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My 2021 health wrap up

My 2021 health wrap up


Ahhh happy end of 2021! It's been a big year for me on a personal and health level. This time last year I was about 20-30 and now I'm about 80. A lot has happened, I've spent a lot of time and money getting to where I am, and I know I have a long way to go, but I'm on the right path. This raw episode will take you through:- What I have discovered/been diagnosed with- The specialists I've seen- Some of the meds I am on- My diet- What changes I've made this year- The plans for 2022Then I answered some questions from the community. Thanks so much for all of your support this year, I feel like I've made some lifelong friends in the community. DM me on Instagram for chats. Ash x
Hello! Ahhh here we are, the last interview for the season, and the year!Today’s guest is the amazing Allira Potter who has been a Yours Only user for some time. When she was 17, her mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and little patches started to form. When she passed away, the autoimmune condition came in full force and with psoriasis, comes psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis affects approx 15% of people with psoriasis. This particular arthritis can affect any joint in the body, and symptoms vary from person to person. Research has shown that persistent inflammation from psoriatic arthritis can lead to joint damage. Allira speaks very openly about her experience with trauma and how she is managing her health day to day. She is a real advocate for self awareness, and manifesting the life you want. For more information on psoriatic arthritis:
Meet @jaxcave 👋🏻 I mainly know her for her being an incredible naturopath in Sydney, helping women with their hormones, cycles, fertility, and skin. Little did I know that she has experienced PCOS in her life until we got chatting one day. Before Jax even considered becoming a naturopath she went through months and months without a period and didn’t really know what was going on with her body. After her GP tested her female hormones and ran an ultrasound, she was diagnosed with PCOS and was left on her way. Then, she went to see a naturopath who tested her male hormones, insulin levels among other things, and discovered she had elevated androgens - from there they were able to treat Jax to get her cycle back.  ​Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition that affects up to 1 in 10 girls and women and is one of the major causes of infertility. The cause? It’s kinda unknown, but PCOS warriors produce high levels of male hormones from their ovaries, which affect the menstrual cycle. Jax talks about how PCOS doesn’t mean you have cysts, like the name suggests, it’s mainly just a lot of follicles. If you experience pain in your stomach, this won’t be caused by the condition, it will be something else. Book a session with Jax here.  Some useful links:
Meet Sarah.  Back in 2009 Sarah first saw symptoms when she was a fashion buyer, working ridiculous hours (a typical go-getter), and was under a lot of stress. Twelve years later, just THIS year, Sarah was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.Hashimoto’s disease affects 850,000 Australians, 1.5% of men and 7.5.% of women, including me! It’s a disorder that causes the immune system to attack the thyroid gland. The thyroid’s job is to make thyroid hormones, which are secreted into the blood and then carried to every tissue in the body. Thyroid hormones help the body use energy, stay warm and keep the brain, heart, muscles, and other organs working as they should.Sarah still isn’t at the end of the road of her health journey, but she is working hard to get there. She's  living in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne with her husband and two beautiful children living a nice slow paced life, looking after her body.If you think you have Hashimoto's Disease, book an appointment with a health care specialist before self-diagnosing.For some informative links:      
Janie - Colitis

