Detoxing. What is it? Why is it Important?

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Most of us don’t connect what we eat to how we feel.

Do you experience constipation, bloating, fatigue, low energy? Have these symptoms become part of your daily life? These could all be signs that your body is loaded with toxins and it is telling you it is in desperate need of a detox.

Detoxing is a way of cleaning the blood of all the toxins that fill it up over time.

A detox can help in many ways. A few ways are by:

  • Stimulating the liver to drive toxins from the body
  • Improving circulation of the blood
  • Promoting elimination through the intestines, kidneys and skin
  • Refueling the body with healthy nutrients

Detox is not a one size fits all kind of thing. I have several recommendations and how to discover what works best for YOUR body. Watch for more specific details about how I help my clients detox in my practice.

 

Cracked Pots

She called us “crackpots” and those who do not understand laughed with her.

Jacquelynn Floyd, a columnist for the Dallas Morning News, used “crackpots” to describe those parents (me included) who choose not to vaccinate or seek an alternative schedule. A State Representative from Dallas, Jason Villalba HD114, seems to be ok with calling us that name as well,  and just a few months after saying he had respect for us. The moment he was called on it, he back peddled but the damage had been done.



Simply endorsing the article and tweeting it speaks volumes about the attitude in his heart. He was bragging on the fact that he tried to reduce our exemptions in Texas. He still does not see the vaccine injured community. Blinders must have been on sale at PolitiMart. Or, maybe his eyes were for sale. Either way, he does not see us.

I AM a cracked pot. I am flawed and broken. All day long I struggle to keep it together and at the end of the day, I feel used up and not enough. I don’t have a child with vaccine injury. I have 5 healthy children.
Every mom and dad that raises a child with vaccine injury, probably feels like a cracked pot as well.
Here is what most people think about cracked pots:

1. They leak a lot.

2. They are messy.

3. They are considered less valuable.

4. They are disposable.

At least, this is how Jacquelynn and Rep. Villalba think of those of us who  don’t vaccinate or alter the current schedule.  We are trash, waste, and spewing disease on others.

Here is how I view cracked pots



The following story is copied from a Christian website. It’s an old story with a message for you at the end. Keep reading!

The Cracked Pot

A Water Bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and one half pots of water in his master’s house.

The perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the Water Bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.” “Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?” “I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said.
The Water Bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.” Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologize to the bearer for its failure. The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.”
Each of us has our own unique flaws. We’re all cracked pots. But if we will allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His Father’s table. In God’s great economy, nothing goes to waste. So as we seek ways to minister together, and as God calls you to tasks He has appointed for you, don’t be afraid of your flaws. Acknowledge them, and allow Him to take advantage of them, and you, too, can be the cause of beauty in His pathway. Go out boldly, knowing that in our weakness we find His strength, and that “In Him every one of God’s promises is a Yes.”
I love all of the message above and I wanted to include the whole post. I COUNT on the message above. I do not live with a vaccine injured child. I can only imagine the cracks I would have under the stress of caring for lifelong pain, physical disabilities, verbal hurdles,  daily seizures, violent mood swings, a child with diabetes… The list is huge.

For every 45 people in the USA, AT LEAST 1 is vaccine injured. According to Siri today, there are over 324,000,000 people in the USA. Doing the math, it comes to over 7,200,000 are injured by the vaccines they were given. Think about the size of that!! There are currently more vaccine injured than the current COMBINED POPULATIONS of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska!!!

But they want to call us crackpots because we don’t get shots like the kid next to us does. We KNOW what can happen. No, we do NOT ride on the coattails of those who are getting their shots. No, we do not ask anyone to keep getting their shots so we can be “safe.” No, we aren’t carrying those diseases. The vaccinating are!

At least for a few weeks after they get their shots, those that received injections of live viruses are contagious. MD Anderson Cancer Center (a hub for the immunocompromised) has this policy for visiting children:

“The Child Visitation Room provides a safe, supervised area for children when a family member is going to a restricted area. Children who do not pass the screening cannot be taken to the Child Visitation Room. All children in the visitation room must have a negative screen for recent illnesses, exposure to chickenpox or live vaccines.

