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The Story Behind the Common Sense Health E-book

In “Common Sense Health: Detox, Diet and Physical Activities“, I’ve shared ideas for things you can do to remove toxins from your life (Detox); strategies for simple, healthy eating (Diet); and physical activities beyond exercise that have been used by holistic practitioners, such as oil pulling and barefoot therapy. No big investment or complicated format, just start where you are with what you have.

Common Sense Health ebook

I firmly believe that our bodies are designed to heal themselves, if we just give them the tools to do it. Our modern medical system is amazing for repairing trauma and many other health issues, but we’ve lost track of many “back to basics” things we can do to improve our health.

My Story

Five years ago, I was 30 pounds heavier, depressed, and generally struggling to get through the day. My husband had lost his job of nearly 16 years, and my stress levels had gone through the roof.

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disorder. This meant my body was attacking my own thyroid, causing hypothyroidism. The doctor prescribed Levothyroxin, which I took for a month.

During that time I felt even worse. My joints ached, I couldn’t focus – I was miserable. The doctor’s suggestion was to increase the dosage. I declined, and haven’t been back to see him since. (I did later find a different doctor who was more open minded.)

Since I couldn’t tolerate the drugs, I started making small changes in my diet and lifestyle. Nothing drastic – I didn’t really have a lot of energy to spare. Weight started coming off, and I had more energy. My hair got softer, my skin got smoother.

I did find a doctor who was willing to prescribe natural thyroid medication, but I hope to one day heal my thyroid. In contrast to the “thyroid death sentence” issued by my first doctor, who said it the disease could only get progressively worse, I have found people who have healed Hashi’s through nutrition and lifestyle choices.

The more I learn, the more I realize I’ve barely scratched the surface of natural healing options, but I figure if what I’ve learned has helped me, maybe it can help someone else, too.

Common Sense Health E-book

Common Sense Health E-book is organized in three sections:  Detox, Diet and Physical Activities. I start with detoxing because it’s really tough to heal your body unless you get rid of whatever’s causing problems in the first place.

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Detox topics include:

  • Air
  • Water
  • Personal Care and Cleaning Products
  • Pest Control Inside and Out
  • Food

In the Diet section, I discuss the big problems with many of our current diet trends, such as low-fat products, heavily processed foods, and GMO consumption, and steer you towards more nutrient dense, healthier options.

Physical Activities include exercise, oil pulling, deep breathing, dry brushing, cold showers, barefoot therapy and practicing gratitude. Some of the material has been covered, in part, on the blog, but the book has given me the opportunity to update and add additional information.

Still not sure? You can download a free chapter here and take a peek. 

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Common Sense Health e-book

I think one of the most important things we need to remind ourselves is that our health problems (usually) didn’t just appear overnight, so we shouldn’t expect them to disappear immediately, either.

With patience and small, manageable changes, you will see a difference over time, and help your body do what it was designed to do. Take the best that modern and traditional medicine have to offer and find what works for you.

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  1. I wish I found your website 2 years ago when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I gained more than 50 lbs in less than a year and ended up in ER with my body completely puffed up, brain fog, swelling of the tongue to the point I couldn’t talk and slept 15+ hours a day. Was unemployed at the time and had no health insurance otherwise I would have gone to drs. sooner. I am on Levothyroxin now and want to get off it. My dr also told me that the thyroid was basically dead & I’ll have to be on pills for the rest of my life . I’ve changed my eating habits to include lots more vegetables (organic only) and eat almost no meat or processed foods. Dr. put me on statin drugs for cholesterol though before the diabetes diagnosis, it was considered NORMAL, but he stated it’s a different range for ‘normal’ when you’re diabetic. The same Dr. last year had stated I’ve crossed the line to diabetes, and though I’m not on medication for it, he put me on blood pressure pills in January (my BP was on the high end of NORMAL — not high. ) In the past month my tongue started swelling again and my allergist stated that it was the BP medicine causing it. I’m now off the statin and BP meds and want to detox. I read a book last year stating even if you just do diet and exercise recommended by drs, you’ll still end up with Type 2 diabetes and need medications. The book suggest vegan diet, and the friend who gave it to me said he only eats vegan 2-3x a week now, the weight is off and he’s not diabetic…self cured. I need to find a good holistic doctor to work with me.

