Mainly what I remember from my childhood is illness and chaos. Growing up, it seemed as though I always had a sore and inflamed throat and was on antibiotics. The doctors never told me a reason for my sickness — they handed me an antibiotic and sent me home.
I struggled with my health and energy as a young girl. I didn’t know why at the time. I had infection after infection in my late teens and felt as if I was always taking an antibiotic. Also, from age 14 to 25, I was on contraception injections. For 11 years, I took contraception without any breaks.
“I only had one menstrual cycle my whole life.”
The doctors never told me about the side effects of taking so many antibiotics and being on contraception uninterrupted that long. When I was 21, I was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I was always tired, and because the doctors didn’t know why, they diagnosed me with ME and sent me on my way.
I wasn’t taking good care of my body. My main caregiver was an alcoholic, and when I was younger, I was partying all the time due to that influence. I feel as if I was always in chaos. I partied, was in destructive relationships, and wasn’t looking after myself.
What I didn’t know at the time was that my struggle with my health and lack of energy was probably from an accumulation of unresolved trauma, toxins, or both.
Deciding Enough Was Enough
At the age of 25, I decided I wanted to get to know my body better, so I came off the contraception injections and went on the pill. I ended up having two periods a month, developed acne all over my face and back, and had headaches and anxiety from the pill.
It had stolen my healthy skin and confidence. I was embarrassed to go outside in public. I tried supplements, creams, acids, and it helped some, but the acne always came back. Nothing I did worked long-term.
I knew something was going on inside of me. My skin and periods were crazy, but I didn't know why.
By age 25, I was in a bad relationship, and my hormones were all over the place. I developed a bit of an eating disorder as I got sucked into the diet culture. I was doing mini detoxes, and I think they were full of heavy metals and soy protein. I thought it was healthy at the time, but now I know I wasn’t getting the proper nutrients, and that’s why my health continued to suffer. I knew it was time to take control of my health.
What Turned it All Around?
I had always preferred natural remedies and herbs to lots of pharmaceuticals. Then last year, when I was working in palliative care, I saw people at the end of their lives, and the number of medications pumped into them was unbelievable. It seemed to me that the pharmaceutical industry was doing these people more harm than good.
It’s no wonder those people felt terrible. The food they were eating wasn’t healthy, plus all those medications. I thought this isn’t health; this isn’t life to me. I knew that half of their issues were preventable. It was after that experience that I wanted to move to preventive action and work with natural health, to work with the body instead of against it.
Because of toxins, hormone issues, and terrible skin, I began natural herbs in January. My biggest reason for starting is that I want to be a mom, a healthy and natural mom. I want to be in optimum health before I conceive.
Two weeks into the supplementation, my skin cleared up and began to glow. I started slowly and took mineral products and products that helped me move my bowels from January until the beginning of April before adding in more products to help with drainage and detox. I now don’t have to wear make-up and am starting to get my confidence back. My sleep has improved, and my hair and nails are growing well too. I can’t believe how quickly my health began to improve.
A New Me Going Forward
I’m still struggling a bit with energy, but I believe that is due to trauma. I’m working with a therapist for childhood issues. If my health can begin to turn around in just two weeks, I can’t wait to see how I’ll feel at the end of my health journey.
I am now passionate about whole foods, organic fruits, and vegetables. I don’t treat it as a diet, as I don’t want to be too strict. It’s a lifestyle change, and I’m doing it for my health and the health of my future baby.
I have always done yoga, but I now want to include cardio and weights to get my strength back. I’ve been walking for exercise since the pandemic but hope to get back to the gym soon.
I’ve been learning all I can about natural health and toxins. I think the best thing I can tell others in a similar situation is to try to get to the root cause of the problems, not just treat the symptoms. Heal your body from the inside out. I’m excited about my health and can’t wait to see how great I can feel.