Introduction: Becoming Unburdened

Five days after my twenty-sixth birthday, my car got rear-ended. Hard.

One minute I was sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95, and the next I was in some driver’s-side version of the fetal position, screaming. My car was totaled. I’d find out the next day that my body was in pretty bad shape,too. I’d experienced what my physical therapist called “double whiplash,” which resulted from both being slammed from behind and from my car rear-ending the driver in front.

In the months following the accident, the impact of my injury on daily life shocked me. Normally I’m an active runner and cyclist, but now even sitting up for more than an hour without resting my head was too much. I’d get headaches all the time, and my sleep was fitful and restless. Of course, I pursued several medical avenues; finally, when one doctor shrugged and muttered, “I don’t think there’s anything I can do to help you” after weeks of care, I was miserable and out of ideas.

Here’s how our current health care system works for millenials like me: You live your life, maybe you see a physician for a yearly checkup, but you only bring in the doctors when things go south. Symptom, prescription, treatment, done. If you’ve got a medicine cabinet filled with a dozen old prescription bottles, you know what I mean. When did our health care system transition to this model? How can I make sure that my body is not just “not broken,” but actually operating to its greatest potential?

As a last resort, I sought the help of a naturopathic chiropractor. Within two months, I was cured, and a little curious about how so many medical professionals had deemed me “untreatable” when the solution was simple: treat the whole body, not just the symptom (in my case, the neck).

The more I looked around my world, the more chemicals I realized were in it. Household cleaners, food, makeup, and even the water from the faucet all have chemicals added to them. What’s worse, less than 1% of the chemicals permitted in the US actually require EPA testing! This all adds up to a “body burden” that can affect every body system.

I’m a twenty six year old biology teacher, and I’m becoming unburdened. I’ll do my best to share both my most natural finds and the science behind what makes them unburdening. If you’re on a similar journey, please share ideas, ask questions, or leave comments!

Welcome, and I’m so excited to begin!

-Ali

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