As many of my readers know, I use my blog and my podcast to inspire my audience with touching, personal stories. Stories have the ability to not only inspire, but educate, connect and relate our own experience to another’s.
And I have been so blessed to use my platform to share the voices of my guests.
This week is another example of personal storytelling that can change lives.
My guest this week on The Toxin Terminator has a remarkable story of a personal, faithful transition into a toxin-free life.
My friend Bobbi Schaben is a busy mom of 4 children who she homeschools. She is also an entrepreneur and has worked as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist in the past. Bobbi is a lovely woman filled with passion and is living a whole-hearted healthy life.
But she is no stranger to the phrase “hitting rock bottom.”
The impact of hitting rock bottom
Starting at the age of 19 and for the following 11 years, Bobbi’s health went into a downward spiral.
She experienced severe high blood pressure that landed her in the Mayo Clinic.
Her immune system began to weaken and she was prescribed antibiotics month after month.
Low energy and chronic pain were also common in her daily life.
By her mid-twenties, Bobbi was experiencing strange attacks of vertigo, nausea, vomiting, and issues with her balance. The effort to even turn off a light bulb during one of these attacks was impossible. Her sense of body awareness disappeared.
Eventually, Bobbi was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease – an inner ear and balance disorder that is a chronic condition.
It was a debilitating condition because the attacks happen unexpectedly and are a risk to Bobbi’s safety. She was afraid to drive or go out to the mall, as her attacks were happening almost every week for months on end, with no warning signs.
Bobbi and her husband were faced with the agonizing question as to how this would impact their decision to raise a big family.
This was the turning point in Bobbi’s life.
The body is a temple
Bobbi and her husband decided to take their trust in God to the next level, and turned to the Bible to find healthy living principles in the scriptures.
They took the phrase “Your body is a temple” to heart and became very mindful of the food they were eating and the toxins entering their bodies.
In simple terms, they ate whatever people in the bible ate and they avoided whatever was avoided in the Bible.
You could say it was a miracle!
Within a few months, she came off all her medications. She no longer experienced the health problems that she was plagued with in the past. And she hasn’t had a Meniere’s disease attack for the last 16 years.
But the truth lay in her spirituality, and her dedication to eating healthy and removing toxins from her home and body.
The Bible as a healing tool
As a person dedicated to her spirituality, Bobbi researched and educated herself on the ways the Bible teaches how to live a healthy lifestyle.
Some of the things she decided to implement in her life included things like eating more cruciferous vegetables and fruits.
And in accordance with the Bible, she decided to exclude shellfish and pork from her diet.
She now eats healthy whole foods that are not processed and that contain no artificial preservatives, colors and chemicals.
Essential oils and detoxification
Bobbi was introduced to essential oils in 2006 and they made a huge difference to the levels of toxicity in her home.
She studied the science of essential oils in depth and recognized that the benefits were also referred to in the Bible.
It’s fascinating how essential oil practices in the Bible informed how Bobbi uses the oils today for disinfecting and detoxifying.
Tip #1: Wash in and drink toxin-free water
Contaminated water is a big problem in the United States and it affects more than 19 million people in this country.
Here’s an interesting fact: having a hot shower for 15 minutes is worse than drinking 8x 8 ounce glasses of contaminated water.
Once Bobbi educated herself on toxins in her environment, she was shocked to learn about the poison and lead in our water. She changed her water filtration system in her entire house to reduce the exposure to her family.
We need to pay close attention to the water we are ingesting for it to be effective in our detoxification process!
Tip #2: Ditch and Switch
I often refer to the Ditch and Switch philosophy of moving away from toxic products in your household as they run out.
Bobbi also believes that this is the best way to integrate a toxin-free lifestyle into your household.
As you run out of your supplies of personal healthcare and cleaning products one by one, you replace each item with one that is chemical free.
Tip #3: Feed to Thrive
Choosing to eat organic can be challenging especially for those that find it financially hard to justify the higher cost.
Bobbi suggests that if you can only purchase one organic item, make sure it’s dairy because milk and butter have high concentrations of pesticides.
And if you are able to buy organic fruits, choose fruits that are thin-skinned like apples, strawberries or grapes.
