I never thought I’d be UNable to chow down on salads for almost 4 years. Or that I wouldn’t be able to tolerate apples or peaches or other fruit for even longer.
Eliminating desserts and bread and other carbs? Not so hard to imagine. But I could not, in a million years, have predicted that I’d become sensitive to carbs in cooked greens like kale and cabbage. Who knew they even had carbs in the first place?
I think of this challenging work of healing, changing your diet and of finding and following other tools that support healing as my “freedom tax.” It costs something, but paying it makes room for other things to happen and sets you free to heal and recover.
Making big dietary changes helped my symptoms begin to calm down:
- the dry mouth that could become so uncomfortable I couldn’t sleep with my mouth closed without having difficulty breathing from burning sensations in my nasal passages and sinuses
- the sandpaper-like sensation on my tongue and in my throat that no amount of water could soothe
- the bloating, weight loss and severe constipation
- And of course – my chronic disabling fatigue
Even though diet did not cure my chronic fatigue as it has cured others will all kinds of different diseases, it made a huge difference.
In part because calming my symptoms helped decrease my stress. In part because feeling less stressed due to a decrease in flares and spikes, in turn, helped me have more room and willingness to try and add more tools for healing.
Amy “The Dietista,” who is hosting this online summit on Healing Digestive Pain, has learned this from personal experience with chronic fatigue and other symptoms too.
As a nutritionist, she’s also found that it’s helpful to use more tools that go beyond nutrition and diet. She’s discovered that understanding and working with trauma is also an important part of healing.
Join me for my conversation with Amy. We talk only a tiny bit about diet and focus instead on a big perspective on why many of us need more tools and how these can all support healing, especially when nothing else has worked.
Insights from the Science of Trauma
My Talk Covered:
- Types of perinatal events that are associated with risk for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- A still under-recognized prenatal event in my own life that I discovered only when I worked somatically to heal early trauma as part of healing my ME/CFS
- 3 surprising kinds of adverse childhood events that a Mayo clinic study found in 79% of people with IBS compared with 59% of people and relatives in the control group
- The FIRST thing I’d recommend to anyone newly diagnosed with a chronic illness who was gung ho about wanting to do something concrete
- The nationwide Denmark study that identified risk for IBD, Celiac Disease, RA and Type 1 diabetes from a common surgical procedure people were exposed to 40 years earlier
- Chronic illness and the Marie Kondo Effect – s a way of approaching healing and chronic illness
- Types of trauma that increase a person’s chance of ever being hospitalized for an autoimmune disease, such as IBD, RA, Celiac disease, Lupus and more by 70% AND why even this startling statistic offers hope
I was honored to be among 20 speakers, who included:
Dr. Laara Van Bryce
Mira Dessi NE
Sundardas Dharmadas Annamalay