Out with the toxins.

I never knew how many toxins I was using until I looked.

I found some products I used to use frequently and thought I would check them against Beautycounters’s Never List. Bad news, they ALL failed. Fragrance and Mineral Oil were the top violators. All the toxic products are in the sink while all my safe Beautycounter products are on the side (some of them).


Before I joined Beautycounter, I thought I did a pretty good job of taking care of my health but leave it to Lyme to open my eyes. I ate tons of processed food, rarely slept enough, over exercised, and I was lathering my skin & hair with unsafe products… Lyme has very few positives, but making me take better care of my health is one of them.

With throwing out all these products it feels like one step closer to getting my health back. One step at a time. Are you ready to step forward with me? Check out the Never List below and see how your products do!


Never List



Out with the toxins.

When did sunscreen get dangerous?

“Of the 1,400+ sunscreens tested by the EWG, only 5% met their safety standards and over 40% were listed as potentially contributing to skin cancer”. WHAT??? Wellness Mama

Recently everyone has been talking about sunscreen with the beautiful weather. Did you know sunscreen either has a mineral or chemical filter? Both of which have concerns of being hormone disrupting, penetrating to live tissue, etc.

“The most problematic of the sunscreen chemicals used in the U.S. is oxybenzone, found in nearly every chemical sunscreen. EWG recommends that consumers avoid this chemical because it can penetrate the skin, cause allergic skin reactions and may disrupt hormones.” EWG

Further they have found that almost half the ingredients are “inactive ingredients” or fillers, many of which have been tagged as allergens or having other issues.

In summary, I have put in my order for Beautycounter’s sunscreen which is EWG approved and free of all these toxins.

Get yours and help support my Lyme treatment at www.beautycounter.com/laurenlovejoy/

When did sunscreen get dangerous?

When you have it all figured out, you don’t.

At 9 months in to treatment and I’ve learned a ton about Lyme. I’m pretty good at knowing my symptoms, knowing how to detox and what to ride out.  Congrats Lyme, this curve ball got me.

For the past 5 days I’ve been off antibiotics and had no changes in treatment. Yet I’ve increasingly had stomach issues, severe weakness, and disorientation. Yesterday I couldn’t take it much more and went to a Patient First. Typical they tested me for the flu and drew blood and agreed I appeared perfectly healthy but recommended I go to the ER because they had no idea what was wrong.
Thanks incompetent doc, if I wasn’t stressed before I sure was now. I got to the ER doors while on the phone with the emergency line at my clinic. Fortunately one of the nurses was able to walk me through what was going on and she agreed that the ER would be about as helpful as the clinic. She agreed something was wrong with my stomach causing neurological issues.

While I still sit and wait for a call back on what to do, I keep thinking that it is ridiculous Lyme patients have so few resources. This isnt a specific Lyme issue, its solely that my stomach is messed up and a doctor can’t help me with that. When did doctors get so bad or was it always this bad? How is this a multi million dollar industry when they cant fix a upset stomach? I have no doubt now why holistic medicine is making such a  come back. This is getting ridiculous.

When you have it all figured out, you don’t.

“Don’t let your illness define you.”

I’ve seen a lot of people recently discussing how we shouldnt let our limitations from our illness define us.

Conceptually, I get it. Don’t affiliate yourself with something negative like a disease, illness, or symptoms. However to me this just isnt realistic. Lyme is in every second of every part of my day. I cant drive to the store because I’m too lightheaded, I need to eat a balanced meal because I’ll feel bad otherwise, etc etc for every second of the day.

I don’t want to be defined because of my illness in a pitty party kind of way, I want to be defined by my reality. My disease makes every part of life harder than it was. My ability to do anything is a achievement. So when I say I have Lyme Disease, I mean fuck Lyme and I still am doing my best despite it. My disease is not who I am, my disease is a life changing hurtle that makes me stronger. This I am proud of and wont deny my disease.

“Don’t let your illness define you.”