GRATITUDE AS A THERAPY: A Powerful Well-being Tool


” Gratitude ~

Seeing your life, relationships and the way you were parented as a ‘glass half full'”

Some mornings when you open your eyes, your mind may pick up where your brain left off when you went to bed – replaying your life’s challenges. Starting your day with a new strategy will help you to cope with your challenges and can also help you to see them with new perspective.

Tack a ‘thank you’ or ‘gratitude’ note to the ceiling above your bed, your bathroom mirror, refrigerator door, dashboard and office computer so that when you open your eyes  or see it, your first thoughts are about the blessings in your life. Make a habit of bringing to mind five things that your are grateful for.

Gratitude therapy, when practiced regularly, can change your thinking, perspective and brain chemistry – a powerful well-being tool.

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NATURAL FIRST AID: Stocking Up On Natural Cures

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What’s Your First Source For A Cure For What Ails You?

Is your first aid choice medications or a natural cure?  What’s in your medicine cabinet? Analgesic (pain killer), anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-stress and anti-depressant medications or supplements? The first source for a cure for what ails you is often the medicine or supplement cabinet.  These strategies are necessary therapeutically at times. Some come with unwanted and harmful side effects, initially and after long term use. Many burden liver function, a serious issue in the fight against cancer and disease and the pursuit of longevity.

The Well-being Root-1

Maintaining life balance and body homeostasis is a first step in restoring and maintaining good health. Unless you are a robot, life’s stressors will at times rock your body and life’s balance. Your complex body was created with many amazing abilities and an internal pharmacy, both of which are often misunderstood and under used. Hippocrates, the father of medicine refers to them as ‘the doctor within’.

“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)

For healing and repair the body requires quality nutrients and nurture. A diverse diet provides you with the necessary nutrients including vitamins and minerals to maintain a healthy body. Specific foods and herbs are known to repair tissue and DNA damage. Add powerful super foods with special known healing properties to your ‘natural cures’ list. I include these in my book.

First Aid Options – Your Inner Pharmacy and 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 many natural cures: 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. Your body can and should be expected to provide the natural cures for many of your symptoms and health challenges without resorting to your medicine cabinet as a first stop. The mind/body healing abilities are a part of each of you, ready and available to be used. Learning how to effectively tap into and use your body’s amazing abilities and combining them with self-help therapies and tools can result in a powerful healing response and restore and maintain balance.

First Aid Solutions: nATURAL CureS In A Book For What Ails You

Let me show you how in my book THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION, written in easy to follow steps with references for those who want a more in depth understanding. It is in essence ‘a collection of natural cures  in a book’ instead of a cabinet, for much of what ails you. The self-help strategies combine mind/body healing, neuromuscular biofeedback, visualization, rejuvenation, herbs, nutrition, goal setting and changing limiting beliefs into surpassing beliefs; natural cure to help you achieve optimum health. These natural cures can normally be safety combined with medicines and medical treatments. Check with your regular healthcare provider before using and combining strategies.  There may be contraindications due to health status, medications, treatments or other factors.

I recommend ‘greening’ your medicine cabinet’ in my holistic wellness protocol (how to guide). My green medicine cabinet is in essence a virtual medicine cabinet or green healthcare concept. My green healthcare includes many natural strategies, including mind body healing, customized visualizations, energy therapies, herbs and essential oils. Yoga and tai chi have also been significant add-ons to my ‘green healthcare’. Transitioning or complementing your current symptom relief and healing choices with natural ‘green’ strategies can provide you with the desired supports, healthier for you and the environment. Click on the medicine cabinet and find out more about my recommendations to stock your green medicine cabinet and healthcare

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[1] Clinic for Mind Body Medicine, Alberta Health Services,, page visited 2009. Citation from THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION

A NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK: Searching For The Cure

bale-of-hayA NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK is an idiom. According to;

‘If trying to find something is like looking for a needle in a haystack, it means that it is very difficult, if not impossible to find among everything around it’.

That is what it can be like to unravel your collection of symptoms to find and resolve the cause.

Symptom Iceberg Analogy

Over the years in my practice as a holistic wellness practitioner, I have always been asked ‘Have you ever treated ___________ (symptom/condition)?”

