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In Constant Pain? There may be hope

About fifteen months ago, I met a woman who told me about pure food supplements and two companies called Shaklee and Purium. I heard nothing. I don’t mean that I didn’t hear what she said or that I didn’t hear the words come out of her mouth. I mean, her words had no meaning nor any significance to me. Hence, it didn’t even cross my mind to pay attention to her words or give her enough credibility or give her words the credence necessary to pay attention or think about the possible benefits to me of what she was sharing. I was in incredible pain every day. I had incredible difficulty moving, changing clothes, putting on or taking off my shirt, socks, shoes, bending, lifting, and difficulty moving in general. Getting to the grocery store, or going to work was nearly impossible despite working only a 4 minute walk from my residence. I was taking 4 opiod pain pills per day. What is this woman talking to me about pure food supplements for? And, how does she think vitamins can help my pain or inability to move? I think this woman might be a little off of her rocker.

You see, people have told me before that this or that can or could help me in some way physically, and I am 47 years old and tried many different things. So, I can say that I have become naturally skeptical. I am ESPECIALLY skeptical when it comes to pills. In my mind, I’ve concluded that good things in life, or changes in life come from diligent, consistent work, not from a pill. In my mind concerted effort and study, and applying what I have learned is the only way to improve myself or my life. I believed that getting to a gym, having a personal trainer, and altering my diet were all things that could help me. All of these take money and consistent diligence and work. What is this woman telling me about a pill for?

Also, I’ve mentioned other places in this website about my broken leg and foot which did not heal properly and caused massive spinal problems, seven herniated discs, compression fractures in my spine, compressed nerves, numbness, which has made simple movements almost impossible for me. Also, I’ve shared in other places in this website about not having any cartilage in either of my shoulders. Having torn labrum and torn rotator cuff, bones spurs, and nerve impingements in both shoulders. So, telling me that there is a pill that could help my joints made me quite skeptical,,,, especially since glucosamine chondroitin had been a total waste of time, effort, energy, money, and false hope in my past.

The woman who brought these products and claims to me had said that Shaklee has saved her life on 3 occasions throughout her life, and she believed if there were one company that could produce vitamins and supplements which could help me, the man in constant, debilitating pain, and who had difficulty doing the most basic of tasks in daily life; she believes that Shaklee is that company.

After about 6 months, I decided to give Shaklee’s Joint Health ComplexⓇ a chance. Despite having very little money, I spent that money on Shaklee’s Joint Health ComplexⓇ. By this time, the woman who had brought me the original claim that Shaklee’sⓇ had earned quite a bit of admiration and credibility in my mind. So, I gave it a shot. I took my friend’s recommended dosage, and that took me through one bottle in ten days. I saw no benefit. This experience did nothing for my confidence in the product. I had done quite a bit of research up to this point, and realized the difference that pure food vitamins and supplements can make on the body over the vitamins and supplements that I could get at the local drug store. But, still, I had given this woman’s recommendation a shot, and nothing.

I must admit, I realized that ten days of taking this Joint Health ComplexⓇ probably wasn’t enough time to see any results, especially in shoulders as badly gone as my shoulders are. However, I also realized that buying three of these bottle per month was way outside my current financial means, so what do I do? I’ve already said that I believe positive change comes from being consistent and diligent, and I wasn’t being either of those here in this situation when it came to my health. I knew it was possible that there was truth in her words, but I guess either I or Universe wasn’t ready for me to see any actual result.

Fast forward another 7 months, and I can tell you that this woman’s credibility has grown in my eyes. I had learned more about her story, and more about the adversity that she had overcome, and more about the details by which Shaklee had actually saved her life. Eventually, I decided that I was going to give this Shaklee thing, this pure food vitamin and supplement thing, a right go as the British would say.

So, at her recommendation, I bought Soy Protein made from a purely natural process, which is completely different than the vast majority of the soy available to the public and I use that and Shaklee’s Organic Greens BoosterⓇ (which is one cup of raw, nutrient rich vegetables in every scoop) in a daily fruit and spinach smoothie.

