My Applied Kinesiology Experiment: Six Months In and Here are the Results So Far

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I started going to Doc in February and now, with my August appointment, I’m just over six months in. And while a lot of people around me will accept nothing less than a full head of hair as treatment success, to me there are a ton of other indications — some subtle, some less so — that I’m far better off physically and emotionally now than I was six months ago. I wholeheartedly believe that things are progressing nicely and if you’ve followed this blog at all, you pretty much know that.

For the record, though, here’s a quick recap of what’s happened so far:

  1. As my alopecia areata had progressed to alopecia universalis over the years, most (though not all) of my body hair had disappeared. Beginning around late April, tiny sprouts of hair began popping up on my arms and elsewhere. Today, I have a respectable amount throughout the bod.
  2. When I started with Doc, my digestion was a mess. The inner-workings essentially felt dead, no movement, no sound. I only pooped about every 3-4 days, at best (which was admittedly a tremendous improvement from two years ago, when I started a magnesium supplement because I was only going every seven days or so). Now, I’m a daily doer, it doesn’t hurt, I’m not bloated or gassy, and life is grand.
  3. I suspect that because of all my digestive issues there were also associated nutritional deficiencies over the years, and I’m willing to bet those are getting better, too. For example, I noticed that for a couple of weeks, right after starting zinc supplements, my senses of taste and smell were crazy-sharp, something that Doc said indicated that I was low on that mineral.
  4. My energy is a thousand times better than it had been — that’s one of the primary differences. For about six monts before going to Doc, I’d noticed that I’d nearly constantly felt total exhaustion. Like, tired to the bones, with no clear explanation. Now, I’m thinking that it was nutrition-based. And the difference is unbelievable.
  5. Thoughts that had been stuck in my head for 20 years, replaying and replaying to no good end, have all but evaporated and I feel like a huge weight has been lifted. I’m also making great progress sorting out some of the other emotional blocks I have. At today’s appointment, Doc tells me that stresses go straight to my thymus gland and he’s given me some tools to help dissipate them. I’m starting those today and it’ll be interesting to see how things progress over the next bunch of months.
  6. I’m much more mindful about what I put in my body. I now truly believe that we are what we eat and drink (and think) and that I was fooling myself about my level of healthiness over the years. Yes, I devoured health and wellness news like I was getting paid for each word I read, but did I apply it? Not really. Never for long. Now, though, after feeling what an incredible difference it makes, I’m hooked. Does that mean I’ll never drink booze or coffee again? Likely not. But they can be treats, not full-throttle habits and semi-addictions.
  7. I’m among the small-but-real group of people that actually thrives in cooler/cold weather, so summers are often challenging for me. I enjoy the early mornings, I love the evenings, but catch me midday with the heat and sun and you’d typically find me with one, maybe two ice creams in hand. Seriously. Last summer, which was relentlessly sunny and hot, I had ice cream twice a day like it was religion and I was a convert — twisty cone, sundae, milkshake, whatever, I couldn’t get enough. And it’s reasons like this that I tend to gain weight, a good eight pounds, each summer. Last year, I kept my weight at bay (despite the ice cream) by swimming an hour a day, because I had more time available. This summer, I kept my weight down by eating sanely. Much easier. (Though I love swimming and did miss it.) (I haven’t weighed myself in months, by the way, but know from how my clothes fit.)
  8. I think I found a blonde wig I can live with for a while — that’s it in the photo. Just kidding. It’s longer, a little less yellow and just fake enough to go along with my “the fakerer, the betterer” philosophy of wig-wearing. This doesn’t have much to do with the physical results of the last six months but in ways I can’t even begin to explain, it has a lot to do with the emotional progress.
  9. And, drumroll, now to the hair on my head: In the years leading up to Doc, I’d almost always had some hair on the top or topsides of my head (except the first year of universalis), but very sparse and thin and only about a few hundred hairs at most. Usually I could count the number of new sprouts each week (about 10 on average), which was always less than what I was losing (based on the shower drain), so over the years, even with next-to-nothing left, I was still heading in the direction of none-at-all.Today, there’s still no growth in many spots, but up top and on the topsides where I’d had a tiny bit before, I have lots of little hairs popping up. A scar at the front of my scalp and a mole a few inches away are far less visible (almost not visible at all), and it feels thicker (trust me, these are all relative terms). And if my hair was to continue to growing at this rate, in a year or so I might even be able to ditch the wigs. It takes time (deep healing and hair growth are both long-term projects) and it’s uncertain how things will progress going forward, but on this front — the most visible aspect of my autoimmune illness — I feel the most optimistic I’ve been in years.

All in, I’d rate the first six months as terrific, just like I’m feeling. Cheers!

{Note:┬áThese are┬ámy 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!}

{Photo credit: MADE WITH LOVE BY RYAN MCGUIRE, http://www.gratisography}


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