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Dysfunction-Junction, What’s Your Malfunction?

Happy New Year!  I just wanted to give you a  quick up date on how things were going with my oldest, and his post frenectomy therapy.  He has made a lot of progress, but I know once we get in there to do expanding, things are going to help even more.

Just to give you an idea of what we’re working on, and why it’s so important for his stress,  I’m sharing some super informative videos.  If you have auto immune disease, adrenal failure, TMJ, jaw pain, grind your teeth, troubles sleeping…  just watch it, it’s pretty amazing.

I’ve been considering why I got my braces on – how much sicker I got.  You see, most orthodontists, even now, are lining teeth up based on aesthetics alone.  They’re looking for a jaw match up -and not considering, “Can this palette house this tongue?  Is this going to cause chronic stress on the patient?  What about chewing?”

So some things to think about are:

* Are you a mouth breather?

* Do you often wake up in the morning with a dry mouth?

* How is your posture?

* If you had braces – how did your adjustment take?

* Did you have molars removed before adding braces?

*Have you had any chronic headaches or jaw pain?

* Did your mother ever tell you that she had troubles nursing you?  (Nipple soreness, poor latch, failure to thrive?)

* Do you get motion sickness or have you had a baby chronically cry in their car seat?

Myofunctional disorders can trigger a lot of issues.  Multiple things may have contributed to them, including taking folic acid while pregnant, (vs. methylated folate), as well as genetics and a grain filled diet.

All of this inflammation does contribute to gut health and your immune system.  It’s pretty crazy… but true.

Now here is why it’s so important.
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Do you see what the red arrow is pointing to?  That’s the stress in his neck on a muscle – from straining.  It’s because the muscle (his tongue) is so weak… and the front part of his neck to support his airway.  This is why he sleeps with his mouth open.  If you look at the blue line and arrow – it shows how he holds his head forward to open that airway also, causing a slumped posture.

Now check out his cheesy smile picture (this is part of the file we needed, so no, he doesn’t normally smile this way).
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As you can tell, you can see WAY too much of his gums – because his palette is way too small, his tongue also doesn’t fit into his mouth.  This was before his procedure, but you can tell how tight his top lip was tied.  He couldn’t even shut his mouth!  These teeth – look like this after 3 sets of braces, and 2 permanent retainers in, and him wearing his retainer about 85% of the day, and every night. Disappointing, yes?

Well, I’m hoping once we get the appliance in his mouth and start moving forward later this month, I will have some awesome pictures to share with you on his progress.  I can tell he’s made a lot of headway, but I know this hasn’t been a lot of fun for him.  I’m grateful our functional dentist/orthodontist is working with our youngest of kids so they never get to this point.

It’s been a bit to swallow all of this – financially and emotionally.  Something that could have been addressed when he was a week old, vs. all of the trauma we went through with feeding him, and the specialists we saw, etc.  As a good friend mentioned to me – it has honestly been a post-traumatic stress syndrome for me.  I felt it each time I had another baby and we attempted to establish feeding…  and I literally felt it now.  All of those emotions came RUSHING back, along with a lot of anger to the hurt people caused.

I wanted to scream at the doctors, and the nurses, and all of the people who were so discouraging to me when my son was an infant.  All of the pain I had stuffed inside just came out the night before his procedure, and the day off.  (I should have had you pray for my husband!  He is such a gift to me!)  It was as if I wished they could apologize, or I could get another chance… but I know that is impossible – and nothing would give me back what I have lost, or what he has suffered.

Financially – we’re paying for 3 sets of braces for this kid – now sinus surgery, and getting his lip, tongue and buckle ties released… all of these sessions with the chiropractor at $50 a week.  It all adds up, it’s out of pocket and most of it without insurance coverage.

Thankfully – we are able to make it a priority, and afford it…  but other things have had to take a back burner.  I have several kids with multiple issues we’re trying to address – and then there is me.  It’s been a little difficult to juggle all of this – but God keeps me strong, and positive. He definitely gave me my husband for a reason.

It frustrates me that western medicine and conventional dentists/orthodontists don’t look at the function of people to help heal them.  I’m so grateful to God for this journey though.  I can’t say that enough.

I remember praying and telling God that I would share this with the world – anything I learned – because I knew it was Him who continued to save me during the process of realizing how sick I was.  I don’t usually talk about my struggles anymore, to just anyone – unless I know someone else has similar things that can empathize.  Most people who haven’t experienced that utter shut down of their body, simply can’t (and often don’t want to) understand.

They have a body that regulates temperature, and blood pressure, and digestion.  I do not.  They eat more than 5 foods and don’t have to consider so many food issues for their family.

