“Honey, why don’t you run to the drugstore and buy me some of that nighttime stuff the doctor told us about. I need something to clear up this congestion and sore throat I got”
As Ace Venture would say “alrighty then”.
But it’s really not alright, you know.
Most drugstore meds don’t fix your illness, they just mask symptoms.
Lets just analyze the typical scenario that plays out countless times in our homes. We get stuffy so we buy un-stuff me 24 hour relief medicine to mask our symptoms.
Got a headache from the flu, alright just pop some gel pills for the pain to float away.
Diarrhea, well just pass the pink stuff, I’m doing pink shots tonight.
Sore throat, “Now Wilma honey you know, aint no sore throat my good old doctor hasn’t cleared up with em antibiotics”.
Off we run time after time like sheep to the slaughter house. We think that just because the doc said so it must be good. We trust more in the pharmacy tech then we do in our own instincts. Why is that? Now please don’t get me wrong, doctors are necessary as they are great at diagnosing. I trust my doctors completely to diagnose me, but then I go home and in most cases find out on my own what is causing the diagnosed illness and I work on treating it naturally and removing the cause of the illness so that it does not reoccur. Of course this is solely a decision I have made and in no way am I advising that you ignore proper medical treatment.
The point of this article is to help you draw outside of the lines for a change and not get yelled at for doing so! I want you to start thinking outside of the box.
Seldom do we stop to consider that what we are eating and our environment can be causing our ailments. I was privileged to travel with my family and live in other countries other than the USA. And I have concluded that although we are a great nation full of advances and freedoms we are lacking greatly when it comes to our health. We have become a nation that over medicates instead of over-investigating and thinking outside of the box. When you’re depressed and suffering from terrible migraines you most likely go to the doctor and walk out still sick but with a pocket full of prescriptions. We serve up hard-core drug cocktails in the form of prescriptions whenever a symptom is present and we need relief. I want to encourage you to find out more about your body and what it’s lacking nutritionally. Dont mask symptoms, strive to find the cause and then work on eliminating the cause and treating the health condition appropriately.
Take migraines for instance. Did you know that mold in your home can trigger nasty migraines? Yes especially black mold. Most people living in hot humid, damp areas have serious mold issues in their home and don’t even know why they keep getting infections and upper respiratory sicknesses. Here is a list of things that daily toxic mold exposure can cause:
- Respiratory distress, coughing, sneezing & sinusitis.
- Asthmatic signs; wheezing, shortness in breath, coughing, burning in lungs, etc.
- Irritable bowel syndrome, nausea & diarrhea.
- Difficulty swallowing & mucous.
- Burning in the throat and lungs (similar to acid reflux and often misdiagnosed as such)
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Thyroid irregularities,
- Migraines & Headaches
- Anxiety/depression, heart palpitations
- Extreme blood pressure, cholesterol, or triglycerides irregularities
- Night head sweats, and drooling while sleeping, profuse sweating
- Nose bleeds (stachybotrys)
- Joint/muscle stiffness and pain
- Irregular heart beat
There are more things that mold can cause but this would be a very long article if I listed all of them. If you suspect that you have a mold problem you should have the air in your home tested.
Have you been feeling down lately, lacking motivation and overly anxious? I know I have been there and done that and if not dealt with these symptoms can be serious and an unhealthy situation for your family, especially if you’re a new mom or just had a baby. So the first thing is to find the cause of your symptoms. Try to eliminate it but if you’re like me and your life is a living roller-coaster all the time then you just can’t eliminate it, you live with it and try not to pull your hair out! Along with serious prayer and time to reflect, I have found that the following foods/supplements work great for depression and anxiety:
- Rescue Remedy taken several times a day – Check out my post on this
- Whole cereals and beans
- Swiss muesli – eat with organic soy or almond milk
- Non-Instant Organic Rolled Oats – add in smoothies, cookie and pancake mixes
- Organic Rose Petals brewed as a tea with honey
- Organic Lemon Balm tea or tincture
- Vitamin B Complex
Upset stomach and diarrhea anyone? We use glutamine powder by Jarrow to stop chronic diarrhea when its been going on for more than 2 days and is related to a flu bug. Glutamine is an amino acid that we have found to be terrific in stopping diarrhea. It also helps the body heal internal and external wounds after surgery. It helps with the protection of muscle tissue, so its a must if you work out with weights. Aloe is also fantastic for upset stomach, diarrhea, colitis, GERD, indigestion and many other gastro-intestinal discomforts. The brand I recommend is called Aloe Life in the berry flavor.
Do you have a miserable cold with mucous and an itchy scratchy throat? We use oregano, garlic and lemon balm all the time and they work wonders. The most potent brand of Oregano is called North American Herb & Spice – Super Strength Oil of Oregano. Its tastes strong but just a few drops 1 to 3 times per day has relieved us from the nastiest of cold and flu infections. Garlic should be mashed and eaten uncooked in everything when a cold or flu is present. It should also be mashed or pressed and placed inside a cup while steeping tea for 15 minutes. Strain off the garlic and sweeten with honey. A good tea to do this with is Thyme as you are doubling your anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-spasmodic properties.
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