Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Let me preface all of this by saying that I grew up with 2 doctors. Grown-ups always said dumb stuff like, "Well, I guess you'll be a doctor someday, too, huh?" No. Absolutely not. The hours suck. The stress is outrageous. The ego-trip is unbearable. Nope. Negative. Not for me.

I was also jaded by sometimes painful, sometimes careless experiences and a one time near deadly one. My birth experiences were less than mother-centered. In short, I have a less than cozy relationship with Western Medicine. And still I was a little skeptical about iridology.

But Curious swore by it. She wouldn't shut up about Dr. Hill. Her kid has had near constant ear infections since birth. He's had surgery after surgery and finally experinced hearing loss. He's 9. She took him to Dr. Hill who has a Ph.D. in Alternative Medicine. He practices at a desk in a Health Food Store in a little country suburb of Pensacola. He has cured Curious's son. For the first time in his life he doesn't have fluid in his ears and has just passed a hearing test with perfect hearing. Wow. OK. I'll try it.

Since I don't have health insurance and haven't been to a doctor in almost 3 years, I figured a healer was as good as I was going to get anyway. What the hell.

To say that I am astounded, sold, in love with Dr. Hill is a total understatement. He is a miracle worker and an angel on Earth. BECCA LOVES IRIDOLOGY.

It went like this. I got there and sat next to him at his little desk. He asked me nothing. NOTHING. He looked in my eyes using a magnifying glass and a pen light. He "mapped" my eyes out on a chart. This took about 15 minutes or so.

SPOILER ALERT: If you don't want to hear about my medical history, stop reading now.

He sat back, looked at the chart and said, "Tell me about the trouble with your breasts." OK. I was diagnosed with Juvenile Papilomitosis when I was a teen-ager. That's just a fancy word for fibrous masses that come and go with your menstrual cycle. He said that he could see several small ones in my left and 1 big one in my right. And that is correct, ladies and gentlemen.

Then he said, "What happened to your right hip?" I was quickly becoming a believer. Well, after carrying 2 very large babies in my relatively small body, my hip comes out of joint on a regular basis. He asked me how much pain this caused me. I kind of shrugged, as if to say whatever or not enough to slow me down.

And then he said a phrase that will stick with me for quite a while. He looked me right in my eyes and said in a very sincere and calming voice, "Pain is pretty relative for you, though, isn't it?" I knew by the way he looked at me and the way that he said it that he knew. He knew about my tallest mountain. My greatest obstacle. My Herculean task. I started crying and he handed me a Kleenex.

He said, "Were you hit with a baseball bat or a car?" I kind of laughed. He said, "It had to be something like that. It's the worst back injury I've ever seen in anyone that can still walk." So I told him. When I was 15, I fell down a flight of stairs. I did one flip and then bounced all the way down on my butt. He said, "Is that how you broke your tailbone?" I told him that I had never broken my tailbone. Dr. Hill smiled and said, "Yes, you did. And now you have a bone spur where it healed improperly. That bone spur has rubbed away the coating on your sciatic nerve. It's exposed now." And that all makes sense. Why the pregnancies were excrutiating at times. Why sitting for any length of time or standing for any length of time is very uncomfortable. Why sleep comes only in spurts.

He got out anatomical charts and showed me exactly what is broken, for lack of a better word. He explained why I hurt where I hurt. He spoke to me in English and not the medical jargon mumbo jumbo bullshit that I've been hearing for 15 years. He hugged me, cried with me, and took my face in his hands and promised to help me.
I came home with a bag full of vitamins, herbs and supplements. Dawn helped me organize and label everything when I got here. I'm ecstatic. Naysayers, keep your mouths shut. I don't want to hear it. This is the only ray of hope I've had in at least 6 years. I promise to keep you updated. And I promise to hear you out if I don't get better or God forbid, I get worse.
Send good vibes my way, Friends. Hope. After walking around in near constant pain for 15 years, Hope feels really good.


  1. Oh, man. Hope is a damn powerful thing, isn't it? I'm sending you my very best vibes. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain. I can't wait to hear the updates.

