Say This Prayer To Improve Your Digestion

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In recent times I have been struggling to remain present in my daily life. I have been feeling anxious and irritable due to my current circumstances. This has resulted in me using my mobile phone a lot more than usual and this habit has made its way into my precious and sacred meal times. I am making a conscious effort to change this.

Eating without distraction is one of the best things you can do to improve your digestion. I have spoken about optimising digestion before in my post 5 Steps To Perfect Digestion. Being present whilst you eat, smelling your food, chewing your food well and being grateful for your food can truly make a huge difference to how you digest each and every meal you consume.

I wanted to share my prayer that I try and say before each meal that I eat. Some of it might resonate. Some of it may not. Take what feels right for you and see if it makes a difference for you.

Before I eat I sit down with my meal without my phone. I take a moment to look at my food, admire it and smell it. I take a deep breath into my belly to check in with my body and breath. Then either to myself or spoken quietly I say my prayer:

I bless this food, I bless my body.

I love this food, this food loves me.

I thank the universe for bringing this food to me, for healing and nourishing me, and bringing me perfect health, vitality and clarity.

I enjoy every bite, eat mindfully, chew well and digest this food with ease.

Bon appétit.

I hope this prayer can help you upgrade your digestion and bring you the health you truly deserve, After all, perfect health begins in the gut. We can eat all of the most amazing organic wholefoods in the world but if we are anxious, stressed and angry whilst we eat, this is going to effect how we digest and assimilate all of the beautiful life giving nutrients in our food.

Do you say a prayer before each meal?

I would love to hear from you!

With love, Amy X

 

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Oils Are Not Health Foods + What To Eat Instead

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I don’t consider oils to be health foods. Not even the cold pressed, organic and extra virgin kind. Whole food fats are where it’s at! Oils are an isolated macro nutrient devoid of vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates and fibre. You may hold the belief that they are essential to cooking and making your food taste good. But this is far from the truth. We need to relearn how to prepare food if we are looking to achieve optimal health and heal from disease. I wanted to compare the nutrient density of some of the most commonly used oils with whole foods sources of fat.

I understand that there are many people who will tolerate consuming oils. An extremely healthy individual with a healthy liver and lymphatic system, optimal bile secretions and a strong constitution may not experience any negative effects. For those who are healing from chronic illness however oils are not your friend. They slow down healing and detoxification. They stress the liver and overburden the lymphatic system. They are congesting and make it difficult for the body to let go of accumulated toxins stored in fat, tissues and organs. Overeating fats in general can cause these issues as well, but oils are a concentrated source and tend to be more problematic. As you can see below, they also provide very little value nutritionally.

This is in no way an anti-fat post. All macro-nutrients play essential roles in maintaining optimal health, but whole foods are always superior!

I am all about nutrient density! Swapping out isolated oils for whole food fats is supplying your body with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein, fats, carbohydrates and fibre.

Here are some examples of the nutrient density of various oils and whole food fats. I wanted to show you how much more nutrition you are getting for the same caloric intake.

Coconut Oil (20 grams serving)185.7 calories. Fat 21.4 grams. Saturated fat 18.6.

Coconut Butter (28 gram serving)183.8 calories. Iron 2.5 mg. Carbs 7.0 grams. Fibre 5.3 grams. Sugars 1.8 grams. Fat 19.3 grams. Saturated fat 15.8 grams. Protein 1.8 grams.

Avocado Oil (20 gram serving)176.8 calories. Vitamin E 2.5 mg. Vitamin K 18.3 ug. Fat 20 grams. Omega 3 0.2 grams. Omega 6 2.5 grams. Monounsaturated fat 14.1 grams. Polyunsaturated fat 2.7 grams. Saturated fat 2.3 grams.

Avocado Hass (85 gram serving)178 calories. Vitamin C 7.1 mg. Calcium 39.5 mg. Phosphorous 40 mg. Potassium 482 mg. B1 0.1 mg. B2 0.1 mg. B6 0.6 mg. Folate 75.5 mg. Iron 0.7 mg. Carbs 5.9 grams. Fibre 4 grams. Fat 17.8 grams. Monounsaturated fat 9.9 grams. Polyunsaturated fat 2 grams. Saturated fat 5 grams. Protein 2 grams.

Olive Oil (20 gram serving) 176.8 calories. Vitamin E 2.9 mg. Vitamin K 12 mg. Fat 20 grams. Monounsaturated fat 14.6 grams. Polyunsaturated fat 2.1 grams. Omega 3 0.2 grams. Omega 6 2.0 grams. Saturated fat 2.8 grams.

Sun Dried Puruvian Olives (15 Olives)176 calories. Beta Carotene 483.6 IU. Vitamin C 1.1. Vitamin E 1,7. Vitamin K 1.7. Calcium 105.6 mg. Copper 0.3 mg. Iron 4 mg. Magnesium 4.8 mg. Phosphorous 3.6 mg. Selenium 1.1 mg. Zinc 0.3 mg. Carbs 4.3 grams. Fibre 3.8 grams. Fat 7.1 grams. Monounsaturated fat 12.9 grams. Polyunsaturated fat 2.1 grams. Omega 3 0.1 grams. Omega 6 1 gram. Saturated fat 2.1 grams. Protein 1 gram.

Pumpkin Seed Oil (20 gram serving)178 calories.  Vitamin E 0.6 grams. Fat 20 grams. Monounsaturated fat 5.2 grams. Polyunsaturated fat 10.4 grams.

Pumpkin Seeds (30 gram serving)172 calories. Niacin 1.3 mg. B5 0.2 mg. Folate 17.1 mg. Beta carotene 2.4 IU. Vitamin C 0.5. Vitamin E 0.2. Vitamin K 1.3 ug. Calcium 15.6 mg. Copper 0.4 mg. Iron 0.4 mg. Magnesium 165 mg. Manganese 1.3 mg. Phosphorous 352.2 mg. Potassium 236.4 mg. Selenium 2.8 mg. Zinc 2.3 mg. Carbs 4.4 grams. Fibre 2 grams. Fat 14.7 grams. Monounsaturated fat 4.7 grams. Polyunsaturated fat 6 grams. Omega 5.9 grams. Saturated fat 2.6 grams. Protein 9 grams.

Flax Seed Oil (20 gram serving)176.8 calories. Vitamin K 1.9 ug. Calcium 0.2 mg. Phosphorous 0.2 mg. Fat 20 grams. Monounsaturated fat 3.7 grams. Polyunsaturated fat 13.6 grams. Omega 3 10.7 grams. Omega 6 2.9 grams. Saturated fat 1.8 grams.

