What Your Chronic Illness says about your Root Chakra (and what to do about it)

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I’ve done a lot of thinking lately about Chronic Illness, and the spiritual side of healing.  I associate emotions a lot with spirituality not because spirituality is about emotions or emotionalism, but because when we suffer emotional trauma, it becomes a spiritual issue.

A few facts

Fact One: It has become accepted, even in the most conservative of circles, that emotions manifest into the body as physical symptoms.  Dr. Daniel Amen, Neuro-Psychiatrist and author of such books as  Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, says that each thought we have is a physical thing that changes our DNA and tells every cell in our body how to act.

Fact Two: In the Autoimmune Population, childhood trauma is very common, much more so than in the general population, increasing the likelihood of various auotimmune diseases by 70% to 100% depending on the type. (1)

Fact Three: For those with Neurological Disorders, including nerve pain, there is also a correlation of these childhood traumas (2) (3).  It has also been said that the perspective when we treat our diseases, as looking at the body as the enemy, needs to re-evaluted.  For if we see our body as the enemy, are we not telling our body to attack itself? (4) And while we are on this bandwagon, does this not include self-talk, self-hatred, and even our subconcious view of ourself? After all, these things tell every cell in our body how to act? And if our body is attacking itself, then what told it to do that?

Let me first take time to say that this is not something to explore instead of other modes of healing.  This “spiritual” work is not to replace nutrition and lifestyle or medical attention in trying to address the root causes of your disease. However, in the interest of leaving no stone unturned, perhaps it should be addressed as a part of the functional and holistic medicine model? Perhaps it is a piece of the puzzle in these mosaic diseases? (mosaic disease: a disease that has no one cause but rather several root causes that all come together to create a picture of disease or health: a “perfect storm” of conditions that lead to one of many modern diseases)

So what does this have to do with your Root Chakra? And for that matter, what the hell is a Root Chakra?to answer this question, I first need to explain what a Chakra is and some theory that relates to it.

In the eastern religions, we are said to have multiple bodies: In Kundalini yoga, for example,  there are ten bodies.  In the Judeo-Christian world, we talk about this same phenomena in the terms of “selves”.   Freud talks about the ego, id and the super-ego.  Modern Psychologists use terms like “inner child”  and most of us acknowledge a separation between the soul and the personality.  Personality can be affected by health of the body (as in someone with Alzheimer’s Disease) but the soul is something quite different.  In theory, these different selves are connected, affecting the health of each other.  For example, the wounds of the inner child would affect our present physical body and perhaps the health of our soul as well. While I could write an entire thesis on this alone,  I’m asking you to just stay with me as we move onto how this affects your chakra and your physical health.


So let’s say your inner child is affecting your present physical body (which apparently it is, according to the above statistics). Then it would also affect your other bodies– ten or however many you can identify– because they are all inter-connected.  This inner child and your spiritual body are just as connected to each other as they each are to the physical body.

The physical body has energy points. These energy points are called chakras but you already know many of them (see below for details). The spiritual body and inner child (or whatever names you call them) also have energy points. It is for this reason that some people can see Auras, the energy coming off of these other bodies or selves.  Others, not able to see Auras (most of us), can feel energy around you.  Have you ever been around someone that made you feel uncomfortable? That is because you could feel their energy.  You could feel the chakras in one of their “other” bodies.  So you know that energy was a very real thing.

In the physical body, we can measure these energies from the chakras:   with frequency (we are talking quantum physics here), heartbeats, electrical currents, heat, and more.  It is not secret that we are energetic beings. We can feel and observe these energies when our heart beats, our sex organs become aroused, when our intestines move our food without being told, when our thyroid produces hormones, our brain sends messages,  and when our hands produce heat as we rub them together.  These energy points are also chakras. There are many chakras in the body but 7 “main” chakras.

The 7 main chakras:  There are 7 main chakras and they are all one hand’s length (from tip of your thumb to tip of your pinky when the fingers are spread) apart from each other and the first is at your groin (the perineum to be exact) and the 7th is at the top of your head. (Go ahead, measure away.. you will see that I am correct about the math).

But today we are only going to talk about the bottom Chakra: The root chakra. Yes, the one at your perineum.

It is no coincidence that chakra concepts are reflected in our language: Tree of life, Feeling “grounded”, putting down roots

Remember how your spiritual and emotional body connect to your physical body? Well this physical body part has a connection to a specific part of your spiritual and emotional bodies.  Although i cannot draw you a diagram, I can tell you about them so that you will know which parts of these ‘bodies’ I am talking about.  Because you have already experienced their “energy” in your life.

