First off, I'd like to wish all of you lovely people a very merry Christmas. To keep a long update short, after my meeting with the doctor at Brigham and Women's, I have decided to abandon MRT altogether. Slowly but surely I've been reintroducing foods back into my diet- foods that I haven't had since I don't even know when. It's been great. I knew that restricting myself as much as I had was beginning to drive me batshit mental, but until now, I guess I hadn't really understood the extent to which it was turning everything upside down. There is such a sense of relief that comes with opening the refrigerator door or the kitchen cabinets and being able to say, "I can eat any of this." My wonderful boyfriend went with me the day of my appointment. After the appointment we went out to Papa Razzi on Newbury Street in Boston. We toasted to "no limitations." My newfound sense of freedom gave me just the right amount of fuck-it attitude so that I was able to enjoy some wine, delicious, real focaccia bread, a caesar salad WITH croutons, gluten free pasta (I couldn't go ALLLLLL out) in a tomato cream sauce with sausage, caramelized onions, and mushrooms, and to finish- some vanilla bean and cappuccino gelato..........with a macaroon that sent me right to Heaven, quite literally. And guess what, I'm alive to tell the tale. In fact, I was alive to tell the tale the day after, and the day after that, and the day after that.
I have decided however, that post-holidays, I will continue on my gluten free path and avoid refined sugars, as I still believe so strongly that none of that shit is any good for anyone. But as we know, it's not quite post-holidays just yet. Last night, Christmas Eve, was another joyous evening in which I indulged just a bit. I had a real meatball sandwich- on a real Italian roll. I also had some gluten free eggplant parmesan that my mother made and it was obviously to die for. I had one ravioli, and some gluten free chicken piccata. I had some homemade gluten free biscotti, which was also unbelievable. This morning I may have indulged just a lot, but I'm fine and I'm grinning from ear to ear. My family members agree- one of the best Christmas gifts this year is the gift of watching Meaghan eat...as sad as that sounds. So much of my feeling unwell had a lot to do with the stress and anxiety that came with my restrictive diet. I'm still working on getting the restrictive "self-talk" out of my head and doing away with the worries I get before I eat. I know that the energy healing sessions will be a huge help where these pieces of my sensitive puzzle are concerned. I'm really looking forward to starting that after the New Year.
As you can see, I got feetie pajamas last night- so all in all, everything in the past week has been a tremendous success. I hope that all of my followers, sensitive or not, are finding peace and happiness in the company of their loved ones today. In my Italian home, food is what brings us all together- it is a symbol of love. Nourish yourselves with love today- however that may be. Merry Christmas, all! :)
I can and cannot believe it's almost been a month since my last blog post. I've been quite the busy bee, as most of us are around this time of year. So much has happened in the past month. In reading my last post, I realize that what I have to share here today may have some of my readers inferring that my plan for the next steps in my health journey has changed almost entirely. In so many ways this is true. I have come to a fork in the road. A fork that is stacked to the clouds with the most tantalizing Christmas cookies. In going one way, I would follow the protocol as I had mentioned in my previous post- an option that doesn't feel right with that all-knowing soul self we all have. The other path I have chosen to take will allow me to explore some other options. I have come to a point in my journey where I am feeling that the MRT testing and protocol no longer work for me. The idea of continuing to eliminate foods and restrict myself again is causing me stress and anxiety, which is no recipe for healing. MRT worked for me during the first few months of this journey and for this, I am thankful. I believe this is because I really did have to eliminate certain foods in order to start the healing process. The fact of the matter is, I would not be able to get my nutrition through my diet if I decided to follow through with the protocol for these latest test results. Supplements have been helpful throughout this process, but I can't rely so heavily on different supplements to give me everything that I need and would be lacking in my diet.
