Create Vital Energy

Your Energy and Vitality are necessary–for you, your family and friends, and for this world. Let me help you achieve vibrant, energetic health right now, to support your True Life.

These articles cover the core aspects of creating energy and vitality, with a special focus on the key players within the body’s energy production system–the Brain-Thyroid-Adrenal-Mitochondrial (BTAM) Axis. We’ll dive into each of these power centers to teach you how to create beautiful energy.

We’ll put into practice real life Energy Recovery by exploring The Nine Domains of Healing–our roadmap of the healing terrain–choosing our personal hotspots: Food and Nutrition, Sleep, Movement and Posture, Stress Resilience, Detoxification, Love and Connection, Mind and Stories, Emotional Wisdom, and Spiritual Transformation.

Inflammation: Beauty, Not the Beast

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Inflammation is beautiful. It is not the beast. It is not bad, nor our enemy.

We need an intact, healthy immune system, capable of robust inflammation. When we need it. Whenever called upon–24/7.

In fact, we cannot survive without it. While inflammation results in much human misery, it does so as the wise and elegant response to real danger signals–from both internal and external sources–that…

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Hypothyroidism–Part Three: How to Put Out the Fire

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In part three of my Hypothyroidism series, you’ll learn action steps you can use right now to heal the root causes of your under active thyroid.

In the first of this series I introduced hypothyroidism as a manifestation of damage from an autoimmune-inflammatory syndrome, amplified by unmet nutritional needs. This is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the developed world. We learned that…

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Hypothyroidism–Part Two: How to Diagnose Hypothyroid-Autoimmune Syndrome

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Hypothyroidism is just the smoke we see, rising above the smoldering fire of inflammation, autoimmunity, and unmet nutritional needs. It’s a symptom of the hypothyroid-autoimmune syndrome that is the root cause of hypothyroidism in the vast majority of Americans.

In part one of this series (Hypothyroidism–Part One: Just the Smoke) we explored this relationship, introducing the concept that…

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Hypothyroidism–Part One: Just the Smoke

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Hypothyroidism is just the smoke rising high above the smoldering fire that lies beneath the surface. Said another way, hypothyroidism is a symptom–it’s not a disease. It’s not the defining thing that is wrong with you. It’s just one–of many–surface-level indicators of much larger and deeper problems. Problems most likely caused by two key factors: overwhelming inflammation and unmet…

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Gut-Brain Connection–Part Two: Action Steps for Healing Depression

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The Gut-Brain Connection is a central pillar to healing depression–as well as the myriad mood and thought imbalances we struggle with. While depression can be a complicated issue, with inputs from many aspects of our lives–our thoughts and beliefs, past trauma, stress, and the situational challenges we all face–persistent and recurrent depression almost always has roots in the body–and most…

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Intermittent Fasting: How it Energizes My True Life

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Intermittent fasting has become a routine part of my personal daily energy support strategy. It’s simple, painless, and meets my number one requirement for self-care practices I stick with: it fortifies me for living my best life–my True Life. Isn’t that what good health is all about? In this article I’ll discuss what Intermittent Fasting is NOT (I sense your fear!) as well as what it is. And…

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The Gut-Brain Connection: Root Cause Solutions for Depression

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My clients suffering from depression are often not aware of the profound Gut-Brain Connection and how it plays into their darkest moods. They are quite curious when rather than focusing solely on descriptions of their thoughts and feelings (as vitally important as they are), I expand our discussion to their gut health and what they eat on a regular basis. I recommend food plans and gut-healing…

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Jumpstart Your Libido: An Energy Solution

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A Story About Life Force Energy

There was a girl so wild and free… when life was one present moment moving fluidly and effortlessly into the next. She was supercharged with the energy for everything she set her mind to–thriving in the pursuit, the challenges, and the accomplishments of life. And she played, and fell in love, and shared an energy exchange of love that was electrifying and…

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The Dangerous Myth that Self-Care is Selfish

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The Antidote? Self-Love (In Five Simple Steps).

How Caring for Ourselves FIRST is Vital…for Us AND Others

You’ve heard it a million times. Why? Because it is vital:

“In the event of cabin decompression, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you. To start the flow of oxygen, pull the mask towards you. Place it firmly over your nose and mouth, secure the elastic band behind your…

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How to Age With Beauty and Resilience

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The Downward Spiral of Aging is a Dangerous Myth

I’m shocked to be in my mid-fifties. When did that happen?

I’m also amazed to have gotten where I am so much stronger, healthier, and more vital than what many of my aging role models taught me I could be at this age. We’re all too familiar with the idea of aging as a downward spiral to loss of beauty, brain atrophy, helplessness, and–God…

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