How many times have you looked up at the clock only to realize that you have not drank any water for the last four hours? Its kind of a crummy feeling, kind of like you let your body down right?
There is a reason that water is the most common nutrient deficiency in America and it has everything to do with our beliefs around this life giving substance.
It is a fact that America is lacking intake of water and this is despite it being highly available unlike many locations around the world. Six hundred sixty three million people around the globe live without access to clean water. And yet we are surrounded by flavor that always seems to win out against water.
Water is considered a nutrient along with protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. It’s critical for every cell in the body, every organ, every system in your body needs water to function correctly. Too little water inhibits oxygen and nutrient flow which ultimately can lead to some early and late signs of dehydration.
These below are some fairly common symptoms that your typical doctor will see a lot and from a nutritional therapy perspective this is also quite common.
So if we know what being dehydrated does to the body and what it feels like why do we not drink more of it?
If you are like most people there are some serious hang-ups around drinking water. Changing how we do things is a matter of changing our beliefs around something. Some of the most common beliefs about water below and followed by strategies to drink more:
#1 is that water is just boring. We value taste the most among those things we consume and there is a time and a place for this. However, in order to really be healthy you just have to accept that somethings are beneficial to the body and that taste is a bonus but not required.
#2 is that we just forget. We often get so wrapped up in what we are doing that we just simply forget to drink water and sometimes at long stretches at that. So then what happens is you mass consume large quantities thinking that you will overcome lost hours. It doesn’t work like this. The body can only handle so much water at a time and you will end up flushing most of it rather quickly along with valuable electrolytes
#3 Like the first one, we choose taste and select dehydrating beverages like soda, fruit juices and coffee among others
#4 I am not thirsty. By the time you start experiencing signs of dehydration it’s too late. The #1 thing to remember about this is that drinking water daily and lots of it is a good habit to build. If you drink it without being thirsty and get in the habit of doing this your body will run as efficiently as possible.
#5 The water fountain is nasty. I cannot say that I am a fan of the water fountain. That’s why I always try to have a water bottle with me. There are studies that indicate public water fountains pose low risk to those that are healthy. However, some of these levels are high enough to impact those with weakened immune systems. This is all about developing good habits. Get in the habit of bringing a non-plastic filtered water bottle from home when you can.
#6 Plastic water bottles are wasteful. Indeed they are, that’s why I have a stainless steel water bottle with me everywhere. You don’t have to drink out of plastic bottles. It’s a great choice to use a stainless steel reusable water bottle.
#7 I don’t like carrying it. I will say that this can be kind of a PITA. In some instances it doesn’t make sense to carry it with you and can be a nuisance. But in cases like this I will typically have a water bottle in the car. Once again it’s non-plastic so any heat up of the bottle is okay.
#8 I have to pee all the time. At first this can be very annoying, but once your body adjusts and as long as you are not gulping your water this will subside.
First some key points to help you be successful:
I mentioned a few things in the eight beliefs about water that you can use to work around the belief system. Let’s expand on this and dive into some strategies to help you consume the proper amount of water daily.
Dispel Your Beliefs Around Water
#1 Water is boring
#3 – We prefer things that taste better/sweeter over water
Your body is definitely crying for water as Dr. Batmanghelidj explains in his book “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water”. The one thing that I see a lot of people do is confuse hunger with thirst. The body’s first reaction that you feel is a sense of being hungry when in reality you are craving water.
Drinking water is like any other habit, it needs to be cultivated for an extended period of time before it becomes second nature to you. With the ideas in this post, you can do this! You can actually become better with drinking water. If something here doesn’t work for you, look for other ways to get better with this. I guarantee you that this is the simplest thing you can do to improve your health. Thanks for reading and following us. I hope this helps to develop better habits. If you have any questions or need some guidance please reach out through our contact page
When I set off on a new hike, I always make sure to take a look at the terrain to really understand whats in my path. Its also extremely critical to have some kind of guide to reference when venturing into new territory.
Our intestinal tract is really like an enigma to most of us. We eat and we get rid of what we eat. We don't really put too much thought into whats going on in our digestive tract.
