Margaret Jane Blythe
February 13, 1947 - April 18, 2018

Margaret Jane Blythe

Margaret Jane Blythe
Feb 13, 1947 - Apr 18, 2018

Margaret Jane Blythe
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Margaret Jane Blythe, 71, passed peacefully at home on April 18. Maggie was loved by many. Married 45 years and from Clarksville, Indiana, she met her husband, Jerry, as first-year medical students at Indiana University, where they enjoyed studying and running together in Dunn Meadow. Maggie won the first Indianapolis Joggers' Day for women in 1976, seven months pregnant.

Maggie worked many years at the Indiana University School of Medicine and was Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, Clinical Gynecology and Adolescent Medicine. She served as Chairperson for the National Committee on Adolescence for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and represented the Academy of Pediatrics for the US House of Representatives and at the Institute of Medicine. She was instrumental in founding the first Adolescent Medical services in Indiana, and initiated a network of Outreach clinics in Indianapolis public schools, as well as facilitating health care services at Indiana juvenile detention centers. In 2017 she continued her work with Southern Indiana Physicians.

Maggie was a trailblazer. She received the 2009 Indiana Commission of Women's Torchbearer Award, given to Indiana women "who have overcome barriers to equality and been pioneers in their industries." She was included among the Best Doctors in America throughout her practice years.

Maggie grew up in the Methodist church, began each day with prayer, and reflected in her final few weeks that her favorite verse was Philippians 4:13. Maggie's kindness, humility, and strength resonated throughout her life, a role model to many. She was the oldest of seven, and is survived by her husband Jerry, son Matthew, daughter Laura, mother Marion Ballage, son-in-law Anthony, and two grandchildren, Ailuen and Aili, brothers, Tim, Jon, and Tom Ballage, sisters, Alison Snow and Dawn Barringer. She was preceded in death by her sister, Judy Spreen.

She asked Memorial contributions be made to the Riley Children's Foundation, 30 South Meridian Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204-3509.

Calling is on Friday April 27 from 4 to 7pm at Leppert Mortuary, 740 East 86th St. Indianapolis. Service is on Saturday April 28 at 1 pm at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 100 West 86th St.

Maggie's Bravo Drink (made with Isagenix)

(Fermentation steps are key)
a. Non-homogenized Organic Whole Milk (is pasteurized) - [one brand is Organic Valley Grass Milk]
b. Bravo Super Probiotic Yogurt Kit (needs refrigeration)- buy from John Gray site Mars Venus - Kit contains 3 small packets which include a prebiotic ("food)" for the bacterial fermentation process. A 1- month supply costs $150, and a 3-month supply costs $400 (used to be $800). The three packets:
(1) 1 small packet (5gm) whole dried bovine Colostrum - cow milk
(2) 1 small packet (19.5gm) Probiotic Dietary Supplement + maltodextrin - contains 80 bn lactobacilli (5 strains): bifidolactobacillus, salivarius lactobacillus, acidophilus lactobacillus, paracasei lactobacillus, rhamnosus lactobacillus.
(3) 1 starter packet - Active cultures: lactobacillus bulgaricus, streptococcus thermophilus, Bifidobacterium infantis, bifidobacterium bifidum, bifidobacterium longum, bifidobacterium lactobacillus + cultured kefir grains which are fermented cultures of yeast and lactic acid bacteria from goat or cow milk.
"Bifidobacterium and lactobacillus are probiotics, helping maintain the human microbiota. They have benefited people with such diverse conditions as irritable bowel, the common cold, and autism. The Microbiome is the next Medical Frontier." Margaret Blythe, MD (April 3, 2018)
c. Isagenix product site:
d. Vitamix mixer works well and was used in these instructions:

2. STEPS to Make Bravo Yogurt--This is the FIRST thing you do
a. Pour 32 oz (quart) non-homogenized Organic Whole Milk into an open aluminum, sauté-size pan, put on stove top and bring to slow boil (a few bubbles), then move off stove and pour into a large glass bowl to cool
b. Once cooled down to touch, pour half (16 oz) of the cooled-down milk into a second smaller glass bowl, and put the three packets of the Bravo Probiotic Yogurt Kit into this second bowl; stir with a spoon to mix
c. Pour this smaller second bowl of mixed contents back into the bigger glass bowl; mix with a spoon
d. Cover this large glass bowl with aluminum foil
e. Put this covered larger bowl into an oven overnight (for at least 24 hours) with only an oven light on (small amount of heat). This step facilitates fermentation; after 24 hours you have just made Bravo Yogurt with a consistency like loose, smooth yogurt
f. Spoon out the Bravo yogurt into a glass quart jar, cover with a lid and refrigerate. When comes out of refrigerator will look like a curdy yogurt or runny jello
g. One quart (32 oz) of this Bravo can be stored in refrigerator up to 10 to 14 days. The Bravo will be used at a rate of 1/3 cup each time you make the BRAVE-ISAGENIX SHAKE (1/3 cup = 2.7 oz; 1 cup = 8 oz). So, one quart will make between ten to twelve days of Bravo Yogurt, at the rate of one shake a day. Math: 1/3 cup (2.7 oz) x 11 = nearly 32 oz

