Be more like a tree

I wish I knew this when I was younger. Boy, things would have been easier!

How do you feel when your friends or family use you as a sounding board and barely take a breath to stop and ask you how you are doing?

Or when ‘friends’ freeload at your home by the sea under the guise of wanting to spend time with you lol.

Or those clients that drain you for free council and advise in social settings instead of honoring your worth and booking a consult.

Or the parent that seems to criticise every choice you make, veiled in the coat of love.

Or that friend you do so much for who just never appreciates you.

Or when your youngster comes home crying because school friends behave horridly towards them.

We all have many different scenario’s that make us feel less than or that rob us of joy.

But it does not have to be that way.

We have the power to choose how we behave and feel about any given situation. No matter how another behaves, or treats you, or appreciates you, or not…YOU have the choice to allow their behaviour to affect you and define you.

If you know who you are, know your worth, and your self worth is not defined by the appreciation, acceptance or validation from another, then you will not get angry, disappointed, heartbroken by their choices and behaviour. You will not allow external factors to dictate your happiness and worth. You will not get sick from pent up hurt, frustration and anger.

I have found it to be so. The more I make it an intent to have no vested interest in a specific outcome, no expectation on another, I can just allow them to be them and the situation to be what it is, without it affecting me. And I can be me.

And the more you are grounded in who you are, the healthier your personal boundaries will be.

More tree quotes

You don’t have to give every time. It’s okay for you to take some time for yourself, as well. In fact, if you want to have enough to give to others, you will need to take care of yourself first. A tree that refuses water and sunlight for itself can’t bear fruit for others. – Emily Maroutian

“A tree has roots in the soil yet reaches to the sky. It tells us that in order to aspire we need to be grounded and that no matter how high we go it is from our roots that we draw sustenance.” – Wangari Maathai

“Storms make trees take deeper roots.” – Dolly Parton

“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.” – Bruce Lee.

“Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.” – Rumi

And lastly this beautiful bit of advice from a tree…

Dear Friend,
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter
Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night.
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Simple pleasures
Earth, fresh air, light
Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Be flexible
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!

by Ilan Shamir.

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Trending – Complementary health therapies

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Trend watchers all over the world have predicted for many years now that more and more people are looking to complementary and integrative health modalities for their health. This will be even more so in 2022.


People are becoming more conscious of the reality that we are vibrational, frequency, energy beings.
Complementary health therapies address the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional energy imbalance within us when we experience dis-ease symptoms.

Specialised Kinesiology
Specialised Kinesiology is a complementary health therapy based on eastern and western teachings, which essentially makes use of muscle testing to assist a person in getting to the bottom of their energy imbalances, in order to get back to homeostasis and optimal health.
Kinesiologists use muscle feedback as a stress monitor to identify imbalances in their client’s structural, chemical, mental and emotional energy systems. By correcting these imbalances the kinesiologist is able to re-activate the body’s built-in healing ability as well as identify external factors affecting the client’s well-being.


Kinesiology does NOT diagnose, prescribe or treat in any way, medical conditions or named diseases; nor does it attempt to keep people away from doctors, drugs, surgery, or the skills of any heal professional when they need them. Kinesiologists do not treat diseases or ‘conditions’. The best form of treatment for a client is integrating complementary treatment with their traditional, medical treatment programme.
Kinesiologists believe that when you are experiencing discomfort, it’s merely your body trying to ‘talk to you’. Instead of suppressing symptoms (messages), an alternative approach is to try kinesiology to establish what the cause of the issue is.
Specialised Kinesiology has shown to be really beneficial for:
• Headaches
• Emotional problems
• Depression
• Stress
• Learning difficulties, ADD, ADHD
• Pain – Neck pain, back pain, muscle pain, joint pain
• Insomnia
• Low blood sugar
• Sinusitis
• Food allergies and sensitivities
• Recurrent infections
• Fatigue, chronic tiredness, lacking energy
• Relationship difficulties
• Low self esteem
• Phobias
• Addictions
• Skin problems
• Digestive disorders, chronic constipation, stomach pain, colitis
• Menstrual problems

Tap in to tune in to what’s causing stress and imbalance in your life. Your body is the messenger and holds the answers.

