Some symptoms of parasites are:
Just to name a few.
We just recently had a very large and close full moon, which also happened to be an eclipse. A red moon. Since then, probably 65% of my clients are exhibiting parasite symptoms and are testing for them. There are many different types of bugs that become more active around the full moon. Just the way they were created I guess. And isn’t it interesting that teachers and ER workers swear that kids and adults act-out close to a full moon. This is not some woo-woo idea. There is a reason behind it.
How do I talk about parasites without grossing everyone out? But, I have to because many people do not understand how important it is to cleanse. Cleansing is such an integral part of the healing process. If these critters are eating most of your food and releasing toxins inside of you much of the day, are you really going to make headway, healing your gut and other organs and glands, if you let these pets stay? Yes, I said pets. You are feeding these pets, and they are taking everything from you. Food is medicine. Without it, you won’t heal. These little guys are NOT on your side; they are NOT working with your body in a synergistic relationship.
Some practitioners say that all micro-organisms in the body are parasites. Technically this is true, but I am not referring here to the good bacteria that help you digest your food; I'm talking about the pesky pets we don't have the heart to get rid of. I have had clients tell me they do not want to get rid of their parasites even when they are the number one priority. Why wouldn’t everyone want to get rid of them? It boggles my mind. They are hurting you. They aren’t allowing you to heal.
We worm our horses, dogs, cats, and other farm animals because it’s good for their health. When did we stop worming ourselves? I think the reason for this is because it is not mainstream knowledge anymore. MDs don’t talk about them unless you’ve been to a third-world country. What has been implied for decades is this: we don’t have parasites in America. Do you think parasites ONLY live in third-world countries? They are everywhere. Even here…in America… [cue ominous music]
If you go barefoot on the beach or in your yard, you could pick up parasites. If you hug or kiss a family member or have pets, you probably have parasites. Just living on planet earth means you have parasites!
Once pharmaceuticals became commonplace, did de-worming go out the window? Grandma and Great Grandma lined up their children and made them swallow a spoonful of gum spirits of turpentine (different type than what you’re used to) and castor oil, and then waited for them to fill up the toilet. They started that when the offspring were babies with tiny amounts and worked up.
We should be worming ourselves twice per year. Spring and Fall. But if you haven’t done a parasite cleanse your entire life, then the first one may take a few months to complete. Think of it as the "Gangs of New York." Kill off the big momma in there, and another one takes over her territory.
It is essential to work with a health care practitioner who understands how to facilitate a cleanse so that you are assured that you’re killing off the babies and eggs that will hatch once you get the momma.
When you have symptoms that you just can’t shake, ask your natural health practitioner about a parasite cleanse. Take a look at the symptoms above. Often these little buggers are at the root of the problem; imagine what it would feel like to be rid of them!
Connie Kelly, BS MedSci, NHE
Nutritional Health Practitioner
Natural Health Educator
Did you know that all the cells in your body turn over (meaning they die off, and the body makes new cells)? The small intestine turns over every 2-20 days, the stomach every 2-9 days, colon cells every 3-4 days. You could literally have an entire new gut in 3 weeks! So what would happen if you ate really well for 21 days? What would happen if you not only ate really well, but actually added some herbs and whole food that cleaned everything out and let it rest and heal for 21 days?
Spring is here, and it’s the perfect time to cleanse. A spring cleaning of the liver is something we need to do every year. Why do you think we have spring allergies to the pollen? How many springtimes have you detoxed the liver? Most people will answer, “none.” I no longer have pollen allergies because I have been working on my liver for some time. That’s right. I don’t even have to take a allergy med! Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to enjoy those cut flowers from the garden? Or go for a jog in the park and enjoy the magnolia trees? Many people hold up in the house all spring and fall because of their pollen allergies. Why not just clean up the liver?
Some of you may be wondering why I am out west. I settled near Sedona for this period of time in order to heal my body. I am, in a sense, detoxing from mold, and hopefully resetting my body. I am doing something for me. It was time. And very much needed. It is a “type” of cleanse, a time-out from the toxic chemicals in our buildings and in the air we breathe outside. You certainly don’t have to go to these lengths for a simple cleanse. The key here is doing something for yourself. Caring enough about yourself and about your body to take the time for you. Let’s clean up your symptoms. Maybe you choose to do a 7 day cleanse, a 7 day water fast, or better yet a 21 day cleanse. Standard Process has a really nice one. It’s completely organic, full of vegetables and detox herbs. Your kidneys and liver will be so happy and this makes you feel great! You still eat 3 meals a day with it. Mostly raw organic vegetables, some lightly steamed veg and a little brown rice and lentils. And it’s EASY! I always like simple, easy cleanses, because that usually means I’ll stick with it.
Those of you who struggle with anxiety or depression will LOVE this cleanse. I was on top of the world mood-wise the first time I did it back in 2011. It was a year after I went off the antidepressants and I was still healing my brain and adrenals. Antidepressants damage the cells around where the drugs lodge in the brain. This cleanse felt so good, that I continued eating 1-2 salads every day after the cleanse was over! Because…I…felt…amazing! It gives the liver and kidneys a break and allows them to clean house, take out the trash and fix that broken fence. When the fence is repaired and there is less clutter, the body functions better and the brain lets you know it’s happy!
Are you ready for a new body?
Contact Us, for guidance on what cleanse is right for you and the diet and supplementation to do it!
