Sunday, November 20, 2016

My Favorite Things! Black Friday Shopping

Happy Thanksgiving! I am so very grateful for all of you interested in optimal health and healing from within. Here's a secret... I really hate to shop, unless it's Black Friday with my daughters. We were crazy enough to get up at and drive from Virginia to New York City and back.

This year I want calm. This year I want peace. There is no need to drive our adrenals to the ground over the holiday season. After all, we now have Cyber Monday!

So here are my favorite things that I can offer you from my website:


How to look and feel your best at any age?
Use non-toxic skin care and deodorant that really works
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Here's my custom Chakra Mala Beads that I had designed and handmade for you by a beautiful custom jeweler in Laguna Beach, CA:

Amethyst is a quartz crystal said to increase spirituality, enhance intuition, promote peacefulness, happiness and contentment. It is also said to bring emotional stability and inner strength. 
Lapis is said to open up and calm the mind, clear the chakras and stimulate dreams. It’s a universal symbol for wisdom and truth.  
Adventurine is associated  with the heart chakra, said to bring wealth and abundance, to relieve anxiety and to help with sleep. Good for entrepreneurs and leaders.

How about an Eco Friendly Custom Yoga Mat? I can't tell you how many times I've left and lost yoga mats at studios. This one can't be confused with someone else's and it has great lines to use in your yoga practice:

Or consider essential oil from my Daughters website:




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Happy Shopping!

With Love & Gratitude,


About Lisa Jackson, RN, CHC, RYT-500

Lisa is an author, inspirational speaker and coach with a mission to inspire others to feel and look their best at any age. 

She is also the Executive Director of the Integrative Wellness Program for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Lisa's book, Savvy Secrets: Eat, Think and Thrive outlines her seven step process towards optimal health that is fun and transformational. 

Lisa is part of the New Self Health Movement and the Wellness Inspired Network. When she is not coaching, speaking or writing, you can find her practicing yoga and joyfully sharing Carpe Diem Dance.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Healing From Within Many Causes, Many Cures

We humans are complex. We, like nature are not linear. We are multi-dimensional. We are also like snowflakes. No two of us are exactly alike. So why do we think that there is one diet, one treatment, one solution that cures all?

The United States spends more money on healthcare than the next 15 countries combined. Yet, we are one of the sickest countries on the planet. Chronic disease in the United States is epidemic. Cancer is the number one killer for those under 65. Heart disease is number one for 65 and older.

Dr. Deborah Norris, PhD says we are the only country that looks at cancer like a death threat. I concur. The biggest threat to health and wellbeing is the fear surrounding the diagnosis. Both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda view cancer as fear stuck in the body. Some ascertain that kidney dis-ease is stuck anger.  We are, in fact, energetic beings.

The good news of course, is that there are many ways to heal.  The beauty of committing to work with a health coach is that it affords you the opportunity to explore the many different options available. It affords you time and space to explore what your unique body needs. It’s necessary for personalized health care.

Conventional medicine is a linear model. Optimal healthcare is multi-dimensional. You can eat all the broccoli in the world and still self-destruct with pent up anger and emotions. Fear keeps us stuck in “fight or flight” mode or sympathetic nervous system (SNS) overdrive. 

See the photo from my book:

As I’ve said so many times before, it is physiologically impossible to heal and repair while we are in the sympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system is the “rest and digest” or “mate and ovulate” mode. It is literally like a light switch, you are in one or the other. We need both. We need both light and darkness. If our light is too bright, we are blinding. If our flame is too big, we burn out. We need adequate darkness and sleep to heal and repair. 

To reduce the fear and mystery around cancer and disease, let's simply look at the body like an automobile. As I write this, I am here in Detroit with my daughter and son-in-law, so it makes sense to do so. This is a functional approach and the wave of our healthcare future. Each part is connected to the other and serves a function in the body.

The kidney, the liver and the lungs are like the fuel filter and carburetor.  They keep the engine (body) clean and running. Food and oxygen are like the gasoline you put into the car.  Engines can run on different types of fuel. They are built differently. You need diesel fuel for a diesel engine. The car cannot run without a fuel filter. It will sputter and spit and eventually stop running. It doesn’t matter how hard you press on the accelerator. Eventually it will not go. A car that has a stuck accelerator (stuck in SNS drive) will either run out of gas or crash and burn. This sometimes is called adrenal stress and fatigue.

