Stories of Hope and Healing: a healthier body

 

Erin’s story of healing

I stumbled across this site a few years ago when my husband and I were trying to conceive.

We tried for about a year before going through the standard fertility testing, just to be told that everything checked out fine and they had no explanation for us.

The recommended course of action was fertility drugs. Though they can be beneficial for many, I felt it wasn’t the right path for us without any sort of diagnosis.

What followed was a 2 year journey of discovering a more natural way of living (and healing!).

I started looking at our diet, thinking about where our food was coming from, learning about nutrient-rich meals, researching vitamins, and examining the chemicals in our home. Suddenly, it became very clear to me just how unhealthy our “healthy” lifestyle was.

While we never ate a ton of traditional “junk” food, our diets were certainly lacking the nutrients our bodies needed.

After talking with my husband, we decided to try changing our lifestyle pretty drastically in hopes to be able to conceive. Over the next two years (and with the help of the NKU e-course), we:

  • started new vitamins,
  • eliminated most of the chemicals from our house by making natural cleaning products,
  • started buying organic produce, dairy and meat at local farms and
  • worked with natural health practitioners.

I also discovered along the way that I had a pretty major gluten intolerance. What my traditional doctor had always diagnosed as IBS, vanished completely once I eliminated gluten from my diet.

It was amazing to see how much better we felt the more we practiced this new lifestyle.

We had more energy, enjoyed cooking and eating our meals more, and got sick a lot less than usual. What didn’t follow immediately was getting pregnant…….but we stayed the course, knowing that this more natural lifestyle would pay off.

In May of 2011, we decided to try conceiving via IUI (intrauterine insemination) at the fertility clinic. Against the doctor’s recommendation, we did the procedure without any fertility drugs. Our hope was that our bodies were in a healthy enough place to have it work without the help of medicine.

They gave us a 3% of it working this way.

But, two weeks later, we got the call that we were in fact pregnant! What followed was a happy, healthy, full term pregnancy and the birth of our son, Matthew (meaning “gift of god”) in February of 2012.

I am so confident that the changes we made in our way of life helped us to finally get pregnant. It took a little more time and energy, but was so worth it in the end. God’s perfect timing ensured that we not only got healthy, but established a healthy household for our son to grow up in.

 

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Stories of Hope and Healing: herbs and nutrition

Karlie shares her story with us:

I am 27 now, but my story starts when I was 25.

I surprisingly became pregnant with our second baby – we were extremely excited. Unfortunately we lost the baby at only 10 weeks.

Our hearts shattered for this baby we didn’t know we had wanted.

I was /am very over weight by 100+ lbs and we have tried to conceive now for 2 years. During this time have switched to all organic foods and yet still no pregnancies .

I then tried a vitex (chaste tree berry) tincture for 3 months and became pregnant – now at 10 weeks! We went to our first appointment today and the baby has a strong heart beat.

I definitely think our diet has been a huge part in bringing my body to a healthy place; to eating properly (and organic) and understanding what harm food additives can do to our bodies.

I am still 100lbs over weight, but I am overall healthy and the doctors don’t see any upcoming issues. I can also now tell when I have eaten too much sugar, or not eaten enough nutrient rich foods by how I feel and adjust my daily eating accordingly.

 

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Stories of Hope and Healing: Finding the Heart of God {through broken dreams}

finding God in infertility

photo credit: audreyjm529

{a guest post}

Even before I was married the doctors were telling me that babies would be difficult to have, at best, and I was wiping tears and crying out to God that I didn’t want to travel this road. I had been mothering everything around me since I was a child myself. 

Being a mom was in my blood. 

It was my hope. It was the thing I longed for as far back as I could remember.

I spent evenings curled up, staring out my window at the stars that blanketed the night sky. Can I have a promise, God? I asked Him.

The only words that seemed to come were simple and comforting. Do not fear tomorrow. So I clung to the promise, hoping beyond hope that He meant that I would someday be the mom I longed to be.

When marriage came several years later and my cycles stopped coming, I prayed that I was pregnant.

But it wasn’t a baby, it was cysts and pain and the return of my nightmare with a vengeance. I spiraled into depression as my doctor’s visits provided nothing but discouragement. The pills I tried left me with see-sawing emotions, an upset stomach, weight-gain and a growing bitterness.

When I came back from the doctor that last time, in tears because she told me I had to lose weight to get pregnant and I wasn’t trying hard enough, when I literally was almost starving my body per her instruction, my husband put his foot down and said, “No more.”

The pills went in the trash and I stopped looking in the mirror.

For three months I did nothing.

Then I started, slowly, to look into natural remedies for infertility. That led me to researching nutrition and I realized that the diet the doctor had placed me on was actually starving my body of nutrients and I had depleted my body’s natural resources to battle illness.

In the meantime, my husband and I were asked to work at a mission hospital in Haiti so we packed up our little house and flew to LaColline. I fasted for several days then started drinking potassium broth (made with potato skins, carrot skins, onion and garlic) then added in the traditional Haitian diet of rice and beans with a bit of meat broth for flavor and whatever I could grow in my garden. I felt like my body, which had been tilted sideways, righted itself. 

