5 Levels of Health & Healing Blog


This blog is dedicated to exploring how to achieve optimal health and healing by understanding the 5 levels which include the physical body, energy body, mental body, information body and counsciousness. We'll explore each of the levels, what they mean, how to work with them and useful "how to's" to implement in your own health care.. We'll learn about ancient healing systems such as: Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda but also stay on the cutting edge with modern medicine and quantum research. When you know more... you can do more. Here you'll learn about personal care and natural cures.


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3 Tests that can save your life


Lab Testing has its place in any practice…but is it enough? 


 It’s often frustrating when a patient hands me their lab work or recent CBC (Complete Blood Chemistry) and tell me their primary care Doc said, "it’s all good ….nothing to worry about" and then we analyze it according to a Functional model and we find a number of imbalances that suggest something entirely different.


It’s important to understand that any lab testing only provides a piece of the puzzle and the information provided is only as useful as the level of skill of as the practitioner analyzing the results.  There is also the pitfall of false positives and samples that have been contaminated or even worse is sending the same sample to three different labs and getting three different results.  I’m often dismayed by what insurance companies are willing to pay and accept as the "standard of care." Some of the most useful biomarkers such as Vitamin D, and  Thyroid antibodies and Leptin are not recognized as "standard of care and Doc’s don’t bother to run the panel because the insurance company will deny payment and the patient will be left paying out-of-pocket.


At raSahealth we have found it valuable to test in multiple ways.  We embrace the 5 levels of health and healing model and we know that bio-chemistry is only one small piece of the human design.


Have you gone to the Doctor with a concern of a small mass or symptom and the Doc say’s I don’t see anything to be concerned about come back in 3 months and we’ll check it again.  Why is that?  It may just be because the Docs know that many of the tests they rely on are not very "sensitive" and if they wait long enough eventually the test will come back positive.  Frankly, the longer you wait to "find" the problem ….the bigger the problem has become.  Cancer has been developing many years before there are symptoms or before the traditional tests we rely on are sensitive enough to detect  the anamoly.  We know the longer you have it…the harder it is to correct.  By the time a mass has developed on a breast and detected through a mammogram it may be several years after the cells began to change.  Therefore,  using "sensitive" tests and cross checking through different systems often reveal imbalances  before they become life-threatening.


One test we can use is a  Functional interpretation of your blood chemistry which compares the patient to a population of "healthy" people instead of a population of sick patients which results in a far wider bell curve and ultimately leads to the Doc saying "you’re blood work was fine!  We’ll see you next year."  Let’s look at this option a little more closely.






Most Docs are using the conventional laboratory reference ranges for blood chemistry and CBC interpretation.  For many practitioners blood chemistry and CBC analysis is a matter of comparing a test result with the conventional laboratory reference range, seeing whether or not the patient’s results are normal or abnormal and attempting to fit them into a particular disease pattern or pathology.  These conventional laboratory ranges are designed to identify and diagnose disease states and pathology.  People who fall within the reference range are assumed to have no clinical signs and symptoms of any disease, and are considered "normal." Have you heard of someone who had just been cleared in their yearly physical only to drop dead of a heart attack only weeks later.


Practitioners of Functional  and holistic medicine understand that symptoms of deep fatigue, migrating muscle aches and joint pain, numbness, tingling, and brain fog is not normal.  Yet our patients with these symptoms do not have a clinically identifiable disease.  As a result they are told by their doctor that they have an "unremarkable" or "normal" laboratory test, i.e. they are "clinically" normal or "it’s all in your head." They may be normal when compared to a database of the sick or diseased , but often they fall into an entirely different light when compared to a population of those with optimal health.  As a practitioner trained in Functional interpretation of Blood Chemistries we know to also look for trends and patterns that may indicate the need for further investigation.  


 This patient’s lab was considered "normal" by his medical doctor yet when we ran his panel  according to functional analysis we saw a pattern of elevated AST, decreased Co2 and increased alkaline phosphotase which placed her at an 78% risk for congestive heart dysfunction.





We can no longer rely on the "standard of care" as dictated by insurance companies.  Insurance companies are in business to earn a profit.  Their focus is sick care not "health" care. 


I’ve posted before about my personal loss and journey with a beloved brother who spent a lot of time in and out of hospitals..  Near the end time when I visited I could see he was very ill.  Yet I asked his specialist how he was doing and they answered "we expect a great recovery!"  I began to weep silently.  My brother asked, “what’s wrong,”….I said, “I hate to see you like this.”  He said, “Why? Do you think I’m sick?…. The Doctors tell me I will recover.”


My prognosis was very different.  I looked at the tongue, the nails, the pulse, the eyes, his bio-field and I saw decay and loss of life. This was a perfect example of relying on labs only or having a Doc who has no skill interpreting the numbers or the signs.  I did not need the "labs" to tell me how he was.  His body told me everything I needed to know.





 This picture represents the 3 levels we are evaluating. (Left) The physical body (through chemistry)  (Middle) The Biofield through Bio resonance and (Right) Autonomic Response Testing.


