Alfa Thermometry: Bridging the Gap in Women's Healthcare

Casey Alfa Report 1Written by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW
October 6, 2020

Chronic illness leads to many diagnostic dead ends

I have spent my life dealing with chronic illness. My symptoms were confusing to my doctors because they didn't fit the criteria for any singular diagnosis. As a teenager I was severely fatigued and was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. I was shunned by my peers who spread rumors that I had AIDS. I felt unheard and misunderstood when I was told my debilitating symptoms were "all in my head" (a common sentiment experienced by women whose complex symptoms are a 'medical mystery'). Disparities in women's healthcare and treatment added to the vicious cycle of diagnostic confusion.

The BBC's Health Gap series highlights how women and men experience the healthcare system and their own health in very different ways. Maya Dusenbery, author of Doing Harm, states that "Women are more likely (than men) to wait longer for a health diagnosis and to be told it’s ‘all in their heads.’ That can be lethal: Diagnostic errors cause 40,000-80,000 deaths in the US alone." In Doing Harm, Dusenbery points out that it takes an average 12 months for men to receive a diagnosis of Crohn's disease; for women, 20 months. It took decades to confirm I had Crohn's disease, an autoimmune inflammatory disease affecting the small and large intestine. By the time I was properly diagnosed at age 30, I was seriously ill.

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NAET: Strengthen the immune system, clear allergies, and stay healthy through COVID

In this interview, I speak with Dr Roy Nambudripad about a technique NAET (Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Technique) which changed my life in so many ways. Before NAET, I was literally "dying" of Crohn's disease and autoimmunity. I could not eat, keep weight on my body, and I had internal bleeding. After the basic 15 treatments, I started to shift and to this day I incorporate the technique into my life, sometimes daily. It is an optimal noninvasive, affordable treatment that supports the immune system and overall health. 

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Simple calming exercises to cope with COVID, Trauma, and Stress

yoga squirrelWritten by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW
September 27, 2020

During this time, we need ways to manage stress more than ever. Those of us with histories of trauma are especially triggered by this "universal trauma." Even if you don't know anyone with covid or are not working in direct client services, it is impossible to not be impacted by the grief and stress around you. Whether it is knowing your small business friends are struggling, missing contact with your friends/family, not being able to go to the gym or dance class, or wondering if our political climate will find balance, there is a lot happening. Not to mention, fires and environmental tragedy. 

These calming exercises are invaluable---they are simple and effective. I attended a training where these resources were shared and now I want to share them with all of you. Click the link below to explore the many resources available and find the ones that fit for you! A few times a day is all it takes to calm your stress respose and bring your body and mind back to clarity and peace. 


Elimination Diets: How to know which foods are okay for you to eat

Elimination diet picWritten by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW
August 2020 issue
Published at Taste for Life Magazine

This story originally appeared on Taste for Life

While most people associate eating with pleasure, for some, the relationship with food is more complicated. Many struggle with food-related allergies and/or sensitivities that cause inflammation and can lead to poor health.

Health-related issues such as autoimmune illnesses, irritable bowel and digestive problems, chronic fatigue, migraines, depression/anxiety, brain fog, asthma, joint pain, and skin flare-ups can be triggered or worsened by food choices. But how do you know which foods are bad for you and which are okay to eat?

Elimination Dieting

Elimination diets offer an option for people caught in a cycle of inflammation and who struggle with one or more health issues. They offer a noninvasive way to gather information about your body so you can avoid the foods that irritate your system.

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Therapy Chat: Energy Healing For Trauma, Chronic Pain + Chronic Illness With Casey Hersch

In Therapy Chat Episode 238 host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews Casey Hersch, LCSW about how energy healing can be a helpful part of healing trauma, chronic pain and chronic illness - when practiced in an ethical manner. Casey shares how consumers can identify safe and unsafe energy healing practices, some of the advantages and pitfalls of using these practices, and how to find an energy worker who is part of a professional organization with ethical standards to protect the public. Casey, a previous guest on Therapy Chat, discusses how energy healing practices have helped her as part of her recovery from trauma and Crohn's disease. 

Resources: Today's guest, Casey Hersch, LCSW, shares resources from her website to learn more about the ethical practice of energy psychology. 

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Tools for healing: Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology

Casey Hersch, LCSW, founder of Light Your Sparkle, speaks with Dr. Schwarz, Executive Director of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology. Dr Schwarz provides an overview of the ACEP's mission and training programs. Energy psychology techniques support trauma treatment and overall health and well-being. Both licensed and non licensed practitioners can take classes.

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Energy Psychology--Honoring ethics in trauma treatment

Casey Hersch, LCSW and founder of Light Your Sparkle talks to Mary Sise, LCSW, DCEP about Energy Psychology. Energy approaches are powerful additions to treatment. Mary and Casey discuss the importance of trauma informed treatment, integration among licensed mental health professionals and healers, ethics, scope of practice, and how to do no harm when working with clients. Click here for Part 1 and Part 2 with Mary Sise. 


Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker, author, and founder of Light Your Sparkle. She specializes in integrative treatment models for chronic illness. Inspired by her own struggles with autoimmune illnesses and trauma, she educates about empowerment and how to build individualized healing plans.

Mary Sise, LCSW, DCEP is a pioneer in the field of Energy Psychology. She integrates Energy Psychology methods into her practice and has trained hundreds of clinicians in these methods. She earned her Diplomate in Comprehensive Psychology and served as past president of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology. In response to Covid-19, she created a program called "Tapping the Panic Out of Pandemic," a simple user-friendly e-book available on Kindle.

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