The medical field appealed to me in that I knew I could do both as a traveling nurse or doctor.
Eventually, I decided on pharmacy school.
At age 19, I was blessed with a job at a local family owned and operated pharmacy as a technician.
They trained me on the job and treated me as one of their own kids.
I grew up in that pharmacy. From age 19 to 28 - they were a huge part of my life as I got engaged, got married, had my first and second baby- hindsight I know God placed me there for a specific purpose.
You see, they also taught me a great deal about the pharmaceutical industry that I would have never learned in school. I would have never learned any of it working for a big chain either.
While mainstream healthcare has it’s place of importance, they taught me that most of the people on medications in our country can easily remedy whatever their illnesses and disease are by way of nutrition and a healthy mindset.
My pharmacist was an older gentlemen who had served in wars several years prior.
To know him, you would know that he always spoke his mind, no matter what you thought about him.
From day one, even in my interview, he would always tell me - ‘Make sure this is what you want to do. Because once you say yes, there’s no turning back.
I chocked it up to him just being a crazy old man, so I never gave it much thought.
I soon realized why he would say things like that.
To put a long story short, in 2015 my husband and I spent the first year of our sons life in hospitals as he was a very sick little boy and mainstream healthcare could not give us any relief or answers.
Thankfully, the Lord had already ordered my steps - and the pharmacist that I worked for was well-known in our community. He was able to connect me with a Naturopathic MD who introduced me to a whole new world of health and wellness.
It was then that I made the connection between our health and our lifestyles.
It was then that I learned that mainstream healthcare is not meant to heal us.
Something my pharmacist would always say was, ‘It’s that way by design, kiddo. If they healed us, they would go out of business & I wouldn’t have a job.’
To sum things up, our little boy got the help he needed through the help of that Naturopathic MD and I gained so much knowledge by working alongside people in the holistic health care community.
For the past 5 years, I’ve devoted time and money to learn as much as I can about natural health and wellness.
It’s truly a remarkable thing to see how God has provided everything we need for our health, but we can’t see it.
After seeing everything that went on behind the scenes of mainstream pharmaceuticals and mainstream healthcare, The Lord placed a huge burden on my heart to discontinue my studies in this field.
I turned down my Ole Miss School of Pharmacy acceptance letter. It made absolutely no sense from the outside looking in, but I knew God had something else in store for me.
As people created in the image of God, it is our duty to remain faithful in every aspect of our Christian faith - body, mind, and spirit. (I Corinthians10:31)
In American culture, there exists a disconnect between Christians and holistic health.
Most people perceive food as originating at the grocery store; they see beans as coming from a can, and bananas as coming from the Chiquita lady in South America.
Very few people harvest their food and know what it’s like to garden.
We’ve grown accustomed to fast food and preventable lifestyle diseases are accepted as the norm.
We are used to people being sick and one of the reasons why is the business model of pharmaceutical industry - the industry I resigned and fled from 2.5 years ago.
Obesity is alarmingly at an all time high in our country.
In Mississippi, 25.4% of youth ages 10 to 17 have obesity, giving Mississippi a ranking of 1 out of 51.
Mental illness is at an all time high, and women all across nation also suffer from infertily and low sex drives.
But in Genesis 1, God creates humans and said “very good.”
Our culture has accepted poor health as the ‘norm’, when 99% of the time, it’s our own environment and choices that are part of the problem.
The American Cancer Society put out a study that showed us only 5% of cancers in the US are genetic. 5%!
That means the other 95% are caused by our environment and our lifestyle.
So what are we moms and wives doing about this?
We are the hearts of the home and many times, we are the ones who have the power to implement small changes for the good of our families.
I encourage you to be in prayer in this area.
- Are we mentally and physically exhausted all the time, and not sure why?
- Is our sex drive all but gone, and no one can explain why?
- Are we feeding our families junk food and then expecting good health to magically appear?
- Are our emotions stable or do we allow our food triggers to lead us?
- Are we being a good example to our families as we are intentional about moving our bodies daily?
- Are we allowing endocrine disrupting toxins into our home and our bodies - affecting our moods, our sex drives, our emotional stability?
- What is our attitude towards those around us who are healthy and do choose to eat differently than most?
God created us as triune beings - our body, our spirit and and our mind are connected; if the body is undisciplined, so is the spirit.
I urge you to be thinking of all of this today. This is not a judgement call to anyone, but a call to action.
Moving forward, this will be part of the discussions here in Christian Wives and Moms.
As we continue to bring our whole selves into submission to the word of God, let’s not ignore our health.
1 Corinthians 10:31 - Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 6:20 -For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
Proverbs 3:9 -Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
1 Samuel 2:30 -Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed [that] thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.
Deuteronomy 6:5 -And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
2 Timothy 2:21- If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, [and] prepared unto every good work.
Romans 13:1-7- Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
I Corinthians 3:16- Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?