You might be wondering…. “Who the heck is behind this blog? And what made her decide to create it?”
Well, here goes…. My name is Patty. I am a full-time Mom to two wonderful kids and wife to an amazingly kind and dear man. My kids are in high school.
Yes, my children are my most precious accomplishments. However, my youngest really holds a special place in my heart. You see, he is autistic and also has ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and whole bunch of other multi-syllable words. This amazing, sweet, and funny kid has really been dealt a crappy hand.
I am living with a chronic illness personally. In March 2015, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It’s nothing new, really. I have been symptomatic since 1989. It has progressively been getting worse as I get older to the point I am unable to work outside the home.
On a weekly basis, we are running to many appointments such as: after-school activities, counseling, group counseling (to help with social skills), speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy and doctors’ appointments! But we are enjoying life as much as we possibly can!
As you can imagine, being a Mom to this crazy bunch is really a full-time job. So to keep my sanity (what’s left of it), I decided to start this blog. I believe in trying to live a healthier lifestyle than we have in the past. I want to share what I have learned with people who are just starting to explore this idea. This site will have a ton of information to help you learn how to live healthier. Please feel free to dig in, follow it and use it as a resource. You can view my most recent posts by clicking “Live Healthy With Patty” at the top or feel free to jump right into the categories on the left.
With the rising costs of healthcare and an economy that is looking pretty dismal, people are turning to more natural ways of staying healthy and curing whatever might be ailing them.
I have been researching healthy living through natural methods. Herbal healing, homeopathic remedies, essential oils, eating healthier; you name it and I’m researching. I have started raising my own herbs and have been making healthier meals for my family.
So here I am. Studying “alternative” medicine. That phrase just makes me crazy. Let’s think about this, shall we?
- Dreamed up by pharmaceutical companies as a way to make a profit. Have you had to get a prescription filled recently? Holy smokes! More often than not, the drugs cost more than the office visit! I know many people who spend $300 to over $1,000 a MONTH for medications that their doctors have prescribed. How often have you heard of someone taking one medication to counteract the side effects of another one they are taking? Is that really healthy? I don’t think so.
- Peddled by physicians who get “incentives” from the drug companies to push their products. Now don’t get me wrong; I love our family physician. She is amazing. However, she is open to more natural forms of healing. AND she understands that we are not made of money when it comes to paying for prescriptions. She is a rare breed of doctor: one with an open mind.
- Approved by the FDA. Don’t get me started on the FDA. This is a federal governmental agency that approves products that MAY help with one issue but have side effects that can number a dozen or more and quite often, the side effects are far WORSE than the condition the drug is treating. How many times have we heard of drugs that the FDA approved that are now causing serious issues, sometimes even including death? You’ve seen those commercials about the class-action lawsuits. Should we really be putting our health into the hands of our government?
Now let’s talk about healing with plants and essential oils.
These are not new concepts. Through the ages, people have used plants and oils in healing. It’s only really been since the beginning of the 20th century, that these old ways have been pushed aside to make room for “modern” medicine. Sure, people may be living longer today, but what about the QUALITY of life they are living?
*** Clarification on my beliefs – I am firm believer in using the gifts that nature has provided us, but I also recognize there are times when we need modern medicine. I am extremely grateful for the professionals that we see for our journeys. Please understand that when I recommend natural remedies on my blog, they are wonderful for alleviating many issues. However, modern medicine plays an important role any time you are dealing with a life-threatening or lifestyle-altering illness or injury. Here is an absolutely excellent book that I recommend that really falls in line with my beliefs. Healthy at Home: Get Well and Stay Well Without Prescriptions
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