How I got my Zen On in Victoria by Pedicab

 moksana Victoria BC

moksana Victoria BC

The day I keep thinking this will be my last contract I discover a new yoga studio down some high street in Vancouver. 

Oh the joy of dropping in a yoga class and meeting new faces. My perspective on travel just shifted. 


Today started with a ‘To Do’lists and I ended up in a pedicab getting a history lesson around town. Picked up a few outfits, tasted some lager and had some noodles and walked around China town. 

While most people on board are looking for food and drink, I’m looking for the hottest Yoga Studio on Around Me. 

I pop in my earpods and off I go to music by Karsh Kale


After three hrs of seeing the town I found an Chinese Medicine College called Pacific Rim. I was a few hours shy of a Treatment.  


Then I dropped in to a live music and yoga class at Moksana . A smalls sweet studio at the top of the same alley in China Town. 


The instructor that day just got back from a trip to Hawaii and the musician played some of the most heart lifting music that comforrd my soul. It was an hour and a half class with a 20 minute savasana, and everything I could ever want. 


Considering my profession Micheal my Pedicab discovered what would help me get lost in my dream world when he took me to see the first ever Chinese School in Canada

 China Town Victoria BC

China Town Victoria BC

Visiting Victoria? Do it my way and you’ll feel acomplished and zened out. 

Three Things That Transmute weakeness Into Power


There will be detours and experiences that keep you from observing yourself. Observing gives birth to understanding. Order is born from understanding disorder. Be still and become more self aware. Return to your meditative state, even for a moment to create what you want to feel and what that feeling really feels like.

Experience each thought and and feeling and then feel what its like to let it go. Live in that moment, in that moment you are creating. Your thoughts are vibration. They are alive and the universe is responding to your every thought.

This is like taking 100% responsibility of the decisions we made and what we subconsciously created. Nobody owes you anything. Be present to the disorder, it brings the knowledge of different possibilities and a different order of things.

You are a conscious being living among unconscious and selfish humans. Something happened to them and then you came along with all this bright light and unconditional love.


How I Discovered Living Deliberately on Purpose


Today I write from my amazing cabin en route to Alaska. After four days at sea we learned that Nicaragua is in civil unrest. Our schedule port day has turned into another day at sea.

After a spin class I felt the desire to offer my thoughts and reflection on this deliberate life I’m learning how to create while listing to Tony Robins 2018 UPW playlist. Thinking back on a conversation I had with a guest earlier this week, I’m often asked how have I done so many things in my life yet be so young?

I smile and reply by saying, ‘My passion to transform other human being’s lives transcend through my curiosity to have many life’s experiences’.

I continued to share, you know I’m forty years old this year. I sometimes feel like I’m behind. So many younger humans are growing much faster than I. Then I asked,

‘what is being forty years old like?’ To my one guest full of wisdom and curiosity at the same time.


He’s reply surprised me and set me off in a gaze into the view from my life size panoramic treatment room window.


Most times my guest have this curiosity about Chinese Medicine. This guest in particular appeared to be a messenger and shared these incredible words of wisdom.


St. Thomas Lilika Effect On Green Smoothie Crazies Like Me


Of all the places I’ve traveled this contract St. Thomas is the winning port. My heart lives here, It’s a little bit of home on an island. One of my favorite place's to visit is  Yacht Haven Grande and this little smoothie bar called Lilika Juice Bar not too far from the cruise ships. Now everyone raves about Barefoot Buddha, it’s a great place to get food but it’s always so busy, packed, wall to wall busy. I've spent a lot of money in their one of a kind boutique. To be outside with a healthy drink in hand next to the water, that's my kind of afternoon. 

Any place near yachts is classy to begin with.   I feel at home when I run into the National Marine office while seeing yachts I’m familiar with and under the shade in at a place that makes green drinks like I make at home. 


 Destiny and I talking about why St. Thomas is so special

Destiny and I talking about why St. Thomas is so special

The menu has so many options and they even ask your option of a base (water, almond milk, coconut milk etc). I always get half almond milk and water. The last time I was here I had two green drinks and felt so fresh. St. Thomas is one of those ports where I'm waiting at the gangway to be the first one off the ship. 



