I Tried Raw Milk

I was recently battling an itchy, painful skin condition (psoriasis?) on my hands for about five months. Because of my skin, I drastically changed my diet, read books about natural health, and saw some unconventional medical providers. In my quest to heal my skin, I came across raw (unpasteurized) milk. Wow! I didn’t know that raw milk was so controversial.

The Center for Disease Control makes raw milk sound super dangerous while raw milk advocates claim that it is a lot safer than other foods that we eat on a regular basis. While raw milk advocates claim that it is a complete superfood that is wonderful for allergy sufferers, the gut, skin, and immune system, raw milk antagonists claim that these benefits have not been proven. Raw milk advocates also claim that pasteurized milk (almost all the milk in the U.S.) has been stripped of the components that make it so healthy, and that the pasteurization process actually makes the milk unhealthy for us.

So, who should you believe? I’m not going to tell you that, but I will tell you about my experience with raw milk. The Natural Health Nut inside me had to try it!

First off, it wasn’t easy to find someone that sells raw milk (the sale of raw milk is illegal in some American states). When I finally found a vendor, my first experience with raw milk was raw goat milk. It was delicious!

To get my hands on raw cow milk, I went to the Weston A. Price website and contacted my local Weston A. Price chapter. Weston A. Price was a dentist that traveled the world and studied the eating habits of healthy people. If you are looking for raw milk, you can also go to realmilk.com.

The raw cow milk was very creamy and delicious. I also started consuming raw kefir and raw cheese. In the past, when I consumed pasteurized dairy, I used to experience nasal congestion. This didn’t happen to me when I consumed raw dairy!

You may be wondering if I am concerned about the safety of raw milk. Chris Kresser claims that the chances of becoming hospitalized from drinking raw milk are very small–you are actually three times more likely to die in a plane crash. 

With that being said, to be completely honest, there was one time that the raw kefir tasted funny and I had major stomach upset. But, to be fair, I ate some questionable meat on the same day. So, I don’t know if my stomach was upset due to the raw dairy or the meat.

I haven’t had raw milk or raw kefir in a couple of weeks. I miss it! I think that it is helping with my gut; also, my skin is almost completely healed! Because I made so many health changes in the past few months, it’s hard to tell which changes were the most beneficial for my recovery. Who knows? Maybe the raw milk played a role in healing my skin.

Want to know something really cool and odd? Apparently, there are Raw Milk vending machines in Europe!

So, what do you think? Do you drink raw milk, or do you think that it is too risky?

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My Favorite Essential Oils for Sleep

Are you looking for a natural sleep aid? In addition to numerous other health benefits, essential oils provide calming, soothing and stabilizing effects to your body that will help you to get all of the sleep that you need!

Clary Sage

The linalool and linalyl acetate in Clary Sage will provide feelings of calmness after a long day. In the Middle Ages, Clary Sage was used to soothe the skin.

This essential oil smells alluring and intoxicating. When I open a bottle of Clary Sage, I feel like I am being transported to a world of captivating beauty, similar to the world created by Monet, in his painting, “The Artist’s Garden at Giverny.” After diffusing Clary Sage in the living room, I discovered that it puts me into a sleepy trance!

Vetiver

Vetiver contains isovalencenol and khusimol which help to stabilize emotions. With its slightly sweet and enticing herbal scent, this thick essential oil is often used in perfumes. Tranquility in a bottle!

Cedarwood

Cedarwood contains cedrol and alpha-Cedrene which provide soothing benefits. Cedrol will also help to stabilize your mood. You can find Cedarwood in the biblical books of Leviticus and Numbers.

When I open a bottle of Cedarwood, it’s easy to imagine that I am under the stars and tall Red Cedar trees. The woody scent provides feelings of peace.

Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang contains carophyllene and germacrene-d which is a soothing chemical combination. Ylang Ylang has been used in perfumes (it has been called “The Perfume Tree”), weddings and religious ceremonies for centuries.

The floral scent of Ylang Ylang is sweet and uplifting. One whiff of it makes me feel happier and more relaxed. Ylang Ylang is like a healing balm for crazy emotions!

What are your favorite natural sleep aids?

This post was originally published on January 24, 2019; it was updated on November 1, 2019.

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Let’s Talk About Disease Prevention

“Have you had your cancer today?” This is what my pathophysiology teacher asked us when he was teaching us about cancer. He was trying to make the point that our bodies are constantly exposed to carcinogens all around us. It’s true that we are regularly exposed to toxins that cause disease. However, the empowering news is that positive physical, emotional and spiritual health changes can oftentimes prevent cancer and other diseases. You can improve your health and prevent disease with some of the ideas listed below!

  1. Pray without ceasing.
  2. Read the Bible.
  3. Call a friend when you need emotional support.
  4. Eliminate one unhealthy food from your diet.
  5. Switch to natural cleaning/personal care products.
  6. Talk to a counselor about your relationship problems.
  7. Find a work-out buddy or health accountability partner.
  8. Do CrossFit.
  9. Join a gym.
  10. Read an inspirational book.
  11. Get a massage.
  12. Make healthy smoothies.
  13. Add one healthy food to your diet.
  14. Buy grass-fed beef instead of conventional beef.
  15. Memorize encouraging Bible verses.
  16. Forgive the mistakes of yourself and others.
  17. Listen to soothing music.
  18. Buy raw, organic dairy instead of conventional dairy.
  19. Use pure essential oils to support your health.
  20. Add a multivitamin or healthy supplement to your diet.
  21. Add Epsom salts to your bath.
  22. Go for a 20-minute walk.
  23. Run in a 5k race.
  24. Run in a Warrior Dash race.
  25. Join a fun Meetup group.
  26. Open a window for at least 15 minutes everyday.
  27. Add more vegetables to your diet.
  28. Add more nuts and seeds to your diet.
  29. Drink green tea.
  30. Eat more avocados.
  31. Eliminate soda pop from your diet.
  32. Fast from social media for a week.
  33. Watch less TV.
  34. Travel to a sunny vacation spot.
  35. Do yoga.
  36. Turn off the notifications on your phone.
  37. Create a vision board to help you achieve your dreams/goals.
  38. Find one natural remedy and integrate it into your health routine.
  39. Visit a trusted integrative practitioner.
  40. Take a break from negativity and violence in the media.
  41. Start a new hobby.
  42. Tackle a new project.
  43. Join a Bible study at church.
  44. Devise a plan for financial freedom.
  45. Minimize your contact with toxic people.
  46. Adopt a pet.
  47. Volunteer your time for a worthy cause.
  48. De-clutter your bedroom and donate things you don’t need.
  49. Add kale to your diet.
  50. Make a list of enjoyable activities and do them on a weekly/monthly/yearly basis.
  51. Practice hospitality.
  52. Get your vitamin D level checked regularly and supplement as needed.
  53. Cook with organic butter and coconut oil instead of canola oil.
  54. Buy a non-toxic mattress.
  55. Buy organic pillows.
  56. Switch to safe cookware.
  57. Take a daily probiotic.
  58. Cook dinner instead of buying fast food.
  59. Stop adding extra salt to your food.
  60. Add blueberries to your smoothie.
  61. Eat desserts weekly instead of daily.
  62. See a financial advisor to help lessen stress from financial difficulties.
  63. Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.
  64. Rejoice in the Lord.
  65. When you have a negative thought, do the following. Stop the negative thought. Reject the negative thought. Replace the negative thought with a Bible verse or with a positive thought.
  66. Drink more water.
  67. Reduce trips to fast food restaurants.
  68. Take Revive Our Hearts’ 30-Day Gratitude Challenge.
  69. Switch to whole-food, non-GMO supplements.
  70. Shop at healthy grocery stores.
  71. Be generous with your time and talents.
  72. Set healthy boundaries.
  73. Trust in God.
  74. Visit a chiropractor.
  75. Cleanse your body with essential oils.
  76. Ask for help.
  77. Reject pride and be humble.
  78. Practice the Sabbath/take a day of rest.
  79. Take a nap.
  80. Learn to be content.
  81. Be kind to yourself and others.
  82. Start a gratitude journal.
  83. Spend time outdoors.
  84. Join a sports team.
  85. Be thankful.

Are you trying to improve your health? Don’t stress about making multiple changes all at once. Even the smallest change can make a positive difference!

This post was originally published on January 16, 2019; it was updated on October 18, 2019.

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The Switch To A Biological Dentist

To my dismay, my dentist recently referred my daughter to a pediatric dentist to have a whole lot of work done in her mouth. After listening to all of the work that had to be done, I felt anxious. Was all of it necessary? Was all of it safe? It was then that I remembered a conversation that I had with my co-worker about Holistic Dentistry.

According to the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), Holistic Dentists/Biological Dentists try to do the following:

Always seek the safest, least toxic way to accomplish the mission of treatment, all the goals of modern dentistry, and do it while treading as lightly as possible on the patient’s biological terrain. A more biocompatible approach to oral health is the hallmark of biological dentistry.

Like other holistic practitioners, Biological Dentists try to see the body as a whole and tend to believe that each part of the body can have a profound effect on other parts of the body. Therefore, when Biological Dentists provide education for their patients, they take lifestyle habits, diet, and knowledge of toxicities into consideration. They try to avoid dangerous materials, including mercury/amalgam fillings. According to the IAOMT, mercury can cause or exacerbate the below:

  • Allergies, especially to mercury
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Autism
  • Autoimmune disorders/immunodeficiency
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Complaints of unclear causation
  • Hearing loss
  • Kidney disease
  • Micromercurialism
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Oral lichenoid reaction and oral lichen planus
  • Parkinson’s
  • Periodontal disease
  • Psychological issues such as depression and anxiety
  • Reproductive dysfunction
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Symptoms of chronic mercury poisoning
  • Thyroiditis

The holistic dentist that ultimately treated our daughter took a more conservative approach than the conventional dentist. He also gave me some good tips on how to change my daughter’s diet so that she would be able to avoid more cavities. Are you interested in a Holistic/Biological Dentist? If so, here are some questions that you can ask potential candidates. These questions come from The Autoimmune Solution by Amy Myers, MD.

Do you use a rubber dam? A rubber dam should be used to protect the patient when mercury fillings are being removed. If your dentist answers yes, he or she is far more likely to know how to remove fillings safely.

What do you do to protect yourself and your staff? If a dentist is taking mercury out of your mouth, that dentist and their staff are being exposed to it too. A dentist who doesn’t protect him or herself or the office’s staff might not be truly aware of the health hazards involved—and therefore won’t be fully aware of how to protect you.

Do you have an amalgam separator? When mercury is removed normally, it goes right into the local wastewater supply, a thought that just makes me shudder. An amalgam separator will separate out the mercury so it can be disposed of safely.

If you want to find a Biological Dentist, try searching at holisticdental.org or IAOMT.org. What do you think of Biological Dentistry?

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References

Dental Amalgam Mercury Fillings and Danger to Human Health. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://iaomt.org/resources/dental-mercury-facts/amalgam-fillings-danger-human-health/

Introduction to Biological Dentistry: Oral Medicine, Dental Toxicology. (n.d). Retrieved from https://iaomt.org/about-iaomt/introduction-biological-dentistry/

Myers, A. (2017). The Autoimmune Solution: Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of Inflammatory Symptoms and Diseases. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.  

Frankincense: The King of Health and Beauty

And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:11

As a child, I knew that frankincense was given to baby Jesus, but I didn’t know what it was. I didn’t really give it a second thought until I received my first box of essential oils in the mail. I was really excited to break open each bottle. When I picked up the frankincense, I thought, “This one was given to baby Jesus. It will smell good for sure!”

Unfortunately, it didn’t really smell that good to me. In fact, it smelled kind of odd to me.

A few weeks later, I put the bottle away. I was in my first trimester of pregnancy and many smells made me really nauseous.

After a few months, when the nausea went away, I decided to give the oils another shot. One person advised me to put two drops of frankincense into my facial moisturizer. So I did. Wow! If the skin on my face could talk, it would’ve said, “What was that?! That felt amazing!” I also used coconut oil and frankincense on my baby when he had irritated, oozing skin around his ears. It worked like a charm. I also discovered that frankincense combined with lavender, melaleuca and coconut oil made an effective “Owie Spray” that smelled like fresh flowers.

I now know why frankincense was given to baby Jesus and why it is called “The King of Oils.” I encourage you to go on PubMed and read about all the new research being done on frankincense. It is a powerful, yet gentle oil that rejuvenates the skin and helps to lessen skin imperfections. Also, two drops under the tongue or on the roof of your mouth will support your immune, nervous and digestive systems (please note that oral and internal use is not recommended with every essential oil brand).

Looking for a natural health and beauty boost? Try the King of Oils! As always, for the sake of your health, choose pure essential oils of the highest quality.

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This post was originally published on December 20, 2018; it was updated on September 29, 2019.