The causes of emotional symptoms

Physicians are prescribing more psychotropic drugs than ever before. Almost everyone, children and adults, are taking a medication for anxiety and/or depression. Why is this? The United States is the most disease-stricken society on earth due to their Standard American Diet and fast-paced stressful lifestyle. Both of which deplete the body of nutrients. Millions suffer from vague complaints for which no diagnosis can be determined, wavering between generalized ill health and unmistakable disease. Research has proven that every symptom and disease has its own pattern of nutritional inadequacies and every disease is improved by diet. Americans are taking billions of doses of drugs every year because they are sick and in pain because physicians lack the skills necessary to diagnose illness caused by nutritional deficiencies and recommend nutritional solutions.

Anxiety is associated with nutritional deficiencies of vitamins B1, B3, B5, B12, calcium and phosphorus
Depression is linked to vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, Folic Acid, Biotin and vitamin C, chromium, iron and potassium
Inability to cope with stress and panic attacks are an indication of a severe vitamin B5 deficiency and magnesium deficiency.

This doesn't mean you should go get a B complex vitamin and start taking minerals. In fact, that's the worst thing you could do. Once vitamins were identified and isolated, the chemical formulas of the individual vitamins were synthesized. The purified and/or synthetic compounds are considerably less effective than the original crude extracts made from whole foods, but it goes deeper than that. The body will do whatever it takes to survive, so the body will “borrow” from its reserves the nutrients needed to make use of the substances you put in it. The body’s intention is to put back into storage the nutrients it “borrows,” but that never happens because the “foods” you eat are devoid of nutrients. When the reserves are gone, like those stored in bones, the body succumbs to extreme deficiency and disease ensues. Usually, it takes several months or perhaps years for a deficiency of a nutrient to surface as symptoms or ailments. The exception is vitamin B5, which deficiency may occur within days. As you can see, vitamin B5 is deficient in every one of the conditions mentioned above.

It should be the physician’s responsibility to be knowledgeable concerning the symptoms that correspond with each nutritional deficiency and capable of performing various examinations, blood tests, and procedures to confirm precisely which nutritional deficiencies need to be addressed, without guesswork. The truth is, guesswork is commonly applied in today’s medical practices because physicians possess little knowledge about nutritional diagnosis and even less about nutritional prescription. The majority of physicians simply do not believe that poor or inadequate nutrition initiates disease and they minimize the crucial role of diet in reversing nutritional deficiencies. Doctors advise their patients to eat margarine instead of real butter, imitation ice cream instead of real ice cream, synthetic cheese instead of real cheese, skim-milk instead of whole milk, soy instead of real meat, and fake eggs instead of real eggs. This is nonsense parlayed by so-called health authorities. Processing removes foods nutritional value and makes it less digestible. This is why the patient’s condition remains undiagnosed and/or misdiagnosed, and their health continues to deteriorate. When doctors do make the connection, they recommend synthetic supplements or refer patients to a dietician (who is equally clueless), in addition to their pharmaceuticals, which actually make deficiency worse.

Since nutrient deficiency is the cause, it makes sense that nutrients are the cure. The nutrients in organic, whole foods with their cofactors and synergy in tact is what fuels and heals the body. Symptoms are not the problem. Symptom is the language of the body communicating to us there is a problem and it’s pointing to the problem. Symptoms tell a story. I help my clients listen to their body wisdom, intuit with it and practice embodiment (get out of their head and into their body) to be detectives.

B1 Thiamin is required for the normal functioning of the nerves and deficiency causes inflammation of the nerve sheaths throughout the body. Known as the morale vitamin, signs of deficiency are mood changes, depression, irritability, quarrelsome, inability to concentrate, confusion, uncertainty of memory, uncooperative, fearful of some misfortune awaiting them, feeling like life is no longer worth living and suicidal thoughts. Food sources of Thiamine include, whole grains (germ and bran), fresh organ meats and eggs. Cooking destroys Thiamin. Thiamine is absorbed in the upper part of the small intestine; the duodenum. Duodenal ulcers, pancreatitis and giardiasis (a parasite) greatly hinder thiamine absorption and lead to deficiency. Black tea, coffee, and refined sugar contain compounds which block thiamine absorption. Raw seafoods like sushi, herring, oysters and lox contain thiamine antagonist enzymes called thiaminase, which split thiamine in half. Alcohol destroys thiamine and consumption of alcohol (wine, beer, etc) can cause such severe deficiency that is so extreme as to result in irreparable nerve and brain damage. The function of all brain cells is thiamine dependent. Any form of liver disease or dysfunction (hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, Gilbert’s disease) are vulnerable to develop severe thiamine deficiency. Thiamine hydrochloride is poorly absorbed. Fat soluble thiamine is a highly absorbable, superior type.

