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High blood pressure is the number one killer worldwide.  It is a silent killer, and it is largely preventable.

High blood pressure kills millions of people every year and it’s preventable

It can lead to strokes, heart disease, heart attacks, severe kidney disease, and even dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Read more on high blood pressure and dementia here: (High blood pressure in mid life tied to dementia). Bakalar, 2017

Here is what you need to know:

There are new guidelines for what is now considered high blood pressure:

High blood pressure is now 130-139 (systolic) and 80-89 (diastolic).  These numbers are down from 140/90 as they have been in the past.

 

Under these new guidelines, 46 % of the U.S. population is now considered hypertensive.

High blood pressure is the leading cause of death worldwide and the second-leading cause of preventable death in the United States, after cigarette smoking (Contact me to help quit smoking)

 

What does this mean?  If your blood pressure is 140/90 or higher, most likely you will need prescription medication.  Some of you may know I am not a fan of prescription medication.  However, high blood pressure is nothing to take lightly, and hypertensive levels are already putting you at great risk (130/80 or higher).

The good news is that if you are hypertensive, lifestyle medicine may largely help you get your numbers lower.

Lifestyle medicine includes losing weight, lowering stress levels (or managing reactions to stress – Contact me for help), quitting smoking, improving your diet (Contact me for help), consuming less alcohol,  getting more excercise (Contact me for help), etc.

Normal blood pressure is 120/80.  It’s important to know this to visualize success in lowering your blood pressure if you are hypertensive.

High Blood Pressure & The Risk for Alzheimer’s

“Researchers have known about the link between blood pressure and Alzheimer’s for years. In 2013, investigators showed that older people with high blood pressure, or hypertension, were more likely to have biomarkers of Alzheimer’s in their spinal fluid. Another study found that the more blood pressure varied over an eight-year period, the greater the risk of dementia.”  HopkinsMedicine.Org, 2017, https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy_aging/healthy_body/blood-pressure-and-alzheimers-risk-whats-the-connection

Read this article to learn how to reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s:  Use lifestyle medicine to reduce risk for Alzheimer’s and dementia

“The systolic reading refers to the pressure when the heart contracts and sends blood through the arteries. Diastolic pressure is measured when the heart relaxes between beats.

The lower score is expected to triple the number of younger men considered hypertensive and double the number of younger women with high blood pressure.

Men are more likely to have high blood pressure than women and blacks are more likely than whites. Many people are unaware that they have the condition because there are no symptoms.”  

Read more here:  New blood pressure guidelines

How Low is Too Low of Blood Pressure?

There can be side effects to having too low of blood pressure too (something I can relate to from having CFS).

From the John Hopkins website:

Research Shows…
How Low Should You Go?

“Lower is not necessarily better when it comes to blood pressure. A 2013 study published in the journal JAMA Neurology found that people with heart disease or stroke who had lower-than-normal blood pressure (in which the bottom, or diastolic, number was less than or equal to 70 mm Hg) were more likely to show changes in the brain that can affect cognition and memory.”  https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy_aging/healthy_body/blood-pressure-and-alzheimers-risk-whats-the-connection

An atom is a nano-tornado, a spinning force field…it’s not a particle, it’s made up of energy. You’re an energy field, broadcasting energy.

In a quantum world, nothing is separate. We are broadcasting like a radio. We are affecting one another. To read others’ energy and how you feel about something or someone, ask the question of your heart, not your head.

#BruceLipton

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“We Just Want Someone to Believe Our Story”

 

~ Mari Thomas

Watch this video with Mari Thomas:

Mari Thomas on Having Lyme Disease

 One of the most important aspects of healing is having our currently storylines be heard.  Most of us just need someone to hear and believe our stories.  So many people who are sick or coping with chronic conditions lack basic empathy and understanding from others.  This can keep us from healing…

 

Having someone hold space for us is crucial to healing, whatever healing may look or feel like*

 

For me, at first, I had to accept my story and where my body was.  Today, while I still have to fight to stay well (I have a liver disorder, so it’s constant maintenance with eating well, managing stress, taking supplements, practicing yoga, and avoiding toxins to my body), I do my best not to attach to my “story” about having health issues.

How we “see” ourselves is crucial as it affects our confidence and biochemistries.  However, we all need to be “seen” for who we are as well.

 

I do my best to see myself as whole, and well, and healed.

But, even today, as well as along my healing journey, I needed at least one person to believe me, and believe in me.

Believe in yourself, yes, for sure…but we are all interconnected, and we need others to express empathy for our challenging paths.

 


Today, I consider myself a wellness warrior.  I fight to be well, each and every day. 

I believe in my capacity to feel well, and do my best to live from that belief system.

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Excerpts from The Memory of Health

(Find it here: The Memory of Health)

 

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Chapter One – My Story

 

In My Shoes

 

Story

 

Finally, so many of my untold stories have found a home in this book that I write.  I could not tell some of my stories to anyone.  Either I was too afraid, or I didn’t have anyone to tell them to.  So I am telling them here instead.

 

What are you afraid to tell about yourself?

 

Maybe you, like me, can whisper them here to a captive audience, the pages of this book, and they will bear witness to what you could not bear to say on your own.

 

Tell your story.  Release your soul…

 

My story.   At first, this was the easiest part of the book to write.  Now, in the final stages, I cringe at the idea of it being shared.

