I have a problem with western medicine. There, I said it. My problem is that every time I go to the doctor and go through the symptoms I am experiencing, the cause of the symptoms is never actually addressed or treated. I have never left the doctor’s office satisfied with my experience. Rather, disappointed with a bill to pay and a handful of random medications to treat the symptoms rather than the disorder. It seems the whole medical system is designed to keep us sick.
I’ve been prescribed pain medication then eventually birth control to treat painful, irregular periods. Xanax to treat panic attacks. Lexapro to treat depression symptoms. A slew anti acids and anti-nausea medicines to treat frequent upset stomachs and acid reflex. The random bottles that could be found in my medicine cabinet were getting out of hand and I still felt like crap no matter how many pills I took each day. My doctors never seemed to look for the actual cause of my discomfort past a simple blood test and physical exam.
Now, I’m a 25 year old woman. I am tall and of average weight. I have never broken a bone nor had any major health issues. There is absolutely no reason why I should be required to take pills every day for the rest of my life just to function normally. I cannot accept it; my inner hippie simply refused. Our bodies are incredibly intricate miracles that are capable of healing themselves, when supported by a healthy diet and lifestyle. This is what I did to take my control of my health.
First thing was first, I had to cleanse my body after years of mistreatment. All-nighters in college, emptying my bank account at the bar on a Friday night, not to mention the late night and early morning runs to McDonalds. This coupled with all the toxins our bodies encounter from a day to day basis with pollution and the poorly regulated beauty industry was enough to leave me running to the health food store seeking salvation. My poor liver and immune system had been through it and I needed to show it some love. I started this process with a three day juice cleanse. I set aside a three day weekend (thank you snow days) and took the plunge. It was difficult at times, but I made it through. It definitely helped kick some of my bad habits and I would highly recommend a similar fast if you want to make drastic dietary changes without the misery of cravings and withdrawal.
Second, I began a whole foods, vegetarian diet. I allowed myself to eat fish a couple of days a week in the beginning, but now it is rare that I need or even want to eat fish. I no longer eat fast food and avoid processed foods as much as possible. I do indulge occasionally, I won’t lie to you, but I stick to the health food isle for my quinoa chips and dark chocolate bars. Weekend trips to the local farmer’s market are fun and something I look forward to each Saturday morning for most of my week’s shopping. I have had zero cravings for meat with this diet. I just listen to my body and eat fish when I need the boost of protein, that’s it. I’m doing and feeling great.
Now, I’m going to freak some people out with my next step. It’s a scary truth that we all should address, however. I began a parasite cleanse. Yes, that’s right, parasites. It is estimated that anywhere from 50 – 95% (depending on which article you read) of Americans have parasites. These little visitors hang out in your body and cause all sorts of problems from skin issues, weight gain, weight loss, sugar cravings, IBS, muscle soreness, asthma… the list goes on and on.
Don’t think you have any? Well, do you own any pets that like to lick your face? Have you ever walked outside barefoot? Swam in open water like a lake or river? Ate sushi or undercooked beef or pork? Eat a diet high in processed and sugary foods? Never done a parasite cleanse before? Well, my friend, it’s more than likely that you have a few little buddies hiding in your body somewhere.
Oddly enough, most other cultures know about this and parasite cleanse regularly. From the Amish to many Asian and South American cultures, parasite cleansing at least once a year is not only common, but crucial for overall health. Seriously, do yourself a favor and take a two week cleanse. The herbs can be bought for less than $10 and I guarantee you will feel 100% better and your face will clear up too. Now, that’s cheaper than any trip I’ve ever made to the doctor. $30 copay, my ass.
I have cleansed and supported my liver with a liver flush and liver cleansing herbal supplements. I am also now making a point to frequently drink herbal teas such as nettle and dandelion in order to help the process along. Warm lemon water in the morning, when I remember, is also a great way to support your liver and warm up your metabolism for the day. Try ginger tea as a natural way to sooth the digestive system. It’s delicious and, as a bonus, ginger helps fight parasites.
During this process, I cleaned up my beauty routine (all natural, toxin free). And perhaps the scariest transition of all, I stopped taking birth control. When I tell people this, I get crazy looks and questions if I’m hoping for pregnancy. No. Really, no. I’m nowhere near the point of being ready for children. My fur babies are enough for me. There is just no way that I could truly heal my body while continuing to take something that harms it. It didn't make any sense to me. I had never considered before that in my seven years of taking the pill that it was wreaking havoc on my body and depleting my nutrients. It didn’t really cross my mind until recently how a synthetic hormone that tricks my body into thinking that it is pregnant each month could harm my body. I, like many women, saw it as a miracle with many benefits. It wasn't until I really looked at how the pill was affecting my body's overall fuctioning that I realized it was time to let go.
Now, this process has been the most difficult by far. I haven’t had a period in almost two months and my face looks like I’m 16 again. It’s caused some anxiety and definitely hurt my self-esteem a little, but I’m feeling optimistic. I’ve read that it can take up to two years for your body to reregulate your hormones, which is terrifying. I mean, my body hasn’t made its own estrogen or progesterone in seven years. It’s a long road to better health, but it is so very worth it.
I would like to note that in the two months since I made this transition, my health has improved drastically. I no longer experience headaches or acid reflux. I have a much more positive outlook and feel better overall. I healed my seasonal allergies with raw, local honey (really, no sneezing at all). I am able to sleep through the night and wake up earlier feeling fully rested. I have had zero panic attacks. In the spirit of complete honesty, I have experienced some anxiety and moodiness, but this is expected when transitioning off the pill. Truthfully, my body is much happier and so am I!
I’m still in the process of experimenting with different ways to naturally support my body with healing from birth control and I will give updates as I find what works and what doesn’t. So far, evening primrose and borage oil haven't made much of a difference. I will start taking maca and vitex later this week and am hoping for better results. Wish me luck!
Well, there you have it. I did it and you can too! It’s been one of the most important journeys I have embarked on and I have developed a much deeper respect, understanding, and love for my body as a result. I would highly recommend embarking on a journey to better health naturally today. Seriously, take your health into your own hands and naturally support your beautiful, incredible body while it does its thing.
My next post will be my long awaited natural beauty products review. This has been a few months in the making because I wanted to make sure I had the best information to share with anyone who wishes to make this transition as well. I will take you through my routine step by step, listing my old favorites and new, tested, and effective healthier alternatives.
Thank you for reading!