October 19, 2013

The Logical Approach Is Not Necessarily The Best Approach

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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.

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August 17, 2013

Fear Is The Enemy

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Screen Shot 2013-08-17 at 12.50.08 PMOur health is not only affected by what we eat and drink, what we’re exposed to, and the DNA we may have inherited from our parents, but it is also very much affected by what we think, and in particular what we fear. Fear is like a web of invisible chains on our mind and our heart. It causes certain chemicals to be released that contribute to disease. However, I want to talk to you today about the root of fear.

I went to Russia on a couple of mission trips and during my time there, I wrote these words in great big letters in the front cover of my Bible: “KNOW WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST!” The Lord also made the verse Joshua 1:9 really jump out at me, and has continually used that verse up until today. This verse says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” This verse really jumped out at me then, because I had been terrified of making this trip, flying over an ocean, and going into a country where my rights could be snatched away at any time. It means as much to me today as it did then, but my understanding of it has grown deeper, as has the knowledge of who I am in Christ.

As a single mom, I have been fearful of many things. First I was afraid to get divorced, but more afraid of losing my mind if I didn’t. I was afraid of what people would think of me after the divorce. I didn’t even believe in divorce! I was fearful of how the bills would be paid in a big way, because I had gone from career woman to stay at home mom and had not done anything but freelance for four years. Back when I had fibromyalgia, I was afraid I’d be a walking zombie the rest of my life, because all the life had literally been sucked out of me. When I had the house fire, I was afraid of being called stupid for hiring a man who I now believe is responsible for burning it down.  I was also afraid of condemnation and humiliation. I was first in my class in high school, and went to college on scholarships, moved far away and got a cool job doing cool things. Then I moved home and it seemed as if my life disintegrated in front of family and friends. My belief in myself and hope for a happier future evaporated after the failed marriage and the house fire. I was simply surviving, simply existing.

My confidence was completely gone. Somehow, I had crossed over into thinking that truly, I was nothing special. In fact I was a failure. After the house fire, I would fall in bed completely exhausted from the day of trying to figure out how to put my life back together, then I’d wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air as if I’d been held under water. I was working just as hard in my sleep trying to figure out how to survive as I was during the day and I was exhausted. I had no hope. I felt like the universe had spit me out as rejected, and that somehow I must’ve done something bad to bring this on me. Perhaps I had been too proud? Too confident earlier?

Shame and condemnation ruled the thoughts in my head. I gained even more weight. I didn’t know how to pray at this point. Sometimes I would just sit in God’s presence and cry, not saying a word.  How had I gone to feeling like I was one of His favorites, to feeling so ashamed and burdened? I had begun to think the circumstances in my life were indications of how much He loved me. Instead of seeing that these attacks were from the enemy of my soul, I had attributed them to my Father! That’s why I couldn’t really pray for help, because I thought I was being punished by my Father. Had I realized I was being attacked by the enemy of my soul, I could have risen up in indignation, called on my Father, and given the enemy a black eye!!! Yeah!!!!

Then I began to get more of a glimpse of the true nature of God. I had so many misconceptions of Him. I was giving him human traits from people I knew on earth. I was equating weaknesses in my own parents with Him. I also thought of Him as passive and generally disapproving. But the more I began to see the TRUE nature of God, the more I understood that he is the hero on the white horse, not the task master. I began to understand that my Father BANKRUPTED Heaven when Jesus died on the cross for us. I have since been told that if I had been kidnapped, and the ransom had been $10,000, that Jesus paid ONE BILLION for me, because he declared my value much more than my enemy had, and he paid over and above my ransom. Isn’t that an awesome illustration?

What was the first thing Adam and Eve experienced in the Garden after they disobeyed? It was FEAR. But let’s back up just a moment. How did the enemy get them to consider disobeying God in the first place? He got them to question God’s character! He told them that God was keeping the best for Himself, and that it was out of selfishness that He had advised them not to eat from that particular tree. That tree was the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. They already had much knowledge of good, they had seen the Father face to face, had been created in His Image, they even resembled Him. When they were confused and deceived by the enemy, all they received new was the Knowledge of Evil, and with that came fear.

