Hi! I’m Faigy!
I am so very grateful that you are here!
I’ve been on quite the journey, and I would like to share it with you.
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You know how people talk about the silver lining in clouds? Find the good in the bad? Well, let me tell you a story.
My cloud came in February 2009. It wasn’t a pretty cloud either. No, not the kind that you look up and point out to someone as it wisps through a clear blue sky. Nope. This cloud was large and black and ominous. It blocked out the sunshine for a very long time. And, if you had asked me then about the silver lining, I would have simply stared back stupidly at the question.
You see, in February 2009, my mother passed away. She had been sick. But, she was getting better. Then she had a massive heart attack and died instantly. She had just turned 67 years old. I was shocked and confused. Devastated.
It didn’t take too long for the shock and stress to take its toll. My cloud just kept getting darker as I got sicker and sicker. I went to highly recommended doctors. They didn’t take my insurance. They were adamant that my rashes, which by now were raw, open, and felt like fire, were not due, in any way, shape or form, to stress. Almost comically, I was repeatedly asked, “Are you sure you haven’t changed your detergent? Shampoo? Soap?”. The medications they prescribed just made my condition worse. The cloud continued to get darker…
So, after more than eight months of medication, side effects that kept me in bed for weeks, rashes clearing up, rashes coming back, rinse and repeat, one doctor was going to refer me to a specialist who was located over 70 miles away, and who, coincidentally, also did not accept my insurance.
For nearly a year, all the doctors had done was guess. They guessed what was causing the rashes. They did biopsies that showed nothing. They guessed which medications would help (but didn’t). I was not about to travel an hour and a half each way, and pay out-of-pocket again, to be another experiment for this new doctor.
I went home and spent hours online researching my symptoms. What I discovered was astounding! Shocking in it’s simplicity. How perfect are we created! So many systems in place and how they work in harmony. And, even when something upsets the harmony, such as stress, the body tries to maintain its equilibrium and keep things working.
In a biological nut-shell, when we experience a severe stress, the immune system shuts down. When that happens, especially in conjunction with a nutrient poor diet, bad bacteria and fungi, such as Candida, will overgrow, and even become systemic, as in my case. The amazing thing is that our bodies attempt to keep that harmony or balance in check, so it tries to expel the offenders in any way it can. My body was trying to get rid of it through my skin, the largest organ in the body.
What was even more shocking, was that this was all treatable with FOOD! All I had to do was change my diet, and the rashes and the pain would be gone. Over. Done.
I cannot describe how I felt after suffering for almost a year. The pain. The exhaustion. The frustration. Running from doctor to doctor. Being told it wasn’t stress. It was a bizarre combination of relief, anger and frustration with the doctors and medical system in general. It didn’t make any sense. Why don’t doctors know anything about nutrition and how it affects our bodies?
I wanted that year of my life back. And I wanted back everything that I missed because of being unnecessarily sick. Social events. My children’s performances. Family gatherings.
Yet, at the same time, I finally saw my cloud become a lighter shade of black.
How I got better
Once I had made the decision not to go to another doctor, I sat myself down in front of my computer and spent hours upon hours researching my symptoms. I got quite an education.
It wasn’t too difficult to sift through the information, though, because I was seeing things that applied to me, repeated over and over. The information that did not apply, went on the back burner.
Over the years, I did go back to that information as my condition healed, and new things came up.
One of the most important things I learned is that absolutely everything that goes right or wrong in our bodies, originates in our gut.
I was suffering from a Candida overgrowth, or Systemic Candida. In order to even begin to clear it up, my diet had to change drastically.
Now, understand, I’ve never been much into health food or being healthy. I never really thought about it, to tell the truth. I was more of a chocolate-as-a-meal-replacement kind of girl. Well, I still love chocolate. But, now I make my own. Forgive me, I digress.
The diet that I learned would get rid of my pain and itching consisted of protein and non-starchy vegetables.
That’s it. No bread. No fruit. No dairy. No sugar. Nothing fermented (no pickles!).
Quite limited, based on my previous 40 years of eating, but this was a matter of pain avoidance, not will-power. I take no credit for following this diet for close to one year. I was in pain, and I wanted relief.
However, once the pain was gone, that’s when the work really started. Now, I had my clear skin back and a new body, lots of energy and no head fog, but I didn’t have the pain to keep me on the diet anymore.
So, I slowly began to re-introduce different fruits and vegetables back into my diet. That went well. I was happy for the variety. Then I got a little too over-confident and started eating grain products (bread and pasta) and eventually sugar. My body wasn’t ready. I don’t know if it ever will be.
The next couple of years saw a gradual weight gain and a yo-yo cycle of rash symptoms, although a fraction of what it had been originally.
What I did not yet realize, is that there is so much more going on in our bodies than the symptom(s) we are trying to alleviate. After everything that my body had endured in the past 2-3 years, my adrenals were shot. My metabolism was also shot.
There was still so much more to learn.
I learned about the effects of sugar in our body.
I learned about the effects of eating GMO products.
I learned about the effects of food coloring, preservatives, pesticides. petroleum, coal tar, wood resin, paint thinner and many other chemicals and industrial products that have unbelievably found their way in to our food supply.
I know there are so many of you out there that are suffering and have no idea where to begin. That is why I started this website.