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Amazon Delivery: The Untold Truths About This Growing Trend For The Fleet Owners And Their Drivers

If you every dreamed of owning your own business boy does this Seattle based company called Amazon have a deal for you or do they?

With an initial investment of as little as $10,000, the company claims that it will get you leased vans, insurance, gas cards and training to launch your own delivery fleet provider service. The site also promises to be your first – and, possibly, only – customer. A delivery fleet owner with 20 to 40 vans can potentially earn $300,000 a year, Amazon says.

The site goes on to say:

Amazon continues its long-time commitment to supporting small businesses with an innovative new offering that helps individuals build their own delivery companies

Over time, Amazon will empower hundreds of new small business owners to hire tens of thousands of delivery drivers across the U.S., joining an existing community of Delivery Service Partners

Amazon commits $1 million to fund startup costs for eligible military veterans to start their own delivery businesses

“Individual owners can build their business knowing they will have delivery volume from Amazon, access to the company’s sophisticated delivery technology, hands-on training, and discounts on a suite of assets and services, including vehicle leases and comprehensive insurance,” Amazon said in a press release Thursday.

Sounds pretty amazing, huh? Well, all that glitters isn’t gold. What they won’t and can’t promise you is that you will make any profit and actually you might end up making minimum wage yourself as a fleet owner.

The costs of working with Amazon are so substantial that independent delivery companies are increasingly turning away Amazon’s business, says Peter Schlactus, co-founder of the Association for Delivery Drivers. The reason: Amazon requires that delivery companies hire their drivers as employees, rather than work with independent contractors.

This is another brilliant way Amazon is making  good on its increasingly demanding product delivery schedule without having the responsibility of it all.

“The challenges of doing delivery work for Amazon has taken many dozens of delivery owners by surprise,” Schlactus says. “My read is that Amazon is doing this to address a dwindling supply of independent delivery companies who are willing and able to work with them.”

Why is Amazon’s requirement that you hire, rather than contract with, drivers so onerous? Because it subjects the delivery company to a wide array of expenses, from employment taxes, workers compensation and unemployment insurance levies, as well as to substantial additional liability.

“If an independent contractor gets into an accident, they cover the damages and liability from their own insurance,” says Schlactus. “If they are your employee, you are liable.”

Worse, he says, if your van is emblazoned with an Amazon logo, it may put a target on your back.

“When people see a major company’s logo on your van, they won’t hesitate to make a claim and to make a claim more aggressively than if they think they are dealing with a small business with limited resources,” he says.

Then, too, to make the kind of money Amazon is talking about requires an extraordinary amount of work. You’ve got to find 20 to 40 fit and responsible individuals with good driving records to operate your vans, do background checks and process employment paperwork and then manage the mind-boggling job of scheduling not only their time, but the delivery of thousands of packages per month within tight allotted time frames.

“It is a 24/7 management commitment,” he says. “It would be interesting to see what your pay would work out to on an hourly basis.”

That said, Schlactus says there’s never been a better time to be a delivery driver or operate a delivery business. Because more sales are happening online and more companies are trying to compete on service as well as sales, delivery drivers are in high demand.

“There is a shortage of commercial drivers, which means they can command better terms and better conditions than any time in recent memory,” he adds.

Solo delivery drivers can earn $30,000 to $50,000 annually with nothing more than a passenger car, he says. If you have a van, you can earn twice as much.

Notably, you can even drive for Amazon without starting a business. Amazon Flex hires independent contractors to deliver packages and pays between $18 and $25 per hour, according to job rating and review site SideHusl.com.

As for Amazon’s offer, Schlactus says: “My advice would be to approach this cautiously. Do your homework. Plug into trade associations, such as ours and the Customized Logistics and Delivery Association, and talk to people. Many current and former Amazon service providers belong and can tell you what it’s like.”

The fleet owners are set up in a row behind a large wooden desk in a large hot warehouse . All set up side by side in this row and behind their wooden grate looking desks are metal cages with locks that hold the keys to the vans, the rabbit and whatever else they may need.

Now let’s go back and talk about the demand on the responsible individuals with good driving records that the delivery fleet owners  has to hire themselves.

The rules of the game changes everyday. Amazon is constantly changing the rules and demands on the fleet owners. If this need can’t be met they will take away routes from the fleet owners. So say for instance they generally give the fleet owner 30 routes per-day they will ding the fleet owner and lessen his number of routes for that day if these drivers can’t meet the time frame allotted  and when the 30 drivers come in the next day expecting to work there aren’t enough routes for all the drivers.

Amazon also  expects the driver to delivery 20 packages or more  within an hour but with  a “rabbit” which is a handheld device like a cell phone that has all your deliveries for that day loaded on it, your goggle map to the guide you to delivery and the phone number to amazon customer service.   This “rabbit” has the delivery person sometimes driving around in circles, it can’t find the location or it even states you’re not at the location but yet you are.  This “rabbit” also half works. So how can a driver , deliver 20 or more packages within 1 hour when it is being led 5-10 minutes in one direction only to return to deliver a package to the house of a neighbor that  you just delivered to 20 minutes prior?

Also,  the drivers they are giving anywhere from 180-250 packages with sometimes up to 180-200 stops for a day but yet they are expected to be done within a 10 hour period but it doesn’t count the time it takes to load , gas up the van and get to the 1st initial delivery point ,which can be an hour away or the fact that this rabbit has them driving around in circles.  Most drivers have 10-14 hour days  but yet with the threat of being written up if they don’t finish it within a 10 hour time frame for only $14.00 per hour.

I don’t know if you have been adding this up but that is literally 3 minutes per house for these 200 stops. The driver has to find the house, get  the package out of the van, walk up to the door, scan the package, take a picture of the package and walk back to your van. Unless you are THE FLASH from the popular tv serious on the CW,  this isn’t going to happen.

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Another issue with  the fleet owners is they over schedule drivers. Yes, I understand that people call out or quit but if  you come to work and expect to work it shouldn’t be a 1st come , 1st service basis like your in a soup line begging for free soup.  People have bills and no one lives for free.

The drivers are also promised a 30 break minute which is taken off of their daily time but with this schedule when would a driver be able to time for a break for food or to use the restroom? The demands on the drivers are unrealistic and I can only foresee that this will leave the fleet service owners scrambling for drivers or creating a unhealthy work environment.

Amazon has certainly changed the market and we know that every logistic business owner has the same issues with insurance, getting good workers and the liabilities that come with it. Do your research, talk with other amazon owners and decide with caution if this the road you want to travel either becoming a fleet owner or working as a driver for a fleet owner.

 

 

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Health and Happiness,

Audrey
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Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, Hypothyroidism Clarity,A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way, Hypothyroidism: The Beginners Guide: How to stop surviving and start thriving.      
and   Secrets to my Hypothyroidism Success:: A Personal Guide to Hypothyroidism Freedom.   You can find all these books on Amazon.  You can also find her actively involved in her Facebook Group : Healing Hypothyroidism. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.
You can always click on this Facebook group and order my books too.  A Survivors Cookbook Guide to Kicking Hypothyroidisms Booty.
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Hypothyroidism: Why is my body out of balance and how can I help to regain it

Your body is an awesome design but there is a complex balance between everything. It’s like a domino. One thing in your body that is overworked can cause a major shift in how things operate. Sometimes we have to do a little pruning of the branches, in order for the tree to be healthy again. There is not one size fits all.

See when your thyroid isn’t working properly it can wreck havoc on your life. Your thyroid is responsible for so many things. it regulates your metabolism, makes energy, adjusts your mood, helps you sleep, even helps aid in good digestion but your see this is where you come into play. Like anything else in life you get back what you give.

You must understand that your thyroid physiology is very complex and  the treatment along with misdiagnosis is very common with hypothyroidism. Not everyone is the same. What has caused my hypothyroidism might not be what has caused yours. 

In most cases, hypothyroidism is caused by a beginning rooted immune system issue. According to Dr. Datis Kharrazian, 90% of people with hypothyroidism have Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune hypothyroid condition, whereby the immune system attacks thyroid tissue. Therefore, to cure thyroid disease, or any autoimmune condition, you have to get to the source of the imbalance; focusing on suppression of symptoms with medication alone is simply barking up the wrong tree.

1. Fix your gut 

Probiotics can help to begin repairing the lining in your gut. This also aids in helping to  balance your hormones. if someone has leaky gut syndrome it allows undigested food particles to  leak through your gut into your bloodstream and in return creates disease-causing inflammation that will have a  impact on your body — especially your thyroid glands where they are very susceptible to inflammation.  Did you know that your gut is the largest component of your immune system? It introduces friendly bacteria into your digestive system that helps to keep illness’s at bay and they are rich in live bacteria that help us absorb nutrients along with maintain proper microbiome gut balance.  Research has proven that gut health could affect inflammation, allergies and autoimmune disorders in the body as a whole. Around 1,000 different species of bugs live in your gut. Your gut has been linked to contributing to weight loss and for overall improvement of numerous symptoms, including depression, anxiety, brain fog, skin problems, hormonal issues, immune weaknesses, digestive problems, and fatigue.

Gut-Healing Vegetable Broth

  • 12 cups  filtered water
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 red onion, peeled and cut in half
  • 1 garlic bulb smashed
  • 1 chilli pepper roughly chopped
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger roughly chopped
  • 2 cups of watercress
  • 3-4 cup mixed chopped vegetables and peelings I used carrot peelings, red cabbage, fresh mushrooms, leeks and celery
  • 1/2 cup dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/4 of a cup dried wakame seaweed
  • 1 tbsp peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
  • A bunch of fresh parsley
  • Simply add everything to a large pot. Bring to a boil then simmer, with the lid on, for about an hour.
  • Once everything has been cooked down, strain the liquid into a large bowl.

Natural Probiotics

There are different types of probiotics. Some  are pills, powders, or capsules that contain billions of live bacteria and will help to replenish your microbiome. Fermented foods are more of a nature type of probiotic. They carry live bacteria plus many other crucial nutrients. Many cultures all around the  world has its own recipes for fermented foods.

Garden Of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics Once Daily Women’s, 30 Count

Garden Of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics Once Daily Women's, 30 Count

2. Sleep

A lack of long term sleep can raise cortisol levels. You should aim for  7–8 hours of sleep every night.

Here is a great article that I wrote on how to help with your sleep if you are having issues in this area: 11 Tips To Help You With Insomnia

 

3. Detox your lifestyle

We are creating a toxic shit storm within our very own bodies. I’m not speaking from a place of Prejudice or judgement because what you do with your life is entirely your call. The real reality is we are damaging our DNA and we are changing our genetic makeup for future generations. These chemicals in our food, beverages, vaccines and pharmaceuticals create a breeding ground for sickness. Have you heard of gene mutation? It’s when the cells are changed by chemicals they are either damaged, lost or copied.  These processed foods that are full of man-made chemicals, fluoridated municipal tap water, genetically modified foods, Artificial sweeteners, Vaccines and the yearly flu shot – often contain mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde and MSG, Pharmaceutical medications and a lot of the Pharmaceutical medications are loaded with fluoride, OTC (over-the-counter) medications for colds, allergies, headaches and fever – often contain heavy metal toxins, artificial sweeteners and toxic industrial-based food dyes. All of this is what is keeping us sick and these corporations rich.

