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The Beginning for Baby G

My desire to move into the natural realm of treating our children, away from main-stream American medicine, was solidified during the very difficult first 4 months of Baby G’s (my 4th child) life.

Baby G was born absolutely perfect in January 2012. Well, she was jaundice and 4 weeks early…but nearly perfect. Within 4 weeks after birth, she had a pretty bad rash all over her body and face. So, when we went in for her 2nd HepB vaccine at 4 weeks old, I asked her doctor to check it out. He said it was a “normal baby rash,” and that I did not need to worry or do anything to treat it. My baby’s doctor then proceeded to give her the Hepatitis B vaccine as scheduled. A few days later, Baby G started to scream and cry….24 hours a day…7 days a week. I learned why the word “inconsolable” was added to language… because there was no amount of holding, rocking, or singing that would soothe her. My baby girl was in obvious pain and enduring terrible reflux as well. Our family doctor prescribed Zantac for Baby G, but it was not making a dent in her suffering.

After about 2 solid weeks of screaming, The Lord led me to Dr. N. When I say the Lord led me, that is ABSOLUTELY what happened. I was standing in the park watching 3 kids play while holding a screaming baby. I began to cry and asked God, “what am I going to do?” Not audibly, but crystal clear nonetheless, He said “take her to the new man doctor at Dr. B’s office.” I called and they worked her in immediately. At that time, the typical wait for a new patient to see this new man doctor was several months. At our first appointment, I realized this doctor was different when he inquired as to WHY Baby G had the reflux instead of just thinking of a way to treat her symptoms. After examining her skin, looking in her mouth, and smelling her, he said she had a yeast infection, and he prescribed Diflucan (an anti-fungal) for her. He also said that it was imperative that I get her off the Zantac as changing her pH could lead to a host of different problems. At our next appointment with our new doctor, and 8 weeks on Diflucan, I came to a shocking realization when Dr. N said he was glad I was bringing Baby G to him instead of a traditional doctor, due to the normal vaccination schedule…my heart sank. He informed me that the Hep B vaccine is cultured in yeast, so if she were vaccinated in her current condition, it would be devastating to her recovery. I let him know that she already had the vaccine at her 4 week appointment. That’s when he took this photo of her head – he was connecting the vaccine to this yeast infection.

Baby G yeast on head

Then I went home and remembered she had the Hep B vaccine in the hospital at 3 days old too. Oh my! No wonder she couldn’t shake the yeast infection! She was double vaccinated so close together! Still unbelievable to me, this is the recommended schedule for a perfectly healthy little baby.

I called Dr. N, and he recommended a clay packing – vaccine detox. Looking back, I realize she had a yeast rash after the first Hep B vaccine, and after the 2nd dose the yeast infection was completely out of control. She was red and rashy all over, inside & out. No wonder she wouldn’t stop screaming.

Thankfully, after about 10 weeks of screaming, Baby G received healing from the horrible yeast infection. The old Christine would have never even tried the clay packing – vaccine detox, but the end-of-her-rope Christine was willing to try anything! I called my friend Courtney to ask her if I should do it, and praise God, she said she would do it. I asked Dr. Shelton if she would do it, and praise God, she recommended we do it too. By His grace, I walked into that office with an open mind. Once the “mudding” was complete, my baby rested for the first time in months. Baby G was healed with mud and lavender oil, which I was spraying on her raw head 6-8 times per day. Diflucan and Nystatin couldn’t put an end to the yeast infection. It took mud and oil.

The lessons learned in the first part of her journey: Natural options work! A c-section baby needs probiotics, since God’s plan is for a baby’s gut to be populated with good flora on the way out of the birth canal. A jaundice baby’s liver is not functioning at full capacity yet, so she may not be equipped to receive vaccines yet. If the skin is unhealthy so is the inside of the body.

While the yeast infection was healed, this is just the beginning of Baby G’s difficult story…it’s a hard one for me to tell. It involves lots of screaming and no more than a couple hours of sleep at a time for 16 months. However, we have been blessed to witness an awesome miracle – Baby G is like a whole different baby now. Once again, there is hope for every child!

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“I can’t! I’m old!”

What a great morning we were having last week. Things were going so well with J, Baby G, G & MK that I thought we should have a treat and go out to lunch.  You moms who have kiddos with special needs know how hard it is to get out.  The only place I would consider taking my crew for lunch is Fuddruckers because it’s laid back, they have games for the kids, & they have gluten-free hamburger buns!

The kids were so excited to be “out” to lunch!  I must say that I got caught up in the excitement and let the kids grab their cups from me.  They have the new soda machines, the ones where there are a million choices…. I got to the machine in time to put half water in G & J’s cups but let them make their choice for drink.  J picked MinuteMaid “strawberry lemonade.” I put –strawberry lemonade- in quotes, because there’s no strawberry or lemon in it at all! 0% juice – high fructose corn syrup, chemicals, and red dye.  Following my request, “please don’t suck it down until after you eat your food,” J drank his entire drink.  We’re still working on obedience!  I’m sure the drink tasted like candy to him as he never gets anything like that.  So, needless to say, he didn’t get much lunch eaten.  He bounced from table to games and back.

