The blinders are off, now what?

In Part 1 of this blog series, we talked about why it isn’t in our best interest to stick with the status quo, and follow the ‘herd’.

 So, now that we’re aware of the (scary) truth, what do we do about it?

As a parent, we have 3 choices.  We can…

  1. Stick our heads in the sand. Ignore the stats, deny the truth.  Stick with the status quo.
  1. Live in fear and a constant state of anxiety. Realize that something is amiss, and then spin in circles, trying to figure out what to do, and not knowing where to start.

Before we move on to option #3, let’s first take a look at the first two options.

Stick our heads in the sand.head in sand

Yes, this takes a load off our shoulders.  But in our state of denial, we are doing a disservice to our kids.  With our without our help, they are still facing the same challenges.

 

anxious momLive in fear.

So, we’ve taken the first step, and recognizing that there is a problem.  But now we are adding to it, by feeling fearful and stressed.  Fear is a negative emotion…a toxic emotion.  And it can make us, and our kids even sicker!  Awareness is excellent: indeed, let’s take off the blinders.  AND then let’s take some positive action.

 

Which brings us to option #3.

  1. We empower ourselves.

We open our minds to the truth, and educate ourselves.  And then we take action.
We make that first move, and then take it one step at a time.  Not only will this put us on the path towards that goal of health and happiness, but it will help to teach and empower our children, so that they can keep the momentum going in their own lives, and the lives of their families.

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So we’ve donned our capes and are ready to take action. What do we do now?

Stay tuned for the next blog post!

Why do we need to shift our patterns and stray from the herd?

“You did XYZ as a kid, and you turned out fine”

As a parent attempting to forge a new path for her family, this is a phrase that I hear often.  It is repeated by our own parents, our peers, our doctors, and perhaps even our partners.

But once the blinders started to come off, once I decided to listen to my intuition rather than media, once I decided to ask questions and research alternatives rather than following the herd…

Once that awareness begins, blanket statements like these no longer sit well.

And they certainly do not provide a strong enough justification for us to tune out those important instincts and fall back in line with the status quo.

What’s wrong with the status quo?

Why should we take that ‘road less travelled’ for our families?

Because the stark reality is that today’s kids are growing up in a world that is *very* different to the one that we grew up in.  And one that is light years away from the world that our grandparents and great grandparents grew up in.

The food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink are all vastly different now.

pesticides   gmo2  chickens junk food

Instead of playing outside, in the dirt, we’re staying inside, and slathering ourselves in hand sanitizer.  And the ‘good bacteria’ in our guts is suffering the consequences.

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Kids have less down-time, and more activities and screens.

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Harsh chemicals surround us, in our cleansers, personal care products, clothes, and mattresses.

toxic bottles  gloves

Rather than resting and listening to our bodies, commercials try to convince us to take their medicine so that we can suppress our symptoms and get back to work/school/activities sooner.

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And why do these things matter?

Because we’re stressed, we’re sick, and we’re overwhelmed.

Rates of childhood illness are on the rise:

  • ADHD: 1 in 10
  • Asthma: 1 in 10
  • Allergies: 1 in 4
  • Autism: 1 in 50
  • Obesity: tripled in last 25 years, 31% overweight/obese
  • Steady increase in anxiety and depression in children
  • Increased incidence of childhood cancer

Eye-opening, isn’t it?

So what do we do about it?

Stay tuned for the next blog post, when we’ll talk about next steps to consider.

(or, if you’re impatient and ready to take action, send me a message and we’ll get started ASAP!)

Supporting a fever

Little B woke up in the middle of the night with a fever, so it’s a low-key, no-school, couch day today.

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Fever is a very important defense mechanism, and is a positive sign that the immune system is launching an attack against infection.  If we suppress a fever (i.e. with Tylenol), we can actually prolong the illness, since we are stopping the body’s natural response to the infection.

So, since Little B is not showing any symptoms that I consider ‘red flags’, I am choosing to support his fever, rather than suppress it.

These are a few of the goodies that we’re using today.

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Ferrum phos tissue salts to help to support the fever and immune response.

 

Homeopathic Oscillococcinum to support the body’s anti-viral response.

 

And Elderberry syrup, a powerful (and tasty!) anti-viral.

 

 

 

Add in lots of rest, plenty of fluids (water and homemade electrolyte drink), simple foods (applesauce and soup) and lots of TLC….and Little B will be back to his singing and dancing in no time.