Addictions and trauma….what’s your pain?


Have you struggled with cravings or even addictions? Craving sugar, alcohol, cigarettes, sex, drugs, shopping, eating, gambling, people pleasing, extreme exercise, overworking, excessive social media activity….the specific addiction is not what I want to highlight but rather the mechanism.


As a practicing wellness practitioner for over 20 years and someone who aspires to actively live with conscious awareness, I am still learning the dynamics of why we suffer with addictions, what triggers this behaviour and how do we overcome these behaviours.


Dr Gabor Mate is one of my mentors with regards to addiction and trauma and he believes it all relates to childhood trauma and how we are triggered throughout life when our needs are not being met. Addiction is a response to human suffering…an attempt to avoid suffering, feel in control, avoid loneliness.

“We are addicted to being wanted.”

Dr Gabore mate


Trauma triggers also manifest as inflammation in our bodies that’s why its so vital to deal with trauma and stress with any health condition.


Kinesiology as a modality is so powerful and effective because in a session we don’t just talk through trauma, we actively, through muscle testing, release the trauma from the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual body.
We all can really benefit from less shame and guilt around the various issues we are dealing with because this does not aid healing. We can all benefit from more support and kindness from family, friends, and wellness practitioners.


Here’s a few pointers which I hope will help you:

  1. Stay in the present moment. Yesterday is past and you can do nothing about it. Every moment is a new opportunity to start over, make positive change, try again.
  2. Stop blaming, guilting, and shaming yourself when you find yourself relapsing. It drains you of energy and gets you stuck. We are all doing the best we can, with where we are at.
  3. Why the pain? Sit with the addictive behaviour and try identifying the emotions that trigger it. Where are you feeling helpless, abandoned, alone, unloved, fearful. If you can identify triggers you can choose to heal from them and rise above them when you are ready and able.
  4. What are you trying to tune out from? This is a stress adaptation that triggers addiction.
  5. Your body is the temple of your spirit/soul. The more awareness you bring to this, the more you accept that you are the temple, the wonderful, amazing vessel of your soul, the more reverence you will have for self, the more you can slowly start loving and accepting yourself as you are, the more you will aspire for self.
  6. You are not alone. You are deserving of unconditional love. If you need assistance dealing with trauma, with finding more self-love, connecting with your higher power within you and all the support around you then take brave steps to reach out and ask for help. Again, remember, you deserve it.
  7. Life is short and precious and a gift. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. Appreciate every moment given to you.
  8. You can not find love, validation, bliss or meaning in other people or from other people. You must live for you.

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What Actually Happens To Your Body During A Fast, Hour By Hour 

At the beginning of each week I fast for 16 hours to give my digestive system a break. And every few months I practice 14 hour fasting intervals over a few days as a spring clean but I do include liquids.

I am currently reading a very interesting book on the benefits of fasting for healing and the concept of autophagy as healing is my area of interest.

However even though I have been practicing this for years and feeling the benefits, I wanted to understand what actually happens, step by step as one fasts .I found this article by Alexis Sheilds ND which explains it quite simply.

0 to 4 hours
The first four hours after you eat are known as the anabolic growth phase. Your body is using up the energy you just ate to power your current activity and for cellular and tissue growth.

Your pancreas produces the hormone insulin. This allows your body to use up the glucose that was released into your bloodstream after your meal and to store any excess energy in your cells for later use.

4 to 16 hours
The second phase kicks off after four hours and lasts up until about 16 hours from your last meal. This is the “catabolic,” or breakdown, phase, when all those extra nutrients start being released from storage to be used for energy.

Once the energy stored in your cells runs out, your body starts to rely instead on stored fat. The process of releasing fat and burning it up for energy releases chemicals known as ketone bodies for energy, which usually happens around the 16-hour mark.

The rate at which you reach this stage really depends on what you ate for the last couple of meals before your fast. If you ate a lot of carbs and starch, it will take a bit longer than if you ate mostly fats and protein.

One of the most powerful features of fasting, called autophagy, also kicks off during this phase.

Autophagy is triggered by a reduction in a growth regulator called MTOR, and this process is basically a spring cleaning for your cells. It gets rid of any dead or damaged cellular material, which can otherwise contribute to aging, cancer, and chronic disease.

16 to 24 hours
Once you pass the 16-hour mark, glucose in the cells and glycogen in the liver and muscles begin to dwindle rapidly, which causes you to burn stored fat in order to keep up with your body’s need for energy.

Your energy demands at this stage likely haven’t changed much—you’re still waking up, working, walking, interacting with people, maybe exercising—so the amount of energy that’s needed can be quite significant.

The production of another chemical, AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), is also triggered at this point. This really increases the amount of autophagy happening all around your body.

24 to 72 hours
Again, it’s important to work with a physician if you plan to do a prolonged fast.

Once you pass 24 hours of fasting, your body will enter into a state called ketosis, where you’re reliant on burning your fat stores for energy. As fat cells are broken down for energy, ketone bodies are created and released into the bloodstream.

Ketone bodies act as fuel for the brain when glucose is scarce. Glucose is our brain’s primary source of fuel, but ketone bodies provide the brain with additional benefits.

Burning ketones can lead to a major uptick in your cognitive performance, mental clarity, and general sense of energy and well-being as you enter into a multiday fast.

Your brain also gets a boost around the 24-hour mark from an increase in production of brain-derived nootropic factor (BDNF).

BDNF supports the growth of brain neurons. Not only is it correlated with improvements in long-term memory, coordination, and learning, but it’s also thought to be key in reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in later life.

72+ hours
Once you’ve been fasting for three days or more, your body enters a deep state of ketosis. All the previous benefits: Autophagy, the uptick in the production of beneficial chemicals and hormones, fat loss, and mental clarity continue to increase. That said, your thyroid hormones also start to get affected, as your body thinks it’s starving.

