INDOOR AIR QUALITY: A Potential for Compromised Brain, Nervous System and Overall Health

The Good and Bad of Indoor Air Quality

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Fall brings cooler temperatures yet maybe not cool enough to turn your furnace on. One of the challenges during the shoulder seasons of spring and fall is to maintain good indoor air quality. While a furnace is functioning there is usually a fresh air intake from the outside. During the shoulder seasons and for some all year, while you are using other forms of heating such as fireplaces, wood stoves, electric heaters (baseboards) or water boiler heating – your home is not receiving daily infusions of fresh air. The resulting accumulation of poor indoor air from painting, paint stripping, heating with kerosene heaters, cooking, daily activities or engaging in maintenance and hobby activities; can come with serious health challenges including compromised brain and nervous system function. To maintain optimum health it is important to lower the concentrations of indoor air pollutants in your home and to increase the amount of outdoor air coming indoors. So open your windows often, especially during shoulder seasons to clean your air and all year if your do not have a heating system with fresh indoor air intake. Run your furnace fan on auto to circulate the fresh air that you take in. Make sure your furnace has an external fresh air intake. Learn more about protecting indoor air quality at https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air…/improving-indoor-air-quality.

Protect your brain, nervous system and overall health by improving indoor air quality.

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P.

Holistic Wellness Practioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca elisabethlhines@gmail.com

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BRAIN & NERVOUS SYSTEM FUNCTION RECOVERY: More is Possible!

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I have personally spent years improving my brain function after some serious brain trauma.  Exposing my brain to toxic chemicals, heavy metals and chronic stress in the past had a disastrous impact on my brain and nervous system; and every function they were responsible for. The good news is that I have been able to heal from my ‘compromised’ brain and nervous system function using a variety of natural strategies.  I now help clients to achieve improved brain and nervous system function using my holistic protocol. You can find my protocol in my book The Whole Person Well-being Equation.

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Included in my holistic protocol is essential oil therapy.  Using research based information I customize essential oil combinations for clients based on their symptoms, to help them improve their brain and nervous system function. One of the amazing oils that is showing promising research that I add to the customized combinations is therapeutic grade rosemary essential oil.

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According to the Daily Mail health article:

How a sniff of rosemary could boost the memory because it helps the chemicals in the brain

  • Compound that gives the herb its distinctive smell aids a brain chemical
  • That chemical – 1,8-cineole – is the key to memory and can be boosted
  • Rosemary found to help long-term memory and ability to do simple sums
  • Study also discovered it improved ‘prospective memory’ in most people

You can read about the research by clicking on the links at the end of this post.  To order your therapeutic grade rosemary essential oil contact me.

For your customized essential oil combination for improved brain and nervous system function contact me.

Never give up!

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P.

Holistic Wellness Practioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca elisabethlhines@gmail.com

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3381642/How-sniff-rosemary-boost-memory-helps-chemicals-brain.html#ixzz4tt1JryxO

The Therapeutic Potential of Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Diterpenes for Alzheimer’s Disease

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4749867/

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MY HEALTH RECOVERY: The butterfly effect is the belief that small changes over time can create huge life changes.

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When I am not busy with my other life responsibilities I like to use the creative side of my brain to keep it active.  I painted this saying on an old picture from a thrift shop. I hope that it inspires you to belief and expect that more is possible in terms of your health. Creativity has always been ‘health giving’ for me and research provides evidence of the benefit. Using the creative side of my brain has helped me through many challenging chapters.

“Treating human pathology using art gives us a tremendous alternative unique and novel option for engaging brain networks that enhance the way the brain processes information, incorporates external and internal data, and develops new efficient brain connections.”  Where art meets neuroscience: a new horizon of art therapy

From Psychology Today – Recent Art Therapy Research: Measuring Mood, Pain and Brain

My recovery from multiple health challenges (environmental illness – EI, toxicant induced loss of tolerance – TILT, multiple chemical sensitivities – MCS, chronic fatigue – CF, severe gastrointestinal distress, irritable bowel – IB, stress sensitization, major depression, spasmodic dysphonia – SD;  has taken a long time. The good news is that I now have good health, feel good and I can live and function in the real world and work, generating income.

