October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One of the most
powerful tools when it comes to breast cancer is PREVENTION. Two keys to
prevention are micronutrients, and open detoxification pathways. We can prevent
tumors by providing the body with appropriate micronutrients, and we can repair
cellular damage by daily detoxification.
You may have heard the term “estrogen dominance.”
It’s one of the common hormone imbalances people experience today. It’s a
common cause of PMS, fibroids, infertility, and symptoms of menopause that we
assume are a normal part of life. We also see problems with estrogen in men
that can lead to prostate cancer, weight gain, and low libido. Thousands are
struggling with this today and don’t even know it. There are many symptoms associated
with estrogen dominance, but breast cancer is one of those. It is often caused
by the body’s inability to detoxify estrogen appropriately.
Estrogen is essential in the body. It’s important for
reproductive health, skin, bones, and even contributes to us psychologically.
When it’s in the body in excess, it can be converted into dangerous metabolites
that cause DNA damage or drive specific cancers in the body.
Estrogen dominance is a problem today because we’re exposed
to xenoestrogens and many other chemical estrogens in our environment. These
cause disruptions in our endocrine system which lead to excess hormones in the
are we exposed to this toxic estrogen?
Cosmetics and personal care products
are a big source. Things like shampoo and conditioner, makeup, body lotions,
and perfumes have endocrine disruptors. This is not only true for estrogens,
but also progesterone. Many of those lip plumpers or wrinkle reducers have
hormone disruptors in them. I use an app called Think Dirty
and it allows me to scan my personal care products to get rid of the ones that
have known endocrine disruptors.
Household cleaning products, air
fresheners, candles, and other fragrances we use in our homes can also disrupt
our hormones. You can use the EWG app and begin to switch some of your toxic
cleaning products with non-toxic versions.
Plastics are another big source.
There was a big movement to remove plastics from our home that contain BPA. The
problem is that BPA is not the only plastic hardener out there that disrupts
our hormones. So be careful purchasing bpa-free products because that doesn’t
necessarily mean they’re safe. Many of these products have been replaced with
other plastic hardeners such as BPS, which is even more toxic than BPA. Work
toward removing plastics from your home and use glass drinking bottles and pyrex containers, especially when using them
to heat foods or beverages.
Xenoestrogens can also be found in
our food. The best way to avoid these endocrine disruptors is to eat organic
foods that are free from pesticides and herbicides. Also, purchase grass-fed or
pasture-raised meat that is not fed hormones or antibiotics. Consuming cleaner,
organic, and local foods increases your vitamins and nutrients, which is
another way to prevent cancer and other diseases.
Doing small things every day that help limit your exposure
to hormone disruptors can make a huge difference in the prevention of cancer
and disease. Another way you can keep estrogen metabolism working for you and
your body is to make sure that you have key micronutrients on board. Things
like magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin B3, vitamin A, and cysteine are key
nutrients for hormonal health. Lacking proper nutrition sets the stage for more
serious illness like cancer to invade the body.
One of the tests I love to run is a micronutrient panel,
which gives me guidance around whether or not I need to take steps to correct
imbalance. Another great test for determining excess estrogen or an imbalance
in hormones is the DUTCH test. This test can give insight into whether or not a
person is estrogen dominant, or if a person is preferring a detox pathway that
opens them up for DNA damage or a greater potential for cancer. These are great
tests that allow us to take a peek inside the body and make corrections before
a disease process begins.
the right building blocks is a key component.
Every person is unique, inside and out. And there are many
things that affect our own personal nutritional needs, including age,
lifestyle, metabolism, prescription drug use, illnesses, and whether or not a
person is even absorbing nutrients. Cleaning up the body and repairing cellular
damage is a great way to prevent hormonal imbalance that can lead to things
like breast cancer and other disease processes.
cancer health is so much more than a mammogram.
Speaking of mammograms, thermography is actually a safer,
painless, and more accurate alternative. Thermal imaging is a diagnostic
technique that allows for early detection. While detection is an important
part, the key is that we know how to reduce toxins from our environment that
are contributing to breast cancer and other diseases.
We talked about some of the ways you can reduce your
exposure to cancer. These are great tools to help you reduce the risk factors
so you can decrease your chances of ever getting cancer.
Cancer doesn’t happen overnight. We talked about some of the
risk factors like heavy or painful periods, fibroids, weight gain, and
infertility. Other things to consider are, ovarian cysts, adult acne, chronic
fatigue, or autoimmune conditions. If you’re suffering from any of these things
or have a history of breast cancer in your family, or a history of a diet high
in processed foods, something like the DUTCH hormone test could be beneficial
when it comes to prevention.