Research suggests longer fasts can help your body become more resilient to stress and exposure to toxins and that certain hormones produced at this stage can have beneficial anti-cancer and anti-aging effects. That said, people with a history of eating disorders should avoid prolonged fasts, and it’s always a good idea to seek medical supervision when fasting.

To head her full article here’s the link

Dr. Naiman, ‘Diet Doctor’ suggests that “the sweet spot for intermittent fasting” occurs between 18 and 24 hours of fasting since this is the time period that sees the greatest drop in insulin and increase in lipolysis — the breakdown of fat.

Give intermittent fasting a try and please let me know what you experience.

*If you have medical conditions please consult with your doctor before you attempt a fast.

Your gut is like a river…it needs to flow to be healthy

How much the gut is able to move plays a significant role on the quantity and balance of healthy bacteria within the gut.


Dr. Erica Peirson says gastrointestinal motility represents one of the major control systems of gut microflora by moving bacteria and yeast out of the body at a rate that is balanced with their rate of reproduction.

Gastrointestinal dysbiosis cannot be addressed if gut motility is not optimized. Treating dysbiosis with antimicrobials (herbal or pharmaceutical), probiotics and diet without addressing gut motility will only result in continued ill-health, frustration and money lost on supplements and treatment that don’t result in long term effects.


Low muscle tone in the intestines leads to slow gut motility. When gut motility is slow, bacteria and yeast can’t be cleared properly and gets backed up in the small intestines. This leads to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and/or yeast overgrowth.
Because the gastronintestinal tract is a muscular system it is heavily dependent on a healthy nervous system.
Healthy vagus nerve function is needed for healthy gut function and motility. As with any nerve, its function can be impaired by a deficiency in the nutrients needed to make ACh because ACh is the main neurotransmitter used by the vagus nerve. Briefly, these nutrients are:
vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B7, and choline.
Muscles require energy in order to contract in the form of ATP (adenosine triphospate). ATP is generated by mitochondria. It naturally follows that mitochondrial dysfunction will lead to low muscle tone and slow gut motility.

Gastrointestinal symptoms of mitochondrial dysfunction include:

poor appetite, gastroesophageal sphincter dysfunction, constipation, dysphagia, vomiting, gastroparesis, GI pseudo-obstruction, diarrhea, or pancreatitis and hepatopathy.


Nutrients that support mitochondrial function and therefore support gut motility include:
Carnitine, CoQ10, B Vitamins, Ribose, T3/T2 hormone, Creatine.


Delayed gut motility is a hallmark of hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is marked by an accumulation of glycosaminoglycans, like hyaluronic acid, within soft tissue of the body creating edema and swelling. This substance is essential for healthy joints as it helps to lubricate and cushion them. It becomes a problem when it builds up in areas beyond healthy levels. In hypothyroidism it mostly builds up under the skin and in muscle, including the muscles of the gut. The deposition of this substance within muscles hinders it’s ability to contract properly. Many people with hypothyroidism experience diffuse skeletal muscle pain due to this aspect of their hypothyroidism. In adults, this is not only seen as symptoms of muscle pain it can also be seen visibly as edema under the skin particularly in the lower extremities and the face.


The lumen of the gut can be compared to a river. “A river’s flow is its heartbeat. Because we have dammed so many rivers and lakes, our freshwater ecosystems are losing species and habitats faster than any other type of ecosystem.” (Internationalrivers.org) If the river is slowed and becomes stagnant, algae and microbes will grow at a rate that is faster than the river moves them along. This will create an imbalance in the ecosystem of that river that chokes out other life, ultimately creating an unhealthy river.


Information copied from https://www.peirsoncenter.com/articles/gut-motility-driver-of-the-microbiome. For the full article please click on hyperlink.


Many people suffer from dysbiosis at some stage in their life because of stress, lifestyle choices, toxins in food and water and incorrect diet. And as this article suggests, its not just a matter of taking probiotics or supplements.


With a BioResonance Health Scan, we can check various factors like stress, toxins, sensitivities, inflammation, microbiome etc to get a clearer view of what may be causing symptoms of imbalance. And with Metatherapy we can immediately assist the body to shift towards homeostasis. By adding Rife therapy we can directly start addressing pathogens, inflammation and pain and improve immunity. So when we combine with cleanses and support you can come back into balance, heal from symptoms and have more energy.
And because of “Quantum Entanglement” we are able to work remotely with people anywhere in the world by using hair or nail samples or even a clear photograph! Sounds to good to be true? Well read some of the testimonials or better yet, give it a try. What have you got to lose? More importantly, what do you stand to gain.

A compromised liver could be the reason for your symptoms

Do you struggle with any of the following:

  • Indigestion and constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Skin sagging and discoloration
  • Joint and back pain
  • Low libido
  • Poor immunity
  • Muscle loss
  • Weight gain around the tummy

You could have a tired, fatty liver. You see, your liver filters toxins from your blood. It also supports healthy hormone levels, promotes healthy blood sugar, and helps balance your cholesterol.

Your liver also converts glucose into energy your body can use, stores essential nutrients, like vitamins A, B, D, and K, and produces a quart of bile daily that supports healthy digestion, metabolism, and weight maintenance.

Your liver is responsible for over 500 essential functions.

So, as you can see, one of the best ways to boost your health is to show your liver some love.

Your liver is designed to heal and regenerate but the more we are exposed to heavy metals, pesticides, chemicals, medications and pollution the more it is compromised.

That’s when you start feeling fatigued because your liver struggles to convert glucose to energy.

You may start gaining weight around your middle, or seeing more cellulite, because your liver gets clogged with fat.

