When I read the article, Put Cash in Your Pocket With Paleo, it definitely resonated with me.

As someone diagnosed with both multiple sclerosis (MS) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), I can’t even begin to explain how many doctor visits and prescriptions this entails per year. I’ve made seemingly endless trips to a neurologist, rheumatologist, general practitioner, along with the constant runs to a laboratory to have blood and every other bodily fluid examined and tested. Let’s just say that I typically met my insurance deductible within the first several weeks of each year, meeting the limit for itemized medical
deductions was not a problem, and I reached what my health insurance peeps so-fondly call “catastrophic coverage” on a yearly basis. This meant I received all prescriptions gratis, but I’d rather be healthy and not need them at all. Thanks anyway.

When I went paleo in August of 2012, things slowly began to change. Yes, I take a great number of
supplements which are all prescribed by my functional medicine MD, and yes, they are tax-deductible , but the only pharmaceutical I occasionally take is for migraines. The ironic thing here, of course, is that neither my visits to my functional medicine MD nor the supplements she prescribes are just outright covered by our hackneyed insurance system. They’ll cover getting a leg amputated but not diabetic education as we are all aware:

…victims of the byzantine world of American health care, in which the real profit is made not by controlling chronic diseases like diabetes but by treating their many complications.

The things that clearly help me be LESS of a burden to the system and society ARE NOT covered. To say that something has to change with our medical and health system is a massive understatement. I know, I’m preaching to the choir.

When I went in to pick up a prescription for my migraine meds this past weekend, several things came to mind. The first was that I hadn’t picked up a prescription all year, and here it is July. The second was that it was expensive. My partner and I started to giggle while the poor pharmacy assistant looked awkward and puzzled. We were happy because that means I haven’t yet met my health insurance deductible! This is just unheard of around our household.

The RA newly diagnosed in August of 2012 was gone within 6 months. The rheumatologist who told me, “I practice in Boulder, and there’s no diet which is going to change the progression of this disease,” was asking me what my secret was as he examined my hands in January 2013. My neurologist wasn’t pleased that I stopped injecting Betaseron in June 2013 after 19 years but had to eat her words after giving me a neurological exam and finding nothing horribly amiss. (When I think of the amount of money I spent on 19 years of Betaseron, I DO NOT scrimp on groceries!) She now tells me she doesn’t need to see me unless I want to come in. Additionally, I am no longer clocking extraordinary tallies of medical miles for my tax accountant. Wow, I wonder if this means I need to speak with my accountant and amend what I believe my projected medical expenditures will be for 2014? I wonder if that means I’ll owe money this year? Hmm.

It doesn’t matter. I’m getting healthier. No RA and the MS is improving.
What more could I ask for? I call THESE things major victories!

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Tracie is retired and lives with her long-time partner and 6 cats in Boulder, CO. She possesses a wicked sense of humor, a sharp tongue, and has little tolerance for nonsense. She and her partner, but not the cats, travel to Japan as often as they are able. Check out her blog and follow her on Twitter .


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