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CBD oil is surging in popularity with people using it to help with from everything from autoimmune diseases to anxiety. But how useful is it, and what are the best ways to take it for maximum benefit?

 

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I’ve seen your hopes and dreams. I’ve seen how beautiful they are, how strong they are. I’ve seen the courage it takes to even admit them out loud. I know how deep those dreams live in your soul. And I know, at times, you wonder if you’re crazy for even letting them take hold of you in the first place.
You’re not crazy.
You’re not weak.
You ARE good enough.
What if I told you that the reason you haven’t made those courageous dreams a reality is not because of anything you’ve done wrong. What if I told you that you’re just missing a secret — one that unlocks your greatest potential, propels you along your fateful path and keep you moving in the right direction? Would you want that secret?


Ok, fine, I’ll share it with you. ;)


The Law of Diminishing Intent says, “The longer you wait to do something you should do now, the greater the odds that you will never actually do it.”
— John Maxwell
Let’s break this down. The longer you put something off, the less likely it will EVER happen. By avoiding a task, you’re actually running the risk that it will never be realized.
Now let’s think about that in the scope of your lifelong dreams. What have you spent a lifetime waiting for? Generally, these are the goals and dreams we hold dearest — the ones our souls depend on, the ones we secretly live for when the days get long and the road gets tough.
So by putting those sacred dreams on hold, we’re actually dooming them. I’m going to repeat that.
By putting your dreams on hold, you’re dooming them to a slow, painful death.
Ok, so that may sound a bit dramatic. But your dreams are dramatic! They’re big and loud and singing from the very bottom of your soul! They deserve life! They deserve action! And the ones you’ve ignored your entire life are suffering the most!
Or will your resolve be too weak by then? Will your dreams have suffered yet another blow of procrastination? Will you be farther away than you’ve ever been before?
YES.
Now think about what you CAN accomplish in the next 3 months:
• Lose 15 pounds
• Double your income
• Learn to love yourself
• Finally let go the memories that hurt you every day
Here’s the bottom line: I refuse to make you do something you don’t want to do. No one can. But I will tell you that the choice you make today matters 1,000 times more than the choice you make tomorrow. So I’m here to help you make today count. Be a Self-starter and the rest is up to you.

 

 

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We all know what's it's like. A full time job, kids to feed, bills to pay, news to read.

How can we learn to ensure we leave room in our busy schedules for self care?

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Failure is a necessary part of life and personal growth. Is is also a precursor to success. Read more in my popular article for Thrive Global.

https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/17000-don-t-fear-failure

 

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SWEET TREATS FOR CELIACS! by Dr. Monica Bickerstaff, DHM

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Celiac’s crave sweet treats too! But, for more and more people with gluten sensitivities, flour and wheat based desserts are totally off limits. There are so many people with allergies; so it's really good to have lots of alternative ways of satisfying your sweet tooth! You still want to make absolutely delicious food without the sacrifices of flare-ups!

Gluten free deserts have gone mainstream and they are sinfully enticing and healthy too. But, you have to be willing to experiment. You can't necessarily take your favorite recipe and just substitute a gluten-free flour mix.

I LOVE to experiment with gluten free sweet treats AND natural remedies with essential oils and herbs in my kitchen. Here are two of my fave recipes! Let me know what you think. J

 

Gluten Free Goodness: Chocolate Mousse

  • 5 ounces bittersweet baking chocolate broken in pieces
  • 4 ounces heavy cream
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • pinch of sea salt
  • zest of one orange or a dash of Grand Marnier

Place chocolate in a bowl. Gently heat the heavy cream until just about to simmer, and pour over the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth. Stir in the egg yolks, one at a time. Beat the egg whites separately with salt until stiff peaks form. Fold half of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it and then add the remaining egg whites, folding gently so the eggs do not deflate. Flavor with the orange zest or Grand Marnier. Pour into individual serving dishes. Chill for four to six hours. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream before serving.

 

Gluten Free Coffee Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. coconut oil
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 c. coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 c. almond flour
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/2 – 3/4 c. almond flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. Cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 & Bake for 20-25 minutes
  2. Stir coconut oil, egg, vanilla and honey together in a bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, combine almond flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and sea salt
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet along with milk, and stir until smooth.
  5. Pour into an 8×8 baking pan.
  6. In a small bowl mix the almond flour, coconut oil, honey, and cinnamon for topping. Spread topping over cake.

