Got My Tests Back

I went back to the functional doctor for the results of my tests this week. It was good news really. I did have antibodies to most of my body tissues, but at a very low level. My pancreas is about kaput, putting out little or no insulin, but I knew that.

My thyroid test was unclear because of the thyroid meds I take but I have halved them since I found out they were not good for me overall so in a few weeks I will test that again. The 4 stage saliva test of my adrenals was in the normal range. But my levels of all of the sex hormones was off the charts high. I have been taking bio-identicals for about ten years and obviously too much. So I stopped using the cream and we will test every few months to check the levels. Then my vitamin D was low to mid-range so I must be having trouble absorbing the D3 caplets. I’ll get back to spending more time in the sun, then I’ll get the very best kind of Vitamin D as nature intended 😉

I won’t get the results of the food sensitivity test for a couple more weeks but I’m on the strict diet and feeling better every day.

So, overall, I feel lucky to have had the tests. I will stay on the diet so I can prevent any more auto-immune diseases from taking over my body. I’m doing so much better on the diet anyway and I have eroded my resistance (with tapping) to eating meat at every meal. I even added liver for breakfast. If you’d told me that 2 months ago I would have laughed and thought you were crazy ;-).

And I have had a huge AHA! about osteoporosis. Apparently the link between bone loss and gluten sensitivity is that some of the villi in the intestines are specifically designed to absorb calcium and other minerals, and gluten sensitivity wears down the villi to little nubs so they can’t do their job. So you can take huge doses of calcium until the cows come home and it will just get deposited into bone spurs and joints because the body doesn’t know what to do with it.

I had been trying to find the connection between diet and bone loss for a long time. I know it has a lot to do with our pH, but it has increased so fast and in younger and younger women all the time, so I knew there was another piece to the puzzle. Truly the diet most people are eating now is killing us in ugly ways. There are way more poisons and toxins to be found in processed food than real nutrition. I won’t even get started on that in this post 😉

If anyone has already got auto-immune diseases and wants to stop getting any more these are the most important tests. I might have missed some because they didn’t apply to me. But the tests and the functional doctor are very expensive and most don’t take insurance so you could just get started with the most complete book on the diet, The Paleo Approach, Reverse Auto-Immune Disease and Heal Your Body, by Sarah Ballantyne. I highly recommend it.

So, good luck with that journey if you choose to take it. And now I will get off the topic of auto-immune diseases for a while and let you know how I’m doing with it in a few months.

May everything you put in your mouth serve your highest good,

Pam

A New Art Form

I recently started doing a new kind of art, intuitive art. You don’t have a plan, you just start with a blank canvas, use all kinds of tools to get paint on the blankness and see what comes out of it. It’s a bit scary actually. I realize that I prefer to have a plan and a goal.

It also can get muddy and busy if you overdo it and I like paintings that are clear and bright. So it is a stretch for me. I decided that I would put the paintings on the site in the sidebars for each page as I do them. That gives me a motive to continue. Otherwise I would look at the paintings and not know what to do with them, not really liking them enough to hang them up.

Begin again fw lg

I think I will get used to the new style pretty soon. I’ve already incorporated the watercolor wash techniques and effects that I love for the backgrounds. Anyway it is a chance to stretch and play. I’ve been on the computer too much lately.

On Monday I am going to migrate this site to replace the old one. I’ve done one page on every topic and I will continue as fast as I can. Lots to do but I only like to work on it when I’m happy otherwise it doesn’t come out right.

Oh, I’m on the strict Auto-immune diet now, cooking up a storm, and it’s going well. But I am realizing how much easier it was for me to be happy on a whole bunch of fruit and other hidden sugars. I was a happy little addict 😉 I’m turning into a fat burner now and, sooner or later, I will be happy because I’m so darned healthy.

Enjoy something new until next time,

Pam

Eating ALL the Allergens

Well, since the last post I saw Dr Flannery and he ordered all the tests he needs to make a diagnosis. Unfortunately I had to backtrack and spend last week eating all the allergens on the test list every day so that my body would manufacture the antibodies to show up on the test.

So, being addicted to my allergens, as most people are, I couldn’t just eat the one teaspoon a day required, I had to eat more. Why? Because they were in the house!! So I reaffirmed my addictions and got to see clearly what they were doing to me.

By the end of the week I was pretty much a basketcase! In the mornings I couldn’t see clearly to read my email. Having conversations I forgot some words and couldn’t quite reach others. I had brain fog and negative thinking. I had huge ups and downs with my bloodsugar numbers and I didn’t have any motivation or energy. I even got a headache and I haven’t had those for years.

It was like a zombie took over my body. When I looked in the mirror my face reminded me of people in hospitals. It made me realize how bad hospital is for people. They give you all the crappy food that people shouldn’t eat even when they are well and turn them all into invalids.

So the turnaround day was Saturday. I’m on the really strict version of the diet, no allergens at all and I am already recovering. I’ve often thought that is why most diets work, not from what you are eating but from what you are leaving out.

I think the experience was really good for me because the results were so intense. When we eat allergens all the time without a break we can compensate and not notice what they are doing to us. So now I am perfectly clear what dairy, grains, caffeine, chocolate, nightshades, and nuts do to me.

When my leaky gut heals then I can start to reintroduce the possible allergens one at a time and see if my body can handle them but many people have decided to stay on this strict diet for ever because the results are so spectacular.

