My Journey to Improved Health!
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Many years ago my immune and nervous system crashed on the day my family moved into our new home. We had worked on our home for several months, installing insulation, drywall, painting, trimming and laying ceramic tile. On the last day before we moved in, the carpeting installer, who had been delayed, installed the carpeting. The next day my more than ten year nightmare of compromised health began. I fell into a terrifying deep hole of depression, which I had never experienced before. I suffered from severe stomach pains, doubling over in pain after eating anything, and in one month I lost over twenty pounds. I had a reaction to almost everything I ate or was exposed to.
After consultation with doctors, I was put on antacids and a variety of antidepressants which did nothing to lift the depression or soothe my digestive distress. I had tests done to determine the cause of my debilitating stomach pains and weight loss, providing no answers. I soon realized some foods caused me more difficulties than others and I started to research food allergies. Conventional medicine was not helping me so I decided I had to find the answers to my health issues on my own.
After a great deal of research I decided to have a sophisticated blood test done to determine if I had food allergies and how allergic I was. The tests were Allergen Specific Human IgE , IgG and IgA tests (ELISA food allergy test). The tests detect antibodies. Antibodies are a type of protein produced by the immune system in response to foreign substances that may be a threat to the body – such as chemicals, virus particles, spores, or bacterial toxins. Sometimes the immune system does not function properly and considers foods as a foreign substance and produces antibodies in response to ingesting those foods. My tests results revealed numerous food allergies (over 80); some produced an immediate reaction and others produced a delayed reaction. Once I had this information, I was able to avoid the items on the list responsible for my reactions and thus quickly eliminate many of my painful gastrointestinal symptoms.
Just as a prescription addresses a symptom, I was addressing symptoms by avoiding these foods. Allergies and intolerances are the ‘tip of an iceberg’. Deeper underlying causes existed. There had to be reasons for the onset of so many skewed responses. I needed more answers. I needed to get to the root cause. I would later find out my body pollution from toxin exposures, in combination with chronic stress from physical, mental and emotional sources, was responsible for my health challenges. The night we moved into the house the carpeted finished basement flooded, releasing formaldehyde into the air. Formaldehyde is a known respiratory irritant and carcinogen. Before 1996 it was used to set carpet dye. Water re-releases formaldehyde.
After moving into our new home I experienced severe speech difficulties. There were times I was barely able to force a word out. It was so embarrassing when people would ask me if I was alright. They assumed I was going to cry. The spasms made the vocal cords wobble like they do when a person is emotionally upset. I requested a referral to an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) specialist for investigation of my throat and vocal chords. A laryngoscope examination indicated I had spasmodic dysphonia. Possible cause was not discussed. The treatment option I was offered was botox injections into my vocal cords every few months. I would be speechless after each treatment for a period of time and would have to continue treatments, probably for the rest of my life. The long term impact was unknown and the results were inconsistent. I declined the treatment. There had to be a better solution.
The depression was my constant companion. I continued to research and read every book and internet article I could find about depression and allergies.
I had to eliminate my ‘base of the iceberg’ issues, including my body pollution and allow my body to heal before my symptoms (‘tip of the iceberg’) were completely eliminated. This is where you should start your well-being journey. To eliminate my body pollution I tried many detoxifying supplements but found they did not adequately work. I developed the herbal bath tea method which uses the body’s largest organ, the skin. It works much like a pain or nicotine patch, sending the detoxifying and healing properties of the herbs throughout the body. The medicinal properties helped my body to detoxify and heal. My body pollution which had built up over the years has been eliminated using detoxifying herbal baths, nutritional therapies (food), self-help therapies, energy therapies and customized visualizations for the conditions. These therapies have eliminated my symptoms and helped my body to repair the damage caused by the toxins (formaldehyde, house off gassing of volatile organic compounds, pesticides). Learn more from MCS information and My MCS Recovery. To learn how to eliminate your depression read Equation Healing to Eliminate Depression. In the book I share the strategies led me to becoming 100% depression free and happy.
