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Can You Heal Your Thyroid Naturally?

Sean Croxton 2nd Opinion Series

My affiliate partner Sean Croxton is offering a Special Early Bird Pre-Event Sale available now until 8am PST Sunday May 4th. Click here to get your digital access pass now!

One of the things I've known I had to work on in my healing journey was my thyroid. Because I took my basal temperature (waking) daily for years to prevent conception I was well aware that my temperature indicated hypothyroidism. Not to mention all the symptoms…

Unfortunately, I was confused on what to do and so day after day went by with symptoms but not really moving in any direction toward healing. I did verbalize my concerns to my primary care physicians but that didn't get me very far. One doctor tested the TSH and since it was within range he offered me anti-depressant drugs. (!!) A few years later the next doctor I discussed my concerns with laughed me off with a flippant, “Someone's been on the Internet too much.” (!!)

Other than talk to doctors who were only interested in pushing drugs and making fun of me though, like I said I wasn't really sure what to do. I for sure had not plans to change my diet, I had absolutely no interest in that until my husband became ill with Ulcerative Colitis. That's when I looked into the GAPS Diet, and realized that my aches and pains and mild depression and anxiety could possibly be related to an unhealthy gut, which according to Dr. Tom O'Bryan is directly related to thyroid health.

“You can arrest the development of autoimmune disease – which includes thyroid autoimmune disease – by healing the gut.” – Dr. Tom O'Bryan, The Thyroid Sessions

I didn't just do GAPS though, I researched and studied. That's one of the things I love about Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, she encourages us to figure these things out and look for the cherries on top of our own personal health “cake”.

Along the way I found Sean Croxton and his Blog Talk Radio show Underground Wellness, and one of my favorite shows was the one with Dr. Tom O'Bryan where I began researching more extensively into gluten. Ever since then, I've been pretty well convinced that I can never have gluten again because I have at least two autoimmune diseases (I have antibodies for both Hashimoto's and Grave's Disease) plus I have the most challenging MTHFR genetic mutation (two copies of C677T).

Starting GAPS was the best thing I could have done for my thyroid. But it wasn't enough. I'm currently on thyroid medication and feel like I can cope with my life, but I would love to figure out once and for all how to heal my thyroid so that I don't have to be dependent on medication!

Starting on Sunday May 4th, my affiliate partner Sean Croxton begins The Thyroid Sessions, a summit which promises to be filled with all kinds of good information on how to heal your thyroid.

Right now Sean is offering an early bird special and you can purchase the event for $49 or two easy payments of $24.50 each. I've already bought mine because I know I won't be able to watch the event on the days I have to work. I'll be checking in and watching tomorrow, next Friday, Saturday and Sunday and don't want to miss anything!

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Working with a Classical Homeopath

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, founder of the GAPS Diet, talks about the cherries on top of our GAPS cake and I've explored several “cherries” in the past four years. Recently I decided to take a look at what homeopathy can do for me and my mom. Sometimes I delve into learning more about a healing modality by researching it myself, but this time I decided to work with a practitioner. A friend gave me a recommendation and I decided to check it out.

I have used homeopathic remedies over the years. One very popular for my entire family has been Rescue Remedy (affiliate link). My mom has had a bottle on hand for years, I've kept it on hand and my sisters use it, too. When my children were younger I used Hyland's Homeopathic Teething Tablets (affiliate link). We even contacted a homeopathic veterinarian once for our dairy goats when one of them had a stubborn case of subclinical mastitis.

I've learned a few things about classical homeopathy in the past couple of weeks:

  • I've heard that there are remedies that include many components, but these often do not work as well as the singular remedy.
  • I did not know that someone who works to find your one remedy is called a classical homeopathic practitioner.
  • I was surprised to learn that most people will be “prescribed” just one remedy, which will address your symptoms and issues at the root of the problem. The practitioner figures out which remedy is the one for you based on your history.

I was asked to share traumatic events, accidents, surgery and pregnancies. I'm 50, and I feel like I've experienced more than my fair share of trauma. I decided to focus only on the trauma which I felt had been life changing. I gave a brief one or two sentence summary of each event, and I also listed the year and my age. That wasn't asked for, but I thought it might be helpful. While responding to the pregnancy question, I also included miscarriages. My understanding is that the practitioner includes these events to narrow down your specific remedy.

During the appointment I was asked questions about my body, how are my ears, eyes, skin, etc. and asked to expand a bit more on some of my traumatic events. My practitioner is very compassionate and it was quite cathartic working with her during my appointment.

