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Diagnosed with MS at age 24, Amanda Campbell credits this unusual treatment for her recovery.

I’ve been aware of autoimmune disorders since my twin sister Nicole was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when we were 11. She eventually recovered and went into remission at age 19.

At around the same time, I started to experience pins and needles and numbness in the left hand side of face and my left hand. I thought nothing of it, but did go to the doctors eventually to have it checked out. They sent me for an MRI but I quickly got back to my busy life – I was in my twenties working in the fashion industry, with some amazing Australian and New Zealand designers.

The pins and needles and numbness would come and go. Then the weakness in my left arm started, eventually making small things like driving a manual car impossible.

My doctors sent me to see a neurologist who after more tests told me I had MS (multiple sclerosis) and three lesions on my brain. You see, the clue is in the name, you have to have more than one lesion (multiple) to be diagnosed.

In that moment, everything stopped. Life was never to be the same again. I didn’t understand much about MS other than it wasn’t good and was a chronic and debilitating disease. It was a lot to deal with at age 24. I was so scared of what could happen to me, so I threw myself into life, working harder, going out later, disconnecting more and more with my body.

Five years later, I had a massive attack that left me paralysed. I was 29. It was just after New Year’s and I’d been working non-stop setting up my first fashion start up as well as socialising.

I was with my best friend, when the numbness, pins and needles and weakness returned. It got so bad that I couldn’t lift my arms and the tiny muscles in my body started to twitch. Eventually I couldn’t move at all.

Paralysis is a funny thing, it sounds like you lose feeling, but it’s actually quite painful. I experienced a mix of complete numbness, and a deep hurt – it felt like my muscles were slowly dying. I later found out my new symptom, loss of mobility, meant a new lesion on my brain.

I went to hospital straight away and after three days of steroids, I still could not move. I was transferred to a new hospital which would become my home for two months.

I couldn’t wash or feed myself, which as someone under 30 was totally devastating. What kept me going was the support of my family – my twin sister would sleep next to me in my hospital bed most nights.

Being hospital-bound for eight weeks was the most amazing and difficult time of my life. I had no choice but to stop, which as a ‘busy girl’ was totally new. It was there I met the medical team I owe my life and body to, Dr Gavin Williams a neurological physiotherapist and Dr Michael Bay an Applied (chiropractic) kinesiologist. Every few days Dr Bay would tune me up., waking up my muscles connected to my brain and my nerve pathways.

I worked hard. I was doing my exercises three times a day and physio five days a week, I was desperate to walk again. One Tuesday night after a girl’s dinner where I sat in my wheelchair, I felt what I can describe as a jolt in my brain and my toe moved for the first time. It was then, I started to channel my energy on what I wanted instead of what I didn’t want – which was ending up disabled and missing out on life’s experiences like falling in love and having a family of my own.

Back at the hospital, I asked for extra exercises. I was first to get to physio and the last to leave and six week later it happened. I took those first few steps, which I’ll never forget. It was game on.

Walking was one thing but I also had to learn to smile again, because the left side of my face had dropped and even how to pick things up.

My mobility was back and I became an outpatient, but I still had to lie down half the day. I really felt like I’d lost my spark emotionally. I started researching and came across Dr Terry Wahls in a TedEx video. It was worth a shot. I started following her nutrition advice for autoimmune disease eliminating certain foods and eating more green leafy veg, deeply coloured antioxidant rich and nutrient dense food.

I upped my veggies and drank less coffee and enrolled in Sports Kinesiology as I truly believe that’s why I recovered so quickly. Through learning the therapy I started to focus on de-stressing my body from the inside out. I didn’t just repair but absolutely thrive. I felt myself again and even started to run every morning with pug Henry that I bought.

Today, I’m in remission. It’s been seven years of clear MRI scans and the lesions I have, had reduced dramatically. I haven’t had a new symptom since.

I have mostly good days but I am also only human. I get tired and busy, and sometimes don’t listen to my mind and body – the same as everyone else. Of course I have darker thoughts about my MS, but I meditate three times a day to help and book a monthly kinesiology session to identify any subconscious stress and feelings.

Having recovered I often get asked what the key to great health is – and my answer is always the same – it’s believing it can happen.

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Daily Mail interview

‘I had no choice but to succeed’: How a woman left PARALYSED by multiple sclerosis aged 29 beat the odds to run again in just eight weeks

An Australian woman who was was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS)  when she was 24 was told there was a 50 per cent chance she would walk again.

Amanda Campbell, 37, had an MS attack when she was 29 which paralysed the left hand side of her body.

