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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What's Working In My Current Regimen

Chronic illness is a journey of peaks and valleys. When you're in a valley, symptoms flare and life sucks. When you're on a peak, your symptoms abate a little or a lot, your hope soars and you wonder for how long the good feeling is going to last.

Since the beginning of October, I've been headed towards a peak, after several months of being in a valley, (caused by me messing with my hormones in ways that weren't beneficial, emotional stress, and lots of rain here in Costa Rica!).

My climb back up the healing mountain has been jump-started by several things.

Foremost, I have realized on a deeper level that God's spirit is greater than my physical body, and that by living in communion with and in obedience to His spirit, I can feel better physically as well as emotionally. Living on this plane has been a challenge, requiring discipline in my thoughts, much prayer, and a continual affirmation of God's truths, (which for me are found in the Bible), and which have been supernatural food for my mind, body and spirit. It has also meant believing God for all that I need, despite any circumstantial evidence to the contrary.

I wish I could say that all of the Lyme and chronic illness treatments I write about are the way to well-being, but the results they provide are often unsatisfactory. I'm not saying they don't work, but sometimes, there is a better path in the spiritual realm; at least, I am finding that to be true for myself.

I'm also not treating Lyme disease right now because I don't feel that I need to. I'm still treating symptoms of chronic fatigue, however, and with only moderate passion, because of my desire to rely upon God and not treatments, for healing.

Yes, I think God uses herbs and drugs and other stuff to heal Lyme disease, but lately, I've been set upon another path, based not on my intellect but on a different kind, and some would say, less rational, kind of knowledge; that is, revelation.

Revelation is a funny thing. It's like information put deep into your marrow, that you didn't go looking for but which instead found you. It bypasses belief and occupies the space of conviction in your soul. The information it conveys often cannot be explained to others in a way that makes sense, because it is too simple, but it is profound wisdom to the one to whom it has been given.

So has revelation from my god been seeping into my mind, transforming the way I understand healing. While I believe that the weight of my wellness rests upon God's shoulders, and that I currently need to lean lightly upon any kind of treatment that I do, I yet continue to advocate different treatments for chronic illness because my path isn't for everyone and sometimes, we gotta go the hard way of antibiotics and herbs and all the other stuff that's out there.

Besides my God prescription, my current healing regimen includes a couple of new supplements which I have tentatively found to be helpful for my endurance, energy, sleep and POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome).

The first is Baschetti's licorice, which I purchase from the Clymer Healing and Research Center. See: http://www.healing.org. I have been taking this product over the past couple of months, and it has increased my stamina and ability to get up early in the morning. Licorice causes the body to retain cortisol, a major hormone responsible for a multitude of bodily functions. When levels are low, problems such as fatigue, low blood pressure, insomnia, brain fog and others result. When the body retains cortisol, the adrenal glands are given a chance to rest, because they don't have to produce as much hormone, because it's not getting used up as fast.
I love Baschettit's also because it's a powder that is made into a sweet-tasting beverage, and makes a nice replacement for coffee in the morning! It is also safe; the only risk it carries is potassium depletion, but this is easily remedied by regularly eating potassium-rich foods.

The second product I'm taking is P-100, an anterior pituitary glandular formula made from either a cow or a pig (I can't remember which!). I am taking this product in an attempt to treat some hormonal deficiencies. It's a bit of an experiment at this stage, but a recent muscle test revealed that the product is helping me. The anterior pituitary gland produces a number of hormones, including ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone), HGH, (Human Growth Hormone), TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone), and a few others. I'm not sure whether most of my hormonal foul-ups begin in the hypothalamus or pituitary, but in any case, I'm hoping that the glandular will help to restore things.

Mate, a tea from Argentina, continues to be instrumental to my well-being. Although it has caffeine, it is also rich in potassium, containing over 1,000 mg per serving, and over 370 mg of magnesium! It's chock-full of macrominerals. I drink it in moderation, however, since too much can deplete the adrenal glands.

Finally, I will soon be starting an herbal regimen to balance my endocrine, immune and other systems and which is based on TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), and C. Willis' adrenal fatigue protocol as found on the Yahoo! group, Adrenal Fatigue.

Unlike previous remedies, however, I'm not staking my recovery from chronic fatigue and POTS on any of the above. I'll rejoice if they work, but if they don't, I won't despair because it still means that there is a better path for me to follow and I will eventually get there.

In December I will be getting a gamut of blood draws, for the first time in three years, to test for Lyme and co-infections. I want to see how the results correlate with what I've learned about my condition through energetic testing so that I can let my readers know with greater certainty whether the bugs are still a problem for me. I tend to think not, but in the game of chronic illness, I won't swear by anything.

Notice how my posts are peppered with words like "maybe" and "perhaps." That's the only way I can talk about Lyme, because I don't have it all figured out (like most everyone!).

Only God knows, and I'm trying harder these days to hear His voice, because therein lies all the secrets of the universe. But since we live in a relativistic world, I will end this post with the words, "At least I think so."

5 comments:

Renee said...

Hi Connie
This is so good. I started out with Lyme treatment thinking I could be cured of Lyme and Co-infections and I put aside my CFS and MCS thinking they were from the Lyme and would leave when the Lyme was better.....16mo later I am realizing that I will be living with Lyme and CFS/MCS for the rest of my life. Forcing myself to get through this treatment is not my focus now. My goal now is to get better with at this time antibiotics...and detoxing...and managing CFS symptoms...and avoiding exposures. Slow but sure one day at a time and re-evaluating my protocol each week or each day. And if I don't see improvement then I will need to accept that too, and make other decisions. God brings us to a place of acceptance and peace when we turn it all over to him and live by His grace and will for our lives...easier said than done for me, but I am trying!
The beauty of your words concerning your relationship with God are touching and give us all witness to how much God loves and cares about and for us.
Thank you
Renee

Connie Strasheim (aka Killabugger) said...

Renee,

You make a good point when you say that God brings us to a place of acceptance and peace when we turn our lives over to Him.

You say that you realize you will live with Lyme/CFS for the rest of your life. While I applaud you for your acceptance of your situation--consider believing God for a miracle. Someone I know who had Lyme for forty years was healed at age fifty by salt/C! You never know.

In any case, if you find peace, I think that is the most important thing. For me it is, anyway, because peace prevails over circumstances.

Thanks for your comments. I'm glad you have been blessed by this post!

Anonymous said...

Connie,
I know God will heal. He says He is the God who heals in His word.

Last month some friends of my husband's came over to pray for me. My constantly vibrating hands are vibrating MUCH less since that prayer. probably 70% less. Yea! Praise God! I have been avoiding going to a LLMD right now because I am praying for direction. I've read a lot and I know there is a way to get through this. We have to listen. He will guide us. We each may have a different path to healing this.

I'm really hopeful about IRT... Using our body's God given ability to heal. I first read about it in your book. I listened in on a session last week and am very excited to get my CDs.

Blessings on your new regimen & healing.
Lisa

Connie Strasheim (aka Killabugger) said...

Lisa,

That is awesome! I'm so glad you experienced healing after that prayer. I agree, healing is given to us by God--I tend to think, however, that this guarantee is more for the spirit rather than body, but often the body heals when the spirit has been healed! And sometimes, God heals the body anyway.

I think faith plays into it, too. And I agree, that if we listen, God will lead us on the right path, which will be different for everyone. This is another good reason to pray! (among many of course).

I wish you well with IRT. Let me know how it goes.

Blessings,

Connie

Eileen Sisk said...

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