The awesome thing is, even if you have a genetic
predisposition, you don’t have to be another statistic. You have a choice to
take your health into your own hands.
If you prefer video version, catch this 7 minute video with
the same information.
When we find something that truly drives us, and we know why, then we can set our focus on getting there, and the rest just kind of happens. That’s exactly what happened with me. Today I want to start from the beginning and tell you a little bit about why I do what I do.
I grew up on a typical Standard American Diet, however, my family was blessed with fresh farm foods, straight out of my grandparents garden. Like many of you, I also snacked on a lot of those fast food items growing up, like candy bars and sodas. I loved a good Snickers bar.
My symptoms of sickness actually started when I was a child. I remember my mawmaw looking at me one day and saying, “child you get every sickness that comes down this family line.”
What was she talking about?
Blood sugar issues, inability to pay attention, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, nausea after meals. These were just some of the things I was experiencing as a very young child.
To my doctors, these things were called IBS, hypoglycemia, and ADD. This was me in grade school. The older I got, the more diagnoses I received. In college, my doctors called it depression, anxiety, hypothyroidism, and then came the dreaded perimenopause at age 29. Now all of these were just diagnoses, not to speak of the symptoms that actually came with them.
Migraines that lasted sometimes a month with no relief, chronic fatigue that would land me on the couch for a daily nap, sugar addiction, hair loss, stuttered speech, foggy thinking, poor memory and concentration, chronic pain and inflammation, acne… the list goes on. This list kept growing and growing, year after year, with no end in site.
I decided that I would not live like this forever. I made a decision to get well, no matter the cost. I didn’t care how much time, money, effort, or pain it took. I was determined. One of the things I ask anyone who comes to me for advice on health today is, “rate yourself on a 1 out of 10 – how committed are you to living symptom-free, or as close to it as possible?” When you’ll do anything to change your current circumstances in your health (or any area for that matter), then you’re ready. It’s unfortunate, but I’ve had to turn people away who weren’t committed to making the changes needed to live in health.
What many people don’t tell you is that for some people, it’s hard work. When I started looking at what it would cost me to get well, I never worried about the finances- and we weren’t rich. It was everything I felt like I was giving up to get there. If the truth be known, that’s probably why I stayed sick for so long. I wasn’t ready to be well. I see people in that same place every single day, and it saddens me.
As a nation, we are getting sicker every year. How is that, when we’ve advanced so much in the field of medicine? I imagine it has a lot to do with the fact that we’re relying on big business to tell us what to put on the end of our forks, and what pills to take for our ailments.
We’ve forgotten the simple principles of healthy living, but another missing component is that there is so little education on the amount of toxins in our environment and in our food that we aren’t even aware of what we’re doing to our bodies to cause them harm. We’re also not educated on how to get rid of these toxins once our bodies become sick and diseased because of them.
What can we do about it?
On my journey to health, I learned that many of the chronic ailments we deal with on a daily basis can be taken care of by getting back to the basics of healthy living as our ancestors did, and implementing protocols that help us rid much of the toxicity we bring in on a daily basis, not only in our physical bodies, but in our minds as well.
It’s important that we begin to take an active role in our health instead of letting someone dictate how it should look for us. Our bodies are intelligent, but we were never intended to live on chemicals and call it food. Our convenience driven society has us in a place of sickness, and it’s my greatest desire for you to understand that you don’t have to stay there forever.
Hippocrates said it well, “if someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him.”
In the book I wrote, Healed His Way, you’ll find many of the same resources that I used to heal my body naturally, the way God intended. I use those same healing principles with the clients I work with today. They can work for you too.
It starts with you. You have a choice to bring health and healing into your own body. You make those decisions every single day, whether you realize it or not. When you’re ready to heal, your teacher will appear.
I’d like to share with you a recent testimony from a client so that you understand how simple this process can look. My client is very similar to me. She came to me at age 22. I fell in love with the idea of helping her, because it was about the age I was when I started feeling my symptoms kick into high gear. When she came to me, she was looking to relieve what she called, “period episodes” right before her menstrual period began. Short story… This was so severe for her that she got so physically ill that she would pass out and even ended up in the hospital the week before we started working together.