When reading how classical homeopathy works it sounds quite logical to me. What really resonates is that the root of the problem is treated. Now compare that to traditional allopathic doctors who treat symptoms with little or no consideration toward why the person is experiencing symptoms in the first place. Take depression, for example. This could be caused by adrenal fatigue, hypothyroid or any other number of physical causes but the first thing many allopathic doctors will do is to prescribe an anti-depression medication. Now granted, there are probably persons out there who are so deeply depressed that they do need something to help them get through a difficult period in their life, just so they can begin to rise out of the muck and the mire of depression but then let's figure out what the real cause for depression is.

Something else I really found interesting is that there are Homeopathic Constitutional Types. My remedy is Staphysagria and in doing some online research I discovered that this remedy does indeed describe some parts of me.

One characteristic I have which matches is I rarely get angry. I suppose if I were to analyze myself, I would find that it was unsafe to get mad as a child (and teenager) and so I disowned that part of myself. I have lost my temper only a few times in my adult life and always something happened to cause me to rethink my actions and decide losing my temper only caused me grief and frustration. There are three times I can recall getting angry as an adult and the outcome was too much of a lesson.

Incident #1

I was working in a warehouse, the company sold plastic and glass bottles. I was making my way through a narrow aisle and I was frustrated and in a hurry. I shoved my way through quickly and this caused the top box, which was open, and contained ONE THOUSAND 2 ounce plastic bottles to fall and spill out onto the cement. These bottles were going to be used to silk screen a label onto them, but now that they had fallen onto the ground they were covered with dust. The bottles were very static-y and attracted every tiny piece of dust to every square inch of the surface. This was a disaster as for now these bottles were worthless for the job.

Incident #2

Again in this same warehouse I was having a difficult time and I'd seen the men punch and kick boxes to let out their feelings of anger. I knew better than to punch a box, that would hurt my fist! Instead, I decided to kick a box. Well, I kicked that box so hard that my foot got stuck! I had to extract my foot from my shoe and then wrench my shoe out. The box I'd kicked was at the bottom of a stack about five high. That was just embarrassing.

Incident #3

I don't even remember what happened but I was really mad at my husband over something. This was probably within the first year of our marriage. I picked up my cast iron skillet and threw it on the ground. The handle broke off. I was just sad over that because I had ruined my skillet. You see, when the handle broke, it also took out a good hunk from the wall of the skillet so it became worthless.

And so I stopped throwing hissy fits because they didn't work out so good for me. 😉

Here are some links with information on the Staphysagria Constitutional Type:

By the way, I wasn't sure where to find my remedy so I ended up ordering online. It just so happened that the winter storms back East were raging and my remedy was stuck in the mail for an extra week. I ended up ordering a second bottle from a company in California. After ordering twice, I discovered that Sprouts (a crunchy farmer's market health food type store located in Arizona) carries homeopathic remedies.

So these are things to take into consideration when ordering yours – 1) Can you get it from a local health food store 2) Order from a company near your state if at all possible. Amazon also has homeopathic remedies but they are considered “add-on” items so you have to combine them with items to ship from Amazon totalling over $25.

Have you ever used a classical homeopathic practitioner?

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Celebrating Four Years on this Health Journey Giveaway

A few days ago I wrote about where I'm at on GAPS. You can read that here: Four Years on GAPS.

I also promised that I would get the giveaway ready this weekend, and here I am! It has been a busy few days and I had to work on Friday so I'm running a bit late. Usually I am home blogging on Fridays but we had our staff Christmas potluck / Secret Santa party and I ended up staying several hours afterwards working.

Since 2010, I've been doing a giveaway to celebrate my health journey and this year I have a bunch of cool things that I'm giving away. There will be 29 winners in all!

I've also decided this year to give you some choice in what you'd like to win. Maybe you don't want a spiralizer or a yogurt maker or an apron, but you'd love to win a copy of What Can I Eat Now, 30 Days on GAPS Intro. Or not! To make this happen, I've set up several Rafflecopter forms so you can pick and choose the giveaways in which you are interested.

Please feel free to enter one, some or all! There are no mandatory entries this year. You can quickly enter by clicking the “No Purchase Necessary” option on each giveaway. You can also earn extra points on all the giveaways by liking GAPS Diet Journey on Facebook, following me on Twitter and tweeting once daily. By the way, if you already a fan of GAPS Diet Journey on Facebook just click on the button to earn your points. There is one more entry on the Flirty Aprons Rafflecopter form where you can earn one more chance to win by leaving a blog post to tell me which apron you like best – I'll do my best to match winners to their choice, if possible.

