Today this herbalist had Mohs Surgery

Hand with bandage 2.16.16As an herbalist I’m willing to try all sorts of experiments on myself, but sometimes intuition takes over and says “Wendy, I think you need a trained professional.”

Over the last six weeks I’d been observing a red bump on my hand.  I didn’t know what it was.  Yes I did try some DIY Dermatology, but it didn’t work and I must say I spent way too much time observing cells growing.  I work in Western Medicine by day and I did ask around, but in the end I’m glad I followed my intuition.  I remembered a wonderful dermatologist I went to about nine years ago.  He looked at it and said, “it could be XYZ but it could also be squamous cell skin cancer.  Let’s shave that bump off and get a biopsy so we know what we are dealing with.”

Thank you INTUITION and dermatologist, as it came back squamous cell skin cancer.  I was thanked for coming in so soon as it was more superficial.  Next I was scheduled for Mohs surgery.  Thank you Dr. Frederick Mohs for this ingenious tissue-sparing procedure!

I’d heard of it before because I had a client a few years ago who had a much deeper version than I did and needed stitches for a longer incision.  She came to me for energy medicine (Reiki and Quantum Touch) to help heal the incision.  It was fascinating to watch, and even her husband said he wished he’d taken pictures along the way (this story will be in another blog post).

So today I showed up very nervous in the Mohs Surgery section.  I love my skin and had really enjoyed watching the layers rebuild after the initial biopsy.  I humored this new dermatologist in an effort to remain calm.  As I described looking at the location of the bump and how it seemed too close to a vein and the tendons/ligaments that work my thumb (I use my hands all day/evening).  There was too much anatomy going on to waste time.  I also told him how much I enjoyed watching the skin layers rebuild.  My description was so detailed he laughed and said, “do you work here, anyone else would be grossed out and you are studying your skin.”  haha

So luckily for me they only had to take one micro layer and come back for a small margin.  Knowing how much I enjoyed watching my skin heal, the dermatologist told me it didn’t need any stitches and I would have another chance to watch my skin rebuild.

So I started doing energy medicine on it as I was waiting for the last sample to come back from pathology, and continued throughout the afternoon at work.  Whenever I would feel some aching I would send more healing energy with my other hand.  The aching would slowly dissipate.  What I love about energy medicine is that not only is the aching going away but my skin is healing at the same time.  I can’t take the bandage off for two days, but I will take pictures along the way.  The spot is much smaller than the bandage!!


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Adventures in Evolving

Be Brave Today

It wasn’t until the 5th person told me that I needed to start writing that I realized there was a theme circling.  Strange thing was none of them knew me or each other.  Other people saw it in and around me, and I even felt it.  It’s a weird feeling when you meet someone, and out of the blue they say, “start writing, NOW.”  But write what and where?  Well I did start a blog on my herbal website, but after experiencing two really bad seizures a little over two years ago, it went on the back burner.  I was going to write about my recovery, but that was like watching paint dry.  Funny my family doctor said she would have loved it.

Something else needed to enter into the picture.  The Universe always has Divine Timing.

2015 was the year for clues.  First came “The Desire Map” and my Core Desired Feelings (more on this later). And then came “the life-changing magic of tidying up.”  You know that decluttering book by Marie Kondo and the KonMari Method that’s going viral!!  “Now what,” you ask, “could a bunch of feelings and a decluttering book have to do with health and well-being?”  So much that I couldn’t move forward until all the pieces were in place.

When I told this to a 6th person who knew me she said, “Yes, yes, you speak in stories and metaphors.  Have fun with your blog.  It doesn’t have to be so academic.  It can be, but the fun side is really you.”

What has always amazed me about herbal medicine is the spirit of plants, how they know us better than we know ourselves, how they connect and communicate with us, and how they help us partner up for health, well-being, and vibrant health.  I love the spirit of my green friends and look forward to blogging about how all the pieces come together.

Today I think I’ll be brave and be vibrant!


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Insights from an Herbal Consultation

On Tuesday I had an herbal consultation with my herbalist (that’s ME!) to assess my current baseline on my health and well-being.

My main priority is to return to a state of vibrant health!

