So today I have my 6th phone consultation with my nutritionist who lives and practices in Wisconsin. I am so glad she does phone consults and I don’t have to see her in person…she’s kind of far away:)
I have shared a little before about what my physical battles are with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and how I shockingly got it 17 years ago when my son was in first grade. I have had years of ups and downs and having my faith in God is what has truly helped me through very difficult times, along with a loving and supportive family. I’m not typically a talker about this subject or like to share that much in the personal way on this blog , especially about physical things, but I realize by not sharing, I might be missing the opportunity to help someone else. I don’t want whatever hinders me, if it’s fear or whatever to stop me from potentially helping someone.
About 7 months ago I had a conversation with someone I don’t even know that led me down this path to wellness..In a round about way it all happened when our dog Clover was going through physical problems and a blogger made a recommendation about Clover’s food and how when she took her dog off of grains, her dogs Lupus and skin conditions went away. That whole convo led me to open up about my issues and she preceded to tell me about Karen Hurd, a nutritionist she knew that helped someone in her family who had Crones and Ulcerative Colitis. She also told me that Karen has helped many people with RA and other inflammatory issues. At first I thought to myself, ok here’s another shot at potential failure and disappointment. I didn’t know if I was mentally up for that. I’ve tried so many things over this journey and flown to Dr’s all over from Calif to Chicago. Could this program be different? Why haven’t I heard about it? I asked myself a lot of questions.
Then I took a step of faith and contacted Karen’s office at 715-877-3510. I also went to her website and read all about her and her information at www.karenhurd.com. When I called the office they explained that before my first phone consult I needed to buy one of Karen’s books or dvd’s and read or listen to them. It saves a lot of talk time and lays the groundwork on what she believes and why. I bought both the book and dvd. They mailed it to me and sent me the paperwork I needed to fill out and send back. I’m thinking they faxed the forms or emailed I don’t remember. They send it however you want.
When the materials arrived I was kind of excited to read and understand about her program. I was so surprised to find that the book was actually about one of her clients that had RA and ulcerative colitis. It shared her journey to wellness along with other testimonies of people who have gotten well from all different situations.
Basically for me, and the new thing that I now understand, is that my adrenals are shot and need to rebuild. Adrenals are in charge of a lot of things in the body. The reason for the inflammation and RA is that my adrenals aren’t producing the corticosteroid that my body needs to bring down inflammation naturally. Once the adrenals are fixed the RA goes away because the body naturally produces enough corticosteroid. Basically, the inflammation is caused by friction in the body.Most things in our body rub together all the time. It is normally not a problem because the corticosteroid that our body produces brings down any inflammation caused by the friction..
So my goal is to fix the adrenals. She’s given me guidelines to help make that happen. Basically I have a “Do” list and a “Don’t” list that I try and follow every day. Number 1 adrenal zapper is STRESS :) #2 sugar and the list goes on
I have had great improvement in the past 5 months. It can take up to 24 months for the adrenals to rebuild so this is a long process. Some improve faster. It is based on age and how long you’ve had the problem.
Her fee’s are low…$85 dollars for the first phone consultation and $39 for every talk after that. I have a phone appt with her once a month. In fact I just hung up with her. Today I learned how important it is to keep the body warm for healing. She shared a healthy fashion tip: wear a scarf around the neck all the time. We loose a lot of body heat from the neck and head.
I’ll be sure to share about my progress from time to time… Thanks for listening, I hope this helps someone.
PS….In 6 months I’ve already cut my pain med’s in half.
Update: March- I’m off of my Thyroid med’s and currently taking a 1/4 of the NSAID’s I use to.
I’m linking up with Nester’s - Take a Risk Day- I like the idea of getting this info out in hope’s it might help someone. How is that risky? This journey feels risky because of my past failures toward wellness and because most of my life I liked looking like life was perfect.