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The Missing Piece

On goes the yeast problem…well, sort of. I’ve been [trying] staying away from sugar and taking apple cider vinegar with each meal like my chiropractor instructed me to do and it’s not going anywhere! Still got some annoying itches in a few different places. A couple of weeks ago I was at a prayer meeting of sorts and a friend claimed that after praying my yeast problem was gone. I believe in the power of prayer, and I believe that God is able to heal just like that, so I trusted what he said and rejoiced! Next day I was still experiencing symptoms and didn’t understand why if he said it was gone. I figured he must have been mistaken and heard God wrong or something. Well, the other day at the chiropractor I got tested and he said the yeast wasn’t showing up but that what I was experiencing was a secondary infection from the yeast! So…I guess the prayers really did work and the yeast is gone! So now I have to work on getting rid of the infection – super echinacea with each meal. And I only need to watch my sweets and bread intake for another couple of weeks! Yay! (Please note that we still watch our sweets around here, only having one or two a week, but NO sweets at all is for the birds!)

Somethings else we found out is that I have mercury in my system! I had been thinking about a few years ago when I had been having test after test run on me to find the cause of my digestive issues and nothing was ever found. And then how around the same time, probably, this yeast thing started occasionally showing up until this year when it was brought to the surface after the detox we did. After some things I had read online about the dangers of removing mercury fillings because of the toxicity it could cause in your system…it hit me! Not long before all those problems hit me a few years back my dentist had removed all my silver fillings and replaced them with the new white kind!!! I bet I had mercury toxicity! Sure enough, when I mentioned this to the chiropractor at my visit this week, he tested me and found that I had mercury in me that had settled in my bladder! Now that we know it’s there we can get rid of it and I will no longer be toxic! He says that this could be the cause of all those symptoms back then and even the yeast taking over (which is also helped, I’m sure, by the many antibiotics I’ve taken over the years). Praise God for answers!!! Hopefully finding this piece of the puzzle with improve my health in the weeks to come!

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Posted by on August 19, 2011 in Alternative Medicine, Faith, Health

 

Keeping Balance

Do you know anything about PH? What about acid versus alkaline? I didn’t know about this stuff until recently. You see, apparently my body is being taken over by yeast and causing some problems. A number of different symptoms have all pointed to yeast when my chiropractor tested me. Found out an overgrowth of yeast is caused by a highly acidic environment in the body. Viruses, bacteria, and cancers are also more likely in this environment. Our bodies are supposed to get a balance of acid and alkaline, but in our society it’s easy to be more acidic, since much of the processed foods and sugars lead to it, as well as antibiotics that many rely on for sickness. A diet in green veggies helps alkalize the body, but many of us don’t eat near enough of those! I’m convinced that my strong history of taking antibiotics (which has stopped, but I’m still paying for my history) and my love for all things sugar are to blame for my problem of too much acid which has led to yeast…a lot of it!

This link contains great information about this subject, complete with a chart of foods and whether they are acidic or alkaline. My doc has ordered me to lay off the sugar and take apple cider vinegar with each meal until my PH balance is restored (who knows how long that’s going to take). In addition to this, I’m trying to eat mostly foods from the alkaline side of the chart on the previously mentioned link. Really hoping we can get my balance corrected, as all this yeast is really taking it’s toll in many ways! One obstacle I’m running into is not being able to pass up the sugar at this point. I can limit it, but have not been successful in avoiding it all together! I guess you could safely say it’s an addiction! The detox we went through earlier in the year has helped decrease the amount I intake – I can’t eat as many sweets as I used to – but I still crave what little bit I have. It’s all the harder in the summer because this is when my ice cream and milkshake cravings are the worst!

Take a look at the chart for yourself. Do you eat a healthy balance of foods between the two sides? Also, if you are interested in finding out if you are PH balanced, you can use a litmus test to find out! Not sure where to find these. Probably can find them online or in a pharmacy.

 
 

Monthly Woes

My monthly horror has returned for another visit today…meaning one more month of being unsuccessful at becoming pregnant. It’s been about 5 months since my miscarriage, and I’ve been longing to be pregnant ever since! Thankfully, I have wonderful family and friends who are willing to pray for me, which helps alot!

The return of my “uncle” as me and a friend used to call it (no offense to any of my real uncles – just a code so we could talk about it in junior high without being obvious. ha!) always brings a day or so of crampy bloating yuck. Back in the day, I used to pop Midol like crazy during this time of the month (which is probably one reason my liver is messed up now)! Since I’ve stopped relying on medicine, I’ve had to find a new remedy. Fish oil naturally works as an anti-inflammatory, so it can be known to work well as a pain killer in some situations. I’ve referred to it before as a good temporary fix for headaches, but it also works to ease the monthly yuck feeling! Just thought I’d pass it along! Next time you’re dealing with this discomfort, pop 2 fish oil and relax knowing that you just dodged another temptation to fix it with something that has negative side effects and instead provided your body with some much needed omega-3’s!

