It CAN be done.

Some days are amazing.  Some weeks, months, years, lives are amazing.  Lately, I’ve been surrounded by people doing amazing things with their health, and I’m inspired.  Attractive happy woman joying in beautiful summer day.

As many of you know, I consult with clients on improving nutrition to help or heal a wide variety of health problems.  Many of my clients have autoimmune diseases, though certainly not all.  Here, I’m sharing two lovely stories of success on their journey, one a client of mine and one not.

This week, I was at a pot-luck and was talking to a woman who has suffered from Hashimoto’s disease for about 15 years.  Now in her early-50s, she’d been on a health journey for years.  As a professional in the field of alternative medicine, she’s been aware of plenty of ways to work at and improve body functions.   Yet still, 10 years into her disease she wasn’t improving and so she decided to go on the GAPS diet.  When I first met her last year, she casually mentioned that she had Hashimoto’s and was working through some things.  She expressed some happiness with the results of the GAPS diet, but also was hoping some other things would have improved.  At that point, she’d been on the diet for four years.

When I spoke to her this week, she’d been on the diet five years.  She’d just recently gotten her blood tests back from her doctor, and it turns out that she no longer has Hashimoto’s disease.  Let me say that another way: a healing nutritional protocol has healed this woman of her autoimmune disease!

This is unprecedented in the medical world, folks.  When one is diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, they should expect to have it for life.  Yet here is one example of how diligence and hard work can pay off.  This woman has also worked on detoxifying heavy metals and other issues, but had her digestion not been strengthened by the GAPS diet, her body would have never have been able to handle the metal detox protocols.  I’m certain that other GAPS practitioners see such rewards often; this diet has truly helped thousands around the world.Kombucha

Next, meet a young woman in her mid-20s.  She’s young, active, and works as a Registered Dietician.  She’s busy, social and yet dealing with health issues.  Since her youth, she’s always had digestive issues going on.  From acid reflux to allergies, to problems with her esophagus.  More recently, she’s noticed allergic reactions to foods.  It seemed to her that every month she added another food to her list of allergies.  Her training had not helped her learn how to deal with allergies or leaky gut.

I began working with her in the winter of 2014 when she began the GAPS diet.  It was a hard road — she had to navigate a busy summer with lots of festivities on a relatively strict diet.  I’m happy to say that a few weeks ago she ate the first apple she’d eaten in five years, with no reactions.  Her digestive system is healing, her body is not attacking food or itself, and she’s on her way to a full recovery. She’s done a fantastic, amazing job with this diet thus far and is reaping the rewards.

To see such clear improvements after just six months on the diet is fantastic, though not always the case.  A whole variety of factors go into how fast or slow one heals.  Age matters; young people heal faster.  My son, at six months old, healed his eczema in under a year.  The 52 year-old woman took five years on the diet to reverse Hashimoto’s disease.   Every individual has a unique biology that will effect how long it will take to heal.

I have to say, I haven’t met anyone yet, whether my client or not, who hasn’t seen some improvements result from an improved diet, whether they do just basic improvements or something more drastic such as GAPS.   Whatever your issue, your meals can help you.
Food people, it’s all about the food.  Eat well, BE well, LIVE well.

Click here if you want to get started on improving your diet, step by step. 

 

 

 

Raw Milk Threatened in Foxboro!

This is a rare piece of activism from me, however I find it extremely necessary.  On November 25, the Foxboro, MA Board of Health will be voting on whether to adopt new and unprecedented town regulations of raw milk. 

These new regulations would likely put this Lawton’s Family Farm, a small family-run farm, out of business.  The proposed measures would lower the allowable bacteria to levels lower than that legally allowed for pasteurized milk, and give authority to the town’s Board of Health to shut the farm down for up to a month or longer and giving them alone the authority to re-open the farm.  Currently, the State has authority to shut the farm down only until a sample comes back with the current allowable bacteria levels.

The state of MA, no town has ever taken over this role from the state, as it is completely and utterly unnecessary.  These major changes transfers power to extremely anti-raw-milk authorities without need and will essentially shut the farm down and prevent access to this high quality health food.

Now is the time to act!  Read these proposed guidelines for more details, and then do the following:

  • Take the time to send letters and emails and PLEASE send copies to the farm or drop your copies off there
  • PLEASE be sure to send the farm copies as they do not trust our agent to pass them along to her board members
  • When writing your letters, please explain your rights to choose what you put in your body, the benefits of raw milk, and also include if you are a professional ( nutritionist, doctor, nurse, scientist , wellness person  for added emphasis) and all others : your educated and researched choices
  • Foxboro Residents: Please send letters to the Editor of the Foxboro Reporter as to your confidence in  the State Dept of Agriculture to regulate raw milk as well as the health benefits you receive from drinking raw milk.
  • Your efforts need to be in the paper before 11/25/13.
  • There is a public hearing on November 25 at 7:45 in the McGinty room of the Public Safety Building(which is located at the end of North St away from Route 1) WE NEED YOU THERE TO SPEAK OR JUST YOUR PRESENCE FOR SUPPORT IN RAW MILK

Email addresses: Pauline Clifford , town Health Agent     pclifford@town.foxborough.ma.us
Cc: oake_knoll_ayrshires@lawtonsfamilyfarm.com

OR hard copy:  Foxborough Board of Health, Pauline Clifford
40 South St, Foxboro, MA 02035
Cc: Terri, Ed or Nancy Lawton 70 North St Foxboro, MA 02035 or drop off at stand

Exercise can change your DNA!

Although exercise can’t change what you’ve inherited, a new study shows that exercise can change how your genes express themselves.  This is good news for people who have genetic tendencies towards diabetes or obesity. There is something you can do- get moving!

http://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/o.o.i.s?id=24890&news_item=6074

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/dietandfitness/10161854/Exercise-can-alter-your-DNA-study-claims.html