Chronic disease seems to manifest itself everywhere. It doesn’t matter where you live, how much you earn, or who you are, it’s almost impossible to hide from chronic disease.
The only way that you have a chance of minimizing the likelihood that you or a loved one will suffer from a chronic disease is by eliminating toxins from your life. This is something that I dive into during my conversation with Cardiology Nurse Practitioner, Kristi Cronin.
Kristi has a very interesting story to share and one that I know will inspire you to ditch the toxins in favor of a more natural and holistic approach. As a Nurse Practitioner, Kristi has experienced many things throughout her career and shares her expertise with us today.
She also talks about how chronic disease is manifesting itself, particularly when it comes to the circulatory system and the heart. Kristi shares her personal story with us and reveals how she married the world of medicine with more holistic alternatives when she was faced with a crisis within her own family.
Kristi’s role as a Nurse Practitioner
Kristi has always been passionate about health and education. As a Nurse Practitioner, Kristi takes a unique approach when it comes to medicine. She looks at the patient as a whole, not only addressing their healthcare needs but also considering their mental health while embracing alternatives.
Finding a nurse practitioner who is open-minded enough to embrace alternatives is so important. They’re different from ‘regular nurses’ because a nurse practitioner generally functions best in the role of primary care.
Nurse practitioners will have a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a level of experience before they can move onto receiving their master’s degree in nursing. During this time, students will continue to gain experience and training before taking certification.
Heart disease in women
For some reason, people often assume that women are less prone to develop heart disease than men. However, Kristi has seen a rise in heart disease in women first-hand, and really wants to spread awareness about the issue.
To reduce your chances of getting heart disease, you need to take a closer look at your lifestyle choices. What are you putting into your body that could actually be doing more harm than good? Are you getting enough exercise? Are you giving your body the nutrition it needs to function properly?
All of these things can impact the likelihood that you develop heart disease. Taking supplements such as fish oil and high-quality omega 3 is something that Kristi strongly recommends to help lower your cholesterol.
Tips to help you prevent heart disease
Fortunately, chronic disease can be prevented and even reversed. However, because our food supply is so contaminated and over resourced, it can be difficult to give our bodies the nutrients it needs to function properly.
The answer? Healthy eating and where possible, supplements. Of course, not every supplement on the market is going to work for you, which is why it’s so important to do your research. Introducing more healthy whole foods to your diet is a must. If affordability is an obstacle for you, try to find cheaper options. Go to your local farmer’s market and seek good probiotics and supplements containing vitamin D and Omega 3 – those are Kristi’s top recommendations.
Another important lifestyle change to make if you want to prevent chronic disease is exercise. Yes, I know you’re rolling your eyes at the thought of jogging around the neighborhood, but exercise is crucial to our overall health.
Cardiovascular exercise, in particular, is so important. Squeezing a brisk walk into your day is great for your heart and your health. This helps to protect your heart and reduce your chance of having a stroke, heart attack, and/or developing diabetes, etc.
What’s stopping people from ‘getting healthy?’
As a nation, we’re suffering from an epidemic. Chronic disease is on the rise and so are things like obesity and it’s affecting people of all ages. So, why is that? And, why is it so difficult for people to quit bad habits and ‘get healthy’?
Kristi believes that our mindset has a huge role to play in this. She often has patients who express that they are ready and excited to make changes in their lives. So, she talks to them about what they can do to take the first few steps towards a positive change. However, when many of those patients come back a few weeks later, they haven’t made a single change.
The reason for people’s unwillingness to improve their own health could be due to their mindset. They’re stuck and can’t escape the ‘I can’t, so I won’t’ frame of mind. Something is stopping them from taking that first step towards a happier, healthier and toxin-free life.
To help shift this negative mindset to a positive one, Kristi suggests taking the approach that, “Life is not happening to you, it’s happening for you.” You HAVE the ability to make changes in your life. Once you realize that, you stop seeing yourself as a victim and you have the power to completely change your life.
