A mindful detox takes commitment. It requires one to think about how they are allowing the world to affect them and thereby they themselves are affecting the world. It’s cyclical with one either feeding or feeding on the other. How we choose to approach is solely upon our own heads moreover I choose to ACT. I’ve unknowingly utilized these very therapies I present here without knowing this was what it was, that it had a formal name or protocol.

change-2930404_1920ACT, Acceptance and commitment therapysimilar to cognitive-behavior therapy, is a form of counseling which uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies mixed along with commitment and behavior-change strategies, to increase an individual’s psychological flexibility. Once referred to as called comprehensive distancing, ACT therapies have many forms and the one that works best for you is for you to find I can only share with you what I have done. There are a plethora of protocols for ACT, depending on the behavior one is targeting. Such as, in behavioral health, a brief version of ACT known as FACT (focused acceptance and commitment therapy) is used.

The book Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change (2 ed.) states the objective of ACT is not an elimination of difficult feelings; but rather, it is to be present in that which life brings us and to “move toward valued behavior”.

This therapy invites people to open up to unpleasant emotions and feelings, learning to not overreact to these emotions and feelings, to not avoid unpleasant situations where they are invoked. It’s about speaking the truth with the truth becoming what we speak. In Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, ‘truth’ is measured by the concept of ‘workability’. To determine the workability I ask myself what works to take another step toward what matters.

ACT’s Focus

Accept your reactions and be present
Choose a valued direction
Take action.

There are a plethora of resources on ACT Mindfully I find useful to help guide me through the process along with the linked articles throughout this blog.


Psychology Today (n.d.). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy | Psychology Today. Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/therapy-types/acceptance-and-commitment-therapy

Psychology Today (n.d.). An Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Psychology Today. Retrieved from http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/two-takes-depression/201102/introduction-acceptance-and-commitment-therapy

Wikipedia Contributors (27 Dec. 2017.). Acceptance and commitment therapy. Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acceptance_and_commitment_therapy#cite_note-7

N.a (n.d.). Free Resources | ACT Mindfully | Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Training with Russ Harris. Actmindfully.com.au. Retrieved from https://www.actmindfully.com.au/free_resources

Hayes, Steven C.; Strosahl, Kirk D.; Wilson, Kelly G. (2012). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change (2 ed.). New York: Guilford Press. p. 240. ISBN 978-1-60918-962-4.


Why Detoxify?

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Upon entering the words “Detox Your  Emotional World” I received back this list of how to’s and where to go to detox spiritually, emotionally, and physically. All are mostly, I believe, areas an individual ought to explore for general good health, however, when you are living with an autoimmune related condition it becomes one of the if not the “key” components to your overall improvement.

As members of the regular, normal, world we tend to get trapped in the rat race. Seeing what is in front of us and nothing out on the edges. We miss what it is lying in wait to bring us to our knees. Sadly, we miss how those we keep near us are imparting their negativity upon our worlds. We are what we speak as much as we are what we eat, should that be unhealthy food or food for thought neither will help us to grow.
A good place to start is your social media connections such as Facebook. Though we tend to believe these individuals are of no influence upon our world it is contrary to the reality of it. Our brains will react to a movie as if you were sitting right there experiencing it first hand. I found the following article of great interest. https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/unfriend-unfollow-unlike-zen-clutter-free-timeline/

Highlighted News!

Understanding Chronic Pain and Suicide – Policy and Educational Brief Released

The question about the relationship between living with chronic pain and suicide is important to understand. We know that approximately 30 million Americans live with what the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has labeled “high-impact chronic pain,” i.e., pain that is persistent, unrelenting and disabling. In addition, we know that in 2015 approximately 44,000 died by suicide, and some people with chronic pain will die by suicide. The data are scarce and the relationship between these two important public health issues is unclear. This is primarily because both chronic pain and suicide are complex, involving biological, psychological, social and environmental factors. With people living longer, there will be more people living with chronic pain and most likely more people dying by suicide in the years to come. By gaining familiarity with both suicide and chronic pain, the nature of their relationship becomes clearer.

Scope of the Problem
In 2015, the rate of suicide was 13/100,000. It is estimated that the rate of suicide among people with chronic pain is 23/100,000 or approximately double the rate of suicide in the general population, though still infrequent. Suicidal ideation, suicide attempts and death by suicide are not equivalent in that many more people think about suicide than attempt suicide and even fewer people die by suicide. While suicidal ideation and suicide attempts are considered strong predictors of suicide, less than 10 percent of those who have made a suicide attempt go on to die by suicide. Unfortunately, about 60 percent of those who die by suicide have no previous attempt and used lethal means for their first attempt. This is one reason that understanding the risk factors and learning the warning signs of suicide, as well as limiting access to lethal means when someone is at risk, are so important.

We are pleased to announce the release of Understanding Chronic Pain and Suicide, which is the eleventh in a series of briefs profiling policy and educational issues important to improving chronic pain. We wish to thank contributor: Jill Harkavy-Friedman, PhD, Vice President of Research, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and editors: Richard Payne, MD, John B. Francis Chair, Center for Practical Bioethics, Bob Twillman, PhD, FAPM, Executive Director, Academy of Integrative Pain Management and James Cleary, MD, FAChPM, Associate Professor of Medicine University of Wisconsin and Director of the Pain and Policy Studies Group.

