Saturday, January 31, 2015

Healing IBS Caused by Fructose Malabsorption

When I was thirty years old and shortly after I had my fourth baby, I became very sick. My gut hurt constantly, I was naseous and had diarrhea. For two years, I went to multiple doctors to figure out why. I even went to UCLA and USD and both Infectious Disease Specialists looked at me and said I looked like I had come out of a concentration camp. I needed to go home and eat since it was all in my head.

Shortly afterwards, I had a horrible night of no sleep, pain and diarrhea. Ken took me to a family practice doctor around the corner from my home. He asked me if I'd ever been told to have a stool test. I told him no. He gave me a kit and I went home. I thought, "I'm not going to take a stool test. What would that accomplish?" However, that night, I was very ill again so I took the test. It came back that I was FULL of parasites.

My Dad is a pathologists. I had ten parasites per oil field. Most people only have two to three. My Dad called well-known Infectious Disease Specialists around the nation for my treatment and they all told him they had never heard of someone having so many!

I was put on strong drugs for several years. The parasites were very difficult to get rid of. We have no idea how I got them since I never did travel to foreign countries. I have heard that many people in America have parasites. It is not that abnormal. All of these strong drugs just made my gut worse. Therefore, my gut has been bad since I was 30 years old. Going through two brain surgeries and a neck fusion didn't help.

I have a good friend that I have known for many years who has struggled with health issues also. About three months ago she called me and told me she is finally well and feels better than she has in years! She told me she thinks I have fructose malabsorption. She encouraged me to get off of all fruit and even some vegetables with high fructose. She also said I should take Symbiotic Colostrum and probiotics every day. Within a few days, I no longer had diarrhea! I started gaining weight and I have enjoyed life finally after 30 years of suffering with IBS!

My diet is very simple and I will tell you exactly what I eat for those of you who have struggled with IBS or gut problems for many years and can't get well. Right when I wake up, I take colostrum and probiotic. Then I fix a cup or two of my homemade chicken broth with sea salt. For breakfast, I cook chopped up butternut squash in Ghee. Then I eat two pastured eggs on top of it with Real Salt. For lunch, I have a large yam with Kerrygold butter on it and some organic roasted chicken. For dinner, it's steamed swiss chard, zucchini and some fish. For my snacks, I munch on a half of a cup of properly prepared organic cashews throughout the day. {I need extra calories!} I use fresh parsley, lemon and cilantro to season my food.

Yes, it's a very strict diet but it is worth it to finally feel good. I believe that after awhile I will slowly be able to add foods back to my diet but I must give my gut plenty of time to heal. It's kind of like an added freedom to my life to not spend much time thinking about food and living for food since my food is not that exciting!

“All Disease Begins in the Gut” ~ Hippocrates, Father of Medicine

The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Revelation 22:2

***Here is an interesting article on the measles vaccination.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Little Boys are NOT Made to Sit in Chairs All Day Long!

When I went to kindergarten MANY years ago, most of our time was spent on the playground and in the sandbox using our imaginations. When we were inside, we listened to books being read to us and we did a LOT of finger painting. We were always home by lunchtime and had time to have a good nap. It was so much fun!

When Steven was five, we decided to put him into public school kindergarten. When I picked him up one day a few days after he had started, he was crying. He had flunked his first spelling test! I had NO idea they would expect a five year old to actually be able to write words and know them. Kindergarten was a full day for him. After a few weeks and noticing him falling asleep at the dinner table, I decided to pick him up at lunch time. He'd come home, eat and then take a long nap. Then he'd go out and play.

A good friend of mine who teaches children who have trouble learning told me about a family that had come from South America. The oldest was around seven or eight years old. He had never been in school but instead, played outside most of the time. Within one year of being in school, this child was caught up to the other children and even surpassed many of them.

I think we start children in school too young and expect WAY too much from them. It is more important for them to develop their large motor skills by hiking, running and climbing while they are young. Boys are NOT made to sit in chairs for hours every day! Schooling was not created with boys in mind.

I home schooled Steven from fifth grade through eighth grade. He loved it! He would read a few hours a day and do an hour of math. He also went surfing with his brother and cousin. He was involved in team sports. He ate a lot too! We put him into the local Christian high school for ninth grade. He had to be tested in order to get in. I was a bit nervous since my homeschooling was very relaxed. He passed with flying colors. Today, he is an orthodontist!

Academics is WAY too much of an idol in our society, in my opinion. Some children are just not that academic and would rather be doing things with their hands. We all learn differently and to place everyone in one mold is not a good idea. There should be trade schools for electricians, plumbers, mechanics, etc.

Try to figure out how each of your children learn best. If they are good readers, like to read and learn math, they can figure out almost any other subject. Don't think they need to be reading by the time they are three. Read to them a lot but don't hurry learning to read. Just because our society wants to fit all of our children into one mold {sitting in a chair ALL day long}, doesn't mean you have to fit your child into the same mold.

Train up a child in the way he should go: 
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Staying at Home Begins in the Heart

Psalm1Wife's life is a living example of God's power to create beauty from ashes. She was in rebellion to God and His ways and it was spilling over into her marrriage. She was given a book by her sister To Train Up A Child by Michael and Debi Pearl shortly after her father's death. "I devoured the book and was awestruck by the clear and obvious truths they taught. There was an excerpt in the back from another one of their books intended for the woman who desires to have a great marriage, Created To Be His Help Meet. I read it so fast it made my head turn. Finally, I got it! The problem wasn’t just my stubborn husband, IT WAS ME TOO! I was undermining our relationship at every turn by trying to manipulate him into being my own personal puppet. I wanted to control him SO BADLY. I wanted to have the perfect marriage and he just wouldn’t man up! Things became so much easier after that." I asked her to guest post for me and she happily agreed! She just recently quit blogging to focus her attention on her husband, young children and home.

