It’s been a long time since I updated this blog on “where I am now.” When I started this blog I was itchy and miserable with hives everywhere, due to, I was pretty sure, detoxing from the chemicals in the *famous name* memory foam mattress I marinated in every night for a year and a half. I recorded all of my symptoms leading up to the point where I returned the *famous name* mattress back to the memory foam hell where it came from, in case someone at some point in the future had some of the same odd symptoms and happened to googlify some of the keywords and discover that yes, someone else in the world had the same symptoms and yes, get rid of that horrid thing right now!
Once I got rid of the mattress, replacing it with an all-cotton mattress, I developed hives and researched what I needed to do to get rid of hives. I tried a whole variety of things, including the elimination diet for allergies; the blood type diet; spiritual approaches. Eventually what actually helped me was learning about leaky gut and discovering L-Glutamine. I took L-Glutamine powder twice a day, in juice, for three weeks and voila, problem solved; no more hives. I went back to eating and drinking anything and everything. Weight I’d lost while using the elimination diet came back, but I could eat bread and coconut cream pie and drink coffee with cream, and I was happy.
Then I started making my own homemade household products and body products. I eliminated any and all weird unknown foreign chemicals from my life, using only things like vinegar, coconut oil, shea butter, baking soda, borax, washing soda, castile soap, salt, home-grow herbs and essential oils as the main ingredients in pretty much everything I concocted. I started making my own water kefir once I bought a whole-house structured water unit, and had such great success and was so impressed with structured water I started selling the units and learning as much as I could about structured water. Life was good. I moved to Oregon.
Once I got settled in Oregon, I woke up one morning in January 2016 in just extreme pain. It felt like I’d played NFL football every day for 25 years and suddenly stopped. Every muscle, ligament, tendon, joint, bone, fascia, on my body, hurt. If I sat still, I was fine; if I moved anything, it was extreme pain. If I bent over to pick up after my dog, excruciating pain. My feet hurt when I started walking, like if I sat for a few minutes and got up and walked — extreme pain. My dog walks were short or long depending how I felt at the time — and usually they were short because of the amount of pain I was feeling.
This was such an odd, out-of-the-blue thing, I thought for sure it would go away in a few days. Or weeks. By May it was still very much with me and I had to do something. I wasn’t going to live like this for the rest of my life.
I started researching again, and found the descriptions of rheumatoid arthritis to pretty well describe the pain I was in.
I found someone’s YouTube blog describing how she’d felt this way and decided she wasn’t going to let this kill her. All of the women in her family developed this in their 40s and 50s, and by the time they were in their 50s they died from it. She had a young family and she had this already. How could she not be able to hold her 18-month-old baby any longer due to fear she was going to drop him? She had to do something. She discovered that going grain-free was her answer. She quit the grains, her pain started going away in three days, she got slimmer, ate more vegetables, and several months later the pain was gone. She had my attention.
I knew all about going grain-free; I’d done that already with the elimination diet. I looked at my kitchen and sighed. It would take all day again, but I would do it. I got some big plastic tubs out of the basement, brought them up to the kitchen, pulled everything off my shelves, and started packing things up for storage. “Just in case” this didn’t work, I could keep the grain products and go back to them eventually. After all, I’d invested a lot of money in those whole wheat flours and brown rice and amaranth and quinoa!
After reorganizing my kitchen so that all of the grains were out-of-sight out-of-mind, it took me several months before I noticed any improvements in my pain level. By August I’d eliminated about 70% of the pain, and by September I heard about something called BioAcoustics. Could that tell me anything about this pain and inflammation?
By October I signed up for the free 2-day class so that I could learn what was going on. That intrigued me so much I signed up for the 5-day class in mid-October. It was fascinating, what I was learning, but it didn’t pinpoint me to what the problem was. Why had I developed this total-body pain? And why was my right shoulder bothering me so? What was going on there?
I knew absolutely nothing about bodies, muscle groups, internal organs, biochemicals, enzymes, body processes. I was an English Major and a court reporter and mediator. I could hear something and spell it, but knowing what a sternocleidomastoid was or where it was located or how it worked? I had no clue. I started learning. BioAcoustics identified all that stuff and told me where things were out of balance because they were too much in stress or too much lacking, and needed support. If I’d known anything about the body, I could have looked at my first BioAcoustics reports and identified it right away and started to make changes.
But I didn’t know, and it was in the research process for someone else’s chart that I stumbled upon Dr. Berg’s YouTube channel. I watched a video or two on inflammation. His material was so helpful! With BioAcoustics information I could watch Dr. Berg’s videos and he explained to me what I was actually looking at. Things started making sense.
The first thing I discovered about my own situation was that I needed apple cider vinegar. I had right shoulder pain. This is due to the gallbladder being inflamed, swelling up, and impinging on the phrenic nerve. The way to solve this problem is by drinking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar once or twice a day. Drink it in water with lemon and a little stevia; drink with a straw to help it get past the teeth; drink it right down. Two of these a day. The upset stomach condition I’d developed went away and never returned. The right shoulder pain went away within a few days.
Dr. Berg talks mostly about the keto diet — his version of the keto diet. He recommends 7-10 cups of vegetables, mostly cruciferous vegetables, a day, along with healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil, pecans, avocados, and moderate protein. He recommends absolutely no grains, and no sugar.
I was already there with him on the no grains, and I didn’t eat table sugar; hadn’t, for a long time. But sugar? Did that mean I had to give up two big tablespoons of honey in my tea several times a day? And all that dried fruit I loved to snack on?
That was it. I had to eliminate sugar. All sugar. All honey, maple syrup, dextrose, maltose, agave, MSG in all its various names and disguises. All fruit except for a small amount of berries. No more beans, either.
Again I went through my kitchen shelves and eliminated sugar. It was shocking how many forms of sugar I owned. I packed them all into a big picnic basket — hey, you never know; this may not work — and stuck them back in the pantry. Out of sight, out of mind, you know.
TWO DAYS after beginning the no-sugar, no fruit, no-grain, high vegetable, moderate protein, high healthy fat diet, I had NO MORE PAIN.
I could hardly believe it! I was actually pain-free! I could bend, stretch, stoop over, walk my dog as long and as far as we could stand it. I could sit for hours, stand up, and walk — pain-free!
I’ve analyzed my voiceprints from that before-Dr.-Berg time and compared and contrasted them to see what I should be looking for. It was the high insulin and sugar in my system that did it. And I was low on bile.
Recently Dr. Berg made the video I needed to see in 2012, talking about hives and itching. If you are here looking at this website and you have hives and itching, I urge you to save yourself some time, some pain, some frustration, some doctor visits, and check out what Dr. Berg has to say. He doesn’t say it in this video, but start drinking apple cider vinegar in water twice a day and see if that doesn’t help. He has forty million other videos talking about the wonders of apple cider vinegar, so you can look those up. His YouTube channel is an encyclopedia of helpful free health information. Any question you can think of asking a doctor, search his page; he probably has already made 15 videos on that topic along. It’s amazing.
Since going off all sugar and all grain, I went from a size XXL to a size 6. I am pain-free and itch-free. I took Dr. Berg’s Health Coaching program. I still do BioAcoustics. I will eat Dr. Berg’s “healthy keto” diet for the rest of my life. Life, once more, is good! No, it’s fantastic!