The unknown truth about invisible illness is that people live with it everyday and those around them usually have no idea. You might see a girl with a big smile going about her day hiding the pain she is experiencing. Only those close to them truly know and understand their pain. Even loved ones have trouble understanding their pain. There are many conditions that fall into this category and ehlers-danlos syndrome is one of them. This is the syndrome that I have lived with for years and never truly understood until a few years ago when I went to see a geneticist. Some of the symptoms of this syndrome are chronic pain, chronic fatigue, digestive issues, frequent infections and skin problems. I was the poster child for this condition. I had every possible symptom except a heart condition. Thankfully that was the one thing I didn’t manifest even-though I did need to see a cardiologist because I had frequent fainting episodes. The day I decided to see a geneticist I knew that this expansive list of symptoms had to be related somehow and I was right. The sad truth is there is no cure or treatment for it. The most you could do is use natural alternatives, exercise, diet modifications and prescriptions to help control symptoms. I was sick of using prescriptions and had already started incorporating diet changes and natural alternatives to help me feel better. I had reached a point in my life that covering up one symptom with a prescription that caused another problem was not an option. I wanted to get rid of all the prescriptions and I was well underway by the time I saw the geneticist. She told me everything I was doing was perfect. She said to continue my diet and fitness routine, use methods of stress relief and stay hydrated. At this point I was far from healthy but my body was slowly improving day by day. I had lived with pain to the right side of my body for almost 20 years. I remember feeling excruciating pain on my right arm beginning in 8th grade. The pain and symptoms worsened into adulthood. By the time I was 30 my right arm was always numb and in severe pain. By the time I was 35 my right leg was also affected and became numb as well. Any episodes of less physical activity or fitness routine would make all the pain and numbness worse. So I focused on staying active and eating what I thought was right. I was far from truly understanding my body and the foods that were harmful but I had already identified gluten and corn as huge culprits. By the age of 39, I had undergone a bunch of surgeries and I knew that more were eminent if I didn’t find a way to heal my body. Then one day my friend Daisy, who has Multiple Sclerosis another invisible illness came back into my life. She was experiencing some of the same symptoms and had found some relief in recent years. She spoke to me about nutrigenomics and using nutrient rich supplements to impact inflammation in the body. I was absolutely intrigued but I had to research it for myself. I took several months to research oxidative stress and nutrigenomics to see if it was my answer. I also had to research the ingredients to make sure I could take it. You see with all my food sensitivities, I had to be certain before I took the leap. Then one day, I jumped. I was pleasantly surprised that my energy was improving within the first few weeks. My pain pleasantly was down to 5/10 from 8/10 within a few months. After 4 months my numbness was gone and my pain was under control. I started to truly understand my body and the right fitness routine for me. This state of less pain also helped me identify more foods that caused symptoms to arise. I had flare ups and injuries at times but nothing compared to the life of severe pain I used to live. I was finally happy in my own skin and able to enjoy the world. I no longer had to hide behind a fake smile. I had a beautiful real smile that light up the room. I started to spread my story to the world. I am here to tell you invisible illness is real. You can never truly understand it unless you live it. People that live it need compassion and support. If you know someone with an invisible illness, I urge you to share my story with them. A story of hope is always a great thing to share. It is nice to know that you aren’t alone in the world. It is nice to know someone is here to support you if you choose to change your life. I fought back and won. It is a lifelong battle but I am here to support anyone through it with love and guidance.
