Last week I had the great blessing of participating once again in a vision quest. During a vision quest, you “labor” for a vision that is meant to help define the next steps you are meant to take to fulfill your life purpose and be of the greatest service to the planet and all whom you share it with. What is a vision quest? Different cultures have different ways of getting in tune with Spirit. I have participated in several that include plant medicine of various kinds, but a vision quest undertaken in the traditional Lakota way is done without substances of any kind. Instead, preparations are made by infusing 405 prayer ties with prayers, fasting is done while on the mountain for 4 days and 3 nights, and the entire time is spent immersed deeply in communion with Spirit. (more…)
About eight years ago, after finishing another graduate degree, I was literally dragging myself out of bed every morning. I went from an energetic woman who hopped out of bed every morning to go running to a woman who kept hitting the snooze button on the alarm clock. I felt myself fighting falling asleep every afternoon at work. I couldn’t wait to go to bed every night; in fact, it was my new favorite time of day! I was exhausted. My memory was shot. I had been used to remembering every single patient’s story and plan of care without having to refer to their chart. In fact, many of my patients were amazed at what I considered a “normal memory.” However, with the extreme fatigue came extreme brain fog. I became alarmed and started searching for answers. (more…)
Reversing autoimmunity is possible. I did it. Hundreds of my patients have done it. And we all did it in a way that fit our own unique root causes.
The root causes of autoimmune disease are what I call the four corner pieces of the autoimmune puzzle. Given that you are unlike any other human on this earth, you need to think of any chronic health issue you have as a unique puzzle that must be solved. In my book, Solving the Autoimmune Puzzle, I detail how to solve any chronic health issue. Here I will briefly discuss how to get started in solving your puzzle.
Not so long ago, shamans were being wiped out and oppressed in countries all over the world. In some places people couldn’t even own a drum. Today, many people do not understand what a shaman is or what shamanism means. There are misunderstandings within churches because religious leaders, not knowing what shamans do, may preach that shamanic practices go against Christianity, Islam, or Judaism. This is really based on a misconception. Healing is at the heart of shamanism. (more…)
What is now the #1 chronic health problem in the United States? Hint: it’s notwhat you will find on the Internet: heart disease or cancer or diabetes or Alzheimer’s.
If you guessed autoimmune disease, you were right. Autoimmunity impacts more people than heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s combined. (In fact, all of these diseases are now actually classified under the umbrella of autoimmune disease!) (more…)
I recently returned from a “bucket list” trip to Southeast Asia where we visited temples, stupas, and pagodas in Myanmar, Thailand, and Cambodia. It was an epic journey that centered around the ancient structures built by the Khmer civilization between the 9thand 12th centuries. (more…)