It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another
Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple
reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share
it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me
I’ll continue to publish these each Monday as long as they keep
coming in. Thank you for reading!
I was 13-years-old when I
was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, I’m 31-years-old
now. I was born and raised in a tiny northern California community,
75 miles from access to any specialist. Can you imagine my
limitations to healthcare options?
It took the doctors 2 months to diagnose the disease, and by
then I was extremely ill. Because of where I lived, I had to travel
an hour and a half to see my Gastroenterologist. My GI
doctor immediately put me on steroids and pharmaceuticals.
The medications helped mask the symptoms, and I started feeling
I was eventually referred to a doctor in San Francisco who was
up and coming with the latest medical research. That GI put me on a
biologic drug called Remicade. For those of you who don’t know
what biologics are, have you ever seen those TV commercials
advertising for Humira or Remicade? Towards the end of the
commercial the narrator spends about 2 minutes listing the scary
possible side effects. Back then, there weren’t many of those
commercials yet, at least not for this new type of medicine. In a
moment of desperation, my parents agreed to give it a try. It would
get my sick body into remission, right?
For a couple of years, every 6-8 weeks, I visited different
hospitals and care facilities to get the drug. It’s given
intravenously—through an IV—and it would take between 5 and 6
hours for the entire IV bag to drain into my blood vessels. It was
painful and would sting. I was given Benadryl to knock me out (more
drugs!), so I was able doze off uncomfortably while I waited for
the medicine to finish draining.
Once I started college, I moved to another city and found a GI
doctor there. I was in remission so my new GI took me off Remicade.
Since the day I was diagnosed (up until 6 months ago), there have
been certain medications I had never stopped taking. In the years
to come, I battled with the disease. I would get sick, and my
doctor would prescribe a new pharmaceutical or antibiotic for me to
try or increase my dosages. Sometimes when I got well enough, I
convinced my doctor to take me off the new meds and decrease my
dosages. Throughout those years I was in-and-out of
remission, and yet Crohn’s was always lingering like a computer
virus waiting for its moment to attack.
I can’t tell you how often my family listened to my
emotional pleas, crying and desperate for relief. It was messing
with my mind and emotions. My moods were constantly up and
down—tired, unmotivated, depressed…I had a mental fog hanging
over me. And I was in physical pain. Have you ever had a constant
pain that doesn’t go away? I was used to it, and I dealt with it,
but I didn’t want to accept it. I frequently declined invitations
to do things because I didn’t feel well. Furthermore, I was often
physically incapable of doing what I desired and loved most:
traveling. I worried in the back of my mind that I was
becoming more and more socially isolated. Was this
changing my friendly and outgoing personality? My mind
craved to do things, but my body wouldn’t allow it.
Ever since I had been on medications, my liver showed early
signs of sickness. During a check-up in college, a doctor found a
nodule near my thyroid. A couple years ago, I suffered extreme
headaches on either sides of my head. I had 3 surgeries in one year
relating to Crohn’s. My wrist started squeaking and creaking one
day, only to find out I had “arthritis.” I got a crazy rash
attack on my face one summer. My hair and nails were fragile and
weak, and my skin was dry. My weight was constantly up and down.
And I was regularly sick with the common cold or flu. These were
side effects and symptoms of imbalance in my body. My body
was crying for help.
Eventually I got ill again,
and the meds stopped working. My doctor’s only
option was to put me on another biologic drug. I wasn’t going to
allow that in my body again! So I became my own advocate. I found a
Holistic Nutritionist, who I call my Angel. The minute I met her, I
knew it felt right. After telling her my story, the first thing she
said to me was, “I can help you.” I burst into tears. She was
so positive of her abilities to help me, and I trusted her with my
One year later, I’m happy to say I am in complete
remission and off ALL pharmaceutical drugs! I’ve never
in my life felt better—physically or mentally. I’m not going to
lie and say it was a walk in the park. It took dedication, desire,
and a strong will. But I did it—I dove head first into the
Alternative World of Healing and haven’t looked back since. I
absolutely love my new health protocol. And I feel GOOD
about what I put into my body. I love the healthy food I
eat, following a Paleo and Ketogenic diet. It has proven to work
for me, without any terrible side effects. The only side
effects I have are feeling better and better! And the side
effects from the medications have since subsided and gone away. I
took action, listened to my intuition and decided to do what felt
right for me.
Why am I telling you my story? I want you to feel inspired, to
take action and be your own health advocate! If you don’t like
what your healthcare provider is telling you, get another opinion.
Not all opinions are created equal. Not all health practitioners
are created equal either. And not all practitioners listen and care
about what you want. I want to stress this: IT IS IMPORTANT
TO FIND A HEALTHCARE PROVIDER WHO MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD. Who
listens to you. Who will work with you. Who will try what you want.
It’s important to find the right balance for you. Finding my
go-to person has been extremely rewarding because I trust her and I
have a special bond with her. She’s proven to me (as my current
health status shows), that by following her advice, my
natural health protocol is working. I have the
capacity/ability to continue getting healthier…it’s only a
matter of time.
There is a ton of information out there, and it can be difficult
to navigate through everything. Which brand do I use? Which
technique is best? Which product do I choose? It can be
overwhelming, all of the information we sift through daily. I’m
not here to tell you what you should do. I believe each body is
different, and what your body is asking for may be
different than what my body needs. Since meeting my
Holistic Nutritionist, I’ve found other inspirational health
coaches who I follow and get information from—such as Mark’s
Daily Apple. I believe he is a valuable and knowledgeable source,
and has lots of information, advice and recipes, which have helped
and guided me.
Seventeen years ago, Crohn’s Disease changed my life. But
I’ve chosen to listen to my gut instincts (no
pun intended) and do what is right for me.
The readers featured in our success stories share their
experiences in their own words. The Primal Blueprint and Keto Reset
diets are not intended as medical intervention or diagnosis. Nor
are they replacements for working with a qualified healthcare
practitioner. It’s important to speak with your doctor before
beginning any new dietary or lifestyle program, and please consult
your physician before making any changes to medication or treatment
protocols. Each individual’s results may vary.
The Only Side Effects I Have Are Feeling Better and Better!
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