So, I believe that much of the stress we experience in this world, is due to our mistaken idea about the true character of our Heavenly Father and how he truly feels about us. Think of a cancer diagnosis. The first thing you experience is fear, right? If you KNEW beyond a shadow of a doubt that God really loved you, and was not mad at you, and that this in no way came from Him, couldn’t you pray with a little more boldness for healing? But if you feel somehow whispered in the back of your mind, and deep in your heart, that you must’ve failed somehow and that God was punishing you, how do you pray for healing and truly expect to be healed? (I have been miraculously healed of fibromyalgia, so it still happens today!)

We all say we know God loves us, but do we BELIEVE it in our hearts? I know I didn’t for a long time. It kept me in bondage to an eating addiction to comfort my broken heart, it kept me in isolation because I began to expect to be rejected, it kept me in a sea of condemnation and confusion and chaos, and here’s a big one, trying to EARN my approval from God. Oh Lord, was I a workaholic, and still struggle with this. God is not mad at us. Earlier in the same chapter of Joshua 1, it talks about how God GAVE the Israelites houses that they did not build, vineyards that they did not plant. He GAVE it to them and did not require them to toil at all for these things. The earlier generation had not been allowed to experience this, and had wandered for forty years in the desert. And why was this? They did not believe God. They agreed with the enemy, and WERE AFRAID! After all the miracles they had seen, including the parting of the Red Sea, they were afraid to go TAKE what the Lord had already declared was theirs.

So I believe fear in His children, breaks the heart of God. Because when we are fearful, we are literally choosing to stand on the side of the enemy and agree with him in saying, “You’re right, He doesn’t really love me.” and to say this, after He gave the best that heaven had to offer in the person of Jesus Christ. Can you imagine your child, choosing to believe a drug dealer had their best interests at heart, rather than you? I think if we can conquer fear, we can conquer the world and everything in it. But we cannot conquer fear, until we can clearly see the true nature and character of our Father.

I do not feel that I have written this anywhere near as eloquently as I had hoped. But if you could imagine God the way He is described in Psalm 18 the next time you feel alone and desperate, I will have accomplished giving the devil a black eye today:

Psalm 18: 6–19:

“In my distress, I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before Him into his ears. The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry. Smoke rose from his nostril; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet. He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind. he made darkness his covering, his canopy around Him – the dark rain clouds of the sky. Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightening. The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded. He shot his arrows and scattered the enemies, great bolts of lightening and routed them. The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of breath from your nostrils. He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of the deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.”

This Psalm was written by David prior to what Jesus accomplished on the cross. Our enemy is no longer powerful, but has BEEN DEFEATED!!! We are no longer powerless but powerful because the Holy Spirit of God lives on the inside of us! Ask God, as I have to do often, to help me focus more on His love for me and it’s abundance, rather than on how often I fail in my efforts at loving Him as He deserves.  What could you accomplish, knowing that the God of the universe was putting His every resource at your disposal? Who would you be afraid of if you truly understood who you were in Christ? So kick fear in the teeth today, and declare the victory that has already been GIVEN to you. You can’t defend property or territory or possessions that you don’t realize is yours, so figure out what’s yours in the Lord and when the enemy tries to claim it as his, rise up!! You have EVERYTHING you need in Christ, once you realize that you are his Beloved, precious in His eyes. His death assured you that you’d never have to wear the garment of condemnation again. He paid it ALL. Now step into your rightful place! Be BOLD AND COURAGEOUS and believe God for your health, your family and your future. Believe God and His report, not the report of the enemy of your soul.

In closing, here is another verse from Joshua 24: 15, “…, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.” You serve the one you AGREE WITH, so agree with God. He has a plan and a purpose for your life, a plan to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future. (Jer. 29:11) You can do it!

