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Lupus – Survive, Thrive and Live Naturally! :068

Given a diagnosis of Lupus and only 10 years to live (without medication) – Sandie moved back with her parents and pulled out all stops to not only heal herself, but to fulfill her dreams!

Sandie’s amazing Lupus healing story would take more than a simple blog post to summarize, but here are the highlights: beginning at age 7, Sandie experienced debilitating migraines headaches. Eventually, resorting to the prescription medication Effexor for help, she found some relief, but nothing that truly restored her to a normal life.

Her fiery spirit  was not totally tamed by debilitating headaches, cystic acne, depression, mood swings, and insomnia (to name few). Sandie still managed to graduate from university with honors in biomedicine and lead a relatively normal life; until the fateful tuna salad incident that seemed to throw things into a tailspin.

After food poisoning, a Lupus diagnosis and moving back in with her parents, Sandie – with seemingly every last ounce of gumption left in her –  enrolled in a Functional Diagnosis Nutrition Course which, with her determination and spirit, probably saved her life – at least that’s what I heard from her story.

If you are suffering from mystery symptoms or have a diagnosis of Lupus (or any other autoimmune disease) you should definitely listen to this woman’s inspiring story! I had a great time getting to know Sandie, I bet you will too!

Here are some topics we covered:

  • Symptoms: Migraine headaches, insomnia, depression, manic, Interstitial Cystitis, Cystic Acne, Butterfly rash, Mood swings, Joint pain, Chronic throat infections
  • Body-typing
  • Heredity
  • “It changed my path. It changed my whole life… The biggest lesson of my life came from that diagnosis…” – Sandie Gascon, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and Lupus Thriver
  • Zone of Genius from “The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks
  • Raw vegan diet
  • Functional Diagnostic Nutrition
  • Un-labeling from disease
  • The difference between Functional Diagnostic Nutrition and Functional Medicine
  • DUTCH testing, Hormone testing, Sex Hormones, Organic Acids Testing (OATs)
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and SIBOS (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth)
  • Cystic Acne and Interstitial cystitis
  • How she healed more in 6 months than in 5 years of prior attempts
  • Why testing is better than trial and error
  • Why it’s easier/better to work with the Liver first
  • Mind-body healing
  • “You want to address the imbalances, but you also have to get to the root cause.” – Sandie Gascon, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and Lupus Thriver
  • The true cost and value of health.
  • Her opinion and experience with social healthcare.
  • “Be positive. There is hope. Don’t give up.”  – Sandie Gascon, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and Lupus Thriver

Watch, listen, learn… Enjoy!

About Sandie Gascon

Sandie Gascon - Motivated2Heal - Weight Free WellnessAs a Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner I am living my dream helping people achieve their health goals. I have spent 6 years researching every aspect of natural healing and have made it my life long quest to continue that learning. I am able to pull knowledge from many sources including my 4 year Honor’s Degree in Biomedicine, my 3 year diploma in Massage Therapy, and many different natural healing courses.

Dogs are my passion. I train and hike with my dogs everyday. I compete in dog agility every weekend I am able. I love yoga, golfing, kayaking and hiking. I am a high energy, passionate woman and I love true, natural beauty. I cherish every moment I am able to do the things I love because it was not long ago that I was in constant pain, fatigued and unable to do anything.

In the photo is Sandie and one of her 5 dogs dogs, Missile, who is retired from agility. Her goal is to be on the Canadian world agility by 2019. She also has a horse named Secret.  Learn more about Sandie here.





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Parents Recover Daughter from Autism Naturally :046

Autism can be Overcome Naturally

Michael and Holly Larsen are parents to twin daughters. Their daughter Tula, Holly says, was born with three strikes against her – which they suspect were factors in their daughter’s autism:

  • She was born via c-section which did not allow her to receive the beneficial flora from the birth canal
  • Tula received antibiotics the first two days of her life (killing much of the beneficial flora she had)
  • She also was not able to consume breastmilk (she only had formula)

 

Michael and Holly realized that something was “off” with Tula compared to her sister; when her sister Thea would get a cold, Tula would get the flu or pneumonia for example. They had Tula’s stool and urine samples sent in and discovered that she had essentially no beneficial gut flora and the yeast was “off the charts”.

This means that Tula’s body was not able to absorb nutrients which was confirmed in tests – despite taking high amounts of supplements.

Tula craved breads, pastas and yoghurt, which Michael and Holly admit as young parents they thought were healthy foods for their family.

With myriad symptoms on the Autism Spectrum Tula was diagnosed at the age of 3. Determined to find solutions for their daughter, Holly began researching online and through a lot of trial and error finally discovered that a change of diet was necessary.

 

“I thought… I never want to look back and say that we didn’t try everything that we could.” – Holly Larsen, Mom who helped her daughter recover from Autism

 

First they took away the gluten and dairy, but the real changes happened when they eliminated high-glycemic foods (high sugar) from Tula’s diet – which fed the yeast in Tula’s gut.

 

“…yeast acts like a parasite. You are the host and the parasite is controlling the host. It does it in the form of cravings, changing your mood …your tastes change too.” – Michael Larsen, Dad who helped his daughter recover from Autism

 

Within a couple of weeks of using the coconut kefir they noticed a dramatic improvement in Tula, i.e. in speech, eye contact. Within that year her autism diagnosis was dropped.

 

“As her gut healed her tastes for food changed for the better. Now one of her favorite foods is broccoli. That was one of the toughest things on the list initially.” – Michael Larsen, Dad who helped his daughter recover from Autism

 

 

Not only did Tula Recover from Autism

Thea, Tula’s twin sister no longer has eczema or chronic yeast infections.

Michael lost 40 pounds. He used to be anxious, stressed and depressed which he thought was due to work. He no longer has brain fog and can do more and think faster with a smile on his face.

Holly no longer takes Prilosec, which she took for over 10 years for acid reflux.

 

“We really do attribute the crux of her recovery (from autism) to diet.” – Michael Larsen, Dad who helped his daughter recover from Autism

 

Tips for Helping your Child Overcome Autism

“Kids eat with their eyes first.” – Michael

  • Make food/eating fun. Michael would make pirate ships from food.
  • Find likeminded people; support. You’re not alone.
  • Join groups on Facebook.

 

“The only advice I have is that we really stuck to it. We never gave in.” – Holly Larsen, Mom who helped her daughter recover from Autism

 

Helpful Links

D.A.N. – Defeat Autism Now

Body Ecology Diet

GAPS Diets

ABA – Applied Behavior Analysis

BEDROCK Community

 

 

About Michael and Holly Larsen

(Left to right) Michael, Thea, Tula, Holly

Michael Larsen and his wife, Holly, are parents to twin daughters. One of their daughters, Tula, was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder at age three. By focusing on their daughter’s gut health, they were able to recover Tula from autism. Today Tula enjoys a happy, healthy, normal life and Michael and Holly put their efforts into sharing their story so other parents may consider similar approaches to helping their children. In 2009, Michael and Holly founded a company that produces coconut kefir and strive to make healthy fermented foods readily available to people who are serious about their gut health. Holly is currently authoring a book that details their story. Learn more at Tulasstorry.wordpress.com