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Reaping The Benefits Of Medical Marijuana

We have heard many benefits of medical marijuana. However, there are still some skeptics regarding the effectiveness of this plant, and many others still regard marijuana as an illegal drug. My guest today, Dr. Karen Munkacy, will shed light on why medical marijuana is better than conventional medicine.

Breast Cancer Survivor

Dr. Karen Munkacy is a breast cancer survivor. Upon being diagnosed at the age of 40, she has undergone 28 radiation sessions and a double mastectomy.

During the four months that she was undergoing aggressive chemotherapy treatments, a friend suggested taking medical marijuana. Munkacy also heard about medical marijuana’s benefits. But not wanting to break the law, Munkacy refused the treatment.

Although Munkacy is grateful to be in remission, going through a plethora of surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy treatments were not easy. Hence, Munkacy resolved to find ways to help other cancer patients ease their pain and suffering.

Medical Marijuana Research

Not forgetting her friend’s recommendation to use medical marijuana, Munkacy researched about the medicinal benefits of cannabis supported by scientific evidence and medical support. Her medical background gave her the perspective to assess her findings.

Munkacy also began to began to speak publicly about her experience with cancer. This way, it could encourage lawmakers and health care professionals to support legislation, allowing the use of medical marijuana to alleviate patient pain and discomfort.

Passing the Bill

Eventually, Munkacy was able to get the medical marijuana bill passed in Massachusetts in November 2012. The bill passed with 63% votes. That encouraged Munkacy to lead an organization creating the best medical marijuana medicines.

With a pioneer staff of 16 employees, Munkacy’s primary aim was to uphold the highest standards to cultivate medical marijuana and educate patients as well. Investing a lot in lab equipment also assures patients that the extractions and dosings of the medical marijuana are exact.

Primary Benefits

There are many other benefits of medical marijuana. Aside from the alleviation of pain and discomfort, medical marijuana also works for nausea.

“It’s the only anti-nausea medication that also stimulates appetite. It works for anxiety, depression, and inability to sleep,” said Munkacy. “Medical marijuana is very safe with no side effects. Hence, it is the perfect medication for people in hospice care.”

Unfortunately, some hospitals remain to be hesitant in the use of medical marijuana. Munkacy recalls a female patient wherein using medical marijuana significantly eased her pain, anxiety, and depression.

That patient was able to sleep at night, had an appetite, and her nausea decreased. However, when the hospice found out that she was using medical marijuana, she was forced to leave. Consequently, her family had no choice but to take over and oversee her treatment.

Father of Medical Marijuana

Dr. Raphael Mechoulam is known as, “The Father of Medical Marijuana.” The title was given to Mechoulam after he discovered the endocannabinoid system.

Consequently, studies show that medical marijuana inhibits the vascularization of tumors. It binds to receptors in our digestive tract. Hence, it can help with inflammatory diseases and problems like Chron’s disease.

Despite that, Munkacy acknowledges that it is still hard for doctors to write recommendations. Consequently, doctors rely on top medical literature to declare effectivity of a drug or treatment before recommending it to patients.

However, Israel has a different take on medical marijuana. Munkacy reveals that the Ministry of Defense in Israel pays for soldiers with PSTD to get medical marijuana.

Unfortunately, for those in the United States, medical marijuana is not readily available for American soldiers with PSTD. Indeed a sad plight for people who serve our country.

How The Body Processes Marijuana

According to Munkacy, if you use medical marijuana everyday, you can have withdrawal symptoms if you just abruptly stop it. So it is best to do it under a doctor’s supervision.

“Medical marijuana is processed through the liver. There are different effects when you inhale it vs. when you swallow it,” Munkacy said.

Munkacy says that when you inhale medical marijuana, it goes into your lungs and right into your bloodstream. On the other hand, when you swallow it, it gets absorbed in your digestive tract, and the blood flow from your gastrointestinal tract goes right through your liver.

“The more educated you are about this medication, the more efficient it’s going to be for you. You’ll be able to harness its effects and use it to the way that works best for you,” said Munkacy.

Garden Remedies Products

Under Munkacy’s Garden Remedies product line, there are a variety of medical marijuana products that patients can use to treat their various health problems:

Flower Strains
• Bruce Banner #3
• Chem 4
• Commerce City Kush
• Cornbread
• Longs Peak Blue
• Girl Scout Cookies
• Granddaddy Purple
• Scott’s OG

Premium Rolls
• Bruce Banner #3
• Cornbread
• Longs Peak Blue
• House Blend

Vape Pen Selection
• Otto#2
• Tangerine Kush

• Star Killer Rosin
• AJ Sour Rosin
• Taffy Distillate
• Keif Bar

• Medicated Honey
• Fruit Drops
• Medicated Sugar
• Medicated Finishing Rub
• Stone Hard Candy
• Dark Chocolate Coins
• Caramel Sauce
• Caramel Chew

• THC Tincture
• CBD + THC Tincture

• G-Caps

Garden Wellness Spa Products
• Medicated Relief Lotion
• Mediated Lotion bar
• Garden Immersion Bath Salts
• Lip Balm
• Bath Fizz

Munkacy’s lab constantly looks for the best ways for patients to ingest medical marijuana. Products that are taken orally do not taste great. But Munkacy assures that every product they have is made from high-quality ingredients.

Changing Lives

Munkacy shares that people with terrible migraines benefit from their products. Some even commit suicide because of the severity of the pain brought about by migraines. Hence, medical marijuana is a miracle for many because it changes people’s lives.

“We teach patients that the joint you’re getting on the black market is probably different from what you’re buying from us,” said Munkacy. “Ours is more powerful and works better.”

In addition to that, Munkacy says statistics show that cancer cases did not increase with people who smoke medical marijuana for long periods. However, hobby smokers usually develop chronic bronchitis. But if they stop, lung function goes back to normal within a month. Now, that’s awesome!

Facing Challenges

There are currently over 40 states in the United States that have legalized marijuana in different forms. However, Munkacy says it is still difficult to get the right type of medical marijuana.

Unfortunately, the University of Mississipi is currently the only place where you can get medical marijuana. Hence, researchers have had a hard time getting the types of strains that they want to study despite having several cases of success.

“There was a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. This study documented that CBD, which is one of the compounds in medical marijuana, treats intractable pediatric epilepsy,” shares Munkacy. “This compound doesn’t make you high, but rather it controls seizures.”

Looking Ahead

Despite the challenges promoting the use of medical marijuana, Munkacy remains unfazed in her mission to have more people use this treatment. Since pharmaceutical drugs have proven to be a failure for a lot of individuals, Munkacy offers her products to anyone who needs it.

“Our most common patient problem is a severe chronic pain. You can keep using more of it until your pain is under control,” Munkacy said. “Unlike narcotics, there is no fatal dose in medical marijuana.”

Furthermore, Munkacy assures that each patient is given immediate attention as well as ample time for consultation. Rest assured, Munkacy is confident that her life’s mission will eventually be realized one step at a time.

Dr. Karen Munkacy’s medical experience is extensive. In addition to her background as a board certified anesthesiologist and pain management specialist, she is a former faculty member at UCLA and USC Medical Centers in Los Angeles and has worked as a researcher and international medical consultant.

Munkacy was trained in pain management and received her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. She is also an active proponent in the public arena of the use of medical marijuana.

In this role, Munkacy is a member of Americans for Safe Access, the largest organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to medical marijuana. She was a leader in the successful ballot campaign for the legalization of medical marijuana in Massachusetts and helped persuade the Massachusetts Medical Society to sponsor a physician education program on the medicine.

Munkacy currently brings all her energy and integrity to Garden Remedies as it launches its efforts to deliver to patients the safe, compassionate and proven relief they deserve.

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How To Detox Metals

Having done a lot of episodes covering different health topics, I noticed that one of the most requested ones is about detoxification. So here’s a treat for all of my listeners! I have with me today, Wendy Myers, an expert who is going to teach us how to detox metals.

I was thrilled to find out Myers is a past graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN).  I’m likewise set to graduate from the same Institute soon. So for those who want to pursue a career in Health Coaching or just enrich your knowledge in Health and Nutrition, I highly recommend IIN.

Discovering Her Mission

Myers confirms that there is indeed a link to exhaustion and chronic fatigue. And I agree! I have likewise made a great effort changing my diet as well as take supplements or herbs to increase energy. But doing detox protocols is the only way to go if you want to zero in on getting rid of toxins from your body.

On the other hand, Myers said that she started to get into learning how to detox metals when she first became pregnant. Aiming to achieve optimal health in anticipation of the birth of her child, she devoted a lot of time reading books on how to detox metals.

Zeroing In On Metals Detoxification

Her commitment to teaching herself how to detox metals further escalated after she gave birth and her dad being diagnosed with esophageal cancer shortly after. Understandably, Myers was devasted!

