How I Healed My Son’s Ear Infection Naturally

11 Sep
by Kristen, posted in Blog   |  2 Comments

EarInfectionMy son got his first ear infection while we were at the beach in July. At 15 months old, he was at such a fun age to actually enjoy the beach this year compared to the previous year when he just laid there. So I was so upset that he got sick while we were on vacation.

Some of you may be thinking, “Get antibiotics fast.” I try to avoid antibiotics when possible because they kill not only the bad bacteria in your body, but the good bacteria in your intestines also. When you do so, you upset the delicate balance of your intestinal terrain. Yeasts grow unchecked into large colonies and take over, in a condition called dysbiosis. Antibiotics may help fungi to proliferate within your body and cause drug resistant bacteria to thrive. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, amoxicillin is not an effective treatment for otitis media (ear infection). In fact, after administration of amoxicillin, occurrence of fluid in the ear was two to six times greater. The British Medical Journal reviewed the use of antimicrobials for ear infections and published, “We conclude that existing research offers no compelling evidence that children with ear infections routinely given antimicrobials have a shorter duration of symptoms, fewer recurrences, or better long term outcomes than those who do not receive them. The authors went on to warn that, “Antimicrobial use in children with otitis media results in the emergence of resistant organisms in those children and in the community.” Most of the time, ear infections resolve on their own. And yes, you can use natural treatments to speed up this process.

If we hadn’t been at the beach, than I would have taken Owen to our chiropractor immediately. Chiropractors suggest that reduced drainage or blockage in the drainage system of the cervical (neck) lymphatic chains causes a reduction in the lymphatic outflow from the eustachian tube. This allows fluid to build up in the middle ear, making it an inviting environment for bacteria and viruses. Doctors of chiropractic focus on restoring homeostasis to the body. Several studies indicate a strong correlation between chiropractic adjustments and a quicker resolution of otitis media in children.

Essential Oils for Ear Infections:
What I did have on hand at the beach were my essential oils
. Thank goodness I take them with me everywhere! These are my favorite essential oils for ear infections:

Melaleuca

Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

Melaleuca: Very powerful antimicrobial activity against all three of the infectious organisms: Bacteria, Viruses and Fungi. When diffused, it helps to prevent the spread of infection(URI, flu etc.). Together with its powerful immunostimulant properties, Melaleuca is a real ally in combating many illnesses and ailments. (colds, flu, URI, UTI, Cystitis) 

Basil

Basil

Basil: Basil Essential Oil tends to be one of the first oils that I select to relieve cold/infection symptoms. It is considered anti-bacterial/anti-viral, it acts as an expectorant and it also helps keep one alert. 

Oregano

Oregano

Oregano: Oregano essential oil is often called one of nature’s strongest antiseptics. Jean Valnet described Oregano oil as one of the strongest known anti-inflammatory drugs in reversing pain and inflammation with nearly the power of morphine as a painkiller. I call it “Nature’s antibiotic.”

On Guard

On Guard

On Guard: The best blend for strengthening the immune system and fighting off bacteria, infections, viruses, mold, etc. It also works great as a topical disinfectant.

I didn’t have Basil essential oil at the time (you can bet I do now), so I used Oregano, Melaleuca, and On Guard on Owen every 3-4 hours. I rubbed Melaleuca on the outside of his ears and behind the ear bone. You can also put the oil on a cotton ball and then put cotton ball inside the ear. I diluted Oregano and On Guard with coconut oil and rubbed 1-2 drops on his feet. I used Peppermint essential oil for his fever. If I would have had probiotics with me, I would have also given that to him, but thankfully he was getting plenty of vitamin D from the sunshine for extra immune system support. I did take fermented hummus to the beach with me so he was getting some probiotics. After a day or two, he was starting to feel much better; not 100% but better. He was still able to enjoy the beach as you can tell in the top picture. :)

Owen’s gut health was never compromised by giving antibiotics. And as a mom, I felt empowered knowing that I didn’t just have to sit and watch my baby live in pain and misery. I had my essential oils to not only treat his symptoms, but to work at a cellular level to fight the infection and shorten the duration of his illness. And in case you were wondering, I did call his pediatrician to let her know that he had an ear infection, and you know what she said? “90% of ear infections that are actually present clear up without antibiotic treatment. Feel free to use ibuprofen every 6 hours, and keep using your essential oils.” I love our pediatrician.

