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The Great Detector, Progress and Cancer Truths

This is a thermography camera.  Not scary at all.  Nothing touches you - nothing hurts you, or causes cancer, like mammography.

This is a thermography camera. Not scary at all. Nothing touches you – nothing hurts you, or causes cancer, like mammography.

I’ve made great strides since we last met.  God has been working on my heart, and mind and helping to show me new ways He created to heal myself.

First, myofunctional therapy.  It works.

I’ve learned to keep my mouth closed at night – through the various exercises I’m doing with my children.  At first, I thought it was a fluke… but a week later, I knew it was for real.  I was a believer.  My son has his appointment next month to get his tongue and lip untied as well, and after the first of the year – we’ll be looking at being expanded and braces… together.  I think our orthodontist finally gets that this isn’t about looks – as much as it is oxygenating our bodies, and restoring our health – for now and the future.

Check out how much MORE air is moved through your nasal cavity at night, while your mouth is closed.  God has a purpose in warming and filtering that air also.

Check out how much MORE air is moved through your nasal cavity at night, while your mouth is closed. God has a purpose in warming and filtering that air also.

Secondly, I talked to my ND about LND (Low dose Naltrexone – compounded), and Alpha Lipoic Acid.  They work together to help keep the stress I can’t control from taking over my health.  This couldn’t have happened at a better time.  I had been considering it for a long while – as the results with helping those with MS were pretty significant.  Within the first week, I noticed the back spasms I’ve had for years – were gone.  I’m about 3 weeks into it now – and they are still gone.  Praise be to God.  I’m on a low dose now – and I’m thankful that is working.  It’s a good sign – because as we all know, we simply can’t control all of the junk going on around us, and that really tanks my adrenals and my immune system.

Thirdly, after watching most of the Truth About Cancer series, I started taking Fulvic acid.  There is plenty of info out there, but here is a small bit of the benefits.  The doctor who shared about it said in all of this 8000 patients, he had never had a negative reaction to it.  That gave me a bit of hope – as I seem to react to everything.  So far, so good!  The doctor said he didn’t want it sound like a ‘Magic Bullet” or too good to be true – but I’ll admit – I’ve noticed a boost in energy, and my kids have seemed more level on it.  Not only does it gives your body essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids, it binds to toxins, and works as a chelator to metals and other things you don’t want inside of you.  The other cool thing is, it could have only been created in nature by something “like the flood”. 🙂 God knew we were going to mess things up, and He allows us a way to restore!  Praise be to Him.

Lastly, I had my thermography appointment in the midst of “breast cancer” awareness month.  I’ve noticed some changes in my left breast, and because I’ve had fibroids in the past – I just thought it would be smart to check up on things, for my future health.

The test was relatively simple, with the most difficult part being sticking my hands in ice cold water as a “challenge” to see if the spots in question still show up as being “fed”.  I was to get my results within a few weeks, and if everything was normal, I wouldn’t need to speak to the doctor.  I set my “phone appointment” – with the intent to cancel if all was well.

The weeks came and went… and I didn’t hear from my doctor.

I knew something had to have been in question – and deep down, I think I knew something was there all along.

Last week my ND confirmed my thoughts…  My fibroid showed up on the right side, and on the left side, near my other fibroid, there is an area in question, being fed vascularly.

She requested I get a sonogram, and I can’t remember much else she said after that…

I had some questions… we talked about my past issues on that side…

I always struggled with mastitis due to dense breast tissue, scar tissue and being lumpy.  Before my test, I thought maybe I was dealing with non-lactating mastitis…  that maybe some underlying infection in my breast was causing issues.

As I talked through things with my ND I became acutely aware of how I got to where I was.

My lack of regular cycle stemmed from not absorbing the right nutrients in my early teens and loading my liver with estrogen from the fake hormone therapy (BCP) at high levels.

The BCP never solved things with my irregular cycles and contributed  to the massive, fast growing tumors I had from ages 15 to when I went off at age 23 when married.
Having those 3 breast surgeries, to remove fibroids, led to scar tissue and combined with the lumps and poor diet, led to chronic mastitis.
That chronic inflammation and antibiotic cycle continued to break down my gut, thyroid and immune system.

Thyroid dysfunction is essential for cancer to grow.

So my chiropractor happened to ask me “when” I would get off of the Estro-DIM I was on.  I didn’t have an answer…  I assumed I would be on it … indefinitely.  He said, “but when your liver is functioning well, you should be able to get that out of your body.  You should be able to go off of it”

The wheels were turning, but I still wasn’t getting it.

So basically this estrogen, that continues to cycle and ramp up in my body is causing cancer to be fed in my left breast, and as my ND said, “We need to get that estrogen – OUT!”

So…  I set my appointment for a sonogram this week to see exactly what we’re looking at… and we’ll go from there.

My chiropractor suggested another saliva hormone (cortisol test) to see where my estrogen levels are.  If they’re still sky-high – perhaps an estrogen inhibitor for a time while I’m detoxing – could help me get over the hump.  Clearly my body hasn’t done it on its own yet.  I appreciate health-care providers who help weigh your options, and really do “get” natural healing.

