Thursday, October 27, 2016

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS DIAGNOSIS REVERSED!!!! PRAISE GOD!!!!

Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis REVERSED! My time is very short for this, so please excuse errors. We are so happy and wanted to tell everyone who has been waiting with us...and share with others who wondered what was going on.
Last year, our family came down with a virus that hit us pretty hard. Clint was the last one to get it. During a rough work week, he also became very dehydrated. I could see the dehydration in the skin on his face. Less than 24 hours after that, he had extreme swelling of his ankles. Within two days, he was having severe pain. He went to an urgent care, but the doctor literally told him, "I have no idea why your legs are swelling like that."
Then he went to his usual doctor and had two tests that showed some inflammation in his body. He was told the markers indicated it was autoimmune in nature but could be where the dehydration forced the virus into his joints. We didn't even know this could happen but learned through research it does! I think I posted a couple of articles about it when we were going through this.
While he was waiting for the appointment with the next doctor, the pain became excruciating! He ran a low grade temp that would suddenly shoot up to 102-103 and then would go away two hours later with shivering and drenching sweats. He had symptoms all over the place. The swelling and pain went to other joints and would migrate around his body-different from one day to the next. The pain was so bad, he would moan in his sleep. Clint worked by sheer will, but he could do nothing, and I mean NOTHING, once he came home. We had to put his feet up to help the swelling go down. My night owl husband often went to bed at 8 or 9 just exhausted from the pain.
Then he saw the rheumatologist. This doctor did not listen to us about the virus and dehydration. He is a young doctor and online reviews for him say he does not listen to his patients. We found that to be accurate. He acted like the other doctor was an idiot for thinking it could possibly be viral arthritis. From the moment he laid eyes on Clint, before we had even given details or the any further tests were run, he was convinced it was RA. LOTS of tests were done.
All of the tests for any autoimmune diseases and even Lyme came back negative..even the RA, but there were markers for inflammation which was expected due to the swelling. Because we knew from the rheumatology website it can take 6 weeks for viral arthritis to resolve itself in some cases, we asked the doctor about it again. He was a bit rude and said it resolves itself in under three in all cases. Clint was 3 weeks and 2 days into it when he saw that doctor.
When the tests came back, the doctor diagnosed him with seronegative RA. He tried to give Clint Rxs and told him he'd have to take drugs the rest of his life. Clint had already researched the main two and knew the side effects could be very bad. Clint refused them telling the doctor he felt his diagnosis was wrong. The Dr insisted he take the RXs. Clint refused again. The doctor then told him that he would not be able to see Clint and give Rxs in a timely manner and Clint would suffer in pain because of his refusal. (I feel this was a threat..It is easy for Rxs to be called into a pharmacy.) Clint told him, "Doc, I've done it so far, and if need be, I can do it again. I am not taking those drugs until I am certain I know what this is."
Clint came home and ordered an herbal protocol we had researched heavily, but before it got here, he started with heavy doses of a very inexpensive, relatively safe, and readily available herb that has helped people with similar symptoms. Since he did not have any contraindications, the first night he took two VERY large doses.
The next morning, his pain was 80% less!!! He never had the fever or night sweats after that. He very excitedly called me and told me he was going to pick some up for work and keep taking it. By the end of that week, his pain and swelling was 90% less. It was AMAZING! Within two weeks, all pain and swelling was gone. He continued taking it until he saw some mild side effects from the large does and stopped.
We had to wait until now because the doctor was convinced Clint would start showing symptoms again and refused to change the diagnosis until now.
Just an hour ago after Clint once again proved he was pain free without the Rxs, Clint was told the diagnosis is being reversed to viral.
Lesson: Trust YOUR instincts!
THANK YOU to our friends who kept our confidence and warrior-ed with us in prayer. THANK YOU to everyone who helped our family during that very difficult season. We are still paying for the many office visits and expensive testing and trying hard to catch up on the work that fell behind, but we THANK GOD Clint is healthy!

...and what was that very inexpensive, relatively safe, and readily available herb?
Garlic!

After that, he took Buhner's Lyme herbal protocol because research showed it helped others with similar symptoms. He also took some low dose medication for a few months. Clint's pain was so severe he wanted to do everything he reasonably could to make sure it did not return.

We are not doctors, but I am a certified herbalist. This is not medical advice and should not be taken as such. It is our story of what happened and what helped Clint. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Peaceful

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Camping

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We just returned from camping and are planning another trip to enjoy more of the fall foliage which is very soon going to be at peak.

If you like camping and love the wilderness, I encourage you to check out the national forests where you can camp for free. Some have designated campsites, but you are allowed to camp outside of those campsites. 

If you like rustic camping with comfort, I advise a quick set tent (same as ours), raised bed frame, and inexpensive mattress. We use a cheap spring mattress in our tent on a raised wood frame we built with new lumber very inexpensively. We can slide storage totes underneath. It eliminates a lot of soreness and increases what you can store inside the tent.