B2 Riboflavin The most critical function of riboflavin is related to oxygen metabolism. Riboflavin accelerates the capacity of the lungs to remove oxygen from the air, aids in the transfer of oxygen into the cells and is critical for the utilization of oxygen at the cellular level. This is especially important to help protect the body from the ill effects of air pollution. Riboflavin is a tightly controlled nutrient that is firmly found within the cells. However, even a modest reduction in tissue stores results in cellular dysfunction. Extreme deficiency falls in the critical level. The system responsible for the production of cellular energy fails to function properly. Prolonged extreme deficiency may result in permanent damage to nerves, and/or internal organs. Diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, eczema, alopecia, and premature aging are likely to occur. One prominent symptom is reduction in the size of the upper lip. Deficiency is caused by poor nutrition, high sugar consumption, alcohol consumption, severe infections, surgery, birth control pills, malabsorption, lack of stomach acid, antibiotic use, diuretics, and mental stress. The need for increased supplementation is necessary as a result of malabsorption, high protein intake, faulty lipid metabolism, acute injuries, pregnancy and lactation. Strictly avoid refined sugar and alcohol. Riboflavin is rarely in the food supply because it is one of the most unstable of all vitamins. The content in foods depends upon many factors including, exposure to fluorescent light, storage in plastic or glass containers, heating and processing. 90% of riboflavin is lost in commercially produced foods, including “fresh” produce. Farm fresh, unheated and unprocessed organic organ meats, organic lean muscle meats, eggs, almonds, organic whole milk, and organic whole milk cheeses offer the highest amounts. Riboflavin is more readily absorbed from meat than from dark leafy green vegetable sources. If you can’t eat beef, calf or lamb liver, get turkey or chicken livers. Cook meats in a crock-pot at low heat until done.

B3 Niacin is also involved in the synthesis of the protective fatty covering of nerves, the myelin sheath. Mild deficiency produces fatigue as a common symptom, in addition to mental disturbances such as depression and memory loss. Severe deficiency is associated with high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, dementia, hypertension, arteriosclerosis and arthritis. Diseases caused by niacin deficiency is exclusively caused by poor diet, the consequence of high sugar intake, refined grains, too much corn and/or consuming alcohol, which all destroy niacin. To correct this level of niacin deficiency supplement with niacin-rich foods, avoid refined sugars, white flour, refined corn products, white rice and alcohol. Niacin is absorbed throughout most of the small intestine. However, mental stress, alcohol and/or drug abuse, prescription drugs, social drinking, and eating processed foods all cause the depletion of this vitamin. Minimal niacin is stored in the body, so deficiency can readily occur if tissue levels are not continually replenished. Natural forms are nicotine acid and niacin amide. Food sources rich in niacin include fresh organic muscle meats, fresh tuna, trout, salmon, halibut, liver, poultry, whole grain brown rice, eggs and cheeses. Vegetables have relatively low amounts of niacin. When niacin stores are depleted, tryptophan is readily converted into it, thus a diet rich in tryptophan (red meats, poultry, fish, rabbit, cheese, eggs, sesame seeds) may help. Small amounts of niacin are synthesized in the intestines by beneficial gut flora, provided you have sufficient amounts.

B5 Pantothenic Acid is the anti-stress vitamin. It is required for the synthesis of adrenal hormones, and they are responsible for the human body’s ability to cope with the normal stresses of life and the abnormal ones too. The adrenal glands produce dozens of hormones, each of which is an essential component of the stress-coping mechanism. These hormones are also involved in the maintenance of normal body functions, such as salt and water retention, blood sugar regulation, anti-inflammatory activity, calcium and magnesium metabolism, libido, and immune activation. Stress rapidly depletes tissue stores of pantothenic acid, so it is important for you to work with me on techniques to eliminate unnecessary stress (usually self created) and move through unavoidable stress to stop losing the pantothenic acid you consume. Americans have made extreme and prolonged psychological stress a way of life, but it’s not serving us. Adrenal hormones are used up by stress. People who experience prolonged stress (grieving, chronic health problems, marital discord) are usually severely deficient in both pantothenic acid and adrenal hormones. Stress combined with B5 deficiency can result in cell death within the adrenal glands, causing damage, but only if pantothenic acid deficiency exists. Damaged adrenals can’t produce adrenal hormones and fatigue is the first sign. Regular supplementation of B5 can help reverse stress-induced adrenal damage and function returns. Deficiency can cause symptoms rather rapidly, resulting in gradual weakness and/or fatigue. Severe deficiency of adrenal hormones may lead to a potentially fatal disease, known as Addison’s disease. Signs of extreme deficiency are debilitating fatigue, weakness, mental derangement, and chronic pain. Prolonged deficiency may result in the onset of degenerative disease, including arthritis, asthma, immunodeficiency, lupus, heart rhythm disturbances, hypoglycemia, and diabetes. Pantothenic acid is found in large amounts in a few foods. Top sources include raw egg yolks, royal jelly, bee pollen, natural fats, organic liver, and fresh muscle meats. Fruits, pastas, vegetables and most beans are devoid of pantothenic acid, so vegetarians frequently develop B5 deficiency. To correct deficiency, eliminate caffeine, alcohol, refined sugars and processed grain products.

