The Stages of Healing (an Observation!)

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I’ve noticed quite a huge similarity between people that end up in the natural healing world, and I thought it would be interesting to map out the typical path one takes to finally learn about nutritional balancing. So many of us have gotten here through a LOT of trial and error.

The Stages of Healing

  1. Be perfectly “fine” (for the most part) for years
  2. Start to notice a few minor symptoms like fatigue and heartburn. So you go to your doctor. They give you some pills and send you on your merry way.
  3. Pills help a little, but then more symptoms pop up. Back to the doc. They either switch your prescriptions, or they start referring you to other doctors.
  4. You end up trying 10-15 medications, or you end up seeing 10-15 specialists (or both), without ever getting a solid answer on what is going on. You trust that the experts know what they are doing (which in all honesty, they are- they’ve been taught to diagnose and prescribe, so that is what they do. It’s not their fault- it’s the pharmaceutical companies that design their curriculum. There ARE great docs out there; they just are not taught how to truly heal people)
  5. You spend months, years, or decades playing musical doctors without ever actually feeling better.
  6. Something snaps one day! You either start hearing from friends about other methods of healing, or you reach what you feel is rock bottom and realizing that something has to change.
  7. You figure out how to stop your meds (**Because some do require proper weaning! Please do your research on this- it can be dangerous to just suddenly stop some medications without supervision or guidance.**)
  8. You start looking up natural remedies for all of your ailments, and you are able to get rid of a majority of your symptoms- but something still seems to be missing.
  9. You take supplements based on just symptoms, which leads you into mega dosing of some supplements like zinc, iron, vitamin D and synthetic vitamin C.
  10. Something is still not right! I’m doing all of these natural remedies, so what is going wrong?!
  11. You finally stumble upon the idea of biochemical individuality. You learn about personalized testing for nutritional deficiencies and imbalances, and you find a plan that fits YOU based on your needs, and not just symptoms.
  12. Slowly you regain your full health back (because healing on a cellular level takes time, patience, and dedication).
  13. You become an advocate for natural healthcare, nutritional balancing, and whole-foods nutrition! You teach your family about how to be your own advocate when it comes to health and try to prevent others from going through what you went through.

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3 Replies to “The Stages of Healing (an Observation!)”

  1. Hi, I was born Celiac….sick my whole life…thyroid went down due to gluten and two pregnancies in a row drained the vitamins/good oils out of me and my health collapsed…thyroid stopped and MS started. My neurologists told me not to go to Alternative medicine, but I did knowing science and enjoying natural help. I used chiropractors and read natural health article..no computers then. I got poisoned by colloidal silver and other heavy metals. My liver was not detoxing well due to gluten.This got me to an Alternative doctor for detoxing with EDTA/DMPS IV chelations and much more help. My friend is the one who figured out her Celiac and mine…friends helping friends. Each Alternative person have a tiny bit of the puzzle. I wish I could redo my life being on the Celiac diet since birth. Supplements…researched…trial and error. I learned to suppress my MS which is due to Celiac. MS is due to low oxygen in the brain. All MS people can heal, but few change their diet or take supplements/LDN/detoxing etc. MS people may try only Conventional medicine give money for research and pay $5000 a month for an MS drug that doesn’t work and some lower the immune system. They don’t realize the answer to MS and brain/body health issues is already here in Alternative medicine. They don’t use their own money and have fear and trust their Conventional doctors assuming they will tell them everything they need to know to be well. They may spend a life time sick and not healing when they could have healed fast with Alternative help. They may block the truth/get in their own way of healing. They withhold what would heal them. They now are promoting a stem cell transplant where Chemo is needed first to kill the immune system and then stem cell transplant and change their diet. They could have just changed their diet and healed…skip the Stem cell transplant.

    I recently got Lyme and didn’t know what it was. The hospital took away my protocol which is my “life support’ and it almost killed me…ended up in the ICU due to what they took away from me. Below is what I do for my Lyme/Celiac/MS/bioidentical hormones/thyroid etc. Yes..my life has been a journey…trial and error…the path less traveled…Conventional doctors trying to hurt me/withhold what I need since I love Alternative medicine. I figured out my brain/body health issues. People may heal fast if they tried Alternative help instead of just covering symptoms/ getting worse each year. They are loyal to a system that is not helping their health instead of trying something new. Alternative medicine saved my life…easy to learn/fast healing/miracles daily with what I did.