Listen to what she has to say:
” I was looking to relieve period episodes/cramps. I would say it’s a 180-degree turnaround. I went from living in fear of what would happen when my period starts, eating foods that made me feel sluggish, not being very active or energetic throughout the day to a new version of me. Now I feel great with little to no symptoms. I don’t even know when my period is about to start. I eat healthy and I love it. I go to the gym because I want to, and feel awake and energetic throughout the entire day! My greatest accomplishment is that I have learned to do what is right for my body; I understand what certain foods do to my body; and I now take action to make the right food choices every day! I enjoyed working with Chelsie because of her honesty, confidence, encouragement, wisdom, and willingness to help me understand and go through the process with me. She is very relational and caring! She created the perfect plan that fit exactly what I needed. Her goal was to help me get to the root of my issue, resolve it, and to help me overcome whatever I was facing.
Thank you Chelsie for teaching me and walking with me through my health journey. I know things that I never learned in school about health. I am now confident and feel free to do the things I love (like travel) without feeling anxious or fearful of what could happen because of my health. I am beyond grateful to God that our paths crossed and that you imparted such wisdom and knowledge. Thank you for your passion and excitement and for changing my life!”
Tanya Yaremkiv Engelwood, CO
What are you doing to live your best life?
I encourage you to take authority over your future self today, whatever that may look like. Only you can determine what optimal health will look like for you.
Make today amazing, because you are amazing, and you deserve an amazing day!
I was at a conference last year, and was asked to write out my BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) in one sentence. This was to define who I was and what I wanted to bring to the world. As I thought about that, I was reminded that it would take effort in setting small goals if I ever wanted to come close to that BHAG that seemed so far away.
As I think back to my health journey, I’m reminded of a few
things I thought about along the way as I was looking for healing.
Have you thought about what you want the “end picture” of
your health to look like?
What is health to you? And… is that different from
When I began my quest to better health, I started looking at
the difference between health and wellness, and I put those into my own words
and thoughts before determining my end goals.
The definition of health is the state of being free from illness or injury; a person’s mental or physical condition.
My personal definition of health is being able to have energy to do what I want to do, freedom from medication, feeling good inside and out. It’s without symptoms like hair loss, pain, fatigue, acne, stomach pain, constant nausea, exhaustion (which were a few of the things I experienced on a daily basis).
How is that different from wellness?
The definition of wellness is the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.
My personal definition of wellness is being able to enjoy my life because I’m living free from any form of sickness and disease.
But as I began my journey, I realized that my experience was
taking me to a deeper level. It was more than health and wellness. I wanted to
be made whole.
Wholeness means being complete and harmonious. It is a place of unity; a state of being unbroken or undamaged.
To me, this encompasses the entire person – mind, body, and
spirit – bringing it into alignment. It’s having balance not only in my
physical body, but in my mind and emotions as well.
So this is the goal I set out to find for myself – and this
is what I want for you too.
The Basics of Goal Setting
One of the first things I did was set these goals right from
the beginning. If we have no idea what we want, then how are we going to
achieve it? If we can’t answer these questions then how can we ever expect to
reach our fullest potential? Without goal-setting, we are doing nothing more
than blindly building.
Many times we don’t get what we want because we simply don’t
know what we want. We’ve never defined our life goals or what success looks
like. Many times we dream about things and they turn to wishful thinking
because we never back them up with a plan.
I believe that vague goals bring us vague results. Are your
goals so vague that you really have no way of knowing whether or not you’ve
achieved them? Sometimes it’s our lack of faith in ourselves that prevents us
from going out on a limb and laying our truest desires on the line. Maybe we’re
afraid we won’t achieve them, but if we don’t lay them out, we never give
ourselves a chance.
Get Specific When Setting Goals
The more faith we have in our ability, the more specific we
will be. And the more specific we are, the more likely we will achieve. If our
goals are not specific, then we are robbed in the end. We never know if the
result could or would have happened. Well defined goals give us an opportunity
to envision our future. When we envision our future, we can work to bring it to
Your goals should be very specific and measurable. They
should have beginning and an end. You should have a clear picture of what the
result will look like in your mind. Sometimes the end looks a little different
than we imagine, but change will come, and many times it’s even greater than we
What Are You Going To Do?
So I ask you today, what are you willing to do for you? You
need to answer that question and clearly spell it out. If you can’t answer that
question, stop reading. Quiet yourself and get an answer. The cool thing is, as
we grow, this answer will change. If you’ve been chasing the same goals year
after year, then you’re not growing. Eventually, your goals should look like a
moving target, but you have to start somewhere. Why not right here, right where
you are, right now? Define your dream, spell out your goal, claim your victory.
