Nutritional Tips for prepping your body for the Holidays and Travel 

Happy Monday folks!  This month we are talking all about holiday stress, how to deal with it or avoid it, and really how to just prep your body so you don’t have a big crash come January! 

Last week we went over prepping your brain and nervous system by getting regular cranial chiropractic care.   A lot of people just see chiropractors when they are in pain or have an injury, but really we want to practice preventative medicine.  So getting regular care can help overall take the stress down in your body.  So get some maintenance cranial chiro care!!

This week we are moving into some nutritional tips to help you survive the holiday season stress free. 

This is a hard topic.  The holidays can be a time where you are literally surrounded by temptations.  From work parties, to holiday parties to christmas cookies, ect.  Everything is always in moderation, but sometimes you can ruin your whole progress in a year with going crazy all month!  So, just like we need to prep our brain and nervous system, we also need to help prep our gut or (second brain).  


1.  Prep your gut.
With all the bad holiday choices of food, something you can do NOW is prep!
Prepare your digestive system to be more efficient so it can digest quickly all the toxins you will be consuming!

I suggest three different supplements to take to re-acidify the gut so that it can digest things quickly and effectively, and gallbladder support to help break down your food better!  ( If you read on down below about traveling I also recommend this triad as well! )

If we have stagnation within our gut and elimination pattern, you will constantly be reabsorbing what you are trying to get out, which includes toxins.

2. Food Prep.

One thing you can do is also to prep your own food! There are so many keto and paleo friendly food choices out there that taste the same or better than traditional holiday sweets and carbs.

Here is a great resource for many different holiday recipes.

24 Keto Christmas and Thanksgiving Recipes

3.  Portion Control.  Try and keep your portions small.  Believe it or not if you can eat smaller meals more frequently, you will do a lot better than eating ginormous meals all holiday season.
TIP: If you eat a little too much, grab some Doterra DigestZen to help soothe and break down your food a little easier.

4.  Liver Support.     During the holidays you will probably end up consuming a few beverages as well, which puts a stress on your liver. Thinking ahead and supporting your liver with milk thistle will make it handle the alcohol stress way better and you will bounce back easier.

Which brings me to my next point.


Maybe people will experience with diets that they DO end up losing weight for a certain period of time.  But generally what happens is that individual can no longer take such restrictions, falls off and ends up gaining it back quickly.  This is the time of year where new years resolutions will come up as well, so it’s important to prep your mind for what’s ahead.

A lot of people need to really make a lifestyle change.  It’s not about dieting.  And one HUGE factor many don’t address is toxins.  If you have ANY plans to lose weight, then you need to detoxify your body FIRST.  FAT holds on to toxins so it will make losing weight impossible when you are loaded with them.  I always do a 21 day purification program at the beginning of every year to start the year right with a clean body!

This is the MOST effective cleanse and purification of the entire body that I’ve found in my practice.  Time and time again, story after story it proves to be effective.  What i’ve found is most generally lose about 5-10 pounds over 21 days, and continue after with creating a new lifestyle of eating.

I will be doing a group cleanse in January that will have a private facebook group as well as videos and tips for you to be successful!  Getting toxins out and then making better lifestyle decisions will put you on such a greater path than dieting.  Trust me!  We will start this group cleanse on January 7th, so if you are interested please let me know and we will get the cleanse to you beforehand!

This is a fun group challenge.  So, invite your loved ones and friends to join you.  I guarantee you won’t regret it with how great you will feel!

5. Probiotics.  Not the pill kind.  Pill probiotics don’t actually re-populate the bacteria.  I will say that again.  In research, it’s shown that probiotics (the pill kind) don’t actually repopulate the gut.  But, they DO create an immune response, which is good.  Taking probiotics in a pill is transitory, meaning they go right through your gut.  A better way to help support those bacteria is to actually feed the good ones you got!  Increase your fiber, eat fermented foods with lactic acid (which they eat)!  This will strengthen the gut, and your immune system!


If you are one of the lucky ones that get to travel somewhere tropical for the holidays, I also have some tips to help prep you!!  

1. Skin!

In the winter we don’t see as much sun (Well some of us!).  Back in the 1940s there was documentation that calcium is needed by the skin and needs a fatty acid to shuttle it.
When there is sufficient calcium in the skin, the skin can withstand the stress of the sun, and not get damaged i.e. sunburn!!

So if you want that nice tan, and to not burn and damage the skin you need a GOOD source of calcium and a fatty acid to take with you!

The ones I like are whole food sources.  You CANNOT just use any calcium.  Most on the market are INSOLUBLE and are Toxic!

You have use calcium lactate and cataplex F!

Calcium lactate is the form of calcium that the body prefers in the bloodstream.  It is extremely bioavailable.  it converts only once in the stomach, and once this happens it’s in a form that the body can pick up and use.  But you always want to take it on an empty stomach!!

You also want to take a fatty acid to shuttle it to the skin!!  Cataplex F or flax seed works really well for this.

Take a dosage in between meals 8-10 calcium lactate and 5 cataplex F, every 4 hours you are in the sun!  

Calcium is water soluble, so you can’t overdo it, you will be using it up while you are in the sun.  So you have to keep replenishing it.  You literally won’t burn!!  

*These are products you can only get through my care.

2.  Digestive Support.  These are ones you should always take with you!

You hear of people always getting sick in Mexico, or some island so always make sure you have Hydrochloric acid, it’s your best protector against food poisoning.

Digest forte, zypan and AF betafood.  Are three digestive supports I HIGHYL recommend and take every meal I eat while traveling.

3.  Alcohol. When you’re in the sun you aren’t as hungry, but the third thing to bring is liver support.  You might have an alcoholic beverage right?
But your liver will take a hit when you do that!  Take some milk thistle to protect the liver.

Oil of the WEEK.

On the spotlight this week is DoTerra’s DigestZEN.

This one is wonderful to have on the go, in case you overeat, feel bloated, diarrhea, constipation, nausea.  IT will HELP and does!  It will sooth the stomach and intestines and take the discomfrt away naturally.

DigestZen Uses and Benefits

  1. If you are looking for a healthy and natural way to assist your digestive system, the DigestZen essential oil blend is an ideal option.* DigestZen contains a blend of essential oils that will naturally aid the body in the digestion of food.* To easily obtain these digestion benefits, add one drop of DigestZen oil to 4 fluid ounces of liquid, and drink.*
  2. The unpredictability and discomfort of occasional stomach upsets can often put a damper on the day. When issues like these arise, apply one to two drops of DigestZen to the desired areas of your skin. DigestZen will also work to soothe occasional stomach upset when taken internally, and can get you feeling ready to take on the day again.*
  3. Bloating and gas can make your stomach feel tight and full, often leaving you feeling sluggish and unappealing. If you’re experiencing these difficulties, use DigestZen oil.* DigestZen will help reduce bloating and gas so that you can feel your best at any time of the day.*
  4. Does flying or driving long distances make you a little nervous? Next time you’re planning on traveling for an extended period of time, rub DigestZen oil on your stomach before you take your trip. The sweet, minty smell of DigestZen will provide a calming aroma. You can also add a few drops of DigestZen to water and take it internally to keep stomach jitters at bay.*
  5. Holidays, vacations, birthdays, and family get-togethers often have something in common: food. And lots of it. Make sure to have DigestZen on hand for these occasions. The DigestZen essential oil blend can be used during these events to promote digestion when eating heavier meals.*
  6. Whether trying the cuisines of Italy or enjoying the tastes of India, introducing foreign food to the body has the potential to disrupt the stomach’s normal digestion. When you are traveling or exploring new foods, use DigestZen to soothe occasional stomach upset and to promote healthy digestion.*
  7. For a simple way to incorporate DigestZen into your regular routine, add DigestZen to your water or tea. This will help your body maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.*
  8. The DigestZen essential oil blend can ease feelings of queasiness.* If you’re experiencing queasiness, take DigestZen to dismiss these feelings.*
  9. One of the most relaxing ways to use DigestZen oil is by applying it to the stomach and massaging. An abdominal massage will bring soothing comfort to your stomach and the aroma will provide you with calming feelings. DigestZen can also be applied to a child’s stomach for soothing comfort. Before using DigestZen for a massage, combine it with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to help increase the DigestZen oil distribution and minimize any skin sensitivity.


  • Ginger Rhizome/Root
  • Peppermint Plant
  • Caraway Seed
  • Coriander Seed
  • Anise Seed
  • Tarragon Plant
  • Fennel Seed



Stress isn’t in your head, it’s in your nervous system

How to Survive the Holidays Stress Free!

Happy Monday and happy December everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed last months topics all about auto-immunity and the immune system in general.

This month since it tis the season, we will going over various ways to help increase your body’s armor to keep the stress down.  We know the holidays are a happy time where families and loved ones come together, but it can also be a time of increased stress, trying to get things done, finances, family drama, traveling, ect.

We will also be prepping to do a start of the year 21 day cleanse to begin the year off on a great start!
(More to come about that topic in next week’s post about nutrition and traveling).

Step 1.

To start off the month, it’s important to prep the body for the holiday season.  Knowing that there will be extra stress, making sure your nervous system is at its best is key #1.

For a start, it has been shown in research that chiropractic adjustments boost the immune system. 

What happens with increased stress?  Your immune system goes down.  That’s why college students always experience getting sick after finals or on their breaks.  Once the adrenaline wears off, the effects kick in.

January is also the month of resolutions and goals (hopefully you have goals all year:)), but regardless, maybe a certain goal is saying: you’d like to workout more or eat better, you have to make sure your body can handle it. 

Just like how you would prep your notes for a presentation, or making a meal plan.  You need some sort of preparation for the body.

The prep phase so to speak.  In order to prep, you need to make sure your pain levels are down, and your brain and nervous system are communicating with one another.  When you do this, it makes less stress on the body, so that when those periods of increased stress come, your body can handle it and not go completely off course.

Cranial work in general is an amazing tool we have to help with the stress response. 

In research done specifically using cranial work for anxiety, depression and sleep, a study in 2011 testing over 100 patients,  found that using cranial based osteopathy (which i do) showed improvements in anxiety, increase in physical function, significant improvement in sleep function.  This is great!  A main reason in this study was improving sleep, and overall physical function.

When you are able to move pain free, and sleep (deep and rested), your body can heal and isn’t burdened by the littlest of things that come it’s way.

Which brings me to this point.  If you are in chronic pain, or aren’t sleeping, or you are already stressed, it is literally like typing into the computer all the keys at the same time.  Your brain can’t handle it.  Any little disruption, even a little stress can throw you off at that point.

So our goal with the cranial care is to create that optimal environment for the brain, to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, and make sure the network of nerves are effectively communicating. 

It’s also important to note that stress isn’t always in your HEAD, but in your NERVOUS system. 
Have you ever been told when you’re stressed to stop and just relax? That it’s all in your head? It would be nice if it were that simple. But it’s not.
“Physiology research shows that the stress response memory lives in your nervous system. Take for example exposure to a stressful event. One in which you felt helpless, hopeless, and lacked control. In this case your autonomic nervous system (ANS) is engaged. This is the part of the nervous system responsible for controlling unconscious bodily actions like breathing. To be more specific, it was the sympathetic branch (fight or flight) of the ANS that kicked in while you were strained. In addition, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis of the midbrain began firing. In which a signal from your hypothalamus sends a hormonal message to your pituitary gland that stimulates to your adrenal glands.

To activate this fight or flight response, stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline are released from your adrenal glands. They help our body suddenly mobilize to flee danger. According to Peter A. Levine, trauma expert in the field of psychotherapy, trauma occurs when this biological process is overwhelmed and a person is unable to release and process the stressful event. It is possible to avoid a traumatic response by discharging the energy generated. For example, shaking, crying, and screaming can allow the individual to physically process the stress.

However, if the stress response is not processed, it remains in the tissues of the body. When a subsequent stressful event that does not pose a serious threat occurs, the traumatic memory is recalled. A large amount of stress hormones are released. Blood rushes to extremities, pupils dilate, muscle tone increases presenting as tension, breathing rate increases, the heartbeats faster, and sweating occurs. Hence, the nervous system responds as if this small incident is life threatening.

This biological response is clearly beyond the ability to rationally control. You can’t think your way out of it. Chronic stress leads to dissociation or immobility, a state of sympathetic charge and hormonal release, which is health damaging. The brainstem (the primitive part of the brain) governs emotional experience and biological response. When the brainstem is activated by fight or flight, it trumps the more developed front of the brain, the prefrontal cortex. It is therefore not possible to be in the primitive state of fight or flight and also to think rationally and critically (as the prefrontal cortex would have us do).

The work is then to re-train the body. These are tools to deactivate the sympathetic response and activate the opposing parasympathetic response, called the rest and digest mechanism. The goal is to feel safe. To regulate breathing, slow the heartbeat, and circulate blood back to the vital organs.

The next time someone suggests it’s all in your head, you will have a different response. ”
-Melody Walford.

Re-training the body through calming certain nerves down or reflexes or while stimulating others like the parasympathetic nerves in the brain is key here.

We need to clear the stress out of the nervous system first!! This will prep the body to be able to handle things that come up!

Next week we will talk about food stress, if you’re traveling in the winter and exercise to keep you on track.

Also, if you have any FLEX or HSA spending you need to use before the end of the year Dr. Hamel accepts it as form of payment!

Let’s get the prep phase started so you can really enjoy this holiday season and not feel like you need to revamp your whole life in January.

If you’ve been holding your palms on your temples all too often, you might be coming up short on certain nutrients. Research suggests that folic acid deficiency can suppress the production of S-adenosylmethionine, a naturally occurring compound that helps produce serotonin and dopamine. Compounded with the fact that when you’re chronically stressed, your brain begins to produce excess stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, and fewer neurotransmitters associated with relaxation and happiness, like dopamine and serotonin, you’ve got a problem. Luckily, scientists believe that improving folic acid status can help reinstate happy hormone levels. To reap the benefits, whip up a three-cup spinach salad and you’ll reach nearly half of the daily recommended intake of folate for both men and women. For more sources of folate, try beans, chickpeas, lentils, asparagus, avocado, or broccoli.

Even if you have the MTHFR gene, getting FOLATE from your food is the best way!!  Folic acid supplementation is the synthetic form and can be toxic if you have any of those mutations.



That is all for now,


Have a happy and healthy week!



Dr. Hamel

How Toxic Loads Lead to Auto-Immunity

How Toxic Loads leads to Auto-immunity

Happy Monday Everyone.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great thanksgiving weekend.  I am so very thankful for you all and how easy it has been this year to transition to San Diego.

This month we have been focusing all our discussions about Autoimmunity.  The first week we talked about how brain inflammation from improper movement in the bones of the head can lead to autoimmunity, the second week was about nutrition and our food sources, last week was about emotional traumas.  Finally, this week we will finish out this month with information about toxic loads and how those can lead into autoimmunity.

What do I mean by Toxins?

Well, we’ve previously talked in week two about food toxins, as in if your food source is GMO or non-organic, then it is loaded with toxins.  Basically, you are eating round up and materials that are foreign to our body and ones we cannot digest.

Other than food sources, what are other ways we can get toxins?

1.  Beauty Products, air fresheners, cleaning supplies.  Any product you put in the air or on your skin that is not organic or has parabens, fragrance or chemicals is going to be a huge source of toxic load for you. Beauty products like toothpaste, lotion, youth creams, soap, shampoo, conditioner, perfumes and makeup are full of toxic chemicals.  Laundry detergent and sheets are even worse.  Anything with “fragrance” label has over 10,000 chemicals in it.