Biohacking is the future of healthcare. Health and wellness is evolving rapidly with a new focus on health prevention and health promotion. Biohacking incorporates nutrition, fitness and lifestyle modifications to impact quality of life and promote wellness. Biohacking has become a unique experience as each individual tweaks their lifestyle to develop routines that enhance their own unique bodies. There is a simple step to make the most intense impact on your genetics using nutrient-rich substances but most people have never even heard of it, much less understand the potential impact it has on their health. The remarkable phenomenon is nutrigenomics which brings high quality nutrient-rich supplements to the table. The fact is that not all supplements are created equal. Many supplements actually cause more damage creating an over flow of nutrients that are harmful to the body. The biohacking revolution is evolving exponentially with nutrigenomics. Nutrigenomics provides people with a unique wellness experience. Nutrigenomics uses naturally occurring phytonutrients, coenzymes and antioxidants to activate pathways in the body that impact genetics. Nutrigenomics enables the body to create its own antioxidant enzymes to impact stress in every cell of the body. This enables the body to rejuvenate and repair itself at remarkable rate. It is so simple and effective that many people feel its like the fountain of youth. Nutrigenomics continues to evolve and adapt to enhance the biohacking experience enabling biohackers like myself to become the best version of themselves. It provides vital nutrients to enhance the entire body including internal organs, skin and cells. There is no other pathway more powerful at anti-aging as the Nrf2 pathway. Activating this pathway reduces oxidative stress which is the cause of more than 200 diseases. Oxidative Stress is recognized in the scientific community as the leading cause of disease and aging. There are more than 93,000 published studies on oxidative stress published in the National Institute of Health Library. If you are in the medical field, you know the NIH is the library of choice, it is where you want your research article to live. The fact that oxidative stress is the leading cause of aging is huge. Let’s make it simple for anyone to understand. I was 30 years old and felt like a 60 year old. The stress and tension had accumulated due to poor diet, stress and anxiety creating disease in my body. My bad genes turned on like a fire, every breathe I took made it worse until I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.
The good genes of energy, vitality and vigor were shut OFF permanently. Well I used to think it was permanent but it turned out my answer was biohacking. Let me explain the pain a little further. Due to the build up of toxins, allergens and free radicals my body was breaking down cell by cell since childhood. The junk food I ate was filled with additives and toxins that created an exponential impact on my physical body. I began with fatigue, migraines and pain in my right shoulder. As the years passed my pains expanded and radiated down the right side of my body. Eventually my entire right side was numb and tingly. Now, let me get really simple, imagine a piece of clay that you lay to dry. The clay shrinks and becomes dry and brittle. Eventually it loses at its moisture until it cracks and breaks into infinite pieces. That is what was happening in my body, all my muscles were shrinking and tightening. The stress and tension was building leading me to illness and eventual death. Yes, I said it, death. The fact is if you don’t target the rusting of your body, now, death is the end result.
Fast forward to March of 2018 when everything began to change. I took a leap, for my health and my family. My children deserved to have a healthy mom that could love and nurture them. I deserved to put myself first. I deserved to advocate for myself and treat myself right, literally. So, I did, I started to incorporate holistic treatments and nutrigenomics to improve my quality of life. I was looking to improve all my symptoms of disease and illness but I experienced exponential health benefits from biohacking. The first thing to return was my energy, I finally didn’t feel exhausted morning, noon and night. Next, my pain started to dwindle day by day until is disappeared. Then my numbness and tingling faded away to an oblivion. I though that my dreams had come true and my prayers were finally answered but the benefits didn’t stop there. My anxiety also faded away and became less influential in my daily experiences. The most beneficial and rewarding benefit took me and everyone around me by surprise. The valuable gift emerged and continues to evolve month by month. So, what is this gift? I bet you want to know. Well, its libido and the gift of orgazmik yoga. It is an intense connection with myself mind, body and soul. It is a benefit that I never expected but definitely appreciate, every day. This never would have been possible without nutrigenomics, holistic treatments, fitness and nutrition. My physical stress and inflammation was reduced to a manageable level where holistic treatments, massage and yoga were more effective and sustainable. My treatments were all more effective (massages, chiropractic care and holistic treatments). These treatments lasted for longer periods of time with less relapses of pain. Then I began to learn my body, muscle by muscle, creating a deep emotional and physical connection. This intense connection can be replicated and duplicated for women that can tap into themselves: mind, body and soul. If you want to know more about this orgazmik yoga, stay tuned. Your medical history doesn’t have to be your fate. Biohacking is the answer. Nutrigenomics is the tool. And coaching is the trick that guides you through your health transformation and wellness. Let me help you pop the bubble of symptoms, disease and illness. Let’s start your journey together.
