Case Study – Migraines

Thyroid Migraines Allergies Melody Gumm

Healing is our birthright…and yet this lady spent 30 years of her life looking for relief from MIGRAINES that left her incapacitated and puking for nearly 2 days…every week… for 30 years. If you put those days together in a row…that would be an 8 YEARS puking in bed!!

She also dealt with FATIGUE and DEPRESSION for 20 years … finally diagnosed as a THYROID problem 18 years ago… the treatment… SYNTHROID…caused a condition I had never even heard of, called TELOGEN EFFLUVIUM…which is where LYMPHOCYTES… a type of white blood cell, attack the bulb of the hair follicle, resulting in hair loss and patches of baldness on her scalp!

What a story…but it doesn’t end there! She started having SEIZURES 20 years ago. And more recently, she developed ALLERGIES and “DRY EYES” that felt like she constantly had hair in her eyes.

She listed 4 doctors seen for the various conditions, and to give credit, a prescription of Phenobarbital had eliminated the seizures. The rest of the symptoms, however, had not improved and even worsened over time. She did get some temporary relief of hair loss with natural and homeopathic treatments…but it didn’t last.

Also, in the last couple years, she noticed a feeling like something was in her throat…a lump…that even felt like pressure on her throat…she described as feeling strangled (!!) at times!

WOW…where to begin!? Of course…look for the ROOT CAUSE! Get the RIGHT diagnosis…which is the ROOT CAUSE. Her labs revealed that her thyroid problem was AUTOIMMUNE…not a shocker, as thyroid swelling is often described as a lump or choking. Another woman I treated described it as wearing a metal choker collar! (She has been choker free for several years now!)

With autoimmune disease, we look at the immune system…and guess what…another shocker (not)…she had elevated lymphocytes in her blood, which points to a chronic VIRAL challenge. That ties in the hair loss condition…she was autoimmune, not hypothyroid, so the Synthroid likely aggravated her immune system…causing the attack of her hair follicles and hair loss! We also identified low platelets, Intestinal inflammation, and Liver and gall bladder inflammation…all likely targets of autoimmune attack.

ROOT CAUSE: Chronic VIRAL infection causing immune imbalance and autoimmune attack to the thyroid, platelets, intestinal lining, liver and gall bladder!

SOLUTION: Step one in Autoimmune disease is to control the immune challenge. It could be environmental toxins, any infection, or even stress (or a combo). In her case, the viral challenge was obvious from her history and labs…and using manual muscle testing, we found that two plant medicines…TULSI and ELDERBERRY…improved the muscle dysfunction associated with the viral induced autoimmune disease. (Which is a great indicator that it will help kick the virus!)

TULSI is a garden plant from India, with 3000 years of documented use for viral infections, stress syndromes, improving sleep, and even allergies. Doctors in India research and publish to the same database as US doctors (National Library of Medicine)…in fact, most research on natural meds comes from the east and Europe. In one study, they exposed Wistar rats to a loud noise for 30 minutes (100 decibels…pain begins at 125), and then measured blood cortisol levels…which were “significantly elevated.” Then they fed the rats a diet including tulsi leaves, and repeated the process. Loud noise…30 minutes…just short of pain level…and their cortisol levels were UNCHANGED! NO STRESS REACTION!

STRESS hormone increase is one mechanism that creates hypersensitivity reactions, as in allergy and dry eyes. Stress hormone overproduction creates hypersensitivity to the environment (pollens, dust, molds, etc), chemicals, and even people.

We tested all the above…and found sensitivity reactions to pollen, formaldehyde, and criticism! Formaldehyde and its cousins are widely used in fabrics and perfumes…so any new fabric (car) smell, or perfume smell…you are breathing chemical –aldehydes.

From the MN Dept of Health website: Formaldehyde is classified as a volatile organic compound (VOC). VOC’s are chemicals that become a gas at room temperature. As a result, products made with formaldehyde will release the gas into the air. This is called off-gassing. The health effects of formaldehyde exposure vary from one person to another. The most common symptoms are eye, nose and throat irritation, coughing, headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Human eyes are especially sensitive to formaldehyde. Many people describe the eye irritation as a burning sensation much like when cutting an onion or when you get soap in your eyes. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified formaldehyde as “carcinogenic to humans” based on nose and throat cancers in working populations. (high exposure)

We actually started just with Tulsi, but the muscle dysfunction identified with the immune challenge did not stay “strong” until we added ELDERBERRY. You may know Elderberry as the pharmaceutical drug “Tamiflu.” Roche pharmaceutical researchers brought Elderberry into their lab to create a chemical version of this plant, and now sells it as “Tamiflu” for over 100 BUCKS a capsule. Our 60 serving tincture goes for around 25 dollars! And even if it were the other way around…Elderberry being more expensive…I would still go for NATURE’s version!

You might also have heard of it on the TV show, The Walking Dead. The characters were safe and secure in a prison, but a deadly virus hit the group…and you know the deal…when they die, they turn into zombies…so their safe “sanctuary” was being invaded from the inside. One of the main characters got the virus, and the farmer remembered his Grandma giving them Elderberry syrup for the flu when he was a kid…they harvested wild growing Elderberry…and saved the main character!

RESULTS: On a recent visit, she was excited… “what did I do differently?”…30 years of migraines…a combined 8 years of her life in bed, in pain, nauseous and puking…”what did I do?” No more hair in her eyes…”what did I do…differently than all those other doctors?” She felt HAPPY…rather than grumpy and depressed (her husband vouched for that one!)…what did I do?

I explained ROOT CAUSE… again…VIRUS…she was “sick” all those years. Infected and overrun by some virus (we didn’t identify the name of it…because…who cares…we would still identify what strengthened her muscles and used that even if it was called Malaria…which Tulsi is used for in India).

She has a ways to go…her most recent labs showed the fight isn’t over, but now she is winning rather than losing (a positive trend in her health!). She’ll likely have more bad days (won’t we all!?)…but at least she knows what “GOOD” feels like…and is trending toward a stable and secure “GOOD!” She has also experienced how stress and upset affects ALL her symptoms (not good!). But now she has a plant…a food…not unlike the leaf of kale… with medicinal qualities that restore her stress hormones to CALM! So bring it on…we have a remedy for that need!

Are you gathering the amazing potential of plant medicines? Every natural medicine I use has this rich history…and AMAZING healing qualities. They meet body needs that pharmaceutical medicines are helpless to effect…and they have 3000 years of written history…40 generations of families sharing and passing along these amazing health benefits of plants. I’ll take that over a 200 person, double blind, placebo controlled, 6 month study…ANY DAY!

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