Friday, January 29, 2016

Gastroparesis Healed!

Here is a story about healing Gastroparesis from the view of the spouse. I truly believe in the power of nutrition & the drive to seek answers. 

Thank you for sharing your story, what an inspiration.
This is the story of my Wife.  Many of you know her and for once I would really like to share with you a perspective that I don't believe you have been privy to since we tend to keep our inner life somewhat private.  I'm telling you this because I believe her story will help you.  It may assist you in knowing that, if you have a similar situation, there is a way out.  

Every time I think of this story it fills my heart because my wife is the strongest person I know.  

When I remember things I remember them in a basic order.  I think of them as experiences that change my life and sometimes they come in a particular sequence, but sometimes the order doesn't matter.  In this case the timeline does matter because it shows a cause and effect.  The cause was the tragic death of a person we all held dear.  The effect was a deep sadness that I believe affected my wife a little more than the rest of us. 

I'm not saying that this tragic death was the start of it all but I am saying a couple of meaningful things.  A single person has an enormous effect on other people's lives, and if you don't believe it just keep reading.  It may not be a direct effect, it may be the simplest thing that turns into a profoundness you can't imagine.  The other thing is that this life event, and we all have them, triggered a sickness in our family for a long time.  It ate at our inner hearts and festered.  It is the defining moment that starts the order of things in my memory.  Sometimes things have to get worse before they get better.

My wife started getting sick.  This was around three years ago.   I'm not talking about a simple illness like a cold.  At first it was just nausea but then it turned into a strong pain in the middle of her chest.  It was every day and it started when she woke up.  I'm not going to try and tell you how she felt about it, the point of this story is to tell my perspective.  I would walk into the bathroom in the morning to see my wife on all fours in the bathtub throwing up.  She was trying to get through her intense wave of nausea and the best and only thing I could do for her in these situations is ask her what I could do for her, which was usually nothing.  This went on for weeks before we started seeing doctors.  

I remember looking at some of the pictures we took back then when people who don't know us might think we were having fun.  Maybe so, but they didn't see the things that had to happen before we could do anything.  My wife at the toilet when we got home throwing up, or pretending to have fun when she felt miserable.  My wife lording over her Zofran as if it was a mystical drug that would heal her.  For those of you who don't  know Zofran is an anti-nausea pill that was given to her to combat her illness.  We had to have it if we were going to go do anything.  She couldn't eat and we started limiting her food and trying different things thinking that we would find some secret chemical in some food that was the cause of it all.  It was obviously not the food.


The very first thing that happens when you go to the doctor is they start giving you tests.  They begin to try and eliminate anything and everything it could be until they come up with some kind of diagnosis.  In the meantime they give you drugs.  Not just any drugs but any and all drugs, especially if you are really sick, which she was.  I remember us driving around and she would get bouts of nausea and we had to pull over.  She would open the door and lean out of the car and throw up for around 20 minutes or so.  You can't imagine how exhausting this is just to watch let alone being the one experiencing it.  We'd sit at the side of some random street until she felt good enough to continue, usually we would end up in the emergency room.  I remember feeling helpless and would rack my brain to find some kind of cause and effect.  Each time we were released from the hospital after giving my wife an I.V. because the tests were negative for anything and there was never a diagnosis.  This sort of routine went on for about two years and we were in and out of doctor's offices and hospital emergency rooms over and over feeling crazier and crazier because they couldn't find anything wrong. 
At this point my wife was on around nine medications to mask the symptoms.  If you are ever curious you are welcome to see what they 'were'.  I tell you this to give you hope, I say 'were' because this story ends well.  

