During the 4 months of Sam's external fixator and the loss of my Mom I noticed that I wasn't feeling very good. I know stress can do terrible things to your body and I was pretty sure I was in trouble. I was beyond tired. I went to sleep tired and I woke up tired and yet I had difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. I noticed my hair was thinning first in the front and then in all areas. I also had an inability to stay focused on something for any length of time. I would start something and never finish or I would think about all the things I needed to do but didn't ever seem to get moving on them. I felt bloated all the time (some days I would have swore I looked like I was 6 months into a pregnancy) and noticed that I had gained more weight in my midsection. I wanted to eat more at night than anytime during the day. I often woke up with my heart racing or feeling jittery. I was getting sick and catching things more and more easily, often times easier than Sam (who has a weakened immune system). I would often feel overwhelmed by simple day to day tasks and I had difficulty thinking things through. My therapy of writing which normally comes to me without much effort was tedious and I didn't seem to be able to write from my heart as effortlessly as I had in the past.
I knew if I went to a traditional doctor and told them what had been happening in my life, it was likely I would hear that I was suffering from depression, anxiety, maybe a thyroid issue or something like chronic fatigue syndrome. I was surprised to see my blood pressure much lower than what I would normally see during stressful times. A good friend of mine had told me about a NAET doctor that also did muscle testing along with sensitivity testing. I chose to go see this doctor while Sam still had the external fixator and we were struggling with keeping the pins sites stable. Sam's body just didn't seem to like the external fixator and was throwing everything at it it could including black flesh, excessive scar tissue, over healing, collapse, granulation tissue, granulomas and just plain looking bad. I made progress with Medihoney but could never quite get them looking stable. Both Sam and my medical issues changed when we met Dr. Hoan-Vu Nguyen, whom we refer to as Dr. Vu.
As I explained in a previous post: NAET is considered a journey to better health. I have long felt that most medical professionals are taught to look for and treat symptoms rather than to look further to find their causes. You can click on the NAET link at the beginning of this paragraph to learn more. The process uses a computer program and analyzes through the central nervous system. Sam was found to have the following sensitivities: RNA, Vitamin D, food coloring, soy, selenium and magnesium. Through muscle testing the doctor figured out his pituitary gland was not functioning correctly which would make sense since Sam was recently diagnosed as hypothyroid and the pituitary gland stimulates the hormones for the thyroid. Hmmm...we knew Sam had a soy allergy and Vitamin D makes sense since he has always had a deficiency in this area and now we learned his body didn't know how to use Vitamin D properly. Vitamin D and magnesium are both essential for good bone health. It all kinda makes sense doesn't it. Sam's biggest sensitivity was RNA, Ribonucleic acid (RNA) is a ubiquitous family of large biological molecules that perform multiple vital roles in the coding, decoding, regulation, and expression of genes. Together with DNA, RNA comprises the nucleic acids, which, along with proteins, constitute the three major macromolecules essential for all known forms of life. Seems like a pretty important process that a person should not have a sensitivity or issue with.
I didn't have any major sensitivities like Sam but I showed a brain/body imbalance, hormone/estrogen issue, minor sensitivity to bacteria, salt, acid and chocolate and through muscle testing my adrenal system was no longer working properly. When I did further research all of my symptoms would point to adrenal fatigue or failure. Instead of going on an anti-depressant or anxiety medication or just treating my thyroid, Dr. Vu got to the core of my problem. Along with correcting my brain/body imbalance and hormone issue I began to take Standard Process supplements for my adrenal system. I noticed a difference shortly after taking them, like waking up and actually feeling rested. As I have continued to treat my adrenal gland I have noticed that I have more energy, can stay on task and my normally busy schedule does not seem so overwhelming. As I began to take the supplements I noticed I felt nauseous at times and brought that up to Dr. Vu, after further testing he suggested a digestive helper. To treat my adrenal system I began taking Standard Process Adrenal Complex, Immuplex, Drenatrophin PMG and Zypan for digestive help. You can click on each of them to learn more about the supplement and what it helps to support.
TalkPathSM Suite of Therapy Apps
Lingraphica TalkPath Reading - Available on the App StoreWith three types of exercises, the TalkPath Reading app is designed to help rebuild and improve reading skills for adults with aphasia or apraxia. This app provides you with basic word, letter, and phrase identification, and word and picture matching exercises, all designed to be of help with language challenges.
Lingraphica TalkPath Writing - Available on the App StoreDesigned to improve basic spelling and letter-to-sound recognition, the TalkPath Writing app works on fundamental skills helpful for communication as it moves you through three levels of activities in two sets of exercises.
Lingraphica TalkPath Speaking -Available on the App StoreThe six types of exercises in the TalkPath Speaking app are designed to help rebuild your memory, word retrieval, and spontaneous speech through naming exercises, repetition activities, and flash card naming activities.
Lingraphica TalkPath Listening - Available on the App StoreThrough activities such as common pair matching, opposites identification, object identification, yes and no questions, and Wh- questions, the TalkPath Listening app helps with word discrimination, word association, short-term memory, and other skills useful to help rebuild speech.