Gillian O’Shea | Specialised Kinesiologist in the Western Cape | http://www.gillianoshea.com
For more information on Specialised Kinesiology
https://gillianoshea.com/2010/01/07/125/
For a directory of kinesiologists in South Africa
www.kinesiologysouthafrica.co.za

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

Client feedback

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The results so far are amazing. My headaches are gone. My leg pain is reduced to nearly no pain. My lower back pain is also reduced. I lost 6 kilograms after the first cleansing. I can eat things that I could not eat without getting heart burn before. I have not had to take a pain killer since I have started with this program. My anxiety levels are reduced, I can handle lots of pressure without a stiff neck. I feel brand new and full of energy. My vision improved in my one eye that specialists declared blind.

In the beginning when I started the programme it felt overwhelming, but with dedication and faith you can see the results within days. Just the fact that I now realise you don’t heal your body with pain pills , but rather by treating the root cause, really impress me and makes a difference in my life. For the first time my body and mind connect with earth through natural healing.
Gillian thank you so much for all your love and care. You really go the extra mile and really want to make a difference that I could feel and see.
I am excited and looking forward to my full 90 days of transformation!

Marionette

The results were, in a word, astounding! My stomach hasn’t felt this good in 2 years. No more indigestion, acid reflux, pain or tenderness in my stomach. Perfect digestion. And all my menopausal symptoms are completely gone! Also, the affirmations really helped me to come to terms with my situation.

Lisa

Having been on the programme to eliminate Epstein Barr, I lost 7kg’s, have more energy, my sleep has improved and I feel happier in myself. I know that I am not alone with these challenges and there are plenty of people worse off than me. I hope my journey can help others.

Sharon

After the second kinesiology healing session, I realised just how powerful the corrections for imbalances and releasing of stresses. After 5 sessions and 3 months later I have lost 15 kg, I have come down from 60mg of cortisone to 5mg alternate day, completely off my water pills. I am feeling alive a well and have a drive for life again. I can’t wait to get up in the morning and say hello to life every day. I am loving my healing journey, will continue with my process with Gillian.

Lee

I started consultations with Gillian after being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, compromised liver and bladder functions and Sjogren`s Disease. I have found improvement, relieve and healing of many of my symptoms since. It has also been confirmed by repeated medical examinations.

Rene

I suffered from chronic utircaria, been to two different physicians, Dermatologist, the gynecologist and no help.

Since I have seen Gillian, I’m much healthy and don’t have severe breakouts, I’m totally off medications and my skin has improved and I feel brand new and loving myself again.

She is genuine and you will feel free with her, she is a pure soul.

Michelle

I have been suffering from severe pain and swelling of my left ankle for more than a year . After several visits to doctors , specialists,MRI scans, sonars and Xrays and thousands of rands later no one had an answer . After only one lymphatic drainage massage and ozone treatment to my surprise there were an immediate improvement. After the 3 rd treatment I could walk normally and the swelling was gone . My last treatment was more than a month ago and no swelling , no pain and no medication . I will recommend this treatment to everyone . It sure changed my life .
Sylvia

Gastritis and hormonal issues resolved

I went to see Gillian because I had been experiencing recurring bouts of gastritis for over 2 years and I just never seemed to get 100% well. I was also experiencing quite intense menopausal symptoms, namely regular hot flushes, night sweats, insomnia and restless legs at night.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but Gillian’s calm, friendly and down-to-earth manner immediately set me at ease. She took a very thorough history and asked about every single aspect of my life. I experienced the actual kinesiology session to be gentle and healing, but also surprisingly deep and very personal. I had expected to receive input about my stomach, but most of the healing was around emotional issues and limiting beliefs.

Gillian gave me a few mantras and affirmations to use and also recommended a complete parasite cleanse. I was skeptical that a parasite cleanse would address my menopausal symptoms, but I committed to the process and also to the very strict diet for 2 weeks.

The results were, in a word, astounding! My stomach hasn’t felt this good in 2 years. No more indigestion, acid reflux, pain or tenderness in my stomach. Perfect digestion. And all my menopausal symptoms are completely gone! Also, the affirmations really helped me to come to terms with my situation.