Nutrition is NOT the food you eat. It is what is absorbed. If you have a hole in your gas tank (aka leaky gut or intestinal permeability), it doesn’t matter what you eat. Not only does the gas not get to the engine, it can create other problems in the car. Gas on a hot engine can create a fire. Same with the human body. Food and chemicals that get into the bloodstream create inflammation in the body. The body sends cholesterol and iron to the bloodstream (the highway) to put out the fire. Cholesterol and iron are the firemen and are markers of inflammation that you can monitor in blood tests. Elevated homocysteine is another (blood test) inflammatory marker and is also a sign of needing more vitamin b12 and folate (gasoline) in the diet. 

This is new medicine. This is the new paradigm. Neither I nor most doctors were taught nutrition in nursing or medical schools. Functional medicine is beginning to change that. Functional Diagnostic Nutritionists are trained to do functional tests to look for subclinical hidden stressors in the body. 

Often you can see evidence of erosion long before you get an actual hole in metal (and the body).  The earlier the detection, the easier the prevention.

For instance, an elevated MCV(mean corpuscle volume), or the size of your red blood cell is also a clinical sign of the need for essential nutrients, again vitamins B12 and folate. Anything over 90 is suboptimal. It is also subclinical, meaning it won’t be flagged on the test result, so your doctor or nurse may not recognize this important healing opportunity for you. 

Education is empowerment. Understanding the functions of the human body can empower you to be your own healthcare advocate and healthcare detective.

Why is folate (not to be confused with synthetic folic acid) and vitamin B12 important? The body uses them for energy production and detoxification. They are actually produced and assimilated in the gut (the gas tank and the fuel lines). The body eats them up when you are under stress. Signs and symptoms of deficiency include anxiety, depression, brain fog, neuropathy and more. Don’t waste your money on cheap vitamins that have folic acid in them. Look for bio-available forms like methyl-tetrahydrofolate or methyl-cobalamin instead. This is fuel that the body can actually use. Folate is necessary to prevent miscarriages. It is also necessary for energy production and detoxification. You need it to make the car run. Folate deficiency has been linked to cancer, cardiovascular disease, cognitive dysfunction and birth defects. [1]

Some people have a genetic snp where you cannot convert synthetic folic acid to folate. This can add to toxicity in the body. It can clog your fuel filter. If your fuel filter backs up, so does your carburetor. It effects your liver.

The liver, the lungs, the kidneys and the skin are your major detoxification organs. When they are clogged, this indicates toxicity in the body. These are your warning lights on the dashboard. This is your wake up call. This may mean the wrong fuel or needing some additives (or supplements) to make the fuel more efficient. It may mean an oil and filter change to clean out the system (detoxification).

This is why the power on your plate is profound. 

You also need the right fuel mix for optimal performance. If you are under stress and in fight or flight mode, you do not produce the necessary stomach acid required for B12 and iron absorption. Almost all of our patients who have iron deficiency anemia are taking proton pump inhibitors. These also prevent the body from secreting stomach acid which you also need to break down proteins into amino acids (in addition to B12 and iron absorption). You need amino acids for growth and repair. 

Can you now see the direct connection in your thoughts (fear) and your ability to heal and repair? Our thoughts are like the master control that control the functions in the body. 

Breath, like air, is also essential to the right fuel mix in the gasoline to make the body and car run.

The body follows the mind. The mind follows the breath. (Cancer cells are anaerobic, they live without oxygen and feed on sugar, like fermentation. Oxygenate the body to kill them.) 

1.     Change your breathing patterns to consciously change your mind and your body. 
2.    Drink clean filtered water. 
3.    Eat the right diet for your unique body.  Eat clean fuel, free from toxins, pesticides, fungicides and GMOs so you don't gum up your systems. 

Simple solutions.

Carpe Diem.

With Love & Gratitude,


About Lisa Jackson, RN, CHC, RYT-500

Lisa is an author, inspirational speaker and coach with a mission to inspire others to feel and look their best at any age. 

She is also the Executive Director of the Integrative Wellness Program for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Lisa's book, Savvy Secrets: Eat, Think and Thrive outlines her seven step process towards optimal health that is fun and transformational. 

Lisa is part of the New Self Health Movement and the Wellness Inspired Network. When she is not coaching, speaking or writing, you can find her practicing yoga and joyfully sharing Carpe Diem Dance.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Let's Put Down Our Swords for a Minute

Let’s put down our swords for a minute. My last blog, I talked about fear, fright or flight. This week I want to talk about courage. How do we turn fear and overwhelm to empowerment?
Education is empowerment.
What if we took a different stance; opposite to the war on cancer? What if we stopped fighting, we put down our swords and our defenses for just a moment.

