It took me a while to put this much of my story out there, but now I speak of it freely & unafraid, because I know there are many others who are struggling with health challenges, just like I did. After years of feeling sorry for myself & believing I was unable to lose weight, feel better, & get better, I realized I was wrong. And I learned what it took to turn everything around.
So, here we go...
***Warning: Grab a glass of water & make yourself comfy. This is just shy of a short book.
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We all make significant changes based on 2 things... Desperation & Inspiration. For me it was both. It began due to desperation & continued because of inspiration.
I was tired of:
- Not knowing what was wrong with me
- Doctors not knowing what was wrong with me
- Being given endless prescription drugs that didn't work & over time - made me worse.
- Thinking I was going to live the rest of my life as a miserable person but not wanting others to know... so I did my best to hide it & be as "happy" as I could... I simply smiled & tried to act "normal". But inside, I was depressed, I had very low self esteem, I was fat & didn't have much energy, and I felt like crap all the time.
At age 7, I developed Trichotillomania, a hair pulling disorder - (I hate that word, because it refers to those people as maniacs, which isn't the case). "Trich" is similar to biting your nails, picking your skin, chewing the inside of your lips, & even cutting... This just happens to be pulling your hair out instead. (Arm hair, head hair, eyelashes, eyebrows... It's different for everyone).
You know when people get stressed & say, "Oh my gosh, I'm going to pull my hair out!"
Yah. Those terms are real.
Approximately 2.5 MILLION people in the U.S. deal with this condition, & it's thought, that those numbers may be much higher. I did a really good job of hiding it, and I don't think most people knew. But a few did, & it was beyond embarrassing. When I was young, I actually secretly wished that I had cancer, so I could use chemo as an excuse to why I had no eyelashes. Thank goodness for makeup, right?
I also had severe depression, anxiety, & insomnia - so terribly that I would wake up at night as a child and cry for hours on end, because I couldn't sleep. The exhaustion was at times, almost more than I could handle. My poor mom was so patient with me over the years, as she held me & comforted me the best she knew how.
And then there was everything else listed below, that I dealt with. Funny thing is, most people didn't know I had all these issues. As an introvert, I was really good at keeping things to myself & acting like everything was fine. But those who knew me best knew otherwise.
I really did have happy days. And I enjoyed life!! But I also hated it... (That might not make sense to you, unless you've experienced it yourself. If you have, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
God, my family, creativity, and later in life - medications - were what kept me going...
Somehow, I found the strength to continue on & have a tiny bit of faith that - in the end - everything just *might* be ok.
Some day, I *might* feel good.
I love to create. So I kept myself busy by keeping my mind & hands busy. Thankfully, God blessed me with a lot of talents. I sewed, quilted, scrap-booked, painted, created, organized, cooked, decorated, started 3 of my own businesses, & did whatever I could to enjoy each day & focus on the positives.
So... What all was wrong with me?
Well, from my youth years, on up till my late 30's, all of this:
- Depression & anxiety since childhood
- PTSD - (post traumatic stress disorder)
- Severe constipation growing up
- Severe digestive disorder - (19 bowel obstructions & surgery for 2 of them)
- OCD & Trichotillomania
- Insomnia - (my entire childhood & young adult years)
- 50 lb weight gain after my 3rd baby
- Chronic exhaustion & adrenal fatigue
- Random dizziness
- Random Heart palpitations
- Horrible headaches for 2 years
- Ear infections
- Frequent strep throat, colds,
- Allergies & asthma
- Fibroid/Ovarian, ganglion, & pilonidal cysts
- Irregular & heavy monthly cycles for 8+ days
- PMS leaving me non-functional on the couch for 1-2 days
- Severe acid reflux - every day
- Restless leg syndrome
- Low Thyroid
- Joint pain
- Brain chatter
- Brain fog, & concentration problems
- And I caught any & every illness that anyone brought near me - (colds, strep, stomach viruses, etc.)
In 2010 I had a swollen dark spot on my leg that looked like MRSA & lasted for weeks. My foot and leg swelled up like a balloon & was full of fluid & was told it was probably a staph infection. Antibiotics reduced the size & the pain after some time, but it never took it away, and a 2nd spot showed up a few days later. It stayed for months (until I made changes & began natural healing, which I'll talk about below).
