Hello to all that are healing:
I am 56 years old and have struggled all my life with weight issues, digestive issues, and hypoglycemia. I am a Naturopathic Healer, attended and graduated from the School of Natural Medicine in Boulder, CO. So I have been using natural therapies for illness and healing for over 30 years. But no matter what I have done, weight and digestion have been a real struggle. Last year about this time, my husband and I sat down and said ok, we must do something cause feeling ill and our joints hurting all the time is just not a way to live life.
So I started researching again of different ways of working on losing weight, (diets don’t work) and changing how we live our life. One of the first things I was researching was how to eliminate soda from our lives. (We drank a lot of soda). Came across Kombucha, well never heard of this before, I looked into it further, I bought a couple of bottles to try and I liked it so I went home and researched, how to make our own, cause buying was expensive. Found a video done by Cultural for Health and they sold this mysterious thing they called a SCOBY. So I ordered it.
When it arrived, I excitingly followed the instructions and watched the video again on how to start my kombucha (dehydrated scoby). Had to wait several weeks for results, well sorry to say the scoby never came alive. So feeling disappointed, got back on the internet, suddenly there Donna Schwenk and Sandor Katz are on my search engine on YouTube. Cool, I watched these videos over and over. Went to local store got GT’s Original Kombucha, made the tea as instructed, added the little baby scoby and then magic happened in just 7 days and brand new scoby was growing. And we have been going strong ever since, no more soda in this house. Although we had bumps and bruises along the way, our technique is working very well. We do both black and green teas, then 2nd ferments. Love Donna’s ideas when it comes to flavors.
This was just the beginning, because of the Kombucha, which led me into Kefir, Donna’s Kefir Grains. (OH my they are powerful and resilient) I got Donna’s in March of 2016, (I think I have billions of them now). Then, of course, the fermented vegetables, (hence we have the Trilogy) we now live in the world of microbes.
Our health has changed dramatically, little to no joint pain, we have caught ourselves running, which is something neither one of us have done in years, going up and downstairs is no longer a struggle. Our everyday stamina has increased, in other words, we are not always tired. We both don’t feel bloated or constipated any longer, which was a real problem for me. Oh, can’t forget the changes in our hair and skin, skin tags went away on their own and I had age spots on my hands that went away also. Although we still struggle with weight which we are still working on, I feel that the microbes have to heal other parts of our bodies first in order for us to get to the next page of our healing. That being said, I am going to share my last healing crisis.
When I was 19, I had a pancreatitis attack. The pain was absolutely unbearable, put me in the hospital for 3 days. Pain meds and to drink some kind of nasty drink. Do not remember what it was, but it was nasty. Was sent home with a very bland diet, which at that time seemed to have help. I started taking Probiotics on a daily basis for years.
I did not have an attack since then, until two weeks ago. I woke up in the morning feeling ok, little out of sorts but ok. Within a few hours, I was in extraordinary pain, I knew what it was immediately. Can’t forget that pain. Well, I very quickly got on-line and looked at natural concepts to get me through this, cause going to the hospital is not an option, cause they only mask the problem, not heal the problem. So not much is said about healing naturally so, other than a few teas to cleanse the liver and gull bladder, which is good for cleansing, but I am in a crisis situation so not helpful. So I started a regime of sauerkraut juice, Kefir and Kombucha, simultaneously drank a little at a time and in between drank ginger/lemon tea with probiotics. By the end of the day, the swelling had gone down and the pain was decreasing. Got to get some sleep through the night without too much trouble. The next day feeling about the same, so I continued the Trilogy juice, as that day went on I felt even better, most of the abdominal swelling had gone down, but still some slight pain though, but tolerable. At this point, I can’t seem to get enough Kombucha, I kept craving more, so I drank more. I was going to the bathroom a lot, I knew this was cleaning me out. That evening went to bed, had to get up a few times to go to the bathroom, drinking 4/16 oz bottles of Kombucha will do that to you. It was about 3 am I woke up, I was sweating as I have never had in my life, not even through menopause. I was just drenched and my husband could not believe how hot I was, but I did not feel like I had a fever. I had to change my nightgown, got some water went back to bed, slept until my usual wake up time. Wow, I felt amazingly different when I woke up. The pain was gone, the swelling was gone, and I had gone through a huge physical change. The Kombucha was the key balancing my liver, pancreas and gall bladder. And it certainly released whatever toxic thing that was going on, out through my sweat glands and skin.
I know if I had not been doing the microbes, I would have ended up in the hospital, just because of the pain alone. But, I knew that my microbes friends would be there for me. I am so happy that I had found Donna’s page a year ago. I read the blogs and Everyone here has changed my life.
Now I can move forward and work on weight loss in 2017.