October 2, 2011 § 1 Comment
Throughout my incessant research, I have read countless articles and have watched too many documentaries to count. Seriously, Netflix can kinda foster a documentary addiction. Anyhow… All of this has caused me to believe that there probably is something to all of this holistic healing, nutritious stuff.
For this reason, we have decided to try and live a healthier lifestyle and eliminate as many toxins as possible from our lives. This means that we eat mostly organic food in order to avoid pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and preservatives. We have also switched to all natural household cleaners (which work quite well in fact), and hygiene items such as fluoride free toothpaste. Maybe I will work in exercise in there at some point… uhh, err…
In efforts to rid my body of as many toxins as possible, as previously posted here, I had my “silver” (mostly mercury) fillings removed. At the time, I was unaware of how important it is to have a dentist who specializes in amalgam filling removal. After watching a video online of how this procedure is supposed to be done, I am pretty sure that it was not. Because of this, in addition to the mercury vapors that the filling itself released on a daily bases, even more were released during the drilling and removal process. After I found this out, I was interested in having my metal levels tested to see if they were high.
I started searching for a medical professional that could provide heavy metal testing and chelation. This search process led me to a doctor of naturopathic medicine, Carol Loechinger. I went into the office for a consultation. After talking things over with Dr. Carol, she convinced me to do a Meridian Stress Assessment first. It can give me an overview of how my body is functioning (or not), including an idea of what my mercury levels are. Not knowing much about the test, I agreed. I didn’t completely hear the full explanation about the assessment and thought it was a blood test of some sort.
The test was completely took me by surprise as it was no where near a blood test. I’m sure I will get this wrong, but here it goes. The MSA analyzes the energy levels through Meridian pathways in the body. Each Meridian pathway, often acupuncture points, corresponds to a different part of the body and gives an overview of the patients health.
As usual, when I realized that this wasn’t a blood test, I was skeptical. The assessment claimed many things, however here are a few of the highlights that I can remember. My left lymphatic system has issues of some sort but the right is fine and my nervous system is not quite up to par, no surprise there. My circulation is doing alright as well as my mercury levels. I have a parasite potentially in my gallbladder and and a strep virus that my body never successfully ridded itself of from middle school.
All of this is interesting and all, but here’s the kicker… It said I have Lyme Disease. While this might not sound like a huge deal to you, it is enormous, earth shattering news to us. Lyme has been called the “great imitator” and Lyme has been known to be misdiagnosed as MS before. In fact, the symptoms can be quite similar to one another.
When Dr. Carol first mentioned Lyme, I didn’t think much of it. I’ve had a Lyme test ran, by an actual blood test, and it came back negative. And with me being skeptical and all, it kind of went in one ear and out the other. However, I mentioned in a previous post that I had a cold a few weeks ago… Well, when I was sick, only my left lymph node was swollen. Interesting… the has test gained some level of credibility. More digging will be a necessity!
October 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
I feel like I have blogged bits and pieces of everything going on without giving the entire picture. So, I’m going to back up and attempt to fill in some of the blanks. I’m sure some of this is redundant if you have been following for a little while, but I feel the need to go over this in order for it all to make sense.
In January of this year I began to experience a series of unexplained symptoms. A long three months and a string of doctor appointments later, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. For a brief moment, I felt relief. I had an answer and my symptoms and they were no longer unexplained. However that relief was short lived before feelings of fear and uncertainty set in. Through a little bit of time and appointments with my neurologist, I began the process of accepting some of the unknowns that comes along with a MS diagnosis.
Within a few weeks of my official diagnosis, I started my standard MS treatment with Rebif injections (a disease modifying drug) and was all set to follow the typical medical path. It’s not the best prognosis, but I was told that only 25% of people are in a wheelchair and most patients live a normal lifespan. Although, what I failed to realize is how much is in between living a completely normal life and being wheelchair bound or completely paralyzed. However, I began the process of accepting the fact that I have MS and my life will no longer be the same.
However, in an odd twist, I was convinced by Life Fitness Academy to look more into natural remedies that could possibly heal my body and the lesions on my spinal cord. (More in this post.) It’s not exactly a guarantee of a cure, but the possibility sure sounds better than what the disease modifying drugs have to offer. I figured that the drugs would always be there if I decided that I wanted to go that route.
So, I immersed myself in education. About nutrition, Multiple Sclerosis, the medical industry, and about all kinds of natural, holistic routes that I could take. I was pretty shocked at some of what I learned and am still learning! I began to learn about what all is in our food, the effects that traditional medication has on our bodies and about a few of our government organizations, such as the FDA. In short, I began to see how important food is to our overall health, how detrimental toxins can be, and how our government and medical institutions fails to inform us of all of this.
I began to hope. To hope in the fact that there might be something to the notion that nutrition and a holistic route can lead to a cure. I am skeptical, as I am with most things as of late. I realize that I may come across as crazy (or, as I was once told, in denial…) but without hope, what else is left? There have been plenty ups and downs, and I am sure that there are more to come. I’m just trying to take one day at a time and try to explain some of the events that have happened recently and some of the decisions that have I have made.
I know this post is long, and there is even more to write… so, I guess this is part one. All abut the naturopathic doctor appointment next time.