Combining medicine with holistic approaches
Kristi faced a turning point in her life when her son became very ill. He has asthma and an IgG deficiency, which landed him in the ICU at just three years of age. His respiratory status was steadily declining and as you can imagine, this was a heart-breaking and terrifying time for Kristi and her husband.
After that, Kristi began thinking about what they could do to help him build his health. It began by taking small steps like removing all of the carpets in the house. Carpets can harbor things that could potentially be detrimental to your health, especially for a child with asthma. Kristi also minimized her son’s exposure to things like perfume and fragrances, which could potentially trigger his asthma.
Kristi started using essential oils more such as adding a few drops to her son’s bath or shower. He also started taking probiotics and vitamin D supplements to help keep his immune system as high as possible. However, because Kristi’s son needed medical assistance too, he was on an antibiotic for a year paired with IGG infusions, which shows how severe his condition was.
Through lifestyle changes, he is now only on one medication and it’s become much easier to maintain his health as a result.
Get in touch with Kristi
Kristi’s brand-new book, Black Balloons, launches in January 2020 and explores how we can all learn from one another and seek support from others, even in our darkest times.
If you’d like to get in touch with Kristi, you can follow her on Instagram @kristileecronin
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Are you going to let someone else dictate what you can and can’t put into your body? Or, are you ready to take back control and write, script and create your life according to what you want to make of it?
Melissa Poepping used to think that she was ‘born into the wrong story.’ She came from humble beginnings, drank well water from her grandparents’ farm and spent many mornings waiting in line with her mother at the Salvation Army each week for basic food. She’s come a long way since then but hasn’t forgotten her past. In many ways, she has her past and the people in it to thank for her incredible life today.
Melissa was first introduced to a toxin-free world back in 1988. However, it wasn’t until the birth of her child that she began to investigate the ingredients of the things she put on and into her body.
Using recipes brought down to her from her grandparents, Melissa discovered that essential oils could help magnify those recipes and make them even better. This discovery prompted her to create The Chemical-Free Home series and launch Savvy Minerals, a company dedicated to toxin-free cosmetics.
How Melissa was introduced to a toxin-free lifestyle
Melissa always says that ‘green can be glam’ and it comes in many different shades and packages. As mentioned above, Melissa grew up in a household where everyone took the ‘DIY’ approach. Store-bought bread was a rare treat, and everything was homemade, even her grandmother’s laundry detergent. A huge reason for her grandparents’ choice of living was frugality, they simply couldn’t afford to buy all of these things. It made sense for them to just make their own!
When Melissa left home and could afford to buy things like store-bought detergent, she did. However, when she was pregnant, she became a lot more vigilant about the products that she bought. She read labels carefully, researched ingredients and realized that a lot of them were potentially harmful to not only her but her unborn child.
There had to be another way, a better way that didn’t involve contaminating our bodies with hidden toxins. So, Melissa returned to her roots and searched for natural solutions. It wasn’t just about frugality. It was about controlling the ingredients she put into her body.
Using essential oils to enhance existing recipes
Melissa soon became fascinated with essential oils. Everything about them impressed her from their aroma, what they could do and how multi-functional they were. She realized that she could enhance all of the cosmetic and cleaning products she was making using essential oils, which is exactly what she did.
Melissa wrote a collection of books called The Chemical-Free Home series, where she teaches you how to create your own natural products at home. A lot of the recipes came from her grandparents, which she then worked on and experimented with until she created healthy, safe and natural products that actually work.
Inside The Chemical-Free Home series, you’ll find housekeeping recipes for things like laundry and cleaning products, face and body recipes for face wash and serums and baby products such as baby food and chemical-free bath and care products.
Using The Chemical-Free Home books, you can ditch all of the harmful products in your home and replace them with safe, natural and homemade alternatives.
Removing toxic thoughts from your mind
We often talk about removing hidden toxins from your body, but what about the toxic thoughts and things that you or others say that can harm your mind?
Melissa is someone who believes that God’s purpose for us is to advance:
“Once you achieve one good, another will be desired. You will always have that innate sense to want to continue to advance, to grow, to create. We should never be satisfied.”