Connie Kelly, BS MedSci, NHE
Nutritional Health Practitioner
Natural Health Educator
After listening to Margaret Christensen, MD, FACOG, IFMCP, ABOIM, and some of the doctors she interviewed on the Mold Summit from HealthMeans, I found this list to be extremely beneficial to understanding which of my symptoms could possibly be due to mold. I have had the C4a blood test done and the urine analysis for mycotoxins, and both were off the charts (high). I wanted to pass this list on to anyone who is considering that mold could be the root of their problems.
Thank you Dr. Christensen for all the work you did putting this summit together! I had no idea that some of these issues could be from mold.
HealthMeans Mold Summit - November 2019 Overview of the Journey to Recovery
The following are additions that I have gleaned with my research into mold exposures. I do not have sources for these, as I have picked them up through my journey and helping my clients.:
Please let me know if you have any of these symptoms, and more importantly, if you have several of these symptoms. You may need to find a mold expert to get testing done. I can help along the way! Contact me HERE.
Connie Kelly, BS MedSci, NHE
Nutritional Health Practitioner
Natural Health Educator
Have you ever CRAVED sleep? Ever been so bone-deep tired that you ache upon waking? As a new mom to a 3-month-old, I can attest firsthand to the collective pain from those sleepless nights that quickly translates into sheer daily exhaustion. At the health food store I work at, customers have been coming in by the dozens looking for something to remedy THEIR sleepless nights. Our bodies require a good night's rest to repair. Without it, we exacerbate inflammation and can prevent our bodies from healing. There’s a reason sleep deprivation is used as a torture method! We all have very different reasons WHY we cannot sleep. Getting down to the brain's physiology may help get you a solid night's rest or at least catch a couple more Zzzs!
Everyone can agree that 2020 has been an interesting year, to say the least. We can also agree upon the STRESS load it has added to an innumerable amount of people and their communities. From businesses shutting down to unemployment, parents becoming teachers on the fly, stress on relationships and families, and lowered immune function, all the while, domestic violence, and suicide rates have skyrocketed with an overall increase in mental health issues. It is no wonder people are losing sleep. While the reasons we have stress are very individual and unique to us, there certainly is a common thread among all the sleepless. Understanding the co-relationship of stress and anxiety can give further insight into our sleep issues.
Stress is necessary for survival. The pressure to get things done with varying degrees of urgency is beneficial for accomplishing daily tasks and achieving greater goals. However, when stress becomes damaging, it starts to take over our lives, creating anxiety. The adrenals become overloaded and begin to overfire, producing too much cortisol, and the flight or fight response is triggered unnecessarily. You start flapping your wings to fly away only to realize you are not a bird! In some severe cases, these feelings produce complete panic, and that danger is swiftly approaching, causing momentary paralysis. You want to run, but you don’t know where! It seems as though stress follows you wherever you may go! With overworked adrenals keeping us in alert mode and with no off switch in sight, it makes sense we cannot calm down into a restful state. Our overactive neurotransmitters at play; it is just a vicious recipe for disaster. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could do something to shut off our brains at night?
Social media outlets, the news, fear of getting sick, stress in our relationships, financial struggles, forced isolation, and conflict at our jobs are just some examples of where daily anxiety enters our lives. It seems impossible to turn the noise off in our brains when the daily noise is livid and continuously in our faces. Often it feels like there is no relief, no escape. Anxiety causes issues from not being able to fall asleep initially to waking in the middle of the night. Staying awake from the deeply embedded mental chatter that does not seem to quit turns our minds and bodies right back on. And sometimes, in the middle of the night, we open our phones to get our minds off current events and end up reading possum memes for an hour that make us chuckle while our infants sleep next to us, causing us to stay awake even longer. Sigh, it happens. Sleepless nights... Those particular days bring us sour moods, depleted energy, loss of motivation, and poor food choices, adding stress to other areas of our lives. We need to look a little deeper into how we can alleviate anxiety to allow our minds and bodies to rest. So what can we do about anxiety to help our sleep state?
Our brains naturally produce amino acids that work within our neurotransmitter systems—big words for describing the electrical network in our brain. GABA is a very specific amino acid that the brain produces naturally to modulate neurotransmitter activity. The busy, overworked mind delves quickly into the dark corners of mental chatter and rapidly develops into anxiety. When the brain is overstimulated, GABA goes in and slows down the process. Overworked minds could be a result of hyper-alert, stressed adrenals. That’s where adaptogens can come into play. This class of herbs is responsible for supporting the adrenals by helping to adapt to stress. They work to give energy during the day and rest at night, supporting the adrenals during both shifts. Ashwagandha is a very special adaptogen that helps to support the adrenals and helps produce GABA. Other ways to help support GABA production naturally are probiotic strains, which are also showing more prevalence in the brain's complexity via the vagus nerve. What’s in our guts transfers through a series of physiological mechanisms riding on the vagus nerve from the stomach to the brain. L-rhamnosus is a special probiotic strain that produces GABA. Now that we know producing more GABA can help quell anxiety and lead to more zzzs, let’s look into other areas of the human terrain that may need balance work to find rest.
