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Not Just for Humans Anymore – Environmental Factors

Cats-and-dogs-1“A healthy diet is a solution to many of our health-care problems. It’s the most important solution.”      – John Mackey

Americans, (and Baby Boomers in particular) spend a lot of money on their pets.

I always find it interesting when I see an older person pushing a dog in a baby stroller.

I wonder if they realize that the same environmental factors that impact their health can impact the health of their pet?

And not necessarily in a positive way.

Heavy Metal Water Anyone?  A friend who had a cat in the Bay Area told me of a diagnosis by the vet.  He said, “Well, he’s just getting up there in age.”  I  countered by explaining the cat’s symptoms were identical to early symptoms I had after moving to Silicon Valley, where he lived.

I then forwarded an article written by a vet to support that potassium deficiency can be responsible for the health woes of his pet.

Fido Too.  When we relocated to Fort Collins, we stayed in a Residence Inn.  Many of the other patrons had dogs.  It turned out that CSU was a pioneer in treating cancer for dogs.

???  Seriously?  We need that?

My immediate thought was “Since when do dogs get cancer?  Let me guess.  Since eating human created food and drinking questionable water and…”

I doubt Jack London ever knew of a canine with cancer.

Seeing these owners in stress, their sweet dogs undergoing treatment, I couldn’t help but think, “What have we done to these sweet animals?”  Obviously, it’s environmental.

I had a vet once advise me not to get a certain vaccine for our cat (she was indoor only) because it was documented that the vaccine often caused cancer in felines.

Et tu brute – I mean pet food?  We recently switched to a new dry cat food.

They were out of the brand we normally use.

Our kitty loved it!  She even quit eating any of the wet food.  We were happy and quit giving her the wet since she wasn’t eating it.  Four days later we noticed she was twitching her head repeatedly.

We’d noticed she seemed more lethargic than normal but since it had been hot, we didn’t really draw any immediate conclusions.

A few hours later I noticed she was tremoring.  Badly.

What changed?  I used the same troubleshooting I used to use while a pre-sales consultant in tech.

The same approach I used when trying to figure out what the hell had happened in my life that I was suddenly so sick?  

It didn’t take long to figure out that the only thing that had changed was the food.  Having just had my own nightmare experience with “healthy” food having negative health consequences, it wasn’t a far stretch to assume the new kitty food was the culprit.

Easy enough to test, too.

Within 10 hours of switching back to the old the food, the tremors ceased and the twitching cut by ½.  Within 24 hours her energy had bounced back almost to normal.  Within 36 hours she was back to her old kitty self, purring away.

No tremors.  No twitching.

We threw the food away.

All of this underscores what I already knew from experience.  Environmental factors –including food– have a significant impact on the health of living creatures.

Including our pets.

It’s okay to eat, right?  Prior to my own experience, I made the mistake of assuming that if it was available in a grocery store, outside allergic reactions, it was safe to eat.

This is people I’m talking about, not animals.

I assumed the FDA wouldn’t allow foods that had harmful chemicals known to cause terrible health issues to be sold to an unsuspecting public.

I know differently now.

It appears the same can be said of pet food.

Do not assume!

The cat food was Rachel Ray Nutrish Natural Dry Cat Food Chicken With Lentils and Salmon Recipe.

 

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The Body’s Wisdom – Alcohol in Healing

Roger:  “You know the trouble I’ve had sleeping?  Well, I’ve solved it.  Just before you go to bed, you put three tranquilizers in a jigger of brandy and you drink it.  You still can’t sleep but you’re so relaxed, that you don’t worry about it.  It’s exhilarating!”   – That Touch of Mink

When in high school, I was reading an astrology article.  One paragraph read Virgos are the organizers of the zodiac.  Virgo’s parents never have to tell Virgos to clean their rooms.

After a quick look around my room, I tossed the article.  It obviously didn’t apply to me.  I’m finding that when it comes to what constitutes healthy eating, that goes for quite a few things these days.

Healthy Food – Not.  I recently discovered that many of the superfoods purported to help people get and stay healthy were making me very ill.

The healthier I ate, the sicker I got.

Now I know why.  The foods were high in Sulphur.  This had severe repercussions when it came to my health

  • Sulphur foods prevented me from being able to properly digest food
  • Sulphur foods interfered with my body’s ability to absorb nutrients
  • Sulphur foods caused me to absorb more calcium than I would or should

That last is of particular note because excess calcium in the body causes all sorts of health issues.

Interestingly, Sulphur is anecdotally associated with hell and evil. One of the “more fun” side effects of excess calcium is a sense of death and dying.  I also observed a sense of evil near geologic fault lines and sinkholes when excess calcium was present.

91833343-3d-render-of-orange-life-buoy-ring-with-alcohol-wine-bottle-and-wine-glass-signs-and-symbols-of-alco.jpgAlcohol to the Rescue!  From the beginning, alcohol has played a significant – and positive – role in my recovery.

I write about this in Riding the Waves: Diagnosing, Treating, and Living with EMF Sensitivity, and Calcium: The Old Man Mineral and its Role in EMF Sensitivity.

