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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. “


I was very fortunate to receive a bottle of Every Day Optimal CBD Oil Tincture with 1000 mg of CBD.

This wonderful formula has a great, mild peppermint flavor, and helped me tremendously with relieving  pain, anxiety, and inflammation, as well as supporting my mood and supporting deeper sleep.

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Here are some of the qualities I love about this product:

  • Easy to use (I put it under my tongue)
  • Great taste – mild peppermint flavor
  • Supports overall well-being
  • Supports mood
  • Supports sleep
  • Reduces pain (for me) – could CBD be a healthy substitute for opiods?
  • Reduces inflammation (for me)
  • Reduces the overall effects of stress
  • One caveat:  go slow – take a small amount and notice how you feel; build from a small dose

I have tried several CBD products, and this line and particular product is one of my favorites.  I also tried their D-Stress CBD with adaptogens, herbs, minerals, and other nutrients to combat the effects of stress.   This is another fantastic product.  Note:  I do recommend starting slow with doses of any CBD product.

You can find their products here:

You may be wondering what is CBD anyway, and how can it help me?

CBD is a PHENOMENAL restorative compound for the body.  This is truly a breakthrough in well-being!

From Delicious Living Magazine:

How does CBD work?

“All the cannabinoids in the Cannabis sativa plant work on your body’s innate endocannabinoid system—a recently discovered whole-body system, similar to your nervous system or cardiovascular system. The endocannabinoid system governs specific areas of your physiology, such as hunger, pain, stress and pleasure. Not surprisingly, these are the systems people notice are affected when they smoke marijuana.

On a molecular level, the endocannabinoid system works like a lock and key with receptors. The receptors are the lock, the cannabinoids are the keys. They CBD “key” fits the lock almost—but not quite— like THC does. Therefore, ingesting CBD can give many of the same effects as you might experience with THC but, notably, does not provide the euphoric high.

The benefits of pain and stress relief make CBD a potentially powerful medicine indeed, even without the pleasurable high.”  Read more here:

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.

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

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, especially hemp-derived CBD) seems to have particularly therapeutic and restorative effects on the body.

What Conditions and Wellness Goals is CBD Good For?

Read here for a list that includes MS, autism, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, cancer, sleep duration, pain, dependency (think marijuana, cigarettes), performance, and stress (CBD can act like an adaptogen – which helps you adapt to stress better).

Read more here:


Win a big bundle of Everyday Optimal products!

You have a chance to win 1 CBD Gummies Bottle, 1 600mg CBD Tincture, 1  FibroRelief CBD Bottle!

Everyone receives a 10% discount code for entering!

Enter via the link below! The giveaway ends 4th June, so act soon!

Enter here!

Are you looking for ways to support your energy levels?  Are you tired of feeling tired?

I was too.  I developed chronic fatigue (CFS) when I was young.  I recovered using many tactics, including yoga & diet, which you can read about here.  Some of the ways I improved my energy levels, include using supplements.

Here are a few of the products I love that may help you support your energy levels:

Orgain: Organic Nutrition: there is no comparison to this on-the-go organic nutritional shake.  Watch the video below for more information on one of my favorite products for energy!

You can find Orgain here:

Now’s Liver Refresh helps my liver run smoothly. My liver gets congested easily, which can lead to fatigue. Of course, diet and lifestyle can play a role. Try organic lemons and greens to help your liver detoxify, and veggies like broccoli and cauliflower. I tried many liver formulas, before I found the right one for me. Watch here for details:

You can find Liver Refresh here:

Cellfood gives me great, consistent energy for a few hours at a time.   It helps your body create more oxygen as well, and also has a great mineral base for more energy support.  You can find it here:

Another favorite product and brand of mine is DMAE by Source Naturals.  This helps support energy levels in mind and body, including addressing issues associated with brain fog for me.  You can find it here:

Another favorite of mine is Super C by Rainbow Light.  Vitamin C is needed for energy and motivation, as well as mood.  It gets depleted by stress and sugar too.  I prefer a Vitamin C complex as it works far better for me in terms of energy support and assimilation in my body.  This is the best I’ve found overall:

Last, but certainly not least, is using CBD or herbs that support the production of CBD in your body.  CBD can help to reduce inflammation (which can contribute to low energy symptoms), pain, and more.