B6 Pyridoxine controls a broad spectrum of physiological processes, including enzymes synthesis, fat and carbohydrate metabolism, protein digestion and metabolism, hormone production, and neurotransmitter synthesis. B6 is required for the formation of a variety of highly specialized nervous system proteins called neurotransmitters; adrenaline, noradrenaline, serotonin, GABA, and tryptophan. B6 is a natural anti-depressant used in the treatment of chronic mental disturbances; retardation, anxiety, schizophrenia, mania, sleep disorders, and autism. Mild deficiency is often overlooked because the first symptom is lack of dream recall or no dreams at all. Mental disturbances such as short-term memory loss and/or depression may get your attention. Moderate deficiency symptoms develop into depression, anxiety, epilepsy, kidney stones, melanoma, diabetes, PMS, carpal tunnel syndrome, eczema and heart disease. Extreme deficiency results in impaired protein synthesis/digestion, may contribute to the onset of asthma, migraine headaches, hives, and other allergy-induced diseases. Musculoskeletal conditions such as fibromyalgia, back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel and arthritis are associated with chronic, long-term B6 deficiency. The brain and nervous system require B6 for the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, acetylcholine, and norepinephrine. When tissue levels of B6 drop to critical levels, depression, anxiety, psychosis, mania, insomnia and convulsions (epilepsy) may result. Poor diet initiates the abnormality by inducing B6 deficiency. However, taking B6 alone may not solve the problem. The metabolism of B6 is controlled by thyroid hormone, so defective thyroid function can waste B6 supplementation. Only a small amount of B6 is stored in the body, and it is rapidly depleted by stress. Food rich in B6 include poultry, fish, rice bran, brown rice, wheat bran, tuna, salmon, liver, white meat fowl, nuts, halibut, read meat, bananas, sunflower seeds and organ meets. The safest form of B6 is coenzyme type, that is pyridoxal-5-phosphate (PSP). B6 is destroyed by aspirin, high blood pressure medicine, cortisone, laxatives, birth control pills, Dilantin, and antibiotics. Fluorescent light inactivates B6, so much of the food in the supermarket is depleted of this vitamin by the time it is consumed. Pyridoxine is water soluble, so much is lost when vegetables are cooked.

B12 is required for the synthesis of the internal and external components, and function of all nerve fibers, particularly the peripheral nerves, including the fatty coating which surrounds the nerves; myelin sheath. Thus, symptoms relative to the function of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles often dominate the clinical picture of B12 deficiency. It was discovered that liver contains large amounts of B12, but it also stores a unique substance called intrinsic factor, which is an essential aid to B12 absorption. Since 1955 most complexes of all vitamins are synthesized, which contains none of this essential absorptive aid. B12 naturally contains cobalt. Cobalt deficiency in the soil shows up as B12 deficiency within animals. B12 testing is difficult to procure even by blood testing. However, blood tests are advisable with moderate to severe deficiency and should include hemoglobin, red blood cell count, MCH, MCV, MCHC, and a serum B12 level. It is only useful for individuals who take no B12 supplements. Severe deficiency — if left untreated, prolonged B12 deficiency may result in permanent damage of the peripheral nerves. In extreme cases where the absorption of B12 from foods is compromised, injections may be necessary. Extreme deficiency produces symptoms of permanent damage to the peripheral as well as spinal nerves. Intramuscular B12 shots on a daily or weekly basis are required to rapidly correct this potentially serious condition. Additional sublingual B12 (1,000 mcg daily) forms are absorbed directly from the tissues in the mouth into the bloodstream. Oral forms are typically poorly absorbed by individuals with chronic B12 deficiency. Folic acid enhances the utilization of B12. Dietary B12 is found exclusively in foods of animal origin, including organ meat, lean red muscular meats, poultry, fish, eggs and milk products. Plant sources, like seaweed and freshwater algae (the only plant sources) are far less efficient than animal sources. Meats should be derived from organically raised animals free of hormones, pesticides, and other toxic substances. Avoid pork. Cook meat on lowest temperature and no more than medium or medium rare, otherwise you will inactivate the most biologically active component; intrinsic factor. Alcohol destroys B12 as well as its absorption. Eliminate refined sugar from the diet and alcohol.