If someone is telling you to stop wanting more, you shouldn’t listen. You shouldn’t feel guilty for not being satisfied because there’s always more that you can do. There’s more that needs to be done, which is just one of the reasons why Melissa is so passionate about spreading the word about essential oils in an attempt to help as many people live a toxin-free life as possible.
Silencing the voice in your head is difficult. There’s no finish line in personal growth. The mind is a muscle, which means you need to practice and train your mind to pull away from negative thoughts and doubts.
Those thoughts become toxic when you begin to emotionalize and rationalize them. Melissa believes that whatever is in your subconscious mind directs your body into action.
Instead of looking at someone you perceive as successful and thinking you’ll never get that kind of success, think to yourself, “I CAN achieve that success and I deserve it.” Then, think about what actions you need to take to make it happen and start the journey of removing such toxic thoughts from your mind.
How to rewrite your story
Everything in life has a frequency to it. It’s like a vibration going out into the world and we all have our own frequencies. When you’re in a really bad mood, your frequency is low and even toxic. When you’re around people like that, their frequency can affect you without you even realizing it.
If you want a positive frequency, you need to make sure that you have the right mindset. Think about your big goal that you haven’t attained yet. This is the goal that puts a smile on your face whenever you think about it.
Melissa suggests starting your day by writing your ‘big goal’ down on paper and what it is that you want to attract to yourself that day. Whether it’s positivity, good health, peace – whatever it is, you need to be actively putting it out into the world in order to get it back from the world.
“Every single thing in our life, no matter how hard or how painful, we've attracted that condition to us. At one point, we resonated with that fear at one point, and we didn’t rewrite the story.”
Instead of fearing failure, you have to rewrite that story as one of strength. If you have a fear of walking into a room and being hated by every person there, rewrite the story to be different. You’ll walk into the room, give your presentation, the crowd will cheer, and you’ll help to impact the lives of many people.
No matter what your fear is, you need to rewrite it and stop letting it chain you to your perceived limitations.
Connect with Melissa
One of the best ways to connect with Melissa is to visit her website, where you’ll find everything you need to know about Melissa and her amazing work.
If you’re interested, you can sign-up for Melissa’s coaching program – Basi6. In this coaching program, Melissa helps you to change your life in just six weeks, helping you to step into the CEO role of YOUR life.
You can also follow Melissa via Instagram and Facebook to keep up with her and see what she’s up to on a day-to-day basis.
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I love hearing remarkable stories that inspire others to make healthier lifestyle choices and Tina Anderson is someone with one such story.
Tina is the CEO of Just Thrive®, a supplement company that focuses on gut health. She has come a long way from her time as an attorney and opens up about wanting to spend more time at home with her family and why she decided to pursue the pharmaceutical field before focusing on gut health in particular.
Gut health is incredibly important to overall health. If you don’t have a healthy gut, you don’t have a healthy body.
Keep reading to find out some of the common myths surrounding gut health and what signs to look out for that could indicate that your gut health needs some special attention.
How Tina discovered the importance of gut health
Tina and her husband, Billy, have always been passionate about bringing health to the lives of others. Billy was an executive in the pharmaceutical industry while Tina worked in the pharmaceutical field as an attorney for 15 years. However, they were never fully satisfied with their careers and felt like they could do more to help people.
Tina realized that overprescribing drugs was the trick of the trade.That’s how pharmaceutical companies were making a lot of their money. So, Tina and her family began to avoid antibiotics and eliminated over-the-counter medications. Instead of relying on pharmaceuticals, they focused on living a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle to prevent illness and stay healthy.
During this time, they discovered the importance of gut health. More importantly, they realized that an imbalance in the gut is often the root cause of countless diseases and illnesses. So, Tina and Bill pursued the mission to help spread awareness on gut health and help as many people as possible rebalance their gut.
The truth about pharmaceuticals
With her position in the pharmaceutical industry, Tina was able to peek behind the curtain and see what was really going on ‘behind the scenes.’ In the past, I was under the impression that if something was being sold in a store, that meant it was safe to use. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
We live in a world where we take our doctor’s word for it. They want what’s best for us and they want to help us get better. The only problem is that they learn from the pharmaceutical industry and not about the more natural and safer ways to treat chronic illnesses.
