Sherry's Story

Sherry has a great story.  She has been diabetic for years and she has made some massive changes!   "I have been on a lifestyle change. It has been a year following a ketogenic food plan.  When I started this journey Read more

Tara's Story

Tara's Story When I turned 30 years old I weighed in at 348lbs; clothes were getting harder to find and more expensive, and my life was getting difficult to manage. When going out to eat we had to have a Read more

Pharmacy to Farmacy

Many of you may know Erin-- the fabulous Pharm D that worked in our office a few years back.  Erin is a phenomenal gal and we embarked on the journey  into natural medicine around the same time.  As we both Read more

The Sauerkraut Challenge

As many of you may know --- my 9-year-old daughter has been extremely ill for the last 4 weeks.  It is so painful to watch your child suffer from illness and not be able to do anything to fix Read more

Healing the Gut with Bone Broth

What is bone broth? What the @&*$ is bone broth and why is everyone talking about it and its medicinal benefits.  First, bone broth is simply stock!  Chicken or beef bones are usually used although you can use venison/lamb/pig etc.  Read more

Breastfeeding Tips

  Here's a different topic for today regarding breastfeeding!  We all know how important the gut microbiome is and breastfeeding is a natural, inexpensive way to help your baby's gut get all those good bacteria!  Natalie Michele the author of Read more

Avoid these banned foods

Are you eating food that's already banned in other countries but is still allowed to poison and kill Americans? Learn these pernicious ingredients and common foods through this infographic. Use the embed code to share it on your Read more

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

So I got a little wicked crazy this weekend and decided to splurge on some pizza.  We do gluten-free carry out around here sometimes, but my future son-in-law inspired me to make my own cauliflower pizza crust. He made Read more

Diet

Sherry’s Story

Sherry has a great story.  She has been diabetic for years and she has made some massive changes!

 

“I have been on a lifestyle change. It has been a year following a ketogenic food plan.  When I started this journey that sounded like “here I go. Another diet…” and I am sure my family and friends were skeptical too. However, I can honestly say I have never been HUNGRY, and have only felt the urge to cheat one time. Sitting between two grandkids in a movie theater and them both chowing down on extra buttery popcorn. But that passed and I felt better for it. My labs are improved. My a1C is 5.9 now. My ankles do not swell. And my arthritis inflammation is really improved. My eyesight is clearer and I do not have brain fog like I used to have. I eat regular foods. Take no Diet pills. No surgery.

Dr Henriksen us a major part of my success. She is with me every step of the way. I have lost 65 pounds in the last year. For some, that would be too slow of a weight loss to stay committed. However it takes a lot of work and time for me to drop a pound… and I did not put my weight on overnight either. My only complaint about losing weight is I am chilly. My insulation is leaving me. But a hoodie on a 70 degree day feels good. And when I feel good and I am on track it becomes a great day for me!”

 

I’m so proud of Sherry!!!  It just goes to show that it CAN be done without a lot of medication or surgery—#FOODHEALS

Thanks so much for sharing your story Sherry!

 

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Tara’s Story

Tara’s Story

When I turned 30 years old I weighed in at 348lbs; clothes were getting harder to find and more expensive, and my life was getting difficult to manage. When going out to eat we had to have a table because I could not comfortably sit in a booth, my stomach hit the steering wheel when I drove, and at family gatherings, I often sat on the floor in the corner so no one had to navigate around me. My depression and anxiety were getting worse and, as a previous nationally competing athlete, I was disgusted with myself and how I was allowing my health, and weight, box in my life.

After attempting every fad diet plan, ‘cleanse’ and losing a few pounds only to gain them, and some of their friends, back, I was giving up. Then Dr. Angie had me watch a TedTalks video about a high fat, low carb diet and provided me with literature to go through. However, I knew after the video that this high fat, low carb (or Keto) diet change would be manageable. I still got to eat cheese and enjoy meat!

After 6 months, I have lost 60lbs and continue to lose weight even though I am not super strict all the time. When I want something, I have it, but in moderation. I do not beat myself up for slip-ups, or cheat meals. Not only am I am able to sit in booths again, I have started to enjoy shopping, my mental state is better than ever and my body is starting to feel like my own again. My weight no longer controls me.