What do you use if your child gets sick? Have you ever tried essential oils?
Email me if you have questions on essential oils. I love educating others on their powerful healing effects. kristenmpardue@gmail.com

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Naturally Yours,
xoxoxo
Kristen M. Pardue, RD

References:

Cantekin, E.I.: McGuire, T.W.; Griffith, T.L.: Antimicrobial Therapy for Otitis Media With Effusion (Secretory Otitis Media), JAMA 1991; 266: 3309-3317.

Williams,R., MD MPH; Chalmers, T.,M.D., et al; Use of antibiotics in preventing recurrent acute otitis media and in treating otitis media with effusion. JAMA, Sept. 15, 1993- Vol. 270, No.11.

Fysh, P.N.: Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics Vol. 1, No. 2, 1996. The author has presented a case series of five patients.

Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 1985: 10(1):27-35. Musculoskeletal eustachian tube dysfunction is an important etiological factor for otitis media.

Glyphosate Toxicity—Another Hidden Danger of Genetically Modified Foods

03 Sep
by Kristen, posted in Blog   |  No Comments

GMO-corn
I got this from my farmer yesterday and wanted to pass it along to all of you. If you think that eating non-organic corn, soy, canola, and many other genetically modified foods won’t hurt you, you’re wrong. If you want to read more about GMOs (what they are & what foods are genetically modified), read my post here.

“There’s also another potent toxin associated with genetically engineered foods that is unrelated to the Bt toxin or the genetic alteration itself, and that is glyphosate—the active ingredient in Monsanto’s broad-spectrum herbicide, which is used on both Genetically Engineered (GE) crops and many conventional crops as well. The contamination appears to be greater in GE crops however, especially in so-called Roundup Ready crops. These are genetically altered to withstand otherwise lethal doses of the herbicide, and it’s important to realize that the glyphosate permeates the entire plant. It cannot be washed off.
In June, groundbreaking research was published detailing a newfound mechanism of harmfor Roundup. The finding suggests that glyphosate may actually be the most important factor in the development of a wide variety of chronic diseases, specifically because your gut bacteria are a key component of glyphosate’s mechanism of harm.

Monsanto has steadfastly claimed that Roundup is harmless to animals and humans because the mechanism of action it uses (which allows it to kill weeds), called the shikimate pathway, is absent in all animals. However, the shikimate pathway IS present in bacteria, and that’s the key to understanding how it causes such widespread systemic harm in both humans and animals. The bacteria in your body outnumber your cells by 10 to 1. For every cell in your body, you have 10 microbes of various kinds, and all of them have the shikimate pathway, so they will all respond to the presence of glyphosate!

Glyphosate causes extreme disruption of the microbe’s function and lifecycle. What’s worse, glyphosate preferentially affects beneficial bacteria, allowing pathogens to overgrow and take over. At that point, your body also has to contend with the toxins produced by the pathogens. Once the chronic inflammation sets in, you’re well on your way toward chronic and potentially debilitating disease.

 As stated by Smith: “Roundup is actually patented as a biocide. It’s an antibiotic, it kills bacteria. That affects not only the soil, killing the beneficial bacteria that provide the nutrients to the soil, but it also kills the beneficial bacteria in your gut… It kills the Bifidus. It kills the Lactobacillus. But it keeps alive the E.coli, salmonella, and botulism, which is not something we want to keep alive. When you kill the beneficial gut bacteria, it affects your immune system and digestive tract.”

This remarkable finding was immediately followed by tests showing that people in 18 countries across Europe have glyphosate in their bodies, while yet another study revealed that the chemical has estrogenic properties and drive breast cancer proliferation in the parts-per-trillion range. This finding might help explain why rats fed Monsanto’s maize developed massive breast tumors in the first-ever lifetime feeding study published last year.

Other recently published studies demonstrate glyphosate’s toxicity to cell lines, aquatic life, food animals, and humans. In fact, research has shown that Roundup is toxic to human DNA even when diluted to concentrations 450-fold lower than used in agricultural applications. Liver-, embryonic- and placental cell lines are adversely affected by glyphosate at doses as low as 1 ppm. GMO corn can contain as much as 13 ppm of glyphosate, and Americans eat an average of 193 lbs of GMO foods annually.”

