*** This blog is not to be prescriptive nor give you advice, merely to show you my way of navigating true health in a jungle of advice and pharmaceutical pressure. Please do your own research, ask your own specialists or contact those I have used if you wish to find out more about your personal condition and symptoms. To your very best health. ***
Another couple of weeks where I thought I’d not have too much to say. And to some extent that’s true.
We’ve had a week away where we were self catering, so food wise it wasn’t too much trouble at all. We ate out twice on the way up (seeing daughter and my dad) and both those meals I accepted as doing the best I could. Then whilst away we ate out once. The menu choices were fine but there was nothing that was on plan at all, in any way, shape of form. So I chose the best version and enjoyed it as a meal that was off plan. Gammon, egg and chips if you’re wondering!
Well being wise I’ve been much the same. Nothing changed or new.
Since coming back I’ve had an appointment with a NAET kinesiologist who was recommended to me by Janie back in August as someone who may be able to help me with my sluggish digestion. The work Janie had done with me had got me regular but not on my own and I think she’d thought I’d be further forward by this point. So I made the appointment then and have waited until now to see this new therapist.
I am aware that I have seen a lot of people this year. However I regard it as constant progress and learning, much like if you were studying and reading book after book. Annette was recommended by Janie and so I felt it would be a good complement to the work I have already done. I had no real expectations of what was going to come out of it, but I was excited by the prospect of finding a new nugget of information that may help me.
Annette uses a combination of therapies to get the answers she’s looking for. Kinesiology is a muscle testing therapy that can, at times, leave you wondering how on earth she figures stuff out.
After an initial consultation where I ran through a brief health overview of what I’d been doing I lay on the couch and she started to lift and move my arms or legs with instructions to resist or push against her. All these actions provided her with answers as to what was going on in my body. All along she’s not telling you what she’s doing or what she’s testing for, so there is no auto-suggestion along the way.
It was truly fascinating. In no particular order she’s identified that:
- My bowel is ‘broken’ (I don’t take this to mean permanently, it’s something that can and will be fixed)
- My liver (a major detoxification organ) is struggling with it’s phase 1 of detoxification.
- My body isn’t able to properly use both glucose and insulin. This was very clear to me, the muscle test was very wobbly.
- My medication isn’t quite doing it’s job (I long suspected this).
- My body really isn’t happy with dairy (as we already know from both blood testing and food intolerance testing)
- My body also isn’t happy with gliadin (one of the proteins found in gluten grains and oats that comes under the general heading of ‘gluten’) and the cause of a leaky gut. I’ve never had a gluten test done but have self diagnosed, this was useful and confirmed why I find that can’t eat oats either without bloating and heaviness in my stomach.
- I need vitamin D but mustn’t take it yet as my magnesium levels are too low and you need magnesium for the proper absorption of vitamin D. My magnesium is low because I have the leaky gut and I am not absorbing my minerals well.
- My Krebbs Cycle is ‘broken’, or compromised, call it what you like. Explaining the Krebbs cycle is tricky, but it’s a process of essential reactions within every cell that generates energy through aerobic respiration. It’s kind of essential! It was at this point I did shed a little tear. It was like I’d finally been given the answer to a lot of unanswered questions. I don’t feel ill, infact I feel pretty good 95% of the time, however there is always a thought that I am not at my best and so, knowing that this energy process is challenged made me realise that when it’s fixed I can feel so much better. Like – amazing! It was a bit of a shock really, I did wonder how I’ve managed to do what I’ve done for so long and I really credit my mindset and bigger health goal for that.
- She tested a bunch of my supplements and left me with only two that I needed right now, that were going to benefit me and then tested me for two new ones to address my blood sugar and liver.
- The really weird bit was when, without her telling me what she was doing, she went through a series of wrist squeezing and holding exercises. After a while she said she’d been asking my body what caused the Hashimoto’s in the first place. She asked it if it was food intolerances, an injection, stress, an infection or emotional issues. The answer came back as an infection. When we looked back I did have suspected glandular fever when I was 13 and had some time off school. Epstein Barr Virus as it’s called can lay dormant in the body for years before being triggered again and is a trigger for Hashimoto’s and thyroid conditions. As we discussed it I was taken right back to having that illness and sitting in bed knitting a scarf for my Dad for Christmas. This was recently after he and my mum had separated and it’s well accepted that EBV can be triggered by stress too. So, there we go. Maybe I’ve had the set up for this since I was 13 and the big stressors in my life have aggravated and triggered it. It’s a fascinating this jigsaw puzzle of mine 🙂
So I’ve left with some new supplements, some reduced dosages and an appointment in January.
I have also decided to write out my health and wellness timeline – to write down what happened when, which vaccinations I had, the stresses in my life, the operations, the pregnancies, the illnesses, the antibiotics, the job changes, house moves, emotional stress, physical stress and create a better picture of what this looks like so working a way to unpick it becomes a bit easier. It also saves me having to remember it.
I’ve also seen Niki the neuro lady since, but will save that for another post.
If you’re still reading, thank you.
I know that some people don’t understand why I don’t just take the pills and get on with life. But it doesn’t work like that for me. I need to know I’ve done the best I can, to reduce the antibodies and improve my chances against further autoimmune conditions. So I will, whilst getting on with life!
I am also pleased to report that since seeing her I’ve slept through each night, not waking once and needing my alarm to wake me. Now that IS progress!