You may feel moody, emotional, or “off” because your liver isn’t supporting optimal hormone balance.

What can you do to support your liver?

To find out if a sluggish liver is causing some of your symptoms, you could have a full health scan which is non-intrusive, cost effective and will give you an overview of parasites, toxins, sensitivities, and organ health which is a good place to start.

You could perform a 15 day liver detox consisting of a herbal tea which you drink three times a day for 14 days and a fruit juice flush on the 15th day.

You could perform a liver detox by following a diet free of dairy, wheat, sugar and meat and take a liver detox tincture twice a day for 2 weeks.

If you really want to do a thorough cleanse you can do a gallbladder/liver flush which will flush out toxins, parasites and gall stones. This is one of the steps I guide you through if you elect to take part in my Radical Transformation in 90 days programme. It is advisable to do this after cleaning out parasites and toxins and is best done with guidance as you may need to do a colon cleanse first.

Here is the protocol I recommend for my clients.

“After doing this detox I was able to smell again and come off most of my chronic asthma medication,” Ingrid.

“I feel brand new and full of energy.” Marionette

After 20 days of really clean eating and cleaning up my system I had dropped 10kg!” Margaret

Or you can try a coffee enema. Most pharmacies provide these enema kits just make sure you use organic coffee. I can guide you with the process and the benefits are great.

Bear in mind that you are more than flesh alone. Your liver is the organ where we store emotions like resentment and anger. If you are dealing with emotional issues and beliefs that could be giving you a toxic liver, you owe it to yourself to let go of these emotions and beliefs as they are robbing you of health and happiness.

Check in with yourself and see what beliefs are driving you. What are the persistent thoughts that take up space in your mind? Take control of your thoughts-don’t let them control you. If you need assistance with letting go of negative emotions and beliefs, kinesiology is a wonderful therapy as it taps into your body to find and correct stressors so that you can live from a place of happiness and love.

Advise from Ketut . . .

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Allergies vs sensitivities and intolerances

If you suffer with weight issues, abnormal tiredness, sinusitis, asthma, diabetes, pain (recurrent headaches, migraine, abdominal pain, heartburn, gallbladder pain, neuralgia, gastric ulcer, chest constriction, angina, hypertension); nervous system issues (epilepsy, dizziness, emotional instability); gastrointestinal: (constipation, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, canker sores, colitis, hemorrhoids, gastrointestinal bleeding, bloating, vomiting, gas, nausea); skin issues (hives, eczema),its highly likely you have intolerances or sensitivities to foods and other triggers like pollen, sulfites, dust, chemicals etc.

Food Allergy

An allergy is when your immune system forms IgE antibodies in reaction to a food (or to an environmental irritant like pollen). This triggers a histamine release causing symptoms that vary from mild to life threatening, such as anaphylaxis. Common allergy symptoms may include: swelling (of the lips, eyes, ears, face, tongue or throat); skin irritations (hives, rashes, flushing or burning sensations); abdominal or ear pain; bloating; vomiting; or diarrhea.

Intolerance/Sensitivity

If you have an immune response other than an IgE reaction (but typically IgG, IgA, or IgM antibodies) it’s a food sensitivity. The symptoms may be immediate or up to twenty-four hours later and are typically exacerbated by stress and environmental toxins.

Food Sensitivity unlike a food allergy or intolerance, a food sensitivity does not trigger the immune system to produce antibodies.

Sensitivities to a food can develop if the gut is inflamed or damaged from dysbiosis. The most common food sensitivities include reactions to: histamine, sulfites, salicylates and the FODMAPS foods which are high in fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides and monosaccharides,and/or polyols.

Histamine intolerance symptoms resemble those of allergies. The most common reaction to sulfites are asthma and breathing difficulties. Numerous gastrointestinal symptoms are triggered with a FODMAP intolerance.

Laboratory tests for allergens can be very expensive as you are charged per item tested.

A three-week elimination program enables you to identify foods that may be making you sick and is much more cost effective.

A BioResonance full body scan can also provide some insight to sensitivities, gut health, pathogen and toxin load – which exacerbates symptoms and this form of testing is cost effective, non invasive and highly accurate. It takes away the guess work.

Take a health test to find out if you have sensitivities and intolerances.

Brain Fog?

What is Brain Fog?
Brain fog is a symptom of another condition/imbalance. It can involve memory problems, a lack of mental clarity, and an inability to focus.


How Does Brain Fog Feel?
Brain fog slows your reflexes and it slows your processing time. You may feel like you can’t focus and everything in life is dulled.


Is Brain Fog a Sign of Anxiety or Depression?
Brain fog relates to anxiety and depression. Most people suffering from anxiety and depression have hypoperfusion in the frontal lobes of the brain.


Does Brain Fog Naturally Occur with Age?
It’s not normal, but unfortunately very common. There is no physiological reason.


Can Prescription Medication Cause Brain Fog?
Many medications can have a negative impact on your brain:

Benzodiazepines. (often prescribed to help people sleep, or to help with anxiety. They do work well for this purpose, but they are habit-forming and have been associated with developing dementia)

Non-benzodiazepine prescription sedatives. By far the most commonly used are the “z-drugs” which include zolpidem, zaleplon, and eszopiclone (brand names Ambien, Sonata, and Lunesta, respectively). These have been shown in clinical studies to impair thinking — and balance! — in the short-term.

Anticholinergics. This group covers most over-the-counter sleeping aids, as well as a variety of other prescription drugs. These medications have the chemical property of blocking the neurotransmitter acetylcholine

Antipsychotics and mood-stabilizers

Opiate pain medications

(https://betterhealthwhileaging.net/medications-to-avoid-if-worried-about-memory/

Can vaccines impact brain inflammation?