How to Buy The Right Eggs: Pastured vs. Cage-Free vs. Free-Range

08 Aug
by Kristen, posted in Blog   |  No Comments

Eggs

Eggs. I love them. My 16 month old and I eat them for breakfast nearly every morning. They’re full of nutrients, but make sure you eat the WHOLE egg, yes even the yolk.  Why are eggs so good for you? Well, first of all they are a protein powerhouse. One egg has 6 grams of high quality protein in it, so you if you 2 eggs every morning, you’re starting your day with a good amount of protein. Eggs also contain Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Omega 3s, cholesterol, and fat (cholesterol and fat are both good for you despite what you’ve heard).

Now, the hard part. Deciphering between all the egg lingo on the cartons at the grocery store or farmers market. “Cage Free,” “Free-Range,” “Vegetarian Fed,” and the list goes on. I used to be just as confused as you when choosing eggs. I thought that I was doing the right thing by buying “organic free range” eggs. Now that I’ve learned the difference between the labels, I want to share them with you. Here you go:

CAGE FREE: In my mind, I’m thinking chickens roaming around in the grass when I read these words. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. All “cage free” means is that the chickens are not kept in a cage. They can still be kept in tight quarters with no room to walk around. They have little to no access to outdoors, and are left standing in their own poop.

FREE RANGE: Another label that sounds really good and makes you think that the chickens are treated in a healthy manner. “Free range” means that the chickens have to have some exposure to the outdoors. There are no regulations for how long or how big the space is. (Think of a big warehouse that has a door to the outside with a small area for chickens to stand in.) Some of these spaces are so crowded full of chickens that some chickens don’t even make it to the outdoor space.

VEGETARIAN FED: We may see this label and think, “Ok, these chickens must be healthy since it sounds like they eat vegetables.” WRONG. Chickens were never intended to be vegetarians. God created them to eat bugs and insects. “Vegetarian fed” chickens were raised on industrialized, genetically modified feed. These chickens are never allowed outside.

PASTURED: **This is the GOLD STAR for eggs & what you want to look for in eggs. Your best bet is to find these eggs at a farmers market or from someone you know who raises chickens. Pastured eggs mean that the chickens are raised in the pasture, free to roam around in the grass as they please. Some farmers still feed their chickens soy, so be sure to ask questions to find eggs from chickens that were not fed soy. (Or other GMOs) Pastured eggs are much less likely to carry salmonella. Factory raised chickens’ risk of salmonella increases dramatically because the chickens are pumped full of antibiotics and GMO feed, as well as having no exposure to sunshine, thus they are sick and unhealthy.

Mother Earth News did a study in which they compared the nutrients in real pastured eggs to supermarket eggs.

Compared to supermarket eggs (from factory farms), real pastured eggs have:
5 times more vitamin D
2/3 more vitamin A
2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
3 times more vitamin E
7 times more beta carotene
Thanks to Cheeseslave for this nutrient break down.

So yes, pastured eggs cost more…..but when you look at it from a nutrient standpoint, you’re getting more nutrients for your buck with pastured eggs compared to supermarket eggs. Pastured eggs also taste MUCH better and have more flavor. Compare them for yourself. You won’t want to go back to factory farm eggs.

This is an AMAZING video of why you want to buy pastured eggs, and why the eggs you’re buying at the grocery store are not what you think they are:

Naturally Yours,
xoxoxo
Kristen M. Pardue RD, CLC

Picture Credit: Breezy Willow Farm

The Health Benefits of Homemade Chicken Broth & How To Make It

15 Jul
by Kristen, posted in Blog   |  No Comments

OwenBroth
When someone’s sick, the first food that pops into your head to feed them is usually chicken soup. Why? Because it’s medicinal of course. Or is it? Well, it turns out that our grandmothers were wiser than we probably give them credit for.  Their chicken soup was medicinal because it was homemade. Chicken soup that you buy from most restaurants or make from a can/carton of chicken broth does not have the health benefits that homemade chicken soup has. One great benefit of making your own bone broth is that you know exactly what is going into it. Below is a picture of the ingredients in a leading store bought chicken broth. It doesn’t look like real food to me. Buying store bought broth may seem more convenient than making your own, but I try to keep my freezer stocked full of homemade chicken broth so I can just thaw some out when I need it. The nutrient density and flavor of store bought chicken broth doesn’t even compare to the homemade version.