Did you know that most of these products we use every day contain toxic chemicals and has been linked to women’s health issues? They are hidden endocrine disruptors and are very tricky chemicals that play havoc on our bodies. “We are all routinely exposed to endocrine disruptors, and this has the potential to significantly harming our health.

 

4. Try Adaptogen Herbs 

Adaptogen herbs are  in a unique class of healing plants that promote hormone balance and help tp protect the body from a wide variety of diseases, including those caused by excess stress. They also boost your  immune functions. Research shows that various adapotogens — such as ashwagandha, medicinal mushrooms, rhodiola and holy basil Studies show that holy basil can helps to regulate cortisol level, protect your organs and tissues against chemical stress from pollutants and heavy metals, which are other factors that can lead to hormone imbalance.— The unique healing herbs can—

  • Improve thyroid function
  • Lower cholesterol naturally
  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Reduce brain cell degeneration
  • Stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels
  • Support adrenal gland functions

** keep in mind that  certain herbal supplements  can affect thyroid function negatively, causing changes in your TSH, including guggul, tyrosine, kelp, bladderwrack supplements and products containing iodine, such as certain vitamins. So please beware and read labels.

5. Address Food sensitivities

Food allergies 

If you allergic to certain foods it is will involve your the immune system. Your know that your immune system controls how your body defends itself. Your body see’s inflammatory foods as invaders and will kick in your autoimmunity responses.  For example if you have a food allergy to cow’s milk, your immune system will see cow’s milk as an invader. In-return your immune system overreacts by producing antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies travel to cells that release chemicals, causing an allergic reaction to start fighting for your body. Being tested for food allergies seems to be easiest way to check to see if you have any food allergies so you can start avoiding these foods and help your immune system become strong again.

Avoiding Food Allergens*

Many people are unaware that certain foods are actually working against their bodies. You should see a specialist and be tested to ensure you have no food allergies. Your lymphatic system can also be affected by your gut. If your gut is inflamed and not healed this is taxing on your immune system which in return is taxing on your lymphatic system. Consider adding prebiotics and probiotics to help support gut health along with eating properly and avoiding these common food allergens. In this book, you will find all the recipes have been created and catered around these common food allergens along with being Keto. I’ve taken them out. After 1 month you can slowly add some back in and see how you react. This certainly wasn’t an easy task but one that I am most proud of. 

Common food allergens that can contribute to an inflamed gut are:

Nightshades

Eggs

Grains (gluten)

Dairy

Legumes

Corn

Soy

Dairy

lectins 

You can find great inflammation and recipes in my book Beyond the Bite: The Keto Autoimmune Protocol Healing Book for Women. 

6. Change Your Diet

We are creating a perfect storm within our bodies. The less nutrients we consume, more toxins we add, create this world win of health issues. It’s sad that our western diet is made up of red meats, vegetable oils, white flour and sugar. Who would of thought that something so simple as eating has become so complicated. Food does matter. It talks to your DNA . Food can change your DNA!

For goodness sake please eat enough calories along with it being nutrient based! If your body is put in starvation mode it can cause metabolic damage over time(a reduction in what’s known as your basal metabolic rate).  So if you are not eating enough calories  your hypothalamus will tell your body to burn less over time thus causing metabolic damage.
The foods you eat have a major impact on autoimmune disease —  It affects your gut health and along with increasing or decreasing the inflammation in your body. Unfortunately, our western world diet are full of foods that have a bad impact on both your gut and your inflammation. Start with eating whole foods that are anti-inflammatory.  For instance, omega-3 wild fish, leafy greens and turmeric. If it was made in a lab , avoid it. Do a little research and you will find that our western diet that is made up of processed, fake foods, chemicals, sugar and corn oils are all highly flaming the fan of your inflammation.  begin to start reading labels. You will soon discover that health foods such as low-fat and gluten-free packaged foods, which are often loaded with sugar, additives, and preservatives. Avoid Grains, dairy, legumes, eggs, corn, and soy  which these foods are not the  cornerstones to a healthy diet anymore they can contribute to a leaky gut and inflammation.  Did you know that Gluten  triggers the release of a chemical called zonulin, which tells the walls of your intestines to open up and by doing so this releases toxins into your bloodstream.

*Did you know that the over-consumption of soy products which contain high levels of isoflavones, can increase  TSH ? Soy also can impede cell receptors and disrupt the feedback loop throughout your entire endocrine (hormonal) system.

*Gluten has a molecular composition of thyroid tissue. Those of us with Hashimoto’s, it’s simply a case of mistaken identity on our bodies. By eating  gluten it increases the autoimmune attack on your thyroid.

*Eat cooked cruferious vegetables. Raw cruferious vegetables can enlarge the thyroid and reduce its responsiveness to TSH. Goitrogenic foods include turnips, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, radishes, cauliflower,  rutabaga, cabbage and kale.

7.Reduce Your Toxic Burden

These are commonly found in items like antibacterial soap, deodorant, lotions, and makeup. These things are poisonous. Your skin is the largest organ in the body. Whatever you put on your skin goes into your body. I can’t preach this enough. If you can’t eat it, then don’t apply it to your skin. I understand this might not be 100% doable but every little bit helps your body. Everyday we are exposed to a huge number of chemical toxins without our own doing. It’s in our water,  the pollution in our air,  the insecticides and herbicides that are is sprayed on our food and the chemicals that are spray on our lawns.

Environmental chemicals and toxins, pesticides, BPA, thyroid endocrine disruptors, iodine imbalance, other medications, fluoride, overuse of soy products, cigarette smoking, and gluten intolerance. All of these play a very important role in your thyroid health. A nonprofit group called Beyond Pesticides warns that some 60 percent of pesticides used today have been shown to affect the thyroid gland’s production of T3 and T4 hormones. Commercially available insecticides and fungicides have also been involved. Even dental x-rays have been linked to an increased risk of thyroid disorders.

Homemade Deodorant

3 tbsp virgin coconut oil
2 tbsp shea butter
3 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp cornstarch
5 drops essential oil of  your choice

Mix baking soda and arrowroot together. Melt your coconut oil & shea butter in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl. Mix all ingredients (the baking soda and arrowroot powder) with the oil. Pour into clean small mason jar. Add your essential oil to the mason jar; close with the lid. Give it a good shake to combine the essential oil with the other mixture. By doing it this way, you can still use that bowl to eat with.  Once you mix that essential oil in the bowl, it can only be used for the purpose of making your deodorant. Everything you’ve used is edible except the essential oils. Let cool.

Natural Peppermint Toothpaste

1/2 cup coconut oil

3 Tablespoons of baking soda

15 drops of peppermint food grade essential oil

Melt to soften the coconut oil. Mix in other ingredients and stir well. Place your mixture into small glass jar. Allow it to cool completely. When ready to use just dip toothbrush in and scrape small amount onto bristles.

** Start making  your own all natural Cleaning Supplies.

If you are needing a book with all natural recipes click on this link and order a kindle or paperback version. Awareness has Magic: Creating a Healthy Hypothyroidism Mind, body and Spirit Home life

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8. Relieve Your Stress

Believe it or not but high levels of stress can affect your thyroid. Stress has a negative influence on your body.  When you become stressed it releases more of the stress hormone, cortisol, and cortisol is stored in your belly region.  Elevated cortisol levels affects learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease and your thyroid gland. There are many ways one can become stressed Social stress, Physical stress and this includes to much exercising, emotional stress, stress of daily life, not getting enough  sleep.  Stress affects everyone differently and what may bother me might not bother you. 

Many of us find ourselves in this cycle of so much responsibility that at times it seems impossible to manage. We are over worked and the chronic stress is breaking us down. Chronis stress keeps our cortisol levels elevated. If our cortisol levels are staying elevated, it begins to interfere with many other area’s of our body which are the immune system, digestion, sleep, and even the ability to produce other essential hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and YES you named it last but not least our THYROID which can cause an autoimmune reaction. Do you see the cycle?

We must try to begin to tackle our stress and start to manage it.
Stress not only effects your immune system but by revving up your immune system, it begins to produces a wave of inflammation.

Inflammation will cause damage to you entire body. Many things can be the reason for the rise in inflammation in your body such as trauma, infections, bacterial overgrowth syndromes and chronic pain syndromes.

Let’s face it your immune system needs a long vacation from all the stress you’ve put it through. Just enough for a fighting chance to get back on track.

Take a walk, read a book, take a relaxing Epsom salt bath, start a yoga class, meditate, walk your dog. The key is to figure out what works for you and relaxes you.

9. Address Chronic Candida

Hypothyroidism causes low body temps which allows fungal overgrowth. Get the temps up and the fungal/yeast will have nowhere to live.”

Our lives already seem to be on hold from our hypothyroidism.  Did you know that an overload of Candida was picked up at birth or shortly thereafter? We were supposed to be getting good friendly bacteria from our mother’s at birth, but “our”  mother’s had Candida overgrowth and unknowing passed it on to us. And over the years, our bodies has become more and more compromised.  Your gut microbes could be dramatically affecting your thyroid health. There is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about Candida.  Both from the medical profession and on the internet. It is easy to get fooled into thinking, as many sites will try to convince you, that all anyone needs to do is to take their product or buy their e-book. Of course, they will all have testimonies. What they don’t tell you in those testimonies is how the Candida came back — in a month or two or in six months. However long it took for the Candida to overgrow enough to start causing symptoms again. It is important to know that dealing with Candida is not an easy fix.

If  you think you have chronic candida read this blog  Chronic Candida Attacking Your Thyroid?

10. Meditation-High Cortisol

Start your day our with meditation and a grateful heart. There are many people who weren’t able to wake up and live another day.   I can’t even begin to express the importance of  the power of meditation has over the body. It’s been proven to lower your  levels of  cortisol which is also known as the stress hormone. I like to start my day off listening to mediation music to clear my head while I have my legs up against the wall using this yoga pose.

Legs up the wall pose will not only help with your thyroid functions but it also relieves back pain, helps with insomnia, improves posture, helps with anxiety, naturally adjusts your spine, improves your digestion and it starts a lymphatic circulation. Your  lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump and relies on our movements and gravity to circulate lymph fluid where the toxins in this fluid can be eliminated from your body. If we sit all day the lymph fluid becomes stagnant and start to collect toxins. By simply reversing the flow of gravity in your legs, you begin to circulate the lymphatic fluid and encourage the body to start the elimination of toxins.  Dry brushing also will simulate the lymphatic system and improve skin tone.

11. Always take your thyroid medications alone and wait 4 hours before taking any iron tablets, vitamins with iron and calcium supplements. never take it  at the same time as you take your thyroid medication. Calcium and iron can disrupt the absorption of thyroid replacement. Allow two to four hours between the time you take your thyroid medication and your iron and calcium supplements.

12. Address nutritional deficiencies

Having  nutritional deficiencies isnt the cause of hypothyridism but it certainly adds gas to the fire. When you are deficient it can aggravate the symptoms: vitamin D, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, zinc, copper, vitamin A, the B vitamins, and iodine.

Having nutritional deficiencies certainly adds gas to the fire. When you are deficient it can aggravate the symptoms: vitamin D, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, zinc, copper, vitamin A, the B vitamins, and iodine.

Garden of Life Multivitamin for Women – mykind Organic Women’s Once Daily Whole Food Vitamin Supplement, Vegan, 60 Tablets

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13. Rule out other causes of your symptoms

  • Iron imbalance
  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Selenium deficiency
  • Vitamin D deficiency

The most important thyroid nutrients and their doses (for adults) are zinc (30 mg/day), selenium (200 mcg/day), iodine (150 mcg), and iron (18 mg). The uber-cool thyroid pharmacist Izabella Wentz also suggests that low thiamine (vitamin B1) may be an issue for Hashimoto’s sufferers, and that supplementing this nutrient may be helpful and a th B-complex.

14. Start Supporting my Adrenal Glands

Your adrenals produce over 50 hormones that tell almost every bodily function what they need to be doing. These hormones affect every function, organ and tissue in the body. Eating refined foods and sugars will cause a spike in your blood sugar levels, which in return cause the body to release insulin and as a result the adrenal glands will release more cortisol. When your adrenal glands are compromised this puts your body in a catabolic state. Which means your body is breaking down. Since your thyroid glands controls the metabolic activity of the body, it will attempt to slow down the catabolic state by slowing down your metabolism. Many of the foods that I had been eating blocked nutrients from being absorbed such as whole grain bread, beans and tofu/soy products. These foods also created inflammation in my digestive tract. When there is inflammation in the digestive system undigested proteins leak into the blood stream creating a heightened immune reaction that often exacerbates thyroid issues. I had to focus more on eating the most nutrient dense foods possible and find my trigger food sensitivities. lastly, eliminate all processed food, high carbohydrates, gluten, corn, soy and sugar, plan meals around protein and healthy fats then load up my plate with vegetables.

I had to start eating  nutrient-dense foods that were  easy to digest and have healing qualities such as

  • Coconut
  • homemade bone broth
  • grass fed meats
  • pastured meats
  • wild game
  • pastured organ meats
  • natural fats such as coconut oil
  • grass fed butter/ghee
  • full fat grass fed dairy
  • mineral rich Himalayan sea salt
  • wild fish
  • Olives
  • Avocado
  • Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, etc.) Cooked…. (Limit 2x week)
  • Fatty fish (e.g., wild-caught salmon)
  • Organic hormone free Chicken and turkey
  • Seeds, such as raw pumpkin, chia seeds and flax seeds
  • Kelp and seaweed
  • Celtic or Himalayan sea salt
  • fermented foods
  • leafy greens
  • Nitrate free bacon
  • Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds
  • Coconut Flour, Almond Flour , hemp seeds and Chia seeds
  • ghee
  • bone broth

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BLUE ICE Fermented Cod Liver Oil -Non-Gelatin Capsules

 

 

15. Add Sea Weed

Naturally rich in iodine as well as trace minerals, sea weed has long been considered a food that supports thyroid function. Iodine is critical to thyroid health and function. Without adequate dietary iodine, your body is unable to manufacture the thyroid hormones.   Of course, excess intake of iodine-rich foods is also implicated in thyroid disease.  Remember: moderation is the key, not excess.

16. Add Coconut Oil

Coconut oil also supports proper thyroid function as it slightly stimulates thyroid hormone production and the metabolism. Coconut oil may also help to reduce cholesterol in hypothyroid patients as thyroid suppression in and of itself raises blood cholesterol levels.

17. Add  Shellfish

Shellfish, like sea vegetables, are naturally rich in iodine – the nutrient that is critically important to thyroid function as iodine molecules are used inthe production of thyroid hormones.

Try avoid  Gluten-containing Grains, Unfermented Soy, Coffee, Raw Cruciferous Vegetables, millet, Soy and fermented soy products.

18.  Leptin Resistance

You may of become leptin resistant. Leptin is the hormone that is produced by your fat cells and is commonly referred to as the “fat or obesity hormone”. You see when you are leptin resistant your brain thinks your body is in a state of starvation even though you might be overweight therefor your body is trying to stay alive by INCREASING your appetite and by lowering your metabolism.

This  hormone’s job is to assist your body with its fat burning needs while increasing  your metabolism when you have more than enough fat cells in your system.

You can read more about leptin Resistance here https://www.restartmed.com/leptin-resistance-thyroid-resistance/.

19.  Healing the Pituitary Gland and support the hypothalamus

The hypothalamus releases hormones that tell the pituitary to release hormones that stimulate the thyroid to release hormones. These hormones enter the bloodstream to boost metabolism within the body where required. The negative feedback loop we spoke of above is how hormones in the blood communicate to the brain. When the metabolism has been successfully increased to the desired state, hormones in the blood tell the hypothalamus to tell the pituitary to stop stimulating the thyroid gland.

 

( hypothalamus-a region of the forebrain below the thalamus that coordinates both the autonomic nervous system and the activity of the pituitary, controlling body temperature, thirst, hunger, and other homeostatic systems, and involved in sleep and emotional activity)

The hypothalamus is a part of the brain about the size of an almond, located below the thalamus, at the center for many critical bodily functions. The hypothalamus creates “releasing hormones” that stimulate or inhibit the secretion of pituitary hormones. The pituitary gland used to be considered the master gland, but now we know that the pituitary is receiving its orders from the hypothalamus’s hormones.)

Healthy fats, B vitamins, vitamin E, and glandular support  are typically used to support the hypothalamus, but eliminating inflammation is key. This gland usually responds quickly to a inflammation fighting and nutrient based diet.

20. Detoxifying your Pineal Gland

Over time your pineal gland has had tiny phosphate crystals formed around it creating this hard shell where it has become calcified.

Fluoride, chlorine, lead, pesticides, synthetic calcium, artificial sweeteners, synthetic fragrances, and mercury, are well-known endocrine disruptors that can lead to pineal calcification. Eat organic produce (from small, responsible farms), and drink only clean, healthy drinking water. When drinking or cooking with tap water, use a filter that removes fluoride and chlorine.   I know a whole house water filter might be out of he budget for most of us that is why I use a British Berkefeld. I also have a filter for my shower. Believe it or not we do breathe a lot of fluoride and chlorine and other chemicals into our lungs when we shower with tap water, and chemicals are absorbed through the skin.

Stop wearing sun glasses and chemically produced sunscreen. Your body & eyes need the natural sunlight. No, I am not saying go outside and look directly in the sun or lay out in your swimming trunks all day to get a tan. You can make homemade sunscreen or purchase many sunscreen that aren’t loaded with hormone disrupting and cancer causing chemicals.

Antioxidants are a big help to the pineal gland and the endocrine system as a whole. Try some Oregano oil which is a very powerful antioxidant. Neem oil also helps remove the harden shell from an existing calcification within the pineal gland.  Raw apple cider vinegar is another natural detoxifier that can assist with decalcification of the pineal. Iodine is also imperative for strong pineal function, but supplementing with too much can cause problems as well.

Vitamin K2 is vital for our bodies ability to properly know what to do with calcium. K2 also helps remove calcification and puts that calcium to work elsewhere. Vitamin K2 deficiency is common in modern society and has been connected with a wide array of health ailments. K2 is the new D. Routine blood work can tell  you if  you are low on any nutrients. 

Prunes, dried basil, parsley, , cucumbers, asparagus , sauerkraut, blueberries,  Cruciferous veggies like Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, collard greens but remember if you have hypothyroidism eat these cruciferous veggies cooked and limit it to no more than 3x’s per week.

Boron, naturally present in beets, can also be taken in supplemental form and can help decalcify and remove fluoride from the gland.

Pineal Gland Smoothie 

( you can also juice this recipe)

1/2 organic cucumber, washed, peeled, seeds removed and diced

2 prunes, make sure it doesn’t have any seeds

1/4 organic beet, washed, peeled and diced

handful of fresh parsley

1/4 cup of organic blueberries

small piece of ginger ( about the size of half  your thumb) peeled

8oz of filtered water

ice ( optional )

Blend and drink, if you are juicing you  might not need to add any water depending on your taste.

21. Reduce your inflammation

Chronic inflammation can spread and have more harmful effects than just one area in your body. Your body can experience things like higher blood pressure , allergies, create autoimmune issues, experience joint pain, cause heart problems, harmful swelling, bone loss, it can lower your iron levels and it just have a negative impact on your entire well-being. Did you know that chronic inflammation can also raise your reverse T3, which means this might be the reason why your hypothyroidism was created in the 1st place. We must get the inflammation under control. Cut out foods like gluten, sugar, refined carbs, fake foods, soy, and vegetable oils and add in fresh whole fruits, healthy fats and fiber. Start creating your own body lotions and cleaning supplies.

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What tests should I have ran for my thyroid?