Mammals have a network that closely mimics the nervous system, the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Researchers have only touched the tip of the iceberg with the complexity of this bodily system. So far, we have discovered that the ECS is filled with receptors throughout our body and in our brain. If the receptors are out of balance, cannabinoids affect the brain's state and modulate brain activity. Although we have existing cannabinoids naturally occurring that work to bring the body to homeostasis or balance, they sometimes need outside help when the body is riddled with too much stress. Here enters a special cannabinoid found in the hemp plant, otherwise known as cannabidiol (CBD). CBD can quickly influence the overstimulated receptors, causing shortages and calming the receptors that are overworked, much like GABA from a different angle using different available receptor sites. Finding balance is always the key, and these are just a few supplemental options that can get you there.
Aside from supplements to aid us along into slumber, we can look to behavior before bed. Foods or beverages that could be stimulating us at the wrong time get our circadian rhythms thrown off. There are other ways to mitigate stress, such as particular lifestyle choices like exercising and meditation… OR, perhaps something as simple as shutting the light off and turning off all electronics an hour before bed to help encourage melatonin production may be all you need! We can help you figure out these pieces of the puzzle. Give us a call! You are TIRED. And we want to help you sleep. We'll be your sleep detectives and work with you to create the right formula just for you because we know that no two people are alike.
Natural Health Practitioner
At Custom Wellness we offer opportunities and other resources for Natural Health Care. During this time of uncertainty, I want to offer HOPE that there are other options besides the traditional avenues.
I hear fear in client’s voices. Running to the doctor to get a covid test with a minor symptom, shouldn’t be your first line of defense. Apparently, there are over 2000 mutations of C-19, and I have found 2 new strains released this fall. We may be in for a hard winter, but don’t despair, WE’VE GOT THIS! We’ve figured out quite a bit from last spring. Everything I recommended in the spring post supported those clients who had symptoms. Unfortunately I do not have a license to say much more than that. But I can legally say: WE’VE GOT THIS! 😊
We need to build up the immune system first and foremost. Echinacea, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Zinc. Remember not all supplements are created equal. Please do not run to Meijer or GNC to pick these up. Get whole food varieties. Vitamin C should include rose hips which doubles as lung support. Don’t purchase Vitamin C as ascorbic acid as it’s only ingredient. You will become deficient in Vitamin C when you take this every day.
Echinacea puts the immune system on alert. Guns at the ready!
Elderberry Defense is a nice combo for prevention, or for mild symptoms.
Stabilizer – remember this one stabilizes the cell walls so the toxins or viruses can’t penetrate the cell wall. Just 1 a day is all you need.
Licorice Root and Linum (flax/omega-3’s) are also anti-viral. Licorice root doubles as a stress calmer. And Linum supports the endocrine and heart. Nice preventatives.
If I have taught you how to muscle test yourself, then when you pick up a supplement at the store (hopefully you’re going to a health food store or coming here), ask the question, “Is this supplement really what the label is claiming it is?” [CBD is a big offender]
Eat real food!
Eat organic fruits, vegetables, and pastured proteins. Pastured doesn’t mean pasteurized. It means the animals are eating grass (cows) or bug/grubs (chickens) like their supposed to. Happy cows. Happy chickens. The fuel you put into your body is just as important, if not more, than the supplements you use to build the immune system.
If you put water in your gas tank, will your car go very far? And will it last very long if you don’t give it regular maintenance? Fuel equals food. And supplements are the food you’re missing from your diet. Feed your body the best fuel and it will thank you by functioning very well, and by cleansing these toxins and viruses from the body.
I can’t stress this enough: EAT REAL FOOD! (Fast food is NOT actual food)
Detox and cleanse. Open channels of elimination. Those include: bowels, liver, lymph, kidneys, lungs, skin. Get your body flushing the toxins and aluminum out and you should be fine. See below for supplement options. Most of these immune boosters also detox and drain toxins out.
A piece to this viral issue has to do with our body’s ability to detox, and the toxins and radiation we are being bombarded with. It’s too overwhelming to the body. Reduce your toxic load by using natural products both on your skin and to clean your home with, and you’ll be much healthier.
Zinc, zinc, zinc! Detox, detox, detox! And if you need to push that zinc into the cells more efficiently, take some tonic water with it. These two items together have been touted as the simplest anti-malarial solution for centuries!
Aluminum is a big part of this year’s problem too. Horsetail, horsetail, horsetail to increase your silica in the body to detox the Aluminum. See Connie for details on this or ask for an invite to the GetAssist app, where we will be discussing this in a private community, why we are having aluminum problems this year. So many are struggling with this toxicity this year.
[See your natural health practitioner for drainage pathway supplemental support.]
“What if I’m already sick?”
If you are already sick and have major symptoms, you’ll need the strong supplements: GOLD, Pulmonest, St. John’s Wort, Propolis spray, Herbal Throat Spray, Viranon, and if you haven’t already added in Zinc, C, and D, then it’s time. Giddyup. Major symptoms require the big guns. Minor symptoms – you might be fine on your own, or with just a couple things.
If you already have symptoms and they are progressing, then you’ll want a goldenseal combo of some kind, or just straight up goldenseal. GOLD from Systemic formulas is a nice heavy hitter. MediHerb has a goldenseal too - nice and concentrated.
Remember the St. John’s Wort. This breaks down the protein coating of the virus, so the immune system can do its job (see my post from last spring). As long as you are not on an anti-depressant, you can take St. John’s Wort. Get a good quality one. Concentrated. Sourced well. I cannot emphasize enough that not all supplements are created equal.
Pulmonest is good for clearing things out of the lungs. It’s good for bronchitis, pneumonia, or anytime you’ve breathed something in that you’re body is trying to expel.