My recovery path took many small changes over time and the resulting end product – good health, still amazes me at times; especially when I see other people still struggling with diagnoses that they were given decades ago. Like many people who have suffered for years, I sought the ‘ultimate cure’ like many people do. In the end it was the small incremental changes and improvements that added up to a sustainable recovery for me, and my clients,  providing the ultimate cure. After years of struggling with compromised health, a byproduct of my many life challenges over time, it was delusional of me to think there would be one ultimate cure. Although symptom relief strategies are required to address ‘the tip of the iceberg’ factors so that one can function on a daily basis; it is the addressing and resolution of the ‘base of the iceberg’ factors that will provide sustainable recovery for your health challenges. Your health recovery journey will have many setbacks and backward trends, all possible detours along the way. I had many set backs on my well-being journey and still do at times. Do not give up!  Expect the detours that come and take them; getting back onto the road to your recovery. Remember, ‘the butterfly effect is the belief that small changes over time can create huge life changes’. Make a change today!

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More is possible in terms of your health, and possible is ‘doable by you’, with the right guidance. Where do you start to reap the same benefits that I have?

  1.  Use my holistic protocol found in my book, The Whole Person Well-being Equation.
  2. Green your healthcare using essential oil therapy and me as your guide. Read more in my post at http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=1380.  I offer the experience of results as a holistic wellness practitioner from many clients who have recovered from their health challenges. 
  3. Follow my path to healthy longevity – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=2049

Wishing you healthy longevity; it is available to you!

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

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HEAVY METALS: Dangerous To Your Brain

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Heavy metals are a serious concern and found to be responsible for many environmentally related illnesses.

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I work with many clients who have various health challenges including compromised brain function and memory. For each person that presents with compromised health I recommend various detoxification and healing strategies.  There are many natural substances that can bind with harmful toxic and foreign materials found in the brain and body. Once these have been detoxified from the body and brain, the body’s natural healing capacities can function unobstructed. Your brain can recover.

Aluminum is an extremely harmful substance often found in the brains at autopsy after an Alzheimers death. Aluminum is found in deodorants, foil, cooking utensils, air pollution, tap water and vaccines.

Doctors Are Now Warning: If you use aluminum foil, stop it or face deadly consequences!

This is an excellent video by a doctor on the subject: http://launch.newsinc.com/share.html?trackingGroup=69016&siteSection=americanoverlook&videoId=31638091

The first step in eliminating heavy metal related health challenges is to start avoiding heavy metals from everyday usages and exposures.

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The body has many detoxification abilities which may need some help.  Effective detoxification requires healthy liver function. Make sure you are drinking the right water to promote healthy natural detoxification. Learn more about what natural substances bind with toxic substances in my book THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION. You will find a chart of binding and detoxifying substances with research links.  Some essential oils taken internally can also promote detoxification of the harmful substances in your body.  Learn more by contacting me.

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

Holistic Women’s Wellness Retreat: Embracing Change for a Healthier You

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The butterfly effect is the concept that small changes can have large effects.

Implementing small changes daily in your way of thinking, accepting, believing and doing can have a profound ripple effect on your body, mind and life balance; improving well-being. This wellness retreat experience will help get you started on holistic self-care strategies for a healthier you. Your body and mind can heal itself – with a little help. Your body is already created with many amazing abilities to heal. I share my holistic ‘stop, start and change’ protocol that has helped many of my clients as well as me to recover from multiple health challenges. Learn how to follow my road map for improved health! I will help you navigate your well-being journey!

Body + Mind + Life Balance = Resilience = Ability to ‘rock and role’ = Overall Whole Person Well-being

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DETOXIFICATION: The Benefits of Getting It Right

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January is often a time of reflection and resolutions.  It is also a time when many people consider a detoxification regime in a quest to achieve the benefits that can potentially be had.  The body has natural ongoing detoxification processes that may sometimes need some help especially if your liver is burdened by air pollution, medications, alcohol or other factors.

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During my journey to improved health I tried many detoxification strategies to detoxify my body burden and each had benefits. Depending on a person’s body burden and health challenges, the method of detoxification that is best may vary. After trying many methods and making small gains in improved health, I decided there had to be a way to reap greater results. My health challenges at the time were great and I needed more help. Understanding that the the skin is the body’s largest organ I started experimenting with different combinations of herbs as a bath tea to amplify and maximize my body’s detoxification processes.  The herbs, sea salt and baking soda mix have the ability to draw and bind harmful toxins. After a series of baths, one every 4 to 7 days for several months – my health and energy levels started to improve significantly. Then my body had the opportunity to focus it’s energies on repair and healing instead of constantly trying to detoxify my circulating, interfering body pollution without success.

Realizing the significant gains from the herbal bath tea detoxification methods I started recommending the same to my clients. The results have been impressive.  Clients with chronic back pain for years no longer have back pain. Other clients with health challenges noting impressive improvements in their health. One amazing story of Mary’s detoxification of her terrifying ‘fifty year’ caterpillar phobia. Mary can now touch a caterpillar with no fear where in the past the terror evoked by seeing a caterpillar on her way out the door would send her terrorized back inside. This herbal bath tea detoxification benefit was a wonderful unexpected surprise.

