Monday, May 29, 2017

Top Tips for the Healthiest Memorial Day

Here's my top tips for the healthiest Memorial Day.

1. Remember our loved ones... fondly, with love and gratitude. A heart in love is physiologically different than a heart that is in pain, fear or worry. Remember your loved ones and send those healing endorphins throughout your body. Our loved ones will always be in our hearts and souls. Remembrance can also bring up grief and deep emotions. Honor them.

2. Laugh. Love and laughter are healing energies. If you've been to one of my Carpe Diem Dance or Movement to Music classes then you've heard me say that emotions are energy in motion. We can stuff them in our bodies and create dis-ease, or we can acknowledge them and release them. Spend time with family, friends and loved ones today and find joy and laughter in shared history.


Yesterday we had the privilege of hosting my niece, her husband and friends for a rainy day brunch. After yoga this morning, I'm headed over to play with my grandson, nothing gives me more joy than that!


3. Get some "unprotected" sun! Vitamin D is a hormone that controls the expression of our genes. Vitamin D turns on cancer suppression genes and turns off inflammatory processes. Optimal levels of vitamin D protects you from all causes of mortality from depression to cancers*. Notice, I said "optimal" levels and not normal levels.

Within normal limits (WNL) on a labtest does not mean optimal. WNL means the average in the given population, that have had blood drawn for the region. This is a far cry from optimal and healthy. WNL for vitamin D is 30-100; that is a huge range. What does this mean?

The rates of expectancy for cancer are now up to 50%. If this is the case, I certainly don't want to be normal! Optimal vitamin D levels to protect against autoimmune disease and cancers is ~ 70ng/ml.

The best source of vitamin D comes from the sun. Many experts believe a minimum of 20 minutes a day without sunscreen to as much of your body as you can expose. If you start to burn, then cover up. We have a natural mechanism within (sunburn) that tells us enough is enough! The darker your skin, the more exposure may be needed.

Sunscreen blocks the body's ability to synthesize this vital hormone named vitamin D. I personally use coconut oil, and then a hat and longsleeves when I've had enough.

Beware of synthetic supplements and understand bio-availability.  Many supplements are made from synthetic nutrients that we cannot absorb well. Many cannot convert Vitamin D2 to Vitamin D3 and D3 is 87% more effective at raising serum levels than D2**. Vitamin D2 is less expensive and the form that is often prescribed by physicians and added to processed food for supplementation.

In addition to spending as much time as possible in the sun, I also take supplements and every year do my own micronutrient testing to ensure I have optimal levels of vitamins and minerals in my body.

Too much supplementing with vitamin D can lower vitamin A levels. Both are essential for a healthy immune system. This is a key test that I offer to my clients too.

I like Thorne Research Vitamin D3/k2 liquid drops for optimal absorption and value. K2 is different from Vitamin K1 which may affect those on blood thinners. K2 and magnesium are both needed for calcium absorption. I don't recommend vitamin D and calcium supplements because taking just calcium and vitamin D alone without supportive nutrients such as K2 and magnesium can potentially lead to calcification in arteries and kidneys***.  All are important for long term bone health.  Also important is good hormone balance, lowering inflammation and increasing weight bearing exercises such as yoga.

Wishing you a safe and healthy Holiday.

Lisa

*http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21735411
**http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21735411
***www.ajcn.org/content/86/6/1780.full

Friday, May 19, 2017

Life's Lessons Learned from my Leonberger

Wednesday morning our beloved 165 pound Leonberger joyfully woke me up wagging his tail and then bounded down the steps, ready for the new day. There is nothing like a pet, or a smiling baby, or child to bring you into the here and now.

We went downstairs for his breakfast, raw duck which he happily gobbled up. Dogs bring us unconditional love and are so grateful when we feed them. I’m grateful for the love I feel when I feed him too. When I got the leash to take him for a walk he jumped up and playfully pounced around like a puppy, so happy to be going on his morning walk.

It was a beautiful day and we walked our usual route around the neighborhood. The three of us felt calm and peaceful. He had his usual normal bowel movement. I always notice his elimination knowing how all health begins in the gut. 18 months ago, he had had bad psoriasis to the point of bleeding which we healed with the help of a holistic vet and a change in his already healthy diet. His first vet told us he would have to be on antibiotics and steroids for the rest of his life.  As a functionally trained health coach, I knew better.  