My wife is the strongest person I know.  Imagine going through this for two years, severe vomiting, nausea, pain, exhaustion, headaches, and frequent stops to the emergency room.  Imagine how crazy you would feel and the things you would say to yourself.  How many times did I hear her say "maybe it's all in my head."   Imagine the fear you would experience every time you felt that feeling in your stomach rise to the surface and your mind quickly racing to the thought of "where is my Zofran."  Imagine not eating all day for fear of vomiting.  I can't remember how many times I'd say, "honey, you have to eat!"  We would have to find something, usually yogurt, that she could choke down so she'd have some strength.  All this, and yet she still got up and went to work every day.  She still went out and did normal things.  All of this and I'm guessing most of our friends never new.  It just became the normal in our lives.  I keep asking myself how she did it.  How she still managed without going completely crazy.  Well, she did go a little crazy but you can't blame her for it.  Under the circumstances I find her amazing.

Since there were no answers one doctor suggested we remove my wife's gall bladder, since we were fairly certain it was gastro-intestinally related.  It was completely speculative but since it is commonly thought of as a useless organ it was something we could do.  After long and hard discussions about it we decided to try it.  Nothing happened.  The sickness remained.  There comes a point where you think you might have gone too far.  In our emotional state we were willing to try just about anything and we were guessing at this point.  I look back on this as a life learning experience, however, I wonder if we had it to do all over again if we wouldn't do the same thing.  Sometimes you have to make some kind of decision and move forward for fear of going completely crazy regardless of whether you know it is right or wrong.  If nothing else it removed a possibility and the doctor was convinced there was something wrong with her gall bladder.

It came to a point where we decided to just go through every test until we could find something.  Finally after we decided to have a stomach emptying test we got somewhat of an answer.  My wife was diagnosed with Gastro Paresis which is a stomach emptying problem.  Her stomach doesn't empty into her intestines as fast as a normal person, in fact it is much slower.  This could be the cause of her nausea and her reflux.  This is where the story gets interesting because you would think that because we have a diagnosis the problem would be over, but actually, this is where it gets worse.  There is no cure for Gastro Paresis and the only thing the doctor had to offer was medications that just mask the problem.  This is the doctor that cursed us with those dreaded nine medications.  Oh but there was a medication in Mexico and Canada that we could have used but it's not approved by the FDA here in America.  I, to this day, find that to be a crazy twist of fate.  If there had been a medication we would have taken it.  If it had helped her I don't believe we would have been any better off than before.  It would have stayed an illness that we just lived with for the rest of our lives. The one thing we took out of this was that we were not crazy.  My wife's illness was not in her head.  You can't imagine the emotional stability that this brought back to our family.  Yet still she was on medications and we truly believed that this was going to be for the rest of our lives.  

There comes a point in your life when you have to make a decision.  I think back and wonder if we would have ever made it to where we are today without my wife's illness.  The old adage "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" is true.  Trials of life help you see things you may never have seen before.  We get "stuck" in the way we think about things and set in our ways.  It wasn't until we had no other alternative that we were successful.  We were willing to try just about anything.  The truth is that you can never give up trying.  We had the answer under our noses for over a year before we ever tried it.  It was neither profound or confusing and it happened just after we thought the answer was in front of us.  The answer we thought we had was the life we were already leading.  The new normal that we now had a name for "Gastro Paresis."  There it was, the name of the issue.  We spent a ton of money to find that name.  To know what was happening and yet the remedy didn't change.  We had already been living under that remedy for 2 years and we knew we couldn't live that way anymore.  We had to make a decision.  Was this the reality we were going to accept?  That was the question and the decision we had to make.  The answer was no.  We had to change our reality.  We needed to change in ways that we were previously unwilling.  We decided to profoundly change our lives and it turned out that we had already been doing it, sort of, for about a year.  Or at least we were on the right track.  We didn’t take it seriously and if only we had we would have solved our issue a year earlier.  Well, maybe not, because sometimes these kinds of decisions have to slap you in the face in order for you to make them.

