WHOLE PERSON HEALTH: Your Whole is More Than the Sum of Your Parts

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Regardless of what symptoms you are experiencing in your body, that isolated symptom cannot and should not be taken ‘out of context’ of the whole body and whole person that you are. This is relevant in cases of mental, hormone, immune and overall health.

“It is not possible to understand a person with a brain illness by describing them in bits and pieces. They must be made whole again, and not simply because the whole is the sum of the parts, but because with human beings, the whole is always more than the sum of the parts”.

Norman Doidge, The Brain’s Way of Healing

Thank you Dr. Doidge for that excellent explanation!

Every brain, body and mental health symptom should be investigated as a part of the whole person. From the ‘reverse engineering’ of my nervous and immune system crash after moving into a new home many decades ago, I know that I would have been spared many years of suffering had my symptoms been investigated in the context of my whole body, person and health. Fast forward to today and I am symptom free and feel healthy and blessed.  I have taken my recovered health ‘reverse engineering’ information and combined it with my research on natural strategies to write The Whole Person Well-being Equation. If you are suffering from any symptoms, consider a ‘whole person’ approach to investigating and eliminating your symptoms. You are after all, ‘the sum of your parts’.

Wishing you ‘whole person well-being’!

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

Author of The Whole Person Well-being Equation available at http://www.mybodycanhealitself.ca/books.htm

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MENTAL HEALTH by DESIGN: How to Edit Your Mental Health Equation for Improved Mental Health

Updated September 8, 2020

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Every person’s mental health equation, including yours, is uniquely different and yet every person’s mental health equation shares common denominators.

According to Madhuleena Roy Chowdhury‘s Positive Psychology article What is the Mental Health Continuum, “The mental health continuum is a range having mental health and mental illness at the two extreme ends.  The shift between the distinct markers of healthy point, problem point and disorder point are determined by a person’s internal and external faculties.” Below if the image from Madhuleena’s article.  Please visit the link and read.

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I have always been envious of people who appeared to be able to consistently stay at the healthy, happy end of the continuum.  After years of experiencing a range of mental health continuum points for a variety of reasons, and recovering from depression using a variety of strategies, I am able to stay close to the healthy, happy point of the mental health continuum most of the time. It is much easier to be resilient during times of stress when one is healthy and happy. Greater resilience during challenging times is my ongoing quest. To start a return to, and stabilization at the healthy, happy point of the mental health continuum; one needs to look at their mental health equation and the common denominators they share with others.

A common denominator is a commonly shared theme or trait.  You will no doubt have heard people speak about the common denominators for success in business, relationships and people who live to be healthy past 100.  A common denominator is also a common element in a mathematical equation. In math class you learn to rewrite your math equations to change the undesirable answer. When things are not adding up in your life you may be prompted to start subtracting out potential causes; analyzing and rewriting your mental health equation by subtracting out contributing factors and adding in supports, can help you to restore and maintain better mental as well as physical health.

Regardless of what symptoms you are experiencing in your body, that isolated symptom cannot and should not be taken ‘out of context’ of the whole body and whole person that you are. This is relevant in cases of mental, hormone, immune and overall health. Thank you Dr. Doidge for the excellent explanation below!

“It is not possible to understand a person with a brain illness by describing them in bits and pieces. They must be made whole again, and not simply because the whole is the sum of the parts, but because with human beings, the whole is always more than the sum of the parts”.

Norman Doidge, The Brain’s Way of Healing

In the midst of the additional uncertainties and stressors added to our lives and the lives of the people around us due to the Covid-19 pandemic, adding in additional supports would be a good place to start to restore and maintain better mental health. These have been really challenging times for all of us, setbacks are not uncommon, especially in the ability to cope with stress and maintain resilience.  According to the Psychology Today article Pandemics and Psychoneuroimmunology, our mental state can be a determining factor in how significantly we are affected by the pandemic.

“Viruses use the same receptors as neuropeptides to enter into a cell, and depending on how much of the natural peptide for a particular receptor is around and available to bind, the virus that fits that receptor will have an easier or harder time getting into the cell. Because the molecules of emotion are involved in the process of a virus entering the cell, it seems logical to assume that the state of our emotions will affect whether or not we succumb to viral infection.” Dr. Candace B. Pert

“COVID-19 reminds us to include a discussion of psychological factors in being able to fight off the virus by maintaining optimal immune functions. Staying positive, remembering to laugh, and maintaining hope and optimism may be crucial to maintaining a strong immunity and our very survival. We must also grieve the tragic loss of so many who have fallen from this deadly virus.” James F. Zender, PhD, The New Normal 

There are many free mental health supports available, depending on where you live. I have listed several supports at the end of this post. Subtracting out some of the mental health challenging factors, like those I highlight below, may have to wait until a later time after isolation, when your regular healthcare provider and other qualified practitioners can guide you. You now have the time to do your research and planning, make diet changes, add in exercise and mind body strategies to help you in your quest to sustain a healthier, happier mental health state and ‘thrive in spite of everything’.

During times of Covid challenges I often think of Roberto Benigni’s Life is Beautiful,  where “a father interprets the world for his young son upon their arrival in the bestial barracks of a Nazi concentration camp. In the horror of a concentration camp, the father’s task is impossible but simple: invent a story that will help him and his son survive”.

During a very dark mental health continuum point in my life, a caring family member suggested I read Man’s Search for Meaning. It seemed like a very depressing pick at the time. “In Man’s Search for Meaning, psychiatrist and neurologist Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) wrote about his ordeal as a concentration camp inmate during the Second World War. Interestingly, he found that those who survived longest in concentration camps were not those who were physically strong, but those who retained a sense of control over their environment.but turned out to be just what I needed.” I am so grateful for the recommendation.

How do you rewrite your mental health equation?  

You can rewrite your mental health equation by subtracting out or cancelling your well-being challenging contributing factors and adding in strategies to help eliminate your depression and other mental challenges. The combined approach strives to ‘right the wrongs’ that may be a part of your depression/mental health equation; allowing your body’s natural healing mechanisms to heal your brain and restore your brain chemistry and function to normal. It took me years of research and trial and error strategies, while also working on my multiple physical health equations to achieve the improved health results I have. This post focuses on the mental health equation factors that I and my clients have addressed to achieve improved mental health.  Obviously brain damage and past trauma are additional factors that will need to be addressed with additional medical and psychological supports. This is a process that will take time. It is not as simple as the equation image below.

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I suffered from depression at various times in my life.  My understanding and definition of what was possible about being depression free were limited due to everything I was told and read. My father had suffered from depression and I was told once I had two episodes of depression in my life I would probably need to be on medication for the rest of my life for it. I changed my definition of what I believed was possible, I am a bit of a rebel; and then looked for ways to make it happen. I analyzed my depression equation, started researching and then started editing my depression equation, subtracting out potential causes and adding in supports. I am now 100% depression free and have been for many years. I do not take medication or regular supplements for depression. Not only that, I feel upbeat and happy and blessed! I am finally at the envied, happy end of the mental health continuum. My quest now is becoming more resilient using strategies to be better prepared to cope with the unexpected challenges that will come my way, like pandemics.