Anecdotal reports suggest that the vaccines may be associated with brain, spinal cord, peripheral nervous system, and cardiac inflammation.

https://www.oatext.com/post-vaccination-inflammatory-syndrome-a-new-syndrome.php

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34480607/

Other Causes:

  1. Brain fog is caused by a lack of blood flow to your brain (hypoperfusion). This leads to inflammation in the brain which can cause cell damage. This damage causes the production of antibodies to get rid of the damaged cells in the brain. This triggers the autoimmune mechanism in the brain to begin killing off brain cells. This happens subtly over time and goes on for years and years, causing a great deal of damage to your brain.
  2. Fluctuating blood sugar levels, both high and low blood sugar can cause cognitive issues.
  3. Having low or deficient vitamin D and or B12 levels may negatively impact cognitive health and contribute to brain fog symptoms. People who have depression or depressive symptoms often experience brain fog symptoms such as poor concentration and memory problems.
  4. Lack of sleep
  5. Hormonal fluctuations
  6. Underactive thyroid
  7. Neurotoxins/aflatoxins/mycotoxins – substances that damage, destroy, or impair the functioning of the central and/or peripheral nervous system

Download my 10 tips to eliminate Brain Fog

Guard your thoughts…

Guard your thoughts because everything you do flows from them.

Our emotions are created from our neurotransmitters which are mainly in our gut. Therefore, what you eat, the state of your gut health will have an impact on your emotions, which create thoughts. The everyday stressors you perceive in your life also will affect your emotions and thoughts. So, will your core beliefs.

And so, your thoughts and emotions are not always originating from your true higher self. You are always connected to source (God, Gaia, Muhammed, whatever name you choose). Even when you forget this.

Practices of stillness, meditation, conscious focussed breathing, gratitude/appreciation exercises like daily journaling of all your blessings, prayer, walks in the forest or on the beach (nature) will be opportunities for you to connect to Source. From this place you can trust the feelings and thoughts that come.

Use your emotions to feel your way back to Wellbeing.

Esther Hicks.

We are all vibrational, energy beings. Whatever you give your attention to causes a vibration. Then by law of attraction that will come to you.

This may seem like a strange concept to you, but I know this to be true. You get what you think about whether you like or not. When you are worrying you are planning when you are dreaming you are planning. Try it.

May you be Happy, may you be Healthy, may you be Well

Fungus, mold and yeast -effects on your health

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If you have been following me for a while you will notice that it is my belief that all imbalance and disease is caused by 3 things namely stress, pathogens, and toxins. That is why I address all three in my Radical Transformation in 90 days Programme.

If you live in the Garden Route (or anywhere near water or high rain fall and humidity areas) you may be more susceptible to fungal and mold exposure.

Mold and fungus are two types of organisms that belong to the kingdom Fungi. The main difference between mold and fungus is that mold is a multicellular, filamentous fungi whereas fungus is a unicellular or multicellular organism with a chitin cell wall. Fungi include molds, mushrooms, and yeast.

Here is more information on the effects of on your body. So many of these symptoms get misdiagnosed.

They give off Mycotoxins, poisonous chemicals that help defend its territory from other microbes. Mycotoxins can be very harmful to you — even in low concentrations.

Mycotoxins are more harmful than pesticides.

Some scientists believe.

Some common mycotoxins and ways they may impact your health include:

Aflatoxins: These are produced by Aspergillus flavus and some penicillium species, among others. Aflatoxins are linked with an increased risk of liver cancer.

Ochratoxin A: These mycotoxins can suppress your immune system. They can also damage your nerves and impair brain function. Some of this could be due to the oxidative stress — also known as free radical damage — that it triggers.

Trichothecenes: These are produced by black mold (stachybotrys), as well as some other molds. They can interfere with your cells’ ability to make proteins your body needs. They can also impair your immunity, trigger oxidative stress, and damage nerves.

Mycotoxins can also harm your mitochondria, kidneys, and lungs.

Some factors that may affect your susceptibility include your toxin load in general, your health status, and length of exposure. Genetics can also make a difference.

Signs of toxicity

There’s no “clear-cut” list of signs and symptoms that specifically point to mold illness. You may not even recall or be aware you’ve been exposed to mold. But one possible clue is a sudden, unexplainable downturn in your health.

This can lead to a series of doctor visits. You may be given a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, or irritable bowel syndrome. But this is overlooking the root cause.

For example, in a study of people with CFS, about 90% had spent significant time in a water-damaged building. And, 93% of the people had at least one type of mycotoxin in their urine. In contrast, healthy people had no detectable urine mycotoxins.

The researchers theorized that mitochondrial damage from mold toxicity was causing fatigue in the CFS group. Aflatoxins, ochratoxin A, and trichothecenes all can cause mitochondrial damage. That can lead to reduced energy production.

Mold can also trigger inflammation. One study found that people working in damp buildings produced anywhere from 2 to 1,000 times more inflammatory messengers.

Brain scans of people with mold illness suggest inflammation can lead to structural brain changes and nervous system dysfunction. That may contribute to hypersensitivity to foods, chemicals, and other items that didn’t previously bother you. This is part of chronic inflammatory response syndrome, described next.

Chronic inflammatory response syndrome

An ongoing inflammatory response to mold or other biotoxins can lead to chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS). It’s also referred to as biotoxin illness. In this condition, inflammation affects multiple systems of your body.

Chronic exposure to a water-damaged building is the most common trigger of CIRS. Chronic Lyme disease is another cause. Some people have both. That’s a double whammy to your system.

