The Modern Revolution Will Be Blogged

Welcome to the Modern Revolution.

It starts now.

With us.

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It’s Time To Change Some Things.

Big Pharma failed us.

Factory farming failed us.

Our dominant health-care system is now a sick-care system.

Let’s build new ways of taking care of each other.

We can do better.

We Want Farms, Not Pharma.

 

We Want Water, Not Diabetes.

We want food to be produced in cleaner, healthier ways. We think that farms should not be factories. We believe so much we now have 4 chickens in our backyard. We made this video to teach how a chicken lays an egg and created the site: CanYouHaveChickensinTheCity.com  as a resource to others who might want to have their own birds laying fresh orgainic eggs right outside their back door.

We believe that small businesses are the future of business. Why support institutions when you can support people. We have 5 kids and a big extended family, and so we have a baby clothes store.

We’ve four daughters, so we run an online store for women called Your Weekend Wardrobe.

I love crossfit and we are strong believers in physical fitness. We made this video to show wheat CrossFit taught us.

Since the family is all athletic to one degree or another, so we included an online store for athletic clothes as well.

We have a lot to say. And a lot to do.

Come join us.

Let’s Get to Work.

The English Cream Golden Retriever Gus

The Modern Revolution is about the drastic need we have in this country to change how we grow food, prepare food and take care of our bodies.

 

But nourishing our physician bodies sits within larger context of health and wellness context. The heart, spirit and mind need attention too. The need to love and be loved in return is central to the human experience. Our pets (we have 2 turtle as well – including Instagram Famous ElChapoTheTurtle – who we will talk about on Sundays).

 

And so, every Saturday, I am going to briefly tell you about our English Cream Golden Retrievers named Gus and his brother Winston. 

This is Chapter 1.

Before Gus and Winston we purchased a Saint Bernard and named him Olympus. This extraordinarily cute dog came to us via an unknown breeder who we foolishly met in parking lot of a local Mexican Restaurant. I am not an experienced dog owner, but what few dogs I have had in my life came to me via people who loved dogs.

This is Olympus.

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I did not think anyone could be in the puppy business without a pure heart.

Gus came with full blown Parvo. He was a lethargic from the moment we received him. Chalked up to the change in environment, we fully expected a vibrant puppy to emerge. Sadly, our family spent 10 days fighting to keep him alive as he deeply suffered the ravishing effects of the Parvo virus.

At the end, it was he and I on my bathroom floor of a tiny house in Central Phoenix. He died right in front of me, his body releasing with life it had in a difficult to watch conclusion of a very short life.

I describe this experience in more detail at my Podcast: Puppy Love.

The hole Olympus left is permanent. The experience’s scar won’t fade. We are grateful for the short time nonetheless.

We found a Gus and Winston through a family that truly loved their puppies and the care was similar to the greatest spas in the world. They opened the garage to introduce us to the litter and there has never been a Disney scene that could rival the cuteness of 10 Golden Retriever puppies ferociously licking and tackling us.

We went up to find a single puppy.

We came home with two.

This is Gus and brother Winston.

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The story began this way. I will tell you of our lessons Gus and Winston teach us, the love they amplify in our family and tales of how we manage to keep 5 children, two turtles, and four chickens nourished in all their various and demanding needs.
We do our best.

You can read about Gus and his brother Winston every Saturday on this blog who’s intent is to change the world. Ambitious? We are not afraid and we stick together.

Join us and bring your loved ones.

Should you need a leash or some running gear, we opened a store to help keep all of us in organic dog food, the cleanest turtle fare and chicken feed that gives way to pure, delicious eggs right from our backyard. Please visit AWellRunLifeGear.com

The Modern Revolution’s Founder

I founded a health and wellness company called A Well Run Life and started The Modern Revolution as a way to

contribute to

encourage

be a part of

the growing number of initiatives, ideas, experiments in the world rejecting the dominant, current way of caring for our bodies that has led to lifestyle diseases becoming so pervasive. I don’t want us to squander all the amazing advancements in agriculture and medicine and self-care by quietly allowing the

cheap

disease causing

poisoning

ways of delivering food and medicine to be further entrenched by those more concerned with profit than health. Never before in history have we had such a tremendous opportunity to teach other about how to raise food properly, cure illness without damaging the body, and create communities that produce the most delicious meals and healthiest lives.

I want to be a part of something important.

We need a modern revolution to employ all the knowledge and wisdom platforms such as these can so easily bring together.

 

Our English Cream Golden Retrievers: Gus and Winston

Last year, we lost a little St. Bernard puppy name Olympus 10 days after we got him – to the Parvo Virus.

He died right in front of me. I was heart broken.

I wrote about Oly in a Podcast called Puppy Love, you can find it here.

But, today isn’t for sad stories.

Today I want to introduce you to our 2 English Cream Golden Retrievers: Gus and Winston.

They have been healing, joy-producing and given us great belly laughs. It’s well documented and known, but let me add my voice to those who speak of the healing power of pets.

We love them.

They love us.

Like having our 5 children, it is hard to imagine life without them. I am going to tell you about them from time to time. They crack us up. Maybe they will crack you up too.

Should you be interested, you can follow their pictures on Instagram here.

Naturopathic Medical Principles in The Modern Health Care Revolution

We believe that the current, dominate health-care system has become a sick-care system.

However, there is a very bright shining light in the current health care landscape: Naturopathic Medicine.

