Imagine getting up every day full of energy.
If you were in your 30s again!
What would that be like?
What would that be worth to you?
What is your health worth to you?
Think about it. Your health isn’t everything.
But without it. Everything else is nothing, and yet too many of us are taking our health for granted until something goes wrong.
No one wakes up hoping to be diagnosed with a disease or chronic illness.
And yet we’ve never been taught how to be proactive in our health journey.
Throughout our school career, we do not talk about the basics we need in life to survive and thrive. We rely on our parents for that. But what if our parents don’t have healthy habits? Who will teach us what we need to know when we are young?
As an oral health coach, I believe it is time this information is made available to everyone. Combining new knowledge around your health and the ability to get information at your fingertips, have tests done in the comfort of your own home, allowing you to optimize your health for today and your future.
Paying attention to integrative health care to learn as much as possible about breathing, nutrition, and detoxification. What are your needs as an individual?
It can be difficult to know what to do and who to follow for the advice that you need. Our healthcare system is a sick care system. Most people wait to see a Dr when there is a problem. Western medicine does not look at our whole body top down before they treat symptoms, and then they treat that part of the body. There had to be a cause, and illness is not usually something that just happens; it develops over time.
How many of us are proactively seeking tests to see where we are deficient in making small changes that could prevent a problem?
You’ve eaten one way your whole life, and you have stuck with the same brand that your Mom used growing up. Then something happens, and now you’re being asked to eat a different way and use different products, and it feels hard, and you don’t know where to start, and you’ve got your brain talking back at you, asking you why you’re doing this.
But when you have the ideal partnership and people that have been there before, that can guide you. It just makes it all so much easier.
We all would love wealth beyond our dreams. As Americans, most of us work our whole lives just to retire and spend our wealth or hard-earned savings on health care.
What if you live for a really long time, that would be wonderful. I know what I want to do, I want to make memories with my family and friends, but that costs money. So you need wealth to make that happen.
What is the point of having wealth if you don’t have your health? That’s what happens more often than not? We work so hard to build up our wealth, but we sacrifice our health in the process. And that’s not good either. Now that I have had cancer and watched my family member suffer from the disease. I want both Health and wealth to live my best life.
How do we get there? Ideal partnerships, there are all kinds of ideal partnerships or collaborations, whether it is with family, the friends we choose to surround ourselves with, romantic partnerships, business partnerships, or sports partnerships, but have you ever thought about health partnerships?
We need health partnerships if you are taking responsibility for your health, and it may take several practitioners collaborating to get you to optimal health.
I know that I was raised when you get sick and you go to the doctor, and the doctor makes you better. Is it the doctor’s responsibility to make you better? That was the old way of healthcare.
Now it is big business, and we no longer have the general physician see the whole family. They are more like a conductor listening and referring you to another Dr for your specific problem. My breast cancer journey was more about protocols than treating me, my individual needs. I was literally handed a number and not treated like I had feelings. A cancer diagnosis and all the emotions that go with it are hard to process alone in a room. I don’t recommend it. Yet I had cancer during covid, and I was not allowed to bring a loved one back with me. WTF? Where did humanity go? It was quite a year of illness for our family. While we had loved ones in our corner, we were alone in the hospital when we needed people the most. My daughter’s dad died alone in a sterile room. She was not able to see him before he went on a ventilator. No one even thought to have her facetime him while he was in the hospital. It was a lot for a 16-year-old to process with both parents having a serious illness at the same time.
It was a painful learning experience. I hope by sharing, I can bring awareness to what questions to ask, so no one else has to endure such a harsh lesson.
These days you need to work in collaboration with doctors and take some responsibility and not give away all your power and not put all of that responsibility on one doctor. We all only know so much. That goes for one healthcare provider. They say four eyes are better than two, and two heads are better than one. We need to start listening to our gut; our instincts trust ourselves to know what is right for us if we want better outcomes.
And even better, don’t just wait until you get sick to go to the doctor. But actually, step into taking that responsibility for your health now to do as much as you can so that you don’t even get sick and you don’t need to go to the doctor as often. We should be running your labs every year to see what our body needs. Are we low in Vitamin D and Vitamin B? Do we have toxic heavy metals in our bodies? What can we do to give our body what it needs? First, we have to know what it needs.
You don’t have to go to the Dr as often because you’re not getting sick because you’re taking preventative action and learning what to do from being in partnership with your doctor and with someone like myself, an oral health coach, seeing an integrative health practitioner, and other healers that you have in your circle. We all work together for you to be able to optimize your health.
Yes, this costs money, but it is a lot less than a chronic illness that could have been prevented.
When you truly can optimize your health, you can do everything you want to do in your life. Because you feel amazing. You wake up with energy that lasts throughout the day. There isn’t any brain fog, and you don’t have joint pain, etc. You do not need an afternoon nap.
How amazing would that be? Able to do exactly what you want to do and get things done on any given day because you have energy and you feel amazing.
But when you’ve got things going on with your health that are slowing you down, you’re not feeling right, and you’ve got low energy, you’ve got joint pain, maybe you’ve got stomach pain or gut issues going on that all hinder your ability to be able to focus and get everything done because your mind is elsewhere.
Especially when it’s got issues because of the gut-brain connection that can definitely be causing brain fog, headaches, et cetera, so when we take on the attitude that our health is our greatest asset, and we treat it like any other asset, our house, or our car, we service, we take for maintenance like oil changes and new tires. Your body is equally as important as your car in your house. But we do not take care of it as such or see our health as an investment in our future.
When you treat it as such an important asset and give it what it needs, it will take care of you in return, and you do that in collaboration with people that can guide you to success. You don’t have to know everything yourself first. You can work with people that can guide you. It does not even have to cost you money if you want to take the time to do the research. Everything is googleable or on Youtube.
