The Connection Between Addiction and Anxiety

I’ve seen a lot in the media lately about Demi Moore, as she recently released her memoir, Inside Out, where she candidly shares her struggles with addiction, failed marriages, and sexual assault in her teen years.  I’ve always admired Demi for her boldness and authenticity.

I vividly remember her famous Vanity Fair cover in 1991 where she posed naked while seven months pregnant (see my rendition below, pushing out with a bloat-baby instead!).  Her nudity sparked controversy, but I believe that her courage in allowing this iconic and beautiful photo to run on the cover made changes in the way society viewed a pregnant woman’s body. 

She is making waves again, as she courageously writes about some very important issues in her memoir, specifically substance abuse and addiction.  When people think of the word addiction, they often think of drugs and alcohol, but this isn’t always the case.  We can become addicted to anything (gambling, sex, food, etc.) and no matter what the addiction is, it can be just as dangerous and destructive.  

I became inspired to share a bit about my own story and patterns that I’ve seen in clinical practice with addiction.  It’s something I believe we all struggle with at one point or another in our lives whether we realize it or not, and it’s important that we talk about it, understand it and see the gifts in it, in order to heal.

My Personal Struggle with Addiction

I have an addictive personality, and I know I’m not alone.  Throughout my life I’ve struggled with strong addictions to sugar, coffee and cigarettes.  They owned me, ruled my every thought, commanded my life.  For me, it wasn’t only being addicted to something that was the problem, but the substances themselves were actually part and parcel of the problem.  

Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants of the nervous system and I’m naturally an easily excitable person with a predisposition to anxiety.  These substances served their purpose to make me feel “normal”, which for me at the time was being in an anxious state.  They also affected my digestion negatively.  They made me poop like a champ which felt like a godsend, coming from a history of having constipation. 

But these loosey-goosey poopies were because my gut was being irritated by my addictions.

Starting my day off with coffee and a cigarette was the worst thing I could be doing.  Initially, they made me feel great and alert (like the energizer bunny) but would amp up my anxiety to the point I was running away like Piglet from Winnie the Pooh.  It became so bad I was having insomnia and severe panic attacks where I thought I was literally dying. 

One time, I remember curling up in a little ball on the floor, hyperventilating with my arms and hands all in spasms.  If you’ve ever experienced a panic attack, you know it can be life altering and you’d do anything to prevent it.

Beyond my addictions, there was a part of me that felt completely out of tune.  I was wrestling with my integrity as a person.  I was in school in my third year of naturopathic medicine, closet-smoking on my balcony.  I felt like such a hypocrite… This was not who I wanted to be.  I knew I needed a way out, but it felt impossible since I was self medicating to cope with all of my stress. 

It kept me from socializing and going out to events with friends because once I had a cigarette, I smelt like it and I didn’t want to be labeled a fraud.  The only issue is that you can run from others’ judgement, but it’s pretty hard to run from what you think of yourself.

I couldn’t keep running; there was nowhere to hide.

Understanding the Connection Between Addiction & Anxiety

Addiction and anxiety co-exist and co-create with each other.  I refer to them as two peas in the infinity loop pod.  Which came first?  Was it anxiety, then the addiction?  Or did the addiction bring on the anxiety?  Often times, we’re addicted to things that make us increasingly anxious, and those things that we are addicted to deplete our nutrient profile, so the anxiety gets worse.  It’s a vicious cycle.

What we do know is that they always go hand in hand, there is a psychopathology associated with anxiety and addictive disorders.  The remarkable thing is that both have the ability to evolve us into something greater than we are today.  There are gifts within these chains, if we choose to accept them.

What Does Anxiety Feel Like?

You have felt the sheer terror of anxiety, like I have (and most other people at some point in their lives).  The overwhelming sensation of pressure on your chest and your heart beating so fast it feels like it’s exploding out of your body.  It’s difficult to take a deep breath, and there’s a tingling, numbing sensation in your hands, mouth, chest…  A pressure in the back of your neck…

Everyone tells you to take deep breaths, but you simply cannot.  You feel oxygen deficient, like the air around you is empty.

If you have ever felt like you’re unable to control the sensations in your body, you know anxiety.  The ultimate perception of not being safe and feeling a total loss of control.  It can completely stop you in your tracks. 

