The Cancer Chronicles ~ When There’s Nothing More They Can Do

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A few days ago my dad had his six month checkup at the cancer center. Have I mentioned how much I despise these appointments? I believe I have. Cancer sucks. It sucks even worse when, in order to support your loved one and comply with their wishes, you’re forced to deal with a system that you (philosophically and scientifically) disagree with at your very core.

The “patient” in this case does not completely disagree, however. Therefore, this is what we do.

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This most recent appointment was with the chemotherapy oncology doc. This is the guy, who in the past, has repeatedly told my dad that he’s not sick enough and not in enough pain to proceed with chemotherapy. He has told me multiple times that that’s his “measuring stick” – that’s what will determine whether or not he would recommend chemo.

No, really.

He seems nice enough, as human beings go. Not a bigfatjerk like others we’ve dealt with in the past. However, I think the paradigm from which chemo dude views cancer, and anything health related really, is seriously flawed. Collectively, he and his conventional oncology cronies have their heads deeply embedded a very dark, unsanitary place.

To cut, burn, and poison fellow human beings should not be our exclusive focus in the “treatment of cancer”… and it should never, ever be presented as peoples’ only choice. That may very well be the worst part of cancer. The limited choices that are presented and the fear tactics employed when presenting those choices. These may be “nice” oncology dudes and dudettes, but the paradigm from which they act is just so frighteningly limited.

Perhaps I digress.

 

Anyhow, the conversation with chemo doc continued along the same lines as it has in previous visits… “Are you in pain? Are you feeling sick? Can you get around OK?”  The benchmarks for chemotherapy, in this doc’s words.

Since Dad answered, “Not too bad”… “No”… and, “Fairly well”, he did not win the chemo prize pack this time. Try again later.

Chemo dude gave Dad the results of his most recent bone scan… not good. The cancer has spread more throughout the bones. How much? I don’t actually know because I asked twice, yet chemo dude was seriously evasive about it. Weird.

So I kicked him in the kneecap ‘til he told me.

(No, that was just in my rich imagination.)

I left it alone so as not to upset my dad sitting right next to me. I figured, if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones. They haven’t been able to do anything about that up until this point, so in this particular setting, it doesn’t really matter. The solution has never been within the confines of this particular system.

After this strange report of findings, chemo dude once again questioned Dad’s level of pain, feelings of ‘sickness’, and ability to carry on with his daily activities, stating again that each of these would be enough reason to recommend chemo.

Why would we wait until someone’s really sick to give him chemo? Because if it’s just so we can all say in hindsight someday, “He did everything he could”, that’s just ignorant.

 

Just to make certain that I was thoroughly confused by the chemo dude’s rationale, and the “commonly accepted system for recommending treatment”, as he described it, he then went on to explain that he would not like to recommend chemo to dad anyway because he feels that “dad is too old, too frail and would not *do well* with chemotherapy.”

Hold onto your seats… chemo dude then said these words to me…

“Besides, chemotherapy is not curative… it doesn’t cure cancer. At best, it may give you another couple months. But then, I need to weigh that against how much quality of life would be lost during those months.”

I’m not “twisted”… but I thought that was really great that chemo dude said these words. If more people with cancer heard “chemo is not curative”, I think they’d be looking more outside the box for different (less dangerous) treatment options… I’d hope.

Chill. I know there can be a time, place, and individual situations where chemo can benefit the overall picture for someone with cancer. On its own, it’s savage. Accompanied by measures to restore and recover healthy function, it can serve an important role in the long run.

 

OK, so…so far, we have the following confusing and contradictory thread of events happening in this visit:

  1. The questions about pain, sickness, and daily activities… all leading chemo dude to decide whether or not to recommend chemo.
  2. The strange, evasive bone scan report.
  3. Chemo dude then saying he wouldn’t recommend chemo… probably… because it wouldn’t really do anything except make dad gravely ill. (Umm, do you remember what you said in #1?)

 

Honestly, I couldn’t be more confused when I sit through these consultations. I spend a great deal of time searching the rooms for hidden cameras… because this must be a joke someone is playing on me… just to see how much I can take before I’ll lunge at the nearest oncologist and shake them until something resembling common sense comes out!

Oh, silly me and my vivid imagination.

 

4. OK, now get this… it’s gets even more strange…

Chemo dude, showing his very nice, compassionate side, decided to take a couple minutes to explain how “tied his hands are” when it comes to prescribing chemotherapy. He explained the (Ontario) government’s role in the treatment recommendation process. He said that the government will pay for chemotherapy treatment only if it’s one of the chemo drugs classified as the most harsh. You have to start at the top.

Then, “if the cancer comes back” (or, if you survive the treatment), the government will then approve payment for “milder forms of chemotherapy” (sounds like an oxymoron to me).

So, the only way someone can do chemo (without sending their family into a financial pit of despair) is to do the most harsh, most intense protocol of treatment. Guess they think if you’re tough enough to live through that, they’ll financially reward you.

 

At this point, I was even more thankful that chemo dude wasn’t pressuring dad to do chemo… knowing it would probably be his certain demise.

In chemo dude’s words, “He’s not healthy enough to withstand chemo.”

Re-read that.

What “healthy” people are lining up for their shot at chemo??

Dude. C’mon. You maketh no sense.

 

Just to make certain I had good material to write about from my room with the padded walls, he threw this in near the end of our appointment…

“So, we’ll make your next appointment in 6-8 months. We’ll see how you’re doing then. If you have pain or feel sick, we can recommend chemo then, if we need to.”

 

I hit my head on the floor as I fell out off the chair.

Apparently, dad will not be too old for chemo in 6-8 months!

Math is clearly not a requirement in the undergraduate schedule.

 

I had to call him on that one. The muck was simply getting far too deep for me to stand in at that point! Chemo dude explained that “maybe the government will change its rules by then and I could recommend a milder chemo.”

Ohhhh, OK. Wouldn’t that just be peachy.

 

I couldn’t resist testing the waters… I had to ask, “So, is there anything Dad should DO in those 6-8 months…?”

“No, just carry on with what you’ve been doing and we’ll see how you’re doing in 6-8 months.”

Now there’s a winning plan for health recovery!

(And this is scientific? They ridicule “alternative” and “holistic” approaches?! Oh, my.)

The points chemo dude won for admitting that chemo isn’t curative were almost completely lost on this dough-brained advice.

 

So, the cancer is getting worse.

Dad was essentially told, “There’s nothing more we can do at this point.” Not much of a surprise, really. Ever since the metastasis to his bones was diagnosed a few years ago, it has been clear that all treatment via oncology would strictly be palliative in nature.  I think the way radiation and chemo have been dangled in front of dad like tempting carrots have confused him into thinking they might offer “hope for a cure”.

Yet, Dad has done relatively well with it. He’s still HERE, after all. Cancer IS a chronic illness… you CAN live with it.

Unfortunately, I think the stress of the last few years has really taken its toll on Dad. I see it in many ways, but his forgetfulness is one of the most apparent. He forgets to take the “good” things I’ve given him (like the “cancer killers” or natural anti-inflammatories and immune modulators) – yet remembers to take the drugs, or forgets to avoid certain toxic foods, or ingredients. He “forgets” that eating a bowl of cereal every day, and a sandwich for lunch or dinner, is only adding more fuel to the fire.

Or, maybe he’s not really forgetting.

 

Either way, it has been an uphill battle. He is definitely not going to win any prizes for being my most compliant, proactive, dedicated patient! (He does, however, win the prize for being the patient I’ve known, loved, cherished, and respected the longest.)

 

Maybe dad has just made his own choices along the way… based on his lifetime’s worth of experience and knowledge. And that’s OK. I’ve begrudgingly come to terms with that, for the most part. Almost. Kind of.

You can lead a horse to water… and in the end, you’ve just got to love the bejeebers out of that horse, regardless of what he does with the water!

 

In our routine “de-briefing” session that follows these appointments, dad and I discussed “where we go from here”.

Our main focus right now is to manage some of his symptoms in the least damaging way possible. Even more important than that, we’re working on LIVING for however much time we’ve got left.

I’ve been through this before with mom. It’s not going to get any easier. I’m thankful that Dad is still as “well” as he is. I have a pretty good hunch what’s to come. I won’t be writing smart-arse blog posts then. It’s brutal. For now, this is  how I get through it. Otherwise, I would have to throttle someone… and I’d end up in jail… and then I couldn’t share my insanity with you! How sad.

Cancer makes our fate feel rather pre-determined. But, in reality, we’re all faced with the same opportunity/challenge. We’re all moving on from this place at some point. None of us knows when or how. It’s clearly not up to us.

So, in the meantime, it seems that our greatest calling is to be the best people we can be, make the best choices we can (given our current resources and level of understanding), connect with and love others, enjoy living as much as we can, be grateful, be of service, and have faith… there is a Plan.

Our life here, or the life of a loved one, could end at any moment… regardless of our current state of health.

A diagnosis of something like cancer just does a great job of bringing what’s most important to the forefront.

Live and love while we can. Perhaps that’s the best “medicine” of all.

 

 

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Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, autoimmune conditions, Integrative Cancer Care, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at trombley68@gmail.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Highly successful, personalized distance programs are available.

 

 

 

 

Review: What Makes A Fat Loss Program Successful?