It took Simba about 6 months to heal, utilizing the 5 R’s of functional medicine, I’ve explained in other posts, that included some high-quality supplements and tweaking his diet. (This was challenging because my husband loved to give him junky treats. There are always temptations when we are trying to change our diets whether dog or human.) It was a hot day so he was panting some when we got home, but not more than usual so I kept him in the cool house with me the rest of the day with plenty of fresh filtered water.

A Leonberger is a dog originating from Leonberg Germany. The mayor wanted a dog mascot that looked like a lion. He was purposely bred from a St. Bernard, Newfoundland and a Pyrenean Mountain Dog. His biggest trait is that he wants to be in the middle of whatever family gathering is happening. He is the consummate family dog, a gentle giant with children and babies.



I always ask my new clients if they like dogs before our first appointment (if they are coming to my home office) to prepare them to meet my beautiful beast at the door.  I had this conversation around 4:15 looking at Simba on the cool tile floor next to me and my daughters small dog on the couch. Simba often comes into my office or my husbands around this time to tell us to wind down and get ready for his walk.  Not long after I hung up, I was writing a follow up email when Simba began to pant heavily. My first thought was he was hot so I turned up the AC and went to get him a few ice cubes. He had been in the house all morning so there really was no reason for this. He also had plenty of clean filtered water in his bowl.  When he refused the ice cubes I started to panic, called my neighbor for help and ran to get some treats. No response, very unusual. I knew I needed to get him immediate medical attention. Twice he tried to lift his head and it fell back hard to the floor. A few minutes later he was gone. I panicked. I was in shock and disbelief. By this time, Kevin had gathered two other neighborhood men and four of us carried him to my car so I could rush him to the hospital. I was hysterical. I didn’t want to believe that he could really be gone. That my perfectly healthy beautiful baby boy could be so happy and well one moment, and gone the next. He did not suffer, he was surrounded by those that loved him dearly, Kevin, Tracy and myself.

Devastated, I’ve spoken to several veterinarians, including the autopsy center. What went wrong? What could I have done differently?  How could we have prevented this? It’s very hard not to have these feelings of guilt and responsibility when our beloved pass. In our grief, it is hard not to want to apply blame. If only….what if…? 

We ruled out almost everything. My vet with 25 years of emergency room experience told me that for a sudden death in an otherwise healthy animal it was most likely a heart attack or a hemangiosarcoma near his heart. He had no fluid in his abdomen, nor history of any sarcomas. Simba was beautiful. He had just been groomed two weeks ago and his coat and skin were as beautiful as always. He was the picture of health, with vibrant sparkle in his puppy eyes. It makes no sense to me. In my grieving, I’ve tried to figure out what went wrong, what could I have done differently and what message does his passing give to us?

So I think it is important today to talk today about the #1 killer in the U.S. Heart disease. I’ve written a lot about cancer as a chronic disease but heart disease is called the silent killer for this reason.  Most don't know that I've suffered from heart disease. I don’t look like someone with a cardiac condition. I look like the picture of health. But so did my beautiful Simba.

What we don’t know can and will kill us. It’s the hidden stressors that create chronic disease. Last week I wrote a paper for an upcoming workshop I’ll be giving in June on Befriending Cancer and Chronic Disease Prevention, and Anti-Aging Strategies. (Yes, they are all the same.)

What I’m passionate about is, how do we prevent these tragedies? How do we assess for hidden stressors? Sometimes we can, and sometimes we can’t.

When I went to my cardiologist two years ago he told me, “Face it Lisa, everyone will need to be on hypertensive meds when they get older.”  I said, “No, I want to know why I have high blood pressure.  Is it mental emotional, is it stress, is it dysbiosis, h-pylori, food sensitivities, intestinal permeability? What are the hidden stressors that I’m not addressing?

I’ve uncovered all of them. Yes, I had h-pylori and intestinal permeability leading to food sensitivities. Yes, I had mental emotional stress. Did I need to change jobs? Do I need to work in an environment where there is more collaboration and cohesiveness? Yes, yes, and yes. All of this makes a major difference.

Pay attention to all the messages your body is giving you.

