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Journey of the Heart blog beats again!

Mea culpa, gomen, disculpe….a thousand pardons for my lengthy unannounced absence.¬† I see my last post was on July 17th. ūüė¶

Tomorrow,  December 11th,  the hearts of two families will beat as one as my daughter-in-law, Kristine, wife of my elder son, mother to my grand girl,  goes into hospital for a kidney transplant.  Your thoughts and prayers would mean the world to us.

So, let’s backtrack and summarize what’s been going on since February:¬† diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation; hospitalized after three trips to emergency; complete cardio workup (including cardioversion) showed no actual heart disease; discharged to recover from the ordeal.¬† My recovery was very slow but I made progress one day at a time.¬† I’d timed injections at the Pain Clinic hoping that the effects would give me pain-free travel to LA for a pre-booked writer’s conference early August.¬† Unfortunately, they didn’t help. ¬† The travel plus three intense conference days was pretty overwhelming but I managed to make the best of it.

Over the ensuing weeks I waited to bounce back but it didn’t happen.¬† In fact, I went downhill, quickly.¬† I felt like I did when I’d left hospital–weak, riddled with pain, depressed.¬† I went to my doctor.¬† The usual prescription was offered for pain but I didn’t want drugs.¬† I wanted someone to help me sort through this maze and get to the root of what was happening to me. “Something’s not right”,¬† I moaned as I left the office totally dejected, feeling that modern medicine, as I knew it, had failed me.

Another week went by;¬† a friend called me to recommend a new naturopathic doctor she’d begun to see.¬† I’m no stranger to natural/alternative medicine.¬† I’m very open to a variety of healing sciences.¬† Days later, August 23 to be exact,¬† I found myself sitting in the ND’s consultation room, making the usual “nice to meet you” greetings.¬† Then I burst into tears!¬† I confided I was afraid I was dying.¬† I felt so low.¬† He’d already reviewed my extensive medical history.¬† He agreed my condition was “layered” with a number of significant issues but assured me he was ready to help identify and treat the root cause(s).¬† He asked lots of questions and I talked.¬† He listened.¬† Really listened.¬† Before I knew it 45 minutes had elapsed.¬† Imagine!¬† A 45-minute appointment with a medical doctor?¬† The standard time allotted here in Canada is 3-4 minutes.¬† That’s it.

He arranged for me to come in the following day for some “muscle testing“.¬† Remember, this is a doctor of natural medicine.¬† A doctor who is trained for the same amount of time as a traditional allopathic doctor.¬† However, the difference is that the naturopath looks at the whole body system to find the root cause of disease, while the medical doctor treats with standardized tests, like x-ray/lab,¬† followed by prescription drugs or a referral to a specialist.¬† One doctor looks for the root cause and treats it with natural remedies; the other treats the symptoms with prescription drugs.

After a long period of muscle testing (please google kinesiology to get details) he had an answer for me.¬† “You have neuro-toxin disease.¬† The toxins you accumulated years ago are still in your body, still causing you ill health.”¬† I was stunned.¬† After ten years of living abroad I had contracted many toxins–heavy metals, pesticides, parasites, petro-chemical poisoning–all identified by another ND in 2003.¬† Years before that I’d been diagnosed with Lyme disease.¬† When I returned to Canada in 2004 I was treated by intravenous therapies designed to kill the toxins.¬† I felt better but certainly not 100% but¬† I went on with my life, struggling with low energy, depression, body pain.¬† I tried everything.¬† Every new product, every new treatment; you name it, I tried it.¬† But nothing was long-lasting.

Then in the fall of 2007,¬† a life-altering stress entered my life.¬† In my next post I’ll jump into the deep end of that murky pool and explore the role that stress has played in my health challenges.¬† Stay tuned.


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