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2011 in Alternative Medicine, Health

 

Confessions

I used to think that attachment parenting was…let’s just say, weird! There are people who sleep with their children in bed with them??? And, what’s the deal with homebirth? I first heard about it when my cousin and his wife had a homebirth. I thought they were crazy! I also used to laugh and make fun of people who read labels all the time! Boy, was I in for a rude awakening!

I thought I’d take some time to confess all of my new beliefs (new, as in the last few years), just so you know where I’m coming from. I am not condemning anyone who doesn’t agree with me, just sharing my convictions with you. Some of these have links to blogs where I wrote about them.

  • I do not take any kind of medication, only natural supplements and herbs. We threw out all medication, including Tylenol and Excedrin. Haven’t had medication in close to two years, and I love it! Our “medicine cabinet” is full of supplements of all kinds!
  • I believe that breastfeeding is the way God intended we feed our children until they are able to eat what we eat. My child has never had a drop of formula, and I wouldn’t want it any other way! I also believe in child-led weaning when they are ready. We have not reached this point yet, so we’ll see if I keep this point of view! Depends on how long he continues. He is almost 21 months old and nursing a few times a day, and sometimes a couple of times at night.
  • I believe the best sleeping arrangement for babies and young children is with their parents – at the very least in the same room. We did not co-sleep with our son (only the first 3 months in the basinet), but we both read this book and are strongly considering it with our next child! (Please note that the book does not advise bed-sharing in some circumstances, but anyone can co-sleep – meaning in the same room)
  • We do not vaccinate our child, and won’t any of our children. We did our research and are convinced that this is what God wants. God created our immune system to fight off diseases and sickness. Each one it comes in contact with strengthens it. You just have to make sure you feed them a nutritious diet and support their immune system with vitamins, echinacea, and minimizing their sugar intake (sugar suppresses your immune system…as do vaccines, actually).
  • We don’t see an MD and my child doesn’t see a pediatrician. We only see a chiropractor who practices kinesiology and natural medicine. My first three posts tell the story of how we found him. We are so happy and he has helped us with so much more than any MD ever did!
  • We do not own a microwave.
  • I don’t own any conventional cleaners, and mostly clean with vinegar and baking soda – they’re much safer, without the toxic chemicals.
  • We use cloth diapers – for the money savings and the environmental benefits. Plus, it’s healthier for my baby.
  • I believe I will strive for homebirth from now on! This is huge for someone who, with my first pregnancy said, “I want my epi!” Research will really change your mind. Read the book, Ina Mays Guide to Childbirth and you never want to give birth in a hospital again! So risky! And people say homebirth is risky? Not to mention it’s totally natural and how it was done for years and years before people started giving birth in hospitals. I’m starting to think that is weird (unless, of course some emergency happens to arise)!
  • I do not believe I will circumcise again if God blesses me with any more boys. Once again, wish I had researched better before deciding to put my son through that!
  • We eat organic when possible (especially the “dirty dozen“), free range eggs, [strive to eat] grass-fed beef, no hormone or antibiotic meet, etc.
  • Will not buy processed meet with nitrates or nitrites in it.
  • Try to stick with Stevia, honey, and pure maple syrup for sweetener, if any at all.
  • I do not buy products with high fructose corn syrup in them.
  • I strive to not buy any GMO product (genetically modified – but much of our corn, soy, wheat, and other ingredients are GMO anymore).
  • I do not believe in “cry it out” for babies! Research shows it is not healthy for babies, and that it affects their trust later in life. I didn’t say that – research and statistics did! I go to my baby when he cries. There is really no reason for a baby to cry unless they are tired or hungry or hurting. I tried CIO a few times and now feel guilty, but we live and learn. I will listen to my mothering instincts from now on.
  • I do not believe God wants us to use birth control, so we don’t…anymore. We are striving to trust God with EVERY area of our lives, and control nothing ourselves! Such a freeing way to live! 🙂
  • *** My child will not drink cow’s milk when he is weaned…I don’t see the point. Cow’s milk is for baby cows like human milk is for human babies. Our doc is very supportive and says people don’t need milk like we are told we do. Dairy actually causes congestion and many are allergic or have an intolerance to it. Worried about calcium intake? There are many foods that are great sources of calcium such as broccoli and other leafy greens. I used to drink it, but don’t anymore. Most of it isn’t even safe anymore, anyway with all the hormones and antibiotics the cows are given. Plus, the pasteurization and homogenization it goes through these days make it even less healthy. Research it! (see update at the end of post)
  • I hope to homeschool. I believe in many cases this is the best situation of learning for them.
  • I don’t use shampoo. I learned that most shampoos have toxic ingredients, unless you pay the big bucks for natural/organic brands. Baking soda and apple cider vinegar are all we use anymore, and we use liquid castile soap on our toddler! I also don’t use any very many commercial personal care products. Baking soda and vinegar for hair, liquid castile soap for my body, Trader Joe’s brand toothpaste (or make my own), Tom’s deodorant (or make my own), coconut oil for “lotion”, and on rare occasions some tinted moisturizer (this is my only product that isn’t “safe”, which is why I hardly ever use it!).
  • We live for God, and God alone and pray for guidance from Him every day! We live by His standard with the help of the Holy Spirit and strive to do anything and everything He asks us. We sacrifice our money to give to the poor and other worthy causes because we feel that’s what God wants us to do! It’s not whether you go to church and dress a certain way that matters – it’s whether you have a relationship with Christ. I believe anyone who doesn’t have that relationship is not only missing out on the best life possible, but will also miss out on Heaven and will be absent from God’s presence for eternity. (This, by the way is not new in the last few years – I have always believed this.)

