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Medicine has consequences April 9, 2013

Filed under: Holistic Health,Uncategorized — Lauren @ 2:30 pm

After this past years election I kept hearing a famous political commentator say “elections have consequences….elections HAVE consequences”, reminding the American people that there are very real consequences to every election, whether good or bad.

Well I found myself really resonating with what he was trying to convey to a very temporal-minded people. Elections do have far-reaching consequences.


So do drugs.


I am amazed at the uncanny ability people have to disregard in their minds the VERY REAL consequences of their medical choices, particularly when it comes to taking drugs.


I am often mistaken for being over-zealous for natural health, or under-supportive of ‘main-stream medicine’…yah know, being a nurse and all.


Really though, if you’ve walked where I’ve walked and seen things the way I have come to see things, my conclusions really are the most natural ones to draw. What is far more shocking is that people who work in the medical field are NOT overwhelmingly cautious about medications and procedures. The negative consequences of them are ALL AROUND us in the hospital, the damage- impossible to avoid. Unless of course, they, like the rest of this country, effectively disregard the effects these myriad of medications have on the human body.

Digging just under the surface of the simple act of popping a pill, lie thousands upon thousands of red danger flags demanding our attention. Medication is FAR from benign.

  • Adverse drug reactions in this country by drugs taken according to directions with the appropriate dosing, causes approximately 106,000 deaths a year (SOURCE)
  • Medical error causes approximately 98,000 deaths a year (SOURCE)
  • Making these the 4th and 6th leading causes of death


What these studies brought to light should be astonishing to us consumers of the main-stream healthcare system. These numbers are not ‘case-studies’ of imaginary people…these are real people, with real families and real lives.


These are not statistics to me, they represent faces. Faces of people I have cared for in an average emergency department in this great country that spends the most money on healthcare.


Faces like:

(and his endearing wife who stood by his side, singing, stroking his face, and reminding his what a wonderful man he was)

  • The postpartum mother who has hemorrhagic stroke due to the administration of pitocin
  • The postpartum mom who came in being resuscitated 1 month after having her baby via c-section, dying of a massive pulmonary embolism (clot in lungs) most certainly from her major abdominal surgery (c-section)
  • The man in his 50’s playing tennis who dropped dead from a massive heart attack, that was shown to be caused by the avandia he was taking for his slightly elevated high blood sugar
  • The woman in her 30’s who took steroids for a couple of years due to back pain from a car accident, the steroids causing avascular necrosis, the complete deterioration of all of her socket joints, leading to 6 joint replacements in 2 years and a lifetime of continued replacements until she dies

  • The woman in her 70’s coming in dizzy with acute rectal bleeding due to the NSAIDS she just started for her arthritis
  • The baby who was born premature and through medical error his bowel was punctured, leading to a colostomy bag as an infant, months later a colon resection then months later another repair due to bowel obstruction from the scar tissue

I need to stop myself. I could go on.and.on.


The saddest part is most of these stories are recent cases I have encountered….i’ve lost track of so many of the stories I promised myself I would never forget. They are endless.


Ignorance is NOT bliss, folks.


We have surrendered our freedom to a paradigm that says: the medical field always knows best, always takes our best interests in mind, would never recommend something if there were negative consequences, and can solve any type of problem that they might cause.


WRONG. This is simply not true.


You are NOT going to get FULL disclosure from the medical field. There are wayyyyyy too many variables to prevent this from happening.


Maybe many medical professionals want you to believe those fallacies. But there are many who want YOU to take responsibility of YOUR health, and stop expecting them to do so.


I am one of them.


I am a good nurse. BUT I have made MANY mistakes. – because I’m human


And I give drugs that I have no idea what to expect from. –because I have to and because no one really knows


I take part in procedures that may be unnecessary.- because I have to


I make recommendations that I don’t really think will be helpful, and will most likely make the situation worse. – because I have to


Everything you do regarding your health has consequences—potentially good, potentially bad.


