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This term (ADHD) recently entered my life. My five (5) year old daughter is being tested and observed for the next several weeks, as her teachers and those close to her have come to realize that she is a strong candidate for the disorder. It is not something that just jumped out of no where, for the past year I have questioned if this was a possibility. I started to notice about a year ago that although highly intelligent, I was unable to keep her attention on anything for longer than five to ten minutes at a time. Around the same time I was told by a pediatric healthcare professional, who had worked with her, that ADHD was something I needed to look-up. I started to see how many of the indicators were closely identifiable with my daughter.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
ADHD can be catagorized into three subtypes: inattentive, hyperactive-impulsive and combined (most common). Inattentive symptoms seemed to border the pattern of an active child and are listed as follows:
Hyperactive-impulsive symptoms can also border the same characteristics of an active child, but there were several that stood out and I could identify them as traits my daughter often displayed. Following is a list of symptoms for hyperactive-impulsive:
A combined type is a combination of the other two types, the most common and seemed to be a checklist for my daughter’s behavior. I have come to realize that she is HIGHLY intelligent; in fact so much so that when she was 2 she could memorize a password to get into her brother’s tablet, without the knowledge of numbers and letters. This same little girl barely made it through preschool last year and had more than 30 citations at the end of the year and is on track this year with 2 citations in 2 weeks. Anyone that knows her, loves her. She is a sweetheart and probably the funniest little person I have met. Yet, her teachers and those that have to keep her attention, don’t find her sweet or funny. Hence the 30+ citations.
Hesitant To Label?
I was still hesitant to “label” my daughter ADHD, as this can often cause teachers to cringe at the thought of having them in their class. I decided to research the facts a little deeper and that is when my hesitation completely diminished and I found that I was then researching holistic remedies and a way to better help her become educated.
The research that led me to my ultimate resolve was found in an online article that offered information about women who take antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to have children with ADHD. I have not always maintained a lifestyle of holistic health. In fact, it was shortly after my daughter’s birth that I chose to go holistic and much of that decision was based on health complications she endured at birth. Those complications were caused by the medication that I stayed on at the direction of my Doctors; who offered their dish of ‘fear psychology’ and told me that she and I would both be in danger if I did not remain on the medication. I have gone more three years without antidepressants or any of the other medication the Doctor’s offered upon diagnosis of my disease and yet I am now the healthiest I have been in years. I can speak from experience when I offer my suggestion of: follow what you know to be best for you and your family, regardless of what letters follow their last name.
Healthlineposted an article October 2013, where they cite the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as showing an increase in prescriptions of methylphenidate (Ritalin) by 500% since 1990. Medline Pluslists this drug as habit forming along with several other side effects, including: nervousness, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and the list goes on and on. I have met several adults that have told me that Ritalin was the “gateway drug” for them to start down a path of addiction and drug abuse. If you are considering taking the route of prescription medications to treat ADHD, I highly suggest researching the side effects and articles that others have written.
Still Stuck on Holistic…
I continued my search and was encouraged to continue my quest for using a natural, holistic approach to help treat my daughter’s ADHD. I was able to locate an article by ADDitude that lists not only helpful foods, but also lists supplements and vitamins that researchers are starting to look further into for possible solutions in treating ADHD based on vitamin deficiencies. I also found an article on helping my daughter in being less of a “picky eater”, which apparently stems from my actions based on my lack of knowledge as a parent. I also located a six-week detox plan that I am willing to research further and possibly write a follow-up article on it’s success. I am committed, as a parent, to enhance my children’s lives in every way possible; especially in researching every possible means of improving their lives rather than damage them with chemicals that have less history and background than herbs and vitamins that have been used for centuries.
I try to stay positive in all of my posts, but let’s face it; everyone has THOSE days where you wake-up and you immediately want to fast forward to the next day. If you are a member of the “chronic pain” club, then you know what I am talking about and understand the depth of the UGH.
How Do I Get Past “Ugh”?
