YOUR BODY’S INTERNAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEM: Improving crucial messaging for better health.

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The nervous system is the body’s main communication system and it’s ongoing, undisrupted flow of information is the most important requirement for optimum health.  It gathers, analyses and uses information from the body and the environment to keep you healthy.  If, when and how the body and mind respond depends on healthy messaging.

So what happens when something interferes with the information transmission that your body and brain need for proper functioning and responding? Well think about your computer and what would happen if it had a virus or your power supply was disrupted or damaged.

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Immunosurveillance is a term used to describe the processes by which cells of the immune system look for and recognise foreign pathogens, such as bacteria and viruses, or pre-cancerous and cancerous cells in the body. Healthy immunosurveillance, immunoassessment and immunoresponse requires ongoing, undisrupted accurate messaging throughout the body and brain.

We all know that many things can interfere with our computer’s communication and performance.  There are also many factors can interfere with the body and brain’s communication and performance.

What can you do?

To keep your body’s internal communication from disruptions and interference, providing for healthy responding and optimum function you will need to be vigilant, proactive and protective.

  • Wash your hands often with non-toxic soaps.
  • Use all natural personal care, laundry, household and lawn care products.
  • Avoid medications and drugs where possible and use natural symptom relief strategies.
  • Eat foods that are as close to their natural state as possible, unprocessed and free of additives and preservatives.
  • Avoid air pollution by implementing protection measures – air purifiers, etc.
  • Use all natural personal hygiene products.
  • Avoid all sources of radiation.
  • Body pollution is the result of your body’s inability to get rid of toxins and other foreign substances. Detoxification is a two step process that helps your body to get rid of body pollution: Stop adding to your body pollution and remove your body’s existing body pollution.
    • Drink clean water and eat plenty of vegetables and fruit to promote natural detoxification.
    • Add strategies to improve detoxification.

How can you learn more about how to protect and improve your health naturally?

YOUR BODY CAN HEAL ITSELF: Follow My Road Map to Get There – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=2774

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GO GREEN: For ‘a healthier you’!

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Working with many clients with various diagnoses over many years has provided me with many insights.  My own personal health challenges in the past due to toxicant induced loss of tolerance (TILT) and resulting MCS, depression, EI, chronic fatigue, SD had prompted me to ‘go green’ many years ago.  Avoiding harmful toxins and substances in my diet, personal care products, pain and symptom management, house and garden products were a necessity for me to recover and I now enjoy good health. My informed knowledge and vigilance about toxins in my products and environments keeps me healthier.  My liver and brain are also less challenged now that I have cleaned up my products and environments, a real ‘health’ win!

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How do you Go Green ‘for a healthier you’?

  • Green your diet – avoid additives, pesticides and other contaminants.  Buy organic when possible.
  • Green your personal care, household and other products – check out the ingredients of your present products at the EWG Skin Deep Database and then make a healthier choice. The Less Toxic Guide will also guide you. Switching to paraban free products is important, keep in mind that there are other harmful ingredients in moisturizers and personal care products. Click on the moisture lotion image below to check out the ingredients in three popular skin moisturizers rated by Skin Deep. What is the health cost of beauty for you?

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  • Green your symptom relief. Switch to natural alternatives for a healthier liver and you. Your liver has to break down everything that you inhale, absorb through your skin and consume – sometimes overwhelming normal healthy liver function, leading to unwanted symptoms.

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 My book The Whole Person Well-being Equation provides you with many natural symptom relief strategies, the ones that brought me through all of the diagnoses above to the other side, symptom free.  My Green Medicine Cabinet provides natural pain management options which my clients and I have tested that really work and are more liver friendly than many prescribed and over the counter options.

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  • Attend a ‘Go Green’ Health & Beauty Workshop to learn how to make your own healthier products.  Learn what therapeutic essential oils you can add to my organic moisture lotion recipe to promote skin repair, provide skin cancer protection and provide deep pain relief naturally.  If you want ‘less ingredients’ and if your liver is challenged in any way, then this workshop is for you.  Healthy liver function is required for your body to break down all of the synthetic ingredients in personal care products. Next workshop in Rockwood, Ontario is Saturday, February 9 at 1:00 p.m. Workshop details.

