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I suddenly realised it’s been a while since I’ve done a post.  The main reason is that I’ve been busy on a personal level (busy at work too of course, but it’s the personal stuff that is so time-consuming).

About twelve weeks ago I went to see an integrative doctor to have a battery of tests done to check where my body was heading in terms of hormones (in particular) and to see if there was anything that I could work on now to prevent illness later on.  In my line of work I see people dealing with crippling illness and I want to do anything possible to avoid having to go down that path myself.  I have no symptoms worth noting but I do have a very strong family history of cancer and anxiety/depression.

After filling in a massive document on my medical history and that of my family I had my first appointment with the doctor.  I knew she’d be thorough and she was.  The consult was 45 minutes long – not your usual quick in and out at the GP!  Looking at my history she had a few theories about how my body was functioning and gave me referrals for numerous tests – in all they took 12 vials of blood, four vials of saliva, a urine sample (not just any sample, I had to pee in the dark and wrap the containers in foil, then place in a brown paper bag which was then transported in special containers so no light got to them) and a stool sample … nice!  Not.

She told me no gluten immediately and preferably no caffeine, diary or sugar either.  So I went off gluten, cut down from two coffees to one and held off on the others till I got my results.  Seven weeks later (and 2 kg lighter) I went for my follow-up.  Mostly I’m in great shape but there are a few things that need some help.

For me the most alarming was my Estrone (women produce three different oestrogens and these should be balanced) – I produce way too much and that needs to be brought under control.  That can be one of the factors in breast cancer so definitely something to work on.

Then there’s the Pyrrole. Here’s some information on the disorder.  This is a really common disorder that doesn’t seem to be picked up very often, but if treated can really change people’s lives.  I can’t explain the condition to you myself, in my limited understanding it’s an inability to use/produce enough Zinc and B6, among other things.

And then I’m an undermethylator.  Here’s some info on that one.  This condition ties in with the Pyrrole disorder.

Then, there’s the adrenal fatigue.  I think most of us suffer from this in varying degrees and if left untreated it can develop into things like chronic fatigue or autoimmune diseases.  Not something to play around with. Other than that I’m in pretty good shape.

What’s the treatment for all this I hear you ask?  Well.  You remember back when the doctor suggested gluten, dairy, caffeine and sugar-free to me?  Yup, that’s part of it.  Oh, and included in the sugar was fruit!!  And alcohol, which doesn’t bother me as I’m not a drinker anyway.  Six weeks of none of the above leads to a very dull palate.  But there was a goal and so I was able to do it.

Oh.  And I forgot to mention the supplements.  There are bio-identical hormones, magnesium, B6, zinc, Vit C and a handful of other things to help me detox from copper and reduce excess Folic Acid.  I rattle around every morning.  But I am willing to do this right now to bring my body back into optimal functioning.  It’s worth the hard yards to ensure my health.

I had my six-week follow-up last week (now four kilos lighter than when I started) and I’ve had a bit of a reprieve.  I still have lots of supplements to take but I’m now only gluten and dairy free (I have a sneaky suspicion that may be a lifetime change) with the caution that if I have coffee or sugar then I run the risk of depleting my adrenals further.  Next check up in eight weeks and another round of tests six months after the initial ones to check all my levels and see how well my body has healed.

My doctor suggested that I needed to up my animal fats – roasting vegetables in duck fat (don’t think I can do that); red meat and fish.  I haven’t eaten red meat in 22 years and I’m fish phobic so those two were also a little stressful.  I decided to go for the red meat as I have no fear of it.  I bought an organic, grass-fed steak and went home to cook it.  I made a huge salad and drowned it in balsamic vinegar and managed to eat the whole thing.  But.  Within an hour I broke out in a rash!  Good golly, I don’t think I’ll be doing that again.  Hmm, psychological or allergy?

