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Lauren Vandermeer Blog Post
April 16, 2014
Lauren Vandermeer Blog Post

It was an off-handed comment. “Have you ever thought about …” And it changed my life.

I started using essential oils last summer following our second miscarriage and major surgery to remove a uterine fibroid. I’ll always be grateful that Sandi was bold enough to share something she was exploring even though she was just a beginner herself at the time.

But, even after a few months of faithful oiling, I still felt like something was just not right with my body. I was no stranger to illness, having suffered with adrenal, thyroid, and chronic fatigue off and on for the past 15 years or so. But even with reducing stress, improving my diet, taking supplements, seeing a chiropractor, experimenting with acupuncture, exercising, cleansing, and now oiling, I still felt “off,” like my body just wasn’t absorbing nutrition properly. As it turns out, it wasn’t.

While visiting with a friend one evening, she mentioned finding relief through an innovative protocol designed to treat food and environmental allergies. Although I’ve had a sore throat for months during the fall and spring for the past few years, I never wanted to admit that I had a problem with allergies. I didn’t have the traditional symptoms: burning eyes, coughing, and congestion; so, although I’ve known it was an area worth checking, I never made it a high priority.

But after hearing about my friend’s experience, I decided to look into it. And that is how I ended up in Grace’s office between Christmas and New Years’. A highly trained medical practitioner, she used a simple, non-invasive testing system to determine what kinds of things I might be allergic to. And, after I tested positive for the first 15 or so allergy groups, we agreed we had enough data to get started.

I was sensitive or allergic to things like vitamins and minerals, animal proteins and fats, sugars and grains; too many things to just follow an elimination diet. I would have had little to nothing to eat! So my gut instinct, that I wasn’t absorbing food properly, turned out to be right on.

Subsequent research I’ve done has led me to believe it was likely the combination of mold in the 100-year old building I lived in for so many years and the stress of 60-80+ hour work weeks for years at a time that likely did me in. Like fuses in a switch box, systems in my body started shutting down. And once those fuses flipped, there was no way for them to turn themselves back on.

So many fuses flipped in me that, even though I was eating well and taking nutritional supplements, my body started fighting even the good things. Thus the years of fatigue. I knew my adrenals and thyroid were shot, but no one could tell me why. Now we know. When the body stops absorbing B vitamins, the adrenals suffer, and fatigue and depression are bound to occur. When the body fights iron rather than absorbing it, thyroid function plummets and pulls hormone production down with it.

Essential oils were really a God-send back in June when I started using them. Since they are absorbed through the skin, I was getting some good systemic support for my body’s efforts to heal without adding to the load on my gut. But now that I have a number of allergy treatments behind me, my energy levels are soaring.

I had forgotten what it feels like to wake up in the morning and feel good. To go through the day feeling happy … just because. Or to have the creative where-with-all to write and start a home business and truly enjoy interacting with people.  Or the energy to process and offload spiritual confusion.

So, even though I’m a HUGE believer in using essential oils for health and wellness, I want to throw out there that there may be an even more foundational area to consider for those dealing with chronic conditions. Looking back, I wish I had decided 15 years ago to explore food and environmental allergies sooner rather than later. But hindsight is always 20/20, right?

*There are a number of protocols for addressing allergies and I can’t say what would be the best fit for anyone else. But, if you’re interested in learning more about the one I’ve followed, let me know and I’ll be happy to tell you more. Information is available online as well as a search engine that will help you find trained practitioners in your area. As with all information on this site, anything I share is based on my personal experience alone and should not be construed as medical advice of any kind.

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