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Catch-Up Monday – EMF Sensitivity: Effects on My Life (as told by Jennie Sherwin) – revisited

This post was originally shared on January 27, 2013.  I am so thankful to Jennie for sharing this with all of you.

My dear friend Jennie Sherwin wrote about this topic on her blog (Jennie’s original blog no longer exists.) You can follow her here on her new blog. Jennie has given me permission to include the contents of her post here. Yesterday I wrote about EMF and my experience with it. I also discussed briefly on how it deeply affected the lives of some amazing women I have met on my healing journey. 

EMF Sensitivity: Effects on My Life and Its Transformation through Energy Balancing Treatments

I am a survivor. I recovered from multiple chemical sensitivity as well as from sensitivity to electromagnetic fields. Because I recovered, I shared my story in my book, Intentional Healing: One Woman’s Path to Higher Consciousness and Freedom from Environmental and Other Chronic Illnesses.  When I speak about my experience at book signings and author talks, audience members often ask: “How did you know you had EMF sensitivity?” In truth, I was sensitive to electromagnetic fields for some time before I knew what I was experiencing. I remember feeling nervous when I sat in our breakfast nook under track lighting. We had been living in that condominium in New Orleans for almost three years when the nervousness started. I can recall feeling a buzz around me when I stood close to the mirror over the vanity in the bathroom, which was lighted with bulbs that fit into receptacles above the mirror. It was not until I entered treatment at Dr. Rea’s clinic in Dallas that I fully “unmasked” for EMF sensitivity, and it happened in a dramatic way. Here is an excerpt from my book:

“…. On Sunday early evening, as I was checking e-mail on my laptop, Pretty Woman was playing on one of the cable TV channels, and dinner was baking in the oven. All of a sudden, as I was typing, I felt a strange sensation. My fingers felt prickly. The sensation spread into my hands and up my arms. The next thing I knew waves of pain exploded in my chest, and I started shaking. I felt as if I had my finger in an electrical outlet and waves of electricity were coursing through my body. Electricity! That was it! I shut off the television, the computer, the oven, and all of the overhead lights. I sat in the dark, shaking, wondering if I was experiencing electro-magnetic field (EMF) sensitivity. Remember Susi who couldn’t use a telephone? She was EMF-sensitive, and for that reason she could not touch or be near a telephone or other devices that emitted electromagnetic fields for very long. My third week at the clinic had ended, and I found myself much sicker than when I had arrived. I was incredulous. It has gotten worse. I looked at the telephone and took a deep breath. Will I be able to use the phone? Tomorrow morning, Roger would call me, and I would know.”

The next morning when my husband called, I was on the line only a minute or two when the drama of the previous day was repeated. When I got to the clinic later that morning, I was told I had “unmasked” (become aware of a sensitivity that had been hidden to my perception because of more dominant sensitivities) for EMF sensitivity as a result of the detoxification process. Life from that moment entered a twilight zone reality for me. I felt electricity from anything that emitted an electromagnetic field: telephones, appliances, air cleaners, lights, hair dryers, computers, cell phones, compressors, wires, and cables. I felt as if I were continually plugged into an electrical outlet, and I thought my nervous system would be damaged from the assault.

At the clinic I was referred to Deborah Singleton, founder and president of the Arasini Foundation and director of A Healing Place, and her healing team. With their guidance, I learned to quiet my energy fields, clear an EMF reaction, and maintain my personal energies in balance in order to heal. I attribute my ability to benefit fully from the treatment at the clinic and transform my perception of electromagnetic fields from illness to a tool I now use for information to the energy balancing treatments and the guidance I received at A Healing Place

How this transformation came about, as well as some of the exercises and practices I learned at A Healing Place, is outlined in my book (Allergic to Life:  My Battle for Survival, Courage, and Hope).

Human Canaries and Friendship

Today I was honored to be listed among some other very good bloggers on Ichigo Ichie in her post on Human Canaries and Friendship.  We all know that we are the canaries, the guinea pigs for finding what works/doesn’t work on our environmental illness and chemical sensitivities or other chronic invisible illnesses.  We also know what it is like to lose friendships during our struggles to make our world safe and in search of improving our health.  We also know how empowering it is to make new friendships with those who understand and will gladly lend a sympathic ear.  I am now following this blog too.

Dr. Rea once said that we are just the tip of the iceberg.  One day, we will be the ones that are empowered, the ones with the knowledge, and everyone else will be beating down our doors for information and sympathy.

Hypothyroidism and Food

Dr. Ron Overberg at Nutriwellness discusses foods that can be harmful to your thyroid if you suffer from hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormone.  Symptoms of hypothyroidism can be fatigue, brittle nails, intolerance to cold, depression and hoarseness.  I have dealt with all of these symptoms including weight gain and thinning of my hair.

I found the list of foods  (including millet and peaches) contained foods that I eat and probably should avoid.  I am very familiar with Dr. Overberg and have worked with him over the years.    He is the nutritionist at the Enviromental Health Center-Dallas run by Dr. William Rea.   If you, like I, suffer from hypothyroidism, you may want to read this.

I am currently on both T3 and T4 thyroid medication.    The hard part about the T3 medication is that it has to be taken twice a day.  I find taking the afternoon dose the hardest part of all.  Before I know it the day is gone and I realize I haven’t taken that second dose.  I am going to have to set a daily alarm reminder on my cell phone to remind me to take it.

My thyroid problem started when I started having the mold exposure and subsequent illnesses.  My thyroid became swollen and tender to the touch.  My doctor tried a short course of steroids thinking it was a reaction but it didn’t work.  My lab tests continually showed my levels in the normal range.  Finally my ENT, who knows I am anything but normal, decided that maybe this wasn’t my normal.  He initiated a low dose of thyroid medication and within a few days the swelling and tenderness disappeared.  I have a friend who had been told numerous times by different doctors that she was in the normal range and not treated.  Eventually she was given a low dose as well and is doing much better.  I guess unless we have ourselves tested early on we may never know what our true normal is.  How many of you who follow this blog have either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism?