Back in 1996, despite feminism, careers, and independent spirits, we were pretty quiet about what we were dong.
We had been given pronouncements, by our medical practitioners, that there was nothing to be done for us.
We refused to accept that and started in on a 20-year exploration of what might help — quietly.
No funding drives. No drums and bugles. Just reading and trying and discussing.
As a writer, I was used to sticking my neck out to say things – and used to having it chopped off now and then. I began to write up a report every month and, via the increasing magic of the Internet, was able to send it to everyone on our list at once.
Besides the meetings, phone calls and emails brought more information — and more questions.
Real research starts with a mess of information and questions. It doesn’t start with the right sequence of steps and the answers.
Funded research starts AFTER that when a lot of the mess has been sorted and sequenced and readied for replication. Oh, and ready for money-making.
In 2001, I calculated, for an incredulous reporter, that we had spent $250 000 out of our own pockets on supplements collectively in the first six years of our group, trying to figure out what might work. That was 22 years ago.
We have been criticized a time or two for being a group of middle class white women. How wonderful that we spent our resources and bent our educated intelligence for the benefit of everyone, of any colour, gender, class, etc.
Anyone can use the tools we have found so useful – the rotation diet, a clean environment at home, gentle movement, the Nutrient Scent test — to help her/himself to better health.
Our first practitioner Educator, Emily Kreeft Banyard in Calgary, is starting to test people with the Nutrient Scent Test.
Welcome, Emily. May you break even more new ground as you continue the tradition. May you be joined by a new cohort of young women, and hopefully young men, who will formalize the research while still helping out so many.