Teri Calandra
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My Journey to a Chemical Free Lifestyle

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There is a reason why I specialize in a modality called NAET Allergy Elimination (NAET for short).

I was a bubble child. I did years of allergy injections that only made me worse. I’m talking six shots each arm 2-3 times a week plus a B12 shot. My scratch test and IgE/IgG blood work came back with me being allergic to almost everything. I was anaphylactic to ginger and coconut. My major symptom was shortness of breath, manifesting as excessive yawning, whenever I ate something that I was allergic to.  Not to mention hives, digestion issues, chronic sinus problems, the list goes on and on..I had exercise induced asthma, was frequently sick, and spent the beginning part of my life on and off antibiotics and steroids. Just to make things extra special I take after my mom. I never wheezed. If I came in contact with a chemical, smoke, perfume, dust that set me off there was no warning. My lungs just shut down. Whoo hoo for albuterol! I was the only kid in school that carried contraband Benadryl with her. The school had a strict policy about carrying those types of things with you.

As the years went by I stopped using conventional medicine, and started using NAET Allergy Elimination and acupuncture. I was able to reset my body so it no longer viewed a sensitivity as a sensitivity. This was proven by repeat blood work. For more information on NAET please visit CalandraAcupuncture.com.

In college I got sick. Really sick. We couldn’t find out what was causing my symptoms, and the doctors ran a battery of tests. Looking back I think everything was caused by burning the candle at both ends. What’s great about Western Medicine is that it is like bringing your car to the mechanic. You may not find the cause of what your problem was, but you may find something you didn’t even know you had. The blood work reveled that I have two types of blood clotting mutations, MTHFR and Prothrombin. For more information on MTHFR visit Dr. Lynch’s Website http://mthfr.net/

Did you know that around 40-60% of the population has MTHFR? MTHFR is an enzyme that adds a methyl group to folic acid to make it usable by the body. The MTHFR gene produces this enzyme that is necessary for properly using vitamin B9. This enzyme is also important for converting homocysteine into methionine, which the body needs for proper metabolism and muscle growth and which is needed for glutathione creation . The process of methylation also involves the enzyme from the MTHFR gene, so those with a mutation may have trouble effectively eliminating toxins from the body. With MTHFR the body has trouble metabolizing folic acid and B Vitamins. Ironically, the Western “treatment” for it is increasing your folic acid. One of the very things that MTHFRs have trouble metabolizing.

It took 10 years after my diagnosis of MTHFR to realize that could be the cause of so many of my issues! If you ask most Western Medicine practitioners they say that it is nothing to worry about. That you just need to take a blood thinner if you are pregnant. Now I know why my allergy and B12 shots only made me worse. It is because my body couldn’t break it down! The reality is that MTHFR makes you more prone to building up toxins in your body because your body can’t effectively eliminate them. It is often difficult to “detox” the body of these toxins. Your best bet is prevention. Life is about choices. Unfortunately, we live in a world where we are surrounded by toxins every day. They are difficult to avoid. If you can change even a few things in your life it could make a huge difference.

All of this brings me to finding a company called MiEssence. It is an Australian based company that adheres to international and FDA certified organic criteria. It is one of the few companies on the market that is 100% all organic and natural for most of its products. Did you know that even though you go to Whole Foods and buy that expensive all natural organic detergent and deodorant they can still sneak chemicals into it if it is below a certain amount? So, here you are shelling out the extra money to buy something you think is good for you, when in reality it still has the same chemicals you are trying to avoid. Did you know that anything with –one at the end of the word is actually silicone based? Silicone is used as a foaming agent. You know.. The thing that makes your shampoo bubble. Did you know that aluminum is an anti-caking agent and is found in everything from baking soda to Epson salt? The way to determine if your Epson salt (that I am sure you are using in your detoxifying relaxing bath) has aluminum is to give it a squeeze. If the salt is loose and easy to get out there is aluminum in it.

Here are some other awesome chemicals that we use every single day. A great website to check your products out on is www.EWG.org. It is a third party testing facility that tests everything from cosmetics to food, and ranks them based off of toxicity. They also have a breakdown of the harmful chemicals in an item, how toxic it is, and known reactions on the body.

  • Aluminum– some evidence links aluminum to cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease. Found in deodorant, Epson salt, baking soda
  • Phthalates– Endocrine disruptors often also found in plastic that can cause hormone imbalance and even infertility (especially in med)
  • Propylene glycol– common name: antifreeze. It is a hotly debated additive in personal care products but the Environmental Working Group reports that it carries a moderate risk of immunotoxicity and allergies.
  • Formaldehyde-  a known carcinogen. Found in pressed wood, new carpet, new clothes, cleaning agents, basically everything…
  • Parabens- Another hormone disruptor and parabens have been found in biopsied tissue with breast cancer
  • Antibacterial Substances- I talked about these before but they are endocrine disruptors and can negatively affect the immune system

MiEssence is the only company that I have found that does not use ANY of these items, and the best part is that they work.

Now I will be perfectly honest. Natural products are best if used for day to day. However, if  the shower has mold, lime, and calcium build up you can use all the natural product you want. That stuff is not going anywhere. That’s why I say life is about choices. Occasionally, you may have to choose a stronger product if I want the mold out of the shower.

To shop MiEssence visit: https://us.one.organic/pages/miessence

About the author

Teri Calandra

Teri Calandra Dipl.Acu, MSTOM, L.Ac., LMT, RMT

Teri began her studies in energy medicine as part of her own personal development journey, and continues to to learn and integrate that knowledge into her practice. Teri is the founding practitioner of Calandra Center for Health & Wellness in Schaumburg, Illinois. She is licensed by the State of Illinois in acupuncture (L.Ac.), and board certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

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