Posts Tagged ‘Addictions’

Elicia Miller ~ Understanding Eating Disorders & How to Heal

I am so glad my colleague Elicia Miller made this important video, which I know will speak to many!

In this video you will learn:

  • Elicia’s journey with her eating disorders from age 15 – 39
  • What is at the root of eating disorders
  • Why cleansing, fasting, and extreme restrictive diets and exercise are other forms of bulimia
  • Why telling other people that your diet is the best way to eat is coming from your own shame
  • How to recognize an unhealthy relationship with healthy food and your body
  • How to release the chains of perfectionism
  • Why just changing your thoughts about yourself and/or letting yourself eat whatever you want doesn’t heal your eating disorders
  • How to be supportive, and not shaming, of someone who struggles with their relationship to food, their body and their emotions

Elicia’s Core Emotional Healing programs are good for anyone struggling with eating disorders, addictions, physical and emotional symptoms and/or relationship struggles. Since we share so many clients, I have witnessed huge changes in people who’ve had the courage to work with Elicia on these issues. Many thanks for sharing your story and professional experience!

Express What’s Repressed: Free Webinar with Elicia Miller

Just wanted to give a heads up that my colleague and friend, Elicia Miller is offering a free webinar this coming Wednesday (tomorrow, May 18th) at 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern, 9pm UK, 6am (next day) Sydney.

If you haven’t caught my December 2015 interview with Elicia, you can still access that talk here. She and I spoke about medical intuitive insights into Candida and Lyme Disease. I have known Elicia for over six years and have had the honor of working with many, many of her clients, so I’ve witnessed the strong support she provides for people both through her free webinars and various levels of group and individual sessions. I also very much enjoyed “One Crazy Broccoli: My Body is Smarter than my Disease,” a collection of empowered healing stories to inspire and uplift people going through chronic health or emotional issues — in which Elicia shares her own healing journey from systemic Candida, emotional eating, addictions and abusive relationships.

This latest webinar is called “Express What’s Repressed,” and it focuses on root causes of addictive patterns, core healing and empowerment. For the record,  I receive no compensation for posting this announcement. I just like to keep people informed when I know someone’s offering quality work and free information. You can sign up for Elicia’s free webinar by clicking here.

Sian Howell ~ Amazing Results of a Facebook Diet

Today’s post came to me via email, but it’s too wonderful to keep to myself. I asked Sian if I could please devote a post to it, and it turns out that Sian has recently received some major nudges to begin blogging. Well, then! Sian’s blogging has now begun.

I shared with Sian that — although I left Facebook for different reasons — I felt the same wonder, expansion and relief from unplugging. Readers of my blog and Tania Marie’s blog regularly inquire if I’m on Facebook or if I intend to go back. Nope. So many of our local events are listed on FB that in 2013 I briefly (read under three minutes) created a fictional account for myself so that I could access those local groups. Before I had even finished the setup, my neck tensed, heart raced, stomach sank, world contracted, and I felt such a revulsion for my laptop that I wanted to knock it off my desk — just from logging into the Facebook page. I knew I didn’t like FB, but that level of immediate intensity shocked me. I closed my account before I even friended Tania.

David and I met through Facebook, and for that I remain grateful, but, like Sian, I’ve found so much more wonder and peace away from that particular social monitoring and control platform. In just four days, Sian’s had some incredible uplift and reconnection.

Sian Howell ~ Amazing Results of a Facebook Diet

I am from Darwin, Australia. I have followed your blog for quite some time. It has opened my eyes up to the REAL and VERY magical world around me. 🙂

In your latest blog you mentioned that we have been given a chance to correct our course in life. I feel that March has rolled along with open arms begging for me to change my perspective and change my world.

I have recently realised *or have been prompted to realise* that I have an addiction to Facebook, for no good reason. I don’t watch main stream TV, read gossip mags or take part with the idea of “being on trend”, but here I am mesmerized over a web-page? Like a bug to a fluorescent light- hooked with zero escape.