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I get a lot of emails requesting reviews for various fat loss and weight loss programs. Every once in awhile, I actually read them right through to the end!  Most of them are some variation of the same regurgitated information I’ve seen over time.

But, hey… sometimes, even if you’ve seen it a hundred times, that hundred and first time can be when something finally clicks! You know the saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears!”

 

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Recently, I was reviewing another fat loss / weight loss program. It’s called The Fat Loss Solution by Ryan Faehnle.

Ryan’s no slouch in the world of fitness and exercise. His certifications are CSCS, FMS, PICP, BioSignature & PIMST Strength & Conditioning Coach Miami University, 2005 – 2011. Not too shabby.

Ryan’s program seems different… a cut above the rest in a few ways. (I kept reading ’til the end!) So, I thought I’d share a bit about it with you, in case you’re in need of a focused program to get down to the nitty gritty of fat loss. Maybe this will be that 101st time for you… and something clicks! :)

Ryan has been referred to as one of the top “under-the-radar” fat loss consultants in the world. Top personal trainers and coaches from around the world fly Ryan in to help them get better results for their clients. Evidently, the man can work miracles!

I’d recommend you read the full review of Ryan’s program here to see how thorough and well-done it is (and whether or not it seems like a good fit for you), but I’ll briefly share what the 5 basic keys of his program are:

1) There’s a major focus on creating lean, sleek muscle mass through specific exercise protocols that he walks you through. When we can balance our muscle-to-fat ratio in healthy way, our muscle metabolism works for us 24/7 to burn excess fat. Yes, “fat falls off”, so to speak!

2) Ryan’s program aims to get your fat-burning hormones to work for you once again. When your hormones are out of whack (scientific term!), you can work out ’til you’re blue in the face, or eat a great diet, but your body just won’t drop the excess fat. The body’s smart that way. Ryan’s program talks about combining a specific way of eating with a specific way of exercising, all to get your hormones back into balance.

3) Seriously limiting calories and depriving yourself can backfire and cause you to store even more fat! Ryan describes how to combine the right types of food, at the right time, with the right intensity of exercise, and the proper supplements, to kick your fat burning metabolism into gear.

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4) For the most part, “spot reduction” of fat doesn’t work. Those “trouble spots” are almost always a result of hormonal imbalances. Ryan discusses exactly which hormones tend to cause some of the most common trouble spots, like “love handles” and “saddlebags”… and he teaches you how to correct that through specific strategies with diet, exercise, and supplementation.

5) Ryan’s step-by-step exercise program teaches you how to improve your personal performance from one session to the next. This, he says, is the key difference between folks who work out (relatively) the same year after year… and look the same year after year, versus those who look better and better over time. No matter your age or level of experience, Ryan says his work outs will make a clear and noticeable improvement in your physique.

 

So, there you have it… a very basic overview of Ryan’s all-inclusive fat loss system.

I like that this will work for the vast majority of who commit to it and actually do what Ryan says to do. He makes it perfectly clear in this step-by-step program.

It’s a great buy for the money, considering everything you get, and everything you will learn. It’s an 8-component system, plus Ryan throws in some neat freebie bonuses as well.

It’s hard to go wrong here.

Yes, I know this program may not be for everyone. Some folks have serious hormonal resistance that needs more personalized help than a program like this can offer. Others have food sensitivity issues that need to be addressed before their health will ever improve, or they need to repair a gut permeability issue, or a thyroid imbalance, or an autoimmune condition, or they need to do a complete cellular detoxification protocol first, and so on. (Remember, I can help you with next-step solutions for any of these. Just ask!)

However, Ryan’s program is going to help. It’s concise, to-the-point, and all laid out for you… ready to go!

Take a look and see what you think. It could be exactly what you need to take you to the next level with your fat loss efforts.

 

(Then, of course, there’s always THIS fabulous program – shown below – that will teach you how to gain radiant health, offset the risk factors for all chronic illness, AND shed your excess body fat… I may be a little biased in this case! ;) )

 

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Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, autoimmune conditions, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at trombley68@gmail.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Highly successful, personalized distance programs are available.

 

 

 

 

Surprising Favorite Healthy Summer Snack

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Sometimes, it seems like my kids have bottomless pits for stomachs.  Or, maybe it just seems that way to me, since eating around here isn’t as easy (mindless?) as ripping open a bag, box, or wrapper of a packaged convenience food. With the exception of fruit, it usually means there’s some thought and preparation involved.

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(In all fairness, I know there are some excellent pre-packaged snacks out there, especially in the Paleo world. If that works for your family’s budget, have at it!)

When it comes to snack foods, I do like to keep an eye on what the kids are eating for that particular snack, what foods preceded the snack, what food is on the agenda for later in the day, and their timing between snacks. Sounds like a lot, but really what I’m trying to avoid is a day that turns into a toxic carb fest!

It’s all-too-easy in our modern diet to end up with cereal, toast, or baked goods for breakfast, a sandwich or mac & cheese at lunch, crackers for snacks, and some pasta or Russet potatoes tossed in there at dinner for good measure.

Before we know it, we’ve turned into fat-storing sugar-burners as opposed to lean, mean, fat-burning machines. I talked about the timing of meals and snacks in this article.

So, I’ve got my little go-to list of healthy snack options for the kids that includes some fairly predictable foods, like: anything with avocados; hard-boiled eggs; “clean” bacon, sausage and left-over meats; veggies; almond butter; kale chips; raw nuts; some fruit; and our one pre-packaged snack favorite, Larabars (and their sister bars, Alt and Uber). We also make homemade versions of these bars on occasion.

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There’s a little “snack” I’ve made for the kids over the last few years, mostly to use up food that was going to go bad if I didn’t do something with it! Honest to goodness, if there’s even the slightest blemish or wrinkle on a tomato, no one under the age of 40 is going to eat it in this house!

I was already dicing up tomatoes to use elsewhere: in their eggs, in the guacamole, and of course, in homemade pico and salsa. But I was still tossing too many uneaten, unloved tomatoes, it seemed. Oh, and cucumbers that were bordering on becoming “too soft” to eat on their own.

So, I mixed up this little concoction for them one day and called it the “Healthy Summer Chick Pea Salad”… and they loved it! It has become one of their favorite snacks.

It’s pretty simple, which is how I roll in the kitchen. You may have figured this out already!

Mix the following Ingredients:

chick peas

cucumber slices

tomatoes (over-ripe or wrinkly)

olive oil and balsamic vinegar

pink sea salt

garlic powder

freshly ground pepper

 

Optional:

fresh basil (or other herbs of your liking)

almond slivers

crumbles of raw feta (or other) cheese

tiny broccoli florets, spinach, kale (or any other veggies)

little chunks of avocado

chunks of grilled chicken

 

It’s super simple, and super delicious.

Over the weekend, the kids had some of the neighborhood kids over here, swimming and cavorting. After a few hours of their shenanigans, they were all “starving”, of course! However, I don’t keep common snack foods on hand. No chips, no popcorn, no pretzels, no cookies, etc. This is normally when I see the visitors scurry home!

I didn’t even have enough carrots or apples to offer these poor kids… I was due for my replenishing trip to the grocery store.

Alas, I spotted a blemished tomato!

I whipped up a big batch of this summer salad, and told the visiting kids that’s all I had… and they weren’t going to hurt my feelings if they didn’t finish it.

Within a couple minutes, they were all back at the door, asking for seconds… and thirds! Go figure.

I guess it goes to show… it’s amazing what you can get people to eat when it’s their only option!

 

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Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at trombley68@gmail.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Distance programs are available.

 

 

6 Things To Know About Your “Healthy” Breakfast Cereal & Granola Bar

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In our all-too-often rushed morning routines, many folks opt for quick foods, like a bowl of breakfast cereal or piece of toast, or they grab something to go, like a bagel or a bar – a cereal bar, granola bar, protein bar… whatever you know them as!

 

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The health quotient of these bars can be misleading. Just like with breakfast cereals, marketing for these bars is rather shady. We’re led to believe that they’re healthy because they’re made with “whole grains” and “fruit”.

Puh-lease.

Let’s take a look at 6 main issues with the most popular cereal bars on the market (hint: the one I’m referring to the most here starts with “N” and ends with “grain”):

1) Grains are inflammatory in nature. Yes, even whole grains. Not the ideal way to start the day… or finish it.

Remember, there are many in the world of nutrition who will point to much evidence that our cells do not require grains in order to function optimally. Therefore, it’s not a valid argument to say we “need” grains. Some may be able to tolerate them better than others… but “need” is another animal all together, especially when you’re talking about our modern-day grains.

More ancient grains (as opposed to modern “cereal” grains) that are traditionally prepared (soaked, cultured, sprouted, etc.) have far more going for them. That’s not even remotely what we find in these convenience foods.

In case you don’t recall what the big deal is with inflammation, you can read more here.

 

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2) Closely related to #1, with the majority of conventional snack and convenience foods, if it’s made with grains, it probably contains gluten. That’s certainly the case with these cereal bars and granola bars. Gluten is highly inflammatory as well, and causes a laundry list of problems with the gut.

We don’t want to mess with the gut. The majority of our immune function stems from the gut. And, gut and brain function are directly, bi-directionally related. A bad gut equals a bad brain.

