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May 30, 2016

My Daughter’s Diagnosis Evolves

by healthybydesignblog

PCOS and Borderline Personality Disorder

My daughter is now 14 years old, and I’m still figuring things out at every level. Back when she was 5, I noticed some unusual things going on with her, that should not be manifesting until she was more like 12 and going through puberty. She had pretty bad under arm odor for one, and really stinky feet. She was starting to get black heads on her nose. She had pubic hair. OMG. She had also gained a lot of weight.

My daughter was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Women are usually diagnosed with this condition in their 20’s, when they’re having trouble getting pregnant. It was highly unusual to be diagnosed so early. Later came more intense acne, extra hair growth, dark pigments in the folds of her skin. One of the main things we had to address quickly was her weight. She was considered pre-diabetic and I was told that her weight and the possible diabetes would only aggravate her other symptoms, and could possibly shorten her life.

At that time, I was overweight myself. Two years prior, my family had lost our home to a house fire. I had remodeled that home with my grandfather, who had died recently. It was the family “home place”. A little more than a year after that, I divorced my husband who was emotionally abusive and emotionally absent. The marriage had really taken it’s toll on me, and although I had already overcome some health issues through a merciful miraculous healing of fibromyalgia, I had turned to food as a comfort and probably weighed around 250 lbs. I cannot be sure because the scale had been destroyed in the house fire and I never wanted to own another one.

I have said millions of times, had the diagnosis been my own, I would not have had the strength to battle it. Because the diagnosis was my daughter’s, I rose up with every ounce of strength I could muster to try to change her future. I read everything I could to learn more about the condition, how to eat healthier, etc. Of course, at that time, that meant using artificial sweeteners instead of sugar! I didn’t now any better, and there is SO MUCH misinformation out there!

There were other family diagnoses as well. My father was diagnosed with Parkinsons and my sister with breast cancer. I began reading about these conditions as well. I had lost my grandfather to lung cancer and the treatment of it, back in 1996. I was not a fan of traditional treatment, as the medical profession royally screwed up in my grandfather’s case, but that’s a subject for another post. So I was reading about holistic and nutritional approaches to these conditions. I kept coming across nutrition as the key for not only preventing so much of the sickness and disease we see today, but also in the reversal of much of it as well.

In 2011, I found the Shaklee nutrition company and made HUGE improvements in my own health with their supplements, and hopefully helped manage my daughter’s condition, and kept it from progressing as quickly. But as she entered 7th grade, I saw an escalation in her emotional outbursts, and eventually learned that she was experimenting with cutting and self-harm. I was absolutely devastated. During that year, she seemed to absolutely despise me. I could not do anything right, and she challenged me at every turn. She was suicidal. A lot was going on at school, too. I had homeschooled her until 5th grade, but as a single mom, I could no longer keep up the pace, as I was also self-employed and worked long hours. So in 6th grade, she was abruptly introduced to the “real world” of public school and it was not pretty. She was teased, mocked, scorned, and re-educated about how things really were, according to her peers. Sigh….

You know how you hear about the “terrible two’s”? Well, around the age of two, Rachel’s personality went from happy to horrid. It was such a drastic change, but I kept hearing about the terrible two’s and hoped I’d get my kid back. I’d see glimpses of her from time to time, but there was much about her behavior that I was pretty sure wasn’t normal. I blamed myself. Maybe it was the divorce, maybe it was because I was a single mom, maybe it was because I worked too many hours – on and on. I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but at some point, Jesus gave me peace about whatever my mistakes may have been. He would see her through it. If I was so busy being discouraged by the enemy pointing at my downfalls, my focus would not be on how to help her, and I desperately want to help her.

I could never quite follow my daughter’s reasoning about things. I was often surprised by her reactions and her perceptions of events. She did not make friends easily, and did not keep friends for very long. She always felt like an outsider, but she was constantly insulting and “putting people off”. She was hard to take, especially for kids her own age. She was, in some ways, more mature than the kids her age, and often got along better with older kids and usually got along very well with her teachers, etc.

One of the things I noticed was especially as her weight got more out of control, and the acne made her skin look so bad, that her perception of herself was SO NEGATIVE. One of the boys in school said she was “fugly” or something like that. The teasing from kids at school certainly didn’t help, but she brought so much on herself, to be truthful. It was and is heart-breaking to watch. Kids at church try to reach out to her but she loathes them in secret. Their happiness or their cuteness is a threat to her somehow. She calls them sluts and she means it.