I remember so vividly the day I decided to take my health into my own hands. I had just arrived home from a long day at work with the kids. My husband was away on a business trip and all the responsibility was in my hands. I was absolutely exhausted, my head was pounding and my body pains were intense. Moving was impossible because nausea and dizziness accompanied my headache. I had a debilitating migraine, chronic fatigue and chronic pain. I felt like I had been hit by a truck. It was going to be another afternoon where I just laid on the couch unable to do anything. My children needed me and I wasn’t able to move. My oldest Gabriel was around 5 and Lucas was 2. Gabriel spent the afternoon caring for me and his little brother. I needed time to rest for the stress and symptoms to diminish. I needed time for my migraine prescription to take effect. Gabriel brought me whatever I needed and watched his brother. He played with him and changed the TV channels to keep him entertained. They both were so well behaved and worried about me that it was heart breaking. Lucas came to hug and kiss me periodically and try to get my attention. It took some time for my migraine pill to take effect and looking at their sweet little faces broke my heart. I was laying on that couch close to 2 hours. Eventually, I had to get up and prepare dinner, even-though I was still excruciatingly exhausted. I managed to feed and bathe them pushing through my exhaustion. On these extra exhausting days, I would fall asleep with the kids right after dinner. There was no watching TV or alone time, I was just too drained to stay awake any longer. As soon as the clothes was prepared for the next day, I would pass out.
I knew that feeling this exhausted and drained everyday was not normal. The problem was my doctors didn’t always understand or believe it. They often told me its normal, you are a young mom with a career, it comes with the territory. They said its normal for you to feel tired and drained. But they just didn’t grasp the true extent of my extreme exhaustion. I was exhausted every day all day long and there is no way that is normal. It didn’t matter if I had slept 7, 8, 9, or 10 hours, I woke up exhausted and spent the day exhausted. This type of extreme fatigue is nothing like being tired because the baby didn’t let you sleep. This was beyond sleepless night and new mom exhaustion. This was beyond fatigue from raising an infant. This was something much more profound and I was determined to figure it out. I knew that all my health issues and symptoms were related. I knew that I had to find an answer. I knew that I had to advocate for my health. I knew that I wanted my body back.
What I didn’t know, was that it was going to take me many years of specialists, prescriptions and health struggles to get my answer. I went to countless doctors ranging from primary care, gastroenterologist, psychologists, pain specialists, neurologists, orthopedists, rheumatologists and geneticists. I am sure there are more specialists that I missed but the point is after endless years and tons of money on prescriptions and doctor visits, I was still sick. Eventually, I became “Sick and tired of being Sick and Tired.” I knew I wanted to be there for my children, enjoy time with them, teach them, play with them and be a fabulous mom. But the fact was to accomplish that I had to change my health fast because they were growing quickly and I wasn’t getting any better. The problem was I needed to put myself first to accomplish my goals and I had always put everyone else first. If I wasn’t a healthy mom then I couldn’t care for my children the way they deserved. I had spent years focusing on everyone else, my patients, my students, my coworkers, my children, my husband and my family. This vicious cycle of caring for everyone but myself was ready to spiral if I didn’t take action. I had hit rock bottom and I needed to climb out of the hole. It was me now or death. Sounds strong but true, if health continues to fail, symptoms and prescriptions multiply, then death is eminent.
In 2013, I finally took the leap. I decided that I needed to be my priority. I changed my diet by removing foods that were harmful to my body. I started seeing a homeopathic physician and undergoing IV vitamin infusions, immunoglobulin and treatments. I also started incorporating fitness into my weekly routine. I was still fatigued most of the time but my energy levels were starting to change. I noticed I wasn’t exhausted the entire day. I slowly felt like my body was coming back. Of course, the treatments became very expensive and I had to stop. I continued the diet, supplements and fitness regimen. I made sure that I had some alone time to relax periodically but my body was still in pain, exhausted and filled with other symptoms. I spent years trying to wean of prescriptions and tackle things with OTC supplements. I researched and made my own OTC regimen but they really were not working.