After about an hour in the restaurant, we loaded in the van to go home.  As I’m pulling out, I confirm that all seat belts are buckled.  Thankfully G & J have been buckling their own seatbelts for a year now.  No, J is not buckled.  Determined not to get miffed, I calmly ask J to buckle his seatbelt once again.   He’s looking at the seatbelt and says to me in an unsure voice, “I can’t.  I’m old.” I don’t think much of this statement at first, and firmly tell him: You are 5 years old.  You have been buckling your own seatbelt for over a year. Please buckle.  Then he starts to get frantic and yells, “I can’t! I’m old!” He was unable to connect the clip with the buckle.  His brain could not process the simple task that he had doing for a long time. After several outbursts of the same words “I can’t! I’m old!” his big sister got up to buckle him.  And, then it hit me.  The drink had made him unable to function.  What was he feeling in that moment to tell me that he’s old??  He must have been frightened.  How many times have I fussed at him when it was me who gave him something to cause his brain to malfunction?  Never again will I let my children drink the poison.

Then my heart and mind naturally go to other kids….the kids whose moms and dads are still buying Capri-sun, Hi-C, and the like.  They don’t know the impact the corn-syrup, chemicals, and dyes are having on their children’s brains.  Some kids get “juice” boxes with their lunch every day.  Even if the reaction is not as intense as my J’s – the impact is certainly a reduction in the child’s potential.

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Nutritionally depleted

I brought J in for a re-evaluation with Dr. N in May.  During the physical exam, J’s pupils did not respond to light – This was very scary to me….I’m thinking his brain is damaged!  Dr. N ordered an MRI to check J’s brain.  In addition to the MRI, a NutrEval was ordered along with other standard tests and a genetic test to evaluate his methylation pathway — a ton of labs.  We were so thankful to have all that blood drawn while J was sedated for the MRI.  We heard within a couple of days that the MRI came back normal.  Praise God!  We can’t be sure, but my guess is that J must have been in “fight or flight” mode – really scared in the dark room for his pupils to remain dilated like that.

We had to wait nearly a month to get other results.  J’s nutritional evaluation came back showing him to be extremely depleted.  His brain was starving for fuel!  I can honestly say J is my best eater and I feed him good food.  So, when you get results like this you have to fight the guilt.  This is not my fault.  It has to be a gut issue or a need issue – some kids need a lot more support than other kids.  Thankfully, I have remained extremely faithful with the fish oil (we are using the doTERRA IQmega liquid – I put about a teaspoon into the kids orange juice each morning), and his omega 3 levels looked great!  Well I won’t bore you with all the details, but the following levels were EXTREMELY low: Vitamin C, alpha Lipoic Acid, Thiamin-B1, Riboflavin-B2, Magnesium, and Zinc.  This test, the NutrEval, gives recommendations for supplement levels.  I jumped on it that very day mixing up a concoction in J’s orange juice.  Can you even believe that just 2 short days later, J started coloring in the lines?  Previously, we hardly saw anything but wild scribbling, and at OT, his therapist was amazed at the change in J.  On the 4th day after we began the supplementing, I saw him lying on the floor with a pencil and paper drawing a very detailed rocket!!  When the change is so drastic, it makes you marvel.  What if we hadn’t done that testing? His brain was not getting the nourishment it needs – no fuel – no performance.  It feels amazing to make this forward progress.

The testing also revealed that J has a severely compromised methylation pathway and blood sugar regulation issues.  J’s zinc levels are very low which can alter neurotransmitter synthesis.  Now we have done more genetic tests that are, again, quite revealing.   What is neurological inflammation, what causes it, and what can be done?? J’s glutamate levels were extremely high.  What is that doing?  Like I said, it’s been a whirlwind since I last posted on this blog.  I’ll do my best to fill you in soon because it’s all so important.   Stay tuned.  There is hope for every child!

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Layers

On Cloud 9…. Wow, I wanted to be very methodical about getting our family stories out in order on this blog, but I must jump in today and tell you about my amazing J.  What a wonderful morning we have had!  I took him to be evaluated for speech, since his wonderful Pre-K 4 teacher at PCA was concerned that he has difficulty communicating his needs and feelings.  Sometimes he withdraws at school.  Well, it’s NOT a speech problem!  J scored in the normal range for all areas of the testing: Total language, auditory comprehension, and verbal communication.  So, we will continue to investigate what his needs are.  My gut says it’s a sensory processing problem, and sometimes he just gets overwhelmed at school.  We’ll get an O.T. evaluation soon to see if we can help him work through this.

Other than the scores, what is completely remarkable and amazing about this morning is that the therapist told me J sat still for over an hour and worked very well with her.  Before today, this therapist was a complete stranger, and the old J would never have gone with her into the testing room and certainly would not have been able to focus for over an hour!  I know my boy is smart, and it feels so amazing to be validated in that.  The therapist told me that he was correctly answering questions for children 6-7 years old (He’s 4 1/3 years old now).  God is so good.   You have to remember, less than 2 years ago, he wasn’t speaking at all and couldn’t make eye contact.