I still have a long way to go, but I know I will get there.

This is the video I shared with Tara— There are many more that explain the theory of the ketogenic/ low carb/high fat diet.

I love seeing patients make changes that don’t involve pharmaceuticals!!

Share any of your own weight loss adventures in the comments below– and please call or message me if you want more info!  You can contact me at the office (317) 217-2626, email at doc@angelamd.com or contact me thru my Angelamd Facebook page.

Congrats Tara!  You are such and inspiration and I am so excited to continue to watch all your health improvements!

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Pharmacy to Farmacy

Many of you may know Erin– the fabulous Pharm D that worked in our office a few years back.  Erin is a phenomenal gal and we embarked on the journey  into natural medicine around the same time.  As we both share a real passion for nutrition and natural remedies, I wanted to introduce you to her wealth of knowledge about essential oils.  I am using them and really loving all the benefits — so here is a little about ERIN!

How a Pharmacist Got Started With Essential Oils

Well, hello!  Allow me to introduce myself.  I am a classically trained, Western medicine pharmacist AND a natural wellness enthusiast.  “How can this be?” you may ask.  Aren’t Western medicine practitioners and natural wellness practitioners supposed to be diametrically opposed to each other?  I used to think that too.  I admit, I am a “natural” skeptic {pun intended}.  My training has taught me that if there is not a double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial to back up a claim, it is merely unsubstantiated mumbo-jumbo.  So what changed my mind?  Perhaps it was the subtle (and not so subtle) ways my body started telling me I’m not as young as I used to be.  Or, perhaps, it was the desire to keep my family healthy without the use of synthetic chemicals.  Becoming a parent certainly increased my desire to find the best and most natural ways to do things.  Whatever the reason, I developed a desire to find a better way to achieve and maintain health and wellness.  So, I went back to my old standbys: research and experience.

 

Western vs. Natural Medicine Approaches

Over the years, what I have learned, both through research and personal experience, is that while Western medicine is great at using a variety of medical and surgical interventions to keep you alive, it is not so great at keeping you from needing those interventions in the first place.  Western medicine shines in treatment more so than in prevention.  If you think of your wellness like a horizontal line, with health and vitality above the line and sickness and disease below the line, in Western medicine we wait until you have fallen way below the wellness line before we do anything.  By that point you are in trouble.  You have a disease, so we prescribe a medication or surgical intervention that helps to manage that disease.  The problem is most medications that are prescribed for chronic conditions do not provide a cure, but are used to mitigating the symptoms.  They do not get to the underlying cause, and they do not bring you back above the wellness line.  Not to mention, most medications come with a variety of toxic and adverse effects that then also have to be managed.  Does that mean that I think we should never use Western medicine approaches?  Absolutely not!  Western medicine has its place, and offers us many tools in our wellness tool belt to utilize.  However, I think we can all agree, it would be ideal if we could utilize these tools less.

 

What if there were tools to help us stay above the wellness line?  This is where natural medicine shines.  By supporting your body to do what it was made to do in the first place, natural medicine approaches prevent much of the need for Western interventions.  Our bodies are amazing creations that were made to be healthy.  Given the right environment and the right building blocks, most of the time our bodies will be healthy.  The problem is that in today’s world we are surrounded by things that tear down our bodies instead of support them.  We eat junk, we breathe in junk, we apply junk to our skin, we don’t get enough sleep or exercise, and we are constantly STRESSED OUT!  It’s no wonder all sorts of disease rates are climbing.

 

A Better Way

What if there was a better way?  What if we gave our bodies an environment in which they could thrive and the building blocks with which to heal?  What would that look like?

  • We would put nourishing foods into our body. Not overly processed, chemical laden junk, but REAL food.  Hippocrates knew what he was talking about when he said “let thy food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”.
  • We would stop breathing in toxins. True, you cannot always help the air quality where you live, but you can stop making it worse.  Quit smoking and get rid of the toxins in your air.  Did you know formaldehyde is just one of a number of chemicals commonly used in scented candles and air fresheners?!?  So stop “freshening” your air with toxins.
  • We would clean up our skin care products. Check out your product labels.  Do some research into the dangers of ingredients like parabens, phthalates, triclosan, artificial dyes, and many others.  Don’t be fooled, anything you put on your skin is absorbed into your body!
  • We would start moving more, resting well, and stressing less!