 

3 Facts About Gluten:

It's been 5 years since I was first diagnosed with Celiac Disease. And although my path to wellness has not always been smooth; I am grateful for my restored health and vitality

  • Gluten is found in several grains, such as wheat, barley and rye.
  • According to the Mayo Clinic, both celiac disease and gluten intolerance are more common today than they were in the 1950's. Experts estimate that 30 to 40 percent of Americans are gluten intolerant.
  • Gluten can cause inflammation; a leading cause of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. If you're sensitive, tiny fissures in the small intestine may form preventing nutrients from being absorbed, and possibly leading to mental health and behavioral problems.

Source: National Foundation For Celiac Awareness(NFCA) www.celiaccentral.org

 

"Living Well...one healthy step at a time"

Copyright© 2018 by Monica D. Riley, MDR & Associates Media Consulting all rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without permission in writing from the author.

 

 

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Reposted Tony Damian's article.

Daily Life puts before us a myriad of health obstacles to overcome on our path to Happy, Healthy and Well Adjusted. h97fckmftkwim2xvydbk2w227uaupjek.png

Humans are Exposed to unhealthiness on every level of existence. From the microcosm; the world of the very small, such as bacteria, fungus and viruses. Up the macrocosm; the world of the very big, like solar radiation, Gravitational and Spatial displacement, or in other words; time and space itself. Not to mention everything in between, the foods we eat and the water we drink.

This constitutes the world of form or the physical exposures to our bodies. Negative influential exposure to homeostasis, or balance in life also includes emotional and psychological exposures that lead to stress, that in turn lead to disease, or what I call dis-ease.  There is more to healing than just seeing a doctor, getting and following a prescription, having surgery or praying for a miracle. It is your "Mindset".

How do you see yourself in this moment in space and time?  

In other words; do you see yourself as having the disease, or do you see yourself as experiencing it?  

Do you believe what "those people" say of your condition and its pre-determined outcomes, or do see yourself healing quickly and completely.... no matter what?  

The image and perception you hold of yourself in the "here-and-now" is what will project into the times and spaces ahead.  Notice I didn't refer to that as the future.  The future and the past are fictitious points in time, they do not exist.  They are distractions for the mind to get lost in, rather than dealing in the presence of the present moment. What Eckhart Tolle coined and we define and ISNESS.  Living in the past brings only depression and resentment. Living for the future only brings stress, worry and doubt.  So to truly heal from these negative exposures of life, completely and fully, one must self-heal as well.

Self-Healing means taking on the responsibility and mindfulness to fully heal from whatever it is that inflicts you, be it a disease – or what we refer to as “dis-ease” – health condition, hereditary dysfunction, or any other physical, emotional, or mental illness. There is no one method of completely healing any condition by doing one particular modality. Full healing requires encompassing all realms of human existence: the full body and all of its intricately woven functions and systems; the mind, which includes memories, traumas, fears, obsessions, and predetermined outcomes; and the spirit, by which I mean the energetic self, life force energy, chi, ki, or prana.

How we’ve arrived to the point of needing healing is also an important factor in this book. What have we fed our bodies? What toxicities and heavy metals have we exposed ourselves to? What stresses have we been put through? The fact that most conditions have come about through many years of abuse, neglect, unknowing environmental exposures, and stress also means you must be willing to take the time to unravel, cleanse, repair, rebuild, and heal each layer. By doing this, you heal once and for all – unlike with modern medicine, which only suppress the symptoms. If the underlying causes are not addressed, the original problem still exists and will resurface again.

"Intuitive Self-Healing" is what I have researched, practice, teach and now write about.  It is using the power of the mind and manipulating our internal and external energies or chi, to complete and insure total healing; body, mind and spirit.  If left to only modern medicine, we do not own the healing, we are relying on others to do the work for us.  This does not work on any level.  It merely masks the symptoms temporarily, only to revisit with a vengeance. Prime example: anything to do with dermatology. Think on this for a minute.  What is needed is to return to what I call "Original Medine". Owning and determining your destiny with your thoughts, desires and mindset, utilizing all that nature has to offer, and seeing and really believing that you can heal yourself, body, mind and spirit.

