To heal complex health problems we must look at everything and this starts with the gut…
This will be a short post!
I deal with chronic and complex health problems almost daily in my clinic. To solve complex health problems such as fatigue, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal issues, modern complex conditions such as Lyme’s disease and post-viral syndromes, auto-immune issues and functional issues that we are told to live with, requires getting to the bottom of everything to the core of what is really going on.
I can help!
THIS is what I am good at, and why is probably a function of a mixture of my nature (wanting to know why in every possible way!), my training (pharmacy, nutritional therapy, and functional medicine training all lead to the desire to get to the core of the issue and treat from there) and my passion (I want you to feel not…
I had an anxious week last week. Maybe it was the vibes, maybe it was me, maybe it was my body. The brain always wants to obsess on how we are feeling and sometimes the best thing that we can do is focus outwards and switch our focus.
Here are a few words of encouragement
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Anxiety can have many causes and it is always worth investigating further to address their causes. Here are a few causes that we may find during an assessment in the clinic:
Anxiety is a symptom to draw your attention to a problem. It is your friend and asks you to explore the nutritional, lifestyle, spiritual and emotional balance in your life.
Empath or highly sensitive person – sensitive to all that surrounds you
This article discusses migraine, what it is, various triggers and underlying causes, touches on some strategies to treat migraine as well as the emotional and metaphysical causes. This article is more a resource and support than a definitive A-Z; if you would like help determining the causes for your migraine or to know more about individual treatment approaches that may work for you and/ or to book an appointment for a comprehensive assessment please complete the contact form below.
Migraine 1: Andrea NIL
Migraine got the better of me this morning and left me floored for the whole day. I tried to chew on the reasons and emotions but sometimes it’s as simple as those pesky things called hormones or practical things like lack of sleep, bright lights, food triggers, low blood glucose levels, mobile phones and WiFi, flickering lights, even weather patterns, and as mentioned hormonal dips pre-menstrually.
I am a trained pharmacist, if you have found my webpage this may surprise you. I am raised and bred in science. I excelled in school at all the languages, sciences and mathematical subjects. I was told I could do anything; so I decided on the medical field because I wanted to make a difference. Science solves problems and cures people after all, medicine and research seeks a cure? Doesn’t it?
that’s me in the middle on graduation day, 1997
And off I went, I studied hard to gain maximum points, I went to university, and then out I popped all educated into the work force. I thought I had made the decision that would give me the education to fix people’s health problems. The day I graduated as a pharmacist was the day I felt convinced that I could make a difference and I set about being the best…
If what you are fussing about right now was taken away from you would you miss it tomorrow?
The items that complicate your life as much as the things that you covet in life? the fancy car? perfect house? desired job title? the idiot that upset or insulted you? the fancy handbag? the watch, the brand labelled clothes? your status? whether the goddamn sandwich is keto, paleo or banting? even Donald trump given the mass hysteria of late….would you miss is if it was gone?
So why give it all your energy? Why do you make these things matter so much and care so much about what others think? Or give an argument so much energy when others don’t agree with you?
Trust me it is the simple things that matter most. Telling someone you love them, feeling safe and loved, the morning sky that greets you when you open the curtains, sunsets, spring turning life awake again, the feeling of freedom, the people who count, warm clothes and a pair of shoes, food, and well for me today I am really missing getting my feet into the energy of life on a run. Yep…. a small thing that shows me that it is important to me in my life that I feel the world and her beauty on a simple run.
There is always something to remind you what truly matters in life; it is the stuff that you cannot buy, that you take for granted, and is the substance of memories and being alive……
Originally posted on Healing Flower & Tree Essences of Ireland: Wounded Heart, an essence for women Wounded Heart is a tree and plant essence gifted to me by nature, to assist your journey into healing deep wounds, fears, and suppressed…
A real person doesn’t need an identity,
Real love doesn’t need measuring,
Real arguments don’t need a winner,
Real strength doesn’t need validation,
Real beauty doesn’t need covering up,
A real diet doesn’t need a name,
Real friendships don’t question who you are,
Real self belief doesn’t need noticing,
Real appreciation is a daily gratitude,
Real truth isnt sugar-coated,
Real people don’t twist things or manipulate,
Real connection doesn’t have walls,
Real people fuck-up daily on all the above and more….