So the last couple of years have been tough. Recently, the emotional drama in my home escalated yet again, as I re-married. I had separated from my first husband when Rachel was about 3. She doesn’t even remember us living in the same house with him. She never really saw us “together”. She saw the two of us together, period. My new husband is WONDERFUL and has been great to her, but she despises him. She acts as if they are in competition for my attention and affection. She constantly tries to sabotage the relationship. I know some of this is normal, but because she may ever stumble across this post, or family members might read it while we’re still figuring all this out, I won’t go into just how far out some of this drama escalated to. But it got crazy. I sought help from my pastors AGAIN, as they are trained psychologists also.

I have been saying for years that there was more going on here than meets the eye. A friend told me that some of the things I was going through with my daughter sounded very familiar to the struggle she had with her own daughter. She told me to google Borderline Personality Disorder. That was several years ago, and although I thought there was some merit into looking at it further, my pastors discouraged me from labeling my daughter with any form of mental illness, and for a time I followed their advice. Here lately however, the behavior has gotten worse, her self-perception has plummeted further, the emotional outbursts and down right meanness has gotten incredibly difficult to deal with. I know this sounds like typical teenage behavior on some level, but please, take my word for it and multiply it by 50 or something, and that’s what we have here.

So, I called that friend of mine again a week or so ago, and began asking questions about the personality disorder thing. I became more and more convinced that we were either dealing with this very issue, or something very similar. I began researching online, and just this morning I googled “correlation between PCOS and Borderline Personality Disorder” and OMG! About 30% of the people with the personality disorder also have PCOS. That’s a huge number! So, I am getting in touch with my daughter’s endocrinologist about what I have found, her holistic neurologist who’s been helping us detox her system, our pastors, people I know in the field of nutrition who may be able to advise us, etc and etc.

I finally feel like we’re getting somewhere. There were helpful suggestions about how there were some things that not only helped her PCOS but the BPD as well. It makes sense that if you can help the hormonal imbalance of the PCOS, it will alleviate some of the most problematic issues of the BPD. But it has to be managed, and at some point, my daughter has to do more to manage it herself. Herein lies the problem. Stress causes relapses. Relapses into the worst of this disorder can be as simple as ridiculous shopping sprees, or it can be cutting and suicide attempts. In fact, about 8-10% of people with this disorder DIE from suicide!!!! They have trouble sustaining meaningful relationships, trouble keeping jobs, trouble staying in school, trouble with the ins and outs of LIFE.

I am going to have my daughter evaluated asap. As I said, I am still figuring this out. I would love to be proved wrong. I would be so grateful for a mental health professional to tell me it was just a severe case of puberty and she would grow out of it, just hang on a few more years. And I know that EVERY condition and EVERY disease was carried to the cross by Jesus. So until my girl can battle this herself in the Spirit, I am going to try to help her battle this in the flesh while I continue to speak and pray healing and wholeness for her.

I believe I have a better grasp of what we’re truly dealing with now, and have a few ideas on how to help her. I sincerely hope this post doesn’t make things worse, but I just had to get these thoughts down. I felt led to put this out there.  There is SO MUCH MORE I could say, but again, now is not the appropriate time. If you’re struggling with either of these conditions, I’d love to hear from you. If you have any insight on any of this, I’d love to hear from you as well.

To be continued…

 

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May 8, 2015

Wanna Be Home With Your Kids AND Save The World?

by healthybydesignblog

I’m a single mom. I certainly didn’t expect to be. It’s hard sometimes, a lot of the time really. I’m still figuring things out, but about two years ago I made a huge leap of faith in regards to my career. I shut down my small home-based advertising agency and web-design company to literally save the world, or as many people as I could anyway. As many as who would listen.

I need to provide a little background. My daughter is now 13, but at age 5 she was diagnosed with a hormonal disorder called PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). The most urgent aspect of this was her blood sugar, she was pre-diabetic. Picture this, at that time I was about 250 lbs, addicted to Mt. Dew, stubborn as heck, and my body was racked with both Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis. I had just gone through a house fire and a traumatic marriage which ended in divorce. I had little hope, few resources, and was just surviving emotionally from one day to the next. I hope you have never been there, or somewhere similar, but perhaps you have.

