Episode 013: An action plan for getting the most out of The PTSD Blueprint. See, this is the last podcast in The PTSD Blueprint and now you know just how complex PTSD issues can be. In the last episode you can see how Endocannabinoid Receptor Deficiency burns out the body system and makes people susceptible to suffering the symptoms. In this episode, we’ll look at the toxins, nutrition, exercise and environmental stressors that can all affect PTSD.
The worst-case scenario occurs when an increasing number of dimensions are struggling at the same time. For example, physical pain, anxiety, insomnia, loneliness, and guilt. Combinations of symptoms like this affect the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional dimensions. The PTSD survivor feels like there is no where they can turn to get relief.
Now that you’ve gotten through The PTSD Blueprint, you can see how puzzling it is for people. We should probably marvel that our PTSD therapies work at all. That they do work, highlights only how resilient people are and not necessarily how bright psychologists and psychiatrists have treated trauma wounds over the years.
The PTSD Detox
Now that you've listened to the first 13 podcasts, downloaded The PTSD Blueprint, you're ready to put it into action using the PTSD Academy 100-Day Detox Challenge. The premise is simple, take specific actions in each of the four dimensions of self: physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional. Imagine how good you will feel if you not only exercise your physical body for 100 days in a row, but also your mind, emotions, and spirit.
Rules for the 100-Day Challenge
- Do at least one item for each of the 4 categories per day, for 100 days.
- Put your own spin on it - after all, it's your plan to get better.
- After 100 exercise repetitions per day for 100 days, you will have done 10,000 repetitions!
Toxins in the food supply
Our bodies are made to be integrated with nature, not inside climate-controlled, man-made boxes with unnatural light that doesn’t have the full spectrum. It’s been well documented that the food supply has artificial, man-made ingredients that are not recognized or are downright toxic to the gut. This triggers an inflammatory response that directly affects brain health and mental health problems. When health nutrition is supplied, depression improves, so I would expect it to also help PTSD.
Water and food are packaged, processed, and delivered while in contact with plastic. Plastic leaches out toxic chemicals, worse under heat. Bisphenol-A (BPA) is one of the chemicals that come off the plastic. This is why people say don’t drink water out of plastic bottles that have set out in the heat. Many companies are now offering BPA-free plastics, but BPA is only one of many chemicals that leach off the plastic.
Dental root canals can mimic PTSD symptoms
I watched a scary documentary called Root Cause that made a convincing case about the danger of leaving dead tooth tissue inside the root that gets left behind. Botulinum toxin, the same toxin that is injected to make nerves die and causes rigor mortis, gets released slowly from the old, dead nerve root tissue.
Just like medications and food preservatives, toxins entering the body are monitored, arrested, and destroyed by the immune system. The complexity of the biochemistry of an inflammatory response leads to what can be thought of as a final common pathway for disease: inflammation, swelling, weight gain, decreased immune response with increased propensity to get infections, insomnia from the cortisol, cognitive clouding, and increased perception of pain. When you start feeling like this it becomes very difficult to maintain self-care, so the medical problems can really start piling up.
Environmental stressors that impact PTSD
Our earth has become toxic. Many believe we are witnessing our last days on earth as we know it. Our food and water are contaminated. Oh, and it turns out that cell phone signals are actually bad for you and, that once mankind released electromagnetic frequencies into out atmosphere, they have stayed trapped in our atmosphere. Save those escaping through the hole in the ozone layer near Australia. There are 2.5 times the EMF’s on earth than there is on the surface of the sun. We have created a microwave. One could argue that pollution that damaged the ozone layer prolonged our habitat’s existence by allowing these EMF’s to escape.
Besides the microwave analogy, the blue spectrum of light wreaks havoc on Vitamin A synthesis, such that all the paleo in the world and testosterone injections won’t let you lose those last 20 pounds. It appears that our brains and bodies were designed intelligent enough to know the climate you’re in and what food you’re supposed to be eating. Eating foods outside of the natural season for where you are living causes disruption of Vitamin A synthesis, such that weight can fall off more naturally without the notorious “diet and exercise” approach.
Conclusion of The PTSD Blueprint
All right, you did it! We have discussed the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional aspects that are wounded - and need healing from PTSD.
We will get some experts on the PTSD Academy Podcast in the future so we can really delve into these areas. I know PTSD, but as you can see many of these topics are way outside the pervue of a Medical Doctor so we’ll get the scoop directly from the horse's mouth wherever possible.