‘There was a period of time there where they thought I would never walk again but with an incredible team of doctors and physiotherapists and a kinesiologist I did walk and I ran again in about two months,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

‘It was the hardest time of my life but was also the best time of my life, I started to channel all my energy on what I wanted in life.’

Amanda Campbell (pictured), 37, had an MS attack when she was 29 which paralysed the left hand side of her body

Amanda Campbell (pictured), 37, had an MS attack when she was 29 which paralysed the left hand side of her body

WHAT IS MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system, interfering with nerve impulses within the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.

It is characterised by sclerosis a Greek word meaning scars. These scars occur within the central nervous system and depending on where they develop, manifest into various symptoms.

MS affects over 23,000 in Australia. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40.

There is currently no known cure for MS however there are a number of treatment options available to help manage symptoms and slow progression of the disease.

 Source: MS Australia

When Ms Campbell was still not responding to the treatment she was receiving she was moved to rehab where she lived for two months.

She had recovery three times a day and at the beginning she had to work on trying to get her hands and face to move again before progressing to crawling and putting pegs in holes.

Ms Campbell went from being in a wheelchair to being in a foot brace to having her knee taped up before she was walking on her own.

‘It didn’t happen instantly, I just wanted to recover so worked my a*se off,’ she said.

‘It was definitely a rapid recovery considering how bad it was and how bad it could have been.’

The attack was a relapse and often when you have a new MS attack movement is hindered.

She had a lesion on the right hand side of the brain and the episode looked like a stroke.

She was diagnosed with MS when she was 24 and was told there was a 50% chance she would walk again

She was diagnosed with MS when she was 24 and was told there was a 50% chance she would walk again

‘It was a 50/50 chance I would be able to walk again, they said “it could come back but you’re not responding”.’

‘In rehab I hit rock bottom, I was so used to keeping busy but because I wasn’t able to keep busy, I had to keep still, I had to really think about what I wanted.’

Ms Campbell said before the attack she was trying to launch her own business but everything shut down.

‘There were moments when I thought, “is this my life?”,’ she explained.

‘Luckily I’m driven, I think that’s what saved me. I learnt how to channel my energy better.

‘I healed through the help of a neurophysiologist and a kinesiologist and had a real interest in kinesiology so went and studied it and became a kinesiologist.’

'It was a 50/50 chance I would be able to walk again, they said "it could come back but you're not responding",' she said

‘It was a 50/50 chance I would be able to walk again, they said “it could come back but you’re not responding”,’ she said

Ms Campbell said there were warning signs leading up to the attack but she didn’t pay attention.

‘I disconnected more and more from my body, I went out late with my friends and didn’t look after myself.

‘I ignored the warnings, I said to myself “I’m just a bit numb but it’ll go away”. That’s how I lived my life, I ignored how I really felt about things until I was forced to stop and I learnt how to quiet my mind.’

Ms Campbell explained that she believes she utilised all that western medicine has to offer her.

Ms Campbell said there were warning signs leading up to the attack but she didn't pay attention

Ms Campbell said there were warning signs leading up to the attack but she didn’t pay attention

She said that before the attack she was trying to launch her own business but everything shut down

She said that before the attack she was trying to launch her own business but everything shut down

‘I worked with a wonderful team of doctors, neuros and I had a wonderful team of physios in rehab,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

‘I also utilised that with complimentary medicine, for me that worked really well but once I introduced my nutrition on top of that balanced approach that’s when my response became most profound.’

Although Ms Campbell left rehab after two months, when she got home she still had to lie down half the day and had multiple MS symptoms like bladder and bowel issues, balance issues and fatigue.

‘It isn’t that I just felt down, I didn’t heel like my old self so had more work that needed to be done.’

This was the catalyst that had her study rapid recovery as she wanted to know why sometimes you can eat right and exercise but still get sick, or do the opposite and manage to get better.

Her experince was the catalyst that had her study rapid recovery as she wanted to know how she managed to get better+8

Her experince was the catalyst that had her study rapid recovery as she wanted to know how she managed to get better

‘What happens when you’re really unwell and you’re not deemed to recover, which was my story, but you do. What happens there? What’s at play? I wanted to know how I walked again.

‘After everything I learnt it came down to three core things, the first being nourish your body on a cellular level.’

Ms Campbell believes that when you eat better you feel better and in turn when you feel better you can make better choices and start to value yourself.

‘It was only when I really started to value myself that I was really able to design a life that inspired me and then when you do that you get to level three where you can live as a connected human being and you’re back in your body and in the moment.