It is no coincidence that the Energy point that is at the genitals, the literal point of our creation, is linked to our own creation. (This is the point of our spiritual body that connects here- the point of our own creation).  It is also connected to our security, our groundedness, or “knowing who we are” (this is a part of our emotional body– it’s root chakra has this energy. if you haven’t felt grounded or secure then you at least know that this energy or feeling exists).

If you have every read about Chakras before you will have read that this Root Chakra, or energy point at our own physical “root” of our spine, is associated with the color “red” and with the essential oil “x”.  This simply means that by enjoying these things, you can tap into activating this chakra.  The color and oil will not do the work for you, but can aid in chakra work,: or activating the energetic connection between our various bodies, particularly points that are already connected- such as the root chakras of all 3 bodies.

 

About the Root Chakra. For our physical body, it is the seat of creation: literally. It is where we create a human.  But for our spiritual body, this is a mirror of our creator.  In the Christian Religion, we are told we are created in God’s Image. This is in other religions too (5) but not all and I am no expert in religion so I will not speak of what I do not know. This means that we “look” like our Father, so to speak.   It is my personal belief that it is our spiritual body that “looks” like Him, but what do I know?

And while we are not perfect, we are designed perfectly.  And that is the basic concept of the Root Chakra.  This  concept is at the core of our spiritual body’s root chakra. And this concept can communicate with our emotional body.  And if they could all start communicating this together, then perhaps they can start to heal our root chakra. And by healing all these chakras, then perhaps our body will also be able to finish healing.  This is particularly useful when we have done everything we can with medicine and food but are still not healed. But why wait until then? Why not start healing this part today?

So what are the practical applications in healing? Why would I want to do this? Well, I find that systemic diseases, like lupus, reynauds, myasthenia gravis, nervous system disorders: disease that have no one focal point– I often find hormonal imbalances. These hormonal imbalances started before the disease culminated and formed, but also helped form the disease. In the health history, the story seems to start here. Hormones are created by the root chakra. They affect everything. My patients with these systemic diseases often had bad periods, endometriosis, infertility, or other signs of hormonal disharmony. While it is possible to have disease start elsewhere, it is very common for systemic diseases (ones that are all over rather than in one location of the body) to start here.


According to Alissa Vitti, Author of WomanCode, hormones being “out of whack” can cause a series of events that eventually lead to autoimmunity and other disease.

To activate, heal, or open the root chakra, start here

I want to start by teaching you a powerful mantra. A mantra is just a positive or focused thought, saying or word. It may be an affirmation, or just an idea that you focus on.   If you repeat any group of words, you are using a mantra.  For this exercise we will use the Mantra “Ham Sa”. (pronounced “Homm Sah”)

Ham Sa, according to author Elizabeth Gilbert is a sanskrit word that means “I am that”.  She says this is the first breath we take as we enter the world.  You will see below that this is kind of a self announcement of our own arrival, but also an answer to our creator in response to our creation. In meditation, it can be used as both, even at the same time.

Side note for various religious beliefs:

If you are an atheist or of a non Judeo-Christian religion , you can still use this mantra, but you may have to spend some time translating it into your viewpoint or cultural “lingo” to understand it thoroughly.  Because of my own cultural bias and belief in a Creator, I cannot translate for you if you do not have this belief simply because I do not know your language.  I only know the language of my own culture.  You see, my  translation into the language of my  culture is something that took time: it was the result of a focused journey.  This journey was one where I actively sought answers and understanding of this information. I wanted to “get it”.  To find your own translation, regardless of your religious beliefs, may take your own journey if you do not speak the religious language that I was raised to understand.  But if you do, then please keep reading.  If you find these “translations” then I beg of you to teach me so that I can include it in my teachings: Or perhaps that is a part of your mission?

So I want to take a moment to talk to all the Judeo-Christians reading this: First of all, thank you for making it this far. If you have been told or fear that this is not biblical-  please keep reading. For this is very biblical.  I wanted to talk to this group specifically because this is the culture I was raised in and feel a need to translate into a language that this culture can understand.  These  “chakras”, or rather their concepts,  are reflected by truths in the bible (and other ancient religious texts, obviously).  For example, the root chakra of our spiritual body is reflected in the bible verse Genesis 1:27, where God created man in his own image. And if you keep reading, then I will explain further.