The answer was nutrition.  No not diet, no not medication, no not doctors.  Nutrition.  Somehow the medical field is completely void of this.  Taking in the correct amount of vitalized minerals in small foodlets can profoundly change your life.  It can change your life in so many ways I'm blown away at how long it took us to come to this conclusion.  Why hadn't the doctors tried this first?  They were so focused on finding a diagnosis, just like we were, that the real problem escaped us all.  We were so focused on the symptoms and trying to mask them that the problem kept eluding us.  The answer to all of this came from a friend who wasn't really selling nutrition but had nutrition to sell.  Now that I have experienced the effect of nutrition I will never go back.

If you've never heard of Shaklee then I'm proud to introduce it to you because it saved our lives.   Both me and my wife.  It helped us see that many of the issues we are having out there are completely due to malnutrition from over-processed foods and chemicals that we should not be putting into our bodies.  We made many changes, not all at once, but over time we have come to live a way that is healthy.  We take vitamins, protein, grow our own food, buy local, and have removed all chemicals that we possibly could from the foods that we eat and the products that we buy.  My wife started drinking the Shaklee shakes and taking Vitalizer from Shaklee.  We also added some other supplements that we knew would help her Gastro-Intestinal tract.  We decided to replace each of her medications with some type of vitalized mineral foodlet that would allow her to remove herself from her medications one at a time.  Each time we removed one medication my wife's situation improved greatly.  We weren't sure how many of these pills were having side effects that were part of the problem.  Over a very short time period my wife was able to remove herself from all of her drugs.  She suffers from not a single ailment that plagued our life in our previous reality.  We are healthier now than before we ever got sick.  My wife is healed.  She's not masking anything, nor does she have to worry about where her Zofran is, she harbors no symptoms of her previous ailment.  She is healthy and we owe it all to Shaklee.

There is more to this story because I have to tell you the part where she went back to her doctor after about six months of nutrition.  When she went in to the receptionist one of the questions she asks is "Are you on any medications?" at the same time they are looking at the computer with the medications you should be taking.  My wife's response was "No, none."  A quiet pause as the receptionist enters the data.  You would expect them to say something like "Why not?" but maybe she's just a receptionist and it doesn't really matter to her.  Then she goes to another window with a nurse and gives the same response.  "No, Im not on any medications."  "I'm healed."  she says.  Still no flabbergasted response or "Good for you!"  Once in with the doctor she explains that she is healed and the doctor is profoundly confused.  What did you do?  He asks.  I'm taking nutrition she says.  I feel none of the issues I previously had and I have been having bowel movements every day instead of once every three days before.  Well maybe you can tell me what you are doing so that I can help my other patients.  What are you taking?   He asks.  Vitamins, protein, herb-lax, and other supplements.  So does your herb-lax have Senna in it?  Asks the doctor.  Yes, she says back.  The doctor gets a little upset and says, you have to be careful with Senna because it is addictive.  At this point the doctor stops listening to my wife even though he was hypocritical enough to prescribe nine different medications to my wife, all with side effects that he couldn't even list.   Including Vicodin and Zofran both of which are highly addictive.  All the while my wife was sick for years and he is concerned with the addictiveness of Senna.  The truth of it is that he didn't even know the truth.  He had no idea about Senna, its not addictive nor harmful.  Should the doctor not have been blown away?  Did he ask for the regimen my wife was taking?  No.  Did he ever try and help his other patients with nutrition?  No.  We did what the doctor couldn't.  We did it in less than six months.  This type of nutrition would put most doctors out of work.  I write this to show the contrast between what a doctor says and what you should actually do.  You are in control of everything.  A doctor is nothing but a human being that went to school.  He is just as susceptible to misinformation as you and I.  You can take control of your life like we did.  This is not the only story in progress in our lives.  I have yet to tell my Shaklee story, my daughters Shaklee story, my best friend's Shaklee story.  There are a lot of Shaklee stories.  I'm glad I'm not telling you the one where my wife was imprisoned by her illness and her medications.  Are you living that story?