July 12, 2013

Holistic Cancer Resources

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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 10, 2012

What You May Not Know About Tuna, Generic Brands of Fish Oil, & More

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Everyday companies dump tons of pollution into our oceans. You may think, as I used to, “The oceans are so large, I’m sure it’s so diluted that it doesn’t make THAT big a difference.” I was wrong. Did you know that the Polar Bear is suffering from the contamination in our oceans? Even though he’s way out in the middle of nowhere, few if any factories, few if any cars, scientists tell us that polar bears are one of the animals suffering the most due to pollution. And it’s because of his diet of ocean fish, who are swimming around in toxic waters.

Chemicals like PCBs don’t just dilute and go away:

“PCB’s have been used since 1929 as insulating fluids in transformers and capacitors, as hydraulic oils, lubricants, softeners, heat exchange fluids, additives in plastics, casting oils etc.,and are still in use today. Most of the PCB’s were produced during the period 1950 to 1983. Total world production has been estimated to be more than 1 million metric tonnes.

PCB’s were first detected in environmental samples in 1966 (S.Jensen,1966). Subsequent research has shown PCB’s to be ubiquitously present, both in human beings and the environment. This is due to their persistence in the environment, their ability to be distributed over large distances (even to areas where they have never been produced or used), their potential for bioaccumulation in organisms and biomagnification in the foodchain.Their harmful effects to man and the environment are well documented in a number of reviews (WHO,1976; IARC,1978; OECD,1982; Lorenz & Neumeier,1983; Kimbrough,1987; IARC,1987; DFG,1988; ATSDR,1989;WHO,1989; WHO,1993; ATSDR,1996;).”  http://www.chem.unep.ch/pops/POPs_Inc/proceedings/slovenia/neumeier2.html

How my lunch inspired this post

Since my daughter’s diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), we have made numerous changes in our diets for the better. Because of the training I am now receiving through Shaklee, I know there’s mercury in tuna, but I had a craving so I bought one pack while grocery shopping yesterday, and as a single mom, it’s a budget friendly item. Today in a pinch for a quick meal, wanting a quick source of protein (I was out of my protein shakes –EGAD!), I reached for the tuna.

So, I’m looking at the packaging and it says in a red heart on the top right, “Natural Source of Omega-3”. Well this is true, but it’s also an unnatural source of MERCURY. Tuna are swimming around in these polluted oceans as well. I have now permanently lost my taste for tuna, until I can find out how to get it without the toxins – how about you?

So here’s my soapbox: People are TRYING TO MAKE GOOD CHOICES FOR THEIR HEALTH, but lack on information makes them vulnerable. In fact, children are especially at risk for mercury poisoning from eating tuna.  I guess that could be more frightening if it was something more kids were begging for, like macaroni n’ cheese. The fact remains, however, that a mother who is just learning that nutrition can make a big difference in her child’s health might be encouraging him / her  to eat tuna, thinking it’s full of Omega-3s and better for him / her  than baloney. Now baloney has it’s own issues, that’s a story for another post. My point is that the mothers is trying to give her child what advertising has told her is a good source of Omega-3s, but advertising left out the mercury and PCB contamination. Moms, you cannot believe the adveritising you see on TV!! It’s usually only half truths.

So What About The Fish Oil You’re Taking For Your Heart or Arthritis?

The same reason the polar bear is suffering, the same reason your tuna is contaminated, is the same reason you should be concerned about what brand of fish oil you consume. In fact, a handful of companies have been sued because of the contamination of the fish oil they were selling the unassuming public. Again, people trying to make good decisions and good choices about what they put in their bodies, trying to do things the natural way, but because they only know half the story, they end of doing as much harm as good. This makes me CRAZY!

This is also one of the reasons I’m so passionate about Shaklee. Their distillation process takes longer and costs more, but when they’re through, they have pharmaceutical grade fish oil, with no lead, mercury, arsenic, or PCBs in it – GUARANTEED. In fact, as far as I know as a lay person, it’s the only company that can say that AND back it up with scientific documentation to prove it. Shaklee’s standards are higher than the FDA’s, which I have mentioned in other articles.