One out of five individuals is sensitive to formaldehyde , and it is often a factor in the onset of chemical hypersensitivity. There is no safety level. The Canadian government has set a level at 0.1ppm; this is the same level at which the smell is detectable; it is a carcinogen. Formaldehyde is found in building materials, latex paints, enamels, fabric treatments, foam, deodorizers, preservative and coagulant of rubber latex, toxoids and vaccines, newsprint, inks, nail polish, nail hardeners, wave sets, dyes, personal care products, make up, feminine hygiene items, facial tissue and dry cleaning. They evaporate slowly and remain active for months/years. In fabrics the process is even slower. For more information on the risks of formaldehyde exposure, visit http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/formaldehyde.
In my research I found information about other systems which permanently addressed allergies and used neuromuscular biofeedback to determine health priorities. I have since become certified in providing these treatments. Permanent allergy elimination treatments will only be effective long term if you address the underlying causes of those symptoms. Learn more about searching for the cause to find a cure in The Whole Person Well-being Equation.
After years of research and struggling to regain optimum health, using a variety of therapies, treatments and remedies, and many wrong turns, I feel good. I have regained much of my health naturally! I am allergy free! I am depression free! My energy levels are good. My speech has improved dramatically and most days, sounds fairly normal (from what others tell me). I am able to go into any building or polluted environment with informed vigilance instead of fear and be symptom free. I have developed a precautionary principle to protect me from harmful exposures. Synthetic chemicals in some scented products, like perfumes, could still possibly send my vocal cords into spasms in large doses. Recent trips past the perfume counters in Shopper's Drug Mart and The Bay past perfume have caused no negative symptoms. Most people do not realize they are also affected by the harmful chemicals in scents, they just do not know it. I am like a canary in the coal mine, the first to let you know if you have an air quality problem and health concern. Past damage from synthetic chemicals can leave you with a heightened sense of smell and chemical vigilance, an early warning system. With time and continued visualizations (available in The Whole Person Well-being Equation) my body will return to a normal awareness.
I am now a Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Certified Nutritional Consultant and BodyFeedback™ Interview & Therapy Practitioner. I have developed a holistic protocol using neuromuscular biofeedback, energy, detoxification, herbs, nutrition (food) and visualization therapies to be used in combination with the self-help therapies in this book, touch and prayer. I use these therapies on myself, my family members and my clients. Consider using a holistic approach in your quest for optimum health. As a result of neuromuscular biofeedback results, the need for detoxification has been indicated in most clients presenting with various conditions. I have developed herbal detoxifying bath teas based on my body pollution and client results. The recipe can be found in this book, The Whole Person Well-being Equation. I created the BodyFeedback™ Interview & Therapy System, with a symptom tracking component, to identify health challenges and provide information to implement changes to resolve them. For more information on how the system works see the information that follows.
For those of you who have suffered for a long time with allergies, intolerances, chemical sensitivities, environmental illnesses, immune disorders and other health problems; do not lose hope, the body has an amazing ability to heal itself. Sometimes, due to the body being overwhelmed by the stresses of everyday life and interference of toxins in the environment, it needs help. A holistic approach using energy, detoxification, nutrition (food) and visualization therapies can provide you with renewed health. It is important to investigate and deal with the root causes and resulting damage or changes (associations). Addressing the symptoms alone may fail to provide you with the recovery you seek. Significant repair, including DNA repair may be required before symptoms are alleviated. After major chemical exposures the body's normal 'default' criteria and settings are changed. The body starts responding based on the new default setting or altered criteria. The body is also left with faulty associations that need to be broken. The goal in recovery to restore and maintain the original defaults and ways of responding. It is possible to do so using a combination of approaches. I have been able to get my body to stop it's faulty responding using a variety of strategies which I share in my book The Whole Person Well-being Equation. Well-being is a journey you take one day at a time, one step at a time. Every day is a new opportunity to get back onto the path to improved well-being. The first step is to believe in your body's amazing abilities. Scripture provides many reminders of the importance of belief: "Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you” Mark 11:24. You are not alone! Start by looking at your body pollution and using your body's amazing abilities created by God. Learn from my journey to improved well-being in The Whole Person Well-being Equation.