The giveaway runs from now until Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 at 11:59pm Arizona time.

As I mentioned earlier, this year there are SIX Rafflecopter forms to enter. Products purchased by GAPS Diet Journey unless otherwise noted. Retail value of all items is $869.15! 🙂

  • Giveaway #1  – 10 Winners: 4 Flirty Aprons + 4 matching oven mitts; 1 Girl's Snowman Apron, 1 Zebra Flirty Apron with Pink Zebra Gloves, and 5 Flirty Aprons.
  • Giveaway #2 – 4 Winners: One Year of Grain-Free Menu Planning + 1 Copy of What Can I Eat Now? 30 Days on GAPS Introduction Diet; and 3 people will win 1 copy of What Can I Eat Now? 30 Days on GAPS Introduction Diet from Cara Comini from Health, Home and Happiness. Co-sponsorship Health, Home and Happiness, and GAPS Diet Journey.
  • Giveaway #3 – 4 Winners:  4 copies of Indulge: 70 Grain-Free Desserts. This e-book has some non-GAPS friendly recipes (23 of 70 are GAPS legal as written and most of the others can be easily tweaked to fit GAPS). This part of the giveaway is fully sponsored by Carol Lovett from Ditch the Wheat.
  • Giveaway #4 – 2 Winners: 2 Paderno Vegetable Slicer Spiralizers.
  • Giveaway #5 – DASH Stainless Steel Yogurt Maker with 7 Individual Glass Cups.
  • Giveaway #6 – 8 winners: 4 copies each of Coconut Oil [affiliate link] for Your Skin and 4 copies each of Salve Made Simple written by Hybrid Rasta Mama Jennifer Saleem. Co-sponsorship from Hybrid Rasta Mama and GAPS Diet Journey.

You must have a mailing address in the United States in order to win a physical product. If you are outside of the US, you will receive a $25 Gift Certificate from Digital products can be e-mailed to anywhere in the world provided you have an e-mail address and the ability to receive the digital product.

Giveaway #1 – 10 Flirty Aprons, 4 Oven Mitts & 1 pair of plastic gloves  Retail value: $357.30

For the first giveaway, there will be ten winners.

  1. 1 Winner – Zebra apron & Pink Zebra gloves
  2. 1 Winner – Aqua Damask apron & matching oven mitt
  3. 1 Winner – Scarlett Blossom & matching oven mitt
  4. 1 Winner – Sugar and Spice apron & matching oven mitt
  5. 1 Winner – Mistletoe apron
  6. 1 Winner – Mistletoe apron
  7. 1 Winner – Girl's Snowman apron
  8. 1 Winner – Red Damask apron
  9. 1 Winner – Black Damask apron
  10. 1 Winner – Brown Damask apron

Giveaway at GAPS Diet Journey

10 Flirty Aprons – a Rafflecopter giveaway

GIVEAWAY #2 – 4 copies of What Can I Eat Now? and 1 year of Grain-Free Menu Plans Retail value: $240

Next I'm giving away four copies of What Can I Eat Now? 30 Days on GAPS Introduction Diet plus 1 Year's Worth of Grain-Free Menu Planning from Cara Comini of Health, Home and Happiness. Cara was on GAPS for over two years and her grain-free menu planner is GAPS Friendly. Co-sponsorship by Health, Home and Happiness, and GAPS Diet Journey.

There will be a total of four winners.

  • 1 person will win the 1 Year's Worth of Grain-Free Menu Planning plus 1 copy of What Can I Eat Now – 30 Days on GAPS Introduction Diet. Winner will also receive a paper bound copy of the menu planner.
  • 3 others will be chosen to win a copy each of What Can I Eat Now – 30 Days on GAPS Introduction Diet.

Health Home & Happiness

Health Home Happiness products – a Rafflecopter giveaway

GIVEAWAY #3 – 4 Copies of Indulge Retail Value: $99.88

Four winners of Indulge: 70 Grain-Free Desserts from Carol Lovett at Ditch the Wheat. You can read my mini-review here of Indulge. Carol has graciously offered to sponsor this part of the giveaway with four copies for four winners! indulge1 Indulge – a Rafflecopter giveaway

GIVEAWAY #4 – Two Spiralizers  Retail Value: $56.38

Next up, there will be two people who will win a spiralizer! We love making spaghetti using zucchini squash.  Matthew and I made a review here, if you want to check it out:  We Love Our Spiralizer!

