GOD’S MEDICINE CABINET: Stocked to Heal What Ails You

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 The best six doctors anywhere

And no one can deny it

Are sunshine, water, rest and air

Exercise and diet

These six will gladly you attend

If only you are willing

Your mind they’ll ease

Your will they’ll mend

And charge you not a shilling

~Anonymous author

The strategies in the preceding poem were, in the not so distant past, prescribed therapy for the sick. Many doctors were heard to order their patients to ‘drink plenty of fluids and rest in bed’.

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, was quoted to say; “Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.”

Your complex body was created by God (your Creator) with many amazing abilities. Every moment of every day, without any action on your part there are hundreds of processes taking place and abilities available to you, even while you are asleep. The healthy human organism, with its complex high-tech operating system; is continually self-detecting, self-diagnosing, self-renewing, self-healing, self-repairing, self-cleaning and self-protecting. The human body has an internal pharmacy, which when functioning properly produces natural analgesic, anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, anti-stress, sleep-inducing, immune system strengthening and gastrointestinal normalizing chemicals.[1]  Many of the body’s processes and abilities are automatic and are often taken for granted.

God’s ‘farmacy’, (no not pharmacy), nature’s bounty, provides an abundance of healing foods, medicinal herbs and therapeutic essential oils.

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A variety of spiritual beliefs and practices, including prayer, attending religious services, meditation and faith, and faith in God (your God) – have been scientifically shown to provide healing and shorten recovery time.[2] [3]

Why then is the first stop for symptom relief often the medicine cabinet, over the counter drugs and a walk-in clinic or emergency department?  Modern medicine, with its drugs and medical interventions do save lives and are a necessary recourse at times. Has society strayed too far away from ‘God given’ provisions for primary healing strategies?

Combining the body’s amazing abilities with God’s provisions, self-help therapies and tools can result in a powerful healing response. Consider God’s Medicine Cabinet as your first stop the next time your health is challenged – you will be pleasantly surprised at the possibilities. Start your cupboard, refrigerator and medicine cabinet makeover today. The healthcare savings are a bonus!

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What is my recommended best vitamin supplement?
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My first choice is always nutritious foods.
Sometimes there is a need to supplement during times of health crisis and recovery.
People all over the world are scrambling to find alternative solutions to their health problems. Essential oils are the hottest trend toward discovering health–a trend that’s here to stay. These precious oils are the ‘life blood’ of the plant and bring with them the plant’s ‘life essence’ with many therapeutic healing properties.
Essential oils are created by nature, from God’s bounty!
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You feed your body quality foods why would you not use pure essential oils with therapeutic properties for your ailments?
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Empower yourself to be ready for anything with pure therapeutic grade essential oils!

Let me help you get started on ‘a healthier you’ today! Book a consultation.

For more on the amazing therapeutic properties of pure essential oils. There are monthly specials and promotions to make it easy to get started with essential oil therapy for symptom relief and healing. Connect with me to find out what this month’s essential oils specials are and the best way to get the best discounts.

Healthcare-makeoverDon’t forget about changing over your personal care products for improved health. Many of the ingredients in your personal care products contain harmful ingredients.

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Check out your products by entering the product name in the search bar of the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Database www.ewg.org/skindeep/.  You may be shocked to find out how these harmful ingredients may be impacting your family’s health.

Consider creating a GO GREEN HEALTHY BEAUTY KIT as a gift for some of the people on your shopping list. Each kit can be designed to provide enough supplies for the number of people sharing the kit.

Let me help you get started on ‘a healthier you’ today.  Host an ESSENTIAL OIL THERAPY FOR SYMPTOM RELIEF/healthy & beauty workshop and receive hostess gifts. Workshops are available in southwestern and central Ontario –  Rockwood, Woodstock, Hamilton,   Other areas – inquire – I will hook you up. Host a webinar!

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Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P. Holistic Wellness Practitioner, elisabethlhines@gmail.com, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca,

Author of THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION

Sources:

[1] Clinic for Mind Body Medicine, Alberta Health Services, http://www.calgaryhealthregion.ca/programs/cmbm/journey.htm, 2009.

[2] Larry Dossey, M.D., Prayer is Good Medicine, How to Reap the Healing Benefits of Prayer, New York, NY, Harper Collins Publishers, 1996.

[3] Scientific Evidence of Prayer, http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/prayer.html#1tBzinhMmc34, visited March 2009.