Switching to natural, safer products will prompt your body to eliminate the body pollution of toxins.  You will also need to maximize your detoxification strategies to rid your body of the remaining harmful substances.  Detoxification requires a two step approach: Stop adding to your existing body pollution by ‘going green’ and eliminate your existing body pollution my boosting and supporting your body’s natural detoxification processes.  You can find information on these in my book.

When toxins have been in your body for a number of years they can cause damage and interference of normal body communication and functions.  It will take time for your body time to return to normal healthier body and brain functions after detoxification.  The strategies in my book will guide you so that you can enjoy the same recovered health that my clients and I do.

Expect more in terms of your health!

Wishing you greater health and happiness! It is within your reach – take the first step!

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P. Holistic Wellness Practitioner

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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!

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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.

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HEALTH TRIGGERS: Managing What Sets You Off On A Daily Basis

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My last post was on how to avoid dangerous substances.

HOW TO AVOID DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES: For ‘a healthier you’!

If you suffer from food allergies, TILT, EI, MCS, depression, migraines or other skewed body response physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually; my last post is a must read.

On a daily basis many people are triggered regularly by numerous triggers.  Believe it or not the triggers can be anything.  Your equivalent ‘little black box’ records real and perceived threats and history about many factors that have harmed you in the past.  In present day your body may mount a ‘skewed’ or abnormal response to similar triggers, real or perceived – leading to unwanted symptoms on any level.  Some triggers present physical symptoms while others may affect thinking, memory or brain chemistry. Some triggers send people into ballistic emotional responses.

You may know people who are affected by changes in barometric pressure, experiencing migraines or joint pain or others who are affected by the full moon. Why is every person not affected by changes in barometric pressure?

Using neuromuscularbiofeedback I have been able to assess my triggers on an ongoing basis and those of my clients, and work to stop or reprogram any ‘skewed’ or abnormal responses.  How do I do it?  There are several methods.  The best time to stop these triggered responses is to manage them during an episode or exposure.  Tapping sequences and changing the valuation that my and my clients’ body and brain have given the triggers, neutralizes them by changing the valuation over time.  Using these steps in combination with other holistic strategies I have been able to recover from EI, TILT, MCS, depression, food allergies and more.  It is also how I help clients to recover from unwanted trigger responses. You can achieve the same results by following my protocol.  Read more about my ‘trigger busing’ protocol in my blog post:

YOUR BODY CAN HEAL ITSELF: Follow My Road Map to Get There

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HOW TO AVOID DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES: For ‘a healthier you’!

dangerousOver the years, my many client neuromuscularbiofeedback sessions have provided information that has helped clients to implement ‘stop, start and change’ strategies; ultimately resulting in improved health.  After clients sessions I provide followup emails to clients with research based information links that back up many of their ‘weak list‘ challenges. Weak challenges are often the result of the body’s inability to effectively detoxify certain substances, even natural substances. Weak challenges can also indicate allergies, harmful or toxic substances. Sometimes the items on the weak list indicate a challenge resulting from combining a food item with a medication (e.g. grapefruit).

If you have any type of health challenges, including allergies and gastrointestinal distress, proceed with caution before following the latest health trends.  Investigate before you proceed. Adding suspect items may add challenges that could interfer with the body’s natural and necessary communication, function, immunosurveillance and immunoresponse. Adding multiple items on a daily basis increases these health challenges.

Examples of substances clients are commonly weak to:

Rice, coconut water and milk, almonds and pork are items on many client weak lists:

Weakness to rice products: Arsenic in rice products http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2F1MDzyW55pg97Tdpp7gqLN/should-i-be-concerned-about-arsenic-in-my-rice

Weakness to coconut products:  https://www.faithful-to-nature.co.za/blog/coconut-water-exposed-watch/https://wellnessmama.com/147959/almond-flour-alternatives/

Weakness to almond products:   https://geneticliteracyproject.org/2014/11/11/organic-alert-whole-foods-almonds-contain-potentially-fatal-natural-chemical/https://wellnessmama.com/147959/almond-flour-alternatives/

Weakness to pork and other animal products:  https://nutritionfacts.org/video/eating-outside-our-kingdom/https://nutritionfacts.org/video/mrsa-superbugs-in-meat/https://nutritionfacts.org/video/meat-consumption-and-the-development-of-type-1-diabetes/https://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-not-to-die/

Weakness to green tea:  Green tea is often on my client’s weak lists despite the fact that is found to have many health benefits.  My thoughts are that in the case of my clients, who usually come to me with major health challenges, is that it possibly challenges their liver’s already challenged detoxification pathways.