A Visceral Reaction

Anxiety extends far beyond your mental state, as it can disrupt your digestion completely.  Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is often accompanied by anxiety (no surprise here). 

Do you find when you are anxious, you lose your appetite and simply can’t eat?  Or perhaps you have a tendency to overeat to calm the butterflies in your belly?  Some people experience loose stools while others have an inability to have a good bowel movement and let go. 

The sensation of anxiety, as with all things that are uncomfortable, comes bearing a gift.  It’s basically stress that’s been taken up a notch, with roots in future-thinking.  You feel that you’ve lost control over what will happen in your future, and gloom and doom is the predominant theme.  Those of us with a tendency towards anxiety, like myself, possess the gift of being incredibly intuitive.  We feel when things are not right around us, we feel when there is unrest.  We have this uncanny ability to feel what others cannot.  What we choose to do with these feelings is what will either elevate us… Or crush us. 

What Is Addiction?

Addiction is so hard to break for many of us because in its primordial form, its essence is that of self-care.  It is an instinct, one that is incredibly strong in some people because of genetic predisposition, exposure to addiction or trauma at a young age, or simply primordial impulse. 

Instinct is raw!  It is the evolutionary emotional commands from the limbic system situated in the hypothalamic pathway in the middle of our brains.

Addiction is often fed by feeling uncomfortable in your own skin and how you’re living. It’s a form of self-care that allows instant gratification.  You don’t feel good and you know that, so you search for the easiest and quickest fix.  This is very normal.  This is how we have evolved and survived through treacherous times, by listening to what we need.  We look for the path of least resistance and take the easiest way out.

The 3 Categories of Addiction

1. Substance Addiction

When we talk about addiction in general, a chemical or substance addiction like cigarettes, alcohol or drugs is often assumed.  The reality, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) is that addiction has three faces, substance addiction being the first.

2. Food Addiction

Beyond substances, the second category of addiction is food.  The search for high-calorie, low-nutrient foods with sugar, salt and fat is programmed into our brains.  It’s a primal evolutionary advantage – feed, so as not to famine.  In the modern day, we no longer have this need, but food engineers work hard to make their foods as addictive as possible. 

Have you ever heard yourself say, “I can’t open the package because I will eat it all”?  For example, think of chocolate.  It contains sugar, fat and psychoactive substances from the cocoa bean, a perfect recipe for addiction and wanting more.  Addiction to food is rampant and you are not alone – we’re in this one together. 

3. Behavioral Addiction

The final category is behavioral addiction.  This form includes exercise, internet-use, sex, work, gambling, and more.

What is intriguing is that all of these faces of addiction could technically be considered under the umbrella of substance addiction, since the neurobiological effect and the neurotransmitter pathways stimulated within our bodies, are all the same.

The Addiction Anxiety Infinity Loop

According to Freimuth et al, tolerance is where the addict keeps on increasing the substance, food, or behaviour, to receive the desired effect that gives them their “high”.  Withdrawal is where, with the lack of their addiction, they start to desire it more and more.  They become obsessed with the thought of procuring it, they need their “fix”.  This brings on the feelings of restlessness, irritability, sleeplessness and anxiety.  

This is why anxiety and addiction are linked together in the infinity loop.  The addiction produces the anxiety, and the anxiety fuels the addiction.  My thoughts are that another unknown part of the affliction may actually be an addiction to the state of being anxious.  I know for me, that was my “natural” state in the past, as I grew up in a home with great anxiety.  I became conditioned to the addiction anxiety loop, it was my “normal”, I knew nothing else.

Intuition Within

As mentioned before, having a tendency toward anxiety actually holds a gift within, if we choose to see it this way.  When something isn’t right, we feel it in our gut, in our digestion.  This feeling is our intuition.

Intuition is important as it elevates us to our higher selves.  When we learn to listen, it guides us to a state of safety, balance and being in flow.  It guides us through our emotions and sensations, A.K.A. “gut feelings”.  It could be a nervous feeling that comes with a new decision.  It could be a strong confidence when we make a choice that “feels” right.  You intimately know when something feels right or wrong; you can feel it in your gut.  So do you listen?  Or do you suppress these sensations with stress, or by numbing your feelings?  Do you take quiet time to really listen to your intuition or do you simply keep on “doing” and not “being”? 

