Why I choose CBD as a Natural Medicine for My Children

Please note I am not a medical professional. I am simply sharing my personal opinions and experiences on why certain things have worked for us as a family. This article should not be considered medical advice.

This past Sunday we had plans to go to a neighborhood party and all of a sudden Eden came down with a horrible headache-  grabbing her head and crying saying she felt terrible! 

In the past I would have freaked out super bad and probably been having her down some Tylenol and then backing it up with Ibuprofen. 

I knew we had spent the two days before out in the sun by the pool and she had been up late so I had her drink a big cup of electrolytes, gave her a dose of her CBD and waited. She slept for TWO AND A HALF HOURS.

She woke up good as new and was ready to go party! No grogginess, no upset tummy (from tylenol in the past she would get tummy aches) and no cranky mood! Just happy and back to her happy little self.

In the past 8 years I've really made it my personal goal to be my own and also my family's health advocate. I'm constantly questioning the medications just given out without a second thought, and even questioning advice from doctors. Personally, had I followed suit with what three doctors had told me to do in regards to my autoimmune I'd be on a never ending road of increased hormonal pills. It's always good to do your own research and also dig in and consult with "out of the box" thinking- such as consulting with a naturopath or even an immunologist. You have a right to ask questions and request various forms of blood work should you think something else should be done.

Now you may be thinking, what's the big deal on giving her some Tylenol and where did you just go with that whole paragraph about being a health advocate?

Definitely in the past I would give my small kids Tylenol without a second thought. They were feeling a little funny or had a slight fever, well heck they sold it over the counter so it couldn't do any harm.

Until I started to realize I needed to question EVERYTHING.

Did you know acetaminophen (the main ingredient in Tylenol) has been traced to causing early onset of asthma in children?

The study from WebMD (click HERE for full article) shows:

  • A 46% increased risk of asthma at ages 6-7 years in kids who got acetaminophen for fever in their first year of life.

  • A 48% increased risk of runny nose and red, itchy eyes at ages 6-7 in kids who got acetaminophen for fever in their first year of life.

  • A 35% increased risk of eczema at ages 6-7 in kids who got acetaminophen for fever in their first year of life.

  • A threefold higher risk of current asthma symptoms in 6- to 7-year-olds who took acetaminophen at least once a month compared with those who did not take the drug.

  • 22% of severe childhood asthma is linked to acetaminophen use during the first year of life.

  • 38% of severe childhood asthma is linked to acetaminophen use later in childhood.

There are also additional factors to consider, such as liver and also kidney toxicity.

Liver Toxicity

When acetaminophen is used within the recommended dosing, approximately 5 percent to 10 percent of this drug produces a toxic product which is readily detoxified by glutathione and eliminated in the urine and bile. However, if this medication is given in an amount much greater than the ideal dosage, more toxic products are produced, causing an overload to what glutathione can possibly detoxify. This toxic product binds to the liver cells, causing damage and cell death, hence liver failure, or dysfunction, according to the policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Kidney Toxicity

Acetaminophen is generally well tolerated; however when used more than the ideal therapeutic dosage, it can also cause kidney toxicity and acute renal failure, or sudden loss of kidney function. Evidences of kidney toxicity usually appear 24 to 72 hours after ingestion of acetaminophen, according to the study released by the "Journal of Nursing" in September 2009. This usually is seen as protein in the urine, blood in the urine and in the form of an abnormal creatinine result, which is a blood test that determines whether the kidney is functioning normally.

Being aware of these possible long term side effects, I choose to only opt for Tylenol IF it is absolutely necessary.

CBD has been a game changer for us in our house hold as a homeopathic alternative. It helps relieve pain, stabilizes the "fight or flight" that is occurring at that moment when panic is setting in, and also helps naturally boost the immune system.

We use the brand I choose to rep, HempWorx because it WORKS! There have been other CBD brands I've tried in the past and there is in my opinion, absolutely no comparison.

The fact that they grow their product in an organic farm in Kentucky was the first fact that made my heart swell up, not to mention the 3rd party lab testing, and that they are one of only thirteen companies nationwide to have the US Hemp Authority Seal.

We are so grateful to have this option for a natural medicine like CBD. We do choose to utilize the THC Free line for all of our children and it is an incredible product. It doesn't make them sleepy (that's the question I get asked the most!) It literally just works with their bodies exactly how it's needed at that point and time.

Do you have any questions about using CBD? I'd love to discuss it more with you and get you on a natural path to health! Feel free to email me mydomesticatedbitofchaos@gmail.com

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