If special permission is given for a child to visit a restricted area, they must be screened for recent polio vaccination. A child who has received oral polio vaccine within the past six weeks is prohibited from contact with immuno-suppressed patients.”

The Disneyland measles outbreak reminded us that it is not commonly deadly, and Harvard University reminded us that the vaccinated are likely sources of many of the “eradicated” diseases. Not one died and they all had been vaccinated for the mumps they contracted.

We see our vaccine injured community, as HUGE as it is, and wonder why this nation insists on blinders. Why does it insist on fear-motivated bullying when we are already broken?

I do not wish vaccine injury on my worst enemy, nor I will not put my children at risk for it. I WILL fight, alongside Texans For Vaccine Choice, to keep our right to choose and support anyone’s choice TO vaccinate their children or not. I am even able to weep with them if the unthinkable happens. I have many friends whose babies died shortly following a routine vaccination. Those babies aren’t in the 1:45 count. I don’t have a statistic for those who have died. I’m convinced it is FAR higher than those who died from an outbreak of measles. Those babies aren’t remembered by communities because they do not have daily struggles. They are only remembered by their families.

But we are called the “crackpots.”

No. We are CRACKED POTS. We are broken under pressure and still simply give.

4 Simple Steps to Help Clear and Maintain Healthy Skin

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We would all love to have clear, flawless skin, right? But we can never seem to get rid of those annoying wrinkles or those pesky red spots. Just when you get rid of one two more pop up somewhere else. Usually we rush for some treatment we see on a commercial (those people have perfect skin so it must work, right?). But the chemicals in those treatments make our problem worse.

Here are 4 natural tips to try and minimize acne and other other problems and help maintain clear and healthy skin.

  1. Stress

Stress causes hormone imbalances which results in many skin problems, such as acne, eczema, hives and psoriasis. Stress hormones increase oil production, which can lead to clogged pores and whiteheads.

Take time each day to relax. Take a walk in nature, soak in a tub, listen to music or read a book. Whatever make you calm down and leave your cares behind you for a while.

  1. Eat the Right Foods

A portion of the body’s toxic waste is eliminated through sweating. If the body has more toxins than the kidneys and liver can get rid of effectively, the skin takes over and the toxins escape through the skin. This can disrupt the skin’s health integrity and cause skin disorders.

It may be cliche to read “you are what you eat.” Actually, you are what you digest. What you put into your body that isn’t used well can come out through your skin in the forms of hives, acne and eczema and many other skin disorders. Avoid processed foods, artificial flavors and high amounts of sugar. Be sure and drink plenty of distilled water and consume foods rich in vitamin E, Biotin and antioxidants, such as berries, almonds and salmon.

  1. Avoid Chemicals

Using harsh chemicals and dyes can irritate skin follicles and clog pores. This increases acne and many chemicals can also dry out the skin and cause redness.

  1. Essential Oils

Essential Oils are a great way to clear and rejuvenate the skin. Most essential oils are gentle on the skin and they get to the root of the problem instead of just treating the symptom. Essential oils have the power to kill the bad bacteria in your skin. Lavender oil also is great for protecting the skin from irritation and soothing stress.

*Not every essential oil used by one person may be the one that is right for you. I recommend testing each one to see what works for you.  Bring me your oils and let me teach you muscle testing to discover what oils work for you.

References:
draxe.com
naturallysavvy.com
acne-skin-care-expert.com

Are Our “Healthy” Foods Truly Healthy?

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It is essential to our body’s health that we eat good foods. This, I believe, is something on which we can all agree. But are our “healthy” foods also making us sick?

It is agreed in our nation that we should be getting lots of fruits and vegetables in our diet. That’s healthy, right? But have we actually given much thought to how our fruits and vegetables are grown? And to what goes on them?

