Holistic Health Expert (Mind*Body*Spirit) - Pamela Heyen
She uses her personal health related experience, combined with her formal training to educate, encourage and support the option to heal with natural remedies and therapies.
Pamela recommends "whole food" nutrition and offers individualized diet protocols specifically addressing that particular clients illness and/or complaint.
Pamela is also the host of SelfHEALTH on "The Shift Radio" program where she empowers her listeners to take control of their health, covering subjects like nutrition, massage, acupuncture, aromatherapy, meditation, yoga, pilates, motivation, weight, chronic illness, spiritual, etc. For a schedule of the program please go to The Shift Radio Website
I want to give you some facts and information on a "dangerous substance" that you may be eating or drinking without being aware of the potential damage it is having on your health. This is not a whistle blowing article, these are proven, documented facts and I am empowering you with. You always have a choice to use these "tools" of information as it relates to your health.
"Aspartame", is the technical name for NutriSweet, Equal, Spoonful and Equal-Measure. Aspartame has been marketed to the public as a "diet aid" but the chemical nature of this substance defeats this alleged purpose by instilling a craving for calorie-laden carbohydrates. How many times have you seen someone washing down their "high carb" meal with a diet drink? When carbohydrates are consumed, there is an increase in levels of the chemical called serotonin in the brain. This increase is what gives the feeling of being relaxed after a meal. When that meal is being washed down with an "aspartame" (diet) drink, the brain ceases to produce the serotonin, and that feeling of "having enough or being full" never materializes. The result is more food (which also may contain aspartame), more aspartame (diet) drinks and the cycle continues. Aspartame directly alters brain chemicals.
Aspartame can be found in thousands of products:
Sugar free gum
Instant teas & coffee
If brain chemicals are being altered by this substance it only goes without saying that behavior is affected as well. The reduction in serotonin levels in the brain can manifest into depression and other emotional disorders. Research has suggested that people ingesting high doses and who are sensitive to aspartame may suffer from problems ranging from dizziness, to subtle brain changes, to mental retardation. This data also shows that a fetus may be at risk for these effects as well. There is also evidence of aspartame contributing to brain cancer.
There is concern for persons with diabetes and hypoglycemia. Research conducted by a specialist reports that aspartame leads to the precipitation of clinical diabetes, causes poorer diabetic control, on insulin or oral dependent drugs, leads to aggravation of complications such as retinopathy, cataracts, neuropathy and gastro pareses and can cause convulsions.
The following are some of the symptoms of "Aspartame Sensitivity/Intoxication":
ringing in the ear & hearing loss
loss of energy
loss of control of limbs
muscle & joint pain
loss or change of taste
mild to severe depression
and symptoms mimicking a heart attack.
These symptoms can be moderate to severe in each individual depending on their sensitivity level.
Aspartame changes brain chemistry. It also acts as an information transmitter, known as a neurotransmitter. Too much aspartame in the brain kills certain neurons triggering excessive amounts of free radicals which kill your cells or put in another way, they "excite" or simulate your neural cells to death. When a substantial number of these neurons are destroyed, clinical symptoms of a chronic illness may begin to manifest. The following chronic illnesses have been shown to be contributed to by the long term exposure to "stimulated" neuron damage.
Memory or Hearing Loss
Now, as someone who is committed to taking control of your health, you can now make an educated choice to avoid consumable products containing Aspartame.
Be aware! Read product labels!
By avoiding this substance, you may be avoiding serious health issues in the future as well as overcoming some of the health issues you are experiencing at present.
Be "Aspartame Free" !
If you need more information or have questions, please feel free to email me!
Muscle aches, spasms, fatigue, weakness in the arms and legs, inability to concentrate (brain fog), sleep disturbance and depression. These are some of the common complaints related to Fibromyalgia. This chronic illness which affects approximately four percent of the population and nine times more women than men has no known cure. Anti-Seizure drugs, pain relievers, antidepressants and muscle relaxants are some of the common prescribed medications to treat the symptoms.
My personal experience with Fibromyalgia brought me to the realization that this chronic illness is not just "one" illness but a combination of the body's organs and systems that are unable to function properly resulting in the aforementioned symptoms and complaints. Not treating the underlying cause of the illness only results in a vicious cycle of drugs and their side effects.
I have listed ten of the issues that I addressed and should be addressed if you suffer from this illness.
STRESS! Chronic stress plays a major role in our health, robbing our bodies of nutrients and required sleep which in turn reduces our resistance to disease and chronic inflammation, i.e., fibromyalgia.
Environmental Toxins is next on my list. Not many conventional doctors address this issue because there are just too many to test for. If you have ever come in contact with chemicals on the job, lived on a farm, eaten foods high in preservatives or additives, i.e., MSG, used household chemicals to clean or you use personal care products that are high in chemicals, you probably have been exposed to environmental toxins.
