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A Dose of Medical Medium

mmThere aren’t many books that I can save have changed my life.  1)  The Bible, 2) You Are What You Eat by Gillian McKeith and 3) The Medical Medium by Anthony William.

The bible has changed my life for the obvious reasons.  In 2006 I read You Are What You Eat and this was my first exposure to clean eating, clean living, and debunked everything I thought I knew about health through portion control, calorie counting, and dairy consumption. Of note, I suffered from migraine headaches for 10 years, and as soon as I eliminated dairy from my diet they disappeared.

Since my 2006 exposure to the healthy truth, I have engrossed myself in literature regarding the use of food as medicine, and most recently read The Medical Medium.  The problem is that so much of this literature has been trendy, fashionable, misguided, and not completely the cure for me.  I’ve done low calorie via a calorie tracker (before I read You Are What You Eat), gluten free (GF) with GF products, Paleo, and vegetarian with “healthy” grains.  All have resulted in some improvement but I always felt some kind of deficit…something still missing.  The signals came in the form of heart burn, fatigue, grogginess even after sleep, afternoon crashes, brain fog, word finding problems, headaches, allergies, and viral and bacterial infections.  Right now, these are the things that define “health” for me (and yours may be different, feel free to make your own list!):

  • Good sleep
  • Vigor after a good night’s sleep
  • Mental clarity
  • A healthy weight
  • No more allergies
  • No more bacterial and viral infections
  • Positive mood and outlook on life
  • Happiness

Whilst in deep prayer (after a series of streptococcal throat infections), I begged God “Please, please, please just tell me what to eat to be healthy.” He showed me hands digging into the earth.  He impressed upon me to eat simply what he planted on the earth.  He also showed me a large pasture with one small donkey.  This told me that animals are here if needed, but to limit it.  I also got the strong urge to start juicing and meditating.

The Medical Medium has been a huge validation!  Along with my dietary struggles, I’ve often struggled with the traditional medical model.  As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, I see client after client fight a losing battle with chronic illness despite medical diligence.  If you are suffering from a chronic illness, have faith that your body can heal, and you deserve this.  Read this book.  Do not harbor anger toward practitioners because they are trying to help the best way they know how but there may be something they aren’t thinking about or missing.  Here are a couple of highlights from the book (I have paraphrased from my understanding of the content):

Chronic illness should really be called Mystery Illness because modern medicine cannot fully explain or cure it.

The body does not attack itself, it attacks invaders.  The word autoimmune is misguided, your body is fighting for you, not against you.

Viruses mutate at an extremely rapid rate and are poorly understood, leaving the medical community perplexed at best.

Thank God for medical advancements that have allowed physical repair of the body when necessary.

Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) and heavy metal exposure/toxicity is often the root cause of all chronic illness NOT bacteria or Candida.  Bacteria and Candida are the messengers telling you something viral or metallic may be deep seeded.

It is best to avoid all dairy products, eat organic when possible, eat abundantly in the form of fruits and vegetables, some seeds/nuts/legumes may be okay (these are based on individual needs), drink celery juice in the morning on an empty stomach, and use only very clean oils like coconut oil (see the book for details).

Sugar from honey and fruit are good.  The thing that makes them difficult to digest is when they are paired with or eaten after the over consumption of meat, protein, and carbs.

Adrenal fatigue, migraines, PTSD, anxiety, depression, all abdominal/gut illness, progressive neurological decline and a host of other diseases may be effectively managed or cured with food.

Menopause should be celebrated as it is an end to aging.  With good food choices, you can celebrate!

The gut is a spiritual organ.

Call out loud upon angels including the unnamed angels.  Have faith in God and that the angels are here to help you.  They can and will come.

You can find The Medical Medium by Anthony William at www.Amazon.com!  I HIGHLY recommend it!

Love and Health,

Alternative PT Fort Worth

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Shhh…Did You Hear That?

Shhh!  Did you hear that?!  How on earth did you miss it?  It has been resonating in your ear for a week.  You knew it all along but decided to go against it.  A fight to the finish.  In one corner is the ego, and in the other intuition.  It’s really a one sided fight because intuition is divinely guided, ever patient, and full of grace allowing ego to win if it must.

