Month: December 2017

All I Want for Christmas

It Started With Alkaline Water

A few months ago, my husband became interested in alkaline water.  He was talking about a system that cost $5000.  Before I spent that kind of money (which I probably wouldn’t have anyway), I wanted to see if there was any validity to the benefits of alkaline water (it seems to be a debatable topic).  My searching took me to the Environmental Working Group’s web page on water quality.  I have known for years that I wanted some sort of water softener – our water in Phoenix is incredibly hard!  (The calcium and magnesium in the water are actually good for your health, but bad for your pipes.) In my searching, I found that our water contains the following chemicals above “acceptable” levels for health: arsenic, bromate, chlorite, hexavalent chromium, radiological contaminants, and trihalomethanes.  (Want to find out what’s in your water?)  After reading that, I was very motivated to clean up the water in our house.

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The Gift That Keeps On Giving

So, I decided to order a whole house water filter and salt-free softener.  It was our family Christmas gift.  After ordering it, I saw a video with Dr. Deanna Minich.  She stated that the #1 thing she would do to reduce toxins was clean up her water.  I was so excited.  I was already working on the best way to reduce toxins.

The instructions said that anyone with basic plumbing knowledge could install it.  The directions were not much more helpful than that.  But, I thought, we are smart people.  We can do this.  So, on Saturday, we cut into our plumbing and started to put it together.  This first attempt (that’s right) looked like this:

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After we turned it on, we had leaks.  Almost everywhere.  It was 9 pm.  We headed to a hotel.  After a good night’s sleep, we tackled the project again.  My husband did not want to do PVC again.  So he took a new attempt (and kept the one section of PVC that wasn’t leaking – yet).  Attempt #2 went a little faster, and worked for ~36 hours.

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Yesterday, the one PVC section started leaking, so it got replaced.  Hopefully this works.  If not, I guess we have to hire someone who know that they are actually doing.  The hubby and I joke that this is the gift that keeps on giving.  It is giving us lots of trips to the hardware store.  He said yesterday was trip #23.  Our daughter said it was only #10.  Once we get it working and not leaking, it will be the gift that keeps giving us clean water for the entire house.  No more brushing our teeth or showering in contaminated water.

You’re a Pain in My…

What is “normal,” anyway?

Like several of my previous posts, I originally wrote this two years ago:

I don’t know about you, but I have lived my life surrounded by people who do not understand pain.  Sure, people have occasionally hurt themselves or gotten a headache, and then they take some aspirin or ibuprofen and it goes away.  They have no concept of chronic pain.

One of the medications that a doctor gave me for my headaches turned me into a zombie.  I was exhausted.  I had no energy to do anything.  I made it through my eight-hour work day, but I was too tired for a social life.  One of my friends was complaining, because apparently I was impacting her ability to enjoy life.  There was no consideration for how the situation was impacting my life!

alone, isolated, lonely, social, headache, migraine, pain

Now, fast forward many years.  I have been married for seven years and a mom for four.  My husband is getting tired of my headaches.  I know that he loves me very much and would really like the pain to go away.  Some days, though, when he asks me why my head is hurting, it seems like he thinks that I could control it if I wanted to.  As if I am choosing to have a headache.  When I have several severe headache days in a row (I literally have a headache every day, I have just learned how to go on with life most of the time), he loses compassion.  He gets tired of me not being able to do things like normal.  So, he forces me back into making decisions and taking care of him and our daughter.  I know he is at a loss as to how to deal with my headaches.  I am was, too.  But sometimes people who do not live with chronic pain just don’t understand what it is like.

My daughter is super sweet – most of the time.  I have had so many headache days that she will just come up to me and day, “I know you don’t feel well, mommy.”  No four-year-old should have to deal with a “sick” mommy as often as she does.  This is why I want to improve my health as much as I can in the areas that I can impact.

A new normal

Thankfully, this year I was talking with a colleague who suggested that I look into the LEAP/ MRT food sensitivity testing and protocol.  I am not completely headache-free.  Some days I do not have total control over the foods that I eat, so I still end up dizzy, lightheaded, or with a headache.  Sometimes there are other things – like hormone changes – that lead to a headache.  However, most days I feel much better than before.  I can go enjoy activities and feel like a human.  No more zombie life for this girl!

First Do No Harm

They Just Don’t Get It

As a sufferer of chronic pain, I know we have all been to doctors who just don’t understand.

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When my daughter was about three months old, I was fed up with my headaches and made a doctor’s appointment (I had to take Tylenol with codeine daily for over two months just to survive pregnancy).  My appointment was with a nurse practitioner who had a student.  The student spent an hour asking me every question in the book about every body system, and then the real nurse practitioner came in, spent two minutes with me, and told me to keep doing what I was doing (Excedrin and Zantac).  During those two minutes, I actually asked the nurse practitioner about gluten and headaches, and she blew me off like it was the most ridiculous thing she had heard.  (Six years later, I got tested and have a wheat allergy.)

So, in case you missed the main points of the story, here they are again: I hadn’t slept in three months, my headaches were bad enough for me to schedule a doctor’s appointment, and I just spent an hour in a doctor’s office only to be told, “keep doing what you’re doing.”

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My favorite, though, was my next doctor (I never returned to the previous office – which I am sure is shocking).  My main concern was getting my headaches under control.  My doctor’s main concern was my weight.  He only wanted to talk about my weight and get me to do things to lose weight.  He never really cared about getting my pain under control (although he did put me on a very questionable drug).

I get it.  Really, I do.  Weight status does impact health in a lot of ways (and it was measurable for the doctor).  What I also understand – that the doctor apparently didn’t – is that when you are in that much pain, other aspects of self-care are all but impossible.

Finding a Better Way

I want to help people improve their overall health.  I also want to do it in a way that is different from many doctors, personal trainers and coaches.  I am sensitive to the concerns of people with chronic pain.  I also want to help people expand past self-imposed limitations.  I can’t take away the pain for you, but I have found something (completely legal) that can help most people with certain types of pain. It’s not the easy road, but then again, neither is living in pain.  If you are tired of living in pain and are willing to do whatever it takes to get better, why not see if the foods you are eating are contributing to your pain and other health issues.  We would love to help you find a healthier you!  Schedule a pre-package consult with us, and we will find out if and how we can help you live a life with less pain.

If you are still not completely sure that the foods you eat are tied to your health, check out the book Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

 

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