The first thing that I do is take a hot shower as this helps take away some of my pain immediately. My next step is to stretch. Stretching is crucial for people with arthritis
and many other debilitating, chronic disorders. It helps to get oxygen to the muscles and helps realign my body, making it easier to move.
I also have the pleasure to live in a City that has “healing waters”. Desert Hot Springs truly has “healing waters”, which are offered to the public at a daily rate at several spas across the town.
I often soak at Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel, as it offers 8 pools, sauna, locker rooms with showers and a restaurant to have a refreshing bowl of fruit or salad after soaking in the water.
Herbal Remedies to Relieve Pain and Inflammation
I recently learned of an herb, Boswellia, which is said to
Another herbal remedy that a friend of mine is making for me, kombucha. Kombucha is known for having a history of health benefits, including reducing inflammation and fighting cancer, arthritis and other degenerative diseases.
Need Relief Now?
Soaking in Epsom Salt not only helps your skin to look young and beautiful again when used as an exfoliant, it also helps with inflammation. The Epsom Salt Council suggests soaking in a bath three times a week for at least 12 minutes at a time.
Today I am grateful for the realization that I can use the fruits and plants of the Earth to provide for me completely. Whether it be for pain, refreshment or energy, I know that I can find all I need right here in Nature.
For over fifteen years, whenever I’ve had the flu, I’m talking about the point of being contagious and shivering with fever, I have used this juicing recipe to cure it. Rather than paying $90-$150 to see a doctor and obtain a prescription of antibiotics, I have used my juicer, a couple cloves of garlic, and carrots to cure the flu.( Maybe $5.00)
Warning: If you are allergic to garlic, or carrots, please disregard this remedy for your health sake.
To start this remedy you need a juicer that can turn a carrot into juice as fast as you can feed it. This is the only major purchase you may need. I recommend a Waring commercial juice extractor often available at Smart n’ Final. If you have a juicer of that capacity, you can start saving money now. Here’s my recipe:
Run a couple cloves of garlic (2-3) through the juicer along with an ounce of water (shot glass) and catch that juice and set it aside.
Immediately juice 6-8 carrots into a large glass and set it aside.
In this phase, keep in mind these words, “DO NOT SWALLOW”
Take the ounce of garlic juice; gargle it for 15-30 seconds then spit it out.
Take the carrot juice; drink it. Yes you may swallow.
Brush your teeth.
You will feel an immediate burning sensation because what is happening is the garlic is killing the infection in your throat.The benefits of garlic’s “Anti-microbial effect” efficiently combats bacterial viruses for immediate relief of congestion in the ears, nose, and throat. Most likely you won’t make it to 30 seconds the first time you gargle, but do all you can to make it to 15 seconds. You will live. After you spew it out, chase it with the carrot juice, then brush your teeth.
Drinking the carrot juice doubles the infection fighting vitamins and minerals the body needs to battle infection.
The garlic meshed with carrot juice is ingested into your body, fortifying the vitamins, and absorbing throughout the bloodstream the “antimicrobial “ effects that purify your blood; if used regularly will detoxify your liver. WebMD has some interesting facts on garlic you might enjoy, follow the above link for more information.
I Do What?!
Of course you’re thinking; “Wait a minute, gargle with garlic?” Remember, you are contagious and shivering with fever. You need to be quarantined anyway. Spend the rest of the day in bed. Your body now has relief and at this point you will regain the sleep you had lost.This is why I recommend you wait til this point to use this remedy. After you’ve brushed your teeth, there is a very pleasant sweet taste in your mouth. You also have experienced an immediate relief of congestion in the ears, nose and throat. No other flu remedies needed. The longest any flu virus has stayed in my body is 36 hours. If I’m not at least 80% by then, I give it another dose. I’ve never had the flu last more than four days.
