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Monday, April 2, 2018

Balanced Health Bioenergetic Testing


Spring is here! And, I'm finally back to blogging (I know it's been awhile) and I have a special offer to share at the end of this post.

I'm always stoked when I have something helpful to share and I'm especially pleased to be writing about the subject of bioenergetic testing. This post might sound a little out there, but bioenergetic testing has been a useful modality I've found for solving pieces of my health puzzles. What is bioenergetic testing? Also called electrodermal screening, or bio-resonance testing, it's an energy medicine modality based on the premise that the body has energy points where the heath and function of different organs and systems can be measured via electrical frequencies/resonance.

In the case of bioenergetic testing, these points are tested by running an electrical current through a wand that touches the point (usually on the hands and feet), and runs energy through the meridians and measures bioelectrical resonance. Each resonance is compared, in a computer program, against the recorded resonance pattern of a healthy organ or system to see if that organ indicates stress or hypo-functioning. Another function of bioenergetic testing is measuring the resonance of nutrient deficiencies, substances like foods and environmental factors that resonate as "sensitivities", pathogens, hormones, and toxicity. Once all of this is tested, then the resonances of different supplements are tested against it to see what brings balance and resolution.  This article gives a good overview of the history and process of the technology.

I've had bioenergetic testing done over the years when I was having mystery symptoms that seemed viral and it was very helpful in identifying pathogens. One odd symptom that I was able to resolve was tooth sensitivity that had no apparent cause. It was determined to be stemming from my submandibular lymph nodes, where a virus had apparently taken up residence. Lymphatic drainage provided some relief, but taking the remedies that scanned as appropriate was what resolved it quickly.

Last fall, I was approached by Balanced Health, a long distance bioenergetic testing company, to try out their Full Scan Kit, where you submit a saliva and hair or nail sample and they're able to use those to scan from. This is different than hair mineral analysis or saliva testing. I wasn't sure if this particular way of doing it would be legitimate, but I was curious to compare it to my past bioenergetic testing experiences and I rarely pass up a free chance to try something intriguing. They made it clear I was under no obligation to write a review, so this is not a sponsored post, just my honest, personal experience with the product. The Full Scan includes a lot of information, including the resonances of system/organ performance, nutrient balance, hormones, pathogens/toxins, and food/environmental sensitivities, as well as a regimen of recommended remedies. You can check out an example of a full scan here. 

Note: bioenergetic testing is not a replacement for traditional blood tests and diagnostics, but can provide helpful info in addition to traditional functional medicine testing methods. I was curious to see how the info it generated would match my known issues and past blood test results.



Here are some of my first scan results, from September, 2016. 




 At the time, I had started having the tooth sensitivity issue again, after years of no issues. I was impressed to see that it pinpointed "teeth and jaw drainage" as one of my issues. My adrenals have always been a weak area and, having Hashimoto's, it's not surprising that my thyroid showed up. My system showed a lot of chronic stress and weakness. 




Here is my most recent scan, from the beginning of February:



You can see that there is improvement across the board! In every scan I've had, my endocrine and nervous systems have been the slowest to improve, indicating that those are deep seated issues for me, which is not surprising, considering that I have an autoimmune endocrine disease and I've always had a sensitive nervous system, with an imbalanced parasympathetic response according to my EEG brain mapping back in my neurofeedback tech days. At the time of this scan, I had a little respiratory thing going on, which is reflected in my reduced lung score.


One area I was very curious about was what energetic food sensitivities would show up. All of my scans have consistently shown soy, dairy/casein, and gluten as sensitivities (these have also been confirmed by Cyrex Labs tests), and various legumes always show up. They change slightly every time, but the pattern is there that indicates my body doesn't jive with legumes. Corn also always shows up and oats have frequently shown up. No nightshades, gums, spices, nuts/seeds have ever resonated as sensitivities and, indeed, I haven't had issues adding these back into my diet after AIP. Balanced Health states that if foods you haven't eaten in a long time show up consistently, they are likely more serious sensitivities.


Here are the sensitivities from my first scan:



Here is my recent scan:




I always test as needing digestive enzyme support, so I've been faithfully taking Now Super Enzymes with meals, and the resonances of vitamin and mineral imbalances have disappeared, leaving just a few fatty acids and rotating amino acids that appear.


Balanced Health doesn't list specific pathogens on the "Energetic Toxins" portion of the test, but you can request that information during the follow-up phone consult that comes with the scan. Being the curious type, I always asked for that info. I rarely had the same viruses or bacteria come up more than once, indicating that they were being cleared by the protocols. I did have a few of the same molds show up. No resonances of parasites or metals have ever shown up for me and this is consistent with past scans I've had from other practitioners.


Balanced Health has a variety of scans and scan packages to choose from. The Full Scan, as well as the Balancing Scan (which has less info than the Full), and Remedy Scan (no info- just remedies) all come with a remedy protocol generated uniquely for you, based on which remedies bring about energetic resonance balance. I've found the remedies to be effective (especially the adrenal formulas I've used). I get most of the products directly from them, as the homeopathic and herbal blends are very specific and can't be found in other brands. If a simple supplement like a single amino acid shows up, I usually buy it elsewhere to save money, taking care to match the dosage. Each scan includes a follow-up phone consult to discuss your results and answer any questions you might have. The consultants are the nicest folks and I always enjoy the consult. They will also ship kits overseas and work with you to find supplements locally.


I've been really pleased with the health progress I've made since utilizing the scans and remedies. I still have ups and downs, but have had more ups and seem to bounce back much faster. I recommend starting with a Full Scan to get a baseline measurement and you can alternate with less expensive scans like the Remedy Scan to make continuing the protocols less expensive.

