Reflection of my Daughter’s Health

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In a couple of weeks, my beautiful daughter will celebrate her 6th birthday!  As parents, we often reflect on the past birthdays, the fun trips, and the sweet baby we once held.  This time last year, I was flown to New York City by Shaklee Corporation to share my personal testimony about how Shaklee products have changed the health of my daughter.  At that time, I was asked questions about my daughter before using Shaklee cleaners and my daughter after changing products.  Wow….at one point during my video interview, I thought I was going to cry.  In fact, my mother was with me and she did cry!  It was not that I had not realized how much her health had improved, but I simply did not think about her past anymore.  Today, I want to reflect on my daughter’s health.  But first it is important to know that I am simply a mom.  A mom that did a lot of research to help her daughter.  As parents, we must be advocates for our children and research what is best for them, while working with doctors.

With that said, here’s my reflection!

From 10-months on, my daughter was always sick (Please note I did pull all our insurance records to ensure accuracy)

On antibiotics 1-3 times a month except five months in a 27-month period
Chronic nighttime cough
Throw up at night from coughing so hard
Runny nose
Overall was always sick
Tubes placed in her ears
Adenoids removed

As my daughter approached her second birthday, it seemed she was getting worse.  I was referred to a pediatric asthma and allergy specialist.  At two-years old, she was diagnosed with asthma.  After a few months of trial-and-error, they settled on five different medications.  (Feel free to read more about her initial medications here).  While we were able to control her cough better and get sleep, she was still sick all the time.  I was told that it was normal and she would slowly grow out of being sick so much.

After a year on all these medications, I was able to wean her off a couple of them simply by changing the cleaners in my house!  I never knew that toxins inside my home were hurting her and causing her asthma to flare up.  Another year later, after continuing to see my daughter sick at least once a month, I was determined to do something different.

After researching more, reading stories from other moms with similar situations, listening in on health webinars, and chatting with an awesome health coach, I decided nutritional habits had to change.  I learned that many of her medications were weakening her immune system.  I learned about this weird thing called candida and how 80% of our health was connected to our gut, and all these antibiotics she had been on were ruining her gut flora.  I learned that she did not eat enough protein.  I learned I should stop dairy and sugars as much as possible during an illness.  I learned SO. MUCH!

The best part of all my new knowledge was being able to apply it to my family, specifically my daughter.  Since March 2013, Lenna-Grace has been taking supplements to help her be healthier.  In return, she has been medication free for two years.  Let me repeat that.  Lenna-Grace, who once took FIVE medications daily to control her asthma and allergies, has been medication free for TWO YEARS.  And since she has not needed to take daily medications, she has also not been sick in two years.  The past two years, she has only had  one sick appointment, which was when we decided to get a dog and her asthma flared up.

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Today….I am excited to watch my beautiful, healthy little girl run outside, ride her bike as long as she wants, play in the snow without stopping to catch her breathe, enjoy running around chasing her brothers, and much more.  Today, I am thankful for knowledge.  I am thankful for friends who share their knowledge with you.  But mostly, I am thankful for this beautiful girl!

Asthma….7 months later

In April, I shared about my daughter’s asthma.  I shared some statistics about asthma, side effects of medications, and how supplements were helping my daughter.  Be sure to read the post here if you have not already. 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, asthma causes 4,200 deaths per year (that’s roughly 11-12 people a day).  If you look at my previous post, I quoted 9 people a day.  That number has went up since the CDC’s recent data was published!  The CDC also states that asthma costs $56 billion in medical cost, lost school and work days, and early deaths.