While using Facebook I felt exhausted, envious, remorseful and well… Angry.
I would wake up, fall asleep and use every waking hour to check out my friends lives.

They would be: airing their dirty laundry, taking “selfies” of them looking like supermodels, and “checking in” to cool hangouts….accompanied by pictures of them with all of their super cool friends.

I saw this amazing world people are living in….Then I’d snap back to reality, look around the room I rent from my parents, glance at my empty calendar and feel a pang of disappointment. I felt like I was missing out on a life full of fun and frivolity….Because I was!

I set myself a challenge this week, to indulge in a “Facebook diet”.
Talk rediscovering a wonderful world out there with SO much time to enjoy it!
It’s day 4 of the diet and already I have felt a major shift in my soul’s epicentre.

I have found time to read books, talk with my parents, book a holiday, meditate, have dinner’s with friends. Who really needs Facebook to keep in touch with friends when you can go and actually see them FACE to FACE! What a revelation! Haha!

It’s also the little things, having time to: notice the birds in the trees, the flowers in my neighbourhood, the constant orbs of light that flash before my eyes, the extremely detailed and vivid dreams… instead of wasting it to check our little electronic devices to see what the rest of the world is doing, to feel less alone.

The happiness and airy feeling I get from not using Facebook is unreal.

How did we all get so far from this serene state of living?

I just wanted to thank you for the inspiration to break free and live a wholesome life.
I can’t say I will ditch Facebook forever, but I will remember that we are always given a chance to feed our soul with beautiful thoughts, experiences and surroundings if we choose to,

I no longer want to be part of the zombie apocalypse that we have created for ourselves. Hello enlightenment! ^_^

Thanks again Laura.

Love and light. xx

For the Love of Money

This NY Times article by Sam Polk is the best article I’ve read to date about Wall Street. It begins:

“IN my last year on Wall Street my bonus was $3.6 million — and I was angry because it wasn’t big enough. I was 30 years old, had no children to raise, no debts to pay, no philanthropic goal in mind. I wanted more money for exactly the same reason an alcoholic needs another drink: I was addicted.”

The article goes on to reveal an inside look into perhaps the most pervasive and unchecked addiction in our culture … one with enormous ripple effects but so lauded by so many people that not a single support group exists for it. Yet. Please click here to read this insightful and eventually inspiring article by a former hedge-fund trader and the founder of the nonprofit Groceryships.

For anyone who has any additional questions about what wealth addiction looks like, here’s an article about Larry “pull it” Silverstein, owner of the World Trade Center buildings who conveniently took out huge insurance policies for terror attacks just prior to 9/11, ordered the controlled demolition of the mildly burning Tower 7, collected a cool $5 billion from insurance … and who … twelve years later just as American Airlines emerges from bankruptcy, has decided to sue the airlines whose plane supposedly crashed into his towers, because, you know, $5 billion just isn’t enough.

Must. Have. More.

“Instead of donating even a penny to the 9/11 first responders who were told they would be fine while inhaling toxic substances only to be denied healthcare for their chronic conditions, Silverstein says that he simply hasn’t been relieved of his ‘economic’ loss that suffered after 9/11. Even after receiving around $5 billion from his insurance company following the destruction of the World Trade Center buildings, he says that he needs another $3.5 billion to line his pockets. An additional 3.5 billion that brings the total to 8.5 billion, which airline attorney Roger Podesta says will be 2 1/2 times the fair value of the fallen buildings.”

Can you say, “Junkie?” Details here.

“The U.S. incarcerates more people than any country in the world. …25 percent of prison inmates in the world are locked up in the U.S.,” [source] many for addictions or bogus drug related charges. Just curious when we will begin to see some “time outs” for some of the most damaging addicts on the planet … some of whose institutions also happen to be laundering vast amounts of drug money from CIA drug running.

