Friday, June 24, 2011
Introducing my new blog!
My name is Nicole. I was diagnosed in October 2010 with a condition called pericarditis which is basically inflammation of the pericardium (the thin little sac surrounding your heart). For most people when they get pericarditis you will get a high dose of an anti-innflammatory medicine like Advil or Aspirin and it will go away in a couple weeks. It puts you on bed rest and gives you similar symptoms to a heart attack.
However, that wasn't the case with me. I eventually had to try stronger medicines and even had to go on medicines to treat my side effects from the strong anti-innflammatories I was on. Eventually, when nothing changed and my pain and inflammation markers were still high I talked to my doctor about going off my medication. All my doctors agreed I could go off my medications. So I did. I had some crazy indigestion for about one and a half weeks. I couldn't eat anything but bread, milk, and chicken with nothing added. So boring! At this time I was introduced to Maximized Living which includes chiropratic care, whole foods diet (similar to a Paleo diet), interval exercise, healthy mind, and removal of toxins. I immediately started the diet and chiropractic care. Slowly I have been removing toxins out of my house and developing healthy emotional and spiritual habits. Unfortunately, I can not integrate exercise because it highly aggravates my condition. From these changes my inflammation markers in my blood quickly went into a healthy range. From here I became interested in whole foods and health in general.
However, my pain still exists but I am on a journey to make it go away permanently even though one doctor told me this is chronic. I don't believe this is chronic! I love to research anything on health and I am constantly learning about things that can deter or build our health. I want to share what I learn with everyone and learn from readers. I think this is a better way to share my knowledge than talking my family and friends ears off! I am still learning and am open to any ideas or comments!
"Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food." ~ Hippocrates