When it came to knowing what to do about that, however, I ran up against the fact that what health experts advise and what I needed were different.  Was it time to toss the article?

Short answer:  YES!!!!!!!!!

I’ll Drink To That.  From what I can determine, alcohol has helped me in unique ways

  • Improve digestion
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Reduce excess calcium

Note:  Not all alcohol has the same benefit!  Throughout the recovery, as my chemistry rebalanced, I had to switch the types of alcohol I drank.

Margarita-on-the-RocksSize matters.  I’ve come to see it’s played an even bigger role in helping me regain my strength.

And undoing all the damage caused by the healthy superfoods.

 

But how much does it take? That depends

  • What experts recommend
  • What your body tells you

Those aren’t the same, believe me.

Think of it like this. You have a headache and reach for a bottle of aspirin.  Do you take the recommended dose on the label or do you take what you know will do the trick?

Moderation Does Not Equal Therapeutic!  As with quite a few health recommendations, the amount one would take to maintain health and the amount needed to improve health are different.

Basically, you’ll probably need a lot more to achieve a therapeutic effect than a maintenance dose.

There are a number of considerations when deciding how much of anything to take, not the least of which are individual metabolism and state of health.

I decided to follow my body’s messages.

Sometimes I would crave margaritas.  Sometimes I would crave champagne.  Then, came red wine.

Red wine posed a particular challenge for me.  Beginning in mid – 2016, I developed an intolerance to it.

As well as to beer.

I now realize it was the sulfites in those alcohols.  Because I was eating a diet high in Sulphur, I was unable to tolerate the additional that was in the beverage.

In developing the intolerance, my body was trying to tell me – ENOUGH WITH THE SULPHUR ALREADY!

Champagne is a low-sulfite alcohol.

I have no idea about tequila.  I suspect it is also low in sulfites.

After I quit eating high Sulphur “health foods,” the food intolerances and allergies lessened and disappeared.  This applied to beer, and red wine.

I happily switched to red wine.

Champagne daily can be tedious.

I’ve observed that I have the best luck with imports, and malbec in particular.

I was able to tolerate both import and domestic champagne – and yes – I know I’m using the wrong vernacular applying the name to domestics – but with wine, I do better with imports.

Since switching to red wine, I’ve noticed the following health improvements

  • It’s easier to fall asleep at night
  • I sleep fewer hours and yet wake up feeling refreshed
  • I have a lot more energy

Though I have red wine most days, I don’t drink a lot in that day, and I drink it with food.  I don’t get drunk.

No point.

As I regain my strength, I want less of it.

This is consistent with my observation of the opposite effect.  Craving alcohol is a symptom of excess calcium in the body.

How much? There is no one answer for how much alcohol is appropriate during recovery.  My best suggestion is to listen to what your body is telling you.

This is exactly what I did.

I went through a tremendous amount of conflict regarding this issue.

The drinking of alcohol – just like coffee – is such a controversial issue in the West and in the US in particular.  It’s tedious and to a great degree, hypocritical.

I also considered that mankind has been drinking alcoholic beverages – and caffeinated ones – for centuries.

Mother Nature is on our side.  Post WW II “expert” recommendations, not so much.

When deciding how much to drink, I listened to my body, but I also paid attention to how I felt.  I know my metabolism and I know my health challenges.  This makes me the expert on what was – and is – best for me.

I urge people to pay attention to what their bodies are telling them.  It’s a good barometer.

waste-paper-basket-250x250When it comes to conventional wisdom, I tossed the article.

When Health Foods Aren’t

how-inflammation-affects-the-bodyThis 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!

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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.

pouringchampagne0208aThere 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.

Super Food – Nutritious or Poison?

Note:  This article is lengthy.

“The End is Where We Begin” – Thousand Foot Krutch

In his book Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes, author William Bridges makes an excellent point:  Transitions don’t always start with beginnings; sometimes they start with endings, or even the time between.

This is an excellent book, incidentally!

My time dealing with EMF Sensitivity has taken me through more transitions than I can count, including a turbulent one that began, ironically, with being cured.

Ostensibly, the end, right?  It was just the beginning…

Aha!  In September 2014, I determined that environmental poisoning was responsible for my health woes.

Step One, Detox.  I designed and implemented an aggressive heavy metal detox program, customized for each member of my family.

Step Two, Move.  By the time we left California, I was free of EMF Sensitivity.

Step Three, Rebuild.  Cured, I turned my focus to nutrition.

I had been juicing and eating nutritious foods throughout the detox but wanted to rebuild any nutrient stores that may have become low due to the aggressive nature of the detox.

With an emphasis on minerals since they are responsible for hormone and enzyme production in the body, I chose meals that included a number of “superfoods” purported to be nutritional powerhouses.

I also continued to juice.

Hmph…

To my consternation, in spite of my efforts, I began to experience severe if sporadic health issues.  What was particularly frustrating was that they were issues I’d never experienced before.

They had nothing to do with EMF Sensitivity.

I also started to develop food sensitivities.

Step Four, Tackle the Stress.  Given everything I’d been through, including moving to a new part of the country, I decided to see if I could help my adrenals.

The adrenals produce scores of hormones and play a significant role in immune function.

