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Stephanie
Apr 05, 2017
In Week 6: Extra Challenges
To say my hormones have been a mess is an understatement. Back in 1999 at the age of 19, I had my very first surgery for endometriosis and ovarian cysts. The doctors compared the size of these cysts to softballs. At the time, I was getting ready to start college classes, and was in a new relationship with a man who is now my loving and dedicated husband. The experience of disease and surgery was pretty traumatic. In fact, this was the very beginning of my body taking a slow roll downhill. The treatment plan included birth control pills with hopes that course of treatment would prevent the endometriosis and cysts from returning. The medication worked, but I began to experience reflux, mood swings and food sensitivities. By 2005, as a newlywed, I was back in the hospital needing the same laparoscopic surgery. I decided to get off the birth control pill regimen and see how my body would do on its own. For the next seven years, I experienced amenorrhea, which is the abnormal absence of menstruation. Long story short, everything came back in 2013, after going through an intense two weeks of daily myofascial bodywork. However, within a year I was regretting this return to a monthly cycle: My periods were more frequent, heavy and extremely painful with the addition of migraines during this time. Fast forward to 2016, with the suggestion from Chalyce of using clary sage essential oil, both on my lower abdomen and bottoms of feet, I finally experienced a somewhat regular cycle. An unexpected but pleasant benefit of using clary sage is that I am sleeping through the night and actually feeling tired at bedtime. Insomnia has plagued me for years, and this is the first time something has worked besides prescription medications, which can be highly addictive. I personally relate a lot of my digestive issues to hormonal and sleep cycles so though I am still working on managing the digestion piece, this experience only gives me hope that this New Approach we are sharing is real and can make a difference!
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Stephanie
Apr 03, 2017
In Week 6: Extra Challenges
Hi, I just wanted to pop in and see how everyone is doing. Have you had a chance to implement any of the first 5 weeks of ideas into your daily routine? Look for Week 6 information in your email by tomorrow morning and our Learn it Live class will be at the normal time, 7pm cst. If there are additional challenges you would like to address or ask about be sure to bring it up during the Q&A session towards the end of the call. Wishing you all a good belly Monday. Stephanie
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Stephanie
Mar 24, 2017
In Week 5: Managing Emotions
I want to give everyone something to think about that may give some hope, instead of always hearing stories of discouragement. I have cystic fibrosis (CF), which I have found many times allowed me and my health concerns to be taken seriously by doctors. I was admitted to the hospital in October 2014, after losing about 12 pounds over a month’s period, and vomiting 10 to 15 times a day for the previous six months. During my stay in the hospital, I was given IV pain medication and had a feeding tube inserted. After six weeks, I went home, still on pain medication. After asking both the acute and chronic pain team to get me off these meds, I was refused and sent home on them. When we went back to the hospital a month later for a follow-up, I again asked for help getting off the narcotics, and again was were refused. Before this hospital stay, I took some Tylenol for pain only when needed: not daily. It was not until I was recently hospitalized for a severe bowel obstruction, that I found a doctor who agreed to help me and my family, along with a psychiatrist who specializes in pain management, and practiced at the same hospital I had been admitted to. By the end of the stay, I was told I was on the equivalent of 1,000 mg of morphine per day. I'm 5-foot-2 and weigh 110 pounds. Nearly every nurse who heard about my heavy morphine dose was shocked. With the doctor and psychiatrist’s help, I was taken off the pain medication and only had about an hour of very few withdrawal symptoms. I was put on something different, and haven't looked back. My entire life has changed since coming off the pain medications. I have had almost no pain, compared to daily severe, excruciating abdominal pain. My diet is very strict, I follow what Chalyce and others from the Healing Gastroparesis Naturally Facebook group have suggested. The difference I feel in myself is indescribable; the difference others see, is even more. For anyone feeling helpless and in pain and thinking this is the end of your life—you should know that if it worked for me, it can work for you, too! You just have to be willing to change your lifestyle. I had been sick for years before finally getting help. The psychiatrist who took me off the pain medication told me that it is normal to feel good for a few months, but then some pain can come back. He said the best thing you can do for this is as much research on mindfulness as possible and try to connect the body with the brain. I've taken one course in mindfulness already, with a few more lined up. I know I'll have good days and bad, but the difference in my life today versus a month or two ago is night and day. I feel amazing, and I wish the best for the rest of you as well.
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Stephanie
Mar 24, 2017
In Week 4 - Diet Part 2 Tips
I'm terrible at posting this but thought I would get in here and share just in case anyone wants to see what I do (remember I'm on this journey learning along with you!) and perhaps get motivated to share your own. Chalyce is incredible at pointing out anything that may be good to change or keep up. Thursday 3/23 Handful of blueberries and hot tea Toast with ghee and egg cooked in coconut oil, few bites of leftover sweet potato Low sugar almond flour pumpkin muffin (Simple Mills mix) Crackers and slice of goat cheddar Homemade chicken noodle veggie soup I'll probably have some toast and almond butter as a snack later. I got a late start today after staying up too late so hoping to fit more food in tomorrow. I used Immuno first thing as I'm still recovering a bit from head cold a few weeks ago. Kate's, Gastro and Turmeric before breakfast and at bedtime. Gastro before eating. Clary sage at bedtime as well as PMS is kicking in and it helps!
