Dr. Ginger Nash, Naturopath.
So it’s been roughly 3 ½ weeks since I first developed strep throat and I’m still having trouble swallowing. It’s not nearly as bad as the first onset of strep but I miss chewing food. I had already received a shot of penicillin in early July and apparently that was not enough. Instead of going back to my doctor and receiving more liver-dangerous medications, I decided to make an appointment with my twin sister’s naturopathic physician, Dr. Virginia “Ginger” Nash. I was delighted that my father’s wife, Michele, was able to attend with me.
Dr. Nash’s office is located in Woodbridge, CT. It is harmoniously calm, sweet smelling, serene and yet lively. Set on a hill, the office overlooks the town’s shopping area and boasts a beautiful scenic mountainside. Lots of healing happens here especially with an onsite chiropractor, hydro colon therapist, and much more. I lost a considerable amount of weight since I have been unable to take in as much as my body is used to which is why I try to take in a good amount of vegetable juices-as much as I can sip-and even black bean soup puréed. Between the supplements and drops she has prescribed, I have noticed that with each passing day, I am slowly feeling better and better.
I contemplated for a few days just how and when my body began breaking down. It began when my PCP prescribed me a steroid inhaler for my asthma called, Advair. There have been studies on the effects of Advair on African Americans and people of color that links usage of Advair to an increased risk of heart attacks. In addition, the Fluticasone Salmeterol steroid in Advair also causes Candida aka “thrush” in the throat and body. Oftentimes, your primary care provider will suggest and prescribe a “spacer” to be used to prevent or minimize the effects. However, since my immune system is weakened and suppressed, the Advair caused an immense amount of candida overgrowth in my body over a short period of time as well as bruising. I even began to have GYN issues. This spiraled into intestinal issues and my gut took a hit with heavy reflux. I was taking many antacid medications and even doing apple cider vinegar shots 2 days before my visit with Ginger Nash just to ease the discomfort.
It’s been almost a week since my first visit with Dr. Nash and so far so good. I’m still learning to live happily through this process, eat naturally even though the hunger had me craving crazy processed foods, and connect spiritually as I tried to associate this season in my life as a time of fasting and praying. It was and is still tough but hopefully the wisdom attained and lessons learned will outweigh the hardship of the lesson itself.
*Crossing My Fingers*
Live. Eat. Connect.
-Angela L. Montanez