We are poisoning the world that we live in, causing the sixth mass extinction. This poisoning is affecting all areas of our bodies and minds, causing a host of modern illnesses which cross the arbitrary lines between body and mind, personal and social, physical and spiritual. The modern medical establishment is oriented toward mechanical and pharmaceutical solutions within a patriarchal system which sets the doctor up as the modern day priest and the patient up to be dis-empowered, disrespected and pathologized. What most of us need to find real health, is real care. We need to be listened to from the heart, respected in our individual journey of healing and also guided from a good use of logic and the scientific method integrated with ancient wisdom and spirituality. We need guides on the path of healing who balance knowledge with patience and humility.
I have been walking with clients on the path of learning about and healing from modern complex illness since 1993. Long before research, such as the Kaiser ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) research proved the connection between childhood trauma and long term health issues, I intuited that connection. Because of my own childhood, I knew that I would have to understand this connection, or loose my own health. So the field of psycho-neuro-immunology became a focus for me right at the beginning of my career. My first couple of clients in this category had fibromyalgia. I have walked this journey with clients for more than a quarter century of finding a diagnosis, struggling to be heard and listened too and navigating various types of treatments as well as the struggles with the medical and insurance professions. I have helped people with difficult diets, confusing differing opinions and diagnoses, the effects on the brain and the psyche of having various health problems and learned a lot from every client and their experiences with tests, doctors, and various traditional and non-traditional treatments.
If you are struggling with insomnia, depression, anxiety, OCD, brain fog, mood swings, emotional volatility, or emotional reactivity, intense PMS or other hormonal issues, you could be dealing with a condition which has both a solid physical and emotional component. These issues all have a connection to the GI system, or the “gut.” Issues in your emotional life, such as your intimate relationships may be being damaged by gut issues, inflammation, chronic pain and or your nervous system getting stuck being over activated, shut down, or both at times. Likewise stress in your life is a huge factor in illness or health. Traditional doctors and psychiatrists and counselors typically turn to medication quickly in these cases. Often the medication will mask and even exacerbate the problem.
More and more, people are turning to functional medicine and complimentary modalities to get an actual resolution of the core imbalance rather than simple symptom management and frequently pharmaceutical dependency. Functional medicine is an approach that looks as the body/mind system as intelligent, and symptoms as clues that guide us to the core issues. This often has to do with diet and lifestyle as well as stress. I am not a medical doctor, but I can help you get to the bottom of issues and avoid medications. My goal is to help you listen to your body, find the right medical provider, or team, connect you with resources and support you in getting full, natural, robust health. I can help you work through stress and learn tools to manage it better. I can help you clear all sorts of blocks and traumas which may have compromised your system and set you up for health issues going back as far as birth. In addition, I see this journey through a spiritual lens, not just as a burden, but as an opportunity to become more whole, conscious, spiritually integrated and grounded in what is truly important and meaningful in life. I see every symptom as an opportunity to become more present and grounded. So, my work with you can run the gamut from the chemistry of gut healing to esoteric spiritual teachings from thousands of years of working with the mind, heart and awareness.
I have extensive experience helping people with food sensitivities, chronic weight issues, auto-immune disorders, specific things such as histamine intolerance/overload, Lyme disease, adrenal fatigue, HIV/AIDS, cancer, IBS, candida, insomnia, etc. So I know a lot about alternative treatments, local doctors and resources, such as mindfulness/meditation training, self-hypnosis, yoga, herbs, amino acid therapy, and lots about nutrition. I have personally been through the classic story of seeing various providers who were unable to get to the bottom of my issue of insomnia and instead wasted my money and in some cases did real damage physically or emotionally. I’m happy to say that I was finally able to get good help and the correct diagnosis; histamine overload with DAO insufficiency and to come back to health through diet, meditation, yoga and acupuncture. I understand the journey personally and have confidence in helping you navigate your own journey into not just symptom resolution, but also self-realization.