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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What are you waiting for?  Knowledge is power!

5 Mindset Shifts For Healthy Relationships

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in forgive, healthy, relationships | 0 comments

5 Mindset Shifts For Healthy Relationships

Many of us struggle with having healthy relationships. No matter how hard I work on my relationships, at some point, I’ll run into conflicts. I can’t always save the relationship because it takes two for it to work, but I always learn from my experiences and strive to do better. Because I have struggled with my relationships for so many years, I’ve learned a lot.  So I thought I’d share some of my favorite  mindset shifts for healthy relationships that have helped me over the years.

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From Unsanitary to Motivation to Clean!

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in habits, healthy habits, motivation, motivation to clean, sabotage | 0 comments

From Unsanitary to Motivation to Clean!

I had a client that came to me for a variety of issues. After listing a number of things she wanted to work on, we asked her subconscious where to start. I got that we needed to work on something that she had not listed. I discovered that we needed to increase her motivation to clean, and then she let me know why that came up.

She had a pet that wasn’t toilet trained and she did not clean up after her.  She had not cleaned her place since her husband left her a year ago!   There was mold, feces and urine everywhere and she didn’t seem to care even if she stepped in it!  Her habits were disturbing and unsanitary enough that her family even tried to get her institutionalized!

How did she get the motivation to clean?

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Should you exercise to prevent or reverse dementia?

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Alzheimer's, Dementia, exercise, healthy brain, risk factors, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Should you exercise to prevent or reverse dementia?

Should we exercise to prevent dementia?

The answer to the latest meta analysis is showing that the data is inconclusive!

Does that mean we shouldn’t bother to exercise? No!  There are a lot benefits to exercise.

What are the benefits of exercise to the brain?

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Recovery from a Head Injury

Posted by on Apr 22, 2018 in head injury, healthy brain | 0 comments

Recovery from a Head Injury

My client is an accomplished author and public speaker.  One day, as she was walking along, she fell and hit her head on the concrete.   As a result, she felt a lot more fatigue and would need to nap regularly.  Her most troubling symptom was with her typing.   After the fall, she was constantly making spelling errors and adding extra spaces to just about every word. She was getting frustrated about all the errors she was making.

Would she be able to have a recovery from a head injury?

The doctors told her it would take 3 months to recover from her’s.  But she didn’t have the option of taking 3 months off of work.   Her income depended on her ability to be healthy.

What happened when we released barriers for a faster recovery?

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Is the Opposite of Addiction Connection? Exploring the Root Causes of Addictions

Posted by on Apr 15, 2018 in addictions, behavioral intervention, The Body Code | 0 comments

Is the Opposite of Addiction Connection?  Exploring the Root Causes of Addictions

The author of Chasing the Scream, Johann Hari states: “The opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety – it’s connection”.

But can the causes of addictions be reduced down to just one simple reason?

In his TED talk, titled “Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong”, Hari argues that there is an underlying cause to addiction that isn’t being sufficiently addressed with addicts. He states that the current war on drugs does little to address what he says is the key underlying cause of addiction in the first place:   The lack of connection and profound loneliness that perpetuates their behavior.

What is the evidence he uses to support this argument?

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Healthy Choices Made Easy

Posted by on Apr 8, 2018 in addictions, behavior, Emotion Code, emotional eating, habits, healthy habits, sabotage, sabotage, The Body Code | 0 comments

Healthy Choices Made Easy

Terry came to me concerned about her weight. She had lost 40Ibs through weight watchers, but she was constantly worried about gaining it back, and she wanted to lose 30Ibs more.   She would get intense and regular cravings for salty foods and sweets, and was always thinking about food.   Then when she would eat, she found herself eating far more than she should have, whether it was at restaurants with friends, or at home alone.   At the worst of her eating habits, she could gain weight very fast. Just before we addressed this issue she had gained 11Ibs in 2 weeks!   (more…)

How to Have a Conscious Relationship

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 in healthy, love, relationships | 0 comments

How to Have a Conscious Relationship

When I fell in love with my boyfriend, I could only see the good in him. He was funny, warm, generous, and kind, and I allowed that first impression to be sealed into my brain. I made assumptions based on what I initially saw about his capacity to love and be loving. I formed expectations from him based on my imagined reality that he would never do anything to hurt me. I made assumptions that he would treat me in the ways that I expected and hoped to be treated.

All these assumptions that I made ended up hurting me tremendously when I discovered he wasn’t all I had wanted him to be.

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Finally Getting Support

Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Finally Getting Support

I have a client that wanted to break up with a guy that she was dating.  All I knew was that she didn’t feel like he was good for her.   We released subconscious barriers to make that easy for her, and we ended up mostly releasing despair around not getting support she needed.

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The Most Important Secret to Healthy Aging

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in aging, Alzheimer's, beliefs, beliefs, Dementia, healthy brain | 0 comments

The Most Important Secret to Healthy Aging

It is not how old you are but how you are old.

As a Neuroscientist and Epidemiologist I spent over a decade researching the underlying causes of Alzheimer’s disease. But after working with thousands of clients, I now realize that the one single and most important thing you need to prevent aging and cognitive decline isn’t about your habits, your education or your exposures. It is your willingness to release your negative beliefs about aging.

When I talk to the elderly about how Alzheimer’s is reversible, and how there are so many things you can do to keep your brain young, I regularly hear, “Oh…I’m too old for that”.  Do you notice the problem with this belief?  I do.  It indicates to me that the person is saying that they are no longer worth the effort. And that distresses me terribly because I know that this is precisely how they will become old, by giving up.

But what happens if you don’t believe you have to get old?

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Developing the Ability to Remember Names

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in aging, Alzheimer's, Dementia, healthy brain | 0 comments

Developing the Ability to Remember Names

I used to struggle to remember names.   I’d have to ask people to repeat their names often, and would often give up to avoid the shame of not remembering.  After releasing subconscious barriers that got in the way of my ability to remember names, I led a Meetup hike.  There were 10 new people present.   After introducing ourselves, I went around the circle (more…)