DNA Dynamo? My Applied Kinesiology Experiment at 19 months

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Finally, friends, I had an appointment today with Doc–the first since May! That’s by far the longest I’ve gone since I started seeing him 19 months ago and it was worth the wait: When I walk in, even before saying hello, he has news: I’m a genetic powerhouse!

True? True. Doc himself said it. He had reviewed my genetic map per Strategene and, as he told me today, I have the strongest genetic map that he’s ever seen, including his own.

What does all that mean?

I’m not exactly certain, but here’s what I took away from our appointment.

Overall, it’s great news, in that there are no major glitches in the way this body’s processes work, no notably missing links in my DNA ladder, no bridges washed away in my vast genetic network. And, it’s bad news, too, but only in the sense that there are no red flags, no smoking guns, no genes or processes gone awry that, once placated, would bring back my hair.

The mapping did show that my body doesn’t process and absorb Vitamins D, B12 and A as efficiently and effectively as it needs to, so he recommends that I restart Vitamin D supplements, eat grass-fed beef 2-3 times a week for a B12 boost and eat organic, grass-fed-only butter daily (he said it’s loaded with Vitamin A that I’ll absorb better than supplements, and you can read more about the benefits, here).

I never got around to telling him that I’d experimented with wine this summer, and had slipped a bit in taking in the greens, and have probably been overdoing it with decaf coffee and a bit of regular, too (although I plan to get right back on track this week by switching back to decaf organic chai as soon as my decaf French roast is gone, mais oui!).

Doc’s come to the conclusion that, as long as I continue to take care of the body, next up is a deeper dive into the mind-body connection.

When he tells me more, I’m all over this action. What he wants me to do is both basic (including meditation) and, as he says, possibly a little far out there. It really comes down to going a little further to try and undo some of what has been done in the past, particularly whatever got stuck during the accident. In addition, if I do it right and it works, it’ll help me craft a better me going forward, too. Neat!

Essentially, Doc wants me to look up a practitioner who some consider a godsend and others consider the king of quacks, and to try some of his recommended practices.

Am I game?

I tell Doc about my obsession with a book I’d bought for a few bucks back when I first moved to Boston (around 1995 or so, well before the accident). It was a companion book to a series that aired, I think, on PBS. It was called Heart of Healing, from the Institute of Noetic Sciences. I became obsessed with that book and everything in it, like stories about perfectly healthy people in various cultures who, upon hearing that they’d been cursed, laid down and died. Or people who decided to forego chemo and radiation and surgery and turned, instead, to meditation and nutrition to self-treat their cancers, and who made miraculous recoveries. And I couldn’t get enough of the information I’d learned about Coley’s Toxins, a theory about treating cancers and other illnesses by stimulating the immune system. And so much more. I went back to the bookstore the next day and bought the rest of the copies and gave them to people I loved, I’m not sure why.

With this news, Doc understands that I’m game.

He tells me he doesn’t need to see me for a while, no need to schedule an appointment. He says just to stay in touch via email and, if and when I experience any changes, to let him know, or even just to tell him how it’s going. He warns me that it’s not a quick fix (as if I didn’t know by now that growing hair and hair cycles and healing autoimmune issues and all that are inherently slow anyway).

And here’s why I admire this Doc above all other doctors: He refuses to give up. While a dozen other doctors told me there was nothing they could do and shooed me out of their offices, Doc tells me he thinks about this case every day, constantly looking for clues or avenues to try.

And now, he continues to try, albeit by sending me on my way.

We’ve been at this for a year-and-a-half. I’m otherwise healthy–a powerhouse, actually, as I now know. I’ve got time and will to put into this, still, and nothing to lose.

In the next bunch of posts, which I think will be more frequent for a bit, I’ll go through details on this next phase, as well as some musings on epigenetics and some other stuff I’ve been mulling in this bald-ish brain o’mine.

I’m excited, I don’t know why. Maybe this could be it?

Photo credit: Photo by JESHOOTS.com from Pexels, thank you!

{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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