I am not scared, I am thankful for the gift of this information, and the opportunity to help my body be well.

I know I’m in better shape than most.  Tackling a new diet doesn’t need to happen… but increased detoxing does.  Staying the course with de-stressing, exercise and sleep.  (Ok, so I still need more sleep!)

I’ve increased my juice in-take, been working on resolving negative emotions from relationships that destroy, and purposefully avoiding those who are toxic to my health. (Yes that’s number one when disease appears – negative emotions and stress destroy your immune system).

I know we all deal with things differently.  What works for some, doesn’t work for others…  I’ve learned over the course of the past three years, it’s easier for me to just not talk about things openly until I have a plan.    “Checking in” with people stresses me out.  I knew writing this all out would help me.  My mom and husband and kids know – and kids said this.  “I’m not a afraid mom, because I know that God will show you what to do.” 

They are right.

Not only that?  But a thermography shows more than a mammogram would have … maybe for years.  So I must assume I’m ahead of where I might be otherwise.

Until next time!

If you missed the Auto Immune Summit, or the Truth About Cancer series – please take the time to check them out.  SO much great information out there for us to help ourselves.  God is good.

And He said to him,

“Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

(Luke 17:19)

Overloaded Sinuses

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I’ve been a terrible blogger lately. It’s really not you, it’s me.  As much as I cut out of my life to prepare for this crazy busy soccer season and preparation to build a new home, blogging just had to take a back seat.

I wanted to update you all on my first round of Fluconazole, how my son’s sinus surgery went, as well as how our Myofunctional Therapy is going along!  It’s been a busy end of summer at our house!

First off, the Fluconazole did help.  Not enough for me to eat raw veggies… but enough to notice a change in distention after eating.  MUCH improved.  We’re talking about round two starting soon, but I definitely want to try it again.  I’ve been more consistent daily with my juices to start my day, and keeping my meat portions in check.  More recently I’ve gone back to keeping all raw fiber out of gut, so only cooked veggies, avocado (1 a day total) and well cooked meats – mainly salmon, chicken, and turkey – with some red meat (Grass fed and finished beef).  I’ve also been studying some on parasites, and cleanses with that.  I ordered SA Wilson’s coffee for this.

My son’s surgery went fabulous, as did this healing period.  The only issues we had were with recovery in the surgical center.  The medical reports (yes, we got them!)  said that the surgery went well and he woke up and went to recovery.   We ended up waiting almost an hour following surgery, to get to see him.  He had to be put on oxygen for about 4 hours because the nurses had drugged him with Demerol, an old drug they used to use in the 70s.  Not cool.  Especially considering we talked in length with the anesthesiologist about his adrenal issues, inability to methylate narcotics, etc.  She totally understood.  She actually came in following surgery and said… “mom was riiiiight.”  So we’re fairly certain it wasn’t her that gave the orders for that.  Meanwhile, we he also had an allergic reaction to one of the other medicines they gave him…  Still we have yet to get the paperwork on this situation to figure out what we need to be aware of.  THAT has been frustrating and is just one of my many beefs with the whole western medicine bullying that can occur.  Clearly you have a right to the records and information – you are the patient.  Especially on an allergic reaction, you need those records to be informed for your health future.

Our family Skype classes start Wednesday with our therapist.  I’m excited.  We got our kits with all of the toys for class, we took all of the “before” essential pictures, and we got our binkis to start doing our muscle therapy during “zone out time” at home.  Our orthodontist still doesn’t seem quite sure what to think… but as the therapist said, some people you just have to “show” for them to get it.  (One of the suggested books is: Close Your Mouth)

I’ve managed to have a sinus attack with our weed pollen counts through the roof in Kansas, followed by some type of virus that went through our family.  Pertussis has been pretty thick throughout the county, so it could very well be that…  you know us though, definitely NOT afraid of the promoted and highly exaggerated “big, bad wolf.”  The kids keep asking when they are going to start coughing.  We’re wondering if with supplements and our diets – if this just won’t be an issue.  The mucous is super thick – but with high levels of Vitamin C, increased probiotics, vitamin D and fish oil – we seem to be faring well.

Some info on treating whooping cough naturally for a 30 year immunity, vs a 3 year (maybe) with the vaccine.

Anyway, for us, so far, so good.

That’s about it for me.  Our trip did do me in, as traveling and all of that jazz always does.  I’ve struggled to get back on track with juicing and having issues with “C” that leave me throwing up because I’m so full.  I really hate that part…

This time when I left, I found myself missing “home” and family even more.  There is something about being with people who just get you, who are a support system,  they encourage and love you.  When I said good-bye to my mother she held on long and cried deep.  I wondered in my heart what it must feel like to know you’d never just “hang out” with your daughter again… how afternoons together, grabbing a movie or a meal wouldn’t be possible because they simply lived too far away.

Not just for a season, but forever.

My acupuncture read out said that I was struggling with stress, and “a broken heart.”  Couldn’t have been more spot on.

Thanks be to God for the burdens and heartache He carries when we can’t.

 “The Lord is close to the brokehearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Psalm 34:18

 

Busy! Busy! Dreadfully Busy!

