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January 15th, 2016 | Healthcare, Moving


We are super excited to introduce to you our dear friend, Mateo Daniel. He is truly the epitome of “The Playful Warrior”. He brings so much love and energy to everyone he meets and has reminded us of the importance of PLAY in our lives and for our health! I used to think playing was for kiddos and those lucky people that had the luxury of extra time on their hands…now I realize how important it is for us all to PLAY! Life is so much more fun this way!

We love Mateo’s perspective on life, play and movement. Check out the article below!

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5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat: STRESS (Part 5)

December 31st, 2015 | Healthcare, Living


This is Part 5 of 5 in the series: 5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat

STRESS – The Muffin Top Monster


If you missed the previous posts in this series you can check them out at the links below:

Part 1: Low Vitamin D Levels

Part 2: Poor Gut Health

Part 3: Obesogens…Obes-o-what?

Part 4: GMO…OMG!!

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Avocado Breakfast Bake

December 8th, 2015 | Breakfast, Eating,

Photo by Julianne Shapery

We are always getting asked for Paleo friendly breakfast ideas. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut of always eating the same thing for breakfast. Mix it up!

Here is a quick, easy  and unique breakfast idea full of great protein and fat! Enjoy!

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Thanksgiving Paleo Style

November 23rd, 2015 | Eating, Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner!!

I can’t wait! It’s my all-time favorite holiday…I love the fall, being with family and of course…the FOOD!!

For many folks the holidays are a time when they throw healthy eating out the window and binge on sweets and unhealthy food. And…typically feel like crap after it’s all said and done.

Well..I am here to tell you can still eat healthy during the holidays AND experience delicious food, WITHOUT feeling awful and realizing you’ve gained an extra 10 pounds going into the New Year.

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Chicken with Cherries

November 16th, 2015 | Chicken, Eating,


This is a great dish that gives chicken a little pizazz! And it’s simple with minimal ingredients. Enjoy!


Prep time: 2 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1-1.5 lb chicken breast (4 small breasts)
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 cups cherries, pitted and halved (option to buy frozen
  • 1 large bunch of asparagus
  • arugula


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Pound chicken so they are thin (option to buy thin breast). Clean and break ends of asparagus. Place the chicken on a baking dish drizzled lightly with oil. On a separate baking dish, place the asparagus and drizzle lightly with oil. Bake for about 15 minutes, until chicken is cooked.
Chop shallot. In a small bowl add shallots, red wine vinegar, oil and cherries. Place chicken on top of a large handful of arugula and add the cherry mixture. Serve with asparagus.

Recipe by Tami Monaghan


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5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making Your Fat – Part 4: GMO…OMG!!

November 9th, 2015 | Eating, Healthcare, Living


This is Part 4 of 5 in the series: 5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat


If you missed the previous posts in this series you can check them out at the links below:

Part 1: Low Vitamin D Levels

Part 2: Poor Gut Health

Part 3: Obesogens…Obes-o-what?

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Obesogens… Obese-o-what?

October 19th, 2015 | Eating, Living


Obesogens …Obese-o-what?

Endocrine disruptors, also known as “OBESOGENS”, are lurking all around us and may be a key factor in making America FAT and SICK.  As you may realize, obesity is an epidemic and chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes continue to escalate.

So…what role do obesogens play?

Obesogens are environmental toxins found in food, water, insecticides, plastics, cleaning products, cosmetics, etc. that negatively affect metabolism and may predispose some to weight gain. They mimic our own hormones and confuse or disrupt natural hormone production.

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5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat: Part 2

October 12th, 2015 | Healthcare, Living


Poor Gut Health

This is Part 2 of 5 in the series:  5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat.

If you missed Part 1: Low Vitamin D Levels, you can check it out HERE.

We will be discussing Part 3-5 in the upcoming weeks. Don’t miss it!

