I’ve been wanting to write an update post for a while now about my health, and where I am now compared to when I wrote the post Shortcut to a Healthier You. When you are in the middle of a tough time it could be really hard to see what you are doing, I literally felt like I was lost at sea with waves crashing into me and barely had my head out of the water. Looking back at things now, I am shocked that I survived that.
Being enslaved by your emotions is a very tough spot to be in, add to that an out of control body and you feel that there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Am I out of the tunnel? Not yet, but I am slowly making progress. Let me summarize what happened in steps.
Step 1 – I thought I had a gene mutation, specifically MTHFR, which was causing my issues. Guess what? I do have a gene mutation, as a matter of fact I have several! When I continued to research and look into my genome sequence I figured out that it is actually normal, and honestly in my case it doesn’t mean a lot since those mutations are affected by my environment. So although you are born with DNA mutations, what “switches on and off” greatly depends on your lifestyle, the mutations are not a life sentence. A great book that helped me understand things better is called Dirty Genes by Dr.Ben Lynch, if you are interested read it instead of the millions of material online.
Step 2 – I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease. This could be true, but I don’t have any memory of being bit by a tick, or the bullseye rash that comes after it. I did spend a lot of time in the woods (I spent summers in Germany), but again, the symptoms weren’t typical of Lyme Disease. I also felt that that and the EBV are the newest trend, so I wasn’t really convinced.
Step 3 – I was told I have parasites. I love reading about the gut and what lives in our bodies, I was very familiar with parasites and how some are needed and others could wreak havoc in your body. I also knew how much work it would take to get rid of them, so before I jumped into the doctors protocol (which was crazy strict), I went to do a comprehensive parasite test. The test came back all negative! This wasn’t a one day test, it was over 3 days, different times, and with a strict food protocol, so no, I didn’t miss anything,
Step 4 – I found a doctor online that I felt was speaking directly to me, the only issue was her waiting list was for months! So I put my name on the waiting list and waited. Then I believe the universe worked in my favour and someone cancelled and I got their spot. After many tests (none of which were available in Kuwait), I found out that my oestrogen and testosterone were off the charts. Add to that my liver was too tired from having to filter out all the toxins (add to that the MTHFR mutation), so it was sluggish.
Let me go over everything that got me to this day in a timeline:
2005 – My dermatologist puts me on birth control because I was having skin issues (first red flag, why is my dermatologist deciding that not my OBGYN?). There was a trial and error period until we found the best fit for me, but I still remember being irritable, depressed, and anxious.
2007 – I get married, and a few months later I get off birth control to get pregnant
2008 – I have my first baby, my body goes crazy, then I’m back on the pill
2010 – Repeat the same cycle and have baby 2
2012 – Repeat again and have baby 3
2013 – I decide I want to stop taking birth control as I felt it is messing me up. Things start to go good again, I slowly find myself recovering and my mood stabilising. I would sometimes get anxious when I’m stressed, but in general I’m good.
2017- I feel great, I assume that an IV to boost my immune system will give me the final push to recover, and what happens is I am now worse than I was in 2008. A methylation mutation put with a sluggish liver and glutathione? I was asking for it. Since my liver couldn’t deal with the added burden, it dumped all the toxins the glutathione brought out back into my system, and now the oestrogen and testosterone wasn’t even being dealt with properly. Not a good place to be in.
So, what am I doing now? I am on a protocol to balance out my hormones naturally, nothing synthetic, all natural adaptogens and herbs. I am supporting my liver, watching what I eat, and sweating out toxins from my body either by working out or through a sauna (I use a sauna mat). I am also changing small habits like when I sleep and wake up to better support my body, and meditation to calm down the stress.
Do I want to do all this? Nope, I would like to sleep in, watch TV shows, and have a burger, but that wasn’t working for me the past 10 years, it’s time to try something new. I do enjoy these things once in a while, but the scale has tipped the other way and quite honestly I am enjoying it.