Not too long ago I, myself went through a health crisis.
My health was taken away from me as quick as a flip of a light switch. I was 25 years old. I woke up with severe burning in my hands and throbbing joint pains throughout my body. An avid runner at the time, I thought I had pushed myself too far. I was confident that my body would bounce back in a few days. After all, I was young and invincible. I had never so much as broken a bone.
Over the next couple months the pains persisted and my health declined. My ligaments started falling asleep while I was standing. My arms were so fatigued I could barely hold them up to type on a computer. I could not walk up a flight of subway stairs without feeling lightheaded. My appetite vanished. I started bruising easily. On the outside I looked normal. No one could tell I was sick but I was in constant pain.
My primary care doctor told me that I had nothing to worry about, that it was probably a virus that needed to run its course. He decided to prepare me for the worst by mentioning a few scary diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, lyme disease, and lupus. This doctor’s visit was followed by a debilitating cycle of doctor referrals, blood tests, emergency room visits, and puzzled faces. I was desperate for a diagnosis. Without it, I felt helpless. At first I blamed my doctors, and then I blamed our medical system. It wasn’t until I talked with my friend, a holistic doctor, that I realized my diagnosis was not important.
Medicine is still a young science. There will be moments of future enlightenment in the science world. As for my moment of enlightenment, I realized that I would never receive a diagnosis. It was necessary that I move on and try to heal myself. During my journey, I experienced bouts of depression and desperation. I didn’t know if I would ever feel normal again but I rejected the idea that I would be sick for the rest of my life. Life is too precious. Ultimately, I found a way to heal my body. I was very lucky to have nutritional formulas, organic food, a nutritional background and a support system at my finger tips. This experience opened my eyes to the art of healing.
So what was wrong with me? My body effectively stored years worth of environmental toxins in my tissues, my digestive system was a wreck, and my stress levels were off the charts. You see, every patient’s illness is different and must be treated on an individual basis. I immediately made several key lifestyle changes: I went vegan and raw. I detoxed my body for months. I eliminated the use of feminine chemical products. I went to a holistic doctor who performed acupuncture, body adjustments and prescribed homeopathic remedies. I took high dosages of minerals, vitamins, and herbs. I drank sufficient amounts of water. It took me over a year to feel relatively normal again. I am not 100% healthy, but I am on my way and for that, I am grateful.
“Your body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” ~Buddha