 

What is worse than shame, pain, judgment, or blame?  Being stuck in a story that is no longer yours or one that no longer serves you.

 

So I release my story to you, to the wind, to the waters, to god.  It is what it is.  For whatever reason, whatever it is, this is what transpired.

 

But before I tell you mine, what is story anyway?

 

We love stories because we love the process, the journey itself.  We want to know how it starts and how it ends, and what was overcome in between.

 

We are the heroes and heroines of our own lives, whether or not we can see it.

 

Sometimes the stories we tell ourselves and others are different than the stories our bodies tell.  But your body never lies, cannot lie to you, nor can you lie to your body.  Every story you tell others or yourself about who you are shows up verbatim in your body.

 

Your body’s story is the one you should listen to, especially if you are on a healing path.  The path of healing leads you to your authentic self.  It is a true gift and a direct path.

 

What does it mean to tell your story?  Why do some people say to embody your story, and others say to leave it behind?  What is the truth?

 

First of all, it’s what is your truth.  What works for you?  This is the truth if there ever was one.  If nothing else, I hope you take this away from this book:

 

What works for you?  What truths lie in your heart that you find the courage to express and embody without an ounce of fear?

 

Here is my truth

 

I believe it is helpful, if not essential, to embody your story at some point in time, to acknowledge it, to feel it … but then, ultimately, to let it go, let it fall away down the river, float downstream and join your perfectly alchemized, serendipitous past.

 

What lies ahead?

 

The radiant, magical presence where “story” is a beautiful, blank page filled in by the joys and sorrows of the day, and then washed away by the medicine of the night.

 

What we inhabit – like our bodies – deep down we know and can feel.   What we release, releases us, and allows us to be truly free.

 

What can you know and then release?  Your habits, your fears, your body, your life, your love, your wishes, your story

 

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*”Heal” is a relative term.  Some of us recover, some don’t, some of us find a middle ground in-between.  But, I believe healing truly happens when we are heard and seen for who we are, and seen and accepted as whole beings, doing our best in any given moment in time.

 

Are you feeling lonely these days? You’re not alone (pun not intended, but it fits).

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The truth is, we’re meant to connect: it’s a basic human need.

Our brains produce oxytocin in response to connection, and it can help us stay well

Oxytocin is powerful hormone that acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain (Psychology Today: Click for Quote)

and is a calming and connection hormone (Dean Ware: Click for Quote), which counteracts the effects of stress and adrenaline.

Listen to Kory Krogan talk about the importance of well-being & connection:

When I was super ill, I was the most isolated.  I struggled to get well, because I wasn’t getting the level of support and connection I needed to thrive.*

I tried changing my diet, my environment, using supplements, practicing yoga, practicing self-care, etc.

While these tactics were helpful, and I did make improvements – and I still use these tactics today to maintain well-being – what I needed the most was the power of LOVE.

*Note: many things contributed to me being well.  It was a holistic approach. 

Listen to this interview for more details:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thewellnesscoach/2017/01/25/understanding-the-link-between-mind-body-chronic-illness-with-shannon-harvey

There is a quote in coaching that says:

Connection is the currency of wellbeing – ~John Travis

It’s connection that helps us stay well the most, I believe. 

We are wired to connect.  It is primal and it known as social well-being.

 

Social well-being is the missing ingredient in holistic and wellness practices & protocols

 

Oxytocin is known as the “bliss hormone.”  It has trememdous power to alter our physical makeup and create trust in our bodies and relationships.

You can read more about my journey here and how I healed http://portlandwellnesscoach.com/do-you-have-health-issues-a-chronic-condition-or-chronic-fatigue/

I wrote a whole book about how I healed too, which took me 10 years to write.

You can find it here:  The Memory of Health

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Sometimes, situtations may prevent us from producing oxytocin.  I have been here with PTSD.  However, there is always hope, and this is even more of a reason to seek healthy connections.

“Those with PTSD are in a constant state of anxiety and low-grade fear.”

From the Body Ecology Website (click here for full article)

 

What if you live alone or find yourself isolated?

Get a pet and hug your pets regularly to produce oxytocin.   If you suffer from a trauma (separate blog  post coming up on how to heal from trauma) or a chronic condition, or find yourself in some kind of other isolating situation, try to get a pet or pets a.s.a.p.  In addition, try to find ways to genuinely connect with people:

  • Skype
  • Volunteering (if not homebound)
  • Having friends come over
  • Meeting friends for tea
  • Doing something social: game night, ballroom dancing, etc.

 

From Experts Around the Web:

Oxytocin | Psychology Today

“Oxytocin is a powerful hormone that acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain. … When we hug or kiss a loved one, oxytocin levels increase; hence, oxytocin is often called “the love hormone.” In fact, the hormone plays a huge role in all pair bonding.”

 

From the Body Ecology Website (click here for full article)

“Unfortunately, there are situations in life when oxytocin levels dip too low, or worse, never rise to the surface.

Some examples are:

1. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Those with PTSD are in a constant state of anxiety and low-grade fear. This anxiety can climax when startled or in trigger situations. It has been found that oxytocin reduces background anxiety in those with PTSD. (1) Even though oxytocin can reduce anxiety after trauma, it does not affect the actual memory of the trauma.

