Previous condition: symptoms related to fibromyalgia syndrome–-insomnia, muscle strains and rigidity, foot pain, digestive problems (leaky gut syndrome), hypoglycemia, TMJ (jaw pain), dry eyes, constipation, food allergies, tingling in extremities, exhaustion. Present condition: Mild muscle stiffness, mild food allergies occasionally. Now I am not only able to stay well, but when symptoms rear their ugly head, I know why and how to turn my health around again. So many “professionals” didn’t have a clue what was going on with me. This approach was most remarkable -- it empowered me to do it myself. It’s the path of survival. —J.D., Texas
I have been living all three aspects of the wellness lifestyle for some time now. The first month in about eight and a half years that I did not get a migraine with my period, I was ecstatic! I can’t explain to you how grateful I am to you for providing information on how to heal and become healthy. I feel I have the power in my hands and any health decision is mine, not a doctor’s or anyone else’s. I realize I still have a long way to go before I can say I am in a truly vibrant and healthy state. I went from 148 to my present 128 pounds. I can feel myself getting stronger every day. I was having four migraines per month and have gotten it down to a very mild one every once in a while. I can’t tell you how much you have helped me and how much more I look forward to.
My doctor doesn’t think you can control Hashimoto’s disease without medication, but my blood test came back today and proved her wrong. I have not treated my disease with meds but with diet and Skilled Relaxation. Lo and behold, my TSH levels are back to normal and so are my free T3 and T4’s. I still show antibodies, but she said it is nothing to be concerned about. I told her I was going to continue to control my Hashimoto’s with diet and Skilled Relaxation and see what happens. It felt so good to prove a doctor wrong and that going natural does work.
After turning 40 a few years ago I began to take stock of my fitness, or lack of it. I was overweight with borderline hypertension and couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs without gasping for breath. While that was easy to blame on living in high altitude in Colorado, I was anxious to do something about my blood pressure. At the advice of a friend, I borrowed some relaxation and self-hypnosis tapes and began a daily half hour of skilled relaxation. I monitored my blood pressure daily, before and after each session. An immediate reduction occurred after each session, as I expected. But quite surprising to me was a longer-term reduction, over several months, to a value well within the normal levels. Inspired by this improvement, I began a daily walking regimen and changed my diet. I walked four miles a day, ate more healthy foods, cut out late night snacks, and continued my skilled relaxation. A year later, I weigh 50 pounds less, feel great, and have recently started mountain climbing. Now it takes a climb to 13,000 feet and a wonderful view to take my breath away. Much of what I did was accomplished through trial and error, and I appreciate now the concept and practice of the “3LS Wellness Program” as discussed by Walt and Jan.
In October it will be four years since I was diagnosed with severe rheumatoid arthritis by multiple board-certified rheumatologists. I’d like to provide some longer-term perspective for those who may consider a wellness approach (diet modification/whole foods, relaxation techniques, light exercise) in dealing with this horrible problem and others like it. I started on this method about six weeks after diagnosis…I continue to be amazed at how my body continues to improve even after all this time…this past February I was able to start playing full-court basketball for 90 minutes once a week. My feet protested mightily the first time I did this, but this has also gradually improved. At age 44 and in good shape, I am one of the more mobile people on the floor, which includes people in their twenties. With the exception of some slight stiffness in my feet/ankles for a few minutes when I wake up in the morning, I feel better than I can ever recall. It feels mighty good. It has been my experience that there is a definite pattern of improvement in the VAST majority of people who diligently try this type of approach.
Recapture Your Health by Walt Stoll, M.D. and Jan DeCourtney, C.M.T., (Sunrise Health Coach Publications, 2006)
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