It is time to wake up, return to your roots, and realize that you are the expert in your own body. Over the past 50 years, there has been a startling rise in the numbers of autoimmune diseases and chronic diseases in the United States and around the world. Just as startling is the realization that we have brought it on ourselves.
Why in the world would I say that? Because it is true. As was learned with the human genome project and further supported with the ongoing microbiome research, these diseases are not hereditary as once thought. In fact, more than 80% of ALL disease is linked to lifestyle. Statistically, medical accidents or injuries are the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States. This can include anything from a surgical mishap to a medication interaction oversight. Despite these alarming statistics, we continue looking for solutions in the wrong places.
As a society, we have come to depend upon our medical community to provide care for chronic diseases when it was designed to be an acute care system. We look at a system that is bloated and broken with frustration but don’t want to take responsibility for our contribution to it. You take your medication like your life depends on it but really it may be doing more harm than good.
After being both a provider and a participant in the healthcare system, I have seen the ravages and faults on both sides. I am not here to point fingers or name blame but rather to provide an alternative perspective. What if the science really is true and we can prevent disease by the lifestyle choices we make? What if SAD (Standard American Diet & Lifestyle) is the underlying reason for the skyrocketing autoimmune diseases? What if we only utilized the medical system for emergencies rather than maintenance?
Going even one step further…what if we not only prevent new disease but is it possible to reverse disease processes once in motion? Again, I am not here to make claims of miraculous healing, but I have witnessed the power of healing in my body and many others that lead me to believe that our bodies are extremely resilient and have an innate power to heal if given the environment to do so.
When I began to understand the power of cell regeneration this point was made clear. It is a fact that you are going to replicate cells, replacing old cells with new ones (see Figure 1 below). Do you want them to be healthy cells or sick cells? What do you feed them? What environment do you provide for them? Those simple truths are the genesis of the Living WOW Center.
The first thing I want to clarify is that lifestyle is just a series of perpetual choices you make throughout each day, most of which you make completely unconsciously. We do what we do because everyone else is doing it. This autopilot is what I refer to as SAD (Standard American Diet & Lifestyle). Lifestyle in this context is not dependent upon the amount of money you make or the city you live in.
In fact, research studies of the few remaining indigenous cultures around the world reveal that they do not suffer any of the maladies and diseases of our modern societies such as autoimmune disease, cancer, or other chronic diseases. They live a “wild and simple” life with no western medicine and are studied to determine what they have that we don’t. They have healthier bones, organs, and microbiomes just to name a few.
Now, I’m not proposing that you give up modern amenities, break up with your doctor, and return to the wilderness to live. I am however going to challenge your beliefs and empower you to be intentional in creating an environment in which your body can heal and thrive. What could you do differently that might create healthier, stronger new cells instead of diseased or rogue cells? What might it look like if you had a turnover of healthy cells replacing sick cells? What might happen if you took 100% responsibility for the lifestyle choices you make and the results of those choices rather than taking a pill to mask a symptom or running to the doctor to give you an answer that he doesn’t have (but you do)?
Figure 1: Cell Regeneration Turnover Time
Introducing the Living WOW Center
After my personal transformation from surviving to thriving with autoimmune diseases, I was completely astounded that the experience was not what I expected it to be. Instead of resenting my body and being forever trapped with a legacy of bad genes as I had believed would be my fate, I looked and felt 20 years younger. I had dropped weight that had plagued me for decades, eliminated chronic pain that no doctor, therapy or medicine could relieve, and found energy that I hadn’t had since I was 16 years old.
Because this was not what I expected, and because I wish someone would have told me that there is another way than SAD, I wrote the book 8 Lessons Lupus Taught Me: From Surviving to Thriving With Autoimmune Diseases. As I began to share the book and the message of Change Your Story, Living WOW was born.
After years of continuing to learn and study how and why lifestyle has such an impact on disease and the world being torn apart by a global pandemic, I can’t stand by any longer keeping it to myself. You have to understand that the power is in your hands. The power is in your body. The power is in your lifestyle.
The Living WOW Center is a holistic wellness practice that utilizes the framework of the WOW lifestyle to identify system failures or maintenance needs. Whether you just need a tune-up or a complete systems overhaul we support you as an individual to get back out on the journey and Living WOW.
We will work with you to determine levels of function, needs, tools, resources, and/or providers that may be best equipped to guide you as you step out of a negative health cycle and turn it into a positive health cycle.
The Living WOW Center offers a revolutionary comprehensive approach to healing, coaching, and support that is necessary in our complex SAD world. Schedule your complimentary consultation today to see how Living WOW can support you.