It is painfully obvious to see the difference between Original Medicine and Modern Medicine; we see what is in the best interest for our whole healing and what is not. For instance, take a good look at a pharmaceutical ad on television, which spends only a few seconds on what it can do for you and the rest of the time on all the side effects – all due to unnatural, synthesized chemicals. It’s time to return to making our medicines from natural herbs, vitamins, minerals, and flora and create meals that address our needs – making food our medicine in the same way our ancestors did for thousands of years.

 -Shaman Tony Damian

Excerpts from "Finding the Alchemist within - Turning yourself to Gold! - A Journey through the Labyrinth of Self-Healing" by Tony Damian and Cathryn Barkulis Smith 2015

& "Your Self-Healing Workbook - Conjuring the Alchemist within - The Journey Inward" by Tony Damian 2018 

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Although electronic cigarettes are supposed to help you ditch the highly additive habit, it's been found they can actually keep you addicted or even encourage addiction in those who wouldn't usually smoke. This is thought to be because of two main factors. Firstly, the 'cool' imagine they've developed thanks to celebrities users and secondly, the flavoured E-liquid inside.

These little devices have become fashion accessories with celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio smoking them very publically at the Golden Globes. This sends the message to smokers and non-smokers alike that smoking, as long as it's in an electronic form, is somehow acceptable. However, in reality, you're still ingesting nicotine and various other chemicals, which haven't been tested for human consumption. This sense of it being 'okay' to do can perpetuate the habit in smokers and encourage non-smokers to pick up the habit, starting with electronic cigarettes, which can be purchased easily over the internet or from chemists.

The E-liquid that you smoke comes in a range of flavours, like fruits and chocolate, which taste pleasant. Putting a pleasant taste to an addictive substance is a sure-fire way to encourage the habit and discourage those who're trying to quit for good. The mouth-watering flavours combined with the image being portrayed by celebrities is said to even encourage children to try E-cigarettes – a worrying development in the fight against smoking.

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We all know what's it's like. A full time job, kids to feed, bills to pay, news to read.

How can we learn to ensure we leave room in our busy schedules for self care?

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For anyone who has tried to study for an exam or take a test of any kind I'm sure that it's no surprise that anxiety scrambles your brain making learning hard. Over the last 10 years it has been concerning for me as I have witnessed the level of stress and anxiety rise among students and young people. High school and college students and even middle school and grade school students are under extreme pressure to perform well in school in preparation for acceptance to college. The levels of stress, anxiety, fear and depression in our children truly is frightening.

The good news is that the students that I meet in my office and online all report to me that they benefit from hypnosis for anxiety and hypnosis for academic performance. What's fun for me is that students are natural at hypnosis and easy learn self-hypnosis for stress management and use academic performance hypnosis.


How your brain becomes hardwired for fear. 


The problem is that most of the fears that we imagine never happen. For some people, the imagining of these fears becomes chronic - leading to anxiety and even panic attacks. Hypnosis for stress and anxiety can help you to be mindful and know that in the moment you are safe and OK. So whether it’s imagined stress or fear Hypnotherapy can help you to create new responses and remain calm in those exams or in any situations you may face. At the Nanaimo Hypnotherapy Center you can learn hypnosis to hardwire happiness, Calmness and relaxation and to unhook the old feelings of fear and negativity.

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Move over Lamaze. Hypnobirthers say their form of deep relaxation takes the panting and pain out of child labor.

The phone rang at 7:30 a.m. and I stumbled out of bed, bleary eyed and eight months pregnant, to find a message from Dan Gilman: his wife Laura Beth was in labor. I had never met the Gilmans, but they had generously invited me to witness the birth of their third child. They were using a pain control technique I was learning myself: Hypnobirthing.

I quickly organized a trip to the birthing center in Danbury, Connecticut, but just one hour after Dan's call, before I'd even made it out of New York City, Mitchell Gilman made it into the world.

