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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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Sulphur and Itching Skin

NOTE:  This article is long.

So, listening to Nigel Stanford and getting ready to finish up Book 12 in the Metatron’s Army series.

Yes, there will be a Book 13 but I can happily say that will be the last.  Metatron’s Legacy, which is finished, takes place 20 years after and is a single title release. 

images-5To warm up the keyboard I thought I would post the latest discovery.  I have confirmed one cause of uncontrollable itching skin.

Specifically, the shins.

SF Bay Area Residents Take Note!  It is not a coincidence the individuals I have been in contact with who have inquired about the uncontrollable itching all live or lived in the SF Bay Area.

This is also the place where doctors cannot find a cause for the feeling of bugs crawling beneath the skin and have apparently told those suffering from it it’s all in their heads.  However, as I wrote in Calcium: The Old Man Mineral and Its Role in EMF Sensitivity, there’s a good chance it’s excess calcium and should be considered and investigated by having a hair mineral analysis.  I have reason to believe that women are more likely to suffer from this phenomenon if they have taken or are taking birth control pills.

Sulphur can be the cause of the horrendous itching.

Because the body has become allergic to it.

Testing was NOT Easy!!!!

In my situation, it was extremely difficult to determine what the heck was going on because the itching was short-lived and appeared to be caused by dairy.

I now understand why.  There is a “sick little relationship” between sulphur and calcium.

It was only after investigating other causal relationships with food that I was able to finally understand what the heck has been going on!  Thanks to all that healthy eating I was supposedly doing I developed an allergy to sulphur.

Fermented foods and those purported to be anti-inflammatory are – for someone who suffers from this particular intolerance – the absolute worst thing you could do for your health.

I have written about this previously.

Eating kefir, certain highly fermented cheeses, natural butter, probiotics, natural pickles, and other anti-inflammatory foods left me with an intolerance to Sulphur.

In other words an allergy that manifested as severe itching of lower legs and forearms and back of neck and some scalp.

This is exacerbated by drinking high-calc (hard) water.

The Sulphur intolerance will, if unchecked, get so bad you become intolerant to Sulphur foods, which make up a number of fruits and vegetables, as well as legumes.

In other words, healthy stuff.

The nightmare doesn’t stop there.  If you develop this intolerance, you will become sensitive to sulfites.  Sulfites are in almost all preservatives and dried foods.

Dried fruits, trail mixes.  You know, healthy stuff.

Red wine has varying degrees of sulfites so you will have trouble with some but not others.

The same of beer though champagne is not a problem, nor is tequila.

This intolerance is very easy to test for.  Simply go to the local health food store and pick up a tube of Boiron Sulphur.  It’s a homeopathic remedy.  Take 3 to 5 pellets and see if the horrendous itching starts.

If you are going to try this, have a tube of cortisol cream and/or Benadryl tablets at hand because you will suffer if you have this intolerance.

cd4c7e45a60b551c125ef5f61a3fafa8What to do if…  So let’s say your test was successful.  What do you do?  Well, you celebrate because now you know what is going on.  Does this mean you have to give up Sulphur foods forever?  Not necessarily but you do need to cut back on them in order to give your body a break.

Be aware that Sulphur causes the body to retain calcium so you should cut back on dairy as well if it appears there is a related intolerance.

You will likely have to switch from coffee to espresso.

Hey, at least you don’t have to give up caffeine!

You’ll need to play trial and error with foods and beverages while you get a handle on the situation.

I have found that the pinot noir varietal is the red I can best tolerate though champagne is hands down the best.  It helps the body digest food and get rid of excess calcium – and there are no problematic sulfites to worry about. 

How the intolerance happens is fairly straight forward.  Thanks to sulfites being in about everything (it’s a preservative) we are inundated with Sulphur from a number of sources, whether you shop on the outer edges of the grocery store or in the middle aisles.

Because Sulphur causes the body to retain more calcium, if you are taking calcium supplements, consuming a lot of calcium rich foods, and drinking hard water, you are adding insult to a very nasty food intolerance injury.

There is hope!  It would be worthwhile making a list of foods you have trouble with and see if you don’t find a pattern.

It was how I identified the problem with Sulphur.

After eliminating the offending foods for a length of time, you can try to reintroduce them as “once in awhile” foods.

For more on this I suggest reading up on elimination and immune healing diets but beware – almost all of them tell you to eat anti-inflammatory foods which are the major source of the problem.  It was following this type of “healthy” eating that led to trouble for me.

The trick is to allow your body to heal by giving it a rest from this nutrient.  The inflammation will reduce and eventually disappear once you stop ingesting the foods and beverages that are causing it!

In this case – foods and beverages high in Sulphur and/or sulfites. 

Not all dairy will be a problem.  I can have provolone cheese with no issue.  Soft cheeses and those high in vitamin K (again considered healthy) are the worst for me and may be for you.

Grains are a big time problem.  And those such as sourdough which are supposedly okay, are the worst offenders.

I suspect it’s because of the fermentation process involved in making it.

Pay attention to what you eat and drink and how your body reacts.  It takes some sleuthing but you can figure it out and once you know what you’re dealing with, you can put a strategy in place to fix the situation.

The most important step is to stop ingesting whatever is causing the problem.  It is the very first step and the most important.

Be well!

Now, back to book 12 – which doesn’t yet have a title though it’s almost finished.

Bind:  Book 9 in the series is available for pre-order and will be available February 1, 2019.