I want to begin this post with a question. When you are given a life-changing gift that you know could also change the lives of those around you, do you keep it to your self or do you share it? When I ask this question, I can’t help but think about the gift of the gospel. To me, it is the greatest gift. Yet, there were times in my life when I chose not to share it. I was too worried about rejection and what others would think of me. As I look back on those moments I ask myself, “How could I do such a thing? How could I remain silent?” I have a feeling I am not the only one. I see this blog as just one avenue for sharing the gift of God’s grace with the world. I know, the world isn’t reading my blog. In fact, right now it is a handful of people, but I feel passionate about getting the truth out there. That is why I have a “seeds of faith” section.
But there are other two other areas of this blog that also require a “sharing” mentality. So, today, I sow seeds of health. This post may be rather controversial to some people. I am okay with that, because it would have been controversial to me a few years ago. The bottom line is, I have been given a gift. In fact, I am now aware that thousands of people in our country have been given this gift and are talking about it and sharing it. How can I keep it to myself?
I can’t. I must share it too.
A New Mindset
This past weekend, I listened intently as a man of about 65-70 years of age stood up and shared his story. Although I can’t remember it word for word, something he said struck me. I am fairly certain that I wasn’t the only one in the audience impacted because soon after he made the statement, there was a collective moan of acknowledgement from those gathered. We all understood where he was coming from, because most of us had been there at one time or another. Or, we knew of someone who had been there.
By “there” I don’t mean a place, but a mindset.
This is, in my own paraphrase, what he said. “I had always been someone who was concerned about eating nutritious food. I ate in a “healthy”way. But, I was still getting sick and seeing doctors often and on different prescriptions. I was believing that this was as good as it would get. This was the way it was supposed to be”
Is anyone else there? You are eating well, exercising, and doing everything you know to do to stay healthy yet still getting sick often? If something isn’t right with your health, a prescription or over the counter drug will fix it. You believe it is your only solution.
I have been there. Not so much with my own health but the health of my children. For my youngest, it was chronic ear infections. For my oldest, throat infections and even mononucleosis. Mono? Really? Age 8? I know she wasn’t kissing any boys. 🙂 All joking aside, I was beginning to worry about all of the antibiotics going into my girls’ bodies. Don’t get me wrong, I know that antibiotics are life savers. Many people would have died of strep throat/scarlet fever and more if we didn’t have them. And, physicians are now trying not to prescribe them unless absolutely necessary because they too know that much worse illnesses can result when a bacteria builds a resistance to a certain medication.
In our home, we really did strive toward good nutrition for our bodies. Real food instead of processed food was important to us. Organically grown produce and fresh produce during the summers was also our focus. I gave the girls vitamins everyday. But they kept getting these same illnesses, having the same doctor visits, and missing school. I had resigned myself to the fact that this was the way it was going to be. This was the norm.
Until we found Shaklee. Shaklee was a total game changer.
Let me say that I had absolutely no expectation that Shaklee supplements would change our lives. In fact, just before I started them on the vitamin regiment for children, both girls had been to the doctor: one for strep and the other with an ear infection. If you had told me, “Kristin, about a year from now you will be able to say that your daughters have not had one ear infection nor one throat infection”, I would have chuckled and said, “Yeah, right.” Well guess what? We have had zero doctor visits for ear or throat infections since last October. In fact, they went from October to January without even as much as a virus. Then, we ran out of product and I forgot to re-order and they acquired a flu-like bug. About two days into it, my new order arrived and we started right back on them. They still possessed the energy to run around the house and play. It just took a few days for the fever to disappear. What? This wasn’t what we were used to experiencing. Since starting back up in January we again have had no ear, nose, and throat infections and when the girls get the sniffles or beginning of a cold we just supplement with a few more immune boosting items and go about our normal day. The cold symptoms don’t escalate. A couple of months ago I was walking through a local drugstore to pick up some toy items for a birthday. I suddenly realized, “I haven’t been in here in months!” I couldn’t help but grin.
And now a whole new mindset began to take shape.
What if we started looking for ways to prevent illness rather than treat it. Did you know that diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer are in most cases preventable? What if that could be our norm? Is it possible? And, why isn’t eating right enough? Shouldn’t it be? If you follow this line of thinking long enough you start spouting ideas and philosophies that are rather revolutionary and even controversial in our current society.
The Shaklee Difference
And, why is it this particular company as opposed to another one? How is it really different than the vitamins and supplements you find on the shelf at Walmart? Incidentally, the New York Times recently released an article exposing the truth about the supplements found at Walmart, Target, and GNC.
