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How We Rise Above Abuse

Posted by on Jun 15, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How We Rise Above Abuse

How it starts I just finished listening to a memoir about a young girl, Tara, who grew up in a large religious family, and wasn’t given a formal education at school or at home.  She had a brother who was 5 yrs older, and took her under his wing.  He was kind and nurturing at first, but once he gained her trust, the abuse began.  It was subtle at first, and it continued and worsened until she complied with his every demand.  Their relationship alternated between moments of tenderness, abuse, and sometimes terror.   As a reader and outside...

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Permission to Grieve

Posted by on May 30, 2020 in post traumatic growth, recovery, resilience, resiliency, traumatic event | 0 comments

Permission to Grieve

Memorial Day. Usually it’s for grieving over the loss of our war veterans. But this year, let’s use it to honor our grief for what we’ve lost due to COVID-19. While I believe its important to look for the silver linings and stay positive, it’s essential that we take the time we need to grieve our losses. We’ve been asked to stay at home, social distance and wear masks. We’ve had to shelve vacation plans, conferences, opportunities, weddings, funerals, and graduations. Many of us have had to work with risk...

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Knowing what to believe with the Pandemic

Posted by on May 15, 2020 in Coronavirus | 0 comments

Knowing what to believe with the Pandemic

The Coronavirus is a prime opportunity and reminder that we need to join forces across the world to fight a common enemy.    So I’m deeply troubled by the amount of disinformation that is being spread on social media. There are so many videos that are being widely distributed that from doctors, alternative medicine practitioners and even researchers.  And many are saying things that are contrary to my understanding of epidemics, immunology, statistics and basic medical science.   They are making extraordinary claims that require extraordinary...

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Lessons Learned From the Pandemic: Part 1

Posted by on Apr 30, 2020 in Coronavirus, trust | 2 comments

Lessons Learned From the Pandemic:  Part 1

Ever since I heard the story of John Snow and his discovery of the source of cholera over 2 decades ago, I’ve been fascinated by how epidemiologists fight epidemics.    There are clear patterns and standard protocols that they use to fight infectious disease, and familiar trends with how the public responds. The standard protocols and our response make sense, if you know the patterns. At the same time, through my own journey of trauma and recovery, I’ve come to a stage called post traumatic growth.  In the stage of post traumatic growth, you...

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Chronic Stress, Your Immune System & Response to the Coronavirus

Posted by on Apr 15, 2020 in immunity, stress | 0 comments

Chronic Stress, Your Immune System & Response to the Coronavirus

While our bodies are adapted to handle short term stressors, they are not equipped for the chronic stress so many Americans endure. Once you are used to chronic stress, it can be hard to get out of the habit.  We often feel that we can’t, that we have too many people to please and obligations to fulfill.  But being chronically stressed is not sustainable. Chronic stress makes us more irritable, makes it harder for us to relax, and increases our risk of almost every disease, including infectious diseases. And now with a lurking deadly virus,...

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Three Favorite Coronavirus Prevention Strategies

Posted by on Mar 30, 2020 in Coronavirus | 0 comments

Three Favorite Coronavirus Prevention Strategies

Are you concerned about getting the Coronavirus? As of March 30th, 2020, I think it’s going to be awhile before it’s safe to socialize in person.    And even when we do get back into society, we’re going have to be very careful. The good news is that I have found some amazing ways to keep ourselves relatively safe! Let’s Talk About Lowering Your Risk I can’t make any promises, but it’s about lowering your risk. The Coronaviruses replicates in your mucous membranes. That is in your eyes, your nose, and your...

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To Fear or Not To Fear the Coronavirus

Posted by on Mar 15, 2020 in fear | 0 comments

To Fear or Not To Fear the Coronavirus

As a Holisitic Brain Health Practitioner, I’m a huge fan of Dr. Bruce Lipton, but he and many others are warning people about the dangers of fear, and I’m sensing a dismissing  of the magnitide of this outbreak. But as an epidemiologist, I think that’s dangerous. We have to honor our emotions.  They are there for a good reason. We want fear when we encounter a tiger.  The Cornoavirus is today’s tiger. That being said we need a balance. Lets talk about healthy vs. vs. unhealthy fear. Healthy fear: I acknowledge this is happening, and I’m going...

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Why Your Life Is Meaningful.. Whether You Intend It To Be Or Not

Posted by on Feb 29, 2020 in meaning | 0 comments

Why Your Life Is Meaningful.. Whether You Intend It To Be Or Not

If we are prone to depression, sometimes we can feel like we are all alone, and nothing we do matters. If you are prone to this type of thinking, then I invite you to consider this: Every day, whether we intend to or not, we affect the lives of others How?  Keep reading or watch the video, and I’ll share 4 ways your life is meaningful: Through our buying habits In a capitalistic democracy, for the vast majority of things we buy, we have infinite number of choices.   We can choose to buy products made by companies that are socially responsible...

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Its Time to Make Compassion Cool!

Posted by on Feb 15, 2020 in resilience, self compassion | 0 comments

Its Time to Make Compassion Cool!

As a 6th grader, I read Farewell to Manzanar, the book about a young girl’s experience being interned in the Japanese internment camps in 1941.  I also read the Diary of Anne Frank, and then Roots (because mom wouldn’t let me watch it on TV).  Then in college, I took a class on the holocaust. As an empath, I felt the pain of those who suffered during such awful times in history.  But I wasn’t interested in being depressed.  I was looking for answers.   Why were so many people willing to tolerate so much cruelty?  Why did so many people just...

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A Simple, Yet Powerful Way to Fight Infections

Posted by on Jan 30, 2020 in frequent illnesses, physical health | 0 comments

A Simple, Yet Powerful Way to Fight Infections

After learning about the pandemics and epidemics such as cholera, polio, smallpox and the plague, I’ve been grateful that most of the world’s worst epidemics were eradicated before I was born. So the outbreak of Coronovirus and the spread to a town just north of Seattle, has got my attention! Thus, I thought it would be an appropriate time to share my favorite tip to fight infections. Science Meets Intuition *In my journey as a Body Code Practitioner, I’ve learned some things about infections that I thought would be useful to share at this...

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