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Julie Mitchell
17/Sep/2019

A number of people who start a fresh, new wellness plan somehow miss the part when I say they may go through some uncomfortable symptoms while moving toward abundant health. Some jump ship within a few days or they become fearful thinking they are getting worse and that I must have made a mistake with their plan. While I know I am not infallible, I typically will spend a few hours with someone while thoroughly assessing their current state of health then create a program that promote balance within the systems. It’s not unusual for us to get calls or emails with distressed clients asking what they are taking or doing that is making them feel so bad.  They may believe they are having an allergic response to something or just want to find the culprit of their physical distress. Usually they’re relieved to hear their symptoms are normal and a part of the beautiful healing crisis. So, read on if you’re curious about the beauty within a healing crisis and 8 reasons to love it.

There is a story about a reluctant chap named Jonah who was unwilling to follow the path God called him to and because of that, found himself in the belly of a whale. Sometimes in life, we too can get off the path of wellness because of poor health choices or lack of knowledge.  I’m confident going through that crisis in the whale was very uncomfortable for Jonah but it was imperative to the survival and healing of his body, mind, and spirit. 3 days later, the whale spewed him onto dry land, giving him a second chance at redemption. Once on the right path, he came to the location he was told to go to in the first place and declared his assignment to the people living in wickedness, “Yet 40 days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” They believed him and it caused them to believe God as well. Even the king set up a decree agreeing to a community fast and told everyone to turn from their evil ways. God’s heart was won over by the unity of the people to address the issues that were creating a wicked environment for them by repenting and turning from their wicked ways. Such power in repentance and turning!

Our body has an amazing ability to display a similar miraculous redemptive work once we begin to move in the right direction of health and healing. This often comes with discomfort and physical symptoms that may cause us to wonder how and why they are happening when we are doing the right thing. It is true that we can feel at our worst when we begin a healthier lifestyle or use natural therapies to allow our bodies to respond to this redemptive work. We are changing daily as cells die off and new ones begin thus creating either healthier or sicker environments depending on how we are engaging in and responding to our environment. If we view ourselves as our own science project every day and pay attention to what is happening as we go through the ups and downs of the day, we can learn a lot from our daily experiments. What we do today will impact us not only for the day but for the days, weeks, months, and years to come. We are either building up to be a stronger person or breaking down to be a weaker one. The choice is within our reach and we can be empowered to live a life of optimal health by making changes that support the healing cycles of the body. You should be encouraged if along this healing path you begin to feel lower energy, more expressive digestive issues, increased headaches, mood swings, elevated pain, pass illness resurfacing, or the worse cold you’ve ever had. These are all wonderful things. That’s right, I said wonderful! You are on the road to higher levels of wholeness and wellness.

 

Julie’s 8 Reasons to Love a Healing Crisis

  1. THIS TOO SHALL PASS

Let’s remember that symptoms are our friend and often don’t always need to be masked by medications if you are willing to battle in creative ways. Symptoms are God-given expressions that something is going on in the body: either we are moving towards balance/optimal health (healing crisis) or moving further away towards body breakdown (dis-ease crisis). Be patient and take control of that fear knowing that all these symptoms are working for your good.

Prayer: Father, I’m struggling with these symptoms and I ask for strength through the Holy Spirit to endure this season of healing knowing that it will not last beyond what I can bare, in Jesus name.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purposes.” Romans 8:28

  1. VITALITY IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

It might take a minute or two, but energy and vitality will return, and thankfully with a vengeance. It takes energy to hold toxins in the body (disease crisis) and it also takes energy to up-regulate them and send them out of the body(healing crisis). Once energy starts to come up, plan on making deposits into your energy bank and don’t take withdrawals right away. Build that kitty up and save that energy. Fight the urge to do a major project until you’ve been a few weeks into high energy day after day.

Prayer: Father, teach me to wait, to be patient during this phase and rest in You. Holy Spirit instruct me, help me understand that many things can wait for me to become well while You are taking care of me by moving me from healing crisis to living a life of wellness, in Jesus name.

“Those that wait on the Lord, shall renew their strength, they shall mount of with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

  1. THE IMMUNE SYSTEM WILL BECOME THE POWERHOUSE AGAIN

It may feel as if you don’t have the ability to fight off infections because you are experiencing the worse cold or flu like symptoms you’ve ever had. Where is your immune system and why isn’t it working? It is building itself up as you are bringing in the resources to do it as you eat properly, follow your wellness plan and relax in order to free up energy for your immune system to use for healing. With the correct resources, the immune system knows exactly what to do and is doing it. Be patient and expect the reset to happen.