My botanical therapy herbal bath tea recipes, preparation and instructions can be found in my book.

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Why consider detoxification:

Is your body pollution an issue to your health? Everyone has a degree of body pollution as a result of living in a toxic world.  You can read about the toxins found in the blood and urine of our politicians who volunteered to be tested.

“Search for the cure within the cause,

            the body itself is the best healer”            

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The cure to your health challenges could be closer than you think. Body pollution interferes with the body’s normal healthy communication and signalling processes required for healthy body function including immunosurveillance, immunoresponse and tumor suppression.

Detoxification requires a two part process to be successful: Stop adding to your body pollution and remove your existing body pollution.

Herbal bath tea detoxification:

Detoxification using my herbal bath tea method is a process that takes time.  When properly initiated, it can improve your energy levels and your health. Your body pollution did not happen overnight and you can not detoxify it with a few supplements, internal cleanses or baths.  My method will require a series of baths, from 12 to 20, one every 4 (no sooner) to 10 days.

Detoxification using a simple detoxification process of sea salt (not epsom salt), baking soda and apple cider vinegar is a good start although may not be adequate to remove all of your body pollution. Many herbs bind with heavy metals which are a significant part of environmental pollution (e.g. exhaust, industry).

Through neuromuscularbiofeedback results with clients the correct customized herbal bath recipes provided the best results. This allowed my clients bodies to focus their energies on repair and healing without the interference of circulating and body pollution.

If you have chronic health challenges or unwanted symptoms, my herbal bath tea detoxification method can provide you with the health results you are seeking.

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

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SIGNAL LOST: Please Stay Tuned For Your Body To Resume Normal Function

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The electrical interactive communication systems of the body (nervous system) are responsible for the production of all biological and biochemical mechanisms (body functions). Neurons send signals to other cells through thin fibers called axons, which cause chemicals known as neurotransmitters to be released at junctions called synapses. Sensory neurons react to physical stimuli such as light, sound and touch and send feedback to the central nervous system about the body’s surrounding environment. Motor neurons, located in the central nervous system or in peripheral ganglia, transmit signals to activate the muscles or glands.

Interference or blockage of these necessary communication signals can disrupt normal healthy body functions, natural protections, immunosurveillance, immunoresponse and tumor suppression.

We have all experienced a loss of satellite signal and lost our favourite television show, probably in the midst of an exciting scene. What happens when the body’s communication signals are disrupted regularly? Could it be a contributing factor in conditions like Parkinsons, MS or spasmodic dysphonia? I strongly believe it is. I also know from the success I have seen in my conditions and those of my clients that following my holistic protocol can help your body to restore normal communications and function.

Recently I presented a workshop where I discussed all of the factors with the potential to disrupt our balance on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level.  Part of the workshop focused on endocrine disruptors, commonly a part of body pollution, and how they interfere with vital communication, hormone production, utilization and balance functions. These factors can disrupt normal healthy and required body communication and signalling. Body pollution, toxic chemicals (in foods, personal care, feminine hygiene, laundry and cleaning products, the air), stressors, sleep disruption, electromagnetic radiation, microbes and drugs are just a few potential communication and normal body function disruptors.

I see many clients with a wide range of health challenges.  The first step of my holistic protocol is to stop all ‘communication and body disrupting’ factors. What do they need to ‘stop, start and change’? You can read more information about these factors in my other blog posts.

My ‘stop, start and change’ holistic protocol is all that you need to get started on your path to ‘a healthier you’.  My clients are always surprised at the impact of my protocol on the way that they feel in a short period of time.

Get started today on your ‘stop, start and change’ protocol and start feeling better. Green your diet, personal care, healthcare and cleaning products. Strive for life balance. My holistic protocol can be found in my book THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION.

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Consult your regular healthcare provider before starting your ‘stop, start and change’ protocol.  There may be contraindications due to health status, medications or other factors. Do not stop taken prescribed medication.

ENJOY better health today!

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

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BACK TO ‘BALANCE’: Body, Mind & Spirit Life Balancing Self-Care Strategies

bodymindspiritwpwbStaying balanced despite what our genetics, the environment and our body is challenged by on a daily basis can be daunting.  When we are ‘hyper’ focused on our symptoms or present life stressor or challenge, it can be difficult to zoom out and recognize and address the ‘bigger picture’ contributing factors. Could your hormone imbalance issues, including insulin, be the result of environmental endocrine disruptors absorbed through your skin from your personal care products? Learn how to recognize and address your body, mind and spirit challenges and implement self-help therapies to restore and maintain balance in your body and mind.