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Stephanie
Mar 24, 2017
In Week 5: Managing Emotions
Hi, I just wanted to check in and see how everyone is doing this week. Have you become aware of any of the emotional connections we talked about during class on Tuesday? Something new you may have learned about yourself or an affirmation you have found especially helpful? I had a good reminder of our mind/body connection yesterday. Because of life's "happenings" lately, I've found myself pretty tired in the afternoons and needing extra downtime. A friend dropped by to say hi around 2pm and while I was in this quiet mood, she was full of energy and chatter. She was talking so fast my head started to spin and I even started to feel a little sick. As terrible as I felt about it, I let her know (having to gently interrupt a few times!) that I needed to lay down and postpone our visit. After she left it felt as though I had just walked out of a party and entered a library lol. Within moments of laying down and applying some Relax and Release the head spinning stopped and the nausea went away, then the nap that I desperately needed made all the difference. I've talked to many others with GP, or really any chronic illness, who seem to get easily overstimulated. Our nervous systems are on high alert so it may not exactly be our personality to be this way but an underlying trigger that causes these reactions to occur. For a brief moment I felt like a big baby, needing my nap time. And then I remembered, "There is nothing wrong with taking care of myself because I do NEED it! Otherwise I don't stand a chance at enjoying the things I can do." That was my magic pill, so to say. Time to rest and reset, self-forgiveness, and just a few drops of essential oil. And with that guilty feeling I was able to release I repeated the affirmation we talked about..."I am doing the best I can."
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Stephanie
Mar 15, 2017
In Week 4 - Diet Part 2 Tips
Hi and thanks for joining us on tonight's webinar! We apologize for the internet connectivity issues and will be posting another time to review this information again next week here soon. For those looking for the Trace Mineral drops you can more information on their website at https://traceminerals.com/concentrace-trace-mineral-drops/. They are available for purchase in some stores as well as online at Amazon and Vitacost. If you would like to share what you are eating and get some ideas and tips, go ahead and post here on the forum. Chalyce is great at offering feedback and helping to figure out what may work best for you! Sharing meal ideas can be helpful for everyone was well to help think outside their own box. If you have any questions be sure to ask and we will do our best to respond by the following day.
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Stephanie
Mar 14, 2017
In Week 4 - Diet Part 2 Tips
Hi everyone and welcome to week 4. We are going to discuss the one thing we all think about, whether it's out of hunger, joy, fear, necessity, or just plain instinct to want to eat. Food is obviously a big part of our lives, to nourish our body but also because it is incorporated into the world we socialize in and in so many ways. I'm sure many of you can relate to how stressful it can feel not only because of the restrictions but the fear that we have developed because of the consequences our bodies face when not digestion backfires. In Tuesday's class I want to share some of my own experience with you and how I've worked on overcoming it. One thing that has been helpful for myself and some of those helped along the way, is to create a list as a reminder of what I CAN have and also as a way to share with others who often ask, "Ok, so you struggle eating this, this and this, but what CAN I prepare for you or have around to offer?" When you have some time see what you can fill out on the What I CAN Eat worksheet. It doesn't have to be long and can even just include a few items you may feel comfortable with at this time. As you continue to use the oils, practice relaxation and experiment with some of the food supplements and ideas, then hopefully it will grown in time. Feel free to share with us what you have, with option to upload a photo below. I'll work on mine and share this week as well and together maybe we can brainstorm ideas for all of us.
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Stephanie
Mar 11, 2017
In Week 3 - Relaxation
Happy Saturday! I hope you have had some time this week to put some of the relaxation techniques into practice, even if it is just for 2-3 minutes at a time. Did you find one that felt good, that you were able to incorporate with ease? Last week I was on the go non-stop with travels and felt myself crash big time the moment the plane landed and I could finally slow down. Still feeling run down this morning, I sat down for some deep breathing time. After applying my GP oils plus a few drops of Relax and Release, I placed one hand on my heart and the other on my belly. Next I took a slow inhale, held for a moment, then a slower exhale. After just 3 breathes I could feel parts of my body begin to relax that I didn't even realize were tense! I then took a few minutes to write in a gratitude journal and called a good friend who I knew could make me laugh. Connecting with ourselves on a deep level doesn't have to be complicated or take a long time. And those moments can set us up for a much better day, physically and mentally. So, remember to breathe today and continue to make it a part of your daily routine, just like brushing your teeth or applying your oils. It's all part of the journey to healing GP and finding relief!
