The most frequently asked question that I get is “how did I end up in the natural health industry?” This is a reasonable question since my previous business experiences have nothing to do with the natural and organic world. It’s actually a very easy question for me to answer. I suffered from an illness that the doctors and specialists could not diagnose or treat. I truly believed that is was possible that this illness could lead to my death. None of the symptoms made any sense to anyone. I turned to a friend that owns a wellness center in Palm Beach Florida for help. Within ten days of alternative treatments and a major change to a chemical free and vegetarian diet, I came home 90% well. Even my doctors were amazed at the transformation. From that day forward, the only thing I’ve wanted to do is help people avoid the health traps that I had fallen into. For me, this is my calling, the thing that I was born to do.
It’s hard for me to think back on those days without feeling overwhelmed and extremely grateful that I had the ability and resources to find the solution. As I was thinking about this experience today, I realized that there is another experience that I’ve wanted to share with you that specifically relates to our products. An amazing experience that I was able to witness first hand.
About three and a half years ago, my nephew Codye moved in with us. He was 20 years old at the time. He’s 6’2” tall and although he no doubt weighed more then he should have, he carried it well, mostly due to his height. After about 8 months or so, I realized that he truly was what many of us would refer to as a sickly child. I couldn’t figure it out what could be wrong with him because the symptoms varied. However, some were consistent such as he was always tired, congested and always had dark circles under his eyes even after sleeping 10-12 hours. I made recommendations such as taking supplements and getting his system into a more alkalized state. But I was always very busy and I make it a rule to allow people to make their own choices in life. I knew his diet was not good. He was eating a lot of fast food and whatever he could grab and eat on the go.
Approximately a year after Codye’s arrival, he was in an automobile accident and was suffering with severe back problems. I am a big fan of acupuncture and had been treated successfully several times myself. Prior to the “medical” route, I thought it would be best to at least try acupuncture first. I sent him to my acupuncturist Dr. Barbara Custer in Mill Valley California whom truly performed miracles on him. It was amazing. During his treatments, she also noticed the symptoms that I had noticed. She told him that she thinks he has a wheat allergy. WOW! How could it be that someone living under my roof had a wheat allergy that I didn’t diagnose?
Needless to say, we immediately removed any and all "modernized wheat" from his diet and started cooking for the entire family only using our spelt baked goods and flour. I would not allow him to change or remove any other food from his diet, so that we could know with certainty that he was dealing with a reaction to "modernized wheat." Within 4 1/2 months he lost 60 pounds. Isn’t that amazing? I’ve never seen anything like it. He was eating grilled cheese sandwiches, pizza, breadsticks, cookies and pasta all from our Heirloom Spelt and the weight just fell off of him. I’ve read testimonials like this, but to watch the transformation in his health and weight was incredible. Not only did he lose the extra weight, he radiates health. That was two years ago and he has kept the weight off.
This exact scenario is discussed in the book “Wheat Belly” written by William Davis, MD. He clearly discusses the differences between “modernized wheat” versus the wheat that our great grandparents ate. It’s a great book and I highly recommend it. He clearly states what we’ve been saying for the last twenty years - Ancient Grains ROCK!
Our Heirloom Spelt grain is a protected variety and documented as “pure” spelt grain. It’s the REAL thing. In Europe, spelt is known as the weight loss grain and rightfully so.
Due to this experience, Codye and my son Nick have started their own business in the natural and organic industry. I am one proud Mom and Aunt. There are times when it’s hard to keep fighting a battle for something that you so strongly believe in and yet normally people are not overly receptive to the message until they or a loved one suffers with an illness. Being fortunate enough to watch people take control of their health, which in turn transforms their lives is beyond motivating. We realize that we aren’t just producing people’s daily bread, we are changing peoples lives. What could be more rewarding in life then that?
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Wishing you all the best of health!
Berlin Natural Bakery