Back to basics

I am write this new blog post and adding a new category to my blog this week called “Back to Basics” because I think it is time to get back to the basics. I have wanted to live on a farm since I was a small child and have been talking about living a sustainable lifestyle since I was 21 years old. That is a long time to be dreaming of something and not accomplishing it. Jump on board with the thousands of people who have homesteads and farms so that you too can live a happier, healthier lifestyle by getting back to the basics.

The basics I am referring to are growing your own food in your own garden for starters. In the next year my goal is to have a garden, buy a horse and build a big barn.  I want cattle, chickens, a dog, a couple of amazing mousers (I already have my cat Lucy who rocks at mousing) and of course room to grow and to expand the variety of living things I may want in the future! Like goats and sheep…

To me self-sufficiency and living a sustainable life is by far the healthiest choice a human-being can make! Viewing the direction the world is going for the past couple of decades, the ones who choose this lifestyle will survive and be the remaining few.

Growing your own garden

In growing your own garden you know what is in the earth, fertilizer used and how they were grown. I’ve chosen herlium seeds and will save seeds when I harvest the fruits and vegetables I grow. You are in control of what goes in your gut. Using natural ingredients to tame weeds and get rid of pests that way you know your family is safe eating every single food item you put on the kitchen table from your own garden.

Growing a homestead

I want to have the best homestead I can create and already have plans under way for this amazing next phase of my life. I am very excited and want to bring my experiences and learning to you to inspire you to do the same. When living with autoimmune diseases the way you have to eat can get very expensive and this is a great way to save money, working on bettering yourself in so many ways and being outside in nature is just an added bonus.

Growing a new lifestyle

What you set your mind on doing you can accomplish. Start with a plan and work towards it. If you want it bad enough and run your own life the goal is attainable. To me self-sufficiency and living a sustainable life is by far the healthiest choice a human-being can make! Viewing the direction the world is going for the past couple of decades, the ones who choose this lifestyle will survive and be the remaining few.

 

Classical Homeopathy

Lycopodium Personality

I started studying Classical Homeopathy in the last year so I decided to make it part of my healing journey as well. I had my first appointment last month to hopefully get my body functioning properly. After all these years since my organs shut down prior to 2013, some are still not back to normal. I am very close to having my gut functioning optimally though so that is encouraging.

One of the many astonishing, delightful and almost incredible things about homeopathy is the fact that unlikely and sometimes completely inert substances, when prepared homeopathically, are transformed into powerful and deep acting medicines

I sent her all my symptoms from the time I was born in 1972 along with a timeline of all the illnesses, the treatments and responses.

Within a week I have had osme progress. Healing naturally is a slow process it is definitely NOT a quick fix.  A quick fix is only masking the illnesses symptoms so don’t be fooled by western medical treatments, it is not healing your illness.

Some progrss is a win in my books!

The result: Lycopodium

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Lycopodium is an excellent example of an unreactive substance within which are extraordinary healing properties. Although normally inert, if a powder of Lycopodium is thrown into a naked flame it explodes. The Lycopodium patient, although normally retiring and outwardly calm, is capable of sudden bursts of temper when things become “just too much” for them.

Lycopodium clavatum (Lyc) is a widely used homeopathic medicine for the liver, urinary and digestive disorders.

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From Homeopathyplus dot com

General Information

Lycopodium Clavatum (Lyc.) is a key remedy for lack of confidence, and types of acute and chronic digestive disorders. Physical symptoms such as eczema and cracked heels tend to be on the right-side of the body, be worst on the right side, or start on the right and before extending to the left. Symptoms worsened by warm rooms and between 4 – 8pm. Those needing Lycopodium often have dry skin or mucus membranes, and crave sweets.