“Hepatotoxicity, is when too many herbs or supplements—everything from Tylenol to green tea—chemically induce liver damage. This particular type, herbal hepatotoxicity, can happen when we take too much of an herbal supplement or even down too many cups of herbal a day.” https://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/healthy-drinks/too-much-green-tea-or-matcha-could-lead-liver-damage

Weakness to the air pollution: Harmful substances inhaled at home, in the work place and outdoors require efficient detoxification.  Even then they can add to your daily list of health challenges. Health Canada information on off gassing and indoor air quality – https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/home-garden-safety/pollutants-furniture-building-materials.html

Weakness to feminine hygiene products: https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/dirty-secrets-feminine-hygiene-products/

Weakness to personal care: products: https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/site/about.php#.WtyTKYjwZPY

Weakness to drinking water: http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=830

Weakness to hair dye: http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=28

Weakness to EMF: –

How do you know what to avoid?  

A weak list assessment is a valuable tool to provide you with a ‘weak list’ of foods and other items that your body is unable to tolerate (possibly detoxify).

Muscle response testing for health protection will help you to avoid foods and other substances that your body is unable to tolerate.

How to avoid toxic foods: http://www.chronicle.co.zw/health-matters-how-to-avoid-toxic-foods/

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PLANT SLANT FARE: For ‘a healthier you’!

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A PLANT SLANT DIET – For ‘a healthier you’

I made the decision to adapt a ‘plant slant’ diet for a number of reasons. There are many health benefits to be gained by making the transition, as well as other benefits for the planet.

Analysis of Burger Market Finds Unwanted Ingredients: Rat and Human DNA – http://fortune.com/2016/05/10/burger-market-analysis-rat-human-dna/

Animal Protein Compared to Cigarette Smoking – https://nutritionfacts.org/video/animal-protein-compared-cigarette-smoking/

How Not to Die From Cancer – https://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-not-to-die-from-cancer/

    • A plant slant diet is a common denominator in documented cases of Radical Remission of Stage IV and other cancers.
    • Can You Eat Your Way to Better Health? Your brain needs the right mix of nutrients to stay healthy and function well.  According to East Berkshire Primary Care Out of Hours article the wrong foods can affect your mental health.
    • MIND over Mediterranean: Australian study suggests MIND diet reduces the risk of dementia.
    • Power Foods for the Brain: Science has shown that your diet can play a major role not just in health, but in brain function and prevention of common cognition disorders.
    • NUTRIENT POWER: Heal Your Biochemistry and Heal Your Brain by William J. Walsh illuminates new scientific developments that can aid those with schizophrenia, anxiety, and more.

Climate Change is a serious reality and changing your diet to ensure that our climate is protected is a important consideration in adapting a plant slant diet. One study, published in October in the journal Nature, found that as a result of population growth and the continued consumption of Western diets high in red meats and processed foods, the environmental pressures of the food system could increase by up to 90% by 2050, “exceeding key planetary boundaries that define a safe operating space for humanity beyond which Earth’s vital ecosystems could become unstable,” according to study author Marco Springmann of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food at the University of Oxford.

Making the transition to a ‘plant slant’ diet can be daunting. Many people worry about getting enough protein if they go ‘plant slant’.  This is not true.

If you are shopping and cooking for one, like I am for most meals; efficiency and cost savings are key while maintaining a healthy diet in the midst of a busy lifestyle. Where possible I use fresh and organic ingredients.  Next best category is pesticide free.

I using muscle response testing for health protection while shopping to ensure that products are safe for me. On a recent shopping trip to a well known health food store, of three different organic sweet potatoes, only one was actually safe for me. I teach my clients how to use muscle response testing for health protection while shopping for food. I you are affected by different foods, either through allergic reaction or digestive distress, muscle response testing for health protection can provide your with safety, confidence and relief.

GET STARTED with your ‘plant slant’ grocery shopping today! A well stocked pantry of healthy plant protein alternatives will make meal preparation easy.

