How Long it Takes to Heal From a Chronic Disease
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What does healing from fatigue, burnout and chronic health conditions really look like?
Do you just need one miracle supplement or one bomber health program and you're good?
Is it really possible to heal? Join me in today's episode as we get honest about what it takes to heal from a chronic disease.
Kendra Perry: Hey, hey, everyone. Welcome to another awesome episode of HIGH on Energy TV. We're at episode 11 and we're going to be talking about a very awesome topic today. As always, I am bringing awesome content to you and I would love to know if you guys are on with me live right now. Say. "Hey," introduce yourself, let me know you're here because otherwise, all I can see is an eyeball with your face. I'm really, really excited to be with you guys here today and we're going to be talking about little bit about what a true healing journey looks like, what that means as you go through your healing process, is it possible to heal and really, what does that entire journey look like because it's going to be little bit different for everyone. Honestly, I think when it comes to healing, when we're actually taking a honest look at your health and you're actually looking to improve and get better, I think people think it looks a certain way, when really, it kind of looks the opposite way to that.
Guys, if you want to learn more about me, you can always find out more about me on my website kendraperry.net or if you want to work with me, you can join my HIGH on Energy membership, where I bring you the most cutting edge functional health strategies. I give you access to testing like Hair Mineral Analysis, the GI Map, Metals Testing, so that you can get the information you need to know about your body. You can make this whole healing process happen a little bit quicker because without the information, I really believe that you're just guessing. There is not a practitioner in the world who is talented enough to guess about what is going on in your body and actually hit the nail on the head.
I've been talking about this a lot lately because I work with a lot of people. I have a lot of clients, I work with a lot of people in my HIGH on Energy membership. I believe we have almost 80 people in the membership, plus I have, probably, 50 clients, maybe more. I work with a lot of people, so I see how a lot of healing journeys unfold and I've been doing this for awhile. I see the different fears that people have as they go through their healing journeys and I see a lot of the confusion that people have as they go through their healing journey. Confusion is a big one.
Healing is not easy. It is very challenging. If you have decided that you want to go the natural health route, you've decided that drugs and surgery are not an acceptable option for you, you have chosen a amazing path but you have also chosen a difficult path. You have chosen a path that is well worth it and that you will be happy that you chose, but the path to health is neither straightforward nor easy and it is an up and down journey.
I just want to say hi to Ellen and Margaret, welcome. I know we've got a few other of you guys on here and I know that in the corner of the left part of the screen, it says Christine Hansen. That is not me. That is actually my colleague. We share a Zoom account, so sometimes I forget to actually change my name. I am not Christine Hansen. I am Kendra Perry and welcome to HIGH on Energy TV.
Let's talk about healing and what that actually might look like and what I would say that it typically looks like for most people. What I will say is that everyone's experience is 100% different. I see people react one way and another way and another way and another way. It really depends on you and what you have going on. It depends on the different things that are affecting your body, it depends on your mindset, it depends on the people who you surround yourself with, it depends on your lifestyle, it depends on a lot of the things that might be affecting your body that you may or may not have any idea about. It is very different, but something that is really important to keep in mind.
If you have symptoms, typically, if you're on this livestream, if you're listening to the podcast, you probably have symptoms. Most people don't come to me without symptoms. I think I had one woman ever, come to me with virtually zero symptoms and she was like, "I just want to get on top of this. I just want to see what's going on in my body, so I can prevent illness." That was unicorn. That doesn't usually happen because most people don't take any interest in their health or aren't even aware that they should be concerned about their health until they have symptoms. Right? Until there's something wrong and they feel like there's something that they need to address.
This is the thing about the body, all the body wants for you, the whole body intelligence really just wants you to be healthy. Right? The body is always trying to achieve and maintain balance. Right? Always wanting to maintain balance. It is constantly working to keep you symptom free, because from a survival perspective, from an evolutionary perspective, if you have symptoms that were so bad that you couldn't get out of the cave, that would be a huge issue. Right? Your body wants you to perform, it wants you to be able to gather, to hunt, to survive, to run when necessary and if your symptoms are bogging you down, you wouldn't survive and humans wouldn't survive for very long, right?