Spiralizers 2 Paderno Spiralizers Rafflecopter Giveaway

GIVEAWAY #5 One yogurt maker Retail value: $39.99

There will be one winner of this Dash Stainless Steel Yogurt Maker with 7 glass containers. Dash Yogurt Maker DASH Yogurt Maker – a Rafflecopter giveaway

GIVEAWAY #6 4 copies each of Salve Made Simple & Coconut Oil for Your Skin  Retail value: $75.60

There will be 8 winners, four will win a copy of Salve Made Simple and four will win a copy of Coconut Oil for Your Skin. These e-books are by Jennifer Saleem from Hybrid Rasta Mama. Co-sponsored by Hybrid Rasta Mama and GAPS Diet Journey.

8 e-books from Hybrid Rasta Mama
E-books by Hybrid Rasta Mama – a Rafflecopter giveaway

Okay, that's it! Please remember to come back and enter the contest every day and tell your friends and family to stop by and enter for their chance to win!

Thank you all for supporting me and following me on my GAPS journey!

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Real Food and Health Bloggers Black Friday Cyber Monday Specials 2013

I'm so excited to announce that all of my e-books are on sale beginning at 10pm MST Thursday (11/28/13) night going through to Monday (12/2/13) at midnight MST.

My Cyber Monday Special has been extended to Friday December 6th, 2013, midnight MST. Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY49 to get 49% off. Get my new three book bundle for just $20.40!

  • Beyond Grain & Dairy normally $16.97, on sale for $8.65
  • Baking with Coconut Flour [affiliate link] normally $18.95, on sale for $9.66
  • Everyone Loves Pudding normally $9.95, on sale for $5.07

PLUS, I have just put together a bundling option so that you can buy all three for less than if you buy them individually. They would normally be $45.87 but now you can buy all three for $40. With the 49% discount code you can get all three for just $20.40.

I've also included some other Black Friday specials from my affiliate partners, check them out below.

Baking with Coconut Flour, Beyond Grain & Dairy, Everyone Loves Pudding


GAPS Friendly Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday Specials

Grain Free Menu Plans

Click here to buy Health Home & Happiness' Grain Free Meal Plans – 7 days a week, 3 meals a day, simple family friendly GAPS legal recipes. Comes with recipe index, grocery list, and easy-to-read weekly overview! Dairy optional, grain and gluten free. Regularly $160.00, sale price $80 for the whole year – every meal planned out!  This weekend only! Coupon Code BLACKFRIDAY, ends Monday evening!


The Freezer Cooking Guide and Best of Grain-Free Menu Plans also included in the sale. Just put whatever you want in your cart and use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY.

What Can I Eat Now - 30 Day on the GAPS Intro ebook

Click here to buy Health Home and Happiness' best selling 30 Days on the GAPS Intro e-book that walks you through 30 days of the insanely powerful GAPS Intro diet! This essential handbook is regularly $20, sale price $10  This weekend only! Coupon Code BLACKFRIDAY, ends Monday evening!

Holiday Meals

Click here to buy Health Home and Happiness Holiday Meals. Use Coupon Code BLACKFRIDAY to get 50% off, regularly priced $12, sale price $6. This weekend only! Ends Monday evening!

The Grain Free Lunch Box

Click here to buy The Grain Free Lunch Box from Yummy Inspirations. Get 30% off when you use Coupon Code 30OFF. Today until 12/4/13.

Loving Our Guts' Broth Elixir of Life

Click here to buy Broth : Elixir of Life from Patty at Loving Our Guts. Use Coupon Code BLACKFRIDAY2013 to save 40%. Sale starts Friday and will expire at midnight PST on Cyber Monday 12/2/13.

Tropical Traditions

Click here and use coupon code 111328 at checkout for $10 off from Tropical Traditions. One of my favorite products – Coconut Cream [affiliate link] Concentrate – is on sale, buy 1 pint get 1 free. One of the main things I use this product for is making my friend Patty's bread and it also makes great candy. It lasts for a very long time also. I had a jar tucked back in my cupboard for years and it was perfectly fine when I brought it out recently. You can also use it to make coconut milk [affiliate link]. This is my affiliate link and if you are a brand new customer and purchase using my link I will earn a discount coupon and you will receive a free copy of Virgin Coconut Oil [affiliate link]: How It Has Changed People's Lives and How it Can Change Yours. Click here:


Gluten-Free Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday Specials

Indulge: 70 Grain-Free Desserts

Click here to get Indulge: 70 Grain-Free Desserts from Carol Lovett at Ditch the Wheat. 23 of the 70 recipes are GAPS Friendly, many of the others can be modified. Use Coupon Code BLACKFRIDAY13 to get Indulge at a 67% discount which makes this e-book only $8.24!