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Stephanie
Mar 03, 2017
In Week 2 - Diet Tips Part 1
Prior to finding the Facebook group, Healing Gastroparesis Naturally, I was suffering a great deal. My first diagnosis came about seven years ago. Four years ago, I was diagnosed with gastroparesis. The diagnosis seemed like nothing to the doctors. They just gave me pills and handed me a GP diet booklet and sent me out the door. Not long after, a really bad episode sent me to three ERs before I was admitted to the hospital for four days. I wasn’t given many options besides a j-tube. I refused, and spent the next few years struggling with my weight and eating. My condition got worse and worse. I eliminated more foods and beverages until I had no choice but to have a g-tube placed about seven months ago. I gained weight, but was not tolerating the prescription formula and was still very ill. I suffered from horrible stomach cramping, bloating, nausea and vomiting, explosive diarrhea, dehydration, malnutrition, insomnia, anxiety, depression and many other things. I took many different medications and was prescribed fentanyl patches. I was living on less than 1,000 calories a day and barely any fluids. I went to my local hospital each week for IV fluids. Eventually, I needed a permanent port. I was no longer taking anything in by mouth but crackers and Gatorade. Even lifting my own body off the couch became challenging. Next up I was due to have my g-tube changed to a j-tube. My son also suffered from horrible stomach-aches for about a year and began refusing to eat. I was so sick I couldn’t even care for him. I did all I could to make it through each day myself, and I can’t explain how much this hurt me inside. In addition, my husband had ongoing digestive issues from a gallbladder removal. I was feeling desperate, so the next day I finally looked into the Healing Gastroparesis Naturally Group I had joined. Natural and alternative ideas were the only routes I had yet to explore. After just one day of reading others’ stories and all about the essential oils, I ordered a GP kit. At that point, I didn’t have much to lose. I took my money for that month's stomach medication and ordered the oils. I checked in with my doctor and instead of asking for a permanent port, I requested a month to try this “all natural” approach. I told him I was going off my medications and would start a homemade formula for my g tube. Three days later, my essential oils arrived. It was not a very easy start. I was extremely sick from dehydration and malnutrition and had a cold. I was also weaning off some medications that were not helping me. I was so sick and weak my husband applied my oils frequently the first few days every half hour. I switched myself from prescription feeding formula to a homemade organic formula, and started adding in kefir milk, coconut milk, chicken bone broth, coconut water and powdered goat milk. These changes allowed me to get off my nighttime pump feedings. I applied Baby’s Happy Tummy essential oil on my children and started giving my family kefir milk daily. I told myself to give it a year and then evaluate the situation; after all, I was healing more than 30 years of damage. Within days of just these few changes I could already notice a huge difference. My energy, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramping, bowel movements and the amount I was feeding were all improving. I was tolerating the homemade formula much better, so I steadily increased my feeds. My bowel movements had changed from constant diarrhea after every feed to being normal. I was very surprised by these changes even though I had a cold, difficulties with my other illnesses and going off medications. There were a lot of changes happening, but I was steadily improving. After about a week following the New Approach I was getting an appetite and feeling my stomach move. A few times I even tried eating by mouth. I was feeding every two hours from early morning to night and was warming my blends to reduce stomach cramping. I was now mostly sleeping at night. Vomiting was much better except for some morning episodes. I also started becoming more active and doing more things. I was extremely happy with my progress so far, and it had only been a short time. It was not easy, but I stuck with applying my oils and pushing my feeds. Each day, the amount of formula and fluids I was pushing kept increasing more and more. Within about three weeks’ time, I was pumping all my necessary fluids and most of my daily calories. This was a first in several years for me. Little did I know I would be doing so well I would have trouble keeping up with my feeds into my stomach! A little over a month into the New Approach, I was no longer sleeping well because my body was so hungry and my homemade formula was no longer holding me over. I was shocked by how much I was getting in. Even more shocked that I was ready to start adding in more solid foods by mouth so soon. I went from pumping 5 ounces total fluid a couple of times a day to 14 ounces total fluid with multiple feeds a day. Before, when I was sick, I would drop down to feeding nothing at all. I never thought my nausea could be controlled; I thought it was too strong having dealt with it daily for so long. The oils worked fast to help control any nausea that would come about. Yes, I still had bad days, but they were far better than what my good days were just over a month ago. The kefir milk has also done wonders for my family. Thankfully and miraculously my son stopped complaining of tummy aches which is amazing, and my husband’s stomach and bowel movements have drastically improved too! I went from pumping five ounces total fluid a couple of times a day to 14 ounces total fluid with multiple feeds a day. Before, when I was sick, I would drop down to feeding nothing at all. I continued eliminating medications as well and got myself off the homemade formula, switching to feeding on real pureed meals. After being on night