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Updated: Apr 7, 2022

You may be asking, "How could Cancer be a blessing?" When the doctor says, "You have Cancer", the heart begins to skip a beat and we must remind ourselves to breathe.

After the shock wears off and we come back from the fact that our world has seemingly just spun out of our control, we ask ourselves, " What does it all mean?'.

Perhaps we ask, "Why me?" or "Will I survive?". Yes, these questions often fly into our minds first but eventually we must ask the deeper questions. Beginning with, "How did this happen?".

Science has shown that toxins can weaken our physical bodies opening the doorways that manifest Cancer. Our lifestyle choices in the United States have not been conducive to having a healthy body and mind. This disconnection between our body's health and wellbeing and the rise in chronic disease is clearly seen in the numbers reflected at the website of the CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The numbers are alarming at best. 6 in 10 Adults in the U.S. have chronic disease and 4 in 10 have more than 2 chronic diseases.

The question now arises, "Is Cancer a plague only reflecting the physical and genetic toxic causes or is there something more?". I would like to recommend a book entitled "The Body Never Forgets" by Kim Schilling.

My body has learned by heart

What my eyes have long forgotten

Entrusted long ago with deadly visions

These entrenched dark and dangerous secrets

Guarded tightly by those faithful curators inside

Held in jagged pieces by little and big hands.

I feel them there beneath my deadened skin

They use my hollow eyes to peer at the world

Kicking and screaming they feel the pain

Absorbing it, gripping it for the coward in me

My body shakes and trembles for them

I cannot escape completely, as we are one.

Too big to be remembered for fear of consuming me

Too big to be forgotten for they won’t let me

Only in my dreams they haunt my tranquility

Moaning and weeping I see unrecognizable terror

Awakening to little ones crying and big ones irate

Fighting with myself I refuse to hear their messages.

The wall of resistance deadens their ghostly wails.

Walking onward with ambivalence through the day.

My skin crawls with remnants of yesterday’s pain.

Desperate clawing at my skull reminds me again.

Evil that escapes my youthful mind is evil the body never forgets.

By Kim Schilling

Our bodies store our pains, our fears, our anger and our disappointments inside the body's organs and facia. If we are angry our liver will store the anger. If we are grieving our lungs will store the grief. More times than not cancer are thoughts of anger unresolved. Our body vehicles can give our mind, our body, and our spirit a teaching resource for self-revelation and reconciliation.

The illnesses such as Cancer, are in unison and favorable to self-healing once the mechanism of the destructive influences have been grasped by the individual.

Many have found that Cancer is quite easily healed mentally and is often an excellent teaching tool. It is not unusual that once an individual forgives the other person or circumstances at whom he or she is angry, the cancer will begin to subside.

True healing begins with forgiveness of self and a greater heightening of respect for the self.

This is often conveniently expressed by being mindful of dietary matters. But the deeper part of the healing process is the forgiving process.

In the area of dietary matters, what would be the foods that one would include or exclude resulting in greater care of the body? Cancer can be a psychological nudge, for the body and the mind and the spirit. Thus, it is the care and respect for the self that is the true thing of importance. Learning healthy boundaries and loving the self-enough to set these boundaries,

can be instrumental in the healing process.

Where does one begin to discover the secrets, our body holds and the body's signaling for a release?

It seems that everywhere I turn - in the grocery store, on TV, with friends and family - the conversations begin with some condition of anxiety. “I just can’t sleep and I always wakeup at 2am.” Do you suffer from stress?” “My heart is always racing, and I don’t know what to do.” Is anxiety now the new global virus?

Of course, the events of 2020 certainly set up the human psych for anxiety and depression. However, a deeper look into the emotional state of most Americans reveals that the problem began long before the events of 2020. I guess you could say 2020 was the boulder that broke the proverbial, camel’s back.

We have many professionals that are busy assisting us in the area of anxiety and depression and we are grateful. However, the need is far greater than the number of qualified professionals. We must lend our support! And we must ask ourselves how we can live healthy and happy lives with ease and grace.

I have found, over the years, sometimes the best place to begin is with the physical body. Our gut microbiome plays a major role in our mental health, immune system, personality, body BMI (body mass index) and dis-eases of the body. There are 100,000 x’s more microbes in the human gut than people on the earth - 100 Trillion cells total! Microbes vary from person to person like fingerprints. Negative changes in the microbiome contribute to a dis-eased body.