When I spoke to her a week later, Laura Beth was apologetic. I was ecstatic. She was living proof of what hypnobirthing proponents kept telling me - that mothers who use this method of self-hypnosis to give birth in a trance like, deeply relaxed state often enjoy miraculously short labors. "He came out 28 minutes after my waters broke." Laura Beth told me. "And I was not in pain. I was able to really relax."

I wasn't an easy convert to hypnobirthing. For a start, hypnosis made me think of a traveling showman inducing an audience member to dance like a chicken. On top of that, my mother, her mother, every mother I'd ever met had drummed into me that child birth was agony. Pain free labor? Yeah, right. But my husband Alex - a doctor who sniggered every time my prenatal yoga video urged me to open up like a lotus blossom - was hypnobirthing's unlikely champion.

As a scientist, he embraced the logic of hypnobirthing: if women are terrified of childbirth, the fight or flight reflex kicks in once the contractions start. This reflex shuts down organs that are nonessential to fighting and fleeing, including the uterus. With reduced blood flow, the uterus cramps, causing pain. If women could relax, the theory goes, they would experience no pain, have more effective contractions and therefore a shorter labor.

Marie Monogan, 71, a Concord, New Hampshire, hypnotherapist, invented the technique and has taught it at her institute since 1989. When I told her I was afraid of failing at hypnobirthing, Monogan gave me simple advice: "Trust your body and your baby. They know what to do."

Alex and I signed up for private lessons with hypnobirthing teacher Suzanne Fremon. At first, I found it incredibly hard to clear my mind and relax. Expecting to find an alley in Alex, I vented after the first session about the silliness of imagining myself floating on rainbow clouds of mist. "Don't focus on the language," Alex said, sounding for all the world like a New Ager instead of a neurologist. "Focus on the intent." After a few weeks of practice on the subway, I could get to the end of taped 15 minute exercises and have no recollection of the of the train's having stopped. In our third of five sessions, Fremon pinched me while I was deeply relaxed. I felt nothing. When I was alert again, she pinched me as hard as before. I pulled away. Ouch!

Dr. Lorne Campbell Sr., an upstate New York family practitioner and clinical professor of family medicine, introduced hypnobirthing to his practice four years ago. Since then, he says, his C-section rate has dropped from 25% to 1%, and none of his more than 200 hypnobirthing patients have ever requested analgesic drugs during labor.

Word is slowly spreading; Mongan has trained more than 1,700 people in 15 years. At the start, most were hypnotherapists and midwives. Now, about half are doctors and nurses. "This is not fringe or alternative," she says. "The more doctors and nurses see this, the more they realize it's no fluke."

Sadly, I didn't get to prove that point to my doctor - our son was a breech baby and delivered by caesarean section. But the hypnobirthing lessons were not in vain: they helped me cope when two anesthesiologists made six attempts at inserting my spinal bloc for surgery, and I was able to relax through the post-surgical pain with a minimum of medication. Four months later, when our son finally falls asleep each night, I know just how to relax and swiftly follow suit."

Recourses ...AHA

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Have you ever had the kind of morning where you wake up and you’re already overwhelmed and you haven’t even left the comfort of your bed? The disappointment of having to wake up rolls off you, signaling to the Universe and those around you that you aren’t really feeling it today.

Maybe you had a bad nights sleep, just broke up with your significant other, have a test to take at school, or have a pile of work on your desk. Whatever the reason take a moment before your feet hit the floor and reset.

Ask yourself, “What kind of day am I going to have?”

I think it’s kind of beautiful that you can set a positive intention to make the best of every day, even the ones where you wake up wanting it to be over.

Just a simple conscious breath or two is all it takes. How do you want to feel today? Capable, confident, relaxed, joyful? These are the first few that come to my mind. Set your intention, and draw on that during the day when stress tries to take over.

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Plant-based foods don’t just ensure that you leave a smaller carbon footprint behind, they also happen to be extremely nutrient-rich.

Let’s look at a few other pressing reasons why you should eat more plant-based foods.

1. They Provide Energy

The body needs to produce enzymes for the digestion process. And production of these enzymes needs energy, which causes some stress in the system. And as we get older, our enzyme production slows down, and it helps to consume enzyme rich foods, so that this strain on the enzyme-production system is lowered. A plant-based diet, especially raw foods are easily digested and absorbed, which translates into a net gain in the energy levels. Food cooked above 118 degrees Fahrenheit destroys these enzymes.

