strangers

Serendipity. I love it when I run into people to have a conversation I was clearly meant to have. As I came out of my PT’s office the other day, a woman and her two kids were ahead of me in the foyeur yet the little boy, about 10-years old, held the door for me. This, in itself, surprised me; the woman asked if I had an injury given I was wearing Oscar. People don’t normally recognize him and confuse him with an orthopedic device. I explained he helped the MS-induced foot drop. She said, “I have lupus.” I responded, “I reversed RA.” She pointed at her son and said, “He has T1D, and I have Hashimoto’s.” I replied, “I’m paleo.” We all started to laugh as she said, “So are we!” I realize you’d have to be there to understand. This only took the length of time required to speak the words. It was not done in a one-upsmanship manner. It was done out of camaraderie. This is hard, and I know you understand because of the few sentences we just exchanged. Ensued a detailed conversation of allergies, genetics, functional medicine, food, and those people who like to give you grief because they don’t understand the path you are following outside of traditional medicine. She explained her daughter’s difficulty continued to be ice cream (dairy) which made her asthma act up; she must have been about eight, but the young girl smiled shyly at me, and gave me a look like she knew textbooks of information about food allergies. The woman’s lupus and Hashi’s were under control/reversed with diet. We shared amazing stories of disease reversal with real food and functional medicine. She also explained her son, for the most part, kept his diabetes under control with only diet. He was clearly very proud, and I congratulated him mightily! It was a lovely conversation, and that short human connection illustrated to me that there are many others on this path of consuming real food and the quest for health. We hugged, and as I walked to my car I felt validated and loved by three strangers I’d met only moments ago.

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breaking through mental blocks

I’ve been on a bit of a rampage of late. I discovered a mental block which was impeding my progress and encouraging me to put off several beneficial courses of action until we returned from our fall trip to Japan. I understand that sticking to my strict paleo diet is necessary, but I also know that there may be other pieces of the puzzle to find and incorporate.

Normally I’m trying to get everything done BEFORE we depart so I don’t have a stack of stuff waiting to be done when we return. Somehow I allowed myself to skate past that for several items namely beginning a physical therapy re-education program for my awakening nervous system, making/consuming bone broth on a regular basis, and trying a new med for my Candida problem. Thank you to Emma for unknowingly giving a nudge with her strength and motivation.

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believing in paleo

Healing with real food.

Healing with real food.

Two years ago today, August 14, 2012, I was diagnosed with sero-negative rheumatoid arthritis (RA). I was told to prepare for methotrexate and all the side effects it would bring. It was my second autoimmune disease; I have had multiple sclerosis (MS) since 1991.

I had no hope except that I had started paleo two weeks previous. I believed in the science behind paleo, I watched Cordain’s MS lectures, but I knew it would take time. I could not so quickly repair a body I had unwittingly been destroying over years. I had my first appointment with my functional medicine MD the next day, August 15, 2012.

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current plan

I had a recent appointment with my functional medicine MD. It’s been 2 years since my first visit (August 15, 2012). I’ve been killing Candida with Thorne SF7222 since January 2014 and Clostridia & Campylobacter with Allimax since mid-April 2014. It’s definitely time to retest and see where we are and how to proceed.

I planned to go in Monday, August 11 for the big blood draw for the NutrEval test, but that was nixed by an uncooperative menstrual cycle. We shall wait until Friday the 15th.

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inflammation and green tea

The benefits of green tea continue to pile up, and this study, Omega-3s and Green Tea Can Ease Inflammation takes a look at the effects on the inflammation process. Inflammation is now considered by many to be the root of most disease including Alzheimer’s, auto-immune, coronary, and Type 2 diabetes.

We also know that green tea helps wonders in post-operative healing by reducing inflammation and, thereby, pain!

In this study participants took

a daily supplement containing green tea extract or a placebo for three months. The supplement contained 379 mg of green tea extract, of which 208 mg was epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), the principal antioxidant found in green tea.

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brownies for people who are allergic to everything

The good folks at Paleo Demystified (@allaboutpaleo) thought this too extreme to publish on their blog. Maybe so, but welcome to my world! 🙂

I know you are out there: people who are allergic to coconut, nuts of all varieties, eggs, and the list goes on. This brownie recipe is for you.

I went paleo in August of 2012, but that was just the beginning of this continuing journey. When I saw a functional medicine MD a month later, she was happy to know I was already paleo, but she then ordered all sorts of tests to further understand my body’s state. MS and RA were the easy parts, of course. I also had leaky gut and carried around a not-so-lovely population of clostridia, campylobacter, and candida. I was also highly allergic to coconut, all nuts (tree and non), gluten, brown rice, bananas, pineapple, shellfish, berries, cow dairy, soy, and eggs; this is the short list. I must avoid fermented foods and vinegars (cause excess histamine and fermentation in sensitive guts) while following an extreme autoimmune version of the paleo diet.

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paleo: two years and going strong

Wow. I don’t even know what to say. I started paleo in total desperation. Trained as a scientist, I believed the dogma we’ve been fed about low-fat diet but mostly how disease works and how we treat it. Diet wasn’t part of that equation. Thank goodness I’m trained well enough to understand Dr. Cordain’s lecture on MS, the biochemistry in Robb Wolf’s book (although no biochemistry knowledge is needed for his humor) and also understand that paleo was the answer. Two years ago, I was in so much pain from RA that I couldn’t use my hands or shoulders. A scientific article had just been published that told me what I’d been injecting for 19 years didn’t REALLY work for MS in the manner originally believed. The word desperate is totally appropriate.

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