For years, the way crops in the U.S. have been grown and harvested to produce more yield and to speed the process of harvesting, has been causing more harm to our bodies than good. Produce grown on conventional farms are sprayed with pesticides and chemicals to kill bugs and make the harvesting process easier. However, those chemicals are killing more than just insects that seek to eat our produce. Those pesticides and chemicals contain the deadly active ingredient: glyphosate. Scientific studies are showing that these chemicals are not only killing the bad bacteria in the soil, but it is also toxic to the good bacteria. Healthy soil repels bugs because it grows at a frequency that bugs cannot digest. When we grow our food in healthy soil with proper PH, we shouldn’t have such a pest problem. And that is what we are putting into our bodies when we eat the foods that have been treated with pesticides and other chemicals.

So how can we avoid all of this in our food? While we may not be able to completely rid ourselves of these chemicals, here are some steps we can take to lessen our exposure to them:

  1. Buy Organic When Possible

Though it is more expensive, buying foods such as wheat, berries, apples, grapes, tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach and peppers organically would be a better option.

  1. Wash Fruits and Vegetables

When buying conventional fruits and vegetables, be sure and wash them under water, rubbing them with your fingers. This will help to get rid of the residue from the pesticides

      3. Grow Your Own Garden

There are many advantages to growing your own food. It can save you money, and you know where it comes from and can be in control over what is sprayed on it. Though it can be hard to keep bugs away from your garden, there are natural and harmless things you can try. Some farms use Basil oil on their plants to deter little pests.

Something else we can do is to check the sugar content of our produce to see if it is grown properly. Dr. Carey Reams reveals that food grown properly WILL NOT rot, but dehydrate.

 

 

References:

draxe.com

foodmatters.com

thehealthyhomeeconomist.com

healthytipsworld.com

5 Essential Oils to Help with Gut Defense

 

Bottles Of Essential OilEssential oils are one great way to help support many areas your body. Here are five essential oils that you can use to help cleanse your gut and reduce digestive pain.

Not every oil that works for one person is right for your body. I recommend whole body testing to find what is right for you. Bring me your essential oils for me to muscle test, or I can teach you how to do it yourself.

1. Peppermint – Peppermint is an anti-inflammatory oil that calms and relaxes the muscles. It helps reduce bloating and gas.

2. Spearmint – This is another anti-inflammatory oil. Some people don’t react well to peppermint, since it is a strong oil. This is an alternative that you can try.

3. Fennel – For years, Fennel has been used by the Egyptians and Germans as a digestive aid. It can clear the bowels, relieve constipation and help to get rid of gas and bloating.

4. Grapefruit – Stress can cause pain in your gut. Grapefruit is an uplifting oil that can reduce stress and help to relieve some of that gut pain. It is also high in antioxidants that battle bad inflammation in the digestive system.

5. Ginger – It has been used to help relieve nausea, and it also is high in antioxidants to help reduce inflammation in the gut.

These are just a few oils to help in the digestive system. I recommend you talk with your doctor or health care professional before using these, if you are nursing or pregnant.

4 Simple Ways to Get Your Brain and Body in Gear for Each Day’s Adventures

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Each day and its events are gifts. New adventures to live and lessons to learn. Fun times to spend with family and friends, or maybe you are working today or going to school. Whatever the day holds for you, you want to be able to have energy to do what you need or want to do, and you want to be able to enjoy it as much as possible. But let’s admit it, there are those days when the alarm goes off in the morning and you just wish you could stay in bed. You can’t seem to get yourself going. You, half asleep, prepare for the day and slowly make it through the list of things to do (or most of them).

We all have many days like that. But how can we avoid them? Well, we can’t always avoid them. But here is the good news: We can help to lessen those days.

Here are some tips that can help you get your brain motivated and make you feel ready and alert for each new adventure.

  1. Exercise

Keeping physically active is so important to your body’s health. Your brain included. Exercise increases the heart rate and gets more oxygen pumped to the brain. It also helps to release hormones that aid in the growth of brain cells. It helps us be more awake and alert and eager to get our day accomplished. So take just a few minutes a day to get that heart pumping. Do a few jumping jacks, take a short brisk walk around the block, and get ready for the day!

