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The Nourished Living Summit is coming soon!

Have you ever felt overwhelmed when it comes to making the best choices for your family?

The Nourished Living Summit brings together 69 natural health, wellness, and parenting professionals who are dedicated to helping parents care for their family naturally. These experts know that this parenting gig is not easy and as such are arming you with the information you need to either begin, continue, or expand your journey as a natural-minded parent.

Nourished Living Summit

The Nourished Living Summit is a FREE online event that launches March 24, 2014.

It won’t be like those other Summits, the ones were you have 24 hours to listen to 10 presentations. No – The Nourished Living Summit wants to arm you with as much information as you can absorb via an improved Summit model. A model where you will have time on your side so you can take advantage of all the incredible information these speakers are handing you. The Nourished Living Summit is showcasing 62 presentations divided into 8 thematic tracks including:

  • Pre-Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Health and Development for Children Ages 0-18
  • Natural Health and Wellness for the Whole Family
  • Care and Nurturing For Mothers
  • Education for Natural Minded Parents

Beginning March 24th, you will have 48 hours to listen to 3-5 presentations. Each track is divided over the course of two 48 hour periods. Presentations will stream live Monday-Saturday with Sundays off. The Summit ends on April 29th.

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Good bye gluten, I’ll miss you… and hello fun times!

Before I start on this post I would like to say that any dosing I mention is specific to my situation and should not be taken as a suggestion for anything else.

Just a few days after I posted my last update I had some interesting things happen. I had my follow-up consultation with Bari and told her the results of my meeting with the endocrinologist. At that point I was not sure what I could do and was feeling dejected with the situation.

Her response was anything but what I was expecting. She was thrilled! Because I was not given any prescriptions she had a broader range of options to suggest for me to try. Clearly I was still having troubles and was not at my usual self. That’s why I went to the doctor and why I hired my friend to help me. She still believed I had thyroid issues, even though my numbers were “normal” and also likely had adrenal issues still affecting me. As they did not show up in tests she dubbed it “sub-clinical.” This is because what is supposed to be my normal and indication of abnormal might have their own levels.

With the first consultation she suggested I cut down on gluten. I had been doing this some at her suggestion anyway, back when I saw her in February. Now she said it was time to cut down further and move toward a gluten-free diet. In addition, she suggested some herbs to add for supplementation. From the first time, I started doing a small daily dose of maca for hormonal balancing. Another her she mentioned, which I could not find at first, was Siberian ginseng also known as eleuthero, to help boost my energy levels. With this appointment, I got the scientific name, went out the next day, and found some in powdered form. I take a dosing in the morning along with the maca and a pinch in the evening.

My first morning taking eleuthero was May 9. The difference in how I felt from the day before was night and day. I went to work, did what I needed to do, and felt sharper than I had in far too long. I got through more of my work because I did not have to pause to remember what to do next. I kept getting up to do little things around the office. The next morning I felt better rested, despite having had less sleep than what I like. It’s not a placebo effect either. The change has been consistent over the last week and a half, and I feel it if I do not have the evening pinch.

There is one last supplement to be added and I am awaiting its arrival. That is tyrosine, an animo acid associated with the thyroid.

Now on to the diet changes…


Pizza! used under Creative Commons license.

The Saturday after my consultation, I had lunch plans with one of my closet friends. She and I had not gotten together in months for any sort of conversation and we have a long standing tradition of long lunches at a pizza place near my house. We caught up, laughed, plotted, did all we needed to in the course of the afternoon, and shared a medium pepperoni and mushroom pizza.

I got home from dropping her off at her house, and crawled right into bed for a few hours of nap. For the rest of the day I was feeling tired and muddled and could not do anything. I had the feeling that lunch would be my big goodbye to gluten anyway, and proved that I had to make the change. Since then I have still had some foods with wheat but each time I feel the reaction. It reminds me of the way I felt when I used to have asthma attacks coming on.

Going gluten-free in our culture is HARD. I have to rethink much of what I have eaten on a regular basis. Bread is gone. Beer is out. When I go out for food there is often a large portion of the menu now off-limits. It takes thought before I order.

While I like the shift in my energy levels, there is also a down side for me. For so long I have spent my days just getting through the moment and much gets pushed to the side. This is both literal and figurative. And I want to DO something about all this stuff now. Clean up all the piles, sort through the stuff thrown in corners, spend days writing up all the ideas in my head. It would be easy to go into overdrive and do it all in the course of one night but that would backfire so much. Now I am learning to pace and prioritize, a lesson I’ve been trying to get down my whole life but thus far have not.

It’s been a lot of change. I’m taking my time and not kicking myself for a lack of supposed perfection.

The “fun” part is coming next week… and it will be both fun and tough. This past Friday I went into Manhattan to see my favorite band. Oh I needed that night. Brilliant music and got to reconnect with some of the most incredible people I know. And in just over a week I can enjoy their sounds again.

I just hope the tracks are fixed before I go again. I got down there without incident but getting home was a challenge.