Click here to get Cooking with Coconut Oil, Coconut Oil for Your Skin and/or Salve Made Simple from Hybrid Rasta Mama's Jennifer Saleem. Save 20% by using coupon code BUYME. All can be had for 20% off with coupon code BUYME. Sale ends Monday night midnight.


Click here to check out Intentionally Domestic's (formerly Cooking Traditional Foods) Menu Mailers, e-books and Video classes. Everything sitewide 50% off – no coupon code required. Sale ends Monday 12/2 at midnight EST.

The Breakfast Revolution

CYBER MONDAY ONLY – Click here to get Red and Honey's The Breakfast Revolution 50% off. No coupon required.


Click here to get Gluten-Free Pancakes from Yummy Inspirations. Mostly GAPS legal, except for chocolate chips. Use Coupon Code 30OFF. Today until 12/4/13.


Other Specials


Click here to buy Modern Alternative Mama's products. Kate has 8 e-books available. Get 40% off using coupon code BLACKFRIDAY. Visit the site to see all the e-books available. The best deal is to buy ALL of her e-books in the Complete Collection only $26.37.


Click here to get 30-80% off at Mama and Baby Love. No coupon code necessary, prices are already slashed! 50% off: From Your Freezer to Your Family Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes, Gluten-Free/Grain/Free Baking for Mamas Who Don't Know How to Bake, From Maiden to Mother, From Maiden to Mother e-course. Stephanie is also offering mentoring sessions which are half off, and she is also putting her print books on sale. Check the site to get all the details.

Other Specials (not affiliate links)


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My Favorites in the Ultimate Survival Bundle

One of the good positive things about being on GAPS is that most of us probably shop in bulk so we don't run to the grocery store every day. We also know how to cook so we could make meals for days in a pinch since we aren't dependent on boxed mixes, frozen foods or fast food restaurants. I think so long as we had access to water, we could probably make due in a short term disaster. Some sources recommend that you have three gallons of water on hand for each person in your family. I think that's a great place to start in being prepared to survive in a disaster.

Today I want to share some of my favorites from the Ultimate Survival Bundle. I've had a chance to look through most of the resources and there is such a wealth of information included. 46 e-books and videos, plus over 20 bonus items, plus the 11-in-1 survival credit card tool.

Here's the thing… if you buy this bundle, you may want to figure out which ones are the most important to you and print them out. Because very often in time of disaster, there is no electricity, and therefore the electronic books would be of no use.

Without further adieu, here are my favorites:

Guide to Getting Prepared
The Untrained Housewife’s Guide to Getting Prepared eBook is a beginner’s manual for how to get started feeling more confident and self-reliant during life’s unexpected happenings. From emergency grab-and-go bags, to a 30-day food plan, this book will walk you through all the elements to consider. If you’ve thought about trying to get better prepared and develop an emergency plan, this is the book for you! By Robin Egerton with Angela England.

This e-book is perfect for someone who wants to be prepared and needs help getting started. I was amazed at the depth of information in this e-book. Robin and Angela tell you how to get started step by step. This is definitely one that I will be printing out and going through to be more prepared.

Foraging Companion Home Guide

The Foraging Companion Home Guide lists over 300 common wild and naturalized edible plants of temperate North America. Icons and color-coding allow quick access to essential information about edible parts and how to consume, and caution notes help you to stay safe. Some 50 plants are featured in greater detail (including medicinal and other use) and include distribution maps, calendar and photos. Cross-reference with a Botanical-to-English name list or search lists of edible parts of all 300+ plants. By Judy Pilawa.

I know of a few plants that are edible in our area, and that is because we had goats. I had to identify what grew on our property to keep them safe, as goats will eat plants that are poisonous if they don't know any better. This e-book will definitely come in handy!

Solar Cookery Book

Solar Cookery: Everything Under the Sun eBook teaches everything on solar cooking; making ovens, using the oven, recipes and more. Once you discover how easy and enjoyable solar cooking can be, the sun's energy will no doubt become your favorite way to cook. Solar cooking is addictive; this is the perfect companion book to Steven Harris's Sunshine to Dollars (also in this collection). By Beth Halacy.

We live in the Arizona desert and shame on us that we don't know how to utilize the sun to cook our meals! I have been wanting to learn how to cook with a solar oven, and this e-book looks like it is just what I need. Solar ovens work by harnessing the sun and you can even cook during the winter from what I understand!