You may need to rewrite your definition of what is possible in terms of becoming depression free so that your brain and body are on the same page. This may require a paradigm shift. Every person may not be able to stop taking medications, but you may be able to reduce your medications and improve your mental health by editing your mental health equation.

Do not reduce or stop taking your prescribed medications or start editing your depression equation without the supervision of your regular healthcare provider.

“According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way that a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies anyway. Because bees don’t care what humans think is impossible.”[1]

Understanding the Genetics and Environmental Factors of Your Depression Equation

Although you may have a family history of depression or mental illness, it does not mean that you will have or continue to suffer mentally.  Genetic predispositions are inherited but do not always become expressed, allowing for a condition, unless they are turned on by environmental factors. Although you cannot subtract out genetic factors, you can prevent genetic predispositions from activating due to environmental influences, preventing the related health challenge.

Environmental factors or external factors, like your lifestyle, including work and life balance, diet, exercise, pollution and physical, mental, emotional and spiritual stressors can affect your brain chemistry and brain function, mood, resilience, ability to cope and stay positive. You have control over most of these factors and for those out of your control, there are supports that you can add in to cancel out or minimize their negative impact.

Your general health, diet, nurture, supports, medications and habits can affect your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. This is an area where you may have to make some hard and radical decisions, which should only be considered and implemented under the care of qualified health practitioners.

“After completing an enormous study, scientists have dismissed claims that single gene variants, or even a small group of them, can dictate susceptibility to depression. Instead, they suggest that any genetic risk for depression likely arises from very large numbers of variants, each contributing a small effect.”

“In an American Journal of Psychiatry paper, the team concludes that early theories about ‘depression candidate genes’ are wrong and that studies identifying them have likely done no more than produce ‘false positives’.”[2]

“A genetic predisposition (sometimes also called genetic susceptibility) is an increased likelihood of developing a particular disease based on a person’s genetic makeup. A genetic predisposition results from specific genetic variations that are often inherited from a parent. These genetic changes contribute to the development of a disease but do not directly cause it. Some people with a predisposing genetic variation will never get the disease while others will, even within the same family.”[3]

“However, it appears that even with a genetic predisposition to mental illness during birth, resistance to mental illness is possible. Resilience is heightened because of a favorable nurturing environment after birth or perhaps due to exercise. People should create enriched environments where they help and support each other, exercise actively, and gain resistance to stress.”[4]

Environmental pollutants can become a part of your body pollution and mental health equation. As a teenager I pumped leaded gasoline at my father’s gas station. The combination of toxic gas ingredients negatively affected my brain.

Benzene, toluene, and xylene; and the additives ethanol, methanol, and methyl tertiary butyl ether are efficiently absorbed through the lungs so living, working and commuting in polluted environments can add to your toxic load.

Reported in the Meet the Neurotoxins: The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains post “Leading scientists recently identified a dozen chemicals as being responsible for widespread behavioral and cognitive problems. But the scope of the chemical dangers in our environment is likely even greater. Why children and the poor are most susceptible to neurotoxic exposure that may be costing the U.S. billions of dollars and immeasurable peace of mind.”

I started to suffer from depression at that time.  While investigating my depression equation later in life, when I once again suffered from depression after off gassing of a new house, I made the environmental pollution connection and implemented whole body detoxification, a two step detox; through natural strategies to deal with my accumulated body pollution.

From Architectural Digest – What You Need to Know About Off-Gassing: Even after an install, a project’s furnishings and finishes can leach harmful chemicals into the air for years through a process called off-gassing. Here’s how you can combat it.

To fully understand the impact of dangerous off gassing check out Harmful Toxins in Living Environments and their Hazardous Chemical Impact.

“There are nearly 1000 substances which have been identified as having, or possibly having, neurotoxic effects. Exposure to sufficient amounts of these chemicals, either in the work place or elsewhere, can cause neurological and brain problems. Likewise chronic exposure (long term, lower level exposure) can also have damaging effects.” Toxic Exposures – Brain Injury

I knew that my brain had been negatively affected by many toxins, adding to my brain and body pollution, and compromising my brain function. At some point in my exposure history my blood brain barrier became compromised, allowing later toxins to easily enter my brain. Do you know what your body pollution looks like? Read my blog post on body pollution to find out.  A combination of whole body detoxification and BodyFeedback Interview and Therapy treatment for a client, eliminated a disabling 50+ year caterpillar phobia. After understanding that my compromised blood brain barrier allowed toxins to readily enter my brain, nervous system and body I learned the importance of protecting it. Read more at my blog post: NATURAL CURES: Protecting and Repairing Your Blood Brain Barrier to Restore Mental Health. If you are having mental health issues, your blood brain barrier may be allowing toxins to pass through into your brain and affecting your overall health.

According to The Brain’s Way of Healing by Dr. Norman Doidge, reporting on a NASA “self training” technique to prevent epilepsy, “astronauts were getting epilepsy from their exposure to rocket fuel”.

“A cocktail of harmful toxic chemicals has been detected in every person tested in a cross Canada study of pollution in people.”[5]

“In this sample of young adults with low levels of lead exposure, higher blood lead was associated with increased odds of major depression and panic disorder. Exposure to lead at levels generally considered safe could result in adverse mental health outcomes.”[6]

“Lead exposure in childhood appears to have long-lasting negative effects on mental health and personality in adulthood, according to a study of people who grew up in the era of leaded gasoline. The findings reveal that the higher a person’s blood lead levels at age 11, the more likely they are to show signs of mental illness and difficult personality traits by age 38.”[7]

“Vert and colleagues in Barcelona identified significantly increasing rates of depression among those exposed to a range of air pollutants, with doubling odds of depression”

“Emergency department attendance for depressive episodes were significantly higher for particular combinations of air pollutants at certain times”[8]

What we eat effects not only our physical, but also mental health. Although you may not have been advised to look at your diet when presenting at your doctor’s office with symptoms of depression, anxiety or stress; research has shown that diet is a key factor in brain health.  I was eating a fairly healthy but limited diet during my major period of depression due to food allergies.  Study through a Nutritional Consulting course provided me with an in depth knowledge of nutrition, detoxification pathways and health recovery.

