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HOW MY IMMUNE SYSTEM WEAKENED

SOME THOUGHTS

I am hoping this brief, thumb nail sketch history will help someone looking for support and clarity concerning their own health, or someone they know.

There are many factors that contribute to our health challenges. Certain things we may only be able to make suppositions about. What caused our Immune Systems to falter? One point that I feel is primary is to examine how we are all brainwashed into believing that consistently nagging, draining health complaints are normal. These issues range from acid reflux to hemorrhoids and constipation, debilitating menstrual cramps to athletes foot and psoriasis. They remain suppressed by medications, both over the counter and prescribed. Handled this way they are, without a doubt, a direct road to chronic health sicknesses and all that entails.

MY IMMEDIATE FAMILY HISTORY

To begin with my parents both had childhood illnesses that impacted each of them physically and emotionally. My father had a subdural hematoma in his early teens. Treatment for that head injury to relieve the pressure on his brain, the drugs Halidon and Dilantin for a period of time, and who knows what else. My mother had Osteomyelitis beginning at about age 12. This lead to 25 or more hospitalizations, surgeries and exposure to a myriad of antibiotics up to the age of 33.  Their health histories impacted me in numerous ways. Psychologically with their unexplained behaviors that were very confusing. Behaviors that ranged from fearless to overly cautious. Their words and actions were helpful to me in ways, and not so helpful in others. Stressful approaches to living that deeply impacted every aspect of life. Decisions they made due to, I am guessing, making  up for time they felt they lost due to their childhood illnesses. Illnesses that were close brushes with death that must have been terrifying for them.

THE HOUSE I GREW UP IN: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

The house was located in an area that became more and more highly trafficked over the years. Our home was positioned on a corner in a suburb 30 minutes outside of New York City. When we moved there hardly any cars would pass by, but as time progressed it became harder and harder to get out of the driveway without it being a very stressful experience. What was originally stop signs on each corner became traffic lights. One night a car crashed into our front door. Why did my parents not move from there? A somewhat complicated issue, but put simply they felt they couldn’t. The reasons for that are very personal to what they thought they deserved. My father lived in that house for over 40 years. and my mother died there. Life experience I have had with myself and others tells me that a weak immune systems can cause people to make decisions out of fear. It can also play out as taking crazy risks that put themselves and others at risk until they just can’t anymore. This was the strange dichotomy I grew up under. My mother was over protective and my father, well, let’s just say he often lacked good judgement in everyday situations.

ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS

The house I grew up in had a big mold problem and, not surprisingly, was  notably cold and damp.

Growing up in the state of New Jersey was not a positive experience on many levels. Not to diss New Jersey, there are plenty of other places where environmental contaminants are record high for impacting the health of residents. New Jersey gets a bad rap on many levels and it is often deserved. I just saw a documentary about a Swim Team [name of the documentary] in New Jersey that is comprised of Autistic children. According to this documentary, 1 out of 23 children living in New Jersey have Autism. Within the past few years, here in the USA, Flint, Michigan has been in the news for lead contamination in water causing severe health problems in their residents. Evidently, it is becoming clearer that high levels of lead are present in tap water throughout the USA. This is due to a crumbling infrastructure. Degradation of building materials and poor decisions made concerning the quality of the materials originally used. Money before people.

DENTAL CONTAMINANTS. DRILL AND FILL, BABY

I was exposed to mercury and other dental contaminants as a child. There was an unnecessary amount of drilling combined with the toxic materials used. Then, as an adult, having my mercury fillings removed without the proper steps taken during and after removal. I did not know there were precautions to be taken back then. They were removed by a dentist that did not have a Holistic practice. Just get them out was my attitude. Big mistake. This was done in 1989 -1990. I have never gone to a Holistic dentist that has recommended that I take any specific action to negate the bacteria that is released into my bloodstream after cleanings, removal of cavities, replacements of fillings. I have to remark that this includes Huggins trained dentists. Why is this true of the Holistic / Huggins dentists that I have known? I am really not sure why, however, I would choose a Huggins trained dentist over a Traditional Dentist for a myriad of reasons. Over the past 20 years I implemented my own antibiotic protocol when having any dental work. What is a Huggins Dentist?

Bacteria and other toxins released in dental cleanings put stress on the immune systems of people. Many with root canals, dental implants, etcetera are already experiencing this stress. Most people do not know how, or are  not capable of releasing these toxins through and already overloaded bowel, urinary tract system, or lungs.

