5 years ago today I spent the entire day and evening in the ER at a veterans hospital. My new anti-seizure meds put me in the hospital with a failing liver and pancreatitis. THAT day was a major turning point for me. That was the day my neurologist berated me in the ER for bothering to go in because there was “nothing anyone can do for me and my condition and [I] just need to accept that I am going to be miserably sick until I die.”
At my follow up appointment with him I asked if we could stop the medication and try something else like take a holistic approach or try alternative medicine, knowing I had already reacted to every anti-seizure medication the VA was willing to pay for and my gut feeling that the seizures were a symptom, not a diagnosis. He laughed me out of his office. A week later I called his receptionist to verify my next appointment time, and was told I was no longer a patient at that facility. I would have had to wait over a year to be seen by a specialist again. This wasn’t the first VA facility to do this to me… It was the THIRD!!
Regardless of what physical struggle you have, no one should ever subject you to humiliation. As if a failing body wasn’t bad enough, add 20+ arrogant doctors to the mix who believe they know your body better than you to the mix, that humiliation turns into extreme dehumanizing and demoralizing. While there are many doctors out there who truly care and want to help their patients, I happened to not have that luxury or opportunity.
That day in the ER was a major turning point for me. That was the beginning of my health research obsession. The National Institute of Health’s PubMed website became the website I frequented the most. Google Scholar was another. Just 2.5 years later, that research applied to my lifestyle paid off when I had my last seizure.
THIS is why I do what I do. I am passionate about teaching people how to make lifestyle changes, the impact toxins have on our bodies that seemingly no one seems to know about or care about, and what you can do to support your body so you don’t feel ill and broken all the time. It’s an incredible transformation anyone can push through when you stop listening to what is mainstream and start researching and applying that research yourself. Nothing is as rewarding as helping others push through heir own situations and become healthier and happier as a result. If you want to talk about it and see how a natural health lifestyle can benefit you, feel free to click the “contact us” tab to the bottom right of this screen and schedule a time to talk with me!
Please note, I’m not anti-medicine. There is a time and place for it. I am actively raising awareness that medicine is not the end-all-be-all of health and feeling better. Some of us cannot take medicine without becoming worse to the point where we can’t physically or mentally function, and we do not deserve to be ostracized for speaking out about it. There are more than one method to feeling better and healing. I’m embracing that and loving every moment of coaching others to do the same.
Regardless of what you’re going through, please do your own research too. We can’t expect doctors to know what they haven’t learned, but we can be proactive in our health and help our doctors help us.