Diet is another issue that is sometimes overlooked. Are you a junk food junkie? Do you snack, eat out a lot, eat prepackaged meals! Your diet could be a contributing factor to your illness. Refined carbohydrates and processed fats are adding fuel to an already inflamed body. This inflammation aggravates arthritis, aches and pains, bowel disorders and contributes to heart disease, diabetes and memory loss. Avoid caffeine and NO soft drinks! Learn to live without the sugar and caffeine but remember to wean yourself off of caffeine by reducing the number of cups of coffee or glasses of tea or cans of soda.
Drugs, both over the counter and prescribed give the illusion of addressing health issues. They do not treat the underlying cause; they only treat the symptom(s) related to the underlying cause. The body was not designed to process these toxic substances and treats them as such. When a drug is absolutely a necessity, educate yourself to possible alternative methods that could be used. Never stop any medication without professional guidance.
Hydration is another often overlooked but a very important issue. You must learn to drink at least 8 large glasses of filtered water a day. Water is crucial to our bodily functions! If you do nothing else for yourself, do this. Pure water helps our bodies rid itself of toxins by flushing them out of our systems. It's like a refreshing shower for your internal organs!
Get yourself on a sleep schedule. Go to bed at the same time every night and get at least 8 hrs of rest and then get up at the same time every morning. The body likes a schedule, knowing when it can relax, refresh and heal itself. It also likes to know when it will be nourished and exercised. There are natural supplements that can help set the sleep clock in the brain. The bodies need for sleep is more important than you realize.
A sluggish thyroid may also contribute to fibromyalgia. It can cause weight gain, fatigue, depression and many other complaints. The thyroid can be supported with natural supplements.
Exhausted adrenals, this can rob us of sleep and energy due mainly in part to good ole stress. The adrenals help us to cope, give us energy, and regulate our mineral, fluid and blood sugar. Adrenals can also be supported with natural supplements.
With a poor diet and overload of toxins (including medications) the liver becomes compromised. When nutrients are deficient and there are too many toxins the liver does not function properly resulting in internal toxicity. Most people suffering with fibromyalgia have a stressed liver due to all the medications. The liver needs to be detoxified and at the same time supported with natural supplementation
Another issue that is not usually addressed by conventional doctors is Candida or yeast. When our immune system is suppressed, this friendly bacteria is decreased by the antibiotics we take directly or indirectly, by pesticides, chlorine and other toxins and fed by our craving for sweets and refined carbohydrates. When this happens there is a shift from the good yeast form to the fungal form. This yeast overgrowth can cause inflammation throughout the body. A yeast detoxification should be done to balance the condition.
These are some of the underlying conditions that could be contributing to your chronic illness. You should contact a qualified alternative practitioner or physician to create a personalized protocol for you. Every individual is unique in their health and in their illness.
"Inflammation" In The Body! - What Causes Inflammation and How Does it Affect Us?
by Pamela Heyen
One of the causes of inflammation in the body is an overgrowth of yeast or "candida". Yeast can wreak havoc on our bodies and manifest in many forms of disease and illness; heart disease, cancer, memory loss, obesity, fibromyalgia and other chronic, auto-immune and degenerative diseases.
These illness do not manifest overnight, they are the result of chronic inflammation over the course of years.
Candida albicans is a yeast that occurs naturally in the body where it has a beneficial action in the gut when kept under control. When it becomes out of control, and the balance is disturbed, the yeast begins causing symptoms ranging from digestive upsets, lethargy, allergy reactions, skin complaints through infections of the mouth and vaginal tract. The toxins released by this overgrowth affect the whole body; muscle pain, stiffness, weakness, headaches, blurry vision, intense fatigue, acne, hives, athletes foot, joint pains, depression, inability to concentrate, intestinal upsets and post nasal drip.
This imbalance may occur because of the following:
Weakened or overworked adrenal glands
Prolonged courses of antibiotics
Birth control pills
Antibiotic & hormonal residues in meat
Chlorine & fluorine in water
Additives & preservatives in food
Diet high in white sugar & flour
Unknown food sensitivities & allergies
Once we realize and understand that yeast may be playing a role in our health, we can take the steps necessary to stop the growth and regain balance. Our body cannot heal if it is constantly being re-inflamed .
If you have more than five of the chronic inflammation symptoms, here are some things that you can do.
Eat more fruits & vegetables
Eat GOOD fats
Decongest the lymphatic system - BE ACTIVE
Support the adrenals
Use a Natural Anti-Inflammatory
If you need more information or have questions, please feel free to email me!
Pamela Heyen began her natural health education after regaining her own health through natural remedies and therapies. Her Holistic Health Practitioner credentials were obtained through Australasian College of Health Sciences in Portland, Oregon. She is a 2007 graduate and received the 2009 most "Outstanding Graduate Award." She currently practices in Columbia, Missouri and has an online health coaching program for distant clients. Her clients also have the option to be assessed from a distance using cutting edge Zyto technology. This technology known as the Limbic Stress Assessment System can identify imbalances within the body.