My gift to you…

FREE EBOOKS

Thank you for giving me and Advocate for Healing the support you have in 2015.  It’s been an incredible year of learning, successes and more learning.  I couldn’t be more grateful.  

I have included a small gift that I even wrapped for you :).  Even though it’s small, it’s packed with extremely valuable information for any woman struggling with fatigue, weight gain, mood fluctuations, sleepless nights, hot flashes, PMS, chronic illnesses or more.  Please register your email to receive your free gift.  If you’ve already added your email, do so again and the system will send you the Ebook immediately.

I have exciting offerings for 2016 including webinars, podcasts and more information to improve you and your family’s health.  

Thank you again for a wonderful year.  

Be well,

Lynn

Ritalin is a class 2 narcotic, just like cocaine

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I often get caught up in working with clients that I forget to communicate to all of you what I’m up to these days.  I have a passion to help all individuals get healthy and children are at the top of my priorities.  Perhaps it’s because I’ve had success with my own child, with helping other parents and knowing that if we intervene now, children may have a long term prognosis that defies the odds.

Currently 3.5 million American children are diagnoses with ADHD and are being treated. The first line of “treatment” is a class 2 narcotic chemically known as methylphenidate; brand names are Ritalin, Concerta, Medikinet and Equasym.  Cocaine is also considered a class 2 narcotic.  All of these “treatments” pose a long-term risk of addiction, as the tolerance increases with time, so  does the dosage. 

Serious side effects include sudden death, seizures, an increase in diagnosis for developing bi-polar behaviors, new psychotic symptoms, etc.    Other non-serious side effects include sleep problems and loss of appetite (266 percent experienced the latter in a recent study).    Sleep problems and loss of appetite can result in increased “ADHD” behaviors: hyperactivity, lack of focus, anxiety, etc.  (Remember, parents there is no blood test for ADHD/ADD.  It’s based on a set of symptoms).

In other words, “treatment” may need to be an immediate plan, but is NOT a long term plan.  One must dig deeper to identify the source of these symptoms.  Dr. Charles Gant, a pioneer in functional medicine and one of my mentors refers to the symptoms of ADD as this:

Absolutely 100% of human beings, without exception, can be made to display the symptoms of inattentiveness by simply driving their brains into a chemical imbalance, either with enough of a toxin exposure (brain poisoning) and/or with enough of a nutritional deficiency (brain starvation).

So how do I assess chemical imbalances, brain poisoning and nutritional deficiencies?  I use functional testing, rather than guessing.  Functional testing assesses the performance of the brain, the levels of toxins, the ability of the body to detoxify (an essential piece) and nutritional deficiencies (that can result from poor digestion/absorption).  I won’t go into huge detail but here’s a recent example.

A parent approached me about their child’s symptoms.  ‘Getting going’ in the morning was just one area identified by the mother as an area of focus.  ‘Getting going’ potentially indicated a deficiency in dopamine.  Ritalin addresses dopamine deficiency. Through comprehensive testing I identified numerous deficiencies, three of them being vitamin c, b6 and folate.  ALL of these are considered co-factors to dopamine.  This means that the body CANNOT make dopamine without adequate levels of vitamin c, b6 and folate.   This child could not ‘get going’ because she wasn’t absorbing/assimilating the correct co-factors to MAKE dopamine.  

Here are other areas that you can begin supporting now:

  1.  Reduce as much as possible sugar.  It spikes blood sugar and creates chemical chaos in the brain.
  2. Support your child with cod liver oil (450mg of DHA minimum).   Fatty acid deficiency is associated with behavioral issues, hyperactivity and inability to focus. 
  3. Explore a true elimination diet or get tested for food sensitivities.
  4. Get them out exercising EVERY day.  Exercise has been demonstrated in numerous studies to reduce the behaviors associated.  In one study it was revealed that 26 minutes of physical activity each day helped to significantly reduce ADHD symptoms in grade-schoolers.
  5. Digestive health (gut-brain connection).  How the gut performs is how the brain performs.
  6. Keep your child away from food colorings, preservatives.

I know you have a lot on your plate, parents.  I’ve been there.  Dig deeper, get support in developing that long term plan.

