Just Breathe

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We might take for granted that we breathe.  It’s something we don’t think about often, until our passage ways, by which we take in oxygen, are blocked.  Either we’re stuffed up, or swollen up, or something toxic in the air prevents us from breathing…

How much thought have you given to breathing while you sleep?

Do you snore?

Are you a mouth breather?

Do you “smack” when you eat?

Messy eater?

Drooler?

Have trouble swallowing?

I remember my snoring and lack of ability to breathe being SO bad during pregnancy, my husband asked the doctor if I could “die” – because it sounded like I was gasping for air.  Yes – it was really horrible.

We had our first official “meeting” via Skype with our Oral-facial Therapist this week.  The woman who has insight into helping my 14-year-old be able to close his mouth, retrain his tongue, and avoid yet another round of braces.  Time is of the essence.

Something I didn’t realize until a few days ago, D1 has a lip tie, in addition to his tongue tie.  That’s partly why he can’t close his mouth.  His top lip is “tied” to the skin of his face inside his mouth, not allowing him to pull that lip OVER his teeth, and close his mouth.

His lips are always cracking and dry.  He is a horrible mouth breather.  It often leads to bad breath.

All of that seems pretty minor, comparatively to the quality of sleep he has been missing over the years.

Sleep is essential to your body healing.  Its’ when you repair and recover…. and grow.  There is growth hormone only created when you sleep.

So while getting your inflammation down, and eating a real food diet is helpful, as is increasing your zinc, and getting enough vitamin D…

If you’re not getting the proper oxygen throughout the day, and you’re not getting the oxygen flow at night.

Guess what?

Not cool.

So we discussed all of that… and next week we’re setting up an appointment with an ENT to take a look at D1, so we can address these issues with him first.  I’m fairly positive he isn’t the only one who will be addressed – but the palate expander on several of the other children HAS helped address things dramatically.  She said when you’re talking about even tiny millimeters of space “cleared” to allow oxygen flow, you’re talking huge differences.

While we talked, she shared part of her story.  Very similar on some levels to mine.  Metal toxicity, and healing her body inside out.  She encouraged me to look into expanders myself.  I told her my orthodontist seemed to shy away from that, at my age…  she disagreed, and said it was the best thing she has done, although they used removable devices, so you can eat – it has made HUGE impacts on her sleep and healing.

I can imagine…. just how much that is impairing my healing process.  I do sleep – but I never feel rested.  I just don’t.

She explain how braces used to be addressed, vs. how they are now…  The teeth on top were “aligned” and the bottom jaw was “tucked” under.  (If you can visualize my profile… Beeker from the muppets comes to mind!)  She went on further to say that once you set that bottom foundation – then you set the top teeth on TOP of that, you have a set up a healthy breathing space needed to function.  It changes your face shape, but more importantly – you can breathe.

I try not to think about what if…

However…

What if someone mentioned that PUPPS was related to celiac disease.  I could have changed my diet, instead of being put on steroids… and the snowball that got me to now.  What if my son had been “clipped” years ago… and nursing hadn’t been such a struggle.  Would that have prevented post pardum depression, and all of the issues that were created from lack of family support during those very trying months?  What would be different now?

My head spins.  Literally.

I cry at how many times I didn’t “get” that my son said, “I can’t control my tongue”.  I mean, I get that it’s a strong muscle… but WHO can’t control it.  Seriously?

We have lots of months of things that were include many trips, most likely surgery for multiple kids, as well as myself, and then therapy for a long while to get these things corrected.  It’s not going to be a quick thing.  We’re going to have to make adjustments to not just throw ourselves into things that eat up our time.  We have to make a solid effort to heal, and be open to changes that need to be made.

Most people would probably cringe at the thought of all of this, but I’m actually VERY excited.  I know this is going to help us tremendously.  We are thankful to God, for the knowledge and advancements being made to understand our body better.  Never assume God doesn’t know what He’s doing.  The one thing I didn’t mention – just how much He has grown me, and strengthened our marriage through this process.  It’s solidified our relationship with our kids, and given them opportunities to trust in Him as well.

God is good.  ALL the time, He is good.

 

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”

Romans 8:28

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

It’s Getting on My Neuropathy!

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Neuropathy.

I used to think that had something to do with my mind…  like neurological.

Quite the contrary, peripheral neuropathy specifically can be any where with in your body.  It’s very common with MS… it’s something I dealt with for years – totally unknown to me what it even meant!

