to resolve their emotional trauma, I give them specific exercises to practice releasing on the emotional level. These exercises are designed to keep them moving forward and releasing their trauma, so they don’t get stuck in the symptoms of a hanging healing. Here’s something you can start doing at home. If you’ve got grudges, anger, and resentment, it’s just hurting you. Let it go. This helps you to get through that healing phase, move on and be healthy again. I also think it’s incredibly important to help your children to resolve their emotional stuff when it comes up.

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Emotional Health

Beginning to Discover Your Emotional Root Cause

If you haven’t read last week’s blog about the 3 emotional root cause phases of disease, click here to read it now! It will help you understand this blog more easily and help you shed light on your own root cause. Now I’m going to help you look back over your life up to this point so you can discover what emotional traumas might have triggered your health problems. Mapping Out Your Timeline Think about your life as a timeline. From the point of your conception until the day you become independent and leave home, your brain is recording every single thing that’s ever happened to you. The good, the bad, the ugly. Some of those things you resolve, and some of those things you don’t resolve.   Once you leave home, your brain stops recording, says to itself, “Ok we are alive. This was a successful program. Let’s rinse and repeat that recording.”   Whatever age you became independent, your life will now run in cycles of that number. Let’s use me as an example. I became independent at 20. At 20 I started paving my own way in life. I had a job and my parents weren’t supporting

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Emotional Health

The 3 Emotional Root Cause Phases of Stress and Disease

We are learning about how our biology is working to help us survive, and keep you alive, even if it’s running a program for illness. Now I’m going to walk you through the 3 phases of disease! Phase One: Conflict This conflict phase begins immediately when the trauma happens. The emotional trauma marks your brain, affects your body and begins to try to figure out a way to resolve the trauma on its own. For example, when I was 3 years old and was taken away from my home and father in the middle of the night: TRAUMA, shock, and conflict hit my brain. I experienced a Separation conflict as well as a Loss conflict. One of two things happens in this conflict active stage: depending upon the type of trauma, your tissue is breaking down, or you’re building a mass of tissue. The whole time that I was separated from my father, I had no idea I was in a conflict. My brain was saying, “We’re going to be breaking down her skin, the organ which represents separation, while we’re in this conflict.” When you’re in this conflict active stage, you don’t really have symptoms. You don’t even know

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Emotional Health

My Emotional Root Cause Journey

I believe that early emotional trauma sets us up for disease later in life, especially cancer. I also believe that given the right tools, we have the power to heal ourselves. How do I know this? Well, you might already know that I’ve healed myself naturally from aggressive stage 3 Ovarian Cancer and Lyme Disease that was eating my brain. When we go through a trauma, we are so focused on getting through and surviving the situation that we don’t think about dealing with the emotional effects. Especially traumas that happen when we are children. Young brains don’t have the ability to process and resolve trauma in a healthy way yet! Then over time, our bodies begin to manifest those effects physically. How Emotional Trauma Affects the Brain Any time we experience a conflict, or a shock, or a trauma, it hits our brain, body, and psyche simultaneously. The type of trauma that we experience determines which area of the brain it hits and therefore the body part affected. Emotional trauma leaves a mark on the brain that you can actually see on a no-contrast brain CT. I’ve done my brain scan twice and I can see where shocks and

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Chronic Illness

How Parasites Can Wreck Your Lyme Recovery

What do you think of when you hear the word “parasites?” A lot of people still think of third world countries and giant worms. However, parasites can enter your body in a number of ways from anywhere in the world. And they aren’t always visible — many are microscopic. According to the CDC and many leading experts, millions of Americans (yes… millions!) develop parasitic infections. And many are misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all. I was one of those million Americans infected by parasites. Liver flukes to be exact. When are dealing with a parasite infection, it is down right WAR! Adding Lyme and Mold to the mix made it more challenging for me to recover but I am here to say that it CAN be done. Parasite infections have similar symptoms to Lyme. Anything from insomnia and bruxism, to anemia, skin conditions, and even serious health problems like seizures, blindness, pregnancy complications, and heart failure. Don’t let this scare you. It is entirely possible to detect, remove and prevent parasite infections — we’ll get to that later in this article. How Parasites Assist Lyme Disease Just like with susceptibility to mold and heavy metal poisoning, a compromised immune system

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Chronic Illness

How Mold Poisoning Can Stop You from Healing from Lyme

One reason someone might be resistant to Lyme recovery, is they may be mold poisoned as well. Like with heavy metal poisoning, many people are unaware that mold poisoning and Lyme can go hand-in-hand. After I healed myself from Lyme, I became severely mold poisoned. Actually, I believe that I was affected by mold for years but it didn’t culminate until I lived in a very contaminated house.  I was so sick that I spent 8 months sleeping in a tent in the backyard because our “sick” house was making me sick too. Lyme and Mold make the body more susceptible to the other. Dr. Raj Patel, of Medical Options for Wellness in Foster City, CA, says he suspects that half of all unresolved Lyme disease cases are due in part to mold illness. Both conditions have similar symptoms, like joint pain, brain fog and intestinal inflammation. And in fact, mold, metals and lyme play off one another and amplify pain (I had horrible hip pain), create weight gain and sometimes weight loss, headaches, exhaustion, moodiness, anger, and depression. When you’re diagnosed with one, it would be wise to test for the other — especially if you live or work

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