Nutrients of Carrots
Carrots and garlic have tremendous holistic healing attributes. Juicing just a few carrots per day alone will do wonders for your health. Juicing carrots provides vitamins A,C,D, E, K, B and B6 to your body and will regulate your blood sugar. Carrots are also rich in Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, organic sodium and other minerals. Juicing-For-Health.com listed twenty health benefits of juicing carrots. Among the list, the most outstanding to me is the benefits of blood building. Juicing carrots builds hemoglobin and lowers serum cholesterol levels, reduces the risks of heart disease and strokes by cleansing the arteries of any plaque deposits. Juicing carrots also helps boost your immune system by increasing the “production and performance of white-blood cells.”
Nutrients of Garlic
Garlic contains rich amounts of Vitamin A, B-complex and C, contains the minerals Manganese, Phosphorus, Calcium, Copper, Potassium and Iron, Amino acids, essential oils, and glycosides.
Twelve types of antioxidants in garlic provide numerous healing attributes. Garlic is also known as a blood detoxifier, and to be effective in normalizing blood pressure.
There are numerous benefits to holistic remedies rather than going to the doctor.
No matter if it’s you or your health insurance that pays the bottom line; next time you have the flu, keep in mind these suggestions. Try this remedy first, and if you don’t feel better in 24 hours, go to your Physician. My experience is that it has worked for over 15 years and has saved hundreds in doctor visits and prescribed antibiotics. I never lost a friend either.
Below are some other juicing recipes that will give you health and nutrition. Enjoy!
Dictionary.com defines process (v.) as to treat or prepare by some particular process, as in manufacturing. Therefore, processed sugar is pure cane sugar that has been treated or prepared by some particular process. My next questions become; what treatment, how is it prepared, in what particular process and where does this all take place?
The first question lead me to a wonderful article on wholevegan.com which offers a complete section on how white and brown sugar are processed. This article brought a whole new understanding to just how lethal processed sugar is for our bodies. In fact there are several chemicals, polyvinyl alcohol and sytrene, that are known to be lethal to the human body. Sodium Hydroxide is used to make soap and is also known to be lethal to the human body.
Sugar Knowledge International SKIL, under the heading Evaporation explains, “the factory can clean up the juice
quite easily with slaked lime (a relative of chalk). I then decided to look-up slaked lime and discovered that this is used primarily to make mortars, plasters and cements. The images that are racing through my mind right now are just not pretty; the chemicals that are used in preparing processed sugar are also used to make cement? I can only imagine what my organs and arteries look like after consuming a lifetime of cement making chemicals. This is not a good thought and leaves me wondering if I want to continue in my research or begin walking like Forrest Gump and pray that this will be enough to combat the damage I have already caused by my past sugar consumption.
I referred back to the article on wholevegan.com, wherein the article explains that Bentonite is used in this process to strip the sugar of any nutritious protein. At this point, 25% of the industry uses bone char, which is considered an agent of mad cow disease. The remaining 75% use activated carbon and according to WebMD can cause side effects that include slowing or blockage of the intestinal tract, regurgitation into the lungs, and dehydration.
“A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down?”
“A Spoonful Of Sugar,” a 1964 hit movie classic song from the forever popular movie, “Mary Poppins;” Helps The Medicine Go Down?
Seven years prior in 1957, Dr. William Coda Martin, regarding processed sugar, used the words “toxic”, and “poison” in definition, as “any substance which applied to the body, ingested or developed within the body which causes or may cause disease.” Dr. Martin explained that the results of the process of refined sugar leaves no nutritional value where mother nature provides vitamins with natural sugars in fruit and vegetables. Sugar beets or sugar cane unaltered is very healthy for the human body. However, the “empty” or “naked” calories that processed sugar ingests, actually “leaches” the body of essential natural minerals, such as sodium, potassium and magnesium that vegetables and sodium provide. Lastly, calcium (from the bones) are mobilized and used in chemical transmutation.”
Over time, pyruvic acid is spread throughout your brain and nervous system, along with other “abnormal sugars” in the blood stream. These “toxic metabolites” interfere with the cells respiration, cutting off oxygen, eventually killing the cells. This point marks the beginning of degenerative diseases such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.
