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This article is NOT about benefits, compensation, or justice. It is about how I dealt with the aftermath of what it has done to my health. If you are reading this, I understand your frustrations. It is not fair that we have a ticking time bomb in our bodies that may or may not explode at some point. One that, if it does blow up, blows up differently in different people. I had health problems that may or may not be on the ‘approved’ list of problems, but that doesn’t mean the contaminated water had nothing to do with them. How could it not at THOSE LEVELS!?! (List of contaminates.)
During my struggles, I discovered a concept that has helped me to navigate through life. I still have some health challenges, but this concept has eliminated among other things my low blood pressure, nervous system problems, many food allergies, chronic fatigue, and a faulty pituitary gland. It is NOT a proven school of thought; that is why I call it a hypothesis. But it worked for me, and I wanted to let you know what I figured out so that you could talk to your health care provider about it. Because sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know.
My Compromised Body
Yes, something was not right with my body. It had not been right for a VERY LONG time. But what do you do when you can’t put your finger on it and say, ‘Yes, there it is. There is the problem.’ Or when you finally do, the doctor says, ‘Here is what’s wrong and there is no known cure, deal with it.’ Of course, they say it nicer than that, but the shocking blow isn’t any softer.
For me, I went over a decade of hearing how it was all in my head or because of lack of sleep, stress, being a mom, etc. Just fill in the blank. __________ (choose anything you want) is the reason for your symptoms. My doctors weren’t listening to me, and they wondered why I stopped listening to them? When they did finally figure it out, I was almost 41. They told me I had a life expectancy of 38-42. What?! That information wasn’t better news.
The Camp Lejeune Water Poisoning happened decades ago. However, I did not learn about it until my sister died of brain cancer in July 2012. But my health challenges were telling me a decade before that that something wasn’t right. But what wasn’t right?
I knew something was wrong a decade earlier.
But what was WRONG?
The BIG PICTURE
For ANY health challenge, we could probably safely say…
- Something has gone wrong
- Something is not working properly
- Something necessary is lacking
- Same problems, just different parts of the body
- Same problems, just different manifestations
- Generally speaking, one main problem
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we discovered a panacea to cure all health problems?
- What would it look like?
- Would it be a drug?
- A supplement?
- A concept that just needed to be understood?
- What if by understanding this concept, other forms of treatment would now work?
I stumbled on a concept. When I was desperate to find something that would work, I discovered this. Was this something that would enable me to see my children grow up? So far, so good.
I can’t prove this concept other than living this concept. I am approaching my 52 birthday and my incurable pituitary gland problem is now a non-issue.
Was the problem caused by the water contamination? I don’t know.
Is what I am doing what fixed the unfixable? I don’t know.
But, when I figured out this concept that I am going to share and applied it toward the contaminates that were in the water at Camp Lejeune, I regained my health.
What I Learned
As far as the water poisoning goes, what is done, is done. But can it be undone? I was going to try. For me, my family, and my kids. I put my Bachelor of Science degree thinking cap on and started meticulously observing anything and everything that made the slightest difference in my wellbeing.
It took me over five years to figure out what MIGHT be happening, and another five years to fine tune it. So, though I can’t prove it, I want to and am ready to share what I have learned. I hope it will help others as well. At the very least, maybe get our noses pointed in the right direction to find a way to undo this mess known as Camp Lejeune that is suspected of affecting almost a million people.
I have been very fortunate to not have any aliments as severe as most, but I was ‘circling the drain’ so to speak. I had a long list of ailments. Most of them are gone now. And I’m still here.
I came up with this concept that I have called DISH©. The concept is simple but the implementation of it is complex. Complex, but doable.
I think this water contamination caused me to have a faulty DISH©. The main key here is what is meant by and the ramifications of the DISH© failing to do its job. This faulty DISH© was causing my body to reject hormones and nutrients that the body needed. Not using up but rejecting. How does a person survive long doing that? They don’t.
DISH©: Defensive Individual Shield Hypothesis
DISH© is a concept and term I came up with. It has two jobs.
- Shield the Body
- Sort what the Body Encounters
When DISH© is doing its job, I am winning against my health challenges. When it is NOT doing its job, I am losing.
♦♦ It’s that simple. ♦♦
(But it's not easy. But then again, neither is living with any chronic illness.)
How I Helped my Body to ‘Get By’
I assumed my body had a faulty DISH©. I assumed I needed to manually do the sorting job this DISH© was failing to do. This DISH© was like a filter for the body to be able to sort the good from the bad. When this filter wasn’t working, my detox organs were even more burdened to do their job.
How My Body Was Malfunctioning
In a nutshell, by my body failing to sort what it encountered, my immune system appeared to be…
- Rejecting the good strontium, the body needed, when it was rejecting the bad Strontium-90
- Rejecting the good cobalt, the body needed, when it was rejecting the bad Cobalt-60 (By product of radioactive material and in jet fuel.)
- Rejecting collagen because it is a polymer just like plastic (vinyl chloride is plastic), as well as other possible reasons
- Rejecting Trimethyl glycine (A rare nutrient that your thyroid needs in order to operate properly.) when it was rejecting benzene
- Can I prove this? Not yet.
- Did I improve my health IF I assumed this was the problem? YES!!
Those were the ones specific to Camp Lejeune contaminants. But because of this faulty DISH©, my immune system became mixed and confused about many things in my environment. There definitely was a break down.