I realize that we aren’t “normal” by our society’s standards. That’s okay. We don’t really strive to be normal. We strive to live in a way we feel God wants us to live in every area of our lives! So, if you’re still with me after reading this…if you’re still willing to follow my journey, I’ll see ya at my next post! 🙂

 

***Update: After more research and learning, we have somewhat altered our belief on cow’s milk. Pasteurized cow milk, like you see in the stores, is NOT healthy and our bodies do not know how to digest it and we will not drink it. HOWEVER, raw cow milk (or even goat milk) is very healthy and FULL of nourishment! We love the taste of it, and are glad to have real milk back in our lives! This graphic was very eye-opening!

 

The Two Miracle “Drugs”

I have found that two products no holistic family should be without are Echinacea and Flax Seed Oil! These two “drugs” nature has blessed us with are irreplaceable! From my understanding of our doc, flax seed oil, among many other things, is good for viral and echinacea is good for bacterial. With these two weapons you can overcome just about any common sickness that comes your way! Seriously! And fast!

One time, my hubby had some tummy virus and was vomiting every other hour or so…doc told him to hit about 6 flax capsules every hour or every other (I forget which) and by the end of that day the vomiting had ceased and he felt back to normal! Just a few days ago I noticed that I had a gland in the front of my neck that was hurting, so I asked my doc about it and he told me that I had an infection in one of my lymph nodes and to down the echinacea (the liquid form is most potent) every other hour. I woke up the next day feeling no pain! These are only two of the countless examples I have from our experience. I’m telling you! These two items are a God-send and our house keeps stocked up on both! Not to mention we take the flax daily to help our immune systems fight off anything we may be exposed to!

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2011 in Alternative Medicine, Health

 

Consulting Adam and Eve

My hubby and I have adopted a new way of looking at things. We ask ourselves, “what did Adam and Eve do?”. We figure that is the best way to decipher what would be the most natural way of approaching just about any situation, since they only had the basics and their gut instinct! Man hadn’t populated the world yet and come up with their own ideas and toxic ways of approaching sickness or parenting…or anything, for that matter! Did they have doctors in the early years of the world? Of course! But you can bet the doctors back then didn’t give them the toxic medications that are so often consumed today! They used what they had to work with – herbs, plants, fresh organic produce, etc. God obviously provided all these things not only for our nutrition, but to have medicinal properties that aid in healing various ailments and sickness.

So, when situations come up and we wonder how we should approach it, we look at how things were when God created the world since that was how he intended it to be. Did Eve have an epidural? Was her labor induced? Did Eve use formula? Did Adam pop an aspirin every time he had a headache? Did they place their baby in a separate room and let him cry himself to sleep? Did they vaccinate their children? Did they consume processed foods full of pesticides to nourish their bodies? Did Adam treat their lawn every spring with chemical weed killer? Did they cook their food in a microwave? Did they use soaps, shampoos, hairsprays, deodorants and other products daily that contained toxic chemicals? These are the types of questions we ask ourselves in our daily lives. What are the answers? No, no, and no to all! They had only pure, natural, unadulterated ingredients to work with, and they just listened to their natural instincts – not society (as there was no society yet…ha!). We may not be able to do everything now like they did, but it’s a principle thing.

I want to get back to the basics. I want us to try to approach our lives more like Adam and Eve did. The natural way. The healthy way. The way God created it.

 

Take Two Fish Oil and Call Me in the Morning

One of the most common questions we get when people find out that we don’t take medication of any kind and don’t even have it in our house: “What do you do if you have a headache???!!” Haha! Cracks me up! Our society is so used to medicating for everything under the sun that NOT medicating is a foreign concept! To me, that’s sad!

Just the other day, I woke up in the middle of the night with a horrible headache! Sinus pressure causing my whole entire head to throb! Did I run to the medicine cabinet and down a few Excedrin? Tylenol? Advil? NOPE! I did run to the “medicine” cabinet (which I’m thinking of renaming, since it has no medicine in it!) and downed a couple of fish oil soft gels! Guess what? Within 15 minutes I was feeling great and dozing back off! Shocker, I know, that you can get rid of a headache without one of those over-the-counter wonders that are harmful to your liver!

It’s true, fish oil is among other things good for relieving headaches because it works as an anti-inflammatory. Chiropractic adjustments can also help, but obviously that wasn’t an option at 3am! On some occasions, sleep or cold/hot compress can help. I’m sure there are many other natural remedies, but these are the ones I’m aware of so far! Try it sometime!

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2010 in Alternative Medicine, Health