Migraine Help

Migraine is classified as the 6th most disabling illness by WHO. I get that as a migraine sufferer myself! I’ve written about it several times on the blogs but two interesting bits on migraine this morning in my inbox I thought might be useful for you.

First an overview and a couple of videos from Dr Osborne. Migraine is a neurological disorder and gluten is a very common culprit because gluten related illnesses are neurological, not gut based as we have always believed. Read more on the http://www.trulyglutenfree.co.uk site and put ‘migraine’ in the search box, for example.

Also, see my factsheet on Migraine for some links to posts here.

Dr Osborne gives us a really useful infographic of 16 top factors to consider in migraine:

gluten is a known migraine trigger

And you can read his full article and view some pretty comprehensive videos here:

16 Food and Chemical Migraine Triggers

Next, a new product for migraine called Dolovent is making the news. It’s sadly not TGF-safe because it contains corny Vitamin C etc but I share it so that you can maybe collate a similar product using TGF safe separate items, which is what I am doing. It contains some of the most researched elements involved in migraine including B2 (riboflavin), magnesium and CoQ10, which I have been taking separately as TGF safe versions.

You can read a lot more about it here.

I wish they had given proper information about the forms of the nutrients – for example, I think I read it uses magnesium oxide which is not really a very absorbable form.  I use magnesium citrate or sprays. However, I am wondering if they have used oxide as it is better in some cases for oxygenation, which we know is an issue in migraine – or is it just because it is the cheapest form!? I don’t know.

Anyway, I share it here for you so you can see an example of a nutrition-based migraine supplement. You may want to do as I do, as I say, and take them separately to suit your needs better. You might also want to combine it with one of the migraine herbal supplements that include butterbur or feverfew. Check the TGF master list for safe products always, of course, and the updated list of add-ons which is in the TGF Facebook group Files for you, thanks to the ever-sleuth-like and efficient Christine 🙂

Lastly, my other advice for this is to get some structural physical work done to soften your neck, spine, scalp and jaw. Any blocks to oxygen and blood flow to the head is going to cause a migraine or exacerbate it. Cranial osteopathy is a good bet, combined with massage.

Lastly (again!), anxiety is a big issue in this too. Are you screwing your face up or holding your jaw tight? If so, do some meditation daily – use one of Julie’s audio downloads, the Yoga Nidra CD, a session or two with Julie (the quickest option!) or other of the stuff I’ve recommended in the Mind-Body Medicine section for you.

Either way, I hope it helps. I wouldn’t wish migraine on my worst enemy as they say!

No More ARG Zen – Alternatives For You

200 mg of ZenFor those of you following one of the Adrenal Plans, you will know about the brilliant anti-anxiety, cortisol-lowering Allergy Research Group Zen product. It’s worked for most like a dream. But it has just been delisted in the UK – aargh!! I wish they would stop doing this. The reason is because we now not allowed to sell straight GABA, it seems; a bit like we can’t have pure DHEA in the UK – which is actually not a bad thing in my book, but that is a whole other story.

I do actually prefer encouraging the body to make its own substances like oestrogen, cortisol, DHEA and GABA etc where possible because that way the body can decide how much it needs. Doing otherwise is a sort of form of HRT – a replacement therapy – rather than a boost the production therapy, like using 7 keto-zyme as a precursor for DHEA rather than too-strong-in-many-cases straight DHEA itself, for example or giving oestrogen or progesterone for hormone difficulties instead of checking and boosting the adrenals. That said, sometimes needs must and that’s when I’ve used it.

OK, so up to now, we have used straight GABA in Zen to increase GABA levels in the nervous system and brain. GABA is the key inhibitory neurotransmitter and is therefore very calming; some people call it the body’s Valium. Essentially, we were using it in cases of acute stress adrenal profiles to lower the stress levels and decrease the need for the adrenals to pump out cortisol – simply put: in a nutshell it was to lower stress levels when cortisol was high.

So, now Zen has gone, we need to find other ways of doing that. Obviously, it goes without saying that this is in addition to the usual lowering stress techniques like meditation, yoga, breathwork, controlling your blood sugar, ensuring magnesium levels (known to increase GABA itself) and your B vits.

The other thing we need to say is that I always prefer you do a neurotransmitter test and work with a practitioner when using these sort of things, please. These are complex supplements, designed to support and change brain levels of some key elements. Always best to know what you need rather than just stick stuff in.