2. Water sources. Most of our water, unless you have your own well in an area where the soil hasn’t been sprayed, isn’t pure.  Tap water is loaded with chlorine that is a neurotoxin and also depletes our body of iodine.  (hence, a lot of thyroid conditions).  Going to plastic water bottles is not a better option either.  Plastic is such a huge toxin, and it’s not just BPA anymore there’s other BP’s out there that are also harmful.  It’s a hormone disrupter and just all out toxin.  Those brita water filters and such are not sufficient enough to clean out all the impurities. Studies have shown that pharmaceuticals, like prescription and over the counter drugs, are being found in tap water. We also shower in chlorine water, swim in it, ect.  It seeps into our skin, and absorbs into it.  Getting shower and tub purifiers can also be really helpful.

The best water i’ve found is Kangan Water.  For more information, check it out here:

3.  Vaccines.  Unfortunately, this has been an ever increasing problem.  I’ve seen many in my office even within the past month with vaccine injuries because of the toxins that are in them.  Please do your research.  I know in California they make it hard for us, but it has to stop here, or else it will be enforced everywhere.  For more information about all the toxins in vaccines and their detrimental effects, and also how they can CAUSE autoimmunity there are many resources.  The Truth About Vaccines documentary series is a wonderful series, or 

Vaccines contain adjuvants that can cause autoimmune reactions as well.  Things like aluminum, polysorbate 80, formaldehyde, ect. causes the immune system to rev up, which is the point of putting them in the vaccines (to create an immune reaction.  The problem is it also causes abnormal immune system reactions because they are so toxic.

Vaccines DO NOT create immunity.  

4. Infections.  Infections like mold are autoimmune triggers. The mold can even get into the brain, and the immune system can attack the brain.  Toxic mold inhalation and the dried spore coatings can cause autoimmune reactions to take place.  Other chronic infections like protozoa can disrupt the digestion so much, that that immune system gets so irregular and leaky gut occurs.

5.  Look in your mouth. Infections in the mouth can be a huge immune system depletor.  Don’t let infections go on in the mouth.  It can be really harmful.  And root canals aren’t perfect they can leave behind infections.  Consulting with a holistic functional dentist is best.  Many dentists will tell you having mercury fillings is fine, or, your tooth doesn’t look bad even though theres an infection.  Run from these people.  We know through research mercury is completely toxic. Mercury fillings and root canals with metal are still utilized.  Mercury toxicity is huge for creating immune reactions.

The chronic inflammation limits detoxification, the toxins disrupt our immunity, they have a negative affect on our micro biome, and have an irritating effect on the GI tract. It also causes liver and intestinal miscommunication, organ dysregulation, autonomic dysregulation which then extends into autoimmunity. 

I’ve seen many cases change dramatically when the metal is out of there mouth, and it is clear of infections.

6. Cookware.The last thing you want to do with your fresh, healthy ingredients is to cook them in a toxin pan. Non-stick coatings are made with perfluorinated chemicals that not only leach into food but are persistent in your body and the environment – meaning they never go away. It’s not just pots and pans – stay away from non-stick versions of bakeware, rice cookers and other cooking appliances.

Action: Toss out your non-stick cookware and switch to safe, non-toxic cast iron, stainless steel, enamel or ceramic cookware.

7. Mattress. 

Given the fact that we spend 1/3 of our lives in bed, it’s important that it be a healthy place to rest. Sadly, the time you spend in bed each night may be harming your health rather than enhancing it. Toxic flame retardants, formaldehyde and other chemicals used in mattresses, pillows and bedding may be slowly off gassing into the air you are breathing while you sleep.

Action: If you are in the market for a new mattress or bedding, make sure it is flame retardant free and made with natural and organic materials.


8. EMF’s

Electro magnetic frequencies, from cell phones, lap tops, phones, smart meters, ect. have been shown to disrupt our microbiome, and open up the blood brain barrier.  This means our innate immune system is hindered.  Here is a study showing the EMF autoimmune connection.



These are all sources of toxins that are usually just in our home!! Not to mention what’s in our environment.  The point is to best control what’s in your environment as best as you can .

The key with autoimmunity is changing the biochemistry of your body to a state of health and well being so those improper reactions will no longer flourish.  The body does not just go haywire for no reason.  As we’ve seen this month, there are many causes for the immune system to react in a dysfunctional way, but just depleting the immune system by conventional methods will never fix the problem.

A huge part in autoimmunity is cleaning out these toxins and eliminating your exposure as much as possible.  I know it may seem like a daunting task, but in reality it’s something we ALL must do if we want to prevent things and heal from current conditions.

Most importantly, there IS hope.  You do have to do your part as mentioned, but there is freedom from autoimmunity and I see it all the time.  You just really have to find all the fires, eliminate them, clear them out, and then start to rebuild.

Specifically for toxins you need to support those elimination pathways first, and then begin to clear toxins.  You can’t clear toxins when your pathways are all gummed up.  Its not safe and dangerous.

As always I’m here to help.  If you know anyone or you yourself deal with autoimmunity, reach out.  Putting all these factors into care is my specialty.