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I’ve seen your hopes and dreams. I’ve seen how beautiful they are, how strong they are. I’ve seen the courage it takes to even admit them out loud. I know how deep those dreams live in your soul. And I know, at times, you wonder if you’re crazy for even letting them take hold of you in the first place.
You’re not crazy.
You’re not weak.
You ARE good enough.
What if I told you that the reason you haven’t made those courageous dreams a reality is not because of anything you’ve done wrong. What if I told you that you’re just missing a secret — one that unlocks your greatest potential, propels you along your fateful path and keep you moving in the right direction? Would you want that secret?


Ok, fine, I’ll share it with you. ;)


The Law of Diminishing Intent says, “The longer you wait to do something you should do now, the greater the odds that you will never actually do it.”
— John Maxwell
Let’s break this down. The longer you put something off, the less likely it will EVER happen. By avoiding a task, you’re actually running the risk that it will never be realized.
Now let’s think about that in the scope of your lifelong dreams. What have you spent a lifetime waiting for? Generally, these are the goals and dreams we hold dearest — the ones our souls depend on, the ones we secretly live for when the days get long and the road gets tough.
So by putting those sacred dreams on hold, we’re actually dooming them. I’m going to repeat that.
By putting your dreams on hold, you’re dooming them to a slow, painful death.
Ok, so that may sound a bit dramatic. But your dreams are dramatic! They’re big and loud and singing from the very bottom of your soul! They deserve life! They deserve action! And the ones you’ve ignored your entire life are suffering the most!
Or will your resolve be too weak by then? Will your dreams have suffered yet another blow of procrastination? Will you be farther away than you’ve ever been before?
YES.
Now think about what you CAN accomplish in the next 3 months:
• Lose 15 pounds
• Double your income
• Learn to love yourself
• Finally let go the memories that hurt you every day
Here’s the bottom line: I refuse to make you do something you don’t want to do. No one can. But I will tell you that the choice you make today matters 1,000 times more than the choice you make tomorrow. So I’m here to help you make today count. Be a Self-starter and the rest is up to you.

 

 

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We all know what's it's like. A full time job, kids to feed, bills to pay, news to read.

How can we learn to ensure we leave room in our busy schedules for self care?

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Failure is a necessary part of life and personal growth. Is is also a precursor to success. Read more in my popular article for Thrive Global.

https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/17000-don-t-fear-failure

 

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SWEET TREATS FOR CELIACS! by Dr. Monica Bickerstaff, DHM

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Celiac’s crave sweet treats too! But, for more and more people with gluten sensitivities, flour and wheat based desserts are totally off limits. There are so many people with allergies; so it's really good to have lots of alternative ways of satisfying your sweet tooth! You still want to make absolutely delicious food without the sacrifices of flare-ups!

Gluten free deserts have gone mainstream and they are sinfully enticing and healthy too. But, you have to be willing to experiment. You can't necessarily take your favorite recipe and just substitute a gluten-free flour mix.

I LOVE to experiment with gluten free sweet treats AND natural remedies with essential oils and herbs in my kitchen. Here are two of my fave recipes! Let me know what you think. J

 

Gluten Free Goodness: Chocolate Mousse

  • 5 ounces bittersweet baking chocolate broken in pieces
  • 4 ounces heavy cream
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • pinch of sea salt
  • zest of one orange or a dash of Grand Marnier

Place chocolate in a bowl. Gently heat the heavy cream until just about to simmer, and pour over the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth. Stir in the egg yolks, one at a time. Beat the egg whites separately with salt until stiff peaks form. Fold half of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it and then add the remaining egg whites, folding gently so the eggs do not deflate. Flavor with the orange zest or Grand Marnier. Pour into individual serving dishes. Chill for four to six hours. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream before serving.

 

Gluten Free Coffee Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. coconut oil
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 c. coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 c. almond flour
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/2 – 3/4 c. almond flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. Cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 & Bake for 20-25 minutes
  2. Stir coconut oil, egg, vanilla and honey together in a bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, combine almond flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and sea salt
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet along with milk, and stir until smooth.
  5. Pour into an 8×8 baking pan.
  6. In a small bowl mix the almond flour, coconut oil, honey, and cinnamon for topping. Spread topping over cake.