Leading-Brand-Chicken-Stock-Ingredients

Health Benefits:

Homemade bone broth is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and other minerals that are easier for the body to absorb. It also contains gelatin, which promotes healthy cartilage and can help fight degenerative joint disease. Gelatin supports the connective tissue in your body and also helps your fingernails and hair to grow. 

One of my favorite health benefits of bone broth is that it aids digestion. The SAD (Standard American Diet) that our culture has adopted has wreaked havoc on our digestive systems aka our gut. All disease begins in the gut. And as we all know, disease rates have skyrocketed, so this tells us that we could all use a little gut healing. Even skin conditions like eczema, acne, psoriasis, etc are all outward examples that something needs healing on the inside. So what easier food to implement into our diets than homemade chicken broth. No wonder chicken broth is a vital part of gut healing diets such as the GAPS diet.  The broth assists in the healing of many chronic intestinal disorders such as colitis, Crohn’s disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, leaky gut, and many others.  Homemade bone broth helps to protect the body from gastrointestinal illness as the gelatin in it acts as a neutralizer of intestinal poisons helping to relieve diarrhea.

Now that we know how amazing homemade broth is for the immune system, I’ll tell you how to make it. It’s pretty easy! There are several variations in how people make it, but this is the way I make mine.

How To Make Homemade Chicken Bone Broth:

What You’ll Need:

Directions:

  1. Roast your chicken as usual and remove all meat for your family’s consumption.
  2. Put the remaining chicken carcass (bones and skin) in the crock pot.
  3. Add carrots, celery, onion, & garlic to the crock pot and cover with filtered water (Fill to the top).
  4. Add 2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar to water. (ACV helps to pull out the beneficial minerals from the bones).
  5. Cover and cook on low for 12-24 hours or until the bones fall apart easily when you apply pressure to them. I put my chicken broth on before bed and let it simmer overnight.
  6. When finished, strain the broth through a fine metal sieve, and throw away the bones, skin, and any other large particles.
  7. Enjoy the medicinal effects of the broth!

Storage Options:

  • Store the broth in the fridge up to 5-7 days.
  • Freezer: I pour extra broth in mason jars (cooled broth) and store in my freezer for future times when I need broth fast.

How to Enjoy The Benefits:

  • Drink warm broth in a mug everyday.
  • Use as the base in soups or sauces.
  • Cook with broth instead of water for rice and quinoa for extra flavor.

Naturally Yours,
xoxoxo
Kristen M. Pardue, RD, CLC

 

My Story With Essential Oils

02 Jul
by Kristen, posted in Blog   |  1 Comments

DoTerraPic Last February I went to my first DoTERRA essential oils class at Mary Crimmins’ house. The topic of this specific class was “Essential Oils for Babies & Children.” At the time, my son was 10 months old, and I’m always looking for more natural ways to keep our family healthy. Most of you know that I started my journey of natural health 3.5 years ago when I got really sick with autoimmune type symptoms and doctor after doctor couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me, but I was able to heal myself through natural methods and God-given foods. (My story here.)  Since then, I’m extremely passionate about natural healthcare; treating the root cause of problems, not merely treating the symptoms. I’ve also been a lot more careful not to just take medicine every time I have an ailment; rather I seek to find out what could be causing the pain, and I look for ways to boost my immune system. At the essential oils class, I learned that anytime my baby experienced teething, sleep problems, colds/flu, gas, constipation, fever, skin problems, or any issue, that there was an essential oil I could use on him. For someone who HATED giving my little one tylenol, this was the best news ever for me. I loved learning that my family had the option of turning to something natural anytime we were sick; not only sick, but anytime we needed more energy, struggled with insomnia, needed more focus, or needed help with anxiety.