I had oral surgery in elementary school due to an extra set of 2 front teeth.
In high school I had all 4 wisdom teeth removed.
At age 17 I had surgery for a very large cyst in my lower back.
At age 30 I had major surgery for a 2nd intestinal obstruction that almost left me with a colostomy (a life-long 'waste' bag).
NOTE: I have a 5" scar down the center of my belly. I'd been to the ER for this digestive disorder that got worse after the surgery that was supposed to fix the disorder.
Since then I've had 17 more obstructions & have been in the ER & admitted to the hospital TEN times because of all the internal scar tissue from the first surgery.
This last time (Jan 2016), I ended up with a 2nd surgery, which left me with 4 MORE belly incisions.
Why another surgery?
Because the first surgery caused my intestines to blow up to triple their normal size, & it also caused an adhesion band around my intestine that was so thick, it choked the intestinal opening down to the size of a PEA. So January 1st of 2016, my surgeon had no choice but to go in and fix me.
He was also brave (& humble) enough, to quietly shut the door behind him, sit down by my bedside, and inform me that I should have never had that first surgery... There were things they should have done instead, to help me pass the blockage. Then he told me to do everything possible FIRST, to not ever come back to the hospital for another obstruction, because if he's not available & they do more surgeries, it would probably mess me up even more.
Knowing what I know now about self-care & natural healing, I told him when I got to the ER, that I refused to eat their food or take any of their medications (except the anti-inflammatory - only because I was too exhausted to deal with remembering to take high doses of Tumeric & black pepper for the inflammation, & I knew they wouldn't give it to me)...
He respected my wishes. He told me I'd be in the hospital 5-7 days. But because of refusing their junk hospital food & those medications, he sent me home in LESS THAN 72 hours.
My surgeon came in that morning to release me & said:
"Jennifer, you know what you're doing. You're healing faster than I've ever seen, & you don't need to be here. Keep doing what you're doing, and go home. You'll be fine."
So back to the rest of my story now.
Over the past 18 years I'd been to multiple doctors for all my health issues. After much unsuccessful testing & medicating, I was told they couldn't find anything wrong & that it was "probably emotional & ALL IN MY HEAD". I was sent to multiple therapists/counselors, so I could get "help".
That didn't help.
Needless to say... It was not "all in my head". Although - I know now, that physical illness / dis-ease are absolutely the result of underlying emotional roots, in addition to toxin exposure & nutrient deficiency. But conventional therapy & medication were only a band-aid.
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I was on the following medications (that I can remember) since 1993. These are in addition to antibiotics, pain killers, & OTC drugs from other illnesses & surgeries over the years:
- Xyprexa (an anti-psychotic!)
- Wellbutrin (depression)
- Abilify (depression - made my insides literally shake. WORST. STUFF. EVER.)
- Prozac (depression - made the depression worse)
- Paxil (depression - left me with debilitating headaches)
- Zoloft (depression / PTSD - masked symptoms initially, but eventually made them worse)
- Ambien (insomnia & anxiety)
- Zanax (anxiety)
- Valium (anxiety)
- Levothyroxine (thyroid)
- Zyrtec (allergies)
- Claritin (allergies)
- Flovent (athsma)
- Ranitidine (acid reflux)
- Famotidine (acid reflux)
- Omeprazole (acid reflux)
- Iansoprazole (acid reflux)
- 5 different Birth Control Pills (not only for birth control, but for other "problems" too. The hormones & other ingredients in these pills half ruined my body.)
Some day maybe I'll do a separate post on the long list of "side" effects of these drugs & what I experienced. It's not a pretty story.
But one day in 2008, I came across a website that was the beginning of changing my life.
I'd been researching Preparedness & Food Storage (What I call "FOOD INSURANCE") - & found Anitra Kerr - owner of Simply Living Smart. I felt compelled to take her classes on food storage using healthier foods. I learned about whole grains, sprouting, cooking from scratch, beans, dehydrating, gardening, & TONS more.
I learned about helping my family become more self-sufficient through good health. I learned more about organizing, preparedness, & how to take care of my family in times of emergency & unemployment... (which we've experienced more than once). I was hooked!
I knew this "healthier way" was the very beginning of a new life for me & my family. And I felt deep down that there was much more to come. This was only the beginning.
