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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

Rule Breakin’ and Paleo Almond-Butter Bars

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I remember it like yesterday.  I was 13 years old.  I was told I couldn’t date until I was 16… but I was hoping my parents would make an exception, knowing how mature I was.

I was a freshman in high school.

I was a responsible child, a rule follower, helpful, hardworking…  but when a junior boy asked me to go on a date, I didn’t have the head to tell him I wasn’t old enough.

We planned a date anyway.

The plan was to come over and have him meet my parents.  Their plan was to have us stay in for the evening, so they never knew what hit them.  My plan…   I didn’t really have one calculated – but what seemed innocent in the beginning, quick morphed into one of the biggest act of disobedience I ever pulled on my parents.

Oh yes, I highly REGRETTED it later, and as mother, it horrifies me that I found this acceptable in any way…

I was young, impressionable, and clearly immature and impatient!

But after some chit-chat with my parents in the living room, we walk into the kitchen – and then…  we just left.

Yep.

We just went on our date…

*gulp*

The boy didn’t even know that I couldn’t date.

He was pretty innocent in the matter.  But he’d know later that night… because his father knew mine, and my Dad went looking for me – and straight to their house.

Unfortunately for my father, my date and I went to a movie in another town…  and actually double-dated with another couple, who might have given me the idea just to “go anyway”.  (very, bad, bad, advice from said “friend”)

We saw the movie Ghost.  Oh… how I loved that movie… and the Righteous Brothers.

But OH… was I ever in BIG trouble when I got home.

I mean BIG.  HUUUUUUUUUGE trouble.

I was certain my life was overWhat was I thinking??  This was SO out of my character.

So there you have it, my biggest act of disobedience, as a freshman in high school, laid out on display.

I don’t know where that rule-following girl is that acted in such a way… but I know my parents did forgive me, and trusted me again.  I’m sure I’ve made countless mistakes after that one – but it will go down on the “biggest stunt” I pulled learning quickly just who was in charge!

Now I keep my rule breaking to baking.  It seems much safer – and is a better example to my children.

I try to follow recipes, honestly, I do…  But cooking mostly grain-free for a family of 10 has its challenges.  In my effort to switch our whole family to Paleo – I’m becoming more adventurous and making more changes.  Fewer muffins, more “cakes in a pan” for breakfast.  That’s where these Paleo Breakfast Almond Butter Bars came from.

Of course – yes, they have chocolate chips!  The first time I made these, I didn’t really pay attention to what I was doing… so I tried to be more purposeful so I could actually SHARE the idea with you.

Breakfast Almond Butter Bars

* 4 eggs

* 4 T honey

* 1/2 t. baking soda

* 1 cup almond butter

*1/2 cup almond slivers

* 1 T cinnamon

* 2 and 1/4 cups almond flour or hazelnut flour

1/2 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

* coconut oil for greasing

Mix ingredients together well and spread into greased 9×13 glass dish.  Bake for 15-17 minutes at 325 degrees.  Top with almonds.  Serves 10-12

Enjoy!

 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

1 John 1:9

It’s The BIG – Little Things

My BIG-Little find at the Iowa State Fair was this awesome Tupperware bowl I’ve had my eye on for a while. This houses up to 42 cups of my mixed flours for the gluten-free bread I make! Make in bulk and ready to go!

You know how something little can make or break your day?

Someone says the right… or wrong thing.

Someone gives you the right… or wrong look.

Someone shows up… or doesn’t.

It’s crazy how some days the “tone” of our entire day can be either enhanced or destroyed in a matter of minutes, glances, or few words.

You wake up on time, well rested… and your children greet you, happily with smiles…

OR

You’re running late, forgot to plan breakfast, and everyone is taking out their tiredness on you…

Which day would you choose?

IF you could indeed, choose the day?

I don’t really need to ask – do I?

Since a lot of our day and how we handle those “things” that can come up – is our perspective…

Let’s consider how we view our day, in light of how God views us.

With constant grace, mercy, and love!

I’m making an effort to go to bed earlier, to drink more water, and to count my blessings TWICE each day.  After all, everyone hears enough about the negative everywhere else in our world.  All of these things contribute to me being Healthy for Him each day.

Try shining His light wherever you go today!

“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

Colossians 3:14

Buy Bulk & Invest in Your Life!

My daughter’s thought I had lost my mind when I started piling in the boxes of Van’s GF waffles and french toast sticks… but at $1.29 off a box… I just couldn’t resist! Always watch sales and stock up when possible!

When I say “invest in your life” … all I really mean is, your quality of life.

Do I truly believe you’re going to add any more days than God has ordained for you?

No.

But one could have the attitude of “live it up”…  eat it up, drink it up, smoke it up… we’re all going to get some type of cancer anyway.”

I was actually told of a Dr. who told their patient that… when “gluten sensitivity causing cancer” was brought up, they stated,  “Oh, everything causes cancer.”

Say Whaaaaaaaaa?

For starters???

That’s not true.

That sounds like a an ignorant generality to belittle the patient, and their genuine concerns.

Inflammation IS a huge cancer-causer,… and there are lots of different things can cause inflammation in your system.

THAT is true.

Do you never wear sun screen, because you could get cancer anyway?

Of course not.

Do you smoke and ignore warnings on the packages because, if you’re going to die of cancer – you’d like to choose your type of cancer?

No, we do what we can to take the best care of our bodies now… NOT because we’re taking them with us.  We’re doing it as an act of worship – and obedience to God’s call…  to take care of His temple.

So, when others tell me how expensive it is to make a choice to eat in a way that keeps your body healthy…

I think… “NO, actually – it’s a good investment in my health, I FEEL so much better and so does my family.”  It’s an easy decision for us…  simple?  Not always.

A friend recently share with me that her son heard on the radio, a daily talk show host said that going gluten-free was a new “fad diet” – because most people who THINK they have gluten sensitivity – don’t.  I loathe hearing things like this… I’m not sure what type of fad diet that would be – but it would be a short-lived one with as much time as this all takes.

No, it’s definitely NOT a fad.  For us, it’s for life.

To me, I begin to see how the numbers are skewed in a way, that we might not know for a very long time – just how vast this destructions lies, or how deep diseases like celiac are – simply due to the level of ignorance in some of the medical community, and the withdrawl of the patient from the process.

I’m not sure how that changes, through neurologists, MDs or GI doctors or when that will change?  I pray soon.  There are FAR too many people doing way too many tests with no answers… who DAILY are getting sicker and sicker as they continue to eat, breathe, and live gluten-FULL life – while it chips away at their immune system.

If there is a placebo effect “like that” – that eliminates dermatitis herpetaformis, rids my body of muscles cramps and other issues from malabsorption of vitamins, clears my head, and takes away all of our gut issues and chronic infections from the past 30 years….  than THAT must be one GREAT placebo effect!  {Now only if it would reverse some of the permanent effects the damage did!} 

*Shakes head*

It seems the doctors that are the MOST in tune with this process… are the ones who have gluten sensitivity issues themselves, or within their family.  Suddenly, it affects them – and we learn so much quicker that way!

“He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness.”

Hebrews 5:2

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