Struggling with any form of disease, especially for an extended period of time, can severely undermine your understanding of yourself and even your comprehension of your sanity. After countless white rooms and specialist opinions and side effect upon side effect from your long list of medications, there’s little care or attention given to your mental health and self-awareness after the fact. So, how do … Read More the tragic loss of self that comes from chronic illness – and how to be an overcomer
Hi all! I’ve been doing tons of research and work now that I’m a third year integrative medicine student. As someone who has gone through the ‘good fight’ myself and have been declared remissed after 8 years of fighting, I wanted to share important dietary tips that have been clinically proven to assist in the process. Before we start, I think it’s important to … Read More Inflammation Mitigation – A Hallmark of an Effective Diet against Lyme Disease
Dear husband, I know that I just haven’t been the same since the baby came. I knew that my moods would swing crazier than the monkey’s on the bed book I read about 11 times a day. I knew I might feel sad at times when I folded his onesies that he outgrew. I was ready. I had my essential oils and my motivational … Read More To My Husband – In the wake of my depression and anxiety
If you mention mycoplasma in any doctor’s office, you’ll likely get the same response – “Everyone has mycoplasma. It’s not a big deal. It couldn’t have anything to do with your case.” If you hear this, run far and fast. Especially if you’ve been fighting chronic illness for years, it’s like you’re throwing open the door and inviting the mycoplasma in for a tea party. According … Read More Mycoplasma – the stealthy culprit
For some of us, it has been not months, years. Years turn into decades. Decades of just ‘not feeling well’ and ‘feeling off…’ with or without an official diagnosis. Some of the diagnoses that we carry around like lopsided suitcases get us laughed at in emergency rooms, in times where we need help most. We have all been there, hearts sinking, dealing with the … Read More Seeking Healing – The paradigm shift from seeing health instead of sickness.
As someone who has had to deal with this (and the ramifications of this) upwards of 7 years now, I hope this is the least-read article on my blog. I am sorry you have to deal with this. I stand with you and I want you to know that it’s okay to say “this absolutely sucks lollipops.” Usually when you get your diagnosis (usually … Read More self-care in lyme disease – dealing with the anguish when medicine makes you worse
There’s a lot of reasons that chronic illnesses persist. I have a front row seat to finding nearly all of them (yay!) on this journey of navigating post-chronic neurological Lyme Disease fallout. One of these major components is a pre-disposition in genetics linked to autoimmune diseases called the MTHFR-gene. Yes, it sounds like the cussword. And not too far off! Hence, the title. 😉 … Read More …When you have the discount genes in a world of Levis
I know when I was in my youth, I struggled heavily with lactose intolerance. I would still push the limits here and there (peppermint ice cream was a MUST at Christmas!) but I could just take an enzyme pill and move about my day. You can only imagine my shock when I was at In-n-Out one evening (the West Coast’s equivalent to the best … Read More I Can’t Breathe – Looking into the Alpha-Gal connection between red meat and Lyme Disease
Selenium is a trace element you may not have given much thought to: however, it may be a key point in healing and dealing with hypothyroidism. Selenium is used to convert T4 to T3 and also used for other essential thyroid functions. For those with hypothyroidism, it is easy to have a massive imbalance of too little selenium and too much iodine that can … Read More The Search for Selenium – Deficiency and Implications for Thyroid Issues
The familiar rush of anxiety, pain, and nausea pushes its way through my body, starting from my ankles and pushing up through my brain. The tightness in my chest follows, along with the shakes and immediate depression. Why do I feel so afraid? I’ve felt this for years now every single day. Even if you have been declared in remission, it is still such … Read More The Restless Anxiety of Chronic Lyme Disease
For those of us who struggle with hypo & hyperthyroidism we understand how hard the daily battle is. You have absolutely, less than none energy. As in: -3827%. However, the day’s tasks must be done. We have jobs to do and families to care for. We have bills to pay and bosses to please. So you get out of bed and your feet hit … Read More Thyroid Disease – Does Diet Matter?
Lyme Disease – the great pretender – is more prevalent than most are aware of. Commonly misdiagnosed as multiple sclerosis or fibromyalgia, Lyme lurks in the blood and spirochetes penetrate and reproduce in all of the body’s organs and tissues. With a disease this nasty, why is it being ignored? Before I continue with this article, I want to debunk a few ‘myths’ surrounding … Read More Lyme Disease: ‘Tick’ed off at the CDC