450: Remote Healing with SCIO Quantum Biofeedback

Dr. Vienna Lafrenz And Ashley James


  • What remote Biofeedback is
  • What therapeutic ultrasound is
  • Self-love and healing
  • Emotion has a huge impact on healing
  • Different modalities for healing
  • How food choices affect our body and mood

Did you know that you can get remote healing? In this episode, Dr. Vienna Lafrenz shares how she helps her clients heal by using different modalities. One amazing tool that she uses is the SCIO machine, which works through remote Biofeedback. She explains what the SCIO does and how it helped her clients. What’s fascinating about Vienna’s healing approach is that she helps her clients heal holistically—emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, and energetic. She explains that if we don’t have self-love, it hinders us from healing fully, so having self-love would be the first thing that needs to be worked on to heal.



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[00:03:41] Ashley James: Welcome to the Learn True Health podcast. I’m your host, Ashley James. This is episode 450. I’m so excited for today’s guest. We have Dr. Vienna Lafrenz on the show, a Ph.D. in Integrative Medicine. Vienna, you and I met through my friend Jennifer Saltzman. You have a beautiful clinic. Oh my gosh, just a gorgeous clinic in one of the most beautiful parts—remote parts—of Washington state. You're near is it Republic, Washington? Is that where you're near?

[00:04:21] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Yes, I’m actually in Republic.

[00:04:25] Ashley James: That was Republic that we drove to, okay. Gosh, it's so beautiful out there. You're just in probably the most beautiful part of the world. I just couldn't believe it. It's hard to drive the car because you just want to stare at nature, the mountains, and the scenery the whole time. It's really beautiful. You have this gorgeous clinic and what a gem in the middle of nowhere to stumble upon you and all the work that you do.

You gave a Biofeedback treatment to our son. That was amazing, the results we saw. And then I was quite sick back in February—just fever, gasping for air, burning lungs, sore throat—the works. I was just suffering for days. I did telemedicine with my Naturopath. I was on all kinds of supplements, and then you did a remote session with me. This was days into just high fever, sore throat, really burning lungs, and hard to breathe. At the end of the session, it was like the suffering had ended. My fever broke, and I slowly recovered after that. 

About a week later, I was back to my normal self, but that was the point where the suffering ended. I thought that was really interesting. I’m always kind of skeptical but open-minded about things we can't see like oh, energy work. Long-distance energy work. We can't see it. I don't think I could say it's placebo because I didn't believe in it. I’m like, okay, I’m open to it, but I didn't have a strong belief like yes, no matter what, I think this is going to work. Because I w

as sitting there suffering pretty badly or lying there pretty badly, and it was quite amazing that for a few hours of the session, I felt my body shift into super healing mode.

That was my experience with it, but I’ve actually talked to others who have experienced the type of remote feedback that you do, including Eric Thornton, who I’ve had on the show several times. Everyone I talked to that has experienced the SCIO, which is one of the machines that you use, have all told me that they've had incredible results. 

I’m really excited to learn more from you today about what remote Biofeedback is because I’ve had a personal experience. I’ve seen my son, I’ve talked to others. What a great tool to have in our tool belts especially when we've exhausted all the other resources. We're eating healthy, we're taking our supplements, we're getting plenty of fresh air, sunshine, and walking. But if there's still something not getting better in our health, we should absolutely look to energetic medicine. I’m really excited to dive into this. 

Before we dive into what remote Biofeedback is, specifically the SCIO and the work that you do, I want to learn a bit more about what happened in your life that made you want to become a Ph.D. in Integrative Medicine and work with people using these types of therapies?

[00:07:52] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Well, I’m glad you asked. Prior to that, I was an occupational therapist for 30 years. I was working in nursing homes. I was traveling all over the United States. I was a consultant where I worked for the largest rehab provider in the whole United States. I would go to all these different nursing homes, hospitals, acute care hospitals, long-term care hospitals, all these outpatients, and things like that. I would go to where they needed me, and basically it was where either clients weren't making progress and they were plateauing, or where business was really short, the therapists were having a hard time identifying clients, or just knowing what to do with them.

They would call me in and I would spend the week there. During that time, I would consult on the clients, I would teach the therapist. They'd be sitting right there with me while I’m working with the patient, and then have them do it so there'd be a return demonstration so that the client would get better and they'd be able to go home. I would also spend that time doing some continuing education where I would provide courses that I would teach and things like that, and I loved it.

About 10 years into my OT practice was when I first got involved with reiki. I learned reiki from a reiki master. That just opened up the whole new perspective of what energy is and how it works. How you can do distance healing, and how you can change somebody's energy just either hands-on or remote. That opened up my eyes. Then I went into aromatherapy, then acupressure. So it just started developing, I started going to all these courses, getting certifications, and things like that.

I started implementing that into what I was teaching through OT, through all the places that I’ve been going. I really specialized in pain management, so I would bring different modalities from the eastern world of medicine into the western side and started to integrate those two. When I started doing that, I started seeing a huge improvement in the clients’ outcomes and how they were responding in the healing process overall.

[00:10:13] Ashley James: You were using reiki, which is energy work, and you're using essential oils and acupressure. Acupressure is a form of energy work in a sense that you are stimulating the nervous system, but also, you're stimulating the meridians, which is more of an energy work. You could even consider aromatherapy, although aromatherapy is herbal medicine. There is an energetic frequency component to it. Along with your many years of experience and rehabilitation as an occupational therapist, you're bringing in this energy work and herbal medicine to your—is it the senior patients that you were working with already?

[00:11:05] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Yes. At the same time, I was teaching the therapists how to use this information. See, when it came to the acupressure, I also used ultrasound, electrical stimulation, infrared, and all different types of modalities that we've always used in therapy in OTPT. We've used those types of types of modalities in our practices. Bringing those into the eastern world as well was really nice because a lot of people have a fear of acupuncture because of the needle. Whereas with ultrasound, you get the same result as if you're using a needle.

[00:11:48] Ashley James: Now, when you say ultrasound, just to clarify—I apologize for interrupting you. The listener might not know this but because you're on satellite internet, there's a delay. When we talk there's a delay, and sometimes we sound like we're interrupting each other. We don't mean to be. When you say ultrasound, could you clarify because a lot of people think ultrasound is imaging and not. That it's actually using deep heat or a wave of energy that creates heat in deeper tissue.

[00:12:19] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: This is considered therapeutic ultrasound. It does not diagnose like when people go in for an ultrasound to find out if they have a baby or not. This is actually called therapeutic ultrasound, and there are two settings. There's a heating setting, and there's a non-thermal setting. The one that I use with the acupuncture points is a non-thermal. Basically what it is is there's a little sound. There's like a little crystal within the sound head that vibrates and so it creates a frequency. That frequency then interacts within the person's energy and it gets the energy to flow through blood, through lymphatics, through the nerve system, through the musculoskeletal system, and through all of those different systems, and it gets it to move.

How it works with the acupuncture point is that when you use acupuncture as in a needle, you have to be very precise where the acupuncture point is. With the ultrasound, because there's this sound wave that is vibrating within the sound head, when you get it over the acupuncture point, it will either flow into the body or release the energy from the point. It's similar to when you're using a needle. You either tap it or twist it to get the result you're looking for. Whether you're trying to push energy into that point or whether you're trying to release it.

I use the non-thermal, which doesn't go deep into it because the acupuncture point is so superficial to the skin that you don't have to go deep.

[00:13:58] Ashley James: Fascinating. Tell us about these results that you started seeing. You've got these clients. Have you been working with them for a while? You were traveling, were you always working with new people, or did you come back to the same patients? And then what kind of results did you see when you went from just regular occupational therapy rehab to occupational therapy rehab plus energy work, acupressure with therapeutic ultrasound, non-thermal with essential oils? When you added those three modalities in, what kind of results did you start seeing?

[00:14:39] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Well, first of all we started seeing results right away, I mean during that session. What I mean by that is and actually, because I was an educator for the company, I was able to go to so many different types of continuing education so I could actually open up my toolbox and have as many tools available to work with clients as I needed. It was wonderful. I got my myofascial release training. I got some craniosacral lymphatic. You name it, I was able to get all these different types of tools in my toolbox. I just started implementing them every time I would learn something and master it.

When I would work with a chronic pain patient, for example, I'd be just into the facility for the first time, meeting this person for the first time. The therapist is giving me as much information, I read the medical record, and then I start to work with them with the therapist. Literally, I would say 98% of the clients that I got to see while I was traveling would show an immediate, if not significant improvement, within that first session. Which is why it started becoming so popular for me to come to different locations and help some of the most sick or chronically disabled people.

What evolved from that was just an excitement within all the therapists that we have other tools that we can use. We have other theories, we have other philosophies that we can implement. It also stayed within their scope of practice. They were able to expand their scope of practice within their scope and get the best results that they could from their clients.

[00:16:19] Ashley James: Can you remember early on a specific client that had this incredible before and after that you can share with us?

[00:16:31] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Yes, it actually happens to be one that I reiterated in my book. This was a gentleman, I want to say he was in Indiana. He was there because he'd had a really bad stroke, and he was combative as well. When the caregivers would try to help him, he would just either strike out or just get really angry. Part of it was because his body wasn't working the way he wanted it to, and he would get really, really frustrated with it.

[00:17:11] Ashley James: It also depends on where the brain damage is because brain damage can cause that kind of erratic behavior, anger, and outburst just depending on where the inflammation or damage is in the brain, right?

[00:17:24] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Absolutely. Within this particular situation though, he was becoming more frustrated with the fact that his body wasn't doing what he wanted it to do to the point where he didn't like his body anymore. He wasn't finding that he could even rely on it to do what he wanted to. As a general, he's used to commanding things and wanting things to work like they're supposed to. When his body was giving up on him, he was extremely depressed, frustrated, and took it out on everybody. It was preventing the healing process of where he needed to go, and he wanted to go home. So they called me in.

I had the therapist show me exactly what they've been working with him. I actually have a certification in what's called NDT, which is neurodevelopmental treatment. It's a specialized process for people who've had strokes or any kind of neurological deficit. I went to go work with him. While we're getting him to do certain things and perform certain tasks, he starts getting frustrated and he starts yelling. He starts yelling at his leg and he says, “See, it's worthless. It doesn't work. It's broken. I just don't need it anymore. Just cut it off.” I’m like, “Wait a minute, wait a minute.” Basically we just stopped right there and I just said, “I need you to repeat this phrase for me.” I said, “I want you to repeat, I love my body and my body loves me back.”

Well, okay, so imagine this general. He's looking at me like are you crazy? Seriously? He does this very sarcastic I love my body and my body loves me back. I’m like, “Not good enough. Say it like you mean it. And he goes, “Okay, well I love my body and my body loves me back.” And I went, “Okay, really mean it.” And I leaned into him and I looked him straight in the eye and I said, “Say it like you really mean it.” He literally started to cry and he goes, “I love my body and my body loves me back.” And I said, “Now let's do it.”

We started doing the same exact task we've been trying to do over and over and over again and failed and he succeeded. I mean to perfection. He was like, “Oh my gosh, this is crazy. Can we keep going?” I said, “Absolutely.” So we perform that task over and over and over again, which is of course creating muscle memory and also decreasing the neurological exchange that's going on, that is a deficit. He sits down on the mat completely exhausted, and he's like, “You're a miracle worker.” And I said, “No, you are. Once you started to believe in your body and to love your body back it rewarded you back by saying it loves you too.”

Why I bring that up is because that's one of the things I’ve learned throughout the time that I’ve been an integrative medicine doctor as well as a therapist. It's the mind, it's the emotions, it's the psychological, it's the mental that gets in the way many times, and if we don't look at that whole person and address all of that, then we're not going to get complete healing. You wouldn't learn that until you go through energy work, until you start to learn some of these different modalities and different methods to help people heal. We can't just heal the physical, we got to address the whole person.

[00:21:19] Ashley James: That is so true. We cannot just address the physical. We can't just take our bag of symptoms to a doctor and get given drugs. That's not health care. That's disease management, that's sick care. Health care is really holistic care, looking at emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, and energetic. Getting that they're all connected, and there's not one that's more important than the other. They all need to be addressed and they all affect each other. Sometimes, when we've tried doing physical and we're not getting results, then we need to look at energetic, spiritual, or mental, and emotional, and come in from that angle as well.

[00:22:08] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Yeah, his mind was getting in the way. That's one of the things that I would say that 85% of the clients that I see currently, truly there's an emotional and a mental deficit that is preventing them from healing. Part of that is the knowledge and the belief system that they can heal themselves, that they have that potential.

[00:22:36] Ashley James: Especially if they've been told by an MD, this is the way it is. This is as good as it's going to get. You can't heal. I was told by an endocrinologist when I was 19 that I'd never have kids, never. I was told by MDs that I would have diabetes the rest of my life. I can't even tell you how many countless times I was told by medical doctors that I would always be sick. This is as good as it's going to get. We're going to manage your disease with drugs, and there's no hope of a cure, no hope of getting healthy. And if you believe that, then all your behavior is going to reinforce that. Luckily, I go against the stream. I’m one of those stubborn people, and I’m going to completely do the opposite. I was like I’m not going to believe you and I’m not going to let my unconscious mind believe you either. But we have to catch ourselves.

[00:23:33] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: I’m going to prove you wrong.

[00:23:34] Ashley James: Right, but we have to catch our belief system and go what is in my belief system that has me sick, that has me staying sick, or has me not looking for answers?

