I had the greatest conversation with our friend, Lindsay, the other day. Standing in front of the "Honesty Store" together, she could barely contain her excitement telling me why she HAD to come over and buy more of our Taproot honey.
This tale will make your heart happy...
and validate what we seem to be re-learning about REAL food. That chemical-free, local food can be exactly the "medicine" our body craves.
Here's what Lindsay told me:
"My daughter Keera has been struggling with stomach problems since she was little. Pain, acid reflux, lack of appetite. People would tell me not to worry about it- she'll outgrow it. Her doctor and I have tried so many things to relieve her discomfort, including prescription drugs. But nothing has helped very much or for very long.
That was a Tuesday. He scheduled her for a biopsy the next Friday, since she tested positive for H-p. "
Lindsay lit up telling me this next part, "It was during that week between doctor visits that I came over to Taproot and bought a big jar of honey, remember?
It was so funny. Keera, who usually doesn't dig into new foods, took a spoonful of that honey and said, 'Mom, this is so good!'
Ha! Before I knew it, in just a few days, Keera had polished off the ENTIRE jar by herself. I thought she'd get sick from so much honey- but, she was actually enjoying eating! And I remember what the doctor had said- let her eat what she wants. Kids most often eat what they need. Adults think too much, we don't listen to our bodies. We so often steer away from exactly what our bodies tell us we need (dieting, marketing...), but kids are more intuitive. They listen.
Lindsay didn't know if she wanted to admit Keera had eaten a whole jar of honey! Maybe she was in trouble. :-)
But she confessed, "My friend sells honey. Keera ate almost the whole jar this week!"
And the doctor replied, "Well. That explains it. Wow. Today's bloodwork showed that 50% of the allergens were gone! Was the honey local?" Lindsay told him, yes, our bees are raised in the town where she lives.
Lindsay was so cute recalling the conversation to me.
"Beth, you should have heard him. He was so excited. He said, 'Well, that is amazing. I don't believe it - almost 50% of the allergens in Keera's bloodwork are gone. I've never seen anything like that. And I had even told you how sick she was and that she might suffer from this for a long time.' Then he asked about her, 'How's she feeling these days?'.
The doctor is so wonderful. He talks directly to my daughter about her health.
When he came in the room this last visit, he was smiling and shaking his head again. And last thing he said to her was-
'Keera, I can't get over this. You just keep eating that honey! Doctor's orders.' " :-)
She's been back recently for more honey and last report is that Keera is off all medicine. And her stomach has felt fine.
Ahhh... the mystery of good eating!