I knew that there had to be a better way. But I just hadn’t figured it out yet. I knew my body was missing nutrients to enhance my health. Thankfully, I had a friend that was about to share a revolutionary new concept with me and I was open to learn more. She told me about her Multiple Sclerosis and the supplement she was taking. She shared a video that would change my future. It took me 5 months of research to finally take the leap but I did. I am thankful everyday for her and finding my way to nutrigenomics. Nutrigenomics is the science of using nutrient-rich compounds to impact your genetic expressions. This revolutionary supplement activates a pathway in the body that enable your body to produce its own enzymes to activate your good genes. It removes toxins, fight free radical damage and supports the body for the daily assault of oxidative stress. The research showed me that oxidative stress was the leading cause of disease and illness. It impacts more than 200 diseases and is published in PubMed. I realized pretty quickly that Nrf2 activation was a good step for me to take. So, I started and was amazed. A week after starting Nrf2 and Nrf1 my energy levels were increasing, I was sleeping better and less achy. I knew it would take time to reverse the damage my body had undergone over these 39+ years, so I was patient. After 1 month, my energy and sleep continued to improve. Like anyone, stressful nights with less sleep would make me tired, but I wasn’t exhausted all day long anymore. Month by month my symptoms kept getting better. I knew after 3 months, nutrigenomics was going to be a staple in my life. My health journey, was far from over and healing was still progressing but I was finally on the right path. Over the next year, I realized autoimmune disease and chronic illness is a lifelong battle. I learned that tweaking and adjusting diet routines, exercise, yoga, medication and my supplements were essential. I learned to deal with flare ups and create a plan that worked for me. I am thankful that I achieved my goals, I reduced my fatigue and pain successfully. It is essential to advocate for your health and remember your health needs to be a priority everyday. It is also important to find resources and holistic health treatments that enhance your healing throughout your journey. I still remember the exhausted mom with excruciating pain but I am thankful I don’t have to live that way anymore. Now, I live my life helping others find their own health and stop the constant struggle.
Case Study: Lupus
Author: Diane Vich
Key words: Lupus, Brain Fog, Chronic Pain, Inflammation & Bloating
Vera Boss is a mom of four. She has been suffering from chronic pain, digestive issues and brain fog for many years now. She is frustrated with western medicine because none of the treatments and medications have helped her. She has seen a vicious cycle of new prescriptions and side effects. Her symptoms progressively got worse after each child. Her youngest is now 1 year old and she is so exhausted she just feels like she is not able to keep up with her. Her digestive issues and bloating have become severe and now it happens 3-5 times a week. Her headaches are also getting worse. She is desperate to find a natural alternative.
Vera is looking for alternative treatments. She has noticed her health has progressively gotten worse after each child. She wants to be there for her family and enjoy her life. It is important to her that she regain her energy and feel better. She was diagnosed with Lupus 6 months ago. She has chronic pain throughout her body. The symptoms that are really bothering her the worst are the bloating, inflammation and stomach pains. She has headaches 5 times a week and they last the entire day, sometimes more. Her joint pains are 10/10. She reports her bloating makes her look pregnant and its very painful (8/10). She is exhausted every day and needs coffee to stay awake. She sometimes drinks 5 glasses of coffee and feels it doesn’t even work very well. She often needs naps in the afternoon before she can cook dinner and play with the kids.
- Lupus is an autoimmune disorder where the body begins to fight itself. Lupus like a multitude of conditions is caused by oxidative stress and inflammation. Some symptoms are fatigue, chronic pain, headaches, memory issues and joint pain.
- Chronic Pain is caused by inflammation of the tissue causing tenderness and discomfort. In people with chronic pain the pain accumulates over time and the level of pain gets worse.
- Supplementation/Dosage: (2) Nrf2, (2) Nrf1, Omega, essential oils, Brain food supplement and (3) Probiotic. Essential oils for pain and digestion.
- Diet: High in low-sugar fruits, gluten free, high in green vegetables, beans, organ meats, bison, fish, shrimp, eggs and turkey (rare carbohydrate like cereal, cakes and dessert). No sugar or iodized salt. No inflammatory vegetables or fruits. No processed foods. Sea salt and spices to taste.