Layers.  That’s what it’s been like with J.  Peeling back layers, one at a time…..

January 2011: we removed gluten and casein from his diet – 2 weeks later, he was able to stop his eyes and make eye contact for the first time in what seemed like forever.

March 2011: we added probiotics, and a high quality multi-vitamin to the kids’ regimen.  The language began to come very quickly for J.

Long break with pregnancy & birth of Baby G…

April 2012: started fish oil everyday & started using natural peanut butter –  2 weeks later, my boy expressed feelings to me for the first time.  I heard these statements: “Mommy, I feel so alone.” “Mommy, I love you.” “Mommy, I’m scared.” It was so surprising to hear things like this from a boy that I wondered if I would be able to go that deep with.  I got more hugs and more closeness.  Following the fish oil, he was able to play pretend for the first time.  It’s like he couldn’t access his imagination before starting the fish oil.  Prior to this, we had to get rid of a lot of toys because J would just throw them.  He did not know how to play with toys.

August 2012: started J on doTERRA essential oils for ADHD (Balance, Vetiver, and In-Tune), and he is able to sit still and participate in school.

October 2012: Took J for a vaccine (clay-packing) detox.  (more on this in a future post)

October 2012: Started chiropractic with Dr. Shelton.  J’s spine was a wreck and he was VERY tense.  She has been adjusting him regularly (3 times a week at first, and now we are just going 1 time per week).  I took this picture of my boy sitting at the table coloring after the second week of chiropractic treatment.  He has NEVER asked to color before, and he sat there for 20 minutes focused and being creative.  What a joy to witness!

J coloring

I just pray that you will understand that there is hope for every child.  Most doctors and most parents would have medicated the wild animal child I had just under 2 years ago.  Without drugs, we have seen a transformation that our close friends and family marvel at.  Praise God!

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The beginning…

Welcome to the Empowering Dr. Mom blog!  I am starting this blog… because I have to.  I just cannot keep what I have learned over the last 18 months to myself.  You simply must know! My experiences have been difficult, but now, perhaps, good will come from our suffering.  Along our journey we have learned that we simply cannot completely and blindly rely on what our doctors tell us…and I now know that I need to share this with others.  We have to investigate and advocate for ourselves and our children.   This revelation has changed our lives forever…and I hope that, by sharing it with you, it may change your lives too!

My journey into “natural medicine” began in January 2011 when my mind was opened to a different way of doing things.   I had planned to start my very underweight 7 year old daughter, M.K., on a gluten-free / casein-free diet to try to heal her digestive system. I had suspected it was damaged by 10 weeks on a feeding tube and many antibiotics in the N.I.C.U. after being born 9 weeks premature. I don’t recall how I came to this idea of diet changes that would lead to intestinal healing, but I suspect my friend Natalie led me down this road.  In preparation for this big dietary switch, my precious friend gave me a book called the G-Free diet by Elizabeth Hasselbeck. There was one brief chapter in this book that indicated gluten (the protein in wheat) & casein (the protein in diary) had been linked to autism and ADHD. My thoughts immediately went to my son, J, who was 2.5 at the time…because I couldn’t help but think he may be autistic.  In addition to his very wild behavior, he was unable to make eye contact (when did this happen??  As a baby he was able to make eye contact with me – future post) and he was not speaking.  I received this information as if it were a message straight from God, and took all of us off of gluten & casein.  I remember where I was sitting, approximately 2 weeks into this gluten-free / casein-free lifestyle, when my son made eye contact and rattled off some jibberish as if he were talking to me.  In his own broken way, he WAS speaking to me.  I absolutely will never forget the feeling of elation that I experienced that day.  My boy had the ability to make eye contact!!!  Please understand that I had taken J to be evaluated by numerous professionals.  Not one single doctor or therapist ever suggested dietary changes.  Why is that?  After the dramatic changes began in J, I talked to the therapists who had been coming weekly to our home to work with J in speech and motor development.  The therapists told me that they had heard that removing gluten & casein may benefit children with J’s issues, but that they did not mention it because most moms didn’t want to try something so difficult.  What?!?  Not give me the chance to try because it might be hard?  My J has gone from no speech in January of 2011 to testing at the 70th percentile for language in May 2012.  I contribute all of this progress to “natural” methods including: gluten/casein free eating, vetiver (an essential oil), vitamins, increasing good fats in his diet, fish oil, and his amazing teachers at the Early Childhood School in Frisco.  I’ll share all the details regarding these methods in a future post.

I have some dear friends who are as passionate about natural healing as I am, and they will join me on this blog.  We want to communicate to you that there very well may be a better way to live than what your doctor is telling you.  I have no medical degree and only my own experiences to share.  I pray that you will benefit.

Just last week, I saw a little boy (maybe 10 years old) rocking himself while making loud grunting sounds.  The Lord revealed to me that this could have very easily been my son, and it was only by His grace that I was given the information needed for my J to receive healing.  I believe that He wants me to share this information with you!  So, please check back to hear more of my experiences and lessons learned, to hear from other Moms and theirs, and to learn about how essential oils are changing our lives.

Thanks for coming along with us on this journey!

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