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Extreme Health Library eReader Bundle Sale

Over 50 products ($800+ value)

for just $39.97



Featuring my new book – The Savvy Shopper’s Guide to Sustainable Food.

I am excited to be an affiliate partner for this great sales event, happening for  10 DAYS ONLY, and to be able to offer you such a great value.

For this special sale, all 50+ products can be purchased for only $39.97 – an incredible opportunity!

This sale is hosted by Pat Robinson of Heal Thyself and Amanda Love of Traditional-Foods and ends Thursday MARCH 7, 2013, midnight, PST.


Here’s a sample of what you’ll get in this bundle:


Adrenal Fatigue Solutions / Pat Robinson

An eCourse which presents a nine-week plan of actions, nutrients, foods, herbs, and removing toxins for adrenal stress relief. It is followed by three weeks of support and review tools to strengthen your adrenal function. This resource provides practical, simple, and doable suggestions for exhausted, stressed, and sleep-deprived moms.

Baby steps are the goal. It teaches tools for increasing self-care, sleep routines, stress relief, toxin relief, nourishing foods, connecting with nature, recognizing depression, finding calm, balance, and energy while creating boundaries for yourself. Recipes for power-foods for energy and herbal adaptogen alternatives are provided along with resources for ongoing support.

(127 pages, $59)

Rebuild from Depression: A Nutrient Guide,  Including Depression in Pregnancy and Postpartum / Amanda Rose, Ph.D. and Annell Mavrantonis, M.D.

Identifies seven nutrients most commonly associated with depression in the medical literature, including Omega 3 in fish oil, B vitamins, vitamin D, iron, magnesium, and zinc. They provide readers with tools to: (1) Identify a nutrient deficiency, (2) Locate the best supplements / vitamins for depression, and (3) Select and prepare foods to maximize those nutrients in their diets. The book opens with Rose’s biography of depression and psychosis. She makes a compelling claim: My grandmother died at the age of sixty-one from complications of postpartum depression. Rose argues that her grandmother showed signs of nutrient deficiencies in her twenties, did not correct them, and suffered a life of depression, diabetes, and heart disease, all of which share a common nutrient deficiency: Omega 3 fatty acids.

(200 pages; $19.97)

The Savvy Shopper’s Guide to Sustainable Food / Raine Saunders

You’ll discover how to source health foods from sustainable sources, whether it is from local farms and farmer’s markets in your area, online merchants, delivery services, local grocery, or health food stores. Learn to read labels, what to look for, what to avoid, and how to select and buy the best foods available for better health. Learn more about why supporting the sustainable food system is so important – and how it really can keep you healthy and feed the world.

“Chronic disease rates and illness are on the rise – heart disease, diabetes, obesity, food allergies, auto-immune disease such as diabetes, hormonal and reproductive disorders, children’s health issues like autism and behavior disorders, and cancer.

If you have experienced any of these issues or others, or perhaps you just don’t always feel your best…and you’ve wanted to make changes to improve your health, maybe it’s time to look at whether the food you eat could be a possible solution.”

(139 pages; $24)


Mother’s Little Herbal Helper And Home Remedies / Natalie Vickery

By herbalist Natalie Vickery is a home herbal toolkit for reducing symptoms of many ailments — cold and flu, headaches, fungal infections, allergies, arthritis, bites, stings, burns, coughs, congestion, and more. How many times have you wished you could just make it through allergy season or an arthritis flare up with far less suffering? This is where herbal remedies shine. Natalie will introduce you to the different ways to prepare herbs and the types of herbs you use to remedy common ailments. Read it closely and build the custom herbal toolkit you need for your own household.

(116 pages; $12.50)


A Fibromyalgia Recovery Story: Eating Outside The Box  / Christy Pooschke

At 25 years old, Christy lived with extreme fatigue, muscle weakness, and so much pain that she could not be physically touched. She was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Conventional medical treatment offered no hope but changing her diet changed her life. Be inspired by Christy’s recovery in this 3-part video seriesEating Outside The Box, created specifically for this special sale. Get a preview of foods and food additives that could be destroying your health.

(50 minutes; $14.95).


Common Sense Health: Detox, Diet and Physical Activities / Laurie Neverman

It is a personal health blueprint laid out by homesteading blogger Laurie Neverman that includes a no-nonsense, practical guide to healthy living. Complete with recipes for natural pest control, personal care, and cleaning products, Laurie also offers an introduction to simple therapies that may surprise you — oil pulling, skin brushing, and barefoot therapy.

