“Allergies and Experimental Drugs-Emotional Health”
I was born allergic to the 20th century with a severe case of environmental illness. As a child I became so over-medicated that my organs collapsed, one after another. I went from doctor to doctor, hospital to hospital while they tried to figure out cures for the latest dysfunction. I was everybody’s guinea pig.
Once a doctor handed my mother an armload of all the sample drugs that had arrived that month from the pharmaceutical companies and said,” here, try these.” You can imagine the side effects, let alone the combination of all these things. (My hair fell out a couple of times.) At sixteen they said I had a fatal disease or, if I did live, it would have to be in a bubble. I could never go outside of four walls, and never have children. By then I had been sick so long that my parents weren’t very surprised. It seemed a natural way to end things. As a young person facing fatality, I was very frightened and alone. I felt the helplessness of the adults around me. The world of professional medicine had failed me. They had no answers for the suffering I was experiencing and they had written me off.The turning point came from a ‘kooky lady’ down the street who lived on ‘health foods’. She referred us to a doctor interested in allergies, who had researched the affects of food on health, as well as my emotional state. He looked at me and said, “If you don’t get this girl off of all the drugs she’s on, she’s going to die.” With that came the first understanding that what I was putting into my body was affecting my physical health, as well as my emotional state. Also, the medication was altering my consciousness. It changed my perception of who I was emotionally. A lot of what I thought were parts of my personality came from the side effects of drugs, and I never knew who I really was until years later.I began my own research. One of the first things I tried, vitamin supplements, didn’t work, since I had no digestive system to assimilate any of that. I eliminated most of the drugs, but was still so sick I carried an emergency arsenal in my purse including adrenaline syringes to start my heart back up if I had an allergic reaction.
When I came to Hippocrates Health Institute, I was still only a few steps out of the grave with years of detoxification ahead, but I had learned about the mind/body connection. How emotional aspects aren’t addressed, people don’t have the self-esteem to stay on a radically regenerative diet, like the living-foods diet that actually healed me.
At Hippocrates Health Institute, I saw people in all states of severe diseases getting well. Once I realized that I was not only going to live, but actually thrive, I wanted to share it. I brought the Hippocrates Health Institute program back to Santa Barbara and began a practice. I went from sleeping 14 hours a day to working 14 hours a day on the passion of what I was doing. Such an empowering experience: living something actually regenerative. Finding the thing that would save my life and then doing it with my own hands cancelled my powerlessness. Today, in my forties I’m living a life totally unimaginable from my beginnings, wonderfully happy, in a healthy body, in a marriage of true love, with two beautiful children of my own.