Because Your Way of Life Matters....
to know your health you don't need to be a physician to appreciate, fully experience, or have an in-depth understanding and knowledge of your own body. No one is going to better, or more intimately, understand how you feel physically, mentally or emotionally, than you.
Hello, I am Carola Schleuss, founder of, and a practitioner at, Way of Life Matters, a wonderful place for learning about how to enjoy a natural healthy life, for people and their animal friends. My interest in healing and health were born of necessity. I felt uncomfortable, or sick, most of my childhood and teenage years. My childhood medical history was filled with medication such as antibiotics, prednisone, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen 800mg and vaccinations. By the age of 25, still feeling terribly unwell, I realized I must learn to take care of myself; no one else could, would, or should. I began to see beyond my conditioned beliefs, the world opened up, life appeared brighter, and nature became, once again, my guide, my reward and my soul healer.
To know your health it is important to know where your stress is coming from, is it coming from:
By learning how your body and your emotions are tied to your body’s systems you can better help yourself be well and stay well.
To know your health is to understand and listen to your body and emotions. I spent a good 20 years learning how to do just that! Each class, course or workshop I took gave me the tools necessary in supporting my physical and emotional wellness. In the beginning while I was learning about my health, I saw different practitioners who could help me understand why I was feeling pain in my body or felt angry. The practitioners provided techniques to help me maintain comfort in my body and mind. To this day, I still see practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine or massage or receive EEG-Neurofeedback when I need assistance.
During my nine years in the clinic and dispensary at Simple Remedies Herbals Solutions in Victoria BC, I consulted 1000s of people, many seeking assistance for digestive stress. Some became my massage clients or patients of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor Gigi Vincentine or clients of Walter LaFleur the certified EEG-Neurofeedback practitioner in the clinic because they really wanted to feel well. Most of those coming into a natural health clinic are seeking ways to balance stress, wanting to learn how to quiet the mind, have good sleep, feel calm, grounded and focused.
Over the years many clients asked me to create a workbook on my
vast knowledge in holistic wellness and now I am! "At long last, the workbook is under way and coming to fruition."
I am in the process and hope to have it finished early 2018 with the help of my colleague Misty Humphrey, Holistic Nutrition Educator.
To know your health is to understand which foods and herbs can support your body and emotions. What causes stress? Good question — there are many factors and facets to stress; there is emotional stress and physical stress.
Commercial strawberries are a good example of a food with too many chemicals, which is why many people are highly allergic to them and they cause both physical and emotional stress. Look into commercial strawberries: it will change the way you buy your food.
Walter (Skip) LaFleur, having experienced head trauma and subsequent rather severe dysregulation as a youth in Montreal, truly understands how trauma, both physical and emotional, can create dysregulation, and why a person can feel insecure, angry, anxious, depressed or lost. EEG-Neurofeedback, in conjunction with whole foods and Traditional Chinese Medicine, helped Skip and led to him becoming an EEG-Neurofeedback practitioner.
Many people suffer from brain fog, insomnia, difficulty focusing, fatigue and body pain, which can create moodiness. By knowing your health, you can learn how to ease these symptoms through food and other modalities.
We have the ability to change some of the stress we have in our life when it is related the food we eat and the products we purchase, but as for stress from life we have to learn to find a balance through self-care.
Life can be very busy and full, often making it a bit challenging to try and take care of ourselves. Therefore, working with an experienced practitioner is very beneficial. Here is a list of modalities we recommend and use ourselves, because even practitioners need to receive!
Herbal remedies have been used successfully used for over 5000 years in many cultures. Traditional Chinese Medicine is an excellent example. I used Chinese Medicine when I began looking for natural ways to heal my many ailments constantly feeling fatigued, moody, emotional, angry, bloated, gassy, body pain, constipation, seasonal allergies and asthma. I began with acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Remedies, along with Whole Food Therapy, and it was working!
Herbal Medicine is common practice in Europe. The German Commission E is a publication of 390 monographs which evaluate the safety and efficacy of herbs for prescribing in Germany. The scientific review board which is the governing body for herbal medicine in Germany, is the “Bundesinstitut für Arzeimittel und Medizinprodukte”. The Commission E became known beyond Germany in the 1990s and is used as a reference book for doctors and herbalists.