October 2019 Newsletter
You can reverse and even heal autoimmunity
With the prevalence of autoimmune conditions continuing to grow, I am seeing more and more patients in the office who have been given an autoimmune diagnosis. So I thought I would take this opportunity to share my personal story because autoimmunity CAN be reversed and even be put into remission.
Some of you may already know that when I was 25, I found out that I had an autoimmune disease called Lupus. I had been very sick for three years prior to that diagnosis so in a way I was happy to have something definitive with which I could work. The immediate recommendation from my Doctor was a medication that had some very severe side effects and long term consequences. I told my doctor that before I tried the medication I would like to have three months to try some alternative things. If at the end of three months everything was still the same I would take the drug.
I had no idea what I was going to do! I had made a choice to try to heal naturally at a time when there wasn’t a lot of information on autoimmunity, let alone healing naturally from autoimmunity. I was lucky enough to have a chiropractor who helped guide me in the right direction. He gave me some suggestions on ways to improve my diet and other things I could do that might help. As I began to make these changes, I quickly realized that I would have to change a lot about my life (including my inner environment) if I wanted to heal.
I began to meditate, pray, and changed my diet. I Started taking supplements, seeing my chiropractor more regularly, going to acupuncture and doing more yoga. I made my health my number one priority. I started to feel significantly better within two weeks of making these changes. At three months I went back to the Dr. they took my blood and were astonished at how much had changed in just 3 months. They asked me what I had done and I told them, “ I changed my whole life”.
It sounds so simple when I write it out, and in a way it was because I just made the choice to heal no matter what I had to do. It was not easy but it was simple. It continues to be an unfolding journey. I have not completely reversed the autoimmunity but it is mostly in remission. When I take a blood test those markers are still there but I very rarely have any symptoms and I do not take any prescription medication. When I do have symptoms show up it is usually because I am out of balance in some way; like I haven’t slept enough or my stress level is really high. So I use these symptoms as a sign that I need to take better care of myself in some way. I work at being healthy everyday. It is part of my lifestyle now. I am actually very grateful that this happened to me. I have learned so much about myself and consider it a gift. I had no idea when I was 25 that I would be working with other people in a healing capacity. But going through this in my own life has helped me to understand and work with others in the same situation from a place of true compassion and understanding.
A patient who is dealing with a significant health challenge asked me last week, “ if you could give me one piece of advice on what to focus on what would it be”? I told her, ”Find a way or ways to get in touch with your intuition”. When you are on a journey to heal there are many outside opinions. Some may feel helpful and some may not feel helpful. It is important to find a way to discern that information and make the best choice for yourself. Our intuition is that part of ourselves that gently and quietly guides us to our highest good if we listen. You know your body better than anyone else on the planet. No one else knows exactly what is right for you, only you do. So when dealing with any challenge and especially a health challenge it is important to find ways to listen to and be able to hear the communication from your intuition or higher self. There is no right way or one way to heal. Just like we are all unique and different there are many paths to wellness. By learning how to tune in to your higher self and this guidance you can find the path to healing that is perfect for you.
Usually by the time we are diagnosed with an autoimmune disease our immune system has been overburdened in so many ways over the years by trauma, ongoing viruses, bacterial infections, compromised gut health and even parasites; the burden becomes too much for our body to handle and our immune system starts to break down. Reversing autoimmunity is like peeling the layers off of an onion slowly. Anything that is taxing the immune system needs to be addressed and peeled off. It is important to go slow and be kind to yourself during the process. If you have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease there is so much you can do to reverse and even heal completely from it. If you are struggling with autoimmunity and want help in taking the steps to reverse it please reach out or let me know at your next visit!
What to eat during pre-conception and pregnancy
The most important vitamins and nutrients before and during pregnancy are Vitamins A, D, E, Calcium, Folic Acid, Biotin, Glycine and choline. All of these play an important role in the development and health of the growing baby. It is best to try and get these first from the whole food sources and then add whole food supplements as needed. Here are some food sources that have each of these nutrients in them.
Vitamin A: Liver, cod liver oil and butter.
Vitamin E: Grass-fed meats, palm oil, organic fruits and vegetables, nuts and legumes.
Vitamin D: Cod liver oil, fatty fish, shellfish, pastured lard and butter.
Calcium: Unpasteurized or fermented dairy, green leafy vegetables.
Folic Acid: Liver, legumes, beets and greens.
Biotin: Liver, egg yolks.
Glycine: Skin (like chicken skin), bone and bone broths.
Choline: Grass-fed dairy, liver, egg yolks, grass-fed meat, cruciferous vegetables, nuts and legumes.
if you are trying to become pregnant or are already pregnant these are some great super foods for a very healthy pregnancy!
How to boost your immune system during the ‘flu’ season
With more people getting colds and viruses how can you boost your immune system to stay healthy during this season? I recommend basic things like getting enough rest and finding ways to lower stress levels. In addition I love using immune boosting foods such as bone broth. Bone broth decreases inflammation and gives the immune system a jump start. Other foods I love for immune support are lots of good cruciferous greens, green tea, and garlic (a natural antibiotic). My favorite supplement to support immunity is echinacea. Two tablets of echinacea per day can support your immune system all year long! My favorite brand is Echinacea Premium by MediHerb.
If you have any questions about immune support please let me know at your next visit!
My Favorite Gluten-Free vegan Pumpkin pie recipe
I love to cook this time of year! Here is a link to my favorite recipe for a gluten-free pumpkin pie!
* I usually substitute the brown sugar with maple syrup and coconut sugar.