It might only be March, but so far 2017 has been a doozy.
Now more than ever, self-care is critical for our health and well-being.
You may have noticed that I have been very quiet over the last few months, not having published any blogs or newsletters or recording any podcasts. This is because in all the chaos, I had to create space for self-care. I knew I was only going to make things worse for myself if I was sick, stressed out, and exhausted.
Here are the eight steps I’ve taken this winter to take care of myself, to put on my proverbial oxygen mask. I hope that they serve as a springboard of inspiration for you so that you can take a few steps towards creating sanity in your own chaotic world.
Ever walk into a health food store or go online and get completely overwhelmed by the thousands of supplements available? Can’t decide which vitamins, minerals, and herbs are right for you? Which brands? What combinations of complexes?
It can get really confusing.
More than I have ever seen in my life, this latest American presidential election has broken hearts. It occasionally brought out the best in people, but it mostly elicited some really nasty behavior and hate speech.
There is so much grief, fear, desperation and frustration out there. These emotions can actually be harmful to our health and well-being, but there are steps we can take to honor our grief, steps that can help us heal from our sense of loss and/or sadness.
When the California Senate began creating SB277, a draconian bill that would eliminate philosophical and religious exemptions for entry into public or private schools, I thought there was no way it could actually pass and be signed into law. Surely the legislators and governor would realize what a grievous affront the bill was against the right to informed consent and a child’s right to attend school, wouldn’t they?
The other day I posted a picture on Facebook of the chocolate cake I had baked in honor of my son’s birthday. With just 5 nutrient-dense ingredients, the cake satisfied on so many different levels, and it was easy to eat a piece guilt-free.
Several people have asked for the recipe, which you can access by clicking on the photo above.
How did you celebrate the 4th of July? Did you host a party? Head to the hills to watch the fireworks presentations? Admittedly I was more in the mood for and in need of some self-care, so I did a meditation in honor of the new moon, ran some errands, and then headed to the hills not to watch fireworks, but to take a walk in the fresh air at Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve. I had had a decision hanging over my head, and taking a long stroll out in nature, listening to the hum of the bees in the oak trees, and watching the baby quail scuttle about were the ideal way for me to tap into that inner wisdom patiently waiting to be heard above life’s cacophonous din.
Heeding the Inner Voice
It can be difficult to heed our inner voice amid all the “noise” that is out there, especially if the decision goes against popular thought and belief systems. And yet, once we’ve tapped into that wisdom, it’s so important to follow our hearts and speak our truths, because not doing so can impact our health on many levels. I’ve had more than one client come to see me with a sore throat or laryngitis right around the same time they had to bite their tongue due to office politics, or because of family dynamics, or simply out of fear. Not to mention the impact on one’s emotional, mental and spiritual health, knowing you can’t necessarily do or say the right thing – at least, what is right for you.
That intrinsic need to speak my truth is one reason why I don’t send out newsletters on a pre-determined basis, or why the topics might seem a little random but are always near and dear to my heart. I mean, sure, I could hire someone to write my newsletters for me so that they arrive in your inbox at the same time on the same day each week, but I’d much rather connect with you all in my authentic voice.
Speaking of my voice, I know a few of you were weirded out by the meditation on love I sent out last week. That’s OK. You never know when you might need it. The meditation is a great way to send someone you care about a healthy dose of healing love. Mostly, though, I created the meditation because it helps empower me beyond the powerlessness of mass shootings, bombings at holy sites, forced vaccinations, and ethical voids that exist among the presumed “leaders” of our world today.
Love trumps fear every time.
If you missed the meditation, you can access it here.
And if your health is suffering from the stress of not being able to speak your truth, send me an email by replying to this newsletter, or give me a call. We’ll give your body the nutritional support it needs so that you can reclaim your power in the ways that work best for you.
Let’s get a little woo woo for a minute, shall we?
I have a ridiculous amount of tools and knowledge in my healing box.
There is one tool I have that surpasses the others.
Of all the tools in my healing box, the most important, the most powerful, is love.
There is so much that doctors aren’t taught in med school, or that nurses and physician assistants don’t get in their schooling. One of the biggest gaps is in what they learn about hormones and the endocrine system. Here’s a quick video on Reverse T3, one of the many missing and misunderstood pieces to the thyroid health puzzle.
Last year I wrote a blog post called “Why I’m not afraid of measles.” It went viral (no pun intended) and continues to be my most popular blog ever, with over 50,000 hits. It also attracted the ire of pharmaceutical trolls and uneducated people alike who felt it was their duty to call me every nasty name in the book. I even got a death threat, which made me more angry than afraid.
Since then I haven’t said much publicly about vaccination. Instead, I’ve been working behind the scenes to teach people about their international right to informed consent, to advocate for parents and children, and to help my clients discover the meaning of true health.
Last week, however, I was moved and inspired by Robert DeNiro’s incredible display of courage when he appeared on the Today show in support of the movie Vaxxed, which had been pulled from his Tribeca Movie Festival after other filmmakers supposedly complained about its single scheduled showing. Vaxxed is a documentary focusing on how a CDC whistleblower came forward with proof that the CDC had destroyed information linking the MMR vaccine to increased rates of autism by as much as 300%, especially in African-American boys.