SIBO

I think we’ve worn a path to our doctors offices almost 3 hours away from our home, but I’m delighted to report, I believe we’re making some progress.

On my own health front, I have been struggling a bit with some type of hormonal imbalance that I’m guessing is affecting my thyroid.  I made some poor choices about a month ago, and yes… I’m still paying for them.  They were sweet potato chips with coconut oil…. and coconut oil doesn’t like me.  A little bit one day, and little bit more another day… and the next thing you know – I was eating way too many chips that I shouldn’t have been having in the first place and ending up in a lot of pain.

My reactions to coconut oil aren’t as bad as coconut flour… so I lied to myself and thought I could handle it.  But, as with any food that causes AI reactions…  it catches up with you, and it’s never worth it.  By God’s grace, we weren’t able to get the chips for several weeks (and I believe they are still out of stock), so that helped me get back on the right path.

It seems insane though, doesn’t it?  Something like “just” sweet potatoes and coconut oil with sea salt, (other wise safe and healthy ingredients) can affect my gut, throw off my hormones and cause countless breakouts and neuropathy in my back (so irritating) legs, feet and arms.

Because of all of that I gained (almost overnight) about 5 pounds – that I can’t seem to shake either.  This is why I believe thyroid problems are to blame for so many issues that women struggle with concerning weight.  They can cut calories and increase exercise – and still continue to struggle.  But if their thyroid is off = due to a leaky gut,  high cortisol (stress) levels,  poor sleep (inability to stay asleep due to airway obstruction or other hormone issues) – all parts play a role.  Most often, people take sleep meds for something that doesn’t really help balance anything or get to the root cause of the issues for long-term health.

So with that, I’m back on track…  and not planning any less-than-intelligent moves in the near future.

On top of that, after a recent visit to my naturopath, we opted to try Fluconazole to help nip my SIBO in the bud for good.  It was a 10 day dosing schedule, and we might have to do more – but after being on AIP for over a year, and trying every natural help I can… I figured this was worth a shot.  The down sides to the treatment (other than what is in the pill, including RED food coloring – WHY?) was a chronic headache that I had all waking hours.  I imagine some of that is from detoxing whatever bacteria was dying…  but by day 6 I did feel like my bloating was improved.

Now I’m about a week out of my last dose, I can’t say it’s cured that bacteria 100%, but I’m improved dramatically, and with less pain after eating.  Our goal is for me to be able to eat raw vegetables again.  It’s the little things in life. 🙂  We’ll probably try another dose next month.  I’ll keep you posted.

So, combine all of that with a bit of added stress recently with taking on a new house project, with a heavier workload as we gear up for busy time in retail and prep for school, which equals less sleep, and my son having sinus surgery (more on that later), I know my cortisol levels, rest and exercises aren’t where they need to be.  It all matters.

On that note, I better run.  I have a trip to pack for, a follow-up appointment, an ad to create, 2 sessions to work through and I need to magically make a 6 year old’s birthday party happen before we leave in 3 days.

I will be walking, focusing on breathing and saying NO more often.

Healthy for Him.

 

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay,

to show that the sur

passing power belongs to God and not to us.”
2 Corinth. 4:7

How Do You Eat an Elephant?

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If there is one thing that I’ve learned about my health over they years, it’s that restoring your health isn’t an over night process.  There is no magic pill that will fix it, no “one-size-fits-all” answer…

That said, there are common threads in healing, and it starts at getting to the source of a problem.  While reading “The Paleo Approach” book, she talks about how getting your auto immune symptoms in remission, or under control, really depends on your compliance to your route.

I’ve read lots of things that talk about healing MS or other autoimmune diseases, only to NOT talk about an auto immune protocol diet.

Going gluten isn’t mentioned… or being grain-free, or dairy-free… or refined sugar-free… and those are the top 3 things that have to be completely eliminated.  Slowly but surely… we’ll get there.  (But how many people suffer in the process?)

I recently read a commentary on the Paleo Mom Community Facebook page, where someone said the Mayo Clinic actually advised this person to go “Paleo” for autoimmune disease.  “They are big believers of the Paleo diet and advised me to change my lifestyle.”

That surprised me.

I mean, I know it’s true – but you know things are changing if Mayo is starting to pay attention.

While I don’t necessarily like the word “Paleo” – It works – it’s the easiest way to explain to people what it’s like to eat REAL FOOD and to focus on a nutrient dense diet and it’s recognizable by many people…

I think when Paleo doesn’t “work” – there are more food sensitivity issues that need to be addressed.

Sometimes there are also other things that need to be looked at as well… that aren’t diet related.  Sometimes they’re toxins, sometimes they’re structural, and it’s crucial – and you have no clue.

I mentioned a few months ago about my oldest son “tongue thrusting” and being a mouth breather, and the issues that has caused over the years.  I’m sure maybe you thought, how much does that really matter?  (Read this and find out!)  Honestly, I had no clue either.  Our entire family finally met with our Orofacial Therapist to discuss what we need to look at for the kids and myself, and we also had an appointment for our oldest son, who takes first priority with this whole issue.