    I love your awesome articles! Happiness….

    What I do for my Lyme:

    Herbs (only used one at a time or 2 at different times of the day and take probiotic far from them): 3 drops 2 X a day may help and not hurt. Take on empty stomach.:
    Samento (Cat’s claw)
    Monolaurin
    Banderol
    Teasel
    A L complex (11 herbs)..may affect hormones, but was awesome help. Get from Alternative doctor.
    Cryptolepis- from Africa. Get from compounding pharmacy/Alternative doctor. Helped my spleen.
    Artemisia and clove
    Garlic (has Se and S) The Se may help the thyroid and the S may help detox.
    Oil of oregano capsules- drink lots of water with it..(very strong)
    and more herbs….

    Stress:
    Rhodiola/Vit B12 methylcobalamin (not swallow kind unless it has intrinsic factor in it) or daily shot, coenzymated B vitamins helps stress, makes a person more calm/helps sleep…raises oxygen.

    Helps adrenals: May help PSTD and POTS.
    LDN, Vit C, sea salt, Licorice (helps cortisol the body makes last longer), 1/4 Hydrocort (cortisol)5mg once daily, sleep, low stress (B vitamins and zinc may help stress), rhodiola, Ashwagandha, Orthomolecular Adren-all.
    (I do not take Licorice or Hydrocort daily..only at worse times and maybe after no sleep. If you don’t use the adrenals you lose them.)

    Circulation: Ginkgo 120mg/Vit E/Vit C/5000mcg of biotin, MTHF folate, fish oil thins blood.

    Constipation: Vit C, fiber, exercise, enough good water, fruit/veg, carrots, pumpkin, psyllium fiber, Mg, enough thyroid medicine, raw walnuts (open shells to avoid hidden gluten) and drink lemon water afterwards, tea, rice, strong probiotic, Epsom salt bath.

    Mitochondria help: coenyzme Q10 is the spark plug for the mitochondria, coenzymated B vitamins, Mg, Ribose, malic acid in apples, PQQ helps make more mitochondria

    Vit C/Si helps connective tissues which Lyme may bore through. Some Vit C may come from GMO corn. Alma fruit Vit C may help or real fruit.

    Lyme can’t live in a neutral body:
    Soaking in bath of Epsom salt/baking soda to help pH be more neutral and raises oxygen. Epsom salt has Mg and Sulfur. Lyme/antbiotic/Celiac may lower Mg in the body. Sulfur may help detox.

    Probiotics are good bacteria that can fight the bad bacteria in Lyme/coinfections. They may also detox and multiple/make B vitamins and Vit K.:
    Before a meal or at night (not with stomach acid and far from antibiotic)
    Ultra Floral Critical care
    Ortho Biotic
    CytoFlor
    Spiro

    Food:
    Low sugar fruit: Lemon/lime/berries/cranberry/rhubarb/Granny smith apple
    Organic vegetables: Cruciferous family (cook so it doesn’t block thyroid)-broccoli, cabbage…..carrots, celery, zucchini, sprouts etc.
    Mushrooms (have Vit D and help the immune system with beta glucan)
    Oolong tea
    Soup or juicing helps get more minerals into a person along with 100% no gluten/hidden gluten/no GMO corn.
    Cage free/antibiotic free/organically fed poached eggs with sea salt/pepper/Chia on them.
    Raw walnuts (open shells to avoid hidden gluten on them. They are harvested in Sept. so freeze for the rest of the year so fresh and not rancid which makes free radicals.
    No gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO.

    http://www.precisionnutrition.com/rr-green-tea-hazards
    http://hypothyroidmom.com/autoimmune-patients-have-you-heard-of-th1-and-th2-dominance/
    Th1 foods may kill Lyme. Too many Th2 foods may let antibodies form and cause swelling and not kill Lyme.