Have you had the experience where one day your computer "isn’t working the way it used to?"  It’s slower…the files may appear rearranged and everything takes longer.  So you call Tech Support and they guide you through the steps…check the cables, the monitor, the processor, the connections, the keyboard and you say everything is fine….You even bang every key and nothing changes and the voice on the other ends says "everything seems to be fine."  But  YOU KNOW EVERTHING IS NOT FINE.  The breakdown isn’t in any one individual part– it is IN THE WHOLE.  It could be the operating software.  This is why conventional medicine is limited. It only looks at the individual parts  In fact—we have specialists for every part but no doctor to assess the whole.


Bioresonance testing offers a view of the whole.




BioResonance Testing


Information leads to Transformation!



Physical matter is only one interpretation of the human body.   It has been what Western medicine has focused on for the past 100 years.  Other cultures and systems of healing recognize that the body is composed of and emits light.  In fact, these ancient systems embrace a model that understands it is the bio-field that influences the bio-chemistry and many of their treatments revolve around physics and the use of frequency, resonance, sound, light and more.  Therefore, if we are only assessing a patient according to their biochemistry we are missing the forest through the trees.


The bioresonance system we use in our office is based on a "frequency matching" model.  Once the patient is scanned their blueprint is matched against the "optimal" and the results are reported in various graphs, graphics and colors. Perhaps, you are aware of the connection to emotional trauma and heart disease.  There are numerous studies to show the affects of emotional trauma and heart disease.  This information is stored in the bio-field and able to be matched to specific locations in the body.


Remember the patient with the 78% risk for Congestive Heart Dysfunction?  After we performed their Bio-resonance scan we were able to precisely identify the underlying emotional patterns locked in their field indicating an earlier trauma surrounding the concept of "loss." When questioning the patient they revealed the significant loss they had experienced only 3 years ago with the untimely passing of two loved ones. We began a multifacted approach and immediately began to address the underlying factors significantly decreasing their risk.


  What you see here is a matching of the concept of "loss" revealing itself in the "coronary veins" as depicted by the RED in each of the following scans.


Note:  The primary focus in this scan is anything in red.  Notice the "red" indicating coronary veins in the first figure.




Note:  Highest focus is shown in "red."  The concept of "loss"




Can someone die from a brokenheart?   Internationalgriefcouncil.org was founded by three women from three different cultures and three different countries as each of them tell their personal story of how grief and profound loss tore their worlds apart and left them changed forever.  Their lifework is now dedicated to counciling, guiding and helping others with a profound and unshakable sense of loss rediscover themselves and their wholeness.


In our patient care we use Applied Psycho Neurobiology to address this level of healing






Bio Field Testing 




See your health in a whole new light!




 Great minds have often said if  you want to understand life you only have to observe nature.  Most of us have at one time or another planted a seed and watched it grow.  Think of the components you need…seed, soil, water, oxygen and light.   This summer I often sat in the morning and reflected on how the trees in our yard would twist and bend themselves as to only draw closer to the light.  Seasonal Effective Disorder  (S.A.D.) is a condition that effects millions as the seasons turn into winter and our light dependent bodies yearn to feel the nourishing rays.


Our dense physical body is composed of things that the naked eye cannot see–atoms, molecules, chromosomes and cells.  However, words like "atoms," "chromosomes," and "cells" can hardly describe divinity’s creative activities or the true nature of life.   Our cells contain the DNA/RNA memory codes and intelligence factors to access and fulfill their evolutionary advancement.


 In the 1970′s, Fritz-Albert Popp, theoretical biophysicist at the university of Marburg in Germany was looking for the difference between two similar hydrocarbons.  Although their chemical structures are virtually the same, one of them is carcinogenic.  He discovered the only difference between them is how they interact with UV light.  He performed his test on 37 other chemicals, some cancer-causing, some not.  After a while, it got so that he could predict which substances could cause cancer.  In every instance, the compounds that were carcinogenic took the UV light, absorbed it and changed the frequency.   When he presented his findings at a conference for oncologists, they told him it was crazy.  They said his results must mean light is being emitted by cells. Popp said, "YES!"


Popp and one of his students developed a photo-multiplier that could measure light emitted by cells, photon by photon.  His research showed that our own cells produce biophotons that communicate with one another.  These photons are coherent, as in laser light.  Coherent light occurs when the wavelengths are the same and the waves are in phase with one another.  


The work in Biophotons has challenged our accepted understanding of cellular processes. Light does two things in the body.  First, it changes the condition of the atoms for the order of the system.  Second, it transfers information between the cells.  We have over 100,000 reactions per second in each cell.  These reactions must be activated by a process that works much faster than enzymes can.  Only light can do that–provide the information to coordinate 100,000 reactions in each cell per second! The body also uses light to make order, a special kind of order. It is the knowledge and understanding of these principals that encouraged Dr. Klinghardt to develop Autonomic Response Testing. You may  find it interesting to know that this model is accepted widely throughout Europe.  In fact, Dr. Klinghardt has often said his patients in Germany would much prefer a Laser Energetic Detox and Autonomic Response Testing instead of any lab or pills he may have in his black bag.  Yet, his patients in the U.S. are so conditioned to receive a prescription when they go to their Doc they feel like the visit wasn’t valuable if they leave without one.  


