“Yes, I have Lyme, auto immune and chronic pain, but hair analysis showed me what to do so they don’t have me!”
In the 1980s, my life was full and very enjoyable. I was attending college, studying to be an artist. I spent my mornings in classes, my afternoons studying or working at the college candy shop, and evenings dancing at clubs downtown or taking long walks by the lake. I had one more semester left in college and was excited about starting a career as an artist. Life was good!
One night at work as I was scooping out some candy for a student, my legs became weak and I started having trouble standing. Later that evening as I was sweeping up the floor, I fell. My strong legs that held me up while I was dancing were letting me down.
Then more symptoms started. I was tired and ready for bed by 7 p.m, my stomach hurt constantly, I began losing circulation in my feet; they were so cold, I had to warm them in a bucket of hot water two or three times each day.
I couldn’t imagine what was wrong with me. I felt like something had gotten into my body that didn’t belong there – and it was creating havoc in me. One day I was late for my painting final because I overslept and literally had to crawl through the art building and up the stairs because my legs wouldn’t support me. My professor saw me, picked me up and asked what was wrong. I told him I had no idea, but I didn’t like what was happening.
After graduation I started losing all ability to walk. I visited doctor after doctor, but no one could identify the baffling ailment that was robbing me of my life, and I was losing hope.
This formerly high-energy college grad was now spending most of her days in bed sleeping, reading or watching television. I couldn’t work, couldn’t walk, couldn’t cook, couldn’t clean – couldn’t do much of anything. I was constantly troubled with stomachaches, upper respiratory infections, fatigue, pains, and yeast infections. The doctors put me on anti-inflammatory medications, blood thinners, pain relievers and antibiotics. My energy was low and my pain was severe. My friends and family comforted me the best they could. I seemed to be in a never-ending downward spiral, a repetitive cycle that needed to be broken.
I had never been one for religion but, at this point, I couldn’t see any harm in trying to speak to God about my pain. I asked Him to send me help and guidance. I asked Him to please give me back a life of joy, allow me to be the person I was created to be.
About two weeks later, I went to a new doctor. This doctor was different from the others. He asked many questions and said he knew what was wrong with me, but needed to prove it. He ran tests that no one else had done before. Two weeks later, those results confirmed that I had Lyme disease; an EMG also showed that I had nerve damage to my legs and feet. He said there was no cure for Lyme disease and, because of the nerve damage, I might never walk again. Although the news was devastating, I found myself overjoyed to have finally found the cause of my pain.
I was determined to get my life back but I had a feeling the journey would be a different one for me. I began by improving my diet. Started reading about the best nutrition program for auto immune and learning how to determine which vitamins and minerals my body needed to start the healing process. I had no idea that the food I was eating could be making me worse!
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This is when I ran my first hair analysis. I had no idea that the hair could reveal so much about your health! Results showed that my calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium levels were all high, which meant that my body was not absorbing them nor detoxing properly. It also meant there could be an underlying adrenal or thyroid issue (see hormonesalivatest.org). The elevated minerals were actually getting stuck in my connective tissues, causing more pain and inflammation. I had to work hard at fixing this imbalance. Within six months, my condition was markedly improved and the pain and fatigue were improving.
The second hair analysis test showed an obvious improvement in my body’s ability to absorb. I adjusted my protocol based on the new results and the true healing began as my health started to return. My body simply started working right again. The auto immune diet and nutrition program plus taking the right supplements for my body helped me absorb nutrients better, which helped me regain strength and energy so I could start enjoying life once again. And those upper respiratory infections, yeast infections and irritable bowel symptoms were gone.
I was feeling so much better that my husband and I decided to start a family. My children would need a mommy with lots of good energy. And my husband needed a life partner who could go on long walks, and go mountain biking on cool summer mornings.
Seeing this remarkable change, he encouraged me to go back to school where I obtained two degrees. One as a Certified Nutrition Counselor and the second as a Naturopath. I finished school in 1999 and we started a private practice in Georgia where we could help others feel better . I have the privilege and joy of helping people get their lives back.
I hope you have found this story encouraging and you are ready to begin your journey back to good health. It has been more than 25 years since I was diagnosed with Lyme disease. My days now are mostly pain free and active. From time to time, it tries to come back, but I don’t let it!
Alane M. Palmer, ND, CNC
Naturopath and Certified Nutrition Counselor
The complete hair analysis package includes:
· Lab results
· Alane’s personal explanation of the results
· Dietary suggestions
· A supplement protocol to help you achieve better wellness.