R-Lung will help you heal the tissue in the lungs after they’ve been damaged. If you have asthma or have had bronchitis or pneumonia in the past, especially this quirky virus we are battling this year, then you may benefit from R-Lung.
Call and schedule an appointment if you’re not sure what to take. Don’t tough it out on your own if you’re really sick, okay? If you have mild symptoms, you’ll be fine. 😉 It’s good for the immune system to fight things off sometimes on its own.
Turn off the news. Turn off the television. Most of it is just programming anyway. They are programming you. They want you to be in fear. You will do anything they tell you if you are in fear. They know this, and they have been using this tactic for decades. Remember your first visit with me when we talked about being too acidic? What makes you too acidic? Yes, crappy non-foods like soda pop and fast food, but also fear, anxiety, depression, bad thoughts running through your mind… You show me any news program on mainstream media, or any TV show or movie, and I will show you the agenda.
Turn off the Wi-Fi at night. Yes, I mean, shut it all down. Put it on a timer if you have to, so you remember. Don’t put your phone by your head all night. Put it on the other side of the room, or better yet, power it down too. These frequencies ramp up viruses. They cause your body to not function as well. They interrupt sleep.
Get some Orgonite or Safe Space to clean up the dirty electricity in your home and office.
Sources for supplementation this fall & winter:
Vitamin D – Systemic Formulas’ DV3 also includes Vit C, zinc, and other things for the immune system. Try to do over 5000 IU’s. Or 10,000 if you are compromised or have comorbidities.
Vitamin A – Standard Process. Supports the immune system.
Vitamin C – Nature’s Sunshine is the best with the rose hips. Detoxifies and supports immune system.
Echinacea – MediHerb (concentrated) or Nature’s Sunshine. Standard Process has an Echinacea-C too. Puts the immune system on high alert. For prevention or for mild symptoms at onset.
Zinc – Nature’s Sunshine is a good one, Standard Process also has one, Biotics too (detoxes and supports immune system
Elderberry Defense – Nature’s Sunshine. For prevention, or for mild symptoms.
Licorice Root – Nature’s Sunshine. Anti-viral, supports adrenals/stress.
Linum B6 – Standard Process. Flax seed oil is anti-viral. You want to consume it fresh. Don’t buy it already ground in a bag at the health food store. Buy it in gelcap form or buy the seeds and grind them yourself just before eating.
Quercitin – Detoxifying & antiviral. Nice adjunct.
GOLD – Systemic Formulas. If you have symptoms, contains a combo of herbs including vit C, etc. Heavy hitter.
Goldenseal – MediHerb. Concentrated goldenseal. Heavy hitter.
St. John’s Wort – Standard Process (concentrated) or Nature’s Sunshine. Takes down the protein coat.
Viranon – MediHerb. Nice immune herbal combo that includes St. John’s Wort. Heavy hitter.
Pulmonest – MarcoPharma. Helps expel mucus and other toxins from the lungs and bronchi. Strong.
R-Lung – Systemic Formula. Great for repairing the tissue in the lungs, which COVID damages.
Myrrh – MediHerb. Some need this for lung support.
Propolis – Helps kill the virus and detox the nasal passages the first few days of exposure (in stock).
Herbal Throat Spray – MediHerb. Helps kill the virus in the throat after it moves down from the nasal passages.
Vitamin C – high doses, every hour or two in acute stages, to the point of diarrhea, then back off – flush it all out
Zinc – high doses – with tonic water if needed
And that’s not to mention all of the homeopathic remedies at our disposal too, which are too many to name here. Contact us about what supplements you may want to be taking if you are not feeling well or want to boost your immune system.
Need healthy snacks for the Holidays? Want a pick-me-up while you stay at home during this season?
I received these recipes from one of the Naturopaths up at the Naturopathic Institute. She made them for a retreat that I attended. I loved them so much I asked her for the recipes.
Peanut Butter Energy Bites
1 cup old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks
1/2 chopped walnuts (pecans work too) - preferably soaked and dehydrated first
1/2 cup ground flax
1/3 cup raw honey
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Stir everything together. Chill for 30 mins. You can use a cookie dough scoop to scoop out balls then rounded them in your hands. Keep in the fridge for up to a week.
Raw Oat Bars
1 cup oats
1/3 cup oat flour (She used coconut flour for the ones at retreat. She had also made them with garbanzo or rice flour in the past - any GF flour is fine!)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup flax meal
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds - preferably presoaked
1/2 cup raisins - preferably presoaked
1/2 cup nut butter (She made soaked and dehydrated almond/cashew/pecan butter for the retreat ones, but has made it with store bought peanut or almond butter too in the past)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup raw honey
Melt nut butter and oil in a small pan or pyrex measuring cup on the stove top. Add the honey. Combine all the rest of the ingredients in a mixing bowl then add nut butter/oil/honey mixture. Stir well then pour into a glass dish with a lid and store in the fridge.
If you would like to talk more about nutrition, Book An Appointment for a Wellness Evaluation!
Learn to make your own natural salve for you and your family.
At this 2-hour class, we will be learning how to make a salve with healing properties for the skin. This salve is great for healing skin blemishes (cuts or scrapes), chapped skin, or can even be used as a lip balm! We may include some talk about tinctures and lotions too.
This is a Make & Take Workshop. You will take a sample home!
Great for holiday gifts too!
