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.
Here are some of the causes of stress, the impact of stress on the body, how to know if your child is stressed and a few unique ideas for combating stress. Only you, the parent, can help your child combat their stress.
Some of the Causes of Stress
Children certainly feel stress and anxiety. Many children are actually more sensitive to things being out of balance than are adults. Over-scheduling, working parents, social media and peer pressure, combined with a general lack of exercise are only some of the causes of this stress. High consumption of white sugar, white flour products and other refined foods also stress the body. If your child is eating foods to which they are sensitive, this also increases the stress levels in their body.
Recently, I began teaching from a new textbook for the Pediatric Nutrition course at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. The book, “The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care” does an excellent job of emphasizing the importance of nutrition prior to conceiving and once a baby is conceived. It correctly states that “No other society is as careless about preparation for pregnancy and birth as our own.” Here is a summary of the importance of the 3 top nutrients in pregnancy; I think you will find this to be rather shocking information.
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.
Far too large of a percentage of parents report not enjoying the job of parenting. It is very difficult to find pleasure in parenting when our focus is on controlling our child and forcing them to obey the rules all the time. When we are rigid and tense, our children feel unloved and become loaded with self-blame. Their need to be accepted as they are goes unmet. When our children live under the threat of criticism or punishment, their need to feel safe is not met. When we open ourselves up to the possibilities of our relationship, trust our child and talk with our child not at them, our parenting experience blooms. Cooperation from our child is fool proof and everyone’s needs are met.
I was teaching pediatric nutrition at CSNN and one of my students shared an incredible story with our class about helping a girl with Autism. It involved vitamin-infused popsicles. I asked him to share his story with you.
My name is Pedi Mirdamadi. One of my clients is an 11 year old autistic girl. Initially, what started off as an effort to help her lose weight has progressed into a loving bond and special relationship that I truly cherish. Seeing this child on a regular basis allows me to see the effects of food on her behaviour. Some days she is engaged with me the entire time and we can carry on a conversation. Other days, she gets off track quite often. I can see that what she eats is clearly affecting her behaviour; clear indications of food allergies and sensitivities.
I have always told you how special our children are. I have always suggested that we tell our children how special they are and treat them as such. I have always talked about the importance of explaining to our children that we love them no matter what they do, even if they misbehave or make a wrong decision. Not long ago, there was a commencement speech that went viral. An English teacher, David McCullough Jr. told a Boston graduation class, over and over, that they were not special. And I believe he made a number of valid points. If you haven’t already heard this speech, I have included it here. For those of you receiving this blog post via email, please click here.
Did you know the radiation in your child’s laptop and cellphone is harmful? All electronic devices, whether it be cell phones and towers, computers, televisions, cordless phones, microwaves, or high voltage electrical lines are becoming so commonplace and convenient that we are forgetting the adverse health effect that arise from them.
I used to smoke cigarettes in my twenties. Sometimes people would tell me that I didn’t look like a smoker (hmmm what does a smoker look like?) and they would ask me why I smoked. I told them that I was rebelling from my childhood and that I would stop smoking, as soon as I became pregnant, believing that it would be entirely easy for me to do so. As soon as I found out I was pregnant, which luckily was in the first few weeks of my pregnancy, I quit smoking (too bad it didn’t happen before I became pregnant!). I never desired a cigarette again. Who quits smoking without ever desiring to smoke again? Only a person that had unknowingly used the power of an affirmation for over a decade and came to believe, without a shadow of a doubt, that they would accomplish that task, no problem. This also showed me that whatever we believe and say, in our heads or out loud, is really an affirmation.
After learning how well read my blog was on the role of nutritionists, I thought you might be interested in learning more! It is incredible to watch the rapidly increasing interest in nutrition, as more and more people are having health challenges and not finding the help they need through conventional means.
I remember being asked to go to a couple’s home to teach the father about feeding his children healthily (I have actually done this a few times!). He didn’t know that I was there for him, so when I arrived, he tried to excuse himself from the meeting! I asked him if he could stay, reminding him that the way in which we feed our children for optimal health was as important for him to understand, as it was for his wife. He reluctantly stayed. A little while into our meeting, he said “You nutritionists have just found a new way to make money.” Here was my response: “I wish that there was absolutely no need for nutritionists. Our ancestors didn’t need nutritionists or people to research food and its effects because their food was unadulterated, pure and nutrient rich. The problem is that the almighty dollar and the general increased toxicity in the world has created a whole pile of unhealthy food in this world and as a result of consuming it, we are the most sick of any generation in the history of mankind. This crisis has demanded that we research food and its effects and find healthy food for ourselves because it is no longer omnipresent. And I can tell you that very few nutritionists are in this business for the money.” I then proceeded to tell him how much money I was charging him to come out to his home and that I would only be meeting with him once. I explained that we would set goals for implementing my recommendations and follow up via email, if he so desired. We talked for an hour and a half and at the end of the meeting, the father said “So what you are saying is that if I were to stop feeding my boys all of this packaged stuff, filled with chemicals, and instead fed my children from an organic garden in my backyard (preserving for the winter) and got my eggs and meat from my brother’s natural farm, my children’s ADD will improve?” “That’s exactly what I am saying” I replied.