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post #61 of 149
I think probably about half of us live within 2 hours of Anchorage. I know there are several up near Fairbanks and a few scattered about, but I think probably half or so are close to Anchorage.

We should know (hopefully) in the next couple of weeks if/when/where we are moving. Andrew went down a couple of days ago and pitched a hissy fit about not having orders.
post #62 of 149
Hello Ladies,
Been on the board for a while, but just realized there is an Alaskan portion
I live in the Willow area. Hubby and I head up a raw milk co-op.
We are working towards being as self sufficient as possible.
We have been married for two years, and I have had 3 miscarriages, so you will often find me over in the TTC threads.
I am beginning the lunaception process tonight, and I am also healing thyroid problems naturaly.
We are members of the Weston A. Price Foundation, and I teach Traditional Foods seminars and cooking classes in our home.
We attend Wasilla Bible Church, and dh works at 3 Rivers Fly and Tackle in Wasilla.
Paula
post #63 of 149
Welcome all the newcomers!

Paula, I'm curious what you do to treat your thyroid naturally (says the girl who still takes Amour every day and is trying to use supplements/herbs to treat her adrenal disaster versus HC therapy).

tallanvor... keeping my fingers crossed for you guys!!!!!! You'll have to let us know as soon as you know something.
post #64 of 149
To heal the Adrenals and Thyroid, I take Maca Root and Ioderal.
And I eat a traditional diet.
Never just stop taking Armour. One should begin treating the adrenals and supplimenting the thyroid with Iodine (Ioderal only) and get frequent panels done, so that the Armour levels can be adjusted by a dr.
I have never taken prescriptions.

The only way for the Thyroid to begin to heal, is if the Adrenal Cortex is in proper working order.

Are you familiar with Nourishing Traditions and WAPF (www.westonaprice.org?)

Paula
post #65 of 149
Oooh, that's interesting about the thyroid. I have been feeling for awhile that mine is off and I did have it tested, but while the doc said it was on the higher side, he said it wasn't high enough to treat. And I, unfortunately, being military and having no money, don't really have the option so much of a second opinion. Would rather do things naturally anyway.


Your raw milk co-op -- any cow's milk or is it all goats? If we stay in the area we would like to get raw milk again (our dairy closed recently).
post #66 of 149
Its cows milk. Where do you live? I make two drops in Wasilla, and then bring the rest home. Those are picked up here.
Depending on where you live, I can take you, or give you a contact closer to you. This farmer has co-ops all over the place, including Anchorage.
Milk is $5 per gallon, and cream is $5 per quart.
The cream is so thick , you can barely pour it from the jar, and you get 3 cups of butter and 1 cup of buttermilk per quart.
Paula
PS I have lots of info on thyroid stuff....
post #67 of 149
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Georganne, my son wouldn't do well being away from us for that long, and we really don't know anyone in Delta that we'd be comfortable leaving him with for more than an hour or so.

icequeen_in_ak, when i gave birth in '06, delivery was in a separate room. if this has changed since, fantastic. i want our son with us as long as possible. i'm just at a loss as to what to do. it's hard not having any friends up here.
That's a bonus for homebirth. I think older siblings do much better if they get to be involved and not "abandoned" when you go to the hospital then "replaced" when you come home. You could hire a doula to take turns with your hubby. He'll be glad for the breaks, believe me! Or bring a babysitter to the hospital to walk around with him and pop in and out. I think it's really sweet to have little kids around in labor. They have such great juju...they will come up and stroke you, and I find them very calming to have around....at least until you get into transition.
post #68 of 149
Paula, first of all s I had 3 miscarriages in my first two years of marriage too. It's a really rough way to start off. We did finally get our miracle baby Samuel just after our 3rd anniversary. I hope your story goes as happily.