Understanding the GI terrain is analogous to understanding the terrain of the remote locations you are venturing out into. Without a map, you are really flying blind and this is not an optimal state to live in.
The symptoms that we face daily always have a counterpart in the GI tract. You may be surprised to learn that some of the most common things we deal with as human beings all have roots in the digestive tract.
Take for example a common GI bacterium E.faecalis. This is a common gram-positive bacterium that has been found in 30-90% of re-infected root canals.
Without a map or GI-MAP, the test we offer, you will most likely be chasing symptoms trying to figure out what is making you ill. A GI-MAP can highlight these overgrowth of pathogens which can help to isolate a very specific protocol that is tailored for you.
Some of the most common symptoms that I see a lot are IBS, chronic loose stools/constipation, autoimmune conditions, depression/anxiety, poor sleep, bloating/excess gas, thyroid conditions and others. I say this all the time, but its important to really understand just how much of the things we face start in the gut.
We offer a GI-MAP test and we always to suggest to pair with an MRT food sensitivity test. You absolutely have to seal the gut and remove foods you are sensitive to so that you can really heal. This is great information to have about yourself. Send me a message if you want to know more about this. Thanks for following us here at Heart To Health Wellness!
Because we are all massively inundated with toxins in our culture and the body needs some support! There is a good chance that the symptoms you are dealing with are attributed to poor bodily detox functions.
Whats the most common complaint? Fatigue? How about muscle and joint pain? You got it! Other symptoms like anxiety, insomnia, depression, acne, food allergies can all have roots to poor body detoxification! And our favorite foundation to support, the digestive system suffers significantly as you experience diarrhea, constipation, heartburn and many many other digestive issues as the liver gets bogged down. Think of a symptom and a good chance it *stems* from impaired detox abilities.
Personally, having an autoimmune condition, it just ups the stakes as gene mutations are very common. These mutations can cause nutrient deficiencies and inabilities to detox so I take great care to do a number of detox methods to help eliminate them from: Epsom salt baths, oil pulling, acupuncture, dry brushing, castor oil packs and infrared sauna for example.
Many other methods you can use, but the #1 point is help your body help itself. First and foremost, remove the obstacles to health!
If any of this sounds familiar, I urge you to seek us out here for some guidance on how to identify these things and eliminate them. Its that important! Thank you for reading!
Food is the real medicine and by adjusting how we eat, we can forever positively alter these conditions that we take so many pills for in the first place.
As I sat through another discussion about the Diabetes epidemic in this country, I couldn’t help but feel nauseated as I watched one person after another respond to the question of “what meds do you currently take to control your blood sugar?” I knew things have been very prescription centric in this country for quite some time, but for whatever reason the sheer number of personal accounts took me by surprise. Quite frankly when three out of every four commercials touts the benefits amid the mixed message of some icky and sometimes fatal symptoms, I cannot help but reflect on the number of my clients that take multiple medications daily.
If you are fortunate enough to live to a certain age in this day and age, you are statistically prone to take anywhere from nine to thirteen pills daily on average with some people taking twenty pills or more. My intake form when I first started was regularly too short to host the massive numbers of pills that some of my clients take and I would typically get an attachment to the intake forms laying out the way too many pills taken daily. I have since modified this to hold the large numbers of entries. How can a professional monitor for the interactions? With the volume of patients, I think it is hard to monitor every case. In fact some studies in 2016 highlighted that in one major national pharmacy, over half of all interactions were missed. Half!! I don’t want anything to do with this time bomb. I also read that it is up to the patient to do their own research. A lot of these patients on a good day cannot even make a sound decision about casual daily life events, let alone which one of the twenty prescriptions may interact with the other.
