Out of Sight, Out of Mind(Set)

15.3.2016 | 14:36

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Dragon Dispatches from the Divine Dragon

Last week was … not a good one.

I thought I knew what I’d be blogging about this week:  The not-very-encouraging results of my hair analysis test for heavy metals and other minerals.

No sign of lead, interestingly enough.

Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s not in my body.  It just means that if it is, I’m not getting rid of it.  So … not necessarily good news.

It was more the overall interpretation and analysis given in the accompanying comprehensive report that bothered me.


Here’s the deal:

According to the number of mineral deficiencies, their ratios of one to another, and the presence of certain heavy metals – it all adds up to deficient digestion and malabsorption, coupled with adrenal exhaustion from chronic stress.



For the most part, I knew all that.

Yeah, okay, according to the blood work and hormone tests I had done last year, I wasn’t quite in a state of total adrenal exhaustion, but apparently the hair mineral testing is more indicative of the true state of things….

I was frustrated, I was angry, I was so discouraged I wanted to cry in the doctor’s office.

I was even a little confused.  (Aluminum?  Really??  Apparently, even though I avoid all of the “usual suspects,” there’s so much aluminum in our environment that it’s impossible to avoid entirely.  Especially since a house-wide water filtration system probably doesn’t remove it from tap water…. *sigh*)

I’ve been trying to figure out what I haven’t tried to tackle the digestive issues.

One of my mentors suggested that, even though I’d been trying everything, maybe I hadn’t tried any of them long enough.

That’s certainly a possibility, although I’ve followed each program for its entire length.  But maybe for me, that’s not long enough.

Fair point, well taken.

But I freely admit I’m sick and tired of food restrictions and elimination diets.

Leaky Gut word cloud on a white background.

There’s got to be something more, something deeper.

And I think I know what it is….

After yelling a bit, crying a bit more, and going back and forth in my head trying to figure out what I’m not doing right, I think I finally hit on something….

It’s not that I’m not doing the right things:

I’ve been eating a clean diet for years, and lately I’ve been working to individualize it more to my specific needs.

I’ve been incorporating healthy exercise, although given the adrenal exhaustion, that’s definitely going to take a back seat for the immediate future….

I’ve been using non-toxic household cleaners and personal care products for years.

But maybe what I’m not doing is more important.

I’m still struggling with the mindset issues involved around my health challenges this past year.

(Remember that “chronic stress” piece?  Yeah, my “stress management techniques” probably aren’t as effective – or even as existent – as they could or should be.)

stress level conceptual meter indicating maximum, isolated on white background

So last night I made a decision:

I’m done with elimination diets and supplements, maybe even testing, for the time being.

They haven’t been effective, and it’s because they aren’t addressing the “root cause” of the problem.

The problem isn’t really a faulty digestive system.

Oh, sure, that’s what it looks like on the outside.

That’s what all of the testing says:  H. Pylori, “leaky gut,” poor protein synthesis….

Blah, blah, blah.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not disparaging the importance of testing, per se.  What I’m suggesting is that testing isn’t going to tell you the whole story.

I need to address the stress.

More importantly, I need to address the way I handle stress.

That’s the first order of business….

young businesswoman relaxing sitting in the office in the middle of a green meadow. Stress free working environment concept


  1. Vin
    March 15, 2016 | 4:37 pm

    In the first half of this blog, I was set to encourage you to do what you said you’re doing in the second half.

    Putting too much attention on problems gives them increased power. The psychic creativity can work against you if your thoughts are riddled with “Oh nose!” and “OMGs”. Take a break, know that you’re are wondrously made and focus on other things.

    We may appear to be flesh and bone that needs to be fixed, but we are really magnetic fields that can be rewired. “Think” about that.

    • daletchworth
      March 15, 2016 | 5:43 pm

      Spot on with your insights and suggestions, Vin. Much appreciated! Debra

  2. Jace
    March 15, 2016 | 6:58 pm

    Great decision! Focus on where you want to be and move forward with your positive thoughts. High Five!

    • daletchworth
      March 16, 2016 | 1:12 pm

      Jace, I’m sure future posts will chronicle the journey and ultimately the positive results. Thanks for the support! Debra

  3. Andrea
    March 17, 2016 | 7:37 pm

    Very honest and great article! And I can so relate. I had a very stressful day yesterday and my ulcer (or whatever pain) flared up like hell. I had an afternoon nap (this almost never happens), recognized I am overwhelmed, took it easier and today I am better.

    • daletchworth
      March 17, 2016 | 11:15 pm

      Andrea — Glad you were able to take the nap. No doubt it did you a world of good. Glad to hear that you’re now doing better. Debra

  4. Brad
    March 21, 2016 | 12:16 am

    Realizing it’s more stressful to be stressed about being stressed rather than to embrace stress as not objective but subject to the power you give it can be a powerful shift in feeling better.

    Perhaps easier said than done. Kind of like trying to let go of the ego so much that you don’t let go of letting go….mmmm…my head just spun around.

    Or just read the lyrics to Billy Joel’s Goodnight My Angel – it’s a lullaby, perfect for a great restorative nap.

    • daletchworth
      March 22, 2016 | 12:34 am

      Extremely well put, Brad, and things worth doing right are usually easier said than done. Thanks, Debra

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