What I do have, is… I have a heart for people now – and I recognize that I used to push away what I couldn’t empathize with before.  So many people have struggles we can’t see, and I didn’t think that way before.

Thank you God for not pushing me away and helping me to wake up and see the Truth.
It’s the second day of the new year…  and more importantly, it’s a new day!  Praise God for that gift.  What are you going to do to be Healthy for Him this year?

Check out this video on why jaw pain shouldn’t be ignored.

This video explains myfunctional disorders as well.

Pray for our up coming appointment with our current orthodontist.  I’m unsure of what we need to do next.  I’m not sure how much he believes in this process.  I want to give him the benefit of the doubt, as he said himself that 30% of his patients have issues with the result not “staying” and needing a permanent retainer.  That’s a significant number…

“Behold, I am doing a new thing: now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
Isaiah 43:19

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

Responsibility. What’s in a Word?

Just one of my green juice choices this week.  Cucumber, Lemon, Celery, Cilantro, and Spinach!

Just one of my green juice choices this week. Cucumber, Lemon, Celery, Cilantro, and Spinach!

I celebrated my 39th birthday last week.  Well… sort of.

My kids forgot, my husband wasn’t far behind that… and well… it was just another day of baking, laundry and my chores.

The day after, my daughter asked, “Is this day better than your birthday?”

“Yes,” I replied.

“That’s NOT good,” she touted.

I simply told her that my joy isn’t all set on one day like it used to be.

Expectations… disappointments, letdowns.

No thanks.

I choose the grateful road… and I’m much happier that way.

I was much happier on my birthday when I got a nap too.

All in all,  I’ve noticed that certain people with disease choose a path of victim, and others choose a path of active determination.

I’m not sure why that is.  Is it our nation?  Is it something promoted to us from an early age?

We can either say, “THIS happened to me…” or blame something on our genes, with our options of lifetime drugs, and not accountability…

OR

We can say, I’m going to dig deeper!  I’m going to find out just why and how God made me the way I am…. and where I went wrong, and what I can do.

To me, it’s  called responsibility.

It’s MY responsibility to take care of my body.  To feed it what it needs. To find out why it’s not absorbing something specific and do what I can.  To realize what I’m choosing to expose myself to, and avoid those things that aren’t helping me be well.

There is going to be plenty that isn’t in my control… and for the small portion that God gives to me to accountable for… I’m going to work with Him to learn, grow and realize there are many things I CAN do to help myself.

There are reasons disease happens.  Multiples reasons.  Diet, exercise, toxicity, stress, sleep…. genetics are often a small fraction of the equation, and even then – we can work with what we have to do the best for the body we’ve been blessed with.

Healthy for Him!

“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power.

After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”

Hebrews 1:3

 

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

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

 

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

 

Funky Junk

What should I eat today?  How about carrots?

What should I eat today? How about carrots?

 

Well, I was right.  Carrots are getting old.  I might be turning orange again.

Carrots with cinnamon are very good.  Shredded carrots with olive oil – yum.  Carrot soup is pretty tasty too.  I feel like I’m doing pretty well with the diet over all.

In all honesty – this has been more difficult emotionally.  Feeling “hungry” or carb starved is tough, but I feel like the worst of that is over now.  Saying ‘no’ to my fresh case of kombucha is even harder.  I know it’s calling my name.  I’ve been more tired, and allowed for more sleep, less stress…  but it doesn’t always work out that way when you’re the mom and 3 meals are day are required for 10.  I often ate later than the rest, now I REALLY eat later.

I completely lost it today when making breakfast into the late morning, missing my supplements (my essential Esto-DIM) left me feeling at the end of my rope.

It’s ironic, I don’t even realize what is going on – until I snap…

Then it hits me.

I didn’t take my mid-morning supplements!!!!  Ack!

Yes – they’re essential.

A little piece of information came from the doctor on Friday.  I haven’t had a whole lot of time to dive into, but at least I know I’m positive for CYP1A1, and CYP1B1, both gene risks for breast and ovarian cancers – due to extra estrogen.

Not a big surprise – again, confirming what we knew.

If you’re wanting to know if I’m going to go out and get my breasts removed…. or my uterus taken out.  No.  I’m not.

However, it very much proves to me how essential it is for me to take Estro-DIM, and how I need to make sure I’m doing all I can to get other toxins and plastics out of my life.  Specific drugs I need to be careful of – blood thinners for instance, can make me much worse, also things like aspirin, and also chemo drugs like methotrexate.  I also plan to get a thermography scan  (vs. a mammogram).