So what is peripheral neuropathy?

It’s actual damage to nerves OUTSIDE of your brain and spinal cord, and it doesn’t deal with your central nervous system.  It effects:

– Autonomic nerves (“automatic” or “involuntary” nerves – things like blood pressure, sweating, and heart rate)
– Motor nerves (things we are in control of purposefully)
– Sensory nerves (including messages to the brain regarding heat, cold and pain)

What can cause it?  SO many things… it’s endless really.  For instance, with me – I’m going to guess it’s a lack of Vit B… but I’m sure it’s that, and other things.  Physical trauma, repetitive injury, infection, metabolic problems and exposure to toxins and some drugs can all lead to peripheral neuropathy.   See what I mean?  Who really knows…  but doing things like removing toxins, and infection can help to rebalance your body a great deal, but nerve regeneration is the slowest – patience is required!

My biggest issues that I battle on any given day are the following:

Motor issues – weakness in the arms specifically – some days I feel like I can barely lift the lightest thing.  Frustrating when I know I’m “fit” and the muscles are there.

Sensory issues– sharp jabbing/prickling pain, and burning pain, numbness in the hands and feet – making me unable to stand or walk, changes in my hair/and nail bed (despite plenty of biotin and nutrition!), lack of coordination (despite lots of muscle work on that core for years – I’ll often just tip over.  My balance stinks).

Autonomic issues – heat intolerance (read my previous post), digestive problems (and I work at it… CONSTANTLY), dizziness and light-headedness… especially on standing.

Now that I know why my body does what it does – it help me to deal with what I’m experiencing.  I don’t really talk about it… because you get strange looks when you tell someone it feels like bugs are crawling all over your legs, or you suddenly slap your leg because you just got a “zinger” again.

One of the most painful neuropathy issues on the trip was my elbow.  It hurt so much to put my elbow on the arm rest, it wasn’t even funny.  It felt like I had exposed bone, sitting on hot cement – just resting my arm down.  I either kept it to my side, or had to have multiple layers in between my elbow and the arm rest.  This damage led to a familiar numbness in my left hand (pinky and ring finger) – that always occurred after having another baby – for months.  Ever since my last child – it never really went away.

Insane right?  Yes…  I know.

For years I just thought I wasn’t tough – so just sucked it up.  Maybe I needed to work harder on my balance, or just had sore arms because I was weak?

I can’t tell you what peace it was realizing WHY I screamed out when a doctor froze a wart off of my foot… and then told me, “that shouldn’t have hurt.”  (It literally felt like he held a flame and melted my skin off deep into the tissue.)  Was that in my head?  Nope.  Good ol’ neuropathy.

I think it’s about time for me to try the chiropractor after our trip.  I’ve had almost constant neuropathy in my middle back since we have returned.  It’s getting very OLD a week later!!  Maybe some adjusting with loosen up some of those nerves, or relax them at the least.

“When times are good, be joyful; when times are bad, consider this:

God made the one as well as the other, so people won’t seek anything outside of His best.”

Eccles. 7:14

 

Adrenal FAIL!

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Oh the ways our body likes to remind us just who is in charge.

I’m back from vacation, and feeling really good over all… but I have to share with you a couple of episodes I had on vacation that were down-right scary.
Before I do that, I’ll hit the highlights:
– I swam a lot, soaked up a lot of sun, had a great time with our kids and got to bed on time every night.
– Despite having to make every meal but one on our trip, the kitchen was HUGE and allowed for the kids to help me without us tripping over each other.  (NOTE: Larger kitchen and full pantry functions much better for 10)
– There was an outdoor table for 10, and the weather was perfect the entire time. (Yes, you may puke, but it was…)
– I’m pretty sure that I was supposed to live somewhere warmer than Kansas, but vacations are good too.

Ok… so that was the highlights.  Here’s the low-down on what else happened.
Our first night in New Mexico, we booked a Homewood Suites room.  It had 3 rooms and a full-sized fridge, which was perfect!  As my daughter and I did our usual OCD clean-routine, we buzzed around the room and my oldest son brought in cartloads of tubs and bags.  I remember making sure the air temp was in the range we were wanting…. 72.  But as we buzzed around, I kept getting hotter and hotter.