    I’ve been organic on this 1/2 acre for 10 years now.

  2. I don’t have a kindle or any other book reading machine…..well except the computer. How do I get a copy of your book? If it is only in E-print?
    Thank you,

    1. You can read the book on the computer just fine – it’s a pdf file. I read e-books that way for years before I finally bought a kindle. Since it’s my first book and a fairly light read (<100 pages), it's not worth the expense of paper publishing, although you could print it out, if needed. My goal for 2013 is to prep the next one (Common Sense Preparedness) to have ready to pitch to a published by the end of the year.

  3. I too have hashimoto’s and have had some success with diet, but would love to add essential oils and also read your e-book to see what else I can do. Thanks for a great site with so much helpful information.

  4. I’d Love To Learn Everything You Have To Offer! However, I have to take Coumadin for the rest of my life and need to learn more about the Herbal, Essential Oils and Alternative Medicines I can use while being on Coumadin as there are so many things that I have read that shouldn’t be taken and/or used while on Coumadin. I DESPERATELY NEED HELP WITH THIS SUBJECT!

  5. I somehow missed this…glad you reposted about it today! I am so interested in what you’ve researched. I’d love to know more about dry brushing and I’ve always been a barefoot kid and now that we are in the country I find myself going without my flip flops all the time…I always tell myself I’m earthing thanks to you!!!

  6. Have been learning about & using EO’s! Love them so far! Would love to read more about natural products! Thank you

  7. I’d like to learn more about natural ways to reduce muscle pain & fatigue. I have chronic pain from old injuries & fatigue. Both are exacerbated by Lyme Disease.

  8. Your story is much like mine except mine has to do with Fibromyalgia. I don’t tolerate drugs well so the more natural I go the better I feel. The more Ive learned the more blessed I feel that I didn’t tolerate the drugs.

  9. Love the idea “Common Sense Health”. Seems to be a huge, rarely spoke of, missing piece of the health/real food choice. With such conflicting information out there, & how important balance is, this “little” idea is significant. (In my opinion, anyway. πŸ˜‰ ) Just found you through Kitchen Stewardship & looking forward to reading your book!

  10. Sometimes all the information on natural wellness/health/real food etc is so overwhelming! It makes one feel like it’s impossible to be “good enough.” I have been trying to take baby steps, use common sense, keep an open mind, and improve my health without stressing about it. This looks like a great ebook. I would love to win a copy! Thanks!

  11. I am interested in learning more about how the different vitamins and minerals in food are best absorbed. For instance, some need fat to absorb or are best absorbed when paired with another nutrient and I’ve heard calcium inhibits iron from being absorbed. Best foods and food combinations for increasing particular vitamin and mineral levels in the body. Hope this makes some sense! πŸ™‚

  12. I’m brand new to your site… would LOVE to win this book!
    Just starting on a REAL FOOD journey.
    thanks for sharing!

  13. I’m intrigued by more information on dry brushing and cold showers. I’ve always been of the mindset that the best, most comforting shower is a scalding shower (I know, I know). Curious to find other information…

  14. I’d like to learn more about season allergies for my poor husband whose sneezing is honestly atrocious at times!

  15. Common Sense??? Just asked my parents what is GMO–both of them are farmers’ kids–and they had NOOOOO idea. Wow! They say they have “common sense” and city people don’t. As my father had a container of RoundUp in his hands…have to kill those dandelions. It’s done. Stupidity is rewarded. Common sense is penalized.

  16. I would like to know more about barefoot therapy–“Earthing.” Sounds super interesting and may be something we really need to focus on. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  17. I too have had thyroid issues for most of my life. No doctor would diagnose since blood levels were normal. Unfortunately, I developed thyroid cancer after my first pregnancy, so now I don’t have my thyroid. Levothyroxine has worked fine for me so far, but I sure wish I had changed my lifestyle and eating habits before I was forced too…I’m sure I could have healed it naturally! You live and learn I guess! Your book looks like a great resource…would love to know more about oil pulling and if it could help sensitive teeth.