While I have an extensive intake form that gives me the bigger picture of what is going on in my clients health, when I went through the various sections at the end something stood out as missing.  I sat with it for a while and realized I do have a lot of areas to work on over the next 5 months, but where do I start and what is the missing section?

I had to put things on hold for a day as I moved into a house in one of my favorite parts of Salt Lake City (SLC) to stay with their dog for a few days.  The energy of the Salt Lake Valley is so different.  As someone who is very energy sensitive, I can literally feel the difference as I cross into different parts of town.  The house I am staying in is close to the mountains and in an area that I find mesmerizing.  The energy coming off this part of the mountains would make a great meditation area.

I’m sitting here realizing that the missing part on my intake form is more in depth information about “what’s going on in your life right now.”  For me I have a very busy life and it’s almost challenging to relax.  What stands out when I make a list of what I do on a daily/weekly basis I wonder how I get it all done.  I must be non-stop.  Yes–that’s true, how do I get it all done?

Makes me wonder if my seizure was on some strange level about the Universe saying SLOW DOWN NOW!  Especially along with it was a severely bruised and swollen ankle.  

How interesting I have this insight sitting in the mesmerizing energy coming off these mountains.  My “retreat” lasts another day.  I’m going to take full advantage of it while I design my wellness protocol which will start Monday, April 7th.  I will be looking at everything in my life/lifestyle/foods that is irritating to the nervous system.  Since the enteric nervous system is embedded in the lining of the gastrointestinal system, that means I need to look at the digestive system at the same time.

After all, it’s not fair to make the plants do all the work without stepping up to the plate and removing what is causing the issues in the first place.  Actually a plant told me that years ago!  😀

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A Consultation With A Clinical Herbalist

I’m excited for my upcoming consultation with my clinical herbalist (oh right that’s me!).  At any rate, Tuesday night I get to review my New Client Intake Form with my herbalist.  I do this every five years or so as life changes and it gives me a broad view of where my health is headed.  In this case, I’ve just been through a huge shift with my seizures and since my brain redesigned itself, it’s time for me to take another look at my health.

My questionnaire is extensive, but then I look at a person’s health from a lot of different angles – physical, emotional, mental, energetic, and even their soul purpose level.  Clients imbalances rarely live in one organ system or even on one level.  Perhaps that’s because I found herbal medicine thanks to a long-standing, 21 year, chronic asthma problem with nutritional and emotional components.  I loved the way the herbalist unraveled the problem.  I loved it so much I followed her to the same herb school and now love unraveling long-standing chronic problems for others.  Only difference, I’ve expanded my herbal practice into multiple areas and I’ve created a virtual wellness center!

My current recovery is the perfect situation to show how I apply my herbal practice and rebuild my vitality!  And you get to hold me accountable!


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Even Herbalists Get Sick – But a Seizure?

I thought I was healthy the end of October 2013.  I had a stressful 2013 with my father sick and passing away, and worrying about my mother and how she would do on her own.  I’m a support personality, so I had been doing what I do best, taking care of everyone else.  It never even occurred to me that I wasn’t taking care of me.

As a health nut…the last thing I expected was a seizure.  

Luckily I work in the medical field during the day and when the seizure hit there were doctors and nurses all around me.  None of it I remember, of course, or the hours spent in the Emergency Department being “worked-up”, scanned and stabilized, or the second seizure in the ED, or being transported to my hospital room, or being hooked up to the continuous EEG video-monitoring equipment.

Makes me wonder how my experience would have been different if someone would have done energy medicine on me or given me some drops of Rescue Remedy Flower Essence.  

Just curious, as that’s what I would have done for them.

The outcome of all those tests was “you have a beautiful brain.”   “It appears your familial brain wave abnormality doesn’t do well with generic medication.”  Good news for the most part, as the last time I had a seizure most of the testing done wasn’t invented.  They took a guess way back then, but they were wrong.  I must say the experience back in the 1970’s helped pave my way into the healthcare field, just out of fascination.  It also paved the way for my fascination with the brain which continues today.  No experience is a coincidence.  And all experiences build on each other.

One thing was for sure, my baseline health must have been very good as I went from no memory to starting to recognize people to being really bored (and playing games) with the EEG video-monitoring equipment and wanting to go home in 2 1/2 days.

