A number of years ago, Christian comedian, Tim Hawkins did this bit...
Tim recognizes one of the craziest things about prescribed medications, the side effects. In a comical way, he highlights a significant problem with medications. With just about every medication, both over the counter and prescribed, there are side effects. I (Jay) love watching commercials for medications. In a 30 second commercial, 45 seconds of the ad is the narrator listing the possible side affects. It's comical, and yet it's not, especially when you have to face the choice of dealing with the side effects.
In my (Jay again) early 20's, I spent a couple years working as an E.M.T. That season of my life took me from an ambulance to working in a major city hospital in Philadelphia. In the hospital I worked as a Critical Care Technician on what was called the Medical Respiratory Intensive Care Unit, MRICU for short. On this unit I saw my fair share of very, very sick people. Some of those very sick people included patients who tried to end their lives by overdosing on one medication or other. One of the most most popular with Tylenol. The problem with Tylenol is that it damages your liver. In normal conditions, Tylenol or Acetaminophen, is processed in the liver without significant impact. But in our overdose situation, acetaminophen can lead to liver failure and/or death.
As a couple, we have never been ones to question conventional medicine. We're not opposed to vaccinations for ourselves or our children. All five of our kids have been birthed in a hospital by an OB/GYN. Our kids receive yearly physicals. When they do get sick, we take them to the doctors. If medicine is prescribed, the take the medicine as prescribed. Two of us wear glasses, and almost all of us deal with allergies of some sort. And while we have five wonderful, healthy kids, we have had to deal with four miscarriages; two of which we believe resulted because of medication that was taken without us being away of the impact they would have to our babies. The last miscarriage came at about 20 weeks and led us to a DNC and severely broken hearts.
Amy started taking one of the oils to help with her hiatal hernia.
We were intrigued; the oils were helping.
Not long after that loss, we were introduced to Young Living and essential oils. A dear friend started sharing how the essentials oil were making a significant impact on her life and her family. While we were interested, we were pretty skeptical. Then Amy started taking one of the oils to help with her hiatal hernia. We were intrigued; the oils were helping. Then Jay got sick. Amy applied a mixture of oils and significant improvements were noticed.
Last month, both Amy and I attended a workshop to learn about these essential oils. We were pretty impressed by the research and amazed by the testimonies. But what we were most taken by is the idea of living a healthier lifestyle without the impact of chemicals or side effects from medications. Natural. Chemical free. No side effects. And a possibility of being free of some of the ailments that we have been struggling with? We're intrigued.
So here is what we're doing.
It is our hope that at the end of the 30 days we'll be able to share our first hand testimony of how Young Living Essential Oils have impacted our family. We will share exactly what oils we've used and how we used. We will also share the specifics on what lifestyle changes we've made and the results of the changes.
We want to invite you to come along with us and follow our journey. If you currently use essential oils, we'd love to hear from you. Your experiences will help and encourage us. If you have been thinking about using essential oils, let us know. We can help get you started with the same starter kit that we are using as we begin our journey.
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- the higham family
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