Shortly thereafter, more bad news. My father was diagnosed with Parkinsons, my mother with a blood disorder, and my younger sister was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 41. I’m not one to always follow the rules in the first place, and after seeing my grandfather suffer through traditional cancer treatment, I was actively reading, researching and asking questions about NATURAL ways to help the people I loved. I learned that NUTRITION could not only PREVENT much of what my family was going through, but could possibly stop the progression of some of their symptoms, and even possibly REVERSE some of it. I was so excited!!!!

This is really where the Lord stepped in. As a single mom, I was working terribly long hours with my advertising biz, and was always feeling guilty for not having more time to spend with my daughter, even though we were homeshooling. It was fun when I started, but then the housing market crashed, it really impacted my business, and mommy wasn’t so much fun anymore. She was wiggin’ out! SO, I was considering a part-time job or in-home biz to add to my already crazy schedule. I don’t know about you, but I don’t see myself as a salesperson. I hated even selling Girl Scout cookies as a kid. The idea of running up and down the road begging friends to buy stuff they may not even need in the first place just didn’t appeal to me. However, my cousin Teresa had told me about Shaklee vitamins when I was in my 20’s, and I never paid her any mind. After all, I wasn’t gonna ever get old or sick, right? Fast forward into my 40’s, I’m getting old and I’m definitely sick, and so is everyone I care about. For the first time, I was ready to listen about nutrition and this Shaklee company she told me about.

Turns out, the founder, Dr. Forrest Shaklee, invented the very first multi-vitamin and he was a pretty incredible guy. Turns out, they have a zero tolerance for contamination in their products with higher standards than the FDA, AND they were environmentally proactive before being “green” was cool. I have heard all kinds of testimonies from regular folks just like you and me. One day everything in life was okay, the next day, either they – or someone they loved – got a scary diagnosis and their universe was rocked. Their lives or the lives of someone they loved was spared or improved by this company and their science. This is something I am excited about and can’t help but share with friends and neighbors, and you. This company loves fostering healthy happy homes, where moms can raise their own kids and make a salary replacement income while working part-time from home.

SO, if you are one of those, who like me, want to save the world, even if sometimes it doesn’t want to be saved, AND you’d really like to be home more with your kids, I suggest you consider Shaklee. I am more in love with the MISSION of this company than when I started four years ago. AND, I have lost 60 lbs, no longer need ANY pain meds for my arthritis – in fact, I don’t even consider myself to have it any longer! I am still trying to help my family, and my neighbors, and my friends, and again, anyone who will listen. I have awesome stories to share that are forthcoming. I hope you will be as inspired as I have been!

October 26, 2013

Relay For Life – But Not Pro-Life?

by healthybydesignblog

Relay For Life logoSusan G Komen logo If you’ve ever been to a local Relay For Life event, you know how heart warming it can be. My younger sister was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 41, and she is now 45. I think this sort of community support for cancer patients and care givers is enormously beneficial. I am 100% FOR the eradication of cancer and have attended a couple of these events in the past, but after what I’ve learned since my sister’s diagnosis, I am NOT in favor of sending money to Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society or the pharmaceutical industry in general and there are several reasons why, but I am only going to cover one here.

Initially I greatly admired the Susan G. Komen Foundation, because my understanding is that like me, the founder was moved to make a difference by her sister’s battle with breast cancer. However, I found out in the last year or so that both Susan G. Komen AND the American Cancer Society both give money to Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortions in the nation, under the guise of it being a women’s health issue. Thus the title of my post.  Had I given money to help save women from breast cancer, only to find out that some of that money went to an abortion provider, I’d want it back. The fact that my money, given with the intention to help preserve a life, could’ve been used to brutally end one would be infuriating and horrifying.

Founder of Freedom and Faith, Ralph Reed wrote “Planned Parenthood is currently under investigation for numerous alleged violations of the law, do not offer mammography services to women, and have failed to comply with Komen’s guidelines and metrics for grantees.” In addition, Lifeway Christian bookstores pulled all their pink Bibles back in 2011 after they discovered that $1 from the sale of each of those Bibles went to the nation’s largest abortion provider.