Focusing your attention and money on symptom relief like permanent allergy elimination treatments for allergies, ‘tip of the iceberg’ symptoms, may not provide long term holding power without first addressing the underlying ‘base of the iceberg’ issues. The Whole Person Well-being Equation book will provide you with the strategies I used to regain my health and the recommended way to proceed..
On December 24, 2010 I lost my husband to melanoma. Melanoma is now believed to be due to a combination of UV and chemical exposures like pesticides. Mike was a sun lover, mostly unprotected. He grew up in a bathing suit on the beach of his family’s cottage on Lake Erie and in Florida. He sat and watched while his parents worked in their home based hair salon dying, perming and styling hair. He regularly played golf as a teenager and worked for a landscaper for summers during university spraying herbicides. At university he worked with toxic chemicals including formaldehyde in the labs. As a chemistry and biology teacher he continued to work with toxic chemicals, many times without the proper protection and adequate ventilation. We lived in three toxic new homes with off-gassing. Herbicide and pesticides exposures also came from household (bug spray), golf course and agricultural spraying. We lived in the country surrounded by crops that were regularly sprayed and at one time on a golf course. There is no doubt the combination of UV and carcinogenic chemicals were responsible for my husband’s cancer.
Since my husband’s melanoma diagnosis, I have continued to research information on melanoma and other cancers in search of answers and solutions. My children and grandchildren live with the threat of melanoma and other cancers. Many of my loved ones have struggled with cancer and many have lost their battles. Through my research, talks and website I, like Dr. Devra Davis, continue to inform people about “what is left off the table” in terms of the causes of cancer and other diseases. I will continue to post the research information and links on my website, so check in often.
If you have positive results from any of the information you learn from this workbook, my website or talks, please let me know. Positive feedback is always welcome. It may help someone else on their well-being journey. If your results have not been as anticipated, I encourage you to reassess and try other approaches in your search for improved well-being. Every person is uniquely different and will require a distinctive approach made up of a combination of strategies. It may take more time to see results.
Addendum from The Whole Person Well-being Equation
Spasmodic Dysphonia Symptom Investigation and Elimination
In keeping with the philosophy I wrote about in my book (The Whole Person Well-being Equation), I am continuing with my symptom elimination investigation. In September of 2012 I completed one series of non-surgical voice repair lessons for spasmodic dysphonia with Diana Yampolsky at the Royan’s Professional Vocal School in Toronto. I have been practicing the vocal exercises since then. I have had few spasms as a result. The biggest bonus for me was that I was able to sing Christmas carols at church on Christmas Eve. I hadn't been able to join in the singing at church because of my previously 'strangled voice'. It really was a Christmas miracle. There is a lot more progress needed. I will continue with the exercises.
Spasmodic dysphonia is a neurological disorder affecting the voice muscles in the larynx, or voice box. In spasmodic dysphonia, the muscles inside the vocal folds experience sudden involuntary movements—called spasms—which interfere with the ability of the folds to vibrate and produce sound. Spasmodic dysphonia causes voice breaks and can give the voice a tight, strained quality.
Diana's approach combines special exercises with natural herbal remedies and customized variations of NLP (neurolinguistic programming), which she specifically developed and incorporated in her Vocal Science Method to change the body's faulty voice response.
In combination with Diana’s regime I have added customized visualizations to ‘right’ the wrongs that may be present in spasmodic dysphonia. I have also used correcting energy treatments that I have developed. In my case the damage was caused by the off-gassing of my new home and magnified by stress and later grief. The five visualizations designed to correct what may be present in cases of spasmodic dysphonia, can be found on page 211 of The Whole Person Well-being Equation.
The BodyFeedback™ Interview and Therapy system can provide you with valuable information to help you maintain your well-being. Think of it like you do your vehicle maintenance. An automobile computer check-up may reveal codes that allow you to know exactly what is malfunctioning in your vehicle, preventing a roadside breakdown. The same type of useful feedback can be provided through BodyFeedback™ Interview and Therapy. Consider an annual or semi-annual BodyFeedback™ Interview and Therapy session to maintain well-being.
