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Taking a Holistic Approach to my Fibromyalgia Journey

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With 50 years around the sun, Kimberly enjoys sharing a variety of her personal life experiences with others. She is a Fibromyalgia Warrior!

After years of debilitating health and receiving a formal medical diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I was about to embark on a whole new chapter in my journey.

This article will explore the details of the Holistic Health Care I received along my journey to wellness.

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place

After receiving an official diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I found myself between a rock and a hard place. My doctor refused to treat me, the rheumatologist I was referred to did not accept Fibromyalgia patients, and the neurologist was non-existent in my area for taking new clients.

I had cried out to God relentlessly, seeking and asking for his wisdom and healing in my life. I knew I didn't want to mask symptoms with pharmaceuticals, nor did I want to chase adverse reactions to medications.


Holistic Lifestyle Center

Life Tree Wellness Center was across state lines and was at least a 3 1/2 hour drive from my home. In absolute desperation for answers, I made the phone call.

My treatment began in May of 2019

My 1-hour consultation turned into a complete physical, as well as a live blood viewing and a biomechanical exam. My husband went with me, took notes, and helped relay all the symptoms and issues I was experiencing. My appointment lasted 4 hours and 15 minutes! They knew we traveled out of the area and were extremely accommodating in seeing me at great length that day.


Live Blood Analysis

The results of my live blood analysis uncovered many issues. My white blood cells were under attack and were twice the usual size. My PH was out of balance. I had poor protein metabolism, red blood cell aggregation (meaning the loss of negative surface charge), fat in my blood, spicules (fibrin), blood clot formation, and red blood cells; bacteria, yeast, fungus, and maybe mold. A very toxic advanced stage of latent tissue acidosis, black crystals, a large amount of progenitor cryptococcus (fungi that were developing colonies in my blood), I also had fibrous thallus, acid crystals in my blood.

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The Preliminary Findings of My Medical Visit

I still exhibited no reflexes, and I had a current ear infection in both ears, my lymph nodes were pretty congested, I had adrenal fatigue, my immune system was barely functioning, My gall bladder was struggling to keep up, I had clotting in my blood, my body wasn't digesting proteins, I was very mineral deficient, low in several vitamins, my calcium levels were very inadequate, my bone density was very low, my stomach sluggish. Both my large & small intestines were struggling; even though I had been consuming probiotics, my body was very deficient. My cardio/cerebral vascular was sluggish elasticity, low volume output, and I showed signs of thyroid issues.

With all of those findings, the doctor still looked at me and relayed a message of "HOPE." He believed that with diet, detox, and super supplements, we could rid my body of the invaders attacking me and that my body could recover. The doctor told me It would take time, but it was imperative to get my blood cleaned up for my health and well-being.



Daily Tinctures and Supplements

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8 Laws of Health

The following is sourced information from the Life Tree Wellness online website and will shed light on the foundation of the treatment I received, built upon the following 8 Laws of Health.

The "Eight Laws of Health"—sometimes called "Nature's Doctors"—point the way to extended life and physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

WHAT IS DISEASE?

A disease is not a thing. It is the absence of a thing---health.

8 Laws of Health

Nutrition

Exercise

Water

Sunshine

Temperance

Air

Rest

Trust in Divine Power

Putting in the Effort

I worked hard on the detox and health protocols that the lifestyle center had developed for me. It was laborious, all-consuming of my day, and tasted terrible. I found very little joy in my new health regimen. I still had elbow pain, paresthesia, depression, breast pain, and I felt like an upside-down mess. None the less I persisted.


Lifestyle Changes at Home

During this time, my food options changed from a nutritarian diet to a whole food, raw vegan diet that I continued to follow over the next year. I found myself drinking lots of fresh juices and eating lots of greens and veggies, low-sugar fruits, and some nuts and seeds.

I made daily tinctures and consumed copious amounts of herbal supplements. I went through liver and kidney cleanses and worked on restoring my immune system.

Sunshine therapy and exercise were daily, weather permitting.

I implemented dry skin brushing to help with circulation, lymph, and cellular waste, which was to be followed by contrast showers. Unfortunately, due to my unique off-grid living conditions and no running water over my ten years of residency, this was only happening when I would visit family members who had running water. (My homestead showering experience was always short and of one temperature.)

