Chronic Fatigue Resolution

Energy. This is the key. It’s who we are—our inspiration and ideas, passion, interest in the world around us, and connection to everything we care about in our lives. Energy is the very essence of who we are.

And it’s what we lose when we are ill, or depleted in the face of life’s complexities.

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.

And we’ll look at our stories—our life stories that get in the way of the healing that lead us to the energy and vitality we seek. Learn more.

A Detoxification Primer

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HOW TO LET GO OF BIOLOGICAL TOXICITY

Bolster the Body’s Innate Detoxification Systems

The reality is we live in a toxic world. And in spite of our best efforts, some toxins will get in. This is especially true for environmental toxins. But we’re not helpless. Not only can we take responsibility for avoiding them, we can also bolster our bodies’ innate capacity to remove toxins.

What is…

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Toxic

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I’m writing you this week from one of the most polluted places in the world.

You guessed it—Northern California.

Emissions from the Camp Fire fires accumulated downstream in the San Francisco bay area, reaching record levels exceeding the most polluted cities on the planet.

Experiencing this level of toxicity has been profoundly eye opening about the human cost of uncontrolled pollution and…

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Lyme Disease: An Unsung Epidemic

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I’ve been off the grid again. This time immersed in the science and wisdom of Lyme and tick-borne diseases (TBD) at the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) annual international conference.

I learned so much to help me care for these chronic, complex, long-suffering clients, increasingly showing up at my door.

I wanted to share some big themes.

ILADS clinicians and…

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Body First

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We get the truth of body-mind-spirit integration, don’t we?

But in our rush to get to the bliss and awe we forget about the work we have to do first. Right?

I think it starts with the body.

Maybe it’s just me, but when I don’t eat well, or skimp on sleep, or slack off—or push myself mercilessly—it’s hard to access bliss and awe.

That comes with the discipline and vigilance of self-care.

When I…

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On Being Calm and Strong: the Surprising Feet-Brain Connection

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Did you know that our feet give rise to nearly half of all sensory information transmitted to our brains?

Wow.

And this feet-to-brain relationship leads to powerful things (that make us powerful), like:

  • Support.
  • Stability.
  • Strength.
  • Safety.
  • Focus.
  • Clarity about where we are in space.

That’s right. Our feet strengthen us in our center. When activated, the feet-brain connection has the…

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Already Strong. Already Beautiful. Already Whole.

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What if we think about self-care like this?

It doesn’t make us better. Not better versions of our selves. Not better than anyone else.

We may feel better, we may function at a higher level, we may experience life in a whole new and vibrant way, but we—who we truly are—was there all along.

Those savvy food plans and vigorous exercise regimens don’t make us stronger or more beautiful.

The…

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Healing is Not Always Curing

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True, we all want to be cured. We all want our pain to go away, our wounds to heal, our function to be restored, and our energy to soar.

But I think there’s more. I hear this in what my clients blurt out when I ask them about their goals and aspirations. How they want to feel like their true selves, to live their best lives, and reach their full potential.

They’re talking about healing.

And…

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Get Out of the Way of Healing

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One of my greatest challenges as a physician is to get out of the way of my clients’ healing.

Inspired by wanting to help them feel better, to relieve their suffering, and achieve their goals, it’s tempting to try to “fix” things. To lock in on their pains and problems and employ every root cause-level magic bullet in the toolkit. When what they most need is for me to get out of their way.

What…

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Five Things I Must Do to Start My Day (Hint: Yep, Think Slow)

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Aren’t those things we do—and say to ourselves—in those first minutes after awakening, the tone-setters for the whole day?

Jumping out of bed and racing out of the house, coffee in one hand, kid in the other—leads one direction. (Eek! The dreaded time pressure, high survival launching out the door—I remember those days! Oh my gosh—my chest is clenching!)

Versus slow. Slow start. Slow breaths.…

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Fewer Genes Than a Grain of Rice–Our Genetic Story

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Yep. As humans, we have fewer genes in our books of life than a grain of rice. Or a worm. Or many of God’s smallest creatures.

Does that mean we’re just puny and insignificant? Do we have far fewer options than we believed? Less wiggle room as our destinies unfold? Did the genome project leave us high and dry?

Not at all. In fact, the truth about our genetic legacy is just the opposite.

Let’s…

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