3) Sugar is highly inflammatory, and these bars are packed with them. One of the top-selling bars has 7 different types of sugar in it – 2 types of high fructose corn syrup, as well as  other genetically modified sugars. Toxic and inflammatory. Just think how many kids are eating these for breakfast or snacks! We might as well give them a piece of cake and a can of soda!

4) The fats and oils used in conventional snack foods is poor quality and toxic garbage. The same is true in these cereal bars. They’re made with GMO hydrogenated oils like vegetable oil, canola oil, and soybean oil. Bad fats directly relate to bad brain function – our brains desperately need healthy fats, not GMO and hydrogenated fats and oils. That’s like covering our brain with a layer of irritating, clogging sludge that dims its function.

5) These cereal bars are full of fake, synthetic, toxic ingredients like artificial colors and flavors. The “fruit” is rarely real fruit… or, there might be a smidge of real fruit in there somewhere… just enough that they can make reference to it on the label. Some of the flavor enhancers used in these foods are right up there with MSG and are known “excitotoxins” – meaning they’re specifically toxic to the brain and central nervous system.

These most popular bars, whether they’re cereal bars, granola bars, protein bars, or energy bars, are often just fake, dead food, held together with a combination of chemical additives.

Thank you. May I have another?

 

** On a somewhat superficial side note, all this inflammation and toxicity leads to weight gain and increased difficulty in shedding excess pounds of fat. On a significantly less superficial note, it also directly increases our risk for all chronic illness. **

 

6) Another challenge with regularly consuming bars like these for breakfast or snacks is what you’re NOT eating instead. If you’re grabbing one of these on-the-go, there’s a good chance you’re not eating a clean source of protein, along with healthy fats and a high quality source of fresh fiber to fuel your body.

For example, some free-range eggs cooked in pure coconut oil (or grass-fed butter), along with some steamed or roasted veggies, like asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, spinach, kale, and so on.

I’d opt for the “real” food and ditch the bars.

However, if you need a bit of transition time to kick the bar habit (or the cereal habit, or bagel habit…), here are a couple tips:

(i) Add some healthy fuel to accompany the bar. Have some free-range eggs, or grass-fed & hormone/steroid-free meat, raw nuts (if you can tolerate them), some healthy fat (either from the eggs, meat, & nuts themselves, or add some avocado, coconut, grass-fed butter, olives, etc.) and some fresh fiber from veggies or a little fruit.

Adding a (green fed) cultured dairy beverage is a super-easy way to increase the health factor of any meal… or have it instead of a meal. If you drink something like Amasai, you most likely won’t feel the need to chew something along with it! It’s yum-o-licious AND filling AND fabulous for on-the-go fuel!

 

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(ii) Upgrade your bar choices. When we do opt for a pre-packaged snack, one of our favorite choices is Larabar (and their ‘sister’ products). I love looking at an ingredients label that only has a handful of things listed… and they’re all real and recognizable!

Many of the Larabars are just a combination of nuts and dates and a natural sweetener. Not perfect, but significantly better than popular cereal bars.

(In addition to some pre-cooked or prepared foods for those on-the-go mornings, like hard-boiled eggs, avocado slices, bacon, etc., these are some handy dandy healthy prepared options, too.)

That’s what it’s all about, right? Making healthier choices wherever and whenever we can.

 

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Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at trombley68@gmail.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Distance programs are available.

 

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10 Simple Strategies To Prevent “Family Obesity”

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It’s no secret that our culture has a problem with excess body weight, body fat, weight gain, and obesity. We’ve gotten bigger, as a whole, each year for nearly 30 years (since the CDC began tracking obesity in the U.S.). Both adults and children are living out this trend. Families are gaining weight together… and losing their health.

 

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While there are countless contributing factors to weight gain, the solutions lie in consistently making healthier lifestyle choices for the long run. Our toxic lifestyles are what’s gotten us in trouble on many levels, increased body weight and body fat being one. The more toxic we are, the fatter we become. Our body’s protective mechanism against toxicity is to harbor it in fat cells. More toxicity means more fat!

There’s no quick fix for a family that needs to get back on track. Slow and steady is what will win this war.

Getting our health back, losing the excess weight, and maintaining a healthier lifestyle is a family affair. Few things could be more important than a family committing to getting healthy together.

It doesn’t have to be hard. It’s not about being perfect, or rigid, or never indulging in your favorite “tasty toxins” again! It’s about the big picture. As a family, we can strive to make our overall lifestyle a healthier one.  We can make choices that result in healthier function, and avoid choices that subtract from our health.

Here are 10 simple strategies and healthy habits that can help families shed their excess weight and begin to re-gain their health:

1. Have ‘official’ meals together. This isn’t a new idea, obviously! When we sit down together as a family to share a meal, and conversation, it’s good for us on many levels. In addition to the social and emotional benefits of eating as a family, we can control some of the factors that tend to contribute to weight gain. We can provide healthy foods, cook with healthy ingredients, and control portion sizes.

We can also strive to make our meals about our time together, rather than on inhaling food while watching T.V., and getting the meal over with! When we slow down and chew our food, not only does our family dynamic tend to improve, but our body’s metabolism does, as well. I know you’ve got things to do… but give this a whirl once in awhile. Relax, light a candle, listen to some nice background music, share, and enjoy each other… there will be plenty of other opportunities for you to rush and go crazy! Try to add more “nice” meal times to your schedule.

2. Shift the focus of meals from grain-based and starchy carbohydrate foods to more protein and plant-based foods. Think how often a grain-based food is the center of attention in a meal: cereal, pastries, bread/toast, sandwiches, pizza, pasta, mac & cheese, breaded foods, potatoes, etc.

These foods cause some serious damage in addition to causing us to pack on extra weight and fat – inflammation and toxicity are two of the biggest problems these foods can cause. Make the transition away from this significant contributor to obesity by adding more “clean” protein, healthy fats, and plant-based foods, like vegetables and salads to your meals.

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3. Control snacking throughout the day. While “grazing” used to be recommended as a way to stay trim, that’s not really recommended for the average person anymore. It can tend to turn us into “sugar burners” vs. “fat burners”. I’m not saying that we can’t snack! Just be mindful of what your family is snacking on.

Just like at meal time, shift away from foods that are predominantly grains and sugar-based, or worse yet, fake snack ‘foods’ & beverages that are loaded with artificial toxic ingredients. Snack on real food that provides your body fuel – protein, healthy fats, plants.

Also, spread out the time between snacks and meals – we should be able to last a couple hours or more without ‘needing’ something to eat. Our bodies’ fat burning hormones do a better job, by the way, when we allow ourselves to get a little hungry. Yes, I know there are people out there who ‘need’ to snack more frequently for a variety of reasons. I’m just talking about the average bear, with the average activity level, and the average mindset about food here! I doubt that anyone reading this is in danger of starving anytime soon!

4. Again, nothing new here… just a reminder. It’s significantly easier to eat healthy when healthy foods are readily available. Plan for it. Even if you’re not into completely planning out your family’s meals to a T, at least plan on having ample veggies, fruit, and healthier snacks, like raw nuts, on hand. Better yet, prepare it for easy snacking… no excuses when hunger strikes. They can reach for carrot sticks, broccoli florets, and celery sticks rather than a bag of chips.

Be careful of the “dippers” in the family! Veggies don’t need to be drowned in toxic dips, dressings, or sauces in order to be consumed! In fact, this will sabotage your family’s weight loss efforts.

I’d keep an eye on the amount of fruit being consumed, too. I don’t have a ‘free-for-all’ policy with fruit since it does contain a lot of sugar. Again, just be mindful. Clearly though, eating fruit is certainly better than eating junk food.

 

 

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5. On the flip side, make it more challenging to access toxic junk food that’s contributing to weight gain and loss of health. It’s a whole lot harder to mindlessly munch on junk food when it’s not in your house in the first place. Right? Why bring it in then? That’s setting your family up to fail. At the very least, minimize the amount of toxic junk food that you keep in your home… or have access to.

6. Consider the overall picture of food going into your family in any given day (or few days). You might want to consider implementing something like a “no back-to-back toxicity” policy. For example, in our family, if the kids end up having something grain-based or high in sugar at breakfast time (like cereal or toast), then I know they’re not going to have a (traditional) sandwich at lunch. So, we might do lettuce wraps instead, for example. I’ll make sure their next snacks and meals aren’t focused on grains.

If you know you’re having pizza for dinner, then make sure lunch isn’t a bowl of pasta! And, remember that adding healthy foods to the less-than-healthy meal makes that overall meal healthier. So, add a nice salad to that pizza and the overall effect is healthier. Simple. Not perfect, but much better.

You can do the same type of thing with snacks. Maybe they do consume something that’s less-than-healthy. So be it. Clean up the next snack or meal… no back-to-back toxicity.

7. If your family is into “dessert” on a regular basis, make the effort to change that. Not much good comes from dessert… other than the taste, of course! You’ve got many options to get healthier here: offer smaller servings and no ‘seconds'; don’t have dessert every single night; or, offer something healthier, like fruit instead. Fruit IS “God’s candy”, after all!