Throughout her research, Myers discovered that toxic metals are the cause of many types of cancers. Hence, knowing how to detox metals is part of cancer recovery. However, because Myers dad was also a heavy smoker for the past 40 years, he died just six months after his cancer diagnosis.

In hindsight, Myers was not discouraged in pursuing her thirst to know more about how to detox metals. In fact, her father passed away because of his cancer treatment and not because detoxification wasn’t effective.

Right after Myers’ dad passed away, she pursued further education in nutrition school. Within three months, she launched her website which focuses on how to detox metals in honor of her father.  What a great tribute!

Benefits Of Bioenergetic

Myers currently has two podcasts. Live to 110 focuses on how to detox metals and all other subjects while her Supercharged podcast launched just last August 3. Supercharged focuses on Bioenergetics and different ways to increase your energy.

“Bioenergetics is the future of medicine. One of the problems I have in wanting to get healthy, is that we’re trying to elicit a change in our physical body,” said Myers.

Myers further explains that conventional medicine uses drugs while functional medicine uses supplements. But what we don’t realize is our body functions energetically. Incidentally, Myers said Einstein likewise had the same view regarding how our body works.

How Our Body Functions

“The majority of information transfer in our body happens in our body’s energetic field,” Myers said. “So when I started implementing the Bioenergetic program about six months ago, people starting feeling dramatic changes within 30 days.”

According to Myers, there are various causes of energetic blockages.  Some energetic blockages include EMF, emotional trauma, adverse childhood events, abuse, and loss. These issues cause physical problems as well.

However, Myers says Bioenergetics is not the same as Homeopathy. According to her, the problem with Homeopathy is that it’s hard to pinpoint where in the problems in the body are.

“In Bioenergetics, we have software to do a scan where you can see the problems in the body,” explains Myers. “This is because symptoms don’t co-relate to what the real issue is.”

Bioenergetics Success Stories

Myers recalls one client who had a terrible panic attack. It was so bad that she couldn’t find the energy to go to work. However, within just a month of doing the Bioenergetics program, she was able to go back to work.

Myers says what drives certain behaviors is still not entirely clear.  However, by doing a brain scan under a protocol developed by Dr. Ryke Hamer, we can see trauma marks in the brain.

Furthermore, Myers says you can resolve those traumas. Resolving traumas can be done by doing the protocol recommended in the Bioenergetic program since Dr. Hamer’s therapy is incorporated in it.

“The body starts working better because many pain is emotional. And by addressing emotional traumas, people find a resolution,” Myers said.

How To Find The Right Practitioner

Myers recommends linking to her website for inquiries on how to find a good practitioner for you. Knowing how to detox metals properly does need proper guidance for it to be effective.

“Detox is like a lifestyle. It is not something you just do for a few months,” Myers said. “Furthermore, while there is no perfect testing, tests have to be safe and slow.”

Aside from getting proper testing, Myers also recommends her Mineral Power program wherein clients are given minerals needed to give the body more energy to detox.  And while she is not a fan of fasting for detox, Myers recommends a modern Paleo diet.

Symptoms Of Heavy Metals Exposure

Heavy metals poison enzymes that transfer nutrients into the mitochondria. Hence, it was difficult to detect what kind of heavy metals causes what health problem.

However, Myers says people in an industrial environment pose a significant risk. Common symptoms include brain fog, adrenal thyroid dysfunction, heart disease and high blood pressure.

In addition to that, skin conditions can be caused by mercury while aluminum affects the nervous system. On the other hand, nickel, cadmium, lead and again mercury, interfere with the proper function of hormones.

But to my surprise, I was shocked when Myers revealed there are also metals in supplements and organic foods! Apparently, because glyphosate found in the food we eat, it can also cause gut dysfunction.

Taking The Right Protocol

“It takes 2 to 3 years to remove a majority of metals. And because we are constantly exposed to metals, we have to continue doing various protocols like Mineral Power,” said Myers.

Myers also recommends taking the BioSil supplement. According to her, BioSil grabs metals and remove it from the body because it has a binder capacity. Furthermore, taking BioSil with citrus juices makes it absorb better in the body.

Aside from taking the right supplements, Myers recommends doing infrared sauna as well as coffee enema twice a week.  As far as diet is concerned, doing a basic Paleo diet is good since we need apparently need animal protein to detox.

Limitless Energy Book

Myers believes that you will never achieve true wellness with heavy metal toxicity. Her book, Limitless Energy: How to Detox Toxic Metals to End Exhaustion and Chronic Fatigue is likewise an excellent resource to educate us on how to detox metals.

“My aim is to educate you about what metals are causing your health issues and how to detox them,” Myers said. “I’m thrilled to take you on this journey to save your life or the life of your family.”

Wendy Myers is a functional diagnostic nutritionist in Los Angeles, California. She attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York and had a degree in Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California. 

Myers uses Hair Mineral Analysis and other functional medical tests to design custom Mineral Power programs. This is an individualized targeted nutrient therapy program to facilitate toxic metal and chemical detox, heal the adrenals and thyroid, regain energy and brain function and reverse and prevent disease. 

Myers’ site aims to inform you about how to achieve optimum health, energy, and vitality. One that empowers you to improve your health through the Paleo diet, Mineral Power, detoxification and natural treatments for your health conditions.

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Become Your Own Healer – Mind, Body, & Soul

Holistic medicine involves healing the body, mind, and spirit. A person’s emotions are also taken into consideration in Holistic healing. My guest today, Dr. Jerry Gore will educate us on how to become your own healer so you can achieve optimal health and wellness in all aspects.

Discovering Holistic Medicine

Although Gore is currently practicing Holistic medicine, it took him several years of self-discovery before he decided to shift from traditional medicine. Gore even took time off after college graduation before getting into medical training.

After taking up a Psychiatry course at Northwestern University, he was able to practice but again decided to take another break. Shortly after, he apprenticed for Holistic physician Dr. Rodolf Ballentine in 1978 at the Himalayan Institute. He fell in love with Holistic Medicine, and the rest is history.

“Holistic medicine is where you become your own healer by learning about yourself through nutrition, supplements, mindful activities. It is a vehicle to help uplift a person and assist them to grow,” said Gore.

Principles Of Holistic Medicine

Holistic medicine embraces a positive philosophy, believing that faith and love are the most powerful way to become your own healer. Furthermore, unlike traditional medicine, Holistic treatments empower an individual to listen to symptoms instead of masking them with conventional drugs.

Consequently, each is responsible for his or her own wellness. However, because it takes time to learn the practice of how to become your own healer, it is important to find the right kind of doctor who can guide us along the way.

Tips In Finding the Right Doctor

Gore says that ideally, the first and foremost tip in finding the right Holistic practitioner is finding somebody who is a good listener.

“A person has to be interested in what you eat, in your exercise routine as well as your mindset and stress levels,” said Gore. “Underlying all this is that the practitioner doesn’t act like a parent but rather is a facilitator.”

Gore adds that a good Holistic doctor is friendly and not a know-it-all. He or she must be willing to learn things from patients, provide information as well as have a good philosophy of medicine.

“It’s important to go where the patient wants to go and establish an alliance to be accepting of a patient,” advises Gore. “The Holistic paradigm is one about empowering the person so that they learn to become their own healer.”

Finding Your Life Purpose

And just how do we know if we are going down the right path? Gore believes that a person’s soul has a purpose and that part of this life is to be healthy and search for that purpose.

Gore usually advises his clients to align themselves with a life purpose or what he calls practical spirituality. Once you do your life purpose, only then will you feel complete.

“There is a unique purpose for every soul that is alive, but many of us are too distracted with everyday concerns to get in touch with what our life’s purpose is,”Gore says. “By using a truly holistic approach to health and wellness, we can become the people we were truly meant to be.”

Holistic Medicine Book

Gore reveals that he wrote his book as a gift for his teachers at the Himalayan Institute. The book teaches you to how to become your own healer and touches on the following topics:


To connect to our inner self, Gore says we must focus as well as we are aware of our thoughts and actions. This action is especially beneficial when it comes to eating.

Eat with consciousness, like avoiding sugar and eliminate the habit of cooking with vegetable oils. If you eat with consciousness and mindfulness, you’ll know how much to eat as well as figure out what to eat. Gore says regular exercise is likewise beneficial to our physical and mental health.

Talk Therapy

Talking to someone about your inner thoughts is beneficial for optimal health. By speaking with a health coach or therapist, we get to realize our flaws and strategize on how to let go of any mental or emotional baggage.

Breathing Techniques

Surprisingly, many people do not know how to breathe properly which is a way to reduce stress levels. Start off with being still and breathe slowly. Allow yourself to rise to the surface and connect your body to your soul.