In a previous blog called, How I Broke The Rules For A Green Smoothie, I shared that staying healthy and making health choices on a ship sometimes require breaking a few rules. 


The first thing I look for when I’m off the ship is a place where I can add boosters like chia seeds, dates, bee pollen and flax seeds. Ingredients that most people might roll their eyes at but then fall on the floor when I tell them my age. 


 Ben and I soaking in the sun after some vegan food and a green drink

Ben and I soaking in the sun after some vegan food and a green drink

If you are in St. Thomas stop by Lilika in Yacht Haven Grand and pick up one of their green drinks. You will feel  energized, accomplished and completely satisfied. 





Who wouldn't want to hang out here? 

My Bestie Always says, Live Your Best Life



I go back and forth about staying on ships. Its a volatal decision should I stay or should I go. I mean, I give every guest the best I can. After all, I represent a medicine that works and want to share that message with the world. It’s no magic it’s not something new. Chinese medicine is real, it works and thousands of people around the world turn to Chinese Medicine everyday.


To my suprise, This week I had a guest complaint, and the first one ever. Something about pushy sales. Pushy sales is not my mojo. The offer is always on the table you can always take it or leave it. In this case the guest took what he could, cake and all but didn’t get away with it.


I never promise anything but I am confident that I can help most people in pain. It typically takes 1-5 treatments depending in the individual. Its never easy making everyone happy.


In the follow up, the guest didn’t feel that the first acupuncture treatment helped his concern. I sent him away with additional instructions and things to apply while he is away from the treatment table. Additionally I gave hime a complementary treatment.


Still unsatisfied, the complaint reach head office. My manager comes to me later in the day and says,


‘You received a guest complaint, but its ok’.


There will always be that one person who is unsatisfied, unhappy, disgruntled person in our life.


My friend Jessica would shake her head and say, ‘Something must have happened to them....’


I believe that everyone can be helped. I believe that the body has the ability to heal organically when it has the right tools.  I also believe that what goes around comes around.


I prefer to not make anything about me, but instead make it about the other person. We never know what someone else is going through.


Wish them well, shake your head, say to yourself something must have happened to them and keep on living your best life. ✋🏿😃



So here I am on the island doing just that ready to make an even bigger difference next cruise.

my besties this contract always says,

‘Live your best life’   -Ivy Alex


San Juan 2018 late sail away

Eastern Approach to Love

This week has been an incredible day at sea. We are on an Irish charter but most of my guest are American. Except for this one special lady. 


She came into my wonderful office at sea with bright eyes and curiosity about how to treat her leg pain. I see leg pain daily, nothing unusual. Infact its the most common condition I see in my field. Within about three days the issue is resolved.  

Our first treatment together was successful, however something strange happened in the moment of her second treatment with me. She was in tears on the table, sobbing. She wasn’t crying because she was in pain. It was a different kind of cry. Something deeper, more emotional. 

I quicky checked my schedule for my next guest and ran back to attend to my guest needs.



I asked, what else is going on. She replied,  

“My husband passed seven months ago. Its strange that I am having a breakdown because I’ve been holding everything together.” 

The body has a funny way of dealing with pain. Infact emotional pain pierces through our physical body and affects The musculoskeletal system. It was clear that moving the physical pain triggered emotional pain. This is the best thing that could happen in a treatment and my guest agreed. 

I love how eastern medicine approaches the body mind and spirit and one entity. They are not seprate but one in the same. 

Healing begins with healing the heart. After I had quickly removed the needles I addresses a new protocol, guided my guest through a breathing meditation.  

Acupuncture pierces the heart, the soul and heals the body in such an elloquent way. With love kindness and hope, when western medicine over medicates us with pills to cover up the pain. 

No matter where we come from, how long the journey or how hard we fall, our soul our spirit needs love just as much as the human living in it.



Aruba 2018

What's Normal for YOU?