So, that said, here is a list of your possible alternatives and I will change the Adrenal Plans accordingly for you too. I offer a few ideas so that you can choose what might suit you best. As always, start low and build up, trial to see how you get on and follow all the manufacturer’s – and your practitioner’s – instructions.

A straight alternative for now to Zen would be Quicksilver GABA with L Theanine, exactly the same as Zen but half the strength. Four pumps equals one capsule of Zen. I assume that will go soon too. Not TGF. You can find a lot more info on it here.

Next best, and the one I will be using in the Adrenal Plans, is NeuroScience Kavinace which includes what GABA is made from in the body plus taurine, which is also a known precursor for GABA production. TGF safe – yay! Here’s a bit more info on this one for you:

Neuroscience Kavinace 120 caps combines two powerful ingredients that together effectively address symptoms of stress, anxiousness, and sleep issues. This formula contains the GABA derivative 4-amino-3-phenylbutyric acid, which easily crosses the blood-brain barrier and acts as a GABAB agonist.*1 Kavinace also contains taurine, which functions as a calming amino acid.* Taurine is a GABAA agonist and may increase GABA levels by increasing synthesis, preventing breakdown, and blocking reuptake of GABA.*2-4 Kavinace also includes vitamin B6, an important cofactor for the synthesis of GABA.

It’s a highly specialist product that one so not cheap. If you need a cheaper alternative, you could of course take Taurine or L-Theanine on their own.

Taurine is often used at 500mg twice a day on an empty tum to support GABA production. It’s the most often used supplement for GABA-calming. ARG do a 500mg version here. TGF.

Or, Higher Nature do L-Theanine 100mg. There was 100mg per capsule in Zen. TGF.

Interestingly, L-Theanine works partly by blocking glutamate receptors but can raise dopamine so if it makes you feel more anxious, I’d be testing your neurotransmitters to see if your dopamine is high – which it can be in CSS (central sensitivity syndrome) – ME/FM, chronic pain and sensitivity type patients, take note.

Finally, when I moaned at ARG, who are acutely aware of most of my TGF patient needs by now!, they reminded me that liver is a precursor food for GABA. So, munch more liver or take a liver product – I’ve actually got some of this to try myself for other reasons, but haven’t dared yet as I can’t stand the stuff ;).

Anyway, I have partly shared all this with you so you can make choices, but also to show you what exactly goes on in my day to day life of creating these plans and protocols for you! It’s not as easy as you might think – especially when the rules keep changing!

To finish: you might find this article useful if you are suffering anxiety as it gives a good overall rundown of what to do and consider:

How to Reduce Anxiety and Stress

And see my factsheet on Stress, Anxiety & Depression here.

Hope that helps; I’m off for a lie down! Meantime, here is the info on recommended suppliers if you need it – I just remembered that right at the end!

New Mycotoxins Mould/Mold Toxins Test

Aflatoxins

At last, I have managed to get my hands on the RealTime Labs Mycotoxins test for you and have listed it on the shop. Not cheap by any means but, since inhaled mould toxins have been linked to quite a few chronic diseases in recent years, it might be money worth spent to check it out of your illness is not resolving and you suspect it.

Here’s the blurb on the shop section for you and you can get the test here.

Mycotoxins (Mould/Mold toxins) Test

In recent times, quite a few studies have been suggesting that chronic diseases including lupus, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia can be triggered or exacerbated by toxins released and inhaled from indoor moulds (molds).

I have now managed to list the RealTime Lab’s urinary Mycotoxins Test, which looks for the top 15 mould toxins. You can see a sample report here. Do also read the lab FAQ on it here too which has some really useful info about sample collection and other stuff. Not cheap but could provide some really important answers for you. This is done via a UK lab so no need to send to the US.

Next, here is some useful info on the test and the various moulds and toxins they release for you:

What are Mycotoxins?
There are estimated to be over 50,000 different species of mold, but only about 200 present serious health risks to humans or animals. These harmful species are referred to as toxic mold and are potentially hazardous because they can produce toxins known as mycotoxins. 