After much discussion, and evaluation of 5 of the kids, it was determined most have the same issues – deep tongue tie, many had lip and buckle ties, and some type of breathing restriction as well.

She shared about her own kids, and her and her husband’s struggles … and I heard a lot of the similar issues we’re battling.  I’ve read enough to know if you have a poor sleeper,  or a child with speech issues, a child with ADHD personality traits, a slow grower, a poor immune system…  on and on – it’s worth looking into.  THIS could be a missing link to helping to restore your child’s (or your own) health.  Read more about Orofacial Myological Disorders here.

My son has adapted well… I will admit that… but it’s also a huge burden lifted to hear someone who “gets it”… that this needs addressed, and why.  It also gives me great hope that we can DO something for him, so he and the others don’t end up in the position I’m in health-wise.

So we went from the Therapist, to the ENT, and weren’t there very long before we knew surgery was going to be D1’s best option.  He needs a Septoplasty surgery to fix his deviated septum, and they will be removing his adenoids as well.  Oh boy.

So… here’s the long-term goals for revising his tongue thrust and restoring his health:

1. We get him a hole to breathe out of to stop the airway obstruction: Septoplasty, and allow him to heal from surgery (About a month).
2. We do a laser procedure to release his tongue and lip tie, and start therapy which will include regular therapy with deep tissue massage to release a lot of the issues that are currently embedded into his cranium (Functional Cranial Release), neck and shoulders.
3. We look back into expanding his palette, and braces.

Now because this hits home for myself so much…  You know I’m excited to get started on myself as well… I hold all sorts of incredible stress in my neck, and see a chiropractor regularly for adjustments to help me with pinched nerves and my son is the same way.  I’ve always struggled with my posture…  I didn’t know why.  I get a little giddy for HIM just knowing how much better he will begin to feel when this is all said and done!

So how will we eat this elephant?
One. Bite. At. A. Time.

D1’s biggest delight is that his surgery will be in the next 30 days, so he will be able to place high school soccer at a new level this year.  I can only imagine how much faster he will run when he can BREATHE!  Praise be to God for this journey and His leading!

For more reading on this topic.  My Orofacial Therapist recommended the new book:
The Cause and Cure of Malocclusion, by John Mew.

“My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding—
indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,

then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless…”

Proverbs 2:1-7

Why I Eat Meat

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Yes.  I’ve read the China Study.

…and then I read the book “WHOLE”

I read “The Body Ecology Diet”…  and I’ve studied the Gerson Therapy and watched the Gerson Miracle, and Beautiful Truth.

I’ve watched Knives Of Forks

 

Well, let me just say that I understand why an organic, vegetarian diet would be done in the short-term – to rid the body of things like cancer, which is caused from inflammation, and focused on healing the body through detoxing.

Why do I say “short-term”?

Because being vegetarian long-term actually increases issues with auto immune disease.  {I’ll get to that in a minute.}

Why the Paleo Diet instead?

Isn’t that just a meat based diet?  Isn’t that TOO much meat?

Actually, no.  It’s neither.

To me, the Paleo Diet is a whole foods diet approach that focuses on high-quality nutrition, while resolving inflammation through proper digestion as well as balancing hormones through proper sleep, stress management and exercise.

It’s not a “diet” to achieve a short-term goal and then stop.  It’s a lifestyle of eating what makes you feel best, and is sustainable over the long-term.

The Paleo diet is not necessarily a “high protein” diet, it’s very much a plant-based diet.  Protein can range from 10%-25% of your daily calories, depending on your individual needs.  Many people only eat fish, shellfish, eggs or white meat, such as chicken or turkey, and skip the red meat.

We eat red meat once a week or more, and our source is grass-fed/grass finished beef – that we all enjoy.

Personally, I feel poorly when I can’t have red meat at least once a week.  I eat chicken or salmon almost everyday.  Because I eat large amounts of fats, I’m able to handle and process more carbs (veggies) as well.  Right now, on auto-immune protocol, I would say my diet is 70% veggies, 5% fruit and 10% meat and 10% fat.  I feel really good – my skin looks really good… and I’m working my way up to organ meats, as I know those are really important as well.

I think for me, I’ve read/heard enough other information from people who have attempted vegetarian longer term, and it caused some major issues with auto immune disease – because their body was missing some key things, it needs to prevent disease.  Dr. Amy Myers is one who shared her story of becoming a vegetarian at age 14, and why she eats Paleo now.

I needed all of the help I could get… it has already been years of my body not absorbing what it needed to thrive!  I’m lean, I feel strong, and I know my body is healing.

What more could I hope for?

If Paleo is a FAD, I’d love to know what one might consider all of the sugar filled, flour laden, industrial seed oil filled foods are that most consume while eating the Standard American Diet??  Seems like a REAL FOOD approach is just what our country needs!

 

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,

do all to the glory of God.”

1 Cor. 10:31

 

Vacation Hang-Over

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I think my body was trying to run on full-force the past week.  My goals were to get through the prep of another trip, following our vacation… and just survive.

How much can I fit into one weekend?

