I can help YOU heal….

To heal complex health problems we must look at everything and this starts with the gut…

This will be a short post!

I deal with chronic and complex health problems almost daily in my clinic. To solve complex health problems such as fatigue, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal issues, modern complex conditions such as Lyme’s disease and post-viral syndromes, auto-immune issues and functional issues that we are told to live with, requires getting to the bottom of everything to the core of what is really going on.

I can help!

THIS is what I am good at, and why is probably a function of a mixture of my nature (wanting to know why in every possible way!), my training (pharmacy, nutritional therapy, and functional medicine training all lead to the desire to get to the core of the issue and treat from there) and my passion (I want you to feel not only better but well in all that this means for you).

The internet and social media is where people turn to for answers and I wont even attempt to try to answer all your questions here about why you are unwell because this is so very complex and so highly individual that to attempt to will miss many factors unique to you.

Google will not diagnose nor treat your problems; you have to let go and start to trust someone who has the science, the knowledge, the wisdom and the passion to want to truly help empower you with the tools to heal. I may, or may not be that person; only you will know this.

So all I can offer really is this:

My word!

That I care and will do everything I know to help you on your journey back to health.

That I am continually studying to ensure that I am up to date on all relevant and important research in all these fields.

That I understand your concerns, anxiety and at times inability to trust that we can do this because I know just how overwhelming it feels when chronic ill-health strikes.

That although what I may ask you to do seems simple and easy it is based on a lot of research, study, and expense on my behalf to ensure that I am doing the very best job possible.

That I want to listen to you; how you describe your journey with your health is of crucial important.

That I am here 100% to support you.

Chronic health issues suck, and happen as a result of many complex and intertwining factors that start as far back as before our birth, to the antibiotics we received as a child, the stress that we suffered at times in our lives, the appendix or tonsils surgery, to that gastritis bug we suffered on holidays or the accident we had, and on and on. Then add to this our lifestyle and diet choices, ongoing stress, our genetic weak sports, where we live and we start to see that things are complex.

My job is to make it simple. You effectively employ me to be your health detective, and then your advisor and guide, and from there hopefully your friend and support system.

Have a think about the following triggers and if you feel that I can help using a combination of the skills that I am fortunate to have (science, medicine, nutrition and herbs, healing and a giant heart) then please do contact me.

Love,

Andrea

 

You can heal your body

A very important video detailing how to start healing ourselves. Enjoy x

Journeys in Healing

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Andrea’s recommended Mind-Body exercises and some thoughts on how to switch between disconnection from our bodies into greater connection and appreciation of our body’s state of health and also how to gain perspective and awareness when we become overly concerned and hypervigilent in our bodies.

We tend to flit between the two when we are struggling with health problems of a chronic nature.

Please practice this exercise often with whatever tweaks feel right to you.

Much love

Andrea.

PS if you are struggling with health problems and would like some assistance with your return to health, and a professional to help determine the core imbalance beneath all your symptoms; please contact me on andreacullenhealthsolutions@gmail.com

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Do you suffer from Fatigue?

Hi Folks,

Here is a video blog of me discussing fatigue.

Fatigue, along with gastrointestinal complaints, is the most common condition that I treat in the clinic. I believe that with a bit of time, patience, effort (on your behalf!) and support and detective work on my behalf that fatigue can be fully solved.

In fact I believe that once we get to the true core issues and address them, that healing can happen quickly.

A return to health most often involves making positive and lifelong changes to your diet, lifestyle, environment, and the mind-body connection. In other words making changes to what caused the problem in the first place!

Any number of other issues can tag along such as viruses, infections, toxicity, poor organ function, hormonal imbalances, and so on….. but each imbalance is a result of a deeper issue relating to diet, lifestyle, environment and our emotions-belief systems.

I am here to support you on the journey and your quest back to health, vitality and adventure….

If you suffer with fatigue that is impacting your health, life or sports endeavours please contact the clinic on andreacullenhealthsolutions@gmail.com; it will be my pleasure to help.

PS I am a former fatigue sufferer and fully on your side when I say I get it!

And after some work on my own health using the principles that I will share with you, I am well, healthy and very active. Here is me with a great friend Orla before my first triathlon in June 2015. I didn’t get to run in this one due to a foot injury but I kicked ass in one a few weeks later in Austria 70.3 half ironman. 🙂

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Much love,

Andrea

Struggling to Sleep?

This is a lovely article written by Jodi of Vibrant Blue oils, to add to the lifestyle, diet and supplements advice that we give you here in the clinic:

We keep almost all of the Vibrant Blue oils product range in the clinic for use with healing treatments; clients LOVE them ❤

Before you get stuck into the article I would like to draw your attention to this wonderful article on sleep and how a solid 8 hours sleep may not be natural to the majority of us. This will help remove a lot of anxiety around the topic! Nightly 8-Hour Sleep Isn’t a Rule. It’s a Myth.

Also that sleep may cycle with the moon cycles and many clients including myself report less sleep and more vivid dreaming around the time of the full or new moon.

Also there is a significant amount of seasonal variation in relation to sleep; we tend to need more sleep in Winter and less in Summer; roll with it!

Women need more sleep than men, athletes need more sleep than ‘normal’ persons, women athletes will require even more and children need a lot more sleep than adults….

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Sleep is Critical for Health and Healing

Restful sleep, defined as the ability to both fall asleep and stay asleep, is critical for health and healing.  It allows time for the body to rest and repair, detoxify, balance blood sugar levels, burn calories and reset our energy reserves.  Without restful sleep, we feel fatigued and our body compensates with cortisol spikes, sugar cravings and other tricks to keep us awake and functioning.

There is also growing evidence that sleep cycles impact other cycles in the body including the rhythmic patterns of the digestive and immune systems.  When we sleep, the brain produces 90 minute cycles of slow wave sleep. This is followed by periods of rapid eye movement (REM) during which dreams occur. During the night, the gut also produces 90 minute slow wave muscle contractions which are followed by short burst of rapid movement. Poor sleep cycles can disrupt this digestive function and the healing process within the gut.

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