I remember things getting a little fuzzy… and when I went out to get another load – something in the hallway smelled…  funky.  Like incents, or something strange.  It was a casino town, and I was concerned about just sending my son off down the hall with no cell phone because he mentioned there were a ton of people in one room “like a party” he said.  So, I was trying to text my husband what was going on…  Only I suddenly couldn’t text, or think… my mind was getting really fuzzy, and I felt like I really needed to lay down before I passed out!  My daughter was getting concerned as I was slurring my speech as well.

I didn’t know what was happening but it was like my energy was zapped and I couldn’t really even care.  It was awful… like an instant flu-paralyzing feeling.

Thankfully, about then, my husband came in with the rest of our kids – and figured out they had the heat on in the rooms, not the AIR… and the blowers were roasting us.  For someone who did hot yoga last year, I was surprised with my body’s reaction to the heat in about a 10 minute time span.  Maybe it was just too much, too fast… I don’t know, but I took note.  After some food, water and COOL AIR, my body came to, and I could help with getting the kids to bed.

A similar thing happened the next night.  When we got to the house we rented, as the evening wore on, we realized the kitchen, (which had many west-facing windows and no window coverings) was roasting – an almost identical event happened… just as the night before, and I began to get concerned for our trip and my well-being.  I was hoping this was NOT a pattern.  We decided for the remainder of our trip that any baking/cooking would be done earlier in the day – and we’d have our lighter meals for dinner – to avoid heating up the kitchen, and making myself sick!

Voila!! No more issues with that the remainder of the trip!

So, if you’re battling adrenal failure, you know what I’m talking about.  It isn’t just physical and emotional stress that gives you the shakes, makes you flu-ish and zaps your energy almost instantly… it can be environmental stress as well, including the temperature.  I did a great job of not “shocking” my body with cold this winter – and always wearing plenty of layers – and I do a pretty good job of just avoiding most stressful people and situations anymore…  but apparently I’m going to really need to watch it with heat and lack of circulating air this summer.  (and continue praying that my body is healed from adrenal failure soon!)

I hope and pray you have SPRING weather where you are!  After a long week back with grey skies, cold temps and rain (which was a blessing, don’t get me wrong) I’m THRILLED that the weekend looks to be gorgeous! 🙂  Enjoy this link to the top 3 reasons Mainstream “Medicine” could be failing you, and what to do about it!

We get to pick up and travel again really soon – thankfully the next trip is only 5-6 hours, vs. two days by vehicle!  I’m planning now what we will eat, and pack… because that is such a key part to making our trips successful and keeping things Healthy for Him!

“This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”

Proverbs 3:8

 

 

Traveling Season is On!

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The Lord has gifted me with organization.  It’s a good thing, when you’re trying to take 10 people anywhere! However, now that stress of all types takes it’s toll physically because of adrenal failure – I struggle often with what I want to do, and what I can do. (Pace yourself Sara!)

Remind me again why I put so many appointments on the week we’re going to leave for vacation?

Not. Smart.

My naturopath said I looked tired this week.  She was right.  I am tired!

Last weekend I pulled all of the kid’s clothing and hid (packed) it away while the clean laundry baskets were empty.  This always proves to be the best move.  Provded no helpful hands pull anything back out.

All week I was busy baking and preparing the following:

8 Lbs of chicken
60 meat balls
10 lbs of cut apples
5 lbs of cut navel oranges
Endless supply of bananas
avocados
bone broth
carrots
cut broccoli
snap peas
peppers
several dozen muffins
plantain wraps
cleaned lettuce
organic carrot/orange juice
nut-free paleo granola bars (Thanks paleo mom!)
and the list goes on and on…

I’m really thankful to be able to go on a vacation; but I’m sure I’ve convinced my husband ONE day trips are much easier on my body than two day trips. Making 6 meals at once while continuing your normal duties isn’t recommended. God continues to fill me up.

The same cooking/baking fest will occur to get back home. I had minimal ms “hugs” – which I think is progress but my feet and legs are very swollen!

I keep reminding myself it’s worth it. The kids are so excited and I’m the designated sleeper in the van. Zzzzz
Healthy for Him!

“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength.”
Isaiah 40:29

Meat Balls:
5 lbs of meat (3 beef, 2 pork/turkey/chicken/lamb/bison)
1 sweet potato
1 zucchini
1 white potato
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 pepper or to taste

Shred veggies and knead all meats and spices into large bowl. Shape into balls and fill up 2- 9×13 glass dishes.
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

Kind of a BIG DEAL…

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Well hello!  Glad to see you spring!

