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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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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GASTROINTESTINAL DISTRESS: The Quest For Symptom Relief

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There was a time when I was doubled over in agony every time I ate. It took me years of trial and error strategies and research to get to where I am today, free of all food allergies and gastrointestinal distress.  At one time I reacted to every food and chemical, many of them causing me gastrointestinal distress. Food allergy testing showed reactions immediate and delayed to more than 88 foods.

Symptom relief was crucial to being able to function on a daily basis as I had a young family to take care of. To achieve 100% elimination of my gastrointestinal distress I had to look deeper and deal with the underlying issues. Symptoms are only the ‘tip of the iceberg’. The underlying ‘base of the iceberg’ issues must be resolved to achieve 100% symptom relief. Symptomatic relief is a ‘band aid’ not a solution!

Symptom Iceberg Analogy

There are many additional possible underlying causes such as endocrine disruption, emotional trauma and associations. Underlying causes can all be remedied by following the recommendations in my holistic protocol in my book below.

Consider the following for temporary relief of symptoms:

Interim Remedies for Food Reactions from www.onlineallergycenter.com/foodallergies/ by Russell Roby, J.D., M.D., A.C.A.A.I., F.C.L.M.  

Buffered Vitamin C — Your first line of defence against a food reaction is Buffered Vitamin C in powdered form. Mix one teaspoon of the powder in a glass of water. Drink. If there is no relief or improvement in 15 minutes, try the following remedy:  

Baking Soda — Mix one teaspoon in a glass of water. Drink. This will provide relief in almost all cases of food reactions.  (I recommend starting with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon.)

Alka Seltzer Gold   A natural antacid   

DGL “de-glycyrrhizinated” licorice root,  is used for conditions of the digestive tract, such as ulcers ” (I used a lot of this for GI relief)

Dealing with your ‘base of the iceberg’ issues:

Your ‘base of the iceberg’ issues must be resolved to achieve 100% symptom relief. My holistic protocol in The Whole Person Well-being Equation will guide you through the steps I took to become 100% food allergy free and gastrointestinal distress free. You can order my book at this link. In recent years I have learned about the therapeutic benefits of essential oils now recommend them for symptom relief in combination with resolving the underlying causes.  Contact me to find out my recommendations for gastrointestinal distress.

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Determine your ‘weak list’

Resolve your body pollution

Break your body’s associations

Stop your body’s faulty responding

FOOD ALLERGIES GONE for more natural strategies to eliminate food allergies.

MCS GONE for more natural strategies to eliminate chemical sensitivities.

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

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UPDATING OUTDATED BODY SOFTWARE: For Symptom Free Living

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Do you feel like you are living in a bubble and that there is no place outside of your bubble that is safe? Do you suffer from multiple chemical sensitivities and environmental illness? If so you are not alone. There was a time when I lived in a ‘virtual bubble’ to protect myself from all of the chemicals that caused my body to react. Many years later, after much research and trial and error strategies I have escaped my bubble and can help you to escape yours as well.  I can now feel safe in the world, go anywhere and eat anywhere, without fear or reacting. Yes, I still go with informed vigilance and protection because there are many harmful substances in the world that could potentially hurt me, and everyone else out there.

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG

Most people have a considerable quotient of well-being.  For those whose health is challenged by a variety of daily symptoms and conditions, well-being can be elusive.

My health journey has taken me through multiple health challenges. Symptom relief was a daily challenge for many years. For many people this is the case. The pre-occupation with extreme and chronic symptoms, and the search for symptom relief can leave little time to address ‘root causes’ of the symptoms, a must for health true recovery.

Symptoms Iceberg Analogy

Symptoms are like the ‘tip of the iceberg’. To achieve symptom free status you must deal with the underlying ‘base of the iceberg’ issues. Learn more here http://www.mybodycanhealitself.ca/AllergiesandIntolerances.htm .

All of the above factors can cause damage or changes to the body’s original ‘software’ and body’s default settings, and subsequent way of responding. Software is the entire set of programs, procedures, and related documentation associated with a system and especially a computer system. Your body’s operating system is more complex than a high tech computer and comes equipped with preprogrammed criteria for responding, your software.

In cases of multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), allergies, toxicant loss of tolerance (TILT), heightened sense of smell, auto immune and other disorders; the body’s normal way of responding has been altered because the body’s software and body’s default settings have been altered by a major trauma, in my case it was the off gassing of a new house added to my body pollution. One of the resulting challenges was an overwhelming awareness and offense to the smell of all chemicals and scents, event in small amounts. A heightened offended sense of smell can also be an indicator of body pollution.

BODY POLLUTION: Who Is Responsible? – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=455.