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BEING HIGHLY SENSITIVE: An Innate Gift

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Being highly sensitive is often considered as ‘abnormal’ and a sign of a mental disorder by others. People are neither just sensitive or not sensitive, there is a range of sensitivity and like other individual traits,  everyone is unique. As a mother of five and grandmother of eleven, I see that diverse range of sensitivity in my family, including myself. If you find yourself in the range of ‘highly sensitive’ and have been made to feel abnormal for having strong emotional or physical reactions, take heart, you are uniquely gifted.

Highly sensitive people can have heightened sensitivity to various things including textures, light, sounds, smells, tastes and temperature changes.  Graced with a highly tuned nervous system, some are highly sensitive to hormone and brain chemistry changes in their bodies, physical discomforts and pain.  Others are highly sensitive to other peoples energies and emotions. A plant research study by  Professor Dr. Olaf Kruse of Bielefeld University, suggests that humans are likely to feed off each other similar to plants. “The human organism is very much like a plant, it draws needed energy to feed emotional states and this can essentially energize cells or cause increases in cortisol and catabolize cells depending on the emotional trigger,”

If your highly sensitive traits are physical you will need to make accommodations when necessary, and sometimes ‘on the fly’ to adapt to changing environments and conditions. The challenge if you know how vulnerable you can be to the emotions of others is staying grounded . Valuing your personal space by maintaining healthy boundaries is a must for highly sensitive people.

According to Psychologist Elaine Aron, author of The Highly Sensitive Person, on being highly sensitive (HSP), “It is innate. In fact, biologists have found it in over 100 species (and probably there are many more) from fruit flies, birds, and fish to dogs, cats, horses, and primates. This trait reflects a certain type of survival strategy, being observant before acting. The brains of highly sensitive persons (HSPs) actually work a little differently than others”.

The gift of being highly sensitive often translates into valuable assets and high creativity. Being highly intuitive is also often common.  From a PsychCentral article by Therese J. Borchard titled 5 Gifts of Being Highly Sensitive, “being high sensitivity to other people’s emotions can be a powerful asset for teachers, managers, therapists and others.”

You are not alone! Take comfort in that, and seek out understanding and supports when necessary. The website Highly Sensitive and Creative provides information and resources for highly sensitive and creative people. Emotional essential oil therapy can help you ride the waves of emotions commonly experienced by highly sensitive people (HSP), so that you feel more in control and grounded. Get started today!

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P. Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca

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BOTANICAL SPA THERAPY: Whole Body Detoxification

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T’is the season to start considering detoxification. The new year will provide many opportunities for a ‘healthier you’ and many different detoxification strategies, especially after a season of merriment. Your liver and detoxification pathways may need some extra help.  Read my blog post MAINTAINING HEALTHY LONGEVITY: Keep Your Liver Happy in the Midst of Toxins, Distress and Happy Hour to learn more. If your olfactory bulb is offended by smells (you cannot stand the smell of scents even natural ones) or you have lost your sense of smell then you are probably showing the signs of body pollution and toxicant induced loss of tolerance.

The picture above displays some of my herb collection.  My study of the medicinal benefits of herbs while I was striving to recover my health, brought me the greatest gift.  After many trial and error detoxification strategies, mostly designed to be consumed; I had a light bulb moment one day while taking a bath. In my studies to become a nutritional consultant it was clear there were many body parts and systems involved in the detoxification process.  As a reviewed what I had tried so far to regain my health and the medicinal properties of herbs that I was drinking, I thought, ‘if my skin is my largest organ, why not use it to detoxify me more thoroughly?’ ‘What would happen if I used the medicinal herbs in a bath tea’?  Well the results were amazing.  The greatest gains that I made in my health recovery from body pollution and toxicant induced loss of tolerance (TILT) came from whole body detoxification using the botanical spa herbal therapy that I designed. The herbal bath tea mix was combined with sea salt, baking soda and apple cider vinegar.  You can learn about the individual detoxification properties of the botanical spa therapy bath ingredients in my book.  You will find the botanical spa therapy herbal bath recipe and instructions in Chapter 6, Detoxify, of my book.

My additional detoxification strategies now also include green drinks and herbal detox tea mixes.

Get started today on your detoxification plans for the new year for ‘a healthier you’!. Check with your regular healthcare practitioner before proceeding with any form of detoxification as there may be contraindications due to health, medications or other factors.