I can say that I highly recommend Balanced Health and have had a great experience with them. I'm pleased to be able to offer my readers an affiliate discount code for $20 off of any scan- this code is ongoing, so you can use it any time you order a scan, not just the first time. :) The code is "prettyinprimal"


I hope that that you've enjoyed this post. I look forward to posting again sooner than later.

-Erin






Saturday, September 16, 2017

Introducing Curioso Natural Perfumes





Hey guys!
I realize that it's been over a year since I blogged. I didn't mean to let the blog sit that long.
But, I'm back and I have something exciting to share: I started a natural perfume company: Curioso Perfumes! 

About ten years ago I began studying natural perfume making as a hobby. I've never been able to wear most perfumes because I have a chemical sensitivity to some of the aroma chemicals in them. They usually gives me headaches and sometimes stomachaches or mild nausea. There weren't a lot of natural perfumes on the market a decade ago, but I was inspired to learn after sampling some of the high quality ones, especially Aftelier Perfumes, so I began to study classical perfume composition and I came to really enjoy formulating fragrances. This is different than aromatherapy. Although I use many of the same materials, natural perfumes are designed for aesthetics rather than aromatherapy, though they do have some intrinsic aromatherapy benefits by virtue of their ingredients.



All these years later, I'm happy to announce that I now have an online store, currently at Etsy. Inspired by my innately curious nature (Curioso means "curious" in Italian), they're 100% natural and made in a base of organic grape alcohol and contain only natural materials such as essential oils, absolutes, Co2 extracts, butters, and concretes. No "fragrance oils" (that term = synthetic) or synthetic aroma chemicals. No greenwashing. My raw materials are high grade and come from conscientious sources.






I have several fragrances available in sample and full sizes, including a spicy amber unisex scent, and I'll eventually be adding several more to the collection, so stay tuned for more releases and for future specials for readers. My packaging is still a work in progress and I look forward to finalizing it down the road.
At this time, I'm currently only shipping within the U.S.





I hope to get back to regular blogging soon, as I have some more neat things to write about and I look forward to sharing them with you!

-Erin


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Antipasto Salad (Autoimmune Paleo)




I'm not that big of a salad lover in general (especially since dairy and I broke up and I can't put goat cheese on them). I eat them and I do enjoy them, but I rarely really crave them. But, in the heat of the middle of summer, when you don't feel like cooking and crave something fresh, a nice meal salad can be just the thing. I've been digging this antipasto salad because, even without cheese, it's still luxurious and makes me feel as if I could be eating it on a cliff side in Positano. Who needs feta or ricotta salata when all the other ingredients are so yummy?


So. This isn't a recipe, per se, but rather an assemblage (that might be the first time I've ever used that word) of ingredients. You're going to have to wing it a little, but it's too easy to screw up.


Antipasto Salad

Basic ingredients:
-Chopped romaine lettuce
-Preservative-free prosciutto
-Kalamata olives (I like the ones in a wine vinegar brine)
-Thinly sliced red onion
-Frozen artichoke hearts, thawed

Extras:
-Capers for extra saltiness (don't overdo them!)
-Thinly sliced fennel bulb for crunch
-Minced Italian/flat leaf parsley for extra nutrients (esp. vitamin C).


Dressing:
-Red wine vinegar
-Extra virgin olive oil
-Sea salt


Combine the salad ingredients and don't skimp on the prosciutto (protein!) and olives (healthy fat!). And, the more artichoke hearts, the better! They're beneficial for the liver and are a great source of insoluble fiber, which is important for gut flora diversity. Plus, they're just so tasty.

Mix the vinegar and olive oil with a bit of sea salt. I don't have exact proportions- I do it to taste, but it's usually roughly 1 part vinegar and 2 parts oil. Add salt to taste- remember, several of the ingredients are salty, too, so you may not need much.


Enjoy!
-Erin





Friday, June 3, 2016

Things I'm Loving: 2




As per usual, I'm way overdue for a post and I want to post something, so I'm taking the easy road and sharing more things that I especially love right now. Enjoy!




1. Traditional Medicinals Roasted Dandelion Root Tea
Besides having numerous health benefits, I really love the taste of this tea. It's roasty and sweet and tastes slightly like coffee. I like to brew 2-3 bags at a time (usually overnight) and drink hot or iced with coconut milk.






2. Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss Of The Foods We Love by Simran Sethi
Such an interesting, engaging, and entertaining book about five foods: cacao, coffee, wine, beer, and bread, and the issues surrounding loss of biodiversity, the production of, and the changing ecosystem that threatens these foods. Highly recommended for anyone concerned or curious about hoe their food is produced and the impact on the farmers and ecosystem.







3. Al Wadi Natural Rosewater
I found this rose water while shopping at the international market. I have to admit that I bought it partially because I loved the frosted glass bottle (and I was out of rose water). I'm super pleased with this particular rose water! It smells gorgeously fresh and slightly fruity, just like an actual rose (no fusty grandma rose smell here!). I use it as my toner to soften and calm my skin, and I mist my face with it if my skin needs some cooling down. It would also be fab added to cocktails, spritzers, and sweet things.






4. ReserveAge Collagen Replenish Powder
I've used numerous brands of collagen powder over the past few years, and though I know it's beneficial for healing connective tissue, the gut lining, and hair/skin/nail health, I can't say that I've ever noticed any of the purported beauty benefits. This collagen is different. Maybe it's due to the inclusion of hyaluronic acid, or maybe it's the specific form of collagen peptides, but my skin is noticeably more hydrated. This powder mixes easily into beverages and I usually add it to my coffee or tea.




Several of the links I've provided for products are from iherb.com, where I do a lot of my supplement shopping. If you've never shopped at iherb, here's my referral code for $5 off your first order: HAZ439

Happy summer!
-Erin