THE NEW NORMAL
This has become the new normal for the majority. We don’t even know what it feels like anymore to feel good. How the hell can we feel well, when we stack one pill after another, each one to cover up the issues from the previous! It has become the new normal and it baffles me. Is it really just about dollars? Is this why you see so many ads? I am one of those people that tend to believe that we are inherently good people on this planet, so I have to believe that it’s not all about money right? There was good intention by the person who worked up this formula right? The companies that patent these drugs have the best intentions at heart right? Besides the point really as it is just too far gone at this point, just too far ingrained and we all need to become more personally aware of the dangers of long term use. Take back what is rightfully ours and learn how to get to the real root of the issue rather than suppressing symptoms.
Lets just get this out there right now, I don’t oppose medications. I think medications are necessary for some people and combined with other permanent approaches it can be a good way to reset the body. But most of these scenarios should be short term and quite honestly some pills shouldn’t even be on the market. I mean take a look at what some of these pills do in the body. Quite brilliant actually from a pure science standpoint, but we forget about the resilience of the human body and when we use science to alter the processes of the body on a permanent basis we are just playing with fire. Due to our standard diets of junk and more junk, we are setting up the stage for a headliner big pharma act over and over. Our habits of sugary pseudo foods and treats, every day, all day is what is keeping this big pharma cash cow going. Food is the real medicine and by adjusting how we eat, we can forever positively alter these conditions that we take so many pills for in the first place.
Going back to the complexity of these prescription situations, all you have to do is roll out the prescription packet you get with medications to know that there is some serious tinkering going on inside this little pill. For me personally its all about keeping it simple. In the Marines, one of the favorite acronyms was Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS) and I still follow this to this day and is the best strategy for all of us. Way too complex. Way too many things going on here when a simpler change of diet & lifestyle is the ultimate prescription. But many of us think this is too hard. Is it not harder to deal with the hundreds of side impacts from these drugs? Maybe not currently as you may only be taking one or two drugs if you are lucky, but keep on this path and you will inevitably end up on more and more drugs. It’s just the way it works.
My client strategy is always, always food and lifestyle. Its not hard, it does take discipline though to make changes and you don’t have to make wholesale changes to see an impact. This is where I struggled unfortunately. I fell into this trap of black and white thinking which ultimately is how we think from the top down in this country. Fat? Terrible for you, cut it out! Eggs? Terrible for you, cut it out! Well, wait, new studies show that eggs are okay right now! How can anyone feel confident about their decisions when faced with so much controversy? Unfortunately, this element of doubt is a byproduct of crafty lobbying and approaches to promote a product or concept. This level of internal mental confusion I think is by design really. In the case of doubt, go back to what you know and feel comfortable with right? So we stick with the things that we feel comfortable with like pills and we forget or don’t even think about just how forty grams of sugar per serving times ten on daily basis is impacting our wonderful bodies. It’s the new normal!
Comparison. What is the deal with comparing ourselves with everything and everyone in this life? I personally feel that chronically over measuring myself is at the top of the list of things that contributed to disease for me.
You see one main area that has always troubled me is my body image. I have been a skinny dude my entire life. So much so that I can seriously empathize with those that deal with any body image issue and the internal pain that is involved with thoughts of lacking what is really wanted. Whether you are trying to lose it or put it on, the drive all comes from the same place internally and will leave the same mark on your life if you let it.
During the years that I was absolutely annihilating myself in the gym, I thought I had found something to make me whole finally. This was the first time in my entire life that I actually had people that I didnt know admiring the body that I had created of myself. It was truly special at first and I admired myself for the amount of dedication that I was pouring into this and the results. It was truly making a difference. I was looking stronger, getting stronger and feeling stronger and this fueled my ambition...at least for a while.
Anyone who works out, knows that plateaus are a part of the process. This is why its so easy to relapse into old behavior for some, especially people new to working out. But for me this became an unhealty obsession. It consumed way too much of my time and thoughts. Being a trainer, coach and nutritional therapist I know the value of exercise. I also know what happens to the adrenal glands when you workout beyond your own capacity too.
Essentially, I was using supplements that I knew nothing about really. Piling on loads of food, most of which caused me digestive issue all to grow my appearance. Working out way too hard and never really being able to recover. And the kicker is I never got fully satisfied with the outcome!