Blood type A’s are more susceptible to pernicious anemia because they have difficulty absorbing B12 from foods. Type AB’s have a tendency toward pernicious anemia, although not as great as type A’s. The reason for this deficiency is that the body’s use of B12 requires high levels of stomach acid and the presence of intrinsic factor, a chemical produced by the lining of the stomach that is responsible for B12 assimilation. Type A’s and AB’s have lower levels of intrinsic factor than other blood types, and they don’t produce as much stomach acid. For this reason, Type A’s and AB’s often suffer from pernicious anemia. I take my vitamin B supplement with minerals when I consume my animal protein meal and take hydrochloric acid. It makes sense to consume supplements with foods highest in those nutrients, because the cofactors present in the food to utilize those nutrients are present, creating a higher probability for synergy. Type O and B tend not to suffer from anemia because they have high acid content in their stomachs and sufficient levels of intrinsic factor. But if they do, it’s very likely because they are not making enough hydrochloric acid. This is especially true if they have acid reflux, GERD, heartburn or other similar digestive complaints.

Folic Acid is involved either directly or indirectly in virtually every chemical reaction occurring within the body because it controls the very basis of human existence; cellular growth and regeneration. There is no life without folic acid. Considering that 90% of teenagers are consuming less than the RDA of folic acid in their diets and the fact that many teenagers maintain habits that cause the destruction of folic acid, and it is easy to comprehend why this deficiency is so widespread in adults. Folic acid can be utilized for anxiety, and depression. Top sources of folic acid include organ meats, yeast, chicken, rice bran, dark green leafy vegetables, lean beef, veal, eggs, and whole grains. Organically grown foods contain a greater concentration of foliates than those grown by commercial farming methods. Consume the juices of the meat which is where the folic acid is found. ÷Tissue levels of folic acid may be dangerously low and made more deficient by agents that deplete and/or destroy folic acid; alcohol (as little as one glass of wine per day), cigarette smoke, chewing tobacco, stress, antibiotics, aspirin, marijuana and drugs. Pesticides and herbicides destroy folic acid, as do fumigants used to spray fresh produce. Folic acid is highly sensitive to light and fluorescent light may lead to a dramatic reduction of folate levels. Cooking destroys this vitamin and 95% can be lost during preparation. Cook at lowest temperatures to prevent destroying folic acid in food. Avoid alcohol, refined sugars, white rice, caffeine, and white flour.

Calcium Consume whole fat organic, cultured dairy. Avoid substances that deplete calcium like cigarette smoke, coffee, antacids, soda, and refined sugars. Calcium channel-blockers deplete calcium also.
Chromium is found in relatively few foods. Chromium picolinate is the supplement I take.
Phosphorus Antacids deplete phosphorus and can cause severe deficiency that is life-threatening. Also, cortisone, alcohol, refined sugar and iron suppleness impede phosphorus absorption.
Potassium is critical for survival. Without it, death rapidly results from sudden cardiac arrest. Potassium is the heart's nerve agent, initiating impulses to stimulate contractions of heart muscle fibers. Deficiency has a negative impact on every nerve in the body, and is implicated in memory loss, impaired intellect, depression, irritability and/or agitation, nervousness, and chronic headaches. Fresh tree-ripened fruits and vegetables are rich sources of potassium. Nuts and seeds also contain potassium.
Magnesium deficient individuals suffer from stroke, dementia, anxiety/depression and Parkinson's disease. Magnesium is depleted by alcohol, refined sugar. Avoid magnesium carbonate, oxide and sulfate because they are poorly absorbed. Magnesium rich foods include dark green leafy vegetables, almonds, seeds. Magnesium aspartate or taurate is amino acid chelated for better absorption. Serum blood tests are not accurate. Both serum and intracellular levels should be assayed. However, it is possible to develop significant deficiency and have normal blood test results.

