The Most Stressful Time in My Life

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What’s the most stressful time of my life? That’s hard to say!  I’ve had several stressful times:  I was given up for adoption, and that comes with separation stress no matter how well it’s done; my adoptive mother died two days before my 9th birthday; a brother committed suicide; the blended family was a wild ride, to say the least; as a young adult, I made a fair amount of really bad life decisions and a spontaneous, poorly planned move to a strange city (Hello, Memphis) knowing no one, having no job, and having to make my way without ready-made connections.  

As with all of us who are married, my hubby and I have had our issues – and now that we work together, well, we’ve added a whole new array of stressors to our relationship!  But we’re doing well- most days.  And we experience lots of blessings working together as well.  

Speaking of Blessed Stress…

I don’t want to leave out my most positive stressors!  As all parents know, having children is no walk in the park, although walks in the park help with the stress of children!  Having children is definitely one of those life experiences that is a mixed bag of difficulties as well as blessings.  As fate would have it, we Brain Trainers have a beautiful, brilliant child with attention issues!  She’s doing fabulously and we’re so proud of her.  And having this gem has helped us empathize with our clients with ADHD children.  

We run our own practice and with that comes the stress of business ownership.  Learning to become a business woman and not just a health practitioner continues to be one of the most stressful things I’ve ever done.  Business skills don’t come naturally to me and I’m having to learn them in my old age.  Thank God, we have plenty of brain tools to help my old brain learn new tricks!  

A Rocky Road

In my late 40’s I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and, on top of that, struggled with a long flare of EBV.  That was very stressful because I felt sick and exhausted and conventional medicine had nothing to offer me.  I am not a person who takes medications to cover over symptoms.  I believe we can get to the root cause of conditions and I believe healing is possible if we supply our bodies with what they need and get rid of the toxins.  

Trying New Stuff

Oddly, while I hardly had enough energy to do the bare minimum, it was an incredibly productive time in my life.  It’s a time in my life where I dug into my faith in God and learned how to really listen to Him and follow His lead.  Somehow in the midst of the pain, exhaustion and brain fog, I had the grace to really study the body and true health.  I learned how to nourish myself in body, mind and spirit.  I availed myself of our Neurofeedback and stress reduction tools – and experienced our practice as a client would. I believe that helped me become a better practitioner.  

I found some wonderful Functional Medical practitioners who helped me get some services I couldn’t get on my own:  like IV Vitamin therapy and bioidentical hormones.

This hard time in my life became an accelerated learning curve. I tried all kinds of things!

 “Some people thought I was a little overboard, maybe even a little crazy, but I don’t consider anything I tried to have been a failure or waste of time. ” 

I learned so much, and it was so personal to me that those lessons stuck.  Now, I’m blessed to get to use all my experiences and knowledge to help others.  

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How I Deal

I’m not done with my healing journey.  I kind of think we’ll all be on one form of healing journey or another until the day we depart from this earth.  So, I’m learning to have patience (at least I try), and to be curious rather than judging myself.   

I think the most important things that have helped me deal with stress are:

  • My faith in God:  Learning to be quiet and hear His voice has been life changing.
  • Learning to breathe in a way that calms my system and at the same time, energizes me with a good energy has been exciting.  
  • Learning to practice gratitude and appreciation – of even the smallest of things.  I’m learning to consider each day a treasure hunt in which I intentionally search for beauty, kindness and joy, and then take time to revel in the feelings of appreciation for those gifts.
  • Learning to listen to my body to decide which foods nourish rather than deplete me has helped me make increasingly more effective food choices.

Everyone has an incredible story.  Everyone faces a myriad of difficult stressors.  I feel honored and blessed to get to walk alongside people as they step into their healing journey.  I love to listen deeply and help people find their own unique healing path.  

Why I Got Off of Gluten

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Gluten-filled guilt

I worked as a waitress for four years in three different restaurants. Every now and then I would encounter people who were gluten-free. Aside from knowing to ask whether they were gluten free due to a preference or an allergy, I was pretty ignorant about the topic. Like most people, I thought that people who just preferred to be gluten-free were doing so to have one more special restriction to their diet.

Little did I know that I would become one of those gluten-free people.

