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Nine days of only raw fruits and vegetables, and only nineteen more days to go… Who in their right mind would give up amazing foods like goat cheese, eggs, salmon, wild rice, and chocolate for twenty-eight days?
Answer: Someone who is desperate to cut the pain of fibromyalgia and Hashimotos thyroiditis. I’m following the medical medium’s plan for a twenty-eight day cleanse. Anthony William describes autoimmune diseases and the causes differently from the way the medical profession describes them. In fact, he flat-out says, the body IS NOT attacking itself. The body is overloaded with bacteria, fungus, viral infections, heavy metals, and other toxicities.
I’ve heard theories like this before. I’m well-read when it comes to herbal medicine, Chinese medicine, and alternative medicine, so nothing he says in the book shocked me. I’ve already given up corn, gluten, soy, artificial flavorings, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, and cut back on caffeine. With my own muscle testing, I didn’t react well to whey protein or iron supplements, so I didn’t take these two things. I’ve tried a vegan diet. I’ve tried a Paleo diet. I’m open to experimenting with food as a cure. When I recovered from surgery after my NDE, I ate at least 80% fruit and vegetables every day thanks to my mom’s interest in health. She was reading books like Fit for Life and Diet for a New America among others. I healed remarkably well and quickly during that time and realized that raw fruits and vegetables can be very healing.
I was only shocked that the cleanse Anthony William suggests lasts twenty-eight days. Throughout my life, I’ve done lots of three day cleanses, seven day cleanses, and even one nine day Master Cleanse. After today, I’m journeying into uncharted territory as I start day ten.
The first day of any cleanse is the toughest. After that, you don’t really feel that hungry, and you only miss cooked food when you smell it or see others eating it. Today, I desperately missed the crunch of bean chips, but the moment passed and I felt fine.
With any cleanse, there are moments of fatigue, but I look at these moments as moments of healing for the body. It takes a lot of effort to reverse damage, and the body needs rest in order to right itself. I’m trying to feast and not starve, so I’m making awesome blended soups and smoothies. Avocado dressing has been a godsend for salads.
Autoimmune Disorders: The medical profession seems lost when it comes to fibromyalgia. I’ve watched doctors shrug and say they can’t offer me much advice. I’m not interested in taking an antidepressant, and most doctors who are honest say that Cymbalta will have side-effects and not help fibromyalgia as much as light exercise and diet.
My thyroid condition (Hashimotos thyroiditis) was overlooked for four years because my thyroid numbers appeared fine on the tests. Five years ago, I sent an MRI of my neck area to two family physicians and one specialist. None of the three doctors bothered to tell me that the technician noted that my thyroid was swollen. Finally, a chiropractor looked at the CD and told me to get my numbers checked one more time. I hadn’t struggled with weight issues or fatigue, but by the time I got in to see my doctor and get a blood test, my numbers were out of control. The doctor’s office called frantically, afraid I might be in danger of a Myxedema Coma. I’ve had a long journey trying to balance my thyroid.
I’m not bashing doctors. I’ll be forever grateful to my surgeon and honest doctors I’ve met over the years who’ve told me about supplements they personally take or their wives take. However, the “mystery illnesses” like autoimmune disorders, Lyme disease, depression, migraines, PTSD, PMS, and adrenal fatigue are not handled well by the medical profession.
I do recommend the book Medical Medium by Anthony William. He covers all the mystery illnesses and offers some hope. The section on how to heal is my favorite section of the book. I like a detailed eating plan, so I’m following his plan.
I’ll let you know how I feel at the end of the twenty-eight days. The celery juice in the morning seems to be helping with gut issues. It was gross as heck the first morning, but today, I added a little cucumber and enjoyed it. The recipe for blended spinach soup (featured in the picture) is actually pretty good–garlic, cilantro, tomatoes, spinach and spices.
I hope for much healing and health for everyone!
(Update….I made a video two years after this blog was posted to update you on my healing journey with hashimotos hypothyroidism. Thank you for all of your questions. May you be blessed and receive much healing.)