And so... I knew it was time to change. No one else could do it for me. I needed to get to the root cause of why I had these health problems & make that go away - instead of continuing to take pharmaceutical drugs which just covered up the symptoms - & - created new ones!
I had to take control. I am a wife & a mother. I had children to raise - that my Father in Heaven trusted me with. I was responsible for them. I was blessed with mortal life here on this beautiful earth, & there was a reason.
I KNEW that my body was not meant to just fall apart for seemingly no reason. I had a life to live, and I was going to live it. I had more of a purpose, and He needed me to fulfill that purpose! I became determined to live my life the way God INTENDED for me to live it. Soon, I realized that such living started with (& included) my Body - my Mind - & my Spirit. My very own living temple.
Later on, I was lead to a yearly Holistic Living conference in Utah. From that point, I attended their conference & retreats every year, AND I ended up on their advisory board! Who would'a thunk. :) Through them, I went on to learn even more about self care, natural healing/living, real food, mind-body therapies, mindset, the sacredness of the human body, & more. I knew that this direction was my answer to transformation & the life of health, that I really wanted to experience.
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Because of the things I began to implement, I was finally able to overcome almost all of those health issues. The couple of minor things I still deal with are a work in progress & 90% better than they used to be. And my weight? I dropped from size 14+ back down to my college size 6! My mindset has completely shifted, my emotions are under control, my body is healthier than it's ever been, & I'm closer to God than I've ever been.
I had a whole new life... I transformed.
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We had 2 cabinets full of prescription & OTC medications. We used to purchase the huge 500 count of Tylenol & Ibuprofin from Costco about twice a year. SCARY!
I took Zoloft & other drugs for almost 18 years. At one point, a psychiatrist put me on a whopping 300 mg of Zoloft, AND an anti-psychotic! I decided, that was enough. I was done. NO. MORE.
Because of these medications, I lost who I was. I lost the ability to really truly FEEL. I became numb. My sensitivity to my intuition, inspiration & spiritual promptings diminished. Yes, medication CAN affect that.
I didn't fully realize it until after I stopped being medicated - but it became VERY apparent, VERY quickly...
I weaned myself down to 50 mg Zoloft over the course of 2 months. I was sick of being medicated. It was no longer helping me & was now making me feel worse.
I had to deal all those years with the "side effects" of being on the drugs, & then had to often times take more drugs to cover up the "side effects" that the original drugs were causing in the first place. It was never ending cycle.
I learned that there are no "SIDE" effects to drugs. THERE ARE JUST EFFECTS.
Every person reacts differently to prescription medications, OTC medications, vaccines, etc...
Every time someone takes a drug or is injected with a vaccine, it's literally an experiment. The "side" effects they have on any one person are not known until until after it's inside the body & blood stream.
Now our cabinets are full of herbs, homeopathic medicine, essential oils, and healing foods. We don't use pharmaceuticals anymore, unless absolutely necessary, which is almost... never.
Why? Because we simply don't need to. Because we learned a simpler, more effective, & safer way.
One of my favorite quotes on this very thing was stated by a great religious leader named Brigham Young:
"Would you want doctors? Yes, to set bones. We should want a good surgeon for that, or to cut off a limb. But do you want doctors? For not much of anything else, let me tell you, only the traditions of the people lead them to think so;... Now the cry is, "Send for a doctor." If you have a pain in the head, "Send for a doctor;" if your heel aches, "I want a doctor;" "my back aches, and I want a doctor." The study and practice of anatomy and surgery are very good; they are mechanical, and are frequently needed. Do you not think it is necessary to give medicine sometimes? Yes, but I would rather have a wife of mine that knows what medicine to give me when I am sick, than all the professional doctors in the world.
Now let me tell you about doctoring, because I am acquainted with it, and know just exactly what constitutes a good doctor in physic. It is that man or woman who, by revelation, or we may call it "intuitive inspiration", is capable of administering medicine to assist the human system when it is besieged by the enemy called Disease; but if they have not that manifestation, they had better let the sick person alone. I will tell you why: I can see the faces of this congregation, but I do not see two alike; and if I could look into your nervous systems and behold the operations of disease, from the crowns of your heads to the soles of your feet, I should behold the same difference that I see in your physiognomy - there would be no two precisely alike.