feeds for eight months, my body was FINALLY adjusting to not feeding at night. Eventually, I began taking in small amounts of food by mouth, a huge step from going close to a year with very little oral intake. It was so nice to feel good and be getting some of my life back! It's amazing what happens when you're on the verge of dying and your life is flashing before your eyes. How the little things come to light that you took for granted. I know it's only been two months, but the progress has been amazing. I'm not sure how we can ever thank Chalyce for giving us our lives back as a family. To be able to help the kids get ready for school instead of yelling orders from my bed, being able to take them to school, go to a sporting event or just tuck them in, makes every bit of this worth it! I didn’t need to wait a year to know it was working. After two months on the program, I was able to enjoy two meals by mouth with my family on Easter. Big difference compared to living on prescription formula through my feeding tube and not tolerating much, needing weekly IV fluids and a permanent port, severe nausea and vomiting, and barely able to get up and move. It definitely has not been easy. Am I perfect? No. I have my good days and bad days, but my quality of life is sooooo much better! When I went back to see my doctor he was also impressed. He told me whatever I am doing, DON’T STOP! I still cannot believe I am already enjoying so much by mouth. Everything seems to settle fine as long as I stick to clean eating and applying the oils regularly. Fluids are not my strong point. I am trying to focus on increasing the amount. I also recently added Moringa Leaf Powder in for added vitamins and nutrients. I'm always busy cleaning, running errands or making some sort of healthy food or product. I love the fact I can do things for my family again. Bloating and fullness have improved, and I only get reflux on rare occasions when I eat something irritating. I am very busy now trying to keep up with life and my family. These are complicated illnesses that require a lot of attention and care. I have taken on sharing with others the knowledge Chalyce has shared with me. We believe in paying it forward. As a family, we have also started producing lots of Kefir Milk for other families where someone is suffering from stomach issues. It's helped a lot of people and that couldn’t make us happier.
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Stephanie
Feb 23, 2017
In Week 1 - Essential Oils
Chalyce had the pleasure of listening to Dr. David Stewart speak in her early years of learning about essential oils. Not only does he cite science-based research, he also traces essential oils to the Bible. Did you know that essential oils are mentioned 1,031 times in the Bible? That is pretty powerful as you can imagine it as the first reference guide to essential oils! Below you can read Dr. Stewart’s quick course in chemistry, to give you a better understanding of why essential oils are so powerful. A Quick Course in Chemistry By Dr. David Stewart - shared with permission Because of the tiny molecular structure of the components of an essential oil, they are extremely concentrated. One drop contains approximately 40 million-trillion molecules. Numerically that is a 4 with 19 zeros after it: 40,000,000,000,000,000,000. We have 100 trillion cells in our bodies, and that’s a lot. But one drop of essential oil contains enough molecules to cover every cell in our bodies with 40,000 molecules. Considering that it only takes one molecule of the right kind to open a receptor site and communicate with the DNA to alter cellular function, you can see why even inhaling a small amount of oil vapor can have profound effects on the body, brain and emotions. Sometimes too many oil molecules overload the receptor sites, and they freeze up without responding at all when a smaller amount would have been just right. This is why we say that when using oils, “sometimes less is better.” Sometimes more is better, too. Knowing the difference is the art of aromatherapy. Essential oils are mixtures of dozens, even hundreds, of constituents, all of which are composed of carbon and hydrogen and sometimes oxygen. All essential oils are principally composed of a class of organic compounds built of “isoprene units.” An isoprene unit is a set of five connected carbon atoms with eight hydrogens attached. Their molecular weight is only 68 amu, which is very small, indeed. Molecules built of isoprene units are all classified as “terpenes.” Terpenes are what make essential oils unique in the world of natural substances. Phenylpropanoids Phenylpropanoids are compounds of carbon-ring molecules, incorporating one isoprene unit. They are also called hemiterpenes. There are dozens of varieties of phenylpropanoids. They are found in clove (90 percent), cassia (80 percent), basil (75 percent), cinnamon (73 percent), oregano (60 percent), anise (50 percent), peppermint (25 percent). While they can create conditions where unfriendly viruses and bacteria cannot live, the most important function performed by phenylpropanoids is that they clean the receptor sites on the cells. Without clean receptor sites, cells cannot communicate, and the body malfunctions, resulting in sickness. Monoterpenes Monoterpenes are compounds of two isoprene units, which is 10 carbon atoms and 16 hydrogen atoms per molecule-molecular weight 136 amu. There are an estimated 2,000 varieties of monoterpenes. Monoterpenes are found in most essential oils: galbanum (80 percent), angelica (73 percent), hyssop (70 percent), rose of Sharon (54 percent), peppermint (45 percent), juniper (42 percent), frankincense (40 percent), spruce (38 percent), pine (30 percent), cypress (28 percent) and myrtle (25 percent). While offering a variety of healing properties, the most important ability of the monoterpenes is that they can reprogram miswritten information in the cellular memory. With improper coding in the DNA, cells malfunction and diseases