When you hear the word trauma, what comes to mind? Many people classify trauma as abuse of some sort – whether that’s physical abuse, sexual abuse, or intense emotional abuse brought on by another person. But what if I told you there are many other things that could be classified as ‘abuse’ that causes trauma to the body – things like chemical toxin exposures, eating toxic foods long term, being stuck in a negative mindset, even the words we say to ourselves in our inner dialogue, all of these things can cause trauma.
Last month we released our much anticipated Mastering Trauma Masterclass, a five part video series where we dove deep into the underlying root causes of trauma in the body, and how this trauma can become trapped in our cells, over time manifesting as physical symptoms and even disease. In our masterclass, we touched on the five major underlying root causes of chronic disease, mental health disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases. Those root causes that we have narrowed down after working with thousands of clients, are foods, environmental toxins like chemicals, heavy metals and even EMFs, MycoToxins or toxic mold exposure, infections and leaky gut, and the final root cause being trauma, unprocessed emotions and mindset.
Our goal in holistic healing and functional medicine is to help our clients discover and address the root causes of their symptoms and diagnosis. When you address the root causes of symptoms, instead of using a ‘band-aid’ like long-term medication, you can often find resolution or at minimum, big improvements in symptoms. After all, the body is amazing! Our bodies, if given what they need, are designed to and can miraculously heal themselves.
Over the years, our team of coaches here at Modern Holistic Health, has noticed how important the trauma aspect is, when it comes to full mind and body healing. I can recall many clients who were doing all the right things – eating an anti-inflammatory diet of whole organic foods, getting great sleep, taking their supplements, exercising, addressing their toxic loads through detoxification. Lab work over time would improve greatly, and infections would clear, their guts would begin to heal – but still symptoms persisted. More times than not, these clients were avoiding or perhaps didn’t realize that one or more traumas or past heightened emotional experiences, were ‘stuck’ in their bodies, and remained a barrier to healing or something that was keeping their bodies in a state of dis-ease. Even if these clients thought they were “over” their trauma, had put it behind them, or hadn’t thought about it for years, the effect of the trauma on a cellular level persisted.
I want to share the story of one of our clients, who we love dearly, Abby. Abby started working with us earlier this year. She’s a busy college student, in her 20’s, with a history of being overweight, having struggled with emotional eating for many years. Abby’s symptoms included anxiety, rashes on her hands, hormone imbalance, gut issues like bloating and loose stools, feeling overwhelmed, intense food cravings, the inability to get a good night’s sleep, low energy, and acne.
We started working with Abby by first doing a lot of lab work to see what was going on with Abby’s physical body. Lab results found a very large amount of mycotoxins, or toxic mold, in Abby’s body. Mycotoxins are known for causing gut dysbiosis or leaky gut, brain fog, joint pain and stiffness, memory loss, anxiety, and depression, among other symptoms. Abby’s lab results also showed a host of chemical toxins, including large amounts of BPA, which is a toxin found in plastics. BPA is what’s called a xenoestrogen, so it mimics estrogen in the body — labs showed Abby’s estrogen was sky high, which was throwing off the balance of all of her other hormones. We also found a toxin called PGO, which is known as styrene, and is a chemical found in food packaging materials. PGO can impact the central nervous system, cause concentration problems, fatigue, muscle weakness, and can irritate the mucus membranes – many of which were symptoms Abby was experiencing. Abby also had high levels of several pesticides and herbicides in her body, all of which are found on commercial produce, including glyphosate – and can cause gut dysbiosis or leaky gut, along with symptoms like food sensitivities, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and compromised immunity – also many symptoms Abby was experiencing.
Our coaches walked Abby through diet and lifestyle changes, to help lower inflammation in her body and help her body start detoxing all of the toxins we found. We did specialized food labs to help Abby learn which foods were contributing to her dis-ease, and taught Abby how to make lasting changes in what she was eating. We also taught Abby how to figure out where her mycotoxin and chemical exposures were coming from, and how to stop her exposure to these toxins. We set Abby up with a customized supplement protocol for her body — to deeply detox her body on a cellular level, and support her immune system, gut balance, brain chemistry, and hormones while she detoxed.
