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May 2018 — Lupus Awareness Month

“Lupus is an autoimmune disease. In a healthy immune system, the body produces antibodies which destroy unhealthy cells such as bacteria, viruses and foreign waste. However, lupus causes an overactive immune system to produce auto antibodies which attacks healthy body tissue. This can affect most parts of the body including any organ.”1 There are over five million affected ...

Stroke Condition Confusion

As many of you know, my brother had a stroke and is in ICU. There has been a lot of confusion over his condition as a whole. Unable to see him myself, I decided to research his condition and type of stroke, Basilar Artery Stroke, and reach out to specialists before I go crazy. Instead of me focusing on the whole, I broke everything down. To do this I first looked at the str...

Raising Healthy Kids in the Digital World

I read an article the other day saying recent brain research shows that smartphones, iPads, video games, and similar screen devices affect the brain’s frontal cortex in the same way that cocaine does. The ‘average’ child spends more than 7 hours a day in front of a screen. Screen time literally weakens their still-developing brains and causes damage, largely because the tech…

Nobody Wants to Be Lonely.

Reading Time: 90 Seconds.

Why is having someone special so important to us human beings? Not just for companionship, for safety, or for convenience, but because we have a need to express ourselves emotionally and intellectually, we all need someone we can trust to talk to, share our experiences, and bounce our ideas off. We want someone with whom we can share life’s p…

Silent Killers Within Us


By Mohamed Rachadi

Have you ever felt a sharp pain in your stomach after eating oysters, fish or fast food and the first thing that came to your mind …Food Poisoning….It will go away !!

I will just take some over the counter medication and everything will be Fine.

Few days later, you are in a hospital f...

Food Labels: What you really need to know

Shopping is tough these days with so many choices. Fortunately, we have food labels to help us out, or maybe they don’t help as much as we think they do. Here are some tips to making it out of the supermarket with healthy options.

·     Ignore all the claims on the front of any package – most of the claims are bought and paid for or they don’t have an…

Why Positive Words Will Bring Positive Changes

Do you use positive words to describe yourself?

In other words, when you think about yourself do you use constructive non-judgmental sentences that edify you or do you use words that judge and discredit your abilities?

With most of my clients sadly it is the latter.

Let’s just think about the language that surrounds working out: no pain, no gain, fee…


What is that you may ask. Well I’d be happy to explain.

This is a time that you carve out of your day for yourself to reflect on just YOU and to love just YOU.

In this present day society where we all have to be politically correct, both in our personal lives and in our professional lives; we sometimes find that we have to a...

How To Handle Unexpected Injuries Part II

Part I was just a funny way of explaining what happened to me. In case you haven’t figured it out, the suspect was a couch!

<insert dramatic music>

We all have done that one stupid thing that gets us hurt. I had been on a hot strea…

How To Handle Unexpected Injuries Part I

The Date….Last Tuesday

The Time…1900

The Place…. The Family Room.


It was on this date, that the most horrific thing that I could imagine happened. It started out like any other evening. My wife and I sat at the kitchen table eating dinner. We were having good conversation while eating. The glorious meal consisted of spaghett…

Step 2 to Better Health: Cook More at Home

In the last post in this series, I discussed how to boost your water intake. The next step is to commit to cooking more. This can be scary because many people think that creating meals is an incredibly involved process. Seeing all the cooking competitions ...

7 Ways To Challenge And Improve Balance

Maintaining a healthy and active sense of balance is imperative for living a dynamic life.

It is no news that fear of falling is one of the greatest fears for aging adults.

Have you ever tripped? It can be terrifying. Just think about the fear that rushes through your body when you start to fall.

Because your body will do everything i…

8 Weeks to revitalize your health!

Do you struggle with having a health or weight loss goal and just not sticking to it or yo-yo dieting? You are certainly not alone we are constantly bombarded with the latest new fad diet and the latest best thing to get results which can be extremely overwhelming to say the least. 

Unfortunately most of us try these new diets and then go back to the same lifesty…

Are Your Hormones Out Of Whack?

If you regularly feel like something is just not right with your body, that you are just not yourself, you may be suffering from a hormone imbalance. Here are a few signs and symptoms to help you determine if your hormones may be out of whack:

·      You feel tired all the time.

Consistent fatigue may be an indication that your stress hormon…

Drug Muggers

When I was 19 (I am now 45), I began taking prescription medications that I would continue taking for the rest of my life. At the time, I hated the idea of being “dependent” on medication for my health. Sure, I’d taken prescription medications before – mostly penicillin-type drugs to treat bronchitis and the like – but somehow, this felt different. Strep throat is jus…

World Epilepsy Day

Yesterday was World Epilepsy Day. It passed almost without my notice. When I realized that, the gratitude and relief which flooded over me made me weak. 

My only son is 25 years old, and has suffered from a seizure disorder nearly his entire life. He had his first recognized seizure at age five, but videos from before that show what we now know to be myoclonic …

The complex simplicity of wellness

When I speak or listen to anything that has to do with nutrition or self-improvement I simply can’t get enough.  I can inform myself and talk about it until I turn blue in the face. I go absolutely gaga!

The human body can be so complex yet what it needs can be so simple.  

The simplicity of it all is exercise, eat healthy food that is as close to …


I’ve always had a problem with insomnia, and I know that a lot of people also struggle with this same problem. Dealing with insomnia can result in a number of different issues such as tiredness, excessive drowsiness, irritability, headaches, slow thinking, difficulty concentrating, and more. This tends to lead you to believe that you will never have a good qualit…



  • a substance used for medical treatment, especially a medicine or drug.
  • treatment using drug

I always wanted to find out why do people have to use all kind of medication until I had to use it for my health.

I know that people have ask the same question that I have been asking for a very lon…



  • a substance used for medical treatment, especially a medicine or drug.
  • treatment using drug

I always wanted to find out why do people have to use all kind of medication until I had to use it for my health.

I know that people have ask the same question that I have been asking for …

5 Ways To Relieve Jaw Pain

Jaw pain can be just annoying or incredibly debilitating. 

Perhaps this is you. You wake up in the morning and your jaw just aches. Sometimes just touching your jaw can be sore and uncomfortable

Or perhaps you go to the dentist and you are told that you grind your teeth and that you should use a mouth guard. You know that you probably grind you…

Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Risk of Dementia

There have been a spate of articles recently on how the lifestyle ​changes we make now can help keep us free from dementia and disability as we age, and even postpone death.

In this first study from Boston University, the researchers followed almost 6000 commu…

Why You Need To Invest In Your Body ASAP!

What did you do to invest in your body today?

  • Eat lunch at McDonalds, Wendy’s, Burger King or Whole Foods?
  • Take the steps or the escalator at the airport?
  • Pass twenty open parking spots as you parked your car closer to your job today?
  • Skip today’s workout routine…
Step 1 to Better Health: Boost Your Water Intake

Getting healthy is a journey of small changes over time. Trust me, I know! As a kid, I ate from a fast food restaurant every day of the week and drank soda like it was water. The result was a 250-pound teenager with no self-esteem and no understanding of how to improve her health without fad diets. Fast forward 10 years to when I’m in my mid-20s and nothing has changed….

My BUTT Looks Good!

I’m so excited about how my butt looks. I’m not talking about the ever-so-media-hyped-apple bottom that women are trying to achieve by any means necessary. Implants, injections, and fat-transfer procedures…however, I think that’s an interesting concept. You’re not adding anything foreign in your body. You are just giving your fat a re-assignment. “Hey you! Yeah, you fat c…


Many mental illnesses are misunderstood and plagued with stigma. Bipolar disorder is no exception. As someone with bipolar l disorder, I try to help fight the stigma and educate people whenever I can.

Misunderstanding and stigma cause many problems for people living with bipolar and for their friends, families and co-workers. But what’s worse is that the stigma k...

