Tuesday, September 22, 2009

What the Doctors Won't Admit

So I took my boys a while back for their 18 month well check. The pediatrician (not my normal Dr. - a fill in) was busy educating an intern throughout our entire appointment and I really didn't get many of my questions answered. However, I did get a great lecture on swine flu and all other flu's. I was told that my boys will be in severe danger if they do not receive these vaccines. They are at risk of DYING!!! Wow! those are harsh words since only a small amount of children in the US have actually died from the swine flu.

I don't appreciate the scare tactics at all. I told this pediatrician that people who are most susceptible to the flu are ones who have a vitamin D deficiency. He laughed out loud at me, "Not proven". Apparently he does not believe in any link between the flu and a lack of vitamin D. I was about to rattle off all the research I had done on the topic but something inside of me told me to just be quiet and get the heck out of there as fast as I could! So I refused a fight with this doctor and gently declined the flu shot. I also mentioned that I would not be getting the H1N1 shot and either would my children. I received another lecture on how irresponsible I was being and blah blah blah because at that point I was packing my kids up and tuning out this misinformed man. Whew! We made it out alive! Funny huh?

So just today I am reading some information on Dr. Mercola's website about a CDC study on the H1N1 virus. Apparently, out of the 36 children that did die from this flu, two thirds of them had certain predispositions such as: epilepsy, cerebral palsy and other neurodevelopmental conditions like mental retardation. Well according to what we know, neurological conditions such as these are almost always linked to childhood vitamin D deficiencies and the drugs that many of these children take for their conditions deplete their vitamin D even further. Do you think there is a link now? Are you convinced yet? I think the evidence is glaring.

We need to get our kids some vitamin D. This will protect them from ALL flu's not just H1N1. I have mentioned it before and I will do so again. Give your kids their vitamin D in a way their body will most likely absorb it (whole foods based). I give my boys cod liver oil. It comes in a fruity flavor and they take it like champs. It is a great source of vitamin D. Also, fatty fish like Salmon and sardines are abundant in vitamin D. Get your kids out in the sun and let them drink fresh raw milk! These are all ways you can help protect them from the upcoming flu season without having to inject them with harmful mercury and squalene (two ingredients in the H1N1 vaccine that will potentially cause neurological damage).

I am glad I walked out of that office because I know I am doing my best at protecting my kids. I just wish the medical community did as much research as I did. I wish they would stop being puppets of the pharmaceutical industry. As it turns out, I do not think the H1N1 will be offered to children under 2 years of age so my kids wouldn't qualify anyway but many of their little friends will.

Please read the following link that talks about the CDC findings on H1N1: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/09/22/Low-Vitamin-D-Increases-Flu-Death-Risk-in-Kids.aspx

Monday, September 21, 2009

Alzheimer's Cases to Double

I just heard on CNN today that the reported cases of Alzheimer's Disease are expected to double in the next 20 years. This is not just in the United States either. This is a worldwide epidemic that is getting more prevalent. One of the reasons they give for the increase in Alzheimer's is the longer life spans that humans are achieving but I don't buy it. One hundred Years ago Alzheimer's was virtually unheard of. It may be because it wasn't discovered and doctors just called it dementia but we all know that Alzheimer's is a neurological disease and we are seeing a rise in neurological diseases and disorders across the board (in children, adults and seniors). I truly believe that these diseases are a direct result of our poor diets and toxins that are present in the products and medications we use.

Our diets lack vital antioxidants and enzymes because the food we eat is processed and stripped of its vital nutrients. The vitamins that the vast majority of people take are synthetic and do not come from their food. Synthetic vitamins are just as good as taking nothing. The body does not absorb synthetic vitamins the way it does from enzyme rich, raw food. A diet of raw food, fermented food, and fish liver oil can help keep the nervous system healthy. Foods that are rich in antioxidants will help detox and cleanse the body of heavy metals and other chemicals that lead to nerve degeneration. The removal of all processed foods and foods containing nitrates is beneficial to overall health and can also prevent diseases of the nervous system.

The products we use everyday (personal care, cleaning, household) contain hundreds of synthetic chemicals that interact with each other in ways that have not and will never be tested by the FDA or any other regulatory body. We roll the dice every time we use these toxic chemicals and absorb them into our bloodstream and skin. I used the example of antiperspirant in a previous post. All antiperspirants contain aluminum which is a heavy metal. This is applied directly to broken skin (post shaving) every time a woman applies it to her underarms. The aluminum goes directly into the bloodstream and builds up in the body potentially leading to neurological damage down the road. This is just one example of the thousands of products we use on a weekly basis. This is why I did a complete inventory of all the consumer products I used and literally threw them all away. I started buying brands like Nature's Gate, Naturally Fresh, Young Living*, Mrs. Meyers, Shi Kai, and California Baby. Those brands are just a few of the products I switched to, please email me to get more complete information on how I saved our family from toxic chemicals.

