Posts Tagged ‘imbalances’

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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

adhd

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

 

 

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

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

How to get through perimenopause? FREE WEBINAR

I deal with so many women that need help through the 10 years of hormonal havoc that results just from being a women.  I’m offering a FREE Webinar, Monday, November 30th.  Register here.  In case you are not certain what’s causing weight fluctuations, a feeling of being out of control, hot flashes, feeling depressed, losing your mind and/or are just plain “off”?  If so here’s a blog posted awhile back.  

Peri what? Most women don’t know that perimenopause is the 10 years prior to the onset of menopause.  It can create the rockiest of moments and days.   In the first half of the decade the ovaries reduce their production of progesterone.  In the second half estrogen levels drop.  A woman’s  hormones fluctuate in this effort to eventually sputter out completely crossing the finish line at menopause.  In this hormonal fluctuation, wild emotions, low libido, weight gain around the hips, hot flashes and many other symptoms can introduce themselves letting the woman know that menopause will be arriving.  Many of you may be thinking…wow, 10 years is a long time.   How do you know if you are in the peri-menopausal phase?  And what can you do about it?

The assessment below was created by the great Dr. Sarah Gottfried.  If 5 or more of these questions seem totally related to you then yep you’re in perimenopause.

DO YOU HAVE, OR HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED, IN
THE PAST SIX MONTHS . . .
■ Feeling far less jolly about doing the grocery shopping,
laundry, dishes, and cooking than you did, say, ten years ago?
■ A preference for social isolation combined with wardrobe
malfunction (you’re newly introverted, reluctant to wear
anything other than your yoga pants if you have to leave the
house)?
■ A need to unbutton your jeans to make room for the roll
around your waist, which seemed to arrive overnight?
■ Emotional instability—for the first time in your life, you burst
into tears at work when in a crucial meeting and your kid calls
with an adolescent crisis?
■ A lack of satisfaction with exercise, since it doesn’t seem to
affect your weight?
■A general feeling of blah or reclusiveness; do you find yourself
watching the clock and wondering when it might be socially
acceptable to extricate yourself from normal activities and retire
for the evening?
■ A problem sleeping (indiscriminant debates and ruminations
awakening you in the middle of the night)?
■ A habit of waking up so sweaty that you need to change
your nightgown and sheets, and perhaps even your husband
(or partner)?
■ A face with crow’s feet and a permanently furrowed brow?
■ A lack of attention to personal grooming habits (you really
don’t care how attractive you look)?
■ An attitude toward your children that’s less gung-ho and more
ambivalent than it once was?
■ A menstrual period so unpredictable that you don’t know
whether you’re in for spotting or flooding or some weird
combination of the two?
■ Sudden forgetfulness when walking into a room (knowing
you had a purpose but searching for clues as to what it was)?
■ A continual doubting of your own instincts and insights?
■ More frequent announcements to the family that “Mom’s going
to take a nap now” or “Mom needs a time-out”?
■ A preference for chocolate or a glass of wine over sex (which,
frankly, may just be your lowest priority)?
■ A notion that Zoloft or a little Prozac sounds increasingly
appealing?
■ An opinion that addressing your mood issues by giving up
sugar, alcohol, and flour, taking various supplements, and
hormonal tweaking sounds like way too much work?
Taken from Dr. Sarah Gottfried_The Hormone Cure

If you found that at least 5 of these symptoms represent how you feel and behave then know that you are not alone.  You are officially in perimenopause and you have the black and white assessment to prove it (To Spouse: See babe, I’m not crazy).  Hopefully by now you are feeling validated in knowing that there is a name for this symptomatic time in your life.  So what can you do about it?

 

Join me in a FREE WEBINAR on November 30th, 2015 at 3pm PST.   Register here.

Be well,

Lynn

Exciting new developments at Advocate for Healing

I have just recently accomplished my training under Dr. Sarah Gottfried in her bestseller protocols: the Hormone Cure. Harvard-trained Dr. Sarah Gottfried developed these protocols after personally going through hormonal ‘hell’. After being recommended to eat less and exercise more and take an anti-depressant she was determined to research proven lifestyle choices and supplementation that would get to the root cause and make her feel better. That’s exactly what she did! She has used her proven protocols on over 10,000 of her patients and has found repeated success. She has a loooong waitlist for patients/clients to see her. BUT she wants this information to get out to over 1 million women in the next year. She extended her training to skilled practitioners and I was one of the fortunate practitioners to learn under her and be authorized to use her assessment and her protocols.

What does this mean? Using an assessment, referred to as the Hormone Cure Quiz, I can gather how your adrenals and your hormones are functioning. No saliva, blood, sweat or tears up front. It’s a simple FREE online assessment that you can now take through my website, here at AdvocateforHealing.com. Answer the questions and complete your contact information and I’ll be in touch.

How is this different than what I’ve typically offered? Prior to being trained in the Hormone Cure I used upfront functional labs to assess Hormone imbalances. Now I can offer this free online assessment and recommend protocols first. Then if further investigating is warranted I may recommend that the hormone assessment lab panel be completed. In other words, this new training builds onto my existing training in allowing two phases of assessment while always looking for the root cause(s) and providing the body the tools it needs to heal. I am so excited to offer this new insight!

Take the quiz here

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Be well,
Lynn