    Th1…Astragalus, Echinacea, Ashwaganda, beta-sitosterol, mushrooms, Licorice, Lemon balm, Ginseng, chlorella, grapeseed extract.
    Th2 Green tea, caffeine, pine bark extract, white willow bark, Lycopene in tomatoes, resveratrol in grapes/peanuts/cocoa, pycnogenol in bark/apples, turmeric. soy, quercitin in fruit/veg, onion, berries, kale etc.

    Blood sugar maybe high due to Lyme removing Mg which is needed for insulin. Mg/Chromium/organic sulfur, Ceylon cinnamon, Oregon grape root that has Berberine may lower blood sugar.

    Fe (iron), Mn (Manganese), Mg (Magnesium) may low due to Lyme/coinfections. Hair tests show good mineral levels and heavy metals. Taking these minerals may also help. Mg may relax muscles that are stiff from Lyme and help constipation.

    Hyperbaric chamber 40 times in a row (not weekends) and high pressure- Oxygen may kill bacteria.
    Rife machine- frequency may kill Lyme and coinfections.
    Some people try Ozone IV or food grade Hydrogen peroxide or MMS. (Read about these.)
    Colloidal silver- may hurt people (They may build it up if the liver can not detox it well.)

    Antibiotics may help, but also hurt. They may lower the immune system/hurt the gut lining/hurt mitochondria permanently so a person may need a higher dose of thyroid medicine. They may create a vicious cycle of not healing. Herbs may help and not hurt. Mg or food may block the antibiotics and at night antibiotics may not help if the Lyme is in cysts.:

    Doxycycline orally or IV
    Minocycline (goes into the brain)…dizzy/strange cognitive errors..but helped heart/brain.
    Bactrim – made my heart flutter which may be methylation issue, but it can be taken with food.

    1000mg of Serrapeptase at night…helps eat up Lyme cysts…then garlic etc may help get rid of the Lyme. Once a week or less may help. Too often may remove too much Ca from the brain/body.

    Detoxing which helps die off and more:
    Now brand- Detox support
    Far Infrared Sauna ( Kills yeast, Lyme/coinfections and their endotoxins, removes heavy metals/chemicals)- (I bought a one man/carbon heater kind on Amazon.)
    Chorella/Spirulina
    Vit C IV and glutathione push or Liposomal Vit C and liposomal glutathione or capsules of glutathione far from stomach acid.
    Alpha lipoic acid, milk thistle
    Organic sulfur
    Organic green vegetables

    IV’s from Alternative/Integrative doctors/Clinic (these and more):

    EDTA IV chelations: It removes Ca/lead which may get rid of Lyme cysts and has Sulfur that helps kill Lyme and detox endotoxins from dead Lyme and remove heavy metals.

    DMPS IV chelations…removes heavier metals like mercury/arsenic/silver etc..

    Vit C IV and glutathione push

    Myer’s cocktail…has Mg/B vitamins. It helps if intestines are not absorbing minerals well.

    Ozone…vaginally from acupunturist helped my brain think clearly.

    Homeopathic remedies infused to get rid of the parasites/coinfections and Lyme I have. Electrodermal testing and show what supplements/homeopathic remedies may help. Samatha Stupak electrodermal in person was the best, but a person can send in nails/hair/saliva also and get help. http://www.creatingbalancedhealth.com

    Cortisol in the morning and adrenal formulas helped my immune system and helped me get off vicious cycle of not healing. Each person is different in how much cortisol they may need. AdrenaSense formula or Licorice or Metagenics Licorice Plus (has Ashwagandha and another herb and Chinese Yam) helped me and more. Liposomal glutathione and liposomal Vit C stopped the swelling after I stopped the cortisol. I swelled under my arm pits/toes/feet/spleen/legs/face/head etc. The liposomal glutathione and Lip. Vit C detoxed me and got rid of free radicals/inflammation. These helped stop the swelling and gave me energy. I think they are helping the glycation/precancer I have due to blood sugar issues along with AL complex. Low Mg due to Celiac/Lyme/antibiotics lowered insulin which let my blood sugar go higher causing the glycation.

    I take bioidentical hormones..estriol/progesterone/testoserone. I needed to raise the progesterone to help my adrenals which helped my immune system/energy/sleep/thyroid hormone get into cells/lowered swelling/helped make aldosterone and cortisol. It is helping me get rid of the Lyme/coinfections. It helps my brain/body/immune system.

