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Adverse Childhood Events and Holistic Healing with Niki Gratrix :074

Abundant Energy Expert Niki Gratrix shares how Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) are probably the most important root cause to address for true holistic wellness.

Niki Gratrix, BA Dip ION NANP, is a nutritionist and energy expert who quickly realized that there was an emotional side to healing that was required in her clients for true wellness and complete healing. Niki discovered a correlative study on adverse childhood events (ACEs) by the CDC whose data shows that ACEs are found in epidemic levels in the population, and how devastating these ACEs are to health and well-being. Niki then started a journey to integrate identifying ACEs with her clients, increasing client awareness of the impact on previous trauma on their own health, and facilitated client-based conversation around facing these past events and moving forward for true holistic wellness. In this information-packed interview, Niki tells all about ACEs, how they contribute to health issues, how to identify ACEs, how to address ACEs, and how increasing awareness about ACEs in both conventional and holistic healing modalities is crucial in the evolution of raising human consciousness and well-being.

 

Listen to the podcast to hear:

  • How what happens to us emotionally always affects us physically via epigenetic changes, even before we are born or aware of ourselves
  • How different ACE scores correlate with your risk of health issues
  • How ACEs contribute to digestive, hormone, thyroid, obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer, depression, anxiety, headaches, pain, fibromyalgia, fatigue issues, lifespan, and more
  • What the ACEs are
  • ACEs: the research missed that need to be addressed
  • How many generations back do epigenetic changes get passed down to offspring from both mother and father
  • What are silent ACEs, and how most trauma is ambient
  • How silent ACEs affect our social relationships
  • How social relationships are more important for survival than BMI and other risky health behaviors
  • Why Niki says ACEs are the number one root cause of modern health issues
  • What the trifecta of contributors to health issues is
  • How ACEs affect epigenetics, behavior, and belief, and how that in turn affects lifestyle choices, health, and chances of fully healing
  • How the addiction therapy world is changing their therapies based upon new knowledge on the importance of ACEs
  • How binging and junk food snacking choices are linked to ACEs
  • How practitioners can create burnout in themselves either through over-giving, over-achieving, or perfectionism in their own hustle for worthiness unless they deal with their own ACEs
  • How ACEs can affect our belief system that we are worthy of getting better
  • How ACEs increase your risk of heart disease via epigenetics, despite 􀍞perfect􀍟 diets and cholesterol levels
  • How our stress thresholds are set epigenetically starting in childhood with ACEs, radiating to brain cell function and gut function
  • How our ACEs can even cause destructive approaches in our healing process, and affect our entire perception of the world
  • How our emotional intelligence is in a worse state than our diet choices as a culture, and how that is initiated in childhood and radiates all the way out through international behavior
  • The difference between superficially addressing stress with clients versus fully diving into ACEs with clients
  • How to prepare yourself as a practitioner to discuss ACEs with clients
  • How assessing ACEs needs to be done on all three levels: physical, energetic, and mental
  • How to figure out your or your clients’ ACE scores
  • Why you need to ask about your familial history of ACEs, not just familial health issues, as part of the pre-intake education process
  • How to know when to refer out clients with certain ACEs
  • How neurofeedback, EFT, essential oils, journaling, time in nature, joyful and creative activities, and daily rituals can be useful in overcoming ACEs and retraining epigenetics back to a more parasympathetic state
  • How enneagram assessment (www.enneagraminstitute.com ) can be used to help figure out how you are coping with your ACEs
  • How setting boundaries in relationships and who you are around is crucial to dealing with ACEs
  • How just talking about a past issue that you have never discussed is so strong that it can change your epigenetics
  • How practitioners can only offer the ACE healing to their clients that they themselves have achieved
  • 􀍞We can only take our clients as far as we have gone ourselves􀍟
  • How forming partnerships with counselors and other CAM therapists is a beneficial way to help clients address ACEs
  • 􀍞If you are just doing biochemistry, you aren’t holistic􀍟
  • How to warn clients (and yourself) about emotional detox when starting to address ACEs, and how to sit with the pain of feeling their feelings

 

Find resources from Niki including her free report/e-book on how to address your or your clients’ ACEs can be found at www.nikigratrix.com

 

 

About Niki Gratrix

Niki is an award-winning nutrition therapist, bioenergetic practitioner, and mind-body expert, helping people to optimize energy.

