In college my two besties used homemade deodorant and I never gave it much thought as to why they did. Fast forward several years when a colleague shared with me the Environmental Working Group‘s website and I was confronted with how major corporations add toxic chemicals to personal care and household products. I was floored and angry. I immediately started making my own laundry detergent, deodorant, window cleaner, and various other products. At that time, being natural/green was still largely reserved for earthy types, so I descended upon all the blogs to try new concoctions and recipes.
Sometime last year while I was visiting my Grandma I spied a diffuser on her bedroom nightstand. I was a little surprised to see it and after asking her about it, she stated that she bought it because a relative of hers is a rep for an essential oil (EO) company. A few days later a package showed up on my doorstep – a diffuser from my Grandma. Here’s where my journey into the benefits of EOs begun.
This article is part of a monthly series dedicated to highlighting current trends in autoimmune disease research and additional research that has implications for those with autoimmune disease. My aim is to understand how research findings may affect future research, treatment advances, and technology solutions.
A mere two months ago I wrote my first blog post in which I told you that I was jumping into the world of functional medicine. Shortly after my first appointment I found myself drained of 12 vials of blood and stooped over my toilet mixing three tubes of a poop/liquid mixture, all the while trying not to throw up from either experience. Last week I met with my functional medicine doctor to get the scoop on the state of my health.
If this sounds dramatic, it is: on October 14, 2014 I lost my health. After an intense month of wide-ranging medical symptoms, I finally hauled myself to the doctor’s office to receive the news that I had been dreading: I had type 1 diabetes.
Two weeks after the diagnosis I sat in a week-long diabetes clinic that taught newly diagnosed T1Ds the ins-and-outs of managing the disease. I distinctly remember the diabetes educator commenting on my stoic demeanor and how she was concerned that I was not processing my diagnosis. I felt defensive towards her comment, like “back off lady – you don’t know me!” When the conversation came up later that week about how people grieve the loss of health I was already tuned out.
This article is part of a monthly series dedicated to highlighting current trends in autoimmune disease research. My aim is to understand how research findings may affect future research, treatment advances, and technology solutions.
“SMALL NUMBERS, SMALL MISTAKES. LARGE NUMBERS, LARGE MISTAKES.” – DR. RICHARD BERNSTEIN
Almost four years into my journey with type 1 diabetes, I sit back and question why my medical team did not rely Dr. Bernstein’s message to me early on – from day one. I’ve had to seek out information and resources that, for instance, taught me to modify my diet to include a small intake of carbohydrates. This shift made a huge impact in my day-to-day T1D management.