Brains and gut bacteria talk to each other influencing our emotions, how sensitive to pain we are, our social interactions, and our decision-making abilities. This connection is hardwired through the Vagus nerve and via signals carried through the bloodstream. Our gut has its own nervous system – the enteric nervous system (ENS) or second brain.

Feelings of anger, threat, fear – override and divert the ENS to over produce cortisol and adrenaline, releasing nerve signals that are sent to the ENS which inhibit the microbe behavior. These signals are influenced by bad things such as traffic, financial stress, or family arguments. These signals can be positively influenced by hugs, kind words and nurturing family meals.

Our gut responds to every emotion. In fact, our language is filled with expressions such as, “gut wrenching experience,” “ butterflies in my stomach,” and “gut instinct.”

Our gut stores 95% of our bodies’ serotonin. Serotonin is used to regulate normal gut function, sleep, appetite, mood, etc. Serotonin functions as a hormone affecting bone remodeling, pancreas function, fat cells, liver and metabolism. But Serotonin also influences our neurotransmitters which regulate behavior and mood.

Hundreds of scientific studies have proven the connection between our gut microbiome and our phycological health. In one study, animals raised in a germ-free environment had significant alterations in brain development, especially the parts of the brain involved in emotional regulation. Yes, we were meant to dig in the dirt! In yet another study, fecal pellets were transferred from an extrovert mouse to an introvert mouse. The introvert mouse became extroverted! In yet another study, microbes from obese mice caused lean mice to become overeaters. Interaction between gut and brain can either promote optimal health or make people vulnerable to physical and psychological diseases. (1)

Did you know that 90% of our microflora can be eliminated by broad spectrum anti-biotics and anti-inflammatory drugs (NSADs)? If your microbiome has been largely wiped out, in addition to a plant-based diet, you can add probiotics. (2)(3)

In double blind studies, a 30-day supplementation of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterial decreased psychological distress, depression and as well as anger and hostility. In a review of 10 studies, daily probiotic supplementation can improve mood, anxiety, cognitive symptoms and, most significantly, anxiety. (4)

How can these single cell organisms have such a huge effect on the totality of who we are? The truth is that we need them more than they need us. When we do not take care of the bugs in our gut we do so at our own peril. So please be nice to your gut bugs! You can start by feeding your gut microbes what they like.

The next time you feel out of sorts remember that having a healthy and beautiful relationship with your gut bugs can take you on the road to a more balanced and happier you.

If you would like assistance in learning how to feed your gut bugs make an appointment at

The world is experiencing a global health crisis, and amid COVID-19, our healthcare system is even more taxed taking care of the chronically ill. Health coaches around the world play a pivotal role in reversing such health crises. In 2017, the US Senate passed a Health and Wellness Coaching Recognition Resolution, a commemorative piece of legislation that recognized the contributions of health and wellness coaches. Now, more than ever, the value of health coaches must be acknowledged and acted on.

You may be asking, “Why would I need an Integrative Health Coach?”

We have an aging population with serious chronic health conditions. Many Americans are overweight and consistently sedentary. Our doctors often only have 5 to 7 minutes to spend with each patient — just enough time to run a few tests and prescribe a pharmaceutical. Because our medical system favors specialization, only one organ system at a time may be addressed.

Health coaching is designed to help people figure out what their personal health and wellness issues are. They discover how each area is affecting them holistically. Then they develop intuitive strategies to overcome each issue. Some of the issues that a health coach addresses are stress, weight, gut, sleep and beliefs that stand in their way to living a full and joyful life. Health coaches can and do lower the risk of chronic disease.

Most of us know what we should be eating or how we should be exercising but we implement these healthy habits sporadically or not at all. Others do not know how to maintain their health, or they are confused by conflicting information. A health coach is supportive and able to focus on the health and diet information that applies to the individual. Such step-by-step tools create constructive changes in their health and wellbeing. Not only is the client impacted, but so is each following generation in the individual’s family lineage.

My health coaching philosophy is: “By impacting one person through education, I can impact generations to come and be instrumental in improving national and global health.” Being healthy does not have to be complicated! Living by the 80/20 rule gives each person room to live a full, fun, and abundant life.

Typically, my clients meet with me twice a month for about an hour. We meet via Zoom. The program lasts anywhere from 3 months to 6 months or longer, depending on the individual’s needs.

To schedule a health strategy session

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