The road to health isn't always easy.
Of course, is anything ever REALLY easy? Nothing worthwhile that I can think of. Even our relationship with God isn't easy. He's ALWAYS there. But it really is up to us to keep that relationship going. We have to commit the time to prayer and worship. And that isn't always easy in this day and age, is it? But it's definitely worth it!
And health is worth it. It affects absolutely every breath you take.
So my health saga continues.
I'm so grateful to learn what I did all those years ago when seeking to find a natural treatment for ADHD for my son and discovering a way to reverse bipolar and other issues among my immediate family members by eliminating MSG, other neurotoxins and other artificial ingredients from our Standard American Diet. (To see more about this you can read my post on Our Food Story)
But even that doesn't erase all the impact of a childhood of surgeries, antibiotics, emotional traumas, and stresses and toxins from my body. Maintaining a mostly paleo diet over recent years has certainly contributed to being healthier than I could be but there still seems to be something amiss.
What's causing the adrenal issues, sleep issues, the anxiety, the digestive issues and the pain? I could go on , but those are the primary symptoms without going into detail, because who wants bored with details?
Well, between countless books and other sources of research I've been reading, medically educated friends, health coaches, homeopaths, chiropractors and the like, it would seem to point to fibromyalgia or some other type of autoimmune disease. And there's certainly a lot of causes for autoimmune disease and seemingly, almost as many ways to address it.
But you know me.... I know my pain is not due to a deficiency in pain medication. I want to seek the root cause not just mask symptoms. I want to reverse the issues, not just cover them up for short term. So once again, I seek natural treatment.
And of course, I did do a lot of reading and studying and consulting over what avenue to take. This time I'm selecting the AIP route. It's the autoimmune protocol which is a paleo sort of approach but also cuts out an abundance of other inflammatory foods that are known to cause those with autoimmune disease problems- foods such as eggs, nightshades, nuts and seeds, coffee (yeah.....coffee), sugar, etc.
I also didn't just choose any AIP program. I'm going with the Autoimmune Solution program by Dr. Amy Myers.... hers is more of a whole life approach and doesn't just focus on dietary stuff which a lot of the AIP programs seems to do. So I'll be taking a look at supplements again, other toxins in my home, detoxing, getting that last mercury filling out, etc.
I'm hopeful. Sometimes. Honestly, with the pain as debilitating as it is right now- the burning sensations and constant ache- I'm almost willing to do anything that I don't believe is just more toxic overload- but it does get to be overwhelming and depressing and sometimes I do lose that hope. But I do still have some and I hold onto that. I keep telling myself if I can reverse bipolar, surely I can do this.
Hopefully I can share my journey here a bit more and lean on the blog as one of my outlets. And maybe, one I figure out a bit more about what works and what doesn't, I can share with you, my dear readers, and give someone else a bit of hope too!
Best wishes that you have a wonderful day. God bless.