Medicine doesn’t want to get to the root cause of the illness. However, Tina’s Just Thrive® Probiotic does. This probiotic is the most well-studied of its kind for both safety and ethnicity in the world.
So, what is the Just Thrive® Probiotic and how does it work?
What is Just Thrive® Probiotic?
Just Thrive® is a spore-forming probiotic and antioxidant supplement and what makes it different from others is that it arrives 100% alive in your intestines. It’s not alive in its shell. It’s only when the probiotic enters the intestine that it removes its shell and gets to work in your intestinal tract.
Just Thrive® reconditions the gut by removing bad bacteria and pathogens that shouldn’t exist in your gut in the first place. In turn, this allows good bacteria to thrive, which helps to strengthen not only the health of your gut, but the overall health of your entire body.
The specialized spore-based bacilli formulation of Just Thrive® Probiotic ensures that the probiotic strains survive through the stomach and upper digestive system. With Just Thrive®, you’ll see a vast improvement in your immune health, digestive health, and even your mental health.
Just Thrive® Probiotic contains no added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances. It’s sugar, salt, gluten, dairy, and nut-free. But, the most important benefit of Just Thrive® is its ability to completely rebalance your gut.
Does your gut health need help?
There are many signs to look out for that could be signalling that there is an issue with your gut health. Your digestive system plays a huge role in creating and maintaining your physical, mental and emotional health and yet, so few people know about it!
Some signs to look out for include food sensitivities, skin conditions, indigestion, constipation, diarrhoea and many more.
According to Just Thrive® Probiotic’s website, more than 70% of Americans report GI problems. A ‘leaky gut’ is one of the main signs that your gut needs a health intervention. It occurs when the walls of your small intestine are damaged, resulting in food particles and toxins leaking out of the digestive tract and into the bloodstream.
As you can imagine, this can cause a heap of trouble for your health but thankfully, Just Thrive® Probiotic has been clinically proven to begin healing leaky gut within just 30 days.
Myths surrounding gut health and probiotics
One common myth that Tina talked about when doctors claim that good probiotics need to be refrigerated. The reason why so many doctors say this is because the probiotic needs to remain alive.
However, if a probiotic needs to be refrigerated to stay alive, it’s not a very good sign at all because if it can’t withstand room temperature, how is it going to withstand your body temperature?
Another myth is when people claim you can only take a probiotic on an empty stomach. Your PH is higher when you have an empty stomach. This allows for greater survivability but with Just Thrive®, you don’t need to take it with an empty stomach. In fact, it works better if you take it with food.
If you want to find out about Just Thrive® and all of their incredible probiotic products including Just Thrive Ultimate IgG. This product is a great supplement that supplies strong immune support with a special focus on your gastrointestinal system.
To find out more, you can have a look at their website to learn more about how they can help you live your healthiest life.
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Exciting things are coming to The Toxin Terminator podcast – a brand new segment that I like to call, 1st Steps!
If you’ve been following along with the podcast, you’ll know that I love having people on the show who share their impactful stories with me and my audience. Each of the stories that are featured on the podcast share a common theme. They all started somewhere and each of them would never have embarked on their journey to renewed health unless they took that first step.
The first step is a pivotal moment in a person’s life when they’ve actively decided to take the first step towards a healthier lifestyle. Some have even overcome chronic disease as a result of taking that first initial step.
So, I’m excited to share my new 1st Steps segment with you, which takes a look at the real first steps that some people have taken in an effort to change their lives and their health for the better.
What is 1st Steps all about?
When you know that something in your life has got to change, it can be difficult to know where to start. Unfortunately, we don’t have all of the answers, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t out there.
Now, I’m not a doctor and I have no credentials behind my name, but that doesn’t mean I don’t share the same willingness to help people.
Sadly, even though science and medicine have and can do a lot for people, they don't cure everything. For many people, it can seem like they’re stuck in a perpetual cycle of not feeling good or well. They may have a lack of energy and feel extreme fatigue at times. They know something is ‘off’ but they don’t know what to do about it.