The area we are frequenting lately is called Big Levels and is near Waynesboro, Virginia. There is a rugged 4x4 mountain climbing trail we enjoy and the scenery is very beautiful. We hike a lot and enjoy the wildlife. I know information about that area can be hard to find on the internet, so if you need info, please don't hesitate to email us. (see blog header)


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Hillary or Trump: No election worries when you believe this

I have a prediction. I know exactly what November 9 will bring. Another day of God's perfect sovereignty. He will still be in charge. His throne will still be occupied. He will still manage the affairs of the world. Never before has His providence depended on a king, president, or ruler. And it won't on November 9, 2016. "The LORD can control a king's mind as he controls a river; he can direct it as he pleases" (Proverbs 21:1 NCV).
On one occasion the Lord turned the heart of the King of Assyria so that he aided them in the construction of the Temple. On another occasion, he stirred the heart of Cyrus to release the Jews to return to Jerusalem.
Nebuchadnezzar was considered to be the mightiest king of his generation. But God humbled and put him in "detention" for seven years. "The kingdom is the Lord's, and He rules over the nations" (Psalms 22:28).

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/max-lucado-prediction-presidential-election-170764/#w58qd3bBUCszMCRx.99

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/max-lucado-prediction-presidential-election-170764/#vhHd1XxAk0mwQ20P.99
"I have a prediction. I know exactly what November 9 will bring. Another day of God's perfect sovereignty. He will still be in charge. His throne will still be occupied. He will still manage the affairs of the world. Never before has His providence depended on a king, president, or ruler. And it won't on November 9, 2016. "The LORD can control a king's mind as he controls a river; he can direct it as he pleases" (Proverbs 21:1 NCV).
On one occasion the Lord turned the heart of the King of Assyria so that he aided them in the construction of the Temple. On another occasion, he stirred the heart of Cyrus to release the Jews to return to Jerusalem.

Nebuchadnezzar was considered to be the mightiest king of his generation. But God humbled and put him in "detention" for seven years. "The kingdom is the Lord's, and He rules over the nations" (Psalms 22:28)." -Max Lucado, read the rest here
I have a prediction. I know exactly what November 9 will bring. Another day of God's perfect sovereignty. He will still be in charge. His throne will still be occupied. He will still manage the affairs of the world. Never before has His providence depended on a king, president, or ruler. And it won't on November 9, 2016. "The LORD can control a king's mind as he controls a river; he can direct it as he pleases" (Proverbs 21:1 NCV).
On one occasion the Lord turned the heart of the King of Assyria so that he aided them in the construction of the Temple. On another occasion, he stirred the heart of Cyrus to release the Jews to return to Jerusalem.
Nebuchadnezzar was considered to be the mightiest king of his generation. But God humbled and put him in "detention" for seven years. "The kingdom is the Lord's, and He rules over the nations" (Psalms 22:28).

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/max-lucado-prediction-presidential-election-170764/#w58qd3bBUCszMCRx.99

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/max-lucado-prediction-presidential-election-170764/#vhHd1XxAk0mwQ20P.99

Monday, October 17, 2016

...but instead expose them.

"Our Christian responsibility goes beyond abstaining from the “deeds of darkness.” We are also called to expose them. To ignore evil is to encourage it, and to keep quiet about it is to help promote it. The verb translated as “expose” (from elegchō) can also carry the idea of reproof, correction, punishment, or discipline. We are to confront sin with intolerance. ...  Failure to speak out against and oppose evil is a failure to obey God. Believers are to expose the works of darkness with whatever legitimate, biblical means necessary. Love that does not openly expose and oppose sin is not biblical love. Love not only “does not act unbecomingly” but it “does not rejoice in unrighteousness” wherever it might be found (1 Corinthians 13:5–6). Our Lord said, “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private. . . . If he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you. . . . If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church” (Matthew 18:15–17). This is the responsibility of every Christian (cf. 1 Timothy 5:1, 20; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:13; 2:15)" John MacArthur 

I Timothy 5:20 As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear

Ephesians 5:11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

Psalm 94:16 Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?

Our family has been going through something very tough the last few years due to a man named Brad who chooses to do wrong while using God's name and staying just above the limits of the law. 

As a family, we have been talking about how when good men stay silent, evil prospers in our society. Clint and I feel convicted that the fear of gossip and our embarrassment is the wrong motivation for staying quiet. In fact, we feel we must share to expose what this man is doing. Being quiet so far has only enabled him to continue and be bolder. So, we have been seeking wisdom on how to do expose him in a way that pleases the Lord.

We have peace knowing God will contend with this man and those who have quietly enabled him for what he has done in our lives. While we can rest there, we certainly do not want to share in the blame if this situation happens again and causes destruction in the lives of others because we had failed expose the danger to other families. James 4:17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

It would be very easy to go around trying to destroy this man by telling every little thing to everyone who will listen, but that is not our motivation. We are taking the vast amount of proof we have and are letting prayer warriors, close friends, law enforcement officers, pastors, realtors, and other community leaders know what has happened to us so they can keep an eye on him. Maybe God will use this to spare someone else the pain Amanda and our family has been through at the hands of a self proclaimed "Christian" business man in our community who has used God's name to do wrong and hurt so many others. The path of destruction so far extends to at least 20 people, that we know of, who have been affected in one way or another. Maybe his knowing that local leaders know what he is doing will be what makes him stop.

We are also asking leaders to share the story without names to warn others that people like this do exist and cause great destruction. We are helping them identify and learn how these kinds of men operate and the lengths they go to to manipulate and conceal their sin.

Copies of the full story, along with the pictures and proof, are in our safe and with close family and friends. Please pray for our wisdom and safety as we walk circumspectly to bring these deeds to Light. Thank you very much! Please tell us how we can pray for you and yours.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Prayer Please



Thank you to all who bow their heads and pray for our family. May God bless you for it.