Good morning! Melody-Rose here. I’m writing today to share what I’ve learned by working with Dr. Dean and our customers and readers over the last 5+ years, with respect to changing habits. I thought it might help you make the shifts you need to make to increase your wellness.
Instantaneous, Permanent Relief Is a Myth!
As Dr. Dean has said many times, allopathic doctors give people the impression that wellness is instantaneous. You pop pills, your symptom disappears. But, is that what’s really happening? Many customers write in about how hard it is to deal with the side effects from a drug they take regularly. Others share that they are on a dozen different medications to deal with all of their symptoms. Some even say that medications “stop working,” and then their doctor prescribes a higher dose.
Don’t even get me started on the reports I hear about men getting different treatment than women. It was eye-opening for me to learn that a man and a woman can go to the doctor with the exact same symptoms of Chronic Fatigue. The man will get treated for exhaustion or immune issues. The woman will be given anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medication. So, I have to conclude that the pop a pill for immediate relief strategy actually doesn’t work over the long haul, at least for some people.
What Is the Body’s Natural Wellness Process?
Dr. Dean describes the body’s natural wellness process in a few paragraphs in her post, What Happens when I Start to Get Well? If you understand your body’s natural wellness process, then when your body shifts, you can recognize what you need to do (See the list of Wellness Habits below.)
“The Natural Wellness Cycle”
Everyone’s wellness process is unique. It is affected by many different factors, such as: diet, exercise, fresh air, sunlight, medication(s), supplements, heredity, hydration, etc. However, everyone’s wellness cycle has some things in common and include the following processes:
This is the active phase of the wellness process. Enzyme and other biological systems are activated. Cells, organs, and systems “wake up.” During this phase of creating good health, people often complain of being shaky, anxious, or jumpy. They also experience random pins and needles, burning or twitching muscles, and random pain. These experiences are not symptoms of the body malfunctioning. They are evidence that feeding the body well-absorbed nutrients is waking the body up. An awake body is a body that already is expanding its wellness.
On the other hand, there are “supplementers” who complain about being tired or feeling they need to take naps. This is the body’s communication that it needs downtime/rest in order to process and integrate the changes it is making. I’ve written an article that explains this in detail called “Lying Down Therapy.” Again, wanting to rest is not a failure. It is an integral part of the natural cycle of wellness.
The third process people experience in the natural wellness cycle is detoxification. When supplementers have a healthy gut, detoxification is a natural part of creating good health, so natural, in fact, that most people won’t even notice. But, if the cells are releasing toxins faster than the gut can excrete them, users often report detoxification symptoms such as light headache, slight flu symptoms, soft stools or diarrhea, rashes, and so on. Just like activation and resting, detoxification is not a malfunction of the body or a side effect of supplementation. It’s a phase of the natural cycle of wellness.”
NOTE: The word, “supplementers,” in the above paragraphs refers to those who use the supplements Dr. Dean suggests.
As you can see from Dr. Dean’s description of the wellness processes, creating good health isn’t an instant fix situation. It’s a journey, with ups and downs, losses and victories. But, with every consistent improvement you make, you give your body a better platform from which to build every-increasing wellness.
A Few Simple Wellness Habits
Dr. Dean does such a good job of describing the practices that will help you increase your health. I am going to use the list she made in her post, Simple Ways to Improve Your Health:
- Drink More Water
- Improve Your Nutrition
- Supplement Missing Nutrients
- Get More Exercise in the Fresh Air and Sunshine
- Get Enough Sleep
- Reduce Stress
- Improve Your Environment
- Monitor Your Medications
- Be Consistent
This list looks like a very tall order, and in a perfect world, everyone would still live this healthy lifestyle (You know, the one your grandparents or great grandparents lived.) What I found is that by even changing a small percentage of my habits (with consistency), my body rewarded me with expanded health.
I’ve made and heard every excuse for not adopting lifestyle changes. Do you recognize any of these excuses?