To really get to the root cause of Abby’s emotional eating — we knew we needed to address trauma as a root cause, so we put Abby through what we call a One-Day Intensive. This is a full day of one-on-one work with one of our Trauma and Mindset Coaches, that helps a client get to the root causes of trauma in the body, and how that trauma is manifesting itself in the physical body. What’s fascinating about this work is that you don’t even have to know what traumatic event or events are causing the body to stay stuck – it’s all uncovered during the One-Day Intensive. What we helped Abby uncover over the course of this work was life changing for her.
Something a teacher said to Abby when she was a young girl, led her to believe that she couldn’t be herself in front of others, that she needed to hide who she was, which caused her to feel disconnected from her true self at a very early age. Combine this with feeling controlled by her father, witnessing her parents go through a rough patch in their marriage and fearing divorce, along with a negative self image (she didn’t like her body and didn’t feel comfortable in her own skin) — we were able to see that trauma was certainly a barrier to healing for Abby and was keeping her stuck in a cycle of self destructive eating habits.
The trauma and mindset work we did with Abby helped her release these long-held negative emotions in her body, changed her beliefs about herself, and helped her focus on who she wanted to become instead of focusing on all the things she didn’t want to be.
In three short months, Abby has lost more than 25 pounds, she’s changed her relationship with food, and her food cravings are practically gone! Abby still has work to do — we are focused on detoxing all of the mycotoxins and chemical toxins from her body, which can take upwards of a year for many people, and then we will focus on balancing her hormones, healing her gut, and helping her optimize her health with a lifestyle plan moving forward. Our team is so excited to see where Abby will be a year from now!
Abby’s case is an example of how you can see faster and more thorough healing, when you are addressing all of the root causes of dis-ease, including the trauma aspect. If the work we do resonates with you, we’d love to help guide you on your own healing journey — just reach out and schedule a call with one of our health coaches today!
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Not feeling well and looking for help with your condition, diagnosis, or symptoms that won’t go away no matter what you have tried? Our holistic biological health coaches can help you! Our coaches teach you how your body works, what the underlying cause of your condition or symptoms are, and how to fix and address them using long-term solutions that are data-driven and that work!
Our holistic biological health coaches have a deep understanding of advanced functional testing and genetics testing, along with much experience in complex cases.
Our biological coaching team works with you to empower and teach you how to understand and interpret your lab results, what your results mean, how they are connected to your health conditions or symptoms, and most importantly, what to do with the information, how to put protocols together based on your lab results, and when to reorder your various labs to track progress.
You will become your own healing master learning how to navigate the healing process, how to modify your protocols, when and how to detoxify your organs and cells from the toxins discovered on your lab results. You will learn the importance of tracking your assessment forms and symptom sheets and how to troubleshoot your healing process.
In addition, you have the opportunity to learn how to understand YOUR genetic blueprint – Our coaches are trained in the field of epigenetics and understand implicitly that YOU are in control of your own gene expression and how your genes either work for or against you. If you choose to add genetic testing into your program, your genetic blueprint information can be used not only to help drive your plan of action for healing, but also it can be used to understand your body’s unique nutrition, lifestyle, sleeping, eating, and physical activity needs are so that you can optimize once you are healed.
Get help from our functional nutrition coaches who understand that there is no ONE diet that is right for everyone. Our nutrition coaches work hand in hand with our biological coaches so if you need any lab work done or specific protocols that would require supplement protocols, you have a team working on your behalf and your nutrition coach would make recommendations for which other team coaches would be able to help you.
Your coaches will teach and empower you to learn how to determine and navigate your diet modifications which are decided based on your extensive intake forms, history, and your lab data that your coaches may want to order for you. Based on all of this information, they will teach you what foods to eat and not eat according to various conditions and why.