Tuesday, November 17th, 2020
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Location: Custom Wellness
348 South Waverly Road, Suite 220
Holland, MI 49423
Please RSVP - (616) 294-3475
#1 Cause of DISEASE = Toxins & The Gut
An unhealthy gut, ignored, leads to disease. Ask me about pretty much any disease, and I can show you how it relates to the gut.
In America, we have overweight people who are malnourished. Think about it. How many times does the average American pick up McDonald's or a hot ‘n ready on their way home from work? An entire meal devoid of nutrients. How many times a week do you eat fast food? Versus how many times per week do you cook for yourself a meal that includes a protein, a veggie and a good quality fat? Add up the numbers. It is eye-opening when you write down everything you consume. Just once per week eating fast food destroys the gut. More than that? You can kiss your health goodbye.
I am speaking from experience. Both professionally and personally. I have destroyed my body more than once. And I have picked myself back up out of the hole I dug, brushed myself off and started over. It’s time we take back our health. What you are eating now will affect you 5 years down the road. It’s a downward cycle that we have to jump in and stop, so that we don’t end up with an autoimmune disorder, diabetes, heart disease, or cancer.
I have several clients who are trying to lose weight, and they’ve cut out sugar and grains, brought their carb number down, and still are struggling. So what are we missing here? It’s typically hormonal. When you have chemicals coming into your system, and they embed themselves on the cell walls, especially fat cells, the leptin (fat burning hormone) can’t get in and out of the cell. When the hormones are off, it’s difficult to burn fat.
Dr. Pompa claims that his Cellular Healing Diet (which reduces sugars and things that break down quickly into sugars (grains), along with reducing the toxin load, almost every single one of his clients can now lose weight. https://drpompa.com/diet/cellular-healing-diet/
This approach is healing the gut, the brain, the pancreas, the liver, and the rest of the endocrine system (hormones). Digestion is key. If you can’t break down your food, how can you heal your body?
You know you’re not breaking down your food if your bowel movements are too hard, too loose, or not as often as I mentioned above. Three times a day! Once after each meal. Are you able to do that? If not, then change needs to happen with both your toxin load and your food choices.
Look at what types of cleaning solutions you have in your house. Can you read the ingredient list? Just because you can read the word bleach, however, does not mean it’s healthy. Bleach is chlorine and it damages the thyroid. [Do you swim in a pool every day or bromine filled hot tub in the winter? Look at your thyroid – is it okay?] I use Young Living essential oil products to clean the house and office like Thieves Household Cleaner. Sometimes I simply use a Norwex cloth and water. Both are deep cleaning. Norwex will make your sink sparkle!
If your gut is “off” and you’re not seeing the snake in the toilet, then we need to repair the gut. We typically look to the following:
My goal is to help people find true healing. True health. Healing the body from the inside out. And the gut affects every organ, so it’s a great place to start. Begin with protein, veggies, and good quality fats 3 times a day, cooked on a stove top not in the microwave to retain it’s nutrition. You’ve got this! You can heal your body too, just like I am doing!
You are WORTH IT to take the time to eat real food!
If you would like a consultation on YOUR body and the nutrition it needs, book a New Client Wellness appointment HERE.
#1 Way to Heal the Body = Heal the Gut & Detoxify
We need to talk about the basics today. The area no one talks about. And that is: How often do you poop? And why is this important you ask? If you are not having 3 solid bowel movements per day (and by this I mean one easy to pass log or snake in the toilet after each meal), then your gut is not healthy. Since all disease starts in the gut, then we need to look at this imbalance and change the course we are on.
What do I mean by the Gut? Well, the gut is the long tube that goes from your mouth to your anus. Where the food goes in to where the poop comes out. The digestive process is designed to break down your food into smaller, more manageable pieces for your body to take in.
We refer to the gut as “The Terrain.” A healthy gut means a healthy terrain. How healthy the gut is, is a direct reflection of how healthy the terrain, or microbiome. What is a microbiome? All the wonderfully beneficial bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms in the gut. But wait a minute…? Aren’t bacteria and viruses bad??? We were taught that, weren’t we?
Millions of bacteria and viruses are needed to create a healthy environment for your body to live and thrive. Many viruses actually help your body detoxify and clear out the newly developed environmental toxins that we are bombarded with on a daily basis.
How do we start healing the gut? Reduce chemicals and eat organic food. And maybe add in some supplementation to help jumpstart the healing process - we’ll get to that later.
GMO’S & CHEMICALS
The chemicals in conventionally grown animals, vegetables and fruit destroys the microbiome in the gut. Glyphosate, Bt toxins, and GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) are to blame.
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Round Up. It’s an herbicide. It is applied to plants and grasses to kill them. Glyphosate kills the good bacteria in the gut. Farmers use Round Up Ready Seeds that are genetically modified to withstand the toxic Glyphosate. Other genetically modified crops actually produce their own insecticides. Again, killing the good bacteria in the gut. BT Toxin is a bacteria called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) used as an insecticide. Once the bugs ingest it, the toxins from the bacteria poke holes in the gut of the insects which causes them to die. If this happens to the bugs, what is it doing to our guts?? Studies have shown the negative impact on microvilli health.
We are getting these detrimental chemicals from our fruits and veg, as well as the animal products we are consuming. Do you think USDA beef is fed organic grasses? Nope. They are fed GMO grains.
And then there is the stomach turning piece of these GMO foods, that they are injected with different types of viral strains that contain altered RNA, and this RNA translates into our DNA eventually, and as our DNA replicates, it gets altered. THE GMO FOODS ARE LITERALLY ALTERING OUR DNA.