Mental-emotional Symptoms

Egotistical,. Love of power which is used to dominate.
Lack of self-confidence – feels weak and inadequate so avoids responsibility. Anxious about speaking in public but often does it well.
Covers up lack of confidence with haughty, boasting, domineering or bullying behaviour. Pleasant, ingratiating behaviour with authority figures.
Lack of discipline and lack of commitment.
Irritability on waking in the morning.
Intellectual pursuits are preferred over energetic sporting activities.
Respiratory Problems

Nose blocks on lying down at night.
Gastrointestinal Problems

Bloated and full of gas. Flatulent. Rumbling in the abdomen.
Symptoms aggravated by flatulent food such as beans, onions, cabbage.
Heartburn with sour belching. Constipation when travelling.
Headache or other symptoms from missed meals.
Preference for warm drinks. Craving for sweets.
Changeable appetite – appetite either lost or increased by eating.
Night-time hunger – may wake with hunger.
Skin Problems

Hair graying in patches or streaks, especially on the right side.
Deep furrows or creases in forehead.
Dryness of skin and mucous membranes.
Cracked heels which start or are worse on the right.
Male Problems

Promiscuity and lack of commitment. Premature ejaculation.
Impotence with long-term partner but no problem with new partners.
Sleep Problems

Waking unrefreshed.
Waking with hunger.

From homeopathiremedies dot com

Lycopodium is commonly used for:

Gastric Upsets:
Lycopodium Clavatum is good for indigestion with burping, dyspepsia, biliousness, flatulence, and is good for those with a sensitive digestive system such as constipation with offensive gas.

Lycopodium helps with bloated abdomen, baby’s colic or adult indigestion, and when you have a sensation of pressure over the left side of the abdomen. It also helps with those who enjoy eating and overeats at times, then suffers from bloating.

Headaches:
Lycopodium can quickly relieve certain headaches: over-the-eyes sinus pain after a sinus blocking cold, a temple to temple pain or an occipital headache at night. It can be used for relief from neuralgia-type headaches, particularly those occurring on the right side.

Lycopodium Clavatum also helps with headache from missing a meal, headache over eyes and headache with colds.

Cold’s & Flu:
Lycopodium will help the common cold that has yellow-green lumpy mucus, blocked sinuses, a constant worse at night cough, right-sided sore throat that may move left, and fever.

Homeopathic Lycopodium is known to prevent and heal many types of chest infections and breathing problems, and is useful for soothing dry, tickling coughs and sore throats. Lycopodium also helps labored breathing that worsens when the patient lies on his or her back and clears congestion of the respiratory system.

Lycopodium’s Personality Profile:

Lycopodium works well as a homeopathic remedy for those who have great anxiety in their lives. They lack confidence though they come across as arrogant or overly sarcastic. They have a great fear of being left alone and their emotional symptoms often manifest into physical ones.

Lycopodium’s Materia Medica:

Mind: Melancholy; afraid to be alone. Little things annoy, Extremely sensitive. Averse to undertaking new things. Head strong and haughty when sick. Loss of self-confidence. Hurried when eating. Constant fear of breaking down under stress. Apprehensive. Weak memory, confused thoughts; spells or writes wrong words and syllables. Failing brain-power (Anac; Phos; Baryt). Cannot bear to see anything new. Cannot read what he writes. Sadness in morning on awaking.

Head: Shakes head without apparent cause. Twists face and mouth. Pressing headache on vertex; worse from 4 to 8 pm, and from lying down or stooping, if not eating regularly (Cact). Throbbing headache after every paroxysm of coughing. Headaches over eyes in severe colds; better, uncovering (Sulph). Vertigo in morning on rising. Pain in temples, as if they were screwed toward each other. Tearing pain in occiput; better, fresh air. Great falling out of hair. Eczema; moist oozing behind ears. Deep furrows on forehead. Premature baldness and gray hair.

Eyes: Styes on lids near internal canthus. Day-blindness (Bothrops). Night-blindness more characteristic. Sees only one-half of an object. Ulceration and redness of lids. Eyes half open during sleep.

