Balancing Advocacy and Self Care
Some of my favorite people walk us through the health freedom landscape
This week, Good Morning CHD featured some of my favorite NJ advocates and my very favorite healer/husband. You can watch the episode here, but I transcribed some of the highlights below…
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FIRST, the work ahead of us in New Jersey…(17:00) and ways to take action.
Stephanie Locricchio invited NJPHIPAC (NJ Public Health Innovation Political Action Committee) founding members and NJ superheroes, Melanie Dragone and Katie Rivera, to review the latest push for medical tyranny in New Jersey.
“Herb Conaway is at it again. Let’s talk about A4334 and what it means for New Jersey families and college students.”
So this bill, the way it’s written, would require students, staff and “others present” at institutions of higher education to receive the COVID-19 vaccine… so that seems like it could encompass so many more people than even students and staff at these universities in New Jersey…
…It also alludes to a religious exemption option, but that option would require the students, staff or “others present” at the institution to prove their bona fide religious tenants… That, too, is pretty alarming because that seems pretty subjective to whoever is seated and going to be assessing the religious exemptions that are submitted.
We know that religious exemptions are not guaranteed to be approved… and we know that medical exemptions, although they say that they’re out there, they’re like this mystical, magical unicorn…You think about baby August, that child that cannot receive vaccines, and they were challenging that… If Baby August is not that child (who qualifies for a medical exemption), I don’t know who they’re talking about. So it’s very difficult, if not impossible, to get a medical exemption.“It’s so illogical. He’s an immunocompromised baby,” Hannah Stoll said. A 6-month-old baby was denied a life-saving heart transplant because he has not received a #Vaccine against #COVID19.theepochtimes.comInfant Denied Life-Saving Transplant Over VaccinesA six-month-old baby has been denied a life-saving heart transplant because he is not vaccinated. August Stoll was ...
…We want to be proactive. What we have is a national partnership with Stand for Health Freedom at Innovative Parenting NJ. What we do is create digital advocacy opportunities for NJ residents to reach out directly to their legislators.
Specifically for this bill (A4334/S316), we’re reaching out to your local senator as well as the entire Senate Health Committee and Assembly Health Committee, because that’s where it would be heard first here in NJ. So those digital advocacy opportunities allow you to just put your name and address in, your (legislator) information comes up specific to you, and an e-mail is sent asking (legislators) to oppose this bill.
Stephanie: There is some good legislation out there… Can we talk about some of those positive bills?
Yes. One of our senators here has sponsored bill S2550, which would remove the requirements, the weekly (testing) requirements that the teachers are undergoing in the state of New Jersey… So every week, these teachers, because they decided not to take the COVID vaccine, are basically coerced into these testing requirements. There’s inconsistency around the testing requirements. Obviously there are gaps – you take a test on a Thursday, you don’t get results until Monday – what’s happening with that person from Thursday to Monday? What are we really trying to accomplish here by forcing the testing on this population?
… We’d like to inspire people to help support that bill and get behind it.
NEXT, Ross (my husband) makes some observations about advocate “burn-out” and makes an appeal for self care (~40:00)…
Stephanie: So what are you seeing in your practice with a lot of these people coming in that have been on the front lines?
…It is pervasive and ubiquitous, the amount of deficiency and the amount of burn-out that we’re seeing.. and the amount of instability. And that’s really the primary issue here, because we can run ourselves down and we can become weakened… but when we tip to the point when we become unstable, that’s when disease process really starts to set in. And one of the big features of this that I think is sort of missing in our culture is awareness. We’re not really aware of our bodies anymore…
…We live in temperature controlled and light-controlled environments, we are disconnected from nature and we’re not replenishing our reserves, and so we tend to find ourselves getting weaker and weaker and weaker at a much more rapid pace than probably our ancestors and even our grandparents.
…I just want to recognize that this burnout is real. And the thing that concerns me is that we need all our advocates to be healthy, strong and vital, and if we’re utilizing those resources way before the time that they’re supposed to be utilized, we’re eventually going to burn out and that steam is going to eventually disappear…
…Tell us a little bit about what that pulse diagnosis is for you…
Essentially, in the pulse models and systems that I practice and teach, it’s quite complex, but along the radial artery… there are 28 different pulse positions and 9 different depths that are calibrated from the skin as we move down towards the bone. And there are about 90 different discrete sensations that we can perceive. And the way that those different sensations combine with other sensations at each position, depth, location, anatomical structure, gives us a wealth of information. It’s really a record of one’s health from… I was going to say from birth, but it’s really prior to that. It’s really in utero.
Some of what we’re looking at are things that have been sort of transferred from genetics and life circumstances during the gestational process. What happens during the first moments of birth, during the birthing process and the early formative stages, and how that creates the sequelae and downstream impacts of one’s health and physiology as we go. And all the things that sort of intervene in the meantime. So, traumas… There’s so much there and the impact is really significant.
…And I just want to quickly touch on this idea of resources… The analogy I give people is to think of their health and their resources based off of three tiers of financial accounts. It’s a simplistic metaphor but I think it’s significant.
The first is your checking account. And that’s how most people want to live their day-to-day. If you’re eating good food, if you’re doing good exercise, breathing clean air, you can generate a lot of energy for yourself. And, if your activities in the world are moderate, you can save some of that energy and kind of push that or siphon it off into a savings account.
So, when you have times where… you’ve got rallies coming up, you’ve got to prepare, you need to draw down on some energy, you can take from your savings account and see no interruption in bodily functions whether that be physical, mental, emotional, spiritual – you have it all available.
