Tuesday, November 3, 2015

whats up with the FDA anyway? Part 1

As I transition into talking mostly about nutrition based topics, I thought it would be important to talk about one federal agency that I will be referencing quite a bit: the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Like I just stated, the FDA is a federal agency (think: run by the government), that regulates the drug market (prescription, over-the-counter and vaccines), food labeling and safety, cosmetics and tobacco. The FDA is to regulate around 1 trillion U.S. dollars worth of consumer goods.

A brief history: Teddy Roosevelt signed the Food and Drug Act into law in 1906, which then turned into The Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act in 1938 after FDR signed it into law. At the same time, there was a USDA Bureau of Chemistry which oversaw the Food and Drug Act. The USDA Bureau of Chemistry then turned into the FDA in 1930.

In short, the FDA is the organization that rules over a large majority of the products you use or consume every single day. 

(Stay tuned for a part two!)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

People Always Leave

I have been thinking a lot lately about friends. I love my friends to death, but I always seem to make friends with those that are older than me!

This causes some problems while still in school. This happened to me in high school and its happening again. I become very close with a bunch of people from the class ahead of me, and then they graduate and I am left still in school to hang out alone or find new friends my senior year. 

I always question why I do this to myself, but I don't have an answer. 

I have this saying that "people always leave"... It's always proven itself to be true for me, but I know that my friends aren't choosing to leave ME, they're just leaving and moving on with their bright futures!

SO, as this first semester of my junior year has drawn to a close and as I have gotten closer to my senior friends, I  am preparing myself for goodbyes, but also, a LOT of good times before that goodbye! 

Saint Mary's hasn't exactly been the best four years of my life, but it has brought me the best opportunities and the best people in the world and I am grateful for that!

If Life's Worth Living, then it's Worth Recording

This post is going to be a little different than usual.

I would like to tell everyone about my appreciation for YouTube!

This website has brought so many people together! From daily vloggers who are YouTube famous, to moms doing pregnancy up dates and teenage girls doing makeup tutorials. This website has created a community.

Some of my favorite YouTubers are:

Candid Mommy
Jenna Marbles
You Deserve a Drink
The Moms View
Ellie and Jarod
and many others!

These people have each been though so much in their lives and they are now making such an impact on others, all whole getting paid to live a dream!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Blooming Grounds Coffee House

Blooming Grounds is a local Winona, MN coffee shop that is open daily and has a wide variety of coffee, wine, beer and homemade italian sodas. Blooming Grounds serves free-range chicken breast in the food they make, as well as locally grown vegetables. The atmosphere is great for hanging out with friends or for studying! Check out our promotional video!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Take Control of Your Health

Usually, when someone sees a person taking this many pills, they get concerned. 
"Should you really be taking all of those pills?", most people say.
I should be taking these pills. 
Every morning, I take twelve pills and mix another into my water. 
That is a grand total of seven different kinds I take every day.
The important thing I should tell you is that only one is a prescription drug. 
All others are whole food supplements, enzymes, and vitamins that my body needs to function.
I received these pills from my Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner. 

What is Nutrition Response Testing, you ask? 

Nutrition Response Testing is a non-invasive way of analyzing the body to determine the underlying causes of illness and non-optimum health.
It is not one based on masking symptoms through drugs or medication but instead finding the underlying cause of the problem and helping the body heal itself. 

How does this happen?

As the Practitioner is doing the test, they are testing your body’s neurological reflexes. These reflexes are the nervous system’s way of telling the practitioner what and how your organ’s and other body systems are doing. This is possible because the nervous system regulates the body’s functions for each and every organ. The testing includes all organs, glands, joints, muscles and the entire body.
These reflexes are tested on the surface of the body.
This happens because electrical energy flows exist between all parts and organs of the body. This is how your nervous system communicates and controls the body’s functions. These flows can become disrupted for a variety of reasons. This disruption in the nervous system’s healthy electrical flows is what they are testing.

The test looks like this:

The practitioner will do the analysis by contacting your extended arm with one hand while contacting a specific reflex area with the other hand. If the tested reflex is stressed your nervous system will respond by reducing energy to your extended arm and send it to the stressed organ or body part.  This will cause your extended arm to weaken and drop.  This indicates an underlying stress or other dysfunction in that area of your body which may be adversely affecting your health.
Once the underlying cause of the dysfunction is corrected using proper nutrition the “weak” muscle response in your arm will no longer occur.

When I first head about NRT, I thought it was bogus. How can your body tell you what it needs to fix it? 

Well, after doing a lot of research and reading, I learned that this practice really makes the most sense and its drugs and lab tests that dont make sense! 

Our bodies are amazing. We were never meant to fill our bodies with synthetic drugs, and invasive testing. Our bodies were meant to heal themselves, they have the power to do so! 

My Story:

Before I began NRT, I lived a life that was miserable in regards to my health and I thought that was just the way it was going to be.

I was chronically tired, got headaches everyday, was lactose intolerant, had symptoms of IBS, and had an emergency cholecystectomy in March. Following the surgery, I had tremendous pain attacks and constant nausea. This lasted for about three months.

 Over that three month span, I made frequent trips to the ER, my regular doctor, and a specialist  all at the Mayo clinic, racking up over $20,000 in bills.

After a blood and urine test at every visit, I received a couple responses. Here are three of the best ones!
1. "This is normal after surgery. Youre going to feel different for a while." - ER doctors
2. "I really think the pain is heartburn, here is some antacid." - regular doctor
3. "I have no idea what it is. I am stumped" - specialist

All of these statements, yet no doctor chose to run a test on me besides a blood/urine analysis.

Since this awful experience at Mayo, I have been doing Nutrition Response Testing and have seen 100% gain in my health. It took about a month and a half to uncover different issues, but once I got a hold on some things, I started to feel so much better. 

I feel so good knowing I healed my body. 
It feels good to make my body feel healthy simply by giving it the nutrients it is crying out for!

So yes, I am going to continue to take these pills and yes, I will continue to give family and friends cards and recommendations to experience this change in health! I have seen this help me, I have seen this help a family friend, and I have heard from other patients of my practitioner, I know I don't need any more convincing...

I challenge you to do some research and consider taking control of your health today!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Care. No Matter What.

First Care Pregnancy Center.

This place has completely stolen my heart. I don't know what I would do without First Care and the women that work there. 

I have volunteered at First Care since I was 16 and just recently interned there this past summer. 

First Care is a pregnancy center that has four locations (Minneapolis, St. Paul, Richfield and Rochester) in Minnesota. 

We provide all free services. Pregnancy tests, options counseling with a licensed professional, STD testing and treatment, ultrasounds, parenting education and material assistance. We are also a licensed adoptions agency working with both adoptive families and birth parents. First Care also has a post abortion care program.

Our goal is simply to care for mothers and fathers who may be experiencing a pregnancy they did not expect, and their children by providing, education, truth, support and options.

We want to empower women to make the best decision possible for themselves and their babies. 

Whatever choice you make, one of our professionals with be with you every step of the way, as much as you want them involved. 

Tell me: Where can you go to receive services like these at absolutely NO COST and with NO PRESSURE and NO JUDGEMENT?? First Care simply wants to provide the answers you deserve. 

Women are the most important thing to us. You deserve CARE. No Matter What.

First Care Pregnancy Center provides that. 

Are you in need of their services? 

Schedule an appointment privately at www.firstcaremn.com