And don’t you find it ironic, that a group called Relay For Life, would not think an unborn baby’s life just as worthwhile as a woman battling breast cancer? Is life only valuable for some, but not all? To me, this is a sinister thread, woven into a message of hope, that simply cannot be ignored. Why is it valiant for one person to fight for survival, but inconvenient for a child to be granted the same opportunity to life?  

For more information:

http://www.lifenews.com/2011/04/01/pro-lifers-dont-support-american-cancer-society-relay-for-life/

http://www.christianpost.com/news/pro-life-groups-dumbfounded-by-komens-reversal-on-planned-parenthood-funding-68644/

http://www.lifenews.com/2013/07/03/march-of-dimes-american-cancer-society-spina-bifida-association-back-planned-parenthood/

In closing, I repeat, I am 100% FOR the eradication of cancer, and supporting cancer patients in a multitude of capacities. I am especially for more education on this topic about prevention, and a more holistic approach to treatment. There are many other reasons I choose personally NOT to support these institutions, there may possibly be more blog posts to address other reasons in the future. I have written another blog on some resources that explain how our diets either make us stronger in our resistance to cancer, or can make us weaker, and therefore more vulnerable to cancer. Please check out my earlier blog entitled “Holistic Cancer Resources.” And if you or someone you love has had a cancer diagnosis, know that you were DESIGNED TO HEAL, that facts can change and so can doctor reports, and that God is for you and not against you.

I also know that many Christians have supported Relay For Life completely unaware of their alignment, financially and politically for Planned Parenthood. I am not attempting to lay condemnation on anyone, just to inform well-meaning folks that they might want to reconsider where they send their money. I want all of us to try to be more informed.

If you would like to express your opinion on this topic to these institutions directly, here is a link with their contact information:

http://ww5.komen.org/contact.aspx

http://www.cancer.org/aboutus/howwehelpyou/contactus/index

October 19, 2013

The Logical Approach Is Not Necessarily The Best Approach

by healthybydesignblog

iStock_000004889191XSmallRecently, I have been absolutely fascinated with the subject of treatments that seem logical, but don’t necessarily work, or at least don’t work as well as another treatment that may seem completely illogical.

Let me remind you, I am not a doctor or a nutritionist. I am simply a mom, a daughter, a sister and friend to people who are struggling with their health every day. I have had my own health struggles as well. My purpose for writing this article is simply to open your mind to possibilities, and to share what I feel is useful information for people who may be suffering with any of these conditions. I often forget that there are many people today who are hearing about alternative approaches to health conditions for the very first time. It’s even funny to me that using nutrition to heal your body is considered alternative. It would seem more appropriate to call a man-made drug therapy approach “alternative”. But I digress…

“Lorenzo’s Oil”

The first time I was introduced to this concept of an illogical approach to treatment working was while watching the movie, “Lorenzo’s Oil”, starring Susan Sarandon and Nick Nolte. The young man in the movie, is diagnosed with Adrenoleukodystrophy, which is a disorder which results in the accumulation of very-long chain fatty acids in tissues throughout the body. The doctors told her the logical thing to do was to limit fats in her sons diet, but when she went against that recommendation and actually gave him an oil that was a combination of two specific long chain fatty acids, one of them being olive oil, he showed improvement. Normally someone would die within two years of this diagnosis, but Lorenzo lived to be 30 years old, thanks to an illogical approach to his condition, and one brave and determined set of parents.

ADD/ADHD

For anyone whose kids are not having issues with ADD/ADHD, you might assume that the “medication” these kids are put on is a medication that would slow them down or mellow them out, right? They’re frequently all over the place, so it seems logical, to give them a sedative. But the drugs that are given to kids with ADD/ADHD is actually the equivalent of SPEED. These drugs accelerate their minds, and causes the manifestation of the “problem behavior” to minimize.  Most kids with ADD/ADHD are quite brilliant. It’s like having a high perforance engine in a luxury car, but giving it cheap gas. However, if you’re shocked that kids are given speed, join the club. I have been told by experts that improving nutrition and eliminating junk food, fast food, chemicals, dyes, etc can accomplish similar results. But this is not an article on how to help ADD/ADHD. This is however, an article about a treatment that seems illogical at first glance – such as giving speed to a hyperactive child – working,  when a logical treatment, such as giving that same child a sedative, would not work.