In this fast paced world, we need to learn how to practice daily meditation. This way, a deeper level of consciousness is developed, and our mind becomes clear and alert.

“You have a unique soul as well as a gift and a purpose. Accept it, and everything snaps into place,” said Gore.

With a background in traditional medicine and psychiatry, Dr. Jerry Gore believes that having good physical health, combined with good mental health, is not only essential for healthy living but is also a path for achieving a real clarity of consciousness.

Dr. Gore says you need to have a healthy body to house your mind. That is why it’s important to have the proper diet, nutrition, and exercise and to find non-harmful ways of treating your body when necessary.

Then you need peace of mind, which you can get through therapy, and spirituality. Having a healthy body and a healthy mind are the steps you need to recognize your purpose of life and achieve fulfillment.

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Simple Ways of Finding the Right Diet

People nowadays are getting more health-conscious. Food just used to be a source of survival, but it is now a primary way to help our body reach optimal health. But with so many diets around, what is the best technique in finding the right diet?

My guest today, KJ Landis is not a stranger to dieting. Like me, Landis struggled so many years finding the right diet. But despite Landis’ active lifestyle, the weight just couldn’t stay off. It was frustrating!

To those who have not heard of her, KJ Landis is a fantastic author and health expert. On this episode, Landis shares valuable tips on finding the right diet and how to maintain your ideal weight. Her weight loss journey is truly inspiring.

Recovering From Pain

Landis revealed that used to be obese as a child. The sadness she felt seemed endless and overwhelming because apparently, she was molested by relatives from age 7 to 12.

When she turned 12 years old and celebrated her bar mitzvah, Landis finally took hold of her life. With her newfound courage, she finally faced her perpetrators. When Landis refused the abuse, only then was she able to shed her pain.

Battle Of The Bulge

Life seemed to pass by in a blur. Years later, Landis landed a job working at the Hilton in San Francisco where she stayed for 15 years.

As years went by, Landis gradually packed on the pounds. By the time she was 46 years old, she has gained a total of 50 lbs. Hence, Landis decided to undergo liposuction.

Landis was all set after paying a down payment for her liposuction. However, her husband insisted the procedure is pointless. He believed Landis would gain all the weight back if she didn’t focus on finding the right diet instead.

“I looked into other options, and HCG intrigued me,” Landis shared. “After seven weeks of daily research, I decided to go on an HCG diet.”

HCG Diet

Landis began the HCG diet in January 2012. She followed HCG Body For Life protocol with Colin F. Watson. Then in 60 days, Landis lost 50 pounds. Now that’s amazing!

First of all, HCG is a hormone that is naturally found in every human. And Landis says that for one to use HCG, you have to use an injection aside from getting a prescription.

The next important thing to remember when you’re on an HCG diet is to drink water. In fact, Landis drank a gallon of water everyday. Consequently, when you increase water in your diet slowly, Landis says you can identify if you’re hungry or merely emotionally and socially hungry.

“The HCG is not meant to be a yo-yo diet. It’s intended to be a permanent lifestyle change. All diets are eating lifestyles,” explains Landis. So if I want my eating lifestyle to be a permanent change, it’s to re-educate how we are supposed to eat.”

Eating The Right Kind Of Food

However, Landis didn’t stop there. Losing so much weight motivated her to research how to keep the weight off. Making an effort to stay gluten-free and dairy-free is not easy.

Even eating whole foods can be a challenge.

But all successful endeavors take some amount of effort before it can be achieved. Apparently, the secret lies in being able to identify every ingredient in the food that you eat.

Consequently, the hard work paid off. When Landis succeeded in proving the benefits of choosing the right kind of food to eat, people started asking advice. That’s when Landis decided to create her protocol.

Basic Rules of Eating Healthy

“Re-educate yourself on how humans are supposed to eat in the ancient ways,” said Landis.

The following are some of Landis’ suggestions on how to gradually change what you eat:

• Slowly increase calories and fat.
• Eat healthy protein.
• Add fruits, vegetables, and carbohydrates to your diet.
• Rarely eat anything made from grains or processed, refined sugar.
• Eat lots of fish and seafood, organ meats and raw, unpasteurized dairy.
• Avoid processed food.
• Eat high fats and healthy fats.

Eat Well, Be Well Protocol

This is the 9-week solution that Landis developed. Many clients have attested that it is efficient and the results are amazing! An overview of the program is as follows:

• Week #1 Increase water
• Week #2 Eliminate gluten
• Week #3 Reduce all grains
• Week #4 Reduce fruits from your diet to one or two times a day
• Week #5 Reduce fruits from your diet to one or two times a week
• Week #6 Swap out the fats
• Week #7 No more sugar in any form
• Week #8 Consume raw dairy, pasteurized eggs and chicken, wild crop meat, and fish
• Week #9 Give up beans and legumes

Solid Support Group

Landis credits her weight loss success to a support group, most especially her husband. She says that because her husband believed in her ability to write a book, Landis now has four publications sharing her knowledge on finding the right diet.

Initially, Landis started her information campaign via health and wellness workshops at the San Francisco Public Library. The free workshops covered a broad range of topics like good and bad fats, fermented foods, as well as health benefits of chocolate, wine, and yogurts.

‘I Am’ Statements

But what good is changing what you eat when you are not entirely convinced it would work? This is why Landis says you must learn to align your emotional and mental mindset. She recommends keeping a journal to write down your big ‘why’ and repeat it every day.

“Write down three things daily, and write these statements starting with ‘I am.’ When you have an ‘I am’ statement, it is a positive psychology statement,” explains Landis.

Furthermore, Landis explains that when you consistently repeat the ‘I am’ statements, you create neuro pathways in the brain. Hence, your life will have a new belief system. The new belief system in effect will create an action that will model the lifestyle that you desire.

I think Landis’ technique is useful. Because when you verbally declare you want something, it creates conflict inside. There is resentment, and you tend to blame others.

On the other hand, when you say ‘I am’ and ‘I have,’ you are in effect, taking responsibility. It allows you to see an image of yourself in the future.

To further illustrate, Landis recalls a period wherein she had a back problem. Because it was inflamed, it took her a month to recover. Throughout that whole time, Landis felt like a failure.

Landis initially doubted her credibility to be a health coach. But then she reminded herself of the ‘I am’ statements for her to change her life. For 30 days, Landis repeatedly told herself that she was pain-free. True enough, she was back in action in 30 days!

Super Self With KJ Landis

Landis’ website is such a wealth of information. One aspect that everyone should check out is her section on recipes. Most of the recipes can be made in 30 minutes or less. And it tastes just as good as it looks for sure!

KJ Landis is an author, educator, former model, health and life coach, photographer and role model. She has inspired thousands with her holistic approach to health and wellness. Her ability to communicate effectively, compassionately, and with patience has helped build the self-esteem and attainment of others’ life goals.

Landis grew up the youngest of five children in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was taught that food equaled love, and she was greatly loved. At age 12, she was 5’2″ and 173 pounds.

Her doctors told her parents that if KJ continued to eat in a current manner, she would be a heart attack candidate within months. This scared her parents and the 12 year old into learning about portion control and nutrient dense foods that were beneficial to a young girl’s wellness.

The next two years saw a 40-pound weight loss, a height increase of 8 inches, and a newfound love of exercise. Then the pendulum swung in the opposite direction. KJ had a fast metabolism from ages 14 to 16, and her weight plummeted to 102 pounds at her lowest, where her height was 5’10.”

This made her extremely happy, as now she could eat anything she wanted and she didn’t get larger!

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Resolve Underlying Issues That Make You Sick

When we acquire illnesses or diseases such as cancer, it’s not all about our genes nor the food we eat. My guest Trina Hammack went through severe health issues which led her on a quest in finding the root cause of her illnesses. I can’t wait to share her story with you. She’s such a ball of energy!

Not many know that emotions play a big part in our healing. It is frustrating how Western medicine plays it down by masking our symptoms with pharmaceutical drugs. Because of this, Hammack made it her mission to empower people by using natural methods to heal.

Battle One: Lyme Disease

Hammack was living a blissful life in Big Sur until one day in 2003. Developing a rash after a mushroom harvesting activity with her son, Hammack initially thought that it was because of poison oak.

However, when the increasing symptoms went from bad to worse, it set off Hammack’s alarm bells. The exhaustion gradually became consuming, and Hammack found herself often catching her breath. Trying to sleep likewise was an effort after she started having seizures.

What made it more frustrating for Hammack was that even doctors were clueless about her condition. After countless efforts to finding the root cause of her illness, the verdict finally came out—Hammack got Lyme disease in the brain.

The news came as a surprise to Hammack. How did she get the disease when she led an active lifestyle? Apparently, Lyme disease hides well in the body. Despite that, Hammack was determined to find a cure through natural methods since she already had reservations about conventional medicine.

Hammack’s healing journey included homeopathy, biofeedback, as well as nutrition and detox protocols. Going down the path of Natural Medicine proved to be a good move since Hammack eventually got better.

Battle Two: Heavy Metals, Molds Poisoning, and Parasites

While Hammack seemed to have healed from Lyme disease, it was apparently too early to rejoice. She eventually found out she had an infected root canal and poisoned with heavy metals like mercury and lead.

In addition to that, Hammack was also mold-poisoned after she moved into her house that time. It got so bad because the micro-toxins were building up in her system. Apparently, clearing up molds turned out to be a regular job because the layers are deep.

To make it worse, Hammack, later on, learned that liver fluke parasites were feeding off the heavy metals that were poisoning her. She found it out through a quantum analysis process and hence, needed to do a liver fluke protocol.

Battle Three: Ovarian Cancer

One would think the worse is over, right? Wrong. In 2008, Hammack received the biggest blow — she had ovarian cancer. She was understandably devastated and shocked. The avalanche of emotions was simply overwhelming!

Getting a grip on what is her biggest challenge, Hammack was determined to fight a different battle. This was after Hammack witnessed the futile chemotherapy treatment of her mother for breast cancer.

Understanding How Cancer Works

It’s so easy to jump on the treatment wagon especially when it is something as serious as cancer. However, Hammack says, no matter how hard it may seem, we have to calm down to first clearly understand how cancer works.

“Trauma from early on is a trigger to cancer now. When you have trauma or shock, and you don’t resolve it, you carry that in your brain until you resolve it,” Hammack explains. “You’ll see patterns play out in your life and your subconscious is getting you to address it.”

Hammack further explains that after you ‘let go,’ that’s when cancer shows up. And because while you are in that conflict, either one of two things is happening—you’re breaking down tissue, or you’re building mass.

Hope 4 Cancer

Turning instead to her friend Dr. Antonio Jimenez, Hammack sought remote treatment at Hope 4 Cancer. In this institute, Hammack worked on finding the root cause of her cancer and was eventually healed.

Looking back at her health journey, Hammack realized that we must not stop searching for answers. Consequently, digging deep for questions sheds light on the real reason why we get sick from illnesses like cancer or toxins.

“The more root factors you have, the bigger issue you can trip. When there is inflammation of the cell wall, it blunts the hormone and nutrition receptors,” Hammack explains. “So you can’t get the nutrition in, and you can’t get the toxicity out.”

The Seven Key Principles of Cancer Therapy

One may ask, what is so special about Hope 4 Cancer? Well, for one thing, they uphold the seven fundamental principles of cancer therapy which is a new approach to fighting the disease.

The fundamental principles cover the mind, body, or spirit that is affected by cancer. Furthermore, these principles are essential to allow the body to heal and recover from cancer.

According to the Hope 4 Cancer website, the seven key principles include:

1. Non-Toxic Cancer Therapies
2. Optimize Immune System
3. Full Spectrum Nutrition
4. Detoxify
5. Oxygenate
6. Eliminate Microbes
7. Spiritual and Emotional Integrity

Sono-Photo Dynamic Therapy

Do you know that cancer and other illnesses can be healed with light and sound? It sounds crazy but it’s true and it has been proven.

Hope 4 Cancer offers the Sono-Photo Dynamic Therapy wherein sound and light were used to destroy Hammack’s cancer cells. The institute claims it to be an effective therapy, with a 20 to 30% reduction in tumor size in a short span of eight to ten days of treatment.

The treatment has been proven more effective with Holistic nutrition practices and detoxification programs. This led Hammack to learn other types of health alternatives such as Germanic New Medicine, Homeopathy, Functional Nutrition, and emotional, physical as well as energetic components of healing.

Frequency Specific Micro-current Therapy

When Hammack started her journey in finding the root cause of her illnesses, she eventually learned how to work with frequencies’ micro-currents. The Energy Medicine is actually not a new kind of treatment. In fact, the healing method was invented way back in the 1920s.

“I use a machine on my clients to take down the trauma and inflammation in the brain, as well as the nervous system in one session,” said Hammack. “I can mix and match different frequencies with the conditions and problems, so it is also great for emotional stuff.”

Cellular Detoxification

According to Hammack, her cellular detoxification program is likewise an effective treatment for clients who are looking into finding the root cause of their illness. A primary purpose of the program is to find ways of detoxing the cells.

Success Stories

Hammack recalls a female client in her 30s who is a mother of two and had a stressful job. Since the woman was not responding to chemotherapy, she sought out Hammack for treatment.

“Chemotherapy doesn’t work 97% of the time, especially if there is an emotional trauma in the brain. The chemotherapy procedure stops the healing phase from finishing itself,” explains Hammack.

Because she had breast and bone cancer, Hammack deemed it best to first work on the emotional aspect of healing. When treatment commenced on June 2014, the results were not immediate.

However, with continued energetic and emotional healing methods, things started looking up by September 2014. By December that same year, Hammack happily shared that the woman was finally cancer-free!

“Most people don’t die from cancer itself. They die from an obstruction or from treatment,” Hammack said.

Co-Relation Between Emotions And Healing

The late Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer’s Germanic New Medicine apparently found a co-relation between emotions and healing from illnesses. According to his study, trauma marks on the brain can be seen via a CT scan.

Hammack strongly affirms this fact. It turns out that her ovarian cancer was linked to a childhood trauma wherein she was taken away from her father at the age of 3. Since Hammack didn’t see her father for 43 years, that signified a deep loss conflict.

“If you look at my brain scan, you can see my trauma marks. It represents a particular type of conflict,” Hammack explains. “That type of conflict co-relates with a very specific organ. As for my ovarian cancer, it was because of a deep conflict.”

Hammack says this concept applies to other health conditions as well. The following are some examples of conflicts which Hammack says are co-related:

Lungs – relates to a feeling of dying
Breast – relates to somebody taken away from you. This can also signify a home or work conflict.
Bone – relates to a deep self-devaluation about not being a good mother.
Liver – relates to survival conflict
Colon – relates to holding on to anger in the family.

Weight Loss And Healing

Hammack says weight loss likewise has an emotional component. Apparently, we put on weight as a protection for some kind of trauma.

When we start beating ourselves up for having extra weight on, we put on more weight. Putting on weight protects us not only from our original trauma but also from ourselves. Hence, that is why we get fat.

“A root factor of weight issues is also molds and micro toxins that your body can’t filter out. It can be tricky to detect because it is invisible,” said Hammack.

Hammack’s Website

Hammack’s website is so empowering! Hammack is aptly dubbed as the “Root Cause Warrior For Health.” Leaving no stone unturned, Hammack teaches others how to reclaim their strength and vitality while making each step feel natural and effortless.

Hammack is also currently preparing to launch a new treatment program called Cancelling Cancer. The 2-part program first works on the with the physical toxic load and detox at the cellular level, while the second part works on the emotional aspects of healing.

Resolving Emotions For Healing

Lastly, for those who wish to try Hammack’s method of healing, she suggests that you look at the emotions surrounding something in your life. As you write down the first emotion, follow it up with the next emotion.

Once you have completed your list, look at the set of emotions and think of what it reminds you of earlier in your life. This way, you can find patterns in what you need to resolve as well as identify its co-relation to a particular disease.

Trina Hammack CHC, FDN is an internationally sought after holistic Health and Wellness expert working with people who desperately want to reclaim their health and vitality. She shows them how to ditch the band aid approach and resolve their underlying Root Cause issues once and for all so they can look and feel terrific.

Having healed herself naturally from Lyme Disease and Ovarian Cancer, Trina understands how it feels to be faced with a serious diagnosis. Trina has made it her mission to spread the word on how to become empowered and heal using natural methods.

Her amazing story and teachings have been featured on The Truth About Cancer Docu series, The Chronic Lyme Disease Summit, The 21-Day Body/Mind Detox Summit and The Global Health and Healing Summit.

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Developing Real Immunity 

It has been the norm for decades to have ourselves vaccinated, thinking this would protect us from diseases. But do vaccines do the job? Apparently, more and more studies show that vaccines do more harm than develop real immunity.   

To those who are seeking real immunity, well, today’s your lucky day.  For today’s episode, I’m having a repeat guest—Dr. Cilla Whatcott!   

For the listeners who weren’t able to catch Dr. Cilla Whatcott on episode 137 here on Learn True Health, my guest is a staunch advocate of homeoprophylaxis. Homeoprophylaxis helps build real immunity to infections.  Most importantly, it is safe and efficient alternative compared to vaccines. 

The Truth About Vaccines  

Whatcott is set to launch her Real Immunity video documentary series in 2018. While it is currently still in production, I’m inviting everyone to watch “The Truth About Vaccine,” by Ty Bollinger.  Like his other project, “The Truth About Cancer” video documentary series, the educational films are both available on my website.  

I find it so shocking that a significant majority remain clueless about the gravity of the controversy surrounding vaccines. Did you know a main ingredient of vaccines is using aborted babies? Yes, you read it right. Babies!   

And it doesn’t stop there. Vaccines contain mercury, heavy metals, glyphosate and other harmful components.   

From what I heard, “The Truth About Vaccines,” will be offered online for free. Hence, please do watch the series and share it with someone who you know could benefit from it.  

So is there real immunity using natural methods? The answer is a big YES! Furthermore, building immunity naturally does not cause disease.   

Dr. Cilla Whatcott’s Mission  

“Mahatma Gandhi once said that the power elicited by fear is nowhere near as effective as the power elicited by love,” said Whatcott.

Whatcott firmly states that her primary goal is to provide a wealth of knowledge to parents about vaccines. She likewise aims to educate more people about homeoprophylaxis in particular.

“This should be the mantra of all parents because, in Western medicine, fear drives us to take vaccines. And ultimately, our love for our children guides us in all the decisions that we make,” Whatcott said.  

Effectiveness Of Homeoprophylaxis   

Homeoprophylaxis one form of immunity building. It is an integral part of developing real immunity naturally by at least 90%.   

“Our birthright is having a robust immunity. That’s how nature created us. We gain that immunity through contact with bacteria and viruses,” Whatcott said. “We also develop real immunity by making sure we have a healthy gut biome especially in the first two years of life.”

Apparently, Homeoprophylaxis is popular in countries like India, Mexico, Cuba and South America. It is, however, unfortunate that it is not widely popular in the United States yet.  

Alarming Statistics  

I empathize with Dr. Whatcott. Growing up in Canada and coming to live in the United States, I thought the culture and mindset would be the same. Boy, I was wrong. I had culture shock!  

It was a rude awakening when I found out that despite having to pay a substantial amount for health care, a lot of Americans suffer from a lot of health issues. Some of these problems are high infant mortality rate, cancer rate, obesity, and diabetes.   

Furthermore, a lot of us have to deal with seasonal allergies.  But I realized that most of these illnesses are caused by an unhealthy diet. In fact, we think going to a doctor is health care when in fact it is merely disease management.  

Remaining Optimistic  

Whatcott, however, is hopeful that more people, especially parents, are slowly trying to choose natural alternatives for better health. She claims her client base is steadily rising since people now look for doctors who can connect with patients.  

“I have more parents coming to see me and who want to do it naturally. The mere fact that you can sit and listen to a client that is healing right there,” said Whatcott. 

I likewise share Whatcott’s frustration whenever I hear medical doctors giving the wrong drugs or administering the wrong dosage. What is even more appalling is that they hardly put importance in embracing a healthy diet. It is infuriating!  

Developing A Healthy Immune System   

Many factors lead to a healthy immune system.  Like a smooth-running factory, real immunity entails having a good nutritional support and metabolism.  

“Doctors can’t tell you about nutrition. They are not trained in nutrition at all. It is outside their scope of practice,” Whatcott declares.

Miller’s Study  

Whatcott also mentions a significant study done by medical research journalist Neil Z. Miller. Miller’s study on critical vaccines showed that measles, mumps, chicken pox, prevent chronic diseases.   

Furthermore, the study indicates that lymphomas, tumors, ovarian cancer are prevented when you develop measles, mumps, and chicken pox. Now, the big question is—“So why are we preventing ourselves from getting them?”   

Whatcott affirms that the three last health conditions are not deadly diseases. Western medicine stresses the need for us to be vaccinated to prevent those health conditions from happening.    

Furthermore, Whatcott says there was a surveillance study conducted about chicken pox in 1995. That time, the rate of shingles went up because chicken pox is a retro virus.  

“If the immune system is stressed, it can come out as shingles. But when you get an external boost from other people having chicken pox, it tones your immune system and keeps you healthy,” explains Whatcott.  

Goldman’s Findings  

Speaking of shingles, Whatcott mentions another significant study that was conducted by Dr. Gary Goldman. Goldman had a background in computer science and worked as a data analyst on the project.  

However, Goldman quit in 2002. Apparently, his superiors, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), were trying to suppress the findings on shingles. Consequently, he managed to have his study published in the Vaccine journal in 2003.  

The Truth About Flu Vaccines  

Whatcott also reveals another mind-blowing controversy.  This time, about the flu vaccine. According to her, Cochrane Collaboration, a non-profit organization doing meta-analysis says the flu vaccine when administered to patients under the age of 2 years old, is no better than placebo.   

“The flu vaccine was proven by studies that it does not prevent flu-related hospitalizations.  Bottomline, there is no benefit,” Whatcott said.

According to a study done in 2012, flu vaccine increases the antibodies for a particular strain. However, Whatcott says the innate arm of the immune system is compromised. Hence, people with the flu vaccine are more prone to pick up other varieties of flu strains.   

“Antibodies are not the gold standard of immunity. The gut biome, nutritional status, emotional environment are the things that build immunity,” explains Whatcott. “Your innate health and immunity are what keeps you healthy long-term and prevents chronic disease,”  

I strongly agree with what Whatcott said.  Honestly, I think a flu shot might help you a little bit. But it disarms the immune system as a whole. That is why a lot of people nowadays are diagnosed with autoimmune disease.   

Real Immunity Video Documentary   

Whatcott’s video project promises to be a wealth of information about how to develop real immunity naturally. Insights from Chinese medicine, functional medicine, and chiropractic methods will be included in the film.  

The documentary will likewise interview client testimonials and experts like Jeanne Ohm, editor of Pathways Magazine, as well as Dr. Andy Wakefield. Wakefield is a pediatric gastroenterologist who wrote a paper saying his study found measles virus in the bowels of the children who were given vaccination shots.  

Remote Practice  

Whatcott primarily holds practice in Minneapolis. With over a decade of helping families, her practice also extends to providing services online.  

Having changed the lives of many people over the years, Whatcott aims to educate more people about the dangers of vaccines. Promoting homeoprophylaxis is just one way of erasing the fear of omitting vaccines from our life.  

“Anything that we do just to maintain our health status is going to build immunity. The primary elements to achieve optimal health is through nutrition, exercise, sleep, healthy relationships and rational emotions,” Whatcott said.  

Cilla Whatcott is a board-certified classical homeopath with a B.A. from Arizona State University, a diploma from the four-year professional program at Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy, and a Ph.D. in Homeopathy.  

She is an instructor at Normandale Community College and the author ofThere Is a Choice: Homeoprophylaxis,” and co-author of “The Solution – Homeoprophylaxis.  

Whatcott is also the executive director of Worldwide Choice. She likewise offers individualized homeoprophylaxis programs for adults and children.   

Whatcott has been a guest lecturer in France, Scotland, Ireland, Indonesia, the USA, and Canada, and featured in episode 7 of The Truth about Vaccines. She has organized and directed international conferences in 2015 and 2016 about homeoprophylaxis.   

Whatcott also has published articles in several periodicals and magazines. She likewise has a certification as a CEASE therapist for reversing vaccine injury.  

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Embarking On The Quest To Cure Cancer

I’m sure most of us have encountered a family member or a friend who underwent a quest to cure cancer. While most of you think that Stage 4 cancer is fighting a losing battle, my guest today will prove you wrong.

Eric Remensperger is a lawyer by profession and developed Stage 4 cancer in May 2016. His doctor immediately told him to undergo chemotherapy, blocking off all other avenues to launch a quest to cure cancer. Doctors also informed Remensperger that he only had seven months to live.

Striving To Live Healthy

Remensperger resolved to live a healthier life in the early 90s when he decided to quit smoking. He became motivated to work out regularly when he moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1995. Years later, he would even get into yoga.

To complement his healthier lifestyle, Remensperger likewise shifted to a low-fat, high protein diet. Apparently, his efforts seemed to be paying off because his physique improved a lot.

Discovering Acupuncture

While Remensperger looked like he was positively changing externally, he, on the other hand, continued to suffer from chronic health problems. Some of his health issues included frequent urination at night as well as chronic coughs and excess phlegm.

Frustrated with allopathic treatments, he sought to try acupuncture, and it worked! Remensperger was so impressed with Traditional Chinese Medicine. Eventually, he went as far as investing in a wellness center that provided Holistic treatments.

Dietary Change

Remensperger continued his wellness journey for several years. He went through a dietary transformation and was even a vegetarian and a vegan for some time. Before his cancer diagnosis, Remensperger was on a Paleo diet.

Devastating News

Remensperger’s world turned upside down so fast in 2016. He was attending in Texas attending a Paleo conference that time when he recalled having several physical symptoms like a cough, urination problems, and bladder spasms.