ON the spotlight this week is  DoTerra’s Rose.  Most know of the amazing smell of Rose, but the benefits of rose in EMF research is promising.  Because it’s such a high resonance, it has been found to help combat the effects of EMF damage.

doTERRA Rose Touch combines Fractionated Coconut Oil with Bulgarian Damask Rose essential oil, one of the world’s most recognized fragrances in both personal care products and perfumes. Rose oil is incredibly time consuming and expensive to produce—242,000 hand-picked rose petals make about five ounces of rose oil. However, the benefits Rose oil offers are well worth the effort. For this reason, Rose oil is the perfect addition to the doTERRA Touch line as it makes this unique oil more widely available to everyone. In addition, dilution actually enhances the effectiveness
of the oil, and the roller ball packaging makes applications and usage options both affordable and convenient.

Known for its sweet floral fragrance, doTERRA Rose Touch is a must-have addition to your essential oil collection for skincare, mood, and personal fragrance purposes.

Rose Oil Uses

  1. If you love the sweet floral note in perfumes, Rose oil is the perfect natural fragrance for you. Apply Rose Touch to your neck, behind your ears and to your wrists to enjoy the rose’s romantic and unique scent—free of additives or chemicals.
  2. The scent of Rose oil brings with it the power to uplift your soul and change your mood for the better. For those times when your day seems clouded by stress or worry, ease your emotions by applying doTERRA Rose Touch to your heart and pulse points.
  3. Rose essential oil is known to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections and promote healthy-looking, radiant skin. We recommend applying doTERRA Rose Touch directly on skin imperfections both in the morning and at night. Not only will it help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections, it will also promote an even skin tone and healthy complexion.
  4. Need another reason to include Rose Touch in your skin care routine? Your skin needs the appropriate levels of moisture to be able to function properly, which means hydration is key. When you’re dehydrated or your skin care routine removes too much moisture from the skin, your body will react by producing too much oil. Rose oil helps balance the moisture levels in your skin, which will keep your skin looking its best.

If don’t have an account or are interested let me know!

Ginseng Chicken Soup.

A great way to help reverse EMF damage is the eat foods that help reverse EMF damage.  One herb is ginseng.  This is a wonderful nutrient that can help to reverse EMF damage.

Add some cilantro in and you can help decrease mercury toxicity as well!


  • 2 cornish hens
  • 1/4 cup sweet (glutinous) rice
  • 10 cloves garlic peeled
  • 2 pieces ginseng each 2 inches long
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger sliced
  • 7 dried jujube dates
  • 6 chestnuts peeled
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 scallion chopped

Sesame Salt

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • a few shakes black pepper
  • a few pinches toasted sesame seeds


  1. Soak sweet rice for one hour in water; drain. Stuff each cornish hen with 3 cloves garlic, 1 piece ginseng, 2 dates and 2 chestnuts. Spoon in soaked sweet rice until full. Gently place in saucepan so cornish hens sit snugly in pan. Add ginger, remaining ginseng, garlic, jujube dates, chestnuts, and salt. Cover with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered for 1/2 hour. Turn cornish hens over and continue to cook for another 1/2 hour.To serve, break cornish hens apart and serve in bowls, with stuffing and broth. Serve with sesame salt and chopped scallions on the side.





That is all for now.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy week.

Dr. Hamel

Auto-Immunity & Emotional Traumas

Auto-Immunity and Emotional Traumas

Happy Thanksgiving week everyone!

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving with loved ones, and that you truly reflect on what you are Thankful for! This week’s topic will go along nicely with the holiday season, as sometimes the holidays can be stressful in the emotional sense.  Whether having lost someone and being without them, or maybe your family just stresses you out.

The past two weeks we’ve gone over brain inflammation and autoimmunity and the gut’s role in autoimmunity.  This week will be about the third layer emotions.

Did you know there is immense research in the field of emotional triggers causing physical problems?


What most don’t know is that:

Our current emotional health is usually set by things that have happened in our childhood.  When we are young the brain is still developing, so things that happen the body remembers, it gets stored and the epigenetic changes sets us up for triggers later on in our life.

In the 1990s, the CDC and kaiser permante did a study looking over 17,500 adults.  60% of the adults in the study had at least 1 of the 10 triggers for adverse childhood experiences(ACE).

ACE= childhood trauma, unresolved emotions, divorce, bullying, abuse, neglect, ect.  These manifest into an illness and can be intergenerational.  
80% had more than 1.  If the person had 4 or more ACE they had an increase in cancer, pulmonary problems, suicidal, alzheimers, ect.   They did a follow up study in 2009 and found that  in this pole of 16,000 adults, you needed only 2 ACE’s to get a 70% increased risk of all the TH1 dominant autoimmune conditions, TH2 dominant conditions had an 80% increase with only 2 ACE’s.  If you are a women that had ACE’s you had an extreme risk higher for autoimmunity.

Most doctors, soley rely on biochemistry and physical concerns for conditions, and will overlook the emotional part, or tell you to just de-stress.

People with chronic conditions that have done many things and are versed in nutrition, ect…
*It’s usually not because people lack education about what to do about their health, they have emotional trauma, and these things are all distractions.

For example, from research we know:

If you have normal cholesterol, normal weight, don’t smoke or drink, but you have 7 ACE’s, you have 350% more likely to have heart disease than someone with no ACE’s. 

The biochemistry of stress:

In a young growing brain when stress occurs and its something they can’t process at the time..  Maybe it’s a low level stress or a shock that happened.  One of the things that can happen is the idea of limbic kindling. (Limbic is the the emotional part of our brain)  A low level stress, kindles the brain to over respond and reduce the threshold required to respond to external stresses.