In the above manta, or phrase “Ham Sa”, I explained that this translates into “I am that”.  Perhaps you are wondering “what? what is ‘that’?”

So let me define what “that” is: You are that which is..

  1. created in the image of god
  2. while not perfect, you are perfectly created
  3. you were created for the journey that you are on
  4. you were created with purpose
  5. your design gives you everything you need for this journey and everything you need to fulfill this purpose, except one thing
  6. you were designed for relationship with the Creator
  7. This intimate design is necessary to reach the  potential of your purpose and  of your design
  8. Fulfilling this purpose leads to recognizing your own design- a mysterious and magical experience

Woah. Those are some profound truths. They are so simple but even those who agree with these truths, do not know them deep inside. I confess, that they are not something that has stayed in my focus and I can only keep these in focus with daily meditation and connection with the universe/god.

So how do we put all this information together?

Meditation. Sounds oversimplified? Well let me unsimplify this: 

While sitting in “easy pose” (cross legged position), close your eyes or stare at a candle’s flame. Connect to your breath and relax. Make sure you are breathing in with “soft belly breath”.  This means that as you breathe in, your belly rises and as you exhale it deflates.  If this is difficult, then sit somewhere that your back is supported while you sit in easy pose, such as a couch or comfortable chair.

Connect to the breath. Breathe in and as you inhale, invite  God (or the spirit of love) into your being.  At the top of the breath, suspend the breath and just acknowledge and feel the spirit of God (or of love). Spend time with this presence and really experience it until your body tells you it needs to exhale. As you exhale, say your mantra “Ham Sa”.   As you say it, think of and acknowledge all of what it means. All that you are, all that you are created to be. You are a reflection of god, a reflection of this love. A reflection of the presence you just held in your being. “Ham Sa” is your response to this presence.

Set a timer and start with five minutes. Practice this meditation daily and see what comes of it. While the root chakra is only the beginning, it is the root and base of all the chakras.

It is also the base or beginning of chronic illness. While this is not the full meditation, It is the first one. Stay tuned for the next one, coming soon.

If you would like to be trained in full on this meditation or all of them as a part of your healing journey, then be sure to contact me with the information here to schedule a free consultation to see if you qualify for one of our healing programs.

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  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3318917/
  2. https://consultqd.clevelandclinic.org/2014/11/childhood-emotional-trauma-closely-linked-to-problems-in-adulthood/
  3. http://www.instituteforchronicpain.org/understanding-chronic-pain/complications/trauma
  4. How to Heal Yourself When Noone Else Can by Amy B Scher
  5. http://www.academia.edu/2314752/The_Concept_of_Image_of_God_in_Christianity_and_Islam
  6. Woman Code by Alissa Vitti
  7. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

What Your Doctor May Not Know About Celiac and Gluten Sensitivity

Talking to my friends and family that are MD’s, I have found out something incredibly disturbing. Ok, let’s face it. If you really talk to MD’s about food and disease in any format.. but especially when they are not “on”… you will most definitely find out some disturbing things.

 

But this was something I think people should know before they go and get tested for Celiac Disease. It also impacts those with Gluten Sensitivity or Gluten Related disorders and also with autoimmunity, neurological disorders, and even Type 2 diabetes.

But today, I am here to talk specifically about Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity. But if you have any of those above diseases, I am including you in with the “gluten sensitive” group. So yes, this means you. And know this: if you had Celiac disease, then you are likely to not know it.

So back to the disturbing news: At best, a doctor in medical school spends between 1 and 15 minutes being educated on Celiac Disease.  In their residency, the chance of being further educated on it are as slim as the chances of a person being diagnosed with it. Properly diagnosed. Which is slim to none.  In fact, 95% of those who are diagnosed are only diagnosed after a relative is diagnosed, as a part of the family screening process. This means that in this highly undiagnosed population, that only a small percentage of Celiac’s  that know they have this disease are tested because of their symptoms.

Before we get to what you need to know about Celiac and Gluten Sensitivty, lets start with the difference.  In this comparison, we will discuss the first thing your doctor may not know about celiac and gluten sensitivity:

The difference between Celiac and Gluten Sensitivity

This difference is important to know and clarify before we really dig into what you really need to know. Celiac is a disease where the body attacks itself when gluten (a protein in wheat, rye, barley and spelt) is introduced into the system.  This concludes most of what your doctor knows.  What your doctor may not know is that the process of self-attack can be triggered by other foods or substances (we call these cross-reactives, see below).  To be diagnosed as Celiac, there must be a specific type of damage to the small intestine.  When this has happened, it is said that the “celiac gene” has been  “turned on”.  This damage always starts with gluten. For some, this is the only trigger.  For some, this damage to the small intestine produces symptoms (there are over 100 symptoms) and for others there can be no symptoms at all.  For some individuals, symptoms will be triggered by multiple foods or substances that the body sees as similar to both gluten and parts of the body.  But the body will only attack itself if these foods are introduced into the body through eating, breathing and sometimes, the skin. Celiac Disease is thought to only attack the small intestines but can also affect the brain and skin.  For these reasons, it is associated with several neurological and skin disorders.