My answer is always the same; “I do not treat a condition or a symptom”. The holistic approach that I use addresses and supports the whole body and whole person. This sometimes frustrates clients at first. Understandably symptomatic relief is required to be able to function and cope.  Wrapping your brain around the holistic approach may require a paradigm shift. You may have to rewrite your definition of what is possible about recovery and how health is restored. Those who can accept this new way of thinking and follow my protocol are always pleasantly surprised at how they start to feel some improvement almost immediately, and renewed health as they continue with my regime. You can read some of my client comments by clicking here.

In 2007 I started to write the basics of my holistic protocol down, with the intention of writing a ‘guide – how to book’ for my clients. I had so much information from my research and client results ‘that worked’; that needed to be written down. It was impossible to constantly simply relay all this information to clients during visits. My son Andrew felt very strongly that I needed to make this information available to the general public, because he knew it could help a lot of people; so I published my book, titled THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION in November of 2012. I knew he was write; if I knew a way for people to become healthy – I had to share it. The research information and holistic approaches restored my health and the health of my clients. The book is written in easy to follow steps with references for those who want a more in depth understanding.

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VOLUNTEERING: A Well-being & Longevity Tool

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Volunteering, giving of your time, has been shown to have many health benefits. Research has shown that people who volunteer often live longer. Taking your focus from your own life and regularly directing your attention to a ‘good cause’ is good for you on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. Sometimes its as simple as getting out of your own ‘soap opera’ for a while, allowing your mind time off from all your personal challenges.

I have volunteered for many different organizations over the years. The opportunity to meet amazing people and give back in some way have helped me on my well-being journey.

There are no shortage of organizations looking for volunteers. Look for one that shares some of your interests.

Although I am a fairly new and not very active member, I joined the GRANNIES TO GRANNIES CAMPAIGN in Mississippi Mills. Because I am a grandmother, their cause was close to my heart. Shortly after I joined the group, I helped bake Christmas cakes for one of their fundraisers. The following is taken from the website information for the campaign.

“The Stephen Lewis Foundation launched the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in March 2006, in response to the emerging crisis faced by African grandmothers as they struggled to care for millions of children orphaned by AIDS. What began with only a few groups of committed Canadian grandmothers has since evolved into a dynamic and responsive movement, made up of grandmothers and grandmothers working to mobilize support in Canada for Africa’s grandmothers.”


Check out the website  for information on a group near you.

Wishing you a very rewarding volunteer experience!

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   “Search for the cure within the cause, the body itself is the best healer”               

Plato C427 -C347 BC

My journey to improved health took be through a long path of discovery. Today I am healthy and feel energetic. To become healthy I had to learn as much as I could by following the ‘EDUCATE, INVESTIGATE, PROTECT’ philosophy that I now teach my clients. Plato believed that the ‘cure was within the cause’. That is the concept behind my ‘EDUCATE, INVESTIGATE, PROTECT’ approach to well-being.

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Learn how to become a ‘healthier you’ by learning more about your body through books and educational material:

BOOKS: A Necessary Well-being Tool

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Read BOOKS that will educate and inspire you.

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LIVE DEPRESSION FREE: An Attainable Reality

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I have started a Facebook community page with information that can help you to LIVE DEPRESSION FREE. There are many ways to become depression free. Increasing ‘feel good endorphins’ is one way. I will be posting the many strategies that helped and still do help me to LIVE DEPRESSION FREE. Please share my LIVE DEPRESSION FREE page at with anyone you know who could use a boost. We can all use a ‘happy place’ to visit when life becomes a struggle.

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For more of my strategies to become depression free buy my ebook DEPRESSION Gone.


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THE WEAK LIST: A Necessary Well-being Tool


When my immune and nervous systems crashed many years ago, I suffered from multiple unexplained symptoms and was extremely weak. There were times that all I could do was crawl. Although I had my symptoms investigated by my doctor and other doctors; there was no cause determined.  I was prescribed medication which did nothing to relieve my symptoms.