In other words, it might be a good idea to substitute natural fruit or honey to your oatmeal rather than a couple spoonfuls of sugar, or drink coffee black or with raw honey as sweetener.
Processed sugar is everywhere; in soft drinks, pastry, juices and breads. Demands on the medical profession thrive from cancers, heart, blood and liver diseases. Obesity is at historically epidemic levels because of the effect of the enormous amounts of processed sugar we consume. To add insult to injury, in 1982, the U.S. government signed legislation allowing a substance that has been since linked to causing cancer; high fructose corn syrup.
The government knew about this core cause of multiple diseases 57 years ago, yet hasn’t acted in the common interest of good health. The FDA needs to prioritize measures of prevention of disease by requiring changes in sugar processing that result in health coming from a healthy food, rather than diseases coming from a once healthy food. When a process is proven to be “toxic” or “poison” to the body and cause disease, by law, needs to be banned; no matter how much money sweetens the pot; public health before profit.
Unaltered sugar is healthy. Processed honey is similarly striped of its nutrients, like that of sugar. Raw honey
has nutrients that fight allergies and local raw honey, often found at ‘Farmer’s Markets’, is a healthy alternative to sweeten almost anything. Local honey provides important nutrients essential to your body affected by the climate you live in. Bee pollen has also been known to be a natural way to keep a sex drive healthy. Now that’s sweet!
What Do I Use As A Safe Alternative?
Be aware of your added sugar amounts. Evaluate the amount of processed sugar in everything you eat or snack on. Adjust your diet toward natural sweeteners or raw cane sugar. Substitute raw honey in your coffee, add bee pollen to your vitamin intake if not allergic and eat more fruits and vegetables. Most importantly, eat healthier.
There have been documented withdrawal symptoms that the medical profession takes as seriously as withdrawals from drugs and alcohol. Some of the withdrawal symptoms from processed sugar include:
The symptoms typically last for up to a week and have even been know to take up to four weeks, depending on your current sugar consumption. I have read articles that suggest a “cold turkey” approach and others that suggest a slow and gradual process. I believe that it ultimately comes down to what is best for you. I personally have to quit “cold turkey” or I will continue to yo-yo, only to find myself in the same spot a year later. I know many people that find a gradual process works best for them. Remember, “you are what you eat” and from what I have read and described above, I do not want to be toxic.
There have been a couple of times in my life where I hit a mental health “bottom” and felt that I would never see the light of day again. I felt completely hopeless, helpless and wanted this world to disappear. There were many people in my life that judged me and would say that I was being selfish, since I had three beautiful children that loved me. I can understand where they were coming from, as this would NORMALLY be enough for anyone to want to live, but I was no where near “normal” when I was overtaken with complete depression.
Depression can hurt and not just mentally, but physically, emotionally and spiritually. Depression can tear apart families and forever ruin lives; many people still see it as a “hush-hush” topic, never wanting to reveal that they have or are experiencing some form of depression. It is this stigma around the topic that is creating more problems and validating the feelings of those that already feel worthless and unnecessary.
Depression can and does cause physical pain, according to WebMD. In fact, depression has many physical symptoms such as: headaches, back pain, muscle aches and joint pain, chest pain, digestive problems and many more other symptoms. We often self-diagnose ourselves and group our aches and pains into the category of “getting older”, dismissing the feelings that we are stuffing with more work, school, opposite sex, sex, alcohol or whatever helps us dismiss the true pain we are feeling.
In an article written by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), they found that depression and pain share the same neurological pathway. Your response to painful physical stimuli is moderated in the brain by serotonin and nor-epinephrine, which also affect mood. Your mood stabilizers are also your pain stabilizers, creating one big jumble of physical and emotional pain when you become depressed. In fact, patients with chronic pain often report having suicidal idealization and severe “episodes” of depression at a rate of 33% higher than someone that does not have a chronic illness.
