This is going to be one of several posts concerning my experience with The Unique Healing Program. For this one, I want to share a brief history of why I sought it out this program devised by Donna Pessin. I want to share some of my gut woes that brought me to my 30 some odd year search for better digestive health.
For this post I want to stress one point, and that is my quest to understand how my parental and ancestral health has directly effected me and what to do about it. I am most directly addressing my digestive woes from a really early age, specifically constipation. Here are just a few things I had found to be major parts of the puzzle that contributed to this health issue:
The house I grew up in had mold stemming from a damp crawl space. The detrimental effects on heath was not understood or just ignored by my parents. Not understanding the ramifications of mold is part of it. Not wanting to know is the other….
A long history of family with constipation issues. Both my parents had childhood medical intervention which definitely exposed them to antibiotics and other very strong medications. My mother, in her mid thirties, had a large dose of terramycin for a long period of time.
My own exposure to some antibiotics, chlorinated water, refined foods, second hand smoke in public, restaurants. As crazy as it sounds, many of my ballet teachers smoked while teaching class. From Irene Fokine to Melissa Hayden. All the dancers that smoked during rehearsals. Later on my involvement in theater, it was the same thing: Coffee and Cigarettes. I think Jim Jarmusch made a film by that title. An aside, the lungs and large intestines have a very specific effect on each other. This is a chinese medical diagnostic concept. A link to more info about their relationship at the end of this post.
Both my grandparents on my dad’s side had colon cancer in their late 70’s. Both recovered from wearing a colostomy bag. They could have had amazing health. One lived into their late eighties, the other into their early 90’s.
I grew up in a house with one bathroom and was often not able to use it when I needed. I was sent to a Catholic school that did not allow the students to use the lavatory when necessary. Just wait… Many feelings of embarrassment and unpleasant odors around using the bathroom in public and at home.
I was a trained classical dancer, ran track and participated in other sports where a bathroom was not always easily accessible. Dehydration and poor diet choices was more of the norm back in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s and early 90’s in all levels of society. Pull in your gut was the advise, not breathe.
I grew up in New York City and New Jersey and was exposed to a whole lot of pollutants. Maybe a more concentrated amount than other parts of the country. Similar to many and just as bad, if not worse than others.
I have distinct memories of feelings of being bloated and uncomfortable at a very young age. I remember taking Swiss Kriss herbal tea in my early teens. Not a good sign.
On an energetic level, a whole lot of emotional holding in my gut. Feelings of a knot in my stomach very often. As a performer and athlete this is not unusual. Stress was a normal and everyday occurrence. This is a whole other subject…
There are so many other factors, but I tried to list some that people might relate to. I have a habit of wanting these posts to be perfect, whatever that means. More to come and I hope what I shared is of help.
More information on the lung and large intestine relationship click here.
The Unique Healing Program Donna Pessin click here. I think this program has the capacity, if followed consistently at ones own pace, to heal the digestive system and create better overall health. It is not a quick process and will most likely take the kind of patience that people, these days especially, often do not have. I hope more and more people rise to the occasion and prove me wrong.