How I Cut My Autoimmune Symptoms Down To Nearly Nothing.
I have been given the gift of autoimmune disorders. When I was first diagnosed, it took almost 10 years to figure out why the hell I hurt all of the time. I had doctors tell me it is in my head and tried to prescribe a bunch of antidepressants. Then, I finally found a doctor who would listen, and he diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia. My primary doctor at the time did not believe that Fibromyalgia was a “real” illness. So back to the specialist I went. They could not find a thing wrong with me. But, every day, I would wake up stiff, in pain, and could not eat without getting horrible pains throughout my intestines and stomach.
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I was working as a Director Of Nursing in a nursing home. We had an outbreak of pink eye. I started to have red, itchy eyes, so I thought I caught it. I went to my primary doctor (not the one mentioned above), and he took one look at my eyes and told me it wasn’t pink eye. He sent me immediately across the street to an eye specialist. I had 17 tiny little ulcers on my left eye and 24 on my right eye. She did some tests and diagnosed me with Sjogren’s Syndrome. Sjogren’s is an autoimmune disorder that attacks the lacrimal glands. So, my eyes were extremely dry, and my eyelids acted like sandpaper every time I blinked.
So, after my eyes were healed, I went to a Rheumatologist, who confirmed the diagnosis. Then he tells me I am one of the lucky ones, he has seen people in far worse shape than me. He prescribed me an antimalarial drug. As a nurse, I know how dangerous these drugs are. But I was tired of feeling like garbage, so I tried it. I have to say it has helped, but the intestinal issues only got worse.
Treating Myself Holistically.
I have always been interested in holistic and alternative treatments. As a Certified SHAPE Practitioner, I recommend a lot of natural remedies, such as elderberry to help build up the immune system, and Mullein drops to repair your lungs.
I have found a love for herbal and plant remedies, and the use of essential oils. I think
doctors are wonderful, and there is a place of modern medicine.
(If you are experiencing any new symptoms, or want to start on a new diet, contact your physician). But, I also believe that God put on this earth what we need to heal ourselves. My sweet husband was also suffering because I was suffering. So, he found a Chiropractor that is also has an alternative therapies practice. My first visit absolutely changed my life.
What I learned is that what we put into our bodies has a direct affect on how we feel. The American Diet is full of chemicals, man made ingredients, and just plain junk, that were not meant for human consumption. The Government tells us that things are safe. I do not believe anything the Government says. When I started to change my lifestyle, I began to heal.
This amazing Chiropractor introduced me to an anti-inflammatory diet that reduced inflammation (duh), decreased chronic pain and illness, stabilizes the mood and hormones, and helps heal the adrenal glands and liver. There is only one side effect to this way of eating… losing weight. I was able to lose 47 pounds without even trying.
What I also learned is diets do not work. (Want to know why diets don’t work? Check out my blog 5 reasons why diets don’t work here). I have tried all of the diet out there, and none of them allowed me to maintain the weight loss I had, if I had any at all. What I found instead is a life-style modification protocol that helps restore every aspect of health. I quit eating “man-made food”, let go of sugar and processed foods, totally eliminated anything with chemicals, hormones, or artificial colors. I also started using homeopathic sublingual drops that helped reduce inflammation, and rebuilt my gut.
So What IS This Lifestyle Modification Protocol?
What I followed is a program called SHAPE ReClaimed. SHAPE revolutionized the way we think about food and our health. We changed the narrative from looking at what is wrong, to finding what is NOT RIGHT, by digging down to the root cause of WHY we are sick. We look at symptoms, such as pain, swelling, depression, anxiety, and hormonal issues, and instead of throwing a bunch of pills down your throat, we dig deep down to the reason WHY you have these symptoms. Then we take what we learn, and develop a individualized care plan that will reduce your symptoms, not put a band aid on them, and restore your health back to wellness.
What Is The SHAPE ReClaimed Program?
SHAPE is a nutrition protocol that looks at food as medicine. SHAPE has 3 phases, each one to help restore your body holistically. We use SHAPE drops, which are a nanomolecular formula made with herbs and other essential ingredients that help the body reduce inflammation and fight disease. As a patient, I can tell you I started to feel better after about 2 weeks on the program. I started losing toxic fat within the first few days. Learning to eat to fuel and restore my body took a new mindset, but one I am still following to this day. I lost 47 pound 3 years ago, and I have easily kept it off. I still have days that I feel pain, but I am able to live my life. Prior to SHAPE, I had way too many days that I could not move, which lead to depression. SHAPE has taught me I do not have to life for my illness, but live in SPITE of my illness.
I believe so much in the SHAPE ReClaimed protocol, I became a Practitioner. I want to help people have the same results I had, and get back to living.
- What if you could wake up in the morning and not feel like you have concrete in your feet?
- What if you were able to get rid of the indigestion, chronic constipation and muscle spams, and have a healthy digestive system?
- What if what you eat allowed you to stop having mood swings and hormonal issues?
- What if you could lose weight and build muscle mass just by changing the way you view food?
- This is what SHAPE can do for you. I know this because I live it.
- I am able to enjoy my grandbabies.
- At 53 years old, with 2 autoimmune disorders, I am able to go camping with my husband and feel good enough to go hiking and horseback riding.
- I am able to fit into clothes that I was not able to 3 years ago.
- I sleep better.
- I have less pain.
- I am actually able to enjoy life again.
If you would like to know more about SHAPE, I would LOVE to talk to you. I never charge for consultations. My mission is to help people beat chronic pain and illness through what God gave us. Contact me today by clicking on the “free consultation” button, or email me at email@example.com
May God bless you and keep you!
Andra Johnson, BSN, RN BA is a Registered Nurse and a Certified SHAPE ReClaimed Practitioner. As always, this post is for informational purposes only. If you are experiencing any symptoms, or have not been well, PLEASE seek the care of a medical doctor.