 

I know that seems like a pretty tall order, and no one is going to be perfect 100% of the time, but every step you take in the right direction is a step toward wellness, and that is a worthy goal!

 

Essential Oils as a Tool for Wellness

So where do essential oils come in?  For me, adding in essential oils was another step in my path toward natural wellness.  When I was first presented with the idea of using essential oils for wellness, guess what, I was skeptical of that too.  My pharmacist brain kicked into gear and wanted to dismiss the idea.  After months of pondering, I finally gave in and got my Young Living Premium Starter Kit.  And then it sat on my counter…for weeks.  Finally, my old friends, research and experience won.  I opened up those little bottles and started using them.  The more I used them, the better I felt, so I would research more, and then use them more, and then feel better, and then research, and then use them, and then…well, you get the idea.  My biggest “Ah Ha!” moment in using essential oils was when I finally realized essential oils are NOT like medicine, they are like FOOD!  The properties and constituents in essential oils that make them so amazing do their job by supporting your body to do what it was intended to do.  Just like food, they give your body the building blocks to heal and stay above the wellness line.  Just like I would not go a day without eating or drinking, there is now not a single day that goes by when I am not using my essential oils.  Yes, there are specific oils that work better for specific purposes, but so long as you have high quality, therapeutic grade essential oils, such as those provided by Young Living, just use them!  Once you understand a few common sense safety issues (like don’t put them in your eyes or ears- duh!), unlike medications that can cause serious problems if used at the wrong time in the wrong way, using Young Living Essential oils is always going to support your body in a positive way.

 

How do I Use My Young Living Essential Oils

We have been using our Young Living Essential Oils EVERY DAY for well over 2 years now!  They can be inhaled, applied topically, and most can even be ingested.  Here are just a few examples…

  • Peace and Calming, Lavender, or Cedarwood for a restful night’s sleep
  • DiGize or peppermint for digestion
  • Thieves to support our immune systems
  • Peppermint, Copaiba, or PanAway for muscles, joints, and ligaments
  • Stress Away when life gets too crazy (or just because it smells AMAZING!)
  • Lavender and Frankincense in our skin care
  • Progessence Plus, Clary Sage, or Idaho Blue Spruce for hormone balance
  • Grapefruit to support metabolism
  • Purification and Lemon in our household cleaning

If you go down our previous list about what a “better way” would look like for improving your health, literally every item on that list has been touched by Young Living Essential Oils in our home.

 

Why I Love Young Living Essential Oils

I could write another post about why, after much research, I chose Young Living for my family and why it is the only brand I recommend if you are looking for actual wellness benefits and not just pretty smells from essential oils.  I will save those many details for another post.  For now, please believe me when I say there is a HUGE difference between Young Living’s therapeutic grade essential oils and almost any other oil on the market, so, Buyer Beware!  If you would like to do a little of your own research, you can start by learning more about Young Living’s commitment to purity and quality through their unique Seed to Seal® process.  For more information and videos describing this process check it out at www.seedtoseal.com.

 

Ready to Stay Above the Wellness Line?

If any of this peaks your interest, I would love to tell you more.  Come check out more information or message me through www.facebook.com/EssentiallyErin or email me directly at erinruth@sbcglobal.net.  I’ll be waiting for you!

To get your own Premium Starter Kit, go to http://tinyurl.com/ErinArkins1.  The Premium Start Kit is by far the best deal to get you started on your oily journey, and by signing up through my link you will have access to member only essential oil education and FREE reference material as a gift from me.  Getting my kit was the best decision I made for my family’s health and wellness!  I am excited to help you on your journey as well!

 

Blessings and wellness to you and yours,

Erin

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The Sauerkraut Challenge

As many of you may know — my 9-year-old daughter has been extremely ill for the last 4 weeks.  It is so painful to watch your child suffer from illness and not be able to do anything to fix it.  All the mamas out there know that when our kids hurt– we hurt too and just want to make things better.