So many times we don’t get what we want because we don’t know
what we want.
Then there comes the big question. Why? Why do you want to
even achieve these goals?
When we answer the what and the why, the how will likely come
If you’re struggling to reach your goals, then I encourage
you to take action today. Truly sit down and begin to ask yourself the hard
questions. Why are you truly stuck? You may be shocked to find the truth. But
in finding the truth, you will find Freedom.
Leave me a message. Let me know what your BHAG is, or one simple goal you’re setting to help you reach that Big Hairy Audacious Goal. And do yourself a big favor — Make Today Amazing!
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I’m currently in the middle if a cleanse challenge with a group
of phenomenol ladies. I’ll say, for most people, cleansing brings weight loss –
especially if it’s done right. But my experience tells me that weight loss is
more than a simple diet. It can look quite different for a lot of people.
So many diets fail because they treat us human beings as if we were calculators. And the truth is, it’s not that simple. You can’t just say something as simple as high fat low carb works for everyone. Another truth for you– all diets work– at least for a period of time. And depending on if you have found the right one for your body or not, will determine how long it works for you. If they didn’t work, then people wouldn’t do them.
So why do we fail?
1. We don’t work on toxin removal
2. We give up way too soon
3. We aren’t honest and cheat our way through
4. We aren’t on the right program for our individual body
When we create a change in the body, the body begins to
respond. So something as simple as going on a diet and removing things like
starchy carbohydrates or sugar or sodas or junk food will give us somewhat of a
And as a matter of fact, a lot of people stop dieting because they hit a plateau. But the truth about a plateau is that it’s also normal.
Plateaus can actually happen for many reasons.
1. The body holding water in place of the fat. It does this
as an energy saving mechanism. And when the body realizes you aren’t going to
refill those cells with fat, you’ll release it. That’s why some days on a diet,
you’ll wake up 3 pounds lighter and wonder how you lost all that mover night.
2. Body fat to muscle ratio Exchange. If you’re exercising,
you’re gaining muscle and the exchange prevents the scale from moving. Plain
and simple. BIA ( bioimpedance analysis) is a more accurate way of measuring. It
looks at more than just weight and can measure things like water and fat % as
well. If you talk to my clients, they will tell you that I believe your
bathroom scale is a big liar.
3. Inflammation. Releasing fat and toxins as well as stress
on the body, even in the form of good stress like exercise can lead to small
amounts of inflammation.
The reasons for plateau above are just a few obvious ones, but as I said earlier, the body is not that simple, and if we trust the process and keep pushing, we will overcome the plateau, if we’re on the right plan for our body.
What if you feel like you’re doing everything right with no
You’re eating supposedly the right Foods, doing your aerobic
activity and weight lifting exercises, getting appropriate sleep, ridding your
body of toxins the best way you know how, and implementing stress-reducing
practices. You’ve been meditating, praying, starving, fasting, fueling yourself
on excess protein, trying diets like keto that supposedly work for everyone.
You get the point.
As I mentioned earlier, the body is not a calculator and
sometimes all of those things are great, but what if you have not found the
root to your weight problem?
What if eating all those healthy foods are actually poison in
your system? Take salmon, for example. It’s a healthy food for most people, but
if you have a sensitivity to it, then you’re actually adding fuel to your fire
of inflammation every time you consume it.
Food sensitivities are just one piece of the puzzle that I like to investigate when helping someone implement a healthy lifestyle change that will actually help them get to the root of their issues so they can live a life of freedom from the yo-yo diet.
There are many things that can upset our systems in a way that prevents us from overcoming our weight and metabolism issues. Things like:
-Eating the wrong foods for your body or in the wrong ratios
-Problems digesting your food appropriately or not absorbing
-Overgrowth of certain gut bugs or imbalance
Yep! You heard me right gut bugs can get in the way of you losing excess body fat. What am I talking about here? Parasites, bacterial infections, fungal infections, yeast. These are all things that can live in our bodies, but we need to get rid of certain ones and the balance of these bugs needs to be addressed. And the great thing is, you can test your gut to see what’s in there.
I love to empower those who are overweight and sick for
unknown reasons so they can get to the root of their health issues and live the
life they desire. Truth is, you were created for greatness. You were created to
live a life of free from sickness. You should not struggle everyday for the
rest of your life, whether it’s in your weight or suffering from nagging or
chronic symptoms like headaches, fatigue, food cravings or anything else for
How long have you been struggling, friend? That is a very
important question. And what are you willing to do to end that struggle?
