A Health Disaster Is Personal; Be Prepared
December 23, 2013 by Peggy Layton
All the physical preps in the world wonâ€™t save you if you get a serious illness such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease. Unless you have a good insurance plan, you will be on your own. One surgery and hospital stay can cost the equivalent of an entire lifetime of savings for the average person. Medicare even requires supplemental insurance to pay the high cost of most procedures. So it’s best to take good care of yourself and to make sure you store whatever supplements and healthy food you need in case of an emergency situation.
My husband and I are both self-employed, so we had to seek individual insurance. Unfortunately, I had gestational diabetes 22 years ago while I was pregnant. Because it was recorded on my records with my medical doctor and even though it went away after I had the baby, every time I applied for insurance I was denied. My husband had a growth on his ear that he had removed and it was cancerous, therefore he was not eligible for insurance either.
We raised seven children without insurance and have always looked for alternative ways to stay healthy to keep us from landing in the hospital with something serious. When we were raising our children, we did go to the doctor and hospital for broken bones or other issues. We paid out of pocket for our medical bills, usually receiving some sort of discount for self-pay.
My husband and I have had a passion for prepping for most of our married lives. We grow our own organic vegetables and fruits in our backyard garden and maintain a year-round growing-dome greenhouse. We have a root cellar to keep our winter vegetables in cold storage. I bottle or dehydrate my excess produce to make sure I get organic food in the winter as well, and we live a self-sufficient lifestyle year-round. I have been faithful to my healthy lifestyle by not smoking, not drinking alcohol or soda, and not eating sugar, white flour or anything packaged. Because I am very conscious of eating well and taking care of myself, I was not prepared for the looming disaster that I faced with my health these past few years.
It all started about 2 1/2 years ago when I found out I had type-2 diabetes, which runs in my family. I also found out I had adrenal fatigue, and my heart would race at random for no reason. Then a year ago, a monkey bit me at an eco park in Honduras; the doctor on our cruise ship sent me home to receive a series of rabies shots. This was a frightening ordeal because the doctor said I could possibly die, which caused me a lot of stress. The stress from the monkey bite and some emotional upsets in my life, combined with several of my friends and business associates passing away this past year, caused more stress than I could handle, and the diabetes got worse. My doctor gave me a medication to reduce my blood sugar, and it sure did. Five different times my blood sugar plummeted to between 30 and 40. The pills would have killed me before the diabetes would, so I threw the pills away and decided I would deal with it on my own. Because of my inability to get health insurance I have been on a quest to improve my health naturally with diet, exercise and taking essential mineral and nutritional supplementation.
Most People Are Mineral-Deficient
As I did a lot of research this past year, I found out that minerals are essential for every function carried out in the body and that most diseases in humans and animals are associated with a mineral deficiency of some kind.
Statistics from Joel Wallach, N.D., author of the bestselling book and CD Dead Doctors Donâ€™t Lie, show that 95 percent of all people in the United States are mineral deficient.
We Do Not Get Proper Nutrition From The Food We Eat?
If you think you are getting your minerals in a â€śbalanced diet,â€ť think again. Our soil is becoming more and more depleted of minerals. As a result, our food has become less nutritious over the past 40 years. When soil has been farmed year after year, fewer trace minerals are present in each crop.
Cattle ranchers know that to keep their animals healthy they must add minerals back into their feed. Why donâ€™t humans do the same thing? It only makes sense that if animals stay healthy with mineral supplementation, so should humans. Our animals are being fed better than we are.
Most nurseries or farm stores carry products that contain these vital minerals that can be added to the soil before planting. But whether you grow your own produce or not, you need to supplement your diet with minerals.
Minerals Are More Important Than Vitamins
The most common minerals the body requires daily are: boron, calcium, magnesium, chloride, sodium, sulfate, phosphorus, potassium and lithium. Our bodies require a minimum of about 30 trace minerals and a maximum of 70 to use as building blocks for health.
Vitamins do not function well without minerals. Many minerals require the presence of other minerals to be used fully in the body. For example, calcium works better when combined with magnesium. Diabetes and hypoglycemia may benefit from a combination of chromium, zinc and vanadium. Almost everyone knows that osteoporosis can stem from a calcium deficiency. Did you know that proteins, enzymes and hormones are all formed from minerals?
The same goes for vitamin supplements; they often must have the right minerals to go with them. They work together like gasoline and oil in a car. Minerals affect the bodyâ€™s ability to absorb and use vitamins. And without minerals, vitamins are sometimes excreted, making them useless and producing very expensive urine.
Extensive medical research has confirmed the effectiveness of minerals in working with many health conditions. What is the first thing hospital workers do when a person is admitted? They hook them up to an IV with saline solution of sodium, potassium and electrolytes, which are minerals. This solution saves many lives by restoring the electrolyte balance in the body.
Seawater Is A Great Source Of Minerals
Researchers have stated that seawater is a great source of essential minerals and trace elements. I have found a great source of these essential trace minerals, called Ionique CMD (Concentrated Mineral Drops).
The Ionique trace mineral solution is made in my home State of Utah.
The Great Salt Lake receives water and minerals from the Uintah, Wasatch and Sawtooth mountains, as well as the Great Basin area. The Great Salt Lake has no outlet, so the water evaporates and the minerals are left behind, which makes them 10 times more concentrated than seawater. These minerals are harvested on the great northern tip of the Great Salt Lake in smaller lakes where the evaporation takes up to two years to extract the mineral-rich concentrated solution. The company uses a solar evaporation and precipitation process, which concentrates the minerals and removes 99 percent of the sodium.
This mineral-rich solution is in an ionic or electrolyte state. Our bodies rely on ionic minerals to conduct and generate billions of tiny electrical impulses. Trace minerals are in a solution of electrolytes that have both positive and negative charges capable of passing through a semi-permeable membrane; therefore, they are easily absorbed into the body and are bioavailable. Because they are highly concentrated, it takes only a few drops in a glass of water or juice to give the body the essential nutrients it requires every day.
The Essential 90 nutrients
Another company I have come across in my research, Youngevity, is founded on Wallachâ€™s findings on mineral supplementation. This past year, I have been taking Youngevityâ€™s 90 For Lifeâ„˘ Healthy Body Start Pakâ„˘. According to Wallach, everyone can regain their health and extend their life if they take the 90 essential nutrients in his formula. These include 60 essential minerals, 16 vitamins, 12 amino acids and omega 3 fatty acids.
These nutrients are essential for two reasons. The first is that our bodies cannot manufacture them, so we must consume these nutrients daily in supplements. The second is that if any of these essential nutrients are missing from our diets, we can develop deficiency diseases.
Wallach believes that most diseases stem from a mineral deficiency. I am restoring my health by taking these essential nutrients and mineral-rich products every day. And now that the Affordable Healthcare Act is in place, I might be able to get insurance.