Adventures with Jodi: How One Girl Stopped Migraines and Chronic Pain and Accidentally Improved Her Family’s Health!
WAPF member Jodi Ledley, from the Hardin County, Ohio, chapter, headed by the invincible chapter leader Jane Kraft, recently penned this small book to chronicle her successful battle against migraines and chronic pain. The book might be small (just one hundred seventy-two pages) but it packs a punch in presentation. Chapters are organized into one to three pages, and in everyday language with large print that gets the message across. It’s a great teaching tool.
Jodi suffered from crippling migraines, chronic pain and other neurological issues for years, enduring medical treatments and drugs of all kinds in an effort to banish the severe headaches that ruled her life. She had no quality of life and could not enjoy her home or her family. Jodi is a talented photographer, a profession that allows her to work at home. But while working in a hospital laboratory, her health issues worsened because of toxins in the air and in the environment that could not be controlled.
Jodi discovered the Weston A. Price Foundation, its information and nutritional principles, and began a process of weeding out several substances in her diet of modern-day processed foods. She finally hit upon a plan that is a winner for her. Jodi talks about what she did, step by step, to rid her life of toxins and food additives, and where they are commonly found. She also has young children with health issues and transitioned them to a healthy WAPF diet.
Not only did the quality of her family’s food improve their health, but Jodi hit upon the source of her misery—food additives, many of which are excitotoxins. Once she eliminated these from her daily life, things began to improve and the headaches miraculously went away.
In her efforts to discover the cause of her problems, Jodi even tackled nutrigenomics with saliva testing (23andme or Ancestry). She downloaded her genome to a low-cost app (Sterling and others) which gave her an easy-to-decipher genetic report and explanation for some of her issues. She found out that she had a mutation in both of the common MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) genes (compound heterozygous) which means that she has a reduced capacity to methylate and get rid of toxins naturally. She gives suggestions on how to deal with these issues. Jodi also found her problems with histamines were related to methylation and histamine genes. She also connects histamine issues to bacteria in the gut.
Jodi describes her new life and how she built it, working with more wholesome food sources through cooking and preserving her own foods, raising animals, planting a garden, using local bees and taking advantage of food in the local community.
She also discusses schools as sources of problem foods for kids, and how she dealt with her children’s school, as well as home schooling and other topics.
Jodi provides a good basic foundation to direct people who are new to the journey of eating well: where to find good food; how-to-do’s; what to avoid; and other problem areas, including cosmetics, personal care products, fragrances, eating out, dentistry and more.
You will enjoy the many photos that Jodi includes. I give this book a hearty thumbs up! The book is available on Amazon in paper and on Kindle books at: amzn.to/2kxK7UP and at her website: adventureswithjodi.com
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Spring 2017.