I have had issues with anxiety for roughly four years. I had good days and bad days; some days I would just feel a tad jittery, and some days I would have a full-fledged panic attack in the middle of my kitchen while trying to unload the dishwasher. I consumed a standard American diet:  I typically skipped breakfast and ate lunches and dinners consisting of sugary, high carb “foods” and bad-fats.

I never connected my diet to my anxiety issues.

Gluten-free glory

I took time to deal with my issues on a spiritual level as well as a physical one, and eventually I became one of the gluten-free people I so detested before.  I noticed a huge difference when I made the change.  

Within ten minutes of speaking with Lee Ann Foster of Memphis Neurofeedback, she told me how my diet needed to change. I was somewhat reluctant to give up having gluten-filled pizza and deli sandwiches, but I was at my wit’s ends and decided to be open and make the switch.

And let me tell you what happened!

I started feeling like a completely new person. I was no longer was as tired throughout the day as I had been before going gluten free. That’s right! The residual sleepiness I had been experiencing my entire life was gone. I lost some extra pounds that were bear-hugging my stomach. I also felt like my mind was sharper. Day by day, I was living a life free of panic attacks, anxiety, sluggishness, grogginess, bloated belly, and acne!

How I made the switch

So before, a plate of lush, green kale topped with carrots and tuna would make me want to throw up and probably cry. I would want to shove a slice of greasy pizza in my mouth and crawl up into a big, sappy ball. But I started to see and feel changes after I began investing my hard-earned dollars into foods that my body and brain loved.

I now get excited when I see avocados, carrots, tomatoes, cabbage, blueberries, bananas, dates, kale, beans… (I could literally go on and on about all of the yummy, healthy food I now choose instead of eating pasta).

So in the end…

Every day we have a choice to either consume foods that our body that will hate us for, or love us for. Do you want to feel gross and continue to live in your anxious, distracted, sleepy, or what-have-you life; or do you want to feel rejuvenated, energetic, and happy?

The choice is yours.  Give gluten free, real food a try.  

PEMF for Pain: How Balancing Your Body’s Energy Can Relieve Your Pain

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The number one reason people invest in pEMF therapy is for pain relief for conditions such as arthritis, back pain, knee pain and fibromyalgia.

What is pEMF therapy or Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field Therapy?  

First, let’s discuss what electromagnetic fields are. The earth has an electromagnetic field and, as it turns out, it is just what we humans need to keep our electromagnetic fields healthy.  All of our cells and organs have their own electromagnetic fields and these fields operate as communication pathways so that our bodies give and receive the information they need to maintain health.  

When our electromagnetic energy is disrupted, we begin to experience impaired function at a cellular level. If that disruption is not corrected; we begin to experience pain, disease, and accelerated aging.  

There are many things that disrupt our electromagnetic energy fields, two of which are:  Spending too much time indoors with our feet detached from the earth’s electromagnetic field;  and being surrounded by wi-fi, cell phones, and electrical devices that emit electromagnetic fields that disrupt our own fields.  

Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field Therapy is a means of surrounding the body with electromagnetic fields that are healthy for our bodies. Low frequency pEMFs pass through the body and stimulate many of the electrical and chemical processes in the tissues. Therapeutic pEMFs support improved cellular health which can lead to improvements in overall functioning and reduction in pain.

According to the pEMF Expert

Dr. William Pawluck, an expert on pEMF, reports the following benefits of pEMF therapy:

  • Reduce pain, inflammation, the effects of stress on the body, and platelet adhesion.
  • Improve energy, circulation, blood and tissue oxygenation, sleep quality, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, the uptake of nutrients, cellular detoxification and the ability to regenerate cells.
  • Balance the immune system and stimulate RNA and DNA.
  • Accelerate repair of bone and soft tissue.
  • Relax muscles.

NASA has studied pEMF therapy and its effects on healing damaged tissues in mammals.  What NASA found was that the most effective results came from Low Frequency, Low Intensity, and Rapidly varying PEMF signals. These are frequencies and intensities that closely resemble what the earth provides for us, and it is also what the iMRS 2000 whole body unit we use in our office provides.  

Benefits of pEMF

Top 8 Benefits of pEMF therapy according to research and patient reports:

  1. Stronger Bones
  2. Improved Endorphin Production and Pain Relief
  3. Better Sleep and HGH (human growth hormone) secretion
  4. More Energy – cellular ATP
  5. Better Oxygenation and Circulation
  6. Improved Immunity
  7. Improved Relaxation & Stress Reduction
  8. Increased Nerve and Tissue Regeneration

Feel free to give us a call for a free phone consult:  (901) 624-0100

 

How to Make Master Tonic: A Guide to Making Our Secret Weapon Against the Cold & Flu

Feeling something yucky coming along? Have the cold or flu? Try this natural remedy to ward off and fight seasonal sickness!

You will need:

2 quartered jalapeños 

1/4 cup whole garlic cloves (usually a head of garlic)

1/4 cup diced ginger root

2 Tbsp. peeled and diced horseradish root

1/4 cup of diced onion

2 Tbsp. Turmeric powder

24 oz. of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar

Directions:

Wash all vegetables. Chop all ingredients into manageable sizes to fit into a food processor or blender. Add all chopped ingredients into blender, including turmeric powder (*may tint plastic*). Blend ingredients. Pour into a quart size mason jar. Fill the mason jar with 24 oz. of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. 

Seal jar with air-tight lid. Store jar in dark and cool area 2-4 weeks. Shake twice a day. 

After 2-4 weeks, strain ingredients with a fine-grain strainer. Press out excess juice (or line strainer with cheese cloth to squeeze out juice easier) into another clean jar. 

Take 1 ounce every four hours.

Use left-overs ingredients in your cooking!

And Inhale… Seven Benefits of Gratitude Breathing

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We all know the cliche scene in movies where someone is stressed out and hyperventilating into a paper bag in order to calm down and catch their breath. Although this technique is not super effective, it does have some merit.

Gratitude breathing, a form of meditation, has a rich history throughout many cultures. It has deep roots in many different ancient eastern cultures, philosophies and religions. Sages of old knew that daily breathing meditation helped people in many ways:  it kept their digestive systems healthy, their minds sharp, and their emotions balanced.  It also served as a way for people to calm their minds and pray.

In support of these ancient ideas, modern science confirms that gratitude breathing has many benefits.

Seven Benefits of Gratitude Breathing

  1. Increased oxygen supply

 

All your cells need oxygen. By doing gratitude breathing each day, you can improve the quality of your blood oxygen levels – which improves your brain and your body!

  1. Calms down stressed nerves

Most of us breathe short, shallow breaths that stimulate the production of stress hormones.  But we can learn to to take long, slow breaths that relax our stressed out nerves. Deep, controlled breathing also promotes the release of dopamine, which puts you in a happy mood.

  1. Relaxes your muscles

When the nerves are calmed down, the muscles naturally follow. Practicing gratitude breathing during stressful times, or just when you’ve been sitting too long, in order to reduce stiffness and enhance overall well-being.

  1. Lowers blood pressure

When the nerves and muscles are relaxed, the arteries relax and blood flow improves. Gratitude breathing can also naturally lower blood pressure.

  1. Improves sleep

Sleep issues are not just night time issues. Stress and too much “artificial” energy during daytime hours (hello coffee and energy drinks),  also affect sleep. Gratitude breathing during the day and just before going to sleep at night can improve sleep quality.

  1. Boost self esteem

Gratitude breathing involves intentionally focusing on things you appreciate. With a daily reminder of blessings and happy feelings, the release of dopamine, the “happy neurochemical,” can help you experience more confidence and optimism.  

  1. Keeps the doctor away

Although gratitude breathing can’t be said to cure disease (by our pharmaceutically biased legal standards), it most definitely improves physiological, emotional, and mental functioning. Research has shown time and again that improving your mind through gratitude breathing can help improve your health.

How to do “Gratitude Breathing”

-Find quiet and peaceful place – even if it can just be in your mind!

-Get into a comfortable position in which you can relax your muscles and your mind.

-Play soothing music or enjoy some silence.

-Keep away from any screens or other disruptions.

-Transition breath to deep belly breathing by expanding the diaphragm and not the chest when inhaling.  Let the belly fall when exhaling.  

-Inhale for four seconds and exhale for four seconds.

-While breathing, gently focus on things that make you happy.  When you get distracted, don’t judge yourself.  Just notice and gently re-focus on the pleasant thoughts and feelings.

-With each breath that you exhale, let all tension and stress fall out of the body.

Involve your family and friends by making a game of it.  Have a treasure hunt each day of beautiful things that you experience.  At the end of each day share those treasures with your loved ones, have them share their treasures with you, and gratitude breathe together to build your bonds of appreciation.

Start by doing this for at least 10 minutes each day and build up to 30 minutes per day.  It’s okay to split the minutes up in the day if you have a hard time fitting this in in one big chunk of time.

Anxiety and Your Brain

Do you worry a lot? 

Do you struggle with invasive, negative, self-defeating thoughts that you can’t seem to stop?

Have you tried counseling, meditating, even medication, and found sporadic, or little to no relief?

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Did you know that Anxiety is a symptom of Brain Dysregulation? 

You have Anxiety Networks in your brain and when they get out of whack, no matter what you do, you will struggle with worry until those networks get re-regulated.

Consider Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is a safe, non-invasive, efficient and effective way to re-train the Anxiety Networks in your brain to take on the Habit of CALM.  You actually can achieve the brain of a lifelong meditator in a short time with Loreta Z Score Neurofeedback, the Ferrari of Neurofeedback!  

Beware of Anti-Anxiety Medications

You don’t have to take dangerous anti-anxiety medications that create a host of unwanted side effects. 

         Side Effects of Anti-Anxiety Medications

                 * Addiction and difficulty getting off medication

                 * Impaired Memory Formation

                 * Increased Anxiety, Anger, Fear & Frustration

                 * Insomnia

                 * Muscle Pain & Weakness

                 * Cognitive Impairment / Inability to Think Clearly

                 * Coordination problems, Increased Chance of Falling

                 * Headaches

                 * Depression              

Retrain Your Brain

Instead of taking dangerous medications that MIGHT merely suppress symptoms for a short time, you can actually retrain your Brainwave Habits in a very safe, effective, and lasting way.

Rather than spending your resources on conventional medical treatments that increase the risk of long term emotional and physical damage, invest in true health so you can be the happiest and best you.  Train your Brain to Live Fearlessly and Abundantly!  Try Neurofeedback.

Be a Smart Consumer of Neurofeedback Services

There are several kinds of Neurofeedback on the market now and providers do not have to be well trained or certified, so you want to be a smart consumer.  Here are the questions you should ask of any provider who is offering Neurofeedback:

  1. Are you certified by the BCIA? 
  2. Is your Neurofeedback FDA Approved?
  3. Is your Neurofeedback based upon an individual’s functional neuroimage, or 19 channel 3-D Brainmap? Or are you using a one-size-fits all program?
  4. Does a highly qualified Neurofeedback provider actually run my session or do you just hook me up to a machine and let it run a program?

Dr. Dale Foster is a BCIA Certified Senior Fellow, a QEEG Diplomate and a Licensed Neuropsychologist with 30 years’ experience in evidence based NeuroFeedback.

Give us a call for a Free Phone Consult:  (901) 624-0100.

Yummy, Organic Bone Broth Recipe

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Many cultures have been making bone broth for centuries! They have known the natural and healthy benefits that this nutrient-rich drink does for the body.

You may be missing all of the wonderful qualities that bone broth has to offer in your diet.

Bone broth is:

-A healthy detoxification for gut and immune system

-Great for improving growth of healthy joints and lean muscle mass

-Natural booster for healthy and vibrant skin, hair and nails

-A promoter of a healthy metabolism and weight

Want to know how to make Bone Broth? Check out our recipe below:

Download printable recipe here!

Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 Pastured, Organic Chicken (organs, feet and necks are a great addition if you have them)

1 Organic onion

4 Stalks organic celery

4 large organic carrots

Rosemary

Organic Garlic

Celtic or Himalayan Sea Salt

Tbsp Bragg’s apple cider vinegar

Directions:

1.Put chicken into a crock pot, season with sea salt and cook until done. Debone and save the meat for eating later on.

2. Put bones back into the crock pot, add the vegetables, seasonings and apple cider vinegar. Cook on high until comes to a boil then reduce to low and let simmer for up to 24 hours.

3. Strain mixture and pour into serving size containers and freeze what you don’t immediately use.

This makes a great broccoli or kale soup.  Add broccoli or kale, heat until tender and enjoy!