Diagnosed with celiac disease, losing my brother’s girlfriend to cancer, my mom finding a lump in her breast 6 ½ years ago, and 5 kids myself, it’s no wonder I am so passionate about healthy living and sharing it with others! Navigating this unhealthy world we live in can be challenging. I hope I can help in some way with the resources I have come across.
I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, celiac at age 18. My journey didn’t actually start there. I was a colicky baby with recurrent ear infections as a child, massive amounts of antibiotics growing up for any ‘sick’ symptoms I had, allergy shots, getting the stomach flu more than others, asthma, belly aches, and mono were the early warning signs of an unbalanced immune system. It took a long time to be diagnosed with celiac disease, and was only diagnosed after my mom heard on NPR about this disease and how our doctors in the US are unfamiliar with it and don’t test for it. I had already had SO Much blood work done over the years and 2 colonoscopy’s, so I said no way, no more tests. Thank goodness my mom made me go in and get ‘blood work just one more time’. My Pediatrician called me personally at 9:45 pm on a school night (I still remember!), saying 'omg Lauren you have something called celiac disease. I'm going to refer you to a GI doctor because I think you have to go on a temporary diet'. It's so interesting that even she did not know about celiac considering she said 'temporary' diet. The celiac diagnosis was confirmed with an endoscopy. When the doctor walked in at my follow up, he said “Wow. You are the most healthy, unhealthy celiac I have ever seen. You literally have no villi in your small intestine. I would have thought by looking at the pictures, you'd be in an ICU somewhere very underweight”.
I had never felt better when I went on a gluten free diet. I had felt so bad for so long it felt like a miracle and I was so relieved they found out ‘what was wrong with me’. Two years later after starting nursing school, I began to feel so sick again. I went to 3 different gastroenterologist to see what was wrong now. Two said I had celiac and I would just never feel the same again. One did an endoscopy. The nurse called me a week later to tell me I had erosive gastritis and early signs of Barretts Espophagus. I was prescribed the purple pill, Nexium. The nurse said this is a lifetime treatment for what “you have”. I did feel better after taking Nexium and gained a few pounds that were much needed. I became pregnant after that and called the doctor to see if taking Nexium was ok during pregnancy. He said yes. Taking anything during pregnancy just didn’t sit right with me. Around 8 weeks pregnant, I opened the package insert to Nexium. I was horrified to see it contained 5 food dyes (which are banned in the UK and Europe requires warning labels for products that contain dyes) polysorbate 80, and other chemicals. Read insert here http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2006/021153s022lbl.pdf. It also states “There are, however, no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women “. What amazed me the most, was how quick the doctor told me it’s completely fine to take during pregnancy. So in love with my unborn baby, I realized then,I have to always do my own research and take responsibility for my own health and my children. I researched natural alternatives for erosive gastritis. I cut out dairy, cut back on caffeine and started juicing and making green smoothies for the first time. This was almost 10 years ago, so when people heard I was doing this they thought I was “crazy’. No dairy while pregnant? You need calcium! Green smoothies..ew! Oh how wrong the industry has taught us to think!! Read about other foods that naturally contain calcium http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=45.
During my pregnancy, my brother and his girlfriend moved back from California on a raw vegan diet. She was on this diet to keep her blood cancer in remission. I learned so much from her! Coconut milk ice cream, eating clean, making sure you can eat anything you put on your body, since the skin in the largest organ, aluminum free deodorant, and removing makeup with jojoba oil are some of the things I learned from her. Unfortunately her cancer returned. She decided to go see a doctor at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and found a doctor she thought was brilliant. He convinced her to do radiation and a bone marrow transplant. One day after her bone marrow transplant, the nurses found her in cardiac arrest in her room. It was due to an adverse reaction from the bone marrow transplant, encephalopathy. She was taken off life support a week later.
She had left a book at my Moms house called, Cancer Step Outside the Box by Ty Bollinger (Can you make this title so you can click on it and it will take you to his book to buy). My mom picked it up and read it front to back. She had just recently had a mammogram to be ‘on top of her health’. Six months later she found a lump in her breast. Refusing another Mammogram (why would you smash a tumor that you already know is there), She got an ultrasound that confirmed it was solid (tumor) and not fluid. The doctor from the hospital wanted to speak to her and told her to come to the ER immediately. She kindly said no. He said “your life is in danger”. She politely got off the phone and refused to go in. She had already read books on cancer and knew she wanted to stay out of the conventional medical industry. She began a vegan diet, many detoxes, IV vitamin C treatments, doubled up on Juice Plus, became spiritual, and exercise was some of the things she did. That was 6 ½years ago.
I am pregnant with baby number 4 and wish I knew a lot of things I didn’t know with my first. My hope, is that not all Moms say this! My first was on over 10 antibitiocs from age 1-3. My second two have never been on an antibiotic until recently. One antibiotic between my 3 and 4 year old is a victory for me!
I have learned that all health actually begins in your gut. Autism isn’t a neurological disorder but rather a metabolic disorder. Watch this video for a better understand of your gut https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mioR_WrkRaU.
I’ve also learned to never give your child Tylenol after the MMR vaccine. Tylenol actually blocks your bodies largest antioxidant, glutathione. Their bodies need to this power house antioxidant to get rid of the toxins in the vaccine. Unfortunately, Tylenol is listed as safe to give on the sheet of paper you get from your doctor.
I’ve discovered autoimmune disease are an epidemic. While there are SO many autoimmune disease, they all have the same root cause. The intestinal lining has become damaged, and when you eat, the proteins leak into the blood stream (known as leaky gut). You end up with food sensitivities, allergies, and autoimmune disease. Therefore, the treatment is the same. Follow the autoimmune protocol diet and fix your gut.
I’ve read The Unhealthy Truth which sheds light on the drastic rise in food allergies after genetically engineered foods went widespread in the US.
The Dirt Cure is a must read for all parents! I could go on and on.
Navigating life today as a Mom is much different than generations before us. I hope you find these resources from my journey, as helpful to you and your family. If you’d like to see anything added, just contact me!