A Mother's Journey Blog

Charlie Out For Spring Break

Charlie’s out for Spring break, so we are all going to do a Candida cleanse together and also clean out our body’s filters (liver, lungs, kidneys, colon, skin) as well. We do them quite often because we’re not perfect and we do not always eat properly. Doing quarterly cleanses helps us maintain balance in our body and brain chemistry. After a cleanse we are so good for the first month. But it doesn’t take long before we get seduced by the sweet or processed foods. It is such a battle trying to stay on the path of living organic foods. But at least we never eat fast food! It’s the going out to eat that get us. Right before we begin a cleanse, we all gorge on bad food for about 3-4 days. I know that sounds bad but honestly I think we deserve it because we do eat about 80% organic, 50% raw living food, and we stay on top of our cleanses. As long as you are getting the toxins out so they do not build up in the body, maximize your nutrients, and give your liver, kidneys, and colon a break by eating organic foods that break down easily, you can eat over processed foods from time to time.

So this week I’m going to start Charlie on Colloidal Silver at 1 tbsp every morning. I’m going to stop Biometics except for Cal/Mag only for this week because of it’s high sugar content. Anytime you start a Candida cleanse, you want to limit amount of sugar in your diet which includes your starches such as potatoes and pastas too. He will keep taking his Rhodiola (2 caps- 200mg during the week), Omega-3 (3 caps), Neu-be calm (2 caps on the weekend), and probiotics. We will drink 2 raw food veggie drinks daily made in our Vitamix. Always make sure you throw in a fresh organic garlic clove per person in veggie drink. Fungus/yeast and parasites hate garlic! Plus it’s a natural antibiotic too. Charlie will also start back on Wheat grass for this week (purify the blood). He’ll take his probiotic in the afternoon (Never take a probiotic with a natural antibiotic-colloidal silver). And last he will take 2 clay baths this week.

Chuck and I are going to start a new product called Cell Food this week first before we put Charlie on this product. I always get excited starting new products. I decide to experiment with this product because it’s suppose to enhance the absorption of oxygen and hydrogen directly to our cells. Curious to see how that works out. It sounds like it pretty much accomplishes what Wheat grass already does minus the chlorophyll but I thought we would try it anyway.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers


When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.



Organic Avocado Tomato Sandwich For ADD/ADHD

Okay it sounds terrible huh? But I promise it is delicious and sooo fricking healthy for you! I have had friends, family members, and my husband’s clients tell me that they love this sandwich and they don’t even like avocados or guacamole. My husband (who has ADHD) can be a pain in the butt when it comes to eating raw and living foods. He’s actually worst than a child. But every week he will ask me to make him this sandwich for lunch. He says, “I feel “light” afterwards and I think clearer when I eats stuff like this.” In the past when he ate his over processed lunch meals, he would feel heavy, tired, and always wanted to relax for about 30 mins before going back to work. So try it before you toss the idea of this raw food recipe out. It takes me literally about 5 mins to whoop up this sandwich.

1 organic avocado

1 organic garlic clove

1/4 slice of whole red onion

1 handful of organic spinach

1 or 2 tbsp of vegan sour cream (as desired) “Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet 70% Organic Sour Cream”

2 dash of sea salt

2 dash of organic cayenne pepper (optional)

Mix all of this in a food processor until puree. This will yield 3 sandwiches.

I use “Nature’s Own Organic Honey Wheat” (has no HFCS). I also use “All Natural Nasoya Vegi-based mayo” on my bread slices and then I add thinly slice organic tomatoes and some alfalfa or broccoli sprouts on our sandwiches. Sea salt veggie chips complete this yummy meal.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers


When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.

Non-Organic Produce That ADD/ADHD Can Eat

In today’s declining economy eating organic may not be an option for your family. One of the many health benefits of organic produce is that they are free of pesticides. This poison has a negative effect on ADD/ADHD because it can heighten their brain’s sensitivity to food allergies and it can cause neurological problems. So let’s discuss some of your options. According to the EWG (Environmental Working Group) they have put together two lists, produce with the highest and lowest amount of pesticides (www.foodnews.org).