The mycotoxins discussed here are the Trichothecenes, Aflatoxins, Ochratoxins, Gliotoxin, Chaetoglobosins and Sterigmatocystin. Where conditions are right, fungi proliferate into colonies and mycotoxin levels become high. Toxins vary greatly in their severity: some fungi produce severe toxins only at specific levels of moisture, temperature or oxygen in the air; some toxins are lethal; some cause identifiable diseases or health problems; some weaken the immune system without producing symptoms specific to that toxin; some act as allergens or irritants, and some have no known effect on humans. 

Trichothecenes are evaluated by using Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbant Assay (ELISA).  The test at RTL has been validated as a qualitative test.  Thus, RTL reports whether tricothecenes are PRESENT or NOT PRESENT. 

Aflatoxins are evaluated using ImmunoSorbant Columns containing antibodies to the group of aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1, and G2).  Results are reported as PRESENT or NOT PRESENT.

Ochratoxin A is evaluated using immunoSorbant Columns containing antibodies to the Ochratoxin A.  Results are reported as PRESENT or NOT PRESENT.

Health Problems Associated With Molds and Mycotoxins
Mycotoxins are well documented for their toxic effects on the human cell, causing a number of problems in normal cell function and association with a wide variety of clinical symptoms and diseases:

  • Kidney Toxicity
  • Immune Suppression
  • Autism
  • Neurotoxicity
  • Depression
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Acute Pulmonary Haemorrhage
  • Aplastic Anaemia
  • Birth Defects

Who Should Be Tested?
In light of the above, if you believe someone’s health may be compromised by exposure to mold, it may be worth having the person tested using the RealTime Lab Mycotoxin Panel.

How Are They Tested?
The Mycotoxin Panel is a urinary sample, but sputum, nasal washes and tissues biopsy specimens have also been validated. Patients must be referred for the RealTime Labs by a physician or healthcare professional. If mold or mycotoxins are found to be present, the ordering healthcare professional is notified by our Medical Director.

Testing is done using competitive ELISA, a very sensitive detection method using antibodies prepared against mycotoxins. RealTime Labs has been granted a U.S. patent for its macrocyclic trichothecene test. All mycotoxin testing results are displayed in an easy-to-understand numeric format, showing detection levels in ppb as standardized by the FDA, WHO, CDC and Food Industry for clinical use. Results also tell if the test was positive, negative or equivocal, along with ranges of detection for each.

 

 
 
 
Aspergillus flavus

Aspergillus flavus
Mycotoxin; A. flavus produces aflatoxins, the most toxic and potent hepato-carcinogenic natural compounds ever characterized. There are four major Aflatoxins: B1, B2, G1, G2. Aflatoxin B1 is the most potent carcinogen and is the major mycotoxin produced by A. flavus.

Aspergillus ochraceus

Aspergillus ochraceus
Ochratoxin A has been shown to interfere with cellular physiology in multiple ways. It inhibits synthesis of phenylalanine t-RNA complex, inhibits mitochondrial ATP production, and stimulates lipid peroxidation.

Aspergillus niger

Aspergilus niger
Aspergillus nigeras has also been associated with urinary tract infections and bladder cancers. Ochratoxin has been detected in blood and other animal tissues and in milk, including human milk.

 
Penicillium verrucosum

Penicillium verrucosum
Penicillium verrucosum has also been associated with urinary tract infections and bladder cancers. Ochratoxin has been detected in blood and other animal tissues and in milk, including human milk.

Stachybotrys chartarum

Stachybotrys chartarum
Stachybotrys chartarum is the well-known “black mold” seen in many water damaged buildings. It produces a number of highly toxic macrocyclic trichothecenes.

Aspergillus fumigatus

Aspergillus fumigatus
A. fumigatus is frequently found in homes and buildings. It is considered to be an opportunistic pathogen, meaning it rarely infects healthy individuals, but is the leading cause of invasive aspergillosis (IA) in immunocompromised individuals such as cancer, HIV or transplant patients. A. fumigatus produces Gliotoxin, an immunosuppressive mycotoxin.

 
Chaetomium globosum

Chaetomium globosum
C. globosum is a common indoor fungal contaminant of water damaged homes or buildings. It is found on wet drywall, wall-paper, carpets, window frames and baseboards. Like Stachybotrys, C. globosum spores are relatively large and due to their mode of release are not as easily airborne as other molds. Mycotoxins produced by C. globosum include chaetoglobosin A & C.

Fusarium sp.

Fusarium sp.
More than 50 species of Fusarium have been identified. Most are plant pathogens and can infect crops such as wheat, barley, oats and other feedstuff, where they can produce simple trichothecene mycotoxins such as T-2 and DON.