Basic Thyroid Panel:
1). TSH: for diagnosis of hypopituitary, NOT to diagnose or dose your hypothyroidism (unless it’s high). If you allow a doctor to diagnose or dose you by this lab test and range i.e. to say you are normal simply because it’s in range or below 10…you could still be hypothyroid.
2). Free T4 and Free T3 (note “FREE”–important since it measures what is unbound and available.)
3). Reverse T3: to be done at the same time you do the Free T3. Then calculate your ratio with the results and measurements.
4). Thyroid Antibodies: anti-TPO and TgAb will help diagnosis Hashimotos. You need BOTH, not just one of them. You can add TRAb and TSI for the Graves antibodies–some people have all three.
5). Four iron labs: Ferritin, % Saturation, TIBC and serum iron (sometimes the latter will just say Iron, or total iron). A high ferritin can also point to inflammation. Up to five days off iron supplements is necessary to see what your body is holding onto.
6). Adrenal Cortisol levels: Saliva, NOT blood. Blood is measuring both bound and unbound cortisol and does NOT give results you can go by. You’ll need to be off all cortisol-containing supplements for two weeks before testing.
7). B-12 and Folate
You NEED to have your Vitamins and MINERALS checked.
8). Magnesium and Potassium, plus Calcium, Sodium, Glucose, etc (All the latter are part of the Comprehensive Metabolic Profile–CMP blood test. You can also ask for the RBC (Red Blood Cell) versions of Mag. and Pot, which measures cellular levels. For potassium, make sure the rubber tourniquet is not left on more than 60 seconds, says this study. Also note that the Buccal Mg lab test is finally available and seems to be more correlated to cardiac health than RBC Mg, but is expensive and not always easy to get.) You will want to be off these mineral supplements for several days so you can measure what your body is hanging onto.
9). Vitamin D3 (25-hydroxyvitamin D lab test) and read why you may need another Vitamin D test.
10). Sex hormones: progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, etc. (If you are a woman who is still menstruating, the reproductive hormones should be tested 19 to 21 days past the first day of your last period)
11). MTHFR gene: if you have high levels of mercury, copper, lead, iron or B12 and/or a strong family history of cancer, heart disease, stroke, miscarriages, IBS. 60% of the population has a MTHFR mutation. It will help guide you in your treatment.
PLUS: others your doctor may recommend, including tests for Lyme disease, heavy metals, Candida, food sensitivity, etc.
Ultrasound of the thyroid gland
Our issues are H.A.T. – hormones, adrenals and thyroid. You MUST treat your adrenals before your thyroid meds will work. When one is out of balance, it can throw the others out of balance
For Hashimoto’s disease – Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOAb), Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb)
For Graves’ disease – Thyroid Receptor Antibodies (TRAb), Thyroid Stimulating Immunoglobulins (TSI)
**If your iron, ferritin, Vit D, Vit B12 are too low, you may have trouble with thyroid hormone replacement. They need to be in optimal ranges for your body to tolerate and utilize thyroid hormone properly.
***Low or high cortisol (adrenal hormone) can present a problem as well. Cortisol levels should be at the highest when you wake in the morning and gradually come down throughout the day, with the lowest level between 10 and midnight. A 8-9am and 4-5pm serum cortisol test is recommended. A 24 hour saliva cortisol test is best. Reproductive hormones also need to be balanced. Low cortisol is a sign of low T3.
10 Monitoring Tests You May Need if You Have Hypothyroidism To keep on top of other aspects of your health, consider talking with your doctor about these 10 tests, most of which use blood or urine samples:
1. Lipid panel. This test looks at the lipids, or fats, in your blood. People with hypothyroidism may have elevated total and LDL cholesterol levels. Total cholesterol, which includes your good HDL cholesterol, should be below 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) and LDL cholesterol below 130 mg/dL. If your cholesterol is high when you start thyroid treatment, your doctor might test again after thyroid hormone levels stabilize. “A lot of patients with high cholesterol can have their cholesterol reduced just by treating their thyroid,” says David Borenstein, MD, an integrative medicine physician in private practice at Manhattan Integrative Medicine in New York City.
2. Complete blood count (CBC).“With more severe hypothyroid disease, you are at risk for mild anemia and bleeding problems, and that can have an effect on clotting factors and platelets,” says Dr. Smallridge. A CBC examines five blood components with the following normal ranges:
Red blood cell count: 3.9-5.69 millions per cubic milliliter
Hemoglobin: 12.6-16.1 grams/dL
Hematocrit: 38-47.7 percent
White blood cell count: 3.3-8.7 thousands per cubic milliliter
Platelet count: 147-347 thousands per cubic milliliter
3. Liver enzyme exam. Liver function tests check on the health of this organ. Not only does the liver play a role in the chemical process that develops thyroid hormones, but untreated hypothyroidism can cause problems in liver function over time. Additionally, sometimes people with hypothyroidism also have liver problems that need attention. The results of a liver panel test can’t diagnose a condition, but the pattern of results along with symptoms will help your doctor decide on any next steps. This blood test can look at alanine aminotransferase(ALT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), bilirubin, albumin, total protein, gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT), lactate dehydrogenase, and prothrombin time.
4. Prolactin test. This hormone stimulates lactation, or breast milk — and people with hypothyroidism often have increased prolactin levels. Normal levels for women who are not pregnant are 0 to 20 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) and for men,0 to 15 ng/mL. Because galactorrhea (spontaneously producing breast milk)improves with thyroid treatment, your doctor might not test for this unless the problem persists.
5. Vitamin B12 test. Your doctor may test your levels of B12 and other B vitamins because they playa role in managing thyroid hormones, Dr. Borenstein says. B12 deficiency also can be related to anemia. Reference ranges can vary widely. Talk to your doctor about your lab results.
6. Vitamin D check. Early research has shown a correlation between hypothyroidism and vitamin D deficiency. The two conditions could be separate conditions occurring at the same time or contributing to one another — researchers don’t understand the relationship yet. However, your doctor might want to check on your vitamin D levels as well. A 25-hydroxyvitamin D level of 20 nanograms per deciliter or greater is necessary for skeletal health. Some doctors recommend a level of 20-40 nanograms per deciliter, while others recommend 60-70.
7. Sodium test. Sodium (salt)is essential to your body’s management of water or fluids. Normal sodium bloodt est results are 135 to 145 milliequivalents per liter (meq/L), but sodium levels might be lower than normal with hypothyroidism.
8. Magnesium check. People with hypothyroidism and certain other deficiencies might also have too little magnesium, an essential mineral. Normal blood test results are 1.8 to3.0 mg/dL.
9. C-reactive protein (CRP) test. This test measures inflammation in your body. Most people who are not fighting off an infection or living with an inflammatory condition have low levels of CRP. Increasing levels suggest increased inflammation in your body. An integrative medicine specialist might want to address overall inflammation with changes in diet and lifestyle in addition to thyroid treatment.
10. Sleep disorder testing. You also may need sleep testing in addition to lab tests. Sleep apnea and disordered sleep can result from hypothyroidism, says Claudia Cooke, MD, an integrative medicine specialist in private practice in New York City. This is because hypothyroidism can affect the tongue’s mobility, causing it to block breathing at night. A sleep study can help you find out if this is an issue by monitoring your sleep in a sleep lab or at home using portable equipment. This test could be warranted if you’ve had thyroid treatment and your TSH levels are acceptable and stable, yet you wake up tired, feel tired during the day, and your bed partner tells you that you’re snoring considerably.
When you go to the new doc take these with you:
A list of your FAMILY history (Mother, father, grand parents. If you have cousins with Autoimmune Diseases add them to the list)
A list of YOUR medical history
A list of what you are taking currently (take the bottles too)
A list of your symptoms, ALL of them A copy of your labs IF they are recent
A list of what you would like to talk about (that’s so you don’t forget)
A list of tests you would like done.
***** Keep these lists saved in your computer so you can easily update them. I suggest saving them with the DATE in the name of the file.
RE: MedicationsIAmTaking09.08.14.doc
FamilyHistory09.08.14.doc
MySymptoms09.08.14.doc
Call the new physicians office and be SURE they do FT3 before you even go. If they don’t, do not waste your money or co-pay.

Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness.

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Dieting for Your Thyroid

When it comes down to it, the proper diet for our thyroid is one that has balance. We need to constantly be incorporating a healthy amount of the three major sources of macronutrients:

  • Proteins
  • Fats
  • Healthy Carbohydrates

The mix here is important, and by purchasing my book A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, I will show you exactly how and what you should be working each day  into your diet so that you start healing  your health.  Break that cycle today, start eating to cater to your thyroid and replenish your life.

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We need to be kind to ourselves. Give our bodies a fighting chance. If you constantly feed your body crap then you are making it susceptible to inflammation, virus’s and disease. I want to help you become successful in your healthy journey by applying the empowering techniques many of my blogs have to offer. This article has been written by a person who has had real struggles with a hypothyroidism but has worked through them. I am going to “keep it real” with you.

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Holiday Hypothyroidism

Finally a Holiday cookbook that will have you sincerely appreciating all the hard work that I put into creating it. This cookbook not only has recipes that caters to your hypothyroidism but the recipes are extremely easy to prepare while still being delicious as they promote your health, help you begin to heal, and you’re eating cleaner on top of it all. These recipes can be used year-round not only around the holidays and will be a great addition to your library. I hope you find this Holiday book a godsend to the particularly crazy holiday season. This book includes a good variety of recipes that I know you will find to be delicious, full of flavor, healthy and just perfect for your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner table. From appetizers to main meals, side dishes and desserts these recipes are just wonderfully delicious. I am not kidding when I tell you that the recipe options in this book are endless and you won’t be disappointed! You will be able to find that perfect recipe in this book that makes your taste buds soar, fits your dietary needs and has your family bragging on your cooking skills. They may even think you secretly took lessons from Gordon Ramsay or Julia Childs

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Hashimoto’s crock-pot recipes: Added Bonus: How I put my Hashimoto’s into remission

There’s nothing like the aroma of a home-cooked dinner welcoming you at the door. No time to be in the kitchen? The wonderful thing about a crock pot is you have little prep time. You won’t have to stand over a hot stove cooking your food and it’s perfect for those hectic days. We all want that convenience! Do you need foods that promote thyroid health? You can start today healing your body from the inside out. Over 101 wholesome and nourishing Hashimoto’s fighting recipes that will cater to your mind, body and soul. This helpful book will start to guide you in the right direction along with a step by step plan that is clear and doable.
It’s not about being skinny, it’s about energy, vitality & feeling good when you look in the mirror.

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Kicking Hypothyroidism’s booty, The Slow Cooker way: 101 Slow Cooker recipes!

I wanted to create a user-friendly handbook to help anyone affected by this disorder. I’ve seen many doctors over the years and none offered me ideas on diet change. I’ve included recipes, ideas on solutions for a healthier home, what you should be eating and shouldn’t, how to shed those extra pounds, regain your self-confidence and vitality back into your life. I want you to feel strong, sexy, and beautiful. This is my heartfelt guide to you. Together, once again, you can start to gain that wonderful life that you deserve. I am a student in this thing called life. I want to be remembered as a pioneer who thought, imagined, and inspired. What we feel at times is the impossible or unthinkable. Life is a wonderful journey.

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 A Survivors Cookbook Guide to Kicking Hypothyroidism’s booty.

Do you need foods that promote your thyroid health? Let’s heal your body from the inside out. We’ve all heard that our gut is called the “second-brain”. Given how closely the two interact with each other one thing you may not realize is your emotions and weight gain can start in the gut. Your gut and digestion can also cause you to hold onto that excess weight and just feel lousy. I’ve included 101 hypothyroidism fighting recipes that cook themselves. Our main concern is kicking hypothyroidism’s booty. I hope this book inspires you to use your slow cooker more often and create your own new recipes. Let’s together shed those extra pounds, regain your self-confidence and vitality back into your life.

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Reset Your Thyroid, 21 day Meal plan Thyroid reboot

This is a 21-day Meal plan to reset your thyroid and jump start your weight loss journey. It is filled with 21 breakfast recipes, 21 lunch recipes and 21 dinner recipes. They are packed full of nutrients, healthy fats and proteins. All are easy to make and I’ve done all the thinking for you! All you have to do is prepare the foods and eat. It takes 21 days to form a new habit, it will most likely take that long for your mind and body to stop opposing your new lifestyle change. Three weeks really isn’t a very long time. If you find yourself in a rut and coming up with excuses. You can regain control by reminding yourself that you only have to do it for 21 days. Motivate yourself to exercise. Choose something you honestly like to do and won’t loathe at least 3 times a week. Create an exercise plan that seems easy to accomplish. (And, stick to it!) Give yourself a chance and commit to yourself to stay with the program for 21 days.

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Hypothyroidism Clarity

Hypothyroidism clarity is designed to help give you FREEDOM and EMPOWERMENT. I’m sharing the EXACT STEPS I’ve used to overcome my eating issues WITHOUT dieting. All the recipes are specially crafted to be easy, super delicious and they have been kid tested-mother approved. A family-friendly way to eat that your entire family will enjoy. This book contains wonderfully crafted hypothyroidism recipes for your home and body that will help transform you and your family’s life.

