Hello all! I hope you all have had a good (if snowy) start to the new year. I want to apologize for my radio silence last year, and bring you all up to date. 2015 was a challenging year for me. As you know, I became the Wellness Director of a large wellness center in Washington D.C. While very exciting, the stress of that venture coupled with unfortunate side effects of a medication (more on that later) led to a severe health crisis for me in May of 2015. I am just now getting back on my feet.
Even though I was diagnosed with MS in 2006, I had been able to avoid all pharmaceuticals and was managing my condition with a combination of diet, supplements, stress management, and holistic therapies. However, my neurologist stressed to me that the existing medications for MS don’t reverse symptoms, they just help preserve your current state of function. So, I took her advice and began taking a very powerful immune-modulating drug designed for MS.
Within two weeks I was sicker than I have ever been in my life. I was delirious, racked with fever (the worst possible thing for my MS), and unable to walk. It took weeks for my body to fight the infection and by the time I had recovered, a lot of damage had been done to my nervous system.
I won’t lie, this was a hard time for me. But I firmly believe that every crisis has a lesson at its core. For me, the lesson was to listen to my instincts and take my own advice! I immediately looked for ways to de-clutter and de-stress my life. This led to the difficult decision to close the Tulsi Holistic Living Wellness Center. I went to the research to look up non-pharmaceutical therapies for MS and found a treasure trove of research on stem cell therapy. I went to California for my first stem cell treatment in June (the jury is still out as to how helpful this was for me, but I am hopeful). I purchased a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to do daily treatments in my home (I do find this helpful!).
Treating patients has been a real source of strength for me during this time. It leaves me feeling more centered, purposeful, and motivated. Thank you all for being part of my life, and my hope is to continue bringing new information to you regarding natural and holistic healthcare.