Wellness

Why’s It So Hard to Ask for Help?

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Does asking for help make you squirm?

Yah, me too.

Why’s that?

I remember a time when I would NOT ask for help. Not ever. I thought I had to do it all myself. You know, pull myself up by the bootstraps, be tough and self-sufficient. Thinking I’d be a bother to others in asking for help or show some inherent flaw in my character, or weakness in my know-how.

Geeze, what crazy silly stories those…

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It’s a Privilege of a Lifetime

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Do you ever wonder why we’re here? I mean really—why we’re really here?

How do we sum that up? Can we do it in just a few words?

I think Carl Jung did a pretty good job when he said this:

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you really are.”

I like this because it doesn’t presume a particular purpose with a definable outcome. (Whew!)

And it includes all of us—excluding no one because…

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They Did it Brilliantly (Paying Homage to Conventional Medicine)

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I recently had an experience with conventional medicine excellence.

We tend to focus on how conventional medicine lets us down, but it can rise mightily when we are in urgent need.

I was hiking in a rainforest in Maui with my family when I noticed a floater appear in my right eye. Ugh. Annoying! I’ve gotten these on and off for years. They park themselves in the center of my vision, but with…

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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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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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Ibuprofen: Friend or Foe? Learn the facts about this dangerous drug.

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Ever checked out the pain reliever isle at the grocery story? Seen the many shelves of Ibuprofen bottles lined up in all shapes and sizes? Labels promising to relieve practically everything that ails you?

Ibuprofen, part of a family of pain-relieving drugs known as “non-steroidal anti-inflammatory” drugs (NSAIDS), is the staple go-to pain and inflammation remedy in most American households, and…

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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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We’re Special: No One-Size-Fits-All Solutions

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Dear Ones,

Are we just outsiders? Outliers? Losers?

Or are we unique?

We failed those treatments that came straight out of our physicians’ “practice guidelines” or that we read about on-line. Even those popular “miraculous” food and lifestyle protocols that worked so well for the authors, or our friends, did nothing for us.

What’s the problem?

Guess what? We’re not all the same.

Part of my work…

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Why your doctor is always right (but would be better not to be).

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“Teach the tongue to say, “I do not know,”

and thou shalt progress.”

–Moses Maimonides, ca 1200 AD

Good advice for what seems like a culture full of know-it-alls.

Physicians are some of the worst offenders. I remember in medical school being taught that if I didn’t know an answer, make one up. And if I didn’t feel confident, fake it for the professors and patients.

I failed at that.

What I’ve…

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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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