I saw Dr Maria Mackey at Your Health Manly and I would really recommend anyone do a preventative health check like this.  I’ve referred a number of my clients to see her already and will continue to do so.

Am I feeling any different?  Sure am.  Before I made all these changes I would get home, cook dinner and lay on the sofa with a  “do not disturb” sign telepathically lighted above my head.  That’s not an issue any more.  My head is definitely clearer and I’m certainly not bloating like I used to.  And everyone says I’m looking great too (compliments ALWAYS welcome).

And I probably should mention that I moved house three weeks ago, into a much smaller space.  A fair amount of my time was invested in sorting into piles of rubbish, donate, sell and take with me.  You know the way.  It can be overwhelming and quite often emotional.  My son summed it up perfectly, “mum, you realise I’m packing up my childhood here?” (he turned 18 last week).

I breezed through the move energy wise (not sure I can say that emotionally but at least my energy was up!).  Still have the bruises from all the heaving of boxes but those will be gone soon and now I have this magnificent view out of my front window that makes them all worthwhile.

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P has struggled with eczema all his life.  After 20 years of applying topical steroids prescribed by his doctors he decided he’d had enough and stopped them cold turkey.  Bad idea.

That little stunt put him in hospital, fighting for his life and the first thing they had to do was put him back on the steroids.  Coming off them after all that time is not something you can do without medical supervision – weaning off them slowly and building up the immune system at the same time is the safest way to go, UNDER MEDICAL SUPERVISION.

When P came in to see me initially we had a very long discussion about what had happened when he tried to come off the steroids before and what he was doing to manage it this time.  He was referred to me by his homeopath Debbie Rayfield (http://www.fountaincentre.com.au/).  I have a good working relationship with Debbie, her clinic is downstairs from mine and I am registered to practice there as she’s on the ground floor and some of my clients just can’t make it up the stairs to my clinic.  So we were able to have a good chat about P’s case afterwards.

P had started his supervised withdrawal six weeks prior and was seeing Debbie as well as an integrative doctor at Your Health (http://www.yourhealth.com.au) in Manly.  He was taking numerous supplements and using natural creams on his skin, ate no meat (though still had some fish in his diet) and did not drink alcohol.

When I first saw him he was purple.  And he looked sore.  And a bit scary.  His skin was peeling off and was very dry, particularly on his stomach.  He hadn’t been able to work during that phase as he is a musician and as he looked and felt so awful he went into a depression and didn’t leave the house for some time.

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photo courtesy of eczemasource.com, copied from google images

It was actually a month before I worked with him.  In the first treatment I mainly did some craniosacral work to help with his stress levels.  At the end of the session I spent ten minutes clearing his main collections of nodes and his stomach (he was able to tolerate both deep and superficial work) using manual lymphatic drainage.

P is a very spiritual person and is able to tune into what is going on in his body on an energetic level which always makes it interesting working with him.  I could be working on something physical and he’d say something like “yes, that’s an old hurt from childhood that I’ve been holding on to”.  Great!  If you can consciously release things on an energetic level while having your physical body worked on then the whole treatment is more effective.  Each time he came we’d use a different combination of therapies, depending on what he presented with.  If he had some aches and pains, we’d throw in some Emmett Technique releases.  If he was feeling run down, more lymphatic drainage.  While doing craniosacral work he’d have all sorts of releases – there’d be smiling or laughing, burping, coughing and overwhelming thoughts of what affirmations he needed to say or things he needed to bring into his life (to name a few).

I’ve been seeing P for nearly eighteen months now, off and on.  Our last three sessions have all been remedial massage!  I use coconut oil as I know his body can tolerate it without a flare up.  Remedial massage is the thing he’s missed the most during his recovery and he’s thrilled he can now have some. 

Because he is compliant (that is, he takes his vitamins/herbs/creams regularly) he is well on his way to a full recovery.  He’s been told it could take two to three years for his skin to become normal again and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to get himself there.  What a long way he’s come already.