The health care community will try to attack this disease by creating more pharmaceutical drugs and therapies that will cost Americans millions of dollars. Big pharma sees dollar signs when it hears the report of Alzheimer's on the rise. But we can prevent this from happening. We can take control of our health and avoid taking these harmful drugs. Its easy to say that Alzheimer's cases are growing because more of the population is aging but we need to take a look at the percentage of people over the age of 70 suffering from Alzheimer's and compare that to the percentage from 30 or 40 years ago. I am sure the percentage has increased because right now about 1 out of every 7 people over the age of 70 suffers from dementia (Alzheimer's being the main cause of dementia). This is a huge number to me. Much higher than the rate of Autism in boys (1 out of 99)!!

There are ways to prevent this from happening to you. Drink an antioxidant drink such as NingXia Red (Young Living's proprietary nutritional supplement) everyday. Take cod liver oil for brain health. Eat foods that are raw or as close to raw as possible. Remove nitrates and processed food from your diet. Clean out your medicine cabinets and pantries. Get rid of toxic products and opt for healthier versions. I can help you if you need direction. It will be a liberating experience and one that will benefit you for years to come. Don't become another statistic, lets change the trajectory of Alzheimer's for good.

The following link is a recent study of nitrates and their possible link to Alzheimer's:

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Essential Oils in Action!

I have been meaning to share an essential oil success a story but the end of summer got away from me as we spent a week by the shore. Yesterday I sent my twin boys off to their 1st day of preschool which also took some preparation and blogging just fell off my priority list. But I am back!

As I learn more about the power of essential oils, I am amazed. These little oils have healing powers and truly do some incredible things. A good friend of mine has been suffering from an autoimmune disease that came about in her late 20's. The side effects from the strong medication she takes have had detrimental effects on her body. Unfortunately, a lot of autoimmune diseases are treated with steroids to stop inflammation but there are many other side effects that result from taking steroids such as osteoporosis, skin problems, hair loss, etc. These steroids are not meant to be taken long term but some people just do not respond well to any other type of therapy. In my personal opinion, western medication is not doing a good job at getting to the source of the problem with autoimmune diseases. Its just treating symptoms with medications that can cause a host of other problems and/or diseases. We as a society need to become more focused on prevention and preventing autoimmune disease starts from diet and the removal of toxins from the body and environment. But I digress....

In my friend's case, she had been taking the steroids for a while and had started to see some alopaecia (hairloss). This was frustrating and embarrassing for her as a beautiful woman in the prime of her youth. She read about essential oils and their healing effects on the body, specifically for hair regrowth. She contacted me with some questions and I gave her the following recipe:

4 drops Rosemary - promotes new hair growth
4 drops Thyme
4 drops Lavendar
4 drops Cedarwood

This makes a blend. Then draw up the blend in a tiny syringe and drop 5 drops of the blend in with 20 drops of olive, grape seed or fractionated coconut oil. Its the 20:80 dilution method. Once you have it combined properly, massage into your head before bed. Do it every night.

At first she was not religious with her application of the oils but as time went on she became more diligent. A quote from her latest correspondence with me: "I am pretty religious about using them almost everyday and I have definitely noticed a difference, my hair is much much thicker than it was, there is a lot of regrowth." It has been only 2 months since she started using the oils and the obvious effects are there. I was overjoyed to hear this news and especially delighted because she got the oils from my company Young Living. Young Living harvests the purest most efficacious essential oils that you can find. These are pharmaceutical grade oils, safe enough to ingest and use undiluted in most cases. Think about the market for hair regrowth products like Rogaine and Propecia. Companies are making so much money on synthetic and toxic treatments that don't even work. Why waste money on that when you can use natural plant extracts that are 100% safe and actually WORK!

There are hundreds of oils that work on different parts of the body and in conjunction can heal most ailments. I am still learning about how they all work (by themselves or as blends) and I use many of them myself as a daily regimen. On my children, I use them to boost immunity and so far it has worked as my kids have never needed antibiotics and they are 20 months. Preschool and the germs that live there will now be the true test to prove how powerful these oils truly are but I think my friend's success story is just the tip of the iceberg and I am confident I can keep my kids antibiotic free for as long as possible!

Check out the oils at http://www.youngliving.com/ and contact me if you are interested in learning more.