#PiperWai @PiperWai: Natural Deodorant Discovered thru @ABCSharkTank

When I was a young girl my mother insisted that I use a deodorant and not an antiperspirant. I was quite young, 10 years old, when I first needed to start using deodorant. We tried more natural solutions like milk of magnesia and baking soda with some lemon juice. But none of these worked. I tried regular over-the-counter deodorants and still did not find satisfaction with those products. 
When I went to college I sought out antiperspirants. To my surprise they worked! I refused to accept the fact that antiperspirants actually had aluminum in them and that aluminum could actually cause any long term side effects. At that time, I cared that I didn’t smell.*

Fast forward to a few years ago. I had gone to an acupuncturist who recommended that I stop using antiperspirant as it was causing toxicity within my body. Although I had benefited from not being odorous, my body was not detoxifying itself and there in my armpit area was where I sweat the most. We have a set of lymph nodes there. The lymph system is where we take out our garbage, so to speak. We eliminate our toxins emotionally and physically through the lymph system. I had tried a couple years back prior to this appointment to use deodorant only, but found that living in hot, steamy Florida and constantly sweating created rashes and so I returned to antiperspirants to my dismay. When I shared this information with the practitioner, she calmly said, “Your body needs to detoxify.” I reluctantly switched. I started my search once again for a perfect deodorant. I thought I found one finally that was a roll-on of a salt rock crystal deodorant. It worked…mostly. I still encountered days that I sweat more and on those days I knew it wasn’t as effective as I needed. 

I sweat during sessions as I run energy. I notice I get rather warm and often sweat under my arms, profusely. I had a client ask me for a hug in the middle of a session and I immediately apologized for my sweatiness as I hugged her. It displeased me that I couldn’t feel confident at that particular moment to feel perfectly comfortable as I was helping her to be more comfortable. 

Then, within the last several months my husband and I were watching Shark Tank and saw a presentation on PiperWai an all natural deodorant that claimed to help with the absorption of sweat and also to be more than effective in fighting odor. With nothing to lose, I bought 2 jars.

I had tried other deodorants that had essential oils before, but didn’t seem to help with the absorption of sweat. 

This deodorant is all natural, without any aluminum. I opened the jar and liked the smell which is neither masculine or feminine in scent. When I applied it to my underarms, I felt an immense cooling sensation. I have to say, it works. I notice it worked well in the cooler months with the sweat absorption but over the summer when it got warmer, the absorption factor isn’t as strong as I would like. The other thing I don’t like is that it is a paste. Closer to the end of the bottle, the paste gets rather flaky and becomes a task of trying to get the deodorant to go on smoothly without flaking all over the bathroom sink or floor. I recently viewed their Facebook page where they suggest a drop of witch hazel to regain original consistency.

I took a couple months off from using this product. Simply because I had run out of it and had other deodorants still in stock in my cabinet. After going back to my crystal salt deodorant it worked for two weeks. I was excited because I thought maybe my body had changed. But after those two weeks when I was excessively sweating, there was nothing at the end of the day leaving me confident Needless to say, I reordered my PiperWai deodorant and have now been using it again for a month and I’m quite pleased.

I know they are considering making it into a roll-on.  I don’t mind the paste. Unlike most pastes it does not have a sticky residue feel to it. Instead, it feels clean and smooth. At first glance the price seems steep, but depending on your usage a single jar should last anywhere from 2-4months. I  highly recommend this product to anyone, male or female with similar problems or looking for a healthier alternative. 
*I have chosen to include various resources pro and against claims of aluminum causing breast cancer or Alzheimer’s disease. Please use your own judgement.

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/antiperspirant-facts-safety

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/02/16/aluminum-lurks-in-crystal-deodorants.aspx#!

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/antiperspirants-and-breast-cancer-risk

New Research Indicates Aluminum in Deodorant Linked To Breast Cancer

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Why Do We Need Energy Work?