Toxins are released through our breath and breathing is shallow at best for most people. Also, living in areas where the air is polluted does not encourage people to breathe. We unconsciously  protect ourselves by not breathing. On another level, it is worth noting how many of us are truly adverse to breathing, and never ask ourselves why. Conscious breathing is an invitation to be aware of the present moment and to feel and not be on automatic pilot 24/7.

Having an air cleaner in the house is something to consider when living in areas where air quality is suspect.

EATING DISORDER

Bulimia, eating and vomiting, weakened every aspect of my health. This went on from age 16 to very early twenties, 23. A willful person, I was able to pull myself out of that behavior. This is a situation where the willfulness I learned from my parents worked for me in the best sense.

A FEW OTHER THINGS

Exposure to sick pets and not understanding the potential impact on my health. I did not know how to protect myself better at the time. I do now.

Physical and Sexual contact with people who had poor health.

Eating sushi regularly for a couple of years.

Inhaling smoke in ballet studios from childhood to age 30.

Dehydration, not drinking enough water as a dancer and athlete.

My great grandfather and grandfather worked in the steel mills in Chicago and Pittsburgh. My dad worked for US Steel as a teenager before going to college. I am sure this exposure to heavy metals had to effect the family line.

I hope my sharing this information is helpful. There have been other factors that I did not cover here, or I am not fully aware of. My personal experience with Root Canals is something I will write about in the future.

Dr. Jennifer Daniels, MD is the person that has helped me the most with finding strategies for healing. Some of her approaches challenged my past knowledge, and experiences. I am grateful that I opened my mind and followed her lead.

Thank you for reading.

notyourrawmama

 

 


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HEALING, NOT MANAGING PAIN

PAIN: THAT ACCEPTABLE FOUR LETTER WORD

I saw an interview with Ina Garten / The Barefoot Contessa this past summer on PBS  NewsHour here in the USA. I was surprised to hear her say that she has no professional training as a chef, and she still finds cooking very difficult. With all that going on, Ina Garten took a chance that there was an audience of people like her. Her story made sense to me on the subject of inflammation. In my case, there must be more than just a few people like me out there. People who have been cleansing the bejesus out of themselves and not fully recovering their health. Many others who hear the word inflammation and do not fully understand it is a red flag of developing chronic illness.

As obvious as it may be for a few, the majority of people do not understand that long term toxicity, due to a toxic bowel, can lead to inflammation in other parts of the body.

FROM AN OUCH TO AN ACHE

In order too feel better and keep our weight in check we often end up eating less variety, less fat and less starches of all kinds. Drinking coffee for a quick pick me up and wine, alcohol or weed to relax. Restricting or stopping the daily intake of foods like sugar and other refined carbohydrates makes sense. We would all be healthier without refined foods, but we need unrefined fats and unrefined carbs to live. Also, eating the same restricted diet long term does not heal poor health conditions. Eating in an imbalanced way eventually makes poor digestion and a weakened immune system worse, or not much better. Cleansing the body by absorbing toxins with clay, charcoal and other similar substances without replacing the natural nutrients and  buffers of fat and minerals leads to more inflammation and pain down the line. It is important to not that an unintentional depletion of body fat and bone due to the cleansing out of an over abundance of candida, heavy metals and other toxic substances is what often ends up happening.

UNINTENTIONAL WASTING AWAY OF SORTS

Not that lone I ago did not understand how to balance being too lean with cleansing the body. Most of my life I was not a person who anyone would call thin or frail looking.  I was more athletic in appearance with a moderate amount of body fat. My biggest health complaint was poor digestion and a sluggish gut. I understood how the build up of toxic waste in the body hammered my immune system. I did not specifically connect inflammation with toxicity.  INFLAMMATION was a word I became desensitized to due to  constant use in commercials for products such as Tylenol and Advil. I did not directly connect a sluggish digestive system with inflammation in other parts of my body because I had yet to experience chronic joint pain. I have come to feel that inflammation is a term used with limited understanding that keeps people on the road to buffering pain away with over the counter and prescribed medications. Not a long term plan. It is a plan that leads to chronic illness and, in many cases, surgical intervention.

OUCH TO NUMBING ACHE

Inflammation has many faces: allergies, menstrual cramps. headaches, migraines, tooth ache, sinus infections, joint pain, acne, water retention, inability to loose weight, indigestion, psoriasis, acid reflux, jock itch, long term constipation / diarrhea,  vaginal itch, mood swings, insomnia, worrying, etcetera. The list is long. Inflammation gone unchecked builds the fertile ground for developing chronic illness and substance addictions of all kinds. Thus begins the prescribed and non-prescribed intake of all different kinds of medications and recreational drugs.