My study of medicinal herbs, included in my Nutritional Consultant course, was through the writings of Maria Treben, an Austrian herbalist and author of the books Health from God’s Garden and Health Through God’s Pharmacy. My library also hosts The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Herbs.  If you want to learn more about herbs I would recommend these books as your ‘go to’.

Elisabeth Hines, C.B.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca, elisabethlhines@gmail.com

THE GIFT of a Healthy Brain: Strategies to Protect and Restore Optimum Brain Function

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As many of my friends, family and clients know, I have had my brain challenges.  The good news is that my brain now functions better than it ever has before and I intend to make sure it stays that way.

My past periods of depression and compromised brain function were the result of various factors including, body and brain pollution from toxins, toxicant induced loss of tolerance (TILT), stress and stress sensitization, and lack of resilience.  You can read about how I was affected by all of these in my blog posts and website ‘about‘ page. I am grateful for the information, guidance and natural strategies that have helped to restore my brain health.

With the looming statistics for dementia, which my mother suffered from, and Alzheimers, my focus moving forward is on preventing mental decline as I age.

What did it take to restore and improve my brain to better health?

What am I doing to protect my brain?

The preceding information may seem daunting.  It took me 10 years of research and trial and error strategies to make major gains in my health.  I now feel healthy, energetic and more resilient. I have condensed all of the information and resources that brought me to ‘my healthier me’ and you can use my  holistic protocol (guide) to achieve your ‘healthier you’.  It works! Each new client receives a copy of my book and uses it as a guide to help them restore and maintain their health.

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Moving forward, my brain protection strategy includes the essential oil brain protection blend below:

My Dementia and Alzeihmer’s Neuroprotective Blend

  • Frankincense – 4 drops (abates age related dendritic regression in the hipppocampus, anti-cancer )
  • Clove bud – 2 drops (reverses memory and learning deficits, anti-cancer)
  • Rosemary – 5 drops (improves cognitive performance, abates age related dendritic regression in the hipppocampus, anti-cancer)
  • Copaiba – 2 drops (neuroprotective)
  • Melissa – 5 drops  (neuroprotective, anti-cancer – glioblastoma)
  • Lemongrass – 4 drops (neuroprotective)
  • Lavender – 4 drops (calming)
  • Add the preceding drops to a 10 ml roller ball bottle and top up with Fractionated Coconut Oil or a mix of grapeseed/olive oil. Apply to the toes (brain reflexology points) and brain stem twice daily.

Check with your regular healthcare provider before using essential oils or other recommendations found on my website, books and blog – there may be contraindications due to medications, health conditions or other factors.

Get started using essential oils for a healthier you and healthier brain!

Wishing you optimum health and happiness!

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P. Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca, elisabethlhines@gmail.com

Sources:

Melissa officinalis – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3555743/

 
                        –   https://draxe.com/hypothalamus-function/                                                                                                                                           Copaiba Oil – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3291111/

HOW TO IMPLEMENT A PLACEBO CURE, RADICAL OR SPONTANEOUS REMISSION: Start With A Well Stocked Toolbox

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When I drafted The Whole Person Well-being Equation years ago, I wrote about the significance of belief and the other ingredients of the well-being recipe mix (Pg 85).

The Well-being Recipe Mix

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Since that time research has provided so much more insight into the importance and power of belief to ‘change your health outcome’. The scientific evidence is fuel for your ‘belief and hope’; about what is possible in terms of recovery and a cure. The new research on ‘the placebo’ effect’ as a mind body healing strategy completes the understanding necessary for your body and mind to implement a placebo cure, radical remission or spontaneous remission. Get started today! The research proves that you have everything that you need.

“Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work.

The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force

in getting well.”

Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, Greek Physician (460BC-377BC)

 

Where do you start?

  • Understand what the placebo effect, spontaneous remission or radical remission are:
    • According to the dictionary the placebo effect is a beneficial effect, produced by a placebo drug or treatment, that cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must therefore be due to the patient’s belief in that treatment.
    • According to The Radical Remission Project, “a Radical Remission is a cancer remission that occurs either without conventional medical treatment, after conventional treatment has failed to work, or when conventional and complementary methods are used in conjunction to overcome a dire prognosis. We believe that, given enough documented cases to research, the cause(s) of Radical Remission can be uncovered.”
    • A spontaneous remission is an unexpected improvement or cure from a disease that usually progresses. These terms are commonly used for unexpected transient or final improvements in cancer.
  • Become informed about the placebo effect, radical remission and spontaneous remission research.
        • Dr. Lissa Rankin has done an incredible job in her video segment, The Placebo Effect:  How to Use Your Mind-Body Connection to Heal. This is a must view to understand the research so that your brain can be updated about what is ‘scientifically’ possible.