The voice of God is often felt not heard.  Spoken word is of the flesh but divine messages are of the heart.  I recently finished a quick read by Echo Bodine called A Still, Small Voice.  Echo emphasizes the power and accuracy of intuition.  As we begin to follow the small voice in our head and the impression of our heart, we will live in synch with the universe and observe how things perfectly and effortlessly fall into place.  Stress will ease and fear will subside.  Since reading this book, I have committed to honoring intuition, the voice of God, versus my ego. Let me give you one recent example from my life.

As my kids get older, my weekends get busier with sporting events, birthday parties, get-togethers, and family activities.   I also have several personal commitments and goals that I simply pile on top of these in an effort to maintain my individuality, my pre-children life, and my ego.  These things include work, exercise, girls’ nights, and hobbies.

This past weekend is a prime example of how clustered a weekend can get, and I know many of you can relate!  Friday I had to work, go to my son’s program at school, #Periscope with my sister about getting more sleep.  Saturday I signed up for a CrossFit competition, both of my children had soccer pictures followed by soccer games, I had to go to the grocery store, and my husband was on shift all day.  Sunday we had church, family photos with my husband’s side of the family an hour away, and then a birthday dinner for my mother.

In my ego I am Super Mom, and I can juggle everything; however, my intuition speaks the truth of my higher good.  Starting on Monday I began having anxiety and tension in my throat regarding the weekend knowing I was going to have to let someone down.  By Wednesday, I was still planning and strategizing.  I had Friday and Sunday figured out but Saturday was still a hot mess.  It was too much to ask anyone to take my children to soccer pictures and soccer games, so I was trying to figure out how to make it to at least part of the competition.  The tension in my throat continued to grow, I sprouted a few pimples stressing over how to juggle my children on Saturday.  Finally by Friday afternoon, I realized that I would have to miss the CrossFit competition completely.  My heart was heavy because the competition was for charity and I felt I would be a disappointment not to honor my commitment.  I finally gave in and threw my hands in the air.  My gut was telling me that I couldn’t miss the pictures or the games for the competition.

A busy Friday led to a busy Saturday morning as I rushed around feeding, bathing, and preparing for a day at the soccer fields—a single mom’s life is crazy hard! Due to my and my husband’s work schedule we are often alone in the parenting game.  The tension in my throat had eased but I continued to harbor guilt about missing the competition.  I knew I made the right decision though.  Pictures were uneventful, but I realized something special was about to happen as our coach put my daughter in a new line up for the game.  In the 3rd quarter she scored her first goal in three seasons!  My daughter has played on the same team so parents and kids alike were on their feet cheering and high-fiving.  Parents were congratulating me!  The girls on the team were so happy to see her finally get her first goal.  It was the sweetest picture to see 5 and 6 year old girls filled with such joy for their teammate.  My introverted child stifled a grin but held her head high for the rest of the game.

If I had ignored intuition and gone with my egocentric planning, I would have missed it all.  It wasn’t until after the game that I could fully understand and articulate what my body had been telling me all week.  I wasn’t meant to be at the competition, I was meant to be at the game!  Can you imagine the guilt I’d have felt if neither my husband nor I weren’t present for her first goal?!

Stop Fighting Your Sleep

sleepHave you ever witnessed a baby “fighting sleep?”  The child’s body is exhausted, mind in shambles, emotions erratically incomprehensible, yet they stand firm—“I am NOT tired, nor am I going to sleep!”  It’s an obvious act of defiance in search of control.  The baby is put to bed violently kicking and screaming to awaken with angel wings in the morning.

Here’s the reality…we are always that kicking, screaming child!  Countless adults fight sleep on a daily basis, reporting that they are “Night Owls.”  Okay…so you’re an animal?  Is that your goal?  Shouldn’t we embrace the Godly likeness we embody?  I’ve never met a “night owl” that isn’t moody or extremely stressed out with early aging and most often suffering from chronic pain or disease.  Fine, fine…if a night owl you must be, then at least take a nap!  Know that you cannot continue to deny your body rest and obtain higher consciousness at the same time.  Submit to your making.  You are not the exception to the sleep rule, quit fighting it.