Doctors make experiments, and if they find a medicine that will have the desired effect on one person, they set it down that it is good for everybody, but it is not so, for upon the second person that medicine is administered to, seemingly with the same disease, it might produce death. If you do not know this, you have not had the experience that I have. I say that unless a man or woman who administers medicine to assist the human system to overcome disease, understands, and has that intuitive knowledge, by the Spirit, that such an article is good for that individual at that very time, they had better let him alone. Let the sick do without eating, take a little of something to cleanse the stomach, bowels and blood, and wait patiently, and let Nature have time to gain the advantage over the disease.
Suppose, for illustration, we draw a line through this congregation, and place those on this side where they cannot get a doctor, without it is a surgeon, for thirty or fifty years to come; and put the other side in a country full of doctors, and they think they ought to have them, and this side of the house that has no doctor will be able to buy the inheritance of those who have doctors, and overrun them, outreach them, and buy them up, and finally obliterate them, and they will be lost in the masses of those who have no doctors. I know what some say when they look at such things, but that is the fact.
Ladies and gentlemen, you may take any country in the world, I do not care where you go, and if they do not employ doctors, you will find they will beat communities that employ them, all the time. Who is the real doctor? That man who knows by the Spirit of revelation what ails an individual, and by the same Spirit knows what medicine to administer. That is the real doctor, the others are quacks." - Brigham Young
I knew it was time to stop using pharmaceuticals & take control of my own health!
Doctors are needed. They work miracles every day. American E.R. doctors for trauma/emergency are the BEST in the world.
I have had wonderful physicians that did all they knew how to do, to help me.
But our medical system is no longer a "health-care" system.
It is a disease-management system.
And unfortunately it has become so political & full of agenda, that the Hippocratic oath's "First Do No Harm" promise, pretty much no longer exists in the modern medical system.
Are you aware that iatrogenic death (medical caused death) is the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.?
And that the United States, despite spending more on "health" care than any other nation, yet it is the sickest nation of all developed nations (54% of children have chronic & autoimmune disease).
And statistically the U.S. is most dangerous place to give birth among all developed nations???
You guys... This is NOT OK.
A while back I read a book called "Love, Medicine, & Miracles" by Dr. Bernie S. Siegel, M.D. that explained how physicians struggle with not being able to fully heal patients like was done in the past... It's what they went to medical school to learn how to do, & yet most of the time, the only thing they know to do is to prescribe a drug, treatment, or surgery, so they can control the symptoms & ease the pains of the disease. But they don't know how to address or heal the root cause.
Disease = Dis - Ease = Away From Comfort
Disorder = Dis - Order = Away From Order
There's a difference between controlling the dis-ease & healing/curing the dis-ease. Too many people are becoming dependent on taking drug after drug to just feel better. It's easier to pop a pill than to make lifestyle changes. (I know this! I lived it!)
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What if we all had enough knowledge to prevent illness, heal our ailments, and manage our emotions & mental health naturally, so that we'd only have to visit a doctor & use pharmaceuticals literally "in case of emergency"?
Unless it's an emergency, for the past decade, our family's health motto has been:
"I will no longer use ANY remedy - or preventative - which has more side effects, than that which it remedies - or prevents."
That doesn't leave much for medical/pharmaceutical options now, does it?
On his death bed, Louis Pasteur finally admitted, "Bernard was right. I was wrong. The pathogen is nothing. The Terrain is everything."
After 18 years of unsuccessful healing, I took a leap of faith through promptings I received. With real food, herbs, homeopathic medicine, essential oils, mind-body therapy, & God... I was able to begin REAL healing.
In Aug. 2011, my Naturopathic Doctor (ND) helped me reduce the remaining Zoloft I was still on from 50mg to 25mg in just over ONE month.
Within 12 weeks, I was down to only 12.5 mg.
Within 5 months I was DONE.
((My doctors tried to help me wean off twice over a 2 year period. But it didn't work... Why? Because there was no physical or emotional support other than slowly weaning me down on dosage, & telling me it would get better with time. Nothing to counter the physical & emotional withdrawal, nothing to support my hormone fluctuation, nothing to support me nutritionally, nothing to balance my body or my energy. Nothing.))
Honestly, I was a little scared of no more medication.
