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My Roadtrip to Health
13 minutes | Aug 9, 2018
My First Brush with Death
Healing from trauma isn't easy. It's even harder if you don't even realize the trauma existed. Experiences in early childhood can easily be repressed. The details may not be remembered but the effects can be felt for decades before being acknowledged. Music therapy reaches us somewhere inside where nothing else can. Music can touch us in a special way. Did you know that music written in a minor key is more apt to increase the feelings of sadness in an individual who is predisposed to depression? On the opposite note, pun intended, listening to music written in a major key with a upbeat tempo can lift a person's mood. Next time you're feeling a little bluesy, try listening to some Mozart, known for his uplifting cadances. You never know....try it, you might like it.
21 minutes | Aug 3, 2018
Who Asked Me? - Episode 6
MY STORY After my sudden cardiac arrest, I spent six days in the hospital, had all kinds of tests and sent home with a handful of prescription drugs. I wasn't in very good shape, to say the least....but I was alive. I had hope. Once I returned home my husband insisted that I not refer to "my" sudden cardiac arrest. He explained he didn't want me to "own" this disease. I was confused at first but later realized it was important that I not identify with this illness, it was imperative that I associated with healing, not with sickness. So I started referring to the "heart failure clinic" as "the parts department". I eventually had a pacemaker/defibrillator implanted to pace my heart in the proper rhythm due to my Left Bundle Branch Block (LBBB). Part of healing from a devastating disease is mind over matter. Your perception of the situation has a lot to do with your overall health, almost as much as the pathology. Don't let your "stinkin' thinkin'" get in your way of healing.
19 minutes | Jul 19, 2018
Episode 5 - The Day My Heart Stopped
Ever wonder what it felt like to have a heart attack? I've had a lot of people ask me what my symptoms were. I actually had what is known as "sudden cardiac arrest" and not a heart attack. An SCA, as it's called, is when the heart stops due an electrical malfunction. A heart attack is caused by a blocked artery and often is fixed by a stent. Only 7% of people who suffer a SCA survive. Without an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) to restart the heart's rhythm the patient dies. In the CLEAN LIVING segment on today's podcast I share my FIRST 7 steps to recovery.
19 minutes | Jul 16, 2018
Episode 4 - Humble Pie with a Slice of Courage
MY STORY Now that I was "fixed", now what? Despite all the pain and struggles I faced to heal, I was a survivor. I took it all in and tried to always find the brighter side of things. In order to go home I had to be mobile. When I first got up to "walk" I was devastated to learn that all my muscles in my legs had atrophied. The struggles were real. They were hard. The day my husband went back to work I was alone. I was scared. I didn't think I could get through this. I cried. I prayed. And then I saw something I couldn't believe. I thought I was hallucinating. I saw a bald eagle fly right by my window where I sat. He or she looked right at me and I saw the eagle's eye staring at me. I was transfixed. I saw the eagle as a message from God. He sent me the eagle to give me courage, to keep the faith, to keep on...keeping on. He was watching over me. I could feel his presence. How could I not? MY RESEARCH The nutritional information I learned was invaluable. I learned where the nutrients are absorbed in the GI tract. I learned that although proteins and carbs helped me gain weight, it left my body acidic. My first visit to my biochemist showed my urine was extremely acidic. Animal meats are acidic and without having my usual salads which are alkaline my urine was showing tell tale signs and the perfect breeding ground for cancer and other disease. Hair loss was not something I had anticipated, but nonetheless it was yet another obstacle in my path. My hair is normally twice as thick as most people, but it fell out like crazy about two months after my first surgeries Not only did I lose my hair, I also lost a lot of weight. I learned the rapid weight loss led to the hair loss. My weight had changed dramatically and that is why my hair fell out, according to the nutritionist when I asked her. I also suffered terribly from the bloating, caused by the SIBO. Due to the blockage my food was fermenting instead of digesting. Toxic gases from the necrotic tissue and the fermenting food had me miserable with a distended stomach, so much so that I looked about 9 months pregnant. I measured my waist and was shocked to see 45" on the measuring tape. SPIRITUAL - COURAGE God sent the bald eagle to me that day when I was afraid, when I was weak and doubtful. My prayers were answered without delay. I knew that God was with me. I was ready to face whatever the future had in store for me. The Lord gave me strength, he gave me courage and he gave me conviction. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. -- Isaiah 40:29-31 CLEAN LIVING - LIFESTYLE NOT DIET The nutritionist had encouraged me to eat meals high in protein and carbohydrates in order to gain weight and muscle. My body doesn't do well on soy. I opted for no soy anything and no GMO anything. If you aren't familiar with GMOs, visit GMOFREEUSA.org for more information. My lifestyle included healthy eating, as I was following the SCD diet (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) which restricts the amount of carbs. Everyone is biochemically different. I now follow a low carb lifestyle, notice I didn't say diet. Candida feeds off of sugar and carbs that turn into sugar. So limiting the sugar and carbs in the diet keeps Candida from taking over. Everyone has some Candida in their body, but it should be in the proper balance in the microbiome. All the antibiotics over the years and a diet full of sugar leads to an overgrowth of Candida which can cause devastating health issues. I eat mostly a plant based diet but I include animal proteins, which are essential for B12 and other B vitamins my body needs. I've learned that what's good for me might not be good for you and vice versa. I've learned to listen to my body, it knows what's best. I learn something new every day...and I wouldn't have it any other way.
20 minutes | Jul 12, 2018
Episode 3 - Bust a Gut
Last time I shared with you my brokenness and my MTHFR diagnosis. Today I share more of the story, so glad you're back. I was rushed into the operating room where I had an emergency surgery. I went to ICU and spent the next three days. I was going from bad to worse, and people were praying. I don't remember much....I was dying. By the third day, it was apparent more surgery was needed. My white blood count had gone up to 28,700. I was septic and angels were singing. I had survived all of these surgeries. But wait, how could I? I have congestive heart failure...how could I still be alive? During my time in the ER they had done an echocardiogram. My heart failure was a thing of the past. It was a miracle. The cardiologist remarked that this wasn't normal, patients aren't known for reversing congestive heart failure, how did I do it? I'll tell you what I told him...later. That's another episode. The passage that kept going through my mind as I lay fighting for my life was: The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." -- Deuteronomy 31:8 God is good. He is all I need.
18 minutes | Jul 10, 2018
I’ve had many illnesses and some were life threatening. I won’t go into the details about each of them, not yet. What I have learned is the key that ties them all together. Why have I struggled all my life with health issues? What is wrong with me that the doctors don’t understand? Why can’t they fix me? When I learned I had MTHFR, I had found the key to my health issues. Now to figure out how to unlock the door.
15 minutes | Jul 9, 2018
Episode 1 - Attitude with Gratitude
Life isn't always a bowl of cherries, but your attitude and perspective can make all the difference in your health. It's not just what you're eating, it is also about what's eating you. Healing isn't about a magic pill, it's so much more. I tell you what the doctors don't have time to tell you. I share my research, my recipes and tips and tricks to be the healthiest you can be. More info on my website: http://www.myroadtriptohealth.com
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