Your body has its own endocannabinoid system, and CBD and other herbs can help your body produce more.  Below is Endo Bliss, one of my favorite products to support energy* and mood, and here are more products that can help too.

Again, there is much that helped me bounce back from having low energy.  In fact, I wrote a whole book on the subject, which took me 10 years to complete.  Click here for more information on what else helped me, and to check out my book on the subject:  The Memory of Health

Wishing you peace, health, and well-being…


My latest book, The Memory of Health, is getting great reviews!


Get the pdf here:

You can find the physical book here for 40% off:


Edie Summers is an author, consultant, yoga instructor, and top-rated radio host.  She hosts the top-rated radio show, The Wellness Coach, on BlogTalkRadio, where she interviews experts, leaders, and celebrities on health and well-being and runs the popular page on Facebook, Chronic Fatigue Support:

You can find them both here:

*Did you know?

The endocannbinoid system in your body support other systems including your nervous and immune systems.  Try CBD or herbs that support the production of CBD in your body to help support mood, energy, sleep, overall well-being, and address pain and inflammation.


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Find Connection in the Face of Technology Overload Are you young or do you know someone who is? Mental health issues are on the rise for young people. Learn why young people are facing such mental health challenges today. Learn practical and intuitive strategies to improve mental health for young adults. Also, learn how Doc Conor handled his life and health, after being diagnosed with scoliosis at a young age. Learn how to address mental health issues in young people facing issues like anxiety and depression. Visit Doc Conor here: Conor wrote a chapter on Friendship in Modern Times in the book Mental Health for Millennials. The book is the first in a series of books targeted at those from the milllennials age group.

To purchase a copy go to:

Listen here to my interview with Dr. Hogan!


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You Create Your Life

“The thoughts you think. The words you speak. The actions you take. They all shape the reality that you live in today. But did you know that 95% of your thoughts and actions come from your subconscious programming? This is the part of the brain that stores the beliefs you have about people, past experiences, and yourself.

For that reason, most of us live in “subconscious default mode,” meaning that we are making choices based on past experiences, not necessarily on what we really want. You see, the truth of what we want lives in the conscious mind—that’s the other 5% that represents our creativity, wishes, and desires. Yet, we’re usually operating from a space of caution, fear, or doubt thanks to our subconscious.

We say things like…

No, I’m not ready.
There’s no way I can have that.
I can’t do this.
No, that’s not possible.
I won’t ever make that much money.

And we think things like…

I’m not good enough.
I’ll never be happy.
I’ll never fall in love.
I’ll always be fat.
Life will always be hard.

The truth is, in order to have the life, the love, the career, the adventure, the health, and the deep satisfaction we crave, we have to change these old narratives into empowering ones.

The best place to begin? Making decisions from your conscious mind, and steadily changing the default settings of the subconscious mind. This is what Conscious Communications teaches you so that you can finally be free to create your ideal reality. It’s a simple process that consists of eliminating negative language, using words that work, and focusing on what you want.”

Listen to my interview with Mary Shores above, and click here to visit her website:

how to become a health coach

Interested in becoming a health or wellness coach? Are you the go-to person when people have health challenges? Do you naturally motivate and inspire people?

Health & wellness coaching is becoming part of healthcare, and the need for qualified coaches is on the rise. Click here for a free sample class from one of the top institutes!

What is a Health Coach?

“In recent years, a new and intriguing concept has emerged in the prevention and treatment of chronic illness: the Health Coach.” – CBS News
A Health Coach is a wellness authority and supportive mentor who motivates individuals to cultivate positive health choices. Health Coaches educate and support clients to achieve their health goals through lifestyle and behavior adjustments.

Why are Health Coaches Needed?

1.6 billion adults worldwide are obese and 366 million have diabetes. We spend trillions on healthcare and are still getting sicker and our life expectancies are getting lower.
The existing healthcare system is just not sustainable. The future of healthcare is about education and prevention.
Integrative Nutrition Health Coaches educate and support people around the world to find their way to better health.
Health Coaches are at the forefront of today’s health revolution, offering services and filling gaps that doctors, nutritionists and dieticians don’t have the time or resources to fill.”