There's a lot of things. There are a lot of external factors and inputs affecting our body. Really, the body is just trying to keep you balanced and trying to keep you symptome free and healthy. Really, your whole life, that is actually what your body is trying to do. It's trying to keep you symptom free and healthy. But it can only do that for so long. Right? There's only so long the body can be in state of chaos to have constant insults coming in, in the form of bad food, in the form of stress, in the form of electromagnetic frequencies, in the form of toxins, heavy metals, environmental chemicals, all these things mold all these things that can affect us. Right? If it's just a little bit coming in here or there, body can probably deal with it but if it's a constant chronic assault on the body, at some point, things are going to really tip in the wrong direction. Right?
By the time you have a symptom, whether that's fatigue, burn out, exhaustion, food allergies, stomachache, indigestion, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, brain fog, depression, acne, any symptom. What that means is that your body can no longer compensate, your body can no longer keep you balanced and that did not just happen today and that did not just happen yesterday. That means that whatever is driving that symptom or more likely the collection of things that are driving that issue have probably been going on for a very long time. They've been going on for months, maybe years, decades, right? Probably a really long time.
Unfortunately, the way that our current medical system is set up, we don't really give any attention in the current medical system to things in that in between. We basically, in modern medicine, conventional medicine, we have two states. We have person who's healthy and we have the person who has a disease and who is fucking sick. We don't really approximately attention to this whole spectrum of things that happen in between. I'll just use blood work as an example because that's something that we are currently getting annually. We go in for an annual check-up, maybe we get some blood work drawn.
Let's use thyroid hormones, so let's just use TSH, thyroid-stimulating hormones. That's a primary hormone they test, a doctor will test when they're looking at your thyroid. The reference range for thyroid-stimulating hormone or TSH is 0.5 to 5. That's the conventional range, typically, is going to be. Let's say you're getting exposed to a lot of chemicals and metals and EMF, all these things. You're not eating the best diet, you're eating foods that you're sensitive to, you're eating a lot of food chemicals, blah, blah, blah. For some reason, because of your unique biochemistry, this is affecting your thyroid. It's causing your thyroid to slow down.
But you're going in for your annual physical and in the beginning, when things are pretty balanced, your TSH is about 1, which is actually a pretty optimal TSH result. Next year, you go in and you're at 1.3. Next year, you go in and you're at 1.9. Basically, it's steadily increasing over the he years and the decades. Now, every time you go in, there's a good chance, you don't even get a copy of your blood work. You don't even see it and if you do see it, you don't even know what it means and it's not going to get flagged as high or even trending in the wrong direction. Every year, you're just normal, normal, normal, normal, normal, normal and over time, you're like, "Ah, I'm starting to feel a little bit fatigued. I'm a little bit tired. Oh, I'm a little bit cold. I need an extra blanket. Weird, my skin's really drying out. Weird, dry skin, okay. My bowel movements aren't as good. They're a little bit hard. I'm getting this occasional hard pellet. Weird, my hair's thinning a little bit. It's falling out."
You're going in there and your doctor's like, "You're normal. Your thyroid's normal. Your thyroid's normal." Then, one day you go in and your TSH is at 6 or 5.5 or 5.1 or whatever. It's over 5. Your doctor is like, "Well, you have hypothyroid." They're like, "Okay, you have hypothyroid." If you have a good doctor, they're going to be like, "Maybe we should check your thyroid antibodies." Check your thyroid antibodies, they're at 200, so they're elevated. Now, you have Hashimoto's. You've officially been diagnosed with Hashimoto's.
You're like, "Oh my God. I just got Hashimoto's overnight. I literally just got Hashimoto's. What the hell? I was healthy last year, when I came in. I was normal. My blood work was normal and now, I have Hashimoto's. I have this diagnosed medical condition and I have to take Synthroid."
