July 20, 2006
Wow. Two days of stomach and back woes. Yesterday was as bad as the 18th (my last entry). But today was better -- I went to another colonic specialist and got some of those toxins (that have been freed up by this new diet) cleared out of my system. Robin. LOVE her. We just clicked. Talked and talked. She’s a vegetarian. Told me about a raw food chef here in town that gives classes. Definitely looking into that. Her system of giving colonics was way different than the first gal I saw. She has a really comfortable table where you control the water flow and temp yourself. It’s an “open” system. It worked so much better than the closed system. I felt incredible afterwards. My stomach has been way happier as a result.
While at the clinic, I met, “Dr. Mary,” the locally popular napropath/nutritionist. She has her own radio show and line of health products. I had heard of her long ago. She’s booked months in advance. She was in the office while I was on the other side of the counter talking to the massage therapist. She overheard me talking about detoxing. She joined in and asked some questions and asked her receptionist to squeeze me in. I was so touched, I cried. Felt silly afterwards. She came around the counter and hugged me. It was so sweet. I told her that this healing process means so much to me because I’ve been sick for so many years. The mold in my lungs, the busted disks in my spine and bursitis in my hip courtesy of the car wrecks, the mood disorder, anemia, hypothyroidism, gastrointestinal reflux…good god, I’m 46 and have felt 20 years older!
So I am seeing her next week. I think she can help me in this transition. She told me to back off on the percentage of raw food I’m eating and that it’s responsible for my feeling so bad. I had been eating an 80 to 100% raw food diet, which is not what Natalia Rose recommends in her “The Raw Food Detox Diet”(my raw bible) for people with my recent eating history (it was way better than most Americans’, but still, wasn't good). I backed my goal down to a “Level Five” diet of 70/30 raw food. I am totally back in touch with my vegetarian roots and feel so repelled by meat -- as well as by cooked (dead) food. And, according to Dr. Mary, I am supposed to lightly steam some veggies at least once a day. It’s reassuring that what she recommends is exactly the same as what’s in “my bible.” So I am going to try that.
Couple of days ago, I started drinking a few sips of aloe vera 3 times a day. It has been helping with the stomach pain already. I bet I’ll be off the Nexium (prescribed for the reflux; also called GERD) within the next month or two. Might even see results sooner.
I'm more determined than ever. I’ll do whatever it takes. Yes, I’m that desperate. If I sound like a religious zealot, it's because I have faith in my body. I know the body is capable of healing itself -- if we give it what it needs and refrain from giving it what it does NOT need. And I intend to keep on doing those two things, to the best of my ability.