result, including lethal ones such as cancer. Sesquiterpenes Sesquiterpenes are compounds of three isoprene units, which is 15 carbons and 24 hydrogens per molecule, with a molecular weight of 204 amu. There are more than 10,000 kinds of sesquiterpenes. Sesquiterpenes are the principal constituents of cedarwood (98 percent), vetiver (97 percent), spikenard (93 percent), sandalwood (aloes) (90 percent), black pepper (74 percent), patchouli (71 percent), myrrh (62 percent) and ginger (59 percent). They are also found in galbanum, onycha and frankincense (8 percent). Sesquiterpene molecules deliver oxygen molecules to cells, like hemoglobin does in the blood. Sesquiterpenes can also erase or deprogram miswritten codes in the DNA. Sesquiterpenes are thought to be especially effective in fighting cancer because the root problem with a cancer cell is that it contains misinformation, and sesquiterpenes can erase that garbled information. At the same time, the oxygen carried by sesquiterpene molecules creates an environment where cancer cells can’t reproduce. Hence, sesquiterpenes deliver cancer cells a double punch—one that disables their coded misbehavior and a second that stops their growth. The American Medical Association (AMA) has said that if they could find an agent that would pass the blood-brain barrier, they would be able to find cures for ailments such as Lou Gehrig’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Such agents already exist and have been available since Biblical times. The agents, of course, are essential oils, particularly those containing the brain-oxygenating molecules of sesquiterpenes. The triple whammy The big triple punch combination of “PMS” (phenylpropanoids, monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes) found in essential oils is very powerful in addressing many illnesses, injuries and disease conditions. That is because this combination offers the following: First, the receptor sites are cleaned, allowing the proper transfer of hormones, peptides, neurotransmitters, steroids and other intracellular messengers. (The phenylpropanoids do that.) Second, cellular memory stored in the DNA is de-programmed and wrong information is erased (The sesquiterpenes take care of that.) Third, you reprogram the cells with the correct information so they can function properly. (The monoterpenes do this.) These three classes of chemical components are why essential oils can sometimes affect a healing process that is nearly instant and also permanent. What they simply do is to restore the body back to its natural state of balance and health. While a specific oil may have one or two of these three classes of compounds as its predominant chemistry, all the Biblical oils contain some of all of them. This is one secret to their amazing healing abilities. So there you have it, in a nutshell, the way the blood-brain barrier works and the biochemistry of one of the ways essential oils can help achieve healing. More information about Dr. David Stewart can be found at www.carepublications.net/authors/david_stewart.html
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Stephanie
Feb 23, 2017
In Week 1 - Essential Oils
Hi, how is everyone doing today? Have you had a chance to try some of the oils as suggested? I thought I would just check in and open conversation for anything you might want to share.
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Stephanie
Feb 22, 2017
In Welcome to HGPN!
I'll try to keep this short and sweet, though like many of you, my story could take up pages! In 2008 I was diagnosed with GP after having some digestive pain and finding food didn't always settle right. They put me on a medication that caused me to basically feel suicidal but took me about 3 months to figure that out. I stopped taking it and went to see a naturopath. She put me on some supplements and a gluten free diet. I started to feel better than I had in years and thought this would be the answer until one day, 6 months later, I woke up with what felt like the flu. Every time I took a bite my belly bloated. A couple months later my weight had dropped 20 lbs and I ended up in the hospital. Over the next year a lot happened, but to sum it up I ended up staying with my yoga teacher at the time, who took care of me and literally brought me back to life. I gained weight, learned to slow down, and eat nourishing foods. But, being a super type A, I enrolled in grad school to study acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and 1 year into the program crashed hard. This time it was rock bottom and I ended up with feeding tube that summer and on disability because I could no longer work. The next 2 years were a good lesson into what I needed to take care of myself. I did a home program to become certified as a health coach and worked a few hours a week from home. Unfortunately the feeding tube caused problems and I then had to have an IV placed for home parental nutrition. Though I've been able to wean down this last year it is still something I need to keep my weight up. The last 3 years I have been luck to work as an advocate from home, for the company ThriveRx that provides this nutrition, educating and supporting others who live with this. Last year I was introduced to Chalyce and her approach. I began using the oils and working with her to understand some of the ideas that could help me gain some strength back. Since then my appetite has increased significantly, I have gone from 2 small meals a day to 3 meals and a snack, and have been able to travel without major flare-ups. I still have tough days but the good ones way outnumber the bad now. I would say my biggest struggle is the ability to gain weight, even with about 2500 calories per day! So the TPN, which I am grateful for now as opposed to seeing it as a weakness, provides stability and the new approach provides a seriously better quality of life! I'm excited to be a part of this program and to help provide some hope and tips to all of you along the way.