Flax Seeds (33 gram serving)176 calories. B1 0.5 mg. B2 0.1 mg. Niacin 1.0 mg. B5 0.3 mg. B6 0.2 mg. Folate 28.7 mg. Vitamin K 1.4 ug. Vitamin E 0.1 mg. Calcium 84.2 mg. Copper 0.4 mg. Iron. 0.9 mg. Magnesium 129.4 mg. Manganese 0.8 mg. Phosphorous 211.9 mg. Selenium 8.4 mg. Zinc 1.4 mg. Carbs 9.5 grams. Fibre 9 grams. Fat 13.9 grams. Monounsaturated fat 2.5 grams. Polyunsaturated fat 9.5 grams. Omega 3 7.5 grams. Omega 6 1.9 grams. Saturated fat 1.2 grams. Protein 6 grams.

Sunflower Oil (20 gram serving )177 calories. Vitamin E 8.2 mg. Vitamin K 1.1 ug. Selenium 4.5 ug. Fat 20 grams. Monounsaturated fat 3.9 grams. Polyunsaturated fat 13.1 grams. Omega 6 13.1 grams. Saturated fat 2.1 grams.

Sunflower Seeds (30 gram serving)175 calories. B1 0.4 mg. B2 0.1 mg. B3 2.5 mg. B5 0.3 mg. B6 0.4 mg. Beta Carotene 15 IU. Vitamin C 0.4 mg, Vitamin E 10.6 mg. Calcium 23.4 mg. Copper 0.5 mg. Iron 1.6 mg. Magnesium 95.5 mg. Manganese 0.6 mg. Phosphorous 198 mg. Potassium 193.5 mg. Selenium 15.9 ug. Zinc 1.5 mg. Carbs 6 grams. Fibre 2.6 grams. Fat 15.4 grams. Monounsaturated fat 5.6 grams. Polyunsaturated fat 6.9 grams. Omega 6 6.9 grams. Saturated fat 1.3 grams. Protein 6.2 grams.

Hemp Seed Oil (20 gram serving)167 calories. Fat 18.7 grams. Monounsaturated fat 2.7 grams. Polyunsaturated fat 14.7 grams. Omega 3 3.7 grams. Omega 6 10 grams. Saturated fat 1.3 grams.

Hemp Seeds (30 gram serving )166 calories. B1 0.4 mg. B2 0.1 mg. B3 2.8 mg. B5 0.3 mg. B6 0.2 mg. Folate 33 mg. Beta carotene 3.3 IU. Vitamin E 0.2 mg. Vitamin K 1.8 mg. Calcium 21 mg. Copper 0.5 mg. Iron 2.4 mg. Magnesium 210 mg. Manganese 2.3 mg. Phosphorous 495 mg. Potassium 360 mg. Selenium 7.7 mg. Zinc 3 mg. Carbs 2.6 grams. Fibre 1.2 grams. Fat 14.6 grams. Monounsaturated fat 1.6 grams. Polyunsaturated fat 11.4 grams. Omega 3 2.8 grams. Omega 6 8.2 grams. Saturated fat 1.4 grams. Protein 9.5 grams.

Sesame Oil (20 gram serving)177 calories. Fat 20 grams. Monounsaturated fat 7.9 grams. Polyunsaturated fat 8.3 grams. Omega 3 0.1 grams. Omega 6 8.3 grams. Saturated fat 2.9 grams. Vitamin E 0.3 mg. Vitamin K 2.7 ug.

Hulled Sesame Seeds (30 gram serving )189 calories. B1 0.2 mg. B3 1.7 mg. B5 0.1 mg. B6 0.1 mg. Folate 34.5 mg. Beta carotene 19.8 IU. Vitamin E 0.5 mg.  Calcium 34.3 mg. Copper 0.4 mg. Iron 1.9 mg. Magnesium 103.5 mg. Manganese 0.4 mg. Phosphorous 200 mg. Potassium 111 mg. Selenium 10.3 ug. Zinc 2 mg. Carbs 2.6 grams. Fibre 0.9 grams. Fat 18.4 grams. Monounsaturated fat 7.2 grams. Polyunsaturated fat 7.6 grams. Omega 3 0.1 grams. Omega 6 7.6 grams. Saturated fat 2.7 grams. Protein 7.7 grams.

You may be wondering, how do you prepare food without oil?

Steam your vegetables.

Dry bake your vegetables on unbleached baking paper and season with celtic sea salt, garlic, herbs and spices.

Stir fry your vegetables with a little water.

Lightly simmer your vegetables in water or broth. Remember to drink the broth that some of the vitamin and minerals have leached into. You can also puree the vegetables after the first step to make a lovely hearty soup. The addition of coconut butter or coconut cream is absolutely delightful. You can make amazing unctuous curries that are so tasty and satisfying.

How do you replace oil based salad dressings and sauces?

I am all about the sauce!

My very favourite way to get healthy whole food fats into my diet currently is by eating avocados, grinding flax seeds and soaking seeds prior to blending them into a zucchini based dressing. It might sound strange. But don’t knock it until you try it! If you want to access the nutrients these seeds contain it is best to either grind or blend them.

Here is an example ~

Pumpkin Zucchini Dressing

Soak 30 grams of pumpkin seeds overnight.

Rinse and place into a small personal blender.

Add 1 peeled and chopped zucchini ( I use the peel in my salads), turmeric, lemon juice, garlic and herbamare or celtic sea salt to taste.

You may need to add a little water.

Now blend until smooth!

Because the weather has been cold I have been making warm salads. I like to steam some of my vegetables and add them to a salad containing a huge amount of leafy greens, nori, garlic, lemon juice, dulse, red onion, tomatoes, herbs and zucchini ribbons. I then pour the pumpkin dressing over the top, add some ground flax seeds and maybe some sliced avocado.

You can make this zucchini based dressing with any soaked nuts or seeds! I love hemp, sesame or raw tahini, sunflower and pumpkin seed based dressings. Cashew and macadamia based dressings are very delicious as well.

Another great salad dressing or sauce is made by literally mashing avocado with lemon juice, a little filtered water to desired consistency, garlic, red onion, smoked paprika, celtic sea salt, coriander or any herbs and spices you desire. You can also add finely chopped olives, capsicum, grated carrot or cucumber for an additional vegetable and nutrition boost. Add this to a salad and massage it through. Heavenly! Or use it as a dip.

One last dressing or sauce idea is a raw tahini based dressing!

Simply put 1 – 2 tablespoons of raw tahini in a cup or a small personal blender, combine either by blending or manually mixing with lemon juice, finely chopped garlic, celtic sea salt or herbamare and paprika. Coconut aminos also pairs well with tahini.

Another great way to get healthy whole food fats into your diet is by making cashew cheese with cashews, lemon juice, garlic and salt. You can add some beautiful fresh herbs as well.

I will leave you with one last oil free recipe ~

Hemp & Broccoli Pesto

You will need ~

1 head of broccoli chopped, steamed to slightly al dente and then cooled.