Growing up, my mom would always tell me to smell lavender before bed to help me sleep. She would also send me to school on test days with peppermint for focus and concentration. I would also catch my mom putting tea tree oil on different parts of her body. Back then, I thought she was so weird for this but she was obviously onto something-smart woman! I guess it took me having my own family and seeing my own child sick to realize that I wanted to have something to turn to in times of need.

During the class I put a drop of Elevation (The Joyful Blend) in my hands and inhaled the amazing aroma of this oil. I couldn’t believe how good I felt within minutes. I came home from the class in the best mood and so energized after experiencing the benefits from Elevation. Since I was a little girl, I have unfortunately struggled with anxiety and worried way too much. I never got on drugs for this, but just did my best to manage it with prayer, reading scripture, exercise, and then by changing my diet a few years ago. (How your gut health affects your mental health will be discussed in a future post). Thankfully, through all the changes I made, it was gone….until I had Owen. My health was thrown off after delivering a baby-between all the medicine they gave me which damages your gut health, lack of sleep which hurts your immune system, and overall stress of having a newborn, my anxiety came back probably the worst it had ever been. For about a month, I wouldn’t even drive my car with Owen in the backseat for fear that I would get in a wreck and hurt him. At night, I couldn’t sleep because I was so fearful of someone breaking into our home. Looking back, I’m shocked that I even went through that as it seems so silly now, but obviously something was off in my body.  Between supplementing with specific nutrients I was missing and using Balance, Serenity, and Elevation, I became a new woman. These 3 oils have truly changed my life. Anytime I’m anxious or have a lot going on, I use these essential oils and the anxiety/heart pounding disappears. I feel so much more motivated and less fearful in life.

DoTERRA essential oils have been such a blessing to my family. I’m so thankful for these God-given oils that have powerful healing properties and that have been around for ages. Essential oils are mentioned over 1000 times in the Bible. I think He had something better in mind for us than the current state of our nation’s health problems.

If you want to learn more about essential oils and why it’s extremely important to get the most pure oils, you can read about it here.

How to buy, or email me if you would like to get essential oils at wholesale prices: kristenmpardue@gmail.com

Happy Healing!
xoxoxo
Kristen M. Pardue, RD, CLC

Scientific research on essential oils can be found here.

The Gluten Problem

06 Jun
by Kristen, posted in Blog   |  1 Comments

gluten-bread-caution

Gluten free. It’s everywhere now. Many think it’s the latest fad out there. Fad or not, gluten is a problem for so many people. Gluten sensitivity is the most under-recognized, undiagnosed medical condition of our time. Many people out there who are gluten sensitive don’t even know it and they could cure their ailments without the use of drugs by solely by removing gluten from their diets.

Undigested gluten lingering around in your body causes inflammation, which in turn can cause disease as well as weight gain. In a sensitive individual, gluten also causes poor absorption of nutrients which can lead to anemia, hormonal imbalance, and mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, many people think that the symptoms of gluten sensitivity are solely in the digestive tract (bloating, diarrhea, constipation, cramps). Gluten sensitivity can manifest in any system in your body and symptoms are variable depending on the person: migraines, joint pain, digestive issues, fatigue, exhaustion, brain fog, and the list goes on.

I’m not saying going gluten free is the answer to everything as I did several things to heal my body on my journey to healing, but going gluten free definitely helped me tremendously. And the past few weekends when I accidentally ingested some gluten while at weddings and eating random things at restaurants, my body can feel it. I’m extremely tired, sluggish, and unmotivated all of a sudden, as well as swollen joints.

Here are two posts that I wrote below that go into more depth about gluten sensitivity and celiac disease and how to recognize the symptoms and what to do about it:

Celiac Disease Vs. Gluten Sensitivity (Part 1)
Celiac Disease Vs. Gluten Sensitivity (Part 2)

 

Grain Free Blueberry Muffins

26 Jan
by Kristen, posted in Blog   |  3 Comments


Yesterday I made coconut flour blueberry muffins for the first time. Why would I want to use coconut flour over any other types of flour? Here are the benefits of coconut flour: (via Dr. Mercola)

  • Coconut Flour is ideal for baking. It has fewer digestible (net) carbs than other flours, and it even has fewer digestible carbs than some vegetables!
  • Coconut Flour is gluten-free and hypoallergenic. With as much protein as wheat flour, coconut flour has none of the specific protein in wheat called “gluten.” This is an advantage for a growing percentage of the population who have allergies to gluten or a wheat sensitivity.
  • Coconut Flour consists of the highest percentage of dietary fiber (58%) found in any flour. Wheat bran has only 27% fiber.
  • Coconut Flour can help you reach a healthy weight. Ideal for those who follow a low-carb eating plan, coconut flour works well as part of a weight loss program because it has high fiber, and foods with high fiber can help promote a feeling of fullness.