  1. Food

Eating the right food is essential. The food we eat (and don’t eat) affect every part of our body, and God created foods to help each part. You probably grew up hearing certain foods referred to as “brain food”.

Green leafy vegetables

Salmon

Blueberries

Avocados

Walnuts

These brain foods, rich in antioxidants and good fats, vitamins and minerals can help improve overall brain function and memory and help your body to fight diseases.

  1. Rest and Sleep

A well rested brain keeps the body functioning efficiently. We all know that when we are well rested we perform our duties much better and we are better equipped to tackle the day’s “To Do List”. Sleep has also been known to enhance memory and help improve performance of challenging skills. You are also better equipped to fight sickness. So let your brain relax at the end of the day. Clear your mind of stress and events from the day and get plenty of sleep.

  1. Prayer and Bible Reading

What better way to get a healthy brain than to go to its Creator! Take all your stress and the things that clutter and slow her brain down and talk to God about them. Ask Him for help in clearing your mind and trusting Him with everything you worry about. He wants you to have a healthy brain, too.

Avoiding Illness During Travel

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As the days draw closer and closer to summer, there is one thing that I am sure is on everybody’s mind: VACATION. When it comes time for vacation, there is always a laundry list of tasks to complete before boarding the plane. But, there is one thing missing from your to-do list: how are you going to prepare your body for the flight? Here are some tips to keep your exposure level low so you can ensure you are feeling 100% on your summer vacation.

 

Before the flight: drink water

I can’t say this enough: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Water is one of the main fuels your body uses to function and fight off germs. Never board a plane dehydrated, because the dry air in the cabin will only serve to dehydrate you more, leaving your system weakened and your body vulnerable. Start upping your water intake the day before the flight and always bring an empty water bottle to fill up once you pass through security. If you’re worried about annoying your seatmates with several trips to the bathroom, don’t be! You boarded your plane to go on a fun vacation–don’t let a minor inconvenience ruin your fun or your health.

 

Take your vitamins and supplements–or, at least vitamin C and Zinc

Vitamin C and Zinc are two amazing immune boosting substances that will give your body some extra support when you are squished between strangers and are holding your breath any time one of them coughs or sniffles. Check to be sure you are getting the correct dosage, though. Too much Zinc has actually been shown to temporarily lower the immune system.

 

Be mindful of what you touch

Personally, I don’t follow this rule too strictly. I will touch cart handles and bathroom door knobs with wild abandon! Germs are good for you, after all.  But, if you are laser focused on keeping germs at bay for a week or two, then be the type of person that uses a sanitizing wipe before grabbing a cart or who washes their hands immediately after getting home. This can be quite an effective method for staying well short term. Long term? You’ll do more harm than good.

 

Use hand sanitizer (sparingly!)

In a pinch, hand sanitizer can save the day. Keep it on hand for those vacation days when you or your child touch something yucky and can’t find a sink nearby. I try to avoid hand sanitizer because overuse of it contributes to bacterial resistance and because soap and water is still considered a better way to cleanse. So, be smart with your sanitizer!

 

Stress and Pregnancy

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Once you get the news that you are pregnant, you become hyper aware of every move. Every bit of nutrition that enters your body also effects the baby. Every move you make effects the baby. Every feeling that you feel effects the baby.

Stress is the hardest feeling to manage. As the saying goes, there is no right time to have a baby, which means many are financially and sometimes emotionally unprepared for when that test reads positive. Bam! Instant stress! Of course, the cruel irony is that the more you stress, the more you stress about being stressed and try to reduce the stress which, in turn, causes more stress. You get me? It’s a mess. Here are some tips to keep you chill so you can focus your energy on growing your baby, and maybe actually enjoy the process.

 

Get Better Sleep

Why does it sometimes seem like getting adequate sleep is the hardest part of the day? We live in such a fast-paced work-oriented world. Sometimes it seems as if not getting enough sleep is romanticized or is being normalized. I’m not a fan of this mentality. I’ll be clear: not getting enough sleep messes. you. UP. Especially if you are pregnant. Not only will it increase your level of depression an exhaustion, but women who get less sleep often have sicker babies. Studies have shown that your menstrual cycle is closely linked to your circadian rhythm, so if you aren’t pregnant yet and are looking to be, having a crazy sleep schedule could be hindering your fertility.

