When Confronted with Ignorance

 

On day four I am doing really good.¬† I feel more clear-headed.¬† I¬†feel¬†like it’s working and that is probably the most important thing.¬† I’m having some cravings here and there (chocolate…) but I am bound and determined to do this.

I had an irritating experience yesterday.¬† I’m in a fitness group on facebook.¬† There’s a certain lady that posts frequently as she is trying to get into shape.¬† She had posted about how hard it was to give up sweets.¬† I reached out, mentioned candida, and sent her a link to my blog.

Which is not something I do lightly.¬† I know this is a public blog but it’s really my space.¬† I am pretty candid, 100% real.¬† I’m not selling anything and I don’t make any money doing this.¬† I do it really just to share my experiences and maybe help someone looking for answers.¬† That’s it.

So when this woman took a few minutes to peruse my blog and then came back dismissing basically (what amounts to) my¬†years¬†or researching and personal experience…also claiming that it is impossible to heal yourself of virtually anything.¬† She had a lot of diagnoses (ADD, asthma, whatever…) so she was an expert on all things health.¬† See the source image

I had to talk myself off the ledge.  At this point I had just consumed hot liquids and coconut oil on my fast so I was pretty quick to get in touch with my primal anger.

I corrected her on a couple points that she had incorrectly inferred, ending succinctly with “If I thought the way you do I’d probably still be sick and miserable.”¬† A little sassy, yes, but not close to what I¬†wanted¬†to say.

Some people just aren’t going to get it.¬† Some people think it’s weird if you question the (cough*pharmaceutical run*cough) mainstream medical advice.¬† If I never questioned doctors I would probably still be eating gluten and half way dead by now.¬† According to one doctor I saw, out of sheer desperation of “I’m in my early 20’s, why do I feel like I am 90 and normal digestion is a faint memory?”¬† Nah, you’re normal.¬† But you do need a flu shot.

Conventional mainstream medicine almost killed my son.¬† What started as minor eczema snowballed as he needed stronger steroids (black box) and oral prednisone and they were pushing immunosuppressant drugs.¬† We woke up to the fact that these drugs were actually¬†causing¬†their own condition that turned out to be a million times worse than his original eczema.¬† It’s taken literal blood, sweat and tears to pull him back from the brink and restore his health.¬† If we listened to the doctors I just shudder to think where he’d be now.¬† 95% of what we did was natural and it’s working.

This was him on steroids.¬† Notice how pale and tired he looks.¬† He was going downhill badly and we didn’t know what to do.¬†Image may contain: 2 people, people sitting, shoes and child

This is what happened we discontinued steroid use.  All over his entire body.
Image may contain: 1 person, indoorHis skin turned fire-engine red, oozed and peeled off.  He was also completely wrecked from near adrenal failure as he had been on artificial cortisol for so long.  He was bed ridden for months.  A year and a half later he is returning to being a normal, healthy little boy.

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He smelt something gross at Whole Foods!

Anyways, I went off on a tangent all to say that THIS is why I am passionate about natural health and true healing.¬† You CAN heal.¬† You DON’T have to accept being sick and miserable.

I am¬†not¬†anti-doctor or western medicine.¬† Not at all.¬† But it’s a very symptom-driven industry.¬† As in, they treat the symptom, not the cause.¬† Not once did a doctor ever ask me about what Gabe was eating.¬† They just prescribed the creams and pushed me to use more.¬† When he developed chronic pneumonia we were told it’s a “triad”.¬† Kids with eczema almost always develop asthma and allergies.¬† But, WHY?¬† No one ever talked about it.¬† Now I know the strong steroids were suppressing his immune system to the point where he had no strength to fight off anything.¬† He would get sick and stay sick.¬† His doctor said it was “normal”.¬† To hell with that!

Now my son is in excellent shape with his cardiovascular system.  He can run and skip and jump and his asthma is completely gone.  We are still dealing with some skin issues but they are a million times better than they used to be.  His energy is back 90%.  He is on zero meds or prescriptions.  His medicine is cod liver oil, vitamins, astaxanthin, green drinks, and alkaline water and of course a gluten and sugar free diet.

The point is, there is always hope.¬† I believe it with all my heart.¬† I blog to share¬†hope¬†because I know life can be tough.¬† Chronic illness can suck the life out of you.¬† Sometimes you get kicked when you are down.¬† But when you are laid flat you can look up and gain a new perspective.¬† You can find hope where you didn’t previously knew it could be found.

If we had followed doctors orders, I have no doubt that Gabe could have, probably would have; died an early death from the extreme toxicity of the drugs.

We brought him back to his pediatric dermatologist office a few days into his steroid withdrawal, when all hell was breaking loose, looking for hope or answers.  They were hostile, blamed us, said Gabe needed to be admitted and slathered head to toe in steroids and antibiotics.  We stormed out.  Best thing we ever did. 20180805_1536293182491772027965179.jpg

 

 

 

Simple Perfumery

I finally did it.

I created an instagram account.¬† I know, like 6 years late to the party.¬† For a blogger I am a bit (LOT!) of a technophobe.¬† But I really like photography so I figured I might as well get on with it.¬† Feel free to follow me and watch me try to figure it out ūüėȬ†sierraroseschwartz

This morning I am whipping up some easy, DIY perfume.

