"You have to get this CT scan for him. We are talking about the possibility of something scary. A word I'm not going to use when talking about your little boy.”
You know that feeling when you realize you are having a bad dream, but you can't wake up?When you scream, but nothing comes out?! It felt like a nightmare when the doctor told us that our 5 year old boy needed a CT scan. He had lumps in his neck. They didn't know what they were. I didn't know how to breathe. "What other options do we have?" I was scared! A CT scan releases a lot of radition. Google told me it can cause brain cancer. Damn you, Google. We kept pushing for other options: MRI, needle biospy, go home and pretend this never happened? The doctor got stern "You have to do this NOW". We did the CT scan. Two weeks between the first appoinment and the results of the CT scan: I slept a total of 4 cumulative hours and lost 10 pounds! Have you ever felt so scared you couldn't eat, sleep, think, breathe?
There we sat, ready to throw up when the doctor walked in and said "breathe, everything is ok". I cried. It was NOT that scary word that she didn't want to say! He had a swollen salivary gland and reactive lymph nodes from excessive acid reflux. Something needed changed and this is where our food revolution began.
"Do you want to try an antibiotic or limiting food before bed?" DUH! The food one! While not allowing him to eat 2 hours before bed did alleviate some of the symptoms and shrunk his salivary gland, he was still waking up shortly after falling asleep vomiting or sweating and feeling nauseous. How could I make him better?!?! I spent hours that led into days pouring over information. After A LOT of research, I decided to eliminate all genetically modified foods from our diets. There is scientific evidence that has shown that GMOs can cause gastrointestinal damage. That day, I purged the pantry...literally, getting rid of almost everything. I tend to be extreme (i.e. obsessive/neurotic). Within days of eliminating all genetically modified foods, my little boy no longer woke up vomiting or nauseous (which occurred nightly!) and NEVER AGAIN has he had an episode of gastrointestinal reflux. That was over 5 years ago! It certainly was not easy finding our way through the maze of GMOs. 90% of our food supply is made with them! I've developed some pretty awesome culinary skills; I'm considering becoming a superhero...Cristy the Cook...hmmm it could be a thing, maybe.
Holistic health has now become my passion. The body is so amazing and given the right conditions has the power to heal itself of ANYTHING! I guess we are all superheroes when you consider that!! These facts fascinate me in our modern world of genetic engineering and pill pushing/popping. I was so amazed by my son's healing story that I wanted to tell EVERYONE! Unfortuantely, not everyone cared. They thought it was a great story, but I could read their minds (yup, I am also telepathic) "I could never do that". As the years progressed, I got more and more obsessed with the idea of healing through nutrition. My interests turned into passion which lead me into wanting to share that passion. I began studying holistic nutrition and the power of plant based foods. Recently, I have received certification in holistic nutrition. That's when my eyes were really opened to the concepts of the "whole foods plant based" lifestyle. After just one week of studying, I declared "WE ARE DONE WITH MEAT AND EGGS!" My family thought I was crazy...hmmm, crazier? Another criterion to add to our already limited food choices?! "We can still eat cheese," I told them. That was only to ease the transition. One month after that, we went completely plant based and haven't turned back! No GMOs and no animal products..yeah it was hard at first! Ok, still is at times. Are we 100%? I'd give us a 99%. Our 1% is sometimes purposeful and sometimes not. The other day I bought this amazing kettle corn drizzled with dark chocolate...mmmm...anyway halfway through I decided to read the ingredients (usually the first thing I do, but I was distracted by dark chocolate!) and it contained whey protein, GASP! I forgave myself.
You are in control of your health destiny! Take control and have that life that you dream of, free of fear and anxiety. I'm definitely not saying it's easy; in fact, it's hard-freaking-work. But we, every single one of us, is worth it!
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