I don’t think of non-prescription drugs like heroine and crystal meth as recreational drugs. They are often used to do the job of prescribed opioids. People using these “recreational’ drugs are self medicating and have to be in serious physical and emotional pain.

WHAT’S THE PLAN STAN?

It is important to have a plan to cleanse and rebuild. Traditional Western Medicine does not have a workable plan to heal chronic pain without drug dependency. It is accepted by Traditional Western Medicine that the body is in a constant state of agitation with no long term resolution. Pain Management is the medically accepted term used today for an alternative plan. I do believe that Chronic Pain can be eradicated. It takes time, and every situation is different, but cellular  healing is possible.

AN INFLAMED WORLD

On a another level of observation, one that I do believe can not go unspoken, this wide spread agitated and inflamed state of  health is reflected in our personal, social and  political relationships around the world.

I have found a path to healing chronic inflammation with Dr. Jennifer Daniels, MD. 

notyourrawmama

As a postscript: I wanted to say that Dr. Daniels has many strategies to help her patients manage pain while in the healing process.

 


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FEAR OF FLYING : AUTO IMMUNE WEAKNESS / ILLNESS

This blog post is based on my personal and self observations. It is not, in any way, a generalization about phobias or fears.

FLYING HIGH

In 1997 I was on a British Airways flight returning home from London to New York City. About an hour or more into the flight one of the engines blew out and we returned to London to land, and later board another plane. I was told by other passengers, who flew much more regularly than I, not to be afraid. They all had been through this before and it was not a life threatening situation. I was definitely unnerved by it and so were others on the flight. We landed safely, and the thing I remember most was the inconvenience of having my travel plans delayed, etcetera.

Okay, so I was not affected by the incident in terms of future flights, as there were several after that one. It was not until I had stronger symptoms of gut and joint inflammation that certain fearful thoughts about flying started to enter my mind. One being the idea of being suspended in mid – air in a plane and how the risks involved. I never gave that any thought or worry before. These fears began about 8 years later. These fears came up while taking off and being on the plane. Very inconvenient, but did not keep me from flying.

FOUR WHEEL FEAR

As I continued to pursue cleansing and rebuilding my body, with not much improvement with my gut or hip joints, I became more fearful about driving. I still drove in and out of New York City on very busy thoroughfares, but I founded it quite stressful. I rode my bike to the bike paths on on side streets to get to clients and my office down in the area of Chelsea. All this was done with feelings and fears that I faced by breathing, being aware and cautious, EFT tapping, Qi Gong.

Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine understands how trauma and fear impact our kidneys and adrenals, and how the weakness of these organs can contribute to feeling more fearful. Here is a short blog post that I think addresses this in a highly relatable way.

Over the years I have noticed peaks and valleys with these fears. In fact most recently, during my most challenging times, I was able to drive for 9 hours, with a few pit stops, when we moved from the desert of California up to an ocean community on the Central Coast. I was nervous, but able to do it despite the physical discomfort, the high speed I needed to maintain, concerns with other drivers, huge trucks. I hope I am painting a picture that people can relate to.

There is more I could say, but for now I hope this may help someone who is experiencing phobias and fears. I know there are severe traumas that effect people that are far, far greater than what I shared. Being in the armed forces, emotional abuse, physical abuse, the list is long and highly personal. I lived in NYC on 9/11/2001. After that, I had fears of using the subway and people leaving for the day and not returning home. What I am trying to relay here is that traumas of all kinds can chip away at our immune systems and vice versa.

For those reading who can relate, please keep up the good fight and know you are not alone. If you are trying to heal without the use of anti-anxiety medications I am confident it is possible, even though that was not my particular experience. I can understand the fears and worries of giving medications up. Weaning off of meds  most often needs the help of an experienced healer. One who is not answering to a pharmaceutical rep and their network of colleagues. These pressures on physicians keep many doctors on a tight leash, worried about the backlash that comes with going rogue.

Dr. Jennifer Daniels, MD is one of those healers that has taken the risk of stepping outside the professional medical boundaries that I described above. If you have found someone similar, please let me know. I would be glad to investigate and share that information here. The person does not need to be a medical doctor.

notyourrawmama