It is YOUR JOB to be informed about the pros and cons from as many angles as you can, and stop handing your health on a platter to the medical world and expecting them to preserve and nurture your health.


You are your BEST advocate. You are your child’s BEST advocate.

A call to responsibility…A call to understanding…A call to mindfulness.


Quick Kids Grain-free Lunches March 6, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lauren @ 11:02 pm

I recently took some pictures of some of our typical kid lunches to share with you. Nothing special or unusually creative, BUT maybe it will spark your brain for new out-of-the-box ideas! We usually have a pretty big protein/fat based breakfast with some variation of eggs or yogurt, and for dinner we almost always have a hot meal, so lunch is the time we don’t take much prep or cook anything for the kids. Why? Because I don’t want to. Ha! This is my way of making nutrient-dense food, FAST FOOD! These plates take 5 minutes to knock out—and it’s one of their favorite meals! We usually have fresh fruit for snack around 10:00 and 3:00, so I reallly like to limit fruit at lunch (apart from the wicked cool apple sandwich ;o)

Share your ideas!!!



Apple sandwiches (PB inside), olives, peppers, salmon, raw cheese, radishes



Raw cheese ‘sandwiches’ with shredded chicken, avocado and homemade ranch




“Ants-on-a-log”, peeled carrot (sword!), raw cheese, cucumbers-sea salt, olives and peppers.


Apple-Berry Dutch Baby Pancake

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lauren @ 10:58 pm

    Adapted to be a grain-free, GAPS-friendly recipe from Nourished Kitchen




7 eggs

½ almond flour

½ t baking soda

¼ t real salt

3 medium apples- peeled and chopped

¼ c dried cranberries (juice sweetened)

Zest of 1 lemon + squeeze of lemon juice

1/8 c whey or other liquid

1 t cinnamon

1/2 t cloves % cardamom

1 t vanilla

2-3 T fat of choice (ghee, coconut oil, butter would work good here)

2 T honey + 3-4 servings of stevia (or ¼ C honey)


  1. Cook chopped apples with fat of choice in medium cast iron pan until soft. (Make sure fat coats the sides of pan for later)
  2. Beat eggs until very frothy.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to eggs and combine well.
  4. Pour egg mixture over cooked apples in cast iron.
  5. Bake in oven on 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

**We like it best straight from the fridge. Very tasty from the oven too!




True Words February 12, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lauren @ 11:22 am

This past weekend I was so blessed to go with my very close friend to watch her sister speak about “True Words”. The speaker shared her story, her heart and her less than perfect journey with God. She encouraged her listeners that people, and women from the beginning have believed two primary lies that have brought such devastation to their lives…and have caused them to truly miss out on all that God has for them.

One: I am not good enough the way God made me.

Two: God does not really have my best in mind.

I certainly have been there, stayed there, and have even unknowingly lived out my days working from the foundation of those LIES.

A turning point in the speaker’s life was when a good friend told her “don’t be afraid to RECEIVE ALL that God has for you”

Because of the deep roots that these lies have held in our hearts, our fears hold us back from truly, whole-heartedly trusting God’s goodness and plan for our life. When we finally let go of all the lies and fear, and open our hearts to ALL THAT GOD HAS FOR US…..we will be beautifully devastated, unable to go back to the old life…..TRULY LIVING as God intends us to live.

I was sweetly reminded, (isn’t ‘reminding’ what all of scripture does and encourages us to do with one another) of my treasured place before my King, of His delight in me as His daughter and His plans to use me to comfort the broken. ALL because of His great love and sacrifice in His son….completely irrelevant of my vain attempts to ‘try’and love Him.

I DELIGHT in seeing the God I love and follow….REDEEM the broken things of this world. The scarred, wounded, sin-destroyed, battered lives of His people…become restored in the embrace of His love and goodness. There is nothing more powerful to behold than being a part of a God-transformation. I long to be part, any part, of God redeeming His people for as many breaths as He chooses to give me….