 

Get outside

Let the sun shine on your skin! This will allow your body to create vitamin D. If you have trouble getting sunshine, look for some vitamin D supplements. Not only will this increase your energy levels and boost your immune system, but it will have a drastic effect on your mood. While you’re getting your sun on, go ahead and take your shoes off and put your bare toes in the grass. This is called grounding and it is AMAZING for you. Please follow the link and learn more.

 

Do something for yourself

There is a pretty big stereotype that pregnant women get whatever they want whenever they want. You and I know the truth, though. There is a lot of sacrifice that comes with pregnancy, and sometimes the responsibility can feel crushing. So, take some time out of those busy 40 weeks to do something purely for yourself. Your needs don’t end just because a child is coming into the picture. Get a fancy foot massage or splurge on a sugary dessert. Anything to help reduce your stress.

 

Talk it out

Whether your concerns lie with your spouse, your doctor, or employer, the best way to get them out of your head is to confront them head on. Though you may think this will cause you more stress, getting the weight off of your shoulders will be worth it in the long run.

 

Pray

Take some quiet time each day to talk with God about your fears and doubts. Whether you are afraid of an early miscarriage, or worried you won’t be a good parent, there is nothing too big for Him to handle. Take a deep breath and trust that all that will happen is what He wills to happen.

 

Managing Nausea During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy brings many wonderful things and some not so great things, one of them being nausea. Some women experience pregnancy symptoms at a much greater strength than others. Some insist that the power of nausea is dependent on the sex of the child.

If you feel your symptoms need to be quelled, your OB-GYN may prescribe anti-nausea medication. However, if you are trying to keep your body toxin free, you may want to try some of these more natural, and potentially more affordable alternatives.

Magnesium oil

Magnesium is one of the most important minerals for the body’s health. Each cell in your body relies on an adequate supply of magnesium to function properly. Magnesium can also help with morning sickness, fatigue, constipation and gestational diabetes. I suggest rubbing magnesium oil on the skin rather than taking it internally, as it will more quickly enter the blood stream and because your body will regulate the absorption of the oil so you get exactly what you need.

HCL/Pepsin

Digestion can get a little weird during pregnancy. Hormones slow down the digestive process, which can lead to nausea as well as heartburn and acid reflux. That’s where HCL and Pepsin come in. HCL is something our stomachs secrete naturally during digestion, so these pills simply help a natural process along rather than pushing your body to do something artificial. A capsule a two per meal can help kickstart your body into a more regular digestive routine.

Crackers

No, this isn’t the name of some fancy new supplement–I’m talking about good old fashioned crackers. The starch soaks up stomach acid, which makes you feel better. I recommend keeping a sleeve or two in your nightstand so when you wake up with that gut wrenching feeling and a rush of saliva in your mouth you can quell your queasy gut. Other great places to stash crackers: the car, the diaper bag, and the office.

Prenatal vitamins

Hopefully you are taking these anyway, but make sure to take your pill after you munch on some crackers. Your nausea may be due to an deficit of certain vitamins in your system, and your prenatal may have exactly what you need. A little bit of food will help you absorb it better.

Ginger

Ginger promotes the secretion of various digestive enzymes that help to neutralize stomach acid. It also contains phenols which help relax stomach muscles and speed up the digestive process to help move digested food and toxins through your system faster. There are many different ways you can take ginger: in capsules, lozenges, tea, or purely raw. You can even grab a ginger ale, though I suggest looking for the real stuff rather than the overly sugary soda.

Essential Oil

Put a few drops of an essential oil onto a cloth to carry in your pocket, and inhale the scent if you feel nauseous. Lemon and mint oils seem to be favorites, however any scent that you find soothing will work. Just make sure that you are checking with your doctor to be sure that the oils you are using are safe for both you and baby.