Here are the top 15 produces when ingested contain less than 2 pesticides daily:

1. Onion

2. Avocado

3. Sweet Corn

4. Pineapples

5. Mango

6. Asparagus

7. Sweet Peas

8. Kiwi

9. Cabbage

10. Eggplant

11. Papaya

12. Watermelon

13. Broccoli

14. Tomato

15. Sweet Potato

Here are the top 12 produces when ingested contain 10 pesticides daily (Buy Organic):

1. Peach

2. Apple

3. Bell Pepper

4. Celery

5. Nectarine

6. Strawberries

7. Cherries

8. Kale

9. Lettuce

10. Grapes (Imported)

11. Carrot

12. Pear

Clearly you can understand why these 12 produces should be bought organic, BUT since money is a factor, here’s your second option. On my website under “Natural Antibiotics,” I have listed Nutribiotic GSE Organic Liquid Concentrate Grapefruit Seed Extract. It comes in a plastic bottle ranging from 2-4oz. This little bottle with last you FOREVER! You can buy this over the Internet or health food store. It will be cheaper if you buy online. Every household in my opinion should always have a bottle of GSE and Colloidal Silver. I’ll blog another day about the wide range benefits of this natural antibiotic.

What you need to know about GSE,is that by adding 30 drops of NutriBiotic GSE in a FULL sink of water and soaking produce (veggies, fruits, meats, poultry) for about 2-5 mins, it will kill and clean off all parasites, dust mites, insecticides, pesticides, etc.. You can also spray GSE onto produce. Add 20 drops of NutriBiotic GSE to a 32oz pump sprayer filled with water. Spray on any produce and rinse if desired.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers


When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.

Rhodiola Best Herb For ADD/ADHD

Talk about flying under the radar, Rhodiola Rosea (Golden Root) is probably one of the best kept secrets that has been bestowed upon ADD/ADHD. This has been one of the hardest herbs to research. I have gone through over 50 something health books last week with little info available. Most herbal remedy books didn’t even have this herb listed. And for the ones that did, they only offered basic info; where it is commonly found and it’s health benefit. No dosage, no side effects, etc…. The internet offered more information but I wanted more details about side effects, dosages for athletes, how often it is cycled, etc. Had this herb not been recommend to me by a mom who has a child with ADHD, I would have missed out on its magic wonders! Her son was failing. She had ordinary tried Rhodiola at 100mg with no success. But as one last attempt she tried this herb again but this time at 200mg. Her son began to show improvements. In fact his teacher sent an e-mail amazed at the difference in him.

Ginseng and Ginkgo Biloba are two popular herbs that seem to get all the credit in this country. But in other parts of the world Rhodiola is known as one of the most powerful adaptogen around today that posses an extraordinary combination of health benefits WITHOUT serious side effects. Because this herb is grown in harsh sub-arctic climates and high altitudes of Siberia, it has learned to adapt to unfavorable conditions in order to survive. When we take this herb our bodies will also have the ability to adapt to stressful, chemical, and psychological conditions in our environment.

This herb benefits ADD/ADHD:

1. It improves attention span

2. Increases circulation to the brain

3. Fights depression and emotional stress

4. Stimulate dopamine/serotonin production

5. Improves cognitive skills

6. Enhances mental work capacity

7. Heightens the body’s resistance to stressors such as too much motor activity (hyperactivity-ADHD)

What You Need To Know About Rhodiola:

1. It does not build up in your body like other herbs so it keeps side effects to a minimum.

2. You can take up to 20 times the recommended dosage (kids 50mg adults 100-200mg) without severe side effects…..HOWEVER, people with a sensitive nervous system need VERRRY small amounts or should start off on this herb on a small amount first and build up to a recommended dosage. Some individuals reported that they became moody and couldn’t sleep for days just from one dosage. Others individuals suggested to take in the morning and not in the afternoon if you want to get any sleep.

* As long as you stay under 800mg a day you should be okay. 

3. Mix reviews from the internet but all the herbs book I’ve been checking out in the book store suggest to cycle this herb because taking it everyday will cause it to lose it’s potency. I like the 5 days on 2 days off or 5 weeks on 2 weeks off. Some say 4 days on 3 days off, etc.. but this cycle was recommended to me by a Biochemist at NC State.