I have to express the gratitude that I have that my kids aren’t sick often and that they (Praise God) don’t have any debilitating or chronic diseases.  It took one viral syndrome that lingered to get me thinking about how unfathomable it would be to keep strength having a chronically ill child.  I have so much respect and admiration for those parents that endure this journey in life.  I can’t imagine—

Although Stanley steamer made quite a profit this past two weeks, (Emma’s room looked like a crime scene after an unfortunate projectile incident involving red Gatorade) — The rest of us have tried to stay healthy and avoid this nasty bug.

I have been eating sauerkraut for the healthy probiotic benefits daily ( about 6 forkfuls daily ) along with my Garden of Life probiotic.  I even added some Young Living Oil of Oregano that I put in gelatin capsules and take daily.  So far so good.

Another major tip is activated charcoal –you can buy that over the counter — (I get mine at Fresh Thyme)– it absorbs toxins in your body before they can harm you.  They actually use it for food poisoning and alcohol overdose in the Emergency Room.  Ancient Egyptians used it on wounds and Hindus used it to purify water.  It is said that it was used in the past to treat anthrax and epilepsy.  Common dosing says to take 2 capsules every few hours– but keep in mind that it will absorb some of the good nutrients in your body — so don’t take it at the same time as some of your other supplements .

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Healing the Gut with Bone Broth

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What is bone broth?

What the @&*$ is bone broth and why is everyone talking about it and its medicinal benefits.  First, bone broth is simply stock!  Chicken or beef bones are usually used although you can use venison/lamb/pig etc.  They are simmered for over 24 hours or more along with vegetables/herbs etc.  The more gelatinous the broth, the more nourishing it is.  Simmering the broth breaks down the bones and bone marrow releasing calcium, phosphorus, collagen, cartilage, glucosamine, silicon, chondroitin, and essential acids including proline, glycine and glutamine.

The benefits of bone broth include:

Reduction in joint pain and inflammation– because of the chondroitin and glucosamine

Inhibits infection—“Jewish penicillin”–it apparently activates macrophages/natural killer cells/ B- lymphocytes etc that are important in the immune response to colds/viruses.

Fights inflammation–with the essential amino acids.  glycine, proline and arginine all have anti-inflammatory effects.

Promotes strong bones –because of the calcium and magnesium –collagen provides the lattice-work for mineral deposition to build strong and flexible bones

Promotes healthy hair and nail growth– this is from all the gelatin in the broth–there is even some thought that it can eliminate cellulite

There is an excellent interview here by Kaayla Daniel, PhD, CCN whom has studied “broth” for over 20 years.

Now—the quality of the soup is only equivalent to the components that you put in it–are the vegetables organic?  Are you using bones from pastured animals etc. So if you are making it yourself (the cheapest way) it is very important that you use quality, organic, non-processed ingredients.

I am now drinking bone broth for its primary benefit of healing leaky gut!  I have made my own bone broth which isn’t difficult but it is time-consuming for busy working families.

I recently ordered some bone broth from Lance Roll “The Flavor Chef” that I really love.

Buy your own bone broth HERE! —The Brothery.com

If you are interested in making your own bone broth—let me know in the comments below and I will post some good recipes!  It is much cheaper and as you know “chicken soup is good for the soul!”

I just found a new place to buy bone broth!  KETTLE AND FIRE

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Breastfeeding Tips

 

Here’s a different topic for today regarding breastfeeding!  We all know how important the gut microbiome is and breastfeeding is a natural, inexpensive way to help your baby’s gut get all those good bacteria!  Natalie Michele the author of maternityathome.com was gracious enough to share this with us.

Preparation for Breastfeeding – What You Need to Do
Expecting mothers are known to prep and prepare for the months leading up to birth. From painting and decorating the nursery to cleaning late into the night, women feel the natural instinct to prepare for the birth of their next child. One area that some women forget to prepare is breastfeeding.
Years ago, women were told to toughen up their nipples before birth. Some of the methods can send chills through your spine. Thankfully, there is no reason to attempt to make your nipples tougher. Any attempt won’t give you the results you hoped. There are some things you do want to do to prepare for breastfeeding.
1. Specify on Your Birth Plan: If you took the time to write a birth plan, you need to specify that you desire no artificial nipples be given to your baby. The plan should mention no pacifiers, sugar water or formula unless medically indicated or approved by you. Make sure to note that any artificial feeding is given through an oral syringe. Keeping all of these items away from your baby will reduce the chance of nipple confusion.

