Hidden Barriers to Happiness Blog

Have you always wondered about the invisible forces that affect your health, wealth and happiness?

As a neuroscientist, and then neuro and nutritional epidemiologist, I researched the underlying causes of mental and health problems.  Now as a Holistic Brain Health Practitioner, I regularly make new discoveries while working with clients.

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The Dangers of Vitamin D Deficiency

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in depression, emotions, food, mental health, nutrition | 0 comments

The Dangers of Vitamin D Deficiency

Most people are deficient in vitamin D.

The current recommended dose of vitamin  D is 600IU daily for adults, but many experts in nutrition and functional and natural medicine say that the optimal dose ranges between 1000-4000 IU per day.

Depending on the study, Vitamin D deficiency has shown to range between 30 -75% in the general US population!

Why are so many people vitamin D deficient?

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Help Others More Effectively

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in behavior, beliefs, conflict, emotions, healthy, love, mental health, relationships, toxic relationships, understanding emotions | 0 comments

Help Others More Effectively

Do you have someone in your family who just can’t seem to get their life together?  You might have family members who won’t engage in healthy behaviors, are depressed, and are often addicts.

Do you find yourself worrying about them so much that it is taking away from your enjoyment of life?   Do you feel compelled to help, yet frustrated, hopeless and helpless about the situation?

If so, you are not alone.  I regularly talk with anxious caretakers who want me to help their loved ones.   Some realize that they would be more effective as caretakers if (more…)

How to Get From Conflict to Understanding

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in aging, Alzheimer's, beliefs, conflict, Dementia, emotions, forgive, forgive, healthy, perception, relationships, thoughts, understanding emotions, versions of the truth | 0 comments

How to Get From Conflict to Understanding

When we get frustrated with others, we can get mired in our stories and locked into repeating patterns of behavior. It’s easy to get stuck in the blaming game.

I went to a workshop with dementia care expert, Teepa Snow, this week. She gave a perfect example of why so many of us can get stuck in frustration mode with members of our family.

The biggest mistake we make in relationships is this:

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From Trauma Drama to Ease in Relationships

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in anxiety, behavior, brain games, bullying, conflict, emotions, healthy, mental health, narcissism, perception, relationships, stress, toxic relationships | 0 comments

From Trauma Drama to Ease in Relationships

I have a client who had 2 difficult housemates and didn’t feel like he could move.   He called them entitled, and he felt like they regularly demanded far more from him than they were willing to do themselves.    He often felt enraged, like a seething volcano about ready to erupt!  He didn’t feel like he knew how to react to these kinds of stressful relationships!

He felt resentful because he was doing a large majority of the shared responsibilities.   He was very concerned about saying something because he felt that, no matter how respectful he tried to be, they had a pattern of lashing out, being vindictive, or undermining his needs.

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What Makes Men Violent?

Posted by on Oct 15, 2017 in behavior, beliefs, conflict, emotions, healthy, heart wall, mental health, relationships, toxic relationships, understanding emotions | 0 comments

What Makes Men Violent?

When I heard about the last mass shooting in Vegas, I felt physically ill.  If the shooter was a Muslim or anything other than White, the media and politicians would label him as a terrorist.

If the shooter is White, they say that he has mental health issues.

But what has been the common denominator in 88 out of the last 91 shootings?  It is that the shooter is a male.

While most men are not violent, most of the violence is committed by men.   In fact, 90% of homicides are by men.   And it is time that we as a country start to address the underlying causes before more lives are lost!

So what makes men violent?

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Adventures in Pregnancy with the Body Code

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in pregnancy, The Body Code | 0 comments

Adventures in Pregnancy with the Body Code

I have a client who was told very young that she wouldn’t be able to get pregnant, and then she had an ectopic pregnancy in her 20’s.  Now in her late 30’s, thanks to our work with the Body Code, she is pregnant!  We also used the Body Code to help the fetus travel safely from the fallopian tubes to the uterus.   One of the most moving part of the experience was finding (more…)

What Your Dentist Isn’t Telling You About Mercury

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

What Your Dentist Isn’t Telling You About Mercury

Do you still have mercury fillings?

Did you know that in 1991, the World Health Organization admitted that the predominant source of mercury is from your fillings?  Check out the graph on this video!

Your dentist may have once told you that the mercury in your mouth is inert. But check out the video of the vapors coming from mercury with just the slightest stimulation!

How toxic is mercury?   (more…)

Can We Reverse Alzheimer’s with the Body Code?

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Can We Reverse Alzheimer’s with the Body Code?

As a researcher in the fields of Neuroscience and Epidemiology, my primary research was in determining the underlying causes of Alzheimer’s. While I have believed that Alzheimer’s is preventable for a long time, when I was introduced to the Body Code, I began to wonder if it might be reversible.   My first (probable) Alzheimer’s client gave me a lot of hope that it might be.

Here is the story:

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Six Steps to Handling Stressful Situations We Can’t Control

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in anxiety, balance, fear, mental health, resiliency, stress, worry | 0 comments

Six Steps to Handling Stressful Situations We Can’t Control

This year America has been in crisis mode!   With Hurricane Harvey and then Irma, the fires in the West coast, and the threats of nuclear war, I found the news to be extremely stressful!   Lucky for me, this onslaught of bad news came when I was able to handle it.   Years ago, I would have probably gotten overwhelmed and freaked out, and it would have effected my ability to work and sleep.

When the bad news just keeps coming, what is the best way to get through it and stay strong?  

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Pain and Sciatica Gone

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in pain | 0 comments

Pain and Sciatica Gone

I have a client who is a day laborer, and who was in a lot of pain. He had sciatica for 2 years, so he regularly struggled with pain in his lower back and down the backs of his legs.   When bending over, he couldn’t reach below his knees without pain.   He also pulled his left hamstring two years ago, and he would feel it when he walked.

I addressed his hamstring and his sciatica by using the wisdom of the subconscious to determine what parts of his body needed to heal.  I then used the Body Code to release the barriers to healing that I found.

Just a few days after we worked together, (more…)