The doctor at the thermography center stands in front of me, holding a lightweight sensor that will measure the temperature of 120 different points on my skin. A few moments ago, with my clothes on and in a warmer room, the temperature of these same points were measured. When we’re done, the variances will be decoded with custom software that can identify pathological patterns in my body – patterns that would otherwise go unnoticed with other types of scans.
An hour later, in my new doc’s office, I get the results.
My body is riddled with viruses. The words “severe” and “evident” were used in the official diagnostic report. There is a major block in my lymphatic system, significantly compromising my immune function. My kidneys are toxic. Heavy metals are laced throughout my body. My thyroid is screaming 911. And apparently, this has been going on for many, many years. My body, it seems, is a mess (no pun intended) despite my strict diet and lifestyle.
This is what my new naturopathic doctor tells me this past weekend as he examines the results of my first thermogram, taken at the Thermography Center of Dallas , the first dedicated thermogram testing facility in the country.
“Oh, that’s really good news!” I say, smiling and leaning forward.
My excitement at hearing this might sound counter-intuitive to you. But actually, it is precisely what I am hoping for. You see, MRI’s, X-rays and other scans reveal information about the structure of our bodies. But thermograms tell us about the function of our glands, organs, and immune system.
And finding out that my body is full of poorly functioning systems and organs is excellent, because it explains my years of suffering and the maddeningly fragile state of my body for my entire adult life. But most importantly, diagnostic evidence of a problem means that I can take action to correct it. And I like it when I can take action to get healthy!
Thermograms are the cutting edge of diagnostic testing devices. In 1997, thermography was cleared for use by the FDA and progressive health professionals across the country have been using this non-invasive, painless tool to get an invaluable picture of what’s happening inside a patient’s body. In fact, a veritable salad of health problems can be detected, like breast cancer, food intolerance, yeast overgrowth, intestinal disorders, tooth problems, vascular disease, muscolo-skeletal disorders, and inflammatory conditions.
“I guess that explains my weak constitution,” I say to the doc.
“No!” he asserts. “Just the opposite. With the viral load you’re carrying, for the number of years you’ve been carrying it, the fact that you are up and walking and functioning like normal is a testament to how strong your constitution actually is. Many others would be unable to get out of bed.”
“Really?!” I say. “You’re rockin’ my entire worldview, doc. This is an identity-level game-changer!”
The doc smiles. He is a lovely man with an easygoing, welcoming demeanor, a goofy sense of humor, and a confident steadiness that I find very comforting. He says, “Yes. You contracted some viruses at an early age that have been severely compromising your immune system and organs ever since. Most people are under the mistaken assumption that when they ‘get over’ a virus, the virus is gone. The truth is that just because the initial symptoms subside, the virus is still present. In fact, it burrows deep into your body, finds itself a nice comfy little home, and stays there for many, many years, wreaking havoc like it has for you.”
We go through the entire list of pathologies in my body that were discovered with the thermogram and then doc says it’s time to “ask my body some questions.” He then uses advanced energy work (a version of kinesiology) to determine what foods I must eliminate. A few minutes later, my already restricted diet is decimated to two items: Vegetables. Protein. No stevia! No cacao powder! No almond milk! Doc instructs me that I am to have nothing else for a minimum of six months.
Apparently, my stellar diet was not stellar enough to kick those stubborn virusy and yeasty bastards that’ve been hiding out in my system for years.
“There’s a reason we call them viruses,” doc says. “It’s because they’re virulent. Very difficult to destroy.” I look up that word in the dictionary when I get home. Virulent. Actively poisonous. Intensely noxious. Malignant. Deadly. Hostile. Yup, sounds about right.
“How about some good news?!” doc asks, smiling, noticing my exasperation at this new no-stevia rule.
“Yes please!” I respond.
“The good news is, within 6-10 months, you’ll have an entirely new body.”
“I’ll be symptom free?” I say.
“Yes,” he says.
“As in, healed?” I say.
“As in healed,” he says.
There’s one more piece of this story that I’d like to share with you here. It’s the way I stumbled upon this doctor. For more than a year now I’ve been trying to find a graduate program in counseling psychology that will work for me both financially and logistically as a single mom. I have applied to five schools already this year and all five have fallen through for various reasons. After the last disappointment, I decided to let it go for a while, concluding that if it was meant to be, it’d happen. And then a few months later I heard about a program from an acquaintance that seemed like it would be a perfect fit.
I had it on my to-do list to call the admissions office of this school for weeks. Finally I did. A man named Matthew answered and after speaking with him for ten minutes, I immediately knew that this was the school for me, and that the man on the other end of the phone was a kindred spirit and a special soul that I needed to get to know.
We began to exchange emails, and just a week later, the universe conspired to place us both in Dallas, Texas to visit family on the same weekend. So we met and that’s when he told me about his dad, the doc, the thermography center, and his energy work. Matthew hooked me up with an appointment the next morning and that’s how I ended up naked in a cold room getting my skin temperature tested.
A couple hours later, as I leave the doc’s office, feeling more hopeful and excited than ever in my sixteen years since I became symptomatic, I think about how I ended up blessed enough to find this particular doctor. It occurs to me that had I not pursued my path with stubborn persistence, despite many grad program doors being slammed in my face, I wouldn’t have called that particular school and spoken to Matthew and enjoyed the entire stream of events that followed as a result.
Oftentimes it’s only in hindsight that we can see the critical, game-changing nature of one small event – an event that becomes the catalyst for an entirely different chapter in our lives.
Today I found out that I got into that graduate program and I start classes in a few weeks. I am looking forward to standing up and getting my diploma in two and a half years with a new body that is vibrant, healthy, and un-freakin’-stoppable.
In the next few days I’ll be posting the list of places throughout the country where you can go to get a thermogram. I asked the doc and he said that with a thermogram report, he can work with anyone via phone. Please note that I am not financially affiliated in any way with this doctor and will not benefit financially in any capacity by encouraging you to either get a thermogram or work with him. My enthusiasm is based purely on a strong conviction that this is an essential step in anyone’s recovery from chronic illness.So stay tuned for more details!