This is a follow-on to article.
After I posted Super Food: Nutritious or Poison, I considered the magnitude of what I’d come to realize.
The ramifications that foods touted as healthy can be harmful cannot be understated.
There are so many interconnecting pieces to this revelation that it’s difficult to cover in an article or two.
But by no means am I up for writing a book about it.
I wanted to share a few additional points. I sincerely hope they help people as well as the health-care professionals who treat them.
Before getting to the meat of it, I want to explain that I do believe most health-care professionals are sincere in wanting to help their patients. At the same time, the profit to be made from people being sick is difficult to quantify.
The pharmaceutical industry alone is a multi-trillion-dollar industry, and with some 60% of Americans taking pharmaceuticals regularly, you can imagine the implications. This isn’t even addressing the supplement industry.
Throughout my recovery, I’ve had to decide whether various health-care professionals were lying or uneducated – and which of the two options was worse.
Health-care providers learn from books, classes, seminars. If what they learn is incorrect, outdated, or biased, who’s at fault?
As I share my thoughts on this particular subject, I need to address specific guidance that, while well-meaning, can be incredibly harmful. This is not a judgment on the health-care professionals providing the guidance – for the reasons I’ve stated above.
At the end of the day, people need to be responsible for themselves.
I feel there is far too much reliance on the recommendations of “experts.”
Yes, there is a lot of information out there, and much of it is confusing, if not conflicting, but people do themselves an injustice if they don’t make an effort to educate themselves about any medical conditions and treatments, both traditional or alternative, and consider that what applies to a majority may not apply to them, and therefore, is irrelevant.
Sometimes, guidelines need to be ignored.
What bothers me most about my own experience is that the very foods touted as anti-inflammatory caused terrible inflammation in my body. Nothing was ever mentioned about this potential, outside the obvious that one may be allergic to a food.
I wasn’t before starting the auto-immune and anti-inflammatory eating plan. I am now.
Additionally, herbs that are supposed to be anti-inflammatory fell into the same category – high Sulphur – and therefore are also harmful to people who are or may become sensitive to high-Sulphur foods.
Again, this wasn’t an issue before eating this diet but is the case presently.
How did this happen?
Simply put, the full story isn’t being told.
This is where you have to wonder if that is being done on purpose or not
In one situation, a doctor advised people with autoimmune conditions to stop eating bell peppers, potatoes, and tomatoes, saying that these foods often cause difficulty.
No explanation as to why this is is given.
The doctor goes on to recommend a number of “super foods;” foods that have a key commonality with the offending foods; high-Sulphur. For someone like me, the ramifications of this is serious.
No wonder I got so sick!
I ate the anti-inflammatory foods and spices purported to help heal the immune system, and in the process, stressed it to the point I had constant inflammation and developed food intolerances not only to the offending foods, but to almost everything else out there!
I could barely eat anything. It was bad.
I also began having severe allergic reactions – itching skin, hives – something I’d never had in my life.
Not from food, at any rate.
I carefully tracked my progress on the eating plan and quit eating foods that left me feeling ill.
Spinach, kale, Brussels sprouts, yams were some of the worst offenders..
I stopped juicing because it was leaving me feeling ill.
High-Sulphur superfoods such as kale, spinach, and turnips were in the juice.
I began to reintroduce foods that had never been an issue for me but were supposed to be avoided for their potential to cause inflammation.
Instinct to the Rescue.
As I write in Calcium: The Old Man Mineral and Its Role in EMF Sensitivity, I began to crave champagne and margaritas. As I introduced these beverages, I began to recover.
For reasons explained in the book.
I believe that Sulphur, which plays a role in calcium absorption, causes the body to retain more calcium than it would otherwise. When combined with hard drinking water, as well as eating “super foods” high in calcium, the potential to have way too much calcium is high.
This has big time health consequences!
I also stumbled onto the baking soda therapy which helped tremendously in reducing overall inflammation in my body, allowing it to heal.
It took over two years before I was able to put all the pieces together and in that time I have had the roller coaster ride from hell in terms of trying to rebuild my strength.
I kept trying foods that were nutrition powerhouses – all of which, ironically, are high in Sulphur.
I’m sure there is plenty more to be learned but I’m going to close this article by making a few points people may want to consider.
- I am highly allergic to sulfa drugs – and have the exact same allergic reaction that the high-Sulphur foods caused. In spite of this, “experts” say there is no connection. What do I say? Yeah, right.
- I developed a sensitivity to Sulphur that – at this point – means I can barely tolerate low-Sulphur foods.
I hope that after a time, during which I eat no high-Sulphur foods, my system will calm enough that I can reintroduce these foods.
- After eating the auto-immune/anti-inflammatory diet I developed an intolerance to wines and beer.
There are sulfites in wine, though I do not believe this is true of beer. I can tolerate champagne which is low in sulfites. This is not a coincidence.
- I developed an intolerance for coffee though I have no trouble with espresso.
- It is almost impossible to find salads or soups that do not contain a number of high-Sulphur foods. This is because they are supposed to be “super foods.” Ahem. Super bad for some of us.
In the days since clearing my system of the most recent offending food, I feel normal for the first time in years.
Before, I was always aware of a low-level hurn throughout my system, and a bit of a hyper feeling – very low-level – now completely absent.
I am acutely aware of this change – of the absence of the problem. I believe that as my system becomes accustomed to feeling normal again, my attention won’t be so focused on “feeling normal.”
I went through this on and off in the years since being free of EMF Sensitivity.
The implications of anti-inflammatory foods causing inflammation in those with auto-immune conditions is significant. I urge people to really pay attention to how they feel after eating, drinking, or taking medications and/or supplements. What is supposed to be helping you may be causing you grave harm.