After seeing a doctor two weeks after, the devastating news came in — Stage 4 prostate cancer.

Remensperger initially broke down and questioned everything he did the past several years. He was so confident about living a healthy lifestyle, so naturally, he couldn’t understand why he still developed cancer despite his efforts.

Starting The Quest To Cure Cancer

However, Remensperger was not a quitter. He was not ready to throw in the towel. The very next day after receiving his health diagnosis, Remensperger decided to embark on a quest to cure cancer.

“I woke up one morning thinking that this could be a blessing. I’m a big believer of gratitude. I thought this could be the best thing that could happen to me,” Remensperger said.

Past Case Studies

In his quest to cure cancer, Remensperger initiated a thorough cancer research. One of the case studies he read up on was a test wherein a nucleus of a cancer cell was inserted into the cytoplasma of the healthy cell without its nucleus.

The cell was injected into 60 mice. Test results showed that only one of the mice grew a tumor. Apparently, the mitochondria within the cell silenced the disease. When another group reversed the experiment, 98 % of the mice developed cancer.

Hence, Remensperger said the results speak for itself. The outcome of the tests consequently tells us that obviously, cancer is a mitochondrial problem and not a DNA problem.

“Everyone is producing cancer cells in their body all the time. It just a question of how your system is handling the cells” Remensperger explains.

Remensperger’s Road To Healing

In Remensperger’s case, surgery was out of the question because his type of cancer was outside the prostate. Nevertheless, Remensperger remained optimistic with his quest to cure cancer.

I agree with Remensperger that having a positive outlook helps in healing not only cancer but other illnesses, too. In fact, Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer has conducted studies wherein he proves that there is a co-relation in the emotional and mental side of things. Hamer could even trace it back by doing a brain scan.

“The body created the environment to promote these illnesses, but we can support an environment to allow the body to heal,” said Remensperger. “Do what you can to shift your body back to a healing state. Once you do that, cancer will start to regress.”

Methods of Healing

In his quest to cure cancer, Remensperger discovered there are a lot of other things you can do that has a chemotherapeutic effect. These methods that are healthy and do not destroy our cells and immune system.

For one thing, Remensperger advises getting oxygen into your system. He likewise used ozone treatments. According to Remensperger, ozone has been proven to be extremely toxic to cancer cells. In fact, a 1980 study showed that a small amount of ozone could inhibit 90% the growth of cancer cells.

Remensperger likewise stresses that taking vitamin C is important. He says most people think of vitamin C as an antioxidant, which is true if taken in regular doses. However, in high dosages like 50 grams and above, it converts hydrogen peroxide into your system.

“Getting a good sleep is also part of detoxification. Seven months later, my urologist declared that my prostate and lymph nodes are normal,” shares Remensperger. “I was finally in full remission because I let my body do what it is designed to do.”

Healing Through Diet And Medication

However, Remensperger says there is no one approach to cure cancer. You don’t have to have everything dialed in correctly. But you have to have everything dialed well enough to function the way it should. So your body can do what it is designed to do, which is heal itself.

“I think I got sick because I wasn’t using that approach. I had those crazy shakes everyday that had 47 ingredients in it,” said Remensperger.

Remensperger now advises people to make shakes three days a week, which is a big part of his protocol. This is because he realized his body needed to clean itself out.

“Diet is something we live with. I recommend a Ketogenic diet, wherein 65% to 70% of the diet comprises plant-based fats like avocados, nuts, and coconut oils,” Remensperger said.

Remensperger also found that mixing turmeric powder in tea is healing, as well as turmeric in supplement form.

As for medication, Remensperger took Casodex, which is a pill that shuts off testosterone receptors. Lupron is also a common hormone therapy for men who have prostate cancer.

William Hitt Medical Center

Remensperger is not the only one I know who has benefitted from ozone treatments. A friend of mine had cervical cancer and became cured after getting an ozone treatment from the William Hitt Medical Center in Tijuana, Mexico.

The Hitt Center provides alternative treatments for all kinds of illnesses aside from cancer. Apart from ozone treatments, they also offer amino acid supplementation. Apparently, ozone is an effective way to kill viruses.

Looking Back, Moving Forward

In hindsight, Remensperger says what motivated him to go on his quest to cure cancer was his skepticism towards the pharmaceutical industry. That led him to find other methods that had fewer side effects and a better outcome.

“I just felt so happy waking up everyday feeling blessed, waking up to another day. That is probably the most effective thing—the energy you have for life,” Remensperger said. “Priorities change when you face your mortality.”

Quest To Cure Cancer Website

Remensperger’s website launched just last May 15, 2017. He says he opted to do the website to be able to regularly update new information about cancer and available healing methods aside from the usual traditional treatments of Allopathic Medicine.

Also included in the website is Remensperger’s five pillars, which thoroughly explains the process of healing and its components:

1. Sources of Life Force – grounding, sunlight, hydration, oxygenation
2. Nourishment – supplements nutrition, hydration
3. Detoxification – detoxification , emotional detox, sleep
4. Movement and Play – movement passion purpose play, healthy relationships
5. Therapeutic Interventions – oxygenation, IV therapies, hygiene

Eric Remensperger was a “health-nut” long before being diagnosed with cancer in 2016. He thought he was immune from chronic health problems because Remensperger thought he had a healthy lifestyle.

Remensperger’s experience is proof that it is unrealistic to assume that one can avoid cancer simply by eating a healthy diet, whether it’s ketogenic or plant-based. He says nutrition is important, but it is only one of numerous elements.

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Empathic Coaching With Kimberly Lackey

Life is not always a bowl of cherries. When we feel depressed, we yearn to talk to someone. Friends or family are always not around to help. So finding someone who is great in empathic coaching can indeed lift our spirits. 

So guess who I have again on my show today? Kimberly Lackey! For my regular listeners, I’m sure you remember her. And for those who don’t, Kimberly Lackey happens to be a Health Coach who does some awesome coaching with empathy.   

Integrative Health Coaching

Aside from coaching with empathy, Lackey shared her cancer journey in our previous episode here at Learn True Health. Her health ordeal turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it helped her to understand people more.  

Some of you might be apprehensive in hiring someone like an Empathy Coach. But coaching with empathy is a process of gaining a client’s trust by sincerely being an active listener.  

I honestly think it is wonderful to hire someone who can understand you. Then navigate those roadblocks in your life through coaching with empathy.  

Staying Active  

And what is new with Lackey? Well, after beating cancer and dealing with an arthritic condition, she admirably completed a triathlon.   

Furthermore, Lackey shares that training for a half marathon in preparation for the triathlon was the hardest. She said running is her least favorite event.   

However, that struggle to run isn’t slowing Lackey down. Apart from continuing her business of coaching with empathy, she is currently training for the Giants race in San Francisco.   

Life Change  

The last time I spoke with Lackey, she was preparing to move to Northern California from Hawaii.  It was indeed an interesting transition time for Lackey during the past six months.  

Aside from coaching with empathy, Lackey and I also tackled the topic about fear in the previous episode. Lackey herself had to deal with fear when she moved out of Hawaii.   

It took Lackey quite a while to process the reality that she was going to separate from friends and family. Going to an unknown place was scary for her. And who wouldn’t be, right?  

Lackey says her whole business model has changed a lot during the first half of the year. Coupled with her fear of moving to California, friends, and family had to reassure her that things will turn out well. And it did. 

“Saying yes to life, I have met some amazing people. Regarding the community, I feel very connected,” said Lackey.  

Exploring Writing And Publishing  

Lackey enjoys helping people sort out their issues. But this time around, she decided likewise to pursue her love for writing. Publishing children’s books is something she’d also want to fulfill, among other things.  

“I love writing. If only I were supported emotionally when I was a child, my health journey would have been different,” reveals Lackey.  

Reaching Out Through Public Speaking   

Public speaking is also something Lackey loves to do. This way, she gets to speak out and share her ideas to others.   

In fact, Lackey has done numerous speaking engagements in schools. She hopes to inspire kids to be more active in giving back to the community. And Lackey indeed has been setting an excellent example.  

Lackey has been actively fundraising for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society over the past few years. She, however, does something unique with the society every 4th of March to commemorate her cancer remission for 12 years now.   

Real People, Real Problems  

Kids are different nowadays, but we can’t blame them entirely. Parents and society are primary factors on why dealing with children is currently a challenge.  

Parents are often busy working. Hence, we fail to be more attentive to our children’s diet, what kind of friends they hang out with and changes in their behavior.   

As a result, we now have to deal with an alarming increase in cases of childhood cancer and other illnesses as well as teenage suicide. Society is also responsible for why there is an enormous pressure to look skinny and look good externally.   

