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Asthma: it is the problem that fueled our entire GAPS journey. The purpose behind healing all of our ailments was propelled mostly by this danger that plagued us, starting five years (now almost 7 years) back. Our medical pediatrician, who is an expert on asthma, told us our daughter would be on steroids her whole life, that she would always have asthma.
Something in my mama’s breast wouldn’t lie down, wouldn’t accept this as truth. I knew we could heal her; but I didn’t know how or how long it would take.
HOW DIET PLAYS A PART
Reading Gut and Psychology Syndrome, introduced to us by a friend who knew of our situation, was the first scientific assurance we received that we could achieve our goal of healing her. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, MMedSci (neurology and nutrition), made a revolutionary leap forward in healing many conditions when she understood,
Rather than trying to fit a child with autistic tendencies, asthma, eczema and hyperactivity or a child with dyspraxia, dyslexia and allergies into a particular diagnostic box we need to have a name for the underlying disorder, which originates in the gut and manifests itself as any combination of the above conditions. (emphasis mine)
So we spent 3 1/2 years on the GAPS Diet (a grain-free, sugar-free regimen that allows the gut to heal and restores proper flora balance) making strides, working with an herbalist naturopath, making strides, sealing up our guts and killing our pathogen overgrowth, making strides, all in an effort to heal the underlying problem so that eventually we could heal our daughter’s asthma, as well as our additional health problems.
(Prior to finding the herbalist, using steroids and her inhaler medication, albuterol, we repeatedly found ourselves in Urgent Care. This was a frightening way to live! When we found the ND herbal practitioner her care kept us out of Urgent Care for years, due to her amazing skill. She had our daughter on two tinctures, one for daily care and one for acute attacks. We could use albuterol or steroids on her “action plan” if we needed them. But her herbs were more powerful and effective; so we rarely went that route.)
But then one day, we heard about a new doctor who had healed a girl of asthma…
When we met and worked with him, he made drama happen. Within a two hour appointment he had our daughter’s peak flow meter reading within 30 points of normal. To give you some frame of reference, if you are not familiar with peak flow meters, they are like a flattened plastic cylinder, etched with numbers that line up with colors, forming a meter of wellness.When a patient blows into the meter, their lung capacity is measured. When our daughter was fully well, during non-allergy seasons, her peak flow meter registered at 400. When we first went into this doctor’s office, hers registered at 250. When we left his office two hours later, in the height of June allergens in the Willamette Valley, the meter read 370.
HOW DID HE DO THIS?? (What medical doctors say is impossible to obtain in a lifetime, what their best drugs cannot accomplish…)
He achieved all this by using homeopathy diagnostically. We have worked with MANY naturopaths since our daughter was born with colic, eczema and food allergies. All of them have used homeopathy. But none of them have used it so skillfully, effectively and with an immediate visible outcome. (Thank you, Dr. Zeff!)
What did this process look like? Our doctor put only one, sometimes more, homeopathic pellet under our daughter’s tongue and waited for a response from her. He asked, “How does that make you feel?”, (much like Count Rugen, but with an entirely different outcome in mind). If the outcome was negative, such as a headache, or neutral, he would try another. If it was positive, he would have her blow into the peak flow meter to see if her lung capacity had improved. He did this over and over again, trying different homeopathic remedies he suspected would help, over the course of 30 minutes or so. Finally, he created sprays made from the homeopathic remedies that he had found to be effective. These he sent home with us, for our daughter to spray into her mouth three times a day.
METHOD #2- (Important lasting drama continues to heal her from home.)
In addition to homeopathy, our doctor uses an old-fashioned naturopathic evaluation that gauges the dietary reactivity and digestibility of certain foods. It does not gauge food allergies. It is a unique test that I hadn’t seen used before, one that picks up on genetically predisposed food intolerances, ones that won’t go away with time, ones that can sabotage health and healing.
The evaluation confirmed that there was a food our daughter was still eating, even on our ultra-restricted GAPS diet, that was holding her back from complete healing. In her case the answer was dairy, even though her only dairy consumption was fully cultured. Our doctor expects foods that cause reactivity to be inherently problematic for people. Patients will most likely, therefore, need to eliminate the food culprit for their entire lives. This was a big disappointment for our daughter, as dairy is her greatest craving. But the trade-off is well worth it, in her eyes even. So much pain, discomfort, and fear are behind us now. And this food group is directly linked to her condition.
*Update~ Our daughter has now been asthma-free for years. However, dairy is still a trigger. Auto-immune diseases are not so much healed as they are put into remission by choices we make or treatments we follow. If she has the smallest amount of dairy she will have an asthmatic reaction. Our doctor has given us a tincture that stops the asthma attack quickly, that we keep on hand, in case she eats dairy accidentally.
KEY #3- (A three-week jump start.)
Our homework, 5 nights a week for three weeks after our appointment, included hydrotherapy. Unfamiliar with this practice until recently, we were both amazed by this simple process and its powerful effect. The form of hydrotherapy that our doctor uses is simply putting hot and cold towels on the front and back of one’s torso. The contrasting temperatures each have their own role; and especially the longer contact the cold towel has with one’s body stimulates certain systems to work better, increasing internal organ functions, (including healing chronic constipation problems).
The cold towel is comically uncomfortable; but we set ourselves up on a cozy bed with a good book or movie and use the time to be by ourselves and relax. The initial placement of the cold towel is definitely an unwelcome shock; but the discomfort goes away almost immediately, and, oh, the results! The results make that cold moment even welcome. (By the way, I, too, saw this doctor for extreme adrenal fatigue and various other issues, thus my own personal experience with hydrotherapy.)
In conclusion, our doctor told us during our one appointment with him that our daughter’s case was a serious case of asthma and that it might take him as long as 2-4 months to put it into remission. Can you believe that prognosis compared with what we all experience with other practitioners?, (who, by the way, I don’t blame; they just don’t know what he knows). He offered to us what we’d been searching for.
At the heart of his practice, and the basic understanding of homeopathy, is the belief that the body will heal itself if given the right information. After only one visit with this doctor, and being introduced to healing information through homeopathy and hydrotherapy, as well as eliminating foods that were interfering with the basis for all health and healing, namely digestion, our daughter was symptom-free. Her digestion wasn’t perfect immediately. He told me that would fall into line with her body continuing to heal itself over the next few months. The GAPS diet continues to be an asset in our healing. (*Update~ Our daughter is now 14 years old and she is gradually coming off of the GAPS diet. She is symptom-free and has had no problems introducing new foods into her diet.)
From a sentimental standpoint, she has been able to resume all the activities that she had to give up: ballet, art, piano, biking. And she’s taken up archery. Being outside has new joy. We will walk every day (outside in June) with thankfulness.