Exciting news! We are starting a new support group for people affected by Lyme and chronic illness! Come join us for our first meeting on Monday, November 18 at 6:30pm. Our first guest speaker will be Dr. Marie Matheson who is a Lyme and Chronic Illness specialist. Please RSVP as seating is limited.
Lyme Disease and Chronic Illness - Invisible. Debilitating. Defeatable. YES!
Unfortunately due to the often invisible nature of many chronic illnesses and even more specifically with Lyme disease, it is common for others to not understand the debilitating and life-altering symptoms someone is experiencing and going through. Sometimes, people living with Lyme even encounter opposition, resistance and disbelief from others. Knowing that what you are experiencing is real, you are not alone, and that there are people who can offer caring support and options can bring much needed hope and motivation during the often challenging and bumpy road of healing from illness.
We understand this, and that is why we decided to set up a special kind of Lyme Support Group that’s inclusive of those suffering from chronic viral, bacterial, parasitic infections and mold illness too. It is intended to be a place where you can find others who are on a similar journey willing to openly discuss encouraging, constructive, practical, useful, beneficial, optimistic, cutting-edge and forward-looking options, suggestions, tools and resources.
If this sounds like something you would like to participate in, our first meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 6:30pm.
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10 spaces are available. Priority will be given to patients of our office and their guests.
Often we don’t appreciate what our bodies do for us until something goes wrong. I know that for myself, I don’t often think of what my big toe does for me each day...that is until I injure it. Then, I realize how it’s used in every step of the entire day.
I’ve been nursing my baby and am amazed each day that my body produces food. Enough food to keep a tiny human alive for months! The milk contains the right amount of fat, nutrients and water, just for him. It’s even loaded with antibodies to keep him from getting sick. The correct amount gets produced for his appetite and if he needs more or less, the body adapts! Our bodies are so amazing!
Our bodies are constantly healing themselves. When you get a cut or a cold, your body immediately starts to heal. So, why is it that when we are sick for longer than we EXPECT or something isn’t healing as we like it, we doubt that our body can heal itself?
When we have a bunch of rainy days in a row, do we doubt that the sun will ever come back out? No, we know that eventually, the sun comes out again.
This is how we need to see our body. Even if you’re dealing with low back pain or neck pain, you can still look for signs that your body is constantly healing. Look at a bruise or scratch that you got recently. Our bodies can make human beings in 9 months. They can heal. Don’t give up on your body.
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In our current healthcare system, the idea is to restore ourselves to the way we were before an event happened to us. For example, if you had shoulder pain, back pain, cancer, diabetes, etc you seek help from a professional to get rid of our pain or condition and return you back to the way you were.
The current healthcare system works well in cases where your life is in jeopardy and in cases where you need help in reducing pain and suffering. When you need something removed immediately, this is the way to go.
There is also another way to look at healing.
The challenge with this current system is that you lose the ability to find meaning from your pain. You have difficulty growing through the the symptom of pain.
Re-organizational healing (ROH) is more than treating just the symptom or pain. ROH assumes that pain and diseases are not mistakes. Instead, pain and disease are here to alert us that something in our current life needs to change.
Pain tells you about your body and your life. It tells you to stop, pay attention and do something different. Stop something that you are doing physically, emotionally or mentally. Pay attention to yourself and your life and then make a change.
For example, let’s say someone has Lyme Disease. Restorative therapies could include antibiotics, herbal remedies and supplements. ROH looks at the person’s life. The body is part of their life and so are their emotions, thoughts, perceptions, behaviours, relationships, family, culture that they are in, stories about their experiences and also spiritual qualities.
In ROH, the assumption is that we are not looking back into the past. We don’t want to go back. We want to look forward and create a new version or upgrade in order to adapt to the times. We need to move to another level.
When we are fearful, or scared that we are going to lose something, we want safety and comfort and will most often choose restorative therapies.
When we want to grow, feel more connected in our lives, give our gifts and contribute, we chose ROH.
For more info on restoring or upgrading, come to our of our advanced workshops.
As most of you know, I attended a conference for Chronic Illness in San Francisco in April. There, I learned some of the latest treatment protocols and strategies for helping patients with chronic illness. One of the topics that were covered by several presenters was EMF’s (electromagnetic fields) and their effects on the body.
There seems to be a general consensus that EMF’s negatively affect the behaviour of microbes (our body is made up of lots and lots of microbes) and ultimately influence recovery from chronic illness. It is proposed that EMF’s causes microbes in the body to feel as if they are under attack and they respond by creating more biotoxins. This, in turns, leads to patients feeling more symptoms.