A home school conference, and research for 2 children starting high school in a few short months.

Squeeze in a last minute family portrait session with a mad-talented friend who I attribute to God using to reset my health-course and helped to save our family.

A Christ-centered wedding and reception – probably one of the richest events my kids have gotten to witness.  (more on that in a minute)

Add in running to the store each day, planning meals, trying to be one step ahead of what we were doing, and a cat on its death bed at home…

I’m beat.

I knew I was beat last night…  when we arrived home, dinner-less and I just wanted to crawl into bed.  I went ahead and threw some veggies (Cabbage, carrots, celery and radishes)  in a pot with olive oil and salami, cut up pears for a side and called it good.

It’s a good thing I did that.  They gobbled it all up.
Oh wait. I made bacon too.

Bacon makes everything better.

Well.  Not everything.  Since I can’t tolerate pork, or the sugar that it’s often included in it.

Still, I had a nibble last night.  First time in … over 6 months I’m sure?  (and when I say nibble, I mean the last section of my pinky-sized nibble.)

So I wake up this morning…. way after everyone does today, and I feel like I’m moving slowly.

Maybe I’m just tired.

Only everything hurts, and it feels too familiar.

I get the kids their supplements, start some laundry and curl back into fetal position on the couch.

By 10 am the mountains of laundry are making me feel a bit sick, so I wonder if it’s just the fact that we did so much this weekend… or that I really shouldn’t have eaten that bacon nibble.

Maybe it’s the stress, and the lack of rest.

Maybe it’s the fact I feel a bit depressed every time I leave Iowa and my heart aches for family, and fellowship and feeling of “home”.

I don’t know…  but I feel horrid.  Like I could sleep the week away…

It’s a good thing I have lots of children who need me, and that isn’t an option.  Right?

Just. Keep. Moving.

Ok, back to that wedding…

The vows the couple wrote to each other included him promising to the spiritual leader of the family, and hers included her promise of submitting to his leadership.  That’s the first time I’ve heard that spoken – in vows, but it was beautiful… and simple, and perfect.  The reception was food, slide shows and cake cutting… for which they had cupcakes. Very cute.  Other than “their first dance”, there was no dancing.  Later it made sense… no dancing,  no alcohol…  just a celebration of their lives joining as one, thankfulness for their strong family bonds, and fellowship.

I asked my kids what they took away from that.

“I don’t want dancing at my wedding,” D2 said.  “I don’t like the idea of everyone staring at me.”  She is SO her mother.

“I noticed they got along with their siblings, they really loved their family,” D1 gave his input.  This brought up some other good discussion… and made me very encouraged for how we raise our family.

“I want cupcakes at my wedding,” said D7…. “Only not poisonous ones!”  Since we sat right next to the cake table, my husband said we totally should have brought literature on inflammation and grains.  Hah.

Only one woman was brave enough to ask why we weren’t eating the cupcakes, so she got a lesson in alternative options for disease. 🙂  We brought the kids chocolate and fruit strips as a treat.

All in all, I think the message they also received was the importance of choosing a spouse who loves the Lord, and desires to follow Him, and that made it worth it for us to miss soccer championships for our 6 of our 8 soccer players.

An eternal life-lesson is worth more than soccer, any day.

I’m going to continue pushing fluids and taking it easy today.  It’s definitely the most frustrating part of auto immune disease… that you can’t push your body like you used to (not that you should every anyway!).

It’s probably another blessing in disguise that God gives me as a reminder I need Him, and for that – I am grateful.

Keeping me humble.  Healthy for Him.

Oh, and here is a great video of a “chuck box” idea – to tote the things you need while traveling and feeding your family while avoiding eating out.  We travel similarly, and it’s such a help! 🙂  Enjoy!

The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Exodus 33:14

Cleansing Spring Transitions

Here are my new vitamin Bs and Folate to help me and my defect give my body what it needs!

Here are my new vitamin Bs and Folate to help me and my defect give my body what it needs!

It’s right around the corner… just one more day!  Spring makes me think of CLEANING and purging!  I’ve been in an extra great mood to work on this, after the week I had the last week.

Thankfully I was super busy, and wasn’t able to focus on what was going on around me and to me, otherwise I might have jumped off of a cliff.  Ok, not really – but I’m thankful for my friends who lifted me up in prayer.  I really needed it.

We took the kids to visit their doctor last week, and I got a vitamin IV boost.  I was already low on sleep, and per my doctor’s instructions, had started a vitamin C cleanse (with my SIBO elimination diet), and I also began taking my methylated vitamins for my MTHFR issues.  (more on that in a minute)

Well, what happened was a cleanse alright.  I thought I was chelating again, as the following day I spent a lot of time saying, “Oh Lord… please help me… don’t let me die.”

This is when I think MOST people go to the ER.

However, since I’ve dealt with knifing pain in my stomach and bowels for years… sadly, it’s almost normal for me.

Thankfully, it’s LESS normal – as IBS isn’t an issue anymore for weeks on end…

No, this was definitely a detoxify issue.

So, what is up with all of that?  Well, it’s because methylated vitamins are what I need… my liver can process those.  So in the meantime, things get a lot worse – before they get better.