In 2005 she co-founded one of the largest mind-body clinics in integrative medicine in the UK.

In August 2015 she hosted the largest ever free online health summit on overcoming fatigue.

Niki has spoken on over 20 online health summits and been the keynote speaker at live conferences internationally.

Niki is currently the Education Director at NES Health, a quantum biology health technology company. www.nikigratrix.com

Interview by Contributing Podcaster, Lori Rose Ph.D.

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What’s Your Life Purpose? with Holistic Therapist Lucy Anne Chard :069

What’s Your Soul’s Plan?

Discovering and fulfilling your life purpose, ironically, does not come naturally to everyone. Even if your life seems perfect from the outside or you followed all the steps and the rules… you still may be asking these questions. Having been in your shoes, I encourage you to listen, learn and enjoy!

 

“Get clarity on your heart’s core desires and align your life and career goals with your innate talents.” – Lucy Anne Chard – Holistic Therapist

Here are some highlights of what we discussed:

  • How her skin cancer diagnosis woke her up to acknowledge how disconnected she was in her own life and how she was dissociated from herself and had put aside her own created expression – her own needs and hearts core desires.
  • The tools she used to bring herself back into alignment: hatha yoga, meditation, enjoying being in nature, digital detox, etc.
  • The Insight Timer App
  • “I had built up a life around me that was designed to please others but not myself.” – Lucy Anne Chard – Holistic Therapist
  • How she balances social media and online work
  • “I’ve found in the work that I do that one of the deepest questions, and one of the most important questions, is, ‘What do you want?’ …I’ve experienced when you ask people that… we’re very good at articulating what we don’t want, but we’re not that good at articulating what we do want.” – Lucy Anne Chard – Holistic Therapist
  • Signs of being disconnected: the dreaded “should’s”, a feeling of anxiety in the chest, feeling overwhelmed; seeking guidance, truth, approval, confirmation and energy from external sources; not looking inward for answers or trusting that the answers are inside; knowing information intellectually buy not fully understanding it; “collecting” courses; looking externally for validation, etc.
  • “Imagine how wonderful it would be if we could move forward making decisions based on flourishing and what that means for us, what that means for you – to flourish. And to be able to learn to be able to say ‘no’ to the things that don’t support that.” – Lucy Anne Chard – Holistic Therapist
  • Discovering and recovering life purpose and mission
  • How a Soul Plan Reading helps a person come into alignment
  • Examples from my Soul Plan Reading
  • Anxiety beyond biochemistry
  • Becoming addicted to being anxious

 

Watch, listen, learn… Enjoy!

 

About Lucy

Lucy Anne Chard - Weight Free Wellness PodcastLucy Anne Chard is a writer, holistic therapist and teacher, encouraging people to re-connect with their mind-body-spirit wholeness, recover the confidence to be true to themselves in all aspects of life and create a life that is in alignment with their soul’s purpose.

Having completed her Bachelor of Arts in Drama & Performance, she embarked on a career as an actress for a theatre company in South Africa, where she grew up. She spent the first two years post University performing Shakespeare and original South African works to the public, as well as taking productions into rural areas of the country to perform in town halls and civic centers for school children and adults who had never experienced theatre before.

She moved to London in 2005 with her partner, following the impulse to travel and explore the world. It was here where she embarked on a new career in Television Broadcasting.

Drawing on her unique experience in Drama & Performance, Strategy and Planning for some of the top blue-chip channel brands in the UK, Europe and South Africa, her training as an Energy Healing Practitioner and her clinical training in NLP, Hypnotherapy & Life Coaching, she loves working with heart-conscious, spiritual seekers through her Radiant You Programme & Soul Plan Life Alignment sessions, who are ready to shed the confines of playing small, be their own guru and live life in alignment with their soul’s purpose.

Lucy is a certified Advanced Clinical NLP Practitioner, Hypnotherapist and Life Coach, having studied through the prestigious Phil Parker Training Institute in London. She is an Advanced Soul Plan Practitioner, a Reiki Master-Teacher and an Advanced ThetaHealing Practitioner.

Learn more about Lucy and what she offers here!




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Lupus – Survive, Thrive and Live Naturally! :068

Given a diagnosis of Lupus and only 10 years to live (without medication) – Sandie moved back with her parents and pulled out all stops to not only heal herself, but to fulfill her dreams!

