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Pat Block, CNHP, N.D., D.A.Hom.
About being very sick and dysfunctional
Been there. Done that.
I am married and have four children all of whom I’ve home-schooled up until college and are now done with college and have their own careers, three married, seven grandchildren. My first career was engineering (BS Physics, MS EE, Prof Eng Aeroacoustics) and I worked 15 years as an aerospace engineer at NASA where I designed and conducted wind tunnel experiments, collected data, analyzed the data, wrote reports, and presented my findings to my peers. I resigned because of increasing family responsibilities and ill health.
How did I get into this? In 1990 my intermittent problem with visual memory and short-term memory loss became increasingly incapacitating. I couldn’t remember 4 digits in a row. While traveling in the car I would experience panic moments of disorientation, not knowing where I was, or where I was going. In conversation, I found myself unable to remember what I had just said and what I was leading up to, continually asking, “Now, why was I telling you this?” This affected every aspect of my life. During this time I also experienced extreme fatigue and chronic viral infections. I often home-schooled from bed and had to instruct the children from there on how to make dinner and do other household responsibilities. The cognitive disability was in stark contrast to my educational history. My mind had worked very well for me.
So why not seek medical attention? My personal and family experiences with doctors up to that point had greatly eroded my confidence in modern medicine. I envisioned potentially toxic tests leading to toxic drugs with unwanted side effects and uncertain results. The next step? Well,…
I sought the Lord and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears.
I began to pursue ‘something natural’ to regain my health. After a series of coincidences I found the ‘herbal underground’. I began taking herbs and within three weeks was able to carry on a
normal conversation, remembering what I had been saying, and what point I was making. I was amazed.
I guess I thought someone as educated as myself would surely have heard that people can eat herbs and get well. Not so, obviously (….well, it has since become apparent that the info has been supressed by financial interests that influence the FDA.) So I began searching out the people who knew these things…and the rest is history. But I am here to say, people eat herbs and get well.
I started to study about herbs, their historical uses, and other alternative healing methods and began working on the health problems of my family and friends with rewarding success. My own health had been greatly impoverished but through experimenting with something natural, I discovered which ones helped my varied ailments. I have much evidence to date that had I not taken this road, I would likely not be here today.
If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.
My health remains fragile, but I am learning through personal experience how to use the right herbal remedies and non-herbal interventions to function and do all I am called upon to do. I tell my clients, “If I weren’t so sick, I wouldn’t be so smart.”
I pursued a formal course of study since much of my cognitive ability was being restored. I obtained my Doctor of Natural Medicine (N.D.) from Trinity College of Natural Health, an accredited naturopathic school in 1994 (I’m a certified traditional naturopath CTN, not a medical naturopath.) I finished a series of classes to obtain my certification as a natural health professional (CNHP). I’ve also completed the Touch for Health series and advanced courses in Professional Kinesiology Practice, accredited through the International Kinesiology College. In February 1999, I completed my Doctor of Applied Homeopathy. I received my national certification by the board of the American Naturopathic Medical Association in 2001, and was licensed to practice naturopathy in Washington, DC (until the laws changed. Virginia doesn’t license naturopaths which is good as the government tends to taint anything it regulates). However, I value above all the education my clients gave me as they showed me how to get them well. In my office I now see from 30 to 50 people a week who are seeking something natural to feel/get better. I do nutritional counseling by appointment only.
Finally, my clients taught me that stress was the major factor eroding their health and it was the same in my case. I pursued various modalities to address stress and wrote a self-help book to help them with what helped me. I do Theophostic-type and Emmanuel Intervention prayer coaching and assembled my experiences in that book.
Oh, and I thought I’d answer some of the funny personal questions that my clients have asked me over the years. They were curious. You may be too.
Consider this…..I have learned more from very sick people than I have from double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over studies. My sick clients taught me how to get them well - things that even my teachers didn't know. I have such smart clients.
** Important Warning **Nothing on this site is FDA approved. Nothing I write here is intended to be medical advice. Follow my recommendations at your own risk. Results may vary, and blah, blah, blah. So if the required warnings have not scared you away, then you have a chance. I'm reporting here what kinds of approaches actually helped very sick people get well, AND the kinds of things that actually made them sick (and it usually isn't lack of exercise, weight, menopause or smoking - it is the underlying cause of all those things.)
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In case you were wondering..B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, b=bedtime. Make sure to read What to Expect on an Herbal Program (in the Herb menu) before beginning. Dosages given are about what my clients benefit from. You may be different. Begin slowly and see how each recommendation benefits you.
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