Prayer: Father, why do I feel so weak and without strength when I’m follow this plan? You can show me through the Holy Spirit where true power comes from: Your love, Your grace, Your goodness, Your faithfulness, Your ways and my repentance. I humbly repent of all the things I did that were destroying this body you gave me. Lead me in the paths of righteousness and life, in Jesus name.

“But He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

  1. PLUGGED PIPES AND DRAINS WILL BEGIN FLOWING AGAIN

I often say when someone is feeling atrocious, “Think DRAINAGE, DRAINAGE, DRAINAGE.” If your body is up-regulating toxins into the blood system, there better be a way for them to get out. Otherwise, they will create havoc in the body. The five main drainage and filtration systems of the body that need to be open and flowing are liver, lungs, lymph, large intestines, and kidneys. When any of those are blocked you are more likely to see expressions in the secondary drainage pathways: sinuses, skin, and reproductive organs. Be patient, drink the recommended amount of water, do light movements like stretching and walking, come in for a colon hydrotherapy session and infrared sauna session to support the clearing of the body’s pipes.

Prayer: Father, You can teach my body to drain properly so toxins within any part of me have a pathway out. I submit my body, mind, and spirit to You and trust you with it all. I desire Holy Spirit for You to show me the clear path that leads me out of this storm, in Jesus name.

“The Lord spoke to Job out of the storm: ‘Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’” Job 40:6-7

  1. PAST ILLNESS MAY RETURN BUT ONLY TO BE ANNIHILATED

As my background in natural medicine has taught me, the body heals from the top down, inside out, and most recent sickness to the oldest. The body is very good at storing toxins within the body fat or extra cellular water to keep them away from the cells and tissues that are running the show. It actually is a very good protective mechanism and also take up energy to do this. Once nutrition and resources are available to build up the tissues and systems of the body so they can work at optimal levels, they are able to do deep dives into the body and remove causes of illnesses one layer at a time. Think of it like peeling back onion layers to uncover what’s been hiding down under creating havoc to the functioning of cells and the holes in the energy boat. Remember it takes a lot of energy to hold sickness in the body which can be an underlying reason for fatigue.

Prayer: Father, this is quite a process I am going through, but You have fearfully and wonderfully created my body to heal itself. You heal me from the top down as I trust You with my mind. Holy Spirit You are healing my insides in the hidden places because healing comes from within my beautifully made body. I am reaping these symptoms of sickness because of what I have sown but Your grace and love will overcome it all as I repent of going my own way instead of Yours that always leads to life, in Jesus name.

“Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God drives you, and you return to the Lord your God and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul, that the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the Lord your God has scattered you.” Deuteronomy 30:1-3

  1. THE WORSE YOU FEEL THE DEEPER THE HOUSE CLEANING

Yes, those toxins that have been hanging out in the corners of the body(fat cells and extra cellular water) all those years, will begin to come out into the blood system to be sent out of the body through the drainage pathways(liver, lymph, lungs, large intestines, and kidneys + skin, sinuses, and reproductive organs). It takes energy to move these out of the body. Once your brilliant body has begun this work, it will realize it can trust what is happening and send more and more toxins out into the life-giving highway system of the body, the blood. This process of house cleaning happens every day for healthy people, you should realize you are doing the work of a healthy person plus the work of deep cleaning that is necessary too. Relax, rest, keep things at a low level until things are cleared out. Be steadfast and preserve through it.

Prayer: Father, You know exactly what I need and I trust You because You are trustworthy. These hidden places within me, I ask that You would touch them by the Holy Spirit and Your light.  Bring a refreshing flow to all areas within me, undoing my past choices that brought weakness to this body, then on to the deeper cleaning that is needed, in Jesus name.

“He reveals deep and hidden things; He know what lies in darkness, and light dwells with Him.” Daniel 2:22

  1. HEADED TOWARDS THE GOOD LIFE

Those dreams and aspirations coming from your heart, are meant to come out through your life. It is God’s will for you to be well and live out His purposes for your life with abundance and vitality. Having a perfect life is not a realistic goal nor is it attainable. But having one full of love, peace, and joy in the midst of trials and tribulations is not only possible, but it is God’s will for us. Your body, mind and spirit have the ability to be balanced so be patient during the process of healing. Live with an attitude of excellence to be expressed through you and in you.

Prayer: Father, Wow! I have hope! While I am waiting, I will live and act with an attitude of serenity. I trust You will bring forth through the Holy Spirit the dreams, visions, plans, and purposes You’ve created for me to walk in. Help me to remember all the good things you have spoken to my heart or bring them afresh in me now, in Jesus name.