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5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat: Part 1

September 28th, 2015 | Healthcare, Living, Practical Living


If you are having trouble shedding those extra pounds and the scale just won’t budge….I recommend turning your focus towards these 5 often overlooked factors that could be secretly sabotaging your weight loss goals.

Yes…diet and exercise are key components in losing weight, having a rockin’ body and feeling awesome. But…there is much more to the equation that people don’t realize.  Many people dial in their nutrition using a Paleo, whole-food approach and lose tons of weight, and others lose some weight…but not as much as they hoped for. And for those people…there are likely other factors holding you back.

This may be just the information you need to squeeze into that stunning, black dress you’ve been avoiding because it’s a little too snug and exposes your lumps, bumps and rolls OR give you the confidence to strut your stuff in that sexy bikini you bought as an incentive to lose weight (and is currently buried in the bottom of your underwear drawer).

Wouldn’t that be awesome!

What’s even more awesome is that all these factors…if addressed and improved upon…not only help with weight loss, but also help with improved overall health, well-being and disease prevention!!

5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat:

1) Low Vitamin D Levels

2) Poor Gut Health

3) Obesogens…Obese-o-what?


5) Stress: The Muffin Top Monster

We are going to start this week looking at how Low Vitamin D Levels may be associated with weight gain and will cover the rest of the 4 in upcoming posts.

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Baked Fish & Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Tahini Sauce

September 8th, 2015 | Seafood, Sides

Photo by Julianne Schapery

This is a simple and delicious fish and brussels sprout dish with a lemony twist. Drizzle sauce over brussels and fish and enjoy!!!

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30 Day Challenge

Charles Testimonial

November 8th, 2016 | Testimonials

Hello Brenda and Chad,

As you requested, I wanted the share with you my story.

My name is Charles Gates.  I live in Lake Worth, just south of where I was born, West Palm Beach, Florida.  After graduating from High School in 1949, I went immediately into the Army where I weighed in at 165lbs.  I retired from the Army in 1970 and at that time I weighed 160lbs.  During the ensuing 46 years I maintained my weight at 165 and did daily gym workouts.

Eighteen months ago, at age 84 I lost my balance, fell and fractured my left arm so badly that I had to undergo surgery for an upper arm replacement.  I continued when I could to do my gym workouts and PT on my arm.  Suddenly my weight began to go up.

When I reached 180 and nothing I did would bring it down, I began to worry that I would be stuck for the rest of my life with the “old man shuffle”.  I fell two more times; landing on my repaired arm both times.  Then I sought out and received PT for correcting a muscle imbalance which was making me fall.

I was about half way through my latest PT program when I started the 30 day Challenge. My weight was 178 on the first day of the challenge. A friend accompanied my on my first shopping trip.  When I left the Fresh Market that day I paid $150 for my initial food supply.

In preparing my first few meals I was confronted with not having the right cooking utensils.  So I spent another $100 dollars getting what I needed.  I cleaned out my pantry of all the old stuff much of which I had used for years without realizing how sugary many were.  Most of my previous diet required little preparation.

I struggled with actually “cooking” my food.  Now I consider myself an accomplished “cook”.  And the food is both delicious and satisfying.  On day 30 I weighed again.  This time my weight was 166 lbs.  I was back to my old High School fighting weight.

Thank you for your daily emails.  They were very helpful.  I will continue the Paleo way of life.


Charles G


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Martha Testimonial

November 7th, 2016 | Testimonials

My name is Martha. I am 58 and live in Blanco Texas.

Prior to starting the 30-Day Challenge I had daily diarrhea, all kinds of inflammatory issues and pain. Initially I attempted to jump all in but realized this was setting myself up to fail.

Due to many food intolerances that are some of the main components of the Paleo diet I needed to really understand it so I could substitute where necessary. Instead of just giving up and using that as an excuse to not continue I continued to read each email full of educational info, I also signed up for the back exercise program and your Health 360 to start the exercise programs and get myself moving more.

