I was sick a lot growing up, beginning about age 2. Multiple bouts with significant respiratory challenges and infections led to a constant intake of medications. Still, I continued getting sick for weeks at at time, year after year. As I got a little older and suggested that maybe I needed to try some vitamins, I was told that we didn’t need them because our food had plenty. We ate what we needed.
Maybe you heard that too?
You see, my Dad was a doctor and the AMA was super clear that vitamins were a waste of money. Our food had it all!
So until I was in my thirties, I did what I was told and didn’t bother supplementing my food intake with vitamins or minerals of any kind. Paying attention to “nutrition” during that time wasn’t about nutrients, it was about dieting to lose weight.
Things in my body started to change that another medication or diet change couldn’t fix…
I was struggling with severe menstrual cycle issues, skin problems and breakouts, night sweats, insomnia, shifting moods and the arrival of psoriasis on any part of my skin where there was repeated or sudden impact. It was bad!
What I was experiencing was a full-body inflammatory response that impacted every aspect of my being—my body and its systems, my mind, and my emotions.
So a couple of things happened. Tired of medications that weren’t helping, I started working with practitioners at an Integrative Healthcare group. Their recommendations included regular massage, acupuncture to address my recurring sinus issues, sessions with the homeopathic physician, the nutritionist, the psychologist, and specific supplements to support my immune health. While at times it felt like a LOT of approaches, I had committed to experiment with new options. As this was the first immersion in wholistic, natural healthcare I was open to the “other side” with the thought of feeling good again as a huge motivator. Not only did I soak up every appointment and suggestion from the practitioners at that clinic, but I started making some serious changes and had great results.