Fulfill your destiny and change lives! Click here for a free sample class from an accredited institute which has some of the most successful health coaches in the world:

becoming a health coach

Listen here for more details on this rising and fulfilling career!

Health and wellness coaching are here to stay!  Get certified and trained NOW to get the best jobs!


“I’m finally feeling free.” Jim Benton

How to Change Your Bad Health Habits for Good

Go from being chained to your unhealthy habits, to looking forward to the day and your life…

Jim Benton & Dash: A Story of Change from Virgin Pulse on Vimeo.

We keep repeating our health habits (or any habit) because, on some level, they work for us.

It’s when we can develop the awareness that (maybe) some of our habits are actually hurting us in the longer run, that we can begin to gently take on new, healthier habits that work for us vs. against us.

Use your power of awareness to gently take a look at what is working for you or may be working against you.  The goal is to tweak your habits (hint: we can have beneficial habits too) that improve your well-being and quality of Life.

Find out how I changed my deeply ingrained health habits in order to improve my health in my book, The Memory of Health.  I go into great detail on how I changed my health habits, and explore the nature of health habits and how you can use techniques like positive psychology and wellness coaching to change your health habits too!

My latest book, The Memory of Health, is getting great reviews! You can find it here for 40% off:

Get the pdf here:



“Mindfulness is just like exercise. It’s a form of mental exercise, really. And just as exercise increases health, helps us handle stress better and promotes longevity, meditation purports to confer some of those same benefits.”

Meditation not only reduces stress…

it changes your brain.

~ Sarah Lazar, Harvard Neuroscientist


Q: Why did you start looking at meditation and mindfulness and the brain?

Lazar: A friend and I were training for the Boston marathon. I had some running injuries, so I saw a physical therapist who told me to stop running and just stretch. So I started practicing yoga as a form of physical therapy. I started realizing that it was very powerful, that it had some real benefits, so I just got interested in how it worked.

The yoga teacher made all sorts of claims, that yoga would increase your compassion and open your heart. And I’d think, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, I’m here to stretch.’ But I started noticing that I was calmer. I was better able to handle more difficult situations. I was more compassionate and open hearted, and able to see things from others’ points of view.

I thought, maybe it was just the placebo response. But then I did a literature search of the science, and saw evidence that meditation had been associated with decreased stress, decreased depression, anxiety, pain and insomnia, and an increased quality of life.

At that point, I was doing my PhD in molecular biology. So I just switched and started doing this research as a post-doc.

5 Ways to Improve Energy Levels (1)-1

Do you struggle with not having enough energy?

I did too.  I developed chronic fatigue and CFS in my early 20’s.  After years of searching for answers, I finally figured out how to improve my energy levels.

If you are struggling with low energy from CFS, burnout, stress, family concerns, a chronic illness, or any other reason, download my free tip sheet on the top 5 ways I improved my energy.

This is hard-won advice, condensed from my book on the subject:

The Memory of Health. 

Whatever your reason for low energy, this tip sheet on 5 Ways to Improve Energy Levels may help you explore some of the ways that have been contributing to your low energy.  Looking to feel better?

Get your FREE download to improve energy levels!

Learn 5 hard-won ways I improved my energy levels!


Learn some of my top tips for how I regained my energy, taken  from my book, “The Memory of Health”

The Memory of Health took me 10 years to write. It is a comprehensive guide to living well or coping positively with a chronic condition or great health or life challenge.

Here are some of the reviews and it has received the highest star ratings on Amazon & across the web:



“Your book is riveting!”


“I love what I skimmed!”


“I couldn’t put it down!”


“WOW, it is AMAZING !!!”


“One of the best books I have ever read on health.”


Get your FREE download to improve energy levels!

Learn 5 hard-won ways I improved my energy levels! Click below!

Here are some of the review for my book (maybe you will leave one too – much appreciated!):

5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC Book!

