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Brook's Battle


It's time for another staff spotlight! We have several employees at Nature's Finest Nutrition, and each has a special story of his/her journey toward better nutrition and health. For the next few months, we'll highlight one staff member every few weeks and share with you our personal paths to better health. 

This month, in honor of Celiac Awareness Month, we're highlighting our assistant Brook. Read her story below:

I first came to Nature's Finest Nutrition as a customer ten years ago. IMG_0053

I was talking to a friend one day and mentioned that I didn't feel well. She referred me to Jim.

My husband and I and our two kids, a son and a daughter, came together. We'd been trying to get healthier. We were eating better and after our initial visit, started supplementing with products we bought here.

We got off sodas and refined sugar. Donuts. We were still using fructose from corn, which was still technically white sugar. Jim helped us get off that. Then we got off hydrogenated oils, any kind of food dyes, and all artificial flavorings.

Shortly afterward, when we were in the shop one day, Jim asked if I'd be interested in working here.

I was hesitant at first. I homeschooled my kids, and I wasn't sure I could do both. Jim didn't bat an eyelash. He said I could bring the kids and homeschool them here.

I couldn't say no. I started working Wednesday mornings and Saturdays when they needed me.

For a while, things were great. I was learning about herbs and their many uses.


We started fighting all infections with them. We used a lot of Anthroxene and Nature's Sunshine's Silver Shield. My husband used Sinus Support. Though you may have to take a lot at once, the herbal supplements worked better than prescription meds and over-the-counter drugs. We still use them today.

But then I got sick. I had health issues that seemed to come out of nowhere (though now, I realize they were possibly triggered by a bladder infection), and my doctor couldn't find a problem anywhere. He told me I had the flu.

The symptoms went on and on for six months. During that time, I lost 30 pounds and felt terrible. My energy was gone. I was in serious pain.

Together with Jim and Pat, we tried to find the source of my health problems. At first, we thought it could be an issue with my gall bladder, so I changed my diet and took three gall bladder cleanses. I did one cleanse one weekend, and two more cleanses the next. That made three cleanses within eight days.

I changed my diet to suit my gall bladder, too. I ate healthier foods - mostly wheat, wheat broths, toast, and potato soup. The more I ate, the sicker I made myself, all in the fervent belief that I was making myself better.

How wrong I was.

I knew it wasn't the flu, though, that my doctor insisted upon, so we kept working. We thought my health issues might stem from a stomach ulcer, since my grandma had one, so I started drinking fresh cabbage juice for five weeks straight. I heard somewhere that healed ulcers, so that's what we tried.cabbage

My kids helped me juice cabbages. I had to drink two or three glasses a day and eat only more bland foods.

No coffee. I love coffee, but it was a sacrifice I had to make.

The cabbage juice helped a little bit. It provided nutrients my body needed (namely, L-Glutamine, which is one of the best things to help heal Leaky Guy Syndrome), but it didn't ease my pain. That was still there and very, very severe.

Next, I did a liver cleanse and some coffee enemas. Nothing gave me relief.

I was getting sick after eating, and I had excruciating abdominal pain.

We kept coming up blank in the idea department, and after targeting almost every bodily system and organ we could think of, I was close to giving up hope.

One Thanksgiving weekend, Jim and Pat went to visit an uncle for the holidays and left me to run the shop.

I was in so much pain I could barely sit in my chair, let alone stand. By the second to last day of their trip, I didn't think I'd make it.

When they finally got back and walked in the door to see me, they couldn't believe I was sitting upright. They could see how horrible I felt.

That's when they told me about Celiac disease. The uncle they'd been visiting had been finally diagnosed with it after being sick with symptoms similar to mine for over five years. 

I'd never heard of it before, but after we researched it, I realized I completely fit the bill. There were symptoms on the list that I'd been suffering with since childhood and had never thought they could be connected.

Some symptoms include:


  • unexplained iron-deficiency anemia
  • fatigue
  • bone or joint pain
  • arthritis
  • bone loss or osteoporosis
  • depression or anxiety
  • tingling numbness in the hands and feet
  • seizures or migraines
  • missed menstrual periods
  • infertility or recurrent miscarriage
  • canker sores inside the mouth
  • an itchy skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis

Come to find out, Celiac can lie dormant in the body and is usually triggered during puberty.

Why mine was delayed, I'll never know, but the more I read, the more I was convinced: I had Celiac disease.

So I changed my diet yet again to eliminate all gluten and, for the first time in forever, my health started to improve. The pain finally started to ebb.

It was a miracle!

Jim recommended some supplemecabbagents to help heal my gut (where Celiac disease originates) and to aid my digestion.

I used Nature's Sunshine's Intestinal Soothe & Build, Carlson's L-Glutamine, and Enzymedica's Gluten Ease and Digest Spectrum. They each helped tremendously.

My energy is back and the pain stays away.

Unless I miss taking my supplements!

With supplements and a careful diet, I'm able to more than function - I can live!

Now that my kids are older, they're starting to show symptoms of Celiac, too. Fortunately, thanks to my experiences - horrible as they were - we're prepared. They're both transitioning to a healthier, gluten-free diet on top of their already processed food and sugar free diet. They're supplementing with the Celiac program now, too.

This time around, we're prepared. We've got this.

I plan to continue learning to improve my knowledge even more in the future. I believe in the power of herbs and proper nutrition. Without them, I wouldn't be leading the life I live today.

God is good!




Fluoride is a compound commonly used in pesticides and insecticides, in dissolving glass, in glue and adhesives as a preservative, and in some cases in preparation of atomic bombs. It is only slightly less toxic than arsenic. Tyrants used it historically to cause prisoners to think less clearly and keep them docile. It has been banned from most European and some Asian countries, including Germany, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Scotland, Israel, Hungary India, China, and more.

IN AMERICA, it is used in:

  • Our water supply
  • Sodas and juices
  • Soups
  • Packaged and processed foods
  • Coffee
  • Beer and wine
  • Baby formula
  • Cigarettes
  • Toothpaste
  • Anesthetics


  • Accumulation in the body. Adults absorb 40-50% of the fluoride they ingest daily. Infants and children absorb up to 80%
  • Increased infertility, particularly in males Serious brain damage by altering mental behaviors, and even causing Alzheimer’s disease
  • Lowered IQ
  • Early puberty
  • Fetal brain damage
  • Quashed thyroid activity
  • Symptoms of arthritis
  • Damaged and weakened bones
  • Cancer
  • The breakdown of the lungs, kidneys, trachea, tendons, muscles, skin, and collagen in bones
  • Lowered energy
  • Premature aging
  • Leading the immune system to attack the tissues of the body

Fluoride Dirty Bomb - CDC Adjusts Fluoride Poisoning of America'

TO RID YOUR BODY OF FLUORIDE, there are several herbal detoxes to choose from.

  1. GNLD’s Heavy Metal Cleanse (Alfalfa, Beta-Gard, and NeoLax)
  2. NSP’s Heavy Metal Detox
  3. Cilantro
  4. Liver Cleanse Formula


For information on the aforementioned products or our Berkey Water Filters that will remove fluoride and other toxins, call us at (423) 899-8422 or visit our website (





Please note: We do not directly or indirectly give medical advice or prescribe through alternative treatment. We recommend that people contact their doctor if they need a medical diagnosis. We assume no responsibility if anyone decides to use this information, which is of historical value, for they are choosing to prescribe for themselves. Healing is sometimes a slow process, and we suggest that you do not stop taking any medications without the guidance of a doctor.

Michaels, Ann Marie. "Top 10 Dangers of Fluoride." 26 December 2011. < > Accessed 26 October 2013.

Things You Didn't Know About the Liver

There are at least 561 known functions of the liver. Here are a few:

  • Converts food into energy.
  • Average weight is 3 1/2 pounds.
  •  Converts beta-carotene into vitamin A.liver
  • Filters and discards estrogen from the blood stream. However, a weak or toxic liver is not always able to do so. The mutated estrogen goes back to do its job, but cannot function properly, so it causes problems in the bones, breast, uterus and ovaries. So although the part of the body has the symptoms, the issue usually originates within the liver.

Symptoms of a weak liver are:

  • Flatulence
  • Hypoglycemia
  • periodic discomfort in the right side
  • poor night vision.

It is important to note that a stressed liver will over-produce cholesterol.  Cholesterol medicine is designed to slow down the function of the liver so it will produce less cholesterol, but it ends up slowing down all its functions.   

Also, often before there are symptoms, the liver is both toxic and weak

Some herbal recommendations to put your liver back in balance are*:

  1. Liver Cleanse – The first choice. It cleanses and restores liver function, if having hormonal induced problems.
  2. Chinese Mood Elevator – Cirrhosis, strengthens liver.
  3. Chinese Liver Balance – Liver stress and inflammation.
  4. Gall Bladder Formula – Soothes bloating and gas, supports the liver, and stimulates function.
  5. Milk Thistle Combination – Detoxifies and builds liver.
  6. Cascara Sagrada – Encourages increased secretion of bile.
  7. Dandelion – Nourishes the liver and purifies blood.
  8. Fennel – Contains potassium, sulfur, and sodium.
  9. Safflowers – Aids sluggish liver.
  10. Saw Palmetto – Cleanses bacteria in liver.
  11. White Oak Bark – Helps prevent infection. Normalizes liver function.
  12. Yellowdock – Used to support liver during hepatitis.

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