1 raw garlic clove, chopped finely

2 – 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds (I like to grind before adding to the food processor)

Celtic sea salt of Himalayan salt to taste

2 cups of coriander or basil. I love coriander!

You can also add spinach either raw or steamed and it is delicious.

Process everything together in a food processor and voila! You have pesto. I love it with steamed vegetables, salad and zucchini pasta.

Have fun experimenting with different ways to include these nutrient dense whole food fats into your diet.

My wish is for every being’s food to be as nourishing, healing and nutrient dense as possible.

Have you tried omitting oils?

What has the experience been like for you?

I would love to hear from you!

With love, Amy X

P.S

I also want to acknowledge that in some circumstances the active compounds found in certain oils like coconut oil (Lauric Acid) can be very helpful when used therapeutically because they contain antimicrobial properties. I still personally prefer to consume the whole food version, whole ground coconut flesh or take a Monolaurin supplement which is what Lauric Acid is converted to once ingested and is antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial.

Confession – I Used To Wish I Had Cancer

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I know this post will be quite controversial, but when I was extremely sick with ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) I wished I had cancer.

I want to write this post because people need to understand the severity of this extremely debilitating and devastating disease.

I want and need to raise awareness for those suffering, for those misunderstood and for those grieving their previous lives lost.

I am one of the lucky ones. I have come a very long way over the past decade. But I was completely bedridden and house-bound for many, many years often paralysed in my bed suffering from crushing fatigue. I felt like I was dying. I felt like all bodily systems and organs were failing. I struggled to roll from one side of the bed to the other. I had insomnia, and when I did begin to fall asleep at 4am, I would hallucinate and experience sleep paralysis. Walking to the bathroom was agonising. Washing my body, washing my hair and brushing my hair was almost impossible. I was in constant pain. I experienced a deep burning pain all over my body. Talking was incredibly difficult and painful. I could manage a few words at my worst. My body felt extremely heavy. I felt like I had lead running through my veins. I would often crawl on the floor to move around the house. I had sensory overload with sensitivities to light and sound. I could not watch the television or use a computer. This all felt like torture to me. I felt like it was better for me not to be alive. I wasn’t suicidal. I just knew I could not live for much longer feeling so incredibly sick with zero quality of life. I am only realising now how much trauma these years of being so extremely ill has caused.

I was confronted with flashbacks to when I was at my sickest last night. It was incredibly painful. I felt like I was reliving this nightmare. The only way I was able to move through it was by writing this.

In the early days of my diagnosis back in 2009 ME/CFS was still very much misunderstood. Although I was suffering so severely I was often told that I just needed to go for a walk and get over it. That it was mind over matter. Not only was I extremely unwell, but not many people believed me, or understood. I would often beg certain people in my life to believe that what I was going through was real.

In hindsight, I do not like the fact that I wished I had cancer. But underlying that wish was the desire to be heard, understood and cared for. The desire for empathy, sympathy and compassion. The desire for help with daily chores, maybe even some flowers or a get well card. The desire for others to know the seriousness and severity of what I was experiencing. And for there to be more research & funding put into ME/CFS so that high quality medical care was available.

This is why I wished I had cancer. I held the belief that if I did, I would receive all of the above.

It did not mean I didn’t understand the absolute devastation and suffering cancer causes for those affected.

This is confronting for me to write and it may be confronting to read. But this is the reality for many of the millions of sufferers of ME/CFS.

I cannot even express fully how grateful I am that my health has improved so much.

BUT it hasn’t been an accident.

It has required a decade of seriously hard work. Every. Single. Day.

Healing has been a full time job. My progress hasn’t been linear either. It has been a roller coaster. One step forward, two steps back. I am also still very much on my healing journey. Thankfully now, I am addressing my core issues. I have stripped all the layers back. Ultimately I know what I am doing and what I need to do to get to where I want to be. This is from a combination of gaining a crazy amount of knowledge over the past 10 years, knowing my body so well, intuition and I believe divine guidance.

I am now able to do daily walks or ride my bike for around 30 minutes. I can do yoga and light strength training. I can use the computer and watch television. I can talk freely most of the time. I can socialise. I can read more, although I still find it hard. I can drive. Sometimes I can dance. I am free of the 50 + symptoms I used to suffer. Now, generally only a few symptoms remain. Namely fatigue and neurological fatigue.

I wasn’t going to share this blog post. But I realised that if I can raise awareness and help others understand. Even one person. I have done my job. My wish is for no one to ever be judged for their illness. It makes me so incredibly sad thinking there are so many people suffering without any support. You must know that there are people that understand and that you will get through this. I know what you are going through is real.

With love, Amy X

 

 

How The Paleo Diet Destroyed My Health

At the age of 20 (9 years ago), after a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I was encouraged by a medical professional to begin eating a diet devoid of grains, legumes, gluten, soy, dairy, refined sugars and natural sugars from fruit. The diet I was recommended would soon be referred to as the Paleo Diet. This term was generally unheard of back then. The premise of the diet was that we must eat like our ancestors for optimal health and vitality.

The paleo diet revolves around the consumption of high quality, organic and grass fed beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, wild seafood, free range eggs, bone broth, gelatin, nuts and seeds, ‘healthy fats’ such as coconut oil, avocado oil, avocado, ghee, olives and olive oil. There is also a huge emphasis on the consumption of organic vegetables, especially low carbohydrate vegetables and low sugar fruits such as coconut, blueberries, raspberries, lemons and limes. I liked that many of it’s proponents advocated focusing on the quality of foods consumed and the focus on whole foods.

I began the diet straight away. Like always, I would do anything to heal my body and regain my health. I also chose to rigorously research this way of eating myself. I always like to be well informed and know exactly what I am doing. I discovered that there was a massive paleo/ancestral diet movement occurring in the United States. Australia was not far behind. I decided to work with two health professionals that specialised in ancestral nutrition and functional medicine so I was guided through the process.

I ate this way for 7 years in the hope of healing my health condition whilst simultaneously trying every other healing modality I could access to treat infections and toxicity. Throughout this time I mostly ate an extremely low carbohydrate paleo diet. I also did the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) Diet, The Body Ecology Diet as well as the Ketogenic Diet. During this time I did notice some minor positive changes including more balanced blood sugar levels. But to be completely honest, after 7 years of being extremely strict barely anything changed for me. I truly believe I gave it my best shot. Of course there were other factors holding me back including living in a mould ridden house and not using toxin binders.

During my time eating a strict paleo diet I put on weight, my lymphatic system became extremely sluggish, stagnant and swollen throughout my entire body. The lymphatic congestion in my head was particularly painful and also embarrassing. I was so ashamed to go out in public because I did not look like myself anymore. My head, neck and collarbones were covered in a thick layer of stagnant lymph that I attempted to move everyday with self-massage and rebounding. I was also in constant pain and felt like I had been hit by a bus every day. Moving around the house was extremely difficult. At this point I was house bound and bed ridden. The symptoms I suffered including severe fatigue, neurological fatigue, pain and digestive issues to name a few did not improve during the 7 years I ate a paleo diet.