Your addictions are instinctual, whereas your anxiety is a call from your higher self, your INTUITION.  Your anxiety elevates and increases the less you listen to your higher self, which only serves to perpetuate the cycle of addiction.

 Channeling Your Intuition

The way towards channeling your intuition is through: 

  • Quiet reflection
  • Meditative practices and gratitude practices, such as with the Grateful Dung™ Bracelet
  • Limiting the amount of anxiety-promoting substances, foods, and behaviours in your life
  • Using calming and connective essential oils such as those in Eau de Throne
  • Getting restful, good quality sleep with regular nighttime rituals, like your Beauty Sleep Eye Kit
  • Improving your digestion (the gut is where we feel it the most) this can be supported with castor oil packs

Over time, you become truly become in tune with your needs.  Intuition can be curated and cultivated from your anxiety.  It is truly a diamond in the rough! 

Your intuition shows you the best, brightest path, the yes and no; it moves you towards enlightenment.  Your instincts move you towards immediate safety or prevention from harm such as “I’m starving, there must be a famine!  I should eat everything in sight right now!” 

This differs from your intuition which says, “This is all I need right now; this will nourish my body and make me feel well”.

End the Epidemic 

In my practice, I see more constantly anxious people than any other health condition.  It’s an epidemic and one of the reasons why our digestive systems are so damaged.  Anxiety creates a major cascade of stress hormones via the adrenergic system, such as adrenaline in the short term and cortisol in the longterm.  These are constantly pumping through our veins, especially for those with digestive issues like IBS.

To this day, I need to mind my tendency to slip into a “normal” state of anxiety.  I have to work at it and be very disciplined with my quiet practices.  If anxiety is all you have ever known as your normal, you will seek to maintain that level of normalcy.  That’s just human nature because that is your comfortable spot.  But this just opens the door for addiction, whether your vice is sugar, alcohol, food, work or sex, or maybe all of them.  Not only will you get the ill effects of the substance, but also the ill effects of the anxiety that is superimposed over the addiction.

It is important to understand these connections and do everything in our power to change our environments and get in touch with our intuition, that we may live a fulfilled, joyous life, free of addiction and chronic anxiety.

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The Common Unknown Causes of Anxiety and How to Fix Them

Anxiety is crippling.  You know what I mean by this if you have ever lived through dealing with anxiety.  It grabs a hold of you, paralyzes you.  Puts pressure on your chest, prevents you from grasping a cool, clean breath of fresh air.  Your mind may race… “Am I going to die?”, you ask yourself.  It’s unlikely that you are going to die, but at that moment that is exactly what you feel and no one can change your mind, because it just FEELS too REAL.  Too dangerous to be abnormal. 

An example from my life of what anxiety can do…

On a recent trip to Florida, my family and I were having the time of our lives (minus our daughter who just got her first real job so she couldn’t escape).  Suddenly, on the daily news we start hearing about the impending doom of a category 5 hurricane headed straight toward us.

We start investigating, Googling, watching different news outlets…  Little by little, I start feeling more uncomfortable in my body. 

I text all my friends that live in Florida or were traveling there.  All is well, they either have a  central house or were already back home safe.  They wish me safe travels, and to those living in Florida, I say ‘stay safe’. 

My body begins to feel off, unraveled.  We go to get extra groceries, just in case.  I buy way, way, WAY too many olives and stock up on cans of sardines and smoked oysters because I don’t want to starve. 

And then we go to get water, the ultimate life-giving substance.  Keep in mind, now we have already been to five other stores, and forgot to check on water.  When we get to the water aisle…

The reality, urgency, fear, looming disaster, and unraveled sense, smacks us straight in the face and says,

“REALITY CHECK!!!!!”

There is no water.  Just one small case that a couple is fighting over.  I grab my husband’s hand and urge for us to go.  We need this more than anything and there is none left.

My stomach feels as though it’s in my throat.  I clench his hand tightly.  I’m pretty sure he can see the fear on my face. 

He knows I can see some on his, too.  We pay. 

We get to our car, and try more stores.  We find water.  There is a limit of three bottles per person. 

I can’t be picky and get my Mountain Valley Spring glass bottle variety.  I get what I get, because this is better than nothing.

