Trusting the Process

Those of you who know me or have been following me for a while know that I’ve been dealing with crazy immune system issues for years. What was first misdiagnosed as “simply” allergies turned out to be an autoimmune disorder. After years of taking antihistamines and even a failed attempt at allergy therapy, I’d given up hope that I would feel “normal” again. Medicine gave up on me and I gave up on medicine. Normal became dealing with frequent hives and the constant fear of anaphylaxis to some random allergen in my environment.

A few months ago, my wife’s integrative health practitioner finally convinced me to come in and try Field Control Therapy. He’d been suggesting it for quite some time but it took me a while to decide to take the leap. It didn’t really make sense to me… and to be honest, it still doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. I tried to read more about it and find testimonials. In the end I figured, what do I have to lose? I started my first treatment at the end of Spring Break, in March.

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I’ve gone through three treatments so far.

 

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Each treatment is made up of an office visit where the doctor tests various glands and organs for stress using this equipment. Then the doctor prescribes the protocol for me to use.

 

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Each of these vials contain a homeopathic solution to support and/or detox a certain organ or gland.

On days when I take the protocol, I’m supposed to avoid EMFs (electro-magnetic fields) for 1-2 days. During my first treatment, I spent the whole day by myself at the beach to avoid EMFs. Is was great… but I felt lonely after 12 hours of solitude. IMG_7793

The side effects weren’t too bad. I did feel some body aches and a little bit of nausea. But I felt great in just a couple of days. I even felt like my body was working more efficiently… I felt the benefits most when running!

A few weeks later, I did my second treatment. I was no longer on spring break so it was a little more difficult for me to avoid EMFs. I spent the morning at the beach again, but this time I went running with a friend.

Photo Credit: Danielle Townshed @sweetsumatra
Photo Credit: Danielle Townshed @sweetsumatra

But in the afternoon, I was committed to go to my wife’s cousin’s open mic event at a coffee shop in Pasadena and perform. So, I did not avoid EMFs during the whole treatment.IMG_8471

That night and the next three days, I felt a lot of pain and discomfort. Everything hurt– my bones, my head, my stomach, my internal organs! And my skin started to itch as if I had hives, but I didn’t. I ended up missing work the next day… I was afraid to be exposed to the EMFs and WIFI at school. I ended up trying to go to work on Tuesday of that week and I was miserable. Not only was I feeling terrible physically, but mentally and emotionally I did not feel right during those three days. I was super sensitive and emotional. I could’t think straight. I was feeling depressed and melancholy. Thankfully, all of those symptoms subsided by Thursday of that week. And once again, I was feeling great. My body was working efficiently and my emotions were in check. Mentally, though, I was still feeling unfocused. I had brain fog and difficulty remembering things.

I was not feeling super after this second round of treatment.
I was not feeling super after this second round of treatment.

Last weekend, I went through my third round of FCT. I spent the entire day outdoors in Griffith Park. I started the morning running with #UnitedLA.

Photo credit: @keepingupwith_jacks
Photo credit: @keepingupwith_jacks

After brunch with the group, I spent the rest of the day outdoors at Griffith Park. I took in an easy hike. I found that I couldn’t get too close to Griffith Observatory, though. The EMFs coming from there made me feel weak and achy.

That's the Hollywood sign in the distance. I need to find they trail that gets up close behind the sign.
That’s the Hollywood sign in the distance. I need to find they trail that gets up close behind the sign.

 

I was actually pushing the limits to get this close to the observatory. I felt all of the EMFs here, starting with the WIFI in the parking lot.
I was actually pushing the limits to get this close to the observatory. I felt all of the EMFs here, starting with the WIFI in the parking lot.

 

The rest of my afternoon was spent enjoying the view and journalling.
The rest of my afternoon was spent enjoying the view and journalling.

When I got home that night, I started feeling the side effect again. Thankfully, my bones didn’t hurt– but that’s likely because my bones weren’t part of the protocol this time. But my head and other internal organs hurt. Mentally and emotionally, I was a mess again for a couple of days. I stayed home from work for one day. I was feeling depressed again… with suicidal thoughts. IMG_9589

I reached out on FB and IG. Thank you, friends, for you encouragement and positive vibes. It really helped me through that valley.  By Wednesday, I was feeling more like myself again.

So, is it working? Is it worth it?

I think, yes and yes.

My immune system seems to be less crazy– my reactions are fewer and less frequent. In some cases, I could actually sense an allergen bothering me in my environment and my body has given me time to get away from the allergen without triggering  a reaction! Also, my body does seem to be working more efficiently. My running pace has improved. I’m sleeping better.

Now, the side effects. Thankfully, the side effects only seem to last a couple of days after I take the protocol. I probably need to set up my environment better for the night and days following the protocol. My family and friends need to understand that I am mentally and emotionally compromised during those days so I need to be surrounded by positivity and encouragement. Then after two or three days, I’ll be good. And I’ll be good for the next few weeks until my next round of treatment.

I think it’s difficult for people to realize that I am sick because, on the surface, I don’t look sick. They see me active. They see me smiling.

But, that’s the nature of my illness. I don’t know when I am going to get hit with an autoimmune reaction or episode. I might feel great one day, then the next day I can’t leave the house.

Although FCT might seem weird, it seems to be helping me. And I doubt that it’s a placebo effect because of my skepticism from the beginning. All I know is that overall, I’m feeling better. I’m doing better. If I have to feel like crap for three consecutive days to feel good for 28 days, then yes I’ll keep doing it.

Hopefully, one day I’ll be in remission and not need FCT as frequently or at all. It’s a journey… although I don’t know how long this journey will take

At least, I have hope for healing. I just have to trust the process.

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