Monday, January 25, 2016

How Qualified Am I?

You know some people look at me and say that I'm not qualified to talk about nutrition. After all, I am not skinny, I don't run marathons, I cook and bake too much yummy food for my family, and I am not a doctor - and that, my friend, is all true. 

But ya know..... 5 yrs ago, we had a very sick little girl who spent her days lying on a sofa, she was in the middle stages of kidney failure, she spent a few days a week going to the doctors, and local hospital for tests and cultures and going to a Children's Hospital a couple hours away monthly - she had 8 specialists. She was on 5 different adult dosage medications for over 4 years  - it was a merry-go-round. One medication would help symptom A, but its side effect would cause symptom B for which she would be put on another medication for symptom B, which would have a side effect that would cause symptom C, for which she'd be put on another medication..... 

Add to that our Special Needs Son who has had 2 surgeries, has PDD-NOS, Auditory Memory Disorder, ADD, many Developmental Learning Disorders and lots of other things going on. Chemical triggers that cause a chemical imbalance to his brain.

Add to that myself - in 2012 I was diagnosed with a rare cancer, which is caused by one of my autoimmune disease.....

And when you stir it altogether, in the last 8 yrs. I have done lots of research

So back to the things that do not qualify me:

1. I am not skinny - I have struggled with my weight my entire life. (yes, Shaklee does have an amazing weight loss product, but in order to benefit the most from it - you need to be consistent.)

2. I am NOT consistent!!!! I do not do well with schedules and plans - they stress me out.

3. STRESS! The one thing all of my autoimmune disorders have in common are they are all somewhat caused by chronic stress. I know most people use the term that they are "stressed out". But for me, the term "stress" has a much different meaning. 

My body is actually unable to process stress. There are medical terms - but the easiest way to understand it is simple know what the effects of stress can do to a normal person - then multiply it by 100 - that is what stress is like for me-when my body is stressed - it attacks my cells and literally tries to destroy its-self.

4. I do not run marathons - I was ran over when I was 12 years old, and as a result, I have knee and leg problems (for example, one of my main nerves is pinched between a muscle - the only way to fix it would be surgery to go in and cut the muscle, but there is no guarantee that will help.) Walking, running, riding bike, swimming, shopping, all mean lots of pain. I am unable to do those thing for any length of time. My leg regularly gives out on me and I fall flat. I do not do stairs well.

5. My family eats good home cooked food. If I make potatoes, they are gonna have lots of butter. Homemade bread and cookies are the norm at our house. I try not to buy much processed foods. We buy our beef and pork from local farmers who raise them on grass. We raise our own chickens for meat and eggs. We plant a garden and I can or freeze most of our food. We limit soda and candy. I use protein, flax seed, coconut oil, and butter in my baking. We eat good.

6. I am NOT a doctor. I have never claimed to be. Any info I put on our blog or fb page is my own opinion. It is not said to treat or cure any ailments or medical disease.

So yes, while all that is true.... I may not be 'qualified' to talk about health, but I have done loads of research.  I will keep talking about health, sharing our story and sharing Shaklee with people, because without Shaklee, our daughter could be on dialysis, our son could be having much more mental difficulties, and I could only have 2 more years to live.

With Shaklee, my daughter is a normal 14 yr old who enjoys riding horses, painting, writing, volunteering at the Veterinarian Clinic and even ran her first 100 meter dash for competition last year! She hasn't been back to a doctor or hospital in 4 years now! 

Our son, although he will always be special needs, is in school and learning how to read. He is very smart and loves making inventions. 

sorry about the messy room.... just keeping it real!

And for myself, none of us know how long we have to live, however with Vivix and Vitalizer, my cancer is not growing and the doctors say I will most likely have 25 - 30 yrs. of good life left. 
We are thankful to God that my Grandpa brought Shaklee into our lives and we want to share that same gift with you.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Five Questions to Ask When Researching A Nutritional Company

Seriously Folks..... do your research! Don't take stuff (vitamins/slim/energy drinks/essential oils, etc.) just because they ‘seem’ to work. Your health is much more important in the long run! Find the scientific research on the products.... look up the clinical studies. You owe it to yourself.

Here is a study done with 12 different herbal companies, and the results they got when testing the product. Only 2 had the authentic product! Crazy!


This is why we are so picky with the supplements we use, but please, don't take our word for it.... here are 5 questions to ask your company and some of their phone numbers......

1. Are your final products organic and free of pesticides, herbicides and chemicals?

"Natural" and 'organic" simple will not cut it. They cannot just 'start out' organic. The "Organic" farm listed on the website does not tell you anything about the finished product. The pill or shake that you put in your mouth must be without pesticides, herbicides, metals, chemicals, GMO, antibiotics, growth hormones, etc. HOW DO THEY PROVE THE FINISHED PRODUCT IS FREE OF THESE CONTAMINANTS?

2. What are the ingredients in the product, and what country did they come from?
90% of supplement ingredients come from China where banned pesticides and chemicals are used. Remember, when it's "natural" and out of the ground, the chemicals and sprays come along with the ride and never leave.

3. Is each individual bottle (not random testing) proven to be free from pesticides, heavy metals and lead?

Where is the scientific information to back up that claim and who tests it?
It MUST be a 3rd party NOT associated with the company! It's like asking a 4th grader to check his own school work. No accountability.

4. Who is doing the clinical studies on their products?

It must be associations NOT receiving profits from the sale of the product. Ask for copies. Must be more than 1 or 2. What doctors are on their research board? MAKE SURE THAT THE DOCTORS DON'T OWN ANY PART OF THE COMPANY!

5. Have results from studies of this product been published in trusted medical journals?

EX: Clinical studies must be on the bottled juice, not clinical studies on the berries before juicing them. Ex of medical journals: JAMA, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Do not trust any journals that are made up or have no meaning in the scientific community.

Here is the information to call some of these companies directly:

Isagenix: 1-877-877-8111

Body-by-Vi: 1-877-847-2587

Shaklee: 1-800-742-5533

Mannatech: 1-888-346-4636

MonaVie: 1-866-956-1848

Juice Plus - no corporate #

Advocare: 1-800-542-4800

Body Wise: 1-800-830-9596

Herbalife: 1-866-866-4744

New Chapter: 1-800-543-7249

Shakeology: 1-800-818-5174

Plexus: 1-480-998-3490

Standard Process: 1-800-558-8740

Qivana: 1-800-378-0196

Melaleuca: 1-208-522-0700

It makes me sad when I see distributors for other products (and my friends and family) being lied to and they think they are doing something good when in fact they are not. This post is not to start a debate, but rather to simply say, don't trust everything your told... do the research!

I have called the companies. I have asked the questions. I have done the research. That is why, when it comes to my family's health, I have chosen to partner with Shaklee - the #1 Natural Nutrition Company in the USA - the only company that has the scientific proof to back their claims. Please, I beg of you, do the research!

"It is normal and right to recommend things that you like or enjoy, like a good movie or a good restaurant. You are calling your close friends, relatives and neighbors to recommend something that you feel is a good deal and they should know about. Whether they choose to take advantage of your recommendation is up to them, not up to you. All you can do is make the offer." -From MJ Durkin


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