I mentioned some DVDs my husband and I were working our way through… a set I purchased him for Christmas from Vision Forum that featured a conference they had on health issues last fall. The first video I watched was called, “What is Making Me Sick?” and featured Dr. Michael Bernui and it was excellent.
Bernui, a Christian, practiced as a medical doctor in a group for many years before his calling to holistic medicine about 10 years ago… He felt convicted about knowing how to help people with cancer, auto immune diseases and things like autism – but most of his patients didn’t want to change, and simply wanted a pill. His practice now focuses on treating and healing people through nutrition and natural supplements, vs. medicating this patients with prescription medicines.
I don’t know about you, but I always used to think natural supplements were the “weaker” medicine… and you could get medicine that “really worked” from the medical doctor.
It makes me giggle… because now I see things differently and the tables have turned… I view nutrition and supplements (under a holistic doctor’s direction) as a way to help us do what God designed our bodies to do – heal. Most medicines, I view more skeptically… what is in that? What are the possible side effects? Are they unknown? Are they harmful? Then I question how I can help to solve the health issue more naturally, if possible.
Back to Dr. Bernui… the next video we watched was on our genes and our destiny. During it, Bernui questions many things that I hadn’t considered because I had drunk the Kool-aid that if something was “in our genes” then we couldn’t really do much about it… While we may be more susceptible to certain things, due to our genes, and perhaps a similar environment can trigger similar illness – WHAT IF we CAN make choices that improve our health, or even avoid some pitfalls by living in a more purposeful state – vs. playing the ‘bad genes’ card?
So what does that mean?
That means, that realizing auto immune disease, or high blood pressure, or diabetes, or cancer or whatever is in your family that is a genetic issue CAN happen – but also could be prevented.
How? You ask.
By discovering environmental ways to live a healthier lifestyle – including eating raw foods, exercising, getting good rest, and regularly ridding your body of toxins…whatever they might be in your life.
Personally, I suspect gluten and yeast over growth in the gut are the two greatest contributors – for causing MOST other health issues. We suspect gut permeability leads to auto immune diseases. It’s not without chance, most holistic nutritionists recommend removing wheat and gluten from your diet and suggest a health dose of probiotics to keep your gut healthy… celiac or not, simply because a damaged gut from those two things effect your over health.
Dr. Bernui’s mentioned in the videos on genes, that perhaps people with auto immune disease aren’t able to filter their toxins. He suggested ideas such as children with autism not being ABLE to filter the mercury and other toxins – like others children might… therefore some people have different effects from different environmental factors and they’re OVERLOADED. Another school of thought is that where some people have sensitivities to things like gluten, or lactose…. children that have autism, ADHD, and other learning disorders have multiple triggers – let’s say 50 – gluten, noise, lactose, metals, dyes, stress, sugar…on and on – and again, filtering those toxin out – is the problem. As their bodies struggle with removing these various toxins, it’s constant process for them to be well – with lots of ups and down that are difficult to pin point to “one” toxin that causes flares.
Our bodies have organs that are toxin filters… and if they aren’t able to do their job – due to damage, or overage of toxins…. you can imagine what issues that might be causing, and how that can continue to worsen, with age or severity or stressors.
I look at my own body – and what celiac disease has done – through leaky gut. The lack of vitamins has caused my other systems and hormones to not work or process properly – and it has thrown my body into a chronic state of stress and inflammation…
After more cross contamination, and further damage – other foods began making me sick, and the list of those continued to grow until it seemed I couldn’t eat much of anything and my body started shutting down as the list of auto immune diseases was growing… What was I to do? Medical doctors seemed to think I just needed a power nap, and some antidepressants? Clearly – that isn’t going to help… unless masking the symptoms at hand was on my agenda.
Thanks to my naturopath, I have a better understanding of what is going on … and how and why these additional foods are causing major issues – I can do something to purposefully avoid them! I don’t think of it as not being able to eat them. Instead I consider it’s MY choice to eat to feel well, or to worsen my health and continue living in a state of chronic inflammation, fatigue and sickness… and we all know what that destruction and inflammation can lead to.
Is it difficult? YOU BET. It stinks to be the out cast, to be different, or left out… It’s hard to feel like you don’t always have easy options or you’re being “difficult” when you’d just like to be like everyone else.
But guess what? It’s worth it. After all, it’s just food…
It’s JUST food… and I need it to live to be healthy and not hurt… so I CAN make the decision to change.
As I sip my fresh vegetable juice and appreciate that my joints and muscles do not hurt to my bones… I laugh can at the days to come, and praise God – for an opportunity to strive to be well.
Take care of that gut, and flush out those toxins – it’s not voo-doo talk, it’s how you’re designed to heal!! Living to be healthy for Him!
” As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”