I am working on making healthy eating choices with a strong lean to the Paleo diet. Substituting where necessary. I have no issue with the proteins and have always eaten a diet heavy on lean proteins. I find myself reading the ingredients lists.

I have totally removed the gluten, and cook almost all of our meals from scratch now. I have begun stretching and although I began a walking program I had to stop because of an aggravated medical issue that I am trying to adapt and work around. Having said all that. I have more energy than previously, my stomach issues have settled considerably and I lost 9 lbs.


Martha M


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Brenda Testimonial

November 6th, 2016 | Testimonials

I am 71, in very good health, take 4 – 5 yoga classes a week, walk often. I regularly skipped breakfast or had a small bowl of yogurt (Plain/Full Fat) with fruit, maybe grabbed some leftovers for an early afternoon snack and then had a big salad, veggies and most often fish for dinner.

Not terrible BUT I was guilty of not drinking enough water or getting enough sleep, generally avoiding any red meat, all bacon, and avocados were a treat. Oh, plus I’ve always had a sweet tooth. Over the years, the extra pounds arrived and found a home in That One Foot Zone – 6 inches above and below my navel. I’d bounce up a few pounds and then down but could never seem to “reset” a new normal weight.

I hadn’t really thought much about doing any kind of diet/lifestyle/exercise plus program. I had been away most of the summer, traveling around (over 7000 miles in a car), visiting family and friends.  There was little time to do more than a few minutes of yoga now and then, or a long walk, and I was eating out a lot.  So those ten stubborn pounds turned into fifteen, the clothing kept getting smaller, I was feeling tired, old, stuck.

It was sheer luck that I came upon The Paleo Secret ad on Facebook a few days after I got back home, before loading up the fridge and pantry.  I had a huge advantage in that I was actually going to be in one place, on my own, cooking just for myself, for five weeks and decided quickly to just go for it. I stayed on the program 98% of the time and easily dropped ten pounds and several inches.

I certainly have more energy, am actually sleeping more, and getting close to my water consumption goal.  My biggest shock was I didn’t even miss the sugar.  I never felt hungry or had cravings; actually when I’d go to the store, I felt sick looking at aisle upon aisle of junk!

I know this was a good start and I will definitely continue with these new habits, try more recipes, and keep hydrated.

Brenda R


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Anonymous Testimonial

November 5th, 2016 | Testimonials

Hi Chad and Brenda,

Just wanted to thank you for your excellent Paleo advice and daily inspirational emails. Here are my results:

I lost 5 pounds which I’m thrilled about since I only have another 5 to go.

Before I started this lifestyle change, I had HUGE problems with blood sugar spikes and drops and ended up feeling shaky and light headed if I didn’t eat every two to three hours.  I was eating way too many carbs.

Now, thanks to the Paleo Secret, when I’m hungry, I don’t feel the blood sugar variations.

I feel so much better!

Thank you Brenda and Chad!


Age 65


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Joy Testimonial

November 4th, 2016 | Testimonials

Hi there…Chad and Brenda,
The commitment you both have to healthy living moves me much. People are changing daily and are being so blessed by your knowledge, support and love.

I cannot begin to thank you for all your hard work and dedication to helping others get on track or back on track to living a healthy life style.

Paleo to me will continue to be a life style. It’s amazing as I have been following the recipes my cravings are completely gone. Though I have been blessed with pretty good energy the energy and clarity I currently have has been an amazing.

I have gone off here and there through these 30 days but my commitment keeps getting stronger and stronger because I am really noticing when I am completely tunnel vision I feel so much better. It’s makes not want to veer from the path.

My other disciplines have also improved…proper sleep, exercise and proper daily water intake. Discipline breeds discipline and I am ALL in!!

I am finding my way back to a healthy life style. So funny that even as I thought I was living and staying so healthy I now realize that I was still consuming processed food.

Even though it was said to be a more healthy way of eating.

