So, which came first?

Which came first – autoimmune disease or malfunction in the body?questions-1922476_1920

(Update 4/11/2017: Check out this post for a hint)


Betrayal: Autoimmune Disease, what they aren’t telling you…

This is a great series that delves into looking at health conditions through a functional lens, looking at it from a functional perspective 😉

This is an 7 part series which you can sign up here to get the entire series:

How much glyphosate does your food have? Food Testing Results Database

All I can say is these results make my stomach churn….

Source: Food Testing Results

Food Testing Report (PDF) Food testing results and scientific evidence for concern…


5 Pillars to Healthy Function - Diet - Rest - Stress Management - Exercise - Proper Digestion

5 Pillars of Healthy Function

One of the challenges in functional health is figuring out where to start.  With the approach being different than the symptom management model it can be overwhelming as one attempts to uncover the root causes of the malfunctioning of our body.  Another challenge is looking at our health challenges from the perspective of a healthy body that is no longer in a state of homeostasis.  When our presupposition is our body was designed to function in that state and when it is not functioning as intended then we focus on what factors disrupt the natural balance and which factors promote balance.  So what are some of those things?  And, which of those things take priority?

The top five areas which impact our health the greatest are:

  • Diet
  • Rest
  • Stress
  • Exercise
  • Digestion

How many of us have worked really hard at one or two, maybe even three, of these and we still come up against roadblocks in our journey to good health?  In recent months our physician and I have been looking at the things which are working for my son, what’s not and where can we improve.  Out of these top five we have two of them down pat – knock out of the park grand-slams!  One of these we do ok with, better than the average American and two of them we struggle with – BIG TIME!

So what makes these five things the most important?  Well, they work in harmony. When we take one of these out of the equation things begin to malfunction.  Each of them by themselves directly impact our health. Let’s take a brief look at each one:


This one is probably the most understood and the one we embrace the most.  What we eat. In every facet of life whether food, vehicles, electronics -the quality of the building blocks have a direct impact on the final product.  When we eat things which are food-like and not real food we are providing low quality building materials for our body to work with.   At some point we will get what we pay for.  Just as we get what we put into our retirement accounts, our health in latter years will be a return on what we invested earlier in life.


There are several blogs which I follow that have some amazing posts which reflect on our childhood years.  Do you ever remember asking why you needed to take a nap? Why did you have to go to bed so early?  The answer I always received was – that was the time my body repairs, the more I rest the more I will grow.  Of course I couldn’t wait to grow up so that usually motivated me to take that nap or head to bed!

Our bodies need time to rest.  We have a lot of demands for our time and energy.  Just as we don’t leave our vehicles running all the time we shouldn’t keep our bodies running all the time.  They need time to repair from the daily toils from our day to day life.  If we continually ‘burn the candle at both ends’, the wick is going to burn out.  If we keep our engine going without down time it is going to overheat. The same with our bodies – it will start to malfunction.


This one is HUGE!  I don’t know about you, but I have heard this many times “stress affects your health”.  Yeah, yeah and I shrug it off going about my stressful life… Well, I am not sure I am able to articulate how vital eliminating and reducing stress are to a healthy functioning body.

The best illustration I have is our vehicles again -if we drove it off-road continuously putting stress on the suspension the suspension system is going to fail.   If we ran into curbs every time we park our vehicle it will cause damage.   The kicker is our body has a way to deal with these repairs on a daily basis – the problem is those ‘internal bandages’ can cause more malfunction when we have everything bandaged up!

This is one of those two areas my family, especially myself, struggles with.  The only answer I have found to effectively handle stress is a connection with our Creator.  My spiritual life has impacted my stress where nothing else would help.  Finding the peace from our Creator can do amazing things for our health!


This is the second most accepted concept to good health.  Diet and exercise, right?  Isn’t that what everyone says?  Well – it is true!! Well, partially – its those PLUS the other ones listed.  But, lets look at exercise.

