I walked around feeling hopeless for several years before being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. As I visited one doctor and specialist after another, I was helped to a certain extent. But knew something else was causing my body to deteriorate! My symptoms continued to grow and everyday I felt like it was just a matter of time I would end up in the hospital or on my deathbed. Which I actually did end up in the Emergency Room in August of 2007!
Fast forward to today, as I look back at everything that has happened to my body and all I’ve learned, I could’ve been treated earlier if I would’ve learned my oral health was connected to my debilitating condition. I was basically being poisoned. In fact, I am seriously wondering if it is the root cause! But that is neither here nor there…I have actually learned to accept my condition and move forward. I’m learning to see the positive side of Fibromyalgia and focusing on helping my body to heal! God has blessed me by directing me to doctors, specialists and resources who are familiar with my health issues.
I started a detox program back in the Fall of 2008 by eating 100% RAW/Live foods for almost 3 months. It was VERY challenging to all of a sudden switch to a different way of eating. But it was my life! And I knew I needed help IMMEDIATELY! This was sometime after Dr. Yee, D.O. of Kaiser recommended me to give it a try as she’s heard successful stories from her other patients. And she also encouraged me to eat “clean.” Eating clean simply means organic and non-GMO whole foods. Not knowing everything about raw foods at the time, I went ahead and picked up books on it to do some research and read like crazy!
It was amazing how while I was on it for almost 3 months, I didn’t feel the Fibro symptoms. It was as if I didn’t have it! I was still weak but my body felt the surge of energy and life that I didn’t have for a very long time! Midway through the third month, I slowly weaned myself off of raw foods and went back to eating the conventional way or the SAD way (Standard American Diet), thinking I was doing better and just needed to focus on other aspects of my treatment plan. By end of December, Fibromyalgia came back with a vengeance! And this time, more symptoms. VERY confusing!
I eventually went back to eating raw in 2009 and learned so much about it. Today, I continue to eat raw foods (about 35% – 50%) but have learned to soak, rinse and sprout nuts and seeds. To help improve my digestion. And ferment and culture vegetables. And incorporate it into my clean diet (w/a small percentage of animal protein and fruits). All the doctors in my healing team have encouraged me to continue eating clean, organic, non-GMO and whole foods. I’ve also read a variety of books and follow experts such as Dr. Mercola, Sally Fallon of Nourishing Traditions, Donna Gates, Natalia Rose, Weston A. Price, etc. As you can see, I’ve tried all kinds of approach to healing as I was desperate. It was difficult to make sense of what was happening to my body! What I have learned is the importance of considering each individual’s unique biochemistry rather than making a one-size-fits-all diet for everyone. But all these experts do encourage and are in agreement to eat CLEAN whole foods!
And later in the treatment, it did become clear that toxicity was one of my issues which I will be blogging more on later in detail. As I found out a couple of my health issues, or possibly the root cause, were Heavy Metal Toxicity (HMT) and failed root canals. And I realized I needed to keep detoxing for awhile. I learned raw foods was one BIG way I can keep my body clean. Basically, it is saving my life and has become my “new” norm! It wasn’t a choice or an interest anymore. It is SURVIVAL!
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