Supplementation is no substitute for optimum nutrition.
NOTE: I cannot advise you about taking a doctor prescribed medication. You must decide for yourself if it make sense to continue consuming things that cause or contribute to deficiency, and sabotage all efforts to restore your health. It doesn't matter how nice a person he/she is, or if they are highly respected in their field. If your current doctor isn't willing to have a conversation with you about how he/she can help you restore your health without drugs, I'd find a doctor who will.

Yes, Candida yeast overgrowth and leaky gut symptoms include depression, anxiety, and a long list of other mental symptoms. The connection is yeast uses the same nutrients you do for its growth and so increases deficiency. Leaky gut causes malabsorption which predisposes to deficiency. You can take supplements, but if these two conditions are not also corrected, you will spend a lot of money on a lot of pills and get absolutely nowhere. I know because that's what I did for 20 years. I took 150 pills every day trying to get nutrients in supplement form and they made me worse.

Social interactions would be so much easier ...

Wow! You are doing a really great job. I like how you ____.
Hey this is great!
You are doing a good job!
You made such a positive difference/contribution by doing...
I appreciate all of the hard work and effort you put into...
You did an amazing job! I appreciate you more than words can express.
I appreciate your extraordinary efforts in doing something extremely difficult.

I got slammed the other day when I told someone I was proud of them, and I didn't understand why they took it the wrong way. It really cut me to the heart (because I care so deeply) and felt I didn't deserve the reaction I got. Their response severed our relationship because now I feel I can't trust them with my thoughts and feelings.

The person took offense because in their mind, if a counselor or mentor says, “I’m proud of you”, it feels too much like Mom or an authority figure in that relationship. That's not at all how I would think. She wanted to hear."Yes, you are headed in the right direction. Let's build on this.” Her thought was, she is not coming to me to make me proud and that my focus should be on her. My focus was on her and her extraordinary efforts in doing something extremely difficult, not on her making me proud.

A lot more is read into the words "I'm proud of you" than I imagined. My mind takes things at face value. For me, there aren't layers of meaning. I used to say, "I can't read between the lines because there's nothing written there." Then I realized other people write between the lines in invisible ink. It is unfair to the person speaking for the listener to inject, either silently in their mind or out loud, thoughts about the words they hear after it is filtered through their own past negative experiences and misperceptions. There is no way to anticipate the innumerable ways people can twist what we say.

I was late at developing these social understandings because I was chronically ill for 30 years and before that I lived in a world where I avoided social interaction because it was abusive (physically, but especially emotionally). People hurt me, so I stayed far away from them. I couldn't learn positive social skills in unhealthy social situations. If someone had said to me "I'm proud of you," it would have been life changing - no matter who said it. When I say it, it's meant to be my highest compliment and life changing for the person I say it to.

If I were to continue further with the idea of 'reading between the lines', my thoughts could twist, "Yes, you are headed in the right direction. Let's build on this" into implying - you were headed in the wrong direction and what you've done so far isn't good enough. See how confusing it can be to communicate with people and why I default to keeping it simple by interpreting things in the positive, based only on the words used and not reading anything more into what is said. I wish people did that. Social interactions would be so much easier.

Upon further reflection it occurred to me that there is a wound present from a past hurt possibly dealing with unresolved issues with an authority figure. She may have been self protecting, which often the results are pride, hurt feelings, and/or feeling looked down upon.

I've had my meaning twisted more than once with various people throughout my life. If not the person I was speaking to, then people who heard what I said and took it the wrong way. I hate walking on egg shells around people. I had to do that with my father because if there was a way to take it the wrong way, he did and it was exhausting. I had to be guarded with him and have worked very hard to unlearn a lot of things. I have demolished rules I had about myself and others that built walls to protect my emotions. As a result of being raised by someone who habitually took offense, I learned how not to be and I’ve learned to put a lot of thought and care into how I speak to people and gotten a lot of practice at not letting their "negative" responses get to me. I know I have a good heart and pure motives. I’ve become courageously transparent, which makes me more vulnerable emotionally, but I prefer taking my chances, because I can't go back to the isolation of self protecting. God can't use me there.

We cannot walk on egg shells around people with these kinds of wounds. If expressing my concern and sadness about how they misinterpreted my encouraging comment in a way that was not intended would be helpful, not only to clear the air and help them see my heart for what it truly is, but also for them to learn from, I will go there. As their coach, maybe this is an opportunity placed in front of me to help them see that a complement can be just that. Otherwise, I gave my encouragement from a place of love and genuine care for them — what they think or say about it is on them, not me. God wants us to do the best we can with what we have, and that’s what I do. I will appeal to the people I need to, by being ME and not trying to be anyone else.