Dehydrating eBook Got a dehydrator just sitting there and want to put it to use… finally? Author Wardee Harmon shows you how to dehydrate virtually every food group — fruits, veggies, broth, meats, beans, grains, eggs [affiliate link], dairy, herbs, mother cultures, and more… Dried foods are lightweight, portable, take up less space, and store very well. Learn how to make them part of your food storage plans. By Wardee Harmon.

I do have a dehydrator and use it occasionally. I seem to go in spurts with dehydrating and it has a lot to do with stocking up on vegetables when they are on sale or we end up with more than we need. I would love to have lots of dehydrated foods on hand and this book will help me figure out how to do almost anything. Jerky is a real favorite around here and I can't wait to try Wardee's recipe! I know I would feel much better about a disaster if I had more vegetables stored. The nice thing about dehydrated vegetables is they are light and don't take up a lot of space.

These e-books are just four of the 46 resources that are available in the Ultimate Survival Bundle. The retail value of the products is over $700 but you can get them all for just $29.

Here's how you can learn more: Ultimate Survival Bundle (this is my affiliate link)

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Sale Extended one more day! HealThy Mouth World Summit

Great news! If you were wanting to get the HealThy Mouth World Summit upgrade package, and you thought you missed out, the sale has been extended until tonight at midnight. The price is $79 and will go up to $99 after the sale ends.

These presentations could not come at a better time for me. I am planning to start having my amalgams removed, I've worked up my nerve, saved some money and planning to call my holistic dentist this week to make an appointment.

I learned a lot from the talks I was able to listen to, and I bought the upgrade so that I can listen to the others. One thing I learned from my son Matthew, I always learn more when I listen to something a second or third time, so this will give me that opportunity. I am planning to put them on my iPod so that I can listen on my drive to work and home.

Here are some bullet points:

  • We can actually remineralize teeth including cavities!
  • Metals used in dental fillings could be a cause of disease in the body.
  • Tooth decay happens mostly because of factors outside our mouths!
  • Steps each of us can take to reverse tooth decay
  • The risks of dental fillings (AND your options if you have ‘silver’ fillings!)
  • The proper technique to have ‘silver’ fillings removed from your mouth
  • Why NOT to use fluoride in your mouth
  • What nutrient you can use in your mouth proven to lower risk of tooth decay
  • Options if you have root canals, crowns or other existing dental
  • How oral health directly impacts whole body health
  • How what’s going on in our mouths may be a major cause of cancer!
  • What each of us can do in our own lives to create positive change!
  • How a simple, old school detox technique can help us live healthier lives
  • Questions to ask a dentist to see if they are sufficiently trained to help us

If you are interested in the upgrade, just click here.


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HealThy Mouth World Summit Upgrade Package Available

Today the HealThy Mouth World Summit had all of the presentations available. I was able to listen to three more but there were still a few others that I wanted to listen to, so I went ahead and purchased the upgrade special which is $79 – this price is available until Monday night. There are a lot of extras that come with the upgrade special, including the Q&A sessions.

Today I listened to Ramiel Nagel, author of Cure Tooth Decay, Pam Killen whose talk was entitled The Role of Adrenal Function in Supporting Oral Health and How Copper Can Undermine Oral Health, and Dr. Bruce Fife who talked about oil pulling. I've been curious about oil pulling for 2 or 3 years now, but I kept hearing that if I have amalgams I had better not, or the oil pulling will loosen them.

Dr. Fife said in his presentation that oil pulling will not loosen well placed fillings and caps. He then went on to say if your fillings or caps are loosened or fall out as a result of oil pulling, it is because there is decay in the tooth under the filling and that we should be grateful to know that there is a problem. According to both my traditional dentist (who I don't think I will go to again – not after listening to the talk by Dr. Paul Rubin “Is Your Dentist Mercury Safe?”) and my holistic dentist, I have no cavities. But some of my fillings are more than a quarter of a century old so I am taking that into consideration. I am going to be aware that oil pulling may cause some of my old fillings to loosen (being prepared will keep me from freaking out, lol). I am going to go ahead and oil pull and see how things work out. I am very interested in the detoxing properties. Dr. Fife also wrote a book called Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing which I am going to buy pretty soon. It is just $9.99 for the Kindle version.

I am really happy about the upgrade package because all of the presentations are on MP3 which means I can put them on my little iPod and listen to them on my drive to and from work. I have been trying to get up at 6am to get to work by 8am and of course I am hitting the worst traffic of the day so my commute has lengthened from 1 hour to almost 1.5 hours morning and night. The alternative is getting up at 5am to try to get to work by 7am and I just don't think my adrenals can handle that early of a time in the morning.