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Hypothyroidism: The beginners Guide

This book thanks everyone suffering from hypothyroidism and looking for answers. Hypothyroidism is the kind of disease that carries a bit of mystery with it. This book is not for readers looking for quick answers. There is not one size fits all. You have to be in charge of your health. I didn’t write this book to sell you any “snake oil” in a bottle. I’ve written this book to be an eye opener for you and to share with you what I have learned on my journey. The solutions in this book has helped so many people. There are many incredible holistic practitioners, authors and researchers with experience and expertise in this area. I’ve done my best to pull from all their expertise, as well as my own knowledge and clinical experience. I want to make it easy for you to find the answers quickly, all in the one place, because I’m all too familiar with that awful side effects of hypothyroidism. I certainly don’t want you to have to spend years finding solutions, like I did. I also what you to understand that there isn’t an easy “one pill” solution, but the “one pill” approach that our current medical system is using is NOT WORKING because the underlying cause for hypothyroidism is not being addressed. Get ready to go on a journey of discovery where you are going to learn how everything ties into one. A lack of knowledge is a lack of power.

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Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, Hypothyroidism Clarity,A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way, Hypothyroidism: The Beginners Guide: How to stop surviving and start thriving.      
and   Secrets to my Hypothyroidism Success:: A Personal Guide to Hypothyroidism Freedom.   You can find all these books on Amazon.  You can also find her actively involved in her Facebook Group : Healing Hypothyroidism. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.
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The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

 

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11 Tips To Help You With Insomnia PLUS The Insomnia Sample Diet

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It’s amazing how the food we eat affects our health, sleep patterns and even our “gasp” sex drives. Unfortunately, when you don’t get enough sleep, it can age us faster , cause depression, weight gain, make us forget things, gives us headaches and we have a greater chance of developing heart disease.  The Harvard Medical School warns against the short- and long-term impact of lack of sleep. “In the short term, a lack of adequate sleep can affect judgment, mood, ability to learn and retain information, and may increase the risk of serious accidents and injury. In the long term, chronic sleep deprivation may lead to a host of health problems including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even early mortality.” According to the Sleep Management Institute, we’re just some of nearly 30 to 50 percent of people affected by insomnia.

If you have issues like snoring or sleep apnea and are overweight, one thing you can do is lower your body fat index . For those of us that don’t have snoring or sleep apnea we ask the question, ” Sleep why do you hate me so much!” We need to feed our bodies to get more, Tryptophan, serotonin and melatonin. (serotonin is a brain chemical that helps you sleep) and  melatonin ( the hormone that makes you sleepy)  Trytophan is an essential amino acid, which means you have to gt it from your diet because your body cannot produce it.Your body uses tryptophan to make the neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin.

How long should you be sleeping each night?

People require different sleep durations based on their unique physiological needs. Some people need at least eight hours of uninterrupted zzz’s while others already feel energized after six hours of sleep. The National Sleep Foundation provides a general recommendation for appropriate sleep ranges across age groups. Teenagers, aged 14 to 17, should get eight to 10 hours of sleep each night; adults (18-64) must sleep for seven to nine hours; and older adults (65 and above) are advised a sleep from seven to eight hours.

No one is truly free from the risk of sleep disorders. A healthy adult can still suffer from short-term insomnia, or trouble sleeping for a few days, because of stress or an uncomfortable sleeping environment.

We all know how important it is to eat a healthy diet so we can lose weight, live longer and, hopefully, age well. But what people don’t often talk about is how the foods we eat can affect your mood.

Eating the right foods, such as omega-3 fatty acids, foods high in healthy organic proteins and organic vegetables that contain antioxidants can help us with insomnia but eating the wrong types of food can contribute to those sleepless nights or even worsen existing symptoms.

It’s all in your daily patterns and diet. Your choice , your lifestyle.  Always check with your health care provider before starting a new regime.

Things To Help You With Insomnia

Turn off the electronics! That hand held device that you’ve been glued to all day? You have to put it down if you want to get some sound sleep—and the same goes for your laptop and iPad, too. Why? The blue wavelengths produced by your smartphone and other gadgets (and energy-efficient LED light bulbs) significantly suppress the production of melatonin, the hormone that makes you sleepy, according to University of Basel research. Another problem: Light-emitting devices engage and stimulate the mind, resulting in poorer sleep, according to an Osaka University study.

1.Avoid large meals late in the evening.
2.Learn and use a relaxation technique regularly. Breathing exercises, meditation and yoga are good examples.

 

3.EXERCISE early in the day!!
4.Use “white noise” devices to block out surrounding environmental noise.

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5.Take a warm bath with Epsom salt at night before bed

6.NO CAFFEINE PRODUCTS AFTER NOON!- caffeine increases cortisol levels, making you feel stressed even if there’s nothing to worry about.

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7. No alcohol- i know,  you might be tempted to drink a glass of wine or two to help you relax from a stressful day but , according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Symptoms can worsen if you are experiencing any sort of withdrawal, and alcohol also has an effect on your nervous system, including increasing your heart rate.

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8. lower the room temperature-  For optimal sleep, specialists recommend a room temperature of between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. During the onset of sleep, you become disengaged from your surroundings and your body temperature drops. Sleeping in a cool environment helps facilitate sleep at this stage. Turning the thermostat below 54 degrees or above 75 degrees can cause sleep disruptions.

9. Purchase a cooling gel mattress topper, or pillow to help draw heat away from your body while you sleep. … Water is a cooling agent and helps your body regulate temperatures. click on this link to order

10. Sugar- Just like alcohol, you may use a doughnut or pint of ice cream to help you relax, but you are causing a spike and drop in your blood sugar levels, which can wreak havoc on your sleep pattern. Drastic swings in blood sugar can increase cortisol and adrenaline levels, which have been known to stop you from falling a sleep.

11. Sleep Mask- SLEEP LONGER IN COMPLETE DARKNESS. Exposure to light during sleep interferes with your sleep cycle, preventing you from the long and deep night’s rest you need to function at your best. The Nidra mask completely blocks out all light and visual stimuli so you can nap or sleep soundly anywhere. Nidra’s mask is like having your own personal mobile black-out curtains. Sweet dreams.  Click on this link to order

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11.  Gravity Blanket–  a therapeutic weighted comforter designed to reduce stress and increase relaxation through the power of deep touch stimulation — a proven anxiety treatment, according to the Gravity Blanket makers.  Click on this link to order

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Insomnia Diet

Gluten free rolled oats Oatmeal w/ 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of walnuts, 1 teaspoon of raw honey and 1 banana

or a omelet with mushrooms, bell peppers and onions

( eggs have Tryptophan, a sleep-enhancing amino acid that helps make serotonin and melatonin, the “body clock” hormone that sets your sleep-wake cycles. Mushrooms have potassium )

20oz of water with freshly squeezed lemon

(  Oatmeal is a natural source of melatonin, a naturally occurring compound that helps to bring on  drowsiness. Walnuts are a good source of tryptophan, a sleep-enhancing amino acid that helps make serotonin and melatonin, the “body clock” hormone that sets your sleep-wake cycles. Banana’s  are rich in potassium and magnesium. Potassium  and magnesium are is a natural-muscle relaxants and magnesium-rich foods also are very valuable as sleep aids. When your magnesium is low it makes it harder to sleep. Honey-  The natural sugar found in honey helps to raise insulin and allows tryptophan to enter the brain more easily, according to nutritionist Lindsey Duncan on DrOz.com)

Snack

Almonds and grapefruit

20oz of  filtered water ,matcha tea or Chamomile tea

(almonds are rich in magnesium. Grapefruit-It contains lycopene, an antioxidant in the body that has been shown to improve the way you sleep )

Lunch

Greek Salad with chickpeas and Sardines
Ingredients
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 medium tomatoes, cut into large chunks
1 large English cucumber, cut into large chunks
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
2 tablespoons sliced Kalamata olives
2 4-ounce cans sardines with bones, packed in olive oil or water, drained
Directions:
Whisk lemon juice, oil, garlic, oregano and pepper in a large bowl until well combined. Add tomatoes, cucumber, chickpeas, feta, onion and olives; gently toss to combine. Divide the salad among 4 plates and top with sardines.

( sardines have calcium, chickpeas have magnesium, red onion’s help you sleep, raw garlic is high in b6  )

snack

yogurt w/ chopped dates and 1/2 cup of watermelon

20’s of filtered water ,matcha tea or Chamomile tea

( Yogurt contains calcium which helps your body de-stress and gives you a boost of healthy gut bacteria along with containing tryptophan found in dairy products. watermelon is a superfood and is a good source of lycopene.)

Dinner

Turkey burger or ,tuna or salmon or chicken

pick a dark leafy green, artichokes, squash, zucchini,  brown rice,

Turkey is rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that increases the level of your brain’s relax-and-feel-good compound, serotonin.

Salmon are high in vitamin B6, which your body needs to make melatonin and serotonin.

Chicken and turkey and contain tryptophan, an amino acid that’s used to make serotonin. And as your’ve read in this blog , serotonin is a brain chemical that helps you sleep.

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Dark chocolate (Dark chocolate can lower your body’s overall levels of epinephrine and norepinephrine .  epinephrine and norepinephrine can create feelings of anxiety and nervousness, according to Michael Lara, M.D., in “Food for Thought: How Nutrients Affect The Brain,”

chamomile tea with honey

8oz of cherry juice (Cherry juice-according to researchers from the Universities of Pennsylvania and Rochester. Cherries, particularly tart cherries, naturally boost levels of melatonin.A 2011 study found that cherries may be a natural sleep aid because of their melatonin levels)

Pick foods that are

*High magnesium foods include dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocados, yogurt, artichokes, bananas, dried fruit, dark chocolate, and more.*

High potassium foods from natural food sources like beans, dark leafy greens, potatoes, squash, yogurt, fish, avocados, mushrooms, and bananas.

Complex carbohydrates have calming affects on the body. They increase serotonin in the body, which promotes calm feelings. Legumes, brown rice, and whole grains are just a few examples of complex carbohydrate food sources. Vegetables that provide complex carbohydrates include asparagus, turnip greens, spinach, corn, onions, cucumbers, artichokes, and cauliflower. According to Dr. Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health, look for high-fiber content and a low level on the glycemic index when deciding which carbohydrates to consume.

Red Onion Tea

helps with insomnia

Directions
1 cup of water
1 onion, cut in quarters
Blend, strain and drink

Epsom salt bath which is rich in magnesium

Sleepy time Goats Milk Bath
2 cups of powdered goat’s milk
2 cup of Epsom salt
1 cup of sea salt
2 cup of baking soda
10 drops of lavender essential oil
Combine the dry ingredients and the lavender essential oil. Store in a closed container. When you are ready to take a bath add 1 cup of dry ingredients. (Kids can use up to 1/2 cup of the mixture). Bathe 3 times weekly, soaking for at least 12 minutes.