My finger nails broke all off, and I just felt like someone was repeatedly squeezing my stomach and then kicking me in the gut for about 4 days straight.  On day 5, I started to feel much better.  More energy, lots less bloating and constipation…  I have great hope that it’s making big differences, and I am SO grateful.

I'm not sure when my nails have ever looked this bad.  I had worn some Jamberry nails (which I loved) - but following that - the spooning was severe and they just ripped right off!

I’m not sure when my nails have ever looked this bad. I had worn some Jamberry nails (which I loved) – but following that – the spooning was severe and they just ripped right off!

Unfortunately in the middle of my chaos my daughter, and then 2 sons started breaking out from a gluten cross contamination last week.  At first, I was certain it was my daughter’s new orthodontic “bands” that she started wearing – as cornstarch is used to keep them from sticking to one another.  However, then the boys started breaking out a few days later… I knew that wasn’t the only thing we were dealing with.

I knew it had to be something knew – either a formula of a vitamin had changed or perhaps an ingredient I was using had changed….  I knew I wasn’t doing anything specifically different.

Frustrating.

My daughter had a formal date with her father and was broken out from her shoulders to her hands, in the usual DH spots for her.  The boys were both broken out on elbows and hands.  I think it’s been a YEAR since we have had a break out…  I should count my blessings God has allowed us to keep such a good handle on things.

That said, I’m SO grateful that we KNOW when we’ve been cross contaminated… so we can be aware and do something about it.  About 3 days ago we took away their daily vitamins to see if could be one of those.  I must always remember that even the item that are labeled “gluten-free” can still have up to 20 ppm in them – and perhaps some “new batch” was higher than most…  Regardless, my kids are SUPER sensitive, and I am bound to get to the bottom of this!  Gluten dermatitis issues are always difficult because they take 1-2 days to show up after ingesting, and then another 2-3 weeks to go away, even after you remove the cross contamination.  Trying to figure out if they’re worse or better is always fun in the process, especially once they start the itching and scratching.

Another fun tidbit I learned while discussing MTHFR with the kid’s doctor, was the whole midline issues, and things like the “tongue-tied” or “tongue thrusting” issues.

Why did this mean so much to me?  Because our oldest just got braces put on for the 3rd time this year.  He had them off for 6 months before we realized, his whole smile was changing again.  The  orthodonist had him swallow and declared it was his swallowing and strong “tongue thrust” that had moved his teeth out of position, despite a nightly retainer.  As you might imagine I was hoping there was something they could do for this… and the orthodonist recommended “tongue training”.  I had no clue what that meant. (here is an idea, if you want to know)  Thankfully the kid’s doctor had lots of information that would be helpful and explained a lot on how to help my kids who are struggling with various issues.  All of the kids she’s seen so far are tongue tied… some are severely tongue-tied – like my oldest.

Those kids with MTHFR, and midline issues often have the following issues (I think my oldest had ever one): Troubles nursing (many times they will get their tongue “clipped” to untie it, this helps tremendously), or mom will have sore nipples, slow nurser/failure to thrive, motion sickness/troubles sleeping/night waking/mouth breather.  Mouth breathing while sleeping makes it difficult for you to get into that “deepest sleep” mode, and can make you imbalanced with melatonin, and sleep, you also take in less oxygen, so that’s trouble for your immune system.  Those people are often more acidic, so cancer is more likely as well.  When our oldest was little, he never woke up from a nap happy, and ironically, our youngest son is the same way.  They are just always feeling not well rested, and have troubles relaxing to go to sleep because of this disrupted cycle.  Sound familiar?  Hmmm.  I’m the exact same way.

Isn’t it interesting how things like this fit together?  God is such a great designer to make our “system” work together so perfectly.

I always wondered why some of my kids were horrible at swallowing pills…  if only I would have had their tongues clipped early on, and knew to put them on methylated vitamins for the sake of their liver!!

I am happy to announce how much progress my kids with ASD are doing.  My oldest daughter has been saying, “Hey mom… look at this, and check this out” a lot more.  She never used to do that.  She’s even put on earrings to match an outfit ALL BY HERSELF.  Again, details are not generally her thing.   Most of the time she’s been much calmer, and WAY less irrational fits… with a higher level of communication.  Since she was my most severe – it’s been a gift to see her thriving, and knowing these changes are helping her.

Thanks be to God.  Can I just say how good it feels to be making progress, and seeing the fruit of what God has done in my own body, and that of our family?  I’m feeling stronger each day.

How about you?  Working on spring cleaning?  Do you have any great printable check lists?  Fill me in!

“Have I not commanded you?

  Be strong and courageous. 

Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed,

for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

 

Weight, Hormones & Food Sensitivities

I had my son take a picture of this van that pulled up beside us the other day.  They had quite a chuckle regarding just the education aspect that is served in our government run schools.  Make sure you get your whole grains!

I had my son take a picture of this van that pulled up beside us the other day. They had quite a chuckle regarding just the education aspect that is served in our government run schools. Make sure you get your whole grains!

Look around at any public place.

What do you see?