Janie - Colitis


Colitis, autoimmune hepatitis, and psoriasis are three diseases Janie has been dealing with. It’s a rollercoaster on her body and mentally. She started with mild stomach pains at 21, where she found out she was lactose intolerant. As time’s gone on, her symptoms got worse, and not very glamorous. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), where more than 80,000 Australians live with either colitis or crohns. In short, the body causes inflammation and ulcers on the inner lining of the large intestine. The inflamed lining produces lots of intestinal lubricant or mucus, which can get pussy. The Inflammation makes it hard for the body to absorb nutrients, causing a real need to go to the bathroom and diarrhoea.Symptoms include abdominal cramps and pain, frequent, watery diarrhoea (may be bloody), severe urgency to have a bowel movement, fever during active stages of the disease, loss of appetite and weight loss, tiredness and fatigue and anaemia. If you think you have colitis, book an appointment with a health care specialist before self-diagnosing.For some informative links:Colitis: / Autoimmune hepatitis: Psoriasis: 
Ahh Endometriosis, is something we heara about so much, yet it’s super hard to diagnose. Gabriella battled with painful symptoms since her early 20’s - sharp pain from her lower back down to her heels, sometimes so bad she would be lying on the waiting room floor begging for pain relief. After eight years of moving from doctor to doctor, she was diagnosed with endometriosis, which is something that is still soooooo hard (and expensive) to manage.After surgery, they found endo inside her left ovary, bowel, left abdomen, lower pelvic region, and all around the sciatic nerve. And some said it was all in her heard (urgh). Endometriosis affects one in 9 women and those who identify as gender diverse. It’s a condition where tissue similar to what lines the uterus, grows in other areas of the body, especially the pelvis. These cells grow and form lesions or patches that bleed and leak fluid in response to your hormones when you’re on your period, which leads to inflammation and scarring.If you think you have endo, book an appointment with a health care specialist before self-diagnosing.For some informative links on Endometriosis:  
Morgan - Psoriasis

Morgan - Psoriasis


Hello! Today’s topic is going to leave you feeling very educated about psoriasis and maybe change the way you think about people dealing with it. We had SO many ppl write in to tell their story, but Morgan’s stood out the most. She grew up in Canada and has suffered from psoriasis her entire life. Being colder over there, she covered her body from head to toe all year round and didn’t tell a SINGLE human she had psoriasis besides her parents and partners. Wild.Psoriasis may look to just be a condition of the skin, but it starts inside the body – it’s an auto-immune condition, which means all the sh*t kicking the fan is internal and works its way out to the skin. The inflammation makes the skin grow and multiply too quickly. The body isn’t able to shed excess skin cells, so they pile up on the skin's surface, leaving inflamed thick and scaly patches.1.5 million Aussies have psoriasis. One-third of them have depression and one-third develop psoriatic arthritis, which is inflammation of the joints. There’s no cure for psoriasis but there are lots of ways you can manage it through topical products, like Yours Only COAT, steroids, phototherapy, like a UVA or UVB treatment, medication, and biologics.When Morgan was in Canada she found a dermatologist who helped her be plaque-free through a biologic treatment, but it is something that makes you immunocompromised. She’s now living in Australia with psoriasis and learning to manage it again. If you think you have psoriasis, book an appointment with a health care specialist before self-diagnosing.For some informative links on psoriasis:
