Hey there Friend!
How's it going?
Last week, I shared with you about some struggles I still sometimes experience around my respiratory health. I feel that it’s important to share that even though I support those with respiratory issues, as well as digestive, that I am open and authentic with you about my own journey to healing.
When I finished my masters in nutrition and integrative health, I almost never had issues with asthma - as in I only had four attacks in nearly two decades and even went 10 years without having one at all! I wasn’t even carrying a rescue inhaler around because I didn’t feel like I needed it anymore. I still had the my usual twice a year bouts with bronchitis, and for me that was “normal” because I’d experienced it my entire life. So, when I tell you that respiratory health was not even on my radar, it was actually the furthest specialty from my mind when I graduated. I mainly wanted to focus on digestive health, balancing the gut microbiota, and metabolic syndrome (a combination of high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, low HDL, and a waistline over 35 inches (89 cm) for women and 40 inches (101.5 cm) for men).
Fast forward to late 2016 after I’d moved to Italy and began suffering terribly everyday with asthma. I knew some things to do that would support me and at the same time, I knew I needed to get to the root of the issue. After 3 years, yes, 3 years, the doctors finally came to the conclusion that I had an allergy to something here that is not found in the US, or at least not any of the six states I’d lived in. This was indicated by two blood markers - eosinophils and IgE, and a breath test called a FeNO. All were extremely elevated (IgE being 13x higher than where doctors like to see it). The issue though - every allergy test I did came back that I was allergic to nothing they tested for. How bizarre, right? So how was I supposed to figure out what it was if doctors couldn’t even figure it out.
As I saw practitioner after practitioner, was given medication after medication, prescribed inhaled steroids at twice the studied limit, and attempted dietary change after dietary change, not much truly supported. I also shared with each physician that I felt I had a mould infection; all of them denied that this could be the case and shared with me that this was my life, taking five to seven medications DAILY for the rest of my life! That was until I saw a functional medical doctor who found that I had a pretty serious mold infection. Did I mention she was the 13th physician I saw?!?! Lucky number 13 she was! She supported me with eradicating the infection, healing my gut and my mitochondria. I was so much better than I had been in the previous three years…and yet, my journey still continued because I was not yet 100%.
What did I do next? Stay tuned to next week’s newsletter to hear more.
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MSNIH, LDN, CNS, CMT
Knead Total Wellness
Eating for and Living in Total Wellness
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