A very important point I want to make here is that a very healthy and active person free of infections and toxicity, with a strong constitution, a healthy liver and adequate bile secretions may do very well on a paleo diet. The high amounts of animal protein and fat that are typically consumed on a standard paleo, ketogenic or GAPS diet require an already robust digestive system and healthy liver. I do personally believe that this is not an optimal diet for anyone. However, if the ‘paleo’ diet is done right, it can be a very healthy diet. Because of the extreme amount of toxins we are all exposed to everyday in this modern world a unique dietary approach is necessary to obtain optimal health. I believe a plant based diet is the most effective diet to achieve optimal health and vitality. This might look like 90% of your meals coming from plants and the other animal foods. But it will vary for everyone as we are so unique.

After eating a paleo diet for 7 years I knew I needed to make drastic changes to my diet. I was doing the same thing for years on end, with minor tweaks and expecting the same results. I kept on seeing the saying ‘If you want something you have never had, you must do something you have never done’ all the time!

I began to be guided in a new direction. This tends to happen to me when I need to make changes. My intuition guides me and I begin to receive relevant information from practitioners and others on a similar journey.  I was told to begin eating a raw vegan, high fruit diet recommended by Dr Robert Morse, Dan MacDonald, Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram and Anthony Williams to name a few. This approach sounded ludicrous to me initially coming from a background of relying so heavily on fat as fuel, being petrified of carbohydrates and being completely sold on the concept that natural sugars were hugely detrimental to the human body. I purchased Dr Morse’s book called the ‘Detox Miracle Source Book’ and began devouring it, excited for this new chapter. Yet, it still scared me giving up fats and fueling off carbohydrates.

It took a while for me to be convinced about this approach to healing the body but once I was sold and well educated, I jumped right in. I remember it so clearly. Within 3 days of following Dr Morse’s protocol it was like a massive layer of lymphatic stagnation and swelling literally melted away from my body. My pain levels decreased dramatically. I started to feel and look like myself again. I could feel my body screaming thank you, to me. It was finally able to let go of toxic lymphatic congestion, toxic fat and tissue. At this point I was drinking a huge amount of organic, cold pressed green juice, fruit, raw leafy greens, salad vegetables and at night when it was cold some pumpkin or sweet potato dry baked without oil. As the temperatures increased I had periods of eating completely raw and continued to omit overt fats to accelerate detoxification. I cannot tell you how much eating this way improved my quality of life. It felt miraculous.

One of the biggest pitfalls of eating a paleo or ketogenic diet when you are healing your body is that the high amounts of fats consumed make it extremely difficult for your body to let go of toxins and are extremely taxing to the liver. It is a very congesting diet, which is counterproductive when you are trying to detoxify and heal. Toxicity is at the very root of all dis-ease. The high amounts of animal protein typically consumed are also hugely pro-inflammatory and congesting in nature.

Depending on your situation I believe a plant based diet or predominantly plant based diet is best. If we need to label it, Dr Mark Hyman recently coined the term ‘Pegan’! Bringing together the best of both dietary approaches. We need to be consuming adequate levels of fiber to sweep the bowels, bind toxins and to be regular. I also feel it is beneficial to lower fats in the diet and dramatically increase healthy carbohydrates from fruit and vegetables. If one is to continue eating animal products then being selective with the sources and eating only small amounts is key. You can read my diet page for my recommendations. Depending where you are on your healing journey and your age you might not require any animal foods at all, whilst others may require a small amount once a week, once a month or less frequently.

I am not at all suggesting that everyone should go raw vegan here. If you are eating a paleo or ketogenic diet I think it is very important to assess whether this is truly working for you. These diets are hugely popular right now, but that does not mean they are the optimal diet for you. I understand that a short period of omitting carbohydrates can be helpful for some people to re-balance their gut microbiota. But this should be viewed as a short-term therapeutic diet. Cutting out carbohydrates for an extended period can cause serious health issues. I urge you to take some time to reflect on your diet and whether it is giving you the results you desire. I wish I had made changes earlier. I do believe severe cognitive dysfunction caused me to remain stuck and stagnant, doing the same thing day in and day out.

This is my opinion and my experience. But some food for thought!

What has your experience been with a paleo diet?

With love, Amy x

Why You Don’t Have To Be Strong

Musings about strength ~

I thought I would share my thoughts.

Why do we feel the need to be ‘strong’ all the time?

Is it because of loved ones past reactions when you were honest, open and vulnerable? Were you shut down in the past? Is it because you don’t want to confront the feelings you are suppressing that so badly want to come to the surface and be released. Is there shame around crying for you and being sensitive? Did your parents tell you that you need to be strong or to toughen up growing up or were you rewarded only when they felt you were?

The reality is, what is perceived as being strong is culturally accepted and celebrated in our society. We are conditioned to believe this is a positive attribute from a very young age. The only time I have observed complete freedom to express emotion without any concern of judgement is from small babies, young children and maybe at a women’s healing circle or post group meditation discussion.

How many times have you had to force yourself to leave the house to run errands. Walking feels like running through mud. Tears are welling up in your eyes. You have a lump in the back of your throat. Yet when someone, whether it be a stranger, acquaintance or a friend asks if you are ok. You tell them everything is great, or maybe even fabulous! This was just an example. Everyone is going through something whether it be a chronic illness, grief, depression, anxiety or stress from the inevitable challenges life throws at us.

How often do you feel comfortable sharing your truth and the realities of what you are going through?

I personally have always felt the need to be ‘strong’ and withhold details of my suffering because I didn’t want to worry anyone. I didn’t want to be a burden. I didn’t want anyone to make a fuss. I didn’t want anyone to know that I wasn’t ok. It just made me feel so uncomfortable being honest! Even though I would divulge certain details they were always sugar coated, masked with fake laughter, a smile and a lighthearted statement to dismiss any of the details I had shared.

One of the core reasons I did this I recently identified is because I am a people pleaser and care way too much about what other people think of me.  I was conditioned to want others to see me only as the carefree, fun loving party girl I once was (who was secretly suffering). Little did I know was that my loved ones actually love me unconditionally. They love all shades of me. A really beautiful and pivotal moment occurred when I was struggling one day and a dear friend told me that her love and the love of our friends surrounding us was unconditional. It is funny how one small comment can change everything. I also think change came from falling in love with myself, the real me. Letting go of all identities.

It takes so much strength and courage to be vulnerable, open, honest and to share from the heart in our society. I feel it is much harder for men and I want to acknowledge this.