Basically what the tests said is I’m in need of more antioxidants than the average person.  My liver struggles – and I’m extra sensitive to smells, and drugs/medications, etc.  I’m also at a higher risk for motor neuron diseases and problems with the energy in my cells.

So I must take my antioxidants – including N-actylcysteine (NAC), Milk Thistle, selenium and Vitamin C specifically.  Also eating lots of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts, radishes, etc.  (Well, just as soon as I can!

Thank you to those who have been checking in with me, just to see how I’m feeling/ doing.  It means a lot.  This has been a lonely place – just to give up more, and again I’m so many friends who reach out and encourage me.

There is something that people who choose to give up chasing the western medicine diagnosis… and that’s often sympathy.  People have lots of sympathy for a diagnosis…they have sympathy if it means you’re on drugs the rest of your life – the sympathy is – apparently in the name.

For me, the name is just a specific way your body is letting you know what is going wrong.  It’s a clue into what you need to do to “right” the ship.

Sometimes I forget that other people don’t have any clue what it’s like to live with diseases that can’t be seen.  Sometimes I get into my own groups of people who know and think like me – and I’m foolish to assume others “get it” too, when they haven’t felt it.

There was recently a young woman who popped on our Paleo Approach board (I assume seeking about the Paleo lifestyle), but she didn’t have any diseases – she was just seeking it in a way to “be healthy”…  which is super actually.  I’ve heard nutritionist say that’s the one way to avoid the consequences of auto immune diseases being triggered – changing diet NOW, as all with auto immune shouldn’t be eating grains/dairy/sugar.  Unfortunately, it also blind-sided her regarding the daily struggles many who have to be so cautious with food deal with daily, and just what food CAN to do heal the body.  She spoke brashly to members being obsessed by food, and again couldn’t grasp the severity of our food can build us up or tear us down.  Clearly she didn’t understand sensitivities, or the need for supplements these people need to function while our body repairs itself.  Several others congratulated her that she couldn’t understand at this point, she should be grateful!  It wasn’t long before she left the group though, because it wasn’t a good fit.  I think until you’ve “been there” – you simply can’t really understand.  I pray she never has to understand – but I hope she still considers Paleo for her future health!

Thankful for support – in all ways it comes… but mostly from my God who leads me in all ways!  Healthy for Him!

For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are My ways higher than your ways
    and My thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9

 

Eating Organic, The End-All, Be-All Answer

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Right?

Not quite.

I’ve covered why we eat organic.  Do I think everyone should eat organic?  Well, what I know is – it really isn’t possible.  There wouldn’t even be enough food for everyone to eat as many fruits and vegetables as we should be eating.  (Concerning?  Maybe in the heat of an environmental crisis, and believe me – the thought has cross my mind).

What WOULD happen if I couldn’t get the foods we need?  Well, I would get very, very sick.  I would have to try to eat something to survive, but it would be killing my brain in the process, until I could get the food I need.

Many of the people whom I have met online that eat similarly to me, do so, because they’ve heard it will help their symptoms.  Many have already tried medications, for years… and have gotten sicker as a result.  Steroids and the chemo drugs used to treat many auto immune disease do not help matters.

But is FOOD the only answer?

What made me ponder this deeper was an article floating around Facebook last week.  Several of my “nurse friends” and others in “the field” of western medicine had shared it.  Maybe you saw it too. It was an article about vaccinations and how this particular mother grew up on all organic foods, and a ‘clean’ lifestyle… never vaccinated, etc…  but was doing things differently for HER children, and why.   I felt it was a toss in the face of those of us who feel passionately against vaccines, but I chose to read it – with an open mind.

I came away from the article with many more questions, vs. answers.  I shook my head at the ideology of the article that somehow eating organic and “clean” means you will always be healthy, and that apparently you’re a fool.  You can read the article “Growing Up Unvaccinated” here, and then come back and read what I have to say are the flaws of her reasoning.

First of all, her mother raised them on “all organic”.  I’m not sure why, but I’m going to guess her mom had a reason, which is never stated.  Perhaps she had some diseases of her own, and knew SOME of the benefits, but not all.  This type of lifestyle is generally one of less stress and toxins.  If her father was an art teacher and her mother a ballet teacher – I’m picturing some free spirits.  This is only part of the equation.

Secondly – did they eat gluten, or dairy?  The woman claims she was so sick all of the time, yet it doesn’t matter how clean you eat – if you’re still going to consume things that are inflammatory destroyers to your system.  Gluten and dairy are the first offenders, then nuts, nightshades, and any number of food sensitivities.  She says she took so many antibiotics, that she had a resistance to them.  Um…. I’m not sure of many “crunchy” people who I know of who use antibiotics so readily.  They’re gut killers.  Something doesn’t add up.