Shortly after my last post, I began following the restrictive elimination diet for phase one of the protocol. Some nights I would go to bed hungry. One night, I opened the fridge and just began to cry. A fridge full of food and there wasn't a single thing in there that this sensitive bitch could eat. I was really emotional during these first few days. I spent a lot of time thinking about the less-obvious reasons for my emotional state. I began to feel like my body was going into survival mode- my primal instincts were kicking in and everyday was an internal fight of, "what can I eat? How will I get through my day?" It came to my attention that for the longest time, all I've been thinking about throughout the course of a single day is FOOD. I have become so OCD about everything I eat- how is this food going to make me feel? Will this food make me break out? Should I eat this or not eat anything at all? What am I going to make for lunch tomorrow? Will it be enough? While being cognizant of one's sensitivities could prove beneficial, I have come to the conclusion that I am over-aware or hyper-sensitive to my sensitivities and just all food in general. As such, it's likely that I'm causing my own symptoms. I don't have time for that shit though. I fear that eating a small list of foods on a restrictive diet will make me sensitive to that small list of foods due to lack of variety. I fear that eating foods I know I'm reactive to will make me symptomatic. With the mind-body connection being as strong and powerful as it is, there is no way in hell that I could possibly feel well with all these thoughts going through my noggin.
Looking back at my relationship with food over the past several years of my life, I have come to the realization that food has always symbolized control and power for me. My weight has fluctuated from my childhood until now, and this is something that was always in my control. I no longer have control over the food I choose to put in my body- I'm told which foods I can and cannot eat. While using food as a means for "control" or "power" is in no way healthy, I have to argue that the same is true when food has control or power over YOU. I feel like this realization helped me to understand why I would get so angry or emotional when I was told what I could and could not eat. I am at a point in my life where I just want to eat to be well. To do this, I have to work on my relationship (for lack of a better word) with food and resolve any issues surrounding food from my past. I am currently exploring some other options and finding other ways to manage my health and find balance as I move forward with this journey. This Thursday I will be meeting with an internal medicine doctor at Brigham and Women's in Boston. He focuses on integrative, preventative medicine and practices holistically. I'm really excited to meet with him and find out how he can help me. I will also be going for energy therapy sessions more regularly after the New Year. I know that this will be a tremendous help, as it has been in the past.
We do the best with what we have. A few weeks ago, I had new test results, a grumpy grin, and an intuitive sense that there must be something more out there for me on this journey. I have always preached that when something doesn't feel right with your soul, you need to change that something. I am already feeling better about what lies ahead. I can't predict what's to come, but I am certain that I will feel more free from extreme restriction. Happiness = health ...You simply cannot have one without the other.
If you couldn't tell from my last post, I've been feeling pretty empowered lately. I'm in a good place- the present. Part of living presently is living a healthy lifestyle. How do we define health? I think if I went around asking different people what health means to them, answers would vary drastically from person to person. For me, living a healthy lifestyle means that I:
* Fuel my body with what it needs to feel and function well
* Avoid polluting my body with GMO foods & chemicals
* Incorporate a regular workout & energy healing routine to help with stress and maintain a feel-good attitude
* Keep busy with things that bring me joy
* Make conscious in-control decisions about the foods I eat
* Practice self-love
* Live presently
What does living a healthy lifestyle mean to you? :)
It's a sensitive subject and it has to be addressed. The subject: self-love, the why: because it's at the root of all happiness in our lives, and the WTF: just bear with me please.
Today's post is inspired by a best friend who is in the early phases of dealing with a difficult breakup. Breaking up is never fun- there's never a good time for it or an ideal way for it to happen. Everything about breaking up is plainly a mind-fuck for all parties involved. This is especially true when your heart is rooted deeply in love and caught up in the history you share with that person. Or, when your heart is caught up in your vision of the future with that person. My friend's analysis of her breakup is something along the lines of "I sabotaged it due to my own unhappiness." One thing I have learned to be true, as cliche as it may sound, is that you will never be happy in a relationship if you are not happy with yourself. End. Of. Story.
In our society, if we proclaim "I FUCKING LOVE MYSELF" we're simultaneously admitting, "I'M A NARCISSIST." Why people believe this, I do not know. It's not narcissistic to love yourself and treat yourself as you would treat anyone else you love- kindly, honestly, compassionately, etc. Instead, all too often we end up pressing play on that repetitive, negative self-talk tape: you're not pretty enough, you're not thin enough, you're not this-that-and-the-other-thing enough. If you're hearing or saying those words in your own head, the problem is in fact that you don't love yourself enough. BUT, you ARE enough. I came to a crossroads in my life almost a year ago where I had to decide if I was going to continue down a path of self-criticism and self-dislike, or take a left turn at the corner of Wake The Fuck Up and See Yourself As Your Loved Ones See You. I took the turn. I walked the road alone for a solid 7 or 8 months. I had to do that to get back in touch with myself. We often lose ourselves in-relationship with another person, especially if we were never truly in touch with who we are in the first place. In that first moment post traumatic breakup- you know the one where your heart turns to dust, you try to gasp for air, and the world is on the cusp of ceasing to exist- you hear yourself say, "who am I without this person? I can't live without this person. I'll surely die without this person. Kill me." You probably hear yourself say a few other things as well, but these specific words are pertinent to my next point. Those words translated into plain English actually scream, "I hate that this is happening because this moment marks the beginning of a very necessary, emotionally-trying journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and self-love.....and that's fucking hard work."