Happy half way through the season! This week I chatted to Scarlett - she’s been through a bit in terms of her health, and suffers from MCAS, also known as Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (like me).In short, Mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) is a condition where the mast cells in your body release too much of a substance causing allergy symptoms. Mast cells are part of the immune system through the body in the bone marrow and blood vessels. If you’re exposed to allergens or medications, your mast cells react by releasing substances called mediators. For both Scarlett and I, high histamine foods, stress and exposure to toxins are what flare us up. Symptoms of MCAS can vary but includes itchy skin, watery eyes, runny nose, trouble breathing, low blood pressure, rapid heart rate, stomach issues, headaches and confusion. Scarlett is also someone who takes her work seriously, and just manifested and landed her dream job. She is so positive about her health journey and totally gets that it’s a long path, but she needs to learn to listen to her body to fully recover. For some informative links on MCAS: 
Meet Liz, AKA @prettyprogress23. A shining light who openly and honestly spoke to me about her experience with chronic cystic acne. At at 12, she started seeing pimples pop up onto her face, which got her really fixated on how she looked. She went to the GP, and they prescribed her antibiotics, which cleared not only her skin, but the good and bad bacteria from her gut. Acne affects 85% of Australians 15-24 year olds and occurs when a hair follicle and its oil gland become blocked and inflamed. This provides an ideal environment for bacteria to grow and cause the skin to become irritated, red and tender. Cystic acne is a severe type of acne where pores in the skin become blocked, leading to infection and inflammation. The skin reaction causes swelling deep in the skin’s middle layer (the dermis). This infected, red, swollen lump is an acne cyst. You can experience this on your back, bum, chest, neck, shoulders and upper arms, where they are usually painful and tender to touch. Liz is super educated, and talks from experience of going through it all, so other people don’t have to. For some informative links: 
Trigger warning: This episode touches on postnatal depression.  If it's triggering, you can call PANDA's Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline on 1300 726 306.  This week’s guest is Kirsty - a dear friend of mine. She suffered from postnatal depression (PND) four months after the birth of her first daughter, Frankie. During labor she experienced a placental abruption - the placenta detached from the inner wall of the womb, depriving Frankie of oxygen and nutrients. She had an emergency C-section, and little Frankie was in NICU for days before Kirsty could even hold her.  According to @pandanational, 1 in 7 new mums and 1 in 10 new dads in Australia experience postnatal depression. Symptoms include panic attacks, persistent, generalised worry often focused on fears for the health or wellbeing of baby, sleep problems unrelated to the baby’s needs, extreme leathery, feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope with day-to-day life, changes in appetite: under or overeating, increased sensitivity to noise or touch and more. Kirsty is such a strong woman and will teach you a lot about opening up about trauma and mental health. If you think you have PND, book an appointment with a health care specialist before self-diagnosing. For some informative links: 
Trigger warning: This episode touches on distorted eating. If it is triggering for you, please chat to your doctor. This week’s guest is Lisa aka @livesimplyaus, who deals with multiple chemical sensitivity and multiple food intolerances. Her story is the craziest one of the season. No joke. She’s spent her entire life struggling to find foods she could tolerate and never had a nice bathroom experience until she got to her 30’s. At one point Lisa was so severely underweight, at just a bit over 30kg’s, she was hospitalised, it was dismissed as anorexia. Little did everyone know, she had multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) as well as quite a few other crazy internal things going on.Chemical sensitivity affects 1 in 5 (18.9%) of Australians, with more than one-third (6.5%) medically diagnosed with MSC. It’s a serious disease that is often caused and worsened by exposure to pesticides, solvents, new building materials and fragranced items. Even low-level exposure can inflict a range of adverse health effects such as migraines, breathing difficulties, cognitive impairment, seizures and asthma attacks.This interview will make your jaw drop, and also have so much admiration for Lisa. She hasn’t been able to work full time for years and is now on a path to healing.  If you think you have MCS, book an appointment with a health care specialist before self-diagnosing. For some informative links: 
Maddie - Eczema