This is the big issue because that issue didn't happen overnight. Maybe that was progressing for decades. That number was slowly going up and probably, your antibodies were slowly going up as well, showing more and more autoimmune activity on the thyroid, but those test results, our system isn't really set-up to detect that. "We think, well I was healthy yesterday, and now, I'm sick. Now, I have a disease. Everything was good and then, suddenly, things went wrong. I can't imagine what happened. Nothing has changed. I've been doing everything the same." But really, that condition has been developing for a decade. You just didn't have any idea about it because nobody was reading your lab work appropriately, nobody was looking at functional ranges, nobody was paying attention when you were like, "I'm tired. My hair's thinning. My skin's getting dry," and now, you have a health condition.
Now, you're like, "Okay, I don't want to take Synthroid. I want to do this the natural way." You get going on some program, maybe you clean up your diet, you find a good program and you're wondering after three months, why isn't this working. Why is this taking so long. My whole point is ... I do have a point. I do have a point. My point is, is our health does not go side ways, overnight, in a few days or even in a few months. Typically, it's been developing over probably, our entire lives of toxicity, of exposure in the last 15 years. EMF, stress, all these things. Bad diet food additives, toxic people, all these things and it's been going out of whack for a long time, but we just didn't know because we weren't paying attention.
If it takes 10 years for you to develop something like Hashimoto's, how long do you think it's actually going to take to fix that? It's going to take time and I can't put a number on that. I can't tell you it's going to take six months, it's going to take a year, it's going to take five years. I can't tell you because everyone's different and there's so many things that go into a healing program and there's so many things you actually need to heal. But if you want to actually fix a problem and you want to get to the root cause and you want to reverse something that has become a chronic health problem, this is a long term approach. This is a long-term journey. This is not going to be a quick fix. Unfortunately, there's no quick fix. Anything in alternative health is not a quick fix.
I just want to say hi to Tierney. I hope I didn't just butcher your name, but hello. Welcome. I'm so glad you're here and I know there's eight of you on and a few of you are probably shy, so say, "Hey," or give me a little heart, give me a like. Let me know you're here. Let me know if what I'm saying is resonating with you. Let me know if you do have a chronic health condition that you're trying to reverse the natural way. I would love to know where you're at.
This is the thing, right? When we decide to undertake a natural healing protocol or program or journey or whatever, the first thing we need to accept is that this is going to take time. It's probably going to take longer than six months. Honestly, it may even take a year or even longer. It may take several years or it may be an ongoing life thing. I'm not trying to discourage you but this is the truth. These things have been developing our whole life and a lot of us with chronic health issues ... Oh good, I got Tierney's name right. Awesome. Welcome, I haven't seen you on here before and, so I just want to hello and so glad you're here. I voice cracked like a teenager there.
Yeah. I think, the first thing we need to understand is that it is going to take time. A lot of people want to know, "Well, I just need to do that and I'm good, right? Then, I'm good." No, you're not good. You're never going to be good and what I mean by that is the second thing we have to accept ... The first thing we need to accept is healing takes time. The second thing we have to accept is that we live in an incredibly toxic question world, incredibly toxic. We have never, in human history have ever been exposed to so many heavy metals and chemicals. 84,000 chemicals in our environment. Heavy metals are pretty much all around us. They're in everything.
I'm drinking out of a ceramic mug that I shouldn't be drinking out of because the ceramic glaze probably has lead, uranium. I'm slowly phasing these out but this is what I knew. This is what I know. We have to accept that we don't live in a world that is conducive to health. We have a lot of stressors in our lives. We have to wear a lot hats, especially us women. We need to be mothers, we need to be bosses, we need to be employees, we need to be spouses, we need to be best friends. We're wearing a lot of hats, right? We have a lot of stress. Then, we have the metals and chemicals.
Recently, in the past 10 to 15 years, we're dealing with EMF exposure. We're dealing with WiFi, we're dealing with 5G, we're dealing with cellphone towers, we're dealing with electricity, we're dealing with a lot of things that are very new and are disrupting our energy fields. I'm actually digging deep into EMF, right now, guys. That's definitely going to be a future topic. We have all those things going on. Right?
