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An update.  I was part of the Raw Balance Initiative, which I loved.   For a number of years before that I was eating a big salad everyday along with green juices and smoothies.  Anyway I went overseas to visit my daughter and her family during the initiative and missed about a month of it.  So I got back Dec. 16th and Dec 25th I started coughing.   I ended up on Codeine and an inhaler.  Also a pain reliever because I kept pulling muscles in my back due to excessive coughing.  My whole torso felt like I was struck by a 2 X 4 and it has been like that for weeks.  I had a number of days where all my concentration was just trying to breathe and inhale oxygen.


The things I tried to do to fight it were:


-wet cotton socks covered by woolen socks and then jump into bed

-many immunity supplements, oil of oregano, echinacea, vit C and   many others

-tea and water till I floated

-rubbing myself down with essential oils night and day

-essential oil implant with oils geared toward the lungs

-this week I went for a colonic which only seemed to intensify my symptoms.  I have had a number of colonics and I always come out feeling great

-eating lightly and high raw with a little cooked vegan food

-resting, resting, resting.  My wonderful husband took over


Now I know this was a vicious virus because I have never had to work so hard to get well.  I have never taken drugs except that my mother put us on a lot of antibiotics when I was young.  I am still struggling and now I also have a sinus problem.  I guess I am looking for hope because many times I have cried and struggled as to why this is happening.  My husband says he doesn’t know anyone who works as hard at their health as I do.  It can’t be detox because that doesn’t last for over a month.


I was born to a smoking mother, low birth weight, put on a sugar laden formula and grew up around a ton of smokers.  I myself smoked in my teens till about 22.  I am 52 and I have never suffered this bad with illness.  I guess I feel like “why try anymore”.  Most of my siblings smoke, drink excessively and gamble, lead very toxic lives, etc and they have not suffered like I do.  I by contrast have a very functional, healthy family.


I have not been able to exercise because of my lung capacity.  I have cried out to God for mercy and for healing and he is my greatest hope.  Does anyone have any words of encouragement or have you experienced anything like this?  Honestly, for a few days there, I thought we were going to have to call my daughter back from overseas.  I am feeling a tad better but if I try to do anything I just get worn right out.


I really love Raw Food Rehab and all the people here.  Does anyone know why this is happening?  Sorry that this has been so long, and I am not a very experienced blogger.


Shalom and Blessings!!

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Comment by Deborah Grissam on January 29, 2012 at 3:09pm

laurie so glad you are feeling better!  If you can sleep that is awesome way for your body to mend.   I agree with cynthia  and kip.  Now may not be the time to try alot of supplements and remedies.  When you are really sick, just  healthy foods can be what you need, and lots and lots of water.  Your body needs to stabilize first and then you can start supplementing. 

Comment by Laurie P on January 29, 2012 at 2:01pm

I am so glad I reached out.  Your comments have been invaluable to me.  Now that I think about it maybe I was stressing my body out by trying to force it into healing mode which has always seemed to work before.  Maybe I just needed to stick with the basics and rest.

I am feeling a little better today and had a better night of sleep last night plus a good nap yesterday afternoon.  I hate napping and maybe I should have done more of that too.  And I know I must not overdo it.      But if anyone still wants to comment further that is ok with me.  

I love this place.!!  Many hugs and well wishes to all you for sharing and encouraging!

Comment by cynthia rocca on January 29, 2012 at 1:46pm

If you are starting to feel a bit better, then maybe your body in finally heading in the right direction......healing!  I agree with some of the other that perhaps you have done too much to kick this virus out of your system.  Who knows what you came in contact with overseas (and airplanes are notorious for contracting sickness).  Slow down on trying to detox and just eat right (which you are) and rest.  Let your body dictact to you for awhile, obviously it has been through a big shock, and is going to take it's time to heal.  Personally I don't think any form of exercise is benefial for your body right now, nothing that will draw out toxins (like yoga sometimes does) or exhaust it any further.  You are a lucky woman that you have a loving husband to take things over for you.  If you start to decline further, the suggestion of a naturopathic doctor is a good one, but even to see a different conventional doctor might be a good choice and then if something more is diagnosed, you can chose a holistic Tx to follow.  Anyways, sincerely hoping you feel better soon. 

Comment by Kip Lar on January 29, 2012 at 12:45pm

I was in China two yrs ago for three weeks, the first ever time past Jamaica, and when I go home I was so sick and did not know why.  Like you I started reading and doing everything I read, got worse, family doctor bafffled, specialitsts baffled.  Then I went to a naturopathic doctor, and still under her care.  What she told me was first off do not believe everything you read, desparate research can cause you to put things on your body and in your body that makes matters worse.  One example is like you I was trying so many remedies right after the other,  what I was unknowingly doing was starting detox with certain things, and then stopping it with others, and starting the cyle all over again.  My body was and is still somewhat confused,  because I was giving it things to change it and then giving it other things to cause different changes.  On top of that due to extreme happenings during my younger life, and older life Iwas living in survival mode for the past 50 + yrs and when I decided enough was enough my body didnt know how to survive and thrive not being under chronic stress all the time.  My body turned on itself with an auto immune disease caused by life long extreme stress.  In all this what I am saying please seek sound naturopathic or holistic intervention to guide you in doing what is right for you.. expensive yes,  but I have found that even tho there are days I feel like saying why bother, this is too hard... I know that the old sick body will continue to fight the health I have been feeding it, until the bitter end.... just have to have faith in what my body knows is good and right, and will triumph. Your body is telling you the major area right now is lung capacity, focus on that if you can.. seek professional help, someone you trust and can be recommended if you can.  Please do not give up... remember God hears your prayers, and will not give you more than  you can bare.  Blessings

Comment by Deborah Grissam on January 29, 2012 at 7:51am

Never quit trying to get better- never quit trying to figure out what you can do to improve your health.  It may be very very hard for a while but you will get better and then you will look back  and you may not be able to remember how bad you felt, because you will be feeling so good.  

It happened to me and it can be your story too. 

Comment by Donna Koi on January 28, 2012 at 9:16pm

Do you know what you caught? Since you said you went overseas it could be something foreign to your body. The question comes to if it is bacterial or viral? Codeine is for pain and very strong esp in 500 mgs. If it's bacterial, you're body will fight it with it's antibodies and you'll need to eat things that will kick up your immunity. If it's a virus it's a little harder so you may need medication for that.

When I went to Japan, I got sick. I couldn't speak or eat. I lost a lot of weight because I wasn't eating. Turns out when I came back to the US I got better (not instantly but I was on medication). Sometimes our body is not used to the environment's agents and they effect our body.

But just know, you're a trooper. You are a beacon of strength, bravery and vitality. You will heal and pick up exactly where you were but stronger.  You will overcome this! My prayers will be for your speedy recovery!

Comment by Bette Bliss Shaw on January 28, 2012 at 3:20pm

Imagine how you might be if you didnt try so hard? You are far ahead of the game taking care of yourself well!

It will pass. Many have been gripped with this similar virus and it stayed for a long time. It will pass so just keep at it. Hugs and love to you!

Comment by djd on January 28, 2012 at 2:47pm

Why is hard to say, but it does sound like this has taken quite a bit of your energy, so I think it will take some time before you are totally back to your usual self. 

"a very functional, healthy family"  That is a worthy accomplishment.

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