For practitioners working with clients and patients who struggle with exhaustion, feeling burnt out, and a long list of other symptoms, it can be a real challenge to feel like you are helping at all!
The big challenge is to guide them from POINT A—feeling totally run-down and having a deeply dysregulated body—to POINT B—where the mind, body, and spirit are in balance and they celebrate feeling fully alive again!
We all want this path to be smooth, linear, and, well, QUICK (if we are honest!).
Yet the path to real health is rarely smooth. I find that patients and practitioners alike get discouraged when things are not progressing with ease or speed. We get stuck in our own expectations and critical mind.
Truth is, the process can look and feel pretty bumpy—AND patients can still be doing massive healing beneath all the commotion.
I have spent years working with patients who suffer from chronic illness,...
Got patients complaining of fatigue after a viral illness? Exhaustion is rarely caused by just one thing. And it is possible that part of why your patient is so exhausted is their mitochondria got hijacked by the virus.
I've been working with Chronic Fatigue patients ME and other invisible illnesses. This has been a personal and professional journey for me. And because I find that so many practitioners often struggle to know how to effectively help their patients with prolonged exhaustion, I would like to share a few insights with you.
I see that we're in a serious health crisis, due to the uptick of post viral fatigue, also called ME/CFS, which leads to what I call unnecessary suffering. I believe those who struggle with fatigue, need more strategies for healing and more hope. I would love to guide you to help your patients to experience their full vitality again.
I personally believe that when we understand the why, the...
I was entering first grade and it became legal, yes legal for girls and women to wear pants to school! My mom was so happy and we celebrated! I remember her excitement to this day.
She invested heavily in sewing matching polyester wash-and-wear pantsuits (ooh so sexy) for her new teacher outfits- and I got to wear flowered jeans my first day of school!
It was 1970. WOW. How far we have come. And…As a child I looked around me and the women I knew worked. I grew up with the idea I could do anything I wanted. Yet…..the reality was something quite different.
We all know the story: Glass ceilings, things that are not spoken but understood. And things we did not understand- or even know we were agreeing to.
My mom, my aunt, my best friend’s mom all had professions AND they were expected to do all the housework and parenting. I do not remember anyone questioning these things at the time- they...
Diagnosing and treating long haulers can be a source of aggravation not just for the patient, but for the doctor and practitioner as well. It can feel like a mysterious and disabling medical problem with just too few proven ways to diagnose let alone treat it.
I've been working with Chronic Fatigue/ME, and other invisible illnesses for over 20 years in my medical practice. This has been a personal journey as well as a professional one for me. And I truly believe that we can offer our patients more strategies as well as more hope for healing.
I've seen just too many doctors make this one mistake in their thinking about long COVID and long haulers. Which is this just because we experienced a worldwide novel virus, they assume that the post viral sequela, known as long haulers is also novel. And it's not. We see post infectious fatigue outbreaks consistently after epidemics and outbreaks of illness.
Here are some of the history...
How is your energy? The stronger and healthier your heart is, the more vitality you’ll experience. How can you increase your heart’s strength so you have more energy?
Whether you are really ill or in training for a triathlon, the answer is the same: if you want to up-regulate your heart’s energy, look to your mitochondria. Mitochondria are tiny little organelles in each of our cells (except the red blood cells).
They create the energy we need to live. Without them, we’d die in three seconds. They are very vulnerable to damage from toxins in our environment, especially heavy metals. Supporting your mitochondria is the key to a longer, healthier life.
Do you ever wonder how you rate? How is your energy? Want to find out?
If you want to know what your heart’s physical capabilities are, check out these tests. You can perform these with a physical trainer or a medical provider.
Got high blood pressure? You are not alone. It is very common and potentially harmful, but treatable. Blood pressure is meant to be variable: it should be able to increase when you need to get blood quickly to your brain and muscles, and it should decrease when you are at rest.
If your blood pressure is consistently too high or too low, your body is out of balance. Medications and supplements may be needed.
However, my favorite easy, nontoxic, and free method to lower blood pressure is to BREATHE! Check out the heart pranayama (pranayama is Sanskrit for “breathing exercise”) below. You can also look into the FDA-approved biofeedback machine that’s been clinically proven to lower BP as well as most hypertension medications!
Lie comfortably on your back. Focus on and feel your heart area. Inhale for a count of 8, hold your breath for 8, then exhale for 8. Continue for 3...
I was lying on the floor in the back of the theater. My friend was about to read her poem to the expectant audience. All I could think about was how my heart was erratically pounding in my chest. It had lasted for hours. I was scared, wondering, “Am I going to die?”
If you have heart palpitations, GET THEM ASSESSED. A heart monitor strapped (literally taped) to your chest for one to five days will provide great information for you and your medical team. DO IT.
After this frightening event, I did make an appointment to get my heart checked out. I had something called PVCs (premature ventricular contractions), a benign yet disconcerting condition. Many palpitations are not life-threatening, but some can be.
If you’re like me and have been diagnosed with benign palpitations, you can treat them naturally. Get a proper work-up: it lets you and your physician create an effective plan and takes worry out of the picture, relieving your heart of even more...
So here you go. This month, and just this month, peer into your email inbox every week to unveil a tip about how to maintain your health and treat your heart. We don’t hold big marches or wear ribbons for it.
The symptoms of a heart attack in women are different than they are in men. In women, heart attacks are often misdiagnosed and undertreated partly because of how we, as women, tend to dismiss our pain.
Not just in the US, but worldwide! Why are we not up in arms and doing more about this? Is it because the treatments are overly simple?
If there were a “heart march,” this would be the wristband slogan for protecting the physical heart: LOVE, BREATHE, MOVE, and EAT PLANTS!
Stress is also a huge factor in heart disease. In fact, I was worried about causing you to go into cardiac arrest when I realized...
February is heart health month, so today I'm kicking off a series of blog posts dedicated to the one part of our bodies we really need to pay attention to so we can stay healthy on all levels.
It is right in the middle of our chests: our hearts.
Women are often so focused on taking care of others and “making it all happen” that it's easy to put ourselves last.
Women are more likely than men to dismiss the symptoms that come on before a severe heart attack. Because of this they often do not get treatment that could save their heart and life.
Heart disease is really a broad term, anything that affects the hearts structure or function is considered “heart disease”.
Coronary heart disease is when the heart cannot deliver enough blood to the heart muscle itself. This is they type of heart disease that is still the number one leading cause of death in women.
Below are the most...
This year has been so unlike any other!
On some level, we’ve gotten used to our new world, including “expecting the unexpected”!
This past spring (which felt like a long winter), I kept thinking about the polar bears at the zoo.
Did you know the zookeepers have to keep those poor bears super challenged?
They place fresh fish in ice chests, tie them shut, then throw them in the water for the polar bears to open up.
It gives the polar bears something to focus on besides how dang small their world is.
When we were buried in our homes this past summer thanks to the toxic smoke outside, I know many of you who are also here on the west coast experienced what I did: a form of PTSD. Feeling a bit too much like the polar bears in their too-small runs, and like this pandemic is going on too long.
Since then, I’ve thought a lot about the importance of resilience, not to mention the...
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