- I don’t have time to….
- The mineral drink/detox drink tastes bad.
- Having to find/purchase better quality food/supplements is inconvenient.
- It costs too much.
- I don’t have the right bottle, measuring spoon…
- My doctor says… (and you didn’t do your own research)
- I’m too tired.
- I’m not feeling good enough to…
Dissecting the Excuses
Let’s dissect these excuses and see if they are really true. Do you realize that you are resisting making changes that would give you an easier, more comfortable, joyful, and longer life? Do you hear how ludicrous that sounds? Let’s look at a couple of examples, so you hear what I hear when you or I make excuses.
- You don’t have time to chop and shop to eat healthier. You’ve budgeted time for shopping and cooking anyway. What if you get more educated, buy better quality foods and beverages, and learn to cook quicker, easier, and more nutritious meals? Would that be of benefit to you?
- You think you can’t afford the Completement Formulas because they are expensive. What do you mean when you say this? Compared to what other supplements? You probably purchase supplements anyway. So, what I found works is to narrow down the number of supplements to what Dr. Dean suggests, because they are the basic building blocks your body needs. Because of their high absorption and lower doses, this will save you money. We literally have hundreds of customers that report savings to us, as they reduce their supplement consumption from dozens to a handful.
I’ve had customers and readers write me and say, “But, you just don’t understand how bad I feel. I have no energy. I’m in pain. I can’t even start to improve my situation.” I asked Dr. Dean for permission to share some of my story with you so that you see that I do understand where you are. I also know that you can incrementally improve your wellness over time by consistently moving into a healthier lifestyle. I will focus on one of my areas of greatest resistance in adopting a healthier lifestyle -f food. Then, I am going to share with you some tools I used to disconnect me from that resistance.
My Total Body Meltdown
When I first connected with Dr. Dean, I was in Total Body Meltdown for the third time in a bit over 20 years. In her eBook, Total Body Meltdown and the 65 Reasons Why, Dr. Dean describes Total Body Meltdown as “When Nothing Works and Everything Hurts.” That perfectly describes where I was.
I was electrocuted in 1999 and had sustained nervous system trauma/damage. It took me until around 2006 to be completely mobile (I went from bedridden to wheelchair to walker to walking in that time.). Because I had not exercised in years, I had put on 160 lbs. Even though I could walk, I waddled and was short of breath. So, in 2007, I followed my doctor’s advice and had a “duodenal switch” (a surgery where they resect your stomach, remove your gall bladder and appendix, and reroute your small intestines so that you can’t completely digest your food and absorb nutrients. This created the weight loss I felt I needed to be more mobile, but I’m one of those people that have quite a few side effects from the surgery (not predictable by the doctor as some people don’t and some do).
In 2011/2012 I went to the ER because I thought I was having a heart attack. I had chest pains, pains along my left shoulder and arm. I felt panicky, and when we took my pulse, it seemed like my heart was skipping beats. I was diagnosed with AFib, PVCs, and angina and spent the next few years doing exactly what my doctor told me to do – take blood pressure medicine, blood thinners, a medication that was supposed to regulate heart arrhythmia. But I never got better. I just kept getting worse and worse. It got to the point where the heart arrhythmia happened so often, that I was tired all the time. Walking exhausted me. Standing exhausted me. I spent a good bit of my day sitting up in bed.
One of the drives that helped me overcome Total Body Meltdown after the electrocution was that I knew there was something better for me, that there were experiences I felt passionately about, and that I was determined to do whatever it takes to improve my health and, therefore, possibilities of having more adventure and joy in my life. So, I was looking for something that worked.