A. versicolor

Aspergillus versicolor
A. versicolor is one of the most frequently found molds in water damaged buildings. Spores of A. Versicolor are detected and quantified in the ERMI (Environmental Relative Moldiness Index) test by Real Time PCR. A. versicolor is known to produce a mycotoxin called sterigmatocystin.

 Ooer. Have a look in the Specific Conditions Tests section here.

New Glyphosate (RoundUp) and Chemicals Tests Listed

I have just listed the GPL Glyphosate and 168-chemical GPLTOX tests for you as many of you have been requesting them.

I’ve popped them on the Specific Health Conditions tests section of the shop – which is getting rather large now and may need splitting soon, eek! So far, it covers

Cardiovascular, Osteoporosis, Detox & Methylation, Infections, Immunology and Oxidative Stress. And now Chemical Exposure.

You can see that section here:

Specific Health Condition Tests  Specific Health Condition Tests

Here’s the blurb on the new chemical tests for you:

Chemical Exposure Tests

Exposure to – and sensitivity to – many toxic chemicals can cause or exacerbate many conditions. One of the major culprits currently suspected is Round Up (glyphosate), the most widely used herbicide in the world, which WHO classifies as a carcinogen, and which studies show affect the microbiome in the gut and much more. 

As such, I have listed the glyphosate and GPLTOX tests from Great Plains Labs (GPL) for you. The latter tests an impressive 168 chemicals and you can add on, or do singly, the glyphosate. Both simple urine tests but very important ones. 

I would then also be tempted to look at the Cyrex 11 to check if you are producing antibodies to any of the most common ones. That way, you have checked exposure and levels in the system and if you are immunologically reacting to any of them, if you see what I mean. You could then be cross-reacting ie. the body sees a chemical and cross-reacts to tissues and organs known to be linked with that chemical. It’s an evolving science in autoimmune world.

Hope it helps

Recovery Bloating!

Image result for bloating One of the things you need to be prepared for when you start eating foods again is bloating! As I sit here, I am holding about 8 kittens in my stomach area.

Image result for kittensEh, kittens? P and I measure the size of my stomach in number of kittens to make it feel better!

Anyway, when you have been on a very restricted diet for several months or years and you lose a lot of weight like I did (almost 3 years on 20 foods, heading for a size 6), your body is really going to know about it when you start eating again!

You have basically been literally starving – poor macro and micro nutrient levels mean body systems slow down and you become very cold, fatigued, bony, periods stop or become erratic etc.

I began to think of it a bit akin to how anorexics must feel and suffer. And, as it turned out, my PTSD-triggered hypersensitivity was a form of eating disorder I think although I hesitate to call it that; probably more ‘disordered eating’, although I am not certain what the difference is. In fact, I overheard P telling someone how much better I was the other day and when they asked what it was, he said ‘a bit like an eating disorder’so it is clearly a kind of shorthand for what happened, an easy way to explain it, even if that wasn’t quite it as it started with a purely physiological TGF problem to gluten.

Anyway, yesterday someone liked the post I did When Will I Get Better? and I followed their blog as I often do. The top post was on recovery bloating no less and resonated with exactly how I am feeling! Have a read here:

The Truth about Bloating in Recovery

As you’ll see if you read that, the author talks about the inevitability of the body bloating when you start eating properly again. And, wisely, advises not to let it throw you back into disordered-eating thinking patterns.

I confess, a part of me has body dysmorphia – we discovered this in treatment – and this bloating has certainly made me think abut stopping eating again or at least consider cutting things out again to stop the bloat and fat feeling. This is not good! I am never going there again but it IS hard to deal with the bloating and weight gain, which happens so quickly, that it is quite normal to wobble a bit (in more ways than one!), but if we are aware it will probably happen, we can be ready for it and have a cognitive way of thinking about it ready.

For me, as a nutritionist, this is how I justify it to stop myself slipping back: ‘well, what did you think was going to happen when you reintroduced food? You needed to put weight on and you are doing. Your body doesn’t trust that it is going to get food now and has to re-learn to trust you. In the meantime, it is going to hang on to every bit of nutrient you are giving it. And when you put more food in, the gut flora is bound to change, you won’t have enough stomach acid or enzyme production to cope so OF COURSE your gut is going to struggle. Dur..!” etc etc.