Why do we need #energy work? Because we are all energetic beings and we all understand that we go through days where we have more energy and other days where we have barely any to get through. To me it just seems simple that we would all need energy work… an understood thing.
But as I have done more sessions and individuals process differently, I thought I would share what came to me in a session I did recently. It came to me in more layman terms so I am going to share just like that….
Let’s say you are preparing to move. Part of the mental process is to let go of your old space and prepare for the new one. Although it sounds pretty simple it’s not. Preparing for a move takes energy, which when in the process, can be rather draining because it’s one more thing to do on top of working, taking care of our family and ourselves. Whether it is a big or small move, moving takes time, preparation and organization.
 When you are moving you have to decide what you are going to take with you and what you are going to discard or giveaway. Because you want your new place to feel like you…but better! So you pack everything that you want to take with you and you sort through and decide which items bit by bit are not coming with you. Usually, when moving, you are in the midst of a balancing act. First comes taking care of family then work and caring for yourself then moving, though not always in that perfect order. But moving nonetheless is happening whether it is in the forefront or in the background. It is stressful even if it might be to a bigger more beautiful home, it still is stress.
The same thing happens during my energy work sessions for my clients. The client has decided that they need and are ready to move forward however that may be for them in whatever life circumstance they are experiencing. It is an appointment that they make with #Divine and I am strictly the facilitator helping them let go of what they no longer need so that they can move forward being true to themselves and therefore feeling lighter. Essentially, they become the new home. They still have their basic traits and basic core of who they are, but without the unnecessary weightedness of and necessary burdens they have taken on throughout their life.
It is always amazing to be witness to someone else’s #transcendence. To see where they were and where they are now and for them to acknowledge how their perspectives change. Or they witness how their bodies change because they are processing life differently which is affecting them on a mental, emotional, spiritual and therefore physical level. More so, how alleviating them from their densities, they are now affecting their world positively and #enlightening others around them. 
That is why we all need energy work. That is why I enjoy doing what I do.
Thank you @Oprah for your wonderful quote.

Solutions for Insomnia: Sleeping with the Harmonic Energetic Balancing Program, an Adjunct to Biofeedback

Solutions for Insomnia: Sleeping with the Harmonic Energetic Balancing Program, an Adjunct to Biofeedback

Sleep. All of us need it. We die if we do not have it. It is necessary for repairing our body systems. It helps us stay emotionally balanced and without it it makes us irritable.
For almost 3 years, my family has been sleep deprived because our son has continually awakened in the night. At first we attributed it to the fact that our son had 3 recurring ear infections which kept prompting him to awaken in the middle of the night. Then we thought that maybe it was school related as he had started in a pre-k program. Then we assumed that it was due to our neighbors coming home in the late hours of the night.

We tried everything: talking to the pediatrician and getting a sleep study to assess sleep apnea which is typical of children with Down syndrome. We tried all sorts of alternative medicine, from melatonin, color puncture, body talk, biofeedback, aura clearings, Sacred Geometries, even essential oils. Sometimes Jack would sleep through the night, but typically no more than two nights in a row. I had tried doing my own energy work on Jack; sometimes it would help, other times it wouldn’t.

I recently visited a Biofeedback center to find out more about the H.E.B. (Harmonic Energetic Balancing) Program.

“The H.E.B. balances the disharmonious energies of the body due to stress, thus strengthening the immune system and protecting it against the onslaught of accumulated and daily stressors.” 1

After seeing it in person and then reading about it on their website, I wanted it! It resonated with everything I wanted for my family. So, three weeks ago I put myself, my husband and my son on it. Out son slept through the night the first night from 8p.m. until 6 a.m. We were delighted. But just as quickly, it stopped and so the following week I put our condominium on the H.E.B. He slept for almost a week uninterrupted. On the night he awoke he went back to sleep easily and on his own and that day I added his room onto the H.E.B. and sleep resumed. Now after 2 weeks, our son has slept through the night all but 2 nights.
What was most notable were the minute simplicities we benefited from.

Each time I changed the affirmation, I noticed our son awoke happier. The first morning after I put him on the H.E.B. he greeted us with, “Good Morning!” And hugged both Doug and I with amazing loving hugs. When I changed the affirmation a few days later, he awoke and said, “Merry Christmas!” (Which happens to be one of his favorite holidays and ours too.) The last time I changed it he greeted Doug saying, “It’s a great day!” Not once did I share with our son that I had put him on this system, but the effects were simply undeniable.