The day before, when it started to get warm, Simba was panting heavily so we only took ½ our normal walk. Yesterday, he seemed to be tolerating it well. I don’t know if I could have done anything differently or made a difference or not.

I do know that we gave him lots of love and attention and we gave him a very good life. He will remain in our hearts as the big gentle giant. He was the King of the neighborhood. He helped to keep us grounded and disciplined. He forced us to take multiple daily walks. He was warm, kind and generous in his affection. He offered unconditional love. What better role model is that?

He’s prompted me to not take my own health for granted . To call my health insurance to get that sleep study that I’ve been putting off for over a month. To follow up with the cardiologist that I’ve been procrastinating because I don’t want him to put me back on medication. To not take anyone for granted and to live each day to its fullest.

This lifetime is precious. What legacy do you want to leave behind? How can you live each day to its fullest? How can you live each day on purpose?


Thank you Simba for your unconditional love and for these precious reminders. You will forever live on in my heart.

With Love & Gratitude,

Lisa

About Lisa Jackson, RN, CHC, RYT-500, FDN


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


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.

She is the former Executive Director of the Integrative Wellness Program for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.




Friday, May 12, 2017

For the Mother Within

Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers out there doing their best. 

Happy Mother's Day to the women without children 
who bring so much love and value to the women and men in their lives.

Happy Mother's Day to the Mother and Motherly Love 
that is hidden inside all of us.

Tomorrow, we are offering a fun seven day yoga challenge on Instagram with a couple of amazing women; one being my daughter Stephanie Jackson.  We would like to invite you to join us.  

I'd like to put out the intention that these seven days are a chance to practice mothering ourselves with self loving thoughts and feelings. 

I'd like to caution you that a couple of these postures are more advanced. Although, it feels good for the ego to do advanced poses like a headstand. It is not always good for the body. Especially, if you haven't had any training to work up to this.  So if standing on your head is not in your practice, I'd like to offer you modifications. Please email me on the headstand day and I'll give you an option to help you prepare for the day that you can do a headstand.  If a 57 year old can effortlessly do a headstand, then you can also work up to this. If you are interested in private or small group yoga classes, let me know as I will be offering more this summer. 

Tomorrow, I will be contributing to Love Your Baby Day at Beloved Yoga Studio in Great Falls, VA  in the afternoon Be Empowered session on infertility.

Also exciting news is my interview will be coming up later this week on the Get Real Masterclass and with comes a handout on cancer and chronic dis-ease prevention. The weekend is a great time to catch up if you haven't had time to listen to this week's interviews. I especially liked the one on MINDful weight release and the microbiome. 

My goal is inspire, educate and empower you to feel and look your best at any age. Today and every day.

Carpe Diem,

Lisa

About Lisa Jackson, RN, CHC, RYT-500, FDN



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

She is the former 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, May 6, 2017

Happy Saturday and Weekend Replay; Get Real Masterclass Week 2

Week 2 of the Get Real Masterclass had some stellar interviews! There is so much great information packed into these talks that we wanted to give you an opportunity to create the space to listen and digest the knowledge that our experts share. 

I was traveling this week with my daughter visiting the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park to Glacier National Forest with virtually no cell service. 
Consequently, I was only able to listen to Robin Shirley's interview which was excellent. Here's a few points I'd like to share from her interview titled Health is a Journey:
Robin talks about her seventeen year journey to heal from juvenile arthritis. At a very young age, she qualified for disability, but instead chose a journey of diet and lifestyle changes. What at first felt like a life of deprivation, became a life worth living; filled with joy and meaning. Robin stresses the importance of making small changes until they become easy and enjoyable habits. Then move on to the next change or challenge. It is easy, and natural to have periods of feeling overwhelmed. Robin compares this to the four seasons, we have periods of feeling energetic and well mentally, physically and emotionally (in the spring and summer); followed by times of needing to rest and repair (winter hibernation). We need to honor these natural cycles in the body. Women also have 30 day cycles. We all have a 24 hour cycle where we need to balance activity with rest. ( See my Seven Ways to Seize the Day where I write about the importance of sleep in the healing process.) 
Although important, Robin needed to do more than just make dietary changes. What accelerated her healing was looking for hidden simmering infections in the gut microbiome. These may include viruses, bacteria, parasites or dysbiosis (an imbalance in microbes.) Heavy metal and environmental toxicity are also common hidden stressors. Virtually all tap water is contaminated with lead from leaded gasoline. Lead is transported via the air and then deposited via rain in our water tables.