Really great book! Equal parts raw memoir, practical suggestions, and positivity. The book itself is a fantastic read, but the list of resources at the end of the book is worth the price of this book alone! If you purchase the electronic book, be sure to click on all the links provided. There are many, many hours of extra information contained in practically every link, so when you take that into consideration, this book is a STEAL for all hundreds of hours of information and resources you get out it it!

“I would give this book 4⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (on a four star scale)  And would/will be recommending it for all to read.”

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Looking for tips from my book to help you improve your energy levels?

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Click below!

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Sleep is pretty important.  In fact, too little of it makes us sick, according to recent research.

“In an interview with The Guardian, Matthew Walker, Director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley, explains how.

Through his work, he’s determined that people who don’t get enough sleep tend to be less healthy and have lower energy levels than those who get the recommended amount of shut eye per night. After analyzing the results of 20 separate studies, he’s found a strong correlation between how much people sleep and how long they live. In summary: The less you sleep, the shorter your life will be.

In one study, for instance, adults age 45 and older that slept less than 6 hours each night were 200% more likely to have a heart attack or stroke during their lifetime compared to participants who got seven or eight hours. In other studies, sleeping less has been associated with an increased risk of weight gain, developing Alzheimers, and relapses in addition disorders. On a basic level, lack of sleep also lowered participants’ immune systems.
‘People use alarms to wake up,” Walker told The Guardian.
“So why don’t we have a bedtime alarm to tell us we’ve got half an hour, that we should start cycling down?’
Price, E. September 25, 2017. Sleep deprivation could shave years off your life. Fortune. Retrieved from:
How can you get more sleep?  Here are my tips for elevating rest…
Most of us skimp on sleep for one reason or another, or we find that circumstances might prevent us from getting the sleep we need: partners, pets, seasons, illness, etc.
Winter Sleep:
I try to work with the light and seasons and sometimes go to be earlier in the colder months.  I also make sure I am warm enough in terms of sleep wear (using satin or flannel pajamas) but I keep the thermostat lower.   Making sure I get enough natural light during the day seems to help too, as does getting up close to the same time every day, and soaking in the morning sun.  I live in the Pacific Northwest, so we have a lot of skylights to let more sun into our homes.  Skylights really come in handy in the winter months.  You may wish to try a sunlamp as well to get more light exposure.  
Light sources of any kind can disrupt melatonin production.  I try to make my room as dark as possible, without obsessing over it.  Covering your eyes with a sleep mask may help as well, as we can’t always control outside light sources.  Pay attention to smaller light sources as well, like charging phones and plugged in TV’s, etc.  
White Noise:
White noise can help in minimizing the sounds of partner snoring, pets snoring or moving around (say grooming in the middle of the night), or outside noise sources like cars, trains, and motorcycles.  
Managing Stress:
Managing stress levels during the day can make a big difference in keeping cortisol levels low at night.  Cortisol competes with melatonin, and we need melatonin to fall asleep.    I manage stress by practicing yoga and mindfulness meditation to not let stress get the best of me.    I also try to eat whole foods high in nutrients to help me manage stress better in the daytime, and to sleep more deeply at nighttime.  
Comfortable Bed:
I am a big fan of investing in a comfortable bed to enhance my quality of sleep.
You spend a lot of time sleeping, and restorative rest is crucial to energy, mood, and immune function.  


Partner Sleep Tips: 
Sharing the bed with a partner can be comforting and challenging.   When it comes to disturbances like noise and tossing and turning, I find that when I focus on my own needs, I sleep better overall.   
For partner snoring, I use white noise and earplugs.  I also make sure the room is relatively cool (but not too cool), and that there is no obvious light in the room, that may disrupt the production of melatonin.   
I also manage my stress levels during the day and often use an herbal blend of chamomile, passionflower, lemon balm, and hibiscus to help me sleep deeper and more undisturbed.   
Do yourself a favor and make sleep a priority.  Allow yourself to wind down at nighttime, turn off your devices, or use night-time screens, dim your lights and use amber lighting, and manage stress during the daytime.
Remember: sleep loss is not a badge of honor.  It may mean a shorter life span
Wishing you plenty of deep, restorative sleep this winter and beyond …🌙