You can also opt for doing something completely different to shake up your family’s routine. If you’re used to eating your dinner and then moving right into dessert time, change it up. After dinner, clear the dishes, get your shoes on and get outta’ the house together! Although I’m sure some of you would argue with me on this, it’s challenging to eat that piece of cake while you’re clipping along in a brisk walk!

Seriously though, a change of scenery, a change of routine, might be just what your family needs to break that unhealthy habit… and create a new, healthier one instead.

8. Encourage your family to drink more water rather than pop, juice, energy & sports drinks, coffee, etc. The majority of these other beverages are loaded with toxic ingredients that directly contribute to weight gain and health loss. Our bodies need water! You can get each family member their own non-toxic reusable water bottle to sip from throughout the day, if that helps.

 

9. Move together. A very healthy habit to commit to as a family is to take a walk together after dinner. Again, it’s good for your body – digestion, metabolism, etc. – but it’s obviously good on a bigger level, too. It’s a great time to connect and communicate as a family.

Besides after dinner strolls, commit to doing something active together on a regular basis. Maybe it’s once a week, or every couple weeks… but try to get the entire family together for something active, like a nice long bike ride, or hiking, or whatever floats your family’s boat.

10. Along the same line, limit screen time and opt for more time spent outdoors. We tend to become mindless when plopped in front of the boob tube, or any other type of screen! Mindless and getting healthy don’t go very well together!

Oh, relax! Obviously I’m not saying “you should never, ever watch television or use your laptop or smart phone”. Silly. Just commit to more outdoor time… “unplugged”, if you will. Yes, moms and dads, I’m talking to you, too. :)

In nice, warm weather, like this time of year, it’s easy to find things to do together outside. Go swimming, take a stroll, go for a swim, play catch, jump on a trampoline, or play various “yard games”. You can also build something together, work on a project together, tend to a garden together, get social with the neighbors together… just get outside and get more active.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at trombley68@gmail.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Distance programs are available.

 

 

Life Lessons: How To Become Successful

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Recently, our daughter has been asking questions about higher education, career choices, and what it takes to be “successful” in life. She’s 11. On the one hand, I think, “Just enjoy being a kid… don’t worry about it!” On the other hand, it’s never too early to start co-creating your ideal life, right?

Her questions have gotten me thinking about all the great advice I’ve received in one way, shape, or form from mentors over the years. It’s been a good review for me.

 

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“What’s Your Target? What Are You Passionate About?”

 

The first thing we needed to get straight was what she considered to be “successful” – what did that target look like to her? Were we just talking about financial abundance (because 11 year old kids are all over that!)? Or did she recognize that there must be more?

Her basic tenets regarding a successful future included her overall happiness and peace, as well as financial abundance, freedom, and success. She talked about feeling “content” in the world and giving back as much as she can. She talked about raising a happy, healthy family, and having lots of fun… enjoying it all as much as she can.

Cool beans – that’s a nice target to aim for, I’d say.

 

One of the most important keys to happiness & success:

We talked about how, for now, many of her “life decisions” are being made for her by her father and me… but not all. I explained how critical it is to understand that only YOU are in charge of your emotions, your reactions, and your attitude. Only YOU can decide to be happy. Nobody can take that away. Happiness is internally motivated… and shouldn’t be dependent upon external factors.

I also explained that, once she’s and adult, that level of responsibility shifts into an even higher gear. Again, only YOU are responsible for where you are. It’s not someone else’s fault when something doesn’t go your way, and it’s not someone else’s job to solve your problems – not your boss, not your employee’s, not your spouse, not your friends, not the government, not even mom & dad (although we will always support her, of course!).

Her future is her responsibility.

My future is my responsibility.

While this may sound harsh to some, I actually think of it as a gift. The more discipline we have in this area, the more freedom we feel in return. The sooner we get that WE are responsible for our happiness and success, the sooner things really start to kick into gear.

Next, she wanted to know about choosing a career path and how to ensure it’s a successful path.

Well, crystal ball aside, there are some core points that are likely to lead us toward a successful working life.

 

“When you do right enough, long enough, the end results become predictable.”

 

Here’s what I’ve learned from mentors over the years on this topic of choosing a career path:

1) What are you interested in? Better yet, what are you passionate about?

2) Is it essentially “right” and “good”? Does it add value? Does it help the world &/or the people in it in some way? Does it solve a problem? Does it NOT cause harm or break your moral code (or the law!) in any way?

3) Is it a viable field? Can you actually be financially secure in this field… enough to take care of yourself, save, and help others?

If these 3 initial questions check out fine, then TAKE ACTION!

It’s time to study your craft. Learn everything you can about it. Learn from “masters” in the field. Develop your skill. Hone it. Practice. Train. Continue to learn. Set benchmarks to work toward. Then set the next level of benchmarks once you’ve achieved the first. Sharpen your sword. Seek opportunities and take (calculated) risks in order to get better and give better.

So, now you’re in an expanding field that you (hopefully) love and are excited about, and you’re developing valuable skills and contributing to the overall dynamic of that field. That’s how you begin earning your rewards – it’s for adding value. You have a plan and you’re working that plan.

Pretty simple, when you put in those terms.

 

The plan may need to be tweaked here and there when roadblocks appear. I’ve found that faith, optimism, intuition, ingenuity and creativity play enormous roles over the long haul and when the goin’ gets tough!

However, if we’re doing “good” and “right”, with a high level of skill that we’ve worked for, in a viable field that helps the bigger picture in some way, it’s virtually impossible to not find success. When you get knocked down, get back up and resume. If you’re on target, it’ll work. If you’re slightly off target, make the necessary tweaks, and get back to it.

 

Sometimes it’s a straight line, choosing your path…

For example, I always loved the areas of health, sports, helping others, and teaching. I wasn’t 100% clear on the exact career or profession I’d like to be in (medicine, physical therapy, athletic training, etc.), but I went ahead and chose my general area of interest to study in university anyhow.

 

“Ready, Fire, Aim!”

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Healthy Living through Nutrition, Exercise, Stress Reduction, Weight Loss, & Detoxification

I chose an undergraduate program in Applied Kinesiology & Exercise Physiology that was science and health based, very much interested me, and offered many options for launching-off points in the end.

Along the way, I was introduced to Chiropractic… and I knew. I immediately fell in love with the investigative process… digging for the cause of the problem, rather than treating the symptom with drugs and surgery.

I enrolled in the next level of school to become a Doctor of Chiropractic. I studied and did what I needed to do to earn the degree and open our practice.

That’s when the REAL learning began!

Since beginning practice, we have studied and trained more than we could have ever imagined back in school, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! “Studying” for real life application is far more rewarding than studying to simply pass the next test!

 

So, there’s and real-life example of the overall formula for success at play:

  • I love natural health
  • Natural, drug-less healthcare is a viable field
  • I took action and moved forward in the field
  • What I do (and this field in general) adds value to the world
  • Chiropractic, specifically, is based upon principles that are very important to me and are “right” and “good”
  • Countless people benefit as a result
  • I study, train, and continue to sharpen the sword
  • I take chances and calculated risks in order to get better, provide better service, and reach more people.
  • I learn from Masters ahead of me
  • I have mentors
  • I give my focused best in the moment, and am genuine and sincere when connecting with people.

 

“Right enough… long enough…”

 

Even when it seems like a straight shot like this, we still need to stay on our toes and stay sharp. The game can change… and you’ve got to be ready to adapt!

That’s why the ongoing study and training are so critical. We can always get better… provide better service, skill, and performance… become a better person… treat others better.

As I told our daughter, sometimes, choosing a career path won’t be so obvious. That’s OK. It might take a few careers to find the right one. Or, life can be made up of many careers that all serve a purpose and add tremendous value to the world.

(Of course, there’s another “career” choice all together… the one centered on raising a family and running an entire household. Arguably, the most important career we could ever possibly choose. The “paycheck” is of a different sort, in this case!)

There’s more than one way to do this dance!

The key is in adding value and being rewarded for your time and skill… as well as reaping the rewards of feeling fulfilled, happy, and grateful at the end of the day, knowing you’ve delivered your best, been the best person in the process, and sharing it all with people you love and who love you.

That’s success.

***

What would you add to the equation? What do you feel is important to know, or do, in order to become successful?

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Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at trombley68@gmail.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Distance programs are available.

 

 

 

 

Simplify Nutrition To Maximize Weight Loss And Health Gain

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When it comes to Nutrition and Diet information, things can get pretty overwhelming and confusing. It’s even more so in the case of weight loss. Every “expert” seems to have a slightly different opinion about what you should, and should not be eating!

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"The 7 Essential Keys to Shedding Toxic Fat & Unwanted Pounds"

Being confused doesn’t help you achieve your ideal body or better health. In fact, it can lead to a whole lot of unnecessary stress. That’s why it’s so important to keep it simple. A highly successful strategic approach to nutrition and weight loss is to focus on what we know builds better health.

Better health naturally results in a better body.

That’s where our goal needs to be, on better health. If we’re tunnel-vision focused on losing weight, we can inadvertently make choices that are actually dangerous to our health and sabotage our weight loss efforts.

When it comes to Nutrition, The Wellness Formula shows us that we need to be adding “good stuff” (pure and sufficient choices) in order to move us toward optimal health and function… and a leaner, healthier body. These pure and sufficient choices are the ones that meet the innate requirements of our cells in order to express optimal health.

We end up with better health and a better body for life. So what’s the “good stuff”?

The Circle of Health keeps it simple. Inside the circle we find 5 simple (broadly categorized) things:

1) protein
2) fats and oils
3) vegetables (include superfoods, “greens”, sea vegetables, herbs)
4) fruit (controlled consumption)
5) water

That’s it! It’s as simple as that! These are the 5 main “macro-nutrients” we know our cells require to be healthy. If you just made this single improvement… just ate primarily from within the Circle of Health, your health and your body would dramatically improve.

Next, we can improve upon these 5 choices by upgrading them. To do this, apply The 5 Golden Rules of Nutrition as often as possible.

1) Eat REAL food! Food that’s grown, harvested, raised, caught, etc. Eat food that’s in its closest-to-natural state.

2) Eat the LEAST TOXIC form of that food possible.

3) Eat FRESH food – “live” foods.

4) Eat more PLANTS!

5) Add more TRADITIONALLY PREPARED foods to your diet.

(For a more detailed explanation of each of the 5 Golden Rules, read this article.)

This is where the magic is. This is how to maximize our nutritional choices and our weight loss efforts.

Eating like this for as many meals and snacks as possible will not only transform your body, but it’s one of the most intelligent choices you can make to create vibrant health for a lifetime!

Anytime you find yourself getting confused, overwhelmed or frustrated with conflicting Nutrition and Diet information and propaganda, come back to this. Come back to The Circle of Health and The 5 Golden Rules of Nutrition.

They’re simple, they’re scientific, they make good sense, and they’ll get you the results you’re looking for!

 

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Proper Nutrition is 1 of the 7 Keys... Learn About the Other 6!

 

Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at trombley68@gmail.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Distance programs are available.

 

 

Childhood Injuries & Vaccinations

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It was the dreaded phone call no parent wants to receive… ever!

(Here’s an oldie-but-goodie – a post I did on the original DrMomOnline site approximately 6 years ago. Cracked me up, so I wanted to share it again!)

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Yesterday we got a call from our daughter’s school… actually I missed the call when it came in, but checked my message immediately. It went like this, “Hi Colleen. This is ____ from school. (Your daughter) has been in an accident, has cut open her head and is bleeding pretty badly. She needs you.”

Holy crap! There is nothing that compares to the intensity of emotions that a parent feels when their child has been hurt, or is ill.

Thank GOD my husband was home at the time… I think I would have had a heart attack, had he not been there! We woke our son up from his nap (which is always a lovely experience!), stuck him in his car seat, and drove like h-e-double-hockey-sticks to get to her school at warp speed.

A little background: this is the THIRD time in a year and a half that this kid has split her head open!!! Unbelievable! I swear, anytime I hear a scream or a cry in a room full of children, I automatically assume that it’s most likely my daughter!

Makes me wonder what on earth the adult supervisors are doing at recess while all these shenanigans are going on. Hmmm…

I digress.

Anyhow, ultimately, she’s fine. This time, they were able to “glue” her. Good thing – I’m sure I would have passed out if I had to watch the whole needle into her forehead and stitches thing again! Not my area of strength!

Some ‘funny’ things happened during this little adventure with her yesterday.

First, it was her third time at this emergency clinic… and her fourth time at any doctor’s office or clinic since birth. She’s almost 6.

(Yes, we took her to “the clinic”. This is the time we believe conventional medicine helps the most – in crisis and emergency care. Not in “health care” or in the recovery from chronic illness. Just sayin’.)

She went to see a family doc we personally know when she was one. We took her in to confirm that she had Rubella… and wanted a 2nd opinion about whether or not we should proceed with our plans to travel by air to a seminar the following day. He confirmed that it was indeed Rubella… “most likely contracted by exposure to another child who had been recently vaccinated”. He agreed with us that she was absolutely fine to travel, as the virus was already passing through her system quite efficiently. No treatment of any sort – more like a visit with a trusted friend.

Interesting, he also commented on how lucky she was to have contracted this… “Now she’s immune for life… easy! 3 days from beginning to end for the virus to pass through the body, then you’re done! I don’t know why we vaccinate for this.”

Smart man.

So, when we started this little parade of head injury trips nutrition, diet, healthy foodto the emergency clinic, we had to deal with the shock, disbelief, disdain, and disapproval of everyone involved in the process – from check in, to consultation, to examination and treatment, to check out.

We just laugh now! We’re used to it.

The dialogue usually goes something like this:

“Immunizations up to date?”
“No.”
“Excuse me?”
“No. She has no vaccinations.” (The pen goes down, the head comes up. The look of confusion appears! The entire consultation comes to a screeching halt… and we’re only 15 seconds into it… this is gonna’ be interesting!)

“What, you don’t believe in immunizations?” {Insert sarcastic, sassy tone here. And we’re 21 seconds in…}
“Oh, no. We believe vaccinations are real. We choose not to give them to our children.”
“Do you care to explain?”
“No.”

(Believe me, we could give you a 12 hour scientific dissertation reviewing and dissecting every shred of evidence [and lack thereof] and research pertaining to vaccines and their entire progression throughout history… but our daughter might bleed to death in the process! We’re not trying to pick a fight here … can we stop talking about this now???)

“Hmm… “ (Head goes down. Writing begins.)
“Immunizations are very, very important you know.”
“We’ve done our research and choose not to. We’re here to have her injury treated, that’s all.”
“So, I suppose you don’t want a tetanus shot for the open wound she has, either?” (not the most approving tone at this point.)
“No thank you. Just proper wound cleaning, then whatever she needs – stitches or glue.”

“OK. What about previous medical history? Any problems?”
“No.”
“What medications does she take?”
“None.” (Suspicious eyes comes up from the paper again…)
“Any allergies to medications?”
“None that we know of. .. she’s never taken any.”

(They’re now certain that we have stepped right off another planet!! Guess what? We feel the same!)

We add, “She has never needed any.” (hoping to make the note-taker feel better!)

… the interrogation goes on for awhile… we’re pretty sure the note-taker has pressed a secret button under the desk to have the police and child protective services come and take us away!!!

Fast forward to dismissal instructions. “If she asks for it, or looks mopey, give her Motrin.” My daughter begins to question me… I ‘shush’ her and say “I’ll tell you later.”

Moments later, when we’ve been released, she asks, “What’s Motrin?” I tell her. She says, “Why would I give my body drugs when it’s already injured and working so hard to heal?” I say, “I’m sure there’s a time and a place for Motrin honey… I just can’t think of it off the top of my head.” She asks if we even have any. Nope.

On our way out, we walked by the vending machine in the waiting room. My daughter turns to me and asks, “Mommy, isn’t it mostly sick or injured people who come here?” I answer affirmatively. She astutely observes, “Then they shouldn’t have all that junk here for those people to eat. How can their bodies heal properly if they’re putting all that junk in?”

Well spoken, little Scar Face! I say, “Someday, when you rule the world, you can fix all that!”

 

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By the way, have you noticed how we’ve been home schooling for over 5 years now? And, check this out… NO head injuries!!

(Well, except for ME banging my head against the wall on occasion!)

 

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Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at trombley68@gmail.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Distance programs are available.

 

How To Do A Detoxification Program, Cleanse, Or Special Diet When The Rest Of Your Family Isn’t

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Dr. Hubby and I started another detoxification / cleanse program this week. This time, we’re doing a 7-day cellular detoxification program that means no food (only special cultured whey beverages) for the duration while our bodies are busy cleaning house and restoring cellular communication.

I believe the question isn’t “Should we cleanse?”, but rather, “How and how often?” ‘Tis the nature of the toxic world we live in.

 

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The way we’re doing this particular type of program isn’t intended for kids. They can have the same cultured whey beverages we’re having, and the drinks will tremendously benefit their health as well, but that’s about as far as it goes. Growing kids should eat healthy food.

I’ve learned from past experience that mom can get a wee bit edgy when she hasn’t chewed anything for a few days, yet is still expected to prepare food and cook for the youngsters.

It’s a blessing to be able to provide healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for the kids. But, I admit, it doesn’t always feel like such a blessing when I’m back in the kitchen again… especially when I’m not supposed to eat what I’m preparing… or even lick the spoon!

Then, we’re just back to being edgy!

Think about it. Three meals and two or three snacks per day, for an entire week, is a lot of food to be exposed to when you’re not indulging in any of it.

So, two things are making this detox cleanse go even more smoothly this time around:

1) The kids know how to make the basics in the kitchen, so they can fend for themselves, if necessary.

Now anyone can pour a bowl of cereal or make a piece of toast. But that wouldn’t make much sense for their parents to be doing something to improve their health while they eat things that destroy theirs!

They can whip up a mean batch of eggs and veggies to accompany, they can make their own healthy guacamole, they make their own healthy salad dressing with olive oil and balsamic vinegar plus fresh herbs & spices… and, they can use the convection oven for heating like nobody’s business! (No microwave here… and yet, we’ve survived!)

 

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2) I prepared plenty of foods ahead of time this time so that I don’t have to spend so much time in the kitchen when temptation is running high… or motivation is running low.

In order to give me a better chance of succeeding on this program, anywhere I could prepare ahead of time, or shift the responsibility of preparation to the kids, I did so.