Did you know when you exercise your endothelium(lining of the blood vessels) releases nitric oxide?  In 1998 Robert F. Furchgott, Louis J. Ignarro and Ferid Murad were awarded the Nobel Peace prize “for their discoveries concerning nitric oxide as a signalling molecule in the cardiovascular system”.  What does nitric oxide do?  It helps to maintain healthy blood pressure, cholesterol levels, regulating clotting and blood flow, to name a few.  Basically it helps to promote healthy cardiovascular function.  Sort of like having a built in fuel system cleaner in a vehicle – wouldn’t that be neat!!

What happens with our fuel system in our vehicles when it gets dirty?  The engine starts running rough, right?  Sometimes it causes other problems as well.  Our bodies are very similar, if our cardiovascular system is not working as designed, it starts to malfunction.  Exercise promotes a smooth running system.


So what if we are eating great foods, amazing sleep, no stress and we exercise regularly – we should be all set to a healthy body right?  Ah there is still another piece of the puzzle which needs to be in place – digestion!  If we are not assimilating the wonderful foods our bodies are not going to have access to the building blocks needed for repairing from daily life.

Again I like the illustration of our vehicles.  If our fuel system has a clog and the gas is unable to get to the spark plugs, the engine is not going to work.  Or if the gas that is getting through but its not flowing at the proper rate, the engine is going to run rough.

Having a properly functioning digestive system is another vital part in achieving that highly sought after homeostasis, referred to as good health.  This one is perhaps one of the most difficult to correct since many processes are intertwined with others.  When our system is disrupted it often seems like trying to get untangled from a spiderweb.  Which often loops back to stress as we attempt to untangle our digestive mess.

So what do we do now? How do we return these areas to a balance which promotes healthy function?

Support.  Surround yourself with others who are supportive in your journey. It is amazing what can be accomplished when you have others to help carry your burdens.  Just remember, we have to share that we have a need for folks to have the opportunity to help  😉

Your comments and questions are always welcome! I hope this is beneficial to you or someone you love! Thanks for stopping by!


GMO pt 2 – Connecting the dots- BT Corn

This is a follow up from my previous post regarding GMO trends.

How many know what BT corn is?  I have heard of GMO corn and I know it is modified to include insect repellent but beyond that didn’t really know the particulars. Well, fortunately my dinner was hours ago because the search results make my stomach turn…

From Monsanto’s site: Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is a bacterium that occurs naturally in the soil and produces proteins that kill certain insects.

Ok, so we have this stuff called BT, that belongs IN dirt, which is now IN corn which the insects eat – then what happens?

University of Califonia San Diego describes it this way:  Bt has to be eaten to cause mortality. The Bt toxin dissolve in the high pH insect gut and become active. The toxins then attack the gut cells of the insect, punching holes in the lining. The Bt spores spills out of the gut and germinate in the insect causing death within a couple days.

Are you thinking what I am thinking?  What happens to all of this BT that is IN the corn which the insects DON’T eat?  You know – the trailer loads upon trailer loads the farmers harvest… Does it magically disappear out of the corn?  And, isn’t there a fundamental flaw in the logic – the bugs have to EAT the corn for it to work.

What about the mentioning of “high” pH – makes me ponder if that is another clue.  Questions such as: If an insect has low pH does BT not affect them? How does sugar and SAD {standard American diet} affect our stomach pH?  Does it make it more acidic than what it was designed for?  Is BT safe for us IF our stomach pH is at the proper level?  What happens if our pH in our stomach becomes unbalanced?

I read further on the UCSD site and they stated BT is safe in mammals with no adverse effects… Really? That is very reassuring, but you know something just doesn’t seem right about that. Let me go visit Pubmed and see what research turns up there…

Effect of genetically modified corn on the jejunal mucosa of adult male albino rat.

It could be concluded that consumption of GM-corn profoundly alters the jejunal histological structure. [2nd part of small intestine – tissue, especially microscopic]

Marwa A.A. Ibrahim, MD,Ebtsam F. Okasha

Histology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University, Egypt
Received 1 May 2016, Revised 3 September 2016, Accepted 6 October 2016, Available online 18 October 2016

This one isn’t on corn – but it is the BT cotton…

Occupational hazards and health cost of women cotton pickers in Pakistani Punjab.