After dealing with symptoms of sickness in almost every organ
system of my body, I worked with some of the greatest mentors in the field of
functional medicine and have gained knowledge and understanding on how to
implement protocols that have helped thousands of others get to the root of
their health issues so they can truly live the life of their dreams.
What are you waiting for? I remember being sick of being
sick. My rock bottom was after years of suffering silently. I know you may be
doing the same right now. Or maybe you’re complaining. Either way, there’s hope
for you! All it takes is the right plan.
I’ll be sharing more about my journey and what I’ve done to
get well and help others do the same in upcoming articles. So stay tuned.
And if you feel a connection in a way that encourages you to do a little detective work in your own life, I’d love to share more about how you could do that. My book, Healed His Way is a simple straightforward read, and it’s a great place to start. And when you’re ready to go deeper with some one on one support, I’ll be here to provide you with the resources you need to do that.
I’m wishing you an amazing day of health and happiness!
Here’s an 8 minute video on the same content if you’d rather tune in here.
Our intestinal lining is made up of a layer of cells that helps
us absorb nutrients, but it also acting as a barrier to things that have the
potential of being harmful to our digestive system – like toxins, pathogens, or
other microorganisms. When the gut is exposed to certain environmental
triggers, it can lead to a condition known as intestinal permeability or leaky
This is something I suffered from for many years. I had severe
gastrointestinal symptoms from the time I was a child all the way through
adulthood. Diarrhea, constipation, stomach aches, constant nausea, gas,
bloating, pain, irritable bowel… You name it, and I had it.
I was overweight, underweight, had a gallbladder that was
barely functioning, I would go weeks without having a bowel movement and then
all the sudden the bottom would fall out. I hope you don’t know what I mean. But
if you who do, you know it’s no fun.
I want to give you overview of what leaky gut syndrome looks
like, the signs and symptoms, causes and risk factors, associated health
conditions, as well as an overview of the four R’s, which is a therapeutic
approach to Healing your leaky gut.
What is leaky gut syndrome?
The intestinal barrier is made up of a single layer of
epithelial cells which are separated by tight junctions that act as a physical
barrier. If the gut is healthy, tight junctions in the intestinal lining are
selectively permeable, which means they will do their job to absorb of certain
nutrients, water, and electrolytes. But these tight junctions also provide a
protective barrier, preventing the absorption of the harmful molecules such as
the toxins, pathogens, and other antigens mentioned previously.
How does leaky gut happen?
There is a protein called Zonulin that is secreted by the
intestinal tract that is associated with leaky gut syndrome. Environmental
factors may stimulate the release of zonulin, which has been shown to
down-regulate these tight junctions. When the gut becomes imbalanced in its
microbes, this is known as dysbiosis, and it plays a role in the development of
leaky gut. This can be reversed by removing environmental triggers and cleaning
up the gut.
What are the causes and risk factors?
Poor gut health
Certain medications like NSAIDs,
Excessive alcohol consumption
Chronic or excessive stress
Related health conditions
The latest research tells us that increased intestinal
permeability may be associated with a number of health conditions like
irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s and
ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, and chronic inflammatory conditions like
rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, and type 1 diabetes.
What can you do about it?
This is where the 4 R’s come in.
Remove the pathogens and inflammatory triggers. This can be done with elimination diets, that remove inflammatory foods like gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, alcohol, peanuts. Food sensitivity tests can also be helpful in determining foods that are causing inflammation in individuals. Stool testing helps determine pathogens present and is another way to look at zonulin markers.
Replace essential nutrients that are supportive for healthy microbiome like fiber rich foods, prebiotics, and anti-inflammatory foods.
Reinoculate with probiotics and introduce fermented foods when the timing is appropriate.
Repair with certain nutrients that promote health of the gut lining, like immunoglobulins, L-glutamine, zinc, and Ganoderma.
There is a systematic approach that promotes healing of the gut when intestinal permeability creeps in. This Protocol can take as little as 60 to 90 days when the appropriate steps are taken to correct it. I encourage you to work with your functional wellness practitioner who can recommend specific testing and provide you with a personalized treatment plan.
In the event that you are looking for a qualified professional to assist you, please take a peak at my services, and I’d love to offer direction.
My mission is to give you the tools you need to get to the root of your nagging symptoms so you can live your best life!