Also ensure that you eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower because they are amazing at detoxifying your body from the inside.
We all need to make an effort to consciously remember to feed our bodies the things that will make it thrive. And as parents, we have a responsibility to our children to role model these behaviours so that they can thrive as they get older.
The Wiggles Away Program
The choices Bobbi incorporated into her family’s life have made a huge difference and has given her renewed energy and hope.
Like me, she is inspired by helping people and reducing their suffering in whatever way she can.
Because of her experience working with children with ADHD and autism, and realizing the benefits that impacted her family through the toxin-free lifestyle, it became clear she had to come up with a program to offer her community.
She developed a product called Wiggles Away. It is a program that teaches you how sensory processing, toxins, nutrition, structure and routine all play an important role in you and your family’s ability to focus and concentrate.
If you’re curious to learn more, head over to her Wiggles Away Facebook page
Connect with Bobbi
Bobbi is happy to answer any questions you have. Feel free to reach out to her on Facebook, Pinterest or on her website.
Watch a short trailer video for this episode below:
The Toxin Terminator
I’m a firm believer that the toxins in the environment have a negative impact on our health and well-being. Obviously, I’m known as the Toxin Terminator!
But, there are other, more innate toxins that can harm your mind, body, and spirit from the inside. And typically, these are a result of difficult emotions that have been suppressed or, in other words, are responsible for negative energy.
This negative energy manifested itself in the physical issues that my wonderful guest on the podcast, Lisa Gumieniuk, faced.
I had a chance to talk to Lisa about her journey to becoming in tune with her energetic self and her passion for health, wellness, and all things 'woo-woo'.
It's a story of transformation
Lisa never dreamed that she would become the leading health and wellness coach she is today. And she never believed she would be an EFT Level II practitioner.
6 years ago, Lisa was a Type A personality, with a thriving corporate career and an active, physical lifestyle with great friends and a wedding on the horizon. From the outside, you would think that she had it all.
While planning her wedding, she noticed that her energy levels were declining and her health began to fail.
But Lisa didn’t listen to her body and continued to push the boundaries by working out more, eating better, and concentrating on her career. Her focus remained on what she could control from the outside.
Her health deteriorated and she began to suffer from Lyme disease, shingles, and other auto-immune diseases.
While suffering with her physical health challenges, she came to a huge realization. She much preferred to stuff her emotions down rather than dealing with them head on.
Once Lisa awakened to the fact that in order to take care of her body, she had to take care of her emotional and spiritual self. That’s when things started to shift and transform.
Lisa worked hard and dedicated her time toward facing her emotions and manifesting more positive energy in her life. And this is how she became passionate about energetic healing and all the techniques that enhance a positive vibration in the mind, body and spirit.
The body is a vehicle for communication
To understand the connection between the body and our emotions, Lisa laid out a great example.
Recently, she encountered a challenging person at a workshop that caused her to step into that fight, flight or freeze zone.
I’m sure you are familiar with the feeling. Your throat tightens. You are so shocked you can’t even speak. And your heartbeat races.
She felt it in her throat and chest, particularly, because that is place where we hold our difficulty in communicating and in asking for what we want. When we suppress that need to speak out and have our voice heard, this area of the body constricts and experiences this tension.
This caused her to realize that she needed to process her anger and resentful feelings through processes like tapping, inner child work, and visualizations. These are the tools she uses now to really enhance her life and live more fully.
Can you sense the energy in the room?
Sometimes it’s hard to put a finger on the significance behind negative or positive energy.
But Lisa explained it in a couple of ways that make sense.
When you walk into a conference or workshop, meet someone, and you get this feeling that something is off.
Have you ever said to yourself, “That person is toxic?”
Or, when you are at a party and you meet someone who makes you want to spend more time with them because they have “a great energy about them.”
These are all solid examples of this sense of energy that exists among us.
Using color to clear energy
One way to focus on building positive emotions and energy is through healing with color. Color can be an amazing source of energy and vibration and it holds healing properties.
Lisa took the time to pull a color card for me. She pulled the color Sapphire and according to Lisa, blue is a color of regeneration and renewal, and is also calming particularly for the nerves and mind.
The reading really spoke to me in so many ways, especially since the color blue is one of my favorite colors. I am seeking ways to calm my mind relating to some aspects of my life. I have also realized recently that I need to treat my body with more respect and reinvigorate it by eating more healthy and nourishing foods.
With the color blue, she recommended I visualize and reflect on the color. Or even find physical representations of the color blue, like the ocean, to really manifest this quality of calm and renewal.
A lesson in tapping or EFT - Emotional Freedom Techniques
EFT is a common term in the alternative health field and it is a fascinating therapy to deal with pain, stress, or difficult emotions.
Also, known as tapping, EFT is a technique that helps to free your stuck emotions. Since emotions are energetic forces, it is common to have negative emotions ingrained in your body.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is rooted in the idea that there are energy lines that run the length of your body. These are called the Meridian lines.
The practice of tapping mimics the acu-pressure points in the body, in the same way that an acupuncturist would place a needle on the body.
While acupuncture uses the pressure of needles, EFT uses the pressure of your fingers.
Through the process of tapping, you begin by thinking of a phrase in your mind that acknowledges the issue you are going through and that you accept yourself despite the problem.
Then, you methodically tap with your fingers on each of the 9 meridian points on the body while repeating this phrase in your mind.
With continual repetition of the tapping, and by repeating your set up phrase, your body is helping the brain to rewire those negative thoughts and emotions. And slowly, the intensity of the stress, anxiety or emotion dissipates.
Over time the attachment to the negative emotion will loosen and you will feel more balanced because your relationship with that emotion has changed.
Evidence that supports EFT
Science now backs up the case for EFT tapping. Lisa refers to a book called The Science of Tapping by Dr. Peta Stapleton who has conducted clinical trials to establish the connection between EFT and improved health.
It has been found to support and benefit people with conditions like trauma, PTSD, stress, and anxiety.
More often, the problem is related to something much deeper. EFT does a great job at treating the surface issue. And with continued EFT work and support, it is possible to peel back these layers, get to the root cause and feel an immense sense of freedom from emotional burdens.
Essential oils also help to support the body at emotional, spiritual, and energetic levels. They can assist in releasing these toxic negative energy patterns in the body.
The sense of smell is closely connected to the limbic system which is the emotional center of the brain. This system helps to regulate our emotions and is responsible for our levels of motivation and memory. Tapping is also known to connect with the limbic system.
Stop and listen
The best, practical advice Lisa gives? Stillness.
Bringing more stillness into your day allows you to really listen and attune to the needs of your body.
She always encourages her clients to practice taking the time to stop and listen to what the body is doing, how it’s feeling. Understand clearly what it is your body is trying to communicate to you.
If you’re tired, overwhelmed, riddled with colds or other chronic symptoms, it’s important to step back and observe what may be going on, on an energetic or emotional level.
Then reach out and find some support from your doctor or other alternative practitioners.
There are so many effective treatments like muscle testing, EFT, essential oils, nutrition, and Reiki to support energetic healing. But you need to find the right treatment for you. Find the ones that work and integrate them into your routine.
Connect with Lisa
If you are interested in learning more about EFT or any of these types of energetic healing therapies, Lisa is happy to answer your questions.
Watch a short trailer for this episode below. Video not available? Click here to play the video.
The Toxin Terminator
Part of the intention around my podcast is to share impactful and inspiring stories of people who have changed their lives and overcome obstacles.
For me, I was introduced to the idea of toxins by accident 5 years ago.
But for April Heywood, my latest guest on the Toxin Terminator podcast, her introduction to toxins was intentional, starting as a young adult. Her instinct and intuition around toxins was very clear right from the beginning and I’m grateful I could spend some time with her to share her stories, insights and tips.
April is a “Label Looker”
Are you a “label looker”? What I mean by that is, are you constantly looking at product labels and ingredients at the store?
You know who I’m talking about, right? Individuals who take up space in the grocery aisle while they’re squinting at the label on the back of a box of anti-histamines.
Well, April would describe herself as a one of these people!
As a teenager, she recalls reading the labels behind ibuprofen bottles and how she found the contents could possibly upset her stomach. She always had a strong awareness of what she was putting inside her body.
