Today we have a post written by one of our readers, Angie Hepp. I hope you enjoy Angie’s post, I certainly found it inspiring. ~KerryAnn
“Health, wellness, or freedom from ‘dis-ease’ will never come from the outside-in. Rather it can only come from the inside-out.” This is a phrase I’ve heard in varying forms from a number of sources over the past couple years. I now know from experience how true it is. I would add that health not only comes from the inside-out, but also from above-down. At the chiropractic office where I last worked, we used the acronym ADIO to remind ourselves of the Above-Down, Inside-Out principle. This mindset, which I now wholeheartedly embrace, was entirely foreign to me just a few short years ago. Here is my story.
In 2006 I graduated nursing school magna cum laude, and went on to practice as a registered nurse on a busy medical/surgical floor in a major hospital. Over the next few years I worked med/surg, psychiatric, oncology (cancer), and pediatric home health. I experienced many different aspects of the allopathic medical system and saw patients of all ages battling a host of diseases and ailments. I did my best to help ease their discomfort and treat their symptoms, and I never questioned that what I was doing was right and noble. As part of my duties as a RN, I would routinely administer drugs (aka medications) to “treat” or “cure” my patients. Although I was discouraged by the multitude of side-effects (many of them quite serious), I never assumed there was another alternative. I watched, helpless, as the sweet elderly woman came back from radiation for esophageal cancer, her chest so badly burned that her ribs were exposed. I can still see the white bones moving back and forth as she inhaled and exhaled. Time and time again, I tenderly dressed her wounds and silently wept inside. I weep now as I write this, wishing I would have known then what I know now.
A couple of years later, while working 12-hour night shifts, I began to develop severe pain in my left hip. This pain became increasingly unbearable until finally, after my shift one morning, I could not even make it to my car, but instead hobbled into the emergency room of the hospital where I worked. X-rays, MRIs, laparoscopies, and three surgeries later, I was lying on my couch doing my best to recover from a total hip replacement. In short, due to a congenital malformation of my hip joint, I had worn off all the cartilage in the left hip socket and the only solution was an artificial joint. The only reason I mention this is because this circumstance was the beginning of the transformation that occurred in my life and the life of my family.
Since I was unable to work and had no children, I had lots of time on my hands. I began to read: books, blogs, anything I could get my hands on. I started reading blogs written by other Christian women desiring to raise their families in a healthy manner and I was particularly impressed by Lindsay Edmond’s blog, Passionate Homemaking. It was there that I first learned of the traditional method of soaking grains for enhanced digestion, lacto-fermentation, kombucha, kefir, and other health gems. I then purchased the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and learned the truth about “politically correct nutrition” and the Standard American Diet, or SAD. This newfound knowledge radically transformed our eating habits and perspectives on health and medicine.
We began to implement the principles from nourishing traditional diets, the diets of our ancestors and other civilizations known for their longevity and vitality. We threw out our white flour, white sugar, and most of our boxed, bagged, or canned foods and started buying real, whole foods instead. We switched from conventional meats and produce to organic, sustainable, and grass-fed. We stopped buying pasteurized commercial dairy and now buy raw cheese from Azure Standard. We are blessed to live in a state where we can easily obtain raw milk and cream. I make lacto-fermented condiments, kombucha, sourdough, kefir, and prepare our gluten-free baked goods (made from freshly ground organic grains) by soaking, sprouting, or sour-leavening.
As radical as our diet change may have been, we did not stop there. After recovering from surgery, I had the choice to return to work as a Registered Nurse. Now that I was aware of the lies I had believed from the FDA and other government agencies about diet and nutrition, I was naturally skeptical of their recommendations in other areas. I began to question the conventional medical model: the world of toxic drugs, ineffective and dangerous vaccines, expensive, unnecessary tests and procedures, and the general concept of health from the outside-in.
I believe that many doctors genuinely desire to help their patients, but have been misguided in medical school (as I was) and are under pressure from the pharmaceutical companies to prescribe the latest wonder drug. In deliberating whether to return to nursing, I knew that conventional medicine was not the answer, and I could not with a clear conscience continue to administer toxic substances to my patients–substances which might temporarily relieve symptoms, but would require greater and greater dosages with worse and worse side effects, while promising no ultimate recovery in the end. Please know that I do not discount all drugs and medical procedures. In the case of a life-threatening emergency, certain antibiotics, pain medications, diagnostic procedures, etc, are needed. I praise God that there was a surgery to correct my congenital abnormality, and I’m certainly thankful for the pain medication I took afterwards! What I am referring to is the widespread use of poisonous drugs to treat the symptoms of illnesses when addressing the root cause is what is really needed. Often, the pharmaceutical companies will invent a “disease” just so they can sell more drugs and make more profit. Patients will be told that there is no cure for their ailment and they must be on Drug X for the rest of their lives. In many of these cases, there exists a cure which has been proven and is currently being practiced with great success (such as anti-neoplaston therapy and multiple other cancer cures), but the FDA and drug companies seek to hide this knowledge from the public due to the impact it would have on their drug sales and revenue from surgeries and other medical care. For an incredible example of the government and pharmaceutical companies’ efforts to cover up a proven cancer cure, watch the documentary “Burzynski: The Movie.”
So instead of returning to the hospital, I began working at a chiropractic clinic and became further convinced of the power of proper nutrition, chiropractic, and other alternative medicine therapies. This is where I learned the ADIO acronym; a reminder that health comes first and foremost from God (Above-Down) and secondarily through treating our bodies with respect and giving them the nourishment and care which they deserve (Inside-Out). “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (I Cor 6:19-20). Sadly, our culture today has become so self-centered and self-indulgent that very little thought is given to the consequences of our actions. We do what we want to do, eat what we want to eat, and in 10, 20, or 30 years when our bodies start to break down, we refuse to take responsibility. Instead, we think that we can fix our poor, neglected bodies by further damaging them with drugs and other “therapies.” This appeals to us because we’d much rather just pop a pill than change our lifestyle. After all, it may require us to quit smoking, give up fast food, soda, or sugar, or cancel our cable subscription so we can afford to switch to organic food. But we’d much rather enjoy life now, so instead we continue to poison our bodies and remain willfully ignorant.
My husband, Tony, and I now look at chiropractic care in a whole new way. It is no longer just a means of relief from pain, but rather how we maintain our health, keeping our nervous system free to do its job – that of healing our bodies from the inside-out. Our daughter, Fiona, and son, Elijah, both received their first adjustments within hours of their natural water births, and they have been adjusted regularly ever since. They are free from vaccines and medications, and are happy, healthy, and the joy of our lives. I praise God for them, for my dear husband Tony, and for giving us the knowledge of how to glorify Him with our bodies. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” I Cor. 10:31
~ Angie Hepp, RN ~
Angie is a Registered Nurse who has had a colorful journey of dealing with her own health matters, of working for numerous different doctors, and of now being a mother and an advocate for all things related to traditional nutrition and vibrant wellness. Angie, her husband, and their children, are all thriving on good food and chiropractic care and are very thankful for the knowledge and wisdom God has granted to them.
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