1 in 79 Million

Self Healing, Uncategorized

I consider myself to be a pretty healthy person. Definitely not all the time – some may call me a pizza connoisseur and French fry enthusiast – but I’m also vegetarian 90% of the time (still eat a little fish here and there), normal body weight, normal blood pressure, normal cholesterol, normal blood glucose, work out occasionally (this needs improvement), etc. As stated, I consider myself pretty normal, except now I am part of a new normal that doesn’t seem so normal – I am now 1 of 79 million Americans who have HPV (source here). I normally wouldn’t share such a personal and upsetting story with the world, but because it is so common but I feel rarely talked about, I hope others can relate to what I’m going through and maybe my story can help someone, somewhere, because it’s a lonely place to find out you have an “incurable viral infection”.

The facts:

  • According to the CDC, HPV will affect nearly every man and woman who is sexually active at some point in their life (source here). I’m 26, probably among the most sexually active demographic, so why am I so in the dark about this disease that apparently everyone has, has had, or will have? (Side note –  I just talked to my mom who just now informed me she had it twice, my grandmother had it, and my great grandmother had it – what the heck! Why didn’t I know this?)
  • There is no test for guys to find out if they have it and women find out during their pap smears.
  • There’s no test to find out what type of HPV you have (there are literally HUNDREDS), meaning you can’t see if you have the cancer-causing kind, the herpes-causing kind (except the obvious clue), or the kind that goes away on its own.
  • Only a handful of types cause cancer.
  • The vaccine only protects against 3 of the most prevalent cancer-causing types and doesn’t mean you won’t get HPV (I had the vaccine at age 18 and still got HPV now at 26).
  • According to western medicine, there is no cure – DON’T LOST HOPE just yet! Stay tuned for more information on my research from the web and naturopathic doctors I am now working with 🙂

This has been such an emotional time full of questions, mood swings, and a search for enlightenment. Please continue reading to hear my story, and maybe it will be similar to yours or someone you know.

2015, age 24…

When I first found out about this incurable virus that I had from an OBGYN, I was devastated. It was a little over a year ago when I went in for a routine pap smear and the results came back abnormal. At this time, she called me back in for a biopsy, after which the results showed I had low grade HPV. I had already had HPV before when I was about 19, but shortly after I got the vaccine and my body healed itself within 3 months. Now here I was 24 going on 25 hearing that I have the virus again. My doctor said it could be stress induced, sometimes peoples HPV just comes back, I could’ve been reinfected since there are so many strains, and countless other things. Overall, she told me not to worry, it’s just mild grade and my body will probably fight it off so she’ll see me in a year for another routine pap.

2016, age 25 (almost 26)…

Here we are in 2016 and I go back in for my yearly exam expecting things to be better. Not only did I not get better, but my HPV progressed from Mild to High Grade, skipping the Intermediate level. It did exactly the opposite of what she said would happen and now I’m in the predicament I’m in now. I wish I had listened to my gut and done something, ANYTHING last year when I found out about the mild grade to help support my body to fight it off. I was devastated. I haven’t cried this much consistently in a long time. To be honest, I thought i was doing fine. I follow a blog called Organic Olivia and constantly educate myself about organic foods, vegetarian & vegan diets, exercise, etc. I am truly passionate about natural cures and a healthy, earth-conscious lifestyle (just ask anyone who knows me). I can’t help but think “Why me? Of all people. I am not perfect, but I consider myself pretty healthy when you compare me to the average American.”

The immune system…

When I think about it, my immune system has always been questionable. I was born with asthma, had mono when I was 15 and was nearly dying 3 months in (I’ll share that story another time), had shingles at age 22 (yes, THE shingles), and was hit by a drunk driver the same year in December 2012 where I was left with 2 herniated discs and a pinched sciatica nerve, pain that I still deal with everyday. The body is always trying to heal itself, but I realize my body has been subjected to major stress throughout my life and this definitely plays a role in holistic health.

So, what to do?…

According to my OBGYN, I have one option: the LEEP surgery where I get put under anesthesia and they cut off 1 cm of my cervix. Apparently this is a very common and routine procedure, but I couldn’t get over the fact that when I asked her if there is anything else I can do to try and help the cells return to normal, her answer was always no. According to Western Medicine, this is my only option – get put out and cut it off. She then tells me that there’s no guarantee that she’ll get it all or that it won’t come back. Why would I #1 subject myself to this surgery if it it’s not even for sure going to solve the problem? In fact, I spoke with my mom who I just found out had this exact thing happen to her and she had to get the procedure twice because hers came back. I don’t think this surgery is going to treat the real problem, it will just get rid of the cells but I want to heal myself and get to the root of why my body can’t fight off this virus.

I’ve since made several appointments with a few naturopathic doctors in the area and have spoken to two women who told me I DO have other options. It’s a holistic treatment that takes dedication and hard work for a longer period of time than just a quick surgery, but I am willing to do what it takes to heal myself for the long run.

This will be my story of my journey trying to heal myself. I don’t agree that there is no cure – there is always a way to help your body heal. I have to believe in that. I’ve believed in it with small things like curing warts on my skin with apple cider vinegar, using oregano oil and ginger, lemon tea when I’m sick, coconut oil for oral health…there are so many things out there and I think this is another one of those things. I have this gut feeling that through healing my body as a whole and using local treatments, I can get rid of the bad cells and replace them with good ones, thus solving the problem in a sustainable way.

This is my story. What’s yours?

Feel free to message me or comment below. I want to help anyone with the knowledge I gain from this experience, and would love to hear how others have battled this virus as well. Any advice, experience, questions, or comments are welcome.