    Lyme doctors are well read/trained in how to help Lyme in many ways. Alternative medicine gives almost unlimited options and help/hope.

    What I do for my Celiac which helps me absorb nutrients/helps my immune system/Lyme. (short form):

    No gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO and vitamins/good oils, LDN and detoxing help me. Vit D3 5000IU, zinc 50mg if detoxing, 2000mg fish oil , 20000mg evening primrose oil. 2000 mg lecithin, Phosphatidylserine/DMAE, krill oil, CLA, Coenzyme Q10, Rhodiola, Mg citrate 400mg, Vit C, 5000mcg of biotin, Nature’s Plus- Source of life multiple, HCl and enzymes with meals, dairy free probiotic, Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot/spray/under the tongue kind/intrinsic factor kind, MTHF folate, coenyzme Q10, rhodiola, may help brain/body/thyroid/depression/immune system and more. Gluten is wheat/barley/rye/corn…oats has gluten with avenin…and there is a small amount of gluten in rice. GMO corn/soy/canola oil may hurt. Amour thyroid maybe needed since gluten may made antibodies to the thyroid. Coenzymated B vitamins far from synthetic kind make make me calm.

    Sunlight (helps the immune system and helps to heal the gut lining),exercise, organic food, good water..not tap water, cooking by scratch pure food….. no food in a box/bag/premade/label/restaurant which may help avoid hidden gluten. Certified gluten free food may have 20ppm of gluten…too much. Nuts not sold in the shell/meat basting/some spices may have hidden gluten/food with a label and lotion/make up etc. One restaurant cooks special for me…rice/veg/tea/extra mushrooms (no meat since the woks may have MSG/gluten in them).

    EDTA/DMPS IV chelations from an Alternative doctor, 600mg of cilantro, organic sulfur, Now brand- Detox support, Far Infrared Sauna and more may help detox. Hair tests show good minerals and heavy metals. Heavy metals can block thyroid and other chemical reactions in the body/brain.

    LDN may help block hidden gluten/heal the gut lining and help the immune system, but the Celiac diet is still needed. 100% no gluten..no hidden or microscopic gluten may help. Cutting back on gluten or cheating by eating gluten hurts the immune system. It may take 1 1/2 months to heal the gut lining after getting hidden gluten. HCl and enzymes with meals and gluten enzymes help me.

    Amour thyroid has some T3 and Calcitonin. Synthroid is only T4..may not convert to T3. Zn/Se/enough iron/strong probiotic may help convert T4 to T3 for thyroid.

    Alternative doctors/chiropractors/acupuncturists and more may help with health/vitamins etc.

    Longer version:
    http://articles.mercola.com/members/Shasha/default.aspx

    1. Wow Shasha, you have definitely been through quite a bit! Thanks for sharing your story. Maybe it’ll help others that have similar long-term issues!

      1. HI, Thanks! Natural help saved my life. Other people may not understand so just go by fate or Conventional medicine only or due to fear do Chemo/radiation etc and don’t realize they can help their own health. Many people eat by taste and not for health. They think “food” in the grocery store is all you need and junk food/fast food/treats are ok. I can’t cheat….it takes me 1 1/2 months to heal from microscopic gluten. Eating gluten/GMO/dairy/soy/sugar/chemicals/pesticides/colorings etc may destroy health fast. People new to the U.S. may get hurt by our food fast. Others think cancer/Diabetes/gall stones/cataracts/arthritis/flu/colds etc are “normal”. They don’t realize how these can be avoided and the suffering can stop. My own family tree doesn’t understand. They are Celiac also besides me, but take the Conventional route since that is all they know. Many people don’t want to stop gluten which can be like Heroin to the brain and sugar like cocaine. They don’t want to give old recipes etc.