Gluten sensitivity is when you have all the symptoms, but do not have damage to the small intestine, at least not that specific type of damage.  This phenomena can occur either because you do not carry “the gene”.  However, gluten sensitivity can also happen  to an individual who does carry the gene before it gets “turned on” and starts to damage the intestine in that very specific way. How do you know if you are gluten sensitive? There is a 95% chance you are. (see below for details)

Before we continue, let me give an example of what a typical experience with an “expert” may look like for some.

When I became celiac in 2009, I didn’t bother with getting diagnosed.  Some agree with my decision and some say I should have gotten diagnosed. In hindsight, the main reason to get diagnosed is for validation and tax write off’s.  It can also be educational to know which gene you carry, although this part is rarely part of the diagnostic process. (Some genes carry extra risk and some are linked to specific related illnesses, like Multiple Sclerosis or Bipolar Disorder. More on these diseases and their relation to gluten sensitivity at a later date)

In 2014, When I was hospitalized with what I now know were gluten related symtpoms, I asked about being tested in case it was a part of the problem.  I was told there was no point in getting tested.  I then asked if I should gene test: He had to go and look up which genes to look for and then realized he had no access to the technology to test for these genes. (It was a blood test).  When he got back to me, he told me that he found that DQ2 and DQ8 were the two genes associated with Celiac. Mind you, this was a gastroenterologist: He is supposed to be the specialist that you go to to get diagnosed with Celiac.  And even he had to google basic answers.  To make matters worse: the information he gave me was wrong on the following accounts. So let me dispell some myths right away.

    1. DQ2 and DQ8 are not the only genes associated with Celiac Disease.  There is research telling us that DQ1, DQ7 and DQ9 are also associated with Celiac Disease. While 95% of Celiac Cases are those who carry one of those first 2 genes, that means that the other 5% do not carry that gene.  Here is an article that discusses these genes in detail. It mentions the DQ1, DQ7, an DQ9 gene, specifically, in addition to the DQ2 and DQ8 genes.
      1. Let’s do the math here. if one percent of the population are estimated to have Celiac disease, then means that 3, 254,000 people have Celiac disease.  And yet, our doctors are not educated on this disease.  Even the “specialists”.
      2. So let’s do some more math. If 5 % of that 3,254,000 people do not carry the DQ2 or DQ8 gene, that means that 162,700 people have Celiac and carry one of the other genes.  While this number is not as impressive as over 3 million, it means that those that carry these genes not only will have a hard time getting diagnosed, but the specialist won’t understand that these can carry unique risks and complications. This deficit of understanding in our medical community leads to a group of people with either gene set, unable to protect themselves in regards to their health.  This means a patient will be severely handicapped in making informed decisions for their own health.


  1. Now let’s talk about related genes. Warning: this is about to blow your mind. So make sure you are sitting down.
    1. The latest research has been looking into Celiac and Non-Celiac gluten Sensitivity.  It has discovered that there are genes surrounding these other aforementioned genes. If you include the genes above plus the ones in succcession, you would basically have DQ1 through DQ9. Let me be clear, this is DQ1, DQ2, DQ3, DQ4, DQ5, DQ6, DQ8, and DQ9. Yes, all of them.   For those who are experiencing gluten sensitivity but not Celiac disease, this means you would have all the symptoms, but not the damage to the intestines. It is unknown if there is any damage being done but it is common to find that inflammation decreases when gluten is removed from the diet.  In recent years, leaky gut syndrome (which is partially caused by and associated with gluten consumption) has been linked with every major disease from Autoimmune, Alzheimers, ADHD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, Parkinson’s, Alzheimers, Cancer, Type 2 Diabetes and more.  This suggests that even though there are not the consequences associated directly with Celiac Disease, that the gluten is still causing inflammation and consequences that we may not be willing to accept if we know what we are choosing.
    2. 99 % of the population carries on of these genes. Yes, that means there is a 99% chance you are gluten sensitive. Let that sink in for a moment.
    3. Every person I know who has given up gluten reports a decrease in inflammation, especially gut inflammation.  Inflammation is what leads to disease formation. Gut inflammation is the first step towards neuro-inflammation.