I did a lot of research in my quest for answers and recovery. Everything I ate caused me extreme gastrointestinal distress. I lost a great deal of weight in a short period of time.  I would doubled over in pain after eating everything. I realized that some foods caused me more distress than others so I decided to have a blood test done to determine if food allergies could be the cause. The blood test revealed that I was reacting (I call it a skewed response) to 80+ foods. That list of offending foods became my first ‘weak list’, WEAK LIST #1. It was a Godsend! I immediately stopped eating everything on the list. Within 3 days my gastrointestinal symptoms started to subside and some of my energy started to come back.

As time went on I learned a lot about allergies; what causes them and how to deal with them. I was concerned that if I ate out (including family events) I would not be able to determine if the foods I was eating were safe; so I learned muscle response testing to discreetly test the foods before I ate them. Learning how to use this tool has basically saved my life. It allowed my body to focus my energies on healing and repair instead of vigilance and reacting. When my body was full of antibodies, antihistamines and other blood responders I felt ill all of the time.  Muscle response testing for heatlh protection protected me so that I felt better.

Muscle response testing is a form of neuromuscularbiofeedback, a biofeedback testing method. It uses feedback from the body and brain (your virtual black box) as information.  Other forms of biofeedback include taking a pulse, taking a blood pressure and listening to the heart with a stethoscope.” In the 1950s, Dr. Arthur Coca identified that his wife’s heart rate would increase if she ate a food that provoked an inappropriate or allergic response. This was, as Dr. Coca put it, ‘accidentally acquired knowledge’ which he then applied to patients as well as his wife. The results were very effective and consistent.”  Similarly muscle response testing provides information about foods and substances ingested, inhaled and applied to the body as well as environmental factors.

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Once I mastered the muscle response testing I used it to test the products I was using; the water I drank and bathed in and the air I breathed in my different environments. The results of testing these using muscle response testing provided me with my second weak list, WEAK LIST #2.

Making changes in my diet, home, environments and life so that I could avoid WEAK LIST #1 AND #2; were major assets in my recovery.  By only using items on my SAFE LIST my body stopped the vigilance and reacting and concentrated its energies on healing, repair and energy production. Dealing with my body pollution and challenged liver was a major part of my recover.

Some questions to ask yourself:

Will a blood allergy test identify food additives that may be harmful to you?

Muscle response testing for health protection can identify any foods that contain added substances that may be harmful to you.

Will a skin allergy test identify all substances from all sources (not just the sample) that may harm you?

Muscle response testing for health protection can identify the specific substances in your specific food/product list that may be harmful to you.

Will food allergy blood tests and skin allergy tests identify substances that cause a reaction/response when combined?

Muscle response testing for health protection can identify combinations which may cause you harm; think about the drug warning – ‘some drug interactions direct you to avoid grapefruit’.

I have a client who regularly eats organic raspberries with no reaction.  When she eats them at breakfast when she takes her medication, her ‘sway’ muscle response testing method (found in my book below) causes her to completely lose her balance with risk of falling. She now knows that she needs to separate the timing of eating her organic raspberries and taking her medication.

I have a client that is reactive and weak to certain items only when there is a full moon.  This may sound silly, but think about how the moon affects cycles. Some people are affected.

Some of my clients are reactive to specific foods only during specific times of their menstrual cycle.  Muscle response testing for health protection provides a ‘heads up’ alert to avoid the foods during that period of time.

Some of my clients are reactive to specific foods, products and environmental factors when they are under stress. Muscle response testing provides a ‘heads up’ alert to avoid the foods during those periods of time.

As a holistic wellness practitioner I provide my clients with their WEAK LISTS using neuromuscular biofeedback – a ‘health forensics’ investigation. The list provides a combination of ‘stop, start and change’ recommendations based on the biofeedback information. Once they avoid or change the items on their weak lists; their symptoms usually start to subside, allowing their health to return. Their remaining SAFE LIST of acceptable foods and products gives them confidence and with some tweaking can provide ongoing symptom free living. . I counsel them on detoxifying their body pollution and supporting healthy liver function – a must for healthy longevity and achieving symptom free status, including reacting to foods and products. My original ’cause’ for my symptoms was due to toxicant induced loss of tolerance (TILT) cause by my body’s inability to deal with the off gassing of a new home. 