Be well,

Lynn

 

 

3 Ideas that put you in the holiday spirit but keep you away from sugar.

The holidays scream “treats”.  It’s tradition to convene with family or framily (friends and family) around food.  Specialty items such as sugar cookies, gingerbread houses, halloween candy only come around once a year.  So what’s a little indulgence, right?  Unfortunately those aren’t the times we find balance.  Rather we may find ourselves trying to ‘get it all in’ before the tradition ends.

I too love traditions.  Even though we do create a few cookie and chocolate staples, around the holidays we also add non-food traditions.  Since Christmas/Hanukkah is approaching I’ll keep this post to this time of the year.  

Here are 3 ideas that keep us in the holiday spirit and away from sugar:

  1.  Advent Calendar.  My kids (even the teen) love opening a small gift every day.  You can be creative with what the calendar looks like.  It can be in the form of a mailbox, $1 at the dollar store (it was a hit last year)  or as a wooden calendar with drawers/doors (purchased mine at Michael’s for $17).  I filled each of the boxes with assorted items in each compartment:  balloons, fake teeth, yoyos, erasers, expandable sponge capsules, natural gum (such a treat!), stickers, tattoos, etc.  On the 25th day of this year I’ve added a small bottle of essential oil for each of my children (age 10 and 13).  Shhh.
  2. Handmade cardboard “ginger” bread house.  I use recycled cardboard, a few “craft items” picked up at Michael’s, buttons, and even cornstarch as snow.  
  3. An ornament making party: the power of glue guns, ornament balls, decorative pieces and a child’s imagination.  All ages love this (even the teens).  

Be well,

Lynn

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Being “tired” is common but not normal…

fatigueFeeling fatigued at any part of your day may be common, but is certainly not normal.  

Cortisol is a stress hormone that is in our back corner ready to go to bat for us.  It’s there to respond as soon as the body perceives stress.  When the body experiences short term stress, cortisol performs beautifully.  It makes itself available to put the body in a state of alert, so we can “react” as deemed necessary.  When it’s long term stress, something internal/external or both,  it becomes depleted.  When cortisol becomes depleted the body takes over and begins stealing from other hormones, such as progesterone.   Progesterone is needed for fertility, menstruation and gestation. BUT if progesterone is depleted, it can’t do that part of the job.  Then estrogen takes over and then weight gain, heavy periods, infertility, cancerous growths, exhaustion, etc. ensues.  Are you catching on?  It’s allllllllllll related.  

Will you join me in a webinar tomorrow?  It’s FREE and it’s about “Rule Your Hormones: How to take back control”.  

Sign up here 

If for some reason you are having difficulties registering please email me at lynn@advocateforhealing.com and I’ll be sure to put you on the list.

Be well,

Lynn

Teach them while they are young, before they risk a health crisis.

Kids Health 101 recently launched an interview with Middle School Exercise Science teacher, Todd Hensley.  In this interview he shares an understanding of the metabolic changes that kids go through in their pre-teen to teenage years.  He stresses that it’s the most crucial time for intervention; for them to understand nutrition and activity.  He feels that by teaching students ‘to take care of the one body they’ll ever own’ they may defy the odds.

http://kidshealth101.com/episode-2-health-education-is-as-important-as-math-reading/

Currently the odds are that 1 in 3 children face obesity and children as young as 8 years old are at risk of heart disease.  AND there’s strong evidence that the children of today may NOT outlive their parents.  

Please listen to the podcast while you are cooking, resting, exercising or just ‘hanging out’.  I’d love your feedback as well.

Listen to the interview here 

Please share and be well,

Lynn

 

Is “now” the time to end these hormonal fluctuations?

There’s never a right time.  It’s the holidays, my friend’s wedding, my child’s sport weekend and so on.  Hormone imbalances don’t know a right or wrong time.  They just happen.  And they remain until balance is restored.  The hot flashes, weight gain, mood shifts all happen because of physiological changes that occur within the body.  Yes, some of this is out of our control.  But much is within our control.  