“Few people are aware of the connection between nutrition and depression while they easily understand the connection between nutritional deficiencies and physical illness. Depression is more typically thought of as strictly biochemical-based or emotionally-rooted. On the contrary, nutrition can play a key role in the onset as well as severity and duration of depression. Many of the easily noticeable food patterns that precede depression are the same as those that occur during depression. These may include poor appetite, skipping meals, and a dominant desire for sweet foods. Nutritional neuroscience is an emerging discipline shedding light on the fact that nutritional factors are intertwined with human cognition, behavior, and emotions.”[9]

“Studies have compared ‘traditional’ diets, like the Mediterranean diet and the traditional Japanese diet, to a typical ‘Western’ diet and have shown that the risk of depression is 25% to 35% lower in those who eat a traditional diet. Scientists account for this difference because these traditional diets tend to be high in vegetables, fruits, unprocessed grains, and fish and seafood, and to contain only modest amounts of lean meats and dairy. They are also void of processed and refined foods and sugars, which are staples of the ‘Western’ dietary pattern. In addition, many of these unprocessed foods are fermented, and therefore act as natural probiotics.”[10]

In a new study published in the July 15, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, study author Ka He, M.D., Sc.D., of Columbia University in New York states “Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to fight inflammation and maintain brain structure in aging brains. They have also been found to reduce brain damage caused by neurotoxins like lead and mercury. So we explored if omega-3 fatty acids have a protective effect against another neurotoxin, the fine particulate matter found in air pollution.”  When my brain was extremely challenged after the off gassing of our second new build I searched relentlessly for solutions and found someone (not medical or scientific) who claimed that the Omega 3 resolved their depression so I started taking large doses of non GMO unbleached lecithin and after some time noticed improvement.  I now understand why it helped, having read this research.  I recommend that my clients take Omega 3 daily for improved mental health. For more on the steps I took to depression free read  my how to guide, The Whole Person Well-being Equation.

Dr. Emily Deans, in her Psychology Today article, reports that randomized controlled trials show that the right diet can improve depression.[11]

Stress, stress idling and stress sensitization can be contributing factors to depression, anxiety, compromised coping and resilience; factors in the mental health equation. Achieving a strong resilience and ability to cope with what life presents takes a lot of work, I am still a work in progress. Do not lose hope! These qualities are key to improving your mental health equation. Implementing ongoing stress management strategies throughout your life is important to living depression free and enjoying  good, consistent mental health and ability to cope and roll with life’s challenges. Hopefully stress management will be the first ‘go to’, as well as diet changes and exercise that doctors prescribe to people presenting with anxiety, depression and stress symptoms; not just a suggestion or after thought. You can read more about the impact of stress in my blog post on stress title STRESS IDLING & SENSITIVITY: A Modern Day Health Challenge.

“If the stress is continued or prolonged, it can leave adverse effects on body’s immune, cardiovascular, neuroendocrine and central nervous systems. When chronic stress goes untreated it can result into serious disabilities like insomnia, weakened immune system, high blood pressure, anxiety and muscle pain. It can also play a role in developing major disorders like depression, heart disease and obesity.”[12]

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

Sometimes past stress, trauma, memories and history are unable to release from the brain or body, resulting in ongoing unwanted symptoms or triggering. For one client, a 50+ year debilitating caterpillar phobia was dislodged using a combination of whole body detoxification and energy tapping to break the connection. Body scan visualizations and energy tapping can be combined to encourage the body to dislodge past stressors, traumatic events, memory and history, eliminating symptoms.  Find out how to customize and practice body scan visualizations in my book. Visualization is just one of the body’s amazing abilities.

The human body was created with many amazing abilities, often referred to as ‘the doctor within’. Understanding and utilizing those often misunderstood and mostly forgotten powers is crucial to well-being and eliminating depression. Exploring ways to continually develop and maintain strength of mind and body will enable you to better endure the demands of life with grace and confidence; ultimately allowing you to stay focused on the pursuit of meaningful goals. Change and fortitude often start with a healthy dose of fear. Sometimes fear comes through a ‘wake up call, something is really wrong’, like the debilitating symptoms of depression.

“Mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation, yoga and Tai Chi don’t simply relax us; they can ‘reverse’ the molecular reactions in our DNA which cause ill-health and depression, according to a study by the universities of Coventry and Radboud.”[13]

You can find the summarized strategies that I used to edit my physical and mental health equations to improve my health, eliminating depression, toxicant induced loss of tolerance (TILT), multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), stress sensitization and multiple food allergies; in my book The Whole Person Well-being Equation. You can also find out about the additional supports that I use through my blog posts and social media pages which are listed at the end of this post.

If you are not one of the lucky people who finds themselves at the happy end of the mental health continuum daily, with superior resilience; do not despair. Many people find themselves regularly sliding back and forth to different points on the mental health continuum during challenging times. Set backs happen when it comes to dealing with anxiety, depression, coping with stress and achieving resilience. The goal, obviously, is to stay closer to the healthy, happy end of the continuum all the time.  The strategies, information and resources I have provided can help you with that goal, they have helped my clients reach their mental and physical health goals. Success in an endeavour is about consistent commitment.  Keep putting one foot in front of the other when you feel despair, keep moving forward, even if only by baby steps. You can do this!

There are going to be many hard days in life. I have had many and know life will continue to come with challenges and hard days. Consider creating a mantra to help you on the hard days that feel mentally and hope challenging.  Check out my mantra in my blog post SURVIVAL MANTRA: Words to get you through the hard times

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Follow my road map to help you edit your mental and physical health equations, restoring your health so that you can get on with your life and the pursuit of meaningful goals and relationships. Find alternate mood protecting and enhancing supports at My Green Medicine Cabinet. Consult your regular healthcare provider before stopping medications or adding in alternative supports. 

Consider escaping to a farmacy, garden, green space or botanical experience

‘for your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual ails’

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Escaping to, immersing in and eating from nature and botanical experiences brings so many body, mind and spirit benefits!

Using distractions, healthy escapes, as therapy has been one of my ongoing tools for coping with life’s challenging days. Although I no longer suffer from depression and my brain functions better than it has in year, I still use distraction therapy on days when life’s challenges mount, like those that present from the multiplier effect of having a large family and the present day challenges presented by the pandemic. There are many mind immersing ‘distraction therapy’ tools available. Follow my posts where I share some of my favourites.

These are very difficult times and existing mental health and addiction challenges can be magnified. If you have people in your life who are exhibiting threatening mental health behaviours towards themselves or others, it is important to take action through setting boundaries and incident reporting.  Failure to take note and action could result in serious consequences for you or other people, including your loved ones. The recent events in Nova Scotia highlights the seriousness of radical changes in a person’s mental state that led to the death of so many innocent people. Utilize and recommend the mental health supports that are readily available during the pandemic, through governments and community services. Check out the resource list below.

I started researching for my book and writing while I was recovering. My brain and some of my body are still ‘a work in progress’.