Also all of the presentations have been transcribed and are in PDFs, I love this option is available as well.

I hope you were able to listen to the presentations throughout this week. It has been quite a learning experience and I am grateful to Will and Susan from OraWellness for bringing all this information together.

Here are the “gems” of the presentations as gleaned by Will from OraWellness:

On fluoride:

~  Steps you can take to reduce your exposure to fluoride
~  How to water a garden to make sure the plants don’t uptake fluoride
from the municipal fluoridated water.
Which bottled waters don’t contain fluoride
~  Why eating processed foods may contain significant fluoride in them
~  What popular drink is LOADED with fluoride
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~  Whether oil pulling will help with oral health issues.
~  What 3 pieces must be in place to live a life free of tooth decay (food is only one!)
~  What minerals may be too high and be causing problems in your mouth
~  How to know if you are detoxing too fast
~  What the color of the tongue says about internal health
~  Why what’s going on in the mouth directly impacts whole body health
~  The simple yet powerful technique to determine if a product will help or harm us

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~  What are ALL your options if you have a root canal
~  What to do if you are told you need a root canal
~  What options exist if you have crowns with metal in them
~  What questions to ask a dentist to make sure they are actually able to help

On nontoxic, whole being dentistry:

~  New dental protocols that can help remineralize teeth
~  How to find a dentist that goes for the drill as a last resort!
~  The various methods how we can determine whether a dental filling material is compatible with our unique body chemistry.
~  The role of dental metals in cancer and other diseases (and what to do about it!)
~  Why the sequence we have fillings changed in can have drastic health consequences

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My 1st GAPS Thanksgiving 2010 Coconut Bread Stuffing

Thankgiving Menu Planner Review from Heart of Cooking


My 1st GAPS Thanksgiving 2010


I started GAPS in December of 2009 just a couple weeks after Thanksgiving and so my very first Thanksgiving was after I'd been on GAPS almost one full year.

I was anxious to be able to have some of the meals to which I'd grown accustomed for the forty-some previous Thanksgiving dinners prior to my starting on GAPS and I was thrilled when I found this menu planner by Sarah Schatz. If you are a follower of my Blog Talk Radio show you may recall hearing Sarah's story of healing on the GAPS Diet.

There are twenty-four recipes in this 24 page e-book which I know from past experience will make your holiday so very enjoyable. Almost every single recipe is GAPS legal, save for a couple which I've notated with an asterisk.



  • Roasted Turkey


  • Lemony Green Beans with Almonds [affiliate link] (almonds are optional)
  • Green Bean Casserole (Sarah shares this recipe at her blog) (contains cashews)
  • Butternut Squash with Apples
  • Mashed New Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary*
  • Mashed Garlic Cauliflower


  • Spiced Cranberry Sauce
  • Mushroom Gravy (contains cashews)
  • Lacto-Fermented Sauerkraut


  • Coconut Savory Rolls (contains eggs)
  • Coconut Bread Stuffing (contains eggs)
  • Wild Rice Pecan Stuffing* (you could try substituting riced cauliflower for the rice) (egg-free and gluten-free)


  • Pumpkin Bars (contains almonds and eggs)
  • Pumpkin Pie (Sarah shares this recipe at her blog) (contains eggs)
  • Egg-Free Pumpkin Pie (contains almonds)
  • Egg-Free Apple-Apricot Pie (contains almonds)
  • Pecan Pie (contains nuts and eggs)

Pie Crusts and Dessert Toppings

  • Gluten-Free Almond Pie Crust (contains almonds)
  • Nut-free Coconut Pie Crust (contains coconut)
  • Cashew Date Frosting (contains cashews)
  • Coconut Whipped Cream (contains coconut)
  •  Coconut Icing (contains coconut)

Almost every recipe comes with nutrition information (calories, fat, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, cholesterol and sodium) and a Shopping List is also included so your trip to the store will be easy to plan. There are also helpful tips and substitution suggestions.

Sarah has graciously given me permission to share her Coconut Bread Stuffing recipe in this review, you can see it in the photo below. Doesn't that look delicious?! I am so excited to be able to share this recipe with you!

My 1st GAPS Thanksgiving 2010 Coconut Bread Stuffing
The star of the show: Coconut Bread Stuffing!

Here is one of my tips for broth on Thanksgiving Day – if you are baking a turkey. Remove the gizzard, liver, heart and neck and place in a pot. Add your favorite broth vegetables – mine are celery, onions [affiliate link], carrots and garlic. Add four cups of water and simmer for an hour or two. Voila! And afterwards, don't forget to boil the turkey carcass for a lot of great broth! And now, on to Sarah's recipe.