But we also have a third tier, and that’s our retirement account. That’s our 401K, all our different investment strategies, financial planners and so forth. We don’t want to touch that financial account of our retirement until we get to our later years so that we can have a healthy, robust long life – 80s, 90s and so forth. You don’t see that that much anymore because people, without realizing it, are not creating a lot of resource in their checking account – they eat genetically modified foods, they’re eating junk food, things that are poisoned in our water supplies and so forth… we have all these different things we’re exposed to, and we wind up drawing on that savings account super quickly. We debit that without having any knowledge about what we’re doing, and the next thing you know… life is busy, you’ve got little kids, big things going on, we’ve got work, and we start siphoning and debiting that retirement account.
The problem with that is that when we have this sort of Go-Go-Go lifestyle, burning the candle on both ends, they don’t realize that they’re debiting these accounts because they still feel energy. If you’ve got a lot of adrenaline running, you think you’ve got energy. But really, this idea that you drink your cup of coffee or whatever drink with caffeine in it, and you feel good… but it doesn’t give you energy. It converts energy. It’s energy that’s stored, in latency, and (coffee/stimulants) brings it up to the forefront so now you can use it. The problem with that is, after that wears off, you’re in a worse state than where you began. So people’s health starts to decline. They need to “whip the horse” more and more to get things going, and they get weaker and weaker… Often times people don’t realize it until they hit the wall.
And this is what I’m gleaning from your pulse. I’m not making anything up, I’m just feverishly reporting for 30 minutes what your body is telling me, and then I’m giving it back to you so you can understand and have the awareness because awareness is the first step in making change.
…What you talk about in terms of the stress… our nervous systems are not wired for this sort of ongoing stress. And besides the kind of stresses that we’re exposed to on a physical level in terms of bodily demands, Think about the stress of just dealing with something like the constant assault of electromagnetic radiation.
I started diagnosis this back in 2008 and published about it in 2009 because I was seeing physiological changes on peoples pulses based on electromagnetic frequencies and kinds of radiation that was damaging organs and tissue structure. I was getting phone calls and emails from doctors all over - they have no way of diagnosis these mystery symptoms and ailments they’re complaining of. Bloodwork comes back normal, MRIs, CATscans normal, but people are feeling debilitated. And this is some of the impact of these types of frequencies on our physiology, but also psychology.
Stephanie: So for people who might be feeling that burn-out, that adrenal fatigue, what advice would you give…
There are so many things, but let’s talk about a couple of big ones. The first one is meditation. You can’t minimize the impact of meditation… And I really recommend that people kind of bookend their day – twice a day – you need to start in the morning, quiet your mind and set the intention for the day. And at the end of the day you want to also quiet the mind from the business and also reflect on your day. What kinds of things did you do? Did you live up to goals that you set? And I don’t mean the achieving of a particular actual thing, I mean, Did I maintain composure through the day? Did I guard my energy and my resources? Did I do something for my health?
The second one is getting out in nature. That’s really important. You’ve got to get off the screens. We’re talking about radiation and the impact of that and that’s compounded by having cell phones on us all the time, always being in a room where there’s Wi-Fi….
And then, movement. You need some type of movement, whether it’s doing some gentle walking in the day or stretching or yoga. I’m not a big proponent of the marathon running and all that kind of thing, because that’s depleting, too. It’s good for certain people who have robust constitutions, but that’s not most of us. Doing some type of moderate exercise, keeping things moving. Because the idea is to build circulatory capacity, oxygenation and without depleting yourself. There’s always that point of diminishing returns and you want to be very mindful of where that point it because it’s different for everyone.
And the last part of it is awareness of your resources. Part of that will be engendered just by following those first three. If you’re meditating you’re creating awareness. If you’re in nature you’re getting replenished, getting a sense of some awe, a perspective that sort of takes us away from the mundanity of our daily lives. And then as we’re doing our own movement, we can see what kinds of things feel good. Where am I tight, where am I holding restrictions? All of these things are going to help us promote better health and well being.
So, to recap.
Meditation, Nature, Movement, Awareness.
It’s a nice little recipe.
I’m onto Step 2. Peace out!
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I'd like to add though that when it comes to meditation my methodology differs slightly from what is stated here in regards to having an intention during meditation; in that for time spent in meditation to be beneficial in regards to being able to see clearly and reduce ego myopia, is to go into it with no intention at all.
Sense what is there without words rather than trying to program over old programming, because just instituting a perceived better set of dogmatic responses via intention, aka agenda, doesn't cause understanding to emerge. And I think that's truly what people want, not just better conditions, but the understanding to be able to navigate all on their own without need for any external reference point.
Hi Beach Hippie, thanks for your comment. What you describe as your methodology aligns well. I think you misunderstood the excerpt that Ann posted (or at least I was unclear). What I am referring to with setting 'intention' is no more than a common parlance of why one would sit, not the activity of the meditation itself. I primarily practice zuowang and neidan, especially in the Quanzhen Longmen tradition which is similar to what you describe, ie, these are emptiness-oriented. The Daoist approach is one of reversion, cutting away, apophasis. This requires a two-fold approach, one being a fasting and emptying of the mind, the other a regular practice of following precepts to allow for that. They are synergistic and convective. And of course, these are more advanced ways of meditating and practicing, and often people need baby steps in the beginning, so trying to describe that to a lay audience can often require meeting the person where they are.