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Eliminating Food Allergy/ Intolerance

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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.

That’s it.

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.

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Food Intolerance is NOT EMF Sensitivity

Fast-Food-Junk-Food-ThinkstockPhotos-859791694.jpgNote:  This article is long.

In September of 2014 I came to understand I developed EMF Sensitivity as a result of heavy metal and environmental poisoning I got because of living in the SF Bay Area.  I set out on an aggressive nutrition-based protocol to detoxify from the heavy metals and restore nutritional balance.  By June, 2015, I was free of EMF Sensitivity.

In October of that year I moved to a different part of the country.  Within three months I was dealing with a slew of odd health issues that did not appear to be related to EMF Sensitivity.  I can now say with complete confidence I was right.  The issue was completely different.

How It All Unraveled.  Beginning in the summer of 2015, I decided to focus on rebuilding nutritional stores that were seriously depleted as a result of the chemical toxicity.  To that end, I looked into foods that purported to be packed with vitamins and minerals.

Superfoods.

I also purchased a book on using foods to heal the immune system.

Within a short time of eating foods considered uber-healthy (superfoods) I began to develop food intolerances.

At no time did I experience a relapse of EMF Sensitivity.

I moved and continued with the healthy eating regimen.  I purchased another book about foods that heal the immune system and one on foods that are considered anti-inflammatory.  Within a short time of eating these healthy foods, my health began to seriously deteriorate.

Though I had no relapse of EMF Sensitivity!

A doctor gave me probiotics in an effort to improve my gut health.  Within days I had to quit taking them because of how sick I got from them.

Around this time we had out of town visitors which left us eating out more than normal.

Before then we’d been making homemade meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, from fresh ingredients that were often organic.

I quickly realized that I felt much better after eating restaurant food.

Which was sometimes greasy and often contained processed and/or non-organic ingredients.

We moved to a new part of the geography which allowed me to learn a great deal – in hindsight – about the effects of calcium and hard water on health and EMF Sensitivity in particular.  But it didn’t stop there.

I now realize that all those superfoods were directly responsible for my developing horrible food intolerances.

It got so bad I could barely eat anything at all.  I had to eliminate fresh fruits and vegetables, all bread and pasta, cheese and dairy.  Over time I had to eliminate salads.  I lost a LOT of weight.  Too much.

I came to see that if I drank alcohol with a meal I was able to eat more.

Alcohol is anti-inflammatory and also anti-histamine in nature.  It also helped my digestion.

Thus began my slow battle back to normalcy.  Thanks to the alcohol with dinner, I was able to eat a wider variety of foods and digest them. This meant I was absorbing more nutrients.  As my digestion improved I regained the ability to tolerate more foods which led to better digestion which led to more tolerance.

I continued to learn and now understand how everything deteriorated out of control.

I ate healthy “super” foods.

The introduction of superfoods changed my gut flora in a way that resulted in severe food intolerances and food allergies.

But no return of EMF Sensitivity!!!!

The worst culprits were fermented foods and foods considered anti-inflammatory.  Specifically

  • natural pickles
  • kefir
  • fermented butter
  • Brussels sprouts
  • cabbage

The changes caused me to develop intolerance to yams, acorn squash, potatoes, bananas, green beans, all legumes, all dairy, all butter, sourdough bread, beer, chicken, and turkey.

I never in my life had any food allergies or intolerances prior to the healthy eating.

Are you Kidding Me?  As I continued to eat healthy I developed an intolerance for all tea, as well as coffee.  I could no longer tolerate either red or white wine.

I could drink espresso, champagne, margaritas, and water.

Enough Already!  To fix the problem I quit eating all healthy foods and focused on eating pizza and restaurant food.

I also focused on rebuilding my severely depleted potassium stores through supplementation since I could tolerate no foods high in potassium thanks to an intolerance to sulphur.

I inched my way back to health and an ability to eat more foods.

By focusing on foods that are supposedly nutritionally empty (i.e. white bread).

So far so good.  About a week ago I decided to tackle the remaining intolerances in an unconventional way and while I’m in the middle of the protocol, I am seeing positive results after just four days.

I got the idea based on my experience approaching illness holistically.  A bit of research revealed others in other countries had had success with the methodology and though I didn’t copy their system exactly, I did draw from their reports when considering my approach.

I will be updating this site with the final results in about two weeks.

I’ll warn you, it’s a complicated protocol.  Imagine riding a teeter totter uphill and you got it.  

Stay tuned…