There are many tools and techniques to assess the Bio-field.  Autonomic Response Testing is the tool I am certified in and it has been a lamplight on a sometimes dark and lonely path and a wayshower when other Docs said there was no way.


To find a Certified practitioner near you click HERE


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Autonomic Response testing


If you have read this far then you are one of the few that has begun to think outside the box of our current understanding of health and healing.  Like you–I am on a journey to greater awareness and understanding.  By no means is the information here meant to imply we have all the answers.  Like the popular folk song, "The Bear Went Over the Mountain and …what do you think he saw?  He saw another mountain…"  We are experiencing a paradigm shift in what health is and how to heal.  Everyday there are dynamic leaps in physics and the new biology pointing the way to what may be another mountain waiting to be discovered.  If you are one who has felt the inner nudge that we are more than our biochemistry and know that by not addressing the other principals of human design we are in fact missing the forest through the trees– jump on board and explore what’s possible on the frontier of greater health options.  I’ll meet you on the mountain.


Interested in learning more about health and healing beyond your biochemistry?  Join us for this 4 week series




Passover, Holy Week, New Beginnings & Essential Oils


Passover, Holy Week, New Beginnings & Essential Oils


While there are major differences between these events they all celebrate Spring and hope.  It is at this season of the year, we celebrate the grandeur of all creation in the beauty of the flowers and many contemplate the mystery and the sanctity of all life.



900 Year old Olive Trees as they stand in the Garden of Gethsemane


The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan.  It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. The Olive Tree flourishes throughout Judaism, Islam and Christianity as a symbol of peace and prosperity, its oils cherished and its growers respected.  Olive oil was a revered liquid in biblical times used for healing, anointing, lighting lamps and for religious purposes more than food.


Rabbis have long identified with the Olive Tree as a symbol of Israel or of the Jewish people, and in the Mishnah, a book of Jewish oral traditions, compiled in the third Century, Rabbi Yohanan asks, "Why are the people of Israel compared to an olive?"To teach you that just as an olive does not give its oil except when crushed, so do the Jewish people do not repent and return to God except after being crushed by suffering."


"Kindled from a blessed tree, an olive neither of the East nor of the West, whose oil would almost glow forth though no fire touched it: Koran, 23:35


But what makes this Holy Week is something else when you consider that  something happened some two thousand years ago, in space and in time, something so shattering that the grinding wheels of fate were stopped and death is now no longer allowed to have the final say.


Let’s explore these events from the perspective of Essential Oils.


Garden of Gethsemane 

The last hours before Jesus’ death were spent with his Disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane which is located just east of Jerusalem across the Kidron Valley, the foot of the Mount of Olives.  “Gethsemane” is derived from the Hebrew words “gat.” Which mean “a place for pressing,” and “shemanium” meaning “oils”  


While most of the original olives trees were burned the oldest trees found there have “miraculously” lived through the past nine centuries bacteria-free, according to molecular research presented at the Vatican Radio in Rome.

When olive oil was extracted in Biblical times, the whole unripe fruit was beaten in a stone mortar or mashed by treading under foot (Michah 6:15) because the whole fruit was crushed with the hard seed, the result is a mixture of the fatty oil of the seed kernel and the aromatic essential oil of the fruit.  The first oil of the fruit is considered both fatty and essential.


Temples,  Synagogues and Churches around the world  incorporate this oil as part of their sacred “anointing oils.”   Til present time much of this oil come from Galilee and the fertile valleys outside Jerusalem.


The Torah: A Women’s Commentary explains that the oil used to anoint sacred objects as well as the priests was to be made of four precious spices — myrrh, cinnamon, cane and cassia — combined with olive oil.


Anointing oils may be blended with Hyssop, Myrrh, Frankincense and others.  Essential oils are referenced in 36 of the 39 books of the Old Testament and 10 of the 27 books of the New Testament.  Revelation22:2 “and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” and Mark 6:13 “anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them”


Unique Chemistry of Biblical Oils


The dominant classes of compounds in the oils of the Bible are: Sesquiterpenes, Monoterpenes, and Phenols along with Ketones, Aldehydes, and Esters. 


Sespuiterpenes and Monoterpenes can be spiritually elevating by stimulating the pineal gland and their oxygenating capabilities can create an environment that makes it difficult for cancer cells to survive.





Myrrh has one of the highest levels of sesquiterpenes, a class of compounds that has direct effects on the hypothalamus, pituitary and amygdala seat of our emotions.  Myrrh, like Frankincense is a gum resin from a desert tree of the same family.  Today it is helpful to balance the thyroid and endocrine system and many fungus and viral conditions.  It can be used topically, diffused or inhaled as well as placed under the tongue.





 Frankincense Is holy anointing oil, a cure-all used to enhance meditation and elevate spiritual consciousness, thought to assist one in the transition of death.  Frankincense was used to anoint the newborn sons of kings and priests, which may have been why it was brought to the baby Jesus. 

Frankincense is mostly monoterpenes.   Today, monoterpenes are known to reprogram cellular memory that promotes permanent healing.  It can be used orally, topically or diffused.




