"Host lifestyle affects human microbiota on daily timescales"
Here, we link over 10,000 longitudinal measurements of human wellness and action to the daily gut and salivary microbiota dynamics of two individuals over the course of one year. These time series show overall microbial communities to be stable for months. However, rare events in each subjects’ life rapidly and broadly impacted microbiota dynamics.
Our findings suggest that although human-associated microbial communities are generally stable, they can be quickly and profoundly altered by common human actions and experiences.
Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Nutrition Coach, Stephanie Austin, HHP of Wellness by Mother Nature is on tour in Redwood City, CA presenting: Making Sense of Nutrition. Stephanie's most popular class - an overview on wellness! Covering subjects such as Gluten-free Living, Low-Glycemic Eating, Anti-inflammatory eating and more!
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"The coolest part for me (ok there are many) is that YOU are here to coach and support us. Not just give us the information and expect that we absorb it and implement it all. You are invested in our lifestyle change. THAT is awesome to me. Sometimes I need to ask questions and discuss things you've presented for it to make sense. That extra step you're providing, the personal coaching, is what makes the difference."
"I've come to the realization that I will likely never go back to the way I used to eat. Even just a few days into this, I realize what poor choices I have always made and it's this awareness that fosters long term change. I still miss certain things and may not give them up forever, but the foundation of how I used to eat has been obliterated and many new habits have already been formed. Super exciting!! Thank you Stephanie!"
Dear disease and injury, I am grateful for the journey.
10 years ago, this month, I broke my back in four places and spent Christmas in the hospital. More importantly, over the past 15 years, I've gone from 199 pounds, addicted to junk food and suffering so much inflammation I couldn't take my own socks off ... to getting a degree in holistic medicine, going vegetarian, raw vegan, juice cleansing over 300 days, practicing yoga, hiking, meditating, walking around over 60 pounds lighter, and living life to the fullest.
All that I have come to learn, both in my personal journey with holistic health, from my hundreds of clients' journeys, and from my education in holistic medicine, I share with you in my new 6-week Restoring Wellness program.
---- ---- ---- ---- "I grew up in your typical Standard American Diet (SAD) home eating some of the best American comfort food and spending my allowance on junk food, donuts and soda. Now, don't get my wrong, Mom made everything from scratch, including bread, biscuits, gravy, home-raised pork, chickens, eggs and the works. I didn't even know what Dinty Moore meant when somebody from school asked about my soup. That said, despite Mom's best efforts, it was tough to get me to eat veggies and I rarely enjoyed fruit. I predominately ate meat and carbs. Even though my mother tried to limit my intake, soda was a daily beverage. I was never very active but wasn’t exactly lazy either. (*** click the link at the bottom of this post for a wonderful addition to this story, but for now ... keep reading***)
In June 2003 at 23 years old, I was diagnosed with Dermatomyositis, a rare Autoimmune disease. I struggled with reaching my feet and lifting my hands above my head due to severe connective tissue inflammation. My menstrual cycle was so irregular I at one point went 70 days between cycles. At 5’7″, I was 175 pounds, a SAD eater and struggling to find the strength to be an active person. I enjoyed dance, hiking and the occasional yoga class but I was far from routine and needed a lifestyle change. So I quit my corporate job, moved back home with mom and took my savings to see a Naturopathic Doctor. He put me on several herbal concoctions and a high protein, low carb diet. I avoided all things packaged and processed and completely stopped ALL sugar intake, including fruit. I was overridden with Candida from the inside out. I began losing weight quickly. I maintained this system steady for 3 months until I couldn’t afford it anymore. I had rid my body of all yeast overgrowth, walked around 20 pounds lighter, and started hiking and doing yoga regularly.
That Christmas I was in a horseback riding accident and broke my back in 4 places. I was bed ridden for several months wearing a lovely designer body brace (insert laugh here) and unable to continue my new found physical independence. During my recovery, I began reaching for comfort foods again. Due to the lack of physical movement and the foods I began eating, I gained 25 pounds and battled with the disease and Candida once more."