Lavender has a reputation as a mild tranquilizer. Simply dab a bit of the oil onto your temples and forehead before you hit the pillow. The aroma should help send you off to sleep.

 Lastly, Don’t obsess over not sleeping. Studies have shown that people who worry about falling asleep have greater trouble falling asleep!  It may help to remind yourself that while sleeplessness is a pain in the ass it isn’t life-threatening.  let’s try to be mellow-bellow. Eat foods that foods contribute to calmness and sleepiness.
5 plants to help you sleep better!
1. Aloe Vera — emits oxygen at night to help you combat insomnia and improve the overall sleep quality.
2. Lavender- Lavender is a plant that is well known to induce sleep and  reduce anxiety.  the smell of lavender slows down your heart rate and reduces anxiety levels.
3. Jasmine plant- The smell of jasmine has been shown to improve the quality of sleep.
4. English Ivy- its beneficial for those who have breathing problems and asthma. Studies have shown that English ivy can reduce air molds to 94% in 12 hours.
5. Snake plant- emits oxygen into the night while you sleep , taking carbon dioxide from the air inside your home. It also filters nasty household toxins from the home.

Joke #1 Doctor: Listen, if you ever expect to cure your insomnia, you just have to stop taking your troubles to bed with you.
Patient: I know, but I can’t… my wife refuses to sleep alone.

Joke #2 A blonde went to the doctor: “Good heavens, you look terrible!” Exclaimed my doctor. “What’s wrong?”
“I’ve not had a good night’s sleep in over a month,” she said. “The stupid neighbors’ dog is outside barking its brains out all night, every night.”
“Well, just this once, I’ll prescribe you a sleeping tablet. Come back and see me in the morning,” he said.
Next morning when the blonde went to see him, he said, “Goodness! You look worse than ever!”
she replied wearily, “I was up all night chasing that dumb dog around and when I eventually caught him he wouldn’t swallow the pill.”

Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.

—HIPPOCRATES

Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek. 

Prayer for today:

Lord, please help me to get out of my own way so I don’t miss out on the wonderful things you have for me. Help me to remember that your promises are true and you have always and will always provide my every need. Your word says, that you will bless me, exceedingly, abundantly and above all that I can ask or think. I want change, I want to be healthy and I want to learn how to heal my body. I step out on faith and I know you will guide me as I search for the truth.  I thank you for wisdom and spiritual guidance.     

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

 

Beyond the Bite: The Keto Autoimmune Protocol Healing Book for Women.

Food is thy medicine, right? Actually it can work one of two ways. Food can be thy medicine or food can be thy death. This book is a guide that will inform you from the perspective of a women. You will also be able to determine what areas in your life that may need a little bit of work and the skills needed to improve those issues along with some fabulous recipes to help get you started on how to eat KETO AIP. I will also help you understand how to fix your gut, strengthen your immunity and fight inflammation with an autoimmune approach. The Keto AIP removes all the common inflammatory food triggers that stimulate a possible autoimmune reaction in the body. We’re going to start resetting those adrenals, boosting that energy and doing a little booty kicking to those hormones that have decided to act like a wild college student and pull an all-nighter the day before final exams. Beyond the Bite: The Keto Autoimmune Protocol Healing Book for Women.

Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, The Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism and  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way. You can find all these books on Amazon.  This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

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The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

 

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Vaccine Propaganda? To Vaxx or Not to Vaxx?

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To Vax or not?

Being a parent is like your heart is walking around on the outside of your chest. You want to do the best for your child and never have harm come to them.  This is such a major controversial issue in so many circles on vaccinations.  As a parent, I vaxxed my children to  prevent certain diseases but I didn’t allow any and all vaccines. Some vaccines that were offered to my children, I felt as a parent weren’t needed like the HPV vaccine, the flu and the Meningococcal vaccine. There have been a few others that I have said no to as well but why do we have vaccines? The goal was to stop the spread of diseases.

We begin our history of vaccines and immunization with the story of Edward Jenner, a country doctor living in Berkeley (Gloucestershire), England, who in 1796 performed the world’s first vaccination. Taking pus from a cowpox lesion on a milkmaid’s hand, Jenner inoculated an eight-year-old boy, James Phipps. Edward Jenner’s created the world’s first vaccine for smallpox in the 1790s.

A little more than a century ago, the U.S. infant mortality rate was a staggering 20 percent, and the childhood mortality rate before age five was another disconcerting 20 percent.  For more than two centuries we have benefited from vaccines and immunizations.  Our struggle with germs is never ending and can not be completely halted nor alleviated entirely by vaccines, no matter how great their immunological power. These microorganisms or “pathogens” that create disease are caused by microorganisms that invade the host but what vaccines has promised us is the peace of mind that if you inject this vaccine into your body, you will less likely, even if you come into contact with the disease, that even if these microorganisms were to invade your body, your immune system has already created antibodies to fight off these invading germs.  Truth is : The strength of an individual’s immune system varies throughout their life and we do have a genetic mechanism in all of our living cells that is far more powerful than any medicine or vitamin that can prolong the life of living cells.

Vaccines and immunization has halted the spread and the high death rate of most  infectious diseases such as these seven major human diseases  – smallpox, diphtheria, tetanus, yellow fever, whooping cough, polio, and measles.

I wrote this blog not to tell you to vaxx or not to vaxx but merely because there was this facebook posting that was very misleading and held many untruths about it. Here is the post …..

 

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IF YOU VACCINATE In the first 6 years of life your child receives the following:

•17,500 mcg 2-phenoxyethanol (antifreeze)
•5,700 mcg aluminum (neurotoxin)
•Unknown amounts of fetal bovine serum(aborted cow blood)
•801.6 mcg formaldehyde (carcinogen, embalming agent)
•23,250 mcg gelatin (ground up animal caucuses)
•500 mcg human albumin (human blood)
•760 mcg of monosodium L-glutamate (causes obesity & diabetes)
•Unknown amounts of MRC-5 cells (aborted human babies)
•Over 10 mcg neomycin (antibiotic)
•Over 0.075 mcg polymyxin B (antibiotic)
•Over 560 mcg polysorbate 80 (carcinogen)
•116 mcg potassium chloride (used in a lethal injection)
•188 mcg potassium phosphate (liquid fertilizer agent)
•260 mcg sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
•70 mcg sodium borate (Borax, used for cockroach control)
•54,100 mcg of sodium chloride (table salt)
•Unknown amounts of sodium citrate (food additive)
•Unknown amounts of sodium hydroxide (Danger! Corrosive)
•2,800 mcg sodium phosphate (toxic to any organism)
•Unknown amounts of sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate (toxic to any organism)
•32,000 mcg sorbitol (Not to be injected)
•0.6 mcg streptomycin (antibiotic)
•Over 40,000 mcg sucrose (cane sugar)
•35,000 mcg yeast protein (fungus)
•5,000 mcg urea (metabolic waste from human urine)
•Other chemical residuals

(From the book, “What The Pharmaceutical Companies Don’t Want You To Know About Vaccines” – By Dr.Todd M. Elsner)

 

Here is the truth about these ingredients.

– phenoxyethanol is not antifreeze. Ethylene glycol is antifreeze.

– there is no aluminum in any vaccine. There are aluminum salts, like aluminum phosphate or aluminum hydroxide, but neither of them breakdown into elemental or ionic aluminum. Saying there is aluminum in vaccines is like saying that table salt is a toxic because it has chlorine gas in it.

– fetal bovine serum is not cows blood. By definition, there is no blood in serum. It is a stable ingredient used in many products because it very closely resembles human serum.

– the formaldehyde in vaccines is less than what your body produces every day through normal metabolism.

– gelatin is in essentially every food and medicine you will ever eat.

– albumin isn’t blood either. It is just a protein, no different than creatine.

– monosodium glutamate does not cause obesity or diabetes. It is commonly in high foods, but claiming it causes those health problems is as logical as blaming the fork you eat with. It is just a salt of an amino acid.

– there are no MRC5 cells in any vaccines. Cells are used in the manufacture but are removed before the final product. They are not cells from aborted babies – they are a cell line used and replicated from stem cells taken decades ago that are replicated over and over again.

– polymyxin B is an antibiotic. As with all the the antibiotics here, they are in place to keep the vial sterile. It wouldn’t make sense to have a contaminated injection.

– polysorbate 80 is a surfactant. It keeps surface tension reduced to allow fluid to spread. It is only carcinogenic at high dose with chronic exposure, neither or which are true in vaccines.

– the next couple get grouped because they are the same reason and the stupidity to believe in this shit staggers me. Potassium chloride and potassium phosphate are just salts. These do break down into their ions and these ions are healthy parts or your body’s electrolytes. They aren’t dangerous, especially at these levels. The same goes for all of the sodium salts listed below it. How stupid do you have to be to believe this nonsense?

-sorbitol can be injected. There is no reason that it can’t be and it is something your body makes on its own.

– yeast protein isn’t a fungus. It is literally just a protein. It is named based on where it is first found.

– urea is not from human urine. It is a safe form of nitrogen your body makes every day to keep dangerous forms of nitrogen from circulating.

No, I am not telling you that you need to vaccinate/ not vaccinate your child or yourself. That wasn’t the intention of this blog at all. This is your decision and I am also not agreeing that although the fb posting that is circling around is  misleading on many of what the ingredients are that it is okay to have them injected into your body.  Again, your decision.

I hope that in any of my choice’s to vax or not to vax won’t end of being nothing more than a fraudulent lie that I have told myself. Either way I decide, I certainly dont want to have created myself a false reality and it will eventually come at a cost on either end of the spectrum for my life. Wishing that I did vaccinate or very happy that I declined.  Just in the last few hundred years what we call modern medication has become a reality for us. You see nutrition history came to life within the context of World Wars, Famines, Politics, and individuals dedicated to saving lives but the idea of nutritional theorizing actually began, like most everything, with the ancient Greeks. Hippocrates (ca. 460 BCE–370 BCE) is often credited with developing the theory of the four humors—blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm—and their influence on the body. Galen’s understanding of anatomy and medicine was principally influenced by Hippocrates’s theory of the bodily humors in the second century CE, which these teachings lasted for centuries. I  believe that we have been fed lines of bullshit to meet the bottom dollar of many but you must become your own health advocate.  Please people just do your research and make your own choices to vaxx or not to vaxx never allow someone to  pressure  you either way….

  

Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.

—HIPPOCRATES

Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek. 

Prayer for today:

Lord, please help me to get out of my own way so I don’t miss out on the wonderful things you have for me. Help me to remember that your promises are true and you have always and will always provide my every need. Your word says, that you will bless me, exceedingly, abundantly and above all that I can ask or think. I want change, I want to be healthy and I want to learn how to heal my body. I step out on faith and I know you will guide me as I search for the truth.  I thank you for wisdom and spiritual guidance.     

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

You can find great inflammation and recipes in my book Beyond the Bite: The Keto Autoimmune Protocol Healing Book for Women.

Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, The Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism and  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way. You can find all these books on Amazon.  This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

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Diverticulitis And You

Diverticulitis is nothing to laugh at or not to take seriously. Your colon is   really have just pissed off your colon. Abused it and now its seeking revenge. It is being rebellious , where you must take heed and cautiously calm the inflamed lion back down but let this be a learning lesson too. You can’t abuse your body and keep on assuming nothing will happen. Also there are some of you who seem to be eating what they think are all the right foods and apparently your body doesn’t agree.

I’ve read that this is  a common form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Many people develop small pouches (diverticula) in the lining of their colon that bulge outward through weak spots, usually in the large intestine. This is called diverticular disease. The condition of having diverticula is called diverticulosis. When the diverticulae become infected and inflamed, it’s called diverticulitis.  Many people have this disorder for years before it becomes an issue and perhaps lands them in a hospital bed.  Symptoms can range from abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, constipation, or loose bowel movements and include diarrhea. There have been times when doctors have confused Mild diverticulitis symptoms for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Everything has a root cause.  We must stop abusing our bodies and think that their are no consequences to our actions.  Here are some things you need to  think about or put into action…

Interesting fact: There are more than 200,000 cases reported per year in the United States and is most common for people between from 40-60 years onwards. In 2003 in Europe, it resulted in approximately 13,000 deaths. Costs associated with diverticular disease are around $2.4 billion a year in the United States as of 2013.

Possible causes for diverticulitis:

  • Nutrition deprivation / poor diet
  • Eating too much meat
  • Consuming dairy
  • Obesity
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking
  • Family history

 

  1. Heal your Gut-

    Your gut is your portal to health. You must begin to heal any intestinal inflammation. Your gut houses 80 percent of your immune system, and without your gut being healthy it is practically impossible to have a healthy immune system.  A leaky gut have been linked to hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and Hashimotos thyroiditis, diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, eczema and rosacea, and that is just to name a few. It is said that all disease begin in the gut. So you can understand why a properly working digestive system (your gut) is vital to your health. Contrary to what we use to believe. We now know that having a leaky gut is one of the main reasons, and probably the beginning stage, for developing an autoimmune disease. Having a leaky gut means that the tight junctions that usually hold the walls of your intestines together have become loose, allowing undigested food particles, microbes, toxins, and more to leave your gut and enter your bloodstream. This will cause your body to become full of inflammation, which in return will start to trigger an autoimmune condition and if you already have an autoimmune condition it will certainly make it worse. Luckily for you. Your gut is made up of wonderful cells that can turn over very quickly, so you can start to heal your gut in as little as thirty days, by following these 4 R guidelines: Remove, Restore, Replace and Repair

 

     — Remove these inflammatory foods, household & body  chemicals, drink filtered water( to avoid fluoride and chloride) , stop using aluminum brand deodorant, start using fluoride free  brand tooth pastes, start to reduce your stress that damage your gut, do a detox to heal any gut infections from yeast, parasites, or bacteria.

    — replenish the enzymes and digestive acids that are necessary for proper digestion

   — Make sure you are taking plenty a good strong probiotic that is full of these much needed “good bacteria” to start supporting your immune system. Here is a great product that I use. You can do your own research and I am sure there are other brands out there that are wonderful too. Garden Of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics Once Daily Women’s, 30 Count

  — Give your gut a fighting chance by supplying the nutrients and amino acids needed to build a healthy gut lining. (Gelatin can improve your ability to produce adequate gastric acid secretions that are needed for proper digestion and nutrient absorption. Glycine from gelatin is important for restoring a healthy mucosal lining in the stomach and facilitating with the balance of digestive enzymes .

Perfect Keto Chocolate Protein Powder: Collagen Peptides Grassfed low Carb Keto Drink Supplement With MCT Oil Powder

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2. Household chemicals-

 Did you know that it takes 26 seconds for the chemicals to enter into your bloodstream? The real reality is we are damaging our DNA and we are changing our genetic makeup for future generations. There was a study a few years back that said the umbilical cord of an average American baby has over 200 known chemicals in it. Eighty percent of the common chemicals that are used daily in this country, we know almost nothing about. Our children are being born toxic and we have no idea if these toxins are already doing some sort of damage their brains, their immune system, their reproductive system, and any other developing organs. Are we unknowingly setting ourselves up for failure in the womb, even before birth?

    Scientists and researchers are concerned that many of these chemicals may be carcinogenic or wreak havoc with our hormones, our body’s regulating system.

    Most products have a warning label that is typed in bold “Keep out of Reach of Children”.  As consumers, we believe that if our children don’t ingest these products they will not be harmed by them. This can be far from the truth. Think about other common methods of exposure are through the skin and our respiratory tract. WE are along with our children are often in contact with the chemical residues housecleaning products do leave behind, by crawling, lying and sitting on the freshly cleaned floor.

     Scientists at Norway’s University of Bergen tracked 6,000 people, with an average age of 34 at the time of enrollment in the study, who used the cleaning products over a period of two decades, according to the research published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

    These chemicals can chemicals bind together.

    Exposure to phthalates has been associated with lower IQ levels.

    These chemicals can also be found in the shampoos, conditioners, body sprays, hair sprays, perfumes, make up, cleaning supplies, colognes, soap and nail polish that we use.

    The results follow a study by French scientists in September 2017 that found nurses who used disinfectants to clean surfaces at least once a week had a 24 percent to 32 percent increased risk of developing lung disease.

     Scientists and researchers are concerned that many of these chemicals may be carcinogenic or wreak havoc with our hormones, our body’s regulating system.

    It’s not enough to be aware of all the outdoor chemicals that we are exposed to everyday but inside our homes we can have more power and control. We have to be more aware about using chemical cleaners, paints, glues, body lotions, toothpastes, underarm deodorants, hair products and pesticides. Instead start to begin to use products that don’t pollute our very own bodies. We must read labels, make our own products and do our own research. I can’t stress this enough. We must take a stand for our health. Stop using commercial products that are laced with unknown and harmful body damaging products.

    You can reduce your exposure to them by eating organic foods, making your own cleaning chemicals and using alternative pest control methods.

    If you are needing a book with all natural recipes click on this link and order a kindle or paperback version. Awareness has Magic: Creating a Healthy Hypothyroidism Mind, body and Spirit Home life

    Vanilla grapefruit linen spray

    2-1/2 cups filtered water

    3 drops pink grapefruit essential oil

    2 drops vanilla essential oil

    1/4 cup vodka

    The vodka helps the water dry quickly after you spray it on your linens. Theses essential oils that are used create a beautifully fresh vanilla grapefruit scent that is perfect for a summer pick me up. This spray is very versatile. It can be used on clothing, fabric furniture, or even as a quick air freshener. 

    If the vodka smell is slightly strong just add another drop or two of essential oil.

    Always shake the bottle be before spraying on your linen.  

Tub & Tile Cleaner

    1 /4 cup baking soda

    1/4 cup lemon juice

    Or 10 drops of lemon essential oil

    3 Tablespoons Epsom salt

    3 Tablespoons Sal Suds or Castile liquid soap

    1/2 cup white vinegar

     Pour the vinegar into the bottle, followed by the baking soda and Epsom salt. Shake the bottle to combine the ingredients. Add the Sal suds gently shaking the bottle to combine. Mix all ingredients in a bottle with a sealable lid.

    Scrub and then rinse with water and wet clean rag.  

If you are needing a book with all natural recipes click on this link and order a kindle or paperback version. Awareness has Magic: Creating a Healthy Hypothyroidism Mind, body and Spirit Home life

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 3. Start taking a daily Enzymes*

Enzymes were first formulated by Dr Edward Howell (the deceased author of Enzyme Nutrition), with the purpose of digesting away years of accumulation of these large mucoprotein particles or starch-protein conjugates in the intercellular spaces.  Digestive enzymes relieve the workload on the pancreas, and free up other reserve enzymes that are needed elsewhere for your body.  

Enzymes are produced by the body to help break down the food we eat and they also assist in helping the body to clear toxic-waste buildup in the lymph and in the blood. If you use a proteolytic enzymes between meals will help to “digest” or breakdown organic debris that are moving through the circulatory and lymph systems, while increasing the lymphatic flow. They also help to lighten the load of allergy-like compounds whose only job is to free up your immune system from these traveling bandits. Never take protein digesting enzymes (protease) during pregnancy, high doses of proteases can thin the blood and if you have gastric or duodenal ulcers, gastritis, or suffer irritation or burning sensations in the stomach, stop taking the enzymes and contact your healthcare practitioner. You should always eat food with protease enzymes rather than taking Enzymes on their own. Also since you are eating more good fats than your body is use to consuming, it could take some time for your digestion to adjust to eating AIP keto. Supplementing with digestive enzymes will help your body break down fat to ease you into this transition.

Garden of Life Vegetarian Digestive Supplement for Women – Raw Enzymes Women for Digestion, Bloating, Gas, and IBS, 90 Capsules

This is a recipe from my latest book.

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1/2 of a peeled lemon

1 cup of spinach or romaine lettuce (if you have a thyroid issue go with the romaine)

1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

Knob of freshly peeled ginger

1/4 cup of organic blueberries

1 tablespoon MCT oil

1 scoop Collagen Peptides (beef, chicken or MARINE-your choice) 

Dash of turmeric

16oz. of filtered water

Blend until smooth, pour over ice and drink with a straw. This is very filling too!

 

 

 4. Drink equate amounts of clean water*

You’ve heard it before water is life!  Make sure you are drinking filtered water and not adding to  your toxic burden by ingesting easily absorbed toxins often present in water such as fluoride, chlorine, VOC’s, and more. You can safely consume up to half your body weight in ounces of water a day (160 lbs = 80 ounces of water). I love my Berkey Water Tank!

5. Eating clean*

Let’s talk about eating clean whole nutrient rich foods. The whole reason for this book is to get you to start eating clean. Also, you have to read labels. If you must eat prepacked foods always look for foods that have a short ingredient list and things that are recognizable as actual food. Various chemicals are added like sugars, questionable oils, and sodium. Processed foods are just a cocktail of poisons. Your body has no idea what to do with this processed junk therefore if it can’t dispose of it, it will start storing it in various places. Always avoid soy and if soy is listed as an ingredient.  Soy comes in all varieties and are highly processed, high in refined starches, heated oils and again added sugar, salt and low in nutrients and fiber. Oh let’s not fail to mention that soy mimics your hormones and plays a very sneaky trick on your endocrine system.

6. Avoiding Food Allergens*

Many people are unaware that certain foods are actually working against their bodies. You should see a specialist and be tested to ensure you have no food allergies. Your lymphatic system can also be affected by your gut. If your gut is inflamed and not healed this is taxing on your immune system which in return is taxing on your lymphatic system. Consider adding prebiotics and probiotics to help support gut health along with eating properly and avoiding these common food allergens. In this book, you will find all the recipes have been created and catered around these common food allergens along with being Keto. I’ve taken them out. After 1 month you can slowly add some back in and see how you react. This certainly wasn’t an easy task but one that I am most proud of. 