I wonder how the world will change when these people get off the sauce and start moving through the 12 Steps of Wealth Addiction:

1. We admitted we were powerless over money – that our lives had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to wealth addicts and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

“I wonder” is a very powerful phrase. I wonder when more wealth junkies will take the plunge to the rock bottom that leads to freedom. May it be so.

As with alcoholism, so with wealth addiction:

“Individuals that are involved in peer-groups of the Alcoholic Anonymous 12 steps program don’t think that quitting drinking is easy.

“They believe that it takes a large amount of willingness, a change in attitudes and acts on the alcoholic individual’s part to successfully be able to make a positive change in their life without alcohol.

“This change is achieved through the involvement of four individual phases which can be seen in the list of the 12 steps above. These phases are….

“An admission on the alcoholic individual’s part that they indeed have an addiction to alcohol and need to abstain from alcohol.

Submission of the alcoholic person’s will and life to the power of God or a Higher Authority.

“The act of restitution with individuals that the alcoholic has harmed in any way.

Spreading the message of AA and the 12 steps and principles to achieve each of the above, providing each person with a healthy alcohol-free life and the ability to help others.

“Recovering alcoholics continue to live by the 12 steps in order to stay sober. The reason they continue live these principles is to learn a new healthier, happier and freer way of living, while removing various alcoholic behaviors that may be in their way.” [source]

Addiction is a spiritual disease. When we, as a society, recognize the disease of wealth addiction instead of aspiring to and rewarding it, we can stage our own intervention and begin to heal. Stop waiting for angels and aliens to save us. We need some self-respect and self-responsibility, along with partnering with the Divine:

“God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.”

Change beings with serenity, but it also requires courage and wisdom.

Blessed Be.

Julie Behling-Hovdal ~ Confessions of an Aspartame Addict

I received this article in Julie’s highly informative “Essential Survival” newsletter and asked for her permission to post it on my blog. Having known some people with various levels of aspartame addiction, including at least one person who developed MS-like symptoms and still refused to quit a 2+ liter a day habit of Diet Pepsi (in addition to several Venti-sized “sugar-free” Starbucks “decaf” soy lattes per day), I feel very strongly about the potent neurotoxins and drugs that pass as “food” or — worse yet — health food in the US. Slap a “sugar-free,” “low calorie,” “dairy-free” or “decaf” label on some things, and suddenly they seem like things it would be a good idea to mainline.

I’ve also mentioned before that the dairy industry is trying to get permission to redefine “milk” so that includes “aspartame.” Why such insanity? Because if the definition of “milk” includes “aspartame,” then they don’t need to label it. I realize potential unlabeled aspartame is only one among dozens of unbelievable toxins and health concerns related to factory farmed, antibiotic laden, hormone infused, GMO bred and fed cows producing dairy that absolutely requires enzyme killing and protein denaturing pasteurization; however, the idea that something as unremittingly toxic as aspartame could appear unlabeled in foods that uninformed parents think are healthy for their children … well … that’s really disturbing. Particularly after some of the symptoms I’ve witnessed in life as a Medical Intuitive and/or friend.

If aspartame is one of those things that you know is bad but think an occasional diet soda “can’t hurt,” or that it’s “better for the kids than sugar,” please do read the story of Julie’s dad, intermixed with the industry’s claims and FDA admissions of side effects. Eye-opening, indeed! Many thanks to Julie for all her wonderful information about essential oils, do-it-yourself first aid, and all around preparedness strategies, and thanks for letting me share this information with my own readers!

Julie Behling-Hovdal ~ Confessions of an Aspartame Addict

The Essential Survival Newsletter, Issue 177, August 22, 2013

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Just a few months ago I got a call from my mom — one that I never expected to get. She called to inform me that my dad had finally ditched his diet Coke habit! After upwards of 25 years drinking several cans of diet Coke a day, my 73-year-old dad decided to kick that habit!

For years my dad had heard my mom and I preach about the dangers of aspartame — an artificial sweetener made from the excrement of genetically modified e. Coli. After my dad had been experiencing numbness in his feet for years and then started to experience partial blindness earlier this year he was finally convinced to stop consuming this toxic substance!

