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Annalise Braakensiek “How I Overcame Chronic Fatigue”

Annalise Braakensiek "How I Overcame Chronic Fatigue"

You know when you discover something that is life changing…in the best possible way…and you just want to shout it out for all to hear? Well that’s me right now. 

I feel compelled to share a remarkable wellness discovery with you all. If you suffer from lethargy, insomnia, depression, allergies, food intolerance, migraines, chronic fatigue, or irritable bowel syndrome, I think you might appreciate this!

Those who know me, know I have always eaten well. Brought up on a biodynamic farm, the benefits of eating biodynamic or organic produce were instilled in me from a young age. I am allergic to dairy, wheat and preservative 220, and choose not to eat meat – very limiting in the culinary sense – but on the positive- I became a very passionate and creative vegetarian cook, and started Love Lunch, specialising in nutritious organic vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan recipes.

Annalise Braakensiek - "I became a very passionate and creative vegetarian cook"

I’ve trained hard; gymnastics, dance, horse-riding and sports when young; later, yoga, Pilates, PT’ing, power walks, dance and more. I have always incorporated daily exercise into my busy schedule, for peace of mind and physical fitness. I meditate daily, see a kinesiologist, have regular infra-red saunas, get holistic treatments at HealthSpace such as acupuncture and naturopathy. Despite all this and detoxing twice a year and living the “healthiest” life I know, I often feel lethargic and exhausted, and have been bed-ridden for weeks, even months at a time. It’s hindered my innate positivity, productivity and my social life.

Since contracting Dengue Fever three years ago, I’ve never been completely on top of my health. Frustrating and debilitating are understatements, especially as I take good care of myself, with the best supplements and utilising the best holistic care.

But….drum roll please….I have found an amazing treatment, combined with kinesiology and my other holistic goodies it has seriously changed my health, heck, my whole life for the better! It came about because a friend who suffers from allergies was shining so brightly that she was almost unrecognizable. What had she done to cause the change? It was a real “I-want-what-she’s-having”, When-Harry-Met-Sally moment. She told me she had been getting BICOM – Bioresonance Method by Petra treatments. I researched; here’s my layperson’s summary:

All substances emit specific electromagnetic waves – frequency patterns – with individual characteristics. Bicom therapy analyses these frequency patterns emitted by the body or by substances stressing the body and separates them into harmonious and disharmonious components. Healthy frequencies are enhanced and returned to the body to strengthen its normal functions; unhealthy frequencies are inverted to reduce their negative effects, then returned to the patient via an electromagnetic therapy mat.

Each session of 60 minutes consists of several therapy programmes: stressors, toxins and allergies affecting the patient are identified, and an energetic electro-acupuncture method determines which therapy to use. Bicom therapy provides signals corresponding to the patient’s physiological status, detects changes in physiological functions beyond normal awareness, amplifies these signals and provides feedback into the patient to promote healing. Results are pain reduction, muscle relaxation, and reduction of stress and allergic reactions.

I’ve been blown away by the results. Petra found an abundance of heavy diseases and viruses I had no idea I was carrying, and determined my allergies in just one session! She discovered I’d been bitten by a tick when I was aged nine and a funnel-web spider when I was aged three, and explained the heavy toxic ramifications that those two bites left in my system. I’ve had Dengue Fever and Ross River Fever (similar to Malaria) and, unknowingly, Glandular Fever for years – all contributing to my Chronic Fatigue. My gut was riddled with parasites – disrupting digestion and nutrient absorption and causing terrible cramping. Parasites also cause brain fog, loss of concentration, fatigue, loss of memory, depression, sudden bloating or allergic symptoms, bacteria – Staph, pseudomonas. NICE…not!

But wait, there’s more! I have Rickettsia, which also causes fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, memory loss, muscle aches… no wonder I felt like crap, no matter what I did and what supplements I took. Without my otherwise healthy life, I would have been hospitalised long ago.

