This is my healing story. For many, many years I have been uncomfortable with the model of Western medicine. Each year for the past five years, my doctor has added another medication and increased the doses as well. I am now stiff in all my joints, my knees hurt, and my digestive system is often upset. I have high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Since the diagnosis of diabetes last August, I have lost over 20 pounds. For the past few months I have been exercising regularly. I walk a few kilometres each day because I do not have car. I have just returned from a 22 vacation which was key in reducing stress. I arrived in Greece on Day 10 almost completely pain free. Was it the hot and sunny weather or the pleasant and relaxing days in France? I am going to explore it all in my journey for health.
A few months ago I started seeing Emily Babaris, a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is located on the Danforth near Chester Subway Station in Toronto. For the first 6 weeks I had an acupuncture treatment every week and I have been taking herbs twice a day as well. My intention is to stop taking the medications prescribed by my doctor and rely solely on the Chinese medicine. This will mean continuing to lose weight through health eating, exercising at least a half hour every day, and reducing my caffeine intact to one cup of coffee from the two I have been enjoying each morning.
I love the Weight Watcher model for weight loss. It has always been successful for me. In 2003, I lost 35 pounds following their plan. I have to admit I have never attended a meeting or paid a cent in fees. I obtained their books and calculators from friends and family. The point is I ate a healthy well balanced diet and I counted my points. I maintained that lower weight until now. Once in a while, I find that eating out a lot will cause a weight gain of as much as 10 pounds but returning to my own cooking and reduction of salt will reduce that within 14 days. My goal is to lose another 50 pounds.
On Tuesday next week, I will meet with my family doctor to ask for her support in reducing my medications. I hope she will agree and continue to monitor my health through regular blood tests.
I have read about the side effects of the medications I am taking – one is said to cause diabetes and another leads to high cholesterol. That is the next medication she is expecting to add to my arsenal very soon. All of them cause joint and body stiffness.
I became a Reflexologist in 1995 when I was in my thirties. I became a Doula assisting women while birthing. I was committed to alternative medicine and had my own practise in London, Ontario. I worked in many modalities with Reflexology including flower essence remedies such as Bach Flower, Homeopathy, Aromatherapy, Touch for Health, Healing Touch and Reiki.
I started on this path when my oldest daughter was 12 years old in 1993. She was catching one virus after another and missing 5 to 10 days of school each month. It was a stressful year for her with her Bat Mitzfah scheduled in the spring and her personal commitment to school work, family and friends. Every time she was sick, I called the doctor who prescribed cough syrups and decongestants, Tylenol and often antibiotics. One day I just said this is enough! I took a course in healing foods. The next time she was ill I made a healing broth and had her drink it. NO medications. She got well and was not sick the next month. From then on, she and her sister caught a cold once year at the most. The cycle was broken. I shared this recipe with many others and always had very positive feedback from those who took it for colds and viruses, digestive problems and other mild illnesses.
Healing Broth Recipe
3 cloves of garlic
1 medium onion
Half a head of broccoli
½ medium size cabbage
4 stalks of celery
Season with a little soy or tamari sauce
Ground black pepper
12 cups of water
- Bring the water and all the ingredients to a boil and simmer for 90 -120 minutes. During simmering check the water level and add more if it looks low.
- Drain the broth and keep the vegetables for adding to stews, soups or casseroles. I often puree them and add a little broth for a yummy cream of vegetable soup.
- Serve immediately. Drink a cup of broth 3 -4 times a day for healing and cleansing.
I don’t believe the broth is the answer to my current health issues but I am committed to a new regiment of healthy eating, exercise, and Traditional Chinese medicine. I invite you to follow my journey.