I totally forgot how busy spring is… whoa.  In the middle of this craziness, apparently God decided He would use me.  A good friend of mine was setting up a support group in her area for people who wanted to learn about gluten-free/Paleo lifestyle.  I thought that was a grand idea, and wanted to do something “like that” locally too.

So I sent out some feelers to see who might be interested in is.  As providence has it, lots of people were interested.  (Lots to me is over 20).  I think that’s a great start, and could serve as some great encouragement.  Some of the topics we’ll cover at our meetings will be how to get started, tips and tricks and recipes we love/want to share.  My group is more geared towards Paleo/AIP and why and how that works, but I’m very excited – we meet this week!

Another exciting announcements is I’m helping moderate a brand new support community that the Paleo Mom has put together to add more support for people who are using the Paleo Approach to regain their health.  Find it here.  There are tons of new boards within the community, so definitely check it out!  You might even see me moderating there as time allows!

I’m super excited about more information getting out there to the right people.  On a recent YOUTUBE I watched on sleep and Vitamin D, the neurologist shared that most people are on 3-4 meds by the time they are 30.  That is simply nuts.  This isn’t health, and we need to step it up and take responsibility in our lives and for our families.  I’m sad for parents who say their kids are picky – and then doing nothing about it.  We all make choices.

We are the future – do you want health for your children and yourself?  Then dig in… and own up!  God has made loads of foods for us – and no, it isn’t “easy” to change with the way our world has directed us to get JUNK… but if He can allow me to do it for our family of 10 – I’m certain, He can do the same for you and your family!

If you’re feeling like things are a little crazy this spring… hold fast.  God will only allow you to do what He desires you to do.  Don’t be frustrated if you can’t do more… maybe He doesn’t want you to do more.  His peace is in the quiet times.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Psalm 46:1

Do You Wanna …

Smoothies.  I make 8 of these a day with various ingredients inside.... to nourish and support our children's gut health.  Time consuming?  Yes.  But...  Believe me, it's been worth it.

Smoothies. I make 8 of these a day with various ingredients inside…. to nourish and support our children’s gut health. Time consuming? Yes. But… Believe me, it’s been worth it.

If you’ve got a female child in the house, then chances are – you know what the next words are going to be…

build a SNOWWWWWWMAN?

Of course, I’m talking about a line from one of the hit songs in the Disney animated “FROZEN”.  After the live version of the song went viral today on Facebook, and I cried… yet again at the words and the emotion.  Especially as the girl turns into an adult, and begs of her sister to “let her in….”

I started of considering WHY. ( I mean other than God created me highly in tune with my emotions – for which I do not consider a weakness, and am thankful for) 🙂

Why does that song and the words and the feeling just really break me down?

Chances are most of us have felt like Anna…. or like Elza at some point in our lives.  Either “shut out” or the one shutting others out because of unexplainable hurt.

I know I have.

More than once, I’m positive.

And it hurts.

I watched an episode of “What Not to Wear” while walking on the treadmill this week, and the person they were transforming reminded me of my daughter.  Words were being thrown around about how the person had “no feeling” or “held no emotional connection to her clothing” …  she just was unable to show her emotions, so they gave her a scale to use to share how she was feeling from 0 to 10.

Now clearly the person HAD emotions, and she had opinions… but according to what the world considers “normal” (and I’d include myself in the category with the world), this girl clearly had a social disorder or perhaps even autism spectrum disorder.  It was pretty obvious.

Honestly, it was painful to watch as a viewer, and I’m guessing it was a pretty awkward situation for the hosts of the show.  I think it took them a bit to pick up that she was actually “like that” – it was part of who she was.

My relationship with my daughter has always boggled my mind.  As most children naturally repeat “I love you” when prompted at a young age, she was 5 before she said it…. and even then I didn’t feel like she really knew what that meant.  She struggles with empathy, emotion and proper social cues.

But sometimes?

I’m jealous that she doesn’t really get emotionally tied in to things (clothing especially, or food for that matter, or situations that shouldn’t require as much thought as I have given it) or that she doesn’t blame herself when someone blows her off…  (because chances are, she doesn’t notice it!)

So part of my tears this week were empathy.

Part of them were JOY.

My daughter is making progress… I feel this recovery process IS working, especially on her brain and in her heart.  I wish I could share with you what a gift it is to have her say, “Hey mom….” and actually have something she wants to share with me, vs blank looks, and no interaction.  She even started writing a “back and forth” journal with me.  This clearly isn’t the same girl in so many aspects.  HUGE hope.  HUGE.