Exercise and Depression
Despite the endless articles I have read on healing depression naturally, the most profound statement I have heard came from a conference I attended where one of the speakers was a woman who was in charge of patient care at The Betty Ford Center; “take a step, change a thought.” How many times have you gone for a walk, just boiling with anger. Someone has just added that last habanero pepper to your chili and you are over the
“HOT” gauge, you walk away from the situation and when you return you almost forget why you are mad.
A Harvard School of Medicine research paper sites that although it is unproven that a walk will alter your mood, exercising three to four times a day does have a proven effect on depression and mental illness. In fact, in the article it states that, “A follow-up to that study found that exercise’s effects lasted longer than those of antidepressants. Researchers checked in with 133 of the original patients six months after the first study ended. They found that the people who exercised regularly after completing the study, regardless of which treatment they were on originally, were less likely to relapse into depression.” Thereby proving that exercise is the best medicine for mental illness.
Exercise? I Can Barely Get Out of Bed!
Yet, there are many that reach so deep into depression that getting out of bed is a victory in itself, forget about even thinking about exercise. When you have gotten to this point, I want to assure you, there IS hope. There are things you can do to help relieve even the worst cases of depression. In an article titled, “7 Ways to Manage Clinical Depression,” the author lists seven ways to get out of bed and move into the thought of getting past the front door. My favorite tips in this article is Go Easy and STOP TRYING. Don’t be so hard on yourself, when you make it out of the bed for an hour a day, CELEBRATE your victory. When you have the energy to make a meal, CELEBRATE your victory. Those small things deserve praise and gratitude. Be grateful for EVERY small victory, no matter how small.
My favorite tip though; STOP TRYING. The article points out that when you believe the “normal” will help and then it doesn’t, it just makes you feel worse. I hate to point out the obvious, but the “normal” people in the world are often the most abnormal and thereby making their treatments only viable for them. Be the abnormal and accept that the “normal” is not you and you are your own person that was created just the way you are for a reason. I have come to appreciate the statement, “Acceptance looks like a passive state, but in reality it brings something entirely new into this world. That peace, a subtle energy vibration, is consciousness” – Eckhart Tolle. I have accepted that I am not the “normal’; in fact I delight in knowing that I am not “normal,” I am conscious of the world around me and know that they are not “normal” either and for that I am grateful.
There are endless quotes that come from “diet and exercise,” but nothing could be closer to the cluiche than with depression. Foods (healthy) can and will change and enhance your mood, as will unhealthy (fatty) foods alter and worsen your mood, leaving you feeling sluggish and tired. There are many yummy, healthy foods that can alter your mood positively such as: blueberries, avocados, chamomile tea, asparagus, oysters, dark chocolate, oranges and turkey. There are also essential oils that you can put in a difuser or wear that can enhance and improve your moods, such as: lavender, chamomile and valor. For over 3,000 years the Chinese have practiced the healing arts of massage therapy and acupuncture and have found great success with these “non-western” forms of medicine. In fact, massage therapy can not only relieve depression, but can also help ease the pain caused by chronic illnesses. There are many forms of holistic alternatives to pharmaceuticals, but it ultimately comes down to you knowing what is best for you. There are many people that need pharmaceuticals to maintain a healthy and balanced mental status, but to you I still suggest balancing all parts of your life and that includes diet, exercise, meditation, friendships, soul food and service to others.
Everyday more and more people are hearing about a growing movement called Vegan-ism. To the term, one might think, “Oh, I’ve eaten Vegan before, it’s great.” Being Vegan is more than merely a diet, it’s a philosophy. In definition, “ Vegan-ism /ˈviːɡənɪzəm/ is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, as well as following an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient animals. A follower of Vegan-ism is known as a vegan.” Wikipedia “Vegan-ism”.
Vegan, as a lifestyle, is everyone’s right in America.
For the BBQ loving carnivore, forget about it, simply it isn’t going to happen. However, if you struggle with heart disease, colon and lung cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, liver, kidney dysfunctions, hypertension, and obesity, to name a few; considering a Vegan diet just might be the solution to your bodies dysfunction.
