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A Radical Decision: Stepping Up My Game with My Holistic Approach to Health

Posted By Loolwa Khazzoom On March 21, 2011 @ 1:01 am In Mind-Body Medicine | 1 Comment

Three months ago, I had an ultrasound that revealed I had a big honkin’ nodule on my left thyroid gland, with a black spot at the bottom of the nodule. I also had abnormally large nodules on my right thyroid gland.

The endocrinologist wanted me to get a biopsy. On the surface, it’s a perfectly reasonable step: Use the tools of Western medicine to find out what’s going on in there. But I knew that even if, Gd forbid, the biopsy showed the cells to be cancerous, I would not get the recommended procedure – namely, removing my thyroid glands — for a few reasons:

  • It was the medical system that fucked up my body, not the car crash. The car crash just catapulted me into a system in which I went from bad to worse.
  • It was, after a decade of pain and suffering, dance that healed me – something that nobody could have seen coming. It was, in other words, my body that healed itself.
  • My thyroid gland is there for a reason. Rather than cut it out, I want to figure out how to heal it, so that my body functions optimally and in full health.
  • If I were to remove my thyroid gland, I would have to take pharmaceuticals for the rest of my life. It would be life-endangering to not have those medications at my access. Meaning I would be completely and totally dependent on pharmaceuticals for living.
  • From age 11 to 22, I had intense respiratory illness – asthma, allergies, and nasal congestion. I took four medications four times a day for that illness. At age 22, through intuition and sheer mental determination, I then got myself completely off all those medications – because I did not want to be dependent on pharmaceuticals. By age 24, I had weaned myself off completely. I have no intention of returning to a state of pharmaceutical dependency.
  • I believe in the integrity of my body as a whole organic system. If I were to remove my thyroid gland, it would throw my body out of whack. My body would end up in an even more disharmonious state and, as a result, quite possibly dependent on even more medications.
  • Medications cause side effects. Nobody knows how my body might react to the drugs that are prescribed when a thyroid gland is removed. I recently had horrible side effects to antibiotics – including one where I lost my normal cognitive abilities for several weeks. I want to stay away from drugs wherever humanly possible.
  • If my body is dependent on medications for treating a removed thyroid gland, I may end up needing additional medications for treating the side effects of the initial medications. And on and on and on until my body is not my body, but a warehouse of chemicals. And who knows how I might react to any of those chemicals.
  • Considering that even in the worst case scenario, I will choose the holistic route, there is no reason to subject myself to an invasive procedure to determine whether the growths are cancerous or not.

Which all goes to say, I am seeing my game and raising the ante: I am keeping my radically pure diet – vegan, organic, no sweeteners of any kind, no soy, no gluten, and no fried food (though I may allow food cooked in coconut oil, since apparently that does not create free radicals).

I also am adding a few things:

  • I am going to sing every day – vibrating the area that is affected. Just as dance healed my pain, so do I believe that singing can heal my thyroid.
  • I am going to take a holistic lab test on my iodine levels – determining if I may need iodine supplements
  • I will go at least twice a month, if not more, for bodywork sessions with a practitioner I have worked with for over a decade and whose energy is profoundly healing.
  • I will read affirmations and other healing books daily.
  • I will religiously take green supplements – gathered from the earth and the sea.
  • I will religiously eat raw cilantro. A friend of mine had a rabbit that developed a tumor. My friend fed the rabbit cilantro a couple of times a day for three months, and the tumor disappeared.
  • I will up the amount of raw foods I eat, so that the produce I consume maintains its nutrients.

At the end of the day, this is my body; this is my life; and this is my path.

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