That is exactly how my mind is working currently. I wanted to share it with you so you’ll be ready for it too when you start eating more foods again. Give your body – and mind – a chance to adapt and find its level. I anticipate it will take a good few months and will happen each time I put a major food group back in. And, now I can tolerate supplements again, I shall support my digestion, gut flora, vits and mins more speedily.

In essence, today’s lesson is: Bloating and weight gain will happen until the body finds its level again. Don’t let it faze you.

I need to listen to my own advice 😉

Depression & Gluten

I must hear this kind of story almost daily. When is mainstream medicine going to wake up to the fact that most gluten related disorders are neurological and not (just) gut? If Catherine were my patient, I would be suggesting she go Truly Gluten Free (grain and dairy free), wouldn’t you?

Either way: let’s say it again: most gluten disorders are neurological – and anxiety and depression are neurological problems, although many people do not think of them as neurological I find. Neurological to most people means MS or nerve/brain disorders like ataxia, but eg. anxiety, depression, brain fog (the biggest GRD clue) and cognitive function loss are huge in this field. All no doubt compounded by the malabsorption types caused by gluten (villi, lack of stomach acid, enzyme production, cellular transport, leaky gut etc etc).

Breaks my heart every time I hear it. Most days. Thanks to Catherine for being so brave and sharing what it feels like for her.

For other angles, read my factsheet on Anxiety and Depression. Interestingly, I am finding a lot of TGF people also have pyroluria – where you don’t metabolise zinc and B6 in the normal way – and I am starting to wonder if the lack of zinc impairs eg. gut and nerve healing, where zinc is needed in shed-loads, as it is for the production of stomach acid and digestive enzymes. It is also the key mental health mineral. Hmm. Possible.

Interestingly, our Julie has only today written an excellent blog post on anxiety, which I’ll share shortly too.

Anyway, I hope some of this helps if you are struggling with the black dog; we are with you x

DUTCH Adrenal and Hormone Tests

I spent a whole day this week assessing the new DUTCH adrenal and hormone tests for us, so thought it might be useful for you if I put down my thoughts about them.

DUTCH stands for Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones and I’ve had them on the shop for quite a while for you – because you asked – but I always like to immerse myself in new tests to make sure we have the most up to date, valid and treatment-practical offering there for you. And so I can understand and help you with them, of course.

Anyway, my thoughts in case they are useful..this was the question I was really trying to answer for us:

If you want to test your adrenals or hormones, is it now better to use the DUTCH tests?

Well, yes and no.

In short, I think there is real value in the extra adrenal info you get (more of why below), but the hormone elements included in the DUTCH Complete, Sex & Metabolites and Cycle Mapping are pretty comparable to the ones we already do with Genova: the Complete Hormones and Rhythm respectively.

However, the DUTCH is much cheaper (when they do the combination tests), is dried urine so a bit more convenient than collecting 24 hours’ worth of urine and has a lot more guidance for people who are on meds and supplements like HRT to test effectively, and for those with irregular cycles – the bane of my life with the Rhythm!

On the down side, the reports are really complicated and even scared me until I ‘got’ them.

To clarify, there are several DUTCH tests:

The DUTCH Adrenal – which gives you the free cortisol in 4 measurements and total, the same as the Genova Adrenal Stress Test, but it also gives you the adrenal metabolites which can give you a much deeper picture if you need it.

DUTCH Sex & Metabolites – which gives you info on the sex hormones: oestrogen, progesterone and androgens (inc DHEAs and testosterone metabolites).

The DUTCH Complete – which gives you all of the adrenal and hormones as above. Sort of the new DUTCH Adrenal plus Genova’s Complete Hormones – much cheaper and the best all-round test for men and post menopause.

The DUTCH Cycle Mapping – this is the monthly cycle look at the hormones, much like the Genova Rhythm test we know and love.

The Dutch Complete with Cycle Mapping – all of the above! The most useful test in my view especially for women still having period cycles. And, of course, the most pricey – but far cheaper than the equivalent separate tests from Genova (which would be the Adrenal test, Complete Hormones and a Rhythm).

Phew. I am now going to be recommending the DUTCH Complete with or without Cycle Mapping because it gives you loads of the same and more info for less money than combined the Genova tests. And, I am recommending the DUTCH Adrenal test as a more complex look at those.