2. Childhood Trauma. Trauma during infancy or childhood can affect oxytocin levels for years, decades, or even an entire lifetime. This kind of trauma can range from severe abuse during childhood to a divorce between parents. When trauma during childhood occurs, the body and mind engage an adaptive defense mechanism that reduces levels of oxytocin. This type of programming is a survival mechanism. It can affect relationships and even physical health.

3. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In certain cases of autism, the receptor site for oxytocin is genetically not available. When oxytocin has nowhere to go, it cannot do its job. Sometimes in those with ASD, the production of oxytocin is also drastically low. (2)(3)

Dr. Michael Gershon, author of The Second Brain and chairman of the department of anatomy and cell biology at Columbia University, has found that many of his patients who come in for chronic gut disorders have a history of childhood trauma.”

 

Childhood trauma may affect gut health, the development of chronic conditions later in life, and may be a contributing factor in addiction*

 

Loneliness as New Epidemic

According to research done by the Journal Heart, loneliness has the same risks now as smoking (as cited by Harvard Health):

The data showed that loneliness, social isolation, or both were associated with a 29% increased risk of heart attack and 32% greater risk of stroke. The risk was similar to that of light smoking or obesity, according to the researchers.”  https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/loneliness-has-same-risk-as-smoking-for-heart-disease Jun 16, 2016

 

Loneliness has the same risks now as smoking; it is considered a new epidemic

 

Loneliness and the Gig Economy

Creating one’s one income is always a good idea.  We should be striving for 7 sources of income and thinking more along the lines of being our own boss, instead of being an employee.

Yet, with the new freedom that comes with working more for or completely for one’s self is the challenge of not staying connected to people (i.e. working from a home office, or working a job with little to no human interaction).  Connection is vital for productivity, stress, reduction, and well-being!

 

Connection is vital for productivity, stress, reduction, and well-being!

 

Watch the video above for how to cope with loneliness in the workplace.  There is no substitution for human interaction.  If you work for yourself, consider having Skype calls with colleagues to stay in touch and stay in the loop.  Also, make sure your business is tied into where you live locally.   Seek clients locally, or find a way to participate in your local community as a mentor, volunteer, etc.

 

It’s that important to your well-being.

 

Loneliness and Addiction

Loneliness may be tied to addiction* to, in certain regards.  Addiction creates isolation, and I truly believe that many people who are addicted suffer from not feeling truly attached to life or other people (note, I am not saying there may not be a physical component as well – please seek the help of a qualified expert).

*There is evidence of a link between childhood trauma and addiction: check out this blog:

Childhood Trauma & Addiction

Listen to Russell Brand here talk about addiction and unity & how you can’t purchase the feeling of well-being (hint: it comes from connection):

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I have been in several abusive relationships.

Sometimes, we aren’t aware we are in something abusive.

One way to know for sure, is to listen to your body:  It never lies

My body couldn’t take one more minute of abuse…

For me, my body tells me when something’s not working.  I start getting symptoms like anxiety & fatigue.

I talk about how I healed from abuse and chronic illness (CFS) in my book, The Memory of Health

You can check it out here:  The Memory of Health 

You can learn more about my journey to well-being and self-esteem here: My Journey to Well-Being & Self-Esteem

I am still not clear why I attract abusive behavior.  I have noticed that all of the people who were abusive were addicted.*

Abusive behavior includes:

  • Power & Control
  • Criticism
  • Gaslighting
  • Neglectful Behavior
  • Dismissiveness

Unfortunately, sometimes the person will first lift you up high (i.e. put you on a pedestal), only to then knock you down.

One of the biggest red flags to look out for is controlling behavior: actions, comments, and gaslighting.

Check out this blog on LoveisRespect.org: What is Gaslighting

Control isn’t love, it’s abuse.  Love is respect.

Abusive relationships are all about power and control.   Check out this wheel:  Power & Control Wheel

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With my first boyfriend, he started yelling at me a few months into our relationship.

He was manic-depressive, an alcoholic, and addicted to marijuana.

In my marriage, my husband was also an alcoholic, and began trying to control me physically by:

  • Pinning me to the bed
  • Criticizing me
  • Gaslighting me (telling me it was my fault)
  • Hitting me

I seemed to have a pattern of attracting partners who are both abusvie and addicted to something (alcohol, etc.).

While I explore addiction and abuse in my book, The Memory of Health, the most important thing is to practice self-care (and get to safety a.s.a.p. – make a plan).

While I have compassion for those who may develop addiction, I have to take care of myself first.*

I am a sensitive person.  Some of you may know this about me as well.

I am an HSP (highly sensitive person) and a romantic.

There is nothing I long for more than deep love and lasting connection

Yet, with the territory of being sensitive comes the risk of attracting negative energy.

Are you in a truly loving relationship?  Check out this quiz:  Is My Relationship Healthy?

On the website, Love is Respect , you can call, text, or IM (safely and securely) to talk to someone about your situation.

Never allow yourself to be abused or to stay in an unhealthy situation.

Find a counselor, find an advocate, tell a friend, make a plan to get out.

So, how did I reboot from abuse and domestic violence? It takes time, but time can fade wounds.

First, realize it’s not your fault.  Secondly, get support, and find a way to exit, safely…

I realized it wasn’t my fault, and I allowed my body and heart to rest and mend. 

I talked to a loved one for support.  I got the rest I needed and allowed my body, heart, and spirit the time and space to heal and renew.