I didn't really remember life without medication. And that thought was a bit un-nerving. Meds were my comfort zone. I knew them, & they at least sort of kept me going for a long while. I wasn't 100% sure I wanted to give them up. What would it be like? I was scared... BUT I was SO excited. I came further in 5 months, than I'd come my entire life!
And after all those years... I WAS FINALLY MEDICATION FREE!
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My children are sensitive to a lot of man made chemicals & artificial ingredients (actually everyone is, they just don't realize it)... & one daughter is very allergic to several. She's even allergic to common medications & artificial ingredients in foods, cleaners, & personal care products for which she took several medications (for allergies & asthma). She ended up in an ambulance at age 7 from Anaphylactic Shock - Which was caused by the allergy testing they did to find out what she was allergic to in the first place!!
I knew in my heart that "man-made, artificial, & factory made foods, products, & pharmaceuticals" just weren't the way to go anymore. I felt strongly that faithfully following the Word of Wisdom & eating naturally would give us the promised blessings of better health, & lessen the changes of future dis-ease.
Drugs & pharmaceuticals are not the best way to prevent & heal disease/illness, despite the propaganda that the media feeds us...
***If you don't know what the Word of Wisdom is... It's a health code taught in the LDS faith, which focuses on eating "REAL" food like whole grains, fruits, veggies, herbs, "meat sparingly", & abstaining from harmful & all addictive substances - specified as alcohol, tobacco, coffee, & tea (Camilla Sinensis teas such as black, white, green, oolong, sweet tea, etc.)... Although herbal teas are healthy & excluded from the "abstain" list.
A good majority of members of my faith don't thoroughly follow the nutrition side of it, but I knew it was absolutely time for me to begin! And I realized that "addictive substances" was much, much more than the obvious alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, etc.
Since going the "as nature intended" direction, my daughter was able to stop her medications, & the allergies she had are a fraction of what she used to experience. In that time, we cut down from 11 medications between 4 of our family members, to 1 medication, for 1 person!
I learned that even if negative effects of exposure to toxins doesn't show up immediately, eventually, they WILL show up. And if they don't manifest in you, during your lifetime, they will manifest in your offspring!
(You know that whole "It's in our family genes" excuse?)
We have hereditary genes that are passed down - but are quiet unless disrupted. If chaos is created in the body through disruption, then chaos is created in those genes, & dis-ease manifests.
This passing down of negative effects through generations was also discussed in John A. Widstoe's book - "The Word Of Wisdom - A Modern Interpretation", written nearly 90 years ago!
And just recently I came across a report on the news about how it's been found that diet will actually affect whether or not our offspring get cancer... (HELLO! This is old news, people.)
No way, no how, did I want to *knowingly* be responsible for contributing to my children & future posterity suffering health problems, because of the things that I put in (or on) my body (or their bodies). It wasn't just about me. This was a far reaching issue.
There is only ONE disease.
Not hundreds, not thousands... Just one.
It is CHAOS at the atomic level
- which causes chaos at the molecular level
- which causes chaos at the cellular level
There are only THREE causes - of the ONE disease. They are: TOXICITY, DEFICIENCY, & IMBALANCE
If you have a disease (dis-ease) you are:
1 - Overloaded with toxins that have poisoned your body, hindering it's proper function.
2 - Deficient in a nutrient (or nutrients) that your body needs to function properly.
3 - Imbalanced in your energy system(s) which causes physical & mental/emotional disruption.
More than 75% of your immune system is in your gut. And your immune system is NOT just about antibodies. That's only one part of it. When the above 3 conditions are an issue, gut health is compromised, which affects every part of your health including physical, mental, emotional, and yes... even spiritual.
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For me, it became a personal revelation that the Word of Wisdom meant not only consuming real/natural foods - but also using non-toxic cleaners, personal care, yard care products, & medicines that wouldn't have negative effects on our bodies.
Though 90 years old, Widtsoe's book even talks about toxic ingredients in these products. What makes contact with our skin (our largest organ), absorbs and ends up inside our bodies. What wisdom he had way back in the 1930's. He knew what was happening at the time, and he knew what was coming!
As one lady who had similar experiences said: "Your body is a temple. If it doesn't fit the Lord's criteria... It shouldn't enter."