These were not the only noticeable changes. He seems calmer. Where there were things that previously would have frustrated him and caused him to moan and groan, like doing a certain app on the iPad, he calmly stopped that behavior and instead has walked out of his room and asked either of us for assistance. Reasoning with him has gotten easier again. First this, then that, whatever that is for him that he wants.

The most noticeable change is in the last week. I have struggled getting our son to allow me to help him with handwriting skills. It has been a major bone of contention and became something I avoided because it had become so difficult to get him to want to color, draw, play play dough or anything having to do with occupational therapy and developing those fine motor skills. Now, he can sit attend and will do it with little to no argumentation.Yesterday his occupational therapist made the same observation.
Just two days ago I noticed something else I hadn’t noticed before. We had to get out son’s prescription lenses replaced. This typically would take a minimum of 15 minutes and would entail him wanting to leave the store or grabbing everything in sight. Yesterday, he entered calmly, sat down and for the entire time waited patiently. When he started getting a little restless, I reminded him that we were going to do a fun activity and to remember to “belly breathe.” That’s all it took and he sat and waited.

For myself, I have noticed that my body is able to handle more when working out. I have started running again just a few times a week as I used to run 2-4 a day. I notice I need fewer chiropractic adjustments even after running, something that would have aggravated my body before. I handle certain stressors better.

For Doug, he is calmer and is less stressed.

Nothing is perfect. But our life has definitely improved in the last three weeks. Our son still has his moments, like any child, though they are less intense. Even better, we all find ourselves calmer and able to take a moment and adjust ourselves and our responses to each given situation.

Update: Because of the impact biofeedback made on our son’s insomnia, I sought to purchase our own biofeedback and HEB system. I am now a certified biofeedback practitioner and am delighted to help parents and children de-stress and return to a sense of balance for their families.

1. Harmonic Energetic Balancing Program
2. Cynthia Sharpe

Ask and You Shall Recieve

Ask and You Shall Recieve

  It is familiar phrase that we have often heard, “ask and you shall receive. “It is something that was stated in the Bible and has made its greatest impression upon me recently.

As a child, my parents often impressed upon me the importance of asking my teachers or anyone I was involved with for help. It was difficult for me as I was shy and sometimes it was that I didn’t want to seem as if I couldn’t do it myself.
Becoming a parent and having a child with special needs, has made me more comfortable asking for what I need and or reaching out to people and seeing if they can help me get what I need. 
This simple phrase has truly facilitated my healing sessions with individuals. It sounds rather simple, yet we can all do it and ask for assistance from each other and/or from Divine.
I remember the first time I was asked to work on a cancer patient. He was a family member I had never met, who had been recently diagnosed with terminal cancer and was given just a couple months to live. It was a last resort for the family. He didn’t want to do any type of cancer treatment and so I was requested to do a session. He was up north, I was here in Florida. I asked permission from his soul to work on him and from God to facilitate his best and highest healing, to give him a quality life in his last days. 
What transpired dumbfounded me. Not only was his life extended a couple more months so that he could resolve any family matters…he never went on any pain medications. Most importantly, he lived his last days comfortably.
I remember a client I got who wanted something specific worked on. This client had daymares that had transpired from nightmares and were all consuming her life during the day. She wanted to be rid of these daymares as they were causing near death incidences. I asked for permission to work on these specifically. I gave her the information of where they stemmed from, something from childhood that had been left unresolved. She had not been able to sleep throughout the night for quite some time and her driving was being impeded by these visions. After our session she slept throughout the night and her daymares completely ceased.
It is important that we all remember to “ask.” A massage therapist I recently worked on used this technique with one of her clients. She was trying to help her client release a chronic symptom, a shoulder that needed releasing. She had massaged this client several months and finally, while she was massaging her asked, “What would it take for her shoulder to release?” Low and behold, the shoulder moved perfectly into place and she and her client were relieved. 
We are all connected. We can truly effect each other positively or negatively from near or far. When we ask and are in tune with what is in our best interest or that of someone else’s best interest, we really can receive. In receiving we are not selfish. In fact, we allow others to feel gratitude in being of assistance. We co-create a reciprocal relationship of positive give and take. In so doing, we create more positivity in the world.  