Something I think we need to remember as we shift from being the sharer and the listener in our relationships is that what people share with you is important to them. What we share is important to us. Something seemingly insignificant to you could be an important share for another. It’s important to practice active listening always.

How do we create change?

I believe it starts with having the courage to be real, raw and honest with family, friends and lovers. Even though it is extremely scary and takes you out of your comfort zone. Being vulnerable, open and honest = strength.

I understand this comes with the risk of not feeling heard, seen and understood by a loved one. Which is so scary. Especially if it is someone very dear to you. But it also comes with the potential to make you feel heard, seen and understood. Which is healing and transformative.

Although there may be people you love who do not appear to be able to hold space for you, listen without judgment and be present, this is generally a reflection of their own internal reality and deep suffering. Sadly we must accept that some people are not ready to face their own struggles and therefore often the suffering of others. On the other hand being open is contagious! There is a high chance that if you take the plunge and share from your heart, the other person will too. Even if it is at a later date. You have started a trend!

When it comes to being the one holding space for another and listening to a loved one open up, it is important to remember that your active listening ear and presence are the most important and precious things you can offer them. You do not have to fix anything. You do not have to offer them anything. Of course you can if you feel it is appropriate at the time.

In our modern world I do feel (because of shortening attention spans due to the use of technology) people find it harder to practice active listening and presence. I know I am guilty of this and I feel like using a smart phone has contributed. I am now making a conscious decision to limit the use of my smart phone.

My intention for sharing my musings on this subject is I want to start the conversation. I wanted to share my thoughts. I would love for you to contribute by commenting below or sharing this post.

With love, Amy x

 

 

3 Crucial Things I Learned From A 14 Day Water Fast

In March of this year I completed a 14 day water fast which I broke very cautiously with one week of green juice and another week with green juices and smoothies.

I had been researching the benefits of fasting for many years and after successfully completing some short juice fasts and eating a very cleansing high carb (high fruit), low fat raw vegan diet for two years I felt it was time to attempt a water fast. Being the extremely disciplined and determined person that I am, I jumped right in! My intention was to finally heal my body and accelerate the elimination of toxins I had accumulated over my life time. I was praying the fast would result in a miraculous recovery.

Water fasting has been practiced for thousands of years for religious and spiritual purposes as well as to heal many serious diseases (Jesus, the Prophet Mohammad, Buddhas and the ancient Greeks, Plato, and Hippocrates all practiced fasting). Studies have found that water fasting induces a process called autophagy (‘self-eating’) where old parts of cells are broken down and recycled. Autophagy prevents damaged cells from accumulating in the body preventing disease and increasing lifespan. During a water fast your body is in a state of ketosis. Ketosis is the state in which your body begins using energy from your internal fat stores instead of food. Water fasting has been proven to slow aging, promote longevity, regenerate your immune system and improve brain function.

Water fasting became particularly popular during the ‘Natural Hygiene’ movement that began in the 1830’s to treat serious disease. Natural Hygiene physicians rejected conventional medical practices and taught people how to live disease-free lives by utilising the healing power of nature. The physicians were ahead of their time and recommended a plant-based diet. They promoted water fasting and the avoidance of unnecessary drugs and surgery.

Is water fasting in 2018 the same as water fasting in the 1800’s? The answer is a big NO. A long water fast undertaken in 2018 is very different to water fasting 50 years ago and even 10 years ago. New chemicals are being released into the atmosphere everyday. Approximately 2,000 different unregulated chemicals are released annually in the United States alone. As our planet becomes increasingly toxic, so do we. We are the microcosm of the macrocosm. We are now exposed to thousands of chemicals on a daily basis from the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we consume, pharmaceutical drugs, toxic mould exposures, synthetic fragrances,  the chemicals we put on our bodies and clean with as well as chemicals off-gassing from furniture, bedding, building materials and paints in our home. The level of toxicity present in the average person in 2018 is very different to someone living in the 1800’s. This is evident when looking at blood and urine samples taken from adults but also from testing the levels of chemicals in the umbilical cords of new borns.

This brings me to my first lesson ~

~  Water fasting (extended) is a very different experience now than it was in the past. DO NOT DO IT!

I do not recommend long water fasts. The only fasting I would recommend is very short water fasts, short juice fasts and intermittent fasting.

BUT a caveat.

If you are wanting to truly detoxify your body from the accumulation of toxins in this modern world you need true binders. If you are going to fast and these toxins are released from fat and tissue into the blood stream and then into the gut only some water soluble toxins are excreted through urine. This puts a huge stress on the kidneys. Also most toxins are fat soluble and are excreted from the gallbladder with bile. During a fast gut function comes to a halt. These toxins are literally released and then reabsorbed.

If you do a short water fast or juice fast please use binders such a Charcoal, Bentonite, Zeolite, Enterosgel, Microsilica & Biosil. You will literally be in the very same position you were prior to a fast after you finish as the toxins settle back into fat cells, tissues and organs without them. I personally did use very minimal amounts of binders at the very beginning of my water fast but this was not enough.

If you really truly believe that a water fast is going to benefit you please only do it supervised by professionals at TrueNorth.

~ Do not water fast when your body is already depleted of nutrients.

I intuitively knew that I shouldn’t water fast. My determination, desperation, discipline, and desire to heal (and to heal fast) overrode this. Prior to beginning my fast I was low in iron, B vitamins and essential minerals including iodine. If you are to do a short fast make sure you are strong enough and have adequate nutrient stores.

~ Do not water fast when you have heavy metal toxicity.

I have had high levels of heavy metals for some time. This is a contraindication for water fasting. For some reason I thought I would be fine and that maybe my levels had gone down over the past 7 years. It is not worth risking let me tell you!

During my water fast I felt calm, connected and at peace. Considering how awful I felt physically going without food for 14 days this was surprising. It wasn’t until I began eating fat again (2 weeks post water fast) that I realised something was very wrong. Fat stimulates the gallbladder to release bile and this is where accumulated fat soluble toxins are released. From my experience and understanding the toxins that had been mobilised and stored in my liver over the past 14 days began being dumped into my intestinal tract. Because of enterohepatic re-circulation most bile salts and toxins are reabsorbed in the small intestine. I began to have serious psychological symptoms that are very rare for me and only seem to occur when I try to chelate heavy metals too fast. I experienced an overwhelming feeling of dread, I was depressed, I couldn’t stop crying, my brain felt ‘numb’ and I could not leave the house.

I am going to be real, raw and honest with you, for me water fasting caused a decline in my health.  I was a dangerous 40kg when I finished fasting and it took me a long time to recover and put on weight because my gut function was impaired due to toxins being dumped into my digestive tract, dysbiosis, fat malabsorption and diarrhea. I was so incredibly weak and it took many months to build strength and replenish lost vitamins and minerals. Pushing my body into such a hard and fast detox caused a huge amount of stress that it could not deal with. My poor adrenals, kidneys and liver suffered as well as many other organs and systems. The fast depleted my immune system and my white and red blood cell counts were extremely low after completing the fast.