Thirdly, environmental toxins.  I wonder if she had a work-up from a holistic doctor to figure out why her immune system was so poor.  While this is extremely sad, and cannot be blamed on one thing – again, you can eat as cleanly as possible, and then dye your hair, live by fields filled with pesticides/drink it in your water, etc.  There are so many elements into the health and functioning of your body than can be assumed by organic living.  Eating clean is just ONE element.  Similarly, not just one element change makes you ‘healthy’.

(side note, it does concern me  how people can be freakish about organic lifestyle, and then turn around and do something repeatedly unhealthy which adds to their demise – hair dye alone, beauty products, cleaners, etc…)

Finally, just as she had a the choice to give her children vaccines, I appreciate our choice to NOT risk damaging our children any further.  A shot doesn’t ensure that you’re not going to get sick…. in fact, that’s only part of the fallacy.  For every person out there who claims “autism and auto immune disease isn’t caused by vaccines” – I shake my head.  “It’s just genetic” they say.  Well guess what?   Everything that we have that is genetic, like autism – also has environmental factors that makes things better or worse, turns gene off or on.  Some reactions are immediate, and some reactions continue to be an inflammation that causes disease over a period of time, weeks… months after the shots or exposure.  Diseases are made better or worse with environmental toxins (food, air, water, and things that are put into our blood stream like formaldehyde and fetal tissue from aborted babies, etc)  Again, we have the choice to take that risk, or not.  For that, I am thankful.  Then there is our court system, specifically for vaccination damage, that also says differently.  Every time they have to award money to another person being harmed by vaccines.  Every time you get vaccinated, some of the money you pay, goes into that account that helps those who are damaged.

For us, the decision to not vaccinate anymore isn’t one to try to throw it in the face of anyone else.  It’s our choice, to protect our children, whom we are responsible for, while building their immune systems to fight viruses and disease.  THAT seems like the best choice for us.  I also want to support and encourage others who wish to do the same.  It’s so ironic the fear-mongering that goes on regarding someone doing something differently that benefits them.  Some how it’s viewed as selfish or ignorant.  Personally, I don’t really care – I know God knows our heart on the matter.

We used to be scared of getting sick, because we spent a majority of the time sick.  One cold always meant croup and asthma attacks for our 5-year-old…. followed by sinus infections for everyone.  Ironically, I don’t feel that way any longer.  The viruses she talks about getting – I’m not scared of, and I think it’s silly to be scared.  While we don’t purposefully go out to collect germs, we do purposefully build our immune systems to be prepared to deal with germs.  There is no need to be scared, because when we get sick again – we know it’s actually GOOD for our bodies to fight these things and build immunity.

(There is a reason why they’re injecting viruses into cancer patients… it kills those cells!)  So a healthy, robust immune system is the answer for us!

So while she was a 19-year-old mom making choices after “getting educated”, I’m a 38-year-old mom of 8 seeing the effects of the choices we’ve made and doing things differently after realizing the TRUTH of sick-care and western medicine…  (and still filtering out the fluoride, but the rest of that stuff… come on, really?  Did she believe in unicorns too?)

Just because you don’t follow the ‘system’ doesn’t mean you can’t think.  I’m starting to see the most “educated” people, as some of the least intelligent.  Being “cruel” by not vaccinating?  Quite the opposite.  The stories she describes of being in the doctor’s office, and being sick – was us…. before we drastically changed things.  When the immunologist suggested we just “try that again” (meaning another vaccination) on my son that had a severe reaction with the H1N1 shot….  I knew we were done with western medicine “specialists” and vaccines.

I suppose she’s right, it’s a lot about personal experience.  I don’t believe in “luck” anyway.  To each his own.

We’re living healthy for Him!

“For the evil man has no future; the lamp of the wicked will be put out.”

Proverbs 24:20

Auto Immune Cookies

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I’ve been trying to figure out a way to make something I can tolerate for quite a while.  I’ve tried coconut flour cookies – but honestly? They’re not the easiest to choke down.  I do eat AIP pancakes a few mornings a week, but yeah… they’re pretty dry.

I knew I came up with a winner when I ate the entire pan in one sitting.  (9 cookies)  Oops. 🙂

Autoimmune Cookies

2 bananas

1/2 cup raisins

1 cup of GF coconut flakes

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. baking soda (or not, I’ve forgotten this and they are ok).

 

Mix all together, and scoop each spoonful onto a baking sheet (lined with non-bleached parchment paper),  bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes. Makes about 9 large cookies.  Wait for them to cool, and don’t follow my lead of eating them all at once.

“For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,

 for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.”

1 Tim 4:4-5

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