Ahead of time, I cooked: ground beef/bison, baked chicken breasts, turkey bacon, turkey sausages, hard-boiled eggs, brown & wild rice, black beans & chick peas, and a batch of “summer soup”.

They use the beef, bison, and chicken in lettuce wraps, on a salad, or in various kid creations. They can have the bacon with breakfast, or in a lettuce wrap or sourdough as a BLT for lunch or dinner, and the sausage and hard-boiled eggs make great protein snacks on-the-go. Plus, pretty much any of the meat and eggs can top a salad easily.

We also made a huge batch of gluten-free “protein power” pancakes and pancake pops the other day and froze them in individual-size servings.

I prepped various veggies ahead of time, like carrot sticks, celery, and broccoli florets. They can pick other veggies and lettuces straight out of the garden, too. They’ve got their hummus and almond butter for ‘dipping’ if they so desire.

I washed (and “detoxed”) various easy fruit snacks, like cherries, nectarines, plums, peaches, and berries. Even though these are “self serve”, there’s still controlled consumption of fruit around here. Nobody needs excess sugar, even if it’s from a “natural” source, like fruit.

So, on day one of the detox, I didn’t really have to spend much time in the kitchen, which was very helpful, mentally.

 

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One of the cultured whey beverages we're consuming.

 

Obviously, planning ahead with strategies to avoid self-sabotage is useful in a variety of situations, not just during a detox.

Think how much this would help if you’re on a “diet” or have food sensitivities or intolerance that you need to address. Your family isn’t always on the same page as you with healthier food choices.

Planning ahead can be the edge you need to be successful.

In addition to your family members pitching in with food preparation more often, and preparing certain foods ahead of time, you can also pick a day or two each week when you invest some time cooking larger batches of (healthy) foods to get you through several days. (e.g. bake/roast/grill a bunch of free-range chicken, brown a few pounds of ground grass-fed meat, hard boil some free-range eggs, etc.)

It’s a simple shift in meal preparation that works for many. It allows you to spend less time in the kitchen, saves you time throughout the week, and guarantees that you’ve got some healthy foods on hand.

 

Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at trombley68@gmail.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Distance programs are available.

 

 

 

 

Treats, Rewards, & Other Nutritional Lies We Pass Along To Kids

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Prior to a recent interview I did for my latest weight loss book, the interviewer spent some time getting to know me before the recorded call took place. One of the areas she took a keen interest in was our choice to home school, and our reasons for doing so.

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When I mentioned that one of my main reasons for taking the kids out of “traditional” school years ago was nutrition based, she wanted to know more. I guess, when there are no major food allergies or serious health issues, you don’t too often hear of parents pulling kids out for nutrition reasons.

The interviewer’s questions brought back some memories…

Our daughter started out in school years ago. I didn’t realize I was destined to home school. Ever. It just wasn’t on my radar at the time.

Almost immediately, I was shocked by the bombardment of inaccurate nutritional information being passed along to children, and sent home to parents. The lists of “recommended healthy snacks and lunches” used to make me cringe!

Another biggie that I had a very difficult time with was the pattern of teachers and other parents giving my kids food that I had not approved of and without my permission. I’d arrive for pick-up time to discover that so-and-so’s parent had brought in ‘surprise’ cupcakes for everyone… “just because”. Or the teacher gave everyone sugary cereal bars for a snack… “because she thought it would be a nice treat”. … even after I had very clearly put in writing what our kids could and coweight loss, fat loss, toxic fatuld not consume.

My wishes were ignored.

Some of the mixed messaging that used to drive me batty was:

Providing the kids with “treats” for just about anything and everything under the sun. “You finished your math? Great job! Here’s a cookie!”

“You shared nicely with a friend? Here’s a pretzel stick!”

“You all lined up quickly for recess? You washed your hands (for the millionth time today… with toxic antibacterial soap!)? Crack open the Goldfish crackers and graham crackers!”

How about this? “Great job class… we all returned our library books on time. Let’s have an ice cream party as a reward!!”

Maybe it’s just me, but, I think you should do your math, share nicely, line up quickly, and return your library books on time even without ice cream! (Gasp!)

Of course, the winning classes or teams for various contests, fund raisers, field days, and so on, were always rewarded with food – pizza and ice cream parties being the most common rewards. Oh. My. Goodness.

It always boggled my mind how we could call those foods “treats” or “rewards”. How can something be a “treat” if it’s subtracting for our health?

Call it like it is.

We call these foods “tasty toxins”. They are not treats. They are not goodies. They are toxic, plain and simple. They may taste good, sure. But they are toxic. “Tasty toxins” is pretty darn easy and accurate for a kid to understand.

Treat is mis-leading.

Why would we reward good behavior with toxic food? Weird. Sounds more like a punishment to me!

 

Why do we train children that being “good” equals food at all?! Or, being “bad” (making bad choices) means you get no food? Why should behavior and choices have anything to do with food at all (generally speaking)? How very odd.

We (grown-ups) also lie to our children and tell them that “just a little bit won’t hurt”… or, “it’s OK in moderation”. Science continues to demonstrate that we’re off base with assumptions like that. There are, indeed, cumulative effects to our toxic choices over time.

(I don’t say “never” regarding tasty toxins, but I also don’t say they’re “OK” or “perfectly fine”. That’s simply not accurate.)

We wonder why we’ve got problems with weight gain and obesity in children, adults who just can’t seem to lose their excess weight, chronic illness, hormonal imbalance… crikey! It’s not like we’re “rewarding” with organic broccoli! Nope. In this culture, the most common “treats” and nutrition, diet, healthy food“rewards” are often the most toxic and deficient.

When one of the teachers told me she thought that kids shouldn’t be “deprived of” all the tasty toxins, I had to shake my head. I get where she’s coming from… I really do. It’s why I’ve taught our kids how to have some of the tasty toxin after they’ve fueled up with healthier choices… or to make sure they’re adding healthy foods to the more toxic choice, etc. It’s why I’ve taught them how to make a less-toxic choice, like hormone-free organic ice cream, or gluten-free baked goods, etc. No deprivation here.  In fact, I’d say we err on the side of over-indulgence too often.

What I think is a bigger concern than “depriving kids of toxic food” is depriving children of the opportunity to grow up with greater potential for optimal health and function, maximum performance both physically & mentally, and a lean & clean body that allows them to pursue their passions and keep them healthy for life.

When you start making choices on behalf of children that chip away at this potential, well, now we’ve got a much bigger issue, don’t we.

School should be a “safe zone”, nutritionally speaking. At the very least, it should be “neutral”… not necessarily making my kids any healthier (because that would be a lot to expect), but definitely not taking away from their health!

It became abundantly clear that the whole school thing wasn’t working for us… especially the part with other adults making health decisions for our children. So, long story shorter, we’ve home schooled ever since.

However, if you’ve been around this parenting block a time or two, you know that school is not the only place where grown-ups feel compelled to hand out tasty toxins! Sheesh! It has happened with virtually every team and sport the kids have played, in their church classes, in summer camps, in performing arts classes, in their home school co-op classes… everywhere we turn.  Apparently, our culture is afraid of raising “deprived” children!

You know the saying, “Success leaves clues”? So does chronic illness.

Kids would benefit from teaching them to think beyond the 5 minutes of “pleasure” they may derive from eating that tasty toxin. Actually, we’d ALL benefit from that!

Easier said than done, I know.

 

 

Here’s the link to the interview, by the way…

 

And, don’t worry. I wasn’t on any “tasty toxin” soap box in the interview! The interview is all about the subtle-yet-critical shift in thinking that results in successful weight loss… and health gain.

 

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Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at trombley68@gmail.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Distance programs are available.

6 Easy Tips For Hosting A Less-Toxic Birthday Party For Kids

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In honor of our daughter’s birthday tomorrow, here are some thoughts on hosting a “healthier” (less toxic) gathering for kids…

 

  1. I try to remove the focus from food, food and more food! Years ago, I’d have a buffet type table set up where the kids could just repeatedly serve themselves… and graze. Not so much anymore. Depending on the length of time of our gathering, I’ll set out one healthier snack – huge veggie tray, hummus, guacamole, (no ranch), and maybe a little bit of fruit after the veggies, like some grapes or cherries. And then, if the party will go through the dinner hour, I’ll set out the fixins’ for the main meal a few hours later. We’ve done everything from do-it-yourself/homemade/less toxic pizza, to kabobs, and taco bar. I’ve learned that the bigger the veggie tray, the less they eat for dinner. Hmmm… imagine that!

 

  1. The emphasis is very much on providing active things to do. The kids go swimming, jump on the trampoline, go tubing, play various water balloon games, play Wii Dance (the boys were into this even more than the girls, by the way!), and even go fishing. The last kids’ party we hosted included a steady cycling through of all these events for several hours! There are also the scooters, skate boards, bikes, pogo stick, various lawn games like croquet, playing catch & Frisbee, and even just hanging out outdoors and decorating our walkways with sidewalk chalk. This year, I’m sure there will be some stand-up-paddling and archery… with some keen adult supervision!