Is a steam distillation from bark related to Cinnamon.  It was recorded to be part of Moses’ Anointing Oil. Scriptures:  Exodus 30:24; Psalms 45:8; Ezekiel 27:19,  Today it is considered a natural immune builder with anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.  Because is has a stronger and more intense nose it wold be best to blend with milder essential oils before applying on the skin.  Myrrh can provide powerful support to blends when used in very small quantities.





The chemistry of Cypress is 77% Monoterpenes and Cypress trees can live to be 400 years old.  Monoterpenes reprogram cellular memory with correct information thus promoting permanent healings at a cellular level.  Emotionally beneficial for easing feelings of loss and promoting feelings of security.  Can diffuse, apply topically or inhale directly.  The Chinese value cypress for its benefits to the liver and the respiratory system.  


One final thought I would like to leave you with goes beyond the “chemistry” of pure essential oils. 

Electro-Magnetic Properties Essential Oils


Another dimension to the healing properties of essential oils has to do with their electrical properties.  All essential oils carry electrical charges.  These frequencies are measurable with properly designed instrumentation.  The frequencies of essential oils are between 52-320 MHz—the highest of all known substances.  The highest is Rose Oil at 320MHz.  Lower frequency oils resonate wit the bodily systems that have those frequencies, such as the bones and joints. 


By comparison, fresh herbs measure 20-27 MHz, dry herbs 12-22MHz and fresh produce 5-10MHz. 


We know that the human body is made of cells which have both electrical and chemical function.  As a practitioner who embraces a model known as the 5 Levels of Health & Healing we recognize and work with the physics and electro-magnetic dimensions as well as the chemistry and physiology of the human body.  Embracing these properties in accordance with proper usage has been a critical part of our healing tools and protocols.


All oils are not created equal. Let’s save that for another discussion.  What’s important here is to begin to recognize that CPTG essential oils have earned their rightful place not only in our natural medicine cabinet but also as an e-scential part of our spiritual journey as we awaken in consciousness and awareness of our full potential.


Whether you celebrate Passover, Holy Week or the seasonal change of Spring…be sure to include these powerful and potent healing “gifts of the earth.”

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To Chemo or Not to Chemo….

 Should I do the Chemotherapy? Have the surgery?  Only do Alternative treatment? Take the medications? Do the radiation? or ____________fill in the blank.


This conversation takes place in our office every week and daily  in homes around the Country.  Life as we know it stops dead in its tracks when you or someone you love sits face-to-face with the news of a life-threatening diagnosis.


More personally this was a conversation I  lived with when a beloved family member faced  a life changing diagnosis.  The loss is still ripe with sudden moments of deep ache and sadness punctuated by a need to make it all mean something …be something …contribute something more that may make a difference to one other person or a family who is navigating this uncharted territory.


Meryl Streep said, "it’s amazing how one person dies and the whole world seems empty."


Some Experiences Leave Us Forever Changed


My brother was a big force.  He didn’t come into the world soft like a spring rain and he didn’t exit any more gently.  His journey on earth was volcanic, colorful, adventurous and bold.  Why should his transition be anything other?  Living life with such boldness often comes with a price that may include feelings of: injury, loss, achievement, acquisition, understanding, betrayal, anger, resentment and sudden spiritual insight.   


Our Mom died when she was only 51 years and me and my siblings were in our early years of adulthood.  Innately I assumed a mother/sister role with my younger brother and our rich love was entangled by deep conflict, –fraught with competition, loyalty, fierce stubborness and passion for life.


Vincent’s journey of reckless abandonment left him in the hospital with broken bones, ribs, internal bleeding, Hep C, Cirrhosis, Diabetes and more.  He was stitched up, sewn up and sent back out to pasture so many times we all knew him as the man with more lives than most of us dreamed possible.  Most of these incidents would have left many with a much earlier demise but his faith in what he knew to be God and his ability to find a way when he was told there is none was undeniably other worldly.


I loved this about him and I hated this about him.  I wanted him to live.  I wanted him to be on this journey with me for as long my life would last.


A year ago we realized we were soon to loose him and we gathered at Christmas to have a living memorial and tell him while he could see us, hear us and hug us how much his life impacted ours and how much he was loved.



30 days later he was still with us and I asked him if he wanted to live or leave and he said, "I WANT TO LIVE!"  Okay then I said, "here is what I am offering you….Come live with us in our home and I’ll assume full care of your health and treatment.  All I wanted from him was to give it 100% no matter what.  He said, YES!"


I’ll never forget the day my sister-in-law delivered him to my office.  He shuffled.  His breath was labored and his eyes had lost the twinkle.  Most of the time he just was dead awake.


The next 60 days I loved him well.  We loved him well.  I put together a small team of family members who were willing to believe health and healing were possible.  I turned over every stone I found and we lived and breathed the 5 levels of health and healing model.  From bone broth to raw and Family Constellation therapy to healing touch.  We diced, drank  and left no stone unturned as we sought the right combination of remedies, therapies, treatments and protocols that would bring him into a world of the healed and healthy. And we won.





