I believe there are no coincidences in the universe. It was such a happy day to receive and read your book ALL IN MY MIND? Like you, I had several large (by anyone’s standards) stressful events occur in my life within a two year period. I normally enjoyed a level of high vitality and energy and just chalked up my lack of energy, sadness, and loss of enjoyment for life to hormonal changes as I was just entering my 50′s. I had had some hormonal testing at 48 knowing the “change”was coming. My hormonal test results revealed that I did have some imbalances-but at that time I still functioned well. At 51-feeling terrible, with increased symptoms and scared-as a physcian I just could not seem to heal myself. I submitted for extensive testing to learn in addition to non-existent hormonal levels, I also was gluten intolerant, had mercury toxicity, and my adrenal glands were exhausted and not functioning. WOW! Now I had all these challenges- a complete laundry list. No wonder I felt so bad. I started a course of treatment with some improvement thankful to know that maybe someday I may feel better and that there was a reason for how I felt. Somedays I thought I felt better, other days I seemed back at ground zero. Those ground zero days made me feel like something psychologically was amiss.
And that my friend, was when I had the blessing of meeting you, inquiring about the book you had written(which you generously gave me a signed copy). I was so amazed to learn the title and topic just having found out two months earlier that with the adrenal exhaustion I had the same problem. I started to read the book that night and flying home the next day I could not stop reading it. I shared several passages with my husband, also a physician. Incredulously over and over I exclaimed, “Oh my gosh-this is me!”.
Understanding what had been happening, the fear, the dreams, the anxiety, the scaly dry feet, the withdrawing, the events leading up to it, and that someone else had also suffered and made it through the process of recovering, gave me such relief and hope. I expereienced such a feeling of joy and freedom to know exactly where my symptoms and feelings were coming from, key changes to make, and what to expect during this recovery process.
Thank you Jennifer for writing this book and being so willing to share. I can see clearly now-other patients of mine, friends, and pysicians and their patients who need this book to read and share it with those they love. I suspect, given the tumultous times we live in-this book needs to be in the hands of many people.
God Bless you and thank you,
Dr. Sylvia M. Smith, D.C.