And I got a new book just in time to guide me through this. It just came out and it is a masterpiece of facts and science on the Autoimmune diet. It’s as big as a phone book and tells you much more than you ever wanted to know about the entire topic. It’s ‘The Paleo Approach, Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body’ by Sarah Ballantyne.

So I’ve got my book, I’m cooking up a storm, staying prepared so I don’t stray. I’ll see the doc when my first tests come back but the allergy test won’t be done for another two weeks.

I know nobody really cares about me per se, you don’t even know me. I’m doing this blog in case someone finds themself in the same position of needing to make a huge lifestyle change. I find blogs very helpful in times of change. So huge blessings to anyone who reads this and I will keep reporting back.

Pam

Allergen Free Food Plan

After reading the brain book that I talked about in the last post I got back on the Allergen Free food plan, also called the AutoImmune diet. It’s not a diet to lose weight, although I have, and I’m skinny enough already! It’s a food plan for the rest of your life to stay healthy and intelligent.

Once you have an auto-immune disease, like Hashimotos or Diabetes type 1, or lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, then your body has learned to mistake parts of itself for the enemy and try to destroy it. Unfortunately it doesn’t unlearn this and so people with one auto-immune disease often go on to get more. The diet and supplement interventions in the brain book keep that process in check so that symptoms, usually due to inflammation, go away and you feel a lot better.

I knew some of this stuff before but I am healthier than most people my age so I was ostriching it (keeping my head in the sand). But now I’ve found out that my body can attack my brain I am on board for the solution no matter what it takes.

If you think that your intelligence has gone down a lot since your thirties you are probably right. Grains and dairy kill brain cells and they are not replaceable. But the good news is that the brain is so plastic that it can find other ways to do skills it has lost. That is how people recover from strokes. They don’t grow new neurons, they grow new pathways in the ones that are left.

Anyway, it’s only been about ten days and I was going nuts yesterday, I was so depressed. Cutting all the hidden sugars out of my food left me totally comfortless! I couldn’t imagine doing this while living with other people. If I had laid eyes on chocolate or any forbidden stuff yesterday I would not have been able to resist it. Fortunately there wasn’t anything in the house I wasn’t supposed to have so I made it through.

Really the only things I can eat are meats, fish and most veggies – excepting eggplant, tomato, potato,  peppers and mushrooms – the nightshade family.

I’ve been on a pistachio craze lately. I buy them at the Farmers Market and they are flavored. My favorites are Honey Mustard and Balsamic Vinegar. Can you guess why? Sweetness!! I’ve been going through a pound a week and convincing myself they were a good protein snack. So that’s all over now.

My appointment with Dr Flannery is not until mid February so I figure I will have evened out with the food plan by then. Hopefully I will be back to radiant health. I certainly hope I’m in a better mood. Quite frankly, I felt a lot more joy on the old diet – but that’s because there were lots of hidden sugars in it.

So, upward and onward, I think I hit bottom yesterday with the cleanse effect. It can only get better.

Ok, I just found an AutoImmune Cookbook and it’s amazing so now I have a long list in hand for the Farmers Market tomorrow and this feels a lot easier. I may even learn to like veggies I have resisted for a lifetime 😉

The Effect of Gluten and Dairy on the Brain

I just found out about a new book, “Why Isn’t My Brain Working” by Dr Datis Kharrazian. I downloaded it and it is really mind-blowing! He is a researcher, clinician and chiropractor and he has done studies that prove wheat, dairy and other grains can attack the cells of the brain leading to an auto-immune disease and degeneration of brain cells. It has long been known that allergens can attack your intestinal system and cause all kinds of havoc but the brain connection was not firmly established before.

The symptoms are classical, everything your regular doctor calls ‘getting older’-
depression, fatigue, lack of motivation, poor sleep, poor impulse control, stomach problems, bad pms, headaches, etc. etc.

I am really fond of my brain and I watched my mum’s brain go in the last years of her life. It was very painful to watch and I definitely don’t want to go there. PLUS I have noticed some signs of problems already. I forget words that I know quite well for one thing. That’s one of the early signs. He has case histories that are amazing and show that the brain is capable of recovery from very severe damage. You mostly need to go on an anti-allergy diet and I’ve done that before and felt really good on it – BUT, it’s difficult. I went off it after a year from pure boredom and also a resurgence of bread and sugar addictions after a visit with my family.

Family can be your worst enemies when it comes to diet change, even if they see all the improvements in you they still say, “Oh, just one won’t hurt,” dadadada. Basically it is either too much trouble for them or it makes them feel bad about their own crazy eating patterns.

So I’ve finished the book now and I’m really impressed. Actually, anyone who is having brain problems is not going to be able to get through it. There is so much chemical information about what is going on in your body and your brain. It is fascinating.

What convinced me to go and see a practitioner is that I have had low blood pressure my whole life and every doctor I’ve asked about it has said, “Don’t worry, no problem.”
Well, that didn’t make sense to me. Finally this book says it is very bad for your brain to have low blood pressure all the time so I’m adding salt to everything and taking licorice root powder to bring it up.

I will go to Dr Flannery, who is not far away and who lectures for Dr Kharrazian and keep you posted on my experience. I am already back on the strict anti-allergy diet that cuts out ALL allergens, not just dairy and wheat. It’s much more work but I’m getting into it and feeling more energetic already.