      • Understand the science behind the power of believing and using it as ‘believe/belief therapy’.
          • Biology of Belief by Dr. Bruce Lipton

        • The Genie in Your Genes, Epigenetic Medicine and the New Biology of Intention, Chapter 6 Belief Therapy by Dawson Church

      • Understand the power of belief when used in visualization.
      • Understand the external environmental influences that interfere with the epigenetic health cycle. These can be found in The Genie in Your Genes, Epigenetic Medicine and the New Biology of Intention by Dawson Church.
      • Understand the research behind spontaneous remissions and the placebo.
      • Immunity over inability: The spontaneous regression of cancer
      • The Spontaneous Remission Project, put together by the Institute of Noetic Sciences, collected over 3,500 case studies published in medical literature about people who experienced spontaneous remissions from seemingly “incurable diseases.”
      • The Radical Remission Project is a database of cancer remissions that occurs either without conventional medical treatment, after conventional treatment has failed to work, or when conventional and complementary methods are used in conjunction to overcome a dire prognosis.

Practice self-help:

  • According to the Harvard Men’s Health Watch article The Power of the Placebo Effect, Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School; you can ‘Give yourself a placebo’.
    • “Practicing self-help methods is one way. Engaging in the ritual of healthy living — eating right, exercising, yoga, quality social time, meditating — probably provides some of the key ingredients of a placebo effect,” says Kaptchuk.
  • Relaxation is a key required ingredient in the placebo cure cycle. This gives your body the required rest time to promote balance and repair.
  • From The Genie in Your Genes, Epigenetic Medicine and the New Biology of Intention by Dawson Church; belief, nurturing, energy medicine, visualization, energy psychology, heart coherence, spirituality, meditation, attitude, prayer and altruism are a part of the epigenetic health cycle. The addition of these to your daily life will promote high DHEA levels which are adaptive, contributing to gene repair. Chronic stress produces chronic cortisol which is maladaptive and prevents gene repair.

You can find a diverse selection of self-help therapies and tools (Chapter 7), including customized visualizations (Chapter 7, page 147) in The Whole Person Well-being Equation.

The holistic strategies make up my ‘coach in a book’ and provide you with instructions on how to use the ‘radical cure’ toolkit tools to promote understanding, belief and relaxation; prompting your body to ‘give yourself a placebo effect, radical or spontaneous remission’. The book also contains ‘doubt busting’ supports and resources (page 92).

Get started today on implementing your placebo cure or radical remission.  As Hippocrates indicated, you have the power within you, you just need some help!

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P. Holistic Wellness Practitioner, elisabethlhines@gmail.com

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CONNECT WITH YOUR INNER CHILD: For a healthier you!

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Regardless of whether your childhood was traumatic or not, connecting with your inner child as an adult can provide you with some insights and opportunities or ‘a healthier you’ in the present.

That’s a picture of me on the right above as we are boarding the airplane in Amsterdam to immigrate to Canada in 1953. With the recent passing of my mother in the spring of this year I felt like an orphan and it took me time to process my feelings, including grief. I grew up with loving parents who raised me with loving, faith filled care. My inner child was a very sensitive and bashful child and I still display those personality traits as an adult at times – ‘not a mental illness’. Some researchers suggest that emotional sensitivity is an intrinsic part of people with high abilities and driven by perfectionism.  Regardless, this is the way God created me. Fast forward to today and I am connecting with my inner child and celebrating my uniqueness daily.

As a holistic wellness practitioner I spend much of my time researching physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health challenges; and what strategies might help people to manage or overcome them. Emotional aromatherapy has been a valuable strategy for me and my clients, helping them to connect with their inner child and sometimes suppressed or misunderstood emotions and personality traits.