External vs. Internal Forces that Create Anxiety

I pray for those affected by any hurricane because it is a horrifying reality to live with, and for me it proved to be the perfect example of a fear of my family’s NEEDS not being met. 

This real life natural disaster is an example of all the outside forces that can create anxiety within us. 

Certain things, we have absolutely NO control of… 

So our only choice is to just let it go. 

The things that are in our control… 

 Take control. Act as needed, be present, and always have a Plan B.

The problem with anxiety is that on top of this, it can also be a matter of:

  1. The chicken laid the egg first, OR;
  2. The egg cracked into a chicken first

We can’t always distinguish whether it was a life event that threatened our feeling of safety, or something internal that is unraveling our senses. 

So we ask ourselves this. “Why do I live with this?”

Anxiety is common in our day and age.  With all the demands placed upon us, to perform, to be perfect, to do everything.  Who can live or even keep up to those standards?

Plus, it propagates itself.  A little anxiety can turn into a full-blown anxiety attack in no time.  Many times, without any warning at all.  By that point, there is no turning back.  It is like the tropical storm that suddenly becomes a category 5 hurricane.  It is completely debilitating, destroying everything in its path. 

I’ve been there, more times than is comfortable and I’ve seen my patients suffer with it in my clinic, grossly affecting the quality of their lives and those of their present and future families. 

Small Amounts of Anxiety Are Normal

There is nothing more heartbreaking than when you feel like your body, mind and soul are working against you. 

An unknown philosopher once said,

“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. 

If you are anxious, you are living in the future. 

If you are at peace, you are living in the present.”

So granted, you are a forward thinker.  The fear of the unknown gets to you.

In fact, if the impending doom of the threat of a landing hurricane doesn’t cause you to become unraveled, to be cautious, safe-guarded and ready to act with your Plan B, I’m not sure that you are human.  This is a normal and healthy reaction to stressful external factors.  It is when these feelings and sensations spiral out of your control that it becomes an issue.

I know there is also those that have more to lose than others, those that have nothing.  But in reality, our world shouldn’t be about losing, but about living better. 

A Mind that Won’t Shut Off

And so you feel your mind is the home to a hamster of the future, wearing his Star Trek spandex uniform and travelling at warp speed on a wheel in your brain, which no matter how hard you try counting sheep in bow ties springing through freshly cut grass in a field of bright, shining, unstinting glory, you simply can’t quiet down. 

You’ve tried meditation, fish oils, eating well, breathing exercises… yet it feel like none of it ever works.  Or if it works, it works until the placebo effect wears off and you’ve lost faith that you can ever overcome this prison that you’ve been placed in against your will. 

And all you want to do is sleep…

“Just Breathe”

You know that you think too much, you need to quiet your mind, be more in the present, in the here and the now and as everyone around you says, “Just breathe”. 

But common’, seriously, have ever tried to do that when you are in the grips of hyperventilating and your hands are cramped up due to your out of whack electrolytes flowing through your body because you are just TRYING TO BREATHE?

Deep breathing makes you feel more anxious, and meditating gives you these weird tingling sensations that scare you even more… just catapulting you into aggravation, like nails on the chalkboard of your anxiety.  So while these words of advice may be sage to those living outside the world of anxiety, in it, they feel like the worst advice in the world ever.  Hands down and a high five on that one!

FYI, anxiety pretty much makes it impossible to take those sage words of advice and do something about it. 

So, if there is no way to respond to it while in the killer claws of tetany and anxiety, what is one to do? 

The Gift Within Your Grind

Prevention is key, get ON TOP of it.  Get ahead of it, and train yourself to be able to do the things you need to do before it happens, and most importantly, learn to work with your gift. 

Right about now you’re probably saying, “Whoa. How can you sit there and tell me that this anxiety, this jail cell in my mind, is a gift? How dare you. Stop lying.”

Look, I, like you, have lived it, and I’ve been fortunate enough to turn it around with the right know-how and tools.  Am I perfect?  No way, far from it.  Have I never suffered from it again?  Not even close to the truth!  Now, however, I know how to prevent it and I’ve trained myself with the right tools that when it begins to loom over me, I deal with it before it goes too far, before the pressure starts to set in, like the buildup of air in your ear canals as you are beginning to descend in an airplane. 