For those of you working on recovering your children with autism – just know, it’s worth it.  I’m seeing leaps and bounds with this one.  I couldn’t be happier.

God doesn’t change who HE is, but aren’t you thankful He can change us?  Boy, am I ever! Healthy for Him

“I the Lord do not change.”
Malachi 3:6a

 

Are You A Mouth Breather?

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I didn’t realize this was such a negative question to ask.  I suppose it could be used as a put down, if I didn’t know better, which I didn’t.

What I’m talking about is Orofacial Myofunctional disorder from being tongue tied.

What is Orofacial Myofunctional therapy all about?

If you are a mouth breather, or you suffer from TMJ, poor sleep habits, drooling, teeth grinding, poor chewing (and therefore, digestion) or have an upper airway obstruction that causes a multitude of behavior problems from poor sleep – than YOU too might need some therapy.  (I already KNEW I did!)

Getting the body to FUNCTION correctly, so you can be well, is very important to us.

Understanding your body, the way God made us each so differently – and learning how to “work with what you have” is key.

I think back to the stress of having my son.

The first grandchild, born right before Christmas…

Born at 9 lbs 3oz, he was a failure to thrive for almost 8 weeks.  Labeled a “slow” nurser, there was more going on than that.  Determined to nurse, and reassured by every 3 day doctor visits, and personalized nursing visits – the professional told me, all was ok.  But wasn’t ok… and I can almost blink and feel the emotions I felt back then.

Helpless.  Unsupported by family…  It was a pretty lonely road for my husband and I with our first child, but a great learning opportunity that God eventually used to grow us towards Him.  The one person who really supported us, happened to be my doctor’s wife, and the Godmother of our children.  She understood a slow-gainer, and the frustration and stress of your first baby dashing those hopes of being a ‘by the book’ baby.  She brought me lots of info, was my shoulder to cry on and let me know he would “ok”…

I’m sure I had post pardum depression.  I hardly slept.  He cried ALL THE TIME.

I think now… he wasn’t JUST hungry… he wasn’t able to swallow from the breast properly.  He eventually learned how to adapt to a bottle, and I pumped my milk for him until he was about a year old.  But, not before I lost much of my breast tissue and cried for nights on end.

What seems to happen now (commonly) with just a clip of the tongue while the baby is still in the first few weeks of life, was missed… with him – and all of our children.  Some how.  It just shows up differently in each one.

That oldest son is getting his 3rd set of braces off soon… because of his tongue thrusting.  After his second set, and going to only “night wear” of his retainer – they shifted back within 6 weeks.  The orthodontist suggested “tongue training” at the time… but I had no idea what that meant, or how that would even be possible.

He has battled drooling from only a few months of age, and lived in a bib.  They even did a stomach sonogram to insure that food wasn’t causing his spit up sessions after a doctor was concerned his value by his esophagus wasn’t sealed.  I tease my son about it now, when he “forgets to swallow” but only because I didn’t understand it – until now.  I don’t do that any more.

He’s never been able to swallow pills…  and again, I think “you just do it.” What could possibly be the problem?

Unless you don’t really know how to swallow “back” – but only thrust forward.

Again the guilt seeps in.  Where was the medical community to tell me and guide me through this?

No wonder he had motion sickness, and awoke from naps crabby…. every. day.

No wonder he’s a night owl, like me.  It’s hard to fall asleep, to stay asleep… to feel well rested.

So, we’re working on our consult for our family.  I’m not sure of the cost of this type of thing, but I’m guessing (again) that it’s out of pocket.  The therapy after it’s cut is important… in retraining just how all of those neck and head muscles work together.

Who knew?

It’s crazy that I would be so excited about something like this… but I am.  I’ve started focusing on sleeping on my back, and the deep breathing through my nose with my mouth closed.  I want my kids to be able to rest well, and hopefully function more as God intended, for His glory.  Healthy for Him!

“The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”

Job 33:4

 

 

Twenty-One Tips To a Healthier You

Here is my plate, next to my husband's dinner plate.  As you can see, I've successfully added in some avocado. (yay!)  I also have added in some sweet potato (plain).  This evening we had fish casserole that I make, and I just pulled mine out before putting theirs together.  They also had sweet potato cakes and fruit.

Here is my plate, next to my husband’s dinner plate. As you can see, I’ve successfully added in some avocado. (yay!) I also have added in some sweet potato (plain). This evening we had fish casserole that I make, and I just pulled mine out before putting theirs together. They also had sweet potato cakes and fruit.