Fortunately, I have a lot of tools in my toolbox to heal and reboot.  My tools for healing and rebooting my body include:

  • Gentle Yoga
  • Meditative Music
  • Loving Support
  • Good Food
  • Lots of Self-Care
  • Restorative Rest
  • Compassion
  • Self-Acceptance
  • Therapy
  • Loving Pets
  • Time

Don’t let anyone impede your soul’s growth and evolution.

You are worth being treated well in all circumstances.

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*There is evidence of a link between childhood trauma and addiction: check out this blog:

Childhood Trauma & Addiction

 

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“I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. ”

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I am reviewing BioCBD+ for Chronic Illness Bloggers Network.

BioCBD™ is derived from organically grown hemp plants, and it contains all of the synergistic
cannabinoids, terpenoids, and other compounds of the original plant.  It also contains a proprietary Ayurvedic blend of water soluble cannabinoids, terpenes and different Ayurvedic herbs: CBD, Curcumin, & Magnesium.

You can check it out here:

https://www.biocbdplus.com/

You may be wondering: what is BioCBD+, hemp CBD, and what is CBD good for?

In my experience trying out CBD products, CBD is a PHENOMENAL restorative compound for the body.

BioCBD+ is no exception…this is a FANTASTIC product that delivers the amazing benefits of CBD to the body…

From the BioCBD+ Website:

BioCBD™ is an all natural, water soluble source of CBD plus Ayurvedic herbs.

“We always use CBD oil derived from organically grown European hemp plants, and it contains all of the synergistic cannabinoids, terpenes and other compounds of the original plant.”

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What is CBD? Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of 85 phytocannabinoids known to currently exist in the cannabis plant with an expectation of more to come.

“These different phytocannabinoids are known to exist in different levels in different varieties of cannabis.  Most of the cannabinoids don’t exist in large enough concentrations to have any noticeable effect, but CBD concentration can be as high as 40% in CBD-rich cultivars of industrial hemp.  Cannabidiol has been featured on Oprah, Dr. Oz, and credited by one of our country’s top medical minds, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, as the reason he changed his mind about unlimited potential of cannabis.

How Does CBD Work?  Is it legal?

Did you know that your body produces its own cannabinoids similar to CBD and THC?  These endogenous cannabinoids are a part of a system that acts as the “master control system” of the body.  That same system is designed to work with CBD!  The endogenous cannabinoid system, or endocannabinoid system (ECS), is a recently discovered system of naturally occurring cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptor sites throughout your entire body!

There are two receptors that make up the endocannabinoid system: CB1 and CB2 receptors.  CB1 receptors are found mostly in the nervous system, connective tissues, gonads, glands, and organs.   CB2 receptors are primarily found in the immune system and the structures associated with healthy immune functioning.

Unlike THC, which overstimulates the CB1 and CB2 receptors directly, CBD signals the body’s natural mechanisms to activate those receptors to do more of what they do naturally.**

With these cannabinoid receptor sites spread throughout our entire bodies, you can only imagine the importance of having these receptors working properly in order to keep this important internal system functioning to protect you.”

You can read more about CBD here:  https://www.biocbdplus.com/what-is-cbd-3

Is it legal?

Here’s the short answer:

“Even though (marijuana) THC is illegal and on the controlled substance list, our hemp CBD (cannabidiol) is not illegal because it has been grown in a legal country, imported to the US legally, and the CBD has been extracted from the legal mature stalk of the hemp plant.”

Check out this blog for information on the legality of hemp-derived CBD:  https://www.biocbdplus.com/why-is-hemp-cbd-legal

My experience with BioCBD+

I love the natural CBD in this product.  This product also contains extra, proprietary ingredients including curcumin, which is  one of the medicinal parts of turmeric, a powerful anti-inflammatory herb, that can also affect the longevity of your DNA.  It also contains a proprietary Ayurvedic blend of water soluble cannabinoids, terpenes and different Ayurvedic herbs: CBD, Curcumin, & Magnesium.

BioCBD+ helped me with:

Fatigue

Sleep

Mood

Anxiety

Combatting the Effects of Stress

I tended to take BioCBD+ when I was feeling tired or stressed out, or worn down.  It worked so effectively, I wanted to save it for when I really needed it.

Yet, I believe CBD can have cumulative effects on the body and stress response system. I wonder if it would have been even more effective if I had taken it on a regular basis, as I was instructed to do on the bottle.   You are supposed to start with one capsule, and then increase up to 6 per day, until you reach the desired effect, and then reduce to where you can maintain effectiveness.

Here’s a really important point and discovery I have made along the way of trying cannaboid products:

 

** I think this is a really important point: THC seems to often overstimulate the body, whereas CBD seems to operate more as a restorative compound in the body

 

I feel this is a really important distinction, perhaps.  While THC may have benefits, CBD (and so far, expecially hemp-derived CBD) seems to have particulary therapuetic and restorative effects on the body.

Here is more information on CBD:

Your body has an endocannabinoid system, which is designed to keep you in balance. 

CBD helps to mediate the release of cytokines which can help with pain and inflammation.

CBD is from cannabis (found in hemp or marijuana), is a cannabinoid and is non-psychoactive.

There are many cannabinoids (over 60 and counting), including THC.  There are also different types of CBD, including CBD1 and CBD2.