So that is where things stand with my health right now. How are all of you doing?

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Stocking a medicine cabient

Normally I don’t believe in making “sorry to have gone quiet” posts, but I truly did intend to put up something last week. That is, until I got hit with a major allergic reaction on Monday evening. While I have dealt with allergy issues all my life, I had reactions I’d never experienced before. Thus my energies were focused on being able to breathe properly and getting better. I still don’t know what caused the reaction, and to be honest I’m not fretting over it too much.


How I prefer to convalesce when ill. Photo from The Commons.

My usual method for recovering from any sort of illness now tends along the lines of “alternative” medicine. Having spent my youth taking a wide range of antibiotics for sinus and throat infections, antihistamines for allergies (and having them lose their effectiveness from overuse), inhalers for asthma, and STILL having those problems plague me even with the drugs, I now prefer to treat the symptoms as much as possible. Plus my health has improved enough that I don’t really need those drugs anymore. I refuse to take antibiotics because I feel they are over-prescribed, leading to the various drug-resistant bugs now making the rounds around the country. My asthma bothers me so little, it’s not worth it for me to keep an inhaler anymore. It would be close to dead before I’d need to use it. The allergies have been mending slowly as my immune system becomes stronger, though sometimes I need help on that front.

Sometimes I still get sick, or react badly to something. I try to keep remedies around the house which treat the symptoms I am most likely to deal with. Since the household currently holds just two adults who tend to be in decent health, there’s not a huge collection. I thought it would be worth sharing, to give ideas of ways to help treat illnesses at home. As always, this is not a substitute for formal medical training. I’ve found these primarily through personal research and my own trial and error.

Alternative remedies
I start with these since it’s my first line of defense.
Activated charcoal–This should be a constant in any and every home. It binds with toxic substances and keeps the body from absorbing them. Used in hospitals and drug treatment centers for people who have overdosed. It can also be used effectively against food poisoning and lesser digestive issues.
Bromelain–made from the core of pineapples, a very effective anti-inflammatory. Strangely enough, I know I need it if I am feeling ill, thinking about it, and it’s the LAST thing I want to take. This is very effective when my knee or sinuses swell up.
Elderberry syrup–Something I’ve been taking this past week. A remedy with a long history, it has strong anti-viral properties. I know a few people who make their own. If only I had an elderberry bush in my neighborhood.
Neti–I’ve done a whole post on why I am a fan of the neti pot and have used it for over a decade. If you have sinus issues with any regularity and do not use one, I suggest you stop reading right now and GET ONE. You can also replicate the method with a paper cup. Don’t be squeamish either. The minor discomfort you may have from rinsing your nose will be trivial compared to how much quicker you will recover from sinus trouble.
Melatonin–A vitamin B6 supplement I use periodically during the year to aid with my sleep. It’s especially helpful for me in the winter, when I want to sleep more.
Oscillococcinum–A homeopathic flu remedy I came across some years ago. I’m not too familiar with homeopathy but very curious to learn more. In this case, I take it when I feel like I may be coming down with the flu. Usually I can either cut it off before it takes hold, or my days with symptoms are not many.
Incidentally, if you have any suggestions for learning homeopathy or might even be willing to give me some instruction, I will gladly accept it!
Burt’s Bees Res-Q Oinment–whenever I get a cut or a burn, this salve goes on there. I’d love to learn how to make my own someday.
Tea tree oil–Perfect for drying out acne or surface fungal infections.

Tea
I keep enough around that it merits its own section.
Chamomile–to help me relax and sleep
Calming–especially helpful when I feel stressed about school. This is a specific blend including kava kava. Despite my generally laid back demeanor, I don’t do the “relaxation” thing well.
Rose Hips–good source of vitamin C
Peppermint–good for digestion, and I recently learned that in China it was traditional for men to drink hot peppermint tea in the summer to help them cool off.
Moon cycle–There’s one day each month when I feel very thankful for this tea.
Mullein–I just discovered this herb in the past week. An expectorant.
Echinacea–for immune system support.

Allopathic remedies
When all else fails…
Mucinex–Another expectorant. It really does help, but I have to be coughing a LOT before I even remember its existence
Anti-histamines–About two times a year now (if that), I feel like I really need these.
Aspirin
Ibuprofin–Yes, sometimes I do hurt that much.

What are you medicine chest necessities?

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Down for the count

Apparently last week’s neti post was done in the nick of time.
Guess who got hit with a major allergy attack starting Sunday night?
Yes indeed, yours truly.

So not only do I still have a lot of school work to be done before the month ends, but I lost a solid day of being able to work due to the fog that comes with an allergy attack. It was so bad I have actually been taking antihistamines. I HATE taking them, but it’s the only thing which will really keep me clear enough to be able to focus.

For this week then, I would love to hear stories you have of healing allergy issues as well as home remedies you might have to clear up your sinuses.

At least all those flowers blooming make for a beautiful walking commute.

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