Enter Dr. Carolyn Dean
A friend had given me a sample size RnA Drops (In those days, we still had them.), and I put it in the refrigerator and forgot about it. One day when I was contemplating the question, “What would it take for me to get well again?”, I walked down to the kitchen to get a drink out of the refrigerator. That’s when I noticed the bottle of RnA Drops and took it back upstairs to my room. I read the label and then got on my laptop to see what RnA Drops is, who made it, etc. That’s when I learned that Dr. Dean had a phone-in internet radio show on Monday nights. By some miracle, it was Monday afternoon. So, I phoned into the show on Monday night, not knowing yet that Dr. Dean was an expert on magnesium therapy for heart arrhythmia and that she had written and talked about this for decades. Talking with her was a pivotal experience for me.
Consistent Baby Steps Increase Wellness
PLEASE NOTE: The emails mentioned below occurred over an almost 6 year span of time (4-5 emails in almost 6 years). Here is a link to a post that gives detailed information about when it is appropriate to contact Dr. Dean. Be patient with yourself and remember that after the first email I wrote, once some of my energy stabilized, I listened to Dr. Dean’s recordings and read her books and posts in their entirety, before I ever contacted her. That is what Dr. Dean calls, “partnering up.”
My first step was creating more cardiovascular wellness so that I could get back into a healthier life. Dr. Dean gave me the A-Z explanation of saturating with magnesium. I had faith that I had a future and hope that I could experience more wellness. So, I was willing to start with a low dose of ReMag and increase slowly, as she suggested. Little did I know that my body had stored so many old medications that it considered toxic, that every time I tried to use 1/8-1/4 teaspoons of ReMag in 32 ounces of sea-salted water, I detoxed like crazy (dull headaches, slight flu-like symptoms, diarrhea, skin rashes). Since I was familiar with detox, I emailed Dr. Dean, and she pointed me to her article, “When Magnesium Makes Me Better.” After reading the article and experimenting with smaller and smaller amounts of ReMag, Dr. Dean finally suggested that I use ReAline (as the instructions suggest) and also put one drop of ReMag on my skin every day until my body acclimated. Then, increase to 2 drops of ReMag on my skin, etc. I used it on my skin until I got up to 1 tsp, then I switched to putting the ReMag in 32 oz of water and sipping it. It took me around a year to be able to use the maintenance dose of ReMag (1 teaspoon) and almost another year to get to my personal saturation dose (4 teaspoons).
My body brought up the second step, i.e. adding ReMyte to the ReMag solution I drank. After using several drops of ReMag on my skin, I started to experience cold hands and feet and never felt warm. Ginney pointed me to the material on ReMyte, and after I read and listened to the information, I emailed Dr. Dean to see if I should start ReMyte with one drop on my skin. The answer was, “Yes,” and that began my ReMyte use. Slowly but surely, I was able to use appropriate amounts of ReMyte with my ReMag (half as much ReMyte as ReMag), and my hands and feet were no longer cold.
When I got to my saturation doses of ReMag and ReMyte, Dr. Dean asked me one night on the radio show if I wanted to build perfect new heart cells, now that my AFib/PVCs/angina had subsided. I agreed and started using RnA ReSet Drops. Again, using the Drops as suggested triggered too much detox, too fast (Yes, my body wanted those toxins out of my system.). Again, I applied the information I had read and listened to and emailed Dr. Dean for suggestions. With her approval, I put one RnA ReSet Drop in a dropper bottle of 2 oz of pure water. I took one of these diluted drops daily for months before I could use two of the diluted drops. At around the one year mark, I was able to use the RnA ReSet Drops like everyone else.
When ReCalcia came out, I didn’t need to use it. I eat at least 600 mg of calcium-rich foods daily. Because of my surgery, I have to “protein load.” I do some of this with non-lactose cheeses like Brick cheese, Cheddar, Colby, Dry-curd cottage cheese, Gruyere, Havarti, Manchego, Provolone, and Swiss.