Reflux / GERD

People who are suffering from reflux or GERD are plagued by what seems like too much acid. So the logical solution is to put them on acid blockers, right? Wrong! Because of a lack of nutrition, stress and/or the body not getting enough acidic foods in the diet, the acid pumps in the stomach are not so much over-producing acid as they are malfunctioning. Instead of a steady stream, or the regular functioning, they are putting off surges of acid which is actually just a manifestation of the acid pumps not having what they need to do their job properly. Acid blockers make the problem worse, and you are even less able to digest your food. This means fewer nutrients are actually being absorbed by your body to feed your organs, cells, etc. But again, this article is about what does work. A friend of mine and I began researching natural ways to deal with this, and we found that taking a teaspoon of vinegar, yes vinegar, a couple times a week, eating apples, and using fish oil and resveratrol supplements completely healed her stomach. She had been on an acid blocker for years and had felt terrible, and her hair had started getting really thin. Now she rarely has issues with reflux at all and feels great!

Kidney Stones

Dr. Stephen Chaney, a professor of nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill told me once that Eastern North Carolina (where I live) is the “kidney stone belt.” A good friend of mine suffers with them frequently. Often what can cause kidney stones is drinking water that has calcium in it. There is more than one form of calcium by the way. There are forms that our body can absorb and forms it can’t. The calcium in our water in this area, is a kind that is not absorbable by our bodies and so it ends up collecting in our kidneys and forming stones. It might seem logical to reduce a person’s calcium intake if they were suffering with kidney stones, but actually, they need MORE calcium, as long as it’s a kind that the body can easily absorb and put to work. The bad calcium causes the good calcium to be leeched from bones and teeth. (A good water filter is also highly recommended!)

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

In the last several years, I have known several people who were diagnosed with MS. One of the first was a friend of mine from church. She was a young mother in her 30’s, and she actually died not from the MS, but from an experimental drug that she had agreed to try. Her immune system was so severely depressed, that a dormant virus that lives in all of us rose up and destroyed her brain. This made a HUGE impact on me, not only because her life ended way too soon, but she left three little girls behind. I felt that she had been given false hope, and had merely been a human guinea pig for the pharmaceutical industry. Shortly thereafter, I lost another friend, but whether it was the condition itself or the meds, I do not know. However, my cousin had a friend who was also diagnosed with MS and she referred him to her Shaklee lady. This man is using one pharmaceutical, Avonex, but also using Shaklee nutrition to manage this condition. He is doing SO WELL, that his doctors gave him a free MRI, because they could not explain why he was doing so well. This young man believes, and I believe the difference is the supplements that he’s using to “feed” his immune system. I have heard others who were bed-ridden and wheel chair bound tell of remarkable recoveries using pretty much the same regimen he has used.

MS is an autoimmune disease. This means the immune system appears to be attacking it’s own body as if it were an outside invader. Many MS treatments these days are immune suppressant pharmaceuticals, because it seems logical that if the immune system is hurting the body, it should be suppressed, right? No! When you feed the immune system with the nutrition that strengthens it, rather than rising up and hurting the body more, it is better able to regulate itself, and symptoms are greatly minimized.

I find this absolutely fascinating!

First of all, it only shows me once again that although man’s wisdom is remarkable, it’s still very limited in regards to God’s amazing creation of the human body. I am also in awe of the lengths we will go to fix what’s wrong with this incredible creation with a man-made solution, when simply giving the body what it was DESIGNED TO USE AS FUEL IN THE FIRST PLACE, reducing stress, and eliminating toxins will solve many of our health problems.

Again, as I said in the beginning of this article. I am searching for answers like many others. I am not the final authority on ANYTHING. But I hope these examples will broaden your thinking on what may truly work, versus what seems to be logical.

July 12, 2013

Holistic Cancer Resources

by healthybydesignblog

knockoutanticancerI am not a medical expert. My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, and I decided I need to know all I could and hopefully in the process, be able to help her somehow. I began really digging into information on alternative holistic treatment for cancer and these are some of the incredibly valuable resources that I found. I am writing this blog, because I share these resources so often, I am hoping this will be a more effective way of doing just that.