Hard work sucks, yes. Many people have that ^^ moment and ignore their own cry for help. Instead, they distract themselves with other people to pass the time- other men or women, other empty, meaningless bullshit that only pulls them further and further away from the answer to the larger crisis at hand. The saddest part about that is, those people won't ever be genuinely happy until they dig deep. People who fall out of one relationship to fall into another (of some kind) will come face-to-face with the same issues they had in their previous relationships. The cycle is vicious, stressful, and heartbreaking (for one if not both of you) every time unless of course, the cycle is broken and a change is made. No matter what the situation in life- you will never have CHANGE if you don't work for it. I want six pack abs- I bet I can achieve that by eating whatever I want and sitting on my ass all day, agreed? If you answered yes, you probably don't know your ass from your elbow. I know my followers are intelligent- so my guess is that you disagree. It's commonsensical, truly.
It's so important to realize that the sooner you confront your issues, (and we all have them because we're human) the sooner you will come out on the other side of your heartache. More importantly, you'll come out on the other end of it with a new best friend- yourself. While some of you may be thinking, "dear GOD that sounds horrifying" I promise you, it's not as bad as it sounds. In fact, it's life-changing.
When talking to my friend about her breakup and the selfishness behind it all, I told her that I, too had been selfish once upon a time in my own way. I explained that when I was going through my soul-searching process, I shut myself off from the world- you could call it deliberate isolation. I wasn't a good friend to anyone who needed me to be, including her, as her now ex-boyfriend was deployed overseas during that time. I couldn't take on anyone else's struggles. I could only deal with my own. I was selfish because I had to be- I had to learn how to be my own best friend because without that, my foundation would have looked more like an ever-growing sinkhole. What do I mean by foundation? Simply put, unconditional self-love is at the heart or foundation of all successes, joys, and in-relationship love you will ever have in your life. The unconditional part is the most important part of that sentence and I'll tell you why. We often say, "I love you unconditionally," when in fact unconditional love doesn't have any expectation, jealousy, resentment, or fear tied to it. I can't speak for everyone, but I speak for myself when I say I'm guilty of using the U-word tied to expectations and fears specifically. Of course I'm guilty of this- because no one (myself included) can love unconditionally until they have learned to love themselves. Think about it- if you're content with yourself, at peace being your own best friend, bursting at the seams with positive energy- how could being with another person (who's right for you, of course) change that and make you insecure? It doesn't happen when you're in touch with your soul-self, the "larger you," your spirit.
My journey for self-love was tough and I should add that it's also never-ending...for anyone. Self-love is always a work in progress. My "I don't want to do that hard work, you can't make me do it" moment happened two days after my break up and coincidentally, in the emergency room. That morning I walked for the American Heart Association in honor of my Grandfather who passed away 8 months earlier. The day was filled with a lot of intense emotions, I hadn't eaten in two days, I was dehydrated, and I was very sick. In and out of consciousness, I had to be taken to the ER. Two bags of IV fluid and six hours later, I had unknowingly set the wheels in motion for the health journey I am currently on today. Test after test after procedure for months on end, I never got any answers from doctors as to why I was so sick. As we know, I landed in Deb's office and she helped me turn my life around in a long list of ways. We never see why the "bad" things could possibly "happen for a reason" until time has passed, lessons have been learned, and we have grown leaps and bounds. If I can admit this- it's true. I promise you.