I wanted to build more muscle, since I lost a lot of muscle when I was immobile. So, when ReStructure came out, Barb Schiltz, my nutritionist (who wrote the nutritional plan and recipes for ReSet the Yeast Connection) and I worked out a smoothie that incorporated home grown or organic leafy greens with ReStructure, raw yogurt, berries, and hemp seeds. Even though my shortened small intestines don’t allow for complete absorption of nutrients, I found that I was gaining muscle with the ReStructure my body did absorb. Additionally, ReStructure was more effective than some of the other protein powders we tried before ReStructure came out. I also like the additional Vitamin C ReStructure provides. I did a ReStructure smoothie most days until the day I hit my wall (See below.).
I think you can see that my journey has had its ups and downs, its losses and then victories. In order to get the products I knew I needed to create more wellness; I really did whatever it took. I wasn’t working when I first started using ReMag. So, I redid my food budget in order to pay for an 8 oz bottle. The taste wasn’t objectionable to me because of the dilution, but I got bored with the drink. So, I started adding lemon juice, ginger powder and stevia to my drink. I finally found my favorite trade-off drink — unsweetened organic cranberry juice concentrate with stevia. Quite frankly, I made Dr. Dean’s program work for me because my other choice was completely unpalatable to me. I knew I had a list of experiences I passionately wanted to have, and I wasn’t going to let taste, cost, or stubborn habits get in the way of my wellness journey.
Until I Met My Area of Resistance
After I was arrhythmia free and had experienced ever-improving wellness for a few years, I went on a cruise where I was bitten by over a hundred mosquitoes on the beach. My roommate was quarantined on the ship because he had contracted Hepatitis A in port before the cruise started. All of a sudden, my cardiovascular deficiencies and detox symptoms reared their ugly heads. Since I had listened to all of Dr. Dean’s recordings and read all her articles/books by then, I knew to increase my minerals and hydration until I could get home. But I was mystified that this situation wasn’t turning around.
When I arrived home, I did my research in Dr. Dean’s archives, came up with some questions about tweaks I could make, and sent the email to Dr. Dean. When I got her response, she said that she gathered that my body was ready to work on yeast overgrowth, pointed me to the yeast questionnaire, and the material she had put together on resetting one’s yeast levels. This was when I hit my wall.
My Wall: Detox and The Nutritional Plan
I had no issues working with the Detox Drink. I just had to get up a bit earlier in the morning to drink it on an empty stomach and drinking it last thing at night. When I tried this, I found this was too much for my smaller, resected stomach — the detox drinks, the smoothie, 2 quarts of water and food didn’t all fit in a stomach the size of a banana. So, I had some structural related issues to work through, and I experimented with all of the liquids to see how I could fit in as much as I consistently could drink. Experimenting takes some time and effort, but I did find a combination that works for me.
Toxins from yeast die off, and in my experience, are no fun. So, be prepared to support your body while it detoxifies. I frequently go to https://drcarolyndean.com and read Dr. Dean’s blogs on detoxing, like Too Toxic to Detox. I’ve used detox baths and foot baths, taking extra ReAline, clay poultices, castor oil poultices, and garlic infused nasal spray to help me move through detoxification more easily. But some days I get pretty frustrated with the detox, and when I do, I walk away from work, play with my cats, read a book, or have a nap. By the time I shift the environment, I shift the frustration. I also find that tapping is helpful to move some of the emotional energy (as well as stuck thinking).
I already was on a restricted diet because of the surgery. I couldn’t digest raw food or fats easily, if at all. Even more challenging was the fact that I am a foodie, so I love strong flavors and very specific textures of food. When I tried the Yeast ReSet Nutritional Plan, it just didn’t work for me. I was hungry all the time. I despised how the food was put together, as the meals were so boring to me. Plus, I live over an hour away from the closest healthy food store (Whole Foods Grocery, Trader Joe, Sprouts). I was working by then, and I just didn’t feel like I had enough energy or time to shop and chop. So, I knew I had to take “my excuses away” so that I could make some progress with the Yeast ReSet.