The amygdala and neurons in the brain are being hardwired from an early age how to react to stress. With chronic stress pumping out hormones, the epigenetic changes means certain genes that shut off the stress response will be silenced because of chronic stress.  It also means when no stress is present, the brain still kindles and can still be reacting even with no stress there.

This means that at eve a young age, they can have inflammatory cytokines released and thresholds being produced, which marinates inflammation.  Early life stress also changes the gut bacteria and can lead to leaky gut (autoimmunity).  Without holistic intervention, those gut changes can be permanent.

Also through research, we know that the brain gets inflammation as well. There are little cells called microglia, and in the face of chronic stress these cells can go crazy and prune healthy neurons in the hippocampus, which can lead to depression/anxiety/alzheimers link.

**Epigenetic studies also have shown that epigenetic changes occur across a whole genome with those with increased ACE’s.

What’s also interesting in research, there are also intergenerational traumas.  These are traumas that are passed down through generations.  You might be the first person that has the awareness to deal with it in your line.  Your doing work for your whole lineage!  So be compassionate towards yourself, and don’t feel like you’ve failed.

How does the time frame work with emotional trauma and as far as healing from it?

– If someone is in a chronic state with an autoimmune disease, you can intervene to change and retrain the brain to build new neurons.  Neurolinguistic programming is awesome for this.

– To get epigenetic change it does take some time.  1-2 years is a time frame for a recovery from a chronic condition had for 10-20 years.

– With unresolved trauma it’s usually unconscious beliefs like: we don’t deserve health, or not worthy of it, which will manifest in the physical body.

– When I work with individuals it can be a lot quicker than that time frame.  Usually a few months in my office, or if I refer for more care. But, it does take time to shift patterns.

How do we overcome these ACE’s?

1.  The first is just exploring this part.  You can actually get an ACE score, and maybe consider that emotional trauma can be a part of your not healing.  Recognition is KEY.

Find that here:

ACE Score

2. Journalling can help a lot to work through it, as well as through prayer or meditation, whichever you practice.  Often times realizing it’s the problem is the most important part.

3. I use NET or neuro emotional technique in my practice which helps get the physical responses gone that are being caused from emotional traumas. Working that subconscious part of the brain. This has been vital in my practice for individuals really healing from chronic conditions. If I feel the patient needs more help in this part, then I refer which leads me to number 4.

4. Neurolinguistic Programming or counseling.  I find NLP way more helpful for my patients than just counseling alone for clearing things quickly, and I refer often for this if needed. Talking is HUGE, and in all the research as far as getting awareness and resolving trauma. NLP is a pattern interrupt.  It is a re-route of your thoughts and behaviors.

5. Diet and Lifestyle (mentioned previously in last weeks blog). Clean up the diet, breathing, exercise, ect.

6. Essential Oils.  I LOVE using essential oils in combination with NET in my practice to help detoxify bad emotions out of the body.  Certain ones definitely help us process and deal naturally with improperly internalized ACEs.  They work synergistically with our body unlike a medication for emotional instability.

7. In my experience, one of the most important things is looking at your relationships and cultural impact.  If you resolve your own emotional trauma, you raise the resonance of your body.  25 years of research from the heart map institute showed that our heart has a electromagnetic field, and they found a 75% correlation between this field and emotions. If you’re around people who live in an emotionally traumatized state, your body will become stuck into theirs too.

You have to rid of negative people and environments if possible.  Get with a support group if possible.  Culturally, even in the medical system, it can be traumatizing when they say that you are making it up, or just tell you to de-stress.  It can be very traumatizing when you have a major illness and are told this.

I am a prime example of that happening in my health journey.

Be aware, you don’t have to get angry at people or the system, but be able to get positivity that you need to thrive.

What’s really an important take away as well is an integrated approach.  Cleaning up the diet, getting cranial care and emotional healing.  That will overall balance the scale of your healing rather than relying on one at a time and not seeing results so switching to another one. Thats why sometimes even working with functional medicine practitioners, they don’t always look at each area, or aren’t in it long enough.  You have to look at the body as a SYSTEM.

With all of that!! It’s important to make time for yourself to deal with stress and deal with it in a healthy way.  This blog is important in the sense though that we sometimes have subconscious thoughts and processes and strongholds on our lives that we don’t even know about.  We just say it’s the “way i am” or “runs in my family”.  These are self sabotaging thoughts and can hinder your healing.  Follow these steps and help to clear the emotional toxins out!


ON the spotlight this week is Lavender.  Lavender has been shown in research to react like Diazepam, an anti anxiety medication.

This oil is amazing for overall just calming down the body.  When feeling anxious or upset, put one drop in the palm of your hand and inhale for 10 seconds.  Wait 30 seconds and you will feel calm immediately!!

I used to hate the smell of lavender, but not with Doterra’s lavender.  it is so pure and smooth smelling I LOVE it.

IT’s BOGO week this week, if you want to stay up to date with EO news, follow Dr. Hamel’s private FB page!!

ALSO THE NEW HOLIDAY ITEMS ARE HERE!!! THEY SMELL AMAZING AND THE ON guard CHOCOLATE bark OMG!  IT’s BOGO week this week, if you want to stay up to date with EO news, follow Dr. Hamel’s private FB page!!