Real people in their lives accept real other people:-)
Be real…. just be real…
In a world of fakes; bare your soul.
In a world of competition and one upmanship do things for YOU;
For pure and utter joy.
A quick check in from Sedona with some words that hopefully hit the hearts where it is needed most.
Oh and i saw my first live roadrunner bird today!!
PS the feature image is of an Indian paintbrush flower. A beautiful flower whose energy I am planning on adding into a healing energy essence before I leave. She is all about letting down walls, the ones that we used to protect ourselves with and now feeling safe to express the inner joy-filled child.
Here is a lovely article on upliftconnect about why women need a tribe that is well worth a read; for both women and men.
Friendships in our lives are tremendously important and are defined by a balance of giving and receiving; nurturing and being nurtured.
It is vital for us to examine this balance in our lives as to give too much (have too much taken) will lead to fatigue and/ or feelings of resentment and to take too much may result in a loss of friendships!
Before you decide to make changes in your friendship life however always explore what can be better balanced from your own side. I see so many clients in the clinic that are drained by negative friendships and having experienced this too myself I do recommend taking a good hard look at the balance of your life and when this isn’t nurturing or supporting you, or allowing you to be yourself and grow, then it is time to take leaps of faith to invite new friendships in…
sometimes we grow in our lives and move on… this is ok too.
Wishing you loving friendships and connections in your life and I also wanted to invite in any women close to Limerick and Tipperary area if they are interested in forming a regular meeting and support group to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org; I see that there is a great need for more support systems for one another in this crazy busy and often isolated world.
I have read Tony Robbin’s work about these six basic human needs, however sometimes it takes reading them again to remind oneself; perhaps reading them often!
In summary the 6 basic human needs are listed below and I encourage you to not only read the article but to reflect on whether you are meeting your own needs in your life; something that is YOUR responsibility to take care of.
Love & connection
How are you meeting your six human needs? Have a play around with them.
For example I am currently in Sedona, Arizona on day 6 of my stay here. I have been in the USA since the 11th March and every day has been a whirlwind of learning be it at my first 5 day Functional Medicine conference in Phoenix, or the day I spent travelling from Phoenix to Sedona, followed by the 5 days here of guided spiritual retreat. I was scheduled and if i wasnt scheduled I was racing out to locate food and supplies. I now face almost 12 days here in the one place with no strict educational or spiritual commitments; in fact I have an empty diary until April 10th when I am on another course!
So in my first fortnight I had VARIETY and CERTAINTY in the structure but perhaps little by way of LOVE & CONNECTION at the conference (actually I made some fabulous connections which is a rare thing at these events so i felt SAFE there) followed by having love and connection in abundance while surrounded by my retreat guide and team here in Sedona. I think asking the universe to bring amazing people along the journey makes a real and significant difference to the outcome.
Now I face more alone time and to feel balance I must nurture this needs for love and connection. I sure am doing a lot of growth on this trip, and unusually for me I am doing less by way of contribution. This feels odd however I CONTRIBUTE a lot in my daily life and I am under instruction to take a rest and RECEIVE more while i am here… to regain my energy and focus on my GROWTH.
So you see it is always a balancing act. And we must own our responsibility for this; for example I could miss my boyfriend whom I love dearly because we have 6 weeks apart which never happens normally; this could cause me to feel isolated and then lose confidence to reach out and connect. I have a gap of less commitments and I must seek variety and continue my growth or else I will not feel balanced and happy…. sometimes it takes reaching out, pushing ourselves out there and taking a risk to make our lives feel more balanced and our very being sustained by all that causes us to feel alive while also safe.
There is nothing worse than feeling stuck in the mundane… and that is OUR creation and no one else is to blame. Even a half hour of something done for ourselves that gives VARIETY can be enough.