April would take the time to do things like read the back of, say, a box of tampons.
“Why didn’t anyone ever tell me about Toxic Shock Syndrome?”
It was clear to her that it was important to know what you are ingesting and taking into your body. Being in control of her own health was obvious to her and she really didn’t feel the need to follow the crowd.
But, she never considered the idea that there are things OUTSIDE of your body that can have negative side effects too, from skin creams to oil-based candles. It was a surprise to her when she realized this fact.
In our culture, when we think of health and wellness, we think of things like diet and exercise. But what the majority of people are not aware of is that the toxins in our environment have just as much of an impact on our bodies: laundry soap, Wi-Fi signals, scented plug-ins, dryer sheets etc. The list goes on and on!
The shift to toxin-free living
April became passionate about essential oils. She threw away all her synthetic fragrance products like plug-ins, candles and sprays because the fumes they create are toxic to your lungs. She uses oils in her home to create a nice scent and to enhance her health.
As she learned more and more about essential oils and their benefits, April was introduced to a new community of people who had knowledge and experience to share about other external toxins.
“I started learning about the water I’m drinking and the air I’m breathing and it opened up a whole new world.”
She learned about the amount of unnecessary chemicals used in many products we use daily and it really spurred her on to build a life around reducing the toxins in her home and her body.
If you could only change one thing?
Start with deodorant, says April.
It has one of the worst lists of toxic ingredients and it is being used in one of the most sensitive areas on our body!
Your armpits are designed to release toxins from the body, not absorb things like aluminum or parabens! The armpits are key to the detoxification process of the lymphatic system.
So, using good deodorant is important. Deodorant was also April’s first DIY (do it yourself) project.
What dangers lurk in your cabinets?
Try reading the ingredients on your cleaning supplies in your cabinet. You won’t be able to find one because the ingredient list isn’t available! (Watch this video where I go through some products in my cabinet.)
It’s also a myth that we need one cleaner for the toilet, one cleaner for the windows and another cleaner for the bathtub.
When you begin using natural cleaners, you will find that they are easy solutions made with simple ingredients that will clean your entire house! Imagine using one bottle to clean every room in your house.
Not only will this simplify your life, but these types of cleaners are safe for pets and children too. Many natural cleaners, if accidentally ingested, are still safe and not considered poisonous.
You absolutely can clean your home by only using ingredients like vinegar and baking soda. It is amazing when you experience the results.
The laundry room
It was a DIY laundry class that introduced April to the idea of clean laundry detergent. She couldn’t believe how easy and cheap it was to make your own detergent.
But after experimenting several times, she just gave in to the fact that the detergents she was making just didn’t clean her laundry all that well.
With some more research, more trial and error, she eventually found the best non-toxic detergent option. She discovered that without using enzymes, your laundry won’t get as clean. The enzymes help to break down the grease and grime in your clothes.
People are loyal to their dryer sheets. So, this can be a huge challenge for people to abandon their sheets, because we equate clean with smell!
This is yet another myth!
You don’t need a dryer sheet with a scent to make your clothes smell good. And by the way, dryer sheets are very toxic!
What people don’t know is that when you use fragranced laundry products, your dryer emits a larger range of volatile organic compounds, including hazardous air pollutants, than non-fragranced products! (See study here.)
If hazardous air pollutants are leaving your dryer vent, then you can be sure that pollutants are sitting in the closet and rubbing against your skin.
For the dryer, April prefers using wool dryer balls.
You can put essential oils on the dryer balls to give your clothes a scent like lavender or cedar. Or you can even dilute the oil in water in a spray bottle and spray the dryer balls directly. This will really give your clothes a lovely scent!
Hair and body products
Even hair products can create havoc in your body. It’s hard to believe but most hair and body products are filled with toxic ingredients you need to avoid. The regulation around cosmetic and personal-care products is sub-standard.
So, again, it’s really up to you, the consumer, to be aware and take control of the products you are using.
Because April has gorgeous curly hair, she got interested in the Curly Girl Method, which is a way of styling curly hair by cutting out silicones, parabens, and sulfates. She took the program one step further by making sure the products she was using was meeting her toxin-free standard.