The great news is Petra is reversing my symptoms. I actually see the parasites explode on the screen! She has reversed my food allergies too. I’ve since eaten something containing preservative 220 – which normally results in me having an anaphylactic fit – without my oesophagus constricting or my face swelling to resemble some plastic surgery gone wrong day time TV show. After six months of treatments I feel much more like my old pre-Dengue self… jumping with joy instead of dragging my tootsies, and not looking eight months pregnant after unknowingly ingesting wheat. Best of all, I’m much happier so much so I’m planning to train as a practitioner.

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The Carousel would like to thank Annalise Braakensiek for sharing her story. You can follow Annalise on Instagram, @annalisewithlove or @annalisewithlovelunch and Facebook AnnaliseBraakensiek.

Written by Annalise Braakensiek

Best known for her work as a model, actress and television personality, Annalise Braakensiek is one of Australia’s most popular and multi-faceted celebrities.

An internationally recognised covergirl and Logie Award nominee, Sydney-based Annalise is also a keen designer, vegetarian chef and entrepreneur, whose passion for healthy living, the environment and animal rights shines through in all she does.

Scouted by a photographer on Bondi Beach at 16 years of age, Annalise has since been model and muse for some of the biggest and best-known designers, photographers and brands.

Her big break was the coveted Inside Sport Model of the Year in 1994, after which she went on to grace the magazine’s cover a record six times. Annalise’s beach-blonde looks and killer curves have also landed her on the cover of Cosmopolitan (US), Loaded (UK) and Maxim (Italy) to name a few.

She’s starred in numerous advertising campaigns for Guinness, Nivea, La Perla, Lee, Levi’s, Toyota, and more, and has featured on no less than 21 different “Sexiest Woman Alive” lists.

Modeling led to television work, with Annalise’s relaxed charisma and impeccable comedic timing winning her roles on some of Australia’s highest-rating TV shows, including Channel Seven’s Home and Away, the 20 to 1 series on the Nine Network, and Sleuth 101, a comedy from the producers of Spicks and Specks (ABC).

Her acclaimed role as “Claudia McPherson” on cult SBS comedy Pizza garnered Annalise a Logie Award nomination for Outstanding New Talent in a comedy. She helped develop her character, co-writing dialogue and contributing to storyline development. The show itself went on to be nominated for four Logie awards.

Annalise has appeared as a presenter on German MTV and Pro Sieben (she is fluent in both German and English, and can speak Dutch, Italian, Spanish and Japanese), and was co-host of UK television game show Play Your Cards Right.

Driven and optimistic, Annalise is also a creative and talented businesswoman with a commitment to designing

beautiful products that reflect her dedication to agreen lifestyle.

In August 2009, she launched her first collection of eco-friendly underwear for fuller-figured women. “Annalise” was exclusive to Bras N Things, and she designed each piece in the range with an emphasis not only on fashion, but on organic and recycled materials. Following its sell-out success, she extended the range to include sleepwear in November 2011. She then moved on to design her signature “Annalise” lingerie and sleepwear collections, which were exclusive to Big W.

In January 2016, Annalise became the Australian ambassador for Flamingo Sunglasses, a Spanish eyewear label. She is set to design her own collection of sunglasses with the brand which will be available internationally, launching in October 2016.

Annalise’s credentials as a designer also include a double major in jewellery and sculpture from the University of NSW College of Fine Arts. Annalise launched her signature jewellery collection “Annalise” in 2011, which is now available online at

In November 2008, Annalise launched Love Lunch as a catering food service. A passionate vegetarian cook, Annalise’s recipes draw on her extensive travels through Asia, Europe and the Middle East, as well as her childhood growing up on a biodynamic farm. Each week, she lovingly plans and prepares her menus, with an emphasis on organic, seasonal produce and delicious dairy- and gluten-free foods. Love Lunch continues as an online platform for Annalise’s healthy recipes on the website, Facebook page and Instagram.

Outside media and business commitments, Annalise willingly lends her time and energy to a number of cancer charities. Having lost her father to the disease, she works closely with the Starlight Foundation, Cancer Council and Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre to raise vital money and awareness.

She’s also a tireless advocate for animal rights and has lent her name to campaigns for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the Human Society International (HSI), and the RSPCA.

Annalise is a prominent figure on social media, where she can be found on Facebook and Instagram sharing her ventures with her extensive international audience.

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