I just wanted to thank you both…and will pray the Lord continues to bless you as you continue to bless others:)


Joy G


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Linda Testimonial

November 3rd, 2016 | Testimonials

My challenge was drinking.  Not water. Booze.

During the challenge eating the right foods seemed to change the need to have a glass (or 3) of wine.

Then I started to notice it didn’t even sound like something I wanted. I really started to notice this after the 2nd week.

Upon thinking about it I almost think it was the sugar craved it used to always be around 3pm. Kinda the slump time of the day.

So I fixed it with a snack and tea and it started to be me finding little answers to big problems! Or big answers!

However you want to look at it!
Linda K


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Greg Phillips

Greg Phillips Testimonial

November 2nd, 2016 | Testimonials

It’s taken me 5 days since our 30 day PALEO Challenge ended, but here you go.

My name is Greg Phillips, I am 56 years old.

9 years ago I started on a journey of chronic illness that continues to this day. 8 years ago after an experimental heart surgery where the recovery went wrong, where they “lost me” twice, and where a decision was made at two in the morning to do an emergency implant of a pace maker to “keep things going” it’s been a long road. Life for me has been quite different since then. You see, also at this time the doctors told me to get my affairs in order.

Not really great news for a guy who makes his living encouraging others. I go a doctor’s death sentence with months to live. Remember though, that was eight years ago. You see I have the letters M.M.E.H., next to my name. Greg Phillips M.M.E.H. I am a Magical Motivational Educational Humorist and I travel the world making my living encouraging others in a variety programs that include humor, illusions, animatronic puppets and stories. The doctors were just giving me material to use in my programs.

The 6 week hospital stay is now a distant memory but the one thing that stayed with me, after I was well enough to eat; they recommended my wife bring me my favorite fast food meal; A Big Mac and fries from Mickey D’s. This was after the “big speech” about their recommendation of eating a “Heart Healthy” diet from then on. Seemed weird, kind of like the Department of the Interior being in charge of everything out doors, or being a magician makes me “an honest deceiver.”

So between trying to eat “heart healthy’ and the constant changes in medications, I watched as my weight went from 175 pounds pre-surgery 8 years ago to 237.6 pounds just 35 days ago. I joked in my show about being on the new “BBC Diet… Buy Bigger Clothing!” I have hovered around the 240 pound mark for almost 2 years; I figured this must be where it would be for me. After all I exercised, lived an active lifestyle, traveled, performed shows and was for the most part eating “Heart Healthy.”

We have recently relocated from Florida to Asheville, North Carolina. It was while I was having some heart issues looked at with a slew of new doctors that something hit me. After a chest X-ray for a persistent cough to rule out lung cancer, the doctor who read the X-ray told me one chamber of my heart was enlarged. I knew from my heart research one of the things to help with enlarged hearts was weight loss. Then, as I was leaving my Primary Care Doctor who had given me the results, I noticed written on the synopsis of symptoms the word “OBESE.” I asked the girls at the front desk what it meant. I told them “Hey, I look good. I’m not fat! ” While they agreed with my assessment of myself they mentioned it was based on BMI – Body Mass Index. Mine was a 32.6. I found out it was my weight 240 pounds divided by height- 6 foot. So with the words “OBESE and ENLARGED” weighing on my mind, I knew I needed to do something.

After arriving home I took off my shirt to toss it into the washer. My four year old granddaughter asked me “why I had such a big tummy?” As the house burst into laughter I tossed on another t shirt and sat down at the computer to post my regular updates online for those who follow me to see.

My Florida friend and Chiropractor Dr. Brain Walsh from Care Chiropractic and Wellness Center suggested I try the PALEO Diet. I began the research and after several hours decided I was going to go “all in” and give it a try.

I found a program that had a “30 Day Challenge” element to it and decided to give it a try. Brenda and Chad Walding and the PALEO Secret (Lexicon Health) had an offer that included recipes, informational guides and daily inspirational emails. You see when I try something my wife says “You go all in and then some!”