Cotton pickers working in Bt cotton fields are found to have less occupational health hazards compared to those working in non-Bt cotton fields. Thus generating awareness among cotton pickers for adopting precautionary measures during harvesting and the use of Bt cotton seed can result in a decline in the ill-effects of cotton picking.

Khuda BakhshEmail author, Naeem Ahmad, M. Asif Kamran, Sarfraz Hassan, Qasir Abbas, Rashed Saeed and M. Sadiq Hashmi
BMC Public HealthBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted 201616:961
DOI: 10.1186/s12889-016-3635-3
© The Author(s). 2016 Received: 6 November 2015 Accepted: 4 September 2016 Published: 13 September 2016

How interesting when folks were educated about the HAZARDS they showed less illnesses… Sigh.

What are your thoughts about this one?

Edible Safety Assessment of Genetically Modified Rice T1C-1 for Sprague Dawley Rats through Horizontal Gene Transfer, Allergenicity and Intestinal Microbiota.

Cluster analysis of DGGE profiles revealed significant individual differences in the rats’ intestinal microbiota.

Kai Zhao, Fangfang Ren, Fangting Han, Qiwen Liu, Guogan Wu, Yan Xu, Jian Zhang, Xiao Wu, Jinbin Wang, Peng Li, Wei Shi, Hong Zhu, Jianjun Lv, Xiao Zhao, Xueming Tang
Published: October 5, 2016

So…. what do you conclude from all of this?  What else should we search out to see about other connections?  Does the  Microbiome   post shed any light?

Top 5 GMO foods
Top 5 GMO foods

{I hesitate to include the next link because this is just too ‘trendy’ of a site for my style but there is some great information that goes even deeper into the BT corn issue by Dr. Mercola }

Would love your feedback!

GMO Trends 1996-2016

Another exciting day! Got my login credentials for the online portion of my training… Watching first webinar now… and some fabulous information on genetically modified foods… Especially this chart on planted crops in last 10 years is rather interesting!  Do the trends remind you of anything?

What else has trends with similar growth rates?  Will be interesting to see other data and any correlations… {see GMO’s pt 2 – connecting the dots & BT corn}

source USDA


1969, formula & intestinal bacteria – What is the connection?

Do you have any idea what those three things have in common?

  • The year 1969
  • Infant Formula
  • Intestinal Bacteria

One of the first activities in my training is to research the history of our country’s National Food Guide.  So I visited the historical collection link from the USDA and ran a search for food guide.  I came across this one from 1969 and started scanning through it when this excerpt caught my attention:

Despite improvements in infant formulae, breast feeding is still strongly recommended. One explanation of the reason infants thrive better on human milk is that it promotes the growth of favorable intestinal bacteria which stop the growth of less desirable ones

A Food Guide for the Ages from baby to gramps; Author(s):Lewis, H.Subject(s):human nutrition , food science , family and consumer scienceFormat:p. 294-303.Language:EnglishYear:1969Series:Yearbook of agriculture

So I stop in my tracks staring at that last sentence. Shake my head. Exhale. So for more than 40 years we have known the importance of bacteria and their role yet when one looks at modern healthcare many are considered outcasts for thinking there is any correlation between the flora in our digestive system and the implications of a lack of the “good guys”.

Granted there is a movement which promotes the truth of the matter and I am thankful it is a growing movement.  What disturbs me though is how we have gone from bad to worse to downright… well I will let you fill in that blank.

How we can ignore the fact that formula does not promote a healthy environment is mind boggling. Why it is even remotely considered “safe” for infants to ingest something which deters their health is beyond me.  Once again I am reminded of John Yudkins work regarding sugar and the history behind high-fructose-corn-syrup as a staple in American food-like products.  So when I read that for nearly half a decade that we have known the adverse affects combined with nearly 60% of infants have had formula within 3 months of birth and by 6 months the figure reaches nearly 82%, I am in astonishment!