I wanted to know the answers to these questions and why the vitamins I had been using previously were making absolutely no difference in the health of my kids. So I’ve researched and I’ve listened to several online webinars and lectures. I was pretty well convinced by all these, but what really pushed me over the edge was hearing all of the live testimonials this past weekend. These were real people of all ages and backgrounds who were now completely off of their prescribed medications and thriving! Unbelievable right?
Well, I’m a believer. I found out that the typical American above a certain age takes over 10 different prescription drugs per day, while those on Shaklee average <1. I was reminded that in a landmark study, users of Shaklee supplements were compared with those who either take supplements other than Shaklee’s or don’t supplement at all. The Shaklee users won by a clear margin with 11% lower cholesterol ratios, 33% lower levels of triglycerides, 36% lower levels of homocysteine, and a whopping 59% lower c-reactive protein levels (c-reactive protein is a biomarker for long term biological stress). When this protein is high, inflammatory conditions are usually present (read here for more information). And there’s more—over 100,000 quality tests conducted on their products every year, and 35 patents pending on their new “Life Plan” alone! This is huge and unprecedented in the world of health and wellness (for more on Shaklee clinical testing look here).
Allow me now to relay another personal story. Last year, our youngest had developed acid reflux. She had all the symptoms. I remember taking her to the doctor and actually asking that he prescribe an acid reducer. I didn’t want her to suffer anymore. What I didn’t think about was the fact that this drug can deplete the calcium stores in your body. We all know that most prescription drugs have a side effect. At the time we had just started our Shaklee vitamins and I was seeing results from them in other ways, but my mindset had not really changed at this point. So, she began the medication. Her symptoms did improve but the reflux was still present and the stomach upset a daily problem. Fortunately, I was learning more and more about the nutrients our bodies need to thrive and that God has enabled our bodies to heal themselves when we have the right tools. With this knowledge, I began to expand her vitamin regiment to include probiotics, omega 3 fatty acids, and calcium/magnesium supplements. I did not take her off of the antacid medication right away. As we began to see results we slowly reduced the drug until she was totally taken off of it. Six months later, she has no reflux symptoms and does not need any medication. Why? Because, I believe that her body now has all the nutrients it requires to function and heal itself. And the effect doesn’t stop there. I am hearing from my friends and family: lower cholesterol levels, significant weight loss, more mental focus, fewer arthritis symptoms, more energy…and that is just the beginning.
So, I now think of our Shaklee products as our health insurance. Is Shaklee a cure-all? Nope. Will my Life Plan regiment prevent any and all diseases? I can’t know that with 100% certainty, nor does Shaklee promote that notion. Do I need to discuss supplementation with my health care provider? Certainly! Will changes happen overnight? No. Will your results be the same as my results? That is no guarantee. Nutrition takes time and we must be willing to try it over several months to see the benefit. It took 30 + years for my husband and me to get in the state we were in health-wise. So, there is no overnight fix. I know that there will be doctor visits in our future, and the occasional antibiotic. But, I truly trust my health and the health of my family to Shaklee. I am investing in preventative health now in hopes that we won’t be out the big bucks for other diseases when we are older (actually our Shaklee products are now free–but that is another blog post). I fully realize that I have been on this earth for 40 years, and 39 of them without Shaklee. I know my body has been exposed to a lot of toxins and other chemicals that have been detrimental to my cells. So, a disease like cancer could still be in my future and my husband’s future. But for now, we feel absolutely amazing. And, when I look at my girls now as compared to a little over a year ago–I can see the difference in them. It is tangible.
You know the saying, “true beauty is on the inside?” There is a whole lot of truth to that. In fact, we teach our girls “People will look at the outer appearance, but God looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7) It is our character that matters so much more than our appearance. I would go on to add that our health starts from the inside too. Our cells need real, God-given nutrients and when those nutrient needs are met, it is visible on the outside. I feel so blessed to have found a company that takes what God has created in its purest form and harnesses it to create innovative and revolutionary solutions for everyone who will try it.
Since I use the gardening metaphor quite a bit on this blog, why not here too? For those of you who have gardens, have you noticed that your plants look quite a bit more perky after a rain as compared to when you water with a hose? City water cannot compare to God water. Are you catching my analogy? Food and supplements treated with man-made substances will not do the trick at the cellular level. Food and supplements that are completely free of these man-made substances, and harvested in season and fresh will make a difference to the health of our cells. Which would you choose for those you love? It is a no-brainer for me.
So, this is the gift I have been given, and I am passing it on. I feel very strongly about sharing what I have found with everyone I know! To not share it would be unthinkably wrong. How could I keep such knowledge to myself? So instead, I choose to sow.
These are our seeds of health…and we will share them with you. If you want to learn more, watch this video and reply below or follow this link.