I wholeheartedly believe that slow and steady wins the race when it comes to healing chronic illness. A lesson I learn over and over again on this journey.

I was unsure whether to share my experience as there is a lot of shame for me around what I did. I feel like I failed yet again. I believe it is important for people to read about my experience so they can understand that water fasting can be incredibly dangerous. I am not denying that it can be helpful for some people when done under supervision and at times life changing but I feel this is becoming increasingly rare because of the extreme amount of toxins we are exposed to. As I mentioned earlier a gentler approach is more beneficial in most circumstances ~ utilising a therapeutic high carb (high fruit), raw vegan diet (Medical Medium, Dr Morse, Dan McDonald), short juice fasts with high quality binders, intermittent fasting and short water fasts (24-48 hours) with binders.

Remember this is my experience and my opinions being shared but I do hope I can make you re-think whether a fast is the right thing for you at this time and to be aware of the importance of binders.

I am happy to report that after 5 months I now feel I have mostly recovered my health to where it was prior to my fast. I am now working on my core issues ~ heavy metal toxicity and infection as a result of a suppressed immune system caused by the heavy metals and general toxicity. Simultaneously I am taking pyroluria, methylation and detox support supplements. You can read more about what I am doing here.

Do you have experience with fasting? I would love to hear from you and I am open to any feedback.

Sending so much love to you all.

Amy x

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ozone Therapy And HBOT In Cyprus, Is It Worth It?

 

It is hard to believe it was one year ago I was receiving medical treatment in Cyprus. On May 3rd 2017 I travelled to Larnaca where I began my treatment at the Poseidonia Medical Centre. The Poseidonia Medical Centre offers a unique treatment package to treat Lyme Disease or ‘Lyme like illness’ as it is often referred to in Australia. The treatment protocol costs approximately €5,750.00 ($9,000 AUD) per person and involves –

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) – Daily sessions (40 hours) at 2.4 ATA.
  • IV Ozone & Vitamin C – Daily sessions, Ozonated Saline & Vit C through a drip feed.
  • Ultrasound – Professional handheld units – Daily sessions.
  • Vielight Intranasal Laser Light Therapy – Daily sessions.
  • Projuvenox™ FIR Detox/Lymphatic Massage or FIR Sauna with Chromotherapy Lighting System – Three times a week
  • IV Laser Therapy – Twice per week.
  • IV Minerals – Twice per week
  • Ozonated Colonic Irrigation – Recommended 1 per week at a Colon Hydrotherapy clinic 5 minutes from the HBOT clinic.

The treatment protocol was gruelling. I attended the clinic 6 days per week from approximately 9 am until 2 pm each day. The days began with intravenous vitamin C (a small amount prior to the injection of ozone), Russian ozone therapy, laser, intranasal laser therapy and this was followed by hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Projuvenox, intravenous minerals and the colonic were alternated each day of the week.

There wasn’t really any time to rest at the clinic. A small amount of time was allocated for a bite to eat in between treatments. I felt like I was back at school, being ordered around and feeling the pressure of the tight schedule. There was a lack of empathy from the staff. I was judged almost immediately upon walking into the clinic for the first time about how I was ‘high functioning’ because of the way I look. This is certainly not new for me but I expected there to be some level of understanding from the staff. Some disabilities are invisible.

In general I felt the clinic lacked professionalism so therefore I didn’t feel particularly safe or at ease during my 27 days of treatment. The treatment protocol for Lyme Disease at Poseidonia Medical Centre was only created shortly prior to my arrival so consequently staff were eager for feedback from myself and other patients. Unfortunately the feedback delivered was not received with grace, and conversations often ended in conflict. I believe constructive criticism is imperative for a clinic such as the Poseidonia Medical Centre.

I personally found travelling to Cyprus extremely challenging because I was feeling so  incredibly physically fragile at the time. The air travel itself was exhausting, especially without any assistance. I reacted negatively to the flight itself because of the excessive radiation, toxic recycled air and time zone changes. If you are considering treatment overseas please do think really hard about whether your tolerance for air travel will impact the results of the therapies.

If I am honest I didn’t particularly warm to the area I was staying in Cyprus or the country itself. There are some beautiful areas in the Troodos mountains, and Ayia Napa is worth visiting. I did enjoy seeing Aphrodite’s rock.

What was most confronting for me was the way I was treated by the Cypriot men during my stay in Cyprus. They were generally misogynistic and when I was in the company of a male, they only spoke directly to the male. My advice would be to have someone to travel with if you are a female. I had men approach me on my apartment balcony often – some were harmless bearing flowers, others were predatory asking for affection. Old men often yelled from their shop fronts, one grabbed my hand, forcing me to stroke his beard, another yelled slut aggressively as he drove by. This is just a snap shot of my experience, and it is just that, my experience.

It has been a year since my treatment in Cyprus and I can confidently say that unfortunately it did not help me in any way that is evident. My condition actually declined during my treatment and by the end my adrenals had crashed, candida had flared and I was a mess physically and emotionally, The exacerbation of my symptoms during treatment could have been due to what some refer to as a herxheimer reaction because of bacteria, viruses, protozoa and fungi dying off. I usually see an improvement after this has passed but for me this was not the case. I have been trying to pick up the pieces for the last year.

I personally believe toxicity is at the very core of all chronic illness and for me this is certainly the case. My time in Cyprus really did shine a light on this for me and even after so many years of detoxification I know I need to focus solely on addressing mercury toxicity. Another profound insight for me occured during my 27 x Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy sessions when my ears did not neutralise. The only way my ears would neutralise was by drinking a litre of water and swallowing hard which left me busting to go to the toilet during the 2 hours HBOT sessions. Each HBOT session was nerve wracking and painful because my ears were so full of fluid. The reason my ears are so congested is mainly due to structural issues. I have had TMD for 14 years and I only just discovered the cause after finally seeing a very experienced neuromuscular dentist – an underdeveloped upper jaw and significant over closed bite which in turn forces the lower jaw to close in a retruded (backward) position compressing the TMJ joints. The TMJ spaces consist of nerves, blood vessels, ligaments, muscles and tendons. Because my lower jaw sits too far back it presses against my ear canal, restricts blood and glymphatic flow and causes sleep apnea because my tongue sits too far back and blocks my air way. If you have issues with your jaw this article is a must read.

‘Impairment of the glymphatic system: The brain has two main methods of detoxification. One is melatonin, and the other is the glymphatic system. When you sleep, the brain shrinks, and gets “washed” with CSF. The glymphatc systems physically moves by the pumping action of the jaw every time you swallow. With TMD, this pumping action is inadequate due to lack of vertical height of the molars, and thus toxins are unable to be cleared by the brain. The body will sometimes try to compensate by grinding or clenching the jaw at night (though this can also be a symptom of parasites).’ – Bryant Rubright

This post is simply sharing my experience. I wanted to be honest and completely transparent. I hope that sharing my experience is helpful to you and please contact me if you have any further questions regarding ozone and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. There are ways to access this treatment in Australia and to do it yourself for a fraction of the price.