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The holidays are tricky for those of us on diets – including myself. Let’s be honest, its totally frustrating because we just want to eat “normal” stuff, right?

Try making these recipes which are great stand ins for the original classics. Many of these recipes are BETTER than the original.

How great would it be to head into the holidays without feeling guilty and be able to satisfy those cravings?? Let’s do it together!  Check out these fantastic recipes and let me know how you like them!

Here is a whole list of healthy Thanksgiving recipes:

38 Keto Thanksgiving Recipes! Low Carb Food So Delicious You’ll Never Miss the Carbs

But I will feature one here:

Low Carb and Sugar Free Pumpkin cheesecake bars!!






  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Combine all the crust ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the pecans are a fine crumb texture. Don’t over process or you’ll end up with pecan butter!
  2. Line a 9×6-inch baking dish with parchment paper, letting two sides spill over for easy removal. Press the crust into the dish, making one even layer. Bake for 12 minutes, then let cool.
  3. Meanwhile, using an electric hand mixer, beat the cream cheese and heavy cream until fully combined and even throughout. Then, add in the pumpkin puree, vanilla extract and liquid stevia and combine.
  4. Add in the erythritol, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and a pinch of salt and combine.
  5. Next, add in one egg at a time, incorporating each before adding another.
  6. Once the crust has cooled a bit, pour the pumpkin cheesecake batter into the baking dish. Reduce the heat in the oven to 325°F and bake for 25-30 minutes. The middle of the pumpkin cheesecake should be a bit wobbly after baking. Refrigerate for 6 hours or, ideally, overnight.
  7. To make the frosting, combine all the frosting ingredients and beat with an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy.
  8. Frost the top of the cheesecake bars or add a dollop to each one after slicing. Enjoy!

That is all for now.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy week.

Dr. Hamel

Auto-Immunity and the GUT. A special Thanks to All of our Veterans Today!

I just wanted to start this week and say a special THANK you to all our veterans out there.  Since today is veterans day, we truly thank you for your services and the sacrifices you have made.  We see you, and we appreciate you.


Last week we went over Autoimmunity starting in the brain.  How the intricacy of the brain and the immune system work hand in hand. If you missed last week check it out, some pretty cool research on the subject was discussed.

Autoimmunity now affects 50 million Americans, whereas Alzheimers is now included (also called type 3 diabetes because of sugar in the brain). 5.4 million Americans alone has Alzheimer’s, but the entire body is affected and you really have to have a holistic approach when dealing with autoimmunity.  We know that the gut in particular influences the entire body.

Where does Auto-Immunity Begin?

  • It can form in utero and at birth, depending on the health of the mother (their diet and gut), if the child was c-section or if vaccines were administered
  • Antibiotics (whether from pharmaceutical use) or from FOOD sources
  • Brain dys-regulation (last week’s topic)
  • Heavy metals and chemicals
  • Infections
  • Food sources
There is new understandings of the gut being formed every single year.  It is not only just probiotics that are essential for proper gut function, but a new therapeutic model that is needed to address it’s complexity.

Most of us know by now that gut health=immune health.  The gut is where a good majority if not all of our bacteria in our body resides.  70-80% of our immunity lies within the digestive system.  So, it makes sense that improper digestion can lead to a compromised immune system.

In fact, our first line of defense is our stomach acid which we’ve talked about previously helps create a barrier for invaders by killing whatever comes in the path and can’t stand acidity. In a recent study done with Stanford University, it was shown that the risk of heart attack in people routinely taking acid-blocking drugs increase 14% and the risk of dying DOUBLED. 

Our intestines are inside our body, so we often don’t think of them forming a protective barrier between our bloodstream and the external world, but thats exactly what it does.

So, not only is it protective but as mentioned a moment ago it is home to all the good bacteria within our body called the microbiome.  Given the intimate interplay between gut microbiota and the immune system, it is not surprising that some members of the gut microbiota have been linked to autoimmune diseases. Significant attention has been focused on the role of gut microbiota in GI-related autoimmune diseases.
However, recent studies have also unraveled the effects of gut microbiota in extraintestinal diseases.

“studies that show how changing in a single microbial species and/or global commensal communities can alter the outcome of autoimmune diseases by tipping the balance between a pathological or protective immune response”

There’s also such thing as the gut/brain axis.  So gut health will equal brain health and vice versa.  Since 90% of the serotonin in our body is synthesized in the gut it’s also so closely connected to one another.


So, now that we know digestion is a big player in autoimmunity, what causes the disruption, and how do we fix it?

I’m SO GLAD you asked! 😉

Anything that causes a disruption in that gut microbiome is going to be a huge player in the immune system going haywire. 

Microbiome Disruptors

1.  A big one we know is antibiotics.  The overuse over the years and disregard for it’s systemic effect has led to many gut issues.  Antibiotics wipe out all the bad (yes) but also commensal good bacteria, leaving our immune system compromised.  Antibiotics are also rampant in our meat in factory farms.  Antibiotics fatten the animals, so they get more money off of them.  But we literally ingest those antibiotics, so it’s important to eat grass fed meat if you eat meat.  Antibiotics are also found in vaccines.