Dr. Brain, my chiropractor sent me some beginning information, I found some recipes and I took the information from the 30 Day Challenge and began my very public online journey. You see I live on Social Media to promote my businesses and everything I do is part of that. I have nearly 3000 people that follow my travels and activities and they weren’t going to miss out on this.

On day one of the Challenge I stepped on the scale and took the ever famous “BEFORE PICTURE.” My granddaughter was right, why did I have a big tummy? I took a picture of the scale too – 237.2 pounds. I began in earnest with an order to Thrive Market and stopped at our local produce stands and healthy grocery stores. I made lists of where I could find my staples the cheapest and found my local Publix had many organic and natural items I was looking for. Score! Mondays at Earth Fair was $5 Organic Rotisserie Chickens. Score! I searched, researched and used the info from the Challenge and began spending a ton of time in the kitchen planning and preparing the new meals. It was a little difficult as I was cooking for not only my wife and myself but for a very picky household of eaters whose ages ranged from 28 to 4 and who weren’t going on the journey (just yet) with us!

The hardest thing for me to give up didn’t happen until Day 10. It wasn’t chips or cookies, ice cream or fast food; it was my Publix Half Sweet Half Unsweet Iced Tea. I would buy a gallon of sweet and a gallon of unsweet and mix them together. I would drink it by the gallon every day. I could get nearly the same thing for a buck at Mc Donald’s or at Chick Fil A as well. And it wasn’t as bad because it wasn’t all sweet, right? It was half and half, something that I have been drinking for 20 plus years. I knew I needed something to replace it. The sugar had to be a bad thing. I knew it was one thing keeping me from a greater weight loss.

I tried carbonated water and found some “La Croix” Canned flavored waters and also “Hint Fizz” sparkling waters. While ok for a change it wasn’t going to be my go to drink. At the start of the challenge I had begun drinking a gallon of water using the FB Meme with the gradient times written on the side of a gallon jug. Drink this much by 9 am, noon, 2 pm, etc… All that water was good for me but a little boring. While checking out the local health food stores (living near Asheville exposes us to MANY interesting opportunities for food) I came across something called MetroMint water. There was Peppermint, and Chocolatemint . I bought a couple to try, got in the car, drank one and went back in the store and bought them all. The chocolate mint tasted like my favorite candy Peppermint Patties! Score! In doing research to find a source for these waters, I found the company was no longer making them but discovered something called Culinary Essential Oils.

Essential Oils? I called Dr Brian to find out if they were PALEO enough for me and if they were safe to use to flavor my waters. He gave me a resounding “GO FOR IT!” So I placed an order to a company that sold oils and extracts. I ordered several including Peppermint and Cinnamon Oils. Extracts included Chocolate, Raspberry, Lemon, Root Beer and Spearmint. After getting them in the mail I began experimenting and discovered extracts do not work to flavor water. BUT THE OILS! Oooo the oils! I’m hooked on Cinnamon Water. I use 24 ounces of water and 4-6 drops of oil at the beginning of the day. I refill the bottle throughout the day with water. The smell stays on the bottle and I enjoy the taste. The company I purchased from lost my business when they didn’t take the time to respond to my initial questions about oils and extracts and using them for water and my follow up questions after I got them. I have since found another company that has a few other oils. Many of the extracts I wanted for my water are not available as oils.

Towards the end of the challenge I had a challenge to overcome. I forgot to bring a couple of my Thrive PALEO Snack Bars. My wife and I needed to eat. After looking thru the GPS choices of the small town we were in, I decided on Wendy’s. I could get the FRESH burger with no bun, no cheese, no condiments and extra lettuce and tomato. Apple slices would be the side. As I cut the burger into pieces and placed the first fork full into my mouth I got the saltiest most awful taste you could imagine. Then it dawned on me. I must be tasting the “processing” that is done to the “FRESH” burgers. It was terrible. Dr. Brian told me that was normal after detox! I immediately began compiling a list of PALEO friendly places to eat while traveling. (I’m on the road full time!). My biggest recommendation, PANERA! (Fortunately my daughter is the GM at the one in Asheville!)