Day by day his energy returned.  He went from not being able to walk to baby steps and from baby steps to stair steps and from stair steps to steps across the room and then one day around the block.




He was engaged again.  He began to dream and envision and hope and he smiled for the world to see and I celebrated each and every success and clawed my way out of despair when we hit a road block or a setback and then 60 days later he went home.  This was longest he had gone without having to go to the emergency room for blood transfusions or emergency paracentesis.  We celebrated life and we sent him home to continue the journey surrounded by the things he loved most.


While I no longer could monitor his daily activities, I not only had to pick up the pieces in my own life, I slowly began to see him return to his old habits…Let’s face it kicking cancer, disease, pathology or any life threatening diagnosis in the ass is an uphill climb.  It takes a village.  It requires tenacity, vision, hard work and a plan.  He just wasn’t able to keep it going.  It was easier to order a pizza than prepare life giving meals and it required commitment and energy to take daily enemas, healing treatments, meditate, exercise and breathing visualizations.  It also took money.  Every decision was between paying  out -of -pocket for care or using the benny card for meds.  A choice of a $35 co-pay for the liver doctor or  $200/hour for the alternative practitioner.


Eventually mainstream won out.  Before I knew it he had a team of "Liver Experts" representing the finest, smartest, most technologically advanced in the United States and he surrendered to their direction.  He chose to be their patient and abandoned all and everything we did up until that time.


His life became a daily struggle for a next breathe, a next draining, a next dialysis as his kidneys failed, a next intubation as his lungs filled and I wept.  In the beginning I was just angry.  I just couldn’t stand to see him struggle.  I was filled with pain and rage and helplessness and powerlessness.  My heart hurt from the minute I opened my eyes until the minute I closed them and everything in between.


I heard his Team of professionals declare "He was doing Well"…."he was making progress" .."he was stable"…he was going to be fine and yet my naturopathic trained senses told me a very different story.  I observed all the signs I had been taught….the quality and tone of the skin, the nails, the tongue, the eyes and the breath and I saw fatality.  Yet, I also keenly understood the Biology of Belief and how that impacted the dis-ease process.  One day I brought myself to my favorite sanctuary and I asked for guidance.  I asked for help in letting go and Letting God.  That day I decided I would no longer see death or dying.  I would no longer feel the deep despair of powerlessness.  I would no longer give him subtle clues of my deep disappointment in the turn of events.  That day I decided to just be LOVE.  I decided to appreciate the team of doctors and nurses and care givers who believed in a different way.  I decided to love on him with foot rubs and neck rubs and storytelling and essential oils and the healing truth of unconditional love.  I just hugged him with my every breath and I stood present to each and every procedure, needle, oxygen, dialysis, blood draw, they would offer him.  I did it with total surrender to the path he told me he wanted to walk and I did it with a loving heart.




On February 2,  2015 we say "we walked him home."  He called me that morning from his hospital bed where he had been for 3 long months and he was having trouble breathing.  He asked if I would come.  I quickly dressed on a snow covered frozen morning and arrived at his room to find him surrounded by a team of well meaning doctors.  We were ushered aside and told….we were nearing the end and…they could make him comfortable.  I did not want to be afraid and I did not want him to see my fear of loosing him.  I sang hymns and Christmas songs and Willie Nelson and James Taylor that I knew were his favorites.  I brushed his hair,  held his hand and read from his Bible the 23rd Psalm…."The Lord is My Shepherd…."  I annointed him with the essential oils he had come to love and I watched him breathe his last breath and then we sat for hours….unable to leave…unable to say farewell….unable to let his hand go for the very last time and I wept.


To Chemo or not to chemo….to cut or not to cut….to go alternative or traditional I understood in the days that followed was not the only question to be asked or answered.  The question that also needs to be asked is How Can I serve best?  How can I be present to my loved one in this moment?  What can I offer that will help them most. 


It was and is a difficult journey.  I don’t regret one thing I did.  I don’t regret trying to help him heal naturally and I don’t regret aligning myself with his wishes to take a conventional approach.  I don’t regret loving him.  


If you find yourself in a similar situation I hope in some small way this personal experience can offer you at least  a glimpse into our struggle….our path…..our loss and our love.



As part of our in-take process for all new patients we have a question that reads:


Please Comment about your past health care experience, and future expectations, feelings and intent


A patient wrote, (printed with permission)