3. STEPS to Make Isagenix shake--This STEP makes just an Isagenix Shake (WITHOUT Bravo)
a. Pour into the Vitamixer your choice of Isalean Shake powders: 1) Isalean Pro Shake (36 grams of Vanilla powder, loaded with milk amino acids, 280 calories); 2) Isalean Shake (24 grams of Dairy Free powder, loaded with amino acids, 250 calories).
b. Add into Vitamixer one small scoop of Isagenix Ionix Supreme powder (25 cal). The scooper is inside the container and is equal to about 1 tbsp. Provides adrenal support including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, Vit B6, folic Acid, Vit B12, Zn and a proprietary blend of herbs like wolfberry, kiwi, blueberry, betaine, alpha lipoic acid, and more
c. Add 8 oz filtered water. Aqua True makes a fine water filter if you don't have one
d. Could stop here. This makes an Isagenix Shake when you mix contents in the Vitamixer using the smoothie setting which runs for 1 min. Let shake sit 10 to 15 min to ferment, and it is ready to drink
e. This is an Isagenix shake without Bravo, and is a meal of balanced supplements and amino acids

4. STEPS to Make the Bravo-Isagenix Shake--This STEP makes the BRAVO DRINK
a. Pour one packet of Isalean powder (your choice of flavor) into the Vitamixer
b. Add one small scoop of Isagenix Ionix Supreme powder (1 tbsp) into the Vitamixer (adrenal support)
c. Add 8 oz filtered water
d. Add 1/3 cup Bravo Yogurt (2.7 oz)--scoopers come in this size. The Brave yogurt that is stored in the refrigerator will have a runny, lumpy consistency, and needs to be carefully spooned into the scooper.
e. Select the Smoothie setting (runs for 1 min)
f. Let this mixture sit and ferment in any container or glass for 45 min [KEY Step]. If you drink before 45 min, may taste sweet since bacteria haven't consumed all the sugars. Much past 45 min, may taste a bit sour. Is OK but 45 min is the sweet spot
g. The Bravo Drink (Bravo-Isagenix Shake) is now ready to drink, or can be put in the refrigerator for later in the day
h. Studies show up to 300 new compounds are created by the bacteria during fermentation, and are available to support a healthy gut microbiome

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Dolly Cowley on Apr 27, 2018

My sincere sympathy to the Blythe family - - Maggie was full of fun and joy - - I am so blessed to have known her.

Dolly Cowley

Marian Colvin Rutledge on Apr 26, 2018

Maggie made a difference in the lives of her family, friends, patients, students, and colleagues. The world is a better place because of her dedication and passion. I feel blessed to have been her friend for almost 60 years!

Barbara Dierking McDowell on Apr 26, 2018

I met Maggie standing in line, first day of 7th grade. Her family had just moved to Clarksville from Henryville or New Washington. We immediately made a connection and were friends throughout our junior high and high school years. We were a zany group of ten girls, often did crazy things and Maggie was often our voice of reason. Maggie was always driven to succeed and was mature beyond her years, I'm sure this was partially a result of being the oldest in a large family. I will always treasure those memories and am so saddened by her death too early at 71. She was a bridesmaid in my wedding 50 years ago and although our contact was sporadic as the years went on, if we did see each other, we could pick up right where we had left off. My deepest condolences to Jerry and children and grandchildren. I'm sure she was a wonderful grandmother! I will always remember her with love. Barbara Dierking McDowell

Suzanne Combs on Apr 24, 2018

My deepest condolences to the family with the passing of Dr. Blythe. She was an excellent role model and teacher for me as a medical student interested in Pediatrics at IU. I appreciated her kind manner with patients and families. I hope your many fond memories will help carry you through this difficult time. Sue Combs, MD (FAAP, FACEP-retired)

Sharron Hafley Neuhauser on Apr 24, 2018

Grew up with Maggie in Clarksville,In. Went to the same church and our parents were good friends. She was a woman of accomplishment ever since high school. She certainly left a legacy of her work as a Physician. Prayers to the family,may you be blessed as you move forward without her.

Lisa Heath on Apr 23, 2018



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