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9 Effective ways to deal with pain WITHOUT meds!

9 Effective ways to deal with pain WITHOUT meds!

The annual cost of pain is $600 billion. More than heart disease ($309 billion) and cancer ($243 billion) combined. A lot of discussion goes into effective ways to address chronic pain. Using opioids is NOT the first avenue that you should take to battle pain. I know first-hand how much pain can slow down your life. But if you’re battling chronic pain, what can you do? I’m discussing that today.

One, chiropractic care. According to Journal of Complementary & Alternative Medicine in December 2017, chiropractic patients are shown to use 55% less opioids than non-chiropractic recipients.

Two, exercise. I realize it may be painful initially, but when you work out your body produces endorphins which will help with battling the pain because it interacts with your brain receptors and change our perception of pain.

Three, acupuncture. By getting your body into balance, the pain will decrease. Researchers believe this works because the needles signal the brain to release endorphins which naturally dull the pain.  A question I get asked frequently is does this hurt? And for me, no it does not. I’ve been getting acupuncture since 2015. And I typically fall asleep during the treatments.

Four, different vitamins and minerals. What is the difference between vitamins & minerals? Simply put, vitamins can be broken down. Whereas minerals can hold on to their structure. Specific vitamins & minerals that help are fish oil, turmeric, resveratrol, vitamin c, RiboCeine and NAC. In addition, type 2 hyaluronic acid is highly effective in combatting pain. On the RiboCeine, NAC, and hyaluronic acid please contact me directly to get the most effective ways to get these. What comes from the grocery store is typically ineffective and a waste of money.

Five, heat therapy and cold therapy. Using this alternately can help reduce the pain you are experiencing. The key is to know what to use when. Right after an injury, put ice on it.  If you use heat at this point will increase the blood flow to the injury and increase the swelling.

Six, meditation can help. When you get anxious it causes you to focus more on the problems, and when you meditate it brings your body to a place of peace and this helps stop the pain.

Seven, hypnotherapy. I have 4 very good friends who are active hypnotherapists. My friend, Sara Fogan, is one of them. Her website is Calminsense Hypnotherapy . I would encourage you to look at it. Hypnotherapy is a highly effective way to combat pain. And while it is something I am still learning about, I do know from research it is effective for many purposes, including pain managment.

Eight, aromatherapy. Massaging certain essential oils can trigger a calming response. Specific oils are rosemary, eucalyptus, and aloe vera can help.

Finally, cannabis. According to multiple resources, cannabis is an effective way to combat pain. I will be addressing this in detail in an upcoming series on this. But for today, I am going to just say that using cannabis is approved for medical use in 25 states. But not all cannabis is the same. Even though it may be labeled the same. I know that there is some controversary surrounding the use of this and the FDA does not support it.


Two People

Two People

She was raised in an environment where criticism was a constant factor. And as she grew up she became pessimistic and doubted that anything good would happen for her. But she made the decision to overcome the odds and become positive. She began to surround herself with positive people who spoke life into her weary body and mind. Over time her life changed. And as it changed she became a leader. And in spite of her early life, she beat the odds and changed thousands of lives as a result.
She was raised in an environment that was also critical. And as she grew up he became pessimistic and critical. She never realized that by changing her mindset and making the decision to change the outcome of her life, her life would change. Because of her mindset, her marriage fell apart, her children separated themselves from her, and she spoke words that would lead to an early death. And as a result, she passed away much too soon. Who knows what would have happened had she decided to find a better way.
You can choose to have problems or leadership building exercises. Your choice.

negative mind


How Do YOU View the World???

This is a story from my dojo. And it’s worth reposting.

We have, for the most part, the feelings we choose to have.

Please don’t be angry with me if you prefer to be tragic. I do not deny you this choice. I deny only that you have no escape.

Our feelings in the first moment are triggered by our circumstances. Happy news. Sad news. News that makes us angry. But in the second moment, and the third, our feelings are the product of our chosen perspective.

What angle of view do you choose when you examine the day that lies ahead of you and all the days that lie behind? What is your perspective? Where do you aim your eyes? What produce do you grow in the soil of your imagination and the sunshine of your life?

Jeanne Hébuterne was a 19 year-old art student in 1917 who fell deeply in love with a dashing Italian artist named Amedeo Modigliani. A year later, their daughter was born out of wedlock and the Hébuterne family was horrified. When that little girl was 2, Modigliani died. The next day Jeanne Hébuterne threw herself out a fifth-story window. She was only 22 years old.

Modigliani’s sister adopted the little girl and raised her as her own.

The girl inherited no art. She died in 1984.

What do you suppose the little girl felt as she was growing up? Did she say,

“My father was an alcoholic, drug-addicted loon who refused to marry my mother when she became pregnant and my mother did not love me enough to raise me. She killed herself the day after my father died.”

Persons who would choose this perspective, and the feelings that accompany it, always say they are being “honest and realistic.”

But is that really true?

Would this perspective be any less honest or realistic?

“My father was an artist whose paintings of my mother sell for many tens of millions of dollars. My mother was so deeply in love that she literally could not live without him. I am the product of that love.”

I do not know what the little girl chose to think, and feel, and believe.

I know only that she had a choice.

As do you.


I’m just getting started! HELP!

I’m just getting started! HELP!

What do you do when you are getting started on changing your life? Well, I’m still learning (by the way, so are the top leaders I’m connected to like Tony & Sarah Zolecki, Reggie Cochran, and Justin Prince!). What do they do (and I’ve adopted as a result of their leadership in my life) to get where they are?