2. Read and Get Support: Breastfeeding may be natural, but it can be complicated at times. In an age when breastfeeding isn’t the norm in some areas, lack of information and support is one of the top reasons mothers end up not breastfeeding their child. Attend a local LLL group. Reach out to other moms in your area. Pick up a few breastfeeding books to get to know the basics. Also, find a great lactation consultant in your area who will make a hospital visit and a home visit after birth.

3. Get All Needed Items: Before your baby comes, you need to stock up on needed items. You should have at least two or three supportive nursing bras. A nursing bra for sleep is also a great purchase. You will need nursing pads, either disposable or reusable. Lanolin or nipple cream is required for sore nipples.

You may want to look into some easy, button up pajamas for easy breastfeeding those first few weeks. Many mothers like breastfeeding tank tops to make breastfeeding in public easier and discreet. You may want a nursing cover as well.

Mothers can purchase several other items for breastfeeding. A breast pump is essential if you plan to go back to work or leave your baby for any extended period. Using a breast pump means you will need breast milk storage bags and bottles. A nursing pillow can make those long nursing sessions easier on the arms and back. Also, a sling and rocking chair are some beneficial, but not needed, items.

4. Find a Supportive Pediatrician: Not all pediatricians are knowledgeable about breastfeeding. To ensure you have a successful breastfeeding relationship, it is essential for you to have a pediatrician who follows the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for breastfeeding. Ideally, they will have an extensive knowledge on breastfeeding as well.
5. Take a Breastfeeding Class: If you are feeling nervous about breastfeeding, you may want to check out a local breastfeeding class. Your local WIC office, hospital or La Leche League may offer them. This is a great place to meet other breastfeeding or pregnant mothers in the area. You can feel safe here asking all of those questions that are nagging you every day.
6. Know Your Baby’s Nourishment Needs: The first week of life is one of the hardest for breastfeeding mothers. There is no way to know just how much breast milk your infant is drinking. It is easy to doubt your ability to breastfeed successfully.

It can take up to five days before your milk fully comes in. Waiting can cause anxiety and doubt; mothers believe they are starving their new baby. Remember, your breast makes colostrum at the beginning, which is essential for a healthy breastfeeding relationship.

Colostrum is full of nourishment for your child. In the beginning, your child’s stomach is the size of a marble. Over the next few days, they will gradually need more. The best way to know if they are getting enough milk is to check their wet and dirty diapers. Bring your baby to breast as frequently as possible to bring in your milk.

7. Expect Discomfort: Not every mother is going to experience the excruciating pain cited by some mothers, but every mother is going to have some discomfort while breastfeeding. Your nipples are in for a significant change. Use nipple cream diligently after each feeding. Give them air as needed.

The most important way to keep your nipples from cracking is to check your baby’s latch each feeding to make sure it is correct. A bad latch can cause cracking and bleeding, which is a terrible way to start your breastfeeding relationship.
Once you have your new baby, leave all of those formula samples at home. During the late night feedings, you don’t want to have them in your house. You will be tempted to give up and use formula instead. So remember, as a new mother you are more than capable of breastfeeding your baby as long as you prepare ahead of time.

Check out more info all tailored to mom’s and addressing concerns regarding pregnancy all the way thru infancy

— Check out Natalie’s site——http://maternityathome.com

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Avoid these banned foods

10 Banned Foods to Avoid

Are you eating food that’s already banned in other countries but is still allowed to poison and kill Americans? Learn these pernicious ingredients and common foods through this infographic. Use the embed code to share it on your website.

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza

So I got a little wicked crazy this weekend and decided to splurge on some pizza.  We do gluten-free carry out around here sometimes, but my future son-in-law inspired me to make my own cauliflower pizza crust. He made it for his family a few weeks ago and it looked amazing.   I have done cauliflower fried rice and mashed potatoes before but I’ve never been much of a baker. This seemed a little intimidating!  But, I’m always up for an adventure and challenge.