As a Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist, I feel it's important to emphasize a few things. Robin discussed protocols to get rid of parasites, bacteria and viruses. It is important to have someone guide you with a personalized plan for what your unique body needs. Use functional testing to pinpoint exactly what is in the microbiome, and then the correct protocol, versus just searching the internet. 
The same goes for chelation for heavy metal toxicity. I've been off the charts for both lead and mercury. Symptoms of heavy metal toxicity can range from hypertension to anxiety and brain fog. It is easy to create a healing crisis if you are not careful. I've dealt with this for several years. It is important to address intestinal permeability first; otherwise you release toxins that can re-circulate back into the body, instead of safely removing them. Heavy metals are a primary source of intestinal permeability. Chelation and the detoxification process itself, can also create intestinal permeability. It can become a vicious cycle. So it's important to detoxify from a place of strength and then to go low and slow. This may take several months or even several years. 
The important thing is to not get too discouraged and to know that this is a journey. It doesn't have to be painful, nor complicated. What it does require is a commitment to self. Per my Seven Steps to Optimal Health, "Celebrate each small step."
I know it can be a challenge to set aside time each day so we wanted to let you play catch up this weekend. Please use the links below to access the audio interviews and FREE gifts from our special experts!






Cheers to a weekend of fun, learning and self-care! We'd love to know your favorite interview from Week 2 and why, so drop us a line...

Warmly,

Laura & Lisa
 

PS

I also had the privilege last week  to do an online interview with The Health Coach Rebel describing my book and Seven Steps towards Optimal Health.  Click Here to Listen or

http://thomunderwood.net/project/ep-13-lisa-jackson-seven-steps-optimal-health/

I would love your feedback. What did you find valuable? What did you learn? Let me know if you have any questions. Also, let me know if you would like to schedule a short discovery call to see if we are a good fit for each other.

Carpe Diem!

Lisa

About Lisa Jackson, RN, CHC, RYT-500, FDN



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

She is the former 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, April 29, 2017

Get Real Masterclass Replay weekend and free gifts

I had the privilege of being interviewed yesterday for the Get Real Masterclass by my friend and colleague Laura Newby.  This started on Monday and my interview will be the last one aired on cancer and chronic disease prevention. If you'd like to listen in to this free summit series and catchup with any of the experts below sign up @ www.getrealmasterclass.com 

Welcome to the Replay Weekend! 

Week 1 has been amazing, and the feedback thus far has been very positive. Thank you so much for joining this powerful online interview series. We are thrilled to share our expert interviews with you and hope that you are learning as much as we are! 

I know it can be a challenge to set aside time each day or perhaps you joined us a day or two after Get Real! started, so we wanted to let you catch up today and tomorrow. Please use the links below to access the audio interviews and FREE gifts from our special experts!








We hope your Replay Weekend is full of insights, relaxation and FUN! Feel free to hit reply with any comments or questions - we love hearing from you! 

Warmly,
Laura

P.S. Have you joined the discussion on our Facebook page?

P.P.S. What were your Aha moments when listening to these amazing interviews? Which interview resonated the most deeply for you? Hit reply and let me know! I read every response. :)

Carpe Diem!

Lisa

Friday, April 28, 2017

Bringing Light into the Darkness

I said in my dedication in my book, "My hope is that some of these words will shine light into the darkness."

What I am beginning to understand is the value of the darkness. 

The cultural norm is to want us all "to be happy" Don't get me wrong. I love the light. I crave the light. However, it is in the darkness where healing happens. It is the pain that breaks us open. It is in acknowledging our wounds, licking the wound, loving the wounded, that allows healing to occur.

Using the analogies of my previous post, Moving from Tragedy to Transformation, reminds me that you cannot rush the process.
A diamond is formed from a lump of coal under extreme pressure. 
A caterpillar literally burns itself up to become a butterfly.
The discomfort of labor brings forth an amazing joyful miracle.
A diamond will not form without time and pressure. The caterpillar must go through the process. It takes a full nine months of gestation and then often hours for the birth of a baby. We cannot rush this without consequence.