Nothing prepared me for what I was about to learn in Suzanne Somers’ book, Knockout.  Pay attention to that subtitle: “Interviews with Doctors WHO ARE CURING CANCER, and How To Prevent Getting It In The First Place”. Regardless of what impression you may have had of Suzanne Somers as an actress, she is very serious about this topic, because about ten years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer herself. And regardless, none of this is at all her opinion; it’s interviews with prestigious, cutting edge doctors, as the subtitle indicates. What struck me, was that although these doctors had different approaches, all their approaches revolved around nutrition and detox. This is the book that sent me looking for Shaklee. Suzanne Somers is not affiliated with the company in any way. In fact, she is affiliated with Life Extensions, if I remember correctly, which is a reputable company. However, Shaklee has been around almost 60 years, and has a stellar reputation, so as I said, I got busy learning more about what they had to offer that might be of help to my family, and in particular, to my sister.

I think EVERYONE should read this book. Think about this: other “movie stars” such as Farrah Fawcett and Patrick Swayze received a cancer diagnosis, took the traditional route, and they’re unfortunately no longer with us. Maybe she’s got something here?

The next book I recommend is Anti-Cancer. The first few lines at the top of this book are equally thought provoking: “All of us have cancer cells in our bodies, but not all of us will develop cancer.” So we go from a book written by a tv star to a book written by not only an MD, but also a PhD. This author had a brain tumor. Unfortunately, this author is also no longer with us, however, this book is SO INFORMATIVE that it’s a must read. He goes into detail about how our food supply has been severely compromised starting after WWII. For instance, cows used to eat pasture grass prior to WWII, but afterwards, the standard is for cows to be fed corn, as well as shot up with growth hormones, steroids and antibiotics. When the cows were eating grass, which is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, their flesh, the meat we eat, was also high in Omega-3s. Omega-3s REDUCE INFLAMMATION. Now, however, because they are fed so much corn, their flesh is full of Omega-6s, which PROMOTE  INFLAMMATION. (See earlier post on this topic.)

Let me rephrase that slightly. When the cows were eating pasture grass, their body and their flesh was balanced with just the right amounts of Omega-3s and Omega-6s. We need both. Omega-6 fatty acids turn on inflammation when we’re injured to begin the healing process – your skin gets hot and red and swollen, that’s inflammation doing what it’s supposed to do. Then after awhile, the Omega-3s kick in, the swelling goes down, the redness diminishes.

Today, our diets are very high in Omega-6s, and very low in Omega-3s, so we are literally fueling inflammation. Inflammation is the root or beginning stages of many auto-immune diseases from arthritis to cancer.

Finally, I also found a CD that was very helpful. One is offered by Dr. Steven Chaney, PhD. Dr. Chaney is currently a professor of nutrition at UNC at Chapel Hill. Dr. Chaney also ran a cancer research facility for over 30 years and is extremely knowledgeable about the topic. He distributes a CD that features Dr. Margaret Christenson, MD, FACOG, called, “Cancer: Preventing, Surviving, Thriving.”  I have shared this CD with numerous friends. Dr. Chaney and Dr. Cristenson are both affiliated with Shaklee, and they discuss Shaklee products on this CD. Dr. Christenson was originally running a very successful ObGyn practice, when she became so exhausted that she literally had to close her practice. She was incredibly skeptical about vitamins, but after taking them several months, she regained her health. So what did she do? She quit taking her vitamins once she felt better, and guess what? She got sick again. It made a believer out of her, and she now runs a successful holistic health practice. You can order this CD online at the link provided above.

I hope this information helps you! The more informed you are, the better choices you can make for your health.

November 2, 2012

8 Out of 10 American Kids’ Lives Expected To Be 17 Years Shorter Than Their Parents

by healthybydesignblog

Boo! This Is Frightening!!

When I heard this statistic, I only heard the first part, “8 out of 10 kids today will live shorter lives than their parents.” I thought that was shocking enough, in America? Today? But even so, I assumed maybe they meant by a shorter life span, they meant shorter by six months, maybe two to five years at the most. Then while listening to a recent Shaklee audio file from Jude Peskuski, the originator of Shaklee’s Project MAHMA (Mom’s At Home Making A Difference), I was informed for the first time that our kids’ life spans are expected to be 17 YEARS SHORTER THAN THEIR PARENTS. My jaw just dropped and I stared at my computer in disbelief. (If you would like a copy of that audio file, email me and I will forward it to you.)

