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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Six Years of Intensive Healing and Change Begin

By the end of 2003, my "migraine" symptoms were increasing again. I felt like I was on the edge of having an episode all the time, with the occasional shooting stars that would cross my field of vision. Although I had been able to handle multiple tasks with ease, I was now having trouble keeping focused on just one of the many projects that I was involved with at work. Work, therefore, became very frustrating. I felt scattered, unable to pull details together, and unable to fully keep track of what was happening within the individual projects that I worked on. You would have thought that this would be affecting my ability to hold onto my job, but because I usually far exceeded peoples expectations, not much notice was given to the deficits that I was experiencing.

But, I realized that I needed to seek help with whatever was happening with me. Since I felt that the conventional neurologist didn't offer me any help back in 1996, I knew that I needed to look elsewhere. Thus, I sought care that I always wanted to experience but had never tried before. I made an appointment with a naturopathic physician.

With the naturopath, I discovered that I was borderline diabetic and worked on radically changing my diet. Also, although I don't have any food allergies, I found out that I do have several food sensitivities, which are substances that my body thinks are poisons. Most of these sensitivities were in the wheat and sugar categories and included: clams, lentils, goat's milk, cheddar cheese, wheat flour, wheat bran, sprouted wheat, barley, oats, refined sugar, molasses, honey, maple syrup, rice syrup, date sugar, stevia, watermelon, MSG, nitrates, benzoic acid, oregano, nutmeg, beer, white wine, and sugar with dairy (ice cream).

Within the next 6-8 months, I lost nearly 50 pounds and my symptoms seemed to reduce some, but they weren't going away. I then started to have a couple of unusual visual events. The first involved instances in which it seemed like large objects had moved when in fact they obviously had not. The second instance occurred while I was driving. In this case, I became suddenly nauseous and it appeared as if an earthquake was occurring. But, no earthquake was occurring and my visual experience disappeared within seconds.

These experiences led my naturopath to suggest that I see a chiropractic neurologist that she was hearing good things about. So, in October of 2004, as my condition began to worsen, I was introduced to a different type of neurological investigation, which would have a huge impact upon regaining a resemblance of my normal functioning.

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