 Inspired by his sisters Story diagnosed with ovarian cancer while carrying a child. Now Dr. McAlees works with athlete to performs their best. 

I was inspired by his message that I thought i share his story and message. Here we go...

God designed the body to heal even at the deepest level. Innate inborn ability to heal and get better. Drugs artificially make up for what the body isn't doing. 

Most doctors don't look for the cause. Their paradise isn't interested why you are sick, but what drug to give you and what appointment make. Order labs to put you on a drug.  

50% of thyroid disease is caused by depression. Hormones are constantly adapting to what you need. "No doctor will ever be better than the intelligence inside your body"  Dr. McAlees

Address why they thyroid or disease is malfunctioning.  

What makes a person operate at their best. What makes the human best.  

Have you had your blood checked? Regular blood check is just a check that keeps you a live. There optimal ranges to control weight management.  We look at optimal range,  

only 3% of people diagnosed will ever get better again.  The standard of care is not good enough be the 3%.  

Most common symptoms are-  

Mir can take ten years for blood chemistry to show your blood is out of range. 

27 mil have thyroid condition 50% don't know what is wrong.  80% are in women

80% have hypothyroidism

80% are autoimune

thyroid medication never works. Do the drugs fix the problem? Do the symptoms come back? If the body makes 100% and it's only makeing 70% drugs tells the body to make less thyroid function. Taking the medication induces the disease to become more expressive. 

standard treatment- hormone replacement therapy a 50 year old model. Standard of care is the exact same drug as it was 50 years ago and is the option if u want to be medicated.  

80% thyroid hormones does nothing to relieve your symptoms. It's the doctors only option. 

Sthntells you how loudly your brain to work. Not one study has ever been published that says you have a healthy thyroid when your TSH is within normal value.  

Whats the solution-  

genes are like a software. To make hormones body activated a gene. Every chemical reaction turns the gene on or off when Genesis get depleted it can cause the wrong genes to come on.  It's not a lack of hormones it's a hormone receptor problem, the receptor that interacts with the hormone has been damaged.  

Thyroiditius is a damage to receptor to the cell. T3 goes into the cell and activated the DNA. Bad things blunt and block the receptor. 

Thyroid disease- inflammatory disease three things drive inflammation: genetics stressors (chemical stress, emotional stress, traumatic stress) and micro-biome (gut health. All your hormones are made in the gut. Seritonin and dopamine are made in the gut) Fix of the gut to improve the factories to restore gut health. 

times magazine- Health The fire within. Inflammation tells the white blood cells and red blood cells to heal. Long term inflammation drives the disease process. It's the secret killer.  

My our brain is made up of 70 to 100 trillion cells cells make tissue tissue makes organs.  Brain makes TSH TSH talks to thyroid- thyroid release t4 which is stored inactive hormone and converts into T3. t3 makes hair, restores body temp. Most medication is T4 and you need the following for conversion to happen - selenium-liver conversion- iodine.  28-30 cofactors that convert to T3.

conversion happens in the liver. Has your liver been checked for optimal ranges? When t4 converts to t3. T3 turns the DNA on to make the body get better. Body always make a little bit of reverse t3. Reverse t3 because the process to confer t4 to t3 requires a lot of energy. Reverse t3 is made so the body doesn't have to use extra energy that it needs to use.   

Reverse t3 test- name of test.  

Omega 3 9 fish oils help with inflammation because the cell wall is made up of 3 and 6. The men ratio should be 4:1 30/40:1 causes the cell wall to become tighter. 

Summary- your blood work is fine and so are you

automune hormone receptor problem

cant convert t4-t3 doctors are not looking for this. 

rt3 dominance- emotional stress

solution- find out what's causing the inflammation, put the fire out and remove it and repair the damage done and fix the cell. 

 Cellular inflammation- 

mare your cells inflamed-meta-oxy 50x more accurate. Measures byproduct of cellular lipid perioxidation and free radical damage.

checks how much cells are damaged and helps the doctor track the inflammation.   

Something causes rates to be high. Drugs trick you into thinking you are better but the disease process is getting worse. The disease is getting works body is getting weaker. It will be a matter of time before the organ or cancer will need to be removed.   