So, A Few Extra Chemicals Won’t Hurt Me That Much Will It?

As a culture, as a nation, we are swimming in a cess pool of toxins and don’t even know it. In fact, most people I know are not only oblivious to it, but apathetic about it. To be honest, until every member of my own family was diagnosed with life-changing and life-threatening illnesses, I was the same way. Recently, I read the following paragraph in a book entitled The Toxic Sandbox,  by Libby McDonald, who became interested in all this information herself when her son was diagnosed with lead poisoning:

“In 2004 the Red Cross decided to take a look at umbilical cord blood and figure out what chemicals were pumped across the placenta to our children in the womb, the most vulnerable time of their development. By analyzing the cord blood of ten newborns, the researchers learned that the babies in utero had an average of two hundred industrial chemicals and pollutants running through their veins. In total 287 toxins were identified in the ten babies tested, pollutants that are found in pesticides, stain repellents, flame retardents, waste from coal-burning power plants, gasoline and garbage. Of these chemicals 180 are known to cause cancer, 217 are poisonous to the brain and nervous system, and 208 have been linked to birth defects in animal studies.”

If a baby, supposedly and hopefully safe in it’s mother’s womb has been exposed to this many toxins, how about the rest of us? I can’t remember where I read this, so remember you’re reading an article by a lay person and concerned mother, but I read if we were only exposed to one toxic chemical at a time, that’s really not so bad, as our bodies have been so amazingly designed by God, we can handle one relatively okay. However, by adding just ONE MORE TOXIN to the mix in our environment, the negative effects are multiplied exponentially. It makes me think of a friend of mine who was cleaning her bathroom. As long as she was using only one type of cleaner at the time and had the fan on or a window open, she might have difficulty breathing, but in a few moments seemed to recover. The minute she used a 2nd cleaning product containing bleach, and the chemicals from the two products combined, she was breathing a toxic gas that sent her to the emergency room. 90% of the carcinogenic chemicals we are exposing our families to everyday are in our cleaning baskets. (You might want to check out Shaklee’s non-toxic cleaners, but again, that’s a story for another post.)

Still not alarmed yet?

Well, consider this. Today’s generation of children are expected to live a lifespan 17 YEARS shorter than their parents, and researchers believe it has everything to do with their diets. See an earlier article I wrote on this recently. Our children are suffering from ADD/ADHD, Autism, Type 2 Diabetes, Asthma and Cancer at alarming rates. Just because you don’t realize the more immediate effects of these toxins on your body as they occur, you need to know that over time, the long-term exposure to toxins in our environment has a devastating effect on our long-term health, and even shortens lives.

Will you remain oblivious or apathetic after reading this? Determine to make one small change in your diet every few weeks. Over time, these small changes for the better will have very big results, even disease-preventing results. Need a suggestion as to where to start? Eliminate soda from your diet, both regular and diet sodas. Drink water instead! Don’t think that I don’t know that you just gasped in amazement! It took me and my daughter six months to stop craving the stuff, but once we broke our addiction to it, we have never looked back. You can do it!

I will write another article soon about detoxification. Your liver is filtering much of this stuff for you, and there are ways to help clean your liver and eliminate some of these toxins from your system. Keep in mind that when your body doesn’t know what to do with a toxin, it will stuff it in a fat cell. More to come!

Stay tuned.

November 2, 2012

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

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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.

August 25, 2012

ADD/ADHD: What you don’t know may surprise you.

by healthybydesignblog

One of the most fascinating things I have learned since my involvement with Shaklee is in regards to this thing called ADD or ADHD. First of all, if you are a parent of a kid who has had this label put on them, let me tell you that this kid is most likely very bright, and highly intelligent. In fact, the analogy has been made to me, that their brains are like high performance race car engines. So what’s the problem then? Nutrition! When we feed these high performance engines sugary cereals and soda, processed meats, etc., it’s like putting gasoline that has water in it, in one of these race car engines. What will happen? Major behavioral problems.