(CDC: Breastfeeding Report Card 2014) page 4 – two columns on the right

Now those are the averages – some states fair better and some fair worse.  It is very disturbing though if we know formula does not promote a healthy digestive system that pediatricians, nutritionists, doctors – all healthcare providers for that matter – are not adamant about doing everything possible to speak about the dangers of formula.

In thinking back at the birth of my children I recall getting a “mothers gift basket” at the hospital which contained various infant products. Formula was one of the products in that bag of samples along with a plethora of formula coupons that seemed to outnumber all the other products combined.

My children were in the NICU, one for seven days.  Very, and I mean very, few of those infants were on their mothers milk, instead they were fed formula of some kind.  My youngest child, that was in the NICU for a week, was almost exclusively breast-fed.  The only reason for not being exclusive is the staff did not adhere to my decision of exclusive breastfeeding and while I was waiting for the anesthesia to wear off after giving birth, they fed my child what they wanted, not what was best for my child.

Fast forward six months and my child was receiving formula as I searched for ways to help his sudden halting of gaining weight… One experience that I hope to blog about soon.

It is that mentality of acceptance that disrupting the digestive system is fine and dandy as to why we have epidemics left and right of childhood diseases.  Is there science to back up that claim?  That is a pretty powerful statement, I will admit!

If our premise is the Department of Ag made their claims with science to back it up and their conclusion that formula does not promote a healthy environment then how about we take a moment to examine the implications of a disrupted digestive system.  What is the logical outcome if we compromise our first wall of defense?

It is a building block – if the building materials are compromised what kind of a building are we going to have?  If we put bad gas in our vehicles what is going to happen? If we use spoiled ingredients in a recipe what is going to be the outcome?  So why would we expect anything different when we compromise the integrity of our digestive system?

I have binders, upon binders of studies that I have printed off in the last two years attempting to get to the root cause of my oldest child’s disease of Type 1 Diabetes. [We have zero family history of it]  There is a plethora of scientific evidence of many factors which play a role in the onset or in the continuation of this disease, and just as many as to factors that play a role in reversing it.

For instance:

2009 University Texas Southwestern – UNGER LEPTIN reverses Type 1

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Oct 5;107(40):17391-6. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1008025107. Epub 2010 Sep 20.


Thioredoxin Interacting Protein: Redox Dependent and Independent Regulatory Mechanisms

ANTIOXIDANTS & REDOX SIGNALING Volume 16, Number 6, 2012

ª Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
DOI: 10.1089/ars.2011.4137
Oded N. Spindel,1,2 Cameron World,1 and Bradford C. Berk1,2

…Recent Advances: Studies of the Hcb-19 mouse, TXNIP nonsense mutated mouse, demonstrate redox-mediated roles in lipid and glucose metabolism, cardiac function, inflammation, and carcinogenesis…


The list can go on and on –  Guess what the common factor is in all of them? I’ll give you a hint, its the research I reference in my post ‘Microbiome‘.  Eventually they lead to the digestive system and signaling that happens in the digestive process. Profound!  Although the more I think about it, not really.   I would strongly encourage you to visit Pubmed and do a search for a disease and another term to find links…. Such as  Cancer & Gut Flora where you would most likely find this in the top of the search results:

Breast Cancer. 2016 Oct 5. [Epub ahead of print]
Gastrointestinal microbiome and breast cancer: correlations, mechanisms and potential clinical implications.

Gastrointestinal microbiome plays as a symbiont which provides protection effect against invading pathogens, aids in the immune system development, nutrient reclamation and absorption as well as molecule breakdown.

Science seems to have the presupposition that our digestive system is the first line of defense – notice it aids the development of the immune system, not the other way around.  If it is compromised everything that follows will have a weak link.

They knew this in the 60’s and we know it today – so why my friends do we intentionally disrupt not only our own system but our children’s developing line of defense?

I know why I did – ignorance, peer pressure, medical expert pressure and fear.  Would love to hear your story!

Oh… to complete my project I had to locate the oldest guide… thus far I have found one from 1946