Amy*, age 44 came to me with concerns for weight gain above the hips, hot flashes and wakeful nights.  She was frustrated and ready to make changes.  I shared with her the functional approach and we assessed her cortisol and sex and sleep hormones.  We pursued an elimination diet to explore inflammatory foods (inflammation, among imbalances, can precede hot flashes, weight gain and wakeful nights). We identified two foods that created a reaction within the body.  I recommended that Amy remove these foods.  We looked at supporting her energy throughout the day, reducing her stress and making sure that her hormones were detoxifying properly.   As a result her energy improved during the day, her hot flashes disappeared and sleep was restored.  Both the improvement in sleep, improvement in day time energy and reduction in inflammation helped Amy lose weight and feel energized.  

Are you ready to make the time?

Join me in a FREE WEBINAR “RULE YOUR HORMONES: How to take back control” on December 3rd, 2015 3pm. 

*Name changed.

Be well,

Lynn

My new favorite “rice”

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 After Thanksgiving I’m usually “potato-ed” out.  I’ve consumed my fair share of roasted and sweet potatoes and yams.  The day after I’m ready for a different side dish to my standard protein fat and veggies meal.  Yet, rice doesn’t settle well with me even though I enjoy the flavor.  Often I make dishes for my family that include rice:  fried rice, curry, rice bowls, for examples.  But I’ve needed a substitute.  

I can’t believe how ridiculously EASY and FAST this is to make. I had heard of cauliflower rice but couldn’t believe that it could truly substitute rice: the consistency and the tolerance for juices.  Boy, was I wrong.  It’s absolutely delicious and even faster to make than rice!

Recipe:

Cauliflower (in a Vitamix or blender for 30 seconds until it’s seriously chopped)

Sautee the chopped cauliflower in a pan in oil for 1-2 minutes.  Add in your favorite vegetables and seasonings.   

fauxfriedriceIt’s that easy.  And perfect for us paleo fans as well.

Be well,

Lynn

Giving thanks

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I’m very thankful for

  • the people that have come in and out of my life
  • each of my children and their gifts
  • my partner (in crime)
  • my captivating surroundings
  • my girlfriends (you know who you are)
  • moisture that has hit California and other states
  • so many opportunities for healthy food
  • my peer support
  • my year of life lessons (they keep coming…)
  • finding my passion
  • living the life that I was so fortunate to be born into

Wishing each and every one of you a wonderful thanksgiving.

Lynn

You don’t just have to “get through it”…FREE WEBINAR

headachesBy the time my female clients meet me, they have already attempted to resolve their hormonal imbalances on their own or with professionals.  Some have been told “it’s just part of aging”, “it’s part of being a woman” or even given metaphors such as ‘swimming through chomping crocodiles, you just have to get through it’.  When they reach me most are throwing their arms up in the air, feeling entirely frustrated.  

Here’s the scoop:  hormonal imbalances CAN be managed!

In order for hormonal imbalances to be managed they need to be brought back into balance. But first you need to learn which of your hormones are out of balance.  This is not a one size fits all approach.  For decades professionals have been attempting to balance hormones by recommending birth control pills, pain killers and antidepressants.  These may be necessary for the short term, but they are not a long term plan.  (I know because I was there for 16 years with hormonal imbalances associated with endometriosis).  Hormonal imbalances can occur for years and even decades so it’s necessary to get to the root causes of those imbalances.  And the sooner you do, the sooner you’ll feel improved and empowered. 

The only long term plan is learning how to:

  • Identify what hormones are out of balance
  • And commit to lifestyle, dietary and supplement supports to get them back in balance.  

Join me in a FREE WEBINAR “Rule Your Hormones: How to Take Back Control”.  Register Here

The FREE Webinar will take place on December 3rd, 2015 at 3pm PST.

Be well,

Lynn

FREE WEBINAR: Rule your hormones- How to take back control.

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If you just can’t figure out why:

  • You don’t feel positive most of the time
  • When stress attacks you’d rather run than take it on
  • You forgot what sleep is
  • You crave chocolate and coffee
  • You don’t have time to complete all of the tasks on your to do list without feeling overwhelmed
  • You wake up wanting to stay in bed
  • You can’t recall where you put your keys and your children (most of the time)
  • When your spouse or kids bug you, you are ready to flee
  • Your weight is wildly fluctuating

Then please JOIN ME in a FREE WEBINAR on “Rule Your Hormones: How to take back control ” on December 3rd, 2015 3pm PST.  Register here

Be well,

Lynn