‘When you live your life connected you’re moving into safe mode instead of slipping into survival mode.’

Ms Campbell believes that when you eat better you feel better and in turn when you feel better you can make better choices and start to value yourself+8

Ms Campbell believes that when you eat better you feel better and in turn when you feel better you can make better choices and start to value yourself

She believes that it is important to look at your subconscious in recovery and negative chatter can effect that.

‘Once I addressed my mind it, became more connected and with better nutrition alongside my doctors it changed my life.

‘It was difficult but when you do that you end up spending less energy feeling crap and feeling guilty about feeling crap and stop that vicious cycle of sabotage.’

Ms Campbell understands that it might be uncomfortable to address those thoughts but believes its an important step in moving forward.

‘You learn what you’re capable of, it’s inspiring. Step backs are designed in life… when I have a set back in life there’s a reason for that. if you think about life like that it’s easier to move on.

Ms Campbell (left) believes that it is important to look at your subconscious in recovery and negative chatter can effect that+8

Ms Campbell (left) believes that it is important to look at your subconscious in recovery and negative chatter can effect that

‘The message is do what’s right for you, don’t be rigid as what might work for others might not be able to work for you and do assess your state of your mind.’

Ms Campbell now takes a balanced approach to her life using holistic medicine and food while also working with western medicine.

‘I had no choice but to succeed, it was a blessing to hit rock bottom.’

Ms Campbell is now a Sports Kinesiologist at her private practice Bend Like Bamboo and is proud to say that this is the seventh year of clear MRI with no disease progression.

 Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4695596/Woman-given-50-chance-walking-makes-incredible-recovery.html#ixzz4vHfVdBYI

Amanda interviewed about Kinesiology by Nine Honey

Amanda was holidaying with friends when she thought she’d had a stroke

It started with pins and needles, as well as numbness.

Amanda Campbell was 24 and working her dream job in fashion in Melbourne when her life came crashing down.

It was 2004 and the young woman eventually had trouble balancing, felt weak on her left side and developed a noticeable limp.

What followed was pins and needles as well as numbness, balance issues and weakness on the left side of her body.

Amanda was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

But it wouldn’t be until five years later that her health took a major turn for the worst.

“I lost the ability to walk from a big MS attack that paralysed the entire left hand side of my body,” she told 9Honey.

“It was just after New Years in 2009 and I was frantic.

“My face dropped, my arm twisted, my leg and food completely stopped working.”

She was in Portsea (Mornington Peninsula, Victoria) when the trouble began and by the time she made it back to Melbourne, Amanda says her sister had to physically drag her to her doctor’s appointment.

“They sent me off to hospital for steroids to reduce the inflammation and I had three days of steroids but I still couldn’t control my body,” she said.

“I’d had smaller relapses where I’d be numb and a week later it would just go away and I just thought this would be like that.

Then her doctor told her they couldn’t guarantee she’d ever get her mobility back because she wasn’t responding to treatment.

“You might never walk again, you might never wash or feed yourself again,” the doctor said.

She asked the doctor if she would ever be able to have a family and then burst out crying.

“I felt like my life was over, like I wasn’t going to be able to achieve my dreams or even just normal things like being able to put on a pair of heels and go out to dinner.”

“I lost my career and the use of my body.

“Simple little things like the ability to wash and feed myself became the most difficult task of the day.

“I lost my big fashion career and life as I knew it. I went from running around, enjoying my life, to standing still and paralysed.”

I was living life to its fullest, and suddenly found myself in turmoil and darkness. I went from feeling in complete control of my future, to feeling totally helpless.

Amanda was moved into rehabilitation at Epworth Richmond in Melbourne and says that’s when the real work began.

“I stayed for two months. I hit rock-bottom.

“One day I remember sitting in my wheelchair in my rehab session, working hard, trying to make my fingers open and close, with tears running down my face, because it was so hard! And so in that moment I just decided. I awakened.

“I was either going to give up now or I was going to tackle this head on!”

She says she became a woman on a mission.

“I was first in at Physiotherapy and the last to leave. I was a woman on a mission – three sessions a day five times a week.”

Not only did Amanda, now 37, walk again, she left rehabilitation with the ability to run.

“It wasn’t the most graceful of runs. I won’t win medals for it. It definitely was an awkward looking run. But I did it.”

Amanda credits her own inner strength with her recovery as well as an amazing team of medical professionals.

“This experience taught me what I was capable of, and this changed my life,” she said.

“Taking a balanced approach I worked with incredible doctor’s, neuro-physiotherapists and a Kinesiologist who helped me recover.”