This includes through your mouth, on your skin, and by injection.
Health does not come from drugs & needles.
And Mother Nature has no favorites.
I began to follow the Word of Wisdom and honor (& listen to) my body like I never had before. Making this commitment was my answer to many years of prayer. I needed to treat my body the way God intended for me (and everyone) to treat it.
I realized that the Word of Wisdom goes deeper than what we typically read on the surface. There's so much more than "the don'ts"...
There are definitely levels, that I didn't understand previously. But over time, as I learned more & dug deeper, it became very apparent that there was more, & I personally needed to take it more seriously. I knew it, because I had already experienced the blessings of following it on a higher level.
Through teaching my children, they will be able to teach their children & so on..... One person's choices literally effect generations.
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So for starters, what did we do nutritionally?
* First off, we don't do diets. We just eat food.
* We threw out refined / processed / factory produced foods including: white sugar, white salt, white flour, white rice, white pasta, and almost all boxed & packaged foods... especially those with artificial flavors, artificial colors, artificial preservatives, MSG, GMO's (genetically modified foods - which is more than 80% of the grocery store!), & long lists of ingredients that aren't pronounceable.
* I make almost everything we eat from scratch. It takes longer. And it's more work... But God told Adam & Eve they would eat by the sweat of their brow. Sometimes it's a little difficult, but by organizing & simplifying my life the process has become simpler & very enjoyable. I LOVE IT!
* We use non-toxic natural/organic cleaners & personal care products whenever possible. It's easy, it's safer, & it's cheaper. In 2018 we actually launched our company's product line of non-toxic body care products Meraki By Nature™ (including our now best selling Perfect Pearlies Toothpaste in a Jar™!)
* We no longer use pesticides & toxic yard chemicals. We grow our food & plants organically.
* We eat whole foods. What are whole foods? Whole Food = Real Food. The way God made it. Not the way man formulates it - (ie: adulterated, factory produced, genetically modified, highly refined & processed, fortified [which is just synthetic vitamins that do more damage than good], etc.)
In the words of one of my very favorite stores - Real Foods Market:
If you can't gather it, pick it, milk it, or hunt it... It's probably not real food.
If it was made in a factory... It's probably not real food.
If you can't pronounce the ingredients... It's probably not real food.
* We eat WFMPB (Whole Food Mostly Plant Based). We have not & will not cut out all animal foods, but we have reduced our meat consumption by 90% and our live animal foods by probably 50%. We're re extremely conscious of environment & quality though & ask these questions on a regular basis:
Are the animals treated humanely?
Are the foods processed, pasturized, or homogenized? (YUCK)
Were they happily pasture raised in their natural environment, grass fed, & un-confined?
* We eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, sprouts, smoothies, nuts & seeds, unrefined sweeteners, unrefined salt, etc.
We actually like foods that we didn't like previously. We've learned to listen to our bodies & better recognize its signals. We don't have cravings like we used too. Even my kids feel gross after eating very much sugar or "un-real" food.
Do you count calories, carbs, protein, sodium, sugar, fats, etc???
And neither has society throughout ALL of history - until the modernized food & product industry took over & messed us all up.
Did you know, that when you're eating whole natural foods the way God intended - there is no need for that?
Mother Nature knows what to do. When we follow the rules, she takes care of the rest!
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For a long time, I tried to focus mostly on what I thought were 'healthy' foods. But through the research I did, I realized that most of what I thought was healthy food..... was not healthy food.
Truth bomb: Most first-world people do not know what healthy food really is.
Food is sacred, especially when it's eaten with the purpose of nourishing our bodies & not just shoving it in our mouth as we run out the door - (or veg on the couch for hours on end)...
Food is all over in the scriptures, literally as well as symbolically, in very sacred settings. Food is God's offering to us for nourishment, enjoyment, & healing. Food is very different for me now than it used to be.
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I spend more money these days on good foods & natural products that will not harm us. In the long run, it is much cheaper than medical bills & the misery of ill health.
We are healthier. We feel better. We have more energy. We don't get sick as often as we used too. My children are happier & we notice a definite difference in their spirits. And we don't have to go to the doctor anymore.