Since April is a DIY girl, she decided to make her own hair gel using flax seed oil. It’s super moisturizing, strengthens hair, is incredibly cheap and easy to make.
Check out April’s Instagram page and look at the Curly Girl highlights where she demonstrates her recipe.
The product that has hidden toxins
Make-up was the biggest surprise to April as it relates to toxicity. It was truly an eye-opener!
The USA only bans 11 ingredients that are considered toxic in makeup. The European Union bans over 1300 chemicals. Can you even fathom this difference?
The make-up purchasing decisions you make in American stores are not safe for you. Period.
Luckily, there lots of natural, mineral based make-up options that feel cleaner, less sticky, less heavy and healthier for your skin.
Toxic-free lifestyle has noticeable benefits
April had some digestive issues. Bananas were the only thing that didn’t upset her stomach. And after many visits to her doctor, they weren’t able to figure out what the issue was.
On her own, she started making shakes with probiotics and peppermint oils. After only a few weeks, her smoothie brought her digestive system back into balance.
Another big benefit that April noticed was that she rarely gets sick anymore.
“It’s a testimony to the fact that I just don’t get sick enough to go to the doctor and I also know what I need to do to take care of myself. I know what kinds of things I need to do to support myself and I know what kinds of plants, vitamins and foods that I can feed myself to boost my immune system and to strengthen my body!”
April has truly embraced this way of living and has come to know what her body needs to keep it happy and healthy.
Take it slow and it’s never too late!
It can feel stressful when you begin this path down the toxic-free lifestyle road. There are so many concerns, so many options and so much research on this topic.
April stresses that it’s important to stay the course and not be intimidated!
“Every positive decision you make is a step in the right direction. And it’s never too late.”
It’s also really important to remember that it’s ok to take it slow. Enjoy the journey and the process of discovering new ideas on how to reduce the amount of toxins in your life, without dwelling on your past behaviors and habits.
Remember that our bodies are amazing self-healers and no matter when you start, your body will thank you for it. You are creating a powerful impact on your own life and those around you. You won’t regret the decision to live toxin-free!
Follow April’s journey on Instagram @April_Heywood where she continues to share her tips, suggestions and experiences about incorporating toxic-free living into her life. You can also find her on Youtube.
Watch a short trailer video for this episode below:
The Toxin Terminator
CBD oil is a hot topic and a huge buzz word at the moment. Perhaps like you, I was both curious and confused! I had so many questions related to how CBD can support my own personal health and well-being. There is a lot of conflicting information out there that can make it really challenging to sift through!
That's why I was so grateful I was able to spend some time discussing CBD with Dr. Mark Lindholm, a Chiropractic Doctor, author and CBD science expert.
The material we covered will hopefully answer your questions and provide you with the guidance you need to explore using CBD as a way to achieve optimal health.
How Mark’s CBD journey began
A few years ago, Mark had a serious wrist injury that would not go away. As a Chiropractor for over 25 years, this injury could spell disaster for his career. This was truly an unwelcome problem that caused Mark a lot of stress and worry.
“This was a painful injury but it also was an emotionally stressful one because I was really worried I might not be able to work anymore.”
The idea of losing his career was not an option.
He tried many therapies like cold laser treatment, essential oils, chiropractic, anti-inflammatories and massage. And nothing helped, in fact the problem got worse.
He was desperate for a solution.
So, he decided it was time to try a CBD product. He experienced a drastic improvement and over the course of a month, he was able to rehab the injury with amazing results.
“Out of desperation I tried a CBD product, and within 2 days the pain was about 80% better. It was a dramatic change.”
He was now convinced of the benefits of CBD and decided to dig into the information that was available. After a year of investigation and research, he became deeply knowledgeable in the benefits of CBD. Mark realized it was something he wanted to offer his patients. This led him to write the book, “A Doctor’s Perspective on CBD: Science, Success Stories and Changed Lives.”
A CBD terminology lesson
Hemp. Marijuana. CBD. THC. I know, these terms can be confusing. Just bear with me as we are about to get super scientific!
Hemp is the parent plant that has been around for thousands of years. It is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world, with records going back as far back as 6000 years. It was used medicinally as an extract even back then in various cultures around the globe.
