If you really know me, you know I am a research junkie. I get on a topic and learn everything I can about it then I move on to the next. My current project: Hormones. I didn't just pick it for fun. It's a close to home topic.
For the last 12 years of my life I have struggled with adult acne and a plethora of other issues that I thought were a normal part of life. While in my vanity I must admit, it has always been the acne that has driven my desire to get things fixed. Some of my other symptoms: Brain fog, lack of confidence, lack of creativity, low libido (my poor husband), irregular menstrual cycles, night sweats, trouble sleeping, just to name a few. I have never truly struggled with obesity and was only fat for a short season after eating too much ChickFilA during my pregnancies; I have always battled that 7-10 lbs that kept my mid-section like pizza dough despite being very active in the gym and a very disciplined eater. I just wanted abs....like my sister Jenneane. Why was this happening to me???
I've been to the primary doctor, the dermatologist, the gynecologist, the endocrinologist, a chiropractor. I've seen a homeopath.
The thing is I didn't just take it all lying down. I read. I researched. I drank water. I removed dairy. I quit gluten. I took zinc. I hyper-dosed B-12. I bought this face wash and that one. I ate all vegan. I ate all raw vegan. I switched to organic everything. I took supplements. I did chemical peels. I read more books. I had blood work done at the doctor. I had bloodwork done at the Endocrinologist. Everyone said the same thing. You're normal. Everything is normal.
This is why I am skeptical of Western Medicine, and you should be too. If this was "normal" this sucked!
This will be the short version of my very long and still unfolding story, but I feel like it's my job to alert you. Men, this is serious. Women, if you're experiencing any of the above, IT IS NOT NORMAL.
In September of 2013 I finally saw a reputable, informed anti-aging doctor who sat me down, looked me in the eye and listened to what I had to say. He asked questions, a lot of them, and he truly wanted to know what I was going through. He proceeded to take full blood work which included taking over 11 vials of my blood. Thyroid, cholesterol, Vitamin D, progesterone, testosterone, estrogen levels....he tested everything.
One VERY important thing I learned that day is that if you don't feel normal. You're not normal. Blood tests taken at general practitioner compare you to every other sick person your age who is having their blood drawn. Guess what? They're not normal either. I learned I don't want to be normal. I want to be optimal. And you should too.
I figured out that years on chemical birth control; the pill, the Mirena IUD ruined my life for years. My skin. My sexual relationship with my husband. My creativity. It stole so much from me. And if you(or your significant other) are on birth control I can't say emphatically enough GET OFF BIRTH CONTROL! Studies show it reduces a women's sex hormones by 20%, among other issues. In my case it threw my system into complete chaos.
Be skeptical. Don't trust someone just because they went to medical school. If you feel off, trust yourself.
If you need to know where to start, hit me up.
To be continued...