Time is running out


I have a clock ticking inside my head, constantly pushing me forward. I know you hear your clock too? I never heard the clock until my 30’s and each year since the clock has become louder and faster. When I hit 50, the tick-tock of my clock started harmonizing with the thump-thump of my heart, creating an overwhelming reminder that there will never be enough time to make all the impact I want to bring the world.
Can you connect to this? If so, then your clock is probably going crazy most of the time!
The year is almost over! I didn’t spend as much time with my children as I wanted to! I didn’t finish my garden beds! I didn’t write these articles! I didn’t get to train my horse as much as I planned to! My home maintenance projects didn’t get done! Sound familiar?
We all have more to do in a day than our bodies or time will allow.
Don’t try to keep up with your ever-accelerating clock, because that creates more stress. Most people are living as if there isn't enough time. Stress chemistry increases insulin and cortisol. Elevated cortisol skews time perception so it feels like you are running out of time. Time is here and then it’s gone. You can’t "save time". What you can do is live in the present and make it memorable. You can create spaciousness and live as if there is enough time and have more trust that things happen the way there are supposed to happen. The Universe has a way of slowing you down, and you don't want that. Be aware of when you are in fear, fight or flight, emotionally driven survival mode thinking and hit the brakes. Get into your left brain, logical, creative, wise, authentic brain where you function more deliberately and less on instinct. You see opportunities and avoid making time consuming mistakes. Functioning 90% of the time in left brain thinking mode will keep you into relaxation physiology, which will literally slow time down. Your perception of time will shift and you will accomplish much more in the same 60 minutes than you would living in survival mode (stress). It may even surprise you with time to spare.
Don’t try and wrangle yourself into other people’s strategies that won’t work for you. Use proven strategies that work with your body and not against it. Strategies that are a good fit for your unique biochemistry, and that may reveal where your lifestyle isn’t working for your highest good and asking you to make changes.
And the answer is definitely not to spend a lot of money trying to find the thing that finally works for you. I kissed a lot of frogs before I found the strategy that worked for me and for my clients. When I found strategies and tools, I tested them and tweaked them and tested them again. Then, I started sharing them as I gave my gift to everyone who was receptive to my message in a way that can change people’s lives.

Remember, your ticking clock means you have to value and make efficient use of your most valuable asset - time. Don’t fight your clock – become comfortable with it by creating spaciousness. Simplify your life by eliminating the "stuff" that unnecessarliy clutters your schedule. Let go of perfectionism. Live in the moment, not in the future or the past. Schedule time for relaxation, play, creativity, and make quality and quantity sleep a priority.

If you have questions, I am here for you. Reach out to me in an email from my contact page. I look forward to serving you.
Johnna Wheeler


We don’t like uncertainty and we want control.

My clients health, food, weight concerns and eating issues are directly connected to the strategies they use to brace against uncertainty and fears about life, love, $, and health. Economic instability and uncertainty contributes to stress. We have not been taught how to do uncertainty, which creates stress.

Stress causes decreased digestive function and calorie burning, and eventual cellular and chemical wearing down of the weakest links the your body. Chronic stress depletes the human system, leading to unwanted symptoms and behaviors. It’s predictable.

There is an obstacle called “control”. Because life is uncertain, sometimes intimidating, and life ultimately has its way with us, we try to overpower life through control. We control our feelings (anger, lust, desire, selfishness, greed), desires, impulses, fears, loved ones, friends, diet, exercise - anything. We become control freaks, because it helps us feel safe and powerful. Ultimately, too much control stops the flow of life, creativity, love, healing energy within the body and wisdom.

Extreme control becomes “perfectionism” - the search for the perfect diet, perfect body, perfect weight, perfect lifestyle, the perfect schedule, perfect health. Always around the corner from perfectionism and intense control is self-abuse. I notice where in life you try to control.

Control is a symbolic substitute for that thing that were looking for, which is a sense of trust and connection. If I trusted life and felt connected to the greater whole, I wouldn’t have such a need to control stuff. The reality and truth of the matter is, what can we really control? Very little, really. The universe works on it’s own and it doesn’t need us to manage it. And yet, when it comes to food, many of us think “well if I can’t control my life, the world, my spouse, kids, etc. then I will control my diet and my weight.

The truth is that life is uncertain. The truth is that life has always been uncertain and it always will be. Uncertainty is the way of the universe and it’s okay. It’s not so bad as we’ve made it out to be. Uncertainty is a basic cosmic law. Uncertainty exists and, strangely enough, it guides us. Uncertainty is the “void” before creation. Metaphysically, chaos and uncertainty always precedes creation.

