Updated: Mar 13, 2020
As far as I’m concerned I am very healthy. I was diagnosed with MS almost 15 years ago and I have had my ups and downs with different symptoms, but against Dr's recommendations I have never thought medication was the right choice for me. I am a big believer that you just have to treat symptoms not the disease and there are so many different symptoms that no-ones symptoms are the same so how could there be medicines to treat all of these? It took me years to get to a place where I feel good almost every day unless I am near something that triggers my symptoms. Figuring out the triggers is crucial to feeling better. I first got allergy tests to see what was effecting my immune system and started eliminating. Some things were easy others were harder to figure out how to eliminate because they are chemicals not necessarily used by me but by others. I clearly had no control over what other people did since it was my symptoms not anyone else’s - or are they???
Cigarette smoke and car exhaust have a lot of the same chemicals and are definite triggers, I can most times avoid this exposure. Formaldehyde which is one of these chemicals is a little tricky to avoid. It’s in so many things it's a little scary. Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling gas used in making building materials and many household products. It is used in pressed-wood products, such as particleboard, plywood, and fiberboard; glues and adhesives; permanent-press fabrics; paper product coatings; vaccinations and certain insulation materials. I can avoid this but it's hard sometimes since it's used in hair straighteners and lash glues I have to screen the salons I go to and shopping in certain stores can lead to a quick downward spiral.
The other major trigger is PESTICIDES! I can run away from cigarette smoke, exhaust (most times) stay out of the stores and places with formaldehyde filled products, but pesticides are a whole other story. I have no control what people decide to do to have a green lawn. Buildings and offices spray inside for insects and have no legal reason to post that they sprayed. Most people think there is no danger to using or spraying these chemicals but they are misled and have no idea what it could be doing to their loved ones pets or neighbors. These chemicals have no immediate symptoms or reactions like sneezing or hives. Of course there are people like me who have a reaction almost immediately and some may not even know that they are having a reaction. I have had to detox my body pretty regularly so I can withstand exposure and recover quicker when symptoms come on.
My next post will go over these symptoms and best ways to detox.