The primary focus of this blog is to help raise more awareness about something that I feel is extremely important, which is integrating alternative medicine with conventional medicine, wherever it can help the patient (“integrative medicine”).

I strongly support this because I have learned about the value of alternative treatments the hard way.  I was struggling to find treatments that would work for me, and my medical doctors, for whatever reason, rarely presented alternative treatments as another option to consider.  Eventually, conventional medicine (or Western medicine) could no longer help me.  It was gut-wrenching.  I felt like I had run out of options, and it was a terribly frightening place to be.  I wish I had known earlier about alternative treatments that could work, because alternative medicine is what is now helping me progress.  I am a real example of where alternative methods are making a positive difference along the road to recovering and healing.  It is slow, but it is working and it has given me some hope where hope didn’t exist before.

I think Andrew Weil, M.D. sums it up nicely in his video, What is Integrative Medicine when he says, “I’m in no way an uncritical proponent of alternative medicine, and I in no way reject conventional medicine, I think the goal is to take the best of both worlds.”

I will share some information about my recent medical experiences, the types of alternative treatments I am receiving, and my journey to recover and heal.  I’m on a road to finding out who I am, again.  My writing will include information provided to me by the experts who are treating me.  I’ll also write about and link to other things that interest me.  I don’t know where this blog will ultimately end up.  Just like life – we don’t know where we will end up.  It’s a journey.  We just have to see what happens.

What I hope to accomplish

I hope that sharing some of my experiences will help others in their quest towards healing, recovery and prevention.  I hope my story encourages more doctors to learn about what alternative treatments may be effective for their patients AND present them as options.  If my story encourages more patients to ask their doctors if other less invasive treatment options or complementary options can be used in their own treatment plan, we will have made progress.

Oh, and an important note…

I’m not a health care provider, just a patient.  I am learning and still have a lot more to learn.  I am writing about my experiences and what has or hasn’t worked for me.  The information in my blog is not advice.  Consult with your healthcare professional first.

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tedgriffith
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 16:41:28

    We have learned as well that we must search out the answers about our health because so many ‘professional’ practitioners (both traditional and alternative) are so hidebound to their ideas that they will not consider any alternative. I wish you well on your journey.


  2. Lindy Lee
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 06:26:22

    After a perusal of your Ichigo Ichie blog, I feel enriched by nature and lucky to have discovered your haiku talent. Thank you for finding my blog, Poetic Licensee…
    Lindy Lee aka Lindell Vecchio


  3. Rambling Woods
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 11:01:31

    I am an multiple sclerosis patient and learned a long time ago to think outside of the medical box so to speak…I hope these treatments help you..Michelle


  4. shawnandsuzanne
    Dec 30, 2011 @ 10:12:52

    You are wise to be open to all healing alternatives. It is time for us all to realize that we have to take responsibility for our health and not leave it in the hands of western Medicine and it’s workers.
    Wishing you all peace and good health and healing!
    I really like your blog and photos.


  5. yoshizen
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 11:06:37

    When people suffer, they need a medicine (what so-ever the form = alternative ?)
    I don’t take any medicine because I don’t suffer (or get ill = since live in England,
    37 years (?) I still don’t have GP) —– in the natural consequence, almost all the teeth has gone with my age. (may be with pain though, I took it just as a natural
    inevitable phenomena ) = so, I’m cooking soft option = no problem 😀
    Having a notion of ill or health in the first place, give a stress to the person and
    make the person fallen ill 😀
    Live just for the life (not for ill) is what we should live. Isn’t this an Enlightenment ?
    Ha ha ha 😀


  6. barefoot_med_student
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 02:55:00

    I enjoy your views; as a young medical student we are taught well about integrative medicine, which was scorned upon by the older generation doctors. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye here 🙂


  7. priyankakher
    Jan 26, 2012 @ 12:29:12

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my post on Summer in North India. I went through your pieces on Emotional Pain and found them to be really nice. Concise and effective 🙂


  8. buddhafulkat
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 04:28:33

    I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Participate if you want to, but there is no obligation to.
    Best wishes,


  9. siggiofmaine
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 17:45:27

    Thank you for your visits to my blog recently…and the “likes” you posted.
    I find your blogs interesting and enjoyable to read…and Ichigo Ichie is very informative.
    Siggi in Downeast Maine


  10. aleafinspringtime
    Mar 28, 2012 @ 13:19:44

    I am so glad I found this other blog of yours. Thank you so much for sharing what had obviously been major turning points in your life. I wish you well as you continue in this journey of discovery and well being. Sharon


  11. aleafinspringtime
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 03:43:46

    Dear Fergiemoto, I know you’re probably beyond Awards but I just want to let you know that I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award and that your link is here http://aleafinspringtime.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/beautiful-blogger-award/ You must know that I think your blog is a gem. Thank you always, Sharon


  12. jmnartsy
    May 16, 2012 @ 02:26:49

    From someone who’s been there, many times, good luck with your quest. Inevitably, it is all about taking responsibility for ourselves and our health, however you make it happen. We need to go with what feels right for our situation, but listening as well, just in case we learn something of value. Best to you,


  13. macrocritters
    Aug 19, 2012 @ 20:43:48

    Very nice blog and beautiful photographs! I will be following with interest…



  14. mcsgal
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 08:00:44

    I have nominated you for the Reality Blog Award.

    The rules that accompany this award:
    • show appreciation of the blogger who nominated you and link back to them in your post;
    • add the award logo to your blog;
    • share 7 things about yourself;
    • nominate 5 – 10 or more bloggers you admire;
    • contact your chosen bloggers to let them know.

    Visit here to collect your award http://cookingforthechemicallysensitive.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/reality-blog-award/


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