I also now use Shaklee’s Pain Relief ComplexⓇ daily. I take Shaklee’s PM Recovery Complex to recover quicker from my daily movements/exercise. I take CarotoMaxⓇ for lutein, lycopene, carotenoid, and other antioxidants. I take Vita-D3Ⓡ for heart and immune system health. I take Vita-LeaⓇ for men, for energy, immune system boost, metabolism, muscle recovery, and vitality. Lastly, I take Shaklee’s OmegaGuardⓇ for fish oil that is pharmaceutical grade in its potency.

I committed to taking these diligently until I could make an accurate assessment and then feel confident in sharing that with others. It’s been three and a half weeks, and while not every day has been spectacular, having my up days and down days, in general, all of the claims that were made to me have come true. I have less pain. I can move easier. I have more energy. When I sleep, I sleep better. My quality of life has improved.

As someone who definitely has experienced thoughts of not wanting to live any more due to the level of consistent pain and debilitation I was experiencing on a daily basis, I do not make recommendations like this lightly. While I am not yet running outside, or training crossfit or for marathons, the difference is significant enough that I would like everyone who experiences consistent pain and debilitation to experience the increase in mobility, energy, and vitality that I feel.

You may have noticed that I did not list the Joint Health ComplexⓇ among the supplements I have committed to taking. As I’ve stated above. I believe in committing to something, and then observing the results over time, without any judgement or preconceived notions before I change my mind on something. I am committed to taking it, but not until one of two things happens. Either I start generating a little more money personally so I know I can take it for six months before making any judgments about its efficacy, or the moment that Clear Choices Healing Center can have me as a patient/client and help me with the payment of the Joint Health ComplexⓇ.

I am now down to about two to three pain pills per week. I have the energy to write this article. Obviously, my daily mood is better because it is not so difficult for me to move and do the things that have been so difficult for me to do over the past 6+ years. I hope that this testimonial gives you hope that good things are possible for you too.

Fast forward another 7 months, and I can tell you that this woman’s credibility has grown in my eyes. I had learned more about her story, and more about the adversity that she had overcome, and more about the details by which Shaklee had actually saved her life. Eventually, I decided that I was going to give this Shaklee thing, this pure food vitamin and supplement thing, a right go as the British would say.

So, at her recommendation, I bought Soy Protein made from a purely natural process, which is completely different than the vast majority of the soy available to the public and I use that and Shaklee’sⓇ Organic Greens Booster (which is one cup of raw, nutrient rich vegetables in every scoop) in a daily fruit and spinach smoothie.

I also now use Shaklee’s Pain Relief ComplexⓇ daily. I take Shaklee’s PM Recovery Complex to recover quicker from my daily movements/exercise. I take CarotoMaxⓇ for lutein, lycopene, carotenoid, and other antioxidants. I take Vita-D3Ⓡ for heart and immune system health. I take Vita-LeaⓇ for men, for energy, immune system boost, metabolism, muscle recovery, and vitality. Lastly, I take Shaklee’s OmegaGuardⓇ for fish oil that is pharmaceutical grade in its potency.

I committed to taking these diligently until I could make an accurate assessment and then feel confident in sharing that with others. It’s been three and a half weeks, and while not every day has been spectacular, having my up days and down days, in general, all of the claims that were made to me have come true. I have less pain. I can move easier. I have more energy. When I sleep, I sleep better. My quality of life has improved.

As someone who definitely has experienced thoughts of not wanting to live any more due to the level of consistent pain and debilitation I was experiencing on a daily basis, I do not make recommendations like this lightly. While I am not yet running outside, or training crossfit or for marathons, the difference is significant enough that I would like everyone who experiences consistent pain and debilitation to experience the increase in mobility, energy, and vitality that I feel.

You may have noticed that I did not list the Joint Health ComplexⓇ among the supplements I have committed to taking. As I’ve stated above. I believe in committing to something, and then observing the results over time, without any judgement or preconceived notions before I change my mind on something. I am committed to taking it, but not until one of two things happens. Either I start generating a little more money personally so I know I can take it for six months before making any judgments about its efficacy, or the moment that Clear Choices Healing Center can have me as a patient/client and help me with the payment of the Joint Health ComplexⓇ.