Their Daily Diet Is Killing Our Kids Slowly, But Surely

I used the bucket of Halloween candy as a visual, because of the time of year, not because candy is the primary culprit. The culprit is their daily diet! Things like processed chicken patties and “nuggets”, sandwich meats, microwave and toaster oven meals. Processed meats, genetically modified (GMO) wheat and corn products, preservatives, food additives, food colorings, antibiotics, steroids, growth hormones, high fructose corn syrup, and the list goes on and on.

Many kids start their day with things like cereal or pop tarts, toaster pastries, etc. If it’s not labelled as non-GMO, then what you’re feeding them is genetically modified wheat or corn. Not to mention the food colorings, sugar, and preservatives. Food allergies are a main concern in everything from ADD/ADHD to bed wetting.

Everyday we put stuff in front of our kids that may look like food, but has little or no nutritional value. And our kids are overfed and overweight, but under-nourished. The closest some kids get to vegetables are french fries and tatertots with ketchup. I took a couple of my daughter’s friends to a restaurant once, and one of them had NEVER HAD A SALAD IN HER LIFE. Oh-my-Lord!

Starting Early Is Best! But It’s Never Too Late To Get Started!

It’s just too easy to start kids out with the pre-packaged, cutesy boxed kid food when they’re babies and toddlers. We’re too tired to cook after working all day! Busy working moms have a challenge in front of them. I’m a single working mom, so I know first hand. But if you start them out eating veggies, rather than crackers and Ramen noodles, they will learn to eat that way. If you didn’t get off to such a good start, your kids won’t be thrilled about it, but you can begin introducing new things into their diet, and start taking some things out. Start with soda. Get the stuff outta your house!!! It’s the number one contributor to obesity, contributes to a fertile environment for cancer growth, and weakens teeth and bones. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Diet sodas are EVEN WORSE! The artificial sweeteners in diet soda are carcinogenic! They can cause symptoms similar to Multiple Sclerosis (MS)! And as I am learning more all the time from friends who are hooked on them, they are extremely addicting.  When I was growing up, I thought the only people who drank water were the ones who couldn’t afford soda. Boy did I have a lot to learn!

Before my daughter’s diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), which makes her pre-diabetic, I was tremendously overweight and figured I’d be that way the rest of my life. Skinny people made me sick. I thought I had just lost the skinny lottery, you know, and my poor kid, well she’d just inherited my bad genes. I have since learned that only between 10-20% of our health has to do with inherited traits, and that a whopping 60% is directly related to diet and lifestyle. Whoa! I had to take some responsibility for my daughter’s future health! Not only could our unhealthy lifestyle cause her to struggle with weight as I had most of my life, but she could end up with a long list of health problems if she were to ever develop full blown Type 2 diabetes. By the way, Type 2 Diabetes used to be called Adult Onset Diabetes, but they can’t call it that any longer, because so many of our kids who were not born  with Type 1, are getting Type 2 because of their diets. Most people born with Type 1 never reach the age of 50. I wonder if the increase of Type 2 diabetes is a big chunk of that shortened lifespan?

Also, with my daughter’s condition, her diet could impact whether she could have kids later in life or not. How I feed her today may determine whether I ever have any grandchildren! But even in general, scientists are learning more all the time that even what the grandparents have eaten can affect the health of their grandchildren. The drugs and pharmaceuticals that the grandparents took when they were younger, can impact the health and development of their grandchildren. You may say, “Well, I turned out alright!” But your children’s generation is different. Our food supply has never been so contaminated and tainted and processed. Fast food consumption has increased over 2000% since your childhood. Just think about it. How often did you get to go to McDonalds as a kid? How often do you take your kids today? If you’re like me, there’s a huge difference in how many hamburgers and chicken mcnuggets I consumed, and how many my daughter has. Less than 2% of people get the nutrients they need for basic good health today.

What Can We Do?