Every brain, body and mental health symptom should be investigated as a part of the whole person. From the ‘reverse engineering’ of my nervous and immune system crash after moving into a new home many decades ago, I know that I would have been spared many years of suffering had my symptoms been investigated in the context of my whole body, person and health. Fast forward to today and I am symptom free and feel healthy and blessed.  I have taken my recovered health ‘reverse engineering’ information and combined it with my research on natural strategies to write The Whole Person Well-being Equation. If you are suffering from any symptoms, consider a ‘whole person’ approach to investigating and eliminating your symptoms. You are after all, ‘the sum of your parts’.

There is more editing and healing to do, in terms of my 100% brain function goals. One of my left over quirks/deficiencies from my past chemical brain damage, is that while having a conversation a word will occasionally come out in a sentence that is not the word I intended.  Not sure where that comes from. My brain substitutes an alternate, unrelated word for the word that I intended. People tend to be a bit confused at times, as well as me.  Sometimes adds a bit of humour! It isn’t always easy to laugh at oneself when one malfunctions, physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. You will find many blog posts that I have written throughout my recovery from physical and mental challenges on my blog.  At the very end of this post I have listed several blog posts about brain challenges, so scroll to the bottom of this post to read more.

Wishing you whole person well-being!

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

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[1] http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Bee_Movie

[2] Scientists quash claims about single ‘depression genes’, Medical News Today, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324884

[3] What does it mean to have a genetic predisposition to a disease? US National Library of Medicine, https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/primer/mutationsanddisorders/predisposition

[4] Involvement of Genetic and Environmental Factors in the Onset of Depression, US National Library of Medicine, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3897684/

[5] Pollution in People, Toxic Chemical Profiles of 11 families and 5 adults across Canada, https://environmentaldefence.ca/report/report-pollution-in-people-toxic-chemical-profiles-of-11-adults-and-5-families-across-canada/

[6] Blood lead levels and major depressive disorder, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder in U.S. young adults, US National Library of Medicine, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2917196/

[7] Childhood lead exposure linked to poor adult mental health, Science Daily, https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190123112330.htm

[8] Air pollution, mental health, and implications for urban design: a review, Journal of Urban Design and Mental Health, https://www.urbandesignmentalhealth.com/journal-4—air-pollution-and-mental-health.html

[9] Understanding nutrition, depression and mental illnesses, Indian Journal of Psychiatry, US National Library of Medicine, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2738337/

[10] Nutritional psychiatry: Your brain on food. Dr. Eva Selhub, Harvard Health Blog, March 26, 2020, https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/nutritional-psychiatry-your-brain-on-food-201511168626

[11] A Dietary Treatment for Depression: A Randomized controlled trial shows the right diet can improve depression. Dr. Emily Deans, Psychology Today, March 17, 2017

[12] Chronic Stress Leads to Anxiety and Depression, Annals of Psychiatry and Mental Health, https://www.jscimedcentral.com/Psychiatry/psychiatry-5-1091.pdf

[13] Meditation and yoga can ‘reverse’ DNA reactions which cause stress, new study suggests, Science Daily, https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170615213301.htm

Resources:

Check with your local and national government websites to find supports for your region and country.

Mental Health Commission of Canada – https://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/external-covid-19-resources-general-public

Taking Care of your Mental Health During COVID-19, Government of Canada, https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/mental-health.html

Canadian Mental Health Association – https://cmha.ca/news/covid-19-and-mental-health

Diet quality and depression risk: A systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studiesJournal of Affective Disorders, January 15, 2018.

Diet and Depression. Dr. Monique Tello, Harvard Health Blog, January 29, 2020.

Dietary patterns and depression risk: A meta-analysis. Psychiatry Research, July 2017.

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More of my blog posts to help you edit your mental health equation:

THE POWER OF MIND BODY HEALING TO BECOME SYMPTOM FREE – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/the-power-of-mind-body-healing-to-become-symptom-free/

BACK TO ‘BALANCE’: Body, Mind & Spirit Life Balancing Self-Care Strategies – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/back-to-balance-body-mind-life-balancing-self-care-strategies/

YOUR BODY’S INTERNAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEM: Improving crucial messaging for better health – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/your-bodys-internal-communication-system-improving-crucial-messaging-for-better-health/

SELF-TALK REPROGRAMMING: How to Change How Your Body & Brain Response ‘for a healthier you’ – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/self-talk-reprogramming-how-to-change-how-your-body-brain-respond-for-a-healthier-you/

THE GIFT of a Healthy Brain: Strategies to Protect and Restore Optimum Brain Function – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/the-gift-of-a-healthy-brain-strategies-to-protect-and-restore-optimum-brain-function/

INDOOR AIR QUALITY: A Potential for Compromised Brain, Nervous System and Overall Health – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/indoor-air-quality-a-potential-for-compromised-brain-nervous-system-and-overall-health/

BRAIN & NERVOUS SYSTEM FUNCTION RECOVERY: More is Possible! – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/brain-nervous-system-function-recovery-more-is-possible/

HEAVY METALS: Dangerous To Your Brain – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/heavy-metals-dangerous-to-your-brain/

BRAIN INJURY: Natural Strategies for Recovery – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/brain-injury-natural-strategies-for-recovery/

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

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Sometimes I forget how ill I really was. The forgetting is a blessing for sure!

I am revisiting my multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), toxicant induced loss of tolerance (TILT), environmental illness (EI), chronic fatigue (CF), multiple food allergies, irritable bowel, depression, seasonal affected disorder (SAD), stress sensitization and spasmodic dysphonia ‘past diagnoses’ today.  I am often reminded about how severely ill and affected I was by these conditions when I get inquires from all over the world asking for help from those still suffering.

All of the preceding diagnoses (plus more) were given to me in the past. I suffered severely for many years and I now have good health and feel good. I can eat all foods and be safe in previously toxic environments, obviously avoiding those that everyone should where possible. Like all humans, I share their vulnerability to the challenges of microbes, ‘wear and tear’ to body parts and life’s stressors.

On my journey to good health I tried many strategies, always looking for ‘the cure’.  Like many people I read every article about the latest supplement and cures and spent a lot of money on trying them.  From today’s view point it is clear to see that one cannot regain their health by merely supplementing/adding on something; one must start at the very beginning. The holistic health approach to regaining health is a series of natural strategies that help your body and mind to ‘peel back the layers’ of past physical, mental and emotional health challenges to allow healing.

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One of the most impactful strategies in my health recovery was a series of herbal baths which I used to detox my body pollution, a major health challenge which most of us have even newborns.

Body Burden:  The Pollution in Newborns 

“Chemicals have replaced bacteria and viruses as the main threat to  health.  The diseases we are beginning to see as the major causes of death in the latter part of (the 1900’s) and into the 21st century are diseases of chemical origin.” 

