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I’m doing EVERYTHING “right” so why are my kids sick?

on March 13, 2013
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The cold and flu season seems to be getting rougher as the years go by.

When I began my health journey with my kids,  someone was literally sick all the time.
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I felt hopeless and weary from the sick cycle.

I changed all the foundational health areas: our diet, cleaning supplies, personal care and beauty products, and added essential supplements.
Our health drastically changed.

The frequency and duration of illness was greatly reduced and the chronic runny noses and tummy aches became a distant memory with only occasional issues.

winter-stormA few years went by with occasional illnesses. Then,  seemingly like a blinding storm, the winter bugs hit and left my head swirling as I have scrambled to pull out every arsenal and resource to remedy 3 kids who seemed to take turns expressing various characteristics of the wicked virus.

Admittedly, discouragement has been a very familiar emotion throughout these winter months and left me asking myself  “why?”.confused

“Why, after we had been so much more healthy, have we seemed to have gotten trapped in “plagueville”?” and “How can I, as a leader of moms to help them on their health journey, have this happening with my kids?”.

I have asked these questions not only to myself but the variety of specialists we have visited during this bizarre course of events.

From them, I have received insight that has helped me understand what is going on.
I have had to assimilate it all into a word picture to fully understand it.

Here is how my brain has processed this and been able to make sense of it all: 

First of all, when our kids’ immune systems are developing, they are susceptible to insults, like viruses and bacteria.

buildingwallsImagine a city  with a fortress of a wall being built around it to protect it from invaders.

As you are building the wall, you start out with some good material like pretty good solid bricks.citywallsattacked

But then, you start to get pummeled with shots fired at you, and the walls you have built get crushed.

Then as you go to rebuild it, your new “supply company” is now cutting corners and is sending you shoddy building materials.

shoddywallThey just are not strong enough and are not holding together as well as they should. Even though it looks like it is “sturdy”; well, it’s just not going to withstand a big attack.

The invaders come, but these are the same ones who have come before, so the watchmen and defenders know their strategies and thwart their attack.

So, things are still looking good.highwalls

Now you are getting better supplies from headquarters. The building blocks are stronger and the barrier wall is getting more fortified.

A NEW and STRONG invader has come into the land and is creating havoc at every turn.

You think you have got this. Your wall is not completely built, but has gotten stronger reinforcements.

But, this time, the enemy is sneaky.
They know where the weak building blocks are in the wall, and the watchmen don’t see it coming.

villageonfireThey launch an all out attack as the invader begins to make their way into your city.
With the war at hand, there is much destruction and the city is damaged.
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However, because of the new building blocks and the strength of the defenders, the enemy is ultimately defeated and the city is strengthened by understanding the enemy.

This is our children’s immune systems.

They are brought into the world already subject to toxins from their parents, hospitals, products, environment, then we load them up with vaccines, antibiotics and other medications.

vaccines&antibioticsThese things weaken the walls of their city of defense against illness.fast-food

When we feed them foods that are full of additives, preservatives, gluten, sugar and pasteurized dairy, we send in the weak building blocks to fortify the “walls ” of their immune system.

Once we begin to get informed and empowered about how all of these things can cause our kids harm, and begin making changes, we are sending in stronger “building supplies” to create a sturdy immune immune system.

cockysoldierMost if the time, if the children have been exposed to the common cold and flu and have gotten them before, the immune system or the “defenders” will recognize them because they’ve “been there and done that” before and know exactly how to deal with it, so health prevails.supervirus

However, when there is a new invader like a super strong, mutated virus or “super-bug”, the immune system doesn’t know how to properly fight it off. Because there have been fundamental structural problems with the “wall” of the original “building” of the immune system, the invaders are able to take hold of the the vulnerable body and make him sick.

The factors of:  previous insults and toxins, weak building blocks, the unfinished “wall” and the unrecognized enemy that has to be dealt with are why our kids are sick even though we ARE NOW doing everything right.

The encouraging news is, when our kids’ defenders are fighting and they get sick, they are actually building their immune systems to be stronger and able to recognize and deal with these bugs for future attacks.

The important things to consider to give strong building blocks from “Headquarters” are:

vegetable-stand1. Diet – are they consuming the proper nutrients?
This includes:

**Organic fruits and vegetables
**No or limited processed foods
**Lots of filtered spring water
**No gluten or pasteurized dairy
**No refined sugar and limited alternatives to sugar
**Grass fed beefsprouting&soaking

**Free-range chicken
**Pasture-raised eggs
**Soaked and sprouted nuts seeds and gluten-free grains

**Fermented drinks and food

**Sauerkraut

2. Products on skin and in home:

shaklee_cleaning_products2ALL Non-toxic including:

**Laundry soap

**Dish washing soap

**All cleaners

**Air fresheners
**Body and hair products
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3.  Supplements:

**Vitamin D- 15 min of 40% of body to sun exposure daily or supplement via a suspension
**Vitamin C
**Elderberry syrup
**Fermented Cod liver oil
**Juice plus

4. Fresh Air and Exercise:

**Getting kids in fresh air out of our stagnant polluted home air is very important to help their immune systems and decrease the toxic load.

**Activity stimulates the immune system and allows for increased blood flow to critical parts of the body to flush out toxins.

mom&daughterlaughing5. Decrease stress and increase laughter and fun

**Our kids are under a lot of stress these days and we need to begin to learn to enjoy the journey more with them and not take everything so serious.  Learn to laugh with your kids when things are crazy and messy and use these times as “teachable positive moments” instead of freaking out over every little thing that disrupts your day.

Kids need to be kids. It’s a lost art and we should all be students of how to be a kid again :)

By continuing to give our kids the best building supplies for their developing immune systems, we can be more confident that as they grow, they will be able to take on more of the invaders with ease.

kidsinsunHowever, we need to understand that perhaps there has been much damage to our kids through past choices before we understood the healthier alternatives.

The damage and weakened blocks we have given them must be continually fortified with the healthiest choices.

We must NOT lose heart or worse yet, beat ourselves up that perhaps, we are doing something wrong or that making healthy choices isn’t really worth it.

Once we have a better understanding of how our kids’ immune system is forming, we can be empowered with the confidence to continue to be IN CHARGE  and truly ” Change the SHAPE of our future”.strongbaby

So, grap your bricks and mortar and let’s start building STRONG HEALTHY BODIES TOGETHER!!

For mama’s health: As we are older and our immune systems are  fully developed, if we continue to get everything that comes along, we should be taking a very good long look into our own personal choices so we can fortify and protect ourselves. Our immune systems at this point should be strong enough to handle most of the bugs that perhaps our kids are still battling.

To your family’s vibrant health,

Dotty 😉

Dotty Cropped2By: Dotty Hagmier, RN, BSN, CHC

As the president and founder of Moms in Charge and also a mom of three beautiful children, Dotty’s passion is to guide families into a place that will provide them with the best possible choices to raise healthy and vibrant children.

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