Could the breakdown be fixed?
I think so!
It worked for me when nothing else did.
Changing My Circumstances
Let me first start by saying, I would not wish this life on anyone. And with that being said, I also know that I probably would not be here today if I didn’t do it. If you are familiar with the popular television show, Monk, then you have a small idea. Instead of germs, think energy fields. All matter contains energy fields! Ugh!
I started doing what I call AFTER™, Altering Fields (Energy fields) to Enable Recovery.
My environment was a mine field! I needed to avoid all allergens and all triggers the best I could. Allergens being the things I knew I was allergic to. Triggers, the list of contaminants from the water at Camp Lejeune. Plastic was the most difficult, because it included all things vinyl, acrylic, and polyester as well. I needed to go through and keep only the clothes that were 100% cotton or rayon. For several years, I couldn’t wear anything that had a zipper. For three years, I could not have the television on without an instant migraine. I also needed to stay at least 15 feet away from computers. I could not use my cell phone at that time either. I would get instantly dizzy even if I didn’t put it up to my ear.
As for my diet, I was limited to eating maybe 20 different ingredients. My allergic reaction to food ranged from rashes, foam in the throat, slurred speech, and anaphylaxis. But now I seem to have no food allergies. How did I do this? By understanding the concept behind DISH©, I developed a protocol that systematically eliminated all my food allergies. It is pretty complicated. I will be writing a separate post on just that. I’ll include it here once it is posted. (Here is the post.)
This manual filtering was complicated and time consuming. It was no easy task. But I did find patterns and procedures that consistently worked over and over again. But it was a slow process.
It was no easy task...
But it worked over & over again.
How I Improved My Health
Just by realizing my body was having difficulties sorting properly, and all that that implied really helped me to progress forward in my health. I cringe when I think back to the first two years of figuring this out. I SO empathize with those of you who are there now. Hang in there. I’m working on a book to try to explain in more detail what I did.
Although I needed to avoid so much in the beginning, I no longer have to do that now. It’s like when you get a broken arm. You will need a cast. You will also need to take it easy. The more careful you are with it in the beginning the better off you’ll be in the long run. There is nothing enjoyable about it. It can’t be avoided. It is a waiting game.
Five Phases to Recovery
Here is a broad generalization of the five phases I went through when doing AFTER™. It consisted of doing the follwing steps over and over again. My website uses an analogy to explain the process here. (Playing the Game)
- Communication: Focus on finding a doctor I could trust & learn about Muscle Testing
- Retrain Body: Fill in the missing information from having a broken DISH©
- Fix the DISH©: Avoid all allergens and start creating a false temporary DISH©
- Increase Understanding of DISH©: Understand the complexity of it and how to work it to heal
- Lighten the Load: Start correcting the mis-information
I am still doing this. I am still improving in my health. I am still learning.
Get the DISH working again
As I improved in my health, I grew in understanding the idea of energy fields affecting my ability to function in my environment. I needed to have a stronger energy field than anything else around me. The easiest way to accomplish that was to avoid all allergens. This was the part of the learning curve that was the hardest. Trial and error and getting good at muscle testing for environmental sensitivities. And then avoiding them. Not an easy task.
Let’s just say this rabbit hole goes deep. I had to remember that DISH© was a tool. It seemed like doctors were giving me a hammer when I needed a screwdriver. So I made my own screwdriver. And what do you know…it WORKED! But like any tool, AFTER™ (Altering Fields to Enable Recover) takes work and practice to be effective.
The instruction manual needed followed. If AFTER™ didn’t work:
- Was I missing something from the batch?
- Was it a heterogeneous or homogeneous batch?
- Was the batch incomplete?
- Was I able to identify a mimicker?
- Which organ or meridian did I target?
- Was I trying to fight too much at once?
- Was it cycling- systematically growing a batch?
- Was an allergen preventing me from progressing?
AFTER is complex. It can be like following a flow chart to a computer pram sometimes. But the key takeaway from this approach was that my body wanted to be well.
The inflammation went away without drugs or essential oils or creams EVERY single time if I was able to narrow down the nutrient, hormone, enzyme, etc., that my body was rejecting and placed it on the outside of my body.
Some things I needed to keep in mind because of my faulty DISH©:
- Anything I was taking to try to improve my health, I also keep on the outside of my body. For example, in a baggie in my pocket.
- Inactive ingredients in medication are just as important (if not more so) than the active ingredients. My body knew to remove the chemicals (active ingredients). But it was not separating out the inactive ingredients from the active ones when removing them. For example, corn starch (histidine, tyrosine, and other essential amino acids found in corn) was leaving with the active ingredients
- If I have several food allergies, was there a common nutrient in all of them that I may be rejecting? How do I keep the body from rejecting them? Hold them. There was more to it than that, but it was a start. Click here.
Sounds crazy. I know. I can’t believe it works either. But it does. Over and over again it has worked for me.
Sounds crazy. I know.
I can’t believe it works either.
But it does.
I know that everyone’s health journey and challenges are unique. What worked for me may not work for you. This is not meant for medical advice. It is meant to let you know that there could be answers out there that we aren’t aware of yet. The problem may be that the reason we haven’t found the answers is because we don’t even know what questions to ask. Or when we see the answer, it isn’t even where we thought it would be.
I want to adopt the motto of so many soldiers, ‘No Man Left Behind.’ So, if this article could help one person, in one way, I will leap for joy. Has it helped you?