Below were some recommendations for reducing EMFs in the home and work environment. While it may not be possible for you to work without computer or the internet, there are ways to reduce your exposure.
For more information, you can hear Dr. Klinghardt (MD, PhD) talk about EMF’s and their effects on health here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwNYgmk--w0
Through the years, I’ve come across some awesome books that can help you heal your body and change the way you think and feel about your health. If you have any other suggestions, please add them in the comments section below.
Here they are in no particular order.
1. 12 Stages of Healing by Dr. Donald Epstein
Dr. Epstein is one of my mentors and his work plays a large role in my practice. During my advanced workshops, we often use exercises from this book to move our breath, energy, body and change our state.
2. Daring Greatly by Dr. Brene Brown
She is a researcher who studies shame, courage, worthiness and vulnerability. I first heard of Dr. Brene Brown through her Ted talk, the Power of Vulnerability, which is one of the most watched talks ever. Here it is: https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability?language=en
3. Molecules of Emotion by Dr. Candace Pert
Dr. Candance Pert discovered in her research that the brain and the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems work together as a unit and system in which every part communicates with every other part. In other words, your mind and your body are dependent on each other and work together. She states that “emotions, are the nexus between mind and matter, going back and forth between the two and influencing both.” In summary, your mind and body work together and are influenced by your emotions!
4. Biology of Belief by Dr. Bruce Lipton
In the Biology of Belief, Dr. Lipton talks about the discoveries of the biochemical effects of the brain’s function on your cells. He goes on to show that all the cells of your body are affected by your thoughts and he describes the molecular pathways through which this occurs.
5. Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Dr. Christiane Northrup, M.D.
In this book, medical doctor, Christine Northrup speaks of the medicine of empowerment. She states that “it is abundantly clear to us all that a woman’s state of health is highly influenced by the culture in which she lives, her position within it, her experiences, and her day-to-day thoughts, beliefs, and behaviours.”
Mindset plays a huge role in healing yourself. There has to be a belief that healing is possible, a want to heal the body and a willingness to do what it takes.
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Normally, you body’s immune system protects you when you get sick. However, if you have an autoimmune disease, you body starts to attack your body’s healthy cells. In my practice I see a lot of people who have an autoimmune disease and here are some emotional and mental thought patterns that I’ve observed in them.
Working with people who have autoimmune diseases holds a deeper meaning for me as I understand first hand what it’s like… I spent the majority of my childhood and early adulthood being extremely shy. Throughout my schooling, I had never once raised my hand in class to answer a question. I hardly ever spoke up, contributed my voice to conversations or even defended myself and was terrified of public speaking. Later on, I developed Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disorder affecting the thyroid (located in the throat area). This was a wake up call, and I looked at it as an opportunity to change my life.
Emotional and mental patterns often observed in people with autoimmune diseases:
For more help in talking to your body, give us a call.
Working alongside Dr. Marie Matheson, a Lyme Literate Naturopath, has allowed me the unique opportunity to see many patients who have Lyme Disease. Over the years, I’ve been able to detect and identify common physical, emotional and mental patterns stored in their body.
In my practice, I focus on neuro-optimization. I used light touch chiropractic techniques designed to help people become more aware of how they hold tension in their spine. It consists of gentle touches that help to achieve greater communication between the brain and the body. Alongside chiropractic care, I employ breathing and visualization techniques to achieve our desired outcomes. Because this process is done actively, people are more empowered in their healing process.
Some of the most common emotional and mental thought patterns I’ve seen associated with Lyme patients are:
It takes a lot of energy from the body to hold these emotional and mental tension patterns. Energy that could be better used for healing. Left unaddressed, physical symptoms could worsen. For more information on Lyme Disease and treatment, please visit our office website: http://hamptonwellnesscentre.com/services/naturopathic-medicine/lyme-disease-treatment/
This year, our office has seen an increase in people getting bitten by ticks in the Ottawa and surrounding area. Here is a guest blog by Dr. Marie Matheson, a Lyme Literate Doctor on what to do if you or someone you know, gets bitten.
Spring of 2015 has brought an avalanche of new patients into my clinic who are being diagnosed with Lyme disease. This isn’t great surprise to me, as I’ve been seeing yearly increases in new tick-borne illness cases for the past several years. What’s really demoralizing, however, is that people seem to be no better prepared after they discover a tick bite than they were years ago when this was an even quieter disease. So I thought that it was time to dust off the “facts” sheet and re-issue it so that as many of you as possible could be more literate about Lyme facts, to better protect yourself.
Dr. Marie Matheson, N.D. and Lyme disease Specialist
Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization in Ottawa, Canada.