Last week I heard that Coca-Cola was testing a new ad campaign to help boost their sagging sales of diet Coke. I guess more people than just my dad have been wising up to the dangers of aspartame, and that’s been cutting into their profit margin.

In the remainder of this article I will share snippets of Coke’s new test campaign in which a middle-aged woman and her teenage daughter are pictured enjoying a special moment together with diet Coke in hand. Beneath the picture is a touchy-feely mini-article filled with a mixture of fluff and outright lies, and which was designed to make you feel good about drinking diet Coke.

I will share some questions that I asked my dad about his experience with diet Coke, and his responses. I will also share some of the disturbing data on aspartame that should give pause to anyone who cares at all about their health!

Diet Coke Confessions with Ed Behling

New diet Coke ad: “Our use of high-quality, low- and no- calorie sweeteners, including aspartame, allows us to give people great-tasting options they can feel good about.”

Me: How did you get started with diet sodas?

My Dad: I was always conscious about wanting to keep weight off, so I started drinking diet sodas as soon as they came out in the early 70′s. I started with Pepsi Lite that had saccharin. Saccharin was eventually banned and I transitioned over to diet Pepsi, and then to diet Coke. I think I drank about 32 oz. of diet Coke a day for around 25 years.


New diet Coke ad: “Time and again, these low- and no-calorie sweeteners have shown to be safe, high-quality alternatives to sugar.”

Me: Were you ever concerned that the diet Coke might be harming your health?

My Dad: Only when you and your mom started warning me. I took what you said about aspartame and put it in the back of my head somewhere.

My Thoughts: On the FDA website today, I found a document sharing the data from an epidemiological survey from 1988 listing out the adverse health effects reported from aspartame use just until that time. Here they are:

“Eye
– Decreased vision and/or other eye problems
(blurring, “bright flashes,” tunnel vision)
– Pain (or or both eyes)
– Decreased tears, trouble with contact lens,
or both
– Blindness (one or both eyes)

Ear
– Tinnitus (“ringing,” “buzzing”)
– Severe intolerance for noise
– Marked impairment of hearing

Neurologic
– Headaches
– Dizziness, unsteadiness, or both
– Confusion, memory loss, or both
– Severe drowsiness and sleepiness
– Paresthesias (“pins and needles,” “tingling”)
or numbness of the limbs
– Convulsions (grand mal epileptic attacks)
– Petit mal attacks and “absences”
– Severe slurring of speech
– Severe tremors
– Severe “hyperactivity” and “restless legs”
– Atypical facial pain

Psychologic-Psychiatric
– Severe depression
– “Extreme irritability”
– “Severe anxiety attacks”
– “Marked personality changes”
– Recent “severe insomnia”
– “Severe aggravation of phobias”

Chest
– Palpitations, tachycardia (rapid heart action),
of both
– “Shortness of breath”
– Atypical chest pain
– Recent hypertension (high blood pressure)

Gastrointestinal
– Nausea
– Diarrhea
Associated gross blood in the stools
– Abdominal pain
– Pain on swallowing

Skin and Allergies
– Severe itching without a rash
– Severe lip and mouth reactions
– Urticaria (hives)
– Other eruptions
– Aggravation of respiratory allergies

Endocrine and Metabolic
– Problems with diabetes: loss of control;
precipitation of clinical diabetes;
aggravation or simulation of diabetic
complications
– Menstrual changes
Severe reduction or cessation of periods
– Paradoxic weight gain
– Marked weight loss
– Marked thinning or loss of the hair
– Aggravated hypoglycemia (low blood sugar
attacks)

Other
– Frequency of voiding (day and night), burning
on urination (dysuria), or both
– Excessive thirst
– Severe joint pains
– “Bloat”
– Fluid retention and leg swelling
– Increased susceptibility to infection”