Marijuana is a hybridized version of hemp. But what does this mean exactly?
To try and understand the difference between hemp and marijuana, imagine you are driving by a large corn field. It would be very hard to tell the difference between sweet corn, popcorn and field corn. They are all corn but very different.
Hemp is the parent plant and marijuana has been hybridized (or cross-bred) to hold different characteristics. Just like the different types of corn.
In the hemp plant, there are 2 main compounds: CBD, which stands for Cannabidiol and THC which stands for Tetrahydrocannabinol.
THC is the psychoactive part of the hemp plant. The marijuana plant has been bred to produce much higher levels of THC for the purpose of recreational use.
It’s important to know that, to be considered legal in the USA, CBD can only have 0.3% THC or less. If it has more than 0.3% THC then it’s considered marijuana. You can get pure forms of CBD that contain 0.0% THC.
You will also hear the term full spectrum oil. This means that the oil will contain all of the components of hemp because of their additional benefits. Full spectrum holds at least 60 different types of cannabinoids. And there are all sorts of beneficial parts of hemp besides CBD, including terpenes, flavonoids, anti-oxidants, and essential fatty acids like Omega-3 and Omega-6. All of these combined makes a full spectrum hemp oil.
We can’t talk about CBD without talking about the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Prepare yourself for another science lesson!
If you are uncertain about taking CBD or other cannabinol products, the reality is that you are already producing cannabinoids in your own body!
This system is relatively new to the medical community and was only discovered in the 1990’s.
Basically, it is a critical biological system that is responsible for keeping your body in homeostasis or balance. It helps to regulate pain, appetite, sensation, inflammation, mood and stress response. It is the master controller of balance in your body.
Cannabinoids are the active compounds in the cannabis plant. But we also have cannabinoids in our own body, called endocannabinoids.
Within the ECS system, these endocannabinoid receptors are found in the brain and nervous system (CB1 receptor) and in the immune system (CB2 receptor.) And every system in our body has these receptors.
When you take a CBD product, the CBD molecule binds to these receptors and activates them, which assists in this balancing effect. And that is why many people experience additional positive side effects because of the effect it has on so many of the systems in our body.
For example, a patient may take CBD oil for chronic pain but find that their anxiety has improved.
In Dr. Lindholm’s practice he witnessed this balancing effect in his patients who were taking CBD products.
“It improved their health and they were able to take less medication.”
Some studies have shown that 50% of people that take a CBD product are able to diminish or discontinue medication.
There is still so much to be understood about the ECS system and we are just on the horizon of this new yet important field of study.
Is CBD Safe?
According to Dr. Lindholm, a full spectrum hemp oil is safe to use.
“It is so safe. It is safer than Vitamin D. Because our body naturally produces these compounds.”
You won’t become addicted to hemp oil and CBD. But this is not the case for THC and marijuana products.
The World Health Organization has looked into the potentially harmful effects of CBD and they declared it does not appear to have abuse potential or to cause harm. In fact, there are cases where it actually helps people to detox off their addictions to other medications, such as opioids.
As recently as last year, the FDA approved a CBD medication called Epidiolex to treat children with a rare form of epilepsy.
4 things to consider when buying a CBD product
As a general rule of thumb, always make sure that the producer you buy from has GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certification and 3rd party testing. They should also be certified by the US Hemp Authority.
Some other things to consider:
- The CBD product should be a categorized as a full spectrum hemp oil.
- Make sure the CBD or hemp is organic. Finding a USDA Certified organic product, preferably from domestic hemp (not imported hemp) is highly recommended.
- THC levels
- Absorption levels
As mentioned before, to be legal, a CBD product can have THC levels of 0.3% or less. The only way you can know this for sure is if the product has gone through 3rd party testing. Otherwise, quality control is limited and actual levels of THC may be uncertain.
Many companies will market the different levels of strength of the CBD, for example, regular strength or 1000 mg of CBD. The important thing is not the strength or dose, but actually what your body absorbs.
Just as oil and water don’t mix well, your body doesn’t absorb oil well either. Most hemp oils are only absorbed at about 3 to 6%! This means that most of the CBD you consume (between 94 and 97%) will never be used by your body! And depending on how much you spend, it may not be cost effective.