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Stephanie
Feb 22, 2017
In Week 1 - Essential Oils
Throughout the 6 weeks we will be sharing stories from others that Chalyce has worked with over the years and who wanted to write about their experience to provide hope. Half of the battle, I believe, is finding that hope, a sign that we too can feel better one day. Kate's story is one of my favorites because after years of suffering, her family did not give up on her, and where she is today is just mind-blowing, at least to me! Ashley, I know are a mother to a child with CVS so I think this will really hit home for you. Kate’s Story - Shared by her mother, Katherine Bovet I offer you my personal account, as mother to Kate, once a critically ill child, and me, her helpless, frustrated, and utterly defeated mom - in mind, body, and spirit. Today, we continue to celebrate a remarkable achievement as witness to Kate’s restored health. Still, at this very moment, she continues the work at maintaining her health and that delicate balance, none of it is without constant effort, prayer, and fortitude! It isn’t an easy path and it certainly took a long, long time to resolve, but accept in my story that you are not alone; it is your absolute right to find your balance of health and again live your life to the fullest. THEN: Female, Age 15 Kate, born 1996, full term pregnancy with no delivery complications, weighed: 6 lbs. 3oz. measured 19 ¾ inches. The onset of what we now know as "cyclic vomiting syndrome" (CVS) began for Kate at age three. About three to four times a year Kate would contract a virus or mild stomach illness that would quickly escalate into a cyclic vomiting episode causing vomiting every 15-20 minutes without relief. Always slight of build, Kate would "deplete" quickly and would begin to vomit bright green bile after about four hours. We became accustomed to taking Kate to the ER for help while at home and while away on family vacations. Repeatedly, during bouts of CVS she was treated for dehydration. Once given the fluids she would appear “restored” and bounce back often times returning to play and back to a normal diet the same day as though nothing had happened. Between the ages of six and eight the CVS continued, occurring less frequently only two to three times a year, but she became a little slower to "bounce back”. An anti-nausea medication was recommended by our pediatrician. We kept a supply of it in both liquid form as well as suppositories. This would aid us in stopping the vomiting long enough to hydrate Kate at home. For a time it was successful and we were able to get Kate through CVS episodes without going to the ER. I was encouraged when our pediatrician explained that she would likely "outgrow" CVS as she aged. We moved to Atlanta, GA in 2005. After our first bout of CVS, the ER doctor at our local Children’s Hospital suggested we consult a GI specialist and be followed more closely. It was his opinion that Kate would not outgrow CVS, and in fact, could develop migraine headaches entering young adulthood. It was also suggested that stress could be contributing to her condition and that we should evaluate everything going on in her life! We were reminded that Kate, classic first born, overachiever, honor roll student and company-level ballet dancer, spending 15-20 hours weekly in studio, might be suffering from “too much” in her life. As parents we did evaluate her level of activity and the demands she placed on herself, but the problem was her stomach. The focus remained on the fact that others with similar activities were not suffering from severe, stress related abdominal issues. From ages 10-13 Kate's CVS episodes increased and were longer in duration. Her recovery following IV fluids took longer. As predicted, her CVS was now accompanied by strong headaches and more abdominal pain, with constant and debilitating nausea. It was never clear whether the vomiting caused the headache, or the presence of the headache complicated the seemingly non-stop vomiting. Kate started her menstrual period at age 13. About the same time, two unrelated medical events escalated Kate's delicate balance into a sharp downward spiral. July 2010 Kate had her adenoids removed and had a successful recovery with little to no complications. February 2011 Kate was hospitalized in ICU with a diagnosis of toxic shock syndrome resulting in septicemia. Kate’s treatments in ICU included IV antibiotics given at the levels intended to treat viral & bacterial meningitis. This was a very dangerous illness and could have been fatal. Following these two separate events, we continued the effort to address Kate’s stomach issues. Numerous tests were ordered by both her pediatrician and GI Specialist. Tests included brain MRI, abdominal CT scans with contrast, abdominal & pelvic ultrasounds, countless mid-body X-Rays, two endoscopy procedures attaching a BRAVO study probe at the base of the esophagus to measure Ph levels and reflux, gastric emptying tests with dye to determine rate at which the stomach emptied, nuclear medicine tests to measure absorption rates, and numerous pregnancy tests and urine samples to rule out UTIs. Incidentally, CBC panels showed no evidence of mono, celiac, or gluten intolerance. Kate’s test results continued to come back as "normal" or "negative" or "not conclusive" for any obvious problems. Frustration set in with her doctors. The emotional toll set in with Kate, as well as her family, and everyone reached a new low. There were no answers, no solutions and no relief for Kate's ongoing health crisis. Kate remained in a debilitating state of acute nausea with stomach pain and headache. She vomited daily and suffered from sleepless nights. She grew accustomed to wearing a messy-bun as her hairstyle and stopped wearing nice clothes to school; as she told a doctor: “It keeps the hair out of my face because I never know when I’ll run from class to throw-up in the school bathroom.” Kate's ballet career was side-tracked and for her safety we decided to withdraw her from a four week American Ballet Theater summer intensive program in Austin, TX. Kate’s weight began to plummet; her