The truth is that a little thing can change your life in profound ways.  Our friend Gwen Whelton introduced us to Shaklee and our lives have changed in ways that I can't even impart to you with words.  Neither of us could have known how it would change our lives.  I hope you can hear the tone with which I write to you in such a way that you will decide to make a new reality for yourself.  You may not be sick but you can always improve your life.  If you are sick you can turn it around, you must not quit.  If the doctor can't help you or if you are just masking your sickness make that decision that you need to make.  Take control of your own life before life makes the decision for you.  Don't be like us, we learned the hard way.  You don't have to.  Let our story be your guide to a healthy, happy life.

Corey Ficklin
content writer

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If you would like more information about how you can start healing your digestive issues today, contact me!


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Infection Bomb!

Please refer to "How to Get Rid of Candida" before starting this regimen.

How to Get Rid of Candida

It’s amazing how many people we come into contact with daily that have so many symptoms of candida but don’t realize it or are mis-diagnosed.  Candida is a yeast-like fungi that causes things like chronic acne, athletes foot, vaginal yeast infections, chronic ear infection, sinus infections, low energy and more.
I hope this information from a trusted nutritionist who has been helping clients for 30 + years deal with building health naturally can help you find an answer is you have “tried it all and not seen it work”!!!  This natural approach can help the body repair itself.  
Vitamins and minerals don’t “heal” the body, rather they supply the body with necessary nutrients for it to build health, fight disease and infection, and repair at the cellular level!

Where Does Candida Come From?
 99% of the time, candida infestation is the result of taking antibiotics.
 Under normal conditions, candida, which is all around us and on everything we touch, is kept out and kept under control by your immune system and especially the good bacteria in your body.
 When one takes antibiotics, it turns off your own immune system and kills the good bacteria — giving candida the opportunity to move in and take over.  When it moves in, it usually becomes totally pervasive, affecting every organ and area of the body, though the most overt symptoms make it appear highly localized.
 In women, it often shows up in chronic vaginal yeast infections and bladder/urinary tract infections.  In men, prostate infections and bladder infections.  But these are just the visible tip of the ice berg.  Women and men rarely exhibit these overt vaginal, bladder, or prostate infections unless they have an underlying pervasive candida infestation that has spread across the mucous membranes throughout their entire body.
 Then they go to the doctor for yeast infection or prostate infection and the doctor gives them more antibiotics, which is the absolute worst thing to do.
 Candida is essentially like mold growing deep inside your body.
 Candida yeast is a plant, which means it does not move around looking for food like an animal.  It embeds itself in one place and puts down roots that grab hold and penetrate deep into the tissue, holding on tight — just like some weed in your lawn might do.  It releases enzymes and toxic juices that dissolve and digest whatever is around it, which it can then absorb as food.  It can form chains of cells that penetrate ever deeper into the mucosal membrane tissue, sucking at the blood in those tissues to get at the glucose in the blood.

The bulk of candida will be in the intestine, but if the good bacteria that keeps it in check is killed off by antibiotics, the candida begins to gradually spread in the damp, dark environs of the body up and out through all the mucous membranes of the body — much like mold spreads in some damp, dark corner of your basement — even up into your hair and under your finger and toe nails.

Symptoms of Candida
 Because candida thrives in a damp, dark environment, it is most overtly experienced in the mouth (thrush), the vagina and enclosed areas of the female genitals, and throughout the urinary tract.
 But the pervasive nature of the infestation shows up in chronic ear and nasal infections, chronic acne, chronic low energy, low output by organs (such as thyroid, adrenal, pancreas, etc.)  that are full of the toxins generated by candida, chronic allergies (the candida yeast spews out a continuous array of allergens into the body that keep the immune system tied up [much like mold emits allergens]), leaky gut syndrome, male impotence, brain dullness/fog, poor memory, chronic genital itching for both men and women, hypersensitivity to chemicals and mold, depression, ADD, etc., etc.

