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I’m finally blogging. My head is swimming with a thousand thoughts. So many people have asked me to share my experiences, living with narcolepsy, thoughts on cleansing, and everything I did while I was pregnant the first time when it came to keeping toxins out of my life. Where to begin?

Well to start, I may or may not be pregnant at the time of this post, hence the reason for me to get this blog up asap. I will be journaling my second pregnancy and all of the preparations I’ll take to ensure I’m as toxin-free and healthy as possible. I look at getting pregnant as getting ready for a marathon. You wouldn’t enter a marathon without months of preparation; eating right, exercising and stretching, meditating, and visiting a chiropractor and acupuncturist for body alignment all help you reach your peak performance. You would want your entire being to be as ready as possible for the run. Well, I see pregnancy the same way. Who wants to go into hours of labor unprepared?

Prior to pregnancy, and then once I am pregnant, I try to do everything I can to make sure that I’m as ready as I can be and that I’m as pure as possible. Why, you might ask? There is a reason. A pretty significant one. And it’s not only for my future children.

You have to go back to October 1998. It is the 11th anniversary of being diagnosed with Narcolepsy and Cataplexy. Narcolepsy is a disease that takes away the body’s normal control over sleep. Cataplexy is a disease that takes away the control over your muscle reflexes. I would fall asleep between 8 to 10 times a day for about 15 minutes at each spell. If someone startled me I’d lose control of my muscles for about 2 seconds, causing a sensation like I was shot by a bolt of lightning. Narcolepsy was a very big part of my life while Cataplexy wasn’t as overpowering, it just made me feel as though everything in my body stopped briefly, including my heart. I don’t want to bore you with the details of the diseases, or the stories of falling asleep in crazy places, so I’ll move through this next part rather quickly.

I had the choice of going on either methamphetamines or ritalin. I chose ritalin. Not long after, I began to lose weight and soon had high blood pressure, food allergies, and severe migraines that would send me to the hospital. Not only was I taking 20 mg of ritalin 3 times a day (5 mg will make the average adult look like Michael J. Fox on that episode of Family Ties), but my spells were starting to come back. That meant that I would have to increase my dosage again. A vicious cycle was to continue of increasing my dosage as had happened for the previous 6 years.  That was the last straw. I was fed up with my life and my health. I couldn’t get through a week without having heart palpitations, a major migraine, and falling asleep at some awkward time. Something had to change and I had to take a leap into the unknown. I had to find a way to heal myself when no doctor could. All they could do was prescribe me more FDA approved medications to mask the problem. The question now was, where do I begin?

Neurologists cannot tell you whether narcolepsy is hereditary or if it is the cause of some environmental factor. They do know that patients with narcolepsy lack the chemical hypocretin-1 and hypocretin-2 (http://med.stanford.edu/school/Psychiatry/narcolepsy/faq1.html). They do not know if a person is born without it, or if the body stops producing the chemicals. As narcoleptics are diagnosed in their late teens and early twenties, I tended to believe that it very well could be caused by the environment, especially with all of the chemicals in our house cleaners, processed foods, and dyes and preservatives in seemingly everything. Why couldn’t a weaker immune system be overpowered by a toxin and then, over time, enough of the toxin builds in the body to shut down hypocretin production? As I began researching the possible environmental side of narcolepsy I found more and more information that led me to believe that not enough studies have been performed (most studies were initially performed on dogs), and not enough awareness and funding go towards finding out the reason why. Of course not. People aren’t dying from it and it is a ‘funny’ disease. From Moulin Rouge to The Sopranos to Deuce Bigelow-they all make fun of the narcoleptic. No one takes the disease seriously. This pissed me off to no end. If our entertainment industry couldn’t see the seriousness of the disease then how would anyone else feel the need to give money to fund research? You don’t see people making fun of diabetics, arthritics, or Alzheimer patients. But narcolepsy is funny…

I digress. I finally came to the conclusion that not enough studies had been performed on environmental factors. If ADHD can be linked back to dyes in foods (http://www.chem-tox.com/pregnancy/artificial.htm) then why can’t narcolepsy be caused by some toxin? Only one way to find out: cleanse and see what happens. Specifically, the Master Cleanse.

The Master Cleanse (http://healthandlight.com/TheMasterCleanse.pdf) was discovered by my husband Nick while he was searching for a good full body cleansing. At first I was hesitant as it required drinking loads of lemon juice and any citrus fruit threw me into major migraines at that time. But nevertheless, I was at my wits’ end and needed to do something. So, we tried it. Prior to starting I did wean myself off of all of my medications so that I wasn’t quitting cold turkey. My spells came back and I began the cleanse. We followed the cleanse religiously. I was not about to divert from the process no matter how rough it was. The quart of salt water in the morning, the smooth move at night, or the lemon, cayenne pepper, maple syrup and water during the day. We did it all. Stanley Burroughs would have been proud. I imagined he could see us and my health issues and kept urging me on day after day.