Thought it might be interesting to blog about my recovery from the seizures and how my wellness practice might assist in that recovery.  

It’s been almost 5 months since the seizures.  It was fascinating to observe my brain go from only doing one thing at a time (as a multitasker that was an odd experience), to returning to mostly my old self.  I say that as I feel like my brain redesigned itself in the recovery and I really like the way it’s working.  Or maybe that’s the new medication  : )  I told them in the hospital I was downloading New Earth Energy.  You should have seen the looks!

At this point I’m finding myself 5 months since my seizures AND 5 months until I’m 60.  I’ve finally been cleared for everything except swimming alone.  So I’m going to put myself into my wellness center and continue to deeply nourish myself for the next 5 months to see what my transformation will be like, just like I would for one of my clients.  I have goals.  Let’s see if I make them.

Stay tuned for more posts!!

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

With October being breast cancer awareness month, we are seeing mammogram reminders on sign boards and advertised on buses.  I wish we also had sign boards and advertisements for breast health awareness.  Wouldn’t it be nice for all women to make this a 24/7/365 event, not just a once a year mammogram.  So I thought I’d post some breast health tidbits.

My favorite, as it is also important in colon health, is to have your circulating Vitamin D levels checked.  The laboratory test is called a 25-Hydroxy vitamin D level.  Labs are currently saying the lower level of normal is 20 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml), however, this is very deficient.  Vitamin D researchers are now saying our levels should be above 50ng/ml, but if you have a family history of cancer or have had cancer 70-90ng/ml, and if you currently have cancer a level between 80-90ng/ml is indicated.  I was delighted when my holistic family physician said she was aware of the research and would support me between 70-90 ng/ml.

According to Dr. Cedric Garland, a doctor of public health and leading Vitamin D researcher, professor of family and preventative medicine at University of California, San Diego, “The first event in cancer is loss of communication among cells due to, among other things, low Vitamin D and calcium levels.  This loss may play a key role in cancer by disrupting the communication between cells that is essential to healthy cell turnover, allowing more aggressive cancer cells to take over.”

They are seeing substantial cuts in the risk of breast, colon, prostate, and ovarian cancers with higher levels.  Vitamin D researchers are suggesting that 30 percent of cancer deaths could be prevented by optimizing our Vitamin D levels.  Since Vitamin D effects the expression of over 2,000 genes, it seems like a simple thing to add into our daily wellness regimen.

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How Stressed Are You? Lavender To The Rescue!

Have you ever had your purse or wallet stolen?  That is an example of stressed to the core.  A few years back that happened to me and  I was shook to the core.  As I was talking to my Mom about the things I had cancelled out and she was asking about other things that might have been in my purse, I was all of a sudden drawn to my herbal cabinet.  I was so drawn that I couldn’t take my eyes off of a particular side of it.  As I opened the door the lavender really stood out.  All I could think of was “have a cup of lavender tea.”

At that point I had only used lavender in it’s aromatherapy form for calming frazzled nerves, relaxation, or on burns.  Someone sent me the lavender buds for tea, but I hadn’t made any.  For some reason I hadn’t been drawn to it.  I was about to find out why . . .

As I pulled  the bag out it was as if the herb was instructing me on what to do.  I pulled out a strainer cup, put in a tablespoon full of the dried buds, and poured boiling water over them.  I let them steep for 5-10 minutes.  When I strained out the buds and took a sip, and it just took one, I gasp a WOW!  My Mom ask “wow what?”    I told her I just took a sip of lavender tea and I felt like my soul was just given a hug.

Awwwwww, that was the best cup of tea I’ve ever had.  Each sip went deeper in clearing out the fear.  All of a sudden I remembered I had a bottle of Bach’s Rescue Remedy Flower Essence in the purse.  I pulled out my extra bottle and ask the bottle to connect to the bottle in my purse and assist the purse in being found.  Two days later a police officer a few towns north called to say they caught someone with some of the items.  He was so nice and made the entire process a breeze.

I was stressed at the time, but that stress helped me learn a lot from that situation.  I hadn’t needed a cup of lavender tea before that moment, but it was there when I was in need.  Lavender reminded me just how plant intelligence can connect to our Inner Knowing.

My Inner Knowing definitely knows that lavender is a soul herb!!

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