DMO, BABY, DMO! But maybe you don’t know what this is? DMO is an acronym for:

  • Daily
  • Method of
  • Operations

What do you do each day? What the most successful leaders do is break it down each day to a to-do list. And their list includes these things:

  • Eating healthy!
  • Focusing on a single goal, and write it out (67% of the wealthy do this compared to 11% of poor)
  • Exercise
  • Listen to audio books
  • Maintain a to-do list
  • Call (or use messenger) and wish their friends and loved ones a happy birthday verbally.
  • Read for 30 minutes or more daily for education or career reasons
  • They are careful as to when they speak their mind. When they speak their mind: people listen!
  • Limited TV! They rarely watch trash tv (ie: reality tv)
  • Rise early and get started right on their day right away. Justin has some great tips on this by the way! Want to talk to him? Connect to me on Facebook and I’ll connect you to him.
  • Avoid toxic people, these are people who have habits that you don’t want to have. And as you do this,  you will find that the bad habits we all have will slowly (or in some cases quickly) will decrease. We are all growing. No condemnation here.
  • They don’t give up! Quitting isn’t an option! If something doesn’t work, they try another way!
  • Something I’ve noticed too: They are CONSISTENT! Tony Zolecki said on a live broadcast last night that the reason people don’t see success is because they quit! I’m doing these blogs and lives for this 100 days to become consistent. And it’s because I have not been consistent and I’m doing what it takes to change this.

All these things apply to every area of your life! Personal and professional. Are you happy, no, THRILLED  with the life you have? If yes, GREAT! If not: let’s talk!

Let’s work together and develop a life you are THRILLED with! Remember: NOTHING is impossible with God!

Want to connect to me? Reply here or look me up on Facebook! I look forward to hearing from you.



One-hundred Days of Blogging and Going Live on Facebook!

One-hundred Days of Blogging and Going Live on Facebook!

I have spent the past several months barely getting by. Things have been undeniably difficult to put it mildly. I need things to change, rapidly and drastically. So, this morning an idea was dropped into my head. Go live and blog every day for 100 days! And see what happens.  Some days I will blog about martial arts, some days about nutrition, some days about making drastic changes, sometimes it may just be describing what my 2 crazy & fun cats do!  My lives on Facebook may or may not be connected to what is posted here. You’ll have to log on to my page to find out. But I am going live and blogging daily for the next 100 days.

Right before I took this picture of the 2 cats, Snowball (who is laying lengthwise) was attacking Jack’s tail. They are always either sleeping, eating, using the litter box, or attacking each other. One of these days I’ll get a video of them attacking each other. But it’s always playful. Jack is 10 and Snowball is 8, but you wouldn’t know it the way they act at times. I think they are kittens at times! It’s fun watching them.



Having FUN for YOUR health!

Having FUN for YOUR health!

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If we are to truly walk in divine health, it is critical that we have fun. One of the reasons that children, typically, don’t get illnesses such as ulcers is that they get out and have fun. The healthiest adults I know follow this principle too. They get out and have fun. I’ve spoken about the Lavalicious Lifestyle before. And one of the reasons I am so attracted to this lifestyle is because it is fun.

It means that you are working but having an element of fun with it. One of my favorite movies is Mary Poppins. I love the scene where Mary Poppins is having Jane and Michael Banks clean up their room. Here is a link to that scene: Mary Poppins: A Spoon Full of Sugar. In this scene, the room gets cleaned up, but it is fun too.

Reggie Cochran has told me that he has had fun and working on cruise ships, golf courses, and many other places. He doesn’t choose having an income or having fun. He has fun doing what he loves and makes a living doing it.

Maybe you have a job you can’t stand. But you do it anyway. What can you do? One, you can change your career. Unless you live in a country where you are told what to do for a living, that is an option. Maybe you need additional training. Go out and get it. Two, you can find a way to put joy into your job. Find something you like about it and focus on that. Three, change to a different position within your company. The key is: make a change.

Here’s your challenge: find a way to make fun an active part of your life.




Connection of fear to disease!

Connection of fear to disease!

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Fear can cause illness! This has been confirmed in science! It can weaken your immune system, cause cardiovascular damage, ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome, and decreased fertility.

Consequences of long-term fear can be:

  • Fatigue
  • Inflammation
  • Yellow fat accumulation (which is the dangerous type of fat)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Clinical depression
  • Accelerated aging
  • Premature death

What can you do?

  1. Recognize that it is there, but then take steps to deal with it!
  2. Find things to be joyful about.
  3. Speak positive things and don’t allow fear to remain.
  4. Sleep!
  5. Learn to be assertive. And when people say things that upset you: tell them and don’t allow it to continue. If they continue to upset you, then you may need to make the decision to limit their contact in your live.
  6. Exercise: martial arts, yoga, walking, swimming. All these are great for coping with fear.
  7. Nutrients:
    1. vitamin b
    2. glutathione enhancer.
    3. Add magnesium
    4. folic acid
    5. Vitamin C
    6. Magnolia bark
    7. Phosphatidylserine
    8. Phytosterols
    9. Adaptogenic herbs (connect to me to find out what would help)
    10. 5-HTP
    11. L-theanine
  8. Follow a heathy diet. Consider Dr. Colbert’s Keto Zone Diet that I’ve discussed. By reducing inflammation, you are taking an additional step to being healthy which helps you be more proactive in dealing with stress and fear.

Be blessed.