I’m delighted to be bringing Sherilyn Powers to your particular attention because she is a very interesting and supportive person. She has been a writer ever since she learned to write, and certainly throughout adulthood: poetry, novels, blogs and articles; but when it comes to communicating with and inspiring others, she doesn’t just confine herself to the written word. She is a facilitator and enabler: working with company VPs and CEOs, office staff and field workers on a variety of health topics and safety issues.
Her interest in health and body work began many years ago. It was sparked by her experience with members of her own family suffering from ADHD and mental illness, and consolidated by having to face her own health challenges with Celiac disease and a number of allergies.
That led to her completing a Provincial Instructor Diploma Program, which she used to form her own series of safety meetings geared toward the culture and issues facing oil and gas workers in the far north. She continues to develop and expand on those courses to keep them as relevant as possible to those workers, who face immense challenges.
Helping others to learn has always been a part of life for Sherilyn. She was employed by Red Deer College as a tutor and assisted many with Math, French and English. She has also taught Tai Chi for beginners.
After many other types of presentations (including for a successful home-based business) Sherilyn went on to public speaking as a part of her oil and gas career – speaking all over northern BC, as well as Prince George, Vancouver and Calgary. By now she had decided to make her love of helping others learn a full-time commitment and her speaking engagements have taken her to Scotland, Denver and Seattle.
“I’m Not Crazy … I’m Allergic” was fascinating and enlightening. There are so many things that can cause different reactions in the bodies, and food allergies and sensitivities are (in my opinion) some of the most overlooked causes of illness. I used to go into a complete ‘food coma brain-fog’ every day after lunch for years. Never knew why. Only in past 5 or so years did I realize I had a wheat allergy (mild, not celiac) and I was eating sandwich bread. Enough to make me woozy and fuzzy headed, and I never knew why. Just making that simple elimination from my diet has improved my life dramatically…can only imagine how much would help others to know to look for problems in their mental/physical state and how their diet can affect it. Enjoyed reading about Julie’s experiences and recognized much of myself there. This book is a great starting point for people wanting to learn more about diet/allergies in a clear, easy to understand way that is applicable to almost everyone. Great writing and solid pacing and valuable information. Well done. (5 stars) – Essie Harmon
Thought provoking and informative, October 21, 2015
How many of us suffer to some degree from the symptoms mentioned in this meticulously researched (and extremely thought provoking) study and how many simply reach for Big Pharma medication without considering what the underlying sources might be?
The limitations of much of main stream medicine in dealing with this area are clearly spelt out:
“Allergy symptoms seem to be very cut and dried for most doctors. Sneezing, headaches, hives, anaphylaxis—those are the only acceptable allergy symptoms, and the skin prick tests are the best way to judge whether or not you are allergic to something—according to a lot of mainstream medical professionals I have discussed this topic with.”
As someone who exercises and considers themselves physically fit but who suffers with worsening asthma, osteoarthritis and stomach pains I became interested quite a while ago in the area of food as medicine (but also as potential poison) and the toxic effects of everyday chemicals, cleaning and toiletry products on one’s health. For this reason I found part 5: Our Daily Toxins, especially fascinating reading.
One of my favourite quotes from this study comes near the end, stressing the importance of our own personal responsibility and the limits of the establishment. “The hardest part for sufferers is to keep on searching for the answers that are right for you (but) we are beyond the time when the doctor’s word was sacred and unquestionable. We now know they are human too, and constrained by rules, education, and time.”
This is a work that shakes one out of complacency and in an increasingly corporate world, one which cares solely about profits and pushing synthesised and copyrighted drugs on all ages (and also unceasingly = a cured patient is a customer lost as Big Pharma likes to say) research like this is vitally important.
Five stars for ‘I’m Not Crazy … I’m Allergic!” Jimbo (Amazon customer) October 2015
You can find my 5* review of this book in My Reviews Of Other Writers’ Books.