During this time in my life, I followed traditional medicine and thought that my family doctor knew best. When she handed me a prescription for steroid medication, I didn't think twice about taking it. Like most Americans, I believed it was necessary to take medicine to get well.
Not once did my physician mention how nutrition could help me heal naturally, nor did she even bring up the topic of my diet. Within weeks of taking Prednisone, I experienced severe side effects that landed me into the emergency room with excruciating abdominal pain. Upon admission into the hospital, I had gastrointestinal testing that revealed the medication caused me inflammation in my intestines, acid reflux, and other unpleasant symptoms, including weight gain, which caused me to feel terrible about my appearance.
After my G.I. specialist warned me about steroids, I vowed that I would never again take Prednisone. The lesson learned was that it did not heal me or my back condition. In reality, it caused me more harm, rather than good. Moving forward, I continued working in the beauty industry as a licensed beauty expert. While my back did have flareups, I spent one year trying to avoid medicine.
By January 2008, my pain was chronic and I had started missing too much work, due to being sick. Despite my effort to regain my health through physical therapy, anti-inflammatory drugs, and having my orthopedic specialist place me on "light duty" at work, my aches and pains began to skyrocket.
On March 8, 2008, the mystery was revealed with a rheumatologist who diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. Once I told my supervisor at work about this news, she called me into her office and stated that if I missed one more day of work that I would be terminated. For weeks, I prayed to God about the best solution. Each time, I clearly believed that the Lord was leading me to resign from the job I loved. It was like a wrestling match with my heavenly Creator, but in the end I knew beyond a shadow of doubt that He was right so I did resign from the beauty industry.
My goal was to regain my health so I could return to work, but that is not what happened. Instead of gaining my wellness, I lost it. Or better said, the pharmaceutical drugs prescribed by my fibromyalgia specialist took my body, mind, and cognitive function hostage. The longer version of my story is published in my book, Harvest of Hope: Living Victoriously Through Adversity. It gives the deep, raw, eye opening details of my hellish ordeal that nearly stole my life.
Fast forward to the present and I am in awe how our bodies have the innate ability to heal naturally when given the right tools. In reality, healing is easier than our medical community wants us to believe. You see, the truth is that Western medicine is a multi-billion dollar industry. They rely on sick people to gain wealth. Traditional medical doctors and specialists rarely have any formal training for nutrition, natural health, or any alternative therapies. They can not earn big bucks in nutrition or holistic health and that is why they only follow the traditional practices using pharmaceuticals, invasive testing (MRI, X-rays, CT Scans, etc.), or surgery.
The purpose of sharing my own journey to healing through natural options and clean nutrition with whole foods is to give others hope, to gain insight, to be encouraged, and to empower you to take back control of your own body and mind. If you are struggling with sickness, fatigue, brain fog, depression, weight gain, or any form of diseases and disorders, I want to encourage you to start reading and researching credible facts to gain evidence about how the fake, processed foods we eat today and the medicines we may take can actually hinder our health to a high degree.
The good news is that you can turn around your health and reclaim your wellness. Through my blog posts, I will be sharing natural strategies that I took to eventually turn my own health around for the better. Here are my first wellness tips to help you start your own healing journey:
- Have an open mind - In my blog posts, you may learn something new that you never heard of or may even be aware of. Have an open mind to expand your knowledge and to gain wisdom.
- Advocate for yourself - Trust your innate ability to heal naturally. Follow your gut intuition because it usually steers us onto the correct path 100% of the time. There is no one on earth who knows you as good as you do. Therefore, start advocating for your own health and nutrition. Do your research. Read as much as you can about clean nutrition and natural wellness.
- Read your labels - Consider reading your labels of everything you use, including food, beverages, medicine, personal care products, and cleaning products. If you knew what you were putting into or onto your body and what you were exposing yourself to in your home or workplace, you would be shocked! Seriously, knowledge is power and right now if you want to empower yourself with facts then you must know what ingredients you are exposed to and consuming daily.
- Practice what you learn - The bottom line is that unless you practice what you learn to make realistic healthy changes in your life, you will remain in the same circumstance. There must be a willingness to change. If you do not want to change the way you think, the way you eat, the way you live, or if you resist taking action then you will never experience the beautiful transformation that could change your life for the better. If you keep doing what you have already done for the past decade, how do you ever expect significant results to occur without doing something new? Today, I encourage you to take one action step even if it's a baby step. Progress is still progress!
- Your health matters - The defining moment is when you determine that your health does matter. You matter. Your future matters. You are valuable, worthy, and placed on this earth for a divine purpose. The pathway to healing is not overnight, but it will be worth it!
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