Sounds simple, I know; but it works. It is not immediate, it does take time. Weak list items can be physical, mental, emotional or spiritual factors, or combinations of these. Sometimes these items are factors that interfere with normal healthy body communication and function

For anyone suffering from chronic or life threatening conditions and disease (especially cancer); determining a WEAK LIST and remaining SAFE LIST is mandatory to recovery. Determining and addressing your ‘weak list’ can allow you to maintain a strong immune system and body, and become and stay ‘symptom free’. Avoiding the items on the weak lists, by substituting ‘non weak’ items, can allow energy and health to return. Many items found on a weak list interfere with immunosurveillance (critical for those fighting diseases, including cancer) and normal healthy communication and response, including immune system response.  Curious about what items are on your ‘weak list’ and causing your symptoms/condition or affecting your well-being?

What does a weak list mean?

Sometimes it means you are allergic to the items. The resulting biofeedback ‘weak response’ can be indicative of an association your body has made about a product, substance or situation in the past at a time of extreme trauma or duress. A ‘weak response’ can also mean that something is going on in the body at this time, which added to the use of the product or substance or recall of a past similar association (from your body’s ‘black box’); is a temporary bad combination (e.g. during detoxification, rapid growth, healing, recovery, hormone change, distress, treatment, medications, your body’s present chemical equation). Generally speaking it means that the item or factor is causing confusion, interference (body communication), imbalance, disruption (of brain and body chemistry), malfunction or damage. Sometimes it is to the immune system, sometimes to the nervous, endocrine or other systems, and sometimes to the liver or heart; all necessary to stay strong and healthy. If this happens on a daily/weakly basis the results can be catastrophic. Daily consumption, inhalation or absorption of neurotoxins can cause daily weakness to the body and dire consequences.  Studies have shown that neurotoxins can shorten the life span of nerve cells. These toxins have been linked to brain disorders and neurodegenerative disease, such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s Chorea and Parkinson’s. For information on some neurotoxins responsible for causing weakness, interference and malfunction in your body, resulting in unwanted symptoms, visit

If for some reason your body has collected information from your past and has saved it in ‘history’ (your body’s virtual black box) and has given it ‘added value’ (e.g. bee sting, peanut, scent) – your body may present with a weak response in present time when your brain/body makes an association based on the history and stored information.

How do you get your weak list? The best way to get an unbiased weak list is to have a qualified practitioner provide you with the information. The ideal person is someone who has nothing to gain or lose by the results (e.g. sale of products). All you are looking for is a list of items or factors that cause weakness. You will use that information to avoid; so your body can rebound. The next step is to learn muscle response testing so that you have the tools to assess potential ‘weakening’ items or factors ongoing, on a daily basis. Muscle response testing is a valuable tool that can contribute to  Healthy longevity.

Where do you start?

  1. Book a BodyFeedback™ Interview & Therapy session or other neuromuscular biofeedback assessment today. You take your vehicle in for regular inspection and maintenance, doesn’t your body deserve the same attention and care?
  2. Learn how to determine your ‘weak list’ by doing muscle response testing. You can start with the Muscle Response Testing for Health Protection e-book or book a private or group workshop by contacting me at or join us at a workshop or event. In Muscle Response Testing for health protection you will learn various methods of testing including the ‘sway’ and ‘friction’ biofeedback methods.

If you determine your WEAK LISTS and avoid/deal with those items and factors; your health can be restored. Your body will focus its attention on healing and repair instead of vigilance and protection. I am now able to eat all foods in any restaurant or be in any environment (including perfume counters) without fear or reactions. I avoid toxic environments because I know the health risks, not because of fear.  Let me help you transition to 100% symptom free and healthy longevity. 

Find out how to transition from FOOD ALLERGIES to 100% FOOD ALLERGY FREE:

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PEANUT AND NUT ALLERGIES: Becoming 100% Allergy Free

Learn how to become multiple chemical sensitivity free in my book MCS: Gone and feel safe in all environments!


Consult your regular healthcare provider before using of the information therapeutically. There many be contraindications due to health status, medications or other factors. Do not stop taken prescribed medication.

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P.S. If a weakening item turns out to be something you absolutely can not avoid (e.g. medications with harmful side effects for diseases, HIV or Aids), there is a way.  I have developed a protection technique that I teach clients so that the offending item or factor does not cause weakness (an override). Understandably you would not be able to do this for every item on your list. The protection/override sequence details can be found in my book THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION.

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