Sandie’s amazing Lupus healing story would take more than a simple blog post to summarize, but here are the highlights: beginning at age 7, Sandie experienced debilitating migraines headaches. Eventually, resorting to the prescription medication Effexor for help, she found some relief, but nothing that truly restored her to a normal life.

Her fiery spirit  was not totally tamed by debilitating headaches, cystic acne, depression, mood swings, and insomnia (to name few). Sandie still managed to graduate from university with honors in biomedicine and lead a relatively normal life; until the fateful tuna salad incident that seemed to throw things into a tailspin.

After food poisoning, a Lupus diagnosis and moving back in with her parents, Sandie – with seemingly every last ounce of gumption left in her –  enrolled in a Functional Diagnosis Nutrition Course which, with her determination and spirit, probably saved her life – at least that’s what I heard from her story.

If you are suffering from mystery symptoms or have a diagnosis of Lupus (or any other autoimmune disease) you should definitely listen to this woman’s inspiring story! I had a great time getting to know Sandie, I bet you will too!

Here are some topics we covered:

  • Symptoms: Migraine headaches, insomnia, depression, manic, Interstitial Cystitis, Cystic Acne, Butterfly rash, Mood swings, Joint pain, Chronic throat infections
  • Body-typing
  • Heredity
  • “It changed my path. It changed my whole life… The biggest lesson of my life came from that diagnosis…” – Sandie Gascon, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and Lupus Thriver
  • Zone of Genius from “The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks
  • Raw vegan diet
  • Functional Diagnostic Nutrition
  • Un-labeling from disease
  • The difference between Functional Diagnostic Nutrition and Functional Medicine
  • DUTCH testing, Hormone testing, Sex Hormones, Organic Acids Testing (OATs)
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and SIBOS (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth)
  • Cystic Acne and Interstitial cystitis
  • How she healed more in 6 months than in 5 years of prior attempts
  • Why testing is better than trial and error
  • Why it’s easier/better to work with the Liver first
  • Mind-body healing
  • “You want to address the imbalances, but you also have to get to the root cause.” – Sandie Gascon, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and Lupus Thriver
  • The true cost and value of health.
  • Her opinion and experience with social healthcare.
  • “Be positive. There is hope. Don’t give up.”  – Sandie Gascon, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and Lupus Thriver

Watch, listen, learn… Enjoy!

About Sandie Gascon

Sandie Gascon - Motivated2Heal - Weight Free WellnessAs a Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner I am living my dream helping people achieve their health goals. I have spent 6 years researching every aspect of natural healing and have made it my life long quest to continue that learning. I am able to pull knowledge from many sources including my 4 year Honor’s Degree in Biomedicine, my 3 year diploma in Massage Therapy, and many different natural healing courses.

Dogs are my passion. I train and hike with my dogs everyday. I compete in dog agility every weekend I am able. I love yoga, golfing, kayaking and hiking. I am a high energy, passionate woman and I love true, natural beauty. I cherish every moment I am able to do the things I love because it was not long ago that I was in constant pain, fatigued and unable to do anything.

In the photo is Sandie and one of her 5 dogs dogs, Missile, who is retired from agility. Her goal is to be on the Canadian world agility by 2019. She also has a horse named Secret.  Learn more about Sandie here.





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Follow Your Dreams – Author and Illustrator Michelle Nelson-Schmidt :065

Children’s author Michelle Nelson-Schmidt shares how facing our fears is crucial to the true wellness that comes from following our dreams.

Michelle Nelson-Schmidt is a children’s book author and illustrator who travels the nation teaching children how to face their fears, listen to their inner voices, be themselves despite what the world tells them, and to follow their dreams.  Her story is liberating and inspiring, and shows us that while the road to your dreams may be rocky, scary, hard, and full of failures and mistakes, it’s worth it.  Her books are meant for children, but her message is equally important to all adults because we have been hurt, squashed, and bruised from the negative messages of the world.  Michelle’s wisdom through her stories teaches us how to listen to our hearts underneath the loud voice of our fears, embrace our true authentic selves, believe in the magic of giving, and tune in to our interconnectivity to each other for true wellness.

