Hello, I’m Brittany wife and momma of three. Health and wellness Advocate and Oil Educator on a mission to help bring full awareness. I have many large life events that have been the driving forces behind my mission to educate and serve others to achieve their whole wellness and healthiest self. so I thought it about time I formally introduce myself with a little bit of my life story. When I ask my mom about my early years she reports on a less than lovely pregnancy followed by a very difficult birth with much medical intervention during and after. I had allot of colic, reflux and sever eczema and skin irritations. I underwent various allergy testing and nothing showed up so I was continued to be fed the foods there was a suspected allergy to (dairy) even though I reacted when fed them. This forced my body to ‘cope’ having to find a way to manage. I was given dairy based formula at 6 months and my mother discontinued breastfeeding. I give you all this back story for if one is ever truly to heal they need to return to where it all began. And for myself my struggles began right out the gates lol.
As I grew these undiscovered food sensitivities caused a domino of health issues. Leaky Gut that was mis-diagnosed as IBS Honestly I’m not sure IBS is a real thing or just a diagnosis given to explain a reaction in the body to foods that cannot be explain by simple western allergy testing. This domino hit a head when my parents divorced and my unhealthy body, that was already under so much stress to attempt to maintain functioning at the level it was at with such depleted resources just crashed. My leaky unhealthy Gut was not creating and regulation serration properly and the heavy saddness and huge emotions were just to much for that already struggling 9 year old body. My outward health began to reflect my inward health. Every area of my life was effected Scholastics, physical health, mental health, cognitive function, coping and relationship skills and self confidance and worth. As a result my loving parent took my then 10 year old self to see a child counselor. After a few visits with the counselor I was referred to a psychiatrist. There after a few visits I was given the label at 11 of depressed. One of these events was that then I became one of the pre-teens put on paxil. after over a year of taking it. I was in a deeper depression and thoughts of wanting to do harm to myself. I was then at 13.5 given the heavy diagnosis of Bi-Polar disorder. This resulted in the addition of more medication but not a deeper look into the medication itself. After a few suicied attempts the Paxil was eventually switched out for something else along the way but the damage had been done. And in the years following my 9 year old selfs breakdown very little life and coping skills were attempted to be really taught. It was more about getting me to survive the day. So I continued my journey completely lost medication after medication and not really ever feeling better just less and less like a person and more and more like Zombie patient #568. I nerve grew to love or appreciate myself but to see a flawed sick, broken person and stupid person. I had pretty much retained next to no scholastic information past probably grade 4.still all the while struggling allot severs stomach and skin issues but no one ever considered, there was a connection. Even after many drugs nothing help my mental health.
Later as an adult researching my life timeline to explore alternative holistic healing. I found out that there was a very large headline court case. Were Paxil was forced to pay out millions . This was due to the fact that they had pushed approval through the FDA for adolescent use when it had not been adequately tested. It was later discovered that it resulted in a deeper further depression and suicide attempts in many adolescence due to adverse reactions. When I had this reaction to Paxil the result was a further diagnosis of bipolar disorder, from a diagnosis of simple situational depression due to my parents divorce. One of the biggest shockers to myself was the loss of trust I had in my doctor and the medical system after this discovery. It shocked me that they had not ever discovered this court case themselves or ever made a connection to the fact that very soon after I was removed from the drug it was actually prohibited from being prescribed to children. I was a mother myself when I discovered all this and it drove me to dig deeper. There are most certainly large bodies of regulating forces put in place to oversee our pharmaceutical industry. But we must realize that these pharmaceutical industries are still run by mere humans. And they are not impervious to influence and bribery. This industry is one of the largest grossing industries in the entire world. The amount of millions forced to pay out on behalf of those affected by the negative impact of unwelcome side effects is HUGE. But sadly more often than not does not even put a large dent in these companies bottom line. They were able to function and continue turning a very large profit with little to no effect. This experience along with many others in my life have been the driving factors in being a advocate for objective thought and awareness around our own health care.