This is the wellness and vitality roadmap. It’s gathered from 14 years of my personal health battle, educating myself, and experiencing mostly failures before finding any successes. My goal – to help you find success in your journey so much faster than I did. I really want to save you time, money, and hopefully some of the many painful experiences of being let down so many of us experience on our health journeys. It’s a roadmap to support greater energy, vitality and performance. So much is out of our control, this roadmap is meant to empower you to take control of what you can, optimize your health and get back your energy. You don’t have to be a victim to your genes, your negative beliefs, or your chronic conditions, etc. You, my dear, are more powerful then you can ever imagine.
My story, for those of you you haven’t heard it yet, is not unlike many. I suffer from an autoimmune arthritis (non-ankylosing spondylitis). It’s similar to a psoriatic arthritis in that it swells up my joints. I have a fair number of “sausage toes” and a few sausage like fingers as well. Along with the arthritis came fatigue and brain fog that kept me from working the way I’d like to. I remember days where I was so tired at work, I wanted to cry (I did cry) not only because well I couldn’t take a nap at the time but more because I had no idea why I was so tired. I’d spend lunch napping out of necessity, not renewal. Let’s also throw in the embarrassment of what sometimes felt like constant burping for good measure.
And all this bullshitty nonsense, well, It all began at the age of 19. Then after being told “you are so young to have arthritis” (ummmmm, yes, I completely agree! – ridiculous), I was told what all of us with autoimmune diseases are told. It’s not curable, and take these (insert any of the countless potential drugs) pills for the rest of your life. “THAT’S IT!!! That’s what you got for me???”
Well I wasn’t really into the idea of pills for the rest of my life, especially pills that may or may not help, that will only last so many years before you need a new one, and also come with a host of potential side effects. So instead, lacking any substantial and/or helpful knowledge about my disease, or what I was getting myself into, I began my journey of holistic health, determined and knowing I could heal myself. I simply needed to find the root cause, and fix it.
I have spent many of the last years trying to find one root cause to my health problems, because I really wanted it to be just one root cause. Then I could find it, get rid of it, and be all better, right? Well, for some, it can be that simple. I hope it is for you. Yet for most it is not. But the more I learned about how the body works on a biochemistry, biophysics, and quantum physics level, the easier it became for me to put all the pieces together.
Looking back, of course I got sick at the age 19. Well diagnosably sick anyways. Now it’s clear to me, I was set down a path of disease well before 19. I believe it started when I was a baby, perhaps in the womb even. My twin sister (High Five all twins!!) and I had bad ear infections as babies, thus many doses of antibiotics. Already a bad start, killing the bacteria in our stomachs that didn’t get diligently replaced. We also each had 6 missing adult teeth so 6 years of braces and dental works including bridges and metals in our mouths. That’s a lot of dental stress, which can cause a whole lot of health problems (enough so that I wrote my first book all about it) I ate the standard American diet as a child full of processed carbs and dairy. I also spent my life in glasses, contacts and sunscreen blocking most to all UV light. I know many of you think of UV light as “bad”, but as part of the series I explain why I believe it’s not. Sure countless people will tell me I’m wrong, but I invite you to judge for yourself.
To top that all off, I have a worrier personality and growing up did not express my feelings and stresses well, so I had all the stresses of a typical child, plus a personality that held on to my worries and stresses, and honestly many limiting beliefs including those that I wasn’t cool enough, smart enough, funny enough, etc. And for the cherry on top of it all, I didn’t sleep well, where your body does it’s best recovery, because already as a child I was under constant stress, throwing off my HPA axis and raising my cortisol levels, thus affecting my sleep. Oh, wait did I just call lack of sleep and stress the cherry? It’s more like the seagull that swoops in steals your sundae and then drops it upside down in the sand. F-ing seagulls.
I mean one root cause, the thought is laughable to me now. Looking back, knowing what I know now, I’m just grateful my autoimmune disease didn’t express itself even earlier. And if you are wondering if my twin sister who went through most of this also got sick. Not in the same way, and not as early as me, but yeah she also has a leaky gut and some auto-immune problems very similar to mine. We went to different colleges, and had different stresses in our lives. And if I did have one root cause that put me over the edge I think it may have been the stress of going to a different college than my sister and being all alone struggling to make friends. She’s always been a little better then me at confidence and releasing stresses. She’s also always had boyfriends. I think the fact that she always had those strong love relationships and less stress is a big indicator for the power of reducing stress for health.
My mom is going to read this and feel really bad, and think it’s all her fault, but it’s not. My mom is medically trained former ER nurse. She did what she was taught, and what she knew, and in my opinion she did a great job. I had a great childhood and I have a great family for which I’m extremely grateful. But we only know what we know, and they should be teaching disease prevention in grade school, but they don’t. They teach STD prevention and drug prevention (yay! awesome), but when it comes to chronic disease prevention they pretty much just teach the food pyramid, which is kind of really fricking flawed, and even if it wasn’t, it’s not enough.
Unfortunately from what I can tell, medical and nursing school hasn’t really changed their tune all that much since my mom was in school. They aren’t teaching how to prevent disease. And in my non-medical non-professional (based on 14 years of teaching myself, taking further formal education, and trying to heal my “uncurable” auto-immune disease) opinion, when you learn to prevent disease you can learn how to heal disease. Our bodies are designed to heal themselves. The way your body heals a cut all on its own, same principal. We have these insanely cool, insanely complex body systems that when we aren’t constantly getting in it’s way, knows what to do to heal. While preventing disease is way way easier then reversing disease, unfortunately so many of us aren’t interested in being healthy until we’re sick. And even then, usually not until the ‘tired of being sick and tired’ phase.
So I recently had a drop the mic moment, it was like “holy shit, this all makes sense now.” I came to realize how vital optimal energy is to our health. I explain that moment in the Energy chapter of the roadmap.
“Holy shit, this all makes sense now.”
And after 14 years of educating myself of all things holistic healing, I’ve boiled it down. And here it is. It all comes down to energy, stress, living in sync with nature, and antibiotics wreaking havoc on your guts diverse ecosystem.
I almost threw in toxins there too, but honestly I think if you have stress (and their are a lot of types of stress) under control and a diverse and healthy gut biome I think your body is a lot more capable of handling toxins. Also you can look at toxins as a form of stress.
For 66,000 generations, humans ate primarily meat, fish, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and some starchy plants. We were physically active. We didn’t sit for long periods. We lived in sync with the natural rhythms of light and dark, in direct contact with nature, and in close-knit tribal social groups. (1) Essentially we were kick ass, nature-gracious, communal beings that whooped chronic diseases butts. That is not what we do anymore, and chronic disease is now whooping our butts in today’s society.
So why are these things important to our health and vitality? How do we hack them when possible? And what else can we do to help prevent disease and help our bodies do what they naturally know how to do, heal?
When you remove all the barriers, you allow the dam to burst forth with the abundant energy you are desperately desiring.
This is my magic sauce. This is the wellness and vitality roadmap.
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