 

  1.  I think every child that has been to my house knows they’re going to drink water. No high-sugar concoctions here, and definitely no pop. I will offer an assortment of frozen berries to put in their water for a fun way to naturally flavor their beverage. Plus, they like how it looks, and like to choose their own combinations. I place a few (very cool vintage) pitchers of ice water around, designate everyone their own water glass, and tell them to help themselves whenever they like. Occasionally, I’ll make a very diluted organic lemonade for them… but it’s not a free-for-all with servings. Why? Because, I know what’s coming later in the party. Gotta’ keep the sugar somewhat in check. Besides, what are you worried about sugary drinks for anyway, people?? Go play!

 

  1. In the past, when I’ve served something like chips, I’ll buy organic corn chips and serve them with fresh salsa and the aforementioned homemade guacamole. I like to serve the veggies as the very first part of any snack because they tend to load up on those… and have less room for chips. Even though they’re organic (and non-GMO) doesn’t mean they benefit you in any way! Air-popped organic popcorn cooked in pure coconut oil with added (pink) sea salt is another option. Again, I’m just not a huge fan of corn, because it’s a grain… but this is less toxic than many other options.

 

  1. I’ve learned from experience about the whole cake ordeal! Many years ago, I remember purchasing a large sheet cake since we were having a large number of people here. Mistake. Too many servings, too many leftovers, too much waste, and worst of all, too many sugar comas! Now, I still allow the party-goers and hosts to indulge in birthday tradition, but we just keep it in check a bit more. I tend to stick to things like a small cake or mini-cupcakes made with organic ingredients, or a skinny little cookie cake, or homemade cake-pops. Smaller servings means less toxicity. Also, I may lose my Mother-of-the-Year chances here, but I don’t serve cake AND ice cream. I don’t know why I don’t… I just don’t! One or the other seems like plenty to me. Oh, those poor deprived kids! (my fingers are playing a tiny violin now…)

 

  1. In the past, I’ve sent home goodie bags with non-food items, like crafty little things, or tiny build-it-yourself toys, or non-toxic tattoos, or little notebooks and cool pens… you know, clutter stuff that moms just love to see coming into their homes! The last few parties we’ve had, I have my kids pick their party activity of choice that will serve as the take-home gifts for their guests.

So, we peruse the craft store and find plenty of ideas there. We’ve done beading of necklaces and bracelets/ankle bracelets (boys, too – we’ve found some really cool beads and stones they love to wear), the girls have made hair accessories with ribbons, flowers, etc., we’ve done tie-dyed shirts, sand art, decorated sun visors and picture frames … lots to do. Plus, the act of working on the project allows a bit of “chill time” in the midst of the party. Seems to work out very nicely.

 

Two of the most popular activities in recent parties have been:

(i) Decorating their own cake pops. My daughter made less-toxic, gluten-free cake pops ahead of time. Then we purchased a small assortment of icing and toppings and let the kids go to town! I couldn’t believe how much they got into it… some serious artistry! I let them decorate some extras to take home for siblings, too, complete with plates &/or boxes they can also decorate. (Get those things outta’ my house… or I might eat ‘em!)

 

(ii) Silly photo shoot. We got out our old “dress-up box” and let the kids have some fun with crazy hats, feather boas, some wacky wigs, mustaches, and so on. Then I took some silly group photos of them, and printed off their photo of choice to take home. While I was printing photos, the kids got to work on their self-decorated picture frames. When they were little, I’d get those foam frames. But now we’ve moved on to some colorful metal frames adorned with various beads, glitter, and anything else that will stick! Once again, kids always amaze me with their creativity and artistic talent. Awesome!

 

Special side note:

Anytime I can get kids involved in asking “WHY” I serve/don’t serve certain things, use/don’t use certain ingredients, etc. it’s a huge blessing! It’s an opportunity for a brief nutrition and health lesson that they might even remember some day! That’s why I like a lot of the serve yourself and make-it-yourself options, like the assorted frozen fruit for water, or make your own pizzas starting with organic &/or gluten-free dough, organic cheeses and healthy toppings. Or the taco bar with lots of veggie toppings, or build your own kabob, or lettuce wraps. It seems to open the door for more conversation about food choices.  This year, these kids are going to learn to make their own healthy guacamole… and then I’ll be the taste-tester! A perfect plan, don’t you think?!

It has been funny over the years to have kids come back to our home and repeat my own nutrition lessons back to me… or tell me how they’ve avoided certain toxic foods or beverages ever since I explained what made it toxic and how it was subtracting from their health. Even if it’s just something like them drinking more water, or adding something a bit more healthy to their less-than-healthy meal… it’s a win!

 

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OK, all you birthday party masters… let’s hear from you! How do YOU keep birthday parties FUN, yet on the healthier side?

 

Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at trombley68@gmail.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Distance programs are available.

 

 

Is Chiropractic Safe for Babies? A Case Study Worth Reading.

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I don’t too often write about Chiropractic “results” here, but this is a little case study I felt compelled to share.

I know there are people out there who will be helped as a result of sharing this.

Recently in our practice, a new mom brought her 9-week old baby girl in to see us.  Sweetest little cutie pie! I’ll call her “Baby Girl” here.

Baby Girl spent the last several weeks in her mother’s womb “folded in half like a lawn chair”, according to what the doctors had told mom.

She was taken by c-section as a result of her contorted position.

As a result of her lawn chair maneuver, Baby Girl has a rather significantly misshapen head that has not improved much in her first 9 weeks.  Mom could even feel that her spine seemed distorted, as well. Mom was right – this is one subluxated little girl. When I laid her on the exam table to palpate, she looked like a little banana!

Subluxation = a misalignment &/or malfunctioning area of the spine that is directly related to neurological interference.

As a result of her cranial and spinal subluxations, Baby Girl hasn’t been able to hold her head straight. She’s always tilted and turned to one side.

On a side note (not really!), she has been constipated for the last few weeks, ever since mom stopped breast-feeding. And, her hands and feet are always ice cold.

This little angel hasn’t been vaccinated yet, thank goodness, so that’s not part of the problem here.

She came to us as a “last resort” before following through with her pediatrician’s recommendations to run a series of x-rays on Baby Girl to more closely assess her cranial situation and measure her for a corrective helmet.

X-rays and babies are not my favorite combination, unless it could save that baby’s life.

The pediatrician told mom and grandma that the chances of seeing improvement were virtually impossible at this stage of the game, unless she wore a helmet… and even then, the chances were not all that great.

Um, are you talkin’ smack about the Master Creator’s work? He will determine what Baby Girl’s chances are, thankyouverymuch.

Seriously. Don’t limit people like that, for cryin’ out loud. Anything and everything is possible.

Next, mom was given a referral to an internist for Baby Girl’s constipation issue. The plan was to do a scope to find out the problem, and then, most likely some medication to “help”. Owie.

Now, before I tell you what happened, let me make one thing perfectly clear. When we adjust someone, we are absolutely clear that we are simply the “vessel”. We may be master “technicians” with the intuition and skill that comes along with years of hands-on experience, but we are certain that any and all healing does not come from us.

When I adjust someone, I have no control over what the body’s God-given  “Innate Intelligence” will do with that newly improved neurological communication and decreased stressful interference.

However, I have faith and certainty that something good comes of every adjustment, whether the person on the receiving end feels ‘symptomatic relief’ every time they get up off the adjusting table or not.

Now, in the case of Baby Girl, she wasn’t complaining much of low back pain or headaches!

I checked her spine and cranium to determine where her initial adjustments were needed. Then, I gave her a gentle cranial adjustment in one particular area, an atlas (C-1) adjustment with my pinkie finger, I applied a very light pressure to one particular vertebrae in her mid-spine, and finished off with a special technique in the lowest part of her spine and tailbone area.

The whole thing took a couple of minutes.

I saved the “special technique” for last because I had a fairly good idea of what would happen next…

She pooped!

Within 60-90 seconds of finishing the adjustment, she cleared her system VERY thoroughly! That was one diaper that mom was thrilled to change!

By the way, in case your only idea of Chiropractic adjustments is the “popping” and “twisting” kind, and you’re wondering why/how we’d do that to a baby, think again. There are many extremely gentle, low-force techniques in our tool belt! Oftentimes,  the parents don’t even realize the adjustment has already been given. (I can’t say the same for getting scopes and shots!)

Baby Girl slept during most of her adjustment. Pretty darn gentle.

This is not the Stone Age. It’s time to get up to speed with the general understanding of Chiropractic!

Before the family left, mom called me over to look at Baby Girl in her car seat. She was sitting with her head straight for the first time, and mom and grandma commented that they could already see a difference in the shape of her head and face. Her little hands weren’t so cold.

Another Practice Member nearby said, “It’s a miracle!” Maybe, maybe not. I do know that the body is truly amazing! Reduce some interference, and watch it go!

Who knows how many adjustments it will take to get Baby Girl’s “melon” (as her mom affectionately calls it!) back into shape. Again, that’s not so much up to me. Maybe it will go back to “normal”… maybe not. Maybe she will end up needing outside intervention someday. The good news is that babies and children tend to respond very, very quickly to their adjustments.

In the meantime, each adjustment she receives is allowing her little body to function with less stressful interference. And, keeping the x-rays, scopes, vaccines, and drugs out of the equation can only help this little cutie.

Why am I sharing this baby’s story? Because somebody, somewhere is going to take their baby to a Doctor of Chiropractic now instead of (or, at least before) taking her for x-rays and GI scopes.

Somebody will try the least-invasive measures before the most invasive.