The depression lifted and I seemed to wake up from a long, painful sleep.

Along with correcting my physical body, God was calling me to correct my spiritual life. The bitterness over the loss of my dreams was coloring everything I did and I realized that I needed healing for my bitterness far more than I needed a baby.

So I went to the only place I knew for answers. I flipped open my Bible to Genesis 1:1 and started reading. Twenty-six days later I read the last words in Revelation. 

God still makes blind eyes see and deaf ears hear. 

At the beginning of those 26 days I was blind and deaf and at the end I could see and hear.

I met God, again, in the pages of Scripture. Not just as my Savior from sin or the Creator of the universe but as a God who understands pain intimately. My fears and heartache were not foreign to Him.

To put it simply: I saw parts of His heart that I would have never understood without the loss of my dreams.

Since that day I have experienced years of childlessness, a miscarriage and several dips back into depression and tears. But I am learning. I’m learning that being a mom doesn’t necessarily mean bearing a child. I’m learning to love God most and to pour His love onto those around me. I’m learning to look beyond my pain to see the hurting people around me. I’m even learning to be thankful that this is my road. 

I still hope.

Hope that someday I will have the child I dreamed of. But for today, for this moment, I want to be faithful. I want my words and my experiences to point people to the cross and to the heart of God.

And this is the hardest truth I know: if empty arms are the most effective way to show people the heart of God, I am willing to bear that burden. Not because I am strong enough but because I know the heart of Him who carries me. 

 

Natasha is a farmer’s wife who blogs about brokenness and being made whole in Christ at To Live For Him.








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Healing from Infertility and Endometriosis {success story}

{The following is the story of Tahirah and her journey with healing through real foods and alternative therapies.}

I had 10 years primary infertility, 5 known miscarriages and 1 ectopic pregnancy.

I went through a 3 year stretch without conceiving at all.

I also had 9 days of spotting before my period.

After my ectopic pregnancy I had a laparoscopy which showed I had moderate endometriosis. I tried 2 rounds of clomid and oral progesterone (which I have since learned can cause genital defects in babies.) We went to a Reproductive Endocrinologist and were told our best chance of conceiving was through IVF.

My husband had been accommodating in me trying the clomid and oral progesterone, but we decided against pursuing further medical treatment. We started focusing instead on treatments to get my body healthy and working properly on its own. After my laparoscopic surgery, I developed intense pain during my period. It was unbearable. I have since learned this often happens as the result of scar tissue that builds up after a lap. It is often mistaken for returning endometriosis. One good thing about my lap was that my 9 days of pre-period spotting reduced to 4 days.

The diagnosis of endometriosis combined with my intense pain and infertility along with our beliefs that Western medicine is fundamentally flawed, because much of it is based on Darwinian principles, set me on the path to finding natural remedies. I soon came across Clear Passage Therapies and I HIGHLY recommend them. (check out  their 40 minute YouTube presentation and their newly published book)

The last day of my treatment was the first day of my period. All of my abdominal pain was gone. (I still had the mild lower back pain I always had). Also, my pre-period spotting was reduced to 2 days.

While at Clear Passage Therapies I borrowed a book from their research library entitled Inconceivable: A Woman’s Triumph Over Despair and Statistics (I highly recommend this book to those who are “older” and trying to conceive against the odds.) This book helped me to step further into the world of natural healing. I then went on to doing such things as taking a Colonics. While it may get bad press from some, it delivered what was promised. My husband still takes it every 6 months.

I also learned about acupuncture combined with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) herbs from Inconceivable. I did that once a week for 10 months after Clear Passage. My pre-period spotting went away completely after a few months of acupuncture as did my lower back pain. My period also turned bright red without clumps. Until I read Inconceivable I did not know that dark red periods with clumps is an indication that something is amiss.

I started getting pregnant again (after 3 years of complete infertility). But I miscarried. My body was healing but wasn’t yet able to sustain a baby. That is when I went on the endometriosis diet. They also have a wonderful recipe book that is worth every penny (and I don’t even like to cook). On this website’s forum I learned that just because your day 19 progesterone is fine does not mean that your day 20 progesterone is fine too. I had my progesterone tested years prior and was told that it was good. I was advised to take progesterone cream anyway. This made a lot of sense to me because endometriosis is an indication of too much estrogen so one would think you need more progesterone to balance your hormones. Also progesterone is necessary to help soften the uterine lining so the baby has a place to attach. With my early miscarriages and short luteal phase I believed I had attachment issues.

I took an all natural progesterone cream (the natural creams do not cause birth defects in babies, just some of the oral types). I made sure there were no parabens in it which act like estrogen. I used it 3x a day starting after ovulation. A couple of weeks into my pregnancy, when the doctors found out I was taking progesterone cream they gave me a prescription for progesterone suppositories to be taken 2x a day. I was not about to give up my cream altogether so I still used my cream in the afternoon. I learned that women who go into labor early will often use progesterone to keep their babies snug inside until they are due. For that reason I resumed using the cream 3x day when the suppository prescription ran out. I used it until I was 36 weeks pregnant.

