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Alexa Pederson replied to Penny Baumann's discussion Water Kefir Grains available in the group Sharing starter cultures
"Hi Penny, I've got some milk kefir going as I type this, and if you have any more water kefir grains I would love to buy some off of you :)"
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What does "holistic" mean to you?
To me, "holistic" means NOT fragmenting the body into "expert" knowledge and specializations. It means being awake to all of the beauty and horror in this world and how these things can harm or heal my body, family, and loved ones. It means working with patients, NOT shaming them. It means a path outside of unhelpful allopathic medicine that finally begins to provide meaning and answers. It means recognizing and celebrating connectedness. To me, holistic is about the the whole narrative--my whole story, how my story fits into the bigger picture and how a synthesis of understanding allows me to make informed choices about where I want my story to go and how I want to transform our global narrative.
How long have you been interested in holistic living?
I became immersed in holistic healing after I becoming very sick due to a doctors negligence and obedience to pharmaceuticals corporations. Desperate, I began an information overload, researching one thing that lead me to another, and now here as I continue my healing journey.

I am now on Naturthroid, a desiccated thyroid hormone and avoid gluten and processed foods as well as soy and chemicals. I make pastured meats and organic local produce a priority in my diet as much as possible and take fermented cod liver oil, high vitamin butter oil, a digestive enzyme, magnesium oil, and a b-vitamin complex to support my adrenals. I aslo love rebounding for detoxification and yoga for a non-cardio workout for my lack of thyroid and eczema. I have a major sweet tooth, which is torture for a diabetic, but I am working on eating more nourishing and fatty foods to control my cravings. I also now have an insulin pump which allows me to have tighter control over my blood sugars. Still slowly adjusting to a more nourishing lifestyle :)
a little about me
I was born and raised in Arizona to Arizona natives--my mother, who was born into a dry cleaning business and my father, who worked in the Arizona copper mines during school. My mother is very healthy, but she had scoliosis as a kid and suffers from migraines and a slew of mild allergies into her adulthood. My father was healthy most of his life but not as health conscious as my mother. He is a fighter though--he has beat a severe case of pancreatitis and just a few weeks ago was found completely cancer free after being diagnosed with a brain tumor a year earlier.

My mom was 37 when they lost their first child due to a traumatic oversight by their doctor. He lived for four days before succumbing to urinary defeat.

A year later they were blessed with twins--my sister and I, born through c-section. I was healthy 5.6 lb baby. I was breastfed for 4 months and put on a soy formula afterwards. Fast forward four years and our two bedroom home was feeling a little cramped with the addition of a third baby girl and our whole family relocated to a larger home twenty min. away.

A few months after moving in I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. We have no family history but the doctors told us the onset of autoimmune diabetes is genetic with an "environmental trigger." Now looking back, I feel it was something in that new home that must have provoked my immune system. Chronicling our family's medical history in that house I realize that after my dad's pancreatitis he retired to regain his health and began taking on projects, which mostly included remodeling our home and stripping half of it down to its bare bones. I have no idea if this could have contributed to my dad's cancer diagnosis, but a year after his renovations were complete he was driving home and began have hallucinations. What we thought was initially a stroke turned out to be a tumor pressing on the part of his brain that deals with perception.

When I was thirteen another piece of my endocrine system began shutting down--I was put on a high dose of Synthroid after being diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. I was an honors kid and had a lot of stress at school but a stable home environment and nothing else changed about my health until I changed endocrinologists when I was 18 and discovered antibodies that meant I actually had autoimmune thyroiditis--Hashimoto's.

I started college as an honors art student and when I was 20 my doc declared that he had found through an ultrasound that I had many nodules and my thyroid was basically non-functioning. The nodules turned out to be benign, but he told me that the best decision would be to have a total thyroidectomy so that the threat of a cancerous nodule was put at bay.

I wished I had done some research, but at the time I was young, shocked, and depressed, so I went through with the surgery. I find that I am more depressed and anxious after my surgery and my eczema is much worse.

When I was 23 my doctor pushed me to try birth control. I only took it for a month and my mood actually improved considerably, but then took a dive. I found that my THC was 42, I was having major hypothyroid symptoms--physical and emotional--and my progesterone levels had plumeted. My doc refused to believe that my depression and anxiety had anything to do with with my thyroid and tried to push me onto a antidepressant. At this point I had finally began to do some research and this was the last straw for me. I fired my endocrinologist, sought out a natural thyroid naturopath and have never looked back. Still healing.
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Valley Youth Theatre, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

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