Ears: Thick, yellow, offensive discharge. Eczema about and behind ears. Otorrhœa and deafness with or without tinnitus; after scarlatina. Humming and roaring with hardness of hearing; every noise causes peculiar echo in ear.

Nose: Sense of smell very acute. Feeling of dryness posteriorly. Scanty excoriating, discharge anteriorly. Ulcerated nostrils. Crusts and elastic plugs (Kal b; Teuc). Fluent coryza. Nose stopped up. Snuffles; child starts from sleep rubbing nose. Fan-like motion of aloe nasi (Kali brom; Phos).

Face: Grayish-yellow color of face, with blue circles around eyes. Withered, shriveled, and emaciated; copper-colored eruption. Dropping of lower jaw, in typhoid fever (Lach; Opium). Itching; scaly herpes in face and corner of mouth.

Mouth: Teeth excessively painful to touch. Toothache, with swelling of cheeks; relieved by warm application. Dryness of mouth and tongue, without thirst. Tongue dry, black, cracked, swollen; oscillates to and fro. Mouth waters. Blisters on tongue. Bad odor from mouth.

Throat: Dryness of throat, without thirst. Food and drink regurgitates through nose. Inflammation of throat, with stitches on swallowing; better, warm drinks. Swelling and suppuration of tonsils. Ulceration of tonsils, beginning on right side. Diphtheria; deposits spread from right to left; worse, cold drinks. Ulceration of vocal bands. Tubercular laryngitis, especially when ulceration commences.

Stomach: Dyspepsia due to farinaceous and fermentable food, cabbage, beans, etc. Excessive hunger. Aversion to bread, etc. Desire for sweet things. Food tastes sour. Sour eructations. Great weakness of digestion. Bulimia, with much bloating. After eating, pressure in stomach, with bitter taste in mouth. Eating ever so little creates fullness. Cannot eat oysters. Rolling of flatulence (Chin; Carb). Wakes at night feeling hungry. Hiccough. Incomplete burning eructations rise only to pharynx there burn for hours. Likes to take food and drink hot. Sinking sensation; worse night.
Abdomen: Immediately after a light meal, abdomen is bloated, full. Constant sense of fermentation in abdomen, like yeast working; upper left side. Hernia, right side. Liver sensitive. Brown spots on abdomen. Dropsy, due to hepatic disease. Hepatitis, atrophic from of nutmeg liver. Pain shooting across lower abdomen from right to left.

Stool: Diarrhœa. Inactive intestinal canal. Ineffectual urging. Stool hard, difficult, small, incomplete. Hæmorrhoids; very painful to touch, aching (Mur ac).

Urine: Pain in back before urinating; ceases after flow; slow in coming, must strain. Retention. Polyuria during the night. Heavy red sediment. Child cries before urinating (Bor).

Male: No erectile power; impotence. Premature emission (Calad; Sel; Agn). Enlarge prostate. Condylomata.

Female: Menses too late; last too long, too profuse. Vagina dry. Coition painful. Right ovarian pain. Varicose veins of pudenda. Leucorrhœa, acrid, with burning in vagina. Discharge of blood from genitals during stool.

Respiratory: Tickling cough. Dyspnœa. Tensive, constrictive, burning pain in chest. Cough worse going down hill. Cough deep, hollow. Expectorations gray, thick, bloody, purulent, salty (Ars; Phos; Puls). Night cough, tickling as from Sulphur fumes. Catarrh of the chest in infants, seems full of mucus rattling. Neglected pneumonia, with great dyspnœa, flaying of alæ nasæ and presence of mucous rales.

Heart: Aneurism (Baryta carb). Aortic disease. Palpitation at night. Cannot lie on left side.

Back: Burning between scapulæ as of hot coals. Pain in small of back.

Extremities: Numbness, also drawing and tearing in limbs, especially while at rest or at night. Heaviness of arms. Tearing in shoulder and elbow joints. One foot hot, the other cold. Chronic gout, with chalky deposits in joints. Profuse sweat of the feet. Pain in heel on treading as from a pebble. Painful callosities on soles; toes and fingers contracted. Sciatica, worse right side. Cannot lie on painful side. Hands and feet numb. Right foot hot, left cold. Cramps in calves and toes at night in bed. Limbs go to sleep. Twitching and jerking.