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So here are the ingredients that I used:

1 medium-sized head of cauliflower

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 small shake of crushed red pepper

1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

1/4 cup mozzarella cheese

1 egg

1 tablespoon coconut flour (optional but I used)

So you start by placing your pizza stone in the oven (I used a baking sheet) and pre heated it to 450 degrees

Then place a piece of parchment paper on a cutting board and spray with nonstick cooking spray (I used coconut oil spray)

Wash and dry the cauliflower/ cut off the florets and then pulse in the food processor ( my NINJA worked great)

Place it in a microwave safe bowl and cook for 4 minutes

When cooled — dump the cooked cauliflower into a towel and wring all the water out of it.  HINT — don’t use paper towels like I did — (A big shout out to my fab patients Gene and Cheryl that suggested using the towel)  I didn’t get my cauliflower dried out enough which made my dough a little too wet –I was able to add coconut flour to dry it out some.

NEXT –make the dough

Dump the cauliflower in a bowl with the 1/4 cup parmesan, 1/4 cup mozzarella, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp basil, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp garlic powder (not salt) and a dash of red pepper

Then add the egg and mix away.   I ended up adding 1 Tbsp of coconut flour (you could also use almond) to thicken the dough up since I hadn’t dried the cauliflower well enough.

Then form the dough into a crust and pat it down on the parchment paper (not too thick or too thin)

Slide the parchment paper onto your stone or baking sheet and cook 8-11 min until golden brown

Then remove from the oven and add your toppings and cook for another 5-7 minutes until cheese is bubbly

Then let it cool for a minute or two before cutting (this is crucial)

I added some homemade sauce (see instructions below), some shaved parmesan, fresh-cut mozzarella, tomato, and fresh-cut basil from my garden.

For the Sauce–

I took about 10 Roma tomatoes and cut an X on the skin with a knife.

Then drop them in boiling water for about 45 sec and pull them out.  You can easily remove the skin from the cut areas.

Add those back in the pot with whatever other ingredients you prefer.  I added a red onion, 3 cloves garlic, fresh oregano, basil, and chives from the garden and some roasted red pepper with a dash of sea salt and pepper.

I let this simmer for about 3 hours on low heat.

 

So here are my takeaways:

It’s ok to splurge every now and again and try a new adventure in cooking!

The pizza was definitely palatable and I will try it again.  I didn’t get the texture just right and had to eat it with a fork (it was less chewy/more crumbly).  I think it would work better with a pizza stone rather than a baking sheet.  But that’s just my opinion.

Leave me some comments below on new healthy cooking adventures or mistakes you have made!  We are all in this together!

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What Happened When My Dad Went Gluten Free

It seems I am getting more and more testimonials from patients on how great they feel when they go gluten free.  I thought I would re-post this great story by one of my friend’s experiences.  Comment down below with any of your own experiences and share!

 

What Happened When My Dad Went Gluten Free

Health trends, like many trends, come and go.  But the gluten-free trend may just be a keeper.  Why is this?  This gluten thing is part of a bigger picture….genetically modified foods and how they cause inflammation, and how that makes us sick.  Here’s what happened to my dad.

It all began in 2002 when my dad was 53 years old.  His heart just wasn’t beating right, and at 35-44 beats per minute (normal is 60-100), dad felt pretty lousy.  Eventually, it was determined that dad’s thyroid was under active.  This caused his heart to beat too slowly.  Dad felt like he couldn’t breathe, and nearly passed out whenever he stood up.  But it didn’t end there.  The slow heartbeat thickened the wall of Dad’s heart, which in turn led to an electrical problem causing atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat.

Dad’s doctor added thyroid hormone to correct the hypothyroidism.  This, and a surgical procedure brought his heart back to the normal beats per minute.

But what was the root of Dad’s thyroid problem?  An autoimmune disorder, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis caused Dad’s immune system to attack his thyroid.  His body was confused by an invader, but instead of going after the true culprit, Dad’s immune system accidentally recognized his thyroid as the enemy.  Under attack, the thyroid was unable to produce enough hormone to keep his heart beating fast enough.