Amanda says it was these incredible people who helped her believe in herself.

“They stood with me when I couldn’t stand and helped me get to where I am today. I was blessed.”

Also the love and support of family, friends and in particular her twin sister Nicole was crucial.

“She was there every day and night. Even sleeping next to me in my single hospital bed some nights. I cannot begin to explain how much I appreciate her and count my lucky stars for her kindness and unconditional love, through the hardest time of my life.”

What has kept her mobile for eight years plus has been a balanced approach, with Amanda combining Western and Eastern medicines as well as managing stress levels, mental health and nutrition.

“Tackling the disease on all angles gave me the best results.”

Watch Amanda on the first episode of five-part health care series Recover Me at knowmyhealth.com.au/recoverme

Amanda Campbell is now an ambassador for MS Australia, sports kinesiologist and motivational speaker. Find out more about her life and work at amandacampbell.com.au.

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VinoMofo invests in Amanda’s food business, Nourissh

The founders of multi-award-winning and rapidly growing wine-selling start-up Vinomofo​ had been hunting for a start-up in the meal delivery space to back for more than a year before they found their perfect candidate in Nourissh.

Nourissh is a collaboration between serial technology entrepreneur Scott Julian and sports kinesiologist Amanda Campbell. Ms Campbell became passionate about the power of nutrition after fully recovering from a severe stroke from multiple sclerosis that left half her body paralysed.

Nourissh delivers weekly sets of nutritionally balanced meals to homes throughout Melbourne and plans to expand nationwide by the end of 2016.

Nourissh is not the first company in Australia to try delivering cooked meals. Beyond restaurant behemoth Menulog, which sold for $855 million earlier this year, there are a handful of start-ups working on a similar offering.

Vinomofo co-founder Justin Dry said it was so convinced about the founding team and vision that it invested $250,000 before the company had even launched.

Following earlier successes

“We’d seen similar services take off in the US and other markets so we were looking for a local version to back, so we could use it too,” Dry says. “The fact the heart of the start-up is someone who truly understands health, because Amanda has a chronic condition, is very powerful.”

The seed investment is the first made by the start-up, which will also advertise Nourissh to its 330,000-plus customers in Melbourne.

Vinomofo has had a mixed history with its own investors, after an early-stage cash crunch had it sell 70 per cent of the business to Catch Group, before raising the funds required to buy it back.

“Our experiences have definitely helped guide our investment philosophy. We will always back the founder’s decisions. And it was important for us to allow them to have a huge chunk of the business, so they don’t lose the motivation,” Mr Dry said.

Ms Campbell says her motivation for running Nourissh goes beyond the normal desire for a start-up founder to strike it big, following her earlier health problems.

“I used the very best in Western medicine and was recovering it,  but when I combined that with nutrition and diet, the results were profound. So this start-up comes straight from my heart,” she said.

While Nourissh creates the menus and meals, the sourcing of ingredients and food delivery is outsourced, a model Ms Campbell says would continue because it is key to the company’s scalability.

“We’re approaching it aware it’s not just a food company, we’re also a logistics company,” she says.

Nourissh delivers about 60 boxes of meals to 50 customers in Melbourne as a subscription service. The funds will go towards marketing and bringing in new customers.

Amanda Campbell’s story

Today, I wear a few hats in my new career of Health and Complimentary Medicine.

I am an Ambassador for MS Limited (Australia), Sports Kinesiologist and Motivational Speaker.

Let’s rewind 10 years ago to 2004 when I was 24 years old. I was enjoying life in every way possible, working in the Fashion Industry; a career that I loved. I was happy, dating and out with my friends.

This was the year I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

I was a determined, career driven young woman, so understandably I was shocked and devastated.

I had a few minor symptoms over the next few years including numbness, balance issues, and weakness on the left hand side of my body. But they were often years apart so this allowed me to live in denial of my diagnosis.

In 2009 I lost my ability to walk from a big MS attack that paralysed the entire left hand side of my body. I lost my career and the use of my body. Simple little things like the ability to wash and feed myself became the most difficult task of the day. I lost my big fashion career and life as I knew it. I went from running around, enjoying my life, to standing still and paralysed. I was living life to its fullest, and suddenly found myself in turmoil and darkness. I went from feeling in complete control of my future, to feeling totally helpless.

In less than ten days my whole world had crumbled, as my body slowly, day by day, became paralysed. I could not feel or move the left hand side of my body. It became dead and heavy. My sister literally had to drag me, on her back, up and down stairs along the carpet, to see my doctor.