With love, Amy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 8 Laws Of Perfect Health

Often overlooked are these precepts that are essential to achieving optimal health. With an abundance of information available today addressing health and wellness it is very easy to become extremely overwhelmed. I have been there myself. It can also be terribly confusing when there is so much conflicting scientific evidence on how to heal your body and what diet to follow. My advice is to always come back to addressing the 8 laws of health. If you are adhering to all 8 I have no doubt in my mind that you will heal and your body will find perfect balance again.

#1 Fresh & clean air

Spend as much time outside as possible. Spend time near the ocean or in the forest where the air quality is optimal. Address the air quality in your home. Test for toxic mould and stop using chemical cleaners. Be aware of toxic chemicals used to produce furniture, beds, linen, clothes and carpets. Make sure you dust your home with a wet cloth as dust can flare allergies because of other toxic substances found in the air as well.

#2 Pure clean & alive water

Source pure water. There is much debate on the best water to drink. At the bare minimum opt for filtered tap water which you can remineralise with Concentrace drops. Spring water is the best option but make sure it is filtered as there can be pathogens present. Distilled and reverse osmosis water are other options but again you do want to make sure you remineralise the water after it has been stripped of essential minerals with a mineral supplement. It is also equally important to bathe and shower in filtered water. Tap water typically contains chlorine, fluoride, heavy metals, parasites and bacteria. Some of these substances are absorbed through your skin and chlorine is dispersed into the air during a hot shower where it can be breathed into the lungs. You can find filters for your shower head and bath online very easily.

#3 Sunshine

Aim to get sun exposure in the morning between 6 – 10 am every day to stimulate the body to wake up and maintain a healthy circadian rhythm. It is important to get sun on the skin and into the eyes. Not directly into the eyes unless you are sun gazing right on sunrise or sunset but be outside without sunglasses for 20 minutes. To take your health to the next level consider blocking blue light emitted from televisions, computers, phones and lights at night for optimal health and to reset your circadian rhythm. Blue light disrupts hormones and prevents the release of melatonin required for a healthy nights sleep and brain detoxification.

#4 Adequate rest

This law has to be one of the hardest to follow in this fast paced modern world. On top of the normal stressors so many experience on a day to day basis we now have technology which puts many of us in a constant fight or flight state. We are contactable 24/7, we are bombarded with information and confronting news through the media, we compare ourselves to other’s highlight reels on social media and we are constantly exposed to invisible, carcinogenic electromagnetic frequencies. Make sure you are sleeping well and going to bed at a decent hour. Take time out to meditate, have a guilt free nap, try alternate nose breathing, spend time in nature and put your bare feet on the earth, hug a tree, revel in the beauty of nature.

Are you getting these four types of rest –

Physical Rest – Sitting, lying down, or relaxing. Not eating late at night or before bed.

Sensory Rest – Quietness and refraining from using the eyes.

Emotional Rest – A withdrawing from the ups and downs caused by personal interaction.

Mental Rest – A detaching of the mind from all intellectual demands or activity

#5 Nutrition

Eat organic, wild, whole foods. Mostly plants. Eat intuitively but depending on your health status be open to adhering to a therapeutic diet plan for a certain amount of time to accelerate healing and eradicate pathogens. Nourish your body with an abundance of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, carbohydrates, fibre and living water from organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. See animal foods as supplementary to plant foods and only consume high quality and organic animal foods if necessary. The healthiest and longest living people in the world eat mostly plant foods supplemented with animal foods. Unfortunately the majority of animal foods on this planet are not safe to eat because of pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, plastics, mercury, bacteria and parasites. Focus on quality, nutrient density and healing foods.

#6 Temperance

This is more than just abstaining from alcohol. This is about finding your balance and avoiding things that exacerbate your health issues. Typically this means avoiding alcohol, drugs, negative people, unhealthy foods, overeating, emotional eating, chemicals in body care, make up and cleaning products. Avoid anything that is harmful to your body. Listen to your intuition and the signals your body is giving you.

#7 Movement

Move in some way, every day. That is my exercise motto. Our bodies require movement to thrive. For some this might be gentle yoga and a short walk. For others it may be running, weights, pilates and dancing. Do what works for you and listen to your body.

#8 Trust

Have trust and faith you will heal. Trust there is a higher power, god, universe, source energy, angels guiding you. Although there will be times when it all feels too hard and you will question whether you are on the right path, let this be a reminder that you are, and god has a grand plan for you that is unfolding just as it should. No matter what your beliefs are, do not be afraid to pray. Ask and you shall receive.

No matter where you are on your health journey rest assured that you are healing. Your body is constantly striving for homeostasis. Sometimes we just have to get out of the way, remove obstructions and allow ourselves to heal. If you feel like you have lost your way, refer back to the 8 laws and remind yourself of the essentials to achieving an abundance of vibrant health, vitality and clarity.

With love, Amy

5 Steps To Perfect Digestion

Although the journey to healing complex and chronic digestive issues can seem long and tortuous, there are some steps you can take right now to improve your digestion, assimilation of nutrients and activate your digestive fire.

When it comes to addressing the root causes of your digestive issues I recommend you address potential environmental factors such as mould and chemicals in your home and workplace, as well as treating parasites, candida, streptococcus overgrowth and SIBO. Another major cause of digestive issues is heavy metal toxicity. All of these possible causes should be investigated.

If you want to upgrade your digestive health right now here are my 5 top tips.

# 1 Start your morning with celery juice  –

Drink organic celery juice first thing in the morning after drinking lemon water on an empty stomach to rebuild your stomach acid levels. Low stomach acid is a very common cause of digestive issues. Optimal levels of these acids allow your body to break down food properly and protect you from harmful pathogens. Celery contains unique mineral salts that restore the glands that produce hydrochloric acid.

