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.
Food sensitivities and food allergies are a growing problem. These food sensitivities are impacting the brains of children and adults. Research shows the most common food sensitivities are: gluten, dairy, corn, sugar and artificial sweeteners. These foods are negatively impacting brain health everywhere.
Case Study: Fibromyalgia
Author: Diane Vich
Key words: Chronic Pain, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety
Betty Boop has suffered from chronic pain since childhood. She developed juvenile arthritis at a very young age. She was lonely as a child and enjoyed spending time with adults because there were no other kids around. She was very creative and adventurous by creating her own friend that took adventures with her. She remembered naps part of her regular routine for her since childhood. Her mom was not very nurturing or kind, likely because she was suffering from the same ailments as her daughter. This made Betty sad and often spent time alone. Betty learned to cook as a child with her grandmother and loved food. She grew to be an adult with chronic pain, anxiety, depression and arthritis. Her favorite past time was cooking meals for her family, sleep, family time and painting. She progressed in her illness to a point that the pain was unbearable and impacting her daily life. She was extremely tired every day and could sleep most of the day. She had trouble walking around alone. She often fell and was not able to stand up alone. Her chronic body pain was intense and numbness was developing in her hands and feet. She could no longer deal with the pain and symptoms. She had gone to countless Specialists and Doctors without any relief. She finally decided, it was time for Holistic treatments and diet changes. She remembered her grandmother used to use natural remedies to help her as a child. It couldn’t hurt to try something new. Western medicine had definitely failed her, it was time to find HOPE, somewhere…
Betty suffers from a variety of medical conditions. She takes medications for cholesterol, depression, nerve-damage, thyroid, blood pressure and pain. She has pain every day in her back, legs, arms, hands and feet. She often gets treatments like injections and nerve blocks to help with the pain. She is progressively losing her balance and stability. She had difficulty walking and going up the steps. The bones of her knees are severely damaged and need repair in the future. She want to regain her strength, lose weight, energy and regain her life. It is important for her to be able to spend time with the family and participate in activities. Her pain in 10/10. Her muscles are in spasm with bursitis and tender areas throughout her body. She had also gained 50 pounds over the last 6 months which has made everything worse.
- Juvenile arthritis is caused by oxidative stress. The symptoms are pain, swelling, limping, joint stiffness, fatigue and irritability. Which progress rapidly through life and.
- 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.
- Fibromyalgia is chronic pain and chronic fatigue among other symptoms. It involves inflammation and pain throughout the body.
- Depression and Anxiety caused by oxidative stress and inflammation in the body, impacting the neurotransmitters and enzymes that support mood.
- Physician to wean her of Rx medications as symptoms after 3 month detox
- Supplementation/Dosage: (1) Nrf1, (2) Nrf2, (3) Omega, (1) vitamin D, (1) B vitamins and (3) Probiotic. Essential oils for chronic pain, mood and anxiety.
- 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 precessed foods. Sea salt and spices to taste.
- Coaching: 3 months of coaching recommended
- Motivational Statement: I am willing to change and grow. I am creating a safe and new future for me.
A multitude of diseases (200+) are linked to oxidative stress and inflammation. Oxidative stress is an imbalance between antioxidants and Free radicals. Patients with chronic pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, depression and anxiety 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.
1 month: Betty reports she has more energy. Is able to stay awake longer and not require a nap in the afternoon. Her movement is a little better. Pain 7/10 She is happy with the progress but a little bored of the diet. She had lost 8 pounds.
- Coaching Session: Betty realized that her health goal was to reduce her pain and mobility. This will improve her ability to be with the family and enjoy playtime with her grandkids. This was desperately important to her because she missed teaching and loved being around children. All of these things were important to her because they made her happy and she wanted to enjoy her life. She decided the diet was an important part of her healing and she needed to stick to it.
3 months: Betty made a few diet mistakes but was able to stick to it most of the time. She noticed she felt worse after eating processed foods and gluten products. She needed several coaching sessions to learn how to deal with her pain flare ups. She incorporate the essential oils, stretching routine and treatments. She was happy the coach was available during her first pain crisis to give her strategies to help with the symptoms. The coaching made her much more confident about her symptoms and ways to relieve them. She had lost 20 pounds.
- Coaching Session 1: Betty realized that her pain was worse and she had a headache. Her pain was 8/10. She called the coach for a face to face coaching session. The coach was able to teach her strategies to target her muscles to promote relaxation and pain relief. She taught her strategies for each of her pain areas, incorporating essential oils and the pain was relieved by the end of the session. She instructed her to continue using the treatments, oils and stretches daily for 3 more days. Before the session ended the coach reviewed Betty’s health goal: to reduce her pain and mobility. Betty felt confident and happy at the end of the session. She knew that the coach was there to help her. She knew the treatments were helping and she really needed to stick to the diet this time. She realized she needed to stick to the treatments, supplements and diet for this to work. She was motivated and ready.