For me, some days were much worse than others. The important thing is that I really dug deep and tried to find ways to be in touch with myself. I tried to do things that would bring me a sense of comfort and peace. There were days when I would turn to yoga and cry the entire 35 minutes of the routine. It made downward dog more awkward than it typically is. But, I pushed through it- I TRIED. I gutted my basement and made myself a little art studio, I began writing in a journal, I did energy therapy, I turned to all kinds of awesome self-help books, I prayed, I made a vision board, I bought all the guided meditation tapes, I spent all my money on a trip to Italy without the security of knowing I had a job simply because I knew I'd find myself there- and I did. The list goes on. Looking back on this past year, I'm in awe with all that I've pushed through and accomplished. The most amazing feelings come from knowing I am where I am today because I got myself to this point. I'm a healthy young lady with a new, insatiable desire to travel and change lives through sharing my story and promoting a healthy lifestyle. I'm a passionate, strong-willed teacher, artist, yoga enthusiast, blogger, nutrition geek, part-time art therapist, traveler, and free spirit with crazy drive to possibly live in Italy someday. While my vision for my life is ever-changing, one thing remains constant- I will always do everything in life out of love and passion and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Life is funny and beautiful. Time has a way of revealing some very precious lessons and gifts. I always say people come into our lives as a lesson or a blessing- sometimes both. I know how to love unconditionally now. How could I not? Had we not gone our separate ways, my life would be so different. I never would have gone to Italy by myself, I wouldn't have my health, I wouldn't have this amazing TSL empire that I love and hold so close to my heart. I'm so grateful for everything I have learned throughout this healing process. My closest friends and family tell me that I'm not the same person I was a year ago- that I've grown so much. I have to say I agree. I'm living presently, peacefully, and optimistically. I'm living with unconditional love in my heart for a special friend who knew better than I did at the time. What a special act of love. I had and still have growing, learning, and living to do. As I take each day as it comes, I've never been more excited about what my life has in store for me.
If any of you ever get the chance to meet Cher, let that bitch know there IS life after love and even better, there's love after love. You just have to give it to yourself. You are strong enough.
There you have it- The Sensitive Life lady at her finest: honest, passionate, raw, and unashamed...because I fucking love myself.
My favorite self-help books:
Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting: The Astonishing Power of Feelings by: Lynn Grabhorn
Madly In Love With Me by: Christine Arylo
Loving What Is by: Byron Katie
So I went and had some energy work done today and I feel so much better about being able to eat in Italy without all the anxiety I had anticipated. I came away from today's session with an overwhelming sense of calm in my heart and gut and more importantly, a healthy, confident attitude. I learned some different strategies I can use to test my body for its willingness/ability to metabolize food without making me sick. My plan is to practice this with foods at home over the next two weeks.
To test whether your body "wants" a certain food, you simply link your index fingers and thumbs as seen in the picture above. Looking at a specific food or visualizing/meditating on a certain food, ask your body if it wants that food: "Does (your name)'s body want (food)?" Hold your index finger and thumb strong on one hand as you pull (as if to "break" the chain) the index finger and thumb on the other hand away. If it's easy to break the chain, your body ain't havin that. If there is more resistance and the hold is strong, your body gives that food a thumbs up. However, note that just because you may get the green light from your body at 2PM for a bowl of ice cream doesn't mean that your body will say, "yes please" at an earlier or later time.
I also learned a little bit more about the spleen meridian and triple warmer. I learned how to strengthen my spleen meridian, which metabolizes everything- even our thoughts! The spleen processes everything physical and emotional. Therefore, it is in touch with and cares about the quality and sense of balance in our lives. On the contrary, the triple warmer, which is our "fight or flight" response, cares solely about our survival and nothing else. The triple warmer scans our external environment at all times and interprets everything in our environment as an "invader" and acts accordingly. By acting accordingly, the triple warmer will pull energy from other systems thus resulting in all kinds of sensitivities, autoimmune disorders, weight issues, mood swings, anxiety, brain fog, and a number of other shitty/unwanted conditions and physical or emotional reactions. It is no surprise that the spleen and triple warmer sit across from each other on the meridian wheel. For this reason, they pull energy from one another. The key here is to maintain a triple warmer that is not over burdened or over stimulated. To do this, it's important to sedate the triple warmer. See Donna Eden's triple warmer stress reduction technique below. While she may appear to be a loop of fruit, she's actually a frigging genius. You can check out the Eden Energy Medicine website HERE.
Also refer to the picture above, which shows the tapping points for the different meridians. By tapping under the arm (see point 7) you're getting the energy flowing through the spleen meridian. I tap all the time! It helps, truly. I love being tapped. And yes, I plan to tap my way through my Italy trip to keep that fresh energy flowing the way it should be. Who wouldn't want to be free of anxiety in a natural way?