I am now down to about two to three pain pills per week. I have the energy to write this article. Obviously, my daily mood is better because it is not so difficult for me to move and do the things that have been so difficult for me to do over the past 6+ years. I hope that this testimonial gives you hope that good things are possible for you too.

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Energy Healer??? What???

Last night, I was at my job as a cashier at CVS and something happened to me that I’d like to share with you. I was in a good mood despite numerous things and events occurring in my life or on the periphery of my life that could be construed as crap. Believe it or not, I had a desire to dance. So, if you have ever seen teenagers and early twenty somethings jumping up and down in front of the stage at a music concert, that was me…….. For just a second……..

There were no customers around. I knew I had a 90 second break between customers, and my supervisor was in the seasonal aisle changing things over from Halloween to Thanksgiving and Christmas stuff. I thought it would be cool to dance and to jump up and down and move into the aisle and break her mundane thought pattern with a pattern of joy. But, on that second jump, I felt my right calf pop. Yes, that’s right. For those of you that have ever torn a hamstring or calf, that is exactly what happened.

For me, having been a former high level athlete, and having torn my hamstring and calf before, I will give you a background of relatedness to understand. The least damaging type of ‘pop’ for a hamstring or calf will leave the athlete out only for a few days while he/she recovers. The second type of “pop” will leave the athlete out for about three weeks while he/she is in recovery. The third, and most damaging type of tear of the calf or hamstring will leave the athlete out for around three months and will possibly need surgery to be repaired. This was not that kind of “pop”. It was the second kind of pop. Yes, the fact that I can just rattle this off like that tells you just how many times I’ve hurt myself in my life, how many times I’ve been to doctors for similar type injuries, how in tune with my own body that I am, and how much I’ve read and researched on medical topics related to all of my injuries and ailments.

Last night, I was hobbling big time. I could barely move my body at all due to the level of pain in my calf. I could put no weight on my left leg at all, and I was certain that my life would be like this for the next three weeks or so. My first thought was not to go to the doctor. Also, in the past, I would have just kept quiet about it, and despite others noticing the limp, I would not have talked about my pain and just ‘toughed it out’ for three weeks while the calf healed.

My first thought was to contact my very good friend who happens to be an energy healer and let her know that I had popped my calf. We talked about the root cause of this sudden injury. For those of you that are open to it, you can do some research on Louise Hay. Louise Hay was an amazing lady who believed that when the body demonstrates a physical ailment, the body is attempting to communicate something to you. Her work, You Can Heal Your Body, You Can Heal Your Life helped millions of people over the last 40 years. Also, the publishing company she created in which she only published books for the betterment of mankind is a wonderful place to find something that could help you achieve whatever it is that you desire for yourself and your life.

Let’s get back to our story…. Since I was at work, and since I knew that there was no one to come in and relieve me so I could go home and rest and ice my calf, I sent my friend and energy healer Dee a message letting her know that I had popped my calf. She immediately went to work connecting to my energy, and sending healing energy into the area of the injury. She sent me a return text message telling me that she had done this and that I should be able to feel a difference shortly. Within fifteen to twenty minutes, I did feel about a 20 to 25% decrease in tightness and pain. For those of you that are all about science, science related, and only science, and are disbelievers that this is even possible, that is ok. We here at Clear Choices Healing Center want to give everyone the opportunity to believe if they are open, and give people the opportunity to refuse belief if they are not ready to open their minds and give up what they believe to be true and real and possible. I assure you. Twenty years ago, I didn’t believe any of this was possible either.

Weren’t all of the great discoveries and breakthroughs in science and in world history a result of one person having the courage to believe that the impossible was possible?

Anyway……. I made it through the four and a half hours of work. I did not ice my calf when I got home like my healer friend had implored me to do. That is a discussion for another day. I went to bed, and woke up this morning with about 60 to 70% of the pain and tightness gone from my calf. Since I’ve been through these types of injuries, as well as this type of healing numerous times, I believe that I will have discomfort for a few days, and my calf will be as good as new in only a few days time.

