I have created this blog in order to share my struggles to reverse my vitiligo and improve my overall health.
As a child, I always had a small white patch on the right side of my pelvis that I just assumed was a birth mark. It never spread and it wasn’t bothersome, so I never worried much about it. My mom even said it was a birth mark because she had forgotten that I was not actually born with it.
Fast forward 30 years to swimming lessons with my 13 month old son. After a couple of weeks swimming in a heavily chlorinated pool, I noticed a small white patch on my left thumb. I thought maybe it was just sun damage…until it started to spread.
I tried not to worry and just ignore it, thinking it would just stop. But it didn’t.
It’s funny because I didn’t immediately associate this with the patch I already had on my pelvis. In fact, it was always such a part of me that the thought never even entered my mind that I could have had vitiligo as a child and never knew it. But one day, I did think about it and I asked my mom. She started remembering that I had actually developed the white patch sometime after I was born…as to exactly when, she couldn’t be sure.
Was it from childhood vaccines? Was it from all of the time I spent swimming in our pool? Who knows.
I have always been a very sensitive child, both emotionally and physically. I was allergic to milk as a child and would get eczema behind my knees and the inside of my arms if I drank it. I also never had much energy. I was always tired and had great difficulty waking for school in the morning.
Interestingly, I also always had a bit of a hearing impairment in my left ear. I failed every one of my elementary school hearing tests (which was always extremely embarassing). I would have never associated my white patch with my hearing loss, but I have recently discovered they are actually connected. I have high frequency hearing loss
When I began searching for “vitiligo cures”, natural remedies, or ANYTHING that could stop my vitiligo from spreading, I could not find much.
I mostly found a bunch of websites selling creams and topical oils. Initially I made the grave mistake of considering my vitiligo to be a skin disorder, which I know now it is NOT. The first skin oil I bought was $100. My mom actually bought it for me because I couldn’t afford it at the time. I used it religiously despite the terrible smell.
Trying to repigment my skin from the outside just didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, though. The skin is just a reflection of what is happening inside the body.
In my quest to find a solution for my vitiligo, I came across a couple of eBooks, one of them very popular, claiming to give you a “system” to regain pigment and begin to see results in as little as one month. This book was a joke. It was just full of recipes and medical treatment options that you can use to try and reverse your vitiligo. No “system”, no step by step instructions as the sales page claims.
Needless to say, I was irritated and decided I was going to have to try and figure this out on my own…and so here I am.
Toxins are a HUGE issue today, and a major contributor to the development of autoimmune disorders and the expression of genetic mutations. I personally have found out that I have toxic levels of mercury, cadmium, copper, and lead. The copper toxicity is interesting to me because not only am I toxic, but it’s biounavailable, meaning it’s in an unusable form. Copper is vital for proper thyroid/adrenal function as well as skin pigmentation. I’m currently on a powerful (but gentle) detox program called Nutritional Balancing. It’s suitable for children, too.
I decided to record my journey in a blog, not only for myself and to document my progress, but also to help anyone out there who like me, cannot seem to find any solid, encouraging answers.
It is my hope that this blog will become an active community of followers, and that I will be able to get to know some of you. I enjoy hearing about your own struggles with this annoying condition, and any remedies you may have tried with some success.
Again, thanks for stopping by!
If you’d like to see pictures of my vitiligo and how it has progressed over the last few years, you can see them here.
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