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I love smelling good but I am very allergic to perfumes and colognes.¬† I’ve tried and I end up with a headache.¬† I won’t go into it too much but virtually all the scents you buy commercially are¬†toxic and bad for your health.¬† Thankfully it is super easy, much cheaper and healthier to make your own!

When I first started a couple years ago I read up on it and tried to do it “right” with heart notes, base notes, balance, etc.¬† But I realized for me, it isn’t really necessary.¬† I just do scents or combo of scents, that I really love.¬† For winter I was doing a heavier scent with frankincense, myrrh, cedarwood and vanilla.¬† For summer I am making a lighter scent using “Blues Buster” oil blend from Plant Therapy.¬† It’s a fruity, floral blend with tangerine, grapefruit and geranium bourbon.¬† It smells ah-mazing!¬† Light, fresh, heady and intense all at the same time.

My perfume is as simple as combing this oil blend with vodka.  Vodka because it is almost odorless and gives the scent staying power.  Because it is also a natural disinfectant you can use this natural perfume as deodorant.  I even spray it onto my hair as a natural, wonderful-smelling hair spray.

I bought my perfume atomizer bottle on amazon for around $12.  It came with a tiny funnel to make filling easier.  First I add my vodka (everclear would work too) and then about 20 drops of essential oil.  You can do more or less for a stronger aroma.

You are “supposed” to allow the the scent to rest for a few weeks before using, but what fun is that???¬† I use mine right away!¬† ūüėõ

Makeup and Trends

Yesterday I met up with a friend, daughter in tow, to seek out an eyebrow pencil at a fancy makeup store.  As I approached the cluster of heavily madeup employees my daughter grabbed some lipstick and smeared it all around the general vicinity of her lips.

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Nice Sales girl toning down her bold choice

Flamboyant tart was the shade, I believe.¬† Lesson one: don’t bring your slightly A.D.D. daughter to a fancy makeup store.

I told them I wanted a long lasting eyebrow pencil.¬† Did they have one that lasted like, multiple days?¬† They make those, right?¬† Nope, no they don’t.

I did end up sitting in the makeup chair while the sales girl tried out a $25 eyebrow pencil on me.  I considered the age gap as I sat there, comtemplatively, her acyrlics mere centimeters from my eyeballs.  This girl was a decade younger than I.  She had never been indoctrinated into tweezing and plucking her eyebrows into glamorous submission.  She was raised on instagram eyebrows.  eyebrows

Brows that don’t enhance your look, they¬†are¬†the look, girlfriend.

I however, was not.  At 11 I realized I bore an uncanny resemblance to my dad, with my thick eyebrows.  I followed my older sister into the bathroom and learned the art of the tweezer.  The cool girls, like Gwen Stefani, had pencil thin eyebrows.

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How does she look younger now?

Of course I’ve realized pencil thin eyebrows may be glamorous but they are very aging and not exactly natural looking.¬† All this was too late for me, because my poor, be-plucked brows had tapped out and stopped growing back.

So the sales girl leans in, contour on point, probably quietly judging my sad, patchy scraggles where eyebrows should be.¬† She works away on my brows for a solid 7 minutes, I kid you not.¬† I glance in the mirror and…¬†15181920372231871738540.jpg

emit an audible gasp of horror looking not unlike this baby.  She picked up on my not so subtle displeasure and wiped away most of the pencil.  I thanked her and raced out as quickly as I could.  I bought an inexpensive pencil on amazon instead.

This got me thinking about trends in makeup and just in general.¬† Now that I’m old enough to have weathered trends swinging from one extreme to the other: I have a bit of perspective.¬† Lesson two: trends come and go so you should only adapt what actually works for¬†you.¬†¬†Not every girl should wear those super short crop tops.¬† Very high-waisted jeans make your butt look weird and elongated.¬† I thought we learned this back in the 90’s when those were known as¬†mom¬†jeans.¬†¬†SMH

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Oh my eyes

Just cause everyone else is doing it, doesn’t mean it isn’t dumb and regrettable.

Makeup that looks good in indoor lighting and through three phone filters looks horrifying to the rest of us.

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We aren’t fooled, we are, however; frightened

You want to use as little as possible, just enough.¬† If you are caking anything on or need a sandblaster to get it off, it’s too much, cupcake.¬† If you can’t go out in direct sunlight because your face will run off like beige lava, it’s too much.¬† Makeup should¬†enhance¬†your features, not completely obscure them.

Use as few products as you can.¬† If you’re trying to impress the opposite sex- they tend to prefer a more natural look, really.

Wash off your makeup really well every single night.¬† No makeup should ever touch your pillow.¬† Do a deep clean/exfoliater every week because soap isn’t always enough.¬† If you keep your skin in good shape you won’t need a million products, anyways.

Lesson three: don’t buy clothes based solely on what’s trending.¬† Figure out your body type and what styles actually flatter your particular shape.¬† Who cares if it’s trendy if it looks bad?¬† Forge your own path and develop your own style!

Anti-Aging Skincare Hacks

Hey guys, I’m departing from my usual keto-talk today.¬† I recorded this vlog to share all my favorite, anti-aging skin care tips and tricks!

Check it out and enjoy!!!

What are your favorite skin care tricks?¬† Please share in the comments ūüėė

P.S. please forgive my sorry, busted looking nail polish. I’m a busy mom so they only get done once a month tops!