The following signs and symptoms are often found in CIRS due to mold-induced toxicity:

Brain function: Brain fog, memory loss, trouble finding words, difficulty concentrating, problems taking in new information

Digestive system: Metallic taste in mouth, nausea, vomiting, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, leaky gut, food sensitivities

Eyes: Blurred vision, eye irritation, itchy eyes, sensitivity to bright light

Energy: Excessive fatigue, thyroid dysfunction

Immune system: Poor immunity, autoimmune conditions, over-reactivity to foods and chemicals, flu-like symptoms

Mental state: Anxiety, depression, irritability, mood swings

Muscles and skeleton: Muscle pain, joint pain, morning stiffness

Nervous system: Headaches, “ice-pick-like” pain, static shocks, dizziness, poor balance and coordination, seizure-like events, tremors, numbness, tingling, skin sensitivity to light touch, temperature regulation problems

Respiratory system: Cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, chronic sinus congestion, new-onset or worsening asthma, shortness of breath, chest tightness

Scent sensitivity: Unpleasant symptoms upon exposure to fragrances, chemicals, and other odors (multiple chemical sensitivity)

Skin: Rashes, dryness, irritation

Sleep: Insomnia, frequent waking during sleep, night sweats

Urinary system: Increased urination, urgency, incontinence

Weight: Appetite swings, weight gain or weight-loss resistance

Many of these symptoms could also be due to reasons other than mold toxicity and CIRS. That’s why mold illness is often overlooked or misdiagnosed. The specific effects depend on your body’s unique vulnerabilities.

Signs and symptoms of mold illness include the following areas:

History of mold exposure: Do you recall spending significant time in a water-damaged building (regardless if you had symptoms at the time)? Or, did symptoms start when you moved into a different home/apartment or workplace?

Continual infections: Do you have recurrent infections, such as sinusitis or tonsillitis? Or, do you seem to have a weak immune system? These can be early signs of mold illness.

Sick-building syndrome: Do you feel worse when you enter certain buildings, such as your home, office, or school? Do you feel better when you spend a few days away from these buildings?

Chemical sensitivity: Do you have symptoms — such as nausea, headache, or cough — when exposed to various chemicals? Examples include perfumes, detergents, cleaning products, tobacco smoke, printer ink, paints, varnishes, hair products, street dust, and exhaust fumes.

Odor sensitivity: Have you developed a hypersensitivity to smells, particularly mold? For example, you may smell mold on other people’s clothes or develop a keen ability to smell mold in buildings.

More serious symptoms which some studies are showing are linked to toxicity include cancer, seizures, strokes, liver and kidney disease.

I suggest also checking and cleaning your washing machine inside, check showers and remember mold grows within 24 hours in your fridge. As a rule I don’t eat left overs which have been standing in the fridge.

Candidiasis

Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by a yeast (a type of fungus) called Candida. Some species of Candida can cause infection in people; the most common is Candida albicans. Candida normally lives on the skin and inside the body, in places such as the mouth, throat, gut, and vagina, without causing any problems. Candida can cause infections if it grows out of control or if it enters deep into the body (for example, the eyes, bones, bloodstream or internal organs like the kidney, heart, or brain.) Candidemia, a bloodstream infection with Candida, is a common infection in hospitalized patients.

Symptoms include:

Oral thrush

Fatigue

Deficiencies of vitamin B6, essential fatty acids and magnesium

Recurring urinary or genital infections

Digestive issues

Sinus infections

Skin and nail infections

Joint, pelvic or lower back pain

Fever, chills, headache

If you have any of these symptoms, I strongly suggest doing a complete pathogen cleanse before resorting to long term chronic disease management with medications. I am not a medical practitioner and as such this is just my personal advice based on what I have experienced over the 17 years practicing as an energy medicine practitioner. Please consult your doctor if you are considering a pathogen cleanse and you have any concerns.

To read more click here https://microbeformulas.com/blogs/microbe-formulas/could-you-have-mold-toxicity-symptoms-diagnosis-and-solutions

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/candida-symptoms-treatment#TOC_TITLE_HDR_9

*Case study fungal infection relation to stroke symptoms (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32265138/)

Ischemic stroke secondary to CNS fungal infections should be considered in patients with recurrent or progressive cryptogenic stroke, regardless of immune status and cerebrospinal fluid profile. CNS yeast and mold infections have slightly different stroke and laboratory characteristics and should have a distinct diagnostic method. Depending on clinical suspicion, a thorough diagnostic approach including spinal fluid analysis and biopsy should be considered.

*Case study Candida may affect brain https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324106#How-C.-albicans-affects-the-brain,-memory

Kombucha

Scoby (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast)

Pics of one of my workshops and the yummy Kombucha on tap I used to sell back in the day when I had my organic deli.

How to make

Instructions for making 3 litres:

1.Boil filtered water. Add to a cup of sugar and 4 teabags in a 3 litre glass jar.

2.Mix until sugar is dissolved and let steep.

3.Once cooled, remove teabags and add scoby.

4.If making from scratch add a tablespoon of vinegar. Otherwise add a cup of previous kombucha to new batch.

Seal with a paper towel/cloth and elastic. Your kombucha needs 10-14 days to ferment completely.

Only use plastic or glass utensils which have been washed in vinegar. Wash hands with vinegar too if handling scoby, never soap. Don’t use aluminum and steel items.

Once your kombucha is ready, remove the scoby to make a new batch, repeat above instructions to make a new batch.

Give it some fizz!

Use your fermented Kombucha to make a lovely fizzy carbonated drink. You can add flavours like ginger, cinnamon, coconut, lemons, fruit, herbs to your kombucha for taste but only if its organic otherwise it will kill the healthy bacteria.

Place in sealed jar for up to 3 days. This will create much more fermentation and carbonation so be careful when opening the lid.

Kombucha is a living product and will continue to ferment. If left to ferment it makes a lovely vinegar for dressings. If left to ferment over a longer period it becomes a lovely astringent cleaning product, so you never waste any.