I suspect that there is a lot more to the movie being pulled, beyond a few artist complaints, because of how much could be lost if this information goes mainstream and gains traction. We’re talking billions of dollars and the reputations of hundreds of federal, state, and county officials who will have to answer to millions of parents and children.
In honor of Mr. DeNiro’s bravery, I’ll be coming out with an updated version of my measles blog in the next couple of weeks. So much has happened since then, including the passage of SB 277 here in California, despite public protests. Fear is so powerful.
Rather than shutting down people who question our national reliance on vaccination as our sole disease prevention strategy, we need to keep the conversations going. We need to keep asking the hard questions.
The heath of our nation could be at stake.
You can see the video of DeNiro on the Today show here. Fast forward to minute 2:20, when a father’s love and passion break free on national mainstream television. I could have weptfor him.
And yes, he was absolutely excoriated in media and social media afterwards, simply because he thinks parents have a right to know the truth.
Because everyone has a right to know the truth.
You can watch the trailer for Vaxxed here. http://vaxxedthemovie.com/ Local screenings are being arranged throughout the country.
Stay tuned, my friends. I’m here to be your advocate, to fight for you, and make sure that we get some answers to those hard questions.
This week's podcast is with the very juicy Tulasi Adeva.
From the moment I met her and felt her beautiful, grounded presence, I knew I had to have her on my podcast.
Her work as an embodiment coach is so valuable, not just for those of us going through transformation -- like caterpillars metamorphosing into colorful butterflies -- but for all of us who want to make sure we connect body, soul, and spirit.
It can be so difficult to stay healthy over the holidays and throughout the winter. Cold and dark days, lots of parties, lack of sleep, too many sweets and cookies, adulterated egg nog and wines… It’s easy to get trapped in the pitfalls and stressors of the season and feel burned out by New Years.
Join me as I give you some tips about staying healthy and energetic all year round.
We’ll also discuss supplements and nutrients that you can use to strengthen your immune system and energy levels. Not all supplements are created equally, and it’s important to choose high quality over low price.
And listen in for a special December promotion!
There is no podcast this week. In honor of last week’s new moon in Libra, I have been releasing old wounds that hold me back in my business and my relationships and prevent me from realizing my potential as a woman, a mother, and a healer.
As part of the healing process and at the suggestion of a friend and colleague who is a psychotherapist for the gifted, I burned a stack of about 20 poems that I had written in high school. Most of them were about unrequited love (sigh…), being the rejected ugly duckling, and how dreams couldn’t possibly come true. While each poem burned, I said thank you and good-bye to the words and their significance. I let go of the angst, the pain, the shame, and the fear. I made room for beauty, love, and gratitude. Then after I burned the poems, I realized there was much more within.
Getting stressed at a red light doesn’t help us. In fact, it can actually decrease our libidos! Why?
Because @@stress decreases our libido because it hijacks our sex hormones.@@
But it doesn’t have to be that way. In this week’s podcast, I’ll teach you about 6 easy ways to increase your libido and decrease your stress while sitting at red lights and in stop-and-go traffic.
We interview Obamacare expert Dr. Taffy Wagner, who explains how to navigate the Affordable Care Act and tells us about economical alternatives to traditional health insurance.
Last week my marketing gurus Andrew and Pete asked me: Do I have 3 tips that they can put to use right away to avoid the post-lunch crash? They asked, I answered. In this podcast, we'll give you 6 easy and natural ways to avoid the post-lunch crash that you can use right now. You guys get a 2-for-1 special.
In this podcast, Cherie and I explore how health can impact our dreams and goals, why feminine energy is so important for both women and men (especially in business), the difference between doing and being, and why all it takes is one lit-up woman to ignite everyone around her. You’ll also hear about an incredible event called One Woman Effect Live, a supercharged weekend that will change your life.
In the last few days, I’ve spoken with several people who have debilitating anxiety combined with digestive upset. This week’s podcast is a little different than previous podcasts in that it’s a short, 4-minute riff on anxiety and the gut. You don’t want to miss it. (Trust me, you have the time.)
We are nearing the end of a serious heat wave here in California, but the kids are back in school, and that means it’s the beginning of cold and flu season. In today’s podcast, I’ll show you 10 ways to boost your immune system naturally, especially if you’re feeling under the weather, coming down with something, or in the middle of a full fledged cold.
Stress levels are amping up.
Kids are back in school, vacations are over, and traffic sucks. There's way less light in the morning. Getting out of bed is getting tough.
Join me in Podcast #2 as I walk you through eight (8) easy ways to reduce stress naturally -- right here, right now.
“Abundance” has become a buzz word in the last several years. A lot of people equate wealth and abundance with money and material goods. We all know that material wealth is only a single facet of abundance. Yet in our quest to achieve that wealth and abundance, we often sacrifice other areas of our lives — our physical health or personal relationships, for example. You have to be willing to invest in yourself to create abundance.
How many of us, especially those of us living in the Silicon Valley, the most expensive housing market in the U.S., stress about finances on a weekly basis? On a daily basis? Do you worry about housing and taxes and groceries and college for the kids? Do you fantasize about what “financial freedom” might mean for you and your loved ones?
Money is complicated.
It’s also a potent healing force.