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4

  1. RELATIONSHIPS CAN BE RESTORED

As I like to simply say, “Hurting people hurt people.” When we are physiologically out of balance in our bodies and disease is expressing itself, our personalities can become hidden behind the symptoms we are experiencing. The once kind person who loved being around others, can begin to say and do things that are hurtful toward those they encounter daily. In the realm of relationships, if strangers are getting the best of us and those we share life with on a daily basis are getting the worst, we can simply say, “I am a hurting person who is hurting those people I love.” Once we are able to recognize changes are needed and discover what those changes are and apply them, our body, mind and spirit will become balanced. Balanced people express themselves in healthy ways that can restore broken relationships. They can tolerate troubles, trials, and differences which leads to not breaking the foundation of health that is established.

Prayer: Father, it is your love, kindness and patience that leads us to repentance. I choose to repent of all the people I have hurt because of things I’ve said and done. I wasn’t feeling well and this is no excuse for treating people in a manor that I would not like to be treated in. I also choose to forgive all those who have hurt me. I will no longer make excuses or try to defend my bad behavior. Lead me Holy Spirit through this healing process so I can also forgive myself for all my mistakes. Allow the fullness of Your redeeming and forgiving blood Jesus to flow to and through me. In humility and meekness, restore me to fullness of joy in You and fullness of joy with those around me, especially those closest to me.

“Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and He will grant you His blessing.” 1 Peter 3:8-9

 “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, even as Christ forgave you, so you must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts.” Colossians 3:12-15a

 

 


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Julie Mitchell
17/Sep/2019

By Julie Mitchell, BCND, CN

I work often with women who are going through various symptoms of menopause and are willing to step back and look at ways to help them move through this season. Men on the other hand, often want to avoid doctors or anyone who will give them directions. Have you ever been in a car with a man who won’t pull over for directions and you know he doesn’t have a clue where he is headed? It is critical for some of our guys to pull over and ask for directions to the nearest state of well being. Male Andropause is a period of time when there is a decreased production of male hormones.

4 Areas of Imbalance Men May Want to Pull Over and Get Directions For:
SEXUAL  lower sex drive, erectile dysfunction, decreased size of testes, less spontaneous erections
SLEEP  insomnia, increased sleepiness, difficulty falling asleep
PHYSICAL less muscle mass, increased body fat, reduced strength and endurance; less energy, decreased bone density, hair loss on body, increase in body heat
EMOTIONAL decreased motivation, lower self-confidence, increased sad /depression, difficulty concentrating or remembering things

The Mayo Clinic states that on average, males after the age of 30 lose 1% of their testosterone levels each year.  This process is typically a very gradual one in which the changes happen so slowly that men are not even aware of them. These are the guys that don’t need to pull over for directions. For others though, changes in sexual function, energy level or mood are more noticed and affect areas of their life more dramatically. These are the men that need to pull over for directions. As with women going through menopause, one of the most important glands of the body are the adrenal glands. They must be cared for and supported during this phase of life with great wisdom. Stress, be it emotional, work related, relationships, internal or external toxins, will weigh very heavily upon these precious walnut sized glands that sit on top of the kidneys. It will be important for men to allow themselves time to discover what is needed for them to move through this season with confidence and strength. And let’s not forget to give a shout out about the very important liver…where all the hormones are first conjugated and produced from cholesterol.

6 Directions that Can Lead Men to Feeling Manly Again:
LIFESTYLE  Eat a healthy diet that does not include refined sugars and grains or at least are minimally consumed.  Eat adequate amounts of protein, vegetables and fruits.  Move it or lose it…exercise 3-6x week with cardio and weight resistance exercises.
BREATHE  Deeply and peacefully throughout the day. Count your blessings and don’t sweat the small stuff.
WATER Drink half your body weight in ounces a day, more if you have sweated during exercise.
Saliva Hormone Assessment:  You can have saliva hormone testing to determine not only testosterone levels but other important hormone levels that are in the male endocrine system.
ADAPTOGENS  This is a substance or practice that helps to regulate the body and help move it towards homeostasis. There are a number of adaptogenic herbs and homeopathics that can support the male endocrine system during the andropause years. Consider practices like yoga, meditate on inspiring words, breathing deep, and developing an intimate or deeper relationship with God.
JOIN FORCES with a healthcare practitioner:  Who will support you with your goals of achieving wellness holistically and naturally. A bioenergetics practitioner will be able to lead you in the discovery of the underlying causes of these hormone imbalances and help you to restore this balance through various modalities.


