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two things

I have a little catch-up to play with my fl but first, I wanted to share these two things before I fucking explode lol.

I spoke with Sandy, the medium, yesterday for an hour reading.  I went into the reading hoping I would get some answers and confirmations and I definitely did!  I spent the majority of the reading knodding my head and laughing because I could relate to all that was said.  Sandy does different types of readings- mediumship, 2017 'forcecasts,' etc.  She is a Christian lady but that doesn't necessary bleed into everything she tells you.  She doesn't push her beliefs onto you, etc.  Anyway, I'm totally comfortable talking to her about spirit guides, angels, etc.   I believe no matter what you call such beings on the other side, they are all the same thing- energy- that impacts our life.  I also want to note that regardless of what Sandy told me, I certainly am not going to just run with it and alter my life in extreme ways.  I still move forward with caution and my decisions are my own.

So here' goes, bullet point style!

  • Sandy started by pulling a card for me- the card was titled "self sabotage." This card resembled the main message my spirt guids/angels wanted to get through to me.  Apparently I can be my own worst enemy.  In Sandy's words: "Your angels/guides are laughing because this makes so much sense.  The card reads 'when you learn to get out of your own way, there will be no stopping you.  Most of the time it’s not others preventing you from achieving your true goals, it’s that inner voice that derails those carefully woven plans.'" I've gotten to a point where I've made myself actually too comfortable.  While being comfortable is all well and good, she said I need to start pushing myself more, especially socially. <<< that really resonated with me!

  • A female spirit guide came into my life around June of 2016.  She brought more anxiety with her and she came at a time when my health was at a new stage.  She came when I either started something different or started adding more foods to my diet. <<< this is the exact time I started food reintroductions!

  • My current eczema flare ups are the result of my emotions, foods I am eating and a topical irritant I put on my skin approx 3 weeks ago.  I should never try to reintroduce dairy or gluten (confirmed because I'm allergic to both!), rice is okay, nuts are okay, quinoa is really good but I have issues with the following:  corn, soy, other legumes and coffee comes with a caution- max of one cup/day.  I have to be very carefuly with grains and how many I consume.  I'm better off eating fresh herbs than dried herbs and spices.

  • I have issues with histamines found in foods. <<< I have suspected this for a loooong time so the confirmation was appreciated.

  • My body is extremely sensitive, much more sensitve than most people.  Living in Ireland is a huge improvement because there are less toxins in this environment.

  • I need to be more aware of how my emotions impact my eating habits.

  • I spend a lot of time with the kids and that's good.  The kids are doing well with homeschooling but it would be beneficial to take them on more field trips.  I need to make sure Niamh is socializing with other children.  I should start showing my kids how to cook more. <<< Yes, she knew I was homeschooling without any prompting :)

  • I need to walk more, make more time for myself and get outside more.  Meditation every day should be a priority.

  • Aidan has some food sensitivities like me but his are not going to be a chronic issue.  He is going to outgrow his and his body is not nearly as sensitive as mine. <<< This is good news!

  • Then Sandy asked if I am pregnant! LOL  She sees a pregnancy happening sooner rather than later and she's feeling more of a girl energy-  more of a "princess personality" as she called it hahaha.  Walking is going to be important during my pregnancy.  I'm going to have a healthy pregnancy, my autoimmune symptoms are going to lessen during the pregnancy and I'm going to have a fast, natural birth in Ireland.  I shouldn't attempt reintroducing any new foods while pregnant. <<< ahhhh!

There were other bits and pieces that Sandy discussed but I felt these were the most important.  As always, she never fails to amaze me!

This past week there was a tv documentary on titled Medication Nation.  Here is a brief description:

"Irish people love their pills. Every year we spend 500 euro for every man, woman and child in Ireland on pharmaceuticals - that's 40 per cent higher than the EU average. Since 2000 the number of prescribed drugs we are consuming has grown from 32 million to 73.5 million items in 2015. Drugs can undoubtedly bring great benefits, but there are also risks.

In this thought-provoking documentary Dr. Eva Orsmond examines Ireland's relationship with over-the-counter and prescription drugs. She asks about what drugs are we taking too much of and what drugs are we taking for the wrong reasons. Travelling the country, she uncovers evidence that Irish people are indeed over-using and abusing certain medications. Codeine tablets are among the best-selling drugs in Irish pharmacies, but many people don't realise that the codeine pill they routinely take for headaches, stress and emotional problems can be as addictive as heroin."

I'm finding it really hard to stomach how many people are freaking out about this documentary.  The majority of the people I've seen outraged are those who have a mental illness of some kind, predominantly depression and/or anxiety.

