Note: Article is LONG!
Sitting here trying not to despair for the snail’s pace today’s novel writing is turning into.
I write a paragraph then turn around and delete it five minutes later because I don’t like the way things are going.
I’ve been here before, albeit two and a half years ago, so I know it’s temporary. I also know a music break usually gets things going in the right direction so in a few minutes I’ll put on the headphones. In the meantime, I thought I’d post an update on my efforts to eliminate food intolerances/allergies developed after eating healthy superfoods.
I was going to wait a little longer but the results have been outstanding so I feel confident providing a preliminary update now.
Twelve days ago I decided to try using homeopathy to eliminate the remaining food intolerances.
I’d already dealt with a large number of them.
The decision to try the homeopathy came after I hit a plateau in reversing the damage done by eating “healthy” foods.
Are you kidding me?! It was beyond irritating to discover that a healthy diet had caused so many health problems for me.
In addition to reading books on healthy eating, I’d scoured the web for information on foods rich in vitamins and minerals. What I found was that everyone seemed to be quoting the same sources as well as each other, and all saying the same things I was reading in books written by physicians and nutritionists. And it all spelled big time bad news for my gut and my gum health.
My road to recovery was long, difficult, and convoluted.
What I likened to riding a teeter-totter uphill – as in standing on it.
I discovered that if I drank either champagne or margaritas with a meal, I was able to better tolerate the food.
Though a number of foods were just plain off-limits thanks to the numerous intolerances and allergies I developed after eating a healthy diet.
As my digestion improved I was able to eat a wider variety of foods which led to better digestion, which led to the ability to tolerate more foods. Then I hit a plateau.
Not particularly pleased with the way things stood, since there were still too many foods I couldn’t eat, I decided to go after the root cause.
My body had become allergic to the foods, meaning it released histamines in response to eating them.
Homeopathy to the rescue. I’ve successfully used homeopathy for decades.
I have only had to visit a doctor once in the last fourteen years because I couldn’t get something under control. He told me I had a virus so I should go home, rest, and drink plenty of orange juice. Pffffffft.
However, I’d only used the remedies to deal with minor aches and pains, stomach ailments or cold symptoms.
Arnica montana, nux vomica, hepar sulph, belladonna, aconite, ferrum phos.
If the stomach issue was suspect, I added activated charcoal.
Works every time – in this house.
The trick to homeopathy, I’ve found, is to begin treatment as soon as the first symptoms appear.
At the very least, I’ve cut the sick time in half. At best, cut it off before it develops into anything.
As I wrote in Riding the Waves: Diagnosing, Treating, and Living with EMF Sensitivity, however, when I lived in the SF Bay Area and developed EMF Sensitivity, I found that homeopathy, as well as all medications – over-the-counter and pharmaceutical – and supplements, ceased working.
Once I moved away from the Bay Area, I was again able to use homeopathy successfully. Supplements and medications as well.
With regards to the food allergies, I decided to go after the histamine response using histaminium hydrochloricum.
I also used nux vomic and arnica montana.
I chose nux because of its powerful ability to treat digestive issues and arnica montana because of a specific symptom – and a hunch.
My way. I chose not to follow standard dosage protocol.
I was going with my gut feeling on this.
For two days I bombarded myself with the three remedies, taking five pellets of each every couple of hours throughout the day.
I felt a little weird for about two hours the first day but nothing too terrible so I kept going.
On the third day I took two doses of four pellets. On the fourth day I took one dose of four pellets of each remedy.
Sulphur. I did take one dose of five Sulphur homeopathy pellets on the first night. I had uncontrollable itching on my shins for the first time in years.
Uncomfortable way to confirm sulphur intolerance.
Testing testing. Beginning the second day of homeopathic therapy, I ate foods that normally caused an allergic response.
Normal only in the past couple of years – since eating those healthy foods.
Not only have I had no problems whatsoever, I am able to eat pretty much all the foods that I’d had to give up.
Including dairy and grains.
Where to? I’m not simply going to start eating a ton of the stuff I’d had to give up.
There is still the question of whether or not the stuff is actually good for you. There’s plenty of evidence that grains cause more problems than their worth and there are plenty of other ways to get the nutrients they purportedly provide.
I’m also not going to eat foods I never ate anyway.
I’m simply happy to be able to eat a wider variety of foods and suffer no symptoms as a result.
The way it used to be before I ate dark leafy greens, fermented foods, coconut oil, turmeric, and a number of fruits and vegetables that were supposed to be anti-inflammatory and healing in nature.
Odds and ends. Early on – as in two years ago while just starting to notice the intolerances – I took caprylic acid which I think helped though I developed an allergy to turmeric** and cinnamon.
I’m not sure my approach would work for others but the methodology would probably present plenty of opportunity for healing.
Eliminate the problem food then see where you stand. Try homeopathy though you may want to work with a professional homeopath who no doubt would disagree with the way I did it. But it worked so there ya go.
During this time I also continued with the baking soda therapy off and on, took potassium supplements, and added a b-complex vitamin which seemed to increase my tolerance for grains.
Final Note: Pay attention to how your system is responding to what you eat and drink and any supplements you take. Adjust as appropriate and think creatively when considering how to approach healing.
Don’t assume commonly accepted wisdom – even among the “experts” – is the right approach for you.
Good luck and be well!
** The food spice, not the supplement.