Dr. Dick Irwin, Toxicologist, Texas A&M University www.lesstoxicguide.ca/index.asp

During my recovery I had tried many detox remedies with minimal results. Through my studies of herbs I learned about the potential detoxification and healing abilities of herbs. I used that information to create a ‘botanical spa therapy’ herbal bath recipe.  My clients have had incredible health improvements, like I have, as a result of taking a series of these baths. I now recommend this as a first step to anyone who asks me for advice.  Whole body detoxification requires a two step detoxification process, stop adding to your body pollution and remove your existing body pollution. You can find the recipe and instructions for botanical spa therapy herbal baths in my book below. Make you botanical spa therapy baths well deserved ‘spa events’, add spa music, an natural scented beeswax candle, and a new book.

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“Search for the cure within the cause,

            the body itself is the best healer”            

Plato C427 -C347 BC

Regaining health requires implementation of a series of  ‘stop, start and change’ strategies. The biggest challenge, in ‘hind sight’ and from the successes of my clients has been knowing ‘what do you stop, start and change‘. That’s where my road map can help you.

As a holistic wellness practitioner I share my variety of holistic strategies with my clients, on my website, in my blog posts and through more detailed guidance in my booke-books and consultations.  The Whole Person Well-being Equation is a holistic ‘how to’ book of easy to follow steps that will guide you to improved health through education, natural strategies, intuition, belief, faith and prayer by promoting body, mind and spirit balance. The easy to read book provides coaching to help you know what you need to stop, start and change to restore your health. Learn how to get to the root cause of your symptoms and eliminate them, so that you can get on with your life and the pursuit of meaningful goals. Join satisfied clients who have used the steps to become symptom free. From one of my readers: “The workbook makes tangible what can be construed as spiritual healing into something that can be followed with your eyes and pencil. This helps in understanding and actually seeing what your body is doing; without only using intangible (potentially spiritual) reflections.” Aamir A., Gatineau, Quebec. More is possible in terms of your health and following the steps in this book will make it possible for you. Get started today on a healthier version of you, you deserve it.

whole person well-being = holistic health 

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The cure for what ails you starts with your personalized ‘stop, start and change’ protocol. Contact me to get you started on your ‘healthier you’. I over a variety of event opportunities and holistic B&B retreats at my location for people who travel from afar seeking health recovery. Regardless of your condition, the first step to recovery is a personalized ‘stop, start and change’ protocol.

The human body comes equipped by the Creator with amazing abilities to heal. Many factors can potentially interfere with these amazing abilities. This is why it is important to determine your ‘stop, start and change’ list. Your body can heal itself with some help and proper navigation – let me help you navigate your well-being journey.

“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)

Health by Design, the name of my web and blog pages reflects how I designed my health using a variety of strategies. These are now all a part of my holistic protocol (how to guide) which you can find in my books and blog posts. Good health is an achievable goal. Your body and mind can heal!

Get started on a healthier you today!

Remember – small changes can have a big impact!
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Every person’s mental health equation, including yours, is uniquely different and yet every person’s mental health equation shares common denominators. Do you need help determining yours? Visit my blog post MENTAL HEALTH by DESIGN: How to Edit Your Mental Health Equation for Improved Mental Health

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While you implement a ‘stop, start and change’ holistic protocol consider adding natural symptom relief strategies to help you ride your wave of symptoms. Visit My Green Medicine and Makeup Cabinet for my natural strategy favourites.

My goals are now focused on achieving healthy longevity and sharing these strategies with clients, so stay tuned. Neuromuscular biofeedback (applied kinesiology) assessments throughout the years on multiple clients has provided a bounty of useful information to promote healthy longevity. Ongoing research provides additional insights. Please check with your regular healthcare practitioner before implementing any changes.  Do not stop taking your medications or stop your treatments without consulting your regular health practitioner.

Consider escaping to the farmacy, gardens, nature

‘for your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual ails’

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Escaping to, immersing in and eating from nature

dispenses body, mind and spirit benefits!

Escapes are a way of using distractions as body, mind and spirit therapy and have been one of my ongoing tools for coping with life’s challenging days. There are many mind immersing ‘distraction therapy’ tools available to provide you with temporary escapes from your own, sometimes, challenging reality.  Follow my posts where I share some of my favourites.

From the uplifting, mood boosting high that comes from watching peonies burst into full bloom to the comforting embrace of a tree covered shade providing path, escapes to nature, green spaces and gardens should be a ‘prescribed’ recommendation for everyone, one I suggest to all of my clients.

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In my Escape to the Farmacy posts I share my botanical inspirations and where available, the science behind the many easily acquired benefits gained from escapes to  nature, plants, herbs, green and botanically inspired decor and activities like art. I have always been drawn to trails in the woods, and retreat there as often as possible.  Living in Southwestern Ontario, the many deciduous trees drop their leaves in the fall, leaving the trails more open to the much sought after winter, life giving sunlight. When the weather is too uninviting to coax me outdoors, I retreat to the many botanically inspired art and décor projects that provide me with the embrace of nature that I so desperately desire. Join me as I share my botanically driven ‘escapes to the farmacy’ for an enviable dispensing of body, mind and spirit benefits through my blog posts.

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SPASMODIC DYSPHONIA and Voice Disorders: Managing Voice Disorders Naturally

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I receive many email inquiries from all over the world about spasmodic dysphonia. They are always a reminder of how bad my vocal spasms were in the past. Not a time I ever want to revisit. Spasmodic dysphonia and voice disorders are no laughing matter!

According to the medical system, spasmodic dysphonia is a neurological disorder affecting the voice muscles in the larynx, or voice box. In spasmodic dysphonia, the muscles inside the vocal folds experience sudden involuntary movements—called spasms—which interfere with the ability of the folds to vibrate and produce sound.  Spasmodic dysphonia causes voice breaks and can give the voice a tight, strained quality. There were times in the past when I felt like there was a tight grasp around my neck preventing my speech.

Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder caused by a neurological injury or disease and it can affect one or more of the speech subsystems – respiration, phonation, resonance, prosody, articulation. Injury or disease to the speech musculature may also cause dysarthric like symptoms. When the part of the brain that controls speech production is damaged, the link from the brain to the muscles of speech is affected.

Damage, malfunction and interference from various sources (body pollution, drugs, stress hormones, etc.) in the areas of the brain and body responsible for speech and vocalization can all trigger vocal spasms and other voice dysfunction. Some people lose their sense of smell or develop a heightened sense of smell due to body pollution and it’s impact on the senses. Neurotoxins found in foods, water, air and personal care products (e.g. fragrances), household (laundry, fabric softeners, air fresheners), industrial and lawn and garden products can cause triggering of vocal spasms. Toxins and other factors can damage or remove the protective myelin from areas of the nervous system making it more vulnerable to stress and other factors leading to triggering. How do you repair damaged myelin? There are many emerging possibilities. I share what I used in my protocol available below.
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Broca’s and Wernicke’s area’s of the brain are also involved in speech.   http://thebrain.mcgill.ca/flash/a/a_10/a_10_cr/a_10_cr_lan/a_10_cr_lan.html

I was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia in 2001 and again in 2012 after laryngoscopic investigation. Both times I was offered botox injectons as treatment.  Both times I turned down the offer.  Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It’s the same toxin that causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning. After spending years recovering from environmental illness issues caused by environmental toxins, referred to as toxicant induced loss of tolerance (TILT), I was not about to allow any dangerous substances to be injected into my body. Besides that, there was no guarantee the treatment would work, and I was told I would loose my voice for about a week  each time and would have to repeat the treatment about every 3 to 4 months.