The less a food has been altered, the closer it is to its original state, the healthier it is for the body because the body can recognize what it is. When the body doesn’t recognize something as a nutrient, it takes a lot of energy to clean up afterward. Each processing step of the altered foods brings it further and further away from the original, and it looks more and more like a non-food to the body.
So we need to eat REAL FOOD.
What is REAL FOOD?
Anything you buy in a can, box, or receive through a window is not real food. Go around the outside of the grocery store. Pick the organic veggies and fruits, the organic and pastured meats, the pastured butter. Only go down the aisles for the coconut oil and spices. Organic and Biodynamic food has 100-fold more intact vitamins, minerals and other nutrients than conventionally grown food. Did you now that? You would have to eat 12 bushels of conventional lettuce versus 1 plate or bowl of organic lettuce to equal the same amount of nutrients. You might get some fiber from that conventional salad, and a few trace nutrients. But that’s it. And we wonder why we are a sick nation!
This will involve cooking your own food. Learning how to cook. We are becoming sicker and sicker because we are not eating real food. Or we are eating food someone else cooked and it’s devoid of nutrients and filled with so many chemicals, that the body can barely recognize it.
Non-foods include: McDonalds & other fast food, Coney dogs, most restaurant foods, processed foods, packaged foods, dressings and condiments with labels you can’t read. I can’t believe it’s not butter?? That’s because it’s not. And there is nothing in that tub of rancid oils that is actually good for you. Occasionally you will find a Farm-to-Table restaurant that is getting their food locally, but ask the manager if they are purchasing all organic. The answer is typically no.
What to eat at each and every meal – protein, veggies, and fat:
If you would like a consultation on YOUR body and the nutrition it needs, book a New Client Wellness appointment HERE.
Stay tuned for our next installment of “Toxins and the Gut” where we talk about disease.
When taken regularly, some frequently prescribed medications can diminish or deplete your body’s stores of important vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients. If you take any medications, talk with a nutrition-oriented medical professional about adding Whole Food
Supplements, from Standard Process, to your current regimen.
Contrary to what mainstream medicine would have you believe, there are natural alternatives to prescription drugs. These alternatives are found in nature and are without the toxic side effects found in so many pharmaceutical medications. In the table below you will find the
names of common drugs and nutritional deficiencies associated with it. You will also find a list of the whole food supplements to address the deficiency, and suggested whole food alternatives to the drug. These supplements are not meant to replace your prescription medication. Please consult with your healthcare professional before starting any protocol.
Ask us about ordering the right supplements for you!
Ionic Footbath Detox is HERE!
Many of our clients have been asking for this, and we have had multiple calls from the community regarding where they can go for a foot bath in the area. After making several calls, I came up empty. The closest doctor’s office that offered a detox footbath was in Grand Rapids! Now, after two years of sending clients into GR (which can be a trek if you live in Holland), so I broke down and bought one. My clients graciously helped me fund it, as the good ones aren’t cheap! Thank you to those of you who helped us out on this!
What is a Footbath, you ask?
Here’s a little explanation from Brimhall regarding the Detox Footbaths.
The Footbath Detox System:
• Works based on BEFE (Bio Electric Field Enhancement)
• Ionic cleaning and recharging
• Assists in disease and recovery time from injury and surgeries
• Can also assist with: headache & pain relief, joint stiffness, improved sleep patterns, removing heavy metals, menstrual pain, arthritis pain, and boosting the immune system!
• May assist with kidney and liver functions.
• Energizes your red blood cells.
• Even after your first session, your body will feel lighter, you will think more clearly, have more energy and enjoy a greater sense of well-being.
What is a typical footbath detox session?
While immersing your feet in the water, positive and negative ions are emitted by the footbath system. This reenergizes the body and red blood cells. This type of system is described as a Detoxification machine because the response of a rebalanced body is to excrete any excess toxins via the kidneys, liver, bowels and skin. This process not only occurs DURING a detox footbath session, but also AFTER a treatment. The footbath triggers the body’s lymphatic system and continues to detoxify for the next 24 to 48 hours. The entire process takes approximately 30-40 minutes for adults and is completely safe to use.
Studies show that an overall balancing effect occurs coupled with a significant increase in the number of negative ions. Ions are atoms, or molecules, that have lost or gained electrons [Free radicals are unpaired electrons]. If the atoms or molecules lose electrons, they become positively charged ions. If they gain electrons, they become negatively charged ions. The ionic technique of cleansing through feet provides a full-body purge of all vital organs, resulting in reduced menopause symptoms, menstrual cramps, sexual health problems, skin problems, acne, sleep problems, restlessness, stress, toothaches, wrinkles, aches and pains and yeast infections. The internal cleansing can also assist in faster disease healing and injury recovery.
Because of poor diet and high stress, we tend to accumulate and store excessive quantities of toxins and overall waste products. During a 30-minute session, the ions enter your body and begin to neutralize these tissue acid wastes. This process is called reverse osmosis.
Water coloration explained:
Whether you place your feet in the bucket or not, chances are the water will change colors when the array is turned on. The color changes have to do with factors such as the type of water you are using (city water, well water, mineral water etc.), the state of your own health and the health of your skin.