    Coconut Flour Blueberry Muffin Recipe
    *Adapted from Tiana

    Ingredients:
    1/4 cup coconut flour, preferably sifted
    3 eggs
    2 Tbsp. melted butter or coconut oil
    2 Tbsp. milk of your choice (I used raw, grass fed milk)
    3-4 Tbsp. raw local honey (depending on how sweet you like yours)
    1/4 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. vanilla
    1/4 tsp. baking powder
    1/2 cup fresh or frozen organic blueberries

    Directions:
    Blend together eggs, butter, milk, honey, salt and vanilla. Combine coconut flour with baking powder and thoroughly mix into batter until there are no lumps. Fold blueberries into batter. Pour batter into greased muffin cups. It’s best not to use paper muffin cups as the muffins tend to stick to them. Greased silicone muffin cups work best. Bake at 400 degrees for 16-18 minutes. Makes 6 muffins.

    Serve with grass fed butter & raw honey. Enjoy!

    *Side note: If the batter seems too liquidy, you could use 1/3 c. coconut flour instead of 1/4 c.

    Let me know what you think!
    Naturally Yours,
    xoxoxo
    Kristen M. Pardue, RD, CLC

Benefits of Grass-Fed Beef: Contains Cancer-Fighting Substance

21 Jan
by Kristen, posted in Blog   |  No Comments

Guest Post by Melvin Marks at www.naturallygrassfedbeef.com

Grass fed beef simply means that the beef cattle were fed only grass, grass hay, or grass silage, as their only feed from birth to the butcher shop. Grass fed animals are raised the way nature intended, starting with their mother’s milk, then grazing contently in fields and pastures their entire lives.

Grass fed animals are generally much healthier, therefore they do not require antibiotics, feed supplements or hormones. This means there is no residues left in the beef to be passed on to you! Not being crowed into tight, confined, sometimes dirty pens means that they are healthier and happier animals also.

Besides being healthier for you, grass fed beef is also tastier and leaner, providing many health benefits. Being raised the nature intended, grass fed beef is higher in Vitamins A & E, CLA’s and has the right balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.

Our bodies convert beta-carotene into Vitamin A, and grass fed beef contains 10 times the amount of beta-carotene than traditional grain fed beef. It also contains 3 times the amount of Vitamin E then grain fed. The balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids is an important factor in our bodies’ health, aiding in the prevention of coronary disease, cancer and diabetes. Cattle, fed a diet of mostly grain produce meat that has very low levels of Omega 3 and high levels of Omega 6, which presents health concerns to us.

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is produced in the stomach of cattle, which in turn is found in meat. When passed onto us it has many health benefits. When cows are grass fed their entire life they have 2 to 3 times the amount of CLA then grain fed cows.

Conjugated Linoleic Acid or CLA’s have recently been discovered and good news for us, they are good for you! CLA’s are a fatty acid that has potential cancer fighting properties. They are also promoted as a diet aid and muscle builder.  In recent animal studies, even small amounts of CLA have been able to block all 3 stages of cancer. Beyond that CLA has significantly slowed down the growth of a number of tumors including colon, skin breast and prostate cancer.

Grass fed beef has 1.5 times more protein than grain fed- feed lot raised cattle. This is because feed lot cattle are there for one reason- to fatten quickly. They are pushed hard to reach slaughter weight in 18- 20 months, by being fed huge amounts of grain, being injected with growth hormones and not being allowed to get any exercise. The faster they get to slaughter, the more money these factory farms make.

Not so with totally grass fed and finished cattle. They grow at a slower pace, the way cattle did in the early 1900’s, with plenty of fresh air, clean surroundings and lots of green grass to eat. When they are grazed on lush green grass as their only source of feed, vitamins, minerals, omega 3 and CLA is abundant. When we eat grass fed beef, we energize ourselves with these nutrients that are passed along to us through the meat of these all naturally raised animals. Not only are these animals more healthy, we are too when we reap the benefits of grass fed beef.

Getting Healthy in the New Year

01 Jan
by Kristen, posted in Blog   |  No Comments


Happy New Year to all of my amazing followers! My wish for each and every one of you in 2013 is health and healing, whether it’s physical, mental, emotional
, or spiritual healing that you need (or all of these).  If one of your goals for the new year is to lose weight or make healthier changes for your family, know that all things are possible.  You CAN do this. Your health and your family’s health is worth it.  You can take steps to prevent cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disease, and other chronic conditions. By making lifestyle changes through the foods that you eat, you can have energy, sleep better, feel better, improve your fertility, and so much more!

I would love to help you on your journey to optimum health!  Most people don’t know just how good their bodies were made to feel.  Let’s get back to the basics of life.  There is healing power in the foundational foods that God created for us to eat.

As an Integrative Dietitian, I will not only teach you the benefits of eating nutrient-dense foods, I will show you how to do it (even with a busy schedule).  I will be a source of support and hope for you during your journey.  Whether you want to lose weight or you have a chronic health condition, you don’t have to continue living this way.  You deserve to feel good again! 

Happy New Year! May 2013 be your best year yet!

Naturally Yours,
xoxoxo
Kristen M. Pardue, RD, CLC
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My Story of Healing Revised

30 Dec
by Kristen, posted in Blog   |  2 Comments

 

My Family: This Is What Motivates Me To Be Healthy

I decided that I needed to re-write “My Story” of how I was able to heal myself from autoimmune symptoms through real food & food based supplements.  After a few years of research and educating myself, I’ve realized many underlying factors that contributed to me getting “sick” a few years ago, and I wanted to follow up my original story with what I think really caused my illness.  I’m thankful that God has given me an inner drive to figure out things for myself & be the researcher that I am.  If I hadn’t researched, then I would be living on prescription medicine to treat symptoms that were masking the true underlying problem.  If I hadn’t done all the research, then I wouldn’t have truly understood just how powerful a role that real food plays in the body; that food truly is medicine.  Also, if I hadn’t researched so much, then who knows, I may not have been able to conceive my now 9 month old baby boy.  (Infertility can sometimes be a problem for those with autoimmune issues).  I believe with all of my heart that the Lord allowed me to become very ill in 2010 so that I could be a source of hope for others.  I wouldn’t wish the pain I went through on anyone, but looking back I’m thankful for that time of trials because since then I’ve been able to see other people find hope and healing in their own lives.

If you’ve read my original story, you know that I struggled with autoimmune type symptoms (severe joint pain/swelling), as well as nerve problems, muscle twitching, tingling in my hands, and much more. After months of visiting doctor after doctor in Nashville who had no idea what was wrong with me and whose only solution was to give more prescription drugs to treat the symptoms, I took matters into my own hands.  I decided to go gluten free and pasteurized dairy free as well.  That same week, my chiropractor referred me to a naturopathic doctor who was also a BBRE practitioner (Body Balance by Reflex Evaluation aka Applied Kinesiology).  She was able to identify imbalances in my body and heal those through food based Standard Process supplements (the brand I now sale).  I am now a certified BBRE practitioner myself as I’ve seen first hand the amazing results from it.  My N.D. also confirmed that I was sensitive to gluten and pasteurized dairy.  Many studies show that these two foods should be eliminated in people dealing with autoimmune issues.  During that same time I saw a medical doctor who is more natural minded who did a lot of blood work and even stool sampling to identify potential problems.  I’m not going to be extremely detailed here because you can read that in my original story.  To make a long story short, all of my symptoms were resolved through my diet changes; removing foods that were causing inflammation and adding important chelating foods to rid my body of toxins (mercury in particular). 