"My experience with traditional medicine (except in emergencies in which cases I have always felt grateful for their expertise) has been that doctors have been close minded as they have been unable to go outside of their “box” and it is frustrating that no matter how much experience they have or even how newly out of med school they are, they and their med schools have neglected whole areas of investigation. The doctors I have dealt with will not consider anything alternative outside of their medical and pharmaceutical world. It seems to all be about only getting rid of symptoms, AND probably I am where I am now is because I have not regularly gone for checkups. With the clinic doctors at my hospital in this particular case, they are nice but there is a lot negativity and not a lot of support and/or hope unless I were to do exactly what they say. They become impatient with my questions and either look at me like I’m crazy or shake there heads “no” (whether they have heard of something or not) when I bring up something that does not hold medical truth in their world. With a diagnosis of stage 4 colon cancer metastasized to the liver I will soon be dead (between now and a year as most people only live a year and if I am one of those few EXTREMELY lucky people there is a VERY slim chance of making it to 5, IF I stop all of this foolishness and do what they say (chemo immediately). When I suggested that I might not want to do chemo, I was met with head shaking and/or silence as if I am committing suicide an sorrowful looks. I have just in the last few days decided that I definitely do NOT want Chemo. I have not told them this. They are thinking that I will be showing up for my first chemo appt next week.  Medical professionals and friends have said,  “Why not just do both?” But I don’t want to weaken my body and inhibit it from doing its job. To me it becomes a break-even affair instead of accomplishing real healing… AND I really, really believe to my core that healing is possible for me… not just a painful extension of life – waiting to die. I want to work with people who believe this and who will guide and support me…and not think of me as crazy. We are all going to die and NONE of us knows when… I could get hit by a car tomorrow and die which would have nothing to do with cancer. I refuse to live my life by statistics, probabilities and what reports say which is why I have not looked at my medical reports and did not want the doctor to tell me how long I had to live. I hate that he and all are treating me as if I am terminal. We have all been terminal since the day we were born.  Reports and statistics don’t take individuals, God, Spirit, Soul and what we are outside of the physical into consideration… 


We are all here for a reason to make a difference and to learn… When we have fulfilled our mission this time around then we move on…"




Some Experiences Leave Us Forever Changed.



As a natural health care practitioner the journey I took with my brother allows me to be a better doctor.  I am willing to stand in the fire with my patients but I am no longer held hostage by their life or their death.  There is freedom to be found in both. 


One life can make a difference.  Vincent J. Rasa, Jr. Made a difference.




Doc…Could It Be My Thyroid?

Doc…Could it be my thyroid? 


Each year I have complete bloodwork done as part of my wellness protocal.


Last year was different for me. After unpacking my summer worddrobe I realized all my clothes were tight.  Geez….I thought "it sure was a rough winter and  I did not get out and walk nearly as much but I was surprised by the pounds I had put on.  As the Doc went through her checklist I told her I was definetely feeling more tired…my skin was dry and I had gained 10 pounds in one winter season.  She suggested I start exercising and increase my Vitamin D. Then I said, "Do you think it could be my Thyroid?"  She said she would run some labs and let me know.  



Within 3 days her office called and suggested I start Synthroid  (T4 medication) immediately and that I would have to be on it for the rest of my life.  I set up an appointment to discuss this approach.  I asked, "why do  I need to go on medicine for the rest of my life?"   Her reply, "BECAUSE YOUR THYROID IS NOT WORKING!."  I thought to myself and this medicine is not going to do anything to help my thyroid START working. 


I decided to do a  thorough review of my lifestyle and wellness plan  leading up to this diagnosis and  I realized one big change  I had made last year was to become "gluten free."  What I did not realize was that all the "gluten free" products I was consuming were  simply replacing wheat flour with cornstarch, rice starch, potato starch, or tapioca starch.  The problem was these foods trigger the glucose-insulin response that causes you to gain weight and increase blood sugar even MORE than wheat products.  For me this contributed to elevated blood sugar, weight gain and leaky-gut!


I had also become the caregiver of a close family member who was critically ill.  The emotional stress of the possibility of loosing this loved one and the responsibility I felt in helping them get well had thrown my stress levels through the roof.  I decided to take a pro active approach and be my own detective.  I am not against pharmaceuticals yet I did not want to begin there.  I felt I had to give myself a chance to explore all of the options and as a natural health practitioner I  wanted to understand what led to this change.


   The first thing I did was run the correct panel of of numbers to get a more precise understanding of the clinical picture.  This is a big bone of contention in many medical offices because the Standard of Care dictates they only evaluate the TSH level. (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) and maybe T3 T4.  There is a great deal of  controversy around this approach as Conventional Doctors have adopted the TSH as the "Gold Standard"  If the TSH is normal, the search for hypothyroidsim usually ends.  The problem here is many people with Thyroid disease have normal TSH levels because the TSH is a Pituitary hormone.  Unfortunately, this test cannot measure if all your cells and tissues are receiving the released thyroid hormones.  If you are –the TSH result will be normal.  The best way to use the TSH lab test is in diagnosing a pituitary problem, not a thyroid problem.  A very low TSH with a low free T3 gives away a pituitary issue.  As a Certified practitioner of Dr. Klinghardt’s work I often hear him in the back of my mind saying "Treat the patient…not the lab!"   



Once I began to understand these 2 triggers I was not ready to jump into a lifetime of meds but I was ready to make some  corrections.



Having yearly blood work done is something I recommend for all my patients.  Unfortunately, most doctors do not really know how to interpret the results.  They simply look for highs and lows and do not consider the patterns and trends.  I ran all the tests outlined in #1 of the Thyroid Reference Guide as designed by Mary Shomon along with a CBC, metabolic and lipid profile.