Keep in fridge to slow down fermentation process. Never keep your scoby’s in the fridge.

History

Kombucha originated in Northeast China (historically referred to as Manchuria) around 220 B.C. and was initially prized for its healing properties. Its name is reportedly derived from Dr. Kombu, a Korean physician who brought the fermented tea to Japan as a curative for Emperor Inkyo.

In 1857 the French chemist Louis Pasteur first described the lactic acid as the product of a microbial fermentation. During this time, he worked at the university of Lille, where a local distillery asked him for advice concerning some fermentation problems.

Per chance and with the badly equipped laboratory he had at that time, he could discover that in this distillery, two fermentations were taking place, a lactic acid one and an alcoholic one, both induced by some microorganisms.

He was for example the first to describe fermentation as a “form of life without air.

According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Kombucha has effective anti-microbial properties against several harmful micro-organisms including salmonella, staphylococcus, H. pylori, E. coli etc. Kombucha tea has a nice refreshing taste similar to apple cider and has been praised for supporting natural balance and vitality of the body for centuries.

Benefits

Lactic acid, another key element found in Kombucha, acts as a probiotic, helping to maintain healthy microflora that is essential for a strong immune system. It is recommended after the use of antibiotics.

It is believed to help fight off harmful bacteria and pathogens by regulating the level of acidity in the digestive tract. Kombucha tea also contains live enzymes and is rich in antioxidants. Over the centuries Kombucha has been used as a folk remedy to increase vitality, improve digestion, relieve constipation, detoxify the liver, lose weight, reverse the aging process, thin the blood, control appetite, prevent and treat cancer, arthritis, asthma, acne, high blood pressure, bronchitis, candida, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue, depression, colds and flu, diarrhea, gout, kidney problems (including stones), psoriasis, rheumatism, menopause, hair loss, graying, and so much more!

You can buy Kombucha from Natural Healing in Knysna and many other outlets. You can drink from 150ml to 250ml a day to feel the benefits.

Kombucha is not a replacement for medication. Please consult your professional health care provider before using Kombucha.

Some additional information

Benefits of fermented foods

There are countless health benefits to probiotics, (pro- “for” + biotics “life”).  These remarkable microorganisms, which outnumber our bodily cells 10 to 1 contribute over 95% of our body’s total genetic information.

They are also:

•          are rich in enzymes

•          break down highly toxic chemicals which your body is either incapable, or only partially capable, of defending itself from

•          creates a protective lining in the intestines and shields against pathogenic factors like salmonella and E. coli

•          lead to an increase in antibodies and a stronger immune system

•          regulate appetite and reduce sugar cravings

•          improve digestion

•          restore the proper balance of bacteria in the gut

•          increase vitamin content

•          assist in the absorption nutrients

However, what many people do not realize is that it is not appropriate to consume fermented foods while there is a gut infestation of molds, parasites, bacteria and viruses as you create havoc. (symptoms like boating, nausea, diarrhea etc) as it could make symptoms worse.

I recommend you first do a pathogen cleanse, maybe even a heavy metal detox and live flush and then make these powerful probiotics part of your lifestyle.

Happy Brewing!

Adrenal fatigue

What is it? Have you got it? How can you fix it?

 

Do you think you need your adrenals checked?

If your energy lags during the day, you feel emotionally off-kilter much of the time, you sleep poorly or less than seven hours a night, you can’t shed excess weight even while dieting, and you rely on caffeine or carbohydrates as “pick-me-ups” — these are all red flags indicating adrenal imbalance.

In all but the most extreme cases, we expect to see dramatic improvement in four to six months. For mild to moderate adrenal fatigue the turnaround can be faster.

Remember, you may feel as though you’re just too tired to make changes now, but by moving forward in incremental stages, you’ll build the strength you need to stay with it. You will love how you feel when you do!

Physiology

Amygdala (part of limbic brain) – hypothalamus communicates with pituitary gland, turns on adrenal gland – body is filled with cortisol & epinephrine. On top of each kidney there is an (endocrine) adrenal gland, about the size of a large grape. The innermost section of each gland produces adrenaline and noradrenaline, the hormones named after them. The layers outside the center, called the adrenal cortex, produce several other hormones, including cortisol, as well as DHEA, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

Function

They produce hormones that regulate blood pressure, how our body uses food, blood-levels of minerals, such as potassium and sodium, functions involved in stress reactions, and heartbeat. Stress causes the adrenals to produce cortisol. Cortisol helps us meet challenges by converting proteins into energy, releasing glycogen, and counteracting inflammation. For a short time, that’s okay. But at sustained high levels, cortisol gradually tears your body down.

What are stressors?

What you really need to know and understand is that EVERY challenge to the mind and body creates a demand on the adrenal glands. A demanding job, raising a family, relationship issues, lack of sleep, financial pressures, improper nutrition, dieting, and unresolved emotional distress, losing a loved one are some examples.
When our adrenal glands must chronically sustain high cortisol levels, they become fatigued. The resulting adrenal dysfunction not only affects cortisol production, but also impairs the adrenals’ ability to produce and balance hormones like DHEA, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Long term stress will lead to hormonal imbalances.

Symptoms of adrenal fatigue (high cortisol levels)

  • Fatigue
  • Feeling tired despite sufficient hours of sleep
  • Insomnia
  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Hair loss
  • Acne/skin issues
  • Reliance on stimulants like caffeine
  • Cravings for carbohydrates or sugars
  • Cravings for salt
  • Poor immune function
  • Slow healing and cell regeneration
  • Impaired digestion, metabolism and mental function
  • Interference with healthy endocrine function
  • Muscle and bone loss
  • lntolerance to cold

Adrenal fatigue is a likely factor in several medical conditions such as the following:

• Hypotension
• Fibromyalgia
• Hypothyroidism
• Chronic fatigue syndrome
• Arthritis
• Premature menopause
The good news is, with proper support you can heal adrenal fatigue and reverse the damaging effects of chronic stress.