If you buy a bottle with higher rates of absorption, let’s say 80%, now you are getting value for your dollar. It also means you can consume less amounts, less frequently with higher effectiveness.
The benefits of CBD oil
CBD is essentially a plant based product that has many benefits to the body. In Dr. Lindholm’s book, he covers many of these benefits.
Because CBD is a supplement and not a drug, Dr. Lindholm is not making any medical claims that it treats different conditions. His book is an in-depth look into all the medical literature and research that demonstrates how CBD has been of benefit to certain conditions.
Some of the benefits that he mentions in his book include:
- Reduction of swelling and inflammation for things like IBS, Crohn's disease, joint pain, arthritis, skin irritations
- Pain reduction
- Balancing mood and other mental health issues like anxiety, depression and PTSD
- Blood sugar levels.
There are also many studies being done on how CBD can be used to treat cancer - from breast cancer to pancreatic and prostate cancer. (Mark dedicates an entire chapter to this topic alone in his book!)
Want to explore CBD a little further?
If you are interested in learning more, I highly recommend Mark’s book and you can purchase it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
If you are interested in trying a CBD product then Mark recommends a company called Zilis.
It has everything Mark looks for in hemp products. It’s sourced from USDA Certified Organic hemp, it is 3rd party tested, has 0.0% THC levels, and has very high absorption rates.
A final thought from Dr. Mark:
“I believe in the next 10 years that 99% of Americans will be using a high-quality CBD product or full spectrum oil product. I think it will revolutionize healthcare.”
Well, that’s a statement to end with! There is so much potential in this area and it is truly exciting to see how CBD will change the future of healthcare and treatment options.
You can watch a short trailer for this episode below:
The Toxin Terminator
When I was growing up, I remember that it was rare to hear the word “cancer.” But today, my grandchildren are going to grow up as if cancer is a common ailment.
Can you believe that 1 in 2 of us are likely to get diagnosed with a form of cancer, and 1 in 8 will develop breast cancer. What’s even more incredible is that less than 10% of cancer diagnoses are related to genetics, meaning over 90% are due to our environment and lifestyle choices.
Imagine knowing that and getting a cancer diagnosis? What would you do on hearing that news? Would you change how you lived your life?
Well, this is what happened to Naomi Damask from OhMyWord.net. Her breast cancer diagnosis changed her life and set her on the path to becoming a wellness warrior!
I wanted to share her empowering story and the 4 key lifestyle changes Naomi recommends you make in your own lives. I also asked Naomi about the top trends that are currently revolutionizing the wellness industry.
Naomi’s cancer journey
Naomi got the devastating diagnosis over 8 years ago. The diagnosis was a complete shock. Why? Because cancer didn’t run in her family. She was under 40; she was an athlete and she was eating clean. Naomi, unfortunately, was one of the 90% of people who get cancer due to their lifestyle and environment.
This was a game-changer for Naomi.
While she took the advice of her oncologist, she also looked for ways to change her lifestyle. Naomi interviewed everyone she could who had survived cancer to find out what they had done after their diagnosis. Her extensive research not only helped her survive breast cancer, but turned her into a wellness guru.
“I don’t think many people realize that there are so many tools out there that may not be mainstream, but we need to know about.”
Now, she educates people about these tools that can transform our health and wellness and most importantly act as a prevention against cancer.
“I tell people that it's been a lot of silver linings because I can give so much hope to people that have been recently diagnosed.”
So what are Naomi’s top four lifestyle changes that we can all make?
1.Toxic tech. Limit your exposure to technology.
Many of us now go to bed and read on our tablets and phones, filling our bedrooms with blue light that can disrupt our sleep cycles.
There's no denying we live in a world where all our devices are connected to the internet and Naomi can see the impact on her own daughter who is extremely sensitive to technology.
“If she’s had her iPad or cellphone with her non-stop she is a totally different kid versus if she’s just been out in nature...So I tell people all the time, stop wearing smart watches. I'm not a fan of those because they emit EMFs into our body and what it’s doing is breaking down our cells.”