The Invisible Tattoo

In recent years, tattoos have seen a surge in popularity. Traditionally they were typically associated with troublesome individuals that you should avoid. However, in this day and age it appears that the generation has used them as a means of expression. Quotes, names, symbols of pop culture, you name it! If you could imagine it, it probably has found a permanent home on an …

The Best Workout Motivation: 5 Ways to Get Moving

I’m not sure about you, but I don’t always feel motivated to work out. It’s Winter, I’m happily working, and the last thing I want to do is exert myself or get sweaty. But I know that exercise is great for my physical and mental health, and works wonders at reducing stress. And I always feel great after working out!

The key then is to get my butt out of the chair…


During March’s book club meeting, we met at the bookstore to discuss Dave Eggers book, Zeitoun, which follows the Zeitoun family and their experiences with the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina. Although Zeitoun never presents itself as an overall expose of the crises that arose from Katrina’s damage, nevertheless, it is a poignant and painful narrative …

Do the Wet Dog

Michael was terrified, and he kept on talking about it. After months with virtually no snow in our mountains, a spring storm had dumped about five feet of powder and he had gone out snowboarding in it. Unfortunately, he had taken a fall and found himself watching the sun disappear above his eyes as snow literally buried him alive. His arms were trapped at his sides and he…

Assisted Living Facilities and Caregiver Training

Assisted Living Facilities, Caregiving Training and the Older Adult

Exploring various assisted living facilityies (ALFs) caregiving assistance of older adults may reveal new knowledge about staff training needs. The problem may be that there is limited training of staff in long-term care facilities. The knowledge gap focuses on the training needs of …

Are You B12 Deficient_Why It Matters So Much

A recent Tufts University study showed that 40% of Americans are B12 deficient and don’t know it!

Emergency room nurse Sally Pacholok says in her book Could It Be B12?: An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses, “Very rarely in medicine can such a severely debilitating and potentially life-threatening disorder be so easily…

Toxic Overload And What To Do About It.

Every day, we are bombarded with toxins, from the foods we eat to the products we use in our homes and on our bodies. We just never get a break. Our toxic load has a huge impact on our health, so what can we do about it?

Most toxins are invisible, and we are exposed to them multiple times daily. They are found in things like food, skin and hair care products, ho…

Adjusting to Dialysis




Adjusting to dialysis isn’t limited to the hassle of being tethered to a dialysis machine for three to four hours, three times a week. Sometimes there are mental health issues, because let’s face it, a decline in one’s health can be shocking and depressing. There are also dietary changes and restrictions that can be equal…

Hiking Makes you Happy and Healthy!

Hiking makes you happy, in mind, body and soul!

Want to get in a better mood? Take a hike! Yep, it’s that easy. It’s proven that hiking will make you a happier and healthier person overall. 

My top 10 benefits of hiking include, but are not limited to:

  1. Hiking helps you to get incredibly fit and healthy, mentally and physicall...
Is Your Body Smiling on the Inside?

Do you know that your body can be frowning on the inside while your lips smile on the outside? Most of us get up and try to look our best to appease ourselves as well as our onlookers. We wash, cleanse, brush, and groom ourselves, (hopefully) and go about our day. What if we put the same energy into looking good on the inside? I think if we could turn our bodies inside out…

Taking care of your mind

These days we live as if we are always running against time. We tend to feel as if we constantly have something important to do. As if everything had to be settled yesterday, and 24 hours in a day are not long enough to solve your pending issues. 

That could result in a terrible headache, stress and of course weariness.

We often show concern for our body bu…

Support a Healthy Blood Pressure

Nearly 30% of Americans have high blood pressure. Now, this is partly due to the fact that the numbers keep changing so that normal is getting lower and lower, and harder for people to hit. The usual treatment is a low sodium diet and medication. But are there other options? Here are some tips to supporting a healthy blood pressure:

·      Cont...

Autistic Adults Need More Help

Have you ever seen or heard of any campaigns concerning autistic children? I bet you have. But have you ever seen or heard of any specifically for the adults who face the same afflictions? I am guessing you have not. Society needs to step up and acknowledge this rapidly growing population quick.

The government spends (a lot) more on adult services than on childre...

What is the Doctrine of Food Signatures?

Food has been considered medicine for thousands of years. It even spawned a theory: the Doctrine of Food Signatures.

In this article, we’ll explore this ancient idea by comparing not only the resemblance certain foods have to our organs but their proven benefits.

What is the Doctrine of Food Signatures?

The Doctrine of Food Signatures simply refers …

The Stresses of Living with Dialysis

Dialysis is hell for Chronic Kidney Disease Patients (CKDP). Fresenius is the second biggest kidney care center in the U.S. with about 2,300 centers.

There are approximately 40 patients in some centers. Usually the technicians (people who put you on and off the machine) has a patient ratio of 1:4 or 5 patients. But, when the center is short staffed, the technici…

Do you need a natural health coach?

My mother was this beautiful vibrant organized being who loved all of us equally. All seven of her children. And I say “organized” because with seven children she had food on the table 3 times a day and as one of my beloved Aunts said of her, “you could eat off her floors!” And you probably could because she engaged all seven of us in her housekeeping. We all had jobs gr…

Keep Your Ticker Ticking

February is heart health month, so what can you do to keep your ticker ticking?

The first thing you can do is eat real food. Processed foods usually contain a lot of sugar and vegetable oils which promote inflammation in the body and oxidize blood cholesterol. Eating real food involves using butter instead of margarine and avoiding any fats that did not exist before …

Enjoy Some Healthy Sex this Valentine’s Day


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Let PREVENTION be your best medicine!

Prevention, we take many measures to prevent ourselves or the ones we love from getting hurt, injured or sick.  However, there is one kid of prevention that many of us neglect and that is our overall health.  

We arm our kids with helmets, knee pads and elbow pads when they hop on a bike, skateboard, skates, rollerblades….  You name it!  And for good reason….

Flying High

Stroke Recovery

Getting back your life after a stroke

Stroke affects everybody differently.

Many stroke survivors like me continue to improve over a long time, sometimes over a number of years but in my case a couple of months. Recovery from stroke involves making changes in t…

Do You Have Painful Posture?

Do you have painful posture?

Or, in other words, is your posture causing you pain?

No, seriously. Have you ever stopped to think that perhaps it is not your back hurting you, but rather you hurting your back?

Perhaps this is you. You go to your doctor and complain of back or neck or even jaw pain. Your doctor says, “Let’s get some i…

PTSD is more common than you think.

According to WebMD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a lasting consequence of traumatic ordeals that cause fear and helplessness. It is natural to feel afraid during or after a traumatic experience. This “Fight or Flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm. Most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those that continue …

Secrets Your Hair Can Tell You

Have you ever heard of a hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA)? I am going to share with you some pertinent information regarding HTMA, as many have never heard of it or why it would be beneficial.

The first time I tried a hair tissue mineral analysis, I was a HUGE skeptic. Let it be known that I’m no stranger to having my hair permed, colored, tinted, or hi-lited in…

Signs that your Doctor is TOXIC -and When to Leave

Part One:

Regardless of our varying philosophical, spiritual and religious frameworks, I think most of us agree on one principle: the universe at times will give us warning signs.

              Whether we listen to them is another story.

              I did not, of course, and that is why I am writing this piece t…

Stop Doing These 5 Things to End Back Pain

If you have back pain and neck pain you are not alone. According to the Mayo Clinic, back pain is the 3rd top reason people see their doctor.

Doctors at the University of North Carolina state that “Low back pain is the second most common cause of disability in the United States and a common reason for missing work.”

We all know that back pain can disrupt ...

The Mind Pantry

“…whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things,” the great apostle Paul.

Our mind is powerful, but what we place on its shelves will determine just how magnificent it can be. This begs the questions: What CANS do we have stored within the p…

Are You Getting Enough Beneficial Sleep?

A Holistic Nurses Guide to Sleep

    Are you aware that most people are not getting even the minimum amount of sleep for their body to function? The required amount for most adults is 6-8 hours. Sleep deprivation is extremely common today and can weaken your immune system, accelerate tumor growth, accelerate diabetes, and impair all…

Focus: The most important habit.

Have you ever had that moment when you decide that that’s it, from now on I am going to the gym every day, I am not eating anymore crap, I am going to be healthier. Probably, most of us have. Have you had many of these moments? I am not talking about mastering one habit, feeling good about it and then adding a new one. Have you had multiple mome…

3 Simple Ways To Improve Your Sleep

Sleep. I love sleep.

I have made a point over the last few years to make sleeping well a priority, to make waking up refreshed and feeling alive a priority. A restful sleep greatly fuels my body and brain and I usually remember my dreams each morning. Someone recently asked me what is the first thing I do every morning. That would be enjoying that not-quite-awa…

Don’t Let a Bad Junk Food Day Sabotage Your Health

If you are trying to eat healthy, you may realize that it is no longer about low fat or low carb, this diet or that diet. The dentist, Weston A. Price, found that people were healthy and had desirable weights eating anywhere from an 80% carb diet to an 80% fat diet. It’s not about eating certain foods and avoiding other foods; it’s about a lifestyle change.

To eff...

Stress, Friend or Foe?

Have you noticed how stressed out most people are? They run from work to a PTA meeting to soccer practice, then to the grocery store. They worry about work, finances, relationship troubles and school and airport shootings. They can’t seem to get ahead and often put off or give up on their goals and dreams. To make matters worse, all that stress is not only causing them to f...

How to create a healthy detox!


What  does  it  all  mean?    

Detoxifying is the process by which our body removes  unwanted waste. Your liver, your body is always trying to detoxify. However, we don’t always feed our body of the right foods to  help  that detox process.  It’s time to demystify the big DETOX word and learn right here, right now that we can detox…

You Are Not A Before And After

I turned on the TV last night and had to mute the commercials as I was bombarded by diet ads. Messages about:

Counting points.

Weighing in.

Stepping on a scale.

We are more than the numbers on a scale. More than those points. We are more. Much more.

My food health motto is simple – eat real food, have fun with food…and play with your f…

Starting the New Year with a sweet start.

It’s the beginning of the New Year. Like usual, we all get excited about starting something new and to see how far we can stick to our new year resolution. Let’s face it, before the mid year, most of us forget what our resolution was. Let’s make 2018 and the years to come different. Let’s stick with our change.

One thing we should never neglect is tak…

Resolutions Or Lack Thereof

I never understood why people make new years resolutions. Why would you wait until the new calendar year to: lose weight, make a budget, start working out, start saving money, stop smoking. All of those are good ideas, they also require lifestyle changes to make them work. But they don’t require a new calendar year to start them. 

Last year I stopped drinking soda...

I Am Feeling Negative! So What?

You hear it all the time; be positive, surround yourself with positive people, be a source of positive energy, etc….

Okay, I get it, positive is good, positive is positive, but what do I do with myself when I just cannot find positive inside of me? Does this make me a negative person? Should I isolate myself from people so I am not a source of negative energy? D…

Health tips for writers

You’ve been on your laptop for hours, banging out that new bestseller or article. Neck sore, back tight, legs numb from little circulation and movement; yet, you press on. Sound familiar? That’s the drive of a true writer, and our bodies are suffering from it. 

Welcome to the American way of life, where we strive for the best results without having to produce mu…

Primary Food 101: How Eating Isn’t All About Food

Merriam-Webster defines food as any “material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy.” While this is accurate, it leaves out a major influence on your eating habits, the people around you and your environment. These are known as primary food!


Learning to breathe is not about breathing

This year, I learned that learning to breathe has nothing to do with breathing. I learned that it has more to do with taking a step back, and out of the day to day grind. It’s been a difficult year, my mother had a heart attack, my business got busier and I started a master’s program. Needless to say, it has been very very hectic year. There was a point when I felt l…

Palliative Care – not just at end of life

What is the difference between Palliative Care & Hospice?

All hospice is palliative care, but not all palliative care is hospice.

Hospice, according to Medicare rules, requires that a physician certifies a patient to have 6 months or less to live if the terminal di…


  Virtually anything can be addictive if you like it enough. When we think of addiction we usually think of the most common things such as drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. Addiction can spread across other areas less commonly considered such as food, sex, gambling and even exercise. Individuals can check into treatment facilities to address addiction to drugs and alcohol…

Be Free

Prohibition rarely works. We have laws against underage drinking and smoking, using illicit drugs, texting while driving, but how often do sixteen year olds smoke, drink and text while driving? The laws don’t do much to prevent the behavior.

It’s the same with eating. We can make all kinds of rules for ourselves, like, “I won’t eat candy on Halloween,” or “I won’t…

Tips to stay healthy & happy this holiday season

Tips to stay healthy & happy this holiday season:

Stay active- When it comes to the holidays lets face it we all tend to over eat, drink and feel a little less active, we are busy and put our needs aside to make sure we get everything done. 

My challenge for you this holiday season is to stay active get your …

Every profession is prone to injuries

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What kind of injuries do musicians often get?

People erroneously believe that only activities can suffer from injuries from their chosen activities, but being a musician requires strength, force, precision and repetitive movements. Larry Mullen from U2 states, “I’m a street drummer and I’ve physically abuse...

Wishes lost – Life not fully fulfilled

As we approach Christmas its good to look back on the year, and our lives.

In my time in hospice and palliative care, and as a long-term care ombudsman I have met people who have expressed regrets about their life journey. These are the unfulfilled wishes and dreams that come to mind when we get a chance to look back. We get one chance at this life, to…

Addicted to Presence

“People often think that trauma is the bad things that happen to someone: trauma is that you were sexually abused, or that you were beaten, or your parents abandoned you, or died, or something like that. But trauma is the internal impact, which is fundamentally a disconnection from the self and from our bodies and our gut feelings.”

If the question, “What’s wrong wi…

Navigating Your Way Around Your Health Care

When navigating the Health Care system, everyone needs an advocate. What do I mean? Often friends or family members ask me to go with them to a doctor’s appointment or for tests. I have a bit of a medical background as a former Medic. I think everyone needs an advocate because when doctors, nurses and other medical team members communicate with you, they often forget you d…


That bull$#@! saying that was rammed down our throats as children, “if you work hard you will succeed…” is false in so many ways. Yes, working hard to master a skill, talent or ability requires a degree of constant and often times rigorous practice. I do not disagree with that, but the generalization of such a statement can be damaging health-wise…

Zip Codes Beat Genetic Codes


A new study by The Lancet, the world’s leading medical journal, finds that during the reign of Michael Bloomberg, New Yorkers tacked an extra 10 years on to their life expectancy when compared to the rest of the nation. That means the average American life expectancy of 78 years is rising faster in New York City than anywhere else in the U…

The Gift of Health

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….again! And every Christmas, I personally ask Santa (Yes, I still believe…in magic and miracles) for something that will either change the way I feel, look, or do things in my day-to-day life (like make the mundane enjoyable).. Sometimes I’ll even push the accelerator on getting myself to a whole new state of feeling good? A…

Stress is a main contributor of many diseases

What is stress and how does it affect our bodies?

What are the different types of stress?

Most of us experience stress on a regular basis, sometimes without realizing it. Most of the time, when we talk about stress, we always see it as a bad thing, but sometimes, stress can be good for us. Good stress helps to push you, motivat…

The Opposite of Happy is S.A.D.

Are you feeling the blues or down in the dumps a lot more lately? You may have what is commonly referred to as Seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D).  It is related to changes in seasons and normally begins and ends at about the same time every year….early Fall and right into the winter months.

SAD can sap your energy and make you feel ultra …

Get Through the Holidays With Your Waist Intact

With Halloween behind us, and Christmas on the way, the sugar season is in full swing. We’ve got cookie exchanges, office parties and family dinners to look forward to (or not), but how are we going to keep off unwanted pounds without depriving ourselves of all those treats?

That really is the issue when it comes to the season of hors d’ oeuvres and desserts. W…

Free Your Neck, and the Rest Will Follow!

For nearly the past decade, the following books have been sitting on my shelf: Taking Control of TMJ: Your Total Wellness Program for Recovering from Temporomandibular Joint Pain, Whiplash, Fibromyalgia, and Related Disorders, by Robert O. Uppgaard, D.D.S.;TMJ: The Self-Help Program, by John Taddey, D.D.S.; and Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial P…

Three At-Work Holiday Hacks To Keep The Pounds Off

It’s National Sugar Hangover Day!

Greetings one and all and welcome to our national sugar hangover. Yes, it’s the day after Halloween and we are all feeling the effects of too much white sugar, corn syrup, preservatives, and food dyes. And we do this every year.

Today not only marks the aftermath of our massive coast-to-coast sugar binge, it’…

Happiness Part Two

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Happiness Part Two

Actions to take that enhance happiness

Exercise regularly. If you are not exercising now, start simply with easily achievable goals and track your progress. Avoid the mistake of starting at a level that is too hard…

Beat The Crave

  Many people have heard of or even been cautioned by their family doctor that their sugar intake is toxic. Whether it’s a diagnosis of diabetes or their scale tipping too far in a clockwise direction, that fear of imminent harm motivates. Here is a way to reduce your sugar intake, lose weight and replace the crave with natural, more healthy foods.

  As a former d…

Health Benefits of Sex

Sex offers a range of health benefits. I will share my top 4 reasons why/how sex can help improve your physical and mental wellbeing.

1. It’s a big stress reducer. Touching and hugging can release your body’s natural “feel-good hormone.” Sexual arousal releases a brain chemical that revs up your brain’s pleasure and reward system.

2. It helps you sleep. …

Taking Time to Rest…

Other than when we go to bed at night, is resting even a recognized part of our vocabulary? God worked hard for six days, and then he rested. If God needed down time, how much more so do we? Resting is so much not a part of my life that even when I am feeling sick and really need to rest, I feel guilty about it. I can’t rest when there is so …

4 Important Physical Signs of Emotional Stress

For many of us, stress is just a byproduct of our everyday lives that we’ve learned to cope with, but it’s important to deal with and resolve the causes of stress, because when left unchecked, stress can trigger mood disorders that can affect our mental health. Emotional health lead, emotional stress can manifest itself in telltale ways, many of them physical. Here a…


“Addiction: The state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.”

I agree wholeheartedly with this definition of addiction as I find myself quite enslaved. My addiction provides both psychological and physical …

How to Develop a Positivity Practice

“Look for the good and you will find it; Look for the bad and you will find that too.” This quote from the ancient Greeks is the cornerstone for living a happy, healthy, fulfilled life. Unfortunately, many people find themselves focused on what is wrong or what they don’t have in life, complain to anyone who will listen, feel sorry for themselves, and ultimately…

What You Don’t Know Could Save Your Breasts!

Every year, we get the same advice; get your mammograms, eat your vegetables and ‘feel your boobies’ but we still haven’t made much of a dent in breast cancer prevention. One thing we never hear about in the mainstream media is iodine and iodine deficiency contributes to breast cancer as well as ovarian and cervical cancers. I had one client diagnosed with the beginn…

Raising Gluten Ataxia Awareness

This week hosts International Ataxia Awareness Day on September 25th. There are up to 100 different types. I was diagnosed with Gluten Ataxia in 2013 and am one of the lucky ones who got an early diagnosis before permanent brain damage could o…

Fat: The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly, Part 3

It’s the 21st century and we need to let go of our 20th century view of saturated fat because it just might be killing us. In the 1980s, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) successfully campaigned to have lard and beef tallow removed from fast food restaurants and replaced with hydrogenated soybean oil. Not only did French fries lose their flavor, but an…

Are you aligned ?

Do you ever suffer from headaches, fatigue, neck or shoulder pain, upper/low back pain, digestive issues, pelvic floor issues? What do all these conditions (and so many more) have in common? Your posture and your breathing. 

Many people may think of breathing and posture as separate, but they are both directly tied to each other. When one is negatively affected, so is…

Firstifications: The allergy clinic

fir·sti·fi·ca·tion (fərst əfəˈkāSH(ə)n)- the expectations a person holds before doing something for the first time.

Itchy, tingly, and red all over.

A few years ago I had an allergic reaction while taking some medications. Today I was finally tested for allergies to find out if it was a fluke or if I’m truly allergic.

My visit to the clinic didn’t mak…

What is stress and how does it affect our bodies?

What is stress and how does it affect our bodies?


What are the different types of stress?


Most of us experience stress on a regular basis, sometimes without realizing it. Most of the time, when we talk about stress, we always see it as a bad thing, but sometimes, stress can be good for us. Good stress helps to push you, motiv…

Fall Detox

Fall is one of the best Seasons of the year (Spring being the second best) to think about detoxing your body, especially if your summer was particularly indulgent with barbecues or perhaps a lobster-roll overdose.

You are a wise and Ageless Goddess. Your body is wise too and it thrives on being balanced. On the physical level, your cells need to operat…

Can lymphatic drainage help digestive problems?

Does lymphatic drainage massage help with digestive problems?


The digestive system is responsible for distributing all nutrients, fluid and medications into the blood. The large and small intestines are very rich in both blood vessels and lymphatic vessels. It is also at this level that all the water is absorbed into the body. The pelvic …

FAT: The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly, Part 1

Fat. It’s like a four-letter word that gets your mouth washed out with soap. We all want less fat in our lives; whether we give up flavor with nonfat foods or exercise ourselves to death to burn more fat off our bodies, it seems fat is only a good thing when it refers to our wallet.

But what if everything you were taught about fat is wrong? And what if everything...

Cancer: The Loss and Pain Inside

There’s not a single person who has not been touched with CANCER. We’ve all have a family member, friend, or friend of a friend that has been touched by the dreaded ‘C’. This disease can leave the family members who survive with deep wounds that appear to never fully heal.

For me, the first time I heard of Cancer was when my grandfather got stomach cancer. I have…

How the Universe Tells You It’s Time For a TimeOut

Everything was going great this past Saturday afternoon. I was looking snazzy, having a good hair day…I thought why not wear heels since I rarely get a chance to put them on?  And it is a party after all, right?  I decided to bring my camera to take some candid shots of the surprised birthday girl (my step-mum), and so I was fully prepared. It was going to be fun! Too wir…

To Shake or Not to Shake

Salt is a four-letter word that has been banned from the dinner table and tossed out of the spice cabinet all in the name of health, but is salt really that bad?

For thousands of years, salt was a precious commodity. People who lived by the sea enjoyed salty fish and sea vegetables and those who lived inland burned salty marsh grass and sprinkled the ashes on the…

Firstifications: My first visit with a chiropodist

fir·sti·fi·ca·tion (fərst əfəˈkāSH(ə)n)- the expectations a person holds before doing something for the first time

Your feet support you all day, but what supports them? We spend countless hours on our feet but we rarely take the time to give them the attention they deserve. Take a second and think. Wwhat do you know about your feet, other than your shoe …

How important is water?

We hear that it is important to stay hydrated and drink lots of water, but really, how important is water? 80% of our brain is water, and in adult men and women, the body is made of 60-70% of water. Most functions in our body require fluids in order to run smoothly. Blood transports oxygen, nutrients, electrolytes, enzymes and many other products that are needed for each …

Time to “Fall” back into a fitness routine

It’s that time of year, back to school and back to bringing your behind to the gym!

There are several time periods throughout the year where people take charge of their health. And one of them, is when all the kiddos are back in school.

If your that family where kids stay home with you throughout the summer months or even if you work and hav…

While At The Doctors With My Mom

After watching my mom get a chunk of her nose removed this morning, I decided I want to share an article from the National Cancer Institute. I guess if we all witnessed the surgery to remove some skin I’m pretty sure we would be more conscientious.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. The two most common types are basal cell cancer and…

Firstifications: My first visitg with a naturopath

fir·sti·fi·ca·tion (fərst əfəˈkāSH(ə)n)- the expectations a person holds before doing something for the first time

First times can be awkward and clumsy.

And while experience (hopefully) makes us less awkward, the knowledge gained from health class isn’t enough to make us experts on ourselves. Ask yourself: ” Am I g…

4 Advanced Methods for Recovery & Regeneration

When most people think of training recovery you will traditionally think of a post work out protein shake, sports massage or foam rolling, ice and heat packs, stretching or hot and cold contrast baths. However recovery and now regeneration strategies have progressed considerably in the last few years with the emergence of advanced practices such as cryother…

Flushing Unused Pharmaceuticals: The Toxic Effect

Did you know you may be contributing toxins to natural water resources. I believe in healthy life, healthy mind, and healthy practices for self and for our global community. Although my article for this month is no so much focused on self-transformation, I feel this is also part of my authentic message as a whole. Practicing new and better habits that also affect the whole!...

When Caffeine Becomes Creepy: 10 Surprise Sources

Caffeine, the wonder-addiction. Why do I say that? Because by slipping it into foods you consume, the company creates a need in you. You have to have more of the product to feel energized so you can compete at work or school. Basically, you are being trapped into becoming a permanent customer. It’s the same reason why Coca-Cola used to lace its products with cocaine u…

Side Effects May Include

You’ve heard it before… maybe on a commercial for any of those *lovely* pharmaceutical drugs.

Or maybe you’ve read it on a bottle of something else *magical*.

There are side effects to everything. 

Sometimes they go unnoticed; other times the side effects can actual capture more attention than the original desire…

Benefits of Napping

Many Europeans believe in the benefits of napping so much that they shut down in the afternoon to allow everyone to take a quick power nap, recharge, and come back to work.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case in the U.S. where a mid-day nap is not only a luxury, but often times is perceived as downright laziness.

If you’re among those who enjoy the occasiona…

Grandma tips 2 Cure Diseases with Cinnamon & Honey

When you think of medicine to help alleviate arthritis pain, or lower cholesterol, it’s probably a safe bet that cinnamon and honey didn’t cross your mind — until now.

Believe it or not, cinnamon and honey have been used to cure an array of diseases in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, and this mixture has a long tradition of use as a homemad…

Everyday Safety

What do you think about when you hear “everyday safety”? Wearing a bicycle helmet? Driving prudently? Having appropriate shelter? Though these are all worthy topics, few people consider the safety (or lack thereof) that comes from the stuff they use every single day of their lives.

You might be slowly killing yourself and the planet.

What do you put on your…

Landmark Day: July 7, 2017

International Chocolate Day! Just reading these three words and my mouth starts to water.

There are certain foods that are simply irresistible. The challenge is to eat enough…not too much. We each find certain foods so delicious that we overindulge. This may be chocolate, sweets, pizza, or, in my case, homemade bread warm from the oven. Oh my! The trick is to re…

Thank You, Tommy Douglas!!

Have you ever watched the movie Prairie Giant, a made-for-TV movie about the life of Tommy Douglas? Tommy Douglas (1904 – 1986) is the founder of Canadian Medicare. His famous grandson is Kiefer Sutherland!

Prairie Giant is a wonderful chronicling of the political fight Tommy pursued to ensure all Canadians had access to free health care. He was a Bap…


Healing is a choice. It’s not our choice though, it’s God’s choice. It’s always God’s choice.

God created a natural healing process. When we get injured or when we get sick there is a natural healing process that takes place. Healing doesn’t always happen though. Sometimes people get injured or get sick and healing doesn’t occur and they die or live broken lives. OR…

Do You Even Feel Like You’re in Your Body?

Because in all seriousness, I meet people like this daily and it fires me up, in a good way.

You see, here’s the deal: 

Your BODY is EVERYTHING. When any part of life starts to go or feel cuckoo,

it’s time to retreat back to your one true home, your body.

Your vehicle for this life.

Your temple.

Your one place to live as you r...

Sugar Rush: The Effects After The Fourth of July

The Fourth of July was just celebrated one week ago. It is noted as a federal holiday known as Independence Day. However, it is also notorious for outdoor barbeques, family gatherings, outdoor sporting events, beach celebrations, and especially eating. That day, most children get a chance to sleep in than normal and watch the fireworks show later that night. They also enjoy …

Rehabilitating a Concussion

Rehabilitating a Concussion


Past vs. the present

Like with every other illness and injury, doctors used to (and some still do) prescribe rest as part of the rehabilitation. There was a time when heart disease patients were told to rest and people with cancer were told to avoid exercise. Res…

Chowing Down or Dining? What’s your eating style?

“Too many people eat to consume calories. Try dining for a change.” John Walters

I often eat lunch at my desk while working, will have a book to read or, if dining alone at home, I’ll eat in front of the TV.

In fact, last night I did something that I very seldom do. I sat in front of the TV with a bowl of chips. I know that for many people this is a common occ…

Why we should drink more water.

I never ask my clients how many glasses of water they drink a day. Eight glasses (as we have been hearing for decades) is simply not nearly enough.

I ask how many liters they have consumed. If you wait until you are thirsty it is already too late. Imagine your poor cells! Once you experience thirst, your cells are literally starving. Your bones become dry and brittl…

The Oral Health Issue Is Coming Soon!

What do you and I have in common with Batman and Bane? For folks who don’t watch cartoons, Batman and Bane are fictional characters in comics and in movies. Batman is the superhero of the story while Bane is the super villian of the story. They are at opposite ends of the justice spectrum but they both have something in common. And this common fact is the one point I…

Tired of being tired?

Is this you? {Well, maybe not in the delicate purple shirt with long hair and a laptop…but, emotions the same…} 

Do you have moments when you literally just want to dump everything you’re doing and curl up and hide?

Quit ____ {x, y, and z}.


Take a long nap or vacation and let life correct itself.I get it…

Obsessive Compulsive Mouth People

Are you one of those people who are obsessed with mouths? You might think that you are no more obsessed than anyone else it. It’s not like you have a mouth fetish and stare at lips all day and all night, do you? In this short article, I share with you an idea about Obsessive Compulsive Mouth (OCM) people that you might have not even considered.

In our modern so…

Does Lymphedema need to be treated? YES Here’s why

Picture from Beyond Masectomy Boutique 

What is lymphedema?

 Lymphedema is the enlarging of a body part due to an accumulation of fluid, better known as lymph. This happens due to a break or injury to the lymphatic system either due to illness or genetic abnormality. While there can be an enlarging of the thorax, back, chest, mos…

Summer Temptations

It’s so easy in the summer to want to be healthy, but the only problem is that summer food is so unhealthy.

Ice cream, freezes, frozen flavored coffee drinks, and the best part is that they are on sale or summer promotion, like how McDonalds has summer drink days and most beverages are only $1. How can you say no to a sale or summer promotion. It’s easier to say ...

I Feel Your Pain……..Yoga and Parenting? Why?

Yoga has become an essential part of my life and a stress relieving method for single parents. Yoga is a spiritual, physical, emotional, and transformational experience through breathing, relaxation, meditation, muscular stretching, and healing. Sarah Court of mentions some of the changes regarding …

Happy Hips (and other joints)

Seven years ago, my husband, Louis, then 35 years of age, was told he needed to have his right hip replaced.

Grade 4 osteo-arthritis was causing him a lot of pain and preventing him from being able to function normally. When you’re 35 and you go from playing competitive sports to not being able to tie your shoes, your whole world comes crashin…

Mental Health is Key to Physical Health

The phrase “mental health” seems to have a negative stigma to it. Mental health brings to mind people who talk to themselves and haven’t brushed their hair in over 2 weeks. Terms like schizophrenia, bipolar, OCD and crazy come to mind. However, mental health is just that…the health of your mental state. defines it this way, “Mental health includes our emoti...

Let Food Be Our Fuel to Health

Your body is a temple. If you fuel it properly, it has the power to heal, energize, and revitalize you. Nowadays, we as a society are slowly becoming more aware of what we are putting into our bodies. We’re waking up to how chemicals, pesticides, and herbicides are truly damaging our organs not to mention the havoc wreaked by all the processed foods and sugars we’re consumi…

What is Contributing to Your Low Back Pain?

Do you suffer from back pain? Well you are not alone. Low back pain is one of the most common injuries affecting our society. About 85% of the working population will experience low back pain some time in their lives, [1] with 7% becoming a chronic injury.[2] 

More often than not, the underlying cause of low back pain can be due to muscles, tendons, ligaments, join...

Spinal Fusion Surgery: Rehabilitative Process

Spinal Fusion

 In a day and age where people are becoming more and more sedentary, the prevalence of back injuries has increased exponentially. Two of the causes of this trend is a decrease in core muscle strength and a decrease in range of motion. Other causes for severe back pain include vehicle  and sporting accidents. If the injury t…

Working on a summer body.

Summer has arrived, unfortunately however, due to the unexpected changeable weather patterns, it hasn’t quite come to stay. Yesterday was chilly, and today its warm and tomorrow, rain is predicted. This is confusing…what should we be eating?

I know it is not the best nutritional regime to follow but many of us change our eating patterns according to th...

On World Thyroid Day Check Your Neck & The Facts!

May 25 marks World Thyroid Day every year. Whatever month you find yourself reading this, I urge you to tuck this information in the back of your mind for yourself or a loved one down the road. Or maybe it will even tweak something in you now to go ask your doctor some questions. If so, I am thrilled. I keep putting the thyroid information out there because if I can s…

Inhale ! Part 1 Diaphramatic Breathing

Diaphramatic breathing (DB) is one exercise I teach to every client I meet. The benefits of DB include improved lung function, circulation and blood oxygen levels, stress mamangement, lower heart rate, aids in posture and improves core and pelvic floor muscle function. Literally every person can benefit from DB, from athletes to seniors, pre and postnatal, those recov…

Life is a Matter of Choice!

Recently, I was speaking with a very close friend who happens to be a Psycho Therapist; we were talking about how people deal with problems. We all have “stuff” that happens to us along the way, no matter what age we are. The only difference between younger & older people is that older people have simply had to deal with more events. The emotional turmoil & tra…

What is the impact of concussions? Part 2


In order to understand and diagnose concussions, it is important to understand what the myths are.

 1.    You need to lose consciousness

 This is probably one of the biggest myths that exists. The parents that were mentioned from Cleveland whom we all shook our head at claimed that their son couldn’t have suffered a concussion because he never lost…

10 Signs your Liver needs a Rescue

About a year and half ago I was told I had Rosacea. The signs were written all over my face! Facial redness, swollen red bumps, small visible blood vessels, I did not like the way my skin felt or looked at all, I lost sleep over it.   

I was referred to a dermatologist who immediately wrote me three different prescriptions and sent m...

How to Avoid Ticks and How to Get Rid of Ticks!

When spring has sprung and it’s time to get outside we are all asking the age old questions: how to avoid ticks and how to get rid of ticks. Camping, hiking and other outdoor activities are calling every nature lover’s name, but we must be aware of the dangers lurking in the weeds.

It happens every year. Along with the amazing sights, smells and sounds of spring com…

What is the real impact of a concussion? Part 1

I read so many articles either directly or indirectly related to concussions, proving that there is a lack of understanding of what a concussion is. In North Carolina, parents wanted a bill passed giving them the right to decide on return to play; not only medical professionals. A Cleveland high school was sued after the school claimed a student suffered a c…

Have you heard of the Mangosteen?

We all recognize and have probably tasted the delicious fruit, the mango. But, have you heard of a mangosteen? Until a few years ago I hadn’t. So what is a mangosteen? A mangosteen is a dark reddish-purple tropical fruit which originates in Indonesia. It is grown today in parts of Asia, India, Florida and Puerto Rico.

It has a thick purple rind and jui…

Why Hanging out with Friends is Good for Us

Ask any woman who’s happy and well-adjusted what the secret to her success is and the chances are, she’s got a tribe of soul sisters that have her back.

Now, that ‘tribe’ could mean just one good friend, the quantity of friends is irrelevant – what’s really important is that women make time to be with the people that are in their corner, simply because it …

Mental fitness… can you improve your brainpower?

We all know that exercising is important to keep our bodies healthy. Although we know this in general, we seldom think about the health and well-being of the individual parts of our body. We mostly take our health for granted until something happens and we are compromised in certain areas.

More than anything, when considering our health, we think of the we…

Slow Down & Make A Connection With Your Meals

I have developed some new habits that make me quite happy…but this comes from having to break some habits that definitely needed tweaking! One I am still working on is this: I need to eat more slowly. I wouldn’t classify myself as a “wolfer” or “inhaler.” I have table etiquette I swear. But when you are the first one to finish your meal at every restaurant you visit wi…

“SUCCESSOGRAPHER” – What the heck is that?!?

A little over a week ago, I started on a new journey of discovery. An exploration into purpose & passions, mindset & motivates, honesty & happiness, and a integrity filled self-description.

For those of you who have read some of my articles in the past, you will understand when I say this journey actually started much further back, and is still on-…

Feeling Unfit and Fatigued

When you look in the mirror and all you see is a puffy face with tired eyes. When you squeeze into your pants and your post baby fat rolls over the top. Well, when you feel like this, it doesn’t matter what they say because when you loathe your body they can compliment you all they want, it doesn’t change the way you think and feel.

I get it. You are tired, you lac...

Listen to your body!

We all have dates that are etched in our memory. Birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

June 6, 2011 is one that I always remember. And do you know what I did that day? I went to the doctor! Thrilling, right?

Well let me tell you, I’m glad I did. You see, I listened to my body and man, was it telling me something.

For quite some time before that date, I ...

And the Beat Goes On

How important is your heart rate? I guess from my perspective, Sony and Cher captured the concept most important to me in the lyrics to their song: “And The Beat Goes On”. Do you remember the sound? “The beat goes on, the beat goes on – Drums keep pounding – A rhythm to the brain -La de da de de, la de da de da”. There is a lot more to the song; well maybe not a whole lo…

Life Sucks And Then You Die… (Part 1 of 3)

Now I’m sure you’re wondering what manner of madness is going on here. Maybe your immediate reaction was, “Poor Vaughn, there must be a heavy burden troubling him.” Maybe you said to yourself, “I been there too before and know that feeling.” Whatever emotion the title of this article evoked in your, the imagery accompanying it was one of sadness. In this first article of th…

Breakfast Ideas to Inspire a Healthy Day!

Many studies have shown that eating breakfast regularly can combat obesity, burn more calories throughout the day, inspire physical activity, increase mental clarity and focus, lower the risk of high blood pressure & diabetes, and even reduce the risk of stroke. An interesting study also showed that eating a quality breakfast regularly, and making it your biggest meal…

The Heart of the Matter

The world of your heart is full of wondrous properties that will fascinate your imagination. These properties make the heart the most exciting organ of the body. 

At the Heart of the Matter

The ancients all the way back to Cro-Magnon man and woman had a concept of the heart as evidenced by their cave drawings. Since that ti…

Stop Being a Couch Potato — Get Up and Move!!!

Now that we know the detriments of sitting and texting and the health conditions it can cause, the solution is simple – Get up and Move. But is it that simple???

Knowing is half the battle, and my hope after my articles about the impact texting and sitting have on our health, this will spark a new wave of people who want to improve their wellbeing and longevity just …

Finding Inspiration…

Something regular human beings struggle with on a daily basis is finding inspiration. How do you elevate from being docile and uninspired to on fire for a goal?

It depends what your core motivations are…

Survival, Goals/Objectives, Purpose, and/or Passion.

In my own daily life I have time allocated towards survival work activities for the purpose of su…

Spring is in the air

Now that winter is over, there are no more excuses to hibernate or eat unhealthy. I know that in the winter all we want to do is stay home be warm and eat all our favourite comfort foods and indulge in fancy coffees, hot chocolate and marshmallows.

As spring arrives and we remove our baggy sweaters and replace them with dresses, t-shirts, shorts and even…

Compound Effect your Weight Loss

I get asked often about quick tips, tricks, and fixes on how to lose weight, the thing is though, I don’t believe in the quick fix mentality. After all the quick fix mentality has generally led us to to the place of NEEDING to change our health habits in the first place. That moment of, “just this one extra piece.” Or, “Well I blew my diet today, better enjoy my ENTIRE CHE...

Keep smiling…if not for you…for someone else

On a day to day basis I talk to my patients about how hectic our lives have become. We are always on the go, there’s always something that needs to be done, and we just don’t ever seem to find the time to just sit and relax. We are always consumed in our day to day activities and forget that there needs to be a balance in life to keep our minds calm and our spirits up….

A New Lifestyle: Heart-Healthy Diet and Exercise

With the deterioration of medical care under Obamacare, and so much uncertainty surrounding “Trumpcare,” there is no time like the present to become your own personal medical advocate. This can be even more challenging when dealing with chronic or long-term conditions or illnesses, which will require longer term involvement with healthcare practitioners who may not have …

Becoming an Empowered Health Care Self Advocate

How Affordable is your Health Care?

Over the past probably 20 years, the cost of health insurance and affordability of health care, especially cardiac issues, which make up the majority of medical illness has increased dramatically. Cardiac issues such as chest pain, heart attack, arrhythmia, and atrial fibrillation make up the #1 cause for hospit…

Best Hangover Remedies

So you are heading out to the pub? Did you take your vitamin B and C?! 

What did she just say?!

You heard right! Alcohol is broken down and eliminated from the body with proper levels of B vitamins, and vitamin C with Bioflavonoids helps with the liver metabolism. Bioflavonoids are antioxidants and are found in many natural foods. Together with vitamin C, th…

The power of Gratitude

In the years before I began my life transformation, not only was I a huge complainer, but I was also really negative towards myself. I never felt good enough, and I never felt capable of achieving my goals. When faced with a new challenge or opportunity, I would set myself up for failure, practically quitting before I had even started. I would say things like: 


Back Pain Tips

If your like me and have experienced back pain in you lifetime then you know how painful and frustrating it can be both physically and mentally. Your back is a complicated structure of bones, muscles, ligaments and joints. You can sprain, strain, tear, rupture and irritate the components which will lead to some type of pain. My pain all stems from a car accident but even th...

Why sufficient calcium is important to our health

We all know that we need to consume calcium and that it comes from dairy products and we need it for bone health, but what else do we really know about why are bodies need calcium?

Not only is calcium good for your bone strength, but combined with Vitamin D it can protect against cancer, can decrease your risk of type II diabetes, as well as have many…

The New Smoking — Sitting is Killing You (Part 1)

The Past…

In September 2011, the Canadian government implemented a Federal Tobacco Control Strategy to reduce the smoking rates among Canadian smokers. Statistics showed that more than 230,000 deaths each year in Canada were smoking-related. These staggering numbers were the driving force behind the idea that health-related labels were required to be displayed on c…

Your Healthy Lifestyle Begins in Your Head

Have you said any of these things recently?

“I really should get into shape. Starting Monday, I am going to get serious!”

“I ate/drank too much yesterday, I have to workout harder today to make up for it”

“I just don’t have the discipline to lose weight.”

“I keep trying and it’s not working”

“I can’t get anything do...

You Can Call It Paleo…Or Just Getting Old Timey

I have seen several articles lately referring to the Paleo way of eating as a “fad diet.” Whoa! Anyone who knows me knows I don’t believe in diets. Not for this babe. Weigh-ins? Counting calories? Being obsessed with the numbers on a scale?

No thank you. I say good day. Buh bye.

I have got to know many amazing people who follow a Paleo way of eating thro...

You Can Call It Paleo…Or Just Getting Old Timey

I have seen several articles lately referring to the Paleo way of eating as a “fad diet.” Whoa! Anyone who knows me knows I don’t believe in diets. Not for this babe. Weigh-ins? Counting calories? Being obsessed with the numbers on a scale?

No thank you. I say good day. Buh bye.

I have got to know many amazing people who follow a Paleo way of eating thro...

Do You Practice Self Care?

 When you hear the idea “Self Care” what do you think of, what do you see? We may all have our different versions of self care or maybe we have never even thought of it at all. Until recently, the whole self care idea felt so foreign to me. As a mother of four, I always thought “That self care stuff sounds great, but it’s not for me, not with my Life.”…

How your Posture is Impacting Your Health

“For every inch of forward head posture, it can increase the weight of the head on the spine by an additional 10 pounds.” Kapandji, Physiology of Joints, Vol 3.

It is not uncommon that I see patients walk into the office with a head that has moved forward 2 inches in front of their shoulders and their posture is far from perfect. The question I always …

5 Steps to Empowering your Best Self

 A person aiming for empowerment is able to take control of their life by making positive choices and setting goals. Developing self-awareness, and understanding of your strengths and weaknesses – knowing your own limitations is key to personal empowerment and developing your best self.

Taking the steps to set and achieve goals – both short and long term an…

My Life with Meniere’s Disease

My Life with Meniere’s Disease


Martin Luther, Jonathan Swift, Vincent Van Gogh, Emily Dickinson, Alan Shepard, Peggy Lee, Mike Reilly, Kristen Chenoweth, and me have in common? From a religious reformer, to a painter, poet, singer, astronaut who walked on the moon, baseball umpire, award winning actress, and me all have or had Meniere’s disease. What is Me…


Did you know it is possible to become addicted to a behavior? Well, guess what? It is. How? You might ask. I’ll tell you how.                                                   

As we journey through life we go from one life experience to another. These experiences, when molded together, shape us into who we are. Some of these experiences are positive and life-enhancin…

Childhood PTSD: Fighting Fire With Fire


I’m five years old, the babysitter just left as my mother arrives. As she sets down her grocery bags a distinct smell of burnt paper is in the air. My baby sister is asleep in her crib, unaware of anything amiss. My mother looks around, wondering where the source of the burning smell was coming from. She suddenly looks at me and asks me if I saw o…

Are you neglecting your vitamin intake?

Being healthy is so important, your body is your temple and you only get one, so you need to take care of it and treat your body with respect. Being heathy means having your body function at its best as nobody wants to experience pain, discomfort or stress.

It’s often been said that “we are what we eat”. Of course we all crave sweets and delicious unheal...

Are you neglecting your vitamin intake?

Being healthy is so important, your body is your temple and you only get one, so you need to take care of it and treat your body with respect. Being heathy means having your body function at its best as nobody wants to experience pain, discomfort or stress. 

It’s often been said that “we are what we eat”. Of course we all crave sweets and delicious un…

How drinking water helps your skin and body

Happy New Year! After all the celebration of last night, I hold up a glass of water and say, “Cheers to you!” on this first day of 2017.

We have all heard about the benefits of drinking water, and lots of it, for weight loss and good health. However, it is just as essential to your skin to drink water in order to maintain good health – especially during the summer mo…

Veggie Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa

So, as some of you may know, I am an Administrative Consultant and I assist small businesses by providing a package of administrative support tailored to their business needs. However, my profession is primarily of a sedentary nature which means I am always looking for ways to stay healthy and active.

During a corporate church fast of no meats and no sweets I was i...

Breathing Exercises 2 Calm an Anxious Mind

Whether you have occasional worries or full-blown anxiety attacks, deep-breathing is a must for maintaining optimal physical health and emotional well-being.

Deep-breathing is so vital ...


Excerpts from an article by Vineetha

This delightfully exotic spice is obtained from the outer bark of the cinnamon tree. The tree is native to India and Sri Lanka, but is grown in many tropical countries as a spice and medicine. Cinnamon is also used in Asia and America to treat various ailments like stomach upset, respiratory problems and diarrhea.


Remember Chia?

Every so often, a new “superfood” hits the news and the latest trends in healthy eating. As new foods are introduced and being enthusiastically consumed, so do the older, less talked about foods take a back seat.

Not too long ago, before dark chocolate, kale, acai and blueberries, the health food of the day was the chia seed.

Well what of chia seeds?…

The Science Behind Gut Health

Your body is equal parts bacteria and human. Whether it’s the bacteria coating your skin, causing cavities in your mouth, or the “microbiome” in your intestines, we are a walking host for microorganisms. While it’s far from the 10:1 rat...

Building New Habits

When I began thinking through this article several days ago, I originally planned to title it “Breaking Bad Habits” but quickly realized the fatal flaw of that mindset. It’s virtually impossible to break old habits without intentionally building new ones. If you decide to eat less junk food then you will almost certainly fail. However, if you decide to incorporate three …

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD); My Story

I wanted to write about this condition as this is something that I’ve been dealing with for over seven years of my life. I’m only in my mid thirties but sometimes it feels like my body is in it’s seventies (no offence to anyone in their seventies). 

I never felt any symptoms of this disease until I was struck by a woman in her car. I was driving in the slow lan…

The Bullshit Factor

Most people who know me will attest to the fact that I am always ready to call someone out on their bullshit. If I am being lied to, or someone is being taken advantage of, I am one of the first people to yell BULLSHIT! Sometimes I make the mistake of suspecting bullshit but not acting on it, staying quiet, and while in the short-term, it saves me confrontation, in the…

Caring for Your Brain in an Age of Overload

“I’m struggling to think clearly.”  I verbally said these words to myself this afternoon, and I’m not in the habit of speaking to myself.  Perhaps I needed to speak the conclusion in order to take it seriously.  Why did my brain feel so overloaded?

Why indeed?  I would love to be able to tell you that my brain is always a calm, collected place, full of coherent though…

Disease vs. Dis-ease – What’s The Difference?

Throughout my website Liis on Life and in my lectures, appearances, writing and interviews you will often see and hear me using the word “dis-ease” instead of “disease.” You may have heard others in the holistic health community tweaking the word and sneaking that little hyphen in there too. There is a…

Snow Shoveling 101: Shoveling Lessons

Snow Shoveling 101: Shoveling Lessons

Let me introduce myself. I’m the Wiggle Writer, the personal trainer/author who teaches writers, or anyone chained to a desk, how to add movement to their day.

You’re busy. I get it. So busy, in fact, that your shape is starting to resemble your chair (think about it…). If you want an a…

Is Your Bathroom Making You Sick?

Have you ever taken a shower and suddenly discovered to your utter disgust an unsightly black moldy growth inhabiting some of the tiles and grout on the wall next to you, or the corner of the ceiling in the bathroom? Seemingly harmless, mildew and mold can be potentially quite dangerous to your health causing everything from asthma to respiratory disorders. So what causes …

Wishing for, Thinking about AND Deciding to do it!

“If a person decides, commits, is determined and believes they can be successful, then nothing can stop them. My favourite motto is, “If I can do it, so can you.” You decide how successful you want to be. I can show you how, but you have to want to do the work it takes to be successful. You’ll face challenges & be tempted to steer away what you are focused on. B…

Forget Love, Let’s Talk About Syphilis!

It’s February, which means that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Its a time when those in love share chocolates, doting words of affection…and syphilis. Let’s talk about syphilis. Once a feared disease that physically marked people as societal outcasts, the advent of penicillin in 1943 tamed it. That is until recently: both within the United States and worldw…

Pay Attention To These Health Warning Signs

Little things are big things. Like so many people, I didn’t realize how many “little” parts of my health were falling apart and leading to bigger health issues – and they are all “little things” I hear so many people comment upon weekly.

Before I got diagnosed with autoimmunity in 2011 and really started to revamp my health, “health things” would crop up but be…

Power of 21 – Tips

In my last article, I mentioned and explained the Power of 21. If any of you have implemented it into your lives, how are you doing with trying it out?

I thought I would give you a few more helpful tips to keep up your resolutions of being a healthier better you! Since we all love GoRead and buy books every month, why not get a book or…

3 Easy Ways to Rethink Breakfast For Better Health

I chat with many people who want to make healthier lifestyle choices but just don’t know where to begin. They want a few easy attainable ideas to get started that aren’t overwhelming and can be implemented immediately. I tell them to rethink breakfast. Making a few simple changes will start your day off on a better, more energetic foot and set the tone for the rest of the d…

Lack of Willpower Does Not Mean You Are Weak

Temptations of any kind often lead me to think, “I’m so weak! I have no willpower.” There is a common misconception that you can achieve anything, overcome any challenge, if you have the willpower to do so. Let me tell you right now, that’s total bull!

Willpower’s Limits

You have only so much stamina and energy unless you recharge…so it is…

Natural Homemade Toothpaste

Most people are more concerned about the foods that enter their bodies opposed to the little pea sized globs of paste you put into your mouth on a daily basis. Over the course of your lifetime you can end up using around 20 gallons of toothpaste, sounds crazy right? 

Your mouth is one of the most absorbent parts on your body. Some medications are put under the tongue…

Could this happen to you?

 This article will be a little different from the articles that I normally write as it focuses on our health and well being. Our health and well being are key aspects of our success and we must stayed informed of what is and can happen. I wanted to share information about an incident that occurred in Corpus Christi, TX this past December that you may not be aware of. In sha…


How well do you take care of yourself?

Let’s face it – we live in a society where more and more people are extremely stressed and suffering from anxiety, depression, or burn out. People are too busy, grabbing food on the run, rushing around all weekend, feeling like they are living on a hamster wheel.

Here are a few daily, weekly, and monthly …

3 Simple Questions that Drive Resolution Success

They say most resolutions are broken, discarded and abandoned by Jan 17. If this is true, then why do we continue to make them year after year? It is so easy to get caught up in the hype, but if real change is what we actually seek – then what can we do to support it?

Let’s start by asking 3 simple questions.

1)     Core Beliefs – What beliefs …

Five Fun Facts About Your Liver

As a doctor, I’ve cared for a lot of patients who have a liver so scarred that it barely functions. These patients are by far the sickest among us. All the normal rules about the body go out the window; their blood pressure is messed up, their blood salts are difficult to control, they turn yellow and become confused. It’s difficult to appreciate a well functioning liver unl…

Healthy Weight Loss New Year’s Resolution

A new year means a blank slate for your life. Millions of people are excited to start the year off right. They all have ambitious dreams of wealth, success and fitness. Unfortunately only around ten percent of people actually stick to their resolutions, which means around ninety percent will get frustrated, quit and have a negative head space for a while. 

I think…

Measure Inflammation

Quill Cloud

I advocate for a few companies that I feel put our best interest at heart. Cell Science Systems​ is one of those companies. 

Food Sensitivity Testing

I believe that because I took their test, Alcat, and learned what food…