Also, the FDA document admits that researchers and physicians have associated the following health conditions with the long-term ingestion of aspartame:

– “Brain tumors

– Multiple sclerosis

– Epilepsy

– Chronic fatigue syndrome

– Parkinson’s Disease

– Alzheimer’s

– Mental retardation

– Lymphoma

– Birth defects

– Fibromyalgia

– Diabetes

– Arthritis (including Rheumatoid)

– Chemical Sensitivities

– Attention Deficit Disorder”

Another study recently done analyzing the data of 77,218 women and 47,810 men over a 22-year period and in which their aspartame use was documented in detail every 2 years shows some disturbing trends for aspartame users. The study found that one 12 oz. can of diet soda a day led to:

– 42 percent higher leukemia risk in men and women (pooled analysis)
– 102 percent higher multiple myeloma risk (in men only)
– 31 percent higher non-Hodgkin lymphoma risk (in men only)

Previous studies on cancer and aspartame that found no link between the two were far less thorough than this study.

New diet Coke ad: “For over 127 years, people have been coming together over Coca-Cola products to refresh, to celebrate, and to enjoy a moment with something they love. One reason why is that people have always been able to trust the quality of our products and everything that goes into them. That’s something that will never change.”

Me: Do you think you were addicted to diet Coke?

My Dad: I don’t think I was addicted, but if I didn’t have something to drink right after my daily workout, I would get cranky. I didn’t want water. I would usually drink diet Coke or Gatorade.

New diet Coke ad: “Today, we’re proud to offer a wide range of Coca-Cola products that fit different people’s lifestyles. Because we believe that when people come together with more choices that are right for them, good things happen.”

Me: What made you finally decide to go off diet Coke?

My Dad: I read some articles that you had sent to me and learned that diet Coke makes you eat more and has harmful effects. In April 2013 I made the decision to never buy any more diet Coke, I could only drink what I had at home. I drank a can a week until they were gone. I’ve been off diet sodas for several months now. I drink regular sodas again, 32 oz./day, and haven’t been gaining any weight.

My Thoughts: What “good things happen” when people get together to imbibe Coke? Regular Coke has high-fructose corn syrup, which is associated with metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and heart disease. Diet Coke’s aspartame might give you neurological problems, weight gain, and chronic debilitating illness including leukemia. I really wish my dad would go off sodas completely. Maybe he will eventually.

New diet Coke infographic: “Studies show [aspartame] is safe for children, people with diabetes, people trying to reduce calories, [and] pregnant women.”

Me: Have you noticed any changes to your health since ditching diet Coke?

My Dad: I noticed an improvement in my eye sight, and the numbness in my feet has decreased.

My Final Thoughts: I am beyond disgusted with big corporations like Coca-Cola who utilize their power and resources peddling products dangerous to our health. It’s even worse when they come out with ad campaigns to dispel “myths” about their products being dangerous, when those myths are true!

To the CEO of Coca-Cola (and this applies to many, many others) — how can you sleep at night knowing you are becoming wealthy on the backs of millions, even billions of people worldwide, as you steal their health day-by-day with your dangerous “foods”? Why not seek to become wealthy providing people with foods that contribute to health?

I think I already know the answer to that question, but part of me hopes you aren’t as evil as I think you are. I would love for you to change your ways and prove me wrong!

– Julie

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Julie Behling-Hovdal is a reflexologist/holistic healer and founder of Essential Survival where she teaches people how to prepare for the #1 cause of death in the event of an economic collapse — lack of access to medicines. In 2005 Julie was able to get off 4 prescription drugs and heal from a 6-year stint of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia with products from Young Living Essential Oils. Get a free copy of her report “Fast Track Survival Medicines” at http://essentialsurvival.org/fast-track-survival-medicines/.

[UPDATE from Laura: Synchronously, right after hitting Publish, I received an Action Alert from Organic Consumers Association about this very topic. Click here for their take on it, along with a chance to tell Coke to quit it already!]