So we could take a pause and let new thoughts, new ideas, new healing opportunities to enter our body.
What if instead of asking ourselves, “What’s wrong with me”, we asked a different question.
What if we asked, “What is my loving body trying to tell me?” 

What different answers and solutions might we come up with?

Last post I shared that Brad, my Son-in-Law, was recently diagnosed with stage 4 renal cell carcinoma. Sounds really scary, sounds like something we have to defend our life over.  Yes, this is super scary and yes, you have to defend your life…the life force inside of you. You have to honor, love and support that internal flame and life source. Nurture it; nourish it.

I’ve been studying functional medicine and functional diagnostic nutrition. This focuses on restoring health in a non-specific manner. We look at diet, rest, exercise, stress reduction and supplementation as tools to restore the body’s natural ability to heal. The pharmaceutical model studies one drug for one action. 
But nature isn’t linear, it’s web-like, it’s multi-dimensional.
     Case in point. If you take vitamin D, it will turn on your tumor suppressive genes, your cancer fighting genes.[1] [2][3]  It’s going to turn off your oncogenes, cancer causing genes, at the stem cell level. Not even chemotherapy, surgery or radiation can do this. In fact stem cells are smart, they become resistant to chemotherapy just like antibiotics.

 Vitamin D will protect the tight junctures in your cellular, gut, and brain barriers.  It will have multiple positive effects. Vitamin D is actually a hormone and is “the conductor of your genetic orchestra”, according to Victoria Wood, CNS. In fact, if pharma could patent it, Vitamin D would be a number one seller.  An optimal vitamin D level between 60-80ng/ml decreases mortality from every disease.

If I look at this frightful diagnosis from a functional medicine viewpoint, the function of the body, I have to ask, what do these three organs have in common? Cancer in the kidney, the lung and the liver are all organs of detoxification. So what does that say to me? The body needs to be detoxified.

There are many paths to healing. No matter what treatments you choose, have faith in your innate ability to heal and repair. We teach in our Integrative Wellness Program at The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, what I learned from my functional medicine guru, MIT trained, cellular biologist, Tracy Harrison. The body needs three things for optimal health:

 1. We need to maximize what your unique body needs. This is personalized medicine. The body needs clean air, clean filtered water, nutrition, the right vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants. Love, the right thoughts we are putting in our minds. Are we positive and optimistic? Are we fulfilling our passions and our dreams? Are we open and honest with ourselves and our relationships? Minimize toxicity and inflammation. What is toxic in our life? Is it the air, the water, the food, the relationships, the job? I’m asking these questions. Only you can answer them for yourself. What loving responses can you make to that? Can you make more loving and nourishing choices? Maximize what is good. This can be fun! This isn’t about diets or deprivation. This is about life, living and loving the life force. Minimizing toxicity and inflammation. It’s all around us. We can put our head in the sand and easily get overwhelmed, 
“OMG I can’t do this or do that.”  
OR we can make loving choices. I am now saving a hell of a lot of money since I got rid of toxic cosmetic, hair, skin care and cleaning products. AND my skin has never looked better! I’m even saving money on my grocery bill. Even though I only buy organic, my grocery bill has gone down as I buy less meat, alcohol and acidic junk food. A green tea costs far less at Starbucks (today and in future healthcare costs) than the addictive coffees and sugary drinks. Green tea has both calming and anti-carcinogen properties. I love my food, people love my food, but most importantly, I love how I feel when I’m eating what my body needs.  

2. Minimize toxicity and inflammation. We’ve known for over a decade that inflammation is what causes oxidative stress and free radical damage leading to DNA damage. These rogue DNA-damaged cells mutate, refuse to die, and eventually interfere with functions in the body. There is a natural cycle of life and death for us, as well as our cells. Cells need to die and regenerate. In fact we get an entirely new body every 7 years.We are NOT defined by whatever label or dis-ease we’ve been given. In fact, we are not defined by our genes.  Diet and lifestyle are far more influential and can change the expression of our genes as proven by studies of epigenetics. Here’s a quote from Craig Venter, PhD who mapped the Human Genome:

Human biology is actually far more complicated than we imagine. Everybody talks about the genes that they received from their mother and father for this trait or the other. But in reality, those genes have very little impact on life outcomes. Our biology is way too complicated for that and deals with hundreds of thousands of independent factors. Genes are absolutely not our fate. They can give us useful information about the increased risk of disease, or the actual fear incidence of somebody getting it. Most biology will come from the complex interaction of all the proteins and cells working with environmental factors, not driven directly by the genetic code”-Dr. Craig Venter, PhD

Fear makes us do irrational things. Angeline Jolie made headlines when she had a double mastectomy for fear of cancer when BRAC1 and BRAC2 genetic mutations were discovered, and sadly many women have followed. Do you know when these genes were first discovered, the incidence of breast cancer was 40%?  It is now 80%. What has changed in the last 20 or 30 years? The genes haven’t changed. Our diets, lifestyle, levels of toxicity and fear has changed.  One of the largest studies, the Framingham Nurses study looked at the 20% of women with BRAC1 and BRAC2 that did NOT get cancer. The #1 differentiating factor was the diversity in the diet. 

