|Health Concerns:||Anxiety, depression, addiction, and overall wellness.<br />|
|Action Steps:||Get off of medications, eat more vegetables, use natural remedies to promote health.|
|Biggest Change:||Medication Free|
What were your biggest health concerns?
To rid myself of all addictions to medications. To replace depression with joy and anxiety with peace.
When did you realize you needed to do something different with your health?
I began to see that the path that I was on with prescription medications being my answer was only leading to a downward spiral.
What was the most challenging thing during your health recovery journey?
I began to see that the path that I was on with medications was only leading to a downward spiral in my health as well as in my life.
What is your story?
My name is Lisa Todd, 55 years old, married and living in Costa Rica and this is my story.
I spent 10 years in Alcoholism. I found myself visiting doctors offices to try to cover up the pain of a recent car accident by taking narcotics. I found myself also addicted to pain killers.
I was having an enormous amount of anxiety due to the fact that I was weaning off the alcohol and now the pain killers as well. For years we tried many “anti-depressants” for anxiety and finally found one that worked for me with no side effects. Little did I know that this would become my next addiction. This SSRI took hold of my mind and my body like I had never known.
I began to read, learn, and actually put into action good eating, good health, exercise. I tried to eat healthier foods, like more fruits and vegetables and less junk.
I have learned that ANYTHING that a person puts into their bodies has consequences. It may be good or it may be bad, but there is a consequence. God made our bodies to run just like a fine oiled machine and there are things that just should not enter them, such as chemicals.
I tried desperately to wean myself off the pills. (Celexa/Citalpopram). I wanted with all my heart and soul to have a clean and pure body for the Lord. I read many different ways to get off this horrible mind altering drug but each time I got deathly ill and would have to get back on them. I was distraught at the thought of having something so small control me for the rest of my life.
In 2015, I married and moved to Costa Rica where I met Rachelle from Passionate For Truth who shared with me more healthy eating tips and some herbal treatments that I was willing to try and see if maybe, just maybe this was the time when it would work. Of course everything in this world is in God’s perfect timing.
On May 1, 2016, just 4 weeks ago, I felt that God was telling me that I was ready and so was my body. I had been on 20 milligrams for over 15 years now. I began to wean off of the SSRI, but always remembered to replenish it with healthy foods and herbs to replace all that I lost. Each day I stared to ask for more recipes for teas and herbal cures for anything that occurred.
In the past my headaches has been so bad that I just said “give me the pills”. It was like the most severe migraine ever, and then there were the “brain zaps” of which I cannot explain, except to say that it felt like I was hooked up to a lightning bolt that went through my brain, and then the nausea, was like what I would expect chemo patients to go through.
Yet, through the month, and now sitting here on the 30th day of May, I can say that I have experienced NONE of this. Yes, I have to say that I have been quite a bit more tired, and that is one of the things that the pills are for. But I don’t want to be a “fake” excited, I want to feel my feelings in a real way, the way God intended me to feel them. This medication shut off my feelings to the point that I couldn’t even cry at situations where it would have been expected.
This month has been a miracle!!!! No side effects, and no pills. I am pleased to say that God does still do present day miracle and I am one of them.
Our bodies are made in his image. They are not meant to be abused by chemicals.
The change in climate, in eating, and thinking, in acting, and in listening to God who is almighty and is able to heal has been the best experience in my life. I never thought I would be free of all chemicals in my life, yet today I can say I am truly on my way.
Anything is possible with God, ANYTHING! I am living proof that He hears our prayers and He is always willing to send the right people to us to share with us their knowledge and wisdom to lead us down the road to recovery.
Thanks a million Rachelle for letting me share my testimony.