Synthetic fragrances comes with potentially harmful health risks. FRAGRANCE: Oh How Sweet The Smell and How Potentially Dangerous To Your Healthhttp://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=1454.

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The challenge in major health challenges like those listed in the previous paragraph is to get your body to differentiate between scents and chemicals that really harm and those that you are simply fearful of. The body/mind can become very vigilant after a major trauma and initiate various ‘skewed’ responses, like a heighted olfactory response, in an attempt to protect you. Many people find that they are also offended and sometimes negatively affected by natural scents. Getting your body/mind to differentiate will allow you to live in the real world and not become a prisoner to your fears, diagnosed condition and it’s initial limitations. It will also allow you more recovery options, like therapeutic essential oil therapy, a safe solution for symptom relief. You can desensitize your heightened and offended sense of smell by smelling ‘safe for you’ (a practitioner who using neuromuscularbiofeedback testing can help determine these) daily doses of 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils.

What alters your body’s software?

Alterations to your body’s software can be the result of a combination of physical, mental, emotional or spiritual assaults or reprogramming. These changes and the ability to restore original programming can be affected by what you have been told in a diagnosis and prognosis, acceptance of your situation, ownership of a diagnosis and prognosis (I have _______), what you believe, what you think, what you say and what you expect. Although I use the words allergies, MCS, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, stress sensitization and spasmodic dysphonia when I relay my journey to improved health – I was always careful to say, my body is affected by these symptoms or  conditions instead of ‘I have’ these conditions which denotes ownership.

There was a time when I reacted every time I ate any food and was so afraid of every chemical and every smell because they offended me, and so I determined that they all hurt me.  The truth is that many of the foods, chemicals and smells that I experienced were harmful or toxic to me because of my injury and did have a negative effect on my body. The reality was that there were also many chemicals (everything is made up of chemicals) and scents that although offensive to me were not hurting me.  The ‘all or none’ thinking that person’s with MCS and other conditions experience is understandable. There was a time when MCS was considered a psychological condition, maybe the reason for that is the ‘all or none’ thinking that sufferers sometimes revert to protect themselves from further harm.

How do you restore your body’s ‘software’ and normal way of responding?

To restore your body’s software and normal way of responding it is important to update the software with corrections. The software on a computer requires regular updates to stay current. If your body has been responding in a ‘skewed’ fashion due to trauma – it’s time to update your body’s software. That is what I did to get my body to stop mounting ‘skewed responses’ and achieve symptom free living.

It is important to continue with protection strategies and keep an open mind about what is possible, allowing your brain to update your software. This will require letting go of the ‘all or none’ thinking. Following are some strategies that were successful for me that you can use to help you to update your body’s altered software and way of responding.

Change your internal dialogue:

  1. Although I am offended and affected by many chemicals and scents, I am not negatively affected by all chemicals and scents.
  2. Although some foods cause me to feel unwell, making me suspicious of many foods, there are foods that are safe for me to eat.
  3. Although my body has been reacting with ‘skewed responses’ at times, I know that my body can and does respond normally as well.
  4. Although I have been told that there is no cure for my condition and nothing can be done, I know that my body can heal itself and restore normal responding.
  5. I believe that more is possible and that possible is doable by my body. This may require some paradigm shifts to my thinking. You can learn more at my blog and web posts:

NATURAL CURES: Implementing Paradigm Shifts to Become Symptom Freehttp://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=718,

BELIEVE: Your Most Powerful Well-being Toolhttp://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=793, http://www.mybodycanhealitself.ca/believe.htm

Health Intention: Designing What You See to Get What You Want – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=3620

Visualization:  A Powerfull Natural Cure – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=3620

Give the authority for resolving your health challenges to your ‘doctor within’, your primary healthcare practitioner:

“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)

  • Your complex body was created with many amazing abilities. Every moment of every day, without any action on your part hundreds of processes are taking place and abilities are 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 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. There are many factors that can interfere with these normal processes and abilities.  It is your responsibility to understand and protect these abilities and the internal communications required to ensure they function normally. You can learn how in my book THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION, my website www.mybodycanhealitself.ca and my blog http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress .
  • This does not mean you should stop seeing your doctor. He or she is the person you consult for additional assistance and assessments. 

Implement correcting strategies:

Consider parasympathetic nervous system resetting strategies, mind body healing strategies, stress management strategies, normalizing response strategies and natural self-help therapies and tools to restore your body’s default settings, perception, awareness, knowledge, understanding and beliefs. I provide consultations and BodyFeedback™ Interview & Therapy to clients to help them update their outdated software. You can learn about these at http://www.mybodycanhealitself.ca/assess.htm and in my book THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION, my website www.mybodycanhealitself.ca and my blog http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress

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

Health by Design, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca

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