Hi there – this post is all about what I think is going on in the world of health and pharmaceuticals.
When I notate “AI” anywhere in this post – it indicates an autoimmune disease.
I’m pretty sure, from what I have gathered since 2014, the medical (Do No Harm) and pharmaceutical communities (we don’t care, we just want to make money no matter what!) have failed us all in many ways and I just wanted to let you know what my thoughts are.
As a child of 2, I had my tonsils and adenoids removed. That was the thing to do back in the late 1940’s when a child had a lot of infections. Back then, the doctors didn’t realize they were removing one of the bodies most important defense mechanisms. When they removed mine, I believe it began a lifetime of cascading effects that haven’t been good.
In the mid 1950’s I developed eczema (AI) that took hold of my elbows. So badly, in fact, I had to wear long sleeves to protect the skin. Back then, all I had at my disposal was a cream called Mazon, that actually helped a bit, but boy were my elbows itchy – ALL THE TIME!
Then came the allergies (AI) – and Oh, Boy, did they erupt! Whenever we went to the lake at Brighton, I would come out with an “asthma” attack (AI), and was immediately given a shot of Penicillin – “to help avoid a ‘secondary infection'”. Now I cannot take penicillin any longer as it will cause an anaphylactic event causing me to have to use an Epi pen, or go to the ER. Not just penicillin anymore, but any of the typical antibiotics. Later, in my teens I developed a very serious reaction to Sulpha drugs, which put me in hospital in my mid-20’s.
In the late 1960’s, I was diagnosed with H. Pylori ulcers. At that time they didn’t realize that it was a bacterial infection of the stomach that could be eliminated with antibiotics! (Here we are again). Unfortunately, I have suffered ever since with ulcers, both H. Pylori type and non-H. Pylori type, due to depleted stomach acids (also leaky gut (intestinal permeability))!
In the late 1980’s I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and the doctor said at the time he thought it might be Hashimoto’s Disease (AI). Little did I know at the time was that it certainly would develop into Hashimoto’s – when exactly, I don’t know, but wish I had. It, unfortunately, is too late to do too much about it now, but if I had known what I do now, this could have been a whole lot different story! At the time of the original diagnosis I was put on Synthroid and have been since then. However, I have, in the past couple of years, found out that Synthroid medication contains corn starch – which is one of my major allergies. Consequently, my body is continually being bombarded with an allergen from a medication that is supposed to be keeping my hormones in balance.
During the early 1990’s I was diagnosed with Essential Tremor. This I knew had something to do with family and know that it was something that has been passed down by my maternal grandfather. I’ve been on a medication called Propranolol since 2006, which is a beta-blocker, but helps somewhat with the tremors. Since then, it had been suggested that I had Cervical Dystonia (head tremor) caused by the neck muscles being restricted, and have been diagnosed officially with it. There is no known cure or medication that I would be interested in taking, that would help this condition.
In October of 2013, I had an anaphylactic response to something I ate which put me into the ER and started my adventure. Later, in the spring of 2014, I saw a very astute allergist who suggested I go on an elimination diet to determine food allergies/reactions. That was what actually started me on my journey to today.
In 2014, I had a total hip joint replacement done. When I came to in the post-op recovery room, my hands were so very sore. I couldn’t understand why, but found out a year and a half later that it was Rheumatoid Arthritis (AI) I had been struck with and think the surgery may have triggered the onset. I do know that it takes a very long time for the body to actually develop the symptoms, but trauma to the body will activate the symptoms. Nothing I did would help too much, but I finally found a couple of things that have been a God send – Turmeric and CBD Oil – both are natural substances.
So, over my lifetime, my body has been invaded with pharmaceuticals that have, in fact, not been as helpful as originally thought. Each time I took an antibiotic (which was fairly often), my body was depleted of its natural good bacterial load (microbiome). Not knowing that I should have taken a probiotic each time I took an antibiotic didn’t help either. So, now, with leaky gut, ulcers, lack of stomach acid – my digestive system is quite a bit out of whack and needs to be helped along. I’m doing what I can to aid in the repair, but it’s a long, drawn out process.
In North America, there are doctors known as “Functional Medicine Practitioners” who are trained to look at the body as a “whole being” not in sections and they treat it that way. When you see one of these doctors, they get a total picture of your history, help to determine what needs to be done via lab tests, finding out your emotional state, and your physical condition. Then they can start to suggest what needs to be done to get you and your body to where it should be. This type of doctor isn’t generally covered by standard medical insurance, but they are much more effective at getting to the root of causes than our standard medical care people. Naturapath’s are also trained in this type of treatment, but you have to find a good one.
Our standard of care through the normal medical system, is OK, but it’s not great. Doctors are not trained in nutrition (maybe 7 hours in their entire medical education) or natural remedies, they are taught in schools being funded by the big Pharma industry and are only taught to give medication for “conditions” to help alleviate the “symptoms” and not to delve into the cause for the conditions being treated! To me, that is simply unacceptable. Find out why you have a problem and then treat it, don’t just cover the problem with something that is going to cause other problems on top of the one you already have! Today’s medical doctors do their best to help, but they haven’t been given the tool kit to do that. All they’ve been given is a big box of bandages that only cover over the problem, but don’t ever solve it. They are doing what they are taught, it’s just not enough in most cases. Colds, flu, cuts, and bruises. They know how to label things, because they have an education that teaches them how to label, not to dig. I want health care that digs, not just covers over, or masks.
It’s time for change, so we as human beings can be healthy again. I’m not saying everyone out there is unhealthy, but there are more of us who are unhealthy, than aren’t. So something has to change.
Disease and obesity is rampant in our world and it isn’t our fault. Our food, air, homes, workplaces, shopping facilities, computers, cell phones, televisions are all making us sick and we won’t know it until it’s too late. Think about it.
What we put into our bodies is more important than anything else in our health. Please be aware of the things you eat. Get rid of as much packaging as you can to help you and your family stay healthy. Things to avoid as much as possible – grains (including corn), bad oils (canola, sunflower, vegetable oils), sugar (one of the worse things for anyone). Eat as close to natural as you can, but also watch where it comes from. Meat, fish, poultry – you are what you eat eats (animals that are force fed antibiotics, steroids, soy, etc. are not healthy animals and you should avoid as much as possible). I know it’s not always possible to buy organic, but if you can afford it, do it because the food that is sprayed with pesticides is just way too dangerous to put into your body as it will have far reaching effects.
Sorry for the rant, but it’s been on my mind for quite a while now and I had to let it out! One of the main reasons for my starting my blog in the beginning was to get information out there to help others, so they didn’t/don’t turn out like me. Now I want to help even more, the more I find out, the more I want to share. I hope you don’t mind, but that is where I am.
Have a fantastic rest of your day and week ahead.