Mysteries

Mysteries… They happen to us all the time if we choose to be aware. But how or why they happen is part of the wonder of mysteries. By definition, a mystery is “Something strange or not known that has not yet been explained or understood. Difficult to explain is difficult or impossible to understand or explain.” (1)

Lately I have been faced with a lot of amazement and wonder. I have an unconventional, unusual occupation. Typically, it means that I get to meet all different kinds of people from various walks of life who are searching for the same thing: healing. However, as much as someone can say that they are looking forward to healing, how the individual chooses to do so, varies from person to person. That is what tends to be the most mysterious and wondrous  part of my job.

Because individuals are just that, people who come from different cultures, home environments, educational, professional and religious backgrounds, how they process their healing is just as different.

Take for instance, I have a client that when he contacted me, originally didn’t believe in what I did, and was doing it to appease his spouse. I began the healing and noticed that when I shared what I was receiving intuitively regarding his medical condition, it caused heart palpitations. It took me learning that he was better off processing his own healing in whatever form that took, versus me sharing what was coming up as I was working on him.

I recently had a client that after three attempts of making an appointment and rescheduling, finally relinquished and fulfilled her appointment. It was a most cathartic healing for her as she quickly realized why she had resisted for so long. As she was on the massage table, she kept commenting on all the physical changes she was feeling and remarked how she was “blown away.”

And yet I had another healing session where the person could feel and see changes as the session was in process. However, the next day, couldn’t relax enough to take in the session just as it was intended. She had her own expectations of how it should be, so I needed to facilitate that “letting go” over the phone the next day. What is most mysterious to me is the information I get and how it varies for each individual. I help people let go of negative feelings, memories, and effects of abuse.
 
Most recently I had a session that left me mystified. A client called after seeing my brochure elsewhere and scheduled a session. I facilitated some major body work, some became very uncomfortable and as I was doing so I was sharing all the intuitive information I was receiving. A couple days later, she traveled out of state for a few weeks and had had back surgery while she was gone. Upon her return, she made another appointment. This time, I didn’t receive as much information. At the conclusion of the session, she remarked, “I remember that the last session, shortly after laying your hands on me you said ‘You feel broken in half.’ It’s stuck with me.” It turns out that her back surgery was a preventative and she had two steel rods put into her back to prevent her back from essentially, “being broken in half!” Needless to say, I was humbled.

What is wondrous is how the information I get varies by each individual.   How people emotionally process afterwards: some are much calmer and energized, some are emotional and others physically let go, each differs per person per session. It is always a mystery that will unfold as to how much lighter and happier that individual will be after their healing.

1. http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/mystery

Brain Plasticity: How I Changed My Son’s Brain to be More Environmentally Aware in a Summer

I read a book a couple of years ago that was recommended to me by a friend, “The Brain That Changes Itself”, by Norman Droidge. When I read it I couldn’t help but wonder how it would impact me and the raising of our son. Essentially the book presents the idea that the brain is far more malleable and trainable than we truly know; the term he used is “plasticity.”

Having a child with additional needs brings on its additional responsibilities and concerns. I don’t call them “special” needs because I don’t perceive Jack’s needs to be any more special than any other child. There are just additional concerns.

For instance, my lovely son had this instinctive habit of not being aware of his surroundings. He would literally be running on the playground or just around and inevitably he’d hit a wall or trip on an uneven surface. As a parent, I felt that I took the term “helicopter mom” to a new level. I was not only watching out for obstacles my son would possibly fall from or run into, but I also literally began hovering.

As a stay-at-home mom, I had the summer to dedicate myself and him to build up his environmental awareness. I chose two methodologies that summer. Initially, I chose to take Jack to multiple playgrounds, and integrated one more often than others due to its monotone coloring and the fact that it also had multiple levels of steps that, even for typical children, if they were unaware, would cause them to fall. Secondly, I took him to a gymnastics gym that was open once a week for free to those with additional needs. It meant that Jack would be playing with other children who also may not be the most environmentally aware children, and would have to watch for others in this confined space. My goal was accomplished over this one summer, as this basically retrained his brain to become environmentally aware and have an ability to decipher depth perception. The timing of this achievement was perfect as he was going to be immersed into a typical classroom with a minimum of 16 children, which was double the class size from the previous year.

