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Sunday, July 31, 2011

My Adrenal Fatigue/Thyroid Walk Part 2

After having testing done...testing that was inaccurate due to not enough saliva, we had to do more testing. This testing was a 24 hour urine collection and a blood test.  I was able to stay on everything I've been taking and we measured it that way.  The results.

My TSH was .01 (very low)
My Free T3 was normal
My Free T4 was in the low range of normal.
My cortisol was high - we're trying to figure out why.  Maybe from taking the Nature-Throid when my body wasn't ready for it or a lab error.

My b vitamins, vitamin d and magnesium were all GREAT when tested.

I was supposed to go in for a bone density test the other day.  That would determine if cortisone is messing up my tsh levels.  Unfortunately, the office didn't have power so we'll have to reschedule.

In the meantime I finally did the iodine patch test my doctor said I could do awhile back.  I did it and as you saw from the results in a previous post, it disappeared quickly meaning I'm deficient.  The doctor had me go on Lugol's 2% Solution at 2-3 drops per day.  I read online there may be some detox symptoms from bromide, chlorine and one other thing I can't seem to remember.  I didn't think it'd be too bad but boy did it wreak some havoc.  I started having some kidney pain, horrible headaches, brain fog, emotional issues, feelings of impending doom, etc... I also could not get so sleep for awhile.  Praise God that was only yesterday afternoon and evening. Within an hour or two after taking the Lugol's is when all this started happening.  Today I have a bit of a headache and some kidney pain but no emotional stuff.  Just really, really tired.  I do have to say that through it all my husband and son Jonathan were so kind and took care of me.  That meant a lot!  I called the doctor last night and he said to take a break for a bit and see how I'm doing.  So,  I'm not taking Lugol's for a few days to give my body time to get rid of toxins from the detox and then I'll start again but very slow.  I think I have noticed a few good things though but I don't want to say anything too soon just in case it was a fluke thing.

To read more information about iodine, please visit the below sites.  When it comes to taking selenium for the detox, make sure your multi-vitamins or trace mineral supplements (or anything else) doesn't have selenium in it.  You don't want to be overdosing.

I also read that taking epsom salt and baking soda baths (hot baths) will help with the detox.  I'm curious if activated charcoal would latch onto the yuckies from the detox and pull them through.  Something to ask my herbalist about for sure. The other idea I had was a castor oil pack - but those are messy so that would prob. be my last resort.

Iodine Protocol

Iodine Detox Symptoms and Helps

Also, visit and jump in the Iodine forum.  They have lots of information there as well as people that will help you through it if you'd like.

Here is a video by Dr. Brownstein, one of the main thyroid guru's today.  There are a total of 3 videos.  If you're interested in seeing them all, just follow the links from this video on youtube.

Remember to consult your doctor before starting anything new.

Update - I did have some extreme detox so I've chosen to pulse dose and use it on my skin verses taking internally.  Also, below is a list of things i'm currently taking (for my and your reference).

Adrenal Support - for adrenals
Female Comfort - for pcos
Eleuthero - for adrenals (siberian gingseng)
Trace Minerals Tablets
Super Antioxidants
Prenatal Vitamin
Cordyceps - for energy/stamina
Elderberry Defense
Pantothenic Acid (vitamin b5)
3,500 mg vitamin C

I will also say my vitamin levels looked amazing to my doctor when I had them tested a few months back.  I think the prenatal was a huge reason why they were ok.  My vitamin d levels were great but I had just finished a high dose for 20 days.  That said, I try to now take vitamin d3 in the winter months when i'm outside less.  A lot of people take vitamins that never dissolve and pass right through their system.  One way to check yours is to put it in water and white vinegar for an hour or so and see what it does.  If it stays the same...get another vitamin :)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Summer Herbal Tea

I made this up a couple years ago and it has def. been a summer favorite for me as well as for my kids.  If you can't drink black tea because of the caffeine (or other reasons), give this a try.

3 parts red raspberry leaf tea (not raspberry flavored)
1 part peppermint tea

1. Steep tea as your normally would.  For me I use enough boiled water for a 2 quart pitcher.  I usually add in 6 Red Raspberry tea bags and 2 Peppermint Tea Bags.  If I have bulk, each tea bag itself usually contains about 1 teaspoon of loose tea.  I steep for 10 - 15 minutes, then take the tea bags out.

2. Add sweetener to taste - honey, stevia, etc...

3. Chill.

It's that simple. What you're left with is a refreshing glass of tea for those hot summer days.  Below are some benefits of each of these teas.  Use caution when drinking peppermint tea while pregnant.  Spearmint is generally a better option.