 My results were indicative for Hashimotos,  which is an autoimmune disease.  Hypothyroidism is a condition. It was easy to see the relationship between my increase in gluten free products combined with the emotional stress and its impact on my physiology and I began to undue the damage



 Using my Functional Medicine Background I ran my own numbers  






Once I saw this I understood part of the perfect storm was due to the increase in insulin from the dietary changes leading to dysglycemia and on it’s way to Metabolic Syndrome. I became acutely aware of the relationship between my increase in gluten free products combined with the emotional stress and its impact on my physiology and I made a decision to due the damage


In conventional medicine if you have a heart issue the Doctor doesn’t usually ask about your liver and if you have a gall bladder problem the Doc doesn’t typically ask about your heart. They treat each organ as a separate entity.  This is like designing and building a new kitchen without considering how big a family you have. In my own case the M.D. never inquired about lifestyle changes or other factors that may have been a trigger for my body to change from normal to abnormal. This Doc only wanted to write me a prescription.  As we we’ve said before when all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail!


Take a look at this to better understand the relationship between systems.



Having had a history of low Vit D, the emotional stress I was dealing with which was  impacting my physiology, food intolerances leading to leaky gut and inflammation I was an Auto Immune Disease text book case.


The standard & optional ranges for Functional health is a different range than you would find with standard lab criteria.  The reason is labs such as Quest or LabCorp compare the findings to a population of diseased patients while the Functional model standard compares you to optimal wellness.  The result is Functional practitioners are able to detect underlying imbalances and identify anomolies long before you develop pathology.  Doesn’t is make sense to make the correction BEFORE you have a diagnosis?  This can be very helpful in seeing the totality of the system and not just what one organ like the Thyroid is working or not working.  If I had relied on the M.D.  I would have never understood what led up to these findings and I would have been on medication for the rest of my life.




 Symptoms of Thyroid disorder 


  • Drier and/or itchier skin
  • Constipation
  • Numbness & tingling
  • Premature balding and diffuse hair loss
  • Weight Gain,
  • Drier, coarser, more brittle hair
  • Fatigue & tendency to fall asleep during the day
  • Your tongue may be abnormally large and the sides made be scalloped
  • Low basal temperature
  • Red, irritated, dry eyes
  • Night vision problems are frequent
  • Hoarseness
  • Paresthesias, tingling, burning sensation
  • Dizziness and vertigo
  • Sleep apnea
  • Depression
  • Vertigo or tinnitus
  • Mild elevation of liver enzymes
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Infertility
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Fibromyalgia




Did you know there is such a thing as Hypothyroidism Type II – This is hormone resistance


Mark Starr, M.D. author of Hypothyroidism Type 2 explains the difference this way:

  • With Type 1 Hypothyroidism, the thyroid does not produce sufficient amounts of hormone to maintain “normal” blood levels of hormones, which in turn will maintain normal blood levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) produced by the pituitary. 
  • With Type 2 Hypothyroidism, the thyroid gland produces “normal” amounts of hormone, but the cells are unable to utilize the hormone properly. Some experts call this thyroid hormone resistance (which may be regarded as similar to insulin resistance).



Do you know that Thyroid disease is the most under diagnosed disorder and the most mis-treated condition?


Sadly, most Doc’s really miss the mark here.  When a thyroid disorder is identified the standard of care since the 1960′s is the prescribed medication of synthetic leothyroxine sodium, also called l-thyroxine or just plain T4.  Brand names can include: Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid, Eltroxin, Oroxine, Unithroid, and others. is Synth.  Doctors are taught the problem is just in the thyroid, when most of the time it is not. T4 is a storage hormone.  Your thyroid also produces T3, T2, T1 and calcitonin.  For many, taking T4  is like taking an elevator that only goes to the 5th floor when you are trying to get to the Penthouse.



Do you know what the 3 different pathways for developing thyroid disease are?


Thyroid conditions most often occur because of a problem somewhere other than the thyroid gland itself, which is why the blood work can be normal and you still not feel well. There are 3 reasons for this phenomenon….


  1. Hormone Resistance (Type II thyroid resistance)
  2. A Stress-Related Thyroid Condition (rT3 Dominance)
  3. Autoimmune Thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s Disease)


 1. Hormone Resistance


Hormone resistance is the fastest growing pandemic in the world and you probable never heard of it.  Have you heard of Diabetes Type II?  The problem here is glucose cannot get into the cell.  Type II Diabetics have plenty of insulin but the cells can’t get the message to let glucose into the cell. 


Likewise with Hormone resistance or Type II Hypothyroidism there is plenty of hormone but the cell is resistant to taking it in.  Active T3 thyroid hormone cannot be used in the cell because the receptors to T3 are non responsive.  Your cells are literally starving for T3, but the feedback loop from the pituitary gland gets the message that there is adequate T3 and signals the thyroid that everything is okay.  This can result in normal TSH  levels and then the Doc tells you, “your labs are fine…you do not have a thyroid condition.  


Most doctors simply address the thyroid without considering the underlying issue.  In hormone resistance there is a good chance that inflammation in the cell is the problem.  One of the causes is toxins and affects the cell’s ability to receive the message.  Hormone resistance is a massive epidemic driven by inflammation of the cell. You may have heard that inflammation is the cause of most health problems today, including diabetes, thyroid, heart disease, and even cancer.  However more specifically, it is inflammation of the cell that is the problem. This underlying cause must be addressed.