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Finding your inner inspiration

About LiveInLoveOrganics, Self Healing

Getting started is often the hardest part in anything we choose to do. Well actually, second to maintaining the behavior long term, it is still pretty difficult. It’s new, you want to do it right, you want to be efficient because everyone knows time is limited these days in our busy schedules. So how do you do it? Well, along my journey of discovering truth, self awareness, health & wellness, our world..I’ve found that it’s best to start with what you do know and apply what you’ve learned there to this new task.

What do I mean? Well, I am a very curious person. I’m always trying to learn and understand what is right, what is best for my body, my world, my peers. I know there are a ton of great books out there that I could learn from, but I’m not much of a reader (yet another thing I’d like to become one day). So, if i let the fact that I am not much of a reader stop me from trying, and the fact that even if i do try i often fall asleep or lose interest after 50 pages, then I’ll never do what I truly want to do – to learn and grow! So, what to do?

DOCUMENTARIES

They’re on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Youtube…they’re FREE! They’re also efficient and pack a lot of information in about an hour or so. They’re visually stimulating, easy to understand, and there are a lot of them on almost every topic you could imagine. I’ve found that if i want to learn something, i need to start by inspiring myself with a documentary. Bonus – these documentaries feature experts, authors, filmmakers and the like which can then lead you to your next source of information.

BLOGS/INSTAGRAM/FACEBOOK

To be honest, i don’t have days to read about one topic – most times I am new to the topic anyways and want the abridged version. People are constantly promoting themselves and their ideas on social media so search for pages that talk about the topics you are interested in! Whether it be health, fitness, food, spirituality, the environment..there are pages for everything! Which leads me to…

YOUTUBE

I found an amazing series called Spirit Science on Youtube, absolutely free to watch whenever I have time and learn about the mind, body, and spirit. There are tons of series like this on Youtube that are much more educational and fulfilling than the sitcoms we binge watch (yes I still binge watch sitcoms, but it’s great to mix it up!)

Anyways, I’m just thinking out loud and I am sure everyone is like DUH i already know this, but as a Communication Studies major I’ve found that even the most “duh” concepts, when organized and categorized into specific and concise thoughts and ideas, have a much more lasting meaning in our lives, as these then become the basic principles in which we reference when carrying out our daily lives. What i mean is, by breaking things down into their simplest form, we can then apply them to almost anything in our lives!

I was inspired to write this tonight after watching the documentary “Food Matters”. I am currently overwhelmed with my desires – I want to lose weight, have better health, have more energy, be happier, be less stressed, look more beautiful, blog more, volunteer, help my friends and family be healthier, workout more..I didn’t know where to start. So I started with a documentary to efficiently inspire me to take control of my life and start taking action. We can all stand to function at a much higher capacity in all of the areas I listed, but how can we address all of those issues? By starting with what we choose to eat! “Let medicine be thy food, and food be thy medicine” Hippocrates said. I am starting with the basic foundation of what I put into my body to then address every issue I have in my life. I’m going to attempt to blog about it and share my story. Hopefully I can inspire others to start taking action today and empower you to know that you are in control of your life and if you want to change something YOU CAN! You don’t have to be of a certain class, of a certain level of beauty, have a certain income, have a million followers..you can do it, but it starts with YOU 🙂

Wall of Wellness! Sore Throat & Cough Remedy

Self Healing

This week’s ♥WALL OF WELLNESS♥

I’ve always turned to Robitussin or DayQuil or some sort of other medicine to heal me when I’m sick, but this time I did some research and tried to use Mother Nature instead! On day 1, I literally felt like I was a dragon breathing fire! I had to turn to a menthol cough drop and two advil to stop the pain (if anyone has any natural home remedies for pain, PLEASE share) I’ve also had a wet cough everyday with trouble breathing

For my wellness plan here’s what I did:

  • 6 wellness pills twice daily with a meal
  • 1 echinacea pill twice daily with a meal
  • 6 oil of oregano drops into 4 ounces water
  • Ginger/lemon/honey/echinacea or peppermint tea at least 6 times per day.
  • Added cloves of fresh cut garlic to each dinner I cooked
  • Also, LOTS of water!
  • Avoided dairy products and refined sugar foods (or at least tried – I can’t resist pizza and brownies at work! But i definitely coughed more when I ate those things) – this is actually very important! As soon as I ate refined sugar and dairy, my cough got way worse and more stuff would come up, leading to a worse sore throat. Eat alkaline foods us has kale, zucchini, carrots, etc. that will balance out your body and make it less acidic!

For the tea: use a peeler to get the ginger skin off of a 1-2 inch section, chop into tiny cubes. Slice lemon into half then quarter each half. Add two quarters lemon and 1-2 inches cubed ginger to pot of water then boil. Add echinacea tea bag and boiling lemon/ginger mixture into mug then sprinkle cayenne pepper and teaspoon honey into mug. Allow to cool a bit, then enjoy. I did this at least 6 times/day.

Oil of Oregano: I found out that Oil of Oregano is one of the most powerful natural antibiotics out there. I’ve been putting 6-7 drops into 3-5 ounces of water (don’t stir or shake-keep the oil in the middle in one place) and drinking quickly. It’s important to buy certain kinds with certain potencies, for example: I used organic wild Mediterranean oregano oil (origanum vulgare), it’s 80% carvacrol-this is important because carvacrol must be at least 60-80%, and because it is so potent it must be mixed with a carrier oil-this one is mixed with vitamin e and extra virgin olive oil.

It’s day 4 and my cough is subsiding, less stuff is coming up, and my throat doesn’t hurt half as bad!