- Coaching: Recommended for 4-6 months to help with symptoms management.
- Motivation Statement: I speak up for myself freely and easily. I claim my own power and advocate for myself. I love myself. I am free and safe to be the person I want to be.
A multitude of diseases (200+) are linked to oxidative stress and inflammation. Oxidative stress is an imbalance between antioxidants and Free radicals. Patients with weight gain and inability to lose weight have high levels of free radicals in the body. They cause damage to the body on a daily basis. The body has poor capability of creating antioxidants like glutathione, catalase and SOD. These antioxidants are the only way to fight free radicals, so as they decline illness, disease and decline progressively continues through life. By enabling the body to produce antioxidants and remove toxins, they client will reduce inflammation, bloating and fat build up to promote weight loss. Lupus, digestive issues and chronic pain are all impacted by the increased inflammation throughout the body. It is essential to provide the body with nutrients that will help it fight back on a daily basis.
1 month: Vera has started the detox and supplementation plan. She is enjoying the detox soup and meal plan, specially because it has stopped the bloat. She is also happy she lost 8 pounds, her goal was to feel healthier and the weight loss makes her happy. She noticed that her headaches and joint pains were worse during first 2 weeks of detox. She reached out for some coaching to relieve her symptoms. She knew the pain and symptoms were expected and she was glad that she had a support system to help her manage them.
- Coaching Session: Vera reached out to have a tension buster session to help target her pain sites. She chose to have the session at her pool to start incorporating some gentle activities several times a week. This was important to her because she want to be able to enjoy fun activities with the kids without feeling exhausted and in pain. She noticed she felt relief and better circulation after her pool session. She committed to perform these activities at lest 4 days a week. She also enjoyed the essential oils and simple stretching to relieve her pain.
- Coaching Session : Elimination plan: Vera experienced some digestive issues, body pains and headaches on the cheat days, she asked the coach for some digestion relief suggestions. The coach added an elimination plan to determine her food sensitivities. She was able to identify her sensitivity “white rice and gluten free bread.” Her symptoms improved and she realized the importance of keeping track of her diet to identify food triggers. She was happy that she had the essential oils and natural remedies to help her if new symptoms arouse.
2 month: Vera is happy with her progress. She has avoided her food sensitivities and has seen big differences in her symptoms. She happily lost another 5 pounds. She contacted her coach 2 times during the last month to get support with food sensitivities, she identified two new foods “corn and apples”. She felt confident that she had the tools to deal with her symptoms and knew the coach was there to support her.
- Coaching Session: Vera was very happy with her progress, her pain was 6/10 and improving every day. She realized the stretching and exercise helped improve her pain significantly. After her afternoon stretch routine her pain was 4/10. She started using the exercise 5 times a week. Elimination plan: She is glad she has essential oils and natural remedies that she can keep with her all the time. Through her food trigger journal and coaching she was able to identify several foods to avoid. She realized it was important to track her symptoms. She plans on signing up for 4 months of coaching to help her to continue to monitor her food sensitivities and expand her diet plan further.
4 months: (After 4 months of coaching)
- Coaching Session: Vera successfully incorporated all the strategies for an additional 4 months coaching. She felt like a new woman. She had lost a total of 20 pounds. Her energy and memory was better. She used the brain food supplement much less now. She felt energetic and ready for anything every day. Her pain was 3/10 and relieved with exercise and stretching. She started to incorporate stretching into her daily routine and noticed big changes. After stretching and hydration her pain decreased to 1/10. She started to use 10 minutes stretches twice a day. Her headaches were almost gone, she only had a few a month. She noticed the headaches usually came with her food sensitivities and loved using the essential oils to stop the pain. Elimination plan: She continued her food journal to monitor food sensitivities. She identified several additional food triggers. She is thankful she learned to identify and treat her food sensitivities naturally. The elimination pain helped reduce her joint pains, digestive issues and headaches. She finally felt like she was able to be an active mom with her kids. She was happy that she had learned how to take care of herself.