Most likely you’ll see what statistics show…

The most unhealthy nation in the world, with the most spent per person on health care.

Or rather, disease care.

I’ve really started to notice either two extremes – people who are clearly over weight, or people who are malnourished.

You might be surprised that food sensitivities, and hormonal imbalances can cause BOTH.

I take my own struggles for example.  Hypothyroidism for me, is caused by food sensitivities and leaky gut… (since the T4 to T3 conversion happens in your gut…)  My body WILL NOT lose weight, and it will gain it in the blink of an eye.

It doesn’t matter how much I move, if I tried to eat less (and actually eating too few of calories can also actually make you GAIN weight because it will shift your hormones too much).

One more reason why slow and steady wins the race!

Exercising too much can all defeat your purposes.  That’s right…. too much cardio, or too hard of workouts makes you hungrier, raises your cortisol and stresses our your adrenal glands…   NOT exactly what you’re going for either.

It’s hard not to think about people who struggle to lose weight and feel like they “can’t” – yet they have no clue it has to do with hormone balancing and food sensitivities.

When I was taking that new supplement a few weeks back, (the one with coconut, even though I can’t tolerate it), the first sign was I put on 4-5 lbs… in a week.  BAM.  Just like that.   Now some of it was obviously inflammation, and retention of water – but it doesn’t matter what I do when that happens… I crave sugar (fruit) like crazy and just never feel full.

Hypothyroidism kicked into high gear, despite my dose that I’m on being fine – just a week ago…  and it made me realize just how much our body works together…

Or doesn’t… when things aren’t right.

So, just some thoughts – if you, or someone you love… battles a weight issues – even though they are eating well, and exercising, and getting plenty of sleep – it’s important to look at the proper thyroid ratio (including Reverse T3), and look at their cortisol levels (a saliva test that measures things over 12 hours is best).

If they are underweight, and unable to gain – it’s important to look at absorption issues, and test their vital vitamins and amino acid levels.  An OATS blood test would be a good place to start.

It’s good to keep in mind that over weight doesn’t necessarily mean someone is lazy…  and thin doesn’t necessarily mean someone is healthy either…

Spread the word!  You are what you absorb!  Healthy for Him!

“Seek Me first and foremost; then the rest of your life will fall into place, piece by piece.”

1 Chronicles 16:11

Recovering Our Children (Part III)

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It’s been 2.5 weeks since we started the elimination diet on the kids we’re recovering from autism spectrum.  The diet is going … really well.  It’s hard work – but so far, it’s been very much worth it.

If anyone doesn’t think food affects you.  They should have been here the day following a cross contamination of my son with canned coconut milk.  Honestly, I’ve had several “slips” where my kids kindly remind me.  “Mom, I can’t have sweet potatoes.”  or “Mom, I can’t have chicken…”  But this particular day – I made sorbet… and I just completely forgot.  (I don’t make this mistake again!)

My joyful, thoughtful son, turned into a monster for a 24 hour period.  It reminded me of my self on nightshades.  Grouchy, ugly, unable to focus, and just a real turd – for a lack of a better word.  It wasn’t until my daughter said… “Mom, the sorbet… didn’t it have coconut?”

*Face-pop*

UGH.   Dairy, gluten and processed sugars are no-brainers because they ruin the gut lining, but now that THAT has happened… it gets a little tricky with foods that are normally GOOD for you.  We’re not talking soda-pop, just cold-pressed, unrefined, organic coconut.  No coconut oil, no coconut milk, no flour or shredded coconut.

I also made that birthday cake (or actually two options) for my daughter’s 4th birthday, and both of those turned out great.  I avoided coconut, and almonds and eggs… and came up with two really yummy options that were well received.  The major “offender” that day was the honey – but I really felt like they did well, and probably minimally they will do ok with it.  IT’s the over use and abuse of it that causes problems… especially with what we’re trying to deal with.

Speaking of that.  We got to meet with our doctor this past week, and we went over all of our blood and urine testing so far.

First off, all of the kids were super high in manganese.  This contributes to many neurological issues – and disease, including Parkinson’s.  Their suspect is our rural water, but it can also be in well water.  Thankfully we got a Berkey water filter, just a short while after we sent off the kid’s samples, so they will be retested in 6 months just to see if that has helped.  In the mean time, we’re considering having our water tested.

Secondly, yeast over growth and malnutrition.  Two huge ones that go together.

They tested for many types of yeast, so several of the kids had various specific ones that were high.  When any yeast over growth occurs whacky things can happen – like the yeast can take essential amino acids and turn them into things like aspirin in your stomach!

Yikes.

Yes.  That was happening.

So things like lacking Tyrosine (an essential amino acid), that you need to avoid things like OCD, proper thyroid function and anxiety… aren’t existent, no matter how much good food you’re eating.  This explains the extra weird “jerking” movements, and things that look like a tic of sorts, and issues with things like a change of the schedule, or not knowing what to do in new situations without an emotional shut down.  Then there is the oxalate imbalance it causes – very common with kids who have autism (and who have had severe reactions to mercury in vaccinations) as well.  Read about that here.

