When we are not well, and this malaise type of feeling has taken over our life, our choices, and put us into a desperation of a the black hole, it is time to reexamine the “why’s” for our not feeling well. Yes, we may have had several and many second doctor opinions. Yes, we may have tried a gazillion of ways to change different things in life. Nothing has been effective. Nothing has brought us out of that black hole where it is miserably lonely and not feeling good enough to enjoy life, to live our dreams.
May be you are like author Jaqui Karr, a gluten educator to clinics and health professions, who has discovered her not-feeling-well was due to her being allergic to gluten. Yes, that same gluten in the food! Read Jaqui’s story and may be, just may be, it would be that last straw that would save one more life.
It wasn’t that I spent four months in and out of the hospital and almost died of organ failure in the end.
It wasn’t that doctor after doctor told me I was fine and tried to make me think I was crazy in the beginning.
It wasn’t that I realized a lifetime of “small” symptoms could have been avoided and five generations of women in my family suffered for nothing.
The reason I do what I do is for people who are less stubborn than me and don’t have the two decades of sports nutrition knowledge I came into gluten problems with.
It’s for the 5-year-old whose life has been stolen from him, misdiagnosed, and put on mind-altering drugs before food or any natural remedy is even considered.
It’s for the woman who is told, like I was at age 38: “Well, you’re not 20 anymore, it’s normal to not feel the same” and then offered Prozac.
It’s for the soldier who emailed me to say he had never considered food could be the cause of his depression, making the PTSD worse, and almost eating his gun before finding me and deciding to try a natural life makeover (he’s fine now, becoming a personal trainer and helping others). One random post about gluten’s worst damage being neurological saved a life. I can’t feel joy because I know there are so many others we’ve lost. It haunts me constantly. The momentarily relief at success stories often get shadowed because I know there are millions who will never realize why they’re sick.
I do what I do because I believe in a life of Freedom. Freedom from illness, from limits, from pain. Not a single soul was designed to feel extended pain. We were all designed to feel only joy. That shouldn’t sound like a revelation, it should be what we all expect.
I believe in trusting someone when they say they don’t feel well, regardless of what the test results say. Humans aren’t advanced or smart enough yet to rely just on test results. Yes, let’s use what we have to its best capability, but at the end of the day, “I don’t feel well and know something is wrong with me” should supersede everything and be completely valid.
My personal love comes from time in the ocean. When I first triggered Celiac Disease, before knowing that’s what was causing the havoc in my life, the last thing I thought about was the ocean or friends or family or work or anything. All I could think about was the extreme migraine that was making me wonder if I was about to have a brain aneurism.
My lifelong “small headaches” graduated overnight to something that was quickly becoming debilitating. FYI, I had zero gastro symptoms and had been eating organic ancient grain my whole life. It never occurred to me that one day I’d wake up and bread would become a potentially fatal health problem. MRI said no brain tumor and doctor #5 happily offered me Zoloft. Thanks Doc, how about we find the cause instead of mask the symptom or try to create synthetic happiness?
I Was A Runner…
I was also a runner since my teens and for the first time in over 20 years, didn’t have the strength to run. …all while PhD after PhD were telling me my test results were fine and there was nothing wrong with me. I’m a Free Spirit, and they tried to take that away. Think again. And it’s not something that’ll happen to others on my watch.
So here we are, almost a decade later, with my entire focus being on gluten and the 300+ scientifically proven negative manifestations of it in the human body. Is it the problem every time? Of course not. But it’s far more common than anyone can imagine. So for the every day sufferer, my books offer the key essential tool to being 100% gluten-free. And for health professionals, my online course provides the tools and knowledge to make sure no one slips through the cracks on your watch.
I do what I do so you can get back to your ocean, whatever that is… your life dreams, your family, your partner, kids, friends, your every day Joie de Vivre.
Perfection designed us, human domestication and food altering got in the way. It’s time to get back to perfection.