Health partnerships will allow you to get there faster and live your best life.
Is your health an asset to you?
How do you want to live?
Are you living your best life?
What is your health worth to you?
Do you have time?
What are your health goals?
So let’s talk about how collaborations and partnerships can improve your chances of achieving your goals, whether your goal is to lose weight, and whether your goal is to optimize your health for longevity. Finding the people to help is key.
The reality is that in our world today, the average North American spends about 10 years at the end of their life in a nursing home where there is no longer quality of life at that point. Ten years is a long time. What if you could have those 10 years back to live them fully and not have to be in that nursing home? That’s where health partnerships can help get you there.
Collaborating gives you increased accountability, and increased support, so you’re not alone. You get to figure out the path for yourself. You’re not going to just Dr. Google the internet to research things. If you are struggling with a health issue and you’re trying to figure it out, and you’re trying to do it on your own, you are in a stress state because you’re concerned about this issue.
When you’re not sure if you’re doing things the right way and in a stressed state, the body doesn’t heal; in fact, in that stress state, our immune system is shut down. But when you can instead be guided into the next steps that you need to be taking on your health journey. You can relax in the process and feel supported by your various practitioners. When you relax, that’s when your immune system can function at an optimal level, and your body can start healing.
You are more at ease, and you are using less effort because it’s a combined effort. Everybody’s working together towards the same goal. more ease means less stress, right? And you’re also feeling more inspired to stick to any protocol or plan that you have created.
Our medical industry is so overwhelmed that mainstream medical doctors don’t have the time for you. Finding integrative practitioners like Kelly Shockly or Melissa Deally who have the ability to support you and connect with you between appointments with your mainstream medical doctor, can give you peace of mind.
I do not know where I would be today if I were not being proactive and learning more and having these tests to know what my body specifically needs.
I would love to invite you to join my community. There’s a link in the show notes to get access and get your questions answered. It’s truly priceless. And I’d love to see you join the community and collaborate with me to get access to more resources, including a larger network of people that can help you. It’s not only resources in terms of information that definitely give you more access to the knowledge of other health practitioners.
If you have kids and you’re struggling with their behaviors or they’re struggling to learn at school, I can evaluate for myofunctional disorders, and other practitioners run lab tests to look at how you know they might be deficient in vitamins and minerals. They might not be breathing or sleeping well or have imbalances in their gut, and there may be food sensitivities.
Someone can be looking at the nutritional side of things.
Mellisa has colleagues like Jackie Cinnamon, no problem parenting, and she calls her the child whisperer because she is fabulous at working with parents in improving relationships and communication with their children so that it really does become no problem parenting. Parenting doesn’t have to be a battle; instead, it can be a joy.
If you’re healing from breast cancer and need some support and a community of others who have gone through it. I’m going to refer you to my friend Dr. Veronique Desaulniers, The Breast Cancer Conquer, or my colleagues at the breast connection.
By collaborating now, you have increased resources to draw upon. So when you have a loved one who might have health issues, or if you’ve gone through this yourself, now you can refer people to healers that you’ve met through your journey they can join the community. We work together. Plus, you might have some remedies, some suggestions, recipes, whatever it is that is based on your experience that you can share with them in the group as well. And so that’s wonderful because we all want to help one another, right? When we’ve gone through something, we’ve learned a lot ourselves. It’s natural to want to be able to share and help.
It’s not fun doing it all on your own, and we are not meant to. When we share information, it can be looked at in another way as well in the idea of focusing on your physical health, your mental health, and your mindset, all in partnership.
This might be a relatively new concept, but it’s a really important one to discuss because your mental health is impacted by your physical health.
I blamed myself and my choices for a long time, and that did not serve me well. We talked about the gut-brain connection, and your physical health is impacted by your mental health. So the thoughts that you have, where we put our focus, amplify, so if our thoughts are always fearful in a place of stress, that stress causes our immune system to be shut down and weaker.
That can play havoc on our mouth health, gut health, on our sleep, and more. 90% of all doctor’s visits are related to stress. I believe my breast cancer was, you get breast cancer but not without help.
Due to the science of epigenetics, which has been new science in the last 10 years. We know today that our genes are only five to 10% of that equation. And the other 90 to 95% of that equation is actually the environment we create inside our body. And so that environment is created by the food that we’re putting in, the toxins that are getting in what we’re drinking, the lack of things that we’re putting in and saying to ourselves.
Choose to take proactive action for your health and learn how to do that so that your genes don’t turn on disease.
Our thoughts really do matter. You’ve probably all heard somebody say, I always have bad luck. Well, guess what? If you keep telling yourself, I always have bad luck. That’s what you are going to make happen because you keep focusing on that. But if you switch that around and start telling yourself you always have good luck, you can start to see what happens.
There is a very deep connection between our physical health and our mental health and our mindset, and the way we talk to ourselves.
It’s very hard for our mental health to be imbalanced if our gut is out of balance because serotonin and dopamine are made in our gut. In fact, 90% of serotonin is made in our gut, and serotonin and dopamine are our feel-good neurotransmitters. And if our gut is not imbalanced, then it’s not functioning at optimal levels, which means it can’t necessarily produce serotonin and dopamine at optimal levels. And therefore, we’re not feeling our best because we’re not getting our feel-good neurotransmitters, and so that can impact our
Start to create awareness around your thoughts that you’re having when you notice yourself saying something negative that you don’t leave out there and you don’t want to dwell on. You can just say, cancel, cancel, cancel, and you can reframe it into something positive. It takes a little bit of practice.
Combining new knowledge around your brain and the ability to collaborate with functional medicine in the comfort of your own home will allow you to optimize your health.