Ellen Matheson Functional Wellness Solutions/eljema wellness

Ellen Matheson Functional Wellness Solutions/eljema wellness

Certified Nutrition Specialist practitioner and Functional Wellness expert helping women recover their balance, vitality, & strength after trauma/illness

Mission: It is the mission of Ellen J. Matheson Functional Wellness Solutions to offer top notch, evidence-based nutritional assessment and counseling, health education, and wellness coaching to women of all ages and stages of life and the people they love and care for. 

 Areas of specialization include: 
 management of pain and inflammation; improving hormonal imbalances; supporting brain health; and nutrition for children.


Voices from the Past Remain Relevant as Groundbreaking Guide for Disabled Girls and Women is Reissued Online

The societal and cultural challenges faced by women and girls are well known, but often overlooked are the extreme challenges faced by our sisters with disabilities. “No More Stares”, published in 1982, is still relevant today, and shines light on these magnificent women who succeed despite the challenges they face.

“No More Stares includes many photographs of disabled women taken by different photographers. Pictures of disabled women living independent lives, finding their own way, signaling encouragement to the women and girls reading the book today who face similar experiences and obstacles that its authors and participants encountered when the book was first published.”

It is now available online. Link in article.

dredf.org DREDF’s No More Stares Now Available on the Internet in Celebration of International Women’s Day 37 Years After its Historic Release


‘I Had No Idea I Was Having a Heart Attack’: For Women, Cardiac Arrests Are Unseen Killers

Women who are having a heart attack often have very different symptoms than men. Know the signs—it’s often NOT chest pain.
See pic in first comment for a summary of signs and symptoms from the Mayo Clinic.

wsj.com A retired cardiac-care nurse didn’t recognize her own symptoms, which are different for women. Neither did the first responders. It’s a problem that can have fatal consequences.

American College of Nutrition

Have you or someone you love been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes? If so, please read the article!

In short, high fiber diets are proven to improve glucose control, enhance weight loss, and improve serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels solely by changing the profile of the gut microbiome in only 12 weeks.

A recently published study investigated the effects of a high fiber intervention on blood glucose and metabolic health in patients with type 2 diabetes.


Fermentation is back: how will living organisms reshape your plate?

Curious about fermented foods but not sure what all the buzz is about? Check out this article!

theguardian.com From coffee to ketchup, bread to sausage, wine to cheese, fermented foods are all around us – but we don’t have to be so afraid of them


Protecting against cognitive decline - Harvard Health

News you can use!

health.harvard.edu While there's currently no treatment that can prevent or cure dementia, researchers have identified some factors that may help protect you from cognitive decline. Exercise offers an impressive array of health benefits. It helps prevent heart disease ...


A Self-Care Checklist for Surviving the Holidays

Self-care is ESSENTIAL. Believe me, I know. Or at least I’m learning first hand how a gross lack of self-care compounded with the heavy long-term stressors of life lead to scary diseases such as cancer, autoimmune imbalances, and so many other chronic health issues.

This is an excellent Self-Care checklist for any time of the year, yet especially so during holidays. I encourage you to read it. Print it. Share it.

themighty.com "Use this checklist to plan your self-care so that you can enjoy the upcoming holidays to their fullest."


UVA Identifies Brain’s Lymphatic Vessels as New Avenue to Treat Multiple Sclerosis

New research from the University of Virginia team that discovered lymphatic pathways in the brain believe that these vessels play an important role in neuroinflammatory conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis and severe brain infections. My guess is we will eventually discover links to other inflammatory conditions, including all other autoimmune diseases and imbalances, within this particular region of the lymphatic system. Here’s why: the brain is really in charge of the body, and the lymphatic system is the superhighway of the immune system AND also acts as the municipal trash collectors and processors. You can imagine what happens when there is an accident on the freeway or the trash collections don’t happen in your neighborhood...the same happens within our body systems. Of course this is a simplified description—the immune system is very complex, and because of this complexity and interconnection with all other organ systems, tissues, and cells, if ANYTHING gets out of whack, the body begins to suffer, especially if it happens at “central control”.

news.virginia.edu Research suggests that the vessels – which were only recently identified by the same UVA lab – carry a mysterious message from the brain that causes MS.


Plants Other Than Cannabis That are High in Healing Cannabinoids

Curious about the benefits of CBD? I can help answer your questions and make safe recommendations. Comment below.

Oh, and enjoy this article about the cannabinoids found in other foods.

corespirit.com Cannabis is not the only plant that contains medically beneficial cannabinoids, although it has driven the research to understand the powerful therapeutic properties of these plant compounds. In actuality, there are several plants that are also rich in cannabinoids and benefit the body’s endocannabi...


HempWorx :: Welcome

Are you curious about CBD oil (non-psychoactive hemp) but have questions? I have answers!

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive component derived from hemp and marijuana (Cannabis sativa). It is safe, effective, and because it doesn't get you high, it is completely LEGAL in all 50 states and Canada. Research shows that CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory agent that is safe and very effective for reducing pain and inflammation. In addition to pain relief, CBD has beens shown to help reduce anxiety, improve sleep, increase bone density, as well as many other therapeutic benefits. I'm taking Hempworx CBD as part of my cancer recovery program and am realizing wonderful results. In fact, I'm so convinced this stuff works, I've added it to my product line. To try it for yourself, just click the link below to order or message me directly for more information. For my friends local to Charleston, I will soon have stock on hand. Thank you, friends. Here's to our better health!