When we think about creating a toxin free environment we need to be thinking about not just the toxins we are taking into our body, but also the toxic tech environment and the affect it has on our brains. Naomi and I truly believe that even though it might be difficult we need to take a break from the technology that surrounds us.
2.The power of positive thinking. Take care of your emotional and mental health.
Naomi was really moved by a book by Dr. Kelly Turner called Radical Remission in which she finds that emotions, positive thinking, mindfulness and spirituality can all affect healing - even when conventional medicine has failed.
Naomi has found this to be true on her own wellness journey.
“We are emotions, we are energy...unfortunately, so many survivors who were doing everything from a holistic standpoint, juicing everyday, clean diet, either harbored a lot of fear or a lot of anger.”
This emotional toxicity was affecting their ability to heal. Naomi coaches her clients on how to get rid of emotional baggage, negative feelings and toxic relationships to fuel their well-being and allow them the ability to heal.
3.Plant power. Eat real whole foods.
Our food sources are key. We need to eat more 'real' food. Naomi says, "real food does not come in boxes...we want more food that’s been alive.” It's a really simple message to remember. Eat living food and keep ourselves alive.
But watch out! When choosing fruit and vegetables, you still need to be careful to watch out for toxic chemicals. Naomi advises buying organic fruit and veg, especially if they appear on the “dirty dozen” list. These are the fruits and vegetables that rank the highest in toxic pesticide residues.
For more information take a look at my blog on whole foods here for some tips on how to replace those processed foods with real, healing fruit and vegetables.
4.Reduce toxic “care products.”
What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body.
We are constantly putting so called “care products” on our bodies that contain toxic chemicals that can cause us harm. You'd be amazed at how many women I talk to who have no idea how many toxins are hidden in their everyday products. What we wash our bodies with, what we spray ourselves with, what we moisturize with, these are full of parabens, phthalates and other harmful toxins.
Naomi talks about how most women use deodorant, which contains aluminium based, estrogen mimicking ingredients, every day. And here’s the killer fact - the most common form of breast cancer is estrogen positive - and so many of our care products, not just deodorants, are building up toxic levels of estrogen in our body.
(Find out more about key changes you can make with your personal care products that will have significant benefits in this YouTube video).
What’s new in the world of wellness?
Our wellness warrior also gave me the low down on the latest in wellness science that can help us improve our lives and be more in tune with our bodies.
Bio-hacking and Epigenetics
These sound a bit like science fiction but it’s really about changing our biological futures, or what Naomi refers to as gene expressions. What does Naomi mean by that? Well if your parents had health issues, such as a a heart attack, you don’t have to suffer the same fate.
When my own husband was diagnosed with high cholesterol, his initial reaction was, 'Well it runs in my family, that’s why I have it.' Science now tells us that this doesn’t have to be the case.
We can ‘bio-hack’ our biology by exercising, eating well, meditating - all the top tips we’ve talked about at the start of this blog. The science is now backing up what we have all been saying - its your environment and your lifestyle that matters.
Learning to love your lymphatic system
We are learning so much about the importance of our lymphatic systems. It’s what Naomi describes as our body’s system for “taking out the garbage.”
It moves everything out of the body and it links to our immune system. But, you need to manually pump it and give it a helping hand.
What does Naomi suggest?
- Dry brushing our skin
- Rebounding using a mini trampoline
- Hot and cold showers
“It’s all about activation, rather than supplementation.”
Instead of supplements, the buzzword in wellness is “activators.” Using our body’s own enzymes to activate and hack our own health.
But, rather than enzymes that we get from a bottle, this is about using the enzymes we have within our own bodies. Enzymes like SOD (Superoxide dismutase) and Glutathione. They’re basically antioxidants which researchers believe can help reduce inflammation, aging, arthritis and even strokes.
Need help on your own wellness journey?
So many lives have been touched by Naomi’s story and her expertise. If you have been through or are going through a similar experience to Naomi then don’t as she says, “get overwhelmed and throw your hands up in the air.” Reach out, there is support and help available.
Get in contact with Naomi for a one-on-one consultation here or follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @ndamask.
Watch a short trailer video for this episode here:
The Toxin Terminator