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Let me share with you my health story! I’m hoping that by sharing it, I can help someone along the way that is suffering in some way that I was. It has different aspects to it, so I’m splitting it into different parts. I’m not sure how many yet? I don’t know how long-winded I’m going to be :~)
I haven’t always been into home remedies. In fact, I was really turned away from them growing up. I knew someone once that would very loudly talk non-stop about “home remedies” every time I came into contact with them. It just really turned me away from that kind of thing. (But now I could listen non-stop and find it very interesting. I just try to get past the loud part ;)).
Anyways…I didn’t grow up on vitamins or any kind of nutritional supplements. I followed the advice of any doctor that told me anything, thinking it was the best option since a doctor said it, instead of researching what was best for me. Now, I am not against doctors, but I believe there should be balance!
I began taking antibiotics every day for acne as a teenager. That’s right! My dermatologist prescribed for me to take antibiotics every day for acne. I ended up taking them for 6 years every day. Anyone I tell this to, including most doctors, cannot believe I would be put on antibiotics every day for so long. Are you getting this every day thing? No one should be taking antibiotics on a daily basis year after year.
Maybe you think I’m a real dummy for not knowing better, and I would have to now agree, but I had no idea what it was doing to my body! All I knew was that it kept my face clear (and we know how important this is to teenagers!), and that my doctor told me it was what would help me do that. And remember that up to this point I did whatever a doctor said I should do. I’ll share later how taking too many antibiotics affects the body. Do you know how very damaging taking a lot of antibiotics is to a body? It’s not something to take lightly.
I Knew I Was Not Healthy
For a few years as a teenager, I was more fatigued than a teenager should be. But as I began college, I was extremely fatigued! I had a hard time walking up a hill – it plain ol’ wore me OUT! I knew this was not normal because I was considered to be a healthy girl. I had lots of headaches and would have to spend days resting from my fatigue. I hated missing my college classes during this time! I had tests run, just knowing that I had some horrible disease, but test after test showed I was healthy.
Now, I’m very thankful I don’t have a disease, but I knew something was wrong! I decided to let it drop and just live with it. Then I married my wonderful husband (I sure do love him!:)) and had a home to take care of. I got to the point that I would wash the dishes and have to lay down, brush my hair and then have to lay down, sweep the floor and then have to lay down – etc. It was very frustrating!
I found out I was expecting our first child and the doctor recommended I go off my antibiotic, so I did. Well, my body didn’t know what to do because it was used to the medicine on a daily basis, so I began to have strange things happen to me that made me feel like I was crazy. I did not realize until later that my symptoms were from withdrawals, and also from what the medicine had done to me all those years. I wanted answers!
Read part 2 here.
Have you ever been at a point in your life that you just knew you were not healthy? Have you ever pinpointed part of it to medication?
* I am republishing this post from its original date of May 4, 2011.