Feeling Encouraged with Lifestyle Results

By following the wellness center's recommended Foundational Program, I began to find healing in my body. The good news was that detoxing had begun. By the end of the first month, I was functioning MUCH better.

I was well enough to attend my daughter's wedding and to enjoy it. Many of the debilitating ailments had subsided or had gone away. Over the next few months, my body continued to gain health and healing. I was finally able to enjoy life again.

I played and interacted with my grandchildren, began driving, took bike rides, and even enjoyed kayaking.

My energy still waned, and I had occasional symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, and pain, but my body was healing.

I even attended my husband's 30 year High School Class Reunion weekend and danced the night away. I could have never done that had I still been in such poor health. My body was responding and was turning right-side up.

"It is

Health that

is real wealth

and not pieces

of Gold

or Silver."

— Mahatma Gandhi

Continued Care

I continued my care and had monthly or bimonthly visits to see my doctors at the wellness center.

In June, we addressed my asthma attacks and wheezing episodes. The doctor suggested a tincture that may have helped as it was anti-spasmatic. He told me I should start taking vitamin c crystals as it may also be helpful to my ongoing breathing troubles. We continued working on balancing my hormones and finished my candida cleanse. The following month I did another liver cleanse.

The doctor addressed my bloating and bowel issues; enzymes were added back in with meals. My acid levels were still low; I upped my lemon intake to assist with stomach acid. I began adding more leafy greens to my diet. My doctor suggested MSM for the joint pain. Also continued to monitor temperatures for thyroid function.

I noted significant improvements to where I had been. I honestly felt I was on a good path. I would continue to pursue this natural health care in hopes of seeing even more improvements.

Declined Health

As stated in my previous article; it was August of 2019, that my health took another spiral downhill. I ended up with "EXTREME" Vertigo and found myself back in the emergency room for care. I was diagnosed with another double inner ear infection. In the duration afterward, I experienced a significant decline in my vision once more and a constant battle of dizziness.

Viral Load Test

At my October appointment, my doctor felt that my body was fighting something viral as I was experiencing highs and lows. The most recent labs from my hospital visit and my live blood analysis results indicated that I was fighting infection. The doctor said we could do a Viral Load Test which consisted of lab work to see if my body was fighting the Epstein Barr Virus and tested for other various viral loads. This test cost me $600.


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The doctor checked my adrenals during my office visit, and one side was worse than the other. He put me on an adrenal formula. The MRA (Quantum Magnetic Body Analyzer) showed my heart was not pumping at total capacity, affecting my circulation. The doctor suggested that I take Hawthorne to help my heart.

My Body PH was still not where it needed to be. My bowels were still sluggish, and my liver wasn't functioning up to par, too much fat in my cells, blood, and body, my vitamin D levels were critically low. I got back on bowel #1 & #2 supplements they recommended, a liver detox tincture and tea, the triple tincture daily, to be consumed five days a week with weekends off. My probiotics were still critically low even though I had been taking them daily. I was deficient in minerals and calcium. My mineral supplement dosage was upped to 3 x a day. My body was still not digesting proteins. I continued taking turmeric, and I scheduled a phone appointment to talk to them in two weeks with a follow-up visit in December.

Toxic Heavy Metals

During the darkest hours of my journey, I reached the point of extreme memory loss and confusion when my body tested high for a toxic overload of heavy metals; it made more sense.

I had reached a point in which I was no longer dependable to keep our financial budget. I had lost all functions related to using money, using a calculator, cash register, and couldn't even make change while doing simple grocery shopping for my family.

At the doctor's, recommendation I began taking a supplement created by CellCore called HM-ET Binder.

I found over several months that my mind began to improve, and memories were slowly resurfacing. Eventually, I did recover my faculties and began successfully tending to our budget once again.

Fatigued Eyes

I saw my ophthalmologist in November as my eyes were constantly tired, strained, and causing me daily struggles. I had not been seeing correctly for quite some time. Objects were not aligning; instead, they were moving and jumping side to side, up and down.

I needed a prescription change at that appointment but didn't get it due to my poor health and sight condition. At that appointment, I saw one of the new young doctors. He thought I should get prisms put into my lens. (I held off) life, covid, etc. I had hoped things would get better with all my treatments.

