After doing a review of the products from l.c. of acirema, I thought it would be fun to sit down with Lori and learn a little more about her and her business. I think you’ll enjoy getting to know her!
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Mindy: Why did you decide to study herbs?
Lori: There are two reasons I decided to study herbs. And while I didn’t go looking for herbs, they found me!
First, my father has a severely degenerative chronic disease; and, quite frankly, doctors didn’t always expect him to live. He did survive, and for many years longer than expected and with a better quality of life. I then became very interested in anything outside the mainstream medical paradigm that could possibly explain why he was he was doing so well.
For the second reason, it started while I was in college. I developed chronic bronchitis and began taking multiple rounds of antibiotics each year. My hay fever and seasonal allergies became uncontrollable by prescription allergy meds and when I began experiencing side effects from the meds, my doctors flat out didn’t believe that I was even experiencing the side effects! I then saw an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist who recommended an MRI and other procedures to try and figure out why I had constant sinus infections, bronchitis and bronchi-pneumonia. This started to sound very serious to me, even at age 20! I began to research on my own (and the internet was in its infancy then) and decided to take matters into my own hands. 1) I took a simple homeopathic remedy, Allium cepa, for my symptoms. 2) I changed my diet to include more green and whole foods. 3) The next time I got sick, I didn’t take any antibiotics. I literally rolled up in about 3 blankets, stayed in bed for two days, sweating and getting the chills like crazy, and didn’t take another antibiotic for over 10 years.
I then told my Ear, Nose and Throat specialist about the benefits I found from the Allium cepa homeopathic remedy, and I kid you not, he said, “Do you want me to wear a bear claw necklace and dance around the campfire too?” Wow. Yep, he said those exact words. I didn’t have the wherewithal at age 21 to say anything in return, but that comment spurred me to keep searching for answers in alternative-style medicine. By the time I was 26, I was enrolled at the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies, and ended up finishing the 3-year, almost 1400 hour program as a Certified Clinical Herbalist. Our Advanced Classes director, Paul Bergner, firmly believed that you should first treat someone with diet and lifestyle changes, then with an adjunct of herbs. See why I think the herbs found me? [Read more...]