May Appointment: Little Breakthrough?

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Because several people have asked how my ‘diet’ is going, in the next post or so, I’ll fill in a lot more detail about what kinds of things I’ve been eating and drinking, what I’m still avoiding, whether or not I’m doing yoga or meditating or communing with fairies in the forest (not yet, but possibly soon…or, at least, getting into the woods more) — but suffice it to say that this is not a diet, not in the traditional sense in which the goal is weight loss. In fact, weight has never come up with Doc (although I don’t mind the idea of losing a few pounds and I’ve been up and down a bit since this started, and again, more on that next week).

Here’s how today’s appointment went, which is about 14 weeks in.

When I go in, I tell Doc that I feel great, amazing, and have for the last month. He asks if there’s any regrowth (aka, peach fuzz), meaning, I think, on my head and I tell him no, but the tiny hairs on my arms are still there and a little longer, I no longer need a microscope or the sun to hit them at just exactly the right angle to know they’re there. He says that’s good but I think he’s slightly disappointed.

He retests a bunch of stuff and most things are moving along fine, but my immune system is still testing in overdrive. He knows this after I test badly a couple of different ways, including how my body responds when he puts something that looks like a little handheld sander that vibrates over my thymus gland. (In my very lay-person nutshell version, the thymus gland is where the immune cells learn what to fight off and what to leave alone. It’s not supposed to teach the immune cells to fight off the body’s own good cells, like those related to skin and hair and joints and tendons and the like, but sometimes it gets messed up). He tests some different things to see if he can find a mineral or a vitamin or something else that will help, but seems to think he hasn’t quite nailed it. He’s certain, though, that there’s something to this.

As he’s trying all these different things, in an attempt to help I tell him that the one thing I’ve been craving lately, but haven’t had, is nori (aka, seaweed). He thinks that could be an iodine issue but the tests say no, it’s not iodine. So, we have to talk about what’s possibly causing my thymus gland to teach my immune system to nix my hair. We have an enlightening talk — sometimes his perception, or intuition, or whatever it is, is weirdly spot-on.

Then, it’s almost time to go. He eliminates the zinc for now (there’s zinc in the trace minerals supplement, so he doesn’t want to overdo anything and cause another imbalance). All the other stuff stays the same. On the drive home, I have that same sort of tension in my head, mostly right side, that I had several appointments ago. I also feel a little churned up.

When I get home, I look up stuff about the thymus gland and get lots of very typical medical info that ends with the kinds of pills that doctors would prescribe for it. Then, instead of just searching ‘thymus gland,’ I search ‘thymus gland and trauma.’ It brings up this article from a homeopathy site that strikes me as very interesting given my situation, my emotional state before and during the accident, and my craving for nori.

The article correlates the thymus gland to the heart chakra and after going into a bunch of stuff that I don’t understand because I don’t know homeopathy, toward the end it says “The remedy most associated with the heart [chakra] and thymus gland is NATRUM MUR.” Natrum Muriaticum, or nat mur, is salt and the main source of salt is, of course, the sea.

The main remedy for thymus/heart chakra issues is sea salt? And what I’ve been craving is nori, which is seaweed with lots of sea salt in it? I take this as more than coincidence since my craving was so specific — I wasn’t simply craving salty things, I have been specifically craving nori. That’s enough to make me think that sea salt is needed. We have some in the pantry and I’m not sure how to go about ingesting it, so I grab a few mission figs, which are a little sticky, and dip the bottom of each in a pile of sea salt that I’ve poured on the table.

Bingo.

PS: Regarding my hair, I’ll eventually post some pics, though those of you who have known me for more than a few years know what I look like (for now, enjoy this picture of our honeybucket, Ella).

{Note: These are my own experiences with applied kinesiology, which clearly aren’t meant as medical advice for anyone else. But I know a lot of friends and family members are grappling with a huge variety of autoimmune issues and other ailments, so I’m happy to share my experiences. And if this is your first visit and you’d like to follow chronologically, click here. Otherwise, enjoy!}

 

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