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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

 

Healthy Lifestyle…Free to Choose?

Some people… okay many people feel that it is each persons personal choice whether to live natural and healthy or to knowingly fill their bodies with toxins and be unhealthy. Can I tell you that I feel it is actually an issue of following God? I feel that if you desire to live for God and want to please him with your life, it is vital that you do everything in your power to live toxin free and take care of your body with the healthiest foods possible! I truly am convicted that this is God’s desire for us! That is the reason for our convictions to live naturally, which I wrote about here. To our family, it is an issue of obedience, just like not lying or stealing. We are convinced it is God’s will for all people to treat their bodies as he intended, and he never intended for us to poison them! Just a thought…what do you think?

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2011 in Faith, 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!

 

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.

 

Prayer: Plain and Simple

I read a very disturbing comment yesterday that said something about there not being a bigger waste of time than prayer! Stopped me in my tracks, and forced me to stop and pray for that very person who made the remark. Prayer, a waste of time? It is sad to me that someone thinks this, but even more sad to think that this person is not the only one. Our world is full of people who have never experienced the power of prayer! Some of them may have just never tried to pray for something, others may have prayed for something specific in their lives and the outcome wasn’t what they prayed that it would be. Let me assure you that God is on the throne of your life, and he’s in control of every situation. If you allow him, he will direct you, but he also gives you free will if you are stubborn and want to do things your way. It is true that sometimes when you pray for one outcome, it may not happen that way, but God has the bigger picture and knows what is best! Like if you have a friend or family member who has cancer and you pray that they will be healed and then they die. Well, if that person was a believer, death is their ultimate healing because they have a new body in Heaven! They were healed, just not as we on earth would have like for them to be healed because we miss them. If you think on their terms, however, they received an answer to prayer…eternal life!

Prayer does change things, though, in ways that we may not even see! God moves in response to the prayers of his people! This study came out recently that proves it! Definitely worth taking the time to read!

I believe God wants us to live natural lives, using the things he created. Man-made substitutes cannot compare. In addition to this, I believe we cannot be blessed with the health and happiness we were made for without this most crucial natural ingredient: PRAYER!

“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so God can heal you. When a believing person prays, great things happen.” James 5:16 (NCV)

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2010 in Faith

 

Who’s in Control Here?

My husband and I are Christians, and have always thought we had given control of every detail of our lives to God…until recently. It hit us like a bullet suddenly a few months ago that there was one area we were not leaving to his control…and most people, even Christians, don’t let go of this area. I can’t speak for any of them – many of my friends fall in the category – but I can speak for us. God convicted us for using any form of birth control. I wasn’t on the pill. I was only on that for about the first year of marriage. We had, however been preventing pregnancy with a form of birth CONTROL…we were trying to control this area of our lives instead of give it to God like every other area we had given to him. Why? The same reason anyone else does…we don’t want 20 kids! I love the idea of a large family, always have, but not sure if I have the patience to parent more than just a couple and the more kids the more expensive! Yes…it was merely us trying to figure out everything, like we knew better than God. Who are we? God is the only giver and taker of life – he should be the one to decide when and how many children we have, right? That’s how we feel, anyway. It’s a scary move, but we decided to follow what we felt God was asking of us and trust him in this area! I must say, it’s very freeing! My conscince is clear, and I’m not worried…I’m excited! GOD alone is in CONTROL! How ever many children he decides to bless us with – he will give us the patience and wisdom to raise them, and he will somehow provide financially. It’s not for me to figure out, my job is to be obedient! I’ve never been happier! Can’t wait to see what kind of story God writes for our life!

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2010 in Faith

 

The Healer

(…continued from previous post)

I had heard some friends tell about how chiropractics had helped them with some health issues that you wouldn’t really think would have anything to do with chiropractics…so sure, why not give it a whirl? I went to a chiropractor who those friends saw. Gave him a list of my symptoms and talked with him about it. He was for sure that I had costocondritis. Never heard of it, so he had to tell me about it. He proceeded to see me 3 times a week, then 2 times a week, then once, until he weaned me down to not being seen. He was just loosening me up to help the “costo”. I was feeling a little better, but never really believed that I had this thing he said I had.

So, then came the next step…

I don’t recall the actual year I went on my next adventure, I’m thinking maybe 2008? Anyway, I heard from some friends at church of a Solomon Wickey – an Amish Christian man who has the God-given gift of healing. He’s able to tell you exactly what’s causing your problems without any blood tests, xray’s, or imaging tests of any kind! Then, if God allows, he can heal you. Or sometimes he may just suggest an herb or something that will help with the problem. He doesn’t charge for services – he’s not allowed, since he’s not technically a “doctor”…the only thing is you have to drive to his place, which is in Indiana. It was little bit of a drive for us, but I drug my mom there with me. Just had to see what he had to say! They do have walk-in days, but we made an appointment. They’re Amish, so they don’t use telephones or computers…you have to write them an actual paper letter requesting an appointment, then the write you a paper letter back giving you a date and time.

Anyway, so we went! Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see Solomon himself as he was under the weather during that time (I know – ironic) but he had some trusted workers taking over for him – people who had studied under him and also had those same giftings. The lady we saw was very nice. She listened as I described all my symptoms and what the doctors had said. First she denied the claim by the chiropractor that I had seen that I had costocondritis. She did her “testing” and told me something a doctor would never tell me. I had way too much aluminum in my system. Huh??? I don’t even think that’s something the MD’s even check for. Anyway, she proceeded to tell me how to get rid of it and gave me a list of things it’s in that cause it to get in your system. She said that was causing some of my problems. She also said that I had had a virus in my back for quite some time, but it was gone now because she told it to leave! Wow! If I didn’t believe in the God-given gift of healing, I would’ve thought she was nuts and not believed a word she was saying. But I do, however, believe that God can heal and he can empower certain humans that he chooses as a vessel to do that healing! I was amazed at what had just happened and trying to process it the whole way home. This was opening a whole new door for me in the realm of health, and how I would learn to approach it!

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2010 in Alternative Medicine, Faith, Health