Health officials launch ambitious plan to rid the world of trans fats — Los Angeles Times

THIS is SO IMPORTANT and it’s long overdue!!! Ridding the world of trans-fats is such an important step for improving Public Health around the world. They are cheap, toxic, pro-inflammatory oils and fats that are in many convenience foods. Trans-fats are the ABSOLUTE WORST ANTI-NUTRIENTS you can eat. Trans-fats are a primary contributor to cardio-vascular issues, ranging from clogged arteries to massive heart attacks, and a whole lot of other symptoms and syndromes.

apple.news In an effort to save half a million lives each year, the World Health Organization on Monday urged developing nations to follow the lead of

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

“Health care” and “health insurance” in the US is code for “show us your money and we’ll show you your treatment options”. This is why we need a Single Payer system. No one should go broke trying to stay alive, and no one should ever have to choose death over crippling debt.

If someone is diagnosed with cancer the last thing they should worry about is how they are going pay for treatment. But women who are diagnosed with breast cancer will put off treatment and testing, and wait to start chemotherapy by an average of seven months, if they have high-deductible insurance plans, according to a new study.

Let's be as clear as possible. This should never happen to one person in the wealthiest country in the world, let alone thousands. Our priority as a nation must be to guarantee health care to all, not to the few who can afford it.


'Mono' virus linked to seven serious diseases: Epstein-Barr virus may affect health in more ways than known

A study published April 12, 2018 in the journal, Nature Genetics, shows the link between the Epstein-Barr virus and autoimmune diseases: systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), celiac disease, and type 1 diabetes. These diseases affect nearly 8 million people in the U.S. alone.

sciencedaily.com The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) -- best known for causing mononucleosis -- also increases the risks for some people of developing seven other major diseases, according to a new study. The diseases are: systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis...


Scientist Reveal What Cannabis Does to Your Bones…

Good news for our bones, courtesy of CBD, the non-psychoactive yet potently anti inflammatory and chemo protective cannabinoid derived from Cannabis.

ushealthtimes.com A study was published by The Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, conducted by researchers from Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University. This study showed that a chemical in marijuana, known as …

Corey Schuler

News you can use!

Don't forget! Set your clocks forward an hour, take your melatonin, and wake-up exhausted. Today is the semi-annual, government-authorized, artificial circadian rhythm disruption. As little as 0.3 mg of melatonin may be useful for you. You may need up to 3 mg especially if you also have a condition like IBS, endometriosis, or GERD.


The idea that everything from spoons to stones are conscious is gaining academic credibility

Consciousness studies are my secret love. One of the most influential courses I had in college many moons ago (I was 19) was called, “The Psychology of Consciousness”, and while I have not since “formally” pursued this path as a course of study, I have been an avid student nonetheless.

The gaining acceptance of the concept that consciousness permeates everything, IS everything, is such exciting news! Many of us in the “alternative medicine” field have known this forever...it is the very basis of our core beliefs and understanding and is what, IMO, allows the space for “healing” in its myriad forms to develop. Meditation, Qi gong, yoga, massage, breath work, mindfulness training are all easy and effective ways to “tap into” and become aware of this “permeating” nature of consciousness...it IS how everything is connected. It is WHY we are all ONE.

qz.com “If you think about consciousness long enough, you either become a panpsychist or you go into administration.”


Broken Brain: Episode 8 (Updated)



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Broken Brain: Episode 3



Broken Brain: Episode 2

The Gut-Brain axis


Broken Brain: Episode 1

An important series looking at the science of brain health and natural solutions to protecting and preserving cognitive function.

Physicians for Informed Consent

I don’t know much about the Hep B vaccine, and will certainly look into its risks, but I’ve been recommending for years now that parents forego the HPV vaccine for their teens. It’s a dangerous vaccine for many people and for many reasons. Injury from this vaccine is not uncommon. Here’s peer-reviewed scientific analysis, brought to you by Physicians for Informed Consent, a non-profit dedicated to actual medical science and not a big-pharma sales pitch.

Did you know that current vaccines for Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) have the potential to cross-react with and alter human proteins, resulting in debilitating diseases?

To “nullify potential crossreactivity risks in vaccination protocols…it is suggested that only vaccines based on sequences unique to pathogens” be used. “The data…support(s) the possibility of crossreactions between the two viral antigens (used in anti-HBV/HPV vaccines) and human proteins that, when altered, may associate with neuropsychiatric, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases such as multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, diabetes, and sudden death.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/27490205/


Do you like what we are doing? PIC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run entirely on the donated time and energy of volunteers—people like you. Your contributions are tax-deductible as allowable by law. Click here to donate: https://physiciansforinformedconsent.org/donate/


The root cause of autism may have been found... and no, it's not vaccines

An interesting article about what may cause autism. While genetics may play a big role, it is my belief that other factors, including nutrient deficiencies, viruses, environmental toxins, and chemical exposures influence whether or not those genes are expressed.

ia.meaww.com This is an important step, but there is a long road ahead

Ocular Wellness & Nutrition Society

News you can use! Consuming Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO or EVO oil) helps protect the brain and preserve memory! Another reason for the efficacy and success of following a Mediterranean-style meal plan!

"In a study published online June 21 in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, the researchers show that the consumption of extra-virgin olive oil protects memory and learning ability and reduces the formation of amyloid-beta plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain—classic markers of Alzheimer's disease." https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-06-extra-virgin-olive-oil-memory-brain.html

[01/14/18]   Many people often ask me how do you know which supplement to buy? There are so many forms of say, magnesium, that it’s dizzying to try to decide. So to address this topic, I’m putting together s series FaceBook live sessions to address this topicwith some depth! Stay tuned!

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