Why you have symptoms on your gluten-free diet:

There are 3 reasons why going gluten free may not have improved your health:

  1. You are not gluten free enough.
    1. For some, the conventional standars for gluten “free” foods are not gluten free enough.  The label in the United States allows for up to 20ppm (that is parts per million) in a food. I know for a fact that there are loopholes in labeling to help a food “qualify”.  For example, by changing the serving size in a product they can change the ppm’s .  While this loophole doesn’t fit my ppm definition, I have heard companies discuss the daily serving and explain that the servings were the reason why it did not qualify. However, by having 1 or more foods that are 20 ppm, a sensitive person can consume way more than 20 “parts” in a day” by accident. For some, even 5ppm can cause symptoms.  and let’s be very clear: even with no “symptoms” you can still be Celiac, and still be accruing damage as a Celiac or as one of the 99% who are gluten sensitive.
  2. You are cross reacting to other foods.
    1. This is something that many doctors have absolutely no clue about. .  But let me assure you that this is a very real thing. Not only in my own case but in hundreds and thousands of others on elimination diets have discovered the same thing.  These who have discovered this are not all Celiac, either.  I suspect this cross reacting would take place in any gluten-related disorder such as Hashimotos, Eczema, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogrens, Multiple Sclerosis, other Neurological Disorders, and more.
    2. The foods that cross react are Milk and Cheese ( milk and milk products are usually the first cross reactive food to lose and the most common), eggs, Potatoes, Tapioca/Cassava/Yuca (these are all the same plant), yeasts and fungi of all kinds (these are separate into categories but one can react to all categories) and all seeds and grains.  Here is a list of the 19 most common cross reactives, but make no mistake: you can react to many more foods that are not on this list.
  3. You have not addressed the consequences from previous exposures.
    1. There are many side affects to having a gluten exposure that can cause some longer-term symptoms. These side affects could be nutrient deficiencies, stress to the body, damage to the body and more.  This is not to say these things cannot be reversed, but you will need time and the right tools to accomplish the reversal of these consequences.

One more thing you need to know that  your doctor may not tell you:


  1. if you are diagnosed with Celiac disease, it means you have an autoimmune disease.  There is a common misconception that all you need to do is to go gluten free and then go on with your life.  This myth cannot be farther from the truth.  Once you have one autoimmune disease, you increase your chances of collecting others and also increase the chances of related diseases like Cancer and Neurological Disorders.  It is actually quite rare for someone to have only one autoimmune disease, but as there are literally over 100 autoimmune diseases, they are difficult to get diagnosed.  Many just don’t know where to look for the others. So to keep this from happening to you, it is important to know the following:
    1. If you are diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, you have something called leaky gut syndrome. If you are Celiac, then you have further gut complications on top of having leaky gut syndrome. Everyone who has an autoimmune has this syndrome and if they heal it, will always be prone to having it become “unhealed”, so you need to protect yourself always. If you have been diagnosed with Celiac or are gluten sensitive, have a related disorder, an autoimmune or neurological disease or other reason to suspect you have leaky gut syndrome, then seek help through a qualified professional to guide you on this journey.
    2. You are at risk for losing other foods through the cross reaction phenomena I talked about above. When you lose a food: you lose it forever. You never get it back.  Healing your gut can keep you from losing more foods, in addition to gaining more autoimmune diseases.
    3. You need to be diligent.  Even with no symptoms, even a little gluten can be doing harm to your body. Be as diligent as possible.  Sometimes this means being brave and asking someone extra questions to make sure your food is “safe”.  It can also mean having to say “no” to a food you really want and having something else to eat instead.

While this article covers the basics of what you need to know, there is a lot more to the puzzle.  If you think you may need to heal your gut, get tested for Celiac Disease, get tested for cross reactions, or need help navigating your gluten-free path then get some help from an experienced provider. For more information and a free consult, feel free to contact me with the email address or phone number here.  Consults are free but not all cases are accepted.  There are a limited number of spaces and because of that, our patients must qualify. Contact me to see if you qualify to learn from someone who has already walked the path, knows the pitfalls, and help guide you safely to health.  Are you ready to take your body back?

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Sources used:

  1. https://www.verywell.com/gluten-sensitivity-genes-562967