Lenna-Grace was previously taking the following medications (My daughter started these at only 2.5 years old):
Flonase – nasal steriod (1 spray in each nosil twice a day)
Flovent – Inhaled corticosteroids (2 puffs twice a day)
Zyrtec – allergy medication (1 tsp twice day)
Singulair – Leukotriene modifiers (1 tablet once a day, when sick or asthma/allergy was worse)
Albuterol – Short-acting beta agonists (2 puffs immediately before bed and if needed for attack)

Last year, I changed all the cleaners in my house to non-toxic cleaners.  I removed all chemicals that could be bothering allergies.  And in return, I saved money!  (I was a couponer, but was able to save money on non-toxic, safe, green, and effective cleaners with Shaklee Get Clean Kit).  You can see all my posts Healthy Cleaning on a Budget–All-Purpose Cleaner, Laundry, and Dishes.  You can also read about why non-toxic cleaners are necessary!   After making these changes, I noticed some improvement in Lenna-Grace’s runny nose and daytime cough.  But she still needed her medications at night daily.  She still was getting sick all the time.  And she still needed extra asthma medications when she was sick.

On March 1, I made the change.  I waited until Lenna-Grace was not sick and after I started adding extra protein to her diet.  I started giving her daily a children’s multivitamin, vitamin C, and an immune system builder.  It is important to note that Lenna-Grace was already taking a Flintstone daily vitamin.  However, I made the switch to an all-natural supplement that has no artificial flavors, no toxins, and is created and tested by the #1 Natural Nutrition Company in the United States.

Now….7 months later and I am happy to report that Lenna-Grace is doing AMAZING!  She has had no asthma or allergy medication since March 1.  She has not been to the doctor once (except her 4-year old check up).  She has not had any asthma attacks.  She has not had any major illnesses.  She caught a 24-hour tummy bug once.  She also had a cold.  The best part though…the cold lasted less than 5 days AND she needed NO asthma medications!!!  A year ago this would have been unthinkable.  When Lenna-Grace had a cold, she needed to double up on her inhalers and usually ended up at the doctor’s office.

This is so amazing to me that I am going to say it again.  Lenna-Grace has had NO asthma or allergy medications, NO doctor visits, NO antibiotics for 7 months, and NO real sicknesses. 

I am well aware that allergies and asthma is typically worse during certain parts of the year.  Last year, Lenna-Grace was the worst from August until March.  We survived March and August, and so far September.  I am well aware that flare ups can still occur.  My goal is to be proactive and help her to be a healthy little girl!

Just so you are aware of the medical costs–
From August 2012 – February 2013, our insurance records show the following:

Medical Costs $1,522.54 before insurance ($778.66 paid out of pocket)
Pharmacy Costs $392. 54 before insurance ($236.66 out of pocket).

Did you see this is $1015.32 out-of-pocket in only seven months!  For the past 7 months, do you know what I have spent?

Incredivites ($29.70/120 tablets)
NutriFeron ($39.00/60 tablets lasted us 7 months)
Chewable Vitamin C ($23.35/300 tablets)

Total: $151.45
**I also have Alfalfa ($16.45/330 tablets) on hand when I see allergies occurring, such as runny nose, for all the kids.**

From August-Feb, we spent $145.03 a month.  From March – September, we spent $21.64 a month!  WOW!

$145.03 compared to $21.64! 

$123 difference PLUS I have a healthy child.  I have spent less hours caring for a child coughing continuously.  I have spent less time at the doctor’s office.  I have spent more time enjoying my healthy children!  Did I mention that NONE of our four children have been to the doctor for any illnesses in this past seven months?  (Dalton did get a rash on his booty).

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Here’s our happy and active little girl–with no asthma symptoms in SEVEN months!
In a few months, I hope to update you these same results.

If you would like to hear more, please join me Monday, September 23, at 9 PM (EST) for a wonderful, and free, webinar (Register here).  I have the wonderful privilege of guest speaking with Nutritionist Barbara Lagoni, with over 30 years experience, and Dr. Steve Chaney, Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine for the webinar “Asthma – Natural Approaches to Strengthen Immune System and Reduce Environmental Toxins and Irritants.” Dr. Chaney received the rank of Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.  He has been teaching medical and dental students at UNC since 1972.  He also ran an active cancer research program and has published over 100 peer review scientific journal articles.

Please note that I am not a doctor.  I am simply a mother who longed to have a healthier child.  I did a lot of research.  I also kept (and still have) all asthma medications on hand in case needed.