Vegan diet eliminates accumulating animal protein in your bloodstream. Lowering animal protein in your diet will lower your LDL cholesterol. Michael Greger, in his documentary, Uprooting The Leading Cause Of Death, said “ 75 percent of heart attack victims fell within the recommended targets for LDL cholesterol
levels”, and noted that “For plaque progression to cease, it appears that the serum total cholesterol needs to be lowered to the 150 mg/dl area….the serum level…of that of the average vegetarian.”
If you have high cholesterol, unless you adopt a vegetarian diet, the only other choice you have is to lower your LDL cholesterol level is with pharmaceuticals. This year new side effects warning label for such pharmaceuticals reads, “side effects: increased in associated memory loss and confusion, an increase of blood sugar levels, as well as new onset diabetes.” Still, many carnivore vow, “If I can’t live the way I want to live, then I don’t want to live.” Sadly, many won’t.
“If Americans adopted a vegetarian diet, the whole thing (heart disease epidemic) would go away.” The choice is yours: Pharmaceuticals with severe side effects? Or a vegetarian diet? You live or die with YOUR decision.
In considering a Vegan diet, be aware that Vegan is a mindset; a mindfulness of not harming another living being and making them suffer in order for you to eat. Mindful eating results in more healthy eating. Mindful eating considers how the food was raised, processed, and also asks what chemicals are being consumed, and how will they affect one’s health. Mindful eating can have a profound affect on one’s overall health.
Where Do I Start?
Start with being mindful of what you already eat. The
Even if you’re determined NOT to give up the ceremonial BBQ, mindful eating can be beneficial to your health. Routine doctor visits and regularly checking your blood pressure, with a well balanced diet and exercise program are daily routines for the health conscious. Just by allowing food to go back to the original purpose of nourishing the body, rather than pacifying an appetite, is mindful eating.
Educating yourself about how your food was processed can affect your appetite. For example, back in the late 70’s, I had a job that delivered to a slaughter house. I had to take bags of linens over slaughtered carcasses to make the delivery. Witnessing the killing (as much as I love beef), I couldn’t eat it for a few seasons after witnessing how it was processed. Slaughterhouse sights, smells, sounds had a profound affect on my appetite.
There are a lot of videos on Vegan vs. Meat Eater. View and take note of the good information. There are some extremist, however most Vegans are objective, especially those who are short-time Vegan. They remember the difficulty of the mindset adjustment and sometimes people just don’t understand “different.”
In college, I researched “Slow Food” style of eating. “Slow Food is a global, grassroots organisation with supporters in over 150 countries around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to the community and the environment.”
With slow food, in opposition to “fast food”; everything about how the food is grown; nutrients, and making sure the beef, poultry or pork is treated humanely; what grain it was fed, prohibiting injection of hormones or steroids. Microwaves or any form of radiation in cooking is prohibited. There is sort of a backwards in time style of cooking and mindset. Food is to be taken seriously, and enjoyed thoroughly.
On the other hand, costs are much more expensive because the feed for cattle, or organic elements of the soil where the vegetables are grown are evaluated. No pesticides, artificial flavors or additives are allowed. Therefore the cost of a slow food turkey, ham, or roast beef may be much higher than the meat products on sale at your local supermarket. Then again, for about the same cost of eating fast food everyday, one can adopt a “slow food” lifestyle if they are conscious about their diet. (Slow Food)
Most people look favorable on Vegan diet, whereas Vegan-ism is a whole different story. Change in diet doesn’t have to involve a political movement. However, awareness of how your food is grown before it is consumed is beneficial for your health. Healthier diets begin with awareness.
Breaking away from unhealthy eating habits confronts everyone at one time or another. The internet hosts a vast variety, (including Holistic Thymes) of educational information about how to eat healthier, and why. There are pros and cons to every argument. Ultimately, you are responsible for your health. Changing from a “see-food” diet to “Mindful Eating,” or adopting Vegan-ism, or simply counting calories, will benefit your health. Common sense, awareness and mindfulness are the keys to healthy eating. GOD BLESS!