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


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

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

Symptoms Iceberg Analogy

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

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

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

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

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

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

What alters your body’s software?

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

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

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

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

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

Change your internal dialogue:

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.”

Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, Greek Physician (460BC-377BC)

  • Your complex body was created with many amazing abilities. Every moment of every day, without any action on your part hundreds of processes are taking place and abilities are available to you, even while you are asleep. The healthy human organism, with its complex high-tech operating system, is continually self-detecting, self-diagnosing, self-renewing, self-healing, self-repairing, self-cleaning and self-protecting. The body has an internal pharmacy, which when functioning properly produces natural analgesic, anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, anti-stress, sleep-inducing, immune system strengthening and gastrointestinal normalizing chemicals.[1]  Many of the body’s processes and abilities are automatic and are often taken for granted. There are many factors that can interfere with these normal processes and abilities.  It is your responsibility to understand and protect these abilities and the internal communications required to ensure they function normally. You can learn how in my book THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION, my website www.mybodycanhealitself.ca and my blog http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress .
  • This does not mean you should stop seeing your doctor. He or she is the person you consult for additional assistance and assessments. 

Implement correcting strategies:

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

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

Health by Design, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca

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

PEANUT AND NUT ALLERGIES: Becoming 100% Allergy Free

 Allergy struggles

Peanut and nut allergies are serious concerns! Why is one person severely allergic to peanuts and another not affected.  My oldest son, now almost 39, was extremely allergic to cashews when he was young.  The doctor told me at the time that in the case of his cashew reaction, the body was probably reacting to traces of the toxins that were used to open the shell of the nut. The first time he had a severe reaction we were visiting family and he ate some peanuts which must have had some cashew residue (cross contamination) on them. We knew he was allergic to cashews at the time. It was a very terrifying and helpless feeling as he was rushed to hospital. 

In the case of peanuts the same may be true.  Most peanuts are also sprayed with fungicide which can cause the same type of skewed response.  Even if you start eating only organic nuts after the initial event your body may still respond with a ‘skewed’ response due to the memory of the peanut/nut as the threat.

An allergic response is the body’s attempt to protect you against the harmful invasion (or perceived harmful invasion) by a substance.  Although there are many genuine life threatening allergies, our bodies can mount an allergic (or other skewed) response to substances that are not really going to hurt us.  What actually hurts you is the ‘skewed,’ anaphylactic or allergic reaction.  This skewed response is sometimes the result of an initial assault by toxins or microbes and a body stress event (or combination of).  After the initial assault is over the body is extremely vigilant about protecting against other substances.  The brain saves this information and it now becomes a part of your brain’s database (software – association made), and the body’s operating system (mind/body) uses it the next time you consume the same item. What you believe and think (I’m allergic to ______) also becomes a part of that software. Sometimes the brain ‘overreacts’ and mounts a histamine reaction, immune or other body response to additional or all substances that the person is exposed to, including the foods that they are eating; especially those consumed around the time of the initial exposure to the toxins or offending trigger (or body stress event). Allergies, inflammation and chronic symptoms are just the ‘tip of the iceberg’

To permanently eliminate allergies and chronic symptoms it is important to deal with the the ‘base of the iceberg’ issues and break the associations that are now apart of your body’s software that your operating system (mind/body) uses.

Chronic symptoms including allergies are the result of underlying ‘base of the iceberg’ issues. Chronic inflammation, for one, can seriously hurt the body and lead to more serious health concerns if not addressed properly. Using symptomatic relief, although necessary to carry on with your day and function, is only a ‘band aid solution’. Visit my updated post DIGGING DEEPER: For a Healthier You


Whatever diagnosis and prognosis you have been presented with, expect more of your body. It is possible to resolve the underlying ‘base of the iceberg’ issues if you can identify them; and become symptom free. Let me show you how by booking a BodyFeedback™ Interview & Therapy session. Treat your body to the same type of  ‘check up analysis’ that you provide for your vehicle. You are worth it! Learn more.

Focusing your attention and money on symptomatic relief like medications or permanent allergy elimination treatments for allergies and chronic symptoms, ‘tip of the iceberg’ symptoms, may not provide long term holding power without first addressing the underlying ‘base of the iceberg’ issues. FOOD ALLERGIES: Gone and my other books will provide you with the strategies that I used to regain my health and the recommended path to follow. These strategies have also helped my clients to achieve ‘symptom free status’.

My blood tests revealed allergic responses to 80+ foods. I am now 100% allergy free and can eat out at any restaurant and eat whatever I want. I suffered from multiple chronic debilitating symptoms. Let me show you the ‘right way’ to become 100% symptom free.

If you experience serious allergic reactions you must have an ‘Epipen’ with you at all times. It is also important to have an Epipen to transition to 100% allergy free using my strategies. This can be a life saving measure. Ask your doctor for a prescription. Being prepared for allergy emergencies is a must.

Persons with allergies often also have multiple chemical sensitivities and other chronic symptoms, which can be the result of hyper sensitized areas due to toxins or base of the iceberg issues. The body makes associations based on whatever caused the original skewed or excessive response and continues to tap into that information (software – association made), which has becomes a part of the body’s cellular memory. There are many strategies that you can use to clear this information from cellular memory and operating system (mind/body) software.

Nervous system reprogramming which uses biofeedback is one strategy that can eliminate food allergies, intolerances, sensitivities and chronic symptoms permanently, by breaking the associations (updating the faulty software and memories your body has been using).   The energy balancing therapy (biofeedback) used, can prevent the brain from reacting to the allergy, intolerance, sensitivity and symptom triggers by breaking the association.  Allergies, multiple chemical sensitivies and chronic symptoms are eliminated permanently as long as the underlying ‘base of the iceberg’ issues are also resolved (e.g. body/mind pollution, etc. ). These issues cause interference, malfunction and confusion in the body – leading to skewed responses. There is only so much interference that the brain and body can tolerate (from stressors, toxic chemicals, environmental pollutants, telecommunications) before you start experience some type of symptoms. Minimizing all interfering factors is a good place to start.

From my experience, the best place ‘in hind sight’ is to start  is with the cause – investigating, understanding and dealing with. It can save you valuable time and money, and allow you to get back to your life and in the case of extreme allergies – save your life. To learn how read FOOD ALLERGIES: Gone.  This is the recommended approach for all chronic symptoms.  To book a consultation regarding allergy elimination treatments see the contact information.

I am now 100% food allergy free and symptom free, I can show you how to achieve the same 100% symptom free status.

  • In the past I was unable to eat out at family, friends, restaurants, anywhere.
  • I was terrified to eat food out anywhere but at home, even then; ‘was the food really safe to eat’. I suffered with excruciating gastrointestinal symptoms and altered brain chemistry as the result of food brain allergies.
  • I can now eat out anywhere and everywhere without fear of a reaction.
  • In the past I had patches of eczema and psoriasis – which have gone.

How did I do it? A lot of research and trial and error attempts. In the end; I discovered the strategies that worked that brought me to 100% food allergy free. These strategies have helped my clients to achieve ‘symptom free status’. To book a consultation see the contact information. To book an appointment for allergy elimination treatments, chemical sensitivity elimination treatments or other symptom elimination treatments see the contact information.

I share those strategies in my ebook FOOD ALLERGIES: GONE and THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION.


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

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