Women's hormonal system is more sensitive because women produce life.  



Mercury 2most toxic chemical on the planet.  Thyroid cell gets caught in the cross fire.   

Less than an ounce of Murcury is toxic. Murcury comes from your mouth  


Murcury fillings are still legal. Companies own parents on fillings. Lobbist protect these  laws. It's stored at the highest level possible. No body is teaching this info. Overseas Murcury fillings are illegal. They drive disease. Its posion before it goes in your month when it come out of your mouth. Murcury are fat solubles. Endocrine system is the fattiest of the body.  


1000 times than the EPA. Every second of every day Murcury is leaching into your body. 



Lead gets passed on from mother to off spring to 4 generations. Hair sampling only shows what your body is excreting. 

Black mold acts just like Murcury and shuts down endocrine system. Hearing loss is a result of led toxicity.  The proper heavy metal testing is testing in urine.   

number 4:


Over 500 chemicals. Perfumes

lead in red lipstick.  

Chemical spray tan

parfume-200 on average chemicals



Floride bromine chlorine bind to iodine receptor. Moutain dew and Gatorade are replaced with bromine.  

most sensitive nerve in your body is your optic nerve.  

Functional acuity contrast test.  




It's a choice to be made to do what it takes to be better. If you want to move forward keep following my newsletter. 

Insurance is made to get you symptomaticly better but it does not get you well. Insurance companies won't help you get better. It's in your by laws.  

How I Broke The Rules for a Green Smoothie At Sea

How I Broke The Rules for a Green Smoothie At Sea

When I first started working on a cruise ship the most challenging thing for me was having available vegetarian and vegan options. I would have to sneak items from the salad bar in the Lido to my room so I can make a green smoothie in the morning. (Highly illegal for any crew member BTW)

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What If The Body is a Mirror of How You are Living Your Life

 What if the body is a Mirror of how you are living your life? What would your reflection look like?

What if the body is a Mirror of how you are living your life? What would your reflection look like?

What if I told you that caring for your body is the least important thing about your health? 

What if I told you that Western medicine has it all backwards?

If the body doesn't shape how we live our lives, what if it were the mirror of how we live our life?

The body speaks to us in small voices. Many people are ignoring those voices. People who are suffering are fatigued and not sleeping at night.

I want to tell you a story about a Dr. who's life changed when she stopped being a western doctor and started practicing like a eastern medicine doctor.  

Dr. Lisa Rankin, she had everything. The home, the boat, the retirement account. She was also twice divorced, taking three medications to control her high blood pressure, diagnosed with precancerous cells in her cervix and need surgery. She felt so disconnected, spiritually tapped out that she didn't even know who she was.

Suddenly the perfect storm hit. Her brother suffered liver failure, her dog died, her father died and her husband cut two fingers off with a table saw all within two weeks of each other.

"When life grows apart you either grow or your grow a tumor"

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'When life grows apart you either grow or you grow a tumor' Lisa Rankin

For Dr. Lisa she decided to grow. 

People lose their libido, suffering from aches and pains.

Doctors are running test and find nothing but something is clearly wrong but nobody can figure out what it is. 

It's time to stop the madness and stop doing what you should and start doing what you feel. 

What really makes the body sick?

What is real medicine?

It matters that we eat well, that you see the doctor but what really matters is healthy relationships.

Being spiritually connected, expressing your self creatively, having a healthy sex life, living in a health environment. Being mentally healthy and all the things that nurture the body. 

This is data coming out of Harvard University, Yale and John Hopkins.  

Tap into your inner pilot lite, Dr. Rakin says. That's the divine spark that always knows about the truth of your body. Your biggest fan, its the biggest healer better than any doctor.

The new wellness model is taking all the things that make you whole. It's what Chinese medicine has been doing all a long. Everything that makes you whole is love and gratitude and pleasure. They are the glue that holds everything together.

If you have a challenging system ask yourself what is out of balance.

What's the real diagnosis?