They checked me into hospital at the beginning of January 2009 and I knew going in that I wasn’t going to be leaving any time soon. They started me on the standard MS therapy, a high dose of Steroids for 3 days. I was not responding – so they continued for a total of 5 days. But I still could not move.

I was moved into rehab at Epworth Richmond in Melbourne and the work began. I stayed for 2 months. I hit rock bottom, I had to ask myself “am I ever going to walk again”? I was stretched to my limits emotionally and physically, beyond normal comprehension and everything stopped.

One day, I remember sitting in my wheelchair in my rehab session, working hard, trying to make my fingers open and close, with tears running down my face, because it was so hard! And so in that moment I just decided. I awakened. I was either going to give up now or I was going to tackle this head on!

So I did what I knew, I worked hard. I was first in at Physiotherapy and the last to leave. I was a woman on a mission – 3 sessions a day 5 times a week.

I had to learn how to use my hand again. I was taught all over again how to pick things up and I had to learn how to walk again. You don’t know what you are capable of in times like this. A switch turned on inside of me, and I channelled my rock bottom moment into pure drive to fight. I was determined to leave hospital not only walking, but running!

I left there running. It wasn’t the most graceful of runs. I won’t win medals for it. It definitely was an awkward looking run. But I did it.

It wasn’t just me, far from it. I had an amazing team of people who helped me. These people made me believe that I could do it. They stood with me when I couldn’t stand and helped me get to where I am today. I was blessed. I had Physio’s, Speech Therapists, Counsellors, Occupational Therapists, Neurologists, and Kinesiologists, family and friends. I could not have come through this with the courage and determination that I had, if it had not have been for my loving supportive family and friends, in particular my twin sister Nicole.

She was there every day and night. Even sleeping next to me in my single hospital bed some nights. I cannot begin to explain how much I appreciate her and count my lucky stars for her kindness and unconditional love, through the hardest time of my life.

Week by week I started to get movement back in my toes and fingers, then arms and legs and my face. I started to walk with a foot brace. Then I progressed to walking with my knee taped up, to walking on my own. And those first few steps to freedom were… indescribable.

As horrific as it was (the experience of paralysis), it was equally as joyful taking those first few steps to walking again. I will forever be indebted to the exceptional Neuro-Physiotherapists at Epworth Richmond, Gavin Williams and also Shaun. It was in my sessions that I met and spent every day with other patients that were going through similar things; car accidents and strokes. So many stories, so much suffering. I found that I had re-evaluated my life, and I was grateful to be getting better, finally. This sort of stuff changes you, it humbles you.

Another man that got me walking again in conjunction with the Physiotherapists, was an Applied Kinesiologist Dr. Michael Bay. After a session with Michael, the Physio’s asked me the next day, “what did you do? You are 20% better overnight, you are recovering so rapidly!”.

It was the Kinesiology session, waking the nerve pathways up from my muscles back up to my brain. The Physio’s at the start warned me that it would take time to learn how to walk again, pick things up, drive a car and get back to normal life. And it was going to be work and luck if it came back at all.

I ran in 6 weeks.

One year on I now had full function back in my body.

This inspired me to go back to college to study Kinesiology and addressing my nutrition helped me get my mobility back so well, that I went back to college to study for a Diploma in Sports Kinesiology, and unravelled the complexities of Autoimmune Disease.

I specialise in the emotional links to disease or physical stress, Autoimmune Disease, symptoms of bladder urgency and frequency, depression and anxiety, fatigue, fertility and hormone imbalances and pain.

I believe that a number of things in combination have helped keep my MS dormant for the past 5 years now. I have now dedicated my life to teach others how I achieved this through my Private Practice Bend like Bamboo, Public Speaking, and now the book I am currently writing about my journey to wellness.

We tailor a program to the individual to help them find balance again. To ‘bend like bamboo’ is to bend with all the change that is inevitable in life.

The best way to describe Kinesiology is it’s like physical psychology. Think of Acupuncture and Counselling in one session without the needles! 90% of our brain capacity stems from the subconscious part of the brain, which is in charge of our memories and past experiences. It is from these memories and experiences that our core beliefs, behaviours and habits are formed, usually from age 0-6 years old.

It is this subconscious part of the brain that we access as Kinesiologists, via the integrity of the muscles. Your muscles are connected to your brain via the Nervous System and run through multiple meridians in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Kinesiology can help you to access blocked emotions, blocked qi and fear-based beliefs that can limit you, ultimately causing physical symptoms and illness.

If your core beliefs are fear based they also affect what you attract in your life. All you need to do is ask yourself ‘does my reality fall in line with my desires?’ ‘Do I have great health?’ ‘Do I attract love in my life?’ ‘Do I have financial abundance?’ ‘Do things seem to come easily or does everything seem hard all the time?’

If your reality doesn’t match what you actually are wanting in your life then you know that your core beliefs do not match your desires you now have as an adult.

These fear based beliefs and blocked emotions that are not serving you in your life are interfering with your health, thoughts, emotions, what you attract, achieving your dreams and more importantly they are holding you back from having good health.

The results for me have been truly astounding.

After I recovered from that paralysis I came across Dr. Terry Wahls, a Neurologist with Secondary Progressive MS. She had been confined to a tilt recline wheelchair for a few years. As a Professor of Medicine at the University of Iowa USA, Dr. Wahls has a sound scientific background. For many years she was taught to focus on treating the disease, not on creating health. Modern drugs were failing her and so she hit the books and she studied further in this time and found a miraculous discovery. If she fed the mitochondria (energy centre) of her cells, deficient in those with an Autoimmune disease, she recovered.

Dr. Wahls was told that her MS was likely due to a prior infection and unknown environmental factors. Interestingly no one asked her or mentioned lifestyle or diet. After adopting the ‘Wahls Protocol’ that she designed she went from being in a wheelchair for 3 years to bike riding a marathon in 9 months. After years of my investigating and research, studying Kinesiology to understand the emotional links to disease, studying nutrition and how one must eat for optimal function and health and adopting The Wahls Protocol, this is now my seventh consecutive year of no new lesions, no disease activity at all, and virtually no MS symptoms.

I think its important to note here that I think conventional medicine can work well in conjunction with complimentary medicine. I utilise both in my health program and I do what is right for me. I have found that educating myself about the various fields of research has not only changed my attitude from living in denial, in fear, of my future to feeling empowered and becoming an active and informed patient, reaping benefits from all approaches available in our medical fields.

Knowledge is power. Such knowledge can also only improve patient care and I do hope we can live in a world very soon where our neurologists are teaching and educating their clients about wellness prevention and dealing with the cause of their disease, lifestyle factors and nutrition, as well as treating their symptoms with the conventional drugs that we have available.

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr Wahls face to face in 2013 in Iowa USA! A moment I’ll truly never forget. I thanked her for giving me my life back. Dr. Wahls is now replicating her and many clients’ results in clinical trials in the states.

In 2014 Pete Evans shared my story and I jumped on stage with him at The Paleo Way. I became booked out in clinic for 6 months in advance and had to hire a few more Kinesiologists to assist me. As a result I saw people from all over the world with various different physical and mental ailments or disease. It has made me the practitioner I am now.

A few months later Vino Mofo invested $250,000 in my start up www.nourissh.com to help us on our mission to make ethically sourced and nutrient dense meals convenient to buy and eat – designed to maximize the mitochondria, brain and gut health.

After all that I have learned and what I have studied. To transform the body and mind, for me it come down to 3 core elements :

1.    Eat better – nourish your body on a cellular level to achieve results.

2.    Feel better – when you eat better you are going to feel better physically and emotionally.

This will lead to making better decisions and allows you to build a life that you value. You can then start to feel worthy enough to design a life that inspires you.

3.    This helps you to become a connected human.

It is from this place that you will see things from a new perspective. As a connected human you will gain a higher understanding of life, potentially leading you to your true purpose or calling. You will be able to see obstacles as opportunities. Very important in health and in business.

You can find information on my private practice and speaking business here: www.amandacampbell.com.au

My story on video https://youtu.be/rw73nSAcR-U

I hope I have given you an insight about MS, what it is and how it has affected my life, my family and me. I hope that by sharing with you my story of loss and transformation that you come away feeling inspired. I hope I have sparked some motivation, to start your own discovery of disease prevention and wellness.

5 easy ways to reduce stress Guest Blog by My Deal

5 Easy Ways To Reduce Stress

Guest blog by My Deal

Living in this world is a stressful thing. From work life to the news, it’s hard to keep calm and carry on. However, there a few easy ways you can control your stress levels, and keep them down.

Meditate

Meditation is a great stress buster. Amanda has the perfect way to relieve stress from your busy day, and it can be done anywhere. Take some time out of your day, preferably around twenty minutes, and sit somewhere comfortable. “Breathe in, breathe out, count 1 (in your head). Breathe in, breathe out count 2…. Up until you get to 10. Then go back to 1. When a thought comes in – catch it and label it. Was that thought about fear, anger, resentment, sadness? Or was it about love, hope, joy, peace? Let the thought go and go back to breathing and counting. This practice will allow you to find more quiet in the mind.” This will clear your mind, and reduce agitation in your thoughts.