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“Everybody’s a work in progress, I’m a work in progress.

We are all on a well-being journey”.

That’s the message I tell my clients. If I had waited until I was 100% ‘fixed’ before sharing my holistic protocol, there would be a lot of people who would have missed out on the well-being gains they have experienced to date. Thanks to my son Andrew for believing in me and encouraging me to share my holistic protocol with a larger audience by publishing it – ultimately helping more people to improve their health. You can read some of my clients’ testimonies on my website at http://www.mybodycanhealitself.ca/what_people_are_saying.htm.

My journey through multiple health and life challenges has taught me that ‘change in believing, thinking and doing’ (paradigm shifts) are necessary components to surviving and conquering what life brings you. While a vision board may provide you with an opportunity to create your life ‘wish list’, a ‘body, mind and spirit’ balance board prompts you to make changes, a requirement for improved health.

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything”

George Bernard Shaw

“Without change there would be no butterflies”

In my practice as a holistic wellness practitioner I share the strategies that I have found to be most effective on my well-being journey and through counselling my clients; refined through many years of trial and error. After years of working with clients with multiple and varied health challenges, there is a common thread that cannot be ignored.

Life imbalance has a ripple effect on health!

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The impact is dependent on degree, intensity, length of time and re-balancing strategy attempts. When clients come to me with their unresolved symptoms and conditions they are often surprised and some irritated that I expect them to look at their ‘life imbalance’ issues as an underlying cause that needs to be addressed in order for their health to improve. Read my post  Life Balance:  The Well-being Root to help you assess your life balance.

Life imbalance is one of the underlying factors that I list on my ‘base of the iceberg analogy’ – see Digging Deeper: For a Healthier You! If you want to permanently relieve your symptoms and conditions you need to dig deeper, while also applying symptom relief solutions.

My well-being journey continues! Requiring daily reviewing of what to hold onto and what to let go of.

“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go!” – Rumi

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Busy lives come with many life challenges, potentially ‘rocking your boat’ and leaving you feeling unbalanced. Einstein’s definition for insanity was: “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” Long understood by Olympic athletes; the first step toward achieving greater levels of success is understanding that you need to change your behavior and approaches to attain more. If you are not moving forwards in terms of your well-being, then it’s time to reassess your ‘game plan’.

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything”

George Bernard Shaw

Just as a car runs more smoothly when the wheels are perfectly inflated and aligned, you perform and feel better when your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self are in balance. When one tire goes flat in a vehicle the vibration throughout is profound and can result in further structural distress. Imbalances in your body (blood sugar, ph, brain chemistry, hormones) and life (stressors) have the potential to impact your whole body and person via a ripple effect.

The Whole Person Well-being ‘body, mind and spirit’ balance workshop discussions, work sheets and self-care balance work board prompt you to take ‘a helicopter view’ of your life to review what areas need your attention, to bring you back into balance. The information provided directs you to select supportive strategies to reach your goals. Regular use of the lessons learned, work sheets and work board (chalkboard so you can change up your strategies) will help you to restore and maintain balance in your body, mind and life. Whole person well-being (optimum health on all levels) is a reflection of your inner and outer balance. My ‘body, mind, spirit’ balance work board is and extension and companion to of my Whole Person Well-being Equation workbook.

“I like the concept of a workbook because I know from my experience to make changes you have to show up for practice.  If you can learn to care for and about yourself the tools available here will enhance your life and body’s potential for healing”

Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of A Book of Miracles and Faith, Hope & Healing’s comment about my book THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION.

While a vision board provides you with an opportunity to visualize what you want in life, a ‘body, mind and spirit’ life balance board workshop will help you to identify your personal body, mind, spirit and life balance disruptors. The ‘body, mind and spirit’ life balance board (and accompanying instruction booklet) is an assessment tool and working planning chart prompting you to make required changes to achieve and maintain body, mind, spirit and life balance. This workshop is available in full weekend or mini format as an add on. Please ask for details.

A ‘body, mind, spirit balance work board in combination with THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION workbook is an effective tool that can ‘enhance your life and body’s potential for healing’ and promote healthy longevity. My holistic ‘stop, start and change’ protocol is your instruction guide for ‘a healthier you’.