Nurturing Kids With Empathy  

Raising children by nurturing them with empathy feeds their soul. When their mental and physical health is in the proper place, they would be able to grow up appreciating who they are and the people around them.  

Empathy empowers us to be well-rounded individuals, strong enough to face challenges. There would be fewer instances of angry outbursts in social media and fewer cases of cyber bullying.   

“Kids are like are sponges. They are amazingly receptive, but we don’t give them any credit,” said Lackey.  

Valuing Friendships  

I think it is harder for adults to make new friends compared to kids. We, adults,  have to exert more effort if we want to meet new friends.  

It’s true. Lackey says it was indeed hard for her to move to California because she felt so disconnected. But because she is a coach, Lackey knew she had no choice but to practice what she preaches.   

“Just do the things you love, and that’s where you’ll find people who are like you. I kept an open mind,” Lackey said. 

She also says that one should know when to set up boundaries. Because there is so much empowerment in taking responsibility for ourselves.   

“Realistically, we can’t wait for someone else to treat us the way we want. We need to set our lives up,” urges Lackey.  

The Art Of Communication  

The foundation of all stable relationships and friendships is communication. We have to realize that expectation builds resentment.  Hence, that’s where bigger problems arise. So how do we avoid that?  

Once you’ve entered into an agreement, make a fresh start and give each other a chance to rebuild that trust. According to Lackey, a broken agreement is a perfect time to be empathic and initiate a discussion.  

Learning To Be More Empathic  

And just how can we be more empathic? First of all, Lackey says we have different levels of empathy.  While it is easy for some people to understand the personal issues of others, some individuals need ample time to connect. 

Looking Ahead   

Lackey plans to further nurture her gift of empathy by joining a team of health coaches. She believes that in being with like-minded people, practice is more fulfilling instead of treading the entrepreneurial path.   

As for the rest of us, Lackey offers three simple tips on how to develop our empathic nature:  

  1. Remind yourself to be grateful.
  2. Write down the three things you are thankful for.
  3. Reach out to somebody different every day and tell them how grateful you are to them. 

Kimberly Lackey received her BA in Communications with a Business Concentration from Auburn University. She holds a Florida Teaching Certificate in K-6 and English 6-12 and a Florida Real Estate Sales Associate. She also took a course at the Institute of Integrated Nutrition.  

Volunteering is her passion and Lackey previously served as a Board Member and Special Events Chair for High-Risk Hope. Lackey was also involved with the Junior League of Tampa.  

She participated in the Junior League of Tampa’s volunteer training process, served as a writer for their publication and acted as Public Relations Chair.   
Through her teaching roles, she previously organized after-school cooking clubs. Lackey is likewise active in community events, especially if it involves sports.  

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Cerebral Palsy: Breaking The Barriers

There are so many misconceptions about people who have cerebral palsy. Win Charles, is one awesome woman who will show us how she strives to live a fulfilling life devoid of medication.

I am excited about today’s show because despite the fact that Charles was born with a disability, her health journey is truly inspiring.

Born With Cerebral Palsy

“Cerebral palsy is a lack of oxygen at birth which is what I acquired. When I was born, I only weighed one pound and 17 ounces,” shares Charles.

Honestly, I didn’t know much about cerebral palsy. I assumed that if someone were in a wheelchair, those people would immediately have spasms or tremors.

Common Misconceptions

I initially thought people with cerebral palsy are less intelligent than those without the condition. Yes, I admit, I was wrong.

In fact, one of my favorite TV show, “Speechless,” served as an eye-opener for me. The TV show stars Micah Fowler, who incidentally has cerebral palsy.

I think it was brilliant that the production team opted to cast a real person with cerebral palsy rather than casting an actor who would just act out the part. It’s cool, right?

“Micah Fowler, the actor in the TV show Speechless, has a severe form of cerebral palsy. He can’t function at all,” Charles explains.

She adds, “In my case, I have a hundred muscle spasms a day. And I try my best to control them without taking opioids.”

Aside from Fowler, one of my favorite comedians also happens to have cerebral palsy. And I must say, he is spot-on funny!

So, lesson learned. Just because someone has cerebral palsy, it doesn’t mean that people who have cerebral palsy are mentally slow or incapable.

Effects Of Opioids

Doctors incidentally prescribed the drug to Charles from 2006 to 2009. For those who are unaware, the most common opioid usually taken by people with cerebral palsy is Baclofen.

“Baclofen is a muscle spasm and muscle relaxer. In 2009, my family noticed the medication was making me act like a zombie,” recalls Charles.

Charles for sure is not the only person to experience the adverse effect of opioids.  Why medical doctors continue to prescribe it to patients is truly appalling.

Nevertheless, Charles’ mom was adamant. Charles vividly recalls that her mother firmly told the doctors to take Win off the medication.

Finding The Right Doctor

Aside from opioids, Baclofen is a common drug for people with cerebral palsy. Nowadays, doctors go as far as prescribing it to people with back pain or muscle spasms.

Traditional doctors are quick to prescribe medication rather than explore other options like physical therapy. So it is best to find a doctor who listens to you.

If a doctor tells you something, please voice out. Get a second opinion. Be brave enough to explore different alternatives that work and are more efficient.

Traditional Medicine Vs. Natural Medicine

“My mom had a book where she noted all my surgeries and medications,” Charles said. “She knew too much anesthesia in my body was not good.”

Incidentally, Charles also mentioned that she felt a great impact after hearing my Episode #137 where I had Dr. Cilla Whatcott on the show.

Charles remembered her mom who was hospitalized for some time due to meningitis but believed in her body’s ability to heal itself naturally.

“Meningitis can be cured through Holistic Medicine. But traditional medicine thinks otherwise,” said Charles. “Hopefully, that line of thought will change in the future.”

Trailblazer For Cerebral Palsy

And how does someone like Charles cope with her health condition? First and foremost, Charles stays away from opioids and other drugs.

Second, she makes sure to stay active by doing sports. Yes, you read it right. Charles swims, rides a bike, runs and has even competed in the prestigious Kona Ironman Triathlon.

However, Charles admittingly says that because of her health condition, she has limited physical capabilities. But that is not stopping her.

We truly do not have any excuse for not stepping out of our comfort zone when there are people with disabilities doing impressive feats.

Understanding Cerebral Palsy

I was likewise surprised to learn from Charles that cerebral palsy can also be acquired by accident. A friend of hers choked on a piece of popcorn when he was two years old.

Hence, acquired cerebral palsy and is now non-verbal.

Galileo Neuromuscular Tilt Table

Charles explains that the device enables patients to be flexible. But because the device is big and bulky, Charles only gets to use the device at the gym.

The device used by Charles was donated by Amanda Boxtel who was paralyzed after a skiing accident in 1992. Boxtel currently serves as Executive Director for Bridging Bionics Foundation.

According to research, Bridging Bionics Foundation the aims to bridge human mobility with exoskeletons and bionic technology. Thanks to Boxtel’s donation, people like Charles can do more than just being wheelchair-bound.

Let me just say; I love technology! There is a beautiful marriage that I think we can incorporate ancient healing arts with modern science.

But let me make myself clear. Modern science is not the enemy. It’s how we use it and making sure that we are using it holistically.

Benefits Of Reiki

Charles says that willpower and mindset is a big part of dealing with cerebral palsy. She also says that Reiki, the Japanese technique for relaxation and stress reduction also helps because it promotes healing.

But honestly, I was previously skeptical about Reiki. Because when I was about 15 years old, I sprained my ankle so bad.

Doctors told me I wouldn’t be able to walk for two weeks. Then a coworker at my summer job then offered to do Reiki on my ankle.

After the painless session, the swelling had gone down, and I stood up. In fact, I remember being so happy that I even started dancing right then and there!

I was a full believer in Reiki after that fateful day.

Butterflies Of Wisdom

Charles started the podcast, “Butterflies of Wisdom,” four years ago.  The show was launched right after she wrote her autobiography.

The show features inspiring people who are making a difference in this world both in business and disabilities. To check out the show, and know more about Charles’ advocacy, please click the links below.

If you liked this episode, please share it with someone you love.  Let’s turn this ripple into a tidal wave. Have a great day everyone!

Win Charles defied the odds by becoming an author despite having cerebral palsy. Her memoir “I, Win,” is an amazing story of how she remembers her life through the years. 

Charles is also a CEO of her own jewelry design company and motivational speaker. She tours all over the country to raise awareness about cerebral palsy. 

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The Juice Lady’s Guide to Juicing Diet

Going on a juicing diet is not just about mixing fruits and vegetables in a blender. Here in this episode, Cherie Calbom provides us with an in depth explanation on juicing as well as tips on how to do it right.

I first heard of Cherie Calbom through Ty Bollinger’s “The Truth About Cancer” video documentary series. Aside from Calbom’s amazing story on how she got into juicing, she also shares how her body expelled a tumor after doing a short juice detox. It sounds crazy, but it’s true!

Initial Juicing Experience

Calbom got chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia when she was in her 20s. It got so bad to the point that she had to quit work.

However, instead of settling for a life of medication, Calbom resolved to find a way out from her health issues.

“Years ago, juicing was not that popular yet. But when I heard about juicing, I bought a juicer and went on a 5-day juice fast,” recalls Calbom.

To her surprise, Calbom’s body expelled a tumor the size of a golf ball on the fifth day of her juice fast. To this day, she has no idea where the tumor was in her body, but nevertheless, she was glad to get rid of it. Hence, her love affair with juicing began.

Detox Symptoms

After her initial experience on juicing, Calbom thought her life would immediately and entirely change. It didn’t. Calbom admits she still had good and bad days.

Apparently, what nobody told Calbom back then were the detoxification symptoms that went hand in hand with juicing.

Despite that, Calbom remained consistent in drinking vegetable juices even way after her 5-day juice fast. She also ate a lot of vegetables and even went vegan that summer. After three months, Calbom finally felt like a brand new person!

Since then, Calbom knew she stumbled upon something extraordinary as far as health is concerned. Wanting to know more about detox, Calbom consequently went back to school and started working for her masters’ degree in Whole Foods Nutrition.

Recovery Through Juicing

A year later, Calbom went back to Southern California. One night, she was house sitting for some friends when burglars broke into the house. The horrible incident almost ended in tragedy.

Calbom further revealed that she almost died due to huge physical as well as mental injuries. However, having gone through one healing journey, Calbom was confident that she could again do a juicing diet to recover.

So even if her right hand was in a cast back then, Calbom managed to do a juicing diet everyday. Hence, she recovered quite well.

How Juicing Works

“Our bodies are designed to heal. But we have to do our part because people usually want people to do it for them. That’s where the juicing diet comes in,” said Calbom.

Calbom explains that a juicing diet is like having pre-digested food. Since the nutrients are in liquid form, the juice can get right into our system within half an hour.

Having digestive issues, too? No problem. Calbom assures that since the juice gets the nutrients in our body effectively, healing can work quite fast and that’s fantastic news!

Rising Epidemic

If you recall in my last interview, I tackled the issue on how 70% of the adult population in the United States is taking at least one prescription medication. We have this alarming epidemic wherein people are filling their bodies with toxins.

Over the counter, we have enough drugs that clog our liver and kill us. Back when we were kids, I distinctly remember people had a healthier lifestyle.

Hence, I think Calbom’s solution is smart. Embracing a juicing diet truly helps the body get as much nutrition as possible.

Symptoms Of A Toxic Body

Most of us shrug off symptoms, when in fact it is our body’s way of warning us that something is amiss. Hence, Calbom says these are the common symptoms that we should look out for:

• Brain fog
• Mood changes
• Depression
• Poor digestion
• Bloating
• Gas
• Weight gain
• Cellulite
• Constipation
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Bad breath
• Allergic conditions
• Headaches and migraines
• Pain in the eyes
• Vision problems
• Fluid retention
• Swollen legs and feet
• High blood pressure
• Hypoglycemia
• Blood sugar instability
• Inability to tolerate fatty foods
• Nausea
• Abdominal pain
• Acid reflux
• Chronic fatigue
• Bad pain
• Brown spots
• Insomnia
• Kidney problems

Calbom’s 30-Day Detox Program

Calbom has a 30-day detoxification program that she administers every month. It starts on the second Tuesday of every month and clients has been raving about how effective the program is.

In fact, Calbom recalls that she had a female client who was on her 3rd week of detox. Around that time, that particular client happily informed Calbom that all her cellulite disappeared in less than a month.

Furthermore, the client said she wasn’t even exercising because she was detoxing. Hence, the positive effect of juicing despite the absence of a high-impact activity was unexpected.

Benefits Of Juicing

“The juice is so effective because it doesn’t have anything but the soluble fiber. So it goes right into the system,” Calbom said. “It can be therapeutic, healing, and provides antioxidants as well as cleanse the body.”

She also says we get a concentration of nutrients that we don’t get just by eating it. Juicing is apparently also excellent in healing the gut and providing prebiotics.

However, like most people, we’re only human to feel hunger pangs. Let’s face it. A juicing diet is entirely different from eating something solid. But it is not enough reason for us to junk the idea of juicing.

Calbom suggests eating avocados if you couldn’t stay on the juicing diet. This way, we do not veer far away from a juicing diet, and it keeps our hunger pangs at bay. She says you should likewise have yourself checked for parasites if you feel hungry all the time.

Personally, I tried also juicing before. I mainly tried beets, but alas, it did not turn out well. Apparently, you can have a negative juicing experience if you do not have the proper guidance. And boy, did I learn my lesson well.

Success Stories

Like a lot of staunch juicing advocates, Calbom has had countless stories of clients who tell her their pain went away after doing a juicing diet. Most of her past clients apparently suffered from arthritis.

Calbom remembers one particular a female client so well. The woman had rheumatoid arthritis and spent most of her time in bed. According to Calbom, getting up and walking was truly was a big struggle for that client.

However, upon undergoing Calbom’s juicing diet, that client successfully survived through 3 days of juice fasting. Then on day 4, something short of a miracle happened. That client proudly showed Calbom that she finally could walk again! Awesome, right?

Best Juicer

“The best juicer for you is the one you are going to use everyday. I do not use the best juicer on the market as far as getting out every nutrient and preserving every enzyme,” shares Calbom.

Calbom uses a centrifugal juicer that is fast to use and fast to clean. She says so many people are busy doing other things. Hence, a juicer that is simple to use and maintain would suffice.

Difference Between Smoothies, Juicing, And Protein Shakes

The debate on which liquid diet still generates varied opinions. Calbom sometimes does both a glass of juice and a smoothie. Calbom, however, makes her healthy smoothie with part of the juice she made for the day.

“It seems to me that people add more fruits in smoothies. I rarely put fruits in my juice except for lemon because I’m all about getting the greens in,” Calbom said.

People who have tried Calbom’s veggie smoothies say it is mushy and fibrous. We can eat a piece of fruit a day, but Calbom aims to get more people to eat more vegetables through juicing.

Aside from that, Calbom also works with individuals who get too much sugar from their smoothies. In the end, she remains firm in declaring that there is nothing else that can replace juice because it gives your body the rejuvenating nutrients it needs.

Juicing For Various Health Issues

Feeling tired or drained? Calbom usually starts her day with a big glass of green juice. She says it’s a great energizer.

For people with thyroid issues, Calbom suggests watercress juice with a drop of iodine. Combining it with cucumber, carrot, ginger or green apple can make your juice taste even more awesome!

Calbom likewise cooks food with coconut oil. Not surprisingly, Calbom’s clients attest they were able to get off medication ever since they started cooking with coconut oil. And I agree. Coconut oil does wonders for health.

For stress and fatigue, Calbom says juicing a lot of greens rich in magnesium helps a lot. Different herbs, getting off sweets and gluten likewise improve the health.

The Turbo Diet

Incidentally, Calbom also has an efficient weight loss juicing diet called The Turbo Diet. According to her, one meal a day equals a glass of fresh juice.

There are just so many reasons why people lose weight with juicing. Most of us are too acidic due to an unhealthy diet. The list goes on and on.

“But when people remove the substances that harm their health and provide the nutrition that supports a healthy body, they see very encouraging changes,” Calbom said.

Cherie Calbom MSN holds a Master of Science degree in whole foods nutrition from Bastyr University.

Known as “The Juice Lady” for her work with juicing and health, she is the author of 33 books including her latest The Juice Lady’s Guide to Fasting and Sugar Knockout.

She and her husband offer juice cleanse retreats throughout the year, 30-Day Detox online and Garden’s Best Juice Powder. She has lectured worldwide on juicing, detoxing and fasting including consulting for the Royal Family of the UAE.

Winner of the TTAC Lifetime Achievement Award for her work with juicing and detoxification, Calbom’s blogs and books on juicing, cleansing and health have helped thousands of people live healthier lives.

She has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and WCBS/NY. Her articles have appeared in NY Daily News, Miami Herald, Essence Magazine, First for Women, and Woman’s World.

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The Juice Lady’s Guide to Fasting

 Sugar Knockout

The Big Book of Juices and Green Smoothies

The Turbo Diet

The Juice Lady’s Living Foods Revolution

Remedies for Stress and Adrenal Fatigue

 Remedies for Thyroid Disorders

 The Weekend Weight Loss Diet

The Juice Lady’s Guide to Juicing for Health

 Juicing, Fasting, and Detoxing For Life

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