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We live in a toxic, chemical-filled world. Every one of us needs some sort of detox. Our bodies are fully capable of healing themselves, but we have to provide the proper tools for it to do so. Like me, Laurie was diagnosed with Hashimoto's, which is an autoimmune thyroid disease. We are both on a quest to heal our bodies naturally. In this resource, she is sharing information to help each and every one of us lead a less toxic life, no matter what health issues we may (or may not) be dealing with. And, she shows just how SMALL changes can have a BIG impact. Start with what you have and where you are! My motto has always been “baby steps” and Laurie helps drive that point home! Just one more awesome resource from the Extreme Health Library Sale!
Common Sense Health: Detox, Diet and Physical Activities
by Laurie Neverman
I firmly believe that our bodies are designed to heal themselves, if we just give them the tools to do it. Our modern medical system is amazing for repairing trauma and many other health issues, but we've lost track of many “back to basics” things we can do to improve our health.
Five years ago, I was 30 pounds heavier, depressed, and generally struggling to get through the day. My husband had lost his job of nearly 16 years, and my stress levels had gone through the roof. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, and autoimmune disorder.
This meant my body was attacking my own thyroid, causing hypothyroidism. The doctor prescribed Levothyroxin, which I took for a month. During that time I felt even worse. My joints ached, I couldn't focus – I was miserable. The doctor's suggestion was to increase the dosage. I declined, and haven't been back to see him since. (I did later find a different doctor who was more open minded.)
Since I couldn't tolerate the drugs, I started making small changes in my diet and lifestyle. Nothing drastic – I didn't really have a lot of energy to spare. Weight started coming off, and I had more energy. My hair got softer, my skin got smoother. I did find a doctor who was willing to prescribe natural thyroid medication, but I hope to one day heal my thyroid. In contrast to the “thyroid death sentence” issued by my first doctor, who said it the disease could only get progressively worse, I have found people who have healed Hashi's through nutrition and lifestyle choices.
In “Common Sense Health: Detox, Diet and Physical Activities“, I've shared ideas for things you can do to remove toxins from your life (Detox); strategies for simple, healthy eating (Diet); and physical activities beyond exercise that have been used by holistic practitioners, such as oil pulling and barefoot therapy. No big investment or complicated format, just start where you are with what you have.
On my website, Common Sense Homesteading (www.commonsensehome.com), I use the tagline“Using sound judgment to be more self-reliant”. Taking responsibility for our own health is one of the most important self-reliance skills we can have. I encourage you to do your own research, and take advantage of the many resources now available to find the path that works best for you and your family.
The Common Sense Woman