Your functional nutrition coach will help you learn what substitutes you can use when there are certain foods you may need to stop eating for a period of time, how to put your meals together based on your dietary needs per your lab data, how and when to incorporate gut repair protocols, and what lifestyle modifications you want to address based on your labs and your health conditions.
Nutritional coaching can be a great tool by itself or combined with coaching from our biological coaches. You can schedule with either our biological or nutrition coaches and they can help you get started and make recommendations as needed.
Many people who have successfully mentored with our nutrition coaches have had past issues such as:
Mindset, past and present traumas, and limiting belief systems are some of the biggest barriers to healing, so much in fact that gene expression and biological ‘engines’ of the human body can change for the worse because of it.
In the many years, we have been working in the field of holistic medicine, helping people who have tried everything else with no success or little success, we have discovered how great of an impact our thoughts, beliefs, and past and present trauma, and chronic stress can be to the human body, mind, and spirit.
The rate of recovery and healing for those who place emphasis on creating new neurological pathways to imprint new and healthy mindsets and belief systems in how they perceive themselves and the world around them is greatly improved when the psychological aspect of mindset and integration of mind, body, the spirit is addressed through repatterning of the mind and body neurology.
By removing barriers discovered from traumas, mindset, and conscious/unconscious patterns that are not congruent for healing, health, and vitality, you set yourself up for the best outcomes in your healing journey. Healing only occurs when the physical, emotional, and mental barriers to healing are removed.
Therefore we incorporate mind, body, spirit integration work into our programs and in doing so, we see exponential increases in positive outcomes with our clients. We have put together the most comprehensive ‘whole person’ approach in the world, and this is why our results are so successful.
Our Emotional Processing, Stress Release, & Neurological Repatterning coaches work with you to create new neurological connections, anchor new neurology, and habits, and show you how to become aware of any conscious or unconscious belief systems that may be holding you back from healing and total health.
You are welcome to try one or two appointments to see what you think. We typically recommend a minimum of 6 sessions to make an accurate assessment of how this type of modality is working for you.
Here are some of the modalities our Emotional Processing, Stress Release, & Neurological Repatterning coaches use for brain and body repatterning:
Breathwork is more than just a simple exercise of intentional breathing. Specialized breathwork techniques are used to facilitate major transformation and healing by encompassing a wide range of therapeutic practices that are extremely powerful in providing immediate relief for pulling people out of fight or flight (the amygdala hijack we teach about in Part 2 of our Mastering Trauma Masterclass).
This vagus nerve activation through breath work activates the rest/digest (parasympathetic nervous system), stimulates healing, reduces blood pressure, reduces the cortisol stress response, regulates hormone and blood glucose activity, and heart rate variability (the biological stress response). It rewires the body for self-regulation of the nervous system in a manner that optimizes the body and creates resilience in times of stress.
Yoga breath therapy allows you to disconnect from the mind chatter, mind racing, and negative self-talk and reconnect with your body your energy. From this elevated state of awareness, you are able to facilitate healing, growth, and expansion. And if you are looking for some expansion of your body/mind/spirit awareness, then this type of breathwork can be nourishing and can facilitate the next layer of peace, love, gratitude, connection, clarity, and insights.
In the many years, we have been working in the field of holistic medicine, helping people who have tried everything else with no success or little success, we have discovered how great of a damaging impact our thoughts, beliefs, and past and present trauma, and chronic stress (the fight or flight response) can be to the human body, mind, and spirit.
By becoming aware of how to regulate our own nervous system, and resolve traumas, mindset, and conscious/unconscious patterns that are not congruent for healing, health, and vitality, you set yourself up for the best outcomes in your healing journey. Healing only occurs when the physical, emotional, and mental barriers to healing are removed.
The rate of recovery and healing for those who place emphasis on:
….. Find much success and amplification in their healing journey.