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Anxiety, Trauma & Mental Illness

Why is mental illness rampant in modern society? We seem to be almost all be struggling with some amount of post traumatic stress and anxiety. ...
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Why are the Rates of MCAS Increasing?

More and more people are realizing that they may have a condition called Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), or related conditions such as histamine intolerance ...
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What are Brain Exercises and Why Are They Important?

We use a protocol that we call Brain Exercises in our coaching program Immune Resilience, and I want to share more about what these are ...
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How to Resolve Chronic Constipation

We need to talk about chronic constipation. This issue is a major concern for our long term health and recovery potential. The colon is a ...
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How to Improve Fertility

We have lost the traditional art of optimizing fertility and people are struggling to get pregnant as a result! We can optimize our fertility through ...
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How to Heal the Skin

This article can help with anything from eczema, psoriasis, chronic hives, rashes, itching, dryness, acne, or any other problem with the skin, because in reality, ...
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You Don’t Need a Diagnosis To Heal!

 Do you have confusing, ambiguous symptoms that you’ve fallen down all sorts of rabbit holes about but still don’t have clear answers for? Welcome, so ...
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How to Recover from Chronic Fatigue

Chronic fatigue is not usual tiredness- it is debilitating, crushing exhaustion. Your body is having an energy crisis on a cellular level. It is not ...
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How to Heal Digestive Disorders

Digestive disorders such as IBS, Celiac’s, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and other digestive disorders are not addressed differently- they are simply different manifestations of two ...
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All About Neurological Conditions

What happens when the connection between the brain and the rest of the nervous system becomes disrupted? People can have a variety of bizarre neurological ...
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All About the Thyroid

How do we heal the thyroid? Of course, you are not going to get away from the foundations that I ALWAYS work on with my ...
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All About Adrenal Fatigue

  What is adrenal fatigue, and is this even a real concept? Our adrenal glands help us function by producing necessary stress hormones (cortisol, epinephrine, ...
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What are Herxheimer Reactions?

Herxheimer reaction is the more clinical term for describing the negative symptoms that occur when your body is detoxifying. It was originally used to describe ...
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Understanding Dysautonomia

I am always reluctant to write posts about particular conditions because the reality is, a diagnosis does not give us any information about the root ...
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All About Organ Meats!

Organ meats are the ultimate food as medicine. They may not be popular foods in the modern world, but they are actually one of the ...
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Understanding the Blue Zone Data

This is a post about the Blue zones, because I get asked about the blue zone data all the time! On the surface, a lot ...
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How to Live a Non Toxic Lifestyle – Without Going Crazy!

We have mixed feelings when we talk about “toxins” at Whole Body Healing. On one hand, the effect of toxicity on the body is profound ...
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Juicing: Fad? Or Helpful?

Juicing! This is a popular fad that many people immediately think of when they hear terms like “cleansing” or “healing” or even “healthy”. Walk into ...
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The Harms of Germophobia

Many of my clients have a big fear of food poisoning, especially as they start cooking and fermenting their own traditional foods. The three major ...
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Is Fasting Helpful or Harmful?

Is fasting helpful or harmful to our health? As with most things- it depends on your specific situation! Fasting is a powerful tool, but can ...
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Should You Adopt a Restrictive Diet if You Have a History of Eating Disorders?

If you have a history of eating disorders or dieting, is it safe to adopt a restrictive therapeutic diet? This is a question I get ...
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The Key to Healing Chronic Illness is Consistency

Consistency is the most important thing you can cultivate to healing chronic illness. As a clinician having worked with hundreds of people with chronic illnesses, ...
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How to Deal with Triggers!

Always remember: social media is the highlight reel. It is not an accurate representation of all the true ups and downs in life. The truth ...
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When We Have to Heal from Western Medicine

Chronic illness comes in two parts. First, recognizing the original roots of our illness in the dysfunction of Western diet, culture, and lifestyle. Second, recognize ...
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What Causes Eating Disorders? A Nutritional Perspective

What actually causes eating disorders? Conventional mental health models have a very specific model for how eating disorders develop, that relate to mental and emotional ...
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The Problem with Anti Microbials

This is a common pattern: we kill off the SIBO, parasites, candida or chronic virus and we feel great! Our symptoms feel better for a ...
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Can You Heal on a Limited Budget?

How do you heal when on a limited budget? Many people think that you need disposable income to afford high end organic foods, expensive supplements, ...
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How do you heal SIBO?

What is SIBO? SIBO stands for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, and it is where opportunistic strains of bacteria overgrow in the small intestine. This can ...
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Are you a highly sensitive person or do you have a microbiome issue?