As a holistic wellness practitioner I had researched and tried many strategies in my quest to restore my health and repair my voice. I gained improvement from these strategies, but when I went through a period of extreme stress during my husband’s cancer struggle and subsequent death – my voice again became very strangled.

In September of 2012, I completed one series of non-surgical voice repair lessons for spasmodic dysphonia which gave some improvement, but this required me to do a rigorous exercise regime daily.  I had a lot more work to do to eliminate the spasms.

During times of stress, nervousness and fatigue – especially on the phone – my voice continued to break up and spasm at times. Chemical stressors, environmental and contributing emotional stressors were the original cause of my vocal challenges (TILT).

I developed a holistic protocol of the steps that I used that brought me improvements.  I added customized visualizations to ‘right’ the wrongs that may be present in spasmodic dysphonia. You need to understand the power of visualization to understand how these can help you.  You can find that science based information here.   I have developed correcting energy treatments that I use regularly. The five correcting body scan visualizations designed to correct what may be underlying in cases of spasmodic dysphonia and voice disorders, can be found in The Whole Person Well-being Equation and in the Working with SD and Voice Diagnoses e-book below.

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I continue to use stress management strategies ongoing to maintain balance, crucial to averting spasms and triggering. Managing triggers was an ongoing challenge as I noticed environmental factors as well as anxiety could trigger spasms.  Although anxiety is not the cause of spasmodic dysphonia it can trigger spasms. Electromagnetic energy from phones seemed to be real triggers for me for a long time.  I used various strategies to stop my body from triggering.  You can read about some of these in my blog post UPDATING OUTDATED BODY SOFTWARE: For Symptom Free Livinghttp://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=1773.

In the summer  of 2014 I started to use 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils in an attempt to resolve the remaining vulnerabilities of my voice and associated anticipatory anxiety. The pure essential oils are third party certified, the only ones I would use therapeutically. I applied an essential oil blend to my sternum area, diaphragm, vocal cord reflexology points on my hands and feet and throat at bedtime and in the morning.  I also did this before I knew that I am going to speak at an event. I diffused an essential oil blend into the air at night and at times during the day. I noticed a great improvement in the consistency of my voice and calming effect after using the essential oils. Anticipatory anxiety can become a contributing factor to triggering spasms.

I have come a long way using a variety of strategies in my journey to restore my voice. It has been a long struggle and I expect nothing less than complete voice recovery, voice consistency and dependability. If you expect the same results that I have achieved – start with my holistic protocol in my book.

My message to you – don’t give up – don’t let a diagnosis or prognosis (‘there is no cure’) cause you to lose hope or waiver in your quest for symptom relief and recovery. More is always possible and possible is ‘doable’ by you! Consider using a protocol that will give your improvement in increments instead of claims of ‘cure all’ approaches that abound.

Expect more! Do not settle! You may need to implement a series of paradigm shifts.

IMPORTANT UPDATE – February 11, 2015:

Although anxiety and nervousness are not the cause of spasmodic dysphonia, both can trigger vocal spasms. This is one of the challenges that those with the condition and other voice disorders deal with on a daily basis. Public speaking is often an overwhelming challenge as a result.

As a holistic wellness  practitioner I work one on one with clients.  I have often been asked to do talks about health related topics.  Sometimes I have accepted these invites and in recent years speaking at these events had always resulted in my body mounting skewed vocal responses and spasms, and feeling embarrassed. I now know that anticipatory anxiety was one of my triggers.

I made a decision a long time ago that I was going to get my body to cure my spasmodic dysphonia, just as I got it to cure my depression, multiple food allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities. That was despite the fact that I was told that there was no cure for any of my diagnosed conditions, including spasmodic dysphonia.

Yesterday I taught a scheduled workshop that I was determined to do to a group of women interested in natural beauty. The event was to be held at the home of a client. When I woke up yesterday morning I felt nervous about my decision and the upcoming workshop.  I decided to use a custom blend of essential oil on my sternum/mid chest area (the place in my body where I feel my anxiety and nervousness rise). I applied it every 15 minutes throughout the morning.  Although I felt slightly calmer, my chest was reacting with nervousness, resulting in uneasy vocal comfort. I had great apprehension about teaching the workshop, fearing my voice would go into spasms.

I was on route to the workshop location and stopped to see my mother at the nursing home. She was experiencing a headache and asked me about relief.  I would usually pull a bottle of peppermint oil out of my purse for headaches but could not find it.  I had another oil that is the second choice so I pulled it out and applied it to my mom’s neck on the side where she was experiencing her headache.  As I applied the oil with my fingers I felt the nervousness in my chest subside.

I left the nursing home and reapplied the oils.  Within 15 minutes the feeling of nervousness and anxiety melted completely from my chest. When I arrived at the workshop site I spent two hours setting up and getting organized, feeling quite in control and calm – no apprehension. I reapplied the oils to my chest area before workshop participants arrived. I felt no nervousness or anxiety welcoming participants. I felt no apprehension.

After being introduced I started my presentation – WITHOUT EXCESS ANXIETY, APPREHENSION OR NERVOUSNESS – AND ABSOLUTELY NO UNCONTROLLABLE SPASMS.  Throughout the 4 1/2 hours of presentation and question and answers, I had absolutely no vocal cord spasms. This had been my ultimate goal for so long – to be able to speak publicly comfortably without uncontrollable vocal spasms. Although this may not seem like a big deal; for a person diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia or a voice disorder, public speaking can be a huge challenge. This had been a ongoing challenge for me for years. Last night I mastered that challenge by reaping the amazing effects of therapeutic essential oils in combination with my holistic spasmodic dysphonia protocol. And yes, there are still days that I may experience some vocal challenges – the good news is that it is seldom now and I can usually manage those challenges equipped with a supply of natural strategies.  I only use the essential oils for spasms when needed now. The body has an amazing ability to heal – with the right direction and supports. The main focus of oil usage now is to deal with any anticipatory anxiety, which I am sure those who have suffered from the condition can relate to.

If you suffer from spasmodic dysphonia or other vocal disorders and the nervousness and anxiety that accompany those conditions, consider adding 100% pure essential oils in your quest to become symptom free and master your public speaking goals.