I recently had the need to re-address the issue of Jack’s challenge of depth perception in a different environment: the pool.  It became clear to me one day as we were swimming under water that Jack couldn’t tell where the bottom of the pool was as he accidentally hit his head. My new approach was to get dive toys. So I bought some, but they didn’t do the trick as they didn’t provide depth; instead they laid flat on the bottom surface. Then, during a play date with a friend, I found the perfect solution. They brought dive rings that stood up at the bottom of the pool. My hypothesis worked! After sampling different dive toys, those that actually stood up at the bottom of the pool allowed Jack not only the safety of not hitting bottom, but the knowledge of depth!

1. http://www.brainfacts.org/about-neuroscience/ask-an-expert/articles/2012/what-is-brain-plasticity

2.http://www.brainhq.com/brain-resources/brain-plasticity/what-is-brain-plasticity

3. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuroplasticity

Snot Really: How Bamboo Extract Reduced Enlarged Tonsils and Adenoids 

We recently had to take our son in for a sleep study. “There is a 50-100% incidence of obstructive sleep apnea in individuals with Down Syndrome, with almost 60% of children with Down syndrome having abnormal sleep studies by age 3.5 – 4 years. The overall incidence of obstructive sleep apnea increases as children grow older.” 1
Children with Down syndrome typically have a form of sleep apnea, whether it be obstructive or central. Explained very simply, obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is just that, your body is obstructing your air passage ways because of tongue or enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Central sleep apnea is different because it means that you brain isn’t communicating effectively with your body while you are sleeping and causes you to stop breathing.

We did it mostly because for about the last two years our son wakes multiple times throughout the night. He doesn’t stay in his room and cry for us, which is rare. Rather, he prefers to awaken, open his door and walk quickly across our place to our room and go to Daddy’s bedside and insist he go to bed with Jack. Doug and I take turns sleeping in Jack’s full size bed. He doesn’t snore, and if he does it’s because he’s sick and therefore congested.

We got the results from Jack’s sleep study and it proved that Jack had mild obstructive sleep apnea. Having been in the respiratory industry, I was relieved that it wasn’t central sleep apnea. A few days later I got a call from our son’s neurologist who wanted to put him on Singulair since his tonsils were enlarged. My husband did his due diligence in research on Singulair and read the side effects, one of them being “agitation including aggressive behavior or hostility.”2

Since we were already experiencing some aggressive behavior at school and sometimes at home, my husband and I agreed after researching the side effects that we weren’t willing to do anything but try a much more homeopathic method.

I immediately discussed my dilemma with my chiropractor who suggested Bamboo extract. We originally started our 5-year-old on half a capsule a day in his apple sauce or yogurt, and after a week upped the dose to a full capsule. I noticed a difference within two days. We had a follow up appointment with the neurologist and within a week’s time she noticed a considerable difference in his tonsil size and remarked, “this is as good, if not better, than Singulair.” She was so impressed she was going to refer another patient, who would rather use a more holistic approach, to our chiropractor’s office so she could get the same product for the same symptoms.

She suggested we keep him on the bamboo extract for one month, stating that it was like he was on antibiotics and didn’t want his immune system to be compromised and not be able to do what it’s supposed to do on its own. After talking with my chiropractor, she asked me, “have any of the antibiotics Jack has been on reduced his tonsils?” The answer was simple, “no.”

What’s most interesting is that my son had a hearing evaluation done back in mid-March, where his hearing in his right ear showed a 30% reduction (hearing loss). We had his hearing retested four months later, in July, as we had started the bamboo extract in the beginning of June. His hearing showed no compromise and tested perfectly normal in both ears. At that doctor’s appointment, the Ear Nose and Throat doctor remarked how “tiny” his tonsils were.
What I have learned about Bamboo extract is that it has a combination of amino acids, vitamins and minerals as its properties which actually helps to build up the immune system and is especially helpful with colds and respiratory disorders. It is now staple in our medicine cabinet whenever any of us is fighting a cold.

http://www.ndss.org/Resources/Health-Care/Associated-Conditions/Obstructive-Sleep-Apnea–Down-Syndrome/
http://parentsforsafety.org/17601/10794.html
https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000811.htm
https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003997.htm
http://2beingfit.com/eating-bamboo-shoot-nutrition-health-benefits/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/201168-herbal-extract-essential-oils-of-bamboo/
http://www.chi-health.co.uk/p_Bamboo.htm