Every damn mirror became like a magnet for me. The reflection in the glass would catch my eye. The bathroom mirror I am sure got tired of me. And the scale was not my friend either! I was officially addicted to this whole process.
The funny thing is that I had to get really ill and flare up badly from the Ulcerative Colitis to really understand this whole thing. I weigh significantly less than I did back in those days and the simple truth is for the most part I really am not all that focused on it anymore. I weigh myself maybe once a month now. What I really value is how I feel. How I truly feel! My energy level and vitality are the only measurements I need to go by now. When I feel tired, I rest. When my thoughts are not sharp, I rest my mind. When I start to pick at myself and compare every little facet, I try to rest. Notice I said "try". I say try, because I still deal with this like we all do.
Comparing ourselves is a one way ticket to miserableville. For me the comparisons come and go, but the difference is the duration to which I do it anymore. I think this success comes with mind calming practice. My baseline has also changed and I allow myself so much more freedom to just be me dammit! Thats its...just be yourself!!
This is what I bring to you! I bring humility and empathy and a knowingness of how to bring the mind and body into alignment through the right nutritional, physical and life plan that is right for you. I dont have it all figured out and that is actually a comforting thing knowing that your therapist or trainer is humble to admit that they dont. It doesnt matter where we are at in life, we all can learn from everyone and everything in our lives and I love to surround myself with people and things I can learn from! This is of great value to someone on a quest to find peace!
There is so much that we don't know yet about this magnificent creation we call the human body. Until just recently, our emotions were deemed as separate from our body by most. Since the 17th century, any connection between the brain/psychological & health/disease has been really been off limits. This stems from an agreement between Rene Descartes, the founder of modern medicine and the Pope at the time. Descartes wished to obtain body's for study and in return it was agreed upon that there would be NO involvement of the soul, mind or the emotions. This has been the norm for many centuries now. We are now just starting to make correlations between mind and body and the concept of our emotions impacting our health is quite real.
The emotions that we feel at any one time are not isolated and are not just thoughts. They impact the internal chemistry of the body. Thoughts and emotions match up with receptors in the brain and also to other specific receptors scattered throughout the body. The various hormones communicate with one another and other cells & receptors throughout the body. So an emotion is not isolated to just the brain, it impacts other cells throughout the body in turn impacting the health of the cell and systems of the body. Its all interconnected. This is a very simplistic view, but science has been able to demonstrate the interconnections of our emotions, cells and bodily systems.
For me knowing this has been a game changer in how I view my emotions. When I get mad, stress, depressed or anxious for an extended period of time, I know there is so much more going on then I first thought. Neurons that fire together wire together. Ultimately an extended period of mental anguish will eventually turn from chronic thoughts to chronic illness and disease. I had an absolutely terrible three years or maybe I could turn that around and say because I had a rough three years it led me to an entirely different place. But during these three years it felt like my world was crumbling and I know that it was at the heart of my health decline. These thoughts ultimately created neural circuitry that in turn created genetic transformations. For example, my ability to manufacture certain things in my own body to protect my cells was ultimately turned off.
Chicken or the egg?
I often wonder about the progression of it all. Was it my chronic negative thoughts that led to disease? Or was it disease that just came about that impacted my thoughts? I mean I have been around some pretty negative people and they didn't have disease? So what gives? Personally though, my stress levels were a 10 out of 10 for many many years. I didn't really understand how to get a handle on this and looking back I am so surprised that my body lasted as long as it did before giving out to colitis. But there is always a trigger to autoimmune disease and illness and it starts in the gut! Always! 75% of autoimmune disease stems from our environment. So things like wheat, inflammation, diet, allergies, food sensitivities, toxins, mental/physical and spiritual stress and many more things lead to illness. What really happens at this point is you get stuck in a current and can't get out. A viscous cycle of illness. The inability to digest proteins specifically leads to an inability to break them down into the precursors that are used to build brain neurotransmitters that make us happy and give us vitality. So the stress and emotional turmoil just gets worse and worse until digestion dysfunction is supported. So it really starts with things in our environment and for some of us (actually probably most of us) it starts from birth as the health of BOTH parents will put us in a negative deficit that we are continually trying to balance as we grow up. Throw in the Standard American Diet (SAD) and the million and one toxins in our environment + the genetics and you are a prime candidate to land on the autoimmune spectrum. None of us are immune from autoimmunity!