[00:23:47] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Like I was saying, about 85% of the people who come to me, they come to me after they've been to every single specialist there is and every single one of them say there's nothing wrong with you. Here's a psych eval. Go get a psychological evaluation because there's nothing wrong with you. We can't find anything wrong with you. Yet this is a person who is showing up with so many chronic diseases of autoimmune, of thyroid, of lack of appetite, depression, anxiety. I mean you name it, and then of course, hearing that they don't know what's wrong with you only adds to the anxiety, only adds to the hopeless despair that is being created. I get a lot of that.

[00:24:33] Ashley James: So people come to you after, it's kind of like you're their last hope. Luckily you have a bag of tools to address everything—all the different angles. And you have a lot of experience with working with—I don't want to say hopeless cases but people who feel like hopeless cases, or people who the medical system has given up on them, or they've fallen through the cracks, or they're sick of being sick and they're sick of just being drugged and just having their symptoms managed instead of actually getting better, actually getting healthier.

There you were working with all these tools, realizing that there was a psychological, spiritual, and energetic component to rehab, to healing, in addition to all the physical manipulations that you can do to support people in their healing. What next? I love that reiki was your gateway into all this because reiki's awesome. I’ve been doing it since I was like 16 years old, I think. What happened next that had you go fully into becoming a Ph.D. in Integrative Medicine?

[00:25:44] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Well, the difficult thing for me was as an occupational therapist, you had to always have an order from an MD to do what it was that you wanted to with a patient. When they don't believe in what you're doing, then oftentimes, those orders wouldn't be approved. Therefore, you couldn't deliver it to that client or to that patient. If you say you want to do essential oils for pain management, they're like well there's no science in that so no, we're not going to do it. Or there's no science in the acupuncture, acupressure, or anything like that. We'd get turned down a lot of the services that we wanted to provide, and so that was very discouraging because I knew that these modalities would actually help these clients.

When I would see that happen a lot, especially with particular physicians or something like that, I would always invite them to come and observe a session or let me teach you. Let me show you exactly what this is about. Or I'd say give me your worst client that you have. The one that you've either been struggling with for pain management or something like that and just let me do what I do and then you can tell me whether you find that this is valid or not.

In fact, I'd have some of the physicians come and attend some of my classes, and they would stay afterwards and I would show them because they'd say there's no evidence that these acupuncture points exist. I said, “Yes, there is and let me show you.”

[00:27:19] Ashley James: It's only a 5000-year-old system of medicine. No evidence—5000-year-old system of medicine.

[00:27:28] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Exactly. I would hook them up with an electrical stim unit and allow them to feel the acupuncture points. When they would be over an actual point, they would feel the intensity move up their finger as they're tracing the meridian. When they would go over a master point, which is an extremely powerful acupuncture point, the intensity would go up even higher. Then they'd be like, “Oh my gosh.” And I said, “Follow that meridian all the way and they would feel every single point.” And then they're like, “Okay, okay, okay. I get it, I get it. Who did you want to see?” So they would start giving me the list.

That got me to start thinking about what I want to do? It all started with my niece who she was diagnosed with a very bad cancer, a tumor in her brain. It had been misdiagnosed for almost a couple of years. All they kept looking at were the symptoms. She was having pain in her head, she'd have weakness, she'd have some issues with cognition to where she would forget where her classes were, which when you've been going to school for a couple of years at the same school you don't forget where your classes are. She'd have a hard time concentrating. She'd have some visual deficits and things like that that would just show up.

They kept treating her as if she had allergies, if she had sinus infections, or things like that, and they would just give her medications. Until the day that one whole side of her body went paralyzed and then of course parents took her in the emergency room, instantly got a CAT scan and they found a tumor about the size of a grapefruit in the back of her brain. She instantly went in for surgery and I loved her surgeon. This neurosurgeon was amazing. He had the best bedside manner. He was really, really good.

She went through the surgery, they got about 98% of it out, and then she was a candidate then for chemo and radiation. They got enough of it out but it grew so fast that she never got to have that. I mean, she did take some radiation and stuff like that but the side effects were so horrific.

[00:29:52] Ashley James: Of the chemo and radiation?

[00:29:55] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: The chemo and the radiation. She was basically on every kind of trial there was to try to overcome it. Every single one of them just failed and made her feel worse. She gained over 150 pounds because they put her onto a steroid, that steroid just packed the pounds on her, and she basically became immobile. She basically was stuck in her bed for the last, I'd say, six months of her life. This was a very active, vibrant, vivacious young girl and to see this happen.

I would go down to her house every weekend for the whole two years that she was sick, give her mom some relief, and just have fun with her. I would use some of my modalities. I would use some of the reiki. I would use some of the acupressure. I would use some of the aromatherapy with her and found that she was getting some really good relief. She wasn't having the nightmare. She wasn't having the painful episodes, the difficulty with cognition, things like that, and it gave her some quality of life. So that in itself told me that this was working.

After she had passed, she did pass away when she was 18. She actually passed on her mother's and my birthday. We consider that her new birth, but that actually got me motivated to want to do more and to use more of the holistic way of healing. I started looking for universities. That's when I decided to go back to school. I want to say I was 54 or 52 when I went back to school. I thought you're never too old to go back and get your Ph.D., just do it. So I did, and I’m so glad I did.

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[00:31:52] Ashley James: That is so cool. Her death and her suffering, at the hand of the medical system, showed you that you really wanted to explore tools that could have helped her.

[00:32:15] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Yes, and as a Ph.D., I don't diagnose and I don't treat. I know that sounds strange, then how do you work with clients? Well, I don't treat because when you talk about diagnosing and treating, that's more of the MD side of things—the medical doctor side of things. When it comes to a Ph.D., I’m allowed to be able to identify energetic imbalances in the body that cause disease, and then train the body, train the person on how to overcome those imbalances or those that lead to the disease state.

I always make that really clear with my clients is that they get a little confused with the treatment part, but what I’m doing is training the body to return back to homeostasis. Training sticks, treating doesn't. Treating is really just treating the side effects and it's really just, like you said, a maintenance type of program. Whereas I truly feel that the training piece, which includes education of that client; which includes resources; which includes training the brain, training the muscles, and training the neurological system to do what it's supposed to.

As a Ph.D., I’m allowed to do what I want to with my clients. I don't have to have a physician's order to do what I want to, and that's what really drove me into the Ph.D. program was to be able to say what it is that I want to do with this client and not have someone telling me I can't do this and manage it. That's where the true empowerment came from.

[00:33:59] Ashley James: In studying integrative medicine, you have many tools now. You gave me the tour of your clinic—and in this room, and in this room, and in this room—you have a lot of tools, and it's really cool. You can work long distances with people. You can also do work in person, if someone wants to come to Republic, Washington, which is a beautiful place. Do you feel now that you have tools that could have helped your friend? I mean, this is all hypothetical. But had she not chosen chemo and radiation, do you think you have tools that could have helped her?

[00:34:44] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: That's hard to say because originally, I didn't even know she was having any symptoms or anything going on with her until the diagnosis came. And at that point, it was so huge and so big at the time that it's hard to say whether I could have. Now, with the remote Biofeedback, yes, I can work with degeneration, which is a form of the cancer and the use of the modality, but I’m not sure if I can actually say that I would have been able to cure her. I feel sometimes we have to go through a process. I know this is going to sound terrible, but I think we had to go through this process with her so we could learn how to live because that's the one thing that she taught us was how to live. How to live while you're dying.

She had this wonderful phrase where she said, she would always say that she had a really great sense of tumor versus sense of humor.

[00:35:55] Ashley James: Oh my gosh. That's really beautiful. My mom passed away of cancer, and she did not do chemo radiation She chose not to. By the time they found it, it was end-stage. I guess she was just so healthy. When you look in Naturopathic medicine there's an idea that we have a strong vis or the body has a strong will to be healthy. Some people have a weak vis or their constitution is weaker. Those who have a strong constitution, which my mom did, unfortunately, those kind of people will push their body to the point of breaking before they know something's wrong, and that was my mom. She was healthy, healthy, healthy, dying of cancer. It was just like that—one or the other.

It was Easter of 2002, Easter came late that year, it was like late March. Easter 2002, she was having pain in her side, went to her chiropractor because she thought she threw her rib out during yoga. She called me and I was having the same pain. I’ve got that intuition thing where if someone's injured I feel the pain in the same area. I called my mom and I was telling her about my pain. She's like, I have the pain in the same area too, which is like the liver radiating and she thought it was a rib.

She goes to the chiropractor, the chiropractor immediately sends her—he's such a good chiropractor—says, “You are going in today for an ultrasound of your liver. Something's wrong.” She was in Florida. She got an ultrasound. That day flew to Ottawa, Canada, got into an MRI that night, and by that night was diagnosed with liver cancer. She passed away July 26 of that year. She was just doing some natural medicine, which the doctors actually think extended her life by a few months because of the size of the cancer and how it had metastasized to her lungs, her colon, and all these other areas.

But watching her go through that emotional process of knowing you're dying, accepting it, and also—living while dying. Yeah, I can understand that. There was a lot of sadness and regret, and also a lot of love and surprise. She couldn't believe how supportive my dad was during that time because my dad was always one of those people that's just like, suck it up. You're not sick. Stop telling your body you're sick. Suck it up. He was by her bedside 24/7 and there's so much love pouring out of him. 

My mom never in a million years would have thought that he would be so nurturing, and he's like of course, this is real. He never wanted to give any mental power to feed into an illness. When you have a fever, just tell your body you're well. That was his thing, mind over matter. But she thought he would just tell her to suck it up. You have cancer, suck it up. It's just really funny watching that they actually healed their marriage, and it was really beautiful to watch. There is so much love and healing going on.

Yeah, I can look at aspects of her final weeks and months and see the emotional beauty in it. We're all going to die, and if we can gain those lessons, those learnings, if we can spread that love then, then that's beautiful.

[00:39:52] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: She also knew where she was going as well. She had a very strong belief system. She was able to share with me what it was like, where she was going. That also gave her some of that comfort as well and that strength. What was so beautiful was just that she maintained her humor through the whole thing. She would make us laugh even when she was hurting. She also helped me understand how I can help others when they're going through that process as well. Everybody has a to-do list, something that they've wanted to accomplish, something that they wanted to get done. That was my job was to help her with the things that she needed to accomplish before she passed.

One of those was we wrote letters to every single one of her family members that she wanted to leave information to, her friends and so on. When she was having some of those lucid moments where she could keep some make some really good language and express what she wants to, I wrote so quickly what it was she wanted them to hear and say and kind of her last memories of them. So on the day of the service, I was able to give those letters to each of these individuals, which was one of the greatest gifts that she's given to any of them because she lived on. We recorded every session that we had together. We videotaped things, just so that we could share the memories.

She has two younger sisters that are twins. I interviewed her for all the moments that she was going to be missing like prom, graduation, and things like that that the kids would be involved in. I said, “Okay, so the twins are getting ready for their prom. What's the day like and what are you guys doing?” I recorded that so that they could have that memory too because I know. It's not just us that's losing this wonderful person, it's the family too. She got to live on, and she still does.

[00:42:06] Ashley James: And really, healing is about not just our body. We're not just a meat sack. We have to look at the impact we have on others and our family and go beyond that. That's really beautiful to take into account as part of healing. To take into account those around us that both impact our life and that we impact their lives. I love that idea of recording for future events. That's really beautiful.

What comes to mind is Dr. Hamer's work with Meta-medicine. Where do you stand on that? I’m sure you've studied that as one possible way of understanding cancer. Where do you stand on that now as a perspective with your experience with your friend who passed away of brain cancer?

[00:43:06] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Well, I truly feel like whatever the body creates the body can heal. When we have a virus such as cancer that invades our body, I truly feel we can heal it, and it's on the way in which we approach it. With my niece, the way we approached it was the way that she was able to manage some of her pain and also to try to decrease that tumor as it was starting to grow is we started using visualization techniques where I said, “Okay, act like it's a Pac-man and that Pac-man is eating that tumor.” She'd try it and then she would go, “Yeah, it doesn't work.” I said, “What would work?” And she goes, “How about Alka-Seltzer? I’m putting this little Alka-Seltzer tablet in a glass of water and it's just sizzling, and as it's bubbling away it's destroying the tumor.” I said, “Go for it.” 

She was even using a form of meditation at that point. I feel like when we can actually identify that there is something foreign in our body, because we all know we have cancer that resides in our body. It's just not active at this point. When we identify and it's starting to show some symptoms that we do have it, then let's destroy it through our body. Let's identify it and use all the means we can.

I feel that that's where this integrative medicine comes in is identifying it, using the body's potential to heal itself, and to get rid of it. Some medications won’t work. I agree that sometimes we do want to use medications, and that would be in the acute episodes of a distressful situation such as heart attacks, high blood pressure, or something like that. Get people to a point where they're stable, but now we have to take them off the medication. 

I think that's where we are not really doing what we need to in the medical field right now is getting people off the medications that got them to a point where they're stable. Get them to a point where they're able to manage it through their diet and do these drastic changes that need to happen in their lifestyle changes and then let's get to work. But get them off the medications because we're not designed to be on them.