All those things are working against us. Now, this is not to discourage you. This is not to say there's things you can do to improve these things or protect yourself from these things, but because of these things, health is never going to be a thing. If you want to be healthy and you want to recover and you want to live a life where you're thriving and not just surviving, you are going to have to figure out what are the things that you need to do to keep yourself healthy.
When we first embark on a healing journey, we likely have to be pretty strict, probably going to have to run a bunch of testing. We're probably going to have to take a bunch of supplements. We're going to have to be super on top of it. But as things improve and as we heal over time, we're probably not going to have to be as more rigid. We're going to be able to tolerate more foods. We're going to be able to make a little bit more mistake in our diet. We're going to take less supplements. But still, what we're going to have to figure out is what do I need to maintain my health and keep myself healthy.
There's always going to be something. Using myself as an example, I have to be really on top of my meditation and self-care. Very type America. Maybe you've noticed that. I take on a lot. I'm an over achiever. I'm ambitious. I have a million projects on the go at all times. I work hard. I really have to be on top of grounding, on top of spending time outside, getting out in the sun, meditation and doing things to help me relax because otherwise, I just get anxious, I get overstimulated and things go sideways. I have to be very on top of my sleep. I am not someone who can stay up past 10:30 two or three nights in a row. That will seriously affect my health. That will push me back to feeling fatigue, feeling burnt out, feeling terrible.
I have a lot more room in my diet but I can't eat gluten. That's not something I can eat, so I have to consciously avoid gluten. There's all these different things. I also have to be very on top of my magnesium and calcium intake because I have a very fast metabolism and I burn these things really quickly. Those are the supplements that I need to focus on. I am 10 years into my health journey and I have made vast improvements. I feel significantly better, but if I don't stay on top of things, I can easily fall back into fatigue, into not feeling good, into insomnia. That's what I'm trying to say.
Healing is a journey. It's not like you just follow that three months or six month program, or you're good where you just run one round of testing and you're good. This is an ongoing journey. We need to always stay on top of things. I will test myself regularly. I'm always running my Hair Mineral Analysis Test, I'm running my GI Map, I'm running my Metals. I'm seeing what I'm getting exposed to. I'm seeing if I picked up an infection. I'm seeing if my minerals are getting further out of whack because if I don't stay on top of those things, it's very easy for me to fall back. The truth is if you have developed a chronic health condition, if you have chronic fatigue, if you've gotten to the point of exhaustion, burn out, if you have Hashimoto's or some diagnosed health condition, you've gotten to that point, which means you can always get back there. That is why you have to stay on top of things.
The next thing I want to talk about is the sort of process of healing. I think a lot of people think, "Okay, I just need to clean up my diet. Maybe I need to just exercise. I need to hop on a sauna and then, I'm just going to feel like this. I feel like crap. I'm at a four out of 10 for energy and now, I'm going to be at a 4.5 and then, I'm going to be at a 5.5 and a 6 and a 6.5 and a 7 and then one day, I'm going to be on a 10. It's just this sort of linear progression. You need to get that out of your head because it doesn't actually exist. It looks like this and sometimes, it looks like this. If you're on the podcast, first one was me making a wave. If you put your hand outside the window when you are moving really fast I a car and you do that wave motion. That's what I was doing. Then, I was making a scribble. It's not straightforward.
The truth is, as we go through this healing process, there's going to be a lot of ups and downs. This is because typically, in order for your body to get to a higher state of health, it has to feel crappy temporarily. When you improve your health, when you start doing better things for your body, things that actually support you, support your body's function, what it wants to do is it's like, "Great. I feel better, I have more energy, I'm going to do some house cleaning." That might mean it decides to move out a chemical or a toxin that you might have been storing in your body for years, for decades or something you were recently exposed to. When your body decides to detox something, what happens is that, that toxin or that chemical is going to temporarily end up in your blood stream or it's going to have to get pushed to your kidneys, your liver. It's going to have to get pushed out. It's going to be immobilized. That means that as you're detoxing, you typically don't feel great.