Buy food in it’s simplest, most unprocessed form. For example, don’t buy instant potatoes, buy a bag of potatoes and peel the darned things. Although, I don’t really recommend potatoes that much anyway. Buy frozen veggies instead of canned veggies. Make a pot of soup instead of buying canned soup. Want to make a turkey sandwich, buy a free-range turkey breast, bake it and slice it for sandwiches rather than buy processed turkey loaf. Avoid fast food as much as you can! My friend Lynn has a hamburger she bought over ten years ago from a fast food restaurant, and she just put it on a plate and left it out. The bugs haven’t eaten it. The mice haven’t eaten it. Mold and fungus won’t grow on it. You know why? Preservatives. Yep, that’s what we’re giving our kids.

One Step At A Time

You are not going to change every bad habit over night. I didn’t either. Start with adding one good thing and taking away one bad thing. One good thing I’d like to suggest to add, as a passionate Shaklee mom, is the Shaklee Incredivites and the Mighty Smarts. The Incredivites are a basic chewable children’s multi-vitamin, and the Might Smarts are Omega-3s in a citrus chew that kids love. However, I give my daughter the regular OmegaGuard, which is the adult Omega-3 fish oil capsules and the adult multi-vitamin Vita Lea. The OmegaGuard costs half what the Mighty Smarts cost and she gets a larger dose of the Omegas. It’s the same issue with the Vita Lea, she gets more for less, and due to her PCOS diagnosis, her endocrinologist wanted her to have more of the nutrients than the children’s vitamins contained. However, as a friend of mine was just telling me yesterday, some kids have trouble swallowing pills, so the kid friendly versions are a good choice.

May 23, 2012

Cows & Chickens: You’re Eating Whatever They’ve Eaten

by healthybydesignblog

How are diseases like cancer actually encouraged by our modern diet?

I’m a country girl, and when I was little, my granddaddy had cows out in the pasture eating grass. Grass contains Omega 3s, which fight inflammation. Chickens, too, when allowed to do their own thing, will eat grass and bugs. That’s what is meant when you see the term “free range”.

Most of the meat we eat now, is not only full of antibiotics, chemicals, and growth hormones, which are bad for us, too – especially processed meat – but the meat (or egg) is now missing a natural balance between Omega 3s and Omega 6s. We are now eating meat with almost no Omega 3s, and very high in Omega 6. Omega 3s FIGHT inflammation, Omega 6s PROMOTE inflammation. Inflammation is the root of many diseases, particularly arthritis and cancer, etc.

After WWII, farming and agriculture methods changed and instead of cows and chickens being able to feed in lush green pastures, the demand for meat was so high, large farming organizations wanted to speed up the production. Pasture grass feeding was not a cheap way of doing things, as it takes a lot of grass to feed these large animals. The cows and chickens were moved indoors in most cases on a cement floor and fed corn. The animals grew bigger and faster as a result, and the natural balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 in our meat was never the same. (For more information on this, see the book mentioned below, Anti-cancer.)

Genetically Modified Foods (GMO)

Now, one final thing about this subject. Not only are the animals corn fed now rather than grass fed, the corn that they are being fed is genetically modified (GMO). This means that scientists have taken a plant DNA, and spliced it with DNA from BACTERIA, VIRUSES, AND ANIMALS. One result of this process, is that the bacteria in our gut becomes contaminated with this human-engineered stuff. See the plant DNA is combined with the DNA from Bacteria and Viruses, so that it will produce it’s own toxins to kill the bugs that are trying to eat it. An expert explained to us this weekend, that the bacteria in our gut splices genes, too, and we can literally begin to produce our own toxins as a result of consuming GMO foods. One of the world’s largest companies known for GMO foods was literally run out of Germany recently, and guess where they relocated? Raleigh, NC!

Guess what else is full of GMO corn, many of the cereals you and your kids are eating for breakfast. But that’s a topic for another day.

Recommendations Regarding This Topic:

  • My friends Barry and Bonnie Sadler raise grass fed beef at Sadler Farms Natural Beef. You can order it online.
  • Anti-cancer: A New Way Of Life. All of us have cancer cells in our bodies. But not all of us will develop cancer. This is a fascinating book. If you or someone you love has had a cancer diagnosis, this is a must read. Get empowered!
  • Omega3 Fish Oil is a powerful inflammation fighter, and Shaklee’s is the purest available to my knowledge