What’s the benefit of the adrenal metabolites?

The normal 4 sample saliva adrenal test is great at showing you the daily pattern of free cortisol – and you could only do that with saliva until DUTCH. Then, they discovered you could get comparable results from a dried urine sample too – although there hasn’t been anywhere near as much research to prove that and there has been a LOT of studies backing up the standard salivary test up to now, so both are probably valid.

The free cortisol and daily pattern gives you a good indication of what might be going wrong somewhere with your adrenals and, having done it for over a decade, I have found it very reliable. However, we have to acknowledge that free cortisol is a very small amount of what is actually available in the body so, in some cases, there might be something hidden going on.

In the DUTCH Adrenal, you also get the adrenal metabolites and an idea of inactive cortisone. Why is that important?

Well, say you had someone who looked on the normal adrenal test like their cortisol was low, you would think they had low production of cortisol. However, if you looked at the metabolised cortisol levels and they were high, that might suggest instead that their free cortisol – what’s measured in the normal adrenal test – was low but their overall total cortisol production was high. That could be important as someone might be actually making too much, or they might be not clearing it from the body well.

Of course the body doesn’t know the difference and high cortisol is high cortisol. High cortisol means inflammation, belly fat, stress etc.

Or, say someone was making a lot of the inactive cortisone. It might be that their free cortisol looks low but downstream their metabolites suggest the production looks OK in total. Then you see they are converting a lot of it to cortisone so that person is making enough cortisol itself but needs to stop converting so much of it.

I told you it was complicated!

Anyway, the upshot is that I think the extra metabolites info you get on DUTCH could prove very useful. It seems to me from reading what other US based practitioners are doing (it’s not quite so used in the UK yet – our Victoria is getting really good at it and was an early-adopter of it, I am pleased to say ) that they are using it for when people don’t respond to the normal adrenal protocols to dig a bit deeper. I think that is right, although I can see the usefulness of getting the extra info at the start too.

So, conclusion overall is that I will continue to offer the usual Genova salivary adrenal test which I think can give you a good snapshot – and all the protocols I’ve used in-clinic successfully for over a decade are in the corresponding Adrenal Plan for you – but offer the DUTCH for those who want a deeper look either at the beginning or later on.

There is, of course, quite a large difference in price too: £82 versus £179 (the DUTCH has just come down happily from £199).

With the sex hormones though, I will swap to DUTCH as you get the same info for much less money. Reports aren’t quite as good or useful but as long as we can interpret them, that’s fine!

As such, I’ve updated the shop pages. See here for Adrenal Tests and here for Hormone Tests.

My head hurts – hormones always do that to me, in more ways than one since I had flat adrenals, insulin resistance and PCOS 😉

Listen and Start Changing Your Mind

Brain iconAs you know, I am starting to write our new Healing Plan for chronic illness after I turned around my own hypersensitivity to foods etc using pretty unconventional routes for a nutritionist!

Anyway, one of the keys I found to getting better was using various techniques to change the way my mind was perceiving food, illness, things I became fearful of on a very subconscious, automatic level. The posh scientific term for this is neuroplasticity brain retraining, snappy huh?

I found as I am writing the plan that this crops up time and time again, and one of the best ways I found to do it is not some complex brain retraining programme, but consistently reading, listening to audios and watching videos about relevant subjects to kind of ‘immerse’ myself in healing stuff. It goes in, trust me.

Part of my programme was to read, listen or watch something every single day, even if I did it whilst cooking the tea or putting the washing on. It is REALLY important to constantly give your brain the right messages to help it change. This is not positive thinking; it is so much more than that; it is about weakening the established conditioned responses and neural patterns in our brains and gradually building new ones that will take over.

During  my ‘journey’ (I must find a different word for that, ugh..), I kept my eyes and ears open, literally, for stuff I could ‘do’ as part of this. The 21 day Chopra meditations were key to that and so were well-chosen books and videos, although the summits we seem to have tons of now weren’t even happening when I started 3 years ago. I wish they had been.

Soul of Healing Summit

I have no idea if this will be any good, but I have signed up to listen to the Soul of Healing Summit which starts today – sorry, I only just had chance to look at it properly. You can’t listen to everything, I know, but there seems to be enough in this to give you some really good neuroplasticity work to concentrate on whilst I write the plan for us. Combine it with the free 21 day mediation that also starts today, see here.

