My Journey to Alternative Health part 2

My journey to alternative health began in 1997 when I went to an iridologist who told me I had candida and sequentially put me on dietary modifications and herbs. Prior to the appointment, I didn’t know what an iridologist was, never heard of candida, and never had experience with healing herbs. The experience was life-changing and brought me to a healthier state. I went from feeling awful to feeling great. You can read about that experience here.

Since this experience, I have dabbled in complementary and alternative therapies including chiropractic, massage, and acupuncture. In the fall of 2020, I came to the conclusion that 2020 (and years leading up to that) had added a few too many kilograms/pounds to my body and with the agreement of my doctor, I was “slightly overweight” and it would be beneficial to lose a few. Whether the blame was too many corona calories, lack of exercise, too much chocolate, eating the kids’ leftovers, “middle age spread”, other, a combination, action needed to be taken.

The first thing I did was hire a personal trainer. Since, in-person wasn’t an option, she brilliantly came up with a series of exercises demonstrated with a GIF on WhatsApp. With practically zero core strength, it was sooo hard, but I saw progress in building strength. Weight didn’t change.

Next, I had a session with a health coach. We made a dietary plan. I changed some bad habits including emotional eating. Weight didn’t change.

I went to an alternative practitioner who told me to avoid wheat and yogurt. I noticed some internal changes. Weight didn’t change.

I spoke to a good friend who is on her own health journey who has transformed her body. She said that it’s not all about the weight; it’s the lifestyle changes, good habits, and non-scale victories.

Fast forward to June 2021. I was feeling EXHAUSTED. I wasn’t sleeping well. Granted 2020/2021 have been a challenge physically, mentally, emotionally. A few months prior my bloodwork said I was anemic. I took iron. The next reading I was just over the line of the range to be classified by the medical establishment as non-anemic, but if the range is between 100-800, being 110 doesn’t seem very impressive and not much different from being 90. (Guestimating the actual number). All other bloodwork was “in range”.

A friend suggested an alternative practitioner who is reasonably priced and helped both her and her son. An appointment was made. I don’t know her exact specialty, but as I describe it, I held this thing that was attached to a machine that was attached to a computer. She asked what my main complaint was. Exhaustion, I said.

She said “You are justified for feeling that way. You’re anemic, your thyroid is low, your sugars are high, you have fatty liver, and deficient in vitamins K, E, D3, and B6.”

Well, isn’t it nice to be validated?

She wrote up a food plan, times I should eat, and supplements. I am apparently highly sensitive to gluten, dairy, soy, and peanuts. For the time being, my meal plan is most similar to paleo for those who need a name, but everything is specific to me.

Until I have a follow-up appointment, I must avoid gluten, dairy, soy, peanuts, beans, rice, corn, white potatoes, nosh, chocolate, sugar, other sweet stuff like honey, dried fruits, and sweet drinks. I can eat tuna, eggs, chicken, vegetables, fresh fruit, olives, tahina, nuts, seeds, mushrooms, and coconut products. That’s it.

I should have meals at 9 am, 1 pm, snack at 4, and dinner at 7. My supplements include liquid chlorophyll, Floradix (liquid iron), vitamin D, a thyroid support supplement, magnesium, and lecithin.

I have always believed I was sensitive to gluten. My research indicates I have non-celiac gluten sensitivity, which correlates with my anemia and vitamin deficiencies.

What’s interesting is that when I told her I had Corona, is that she is seeing thyroid problems in post-corona clients. I never had thyroid issues, regardless of the fact my mom and one daughter has underactive thyroid.

Since implementing these recommendations, I have lost 6 pounds, my energy is coming back so that I don’t feel like I need to sleep after the least amount of activity, my nasal passages are clearer, and I’m getting lots of compliments on my skin. I didn’t have problematic skin, but I’m apparently I’m now “glowing”.

An interesting observation is I can look at a picture or chocolate or some other sweet treat and don’t have a craving to want some. I don’t feel the diet is restrictive, as there is plenty of variety. If I want ideas for something to eat, I go online.

If you feel something is not right with your body, keep pursuing until you get answers. If you have never used complementary medicine, I suggest checking into it. Both in 1997 and now, the answers and solutions were not found in a doctors office and food is what has been my best medicine for healing.

That’s the update. I’m looking forward to my follow-up appointment and how things will continue to evolve.

Published by Karen Furman

Hi. I’m Karen Furman, a home organizer and decluttering professional. Organizing is something I’ve been doing since 1st grade when used to straighten everyone’s desks. Fast forward a few decades later, I turned my passion for organizing into a business. Philosophy = Your home should be organized so you know where things are, to the degree that you feel relaxed and not stressed in your space. Method = A combination of Marie Kondo + FlyLady + my own style. YOU make the decisions. YOU decide what to keep and not to keep. I help provide clarity. Attitude = Positive, enthusiastic, non-judgmental

One thought on “My Journey to Alternative Health part 2

  1. this was helpful! Even though I wrote a coaching book with a section on health and am CONSTANTLY working on it at 57 years old, it’s chizuk! Many of the tweaks you implemented, I did too over the years. But there’s always a few details to remember and try (just like we need constant learning and reminders about mussar and halacha!) Yashar koach!

    Dena B. Estrin


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