 Because it is so pervasive, it is tough to get rid of and requires a radical commitment for a focused period of time.  You must literally go to war against this invading army — not with the artificial weapons of humanistic medicine that only cover the symptoms, but with the very powerful Creator-given forces of your own immune system.

Naturally Rid the Body of Candida

1) Radically feed and restore balance to the immune system: 

“Bomb it!” and keep bombing it with every immune building thing you can throw at it — especially lots of Shaklee Vita-C, Formula I, NutriFeron, and lots of B-Complex, with added support from natural antifungals like Shaklee Garlic and Cat’s Claw (an ingredient in Joint Health Complex), and Shaklee Defend & Resist to stimulate the overall activity of the immune system.
See my “Infection Bomb” post for instructions on exactly how to do this.

2) Radically rebuild the good bacteria culture of the body 

Take more than one OptiFlora pearl a day if you can! More like 6 per day — 1 capsule every 2 hours as part of the “Infection Bomb” for a period of time.

3) Starve the Candida

Which thrives on sugar and fermenting garbage in your system.
— Radically eliminate most sugars from the diet for 6 months or so, and
— Use Shaklee Herb-Lax daily to clean the sludge and garbage out and keep it cleaned out.

Note that these steps are NOT primarily attacking the candida (with the exception of the Garlic, which does directly attack the candida).  These steps are aggressively supplying, building, and deploying your own Creator-given immune system troops to go after the candida and eliminate it.

When the Going Get’s Tough…Stick With It!

You’ve got to make a commitment to follow a radical anti-candida program for usually 6 months, possibly more, depending on the severity of the infestation.
The kill off of the yeast produces a lot of gas and bloating (the candida cell actually releases methane gas when it dies) and flu-like symptoms (candida also releases lots of enzymes and toxins into the bloodstream when it dies, which flow around to the whole body making you feel generally bad and achy just like as if you had the flu).

So once you start an anti-candida program, if you feel really bad and have lots of gas, that’s a good sign that good things are happening!

Anyone who is looking for the quick fix or the magic bullet on this one will be sorely disappointed.  There is none. The doctor certainly doesn’t have one.

Because the cell structure of candida is actually very similar to that of our own bodies, any strong anti-fungal drugs that aggressively kill the candida may have dangerous side-effects. Some drugs that are prescribed don’t actually kill it out; they just stunt its growth in hope the immune system will finish the job.

[Note #1:  The whole idea of candida infestation is controversial in conventional medical circles, with many denying its existence and thus never diagnosing it.  There have even been instances of MDs having their medical licenses revoked for diagnosing and treating Candidiasis. But it has gradually gained wider and wider acceptance over the last 25 years.]
[Note #2:  Because of Note #1, most doctors don’t understand candida infestation, and thus may prescribe antibiotics — which may temporarily suppress the overt symptoms, but virtually guarantee that those symptoms will return with a vengeance.

And the doctors frequently give completely mythical advice, such as “don’t eat anything with yeast in it” — an example of absolute nutritional ignorance gone to seed!  Things made with yeast do NOT actually have any living yeast organisms in them, and therefore it is a complete physical impossibility for things made with yeast to promote yeast infestation for that reason.  (One exception might be home-brewed beer, which probably has live yeast in it, but also would be bad because of the alcohol, which the body converts to sugar, thus feeding the candida.)  In the case of bread made with yeast, it should be avoided because the high carb/sugar content that will feed the candida, NOT because yeast was used to make the bread rise (and was then killed completely by the baking process).  Because they’ve been told this by doctors, people will stop taking B-Complex, which is actually one of the most powerful tools in the nutritional arsenal against candida infestation.

The above is NOT a prescription, and should not be treated as such.  This is simply a testimony of an individual who had a positive experience with the product(s) listed.  These are personal testimonies and are not endorsed by Shaklee Corporation.
**If an independent Shaklee Distributor invited you to this page, contact them.  If you need help and do not know a distributor, click here to view any supplements mentioned above or contact us.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016


10 FActs about Hydration you probably did not know!










10. WAKE UP!

What prompted me to post about the topic of dehydration is that fact that way too many Americans are walking around dehydrated, not realizing how it affects them. 