Red Raspberry Leaf


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Molasses and Ginger Cookies - Gluten and Sugar Free

Above is my sweet Lyshie having some of her mums cookie.

I have found a few recipes that I meshed together into this cookie recipe.  Be forewarned, this is not a sweet cookie recipe.  Please adjust accordingly if you want a sweet cookie.


3 cups almond flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons ginger
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest

1. In large owl combine flour, salt, soda and ginger.
2. In medium bowl combine oil, molasses, maple syrup and lemon zest.
3. Mix wet ingredients into dry.
4. Refrigerate dough for 1/2 - 1 hour.
5. Scoop 1 tablespoon of dough onto parchment lined baking sheet.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 7-10 minutes or until tops start to crack.
7. Cool and serve.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Find Out If Your Deficient in Iodine

My doctor said there's  a possibility I could be deficient in iodine since most of the population is, and I have a thyroid nodule.  He said there's a very simple way to find out.   It's best to do this in the morning right after a shower.  If you're local and would like to do this test, come on over in the morning and I'll let you use my solution to try it.  That way you don't have to purchase any if you're not deficient.

Here's the instructions
I used Lugol's Solution which is what I've seen recommended online and recommended by a local pharmacist.  I could not find this in stores.  Here's what I purchased.  

12:21 PM I started my Iodine Patch Test.

 Here's what my arm looks like at 2:12 PM.

Here's what my arm looks like at 3:05 PM.  I know the lighting is different, sorry about that.

Here's what my arm looks like at 4:55 PM.  You can barely tell it's there anymore.

I called my doctor and he said to take 2-3 drops Lugol's per day.  Yeah for a couple more answers.

I'm thinking I might do this on my boys as well.  I know for sure my daughter is not deficient.  She had surgery awhile back and the stain stayed there for a few days!  Praise God for that!

Friday, July 22, 2011

My Favorite Health Care People

I sometimes post my favorite baby items, restaurants, etc... I thought it was about time I'd recommend good health care people that we know and love.  Here goes :)

Pairadonics Dental - Larry Bush
Larry Bush attends our church.  We first became friends with their family.  I will admit I was very freaked out about having a personal friend look in my mouth.  I ended up getting over the hump and going in.  The thing that really caught my attention was their laser.  They were able to use that instead of using a shot to numb me up.  Major bonus in my book.  From the first time I went to Dr. Bush, I felt very good about the businesses practices.  I don't use fluoride and while my dentist does, he didn't belittle me either - and not just because I'm a friend.  They also do not use the mercury fillings that some dentists still do (these are dangerous to health). The office is always very clean, the staff is very friendly and Dr. Bush is very helpful and kind.  As a bonus, I got a sonic toothbrush to boot!

Preventative Medical Center - Dr. Seth Bernard and RN Bonnie Guth
After searching for a doctor for years that I trusted, I've finally settled on Dr. Seth Bernard.  He does things naturally when at all possible but when something else is needed, he moves in another direction.  He was the first doctor to tell me that something was indeed wrong with me.  Everyone else said I was just busy and I should not eat sugar - I already wasn't eating sugar! My doctor also told me he wouldn't stop till he figured out what was wrong with me.  His approach so far has been right on when it comes to adrenal/thyroid issues.  A few bonuses about the office: They accept insurance, they have an in-house lab as well as vitamin injections and chelation, they have a 24 hour answering service and sell good quality multi-vitamins and natural things for adrenals and other issues.  They deal a lot with bioidentical hormones as well.  For women patients, when it's time for female exams, they have a woman RN do those.  The whole staff is fabulous!  I've never seen such great and knowledgable people working together.  I've even asked the Dr. and RN about some natural things and they knew exactly what I was talking about.  Usually someone would say "huh", and look at me like I was crazy.

Pediatrician - Dr. Timur Sumer
Dr. Sumer has been nothing but a fabulous Pediatrician for our children.  He is very pro breastfeeding.  While he's not "natural", he's also not the kind of guy to prescribe an anti-biotic unless it's absolutely needed.  He also has an answering service 24 hours per day.  You can call him after hours if you have a concern.  I will say, the several times we've called, he's always been 100% correct in his phone diagnosis.  He's amazing at what he does!  He does advocate vaccines but also does not lecture you when you tell him you're waiving your right to receive them.  If you're a parent that vaccinates, he does this right in office.  I wouldn't want anyone else to treat my young children.

Herbalist - Ann Wade
Last but not least is my herbalist and friend, Ann Wade.  We first went to Ann as a last resort on some issues my daughter was having.  She was the only one able to help the problem Allysha was having.  She has been very instrumental in helping me and my family over and over.  She was the first and main person that helped me with my adrenal issues.  My M.D. even said everything she had me do was right on.  You can find more out about Ann at the below link. 

Monday, July 11, 2011

PrayerWalk Review

When I first received this book, I thought that this book talked about our walk with the Lord.  Instead, I found out that the title is very literal in what this book talks about. The whole point of this book was to teach us to talk a literal walk and pray while doing so.

I'm the kind of person that generally likes books that talk about guidelines on how to do/improve things, or a personal story.  This book combined the two together and gave a lot of information on Janet's personal prayer walk time.

I loved the idea itself of a prayer walk.  I desperately need to get out in God's creation and just "take it all in".  Having some time to just think, pray and admire God's handiwork.  I have not been able to do anything like this consistently for a very long time having 3 children and being a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom.  This book has challenged me to take that time that is so desperately needed and get alone with God.  Another thing I have enjoyed about this book is the lessons in the back of the book.  There's some really good information there.

What I did not like about this book was that it was so lengthy in her personal walk.  If I had went into this book realizing that, I think I would have been better that aspect of it.

All in all this book is a great guide and hits on things the modern American needs to do more of.  Exercise, Talk to God and Get Out In Nature!

"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review"

Saturday, July 9, 2011

My Homemade Protein Bars - Peanut Butter Cookie, You say?

The above picture is my two boys trying them out.  Jon stuffed the whole thing in his mouth - hence the funny face.  They thought these tasted like peanut butter cookies.  I wanted to come up with a protein bar that was cheaper and tasted better than what I get in the store.  Plus, minimal ingredients is always good. Try them out and tell me what you think.

Peanut Butter Cookie Protein Bars
1 cup peanut butter 
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup liquid sweetener (or more to taste)
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
1 1/3 cup protein powder
1 1/2 - 2 cups oats

1. Put the peanut butter and butter in glass dish and microwave for 30 seconds.  Take this out and stir till melted together.
2. Add in vanilla and sweetener and stir till combined.
3. Next, add in the protein powder and stir till combined.
4. Add in the oats and stir till combined.  Depending on what kind/how much sweetener you use, you may need to add a bit more or a bit less oats.  You want a nice thick batter.
5. Pour into parchment paper lined 8x8 pan and pat out.
6. Refrigerate till solid.

Here's the protein break down if you cut into 12 bars for the ingredients I used.
Peanut butter - 56 grams
Protein Powder 56 grams
Oats 10 grams
Total 122 grams protein for the whole recipe.  This calculates to around 12 grams of protein per bar.

The protein mix I used has very minimal ingredients and is unflavored - perfect for this bar!  You can find it at the link below.

Feel free to experiment with sweeteners and nut butters.

***Update: I now like to blend my oats first because of the texture.  
I also have a friend who uses 1/4 cup stevia for the sweetener and said they make them every week.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Chicken, Broccoli Casserole

I threw this together tonight and we liked it so well I thought I'd copy the recipe down.  This works great if you have some leftover steamed broccoli and leftover chicken.  The quality of the chicken broth makes all the difference.  If your chicken broth does not contain sodium, you will want to add some.

1 cup basmati rice, rinsed
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 cups chicken broth - I used water with a heaping tablespoon of Better Than Bouillon
1 cup finely chopped cooked broccoli
3 tablespoons freshly shredded parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1. Saute rice and onion in butter till onion is translucent.  Make sure rice does not get too brown.
2. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or till rice is just tender. Keep lid covered till rice is done.
3. Turn off heat and mix in the cheese, broccoli and chicken.

You can either eat this immediately or heat in the oven or microwave.  You may want to add a bit more liquid if you do this.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

You're Living in Luxury - Be Thankful!

Going upstairs to my room in 90 degree weather and pulling up a sheet because my room is cool...
that is a luxury.

Not wanting the food I have in the fridge so I go out and purchase something else.  
That is a luxury.

Having a vehicle to get around in.
That is a luxury.

(Little Dresses for Africa Ministry)
Not sure which outfit I'll choose today.
That is a luxury.

Being able to purchase a book for my shelf.
That is a luxury.

My kids being able to play in a clean and safe area.
That is a luxury.

Being able to eat 3 meals a day.
That is a luxury.

Having water (hot water at that) to bathe, wash clothe and dishes in.
That is a luxury.

Having comfortable furniture to sit on and beds to sleep on.
That is a luxury.

Before you continue your day, be thankful and do what you can to help those around you.

Matthew 25:40 "The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of mine, even the least of them, you did it to me.'