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  1. Great post! I’ve been following you for a while on Facebook and reason your blogs. Am I correct in thinking you have UC?
    I was diagnosed with it last year. And I’m just beginning my natural healing journey. I’ve read conflicting things about manuka honey. I’ve actually heard that it can cure UC or at least help. I’m going to have to research more about the dangers of ingesting it. I too am a little put off by the price tag but I’ve been planning on buying it for a while and making it part of my regimen.

    Ah sleep… haha I have a 18month old and a 12 week old. I sleep when they let me! I’m always exploring options for more sleep.

  2. Ok I just went and read your about section. So question about UC answered. And you’re a Christian?! Awesome! I’m so so so grateful to have found your blog! There’s something about finding someone who has gone through the same thing you’re going through. Seeing them succeed in the journey you’re beginning. It brings so much hope! I’m seriously choked up right now. I’ve been struggling with not eating things that aren’t on my protocol. I’ve really been feeling beat by this disease, like it’s not worth it to fight it. But reading what you have to say, seeing how far you’ve come is, simply put, so encouraging. Here I am, bearing my soul in your comment section. I’m sorry! I just really needed to thank you! So thanks!

    • Don’t apologize for your long comment! I am just as excited as you to connect with someone who understands what it’s like to go through UC. I think that the most powerful resource for treating UC is the GAPS diet or the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. I wish you immense healing as you start this journey to address UC naturally!

  3. Aww….I love you girls!! we can all be friends!! Lauren, I follow so many bloggers, and I gotta tell you, I think you may be my favorite of all! I cannot believe how much I’ve gotten out of your posts! And Rachel, God love you too, girl. I am also a Christian. I am OLD!!! I get all choked up when I read all about you guys and your lives! I have had Crohn’s Disease since I was 14 and now I’m 59! Boy, could I tell you stories! But listen, you’re never too old or young to learn new things are you:) Thank you, thank you for all you do! I am on the same journey after all these years of dabbling in so many things to try to help myself!

  4. Thanks a bunch Lauren for the f.lux link. My hypoT eyes don’t like the bright glare of the computer screen. Through you, Jesus took care of my discomfort. God bless you abundantly.

  5. I’ve always consumed Manuka honey for general well being and I do think it helped with my acne condition… just never realized that they shouldn’t be ingested. It’s just hard to swallow but looks like I’m going to have to look for other alternatives. Thanks for sharing this post.

  6. HELP?!
    My 16 year old son has been dealing with thee worst acne for about a year now. I’ve been pulling my hair out trying to help him and we’ve tried everything but the very toxic Accutane. I believe in Mother Nature and not a fan of antibiotics unless it’s a matter of life & death.
    We found your oil cleansing method and he’s been using organic cold pressed Jojoba Oil for about 2 weeks now. I feel like we might need to do more? I can’t find anything on your site about measurements of ACV and how to please cut the nasty smell!! It’s so stinky! Tea tree oil breaks him out more, so I like to see that Lavender Oil can be used in it’s place. If there’s any way you could help him and his stressed mama in guiding us with a program we would be eternally grateful. His self-esteem is shot and has completely ruined his social life. It’s brutal to watch him go thru this and some people can be really mean when they see his beautiful face that is riddles with cystic acne, whiteheads, you name it! Please help!?
    I love all your love here, just a bit overwhelming and don’t know where to start!
    Thank you!!!

  7. Thanks for your articles and ever helpful information. I read the additional info about Manuka honey in the article you recommended and for which you provided a link. I was able to find Yemeni Sidr honey online at I just ordered some because I would like to try it for both digestive and allergy problems and don’t want to ingest Manuka honey after reading your comments and the article. Just wanted to pass along the information about the Sidr honey. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for your great work.

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Lauren Geertsen, NTP

I’m an author, entrepreneur, and nutritional therapy practitioner (NTP). I began this website at 19, to share the steps that freed my life of chronic disease and medication. Now, Empowered Sustenance has reached 30 million readers with healthy recipes and holistic resources.

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