With some yeast over growth (candida over growth) you might never feel satiated while eating.  Your body will feed off of extra protein and sugars that you eat and make more yeast, making you think you’re STILL hungry – until you get a strong probiotic to get that monster under control.  This can lead to being over weight and feeling out of control.

The kids are now on a powerful 25 Billion probiotic daily.  We have dealt with some die-off issues, and have also done some detox baths (with Epsom salts and Apple Cider Vinegar) to help with the headaches.

With the malnutrition, it’s not just the amino acids, and not gaining weight, or height/development in areas – its vital vitamins for their immune system that are low too.  We have been taking extra of all of these things – but they’re not enough.  So, we’re taking “therapy levels” of these things to get them up to par.

Zinc – 30 mg

D3 + K drops (5-10 drops)

GMO Free Vit. C (1 tsp full = 1000 mg)

Probiotics (25 billion)

Fish Oil (1500 mg)

Vit. B

Eskaloft – (amino acid mix, 2 capsules a day)

Other than the fish oil, I can break the capsules and just put them in their morning smoothie.  Again, time-consuming – but worth it as we work through supporting and rebalancing their guts.

There are other things we need to address, including some low dopamine, and serotonin, as well as some neurotransmitter issues, detoxing issues and a need for glutathione.  This is where we are starting (with the food adjustments, supplements and exercises).

When I bought up MY gut during pregnancy being partly the blame for the issues at hand she reminded me that it was probably more like MY grandmother, and my own mother’s gut health for why the kids were at the level they were, as well the current toxin level in our country  – especially in regards to vaccines, and over use of medicines.  The good news (and I’d say this is great news) that while the kids will have to be very careful with their diets for the rest of their lives, and toxin loads … THEIR own children will have a better chance at a strong immune system and healthy gut, and avoiding auto immune diseases.  So the investment for our kids and their kids and so on – is totally worth it for us. 

We feel really good about things and the direction they’re going now.  The kids are progressing well on their exercises, which help them over come some reflex issues that were not fully developed at birth.  IF your child was on antibiotics that first year of life, or had any other toxin trauma or illness, it’s a great thing to check out.  It can affect their coordination, hand writing, their ability to learn may things and just how they process things.  There are several exercises the kids do – including the starfish (shown here), snow angel, figure eights, deep breathing, knee tapping/marching.  If you look up ADHD and Autism exercises, you’re bound to find a lot of info.  These are also discussed in the book “Disconnected Kids”.

The next two kids in line finished their OATS testing today, and we’ll be sending that in tomorrow.  Five of the kids will be seen at the next 2 month appointment.

OATS (Organic Acids Testing) check for yeast and fungal markers, Malabsorption and Bacterial Markers, Metabolites, Oxidation levels, nutritional markers, Detoxification issues, and amino acid metabolites.  Lots of great stuff in there needed to rebalance your gut – so you can absorb that great food you’re eating!!

Thankful to God for our productive week and all that God has planned through this process.  Healthy for Him!

“So then, brothers,we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.  For if you live according to the flesh you will die,

but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.  

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sonsof God.  For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear,

but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”   

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 

and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ,

provided we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him.”

Romans 8:12-17

 

 

Big Deal.

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We hosted our very first “Paleo” Thanksgiving this year.  The year before, we were “just” gluten-free, so it was still pretty easy to have many things to purchase, vs. making it all from scratch.  Personally, I think many of the nut flours smell so much better than just empty calorie “rice flour” and GMO corn, which is what most of the processed gluten-free items are.

We made 4 pumpkin pies, 1 pecan pie, 1 apple pie, and 1 chocolate cream pie.  We also made persimmons cookies, pumpkin rolls, zucchini bread, World’s Famous Bread (by Against All Grain), 2 pastured turkeys from Tropical Traditions (around 12lbs a piece), 2 pans of sweet potato casserole, cauliflower mash (with 4 heads of cauliflower), a huge bowl of organic fruit, and a very large organic salad with golden beets, cucumbers and radishes, and rainbow carrots (which were beautiful!).  For condiments, we made cranberry sauce and pan gravy (which was SO good… and I don’t even like gravy!)

We had left overs for several days…  but with all of that baking, it’s not a wonder that you go through bags and bags of nut flours!  I had been buying the Honeyville 5 lb bags of flour for $35, but when the price bumped up to $50 a bag before Thanksgiving, I nearly croaked!  I started searching for plan B – and found a BOX of finely ground GF flour for $150 on Amazon.  Granted, the box didn’t seem super easy to work with – but when you go through LOTS of nut flours… 25 lbs is nice to have on hand!  Also, it’s cold enough to store it in our mudroom vs. the fridge.

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Speaking of cold.  We were grateful it was cold the weekend of Thanksgiving, because we were able to store our pies and much of our food in the trunk of the car in the garage.  We totally ran out of fridge space!!

We had much to be Thankful for.  While I was greatly missing my family in Iowa, being busy making the entire dinner offered me some therapy.  My Mother-In-Law did all of the clean up after the meal, and that worked out great (for me) too.

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“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,

since as members of one body you were called to peace.

And be thankful.”

Colossians 3:15

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