Ep 3- Thomas Heath, DC: Healing Leaky Gut with a Whole Person Approach

Dr. Thomas Heath has been practicing chiropractic and functional nutrition for over 33 years. Chiropractic is a family tradition— his wife, father, great-grandfather and sister-in-law are all chiropractors. His two youngest sons are studying to become chiropractors.

The majority of Dr. Heath’s patients come from Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. Some travel from around the world — Brazil, Israel, Ireland, Mexico, Kenya, and New Zealand. Dr. Heath is certified in Professional Applied Kinesiology with extensive training in postgraduate nutrition and functional medicine, Quantum Neurology and NET (Neuro Emotional Technique).  He has taught nutrition classes to chiropractic doctors, medical doctors, and naturopathic doctors.

Dr. Heath uses a “whole person approach.” This approach to wellness means looking for the underlying causes of any disturbance (which may or may not be causing symptoms at the time) and making whatever interventions and lifestyle adjustments needed to optimize the conditions for wellness. Using this unique approach, Dr. Heath is able to help patients accelerate and/or maintain their journey to good health.

Check out Dr. Heath’s practice in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania here: http://www.heathchiropracticandwellnesscenter.com/

Dr. Heath

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What motivated Dr. Heath to move from traditional chiropractic to integrating functional nutrition
  • Potential contributors to immune system suppression
  • What leaky gut is, its symptoms, and what you can do about it
  • The importance of Vitamin D3
  • How grains and lectins can disrupt the microbiome
  • The health problems associated with GMOs, chemicals, and pesticides
  • The importance of looking at the whole person to promote healing


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Ep 2- Unicorns, Dancing, & Skittles: How Sheree Clark Turned Her Cancer Diagnosis Into a Journey of Beauty and Love

Meet Sheree Clark from Clearwater, Florida. Sheree is the owner and founder of both Words by Design and The Watering Can & Co. She has built a life using her gifts as an artist and photographer to create inspired home décor and art work for unique and beautiful spaces. Very recently, Sheree was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. But how Sheree chooses to view her quest will leave you truly inspired.

To follow The Watering Can & Co, see here: thewateringcan.co

To check out Sheree’s art work through Words By Design, see here: words-bydesign.com

To follow Sheree’s inspirational live videos, see here: bit.ly/shereelive

View More: http://clairerodahaver.pass.us/shero

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How Sheree “owned” her cancer diagnosis and framed it as a journey of love and connection
  • The power and energy of words
  • How to create an environment in which you can thrive
  • Strategies when the overwhelm kicks in
  • How to lovingly and positively support and connect with loved ones who have cancer




To the Parents of My Former Students Who Have Special Needs

We recently received James’ latest IEP (Individualized Education Plan) report with his reevaluation results and official dual diagnosis- both Down syndrome and autism. The latter I can’t really deny any longer. When I first received it, I didn’t fully read through the report because 1) self-preservation, and 1a) there are only so many deficits you can read about at one time.


But it forces me to ask myself some hard questions-

Do these reports ever get easier to read? Why do they affect me so much? Do they affect how I define success? How DO I define success?


I guess in a way it’s the ultimate comparison…nobody ever wants to be on that left side of the bell curve, especially more than two standard deviations. It feels like while you’ve been fighting so hard to keep up, you just received a big notification that you lost.


So I sit here with the report tossed behind me and my journal in front of me and my sweet boy next to me. When I went to get him from quiet time in his room, he clearly said, “Downstairs, Let’s go. To couch. Want snack.” Completely unprompted. That’s a darn big deal. Those are the moments that don’t show up on reports like these.


These reports don’t measure value. They don’t measure joy. They don’t even really measure true growth. It’s impossible for them to show the amount of growth that one strong little boy has made. They don’t talk about resilience or perseverance, about hard work, or limitless love.


Oftentimes you wonder if we really need all of these assessments and ways of sorting. I know his teachers don’t define him through these assessments. I don’t define him through these assessments. But it forces us to look at him through that lens.


And each time I read one of these reports, I think about my own days as a teacher. I wish I would have had the deeper perspective I have now when delivering these kinds of reports or any kind of assessment about a child, especially one who had a special need, whether it was on paper or not.


To those parents of my beautiful former students, I hope I conveyed these things to you, but if I did not…


I wish I could tell you how I know how much you worry and how hard you work.


I wish I could tell you how I realize just how much you’ve entrusted me to let your baby shine when you can’t be with them.


And how much you would prefer not to create waves or go against the grain.


How you know how much teachers have on their plates, but your biggest responsibility is to stand up for your baby who is your whole world.


I wish I could tell you how your child is far more than any deficit a silly report lays out.


And how I pray they find their perfect place in life, that they’re happy, and shine like the bright star they are.


And sure, there’s a place for assessment and numbers and data. When used appropriately, they help us plan. They allow us to receive services we need. They help us grow.


But they in no way measure the love and purpose your child has brought into the world, through your love and purpose.


Nor do they measure the love and work that your child’s teachers have poured in.


And they for sure doesn’t measure how hard your baby has worked, how much they have grown, and how they have blessed those around them.


Sending you so much love, a big high five, and potentially, a glass of wine 😉


James sandbox



Ep 1- Stephanie Mitchell: Creating Natural Alternatives in Pharmaceutical Healing

Dr. Stephanie Mitchell, from Reading, Pennsylvania, is the founder of Inspired Apothecary, which is a line of all natural skin care products, including detox soap, nerve pain relief, relief from minor aches and pains, eczema relief, and care for cuts and burns.

Stephanie is a pharmacist, a mom of two boys, a wife, a former collegiate athlete, and an entrepreneur. Stephanie is most inspired by her older brother, Steve, who passed away of cancer. He was able to extend his life through nutritional changes, his faith in God, his positive mindset, and compounded solutions. As Stephanie continued her career, she was inspired by her brother and customers to create natural pharmaceutical solutions that were more effective than over-the-counter options, which contained cancer-causing ingredients.

Check out her amazing line of products here:


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Stephanie Mitchell


In this episode, we discuss:

  • How Stephanie’s brother used natural remedies to relieve symptoms from cancer and help extend his life
  • How she began creating natural remedies for her customers as alternatives to medications with cancer-causing ingredients
  • Essential oil safety
  • Her experience trying out for Shark Tank
  • Stephanie’s top recommendations for your health