 

“When you start to trust in who you are in this world and listen to your heart amazing things begin happening [sic].” – Michelle Nelson-Schmidt

 

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“A bad test grade does not make you a bad person.” – Michelle Nelson-Schmidt

Listen to the podcast to hear:

  • How Michelle’s message changed the entire course of my wellness path and career
  • Michelle’s winding path to following her dreams
  • How Michelle felt watching everyone else following their dreams while she wasn’t
  • How just because you are good at something doesn’t mean it’s your true calling
  • How it felt to choose the safe version of her passion instead of going all in
  • The difference between hard work and heart work, and how following your dreams requires both
  • Why the freedom to fail and embracing mistakes is crucial to following your dreams
  • What Jonathan James and the What If Monster teaches us about facing our fears and anxiety
  • What Bob is a Unicorn teaches us about being ourselves and find our tribe
  • What Cordelia teaches us about taking accountability for your choices, owning your passion, and making the world better because of it
  • How Michelle’s very successful marketing strategy is very different from what we are taught, and how to embrace giving
  • The difference between giving to get, vs. giving for joy
  • The difference between expectations vs. faith
  • The importance of interconnectivity for maintaining joy

Michelle Nelson-Schmidt - Cordelia

 

“Just because some people don’t ‘get you’ or understand you does not mean you’re wrong and you gotta’ stay true to yourself because eventually what happens is your people find you. People that think like you, act like you – we’re magnets in this world. ” – Michelle Nelson-Schmidt

 

“When you shine your light you give permission for others – you shine that light on others and you give permission to everybody else (to shine).” – Michelle Nelson-Schmidt

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About Michelle Nelson-Schmidt

Michelle Nelson-Schmidt - WhatifMonsters.com - Follow Your DreamsI am Michelle Nelson-Schmidt, I live in Lilburn, Georgia and I have the great privilege of getting to be an author and illustrator for EDC Publishing. After about 10 years eeking my way towards that goal while working full-time as a mother and graphic designer, I am finally doing it full time. Sometimes I need to pinch myself when I realize that this is actually my life. I still sometimes look behind me to see the ‘author’ that a person next to me is talking about. I write and illustrate books for kids. Wow! THIS IS MY LIFE! I travel to schools all over the United States reading them my books, talking about my journey and encouraging them to follow their dreams – with everything they’ve got – no matter what! Because my life is magical, it truly is and every minute, even the doubting, painful ones were so worth it to get to here, I want every person I know and meet to understand that this life is meant to be magical – and we all can have a magical life. You just have to have the courage to look for it and work for it.

I love that I get to show my children and all the children I meet (over 400,000 now) that life is what you make it. That persistence and hard work will overcome almost any obstacle – and I of course have to make sure that they know reading is pretty much the key it all, no matter what your dream.

When I am not traveling I am busy being silly and having fun with the loves of my life – my husband Kevin, my son Noah, my daughter Sophia and our two crazy dogs, Piggy Pie and Otto Von Schmidt. They are all my everything and I love them more than bees love flowers!

 

Enter Michelle’s wonderful world full of freebies, inspiration and and books at here.

To join her each Wednesday on her Story Time Live, follow her on Facebook here.





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What is Acupuncture, Really? with Michael Max of the Everyday Acupuncture Podcast :059

The Acupuncturist who doesn’t like needles… helps Dispel some Acupuncture Myths

My guest, acupuncturist and podcast host, Michael Max joins me to clarify what acupuncture is, and what it isn’t. Michael decided to study acupuncture, despite having a successful career in the technology industry, because of the dramatic effect it had on his chronic respiratory issues. What makes his story even more unique is that he doesn’t like needles… Watch, Listen, Enjoy!

 

Here’s what we talked about:

  • How chronic respiratory issues prompted this successful, former high tech. person to study and become an Acupuncturist (who doesn’t like needles)
  • How does Acupuncture work?
  • Are the needles like the needles we know from getting a vaccination?
  • Is Acupuncture woo-woo or science?
  • Do you have to believe in Acupuncture or understand it for it to work?
  • Does it work for everyone? Will it work right away?
  • How to find a reputable practitioner.
  • Which herbal remedies are the best?
  • Other than in California that has its own exam, look for the NCCAOM qualification which is a national exam and requires 3 years of training.
  • Does it hurt?
  • The common myths about Acupuncture
  • Do certain people or conditions respond quicker or better? (eg. digestion, anxiety, fertility)
  • About the Everyday Acupuncture Podcast
  • We know that sugar is bad… but what about fruit?
  • Book – Good Calories, Bad Calories
  • Examples of what Michael puts in his morning shakes: kale, apple, nut butter, herbs, turmeric, spirulina, collard greens, water (no ice – and why – especially if you have issues with your menstrual cycle or digestion)

 

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About Michael Max

michael-max-BWHello, I’m Michael Max.