Naturopathic Medicine defines itself with very specific principles. Treating the root causes of illness, rather than masking their symptoms is paramount to the entire philosophy. As I am sure you have heard, there have been cultures whose doctors were to teach you how to stay healthy. Those doctors were paid when the people in their care remained healthy rather when the slipped from the state of health in to a state of disease.

The Modern Revolution wants you out of the current health care system all together. But, should you fall ill, we want you to seek out a naturopathic physician.

Naturopathic Medicine follows these natural laws:

The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.

Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam): The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere): Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:

Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat; Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process.

Doctor as Teacher (Docere): Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.

Treat the Whole Person: Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.

Prevention: Naturopathic physicians emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.

Our Medical Director (and my fiancé) is Naturopathic physician Dr. Maggie Garvin. Her practice is named On Being Well. Please let me introduce you to her now:

Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism Treatment in Ayurvedic Medicine, Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, and Acupuncture

Thyroid problems are extremely common. In fact, half of all people will experience some type of thyroid problem at some point in life. The most common two forms of thyroid malfunction are hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. In each case, the body isn’t producing the optimal amount of hormones. A part of the endocrine system, the thyroid gland produces hormones responsible for regulating metabolism, heart function, the digestive system, muscle control, development of the brain and  bones. While mainstream medicine treats thyroid dysfunctions with drugs, other therapies can often successfully restore balance to the thyroid without using synthetic medications or resorting to surgery.

Hyperthyroidism is one of the most common thyroid problems. It involves overproduction of hormones, and results in symptoms that include sudden loss of weight, fast heartbeat, profuse sweating and emotional disturbances, including mood swings. One of the most common causes of hyperthyroidism is called Grave’s Disease. This is a autoimmune disorder in which the immune system begins attacking the thyroid, resulting in too much hormone production.

Hypothyroidism, on the other hand, is the opposite problem. The thyroid is producing fewer hormones than it should. An under-active thyroid causes symptoms like fatigue, sensitivity to cold, constipation, dry skin, weight gain, puffiness in the face, hoarseness, and muscle weakness. Other symptoms can include symptoms that mimic depression, memory problems, and trouble thinking clearly. Many people find that treating hypothyroidism results in an elevated mood.

Thyroid Treatments in Ayurvedic Medicine

Many problems with the thyroid are addressed in ayurvedic medicine by avoiding foods that are heavy and/or sour, and by eating foods like rice (specifically old rice), cucumber, sugar water, and barley. Dr. Sandeep Krishna says that three types of yoga can also helpful: pranayama, matsyasana, and halasana. He also recommends dandelion leaves and flax seeds for hyperthyroidism. For hypothyroidism, he recommends foods naturally high in iodine and avoidance of foods that slow the metabolism further like cabbage, mustard greens, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, and spinach. Charaka, the founder of Ayurvedic Medicine, wrote that goiter only happens to those who don’t drink enough milk.

Thyroid Treatments in Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine views problems with the thyroid in terms of a Yin/Yang imbalance. Complete treatment will typically involve a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and dietary therapy. These treatments work together to restore balance to the imbalanced thyroid. Different herbs are used depending on whether the thyroid is overactive or under-active. According to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, hyperthyroidism is treated with herbs like Rehmannia (shu di huang), Dioscorea (shan yao), and Cornus (shan zhu yu). Kidney Yin Tonic (Liu Wei Di Huang Wan) Liver Cleansing (Zhi Zi Qing Gan Tang) and Heart Yin Tonic (Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan). Hypothyroidism, on the other hand, is treated with cinnamon (rou gui) and Aconite (fu zi), Kidney Yang Tonic (Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan), and formulas like Right Restoration Formula (You Gui Wan).

Treating Thyroid Problems with Acupuncture

Acupuncture can restore balance in the thyroid and its hormone production levels, and help restore healthy energy levels, emotional well-being, and regular menstrual cycles.  Needles are placed on acupuncture points at the ear and at various points throughout the body. The exact placement depends on the root cause of the thyroid imbalance. Because the endocrine system regulates most of the body’s hormones, including the thyroid gland’s hormone production, the solution to rebalancing thyroid production sometimes involves addressing other organs, including the kidneys or the liver. Because the body is a complete system whose parts need to be in harmony with one another, acupuncturists work to restore qi, or life energy, balance throughout the body.

Homeopathic Thyroid Treatments

Homeopathic treatments for thyroid problems vary depending on the symptoms the patient is experiencing.According to Dr. Vikas Sharma, Calcarea Carbonica, Sepia Officinalis, Lycopodium, Graphites and Nux Vomica are the best homeopathic remedies for hypothyroidism. The exact symptoms are person is experiencing help to determine which remedy to use. For those with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, these same treatments may be used, although there is no one go-to remedy for those diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. Treatment will be determined by the presenting symptoms. The most commonly recommended homeopathic treatments for hyperthyroidism are Lodium, Natrum Muriaticum, Lachesis Mutus, Phosphorus, and Conium Maculatum.

While allopathic treatments for thyroid problems generally include drugs and sometimes surgery, natural treatments for hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism work with the body to restore balance without resorting to extreme measures like removing the thyroid. Treatments involving Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, and Homeopathy address the imbalance in more gentle ways, vie encourage the body’s systems to work together to facilitate healing and restore hormonal balance through foods, through natural plant-medicine, and by working with the body’s energy systems. Treating thyroid problems generally results in relief of symptoms and an overall increased sense of well-being.