[00:45:19] Ashley James: Yeah, no kidding. I know cancer's a tough one because if we're looking at everything that led up to it, the terrain of the body and the years it took. There are holistic oncologists and naturopathic oncologists and they say it can take somewhere up to eight years before it actually appears as a tumor right. Some cancers and some forms of cancer take many years to get to the point where the body's gotten sick enough, worn down enough, or toxic enough to create that cancer. 

There are different schools of thought like with Dr. Hamer's work, the belief that that it's an emotional event so jarring that the person could not comprehend or overcome it, and the body's neurological and hormonal response to a major emotional event, which he did over 30,000 case studies on and was able to actually help some of those people reverse the cancers by working on the emotional component of what triggered it. 

I’m sorry, I’m having a brain fog. I interviewed him, I’m having a brain fog at the moment. His last name is Dr. Simoncini in Italy. He believes all cancer is a form of candida basically. He's been able to, with over 70% success rate, kill tumors—even brain tumors—by making a—and this is a great interview to listen to by the way for anyone who wants to listen to something just totally freaky. He creates a port, but he's a surgeon. He creates a port going into the vasculature that feeds the tumor and then makes a solution of sodium bicarbonate, which he says everyone knows. Everyone knows that's how you kill candida. You kill yeast with sodium bicarbonate solution. 

He would just basically mix these two together in a very specific solution and pour it into the tumor. It's not going to damage the body. The body just has a buffer system to bring up or down the pH as needed. But he pours this into the tumor and most of the time, that day or within days the tumor is dead—gone. He has over 70% success rate, which means maybe in some cases it's not candida. But we're looking at this, for these holistic doctors who have exceptional results with cancer, that on some levels, there's an emotional component and people's cancer goes away after that. On some level, we've heard of some people who had like skin cancer just completely fall off and go away when they used a concentrated form of cannabis topically. We hear these things.

[00:48:38] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Yeah, Rick Simpson.

[00:48:39] Ashley James: Right, Rick Simpson oil. There are some great videos that are like 15 years old on YouTube of Rick Simpson talking about these or about 12 years ago. It's all fringe because of course with the way our medical system is now, the only acceptable form of medicine in the United States and in many other countries that follow suit is surgery, chemo, radiation. But if we go to Europe, a standard form is also used, in addition to those. They also use hyperbaric chambers, ozone therapy, and hyperthermia. Those treatments are not allowed to be used by oncologists here, but are regularly used by oncologists in Europe with success. 

And then we have the more fringe stuff like Dr. Simoncini putting sodium bicarbonate. Can you imagine if all the oncologists in the United States just started off by using sodium bicarbonate solution directly poured into the vasculature of the tumor through a port, just to see if that could kill it first. First of all, how many lives we could save, how much money the pharmaceutical companies wouldn't make right. Unfortunately, there's that money component.

But looking at this, there's also a belief that tumors are related to parasites. Just this summer there was some great research that came out where they were able to isolate the microbiome of tumors. They discovered that specific tumors have a different microbiome than the rest of the body, and now they've started creating diagnostic tools that they can actually detect—either in blood or saliva—the microbiome of tumors. Specifically identify before the tumor ever gets big enough to show on a scan. 

They'll be able to detect the tumor because the microbiome, which then leads us to think if the body is so out of balance that it has these kinds of bacteria in it. The body's like a petri dish. It's going to give this bad bacteria a home. Is that the cause of the cancer, or does the cancer itself then create? What happens? Does the cancer create the microbiome? Does the microbiome create cancer? There's so much to explore here, and we're really limited in the holistic space because we're up against the pharmaceutical industry that really wants to protect its dollars. But we have to be open-minded.

You have, at your fingertips, the tools that support the body's ability to come into balance. You can work with nutrition, you can work with energy, lifestyle changes, detoxification methods. Your whole thing is not treating the disease but actually just supporting the body's ability to come back into balance. Because if the petri dish of the body is so healthy, it cannot support the candida. It cannot support the parasites. It cannot support that disease from living in it. This is where we are. We have to rise above the pharmaceutical philosophy where they're just treating symptoms, and come at it from your perspective.

Since you graduated and you became a Ph.D. in Integrative Medicine, you've been working with all kinds of amazing clients doing this kind of therapy. What have you been really happy to achieve? I know you don't do the work, the person does the work. I get you're not treating them, but what are you really happy about? With the results that your clients have received, what are you really, really excited about?

[00:52:34] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Well, first of all, to go back to what you were talking about, I agree with everything you said about the emotions, about the bioterrain, about parasites, and candida. I have found that candida has been a leading cause of many of the people that I see related to cancer. We started working on getting rid of the candida through diet and through different supplements and stuff like that, as well as through detoxing. Found that they started to show a decrease in those symptoms as well. I agree with everything you said.

Louise Hay actually talks about how emotions have a huge impact on our disease process and looking at some of the unresolved emotions that may be leading to those diseases and causing them. That's one of the things that I always recommend to my clients is that they read that book, for example, because oftentimes, there is an unmet emotion or unresolved emotion that is causing some of this disease in their body.

But to get back to your question, yes, I have these resources that are available, and I love it. What I love the most about what I’m able to provide to my clients is giving them their power back. What I mean by that is giving them their power to heal themselves, to know that they can, to love themselves again—that's a big one, to resolve some of those hurts, and to realize that we don't have to always look for other people's approval of who we are, what we've become. It's really only our own approval of what we are doing, who we are, what we want to become.

I think because of the advent of social media and how much social media people are involved in and just media in general, we've given our power to so many other people that now they own our power. The medical industry, the pharmaceutical industry, they own our power because they basically say, I can't heal you unless you take this, or I don't know what's wrong with you therefore you need to have a psych eval, or all of this. Yet the power is within. We just have to help them find it.

That's what I love when I see my client say, oh, aha. They have an aha moment or they go, so this is why, and then they resolve it and they're feeling so amazing. All the symptoms that they were having are gone and they're actually having a joyous life. Then they're like is this supposed to be what it's like? Because they've been living in this world for so long of lack, of feeling that they're not worth it. One of the questions I always ask is what do you love about yourself? If it takes 10 minutes to come up with one thing that they love about themselves, we need to work on that self-love first because healing will have a hard time happening if you don't love yourself.

That's what I like the most is what I’m passing on to most of my clients is that ability to love themselves and knowing that it's okay to do it. That you don't have to do this brainwashing, and really work with the children now too. I am working with younger children and helping them realize to love your body, to love your mind, love who you are. Don't let others turn you into somebody that you aren't because of getting their approval, wanting them to be liked, or something like that. Just shine bright and live very comfortably in that light.


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[00:56:28] Ashley James: Can you share with us some specific results that clients have achieved through working with you?

[00:56:38] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: How long is your show?

[00:56:44] Ashley James: Stories of success. Any that come to mind that you want to share.

[00:56:48] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Well, I actually have several. One of the first ones is a lady who had come in to see me mainly just because she just wanted to feel better. Really had no real specific illness or anything like that. Just didn't feel quite herself and just wanted to feel better. As I’m doing my assessment on her and I’m reviewing her symptomology and the things that she wants, one of the first things I always ask is can I look at your tongue? As she's sticking her tongue out I notice that half of her tongue is paralyzed. I’m like, “Interesting, what happened here?” She goes, “Oh, I had a surgical procedure. It was an endarterectomy and they nicked a nerve. Basically, this half of my tongue has been paralyzed ever since.” I said, “Well, how long was that?” She goes, “About three years ago.”

I went, “Really? And it hasn't regenerated?” She goes, “No, they said basically, there's nothing they can do.” She'd gone to speech therapy, she went to different things and nothing changed. I went, huh, okay. I’m thinking to myself, I’m going to look at that and see if I can address that with my Biofeedback. So I did, and I worked on her for a total of three sessions. After the first session she came back the next week and she said, “Is it my imagination or is my tongue getting better?” I said, “Well, let me look at it.” So she sticks it out and there is some movement. I’m like, it does look like it's getting better, but I didn't want to give her false hope so I said, “Well, I think there is some improvement.”

So I worked on her again, and the next time she comes back and she goes, “Oh there's definitely some improvement.” I said, “Show me,” so she showed me again. The last time I saw her she had full function of her tongue. The one thing that we were working on was the slurring of the speech because as a result of the tongue being paralyzed for so long, she had developed these behaviors or these patterns within her speech where it would come off as slurred speech, so she sounded like she was always drunk.

She had called me one day and left me a message and said, “You're not going to believe it but now I have full function on my tongue. I actually got to eat a hamburger for the first time without having to chop it up into little bites. And I didn't have to take my finger and sweep the inside of my cheek to get the pocketing of the food out. I was actually able to use my tongue. Now, when I speak, people don't think I’m drunk all the time because I’m not slurring my words.” When I see her in town I’ll ask her, “Stick out your tongue,” and she'll stick it out very sassily with a lot of flair because she can because it's working. 

Did I anticipate that that would work, or that I would see an improvement in that? I didn't, but the belief system you know is a strong thing. Sometimes we're giving miracles like that, and she was one of those miracles where I really didn't think—I mean, not that I didn't think it would work. I was just keeping it open. Letting the universe do the work that it needed to.

[01:00:13] Ashley James: You didn't have expectations. The way you do the Biofeedback, which you can do in person or remote, which is my experience. The remote worked. It's helping whatever the body needs to correct. It goes through every system of the body and whatever the body needs to correct it does. It's so interesting. I’m a master practitioner and trainer of neuro-linguistic programming. My teacher worked with a client who was in a fire and had half of his face scarred. He did emotional work called timeline therapy where he healed from the emotional scarring of those events, and the man's skin—this is years before. The doctors are like you will always have a disfigured face, you always have these scar burns.

What I think is really interesting is how the skin remembers to keep creating scar tissue. I’ve taken anatomy in college. I understand. There are layers of the skin. You damage the layer deep enough, you damage that third layer, and you're done, you've always got a scar. This is what the medical system says. But the body has to keep creating scar tissue because we constantly are shedding skin. The body has to remember to not produce healthy normal skin and instead produce a scar over and over and over and over and over again long after the scar isn't needed anymore. The scar isn’t needed, but the memory, the body keeps doing it.

This is what I think is funny because we've learned now in more recent years that even adults have stem cells. If our body has the ability to produce stem cells, we can recreate healthy skin. What's going on? But there's a belief to hold on to scars. After he did this emotional work called timeline therapy, which I’m a huge fan of and also a master practitioner and trainer of, his face started having the scar dissipate over time because it takes a few weeks or whatever for new skin to rise to the surface and he no longer had the scars on his face of the fire. That's just one example. There are so many other examples or stories where the body, whence the emotions are healed, the belief system changed, the body follows suit.

For your client, was the nerve actually damaged three years later, or was she holding on to them—the body on an energetic level is holding on to the memory of the injury and continuing to perpetuate the injury into the future? You've seen this in occupational therapy because people will hold on to a holding pattern in their gait. You watch them walk in their gait as they walk away towards you, and you'll see where the body is holding on to an old injury or compensating for an injury that's no longer there.

Z-Health is a great form of medicine designed by a chiropractor where you wipe away mentally by working on the nerves in all the joints. You wipe the slate clean so your brain resets back to normal. I’ve seen people who have been holding on to old injuries after doing even one session of Z-Health walk differently, move their bodies differently like more freely. Again, you cannot separate the unconscious, the mind, or energy or energetic body, from the physical. It's all connected. But how much of our illness is being perpetuated by our belief system? How much of our illness is being perpetuated by a memory that our body has to continue to hold on to it?

I love the work you do because you're resetting the brain, you're resetting the belief system, you're resetting the body back to homeostasis.

[01:04:54] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Well, it's also finding out how this disease serves this person. That's one thing that is a hard question to ask because most people will say what are you trying to say? That I’m coming up with this on my own and that I’m manifesting this? I said, “Well let's talk about that.” Because some of the really big breakthroughs that I’ve seen as well with clients is when you realize that they have become their diagnosis. Now they associate themselves with it.

For example, I learned this in some of the work with Dr. Joe Dispenza. When we keep referring to our diagnosis of let's say fibromyalgia. He calls this the water cooler conversation when all the people at work get together, they start talking about their weekend, and they're standing at the water cooler. Everybody will be talking about the fun that they had, and then you have that one person that says, well because of my fibromyalgia I wasn't able to do this, because of my fibromyalgia I wasn't able to do this, and because of that, I wasn't able to do this.

So basically, they're making their fibromyalgia much stronger in their body. It's wherever you place your focus you place your energy. The more energy they put towards that fibromyalgia, the more symptoms that they would have. So then, you have to ask what do you gain from telling people you have fibromyalgia or even acknowledging that you have it? What's the gain that you get? Oftentimes, this is where I’ve seen some huge breakthroughs with my clients because that's a question that's really hard to ask because then they have to ask themselves that same question about what am I gaining from it?

In many cases, what they're getting is the attention of people. They're getting the love from, let's say, a spouse that because you have this pain I’m going to take care of this for you, or not having to do the housework, or not having to do this or what. So internally, there is a return on that investment of fibromyalgia.

Once you can actually identify, and I’m not saying this happens with everybody, but in some of the most chronic conditions that I’ve seen where it's really been debilitating when we can do that level of work and get that acknowledgment or even who hurt you when you're a child? Or going to the ancestral piece of healing and going back to that child and healing the child from all these traumas that they may have experienced that now is starting to manifest as an adult. 

When we can go back and do that, that's when you get that aha, you see it, and it's like wow. And then they come back and they say, ”You're not going to believe what happened. I went a whole week without any pain because I didn't need it anymore. It wasn't serving me anymore. I didn't need it anymore.” And that's a beautiful thing.