I’ve been a student of acupuncture and Chinese medicine for going on 20 years now. It began as a curiosity as to how a few needles could not only resolve a stubborn health condition I’d had since childhood, but also improve my digestion, quality of sleep and mood. This lead me first to acupuncture school, and then Asia where I worked my way through the gate of Chinese language so I could study with doctors there. Today my work is informed by my clinical practice, the materials I read in Chinese from doctors of centuries past, and the teachers of our modern times who synthesize observations of the past with the challenges of the present.

I am the host of The Everyday Acupuncture podcast. It is a way to capture that clinically honed wisdom and share it with the world through the increasingly popular media stream of podcasting.

These podcasts run between 45-60 minutes. You can tune in at any time to the shows you are interested in learning more about. And unlike radio, you can listen at your convenience to the shows that are of interest to you.

Everyday Acupuncture is here to educate, entertain, give practical advice, inspire and encourage actionable change that assists you in improving your wellbeing. And all without requiring you to understand a lick of Chinese!

Check out the Everyday Acupuncture Podcast!

and Michael’s Clinic Website 

 






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Functional Psychiatry with Dr. Reba Peoples :055

Functional Psychiatry is a growing field of holistically treating psychiatric conditions – going as far as to help patients ween off of and treat conditions without medication.

 

A Functional Psychiatrist will look at the whole picture of a person to help remedy what appear to be mental imbalances. They are trained to see the body as all connected and will look at how your gut health, let, exercise and lifestyle affect your mental and emotional well-being.

If you’re wondering how to treat anxiety, depression and a laundry list of other ailments that you might already be seeing a psychiatrist for; this is well worth listening to! Also, it’s a great way to learn to prevent these issues as well!

 

Functional Psychiatrist Dr. Reba Peoples shares her insights and some very helpful tools that she shares with her patients.

 

Highlights of our discussion:

  • Why she named her practice “Imara” – is a girl’s name in Swahili meaning “one with strength or fortitude”. In Arabic it is a boy’s name which means “one who build or constructs”.
  • Functional Medicine aims to find the root cause of ailments
  • Why Dr. Peoples became a psychiatrist and now is adding Functional Medicine to her practice.
  • Dr. Peoples noticed that patients on medication seemed to be “just existing”. Now she says she sees patients thriving and being treated in her Functional Psychiatry practice.
  • How gut health affects our mental and emotional health.
  • There is only about 33% success rate with anti-depressant medications.
  • Why depression is a symptom (a fire alarm) – not a disease (not the fire).
  • What is SMART wellness?
  • How sleep can likely prevent dementia. (beta-amyloid)
  • Studies have shown – People who get 20 minutes of aerobic exercise 4 times per week get as much benefit from the exercise as they do from an anti-depressant for mild to moderate depression.
  • “We have a very potent internal pharmacy that we can activate just through exercise.” – Dr. Reba Peoples
  • Avoid the ANTs (automatic, negative, thoughts)
  • How Dr. Peoples teaches someone to become aware of their (negative) thoughts
  • The importance and difference between “who you are”/ (inner self) and “what you do” (role)
  • How what we put into our bodies affects our health: food, products and even media
  • Is your relationship affecting your health?
  • “When people say ‘trust your gut’ there is a lot to back that up scientifically.” – Dr. Reba Peoples
  • How to keep a positive mindset during trying and emotional times.
  • What to do when Facebook is causing you to feel upset or anxious.
  • When being resilient is no longer a good strategy.
  • “When we do have depression… anxiety… negative emotions – these are functional adaptations to dysfunctional environments.” – Dr. Reba Peoples
  • How a person can start implementing these practices in a low-cost way.

 

 

Dr Reba Peoples - Imara Health - Functional Psychiatry

About Dr. Reba Peoples

Dr. Reba Peoples is a board certified psychiatrist and founder of Imara Health and Wellness. Dr. Peoples created Imara because she is passionate about helping each of her patients move beyond their symptoms and truly start to live joyful, healthy lives. She does this by utilizing a functional approach that helps people understand the impact of lifestyle, genetics and environment on health and the progression of disease. Having this understanding allows her to provide a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan that identifies the root cause of illness and really allows her patients to work toward healing rather than symptom management.