Are you a highly sensitive person? Or do you have a microbiome issue? The truth is that a lot of times what we think of ...
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How to Make Sauerkraut and Other Fermented Vegetable Options!

Ferments hit different after you have started resetting the microbiome! That is why it is very important to introduce fermented vegetables slowly, and no sooner ...
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The Truth About Saturated Fat

People have a lot of questions about saturated fat! This often comes up with my clients because a lot of the dietary protocols that I ...
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All About Yogurt, Kefir and Sour Cream

Fermented foods are the cornerstone of gut microbiome repair. Unfortunately, the yogurt you buy at the grocery store is mostly flash fermented. This means that ...
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Meat Stock: The Magic Healing Power of Soup!

What is meat stock? Is it a powerful tool when it comes to healing the gut lining, plus all the nerves and collagenous tissues of ...
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Why Healing Your Hormones Means Healing Your Microbiome!

People who are dealing with some kind of hormonal imbalance often ask why I am talking to them about healing the gut when they are ...
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Myths About Ketosis

Before we get into myths about a ketogenic diet, let’s talk about metabolic health in general. Metabolic health is basically how well our body is ...
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All About B Vitamins

Okay, so let’s talk about B vitamins. B vitamins are essential for our nervous system function. If someone is coming to me with any kind ...
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Is Neuromeditation Right For You?

Mike Welch is our resident Neuromeditation coach here at Whole Body Healing. Neuromeditation is an excellent nervous system regulation tool that is accessible to do ...
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Stop Food Fear!

Stop fearing whole foods! In this video I discuss why “pro-dieters” and “anti-dieters” get this wrong. There is a reasonable middle ground we can find ...
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The First Steps I Took on My Healing Journey

My healing journey was trial and error! I don’t recommend everything I did early on in my recovery because I was still learning- and it ...
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Excuses, Discomfort and Transformation

There are two trends I see sabotage people when trying to heal. One is going off your healing protocols because you get sick- a cold ...
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How to Build Resilience Back

How do you build resilience back? The key is to find the balance between pushing the edges of your capacity in a helpful way that ...
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Should I do a parasite Cleanse?

Parasite cleanses are totally “in” right now! Is this really a good idea? First, we have to remember that parasites are a normal part of ...
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Mindset for Healing

It’s funny how things come full circle… Many of you know that I started my career as a mental health therapist. In my work as ...
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Startling Information about Histamines

Before we start, we must make it clear that histamine intolerance and mast cell activation is a SYMPTOM of a deeper root cause. Everything we ...
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Healing is a long game…

We are so used to the idea of “healing” being a quick fix presented to us by a surgery, pill, or a week long “cleanse”. ...
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Detox Heavy Metals with a Holistic Approach

Are heavy metals a root cause to your gut dysbiosis? One major reason is that some people struggle so much with candida and parasites is ...
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What’s the best sugar alternative?

What’s up with SWEETNESS? The sweet flavor in food is not inherently bad. People have been eating sweet foods in traditional societies as far back ...
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How to read a nutrition label

How do you read a food package? It can feel daunting to learn how to decipher food packaging, but here are the key steps: Ignore ...
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Red Flags to Look Out For When Choosing a Practitioner

There are a lot of clinicians and practitioners out there advertising their services. It’s hard to pick what path the follow! People are often confused ...
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How to Optimize Sleep

Resetting Your Circadian Rhythm: Essential PracticesThis is a 20 step process to fully reset your circadian rhythm. Regardless of which type ofdisrupted sleep you have, ...
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How to Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve

Vagus Nerve Exercises:Use these daily practices to stimulate your vagus nerve
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What Can We Learn From Traditional Diets?

Principles of traditional diets: Dr. Weston A Price was one of the first Westerners to travel the world looking for traditional cultures that had not ...
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Has Your Brain Been Hijacked By Microbes??

Is your brain being hijacked by microbes? Most of us don’t realize, but our minds are run (in part) by the microbes living in our ...
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Why you are stuck in a “cleanse and binge” cycle!