I have been increasingly drawn to particular essential oils during this time of inner reflection.  Interestingly the oil that has had the greatest draw for me has been Ylang Ylang, the oil of the inner child. Ylang ylang is recommended to reconnect an individual with the child self and the pure, simple ways of the heart. For those with past emotional trauma, it is a powerful remedy for release. It also helps to release bottled up emotions.

To learn more about the use of essential oils to heal your inner child or other emotions, I would recommend the Emotions & Essential Oils, A Modern Resource for Healing, Emotional Reference Guide.  It comes with a companion Emotions & Essential Oils Wheel which makes it easy to select the right oil for what you are feeling.

Get started on ‘emotional aromatherapy’ today!

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P. Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Health by Design, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca, elisabethlhines@gmail.com

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HOMEOSTASIS CHECK UP: How’s Your Internal Balancing Act Working for You?

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The Great Balancing Act power point – https://www.slideshare.net/coachpointer/homeostasis-4-themes-ppt

ho·me·o·sta·sis
/ˌhōmēəˈstāsəs/
noun
the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes.

 

From the previous definition and the image above it is clear that homeostasis is the maintenance of a balanced internal environment. Homeostasis requires an orchestrated approach on a daily basis of feedback loops, structure and function, division of labour and interdependence of organ systems.

A properly working internal environment provides (homeostasis):

  • maintains a constant body temperature through sweating, shivering, dilation/constriction of blood vessels at skin surface, insulation by adipose tissue, breakdown of adipose tissue to produce heat
  • maintains the proper level of glucose in the body by the release of insulin and glucagon into the blood in response to rising and falling blood glucose levels,
  • maintains the proper level of salt, water and sugar in the blood
  • maintains the proper pH levels in various body parts body
  • maintains the proper hormone levels in the body
  • maintains a constant correct level of essential elements (e.g. copper/zinc) and nutrients, eliminating excesses
  • maintains proper oxygen/carbon dioxide levels by an increase in breathing rate in response to increased carbon dioxide levels in the blood, and release of carbon dioxide into exhaled air from lungs
  • maintains proper detection of viruses, bacteria, parasites and abnormal cells and mounts an appropriate immunoresponse
  • maintains proper blood pressure by sending messages to the brain to increase or decrease
  • maintains proper body weight, fat storage
  • maintains proper body and brain chemistry

Toxins, the damage they do and other factors including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual stressors can interfere with the communication and feedback loops required for proper ongoing homeostasis. Some genetic factors can also be responsible for challenged homeostasis within the body.

What can you do to improve and maintain ongoing homeostasis in your body?

  • eat a well balanced diet, taking lessons from the places in the world where people live the longest and the healthiest; without diseases common to North Americans – See the Blue Zones.  See my post on Plant Slant Fare: For ‘a healthier you’
  • live a balanced life. Life Balance: The Well-being Root.
  • maintain ongoing adequate detoxification to ensure proper body communication, feed back loops and functions
    • Two step detoxification:  stop adding toxins and remove existing body pollution.  Find out how in Chapter 6 of The Whole Person Well-being Equation which includes the Botanical Spa Therapy whole body detoxification recipe.
    • Add natural symptom relief strategies. Use of ‘anti’ type of medications (antihistamines, antidepressants, antipsychotics, antibiotics, antispasmodics, or antihypertensives) have been associated with memory loss issues.
  • restore your body’s original correct settings, defaults and setpoints

Wishing you a balanced body, mind, spirit and life!

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Health by Design, elisabethlhines@gmail.com

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BOOKS: A Source of Health Giving Software

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A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counsellor, a multitude of counsellors.”

Charles Baudelaire, Poet

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As Dr. Seuss once wrote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

The book case above holds a small collection of the books that I have read in my quest for health recovery.  The knowledge gained from the many books that I have read throughout my search for improved health, have in essence become the ‘software’ that my body, brain and mind have used to help restore my health.  Just like a ‘how to’  DIY book can help you build a bookshelf, the knowledge in the books you read that are relevant to how the body, brain and mind do and can function; increases your body and mind’s software knowledge – providing instructions to accomplish the task of restoring and improving health. Reading about ‘miracles’ and ‘out there’ concepts (many scientifically backed) challenges your brain to accept that ‘more is possible’, a concept I impress upon my clients.  It you settle, then ‘more is not possible’.  You need to give your brain, mind and body permission to consider that ‘more is possible’, if you expect more!

Software Definition: 

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noun
  1. the programs and other operating information used by a computer.