What can you do about it?

how can you open your self to more possibility?

When we let our true self be seen we generate love, increase oxytocin. In return this generates love and intimacy. We heal from the inside out. 

What does your body need to get healthy? 

What needs to be tweaked in your life?

We need to treat the root cause. What really makes the body sick are unhealthy relationships, unhealthy environments, poor mental health.  

If you are suffering from what plagues your world you can write the perception for your self. Its a recipe that comes from one of the five branches of Chinese Medicine. That prescription is in the application of essential oils daily. 

Essential oils assist us in taking an honest look within ourself.  The create the environment for healing.  They prepare our emotional soul so the yuck an muck can be removed with ease.  When we combine the oils with emotional work we reap the fruits of our labor. 

For example, Birch is a tree that is tall, therefore it is the oil of support.

It helps us feel supported when we feel unsupported by friends and family.  

It helps us feel rooted, helps individuals face trials so they can stand strong like a tall tree.

Birch teaches us that there is more to life than pain and with the right support, one can be held up and sustained. 

Though out my time on ships, I saw past the physical pain that often landed on my table. In addition to the healing practice of Acupuncture. Essential oils facilitated that emotional support that resulted in chronic pain. 

Your body needs the essence of nature to strip off that mask that that is keeping you from living your authentic self. 

If you are just discovering essential oils, just curious or really wanting to take control of your health in a way that western medicine is only beginning to understand book a complementary 1 on 1 session with me. I will teach you exactly what you need to know according to your health goals.

If you don't believe me, I've attached Dr. Lisa's TED talk to give you an even more deeper understanding of how important our emotional health truly is. 

I have what you need to help you find lasting peace of mind about the pain people are living with. 

Take care of your body, its the only place you have to live
— Jim Rohn

Take charge of Chronic Muscle Discomfort TCM style

 approximately 76.2 million, one in every four Americans, have suffered from  pain  that lasts longer than 24 hours and millions more suffer from acute  pain . 

approximately 76.2 million, one in every four Americans, have suffered from pain that lasts longer than 24 hours and millions more suffer from acute pain


I love being in practice at sea. It's such a grand opportunity to tell the world how Chinese Medicine is changing lives, how I am changing lives every day using this medicine that make's westerners scratch their head. I kinda feel like a little Einstein, especially when my patients come down the corridor with a big smile and no feeling of discomfort after the first treatment. 

The number one chief complaint I get on board is muscle discomfort, chronic body discomfort associated with activity or in activity. Chinese Medicine (TCM)  Utilizes a different language to describe imbalance in the body and mind. Then TCM apply's the treatment protocol for each individual symptom.  

Effectively TCM addresses the root cause of an issue using five branches. Herbology is one of those branches. I get the best results when I use essential oils and when I use essential oils on my patients. Essential oils provide an effective tool in between acupuncture visits. 

Soothing Rub and Soothing essential oils is the best solution for muscle discomfort right off the bat. However a more individualized consultation is recommended.  To use this soothing rub you would

  • Apply on feet and knees before and after exercise
  • Perfect for a soothing massage after a long day of house work
  • Apply to hands and feet after gardening
  • Connect with your partner by giving them a massage with the soothing rub
  • Rub the soothing blend on lower back muscles after a day of heavy lifting at work or during a move
  • Massage this soothing blend with a few drops of carrier oil legs before bedtime
  • After long hours on the computer, try rubbing soothing essential oil blend on your fingers, wrists, shoulders, and neck
  • A few drops of Soothing Blend diluted in Fractionated Coconut Oil can be a part of a cooling and comforting massage after a workout
  • Soothing blend is also perfect after any workout

Apply oil to the point between the thumb and index finger. This is an important point that suppresses pain we call it LI4. 

 LI4 suppresses pain. One mandatory point for most patients with chronic discomfort

LI4 suppresses pain. One mandatory point for most patients with chronic discomfort

If you like to have a customized protocol for your personal concerns and like to get my recommendations contact me by email or lets get social.  

If you want to learn more about how to use essential oils for you and your family's health let's get started.