Natural Health: How it all started

One life live it well Hi I’m Tovah.  John and I are an ideal  couple, because we’re both health nuts and  John keeps me up to date with what’s available for any ailment. I have to say, when I first saw his ‘laboratory’ for making his lotions and potions, I was very impressed. We’re both brimming with health and vitality and we like to keep up with plenty of sports and exercise.

My transition to natural from conventional medicine happened 34 years ago after everyone thought I was going to die, me included, after a Cerebrovascular accident (CVA) I was 27 years old and I woke early one morning with pain and blindness from the brightest light I’d ever seen. I don’t know how I did it, but I crawled out of bed and made my way to the bathroom before I collapsed, where after  my husband came upstairs to wake me and the kids, and found me slumped on the floor. After tests, two horrid angiograms that temporarily paralyzed me,  almost a brain surgery, zombifying medicine and three weeks in hospital, I was released by my wonderful, Irish neurosurgeon, telling me he had witnessed a miracle! Apparently I didn’t have an aneurysm, as was suspected, but the second angiogram told them that only scar tissue remained and all was healed. It was certainly a miracle! The neurosurgeon went on to tell me, how I had to continue with my medication (I called them zombie pills) and reeled of a whole bunch of do’s and don’ts that I had to adhere to for the rest of my life. Here are some of them;

  • No more hormones (I was taking a contraceptive pill.)
  • Live a sedentary life (what does that mean?)
  • No more kids (WHAT! you’re not serious?)
  • Keep taking the medicine (Yuck; I feel like a zombie.)
  • Don’t drink alcohol (You can’t be serious?)
  • Quit smoking (Ok, I’ll think about it.)

The upshot was that after 6 months of my zombified life, I made a decision to throw every rotten pill down the toilet. I’d had enough! I  made another decision that I would rather have died than continue to live this way. Hence my transition towards natural medicine. I was recommended, by a friend, to go and see her Naturapath.  After a detox of boiled onions and their juice for three days, I was jumping around again and for the first time since the CVA I felt happy that I’d actually survived it.

So this is the place where I would like to join John, to share my wealth of experiences and knowledge regarding health issues, herbal remedies and beneficial foods. The rest of my life has been anything but sedentary. I’ve had three more children since the CVA.  I drank like a fish (love wine) but now I don’t touch a drop and tried to keep off conventional medications altogether, including over-the-counter stuff. The best advice the old Doc gave me, was to quit smoking, which I did. I changed my diet to organic or the best I could purchase at the time. More about that in future blogs.

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About Tovah

Certified Substance Abuse and Addictions Professional, (CASAP) Although retired I still do voluntary work in my profession. For many years I've been a natural health enthusiast, using natural remedies and eating healthy natural organic food. I'd like to share some of my experiences about growing Organic Vegetables in small spaces, indoors and out.
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3 Responses to Natural Health: How it all started

  1. coastalmom says:

    Wow… I am inspired!

  2. Je cherchais quelque chose comme ça et je suis tellement heureux que j’ai enfin trouvé

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