Our bodies have a system of energetic meridians. By Tapping on certain points on the body, we activate the energy system, which allows us to release negative emotions and blocks, as well as relieve physical pain. By balancing the body's energy systems we also naturally speed up the healing process.
Happy tapping! :]
For more info on the benefits of energy healing check out these links:
The benefits of energy healing
Held in Light- benefits of energy healing
Well Designed You- Holistic Health & wellbeing: benefits of EFT (tapping)
What is EFT? What are the benefits?
Quantum Healing- meridian tapping
This sounds about right. Actually, it really is the truth. How do I know? Well, I have done some very necessary energy healing on this gut-healing journey of mine. As I've mentioned before, this journey doesn't come without an emotional toll. Fortunately, the reiki master (practicer of energy medicine) who I see is a longtime family friend and practically a second mother to me. Back to my main point- my liver, lung, stomach, heart, and kidney meridians are always the weakest or need the most balancing/strengthening/sedating. Simply put, those meridians are typically effed. Or, at least they were towards the beginning of this healing journey. When I was angry, my liver would need work. When I was grieving the loss of important, loved people in my life- my lung needed work. So on and so forth. I'm in a much better place now, though. It wasn't until recently that I was able to sit back and take a look at everything that's happening in my life and say out loud, "if certain things in my life didn't fall apart when they did, I would not be on this self-loving journey of health, traveling, and unconditional compassion." While this epiphany may not mean jack to a stranger reading this post, it means the world to me.
Sometimes in the midst of absolute pain and grief, we can't seem to wrap our minds around the "why" and "how" of things. When we're in that place of hopelessness we "know" that there will never be a reason why the shitty things have to happen. The truth is, there is a reason. This past year has taught me that life doesn't take your plans into consideration. It plows through your front door, knocks you on your ass and leaves you lost on the corner of, "how the fuck did I get here?" and "my life is supposed to be different." Live presently to avoid turmoil within (aka effed energy). We are only able to be right here, right now anyway- in a moment so fleeting that it's gone before we've even had a chance to be mindful of it. Be mindful. Your soul will thrive for it.
I came across this photo today posted on Facebook by Rawforbeauty. As I've discussed in previous posts, I'm a huge believer in energy medicine. I'm also a huge fan of babies. I'm an early childhood educator, it's a part of my job description.
By applying gentle pressure to a certain point (as you see illustrated in the photo, for example) you can either sedate or strengthen the organ/area of the body associated with that point. Just as I have explained before, I refer to the energy meridian associated with the kidney to sedate my kidneys when I'm having a kidney stone attack. Sedation quiets all the excess energy wherever there is pain and discomfort to bring relief. So for example, if Jimmy Jr. is teething but can't say, "Ma- help me out, my central incisor is coming in on the left and it hurts like a bitch" you can refer to zone #1 in the picture above to sedate the energy and relieve some of the pain happening in Jimmy's head/teeth area. It will save your head, too. =]
So as I continued to peruse through the Rawforbeauty page, as I do everyday, I also came across this picture to the right. If you follow my blog, you know that coconut is a part of my everyday life and I will swear by it till the day I die. Coconut has countless benefits for all of us- pregnant or not. But since I'm sort of sticking to a baby theme for today's post, it seems fitting to share this!
Be sure to check out additional links on healthy living, pregnancy, and babehs.
Top Organic Foods for Pregnancy Complaints
Complete Organic Pregnancy
Organic Milk May Help Babies Beat Allergies
Earth Mama Angel Baby- organic pregnancy products
Motherlove- organic products
Earth's Best Organic- all kinds of organic products for infants, toddlers, and kiddos
The Innersource Store- Strengthening & sedating points (energy medicine)
...Well not literally, but get coconut water in a carton. As I've mentioned before, I absolutely love the Rawforbeauty page on Facebook. The other day I came across a photo they posted, which talked about coconut water and all its wonderful benefits. I began drinking coconut water for its energy boosting properties. It's loaded with electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, cytokine, and phyto-hormones, and is often referred to as "nature's energy drink." So please, put down your nasty Red Bulls and Monster drinks- for my sanity and for your health, more importantly.