“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.”

(40 pages; $8.99)


Broth: Elixir Of Life / Patricia Lacoss-Arnold

Our ancestors made use of every part of the animal to nourish them, including the bones. Bones are rich in calcium and other minerals; bones contain collagen which brings elasticity to the skin; bones are rich in gelatin which aids in digestion. Using bones to make broth is a key strategy to extract bone nutrients and add them to your diet. Patricia Lacoss-Arnold in Broth: Elixir of Life will describe how to make and use broth in your every day cooking. If you have ever wonder how to make broth from beef, chicken, fish or even rabbit bones, you will soon learn about the flavors of these different options.

(59 pages; $8.99)


Lacto-Fermentation / Wardee Harmon

Lacto-Fermentation is a 155-page, 23-lesson digital book with detailed instruction on fermenting fruits, vegetables, beans, meats, dairy, and grains. The book will expose you to a variety of fermentation methods — using salt, whey, or other starter cultures. Recipes go beyond fermentation methodology and include spices and seasonings to improve the flavor of the final product.

“Fermented foods are foods that have been cultured by beneficial organisms. In the right conditions, beneficial organisms feast on the food, producing beneficial acids, and transforming the food into something better. This culturing develops complex flavors and pleasing textures, while the food becomes more nutritious than it was before. And the acids preserve and protect the food from spoiling. It is really a miraculous process.”

(155 pages; $20)


and others from bloggers, herbalists, & practitioners, featuring a variety of health topics…


What are the advantages of owning all the books in this bundle?

  • Reap the benefit from those who have already done the research and compiled extensive information on ways to experience vibrant health, naturally
  • The bundle price is a great deal, so even if you are only interested in a few titles, depending on which ones you like you’ll still likely pay less than what you would if you bought them separately. Give some to friends or family who are interested in health and wellness (great gift ideas!).
  • Learn alternatives for dealing with and managing stress, depression, adrenal exhaustion, acne, and diabetes – conditions that plague many  people in the modern world
  • Discover ways to eat healthier, on a budget, and how to find the most nutritious foods available in your own community
  • Try new, delicious recipes that can help set you free from food intolerances and unpleasant symptoms


Sale ends Thursday March 7th at midnight, PST.


Green Living Healthy Living Kids & Family

Reducing Symptoms of ADD/ADHD Through Dietary Changes


Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are on the rise. The more we learn about these disorders, the more apparent it is becoming that they affect many aspects of health.

As of 2007, approximately 9.5% or 5.4 million children 4-17 years of age have ever been diagnosed with ADHD, according to the CDC.  And those are just the reported cases.

ADD, ADHD, and the wide spectrum of related impairments and learning disorders that children deal with in modern society are widespread and disruptive to a child’s ability to learn and grow normally.

From a variety of research sources, this condition is observed to occur because of an imbalance in two or more chemical messengers of the brain – dopamine and norepinephrine. Dopamine regulates memory formation and the onset of addictive behaviors, and norepinephrine is connected to arousal and attentiveness. The main symptoms of this imbalance are lack of attention, tendency to become distracted, and exhibition of impulsive, restless, and hyperactive behavior.

According to research from Dr. Russell Barkley:

  • A classroom with 30 students will have between 1 and 3 children with ADHD
  • Boys are three times as likely as girls to develop ADD/ADHD,  and 75% of boys diagnosed with ADD/ADHD have hyperactivity
  • Emotional development can be reduced greatly in children by 30 percent
  • 1/4 of children with ADHD have serious learning disabilities including: listening skills, oral expression, reading comprehension and/or math

Cases of diagnosed  attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have increased almost 4 percent each year from 2000 to 2010 – making it the number one mental health issue for children.

Does your child fit more than one of these descriptions?

Younger children:

  • Crying inconsolably
  • Screaming
  • Poor feeding habits
  • Head banging
  • Poor or little sleep

Older children:

  • Easily distracted
  • Has trouble focusing or concentrating
  • Withdrawn behavior
  • Has difficulty with follow-through or organization
  • Poor appetite and erratic eating habits
  • Talks excessively
  • Poor motor skills/coordination
  • Dark circles or puffiness under eyes
  • Red earlobes or cheeks
  • Swollen glands
  • Uncooperative, irritable, disobedient, self-injuring, nervous
  • Negative, moody, or depressed
  • Tends to be rude or interruptive toward others
  • Is unable to finish tasks
  • Restless or in constant motion
  • Doesn’t seem to listen or pay attention when addressed

If so, you may be dealing with ADD or ADHD. These and other learning or behavior disorders all stem from the presence of unhealthy flora or bacteria in the digestive tract and immune system. Simply by making changes to your child’s diet and adding nutritional supplements as needed, you can begin to eliminate the causes of behavioral and learning disorders and notice dramatic changes in a fairly short amount of time.

