Making no profit, we lost $14,876 and I cried.

I hated my day job and SCD Lifestyle was still losing money. I was sick and tired of working 80-100 hours a week.

And Jordan and I were scrapping a software company we’d been working on for a year. $14,876 wasted. Months of hard work evaporated in smoke.

At this point, we were 2 years into SCD Lifestyle and wondering if we should even continue – wondering if the dream was possible. Could we make money helping people? Or were we going to rot in our cubicles?

Exhausted and sad would have been the understatement of the year.

We thought it might be time to QUIT…

Luckily, we had a business coach who believed in us and all of you to cheer us on.

If not for this support, we wouldn’t have pushed through The Dip (Seth Godin). And none of this would have been possible without you…

Including the trip to Hawaii we took this year, which was our first actual vacation in 5 years.

There I was with two great friends talking about what we were grateful for in the past year. I said:

  • Paying off my $23,000 in credit card debt
  • Finally quitting my “smart” cubicle job, before 29, so I could actually LIVE
  • Getting healthier than I knew was even possible and being able to teach others how to do the same

Sitting on the deck looking out at the ocean, it was very much a “we’ve made it” moment. We actually built something that helps thousands of people, that supports our families and allows us to begin to pay down some debt.

And it’s a very nice feeling.

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This is a picture of my annual re-testing regimen. It includes an array of the best quality blood testing, urine testing, saliva testing, and stool testing… OH MY!

This year, it set me back another $2,057.


Here’s the breakdown of my annual re-testing regimen:

    1. Metametrix #2205 Stool Test
    2. Metametrix #0091 Organic Acids Urine Test
    3. BioHealth #205 Functional Adrenal Stress Profile Saliva Test
    4. BioHealth #401H GI Pathogen Screen Stool Test
    5. Dr. Kalish’s Mind Mapping Brain Chemistry Testing (Urine)
    6. A LabCorp Comprehensive Blood Test Panel

    Why spend so much on testing… especially when I feel better than ever?

    Because I’m committed to completely reversing my chronic illness, no matter what it takes… no matter what the cost.

    I take my annual checkup very seriously. It’s how I monitor my healing journey. It’s how I make sure the problems I’ve already overcome aren’t rearing their ugly head again. And it’s how I learn even more from my Functional Medicine mentors about reversing chronic illness…

    Not only that, but ultimately, it’s how I uncover the deeper root causes of my disease.

    Because Overcoming Chronic Illness is Like Peeling Back the Layers of an Onion

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    It’s called the Bonk.

    The point in athletics when you run smack into a wall.

    Not just any wall, but an Energy wall.

    Worst part is many of us feel like we’re bonking every day. For those who have low energy, consider that the thyroid may be at the root of it. And yet often it’s not the thyroid’s fault.

    Sure, when your thyroid hormones are low, your cells are literally running out of energy. Without proper amounts of thyroid hormone, cell function slows down. Since cells are the building block of every organ you FEEL this slow down.

    But that doesn’t automatically mean the thyroid is broken. The real story is much more fascinating and intriguing.

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    Thyroid gland

    If you’re struggling with constipation, diarrhea, or stomach pain… it may be related to your thyroid. In fact, your thyroid might be a root cause for your current health issues. It was for me.

    My acne never seemed to go away even though I was doing everything right for years. And my energy wasn’t really all that robust. Not to mention every time I traveled I’d get constipated. It wasn’t until I fixed my thyroid that my skin got clear, energy really took off and the travel constipation stopped happening.

    This is an example of how the body is a complex system and just focusing on the pain can lead to symptom management and never getting to the root cause of your problems. In today’s post, we’ll explore why anyone with gut issues should get their thyroid tested.

    Why is the thyroid so important?

    It’s a hormone factory responsible for two seriously important hormones that do a lot of heavy lifting in the body, like running your metabolism. Every single cell in your body has a need for thyroid hormone… and when things go wrong, your whole body takes a hit.

    It starts with the metabolism…

    Our Metabolism Isn’t as Complex as it Seems

    Our human metabolism is made up of all the chemical reactions that take place inside your body:

    • Fat metabolism
    • Carbohydrate metabolism
    • Protein synthesis
    • Protein catabolism
    • Insulin secretion
    • Cognition and nervous system responses
    • And cardiac output

    … just to name a few general ones.

    Think of the metabolism as the cells in your body doing exactly what they need to do, when they need to do it. Depending on the location of these cells, certain jobs or reactions will be performed. Add up all of these reactions and this is your metabolism.

    The cells in our bodies are told what to do by inputs from messengers. The messenger inputs that give cells directions are mostly hormones. So, if your hormones are either high or low, then problems begin to occur with the reactions inside the cells (metabolism). This cascades into symptoms we can actually feel. Particularly, too much or too little hormones are problems, because our cells will perform too many or too few reactions as signals are received.

    Now, let’s get nerdy about Thyroid Hormones and the role they play with your gut.

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    She laid on the floor sobbing, wondering if it was time to end her life. Not something you’d expect to hear from the now healthy, happy and successful Cynthia Pasquella. She’s a dear friend of mine who used to have chronic fatigue syndrome and other health issues. But I had no idea she had to overcome so many challenges.

    In this podcast, we went deep into the questions that everyone must confront in order to change their health:

    • Have you ever wondered “Why me?”
    • Have you asked the question “Am I worth it?”
    • Or thought “What’s my WHY in this life?”

    If you are anything like Jordan and I, the day will come when you do.

    And there are all kinds of other mindset issues that will pop up as you begin your healing process like:

    • Do I really love myself?
    • Do I trust the process?
    • Do I deserve to be healthy?

    In order to have a health transformation, you will have to change the way you think. It’s as simple as that. Take new actions in diet, lifestyle, supplements and mindset.

    Which is why this podcast is so powerful. I’m actually in the middle of the 7-day exercise Cynthia gives in the podcast… and all I can say is wow – but more on that in the actual show.

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