Tennee | May 10, 2018
Did you know that you have
a wandering nerve in your body that is
the boss of your nervous system?
Did you know that inflammation, and the ability to bond, and go to the bathroom is directly influenced by this nerve function?
In functional medicine, research now shows that this nerve may be a missing link to treating chronic inflammation, and new medical technologies are creating a field of treatment using vagal nerve stimulation that leaves the use of medication in the dust.
Tennee | April 25, 2018
“You can’t pour from an empty vessel,
take time to fill yourself with acts of self care”.
This evening as I forced my aching bones into a bath tub filled with epsom salt and essential oils, my mind drifted to earlier days before endless tasks involving raising kids, cooking, cleaning, driving and working. There was a time before children when I prioritized my need for quiet and and took to writing and contemplation and reading. These days when I forget to practice self care, I “pay the piper” physically, and I doubt I am alone in this.
In this day and age, self care tends to be captured on Instagram and social media and displayed in the cliche form of luxuries such as spa treatments and vacations. But what if the bones of self care are less grandiose than that and more simplistic yet meaningful?
Tennee | January 7, 2018
Your internal ecology
is the key to your health.
I liken this ecology to a rainforest, existing in symbiotic harmony with the creatures and plants that live there.
With a balanced ecosystem, life exists as nature intended, reflecting a healthy terrain. However, when the ecosystem goes out of balance due to environmental changes, disruption often occurs causing damage.
The end result of this disruption manifests as new species of plants and animals not indigenous to the area move in and take over the weaker or less dominant plants and animals. The long term results ultimately create a process that can set the stage for imbalance and disease.
Tennee | August 7, 2017
Colostrum has a lengthy history of therapeutic uses and benefits. Known best as natures “first food”, I first came across its use while studying Ayurveda.
In India, Ayurvedic physicians have used colostrum for thousands of years to help heal the body and enhance longevity. It is also used by India’s Rishis (spiritual teachers) as an exception to their vegan diet, for its spiritual and physiological benefits.
In Europe, colostrum has been a traditional folk remedy and tonic. In the United States, conventional doctors have consistently used colostrum as a natural antibiotic prior to the introduction of sulfa drugs and penicillin and in the 1950s colostrum was implemented in the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis. It was also used in 1950 by Dr Albert Sabin, (the researcher who developed the first oral vaccine for poliomyelitis) who found that colostrum contained antibodies against polio.
Tennee | September 25, 2016
In this day and age most people operate at full speed on all cylinders from morning until night.
The momentum needed to keep everything going as we work and raise families can leave us “wired and tired”.
As a result, the circadian rhythm that governs the natural cycles of the body can go awry.
One of the end results of this tail spin can show up in our sleep patterns. So its not surprising that when it comes to decompressing at night time, nearly 1/3 of Americans are sleep deprived. That means they struggle to get to sleep, stay asleep and wake up refreshed.
Tennee | March 25, 2016
Neurogenesis is a new buzz word in the community of biohacking and there have been revolutionary discoveries in this new frontier regarding brain health.
I dove head first into this field of study two years ago while studying Functional Diagnostic Nutrition and recently devoured two books on brain health that have radically changed my perspective on the healing process. “Why isn’t my brain working?” by Dr. Datis Kharrazian explores the brain gut connection, and “Brain Maker” by Dr. David Perlmutter explores the microbiota and its connection to brain and body health.
Well the good news is, there are a multitude of ways we can support our brain function and neurogenesis may hold the key to optimizing and unlocking your brains longevity factor.
Tennee | February 11, 2016
I was enrolled this last winter in a digestive intensive with Andrea Nakayama exploring the role of the gut in healing chronic illness.
This topic hits very close to home for me as I have been working to strengthen my own families gut health for the past 5 years.
This intensive provided an eye opening amount of detailed information pertaining to how we can heal this incredibly complex and interconnected system and why its such a critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to healing the body.
The truth of the matter is that, the gut is implicated in every single system in the body and 70% of all americans dysfunction in their lifetime.
So whether a person is dealing with depression, skin conditions, allergies, MS, autoimmune conditions, cancer, etc... it is simply impossible to address issues without taking a serious look at the workings of the gut.
Leaky gut is also intricately linked to autoimmunity. Dr David Brady speaks about the autoimmune trifecta in which he states that in order for autoimmunity to occur, there needs to be a perfect storm of three biological factors:
Andrea Nakayama provides a metaphor that describes this trifecta as a three legged stool where a overactive immune system “gremlin” can climb. “Without each of those legs in place there is no stool to stand upon, and two of those legs are related to the health of our gut.”
Tennee | January 11, 2016
My personal quest and question for the past 8 years has been:
“How can I master my own health?”
After resurfacing from the dark depths of imbalance I find myself constantly striving to meet a new standard for radiant health that continues to awaken in me higher and higher levels of energy and stamina.
Ultimately, I believe that we are wired for mastery and there are tools available for us that can help us at every turn.
One such tool that I feel compelled to share was brought to my attention while I was participating in the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition program. At that time, I had the opportunity to run and study markers as well as the results of the spectracell micronutrient test to get a thorough assessment of my nutritional status.
Its relevant to note that I had been looking into a few different tests to assess nutrient status in the body and had read “Nutritional Balancing and hair mineral analysis” by Lawrence Wilson, M.D. I also received a hair mineral analysis at a health convention a few months back through Nutri-Spectrum that used biofeedback to analyze the DNA of the hair. However, there are some controversial elements that are often debated in the functional nutrition community regarding HTMA, and there were some discrepancies as to how some labs were “handling” the hair samples. When I discussed these questions with one of the teachers in the FDN program I was directed to look into the Spectracell micronutrient test and after researching the test and listening to well respected health care providers like Chris Kressor’s experiences with this test, I decided to run the test on myself.
Tennee | December 10, 2015
My favorite go to health tools for supporting my families immunity during the winter.
Even though we live in California, its starting to get cold outside and I am beginning to hear the sneezing in the grocery store and can see with undue certainty that the cold and flu season is on its way.
Thats ok. I have my arsenal at home. And when I implement these things into my families routine, I notice my children simply don’t come home with the torrent of cold and flu symptoms that other families continuously have to deal with.
Tennee | November 17, 2015
The first time I heard about ozone therapy was while I was taking a workshop at the Four Winds Society In L.A. It was during a period of time when I was at the lowest point I can remember physically. Determined to find deeper keys to unlock my healing potential, I decided to embark on a workshop in shamanic light body training taught by Alberto Villoldo. I enrolled with about 250 other healers of different sorts.
In this huge hall filled with people, I happened to be sitting next to a man wielding a very high quality low lever laser. As fate should have it, I ended up partnering up for an exercise with this guy, the renowned biohacker Dave Asprey, founder of the bulletproof executive website. Without being privy to any knowledge of his experience in the realm of biohacking, he casually shared with me that he had healed from Lyme disease using ozone. (It is worth mentioning that at the time I had no idea why I felt so awful).
Fast forward, six months later... With some minor guidance from Dave Asprey, I ordered an ozone sauna for my personal use. Before jumping headfirst into the ozone treatments I read as much information as I could find on the subject. This led me to getting my first intravenous ozone treatment with the renowned ozone physician Robert Rowen. The clinic, was a good introduction to ozone but was not sustainable for me as the cost was beyond my means. Ironically, at the clinic I was told that ozone saunas would not yield much benefit... but that is exactly what ended up becoming my saving grace.
Tennee | August 17, 2015
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