So what does the medical community want to do, but put your kids on Ritalin. Most people, including me, thought that these drugs slowed kids down, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. Ritalin is nothing but amphetamines, that’s right, it’s SPEED. I was so shocked. Why does it work? It works because that high powered engine of a mind, whose intellectual capacity is up there, has just had his physical capacity sped up by the amphetamine. So now, the physical and the intellectual are on the same plane, so to speak.

The good news, is that you can accomplish the exact same thing with nutrition. That means cutting out the junk, and putting in fruits and vegetables, and vitamin supplementation. In fact, one of the most common comments I get from new adult customers who begin taking the multi-vitamin is that they’ve never had so much energy. Now don’t freak out, if your kid is already a handful in regards to physical activity. Really and truly, it’s mental clarity as much as anything, more so than physical energy. When your mind is clear, it’s easier to get motivated, to get things done.

So what happens when you put “the good gas”, not the cheap gas, in the high performance engine? You win! Ditch the hot dogs, the chicken nuggets, the frozen food, and replace with fruits, vegetables and Shaklee Incredavites multi-vitamins for kids, and prepare to be amazed.

Now, do plan to give this a little bit of time. Don’t expect change to be over night, and don’t try to accomplish all these goals in a few days. You and your family have developed eating habits over a period of many years, and it will take some time not only to change your kid’s habits, but your own as well. Try limiting or cutting out soda first and encourage them to drink water. Are YOU drinking water? Step by step, one day at at a time, work towards your goal of healthier eating for your family.

By the way, nutrition has also been shown to help children with Austism as well! There is an amazing connection between your intestinal tract and your mind.

One frightening statistic regarding kids today, is that 1 out of 3 kids today WILL NOT LIVE AS LONG AS THEIR PARENTS!!!. This is talking about AMERICAN kids! It’s because of all these hot dogs and chicken nuggets – the preservatives in them, the steroids, antibiotics, and growth hormones that are in them, and the vitamins that are NOT in them. I know we’re all busier than ever, but your child’s health, quality of life, and even lifespan are greatly affected by what you serve them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

I can hear it now. “My kids won’t eat vegetables!” Your kids will eat what they’re exposed to. You keep putting vegetables in front of them, and encourage them to try it each time, they will develop a taste for them. The best thing is to start small children out on healthy food from the very beginning. This is too important to wimp out on. Suck it up, put your “big girl panties on”, do whatever it takes to get real food, not just stuff that looks like food but has no nutrient content, in your kids!!! And don’t forget the Shaklee Incredivites, or Vita Lea Ocean Wonders multi-vitamins. That’s the EASY part! There’s your big red EASY BUTTON right there. Contact me and I’ll answer any questions you may have. Our kids deserve our best efforts!

June 29, 2012

Would You Knowingly Give Your Little Princess Lead?

by healthybydesignblog

If you give your kids a multi-vitamin, chances are it has lead in it. And maybe worse!

Fact is, even PRENATAL vitamins contain lead as well. The FDA did a study on lead in children’s and prenatal vitamins, and every single product they tested had lead in it. Now lead directly affects your IQ, so how much would you consider to be a safe level for your children? And lead is not the only substance you have to worry about either. Many supplements may also contain mercury, arsenic and even PCBs. The FDA sets safety standards, but because it does not regulate vitamin / food supplements, these companies are not really being held accountable. In fact, you could pull the same product off of various store shelves, and one might be within the FDA limitations for safe amounts of lead, while others have been found to be as much as 15X the recommended limit.

But really, if you had a choice, wouldn’t you rather there be no lead at all in your kid’s multi-vitamin?

That is another reason I give my daughter (pictured here) Shaklee vitamins. I trust them. Shaklee’s standards are higher than the FDA’s. Their foundation principle is, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Awesome, right? As with all their nutritional products, Shaklee tests the raw materials coming in for over 350 known contaminants. To my knowledge, NO OTHER COMPANY DOES THIS. Then before the final product goes out to consumers, they test it again, to make sure that the products were not contaminated in any way during the maufacturing process. Again, to my knowledge, NO OTHER COMPANY DOES THIS.