The first step is the most important step and with the 1st Step portion of the podcast, I hope that I can help some of you take the first step towards renewed health.
My first guest on 1st Steps
My first guest to feature in the 1st Step segment is my roommate from an event I recently attended. I won’t give her entire story away, but the segment will be a before and after style episode. You’ll get to meet my roommate, who will (hopefully) undergo a massive positive lifestyle transformation.
To achieve real change, you need to be committed. So, I’m choosing guests who I believe are genuinely committed to making the necessary changes to turn their health around.
My first guest is going to come onto the show and talk about her struggles and what she’s been dealing with in her life. Before she leaves, I’m going to give her no more than two steps that she can take to make a significant impact on her life.
But that’s not the best part. The best part is that she is going to make these changes in just 30 days. Once the 30 days are up, she’s going to come back on the show and report how her life has changed since implementing one of two steps I suggested when she first appeared on the show.
The final result will be delivered to you in a podcast shaped package and feature both the before and after stories.
A few important disclaimers
Before you try any of the steps that I suggest on the show for yourself, you need to know that I’m not a doctor. If you’re under a doctor’s care, you might want to get the green light from him/her before jumping on the bandwagon.
However, all of the steps I’m going to reveal on the 1st Step segment is nothing that should interfere with your medical care, but it’s still advised to get the clear from your doctor anyway.
I believe that we can’t achieve renewed health without removing hidden toxins from our lives. However, the steps to good health is not always a one answer fits all type of thing. What works for someone else may not work for you, and that’s okay. It just means you need to keep looking until you do find something that helps you get the results you want.
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Everything I share with you on this segment of The Toxin Terminator podcast is what I have learned over the last six years. These are steps that have worked in my personal life and the lives of millions of others, so I hope that you can take some of these steps, implement them into your daily life and reap the health rewards!
Would you like to get involved or even feature on the 1st Step segment?
If you have any issues you’d like to discuss with me as a consult (privately), let’s talk! Let’s work together to find out how we can help you rejuvenate your health, eliminate harmful toxins and get your life back on track!
If you would like to schedule a consult with me, click here!
Do you have any topics or subjects you’d like me to discuss on the show, blog or elsewhere? Get in touch! You can reach me via my Hello Calendly Link, where you can schedule a 15-minute chat session with me about anything you like!
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Toxins are present in our lives whether we like it or not. With each choice we make and each product we use, we’re either letting toxins build-up in our bodies, or we’re not.
As The Toxin Terminator, it’s my job to help spread awareness and prevent toxins from causing havoc in our bodies. You can prevent and overcome chronic disease by removing toxins from your everyday life.
I believe that the only way to restore your health is to get rid of harmful toxins for good. The only problem is that most people have no idea just how many hidden toxins they’re willingly putting into their bodies on a daily basis.
I want to take this opportunity to talk to you about where we are as a nation with the health crisis. I’ll also share a few things that you can do on a regular basis to make a real difference to you and your family’s lives.
So, are you ready to remove those hidden toxins for renewed health? Read on...
Your health has been hijacked!
Dr. Tom Reed is a double board-certified medical and surgical specialist. His book, ‘Your Health Has Been Hijacked,’ reveals shocking health statistics that explain the harsh truth that many people don’t want to accept – our health has been stolen by the very people we've entrusted to protect us.
George Orwell once said, “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.”
I think this quote is fitting because it’s true. Sometimes, the truth is hard to hear. But in this case, it’s absolutely necessary.
Inside his book, Dr. Tom Reed reveals some terrifying statistics. Did you know that between 90 to 95% of ALL cancer cases are linked to lifestyle, not genetics? That means that you are able to influence the future of your health through your choices. To find out more about why many people believe cancer is a preventable disease, click here.
Let’s talk about one of the fastest growing cancers in the world - breast cancer. As it stands, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. In the next 10 years, that number is expected to decrease to one in two women.
The truth about chemicals
The overall health of Americans is declining rapidly. Chronic diseases are at an all-time high with little hope that we’ll ever recover, and toxic man-made chemicals are to blame.