Fever: Chill between 3 and 4 pm, followed by sweat. Icy coldness. Feels as if lying on ice. One chill is followed by another (Calc; Sil; Hep).

Sleep: Drowsy during day. Starting in sleep. Dreams of accidents.

Skin: Ulcerates. Abscesses beneath skin; worse warm applications. Hives; worse, warmth. Violent itching; fissured eruptions. Acne. Chronic eczema associated with urinary, gastric and hepatic disorders; bleeds easily. Skin becomes thick and indurated. Varicose veins, nævi, erectile tumors. Brown spots, freckles worse on left side of face and nose. Dry, shrunken, especially palms; hair becomes prematurely gray. Dropsies. Offensive secretions; viscid and offensive perspiration, especially of feet and axilla. Psoriasis.

One Year Remission

July 2017 – 2018

This month marks one year since my Crohns flare has been in remission and I started my trek of recovery. Remission as in no more ulcers, fisculas, pain, diarrhea, bleeding and inflammation was not present from this flare. No more symptoms. Clinical Remission was reached just prior to my colonoscopy on July 24, 2017.

Even though Crohns and Colitis were in remission my body still had a lot of rebuilding to do. Remember back in the earlier posts in 2016 when I talked of organ failure e.g: skin shutting down, muscles had wasted and loss of an incredible amount of tissue throughout my body, hair loss and failure of the lungs, gut, bowel, etc.  This repairing had to take place since my gut was absorbing finally and my body was able to start recovering.

My blog is my journey from extreme illness to the the diagnosis of Crohns to reaching remission naturally. No western medicine. No surgery.  How I recovered and how I worked through the process of healing. I’ve learned so much about health and even more about myself.

Right after the colonoscopy UC was triggered either from the procedure itself or the laxatives taken for the procedure.  So, again I regressed. And again it took time to rid my body of the inflammation and then time to heal. (UC is also in remission) With natural healing of autoimmune diseases, time and patience are huge parts of the success in the journey.

You have to understand how the body heals itself, and in this process from extreme illness of disease to recovery, I have observed it first hand. In the homeopathic textbooks Hahnemann discusses how once in diseased state, the healing process of the body reverses to its natural centered state. Before I read this I had already witnessed this occurring and had documented it. My observation of the reversed order of occurring symptoms was completely part of my soul searching journey.

In illness is the old traumas that have been stored over a period of time. In order to heal the body it finds ways to resolve these traumas so that the body can be cured. It is the souls way of healing. If we were wise enough to listen to our bodies better we would have less illness, pain and suffering.

I have had set backs but I did accomplish my goal of healing naturally through what I ate, getting restorative sleep, movement, and holistic modalities.

Many milestones have been reached over the last three years which I’ve worked extremely hard to accomplish. I’m so glad to finally be on the other side of illness with all the resources I need for my future.

love light peace ~Andrea

In the depths of IBD

Healing Crohns Disease Naturally

I wrote this post when I was bedridden with chronic pain from Crohn’s disease. This is a summation of what my blog offers an individual who has been diagnosed with Crohns and/or Colitis who wants to avoid prescription drugs and surgery like I have.  Also, for individuals who have been suffering a long time and want their life back. Finding healing naturally will change your life!

I know that when in a flare the stigma has us all pegged as needing a bathroom asap, that we have diariah all the time, that Crohns Disease and Ulcerative Colitis is all about bowel movements. When symptoms are present it’s like this to a degree but it’s about so much more!

Pain, pain and more pain! Chronic pain! Iritis pain, debilitating arthritis pain, mouth ulcers, debilitating pain in small intestine, colon and bowel. Debilitating weakness and utter exhaustion, weight lose/gain, constipation, diarrhea, and liver or bladder pain.