4. Most ADHD are great athletes. This herb will benefit them because it enhances cardiovascular, maintains energy levels, improving both endurance and protein metabolism.

5. When used for depression it is given at higher dosage 340mg-680mg. It’s known as a natural anti-depressant. Plus it can be taken with depression medication. It is not an MAO inhibitor. HOWEVER, should not be taken for manic or bi-polar. I’m guessing it’s because of their sensitive nervous system.

6. Many ADD/ADHD have food sensitivities or allergies making them more sensitive to this herb. So make sure you start at 50mg and slowly work your way up to 100-200mg.

7. Children who mimic ADD/ADHD symptoms because of faulty glucose levels and thyroid issues, will greatly benefit from this herb because it helps balance and regulate their hormones. Just know if ONE hormone in your body is out of whack, then it will throw the rest of your hormones out of sync too. It also regulates adrenal glands and controls cortisol levels.

8. When purchasing Rhodiola you are looking for the 2 primary active ingredients phenylpropanoids of Rosavin (3%) and Salidroside (1%) ratio. If you can find anything higher …..order it!

9. Stay away from Chinese Rhodiola because Russian Rhodiola is 3 times stronger.

10. Best taken 30 mins before meal but I did find info on the internet that said you could take with or without food.

Charlie started on this herb last Saturday. He took 1 cap (100mg) with his vitamins. He ate breakfast 30 mins later. He had to help clean up a yard with his church group. He didn’t really notice any focus BUT he said he never got tired once working in the yard while everyone else was taking breaks. Monday I gave him 2 caps (200mg) with his neurotransmitters. I was too nervous to stop something that has been working on a school day. Anyway, after school he said he noticed that he had a little bit more focus. Charlie no longer has focus issues but he’s very in tune to his body because his mama is always doing experiments ;). I asked for more specific situations. He said when he was taking notes from the board he didn’t have to look up as many times. BUT what he noticed the most was during PE, his stamina and endurance switch was flipped ON! He already has plenty of energy from his supplements so I asked him, “Do you mean it gives you more energy?” And he’s said, “No, but it keeps me feeling like I never get tired while we’re playing basketball.” Tuesday Charlie took 2 caps with his vitamins and this time no Neu-becalm (neurotransmitters). He told me after school that his focus felt “enhanced.” I said what do you mean exactly. He’s said, “Okay out of 1 to 5, my focus is usually a 4 but today it felt like a 5. I’m not doing anything faster but I do feel like I’m thinking clearer.” His report on this herb for the rest of the school week has been consistent. I asked him, “Do you want to keep taking this herb or do you feel like it’s worth taking during the school week?” He said, “This is my favorite herb that you have given me so far and I want to keep taking it.” I will continue to keep him at 2 caps during the week and during the weekend he will not take Rhodiola and go back on his neurotransmitter supplements. I’m curious to see how this herb plays out long term and the results it will have on other ADD/ADHD children/adults that I have asked to participate in this experiment. And whatever Charlie takes, me and my husband ALWAYS take as well to help Charlie understand what he is experiencing. I felt like 1 cap of a 100mg was PLENTY for me! Don’t want to say I felt jittery but I was a tiny bit restless….in a good productive way. It never interfered with my sleep. However my husband who has ADHD started Monday with me and he’s up to 2 caps. He hasn’t really notice anything yet but he’s a tough one. He’s always my ultimate test. Maybe he needs a higher dosage and a longer duration on this herb to see results.

Here are two Rhodiola products I like so far:

1. https://www.emersonecologics.com/Products/EmersonMain/PID-RHOD5.aspx This product at (180 caps @ 27.80) 3% Rosavin and 1% salidrosides.

2. This product has a high % of Rosavin and salidrosides (5.4-6.6%)  http://www.nationaldiscountvitamins.com/details.cfm?Group_ID=29&Product_ID=4784 (60 caps @$19.96) So far it has ranked as one of the highest. I ordered this product.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers


When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.