I understand the difficulty for many of you to believe this event occurred in the way or manner that I described. I understand that there will be those that feel that I, not being a medical professional, cannot accurately diagnose my injury, and most likely did not accurately assess the level of tear. I know that there will be those who believe that I am just making stuff up. I know that there will be those who even leave our website and/or charity upon reading this due to the level of disbelief that they have……… and, that is ok.

For those of you that are ready, and whose minds are open to the possibility that there is truth in my words, we can now move on to the next step, which is to figure out why this type of niggling injury has been happening to me and my body for my entire life, and to set out on a course to stop them from happening to me and my body in the future.

Energy healers are real. They may not all have positive, selfless intentions, but when you find one that does, I recommend you hold on to him or her for dear life.

[Caveat] The healer I deal with opened my mind and my eyes to the fact that my belief that I’d need a week or so to heal was actually blocking my calf from healing quickly. Her words were certainly a brick upside my head. I now had to look at the possibility that my beliefs might be stopping my calf from healing. As a result, I sat with her words the rest of the day, and lo and behold, the next day, when I woke up, my calf was over 90% healed. By the third morning, I’d say the calf was 98 or 99% healed, and by the fourth day, I couldn’t feel any more pain or tightness in the calf. I know there are still skeptics out there and that is fine. For those that are open, I invite you to look at what beliefs you have that may be limiting you.

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Mom, Why Do You Look So Much Younger?

Everyone who knows me knows that I’ve been a loyalist to Shaklee health products for over twenty years. The benefits to my health have been far more than just a gift to me. I talk about that in other articles on this website, so I won’t go into that much in this article. Financial challenges haven’t always allowed me to use the products as faithfully as I’ve wanted to, but as I was able I did. One of the amazing lines of products that Shaklee introduced in 1999 was an anti-aging skin care line. It had seven patents pending on it when it came out, and later had eight patents. This line of skin care revolutionized the skin care industry, by infusing vitamins C & E into the cells of the skin. That simple detail made a big difference in the suppleness and hydration of my skin.

My children knew I used this line of products, and they also knew that I had my financial challenges and for quite a long time wasn’t able to get these products and use them as faithfully as I had wanted to. So when my I returned from spending the majority of 2018 in New Hampshire and having had little time with my family during that year, one of my daughters noticed a distinct difference in the appearance of my age. My skin looked younger, less wrinkling, much less sagging, softer. She felt compelled to ask me, “Mom, why do you look so much younger, what have you been doing?”

I knew I hadn’t had any beauty treatments, and I hadn’t had an income that allowed me to return to my favorite anti-aging skin care line either. The one particular thing I had done differently was to learn an energy clearing modality that works at the spirit level to remove traumas and negative thought patterns from my energy field, or auric field. The result always left me feeling lighter, brighter. Feeling “free-er”. Even though I knew physical healing occurs from the work done in the healing sessions, it didn’t occur to me at the time that my physical appearance would look noticeably different, more youthful even.

I spent seven days in that initial course, bringing actual personal issues of my own and from my past, to the “treatment table”. This is the table where the client lies down for a healing session. Then, after the course, I spent many hours clearing energy for others which also clears energy somewhat for the practitioner. I have been involved in practice sessions with other practitioners as well, so the work for me is an ongoing process. I don’t believe we are ever really ‘done’. As a result, the clearing process continues for me as long as I keep doing my work. That is the only real difference for me during that year I was away from my daughter.

I love that it really made a difference! The course I took is called Holographic Kinetics, an Aboriginal belief and quantum science based, energy healing modality. This energy healing modality works at the spirit/energy level to clear away traumas we’ve experienced that are unknowingly affecting us and/or affecting our health and well-being in this lifetime. Even our disempowering beliefs and decisions that we’ve made get locked into dimensions of their own in our energy field. This creates blocks to having a healthy body, blocks to having a healthy, joyous relationships. Many modalities clear blocks only at the cellular or the soul level. Holographic Kinetics is different because it can clear these blocks away at the spirit/energy level. If the Spirit isn’t involved in the process, the very core issue that’s holding it there may still be present, creating an opportunity for the issue to return even after a person has had work done on themself via another modality.