Embracing uncertainty allows us to let go of control. It allows for the magic of life to happen. When we are trying to control, the magic can’t happen. When we relax into uncertainty, wisdom is born. Can you relax into not knowing? Can you embrace the journey and the unknown, instead of resisting and bracing against it?

Clients often come to me in great fear of uncertainty and looking for control. They could be dealing with weight, digestive and mood issues, food allergies, they hate their life and their body. I ask questions and gather information. I make the connections and sometimes connections reveal themselves. My job as a coach is to help my clients relax into uncertainty. What heals is when we learn to trust around uncertainty, around finances and surrender to change.

You are a strong Oak Tree

Your journey is very much like an acorn. The acorn has inside it the blueprint to become an oak tree and a future as an oak tree is its goal, destiny, meant to become. There is a future that pulls the oak tree within into its oak tree nature. The acorn is already an oak tree, but it needs to transform through the various stages and processes of becoming that tree. To do that, the acorn needs very specific environmental and nutritional conditions (soil, water, sunlight, nutrients, air) to be met. Then the acorn can fulfill its potential. Sigmund Freud hinted that all of come from a dysfunctional past and that if we can somehow heal the garbage that happened back then, then we will be okay, and able to fulfill our potential. The truth is that your dysfunctional past is essential in the growing of your acorn. These things would be likened to the acorn being too wet or too dry for a period, or being carried to a different location that is less than ideal for a time, setting back its growth. Perhaps the wind is too strong during a storm and causes the leaves and even a branch to be torn off. This makes the tree stronger, not weaker.

Oak tree

The soul often learns life lessons through pain and suffering. This is life's grand workshop in which a Greater Intelligence is asking us to evolve through the pains, challenges, hurts of being alive on earth and all that means. Not having the perfect anything, that we want. Even when you get what you want, there are challenges. The foundation of all mental illness is the unwillingness to experience legitimate suffering. Life is putting us through a powerful program in which we are challenged and pushed to our edge sometimes. It’s hard, it’s difficult, but when we allow the pain and suffering to crack us open then something beautiful is revealed. Your acorn cracks open and the little tree begins to grow.

Your journey is right for your soul's growth and character development. Make your story right, accept it as the best way to grow your oak tree and choose it. This makes you stronger.
This is how positive psychology views life.

Part of restoring health is empowering yourself. Picture in your mind, you are an oak tree. The natural forces around you move your leaves, branches and may even cause your trunk to sway slightly, but it is because your are flexible where you need to be and the base is immovable because the roots go deep. The strongest tree is the one that stands alone in a field with no support from other trees, is tested by strong winds, driving rain, drought, and intense sun. The trees that grow with other trees close by, fall over from the roots when the other trees around them are removed because they were sheltered from the same environment that made the tree alone in the field stronger. That isn’t you! You are independent, powerful, beautiful, enduring. The trials in your life were designed to make you stronger. Empower your self image with this mental picture. Nothing will happen today that God has not already prepared you for. Relax and trust that He has a divine plan for your life and every detail, every step is going to put you in the most favorable position for healing and restoration. Not just your body, but your whole family. Empower yourself with that thought by slowing down and thinking about it periodically throughout the day. Say to yourself, “I am an oak tree!”

Your perception becomes your reality

Yesterday, I received a disturbing email from someone inquiring about my work.

She wrote, "Johnna, I get that I have Systemic Candidiasis and Leaky Gut. I've tried so many things, without results. You are my last hope! I just worry that I am not disciplined enough - what if I try harder, and start your program and then realize I am not able to do it?"

There are so many things that disturb me about this email, and I know how to address all of her concerns, but I will focus on the last part of that question.

I know you're reading this because you want advice about how to recover from Candida. You want your health back. You want your life back. You want to be YOU again. I understand completely.

I have the strategy and provide the support to help you do all those things. But here's something I absolutely CANNOT do. I cannot change the basic Laws of the Universe, and one of those laws says that anytime you take ownership of something by attaching the words, "I am" or "I can't..." you immediately set forces in motion and it begins to come true in your life. This can work for or against you, but that depends entirely upon YOU.

In other words, whatever you believe about yourself and your life, whether you're sick or healthy, weak or strong willed, disciplined or not...the moment you say those words (in your head or out loud), you take ownership of it and everything in your brain goes to work to make that statement TRUE. It's an agreement you make between your soul/spirit and the spiritual forces in the Universe, combined with cognitive bias. If you ignore this law, it is at your own peril. Your words are powerful, so everything you speak and think shape your reality.