The good thing about using natural progesterone cream is that your body is supposed to make it anyway so you are not introducing a foreign substance to your body. Also, when you are pregnant your body is supposed to make copious amounts of it so you can’t overdose on it. If you take “too much” it just makes you sleepy.

Also, NEVER under-estimate prayer. When I first found out I was pregnant I went to the doctor right away because once you have an ectopic pregnancy your chances of having another are greater. My HCG levels were so low we were told that this child was either another ectopic or we would miscarry. I asked the church to pray for a miscarriage as I didn’t want to go through the drama and hospitalization of an ectopic again. Our elder who prayed, instead lead the church in prayer that God would make sure the baby was in the right spot and would grow healthy. The next day I had my HCG testing redone and we were called the following day with the results. The doctor was shocked. My levels had done more than their usual doubling! They had skyrocketed up there by some…miracle.

Thank the Lord my Primary Infertility finally ended with the birth of a healthy baby girl.

{do you have your own success story you’d like to share?}

Healing PCOS and Failing Health with Nutrition

Thanks to Going Primal I’m a Pretty Normal Person – a guest post by Peggy of The Primal Parent

This hasn’t always been the case, though. Let’s rewind 33 years.

I was the last of five kids. My mom was 38 when she had me, still trying to nurse my brother. She passed her low stores of brain chemicals, her nutritional deficiencies, her insulin resistance, and hormonal imbalances right down to me. Despite that, I had a fun childhood, right up until I started growing breasts at age 10 – that was not fun at all. And then I started my period at age 11 – also not fun. And I was introverted, paranoid, depressed, and suicidal by the time I was 12. All of this was so far from fun I had to go to some pretty extreme measures to experience fun as others do and to feel even brief moments of happiness.

I teamed up with the bad crowd and got into drugs and sex and all sorts of wild behavior, some of which hurt me physically and some emotionally, both of which exacerbated my already fragile state. I had bad relationships, bad job history, bad grades, and made lots of bad choices. I got into trouble with the law and spent time in rehab facilities.

But that kind of life was tiring, so by the time I was 17 I chilled out and went to college. It’s not that I felt any better I just changed my method of distraction from acting wild and getting into trouble to pouring over text books.

I was even more depressed than ever, actually, the older I got. In college, the PCOS that I had been unknowingly living with all of my life was now raging. I tried birth control pills to balance my hormones but my acne and depression hit me with a vengeance, making me even more introverted than ever.

I was just another number among the millions of Americans taking drugs for their many ills. In my teenage years I had taken anti-depressants which I found useless for anyone not lining their pockets with profits. I took many years of anti-biotics for acne, bronchitis, and sinus infections. I took birth control pills and pain killers for my headaches and incapacitating menstrual cramps.

My mind was out of control and my body was in constant pain from one ailment or another. There really didn’t seem to be any hope for my ever being normal.

Until I stumbled upon the Paleo diet.

A friend told me about celiac disease because of the diarrhea I’d been living with since I was a child. The thirty or so doctors I saw about my countless ills never figured it out but thanks to that friend I requested blood tests and got the diagnosis. I started feeling a little better – but just a little.

Since my doctor didn’t know anything I decided to read up on it myself. One book led to another until I eventually eliminated all modern foods. I started the Paleo diet in February of 2005 and was pregnant by May. I devoured even more information about wellness and illness for my new baby’s sake.

Over the next couple of years things got gradually better for me. I learned all I could about Paleo nutrition, disease, and healing and all my old symptoms were lessening in severity. I didn’t feel great, though, until just a few years ago.

By the time my daughter was 1 ½ and I had been Primal for almost 3 years already, I still had joint pain, fatigue, blood sugar and digestive problems. I discovered that I couldn’t eat many foods that most people can tolerate just fine.

Most of the women that I’ve talked to who switch to Paleo recover from their maladies quickly and fully, but some of us don’t. Some of us have more to recover from and more obstacles standing in the way. For me, it took relieving my digestive problems and pinpointing allergies before I could finally absorb the nutrients I needed to stop assaulting my adrenals, pancreas, thyroid, and everything else.

Once I finally discovered the key to a calm digestive system everything miraculously changed. I was a new person in every way. My diet is on the extreme end of Primal, but the stress my body and mind endured over the years weakened me and necessitated more stringent compliance.

While I am still very thinky, I am now extroverted and confident and can converse with the best of them without anxiety. My depression lifted completely, my energy is nearly boundless, my back and neck pain disappeared 100%, my skin cleared up, my PCOS symptoms all retreated, my digestion is peaceful and quiet, and all of the other hundred symptoms of a body gone awry (yes I actually wrote them all down) have left and rendered me a pretty normal person.

 

Peggy Emch has a B.S. in mathematics and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Colorado. She has spent the last 10 years since researching nutrition, writing blogs, articles, a novel, and is currently working on her first in a series of books about the Primal lifestyle, starting with pregnancy.

 

Read More: 10 Natural Treatments for PCOS

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