Through the life balance material discussed and provided, the ‘body, mind, spirit balance workshop experience equips participants with knowledge about practical techniques and strategies to help assess their balance disruptors and restore and maintain balance in their bodies and lives: balance between work, family, and everything in between – inner and outer balance – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance. Ultimately translating into greater resilience and ability to rock and roll with life’s challenges. Make the choice today to direct your ‘life balance ripple’ to good health!

Participants can start the workshop with a partially completed work board (everything you see in the first picture is done for you in permanent chalk marker – additional fee applies) or start from scratch using the class instructions. You will customize your board (see my second board image below) with self-help strategies you select from the provided material at the workshop. I added my sample strategies to my board with regular chalk. You will be able to use an erasable fine point chalk marker (or regular chalk) on the board giving you lots of room to add and change strategies. There is additional space on the board to add your motivational words or quotes or doodles and designs. Keep your completed board beside your favourite relaxation spot at home or your office wall to help remind you often that you may need to regularly re-evaluate and implement alternate strategies to achieve your goals and maintain balance. Edit your board as needed to keep you on track.

The board below is my personal ‘body, mind, spirit’ balance board.

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Experience a ‘Back to Balance’ workshop experience at a holistic wellness retreat with your women friends. Make it a one day or weekend event by combining it with other workshop options. I will help you design your workshop format.  Accommodation is available at my location for 8 participants.

Interested in creating your personal DIY MDF or vinyl (peel and stick) chalkboard at home? The complete ‘body, mind, spirit’ chalkboard creation e-book includes a full size printable transferable pattern, materials list and instructions for how to complete your personal board.

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The e-book also includes the workshop material and resources to help you identify your ‘body, mind and spirit’ challenging factors and ‘body, mind and spirit’ supporting strategies to help you restore and maintain healthy ongoing balance. The ‘body, mind, spirit’ balance chalkboard is a companion to my Whole Person Well-being Equation workbook.  The e-book and paper copy are for personal use only. The material is copyright protected. If you would like to use the material for a group, please contact me for a group rate.

To purchase the ebook with full size printable pattern click on the Buy Now button below the image.  All sales are final on all ebooks.  By proceeding with this purchase you are agreeing to these terms. There will be no refunds.Email me at elisabethlhines@gmail.com if you have any problems with the transaction.  Do not contact Paypal. If you would prefer a Printed Copy mailed via Canada Post.  Cost is $39.98  which includes shipping.  Click on the second button below for a printed copy and make sure to include your shipping address when checking out.

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BRAIN INJURY: Natural Strategies for Recovery

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As a holistic wellness practitioner I work with clients with many health challenges, one serious issue is brain injury and compromised brain function.  Many of the clients that come to me with these issues have been reviewed by traditional medical doctors and many have been told they have early dementia or Alzheimer’s. One client’s brain challenges were determined to be the cause of a virus. Some people who come to me have been diagnosed with a variety of mental health challenges including chronic depression. Many come because they are in search of recover that they have been unable to achieve through traditional medical offerings. If you are considering using any of the strategies in my blog posts or books or website; discuss them with your regular healthcare practitioner first.  It is important that you are monitored as you add strategies, especially if you are taking medications.  DO NOT STOP TAKING YOUR MEDICATIONS.

My brain challenges were originally diagnosed as ‘a break down’, later to be revealed to be brain injury from ‘off gassing’ of toxic chemicals after moving into a new house. The damage to my brain and blood brain barrier left me with toxicant induced loss of tolerance (TILT), depression, multiple food allergies and other health challenges. My earlier ‘toxicant induced loss of tolerance’ came as the result of pumping leaded gasoline at my father’s service station as a teenager.  I have had two additional ‘toxicant induced loss of tolerance’ challenges with moves into two earlier new house with accompanying off gassings – long before anyone had ever heard of it.

Claudia Miller, a tenured Professor in Environmental and Occupational Medicine and Vice Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has studied this condition and treats it medically.  You can read about her work in TILT at http://drclaudiamiller.com/. She has written a booklet entitled Protect Yourself – “TILT – A New Class of Diseases: How Exposures to Chemicals Are Undermining Our Mental and Physical Health,” which describes chemical intolerance, Toxicant-induced Loss of Tolerance, and the dangers of certain chemicals in the environment. You can find it here  https://issuu.com/elisco/docs/tilt_ebook

INVESTIGATING THE CAUSES OF BRAIN INJURY

There can be multiple possible cause for brain injury or compromised brain function.  Often there are a combination of contributing factors. Initial injury often leaves the blood brain barrier vulnerable to other factors that would normally not have been a brain challenge in the past.

