When I was 10 years old I developed hay fever; every season after that, I also started getting severe sore throats and high fevers of 106o. The doctor prescribed a 10-day schedule of antibiotics. My mother’s medicine was a cup of tea with milk and 2 teaspoons of sugar. I chuckle whenever I think about her giving me milk and sugar for a sore throat. For the next 9 years straight, I would receive a total of 36 doses of antibiotics called “the Miracle drug of the 20th Century.” ¬†When I saw an ENT (ear, nose and throat doctor) he told me I had allergies and only offered me a prescribed decongestant. Three years on medication, I discovered a natural method of “curing” my throat irritation. By the ripe young age of 32, I had heart disease. The connection came from years of destroying my gut with antibiotics AND ignoring the root cause of my allergies. Allopathic medicine believes in suppressing the system, concentrating on symptoms and never addressing the foundation of illness. This left me sick and frustrated! So, I sought help outside the medical arena. With a major change in my diet and a commitment to increase my water intake, I survived to be a mother of 7 and a grandmother of 14.

The health and wellness industry is exciting because, as research has shown, one disease has its connection to other diseases, complaints and disorders. How can gut issues cause heart, lung, brain and joint disease, and even headaches? There is oddly a connection that has a commonality called inflammation. Our bodies are much more connected than we think. When it comes to health problems and sickness, the root is often inflammation. My allergies were symptoms of an imbalance in my gut that made my immune system overreact; the antibiotic was the vehicle for the “cure.” That’s like bailing water out of a sinking ship while ignoring the hole! When the gut is weak and toxic, it metabolizes a poison that leaks out, then circulates in the blood to form plaque in our arteries and to float toxic waste to our joints. This is the thing…. every food/liquid we eat and drink is either acidic or alkaline. Alkalizing puts our immune system at ease. The opposite of AT-ease is DIS-ease. It’s proven fact that 80% of illness comes through our gut. Connecting the dots of health issues can help you live happily in a drug-free future and liberate you from the fear and dread of illness. Homeopathy/Holistic healing embraces the body’s natural response system by either encouraging the symptoms of healing or attacking the root cause of the illness.

How Can We Reduce Inflammatory Triggers?

Stress relief: Prolonged stress can weaken our symptom’s response to invading virus, bacteria and fungus. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells thus improving our resistance to disease. We live in a stressful world, but we can rejuvenate by enjoying the beauty of the seasons; doing stress-relief exercise (“fun” exercise). Twenty minutes of sunshine helps to strengthen the adrenals; also, the time it takes for Vit D to penetrate the skin (after that it’s just a burn and stress on the body). Deep abdominal breathing triggers a relaxation response in your brain that inhibits stress-producing hormones and tells the body to calm down and relax. Do this exercise often!

Food to eat on a regular basis: blueberries, dried plums, fresh or dried figs (without sulfur dioxide) and pomegranates are high in antioxidants; whole oats, brown rice; pastured eggs, Omega3 fish oil, avocado and avocado oil; pure olive oil and lots of steam cooked veggies (some raw veggies leach calcium from your bones). If you’re not a veggie person, buy a powdered veggie mix and mix in water; drink at least one serving a day to help burst thru the inflammation flow. Ginger and turmeric will help calm the flames of inflammation. Vitamin B and a probiotic from a reputable company will build good gut flora. Enzymes are the Spark of Life! Taken on an empty stomach, enzymes gobble-up the toxic waste that keeps us sick and in pain; taken with food for a digestive aid.

Take steps to squash inflammation: Think of inflammation like a flame out of control. Avoid fried foods, roasted nuts, cow milk, fruit juices, sugar and artificial sweeteners; pro-inflammatory foods that are found in vegetable oil (corn oil) and corn chips, peanuts, soy and tofu, wheat grain (including white flour foods); chicken wings; safflower oil and soybean oil found in convenient foods; pork and cured meats; margarine, coffee creamers, most breaded frozen chicken and frozen white potatoes (French fries or tater tots) are all made or prepared with partially hydrogenated oils.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine said: “all healing begins in the gut”