I hate the names they give these summits as it can put people off , and you don’t even have to agree with everything the speakers say – but your subconscious is listening to the right kind of words and messages, and that’s the really important bit.

It starts today for free and, as per you can purchase and listen in your own time if you want to. Why not have a go and try and do one per day for the next few days as part of starting to change your brain pathways?

You can find out more here: Soul of Healing Summit. And you can purchase here – it is $59/about £45 currently but that tends to go up as the days go on. This is an affiliate link for me if you do end up purchasing because it helps me offset the time and thousands I have spent on testing all these things for us, so thank you.

Anyway, take advantage of things like this as they come along – it is part of your healing strategy to read, listen and watch as much as you can for the next year or so. These summits can be a real bonus! Get started on building new neural pathways. Off you go…!

New ‘Virtual’ Therapy Team

alt medicine iconIn my recent quest for health, I found it incredibly difficult to know who to see for what, who was any good and what I needed them to do to help me! I swore if I ever get better – thank you Universe, Lordy or whoever! – I would try to make this process easier for others in the same boat. Let’s face it: the last thing we need when we’re poorly is more worry, research time and risk.

The fact is that there are a ton of different therapies and therapists out there, but who do you choose to help you?

If you can get someone through recommendation, life is a whole lot nicer for both therapist and client. It takes some of the worry out and you’re already starting in a positive place with a modicum of trust, which, according to the statistics, leads ultimately to faster resolution of the health issue. OK, it might not work out for whatever reason, nothing’s 100% guaranteed and we’re all different, but it’s a lot better than sticking a finger in a directory or Googling for hours on end and guessing!

When we had the physical clinic, this was a lot easier, of course, because we could choose who we wanted to work with us. Now I work more digitally, it is a bit harder but then I thought – er, not; it could actually be easier as I now have access to therapists wherever they happen to be! A lot of what we do can easily be done on the phone or by Skype and, as you know, I set up the Support Calls and they have worked brilliantly though I say so myself – and so do the people who’ve had them when they have given me feedback. All good 🙂

I simply can’t do everything myself, though, much as I want to, being the control freak I am! I spend much time on those calls working out where someone should go next with their case and then who or what type of therapist or approach might help them with that. Now, to make life easier, I am trying to set up our own little virtual team so I can say chat or see x, y or z and see what they have to say on it.

That will take some time obviously.

Meantime, you can read more about my virtual team approach here:

Clinic Team

Become A  Purehealth Practitioner – read this if you’re a therapist and want to be part of it. I’m not charging fees or commission, but I want some help with blog posts, factsheets, courses, mentoring etc if I need you. A kind of quid pro quo arrangement (although, of course, this makes more work for me so, if it goes mad, I might need to adjust this!)

I’ve put a new section called Therapy Appointments on the shop and that’s where any therapy services, mine included such as the Support Calls, will be from now on to keep it all in one place for you. That page will explain how the process works and I’ll need to add a few bits and bobs to the FAQ no doubt as I go along.

Brain icon For now, our first Purehealth Practitioner is Senior Consultant Hypnotherapist/Behavioural Therapist Julie Poole, who I have already mentioned to some of you and I know some of you have already booked in with her as I have been extolling her virtues since she helped me!

I chose Julie first simply because the type of person I most want to refer to is usually a person who deal with the subconscious and brain. This is why Philip and I worked a lot in tandem originally in-clinic: he was mind and I was body! Since Philip went off and became a voice-over artist instead (grr), I’ve had to refer mainly to online resources and people I don’t know. This is where Julie comes in – now I have someone to help on this really important side of getting well. It’s, quite frankly, the combo that works best and quickest.

This is Julie’s therapy page where you can book a free chat, session or course of treatment.

All I need to do now, then, is work out who else I fancy being part of our team and go and persuade them!

I hope it helps. Should make life a teensy bit easier for all of us, I hope. Enjoy 🙂

Thyroid Finger Nail Signs

I saw this interesting video from Dr O the other day which shows some of the possible thyroid signs you can see on your fingernails. Check these out – jagged cuticles, selenium white lines and nails splits.

Obviously, these can come from other issues too, not least low stomach acid, but if you have them, it is worth doing at least the basal temperature test and then a full thyroid screen if your symptoms picture fits and the temperature test is positive.

See more on hypothyroid here in my Thyroid Problems factsheet, and here is the video for you: