Health Q&A

Q: Hi Amy,

Thanks for sharing Dr. Cahill’s contact information and for strongly encouraging me to see him when I was fearful of the cost and wavering. I went to see him yesterday and very glad that I did. He found TWO parasitic infections in me. They are e.histolytica and trichuris trichiura. Are these familiar to you and Anthony? I am to take three meds in succession:
1. Paromomycin 250 mg, 3 times a day for ten days, one day off
2. Timidazole 500 mg, two times a day for three days, one day off
3. Ivermectin 3 mg, two in the morning, two in the evening, one day only
Then, when finished with the meds, I return for testing again to Dr. Cahill.
Amy, how have you and Anthony maintained good gut bacteria when taking strong prescription drugs for parasitic infections? Probiotics? Cahill’s office said he is fine with probiotics but they could not say how much and when to take in relation to taking the drugs. How have you maintained the balance? Are either of these infections ones that you or Anthony had? Is there any malaise from “Die Off”?
I am grateful to have found Dr. Cahill because of you. Thank you so much! I cannot imagine continuing to live with these infections, and not knowing they are there and continuing to feel ill in my intestines, tired and lethargic without the proper diagnosis. I am hoping to get over both of these infections now and forever! Dr Cahill said that the ability I had to pinpoint the changes that I felt in my body and that I was able to clearly articulate was very helpful in him being able to more clearly identify the problem. He was very nice too!
Thanks!
A:  I’m so very happy for you! Wonderful!

If that’s what Dr. Cahill told you to take, I would go with that… likely you have by now. How are you feeling? I know its not fun during the medication period, though with rebuilding your gut flora, and not reinfecting, you should start feeling much better.
Die off been strong?  I can imagine.
For the probiotics… I suggest taking a strong formula in the billions, that has both L-Planterum and L-Salvarus in it… Innate brand has a good quality one. I suggest taking 5 in the morning on an empty stomach – for at least 1 week, then 3 for at least a few months. Depending on the quality of your diet. The more alkaline the diet, the less we need them.
Blessings to you!!!

Intense Times? The Breakthrough Series, Part 2… Open To Intimacy

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Blocks and self-doubt often preclude breakthroughs, and breaking out.

“What’s with all the constant change and so much happening at once?” asked one of my clients recently, catching her breath.  She’s been feeling overwhelmed and somewhat unsure of herself lately, despite her many accomplishments.

What to do with so much going on, before yet another request surfaces from life, asking us to shimmy and shift yet again?

Whether experiencing a breakthrough, on the edge of it, or feeling change on the horizon, you’re not alone.  In my practice and personal life, I see many of us stretching and challenging ourselves – sometimes with great excitement – and often in deep discomfort.  Breathing really helps!!!  Not to mention bucket loads of total and complete self-acceptance… imperfections and all.  Trying to “keep up” may not be realistic, needed, or necessary – though opening up – may be.

Whether restless for movement, in the midst of it, or a shift has subsided, breakthroughs often come at the height of intensity.  It seems none of us are immune from the ubiquitous upgrade happening on the planet in these intense times.

Amped up times of change ask us to be wide-awake and fully switched on. Cleansing body and soul, shedding dead weight and opening to the new, the shock may lessen, our awareness sharpen, offering the opportunity to anticipate change with more ease and grace.

Welcoming all of oneself, not just the “pretty and perfect” parts, may help us to adjust and acclimate to the great “human software upgrade demands” – a phenomenon we’re clearly collectively experiencing.

Back to the question… “what to do?”

Feeling it all and taking really good care of myself, no matter the outer world, is part of what truly helps me.  Life is continously teaching me the following laws of change, guiding me to increase my willingness to:

be blown away, let go, and not know
not take anything personally – it’s likely not about me, and what is, is clearly an opportunity for self-responsibility and growth welcome confusion, disorientation and even pain surrender, open, and accept the reality of what’s happening – and most importantly – myself leave space, learn – avoid filling it up with yet something else receive the unknown as a teaching… learn from life, and it’s different forms of love and lessons be willing for everything to be different, surrender to life’s constant cycle of death and rebirth… align with intimacy – be intimately and energtically available…. love to relationships, health to wealth, success to self-growth, etc.

Whatever your process in managing intense times, may we give way to the Pulsating Presence that is breathing our bodies, and offering the potential for newfound opportunities.  May we trust feeling, sitting still, and being informed through receiving that something else –beyond busyness, fears, and forcing.

A prayer….

“Welcome transformation.  I ride your waves in complete self-acceptance and total self-love. I trust life, and the unknown.  I open myself and intimately receive love’s bounty, wisdom, and resource now. I embody grace, radiant health, and am resourcefully abundant.  Thank you.” 

My love to you…

Dr. Amy

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COME TO BALI!

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10 Day Raw Food Chef Certification & Detox Training

Become A Certified Raw Food Chef, and get started on becoming a Holistic Nutrition & Detox Coach
-learn food as medicine from a naturopath
-recipes to remedies
-self-growth to self-employed
-teach raw food prep & detox classes
-help yourself & others heal
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-run your own retreats
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CLEANSE CLUB
Join us on Saturday, June 24th
LIVE SUPPORT WEBINAR
3-Part Series, May – July
Gateways To Intimacy:
Part 2 – Relationships & Sexuality
with Dr. Amy Rachelle, ND & special guest Anthony Abbagnano
What’s the connection between cleansing, relationships, and intimacy?  Many of us clean up our diet and health, though what about our sexuality, and how we relate?
In this intimate and candid exploration, we’ll delve into how we think and feel about intimacy and sexuality. We’ll learn to navigate gateways to intimacy that offer breakthroughs in barriers, while turning obstacles to opportunities. We’ll discuss the map and outcome of what we all want most… the greatest of love, intimacy, relationships, and sexuality.

8 AM – New York
1 PM – London
2 PM – Ibiza
8 PM – Bali, Singapore, Perth
Check my timezone

To join this free online webinar, simply register here:
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We look forward to meeting you online!

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Upcoming Live Events

Manchester, UK… June 10th-11th
Ascension to Intimacy
Join Amy and Anthony for a weekend of discussions on intimacy and relationships, breathwork,
and detox.  Plus singing, dancing, and accessing intimacy in a fresh and safe way.

https://www.alchemyofbreath.com/ascension-to-intimacy/

Amsterdam, June 18th
Dutch Raw Food & Lifestyle Festival
Raw Food & You, talk with Dr. Amy
Eating raw food can mean different things for a variety of people. Some do eat for health, others for taste, some based on a fad, and others to simply feel and look their best. In this informative and educational talk, for beginners and the advanced, learn why and what to expect, in your body, in yourself, socially, and with family – from expert Raw Food and detox naturopath Dr. Amy Rachelle, ND. Amy has experienced many different stages of the raw food path both personally and professionally since her journey with raw began in 1996. Her compelling and charismatic approach to raw includes not only food, yet also the understanding of emotions, family and social dynamics – and real life issues – we face forging our own path.

http://rawfoodfestival.nl/en/

NYC, July 4 – 24
Amy’s Intuitive Naturopathic Private Sessions +
Gateways to Intimacy Breathwork & Detox Sessions with Anthony & Amy
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Scholarships
Every year we give away 1 Indonesian, and 1 Western Scholarship for our 10 Day Raw Food Chef Certification, Detox, & Teacher Training, Oct. 29-Nov. 10

Entry deadline August 1, 2017
Winners announced September 1, 2017

Write Dr. Amy with the following:
-why you’re applying
-what you’ll do with the information you learn
-how you’ll give back
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Bloggers
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Send us what you have under 400 words, we’ll check it out and get back to you!
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About Dr. Amy
Based in New York City, Amy Rachelle is a naturopath specializing in raw and whole food nutrition combined with detoxification, and understanding oneself, science to spirit.  She created Pure Raw in 2005 and has since coached thousands in living and eating healthier. Her work is a successful and proven formula that helps people to:
• develop lifelong habits for eating and living healthy, physical to emotional, personal to professional.
• balance body weight
• heal skin imbalances (acne, psoriasis, eczema, etc.)
• be free of digestive difficulties, colitis, constipation, bloating, headaches, candida, gas, headaches, dark circles under eyes, back pain, & fatigue
• regain skin elasticity, feel fresh and whole with more energy, greater vibrancy, and a vibrant presence
• feel purposeful, be free of depression, balance mental stability, heal relationships, gain clarity

Intense Times? The Breakthrough Series, Part 1

Breakups to breakdowns to breakthroughs…. when our world feels like it’s falling apart, what if it’s crashing to come together in a whole new way?  What if the answer to our prayers comes not only in happiness, yet also in hardship? When life brings us to our knees, for the humbled, it can be an opportunity to disintegrate and dissolve what’s no longer working, rebirth, and find new footing. Not to mention the myriad of opportunities for sharpening awareness. The willingness to let go, allow life to break us down, and simply not know – is a labor of love and invitation to birth the new – and breakthrough.

Beyond the potential risk and pitfall of getting stuck in unresolved patterns, life’s intensities can be a form of medicine, an opportunity to feel, heal, discover and resuscitate secret dreams, and ultimately repair relationships – primarily the one within.

Once the shock has been absorbed, and we’ve gotten past the initial stages of hurt – what if the intensities and sharp-edges also serve as blows to the beliefs that tell us we aren’t good enough, or worthy on some level? Perhaps it’s simply more opportunities to love ourself that much more, no matter what. If not for the Great Pain Penetrator, we may have little reason to de-armor, feel our own fragility and vulnerability; question what we’re doing and what may seem like a nice normal life.  Breaking out of the status quo, another world awaits.  Creating your world to your greatest liking, what does it look like?

Like spring storms bring summer, and weeding a garden most often brings bounty, there can be many perils in the quest for pearls.  Going for what we really want, is an invitation to inquiry. It asks us to adventure into our own (inner) work.  “Whether by hook or by crook”, force or acts of nature, the opportunity for success is present within every failure.  Receiving the blows as gifts, and breathing into sucker-punches, may be the difference between feeling stuck, and breaking through.  The willingness to feel it all, not know, dig deep inside – and ultimately persist, no matter the fumbling we face – is to receive and rise from every failing and fall, and every disaster, and every loss.

When the central pillar of your life, or the very ground you stand upon crumbles or collapses – how do you handle lives inevitable foibles?

Though I don’t always want to embrace – or feel – what comes with unavoidable change, there’s another part of me welcoming transformation. The part that’s patiently inviting me to know myself better, like a inquisitive child always interested to play.  You know that part, yes?

I happened to be on day 11 of a juice fast when I got the news of my fathers’ sudden death last month.  My belly was so very constricted with emotion, eating was out of the question for almost a week after.  I was so thankful to be fasting.  It’s as if a part of me knew, and was preparing.  Not only for his passing, yet also for the receiving that I had no idea death also brings.  Integrating these very deep intensities is the place from which I now write you.  Breathing a bit deeper a few weeks later, I’m in awe of how emotions and experiences shape, shift, and change us.

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As of late, one of the biggest messages I receive is to let go of the agenda(s) that typically dictate my day, and just receive.  Stop working so hard in hopes of aim, out of blind ambition, and the patterns that fuel such behavior, and yes, just receive. To receive, I’m asked to feel.  Everything. All of me… the broken bits, what I push away, and the Greater Wholeness that’s undisturbed, no matter the surface flaps. I’m comforted to be reminded of the stillness in the calm inner depths within.  Making time and space for receiving is easy slack-jawed… stunned, there’s been nothing else I could do really.  Though as I reintegrate a new reality each day, I (re)learn how crucial a life of practice is for wellbeing…. and to keep making space for it, for receiving. For me this means daily meditation, yoga/exercise often, breathing, fasting, clean eating, and a creative loving life.  What does it mean for you?

Dear friend, much like my own process, may the inquiry open you to receiving in a whole new way.  You too have probably worked hard enough in one form or another.  May it be light, with receiving serving you.

My love to you..

P.S. I will be writing you again soon this month with part 2 of The Breakthrough Series.

 

Dr. Amy

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COME TO BALI!

It’s back by popular demand… Our
10 Day Raw Food Chef Certification & Detox Training

Become A Certified Raw Food Chef, and get started on becoming a Holistic Nutrition & Detox Coach
-learn food as medicine from a naturopath
-recipes to remedies
-self-growth to self-employed
-teach raw food prep & detox classes
-help yourself & others heal
-consult one-on-one
-run your own retreats
Beginner to Advanced.  Housewife & Home to Business & Entrepreneurism

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Oct. 30-Nov. 11, Level 1:
5 Day Raw Food Chef Certification & 5 Day Detox Training
Nov. 13-17, Level 2:
5 Day Advanced Teacher Training 

Weekends off!

Click here for more info and to sign up: http://www.amyrachelle.com/raw-food-chef-certification-detox-training-oct-29-nov-17/
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CLEANSE CLUB

Join us on Saturday, May 27th
FOR A LIVE SUPPORT WEBINAR AND DO A 1DAY+ CLEANSE

8 AM – New York
1 PM – London
2 PM – Ibiza
8 PM – Bali, Singapore, Perth
Check my timezone
3-Part Series, May – July
Gateways To Intimacy:
Relationships & Sexuality

with Dr. Amy Rachelle, ND & special guest Anthony Abbagnano

What’s the connection between cleansing, relationships, and intimacy?  Many of us clean up our diet and health, though what about our sexuality, and how we relate?

In this intimate and candid exploration, we’ll delve into how we think and feel about intimacy and sexuality. We’ll learn to navigate gateways to intimacy that offer breakthroughs in barriers, while turning obstacles to opportunities. We’ll discuss the map and outcome of what we all want most… the greatest of love, intimacy, relationships, and sexuality.

To join this free online webinar, simply register here:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/5f157b1b9dce8fcfcde7dc3c8da9331e

We look forward to meeting you online!

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Upcoming Live Events
London, May 14
Triyoga – Camden Studio
Breathwork & Detox with Amy & Anthony

Zurich, May 20-21
Alchemy of Breath – Seeds of Alchemy
2 Day Breathwork Workshop & Detox with Amy & Anthony

NYC, July 4 – 24
Amy’s Intuitive Naturopathic Private Sessions
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Scholarships
Every year we give away 1 Indonesian, and 1 Western Scholarship for our Holistic Nutrition & Detox Retreat, Bali, Oct. 30-Nov. 17.

Entry deadline August 1, 2017
Winners announced September 1, 2017

Write Dr. Amy with the following:
-why you’re applying
-what you’ll do with the information you learn
-how you’ll give back
______________________________________________________________________________

Bloggers
We’re seeking subscriptions for our new web site that’s about to launch. Like to submit a piece on health and related topics?

Send us what you have under 400 words, we’ll check it out and get back to you!
_____________________________________________________________________________
About Dr. Amy
Based in New York City, Amy Rachelle is a naturopath specializing in raw and whole food nutrition combined with detoxification, and understanding oneself, science to spirit.  She created Pure Raw in 2005 and has since coached thousands in living and eating healthier. Her work is a successful and proven formula that helps people to:
• develop lifelong habits for eating and living healthy, physical to emotional, personal to professional.
• balance body weight
• heal skin imbalances (acne, psoriasis, eczema, etc.)
• be free of digestive difficulties, colitis, constipation, bloating, headaches, candida, gas, headaches, dark circles under eyes, back pain, & fatigue
• regain skin elasticity, feel fresh and whole with more energy, greater vibrancy, and a vibrant presence
• feel purposeful, be free of depression, balance mental stability, heal relationships, gain clarity

Faith, Forgiveness, Trust & Bali – Part 2

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Hello My Friend,

I thought it had been an intense month… wow – it could only prepare me for what was to come. How about you?

Every beginning has an end, and every end has a beginning – like seasons start to stop, to cycle yet again.  Birth eventually meets death, and another life springs forth in its wake. Buds blossom, ripen, return to seed, to bloom yet again.

Since I last wrote you, my father suddenly passed away at 85.  A proud and noble man, suffering wasn’t his style.  His sudden passing couldn’t prepare us for the shock that’s still present a week later in echoes of disbelief. Easter Sunday he went to church fine, and died from congestive heart failure within 24 hours.

What’s left is deep surrender, and the gifts he continues to bestow.  His heart was/is enormous, and continues to give.  While grief underlies, his big love lingers and offshoots.  Just like him to set it up this way, makes me smile, Dad was always joking around and cheeky. Receiving his generosity of spirit lightens the load, and brightens my perspective.  His ability to turn weighty issues into something to learn from and laugh at, kept us from cracking to bits in life – and in his death.  His greater faith, and consistent daily prayers at the crack of dawn were never missed.

Whatever you’re experiencing – is life asking you to trust, have faith, and forgive yourself and others?  If so, how are you experiencing these gifts? Amazing how death teaches us to live, reconcile, and resolve what makes us dead to life – now.  It reminds me, why not live now, fully?  Though his soul knew, he surely didn’t expect to die so suddenly.

Perhaps Life can actually be trusted, and all else is just a bad habit that can be reeducated and retrained?  Unmanaged, distrust in self and life degrades health and well being, and erodes growth and goodness.  Indulged, that place only steals like a vampire, and sucks us dry – perhaps this is the ultimate Grim Reaper.

In my experience, witnessing and being willing to feel fear, while minding the gaps, with heavy doses of self-forgiveness is key.  Worry has less stronghold and I can receive the bigness, miracles, and magic that exist beyond the myopic smallness that fear immobilizes me in. What do constructs of the mind mean on our death bed?  May we live now, and not assume tomorrow.

Here are some things that help me with faith, forgiveness, trust – and Bali, or wherever this world traveler finds herself (now en route from the US to Spain)…

  1. The less I react, the more opportunity I have to respond (or be responsible)… this really help.  Developing the witness is a great tool! BOS (breathe, observe, surrender).

  2. Stepping outside of emotions, my own and others (especially people I’m closest too), keeps things in perspective.  Choosing to step off the emotional rollercoaster, breathing instead – gives us each space to feel our own feelings – and keep things from getting blown out of proportion.

  3. Take nothing personally.  It’s not about you.

  4. Trust we’re all doing our very best.

  5. Doing biz in a foreign country (or for many of us in general), I cross-check sources of info, and take full responsibility to educate myself… and do what’s necessary to develop.

  6. Make a conscious choice to face and feel fear and worry, rather than getting too comfortable with them as habit and coping mechanisms.  Be willing to feel discomfort!

  7. Fall back on faith in self, especially when in doubt.

  8. Be quick to forgive, life is short.

  9. Keep trusting the Bigger Picture of life…. like a teabag inscription says:  “that which makes the planets rotate can take care of your daily routine.”

  10. Love myself anyway… no matter what.

  11. Paradise is a state of mind, more than a place.

  12. Reacting is optional, what’s are the other choices?

Fear to freedom, faith to forgiveness – energy goes where attention flows.  Stress or faith, trust or suspicion, expansion or contraction – each are a matter of choice.  Indeed a cycle ensues, wherever we concentrate our focus.  They end to begin again.  Like seasons.  Where does one stand in a moving mandala that seemingly never stops – or starts?  From the center point of course, smack in the middle, where homeostasis neither begs nor borrows… it just hangs out in equanimity, steady, grounded, stable.  What a comfort to remember fear, anxiety, and panic are optional.  We can simply make other choices, like deciding you’d rather have apples over oranges.  May we try try again, until we break patterns of suffering, and instead create conscious change – because we posses the power of choice.

Thank you for reading.

Much Love,

Dr. Amy

Faith, Forgiveness, Trust & Bali

Dearest Reader,

It’s been a very intense past month or so, how about you?

“No more, I just don’t have the bandwidth for more third world bleeding and bureaucracy.”  Anthony emphatically tells me as we enter the next level of doing business on Bali.  It took over a year and a hefty lump of finance, though we now have a brand new legal machinery that’s akin to a running a complex Ferrari – we actually thought we bought a simple Toyota.

There’s a part of me that wants to save him from the bleed by taking on the bureaucracy. Then there’s the part of him that wants to save me from operating outside my league – in an arena where sharks and snakes extort – then eat foreigners for lunch.

I learn that fulfilling dreams can often mean not only encountering magic and miracles along the way, yet also demons and dragons.  Walking in an enchanted forest filled with fairies and feathered friends; it could be easy to ignore the forces that reinforce your biggest fears.   It teaches me to keep fully switched on, relaxed, though no dozing off.  Landscapes – beyond ideals – are mutable. Surely if the learning curve doesn’t kill you, it makes you stronger.

Are you going for your dreams – or dreaming of them – though faced with what keeps you from fully living them?  Do the stakes seem as high as your passion?  Yes my friend, I can relate, and write you from as much trepidation, as determination.

Just when we’re about to crack, break under the weight of it all, or what we perceive our burdens to be – coming up for air – we may find suffering is often optional. Buried and blinded by what we’ve made bigger, shackled to unconscious commitments and reactivity, our choices narrow and become accompanied by “I have to”, “I have no choice”, “I’m trapped”, and “There’s not enough for me.”

My….  the stories we tell ourselves. One of mine has been the bitchy bad cop. On guard for yet another rip off or deception that confirms my suspicions (especially in regards to doing business on Bali).  Just the other day, I heard the voice inside reminding me that this painful behavior is optional… oh right, I don’t “have to” police and patrol.  There are other ways to more appropriately protect and grow our investment without feeling horrible, and enacting old fear patterns.

Do you tell yourself stories that keep the hamster going around the wheel?  You know the ones that keep you outside your dream in repetitious “have-to’s”?

Aside from quagmires and conundrums, there’s yet another voice inside that reminds me to step out of story and witness, and forgive my own flailing, fallibility, and humanness. Just forgive myself in general.  Including insecurities, stories, perfectionism, and constructs. We do it to ourselves, and can undo it to.

Listening to this kinder and wiser voice, it calms and quiets me.  It asks me to be aware of where I put my attention, and invest in trusting The Bigger Picture.  Beyond scraping and scratching, worry and obsessing – is spaciousness – and faith lived in our Deeper Undisturbed Self.

Part 2 to come soon….

Much Love,

Dr. Amy
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Holistic Nutrition & Detox Teacher Training Retreat

Become A Certified Holistic Nutrition & Detox Coach
-teach raw food prep & detox classes
-help others heal
-consult one-on-one
-run your own retreats

Oct. 30-Nov. 11, Level 1:
7 Day Raw Food Chef Certification & 5 Day Detox Training
Nov. 13-17, Level 2:
5 Day Advanced Teacher Training 

Click here for more info and to sign up: http://www.amyrachelle.com/raw-food-chef-certification-detox-training-oct-29-nov-17/
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Cleanse Club
Join our monthly webinar, the last Saturday of each month. Next one is
April 29th, 8-8:45 pm, Bali time.

We’ll discuss how to cleanse with the theme this month focused on Family & Social
Dynamics.  Relationships and how we relate are usually at the core of why it can be challenging to follow healthy choices. Learn how to take care of yourself, no matter your environment.

Click here to register: http://www.amyrachelle.com/cleanse-club/
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Scholarships
Every year we give away 1 Indonesian, and 1 Western Scholarship for our Holistic Nutrition & Detox Retreat, Bali, Oct. 30-Nov. 17.

Entry deadline August 1, 2017
Winners announced September 1, 2017

Write Dr. Amy with the following:
-why you’re applying
-what you’ll do with the information you learn
-how you’ll give back

Write to studentinfo@amyrachelle.com
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Bloggers
We’re seeking subscriptions for our new web site that’s about to launch. Like to submit a piece on health and topics related to it?

Send us what you have under 400 words, we’ll check it out and get back to you!

Write to studentinfo@amyrachelle.com

_____________________________________________________
About Dr. Amy
Based in New York City, Amy Rachelle is a naturopath specializing in raw and whole food nutrition combined with detoxification, and understanding oneself, science to spirit.  She created Pure Raw in 2005 and has since coached thousands in living and eating healthier. Her work is a successful and proven formula that helps people to:
• develop lifelong habits for eating and living healthy, physical to emotional, personal to professional.
• balance body weight
• heal skin imbalances (acne, psoriasis, eczema, etc.)
• be free of digestive difficulties, colitis, constipation, bloating, headaches, candida, gas, headaches, dark circles under eyes, back pain, & fatigue
• regain skin elasticity, feel fresh and whole with more energy, greater vibrancy, and a vibrant presence
• feel purposeful, be free of depression, balance mental stability, heal relationships, gain clarity

Getting Menstrual Cycle Back

Student: Hi Amy, It’s been a while.. I hope you have settled well back to NYC as well as enjoyed your time in Ibiza. What a wonderful place to discover.

I’ve been thinking of you lots lately and if you were still in Bali, would’ve tried to come to see you. 

My partner and I got married in August which was extremely special. In November we decided we would start trying to have a baby. However, ever since I have no longer got my periods (used to always be regular and had already come out of a pill 3 years ago).

Nothing else in my life has changed – I’ve been on the same roughly 70% raw food diet, eating gluten, dairy or sugar very rarely (meat hardly ever). Alcohol sometimes but not more than before. And in general I’ve been very healthy with regular yoga practices, not too stressed at work, sleeping well. I haven’t been sick for two years except this Christmas, when I had high fewer and was sick for a few days. I’ve been doing 3 x 4-5 day juice cleanses per year, last one in November. 

If you have any tips regarding nutrition or what to focus on that could help getting my periods back again, or any other comments, I would really appreciate hearing from you.

With love..
Dr. Amy:  Nice to hear from you!  Lovely!

I’m so happy for you – how wonderful you got married and now wanting to have a child, gives me goose bumps!!!
I will be in Bali for about 6 weeks, starting next week – so if you can come then, you’re very welcome!!!
It’s very common on the healthy eating/lifestyle/detox path that at a certain point, often a few years into it – that you’re period may stop.  Often stress is a part of it – though, in your case, you haven’t had stress really, and it sounds like not so many variable have changed in your life… though clearly your body is giving you  signs of something else.
Here’s my general take on what’s happening with you….  Any shift in diet/detox – whether for the more healthy, or less – can cause the channels of elimination to shift.  For us as women, this can also be with our menstrual  cycle – SUPER common.  I’ve seen women not bleed for up to 2 years even.  In essence, when my sense it that
your blood/elimination flow is congested basically.  Instead of the blood thinning (from the womb lining), as it will with time, once your body adjusts and stabilizes – the blood actually coagulates from slow circulation in the womb… We can see this as a natural to the body no longer needing to over compensate for oxygen to the womb being slowed
by a heavier diet… oxygen/circulation is increasing, though we’ll experience it in the beginning (years even) sometimes as a very heavy flow, or if so thick – it may even stop the flow, and at the same time our hormones may go a bit tweaky (our of balance).  I encourage you to keep doing what you’re doing with all your healthy practices, keep patient and listening to your body – and balance will return, and you will bleed again.  The blood may come as very thick, dark (or even black), and even smell very strong.  This is all the old back up your womb has been accumulating for a very long time – not just since your cycle stopped.  It may also be spotty to start.  After a few months, and once any heavy bleeding has past (and even very heavy cramping for some) – once your womb has sufficiently cleansed itself – you’ll likely no longer have intense cramps and pain, the
blood will flow with ease and not too much – or too little. It will be bright red, and have little to no smell.  After many years of being on this path, your cycle may go down to just 2-3 days, and be just an absolute joy and pleasure – as we celebrate the absolute beauty
and privileged of being a woman, and what that means – with our cycle being representative of that.  It’s no longer a burden or irregular…
All of those state indicate an imbalance in a woman’s body… that you’re now experiencing with it stopping.  Just continue, and know it will return.  The more tuned in you are to your womb, ovaries, and being the woman you are – the better… the great beauty, lesson, and
benefit of what you’re experiencing – is the return to being aware of yourself as a woman, and all the treasure that comes with it – so long as we understand ourselves, and our cycle as an indicator to self/health awareness. Here’s an exercise to help you with that… it works  wonders.  I had clients who haven’t bleed in some time, begin right away:
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1.  Get into a quiet meditative place, where you won’t be interrupted.