        My mom tells me to stop everything and “be normal” and other MS people don’t see my MS so they don’t realize I am just like them, but chose to do a different route to heal. Doctors don’t see my MS and it is not from Lyme. Lyme people are usually Celiac and may not heal until they get that kind of help. Not all MS people have Lyme….that is a false assumption. Alternative medicine saved my life/healed me fast. People could heal. I pray Alternative medicine thrives and people realize they can heal instead of that information being blocked by their own attitude or Conventional medicine. Lyme/Celiac/antibiotics lower Mg and they would not give me Mg in the hospital. They said we don’t have vitamins here. They wanted me to take Tums for Ca/Ensure for vitamins and finally found a B vitamins and K that was a paste and chocked me. They withheld my thyroid medicine I had for 30 years in the hospital and gave me diuretics instead since my legs were 3-4X their size with swelling and had a roller for clots. I have a clotting disorder that kicks in only when my thyroid is low and I had no thyroid medicine in the hospital. I also have 100% constipation and all the symptoms of low thyroid, but they didn’t give me thyroid medicine. I just wanted to get home so I could restore my protocol. After the hospital it too me 2 months to heal my brain with a daily Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot and 1 1/2 months to heal my bones with my bioidentical hormones/Osteoprocare/minerals/Lysine etc. They withheld my bioidentical hormones/Vit B 12 shot/vitamins/good oils and said I didn’t need them and attacked me saving becareful what you say…you may need to say it to the judge. They would have enjoyed getting rid of/hurting someone who loves Alternative medicine. My right adrenal got burned out from the hospital removing my protocol/thyroid medicine so I am working on restoring my adrenals.

        1/2 of my original MS support group died. Most were Celiac/low thyroid/heavy metals/needed the Vit B12 methylcobalamin and HCl/enzymes/Amour thyroid/supplements/LDN/probiotic/detoxing, but they didn’t get the basics for health…just got the MS drug which didn’t help much. Some MS people went into the hospital with bedsores due to low thyroid and got Antibiotics which hurt their gut lining in addition to gluten/GMO and they lowers their immune system//hurt their mitochondria and wiped out their good bacteria in their large intestines, so they died. I think they could all have healed with Alternative medicine.

        Instead of thyroid medicine MS people and others may get statin drugs/depression medicine/diuretics/cooling suits or air conditioning since they don’t sweat so warm weather hurts them. Gluten may make antibodies to the thyroid so it goes down….lowering oxygen. Doctors should not go by TSH since the pituitary may also be hurt by gluten that makes TSH and people may have hurt mitochondria due to antibiotics/chemicals/heavy metals/born that way. MS people have hurt mitochondria. Raise the oxygen in their brain by healing the gut lining so more nutrients absorb…then cells are made right to work right to burn oxygen/help circulation/unclog blood vessels,and remove heavy metals, by EDTA/DMPS IV chelation and the MS may be stable. Thyroid should go only by free T4 and free T3/antibody test/reverse T3 test and get the person above the middle of the range and symptoms need to be ok so mitochondria are taken into account. Detoxing may remove heavy metals and help the thyroid work better. Zn/Se/enough iron/probiotic/Vit B12/Vit A/iodine may help T4 convert to T3. Being given Synthroid T4 may not convert to T3. Hospitals are only doing TSH which may not help and giving only Synthroid..not Amour medicine that has (T4/T3/T2T1). Microscopic hidden gluten may make antibodies to the thyroid. 23% of supplements may have hidden gluten and air/foods with a label/nuts not sold in the shell/meat basting/some spices etc.. LDN helps block hidden gluten,..may help 99% of MS people, but MS doctors withhold it so people take the $5000 a month drug and then complain they don’t have enough money. LDN is less than $1 a day and has done miracles for MS/Celiac people to heal. MS people and others can take gluten enzymes/LDN and do the Celiac diet or Paleo diet and brain/body health issues may disappear fast. Prevention is easier than trying to rebuild the brain/body later after a collapse. There are acupuncturist/electrodermal people/chiropractors/Naturopaths/Alternative doctors/Integrative doctors/health food stores/articles on the internet and great books to read for natural help.

        I like Genova tests for allergies/hormones and vitamins/Zyto scans/electrodermal testing/hair tests. Blood tests may not have correct help for thyroid/Vit B12/Mg/bioidentical hormones/Celiac/Lyme and much more. That is why people may not heal due to inaccurate blood tests.

        You are very smart/wise/great understanding about Alternative help. God bless!

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