Servings: 12

Prep + Cook = 55 minutes

Adapted from Joy of Cooking and

  • 3-4 Tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups chicken broth (or turkey broth if you use Starlene's tip!)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1-2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1-2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 5-6 cups (or 1 loaf) cubed coconut bread (recipe follows)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 Tablespoon freshly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage or 1 Tablespoon freshly chopped
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley [affiliate link]
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper [affiliate link]
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated or ground nutmeg [affiliate link]
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves [affiliate link]
  • 1 egg, well beaten (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 400°F. When hot, toast the cubed bread on a dry cookie sheet until brown, about 8-10 minutes. Set aside. Bring down the heat of the oven to 350°F.

2. At medium heat in a skillet, saute the onion with one tablespoon butter or olive oil until it is soft and translucent, about 8-10 minutes. Add the celery and cook for a few more minutes until it is cooked through. Add the herbs, spices, salt and pepper. Turn off the heat.

3. Heat the broth and remaining butter until melted. In a large bowl, combine the bread cubes, vegetable-herb mixture, and chopped apples. Pour the chicken stock over the mixture and stir until well combined. Adjust the seasonings until it is to your liking. You can add a well-beaten egg to the mixture which will make the stuffing more firm.

4. Stuff the turkey or bake in a covered dish alongside the turkey, about 25-40 minutes, or until top forms a crust. (If you like it to get a little crispy, remove the cover a little before it's done baking).

COCONUT FLOUR [affiliate link] BREAD

Servings: 12

Prep + Cook = 60 minutes

This bread recipe makes great sandwich bread. It was adapted from Cooking with Coconut Flour by Bruce Fife.

  • 6 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil [affiliate link] or butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons honey, or other preferred sweetener
  • 2/3- 3/4 cups coconut flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder, corn and gluten free; delete for GAPS


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. It is best to sift the coconut flour first. Then, blend all ingredients in a food processor, mixer or use a whisk until there are no lumps. Start with less flour at first. You are looking for a thick but moist batter. Add an additional egg and/or more oil if needed.

3. Pour mixture into a greased loaf pan. Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until firm and golden brown on top.


Coconut: Coconut flour cannot be substituted in other recipes part for part. Use another recipe if you can’t eat coconut.

Eggs: this recipe needs eggs to work. Use another recipe if you can’t eat eggs

Baking powder:  Sarah says she has made this recipe many times without baking powder or baking soda [affiliate link] and it turned out great, she says “You can use baking soda instead of baking powder. But you would use less (1/2 tsp) and add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice.)”

Nutritional Info: Per Serving: 184 Calories; 13g Fat (65.6% calories from fat); 5g Protein; 11g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber; 129mg Cholesterol; 86mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1/2 Lean Meat; 2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.


And now for the fun part! Sarah has very kindly agreed to gift two of my readers with one of her Thanksgiving Menu Planners. One is the one I have reviewed in this post, and the second is a brand new version which is egg-free and nut-free which Sarah will be revealing soon on her blog! As soon as I learn the URL I will link you up!

I will be matching Sarah's offer and will be purchasing two more copies for two more of you!

The giveaway begins on Sunday November 11th at 12:01am EST and ends Friday November 16th at 12:01am. I will be contacting the winners on Friday so you will have the planner to begin planning your meals.

There is only one thing you absolutely need to do to enter the giveaway and that is you must be signed up for my newsletter. If you were already signed up for my newsletter, you should go now and find the email announcing this giveaway as you can earn 10 more chances to win with a special code.

Mandatory Entry:

  • 5 points for subscribing to or being a subscriber to my newsletter

Other ways to earn points:

  • 5 points for visiting Heart of Cooking Allergy Free Menu Planners blog and writing a yummy recipe into the correct spot on the Rafflecopter form below
  • 4 points if you follow me on Facebook
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  • 1 point each day if you tweet about the giveaway
  • 10 points from the special code in the newsletter (please note you must have been subscribed PRIOR to this giveaway starting in order to find the special code)

If you are anxious to have the menu planner earlier than next Friday and would rather not wait to see if you are one of the lucky winners, the Heart of Cooking Allergy Free Thanksgiving menu planner is available for the very affordable price of only $5.95. I love Sarah's Thanksgiving planner so much I decided to become an affiliate, and that is my affiliate link. I will earn a small portion of the total cost when you purchase through my link, so thank you very much!

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