Tucker's Nursery Sources:
Dresser: Vintage find at a Paris Flea Market
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Jeremiah 1:5 Swaddle
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Rocking Horse Fox is a family heirloom I re-designed when my first son was little
Name Pendant made by me
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I developed eczema on the back of my scalp and lower hairline after I received the DTap vaccine. Over the course of several months, I started getting dizzy often, my hands were shaking and a ringing started in my ears. I went to several doctors, had an MRI done to check if I had a brain tumor, saw ENT doctors, did therapies.... you name it. Nothing was helping until I saw a story of someone that experienced something similar, they did a heavy metal detox and symptoms went away. I tried it along with holistic approaches guided by my chiropractor, and all but my eczema healed.
I've struggled with eczema for seven years in this spot however, after having my third child and going through a severe round of COVID (two days after I gave birth), eczema started to flare in other spots, with the worst spots on my eyes and arms. It continued to be severe on my neck... so bad that it would puss and scab over. I also had little spots showing up behind my knees, on my neck and my chin. Like anyone that experiences a whole body rash, I was panicked and extremely uncomfortable in my own skin. It itched and hurt soooo bad.
Today, I'm happy to report that the spots on my arms are healed, my scalp occasionally get dandruff but nothing close to the pussing mess before and my eyelid will sometimes get a little dry. All other spots are healed up and never itch. Here's a fun before and after:
I get asked often how I did this so here are the steps that I personally took and the steps I still NEED to take and complete once I'm done nursing my baby.
I started seeing a holistic dentist and recently discovered I have three cavitations in my jaw where my wisdom teeth were pulled as a teen. I'll be getting those cleaned out and I am also working on healing periodontal disease. I'm looking forward to getting rid of those infections so that my immune system can take a break and focus solely on my autoimmune diseases.
Removing toxins from my environment and foods. This is an ongoing process. I first started with our food and it has trickled into cleaning supplies, clothing, our water, etc. You can't expect your body to heal itself when it's continually being bombarded with toxins that put it in a fight or flight mode.
When I first developed the eczema, I was given a topical steroid lotion and while it did work, it doesn't actually heal the problem. If I stopped using it, the eczema would just come back. Also, I learned about the side effects of steroid use and one of the biggest issues that doctors won't tell you is that your body can experience a steroid withdrawal, leading to severe eczema ALL OVER YOUR BODY. I had came across a man that was going through this and his skin peels off his body everywhere. He covers himself in bandages and is unable to work. So, I want to caution everyone when considering steroids as a 'solution'. The goal is to heal the body and prevent any future flare ups, not just mask the problem. I healed my eczema without steroid use.
I'm now slowly testing how much my body can handle for dairy and corn (I avoid soy at all costs and always will after learning more about it) without those two food groups sending my body into a spiral. I recently had a date night with my husband and we ate out at a really fancy restaurant. The chefs are from Sweden and of course, made Belgian chocolate creme Brulé. Of course, I had to try and indulge. My eye got a little dry and my arm itched for a few hours. The back of my scalp also itched. While I probably won't do that much dairy for awhile, I was pleasantly surprised at how well my body handled it. I share this story so that others can have hope that while you are working on healing and going through this major lifestyle change, it doesn't always end up being totally permanent.
Living in South Dakota is hard when it comes to the organic, NON-GMO food department. My grocery trips consist of making around four stops. Since I'm a foodie and we have a laundry list of food sensitivities, I order in a TON of products. Quality nutrition, non-GMO, humanely raised are top priorities when I purchase food. The food I'm serving my family needs to nourish their body from a health standpoint, and not just simply fill their bellies for the sake of feeding them.
Here's a list of my favorite places to order groceries from online:
This is a comprehensive list of everything we currently use or have used that I feel have made an impact. I'm going to do my best to categorize them according to how we use them, like pain management or detoxing. Please note that I may receive a small percentage of the sale at no additional cost to you.
Legal Disclaimer: I am NOT a doctor. This is simply a list of supplements I love, use and feel that work for myself and my family. Please speak with your doctor before beginning any new supplement.
