6. Low Immunity and How Essential Oils Help

Targa Sahyoun

The “Low” Immune System:

There are many different versions of the low immune system story, none to be confused with autoimmune diseases (this is a completely separate topic). Today’s particular story started while my guest was in utero. Before Targa Sahyoun came out of the womb, she received three full blood transfusions. (I know, right!?) Her mother had a blood disorder where her blood produced antibodies that were set to attack her fetus’ red blood cells. With the blood transfusions, Targa survived, but was born three months premature, at just two pounds, Targa spent the first three months of her life in the incubator and was resuscitated seven times. (I know, right!?) She is a walking miracle, surviving with far less damage than initially expected—just the ol’ low immunity. Targa battled varying degrees of illness all of her life—the worst bouts occurred at eight years old and 31 years old in the form of mono and meningitis. She was consistently treated with loads of antibiotics furthering her gut issues and therefore taxing her immune system even further. Through trial and error, finding the right treatments and a ton of discipline with her personal self-care regiment, today Targa feels better and stronger than she ever has.

Essential Oils:

Essential oils are a widely used treatment today for ailments across the spectrum. They are the highly concentrated form of the natural oils in plants and extracted using a process called distillation. You can ingest them, sniff them, diffuse them, or rub them right on your skin (after you dilute them, that is). The most important thing is that you purchase therapeutic grade oil. Especially if you are ingesting them, you want a high quality oil, prepared and preserved correctly. Below, in the resources, you will find links to two highly trusted brands, and here is a simple guide to use.

Targa Sahyoun:

Targa oversees music video production at a record label here in Los Angeles. Outside of her busy career, she is passionate about her wellbeing, travel, friendships and, of course, essential oils. If you have any questions for her, you can contact her directly here.

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Listen to this Episode if you are Especially Interested In:

  • Essential oils and how to use them
  • Self-care regiments
  • Why Targa feels the best she ever has at 34 years old
  • Healing your gut
  • Low immunity
  • Healing joint pain
  • Saying no and refining your group of friends
  • Having a balanced life with your demanding career
  • How to advocate for yourself in the doctor’s office
  • Emotional stress adding to illness

 

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5. How to use Energy Healing to Get Well

Emily Wallace

Energy Healing

Have you wondered just what energy healing is? All of this “woo-woo” stuff gaining traction in 2017? (Especially here in Los Angeles.) Learn about shamanism, reiki, and other weird but magical things in this episode from two unlikely women.

Emily Wallace

“Once I committed to my emotional, mental, spiritual health that’s when I started to thrive” -Emily Wallace

Emily is a NYC based Intuitive Energy Healing Practitioner and Shamanic Reiki Master Teacher. After many years of battling chronic Lyme disease—visiting the hospital, bound to bed, not working, cared for at home by her parents—Emily found her way to 75% through antibiotics and various herbs and supplements. Desperate to do more than merely survive, Emily found energy healing. She was an unlikely client, poking fun at the whole thing. But, to her surprise, it worked. After surrendering to this modality she truly healed and stopped hearing from her symptoms. Today, Emily is thriving at 100% and, after getting certified at the Omega Institute, she has turned her good fortune into a passion for helping others using her own energy work. She is the founder of www.lightheartedhealingnyc.com

To book appointments with Emily, please see above link or visit her on social media @lightheartedhealingnyc

Listen to this episode if you are especially interested in:

  • Lyme disease
  • Herxing
  • How healing the emotional, physical, and spiritual helps us heal the physical
  • Holistic healing—using Western and Eastern modalities
  • What Shaminism is
  • What Reiki is
  • What Energy Healing is
  • Why it’s important to track your symptoms
  • How to love your Lyme away
  • Awesome self-care tricks
  • Love languages
  • More on how I quit coffee

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4.How Trauma Affects us and How to Heal

Jessica Graham
Photo by: http://shayanasgharnia.com

Trauma:

Most of us have it. From childhood trauma to sexual trauma, these experiences get locked in our bodies and affect our immune systems and inflammation responses. The ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences)  study was performed at Kaiser over a four-year period in the 90’s. The study concluded that childhood trauma resulted in serious medical consequences. Our bodies react to stress as children: Hormones are secreted, neurotransmitters are activated, inflammatory proteins flood the blood stream. This can lead to long-lasting physical changes —early adversity alters the chemicals of DNA in the brain. Personally, I have a score of 7/10,  the higher the score, the worse the outcome. In their findings, with an ACE score over 7, your risk of heart disease is 360 % higher than patients with a 0 score. If you have a 4 or higher, you are twice as likely to smoke, be an alcoholic, and have sex before you’re 15. You’re two times as likely to get heart disease and four times as likely to have chronic bronchitis. Nadine Burke MD looks at childhood trauma as a medical issue. Her view is that these issues are not for sociologists and economists but that they need to be addressed on a molecular level, and not simply with an anti-depressant which can further harm the body.

My guest, Jessica Graham, is passionate about healing trauma. With a 10/10 Ace score, she has dedicated many years of her life to rewiring her brain through meditation. On stable ground, Jessica expanded her mindfulness practice to her sex life deepening her healing and therefore her overall wellness. She is an inspiration, a force, and a reminder that deep healing is possible.

