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

 

 

 

Day One, Get’er Done

My detox kit came yesterday and I am well on my way, ya’ll.¬† It’s a 14 day plan and during that time I am consuming¬†no¬†alcohol, sugar or carbs.¬†See the source image I’m playing the world’s tiniest violin for myself right now.

No, not really.  The hardest part is determining to start.  

I kid you not, 95% of the allergies that were ruining my life yesterday have cleared up already.  

I can tell my ketone levels are very high because my thinking is much sharper and I have that “quiet hum” feeling to my thoughts.

At this point I am doing coffee and tea with ample amounts of organic, virgin coconut oil and some grass-fed butter.¬† The point is not to lose weight.¬† I just want to trigger some major¬†autophagy¬†and clear out my digestive system.¬† I’m hoping to see some Alien-style stuff.¬† Just google mucoid plaque and you’ll see what I mean.¬† Or don’t, if you are eating.¬† It’s basically just a disgusting buildup of a rubbery substance that can line the insides of our intestines.¬† It obviously gunks up our system and prevents proper nutrient absorption.¬† Lots of people have decided to post theirs online.¬† I won’t.¬† But it’s out there if you’re curious.¬† It typically only comes out with extended fasting and a cleansing protocol.¬† It brings shock and horror but I’d imagine if you have gunk that needs to come out, you’ll feel like a million bucks when it does. ¬†See the source image

There’s is no way I am living off of bulletproof coffee for 14 days so I’ll incorporate some raw veggies too.¬† I’ll try to post everyday with *fun and interesting* tidbits from my experience.

Lurching into Keto

I know I blogged that we were going to go keto as a family probably well over a month ago…but life.

I’ve really been wanting to start but hemmin’ and hawing over the whole thing.¬† I decided to just bite the bullet and start.¬† The start of any new diet needs some sort of a grocery haul.¬† Of course, I went to costco.¬†20180711_1559527856548830844102775.jpg

Today was day one.  After my oldest had cereal for breakfast (dope!) I decided all contraband needed to be boxed up and hidden away in the basement.  The thing about keto is that it really eliminates 95% of processed, junky foods.  We boxed up a lot.

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our super bare pantry!

There was a LOT of kid whininess going on.¬† A lot of resistance.¬† “What do you mean I can’t have fruit or candy?!?!”

I just feel like we owe it to them to at least try.

I really hope that the therapeutic effects of ketones can reverse the autism/ADHD symptoms present in my oldest and youngest child.

I think my middle child could greatly benefit in his anxiety and hopefully with his skin condition.

Thankfully I feel like I am pretty comfortable with the diet, since I’ve been doing this for 7 months.

This is officially the start of our trial to see how the ketogenic diet might help us as a family.

I am a bit overwhelmed but much more excited.¬† I would really love to get my 6 year old daughter’s autism diagnosis removed.¬† I would love just more calm in our home.

I know it won’t be perfect but that’s ok.¬† My daughter managed to get ahold of a triscuit and cram it into her mouth before I could stop her.¬† All three of them were showing signs of sugar withdrawal and the start of the fat-adapting process (crankiness, excessive thirst).¬† We’ll just take it one day at a time and see if the benefits prove to be worth it.

 

Keto Family

I posted awhile back about wanting to try the keto diet for the whole family.  20180524_181823894515596.jpg

Reasons being, I now technically have three special needs kids.  One with severe eczema/TSW, one with aspergers, and my youngest now with autism and/or ADHD.  All three struggle with anxiety to some extant.

One unexpected perk I experienced going keto was a drastic reduction in my own anxiety, along with an increase in mental clarity and focus.

They are all three very thin so this would technically be a therapeutic approach and I’d have to monitor their weight to make sure they weren’t dropping any.¬† It’d be wonderful if we were able to avoid perscription drugs for my youngest, and get my oldest¬†off¬†of his.¬† I really believe in the therapeutic value of ketones for brain health.¬†¬†keto for ADHD

Either way, it can’t hurt to cut out refined sugars and empty calories.

We’ve been slooowly easing in by having keto-style dinners.¬† Thankfully, my kids generally like veggies and meat.¬† I decided, for the sake of my sanity, to wait until school was out before going full-bore.

A high fat diet is great for¬†¬†developing brains.¬† Not to mention fresh veggies and good protein.¬† Admittedly, it’s probably going to be a tough transition so we’re just doing a trial period to see if the potential benefits are worth it.

There’s one week of school so I have time to start meal planning.¬† I’ll post as we go!

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Owning Your Health

After realizing I had some symptoms of hypothyroidism I did a lot of research.¬† Aha, that explains the disappearing eyebrows and my growing coffee habit.¬† Because I did a fair amount of research I also learned that most people go undiagnosed because many doctors still only test their T4 hormone- which is more indicative of pituitary gland function than thyroid health.¬† This¬†video¬†by Dr. Ken Berry is particularly helpful.¬† It’s a bit long but really worth it.