I hope this post helps you to understand some of the key core events that are going on in our bodies that lead to illness. Thoughts are not just thoughts and benign. Dark and negative thoughts do become cancerous if they persist for too long. On the flip side, positive thoughts are indeed life building. Fortunately we do have a level of control over this and it starts with changing our environment. Remove the things that stress the body and ultimately stress the mind as they all work in harmony together and the body is only as strong as its weakest link. Take care of yourself and thanks for reading!
Whats behind our diabetes and obesity epidemics in this country? How about the Snackwell Phenomenon?
Whats behind our diabetes and obesity epidemics in this country? How about the Snackwell Phenomenon?
This is a term referenced in The Great Cholesterol Myth where big food companies jumped all over the low fat bandwagon after the USDA announced its official policy on fat. This is where we started to see masses of low fat products infiltrate our store shelves, like Snackwell cookies and other big food trend followers looking to cash in on this gold mine. The glaring problem here that was left unchecked was the fact that sugar was the main ingredient added in place of fat. Sugar is very inflammatory to the body. So the ongoing decades long issue with diabetes and obesity began as grains and carbs were substituted faithfully by those that trusted our government body's to make good sound decisions for the good of all our people. I am not a conspiracy theorist, but the series of events that have led to this disastrous outcome scream of foul play.
How do we continue to overlook the glaring holes in the data that started this whole crusade in the 1950's? As the authors of The Great Cholesterol Myth point out, the story is one of staggering amounts of money to be gained and lost, bad ideas that continue to live past their expiration & the revolving door between government advisory committees and the industries they are supposed to police. I scratch your back, you scratch mine. Serious conflict of interest all over the dang place.
It saddens me at where we have landed in this country. Its a testament really to the power of the people in charge of this country how an erroneous theory like the diet heart hypothesis could gain momentum in the first place, later become policy and then have the majority of health figures in this country fully on board with this theory. Is this the greatest marketing campaign of all time? Is this the greatest smearing campaign ever in full swing? Is adoption of this due to the thousands of lobbyists that make their impact on our politicians? Is it due to the many connections and dollars between healthcare, insurance companies and big pharma? Where is the love in all of this? I have to believe there are people that genuinely care and there are people out there in positions to make a difference that are slowly making waves of change. But until that day comes, It seriously astonishes me at how many people I am surrounded by have chosen to fully adopt that cholesterol and saturated fats are the root cause of heart disease! Subsequently these are the same people who chose to take statin drugs based on the "sound" recommendation of their doctors. I like so many others (including the authors of this book) were on the other side in favor of cholesterol, saturated fat and heart disease theories until the evidence became so apparent the other way.
So where do we go from here? I don't think there is an easy answer to this. From where I sit, I try to get the word out as much as possible. I like to be well rounded with all of this information to be able to present it so that others can start to question things. This is where it starts really. Question your doctors. Question your dietitians. Question anything that makes you wonder. I encourage my clients to question things... including me! Question those that suggest you take a cholesterol lowering drug based on bad scientific data. Question the numbers and what do my specific particle counts look like. What do my LDL-A numbers look like? How about lp(a), which is actually the most important part of cholesterol? Many questions. This is your life and you shouldn't put your life in the hands of anyone who doesn't make themselves vulnerable enough to be trusted. The my way or the highway approach to medical care doesn't work anymore. Step out of the line and help yourself.
How many pieces is your puzzle missing?
My personal nine point recovery toolkit!
Recovery is complicated. The body is complicated, so it makes sense that recovery can be like a puzzle. How many pieces is your puzzle missing?
Your puzzle may be missing some key digestive pieces. Actually, thats where most of us probably sit. Or You may be missing a few blood sugar pieces to that puzzle! Or like most of us in this country, we are missing a whole lot of essential fatty pieces. Very quickly we are left with just a fraction of that once complete beautiful thousand piece puzzle!