The Dreaded Words: I’m back to GAPS Intro January 27, 2013

Filed under: GAPS,Holistic Health,Uncategorized — Lauren @ 8:22 pm


Well after lots of thought and painstaking avoidance- I’m back to the intro phase of the GAPS diet. The intro diet slowly walks you through 6 stages of foods progressively, allowing you to proceed as your symptoms subside. You start with soup with boiled vegetables and meat only.




It’s been 1 week, and i’m in a much better place than I was earlier in the week. My emotional status wasn’t pretty.


We’ve felt great eating GAPS-friendly foods. We feel full, energetic, and are genuinely enjoying what we are eating.


While it had pushed me A LOT, I have loved the new opportunity to learn how to cook differently, and in one sense with more creativity and improvisation.


Maybe I was looking for the push that this grain-free, sugar-free, completely whole-foods diet has given me.


BUT——I didn’t want to be pushed BACK to the introductory diet. Nope. REALLY did not.


There have been lots of very positive changes, but one area of my body that still has a long way to go is my gut. On a daily basis I am still battling with stomach symptoms of pain and bloating after eating. Sometimes it’s worse than others, but it’s been very hard to determine which foods are causing the problem…..so I reluctantly accepted that the best way to pinpoint things further is to go BACK to the introductory diet. On top of clarity, I’m hoping for another round of even more intense healing one can find on intro that they might not find on the full GAPS diet.




The gut is the seat of our immune system, as 80% of the immune system resides in the gut lining. When the gut is not working properly, the immune system isn’t either. This can be disastrous.




Recently on my journey to health I unfolded the reality that I have had this ‘leaky-gut’ (AKA gut dysbiosis, bacteria/yeast overgrowth- the very thing the GAPS diet addresses) for A LOT longer than I had thought. I was under the impression that while my health wasn’t stellar as a child, it didn’t turn into this leaky gut until I became a young adult and that’s why I am having all these symptoms presently. WRONG. The body develops autoimmune disorders when gut immunity has been terribly compromised……my autoimmune disorder developed when I was 5. Meaning- my gut has been compromised, unsealed and leaking toxins into my blood steam, causing an autoimmune reaction…..since I was a very young child. This was shocking to me. Not sure exactly how this happened, but a few of the contributing factors were: lots of antibiotics for reoccurring ear infections, full schedule of vaccinations, environment toxins, a very apparent sugar addiction (a symptom and cause) and the Standard American Diet (sorry mom- you were a GREAT cook, but it would still classify as SAD! Luckily you’ve got the whole-foods fever now ;o) Seasonal allergies developed as well as intermittent headaches as a child. Surprisingly, I was protected from any significant bowel problems….and SO many other things that I could have surely developed. It wasn’t until my late teens that I developed GERD (reflux) intensely, then very frequent headaches (turning into 5-6 a week), fatigue, and very very uncomfortable stomach symptoms. (Two pregnancies in that process…causing me to become more and more deficient sure didn’t help my situation).




Onto the big news: I have noticed a lot of symptoms changing, so has Luke (the hubby). Our acne is virtually non-existent, headaches less frequent, energy is higher than it has been in years, cravings minimal, our kids are eating EVERYTHING I make (and gaining weight—good for them there on the small end) my random infections have gone away, our immune systems seem much stronger than normal (not getting much at all, and when we have it’s been mild)……



….and the coolest thing to date is my autoimmune disease is showing signs of reversal. Yes. I am very serious. My skin disease called ‘vitiligo’, causing white pigment areas on my skin, is actually filling in…..in amounts big enough that even people outside my family can notice. This has not happened since it ‘slowed’ or ‘went into remission’ as a teenager. It has not budged since then. This is a VERY encouraging sign. Autoimmune diseases are one of the scariest diagnosis’ possible, and I am very eager to prevent my body from triggering any further autoimmune diseases…..the best way to do that is HEAL THE GUT.



