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I’m a strong believer that things in life, however you want to define them, happen for us instead of to us.

But it can be hard to keep this in perspective when you’re in the midst of dealing with chronic illness. The “Why me’s?” might even start to creep in.

A lot of your focus and energy is spent on how to make the pain and suffering go away… and you begin to wonder if you’re ever going to feel “normal” again. And there are only so many setbacks you think you can endure.

But it’s simply amazing what you can do when you make your mind up isn’t it?

And that’s why I’m so excited to share Derek’s story with you today, as his mom, Kathy, graciously emailed us.

It’s a shining example of choosing health… and deciding to have that “never-give-up” mindset Jordan and Steve talk about so much throughout the blog.

As Kathy chronicles for you, unfortunately Derek had become another victim of the current medical system… on a downward health spiral of misdiagnoses and medications…

And while some of the pieces of the puzzle were beginning to show up, the setbacks and disappointments were beginning to take their toll. [click to continue…]

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How long did you struggle with your digestive pain? Did it feel like a black cloud was following you everywhere you went?

Because that’s how my life felt, as I struggled with Celiac disease. Honestly, battling this illness for the better part of a decade was mentally and physically draining. I made a lot of mistakes and sometimes didn’t know if I’d ever get better.

I got really good at doing one thing that really made a difference, though. Sure, all of the diet, supplements and lifestyle changes were absolutely vital to my recovery, but it was pain that got me through and out the other side. I got really good at using my pain to push me through all the tough times.

I’m so grateful now to be able to say that my gut is healed and more and more time has passed since I had agonizing diarrhea 10-15 times per day. But I’ve got to say, the memory of that pain is still right there. It keeps me focused on continuously taking care of my body, so I can be the best father, friend and health engineer I can be. And every once in a while we get an email, seemingly from out of nowhere, from someone who is totally on the same wavelength.

With that said, I’d like to introduce you to Nina, who fought her way through diagnoses of Ulcerative Colitis AND Celiac Disease.

Her story is filled with inspiration because she never gave up…

And now her life is completely different.

Read on to learn what it took for Nina to heal and feel better than she ever thought she could. [click to continue…]

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“Fire Cider is like a large bear on a cold winter night – A large bear that mauls what ails you!” – Shire City Herbals

It was right after Christmas… and I started to feel off.

You know how it starts – a slightly sore throat, low energy, achy muscles… I decided it was time to ramp up my preventative care, similar to Steve’s Natural Cold and Flu protocol.

So, that’s what I did.

On top of that, I pulled out other common tools, including herbal teas, raw honey, supplements and essential oils.

However, it didn’t seem to matter what I threw at this thing… none of it was helping this time.

It just got away from me and…

Whatever It Was Hit Me Like a Freight Train

I developed full-blown body aches, started sneezing my head off, and my nose began to run like a faucet.

As Sunday unfolded, I became lightheaded and dizzy, weak and hurting all over, and my brain was beyond fuzzy…

I knew I needed my rest, but there’s only so much laying around on the couch watching Netflix one can take, and I knew I needed to do something different or risk getting worse.

I decided a trip to the local health store was in order… [click to continue…]

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I was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition called vitiligo. When my doctor prescribed a cream that treats the condition by suppressing the immune system AND carries a warning for leukemia, I decided it was time to take my health into my own hands.

If you’re just getting started on this journey, I suggest starting where I did – with some free info from Steve and Jordan. This article helped me understand that it wasn’t any one thing, but likely a combination of my genetics, my gut health, and my environment, that had caused autoimmunity to develop in my body.

I can’t do much about my genetics (thanks Mom and Dad!) but tackling the health of my gut and my environment are both in my control…

Which is why I’ve spent the last several years focusing on improving my diet and healing my gut using diet and some key supplements. I also realized that getting good quality sleep has also been critical to healing my body.

However, in the Last Year, My Sleep Quality Began to Decline

That’s when I started rotating my mattress and turned to some other fixes: sleep masks, blue light-blocking glasses, oil diffusing, nighttime baths, and a strict sleep schedule. Despite all my best efforts, though, I was tossing and turning and waking up bleary-eyed when my alarm went off.

A few months ago, I knew… it was officially time to buy a new mattress and get back the rest I needed to continue healing. [click to continue…]

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If I’m completely honest with you, despite knowing there’s no such thing as a miracle pill…

I’m still always on a crusade to find one.

I think it’s a natural urge for all of us who really want amazing health, energy, and vitality to be on this quest for what I call ‘The Holy Grail of Health Products.’

For me, ‘The Holy Grail’ is a natural product that can solve many problems and does so equal to or better than the leading stand-alone product for that issue.

I’ve been constantly disappointed over the years.

That is until Frankincense Essential Oil recently saved me from the worst upper respiratory infection I’ve ever experienced!

I never get sick. My immune system is extremely balanced due to following the Solving Leaky Gut protocol. It’s like I’m surrounded by a protective force field. I never catch what’s “going around.”

Until I did.

And because I’m not used to being sick, my world crashed around me when it happened.

I Thought I Was Dying

I tried every natural cold remedy out there. Nothing was working.

After 7 days of no sleep and seemingly getting worse, I started to consider taking antibiotics… something that I really didn’t want to do.

My fever got so high that I think I was hallucinating…

And all of a sudden it came to me… Frankincense. [click to continue…]

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