Ditch the Gatorade, too. Up until recently Gatorade drinks included brominated vegetable oil, a synthetic chemical that has been patented in Europe as a flame retardent. It was used as a flavor emulsifier and helped to distribute that beautifully synthetic-looking color throughout the bottle. So sure, hydrate with Gatorade after a sinful night of drinking or after a beastmode workout at the gym if you're still not turned off by it entirely. Research shows that BVO may be stored in human tissue and can contribute to behavioral and reproductive issues linked to large doses of this synthetic chemical (Hsu, Los Angeles Times). While Gatorade has ditched BVO, it's safe to say there's nothing natural about what's in those bottles. If you're looking to get those electrolytes and hydrate safely, coconut water is your go-to.
If you read my blog, you understand by now that I love coconut-everything because of all the benefits this drupe has to offer.
Coconut water benefits:
* Helps with digestion and metabolism
* Anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, anti-thrombotic effects, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal
* Great source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates (Coconut Water Nutrition Facts)
* Breaks up kidney stones/is a kidney-cleanser (my favorite!)
Staying hydrated and flushing out your kidneys is tremendously important. While my kidney stones are caused by a hereditary condition and are unavoidable, kidney stones can form in anyone's kidneys if proper precautions aren't taken. If you're not susceptible to stones, I'm happy for you, truly. However, kidney stones form when substances found in the urine become highly concentrated. How do they become highly concentrated? These substances, such as calcium, oxalate, and phosphorus, become highly concentrated when a person isn't drinking enough to flush out their kidneys.
Stones don't necessarily pass soon after they have formed. Some may reside in the kidney(s) for years before they are passed. Some may never leave the kidney(s) at all! One thing is certain, you'll know if you're passing a stone. Or, you'll think you're dying. The pain is unmistakable. I don't have children myself, but people I know who have experienced both child birth and kidney stone pain always say they'd rather go through child labor again than ever have another kidney stone. If I had to imagine what child labor feels like, I'd imagine it can't be worse than the pain I feel whenever I pass a stone. When a stone leaves the kidney it enteres into the ureter, (see picture above) which is literally the size of two human hairs put together. The stone makes its death journey through this tube (the worst part of this process) and enters into the bladder. The pain alone is nauseating and causes one to vomit violently until the pain is under control. Unfortunately, this means frequent doses of pain killer drugs and nausea medicine. It's critical to continuously drink fluids throughout this process to move the stone along. If the pain and nausea aren't under control, nothing you put down will stay down for long.
As a huge believer of energy medicine, I always turn to the sedating points on my body for whatever organ seems to be upset/causing problems. Without fail, it always works. Using energy medicine to sedate my kidneys is tremendously helpful when I feel like there is a fucking demon inside my body trying to stab its way out. No exaggeration whatsoever there. The picture above shows the sedating points on the right half of the image. Please note that someone would have to do this for you. The first two points are 1. on the bottom of your foot right next to the ball of your foot (center) and, 2. on the "inside" of the big toe. The next two points can be seen 1. on the side of your foot (right below where the metatarsal bone of your big foot protrudes) and, 2. right behind your ankle bone near your achilles tendon.
Doctors will sometimes tell me to "stay ahead of the pain" by taking a dose of medication before the pain becomes unbearable again. By sedating my kidneys, I buy myself time and I don't have to take as many drugs. Even after a few days of taking pain killers (yes, the passing process may take days) I begin to get awful headaches, cold sweats, shakes, and experience dizziness, nausea, and ringing in my ears if I no longer *need* the medication. It's truly scary how little time it takes and how easy it is for our bodies to become used to something so harmful.
One of my calcium oxalate stones
So, my main point for this post is to make people aware of several things: 1. the benefits of coconut water, 2. kidney stones and how they form/how to prevent them, 3. the importance of hydration as it pertains to kidney stones, 3. energy medicine and sedation points.
Check out some of the additional links I've provided below for more information on these topics. I could go on forever but hopefully what I've provided here will encourage you to do some research for yourself!
Links to check out:
Kidney stones melt away with coconut water
CNN- worse than childbirth
6 Ways to prevent stones
Energy Medicine- what is it and how does it work?
"Coconut Water Nutrition Facts." nutrition-and-you.com . N.p., n.d. Web. 28 May 2013. <http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/coconut-water.html>.
Hsu, Tiffany. "Gatorade pulls ingredient linked to flame retardant." Los Angeles Times. N.p., 25 Jan. 2013. Web. 28 May 2013. <http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jan/25/business/la-fi-mo-gatorade-flame-retardant-20130125>.