When the water becomes excited it ejects tiny particles and they become visually observable in the water. This will tend to make the water look dirty brown. Of course, just how dirty the water becomes is related to how much sediment is in the actual water. If you test this principal, you will find that there is generally a consistency in the water color every time you use water from the same source.
If you were to run this test over and over again but with a different person's feet in the water each time, what happens to the water can be amazingly different. The health of the person in the footbath and the condition of the water used are going to be the primary factors in the appearance of the water after the Cleanse. While the color changes in the water can be dramatic, it is not the most important factor and one must be careful about making any judgments based upon only the watercolor.
DISCLAIMER: Footbath Detox System is NOT recommended for pregnant or expecting mothers, persons with pacemakers, implanted organs, open wounds on feet or those suffering from Epilepsy. We DO recommend to always consult with your health professional when concerned with a health-related issue. The Footbath Detox System has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug administration and makes no claims to cure any illness or disease.
We are 3 months in – it is a different type of world now, where friends and relatives are afraid to shake hands or give hugs. How does this affect our psyche and our physical health?
Newborns who are not touched can die from failure to thrive. Do you think only babies suffer from this phenomenon? ALL humans at ALL ages will suffer psychological and physical damage from lack of touch.
This WILL AFFECT your immune system.
We need to be connected to each other. Or we may not survive.
I understand the fear of catching something. I understand people are dying. I’m not trying to downplay that at all. This is a very difficult time. I have had people die in my life and these times are very hard to walk through. I’m not trying to say that there is nothing going on. There IS something going on.
But what we are not looking at, is how easy it is to flush the body of these viruses and these toxins. The body, given the correct nutrients can heal itself. I truly STILL believe this. And we have seen across the country with both MD’s and Naturopaths, and even here at Custom Wellness, that clients with one of these strains of viruses quickly recovers when they have the correct nutritional supplementation for drainage and the immune system.
What does the word virus really mean? It is not a living organism. The word virus literally means poison. Somewhere in our history, we decided that it meant some type of “bug” attacking our body. But is it?
I am heartbroken when I see people across the globe dying from this, when we have the tools at our disposal, growing on planet earth. But these tools, these plants, these herbs, these nutrients are not patented. They do not make anyone any money at all. They are just growing here on our planet for our health and well-being.
We need to support the earth, clean up our habits of filling the air and the earth with our chemicals and toxins, so that the microbiome of the soil produces healthy food for us to eat. This in turn will support a healthy microbiome in our guts too. The gut is the first line of defense for our immune system. A healthy gut will support a healthy body. (more on this in another blog)
The number of people who have died from suicide in the past 3 months is off… the… charts. It is now touching almost every family. This is the reason for this blog. Whether you come into the office for a Massage, Reflexology, Gua Sha, Craniosacral or Hot Stone Session… Or you rub your hubby’s back or feet… Or make sure you are healthy, wash your hands, wear a mask and embrace your mom or dad who have been in isolation for 3 months, what I want you to get out of this, is the need for touch. Please, please, make sure everyone in your family is getting a hug, make sure everyone in your family has the interaction and the connection of human touch right now.
Mark, our Reflexologist and Bodyworker, says that elderly in nursing homes know they need to get a massage weekly to stay healthy. They know they need that touch. So, if you have to shower before heading over to mom and dad’s, do it. And if you both feel the need to shower after too, do it. Because it is important to not distance yourself socially all the time. Perhaps physical distance is okay most of the time, but social distance? It concerns me that we are using those exact words.
In summary, eat organic foods, reduce the chemicals, be kind to the earth, be kind to each other, and give someone a hug today!
Yours in Health and Well-being,
Owner, Nutritional Health Practitioner
Growing up it seemed as though everyone was having babies with the greatest of ease. Infertility wasn't even a topic, but I realize now it was because discussion of such an issue was considered taboo. Cousins, aunts, neighbors, teachers, random women walking down the street. Every woman seemed to have a baby at one time or another, except..my mom. As a Korean adoptee raised by Caucasian parents, I quickly learned how I came to be in their life and they into mine. My father fought in the Vietnam war and when they had settled, decided on starting a family. Mom had always told me growing up and into adulthood that being a mom was her only dream in life. She could be working any job if she had children to love at home. In the 70s during my parent's efforts in reaching viable pregnancy they discovered a detrimental roadblock that would reroute their destination dramatically. Ectopic pregnancies. This is where the egg and sperm meet, and conception occurs but does not make it to the uterine walls where it needs to implant for survival and development. Instead the embryo gets stuck elsewhere, in this instance, the fallopian tube. Because, structurally, an embryo cannot properly nourish or develop outside of the uterine walls this results in miscarriage, often accompanied by excruciating pain and emotional devastation. The issue is often structural and can typically be determined by a damaged fallopian tube, scar tissue and other unforeseen causes preventing a smooth pathway for the traveling embryos. As a result of these destructive and dangerous pregnancies my mother was advised to go through with a full hysterectomy. After her operation, my parents started looking elsewhere for answers and delved into the world of adoption.