You swallow and think,  “Shit, I gotta go to the bathroom.”  Perfect timing, as always.

Like a hurricane on the edge of the Florida Peninsula, we sit on the edges of our seats unsure of what will happen in the next five days, weeks or months.  You need to prepare yourself with your Plan B.  In reality, what I have found is that anxiety is actually a gift.  It’s like a super spider-sense, a radar that gives you the feeling that things just aren’t right.  That something is wrong, and you absolutely have to fix it to move on.  Or leave it and start new. 

Common Unknown Triggers of Anxiety

So before we get to how to fix it (I’m going to share my step by step plan), I want to share with you some common triggers that had me in a state of panic for the greater part of my life.  These weren’t by any means the only ones, but when I addressed these aspects that most doctors won’t even look at, they were life-changing for me.

Now I’m sure you know all the common triggers of anxiety:

  • Overworking
  • Stress
  • Genetics (“My mom had it, too!”)
  • A health condition
  • Medication
  • Unhealthy food

But did you know there are other unlikely and overlooked reasons that could be causing the problem?

Here are the most unknown yet common reasons for anxiety outside of what you normally hear.   The reason I know these so well is that these were my triggers from an early age that sent me catapulting into a vicious cycle of anxiety.

Constipation

Believe it or not, constipation can be one of the most unknown common causes of anxiety.  The potential roots of constipation are plentiful, but let’s just consider the why.  Here, it is going to blow your mind, like a hurricane blows the roof off a house (bad analogy here, I apologize).

Stools are the byproducts or ‘trash’ that your body needs to eliminate out.  If they are not eliminated, the same thing happens as when you leave the trash from your house composting in your garage after missing Garbage Day. 

The stink builds up, those brain-numbing, barf-producing gases of decomposition, the growth of maggots and bugs attracted to the putrid smells.  It isn’t a pretty sight and you can imagine seeing this would make you anxious too.  Now imagine if this was happening INSIDE your body. 

Ughh… Bad, bad tummy ache…..

So pooping is paramount.  It was in this vital aspect of my life that three of my roadblocks were found. 

Three Common Causes of Constipation That Lead to Anxiety

1. Food Sensitivities

A large portion of my life, I lived with constipation so bad that it took over my life.  Little did I know that a large part of this was caused by food sensitivities.  These irritate the body so badly that it becomes constipated.  Dairy is one of the most common causes of childhood constipation.  I was extremely sensitive without knowing it and was consuming dairy daily.  To my surprise, I also learned that healthy foods could be sensitivities because absolutely everyone is unique and can be sensitive to foods that are typically touted as superfoods.  For me, it ended up being broccoli, almonds, and rice! 

2. Electromagnetic Frequencies

It turns out years later I started learning how these invisible fields disrupt (in certain people more than others) natural body rhythms, much like lights, but worse.  I am definitely one of these people.  Our digestive tract is intimately distracted by these invading waves and can seize up, leaving you with a load too many.  Behind my house growing up there was an electrical substation that spanned as far as the eye could see, which fed all the Northern Ontario mines their electricity.  

3. Hormonal Havoc

I have dealt with hormonal derangement like a lot of us have.  A little too much hair here, not enough there.  Too many curves here, not enough there.  Basic-bi*tch here, Debbie-downer there.  I was diagnosed with PCOS and estrogen dominance.  My periods were controlled through birth control and chemicals.  Not sure if you know it, but when this pattern of high estrogen, high androgens, and low thyroid occurs, there is often a reduction in progesterone, which is the anti-anxiety hormone. 

The Big Changes In My Life

As I began to realize that all of these things were affecting me and further perpetrating my anxiety, I made some massive changes in my life.  For years, I was doing everything ‘right’.  Taking the right supplements, seeing a naturopathic doctor, exercising, eating the right foods (or so I thought!)…

So what I didn’t need was even more supplements.  I needed to support the foundation of my health, to make what I was already investing in work even better. 

I had heard about castor oil packs for about 15 years at this time.  I had been told to do them more times than I can count on my hand or care to tally-up because I am just plain old embarrassed. 

You see, if had I started this practice years before, I wouldn’t have dealt with this crap, this bullsh*t, this paralyzation for so long.

