June 4, 2018

My Journey: Healing From Auto-Immune Disease

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I Woke Up And Couldn’t Move My Hands

A few years ago, I woke up one morning and could barely move my hands. I had no idea what was going on as more symptoms began appearing over the next few weeks. My eyes were so itchy, it was uncomfortable to have them open. My wrists and hands would burn in pain even when I was resting them. I remember going out to my (now) husband’s Jeep at the time, and my thumb hurt so badly that I couldn’t push in on the door handle to open my door and he had to come and open it for me.

My fatigue had gotten so severe that I was astonished when, after a long day of sitting on the couch because it was so painful to get up to even go to the bathroom, I read my pedometer. It didn’t show the 10,000 steps that I was accustomed to getting each day. It read 300. I immediately began to cry. I was 32 years old. I had worked so hard for years to build a thriving business. This was the first time in 7 years that I was able to take some time off and enjoy the fruits of my labor. I had finally met an amazing guy. I was living in one of the most beautiful cities in the country with outdoor activities all around me that tourists flocked to see, and I was a prisoner on my couch.

Auto-Immune Disease

What I soon found out was that I was having symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis, an auto-immune disease for which there is no cure. Luckily, I didn’t give up when the doctors told me “there wasn’t much” that I could do. So, I started researching.

I got acupuncture. I took herbs. I changed my diet. I cut out gluten, dairy, soy, and grains. I ate only organic food. I meditated. I read books. I asked questions. I removed chemicals from my life. I cut out any cleaning products with fragrances. I learned about hormone disruptors and estrogen dominance. I was a woman on a mission. And I put myself into remission.

Before I became so sick, I had NO IDEA that many of the things in our every day lives can cause HORRIBLE consequences. All of those fragrances in products we are all using every single day that the FDA deems “safe?” All of the pesticides that are sprayed on our food? All of the hormones injected into the animals that we eat? All of the ingredients that we can’t pronounce in our food and in the products we use?

They are literally killing us. They are causing infertility, they are causing cancer, and they are causing the auto-immune conditions that over 50 MILLION Americans are suffering from today.

Don’t take my word for it, just start doing your own research. You will be astonished.

We Can Heal

The good news is that our bodies want to heal. We can all make small changes that will make huge differences in our health. That’s why I created Apothecary Co. I wanted to get the word out about what is really going on with our health and give people the tools and the products that they need, to help them remove toxins from their lives.

Toxin-Free Beauty

Did you know that the US has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938? I’m sorry. WHAT? I am so NOT okay with that fact. 

I’ve created a free guide for you (below) to help you easily avoid the 10 most toxic product ingredients. In my opinion, the easiest thing to do is to start little by little. Take note of your current products whenever they are running low and replace them with safer options.

It makes the whole process a lot cheaper and a heck of a lot less overwhelming to start gradually. If you can switch out even one product at a time, I truly believe that you will be making a huge difference in your health.

I am so passionate about preventing anyone else from going through unnecessary health issues. I truly believe that by replacing just a few toxic products, you are taking the first, actionable step to start healing your body and making sure your family stays as healthy as we all deserve to be!

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