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Fly the Freak Flag

Sometimes in life, and certainly with chronic illness, we all feel like freaks at one point or another. I’ve had plenty of occasions where freakishness has felt like my sole identity. Since autoimmune disease is often an “invisible” illness, those of us who have them often have to suffer from our freakishness in silence. We’d rather try and appear normal to avoid being an outcast. I have significant hearing …

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The Autoimmune Connection

When it comes to autoimmune disease, there is A LOT of confusion. Even doctors are having a tough time providing solid information about these mysterious illnesses, mostly because these weren’t very big issues a few decades ago. But now, with the numbers of new patients with autoimmune disease on the rise, it’s time to identify the cause and turn these things around – fast! …

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How to Kick the Cravings

Why do we crave certain things? Coffee, chocolate, alcohol, something salty or sweet…? Sometimes we crave these things for the simple reason that they make us feel “good”. Satisfying emotional cravings is often confused for an actual food craving. Every food has it’s own chemical makeup and in turn, each one affects our brains differently. Often the desire to induce a different state of mind is …

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Food Sensitivities = Autoimmune Disease

There is a big grey area surrounding food sensitivities. Testing for them can be nearly impossible, it usually relies on an experimental elimination diet, which is hardly scientific and not always accurate. Often the trial and error approach can lead to more confusion and frustration. Unfortunately, the way our food in the modern world has been produced and farmed, as …

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Acidity in the Body

It might come as a surprise to learn that much of the pain associated with musculoskeletal dysfunctions (like fibromyalgia and arthritis), is caused by too much acid build-up in the bodies tissues. This excess acid results in deep burning pain within the muscle or joint. To some, this explanation might seem all too simple, but we can all imagine what happens on the outside …

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Why You Should Avoid Canola Oil

You’ve seen it everywhere and in just about everything. Over the last 5-10 years Canola Oil has practically taken over as the food processing industry’s oil of choice. It is a common ingredient in all sorts of foods, everything from salad dressings to crackers. What is Canola Oil? Canola is a name given to the oil produced from the Rape plant (not …

Don’t Forget to Flush!

Flushing toxins out of our bodies is crucial when it comes to healing. Those of us with chronic illness undoubtedly have additional toxins from medications, the environment and maybe even a less than perfect diet. Adding some simple steps to our daily routines can help rid our bodies of these damaging toxins that have been occupying our cells for years. There are …

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Heal Thy Self…?

It took me a while to grasp the concept that my body wanted to heal itself. I grew up believing everything doctors told me, if they told me to take this pill, or that pill, or follow a certain procedure, I did it. But never once did a doctor tell me that my body is designed to heal itself if given the …

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How To Beat Your Sugar Addiction For Good

Sugar Vs Crack We all joke that sugary snacks can be a little like “crack”. Often, just the thought of them gives us a jolt of gotta-have-it-ness. The fact is, there really isn’t that much difference between the white stuff you find for free on the table in every diner, and the stuff they are selling in back alleys. You might be surprised …

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Even Small Changes Make a Big Difference

Changing your diet and lifestyle can feel like an overwhelming task, especially when you are struggling just to keep the routine you’ve got. Maybe you’re like I was and couldn’t even contemplate adopting a whole new (and different) way of eating, I was too exhausted to even put a meal (that I already knew how to cook) on the table, …