Okay, okay I know what you’re thinking. Is he ever going to tell us how the challenge finished? I will start with this. PALEO has become my way of life. I learned a bunch from the emails that I got from Chad and Brenda. I went to their Lexicon Health website to go through the videos. I tried many of their suggestions including morning drinks, dressings and addition of oils, I dug a little deeper on other things they mentioned or that came as emails. I didn’t necessarily use the meal plans as it came, but they made a good jumping off point. At the end of the thirty days I took my picture and jumped on the scale. Ooops, I almost forgot, I stopped taking my prescription stomach medicine for my GERD/IBS after the 13th day. I have been on it for nearly 10 years. Absolutely no Acid Reflux! And my joints (I have several skeletal ailments) have not ached or pained since after the second week. I sleep all night for the first time since surgery and have gone from a 40 inch pant back into my 38s! Score!

So here you go… (drum roll please)…
214.4 pounds. That’s a net loss of 23.2 pounds! SCORE BIG! My BMI has dropped to 29.1. Thanks Chad and Brenda! I’m a believer! 
P.S. My granddaughter wants to know “where my tummy went? Did I make it disappear?”


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Deborah Testimonial

November 1st, 2016 | Testimonials

My name is Deborah, I am 54 years old and live in Estero Fl.

I did the Paleo 30 day challenge because I always felt that I didn’t tolerate dairy well. I was basically gluten free and carb free before this time.

My experience was great, I probably remained 95% on the Paleo diet (with the exception of a glass of red wine from time to time).

My biggest surprise was that I really feel that I look younger as a result! That shocked me.

I plan on staying dairy free for the most part (I am a sucker for pumpkin pie with whipped cream though!).

I realize now how important it is to stay away from processed food and dairy.

Again, I had already been basically gluten and carb free.

Thanks for showing me this diet, I will now make it more a part of my lifestyle!

Deborah H


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Shannon Testimonial

October 31st, 2016 | Testimonials

I just completed the 30 day challenge.

I stuck to the program religiously every day and I am very impressed with the results.

After not drinking anything but water and coffee ( in the morning) my headaches that I had been having for about 8 years have stopped.

I haven’t had a heart burn, which I was getting at least 3 times a week.

I have lost 17 lbs. and 2 pants sizes. My starting weight was 245. I’m now at 228. My goal is 195.

Thank you for your support and information.


Shannon R


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Lynn Testimonial

October 30th, 2016 | Testimonials

My name is Lynn and I live in Honolulu Hawaii.

I’ve just finished the 30 day challenge 2 days ago and still going strong!I plan on continuing to eat this way!

Before I started Paleo I was eating all the wrong things, processed foods, whole grains, low fat, sugar free, basically I ate a ton of junk and was totally addicted to these types of foods.

I’ve tried all sorts of different diets, my latest being weight watchers which worked for a while but I just got tired of counting points and gained everything that I had lost back.  Plus…

The food that I was eating was a whole lot of processed junk and I wanted to get out of that rutt.

Then I discovered Paleo and would like to say thank you to Dr’s Chad and Brenda for all the guidance and the daily emails really helped!

So far I have lost 8lbs total and I have to say that I feel so much better.  I have cut out all the bad stuff i.e. Junk/ processed foods and unhealthy oils.

I have incorporated a lot of Organic, free range and cage free foods but not all… but I have only eaten Whole Foods and I definitely do not want to go back to eating the unhealthy way.

So, once again thank you so much to Chad and Brenda this has changed my life!  Also… I forgot to add that it has also helped to alleviate some of my pain. =)


Aloha from Hawaii!
Lynn M


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