Whatever your challenge, you will want to have a plan and a toolbox of foods and or supplements to help to create and rebuild some of those pieces. I say both because depending on where you are at, you may need to throw the kitchen sink at the issue or maybe you have just started to hear the cries of the body and take swift action. If that is you, you may not need to invest in supplementation so much and can resolve issue with diet corrections.
When I first embarked on taking more care of myself and taking more responsiblity for my health journey it was an adjustment! I love that I had a good team of people working with me though as it made it less daunting and I highly suggest finding a qualified therapist or resource to help guide you! I strive now to learn from my challenges and try to simplify things based on what I have learned and apply to my clients where we can. These are the high level things in my toolkit!
#1 Rebalance gut bacteria (Find a good probiotic and consume as many ferments as you can)
#2 Whole food nutrient dense diet (i.e no refined sugars is essential, avoid junky toxic foods)
#2 Digestive support (We are chronically low on HCL in this country, not the other way around)
#3 Support anti-inflammatory pathways (our Standard American Diets have shifted the balance toward the pro-flammatory pathway)
#4 Tissue Support (degredation of tissue from inflammation and eating foods that fuel the inflammatory fire cause damage that needs repair)
#5 Additional nutritional Support (In disease cases, nutrient absorption is an issue so finding a good quality multi is key)
#6 Toxin avoidance and removal (They are everywhere. Support the elimintation pathways first and try to avoid as many toxins as possible --think skin care, cleaning supplies)
#7 Vitamin S (Sleep/rest)
#7 Knowledge, determination and hope (Without these things you are a pinball getting bounced around aimlessly)
The important caveat here is that you absolutely need to make life long changes with this stuff. Reducing the overhead in the body is priority #1. If you continue to consume things devoid of nutrition without supporting the body, it will fail eventually. The body is a masterpiece creation, but will succumb to these things if you dont balance & support. It may not happen today, tomorrow, next week or next month. But it will happen in some way, shape or form in your lifetime. Pay now or pay later is how I like to look at it. I make sacrifices now so I can get healthier as I get older and not the other way around. How are you supporting your body these days?
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"There are no mistakes if you learn something from everything"
What are the biggest deterrents to health recovery? Sustained change is at the heart of it all, but its not the only game in town! What do you think deters you from making changes?
Is it fear?
Maybe being inflexible?
How about limiting beliefs?
Or could it be stubbornness?
Many other self defeating behaviors could fit snug anywhere in between fear and stubborness, but I think these are pretty high level. The one thing that limits us everywhere in life is fear though. Other behaviors seem to kind of stem from fear. I think fear drives us more than we want to acknowledge. Its always been at the heart of my recovery for sure.
Fear will come in many sizes, shapes and flavors in our lives. It will keep us in our comfort zone. Motionless. Sick and sicker. What I mean by this is that we most likely get ill as a big part of what we tell ourselves over and over. In the book Molecules of Emotion, Candace Pert describes how what we think really does have an impact on our cells. An impact on our ability to be healthy. In my personal experience, the more I resisted something or the more that I didn't do something out of fear, the more ill I became.
Fast forward many years later and fear still played a large part after diagnosis of Ulcerative Colitis. It dictated what I did and what I dint do. I was extremely rigid in my thinking which made me very inflexible to change and fed right into the limiting beliefs. This stubbornness to change was rooted in fear. It was controlling my health.
What ultimately made me healthy I think was to open my mind. To read more. To study this awful condition. To become a student of life. Learn or relearn how to live better with my emotions. I locked myself into one treatment many years ago. Unfortunately, thats how we are led. Its either black or white. Off or on. Right or wrong. We as a culture latch on to an ideal and it catches like wild fire. From a food perspective a good example is how suddenly everyone was eating low fat diets because its what was passed down. Suddenly fats became wrong. Being someone who took the conventional approach with my healthcare, I did feel that this one treatment was my only option.
