It’s Tuesday, time for the second part of my journey to health.
So, I was starting to feel better.
I could actually walk to the back of the house to get something for dinner out of the freezer and remember WHY I was there.
But I was still not right. I was still moody, depressed, and angry. (it was easier to write this time now that I’ve confessed that ugliness). Not as much; but still WAY too much! I was fatigued, and tired all the time. In fact, many nights I was falling asleep on the couch by 8:00 pm. It was all I could do to get dinner on the table. But even then, I didn’t realize how sick I was.
So Shane was researching Samaritan Ministries And I came around and got on board. In fact, I was excited to get rid of our insurance and be a part of this wonderful ministry!
But, I had some swelling under my left arm that I thought I’d better get checked out before applying. I thought it was probably nothing, but didn’t want a pre-existing condition. Our regular D.O.’s office checked me out. She found a lump in my right breast and recommended a mammogram. (amazingly to this day, no doctor that I have mentioned the swelling under my left arm to has been concerned…I have chalked it up to lymph nodes and am dry-brushing to relieve it).
I had studied mammograms and there was NO way I was going that route. I had also studied thermograms. So, I found a lab that did them and scheduled my appointment. (Start here if you want to research it.)
My thermogram came back with some concern. One side was a level 4. There are 5 levels; so I didn’t have cancer, but I wasn’t very far away. BTW, the lump was nothing. So I started supplement therapy with my first naturopath. (Yes, the 5th member of the medical community). He put me on some great products from Standard Process, and I began to improve.
By this time I had also noticed that half of my eyebrows were missing too. The time line is blurry here but the bottom line is that I had SEVERE thyroid deficiencies. No wonder I had no energy!
The thermography place that I found was associated with a homeopathic doctor in the KC area. So after the themogram I got a free consultation. He had me do a full panel saliva hormone test. It confirmed everything we knew about my hormones! I don’t remember all the supplements that he put me on, but there was one that seemed instrumental and I still take it (at higher doses that Dr. Martin had me taking) It is a Standard Process product called Simplex F. The second that I remember, was Black Currant Seed Oil ( vitacost makes one that works for me). Black Currant Seed is supposed to be excellent for breast health.
Dr. Martin also put me on a SP iodine supplement but my neck and back were SO achy. Little did I know that iodine can cause bromide toxicity to rear it’s head. And these are some of the symptoms. According to one article I read, bromide toxicity has been associated with all thyroid diseases. (Just for your information apparently fluoride competes with iodine as well…another good reason to stay away from it). I don’t know why, but Dr. Martin had me go off of the iodine.
This is NOT what I needed. I needed that iodine.
What I needed was a salt load
And that’s what I did.
And it worked!
This website looks to have some good info on iodine as well.
I saw Dr. Martin for about a year. I started feeling better. But it wasn’t enough…
Stay tuned for part III
By the way, I am NOT giving medical advice, I am not a doctor or health practitioner, I am only recounting my journey. If you would like information on those practitioners that have helped me, please email me or leave a comment and I will give you their information.