We thought our readers would enjoy Wendy Shanker’s post on Lemondrop about how alternative medicine helped her manage her rare autoimmune disease.
You know you would be so much healthier if you would just eat some kale?
I know I would. But every time I go into the health food store craving a smoothie I look at the menu and think: “I should get the kale/beet/carrot/celery special. That would be so beneficial for my system!” Then I walk out of there with the peanut butter/banana special instead. I’ll order it with soy instead of dairy to rationalize that I’m doing a good thing for myself. But why didn’t I get the kale? Shouldn’t my brain’s long-term desire for wellness outweigh my sweet tooth’s demand for instant gratification?
I need to be especially vigilant of every bite that goes in my mouth and choice that I made to take care of myself. I’m one of 30 million American women with an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases (like diabetes, lupus, and multiple sclerosis) happen when your body attacks itself for no reason. It thinks there’s an invader; it revs up your immune system to fight it; but there’s no one to fight. It’s like a celebrity trashing a hotel room; knock yourself out, but you gotta sleep in that mess.