IVF (in vitro fertilization) started in the 1970s. Although the practice was just born, perhaps my parents would have gone that route had they known it was a viable possibility. It is difficult to say, considering it was so new and unheard of during that era. Going through my own miscarriage, I was linked to groups that dealt with infertility. As I searched through the web, I discovered a myriad of causes to infertility and miscarriage. I've also found the many different routes and incredible lengths some individuals or couples go through to achieve conception and implantation. In vitro fertilization was a popular subject and it was new to me, and never had it crossed my mind that this was an option. Looking on social media I discovered how popular this method was and it seemed to be growing by the day! Reading story upon story I was so impressed by the women who went through incredible struggles to receive their babies. I had so much respect for these women and their resilience in the face of adversity. In understanding their fight and perseverance I naturally had to ask myself if this was the only way for women to conceive, when told they could not. Because of my practice I always ask WHY and what can we do through natural methods first? And was everything that could have been done, done? Could natural health practitioners help women and/or women and their partners to achieve conception naturally when told by the medical world that they are infertile? Every woman is unique and dynamic, and in celebrating ALL women I need them to know they have choices.
Hormone imbalances are often magnified during such transitions as premenstrual syndrome, menstrual cycles, and menopause. But hormones are everyday life! Balance and attention need to be on the table daily for long term health. Everyday stressors and food, YES FOOD, can and will affect hormone health! Many women who go through infertility lie in the belief that something is wrong with them. That somehow, they are defective. Chalked up to biological inheritance issues, most accept this as truth and move on in one way or another. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU! If there are structural issues it’s still not your fault. You have so much more control in your life than you think. Diet is HUGE. It impacts every aspect of health. It heals or can destroy or further damage an existing issue. So why would the effects of consumption stop at hormones and reproduction? The answer is: IT DOESN'T.
Did you know healthy fats, along with quality H2O, is the foundation of not only cholesterol but HORMONES and in this specific case SEX HORMONES. And yes, you need excellent cholesterol levels to also balance proper hormone levels. See the connection? AND, considering our SAD (standard American diet) reputation is intricately designed to support these BAD fats, it is no wonder we are not getting the relief and answers we need. What's more readily available in restaurants and fast food joints? TRANS FAT which equals BAD FAT. Fats compete for cell storage and if it’s a bad fat getting in there and dominating a cell, you can guarantee the good fats are quickly getting the boot.
THYROID health! ADRENAL support! The PINEAL GLAND! Doesn't that sound like an exciting trifecta? The thyroid is also called the 'third ovary' and not without reason. The pineal gland is considered the reproductive clock and the adrenals are intricately connected to both in managing stress support and the somewhat elusive sex hormone PROGESTERONE. Low levels of progesterone are a major marker for female infertility. Naturally occurring in many foods such as cruciferous vegetables, nuts and specific herbs it is also, thankfully, available in creams if you need that extra boost. The endocrine system needs immense support during this particular time. Nutrients, stress management and rest are all comprising factors to get a working endocrine system to fulfill its job and strengthen your overall reproductive system. Not to mention pH! Balancing pH is huge, for both female and male alike, in creating the right environment and in assimilating nutrients to assist and sustain life within.
A woman's body is the terrain that gives life to developing cells. Under the right conditions we can work to create the right environment for sustaining life! Always ask, “what can I control?” And after you've done EVERYTHING, ask “what else could there be?” A man's terrain is equally important to examine during the reproductive stage. Understanding sperm quality and learning how to support sexual reproduction is crucial. Does he have enough testosterone? What is the quality of sperm? And how does a man achieve that? Foods high in zinc support testosterone production and pumpkins seeds high in both omega-3s and zinc increase prostate health by producing the fluid for sperm to travel seamlessly. It doesn't end there. Deficiency in other nutrients such as vitamin C and omega's also can contribute to low sperm count or motility. Sound interesting yet?
The cycle of life! Would you like to learn more? Want to understand your incredible body and what you can do to support yourself to the highest degree? Come see us. We are working to help you achieve optimal health from various angles and degrees of the natural world. We look forward to seeing you!
Natural Health Practitioner
There has been a lot of talk recently regarding the rollout of “required” Vaccines for a “safe” way to reopen the country. If you know me at all, then you know my stance on these controversial health additions. I am hesitant to broadcast my views online. However, something needs to be said. In lieu of writing an article about this topic, I want to refer you to a few sources for quality information regarding this subject, so that you can make your own decisions about these health additions for you and your family.
I am offering two videos in the office, which I was able to get at a discounted rate because I purchased them in bulk, and I am passing those savings on to you. Instead of $25 per video, I was able to purchase them for $21 each, so I am offering them to you for the same price. $21. It is very important to me that we get this information out there. You could also download and stream it directly onto your phone or tablet if you go to the website: https://vaxxedthemovie.com/stream/ and the second movie can be found at the following website: https://www.vaxxed2.com/ . We will also begin streaming these videos in the office. You may stop in to view anytime for free. And if you would like to watch either one in the back on the larger screen with more privacy, you are always welcome.
The second source I want to share with you is Dr. Sherrie Tenpenny, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, who has researched environmental poisons for many years, and has backed up her claims by what she has found. Start with her website: https://www.drtenpenny.com/ . We used to be able to find her Power Point Seminars on YouTube, but considering what YouTube has been censoring lately, if her videos are still up, they may not be for long.
The following are a few more resources for you:
I have a vaccine ingredient list that has been compiled by years of research into this topic. We have them at the office if you are interested. These ingredients are not required to be on the label. Even most doctors and nurses are unaware that their injections have harmful ingredients. This list is not completely updated with the 2020 additions.
We need to make informed decisions and ask questions.
I am always more than happy to answer any questions you may have on this or any other current event topic.
Yours Always in Health & Well-being,
Connie J Kelly, BS MedSci, NHE
Nutritional Health Practitioner
Amy Prins, CHS, CNHP
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