Living with your health in mind

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I often wonder if the things I hear are true? Is aluminum if your deodorant bad for you? Does it cause breast cancer? I do not know the answer to these questions but if it is true do I want to risk it? NOPE. So I went in search of a natural deodorant. I tried the ones that look like rock salt, I tried Toms of Maine and I kept searching and then one day I found Schmidt’s Deodorant  and my search ended. I happen to LOVE the Bergamont/Lime fragrance but they also have a variety of other scents like Lavender & Sage. It’s really amazing. It took me about 3 weeks to get used to sweating again but I do not sweat that much except when doing exercise and I do that anyway but I smell like a really good margarita! Truly- I think I feel better- sweating is actually healthy and my skin feels divine after. I think if nothing else I have a deodorant that I love and I have already given my daughter and son’s their first Schmidt’s deodorants. This allows us all to live a little healthier I hope.

I have had health issues since I was 37. I had H1N1 flu followed by a severe infection and was hospitalized for 2 weeks. It was a very long recovery for my lungs but after about 9 months I felt mostly ok. At about 39 the fatigue hit and that never went away not until age 44 when I found an integrative doctor and he suggested I start taking Iodine. I take the Life Extension brand which also has Vitamin D and Vitamin K. I can’t tell you why this works except for what I’ve been told and what research I have done. Iodine is in seaweed and seafood (Life Extension brand is vegetarian/seaweed based). It helps boost your metabolism and also makes sure your thyroid is working well. I had all the blood work and work up for thyroid disease but I didn’t have it- technically but my numbers were on the verge so the doc suggested I take it. At the same time he had me do an ultrasound and they discovered a decent sized ovarian cyst 2x3x2 cm in size. It was partially filled with blood and partially solid. They quickly sent me to a GYN surgeon knowing I’d have to have a hysterectomy to remove it.

It took 30 days to get into the surgeon and I had already started the Iodine. In just 30 days with a new ultrasound in the office the cyst had shrunk 30%. The doctor said “well I had every intention of preparing you for a vaginal hysterectomy because this cyst is very bad.” I asked if we could wait just 2 more months- in my mind if it shrunk 30% in 30 days why not see what happens. She was willing to wait and so in December 2016 I returned, 60 days after my last visit and 90 days after taking Iodine daily and low and behold it was not only shrunk it was GONE. The technician kept going over the scan- is it right? Did the hospital screw up the first time and it wasn’t the right patient. The doctor came in and confirmed all the scans were right but I was the anomaly. She asked me what I’d been doing. I told her Iodine and she said “Well that makes sense. In Japan where the highest consumption of Iodine occurs there is hardly any breast cancer, cystic breasts and a very low rate of ovarian cysts.” And so I still take Iodine every day. What it did for me was give me back my life. I no longer have a Keurig because I only drink 1/2 cup of coffee a day now compared to 5-6 k-cups a day. I no longer need to sit for long periods of time or rest often. I am back to how I felt when I was 27 and that is a huge win for me and my family.

Another thing I love to do is cook. I have a vintage Cast Iron Pan that I just adore. You can buy them and season them as needed as well. Cast Iron is great because it adds iron to your food and for my daughter who is vegetarian I always cook her eggs in the cast iron pan to help boost her iron intake. The other thing I have is the Green Pan Cookware Set. It’s a ceramic set of pans. It doesn’t have the chemicals that other non-stick pans have. They are ceramic and according to the Green Pan website “Thermolon ceramic non-stick is manufactured without PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium. The coating won’t blister, peel or release any harmful fumes, even if you accidentally overheat your pan.” I trust the fact that teflon is bad for you so I got rid of all my non-stick teflon pans and only use my Cast Iron Pan or my Green Pans as I feel like it’s the least I can do- not add chemicals to the food I feed my family. 

So try and live with your health in mind. It just might make a difference.

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