Knowledge Definition: 

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noun
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  1. facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.
    “a thirst for knowledge”

Why would you need to add software to what your preprogrammed body does automatically?  Our body’s communication and response system (your #911) was not equipped for being disrupted by synthetic, toxic interference. On a daily basis you are exposed to a multitude of interfering factors.

I have taken the collection of information from the reading of many books and summarized their relevance to my health recovery from multiple health challenges into a holistic protocol that can be found in my book The Whole Person Well-being Equation and e-books.  I encourage my clients to read the books that have helped me by referencing them in my book and blog posts. Understanding that when one’s health is compromised clients may find the task of reading overwhelming, I provide a copy of my summarized holistic protocol in my book, to each holistic health consultation client. The easy to read and follow steps in my book give straight forward guidance for clients to implement for recovery and improved health.  Get started on a healthier you today, start reading books that will lead you there.

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Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Health by Design, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca

GRIEF: Here We Go Again!

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When my mother passed away early this year, after a long and painful decline in health, I was initially relieved because I knew that her years of suffering were over. The vigilance and need for support that accompanied my mother’s many years of suffering was suddenly gone. That sense of vigilance and support prevented me from fully grieving my father when he passed away several years earlier. The sense of relief that my mother was no longer suffering carried me through until Mother’s Day when I entered another phase of grief; and no I am not talking about the five stages you have all probably been told are ‘normal’. I felt lost, flat (lethargy and apathy), empty, sad and like an orphan. Hard to believe that at 66 one could feel like an orphan. Every day that passes presents me with a mixed bag of emotions, some days more challenging than others.

There is no ‘one size fits all’ cycle of grief. You will be told that grieving is a process. It is a very personal process and no two people will go through the process in the same way. The time frame for grieving is different for everyone and the emotions may change daily. Despite my daily goal to be positive and upbeat; world events, bad news and stressors impacted my grief. Past grief can add to present grief (compounded grief) to magnify the impact and body’s responses.  Old wounds can be triggered by the loss. The body and mind have a reduced ability to cope with stressors (physical, mental, emotional or spiritual) when we are grieving. Previous vulnerabilities and health challenges can revisit. Other factors can add to feelings of grief.   From a grief counselling perspective – whatever you are feeling is normal. Feelings matter, as does expressing feelings appropriately, and having people tell you ‘you need to get over that’, does not help.

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When my husband passed away in 2010 after suffering through a horrific melanoma skin cancer battle, my grief was different. Despite my initial sense of relief that his suffering was over, the bag of varied emotions that presented over the years was vast and at times still is.

Counselling provides strategies to help deal with grief, and doctors provide prescriptions for medications to numb or dull the impact, and others to help you sleep. After my ongoing recovery from toxicant induced loss of tolerance (TILT) for chemicals, I chose not to take medications after my husband’s death. Grief can make you more vulnerable to past stressors. The lungs hold onto grief and my respiratory system seemed more vulnerable and reactive during times of grief, including during the last two Christmas season when I experienced a sore throat and cough.  I rode the wave of emotions that followed; sometimes feeling like I was making progress and sometimes feeling like I was going down for the count. Luckily I had my amazing children (their spouses) and grandchildren to support me.

This time around the ‘grief cycle’ I have more options for dealing with the day to day emotions that surface. I have immense gratitude to my daughter Amanda who introduced me to essential oils several years ago. I also have immense gratitude to God for the bounty of plant essences that provide us with comfort and healing. Essential oils are my daily ‘go to’ to ride the grief wave of emotions and help my body and mind process what I am feeling.  The emotions wheel recommendations and the specific emotional aromatherapy essential oils provide a full range of relief options.  I love to diffuse oils in the morning. I use a variety of essential oils to help me ride the wave of emotions that present daily while I am grieving or stressed.

 

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The Emotions & Essential Oils Wheel above comes with a companion reference guide which is really helpful in guiding your daily emotional aromatherapy selection.

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If you have not already concluded that ‘grief will change you’, it will; maybe short term, maybe long term. Those who love you will witness changes in your responses and behavior – this too is a normal component of grieving.

Consider a ‘creative weekend’ retreat to help you process your grief. Customize your retreat to fit your needs and desires.

