Biology of Trauma® Podcast
With Dr. Aimie Apigian MD, MS, MPH
Episode 49: Beneath The Surface: Childhood Freeze In Autoimmunity
In this episode, Dr. Keesha Ewers joins me to discuss the connection between the freeze response and autoimmunity. We look at the body’s freeze response during traumatic experiences and how those triggers lead to a pattern of nervous system reactivity. We also dive deeper into the freeze response and why it is more common in children. These traumatic experiences can lead to the formation of beliefs and adaptive behaviors that persist into adulthood.
We take a deeper look at unresolved anger, specifically unexpressed anger turned towards oneself, and how it is associated with autoimmune conditions. The question we want to answer is: How is the freeze response behind autoimmunity?
- Why looking back and finding a moment when you wanted to die can be helpful
- How long a Biology of Trauma is happening underneath the surface before symptoms develop
- Why children experience freeze more than fight or flight
- You don’t need to remember the story to heal
- 3 essential tools to reverse autoimmunity issues
- What it is like to apply the tools to yourself and to your patients/clients
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More about our guest:
Dr. Keesha Ewers is a board certified Functional and Ayurvedic medical practitioner, as well as Doctor of Sexology, family practice ARNP (advanced registered nurse practitioner), a trauma informed therapist, Huachumera (medicine woman trained in the use of plant medicine from Peru), and a Reiki Master. She is registered in Washington state in clinical hypnotherapy and certified in EMDR, Brainspotting, the Enneagram, and mediumship and Angel Therapy. Dr. Keesha is also a certified MAPS MDMA therapist. She is the founder of a new branch of medicine called Functional Sexology.
Dr. Keesha practices what she calls Mystic Medicine. Mystic Medicine sees EVERYTHING as God, including illness and suffering. She has seen that once the lesson is learned, the struggle is relieved. Dr. Ewers developed the 4 Pillar Freedom Framework and founded the Academy for Integrative Medicine to train people who are passionate about empowering themselves and then empowering others to heal themselves. Her Integrative Medicine Health Coach Certification Program is the only health coach program that trains coaches in Functional Medicine, Ayurveda, Positive Psychology, the Enneagram, Sexology, and laboratory testing.
Dr. Keesha has been in the medical field for over 30 years. After being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis—an incurable disease according to Western medicine—she began exploring alternative modalities, which led her to Ayurvedic and Functional Medicine and a complete reversal of her autoimmunity.
Her constant thirst for knowledge in the pursuit of finding answers to her patient’s problems has taken her around the world. She has studied with traditional healers of native cultures from Australia and Peru to Africa and India, as well as with the most innovative thinkers and scientists in the US. She now takes groups to these places to train with her using plant medicine and the Medicine Wheel.
Dr. Keesha is a popular speaker, including at Harvard and from the TEDx stage. She is the #1 bestselling author of Solving the Autoimmune Puzzle: The Woman’s Guide to Reclaiming Emotional Freedom and Vibrant Health and Your Libido Story: A workbook for women who want to find, fix, and free their sexual desire. Shas authored several articles in peer reviewed journals, written chapters for text books by Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Gina Ogden, and is currently working on her next book. Dr. Keesha and her guests are live every Monday through Wednesday afternoons at 1 pm Pacific time on KKNW 1150 AM on Healthy YOU! Radio, where you can also listen to archived shows.
Dr. Keesha is also a certified yoga instructor, meditation teacher, Tantrica, and mother to 4 amazing grown children.
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