Food is Medicine. Medicine is Medicine Too.
It’s July 12th, 2017. I’ve been in and out of hospitals and doctors offices over the last 2.5 weeks. My illness? Well, we think we finally figured it out… Costochondritis, an inflammation of the chest cavity that is so painful I could not breathe, and I thought I was dying of a heart attack.
After 3 EKG’s, 2 chest x-rays, CT Scan, 2 rounds of blood work, a 24 hour heart monitor, Echocardiogram, and a stress test, the docs were able to rule out a heart issue – THANK GOD! But how the heck did I get this, and how do I get rid of it?
I’m a FIRM believer in healing the body (and mind) through food. I’ve helped dozens of people do it, and I practice what I preach. But lately I’ve been so busy and exhausted that I’ve strayed off my healthy path. I’ve been eating carbs, fat, dairy, and lots of sugar… including all the bottles of rose I’ve consumed since Spring. HOWEVER, I know that eating healthy is only going to get me so far…
Here is my story on why I believe food is medicine, but medicine is medicine too, and they are BOTH vitally important to healing…
FOOD IS MEDICINE – don’t believe me? Try eating crappy food for a week and see how you feel. Seriously, try it.
After my first visit to the ER, the doctor told me to take 1,800mg of ibuprohpin per day and go see a cardiologist because usually inflammation in the chest cavity can be indicative of fluid around the heart. Oh, and “you can’t pick up anything heavier than 10lbs”. GREAT! It shouldn’t be a problem… with 3 small children, one of which is a 40lb 2. yr old who doesn’t understand when I tell her “no, mommy can’t pick you up right now”, and I am moving out to my summer home with a ton of stuff packed in heavy boxes… no problemo! Let the tests begin.
Thank God for my husband and my au pair, friends, and other babysitters. They really stepped up to help me these last few weeks!
I took the ibuprofen for a week, and ended up back in the ER with more chest pain and HORRIBLE reflux from all of the ibuprofen. Obviously something is wrong. I needed to HELP the medicine do it’s job by naturally reducing the inflammation in my chest. I cut out wheat, dairy and alcohol :(… started juicing… and began taking turmeric and probiotic supplements. The next week was better, but I still felt chest pressure and pain.
MEDICINE IS MEDICINE – The doctors ordered more tests… and told me to rest. Finally, they ruled out all of the “scary” heart problems, and put me on a 6 day prednisone pack. I started taking it last Friday and finished it yesterday. I have to say, I feel like a new person. While the tightness is still present, I am not in pain for the first time in almost 3 weeks. I’ve maintained my diet (except for this weekend when we took the kids to Splish Splash and the only food options were Johnny Rockets, funnel cakes, and ice cream).
Now I’m over the hump, AND I NEED to keep it that way and get back to “normal”. I’ve learned my lesson, and I will not let busyness force me into bad habits. I will take better care of myself, and enroll my loved ones in helping me (that’s a hard one – but now I know I can do it).
This ordeal has given me a lot of respect for the combo of food medicine and medicine medicine, and I hope that by reading this you’ll be inspired to heal yourselves with this magical combo too. I’m going to take it easy for the next 2 weeks, and will be back in the swing – a whole new me – by August!
Wishing you lots of LOVE & YUM,
Lindsay “Mama” O’Neill