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Today marks the millionth time that I’ve started a new “health” journey. We’ve all been there, right? But today is something different…. I went to go see Connie Taylor at the Health Rejuvenation Institute in Spanish Fork, Utah. My mom had a friend that went to see Dr. Lundell, and was able to have great results. So, why not? What have I got to lose? Except all the money, because I don’t have insurance….
oh – and the stubborn fat that seems to love me. I went to see her about three weeks ago. I had a bunch of blood drawn and had to do a cortisone saliva test (which tests for adrenal fatigue). They called me about a week later to let me know that I have a mild allergy to casein (that’s the protein in milk). Which TOTALLY miserable, because I already have a gluten intolerance, AND I have a love affair with cheese…. My follow up appointment was recently. Time to hear all of the results of the bloodwork. I was partially nervous.
I WANTED something to be wrong, I wanted to be able to fix my body. And I KNEW that it couldn’t be my fault, there had to be something else wrong. But at the same time, I DID NOT want anything to be wrong, because I want my body to be healthy. I don’t want to have to take medication for the rest of my life. Other than the allergy to casein (which I’m still coping with), there were a few other things that came back wrong. But before we get to the wrong, lets talk about what is right! Thyroid – NO problems! I was really excited about this, because once you have thyroid problems, you have a slew of other problems that come with it.
Hormones – NO problems! Yay – again, lots of potential problems here that I don’t have to worry about! Hallelujah! Blood Count stuff – NO problems! This was a bunch of little tests with iron, white blood cells, platelets, etc… all of which cam back normal, which was also a relief! Now onto the things that didn’t come back normal: DHEA – for those of you that don’t know what this is, the full name is dehydroepiandrosterone (try saying that 10 times fast! ). DHEA is a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands that sit on top of your kidneys.
It has some potential to help with osteoporosis, obesity, depression, ED, skin health, and a few other things. Here is a WebMD article if you want more info on it. Fortunately, this is easy to supplement. They had a supplement there in their office that I bought for $16. Next Candida Albican – this is basically yeast. It lives naturally in the body, and is generally harmless. Sometimes it gets a little out of control and is responsible for causing thrush in children, and vaginal yeast infections in women. I’m not sure how widely accepted this is in the general medical community, there is only a little information on WebMD, but an easy explanation at least.
The MayoClinic had another small article about it as well, if you want to check it out, but the best explanation I’ve seen was an infomercial once upon a time, but I can’t find it now to make it available to you! But if you just google Candida, it’ll bring you a slew of results, and you can do your own reading up. I have actually heard about candida before this. I had an aunt who was diagnosed with candida, and had to go on a sugar free diet for an extended period of time. Then I also did a short stint with a chiropractor who practices alternative medicine a bit, and they had a program for individuals that had symptoms of candida (they didn’t do blood work). So – right now I just want to point out that I had NO symptoms for candida. But, the blood work came back telling me that I do have a high quantity in my system. Then there is Hemoglobin A1C – this is your average blood sugar for the last 3 months.
Normal is 4. 8-5. 6, pre-diabetes is 5. 7-6. 4, and anything over that? You have diabetes. Machines usually max out at 14. If you have diabetes, you should be around 7 or less ideally.
My results came in at 5. 7, that makes me pre-diabetic! ! Now that is REALLY scary! Diabetes is a terrible disease that can completely destroy your body! Imagine this: your blood runs at a certain viscosity (thickness), it has to be able to get through those tiny little capillaries in your finger, toes, eyes, and organs in order to deliver oxygen and pick up carbon dioxide. When you have diabetes, your cells can’t absorb the sugar, so it starts floating around outside the cells and making things all sticky. That causes a problem in those tiny little capillaries, because now the blood is too thick to get through!
And that means NO OXYGEN, which turns into DEATH OF TISSUE. Which is why diabetics often have toes and fingers amputated (among other things). So – if that’s happen outside of your body where you can see it, imagine what’s happen to the inside of your body, and all of the vital organs you have. Scary, right? Yes. And last but not least, I hadn’t heard of this before, so Connie had to explain it to me. All I heard was “heart disease”. WHAT!
? I’m only 27! Definitely time for a freak out! I could go on right here about how heart disease is the leading killer in the United States, but I’ll let the CDC tell you instead. Or if you really want to see something disturbing, check out this PSA. If you want to read the rest of what WebMD says, here is the link. And I just want it to be noted, I didn’t have ANY of the risk factors that it states, and mine came back HIGH. 3.
88 to be exact (see table in article for reference). So – as I said at the beginning, today is something different. When I finally agreed to go see a doctor, I was bound and determined that it wasn’t my fault. I was doing everything that I could to logically lose weight. Exercise, personal trainer, tracking calories, etc. But the truth is, it is my fault. I am a product of my environment. The American diet it terrible, its full of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, sugar substitutes, fat, etc.
And it was in all of the food that I was eating. Every soda pop I drank, every piece of pizza I ate, or hamburger, or cake, or cookie… every single one of those fed the candida that has started taking over my system. Check out this trailer about sugar as well (they’re making it into a movie! ) Fortunately for me, I caught things at an early stage, so it should all be reversible. Connie felt that most of my symptoms are related to the candida. But what does that mean? …. It means, no gluten, no dairy, and no sugar….
you may all start feeling bad for me now! I was already doing gluten free, I had been diagnosed with a sensitivity to that about 3 years ago. Dairy – that’s difficult, but doable. I am having to give up some of my favorite foods/treats, but it’s a small sacrifice, right? The hard thing is sugar, IT’S IN EVERYTHING! ! Have you ever tried to eat a truly sugar free diet? I’ll tell you right now, its really difficult.
Basically, I make everything I eat from scratch. And since Connie wants to hit everything really hard for 2 months (because that’s the longest you can take the medication she gave me), I have to be basically perfect for 2 months, then we can go from there! Whew…. so, it starts today… again… for the last time.