By the time a girl becomes a teenager, she is well on her way to destruction, or she is laying down the building blocks for godly character. Which, however, is pretty much solely based on her mother. I know it's been said a lot that a young woman's future in regard to guys is determined by her relationship with her father and the demonstration of love that he shows her. I believe this, but only if her mother is a joyful woman and makes it very clear that she respects her husband's authority.

If mom is a rebellious wife, then even a godly father's presence is not going to stop a growing daughter from following in her mother's steps by deeply desiring to control men. She will watch while her mother constantly tests her husband's headship and she will learn that the secret to getting her way is tiring out her man until he no longer tries to lead anymore.

Half way through her teenage years she will already be using her emotions as a tool to control her boyfriend. She will remember watching her mom sit and stew for hours over not getting her way and she will try the method out. She will remember hearing mom say horrible things about her dad on the phone or always interrupting him as he was speaking. She will remember feeling the tension in the room if, heaven forbid, mom and dad were actually in the same room.

Most Christian women claim to adhere to the biblical standards of headship and submission simply because they don't have out-of-the-home employment. The Bible does make it clear that a woman's first priority is inside the home, with her family, but this job starts with your heart. Even if you tell your daughters that their dad is the "provider" and you're the "caregiver", she will see what's really going on if your heart isn't joyfully dwelling in your intended roll as wife and mother. Just because your Facebook profile says 'stay-at-home-mom', doesn't mean you're raising thankful, respectful, obedient, godly children. A lot of "preacher's daughters" are the most rebellious, according to the cliche', of course, and this, I believe isn't because of the constant pressure they were under with their father being a pastor, as the world would lead you to believe, but because their mama was discontented, unhappy and unsubmissive.

Just like most things, sucess starts in the beginning stages. When these little ones are just learning to talk is the time to tell them how much you love their daddy and show them what a joyful, fun and exciting mama really looks like. Little women-in-training are going to be looking at their mom. They will either see exactly who they want to be, or exactly who they don't want to be, but either way, they're watching intently. Little boys spend all day with mama too. They're either using your presence in their lives as a guide for who to marry or as their biggest example of who to flee from.

The pressure's on, Mom. It's not about you anymore. Regardless of if their daddy works 80 hours a week and only sees them on weekends or if he's disabled and spends most days on the couch, kids tend to judge mom, not dad. Kids see you for exactly who you are but dad can fool them, some boys are 21 before they realize their dad was a dead beat.

Your kids want a joyful mama who loves their daddy and laughs at his jokes, runs around the house screaming because daddy is chasing her and the kids to tickle them, who talks to them about their day and looks them in the eye. Yes, your sheer presence in the home puts them well ahead of the game, but if you want your grown children to rise up and call you blessed, then you must invest your heart in this journey.

I promise you, nothing on your TV is more important than your sweet kids. I know it's tiring and hard and constant and loud and messy but, you can do it. We really are capable of juggling 10 things at once, when we finally accept that our time is to be spent on our kids and our love is to be continually, freely given to their daddy.

If your trying to watch Dr. Oz when your kids suddenly, out of the blue, are STARVING, then you are going to become irritated because your priority is the TV. But if you're trying to help your kids build a race track for their matchbox cars and suddenly, out of the blue, they're STARVING, you won't even think twice before getting them some crackers because you were already devoting your time to them.

We must remember how destructive it is to spend our days angry and irritated and we must accept the fact that a stay-at-home mom's resume needs more on it than ~ professional at wearing yoga pants and sitting on the couch while the kids play outside unsupervised. Today is the best day to start being joyful and before you know it, your daughter will be a teenager who is laying down the building blocks for godly character, because her sweet mama showed her how. 

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; 
her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Proverbs 31:28

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Jealous of Other's Husbands?

Her husband does a lot of the shopping and cooks many meals. He loves to vacuum and clean bathrooms. He NEVER leaves his clothes on the floor! He's a wonderful father and buys her flowers often. Her husband is amazing and everyone would agree. How do you respond when you hear this and your husband has NEVER cleaned a toilet, loves to watch lots of television, and rarely buys you anything?

When you have a husband that has fallen short of your expectations, how are you to handle this disappointment? Joyfully. Tell your friend what a great husband she has and then go over in your mind all the great qualities your husband possesses. You must never let someone's husband make you dissatisfied with the one that you've chosen.

Also, you must never speak poorly of your husband to others when he doesn't do the things you want or act the way you think he should act. Don't let others speak poorly of your husband either. Having a husband that helps with housework and showers you with flowers isn't great gain; godliness with contentment is GREAT gain!

Your circumstances aren't what God commands that you rejoice over. He commands that you rejoice over all the riches you have in Christ: dead and freed from sin, walking in newness of life, delivered from wrath and condemnation, etc. If you are a believer, you have ALL these things in abundance. You are blessed and a mansion is being prepared for you. The God of the universe lives inside of you and loves you.

This life has nothing whatsoever to do with how much your husband helps or how he treats you. It has everything to do with glorifying Him and being content in whatever situation you are in knowing that all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purposes.

We must have NO other idols besides Jesus before us; not our marriage or wanting a husband, not our children or wanting children, not our health or food, not our home, not our blog or job, etc. We are called to seek those things above. If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. {Colossians 3:1-3}

Therefore, the next time you read about or hear how wonderful someone's husband is, don't be discouraged or get upset and unhappy with your husband. Speak Truth to yourself and REJOICE; for this is the day that the Lord hath made. Keep your eyes focused upon the Lord and His goodness and continually renew your mind with His many promises to you.