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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.

Check out what Lori has going on!

 

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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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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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Getting Through a Sad Christmas :039

I Believe More People are Sad at Christmas than Will Admit

Sad times seem to stem from one thing… death: death of loved ones, relationships, ideas of what could or should have been, death of the past.

Christmas is about the celebration of LIFE. But like any good life lesson (and story), the potential for great joy is counter balanced by the likelihood of great sadness. Oh, how life can be so poetic!

I don’t mean to be negative. I’m actually wanting to relate and reach out; to help those who are struggling and truly suffering at this time. I’ve been there. Sadness overcomes me at these times too.

 

If the Christmas time is sad for you I welcome you in

I still haven’t decided how much or how to share all of my story on this podcast. Believe me, I know the pain of separation from people who said they loved me, but whose actions did not speak the same words.

I’ve felt the guilt of not being able to make things better, to be the solution I knew I could and wanted to be. I felt guilty, even when others tore apart the progress that we made.

Divorce is now accepted as a normal way to separate legally and otherwise from a troubling spouse. What is not so widely accepted is to separate from troubling people whom you had no choice in being involved with in the first place; family.

I am divorced from my family of origin, and like any divorces, there are multiple sides to the story, and a lot of hurt feelings.

I fought to mend a complex codependent family dynamic relationship while striving to understand my own values, standards and to create healthy boundaries.

It’s difficult to know how much to share. I want to help others in a similar situation and I also want to break the taboo, that being separated from one’s family is unacceptable. Is the only way to do this to share all? I’m still looking for other solutions.

I have forgiven these people and do not want to cause them any hardship by what I share. So I walk the line steadily. I still love them, but at a distance.

 

Is the feeling of loss making you sad?

It’s natural to mourn what we have lost: a loved one, a relationship, even a thought or idea of how we thought things were or how they should be.

Grief is different for each person and each situation. Check out this wonderful, short book, Tear Soup.

If you’re reading this you’re experiencing legitimate sadness. I encourage you to feel it fully, work through it, but also seek help.

 

What can help to overcome this sadness?

For deep grief there may be many waves of these feelings, especially when the grief is struck by timely events like Christmas and birthdays. It’s very challenging also, when the people or situation that you grieve are still alive; when there is no definitive death. When family members (or people in the sidelines of the situation) don’t know the whole story and don’t seem to strive to hear you, this can make things even more difficult to endure.

Here’s what I suggest to help overcome bouts of sadness at this time:

Gather a Group

Gather a group of people whom you really love and appreciate and who reciprocate this care. Make your own festivities, not out of spite, but in order to create what you desire!

Let go

Let go of assuming what others are thinking. Similarly, let go of desiring to be understood, especially by extended family or those in the sidelines of your situation; leave this for your therapist or maybe your best friend. Others will always have their own perspective and proclivities of what they will believe. Be free of the thoughts (or assumed thoughts) of other people!

Seek help

Allow yourself to process. Ask someone close to you to remind you if you’re perhaps “grieving by the clock” – that is, if the coming of the holidays or birthdays start to trigger sadness instead of joy or more positive memories. In this case, knowing is definitely half the battle!

Accept

Accepting a situation as it is does not mean that we like it, it just means that we no longer allow it to have hold of us. Once we can accept a situation as it is – a death, the ending of a relationship, the loss of a belief or desire – we can begin to feel whole again. Accepting a loss is like offering the object that is being taken from you. Imagine someone trying to steal a very prized possession. Let go of it. When you give up the object, you no longer struggle. You can rebuild and renew.

Love

Love yourself, love others and perhaps even eventually love and forgive the situation or other party that seems to have caused this sadness, maybe. To begin this, get out and help others somehow. Volunteer somewhere. Get out of your house where your thoughts seem to loom, and help and serve others. This is an amazing healing remedy!

 

When the sadness won’t let go

There are people who hold onto feeling sad because of the attention that it gains them. I don’t think you’re one of these people… if you were, you wouldn’t have read so far, looking for a solution.

There are also people and situations where sadness takes a very strong grip and won’t seem to let go.

If you’re in this state, even though the above suggestions may seem totally incomprehensible. I encourage you to just imagine what it would be like to just do one of them!

 

It is serving you

This grief, this sadness, this situation is serving you somehow. I know this may sound ridiculous, but it’s true.

Think of how you’ve become stronger, wiser, more observant, clearer in thought, etc. from all of this already. Imagine more solutions, see who you can become through this, and soon you will be living and being that person, rather than this.

 

Sending you much love from one mending heart to another, Tara

 

“Love allows understanding to dawn, and understanding is precious. Where you are understood, you are at home. Understanding nourishes belonging. When you really feel understood, you feel free to release yourself into the trust and shelter of the other person’s soul.” 
― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom