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Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard
Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything by Geneen Roth
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02:09 Michelle’s Journey: Michelle was running a marketing/advertising firm for doctors. Eventually, she hit a wall, gaining 40 pounds, having rashes, sore joints, night sweats, and intermittent fevers. After seeing several physicians, no one could determine the cause. She took her husband to an integrative physician for GI issues. The doctor turned to her and said “What’s wrong with you?” She had a candida infection, positive ANA, Hashimoto’s and the beginning of Lupus. He asked “Why do you think you have this disease?” Her true healing journey began there. She got a divorce, sold her business and moved to the mountains of New Mexico. She made it her fulltime job to get to the bottom of her autoimmune condition and reverse it. Michelle had been a strict vegetarian, eating only a few carbohydrates each day, for 17 years leading up to her diagnosis. She consumed few calories, little protein and little fat. She gained inflammatory weight (false fat). Eventually, she did Ann Louise Gittleman’s Fat Flush and was able to lose her inflammatory weight in 30 days. Her symptoms started to abate. She had stopped eating nightshades and legumes, and began eating quality protein, fat and non-starchy vegetables. After years of trial and error, she adopted a primal ancestral nutrition program, enabling her to completely reverse her autoimmune conditions, no more antibodies.
10:48 Hire Your Doctor: Through Michelle’s business, she realized that doctors who dropped affiliation with insurance were able to provide a higher level of care. Her philosophy became that you hire the best doctor, not just what you insurance allows. When doctors could not determine her illness or the cause, she knew that there had to be a way to get back to good health. She viewed it as putting together her team. She interviewed her physicians, asking about their record in healing. If you are not getting better, and you are doing everything right, you have to question the quality of your care. You have to be proactive.
14:31 Autoimmune Disease: When your immune system becomes overworked and confused. It begins to attack your own healthy tissue. With Hashimoto’s or Grave’s disease, thyroid tissue is attacked. With lupus, the skin and joins are attacked. With MS, the spinal cord is attacked. Autoimmunity is essentially caused by several triggers. It generally starts with emotional cognitive stress, overwhelming toxic exposure, or a depleted immune system from chronic stress. Allopathic doctors will say that autoimmune disease is 30% genetics and 70% environment. Our lives are stressful. We are exposed to too many toxins. Our food and water are not clean and pure. Many of us do not live fully in our purpose. To Michelle, it is our bodies saying that we cannot live like this anymore.
17:23 Emotional and Cognitive Stress: The way we tell our stories and hold onto stress and trauma to ourselves is cognitive stress. Holding onto the past can be a big trigger, or splinter, as Michelle calls them. We try to lift our spirits, but many of us use unhealthy coping mechanisms, like alcohol, drugs, sugar, junk food, and working too much. Your body can only deal with unhealthy coping mechanisms for so long. Then it develops chronic illness.
19:24 Call Your Spirit Back: Michelle finds that a few people benefit for traditional therapy of digging up past hurts. Anything that keeps you in the past and away from the present moment prevents healing. It is okay to say “This is where I am now. The past was the past. Now is the time to focus on the present.” Michelle has found healing in a meditative based practice. It helps people be grounded in the now. She works with shaman and healers from across the globe. Her belief system comes from different types of teachings. One consistent thread is to bring your spirit back. You have forgotten your spirit. We take things seriously. Our illness can become our identity and we forget to have fun and treasure our surroundings, love and relationships. Bring back love and joy. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. Healing is individual and goes beyond the physical body. Find what brings you joy and do it daily.
26:13 Coping Mechanisms: Alcohol helps the body produce endorphins. People with chronic illness are low in endorphins. If you have an addictive pattern, you can take GABA to help break the cycle in the brain. It is about making the decision to make the shift in your life. What do you really need to fill that space? Michelle needed to slow down her entire life and examine her life using a mindfulness practice. In the book Women, Food and God, author Geneen Roth speaks to mindfulness. We are to stop in the moment as we reach for the wine or beer and ask what it is we really want. What am I missing? Sit with that question for a few minutes before you open the bottle or eat the cake. Most of the time, the answer is sweetness. The first step to breaking that pathway is to be cognizant that there is a pattern. If you cannot stop, seek help. Journaling is also a powerful tool. Take responsibility for your actions.
31:25 Get Off the Triangle: One of the most powerful work Michelle did was Gay and Katie Hendricks of The Hendricks Institute. The triangle is Victim, Villain, and Hero. We need to step out of the role of victim and become empowered. As an adult, you had/have choices. Life shifts for the better when you take responsibility and owning our part in the making of our lives. Decisions compound over time.
33:35 Sleep as a Trigger: Go to bed, lights out, by 10 p.m. Our ancestors didn’t have lights and electronics. It is very hard on our adrenal glands. After 11 or 12, the adrenal glands kick into a different cycle of producing cortisol, an anti-inflammatory hormone that can be come inflammatory. All light effects your pineal gland and melatonin production. Blue light from electronics reduces melatonin. The Flux app will start to dim the light on your computer to an amber light according to your time zone’s sun set. In Switzerland they are very aware of electromagnetic pollution in the home. Turn off your electronics in the evening and keep your phone out of your bedroom. Have conversations with your family to get their help reducing electromagnetic pollution and getting in bed lights out by 10 p.m.
39:01 Nutrition: The jury is still out on GMO food and its impact. Intuitively, it is not really food. Genetic modification can make food more allergenic. A study discovered micro-RNA from rice in the bodies of Chinese rice consumers. The genetic material in the rice influenced an increase of cholesterol in the blood and the possibility of horizontal gene transfer from bio-engineered crops to humans. We could be making changes to our biology that are untested and may possibly not be reversible. It is probably more problematic than is being said. GMO may be a trigger for autoimmune disease.
42:06 Nightshades: Gluten and all grains, along with foods high in salicylates and alkaloids, such as nightshade vegetables. Salicylates and alkaloids are natural phenols that the plant uses to protect itself from fungus, parasites and being consumed. Nightshades can be extremely inflammatory to those of us who already have a leaky gut and may even be causing leaky gut in some of us who are more sensitive.
43:11 Leaky Gut: Chronic stress damages the GI tract. We are too stressed out and exposed to too many toxins. We are not eating food that is real food. Antinutrients in healthy foods are aggravating to the digestion of many people. Take out all of the things we know are inflammatory. Heal your gut and see what happens.
45:10 Top Foods to Avoid: For 30 to 90 days, or until your symptoms disappear, stick with an anti-inflammatory diet. Gluten, all grain and nightshades are to be avoided at first. Nuts and seeds have antinutrients as well. Legumes are full of antinutrients. Some of us can tolerate seeds and nuts if they are prepared properly. Most people are vibrantly healthy after 30 to 90 days. Once your symptoms have disappeared, you can slowly reintroduce the items to test how you feel. Michelle and most of her clients who have reversed their health issues are on a paleo ancestral diet. Michelle makes sure to soak and rehydrate seeds and nuts before consumption. Rotating your food choices is important.
50:55 Functional Testing: Beyond C-reactive protein and liver enzymes, Michelle recommends a thyroid panel, including antibodies. She then recommends GI testing, such as GIFx and, her favorite, the Genova Nutreval. Genetic testing may be helpful. These recommendations and phase one of Michelle’s nutrition program are on her website. Some people go on her program without having done testing, and they feel better.
54:54 Additional Thyroid Tests: Michelle looks at the ANA and CRP. See your professional who is well versed in autoimmunity and can address the root causes. It is easy to go crazy with testing. If you are not getting better with Michelle’s nutritional changes, start actively healing the GI. If that doesn’t work, start digging deeper for toxins or heavy metals. You will improve by improving nutrition and relieving stress. Don’t take a test if it is not going to improve treatment.
58:59 Thyroid Supplementation: Armour and Westhroid, pork derived desiccated thyroid medication are not kosher. Though they are closer to your own thyroid hormone, they tend to be more antigenic because you are getting desiccated pork thyroid tissue. Your thyroid is already launching an attack on thyroid tissue. Sometimes our thyroid antibodies go up with desiccated preparations. Synthroid, synthetic versions of T4 and T3, contain fullers like corn starch, gluten, dextrose or lactose that many of us are sensitive to. There is no one size fits all thyroid medication. If you are early in the autoimmune process and you are taking adequate amounts of selenium, magnesium and low dose iodine, you should be able to boost your thyroid to make its own hormone. A therapeutic dose of thyroid hormone can lower TSH, reducing inflammation at the site of the thyroid gland. It is complicated because people with thyroid conditions have other conditions as well.
01:05:00 Michelle’s Favorite Herb/Nutrient: Michelle makes an empowerment formula, containing everything she needs, like antioxidants, methylfolate, B vitamins, selenium and acetylcysteine.
01:06:19 Michelle’s Elevator Pitch: Make your decisions from your heart. Connect with your heart.