‘Another primary reason for digestive troubles involves hydrochloric acid. Medical research and science does not know that hydrochloric acid is not one acid, as taught today, but rather a blend of seven acids. Acid reflux occurs when the seven blends of beneficial acid diminish and bad acids produced by bacteria and viruses takeover. Gastritis is another condition that arises with the overgrowth of bacteria. A high amount of gas in the system is not due to a fungus, yeast, or candida as some may think, but due to the bacteria that is overgrowing in the digestive system.’  – Medical Medium

# 2 Take digestive bitters before each meal –

I recommend taking an alcohol free blend of bitter herbs 20 minutes prior to eating a meal. Digestive bitters stimulate our body’s own enzyme release throughout the entire digestive tract, as well as other integral digestive secretions such as stomach acid (HCl) and bile. My favourite is this liver tincture from Natures Answer because it is alcohol free and has no nasty additives. This tonic will also support healthy liver function and bile flow,

# 3 Prepare your meal with presence, love and care + Eat Mindfully without technology –

When you are preparing your meal take a moment to breath deep into your belly and remind yourself it is ok to take this time for you. Continue to breath deeply whilst you prepare your food. Play some relaxing music if this helps you. Send love to your food. Spend a little more time making your food look beautiful. We eat with our eyes. I also recommend trying to eat your meal away from your phone, television and computer. Before you eat take a moment to look at your food and smell it. Take it all in. I personally like to say a prayer before eating – I bless this food. I thank the universe for bringing this food to me. I thank this food for healing and nourishing me and bringing me health vitality and clarity.

# 4 Take Betaine HCL and Digestive Enzymes with your meal –

To further support digestion and get your digestive fire activated I suggest taking betaine HCL and high quality digestive enzymes with every meal. Betaine HCL is particuarly important when you are eating a protein rich meal as protein is quite difficult to digest and break down into amino acids. Begin with 1 capsule of digestive enzymes and betaine HCL. You will likely need to build up your dose of betaine HCL slowly until you feel a gentle burn.

# 5 Chew your food really well + Chew birch xylitol gum after your meal –

Just as Ghandi once said – eat your drink and drink your food. Try to chew your food really well, this includes smoothies and even juices. Digestion begins in the mouth where certain enzymes such as lingual lipase and salivary amylase begin to break down fats into fatty acids and complex carbohydrates into smaller chains and simple sugars. When you have finished a meal try chewing on some natural, sugar free birch xylitol chewing gum to further activate your body’s own secretion of hydrochloric acid, bile and digestive enzymes.

BONUS TIP –

Do not drink liquids half an hour before a meal or at least an hour after a meal as this dilutes hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes. This put a huge strain on your digestive system.

It is also imperative you are eating a healing, organic and wholefoods diet. This is another post in itself and will of course vary slightly from person to person. I also recommend you strictly follow food combining principles to optimise your digestion. I am passionate about health optimisation and will deliver tips for you to achieve this. A moderate approach will tend to achieve mediocre results especially if you are healing from a complex, chronic illness.

I will be elaborating on therapeutic healing diets and food combining in future posts so stay tuned!

Have you tried the above approaches? What has helped you the most when it comes to digestion?

With love, Amy

 

Please Help Us Fight Lyme Disease

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Living with a chronic illness can be extremely isolating especially when the conditions you suffer are so misunderstood. I have always yearned to connect with others who would understand. Last year I had joined a very niche facebook group that focuses on discussing various advanced complimentary and conventional treatments used to heal the body and reach optimal health. Most of the members were from the USA and Europe but one day I saw a post on the group from a man and he mentioned he was from Australia. I felt compelled to write to him, I wanted to know what his story was. I had never added a stranger on facebook before but I decided to add Boz and send him a message. He asked me about my health journey first so I attempted to write about what I had gone through for the past 10 years. It was hard to summarise but I managed to keep it relatively short. I told him about how I had been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome at age 20 and how I had tried everything in my power to heal from this for many years. I mentioned how I was finally finding answers and had tested positive for Lyme Disease in 2013.

When I received a reply from Boz I was in shock. I was nervous I had overshared and I was wondering how he would respond to this or if he would respond at all. His message read – ‘That was really bizarre to read. When I first read it I kinda chuckled in disbelief, the second time just now I felt an innate joy, mainly because I realised I’m not alone. I know a lot of people are in very similar situations but everything you said could’ve come from my own mouth. I literally feel like I’ve found the female version of me!’

After reading his entire reply that described everything he had been through I was speechless. I felt so much compassion for this beautiful soul. I could not believe how similar our journeys had been. Boz too was diagnosed with CFS at the age of 17 and was diagnosed with Chronic Neurological Lyme Disease in 2016. We have both since been diagnosed with CIRS (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome) after being exposed to toxic black mould in our homes.

We continued to talk about all things health and wellness and discovered that we had both tried the same modalities, supplements, conventional and complimentary treatments, therapeutic diets and made similar lifestyle changes at an attempt to heal our bodies. We started to bounce ideas off one another about trying new therapies and approaches we could use to heal and get our lives back. We became great friends!

Boz and I are at the point where we have tried everything available to us in Australia to heal without success. Because of the lack of awareness, funding and treatments available here for Lyme Disease and associated conditions many are now travelling overseas to receive the proper treatment and care they deserve. We recently found out about a clinic in Cyprus that is treating Lyme Disease patients using advanced science based medicine combining the powerful effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at 2.4 ATA and the Russian Method of Ozone Therapy. We are desperate to go over to Cyprus and heal but unfortunately we do not have the funds to do so. We have both been unable to support ourselves financially for many years, unable to work because of the severity of our illnesses and we have no savings.

After feeling so much resistance to doing so we both decided we needed to create a crowd funding campaign to raise the money for our treatment, flights and accommodation. I have felt so embarrassed that it has come to this. Boz and I are both extremely independent, driven and ambitious individuals and we never thought we would have to ask for help. After so many years of doing it so tough alone, it is time. We would be so grateful for any help. This could be sharing our fundraiser on social media or it could be a donation.

gofundme.com/helpbozandamygetwell

I am so grateful that you have taken the time to read this. I am blessed to have such wonderful followers. Thank you. Love, light and Blessings, Amy x

Some more details about the treatment below.

The package involves 27 days of daily intensive treatment listed below ~

HYPERBARIC THERAPY TREATMENT CENTRE

HBOT/OZONE PACKAGE

 • 4 ½ – 5 week package – 27 Days treatment.

• Thermal Imaging Scanning- taken at day one, midway and final day intervals to check your    progress.

• IRIDOLAB™, Vitlabs, a Biometric Health Evaluation system using a retinal scanning technology will also monitor your progress during your stay with us.

• Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) – minimum 27 sessions (40 hours) at 2.4 ATA.

• IV Ozone – 27 daily sessions. Ozonated Saline through drip.

• IV Vitamin C – 27 sessions given daily.

• IV Laser Therapy – minimum 2 per week.

• Projuvenox™ Detox/Massage Sessions – 3 per week.

• Transfers to the clinic from your accommodation in Larnaca and returns daily.

• Colonic Irrigation – Recommended 1 per week at a Colon Hydrotherapy clinic which is five minute drive from the HBOT clinic. (Transfers to and from this clinic are included in the package price)

• Ultrasound – Professional handheld units for personal use on the premises – 27 sessions. This reduces inflammation and helps clear sinuses.

• Vielight Intranasal Light Therapy – 27 sessions.

 Total package price €5 500.00