Detoxing your body? Don’t forget to detox the brain!

Since discovering Caroline Leaf’s research in 2014, I have been so intrigued that I did two semester projects about her findings. She is a Christian cognitive neuroscientist that has been exploring the mysteries of the brain, the mind, and how much our thoughts affect our mental, emotional, and even our physical health for more than 30 years.

The first day I participated in her 21-day brain detox program, I was enlightened about a priceless truth. As a member of the new-30-something age bracket, finally, after all these years something clicked.Yes, it’s true – better late than never.

I have been plagued by abandonment issues most of my life. I mean no disrespect to my parents by saying this – they were there physically for me, but emotionally? They were completely off base and ill equipped. Throw in a couple divorces, and other series of events (like being left behind in a fire by one who had pledged their undying love) and there you have it.

My internal dialogue went something like this: I must have done something to deserve to be abandoned. What is wrong with me? There must be something seriously wrong with me.

The first day of my journey with Dr. Leaf, I realized that this was a choice these people had made due to their own inadequacies and failures.  It does not determine my value as a person. I had been letting these thoughts and people determine my value!

I know, I know, after all these years I am finally getting it right. Dr. Leaf’s philosophy is that if you have wired in toxic thoughts, then you can wire them out. She teaches you how to do just that. Visit her at

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