So what was the enemy that invaded Dad’s body, and why did his immune system become so confused?

Always the student of nutrition, Dad read that hybridized, or genetically modified wheat can cause autoimmune problems.  Hybridization of the grain makes people sensitive to gluten.  He read that the human body fails to recognize hybridized wheat as food.  This fact stunned Dad because he knew 70% of our immunity comes from digestive tract.  The logic was simple.  Inundate the digestive tract with hybridized wheat, which the body fails to recognize as food, and you could potentially create an immunological reaction.

Dad made a plan.  Calm the immune system.  How?  Cut wheat.  (He had already cut junk food years ago).

After six to eight months, Dad’s blood test showed his TPO antibodies had dropped from 2,700 to 141.  In plain language, that means his immune system stopped cranking out the little critters that had been attacking his thyroid.  After a total of 12 months wheat free, Dad’s TPO’s continued the downward trend to 101.  Additionally, the post wheat-free blood tests showed more improvements.  Dad’s TSH was low normal, measuring .5.  Normal range for TSH, or Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, is .47-4.7.  This was great news because it let his doctor know Dad’s brain no longer needed to pump out TSH in order to stimulate the thyroid.  After going wheat free, Dad’s TSH had dropped down to normal, and with some adjustments to his thyroid medication, his next TSH check showed a reading of 2.0, well within the normal range.

These blood test improvements led Dad’s doctor to lower his thyroid medication from 137 mcg to 112 mcg for 6 weeks, and then down further to 100 mcg.  Dad is so happy to have less medication and, of course, hopes to eventually discontinue it altogether if possible.

Cutting wheat just may have eliminated the culprit guilty of revving up Dad’s immune system.  This simple dietary change helped my dad gain control of his rogue immune system.

About the author:

Jeanne Barker Benz is a full-time mom of three children and Team Beachbody Coach.  While her background is in law, her passion is encouraging others in faith, education, business, and health.

 

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Oil Pulling–What the Heck????

I stumbled upon a great pinterest find on making your own coconut oil pulling squares infused with essential oils.  So  a quick stop to Michaels to get a silicone candy mold and some grabbing my coconut oil and my thieves essential oil and I’m in business for my DIY—It was so easy — basically, I mixed 5 drops of thieves in coconut oil—pour in to the silicone mold and then pop in the freezer.

 

 

When I first read about this I thought the idea was nuts.  My good friend Dr. Christopher Nagy told me a little about it (visit his SITE here).  It sounded a little quirky but I quickly did some investigation.

What is oil pulling?

The roots trace back thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine to oil gargling.  The concept is to purify the taste buds and organ systems (Deepak Chopra /Perfect Health).  Life science explains that the tongue is mapped by organs and locations similar to the hands, head, and feet (reflexology).  It also stimulates cranial nerve 10–The VAGUS nerve.  This in turn strengthens the senses, heart rate, digestion and facial muscles.

It was introduced in 1992 by Dr. F. Karach when he examined organisms swimming under a microscope after gargling with oil.  He then moved on to investigate detoxification effects.

The Concept: 

Basically, you swish coconut, olive ,or sunflower oil in your mouth for about 10-15 minutes daily and then spit it out.  The oil pulls mucous, bacteria, and toxins from the mucosal tissue.  Swishing the oil with the saliva activates the enzymes that draw the toxins from the blood.  The oil should be thin and white by the time you are done.

It’s similar to the oil in your car engine.  The oils picks up the grime and leaves the engine clean.

The Benefits:

Oil pulling has been known to help many key diseases including allergies, digestion, headaches, memory issues etc.  It has a powerful detoxifying effect and can rid the body of the waste of many common bacteria we harbor including Candida and Streptococcus.

Does it work?

At this point, I don’t know.  I haven’t done it as consistently as I would like but I do notice that my mouth feels fresher, my teeth are whiter and my digestion is more efficient.  It certainly isn’t hurting me in any way and doesn’t take time from my day as I do it in the shower in the am.

Worth a try?  Why not?

 

This book is a good resource for more information if you are interested!!!

So what ways of detoxifying have you heard of lately—Post them in the comments so we can all learn!

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