Why is this important?

Much of the raw materials to make vitamins come from countries like China, and they have very different laws about these things. In fact, in the height of Ginseng popularity a few years back, China had a very wet growing season. In order to control mold and mildew on the ginseng, they sprayed it with a fungicide that is outlawed in the US. Shaklee discovered the carcinogen during routine testing. So batch after batch, Shaklee turned every load of gingseng away for TWO YEARS! The same batches that Shaklee turned away, were sold to other companies who had no issues with selling products laden with carcinogens. Again, in the height of ginseng’s popularity, Shaklee did not have a ginseng product on the market at all. They chose integrity over profit. That’s why I love ’em!

But we were specifically speaking about lead, so here’s another example.

During the production of a particular supplement, the raw materials had been tested and everything was clean. When testing the final product before releasing it to be sold to the public, they found lead. Shaklee got down to business to track down how lead had gotten into the product. They went to the company who they had sub-contracted to take the raw materials from it’s “straight from the field” state, to a laboratory ready state, and meticulously went through every inch of the process, looked at their machinery, etc. What they found was that on one particular machine, the raw materials were literally being pummeled by these heavy round balls. As it turned out, the balls were made of lead, and it was contaminating otherwise pure raw materials. Shaklee had them replace those lead balls and production resumed. However, once again, none of the other companies who use the same facility would have gone through the trouble to test for lead, much less have gone through the expense to find out where the contamination had originated.

I hope you can better understand now why I’m such a fan of Shaklee, and so loyal to both their products and to the company itself. I trust their integrity.

Recommendations:

If you’d like to find out more about Shaklee’s children’s multi-vitamin, called Incredivites, see http://tammywoolard.myshaklee.com/us/en/products.php?sku=20002.

To remove lead from drinking water, learn more about Shaklee’s Get Clean Water Pitcher. It’s the only one certified that it removes lead from water. Brita and PUR are not.

June 27, 2012

Athlete’s Vitamins Caused Her To Be Banned From Olympics

by healthybydesignblog


Olympic Athletes, as you know, do not take cheap supplements. So if she was at risk, how about you? Can you trust the company that manufactures yours?

Jessica Hardy is an American Olympic Swimmer, holding the world record in the 50m and 100m breaststroke. After joinging thd US Olympic Swim Team in 2008, she was not allowed to compete in the Olympics when an illegal substance was found in her system. A third party lab confirmed that the illegal substance “clenbuterol” was found in her vitamin supplements. She got her reputation back, but she missed the Olympics that year.

More Olympic Athletes
Trust Shaklee Quality

Athletes like Gary Hall, have a much different story to tell. A Type 1 diabetic, he had been told due to his health limitations, he would never be able to compete in the Olympics. BUT, he won a Gold in the 2004 Summer Olympics for the 50 meter freestyle. Gary was also 29 years old at the time, competing against much younger athletes.


Eli Bremer
is amazing. He fences, swims, rides horses, runs, and shoots. It’s hard to believe that this top-ranking pentathlete went from being an overweight kid with limited athletic ability to competing among the world’s best in the Beijing Games in 2008. For him, it’s about setting goals and having something to work toward.


Kent Bostick took up cycling in his mid 20s. More than 30 years later, he’s still pedaling strong. He placed first in the 2009 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championship, is a world-record holder, and received the 2009 Best All-Around Rider Award for the 55–59 age group. What’s it like to beat someone who’s almost half your age? “All right,” he says modestly. But for this 56-year-old, the focus isn’t so much about winning. “It’s about staying healthy and having a good workout,” he says. “Shaklee products help me achieve both.* Time Magazine includes Kent in an interesting article called  “More Than Athletes”.

To learn more about other Shaklee Athletes and Olympians, see http://athletes.shaklee.com/us/en/

To learn more about Shaklee vitamins, please visit my website: http://www.tammywoolard.myshaklee.com.

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