Despite the setbacks I have had, and the frustration in trying to figure out this massive puzzle piece of my health….it appears that there is wonderful change happening deep within my body.




Luke’s breakfast today (Full GAPS): Omelet, banana-nut muffin (coconut flour), veggie/fruit juice (I could have the eggs and juice)





Tessa sitting over the heat vent while eating her smoothie :o)




Carrot juice I introduced. Whoa-quite exciting.



The Children January 23, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lauren @ 9:13 pm


By: John Piper, Desiring God


Do you hear the children crying?
I can hear them every day,
Crying, sighing, dying, flying
Somewhere safe where they can play.

Somewhere safe from all the dangers,
Somewhere safe from Crack and AIDS,
Safe from lust and lurking strangers,
Safe from war and bombing raids.

Somewhere safe from malnutrition,
Safe from daddy’s damning voice,
Safe from mommy’s cool ambition,
Safe from deadly goddess, Choice.

Do you hear the children crying?
I can hear them every day,
Crying, sighing, dying, flying
Somewhere safe where they can play.

* * * *

Do you see the children meeting?
I can see them in the sky,
Meeting, seating, eating, greeting
Jesus with the answer why.
Why the milk no longer nourished,
Why the water made them sick,
Why the crops no longer flourished,
Why the belly got so thick.

Why they never knew the reason
Friends had vanished out of sight,
Why some suffered for a season,
Others never saw the light.

Do you see the children meeting?
I can see them in the sky,
Meeting, seating, eating, greeting
Jesus with the answer why.

* * * *

Do you hear the children singing?
I can hear them high above,
Singing, springing, ringing, bringing
Glory to the God of love.

Glory for the gift of living,
Glory for the end of pain,
Glory for the gift of giving,
Glory for eternal gain.

Glory from the ones forsaken,
Glory from the lost and lone,
Glory when the infants waken,
Orphans on the Father’s throne

Do you hear the children singing?
I can hear them high above,
Singing, springing, ringing, bringing
Glory to the God of love.

* * * *

Do you see the children coming?
I can see them on the clouds,
Coming, strumming, drumming, humming
Songs with heaven’s happy crowds.

Songs with lots of happy clapping,
Songs that set the heart on fire,
Songs that make your foot start tapping,
Songs that make a merry choir.

Songs so loud the mountains tremble,
Songs so pure the canyons ring,
When the children all assemble
Millions, millions, round the King.

Do you see the children coming?
I can see them on the clouds,
Coming, strumming, drumming, humming
Songs with heaven’s happy crowds.

* * * *

Do you see the children waiting?
I can see them all aglow
Waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting,
Who of us will rise and go?

Will we turn and fly to meet them
In the light of candle two?
I intend to rise and greet them.
Come and go with me, would you?


Cajun cabbage and beef casserole January 12, 2013

Filed under: GAPS,Recipes,Uncategorized — Lauren @ 10:37 pm


1 lb ground beef/pork + 1 t real salt & pepper

½ head of shredded cabbage

1 C chopped colored bell peppers

1 C chopped onion

1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes (optional: with chilies)

½ C+ chicken/beef stock (I keep small amounts in my freezer for meals like this)

1 C shredded cheese (cheddar, or colby)

3 garlic cloves

1 t basil

1 t oregano

Generous amount of white/black pepper

¼ t cayenne pepper



  1. Brown meat with peppers and onions until cooked through.
  2. Add tomatoes, spices and garlic to meat and let them get happy together (2-3 minutes).
  3. Put cabbage in glass 9X13, cover with meat mixture.
  4. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring half way through and adding ½ C chicken stock as needed for moisture.
  5. When cabbage is soft (45 min -1 hour), add cheese to top of dish and cook until melted.
  6. Sprinkle with additional basil.



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