To ensure that I always have nutritious meal options available I make large batches of soups, stews and other meals as ‘planned overs’, and freeze them in 250 ml canning jars or mini class casseroles dishes.  These are easy meals that thaw quickly and very nutritious poured hot over or serves with shredded greens or quinoa .  I like to top my soups with a spoonful of organic radish for a punch of flavour..  Adding some pureed kimchi also adds a zip and more health benefit. Red lentils are a staple for me.  I use them in vegetable soups, cabbage rolls and curry. Red lentil pasta is an excellent protein packed alternative to wheat past. Quinoa is another staple that I use as a protein substitute for rice. My desire for comfort food prompted me to make my first batch of lentil and quinoa cabbage rolls. Delicious with garlic and herb mashed potatoes.  I made the sauce with sun dried tomatoes, diced tomatoes, onions and garlic. I googled a recipe and then did a combination of two recipes plus my own slant. Enjoy experimenting!

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Necessary Supplements

If you adapt a plant slant diet you may need to add B12 supplements. Vitamin B12 is Necessary for Arterial Health – https://nutritionfacts.org/video/vitamin-b12-necessary-for-arterial-health/. Spirulina and blue green algae – interfere with B12.  Eat sea vegetables on days you do not take B12 supplements.

Ideally we should get our protein from the whole plant products not a protein powder. Check to make sure your ‘greens’ or protein mixes do not contain sea vegetables if you are taking B12 supplements on the same day. If you have autoimmune conditions be cautious of protein powders and hemp proteins – https://draxe.com/hemp-protein-powder/. Also be cautious of stevia added to products.

Let me guide you in your transition to a healthy ‘plant slant’ diet.  Your body and brain will be healthier and happier, allowing you to get on with your life and the pursuit of meaningful goals. Interested in hosting a ‘plant slant’ make and taste event?

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HEALTH PROTECTION: Using Your Body Responses to Identify Health Challenges

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There is communication happening within our bodies constantly, relaying information that is potentially harmful to our intuition (our gut sense).  This natural protection is supposed to be available daily; working to keep us safe.  There are many factors that can potentially interfere with our body’s internal communications and warnings.  The good news is that you can learn to pick up on these internal communications to protect your health. You may already be aware of factors that ‘mess with your balance’. Learning muscle response testing techniques were a major factor in my health recovery and I still use them ongoing.

In my workshops I teach participants muscle response testing for health protection.  Participants learn to use various body responses, including the sway, to identify changes, while touching or holding different foods, drinking water and personal care products. At the end of the workshop each person has a list of items, their weak list,  that cause changes in their body’s default ‘normal’ balanced status. The changes in normal status can mean a variety of things.  Changes can be indicators of Interference, disruption, malfunction of normal, healthy internal processes which could be responsible for symptoms or conditions.  Interference or disruption of internal communications, immunosurveillance and immunoresponse on a daily basis can prevent the body’s natural regulating and healing responses. Changes can also indicate allergies and intolerances. You can read more about the significance of the weak list in my post The Weak List:  A Necessary Well-being Tool.

I use a similar body response, neuromuscularbiofeedback technique when I perform BodyFeedback Interview and Therapy assessments on clients.

Interested in learning more about how to use your body’s responses to improve your health?

  1.  Get started by downloading Muscle Response Testing for health protection.

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2.  Host a workshop.

3.  Book a BodyFeedback Interview and Therapy session.

4. Learn more in my book The Whole Person Well-being Equation

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COMING SOON!

Once you have adequately learned to use your body’s responses for health protection, you can apply the changes in body’s responses with a questioning protocol for further health protection and recovery. Using the body response method that works best for you daily will ensure confidence.  Like anything you learn, practice is important. The more you use your method you will find that your intuition becomes more focused and sometimes speaks to you even before you test your item.  I am working on the ebook and workshop format that combines using your body’s responses with a questioning protocol.  It will be available soon.

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CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT: The Natural Way

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Chronic pain is a constant companion to many people.  My mother suffered from chronic sciatic pain for many years.  The treatment plan included the traditional pain management therapies of Tylenol (various dosages) and eventually cortisone injections.  Cortisone is a corticosteroid medication that is very effective at decreasing pain and inflammation in joints and other structures in the body. Research has shown that corticosteroid medications can cause bone loss and result in osteoporosis if taken orally or intravenously (IV) in high doses or for long periods. My mom is now 91 and still on many synthetic pain medications for chronic pain and has serious osteoporosis.  Once a woman of tall stature, my mom is now completely stooped over unable to straighten up.