This is the biggest thing that turns people off their healing program and causes them to actually give up and think that it's not working or think that they're failing. It's a tough thing to deal with. I get it. I go through it too. I'll feel really good for awhile and then, I spend a few weeks kind of feeling crappy because my body decided to detox lead or get rid of whatever it was that it was dealing with. As a result, I feel more fatigued or I don't sleep as well. It's really easy in that moment to be like, "What I'm doing isn't working. I'm taking steps back. I'm back at the beginning. I'm back to where I started. I must be doing something wrong." Or the most common thing I hear is nothing has changed. I'm not doing anything different."
First of all, everything is always changing. Nothing is static in the body. Regardless of what you're doing, if you're always doing the same thing, what you're getting exposed to, the energy that is coming into your energy field is always changing. Right? That doesn't even make sense. When you're like, "Well, nothing has changed." Everything's changing. Everything is always changing. Our body is constantly dealing with inputs or outputs. But the other thing is you don't want to look at it as things are getting worse. I'm doing the wrong things. Usually, what it means is that you just need to stay the course.
Now, this may be really hard to determine if you're doing things on your own and this is why I really do recommend you work with someone. In my HIGH on Energy membership, we are always running testing, we a re retesting, we are re-looking at things, so that we can tell if someone's actually progressing, which helps because sometimes, if you're doing this on your own, you feel crappy for a couple of months. You're like, "I don't know if this is actually helping or I'm feeling worse. I don't actually know." But if you're doing testing, if you're tracking it with testing and looking at the numbers and tracking things, then it's a lot easier to know if what you're doing is the right thing and if you actually just need to stay the course.
It's not a straightforward journey and it's up and down and you can get to a point with your health where you're like I feel amazing. This is the best I've ever felt. But you could still go back to feeling crappy temporarily because the better you feel, the better your body is going to detox and the better, the more it's going to be immobilizing this toxins into your bloodstream to move them out, which means that you feel crappy.
That is what I'm trying to say. The first thing we need to realize is that our health does not get bad overnight. We don't develop chronic health issues overnight. They develop over months, years and likely, decades, possibly even our whole lives, which means that there isn't a quick fix. These things are going to take time.
Number two, what we need to realize and accept that we live in a very toxic world. Pretty much everything is working against us. Health can never take a back burner. It's always something that we're going to have to stay on top off. Obviously, as we get healthier, there's a bit more room for error, but you probably are still going to always have to take a certain supplement or practice self-care or focus on meditation, focus on taking time for yourself, exercising, that sort of thing, but we're always going to have to be consciously aware of the things that we're doing to keep ourselves healthy.
Then, number three, health is not a linear progression. Healing is not a linear progression. It's a wave. It's fucked up scribble. There's a lot of ups and downs and sometimes you feel very alone, sometimes you feel very frustrated, but if you are working with a good practitioner, someone who can guide you through this, someone who is using functional testing to guide the process, you just need to stay the course and make adjustments as you go.
I have to hop off now. I'm headed to the gym. I'm headed to Maverick Fitness for my weekly gym session with my personal trainer. I got to hop off now, but I hope that was helpful, guys. I do these Facebook lives every single Tuesday at 4:15 PM Pacific and then, this goes out as a podcast every Thursday as the HIGH on Energy podcast. Subscribe to the podcast if you want me to join you in your car or on your walk or if you guys want to join me live and ask me questions on air, I love that. I love connecting with you. Just join me every Tuesday and the last Tuesday of every month, that's next Tuesday, I do a live Q&A, so if you guys have questions, you can ask them on this thread, you can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can Facebook message my Facebook page and then, I will answer your questions on air or you can hop on and ask me live.
Okay guys, I hope you have a great time. Hey, Cody's on. Cody, my personal trainer is actually on right now. He's like, "Yes," I'm giving a shout to Maverick Fitness. If you're in the Kootenays, definitely check out his gym. It is the gym for people who hate gyms, so check it out. Awesome guys. Thanks so much for joining me today and I will see you guys in the next episode of HIGH on Energy.