Progress!

February 1, 2018

Good news! I’m on the upswing again. I finally have the energy to help with chores like laundry and dishes. I’ve been able to go to Pilates twice a week for the last three weeks. I even went to the movies for the first time in over 6 years! I also found out I can do the splits again. I couldn’t do them when I tried in November. I’m making progress! Woohoo!

I’m not quite back to where I was in the fall but it sure seems like things are headed in the right direction. The new apartment is definitely better for me than our old one. Keeping a window cracked open 24/7 and using space heaters instead of the HVAC system has really helped with the air quality. We got the ERMI test back and the score is excellent.

I’m coming up on two months of treatment with Cholestyramine, activated charcoal and infrared sauna sessions and I think it’s really paying off. I’ve also been getting an enormous benefit from doing coffee enemas. I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, as I’m well aware that there are plenty of articles online that make coffee enemas sound super quacky and dangerous.

Quacky or not, I felt that I should be honest with my readers about what is helping me. The theory is that it stimulates bile flow and increases glutathione production. I don’t think that’s been proven and I don’t feel qualified to have an opinion about whether the specific claims about coffee enemas are true.

All I can say is that I’m 100% sure that it’s helping me and 99% sure it’s not a placebo effect. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve believed something was going to help me and it either did nothing or made me much worse. It’s happened with countless drugs and alternative treatments. I eventually came to the conclusion that either this is not the kind of illness that responds to placebos or I’m just not the kind of person who benefits from placebos.

And to be perfectly honest, after years of struggling with an illness that doctors can’t cure and trying dozens of medications, you get to a place where you no longer just assume that a prescription drug is automatically safer or more effective than a coffee enema. You even start to wonder if your own body might have some innate wisdom that people with fancy letters after their names don’t always have.

At this point, I’m taking the approach of doing my own research, learning from other patients, using common sense to weigh risks and benefits and listening to how my body feels. So far, it’s working better than any of my previous approaches.

Anyway, I’m doing the coffee enemas while making sure to take electrolytes and probiotics to mitigate potential risks. I also ordered an amazing mineral kit that is making a big difference in my energy levels. I’m feeling really hopeful about where my health is headed. We’ve almost made it through the winter! πŸ™‚


Disclaimer: I seriously do not want anyone to try coffee enemas just because I mentioned it on my blog. The purpose of this blog to offer hope not medical advice. If you’re interested in trying coffee enemas please go elsewhere to learn about the risks and potential benefits before you make your decision.


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16 Comments

  • Alex

    This is such great news, Ana! So glad you’re feeling better and trending up (and that you’re almost through the winter)! Appreciate your thoughtful and balanced and matter-of-fact approach to what’s working, too. We love you!

    February 1, 2018 at 6:15 pm Reply
    • Courtney Harris

      ^^^What he said!! πŸ™‚

      February 1, 2018 at 7:54 pm Reply
      • Ana Harris

        Thanks so much Alex and Courtney! I really appreciate your love and support. We love and miss you guys! πŸ’•

        February 1, 2018 at 10:57 pm Reply
  • Mary K. Taylor

    Hooray! I’m so glad that you are doing so much better! Such an encouragement!

    February 1, 2018 at 7:43 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thanks Mary! 😊😊😊

      February 1, 2018 at 10:57 pm Reply
  • Grandma Zimmerman

    Praise the Lord! So happy to hear you are improving again! Love you!

    February 1, 2018 at 7:56 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Amen! I love you and miss you Grandma!

      February 1, 2018 at 10:58 pm Reply
  • Heather

    Hi πŸ™‚ I’m glad you are doing so much better! Would you mind sharing what the mineral kit is?

    February 2, 2018 at 6:07 am Reply
  • Nanette Fenn

    This is so encouraging, Ana! I am so happy to hear this. Maybe we can get to these detox methods in our near future, too. Seems like you are finding the “just right” balance for detox for your body. πŸ™‚

    February 2, 2018 at 9:09 am Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thanks so much Nanette! πŸ™‚ I’m very glad I had over 6 months of mold avoidance under my belt before I started detox treatments. I think it helped my body to be in a stronger place. I keep praying Petra will get there too! πŸ’•

      February 2, 2018 at 2:38 pm Reply
  • Franklin Graham

    I thought God promised to protect us from our enemas.

    February 3, 2018 at 1:29 am Reply
    • Ana Harris

      LOL. πŸ˜‚

      February 3, 2018 at 8:21 pm Reply
  • Ruth Meyer

    This post made me feel so happy for you, Ana! πŸ˜€ We take each golden moment and savor them right? I often think about various remedies people have suggested to me (or discredited) over the years, and I try to remind myself of two things: 1. If it really is an old wives tale… hmm… you know, most wives and mothers are the health care professionals of their own home, deeply invested in their patient’s well-being, and willing to do whatever it takes to get their loved ones feeling better… so… maybe look for the truth, and if it won’t hurt, why not give it a try? 2. Even if I know something probably can’t help me with my issues, it doesn’t hurt to listen politely and allow others to share what they have learned and experienced; I may not be able to use that remedy, but now I know a bit more about it, and I may be able to pass on that information to someone who asks me about it one day. But, at the end of the day, like you Ana, I would definitely do my own research before fully investing in any treatment, be it medication or self-help. And, if you find something that works for you, awesome!

    February 8, 2018 at 3:50 am Reply
  • Bethany C.

    I’m so happy you’ve made this progress, Ana! It’s wonderful to think that it’s getting close to a year since you started this blog and just look at how God has blessed you and healed you! May God continue to bless you!

    Your Little Sister in Christ,

    Beth x

    February 8, 2018 at 5:15 am Reply
    • Ana Harris

      You’re so right Bethany! It’s pretty amazing! Hard to believe. Thanks for your prayers and support. πŸ’•

      February 9, 2018 at 12:11 pm Reply

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