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Stress is often a big contributing factor in brain injury.  Chronic pumping of stress hormones can chew away at the protective myelin coating in the brain and damage the blood brain barrier leaving the brain vulnerable to harmful chemicals found in air pollution, workplaces and homes.

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Stress: It’s Worse Than You Think by John Carpihttps://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/199601/stress-its-worse-you-think

STRESS IDLING: A Modern Day Health Challenge – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=1115

HOW STRESS CHANGES THE BRAIN: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/18/brain-stress_n_6148470.html

Blood brain barrier damage is another factor that can cause brain injury and malfunction.

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NATURAL CURES: Protecting and Repairing Your Blood Brain Barrier to Restore Mental Healthhttp://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=639

Viruses and bacteria are also culprits when it comes to brain injury.

Viral infection leading to brain dysfunction: more prevalent than appreciated? US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2782954/

Bacterial Meningitis – While most people with meningitis recover, permanent disabilities such as brain damage, hearing loss, and learning disabilities can result from the infection. Centers for Disease Control and Preventionhttp://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/bacterial.html

Physical injury like concussion are also relevant when discussing compromised brain function. HARD KNOCKS: The Science of Concussionshttp://www.brainfacts.org/diseases-disorders/injury/articles/2012/hard-knocks-the-science-of-concussions/

THERAPIES FOR BRAIN INJURY RECOVERY

In this segment I am going to discuss the strategies that I have found most helpful for repairing my brain injury and those of my clients. You can find these strategies in more detail in my holistic protocol in my workbook THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION.  It guides you through the steps for health recovery. At this link you can also read testimonies from people with various health challenges who have recovered using my holistic protocol.

Addressing Body Pollution

Addressing your body pollution and detoxifying is an important first step for any health condition. This was in extremely important step for me in my recovery.  Detoxification is a two step process:  one – stop adding to your body pollution my cleaning up (greening) your personal care products, diet and environments; and two – remove your existing body pollution (we all have some). It took me a lot of trial and error to come up with the best detoxification method which I now recommend to my clients with great results. The complete instructions and recipe for the herbal detoxification baths that I used to recover from my health issues including my TILT can be found in my book THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION. Get started today on whole body detoxification the right way.

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DETOXIFICATION: The Benefits of Getting It Right – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=2834.  From personal and client experiences there is no more important ‘first strategy’ to brain health recovery than detoxification.

DETOXIFICATION: A Natural Body Process That May Need Some Helphttp://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=51

Water

Your drinking water is a big factor in helping your body to be able to remove harmful substances and making sure you are not adding them.

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YOUR DRINKING WATER: Is It Compromising Your Health?http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=830

YOUR DRINKING WATER: A possible connection to Alzheimers and Dementia – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=1

Tai Chi for Health Recovery– I can not say enough about the impact this had on my brain recovery. I would never have believed it could make such a difference. I recommend tai chi to all of my clients.

The health benefits of tai chi – Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School – The health benefits of tai chi – http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-health-benefits-of-tai-chi

Diet

Diet is of course very important for overall health as well as recovery from brain injury. Eat foods that are as close to nature as possible.  Eat healthy fats. Avoid GMOs, artificial additives (including colours) and preservatives which have been shown to have a negative impact on the brain.

Lecithin

According to the Institute of Medicine (1998), lecithin provides a great source of choline– essential to every cell in the body, for it is one of the main components of cell membrane. It builds brain cells and improves cardiovascular function. Lecithin that contains phosphatidyl choline is produced mainly from vegetable sources, although it may also be found in animal and microbial sources. Its role is to breakdown the fats in your body. Lecithin is naturally found in the foods that most of us eat, especially rich foods, such as egg yolks, soybeans, grains, wheat germ, liver, cauliflower, fish, legumes, yeast, and peanuts.

After my brain injury I did a lot of research looking for strategies to repair the damage and malfunction.  Based on the information in the research I added lecithin rich foods and decided to take  soy lecithin supplements.  I took the supplements three times a day for an extended period of time and that provided me with great improvements in reducing the depression.  I know that there is a lot of controversy over soy products and health.  Since I use neuromuscularbiofeedback testing on all my foods and supplements before consumption I was sure it was not harmful to me.  I test clients on both sunflower seed and soy lecithin and usually soy is still the winner.  Make sure that it is pure, unbleached, non GMO. Lecithin also protects your liver important in toxic environments, for people taking medications and for overall body health.

Nutrition expert Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, author of Brain Longevity, says “Lecithin is practically a wonder drug as far as cognitive impairment is concerned.”

Frank Orthoefer, Ph.D., promotes the benefits of lecithin, including improving memory, nerve and brain functioning, in his book Lecithin and Health. Orthoefer has researched lecithin for over 25 years, and is a leading authority on the subject.