Cuddle Your Pet

It’s been proven that a pet can reduce your stress levels. If your fur baby is sitting on its bed, give them a cuddle Playing with your pet increases levels of oxytocin (the “love” hormone), which will then reduce levels of cortisol (the stress hormone). Your pet is there for companionship, so don’t make them feel lonely. Giving them a cuddle benefits both of you. With the increase of oxytocin, your stress levels will reduce, making you calm and relaxed.

Gardening

Spending time outdoors is a great way to manage stress levels. Having a hobby that takes place outside will benefit your health in more ways than one. Get your hands dirty by doing some gardening; not only does it calm you down, it also gets your blood moving. Exercise in itself is essential for stress relief. As you dig, stretch and weed, you may not be burning hundreds of calories, but you’ll be working up a sweat, which releases endorphins and triggers happy emotions.

Listen To Music

Although there is no scientific proof, it has been suggested that listening to music can impact your health. Just as classical music can help those who are studying, Music can help reduce your stress levels. Spend some time listening to slow, classic music. It can slow down our pulse and heart rate., which then decreases levels of cortisol.

Surround Yourself With Positivity

Yeah, it’s easier said than done, but surrounding yourself with negative thoughts and company can make you feel stressed. If your friendship circle is constantly spurting negative thoughts, you’re more likely to experience negative thoughts too. Removing toxic people from your life, and introducing positive thinking and people can reduce stress, increase oxytocin levels and keep you focused on the positives.

Stress is a part of everyone’s life; it’s impossible to avoid the curveballs life throws at you, but you can always change the way you react to them, and how you can keep yourself calm. Taking a few minutes out of every day to restore your thoughts may not only help your day, it can help your future.

Ally Feiam is the marketing & content creator for MyDeal, an online marketplace with over 25,000 products.

What taxes your energy?

This week I want to talk about what taxes you energy?

The key is to understand why you do what you do!

When you are next stressed out about something here are some tips to help rewire your brain to work through it in a new way that will change your life.

“I am upset” – you might say to yourself. “That is unfair… of course my meeting cancelled. A date doesn’t call you back, I don’t feel valued at work…. why does this always happen to me? I am so upset”

Is this true? Ask yourself.
Because sometimes we can be stressed out about what is actually going on.
OR that scenario can be triggering off something old.

How you react is a direct mirror of what you actually believe about yourself.

If any of your beliefs are negative like “I am not enough, no one wants to love me, I am not successful or capable. I am not valued. It like like putting those beliefs on as goggles for your eyes.

So that is how you will see the world, and all you will see in any situation in your day.

This is also what is making you tired as negative and limiting beliefs are connected to the biochemical pathways in your body and the neurology of your brain. If you have been through trauma in your life you will also have strong pathways of stress, survival mode and going into a protective mindset. This fires adrenaline and cortisol, burning glucose for fuel leading to food cravings for carbs, sugar and potentially inflammation in the body.

Rebellious behaviors and sabotage is also connected to this process as it is a mirror image of what you deeply believe. The brain is designed to make your beliefs true. It is called reticular activation. Learn more on that here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYlpZ5F4668

Physical symptoms are a sign that you are not listening to your mind

Or you may be suppressing how you really feel about something as it is too painful to process.

At Bend like Bamboo I specialise in helping my clients unravel this, to rewire the brain and select a new pathway that must be created. The mind must learn to feel safe to select this new pathway and Kinesiology is the perfect tool to do just this. When we come form a place of ‘I am enough, I am safe, everything works out for me” we fire the neurology and biochemistry of ‘safe mode’ where we also burn fat for fuel, reducing inflammation. When our mind feels safe to put on the breaks we can start to believe positive beliefs and tap into our innate wisdom.

Believing it is key. When your beliefs align with your desires that is where the magic happens. We call is the flow state, the sweet spot and how you manifest. But also this is the right environment your body needs to repair and reorganise.

When we reconnect with ourselves we can alter the brain, how it responds and ultimately change our minds about how we feel about ourselves and our environment.

How to Bend Like Bamboo

I woke up today for the first time, actually ‘seeing’ the beautiful view on my daily walk with the dogs again. With motivation, ease and will that I have missed for the last few months.

It has reminded me that there really is heaven and hell here on earth – according to one’s state of mind.

How I see the world stem from my thoughts – which stem from what I deeply believe about myself, life and the environment around me.