The essential oils alone are not ‘a cure all’.

The oils will help with symptoms but you must deal with the underlying contributing factors to your condition at the same time if you expect to achieve the same results that I have acheived.

If you want to get started on your recovery, start where I did, with the detailed steps in my holistic protocol.  You can find the link to my book at http://www.mybodycanhealitself.ca/what_people_are_saying.htmEbook Cover New_1-1

Learn more about using third party certified 100% pure therapeutic grade oils to add to my holistic protocol in Spasmodic Dysphonia – Managing Voice Challenges Naturally, my e-book below.

Please review my options below. I have many inquiries from all over the world asking me which oils I used. Every person is unique and as such there is an experimenting process required using a variety of oils to see which mix works best for you. If you expect to achieve the results that I spoke about previously in this post you will also have to implement my holistic protocol at the same time.

PLEASE NOTE: My Spasmodic Dysphonia, Managing Voice Disorders Naturally is not an essential oils protocol that can be mentored by a wellness advocate.

The essential oils alone are not ‘a cure all’ they are a part of a ‘recipe’. Without my holistic protocol you will not achieve my results.

GET STARTED:

Start with my holistic SD and voice diagnoses protocol which can be found in my e-book. It includes the natural strategies and essential oils that I recommend.

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Order my book, The Whole Person Well-being Equation here. A must have for your recovery. To achieve the results that I have following my holistic protocol in my book is a must.

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SPASMODIC DYSPHONIA RESEARCH UPDATE:

This research may provide further understanding into the cause of spasmodic dysphonia. https://www.dysphonia.org/clinical-trials.php
 
A new study is enrolling in San Francisco: Timing of Neural Activity in Spasmodic Dysphonia – Researchers John Houde, PhD, Srikantan S. Nagarajan, PhD, Katherine Yung, MD, and colleagues are seeking volunteers to participate in spasmodic dysphonia research study. The main objective of this research is to determine how spasmodic dysphonia of the voice affects brain activity during speaking using state-of-the-art noninvasive neuroimaging techniques. In this study, we seek to determine how spasmodic dysphonia (SD) of the voice affects brain activity during speaking.
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LOOK FOR THE CURE WITHIN THE CAUSE: The Health Costs of Beauty

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THE HEALTH COST OF BEAUTY?

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

Plato C 427 – C 347 BC

Whatever your collection of symptoms or health condition, there are many options to get you to 100% symptom free status.  Well-being is a journey not merely a destination. Although you are a unique individual, your symptom/condition equation will have some of the same common denominators as that of another person. What does your symptom/condition equation and body’s chemical equation look like? Rewriting your well-being challenging equations by cancelling out the contributing common denominators will bring you closer to your desired well-being goal. It is a good place to start on your journey to improved health.

How many toxic ingredients have you consumed today?

How many toxic ingredients have you consumed today through ingestion (eating), through absorption (your skin) and through inhalation (breathing)?

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Did you know that medication from a pain patch reaches pain receptor sites in 12 to 24 hours,

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but toxic ingredients in nail polish are found in your urine in 4 hours?

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Read the research here – https://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2015/10/your-nail-polish-could-be-disrupting-your-hormone-system#.W3gAYehKhPZ

How long would it take for those same toxins and toxins in your personal care products  to reach the brain or other body parts? Possibly becoming a part of your health condition equation (anxiety, depression, memory, confusion, other symptoms and conditions)?

After using products with toxic or harmful ingredients our bodies can reach a toxic threshold.  Depending on the number of toxic ingredients we are exposed to on a daily basis, our total toxic load, our body’s detoxification ability; we can become sick. Symptoms may not appear until many months or years later. Some people sooner than others and some more seriously if the ingredients are considered partial carcinogens. The Halifax Project research in this area is “focused on the possibility that complex mixtures of commonly encountered chemicals in the environment may be capable of carcinogenic effects that have yet to be fully appreciated”.

What are your personal health costs of beauty? Many personal care products contain harmful ingredients.  Many of the ingredients in the personal care products you use are potentially harmful. There is a high degree of nondisclosure about what goes into personal care products.  The FDA does not require companies to test their products for safety before marketing. How many of unsafe products did you use today? Are the unsafe ingredients that you have consumed now a part of your body’s pollution and well-being equation? Are the products you used today causing you harm and possibly responsible for your symptoms or condition?

Always be vigilant about investigating the ingredients for the products you use. Consider changing your beauty regime to eliminate your health costs of beauty?Ingredients sources and processing can change potentially compromising the products safety. Just as a pain patch delivers its dose throughout the body, harmful chemicals used on the skin can enter and can be dispersed throughout your body becoming a part of your body’s chemical equation; causing interference and dysfunction. Many of the ingredients in personal care products contain carcinogens (or partial carcinogens), endocrine disruptors and neurotoxins; ultimately becoming part of your body’s chemical equation and symptom picture.

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DIRTY DOZEN ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS: 12 Hormone-Altering Chemicals and How to Avoid Them – https://www.ewg.org/research/dirty-dozen-list-endocrine-disruptors#.W306EehKhPY

Check out the toxicity level of your personal care products at the Skin Deep Database here – https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/#.W3gR0ehKhPY

Learn more from David Suzuki at What’s Inside? That Counts! –  https://davidsuzuki.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/REPORT-whats-inside-counts-survey-toxic-ingredients-cosmetics.pdf

Please check out individual product ingredients at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry database.

Safer Options:

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Eliminate the Health cost of beauty for a healthier you!

My daughter Noël Ray is a Certified Makeup Artist who shares her healthy beauty tips:

” I am a certified Makeup Artist,Certified Hair Stylist and Certified Nutritional Consultant. I completed my certification for makeup and hair at the Blanche MacDonald Center in Vancouver BC. My Nutritional Consulting certification is through the Packard School of Nutrition. After a few years in the industry doing weddings, photo shoots, special events and retail at MAC makeup;  I became more and more aware of the chemicals and toxins in the products I was using every day! I decided it was time to make a change! I no longer wanted to support these companies who were pushing their toxic products on society, with false claims about how great they were…..performance wise maybe yes, but health wise it was a complete lie! I wanted my clients and the people I love to be aware of the cancer causing chemicals in the cosmetics that they were putting on their skin – the body’s LARGEST ORGAN; not to mention on their mouths and around their eyes! I slowly switched all of my cosmetics over to safer and cleaner options and started working with organic and natural makeup on a regular basis. Ingredients used in personal care products and their sources can change.”

Buyer beware and informed!

As you all know, sometimes the “organic” and “natural” product choices aren’t always the best performers! You can read some of  Noël’s beauty product reviews on her Hippy Princess Blog at http://thisismylifethesearemypassions.wordpress.com/

GO GREEN HEALTH AND BEAUTY for HEALTHY LONGEVITY

HARMFUL CHEMICALS IN HAIR DYE: Are You Affected?

