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Self Diagnosis is the Next Epidemic

Self Diagnosis is the Next Epidemic brought to you by the World Wide WebMD

Let me be the first to raise my hand and cry guilty on this. How could I not research my problems when I literally have so many of them? Until very recently I hadn’t met one (of dozens) doctor that was interested in getting to the bottom of what was wrong with me. For most of my life doctors had done me wrong, actually. They’d cut corners, not cared enough to really learn my body and health, or lack there of.

So there I was with the rest of them, reading and absorbing whatever information I could learn based on the information I had, which were my symptoms. Doctors hadn’t listened when I told them something was wrong with my gallbladder, or appendix. Both were septic they discovered almost ten months later, and promptly removed.

More often than not, I was right. More often than not because I truly studied medical journals from certified doctors in several fields, along with any other materials I could get, I admit. Sometimes you have to pick and choose which information just jives with other information you’ve read, and what sounds logical. Then there is the fact, you’re your own guinea pig.

This is such a conflicting issue for me. Even as I write this I’m about to delete it. We’ll see if it makes the cut or not in the long run. What I meant about the inner conflict goes back to not having doctors who would listen to me previously. While I certainly believe it’s a shame that most doctors go for the easy out more often than not, and prefer to put you on prescriptions than identify what your body needs nutritionally, this is not every doctor. There are great doctors out there who are all in, and when I say in they are all in for YOU. They want to get to the bottom of what is wrong with their patients, you, and what epidemics are plaguing this world. A lot of this epidemic comes from our fuel source: Food.

Three key factors come from this issue source.

  1. We eat the wrong things.
  2. We don’t eat enough of the right things.
  3. We don’t know precisely what fuels our bodies are lacking most.

The first step in resolving this starts at number 3 in this line up. We don’t know precisely what fuels our bodies are lacking most. When I see people complain of what most the world is complaining about, I immediately encourage them to go get a series of labs done at their doctor. Sometimes you will have to insist on this, sometimes the doctors won’t argue the logic and order up a full panel. It seems like a lot of work perhaps, and maybe you really hate needles. I understand entirely. Let me ask you if you fall into the majority 80% of people who have one of these issues…

  • Muscle or Physical Fatigue
  • Exhaustion
  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Moody or Irritable
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

A lot of these symptoms can be found in several different disorders or diseases, sometimes they happen on their own and become sort of a disorder on their own. Most of them can be better handled, better cared for, easier to live with, when your nutrition game is on on point Sorry to tell you, that goes beyond just eating whole foods and eating healthy ‘balanced’ meals. If you are eating great foods all the time, fantastic I am so happy for you to have the ability, willpower, and love for yourself and family to make this happen. It still may not be enough, though… Your body may not be absorbing something correctly, or perhaps it just has been overlooked. A nutrition panel workup can tell you what your body has too much of and not enough of. This could be iron, magnesium, vitamin D, or any number of the critical nutrients we need to succeed.

The concern, and reason for me writing this post, is I see a lot of people assuming that because you have these symptoms you atomically are in fact deficient in Vitamin D, (just as an example) so you go out and get supplements. But you weren’t vitamin D deficient, you were magnesium deficient which is the same symptoms.

This is an example of what happens when you over supplement the wrong thing or in the wrong way… (Brought to you by the MayoClinic)

“Vitamin D toxicity, also called hypervitaminosis D, is a rare but potentially serious condition that occurs when you have excessive amounts of vitamin D in your body.

Vitamin D toxicity is usually caused by megadoses of vitamin D supplements — not by diet or sun exposure. That’s because your body regulates the amount of vitamin D produced by sun exposure, and even fortified foods don’t contain large amounts of vitamin D.

The main consequence of vitamin D toxicity is a buildup of calcium in your blood (hypercalcemia), which can cause nausea and vomiting, weakness, and frequent urination. Symptoms might progress to bone pain and kidney problems, such as the formation of calcium stones.”

This is only one example. When I was younger I was anemic, but also contracted iron poisoning. I was anemic due to my stored iron levels being depleted, which is not the same as your iron levels. Due to not understand the type of anemia I had, I was put on supplements that caused iron poisoning and did nothing to heal the anemia.

So yes, I am a nutrition first when it comes to healing and wellness, I will take 40 vitamins a day to avoid one prescription medication. Though I am now a firm believer that we have to look deeper than the symptoms and treat the source of the problem. Taking prescriptions that are designed to stop symptoms only is like treating a broken bone with tylenol. It’s not efficient, and will not heal the bone. Taking vitamins in the wrong way without knowing what your body needs is as dangerous as treating a concussion with a pain reliever and a long nap.

So what’s the moral here? Talk to your body. Blood tests may not be fun, but think of them this way. It is your body’s voice to tell you exactly what is wrong and what it needs. Listen to your instinct when you feel something is wrong, but it’s not always best to assume our GoTo solution is the same as healing.

 

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Cold and Flu Season

Cold and Flu Season or Cold and Flu Year?

These days it seems like there is always something going on with our sinuses. Allergies, colds and flues, germs and mold, every time we turn the corner it’s to grab a tissue. In our house it is a constant battle of dusting and cleaning to help our full house breathe easy. (Speaking of breathing, I talk a lot about that right over here.)

While we all have our reasons, a lot of us don’t want to make a trip to the doctor for an irritating virus. There are a few simple tricks you can do to recover in record time, and even help improve your immune system so that you stop fighting these symptoms.

There are millions of home remedies, but this assortment of methods is just my family’s way of dealing with infections and viruses.

Let’s start with my favorite!

Peroxide!

We clean everything with peroxide. I cannot tell you how much I love the little spray bottle they make now. I probably buy enough peroxide to own stock somewhere. So let’s run over the things that you need to be using this on and talk about the benefits you will see immediately.

Places to use peroxide

Pillows and bedding in every room. If you use pillow cases make sure you strip the case. Spray your bare mattress, and use on sheets and pillow cases every morning before making the bed. If the dog sleeps in the bed mist the bed after it’s made, too.

Furniture, all your furniture can be cleaned with peroxide. With wood be careful of course, and use some wood oil after to prevent drying. In my experience this has not caused any discolorations between various types of fabrics.

Carpets, now this has an even better benefit, especially if you have pets. Peroxide is a fantastic deodorizer. I use peroxide daily on my carpets and we have four dogs and two boys. I promise if you walk in my house and all the animals are outside, you won’t even know we have pets! The house smells so good now that I use this to clean. It doesn’t smell like the perfume isle at Macy’s. It smells like home; home for us smells like cooking and burning wood usually. If you are wondering why you need to go so far as to disinfect your carpets, it’s simple. They’re dirty.

Last but not least, peroxide is used for Oxygen Therapy!

(Which I also talk about over here.)

This is easiest done with an eye dropper. Two single drops in every one of your drinks, hot or cold. You will never taste it. Viruses, infections, bad bugs in general cannot survive easily in heavily oxygenated environments. This acts very similarly to Oxygen therapy. It’s just the cheapest version out there, and quite a sufficient one at that. This can help you with a world of ailments, but I won’t go into all of that for this article.   

PEROXIDE:

  1. per·ox·ide

pəˈräkˌsīd/

noun

Chemistry

noun: peroxide; plural noun: peroxides

    1. 1.

a compound containing two oxygen atoms bonded together in its molecule or as the anion O22−.

 

Peroxide is completely safe, though I certainly insist only taking it in small doses at a time, simply for the fact that it is so heavily oxygenated it can cause an upset stomach if you take too much. What happens if you take too much? Well, I threw up. Didn’t make me out right sick, just nauseated. I was young, overzealous, and downed a shot glass full trying to get rid of my bug. I felt fine within just a few minutes after.

Next…

We all take Sodium Bicarbonate pills when we’re not feeling our best, though I have to take them daily for ongoing care.

What is Sodium Bicarbonate? Baking soda! It helps regulate pH—keeping a substance neither too acidic nor too alkaline.

I cannot tell you how vital it is to have a proper pH balance, but this plays a crucial role in our bodies overall health. Without proper balance our body’s cells could cease to function. Our natural ability to heal and regenerate is greatly diminished. Our ability to absorb essential nutrients or detoxify and eliminate negative substances stops functioning like it’s supposed to. Even if your body is slightly alkaline, your body may not be able to heal itself. So basically, proper pH balance means a stronger total self and will keep us at our healthiest.

“Paying attention to acid-alkaline balance (or pH Balance) is one of the most crucial ways you can affect your health status.  It impacts immunity, digestion, bone strength, symptoms of joint disease, hormones, and the function of essential internal organs.”

Susan Lark, M.D., co-author of The Chemistry of Success: Six Secrets of Peak Performance.  Source: “pH power: maintain a proper acid-alkaline balance to curtail colds and keep inflammation in check” by Molly Spile, November 2005.

If you would like to understand more about the benefits of a proper pH balance, check this page out

Here is some information about Sodium Bicarbonate, and how it’s been one if the greatest keys to health I know.

Soothing throats

Soothe throats with this easy sweet blend. Since my children were old enough to have honey they have loved it. Since they were old enough to have cough medicine they’ve hated it. My fix? Each year I make a jar of my own syrup by mixing three simple ingredients.  

Honey – We only use locally grown, raw honey. This is why.

Cinnamon – 1 heaping tablespoon. Here is why.