Jessica Graham:

Jessica is a spiritual teacher, sex and intimacy guide, filmmaker, and author of the new book, “Good Sex: Getting Off without Checking Out.”

To work with Jessica and find out more about what she does, please visit:  Www.yourwildawakening.com

To purchase her book (I highly suggest this book for anyone interested in healing old trauma and having a healthy sex life):

Resources mentioned in episode:

  • find out what your ACE score is and more about the study: https://acestoohigh.com
  • A two-week free code from Jessica for Simple Habit meditation app: https://www.simplehabit.com/redeem/meditatewithjessica
  • Article on childhood trauma: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/03/21/the-poverty-clinic

Listen to this episode if you are especially interested in:

  • How your trauma could have affected your health
  • How to start meditating even if you’re in pain
  • How to bring mindfulness into the bedroom
  • How to deepen your sexuality and self-love

 

 

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Why I’m Matcha Obsessed

 

It’s all of the buzz right now: We are experiencing a bit of obnoxious “matcha madness” in Los Angeles,  and I’m joining in on the trend. But I’m hoping that as an ex-coffee junkie, my message is more palatable for the masses. Are you confused about what matcha is, WHY matcha is, and how the hell to make it? Allow me to explain..

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3. Lyme Disease: How to Self-Care with a Demanding Job

Halley Feiffer

 

Lyme disease:

 

Halley Feiffer ignored her symptoms until they were drastically affecting her lifestyle. It was backstage in the middle of a performance, when she realized that she couldn’t rely on booking effortless jobs and she needed to go to the doctor. Through treating Lyme and strategically monitoring her self-care, today Halley manages a jam-packed schedule and demanding atmospheres. Find out how in this episode!

More about Halley:

Halley Feiffer is a bi-coastal actress and writer. Currently she is writing on “Kidding,” the upcoming Showtime series starring Jim Carrey. Halley was diagnosed with Lyme disease three years ago in New York City.

Listen to this episode if you are especially interested in:

  • How to keep working with your symptoms!
  • How to self-care with a demanding job
  • How to manage stress
  • Dr. Richard Horowitz
  • Antibiotics vs. holistic treatment
  • Lyme diet options

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Budd Chiari: How to Live Well with this Rare Liver Disease

Nick Smoke

Budd Chiari:

Nick Smoke’s life was overwhelmingly altered the day he found out he had a rare and life-threatening liver disease called Budd Chiari. At 24 years old, he was a working actor with a flourishing career and no reason to be seriously worried about his health —he didn’t drink or smoke, he took good care of himself, and had already come through a lot in life; It seemed like he could finally relax. The next couple years of his life tested him physically, emotionally, and mentally and, today, he sits on the other side: Back to work, in love, and excited for what comes next. Of course what happened in between is a story not to be missed—find out how Nick got better, and how he lives today so he can remain as symptom-free as possible.

More about Nick:

Nick Smoke is a working actor in Los Angeles. You can find him on instagram @mrnickys, on Twitter @nickysmoke and you can follow his Tumblr blog, Too Young to be Here. If you are a person dealing with Budd Chiari, you can direct message Nick on any of these platforms.

 Listen to this episode if you are especially interested in:

  • Veganism and how it helped Nick
  • California doctors specializing in this field
  • Transplant listing and surgeries
  • How to be a friend/ family member to someone in the throes of illness
  • Depression and how to move through it.

Give a listen and comment below or on any of your podcast platforms!

xo

 

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1. Lyme Disease: How to Get Properly Tested and Other Healing Gems

 

Jill Skibba

After two decades of harsh and debilitating symptoms, Jill Skibba finally got the Lyme testing she had been begging doctors for all along. The test came back lit up like a Christmas tree: Positive and then some. Find out what test was taken to get the reliable results, what Jill did/does to get better, and her amazing advice to fellow Lyme disease sufferers.

Jill Skibba is an aesthetician and microblading expert residing in Los Angeles. You can find her on Instagram @jill_skibba and you can read more about her journey with Lyme disease here.

 

Listen to this episode if you are especially interested in:

  • Lyme insomnia
  • Tips for traveling and adventure while sick
  • Lyme symptoms
  • California doctors
  • How to heal when your body rejects all natural solutions
  • How to be a good friend to people in the throes of illness

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Me, Too: Extended

Me Too

I saw the Facebook statuses—my newsfeed was full of brave women coming forward, openly talking about personal experiences with sexual harassment
 #metoo, and then some. And it made me—me the “healing out loud” girl—uncomfortable. What in the fuck? I couldn’t believe that this patriarchy-conditioned part of me that I thought was dead was suddenly awake for a feeding. In my upbringing, I was trained to hear “sexual harassment” and immediately follow the words with “always the woman’s fault.” That means I have blamed myself for countless horrifying interactions. I didn’t claim victim; I have seen myself as the perp. The 2016 election started to break down those old ideas I had; I started to see misogyny and sexual abuse more clearly and honestly, but I still sat in my self-made jail with a head full of regret and shame for all of the sexual harassment I thought I caused myself. But ALL of these women were writing #metoo with personal stories included, armed with the keys to my handcuffs, ready to show me the escape route if I wanted to be free. I did want to be free. I had been standing atop the cliff, peering over the edge for hours thinking, jump jump jump, it will feel good. And in a sudden burst of willingness, I went for it:

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