If you’ve read any of the recent ketchup posts, you might already be aware that the Cellulite Investigation was launched while ANALYST was living in Scotland on a Fulbright grant to the University of St. Andrews. The crisp Highland air and pure Scottish water proved to be ideal stimulants for seeking out the deeper truths surrounding the confused issues of health and wellness.
But after a year of living in Scotland, ANALYST’s transition back to life in South Florida did not go as smoothly as anticipated. The cellulite that seemed to be melting off her body was making an unwelcome comeback. To make matters worse, within days of her return she somehow developed an even more unpleasant symptom of lymphatic blockage: painful, cystic acne. Was it the change of climate? The stress of writing her dissertation? Withdrawal from the lack of fresh Scottish air?
It wasn’t the first time ANALYST was plagued with this embarrassing condition. Like a lot of women, she had dealt with adult acne off and on since high school. If not for her years of military service, she might never have noticed that the problem was geographically specific. When stationed on the east coast, she suffered painful cystic outbreaks. When stationed on the west coast or living overseas, her skin was bright and clear. The acne would return within days of moving back to the east coast, or even while visiting for the weekend.
For years, ANALYST suspected it was something in the water. Perhaps an effect of corroded lead pipes? She installed all kinds of filters and even washed her face with bottled water. She managed to keep the condition under control with daily use of a popular celebrity-endorsed product line and religious visits to her local aesthetician. But after moving to South Florida from Scotland, the problem was worse than ever.
Based on her research for the Cellulite Investigation, ANALYST knew there was an issue with her lymphatic system. The cystic acne revealed all the classic symptoms of lymphatic blockage. The outbreaks traced the lymph passages down the sides of her neck. Small lumps of lymphatic congestion could be felt along the delicate lymph vessels around her ears. Knowing the importance of the lymphatic system for overall health, ANALYST decided it was time to bring in the professionals.
To her great relief, the world’s premiere clinic for Lymph Drainage Therapy, the Upledger Institute, was located less than 30 minutes away in Palm Beach Gardens. After a series of consultations (which ANALYST will explore in an upcoming post; it really is an amazing story!), the lymphatic specialist at Upledger did what all the dermatologists, aestheticians, obgyns, and other healthcare practitioners ANALYST consulted over the years had failed to do. She got to the root of the problem.
After all those years of suffering with what is supposed to be a problem of adolescence; the endless parade of skincare products cluttering the bathroom cabinet; the nightly routine of complicated 5-step facial cleansing rituals; the constant paranoia –am I touching my face too much? Is my pillowcase dirty? Is my hair oily? Is it the phone receiver? Is it this or that chemical in this or that product?
It felt so freeing to finally have an answer to all those open questions surrounding this frustrating condition. And it can all be summed up in a single word.
(to be continued…)
This post is part of the Natural Cures Carnival at HartkeisOnline.com. Kimberly Hartke is the publicist for the Weston A. Price Foundation. She blogs about issues surrounding traditional foods, small family farms, and Real Milk. Her Natural Cures column is devoted to home remedies and lifestyle solutions that help prevent and heal from disease.
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