  18. I’d like to know more about eczema and joint health…my son is struggling with horrible eczema right now and my boyfriend having joint pain.

  19. I’m nearing peri-menopause and would like to learn as much as I can to handle symptoms and changes naturally.

  20. Sounds like we are heading the same direction. Can I walk with you awhile and learn what you have to say with your writings? Then I will process them and use my common sense.

  21. Just found you through Kitchen Stewardship…will be following now. The thing I want to learn is healing my body naturally.

  22. Hi, I am over here from Kitchen Stewardship. I would love to win a copy of your ebook! I looks great!

  23. I am a counselor with a focus on health and total wellness. I try to learn as much as I can about natural healing and prevention so that I can be informed and helpful to others! This ebook sounds like it would be a great resource for me.

  24. I’ve been muddling through “natural” and “organic” for a couple years. So much information to take in and decide what to follow through on and what’s just crazy. It’s enough to make my brain hurt. I love the sounds of “Common Sense Health” and would love to win a copy.

  25. I’m interested in learning more about GMO’s, and just being healthier without chemicals and medicines.

  26. I find I can not take most medications doctors prescribe. I would love to learn more about how to heal my body naturally. I found you through Kitchen Stewardship.

    1. Oops, just saw that I was supposed to comment with something I want to learn more about. Probably the biggest is healing various health issues through nutrition.

  27. Your sentence, which includes this quote ” our bodies are designed to heal themselves, if we just give them the tools to do it.”, is what I am looking to discover. I’m 60 yrs. young, but due to the advances of age, I need some tools to help put the word “young” back into my achy joints, dull hair and skin tone, etc. I plan on being around another 30 or 40 yrs,. so it sure would be nice to live without all these creaks and groans whenever I stand up! LOL Also, with allergies to most medications (dealt with that issue most of my life), I really would like to learn more ways to treat myself as needed in a Natural way than to just cross my fingers and pray that I won’t be so sick that I can’t just “ride” it out. Rather debilitating at times, believe me!

    1. Amen, Kathy! I don’t want to be a supermodel, I just want to be able to move without pain and get done what I need to do in a day. I “fell off the wagon” for a bit this spring and stopped following my own advice, and I could really feel the difference. Back to better habits again, and my body is responding in kind.

  28. I’m on a personal health journey…while I haven’t seen huge results for myself, I see them in my husband and boys. I’m always looking to see what else I can learn!

  29. I am currently trying to learn more about helping my body to heal itself through using whole foods. Sometimes it seems like such a daunting task…there’s so much information out there! But I am enjoying the journey! I’d love to win a copy of your book. Thanks!

  30. I have been on a personal journey of my own where I have been trying to figure out what is true and what is bogus when it comes to health. I do not believe the government knows what is best for my health. I would really like to know the TRUTH about what is healthy and what isn’t. I don’t think it’s a one size fits all type of thing. Everyone’s body is different.

  31. Hi, im trying to order your ebook “Common Sense Health”. It says discount is available until June 25, yet wont accept it – says code has expired. Could you please let me know what to do to order this with the discount, thanks,
    Carol Marie πŸ˜€
    Ps, i have Fibro, Chronic Fatigue, and Menieres Disease. They way you described how you feel/felt, is exactly like me! Some days i cant do anything! Im really looking fwd to your book. I need something that takes its time, as my ‘brain’ even exhausts me if i have to concentrate too hard at one time…like this email…lol (and i have the ‘daydreamer’ form of ADD – makes life VERY difficult). But im a very creative type, so WANT TO be busy etc. I hope your book helps me. Im not a good “eater” so im sure your book will help, plus im very much into providing as much for my family as i can, and want TO teach my children the same. πŸ˜‰ Thanks again and have an awesome day!

  32. August doesn’t look like he has changed! Neither do you!! I’ve never checked out your site. Can’t wait to look it over. I guess I’ve been too busy.

    Mary (Stasik) Peters

    1. Mary! I can’t believe you’ve never stopped by for a visit. I hope you’ll enjoy having a look around. Maybe we can get together for a visit the summer sometime before all the kids are grown. πŸ™‚