During the cleanse I started off with headaches and was tired. The first few days were really rough. No food. A heightened sense of smell. The headaches, the tiredness. Still we pushed on. By day 8, I knew I had it licked. I was feeling great. Light as a feather and I saw a difference immediately. No more narcoleptic spells. I was in heaven. I didn’t know how long it would last but for the time being it was gone. Day 9, 10, 11 and 12 all proved to have the same effect. We finished the cleanse and I waited. We had decided to take on a better eating plan and to cut out some, not all, of the junk food we had been consuming. I continued to wait for some sign of the narcolepsy, migraines, high blood pressure, and food allergies to pick up where they had left off. But nothing. Nothing for 1 whole year. After my year anniversary in 2005, I noticed a few spells start to sneak in. I knew I could stop them. I knew I just had to cleanse again and I’d be fine. Sure enough, we cleansed for the second time and my spells vanished again. Now I was convinced that my body had shut down making hypocretin and that I was able to purge myself of the toxins causing the problem. To me, narcolepsy was an environmental disease. I wanted to shout to the world that I had cured an incurable disease. I wanted to go back to all of the different neurologists that had told me I was doomed for life with this disease. I decided to just start with my recent neurologist and ask for another sleep latency test. I told him what I had done and how all of my spells had disappeared. He was a graduate of Stanford and looked at me like I was crazy. He agreed to the testing and upon reviewing the results he told me that I had somehow managed to change my sleeping pattern and eliminate my spells, but that I still had narcolepsy. He wouldn’t take it off of my record. How do you alter an unalterable disease? Narcoleptics have no control over when a spell occurs, but now I was being told that I had somehow managed to control my sleep. Go figure. A doctor believed there were other ways to cure one’s self besides the almighty FDA approved medication. I never went back to him, nor have I seen a neurologist since.

Since first cleansing in the summer of 2004, I have not had one migraine, food allergy, or high blood pressure. I have not taken any medication for narcolepsy, nor will I for the rest of my life. I have done the Master Cleanse a minimum of 7 times since 2004 and I’m here to tell you that it gets easier every time. The longest I was on it was for 18 days and I could have gone longer if I hadn’t had family coming into town. The Master Cleanse saved my life. It is not for everyone but I do stand strongly behind it for all of the benefits that it brought me. It also gave me a new outlook on life and what I put both into and on my body. Slowly over the years I have come to realize the importance of the saying “if you can’t eat it then don’t put it on your body.” It took time to fully embrace every aspect of the saying. I first got rid of all of my makeup and replaced it with natural mineral makeup. Then I threw away all cleaning products and now only use white vinegar, baking soda and olive oil. Then came the gum, chapsticks, soaps, shampoos, lotions, perfumes, and toothpaste—all gone and replaced with non-toxic natural products. Food was a priority. It has taken time to determine all of the good and bad foods out there. We now eat simply. No fast food, no chain restaurants. We only go to restaurants that are locally run and cook everything on their menu. While you can’t always control every aspect, you can make healthy decisions and not go for the obviously toxin loaded foods. Once in a great while I will allow myself an occasional Wendy’s frosty and fries or a Starbucks, but that is rare. Eating fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, and some grains makes me feel good and I don’t add on the extra pounds from fat and toxins. It also keeps my narcolepsy far, far away.

This leads me to today. October 7th. Trying for baby number two. I had my first child in June of 2008 and nursed him until he was 13 months old. During that time I was even more strict with what I ate knowing all the while it would go straight to him. After I stopped nursing him I began gearing up for my second baby. I worked out harder, used an infrared sauna for a minimum of 1 hour a day, and performed the Master Cleanse yet again, as well as a parasite cleanse. I’m seeing my chiropractor on a regular basis and have had my fall appointment with my acupuncturist. I’m ready.

So, why the blog? I’ve been asked several times to go into detail on what I did during my first pregnancy when it came to working out, eating, prepping for an all-natural child birth, hypno birthing, a natural approach to a birth plan, naturally inducing, midwives, having your acupuncturist in the delivery room, how soon do you take your baby to see the chiropractor, doulas, finding a pediatrician who will follow your vaccination schedule rather than the standard schedule, cloth diapers vs disposables, which diaper covers did I use, how to clean cloth diapers, making your own baby food, what natural milk did I end up using, and the list goes on. After having so many people come to me and ask me for my thoughts I decided to chronicle getting pregnant a second time, including all of the preparations for my next arrival. I figured there might be more women out there who would benefit from some of the information I’ve collected. It can all be found on the internet but many people don’t know to look for it. I hope that my time and energy into this site will help empower more women to take charge of their health, the health of their baby, and celebrate nature the way God intended. I’m not an expert, it is just what I did. Take what you will and enjoy.

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  1. brittany sutton may

    I am following your blog holly! I think this is great information. Thank you for doing this!

    October 8, 2009 at 3:34 pm
  2. admin

    Thank you Brittany!!! You are my first comment! I think this is going to be a really fun adventure over the next 10+ months!!!!

    October 8, 2009 at 4:20 pm

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