One Woman's Experience
Have you ever noticed that when you're wrestling with a particular problem (opportunity for growth), additional insight seems to come out of the woodwork? Ready or not, the "opportunity for growth" presents itself.
The "opportunity" that came knocking for me concerned something that I had always taken for granted.... my health. A few years ago, after an emergency root canal, I began to experience a gradual deterioration in health. Pressure on the top of my head, headaches, weakness and dizziness followed. Within a couple of months, I started to experience unexplainable anxiety and depression, digestive problems, insomnia, aching joints and rashes that would come and go; as well as blood sugar and hormonal imbalances. The dentist I saw assured me that my problems were not a result of the root canal and were not related to my TMJ problem. My family practitioner ordered a CAT Scan, which appeared to be normal.
As the symptoms increased in duration and severity, I saw a series of family practitioners, dentists, internists and neurologists. Subsequent diagnoses ranged from possible MS, a virus, inner ear infection, pinched nerves in my back to sinusitis and lymes disease. The list of tests performed goes on almost as long as the bills that followed. I had x-rays, CAT Scans, MRI scans, a spinal tap, myelogram, echo cardiogram, EKG's and multiple lymes tests, just to name a few. Everything from antibiotics and antidepressants to tranquilizers and painkillers were prescribed. Every new doctor had a different theory and a different "cure".
Many months, specialists and dollars later, there was still no reasonable explanation for my condition. Since the doctors couldn't put a label on my illness, they determined that it was "all in my head" and I was referred to a mental health clinic. In the meantime, my health continued to deteriorate. I lost 35 pounds and my job. I was too weak and dizzy to walk down the stairs in my own home let alone drive a car. Goal setting for the day included standing up long enough to take a shower and get dressed. Some days I was too dizzy to read or watch television. Food was not easily digested and seemed to go right through me. I felt "toxic". Could the doctors be right in their diagnosis? I was feeling depressed, but it seemed natural to be depressed in light of what I was going through.
At the urging of my husband, I made an appointment with an alternative practitioner - a local chiropractor. The chiropractor was receptive to my intuition; that the onset of my problems coincided with the root canal. He felt that I may be sensitive to the materials used in the root canal and was also concerned with the extreme deviation in my jaw when I opened my mouth. He referred me to a holistic dentist specializing in the treatment of TMJ. A diet free of sugar, white flour, red meats and chemicals was recommended. Acupuncture, spinal adjustments and vitamin therapy were initiated. At last a ray of light in what seemed like the darkest time of my life.
Between my chiropractor and my dentist, more recommendations were made. I was referred to an allergist who specializes in environmental illness. There I learned that Candidiasis and multiple food and chemical sensitivities were contributing to my problems digesting food. Nystatin and homeopathy were prescribed together with further refinement of my diet. I was also referred to an MD for vitamin B injections. Subsequently, the tooth that required the root canal was removed and a splint was made to support my jaw. Massage therapy and prescribed exercises were crucial in regaining mobility and alleviating pain.
Signs of improvement were experienced as the gradual lessening of all symptoms occurred. Most of the every day experiences I had taken for granted prior to my illness were becoming profoundly enjoyable. I began reading everything I could find on alternative therapies. I was committed to regaining my health. Through my reading, I learned that a reoccurrence of symptoms could be expected as my body began to rid itself of toxins. Nevertheless, I was devastated when the symptoms returned.
Once again, I began to lose weight and strength. Friends and family who saw me (I must have looked as bad as I felt) urged me to quit seeing the "quacks" and return to the hospital (for more tests and drugs?). One of my old doctors even called me at home to tell me he was concerned with my decision to discontinue drug therapy (tranquilizers and anti-depressants). It was his feeling that I would not get well without them. By this time, doubt was beginning to cloud my efforts.
Fortunately, with the support of my husband, I followed my gut instinct that I was on the right path. What I was learning made so much sense to me; it felt right for me. I knew that if I continued to search, the right information would present itself. During a visit to my dentist, I was given the name of a woman who could tell me about a unique treatment for Candidiasis that might be helpful to me. The four-part program, developed by a pharmacist in Canada, includes Caproyl, Psyllium, Bentonite and Acidophilus. All ingredients are mixed with 8 ounces of water and used in the morning and evening. (See below for further explanation of ingredients)
Because of my multiple food sensitivities, and the overgrowth of Candida, (a vicious circle) I had a constant toxic feeling which was alleviated when I began the program. Food digestion gradually improved and the chemical sensitivities lessened. My path to wellness has certainly been a roller coaster ride, but well worth the effort! Whenever I felt stuck or stagnant, new information came forward to present itself. I continued with the Attogram products for just over two years and I still use the products as a maintenance program once or twice annually.
This treatment protocol, together with dietary and lifestyle changes, has allowed me to maintain a healthy balance for several years now. In retrospect, my illness was a gift, leading to a number of positive changes for my family and me.
Now it's my turn to offer information and hope to others along the way...
- Caproyl containing liquid caprylic acid (extracted from coconut oil) and oleic acids (in safflower oil), is the fungicidal component of the Attogram products. The caprylic acid in Caproyl has a coating action on the intestinal wall which tablets and capsules cannot match. Liquid Caproyl being dispersed in the Psyllium gel releases its caprylic acid throughout the entire length of the intestinal tract and is rubbed into the intestinal wall by the bulking action of the gel.
- Psyllium powder is made from high grade Psyllium seeds and husks. This powdered product provides slippery adhesive bulk. Bulk is important to the colon system.
- Bentonite is an adsorbent product that is considered beneficial to the natural functioning of the intestinal system. It is suggested for use as a Psyllium/Bentonite combination.
- Acidophilus provides beneficial bacteria to help nutritionally maintain equilibrium in the intestinal tract.