The BodyFeedback™ System utilizes a holistic approach that can promote homeostasis and the permanent elimination of allergies, intolerances, ADHD, immune disorders, chronic pain and more.
The BodyFeedback™ System uses neuromuscular biofeedback to locate weaknesses in organs, endocrines, systems and body parts. If you are continually consuming foods, using products or breathing air that makes your organs, endocrines, systems and body parts weak; your immune and other systems can be weak as well, making you vulnerable to illnesses and diseases.
The BodyFeedback™ System uses neuromuscular biofeedback to test the foods you eat to determine whether they weaken organs, endocrines, systems or body parts. This ongoing weakness can weaken your immune, nervous and other systems; which you need to be strong and to keep you well.
The BodyFeedback™ System uses neuromuscular biofeedback to test the products you use to determine whether they weaken organs, endocrines, systems or body parts. This ongoing weakness can weaken your immune, nervous and other systems; which you need to be strong and to keep you well.
The BodyFeedback™ System uses neuromuscular biofeedback to locate and stop faulty histamine and other 'skewed' immune, nervous and other system responses (allergies, anxiety, panic).
The BodyFeedback™ System uses neuromuscular biofeedback and therapies to resynchronize natural communication and energy flow within the body, promoting well-being.
The BodyFeedback™ System uses neuromuscular biofeedback and therapies to rebalance organs, endocrines, systems and body parts. Strong, balanced organs, endocrines, systems and body parts will promote improved function keeping you feeling good and energetic, aiding in the prevention of illnesses and disease.
The BodyFeedback™ System uses neuromuscular biofeedback and therapies to locate and remove blockages, promoting healing. Blockages can weaken your body’s systems, challenging your body's ability to fight illnesses and disease.
The BodyFeedback™ System uses neuromuscular biofeedback information to provide a personalized detoxification and well-being plan.
The BodyFeedback™ System uses neuromuscular biofeedback information to develop personalized specific customized visualizations for improved well-being.
The BodyFeedback™ System’s symptom tracker component uses neuromuscular biofeedback to trace the origin of symptoms in the body to their source. This provides useful information to be used to make necessary changes, promoting the permanent elimination of symptoms.
BodyFeedback™ Interview and Therapy is a manual neuromuscular biofeedback method to check for weakness throughout your body while you are lying down.
To book a session, learn more about muscle response testing and BodyFeedback™ Interview and Therapy visit my website www.mybodycanhealitself.ca.
, Davis, Devra, Ph.D., MPH, The Secret History of the War on Cancer "" , ©2007, Basic Books, Perseus Books, New York, NY, http://www.environmentalhealthtrust.org/secrethistorycancer2.htm ""
"For much of its history, the cancer war has been fighting the wrong battles, with the wrong weapons, against the wrong enemies. The Secret History of the War on Cancer by Dr. Devra Davis shows, decade by decade, how the campaign has targeted the disease and left off the table the things that cause it—tobacco, alcohol, the workplace, and other environmental hazards. Conceived in explicitly military terms, the effort has focused on defeating an enemy by detecting, treating, and curing disease. Overlooked and suppressed was any consideration of how the world in which we live and work affects whether we get cancer. The result is appalling: over 10 million preventable cancer deaths over the past thirty years. This has been no accident."
Wishing you optimum health and well-being! It is within your reach! God bless you on your journey!
Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P.
Holistic Wellness Practitioner
Certified Nutritional Consultant
BodyFeedback™ Interview & Therapy Practitioner
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 Davis, Devra, Ph.D., MPH, The Secret History of the War on Cancer, ©2007, Basic Books, Perseus Books, New York, NY, http://www.environmentalhealthtrust.org/secrethistorycancer2.htm
 Davis, Devra, Ph.D., MPH, The Secret History of the War on Cancer, ©2007, Basic Books, Perseus Books, New York, NY, http://www.environmentalhealthtrust.org/secrethistorycancer2.htm