I’m feeling really well – energetic and positive – even more than a month after the cleanse. I’ve pretty much returned to my normal eating patterns, apart from the glass of fresh celery juice I drink every morning on an empty stomach, but none of my symptoms have returned.

I would definitely recommend Gillian. She is a gifted and intuitive healer.

Lisa P, Knysna, Garden Route, South Africa

Testimonial – healing from physical and emotional imbalance

Gateway to Wellness Programme

In February 2019, Sharon came to us feeling off balance, with shortness of breath, tiredness, blocked ears, tinnitus, and thrush including in her mouth and throat. She felt irritable and unable to face stressful situations.
Additional symptoms she suffered from included sinus and post nasal drip which caused phlegm on her chest which in turn lead to sever coughing at times. The tinnitus & blocked ear prevented her from hearing properly in a crowd and disturbed her sleep.”
“Having tried so many things in the past to alleviate symptoms I felt utterly defeated was heading towards depression. I have been virtually gluten free for over 30 years and lactose free for at least 10 they don’t seem to have been able to sort out the problems.
I have had health & allergy issues for most of my life and have been able to pick myself up and get on with Life.” Sharon has joined our 4 month “Heal your Life programme” in the hopes of feeling more alive and well.
As at 11 March:
“Completed a candida & colon cleanse – thrush has gone with sinus & postal nasal drip improving. I am very thankful for the progress made so far and am so pleased that I can once again enjoy fruit and natural foods that taste so good. It is amazing how much nicer food tastes now that the thrush and sinus are gone.”
As at 26 March:
“Having been on the diet & remedy to eliminate Epstein Barr, Ozone & Rife treatments and the Candida diet plan, I lost 5kg in 3 weeks and this was a bonus. There is a huge improvement to my sinus, post nasal drip & mucus on my chest. I am no longer taking any antihistamines nor using Foxair or asthma pump. I no longer suffer with acid reflux. I was living on Gaviscon & Lansoloc. There is very little oral thrush and I have changed my toothpaste to a herbal one. I have improved concentration levels and more energy.
Since following the new diet and ozone/rife therapy, I continue to feel more energetic and my sleep pattern has changed. I have been sleeping soundly for longer periods and not feeling so tired during the day as I was. If I do feel drained, I have an hour’s nap at the most during the afternoon.
I haven’t weighed myself recently but last time I did, I had lost another 2Kg = 7Kg in total. I have gone down a size with clothing.
The Tinnitus is not nearly as bad as it was, and my right ear pressure is not as uncomfortable as it was.I feel more comfortable in my skin and happier in myself.
I know that I am not alone with these challenges and there are plenty of people worse off than me. I hope my journey can help others.”
*Sharon still has 2 months left on the full 4 month protocol.

Before and after

Receive 8 treatments in one, in 30 minutes, for just R430

ozone1The Hocatt (Hyperthermic Ozone and Carbonic Acid Transdermal Technology) acts as an ozone steam sauna, in which patients sit with just their head exposed, while their body receives the benefits of an infusion of ozone, carbon dioxide, steam, aromatherapy oils, Photon light, Far Infrared and electromagnetic therapy (rife).
The steam sauna heats up to a comfortable temperature and then carbon dioxide gas (carbonic acid) is infused into the sauna. After this, the sauna is infused with ozone gas. The heat and the carbon dioxide serve to open the circulation to the skin so that when the ozone gas is infused it is absorbed by the skin into the general circulation.
As steam gently fills the sauna, the Photon and FIR light penetrates the skin to help increase blood flow and circulation. Photon breaks any painful inflammatory cycle by dilating small blood and lymphatic vessels. This increase in circulation can result in accelerated healing and pain relief together with the Rife treatment which is administered at the same time.
Throughout the treatment, the patient’s head is outside the ozone steam cabinet and they are given an additional boost by inhaling pure oxygen throughout the 30-minute session.

The health benefits of having a session in the Hocatt ozone steam sauna are extensive. It increases circulation, promotes energy, naturally stimulates anti-oxidant enzyme production, improves absorption of nutrients, improves skin tone, detoxifies, kills pathogens and helps relieve many chronic health problems.