I'm curious about the maca for thyroid treatment...is that for hypo- or hyper- thyroid? or is it one of those marvelous things that works to help either way? My mother has hypo- so I figure I should be vigilant about mine (regular testing etc) I had actually recently gotten some maca with the hope to help my totally dead libido...but if it'll help keep my thyroid healthy I'll have to be a little more faithful with it
post #69 of 149
Maca is for the Adrenal cortex, which in turn, when working properly, causes the thyroid to function properly.
I can get you all kinds of healing the endocrine system naturaly stuff if you like.
Need to get breakfast, and pack a lunch and dinner for hubby first.
PM me if you think this would be easier off board. We can use email.
Paula
FYI A dead libido is a very serious sign the adrenals and thyroid are not functioning well.
Thats why the stuff works.
post #70 of 149
Oh neat, PaulaJoAnne, you have so many wonderful goals and perspectives. I am a member of the Valley Church of Christ (between Knik and Higher Road on the Parks Hywy). My mom has been struggling with thyroid issues and infertility for years (after she had my brother and I in her early 20s). Thankfully she was able to regulate her thyroid with medication and God blessed her with two more children! She has since been working to regulate her thyroid more naturally under the guidance of a wonderful, naturally minded doctor.

We belong to a milk share out of Palmer that unfortunately has been downsizing recently. If we ever loose our source of fresh raw milk, I'll have to find out more about where you get yours. I participated in a CSA out of Palmer and got fresh, local veggies every week all summer (currently, my husband and I live in a small apartment--our indoor potted vegetables didn't perform well this year ). We also are a part of an organic co-op based in Anchorage that comes from a farm in Oregon called AzureStandard. Once a month a shipment of food is barged in (for just pennies per pound) with frozen organic meats, boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables, and all kinds of other useful things.

I love your goal of living self sufficiently. This summer with the gas prices so high, I wondered at the possibility of the trucks not running anymore. We, in Alaska, would be in serious trouble quickly as almost everything use for our health and sustanance comes from thousands of miles away. It's a lot of work, but I think it's a good way to live. We aren't quite there yet. I think a large requirement is owning a piece of land, at least. Some place where bees, chickens, and gardens can grow. But these are mostly just dreams for me right now.
post #71 of 149
Paula,
Thanks for the site. I will check it out. I know my adrenal function is in the toilet It has been for years and years. I feel like I have so many things wrong with me right now, that I spend most of my time trying to treat the most distressing one (currently my fibromyalgia flare)

I'd love to pick your brain about hypo-thyroid, adrenal distress and fibro (as I think all 3 have a strong connection).
post #72 of 149
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Paula,
Thanks for the site. I will check it out. I know my adrenal function is in the toilet It has been for years and years. I feel like I have so many things wrong with me right now, that I spend most of my time trying to treat the most distressing one (currently my fibromyalgia flare)

I'd love to pick your brain about hypo-thyroid, adrenal distress and fibro (as I think all 3 have a strong connection).
You are welcome to pick away. Did you know that fibromyalgia is just your bodies way of telling you all your hormones are off? Plus, you may have a real bad candida problem, hidden or not....
Want to get together sometime?
We only have one vehicle right now, so I do not get to town except on milk days and for church, but if you are able to, I would love to have you over.
We live just up the Parks highway, about 20 minutes out of town.
PM me for directions if you like.

Paula
post #73 of 149
[QUOTE=JosieAK;12823534]

We belong to a milk share out of Palmer that unfortunately has been downsizing recently. If we ever loose our source of fresh raw milk, I'll have to find out more about where you get yours. I participated in a CSA out of Palmer and got fresh, local veggies every week all summer (currently, my husband and I live in a small apartment--our indoor potted vegetables didn't perform well this year ). We also are a part of an organic co-op based in Anchorage that comes from a farm in Oregon called AzureStandard. Once a month a shipment of food is barged in (for just pennies per pound) with frozen organic meats, boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables, and all kinds of other useful things.QUOTE]