  2. b, this is amazing!
    i am in love with alternative medicine and think it's a grand thing. i've never heard of iridology but you bet your hiney i'm going to google it when i leave here.
    i cannot wait to hear updates on this and am sending so much positive energy your way!

  3. He sounds wonderful. I wish more Drs would go for natural healing. Good luck with Dr Hill

  4. Well I am totally not a naysayer. I have a friend who sees a doc like doctor hill. I am considering going to see him myself. I am sending good vibes your way.

  5. First of all, I don't think anyone should EVER apologize for how they choose to take care of their bodies (of course, in a medically controlled way). Just as laughter is the best medicine, so is faith. And I'm not talking the preachy Bible kind - I'm talking your own kind of faith in people and what they can do. I hope this works for you :)

  6. good vibes coming on the southbound train.
    and hugs... :)

  7. I need to go to your doctor.

    I hope that what he's doing for you helps! I know what living in pain every day feels like! I hope he makes it all better!

  8. I wish you nothing but the best of luck with your new "doctor". I wish I could find someone like that here. Would LOVE to get off all the medication! Good Luck!

  9. This is awesome. I don't know one damn thing about iridology but I am open to its abilities. Please let us know how this goes. And I hope it goes very, very well, resulting in healing of all sorts.

  10. I'm just gonna keep my mouth shut other than this, but you should look into the research on iridology. We all want hope, but a cold reading is a cold reading and irises don't change over your lifetime aside from a freckle or two. Also, what university offers a Ph.D in alternative medicine, and what method did he use to cure your friend's son? (Iridology is only described as a way to diagnose, not to cure.)

    I'm just saying, ask these questions. Consider the research. Can his results be replicated in a blind test?

  11. I've never heard of Iridology! This sounds fantastic. I'm so happy for you. Keep us updated :)

  12. Amazing how your eyes contain your past medical history. Someone needs to come up with an eyeball reader to save the time from filling out all the forms.
    I hope the bag full of goodies help you. It might take a little longer than western meds so have patience.

    Do you have anyone near that knows reflexology? That's another amazing alt med.

    Get better.

  13. Wow, that is awesome! Yeah Dawn was telling me about that. Want to look for someone that does that out here.

  14. Downtown - Did I or did I not say to shut up?! Oh, you missed that part? Well then, SHUT UP!

  15. I did miss that part, but all I am saying is to ask some questions. And this is me being very, very polite about it.

  16. Downtown - Polite? You're taking this kind of seriously, aren't you? What? Did the one that got away marry an iridologist? :)

  17. Huh? Nope, I just don't like to see good people taken in by this stuff without question, and I don't like to see it spread around without question. Look at your comments - you're passing on medical info you've been given by a guy in the back of a store without anything to back it up. The iris doesn't substantially change over your lifetime - that is why iris scans are used for identification purposes. I'm just saying, do some research. Look into whether iridologists can scientifically reproduce their findings. To me it sounds like "Dr. Hill" (again, he got his Ph.D where?) is a good cold reader who wound up selling you quite a few things.

    For what it's worth, I'm also the type to let people know when they are sending around urban legends via email. I'm a debunker by nature, I can't let things go unquestioned. Probably a personality flaw, but there it is.

  18. Hey - you're a sweet guy. And I appreciate you looking out for me.

    Now SHUT UP!

    You'll be the very first to know if you get to say "I told you so." I promise. Deal?

  19. Ha, deal. Heck, I hope it works, I really, honestly do. My lips are zipped for the duration.

  20. I think you have me convinced.

    I hope you start feeling better soon.

  21. interesting-- blog about how it goes and what works, I know someone who has the same problem and lives off of really, really strong pain meds.

  22. Two Cat - I have been living on pain meds and 1600 mgs of Ibuprofen every day. The lining of my stomach is totally shot, so that had to stop. Push came to shove, you know?

  23. I hope it all works out. And no reason why it won't work if he is targeting the right stuff. I know folks who eat local honey to keep their alleriges at bay in season...See, natural immunotherapy without the co-pay. :)

    Keep us posted please!

  24. this is absolutely amazing...I am very interested to hear how your healing goes, I'd love to visit a healer like that and get some answers to things I've been wondering about..*hugs*