[01:08:03] Ashley James: Fascinating. You've worked with people who have the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

[01:08:12] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Yes. I work with all different types of pain.

[01:08:16] Ashley James: Oh, yeah. Absolutely, I bet. But specifically, fibromyalgia is very invasive. I have a friend—this was 10 years ago, 12 years ago. She showed me two drawers in her nightstand, two nightstand drawers full of meds to manage her fibromyalgia. She also had a morphine pump. She had some kind of pump attached to her body that would constantly drip a pain medicine. I think it was morphine. I was talking to her about nutrition and how Dr. Wallach, who's one of my mentors, says that fibromyalgia is a nutrition deficiency—largely mineral deficiency—and a lot of times, even just incorporating selenium really helps. 

I talked to her about wanting to get her on all 90 essential nutrients—vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids. I think she just went out to any old store and bought selenium. I don't even know if it was good quality selenium or whatever, but she got on it. I was talking to her like, “Okay, please, take some vitamins, take some minerals.” I was showing her the ones that I’ve been using for the last 10 years, and she reported to me that she cut her pain meds in half. Literally, an entire nightstand drawer of meds is gone. That's just by incorporating one of the 60 minerals that the body needs. That just goes to show.

Now, of course, you have to look at the mental and emotional component, the spiritual, and the energetic. You have to look at everything, but man, if you can have just that much leeway—cut your meds in half by incorporating one mineral. That would be the gateway. Okay, I’m all in. Let's do holistic medicine. Let's see how better I can get. But when we have a secondary gain from a disease—like if it really is on an unconscious level—giving us something that we're lacking, then then we're not really motivated to fully heal it. Because maybe it's part of our identity at that point, or maybe it's how we compensate for wanting love or attention.

[01:10:34] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: I actually got to see this with my dissertation that I did for my Ph.D. My topic was on chronic pain, and I was using ultrasound over acupuncture points as my intervention. I was using qEEG, which is qualitative EEG, to map the brain prior to the intervention and after the intervention to see how the brain would change as a result of this intervention. I would do the EEG first and see where the pain manifested itself in the brain based on the brain wave activity. And then I would do the intervention. The intervention was based on whatever their pain was and everything else. I used the same five points with each of my clients, and then I used five different points based on their specific level of pain. That way, I could do a really good analysis of how the points work.

Every single person in my study showed a significant reduction in their pain just from one session of the ultrasound over acupuncture points. But what I did find—I was expecting to see this but I wasn't sure if I would—is that the people who had an emotional attachment to the pain. What I mean by that is whether it was brought on by another person's accident, an injury, or let's say a physical abuse of some sort, if there was a huge amount of emotional attachment to it, the pain symptoms went down, but the pain response moved from the sensory-motor cortex of the brain to the emotional part of the brain.

That showed me how strongly the emotions hold pain in the body. That also opened up a whole new avenue for me to address pain and really look at the emotional attachment to it. The ones that had no emotional attachment to the pain, their pain completely went away. That showed me, first and foremost, that this intervention works.

The second thing that was a wonderful experience was to see how emotions have a huge impact. That's why when we're giving pharmaceuticals, why the pharmaceuticals don't work. When someone who is in so much pain wants to get an increase in their pharmaceutical medication or another one, and they're being considered a drug seeker or something like that from the pharmacy or from the physician or whomever, it's because we are not actually getting to the root cause of the pain. We're just covering it. It's up to the practitioners to identify that, and we haven't. That's where we're failing our clients.

When I saw this study, when I actually saw it with my own eyes, I looked at pain in a whole another way. That in itself has helped so much with my clients getting better. Because one of the things with the Biofeedback—when I am assessing somebody on that—it will always bring emotion to whatever we're looking at, and it's a subconscious unconscious emotion. When I see this emotion come up, I’ll ask them, “So this is showing a resistance to change. Let's talk about that.” They're like, “Oh, yeah. That's totally me.” Or there's some anger, frustration, anxiety, or something associated with it. Let's talk about that. Let's resolve that so that this condition has a better potential to heal.

[01:14:27] Ashley James: Oh my gosh. Your Ph.D. dissertation sounds amazing. What an incredible experience to actually see that for those who were holding on an emotional level, the pain was there. Physical pain was there actually because there was emotion around it. That you could actually see it move into the emotional centers of the brain. Were you able to help those people? Did you work on healing emotions? And then did you see in the brain scan that it was gone?

[01:15:07] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Well, for the time of the study I didn't get to actually do any additional testing afterward because I was leasing the equipment and it was quite expensive, so I wasn’t able to do that one. But when I was able to share the results with these individuals—as far as the emotional component to it—then that actually started the work of the healing of really identifying that when it came to that. The ones that had the healing from just the points and no emotional component, I just showed them which points to use and how to press on those points and to help relieve their pain if it should ever come back. That gives them their tools as well. That gives them their power back. But yeah, we did address the emotional piece to it.

[01:15:56] Ashley James: Normally I don't glorify pharmaceuticals, as you can imagine. I did this really interesting interview with a psychologist who works with ketamine for healing emotions. He has a clinic that has an incredible success rate. I think it's over 70% success rate in helping people with addiction. Whereas I think Betty Ford, for example, is 30% or less than that success rate—in terms of people quitting alcohol or drugs and then never getting back on them. They have an incredibly high success rate, and that's because of the ketamine—much like LSD but half the half-life in the body. LSD maybe you're tripping for 12 hours or something, whereas ketamine, they can dose it so you're only in that state for about four to six hours. And then during that time, they do therapy.

But what it does, and these are people who have huge emotional wounds. People who have come back from war, they have post-traumatic stress, they've been in abusive relationships. They're using substances to just numb and cope with the horrors that their brain keeps reliving. The ketamine, like LSD—and they've done studies on this for many years, and also microdosing psilocybin—magic mushrooms. Some psychologists do that as well. They all pretty much do the same thing where it has the critical faculty melt away and allow us to gain positive learnings from those experiences without being triggered and traumatized while working through them. 

What's very interesting—so this doctor has a clinic and he's working with the ketamine basically helping people open up so they can do the therapy, and then they really get to the root cause, and they have incredible results. But he himself had chronic, chronic, chronic shoulder pain for years that was debilitating shoulder pain. He didn't want to get addicted to pain meds, and it was because he tore a bunch of stuff in his shoulder from martial arts years before. He kept re-injuring it. It was just a really messy deal. He did one dose of ketamine without any therapy—just one dose of ketamine—and the pain went away for six months. One tiny dose, and then he says every six months he takes a microdose. He takes a microdose every six months.

It's interesting because he said some people get emotional healing by themselves. They just do this one dose of ketamine, and of course, this is all in a therapeutic setting. They take away cell phones, they don't have the TV on, there are no magazines, there are no books because your mind is open now and anything could come in. But some people go through huge healing just by being in that state and working out stuff, working out stuff on their own. That's what he did.

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[01:19:19] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: I love it.

[01:19:20] Ashley James: He has had people who no longer have post-traumatic stress, no longer have major psychological episodes, and no longer have an addiction. The side effect of this treatment is also people who are in chronic pain for years no longer have chronic pain. Again, I don't love to glorify any kind of medication, but there are tools that we can use when we need it. But looking that it sped up the process so they could actually do the emotional work, and the emotional work was able to then have them no longer have chronic pain, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, fear running their life, and substance abuse, which is fascinating.

If we can heal and really acknowledge that our pain and disease can be at the root, in the emotional centers of the brain. When we work on that in conjunction with eating a healthy diet and all those other things to just support the body as a whole, but that acknowledge that mental and emotional health is incredibly important and that we can address it with these amazing technologies like remote Biofeedback, which is really cool.

[01:20:40] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Well, you know what, Ashley, I learned a lot from this one client pertaining to this particular topic. As we were doing the emotional work when it came to her pain level, she was basically saying, “I have all these friends and family that never come to see me, but the pain is something I can rely on every day that will come.”

[01:21:05] Ashley James: Whoa.

[01:21:07] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: I was like, yeah, exactly. I had the same response. I was like, wow, that really showed a lot of work on her part to acknowledge that, to notice it, and then to say this is why I have it. This is why I keep it because it's the one thing I can rely on every single day that will show up at my door is pain. I never looked at it that way, but that was quite mind-blowing for me. The pain had actually become her friend.

So it made me look at it in a different light, and then we just needed to identify something else. That was really her own sense of self-worth, and that you don't need outside people to provide you the love and all of that. Let's work on the love inside and let's work on that own self-esteem, that self-love to where you don't care if people call you, want to speak to you, or whatever because you have the joy in your heart. You have that joy.

But that was kind of an aha moment for me as well. I love it when I get to learn from my clients because I feel like every opportunity that we are with clients is a learning opportunity as well. As far as how we can help others, as far as how we can help even ourselves in our own personal life. That was pretty profound for me to hear that.

[01:22:27] Ashley James: That's amazing. I’m still blown away by your work when you did your Ph.D. dissertation. What an incredible experience and also to then turn around and show the client like see, here's your brain. Look, the chronic pain moved into these emotional centers. I know several people with chronic pain who there's no medical reason for it. They do scans, oh there's nothing. There's nothing there. There's no medical reason for it. Go for a psych eval, whatever. They just get on stronger and stronger pain meds, which the body adapts to and can basically override. The medical system doesn't answer for them because they don't see anything on a scan.

When you show someone here's your pain—in your brain here's the pain—and look it moved now because of the acupressure. Here, the root of it's actually over here in the emotional center, and you're showing them. First of all, you believe them. There's actual evidence. There's a reason for it. You're not crazy. It's not all in your head. It's in your brain, but it's not all made up.

It's very validating. I just remember feeling so sick for so many years and the doctor's really not having any answers for me until I went to natural medicine. It was very validating 12 years ago when I went to a holistic—she was an MD who actually gave up her MD-ness, gave up her license when she realized she was just a drug dealer. What she really wanted to do was be an integrative functional medicine practitioner and really ahead of her time.

She showed me in labs that no other MD had drawn because they all said, okay, there's nothing really wrong with you. She showed me in labs why I was so sick and that I needed natural medicine to get better. She showed me that path, and that was so validating. Oh, here's why you can't get out of bed. Here's why you are so tired. Here's why you are like walking dead every day. She showed me on those labs and she could validate it instead of all the other doctors that basically just wanted to put me on drug after drug and said there's no evidence for it. And then natural medicine got me well so fast that I dedicated my life to wanting to share this information, you have as well.

So helping someone who has been suffering for years, to show them that their suffering is valid—it's real—then help them heal from it, and then help them come back into balance. Can you tell us more about the remote Biofeedback, specifically the SCIO—the work that you do? How does it work? Can you just walk us through or paint the picture so we have a deeper understanding of it?

[01:25:45] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Absolutely. Well, first of all, I have the pleasure and the leisure of being able to have as long of a session with the client as I want. My minimum amount of time that I spend with a client is two hours, and that's almost unheard of these days. But in those two hours, you get a lot accomplished. What I see is that most of the time, within the first 15, 20, 30 minutes, the client is just getting warmed up.

What I mean by that is they're just getting comfortable with someone actually sitting there actively listening, hearing what they have to say, believing in what they have to say as well, and validating. Like what you just said, that their symptoms are real, that they're not going crazy, that they know their body better than anybody else, and they know when it's not right.

Intuitively, they know there's something wrong with their body. For me to be able to spend the two hours that I want to with a client allows me that opportunity to really get to know them, not only the emotional, but like you, I do the neuro-linguistic programming as well, and I look for that non-verbal language that's telling me things that they're not ready to tell me yet but their body's telling me. That helps me identify areas to look into when I go into the Biofeedback.

The way that the Biofeedback works, especially remotely, is they send me a sample of hair or saliva and a questionnaire that I sent to them to complete that I can actually then enter that data into the computer. Most of the time, I like to have them on the phone with me on Skype or in other means so that they can also see the same screen that I am using with the Biofeedback because I feel education is so important. Especially educating them as to how their body works and how it responds, and looking at it in a different perspective, not as a computer, but that this is a live being that is full of emotions and psychological issues and so on.

The way that the Biofeedback works, with the hair sample, it's not a cut sample. It is actually hair that is pulled from the scalp that has the root ball. Because anybody who's ever had a hair analysis, you want to pull the hair and get a root ball because that's your DNA and so it reads your DNA. Similar to a cell phone, with a cell phone you have a specific phone number. You can be anywhere in the world and you can be located. That's how this Biofeedback works.

When I put that hair sample or the saliva sample on the SCIO box, it has this metal plate on the top that reads things. If somebody wants their water tested, for example, they just bring in a water sample and I place it on the box and it'll read their water to tell me if there are any pollutants in there that are not working for them. It's going against their own constitution and things like that if there are any heavy metals things like that in there.

The same thing with their hair or their saliva, it reads it. It's being able to then to find them wherever they are in the world. They can either be on the phone or just be completely laying on their couch with no connection with me whatsoever, it's still working. Like the phone, it picks up their frequency, their vibration, and then it reads it. On my computer then with the SCIO, it's reading everything energetically from the lymphatic system to the blood, to hormones, to scanning the spine, the nerves, the cranial nerves, teeth. I can actually do a dental assessment to see five different areas of decay and things like that’s going on, which is absolutely amazing. The chakra systems, the auras, I mean everything. Literally, I don't know if there's anything that I can't touch at this point, and it reads it.