In fact, with the exception of my surgery in 2016, my husband's yearly med-card to work for UPS, physical therapy for my daughter's knees, & a surgery for my son to fix a defect (that was caused by an unecessary medical procedure as an infant), we haven't been to a medical doctor since the beginning of 2010!
In fact, my very last visit to a doctor for strep throat resulted in throwing away failed medication that actually made me much sicker. That nasty strep was GONE in less than 3 days using natural remedies instead.
I've healed 3 cavities myself now too. Yes, my dentist confirmed 2 of them, and the other came a few years later. I've only been to a dentist twice in almost 30 years.
Although we don't get sick very often anymore - we've also healed flu, colds, sinus infections, molluscum contagiosum (something doctors don't have a cure for), yeast infections, ring worm, bladder infections, vomiting, diarrhea, injuries, & dog parvo naturally as well.
Natural health is empowering!
This address, "Made Holy In The Body", was given to a college audience at BYU-Idaho a while back & taught me a lot about myself, my body, & my spirit. It helped me realize even more why I need to honor the body I was given & teach my children to do the same.
It also gave me a new vision of how every person, in their own time, is given personal revelation to new truths. And then they must continue to follow through & nurture themselves in order to progress further.
If they (we) don't, then our progress is naturally stunted, & we fall backwards. This gave me new hope & purpose for progression & becoming better than I was before!
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Over the past decade I've worked hard to share my passion & knowledge about natural health, prevention, & healing with many people. I've been blessed to grow a decent (and incredible) tribe on social media - (I swore I'd never go over 200 Facebook friends, but naturally, that did not happen).
Many people have asked me for help over the years, so after a lot of blogging, I eventually wrote a best-selling book, Real Food Pantry Makeover™, and created the Real Food Revival™ online course & The School of Innergy™ online course, for people to learn how to start healing on a physical & mental/emotional/energetic level.
I've worked with clients & students in both group & private settings, which has been an incredible experience. In addition, as mentioned above, we launched our 100% non-toxic body & personal care product line - Meraki By Nature in Sept., 2018.
I decided, that if I was going to have a job, in addition to being a mom, I would do what I love & am passionate about:
Serving families back to health.
- I help individuals learn how to un-toxify their bodies & homes.
- I help families separate themselves from this modern mainstream disaster, and return to living naturally, while honoring themselves, the earth, & God.
- I help families learn how to work with their doctors & health care providers, to integrate the best of modern medicine for trauma & emergencies, with natural health for true prevention & healing.
- I help parents on their road to leaving a lasting legacy of health & happiness, for their children & grandchildren.
If you're tired of feeling the way you do... Tired of no energy, tired of being fat, tired of being sick, tired of the drugs, tired of wishing you had the kind of body & life that you keep... well... wishing you had... I can help you.
Some people learn & do on their own. But unfortunately most people won't do it on their own. They don't have the motivation, support, accountability, OR know-how, to really implement the steps & make it happen. They can say all day long, that they'll do it at some point, just like I did:
Maybe some day.
Right now just isn't a good time.
I don't have the money.
I have don't have energy.
There's just too much going on.
But the truth is, no time is going to be the ideal time, AND right now is the exact right time.
People are falling apart. Health is going down the tubes. Adults are suffering, & kids are suffering.
We are sicker than we've EVER been.
There IS NO better time. And time is running out.
If you don't do something now, you probably never will.
If you're finally ready for that help, please take a look at what we have to offer (above), or reach out to us through email, if you have any questions. I'll help you get to the truth of what's really going on, why you're still struggling, & what you can do about it.
But PLEASE, whatever you do, don't put your lifestyle changes off... I did, and I got nowhere - except worse.
It took complete desperation at the edge of the Snake River Canyon's 500 ft. drop, for me to finally reach out to God in a way I never had before, give everything to him, and FINALLY recognize, that the answer was right in front of me the whole time. He just needed me to reach out to Him.
And I needed to act "NOW". Because quite literally, my life & my family's life depended on it.
Remember, this *is not* only affecting you. It's also affecting your children and your grand-children. The health of parents at conception directly impacts the health of your unborn baby. And your children are learning from you.
You have the opportunity to turn everything around for g.e.n.e.r.a.t.i.o.n.s. to come.
I would say, THE END to my story. But I can't.
This is just THE BEGINNING. And it can be for you as well.
Thank you for reading this whole. entire. thing.