The more phytonutrients and phytochemicals that down regulate inflammatory responses, the less risk of cancer.

The body follows the mind and the mind follows the breath. Simple breath work. Learn meditation and how to quiet the fear and automatic negative thoughts, ANTs in your head. Do what one Radical Remission Thriver did.  Get up before sunrise and go to the rooftop and watch the sunrise. Take slow deep breaths when the oxygen level is highest in the atmosphere. Breathe in life affirming thoughts and healing loving thoughts to your tumors and body.

Spend time with yourself and allow these thoughts and healing opportunities to occur.

3. Prioritize Self Care. This is the most challenging. Every time you over commit, every time you say yes but your body needs to say no, you are saying no to yourself. This takes a toll. I know this as well as anyone. It is very hard for me to say no and to realize that it’s not my job to heal anyone. No one can heal you. Your body heals itself. People can guide, coach or educate you. The original role of the doctor was to teach. Unfortunately now, with our pharma and insurance run healthcare system, the physician has little time to spend educating himself or patients. Unfortunately, they’ve been given 10-15 minutes to make a quick assessment and to write a prescription. Worse, yet, nutrition and functional medicine have not been taught in medical or nursing schools.

How many people know how to listen to their bodies and then co-create a plan for healing? I loved listening to The Quest for Cancer’s 9th episode of interviews from those who healed their cancers against all odds, in spite of the limitations of conventional medicine.

I particularly loved Jordan Rubin’s interview. He was told if he didn’t do surgery on his aggressive testicular cancer, there was 100% chance he would die within months. He said he was going to take 40 days and heal himself, and he did. He put away his iphone and communications for 6 weeks. This was not easy for him as a successful entrepreneur and business man. He told his employees they would not hear from him for 40 days. He made a commitment to himself and prioritized his own healing.

My ultimate goal and mission in life is to inspire wellness. The Chinese symbol for crisis, equals danger or crucial point, opportunity and change. Every healing crisis is an opportunity for healing and positive change.

This is NOT saying that if you are ill it is your fault! This is not about guilt. Guilt serves no purpose. Worse yet, guilt is counter-productive and an excuse to beat yourself up. This is about taking an honest personal assessment and then lovingly responding with uplifting, life affirming choices. Yes, you can change the terrain to make cancer un-hospital in your body.

Cancer cells feed on sugar and are anaerobic. Simply starve them and flood them with oxygen.

I leave you with a final quote from Victoria Wood, RD, MPH, CNS, “The power on your plate is profound”. You cannot do chemotherapy every day of your life. Your life will be miserable and short. But you can do chemotherapy on your plate through food and herbs three times a day. Most of our medicines were derived from natural food and herbs.  Here’s just one powerful example, Curcumin is one of the highest antioxidants and can turn off the transcription factor NFkB, deemed cancers master switch. Curcumin is the active ingredient in the spice turmeric. See this chart comparing it to many common chemotherapy drugs. 

Spices, like nature are web-like and have multiple beneficial affects. Chemotherapy targets just one affect and has negative side-effects. One choice is simple and loving. The other creates war on the body.

Curcumin is the highest antioxidant and can turn off the transcription factor NFkB, cancers master switch. Sulforaphane Glysinolate (SGS) found in cruciferous vegetables can cause cancer cells to die, a process called apoptosis. We have supplements for both of these phytonutrients. You can take them prophylactically to lower inflammation and at therapeutic levels if you have cancer.

Food for thought. Make Love Not War. 

Carpe Diem,



About Lisa Jackson, RN, CHC, RYT-500

Lisa is an author, inspirational speaker and coach with a mission to inspire others to feel and look their best at any age. 

She is also the Executive Director of the Integrative Wellness Program for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Lisa's book, Savvy Secrets: Eat, Think and Thrive outlines her seven step process that is fun and transformational. 

Lisa is part of the New Self Health Movement and the Wellness Inspired Network. When she is not coaching, speaking or writing, you can find her practicing yoga and joyfully sharing Carpe Diem Dance.