Common food allergens that can contribute to an inflamed gut are:

Nightshades

Eggs

Grains (gluten)

Dairy

Legumes

Corn

Soy

Dairy

lectins 

If you allergic to certain foods it is will involve you’re the immune system. You know that your immune system controls how your body defends itself. Your body see’s inflammatory foods as invaders and will kick in your autoimmunity responses.  For example if you have a food allergy to cow’s milk, your immune system will see cow’s milk as an invader. In-return your immune system overreacts by producing antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies travel to cells that release chemicals, causing an allergic reaction to start fighting for your body. Being tested for food allergies seems to be easiest way to check to see if you have any food allergies so you can start avoiding these foods and help your immune system become strong again.

You can find great inflammation and recipes in my book Beyond the Bite: The Keto Autoimmune Protocol Healing Book for Women. 

7. Start Eating Fermented foods

Fermented foods are really great for your immune system and gives your digestive health a must needed boost of ‘good bacteria’.

 8. Strengthen Your Gut with a Quality Probiotic

Probiotic supplements are a convenient way to deliver additional beneficial bacteria to the gut because they don’t require any cooking or meal planning.

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 9. Avoid empty calorie foods

Cakes, cookies, pastries, sodas, cheese, pizza, sports drinks, ice cream, hot dogs and bacon, all contain empty calories. Your body needs fuel and fuel comes from food in the form of calories. Calories let you function and keep doing your everyday activities. Foods with empty calories have lots of calories but very few nutrients like vitamins and minerals.

10. Detox your lifestyle

We are creating a toxic shit storm within our very own bodies. I’m not speaking from a place of Prejudice or judgement because what you do with your life is entirely your call. The real reality is we are damaging our DNA and we are changing our genetic makeup for future generations. These chemicals in our food, beverages, vaccines and pharmaceuticals create a breeding ground for sickness. Have you heard of gene mutation? It’s when the cells are changed by chemicals they are either damaged, lost or copied.  These processed foods that are full of man-made chemicals, fluoridated municipal tap water, genetically modified foods, refined oils, herbicides like roundup, Artificial sweeteners, Vaccines and the yearly flu shot – often contain mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde and MSG, Pharmaceutical medications and a lot of the Pharmaceutical medications are loaded with fluoride, OTC (over-the-counter) medications for colds, allergies, headaches and fever – often contain heavy metal toxins, artificial sweeteners and toxic industrial-based food dyes. Let’s not forget to mention the over use of antibiotics, antacids, aspirin, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) which completely change the environment in our gut.   

11.  Constipation

Bowel movements is your body’s way to get rid of waste buildup.  Don’t worry sometimes people do tend to find themselves constipated. You’ve changed the way you’re eating and for some it might be harder for their body to digest or adjust to this new way of eating.

We have two types of poopers in this world: Type A has their pooping down to a science. They go every day at the same time and usually (if they can help it) in the same toilet. (This is me)  Then there’s Type B. This group doesn’t go that often and has no real ritual to its toilet habits.  So, you may ask, is one healthier than the other? The answer is no. Everyone is different. There really is no “normal” habit for pooping.  The average person poops approximately once a day—about 1 ounce of stool for each 12 pounds of her or his body weight. That means a person weighing 160 pounds produces an average of just under a pound of poop each day. Poop is made up of 75% water  the remaining parts are made from a mixture of dead bacteria that helped us to digest our food, living bacteria, protein, indigestible fiber, and waste materials from the liver and intestines. Don’t start to worry if you bathroom habits change. It’s going to happen. We go on vacation & things happen in our lives. As long as your bathroom trips don’t cause pain or discomfort you are pretty much okay. Your digestive system works all day and every day, so it’s okay if you experience changes from time to time.  If you have constipation or diarrhea that lasts for longer than weeks at a time or blood in your stool you need to

 Check with your doctor.

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Here are a few things you can do to help if you experience constipation.

    Eat More Fermented foods- like sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles for probiotic bacteria and prebiotic fiber

    Drink more health fats- like olives, avocados

    Drink More Water

    Consume More MCT Oil-MCT (medium chain triglycerides) oil has a natural laxative effect you won’t find in other types of oil

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    Add Himalayan Sea Salt to your Water- Salt water can counteract constipation. Add a small dash of salt into a glass of water twice a day. Try this mixture an hour or so before eating on an empty stomach.  Important: If you have high blood pressure, don’t try this. You already know you are limited to 1500 milligrams (mgs) of sodium per day.

    Add extra blueberries-

    Add an extra avocado

    Add 1 teaspoon of organic honey

    Make sure your eating plenty of low GI vegetables

    Add a daily probiotic, prebiotic and digestive enzyme

    Add a fermented fish oil supplement

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    Drink an extra cup of green tea it’s a natural diuretic

    Get out and exercise

    Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to your warm water

    Make sure your taking a high quality mulit-vitamin-I use Garden of life

12. Address nutritional deficiencies

Having nutritional deficiencies certainly adds gas to the fire. When you are deficient it can aggravate the symptoms: vitamin D, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, zinc, copper, vitamin A, the B vitamins, and iodine.

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13. Bone Broths

Our digestive system doesn’t absorb food, it absorbs nutrients.

Homemade stock sometimes can resemble a jelly like subtance after being refrigerated. This Stock gelatine has numerous health benefits like idodine, gelatine, calcium, healthy fats and electrolytes that include boosting your immunity and improving digestion. Bone broth is such an exceptional superfood. You can store it up to 2 weeks in the  refrigerator or freeze it in ice cube trays where I find it really easy to transfer the frozen cubes of broth to a resealable freezer bag where they will keep for 6 months. If you freeze a it in cubes just add a cube to a cup of warm water and it will dissolve. This will give you a fresh cup of stock to drink!

Gut-Healing Vegetable Broth*

    12 cups filtered water

    1 tbsp. coconut oil

    1 red onion, peeled and cut in half

    1 garlic bulb, peeled and chopped

    1 thumb-sized piece of ginger roughly chopped

    2 cups of watercress

    3-4 cup mixed chopped vegetables and peelings I used carrot peelings, red cabbage, fresh mushrooms, leeks and celery

    1/2 cup dried shiitake mushrooms

    1/4 of a cup dried wakame seaweed

    2 tbsp. ground turmeric

    1 tbsp. organic apple cider vinegar

    A bunch of fresh parsley

    Simply add everything to a large pot. Bring to a boil then simmer, with the lid on, for about an hour.

    Once everything has been cooked down, strain the liquid into a large bowl.

14. Are you on a medication that makes you gain weight and kill off your good gut bacteria?

Certain medications, notably steroids, and also some antidepressants, antipsychotics, high blood pressure drugs, allergy medication, birth control, and seizure medications has been linked to adding the extra lbs. to your waistline. Keep in mind we are all different not everybody will experience the same side effects if any with medications. Some medications also kill off our good gut bacteria and allow the bad gut bacteria to flourish.  

Don’t ever stop taking any medications without first consulting your doctor. You’re on that medication for a reason and it just may be critical to your health. Please always consult with your doctor so they can try to help you figure out what’s going on but be honest. Don’t go into the doctor’s office saying your gaining weight and you can’t figure it out knowing you had that diet coke & Twinkie for breakfast!

15. Eat more Nutrient Dense Foods

Think about what you’re putting in your body. Either you’re fighting disease or feeding disease. You must get a concept of nutrient density. Many of the foods we tend to eat, block nutrients from being absorbed. Gluten, dairy and soy products create inflammation in the digestive tract. In ancient times grains were prepared by soaking, sprouting and fermenting but that tradition in making them been long forgotten with our fast-paced culture. If you have inflammation in the digestive system undigested proteins leak into the blood stream creating a heightened immune reaction that often makes your thyroid issues worse and can lead to a leaky gut which causes other problems.

16. Reduce your inflammation

Chronic inflammation can spread and have more harmful effects than just one area in your body. Your body can experience things like higher blood pressure , allergies, create autoimmune issues, experience joint pain, cause heart problems, harmful swelling, bone loss, it can lower your iron levels and it just have a negative impact on your entire well-being. Did you know that chronic inflammation can also raise your reverse T3, which means this might be the reason why your hypothyroidism was created in the 1st place. We must get the inflammation under control. Cut out foods like gluten, sugar, refined carbs, fake foods, soy, and vegetable oils and add in fresh whole fruits, healthy fats and fiber. Start creating your own body lotions and cleaning supplies.

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17. Relieve Your Stress

Many of us find ourselves in this cycle of so much responsibility that at times it seems impossible to manage. We are over worked and the chronic stress is breaking us down. Chronis stress keeps our cortisol levels elevated. If our cortisol levels are staying elevated, it begins to interfere with many other areas of our body which are the immune system, digestion, sleep, and even the ability to produce other essential hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and YES you named it last but not least our THYROID which can cause an autoimmune reaction. Do you see the cycle? 

We must try to begin to tackle our stress and start to manage it.

If you’re having an acute attack of diverticulitis, your doctor may suggest either a low-fiber diet or a clear liquid diet to help relieve your symptoms. They may recommend following one of these diets until you have recovered from inflammation and pain.

Low-fiber foods

Low-fiber foods to consider eating if you have diverticulitis symptoms include:

  • no gluten
  • no processed foods
  • no fruit
  • no animal proteins such as fish, poultry, or eggs
  • no omega 6 oils which is bad for you anyways
  • No lectin foods

Clear liquid diet

A clear liquid diet is a more restrictive approach to relieving diverticulitis symptoms. Your doctor may prescribe it for a short period of time. A clear liquid diet usually consists of:

  • water
  • ice chips
  • ice pops with frozen fruit puree or pieces of finely chopped fruit
  • soup broth or stock
  • gelatin (such as Jell-O)
  • tea or coffee without any creams, flavors, or sweeteners
  • clear electrolyte drinks

Other dietary considerations

Be sure to talk with your doctor before making any dramatic dietary changes. After your condition improves, your doctor may recommend slowly adding low-fiber foods back into your diet. Once you no longer have symptoms of diverticulitis, your doctor may suggest that you resume a balanced, higher-fiber diet.

How to start healing diverticulitis?

Probiotics, digestive enzymes, bone broths, ginger, anti-inflammatory foods,  clear liquid diet, aloe juice, juicing, healing your gut. Limit your  flare-up foods, focusing on foods that are easily digested and listen to your body.  Stop abusing  your body. No, I am not writing a book on this matter just a small blog but The foods we consume can either be a powerful medicine or a very slow form of poison. – A.L. Childers

 

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Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.

—HIPPOCRATES

Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek. 

Prayer for today:

Lord, please help me to get out of my own way so I don’t miss out on the wonderful things you have for me. Help me to remember that your promises are true and you have always and will always provide my every need. Your word says, that you will bless me, exceedingly, abundantly and above all that I can ask or think. I want change, I want to be healthy and I want to learn how to heal my body. I step out on faith and I know you will guide me as I search for the truth.  I thank you for wisdom and spiritual guidance.     

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

You can find great inflammation and recipes in my book Beyond the Bite: The Keto Autoimmune Protocol Healing Book for Women.

Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, The Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism and  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way. You can find all these books on Amazon.  This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

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