Jumping headfirst into the natural side of treatment

Happy Sunday all – hope all you fellow Canadians are enjoying your labour day long weekend before heading back to work or school!

On Friday, I hustled out of the condo before I could make any sort of mess before anyone came in for viewings over the weekend, and then headed to my parents in Oakville. It was Bart’s dad’s birthday yesterday, so I had dinner with the family on Friday and Saturday. Yes, there are four flatcoat retrievers in these photos: Roxee and Baxter are Bart’s parents’ dogs, Rory is Katie’s, and Sully is ours. 


Today, Katie, Bart and I met my family in Toronto at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) to watch both the airshow, and walk around. It was a great time, and Grayson REALLY loved the planes, which we were not surprised about whatsoever!

I have been quite the introvert over the last few days – while Bart’s family watches movies, I have been embedded in one of my textbooks (yes, I have already purchased, and am reading my textbooks before school even begins) for my Fundamentals of Nutrition class on day one.

This book is called “The Optimum Nutrition Bible” by Patrick Holford and it goes over what type of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc are needed for OPTIMAL nutrition, meaning, FEELING healthy and energized, full of life, able to sleep well, can concentrate, and the list goes on – all of which I do not currently experience, ever! Little do most of us know, but the RDA, or Recommended Daily Allowances of vitamins and minerals on our “food” boxes, are actually the percentages needed to avoid getting scurvy, not to feel and be healthy!

SO, along with my paleo / Myers diet, and yoga, I am also going to be re-introducing supplements into my daily regimen (I did this years ago, and could never stick to it because no natural path ever explained to me WHY I needed all of these, and how long I needed to take each before feeling better, so I would just fall off the bandwagon). Once I do become a certified nutritionist, I will be explaining to all of my   clients the WHY’S and HOW’S about their diet and supplements. 
SO, after completing a questionnaire, and doing some heavy reading of this 600+ page book, I have come to the conclusion that because of my fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, anxiety and depression, I need a certain “mix” of supplements. After making sure all of the information seemed correct, I went ahead and ordered every single item needed, which I will list below in case you’re curious 🙂

Vitamins and minerals needed:

A – 1000 mcg
D – 5 mcg
E – 200 mg
C – 2800 mg
B1 – 45 mg
B2 – 25 mg
B3 – 50 mg
B5 – 130 mg
B6 – 95 mg
Folic acid – 350 mcg
B12 – 20 mcg
Biotin – 30 mcg
GLA – 200 mg
EPA / DHA – 700 mg
Calcium – 300 mg
Iron – 7 mg
Magnesium – 250 mg
Zinc – 15 mg
Selenium – 25 mcg
Chromium – 200 mcg
Manganese – 6 mg
There is an “Energy Revitalization” powder that contains a HUGE amount of necessary vitamins and minerals for those with chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, and fibromyalgia, which I have purchased in the past. I ordered this powder to put in my daily smoothies, and whatever nutrients I needed that this powder doesn’t cover, I ordered separately:
7 mg iron
700 epa/dha
2000 c
150 e
10 b6
4 manganese
50 magnesium
200 gla
Probiotics (minimum 50 billion)
D-Ribose 15mg daily

These should be delivered in the next few days, so hopefully I can get started on these ASAP. I normally order my supplements from vitacost.com because they tend to be much cheaper, despite the shipping cost and exchange rate, compared to walking into a store in Toronto. Unfortunately, none of the online vitamin shops in Canada have every single item I need, and I’d rather just order them all from one spot to make it easier on me.

This order wasn’t cheap, about $300 Canadian, and I’ll figure out how much that will cost a month later, as this order covers more than a month’s worth for many of these supplements. To think that my antidepressants cost me over $3 a day, and my muscle relaxants $1 a day without medical coverage, this actually doesn’t seem like much once I am off these meds!

Upon reading about supplement regimes in great detail this weekend, I have also come to the conclusion that I want to attempt to wean off of my antidepressant medications, once I have ramped up my supplements and have started to feel better. If that goes well, I’d also like to try and get off of my muscle relaxant, which I take nightly in order to sleep, however, it causes me to feel EXTREMELY fatigued and “hungover” the next morning, which doesn’t help someone who already wakes up fatigued and in pain! I already knew pharmaceutical medications for these types of disorders and diseases are just a bandaid solution before reading this book, however, I didn’t realize they were also causing my body to deplete the nutrients I had left (which were already few and far between!)

Feel free to follow me on this journey of adding the never-ending list of supplements, and weaning off of the remainder of my medications. I want to get my body to a point where it is functioning as well as it can, without ingesting pharmaceuticals every day. I have a feeling I will be learning a great deal of much needed information in my nutrition courses, and this will also help in my move towards the path I’m on.

If you’re interested in details about this book, and how I got to these supplement numbers, please feel free to send me a message! What I also learned is that EVERYONE needs to be taking a multivitamin (and a couple other supplements) regardless of their health status, so this is not just for “unhealthy” bodies, like mine!

Has anyone else with a chronic illness, whether it be fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, or something else, treated their symptoms the natural way (diet, supplements, exercise, etc) and completely eliminated pharmaceutical medication from their system? Any helpful advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks so much for stopping in everyone!

Xoxo Lex


6 thoughts on “Jumping headfirst into the natural side of treatment

  1. I am managing my RA, fibromyalgia and chronic pain w/o prescription medications. I take Plexus products: SLIM, ProBio5, BioCleanse for balanced blood sugars, weight loss, gut/digestive health and healthy immune function. The XFactor vitamin to supplement my clean eating regime (no sugars or processed foods) and Fast Relief Nerve Support and Ease Capsules for pain relief.
    I no longer take Enbrel, methotrexate, prednisone, pain killers or OTC pain relief. My BP has dropped back to normal, I am no longer prediabetic and I’ve lost 50 pounds since starting last February.
    So far so good!! Being off the medications has also relieved my previous brain fog and fatigue.
    I’m all for natural!!! Hope things work well for you too… it’s been life changing for me 🙂


    • That’s amazing! Quick question – my only concern is about the depression and the sleep. I’ve been on an antidepressant for 5 years which helps my anxiety and depression but numbs my emotions – have you heard anything about what’s best for that? I’ve also been on flexeril since l was diagnosed 20 years ago – what do you take for sleeping? A bunch of magnesium? Any help would be great!!!


      • There is magnesium in the BioCleanse which has gotten rid of my restless leg syndrome. My sleep has improved but not sure why. Maybe because I am able to be more active or because I don’t have pain when I sleep so I am more restful? I have lowered my antidepressant from 100mg. to 25 mg. (Zoloft) and hope to be off it soon. I’d be off it now but my marriage just ended and I’m having some troubles with my teenage son so I don’t want to go cold turkey at the moment. I’m having a blood test this week to see if I can quit my synthroid. It has been lowered twice since starting these supplements. The synthroid and Zoloft are my last remaining meds. What really amazes me is that the RA and fibro are in check with no meds whatsoever. I am SO glad to be free of the side effects!!


      • That is so amazing, good for you!! I am now off of my narcotic pain killers that I was on for about 7 years, and I’m hoping to reduce / get off of the other 2 when the supplements are ramped up. I will need to be off of them in a few years when we have kids, so may as well start now! I am so glad to hear you are feeling better. That is amazing news. I truly believe that chronic illnesses like ours can be managed the natural way, which is partly why I am going back to school to become a holistic nutritionist – to help others like you and I 🙂

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