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How do you decide which healing methods to use? I'm not talking about for individual things like a wart or an eye infection. I mean, what if you have multiple things going on that may or may not be connected?<br><br>
We are not a well family. Every one of us has things going on from asthma to allergies to PCOS to ADHD with lots of other stuff thrown in for good luck (even both cats have issues!). None of it is life-threatening (other than the asthma if we're not careful I suppose) but it all adds up. It's a lot and it's overwhelming and I'm (literally) sick of it. We're dealing with the latest round of colds and ear infections at the moment.<br><br>
So, I want my family to be well but I just don't know where to start. I've been given some good advice by MDC mamas regarding individual ailments which we have incorporated into our routine but what about the big picture? How do you pick between homeopathics, herbals, vitamins, acupuncture, chiropractic etc, etc, etc?<br><br>
I research and research but it never seems to get me anywhere (I'm the one with ADHD so I'm sure that complicates things). Plus, I have a real life I need to deal with. How do you strike a balance? I'm not looking for a magic pill that will cure all that ails us - I just want to start my family on the road to wellness without spending 24 hours a day trying to figure this all out.<br><br>
How do you guys do it? Is there something I'm missing? I feel like that a lot lately. Like when the manuals for life were handed out, I was looking out the window at a pretty butterfly.
 

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I don't have an answer but I would love one as I struggle with this as well.
 

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I would pick whatever seems most likely to work for the largest number of issues, and factor in cost and ease of implementation. That's probably not much help, though.<br><br>
I would like to recommend a diet that might help with many of your issues, as ADHA, asthma, and allergies can all have a connection in reactions to food chemicals. There's a diet for it called the Failsafe diet. Basically you do the elimination diet for about 4 weeks and that should give you a really good idea of whether or not food chemicals (even natural ones) and food additives are affecting you. Here's a couple of websites that discuss this:<br><a href="http://www.fedupwithfoodadditives.info" target="_blank">www.fedupwithfoodadditives.info</a><br><a href="http://www.plantpoisonsandrottenstuff.com" target="_blank">www.plantpoisonsandrottenstuff.com</a><br><br>
After months and months of trying to figure out what on earth was causing my DD's eczema (it persisted even after I'd eliminated all her food allergens), I've found the answer in this diet.<br><br>
HTH...feel free to PM me if you want more information.
 

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If I were you I would start with at the same place I would start with no matter what the problem is - nutrition!<br><br>
By changing your nutrition you will start the healing process for each one of you.<br><br>
Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.
 

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Thanks for the replys everyone!<br><br>
I was so frustrated and upset with how things are going with my family, sorry if I came off as needy and whiney. I've been up most of the last few nights with my 5 month old who sounds like he is trying to hack up a lung at times and it has sent my anxiety into overdrive.<br><br>
I was in such a tizzy that I didn't think to start with the most basic remedy of all - nutrition! The ironic thing, is that with our older child, we used to be fairly strict about what he ate as far as sugar, no junk etc. but with the stress of the new baby and under pressure from family and friends we have loosened up. It makes me sick to think that my instincts knew the right thing to do and I ignored them.<br><br>
caedmyn - that fed up with food additives website is amazing and shocking at the same time. It was like reading about my family. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: Just out of curiosity I Googled the ingredients of one of my son's meds because I have always suspected that that medication is one of the sources of our problems and sure enough, there is sodium benzoate <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: . I didn't even need to go to the website for the drug to find that out, the word benzoate came up in the little blurb in my Google search. I have a feeling I will be doing a lot of research on this topic for the next few days.<br><br>
It's really frightening to me that you can think you are helping your child by treating their illness, and maybe the medication itself actually is helpful but it's other stuff in it that is making them dependent on the med <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
The scary thing is that I knew about the additive thing because my husband is a *major* Jamie Oliver fan (we're talking idol-worship here) and we watched his "School Dinners" show but I never really linked it to what we were eating (which was healthier at the time admittedly).<br><br>
Ok, I've got a good start now and the ADHD part of me is running off in a million directions so I better get reading while everyone in the house is still sleeping!
 
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