As it's reading it, it does a three-minute assessment, and then it comes up with this record. It's literally 10,000 options of symptoms as well as training that you can provide to that client. And then it grades it on a scale of the most acute, to the next acute, to the third, and to the fourth, and then what's considered chronic. Maybe hanging around for a while and undetected. That's where I find a lot of things that have not been detected by the medical side of things because all the symptomatology is taking all the attention where the root cause is sitting behind the scenes. That’s typically where I’ll find some of the root causes of their disease process, and then we look at it all.

It'll tell me about allergies and sensitivities. It'll tell me if they've got parasites, if they've got worms, if they've got pathogens of some sort that is causing this disease. And then we start identifying it as a team. What I mean by that is I say, “What is on this screen that you'd like to look at further?” Then I educate them as far as what it's doing, how this is working. As we identify, I can actually test each particular area even further to see just how reactive their body is to that particular thing. That's when it actually will show me what it's linked to. Is it linked to blood, is it linked to the liver, is it linked to organs? And it'll also give me an emotion that it's linked to.

For example, if it's a parasite, then I’ll say, “There's this one particular parasite it's taking a while to rectify, and what I mean by rectifying is that rectification means that you've been able to switch the energetics of that particular thing to where it's no longer reactive in the body. Once I get it to this rectification, then we move on. But prior to that, that's when I can actually test it individually to say what else is going on? That's when the emotions will show up, and I’ll say, okay there's this emotion showing up. What do you think about this?” And they said, “Well, I thought I resolved that a while ago.” “Well, it's probably still hanging around a little bit.” It's absolutely fascinating.

Like I said, somebody could have a pain in their body, for example, like sciatic nerve pain. Anybody who's had it it’s painful. As I’m doing the spinal scan, they could actually see the picture of a spine, and it'll show a little box where they're showing the most energetic issues going on within the spine. I’d say a good 95% of the cases that's exactly where the pain is actually coming from, which part of the spine is it coming from.

What most people don't realize is that a lot of the pain symptoms we have, most of the time either come from the spine or the nerves that are coming through the spine and through the spinal cord. When we can identify that, we can get to the root cause of what that pain is and then, therefore, resolve it.

That's where I think a lot of the aha moments go for the client is to be able to see, oh, so it's not actually the muscle that's damaged or hurt, it's the nerve that feeds the muscle. Absolutely. So we're going to work on this nerve—give it some good energy, give it some good frequencies and some vibrations because we can actually raise the frequency in each of these different modalities within the SCIO to where we're raising it to where now the body has the potential to heal. That's a beautiful thing. 

Many people will say, are you working on my eyes right now? I can feel you in my liver, I can feel you in my gallbladder, or I can feel you in the bladder. Wow, I actually feel really good right now. I feel like I’m getting this big jolt of energy. I love it when people can actually feel that energetic exchange that's going on between the SCIO, myself, and them. That's how it works.

[01:34:19] Ashley James: Have people had something really overt happen around parasites after working with you doing remote Biofeedback where dead parasites have come out of their stool or something? You're laughing. Can you share some stories of success with parasites?

[01:34:37] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Oh, yes. I have some pretty horrific stories.

[01:34:42] Ashley James: I can't wait. Tell me, tell me.

[01:34:45] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Actually, a couple of people, not just one in particular, but this one really stands out. She had come to me because she wanted to lose weight and was very stagnant. Everything was stagnant in her body. Just really didn't feel like she had any energy and all that. One of the first things I found was parasites and a ton of different types of parasites. It wasn't just one parasite. It was several that were residing in her body.

[01:35:08] Ashley James: It never is. It’s never just one parasite. It’s so true. All the doctors I talked to that work on parasites, it's never just one because the body has created this environment where they're all invited to the party.

[01:35:26] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Yes, and the more types of food that we feed it that it likes then it's like yeah, we're going to stay here because they're feeding us well. But in this one particular case, I was working on her parasites on the Biofeedback. She's in the room with me, so she's got the harness on, she's got the wristbands on, they're all connected to the computer, and they're all reading it. As I’m working on her—okay, this is going to freak you out, but I saw something moving in her eye.

[01:35:59] Ashley James: I knew you were going to say that.

[01:36:03] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: I looked in closely and there's this parasite coming out of her eye—the eyeball itself, and it was just wiggling around. She could feel it. She’s like, “I feel like I have something in my eye.” That's what made me look at her eye closer. “Let me see,” because I didn't see her rub her eye or anything so I didn't think she could have gotten anything in it. As I get closer, there's this parasite and it's wiggling around. I’m like, oh my gosh, that's so disgusting. What do you say? “You got a parasite hanging out of your eyeball.” That's pretty much what I told her, and she's like, “Oh my gosh.” Of course, she wants to look at it, so she's looking at it through a mirror and she could actually see it. She goes, “That is so gross.” Then the parasite came out and her eye went back to its normal healthy state.

Then later she called me because that pretty much freaked her out, and of course, I came home and was a little freaked out myself. She called me and she said, “That didn't stop.” I said, “What do you mean?” She goes, “I had more.” And I said, “What do you mean?” She goes, “I had one actually come out of my stomach.”

[01:37:13] Ashley James: What? Like her skin?

[01:37:17] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Yes.

[01:37:18] Ashley James: Her belly button or her skin?

[01:37:21] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Yes, out of the skin.

[01:37:21] Ashley James: Oh my God.

[01:37:22] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: It was out at the side of her belly button. And then her first bowel movement, she said she just saw a ton of them just writhing in the bowel, in the excrement. She had been eliminating them for quite a couple of days after that. But the whole idea is that we made the environment inhospitable for the parasites and so they decided they wanted to leave.

[01:37:51] Ashley James: Any means necessary, exiting her body in any way they could.

[01:37:58] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Yes. Where the parasite had exited from her stomach a blister had started. It did leave a little behind. We monitored that for quite a while, but she continued to get rid of the parasites. She had lost eight pounds in one day.

[01:38:24] Ashley James: Oh my gosh.

[01:38:25] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Is that all parasites? Maybe not. Some of that may have also been that she was constipated and there was Ebola stuck in her intestines for some time, and it needed to go. Then all the other toxins that were residing within the gut. That's one of the things I like to work on a lot with my clients is gut health because I find that gut health is the key to the majority of the autoimmune issues that we have, as well as a lot of the chronic illnesses that we have, is gut health. What are we feeding it? 

Also, for people who have Alzheimer's, dementia, or any kind of cognitive like brain fog, oftentimes it's what we are feeding the gut because the gut-brain connection is huge. The gut-heart-brain connection is huge as well, so it's really addressing the gut. When you can address the gut and what we're feeding it and also getting it cleaned out, then we're going to get a much better response and a longer-lasting response.

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[01:39:24] Ashley James: How many sessions did you do with her, and did you get to the point where the Biofeedback machine was saying that she was parasite-free?

[01:39:33] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Yeah. I still work with her because what happens is once you resolve one thing, then it's like, oh, can I work on this, can I work on that, and can I work on that.

[01:39:49] Ashley James: Once you have worms crawling out like it's running for the exit doors in every possible way, I’m coming to you every week for the rest of my life, no kidding.

[01:40:02] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Exactly.

[01:40:03] Ashley James: You still work with her, she no longer has parasites, right? The machine said she doesn't have parasites. She's accomplished what she wanted with you? Did she get to the point where she's got her weight loss, and now she's just working on maintaining optimal health with you?

[01:40:20] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Yeah. Now she just comes once a month just for a little pick-me-up or maintenance, not everybody needs that, but I think she also likes the interactions that we have together. I think it's more of that emotional-spiritual connection that we have. That entangled hierarchy that happens between the clinician and the client. I think that's the majority of it. While we're at it, we're pretty much doing an overall test to see how she's doing physically, with inside—everything. Emotionally and energetically too. It's like you're taking your car into the shop for a tune-up, and that's what she comes in for.

[01:41:05] Ashley James: You've worked with thousands of people, both remotely and locally. How many clients have you had where the machine said this person has parasites, like on a percentage? Do you think most people have parasites or 70% percent? What percentage?

[01:41:22] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: I would say most.

[01:41:24] Ashley James: Really?

[01:41:24] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: I would say a good 89%. It really depends on what they eat.

[01:41:36] Ashley James: Yeah, it’s so huge. Everyone thinks, oh well, I don't eat sushi so I probably don't parasites. But I’m telling you, it's about the environment of the body. They're in our environment, they’re in our food. But I’m working with a health coaching client for the last six weeks, and she has gotten such great results. 

She came to me for—same with you, for weight loss. I’m just helping her like health coaching. I got her on some supplements, changed some things in her diet. She had heartburn so bad that it was constant. Constant heartburn, wake her up in the middle of my heartburn really, really, really bad. I think she said on the sixth day of being on my protocol, her heartburn was gone, and she couldn't believe it. Then it came back a few times when she went off course, so it's like the body's talking to her. She's like, oh, okay. Feedback. Not going to do that again.

She's changed her diet completely, changed her routine completely. Going to bed earlier, wearing blue-blocking glasses. We went down the whole list, and I’m not really addressing anything specifically with the gut, although she's eating very healthy, lots of fiber, getting lots of nutrition into her, doing lots of fun little detox things, going for walks, jumping on rebounding for lymphatic—that kind of stuff. Haven't really gotten into any herbs or anything. Just generally getting the body cleaned up, and now she just started passing dead eight-inch long parasites. I’m not even doing the work like you do the work. Within an hour of the work that you do you're getting parasites coming out of people.

All I was doing was helping her clean up the environment of her body. Detoxify, eat healthily, take some general supplements for overall nutrition, clean up the stress in her life. Just very, very, very basic like foundation building a strong body. That was enough—within the last six weeks—to change the environment of her body where it's becoming an inhospitable environment for the parasites.

That is so cool to see that if we just get the body to the point where it's an inhospitable environment to parasites, that means it's a hospitable environment to our cells. It's like the best environment we can create for our cells on an energetic level, nutrient level, and oxygen level. That is the most inhospitable environment for cancer, candida, parasites—all that kind of stuff. But you get results much faster because you're using this Biofeedback machine. 

Do you want to tell us what it's like working with you? Let's say listeners—who are all around the world by the way—decide they want to have a session with you. Can you walk us through step by step what it looks like? So we mail you saliva and our hair pulled from the root, which I did with you, by the way. When we visited you, my husband and I and our son gave you samples, and you keep them. I don't want to be paranoid, but I’m always cautious that companies don't sell my DNA. This is in-house, you don't sell the DNA.

You have it, so you put it in the machine, and the machine, like you said, is like a phone number. The machine energetically links to us no matter where we are in the world. This is very quantum physics level stuff. 

[01:45:28] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: It is.

[01:45:30] Ashley James: The client—who's anywhere around the world doesn't have to be local to you—sends you their stuff— their hair and their saliva—and then what? Can you just walk us through what the experience is working with you?

[01:45:45] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Yeah, absolutely. The first thing is they can actually get to my website, which is www.natural-therapeutics.com. There is a contact form where they can actually send me an email saying that they're interested in wanting to receive some Biofeedback, even reiki, or even just like you said, health coaching. Once I get the email, then I send them a form to complete, which is basically a medical form that tells them what the Biofeedback does. It has the HIPAA information as well as their history so that I can get a good idea. And then I instruct them to either send me a hair sample in a baggie. If they don't have hair because I’ve had some that say well my husband's bald and they would want to send me hair from another part of the body and I would say no, saliva would be fine.

[01:46:45] Ashley James: Is it hair or saliva?

[01:46:48] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Hair or saliva. It does not have to be both.

[01:46:51] Ashley James: Got it. It’s not hair and saliva.

[01:46:54] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Yes. Hair from the head and/or saliva. Some people have really short hair and they can't get a good hair sample, so they will then send me a saliva sample in a plastic bag.

[01:47:11] Ashley James: Got it.

[01:47:12] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Once I get all of that and I get the form that's been completed, then I contact them to set up a time where we could get on a remote session. Whether it's through Skype, whether it's through Zoom, whether it's through other means, or in some situations some people will say I just don't have time. Can you just run it and then let me know. I prefer our first session as always together because there is a lot of interaction and exchange that occurs during that time. But in a situation where that's not possible, then I could do it without them.

Then we set up the session. I say please allow two hours. Drink plenty of fluids before our session because that will enhance the outcome of the session, and try to be as free from any type of distractions as possible. If you can get into a nice comfortable position that would be good, and just plan to be available for two hours while I work on you. And then if they're on Skype or Zoom where they can actually see my session, then I explain everything to them. Because the more they know and understand their body and how it works, especially how it works energetically, then that makes them more of a steward for their body and gives them that power back.

Then the first part is I enter information from them, which is on the form that they complete that has their demographic information, it has post health issues such as how many surgeries, how many amalgams that they have, how many medications are they on if they've had any steroids, how much coffee, sugar, or alcohol do they. How much fat is in their diet or processed foods? How much water do they drink, those kinds of things? How much weight would they like to lose if they want to, that kind of thing?

Once I get that information, then I start the assessment. That information then will give them a score, and that score is called the SOC, which is suppression and obstruction to a cure. It's basically all of those things that are preventing them from being their ultimate and allowing them to be healthy. Then I let them know what the score means, and that score is their potential to heal themselves. Then it goes through what is considered the VAR HOPP panel, which is the voltage amperage resistance hydration oxygenation proton pressure, which is your pH balance electrons. And then also some other numbers that make sense as far as their healing potential and what's preventing them from healing.

