Photo kindly from Molly Green Magazine, as part of a membership.
I wanted to tell here, at The Homeschooling Doctor, my story. What is my story? Well, it’s about a woman leaving behind an ordinary medical doctor career to stay home and homeschool her children. It’s a story about her leaving behind expected medical doctor ideas to unearth new ideas (new to her anyhow) for health and healing. And it’s a story of a struggle to align expectations with a gracious acceptance of reality.
I haven’t written for at least a couple of weeks for two reasons. One, I’ve been following a new, interesting experiment to help put an end to my search for “complete health.” You see, I’m pretty darn healthy. But over the years, I’ve had intermittent headaches, foggy brain, vertigo, strange joint pains and swelling, abdominal distention/bloating, and chronic constipation. I’m diligent, and I’ve visited the appropriate doctors. The work-ups are really, overall, quite unremarkable. So, I’ve chalked it up to stress or food or wear-and-tear and I’ve simply moved on, trying not to ruminate for too long on any of it–although I keep reading and reading because I love to learn and think about how this stuff may help myself or others.
By self-experimenting, I’ve found that if I eat a certain way, which coincidentally aligns fairly well with a vegetable-rich autoimmune Paleo diet, I can control about all my symptoms. But to eat this way for life as a mother of four young kids who loves to travel, well, it’s pretty discouraging. So, although I haven’t had time to write on it, over the last couple of years, I’ve been trying to budge off of “my diet.” I mean, eliminating grains, nuts/seeds, dairy, eggs, legumes, chicken, and coconut is, in my own words, about stupid. I’m not saying I’m stupid. Or you’re stupid. I guess I’m just saying that to eat that way long-term is almost, not quite, impossible. Which means for people who have to follow this way of eating, makes feeling good day-in and day-out about impossible. I’ve tried many of the leaky gut protocols. I’ve considered Lymes and heavy metals. I’ve fasted. I’ve done broths. Meditation and yoga. I’ve sent love and acceptance to my gut and body. Probably my first mistake was to pray about it–I think God thought it would be good for this run-of-the-mill, proud medical doctor to get shaken up a little. Anyhow, I think the autoimmune diet protocols are awesome at controlling symptoms quickly, but somehow I can’t keep wondering if some of us who follow these protocols can’t move on.
(Please remember, this is all my story. My opinions. My thoughts. I haven’t even organized my thoughts well in my own head. So anything you read here, you need to read about more and ask your doctor about anything that you may want to try.)
Well, my blog posting and reading has been replaced since my last post here with reading a medical doctor’s work by the last name of Sarno on a syndrome he calls tension myositis syndrome and trying his techniques. He suggests that lots of symptoms and syndromes in medicine are able to be overcome by some pretty simple processes involving reading his books, daily journaling, and daily introspective thinking. He writes a lot about back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders (carpal tunnel, tendonitises, herniated disks, etc.), but I’ve decided to apply his techniques to my food sensitivities, which commonly cause me headaches, fogginess in my head, and bloating. I cannot yet give a definitive answer to how it’s going, but I am broadening my diet. I do not suggest that you try Sarno until you’ve hit the wall and tried “everything” or unless you’re a very open-minded person. (And of course after you checked with your doctor about whether or not it’s safe to eat these foods or do these activities you avoid! I’m not talking anaphylactic allergies here!!!!) I’m open-minded, but I would not have even considered this man’s work at all when I started this journey in 2012. His explanations seem bizarre to us doctors trained to look at X-rays, MRIs, and use known science to explain pain. I’m early on in trying his techniques, but I think that the brain can override most processes in the body: vascular, gastrointestinal, immunological, pain sensation, and so on. Perhaps his methods are one way to achieve this end. Bottom-line–I just wanted to let you know that the extra reading and journaling that are required daily have eaten up my blogging time lately.
The second thing that has cut into researching and writing for my blog is the time-constraints placed on a mom by, hmm, how should I say this–being a mom. Ha! I had completely forgotten how time and mom-consuming toddlers are! I keep playing with our schedule and routine to find a way to write more, but success keeps eluding me. I enjoy reading, summarizing this health stuff, and encouraging others so much, though, that I plan to persist on finding a way to keep in the game. This week, we’re going to try having my daughters each pick meals to cook to see if I can’t decrease my kitchen responsibilities. Maybe this will open up some more writing time.
That’s what’s been happenin’ here lately. I didn’t link to Sarno’s work. I figure if you’re at the point to try him, you’ll open a new tab and type his name in. And I want to make it clear I don’t agree with all I read in his book, but so far with his methods, I’ve been able to abort most headaches, fogginess, and inappropriate tiredness as I move off of my autoimmune-style diet. The methods stir up a lot of emotions and past family trash–so fair warning.
Happy Monday. The day where we leave our rest and go find some good work to do.
And thank you, Molly Green Magazine Membership, for the lovely photo and quote to use at the beginning of this post.