Over three decades ago, I sustained a serious injury that left the bones in my leg and ankle shattered. After seven surgeries, lots of physical therapy and cocktails of pharmaceuticals, the specialists said nothing more could be done. Limited physical activity, a permanent limp and chronic pain was my new normal. Plus, the entire incident left me with a compromised immune system.
Years later, I became physically incapacitated. My injured leg was swelling to twice its normal size more often than not. The little stability I had seemed to disappear and the constant pain had spread throughout the leg and hip. A cane became my steadfast partner. Medical advice ranged from exploratory surgery, a fusion of bones and a recovery time of up to six months accompanied by yet another cocktail of drugs.
Deciding I had nothing to lose, I began to explore alternatives. That decision opened a door to another world — recovery through functional nutrition. So I hit the books and the learning began.
Ultimately, a program of acupuncture, craniosacral therapy and CBD treatments became part of the answer. I learned to make my own CBD oil to ensure quality and dosage. Then I blended a topical cream to further promote healing. Once the inflammation and pain was under control, I started strengthening the quadriceps in both legs to help stabilize my knee caps and hips.
I crafted a dietary program for myself that included functional nutrition at every meal. Homemade bone broth infusions with functional mushroom extracts topped the list. The functional nutrients in the slow-simmered broth were easily and quickly absorbed into the body. Glucosamine and chondroitin, natural compounds found in animal cartilage, supported joint health. The marrow provided vitamin A, vitamin K2, and minerals like zinc, iron, boron, manganese and selenium, as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids for cartridge support and immune building replaced supplements. A blend of elderberries and blueberries provided support to the immune system.
To be clear, the changes did not happen overnight. On rainy and cold days I still ‘feel’ the original injury. And while I use an ankle support on my daily walks, I can happily say I take that walk without a cane and when I return I’m not incapacitated by pain.
Friends and associates noticed the improvements and asked what I was doing different. Slowly word started to spread and a client base formed. The rest, as they say, is history. Back to About Apiarium