Positive Effects of Soy Lecithin-Derived Phosphatidylserine plus Phosphatidic Acid on Memory, Cognition, Daily Functioning, and Mood in Elderly Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4271139/

Lecithin Extract Counters Brain Aging – http://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2006/5/cover_brain/Page-01

Lecithin used to treat neurodegenerative diseases like Alzeihmers, Parkinson, dementia, brain injury  http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/other-nutrients/choline

STRESS MANAGEMENT

This is a must for brain injury or malfunction to help reduce the pumping of ‘chewing’ stress hormones on the blood brain barrier, myelin sheath and brain.

Stress: It’s Worse Than You Think by John Carpi – https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/199601/stress-its-worse-you-think

STRESS IDLING: A Modern Day Health Challenge – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=1115

Essential Oil Therapy

I was not aware of essential oil therapy for brain injury at the time of my injury but I now recommend it to my clients presenting with any type of brain challenges.  The results have been amazing.

I have one client who had a viral brain infection and was unable to put words together in a sentence initially.  I started her on some essential oils in a diffuser and to use topically. Her brain is now mostly healed and she recently did a radio interview on essential oils and the impact on her recovery.  You can listen to her story here – https://app.box.com/s/55pf0cxx5a74mj3edasxtsiuzneqej4e. Amazing!

I have other clients that have had severe memory and cognitive challenges and I have recommended various essential oils which have improved both. I am ‘over the moon’ with the results I have seen in my clients and they are pretty quick to see results.

Contact me for your customized brain health recovery regime today at elisabethlhines@gmail.com. Learn more about my approach to natural health recovery!.

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Ewe, what’s that smell? Learn how to restore your sense of smell to normal and safe!

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There was a time in the past that I would run the other direction when I picked up on a scent. It wouldn’t matter what the source, synthetic or natural.  My olfactory bulb, the part of my brain responsible for how the body assesses and responds to scents, was seriously malfunctioning. This part of your anatomy is also a factor if you have lost your sense of smell, so read on. An accurate sense of smell is important for healthy body function and responses and overall health.

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The good news is that I have been able to restore my olfactory bulb and body’s normal way of detecting, assessing and responding to scents, even synthetic and harmful scents. You too can achieve this goal.  The first step is to believe that it is possible. A heightened sense of smell or even loss of smell can be signs of TILT and body pollution.  Before you work on desensitizing your offended olfactory bulb, follow my holistic protocol to completely detoxify your body – stop adding to your body pollution, and remove your existing body pollution.

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One of the most important steps in desensitizing your offended olfactory bulb and recovering from multiple chemical sensitivities and tolerant induced loss of tolerance is to gradually allow your brain and nervous system to get used to natural, safe scents, differentiating them from synthetic, harmful scents  Start by inhaling 100% pure natural citrus scents like wild orange, lemon and lime (oils pressed from the skin of fruit) from an inhaler or intermittent diffuser.  The brain quickly habituates scents and is important to retrain your sense of smell by using an intermittent diffuser. These natural citrus scents will not hurt you even though you think they will. I know this can be frightening to consider, I have been there.  You need to take a ‘leap of faith’ based on my recovery and that of my clients using these important steps. An accurate sense of smell is important for normal healthy brain and body functions, including immune system function. When you continually ‘run away’ either mentally or physically from all scents, you confuse your brain, nervous and immune system which will prevent your recovery from multiple chemical sensitivities and tolerant induced loss of tolerance. Order your 100% pure therapeutic grade citrus essential oils and intermittent diffuser here.

It is possible to recover from multiple chemical sensitivities! I have! How did I do it? Read my ebook MCS Gone.

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When your sense of smell becomes ‘skewed’ to the extent that you are running in the other direction whenever you pick up on a scent, it is the result of a previous injury probably caused by an exposure to a toxic chemicals.  After an exposure to toxic chemicals the body and brain can lose it’s ability to tolerate even small amounts of chemicals, synthetic and natural.  This is called toxicant induced loss of tolerance (TILT).

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Your resulting heightened sense of smell and offended olfactory bulb response can also be your body’s way of protecting you from re-exposure and allowing your body time to recover from the initial assault. As time goes on your body’s sense of smell should be restored to normal.  If it is not restored it is time to look for solutions that will get you there.  Why? If your body is regularly mounting hyper vigilant and skewed responses in one part of your body, there is probably additional malfunction in other parts of the body as well as compromised surveillance of situations that need attention. This can be a serious ongoing health challenge.

