By Charlotte Christopher
Chronic Fatigue, Anxiety, Brain Fog, Irritability, debilitating joint pain, and Nerve Numbness were pretty much the symptoms of the story of my life since my mid-teens. I had been depressed since as long as I could remember.
I didn’t have much self awareness as a child or teen, so instead of addressing these horrific symptoms and getting help, I just thought this was normal to feel like shit everyday. I skated through my early life on being adorable and having a supportive family.
In my early twenties I lived in Los Angeles, existing on a lifestyle of I-405 pollution, starbucks and cigarettes. This was my ultimate low point. Sadly, at 22 years old, what should’ve been my age of primordial jing, I was at my absolute un-healthiest.
My point is not to ramble, but to really show the opposite end of the spectrum of where I am currently at and hopefully someone will relate.
In walks Logan. Eight years later he’s now my husband, and co-owner of Lost Empire Herbs. Logan’s influence on my life has been the single most profound catalytic event to happen and I’ve been spiraling upward ever since.
He has really given me the power to think for myself and to continually experiment and adapt, creating my own self medicine (even if it conflicts his recommendation). Because lets be honest, I know my body better than anyone else does.
The first step was blatantly figuring out “what’s wrong with me”. After extensive blood work, I was diagnosed with a hand full of full blown autoimmune diseases. Surprisingly, The best news ever! What a relief to be validated that there was in fact something very wrong with me all these years, and now I get to fix it.
I was assigned a western Rheumatology specialist to continue treatment. After one appointment with this guy and a casual handful of intense steroid prescriptions (which I never filled) it was clear that the only person who would be putting effort into healing myself was me.
At this point I had already been experimenting with a lot of different chinese herbs, supplements, fancy grounding sleeping sheets, extreme diet experiments, sleeping on a $8k magnet bed, you name it, I tried it… and I was getting results, but the chronic fatigue would still hit me like a wall of bricks every few months. I was “managing” my autoimmune diseases at this point with lifestyle.
The biggest most significant shift I have had with eliminating my autoimmune diseases symptoms so far was getting the mercury dental fillings removed from my teeth. I had them tested by a Holistic Dentist at a Health Convention. I was told “You have the second highest level of toxic mercury off-gassing we’ve ever seen, just talking to you is toxic. You need to get these filings taken out if you ever want to have children.” I of course had them taken out later that year.
My crippling symptoms begin to really melt away at this point. Of course, I’ve been on a regimen of heavy metal detoxing with niacin, rebounding and the infrared sauna ever since.
The second biggest breakthrough in eliminating my autoimmune symptoms have been the effects of rebuilding my health through taking Lost Empire Herbs. As a woman of reproductive age, Pine Pollen is my favorite, and has been significant as far as balancing my hormones. My period symptoms have dramatically lessened. Not to mention the hightened sex drive and energy. Second favorites are the Immune System Support like Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps and Lions Mane. These have been a staple in my life and really are pillars for my immune system. I enjoy blending Lions mane with coffee for added focus and memory. I’ve experimented with almost every Lost Empire Herbs formula available. Some work wonders for me, others have not worked so well.
I think I have noticed is that capsulized herbs don’t work nearly as well as powders for me.
At 30 years old, I can proudly say that I have little to none of my autoimmune symptoms as a result of relentless will power and self experimentation, not prescriptions or doctors. Currently, my focus has been building the most bad ass baby building uterus.
My goal for this article is to inspire anyone experiencing similar health problems to find the tools to help themselves. Lost Empire Herbs is not the complete answer, but a huge piece in the puzzle. These herbs are not groundbreaking what so ever, they’re simply ancient plants that are relatively untouched in our western world.