Take Away Your Excuses
Quite frankly, I was a habitual eater. If I liked something or if it reminded me of meals where I had been happy with family and friends, I would eat the same thing over and over. So, if I am truthful, the seeming monotony of the Yeast ReSet Nutritional Plan wasn’t the problem. That I didn’t want to change what I was eating was the problem. Since I had this resistance, I that processing all the layers until it releases was up for me. But I didn’t wait for that process to come to completion. I started making physical changes.
First, I hired Barb Schiltz for a few hours of nutritional consulting. Here is her biography and email:
Barbara Schiltz has been a Registered Nurse for over 50 years, and a Certified Nutritionist for almost 20 years. She is also a Nutrition Educator and Consultant in Private Practice. As a research investigator at The Functional Medicine Research Center (FMRC) in Gig Harbor, Washington Barbara monitored patients with yeast overgrowth and IBS, and supervised clinical trials for patients with insulin resistance, Type 2 Diabetes, and obesity. She co-authored a book with Scott Rigden, MD, ‘The Ultimate Metabolism Diet, Eat Right for Your Metabolic Type’ and has written many articles, including,“A Science-Based, Clinically Tested Dietary Approach for The Metabolic Syndrome”, published in Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders. Barb’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This was some of the best money I ever spent. She knew what structural, physical, and emotional issues I had before we talked. We tailored my yeast reset menus and worked on strategies to deal with those blocks.
First, we decided that my entire digestive system needed a rest and that doing an allergy elimination diet made sense. Since there are so few choices on an allergy elimination diet for the first 2 or 3 weeks, it gave me some time to acclimate to the emotional, mental, and lifestyle changes I needed to make to develop a program where I feed my body and not the yeast.
After I started to add a food daily to the strictest allergy elimination diet, Barb looked for cookbooks and recipes that had strong flavors but would fit into my diet plan. Here is my favorite: Mediterranean Paleo Cooking by Caitlin Weeks, NC, and Chef Nabil Boumrar. I’m also learning about cooking Asian and Indian foods as they are vegetable intense with strongly flavored sauces (of course, I eliminate the sugar. :)).
The second thing I did to solve the “shop and chop” issue was look for a buddy who had the time to shop and chop (either when they did their own food shopping and chopping or just for me). I found a friend who wanted cooking lessons – and since I already cooked, I had time for that. He was willing to shop and chop, bring the food to my house, and then cook it up, leaving with his portion of cooked food and another recipe.
When he moved to California, I found a Whole Foods near my chiropractor whom I visit once every two weeks, and I purchase pre-cleaned, pre-chopped vegetables. Additionally, I purchase organic quinoa and brown rice in microwavable packages, and meat or fish that already is cut up. I take a cooler filled halfway with ice with me so that the food is fresh when I get it home to package it.
I also cook enough food to have one meal and freeze another. That way on nights when I’m working for Dr. Dean, I don’t have to cook.
I found reasonable substitutes for food I missed. For example, I was brought up eating sandwiches more than once a day, and gluten free bread has a mealy texture that I just don’t like. I found a brand of tortillas made from cassava that taste like the real thing. When they are doubled up, they make pretty good containers for meat, veggies, cheese, etc. They are not a sandwich, but they are handheld and are quite satisfying.
Since I don’t digest raw veggies all that well, I can’t just whip up a salad, throw some protein on it, and eat it. So, I’ve learned to use my Ninja to finely chop onions, celery, etc. and make egg salad, chicken salad, or tuna salad. I eat these with pickled veggies or lightly blanched vegetables that I shock in cold water. So, with a bit of preparation, I can pull together a salad.
I don’t like sweets almost at all. So, I found that adding a few leafy greens to my smoothies offsets the sweet taste. By the way, you can also add a few chopped up leafy greens to already prepared soups and sauces to increase their nutrition.
So, as you can see, making consistent small changes works. I’m much closer to having a balanced microbiome than I ever have been before. I continue to be passionate about my life and the new things I want to experience. So, when the wellness process is challenging, I know that I can move through these temporary blocks and continue to march toward ever-expanding good health.