Keep reading Stephanie's Wellness Journey here:http://www.wellnessbymothernature.com/how-my-wellness-journey-began.html
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Hundreds of clients and students have come through Wellness by Mother Nature interested in relief for acute and chronic health concerns; weight management; dietary plans; Science-based classes on Eating for Healing; detox cleanses; recipes; homeopathic and herbal remedies; pregnancy and prenatal care; and more.
Throughout the years, I have worked to evolve my methods of coaching, motivating and teaching based upon the feedback, constructive criticism, and success stories of clients. WbMN has transformed from mere phone support to written health plans, coaching subscriptions and online classes; from a locals-only business to serving the world wide web with clients from several countries.
Recently, I have seen an increase in the number of clients coming to me after losing faith in the Western medical approach. They have often tried "everything else" so they come to me to get results. While it is progress to seek out the help of somebody new, what I really hope to convey here is that you must change the way you lived yesterday if you want different results than what yesterday brought you.
What I mean to say is... using my services will not include an office-visit appointment where you hear about what pills to take to stop feeling your symptoms instantly. There is no band-aid for 'dis' ease. When you come to WbMN, you will feel better - this is guaranteed - but we are going to work together to change your life using methods from Mother Nature. Navigating through Holistic Healthcare can be as challenging as watching a foreign movie - even with the subtitles on! Let me translate for you - translate both your symptoms, as well as the easiest journey to Restoring Wellness.
It is for these reasons that I am no longer offering office-style consultations with a 5-8 page written plan and resources. Instead, I am going to empower you and stick with you while we change your lifestyle together. The good news is that you likely won't need me afterwards because you will receive ALL YOU NEED to move forward with wellness. So instead of an hour and a half appointment with me, your coaching comes in an improved format! This new format includes weekly phone calls with me; group forum support from others going through the same program; website access with daily program material including handouts, videos and/or worksheets; Eating for Healing classes; and so much more. It's called Restoring Wellness, and it's available in January. We will still address your individual needs, but you'll also be altering your lifestyle at the same time. Without this change to your lifestyle, you will only need to come see me again in 4-6 weeks.
For example, if you needed homeopathic support for inflammation, I will still make that recommendation as I did before, but I will also teach you how and when to use homeopathics so you can easily reach for your next remedy yourself! It's all about empowerment with Restoring Wellness! Check out the info, flyer and website below and I hope to see you in the program!
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What started out as a response to a client, has turned into such a lengthy explanation that I've decided to post it on my blog since the question is surely shared by many others as well. That is...
How is muscle testing supposed to determine my sensitivities to food? If it really worked, wouldn't it be implemented by more practitioners?
Please bear with my long answer; it comes full circle.
While I do not practice Applied Kinesiology (muscle testing), I have tried it when selecting certain homeopathics for people and dogs, and I have referred my clients to seek their expertise from time to time. To my surprise, it works; that is, when the practitioner understands how to read the responses.
Like in all things, if the 'interpreter' is mistaken, the message is wrong. In fact, I have a client who calls me her “body translator" because from the location of one itch, I can realize her kidneys need support or by the pattern on her tongue, I can see which organs need detoxing. The body provides some rather clear messages for us to read, but most people consider them subtle, normal or perhaps don't even notice.
To understand why kinesiology works as a fast and inexpensive method to allergy relief, it is best to know the difference between sensitivities and allergies, and how they affect the body.
With sensitivities, a food or other pathogen has caused a weakening effect on the body and it usually does not involve our immune system. Most of us eat foods we are sensitive to, but we do not:
With allergies, however, an immediate reaction occurs after exposure and the reaction more often than not involves the immune system. This reaction is also sometimes tolerable so we continue on for years with an allergy. Of course, some reactions are debilitating so we find out the cause and stop consuming them. Mucous in the nose or throat after drinking milk is a common 'allergy', but so is skin related reactions, headaches, difficulty breathing, shock, etc. The immediacy of the reaction is helpful with an allergy so you can stop putting fuel on the fire.
While there are many pathways to allergies and sensitivities, most often, sensitivities begin from:
That's where kinesiology comes in. Just because a person tests 'weak' to something, doesn't automatically make it an allergy. It can suggest, instead, that the person doesn't react in an energetic way to said substance. Also, just because you have an allergy, it doesn’t always mean you can’t ever enjoy it again. In order to understand the importance of this, let’s consider the following:
So let’s consider the various types of foods we consume: Biogenic foods, Bioactive foods (sometimes considered biogenic), Biostatic foods, and Biocidic foods.
