We are pleased to announce that Sage Wellness Center is now open, and we are excited to serve those looking for natural healthcare options! Colon Hydrotherapist Georgia Cold-Noble is joining our team, and we are thrilled to have her. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge that is amazing! (See Georgia’s article on Colon Hydrotherapy in this issue.)
As we open our doors, one of our top priorities is helping people discover the best path to help them reclaim their health. We like to share the following roadmap with clients to help them see how there can be a logical flow and progression to restoring vibrant health.
Scientists estimate that stress is at the root of 80–90% of all diseases. I would argue that stress is involved with 100% of diseases because stress is anything that moves the body out of its balanced state of homeostasis. When we are ill, we are out of balance by definition!
I would also submit that all stress is a response to fear or danger, whether physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. It only makes sense that the opposite of stress and fear is the antidote to all imbalance, illness, and disease. The obvious question is, “What is the opposite of fear and stress?”
The opposite of fear is love, especially the infinite, unconditional love of God, the Creator of all that is. I believe this love is the light and life-giving energy that created and sustains all things. It is the love that brought every one of us into being, and it is the love that makes us whole.
Experiencing pain in some form is a fact of life on Earth. Unfortunately, many people experience chronic daily pain and come to accept it as part of the “human condition.” But have you ever asked yourself why we experience pain?
Pain is a teacher. It comes when we need to make a change, whether it be physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, or relationally. Some of us avoid pain by silencing it or covering it, and some of us surrender to it as our forever reality. When we take these other actions instead of responding to the pain and making the change it is prompting, the pain continues. The level of pain increases according to how much we try to block it out. Pain will be heard. It needs to be heard.
One of the main issues I see people struggling with is low energy. Many folks report waking up just as tired as when they went to bed. Some feel like they are just barely dragging through their day, and others feel like they hit a brick wall of exhaustion by mid-afternoon. Sadly, many people accept fatigue as a routine part of their lives.
I struggled with fatigue for several years, starting in my mid-twenties. It took time, but I finally found answers, using a natural approach. It was this journey that transformed my health and propelled me into the field of health coaching. I can now say from personal experience that it IS possible to regain your energy!
There are many factors that can affect energy levels. They include:
In today’s world, being stressed out is almost worn as a badge of honor. People are overbooked, overwhelmed, and just plain exhausted! Stress is bombarding us from every angle imaginable, affecting us physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and energetically. It’s taking its toll on our health! In fact, estimates show that stress is at the root of 80–90% of all diseases. This fact alone should be a strong motivator to reduce, re-lease, and manage our stressors.
Think of stress as the layers of an onion, made up of physical stressors. Some of these include dehydration, poor nutrition, lack of movement and sunlight, poor sleep, and exposure to toxins and radiation. Then there are the mental, emotional, and spiritual layers. These include financial strain, traumatic events, toxic relationships, family stress, work or school issues, and loneliness. We also carry stress from subconscious baggage programmed into our system through traumatic events in our past—even in the lives of our ancestors. Feeling spiritually confused or disconnected can create stress and inner conflict.
How can I do a better job helping people cultivate health? What can I offer that addresses physical, mental, and emotional well-being in a meaningful, integrated way? I want to reach more people with the messages there is always hope, the body will heal itself, given a chance?
These questions have been simmering in my mind over the last couple of years. I felt like my work as a health coach was helpful, but still missing something. I felt I was being called to something more, but I could not quite put my finger on it. I had a vague idea I should be collaborating with other practitioners. But I didn’t know who or where they were, or how it could possibly work.
This last fall, I finally shared what was on my heart with my husband and a few close friends. Lo and behold, the answers I had been looking for began to appear, and my vision began to crystallize. (It reminded me to never underestimate the power of intentions and words!) Everything I needed was right under my nose the whole time!
“True transformation happens at the intersection of pain and love.” I recently heard this quote from a breathwork facilitator and trainer, Samantha Skelly, and it struck me as profound. It rang true in every way, because it applies so well to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. If this idea is correct, then we need to be asking:
How can we allow love to intersect, run through, and transform our pain and dis-ease?
How do we open body, mind, and spirit to receive transformational love?
How do we give that kind of love to ourselves and to others?
If we could keep these questions in mind, I believe we would make radically different decisions in our daily lives. Let’s look at how we can love ourselves through the way we eat, breathe, move, sleep, and think. Let’s consider how to create a safe environment that allows for transformation and the healing of pain through love.
It is all too easy in our culture to neglect and abuse our bodies by consuming toxic, food-like substances. It’s time to start telling ourselves the truth about what we’re putting into our mouths.
A simple way to love your body is to talk to yourself about the food in front of you. Is it a whole food, full of healing and nourishment? Or, is it a dead, toxic, and inflammatory food-like substance that you are ingesting unconsciously, perhaps as entertainment or as a numbing mechanism?
Our current “health care” system is broken. In fact, it might be more accurate to call it our “disease management” or “sick-care system.” It rarely offers true healing to anyone. But what if it doesn’t have to be that way? What if we could reimagine and create something better? What if we could create a TRUE health-care system aimed at:
Maintaining vibrant health
Preventing chronic diseases
Offering the multifaceted support needed for genuine healing to occur
Honoring the bio-individual needs of each and every person?
I believe we are beginning to see a shift in this direction. Many doctors are rethinking the way they care for their patients. They are looking to address their needs in a more personalized, in-depth fashion. Additionally, thousands of certified health coaches are being trained every year. These coaches have the potential to provide a solution to many of the problems within our current system.
Health coaching is relatively new to the health-and-wellness scene. It is already proving to be one of the most effective tools for helping people recover and maintain their health. Health coaches can relieve much of the burden placed upon doctors and improve health outcomes for patients, providing a win-win situation for everyone involved.
Many people today take the view that healing comes from an outside source. They think of it as something that happens when a doctor or practitioner prescribes medicines or performs procedures. The patient passively sits by, rarely participating or collaborating in any meaningful way. This is true of western medicine, but I see it creep its way into natural medicine as well.
People go to a practitioner expecting to be fixed. Sadly, many never consider the idea that we carry the ability to heal within ourselves. No amount of drugs, herbs, vitamins, or therapies will restore health without the intentional, focused participation of the patient. These things may reduce or mask symptoms, but they rarely offer true healing.
When people grasp this, they begin to take ownership of their health. They begin to make the kinds of choices that bring their life into alignment with their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. They begin to view healing as a collaborative effort where the health practitioner is simply there to guide and support.
Fear. It’s something we all feel. It’s what enables us to react when we sense danger. Feeling fear can literally save our lives, and under the right circumstances, it’s a beautiful thing. Under the wrong circumstances, it can crush us. Physically. Mentally. Emotionally. Spiritually.
I would propose to you that fear is the root cause of stress. Stress happens when the body, mind, or emotions sense or perceive danger and react to it. Stress causes virtually every “dis-ease” known to man. More importantly, all disease happens because the body gets stuck in a chronic stress response.
So, what is triggering all this fear and keeping people stuck in a perpetual state of stress? Well, think about it. Many people feel threatened or overwhelmed in their work or home environment and spend the better part of their day feeling tense. Some individuals sense the collective fear churned up by current events and the media, sending their nervous system into overdrive. Some folks know that heart disease or cancer runs in the family.