HOW TO SELF CARE WITH A CHRONIC ILLNESS

 

Living with a chronic illness can be extremely difficult. You struggle with feelings of anxiety, loss of control of your own body, guilt, pain, anger and exhaustion. Every day will challenge you. As you look around at your friends and family, it might cause you to feel guilty that you may not always be able to join in at gatherings or go out and have fun like you use to do.

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CHILDHOOD TRAUMA & AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE

 

Many things can determine the possibility that autoimmune disorders develop as we age. Genetics, nutrition, stress, toxic exposure and infections can all weaken and attack the immune system. These are all factors that have been studied for a long time. However, what we are now realizing is the fascinating connection between autoimmune disorders (that show up later in life) and childhood trauma.

These events, called Adverse Childhood Experiences (otherwise known as ACEs),

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THE BENEFITS OF CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY

 

Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a specialized treatment stemming from osteopathic roots, developed by John Upledger, DO. It is described as a hands-on treatment that targets the soft tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

While it is not related to modern massage, it does use a hands-on targeted approach that is softer than massage. The gentle pressure of craniosacral therapy is meant to loosen the restrictions impacting the surrounding area of the nervous system.

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CHOOSING A HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONER THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU

 

The human body is complex, so many different systems working together to achieve some sort of balance while reacting to the outer world’s many different stimuli and threats. You, as a person, have a basic understanding of what is going on, though it is based on the sensory input that your brain processes: pain. Pain tells you what is wrong with a particular area of your body, or the whole body.

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YES, CHRONIC LYME IS REAL

 

Record breaking heat in the summer, and much warmer winters, have contributed to a spike in the general population of ticks. These ticks carry Lyme disease, a neurodegenerative bacterial infection with symptoms ranging from arthritis to depression to severe brain fog.

The bacteria, scientifically known as Borrellia burgdorferi or other species, is a master shape-shifter and mimics many other illnesses. We also know that Borrellia has a knack for being able to hide from the immune system.

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STAYING ACTIVE WITH LYME DISEASE

 

Muscle weakness and fatigue are common symptoms of Lyme disease. Coupled with nerve pain, neurological issues and depression, it becomes difficult to complete simple everyday tasks. Even thinking about adding daily physical activity during this difficult time can be stressful. And as your body reels from the constant strain of fighting off Lyme and co infections, rest becomes more important and, ironically, sometimes more difficult. Reclaiming a restorative lifestyle becomes a monumental task.

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SEASONAL CLEANSING FOR GOOD HEALTH

 

Cleansing and detoxing is critical for good health. In a perfect world, your body would be able to detoxify naturally, without any help. It has programmed ways of getting rid of chemicals and toxins, but unfortunately, those channels don’t always work properly for various reasons. Those with compromised immune systems, chronic stress, autoimmune conditions and impaired detoxification pathways have a more difficult time detoxing. With a change of diet and lifestyle,

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EXERCISING FOR ADRENAL HEALTH

 
Adrenal exhaustion is a serious and unfortunately, very common problem among many. The body feels like it cannot get enough rest. Consistently tired, there seems to be no drive, no motivation, and the ability to move or work is often depressed. Emotional states can fluctuate, as do sleep patterns, and the ability to regulate day to day lifestyle routines is disrupted because of hormone and neurotransmitter disturbances.

Your adrenal glands are responsible for regulating cortisol,

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LYME’S IMPACT ON NEUROLOGICAL FUNCTION

 

Some patients describe it as a type of “brain fog.” It’s a state of mind where things are hard to remember and it takes longer to process what you read and think. It mimics the visibility that comes with the morning fog, where things are hard to see, hard to perceive, hidden behind a mental cloudiness that can result in a chronic change in mental status. While “brain fog” might not be a professionally supported medical diagnosis,

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GLUTEN & INFLAMMATION

 

Gluten intolerance, sensitivity, and allergy are all different forms of the body’s inability to process gluten. Numerous studies have addressed the controversy of gluten and Celiac-related medical issues. This includes one of the main symptoms associated with gluten intolerance- inflammation.

Inflammation is a complex process that happens within the body when it is exposed to a substance it sees as harmful, but might actually not be. This includes foods containing gluten.

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