My health journey began from what I now know to be birth, but I will get into that in just a minute. Throughout high school and college, I struggled with memory, often being taunted by my friends who couldn’t believe I did not remember what happened merely a few days ago. I thought I had a learning disability and found the best way for me to succeed at school was to wake up early the morning before an exam and cram as much into my brain as possible. It wasn’t that I didn’t understand the concepts but I just couldn’t remember simple key pieces to the puzzle. I often felt like my head was in a constant state of fog, never having any clarity. It was when I started having unexplained moments of passing out in chiropractic school that I knew something was wrong. After a battery of tests, the only thing that was ruled out was that I didn’t have a brain tumor. No one had answers as to why I was feeling like I did.
My first exposure to “detox” was in chiropractic school, where I was exposed to a 10-day body cleanse. Now as a functional practitioner I realized it was merely a quick elimination diet, only giving temporary relief of my symptoms. It wasn’t until I got pregnant with my first child that I dug deeper to find the answers to my own health issues. I first started exploring ridding my personal environment of the major toxins including bpa, phalates, and such. Throwing out everything from household cleaners to my makeup. I did not want my baby to be sick like I was.
My wakeup call was when my first child was 14 months. He was not talking or even making sounds like all my friend’s children. He even always sat in a weird way that I thought was cute but later found out it was a sign of a nervous system detriment. My baby, who was adjusted from the day he was born, was having health issues of his own. He was referred out to specialists by his pediatrician. He was given the diagnosis of Apraxia, which meant that he could understand everything that you were saying to him, but the motor connection from his brain to his mouth was interrupted. He could not speak words, and it was even hard for him to make sounds.
After a period of intense speech and occupational therapy, I distinctly remember walking into my office one day and declaring that I was going to treat him as if he was one of my own health participants. I ran a heavy metal test on him when he was two years old…Mercury came back off the charts. My child never had any vaccinations, ate any fish..where did he get it from? ME! I had eight amalgam (silver) fillings in my mouth when I was pregnant with him. There are studies to show that there is a direct correlation between the amount of amalgam fillings a mother has and the amount of mercury the baby will be born with. MY root cause of all MY health issues, also affected my child!
There is only one true, safe, way to get rid of heavy metals and it took me years of researching on my own to get the right protocol. I did several rounds of my protocol with my child and after each round his speech would improve significantly. Even his speech therapist could tell when he was on a round and would use the time to push him to speak new words.
One of my proudest moments as a mom was when my first born entered kindergarten on time. There were several times along the process that I thought for sure he was going to be held behind and I feared it would hinder his future. True healing from toxins including heavy metals can take years and it will continue to be a process for him.
My second health wakeup call was when I was in denial about having hypothyroidism. Another vivid moment in my mind was the day I had just gotten my long hair dyed dark brown. I was excited for a change until I was with a patient who made a comment about my hair. He stated “ I like the color but it looks like they missed a spot”. I glanced in the mirror only to see to my horror that in fact my hair dresser did not miss a spot, but that I had a patch of hair that had fallen out. My newly dyed dark hair revealed a bald spot. I knew right then that I had to finally address my thyroid symptoms. My brain fog, insomnia, gut issues and life altering fatigue were not the result of a second child but an underactive thyroid. I ran the right tests on myself to determine the dysfunctional pathway leading to my underactive thyroid and could get myself back to health.
It is my passion to continuously learn the best, and most effective ways to stay in optimal health.
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