Then the screen comes up with all of the 10,000 different remedies and symptomatology that is identifying for them, and then I explain what each of those levels means. The acuity levels, what they mean for that particular person. If there are particular ones, this is when I start to ask for feedback from them. Okay, is there anything on this screen that you'd like to investigate further that doesn't quite make sense to you or what? If they don't have anything, then I go ahead and pick some that I feel has a lot to do with how they're feeling, what they're complaining about, and so on, and then we start the testing.

Once we finish the testing on that particular thing, as far as what is the acuity and how much reactivity it's having to them, then I train. Basically, the system starts to train the body to return it back to its homeostasis and return it back to normal. Then we go down different categories, so I can go into the allergies and sensitivities. We can go into parasites and the blood and look at some of those things as well to see what's going on. I go into the spine. The computer already picks a couple of programs that it wants to run based on the way in which the assessment was completed. I run those and then we go down particular areas that they'd like.

If somebody's having some pain issues, then I’ll scan the spine and the spine will then tell me where their energetic blockages within the spine, then let's resolve them, and then what emotion is holding that. We could look at the chakras and all that. If they have teeth issues, which oftentimes if I see there's a ton of bacteria going on, or if there’s resistance, which means how much energy is flowing through the organs. If I see a really low resistance meaning that it's probably a lot of the organs are very toxic because they've even either had a lot of heavy metal exposure, mold exposure, yeast, fungus, parasites, that's going to make that number really low. So then I look into that further. The whole idea is let's evacuate as much of that as possible so that we can get you into a really healthy state.

Now, what most people don't realize is that when we're talking about detoxification, especially when it comes to heavy metals, candida, or some of those is that oftentimes the organs are already toxic so they can't filter like they're supposed to. For example, the liver is what filters all of the prescriptions that people are on. If the liver is already toxic and it's not able to filter or release all of those toxins, oftentimes, people will see skin eruptions happening to where now they have psoriasis, eczema, or some kind of acne that is occurring because their liver basically can't filter like it's supposed to, so it's going through the skin instead, which is the largest organ we have anyway.

There's usually a correlation between skin, liver, and detoxification. I usually like to get them started on high levels of essential fatty acids so that the detoxification process can happen better. What I mean by that is one of my favorite recipes I like to give people is bulletproof coffee. The reason I like it is because of the MCT oil, which is a medium-chain triglyceride, and the ghee, which is a really wonderful organic clarified butter. When they place it in a regular cup of coffee like a black cup of coffee and they blend it and they drink it, what happens is that those essential fatty acids then allow the organs to—it's kind of like they grease the organ so that things can flow through it easier.

You'll actually see people showing a huge change in their cognition where they had brain fog before. Now they're like, oh my gosh, I even remember my locker combination from high school since I started bulletproof or things like that. They have greater energy. Then it's really looking at dietary changes too to help that process.

Once we finish the SCIO and we've finished all of the different programming and all that kind of stuff that's going in there, then I create a customized plan for them. This customized plan is basically every morning do this, every afternoon do this, every evening do this, and then the resources to help them with that. I give them what their allergies or sensitivities are so they'll know which foods they should avoid for a little bit.

Homework, I give them homework because they need to be just as motivated and involved in their healing process as I am, if not more so. I give them homework, and that homework is going to be let's change your diet. Let's do some energetic work. If you don't do meditation, grounding, or something energetically let's work on that. If I need to have you write a love letter to yourself we're going to do that so we can actually start to improve some love in you. Identifying some of the stressors, things like that. It's really a whole body, a whole person type of program.

And then we set up the next session. Typically, when I start somebody, it really depends on what their level of chronicity is, how sick they are, and how stagnant their energy is. If it's really bad, then I would usually recommend that we do a session once a week just for a couple of times just to see how their body is engaged in it and how they're responding to it. In some situations, it might be once every other week, and in some sessions, it might be once a month. It really depends on the individual person. That's how that works.

Once I finish the first session and they get their customized plan and then we meet the next time, then they get an updated progress report after each session. That's so that they can track their progress. I’ve had some people who’ll actually put their progress report on their refrigerator because they're excited because they see the numbers improving, they see fewer things that they're having to address, they see the pounds going down, or whatever it is. It's kind of like they're taking credit for their homework that they've been doing. That's how that works.

[01:56:28] Ashley James: Very cool. I love it. I had a very interesting experience. I remember our son had his session in person, but we didn't end up hooking him up to the machine because he is…

[01:56:48] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Very active.

[01:56:50] Ashley James: I think he was still four at the time. He's five and a half now. I think he was about to become five. Yeah, that's right. He was four turning five. That's right because it was just after Christmas. He was still four, very active, and wanted to run around. You actually did a remote session in a sense. He was in the building, but you basically were doing a remote session. It took about two hours, give or take. Maybe a bit longer. What's interesting is I felt it, and it's because the mom has the energetic cord attached to their children. The second you turned on the program I felt my body vibrating. I’m like, oh boy. By the end of it, I felt drunk. I could feel it. My husband couldn't feel it.

Our son started to talk very clearly. He doesn't have a speech impediment, but like a four-year-old, they're not enunciating like an adult. He started to talk incredibly clearly, very sophisticated, and he actually has an incredible vocabulary. I remember at two or two and a half he could say the word avocado, and I’m like that's a lot of syllables for a young kid. But he says some very sophisticated things. His grandfather, who's a master’s in linguistics, is constantly surprised by the stuff coming out of our son's mouth because of how multi-layered the sentences are.

Anyway, as the session's going on, he starts talking much clearer, even more, complicated sentences. He started talking like really deep thought patterns about crystals and healing, and he's just going off on all these interesting things that are coming to his mind. But then after the session, he went to the bathroom. He eats a pretty clean diet, actually, his bowel movements don't really make a smell. I’ve never noticed a smell. I mean there's nothing, it's not even a smell.

He made a smell so putrid, so horrible I thought like there was roadkill in the bathroom. I mean it was the most horrible, but his body was just expelling whatever it was expelling. It was just right after the session, and he actually normally doesn't have a bowel movement at that time of day. He's pretty much clockwork. His digestion is really good like clockwork. He expelled whatever it was. Just amazing came out of him, all those toxins, and then he fell asleep. He just went boom, fell asleep in the car.

He didn't have any major health issues other than he was struggling with high histamine and allergies to a lot of foods. Anytime he was exposed to one of his allergens he would have a major asthma attack. Since that time, he has only needed his inhaler twice in the last 10 months. So just looking back, really, he's only had one session from you, but he was at the point where he was like he was needing his inhaler a lot because he would be exposed to it because he's allergic to about nine or twelve different things.

There's a ton of fish he's allergic to so I just kind of say okay, that's fish. He doesn't eat any fish, but he also has weird allergies like garlic, which garlic is in everything, so I make everything from scratch for him pretty much because garlic is in everything. But he's also allergic to dust mites. If he goes over to a friend's house and they didn't vacuum every day, basically he comes home with an asthma attack. He did, but after his session with you, he only needed his inhaler while his body was working through a cold or flu, which has been two times in the last 10 months. His reaction to what he's allergic to has really diminished. I didn't really think about it, but I saw that there was that turning point in his health after he had one session with you 10 months ago.

And then my session with you, my one session, was also remote. I was unconscious at the time. For most of the session, I wasn't on the phone with you because I was incredibly sick, lying in bed, in and out of consciousness. But I felt you working on me. I kept waking up and then going back to sleep, I felt it. Like I said when I woke up and the session was over, my suffering was gone. All of a sudden I knew that now I’m going to be in recovery. The sickness is over, the suffering is over. Now I’m going to be in recovery.

That was really a very interesting experience. Both of those are remote, I mean he was in the vicinity, but still not attached to the machine. We saw results both times—remote. We could talk for hours.

[02:02:17] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: When I have children in my clinic, I tend to do them remotely because it's very hard. The youngest I worked with is two, so far. The youngest has been two, and they can't sit still for two hours. I’m sorry, they just can't. If I need to, then I will have them wear the harness for the first 10 minutes. Let's keep them occupied and all that for the first 10 minutes. Basically, that first 10 minutes is the device doing the assessment, the calibration, and all that. Then I can release the child and they can just run. I have tons of toys in the clinic so they can have some fun with that.

This is the thing that I like to make sure that most people are aware of is that with a remote or even in person, the person that I’m working with has to give permission for the device to work. A lot of people get a fear factor going thinking, oh, she's just going to work on me no matter when I’m not even thinking about it. No, no, no. The reason I contact people and say can we do this on this date at this time is because then, they're giving me permission to work on them. This device works so much better when you have permission from the client.

I won't ever work on anybody without them knowing it, plain and simple. That goes against my own ethics, but it also goes against the ethics of the system as well. That's what I really love about it because a lot of people will think, well, if things go sour with us as a relationship, then she could do some bad things to me. No. First of all, that's not in my heart. That's not who I am. But the device also won't allow me to do that either.

[02:04:13] Ashley James: Right, it's a healing device.

[02:04:15] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: It's a comfort, yes.

[02:04:17] Ashley James: It's a healing device. It can't be weaponized.

[02:04:23] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Vindictive.

[02:04:28] Ashley James: Unless the person doesn't want to be healed, right?

[02:04:32] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Yes, and then that will come up as an emotion, subconsciously, in one of their systems, whichever one it's impacting. Usually, it'll show up as resistance to change as an emotion, and then we talk about that and say, okay, the resistance to change is showing up what is this meaning? Or there'll be another emotion that'll show up that will identify that they're wanting to hold on to this for a reason. 

Sometimes, this is another piece—it'll pick up psychic attack information. If there is someone within your energy field who is not wishing you well, who is vindictive or just left their energy on you. For example, you go to someone's house and you could actually feel the negativity in the house or you can feel something, and then you go home, that psychic attack number could be really high. So then we have to clear that aura. We have to clear that energy out. I do it through the Biofeedback, but then I also give them tools that they can use to also do it as well because if they've been attacked once, it's potentially been attacked again and again and again. So let's teach you ways in which you can actually resolve that and protect yourself.

I also teach people how to do muscle testing on themselves to see what food is good for you and what food is not good for you. When they're in the grocery store—in my little small town, I could be walking through the grocery store and I see people muscle testing themselves. I’m like yes.

[02:06:09] Ashley James: I love that. I love that. That happened to me. There's a store near me, it's a gluten-free store, which is so cool. We've been gluten-free for 10 years—no barley, wheat, rye, or oats. This store is celiac gluten-free. Everything is certified for celiac. There is this woman who was like I don't know if I’m going to react to this or not. I think she was choosing all the different breads. I can't remember what she was choosing but there were a bunch of different ones that she wasn't sure which one to go with. It was her and I was the only customer in the store at the time. I was like, “Have you ever heard of muscle testing?” I had her drop her purse and her cart. The owner, who's the only employee at the time in the store, is staring at us kind of looking at me like I’m crazy. I showed her how to muscle test, and it was very clear about one product.

I had her close her eyes so she didn't know which one it was, but I showed her and then it was really clear which one. It was just a really strong signal. This is the one, the other two were weaker. I showed her and she was just like, “Oh my gosh. That is so cool.” It's pretty interesting when we listen to our bodies when we check in with ourselves. Even if you just check in yourself after a meal. Do I feel weakened? Do I feel tired? Do I feel energized? Check-in with yourself even emotionally.

How do I feel emotionally after a meal? Because my husband and I both noticed that with certain foods we'll feel angry afterward, or we'll feel really easily irritated. I’m fine but everyone else is pissing me off. It's just interesting that we've been able to correlate that with certain kinds of food or certain kinds of meals. That it affects our energy, it affects our emotions, it affects our hormones. There are so many things beyond just digestion that are affected by what we bring into our bodies.

[02:08:17] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Not only that but there's also how we eat with intention. Because sometimes, I would say the majority of our population is very distracted when we eat. We're either watching TV, we're reading, we're having conversations, we're drinking way too much water, or we're drinking too much of something while we're eating. We're not chewing our food enough, so we're wolfing it down. We're eating a meal within 30 minutes and it's done, or sometimes 15 minutes because that's how long you have for your break. But that's a leading reason why people have acid reflux and acid indigestion is because they're not chewing their food enough.

Like I mentioned with you before is that 50% of the digestive process happens in the mouth. That's where the digestive enzymes start. If people aren't chewing their food enough, then the stomach then has to produce so much acid to break down that food so that it can actually go through the whole rest of the digestive process. People aren't chewing their food enough, really tasting it, enjoying it, and loving every moment of it, then they're not getting the true essence of that food. That also goes for smoothies.

We're into these smoothies of nice, wonderful plant-based smoothies that have wonderful greens, vegetables, fruit, and all that in it, and protein powders, and we're gulping it down. Well, the same thing happens. The gut still has to process that, it still has to break it down. We need to go through a chewing motion even with smoothies and just activate the digestive enzymes when you're starting to drink that smoothie and you'll get more nourishment. You'll get more nutrients. You won't have as much acid. As we know, alkaline is the way we want our bodies to be. The more alkaline we can get our body the better. Less disease process, less breakdown, less degeneration.