MY HEALTH RECOVERY: The butterfly effect is the belief that small changes over time can create huge life changes – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=3068

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Contact me at elisabethlhines@gmail.com if you would like to attend a ‘creative weekend’ retreat or get started using emotional aromatherapy to help you through your grieving journey. Order your aromatherapy essential oils contact me.

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P. Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca

 

 

Health Intention: Designing What You See to Get What You Want

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You may be familiar with the saying ‘what you see is what you get’.  This phrase took on a whole new meaning for me when I did the research for my book.  I seriously have to say that I was blown away by the research that is available to document the power of a person’s intention to change their biology, DNA, health.  Visualizations can be customized using information from test results, your research and answers to the questions you ask your healthcare provider. The specific information associated with a diagnosis and a prognosis provides useful data to develop visualizations. You are a unique human being like no other person, and your DNA test results which reflect your uniqueness can be used to develop customized visualizations.

My client’s visualizations were customized using their personal health information.  The results have been amazing.

The information about your symptoms or condition and your research provides you with a basic understanding of your relevant body parts and systems and how they should normally function (e.g., anatomy, physiology, biochemistry). The following is an example from my book The Whole Person Well-being Equation, of a customized visualization, developed using information from test results and information provided by a doctor or research.

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You have the power to change your health. Learn how to customize (design) your visualizations to get the health results that you want. You are the architect of your health outcome. Order your copy of The Whole Person Well-being today to get started.

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Health by Design, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca

Changing Your DNA Through Intention – https://www.heartmath.org/articles-of-the-heart/personal-development/you-can-change-your-dna/

Biology of Belief, Dr. Bruce Lipton

The Genie in Your Genes – Dawson Church, PHD

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind – Joseph Murphy, PHD, DD

Dr Masaru Emoto, Messages in Water – http://www.masaru-emoto.net/english/water-crystal.html

Seniors Co-Living: From Concept to Reality in Rockwood, Ontario in 2018

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In 2014 my family moved my parents from a retirement home into a nursing home at my father’s request. I started to think forward about what type of housing situation I might want when I reached their age.  Up until that day I never considered the cost of retirement or nursing home living.  That changed radically when our family ‘did the math’ about our parents’ choices.  On the day we moved our parents into the nursing home we estimated that our parents had enough money to cover the cost of staying in the two nursing home rooms for three years.  My mother and father wanted to have two private rooms at the nursing home like they did in the retirement home, one as a sitting room and one as their bedroom.

I came away from that day knowing that I would be challenged to be able to afford most retirement home living options with my present income; and that I did not want to spend my last days sharing a ward room in a nursing home should I needed long term care. I shared my frustration with Anne and she too started to be concerned about being able to afford her future ‘retirement housing options’.

‘There had to be another solution’. My search began at my computer searching for alternative affordable retirement housing options.  That is how I found co-housing for seniors.  I researched the history of senior’s co-housing and places where it was available. Anne and I liked the shared home alternative option and we started the Rockwood Co-Living Interest Group to share the information with other people to try to generate interest for a local home. There are any different versions of co-housing, co-living and shared housing to be found around the world. The differences between them can be quite distinct determined by factors like location, financing, interests and group dynamics. I designed Oak Hill from a combination of other shared housing designs, including the layout of the private retirement home that I was director of in the past as well as committee input. Janette, the owner of the original home and property now known as Oak Hill, has customized her shared home ‘co-living’ lifestyle experience to fit her vision.

Since I plan to continue working and I see clients in my present home, I will not be making a move into shared housing at this time. Seniors co-living will be my preferred downsizing housing solution in the future as an affordable, supportive alternative to nursing home living.

For now I am actively involved in bringing Oak Hill Co-Living to completion at 125 Richardson Street in Rockwood. The Rockwood Co-Living Interest Group’s role in launching Oak Hill Co-Living is almost complete. Oak Hill is now ready for move in.   Visit the Oak Hill website at www.oakhillcoliving.com for more information and contacts.

The Rockwood Co-Living Interest Group will be available to Oak Hill upon request as a co-living/co-housing resource if needed. If you would like to meet with the Rockwood Co-Living Interest Group about a property in Rockwood that you would like to adapt as a co-living home, please contact me, Elisabeth Hines at elisabethlhines@gmail.com.  

Read my other posts on co-living:

Co-Living for Seniors:  An Opportunity for Health Promoting, Affordable, Supportive Housing

Co-Living Longevity Benefits:  Lessons From the Blue Zones

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