- Coaching Session 2: Betty successfully incorporated all the strategies for the last month of her treatment and finally felt better. She realized it was good to incorporate the essential oils and treatments to help her with her symptoms. The support really helped her through the month. Her pain and numbness had improved. Pain 5/10 but relieved with treatments or exercise. She was highly motivated and eager to keep this healing process. She wanted to reduce her pain and improve her mobility further. She was dedicated to continuing this coaching for another 6 months to see the possibilities. She finally felt hope that she was going to be able to enjoy life again.
6 months: (After 6 months of coaching)
- Coaching Session 3: Betty successfully incorporated all the strategies for the 6 months of her treatment. She felt energized, free of pain and happy. She was able to participate in yoga and exercise regularly. She was painting again and spending time playing with the grandchildren. Her pain was 3/10 daily, relieved by her treatment regimen and essential oils. She used her oils daily and loved the benefits she experiences. She was finally able to enjoy life again. She was ready to take on new adventures and help her friends regain their lives again too. She had also stopped a bunch of her medications with her Physician. She only was taking her thyroid medication. She lost a total of 48 pounds.
What is a clean slate? It’s is a fresh start to finding your younger self. It’s trapped inside you waiting to emerge again. My health crisis has me feeling exhausted, fatigued and filled with pain. Through holistic healing I found so many possibilities. These are all new feeling and accomplishments for me:
- The love for nature and appreciation of the little moments with family.
- The drive and motivation to accomplish more and maintain health.
- The knowledge that you deserve to care for your health too.
- The feeling of accomplishment and happiness after a long stress filled day.
- The ability to care for everyone you love and yourself at the same time.
- Accomplishing your hope for a better way to feel and live.
- Energy and motivation to jump out of bed and seize the day.
- The freedom of pain to accomplish fitness in ways you never thought was possible.
- Flexibility to improve the circulation of your entire body.
- Savoring the healthy nutrient-rich foods you eat while your body reaps the benefits.
- The relief that your children don’t have to worry about you being sick or caring for you through a health crisis.
- Love for life and enjoying the beauty around you
- Reconnecting with your loved one and igniting the fire for passion.
These are only a few of the changes I made when I took a leap for a Clean Slate. The possibilities are endless. You can achieve more than you think. Let me help you BELIEVE!
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia many years ago. Doctors tried a multitude of medications and injections. Nothing helped with the pain. I suffered from chronic pain and fatigue my entire life. Over the years, I have adapted my diet by identifying food triggers. I use my elimination diet and flare up diet to control my symptoms. I eliminated many foods that caused symptoms several years ago, like diary, gluten, sugar and processed foods. My symptoms continued even though they slightly improved. In 2017, everything changed for the better. I started taking little yellow pill after my friend showed me the ABC Primetime news report. I can’t claim that this is a cure, treat, mitigate or prevent disease but I can tell you the root cause of disease is oxidative stress. I researched and saw the published studies on this natural supplement and finally had hope again. I knew that the damage my body had experienced over the years due to my poor diet was going to take time to heal. I was patient taking it daily and slowly the pain and fatigue started to improve. The first thing I noticed was I woke up with energy ready to start my day. I used to drag all day long feeling exhausted and coffee didn’t help. Now, I woke up and felt rested. Then as the months past my tight muscles started to relax and my pain practically disappeared. Unbelievable right? Wrong, it is totally true, I used to live with pain 7/10 or 8/10 daily. After 3 months it was controlled at 3/10 but I still had some neuropathy on the right side of my body. Basically my right arm and leg were numb. On the 4th month something miraculous happened, the pain and neuropathy subsided. At this point, I new I had to share with my mom. My mom has the same medical history and symptoms as me, so I knew it would help her. She felt much better too after 4 months on the product. We both switched to the Vitality stack when it came out in October to incorporate omega+ and Probio into the daily routine. I still had some flare ups related to my diet and eventually increased Protandim Nrf2 to twice a day. My condition tends to trap lymphatic fluid on the right side of my body, which worsens with diet triggers and repetitive movements. Twice a day Protandim and Vitality Stack did the trick. At this point, i decided to focus on diet and learn my body more. I developed personalized stretching and relaxation techniques. I also focused on zoning in on diet changed to identify triggers. Still to this day, I find foods that trigger symptoms but the constant unbearable pain is gone. I also have energy and happiness every day. A recent food trigger was white jasmine rice, I usually don’t eat rice in the evening and if I do I hadn’t noticed this symptom. I ate rice and beans for lunch and 30 minutes later, I felt really sleepy and started yawning. That was when I realized it was the rice. It happened again today after eating snap pea chips which have rice inside them. It is not extreme tiredness like before but I know that if I accumulate these types of food in my system everything gets worse. Food triggers and diet modifications help me control my symptoms and maintain my energy level. Are you suffering from pain or fatigue? Diet is a good place to start. Though it did not resolve all my issues it definitely helps keep me in check. Another important thing to remember with Fibromyalgia is movement makes a body good. If you stay in one spot, sleeping or resting too long, pain with come. You need to keep active, exercise and stretch. The tissues actually get backed up with fluids and pain increases. I know how bad this can be. Every time I have had surgery, which is a lot, bed rest made my pain worse. You begin aching in places you never ached before. I can help you develop stretching and relaxation techniques, elimination diet and more, just ask and you shall receive. Any questions?