A good friend of mine recently went to a lunch and lecture at the clinic I go to.  As we discussed some of the main talking points, it got me thinking again about the issue many teens have with acne, well… not just teens (right moms in our 30s?)… but yes, a lot of them are teens.

Now that I know a little bit about WHY people get acne, when I see a face covered in acne I think two things:

#1. Leaky Gut

#2. Zinc deficient diet.

The Standard American Diet (SAD) is well known for being depleted of most nutrients, but zinc is a major one during puberty, because it helps you grow taller, and it helps you not have major break-outs.  My son is on 90 mg a day, my daughter is on 60 mg – as are my husband and I.  The other children take 30 mg a day.  So spread the word – in a kind way of course, when you can help a brother out.  You know that most people are treating their acne  the wrong way – just like any skin issue.

Topically.

The reason why that never does much… except cause more issues in scaring and thinning of skin, and often more irritation… is because the inflammation is from the inside.  Sure you can wash your face well, and take care of things as best you can – but ultimately, when you have leaky gut?  You’re never going to get to the root of those issues with acne, until you address the gut issues – with diet, probiotics, fish oil and giving your body what it needs to be well.

A good e-book on the issue I recently heard about from the paleo world is also is called SKINTERVENTION, by Liz Wolfe.  Worth checking into also.  She recently released “EAT THE YOLKS”, which I’ve heard is super entertaining and informative!

So, as I step off of my soapbox on the ZINC topic. I will share with you the other 21 questions and answers from the lunch and lecture on nutrients.  Some great stuff here – read carefully!

TWENTY-ONE NUTRIENT LEVEL TIPS:

1. How long does vitamin C from your meal stay in your blood. (4-6 hours)

2. Which mineral nutrient helps to regulate blood sugar, energy levels, and also acts as an antidepressant?  (Chromium.  Broccoli, tomatoes, and green beans are great sources – it’s often low due to too much sugar intake)

3. What commonly deficient mineral used to be found in abundance in hard water?  (Magnesium)

4. What vitamin is the prime regulator of inflammation? (after Vitamin C, it’s Vitamin D – it’s the body’s sunshine vitamin)

5. What mineral deficiency manifests as little white spots on your fingernails?  (Zinc)

6. What common disease is now being called Type 3 Diabetes?  (Alzheimer’s)

7. What B Vitamin enhances cellular energy production, and happens to turn your urine bright yellow? (B2 – Riboflavin)

8. Which nutrient, if optimal in your blood, can help to reverse congestive heart failure? (Co-Q10, age dependant but generally 100-200 mg, I take 200 mg a day)

9. Which mineral is necessary for the optimal functioning of glutathione, and for which 76,000 medical references exist? (Selenium, I take 200 mg a day for cellular energy and thyroid function)

10. Not everyone can use Folic Acid, an important B vitamin.  Why?  (Mutated genetics of the liver – MTHFR, this is where methylated folate, B12 and B6 are essential!)

11.  Older people are commonly low in this B vitamin because they lack intrinsic Factor in their stomachs. (B12)

12. What is the most important vitamin? (The one you are lowest in!)

13. True or False?  All you really need to do is take a good multivitamin for nutritional health.  (False!)

14. Macular degeneration can be prevented if you have adequate  ___________?  (Lutine)

15. How many ‘colors’ do you need on your plate each day for optimal health?  (9-10)

16. Which mineral do we now know you can get too much of?  (Calcium)  Which vitamin helps to reduce the toxicity of this excess?  (K2, often supplements have them with D3)

17. Which fat soluble vitamin COMPETES with vitamin D for cellular receptor sites?  (Vitamin A)

18. Which omega ratio regulates inflammation?  (Omega 6  / Omega 3)

19. Which sugar causes liver damage?  (Fructose, here is a food informative chart, if you’re curious.)

20. True or False?  Eating a balanced diet is all you need to maintain good health. (False, if you’re not absorbing the right nutrients, it doesn’t matter how great you eat)

21.  True or False?  A gas gauge is not really necessary.  Just fill up your tank often… and hope you don’t run out!  (False.  It’s important to know your nutrient levels, and make sure they are at optimal levels regularly before you have a break down!)

“The person who knows my commandments and keeps them, that’s who loves me.  

And the person who loves me will be loved by my Father,

and I will love him and make myself plain to him.”
John 14:21

 

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