The unfortunate challenge, perhaps, is that we are each unique in our biochemic nature. What may be biogenic (energy) for some is actually biocidic (depleting) for another. Our expression of the sensitivity can be different too. Somebody may show sensitivity to wheat, for example, as a headache, while for another, symptoms are in their gut with diarrhea, or perhaps arthritis. Muscle testing can be used to interpret this unique biochemistry when it comes to sensitivities or allergies. In order to understand your biochemistry, we first need to understand our experience to everything around us.
There are five avenues to our existence, including: mental, physical, environmental, chemical and energetic. Each of these five areas are affected by everything we do. For example, when we are exposed to foods that we are sensitive to, we have a reaction as follows:
To understand how muscle strength or weakness is tested, it is important to understand which muscles (or body parts) are related to which organs. Since muscles share similar nerve pathways through the body and up into the vertebral structure, they are also strengthened (or weakened) by the same organ meridians.
In kinesiology, the pectoralis muscle is related to the stomach meridian and the deltoid muscle, the lung meridian, for example. With the arm stretched out in front and the thumb pointed down, a position which requires your pecs, somebody trained in kinesiology would test the stomach’s reaction to a substance by interpreting the strength or weakness in the muscle when the practitioner puts resistance upon the muscle. Or with the arm out to the side, they are testing the lung, since in order to hold up the arm in this position, the deltoid is most prominent.
Certain muscles are better suited for a food sensitivity while others are more specific to an environmental sensitivity. Similarly, some foods will be digested by one organ while others require many organs. Since coffee affects the liver and kidneys predominately, it would not work to test the lung for a sensitivity. Or with sugar, which greatly affects the stomach and pancreas and not as much the kidneys. Since they all pass through the stomach, the most common muscle tested is the pectoralis.
It is optimal to adjust the body’s overly-reactive responses to a sensitivity before it weakens the overall strength of the body, which leads to lowered resistance, autoimmunity and ‘dis’ease. Since food affects the body by strengthening or weakening, testing the resistance (or energy) in the associated muscle group while holding the culprit, a sensitivity can be determined, even if sub-clinical in other diagnostics. Through the Science of nutritional and energy balancing, you can overcome sensitivities to food so they do not compound into future complications and vulnerabilities.
So yes, muscle testing is real and can be a great tool to determine sensitivities; however, it is not without mis-interpretation since the interpreter is human. That said, I usually only refer my clients to somebody trained in muscle testing after interpreting that their symptoms are caused by something they continue to reintroduce, such as food. More often than not, the client has a long suspicion of the sensitivities that are later validated through muscle testing. One of the best ways to determine for yourself is to go through the treatments from a Kinesiologist and reintroduce what you were formerly sensitive to and notice no reaction. I had a client who had such a severe skin reaction, that despite my homeopathic and dietary recommendations, only a dent was made towards relief. After seeing a practitioner of kinesiology, it was determined she had an allergy to leather. They worked together to counteract this sensitivity and her rash went away. I'd say, it works. Give it a try.
Stephanie Austin, HHP
Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Nutrition Coach
An excellent article on food allergies and various testing options: http://drlwilson.com/articles/food_intolerance.htm
A wonderful website to research autoimmunity and allergy related to gluten: http://www.thedr.com/
Educational facilities who provide degrees in kinesiology: Cal Poly http://kinesiology.calpoly.edu/home.html, Manhattan College http://manhattan.edu/academics/education/kinesiology/what-kinesiology, University of Tennessee http://www.utk.edu/academics/programs/2010/ehhs/kinesiology.html, and there are countless more.
Kinesiology: with special reference to electromyographic kinesiology http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/285846
I've had several clients ask me about body pH in relation to candida albicans (commonly called yeast infection in both men and women). Most assume candida infections are caused by an overly acidic environment, but this is not the case. I teach this subject in thorough detail in my Food as Medicine class on Candida, but since I don't have one scheduled in the near future, here are a few answers to your questions.
