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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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Autoimmune Wellness with Angie Alt and Mickey Trescott :022

Autoimmune Issues Show up as Nagging Symptoms

Do you have a list of symptoms you experience that seem to have no rhyme or reason? Do they show up at the most inconvenient times, and those around you (even loved ones) just don’t understand what all the fuss is about!

The list is seemingly endless, but may include:

  • feeling tired
  • feeling irritable
  • pain in all kinds of strange places
  • unpredictable energy patterns
  • sleepless or at best fidgety nights
  • hair loss
  • skin ailments and so many more

 

From this stellar book, “The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook”, I got some explanation for seemingly unrelated health symptoms that I’ve experienced since childhood!

If this book has been around 15 years ago when I first became aware of the Celiac Disease and Irritable Bowel-like symptoms I experience as a child, I could have helped my body much quicker and sooner.

But the great news is that it’s available for you!

 

I am very pleased to share this insightful interview with the authors of The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook

Angie Alt and Mickey Trescott have put together an amazingly helpful book for those who suspect they have or have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. The Weight Free Wellness Podcast is here to help you make your wellness journey as simple as it can be (and provide some encouragement along the way) and Angie and Mickey’s book is a perfect fit!

Watch, Listen, Read… Enjoy!

 

The answers below have been summarized from the podcast…

Turn to the audio or visual podcast for the full experience!

 

Q:  Where are you from?

A:  Angie Alt, NTC, CHC  lives just outside of Washington D.C. and is originally from Montana. (On the left in the photo above.)

A:  Mickey Trescott, NTP lives on the West coast in rural area of Portland, Oregon. (On the right in the photo above.)

 

Q:  Please introduce yourself and give us your educational background.

A:  Angie is a certified nutritional therapy consultant and certified health coach.

A:  Mickey has a background as a personal chef and after diagnosis studies to become a certified nutritional therapy practitioner.

 

Q:  What is an Autoimmune Disease?

A:  This is the part of our body that serves to protect us from pathogens (bacteria, fungus, viruses for example) and rids the body of these foreign invaders. The body protects itself from suffering future attacks of the same kind by creating immunity- essentially it is already familiar with the former intruder, it has its mugshot, and can quickly mount a seek-and-destroy mission if this pathogen enters the body again. In the case of an Autoimmune Disease, the body sees a part of itself as the invader, and therefor is continually on the attack of the “invader,” which is your own body. Not good…

 

Q:  Which Autoimmune Diseases have you been diagnosed with and their primary symptoms?

A:  Angie: A diagnosis of 3 or more autoimmune diseases is considered a category of its own, Multiple Autoimmune Syndrome (MAS). Usually MAS includes a skin disorder.

Lichen sclerosus – tearing and changes to the skin in the genital region

Endometriosis – (suspected autoimmune disease) – symptoms are primarily emergency-level painful menstrual cycles.

Celiac Disease – (Angie suspects this is her primary autoimmune disease) – The immune system attacks the cells in the small intestine which prevents absorption of [some] nutrients. Can experience intestine pain, weight lost, diarrhea, or even constipation or weight gain. Celiac Disease can be a symptom due to nutrient deficiency.

 

A:  Mickey: 

Celiac Disease – Explains how hers and Angie’s symptoms showed up as more neurological and emotional due to the effects of nutritional deficiencies that Celiac Disease can cause; illustrating that Celiac Disease does not always show up as disturbing sensations in the abdomen.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis – It is the most common autoimmune disease. Symptoms are varied greatly: loss of feeling in fingertips, feeling cold even in the summer (despite ambient temperature), hair loss, very low energy, exhaustion, muscle fatigue, mental and emotional “stuff”, anxiety, depression, weight gain not helped by diet; although weight gain was not the case for Mickey which she explains can complicate diagnosis since most doctors see this as a almost necessary symptom.

 

Q:  What causes Autoimmune Disease?

A:  Angie: There can be a lot of factors. Genetics is one of them. If others in your family have an autoimmune disease you may experience one as well, but it could be an entirely difference diagnosis. Your environment: toxins, viruses, diets and lifestyle.

 

Q: What is Paleo?

A:  Paleo is a way of eating like our ancestors. There are many different version, but most agree it’s a diet more like our ancestors’: without processed foods, thickeners, and even as far as eating grass-fed meats… that the animals are eating what their ancestors ate too (Tara).

 

Q: How is the Autoimmune Paleo protocol different?

A:  The AIP protocol falls under the umbrella of Paleo but eliminates foods that are known to trigger autoimmune symptoms while adding foods that are dense in nutrients.

 

We also talk about:

Elimination diets and/or food allergy testing.

Food – there are some amazing recipes in this book and each author has previously authored Paleo and Autoimmune Paleo cookbooks!

Achieve Wellness – Not an Image…what this means to them.

The dedication of the book to their supportive hubbies

I praise the book, maybe a little too much (was it weird?) but it’s so true… it’s such a terrific book!

How to handle the stress of making healthy changes when already stressed with challenging symptoms.

Angie and Mickey share their parting messages and words of encouragement.

 

 

From The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook

“Wellness is not in your doctors office or in a new pill; it is in your hands and it starts with being informed.”

Start to inform yourself with their book, you’ll be glad you did!

Visit Autoimmune-Paleo.com

 








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Being Overweight, Bullies, IBS and Anorexia Made me Stronger :002

Being overweight, dealing with bullies and IBS (at the same time) and later anorexia was not comfortable…

…so why would I want to bring it up now? To help others in similar times of need.

 

I’ve put off sharing these stories for years.

