My Story
 
Inner Wisdom & Natural Healing:

Recovery from a Long-term, Disabling Medical Condition

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Daniel Lappin

 

 

Life is an adventure.    Often it unfolds as a journey of conflicts: of joy and challenge, success and lessons, mastery and stumbling.  

My life adventure has been to unravel a disabling medical mystery - my own.  This has been a puzzle of enormous proportion, commanding my entire life. I lost
jobs, housing and relationships, and the simple ability remain physically stable after eating food or closing my eyes to sleep. It continues to demand my attention as an adult living with a complex medical condition.  I am fortunate.

 

My life swung unpredictably for decades:  a few months or a couple years of reasonable health, then dramatic collapse for months or years, then again swing to more function.   In 2016, I experience a series of severe crashes, followed by intense introspection and investigation, resulting in two life changing break thoroughs.  I suddenly regained elements of cognition that had been impaired for decades.  My life improved dramatically within days. 

 

Over the decades, progress was slow.   I fought hard to establish a foundation and to keep it. I was forced to the creative edge to solve this complex condition at the frontier of medical science – while I was in the middle of experiencing it!  It has been a journey of my soul.

 

As a teenager, I did not realize that I was slipping into a complex condition that would unfold sporadically over the following decades.  Sometimes slowly, sometime with swift, brutal impact. 

I slipped through the cracks of Western Medicine and Integrated Health.  The complex condition that was unfolding in my young body (1960's and 1970's) was ahead of the curve of medical research and clinical practice.    Some of the symptoms suggested they were 40 years ahead of medical research and clinical practice (brain inflammation and infection, histamine and mast cell activation, vegal nerve inflammation and dysfunction).

After 40 years of consultation with medical and integrated health practitioners the symptoms suggested a cascade of conditions that included:

 

- Starting around age 6, a weakened immune system caused three ear infections and three ear surgeries.

- Antibiotic use for the ear infections contributed to disruption of the digestive microbiome.

-An adaptive stress response caused increased consumption of sugar, causing tooth decay, and a cascade of oro-facial infection. This potentially contributed to brain inflammation and/or infection.

- Tooth decay lead to multiple, large mercury dental fillings. Probable toxic burden. (The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that mercury can cause allergic reactions in some cases).

- Middle ear disruption from infections and surgeries disrupted sensory and taste systems, severely impacting digestion.

- Weakened immune system established a condition for a severe Epstein-Barr viral infection.

- Mold infestation

- Broad disruption to metabolism: digestion, elimination.

- Histamine intolerance with possible mast cell activation disorder.

- Cerebral vascular constriction and hypo-perfusion.

- Intermittent left side partial paralysis, originating from brain and endocrine dysfunction plus a form of gastric paralysis (gastroparesis).

- Potential central nervous system dysregulation

- Brain stem dysregulation effecting cranial nerves.

- Dysregulation of the vegal nerve.

- Disregulation from small changes to gastric pH level.

- Obstructive sleep apnea

- Severe sleep paralysis

- Several psycho-social traumas

- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

 

It has been intense.

 

During the most severe periods, my body would collapse and lose function, often within 30 to 45 minutes after eating a meal. My body would go into partial paralysis of the left side of my body, effecting multiple functions, including, cognition, sensory motor, speech, digestion, elimination, social and relationship physiology. At times it felt I was hit by lightning; within minutes my body would begin to collapse and lose function. It was scary and confusing. Several times I feared that in that moment I would die, that the next breath would be my last.

 

Physically, it appeared that I was having a stroke, looking like a walking zombie. These episodes appeared to be different than a TIA - Transient Ischemic Attacks, as they would last days or weeks. 

 

The partial disability remained until I could mobilize my skills to regenerate my body function: eating, sleeping, breathing, mental focus and organization, speaking, and relating to people.

 

I was thrown into the fire of innate self-healing.  I was forced to search, dig, struggle, pray and persevere.  Starting in my teen years, with no exposure to outside information I self-discovered mind-body solutions that replicated ancient healing practices and pushed the frontier of medical science (acupuncture, biophysical force rotation).   

 

I was pulling solutions out of thin air. These self-generated skills significantly stabilized and recovered my bodily function. They may have saved my life.

 
I became adept at recovering and generating my body, mind and emotions so that I could simply live, work and be in a community.  

 

Over time, I spent thousands of hours in daily practice to regain body function.   Often up to 6 hours in one day recovering, simply to have the episode occur again that same evening or the following day. This intense inner exploration became the foundation for the wellness services, therapeutic protocol, and resilience coaching I provide to clients today.

 

My world became narrow. My days were dominated by health practices and management.

 

I became a professional massage therapist to both learn skills to support myself, and as a plausible source of income.  

 

Over the years, supporting several thousand clients, I began to see the patterns of stress and illness. Often starting in childhood (Adverse Childhood Experience report).

 

From my direct experience and further study, I saw gaps in medical and health education, basic research, and the delivery of healthcare.    I saw the profound impact these ‘blind spots’ had on people, business and society. 

 

I am compelled, with a heart-felt desire, as well as rage and intensity, to solve these problems. I work to help others avoid the challenges I experienced, and to help reverse them if they occur.

 

I am active in industry events, initiatives and organizations to promote solutions and make structural change. 

 

May I remain a humble student that I transform my nightmares into gifts - for myself and others.

 

May you as well.

 

Blessings,                   

   

Daniel Lappin

January, 2017