Through the process of clearing away emotional traumas and negative thought patterns that are trapped within our energy field or aura, the physical body responds positively. The body is able to heal itself. So it makes sense that the body’s aging process is altered also.

Clear Choices Healing Center will have Holographic Kinetics certified practitioners in our community healing centers across America. These practitioners will be approved by Steve Richards, who has spent his life studying, practicing, researching and designing the Holographic Kinetics modality and energy healing course. Steve is very careful with training his students, as this modality works at the quantum level of science. While CCHC refers clients to a nationwide pool of available practitioners, we want those working within our community centers hand picked by Steve, for the best benefit for all.

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What is Functional Medicine?

What is Functional Medicine, and what makes Functional Medicine different from conventional medicine?

Here’s a description found on the Institute for Functional Medicine website:

“The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.

By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each Individual.”
https://www.ifm.org/functional-medicine/
One of Clear Choices Healing Center’s board members was lead to and shared this article with us. The article appeared as a “suggested read” since he is in the process of studying biochemistry. Within this article on Functional Medicine, the writer has done a fabulous job of detailing her first experience with a functional medical doctor. She notes the rather distinct difference she observed between this experience and that of her experiences with the way things are done in a conventional medical doctor’s office. What the writer describes in this article sounds to me like a blend of a functional/conventional practice. Now, unless you are a business-junkie a greater portion of the article might bore you once you get past her experience in the practitioners office. Just take what you like from the article and leave the rest. If you cannot get yourself to read the entire article, I’ll share with you my favorite quote out of the entire article:

“Functional medicine is not Eastern medicine, it’s not integrative medicine,” stresses Berzin. “It’s just taking the best practices for conventional medicine but focusing on the root causes of disease.” For example, she adds, “You’re not an insomniac lying awake at night because of an Ambien deficiency.”

https://www.fastcompany.com/90224888/is-this-150-a-month-holistic-primary-care-service-the-future-of-medicine

Next let’s take a look at the website of Dr. Maggie, another practitioner I’ve discovered in my online research, located in the Central Florida area. Dr. Maggie seems to appeal more to the person who is ready to take the leap out of conventional medicine all together. If you break a bone, of course you need that conventional doctor or emergency room. However, there are so many ailments that can be prevented and/or resolved naturally and in a manner that benefits the body without side effects often experienced from the use of prescription pharmaceuticals. Bringing the body to a state of balance that supports its ability to heal itself appears to be the goal a Functional Medicine practitioner is focused on achieving for their patients. When you read through Dr. Maggie’s website, there are many articles to support this theory.

Functional Medicine

As it is within any profession, each practitioner has the ability and tendency to bring their own individuality to their practice. Functional medicine practices are no different in that respect. There are a wide variety of holistic treatment options that doctors may choose to study, and each doctor will incorporate what they’ve studied into their functional medicine practice.

What intrigued me about Dr. Maggie was her broad range of knowledge. As I explored the pages of her website I found answers and understanding about health issues that matter to me, such as the role digestion plays in the health of a person as a whole. What Dr. Maggie shared on alternative gut cleansing options was far beyond anything I’ve heard from my conventional doctors. Dr. Maggie offers detailed suggestions on how to improve digestive health, the health of the gut, and how that would help a person’s overall health. You can find that article here:

GAPS: Gut and Psychology Syndrome

Dr. Maggie educates readers that visit her website about Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI). Dr. Maggie offers DITI to her patients in her office, but you won’t find DITI at your conventional doctor’s office. DITI is capable of detecting cancerous cells a full ten years earlier than a mammogram. By the time a traditional mammogram detects cancer it has grown to at least one centimeter, already causing a negative impact on the wellbeing of the body. DITI is a true early detection system and it is available at a lower cost than a mammogram. However, conventional insurance companies do not offer to pay for this type of an exam. Hence, it is not well known to the general public.

Functional Medicine is one of the holistic health options that Clear Choices Healing Center encourages people to explore among alternative healing options. If you find any piece of information in this description, or in any of the related articles interesting for yourself, I think it’s time for you to do some more research into Functional Medicine and take a chance that Functional Medicine may be able to benefit your health and well being.