When you feel like you have tried everything, spent thousands of dollars on endless supplements, practitioners, doctors, protocols, diets, tests and nothing can give you the answers you need, all you feel is helpless and without hope of ever getting well again. That is exactly how I felt until I found my holy grail of health! And oh my, I thank my lucky stars for finding the incredible human that is Dr Stephen Cabral.
Dr Cabral is a Naturopath, Ayurvedic, Functional Medicine & Integrative Health Practitioner who went on a journey to heal himself after experiencing health complications at the age of 17. He saw over 50 different doctors, tried over 100 different treatment protocols, but still saw no hope of recovery. It wasn’t until he met an “alternative” health doctor who explained to him how he got here and how he could become well again, that he began his recovery process. It was at this young age that he knew his life would be dedicated to helping others rebalance their bodies and renew their health. Dr Cabral who after 2 decades of research, reading 3,000+ books, and 150,000+ client sessions has uncovered exactly what works – and why. His motto Is ‘CHANGE YOUR BODY CHANGE YOUR LIFE’ and that’s exactly what he helps people do! I have been lucky enough to test his theory (the Cabral Concept) and see incredible results. His theory is based on testing the body for imbalances and re-correcting via lifestyle and supplement protocols to bring the body back to equilibrium.
My main mission in getting well was not only to just regain my health so that I can improve my quality of life but not so long ago I went to see a very well known subspecialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility to better understand the issues I was having with my cycle and investigate to ensure that there was no major issues that would stop me from having children. I knew something wasn’t quite right and wanted answers before I started trying for a family and found out too late down the track. This particular specialist did some investigative surgery and confirmed not only that I had Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) but part of my right fallopian tube was actually dead and had to be repaired. His professional opinion was that my best chance to have a family was to go through IVF due to the PCOS and fallopian tube damages. My whole body didn’t accept this method as I was so sensitive to chemicals and I didn’t want to go down this path at that early stage. In my determined ways I decided that wasn’t the path for me and I wanted to try more naturally first.
I worked my butt off doing the Cabral protocols, using a FAR Infrared Sauna (to eliminate toxins), seeing an amazing chiropractor who treats using kinesiology, used doTERRA Essential Oils (in particular ClaryCalm), practicing self love, meditation, journaling, moving my body- daily, eating as organic as possible, being mindful of dangerous Electro Magnetic Frequency (EMF) more on this later, reading quality health literature, tongue scraping, reducing stress and toxic chemicals and doing more of the things I love. Within a matter of months of completing my protocols and doing the above mentioned things not only did I feel amazing and a lot of my symptoms went away I also fell pregnant naturally and in October of 2019 gave birth to a healthy son.
To say I got my life back is an understatement and because of this amazing human and his protocols I was able to live out my lifelong dream of becoming a mother. I now feel it is my service to share my experience with the world. I want to pay it forward and help others heal and live the life that they always dreamt of living. Without your health there really isn't any drive to live out your dreams... trust me I have been in the pits of agony and didn't think I would find my way out until I did.
From what I have learnt, yes having mentors to guide you in the right direction is important but for the remaining 23 hours of each day the healing power is in your own hands to show up and do the things you need to do especially when you don't feel like it. Although I have come a long way on my health journey I still have a long way to go to reach my health goals however I now have the blue print to achieve this which lights me up from the inside!
So many people take their health for granted and the interesting thing is that many people's bodies are suffering but the symptoms haven't quite hit yet and won’t surface until later in life. Our bodies were not made to deal with all the toxic chemicals in our food, products and environment that we endure day in and out. In the near future I will be studying to become an Integrative Health Practitioner that will allow me to coach you so that you too can achieve wellness again so stay tuned for this amazingness!
Starting from the start, how did I get here.. being a female teenager is tough. There is so much pressure to be what is socially perceived as 'perfect' a word I now know doesn't even exist. My health hit rock bottom when I gave in to society and thought I needed to be skinny to ‘fit it.’ Something I now see as a lesson I needed to learn but my health felt the full force of this one.
This lesson showed up in such a physical way for me, I slowly started developing intolerances to food, became highly sensitive to chemicals and medications, I was always tired, had bad brain fog and as the years went on I would get terrible pains after eating. Naturally I would become anxious whenever I had to eat which isn’t the best recipe when trying to put weight on. The amount of social events I couldn’t go to, I lost track of because I was too unwell and the ones I did go to I felt I was being judged because I couldn’t eat the ‘normal’ heavily gluten. dairy and allergenic foods that has become so engrained in our western culture. I remember so many times just crawling in a ball crying and not wanting to get out of bed because every day was such a task. I would often sit up all hours of the night/ morning wrapped in heat packs just waiting for it to pass. The hardest part is not knowing what is causing it so I would be in a similar position in a few days time. Even after spending thousands of dollars on different health treatments/protocols nothing seemed to work and my quality of life was severely impacted.
That is the thing about chronic disease is you often cannot see it from the outside. Many people are suffering behind their smile, trust me I was there not so long ago. I went to many doctors and specialists, had a few colonoscopies and endoscopies and still had no answers. I still remember afterwards for my follow up the doctor sitting me down and saying that ‘ because your test results have come back clear I believe that you may be feeling pains that are not really there.’ To be holding onto some kind of hope that they will find SOMETHING, ANYTHING that would explain all of my pain and to be told that, was another blow. For most teens they were out partying thinking about what drinks they were going to have that weekend but for me I was drinking the awful colonoscopy drink that is used to completely clean out your bowels (sounds fun, doesn’t it?) and going in for day surgery. The pain is hard to explain but the closest way I could describe it was like all my internal organs were concreted together and every time I ate it would just get more and more compacted. I am so grateful that I now only in the last 12 months (after a lot of searching and trial and error) found the root cause of all my problems and now know the blue print to treat them (only a short 8-10 years later) but thankfully I figured it out! (More on this later)
Hindsight is a beautiful thing, I can now talk about my eating disorder without getting upset (this took many years to conquer) but I now feel that I have been taught a valuable lesson instead of feeling regret, guilt and shame. Although I still feel guilty for putting my poor parents through the stress of it all I hope that they can see that it has helped guide me on my journey and I wouldn’t be where I am today without their continual support. What I have learnt though which is important for not only the young people that may read this but just as importantly the adults as well that majority of the human population feel that they are not good enough and that was me included. A lot of this comes from the adults passing down this belief through the generations, which is why it is so important to heal and to stop that self belief in its tracks affecting our society in more ways that we realize. I witnessed this recently when I attended a self development course in Brisbane and out of the 50 people in the room when asked a fear that they wanted to overcome, every single person’s boiled down to not feeling like they were enough. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing but I get it as I had felt the same way, we all think we are on own but we really aren’t, we are all human and having similar human experiences.
It has taken hard work diving deep into my wounds to now fully love myself and honour my temple and my goodness it feels amazing! The cause of this particular illness was the lack of self love that I had for myself which spiraled into a whole host of physical symptoms all because I had caught comparison-itis. I felt like I had to be like everyone else when actually I just needed to be me. What I come to realize is that I am and you are the most unique being in the entire universe so just be yourself and let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful and magical person that you are. People will judge, hey there are probably people judging me right now but often the ones who judge are covering up their own insecurities. Be kind because everyone has something going on that you know nothing about. Plus to be unafraid of the judgement of others is the greatest freedom you can have!
Big Love, Meghan xx
I am passionate about sharing my health journey in the hope it will help others improve their health. Instead of taking 10 years like it did to me it is accessible now! I have a bachelor of Public Health with Majors of Nutrition and Health Promotion. I will soon be undertaking an Integrative Health Practitioner Certification.