Pretty much every year, the media scares the majority of us with news of the latest virus that is making individuals sick or worse. Viral infections that have hit the world in recent years include H1N1, West Nile Virus, Norwalk Virus, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and Ebola, amongst others. Here are 6 areas of our lives to focus on if we want to protect our families and make them virus resistant and the healthiest possible: Continue reading
Over the past few months that I have been observing my clients’ lab work, I have noticed that the majority of us (both adults and children) are vitamin and mineral deficient. Vitamins and minerals are not usually produced by the body but need to be obtained from food or supplements. I felt it would be helpful to provide you with a brief synopsis of the value and function of each vitamin and mineral in the body. This will be a 2 part series.
- Prevents skin challenges, such as acne, wrinkling and age spots.
- Strengthens the immune system, protecting the body from colds, flus and infections to kidney, bladder, and lungs.
- Maintains and repairs the mucus membranes in the lungs, throat, eyes and other areas.
For the past three and a half years, I have been writing and publishing my second book, entitled “The Resourceful Mother’s Secrets to Emotional Health”.
We are not angry people who fight all the time and criticize others; that is not who we are. We are not the people who work ourselves to the bone to prove ourselves to others; that is not who we are. We are not constant complainers who can’t get anything to go the way we want it to in our lives; that is not who we are. We really are just peaceful, loving and happy individuals. Continue reading
In this blog series on Food Allergies, you learned to discern the difference between food sensitivities and allergies as well as some of the symptoms or conditions caused by adverse reactions to foods (part 1), and how to detect the culprit foods and which foods present the most common challenges in babies (part 2). In this last post of the series, you will learn what to do to minimize and eliminate food sensitivities and allergies. All of this information is covered in more detail in my first book “The Resourceful Mother’s Secrets to Healthy Kids.”
All adverse reactions to foods cause inflammation in the body. Food sensitivities and allergies cause the gut lining to be inflamed, which subsequently makes it hard for vitamins and minerals to be properly absorbed. Inflammation is behind all illness. I want to briefly discuss the link between inflammation and illness, by using gluten as an example. A recently written book, “Grain Brain” by David Perlmutter, MD does an excellent job of explaining that gluten is behind almost every inflammatory condition, especially those involving the brain. “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis discusses how gluten causes obesity, one of the conditions caused by inflammation. Many well-known authors have shown the link between gluten and arthritis, M.S., Lupus and other diseases! Continue reading
There comes a time in every person’s life when we need to make a decision – a decision to stand up for who we are; a decision to stand up and say what we believe in; a decision to expose secrets about ourselves that we have kept hidden; a decision to speak our truth. That time has come for me.
Many of you know that my thyroid has not worked properly for over a decade. It’s not a horrible situation and I take the lowest possible dose of natural thyroid but as long as I have had that imbalance, I have known that I have needed to speak my truth – there is always an emotional connection to our physical challenges. Please visit these prior blog posts on the subject; The Emotional Connection to Physical Illness and Emotional Causes of Physical Ailments.
Magnesium is second largest mineral deficiency in adults and children alike, after Essential Fatty Acids. It is estimated that 80 percent of the population is deficient in magnesium. In one of my prior posts, I told you that my hair analysis results showed that I had some vitamin and mineral deficiencies. My largest deficiency was Magnesium and second was Calcium. A week ago, I found an ionic version of Cal/Mag – ionic minerals are the most easily and well absorbed of all forms of minerals. The results of taking this supplement have been profound. Continue reading
Hair mineral analysis is one of the best kept secrets to attaining better health and it has been performed by laboratories for decades. Some laboratories are more accurate than others and certain technicians are more adept at interpreting the results than others. The majority of health challenges are associated with mineral imbalances or toxic metal excesses; hair mineral analysis is a way to learn of our underlying health challenges. I have recently learned of a lab that Dr. Zoltan Rona uses to help his clients. Dr. Rona wrote the Foreword for my first book. He is a medical doctor that implements natural solutions with incredible success; I have great respect for his knowledge and work, and recently for the lab with which he has partnered, called CanAlt Health Laboratories.
As hair grows, it forms a permanent record of the body’s nutritional deficiencies or excesses. Hair mineral analysis is a screening test to measure the levels of up to 60 essential minerals and heavy metals. With correct testing and interpretation, one can construct a complete metabolic profile of the human body. High levels of toxic metals, for example, can inhibit the body’s ability to process and assimilate specific nutritional elements that are essential to good health.
Infertility is the inability of sexually active couples to conceive a baby after one year of unprotected sex. Approximately 14% of couples are infertile and the percentage is climbing. In a nutshell, our world is more toxic than ever before. Nutrition affects all aspects of health, including fertility. Please read on to learn about 15 factors that affect fertility; 5 that can negatively impact it, 5 factors that can increase it and 5 vitamins or minerals that can improve it!
Not only do children often look like their parents, they often end up being like their parents. We can literally view our children as hand mirrors that reflect not only the messages and cues they receive from us but also, our thoughts and actions.
If we are still wounded (incomplete or hurt) from our childhood, we will wound our child, usually without being conscious of it. If we were not accepted by our parents for who we are, we, in turn, might not accept or value our child for who they are. If we are worried about being separated from our child, bedtime might be a nightly battleground for us or our child might be worried about starting school and leaving us. If we are frequently angry, we might teach our child to be angry. If we have an exaggerated sense of responsibility for our child and allow our mind to work overtime, our child might be busy, restless or unable to fall asleep quickly or sleep soundly. Unfortunately, whatever we have not dealt with from our past, we pass onto our children.
Whatever character trait we don’t like in our child usually mirrors something we don’t like in ourselves. Each time a mother sees her daughter lazing about the house, she finds herself getting really angry. Telling her daughter that she is lazy is not going to incite a work ethic in her; in fact it will accomplish the exact opposite and the daughter will only resent her mother for not seeing the beauty inside her. When the mother delves into her deeper feelings about this, she realizes that she has a tendency to be lazy and has set this example for her daughter. The mother has a choice as to whether she accepts her laziness and thereby accepts that aspect of herself or whether she takes steps to change that aspect of herself so that her daughter doesn’t adopt this trait for life. There are positive aspects of each seemingly negative trait. The mother may come to the realization that her laziness is a good thing because relaxing in our society is under-rated! As long as we are accomplishing things at other times of the day, being lazy for a few hours a day can be just what the body and mind require. When we become less critical of ourselves, we become more supportive of our children. But if this mother feels that her laziness is too much for her liking, she may decide to start living her life in a way in which she could never be described as lazy and will get one step closer to becoming the energetic, goal-achieving person she wants to become.
One of the biggest tasks in parenting is seeing things from a perspective that does not necessarily come easily to us. If we can look at each challenge with our child as an opportunity to understand ourselves more than ever before and as potential for further growth, this helps us ease up on our children and prevents us from seeing things as “wrong.” In fact, this is how we convert our “problem child” into our teacher!
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Attacks on the natural health industry are increasing and will continue to increase as more and more of us turn towards natural alternatives and away from drugs and chemicals. The latest “news” was that nutritional supplements are ineffective at preventing disease and can actually be harmful to our health. More times than not, it is the drug companies and their marketers that are putting out this negative propaganda on natural supplements. And more times than not, these studies are not based on double-blind, placebo-controlled research. Interestingly, drugs are the third leading cause of death yet no one has died from taking supplements. Drugs also deplete the body of good bacteria, causing or contributing to over 200 symptoms, conditions and/or disease.