Deep beliefs I have had about myself from a very young age, that I thought I had truly overcome, reared themselves up for me in the past few months. It has been such a challenge, down in that rabbit hole.
A theme for many of us, in this moon phase of “I feel” and being in touch with our deep emotions.

No matter how much I could consciously see that there is so much to be happy about, I just wasn’t genuinely feeling it.

Our conscious ideas we have about ourselves and what we desire are not the same as what we deeply and truly believe about ourselves and our life. In fact they each stem from different parts of the brain of conscious vs subconscious. When there is misalignment there is biological stress in the body which is often out of our awareness. A lack of manifestation, physical pain sometimes and lack of sparkle so to speak.

Kinesiology has been the only tool I have genuinely found that has helped me through times like this, that occur all of the time – it is called life. It goes up , it goes down. We are here to learn, evolve and grow.

Hence, To Bend Like Bamboo is to bend with all the change that is inevitable. Allow.
This reduces suffering allowing you to see the opportunity through the obstacle.
What are you pushing away or trying to stop in your life right now?
How can you bend and be more flexible in that process asking in your meditations what am I to learn here?

I read a beautiful article in Daily Om last week that reminded me that we do evolve. To evolve, we sometimes come full circle to revisit some old lessons. I see now that this doesn’t have to mean that I have not learned anything or that I am going ‘backwards’ on my journey. It has come up again as I am now ready to tackle a new aspect of the lesson. Because I am ready, and evolving.

A beautiful BLB member reached out and said “I love your insta page it is my favourite – I love how real you are”
How lovely. Thank you @mommyinlovewithfitness – a reminder to me that I do what I do to be real. Inspiring me to write this message today. To help others I have shared the depths of the dark places I have been in on my journey with my clients, but also the triumph and sparkle that they have led me to. Change comes from inspiration so I endeavour to inspire – to evoke the possibility in you. As you all are my teachers, and inspire me.

Amanda x

A story about Virgil Anderson’s Mesothelioma Cancer survival

Mesothelioma Website Gives Virgil a chance to Survive

Note: Virgil Anderson is alive today and receiving life-saving treatment because he found an organisation that provided him with the information and support he needed. As we all share what we learn from our journeys with cancer, whether ours or another’s, we can give each other more options and genuine hope. Thank you, Virgil, for sharing this with us.

Virgil writes:

My story of illness and cancer is similar to the struggles of others: I was diagnosed at 50 with the devastating type of cancer called mesothelioma. I am now very sick and fighting for treatment and for my life. I am limited and unable to enjoy the activities I once did. Just breathing is difficult for me now, and I can blame all this on exposure to asbestos.

https://mesothelioma.net/mesothelioma/

My message is an important one, and I want to educate people about the risks of exposure to asbestos. I want other people to know that prevention is important with mesothelioma and that early detection and diagnosis are crucial for effective treatment. Avoid asbestos, but if you have been exposed, get diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.

I grew up in the small town of Williamson, W.Va., and my story with asbestos began in high school. I worked in demolition, taking down buildings with tools and with my own hands. It was hard work and I was exposed to asbestos-laden dust. Disrupting asbestos in older buildings is one of the top ways people are exposed to asbestos fibres.

After that job , I moved on to others, including working on cars. I tore out and replaced hood liners and made repairs to cars, including working with clutches and brakes. All of these parts contained asbestos. Without knowing the dangers or how to protect myself, I was again exposed to asbestos fibres.

Asbestos was once used extensively in so many applications, especially in the construction of buildings. The real dangers of inhaling or accidentally consuming this mineral were not known until the 1970s when regulations were finally put into place. Because I never knew the risks, I worked for years around asbestos and now I have mesothelioma.

I am now living with the consequences, as are many other older Americans. Mesothelioma sneaks up on you many years after asbestos exposure. I now have a hard time breathing and even walking. I spend much of my time in bed, unable to do normal daily tasks. My symptoms include chest pain, a terrible cough, and shortness of breath.

Treatment is limited for me. Treatment for mesothelioma is already difficult, but my cancer has spread to the lymph nodes so surgery is not an option. I am hoping to undergo chemotherapy, which may shrink the tumours and bring me some relief, but a cure for this disease just isn’t possible.

I hope that by sharing my story as far and as wide as I can that I will reach people who may still be able to take steps to prevent mesothelioma or to get screened and treated early. If there is any chance you think you may have been exposed to asbestos, do not wait to talk to your doctor about it. Monitor yourself for symptoms and get screening tests to catch this terrible disease early. My story should help others avoid a similar fate.