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On the Wellness Journey, Where do I start?

So many choices on where to start

     The journey to health can be uncertain and confusing. When you are feeling ill all the time, it can be hard to know where to start. Should I start with exercise? Should I start with my food choices? Should I start with meditation? Should I do a cleanse and if so, which one?  Should I start with counseling for past emotional trauma? Should I start by quitting smoking? These are many questions I have heard over the years from patients who knew something needed to change but they were not sure where to start.

Getting through the Confusion

 So where should you start? The truth is you should start with the one thing you know you can accomplish. Keep it simple and take the first step.  Taking the first step and making it one with which you can succeed is half the battle. Making a commitment to a goal and sticking with it will then give you the confidence to take the next step.

Choices we make impact our future

Each choice either helps or hinders our wellness

Let’s face it. Getting to the place of unhealth and sickness takes years of poor choices. Sometimes these are choices we know are bad for us, like smoking or the fast food diet, and other times these are choices we didn’t even know are unhealthy, like the cleaners in our home, lighting choices, or even daily negative emotional choices. Our bodies are actually amazing adapters. It is usually not just one bad choice or exposure that causes illness, although obviously there are those cases. For most people illness begins when the body says “Enough!” and cannot cope with the cumulative damage done to it over time. The human body has many biochemical and physiological buffers that help us to keep going despite our many choices and the choices of others which effect us but are out of our control.  Sickness occurs when the body has had too many difficulties to overcome.

Our path defines where we are. But the good news is we can change our path at any time.

To put it more simply, we got where we are by the path we took. And often just choosing to change direction starts us down the path to renewed health and wellness. But where to start? What is the fastest path to wellness?  What is a do-able path? Realizing that these may or may not be the same in the beginning. This is where I come in.

Collaboration with Expertise

Through a thorough history and an in depth conversation with you, we become collaborators in your wellness path. My knowledge as an experienced physician and a Lifestyle Medicine practitioner is to discuss options and present the issues to you and together we devise a plan best suited to your success. I am not the physician you see once a year for your prescription refills and a physical. I would be your collaborator, your cheerleader, your confidant, and I provide the tools and guidance gained through years of experience and training in both standard and alternative medicine to help you change the direction and path you are on and to move towards health and wellness once again. Reach out to me if you are ready to make a change! I am ready to help.

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Seaweed for breakfast!?

What is in this nutrient-dense delicious dish?

When I am looking to mix up my morning breakfast, I often will incorporate purple Dulse mixed with other seaweeds into a dish with eggs and sauteed veggies and avocado. In this particular breakfast, I sauteed green onions, baby Bella mushrooms, red and yellow bell peppers in coconut oil. I used two wild pastured duck eggs-yolk raw and whites scrambled in coconut oil. Organic BonCook spice trio of Rosemary, Basil, and Thyme is a delicious addition along with organic Curry and Turmeric. Finish this all off with 2 drops of Black Pepper Essential Oil.

Why do I add the Black Pepper essential oil? The Black Pepper essential oil contains piperine. Piperine inhibits our liver’s metabolism of the curcumin in tumeric and therefore, increases the overall levels of curcumin in our body and allows these levels to stay higher for longer. Piperine increases the absorption of curcumin by 2000%! And when you add oil to the mix, like the coconut oil I used to saute the veggies, also increases its absorption of curcumin because it is fat soluble. This meal is powerful and packed with nutrients not only because of the spice combination, but also because of the seaweed! Why eat Purple Dulse seaweed?

Gorgeous in color, Dulse is considered a Red seaweed.

Purple Dulse Seaweed Health Benefits

How Dulse makes these minerals available

Aside from the gorgeous color of purple dulse, what makes it a powerhouse food? During their unique growth process, aquatic plants absorb mineral-rich seawater and convert it into bio-available natural, organic minerals. This process is called biological transmutation. These newly created minerals become part of the plant’s cell structure and can now be assimilated and used by your body. Most minerals are extremely difficult, if not impossible to absorb without the help of plants. This is simply because they are rocks and metals. Using your food to consume these minerals is much more effective than in supplement form. No matter how many milligrams are listed on the supplement bottle, eating them in the rock or mineral state will not allow them to absorb into your body. They are 99% non-digestible.

In which minerals is Dulse rich?

Some aquatic plants have a higher efficiency of absorption of minerals as demonstrated by laboratory research. Purple Dulse seaweed has the highest concentration of digestible minerals anywhere. The top minerals in purple dulse include calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, iron, iodine, copper, chromium and zinc. Wow! I know! This is incredible and they are all made bioavailable by this beautiful sea plant.

What do each of these minerals do for our body’s?

The calcium in purple dulse builds and maintains healthy bones and teeth. It helps with blood clotting, heart beat regulation and the release of neurotransmitters.

Potassium and sodium are two more minerals in purple dulse which are part of a complex mineral salt system known as electrolytes. Electrolytes are key to controlling blood pressure as well as the pressure of every other fluid in your body. Purple dulse also contains magnesium, whose most important role is in energy production in your most vital organs such as the heart, kidney, liver and brain. Also present in dulse is phosphorus which combines with calcium in bone to give them their hardness. Phosphorus is also required for proper metabolism, which turns food into energy.

Purple dulse contains more iron than beef. Iron is a necessary building block of hemoglobin which is responsible for transporting oxygen to your cells. Iron also supports red blood cell formation. It is essential to our metabolism and energy creation.

Necessary for thyroid function, Iodine is another nutrient in Purple Dulse. It regulates how proteins, fats and carbohydrates are used as well as how energy is created in our cells.

Manganese is an essential mineral involved in many enzyme systems, which control blood sugar, use of energy and the production of thyroid hormones. It is also found in this amazing seaweed!

Copper is a trace mineral found in seaweed. It is crucial in the formation of the brain and the nervous system and also assists in the creation of nervous system chemical messengers. Chromium increases the power of insulin. This affects how carbohydrates, fats and proteins are metabolized and how blood sugar is controlled.

Lastly, zinc is required for our sense of smell and taste, and is also needed for our body’s immune system to work properly to defend us from viruses and other illnesses. Zinc is yet one more trace mineral found in Purple Dulse.

Rich in Vitamins as well-time to make the decision to try it!

Have you decided Dulse is a powerhouse of nutrients? Are you ready to try it? If you are not yet convinced, let me tell you Dulse is also a wonderful source of Vitamins A, C, E, and B. Dulse is a red seaweed. If you want the maximum nutrient value combine brown, red, and green seaweeds together.

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Who Am I?

Grounding against a tree watching a cold early morning sunrise over the woods.

Who am I? I am a wife, mother, daughter, physician, friend, and if you believe my friend Amy, a bit of a bohemian hippy as she likes to call me. I don’t see myself quite like that but it always makes me smile when she says it. 

As long as I can remember, my two favorite times of the day have been sunrise and sunset. Why? Sunrise watched while listening to the birds chirp and the wind blow in the leaves is inspiring and peaceful. It energizes me for my day and reminds me that we begin again everyday. And watching the sunset at the end of the day with all it’s spectacular colors-deep reds, orange, purples, like a complete box of crayola crayons, allows for relaxation and introspection at the end of the day. I believe they are reminders from God and the Universe that we belong and that the cycle of each day should be celebrated.

Who am I? I am a healer, passionate about health and wellness through natural and nontoxic therapies. A practicing physician for 20 + years, I have seen what works and what does not. I am endlessly amazed by the incredible beauty of how our human body is intimately connected with the physics and biochemistry provided by nature. We evolved in our natural environment and our bodies learned to be our healthiest there. We become unhealthy when we do not provide ourselves with correct exposure to nature. Food and plants, light and dark, and the magnetic electrical connection with the Earth are our best medicine–they are the key to our bodies lock. My passion, is helping others unlock this healthy potential in themselves to live happier, healthier, and more productive lives.  

Who are you? And how can I improve your life?