Stress of any kind — mental, emotional, or physical — stimulates the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, the dynamic feedback system between the brain and the adrenal glands. Over stimulation of this axis have huge implications throughout the body.

The short-term result of a stimulated HPA axis is higher cortisol production from the adrenals. High cortisol (hypercortisolism) in the bloodstream can directly inhibit production of TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) as well as conversion of T4 to T3. But cortisol can’t remain high forever.

Eventually, the adrenal glands reach exhaustion and not enough cortisol is produced (known as hypocortisolism), which comes with another set of problems.

Either way, with lower levels of T3 in the blood, your cells can’t produce a healthy biological response. This is when women begin to see hypothyroidism symptoms like:
• fatigue,
• cold intolerance,
• weight gain,
• memory loss,
• poor concentration,
• depression,
• infertility,
• hair loss, etc

(You need to know though that adrenal glands are just one piece to the thyroid equation, but for other patients, there may be something entirely different causing a sluggish thyroid. )

Other factors in the hypothyroidism equation

On top of the physical and emotional stress women feel at menopause, there are several very real biological stresses on the thyroid to consider.
1. Low iodine levels. Iodine is the central ingredient in thyroid hormones T3 and T4. Trying to produce T3 and T4 without iodine is like trying to make an omelet without the eggs! We need about one milligram of iodine a week to form the required amount of thyroxine. But iodine is not all that widely distributed in nature.
2. Exposure to environmental toxins — including halides, heavy metals, pesticides, and antibiotics in our air, food, and water AND pathogens — can also interfere with thyroid function. The very prevalent Epstein Bar Virus is a silent destructive force often going undetected in most people. We all know it’s best to limit our toxic exposure wherever possible but increasing iodine intake and implementing a regular detox program to support the body’s natural detoxification pathways can also make a difference.
3. Food allergies and sensitivities — including those to gluten — can place tremendous stress on thyroid function. Many of my clients with hypothyroidism see positive results when they eliminate gluten from their diets.
Food sensitivities may also promote autoimmune reactions in which the body’s immune system attacks the thyroid as though it were a foreign invader. More research is needed in this area, but it’s now clear that the food we eat “talks” to our genes. And when we have food intolerances occurring in the gut, the resulting chemical signals influence our DNA — including the DNA in our immune cells. Unfortunately, the messages carried by food stressors turn off the default “healthy” pathways and turn on those that lead to disease.
4. A long list of prescription medications can also impair thyroid function. Drugs like lithium, amiodarone, somatostatin, inhalers, and others have the potential to disrupt thyroid hormone balance at any level — from synthesis, secretion and transport to how thyroid hormones act in our organs to regulate metabolism — with the unintended outcome of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. Yes prescription medications save lives, but we have to be mindful that their benefits often come at the expense of other systems in the body. Sadly, the targeted strength provided by many drugs can be overwhelming — in some cases destructive — to the thyroid.
5. Finally, insufficient nutrition may also affect thyroid function — but that’s easily addressed!

Selenium, for example, is needed for the conversion of T4 to T3, so if you’re selenium deficient, increasing this nutrient in your diet may make a difference in how you feel. And as mentioned above, iodine is essential for making thyroid hormones. Vitamin A, EPA and DHA, and zinc all act to improve T3 binding in your cells. By working with your body’s natural pathways, vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, and extra antioxidants can offer great results without the side effects. The bottom line is that when we give our bodies the gentle support they recognize, we often see positive results that last.

Nutrient-rich foods to replenish thyroid health

• Iodine (I): seaweed (e.g., nori), clams, shrimp, haddock, oysters, salmon, sardines, pineapple, eggs.

• Selenium (Se): smoked herring, smelt, wheat germ, Brazil nuts (just one nut provides ~139 mcg), apple cider vinegar, scallops, barley, lobster.

• Zinc (Zn): fresh oysters, ginger root, pecans, dry split peas, Brazil nuts, egg yolk, whole wheat, rye, oats, peanuts.

• Vitamin E: wheat germ oil, olive oil, sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts.

• Vitamin A: dark green leafy veggies, liver, winter squash, cantaloupe, stone fruits, papaya, and cod liver oil.

• B vitamin complex: brewer’s yeast, wild rice, brown rice, whole wheat, beans, peanuts.

• Vitamin C: Red chili, guava, parsley, dark green leafy veggies, strawberries, papaya, citrus fruits.

• Support your adrenals. If this is the only thing you do, I promise it will benefit your health on many levels. Not only will supporting your adrenals lighten the burden on your thyroid, it will also help restore your energy levels and overall well-being.

• Ensuring a rich foundation of nutrients for the daily production and activity of thyroid hormones may be all you need to get yourself back on track, or to prevent hypothyroidism. Consider supplementing with selenium and iodine. You can do this through the foods you eat or with supplements, but if you do use selenium or iodine supplements, please work with a professional healthcare provider to monitor your levels appropriately. And when it comes to selenium supplements, I do not recommend taking more than 200 mcg/day.

Speak your truth

By the time we reach perimenopause, many of us find we’ve given so much to the world around us there is little reserve for ourselves. This is the time to speak up, to share your opinions, to explore the things that make your life meaningful. Do not feel guilty about asking for — and receiving — more support. Though easier said than done for many women, this may be the perfect time in life to learn to say “no.” You deserve a break — and so do the cells in your body!