Pacific 7 Free (considered a safer nail polish)

Gabriel Nail Polishconsidered non-toxic and “10 free”  is Free of: formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene, parabens, fragrances, phthalates and animal ingredients

ENJOY healthy beauty today! Consider changing your beauty regime to eliminate your health costs of beauty? You too can restore your health, one step at a time!

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NATURAL CURES: Protecting and Repairing Your Blood Brain Barrier to Restore Mental Health

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Is Your Blood Brain Barrier Intact? Could It Be A Factor In Your Mental Health?

Mental illness is a scary condition. I have personally ‘been there’ several times.  One in 4 people will be affected by some kind of mental condition this year and 1 in 5 people will suffer from depression and anxiety. Those statistics are extremely concerning, mostly because these conditions can precipitate suicide.  My heart goes out to all persons who are affected by mental conditions, directly or indirectly.  Since I am now 100% free of depression; I feel compelled to share what I have learned – so that you can reap the same symptom free status. I work with clients with various health challenges including depression using my holistic protocol to help them eliminate their symptoms.

A healthy, properly functioning blood brain barrier is crucial to mental health. Understanding your blood brain barrier (BBB) is one of  the first steps to restore your mental health.

The blood brain barrier is made up of a layer of cells, including endothelial cells, that fit together tightly so that harmful and unwanted substances cannot pass out of the bloodstream. Some substances, like glucose, are allowed to pass through.

A healthy blood brain barrier:

  • protects the brain from ‘foreign and harmful substances’ in the blood, as well as hormones and neurotransmitters. These substances can alter brain and body chemistry. What is your brain/body’s chemical equation made up of?
  • prevents large molecule substances from passing through to the brain
  • prevents low lipid (fat) soluble molecules from penetrating into the brain (some drugs rapidly cross through into the brain)
  • slows down highly charged electrical molecules

Identifying Factors That Damage or Compromise Your Blood Brain Barrier

There are many factors with the potential to compromise your blood brain barrier – altering your brain/body chemistry and normal brain function.

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  • high blood pressure opens/compromises the BBB.
  • developmental challenges (pollution/distress in utero and birth) compromise the BBB
  • microwaves open/compromise the BBB
  • high concentrations of substances (e.g. alcohol, drugs, chemicals) in the blood can open/compromise the BBB
  • brain/body pollution can open/compromise the BBB
  • environmental toxins (e.g. neurotoxins – found in fragrances, air fresheners, laundry, personal care and cleaning products, air pollution) can open/compromise the BBB
  • radiation opens/compromises the BBB
  • infection and viruses open/compromise the BBB
  • inflammation opens/compromises the BBB
  • restricted blood flow compromises the BBB
  • trauma compromises the BBB
  • chronic stress hormone production compromises the BBB

HOW’S YOUR BLOOD BRAIN BARRIER DOING?

Did you know that lead can cross a healthy blood brain barrier? I found that out the hard way. I pumped leaded gasoline at my father’s service station as a teenager. Lead has been connected to depression and memory difficulties. Imagine what other unwanted substances might be crossing your blood brain barrier regularly.

Where does all the lead come from? Check out these sources http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/lead/sources.htm.

Where do all the other harmful substances come from that can harm and pass through your blood brain barrier?http://www.mybodycanhealitself.ca/bodypollution.pdf

How do you get lead and other harmful substances out? You’ll find out at the end of the post.

Protecting and Repairing Your Blood Brain Barrier

Now that you understand the importance of a healthy blood brain barrier to mental health, you will be better equipped to start implementing strategies that can cure your condition.

The second step requires implementing strategies to protect and repair your BBB and rewrite your mental health equation. Collectively these will provide you with the natural cures to restore your mental health.  In my personal journey to become 100% depression free,  I used specific natural strategies and supplements therapeutically.  The natural strategies included detoxification, mind/body healing, neuromuscular biofeedback, visualization, rejuvenation, herbs, nutrition, goal setting and changing limiting beliefs into surpassing beliefs – a holistic health methodology.

Certain vegetables have been shown to help repair the blood brain barrier. I provide a customized holistic protocol email consultation package which includes diet changes to promote blood brain barrier repair. Contact me to get started.

Dealing with depression requires a good understanding of exogenous and endogenous contributing factors. Each mental illness equation shares common denominators that can be eliminated using a holistic health approach.  Learn more  about these. My holistic protocol which includes information on detoxification and natural strategies for better health can be found in my book THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION

Targeted, customized visualizations like body scan visualization #10 in THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION can help you restore your blood brain barrier and brain chemistry. The blood brain barrier is semi-permeable and should only allow some things to pass through.  Think of it like a sieve that is only supposed to allow some things to pass.  Damage can allow other substances to pass through causing unwanted symptoms.  You may have noticed unwanted symptoms after eating out or spending time in areas with poor air quality. This could indicate that you have a compromised blood brain barrier.  

Essential oils can help to repair the blood brain barrier and the brain for healthy brain function. I provide a customized holistic protocol email consultation package which includes essential oil therapy and other natural strategies (including specific supplement recommendations) necessary to promote blood brain barrier repair. Contact me to get started.

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Essential oils that help the brain for any conditions:

brain essential oils

Frankincense is the essential oil of choice for any kind of brain disorder. Frankincense has a molecular makeup that includes sesquiterpenes, that is able to cross the blood/brain barrier. These sesquiterpenes stimulate the limbic system of the brain and other glands within the brain, promoting memory and releasing emotions. There are additional oils that help to promote brain repair. I provide a customized holistic protocol email consultation package which includes essential oil therapy to promote blood brain barrier repair. Contact me to get started.

Start diffusing essential oils today for improved well-being – contact me.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0169409X/64/7

http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/frankincense-oil.aspx

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Top ten food additives to avoid – https://www.foodmatters.com/article/top-10-food-additives-to-avoid

Unhealthy phthalate chemicals found in restaurant foods –    https://consumer.healthday.com/environmental-health-information-12/chemical-health-news-730/unhealthy-phthalate-chemicals-found-in-restaurant-food-732441.html

DO NOT STOP TAKING YOUR PRESCRIBED MEDICATION OR TREATMENTS. Discuss your planned strategies for recovery with your regular healthcare provider.  There may be contraindications due to health status, medications or other factors.

Consider essential oils therapy for overall well-being.   Contact me to learn more.

 

ENJOY better mental health today! You too can restore your mental health!

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

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Sources:

Neuroscience For Kids – http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/bbb.html

The Davis Lab, The University of Arizona – http://davislab.med.arizona.edu/about

The Dana Foundation –
Breaches in Blood-brain Barrier Might Lead to Later Psychiatric Illness by Kayt Sukel – http://www.dana.org/news/features/detail_bw.aspx?id=26938

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