Lemon juice – I use organic pre-strained juice to avoid pulp seeds and get as much juice as I need. I used a 1/4th cup of lemon juice for a full 16 ounce jar of honey.

In addition to soothing throats, this combination when made with local raw honey has incredible health benefits. It is packed full of nutrients and minerals, which will strengthen your immune system.

This mixture is also pretty awesome when used for your herbal tea!

 

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Medicinal Breathing

Medicinal Breathing is one of many long sense forgotten healing practices from millennia past.

Other terms for medicinal breathwork that you may or may not have heard of are Qigong, Holotropic, Breathing Meditation, there are several variations of this and it has been used in meditation since meditation became a practice.

What’s drawn my interest into breathwork did start at the amount of information I had gradually seen more of through the years. Interest for me started with my mother’s research with animals and peroxide, which is literally oxygenated water. More on that another day. All though I am not certain what triggered me to actually start this practice, I have known about it longer than I have practiced. As of today, I have been practicing breathwork for about a month now.

So far, my experiences have been positive.

To help you see the type of improvements, we will have to talk more about a few of the struggles I have had with my health. Overall, my experience has been extreme fatigue, muscle weakness and muscle pain. Doctors call this an auto-immune disorder that is causing bouts of inflammation throughout my whole body.

This has caused crohns, gallbladder problems, appendix problems, rheumatoid arthritis, erythema nodosum and a list of other things that have been an ongoing battle for most of my life. Now doctors have no idea on the why for any of this. However, I have been able to identify a pattern to all of it.

The instinct for most nutritionists, doctors, and holistic practitioners would typically jump to diet. While diet is a huge part of our Health and Wellness overall, I identified my biggest trigger to be stress. It was hard to ignore when stressful periods would also see me in the hospital. While I was born with health problems, they were under control for many years. Many years until I found myself as a young and unhappily married individual. Our relationship was incredibly unhealthy for the both of us. The results for myself from this marriage were six surgeries, the loss of years worth of time with my very young babies due to repeated hospital stays, and years of crippling pain.

How did I identify the trigger?

It wasn’t too difficult, really. Patterns arose. They were easier to identify than food triggers which I had been trying to identify for most of my life. The best we had ever done with identifying my food triggers was an organic food cleanse when I was very young. The best that identified was diet soda is the devil, and food coloring and preservatives suck.

Let us step back though. Medicinal breathing, healing breathing, is the act of properly oxygenating the body or more importantly your cells. You need to think beyond your lungs, beyond your muscles, and even past your blood. Oxygen is absorbed by every cell and optimized by every cell in the body. Science has proven that most all disease, viral or bacterial diseases as well when stopped early enough, cannot survive in an environment with a proper pH balance, which means a properly oxygenated environment. There are a handful of methods for oxygen therapy, the greatest of tools we were born with and we were even given two, our lungs! So this is what I set out to start studying.

 

Several books have dove into this practice.

A few I might recommend to you would be Just Breathe by Dan Brule. I relate to this one because I have found breathwork to impact every aspect of my life, not just my health. Flood Your Body With Oxygen by Ed McCabe dives into a lot of great points. The list is pretty long. Here are a few resources to get your research started.

Books that discuss Oxygen Therapy and the Health Connection

Books that discuss and teach Breathing Techniques to heal and balance your life 

While there are a lot of breathing methods, there are three breathing meditations I use regularly. By regularly I mean at least 4 times per week, more when I can. I encourage everyone to seek out new methods, find what feels right for you. For me YouTube has been great for this. What isn’t on YouTube?

Here is some breath medicine via few YouTube options for your healing breath today.

Breathe strong and journey on.

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Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness are the keys to a happy life.

Overall health and wellness are within our top three priorities in life.

While our heart or head may argue for the first place winner, without health and wellness then we are bound to lose all else.

This is an area I have firsthand experience in, because I almost lost everything. Good health was a shaky platform for me since before the beginning, it has been a shaky platform for thirty-two years and eight months. It has become a mission for me to chase good health and wellness for not just me, but my children, family, and friends also. Now, I have a rather broad idea of the word friend. So here I am, friend. We’re gonna talk about health and wellness.

So let’s start with the legal stuff.

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I am not a doctor, I do not play one on tv, I did not even play doctor growing up. I am not telling you to do anything I say, suggest, write about, post, or do. You are your own person and make your own choice. My mission here is to share what I can that may help however I believe it that may be best delivered. When resources are available, I will share them. Every single body has a different chemical makeup than the next. While we all bleed red, the things we ingest or even put on our beautiful skin may react different from one person to the next. I will be honest with what works for me and my clan and what does not. Hopefully what you find here is useful and helps you and your loved ones heal.