 

3 Facts About Gluten:

It's been 5 years since I was first diagnosed with Celiac Disease. And although my path to wellness has not always been smooth; I am grateful for my restored health and vitality

  • Gluten is found in several grains, such as wheat, barley and rye.
  • According to the Mayo Clinic, both celiac disease and gluten intolerance are more common today than they were in the 1950's. Experts estimate that 30 to 40 percent of Americans are gluten intolerant.
  • Gluten can cause inflammation; a leading cause of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. If you're sensitive, tiny fissures in the small intestine may form preventing nutrients from being absorbed, and possibly leading to mental health and behavioral problems.

Source: National Foundation For Celiac Awareness(NFCA) www.celiaccentral.org

 

"Living Well...one healthy step at a time"

Copyright© 2018 by Monica D. Riley, MDR & Associates Media Consulting all rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without permission in writing from the author.

 

 

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Reposted Tony Damian's article.

Daily Life puts before us a myriad of health obstacles to overcome on our path to Happy, Healthy and Well Adjusted. h97fckmftkwim2xvydbk2w227uaupjek.png

Humans are Exposed to unhealthiness on every level of existence. From the microcosm; the world of the very small, such as bacteria, fungus and viruses. Up the macrocosm; the world of the very big, like solar radiation, Gravitational and Spatial displacement, or in other words; time and space itself. Not to mention everything in between, the foods we eat and the water we drink.

This constitutes the world of form or the physical exposures to our bodies. Negative influential exposure to homeostasis, or balance in life also includes emotional and psychological exposures that lead to stress, that in turn lead to disease, or what I call dis-ease.  There is more to healing than just seeing a doctor, getting and following a prescription, having surgery or praying for a miracle. It is your "Mindset".

How do you see yourself in this moment in space and time?  

In other words; do you see yourself as having the disease, or do you see yourself as experiencing it?  

Do you believe what "those people" say of your condition and its pre-determined outcomes, or do see yourself healing quickly and completely.... no matter what?  

The image and perception you hold of yourself in the "here-and-now" is what will project into the times and spaces ahead.  Notice I didn't refer to that as the future.  The future and the past are fictitious points in time, they do not exist.  They are distractions for the mind to get lost in, rather than dealing in the presence of the present moment. What Eckhart Tolle coined and we define and ISNESS.  Living in the past brings only depression and resentment. Living for the future only brings stress, worry and doubt.  So to truly heal from these negative exposures of life, completely and fully, one must self-heal as well.

Self-Healing means taking on the responsibility and mindfulness to fully heal from whatever it is that inflicts you, be it a disease – or what we refer to as “dis-ease” – health condition, hereditary dysfunction, or any other physical, emotional, or mental illness. There is no one method of completely healing any condition by doing one particular modality. Full healing requires encompassing all realms of human existence: the full body and all of its intricately woven functions and systems; the mind, which includes memories, traumas, fears, obsessions, and predetermined outcomes; and the spirit, by which I mean the energetic self, life force energy, chi, ki, or prana.

How we’ve arrived to the point of needing healing is also an important factor in this book. What have we fed our bodies? What toxicities and heavy metals have we exposed ourselves to? What stresses have we been put through? The fact that most conditions have come about through many years of abuse, neglect, unknowing environmental exposures, and stress also means you must be willing to take the time to unravel, cleanse, repair, rebuild, and heal each layer. By doing this, you heal once and for all – unlike with modern medicine, which only suppress the symptoms. If the underlying causes are not addressed, the original problem still exists and will resurface again.

"Intuitive Self-Healing" is what I have researched, practice, teach and now write about.  It is using the power of the mind and manipulating our internal and external energies or chi, to complete and insure total healing; body, mind and spirit.  If left to only modern medicine, we do not own the healing, we are relying on others to do the work for us.  This does not work on any level.  It merely masks the symptoms temporarily, only to revisit with a vengeance. Prime example: anything to do with dermatology. Think on this for a minute.  What is needed is to return to what I call "Original Medine". Owning and determining your destiny with your thoughts, desires and mindset, utilizing all that nature has to offer, and seeing and really believing that you can heal yourself, body, mind and spirit.

