An estimated 264 million people globally deal with depression and anxiety, which amounts to roughly one in five. I was one of those people. From the time I was 12 years old, I suffered from daily bouts of anxiety and depression, with hyperirritability and OCD sprinkled in. (1)
As a child, I had frequent upper respiratory infections and seemed always to be on antibiotics. My family lived on a farm and used pesticides for our crops. I was constantly exposed to those poisons in the air and in our food. No one gave much thought to it at the time.
My Life-Long Struggle with Infections, Anxiety, and Depression
Although I struggled with anxiety and depression as a child and teenager, I remember that it was much more pronounced in my early to mid-twenties. I graduated high school early, went to college, and became a chiropractor. I started a practice right away at only 22 years old, partnering with a doctor I had been seeing as a patient.
Within six months of graduating from chiropractic school, I had what they used to call a “nervous breakdown.” The anxiety and depression were becoming extreme and I could no longer function. I started going to a therapist, taking supplements, and receiving weekly chiropractic care, which helped. I was thin, exercised, and ate clean foods, but was still having anxiety attacks. Usually, massage, meditation, and general self-care got things back to what I thought was normal for a few days, but it would all eventually return.
When I was around 25 years old, I began having painful, heavy menstrual periods that continued well into my 30s. I also experienced occasional anxiety that flared up every three months or so. By the time I was 40, I was having a period three weeks out of every month. This caused so much stress that my anxiety was ramping up again. I didn’t want to take prescription medication, so I began taking herbs and supplements that were supposed to help with mood issues.
It became so stressful and difficult for me that I started taking long weekends every few months, just to give myself a break. The anxiety attacks became so frequent that it became social anxiety and caused me to lose sleep. I was only sleeping four to five hours a night. Instead of enjoying my life as a wife, mother, and chiropractor, I was struggling to get through the day, and I was beginning to lose hope.
My normal self is positive and hopeful, but I was feeling the farthest from that.
As my 40s continued, I developed several autoimmune conditions, such as Hashimoto’s and Sjogren’s, plus I was classified as pre-diabetic. I gained 100 pounds throughout this time and had become fairly sedentary. To add to that, I had three surgeries in the span of two years to address carpal tunnel syndrome. I had my gallbladder removed and had surgery on my lower back. I developed chronic allergies, candida problems, interstitial cystitis, UTIs, and had upper respiratory infections every three to four months. I had migraines once or twice a month and tension headaches on most days. I felt sick most of the time.
In short, I was a hot mess.
The constant stress was taking a huge toll on my family, my job, and my life. In 2015, I began using essential oils, which eased my respiratory and sinus issues. I also began a protocol of supplements, which included probiotics, digestive enzymes, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, omega 3s, and anti-inflammatory herbs. All of my symptoms improved but were still present in lesser intensity and with less frequency. No matter what I tried, nothing eliminated my issues, and they kept compounding.
In 2016, I did a cleanse every six months, which further improved my gut health and mood. However, it didn’t last. By 2017, I was having several anxiety attacks per day. I had even been hospitalized for chest pain. This was later diagnosed as anxiety after the doctors ruled out digestive and cardiac issues.
I saw a nurse practitioner who put me on medication to control my blood sugar, and hormone replacement therapy for menstrual issues, as I was also struggling with polycystic ovary syndrome. My mood issues worsened, so I began taking anxiety medication. It helped some, but the anxiety eventually worsened. I was taking these medications just to help me function. I honestly didn’t think I’d ever be “normal.”
By the fall of 2018, I had to go on short-term disability and begin therapy. By the end of 2019, I was taking supplements and medications just to help me get to work each day. The fatigue was terrible and I found myself sleeping more than 10 hours per night, and could easily nap a couple of times during the day. I finally had to quit my job and retire from chiropractics. I went off hormone replacement therapy and dealt with my period issues because nothing was helping anymore.
At My Worst
- I couldn’t exercise
- I couldn’t work
- I gained nearly 100 pounds
- I napped a few times during the day
- I slept over 10 hours per night but didn’t feel rested
- I was riddled with anxiety and depression
- I received several different diagnoses
- My health declined rapidly
- None of my medications or remedies made a lasting effect
Life was so difficult for me, I didn’t know where to turn.
How It All Turned Around
In February 2020, I went to a conference for healthcare practitioners. When Dr. Jay Davidson spoke about the Cell Danger Response, I felt I finally had the answer to why I had been so sick all these years. Then I heard Dr. Todd Watts speak about parasites. I was intrigued but wasn't sure if that applied to me.
It was time for me to get to the root cause of what was holding me back. I finally felt like I had the knowledge to turn things around.
What Finally Made the Difference for Me
When I got back home, I started on a new comprehensive detox protocol. It was the easiest protocol I'd ever tried. I had very few detox symptoms, and within the first two weeks, I had started nebulizing an oxygen product twice a day. With the addition of the oxygen, I had no detox symptoms.
During this time, I also gradually phased out my medication. It took about three months to get off the majority of the medication I had been on for years. By the end of that third month, my periods were beginning to change for the first time in 30 years.
I noticed that as I better supported my gut and drainage pathways in particular, I had almost a 99% reduction in anxiety and depression symptoms. My anxiety attacks were a thing of the past. Not to mention, I had more energy and mental focus.
I tend to listen to my spirit and make changes to supplementation based on intuition and how I feel. I may not be 100% better yet, but I've seen radical changes to my body that I never thought possible.
My Advice to Others
Do not give up! This will work. Give it time and trust the process.
To anyone who has anxiety and depression, or really any chronic issue:
- Find a way to deal with past emotional traumas
- Get support from an experienced healthcare practitioner and other experts as needed
- Practice self-care
- Have patience; it will happen
- Keep moving forward
Dare to hope. You will realize your healing. Don’t compare yourself with others on their own detox protocols, for you will heal in your own time. You will heal. Embrace the journey. You can do it.