Saying or thinking, "I'm never going to get my health back", diminishes you. Or, "I can do this!" empowers you. Both of these mindsets create either negative or positive energy that you radiate outwardly from the inner-most parts of your being. That energy immediately interacts with the energy of people around you, and with the Universe, causing the results you birth in your mind. What you project, reflects back at you.

When I first started my private practice, it was all about strategy. I taught the "how", and I walked people through doing it. They started and then fizzled out, because I didn't fully recognize that 95% of healing starts in the brain. I went back to college and studied "Brain Retraining". Then I shifted my program to give even more mindset support and increased client accountability. I help my clients develop the mental and emotional skills to change their health status, but also their reality, which includes every part of their life; relationships with self and others. I help people have breakthroughs. But unless my clients step into a bigger, grander, more powerful vision of themselves, they won't be able to achieve the results they so desperately want and need in their life, and will continue as they have been.

Disease in the body is asking us to wake up, be self aware, self evolve, do life differently, learn life lessons, step into our personal power, and discover our passion and purpose for being here. Then, give the gift of ourselves to the world. I can't do this transformation for my clients. I can only give them the tools to do it for themselves.

Now, clients come through the program having achieve stunning, life changing results. They have personal power they never knew they possessed, a can-do attitude and the health to create the life they've dreamed of having for themselves and those closest to them. They did that!

Right now, there's a healthy, creative, energetic, authentic, and joy filled person inside of you. There's a life-changer inside you just waiting to be unleashed. And every day you delay healing is a day of your life lost to chronic symptom, illness and a shorter life expectancy. You get to decide when you want to start living your best life going forward and who you want to be from now on.

Sometimes I have to put 'death on the table' for people. Do you think my protocol would be more difficult than chemotherapy and radiation treatments or kidney dialysis? Of course not, but people wait so long that those become their only options.

The most difficult thing about my work, which I am very passionate about because I hate to see people suffer, is knowing I need to let people have their own journey. Perhaps they need to go round in the spin cycle of repeated trial and error again, before they are ready to stop the madness, see the life lesson they've been missing, learn it and pass the test, so they stop sabotaging their own healing and get on with it.

Do you want to stay stuck in yesterday's thinking and limitations? Or, do you want to bring to the surface and embrace the best parts of the person that I know is deep inside you, just waiting to be discovered, nurtured and known by the rest of the world? It's a choice I had to make and every one of my clients have to make that choice too. Healing begins in the mind, and this isn't about 'psychiatry,' but about discovering who you are on the deepest level; your soul, spirit, vital essence.

From my own personal experience with this type of transformation, every time I make the choice not to stay as I am, but to evolve, I step into a whole new and improved version of myself that I never knew was in me and of my life that I never thought possible. We are either evolving or de-evolving, but we get to decide which direction we are going.

The system this person, and so many people have been following unsuccessfully was designed not to work, was not specifically created for them and didn't include all of who they are; the whole person.

I educate, support, and challenge my clients to create the conditions for healing in their bodies and lives, by following a system that is specifically designed just for them and includes all of who they are; mind, soul and body, because it is all connected. I help my clients create and live in a physiological state of relaxation, because the body can only heal when it is relaxed; calm, rest, sleep, as opposed to stress, push, force, discipline, control. When you are motivated from desire, faith, love and hope, self discipline is not required.

God in His wisdom only gives us the information we need, in the moment we need it because if we have the big picture of our life from beginning to end, we wouldn't be able to handle the magnitude of it. If God had revealed to me in my early 20's, "You are going to lose your health, run on the hamster wheel of repeated trial and error for 30 years to learn what doesn't work and almost die of malnutrition, then develop the strategy to get your health back and go to college, so you can help people recover from the very thing that almost killed you, because this is My plan and purpose for your life," it would have freaked me out. Right! He had to give it to me in 'baby steps'; do this, then do this … God knows would be able to look back and see how every piece of the puzzle fit together to create the big picture that became my story, my journey. The same is true for you too. If each of us had the big picture, it would overwhelm us, so we simply need to commit to doing the plan as it is given to each of us, each day. We already do this every day.

In the same respect, I give my clients an outline of how we will proceed, but they don't not know every detail about how this is going to work. When I look at the big picture for each of my clients, because I know the details, it overwhelms me. So, I have to break it down into pieces that I can manage and then convey it to my clients as needed. I help my clients relax into uncertainty and trust that it will work. Together, we can do this.

It is time to say, "I can" and "I will." The health and life you want is waiting for you to evolve and claim it! It is so close and within reach. If you are ready to get out of your own way and step forward into healing, email me - Johnna Wheeler at

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