Corn A Major Food/Brain Allergy for ADD/ADHD

This is a comment that was sent to me and I’m so excited to post this on my blog:

I was diagnosed with A.D.D. (A.D.H.D) when I was 6 in 1984. About a decade ago I tried a self directed elimination diet after I had returned from living in Europe: where my symptoms of hyperactivity had completely disappeared. It took me 5 years, but I finally realized that I was allergic to CORN, including HFCS, corn syrup and all the other 1,200 derivatives of corn that are in 80% of our US foods. This allergy triggered my A.D.H.D. I felt good in Europe (and since in Canada) because they use wheat not corn in most their traditional foods. It took me so long to figure this out in the US, because in the ingredient lists of most products corn can be called, gluten, dextrose, and is used to make food coloring and food additives…etc.. etc..

The other interesting parallel that I discovered is that after the US initiated its trade embargo with Cuba in the mid-70s our supply of cheap cane sugar was cut-off and manufacturers had to find another source of sweetener. It was at this point that the corn suppliers stepped in and corn has been a major additive of our foods since. This addition of corn to our foods in non-traditional ways parallels exactly the increase in diagnosis of disruptive children with A.D.H.D. in the late 70s and early 80s. So my advice to people with A.D.H.D, take a week off corn (and A.D.H.D. medications)… Make your own food from scratch and just see if this makes a difference in your life. I can feel the difference with in 2 or 3 days.

Good references for learning about corn in US food are the book “The Omnivores Dilemma” and the new documentary “King Corn”.


I’m so glad Jason shared his personal experience and knowledge with me! It pains me to see children as young as 3 years old being put on ADD/ADHD medication when most of these children could have taken a $150 Food Allergy Test or do a Heavy Metal cleanse. I feel like a broken record when I mention in most of my blogs or e-mails that if you are a parent of a child that may have ADD/ADHD please go take:

1. Heavy Metal Test

2. Neurotransmitter Test

3. Fatty Acid Test

4. Food Allergy Test

5. Intracellular Test (optional)

These are the FIRST steps I would have taken had I known about these tests. Do you think ADD/ADHD medication cure the root of your problem? By taking these tests you begin to indentify the core of the problem versus treating the symptoms. As you can see Jason testimony is a great example of how food allergies contribute to hyperactivity. Like Jason we did an elimination diet too because like I said we were unaware of this test. This is a method of removing specific foods or chemicals from your diet for a specific period of time before reintroducing them and noting the effects in a journal or diary. Charlie’s kryptonite are dairy and especially artifical chemicals (MSG, and artificial colors, dyes, and preservatives). Not one single family practitioner, pediatrician, or psychiatrist mention this option to us. Instead they were all adamant that ADD/ADHD medication was the only option that would work. These test would have shaved off a year of trail and error for us.

Here’s a great example of finding the “Root” of the problem: My husband’s client was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome about 10 years ago. Her health was getting worse and worse as time went on. I had mention many times go get a Food Allergy Test done. But she was someone that believed whatever her doctor told her to do and an food allergy test sounded silly to him. But one day she was at the Health Store and they had a licensed pharmacist on staff that had a Bio-Feedback machine. She took this as a sign and decided to take this test. She sat for 1 hr with her hands on these hand-shaped things that are attached to the computer. It tells you what your levels are and your sensitivities to food. Mold and corn were her kryptonite. So she went home and pulled ANYTHING corn out of her diet. And then she realized what I had been telling her for months, HFCS is in everything. Like Jason within 3 days of eliminating corn from her diet, her fatigue was nearly gone.

Food/brain allergies have different affects on different individuals. Some individual can become hyperactive or depressed. Jason mention that “corn can be used for food coloring and food additives.” Great point and another reason why you must also pull the artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives from your diet. Another major point that stood out about my husband’s client Bio-feed back results, was her sensitivity to mold as well. Rae Ann (Biometics Distributor) had mention to me about a book called “The Fungal Link by Doug Kaufman.” http://www.know-the-cause.com/Shows/tabid/54/Default.aspx Kaugman talks about how corn and peanuts get moldy because of the way they are grown and stored. So when someone has a sensitivity to corn products, they are also having problems with the mold in the corn too. Food allergies will lead to yeast overgrowth and constant inflammation. This overgrowth will develop into fungus and mold causing chaos in your brain and body chemistry. This is a must read book!!!

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers


When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.