Going holistic is much better than going ballistic, I suppose. I made the decision to wean off of autoimmune medications around Christmas, and I’m completely off of everything now.
I decided to go holistic for a number of reasons.
- I don’t like medicine. Never have. The only chemicals I want in my body are the ones I choose–namely semi-dry white wines and Old Number 7. I’ve also developed a fondness for rye whiskeys.
- I’m terrible remembering to take my medicine. Even when I set my alarm, it doesn’t seem to work like it should.
- The main medicine I take (hydroxycloriquine) can case blindness and other eye issues down the road. That’s a side effect I am not willing to risk.
- Diet and exercise have a huge impact on health. I’m willing to try adjustments to both.
- Massages are amazing, and I will be incorporating more of those into my healthcare routine. It’s great for releasing toxins, in particular…beneficial for pain management and costs less than a doctor’s visit. WIN-WIN! (Hoping it will be good for stress management, too!!!)
- Once we move to Central America, I don’t know how available nor how expensive the traditional medications might be.
- One of my biggest problems remains my eyes. The medications aren’t helping the dryness. I still can’t produce tears. I still don’t have a sense of smell. The drugs didn’t do me any favors where that is concerned. I’m upping my Omegas (including Omega 7) through supplements and diet. I have been CRAVING avocados for years now. I assume it’s because it’s good for my eyes. (Your body tends to crave what it needs…) We already eat a lot of seafood and I could EASILY be pescatarian. I’ve been pescatarian off and on since I was a teen, and occasionally I really crave a burger or steak, but mostly I’m satiated with tuna steaks, swordfish or salmon–a heavy, meaty fish.
- Pain management can be dealt with through medical cannabis. Unfortunately the pain is what I am dealing with more so again, now that I quit taking the drugs that the rheumy prescribed. I qualified for the medical cannabis card in Illinois and it is not illegal for private use in most of the Central American countries. Hopefully the massages will reduce the need for any chemicals, but I feel muchMUCHmuch better with cannabis than I do with medications that can cause me to go blind eventually.
So, there it is. In black and white. Wish me luck!