Helping My Health

Posted on May 21, 2011

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I’ve written about my experience with Adrenal Plus and Iodoral in the fairly recent past. My background is that my mother, grandmother, and both of my aunts have had what I call “energy issues”. We are all fantastic people (wink), but man, the lack of energy that we have all experienced has sometimes left us in a lurch.

My classic symptoms are:

  • Crabbiness
  • Lethargy/laziness (I’ll rightfully admit to the laziness) which resulted in sleeping for about 10-12 hours a day sometimes
  • Blur – my days would just go by in a blur and my head felt so foggy
  • Cold – extremities, like my hands and feet
  • Mood swings – not like those are normal for anyone, but mine were Debby Downer swings when no one is around)

There’s oodles of other symptoms that can go into just about any illness, deficiency, or over abundance of something. I know that I am not the only one to have ever experienced the really mind-boggling symptoms of whatever it is that I have. I had a hefty dose of depression from March 2009 until somewhere around the fall of 2010. It’s not all that long in the grand scheme of things; after all, I have approximately 60+ years left to live provided that there will not be some cataclysmic even that — we’ll not go there. But the symptoms I felt left me pretty down; so low that I did not know how to reach up to the rope that was dangling  just above my head. My body felt heavy — not actually physically heavy but psychologically heavy.

Howard did not know how to pull me out of my funk. He tried, but I was so far down. I had a couple of surgeries between March 2009 and September 2009 that left me doubting a lot about myself. I was avoiding people — and I still do to an extent — because I did not want to have to explain how low I was feeling… and because it had become a trend due to drama (cliché, I know) that had been going on for so long that did and did not directly involve me. Last summer, Howard took me to Mohican State Park. We went canoeing down the shallow river with a gazillion other people — the other people Howard was not thrilled with — and I enjoyed every second of it with him. But, I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as I could have because I was feeling so low.

One thing that seriously did not help matters was that I was sleeping on a bed that was concaved in the center. My back and neck felt HORRIBLE for a year and a half. Thank GOD, literally, for Shaffer Chiropractic. Dr. Shaffer interviewed me and I’m sure several other people for the Secretary/Receptionist position that had come open because his current employee had to move. I got the job. 🙂 With lots of neck and back adjustments and nutritional assessment, I began to feel normal again. Granted, I still don’t have the best diet, especially since I work 40 hours a week now at a different job and it’s a late shift, but just the few changes that occurred of the last year have made me feel like I spent the day in it, rather than out of it.

To get back to my point, there was something that I read while I was working for the Shaffers that convinced me that there are very simple natural and supplemental avenues that can truly help. What I had read, before Dr. Shaffer did the assessment, was Dr. Brownstein’s book, “Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It“. Bingo. Many of the patients that Brownstein talked about in his book had symptoms that I had, that my mother has, that my grandmother has, that my aunts have. It does not suggest taking Iodine itself; it suggests the fact that many of this doctor’s patients had wonderful results with Iodoral (Iodine/iodide). The book especially warns against Radioactive Iodine; the stuff is scary, though it rightfully does have it’s purpose as a very last resort.

I did not have to read anything about my Adrenal glands to be convinced that I needed something for that. That’s where Adrenal Plus came in. My mom had been telling me that my Adrenals were sluggish since she had read something about it — or something like that. I began to tune it out because there was never a solution presented that worked. Raw Thyroid worked when I was in 9th grade after my mom and I had gone to an Immunologist who suggested it for the both of us. My junior year, I was a wreck because my family came between my boyfriend and I (that year and all subsequent years could be a novel). Enter “Zoloft”, stage right. I took that for a few months. I came down off of it gradually because that is not the type of stuff that a person should be on permanently, and I was/am young. There’ll be another post on “situational depression” in the very near future; I can feel it.

Overall, I am feeling better, and a lot less foggy. Inaction did not make me feel better. I’m learning that in order to improve a situation, to improve myself, or to appropriately pick my battles, I have to do something. I’m completely grateful for February 2010 to January 2011. That one, I did not really have to do anything special in order to feel better. I just had to show up to work. Now, I’m grateful for Thirty-One Gifts for employing me and giving me a chance to feel (taxably) productive in a way that I hadn’t since early 2008.

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