I was beyond fortunate as a child. But things have not always been great over the years…

I grew up a freckled red-headed surfer girl in Hawaii — the land of paradise. I loved the ocean, playing in waves, the trade winds, and the smell of flowers in the air. I loved the diversity of cultures, the different ways of looking at life, and the myriad of delicious foods. Spending time around the ocean was a continual reminder that my problems were small in comparison to the vastness of the universe. I thought this was the way of life — a way of life that would continue into eternity for myself, my children, and their children. As I grew older, I went to college, became an attorney, got married, and had children, who would vacation with me in Hawaii.

In my early 20s, however, I had learned I have Crohn’s disease. I figured this was something strange about me – a little bit of a nuisance unique to me but certainly not debilitating. Over time, however, I also learned that my children both had neurological issues. I still believed this was unique to us. There was something strange about our immune systems. But as I shared our story with others, I learned just how many more people were running into similar problems.

Then I became aware of two conflicting scenarios that piqued my interest. In both cases, a young teen had begun experiencing schizophrenic symptoms such as having auditory and visual hallucinations. In both cases, the young teen is taken to a psychiatrist and is prescribed an anti-psychotic medication. In the first scenario, the child gets a wild hair and, though not advised by her doctor, first tries eliminating gluten from her diet. With the suggestion of her mother, she thought she’d see what 2-3 weeks of going gluten free did for her, if anything, but she did not need to wait that long. Just three days of eliminating gluten from her diet eliminated her schizophrenic symptoms, though truthfully, she still needed to address other issues affecting her gut health…. Which she was able to do through dietary and lifestyle changes, without the use of any medication whatsoever. Meanwhile, in the second scenario, the child takes the prescribed medication and within about a week, commits suicide by lighting himself on fire! This was a sad and horrible tragedy for both this boy and his family that should never be allowed to happen. I took it personally and dug into the research.

I learned that we are in an epidemic of chronic disease and that our way of life and our environment are at the root of it. I learned that we are surrounded by things that are creating health issues for us, and that there is a 17-year gap between the research and standard medical practices. I also learned, however, that there are things we can each do to make a difference. I learned, for example, that we exercise the power to vote when we make a purchase, and that we can vote against corporations engaged in committing crimes against humanity for the sake of making money. I also learned that nature is filled with grace and that our body’s ability to heal is much greater than we have been led to believe.

With the right information and the right motivation, each of us is able to make a tremendous difference in the quality of our lives.

My purpose and my passion are to help us get there.

I look forward to sharing my journey with you and invite you to connect with me.

Peg E. Peterson
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