Julie Mitchell
17/Sep/2019

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STRESS! Who can avoid it? No one! As our office is preparing to move our clinic to a new location very soon, the list of things to do seems to grow daily. I can even feel a flush of heat coming on as I type this thought. Since I can’t change the move, I must work on my adaptation process to the stressors of this move along with all the other things that come across my path daily. We’ve all heard that the early bird gets the worm, but I submit a new phrase: “The bird who remains calm in the fight for the worm will digest it properly, sleep well at night and remain in health”.

Those that are able to adapt to the stressors in their environment are the ones who will be more likely to live out an abundant life. We cannot change all of the stressors in our life so we must learn to adapt to those that are out of our control. Our neuroendocrine system (nervous system and endocrine system/ hormones) will signal changes in the body’s biochemistry with a fight or flight response. Short term stress, called acute, can actually have beneficial affects by strengthening the body’s response. But long term, or chronic, stress has the potential to effect various physical and psychological expressions.

6 parts of the body affected by stress

  1. Digestion
  2. Heart rate
  3. Adrenal/thyroid glands
  4. Sex hormones
  5. Glucose metabolism
  6. Respiratory function

6 Effects of stress:

  1. Weight imbalance
  2. Elevated blood pressure
  3. High blood glucose/sugar/diabetic
  4. High triglycerides
  5. Elevated LDL cholesterol
  6. Low HDL cholesterol

Richard L. Shames, MD, reported 43% of all adults suffer adverse effects due to stress. 75-90% of all visits to primary care physicians are in some way related to the adverse impact of psychosocial stress. He goes on to state the use of natural substances can support normalization of stress-induced biochemical and organ function changes and increase non-specific resistance to stress. Applied Nutrition Science Reports No. 576

6 Things that are contributing to stress:

  1. Food additives and colors
  2. Aspartame (artificial sweeteners)
  3. Caffeine (over use)
  4. Refined sugar excess
  5. Electronics
  6. Medication/Drugs

6 Anti-Stress Actions:

  1. Belly Breathing
  2. Take a short walk
  3. Listen to music
  4. Dance or sing
  5. Laugh
  6. Read the Bible or Inspirational Writings

“My soul, my soul! I am in anguish! Oh, my heart! My heart is pounding in me; I cannot be silent, because I have heard, O my soul, The sound of the trumpet, The alarm of war.” Jeremiah 4:19


Julie Mitchell
17/Sep/2019

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Ingredients

1 spaghetti squash

4 tablespoons olive oil

2 garlic cloves

1 shallot

Celtic Sea Salt

pepper

feta

Spaghetti Sauce of choice

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Cut spaghetti squash in half (lengthwise)

Scrape out the seeds and pulp

Brush the inside of the spaghetti squash with 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Season with salt and pepper

Place the spaghetti squash on a baking sheet, cut side up

Cook for 45-60 minutes or until very tender

Let cool for about thirty minutes or until cool enough to hold the rind

Scrape the inside of the spaghetti squash with a fork to create “noodle like” strands

Saute garlic and shallot in 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-low heat until tender and slightly brown

Add spaghetti squash and heat through

Serve and top with spaghetti sauce and feta


Julie Mitchell
17/Sep/2019

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Ingredients

2.5 cups of frozen fruit as desired

3/4 cup of coconut milk

stevia as desired

Directions

Combine ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until frozen fruit is completely blended.

Add coconut milk until you reach your desired consistency  if consistency is too thick.


Julie Mitchell
17/Sep/2019

photoI love to exercise! I have a number of reasons why:

  1. Increases endorphins that compliment my call to be joyful
  2. Increases my strength to accomplish the tasks of my day with energy
  3. When in the gym it provides wonderful fellowship with like-minded people
  4. When training outside on my own it provides a quiet reflective time that allows my good Lord to pour into me
  5. Poor circulation is one of my genetic weaknesses that is always taken care of when I’m moving with exercise
  6. It helps me wear my clothes the way I like to

You will often hear me say that it takes hard work to get to The Promised Land of Wellness, but it is worth it. We must be aware that it will always take diligent work to remain healthy, but once we get there we must realize going back to bondage of poor health is not an option. We are not meant to be stagnant in any way: physically, mentally, or spiritually. We should be uncomfortable in all those areas regularly, which guarantees us that we are not sitting in stagnant waters with the snakes and mosquitoes.

Did you know?

  • Active adults, athletes and those desiring to build muscle mass need additional dietary protein.
  • 7 out of 10 Americans don’t exercise regularly.
  • 3 out of 10 Americans don’t drink enough water.

