Thursday, 11 February 2016

The Naturopath Journey is working

I'm so excited to share (with permission) all the naturopath learning is paying off. Some readers may know I started studying naturopathy to help heal my family. Doctors could offer no help, we had tried many many many other alternative paths, including different specialists. Spent thousand and thousands of dollars. When I had two doctors tell me they could not help two of my family members (two weeks apart). I burst into tears, and then got determined to learn what could be done. I was not prepared to accept that this was their lot. Hence why I am studying to be a naturopath

I have researched, researched and researched some more to help our daughter. But at the end of the day the credit for the healing that has happened so far goes to Abbey. I am only 10% of the process, What I've been learning I pass on to her to try. It is Abbey that is implementing and trying (at times she calls my ideas wacky) but she tries them, she follows through and makes the commitment.

Last week she was able to go camping with her friend for two nights and three days. This is HUGE! Her friend is lovely and did all the work organising the camping equipment, putting up the tent for them and then they enjoyed sitting, knitting and reading books. They kinda went glamping as they had power and even an electric lamp.  They stayed at Foxton Beach Holiday Park and said the facilities were new, fresh and clean. Abbey had a really comfy airbed from Kathmandu and brought the electric air pump so she was comfortable.

Me I've lost 5kg, whoop whoop after many many years of not being able to loose weight. My issue has been hormones so I've found out on my naturopath journey - its not about overeating or lack of exercise (which I knew and could never work out why I could not lose weight). Who would've thought hormones aye... but by gosh it is interesting. Lots of inner work has been done (gut. liver and hormones) and the outer shell is now starting to show. I'm stoked!

I do plan to share all that I am learning but I just don't have the time to write about it all. My days are full of writing assignments, client case studies and research projects.

 I've just finished a huge research assignment on depression (43 pages long). Gosh I found this one soo interesting and there is a multitude of natural possibilities that people who suffer from depression can try.  I was gobsmacked that a lot of the medical medicine given for depression can increase in psychiatric symptoms, cause depression, and panic attacks, insomnia, anxiety and even increase suicidal tendencies. Holly molly what awful side effects from a medicine that is meant to help depression!

Today I start my research assignment on menopause. I'm really looking forward to that one as I've been there, done that. My personal journey through menopause was quite easy - so yep I'm a crone now. I've not had a crone ceremony yet - I'm not sure why, maybe time, maybe also because age 56 feels right from an astrology point of view when my second Saturn returns.  I'd love to hear from others who have had their cone ceremony.

Here is my research on the vagus nerve .. (copy and pasted from one of my research assignments)

The vagus nerve is the longest nerve in the body which originates in the brain stem as cranial nerve ten, travels down from the neck and then passes around the digestive system, liver, spleen, pancreas, heart and lungs. is a critical player in the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the rest and digest (opposite to the sympathetic nervous system which is fight or flight). The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for calming organs after it has had adrenaline response. It also supplies nerves to the liver, gallbladder, stomach, small intestine, kidneys, pancreas and the proximal half of the large intestine.(NCNZ (2014) p27, Ballantyne (2013), p301-303, Marieb, 2010 p530).  

Vagal tone is measured by tracking the heart-rate alongside the breathing rate. The heart-rate speeds up a little when you breathe in, and slows down a little when you breathe out. The bigger the difference between the inhalation heart-rate and the exhalation heart-rate, then the vagal tone is high. Higher vagal tone means that the body can relax faster after stress. Low vagal tone is associated with chronic fatigue syndrome, cognitive impairment, and much higher rates of inflammatory conditions. Such as endometriosis and autoimmune thyroid conditions (Healthy Cures, 2015).

 One of the vagus nerve’s jobs is to reset the immune system and switch off production of proteins that fuel inflammation. Low vagal tone means this regulation is less effective and inflammation can become excessive. The vagal nerve gets activated during parasympathetic response (rest and digest). Deep diaphragmatic breathing can help activate the vagus nerve. The exhale breath activates the parasympathetic response and holding the air out for few seconds will benefit the parasympathetic activation. Chanting (especially the letters O and M) on the out breath can also help stimulate the vagus nerve (NCBI, 2001).

If you want my sources yell - but I've gotta get my day started xx

Farm Stay Guests....

mmm I do think Pinot has put on just a little weight while staying - maybe he found what I lost?


  1. wow!!! how wonderful for all of you and especially abbey! it is so scary that the drugs specifically prescribed to help depression have the opposite results in so many patients. when it comes to those drugs, the balance of how much prescribed is crucial but who follows that? the patient really can't and the doctors could care less. i look forward to reading about what you have learned! way to go!!!

    1. Thanks Joyce, it is promising for Ab - still a long way to go but awesome to see some positive changes from all the hard work she is doing. One of what she calls wacky is humming yep good old humming stimulates the vagus nerve (I"ll go and add my research notes on vagus nerve into post)

  2. As the saying goes "Well done you!!"

    So pleased that Abbey is improving, and your weight loss. Funny how some have trouble losing and others (me) have trouble putting it on. (When Max went into care I was down to 50 kg -managed to get back up to 60 kg but now down to 53kg - and I eat well).

    1. (((HUGS))) wish I was closer and could help. Learning soooo much in my course and stress is a huge picture in health.

  3. Well done you! Fabulous Abbey got out there fro some Glamping! I look forward to reading more about your journey.

    1. Thanks. When I'm finished I will write more - My brain gets quite fried by the end of the day. The blog I just quickly write (usually not spelled checked or grammar checked) But for academic writing I have to sound posh and take more care and at the moment I just can't fit writing a naturopath type blog. BUt when I finish.... I have soo many ideas of what and how I can share all my knowledge.