People get stuck in cleanse-binge cycles because they think they are eating “healthy” but they are actually starving themselves! By and large, people who come ...
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Healing is Messy

The healing process is complex. It is not clear cut or linear. Many people feel like there is going to be a predictable line of ...
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What I Ate to Heal MCAS: My Transformative Journey

I get asked all the time: what do you eat day to day? My diet now is very different than the diets I was on ...
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How to Use Light to Heal Your Nervous System

A lot of people with chronic illness find that if they redesign their lives around natural light exposure, their healing progresses at a much faster ...
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What Can We Learn From Traditional Diet

Nourishing Traditions – The Legacy of Weston A. Price and the Power of Traditional Knowledge       Weston A. Price was a dentist who in the ...
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Treating Breathing Disorders

Treating Breathing Disorders Breath is often called the force of life- and it truly is in both a literal and metaphorical way. However, the power ...
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STOP Fighting Your Own Immune System. Working WITH Your Body, Not Against It, Is the Only Way to True Health

The Synergy of the Microbiome We assume the worst of our bodies. We cover ourselves in anti bacterial soaps, take antibiotics, disinfect ourselves and our ...
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No Bad Kids: How to Address Child Behavioral Problems Holistically

There is no such thing as a bad kid. There are only imbalanced brains. Imbalanced brains can manifest as many types of behavioral problems in kids, ...
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Is There a Universal Healthiest Diet for Humans?

Is there a universal healthiest diet for humans?      This is one of the biggest questions of our time! With the explosion of nutritionists, health ...
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Healing ADD Naturally

Healing ADD: Assessing and Working with Your ADD Type       Forgetting your wallet- again. Getting stuck scrolling endlessly on social media. Unable to get out ...
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Why You Can’t Rely On Plants for Protein

Why Animal Foods are the Best Protein Source for Improving Mental Health      The one thing carnivores, omnivores and herbivores all have in common is ...
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Using Vibration for Vagus Nerve Health

Using Vibration for Nervous System Healing      Our nervous system functions and communicates in frequencies. This can be understood on a strictly scientific level, as ...
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To People Who Say “I’ve Tried Everything- I Just Don’t Heal”! Here’s Why What You Tried Didn’t Work…

     I’ve heard it many times. “I’ve tried EVERYTHING, and nothing works. I just keep getting sicker.” I get it! You’ve tried all the popular ...
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Assessing and Improving Vagal Tone

Friends! I’ve been doing nervous system healing work for years and this ASTOUNDED me. What if you could assess and improve the function of your ...
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Guided Visualizations

Guided Visualization for Safety and Grounding Visualization for Acceptance of Emotions Visualization for Trauma Release Visualization for Inner Child Healing
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The Power of the Vagus Nerve

The Power of the Vagus Nerve      If we are trying to understand the connection between mind and body, we must consider the vagus nerve. ...
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Travel as Ceremony

Everything you do is sacred. Every experience can be a ceremony. My partner Mike and I just got back from an almost 4 week long ...
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How to Deal with the Unexpected

And keep your relationship intact! My partner Mike (Ritual FitCraft) and I discuss ways to deal with unexpected adversity and chaos while strengthening your relationship, ...
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What Diets Will Heal Histamine and Mast Cell issues… and Which Won’t!

There is a difference to REDUCING SYMPTOMS and REVERSING THE DEEP, ROOT CAUSES OF YOUR ILLNESS! Here are the primary factors we need to take ...
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Healing Brain Inflammation: An Underlying Cause of Mental Illness and Cognitive Decline

     Have you ever felt like your brain wasn’t working? Many people today struggle chronically with lack of motivation, problems with executive functioning (organizing tasks), ...
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Are Psychiatric Medications the Answer?

     If we assume that we need a medication to fix mental illness, we also assume that the illness is a simple malfunction that only ...
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Food and Feelings: Heal Your Emotional Relationship with Food

Food and Feelings: How to Heal Our Emotional Relationships with Food People have complex relationships with food. Whether it’s a history of engaging in fad ...
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Could Amino Acid Deficiency Be at the Root of Your Mental Illness?

Have you been to talk therapy for years without a significant decrease in your symptoms? Do you practice all the coping skills and still can’t ...
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A Nervous System Based Approach to Healing

How to Make Friends with Your Illness Understanding Health and Illness Through a Nervous System Based Perspective      Making friends with your illness may seem ...
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Nutrients Needed for Healthy Hormones!

     Hormones matter! They are a major dictator of our mood on a day to day level. Anyone who has gone through hormone replacement therapy ...
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The Crimes We Commit Against Our Gut: These Foods are KNOWN To Trigger Allergies Through Leaky Gut!

Your gut lining is the major modulator of your immune system. If we have chronic inflammation in the lining of our gut, it creates micro ...
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A Starving Brain is a Stressed Brain!

We talk about stress management a lot. Popular psychology discusses the impact of our relationships, work life, finances, and emotional state on our brains. And ...
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My Story: Healing from Mast Cell Activation Syndrome

When I was 25, I started getting sick. Really sick. Every day, I felt like I was dying. I started getting escalating symptoms in every ...
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