I get it... depression and anxiety are already stigmatized enough.  Mental health has always been associated with weakness, as is consuming medication as a result.  What the documentary highlighted is how Ireland is very heavily dependent on antidepressants and antianxiety meds, especially for mild depression and anxiety. Mild is the key word in that sentence.  The documentary highlighted how meds for mild depression and anxiety are often prescribed without other alternatives being pursued, including talk therapy.  The program DID NOT say that all mental health patients should ditch their meds and start drinking St. John's Wort tea lol.  It was simply highlighting that there are times when we are more in control and times when we can support our mental health in ways that aren't so dependent on pharmaceuticals.  Obviously the more mild your symptoms, the easier that is.  I remember being chronically and severely depressed.  My meds helped me function on days when I would have otherwise been pretty damn comatose.

A huge issue the documentary discussed was medication reviews.  Some people in Ireland had been on medications for over a decade which were never reviewed by a doctor again! That's ridiculous!  In my case, as my overall health improved, my depressive symptoms also reduced.  I was eventually able to get off ALL MEDICATIONS.  Can you imagine the people who are still on meds simply because they've never tried weaning off of them?  Some patients were on two different meds for the same condition, which wasn't necessary.  Yikes.

The program raised the question about our overall health, too.  I don't think it's coincidental that Ireland is fourth for the highest consumption of sugar in the world + is one of the most obese nations in the EU + some of the highest suicide rates in the EU + extremely high medication use.  These things are more linked than Irish people like to believe I think.  I also think some people just don't realize there are alternatives.  Antidepressants aren't a fix-all.  There are other lifestyle changes that can completely combat depression/anxiety on its own or help relieve symptoms enough that even a smaller dosage of such meds are necessary.  I have friends here on LJ (whom I will not name) who were recommended to do things like exercise more, eat better, and get more sleep.  Even they admitted they saw more improvements than they ever anticipated when those changes were made.  By no means am I or did the program say all people should ditch their meds.  What it was doing was raising awareness and saying "hey, there are other things you can do that may be helpful." The more informed you are, the more you can find what's right for you.  I just wish more people weren't like "BUT OMG I NEED MY MEDS!"  If that's you, fine, but don't hate on a program that is educating people simply on the fact that there are more options than pharmaceuticals. I do admit my own preference here.  I'm more in favor of natural remedies, however, I truly believe there is a place for modern medicine when needed!

The scary thing this program talked about was the codeine in a lot of over the counter meds.  I had no clue it was in so many!  Again, people went a bit crazy like "OMG BUT I NEED MY NUROFEN!"  If that's you, fine, but again, this is about educating the public.  Sooo many people, myself included, didn't even realize how many products contained the very-addictive codeine.  What this means for me is if one of my kids (or I!) have an injury, I'm going to opt for other painkillers WITHOUT codeine.  How is that hurting a huge demographic of people!?  It's not.  It's EDUCATING them.  There is a difference . sigh.


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Feb. 4th, 2017 08:45 pm (UTC)
Wow -- that sounds like a wonderful reading! :)
Feb. 5th, 2017 09:51 am (UTC)
That does sound like a really good reading! I'm glad you got so much guidance from it, and I hope it helps inform your decisions. I've been meaning to find a good spiritual advisor around here.
That sounds like an interesting documentary, and I totally agree with you. I think pharmaceuticals can and do help a lot of people, but there are a lot of other options that could be tried first sometimes. Popping a pill won't fix all of your problems usually, it's a good idea to try to change your habits and choices that are not helping you, like not getting enough exercise or fresh air or whatever else you could be doing. I also understand where the other people are coming from, and there is obviously a stigma against mental health issues, which is also why people are being over-prescribed medicine which is the problem. The issue is with the health industry I just know that eating better food and getting a lot of fresh air while walking everywhere has done a lot for my mental health.
Feb. 5th, 2017 12:19 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, getting a reading from a person who can talk with angels? This is so interesting.
I went to a very dark phase in my life not long ago and a friend told me, angels are always with us, we should just ask for them to help us. So I started to pray and talk to them and slowly it got better. So I strongly believe in angels and positive spirits. :)
Feb. 7th, 2017 10:36 pm (UTC)
I believe in them too but honestly, there are times when I have my doubts. Something awful happens and I just want to scream "why did you leave me!?" When in reality, I know they are there. It's about belief.
Feb. 11th, 2017 11:55 am (UTC)
I have those moments, too. Sometimes lifes gets hard and you sit there and you start doubting. But I strongly believe that the angels are there for us in those moments as well. They won't leave us, not even in those times.
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