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The pet food recalls continue. The best "wholistic" suggestion to prevent danger to your pet is — STOP feeding dry kibble dog food. In our "wholistic" opinion, dry kibble dog food is the least nutritious form of food to feed a carnivore. Furthermore, a majority of all pet food recalls is with dry food. Canned food, freeze-dried food and raw food have a much lower percentage of recalls.
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by Russell Louie
In Part 1 of this Lorazepam series I discussed why, as a wholistic scientist, I needed to take the highly addictive, anti-anxiety drug, Lorazepam. I discussed the “wholistic” modalities of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, essential oils and flower essences I used to ward off the constant anxiety and depression from the mTBI (Mild Traumatic Brain Injury). In Part 2, I mention the horrible Lorazepam side effects I encountered and the holistic nutritional support I used to regenerate and rebuild my damaged brain cells as I went through withdrawal. The final key (I hope) towards recovery are the mental and emotional TBI coping skills I learned to prevent further addiction (to anything) plus make me a better person.
The last mTBI therapy tools I used to avoid Lorazepam addiction were daily coping skills from TBI workshops, seminars, books and therapists. One needs to literally rewire the brain to develop new habits for dealing with daily stress. I attended a 10-week Grief and Loss workshop where I learned what a mTBI was, how it affected my brain’s function and how I could cope with my deficiencies and impairment. A mTBI can be just as traumatic as a death in the family or divorce but an mTBI survivor also has the handicap of their brain not functioning like before or as expected. Therefore, new tools, coping skills and life adjustments must be made that most people, conventional doctors and even holistic practitioners are not aware of. This MTBI experience has opened up a new perspective for my wholistic coaching career.
Because I spent so much time going to doctors, therapists and holistic practitioners, my working hours were limited. In an effort to get everything done, I was always rushing around the office/house. I would literally turn around so fast, I would kick the dog or step on a cat (we have three). Since it is impossible to get everything done (even for a person without a mTBI), I learned to block out time for my mTBI treatment first, then prioritize my daily tasks and do only the absolutely urgent and important tasks first. Whatever time is left over is spent on everything else. Because not everything was getting done, this led to another lesson.
As a small business owner I learned that one cannot please everyone all the time. That is a hard one when a small business is trying to compete with corporations by offering superior customer service. As a perfectionist, I wanted to please all clients all the time but I learned that sometimes, the more one gives, the more customers will take advantage of this. I had to stop buying into other people’s (sometimes unreasonable) expectations all the time and set certain boundaries. The next lesson was releasing all my expectations too.
Would it not be wonderful if one could avoid all disappointments in life? With my mTBI I would have anxiety over the slightest disappointment. Like when I lost a customer’s order, I was running late for a meeting, my favorite restaurant was closed or while cooking dinner I realized I forgot to buy a major ingredient in a dish. From my mTBI perspective, I was a total failure or the ‘world was going to end’. The compounding effect of each unmet expectation resulted in depression by the end of the day. In order to never be disappointed, I had to release all my expectations by saying, “It is what it is,” “I am doing the best I can,” and practiced the following MTBI coping skills:
I may spend the next 5-10 years recovering from the mTBI. Like everyone else I measured my progress using the Western medical paradigms of:
In order not to be disappointed, I had to
of how long my mTBI recovery will take and stop comparing my progress
with others. One of the best “wholistic” paradigms I now practice comes
from Brugh Joy, a psychotherapist. In his book, “Joy’s Way,” he wrote: ‘make
no comparisons, make no judgments, delete the need to understand.’
(At least from a Western allopathic medical perspective.) These same
principles have given me a new “wholistic,”
compassionate perspective when coaching clients with complex or
difficult circumstances. If you want better results than you have been
getting in yourself and your pets, you will have to do something
different than you are currently doing. Try this new, totally
"wholistic" paradigm for transforming your or your pet’s illness into
Freedom from Illness.
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