CBD Oil: Mind Miracle! One Family’s Struggle with Brain Injury and Making Life SO Much Easier

My friend Christine writes this week’s post about her six year old son with brain injuries that makes for extreme challenges raising him. Read their difficult story, see her amazing improvement data, and sing this information out to everyone you know!!

pic1Four and a half years ago my husband and I adopted two little boys.  They were 23 months and 3 years old when they moved in with us permanently.  Our youngest child, Caleb, received a head injury when he was only four months old.  You may not be familiar with traumatic brain injuries but they are devastating not just to the injured but to everyone around them.

Caleb’s TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) has caused many challenges.  The initial injury caused bleeding, swelling, seizures, and cerebral palsy on his right side.  His official diagnoses are Traumatic Brain Injury, Cortical Visual Impairment, Severe Development Delay.  Among Caleb’s difficulties he can be a very frustrated little boy.  My son has a severe vision impairment which makes navigating difficult. He is also sensory seeker/avoider which means that some things scare him or he has an excessive need to feel/hear/taste to learn about his environment.  Communication is also a great challenge.  From a parenting side of things, we never know quite what to expect or how to help Caleb.  We have 5 children whose ages are 18, 15, 8, 7 and 6.  We are no strangers to children, but Caleb is different. Continue reading

Toxic Deodorant, No Way!! – Natural Deodorant, Try This!!

When you go natural and chemical free one of the biggest challenges is to replace your skin care items with more natural alternatives. Another challenge is finding the time to make all of those skin care items from scratch! (Been there, done that!!) It is a daunting task for sure but I have found a quick and simple alternative to deodorant. Deodorant was the first product I looked to replace. Here is what finally worked for me. Continue reading

A Natural Approach to Thyroid Health by Dr. Andrea Hillstad

Dr. Andrea Hillstad

Dr. Andrea Hillstad is a Naturopathic Doctor, practicing in West Fargo, ND and Pelican Rapids, MN. Dr. Andrea was born and raised in the Fargo/Moorhead area. She received her bachelor’s in biology from Minnesota State University Moorhead. From there she went on to complete her medical degree at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. Dr. Andrea specializes in digestive disorders, auto-immunity, detoxification and family practice.

There are numerous people with thyroid disorders today. It seems that everywhere I turn I run into someone who says they’re on thyroid medication. Maybe you’re one of those people or know someone who is. On the flip side, maybe you’re one of the many people I come across who have all the symptoms of low thyroid (fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, thinning hair, constipation), but they were told their blood test came back normal. This is because your doctor is only looking at one hormone, your TSH, and not the whole picture. This is where a Naturopathic Doctor can really help.

For the thyroid and all its hormones to function properly, many things need to be in place in order for that to happen. Quick biology lesson. The TSH your doctor is testing stands for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone and it is made in the Pituitary. The TSH tells the thyroid to make T4. In order to do this, the thyroid needs ample supply of Iodine and Tyrosine (an amino acid founds in proteins). T4 then goes out into circulation and converts to T3, the most active thyroid hormone. In order for this to happen properly, the body needs the mineral selenium. Other essential nutrients needed include zinc, vitamins A, B12, C and E. Continue reading