It is painfully obvious to see the difference between Original Medicine and Modern Medicine; we see what is in the best interest for our whole healing and what is not. For instance, take a good look at a pharmaceutical ad on television, which spends only a few seconds on what it can do for you and the rest of the time on all the side effects – all due to unnatural, synthesized chemicals. It’s time to return to making our medicines from natural herbs, vitamins, minerals, and flora and create meals that address our needs – making food our medicine in the same way our ancestors did for thousands of years.

 -Shaman Tony Damian

Excerpts from "Finding the Alchemist within - Turning yourself to Gold! - A Journey through the Labyrinth of Self-Healing" by Tony Damian and Cathryn Barkulis Smith 2015

& "Your Self-Healing Workbook - Conjuring the Alchemist within - The Journey Inward" by Tony Damian 2018 

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Although electronic cigarettes are supposed to help you ditch the highly additive habit, it's been found they can actually keep you addicted or even encourage addiction in those who wouldn't usually smoke. This is thought to be because of two main factors. Firstly, the 'cool' imagine they've developed thanks to celebrities users and secondly, the flavoured E-liquid inside.

These little devices have become fashion accessories with celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio smoking them very publically at the Golden Globes. This sends the message to smokers and non-smokers alike that smoking, as long as it's in an electronic form, is somehow acceptable. However, in reality, you're still ingesting nicotine and various other chemicals, which haven't been tested for human consumption. This sense of it being 'okay' to do can perpetuate the habit in smokers and encourage non-smokers to pick up the habit, starting with electronic cigarettes, which can be purchased easily over the internet or from chemists.

The E-liquid that you smoke comes in a range of flavours, like fruits and chocolate, which taste pleasant. Putting a pleasant taste to an addictive substance is a sure-fire way to encourage the habit and discourage those who're trying to quit for good. The mouth-watering flavours combined with the image being portrayed by celebrities is said to even encourage children to try E-cigarettes – a worrying development in the fight against smoking.

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We all know what's it's like. A full time job, kids to feed, bills to pay, news to read.

How can we learn to ensure we leave room in our busy schedules for self care?

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For anyone who has tried to study for an exam or take a test of any kind I'm sure that it's no surprise that anxiety scrambles your brain making learning hard. Over the last 10 years it has been concerning for me as I have witnessed the level of stress and anxiety rise among students and young people. High school and college students and even middle school and grade school students are under extreme pressure to perform well in school in preparation for acceptance to college. The levels of stress, anxiety, fear and depression in our children truly is frightening.

The good news is that the students that I meet in my office and online all report to me that they benefit from hypnosis for anxiety and hypnosis for academic performance. What's fun for me is that students are natural at hypnosis and easy learn self-hypnosis for stress management and use academic performance hypnosis.


How your brain becomes hardwired for fear. 


The problem is that most of the fears that we imagine never happen. For some people, the imagining of these fears becomes chronic - leading to anxiety and even panic attacks. Hypnosis for stress and anxiety can help you to be mindful and know that in the moment you are safe and OK. So whether it’s imagined stress or fear Hypnotherapy can help you to create new responses and remain calm in those exams or in any situations you may face. At the Nanaimo Hypnotherapy Center you can learn hypnosis to hardwire happiness, Calmness and relaxation and to unhook the old feelings of fear and negativity.

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Move over Lamaze. Hypnobirthers say their form of deep relaxation takes the panting and pain out of child labor.

The phone rang at 7:30 a.m. and I stumbled out of bed, bleary eyed and eight months pregnant, to find a message from Dan Gilman: his wife Laura Beth was in labor. I had never met the Gilmans, but they had generously invited me to witness the birth of their third child. They were using a pain control technique I was learning myself: Hypnobirthing.

I quickly organized a trip to the birthing center in Danbury, Connecticut, but just one hour after Dan's call, before I'd even made it out of New York City, Mitchell Gilman made it into the world.

When I spoke to her a week later, Laura Beth was apologetic. I was ecstatic. She was living proof of what hypnobirthing proponents kept telling me - that mothers who use this method of self-hypnosis to give birth in a trance like, deeply relaxed state often enjoy miraculously short labors. "He came out 28 minutes after my waters broke." Laura Beth told me. "And I was not in pain. I was able to really relax."