Somebody will realize that Chiropractic isn’t about “back pain” or just for adults, but about improved function for ALL ages.

Somebody will have faith that the body is designed to be healthy, self-healing,  and self-repairing… and that it doesn’t really need much help, but it just needs no interference.

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Please share this story with parents who need to know!

Do YOU have a Chiropractic “miracle” story to share? We hear them all the time… but NEVER get tired of them! Please share your story!

 

 

Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at trombley68@gmail.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Distance programs are available.

13 Money-Saving Tips for Eating Healthy

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For years, I’ve listened to patients and clients tell me “how expensive it is to eat healthy”.

The mother in me likes to respond, “It’s expensive NOT to, dear.”  It could cost you your future health.

Having said that, I recognize there is a definite shift in grocery funds when you begin to upgrade your nutritional choices.

It seems there are a couple different phases to this upgrade. The first comes in the early stages when you begin your migration away from the Standard American Diet (SAD). On SAD, folks are eating a ton of processed factory foods made from wheat, corn, soy, sugar, and artificial ingredients galore. It’s all the stuff in boxes, bags, and wrappers that we find in the middle of the grocery store, at convenience stores, and gas stations.

It’s cheap filler food.

The move to “real food” can be a surprise for some at the check-out. Some folks feel they’re not getting as much food as they used to for the same investment. I’d argue that that’s not necessarily a bad thing!

The SAD-laden shopping carts I see in stores are loaded with so much junk it gives me a belly ache. I see massive quantities of pop, crackers, snack foods, pasta, cereal, desserts, chips, pastries, juice drinks & energy drinks, frozen dinners,  ice cream, toxic fats & oils, refined grain-based foods…

I’m the one who often thinks, “I couldn’t afford to shop like that!” Holy cow.

The second shift in our nutritional investment seems to accompany the transition to a more “specialized” lifestyle approach or diet.

Think “Paleo” or “Primal” or “GAPS” approaches.

A lot of the “filler” foods have been eliminated and the focus is on core foods, like higher quality meats and protein sources, healthy fats, vegetables, and some fruit.

Depending on exactly where you were getting your food before this type of upgrade, you may see a jump in your investment when switching to the higher quality meats, like grass-fed and free-range, or when you decide to choose organic foods as often as possible.

So, what can we do to save money while eating healthier:

1. Cook your own food! Profound, isn’t it?! Just thought I’d state the obvious. We all know that it costs a lot more to eat out in restaurants. There’s also the health cost of not always knowing exactly how your food is being prepared and cooked. Toxic fats & cooking oils are one of the biggest problems with most restaurant food. At home, obviously, you can control that.

So, maybe you’re not quite Master Chef material. Me, neither. I’d still recommend making the effort to create at least half a dozen or so healthy, enjoyable meals that you can circulate on your regular menu. And, this might be a stretch, but I also recommend that you do your best to enjoy the process of preparing your own meals! Turn on your favorite music… include your favorite people in the process… or just take the time to think happy, healthy thoughts. You’re doing a very good thing here!

2. Along the same line, buy ingredients… not pre-made products. This is true whether we’re talking frozen “t.v. dinners” or Paleo snacks. You save bucks when you can make it yourself from scratch. In the Paleo and Primal world, you can find plenty of advice and recipes for making homemade versions of snacks and beverages like Larabars, beef jerky, nut milks, Kombucha, kale chips, etc. Sometimes, convenience wins out, but when you can do it yourself, you’ll definitely save some moola.

3. For those times that you DO choose to enjoy a meal in a restaurant, it doesn’t necessarily have to break the bank. We can skip the appetizers and dessert… and even the toxic beverages. Or, if we do choose to indulge, we can cut back or share our portions. “If I’m goin’ down, I’m taking you with me!” said one generous friend to the other!

4. Have a plan. Meal planning isn’t sexy… but it works! This, of course, is true whether you’re planning from healthy foods, or from the SAD diet. When you plan your meals, and your left-overs, your food dollar goes a lot further. There’s less waste and, I’d argue, less excess and over-eating. I’m not rigid with my meal-planning, and I like to allow for spontaneity and flexibility… but there’s always a plan going on in there to make the most of the investment we’ve made in our foods.

If I get off track with meal planning, I tend to forget about foods I’ve already invested in… and my fridge becomes the sad place where forgotten vegetables go to die!

It’s helpful when your meal planning includes cooking “in bulk” so you have enough for additional meals down the road. Some might be for the next day or two, some can be frozen.

5. Let’s talk about meat. While a common approach to saving money on the family food bill is to decrease meat consumption, this doesn’t work for everyone. It depends what your nutritional lifestyle is. If you tell a Paleo or Primal person to have more “meatless meals”, you’d better get ready to flee! But, depending on how closely they’re adhering to the underlying principles of their approach, they’re not wasting their money on fillers like grains, dairy, nuts & nut butters, and certainly not on any junk food.

So, let’s say you still want your meals to be more meat-centered. You can save a bit by spreading that meat out, without mixing it with “filler”. Instead of baked chicken breast served with veggies, you could opt for chicken stir-fry which should use less chicken. Instead of burgers, opt for stuffed peppers. Instead of steak on its own, use it in fajitas or lettuce wraps. Or, use your meat in soups, stews, or to top a great salad.

If you’re not a meat-centered person, it’s easy to go meatless (or eat less meat) on a regular basis, yet stay relatively healthy. For example, mixing your ground meat with organic brown rice or quinoa helps you get more meals out of that dish without becoming complete junk food. Beans are another option for the meatless and less-meat crowd. Not for the hardcore Paleo peeps, though.

Once you decide to upgrade your meat choices it will save you a TON to find your go-to source where you can buy in bulk. That could be a local farmer who raises grass-fed and free-range livestock and poultry, or the farmer’s market, or a co-op, or a trusted online source. Many folks will tell you, even when you’re purchasing the best quality meats, when you buy in large quantities you can end up spending the same amount per pound as you would for individual cuts of conventional meats in the grocery store. If it helps, go in on a grass-fed cow (or buffalo, etc.) with other health-minded friends to cut costs… and save some freezer room!

6. Stock up with the basics. You can save money by keeping things simple. Instead of having cupboards and pantries full of exotic ingredients that you’re not necessarily sure what to do with, stick to the basics. Have some coconut oil, grass-fed butter, and extra virgin olive oil on hand, along with a good balsamic vinegar. Throw in some quality sea salt, fresh pepper, garlic, and a handful of spices you use regularly. You can waste a lot of money on ingredients you rarely use.

7. Choose your battles! If you can go all organic, all grass-fed, and all free-range pastured foods all the time, go for it! If you need to watch your spending a bit more closely, then invest in the most important things first. I recommend investing in better quality meats and animal products (eggs, dairy) whenever you can. Toxins bioaccumulate in these types of foods… and it’s challenging to “rinse off” a steak! You can use some fairly effective produce washes on your veggies and fruit to upgrade conventional choices in this department.

However, if you can’t get grass-fed or clean meats, you’re arguably better off with a conventional piece of meat vs. a bowl of organic mac & cheese or other pasta dish… especially if you cook that meat at home in grass-fed butter or coconut oil. The same is true of conventional eggs at breakfast vs. a bowl of organic cereal.

8. Consider eliminating (or reducing) the extras that you don’t really need… and probably aren’t doing much to benefit your health. Things like expensive coffee drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, smoothies, energy bars, protein powders, excessive nutritional supplements, and so on. When you eat real food and simplify your diet, you should end up needing less in the form of supplementation and energy (adrenaline) boosting beverages. By the way, nutritional supplementation should be utilized when you know you have specific nutritional deficiencies… not just because your neighbor, or a celebrity doctor on T.V., or the person at the health store told you “it’s really good stuff”!

9. When it comes to vegetables, fruit, and herbs, there are some fairly simple money-saving options like: growing your own, shopping farmer’s markets, joining a co-op or CSA program, and hunting for the produce that has been marked down in grocery stores. Obviously, there’s always the sales to watch for, as well. Don’t forget frozen organic veggies – stock up when they’re marked down. They can come in handy, they’re healthy, and they’ll save you some bucks.

10. Consider eating less. No, really. Plenty of science is emerging that is showing the myriad of health benefits of intermittent fasting, or waiting longer to eat your first meal of the day. This can be a very healthy lifestyle choice, especially if the rest of your diet is solid. Fewer meals can obviously help cut down your grocery bills.

11. This one won’t win me any popularity contests, but, you’d save some moola if you didn’t bake so many “tasty toxins”. I understand that homemade cookies, cakes, muffins and so on are typically going to be less toxic than the store bought version… but do we really need them? I’ll leave that one out there for you to discuss amongst yourselves!

12. Consider having a liquid meal on occasion. No, I don’t want you to start that kind of drinking habit… I’m talking about juicing or having a greens drink on a regular basis. Depending on your activity level and other factors, this drink can be enough to fuel you as a meal in itself.

13. And, finally, connect with your favorite stores online. Via Facebook and email, many stores will notify you of sales… sometimes, one-day sales that offer a rather significant savings.

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I’m sure there are plenty of additional tips and tricks for saving money while trying to eat a healthy diet. This is a pretty good start, though.

What would you add to this list? What are your favorite money-saving strategies for eating healthy?

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