Is Thermography Right for You? Part 2
This blog post is a follow up to the first article, "Is Thermography Right for You?" If you haven't read that yet, click here. I had my thermography scan, received the report, now what?
Well, I am happy and concerned about some of the results. I was thrilled how quickly I received the report back, now, how do I proceed with what I have learned? Grateful I am in the natural health industry and have a direction to go, however for those who are not, the results may be something that leaves you with many unanswered questions.
My first suggestion is to contact your primary health care provider, your medical doctor, gynecologist, dentist or whomever you see if you have any issues. They should be able to give you a better understanding of what is going on and how to proceed. Also, talk to your thermographer, they should be able to give you more information and lists of holistic providers you can contact to discuss your concerns in person.
Since I had an entire body scan done, I received an 11 page report with all the images that were taken, findings, and a definition list of the words they use.
Thanks to my wonderfully AWESOME chiropractor, Dr. Shelby Henricksen at Cook and Henricksen Chiropractic, my spine and back looks great!
In the first blog post I said that my hands were cold, yes they were! My blood pressure is on the lower side making my extremities colder so it isn't a red flag at this time. And now we get into the interesting stuff.....
I have a head band around my head to keep the hair away and reduce hot spots. As you can see my ears and nose are so cold they hardly register, well my nose doesn't register, it's black. I got to see these images being done at the time of my scan and was horrified. How can I have THAT much red? This is what the report said.
Hyperthermia means there is increased heat. Right now my allergies are awful so I am not totally surprised to have a red face and inflammation over the sinuses. I have also had root canals and other tooth work done resulting in some of the other heated areas. In regards to teeth, the thermographer gave me this sheet which I found very interesting! Since I have issues over the jaw from tooth trauma, infection, possibly undiagnosed infection, inflammation and other areas of concern in my face, I now have an appointment with a holistic dentist. Unfortunately in our country, holistic medicine is NOT generally covered by insurance making it quite a big expense out of pocket. Money or health? Without health, you can have all the money in the world and it won't matter. Health is #2 on the list of what is important to me.
Tooth health is very important to the overall well-being of our body. There are some areas where you can "cheat", tooth health is not one of them. Looking at the picture above, you can see what illnesses come from having issues with your teeth. Even emotional issues come into play. If you want some interesting reading, google tooth issues cause cancer and see what you get. I was stunned.... and very overwhelmed.
On a positive note, I am happy I do not have a TMJ (jaw muscle) or thyroid issue, however the next part of the paragraph also has me concerned. Well worried, that might be a bit strong, maybe mildly concerned. Concerned enough that I have an appointment with my primary care physician in a few weeks. Hyperthermia over the base of each carotid artery and may indicated vascular inflammation. I should have a CRP test done. Scheduled and ready to receive that information.
According to medicinenet.com "C-reactive protein (CRP) is a blood test marker for inflammation in the body. CRP is produced in the liver and its level is measured by testing the blood. The elevation of CRP has also been linked to atherosclerosis and heart disease. Atherosclerosis, or cholesterol plaquing of the arteries, is known to have an inflammatory component that is thought to cause the rise in CRP levels in the blood. Atherosclerosis is also felt to be affected by age and other cardiovascular risk factors."
So, since I am 45, with a grandfather who died at 52 of heart disease and other extended family members who also dies at a young age from heart related issues, and a mother who has heart disease, it is prudent to have this checked. Had I not spend the money to have the thermogram done, I wouldn't know what I do and who knows what may have happened?
This is where I am thrilled to already have my natural health education, while receiving more as I study to be a naturopath. Depending on what comes back with the blood test and the additional scan at the dentist will dictate which direction I go. I can pretty much guarantee my treatment plan will NOT consist of prescription medication. I am not anti-medication, however I know what the side-effects are of cholesterol lowering drugs, antibiotics and the like. If I can avoid them at all costs, I will.
If you are even remotely considering having thermography done, I would suggest you do it. I completely understand if money is a factor, it is expensive. I just don't want you to say to yourself "I wish I would have known sooner, or I wish I would have done this sooner". We cannot put a price tag on our health.
If you would like to read the last installment in this series, click HERE.
If you have any questions or would like more information on where I went and who I used, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a beautiful day!
Love and light, Melissa
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