If you eat slowly, eat with intention, eat with love attached to that food. Also, there's another trick that I learned when I was in nursing homes because oftentimes, appetite would be a big issue for us where we couldn't get them to eat. Serve food on a red plate. Use red in your utensils on the serving plate because red actually increases appetite. You could tell that through all the advertising. Think of all the fast-food restaurants. What color is very prevalent in their advertising? Red.

[02:10:58] Ashley James: Yeah, red, yellow, and orange. I remember in the ‘90s, any fast food restaurant you went to was all variations of red, yellow, and orange. They've kind of come away from that. Well, people aren't eating in anymore, they're all drive-thru. But a lot of their logos are that color, and like you said their advertising and their packaging is that color.

[02:11:22] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Look at the size of our plates.

[02:11:27] Ashley James: They're huge.

[02:11:29] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Yes. Back in the olden days, the plates were about the size of our butter plates now or our salad plates. When you would fill up that plate you would look like, okay, that's a lot of food. Well, now, if you look at most of the plates that are in our homes, they're platters. We feel like we need to fill that platter. So then we fill it up and then we are eating not consciously, so then we eat that whole platter.

[02:11:58] Ashley James: And we’re not chewing. Like you said, we're not chewing. When we don't chew enough, we'll eat twice as much volume until the satiety mechanism is triggered in the brain. But if you don't chew enough or you eat too fast and not chew—which is what almost everyone does—you're not triggering the liver, the pancreas, and the stomach. All three of them need to be told to start producing their enzymes, the hydrochloric acid, and the bile—just start producing all of it for release into the stomach and into the small intestines. Chewing is turning on the whole system. It's like you don't put your clothing in the washing machine and just leave it. You have to turn it on, program it, and set it, but that's what turns on digestion.

But when we have a huge serving, which like you said, we've gone from a 6-inch plate to a 12-inch plate, we're doubling the amount of food we're consuming each meal and eating it so fast the satiety mechanism isn't triggered. That and the food most Americans eat is so low in fiber that it doesn't bulk up, plus we're not drinking enough water so we're chronically dehydrated. All these things lead to digestive disasters and creating that perfect environment for all the worms and parasites to live.

[02:13:31] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Also, when you think about how long does it take for certain things to digest? For example, fruit takes about two to three hours to digest, vegetables three to five hours, meat could take up to three days to digest. And then you add the heat of the digestive process, which is all the acid that's breaking it down like you said the hydrochloric. If you think about the food choices that you make as well, the longer it sits in the gut the more bacteria it will grow, which is why we get a lot of constipation, why we get a lot of digestive issues.

Think about how long it takes for things to go bad if you were to leave it out on your counter. For example, if you were to leave an apple on your counter for two to three hours, do you think it'll be fine for you to eat?

[02:14:23] Ashley James: Sure.

[02:14:26] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Yes. As it's going through the digestive process, it's clean food to eat. The vegetables, if you put a piece of broccoli out on your counter for three to five hours, will it be safe to eat? Yes, if it hasn't started to break down yet. Raw.

[02:14:44] Ashley James: Yeah, raw. Totally raw.

[02:14:45] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Raw, it's going to be a little limp possibly. It'll be fine, but it'll go through the digestive process. Now, put that nice piece of red steak out, and I’m not telling people they have to be vegetarian or vegan. But if you put that red steak out on a counter for three to five days raw, will it still be good?

[02:15:02] Ashley James: No.

[02:15:03] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Okay. So then, as it's going through the digestive process, why are we assuming that it's going to be okay and that we're not going to get any bacteria or, let's say, parasites and stuff like that coming from that meat? When we make our food choices, we need to keep that in mind as far as how quickly does it dissipate? How quickly does it digest? How quickly does it go through the digestive system? If it doesn't go through quickly, then we know we're going to have some digestive issues. So let's do some things that are going to help the digestive process—mastication. Eat it, chew as much as you can.

I remember the first time I heard about this whole thing about chewing your food 30 times per bite. My husband and I were at a seminar, and what was so funny is that night we decided let's do this. Basically, we made this dinner. He took the first bite and he holds it up and he goes, “This bite is going to improve my eyesight.” And then he chews it and he chews it 30 times. So then I take a bite and I say, “This bite is going to give me the best bowel movement ever.” As we were going, we kept saying with intention what each bite would do, and we had the most fun at that dinner. We basically took almost two hours to eat. We ate half the food, and we were very happy with the amount of food that we got.

[02:16:23] Ashley James: Satiated.

[02:16:24] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Satiated, yeah. We just had so much fun with that meal. If people just did that, they would actually see a huge change in their whole digestive process plus lose a lot of weight as well.

[02:16:36] Ashley James: Yes, I love it. And then eat food with lots of fiber like fruits and vegetables. That's something I learned when I was about six years old. My mom and I were both very sick from the standard Canadian diet, standard American diet, and my mom took us to see Dr. D’Adamo. He gave us this poster on food combining and it hung in our kitchen until we moved when I was 19 years old. I have it memorized in my brain because I saw it for so many years. This concept really stuck with me early on. I’ve been fascinated with natural medicine since I was six. Just wanting to—like yourself—absorb everything I could possibly get my hands on. Just having an insatiable curiosity.

As a child, just that child-like desire to consume knowledge. This idea that an apple—and you said digestion takes two to three days. What you meant was the entire from beginning to end, but in the stomach itself, an apple takes about 20 minutes just give or take. A steak could take about one to three hours just give or take how much you ate, how much you chewed. Dr. D’Adamo’s point was if you ate a steak dinner with an apple pie, the apple only needed to be in your stomach for 20 minutes before it should have been passed on to the next phase of digestion and absorption through the small intestine. But because you also ate steak in the same meal, so it’s food combining, your body is now fermenting the apple for two hours.

Beyond digestion, it's fermenting at this point, which is unhealthy for the body to have any large amount of fermentation of food while it's trying to digest the apple. Different enzymes are used for apples, and different juices are used for digesting steak, and so they're combining. And then finally gets passed on to the small intestine, but at this point, it's just fermenting the entire way down, which can actually and what I’ve learned more recently, feeds the microbiome of our gut—the very complex microbiome—feeds it sort of unhealthy nutrients, which then the microbiome turns around and makes things like ammonia, and makes other chemicals in the body, which then go into our bloodstream and affect our brain. Food combining is a huge thing.

[02:19:14] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: And we become inflamed.

[02:19:16] Ashley James: Right, the whole body. It’s even more so what we eat, when we eat, how we chew all of that, and then what our microbiome will then turn it into. We have to really consider when you eat meat, how long does it stay in your body? That's rotting flesh that is creating that petri dish for the bacteria. And if you don't chew, then it really is doing a number, and your microbiome actually then turns it into other things that are unhealthy for the body as well. If someone says, well, meat's not necessarily unhealthy. The microbiome will turn into chemicals that are unhealthy for the body, especially if you didn't chew, especially if you don't have strong digestion.

It's all those things we have to take into consideration. I think you may have answered this question already, but just to be very clear. When you work with people, does the remote Biofeedback look at this specifically? Look at digestion at this level?

[02:20:28] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Not as far as where it is in the digestive process. Part of that is the information that we exchange together. First of all, one of the first questions I ask—well, several questions down the road—is how many bowel movements do you have on a given day? If they say, oh, maybe one every other day. Then I’ll say, that's not enough. Especially how many meals do you have? If you have three meals a day you should be having three bowel movements a day. And if they're not, then that's basically saying that their digestive process is too slow, and so, therefore, it's growing bacteria, it's growing all these different things in the microbiome that is not healthy for it. 

That could be leading to why they're so fatigued because that food, basically if you're not getting the nutrients, you're not getting the food you need to fuel your muscles, fuel the blood, fuel all that, plus whatever disease process we’re starting because of that rotting flesh or whatever.

But then, I also ask, what is the quality of the food you eat? Here where I live, most of the people here grow their own, they have their own cows basically. They're grass-fed. They love them all the way to the slaughterhouse all that. But when you're buying the meats from stores that may be having these farms of cows, chickens, or whatever where they are not living in a very good environment, and then the stress hormone is released as soon as they go into the slaughterhouse. 

Then if you see a change in your mood like you're mentioning sometimes you'll eat certain foods and all of a sudden you're irritated, irritable, angry, or whatever, oftentimes people who are very energy sensitive meaning that they may be an empath or they may be taking on other people's energies or other souls. They may be actually feeling or consuming that soul of the cow, the chicken, or whatever was killed. If it wasn't killed in a kind way or in just the general slaughterhouses, then the stress hormone gets released into the meat. And then when they consume the meat, they are then consuming the stress of that animal.

I always say, just be careful and cautious and really think about what it is that you're eating and what did that part that that animal go through during their life process, and was it healthy? If it was one that was created on those manufactured places where they have no quality of life, they're just in a stall, then that meat is going to be very stress-related, there's not going to be a lot of nutrition in it, and therefore there's probably more hormones and things like that's been added to it, so you're not getting good quality. Just be really careful about your food selection, where you get it.

If you do eat from farms and stuff like that where they love their animal all the way to the slaughterhouse, then you can pretty much rest assured that there should be less stress-related hormones in the in as well. But that's a consideration to think of too.

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[02:23:47] Ashley James: I’ve heard that from other people who are empaths as well that they've had that personal experience. My husband and I had that experience when we lived in Las Vegas long before we became plant-based. We were 100% meat-eaters, carnivore diet all the way. Meat at every meal. Sometimes just meals with only meat. 

We went to a place called Roberto’s, which had the best or Mexican food. We got home and we ate the same thing we always eat there. It was a carne asada burrito or something. We had had it 50 times before, but this particular time for, whatever reason, both of us had pounding hearts. We felt like we had done—I haven't done street drugs but it was kind of like cocaine or something. Our hearts were pounding out of our chest, we're both sitting there in our chairs just sweating, breathing heavily, feeling incredibly scared. We don't know what's going on.

If only one of us had had that experience we would have been like take me to the hospital, I’m having a heart attack. But both of us felt terrified and our hearts were pounding. We're like, this is from the meat. Something happened to this cow. This happened, Duffy and I, 12 years ago, and that really stuck with me, that memory, and it lasted for hours. We're just sitting there with our hearts pounding and just in total fear, both of us like we had taken some crazy drugs. That was just really clear to us that there was something about that cow that we felt, that was imprinted on us.

We just have to think of energy is so powerful that you, Vienna, can do energy work across the world and help someone gain health back, then energy from our food could heal us or harm us. Bring us closer to being in balance or further away from being in balance. We have to take that into consideration. I love that practice you developed with your husband where you chewed each bite 30 times and talked about the intention of what each bite would heal. Now, I’ve met you in person. You look like you're in your 40s, but how old are you, may I ask?

[02:26:17] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: I’m actually 58. I’m 58.

[02:26:19] Ashley James: Did you notice that as you did all this work with integrative medicine that you got younger, that you looked younger, that you felt younger? Did you notice that?

[02:26:28] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Absolutely. And also, what adds to that is I do a daily practice. Every morning and every night I do my meditation and my yoga first thing every morning, I don't miss it. And then I also do the same practice in the evening as well, and I don't miss that either. That's me loving myself. Since I’ve started that, oh my gosh, the change has been so phenomenally different. First of all, sometimes I could have a lot of people after me, for whatever reason. I don't feel it, I don't give it attention. It doesn't affect me. Minor stresses like things that are happening in your life that could typically be a major stressor, it doesn't stress me out anymore. I’m just in this wonderful little vortex of love, gratitude, and blessings.

One of the things that I do that is really good homework for everybody is to start your morning with at least five minutes of gratitude. Be grateful for whatever it is that you have in your life or what it is that you want in your life and assume that it's already happened. Let's say I’m wanting this vacation, for example, and wanting the airways to allow us to fly again and all of that. I’ll just say thank you so much for my trip to Hawaii or whatever. I’m enjoying it so much or whatever, but I'll spend some time in gratitude in the morning as I’m starting my day and saying what I’m grateful for that's going to happen that day. 

And then in the evening, I spent another five minutes in gratitude for what I was grateful for, what happened that day or what's going to happen throughout the evening. That I’ll sleep well, the pain that I have in my back will go away, or whatever, and just spend that time and just sharing out the gratitude.

Right now, in this world that we're in right now, there's so much division, there's so much anger, there's so much resentment. I believe that if we just approach each person with love, with understanding, with gratitude, with blessings, with the highest level of energy and frequency that we can, that we can change this world. But right now there's so much anger, and there's one word in the vocabulary that I don't allow in my vocabulary that I don't even say, but it's the h-a-t-e word. 

I don't include that because it's used so frequently in vocabulary these days. You can hear somebody talk and say how much they don't like this one thing, and you'll hear them use that word 25 times within the conversation. That is such a strong word, and it's not only the words that we say outside, it's the words that we say internally. What is our own internal monologue saying?

We're always comparing ourselves to other people, that we're in lack, we're not good enough, or whatever. If you just start your day out with the blessings, the gratitude, the I am powerful, the I am phrases, and things like that, then we can change our own internal bio terrain without medications, without lots of intervention. It's just what we say to ourselves because our own self-talk can be very toxic in itself, and it will make us toxic. That's what's made me younger is that daily process.

I’m also plant-based, so I don't do meat. If I’m at somebody's house and they're serving meat, I will just bless it rather than make them feel uncomfortable about serving me that. There's only one that I typically won't, and that would be pork. I pretty much will stay away from that just because most people don't realize that pigs do not have sweat glands. Whatever they eat is in their meat, so I avoid it.