The Cause: My Silent Downward Spiral:

Now, after several years of my own research and helping my own clients get healthy, I’ve learned the toxic path that lead to my “illness.”  I never got an actual diagnosis because the blood work was inconclusive on everything the doctors tested, but all my symptoms were autoimmune in nature.  Even though going gluten free helped me to find relief in some of my symptoms, I’ve learned that gluten wasn’t the main cause of it all.

Food:  Growing up, I ate my mother’s home cooked meals, but that changed a little when I got to the age where I was eating on the run because of sporting events, practices, and my busy schedule as a high school student and later college student.  I started eating the SAD diet (Standard American diet), which included processed foods, sodas, and eating out frequently.  In college I loved diet Mt. Dew’s to keep me awake while cramming for the next organic chemistry test. I wasn’t eating enough of the good stuff that God created for us to enjoy.

Vaccines:  Some of you may know that my sister is severely mentally handicapped due to a vaccine reaction she had as an infant. (DTaP vaccine) These reactions aren’t as rare as people think-the government does its best to not tell you about them because the vaccine industry is a multi-billion dollar industry.  I’m not going to talk in depth on this issue.  All I recommend is do your own research on the safety of vaccines.  See the CDC’s Vaccine IngredientsThe Weston A. Price Foundation states, whether or not you decide to vaccinate your child, vaccinations should not be given before the age of two as the child’s immune system is still developing after birth and that’s a lot of chemicals/toxins going into a tiny baby.  Back to my story, I was fully vaccinated because my mother didn’t know she had a choice on vaccinations.  The doctors acted as if they were mandatory.  She did delay letting them give me the DTap shot by a few months-you can imagine how scared she must have been after what happened to my sister.  Unfortunately, I have had more vaccines than the average person due to all of the mission trips I have been on to third world countries.  My vaccine card would get lost, and I would get a whole new cocktail of shots that I was already up to date on.  The repetitive injections of vaccines that are full of heavy metals, neurotoxins, and other toxic substances contributed to my body’s toxic overload.  One very dangerous heavy metal that is in vaccines is mercury, which was silenty building up in my body without me even knowing.

Dental Fillings:  You may remember reading my post, “Could Those Silver Fillings In Your Mouth Be Dangerous?”  Two weeks before the severe joint pain, autoimmune type symptoms started in my body, I had my silver fillings removed at my dentist’s office.  She had recommended that they be removed and replaced with a safer substance since mercury was toxic.  Unfortunately for me, she did not follow the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology protocol on the safe removal of amalgam fillings, so my body was exposed to toxic amounts of mercury during the process.  Months later after suffering through debilitating joint pain, muscle tremors, twitching, infections, and the list goes on, I asked my doctor if all my symptoms could be related to mercury toxicity.  My doctor confirmed through a stool sample that my body had elevated amounts of several heavy metals, especially mercury.  Did you know that mercury induces autoimmune diseases in rats?  It’s extremely toxic.  I then started myself on oral chelation therapy and other regimens to detoxify my body of the mercury.

Toxicity–>Disease:  When we fill our bodies with toxic things, it’s inevitable that eventually disease will appear.  It’s only a matter of when it will appear.  While I don’t believe it was just one thing that caused my illness in 2010, I do think that the build up of mercury in my body was the main culprit.  I believe my gut health was compromised over the years with processed foods, sugar, heavy metals & other dangerous chemicals in vaccines.  And what finally caused my body to say, “I’ve had enough” was the mercury exposure at the dentist.  I’ve been working on healing my gut ever since, and I’m so passionate to help others do the same.  While you may not be able to do everything “perfectly” in regards to your health/nutrition because we are constantly surrounded by toxic things, I still believe it’s important to do our best to keep our bodies healthy. 

As 2013 is here, maybe you want to make positive changes for your health. I hear of people everyday complaining about headaches, joint pain, sleep deprivation, chronic fatigue, stomach problems, infertility, bloating, and the list goes on.  I just want to tell everyone that, “YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIVE THAT WAY.”  I believe that most health issues can be changed, even reversed by the foods we eat. I am looking forward to a healthy rejuvenating 2013 and I want you to be right along side with me living the pain free life you deserve.  As you make the decision to invest in your family’s health, I’ll leave you with this quote by Hippocrates: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

Naturally Yours,
xoxoxo
Kristen M. Pardue, RD, CLC