We know that regular exercise will support the body functions and make us feel great too. We need to realize that increased physical demands on the body will create:

  1. INCREASED NUTRITIONAL DEMANDS. Protein not only helps build the muscle after a workout but also in the recovery process. My routine for years has included either an Ultrameal, Ultraclear, InflamX, or SP Complete Dairy Free shake within an hour after my work out. These are science based formulas designed to support our wellness and fitness goals that include high quality ingredients with natural sweeteners and flavors.
  2. NEED FOR INCREASED WATER INTAKE. This will support optimal physical performance. On a daily basis we should be drinking a minimum of half our body weight in ounces of water. But on days we are exercising that need can go up by 20-60% depending on the amount of sweat we release. So let’s “CAMEL UP!” I add Rehydration to my water as well as SpectraMin to replenish the electrolytes/minerals depleted thru sweat and Phyto Rad which is an amazing spagyrically processed antioxidant.

Julie Mitchell
17/Sep/2019

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Anti-Aging

Herb
Phyto Rad-An herbal blend of powerful antioxidant including Turmeric, Grape Seed Extract, Green Tea, Ginseng and Quercetin with added liver support. Antioxidants scavenge free radicals which, if left unchecked, can cause numerous health problems such as premature aging, cell damage and degenerative disease.

Homeopathic
Adaptopath- Contains a blend of homeopathics formulated to help enhance the body’s ability to heal by helping it adapt more effectively to stress. This includes ingredients to nourish the adrenals, assist with sleep and reset the body’s communication system. Helps with general body cramps, bone pain and premature graying.

Nutritional
Potent C-Contains a balance of essential minerals: calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc. It helps with immune system function, collagen repair and formation, joint function, energy production, antioxidant protection and function, and detoxification. Check out the video on our website on how to do a C Flush.

Essential Oil
Frankincense-Biblical referenced oil that is commonly used for joint or muscle discomfort, redness, irritation, fatigue, respiratory issues, skin imperfections or blemishes.

 


Julie Mitchell
17/Sep/2019

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Protection Internal and External Bugs

Herb

Core Mycelia-a red reishi mushroom blend that helps with immune support. The powerful combination of Chinese mushrooms in this blend, including Reishi and Shiitake, have been studied, documented, and used to enhance immunity and specifically support the body in fighting a variety of both acute and chronic viruses.

Organo Coffee-this coffee is infused with the reishi mushroom and has a rich taste. It strengthens the immune system, helps improve mood, oxygenates the body, has anti-aging properties, boost stamina, promotes detoxification, has antioxidants properties, good for high blood pressure, aids the improvement of the blood circulatory imbalance, and prevents tissue degeneration

Homepeopathic
Drainage Tone-this aids in symptoms associated with congestion of drainage pathways fatigue, bloating, constipation, foggy thinking, chronic infections. Supplies drainage for spleen, thymus and lymphatic system. Also provides immune support and drains the extra-cellular matrix/water.

Nutritional
Galt Immune-made up of predigested fish protein with organic colostrum for immune support and soothing support for normal gut function. This provides Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue immune support. 70% of immune function is gut modulated, stimulates interlukin-2; cytokines and macrophage action.

Essential Oil
Terra Shield-this proprietary blend contains 15 essential oils that have been proven to more effectively repel biting insects than other synthetic repellants. A small amount of this blend will provide powerful coverage for up to 6 hours.


Julie Mitchell
17/Sep/2019

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Ingredients

3-4 links turkey sausage

    1 bunch of green onions

    1 small Yukon gold potato, sliced thin

    ½ tbsp. olive oil

     5-6 eggs

    1 tsp. fresh rosemary

    Celtic Sea salt

    1 green pepper

    1 zucchini

   ½  eggplant

    1 large portabella mushroom

    Parsley, minced

Dircetions

Preheat oven to 350°.

In a frying pan, cook turkey sausage. Remove from the pan, dice and set aside.

Saute the green onion  in and season with a pinch of sea salt.

Remove onions from the pan.

Add the potato, zucchini, green pepper, eggplant and mushroom season with celtic sea salt, and cook in olive oil until lightly browned.

Remove potato from the pan.

Heat ½ tbsp. olive oil in an oven-proof frying pan.

Add eggs and rosemary and cook until slightly thick.

Add sautéed green onion and potatoes into the egg mixture.

Top with chopped sausage pieces.

Place frying pan into the oven for 10-15 minutes.

Garnish with minced parsley.


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