[02:30:35] Ashley James: And the horrible, horrible conditions that the poor pigs are raised in. I’ve said on the show before, I loved eating meat. I was really into it and then I just kept learning over and over and over and over more and more about the benefits of not eating it, and the benefits of eating plants. My husband, actually, was the biggest carnivore in the world. He just woke up and said, “I’m never eating meat again.” And I’m like okay, I guess I’m cooking that way since I’m the one that cooks for everyone in the family. 

I was very afraid of not eating meat. I really thought that I would become weak, frail, that I would be sick because I tried being vegan before, I tried being vegetarian before. Doing it all wrong—eating a lot of processed food in the mix and just really feeling sick. I tried to go vegetarian when I was a teenager, and I ate just like vegetarian pizza and subs. Obviously not healthy choices, but in my mind, it's like oh I’m not eating meat. I should feel great. Oh, I feel worse. Apparently, meat makes me feel good. 

In my mind, I had this belief, and I met a lot of people with this belief that meat gives you energy, meat makes you feel healthy. Whole food plant-based is not vegan, it's not vegetarian in that Oreos are vegan. A whole food plant is I’m choosing to not eat processed food, but also it's not black and white. I really like that you acknowledge that you're not 100% never ever ever ever eating any animal product. Because I think that in our minds, it's like a black or white issue like. I either—for the rest of my life—can't eat any of that. Oh my gosh, too much restriction, I can't do it. 

You're just doing your best every day. You're just making really good choices every day. If once in a while you have an animal product like you said, you bless it, you're grateful for it, you're grateful for the life it gave you, and you move on. But you focus on eating as many plants as you can, and nurturing your body as best you can. Because that guilt and shame that comes with feeling like I can't do it, oh my gosh I failed, or whatever, all of that are toxic.

[02:32:54] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: That's the self-talk we were talking about.

[02:32:56] Ashley James: Right, yeah. There's this idea about being vegan is like it's all or nothing. I’ve met even vegans they're like no, no, no. There's vegan shaming out there, so it's like you start getting shamed by a vegan, and there's a lot of negative emotions around it. And then people get really turned off by it. It's not on or off. It's do as best you can—good, better, best. If everyone just did as best they could. Just how long can you go just eating an amazing variety of plants? Great, you made it two meals without meat, great, you know what I mean? That's sometimes what it starts with. Sometimes it's just meatless Mondays, two meals a day, or a whole week of meatless meals. Maybe only at Thanksgiving or whatever.

It's your ability to just choose healthy foods for you. I think as a society, we're over-consuming meat products and totally under consuming plants. I think we need to switch it up. We need to over-consume plant products in the most balanced and healthy way.

[02:34:06] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: It's also looking at how we prepare it too. Another thing that we do in our home is when we are preparing our dinner or our meals, we have wonderful music playing in the background. We are putting love into our food. We're purposefully putting that love of intention into the food. That this food that we are preparing with our own hands is going to provide so many nutrients and so much love to this person who is consuming it, and we surround ourselves with it. We have these nice essential oils going on, we have the music, and therefore we're influencing it with our own energy as well. And then oh my gosh, the taste is amazing after that because like wow. 

Versus if you're making a meal in anger. Let's say you're angry at your husband or you're angry at your wife and you're making this meal, then they're ingesting your anger in that meal as well. It's similar to that animal going to slaughter. If you're making a meal in anger, frustration, resentment, or even just sheer fatigue, then how does that influence your food? It influences a great deal, even if it is a plant-based food because plants have energy as well. They actually communicate. 

There was actually a lie detector expert who was testing his plants one day on his lie detector equipment. He found that they respond to his thoughts or his words, and he tested them. He was testing them by adding cold water to see how they would respond. The needle would move but they would recover. Then he would add hot water, and the needle would move even further but it would recover. Then he clipped the plant. Yeah, okay. It didn't like it. The needle would move but the plant still recovered. Then he had this thought, I wonder what would happen if I burned the plant. The needle moved and the plant never recovered from that. The needle stayed where it was.

[02:36:06] Ashley James: Just the thought of burning the plant.

[02:36:08] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Never even burned the plant. Just the thought of burning the plant. Those people out there that say they don't have a green thumb, change your perspective, love that plant, put a lot of love into it when you water it, when you talk to it, and all that kind of stuff and you will be a green thumb. But the same thing goes with the preparation of your food, put love into it.

[02:36:26] Ashley James: While you're preparing and loving your food and loving your body, that's actually turning on digestion even then. Maybe an hour before you sit down to eat, you're chopping the food, you're sautéing, your steaming. All of that you're seeing it with your eyes, you're smelling it with your nose. Maybe you're even tasting things as you're seasoning it with the herbs, and you're in a state of not stress. You're in the autonomic nervous system’s parasympathetic response of rest and digest, and not in the state of fight or flight right because you're listening to the music, you're in a state of love.

So now you're turning on digestion with the nervous system response, getting out of stress mode. So you're prepping, you're spending an hour before you even eat the food. Your body is preparing for and getting ready for and excited to help you digest, and then you sit down, you have gratitude and prayer, and you chew your food slowly and plentifully. The entire time, your body is going to get the most amount of nutrients out of that food because it's in parasympathetic nervous system response to rest and digest. All your hormones are in alignment with taking that food and turning it into nutrients.

It really does come back to the holistic approach that our lifestyle choices matter. That your meditation and gratitude, daily yoga, all of that really does matter. That you intentionally cook, prep, grocery shop, plan, and eat with intention of love and healing your body. That matters and that the amount of stress that we go under. Think about people who are stressed out, go through drive-thrus, wolf down their food, hardly spend any time digesting or prepping the body for digestion, don't even chew very much, and are choosing foods that sit in their body and rot. No wonder we have the nutrition nutrient deficiencies we do and the state of disease we do when we're not really taking time to energetically, emotionally, and physically nourish ourselves every day.

You're such a wealth of information. I’d love to have you back on the show. You have a segment where you're going to teach us how to read our tongues, but I’d like to save that for our next interview.

[02:38:56] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Perfect.

[02:38:57] Ashley James: I’m going to make sure the links to everything that Vienna Lafrenz does is in the show notes of today's podcast at learntruehealth.com. Now you also have a book you wrote a chapter in with many other very famous healers and holistic practitioners. The link to the book is going to be in the show notes as well. The book is called Wakeup: Miracles of Healing From Around the World. Can you tell us a little bit about that book and what people would get out of reading it?

[02:39:27] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Yeah. It's a compilation of about 40 different authors, and they're all healers of some form or fashion. Basically, we were asked to write a chapter on the miracles that we have experienced whether in our own lives or through the lives of our clients. It's really a complication of all of that. 

I think it'll give some people a really nice fresh perspective of the potential of the body to heal, as well as the mind and all of the different stories. There are some really amazing healers out there, different modalities that are being used. I truly feel like it'll open up a lot of people's minds and perspectives to just the potential of the body to heal, the number of amazing stories that were shared, and the different types of healers that are out there, and just the sheer love that they have for the healing process.

[02:40:19] Ashley James: Awesome, Vienna, your website is natural-therapeutics.com, and of course, that link and the link to the book is going to be in the show notes of today's podcast at learnsharehealth.com. I want to have you back, there's so much more we have to talk about. After you and I spoke, you got a Platinum Energy System, which I’ve had Kellyann Andrews on the show several times. Many of my listeners, I think at least a hundred of them, have purchased a Platinum Energy System and are using it for themselves and their family, and some of them for their clients.

I keep getting some amazing feedback coming back from one of our listeners. I believe she says she's an ophthalmologist. Her family was diagnosed with COVID actually, all positive tests. When they used the PES, their suffering ended, and that it sped up their healing. It was really cool to see that. I’ve had that experience with the PES before or any time I have a cold or flu, which I don't often. But when I do, I jump in it and I really feel it sets the body back into healing mode quickly. You've had some great experiences with that in your clinic, which would be cool just to hear about because I love hearing stories of healing and success, especially with natural medicine.

And then you have all other kinds of therapies. Of course, today, we focused on remote Biofeedback. One of the reasons why I really wanted to focus on that is that obviously, many of my listeners are not near Republic, Washington. How you can help them, and you can, is by working with them remotely. You do that on a holistic level. You're looking at emotional, mental, spiritual, energetic, and physical while working with people around the world. 

And then it'd be really cool to talk more about the other therapies that you have in-house, especially because so many of my listeners are either in the holistic space, in one way or another, or want to become a practitioner. You're inspiring future generations with what you've shared today. I’d love to have you back. I also really am eager to learn from you about the tongue and how to read it, and what we can do with that information. We'll have you back and you'll share with us all about that. That'd be really cool. Is there anything you'd like to say to wrap up today's interview?

[02:42:39] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Well, first of all, I love your interviews. They're very thorough, they're fun, they're exciting. Obviously, we could go on for hours, and it's always nice to be able to talk to a friend like that. I love the fact that they're also widespread as far as different topics. I feel like we need to have more of this type of stuff going on so that it meets more ears that are open and that are kind of at that desperation stage of what do I do now?

I think even more so now with the whole COVID-19, one of the things that really opened things up for me was this remote healing piece because of the lack of potential to go to people in person and the way in which it helps to heal. Also, the other pieces of it with the emotional frustration that people are having of not being able to see their loved ones and stuff like that, so it's even more so. 

But I love what I do. I love giving people their power back and helping them realize that they don't even need me necessarily to heal. I may be working myself out of a job, but the more empowerment that we could give our clients to where they are able to then see their own potential and their basically limitless potential of healing themselves, then that's where I feel like I’ve done my job is getting them to that level and not needing me anymore.

[02:44:11] Ashley James: Yes. You work yourself out of a job by helping people get to the point where they don't need you anymore. But it's fun to do the check-ins. I know I definitely want to have a few more sessions with you. It's so cool because it’s layered, you peel the layers away. Thank you so much for coming on the show. It's been such a pleasure having you, and I can't wait to have you back.

[02:44:35] Dr. Vienna Lafrenz: Thank you I appreciate it, and I appreciate your listeners as well.

[02:44:42] Ashley James: I hope you enjoyed today's interview. You know, there are 53 days left until Christmas if you’re listening to this the day I publish it. If you’re listening to it later, Christmas is just around the corner. I love giving holistic presents to my friends and family. I’m going to tell you a few that I absolutely love.

The Magnesium Soak, you can listen to my interviews. Just type in Magnesium Soak at learntruehealth.com and listen to those interviews. Absolutely amazing. Kristen Bowen, I think she said she was 97 pounds, having 30 seizures a day, in a wheelchair, and unable to talk. Now, she’s in perfect health. One of the biggest things that helped her was her magnesium soak that she sells on her website, livingthegoodlifenaturally.com. Be sure to use the coupon code: LTH when you go to her website, livingthegoodlifenaturally.com. Coupon code: LTH.

I love the Magnesium Creme, I love the Magnesium Soak. You put it in a foot bath or put it in your bathtub for you and your kids. I also love the Magnesium Muscle Creme, which is amazing for aches, pains, and tension headaches. That absolutely must be on your Christmas gift list, your holiday gift list.

The other great gift I love giving my holistic friends is ENERGYbits. Go to energybits.com. Grab a few of the bags of ENERGYbits for your sister, your mom, your best friend. They’re fantastic snacks. Kids love them too because they make your tongue turn green or blue, depending on whether you get the chlorella or spirulina. They help to detox the body. They’re filled with readily available protein and tons of vitamins. I think I have seven different interviews about chlorella and spirulina, specifically about the ENERGYbits brand. I’ve interviewed the founder of that company.

There are only two companies I know of that do not contain any lead in their chlorella. If you buy some over the counter, go to some health food store and buy chlorella, there’s going to be that little warning on it that says, in the state of California, this causes cancer. That’s because there’s actually lead in those bags of chlorella. But in ENERGYbits, in their chlorella, there’s zero because of their process of how they grow their crop and how they then turn the crop into little edible tablets.

So listen to my interviews on the Magnesium Soak with Kristen Bowen. Listen to my interviews about algae, the healing benefits of algae, and how it’s such an awesome superfood snack to carry around with you. Listen to my ENERGYbits interviews and use coupon code LTH at energybits.com and coupon code LTH at livingthegoodlifenaturally.com. Those are two amazing websites to check out for your Christmas gift ideas. I always use coupon code LTH.

I try to get companies who I absolutely love and adore and recommend to always use the same coupon code. Just always try coupon code LTH on all these health websites, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you get a great discount. Awesome. Enjoy today’s interview. Come check us out in our Facebook group if you haven’t already. We have such a supportive and wonderful community. You can ask your health questions there and support the other members as well. Just search Learn True Health on Facebook and come join the excellent community of very supportive holistic community there. 

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Ashley James is a Holistic Health Coach, Podcaster, Rapid Anxiety Cessation Expert, and avid Whole Food Plant-Based Home Chef. Since 2005 Ashley has worked with clients to transform their lives as a Master Practitioner and Trainer of Neuro-linguistic Programming.

Her health struggles led her to study under the world’s top holistic doctors, where she reversed her type 2 diabetes, PCOS, infertility, chronic infections, and debilitating adrenal fatigue.

In 2016, Ashley launched her podcast Learn True Health with Ashley James to spread the TRUTH about health and healing. You no longer need to suffer; your body CAN and WILL heal itself when we give it what it needs and stop what is harming it!

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