Ahh, I survived Rouxbe!!! I graduated and was 13th out of almost 1400 students. Talk about doing a happy dance. I enjoyed this experience immensely. It is designed to take someone who does not have any cooking experience or those that are looking to expand their knowledge of cooking and teach them everything from stocking your pantry, knife skills, pasta making, flavor development and everything between. Not only do they offer the Professional Plant Based Cooking course, they offer classes that would satisfy that appeal to meat eaters. More on this course, what I learned and some new recipes in the upcoming future.
Today, I actually want to share with you my experience going to a integrated medicine doctor. I actually went to him, Dr. McMinn, in October 2016. “An integrated medicine doctor, combines mainstream medical therapies and complementary and alternative medicine therapies. Integrative medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.” A well known Integrated medicine doctor is Dr. Andrew Weil. For more information, you can read here, http://www.drweil.com/health-wellness/balanced-living/meet-dr-weil/what-is-integrative-medicine/ The one downside to integrative medicine doctors, is that you have to pay for the visit out of pocket as most do not bill the insurance. This is one of the reasons, I waited so long to go to an integrative medicine doctor. That being said, it was the best decision I could of made and one that I wish I had made sooner.
Before you ever go to the Doctor, they did a comprehensive blood lab work, (this was mostly covered by the insurance). Then, you get to see the dr. My first visit with Dr. McMinn was about two hours. It was extremely detailed and covered a lot of my prior history, my main complaints and how we were going to treat my problems going forward. We designed a treatment protocol tailored to me, that included one traditional medicine, and multiple supplements. We discussed everything from nutrition, to spirit life, to physical and mental health.
One of the treatments that he wanted me to do, was a Candida cleanse. Candida is a yeast overgrowth. It can effect the entire body and system. It can cause fatigue, gastrointestinal distress, headaches, acne, infertility and more. One of the causes of candida is use of antibiotics and/or steroids, even if necessary. Right as Rouxbe started, I got horribly sick and did three different rounds of antibiotics and quite a few steroid treatments. This does not even count the amount of infections that I had prior, nor the antibiotics that I took for them. (With CVID, see my about page, certain infections can be quite common) However, because of Rouxbe and I needed to be able to eat what I prepared, and the cleanse has food restrictions I delayed the cleanse. But now is that time. This cleanse, like the other part of my treatment protocol, is one piece of the puzzle of me becoming completed healed. I am close. So close, and I know that it is coming. I have learned so much. Experienced much and I truly believe, that this is so I can share my experience with you, encourage you and to remind you to keep seeking answers to your problems. Each person, each body, each experience we all go through is different.
Tomorrow, I will share about the 7 day detox and then my new lifestyle of eating for the next 12 weeks, after that, more recipes and more about what is going on in our lives, including our next festival.
Until next time,
may blessings abound,
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