Although Dr. Peoples does prescribe medications when clinically necessary, she often finds that a lot of her patients either no longer need medications or are able to significantly reduce the amount of psychiatric medications that they are taking once they have been able to successfully incorporate certain lifestyle adjustments.

Dr. Peoples firmly believes that in order to truly achieve wellness, we must be willing to gently nurture our bodies, passionately expand our minds and lovingly cultivate our spirits. She is truly excited to partner with you on your wellness journey.

Learn more about Dr. Peoples and what she offers at Imara Health and Wellness

 






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How to Live Free of Medication: ADHD, Autism, Apraxia and Anxiety with Jennifer Kozek :049

ADHD, autism, and anxiety were familiar subjects to Jennifer Kozek, a board-certified psychotherapist.

When her four year old son was diagnosed with severe anxiety, apraxia, ADD/ADHD and a Pervasive Developmental Disability (PDD), she became much more interested in how to treat him naturally, despite her medical training.

In this podcast Jennifer shares her experience as a psychotherapist and mom. Most of all she shares her wealth of knowledge including insights from her book: Healing Without Hurting: Treating ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders Naturally and Effectively Without Harmful Medication.

 

“Autism is an autoimmune, metabolic and digestive disorder.” – Jennifer Kozek

 

Here are some of the points of what we discussed:

  • What’s the difference between a counselor, psychologist, psychotherapist and psychiatrist?
  • The story of her son: born at 32 weeks and in NICU for 6 weeks because of undeveloped digestive system… Jennifer later learned this meant he had an underdeveloped immune system
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Hypotonia
  • The many symptoms that in hindsight were due to his diagnosis: delayed cognitive development, overly sensitive to tactile stimulation, speech apraxia, delayed to walk, “spacing out”, troubled sleep, social interaction, energy
  • “We had to reduce inflammation.” – Jennifer Kozek
  • Delays in development blamed on premature birth
  • Brain-gut Connection
  • Epigenetics
  • Allergy testing – how to test for accurate results
  • The truth about infant formula
  • Factors that a person can take for prevention
  • Managing necessary diet changes while keeping eating disorder prevention in mind
  • How still “live life” with diet restrictions with school activities, birthday parties, etc.
  • Nutritional deficiency
  • “Some of these kids don’t produce neurotransmitters well.” – Jennifer Kozek
  • Where to begin with elimination diet
  • Food sensitivities
  • Therapies: Neuro-feedback, Brain Balance Therapy, Brain Gym, Cranial-Sacral Therapy, Shaman, Chiropractic, Naturopathy
  • What to do if insurance does not cover therapies
  • Blood types A and O
  • Prenatal care
  • MTHFR gene mutation
  • Why to take folate rather than folic acid
  • Whole food vs. synthetic vitamins
  • How babies get the beneficial bacteria into their bodies
  • Cord blood banking – beneficial or not?
  • Other benefits: Jenn is now off Zoloft and lost 20 pounds!

 

 

“What’s interesting about with these kids [ADHD and Autism Spectrum] is they either crave these foods that they are most sensitive to or they push it away.” – Jennifer Kozek

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“Don’t give up and trust your gut!” – Jennifer Kozek

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Helpful Resources Mentioned in Podcast

Healing the New Childhood Epidemics  – Dr. Bock, M.D., and Cameron Stauth – Book

The Feingold Diet

Vaccine Revealed- Documentary

Vaxxed – Documentary

 

“Nutritional deficiencies are really at the root of all these disorders [ADHD and Autism Spectrum].” – Jennifer Kozek

 

About Jennifer Kozek

I’m Jennifer Kozek, a board-certified psychotherapist and the author of “Healing Without Hurting: Treating ADHD, Apraxia, and Autism Spectrum Disorders Naturally and Effectively without Harmful Medications.” I specialize in working with the families of children with Autism, ADHD, and their co-morbidities. I’ve seen firsthand the havoc these diagnoses can wreak, and was driven to explore alternative treatments. Thankfully I discovered natural solutions to address the underlying causes of these conditions without the need for harmful or intrusive medications.

