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.

Spring Detox: Five Easy Action Steps for Energy Renewal

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Spring Detox: throw off the winter sloth and heaviness–harness the emerging energy of spring to cleanse and invigorate!

Everyone knows what toxicity feels like. It’s the sickening headache that comes on when we’ve inadvertently sniffed diesel fuel out on the road or tarmac, or walked past one of those bath and body stores that spew out objectionable unnatural scents. It’s the awful…

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Four Simple Steps to Jumpstart Change

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…and your healing. (All healing requires change.)

Getting started is the hardest–and the simplest–part.

Four simple (I didn’t say easy) steps to get you rocking and rolling:

  1. Make. the. Decision. Make the decision to change and heal. Say it, write it, tell someone. Your intentions are powerful medicine.
  2. Take an action. Just one–any–simple action. An action that leads to something. Or an action…

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You Can Heal Chronic Pain

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Your Seven-Part Whole-Self Roadmap to Healing Chronic Pain

You can heal chronic pain—yes, you will heal. All you need is a team of smart professionals who love and support you, and a strategy that considers the many dimensions of who you are—of your body, mind, and spirit.

Pain is a mysterious, difficult, soul-sapping experience that requires urgent consideration and resolution. It is the…

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Reclaim Your Energy and Vitality Through Self-Care

The Heart of Healing: Reclaim Your Energy and Vitality Through Self-Care

I recently asked my new client, Ruth, what her goals were in working with me. She said, “I just want to be…myself…again.” She blurted it out and seemed surprised with what she had said. But there it was, the essence of her greatest loss, what chronic illness had taken from her. Years of illness had “destroyed” her,…

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Insomnia Solution–Part Two: Treat the Root Cause

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Insomnia sufferers, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. What are the reasons for not sleeping well? And what’s actually happening when we don’t sleep? We all know it feels bad, but why is it bad and how does it lead to illness? As you can deduce from the previous discussion about what sleep does, lack of sleep has a profound effect on regulation of key aspects of our internal biology, as well…

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Insomnia Solution–Part One: The Power of Deep Sleep

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Insomnia Antidote: Sleep is the Boss

Sleep, like food, is powerful medicine. There are few aspects of our daily lives that are as profoundly essential and influential to our health and healing as getting good sleep. Sleep is a magical, mysterious time that allows us to power down, repair, replenish, and renew—providing the deepest healing and renewal available to us.

We must sleep—this is one…

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Create a Healthy Microbiome to Heal and Energize

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After decades of helping clients recover from persistent complex illness, I have come to view the gut as a key part of the solution to energy recovery. The gut and its inhabitants–the microbiome–are central to our health as the seat of our nutrition, immunity, detoxification, as well as important emotional wisdom–all critical drivers of our precious energy.Solving the riddle of persistent…

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Create Vital Energy: From Mitochondria to Sex

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We Are Energy

We are energy at our most fundamental level. Energy is the expression of all action, function, and feeling associated with being alive and human. This includes biological energy in all its various forms—passion, vitality, curiosity, and life force—that are all connected, and that we lose when we are ill. The greatest blow of chronic illness is the loss of vital energy and how…

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Energy Recovery 101: Root Cause Solutions for Healing Your Adrenals, Part Two

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Root Cause Solutions for Healing Your Adrenals

Part Two: Heal Your Adrenals, Recover Your Energy


A Holistic Framework for Energy Recovery: What We Need for Optimal Energy Production in a Nutshell

  1. Targeted energy nutrients: from food–supports all aspects of chemical energy production and protection of cells and tissues from free radicals (the high energy byproducts of energy…

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Energy Recovery 101: Root Cause Solutions for Healing Your Adrenals, Part One

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Root Cause Solutions for Healing Your Adrenals

Part One: Understanding the Big Picture of Energy Production

I’d like to pay homage to our adrenals in this series of articles, the source of our physiological life force energy, and teach you how to nourish them back to their full potential. Supporting adrenal function, as part of a comprehensive energy recovery strategy, will catapult you into…

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