2.  Place one hand on your heart center, and tune into it.. then drop your attention down
into your ovaries, and place the other hand on that area.
3.  Feel your heart and ovaries/womb and tubes all connected together.  Breathe into them, letting go, and surrendering your awareness unto your female organs, and heart center (the thymus gland, located in the center of your chest).
4.  Now place both hands onto your ovaries.  Keep breathing into them, out from them.
5.  Drop your ears into your ovaries… listen to them, what are they telling you? Listen closely to your female organs.  Allow all sensations, feelings, thought, and messages to surface… just listening. If it brings emotion, allow yourself to fully feel them. If tears come, or any feeling – give it space, attention, allowance, and complete acceptance.
6.  Once you feel clear… begin to rotate your ovaries counter clock-wise, with your awareness.  Like you’re opening a jar.  Imagine them opening, softening, and coming to life.  Keep listening to them, feeling, and experiencing them.
7.  Keep with this for at least 5 minutes… give this process as much time as you can, each morning when you wake up (or morning time), and before going to sleep (or evening time)… keep with this practice consistently, feeling how it may affect your ovaries, how you feel, while welcoming your menstrual flow.
Consistency is key! Keep with it!  Relax into it, listen closely to your female organs, and what it feels like to be a woman.  Enjoy!!!  This is your birthright – to be closely connected with yourself, and female organs.  Get to know how much “power’ you have with your body… it only does what the mind tells it to. May this be a conscious process that allows you to fully connect with yourself. Often we lose our cycle because we’ve lost connection to ourselves as a woman.  Welcome your tenderness, sensitivity, feelings – and all you are. May you in-joy yourself fully.
Let me know how it goes!!!
Much love!

Feb. News, Why Believe In Love? 9 Reasons

Why Believe In Love?

Why believe in love, anything, or anyone really?

What’s the significance of belief and how it drives us? What we believe in gives value, validity, and weight to what we deem important, and how we direct our lives. Without it, we may feel stuck, stagnate, and otherwise impaired. Yet with some beliefs, we may be impaled by what we’ve inherited, what we’re conditioned by, or what’s been imposed upon us – and ultimately what we may have bought into.

In a modern day world of quick fixes, fast solutions, and snake oils – it’s no wonder we may not believe in love – or much of anything, and even be cynical and bitter. This is understandable, yet potentially fatal when it comes to the most important belief of all… some say that’s the belief in self. Perhaps what believing in oneself truly means is beyond beliefs, and it really means knowing self? Is knowing self/self-love the turning point in not only our personal growth, yet also in our collective human evolution?   Thinking, feeling, and acting from a deeper state of inner reflection – rather than what’s popularized and in politics – surely sets a different stage, that the drama we may find in our lives, and in mass culture.

What’s beyond belief then? For me, consistent connection to the ever shifting and changing inner terrain within that listening to my body and inner voice reveals. Devoted to, this place of mystery offers me fresh insights that my unconscious beliefs tend to defend with rigidity, rights and wrongs. For example, if my lover and I have a fight, I can continue to project my views onto him, insisting he is judging me. Just last night this happened. Sitting with it, I realized I was judging myself for not being able to keep up with my personal ideals of perfectionism. If I continue to defend this place of projection, we only fight and feel distrust towards each other. In reality, softening my self-ideals, accepting and loving myself anyway – well, we not only get along better – yet also a part of me is deeply healing. Who can keep up with perfectionism? There’s little love there.

Thank goodness for that little voice inside. It’s constantly drawing me back within to listen, and trust love.

Here are 9 reasons why to “believe” in love:

  1. Belief can lead to knowing with ample time for self-reflection, inner listening, following that little voice inside – and loving self as first priority.
  2. If I don’t believe in love, do I believe in myself?
  3. Love generated from within isn’t contingent on anyone else… it never goes away, dies, or changes… it’s the one thing we can always count on.
  4. Holding out for true love is easier on us than choosing the opposite, or settling for compromised shades of what may appear to be love.
  5. Love asks us to dig deep. It sets the priority and precedent for all other positive values such as honesty, integrity, and kindness.
  6. Love never losses. Even if we are faced with challenging choices, if love is the determining bottom line factor, even if it hurts – we win in the long run.
  7. It’s where good things grow from, and where we can find comfort and solace… love is where truth lives.
  8. Real love sets us free… otherwise, bound is the captor of “love.”
  9. Love is the place of magic, miracles and healing – where the inexplicable is born, and where the sacred is sanctified.

Happy Valentines Beloveds! May we free ourselves to love… beyond belief.

Much Love,

Dr. Amy