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Jamie Hadfield thought she knew a lot about staying healthy. After all, she trained as a nurse and worked in the pharmaceutical industry. She knew the medications inside out to treat many conditions and diseases. Then Jamie woke up one morning in 2006 with itchy, red bumps all over her skin and found that then medicines she thought she could rely on didn’t help.
“If you remember Will Smith’s character in the movie ‘Hitch,’ where he had an allergic reaction to food, that’s what I looked like,” Jamie said. “I thought I must be having an allergic reaction, too, so I took antihistamines and prescription medications. But the rash didn’t clear up.”
The rash persisted despite Jamie’s best efforts to exterminate it. Jamie knew that when a rash lasts longer than six weeks, it’s considered to be chronic idiopathic urticaria. After six weeks, she had a name for the rash, but still could not determine the source of it. Or the cure for it.
Jamie sought the help of an allergist. She was tested for more than 130 food allergies. The tests came back negative. Negative after negative. Every test was negative. Yet the rash was even worse. Jamie experienced painful and embarrassing bumps all over. It even affected her facial features, causing swelling in her eyes and lips.
“By 2007, a year later, I had seen two allergists, an immunologist, and a naturopath, plus the 300 family-practice physicians I called on as a pharmaceutical sales representative,” Jamie said. “By 2008, after two years of suffering with the rash, many of these physicians had reached out and tried to help me. I tried more than 10 prescription medications. All helped manage the symptoms, but none addressed the cause.”
Jamie said some of the drugs provided some relief. However, none of them cleared the rash up completely or gave her long-term relief.
“Overall, they left me feeling fatigued. And I was concerned because these medications cause the kidneys and liver to work overtime,” Jamie said. “I did not like being on the medications, so I decided to take them only when I could not tolerate the itchy and burning rash.”
Fed up with the modern medical system, Jamie took matters into her own hands. She began traveling and learning about other methods of treating disease. She adopted various natural diets and exercised to the point of obsession. She even took time away from work for a month-long retreat, focusing on eating organic foods and healing. Jamie tried to implement many different practices into her life and had brief periods of feeling better, but the persistent skin condition always returned with a vengeance.
This went on for years. Nearly ten years of trying to find a cure for the persistent rash and other health issues that began to plague Jamie and steal the joy from her life.
“I kept thinking, ‘How can I be trying so hard to heal, yet continue to get worse?’” Jamie said.
Jamie was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, a condition that affects the thyroid. Her Hashimoto’s diagnosis led Jamie to learn about functional medicine, a practice that looks at addressing the root cause of disease through food and other alternative healing methods. She dove in again and began studying the field.
Jamie found herself in a nutrigenomics class as part of her functional medicine journey, when she heard about cannabidiol, or CBD, for the first time. She heard a practitioner speak about the endocannabinoid system and how hemp oil helps with inflammation. Around the same time, Jamie went to a conference and ran into an acquaintance from high school who mentioned he was in the CBD industry. Jamie’s interest was piqued.
As Jamie learned about the benefits of CBD, she visited shops in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, asking questions about CBD and talking to everyone she could to learn their stories. She engulfed herself in the subject of CBD and the body’s endocannabinoid system. She read books, attended expositions, met people in the industry, and more. As she did this, she heard the same message everywhere she went.
“It was changing people’s lives,” Jamie said.
Jamie saw that CBD helped people with autism, various autoimmune conditions, and even cancer. Then she began taking CBD for herself.
Just 30 days after adding CBD to her health routine, Jamie’s inflammation and rash began to clear up. Her long-endured suffering finally came to an end. Within nine months, Jamie says her diseases reversed. Ten years of painful symptoms and an agonizing hunt to feel better were finally over.
“I personally now had a tool that could help me regulate my inflammatory response in my body,” Jamie said. “CBD gives me fighting power to help not only my hives, but also other kinds of inflammation I was fighting.”
Jamie no longer struggles with her diseases. She is able to completely manage them with CBD and a healthy, balanced lifestyle unique to her body’s needs. Jamie admits she becomes frustrated when she thinks about the years she spent in medical schooling and the medical field – never once hearing anything about the endocannabinoid system.
“The ECS system was just being discovered when I graduated nursing school, and in medicine it takes about 20 years for a new concept to become widely known,” Jamie said. “I had to go through the five stages of grief when I learned this information. Anger, denial, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance that even though it had taken so long for me to discover, now I had the ability to help my body heal.”
Jamie was inspired to help others find the same relief that she did in CBD. She launched her own CBD company, Legends Health and Wellness, and travels the country educating different physicians on the endocannabinoid system and the benefits of CBD. She has been blessed to speak to many people about the endocannabinoid system and how it can improve their lives.
In the Psalms, we are reminded that God made our bodies Himself, and He made them with care. “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:13-14). If God created our inward parts, that includes the endocannabinoid system. This system has been shown through research to help our bodies return to a place of homeostasis, a place of healing. We know that God is intentional. He is not a God of chance. He formed Adam from the dust of the earth, taking His time to create us with perfect detail. If this system in our bodies encourages healing, it is because God made it to do so.
Galatians 6:9 reads, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Jamie persevered throughout each new trial she was handed, even when it was hard. She knew there had to be a way for her to live a healthy lifestyle. Instead of lying down and surrendering to her disease, encompassing her life with despair, she continued to do good by seeking answers hopefully. She remained encouraged, though she had moments of self pity. We can be confident through this verse to take up our cross every day, persevering through the trials. God promises a bountiful harvest if we do not give up.
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