Our immune system is weakened, leaky gut syndrome is usually the cause. When your immune system tries to fight off the invading microorganism, an abnormal immune response causes the immune system to attack the cells in the digestive tract.

  • Colon, bowel and small intestine pain. The pain often is described as cramping and intermittent, and the stomach may be sore when touched. Pain may turn to a dull, constant ache as the condition gets worse.
  • Fever or other symptoms that affect the entire body may develop. A high fever may mean that you have an infection, such as an abscess, inflammation or infection.
  • Weight loss. Ongoing symptoms, such as diarrhea, can lead to weight loss.
  • Too few red blood cells (anemia). People with Crohn’s disease develop anemia because of low iron levels caused by bloody stools or the intestinal inflammation itself.
  • Small tears in the anus (anal fissures) that may go away, but come back again.
  • Inflammation of skin, eyes and joints
  • Inflammation of the liver or bile ducts
  • Delayed growth In children
  • Diarrhea is a common problem for people with Crohn’s disease. Intensified intestinal cramping also can contribute to loose stools.
  • Abdominal pain and cramping. Inflammation and ulceration can affect the normal movement of contents through your digestive tract and may lead to pain and cramping. You may experience anything from slight discomfort to severe pain, including nausea and vomiting.
  • You might notice bright red blood in the toilet bowl or darker blood mixed with your stool. You can also have bleeding you don’t see (occult blood).
  • Mouth sores: ulcers in your mouth similar to canker sores.
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss. Abdominal pain and cramping and the inflammatory reaction in the wall of your bowel affects both your appetite and your ability to digest and absorb food.
  • Perianal disease: pain or drainage near or around the anus due to inflammation from a tunnel into the skin (fistula).
  • Higher risk of colon cancer
  • Depression
  • Brain function altered
  • organs shutting down
  • muscle wasting

Holistic healing

  • ayruveda
  • breathing
  • meditation
  • Homeopathy
  • Biofeedback
  • Sho-Tai
  • Dosha – vata, pitta and kapha

Diet changes

  • Against All Grain
  • Whole30
  • AIP Autoimmune Paleo
  • SCD Specific Carbohydrate Diet
  • Bone broth
  • Collagen
  • Pre & probiotics

All the above support the gut! *please note that all or almost all meat bought in stores have been treated with antibiotics, hormones and fed grains, this also pertains to eggs (post more about this coming soon.) which are triggers for IBD.

I can’t believe how many people with Crohns and Colitis don’t get that the foods we eat affect our digestive track. Obviously, if our Crohns is flared you have ulcers in either your small intestine, colon and bowel and possibly your stomach and mouth. Having Colitis the ulcers are in the lining of your colon so, it makes sense that what we eat is having an affect on our GI Track.

Other important lifestyle changes

  • Sleep, sleep and more sleep
  • Rest, take naps when you need them
  • Drink water
  • Walking, yoga, exercise
  • Find gratitude in every day
  • Modalities
  • Chakras
  • Self care, love yourself (be kind and respectful of your body)
  • Mind, body and spirit balance
  • Vitamins
  • Other holistic remedies
    • remove stresses from your life
    • grain free, gluten free, alkaline based diet
    • removal of sugar, legumes, dairy, and night shades
    • also avoid sulfites, msg, carrageenan and artificial additives
  • Minerals
  • Mindfulness
  • Homemade foods….go back to the basics

This is a personal view of how I live my life and what I have done to change my lifestyle. Specifically, when in a flare and recovery.

One of the most important lifestyle changes I made was to remove negative aspects from my life. In order for healing to begin I had to remove toxic people, change my work and living environment and focus solely on myself.

Nothing in my life was working. It all had to go! Best decisions I ever made!

Spring has finally arrived and I can’t wait to get outside more to absorb vitamin D and get some colour on my blinding white legs. 😉

Happy Friday!

Light Love & Peace ~Andrea