Self Advocation

I finally did something I’ve wanted to do for some time: I went to see a naturopath. Because the visit was not covered by my insurance, this move required that I be serious about following any recommendations he (in this case) might offer.

I must confess to being a little fearful that I was wasting my time and cash. After all, my neurologist never once suggested that I look into alternative medicines to deal with MS. Of course I realize most doctors are not skilled in the naturopathic field so they would be reluctant to suggest it. But being an advocate for my own self, and in the succinct and pithy  words of our new president-elect, “What the hell do you have to lose?” I boldly went forth and made the appointment.

I was charmed at once by the office as soon as I rolled in. The receptionist was the doctor’s wife, and their two small children were happily scampering around the waiting room floor, behind her desk and under her feet. When ushered into the consultation office, I noticed the entry door was festooned with Crayola artwork. Their kids’ art was inside the room too. No pricey avant-guard watercolors were anywhere to be seen.

His recommendation to me was straightforward: I have to keep my immune system in balance. The problem with MS is that our immune systems are in hyperdrive. They are abnormally responding to wrongly perceived threats against them and thus they damage the central nervous systems by mistake. It’s you fighting you, but without any just cause. (Jan’s definition of an autoimmune disease-absolutely right in my case: I’ve always been my own worse enemy!)

So. He recommended a low-glycemic diet to help manage symptoms and to lose a little weight (no sugar, low salt, no dairy, no junk foods-you know, all the good stuff that keeps our souls together), eating within an hour upon awakening in the morning, and thereafter eating small meals three hours apart. He also recommended four supplements for me to take twice a day. I won’t mention them by name here bcause they cannot be obtained over the counter.

Anyway, after two months, I’ve lost eight pounds. I cannot say I’m a new woman, MS-wise, though. When I gently complained that I wasn’t cured yet (a recurrent fantasy any time I try an alternative medicine therapy), he gently countered that any improvement I may experience may take a while. After all, it took me years to get to this point.

He’s right, of course, but along with being my own worst enemy, I also have the patience of a gnat. I should have asked him if there was a supplement I could take for that.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. John Boucher
    Nov 15, 2016 @ 17:04:29

    Awesome

    Reply

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