When you have a symptom of any kind, including being extremely offended by a scent, your body has gone through a three step process:

 
  1. Perception – your operating system (body/mind) has become aware of something different through your senses 
  2. Evaluation/interpretation – your operating system (body/mind) has made a judgment about the significance of the perceived (at times possibly invalid) awareness
  3. Response –  your operating system (body/mind) has directed your body/mind’s defense systems to take care of the real or perceived situation/threat. 

In step 2 of the process, when your body makes a judgement about the significance of the perceived awareness, your body and mind uses criteria from past experiences.  For instance, if in the past you have been exposed to an excessive amount of smelly toxins, your body and mind may evaluate all scents in the present at a 10 out of 10, in terms of threat and harm, when they should be evaluated somewhere between 0 and 10.

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Is your body’s valuation for the threat of all scents a 10/10? The truth is all scents are not a 10/10 threat to you although your body and mind may think and believe so. If your body and mind does evaluate all scents at a 10/10, it could mount a skewed response based on the valuation; and send you into an allergic or sensitivity response or on the run.

Changing the valuation that your body mind gives to scents will change the way your body responds to them and eventually your sense of smell with be restored to normal and you will be safe in the presence of scents. Keep in mind that nobody should remain in a location where there are toxic or harmful scents.  Although I can walk by pefume counters now without my body going into a 10/10 valuation and threat response – I do not hang around them because I know that synthetic scents can be harmful to my health. Read my blog post FRAGRANCE: Oh How Sweet The Smell and How Potentially Dangerous To Your Health for more information.

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 How do you change your body and mind’s threat evaluation from 10/10 to a normal 0-10/10 response?

Besides past experiences become part of your body and mind’s criteria for present day responses, there are many other factors that can be responsible for the criteria your body and mind use to respond.  Body pollution, memories of past trauma and stressors can also be a factors. Symptoms, including a skewed response to all scents, are just the ‘tip of the iceberg’.  To alleviate symptoms, ‘base of the iceberg‘ issues must be resolved.

Symptoms Iceberg Analogy

You can find more natural strategies to help reprogram and restore your body and mind’s way of responding to normal in my book THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION.

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A NATURAL STRATEGY TO REPROGRAM

YOUR BODY AND MIND’s VALUATION of THREATS (Real and Perceived)

Although this may sound impossible you can change your body’s valuation by continually reprogramming the value of any threat, real and perceived.  Try this the next time you smell something (start with a scent that you know will not harm you but may have offended you – eg. smell of an orange).  When you smell the orange immediate say in your mind ‘0’ (zer0), ‘0’, ‘0’.  Then if your mind goes to ‘oh my gosh’, keep saying zero, zero, zero.  Do this every time you smell something offensive and do not allow your mind to go to ‘oh my gosh’.  Over time you will have changed your body and mind’s valuation of the perceived threat. Obviously, if the scent are coming from something toxic, you are going to move away from it while repeating.

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Book a BodyFeedback™ Interview & Therapy session to help restore your body’s faulty valuation and responding (allergies, intolerances, sensitivities, chronic symptoms).  You can learn more about how this works at http://www.mybodycanhealitself.ca/assess.htm 

Are you living in a protective bubble? Is your life passing you by? Is it time to get back to your life and feel good?

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More ways to reprogram your body’s faulty responding – UPDATING OUTDATED BODY SOFTWARE: For Symptom Free Living.

One of the most important steps in desensitizing your offended olfactory bulb and recovering from multiple chemical sensitivities and tolerant induced loss of tolerance is to gradually allow your brain and nervous system to get used to natural, safe scents, differentiating them from synthetic, harmful scents  Start by inhaling 100% pure natural citrus scents like wild orangelemon and lime (oils pressed from the skin of fruit) from an inhaler or intermittent diffuser.  The brain quickly habituates scents and is important to retrain your sense of smell by using an intermittent diffuser. These natural citrus scents will not hurt you even though you think they will. I know this can be frightening to consider, I have been there.  You need to take a ‘leap of faith’ based on my recovery and that of my clients using these important steps. An accurate sense of smell is important for normal healthy brain and body functions, including immune system function. When you continually ‘run away’ either mentally or physically from all scents, you confuse your brain, nervous and immune system which will prevent your recovery from multiple chemical sensitivities and tolerant induced loss of tolerance. Order your 100% pure therapeutic grade citrus essential oils and intermittent diffuser here.

Contact me to set up an in person BodyFeedback Interview & Therapy session for more help to restore your normal sense of smell.   Attend a ‘environmentally safe for you’ workshop.

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

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