Maddie - Eczema


After many requests, I have quickly edited today’s ep for you guys. This week’s guest is @madeleineedwards, who has been a Yours Only user for quite some time to soothe her pesky eczema. She is super honest and raw about her experience with acne, and eczema, and her battle with glandular fever and depression. She has learnt to love her spots, and is a key advocate for self-love.Eczema affects around 1 in 3 kids and over 1 million Aussies. It causes skin to go red, dry, itchy and scaly, and in severe cases, may weep, bleed and crust over, causing a lot of discomfort. The best part? It can pop up for no reason at all. It’s not life-threatening, but it can be debilitating for some people - it affects what you wear, how you sleep, your relationships, and of course your self-esteem. Currently, there is no cure for eczema, but there are lots of studies that correlate foods, stress, and allergens as causes for flare-ups. If you have eczema or know someone with it, here are some helpful links for you: The Eczema Associate Australasia: eczema clinic: 
Anthea - Fibromyalgia

Anthea - Fibromyalgia


I am officially back for season 3 with a new look and a new direction! This week’s guest is Anthea aka @antheapilates, who has been a long-time Yours Only customer. She suffers from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and depression, and used to have major dermatitis flare-ups, but Yours Only sorted that out. Fibromyalgia affects around 2% of the Australian population. (Well, the diagnosed). It’s a disorder characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain with the main symptoms being bone pain, fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection, or significant psychological stress. But, it’s soooo much more than that. It's a bit tricky because fibromyalgia overlaps with other functional somatic syndromes, such as irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, and depression, meaning it's missed quite often. Anthea chats about her experience from working a 9-5 (which was actually a 24hour a day) job, being a full-time uni student, plus the rest, to now working a couple of hours a day as a Pilates instructor. Her body was trying to tell her to slow down, and  lockdown has been a blessing for her as now she’s flipped her life around and is managing her fibro like a champ. If you think you have fibro, book an appointment with a health care specialist before self-diagnosing.For some informative links on fibromyalgia:  See you on Instagram at @yoursonlyco. Ash x
Allergy Proof® is having a bit of an update. When I first launched Yours Only® in 2020, I was living a pretty crazy life, running two businesses, being social, just doing a lot, whilst living with a lot of symptoms. Fast forward a year, and I have finally found out why I've felt so sick for all of these years. Instead of focusing on a busy life dealing with symptoms, I am now trying to live a calm life on a nice healing journey. This podcast will now focus on the Yours Only community to share their stories, and help others with symptoms with new potential pathways. Stay tuned for all new episodes going live in a few weeks. Ash x
Anxiety. We're all familiar with it, but did you know psychologists are too from a personal perspective? This weeks chat with Jess Allen is a pretty powerful one. She suffered from crippling anxiety as a kid, which she still manages to some degree today. As a psychologist, on the outside you would assume she has her sh*t together, but she's still navigating life just as much as us. She was also a contributor to the Simply Dramatic e-mag, where she touches on what values are, how to discover yours, and how to live a healthier and happier life. Jess' Instagram:  Simple Dramatic e-mag:   
Hello! This week's podcast guest is sexologist and fertility counsellor, Aleeya Hachem who is passionate about normalising the conversation around sex, pleasure and fertility. She was also a contributor to the Simply Dramatic e-mag where she shared her wisdom on normalising sex and pleasure. I feel like this space is getting some real airtime atm, as people are talking more and more about self-care as more than exercising and eating well. She talks about what self-care really is and how to improve your quality of life through new life strategies. Aleeya’s Instagram: Simple Dramatic e-mag:  
Hello! My god, it feels so good to do podcast episodes at the end of the week. In this week's episode I chat to the amazing Accredited & Practicing Dietitian Chloe McLeod, about winter eating. As you know we released the Yours Only e-mag, Simply Dramatic last week, and the first section talks all about winter eating, so I, of course, bought on my Dietitian Chloe to talk about all of her wisdom on the foods we should be consuming to support our immune system. I interviewed her for the podcast in August last year, which spoke all about food chemicals like salicylates and amines. It would be worth listening back to that, even though the audio on that one isn’t the best. Simply Dramatic e-mag: Chloe's Instagram: Chloe's team: 
Hello! I am back from our mid-season break, and my gosh I have been a busy human. I moved house, got a proper diagnosis for all of my health concerns, hired two new team members, went into stage four lockdown, and produced an amazing 74 page e-mag for Yours Only. This week you'll hear about all of the above, and hopefully you'll be convinced to check out Simply Dramatic. e-mag: My Instagram: Yours Only Instagram: Feel free to DM me to chat. x
This week I spoke to content creator and writer, Adriana Perri, AKA Le Blonde Fox. She’s been in the blogging game since I could remember / 2014 and if you follow her on Instagram you will know that she loves to entertain her followers with her random thoughts, antics and dance moves. She finished her Master of Media Communication last year during peak covid, whilst teaching social media tertiary classes, until her life flipped upside down. She went from living a healthy and happy life, to being in hospital, needing assistance to even get up to walk to go to the bathroom. It's a wild story, and I hope it inspires you to make the most of every day. 
Firstly I would like to say this isn't my best work - I have very nasally voice and I am still recovering from a septoplasty I got last week to fix my deviated septum. I'm still a bit all over the shop, but I am dedicated! ha. As someone who has ALWAYS been the busiest bee of all, mindfulness is something I assumed I practiced, but I never really did. I’ve always got something on my mind, whether it be what’s due at work the next day, or if I wrote back to that text, but since I’ve been on my new health journey I have really been trying to step back and rethink how I approach my day. I feel a lot less stressed, and like I can really focus on getting my work done. And this is how I do it. Enjoy. x
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