What are the causes of ADD/ADHD?

Although there are certainly some genetic and environmental factors involved,  one of the main culprits of ADD, ADHD, and related disorders are food allergens such as gluten (found in wheat, rye, and barley). Other sources of allergens include casein (from dairy – cow, goat, sheep, and human milk), corn, soy, sugar and artificial sweeteners, excitotoxins (from MSG, artificial colors/chemicals, and other related substances), yeast, and nuts. Continued exposure to the protein found in wheat irritates the digestive tract and penetrates the intestinal lining, allowing toxins to enter the bloodstream and create symptoms.

According to Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride, children with disorders such as ADD and ADHD lack an important enzyme, dipeptidyl peptidase IV,  which makes it possible to digest the proteins gluten and casein.  When undigested food penetrates the lining of the small intestine, these substances are allowed to freely enter the bloodstream. Proteins from these foods become substances with structures resembling opiates. These opiates penetrate the blood-brain barrier, causing a block to receptor sites in the brain, and have a similar effect on the body as drugs such as heroin and morphine. The body reacts to these as foreign invaders with an immune response, creating allergic-like symptoms such as irritability, lack of focus, hyperactivity, fatigue, aggression, impaired speech/motor coordination, and learning disorders.

Many allergic reactions come from highly-processed forms of food, so eliminating these from your child’s diet is important. Expensive testing to determine whether your child has allergies is one possibility, but according to Dr. McBride, most allergy testing is not worth the time or money spent. Elimination of suspect foods and then waiting to observe results is therefore the best way to determine what the problem is.

When your child experiences health issues as a result of food, mal-absorption and nutritional deficiencies are likely to occur. Dietary changes and nutritional supplementation can help children recover from deficiencies and heal.

Some processed foods and ingredients which contribute to ADD/ADHD symptoms include (but are not limited to):

  • breads and grains
  • crackers
  • chips
  • desserts
  • candy
  • sugar
  • artificial sweeteners
  • food dyes
  • preservatives
  • MSG – including hydrolyzed vegetable and soy proteins
  • packaged or bottled gravies, salad dressings, dips, mayonnaise, marinades
  • soy Worcestershire sauces
  • processed meats such as ham, turkey, bacon, roast beef, chicken, salami, sausage, etc.
  • “seasonings”
  • canned soups, sauces,
  • dry milk and whey powder
  • carageenan
  • malted barely and barley flour
  • fish sauce
  • hydrogenated and artificial oils – including vegetable oils like canola, soy, and cottonseed
  • caffeine

See MSG Truth for a list of foods to avoid.

Additional reading about food additives and other chemicals in our food supply: The Unhealthy Truth, Robyn O’Brien

For more information about food additives/preservatives, see the Truth in Labeling web site.

Because many children experience health issues as a result of food intolerances and allergic reactions, nutritional deficiencies are likely to occur.  Once the cause of the problem is removed through elimination of allergens, food additives, and chemicals, the body can begin to heal the damage.  Dietary changes and the right kinds of nutritional supplementation can help children recover from deficiencies and heal.

Foods and nutritional supplements which can dramatically affect ADD/ADHD disorders:

  • Grass-fed meats and poultry (without hormones or antibiotics, or fed from GMO sources) -  higher in Omega 3s, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), minerals, and Vitamins A, D, E, and K2
  • Bone broths - these home-made stocks contain a number of important minerals, gelatin, and other vital elements to heal the body and digestive  tract, and are easy to absorb
  • Eggs from pasture-raised chickens, ducks, etc. - higher in Omega 3s, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), minerals, and Vitamins A, D, E, and K2
  • Safe-sourced seafood - high in minerals such as zinc, iron, selenium, phosphorus, and Vitamins A and D
  • Organ meats - from pasture raised animals and birds, great sources of zinc, iron, and B Vitamins, which many children who have behavior issues are greatly deficient in.  One way to get your child to eat liver is to cut up into very small pieces and freeze them. You can hide these “liver pills” in other foods or give in pieces, one at a time if your child is old enough to swallow, with water. If your child won’t eat liver in any preparation, I recommend dessicated liver tablets. See sources.
  • Raw dairy products (for those children who are not sensitive to dairy) – milk, butter, cheese, sour cream, yogurt, kefir, buttermilk. Those who are sensitive to dairy can usually consume home-made yogurt and kefir from healthy cows on pasture – preferably raw. Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride recommends holding off on dairy if there is a sensitivity while consuming bone broths and cultured vegetable juices. Over time, cultured dairy foods can gradually be added into the diet, and later on, raw milk.
  • Healthy saturated and mono-unsaturated fats like butter, extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, lard, & tallow, chicken and duck fat from healthy animals and fowl or other birds who have access to sunshine and free movement on pasture
  • Fermented cod liver oil and skate oil (for those who don’t test well for fermented cod liver oil) – see sources
  • Home-made cultured and fermented foods – for severe symptoms, it may be best to stay away from fermented dairy and grains at first. Stick to cultured vegetables and fresh-pressed juices made at home. Gradually add back in real, raw cultured dairy foods as the body heals.
  • Fulvic acid – which is a liquid and contains trace minerals we may be lacking, and has a high absorption rate and chelating of heavy metals from the body. Fulvic acid is a product of bacteria in soil. Recommended by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride from Gut and Psychology Syndrome.
  • Magnesium oil – applied topically, this oil is a highly-absorbable way to provide magnesium to the body through the skin
  • Epsom salt baths – soaking in a bath of epsom salts is another great way to confer mineral benefits to your body through the skin. I recommend Remarkable Redwood Remedies.

Foods to eliminate to avoid ADD/ADHD symptoms:

  • Foods containing gluten (including wheat, rye, barley)
  • Foods containing casein
  • Other grains
  • Processed and packaged foods which may contain dyes, preservatives, excitotoxins (MSG and other related substances)
  • Commercially-raised meats, poultry, eggs, and dairy which come from animals fed corn, grain, soy and other toxic substances, and are likely to contain antibiotics, hormones, and pesticide or other undesirable residues
  • Dairy products if your child is sensitive to casein.  After the gut has healed, try raw dairy products from cows on pasture.

When the digestive tract has been healed, some children can  begin to add certain foods back into their diets such as raw dairy products and properly prepared grains – soaked, sprouted, soured, or fermented.  Returning to grains and especially gluten should be done on an individual basis, as not all children’s bodies can tolerate them. But remember that returning to processed foods, grains and pasteurized dairy products can cause a recurrence of symptoms.  Some ADD/ADHD children who are in the process of healing their digestive tracts can consume dairy as long as it is unprocessed and un-heat treated (pasteurized), but each child is different and may require some experimentation.

Remember that nutrients from real foods from healthy sources and quality supplements (when needed and in an absorbable format) support your child’s physical and mental state for optimal health. They support your child’s body in all the activities they do each and every day, and help the body to be able to detox from other sources of toxins you may not have control over. 

Processed foods with additives, chemicals, sugar and that lack real nutrients. They deplete your child’s store of nutrients and prevent the body from functioning normally and being able to handle activity, stress, and daily tasks. Artificial ingredients increase levels of hyperactivity because the depletion of nutrients sends children’s bodies into overdrive, as they try to compensate for the loss of important building and foundation blocks they need to be healthy.

If you are looking for a great way to incorporate multiple, nutrient-dense foods in a great-tasting, easy-to-make meal for your child - make a smoothie!  Use whole, raw milk, yogurt, or kefir with fruit, and other ingredients such as gently melted coconut oil, raw honey, raw egg yolks, cod liver oil, etc. Experiment with different combinations and find out what your family prefers.

Some people may not tolerate egg yolks at first if their digestive tracts are compromised, so try the smoothie without the egg yolks if any issue arises with nausea or digestion. Try again in a few weeks as the digestive tract heals by adding the yolk back in.

For more information on healing your child’s digestive tract, ADD, ADHD, and other learning and behavior disorders, read Dr. Nastasha Campbell McBride’s Gut and Psychology Syndrome.

The Feingold Association has a wealth of references and information about how dietary changes dramatically affect behavior and related health issues.

Go grain-free and still eat delicious, healthy meals – why going grain-free can be a delicious and healthy choice for those with health issues and allergies

9 reasons to make bone broth - an easy-to-make, nourishing food for your child or anyone else in your family who may be dealing with gut and digestive issues

Dental crowding, cavities, and health problems – what’s the connection? Find out why many tooth decay and dental issues can be related to your diet much more than you think

This post is part of Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesdays carnival. Please visit her site and see the other posts linked there.