My Castor Oil Pack Revelation 

Alas, now is the time.  So I thought to myself, what was wrong and why I didn’t want to do castor oil packs in the first place? 

  • Messy
  • Too many steps 
  • The unknown about how they really work – like do I have to wear that piece of cloth with it?
  • Is this just another snake oil? Will it overpromise and underdeliver?
  • I really don’t believe that this sh*t works… how could it?
  • Can’t I just rub the oil on my belly instead of this complicated DIY process? (NOO!)

So there I was, doing everything ‘right’ but I was still struggling with my health.  I became so sick that I couldn’t get out of bed for a week.  I hit my lowest point and I was desperate to get out of bed and live again.  So I did it. 

I took an organic cotton non-bleached bag I had gotten at a trade show, cut the straps then sewed them on differently, added in an organic cotton hand towel and made my very first castor oil pack. 

These packs did one major thing that led to supporting the 5 pillars of the foundation of my health.

They gave me back the FAITH in my body, that it could heal. 

That I could be free of the imaginary – yet very real to me – cage in my body.  It was like I’d found my way to the eye of a hurricane, feeling at peace, with the energy of the winds rolling around me, empowering me.

As I learned more about the mechanism of action of castor oil packs, to my amazement, the scientific research showed that it supported these 5 fundamental pillars of health:

F: Function of the Digestive Tract – Studies have shown that castor oil packs help to relieve constipation1 and improve the smooth muscle function2 of the digestive tract, in turn supporting better absorption and elimination.

A: Antioxidant Support – Castor oil has been shown to effectively preserve glutathione levels3, which is our body’s master detoxifying agent responsible for moving out toxic substances and heavy metals.  It is also a source of topical nutrients like vitamin E, Omega 6 and 94 and nitric oxide5.

I: Inflammation Regulation – Castor oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory6, making it excellent for reducing core inflammation, supporting the digestive process and reducing pain and discomfort.  Inflammation is known as the ‘silent killer’ and it’s important to do everything we can to reduce it in the body.

T: Tension and Stress Reduction – This is where the organic cotton compress part of the castor oil pack practice comes into play.  The soft compression of the pack on the skin stimulates sensory receptors that help to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, our ‘rest and digest’ state.  The compress promotes production of our feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine7, as well as our love and connection hormone, oxytocin8.

H: Host Microbiome Balance – In our bodies and on our skin are trillions of bacteria, both good and bad.  The good bacteria you probably know as probiotics, and the bad bacteria I like to call conbiotics™.  When conbiotics™ run rampant in our systems (like con artists) they can create a protective layer called biofilm that is very difficult to break down, and makes it nearly impossible to kill them and get them out of our bodies.  Castor oil is one of the only natural substances that can break down this biofilm9 10 11, ultimately helping to restore a healthy microbiome balance.

Out of all these wonderful benefits that castor oil packs support, in my opinion ’T’ is the most important.  Tension and stress inhibit our bodies’ natural ability to cleanse, calm and poop.  All these things affect everything else. 

And for this to happen you the need the castor oil pack, you can’t get this effect alone with just the oil.  It does not work that way. 

The pack is like the foundation of your house, built out of cement and secured to the ground.  Not perfect, in times of hurricanes, but supportive enough to get you through and keep you safe and resilient in the long run.  You know they got your back. 

I am admitting, I forgot to bring my castor oil pack on this holiday in Florida.  It’s usually the first thing I pack!  I was only able to get a pack on the very last day of my trip, when I visited our Queen of the Thrones™ warehouse. 

My body had felt the anxiety of the impending hurricane, and sure enough by the middle of our trip, my nights were restless, full of tossing and turning.  I simply felt awkward in every position I laid, unsure, did I have to pee, or was I just a wee bit irritated?  Who knows.  Toward the end of our trip, my anxiety was building like the incoming hurricane, from tropical storm to a dangerous category 5.

And you know what relieved it?  Pooping, shortly after I put my castor oil pack on. 

In your future plan, meditation, mindfulness, positive stimulus, supplementation, dietetics, exercise and yoga will all be included.  But enough is enough.  You can only do one thing at a time and when an unexpected hurricane hits, prevention tactics like your castor oil pack will be your best friend.

It’s time to start here, with the foundation.  Have FAITH in your body’s incredible ability to heal.


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