Physiology is Relational: Synergistic Ways of Healing Complex Illness
I have had symptoms and experiences of illness since I was a young child. Because of this, as a practitioner, I have deep compassion and tenderness for people experiencing complex illness. I weave my professional training with the extensive research I did on my own behalf to bring healing to my body. I am really passionate about the intersections of the autonomic nervous system, developmental trauma, intergenerational and ancestral patterns, and how to support healing of the immune system.
This list is not a prescription or standard protocol, as what works for one person is not the same as what works for another. It is also not medical care, as it is up to you to work with your own care provider. But I offer this here as a collection of some things that worked well for me.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
This work supports your body to settle and re-organize, guided by your own deeper health and wisdom. I strongly recommend seeking out a practitioner who knows how to work with the autonomic nervous system, as this modality can really support nervous system regulation. I recommend practitioners who have trained with John and Anna Chitty, click here for a practitioner directory and if you are in Berkeley, California you can book a session with me. I can work with clients on a weekly/biweekly/monthly basis or in an intensive retreat format.
Somatic therapy, with a focus on healing attachment issues; resolving trauma from prenatal experiences, birth, and being a newborn; and support for experiences of loss or trauma in childhood. Developmental trauma, high ACE scores, and disorganized attachment have correlations with immune system and other health issues. This work also supports a setting in the nervous system, and developing skills for healthy relationship, with self and others. I made a recorded webinar Emotional First Aid: Applied Nervous System Physiology and a 3-part webinar series Introduction to Somatic Trauma Healing available in a self-paced online format for $15 and $30 respectively. I also work with individuals in-person in Berkeley, California and online around the world via Zoom video conference. Please be in touch if you’re interested in working together.
Frequency Specific Microcurrent machine is something you can purchase to use at home. It has treatment protocols for lyme and other infections, mold, PTSD, and supporting liver, adrenal, kidney and brain function, among other things. I recommend working with Chanti Smith.
I benefited from glutathione, phosphatidylcholine, ozone, and meyer’s cocktail ivs, on a weekly or monthly basis. This is usually available through naturopathic and functional medicine clinics.
These heated mats are great for rest and sleep, especially when you have body pain and/or fatigue. Just make sure to stay hydrated!
Warm oil massage of the whole body, with lymphatic work to move the lymph when there is stagnation, is really helpful. I also recommend oilination of the forehead, eyes, ears, nose, mouth to nourish the cranial nerves. Make sure to make time and space to rest and hydrate after. You may need to rest a lot after, depending on whats going on with your lymph system. This is a wonderful weekly treatment, and then move to a monthly and then quarterly basis as needed.
This is important to do in a titrated way, and it can be integrated with Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Ayurvedic Bodywork. It supports the lymph to move, though make sure you support your detox pathways and liver so things can move out, especially true if you have any MTHFR mutations. If you are in the Bay Area, I recommend Tomi Knutson in Oakland.
Cedar wood, infrared and/or ozone saunas regularly, to move things through the body. Especially helpful if you don’t sweat easily. Make sure to shower afterwards.
Ancestral Lineage Healing
This work is especially helpful if you have an infection history and/or experiences of boundary intrusion. It is also supportive if you are are perceptive/intuitive and need support for more boundaries and choice in your interactions with the unseen realm. Click here to learn more, and check out the website ancestralmedicine.org to read about Daniel Foor’s book, free talks, online classes and weekend intensives. I offer personal sessions and they work well via zoom or phone, and you can book a complimentary consult or session here.
Extended stays in hot springs in a dry climate are great for detoxing, resting and healing. This is especially good if you’ve lived in damp climates where mold growth is common. I loved Mercey Hot Springs in central California. Also check out the Paradigm Change Locations Ratings Map.
For more information on mold avoidance I highly recommend the Paradigm Change website. It has an incredible amount of information on there, including e-books you can download that give detailed information on the how and why of mold avoidance practice.
Functional and Naturopathic Medicine
A great functional and/or naturopathic medicine doctor or nurse practitioner who can track your progress, prescribe herbal medicine and supplements, draw labs to monitor hormone levels, etc is a great resource and an essential person to have on your care team.
Throughout my years of healing my own complex chronic illness, I have collected a lot of resources. I've collected many of them in Physiology is Relational online learning format so others can access them in a simple way, to aid you in your own learning and healing process.
Please be in touch if you have any questions or would like to schedule a free 20 min consult, you can book it here. And check out Referrals for a list of recommended resources and practitioners (local and online).
I wish you well in your healing journey.