The best advice I could give anyone who is EMF Sensitive is to consider it an autoimmune disorder.
Following a hunch after a series of “coincidences” in late 2012, I began to treat my EMF Sensitivity as an autoimmune condition. Almost two years later I have all but reversed a situation was was so severe it was destroying not only my health but my life. I now live 99% symptom free and believe that with continued treatment I will be completely free of EMF Sensitivity.
I will be releasing more detailed information soon but for now I will share the basics to get people going.
How Did This Happen? People aren’t born EMF Sensitive and the path that leads to it is long and incredibly complicated. However, with an incredible amount of patience it is possible to find the beginning, so to speak.
And that beginning has a name: Stress.
It Starts Here The link between stress and disease has not always been understood, even as the medical community has known of it. In fact, there is a scale of known stressors that can contribute to illness. The stress can be physical, mental, emotional, or all of the above.
Good stress (i.e. getting married, new job, etc) is still stress.
When the stress becomes chronic it weakens the immune system. In the case of EMF Sensitivity it goes so far as to cause incredible sensitivity that worsens over time. I was able to discover remedies but remedies are not cures.
This came home loud and clear when, beginning in June 2014, I experienced a horrible relapse. Within a 3 month period I went from living 85 – 90% symptom free to 15% symptom free. I was every bit as sick as I had been while living in the East Bay, California, in 1999. It was heart breaking but it also forced me to look at the entire situation in a whole new way which led me here.
The Road to Health. First is recognizing there’s a problem. Next, take a hard look at your life and trace the issue to its root.
That stress I mention.
Be honest with yourself about what caused/contributed to it. In my case, I went through several changes in a relatively short period of time.
I got married, bought and sold a house, moved across the country, started a new job, bought a condo, earned a PhD, went through a merger at the Fortune 500 Company where I worked, quit my job to start a new career, became a parent, sold a condo, bought a house, moved, became a parent again, all within a span of 7 years. Not to mention, all the interpersonal stress that goes along with such events.
I imagine you understand when I say that by the time I realized how sick I was, I no longer recognized the woman looking back in the mirror. I’d been so busy just surviving, I didn’t realize what a toll everything had taken on me.
My backward path. You could get to your destination driving in reverse. It’s possible. But it’s a hell of a lot more difficult. This is what happened to me because I was unaware of the root cause, stress. I did what amounted to patch work for my body and most of it didn’t work. I had to remove the source of the problem before healing could truly begin.
Imagine trying to pump up a bicycle tire that has a hole in it. Or to bail water out of a boat with holes in it. You can bail faster just as you could pump faster, but in the end you’re still screwed.
The remedies were the bigger bucket, the bigger pump. They made it seem as if I was making progress. Unfortunately, the root problem remained and thus, I had a terrible relapse.
The Road Smooths Out. Once I realized that I was dealing with a serious auto immune disease, I took action. I’ll write more about the details later but I’ll list the basics here.
Sleep. I know how difficult it is to get a quality night’s sleep when you suffer from EMF Sensitivity. Melatonin production is impaired in people with EMF Sensitivity. I took supplemental melatonin to help me get that critical sleep.
Diet. I already ate a low-carb diet since I felt pretty good on it. However, in treating the auto immune disorder, I modified it. I added juicing, and made every meal about vegetables, fruits, and proteins.
I know the theory is that most, if not all auto immune diseases result from gluten intolerance. I don’t agree (I believe it is a symptom, not a cause). I do believe people can be sensitive to grains. It can be dangerous to go on a gluten-free diet without having Celiac Disease (that is confirmed by an MD). You can end up with severe nutritional deficiencies as a result.
I do eat pasta once in awhile and I have good luck with sourdough bread that I dip in extra virgin olive oil.
I also dropped all artificial sweeteners, caffeine, and then alcohol.
I had been drinking red wine or margaritas (without sugar added – no sweet and sour – I made my own) as part of the remedy and I believe the anti-inflammatory properties significantly helped in my recovery. However, once I had recovered, I quit drinking the alcohol to take even more stress off of my adrenal glands. Interestingly, I later learned that red wine elevates cortisol. In people with adrenal exhaustion which is often at the root of an auto immune condition (it’s caused by chronic stress), low cortisol can be a real problem.
Exercise. I have incorporated exercise into my routine pretty much all of my life. This was a no brainer for me. However, I did learn that overdoing it can actually exacerbate the problem so I actually had to cut back on my workout. As a result, I continued to recover and lost another 6 pounds.
Supplements. There are numerous supplements that can help you recover. Again, I will provide details soon. I can only stress that unless you really have an in-depth understanding of how the various supplements affect the body, not to mention how they interact with each other and anything else you take, you should not take anything, even over the counter, without the guidance of a medical professional with experience in treating adrenal exhaustion.
It’s critical to pay attention to your recovery. You will get to a point where continuing to take certain supplements when you no longer need them will cause problems.
Relaxation. This can be tricky. What if exercise is your way of relaxing? Or having a nice glass of wine? Not everyone can meditate. You have to map your own path. Only make changes that you are able to. Don’t end up where the cure stresses you out more than the original problem.
I try to watch comedies as often as possible. I keep away from movies that will cause dramatic emotional reactions since that taxes my adrenals. I was never into tear jerkers or slasher films anyway, so this one isn’t too difficult.
I came across this article on unusual stress busters.
Do Not Pass Go. If you are not willing to deal with the stress that created the mess in the first place, you will not only prolong any recovery, you may prevent it from happening at all.
I will be writing more details in the near future. This is just to get you thinking.
And perhaps on the Road to Recovery…