I’ve battled with sleep deprivation due to standing figures at my bedside, irrational thoughts of the death of my loved ones, over thinking a situation, or replaying events over and over in my head.  In the past, I have gotten as few as 3 hours of sleep on a nightly basis.  My body would not relinquish control, and I would fruitlessly continue to try to solve problems.  We all know nothing good happens after midnight anyway!  Allow God to naturally provide your healing and refreshment through sleep.  Give God your nightly “issues” and know that He and the angles will take care of everything you need while you rest.  Once I embraced this, I now sleep like a baby and can nap like a champ.

Here are my top tips to get more sleep at night:

  • Pray and set boundaries: Some people are extremely sensitive to energy.  The energetic presence of our guardian angels, God, and other spirit guardians can overwhelm the mind with an endless to-do list of ways to help others or genius solutions to the world’s problems.  Remember that you can pray and set boundaries.  A prayer I have used frequently is this “Heavenly Father, thank you for your presence in my life.  Thank you for sending guardians that tirelessly and lovingly protect and guide me.  Thank you for providing me with easy sleep and vivid dreams so I can receive Spirit’s messages in a rested state.  Thank you for giving me signs during normal waking hours.”  It is also important to energetically shed the waste you have accumulated throughout the day.  I will use this prayer “Thank you for every person you have placed in my life and path today.  Please cleanse me of all energy or presence that does not walk in your pure, white light.”
  • Journal: Keep a journal beside the bed to jot down anything that you want to remember in the morning.  DO NOT use your phone or turn on bright lights to do this as this interrupts the rhythm of the night.
  • Turn ALL lights off: No lights in the room AT ALL.  Our brain and body physiologically perceive light as daytime, which means wakey wakey!  If you have to turn on lights to get to the bathroom, make them very minimal and very dim.  Never turn on a full, bright light.
  • Eye mask: A blackout eye mask saved my life when my children were infants and while I was in graduate school.  The mask instantly blacks out every visual disturbance and prevents you from glancing at the clock.
  • Electrical tape over flashing lights: Put electrical tape over the flashing lights of the cable box or any other electronic device that is charging.
  • Put the iPhone face down and on silent: Through the night our phone receives constant updates, emails, and messages that create illumination in the darkness.  By keeping it face down, the night’s darkness and rhythm will not be interrupted.  Also, think about turning your alarm clock backward because the light from the alarm gets your brain buzzing about the next day’s activities.
  • White sound: Use a small fan, sound machine, or YouTube sleep music.  Do not use anything upbeat or with an abrupt sound, this will make your dreams fanatic and interrupt your fall into sleep.  The sound should be as neutral as possible like the drone of the ocean, or light instrumental music.
  • Lavender essential oil: Lavender is well known and documented for its relaxation properties.  When inhaled it produces a sedative effect.  Read more from The University of Maryland Medical Center at http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/lavender.
  • Relax your jaw: A clenched jaw activates the mind and prepares the body to react.  Do a body scan and relax all tight muscles including the jaw.  A clenched jaw is clinically correlated with insomnia, see the related article from the journal Head & Face Medicine http://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/1746-160X-4-4.  
  • Do not exercise right before bed: Exercise right before bed elevates the heart and energizes the body—the exact opposite effect we desire before bed!  Do not perform exercise approximately 2 hours before bed.  Read more from Harvard Medical School here http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/22/health/upwave-night-exercise/.
  • Do not drink caffeine after lunch: All of the caffeine addicts out there can argue with me over this but studies show that caffeine consumption up to 6 hours before bed will interrupt sleep and increase night time wake time.  Read this article for more in Psychology Today https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sleep-newzzz/201312/new-details-caffeine-s-sleep-disrupting-effects.
  • Get out in the sun: God did not make humans to allow them to sit in an artificially lit box all day (i.e home or office building).  Our biological clocks are programmed by exposure to the sun.  The sun signals our body to release hormones that programs the brain to a day time-night time sleep cycle.  Sun exposure prepares the brain for night time sleep.