To that end, I ate “superfoods” purported to do the trick.

Oh, it was a trick alright.  The healthier I ate, the sicker I got!!!!!

Grrrrr….

Frustrated beyond belief, I continued to try to treat the symptoms with nutrition.

After all, it’s what did the trick not only for the EMF Sensitivity, but for Rheumatic Arthritis.

Unfortunately, all it did was make me sicker.

Step Five, Anti-Inflammatory!  I decided to try an anti-inflammatory diet.

The book was filled with nutritious foods that were packed with nutrients.

I continued to get sicker, though none of the symptoms were EMF Sensitivity or RA symptoms.  Puzzled, I combed the anti-inflammatory book, looking for clues.

I threw out the book when I read a ridiculous mischaracterization of the effect of coffee on the digestive system.  Obviously, the author was regurgitating something they’d read which was incorrect to begin with, phrasing it in a way that left me shaking my head.  Like, seriously?

About Face!  About this time, family paid a visit.  They were alarmed by my appearance.

For someone who had just overcome a debilitating condition, I looked like I was in a downward spiral.

In spite of my assurances I was fine, they continued to hover.  They also took us out to eat.

Which probably saved my life.

Eating at a number of different restaurants during their stay had an odd effect.  I began to feel good again!

I ate at Mexican restaurants, breweries, and a steakhouse. I drank beer and wine and margaritas with the various meals which were probably on a dietician’s list of no’s when it came to healthy eating.

By the time they went home a few days later, I was transformed.

I ceased following the “healthy eating” diet, though I didn’t turn to junk food either.

On the Road Again…

We moved to a new home which enabled me to discover a missing piece in the EMF Sensitivity puzzle; Calcium!

Unfortunately, in spite of doing everything right, my recovery went like a pig on stilts.

Step Six, Keep On Keeping On!  I continued to eat healthy foods and even tried juicing again.

I had to quit juicing when I started to feel really ill.

Being stubborn can pay off.

Read:  I didn’t know what the hell was wrong, but I didn’t give up searching for a solution – and an explanation

Step Seven, Stumble.  After two years of off and on sickness, I was seriously wondering if it was – gulp – environmental.

This bothered me more than you can imagine but it was starting to look like another $%#?@! Move was in my future.

Damn it, I’m hungry!!!!

In spite of eating healthy foods – vegetables, fruits, and lean meats – I was losing ground.  I was also so sensitive to foods I could eat almost nothing without feeling sick.  Frustrated, I “talked”- ahem – it over with my husband.

Aha – Part Deux!

“Could you eat a cobb salad?”

Innocent enough question.

“I don’t know!”

Step Eight, Light Bulb!  I continued driving – and thinking.  The trouble started three months after we’d moved to the state, which suggested it was environmental, but that just didn’t feel right.

I trust my gut instincts, so I was pretty certain it wasn’t environmental – in spite of strong evidence that it was.

Could I eat a cobb salad? A simple question that turned my life around.

The significance of this conversation is equal to the one recounted at the beginning of Riding the Waves: Diagnosing, Treating, and Living With EMF Sensitivity.

Yes, I’d moved two years ago, but what else changed?  The way I ate, perhaps?

Time for More Research. 

At this point, God knows, I’m damned good at it!

I checked Amazon to see when I’d ordered the book that focused on immune healing foods.

Two weeks before I started to get sick!

While I went this route, Aaron dug into the nutritional content of a particular food I’d been eating.

It seemed to be helping my gums but was also looking like the culprit for sudden and severe lower back pain.

“It’s high in Sulphur, which plays a role in calcium absorption.”

581058-wile_e_coyoteCalcium?! 

No, wait…Sulphur?  “I have trouble with Sulphur foods.”

As I spoke, Aaron browsed.

“You need to read this.”

Don’t Faint!  I stared at the food diagrams in horror.  Every food purported to be nutrition packed and anti-inflammatory was a high Sulphur food.

imagesTalk about Chasing Your Tail!!!!

No wonder I got so sick, I ‘d been poisoning myself with “healthy” food!!!!!

For several minutes I let it sink in. All that effort to restore nutritional balance and all I’d done was make myself horribly sick.

Thankfully, I’d given up most of the superfoods months earlier.

As I continued to stare at the diagrams, I noted an interesting fact.  Throughout my life I’d avoided those foods, in spite of being pressured from time to time to eat them because “they’re so good for you.”

I think I instinctively knew I shouldn’t have them.

Detox – Again.  Thankfully, there wasn’t a lot to do.  I’d already quit eating the latest offending food – roasted red peppers.  A quick implementation of baking soda therapy and I was as good as new.

Final Step, Begin.  Now I can leave EMF Sensitivity behind me!

Rheumatic Arthritis, too!

I don’t have to live my life looking over my shoulder. 

No $%#?@! Move!!!

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Take a – I mean Tie a Bow.  Everything I went through has a logical scientific explanation.  This, more than anything, gives me peace of mind.

 

I urge anyone with an autoimmune condition, including and especially IBS and Crohn’s to look into this.  I suspect sulphur foods – with their effect on calcium absorption – could play a significant role in a number of autoimmune conditions.