Autoimmune Update: Long Meditations on Hold, Possible Short-Term Fasts on Deck

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Hello, friends old and new, here’s an update.

When I wrote the last post, I’d just been to see Doc. He recommended that I look into the work of Dr. Joe Dispenza. If you’re not familiar with him, the long and short of it is that after he healed himself from a paralyzing accident (he was hit by a car while bicycling), he went on to study mind/body connections and various approaches to health and wellness (he had already been a chiropractor).

Without getting into all the science, people have healed themselves from various health issues through his methods. (There’s a lot of science behind it and I’m not the person you want to learn it from–if you’re interested, check out one of Dispenza’s books, like You Are the Placebo, or watch some Ted talks on neuroplasticity and mind/body healing–and no, I don’t get any kickback for recommending his book. I’m not even totally sure I recommend it, yet.)

I’m a huge believer in our power to heal ourselves and in the back of my mind, I’ve long thought there was something, some nut to crack, that I hadn’t quite figured out yet that would help lead to healing from my autoimmune issue (the hair loss, aka, alopecia universalis, totalis, areata–I’ve had them all and then some).

What reading Dispenza’s writing (and watching a few videos on YouTube) has made me realize is that, whenever I’ve tried to resolve this through meditation and thought, I’ve always looked backwards. In other words, I’ve always looked for something that I needed to ‘undo’–whether it’s trauma from the car accident, chronic stresses in childhood and young adulthood, whatever.

But doing this is much like if Dispenza had only visualized his life before his accident. What good would that do?

If this is to work, then it’s not about trying to mentally undo things that I’d experienced years ago but, rather, creating an entirely new future, a newish me, if you will, in my mind–one that includes a healthy immune system, and even a full head of hair.

So, I plan on trying this–but not right away. And that’s because these meditations take big time commitments (45-60 minutes, twice a day, ideally) and things in life have popped up that need much more of my time and attention than usual and, for the foreseeable future, that will continue.

It’s not an excuse, it’s purely logistics. And no matter how much I’d like to believe that I have superpowers that can heal me, I can’t slow Earth’s rotation. So, alas, we’re all still stuck with just 24 hours in a day, give or take a few seconds.

That said, though, this weekend I will get back on the 10-minute meditation track, as even a tiny chunk of time helps me immensely.

And all that said, there is something else I’d like to try and that I can fit in–as long as I can dredge up a deeper willpower than I’ve exercised in a while.

For several years, since an article was first published in summer 2014, I’ve followed the work of Dr. Valter Longo at the University of Southern California. He’s a researcher into longevity and health and has done a lot of fascinating work.

Among his studies, he’s looked at how calorie deprivation (aka, fasting) for different amounts of time impacts health–first in mice, now in humans. His research was among the earliest that showed not only do fast-mimicking diets help with things like diabetes, but there’s also reason to believe that there’s potential benefit for the immune system, too (a study in mice showed that stem cells helped to regenerate the immune system).

In fact, the research was so amazing that it spread like wildfire around the world and then, in a few days, nearly disappeared. (I have my cynical suspicions about that.) Can you imagine if all we needed to do to mitigate cancer, diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune ills, etc., was fast for a handful of days????

I won’t go into details here because, as I always say somewhere, this isn’t a medical blog and I’m not a doctor.

But, I’m more than willing to be a guinea pig in the name of helping others with health issues, and since hair loss, though disheartening, is mild compared to what others with a myriad of other autoimmune issues must deal with, I feel like I’ve got nothing to lose by trying.

I should note, too, that Dr. Longo and his team are not promoting any of this as curing diseases, although on the website (keep reading), you can read more about the benefits they’ve found so far.

Dr. Longo heads up a team that has a five-day fast-mimicking diet through ProLon (again, no kickbacks, this is just for your reference if you’re interested in learning more about it). I’m going to try and develop my own version so that I can have some fresh veggies in there, instead of the packets of soup and bars. This website gives a very brief breakdown of the nutritional macros (how much protein, fat, carb, etc.) for this.

And it should be noted that this is not, NOT, a weight-loss ‘fast.’ Although I’d likely lose some water weight over the five days, and likely a tiny bit of fat, too, most will come back as soon as I begin to eat normally again. There are a ton of blogs out there on intermittent fasting and other fasting-related diets and they may be stellar for millions of people. I just have a different goal with this one. And I still love Flex-Frenching (I blew some bits of it while spending weeks at the hospital, but am mostly back on track and it’s still helping, slowly but surely).

The toughest thing about following the fast-mimicking diet is just finding five days in a row in which Scott and I don’t have work-related social plans (his work) each month.

But I will find them, soon. And I’ll try it out for six months (meaning six five-day mini-fasts–you do eat on these, so they aren’t total fasts). Maybe nine months. Maybe forever.

Will I get my hair back? Maybe. And if not, maybe by then I’ll at least have enough time to focus more on Dr. Dispenza’s mind/body work!

Hope all’s wonderful with you. And if you have any experience with these (either fast-mimicking diets for hair growth/autoimmune issues or Dr. Dispenza’s meditations), please let me/us know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

{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!}

Photo credit: Pixabay (pixabay.com or pexels.com), thank you!

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