Although I have had periods of extreme pain in my life I am blessed that I do not regularly suffer from chronic pain. Recently I suffered from pain due to whiplash and I have one sacroiliac joint that sometimes screams at me with pain when I do heavy lifting. As a holistic wellness practitioner I work with many clients who have or have had chronic pain periods in their lives. Their goal, which is the same as mine, is to find pain relief solutions that are free of the harmful, unwanted side effects and that result in more serious challenges in the future like osteoporosis.

There are many natural pain management strategies available which are more ‘liver friendly’ as well as environmentally friendly; the waste from potent medications inevitably ends up going down the drain and into the environment. I use a combination of natural pain relief strategies which include energy therapies, visualization, meditation, massage and essential oil therapy and recommend these to my clients.

I was introduced to essential oils several years ago and was amazed at the therapeutic properties they provided. Not only are they a great natural pain relief choice, but unlike traditional pain medications, they promote healing – an ultimate bonus. Because they are all natural they will not hurt the environment. Some essential oils are adulterated, which means other unknown oils have been added to them. I use pure therapeutic grade essential oils, which is why they are the oils that I recommend.

CLIENT FEEDBACK: Natural essential oil pain management recipes that have worked for my clients and my pain challenges 

  • Marjoram which has muscle relaxant properties applied full strength topically to the area of pain provided a topical anesthetic type of relief.  Applied in layers it provided lasting relief.
  • Marjoram taken internally with frankincense which has anti-inflammatory properties (6 drops each) every three to four hours provided relief equivalent to Tylenol 3 without unwanted side effects. Some clients put the drops in capsules others put the drops in water. This combination provided one client with broken bones relief equivalent to the Tylenol 3 she was taking without the unwanted side effects. This was my ‘go to’ for my whiplash pain which also rippled down my spine to my sacrum.
  • A roller bottle blend of helichrysum, lavender, marjoram and roman chamomile used topically helped with nerve pain.
  • Peppermint or wintergreen applied topically to the temples and back of the neck provided almost instant headache pain relief.
  • Wintergreen applied to the sacroiliac joint provided pain relief and the added bonus of bone healing and regeneration – great  for osteoporosis prevention which can happen at joints with chronic stress and strain.
  • A combination (3 drops each) of vetiver, marjoram and lemon taken internally (in a veggie capsule) provided pain relief as an alternative to Tylenol (500 mg).
  • A combination of frankincense, marjoram and lemongrass (20 drops each in a roller bottle topped up with FCO) used topically provided pain relief.
  • Deep blue (30 drops in a roller bottle topped up with FCO) which is a combination of wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, ylang ylang, helichrysum, blue Tansy, blue chamomile, and osmanthus provided instant relief when applied topically. It also comes in a cream rub.
  • Copaiba is reported to provide amazing pain relief results for many.  You can listen to the information about why this essential oil is so effective in managing pain at

Every person’s pain is different and every person reacts differently to pain and pain remedies, synthetic and natural.  Finding the ‘right fit’ for your pain takes some tweaking. The same is true for using essential oils for pain management. The preceding information is from client feedback and also my personal experience.  What works for you may be different. If you would like to try essential oil therapy for pain management contact me  and I can guide you. Follow ‘My Green Medicine Cabinet’ to learn what essential oils I use for symptom relief and healing.

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

REMEDIES TO GO: Green Gifting DIY Ideas

My daughter Noël and I spent a lot of time creating these beautiful remedy kits.  They are great ‘green gifts’ to give to the people in your life. It shows that you care about their health and the planet.

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REMEDY KITS DIY:

  • November is a great time to get started on your ‘green gifting’.
  • Get your wooden boxes at the dollar store
  • Get your roller ball bottles at My Essential Business  https://mebcanada.ca/.
  • Design your labels: We created the labels using a table in Word and then printed them onto a one full label sheet (Staples). We cut the label sheet with a paper cutter to fit the bottles. You can use any shape you like.  Avery has many options – http://bit.ly/2Au486j
  • Get your recipes: There are many remedy recipes available on the internet. My daughter and I reviewed them and came up with our own version.  We found that many of the recipes out there were too potent. You can visit this link for a recommended dilution chart –  Noël is the mother of two little ones and I am a holistic wellness practitioner and we wanted to get it right and make it safe. Use this chart to guide you:

dilution chartWhen we made up the babes remedies we made up the dilution in an empty fractionated coconut oil bottle because each roller bottle needed less than a drop.

My daughter and I really enjoyed our mother and daughter time creating these remedies to go kits.

Enjoy your ‘green gifting’! Your friends and the planet will thank you!