 

Why? Because to tell the message that’s really deep inside of me; born of gut-wrenching emotional hardships and puzzling physical-health obstacles… I have to be real.

 

Being real and telling the truth are not easy. I don’t mean the plain truths; I mean the real truth where I don’t put up a veil, put on a mask, or just stay “politely” quiet.

 

So, to say the least, this is really awkward; to be on camera, talking about myself, figuratively and literally nearly naked.

 

***Learning to create a podcast is a bit like learning to ride a bike. You can observe, take instruction from those who’ve done it- but the first several attempts are going to be wobbly and might make you gasp! We’ll get the hang of this sooner than later. Please be patient as we get this thing going smoothly! Thanks!***

 

 

I’m creating this podcast because over my years of my personal Wellness Journey and through consulting others I’ve learned so much; and I want to continue to learn and help others!

 

By sharing my research, resources, and experiences through the enjoyable medium of conversation and podcasting, I get to do what satiates my desires to learn more and help others.

 

I started this process several years ago with my first book You-niversal Self-care: Improved Health Through Self-Understanding, teaching the ancient wisdom of Body-typing. Earth, Fire, Air and Water are the elements I use as metaphors to help people understand their body and environment, including relationships.

Since then I’ve felt the deep desire to contribute more, and help people gain Self-Empowerment and Self-Compassion.

 

 

At about 12 minutes into the recording  I’m more settled into talking to the camera and share significant experiences that cultivated me to be able to teach this material.

 

 

Significant Experiences I Highlight in this Podcast:

  • I was blessed with an unhealthy body as a youngster. Yes, I said “blessed”. Because I was significantly overweight and larger than my classmates (I weighed over 100 pounds as a 3rd-grader when my classmates weighted 60 pounds on average.) I am able to deeply empathize with those who are overweight, feel the pressures from multiple directions to be a “normal” weight, and to simply fit in; not to mention to just fit into normal clothes!
  • The truth is, bullies make you tougher… I don’t condone bullying, but today I thank mine. They prepared me for bigger bullies!
  • Through this experience I also learned that focusing on weight was not the answer, and by focusing on weight, I actually put more figurative weight on myself; the weight on one’s shoulders, so-to-speak.
  • If I were a youngster with the same conditions living in the time with knowledge we have today, I believe I would have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease and Irritable Bowels Syndrome.
  • Eating disorders are no joke. When I experienced anorexia I was trying to re-create myself. I wanted to fit-in and be accepted. I felt terrible. I had no energy. I was starving my body, and the essence of myself. I lost site of life, having fun and being me.

 

***Tangent***

By the way, posting this video of me in my bathing suit is not comfortable. As I said before, it’s very metaphoric of how nearly-naked I feel in just beginning to talk about some topics that I feel very vulnerable in talking about.

I’m normally rather reserved.

But, from my experience, I know how motivating it can be to see that someone else has achieved the goals that I desire. It’s like a sign saying, “It’s possible. You can do it too!”

While I do not promote physical image to be the end-all-be-all goal, a natural byproduct of leading a healthy life is looking good/healthy!

I’m doing what’s uncomfortable to me because my goal is to help people be more comfortable with themselves and more Self-Loving.

So, if this helps you feel more inspired that you can overcome too – here you go!

I want this to be a healthy form of motivation.

It’s about Self-Love… Sounds narcissistic, doesn’t it?

Don’t let this thought stop you! (Like it did to me for many years!)

The degree to which you can love yourself, you can love others. It sounds cheesy, but it’s true!

This ties into later podcasts on the topic of relationships I will do later with my hubby.

 

Ok… back to…

Significant memories from being anorexic- the turning points:

  • While literally starving myself I would make myself exercise. I played basketball at the time; not because I enjoyed it or was interested in it really, but because it was an activity I could involve myself in in order to exercise, burn more calories during the day, and avoid my parents seeing what was really going on.  Because my body was weak and I lacked energy, I would fall on the basketball court often.
  • I remember one final fall –it must have been right before I quit– when I heard, I mean really heard, my legs impact the hardwood floor. My knees sounded eerily hollow. It occurred to me then, that I felt as hollow as my body sounded physically. At that moment I felt sad and sensed empathy for myself.
  • Around the same time there were two people who’s simple, genuine inquiries of “Are you ok?” showed the care and concern I must have needed. I didn’t feel like I needed attention at the time, but these gestures of concern helped me to see that I deserved to give myself more care and concern. These two people were a teacher and an aunt.

 

What I learned about Healthy Self-Image, from the Oprah show

Around this same time, it was a typical routine for me to arrive at home, turn on the t.v. to watch a bit of an afternoon talk-show before doing homework and having dinner. Oftentimes I would decide on the Oprah show. That particular day she had on a guest who gave tips on developing healthy self-image. I am paraphrasing from memories nearly 20 years old…

“… Stand in front of the mirror naked. Pick out one thing you can genuinely love and admire about yourself. Keep doing this day-after-day. There will be a point where you will begin to see other things you can love and appreciate about yourself. It may take days or even months, but soon this self-love and appreciation will increase.”

Well, it sounded crazy at the time. And I felt so tremendously uncomfortable doing it, but at a time when I needed healthy Self-image the most- I gave it a try!

And, it works… really!

 

 

When you appreciate one thing in life or about yourself, it creates a healthy habit making it so much easier to appreciate many other things in life.

Then… life just get better and better!

What is concerning you? What steps are you taking?

It took me nearly 20 years to get to a point in my Wellness Journey where I feel healthy… it can happen much faster for you!

In future episodes we’ll continue to cover the plethora of information on health and wellness that’s available, and most of all, how to sort it out!

Comment and share!

Love,  Tara Baklund