CBD1 affects the brain and neurological system and CBD2 affects the immune system.  We have CBD receptors in our brain, liver, stomach, and nervous system (and maybe even more places).

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) was discovered only in 1992, but it good we discovered it, as its purpose is to keep our bodies in balance and recover from stress, etc.

The basic function of the ECS is to help you: “Relax, eat, sleep, forget, and protect.” ~Professor Di Marzo, 1998

(source: New Hope Network)

For so many of us with chronic conditions, we know and can feel that our bodies are out of balance.

It is very possible some of our symptoms could be due to endocannabinoid deficiency. 

“It occurred to me that a number of very common diseases seem to fit a pattern that would be consistent with an endocannabinoid deficiency, specially these are migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, and fibromyalgia.  They have some things in common.”

Dr. Ethan Russon on CBD & Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (Jun 21, 2016)

CBD may also help your body in several ways by reducing inflammation, bolstering the immune system, and even having neuroprotective effects.  Check out my blog for research  links.

~ I have found CBD to help my body feel remarkably and consistently better ~

 

This is a really great product!  It really helped my body to regain balance during a particularly stressful time.

 

You can check it out for yourself here:

https://www.biocbdplus.com/

 

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A memoir and guide to living well. The Memory of Health is a meditation and conversation on well-being. What makes you thrive, even in the face of great odds? What makes you come alive? At the age of 22, Edie developed chronic fatigue after having surgery for a ski accident.

While physical therapy was helpful, she had to seek alternative treatment to regain full use of her knee. In the course of seeking answers to her health challenges, she discovered the power of mindful living and became a conscious consumer in her quest for true well-being.

Whether you like mainstream, alternative, or integrative medicine as your solution for health and well-being, be conscious of the choices you make, because they matter.

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“I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.“

Oral Miracle is a remineralizing mouthwash…and so much more!

It may also help you with any of the following issues:

  • Fillings
  • Halitosis
  • Tooth Decay
  • Dental Caries
  • Toothaches
  • Whitening Your Teeth
  • Gum Disease
  • Cavities
  • Sensitive Teeth

I have had trouble with my gums for several years now, especially after getting sick a second time with CFS in my mid thirties.  I have been seeking solutions ever since.

It’s a long story, but due to increased sensitivity within my whole body, I was unable to brush my teeth properly for a while.  As a result, I developed gum issues.

I have always taken great care of my teeth, so this was initially very hard for me to realize…that my gums weren’t in the best shape anymore.

However, I have been searching for tactics and products ever since to help me restore the health of both my gums as well as my teeth.

I have been using Oral Miracle for a few months now.  At first, it seemed too strong for me, as my teeth and mouth are quite sensitive.  Yet, with repeated use, I adapted and I also noticed that the formula was helping to neutralize acid (and maybe bacteria as well) in my mouth.

Yet, with repeated use, I adapted to the taste and ingredients, and I also noticed that the formula was helping to neutralize acid (and maybe bacteria as well) in my mouth.

In fact, it works better than the usual pre-rinse I have been using.   There is definitely something to the syngergistic ingredients in this product.

I have not been using this product according to directions, as my teeth and gums are so sensitive.

I have been using it as a pre-rinse, before I brush.  However, I will try to use it more in line with the directions over time, as my teeth and gums get stronger.

Here are the directions, according to the website:

  • Best used before bed
  • Floss and brush your teeth
  • Shake bottle well
  • Pour 2 teaspoons in a shot glass
  • Squish in mouth for a minimum of 3 minutes (the longer you squish, the more effective it is)
  • Spit out and do not rinse, eat or drink anything before bed. The coating left behind coats your teeth enamel enabling remineralization throughout the night!

Scope: Helps with fillings, Halitosis, Tooth decay, Dental Caries, Toothache, Whiten Teeth, Gum Disease, Cavity, Sensitive Teeth.

I will continue to use this product, as I have had good results thus far with neutralizing bacteria and improved gum health. 

This is a very good product and worth checking out, especially if you have any gum issues or tooth sensitivity or discoloration.

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You can find it here:  https://immunizelabs.com/products/oralmiracle

Check out more information about this product here (from the website). 

Note, check out the reviews on this page link too!

Scope: Who can benefit from OralMiracle?

Anyone wanting to improve their oral health or looking for naturally whiter teeth, especially those with thinning tooth enamel, cavities, dry mouth, sensitive teeth, toothaches, mouth sores, bad breath, infected gums, discolored teeth, loose teeth, dental plaque, periodontal disease, and bad bacteria.

The main causes of tooth decay, loss of enamel, and gum disease are:

  • Acid – When acidic foods, such as fruit juices, coffee, vinegar, chewable vitamin C, or carbonated drinks (soda pop), are eaten, the acids will etch the enamel off the teeth.
  • Sugars – Stay away from white sugar. Sugar leaches out calcium from the teeth and bones. Adults can tolerate 2/3 of an ounce of sugar a day. Any additional amount is absorbed into the circulation and is converted into carbonic acid. To protect the body from the corrosive action of this acid, calcium is withdrawn from the teeth and bones for neutralization.
  • Fluoride – Fluoride can deteriorate connective tissues by breaking hydrogen bonds. When one uses fluoridated toothpastes and other fluoride sources like fluoridated drinking water, the gums that hold teeth in place become loose and spongy resulting in gingivitis. When you combine fluoride with a dietary vitamin C deficiency, one develops a serious gum disease periodontal disease. Eliminating the intake of fluoride used as an additive in tooth pastes, gels, mouthwashes, and drinking water, increasing the intake of vitamin C and using OralMiracle to promote remineralization will gradually correct this condition.
  • Fluorosis – The discoloration of teeth, is caused by an exchange of ions that takes place when food acids attack the surface enamel and leach out calcium and phosphorus from the teeth. If the calcium and phosphorus are replaced by ions of other metals such as iron, copper, etc., then discoloring and brittleness (mottling) of the enamel takes place.