So when I went in to get my numbers checked I politely¬†insisted¬†on getting my T3 levels checked as well.¬† It’s so important to remember that your doctor is working for you.¬† If you spend a couple hours researching a concern before you go in, you may (unfortunately) be better educated on that topic than your doctor.¬† There’s no need to be arrogant but be clear on what you want.¬† If I had just my T4 checked, like she suggested- my results would have come back normal.¬† But I told her I wanted to check T3 and that is where the problem was revealed.

I learned that T4 results can be normal for years while a patient is still suffering from hypothyroidism and that testing T3 is far more accurate.¬† I was able to look over some old results.¬† I had went in a couple times a few years ago to get checked out, because I was feeling tired.¬† They only checked my T4 at that time, which was “normal”.¬† We are really privileged to live in this day and age when there is so much information available at our fingertips.¬† It just takes a bit of time and being proactive to educate yourself.

I also learned that the typically prescribed medication; synthroid, only addresses boosting T4 levels.¬† Many people go on it and don’t feel any better.¬† The natural (and superior!) option is taking dessiccated animal thyroid.¬† With animal thryoid, you get all four thyroid hormones in a natural form.¬†¬†The article¬†goes more indepth on the benefits of natural thyroid over synthetic.¬† Doctors have been treating patients with dessiccated thyroid for over a century.¬† So guess which option I’m embracing? ūüėõ

Did my keto diet cause my hypothyroidism?¬† I don’t think so.¬† I’ve had symptoms for a long time.¬† I used to boost my energy with a lot of sugar and caffeine.¬† Maybe since cutting out the sugar I’m just feeling the effects more.¬† I had¬†hyperthyroidism as a young adult and a doctor told me then my thyroid would eventually burn itself out and I’d become hypothryoid as I got older.

Treating and medicating yourself may be a bit too much for some.¬† And it has it’s risks, for sure.¬† You don’t have to “prescribe” yourself anything but you can still take steps to be proactive in achieving your best health.¬† Don’t look to the doctor for a pill for everything.¬† If you can lower your cholesterol with oats and bergamot, why not do that over taking a pill with a laundry list of side effects?¬†¬†dreadzen2

Anyways, much love guys and thank you for reading and hanging out with me on my journey! ūüėė

 

 

Fasting and Reeses

Sorry it’s been so long since my last post!¬† Juggling kids, work, life can suck up all my time or at least whatever creative energy I might have had ūüėČ

In my last post I mentioned feeling tired.¬† I was worried that my diet could possibly affecting my thyroid function.¬† I started researching it right away and doing little things to help my thyroid out.¬† I bought some brazil nuts and I’ve been eating a few a day.¬† Brazil nuts are SUPER high in selenium (one nut has 100% of your daily needs!) which helps you body convert your T4 hormone to the active T3 version.¬† I’ve also been taking a supplement which naturally supports thyroid function.

But since I’ve had a lot of issues with my thyroid in the past, I went in to get it checked out- just to cover all my bases.¬† Like just went in, I still have the bandaid on my arm!¬† While I am¬†all¬†for googling symptoms I also really believe in working with a doctor when you’re treading into the deep end.¬† Because otherwise you could just be shooting into the dark and completely missing your target.¬† I’m also checking my vitamin D and iron levels, because in the past I’ve been anemic and deficient in vit. D.¬† I supplement but it’ll be nice to know if my levels are optimal.

I did throw in some high carb days to see how that would affect my energy.¬† Yes, I had copious amounts of butter chicken and may have binged on some Reeses easter eggs!¬† It was super fun eating those foods but it really didn’t do much to boost my energy levels.¬† I know, I know, I shouldn’t be carb-cycling with reese’s.

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This is me, people

You’re so right.¬† I guess when I go off the wagon I do it with a gusto.¬† There¬†is¬†a wrong way to eat a reese’s and it involves eating an excess on an otherwise very low-carb diet!

So I’m back on strict keto and doing pretty good.¬† The next thing I want to try out is intermittent fasting.¬† I’ve shied away from fasting because, really; who likes being hungry?¬† I like my food!¬† I don’t like going without it, not even a little bit.¬†¬†However,¬†there are very compelling reasons to integrate fasting.¬† The main being that fasting for at least 16 hours induces a huge increase in your cellular¬†autophagy ¬†When your body isn’t working to digest food it can focus on deep cleaning on a cellular level.¬† Autophagy is the process by which your body intelligently kills off weak cells and cleans out the cellular clutter that is mucking up your system.¬† This is crucial for your health.¬† So crucial that it can not be overstated.¬† Our bodies are meant to fast and have breaks from food so that they could function optimally.¬† For everything from healthy aging, to disease prevention, to beating cancer… we need and want regular autophagy to be happening.¬† And fasting is one of the most powerful boosts you can give your body.¬† You want to shoot for 16 hour periods every other day.¬† You can have black coffee and tea but any calories will break the fast.¬† I’m going to try starting my fasts in the afternoon so that I can break them mid-morning.¬† Like from 5 pm to 9 am.

Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!