I guess what I am saying is that when you become more flexible and stop telling yourself that something isn't possible, you greatly increase the chances of healing. I think I realized the value in using multiple methods to getting healthy. Autoimmune disease in itself is stubborn. Very stubborn. For most, it goes into remission and comes back quite often. But I know my success increases with how much I open my mind to different methods of healing. I am not suggesting that you select something from the flavor of the week therapy. I am suggesting to be a student. Yes, sometimes you may need to go down a dead end path to realize that you should be somewhere else. Nothing to be ashamed of. There are no mistakes if you learn something from everything. I often think we plateau in anything we do, so its good to re-evaluate often and make course corrections. Maybe you are at a point of re-evaluation? If so, good for you!! Keep pushing forward and learn as much as you can. Wishing you the best of health!!
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"You can take a step back and realize something in your own environment (food intolerances/allergy, gluten, toxins, bad water, stress and so on) is making you sick"
This quote about change resonates with me. I think back to when I was first diagnosed with colitis and how helpless and powerless I felt. Quite honestly I have felt this way through the entire duration of this disease until the last three years. Mostly because medications were the main thing in my doctors toolkit and for me numerous approaches didnt seem to help. I tried to educate myself some, but back when I was diagnosed all I read was that, yes this disease is what it is. You are stuck with it my friend! Colitis and autoimmune diseases are very stubborn diseases and go into remission and come back. For some this may happen over and over, but I know for myself and others that I have worked with, there is typically a trigger that causes the flare and ultimately with some very methodical things, we are not helpless to impact to stop or reverse this.
Each person that has an autoimmune disease has to go through their own hell to find peace. For me something just clicked in 2015. I was going through my umpteenth flare and this was a bad one. I had just went through the worst two years imaginable and everything came crashing down on me. The bleeding just would not stop! Remicade was the next cocktail on the menu, but something inside me said NO. I think it was the last interaction with my doctor that left a very sour taste and I found myself in new territory. Something inside me wanted something different. Something where I was in the drivers seat. The alternative care team that I found helped me to realize some very key things about this disease. They helped me to understand that I am not powerless, that I can make some course corrections that can give me the upper hand with this. I believe that absolutely anything is possible in this life if you fully believe it. Whatever the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve right.
The message here is this, dont ever allow yourself to be caught on the side of majority if it doesn't feel good to you. Over the years while I was in a state of just being "good with accepting the disease", something just felt off inside. I felt restless. I think like anything in life, when you feel like you have no choices or options, it makes you depressed. Negative thinking and autoimmune disease is a bad combo. Even if you dont realize it fully, we as human beings always want something better. Thats the stirring inside that you feel. What I felt. You have it inside yourself to reform. To make changes that can give you back some power to take control of your own situation. I really enjoyed the post by @mybodymysoul_co about Choice + willpower = individuality! This is brilliant and really made me reflect on my own path today. It makes me think how I am grateful that I realized I had a choice and proud that I mustered up the willpower to stand out from the crowd on this one. I now always read one off stories about people who found some new and controversial ways to heal from their autoimmune diseases. I was limited in my thinking back then that I couldn't progress past where I was at. In fact, it felt like the people I trusted (doctors) were telling me to expect the worst. Maybe it was just these specific doctors, but I began to read about others that experienced the same things. Were told the same things. Were left hopeless! I know we are bio-individuals and that what works for one, may not work for another. But the core reason for autoimmune disease is the same regardless. 25% genetic. 75% environmental. That says to me that a good part of this disease can be something that we can change. Just think about that for minute. Try to relate it to your own situation. You can take a step back and realize something in your own environment (food intolerances/allergy, gluten, toxins, bad water, stress and so on) is making you sick. There are so many success stories out there. What do you have to lose? Hope this helps someone out there that is at the same point I was at years ago. You can do this! If you do feel lost, please do reach out for guidance. Someone that can help you make course corrections whether it be a friend, family, functional medicine doc or someone like myself who looks outside of the box about healing. Take care!
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Ian Sandage is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who speaks from the personal experience of someone with autoimmune disease and the highs and lows of a health journey