lowest weight dipped to 81 pounds on her 5’3 frame. She lost 45 days of her 8th grade school year where she was an academic honor student. At this point we were all living a nightmare, day in and day out. The GI children’s specialist continued to say that this was a brain-gut condition which was very hard to diagnose and even harder to treat. Kate’s condition was labeled visceral hyperalgesia or abdominal migraines. Again, we were told that she fit the pattern for someone dealing with stress; someone who internalized stress and anxiety resulting in a painful gut condition. Counseling was recommended to help Kate develop coping skills. Acupuncture was recommended, but after only four sessions was discontinued due to the intensely negative side effects on her weakened body. An eating disorder specialist was recommended. This person candidly said that she did not believe that Kate suffered from an eating disorder, but rather that she suffered from disordered eating due to never being able to digest food! Kate was even evaluated by ACE (Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders) which found her condition inconclusive for in-patient services. We were advised to contact Mayo Clinic for an evaluation and were issued a patient ID # and similarly we pursued an appointment with CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia). At one point, Kate's prescribed list of medications included: ● Anticonvulsant - three capsules three times a day, highest dosage recommended for an adult. ● Antidepressant - three tablets daily. ● Anti-nausea and gut motility stimulator - one tablet four times daily before meals and bedtime. Proton pump inhibitor - one capsule two times a day. Anti-nausea - one tablet as needed for vomiting. Following emergency room visit 9/11 doctor prescribed: ● Anti-inflammatory - one tablet every six hours for two days. ● Steroid - three tablets every morning for three days. ● Antihistamine liquid - every six hours for two days. Following hospitalization 10/11: ● Anti-psychotic - daily, managed by psychiatrist to therapeutic level. ● Opioid pain reliever - every six hours as needed for pain. ● Antihistamine - one tablet every night at bedtime. ● Saliva production stimulator and urinary retention medication - four times a day. During September and October 2011 Kate was taken to the ER on four separate occasions resulting in two hospital admissions, and one stay lasting five nights. As inpatient Kate was re-evaluated by seven GI Specialists, one psychiatric doctor, one neurological evaluation, one pediatrician, one nutritionist, a mental health counselor, and finally it was determined that she would be placed on an anti-psychotic which would be used in an off label capacity to manage her pain and nausea. This medication was both troubling and very problematic for us as it would require that Kate be followed closely by a psychiatric doctor who would determine and monitor the therapeutic level of the drug. With this news Kate reached an all-time low and became very withdrawn. At such a tender age, all of her faith and trust in medical professionals was shattered and in the words of Anna C. Kelly, MD, Kate’s acupuncturist, “her eternal flame was dying.” Exhausted and defeated we agreed to comply with the above additional medications and we left the hospital with a dangerously weak and critically ill child. November of 2011 brought new hope and light to us! Our first contact with Chalyce Macoskey was by email in early November. Quite by accident it was through a family friend, whose mother had been under her care, that we came to know Chalyce. We were invited to participate in a meeting via Skype. Following the session Chalyce made immediate travel arrangements from Colorado to Georgia to conduct an emergency evaluation of Kate. She arrived on our doorstep and in three short days, with the approval of our doctor, we discontinued all of Kate's medications, except the anti-psychotic. Two-weeks later, Kate's psychiatric doctor discontinued the use of it entirely and felt that no follow-up visits or consults would be necessary. Collaborating with Chalyce, Kate’s pediatrician gave written consent for Kate to be placed on a Hospital Homebound Program in order to keep her enrolled in the public school system as a 9th grade student. Kate remained on a homebound status for five weeks, receiving in-home tutoring services every three days. This was a crucial decision and one that was supported by the school administration. I remain grateful for how well equipped the school was for handling this type of medical situation. Kate was evaluated and approved for a 504 plan that was quickly put in place for the duration of her High School education. Chalyce carefully handcrafted a uniquely personal regiment or a new approach of care for Kate’s delicate body and fragile human spirit. With in-depth knowledge and compassion for Kate’s hypersensitive stomach issues, she developed a plan to slowly rebuild our daughter by improving quality of life for both her battered mind and body. Chalyce made herself available to Kate day and night through Skype sessions, emails, text messages and personal phone calls. Kate could reach for her support system and so could I; collectively we worked together to fine tune and maintain the daily routines. Our immediate goal was to address Kate’s failing weight. Slowly Kate became engaged in the daily management of her own health. She began to thrive on a nutrient rich, clean/organic diet, with small snack-like meals every two hours throughout the day. She applied selected essential oils to the soles of her feet and her system struggled to detoxify. The essential oils supported her body in a way to heal on its own. The prescription medications were replaced with items such as hand-made ground turmeric capsules, charcoal, magnesium, coconut oil capsules, raw apple cider vinegar, homeopathic serums for viral and chemical blocks, organic coconut water, Smart water, and organic teas lightly sweetened with agave or other natural sweeteners. Kate's coping skills were strengthened with yoga, meditational inspired music, and general wellness counseling aided by the return of