In this condition taking thyroid hormone will do nothing to correct the problem. 




– A stress-related thyroid condition is the second reason for the phenomenon where your blood work looks normal  and you still have many of the clinical symptoms. 


Perhaps you have been diagnosed and are already taking medication for your thyroid.  Maybe your blood work is normal and the Doc’s have said you are fine.


Perhaps you have a stress related hormonal imbalance.  This was one part of the perfect storm that happened to me.  Being the caretaker for my loved one put an enormous stress on me emotionally and  physically from which I am only just recovering.



3. Auto Immune 






You could be one of the estimated 80% of people who have an auto-immune thyroid condition, meaning that you body is attacking itself.


The approach to healing thyroid conditions are different if you are autoimmune, hypo or hyperthyroid, Reverse T3 dominant, or have a Type II Thyroid condition.  


It takes detective work and a knowledgable practitioner who is willing to not only run the correct labs but knows how to interpret them and provide proper treatment solutions.



Let’s be sure to address another part of the diagnosis and that is the emotional/spiritual connection.  Louise Hay writes that thyroid is related to "When is it going to be my turn."  Thyroid patients are often caregivers, hands on …let’s roll up our sleeves and get it done sort of people.


 All dis-ease is our body messaging us that something needs to change….and that change does not happen in a pill.


Unfortunately, many people are being treated for thyroid conditions with replacement hormones and yet still suffering with a multitude of unexplainable symptoms? This can be true for so many because the doctor points to their “normal” blood work, and therefore the “success” of the medication. Of course there is a time and a place for medication, especially if you are one of those who do not have a thyroid.

What is the bottom line here?   

Take Action!


Find a practitioner who will run the correct labs and is able to interpret them. Then differentiate the treatment accordingly.  


We offer this service at rasahealth.com


 Dr. Rasa does offer remote consultations and you can drop us a note here to find out more



If you are like me and fall into the Auto Immune category one of the most beneficial things I have done to correct this pattern was a  Liver cleanse & Gall Bladder Flush.



Did you know: 60% of thyroid hormone is converted from T4 to T3 in the liver? Thyroid hormone influences the way that cholesterol and other lipids are synthesized and broken down and this happens in the liver.  This is one of the reasons people with Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism often have lipid panels with imbalances in their cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides.


Thyroid hormone also affects detoxification pathways in the liver and affects the enzyme system which helps us metabolize environmental toxins.  When this slows down the toxins build up.



How Does the Gall Bladder fit Into this?  The liver filters, metabolizes and cleans the blood.  Byproducts from these processes are dumped into the gall bladder to help the body get them out.  Low thyroid function slows down this whole process, making the liver and gall bladder sluggish and congested and can lead to gallstones?


 Have you wondered why Gall Bladder removal is now one of the most popular surgeries done every day in this country.  It could have all started with thyroid hormones and the liver.  Had a patient met with a Functional health practitioner these signs and symptoms would not have gone unnoticed and steps could have been taken to correct the problem and many people would still have their gall bladders.


 Once I fully understood this I became an advocate for liver cleanses and gall bladder flushes.  There are numerous ways to accomplish this and you can find many programs on the internet.  I caution you.   Some of these programs are incomplete and fall short of the mark and may lead to other more serious consequences.  I have dedicated a part of my work to leading groups through this process and will be offering a group again in March.  If you would like more information on this please click here.  



Here are some comments from a group who just completed a 28 day Liver cleanse/Gall Bladder Flush


I feel so much better especially the pain that has lifted from my heart and chest which is caused by inflammation  due to having Lupus. Now I will work even harder taking the things that I have learned emotionally, and physically…. How to think in a much calmer way, and what works and doesn’t work for my body. If only everyone could use some of their intelligence and put it towards their health, and well being using less drugs and following some kind of a protocal we would all be in such a better place! Thank you Dr. Sharon



It was a real "wake up call" for me as it taught me how my body doesn’t need all the food I was giving it plus it has got me back to eating very little and possibly no meat. I’ve learned your mind is more often hungrier than your body. I’ve been very creative in the kitchen and the broths I will make a regular item in my diet. The only hard part was getting past all the neuro associations with eating. I feel great; lost some inches and will weigh myself on Monday. My only critique is that there were some steps and items missed from the protocol; do’s and don’ts but no biggie. We all talked it out and got our answers. Great job Dr Sharon and to all that hung in there


 I was addicted to my coffee and never thought I could go 28 days.  I am astonished by the changes in my body.  My belly is flatter than it has been in years.  My skin is glowing again.  I am feeling hopeful, interested and encouraged again.  I was afraid to do this and I want to thank you Dr. Sharon for your encouragement and guidance.  I am so grateful.



If you would like more information for the next group in March 2015 please click here.


If you have read all the way through this, there’s a good chance you are searching for answers and direction.  I could go on and on as there is so much to share and understand.  I hope we have provided you with enough for you to become your own advocate and seek better answers, the correct treatment and begin the process of  total repair and recovery.