I wasn't an easy convert to hypnobirthing. For a start, hypnosis made me think of a traveling showman inducing an audience member to dance like a chicken. On top of that, my mother, her mother, every mother I'd ever met had drummed into me that child birth was agony. Pain free labor? Yeah, right. But my husband Alex - a doctor who sniggered every time my prenatal yoga video urged me to open up like a lotus blossom - was hypnobirthing's unlikely champion.

As a scientist, he embraced the logic of hypnobirthing: if women are terrified of childbirth, the fight or flight reflex kicks in once the contractions start. This reflex shuts down organs that are nonessential to fighting and fleeing, including the uterus. With reduced blood flow, the uterus cramps, causing pain. If women could relax, the theory goes, they would experience no pain, have more effective contractions and therefore a shorter labor.

Marie Monogan, 71, a Concord, New Hampshire, hypnotherapist, invented the technique and has taught it at her institute since 1989. When I told her I was afraid of failing at hypnobirthing, Monogan gave me simple advice: "Trust your body and your baby. They know what to do."

Alex and I signed up for private lessons with hypnobirthing teacher Suzanne Fremon. At first, I found it incredibly hard to clear my mind and relax. Expecting to find an alley in Alex, I vented after the first session about the silliness of imagining myself floating on rainbow clouds of mist. "Don't focus on the language," Alex said, sounding for all the world like a New Ager instead of a neurologist. "Focus on the intent." After a few weeks of practice on the subway, I could get to the end of taped 15 minute exercises and have no recollection of the of the train's having stopped. In our third of five sessions, Fremon pinched me while I was deeply relaxed. I felt nothing. When I was alert again, she pinched me as hard as before. I pulled away. Ouch!

Dr. Lorne Campbell Sr., an upstate New York family practitioner and clinical professor of family medicine, introduced hypnobirthing to his practice four years ago. Since then, he says, his C-section rate has dropped from 25% to 1%, and none of his more than 200 hypnobirthing patients have ever requested analgesic drugs during labor.

Word is slowly spreading; Mongan has trained more than 1,700 people in 15 years. At the start, most were hypnotherapists and midwives. Now, about half are doctors and nurses. "This is not fringe or alternative," she says. "The more doctors and nurses see this, the more they realize it's no fluke."

Sadly, I didn't get to prove that point to my doctor - our son was a breech baby and delivered by caesarean section. But the hypnobirthing lessons were not in vain: they helped me cope when two anesthesiologists made six attempts at inserting my spinal bloc for surgery, and I was able to relax through the post-surgical pain with a minimum of medication. Four months later, when our son finally falls asleep each night, I know just how to relax and swiftly follow suit."

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Have you ever had the kind of morning where you wake up and you’re already overwhelmed and you haven’t even left the comfort of your bed? The disappointment of having to wake up rolls off you, signaling to the Universe and those around you that you aren’t really feeling it today.

Maybe you had a bad nights sleep, just broke up with your significant other, have a test to take at school, or have a pile of work on your desk. Whatever the reason take a moment before your feet hit the floor and reset.

Ask yourself, “What kind of day am I going to have?”

I think it’s kind of beautiful that you can set a positive intention to make the best of every day, even the ones where you wake up wanting it to be over.

Just a simple conscious breath or two is all it takes. How do you want to feel today? Capable, confident, relaxed, joyful? These are the first few that come to my mind. Set your intention, and draw on that during the day when stress tries to take over.

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Plant-based foods don’t just ensure that you leave a smaller carbon footprint behind, they also happen to be extremely nutrient-rich.

Let’s look at a few other pressing reasons why you should eat more plant-based foods.

1. They Provide Energy

The body needs to produce enzymes for the digestion process. And production of these enzymes needs energy, which causes some stress in the system. And as we get older, our enzyme production slows down, and it helps to consume enzyme rich foods, so that this strain on the enzyme-production system is lowered. A plant-based diet, especially raw foods are easily digested and absorbed, which translates into a net gain in the energy levels. Food cooked above 118 degrees Fahrenheit destroys these enzymes.

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