Well I finally took the plunge and went and saw a naturopathic doctor. Even within that realm, the "ND's" (naturopathic dr) don't all approach things in the exact same way. I've heard of others on the board who have gone and just started in on various supplements. I have felt like the supplement queen lately- taking quite a lot of various things I have researched and found out about on the web and through other people. I felt like I didn't really have a set direction and was starting to worry about all I was taking- wondering if there could be interactions to each other, or even if some of the supplements could be interfering with the chemo. Anyhow, it was a really interesting appointment. Obviously, my cancer is main concern and thing I want to focus on, but I also deal with other issues such as allergies and constant congestion- enough so I literally cannot go for 10 or 15 minutes without having to blow or wipe my nose (just flows like clear water. When it's not flowing like clear water, which also results in not being able to hear well due to the fluid being there too). I have been so out of breath lately- I'm always taking deep breaths, sighing to catch my breath, etc. I do have mild asthma and that's also been worse lately, requiring me to take daily meds.
So... it was neat how he just noticed several things in me and was calling out various things he suspected I might be suffering from, and he was right! He asked me to stand up and he pressed and held an area in my upper abdomen which he said was the diaphram. He said my diaphram was closed up, then he pressed and poked a few different areas he said were where a hepatic bile duct was, the adrenal glands, and so on. I instantly noticed that I could take deep breaths into my lungs and was no longer out of breath and even this morning, I'm relishing in the fact that I can breathe! Nothing changed w/ the nasal passages or nasal drip, but my lungs feel so open and able to get so much more air. That was amazing to me! I was there almost 2 hours- he spent time going over all my medical history, medications, etc. I am starting a detox cleanse this Friday (tomorrow). I could start any time, but I need to go shopping today to get the needed veggies. It's an 8 day cleanse where for the first 4 days I can eat only vegetables (and only certain vegetables- nothing else!) then the 5th-8th day I can add in certain grains. In addition to the veggies, the main part of it is predigested food that I'll be taking in shake form, along with digestive enzymes and about 4 other things in there too. One if them is something called Aloe 7000- I have to take a tsp, swish it in my mouth then swallow after each food/enzyme shake. That and something else I'll be taking have to do with candida and detoxing from sugar. This is something I've definitely never done. Never in my life have I gone more than a day or two at most without something sugary. I have a definite sugar addiction, which can result in growth/overgrowth of candida, which can cause all sorts of problems. I'm sure I've not gone more than a day or two without eating meat, also. I've been told I will not feel well while I'm detoxing, but that could even mean it's really working. As toxins are released from the cells, I could feel nausea, dizziness, headache, fever, etc. Apparently, you even have a greater chance of getting colds/flu during this time due to the toxins being released, so I'll be taking something to counteract that too. I'm hoping that I will lose some weight too- I really feel bloated lately & know that I'm retaining fluid in addition to fat. I'm also going to be doing some test soon to check for allergies and sensitivities- some kind of electronic scan type device- not sure about it yet. So this is where it starts. After the detox, I will go in and be tested on various things to see what supplements I need. Although some people with cancer definitely go there and go the all natural route without chemo, he says he has many patients who are on chemo and he will work with that and with my oncologist to better enhance the chemo, maybe even make it work better, and definitely support my whole body and immune system. It wasn't a cheap day yesterday, and I don't know that I can afford to do everything he wants me to do- but I will definitely do some. It really seems to make sense. We'll see how I feel after this cleanse. I have to have the will power.
All this in girl scout cookie week- ugh! My husband just bought 6 boxes of girl scout cookies from someone at work and now I can't have any?
I need prayer for willpower here, lol! (seriously, though!)
I'll check back in and let you know how it goes.