I have a confession to make: I’m kind of a hypochondriac. I used to be the girl who was up half the night WebMD-ing my life away and writing my will simultaneously. There’s no particular reason why I think I have every illness A-Z; it’s just one of my “charms” (I tell myself). However, about a year or two ago, my endless internet searches eventually lead me away from my doomsday diagnoses and towards a part of the internet I hadn’t yet ventured into: holistic healing and alternative medicine. I started off my research looking up ways to cure thyroid disease naturally, as I have hypothyroidism (more specifically, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis) and was sick of taking pills, sick of paying co-pays at the pharmacy and, most of all, sick of feeling sick.
My endocrinologist at the time was treating me “by the numbers” instead of by my symptoms. By this I mean that since my labs routinely came back “normal” (though what is normal, really? Certainly it isn’t universal!) from being on medication for a few years, she wasn’t wanting to explore any other ways to help my persistent symptoms. Basically, as long as my levels were at a comfortable number for her, I was considered “fine” despite not feeling anywhere close to fine. Although I’m not a doctor and would never pretend I know more about my diagnosis than one, I knew I just didn’t feel right and I wanted to research why that was.
Before I knew it, I was falling head first into a world of herbal supplements, coconut oil, chia seeds, lymphatic drainage and organic anything. That appeared to be the key with online bloggers and commenters looking to heal holistically: eat as organic as you can get, as often as you can get it. It turned out that there was much more I could do to help my thyroiditis symptoms besides popping a synthetic pill. I could eat better, detox my system, balance my hormones, and start to avoid harmful products that were either going into my body through food or through my skin. It was empowering to realize that I could be the captain of my own ship! I could take responsibility for things within my control and try to help myself get better —while listening to my physicians and staying on my medication.
Let’s be clear; I’m not always eating the best or using the safest products, and my past dabble into the world of makeup artistry left me with pounds of chemical-laden lipsticks I can’t get rid of yet…but I am trying. My journey to eat more organic produce, non-GMO foods and educate myself about what I’m putting in my mouth and on my face/body is just that –a journey. It’s a process. I lived over 20 years knowing nothing about what it means for something to be organic and why it’s even important, so I have 20 years of habits to break –and that will definitely take time.
If you’re reading this and visiting the Organic Bath Co. website, it’s probably because you’re either already on this journey, as I am, or you’ve just started (and yes, by reading this, you’ve started the info-gathering process! Congrats!). Don’t get discouraged if a recipe calls for something you don’t already have or can’t easily find in your local store. Don’t be upset if you realize most of your diet right now consists of GMOs. Don’t beat yourself up over years of prior usage of conventional products versus the “natural” alternative. Don’t give up if it all seems impossible. It isn’t; and you’re smarter and stronger than you think. Every journey starts somewhere, and best of all…there are no rules or deadlines! Enjoy it.