For me this is not simply professional, but personal. At age four, my son was diagnosed with severe anxiety, apraxia, ADD/ADHD and a Pervasive Developmental Disability (PDD). Through extensive research and implementation, I began to see how much my sons mood and behavior improved with lifestyle changes and alternative treatments. These changes included a reduction of hyperactivity, depression, and anxiety symptoms. In addition, he was focusing better, his executive functioning improved and he began sleeping soundly. I discovered far better solutions than any of the conventional practitioners had to offer, made it my mission to support other children and families.

As a national speaker, I’ve toured the country conducting workshops, and sharing my expertise with parents, teachers, and healthcare professionals. Now I’m here to help you personalize and implement these strategies for healing. The time for struggle is over – healing without hurting is here.

Visit her website at HealingWithoutHurting.com

 

 






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Relieve Anxiety Naturally (My top 9 Remedies) :021

Anxiety is a Familiar Subject to me

Growing up I witnessed close family members suffer debilitating anxiety and as I came into adulthood and “real life,” I found myself experiencing symptoms as well.

Fortunately I was able to recognize symptoms before they grew into full-blown anxiety attacks. By applying this information, you too can diminish symptoms and prevent them from escalating!

Note, this is by no means medical advice. I am sharing what has worked for me and others. I only share what I have used personally for at least 6 months. I have used all the remedies listed here for several years. (There is one exception below.) Consult with your trusted Natural Health Practitioner to discuss the following options.

Relieve Anxiety Naturally

How I Relieve Anxiety Naturally

 

1)   Breathe

Yeah, I know it seems too simple. You’re alive, right!? So you must be breathing! Few of us get the quality of breath that we need to fully oxygenate our bodies and stimulate the relaxation response.

Ways to retrain this into your body:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Stretch your “side body” by doing gentle sidebands. This opens the body to be able to breathe laterally (between the side ribs) rather than solely in the upper chest; the latter triggers the stress response.
  • Take breath-work classes. Go to your local yoga studio and ask if they offer Pranayama. (prah-nah-yah-mah). Yeah, it seemed weird to me at first too; but when you feel it working, you’ll want to go back for more!
  • Learn to breathe into your belly. This initiates the relaxation response.
  • Wear clothing that has a loose or stretchy waist so your breathing can be more free and unrestricted.
  • Set a timer to remind you to take several deep, belly breaths every hour.
  • Last but not least… use the HeartMath Inner Balance Transformation System. It’s a simple biofeedback device that you use along with an App on your smartphone that is scientifically proven to reduce anxiety by 46% in 6-9 weeks. When I do just a 5 minute session before going to bed, I notice a remarkable improvement in sleep quality upon waking the next morning!

 

2)   Live in Day-tight Compartments

I wish I could say that I came up with this one, but I have to give full credit to Dale Carnegie and his timeless book, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.

In this immensely valuable book he instructs readers to leave all the cares of yesterday in the past and all the thoughts of the morrow for the future; to live solely in a single day. Live in day-tight compartments!

As a side note, try to make a point of reading (listen to the audio for convenience) to this book quarterly.

 

3)   Moderation and Consistency

Especially for the Air-type (I teach about Body-types in my book, You-niversal Self-care: Improved Health Through Self-Understanding) learning to set healthy patterns is very, very important in order to feel balanced and even calm.

There are three areas in life, that if we can regulate them, will help to set or reset the body’s natural rhythms. These are:

  • Food  Eating healthy, whole foods on a regular basis helps to naturally regulate the body. Eating plenty of healthy fats and complex carbohydrates in the form of fruits and veggies (keeping even the natural sugars to a minimum) helps to balance blood sugars and therefor energy, mood and much more! If you suffer from sever anxiety I would eat meals on a schedule as strictly as possible until symptoms abate. Eat in silence or with soft, comforting music: no tv, no phone, just you and your food and loved ones if they’re present!
  • Exercise  This is important not only to maintain a healthy, functioning physique, it does so much for the rhythmic functions of our hormone regulation system. I’ll talk more about what kinds of exercise are best later…
  • Sleep  If you’re experiencing anxiety it’s likely that you’re already challenged in this area. Anxiety begets troubled sleep which begets poor sleep, it’s a vicious cycle! If you’ve applied all these suggestions and your sleep is still not better, consult your trusted Natural Health Practitioner for stronger natural remedies. If you have a very active mind, I find the Bach Flower’s Rescue Sleep to be very helpful. Also, I have not personally used this but have known it to be very helpful for others, Doc Parsley’s Sleep Remedy.