Oral Miracle has some really great ingredients too (I am big on ingredients…from my days working in the natural foods/products industry). 

The ingredients are some of the biggest players and factors in why this product works. 

For instance:

  • Hydrogen Peroxide is great at killing bacteria and whitening teeth…naturally, which is a big plus
  • Pink Himalayan Salt is all the rage now, and for a good reason:  it’s chock full of minerals to help build back up your teeth (and body)
  • Xylitol is one of my favorite natural anti-cavity and acid-neutralizing strategies
  • Oral Miracle also has tons of other great ingredients, designed to target oral health like lemon oil (whitens your teeth), tea tree oil, cinnamon, peppermint, spearmint, and myrrh oil

You can check them all out here (from their webiste):

OralMiracle Ingredients
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Ionic & Colloidal Silver – Completely eliminates germs and bacteria without any side effects or burning.

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Hydrogen Peroxide – A natural antimicrobial that also whitens teeth.

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Calcium Phosphate + Phosphopeptides – CPP (Phosphopeptides) and ACP (Calcium Phosphate) spontaneously form CPP-ACP in saliva to help prevent & heal existing cavities by remineralizing teeth enamel.

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Pink Himalayan Salt – A natural disinfectant that also removes swelling from tissues. Contains 84 minerals that help remineralize teeth enamel. Non-toxic.

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Sanguinaria Extract – A natural plant extract that is antiseptic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and has antioxidant properties. Reduces dental plaque and gingival inflammation.

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Aluminum-Free Baking Soda – Raises your mouth PH to 8.0 because remineralization takes place at a pH of 7.5 to 8.5 in the presence of calcium and phosphate.

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Xylitol – Fights cavities by disrupting decay-causing bacteria from producing tooth-eating acid and the plaque they create. Can be used in children to prevent cavities. A recent study showed a dramatic 70 percent reduction in tooth decay among children.

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Organic Lemon Oil – A natural bleaching agent. A 2014 International Journal of Food Microbiology stated that lemon oil may actually be the most powerful anti-microbial agent of all the essential oils.

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Organic Lemon Juice – Whitens your teeth naturally.

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Organic Cinnamon Oil – Helps prevent dental cavities. Cinnamon oil has shown to be effective as a broad-spectrum antibiotic against 10 different species of bacteria that cause dental cavities.

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Organic Clove Oil – A powerful analgesic and antibacterial that is a natural alternative to Anbesol and Orajel. Very effective for relieving dental pain, tooth ache, sore gums and mouth ulcers.

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Cayenne Pepper Oil – Contains capsaicin which eliminates canker sores pain. Capsaicin is the main ingredient in many medicinal candies used to treat mouth sores in chemotherapy and radiation patients.

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Tea Tree Oil – An efficient antiseptic that kills bacteria fast and eases away pain you may have on your gums.

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Organic Peppermint Oil – Natural, clean, refreshing taste. Improves concentration and alertness. Aids in digestion.

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Organic Spearmint Oil – An antiseptic, antispasmodic, determinative, cephalic, emenagogue, insecticide, restorative and stimulant substance that also freshens breath.

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Myrrh Oil – Effective in treating gum diseases, sores in the mouth, helping promote oral health.

I highly recommend you check out this product and give it a try!  Healthy gums and teeth are always worth the effort!

 

 

Wishing you well,

 

Edie Summers xo

The Wellness Coach

“I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. ”

I am reviewing Liberty Lixir High CBD Tincture for Chronic Illness Bloggers.  0c4cca6c-19e0-4c93-8d34-ff1449c46d62

This is a phenomenal product! 

You MUST try CBD (I recommend high CBD) if you are struggling with pain, fatigue, or chronic health issues.

Find Liberty Lixir High CBD Tincture here:  http://libertylotion.com?aff=5

You might be wondering:  what is CBD?  Is is legal?  Is it safe?

To me, the question you should be asking yourself is have I tried everything I can to feel better?  Am I missing anything?

Perhaps you have wondered about CBD for pain relief.  Perhaps you have explored using hemp or marijuana products to improve your health or well-being.

I encourage you to explore all of your options.  For me, this product is life-altering:

A game-changing product, with life-altering and stabilizing effects on my body. 

It reduced my pain and inflammation levels, and improved my energy levels, while lowering my stress levels.

Whenever I take it, I feel more “stable” physically, and more resilient to stress.  It also helps me sleep more deeply.

Liberty Lixir fortified my body and reduced my symptoms.  How does it work? In a nutshell…

Your body has an endocannabinoid system, which is designed to keep you in balance. 

CBD helps to mediate the release of cytokines which can help with pain and inflammation.

CBD is from cannabis (found in hemp or marijuana), is a cannabinoid and is non-psychoactive.

