Monday, November 19, 2012

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If you are an Amazon shopper, like myself, just click on the link to the right or below and I get a tiny bit of credit back from you. Isn't that nice? You bet it is. 

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I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I know I will. It is my favorite holiday of the year! 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Finding Answers

My friend shared this video on Facebook today about Autism and Biomedical healing. 

It was hard to watch. What makes it so hard is that there are thousands and thousands of kids like these that aren't getting the help they need. They label them with Autism and then put them in this pile of "I don't know what to do with you" kids. Just give them therapy and forget that they are living in this completely miserable isolated world. It makes me crazy sad that there are solutions and treatments out there that parents are not being told about. It makes me crazy that pediatricians are not educated in this field. I mean, up to 1 in 25 kids are diagnosed with Autism. Is there any other epidemic worse than that! Seriously. 

I want every mother out there who has a child with Autism, ADD, ADHD or anything else on this spectrum that there is help. Maybe not always a cure but there is a reason your child is feeling this way. It doesn't just happen without a reason. They aren't born with it. It happens to them because of what the world is doing to them. 

Watch the clip. Follow the series. There is a way to change lives. You may not cure them completely. They may not get married or have college degrees but they can be happy. They can feel good and enjoy life. Search for answers and never give up!

I had a great call from a mom I met a year or so ago. I was teaching a class on nutrition and I talked with her afterwards. I don't remember all the details but she had told me about her son who had severe bi-polar disorder and was heavily medicated and hospitalized. She was at her whits end. I remember telling her that there were solutions. I believe whole heartedly that we can change lives through nutrition. I believe that through food we heal and paired with biomedical help, lives can be completely changed. 

I left her with my biomedicals Dr.'s name and wasn't sure if anything would come of it. She was totally overwhelmed, justifiably so. 

Last week she called me. She was bubbly and excited. She went to the Dr. She researched, she went to seminars. She did the work. She told me that last year, her son was practically institutionalized, this year, he is on student council. That is beyond amazing. Can you imagine what this child's life is like now? She told me how her regular Dr. who was treating him with all sorts of drugs (of which he was maxed out on) was so amazed with his healing and progress that he is now pursuing education into this biomedical field. 

I hung up the phone so very excited for her and her family and beyond proud at what she did by trusting there were options. She was told by her Dr.'s that this was the only option. Drugs. More drugs. She didn't know that he could be healed. The crazy thing is that what helped him most is about the cheapest supplement you can buy. Vitamin C. It cost under $ 10 a bottle. I can't imagine how much she was paying for the drugs that didn't work.

There are solutions out there. Don't give up. I am absolutely convinced that Autism and other auto-immune disorders will never go away and will only get worse. Why? Because we are poisoning everything in this world. Our rice has arsenic in it along with our apple juice. Our orange juice has mercury. Our crops are genetically modified and filled with pesticides. Even if you are growing your own food, they spray with mosquito poisons at night in neighborhoods killing the bees and contaminating our gardens. You can't win. I don't see anything changing but we can change our own little worlds. Not 100% but to the best of our abilities. 

There are lots of resources out there and I would be happy to pass names on to any of you and lists of great books to read. Unfortunately, most of the time biomedical help costs big bucks and insurance usually doesn't pay. But, man alive is it worth it. If you can't do that, there are plenty of things you can do to change things at home. I have seen so many miracles in little lives. I have a little miracle in my home. I can't imagine what life would be like if I didn't learn early on that there were ways to get him out of the hell he was living in. He will probably never be like typical kids, whatever that means but he has a full and happy life. That's all I need. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Overdoing it.

Over the past several years of blogging, my emails have been overloaded with women's health issues. I get many, many emails from women who have all sorts of "things" going on. The interesting thing is that many of these emails are from women who appear to be in great shape. Many of them work out, eat well and look great but on the inside, they are feeling like an 80 year old. Why? Could it possibly be that we are overdoing it a little? Are our bodies meant to be pushed to the limit? 

There has been a huge correlation between hypothyroidism and other thyroid disorders and too much cardio. I didn't understand why. I had a big group of friends with this issue after they had trained for marathons or started a rigorous training regimen. It has perplexed me and I chalked lots of it up to protein powders many were taking but many weren't. Anyhow, I saw this article posted by my friend on Facebook and was immediately intrigued.

Now, don't think I am here bashing running or training or anything like that. Heaven knows we need to work out and keep our bodies moving. However, as with anything, moderation is key. Some of us can handle more than others but not to the breaking point. We need to stop , listen, reevaluate and do what is best for us long term. There is a time in our lives where we will not look like a twenty year old. We can still be thin but we won't always have that tight body. It is just meant to be that way. 

I have done a little reevaluation about my thoughts on life lately as I hit my middle agedness. I had a period in my life where I was working out a good 6 days a week and felt great in my clothes. However, looking back, those couple years were probably my worst years of my life. I constantly thought about working out because if I missed a session, I might loose my shape. I also had horrible back spasms and neck issues. It was not worth it at all. 

My resolve now is to feel good for a long time. I don't want to ruin my joints. I don't want health problems. I don't want to be consumed with my image and obsessed with working out to fit into a size 2. Our purpose here is to help others in this life and we can't do that when we are sick or self absorbed.

Moderation. Always moderation. Work out without killing yourself. Eat right. Think good thoughts. Enjoy life. Don't overdo it. Don't stress out if you can't do all you want right now. Relax. Women are meant to be a little soft and to have some curves. Being overweight will never be healthy but stressing about being super thin isn't either. Find your happy medium and just do your best. Just take care of yourself so you can lead a long and happy life. Isn't that the main goal? It sure is for me.