more normal sleep patterns. In less than 60 days; throughout this amazing recovery process, we accepted that sugar played a dangerous role in Kate's diet. Consumption of both natural and artificial sugars seemed to challenge her stomach. Kate’s low acid levels left her Ph out of balance and her stomach continued to be irritated and inflamed. We also learned that Kate's stomach emptied at a slower rate, which played a role in her overall condition. In summary, for so long we were misguided by the “well meaning” medical community, but in the end, none of the doctors had an answer and sadly, none had the time to understand or resolve Kate’s chronic stomach issue. Medication after medication was thrown at a problem resulting in the frightening discovery that many of Kate’s prescriptions were “incompatible” with one another; we already knew the dangers and numerous side effects from all that she ingested. In one year we had amassed a staggering 78 open medical insurance claims; many of which are still being resolved. We had 92 pages of medical tests and inconclusive findings, and most significantly, we had lost hope! We also lost our “voice” in the care and treatment of our own daughter. We were confused and were blindly following directions given by doctors who simply were too busy to understand Kate’s issues. However, Chalyce gave us hope! Chalyce gave us alternative options to improve quality of life. She opened our minds to a more holistic approach to health and exposed the benefits of a cleaner more organic rich option for foods. Chalyce’s medical education and training helped us understand our daughter’s internal mechanics; something no doctor had offered. Today we are better equipped to question and appreciate tests and findings made by medical professionals. TODAY: Age 21 Kate, for whom the oil blend “Kate’s Happy Tummy” is named, regained and maintained a healthy weight, restored her muscle tone and strength, exceeded in AP level academic classes, resumed an active lifestyle, became a competition and sideline cheerleader, restored valuable friendships and recently trained and traveled to South America on a mission trip. Kate’s eternal flame was reignited and strengthened! This May our beautiful, thriving, healthy Kate will graduate with honors from high school; recognized with scholarships, she will attend a southern university in the fall and wishes to pursue a career in the medical field aimed at helping children.
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In Week 1 - Essential Oils
Essential oils are primarily the life essence of a plant. The fragrant, highly concentrated liquid is commonly created through steam distilling the petals, stems, leaves, barks, roots, or other elements of the plant. They can be inhaled, or absorbed by rubbing on the skin, allowing the the chemical compounds to which make up the composition to cross into the bloodstream. In doing so, they can improve the quality of life by creating a hostile environment for bacteria and viruses, offer pain management, peak performance, help to reduce stress, and even offer personal first aid. With the New Approach, we refer to the oils created by Essential7, a company with a focus on those that specifically benefit digestive challenges such as gastroparesis and whose mission is to supply the finest, purest, high-quality products. Beneficial essential oils or blends for digestive challenges include Essential7’s GP Starter Collection, GP Female Support and the GP Travel Collection. Be sure to mix any essential oil that is neat (undiluted) with a carrier oil such as coconut, grapeseed, jojoba or olive oil. The suggested ratio is 4 to 5 drops of essential oil to 15 drops of carrier oil. The chart from the handout you received offers more information on oils and their safe application. You can print this chart and place it in your journal for easy reference. As you use the blends you will begin to find, in time, when and how often each of them work best for your challenges. In the beginning, you may try massaging 4 to 5 drops of an oil into the sole of each foot every two hours until you feel you have achieved your goal with the digestive challenge. Once you begin to feel more comfortable, you may then try applying 4 or 5 drops of Gastro Blend to the bottoms of feet in the morning, at noon and in the evening, and 4 or 5 drops of Kate’s Happy Tummy Blend to the same area before eating. These applications alone may improve your quality of life with digestion. You may also try turmeric oil on the bottoms of feet in the morning and at night, or as desired, for challenges with bloating and nausea.
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Feb 21, 2017
In Welcome to HGPN!
We apologize for the confusion with class registration, there seems to have been some trouble with the original access code. It should be running smoothly now, at least we hope! To register go to: https://www.learnitlive.com/class/10371/Healing-GP-or-Any-Digestion-Challenge-Naturally Access Code (if requested): GP class Classes are scheduled beginning today, Tuesday 2/21, and the following 5 Tuesdays at 7pm cst (8pm est, 5pm pst). Chalyce will go over details this evening and be sure to ask any questions if they come up.
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Feb 21, 2017
In Welcome to HGPN!
When you have some time please take a moment to introduce yourself, tell us about your journey and what you hope to gain over the next 6 weeks. What hasn't worked and what has? What is your biggest challenge? What brings you joy?
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Feb 21, 2017
In Welcome to HGPN!
Hi everyone and welcome to the first day of your program! I want to take a minute and make sure we are all signed up here and answer any questions regarding the forum or Learn it Live class, which begins this evening at 7pm cst. I'll be sending out Week 1 handouts soon so be sure to check your email. We will be going over them during class (recorder in case you cannot make this one) as well as discussions here throughout the week. Wishing you a good day and "see" you soon! Stephanie
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