There are many cannabinoids (over 60 and counting), including THC.  There are also different types of CBD, including CBD1 and CBD2.

CBD1 affects the brain and neurological system and CBD2 affects the immune system.  We have CBD receptors in our brain, liver, stomach, and nervous system (and maybe even more places).

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) was discovered only in 1992, but it good we discovered it, as its purpose is to keep our bodies in balance and recover from stress, etc.

The basic function of the ECS is to help you: “Relax, eat, sleep, forget, and protect.” ~Professor Di Marzo, 1998

(source: New Hope Network)

For so many of us with chronic conditions, we know and can feel that our bodies are out of balance.

It is very possible some of our symptoms could be due to endocannabinoid deficiency. 

“It occurred to me that a number of very common diseases seem to fit a pattern that would be consistent with an endocannabinoid deficiency, specially these are migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, and fibromyalgia.  They have some things in common.”

Dr. Ethan Russon on CBD & Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (Jun 21, 2016)

I have found CBD to help my body remarkable and consistently feel better.   I love the Liberty Lixir High CBD Tincture because it seems to be the exact right amount of CBD in a proprietary formula that my body loves.   You take it underneath your tongue, so you bypass the liver.  This works great for me, as my liver does not process many substances well.

I use this product to get and stay in balance.  It is a no-brainer and a game-changer for my health and well-being.  I highly recommend it!  A must try.

Find Liberty Lixir High CBD Tincture here:  http://libertylotion.com?aff=5

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What is CBD, and how can it help me?  (from the Liberty Lotion website)

CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid commonly found in hemp. It has been indicated by anecdotal evidence and numerous scientific studies that CBD may provide significant health benefits across a broad spectrum of potential applications. It has been indicated that CBD may be a viable treatment for anxiety, chronic pain, stress, schizophrenia, dementia, neuralgia, alzheimers, strokes, arthritis, migraines, parkinsons, and essentially any and every ailment under the sun, especially those which have a direct relationship to inflammation, since the evidence suggests that CBD is first and foremost a potent anti-inflammatory. In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, recent scientific research has indicated that CBD may have profound immunoregulatory and neuroprotective effects.  It appears that CBD not only helps the body repair and recover from illnesses, but also boosts health in general and protects against disease. For more information on CBD, please view this article.

CBD, or Cannabidiol, has exploded onto the scene in the last few years as a heal-all substance that purportedly cures disease, reduces pain, and generally increases quality of life all across the board. But what is CBD, and is it just the latest fad, or is it really something of substance that will be a healing staple for years to come?

There is ample evidence to support the latter position. CBD is a cannabinoid, a term which, since the 1940s, has been used to designate isolated compounds found within the Cannabis Sativa plant. However, recent research suggests that the general chemical structure common to cannabinoids is not limited to Cannabis Sativa, and substances found in other plants which resemble cannabinoids are called cannabimimetics1, a term that designates a substance which emulates or mimics the effects and/or structure of a cannabinoid. On top of that, medical science has recognized for decades now that there are cannabinoids endogenous to the human body, which are called endocannabinoids2. These endocannabinoids native to the human body comprise a system called the endocannabinoid system, or ECS for short. Scientific research has revealed that the proper functioning of the ECS is vital to health and well-being as it promotes homeostasis in the body, which is a fancy word for balance. The endocannabinoid system keeps the body in balance and the research suggests that CBD boosts the functionality of the endocannabinoid system as it performs this endless, thankless task which keeps us healthy and prevents disease.

Countless scientific studies have supported the claim that CBD acts as a potent anti-inflammatory3, which means that it reduces tissue inflammation throughout the body and helps this tissue to revert to its natural, uninflamed state. All of us are familiar with one type of inflammation4, acute inflammation. This is the kind of inflammation that is experienced, for instance, when you stub your toe and it gets big and red, or when you skin your knee and the surrounding area gets red and puffy. This is the body’s natural response to injury and subsides after the healing process gets underway. But there’s another form of inflammation which affects those who suffer from it in a much more intense and debilitating way; chronic inflammation5. Scientific research has linked chronic inflammation to everything from rheumatoid arthritis, to schizophrenia6, to depression, to neuralgia, and everything in between. In general, most people are suffering from some form or another of chronic inflammation; in fact, the research suggests that inflammation is the root cause of almost every if not every single ailment or disease which affects the human body and mind. Meaning, that if it is true that CBD has as potent of an effect on inflammation as the research suggests, the implications for general health and well-being could be astonishing.

According to the research, not only is it possible that CBD treats disease by reducing inflammation7, but it also may prevent disease and promote health by bolstering the immune system8. Not only that, but recent studies also support the claim that CBD may have neuroprotective9 effects, which means that it may aid in the recovery of persons with neurodegenerative ailments10.

While the results are still out, so to speak, since the FDA has not yet acknowledged CBD as a legitimate medicine, the absolute avalanche of scientific study that has come forward in the last few years overwhelmingly supports the position that there is great therapeutic benefit to using CBD to treat and prevent chronic conditions as well as promote general health and well-being. Cannabis Sativa has been used, in one form or another, for thousands of years in various cultures as a healing tool. Modern research is finally shedding some empirical light as to why this may be the case.

“I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. ”

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You may have heard of the Gupta Amydala Retraining Program.

You may be wondering:  what is the amydala and what is this program all about?