You don’t have to live in a bubble to protect yourself from harmful chemicals. All you have to do is limit or, even better, eliminate toxins from your life. Chemicals have replaced bacteria and viruses as the main threat to human health.
Chemicals are in everything. They’re in our water sources, in the air we breathe, our food and our everyday products.
There are over 80,000 chemicals currently approved to be used in the marketplace. Out of those 80,000 chemicals, the EPA has only been able to ban nine of those. Nine!
Dangerous chemicals to avoid
While I can’t list all of the chemicals you should avoid (which is most, if not all of them by the way), I will go over a few that are particularly harmful.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is an anionic detergent and found in hundreds if not thousands of personal care products. It has been connected to cancer, skin irritation, endocrine disruption, and many other ailments. Yet, it’s still used in shampoo, toothpaste, body wash, face wash, dish soap, laundry soap and many more home products.
Guess what SLS is also used for?
It removes car grease from garage floors…and people are using this on their faces, hair and bodies. It’s a huge skin irritant and should be avoided at all costs.
Here are some more harmful chemicals you should avoid:
Phthalates are a serious health concern because they’re a toxic chemical known to be an endocrine disrupter. Phthalates have been banned from being used in children’s toys, but it can still be found inside our body cleansing products.
Often used in shampoos, candles, and home sprays, Formaldehyde can be very damaging to your skin and when you breathe it in, it can cause asthma, allergic reactions and has been known to cause cancer. Oh, and did I mention that this is the same chemical they use to embalm bodies at the morgue?
This toxin is known to cause sore throats and severe kidney and liver damage. You’ll find it in everyday store-bought laundry detergents and dryer sheets. It contains toxic ingredients that can lead to central nervous system disorders, muscular coordination issues, depression, headaches, vomiting, and nausea.
Don’t let the name fool you, Fragrance may be a common ingredient in hair products, but it can also cause allergic reactions and symptoms of asthma. Unfortunately, companies are not required to reveal the chemicals in their products because of proprietary trade secrets. However, you can scan your products at home using an app called Think Dirty and find out just how safe or unsafe a product is.
Bioaccumulation and toxic overload
Bioaccumulation occurs when toxins and chemicals gradually build up in an organism. Think about all of the products you use each day. Maybe you wake up in the morning and your routine involves washing your face with cleansers, toners and so on. Then, you get in the shower and use even more products. You apply makeup and before you know it, bioaccumulation is happening to YOU.
This is when your body is so overloaded with toxins, it can’t get rid of them fast enough. When we use all of these products, we’re exposing ourselves to harmful chemicals without even realizing it.
When you’ve got too many toxins in your body, whether through the pores in your skin or what you put into your body, you’re more likely to experience things like a lack of sleep and focus, skin issues such as rashes, eczema and psoriasis. You’re also likely to suffer from headaches, severe migraines and chronic diseases.
What should you do next?
All of this talk about chemicals and harmful toxins is sure to make you more than a little freaked out. But, rest assured, you have time to turn things around. I’ve been at this for six years, and I’m still not 100% toxin-free. It takes a long time to cleanse and detox your body. It’s a process and you need to take it at your own pace.
A great resource that I use all the time is the Environmental Working Group, which shows you important information about the products you can use to help you achieve a toxin-free home.
I’m associated with a company called Young Living, whose products are plant-based and contain an essential oil or plant-based product in them.
We have supplements, beauty products, household cleaning products, home purifiers, bath products, baby products and many more that are completely safe to use.
So, if you’re thinking about what you should do next to achieve a toxin-free life and body, Young Living is a good place to start.
Here are five ways to help you afford Young Living products:
1. Shift your spending on what you’re already buying and purchase healthier options!
2. Get started with Young Living’s Essential Rewards program and start saving immediately!
3. If you order $100 or more, you’ll get a FREE oil or product every month!
4. You can create DIY products such as shampoo, deodorants and lotions
5. Share Young Living with your friends and family and get a $50 check!
To find out more about Young Living, click here!
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