I inquired about eye supplements or treatment to eliminate the jumpiness and eye strain; however, he didn't have any recommendations. I took to the internet and found a supplemental eye health product that I added to my daily health care supplements regimen for a while. I felt it couldn't hurt.

At the follow-up appointment, the owner of the vision company examined my eyes, a well-established doctor. He found that the jumpiness in my vision had been a bit better than that of last November. I felt much better getting his opinion and his expertise. He looked back in my chart to previous years of seeing him and noted that my eyes began jumping in 2016, which proved this had been a progressive issue. He disagreed with the former doctors' recommendation of prisms. He stated that prisms at that time would not have been a good option for me while fighting bouts of vertigo and dizziness. Instead, I opted for the transitional lenses at his recommendation.

"The EYE is the jewel of the body."

— Henry David Thoreau

Epstein-Barr Virus

My test results came in; I tested positive for four viral loads; Two of which are the Epstein Barr Virus. He said my results came back three times the upper limit on one and 6-7 times the upper limit on another. These are considered incurable with mainstream medical. My doctor said this explains my body's lack of fighting off infections and colds and such. It also highly explains the chronic fatigue, along with everything my body had been exhibiting. He was confident that with aggressive means, we could help my body to fight this better.

He had some therapies we would discuss at my next appointment. I asked him if I was contagious in any way to others; he assured me that this is a latent viral load that is camping out within my body and that I'm safe to be around everyone. Great big sigh of relief!!! It just so happens to be at war within me, causing my body to fight hard to be healthy. Hence the Fibromylagia diagnosis with all the various ailments and illnesses.

I have included a link below that shares in-depth explanations about EBV in an article by Anthony Williams, the Medical Medium.


An In-depth look at Epstein-Barr Virus

Favor

At my next appointment we discussed my viral load test results, options, and the best-recommended treatment plan for getting me back to health. My doctor highly recommended that I come and receive two weeks of in-house care at their facility. I would be receiving Intravenous Ozone Therapy and a complete treatment they provide for “Incurables”. The total cost would be $6,000.00, Covering my stay, the raw food diet, and my treatments.

They understood my financial burden and were willing to accept payments. The arrangements were decided upon quite quickly and I was set to receive care beginning after the Christmas holiday of 2019.

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A Heart Full of Gratitude

Years of accrued medical debts and living on one income had taken a toll on us. My daughter started a Go-Fund-Me page to help raise money for immediate treatment. I will be forever grateful and humbled by every compassionate donation made on my behalf. Every dollar donated helped our limited resources and allowed us to keep up on monthly payments for the treatments I received.


Go-Fund-Me

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Hardships of Off-Grid Living

My off-grid lifestyle had become too overwhelming to me. I no longer found happiness within the surroundings of my 40-acre homestead. (A life my husband and I had built together from the ground up, with our blood, sweat and tears) Life was full of struggle, and small tasks and chores became uphill battles in my day-to-day happenings. The struggle of hauling our water, limited showers, no bath to immerse my cold, exhausted body in, stoking the wood fire constantly with little energy, and the process of doing the dishes and laundry often depleted me.

Long Winters at the Homestead Were Difficult

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Winter Chores

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The Journey Continues

My story doesn't end here. However, it concludes my article of shared events that led up to the next chapter of my journey.

The following article will share my two-week in-house Holistic Therapies received for the "Incurables" at Life Tree Wellness Center. I will give a detailed account of the various treatments in my search for wellness and renewed health.


  • Fibromyalgia My Search for a Diagnosis
    Welcome to the road less traveled. I will be sharing the extensive process I went through in searching for a Fibromyalgia diagnosis. Giving insight into the numerous ups and downs along my Fibromyalgia journey.
  • Treatments for Incurables at Life Tree Wellness Center
    This is a personal journey depicting my fight with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I share a detailed account of my two-week extended stay at a Holistic Wellness Center where I received alternative therapies to combat the invisible invader

References

Kit, I., 2021. Incurables Cleanse Kit. [online] LifeTreeWellness. Available at: <https://lifetreewellness.com/collections/cleanse-kits/products/incurables-cleanse-kit> [Accessed 12 November 2021].


LifeTreeWellness. 2021. LifeTree Wellness - Turtle Inland Provider Network. [online] Available at: <https://lifetreewellness.com/> [Accessed 11 November 2021].

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Kimberly

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