Your thyroid, your voice

In Eastern medical paradigms, the thyroid is associated with “sacred voice.” As a component of the fifth chakra, thyroid issues are linked with difficulty speaking our truth, following our dreams, or fully expressing ourselves. Anatomically, the thyroid sits right over the voice box, and one of the symptoms of thyroid dysfunction is a gravelly or “muted” voice. When the thyroid is underactive, it doesn’t hurt to step back and evaluate how well you’re expressing your individual needs, wants, and opinions to those around you.

Remember that your voice doesn’t serve to merely communicate — it is connected to your whole being. Likewise, your thyroid doesn’t simply produce thyroid hormone. It is connected to every cell in your body and subject to both physical and psychological influence. My advice is to look at the whole picture when it comes to your thyroid, and you will find the dynamic balance your body is naturally seeking.

Stress and hormones

When the adrenals are chronically overworked and straining to maintain high cortisol levels, they lose the capacity to produce DHEA in enough amounts. DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is an immediate precursor hormone to estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

What that means is whenever DHEA is in short supply; women have a hard time balancing their hormones.

This happens because Mother Nature will always favour survival — our adrenals’ primary function — over reproduction — one of their secondary functions being production of sex hormones. And that’s why hormonal balance becomes increasingly problematic as stressed-out women approach midlife, when ovarian production of sex hormones declines naturally.

Over time, low DHEA leads to fatigue, bone loss, loss of muscle mass, depression, aching joints, decreased sex drive, and impaired immune function.
Healing foods for adrenal support
Certain fruits and vegetables either help protect your adrenal glands or speed their recovery by strengthening the nervous system, reducing inflammation, easing stress, and providing critical nutrients for adrenal function.

Top foods to eat to bounce back from adrenal fatigue:

sprouts, asparagus, wild blueberries, bananas, garlic, broccoli, kale, raspberries, blackberries, romaine lettuce, and red-skinned apples.

What not to eat

Please note that many diet experts recommend eating a lot of animal protein. This is either because they do not realize how much fat can hide in even lean animal protein or because they think that fat content is a good thing. This protein advice can seem very convincing, so beware; it is bad for anyone, and especially unhealthy if you have adrenal fatigue. The high fat strains your pancreas and liver and eventually creates insulin resistance, making it difficult for your body to maintain a stable level of glucose . . . which in turn creates a massive strain on your adrenal glands as they struggle to produce hormones to compensate.
Diet experts also often counsel people to cut out carbohydrates from their diets. Again, this is not good and can result in strain, because your body needs carbs for energy. Following these diet trends will slow you down and keep you from healing your adrenal fatigue.

Healing herbs and supplements

Licorice root: helps balance the body’s levels of cortisol and cortisone.
Spirulina (preferably from Hawaii): contains high levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and chromium, which reinforce adrenal strength.
Ester-C: this form of vitamin C lowers inflammation and soothes adrenal glands that have become enlarged from overexertion.
Chromium: helps balance insulin levels, and augments the strength of adrenal glands, thyroid glands, and the pancreas.
Eleuthero (aka Siberian ginseng): enhances the body’s ability to react and adapt, which helps protect the adrenal glands from overreacting to stress.
Schisandra: helps suppress kidney spasms, which in turn reduces adrenal gland stress.
Ashwagandha: helps balance the production of testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and cortisol.
Magnesium: lowers anxiety and calms an overactive nervous system, reducing adrenal gland stress.
5-MTHF (5-methyltetrahydrofolate): augments the strength of the central nervous system, which reduces strain on the adrenal glands.
Cordyceps: renews the strength of the gallbladder and liver so these glands can more effectively process excess cortisol in the bloodstream.
Panax ginseng: enhances the body’s ability to react and adapt, which helps protect the adrenal glands from overreacting to stress.
Rose hips: lowers inflammation, soothing adrenal glands that have become enlarged from overexertion.
Barley grass juice extract powder increases the hydrochloric acid in the stomach which strengthens the adrenal glands.

Tips to consider:

• Clean your colon. One of the best things you can do is to support your colon by using occasional colon cleansing and doing a detox diet.
• Hydrate with living water.
• Add a fiber supplement, such as psyllium husks, to 8 oz. of apple juice in the a.m. and p.m.
• Try a kinesiology balance to address the reasons why you landed in adrenal fatigue in the first place.
• Take a relaxing bath then get 7 hours of sleep and avoid all electronic equipment an hour before sleeping.
• Reduce caffeine intake and alcohol and ditch sweets
• Opt for healthy fats – coconut, olive, avodaco, nut oils
• Gentle stretching like Yoga
• Get out into nature, take a walk on the beach or in a forest. Make time for things you love. Avoid overly excessive exercise that further deplete adrenals.
• Make a list of your stressors, especially those that are ongoing or self-imposed and decide what changes you can make to bring these down.

Testing for adrenal fatigue

There are two ways I test for adrenal fatigue namely a kinesiology session through muscle testing or via NLS diagnostic scan using resonance frequency.

Should you get an adrenal test?

If your energy lags during the day, you feel emotionally off-kilter much of the time, you sleep poorly or less than seven hours a night, you can’t shed excess weight even while dieting, and you rely on caffeine or carbohydrates as “pick-me-ups” — these are all red flags indicating adrenal imbalance.

Guilt, pain from past hurts, self-destructive habits, unresolved relationship problems — your past and present emotional experience may be functioning as an ever-present stressor in your life. Dealing directly with these problems is far more beneficial than spending a lifetime compensating for the stress they create.

In all but the most extreme cases, we expect to see dramatic improvement in four to six months. For mild to moderate adrenal fatigue the turnaround can be faster.

Remember, you may feel as though you’re just too tired to make changes now, but by moving forward in incremental stages, you’ll build the strength you need to stay with it. You will love how you feel when you do!

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(some of the above information on adrenal fatigue courtesy of http://www.womentowomen.com)