This policy and educational brief is a product of the Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy (PAINS) and the Center for Practical Bioethics.

The Policy & Educational Brief Series is designed as a tool for PAINS members to support their work to improve pain policy. In the spirit of the alliance, the Brief is designed as an “open document” so any member organization or individual can brand it with their name and contact information. The back page of the brief is designed with a space marked “This copy is made available to you by:” for easy personalization.

Everyone can download a master electronic copy. Hard copies of the latest issue can be ordered in a package of 10 or 20 for free and there is a flat rate mailing cost of $5.00. If you want larger quantities, please contact us.

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Sounds Affect The Mind

Sounds affect the mind thereby affecting our body… We need to remember to be as mindful of what we say as we are of what we listen to. Check out the links below for more information.




Dear Doctor

Dear Doctor,

I hurt today. The weather is changing and my knee is hurting. Just now, I caught myself sitting at my desk with my leg crossed over the hurt leg. I say hurt… I hurt it back on Feb 9, 2012. Since then, I’ve had exploratory surgery; MRIs; tests; therapies; medications; and the specialists can find nothing wrong from which the diagnosis Chronic/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) previously known as RSD is an appropriate diagnosis for the symptoms. I realize you do not understand my disease, the pain I am experiencing or how simply making a few changes to my diet along with non-toxic cleaning and care products improved my overall pain you’ve or another doctor been fighting for years.

As I sit here I do so with an invisible illness where the pain I am experiencing sitting with my legs crossed over one another hurts nowhere near what I have experienced before as a daily level of pain, I am trying to figure out what I should and shouldn’t say to you to get you to understand what I am living through with out you thinking I am a pill seeker. I am talking pain that causes me to vomit because you can only be unconscious from the pain for so long, and no the antiemesis medication you gave me that smells like a solvent when I open the bottle… No, it doesn’t help… I have lived with this intense pain for-days-on-end and to change my positioning to another position that is no more or less uncomfortable than the chairs in your office, is only natural. I just want a little relief.

Try to understand the greatest improvement for me came from stopping all the medications but one  the doctors have had me on and implementing lifestyle changes and to be honest this sounds crazy to me but the proof is in the pudding. I am asking you to, please, stop judging and simply listen to me, to wait until I’ve finished speaking and take your time to think about what I just said before you reply. I am sure you are aware that I am already judged by the rest of the world because I do not look sick, nothing is obviously broken. Moreover, I’m judging me. Isn’t that enough for now? You must realize I sit here in fear of the words you may write in my file should I challenge you. What is even more frightening is that you won’t allow me access to my information because though it is mine and I should have access to it, I don’t because you own the paper it is printed upon of course I could purchase my records from you because the $290 office visit won’t cover the cost.

What’s worse no one has thought to tell me I am grieving the loss of me and what could have been. I could have been working on this and helping myself through it rather than kicking myself for feeling as I do over it. Doctor, I need empathy from you, along with information about my disease and above all else honesty. Not your judgment or your opinion, I’ve hired you to provide me, my care-team leader, with the data with which to make an informed decision on what to do next. I realize some people come to you and would rather you just told them what to do… I am not them.


Your Patient Pain

Hello, I have CRPS

In February of 2012, I fell on the job and bruised the soft tissue of my left knee. My life has never been the same. My struggle with doctors for four years before a written diagnosis ever manifested is something I’d never wish upon my worse enemy. I firmly believe had I not agreed to the spinal cord simulator, aka SCS, I would still be fighting for more than lip service.

My experiences with the SCS, as well as the spinal cortical injections, were less than desirable, in fact, I’d go so far as to say they were counter productive for me. My doctor was not listening to me nor was he attempting to answer my questions. In no way do I believe my doctor I ended up with was trying to heal me. There was one doctor early in my diagnosis and treatment who commented to me once that “carbs caused inflammation”. Not that they were THE cause but that they contribute to the underlying cause.

After having come to a place in my treatment where there were no more viable alternatives, I reminded myself it was my responsibility, not the experts and specialists, to be in control of my treatment based on the recommendations of the experts. From there, I began by changing my diet and chemical exposure within my personal environment. All because I had to start somewhere and if carbs can cause inflammation I questioned what others foods could be causing symptoms to flare.


I soon found myself tumbling down a rabbit hole. One with one question leading to another and another and… you get the idea. What I had accomplished by myself without the direction or recommendation from any doctor was working better with more consistent results than anything else I had tried. As time has passed not only have there been studies and a few “EUREKA” moments from the medical community to support my theory but my own state of being does as well.

Join me as I continue to venture forward, as I learn and discover and as I make mistakes. I look forward to having the energy to document this progression as I look back and wish I’d have been able to document my progress up until now for comparison I remind myself I can not go back only forward.

Look for me on social media, the links are at the top of the page here on the right-hand side. I hope to see you there…

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