When Things Aren’t Going Well

As I’ve tried to improve my health by following the directions of my holistic health team, there have been successes and failures. Just like anything in life, some things that are good aren’t always good for everyone. I continue to find things that help and things that don’t. My challenge is still to stay content when things aren’t going well.

One of the new things I’ve tried is a coffee replacement drink. The nutritionist gave me the recipe and told me that it was rich and delicious. I liked the sound of the recipe, because it contained cacao. The coconut milk sounded good, too. But, what I was a little concerned about was the burdock root and dandelion root.

When things aren't going well
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I followed the instructions and poured the boiling water over the roots. This had to sit for 8 hours. So, the next day I mixed up the drink with my blender. I took a sip and thought I would rather have it hot. After warming the drink, I started sipping.

I really didn’t like the taste, but the cocoa flavor made it tolerable. I told myself that it was just another form of hot cocoa. But, it wasn’t. I forced myself to finish it.

Within about 30 minutes I started to feel bad. My stomach felt sick and I was nauseated. This sick feeling got worse throughout the day. I wasn’t able to eat any of my healthy meals. For the rest of the day, I was only able to keep down crackers.

I was very disappointed in my reaction to this healthy drink. The next morning, I looked up allergic reaction information for the dandelion and burdock roots. The information stated that if you are allergic to ragweed, you might also be allergic to these two roots. Guess what? I am very allergic to ragweed.

The moral of this story is that it’s very important to do this research before you spend tons of money on roots that now are useless to me. If you’re like me, you know that none of us have money to waste. This new holistic treatment protocol has been very expensive.

When things aren't going well

When things like this happen, it’s discouraging. Treatment failures make me want to give up on all the natural treatments. I didn’t necessarily think that this approach would make a huge difference, but what did I have to lose? Well, I’ve lost money on some of these things.

So far, the only thing that has helped me has been the addition of LDN. This drug has given me some energy and is well worth it. It also doesn’t cost a lot of money. I’ll continue to try to keep on the anti-inflammatory diet. When things don’t work for me, then they just have to go in the trash.

Living with chronic illness is a life that must roll with the punches. And, most days it feels like actual punches. Today, I’ll thank God for the good things and pray about the bad things. This is the only way that I can be content.

@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman

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Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. This post contains my opinions only, and is not intended to be taken as medical advice. If you have a health concern, please consult your personal physician.

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