Ozone steam sauna benefits overview:
• Increases blood circulation
• Increases blood oxygen level and metabolism (anti-aging)
• Increases core body temperature
• Combats and disposes of pathogens and toxins (detox)
• Relaxes muscle tension
• Increases energy levels
• Increases Serotonin levels (relaxing)
• Burns up to 600 calories per session
• Activates skin tissue
• Enhances sports performance

For an appointment please call 044 382 0477

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!

Radical Transformation in 90 days – A programme that will reset your adrenals and address the harmful effects of adrenal fatigue

The Program promotes natural hormonal balance with nutritional supplements, our exclusive endocrine support formula, dietary and lifestyle guidance, and kinesiology consultations.

If you have questions, don't hesitate to WhatsApp me on 27 65 924 7732.
(some of the above information on adrenal fatigue courtesy of http://www.womentowomen.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knysna a top destination for wellness, weight-loss and healing

Knysna is a top holiday destination offering temperate weather, amazing nature and forests for hikes and biking, lovely beaches and lagoons and lies in close proximity to wine and tea farms and various animal sanctuaries.

Knysna also offers a variety of beauty, health and healing options where you can spoil yourself, de-stress, rejuvenate, heal or lose weight while on holiday.

Some of the services available for you while visiting our beautiful town:

Massage
Reduce stress, improve circulation, soothes anxiety, loosens muscles and tendons, reduce pain, eliminate toxins, improve flexibility, improve sleep, reduce fatigue, relieve headaches, counteract postural stress and drains lymph.

Specialised Kinesiology
Kinesiology is the science of assessing the energetic systems of a person for balanced function, by using the change of physiological response through the muscular system as feedback. Using this same feedback, Kinesiology identifies any non-invasive treatment strategy to primarily affect and balance the energetic systems of a person for the purpose of promoting, restoring and maintaining health.

NLS Diagnostic Therapy

The application of nonlinear diagnostics is a true breakthrough in the field of diagnostic medicine, allowing for the correct determination of the cause of the disease, and consequently, select and prescribed effective treatment.

We can test the condition of biological and fine energy bodies, detect bio-photon waves of biological homeostasis, brain waves, detect quantum energy vibration levels of 874 cells and the frequency spectrum of any drug.

Iridology and Sclerodology

Irisdiagnosis is a natural non-invasive diagnostic method that used the Iris (colour part of the eye), Sclere (white of the eye) and Pupil (dark middle of the eye) to help a trained Iridologist to accurately assess the health status of a person’s body.

An Iridology assessment provides the trained Iridologist with information about the root cause of ailments, strengths and weaknesses of all organ systems and tissues within the body, as well as inherited genetic disease patterns.

A great advantage of Iridology is that it provides information about the status of vital processes in the body. By vital processes we mean both disease causing (e.g. poor waste clearance) and health maintaining processes (e.g. blood circulation). It allows the practitioner to detect signs of biochemical and physiological function and dysfunction in the body before symptoms of disease appear, therefore it is great as a health maintenance method.

Electrotherapy (Rife)
Arthritis, influenza, bronchitis, tonsillitis, shingles, candidiasis, fibrositis, chronic fatigue syndrome, glandular fever, cellulitis, sports injuries and many other acute and chronic diseases. Not only are viruses and other pathogens destroyed, but also damaged tissues are detoxified and regenerated. Rife is also very effective for inflammation and pain.

Ozone therapy
Removes fat, eliminates cellulite, restores skin elasticity and combats stretch marks, slows down effects of aging by stimulating collagen fibers, stimulates oxygen metabolism, alkalises and detoxes the body. Beneficial for various diseases including muscle-skeletal disorders, coronary vascular insufficiency, migraine, hypertension, skin disorders, neurological disorders, autoimmune diseases, stress, inflammation, wound treatment, allergies, sleep disorders and injuries.

Cryo therapy
Weight loss, breaks down fat and cellulite, restores skin elasticity, lymph drainage, pain relief, improved blood circulation. Carries fewer risks, much less invasive, no scarring and a lot cheaper than liposuction. Plus you could see up to 2cm loss per session.
Combined with the cryotherapy we offer cavitation, lipo laser and radio frequency treatments which break down fats, firm and tone skin and minimise stretch marks.

If you are visiting Knysna these coming holidays, do pop in and try some of these treatments.