This program is definitely worth checking out

In a nutshell, this program literally retrains your amydala which can get stuck in fight or flight.  Your amygdala is an unconscious part of your brain, and its job is to keep you safe.  However, according to Ashok Gupta’s theory and research, the amygdala can become stuck in fight or flight.

As this pertains to having symptoms from an acute or chronic condition, the theory is that the unconscious part of yourself begins to “fear”the symptoms, and the amydala can then get stuck in a loop of reinforcing the very symptoms from which we need relief.

It takes our conscious minds to “retrain” the amydala, and help it to return to a normal state of functioning.

The program has 4 major steps to healing, with an overarching theme of being CONSISTENT  with the steps, yet not stressing about them at the same time:

Retraining Your Amygdala (You keep coming back to this step until your symptoms disappear)

Relaxation (cultivating)

Reconnecting to Joy

Resilisence (building…)

You can check out the Gupta Programme here:

http://www.guptaprogramme.com/

I found this to be a phenomenal program.  According to Ashok Gupta, our unconscious brain is like software, meaning you can reprogram it.    He has recovered completely from CFS (which he developed in college), and he believes that by using this program, you can retrain your unconscious mind to relieve your physical symptoms.

I believe this program is onto something in believing that symptoms from conditions such as CFS, ME, MCS, and Fibromyalgia may stem from an amygdala that is stuck in the fight or flight response.   I can feel in my own body that this may be true.  While I have recovered much of my own energy through various tactics (I am 95%-100% healed now), I can feel lingering effects of being in a “hyper” state of arousal.

For me, my fatigue issues also stemmed from poor methylation, and symptoms like chronic fatigue (and chronic pain, etc.) can have many sources or origins.

However, the Gupta Amygdala Retraining program proposes that the root cause of many of the symptoms experienced by CFS, ME, MCS, and Fibromayalgia (and perhaps even more chronic conditions where chronic fatigue is a factor and beyond) are caused by an amygdala stuck in fight or flight.

So, while I believe there may be other potential causes of symptoms, the theory behind the Gupta Amygdala Retraining Program is very compelling (Ashok insists that if you can trace symptoms back far enough for conditions like CFS, ME, MCS, Fibromyalgia, etc., you will find they originate with the amydala “software” being stuck in fight or flight) , and I believe this program is worth doing for many reasons:

It helps you to move of the fight or flight response.

It helps you to retrain your nervous system.

It helps you to learn the importance of positive thinking and how to use and apply positive thinking to help improve the quality of your health and well-being.

It helps you to learn how to cultivate what is known as The Relaxation Response  (which is the opposite of the stress response, also known as the fight or flight response).   The Relaxation Response is where healing occurs in the body.

This program is excellent at helping you to practice techniques like meditation and positive thinking that help to retrain your nervous system and help your mind and body to relax, reboot, and regain a balanced equilibrium.

There is so much I could say about this program. 

It is:

Intelligent

Intuitive

Research-based

Community-based (you will receive amazing support and feedback from a very active FB group)

And so much more…

Beyond always returning to the retraining of your amygdala (you know you need to continue retraining it if you still have symptoms), the program really excels at teaching you and your body to relax, reboot, and cultivate true resilient behavior and beneficial positive thinking.

The most important piece of advice I can give you if you decide to do this program, is to be patient and take the time to learn the different techniques.

At the same time, don’t stress about learning or remembering to do all of the techniques.  Do the parts that work for you.  There are many, many fantastic techniques in this program, and Ashok gives you several ways to learn and implement them, including:

A DVD

Webinars

A Fantastic Book

There are so many fantastic reasons to check out this program.  I believe it helps to:

Retrain your brain

Retrain Your Nervous System

Helps You Learn How to Relax and Reboot

Helps You Focus on Cultivating Positive Energy

Here are some more fantastic takeaways from this one-of-a-kind program:

You will learn to float through dips with your fatigue

You will learn how to keep your “mind” centered (This is well-being :))

You will learn how to shine a light on your thoughts, and how to observe them, and freeze them like insects

You will learn how being a perfectionist may be contributing to your symptoms (Hint: you need to learn to not fear failure 🙂  failure is a normal part of the growing and healing process)

You will learn how to imagine a “healthy you” in the future

You will learn how to turn perfectionism into healthy self-achievement where the goal is to feel JOY and not seek the approval of others

You will learn how to pay deeper attention to your body and your body’s signals (this is one of the major ways I healed my fatigue)

You will learn some great insights about pacing:  Do your best, leave the rest

You will learn how to and the importance of constantly visualizing a positive future (and present too)

You will learn the value of awareness, and how there is the next level of awareness, and then another layer, and yet another level of awareness (awareness is key to how I healed from CFS)

You will learn how to choose to live a calmer, simpler life (this is better for your nervous system)

You will learn the Soften and Flow technique to help you when you are overwhelmed by negative thoughts

You will learn the importance of Breath and not rushing

You will learn how to value and savor breath, touch, taste, smell…and all Present Moment experiences

You will learn many invaluable tools:

Self-awareness

Rushing is not the rule

Any love outside of ourselves is a bonus – learn how to feel good on the inside

Self-love is letting go of worry & fear of rejection (Ashok calls it The Butterfly Wings of Self-Love :))

I had so many takeaways from this program, and I encourage you to join, learn, and TRUST the process.