Thursday, January 15, 2015

Managing Hirschsprung's Disease naturally PART 2.. #59

(My son did have the pull through surgery for any newbie readers. This is what we are doing to manange Hirschsprung's Disease AFTER the pull through. I guess there was a little bit of confusion. Some people are thinking we never had the surgery and are just managing it without surgery. NO. Not the case)

Over the past few weeks I have had a huge increase in contact about my blog regarding managing Hirschsprung's Disease naturally. I wanted to take some time to update everyone and post a part 2. So here I am! Over the past few months we have had a lot happen, not just medically, so I do need to do a recap of our 2014 year. I will get to that in the coming days. I hope :) 

Just a reminder, I feel like I say this a lot but I can't stress this enough... As always, I am here for support, encouragement, ideas, recommendations, but I am NOT a doctor or licensed in any form of a medical practice. I am just a mom who has done A LOT of research, tried A LOT of things, and this is what has worked best for my son. We have 7 different medical professionals we manage Isaac's care with. I love helping and giving recommendations, but I don't have all the answers or am not in a place to give medical advice. 

One of the supplements we use (specially the Energetix line) is prescribed by a medical professional. You cannot buy these in the stores, you can buy them online but I would suggest not doing so. The recommended dosage is based on an adult dose, not a children's dose. Our provider does a specific kind of testing called muscle testing to see what supplements Isaac's body is needing at that time. At the most, we do a supplement for 90 days. Most of the time, less. She also tests his body to see exactly what dose (in drops) he needs. It is very complex. So this is why I suggest seeking a medical professional who is qualified to dispense and prescribe these supplements. These may not even benefit your child. They are very specific to certain medical conditions or aliments. Please read on their website for more information. You can also search for a provider in your area. Here is the link: 

So I am going to breakdown the 4 ways we manage Isaac's Hirschsprung's Disease naturally in our daily lives. 

First, is nutrition. We eat only organic, non-GMO, whole foods. We don't eat any processed foods. Which means I cook 3 meals a day :) I enjoy doing it. And I know it helps Isaac. We shop our local farmers markets when the season is in, we do a lot of shopping at our local grocery store that carries a lot of organic non-gmo brands. We stay away from the foods Isaac can absolutely not have, which are allergies to him (oatmeal/oats, turkey, coconut, and lactose). He is lactose intolerant so we do not do milk. He can tolerate cheese and dairy products, just not milk. We usually try to stick to raw cheeses. It is easier for him to break down the enzymes. We also ALWAYS do a smoothie every morning. I will buy a bag of organic frozen fruits and then will put spinach in there, along with an organic juice for flavor. In the next section I will talk about the supplements I add into the smoothie everyday. 

Second, is supplements. It is easiest to add all his supplements into his morning smoothie. This way I know he is getting them and it also makes it easier to hide them. Because sometimes kids just don't want to take them! :) So here is a picture.. Then I will discuss from left to right.

Tiny bottle on left is Vitamin D liquid. We do 3 drops which is 1200 IUI's

2nd on left is by Energetix and it's Lymph Tone 1. We do 1 drop

3rd bottle in is Core Olive Leaf and we do 8 drops

Middle bottle is the Core Condurango Blend and we do 6 drops

2nd to right is Garden of Life Multi Vitamin. We do 2 vitamins

Last bottle on right is also by Garden of Life and it's their raw probiotics. We do 3/4 tsp

Not pictured but we also do Elderberry syrup (1 tsp) and Vitamin C (1000 mg's) daily for extra immune boosting properties. 

The multivitamin and probiotic brand I use is Garden of Life. I have been so happy with this brand. The probiotic contains 23 raw fruits and veggies per serving and delivers 5 billion probiotic cells. How incredible is that! The multivitamin is also a key supplement I just started incorporating. This one has 24 organically grown fruits and veggies per serving. 



Here are the Energetix supplements he is currently on that are prescribed by his practitioner


Core Condurango Blend is a botanical blend designed to assist with temporary digestive discomfort. I put the ingredients in this because it contains senna leaf, which is what providers often prescribe as a medication for Hirschsprung's. Also, look at the other ingredients which are good to help aid in bowel movements.


Core Olive Leaf is a botanical extract designed to support the immune system. Used historically to maintain normal circulatory function


Lymph-Tone I is a homeopathic combination formula inspired by the work of Dr. Hans-Heinrich Reckeweg who postulated that symptoms are an expression of the body’s progressive and strategic efforts to deal with toxins. Lymph-Tone I is formulated to address acute symptoms.

Third is chiropractic care. This is has been, in my opinion, invaluable to our son's care. He was having all sorts of issues with things moving too slowly before we sought our chiropractic care. We did try senna medication. Which helped, but did cause a lot of adverse side effects. Lots of stomach pains and cramping, gas, etc. It just wasn't very fun for Isaac. Our GI doctor was actually who recommended chiropractic care. I did a post on our chiropractor. You can reference it for any further information. We are seeing him once every week or every 2 weeks. 

Last  but not least, is essential oils. I have gotten really into essential oils over the past year. The main oil we use topically on him is by a brand called doTERRA. The oil is a digestive blend called DigestZen. I also included a full length informative section this oil on my previous blog about managing Hirschsprung's naturally. You can read all about it here.. 

I use this oil 2 times a day, topically. I put 2 drops on his stomach, rub in a clockwise motion. I also use it as needed for any type of stomach upset.

I think this about sums it up. It's really been trial and error for us. Nothing has come easy. Hirschsprung's parents know what I'm talking about. I hope maybe some of these things will be able to help your child. It's all about knowledge! :) And networking :) I have learned so much just by being on forums, groups, connecting with other HD parents.

Now I just have to add a blog about our holidays and recap 2014! That will come.. Hope everyone has had a great start to 2015!!