In acidic pH, the candida grows as a yeast. In this simple-yeast form, candida is completely harmless. In fact, as a yeast, candida can be kept in check based on gene repressors found in the diet and through thousands of other beneficial micro-organisms that live in your body. The real harm occurs when this simple-yeast changes it's gene expression and mutates into an invasive filament form: a mutated fungus that wreaks havoc on just about every organ in the body and can even be life threatening. This mutated fungal form of candida albicans is a result of an alkaline environment! When the pH gets over 6.5, this will trigger the mutation of a harmless yeast into an invasive fungus.
The picture above shows: Candida mutated from a round yeast cell into a hooked and barbed fungal cell which embeds itself into the intestinal walls. They can then pass into the blood stream and move throughout the body. This leaky gut now invites other proteins and undigested foods to enter the system and cause food allergies, malnutrition and other ailments.
Antibiotics destroy the healthy bacteria that create fatty acids that protect against this mutation. One might ask, "Shouldn't I just create an acidic environment then?" Unfortunately, it isn't so simple as one might imagine. Candida can actually change a neutral environment (neutral pH) to an overly alkaline based on external influences like nutrition and the waste products, like ammonia, that the fungus releases.
Common candida symptoms include sugar or sweet cravings, gas, bloating, fatigue, low energy, allergies, leaky sinuses, heartburn, hormonal imbalances and mood swings, lacking concentration, depression, and arthritis or joint related issues.
In my class, I go into detail on what candida does in the body and how to change your terrain to an inhospitable one for mutated candida to flourish. We discuss starving the candida and I discuss the contractive and expansive qualities of your food, which support or hinder candida starvation and death. It's a very large subject but I hope this answered your questions and helped you to see it isn't so cut and dry with regards to the body pH and candida.
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Tonight, I teach a 2 hour Food as Medicine class at The Wellness Kitchen on Candida. We're demoing/serving quinoa stuffed bell peppers and Pau d'Arco tea and discussing the nutritional components to creating and maintaining an Anti-Candida diet. You can still join by calling
805-434-1800 or visit www.TheWKRC.com.
This blog is on the many avenues that interest Coach Stephanie. Subjects are a vast array of hobbies, career, desires, coaching and lifestyle.
"I am here for support, guidance, education and as an example of what works for ME. What works for me may work for you or at least provide you with a starting point from which to explore. I am discovering what works for me at every moment. I don’t have it all figured out, but I do feel I have a teaching and healing nature with which I am here to share. In this blog, I offer you a view into my practice of being that which makes my experience - MINE."
Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Practitioner, Stephanie Austin, was guided into holistic living in 2002 when she was diagnosed with Dermatomyositis, an uncommon autoimmune disease affecting the skin and muscle.
Opting for education rather than medication, Austin enrolled in a Holistic Health Practitioner program in 2004 after realizing she'd been gifted with disease so that she may learn to heal herself and later teach others to do the same.
Since her education, Austin has released over 60 pounds and conquered years of junk food addiction through holistic healing and nutrition techniques that she now passes onto others through her business, Wellness by Mother Nature.
Austin has been the Director of Education and Board Member for the nonprofit organization, The Wellness Kitchen. She is the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Award from www.ACHS.edu.
Austin is an author, coach and speaker who empowers people on the healing value of nutrition and the innate self-healing abilities of a body in balance.
She has helped hundreds of people achieve balance through methods such as meditation, herbs, movement, supplements, aromatherapy, homeopathy, nutrition, mind-body connection, energy healing and by closely listening to the needs of her clients.
It is awareness that brings change, not your effort. Why does it happen through awareness? - because the awareness changes you. And when you are different, the world is different. It is not a question of creating a different world, it is only a question of creating a different you. You are your world; so if you change, the world changes.
My Other Blogs
I've used several websites over the years to journal my juice cleanses. Since there are many years worth of journals, I am slowly moving them all to this one. Meanwhile, you can view my First Juice Fast blog here and a few others here and here.
If you're looking for program specific blogs (ie. Juice Cleanse or Gluten Free) visit the Classes and Programs here for their respective blogs, which are password assessable to clients only.
The Traveling Homesteader has an entirely separate blog here.
Otherwise, I write everything else here at www.StephanieAustin.com.