Josie,
I had heard from a friend that he had to put down a cow.
I had tried to get in on an Azure co-op, and the lady turned me down. Said it was just for her friends
Do you think you are saving money going this route? Have you done a cost comparison?
I have lots of their materials, but I've never taken the time to compare.
We tried Full Circle farms just once, and canceled them right away.
Not worth it!
Want to get together sometime?
PM me!
Paula
post #74 of 149
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That's a bonus for homebirth. I think older siblings do much better if they get to be involved and not "abandoned" when you go to the hospital then "replaced" when you come home. You could hire a doula to take turns with your hubby. He'll be glad for the breaks, believe me! Or bring a babysitter to the hospital to walk around with him and pop in and out. I think it's really sweet to have little kids around in labor. They have such great juju...they will come up and stroke you, and I find them very calming to have around....at least until you get into transition.
Hubby wants nothing to do with talk of a homebirth. I tried, and it's just not going to happen. I've accepted that. I'd love for JR to still be at the hospital with us when I labor/deliver, and not just dropped at someone's house, so we'll see if I can find a way to make that happen. He's so compassionate; he seems very in tune with how I'm doing, and often asks me "you ok?" and gives little hugs when he can tell that I'm not.

I haven't called Fbx Memorial to be sure, but does anyone know if I can indeed deliver in the same room I labor in there? I wound up with a c-section with JR, so was in surgery and therefore don't know.
post #75 of 149
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I haven't called Fbx Memorial to be sure, but does anyone know if I can indeed deliver in the same room I labor in there? I wound up with a c-section with JR, so was in surgery and therefore don't know.
yep, unless you need a c/s or there is some big emergency it's all done in the same room.
post #76 of 149
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OMG! What a glorious birth! 12 pounds is freaken amazing and I am totally stoked for you! Can I borrow your post to share with my VBAC friends whom are scared to death of the "big baby"????

You totally rock!
thanks everyone!

sure Tammy, that's fine. I have to say, if I knew that she was going to be that big I would have been terrified too, lol. all hail the glorious pelvis

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Claire, I'm doubly excited because I know both of the midwives who attended your birth! Congratulations. I didn't know it was you, but I had heard about the Mama that was hoping for Susie to get-well-soon so that she could attend her birth. I'm so glad that everything went well. Susan Terwilliger is my midwife too, and I interviewed Chinmayo when making the midwife decision. Enjoy your sweet little one! The 7th is my little brother's birthday (and, of course, Pearl Harbor Day), so when you were birthing a baby, I was at a Private Eye/Spy themed birthday party.
oh how funny, Susie was just here for the 2 week visit and she mentioned that a client of hers had heard about Rowan's birth- she must have meant you I'm part Japanese so my mom was cracking jokes about "dropping" a japanese baby on Pearl Harbor day.
post #77 of 149
Interesting Ds had a big problem w/candida and Avante didn't even catch it. I was pretty surprised, in retrospect. Once we were able to bring that issue under control, it helped in many other areas. Pretty frightening how much of one's life it can affect.

Boy, I wish we had easy access to raw milk in Anchorage. I just can't swing a drive out to the valley. Heck, I can't even manage East Anch.

Happy Friday, Ladies Hope everyone is enjoying the seasonal count down :
post #78 of 149
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thanks everyone!

sure Tammy, that's fine. I have to say, if I knew that she was going to be that big I would have been terrified too, lol. all hail the glorious pelvis



oh how funny, Susie was just here for the 2 week visit and she mentioned that a client of hers had heard about Rowan's birth- she must have meant you I'm part Japanese so my mom was cracking jokes about "dropping" a japanese baby on Pearl Harbor day.
: that IS pretty funny..

Is Bristol Palin due tomorrow? Someone on another thread thought so..
post #79 of 149
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Is Bristol Palin due tomorrow? Someone on another thread thought so..
yes, she is
post #80 of 149
Interesting news about Bristol Palin's MIL or, er, her baby's grandmother. Good response from the Gov's office ;ie. it's not State news so
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