We must love, honor and cherish all that life gives us. It is because of the darkness that we can appreciate the light.

So often, because of our own discomfort, we want to rush the process. Especially if you consider yourself a healer. We want to "fix" the problem. We want to make the pain go away. Our entire healthcare system is set up for the "quick fix." For every human condition, we have a new ICD 10 code, a diagnosis and a label. Doctors can then correlate that list of symptoms with a pharmaceutical drug to "fix" the condition. You see this when you turn on the television or the New York Times or any magazine that gets revenue from the largest lobby on Capitol Hill. We are brainwashed to think that we have to seek outside "expert" opinions to heal ourselves. It's true, we feel better just making the call to the Doctor. This is because we have conditioned ourselves to do so. I also wrote about this and the power of the placebo and nocebo in my book. We are constantly seeking the truth outside of ourselves.

The difference in a Thriver and a Survivor is that Thrivers learn to trust their intuition. Thrivers discover how to heal from within.

I'm not dissing the experts. I believe that it does indeed take a village and that we were not meant to be on this earth alone. I believe in seeking support to enrich all areas of our lives.

What I am saying is that sometimes, instead of putting on a bandaid and taking drugs to mask symptoms, we need to pick up the wounded child and embrace her....unconditionally, without judgment.

We need to love and embrace the darkness.

I cannot tell you how many people have asked me about my recently widowed daughter. "How is she doing?" and "How can she afford to take this 100 day journey?" I sense they are implying that this is impractical and irresponsible. Shouldn't she be worried about how she is going to pay her bills now? (Yes, without a doubt she is worrying about this)

This is my response. Sometimes we need to slow down to heal. Sometimes we need to look beyond the physical, beyond the bank account, take a leap of faith and learn to trust our own intuition. We need to embrace all of our emotions and feelings. Time to allow ourselves to feel the pain and the anger. Time for self reflection; to recognize the denial, the doubt and the fear. Time to love and accept all the emotions, so we can release them. As I said last week in my Carpe Diem Dance class,
"Emotions are merely energy in motion. Witnessing them, as we witness our thoughts in meditation, is a way of clearing the mind, the body and the soul."
My friends who have known me through my own personal tragedies, have witnessed when I've been "closed for renovation."  When I couldn't uphold my nickname, "The energizer bunny." When I've had to question everything and focus on self health. When I've discovered acceptance and surrender, inside the cocoon of darkness. When we hit rock bottom, we have no choice if we want to transform. This is the gift and the beauty of rock bottom.

Most recently, to heal my own adrenal fatigue (or now more accurately called HPA axis dysfunction), I've had to practice my own unconditional self love.

If your health journey has led to a dead end, if you would like guidance on ways to heal from within, or if you would like a safe space to explore all of yourself, consider the gift and investment of health coaching.

Wishing you unconditional self love,

Lisa

ABOUT LISA JACKSON, RN, CHC, RYT-500, FDN

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

She is the former 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, April 21, 2017

Fundamentals: Sometimes we just plain forget the Simple Solutions!


Optimal Health is not complicated. Maximize, Minimize and Prioritize. Do these three things consistently and your body can naturally heal and repair from even the scariest diagnoses.


I've put in over 10,000 hours of study in applied functional medicine and functional diagnostic nutrition. I've coached hundreds healing from everything from infertility to autoimmune disease and cancers. I'm fascinated by complex health histories and marvel at the bodies natural ability to heal, once we've uncovered hidden stressors and get to the root cause of of the dis-ease.

I say this not to brag (although client testimonials are what keep me going). I say this because sometimes it's so easy to get caught up in all the data and to forget the fundamentals. To forget the simple solutions.

Let me give you an example. I've seen multiple clients with intense anxiety and autoimmune disease (where the body is literally attacking your own tissue), heal both (symptoms in remission), by eliminating gluten and other food sensitivities. I am not talking about celiac. Many will test negative on IgE test but that does not mean that they can tolerate gluten.  In fact, if you have a cancer or an autoimmune disease then the first thing you have to do is remove inflammatory foods, and heal the gastrointestinal tract. It is intestinal permeability (leaky gut) that has allowed large protein molecules to enter the gut associated lymphatic tissue (GALT) to create the antibodies that attack the tissue.  If you cannot remove the inflammatory foods, then you cannot heal the gut.