Did you know that we are more dehydrated in the winter than in the summer?
It's true! We seem to forget to drink when we are cold vs when we are hot and sweating in heat.

More recently my husband who is a mountain bike instructor for the Police department had a few students drop out and one was rushed to the emergency room due to dehydration and heat related illnesses. 
(no worries, the hubby is trained to recognize it and to act on it quickly, the students are all well)

Here are a few signs that you may be dehydrated

Urinate (pee) less
Urine is dark yellow/brown and may smell bad 

Skin changes:
Dry/hot or cold/clammy
Reddish or yellowish in color

Cracked lips
Dry mouth

Sunken or dry eyes (no tears)
Dizzy and lightheaded – may fall down Weak

Not interested in doing anything 
Sleepy and tired 

Hard to wake up

I myself have experienced dehydration without realizing it. 
Sometimes its only when I am properly hydrated and I feel better that I realize I was dehydrated to begin with.

Most problems can be avoided if you recognize and treat dehydration early. 
However, if it is not treated promptly, it can result in seizures, brain damage, shock or even death.

How to prevent dehydration:
Drink water! 
The Institute of Medicine recommends men to drink roughly 3 liters of water and women to drink about 2.2 liters. It's important to be well hydrated, however you should not need to force water.
I carry a measured water bottle with my every where I go. This way I am sipping on fluids through out the day and I can keep track of how many ounces/bottles I drink.
Drinking CLEAN water is important because there is typically high levels of lead and other heavy metals in typical tap water and most filtered systems or bottled waters. 
Get Clean® Water is a revolutionary water filtration pitcher system certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA) to reduce up to 99% of lead —as well as dozens of other nasty contaminants that can turn up in your water and may be harmful to your health.

    • Avoid Alcohol & Caffeine 
      (this includes sodas) 
      Drink water instead.

    •  Reduce Physical Activity
    • When its very hot outside, cut back on activities and stay in the shade. 
      Sweating can cause dehydration more quickly.

    •  Avoid exposure to extreme heat and/or humidity
       Limit or eliminate outside activities, 
      including trips in extreme weather conditions.

      *You will be surprised to find that 30 minutes outside is just enough for kids to get enough activity for the day when it is extremely hot.

    •  Catch it Early. 
      Look for the signs of dehydration (noted above) and act before it worsens.

    •   *If you suspect a person is becoming dehydrated, give them water to sip right away. 

Now, I know that if I feel tired, light headed, dizzy, get cramps, feel thirsty, 
to reach for water before I do anything else, because chances are I may be dehydrated.

Between Hockey, playing outside, the pool and just being busy & active, we literally drink "gallons" of water in our house. 

Since we drink so much water on a daily basis, we chose the Filtered system from Shaklee. 
Here is why....



Get Clean® Water is a revolutionary new water filtration pitcher system certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA) to reduce up to 99% of lead 1—as well as dozens of other nasty contaminants that can turn up in your water and may be harmful to your health.
Cleaner, healthier water and a cleaner, healthier planet? We can all drink to that!
This Starter Pack contains all you need to get one full year of healthier, great-tasting water*:

Get Clean®  Water Pitcher - Food Safe: BPA-Free; 10 cup capacity
Get Clean®  Water refillable Filter Housing Kit (with 1 filter - 80 gallon capacity)
Get Clean®  Water Filter Refill 3-pack (80 gallon capacity each)
GOLD seal from The Water Quality Association

For those extra hot days or when we are very active we add Performance to out water. 
We favor Orange flavor, but the lemon-lime is refreshing as well.

Just mix 3 TBSP of performance into your 8oz water and mix. (we prefer a little less, about 2 TBSP in 8oz) 

Stay hydrated & keep cool!