 

4)   Eliminate

Sometimes moderation is not enough. There are times where we need to eliminate certain things from our life in order to re-establish homeostasis. If you’re already suffering from symptoms of anxiety, you may feel dependent on the following, but they are not promoting overall health. By eliminating these things you are more likely to prevent the anxiety from getting worse.

  • Caffeine  We all know that caffeine can give us a nice little boost, but this charge can throw off our rhythms for the entire day. I find myself explaining to people often that caffeine is a diuretic which noticeably stimulates the kidneys and large intestines. Caffeine also stimulates other areas of the body, including the small, helpful little adrenal glands that sit atop the kidneys. So as caffeine stimulates the kidneys, it does the same for the adrenals. I see it like the kidneys and adrenals are sponges and the caffeine squeezes the healthy juices and even nutrients from them. Some people will be affected more than others. Clearly if you’re already experiencing anxiety it doesn’t hurt to try eliminating caffeine… dare I say it? Even from chocolate…
  • Refined Sugar  As mentioned earlier, keeping blood sugars stable help to regular many other functions of the body.
  • Alcohol  Although that night cap feels like it initially helps you to sleep, it actually prevents you from getting quality sleep! It also dehydrates the body, further throwing off any regularity already established. This does not help to promote prolonged health and healing. I have found Bach Flower Remedy Rescue Sleep to help calm my mind, instead of alcohol.

 

5)   Bach Flowers Rescue Remedy

Sometimes anxiety can be initiated by a traumatic event which then can leave you more sensitive to smaller triggers. It can also feel like anxiety is one continued trauma. For such deeply emotional conditions (and even the mild versions) I like to use this totally natural and very gentle yet effective remedy, Bach Flowers Rescue Remedy or FES 5-Flower Essence. They have been used to help victims of devastating floods, tsunamis and other disasters.

 

6)   Move Your Body – Shake it Loose

Sometimes when wrought with anxiety it does not make sense to do anything exciting or agitating to the body. But, have you ever been with a kid who is just so excited or even on a “sugar-high” that the only somewhat reasonable thing to do is to let/help them burn it off? Sometimes the inner giggles are so strong that you have to just get them out of your system. In my experience, this is how anxiety can be at the extreme stages; your body is so full of seeming electric energy, while perhaps counterintuitive, it’s better to just burn it off, shake it loose, lose your breath (so your body can re-regulate), lose your mind (that is your ruminating thoughts) and… have fun!

 

7)   Herbs and Supplements

Be sure to consult with your trusted Natural Health Practitioner on this one; I will share some supplements that have really helped me. When in an anxious state your body is likely lacking in nutrients and quickly uses up stores. I’ve found it helpful to supplement with minerals (primarily calcium and magnesium for my body); vitamin C, B-complex and zinc. I also really benefit from adaptogenic herbs. There are many; your health practitioner should be able to help you find what’s right for you! Check out My List of Favorite Natural Remedies in the side bar for details on what I like and use.

 

8)   Gentle Exercise

I already mentioned exercise above, but the type of exercise you implement when you feel anxious can have dramatic affects! Aside from an occasional “Shake it Loose” session, I have found gentle exercise the best for helping to calm the body and mind. Examples include: yoga, walking (especially in nature), Thai chi, Qigong and casual bike rides. The idea is to move your body in a gentle way, take a break from your day, allow your mind to also take a break… and even smile! Take time to center yourself.

 

9)  Observe

This one comes last not because of importance, but because it’s the one that takes the most practice. By implementing the above practices you’ll already be well on your way to better observe your body, mind and emotions. If you’ve already experienced very strong symptoms of anxiety, you know that you don’t want the symptoms to escalate again.

The key to prevention is observation.

What does it feel like when your anxiety levels are at a 3 versus an 8?

Which remedies can help you quickly relieve anxiety, and which habits is it necessary for you to keep up on in order to not suddenly be feeling anxious?

Where did you learn the patterns of being anxious? This is not to blame or be a victim, but to observe our environments to become more aware. For must of us, this was our childhood environment or even as early as being in the womb.

 

The good news is

You can un-train your body! You can manage anxiety naturally. I encourage you to find a health practitioner who not only supports your desire to heal naturally, but who is also knowledgable in ways to do this. Connecting with people who are successfully managing anxiety naturally can help too!

One day at a time. You can do it!