This is fundamental to functional medicine. Unfortunately, this is still not common knowledge in conventional medicine. Once you have one autoimmune disease you are prone to others. The only way to reverse the flood of antibodies attacking the body, is to turn off the spigot.

I've asked myself, why do we suddenly have this epidemic and increasing numbers of autoimmune disease? When I graduated from nursing school in 1981 there were a handful, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, Crohn's. Now there are over a hundred! We didn't know then that epilepsy, macular degeneration, and type 1 diabetes (called juvenile diabetes way back then) are also autoimmune. I didn't know this as a nurse. Most of your doctors don't know this. I didn't know this until I studied functional medicine. Years ago, I was diagnosed with my first autoimmune disease, vitiligo. I was told there was nothing I could do about it. I was told to just wear sunscreen over my unsightly hands, elbows, knees and spots on my mouth and eyelids. I also wore a lot of makeup back then.

How has this happened in my lifetime? First, we are bombarded with chemicals and toxins in our food, water, personal care, cleaning products and lawn service products. Second, our wheat used to be 4% gluten. Today it has been hybridized so that it is ~50% gluten which makes for wonderful gummy, gooey breads. Good for the tastebuds, not so good for your gut.

Unfortunately, both of these factors play havoc on the gut. Chemicals, toxins, OTC drugs and gluten cause inflammation and wear and tear on the thin lining between the gastrointestinal tract and the immune system. The immune system is your friendly police force designed to protect you. When there are foreign invaders like undigested food, the police start firing and your body feels the collateral damage.

Gluten also causes the excretion of zonulin which actually opens up the tight junctures in the gut allowing undigested protein to enter the gut associated lymphatic tissue (GALT).  These tight junctures are designed to only allow macronutrients like amino acids to pass thru the gut and send bigger molecules downstream for further breakdown and digestion.


If your your defense system has to spend all of its resources fighting undigested food particles, what is left over to fight viruses, toxins, chemicals and pesticides (which also pass through)?



Today, a colleague just posted another new study from the NY Times that dormant viruses can cause multiple diseases . A second colleague posted a story in the Atlantic how autoimmune disease is the root cause of psychiatric disorders in young children. These are treated with heavy duty pharmaceutical interventions which can be life-saving. What is missing from these stories are the fundamentals. Well meaning providers and newscasters are not educated on the fundamentals. Review the first slide to see the effects on the brain, the adrenals and systemic inflammation.

So what do we do to prevent, and heal and repair our out-of-control autoimmunity? We enlist the 5 R's of functional medicine. Simple Solutions that are the fundamental foundation to health:
  1. REMOVE the inflammatory foods, 
  2. REPLETE nutritional insufficiencies, (whole foods/micronutrient testing)
  3. REPAIR the gut lining with supplemental herbal solutions, aloe vera, bone broth soup
  4. RE-INOCULATE the gut, 
  5. REST and digest (or mate and ovulate if that is your goal) and alleviate external and internal hidden stressors. 
This is why food is the foundation. Stress reduction, addressing toxicity, and a healthy gut are essential fundamentals to health.

The truth is this. I don't care how many supplements and/or medications you are taking. If you cannot sleep, and you are still eating food that is inflammatory, then you are resigned to a lifetime of drugs to alleviate symptoms.  Good for big pharma and the processed food industry, not good for you!

If you want to heal, then commit to simple, small incremental changes over a minimum of 3-6 month period. Otherwise you will continue to waste money on other therapies. You cannot ignore simple solutions, and the fundamentals. Not if you want to heal from within.

This is where a health coach with applied functional medicine and functional diagnostic nutrition training becomes an invaluable member of the healthcare team. Health coaching and nutrition can uncover key missing pieces to your unique puzzle.

Let me know if you are ready to remove the physical blocks and uncover hidden stressors that are keeping you from obtaining optimal health. I have left the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and am now opening up my practice to taking on a few more committed clients. I welcome the opportunity to be a witness to your optimal health. Please schedule a short discovery call with me to see if we are a good fit for each other.

Carpe Diem,

Lisa

About Lisa Jackson, RN, CHC, RYT-500, FDN
Lisa is an author, inspirational speaker and a coach with a mission to inspire others to feel and look their best at any age.

She is the former 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.