2. Chemicals/Metals.  It turns out that many chemicals can transgress the blood-brain barrier and these chemicals that mediate inflammation can do so.  Heavy metals also cause a huge immune system requirement all the time, so they constantly deplete the immune system.  Where are these materials found?
The better question is where AREN’T they found.  Anything non organic and GMO is loaded with chemicals.  Cleaning products, beauty products, birth control… all chemicals.  The worse being injected straight in and bypasses our immune system going directly into the blood and brain (vaccines).  The adjuvants in vaccines like aluminum, polysorbate 80, formaldehyde, mercury, antibiotics, aborted fetal tissue are put in vaccines to create a greater immune response but come at a cost to us, causing a negative autoimmune response.

Mercury in amalgam fillings must be addressed and removed safely.  It’s rampant in many farmed fish as well as canned fish.  Chlorine is found in most of our water, coating us in the shower every time we take one.  It’s really just everywhere, meaning we need to make sure we do the best to control our own environments. 

3. Infections.  Infections in the gut and mouth are the two main culprits for microbiome imbalance. ANY autoimmune condition has hidden infections.  I talk about this constantly.  Like IBS/IBD usually being caused from ameoba and protozoal infections and crohns having mycoplasma infections visible.  MS from epstein barr virus, and hashimotos from EBV, protozoal, yeast and H. Pylori. 

Mold is also a pretty big one.  Toxic mold inhalation is very commonly seen in my practice.  The dried spore coatings causes autoimmune disorders and the immune system itself can also attack mold within the brain.

The problem is increased intestinal permeability=a leaky gut.  A leaky gut interrupts the body’s immune system to regulate itself, and puts the body in constant attack mode.

4. Food.  Already talked about antibiotics in food and chemicals in food.  But also a big huge autoimmune food is gluten.  Gluten is foreign to our bodies.  It de-stabilizes the gut lining.  Anyone with autoimmunity should AVOID gluten. When we get rid of gluten, we are reducing inflammation that has a huge role to play in terms of balancing the immune system. Gluten causes an immune reaction called molecular mimicry, which triggers autoimmunity and causes the body to attack itself.

5.  Stress.  More on this topic next week.
6.  EMF’s.  More next week.

What do we do??

Well, first of all as with anyone in this phase is dealing with the diet.  What are you eating and most importantly where are you getting it from?  Taking out all the exogenous exposures like cleaning supplies, beauty products, ect.  Eliminate gluten.  Don’t just move to all the “gluten free” options.  Those can be just as bad with a TON of dead carbs.  Switch to whole organic foods. 

Do a gut reconditioning protocol with your natural doctor like myself and heal the leaky gut.

This includes clearing out hidden pathogens, and restoring the upper and lower digestion systems. 

Decrease EMF usage and decrease stress.

Don’t vaccinate.  It’s a money ploy and a nasty one.  More and more research is coming out daily how harmful these are to our immune system.  It’s the adjuvants in them, not the diseases themselves that are the problems.

For kids: Create healthy microbiota, mitochondrial support as needed like coQ10, glutathione, and don’t vaccinate or really stagger them and give support every time.

Adults:  Also work on not only replenishing the good bacteria but also replenishing the soil as to where the bacteria live.  Consuming good prebiotics in your food like Jimaca, dandelion greens, garlic, onions, chicory and artichokes are like giving fertilizer to your good bacteria .  

If you’ve ever been on antibiotics you MUST also replenish the good bacteria.  Fermented foods, kefir, key organisms like: lactobacillus acidophilus, lactobacillus plantarum, bifidobacterium longum and lactobacillus rhamnosus are a must.  

Colon hydrotherapy and coffee enemas are a must.  This is my go-to for getting stubborn infections in the gut out, as well as detoxing the body.  It’s just a must in our toxic world.  If you aren’t going number 2 at least twice per day, you are constipated and toxic!

When your digestion is working at its best, your immune system will too.  Then autoimmunity will have no way to form!


ON the spotlight this week is Cinnamon!! Who doesn’t love cinnamon especially this time of year!!

Cinnamon essential oil has been used as an anti-inflammatory and local anesthetic for many years. It is very therapeutic and if used in the right dilution, can be an effective essential oil for acne, chronic pain and inflammation. Combine Cinnamon and Clove Bud at 0.6% dilution in your favorite carrier oil to help with chronic pain. Cinnamon Leaf is also a great oil to ease the symptoms of cold and flu. Diffuse in the air to help combat a sickness.


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Since garlic and artichokes are great pre-biotics to help our good bacteria grow, try out this combo to get the best of both worlds!

Garlic & Artichoke Hummus {AIP}


14 oz / 396 g quarted artichokes in brine OR 8.5 oz / 140 g thawed, drained frozen artichoke hearts (see notes)
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup / 60 ml olive or avocado oil
2 tbsp / 30 ml fresh lemon juice
DRAIN: Carefully drain the artichoke quarters, pressing down on them firmly to get rid of as much liquid as possible – this will stop the hummus from being watery instead of creamy. Smash the garlic clove with the back of a knife and peel off & discard the skin.
CHOP: Add the drained artichoke hearts and peeled garlic to a mini food processor or similar and pulse until they are roughly chopped. Scrape down the sides.
BLEND: Add the avocado oil and lemon juice, then process until the hummus is thoroughly combined and creamy. This is a perfect dip, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil just before serving!
If you want to purchase artichoke hearts without corn derived citric acid as a preservative, Trader Joe’s has bags of citric acid free frozen artichoke hearts.

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