Liver (I like to cook with liver but if you don't, find a liver and/or body organs pill)
Vitamin C w/ Polyphenols
Kid's Daily Chewable
Kid's Daily Liquid
Daily Organic Vitamin + Minerals
Heavy Metal Detox Spray
Cilantro (juice the herb fresh)
Pain and Inflammation:
Copaiba Oil (use topically)
Pro Resolving Mediators
Organic CBD Oil
Vitamin C Tincture
Vitamin D3 Tincture
Germ Fighter Oil
Lypo-spheric Vitamin C
Spike Protein Shedding
Liposomal Vitamin C (the kids love the taste of this in orange juice)
When I personally get sick, I take 6,000+ mg of Lypo-spheric Vitamin C in a shot glass with some fresh squeezed orange juice. I try to focus on whole foods and I typically make a chicken noodle soup that's packed with goodness. Everything else gets added depending on my symptoms and what I'm trying to detox.
Children's Chewable Motrin (reduces inflammation dramatically but please note the risks that come with motrin)
High Protein, Low Sugar Diet
I've treated our oldest and it's a 45+ day protocol. Please note this is what worked for him and every case is intense and very different.
High dose of Vitamin C
Biocidin Tincture + Pro Flora (check instructions for dosing)
Intestinal Cleanse (Cedar Bear)
Organic Chamomile Tea
Good Night Lotion
Magnesium Bath Flakes
Nighty Night Oil
Pink Eye, Cuts, Burns and Ear Infections:
For pink eye, we soak a cotton ball and apply using one of my headbands to hold it there like a pirate
For cuts and scrapes, I wash the area and clean out any debris and then rinse the area with liquid colloidal silver
Active Skin Repair (replaces neosporin) burns, cuts, cuts
Ear Relief Oil
Frankincense Oil Diluted (ear infections, put on outside of ear)
Lavendar Essential Oil for burns
Oura Ring ($40 off purchase)
Natural Cycles linked with Oura Ring (20% discount)
Food Sensitivity Test
My favorite soft bristle toothbrushes (not joking, these things are soft and cleans so well your teeth will be squeaky clean)
Food Grade Peroxide
Herbal Gum Wash
Click HERE to read how I did it and everything I used
We are a few months into the homeschool year and while we have been doing schoolwork all throughout the summer, we amped things up this fall. Here's what we're doing, loving and hasn't worked out for us. For reference, Beck is 7.5, Tanner is 4 and Tucker is 1.
For an easy break down:
We don't do any formal schooling on the weekend, but we will do hikes or play tourist around the hills.
This summer, we brought on our nanny. I was chatting with my grandma and asked her what she did with all of her kids (including my dad) when she went shopping. Shopping trips were taking me forever and with baby, it was hard to get the amount of stops I needed to make in one outing. She laughed and said she didn't bring them... she dropped the kids off at my great grandmother's place. In fact, my dad chimed in and said he only really remembers one special shopping trip and it was to the suit store looking at fancy outfits in a store downtown Yankton. After that conversation, I decided to hire a nanny. We don't have family here that live in town (my in-laws both live about an hour away) and they both still work. My husband has a really unreliable work schedule, so a nanny was the best option. It's honestly been great and I don't feel so burned out by the end of the week.
We decided to hire a private teacher and she started this fall. We have her for four hours each week and while I wanted three days a week (two hours each session), we couldn't make it work between her schedule and ours. I do see the value of education outside of the home. From speech and occupational therapy to now having a private educator, for us, it's beneficial to have them learn and take instruction from someone else other than me. If you can afford it, I highly recommend it. Plus, with the rise in homeschooling numbers across the nation, I believe private educators running their own business is going to be the future for those wanting to make education their career choice.
The curriculums we are doing:
Good and Beautiful for Math and Handwriting
Berean Builders for Science
KiwiCo Box for Geography and pre-k learning (Koala) for Tanner
All About Reading for Language Arts found on Timberdoodle
You can find this information and additional information on www.autism.org
I get asked all the time, "What did you do to heal your son?" and let me be very clear: there isn't a simple, one-size-fits-all plan that everyone can follow. However, I'm going to share steps we took and that I personally feel would be beneficial for anyone trying to holistically solve behavioral issues as well as auto-immune issues. We've been at this for a little over six years now, so I do feel like I'm able to give a pretty solid opinion. With that said, this isn't medical advice and always discuss protocols, supplements and testing with your provider. Lastly, the journey of healing is never ending and to find out why, please visit my "Is Autism a Genetic Disorder" post.