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Dr. Berg on Hives and Itching

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!

I Am Gaining Thinness!


October 2015, just a few months before the pain became unbearable. “No more sugar or grains!!” it was telling me.

I have to thank Jonette Crowley for that title.  She made that comment years ago and it’s always stuck with me.

I noticed in January 2016 that suddenly my body felt very achey.  The muscles, bones, joints, ligaments and tendons were all very sore and tired all the time.  I thought it was a passing thing, that it would be here for a few days and then gone.  It felt like I’d been out playing really rough football for weeks on end and the body had just had enough and needed a rest.

But no, the body kept aching.  I tried various approaches, various supplements, various meditations, and nothing worked.

Inflammation:  could that be it again?  I looked up my symptoms, and by golly, if you look at the symptoms for rheumatoid arthritis, I was identifying with just about all of them.  I wasn’t quite sure what to do.

I found someone’s videos on YouTube about cutting all — I mean ALL — grains out of her diet, not just “gluten.”  ALL grains.  This includes corn, wheat, rice, and all of those health-food-store grains that should be good for you like quinoa, amaranth, and millet.  She told the story about how the women in her family all suffered from this illness, the extreme joint pain, and they more or less just accepted it as “that is who we are.”  She was a young 20-something or 30-something mom with an 18-month-old and couldn’t hold him anymore because of her joint pain and weakness; that’s when she decided to take action and no longer accept that “this is the way the women in our family just are.”  She quit eating grains, dairy, and sugar, and ate only meat, vegetables, and fruit.  She cut out all of the filler.

Months later she was lighter, leaner, the pain had gone, she was able to be the mom she wanted to be, and was comfortable!

I had to remember back to when I was “eating for hives” in 2012.  I never felt better in my life.  I had all kinds of energy, I lost some weight, and my inflammation was gone.  Once I found the L-Glutamine and cured my leaky gut, I could eat anything once again without having my lower lip swell up like a balloon or having itchy red patches all over my body, and I regained all the weight I lost — and probably then some.  I could eat coconut cream pie!  With coffee and organic cream!  And I did!  And it was heaven!  I could eat a Five Guys burger with the bun and the fries and the ketchup and the Cherry Coke, and I did, and it was heaven!

I didn’t really pay attention to the fact that my legs and feet hurt now and then; oh, that was just from sitting on a hard kitchen stool too long.  I didn’t really notice when it hurt, getting up out of bed, or hurt getting up out of my Tiny Trailer and hobbling to the bathroom at the RV park.  That’s just “getting older.”  Right?

And suddenly in January in Oregon in the depths of the deep dark cold gray rainy days when I hadn’t seen the sun for months — in December it rained 29 days out of 31, thank goodness, and we needed the rain so badly — suddenly that pain hit hard and would not let go.  When you feel pain that intense, you do just about anything for relief.

I looked up, once again, the Blood Type O Diet and made my charts so I could see what was “beneficial,” “neutral” and “not ever again in THIS lifetime”, and then on a Sunday morning I got to work completely redoing my kitchen.  All of the “NEVER!” items got packed in tight above the refrigerator, where you have to really be dedicated to want to reach something.  I tossed some things.  I am so blessed to have a really wonderful pantry in this house, and on the top shelf of the pantry I put all of the “helpful” items in sort of alphabetical order.  On the shelf below it I put all of the “okay occasionally” items, and on the shelf below that I put the “neutral” foods.

I did the same in the refrigerator.  All of the “nope, not if you want to feel good ever again!” items I put on the top shelf and slammed them all together.

And that’s when I noticed:  I’d been eating cheese and bread and ice cream and pasta and rice almost to the exclusion of meat, vegetables and fruit.  I had to put away all of the cheese and the condiments and even the expensive health-food-store fermented food and multi-grain artisan local-bakery no-gmo-ingredients bread.  It broke my heart.

But…I could still eat.  This was May, and my “winter garden” was beginning to finally do something.  The kale and lettuce made it through the winter and started providing me with all the kale and all the lettuce I could handle.  I planted tomatoes and summer squash; the blueberries started coming on then too and every morning when I walked my dog past the garden we helped ourselves to fresh blueberries, one for me, one for him, one for me, one for him.

It didn’t happen within three or four days for me like it did for the young lady in the video; it took longer.  I’m glad to say now that a lot of the pain is gone.  It’s still there to some degree, but it’s lessening all the time.

Since sometime in May I have eaten NO grains at all except for a little rice at the sushi buffet; NO dairy except for a little butter or ghee; and NO refined sugar.  I use stevia leaf I bought in bulk years ago, or real maple syrup, or coconut palm sugar.  I have that here for my AirBNB guests, mostly.

What I noticed over these last few months is that I’ve lost my “hunger.”  I am convinced now that eating wheat and grains, not to mention sugar and dairy, “makes” a person hungry, or hungrier.  Now that I’m eating meat, vegetables and fruit, I’m much more satisfied with much less food, and I’m way less hungry.

One other interesting thing I’ve noticed:  the idea of going to McDonald’s or any other fast food place doesn’t even appeal to me anymore.  It’s like I’ve installed an inner button somewhere within myself that can “tell” when a food item has food value, and when it doesn’t.  I just don’t want to bother with food that has no food value since it’s a total waste of time and money.  I’d rather go out to my garden and grab a couple of spicy nasturtium blossoms and a few kale leaves for a quick snack.  Seriously.

Ah, the AirBNB guests.  I do provide a breakfast for them, and one day a few weeks ago I was eyeing the last little helping of organic cereal, and that last little bit of organic whole milk that needed to be used up, and the coconut palm sugar….and I decided to go for it.  I made myself a big bowl of cereal with milk and sugar and just enjoyed it.

I instantly regretted it.  For the next three or four hours I felt tired, weak, sluggish, couldn’t keep my eyes open but plodded through my day anyway, and decided never to do this to myself again.  I made a pledge to myself that I want to feel GOOD.  I want to feel good ALWAYS.  I choose for my body to feel healthy, energetic, flexible, comfortable, strong, and youthful, for the rest of my life!

The Blood Type O diet is very similar to the Paleo diet, which is basically “if the caveman didn’t eat it, I don’t eat it either.”  I’m drinking even more structured water than before from a pitcher of structured water with shungite soaking in it, and drinking lots of tea and smoothies.  I do drink organic coffee made with structured water in my French press.  This time I’m cutting out all coconut, so no coconut oil or coconut water or coconut milk.  The only oil I’m using is olive oil.  If I want “milk” I put half a cup of hemp hearts and 2 cups of water in the VitaMix with a pinch of salt and a bit of maple syrup, and voila, milk.  If I want bread I bake it with 5 eggs, flax meal, baking powder and a few other ingredients.

The body has been feeling better.   The weight didn’t instantly fall away, though, and I couldn’t quite understand that.  I ran across someone’s article about fasting and thought I’d give it a try.  That has seemed to be the key to the weight loss.  The writer advocates liquids only from 7 pm through 11 am the next day; solid food is okay to eat between 11 am and 7 pm.  During the “fasting” time a person can have juice, tea, coffee, smoothies, anything liquid.  That seemed pretty simple so I decided to add that to my way of life.  I remember decades ago the exercise trainer Denise Austin told viewers to eat dinner by 6 pm and not to eat anything after that.  I, of course, ignored that advice and ate pretty much anything pretty much any time of any day.  Typically in my life I would eat dinner at 10 pm, or have a big bowl of ice cream and go to bed.  I didn’t have a schedule when it came to eating.  I ate when I was hungry and I ate what I was hungry for.

Since I’ve added the “fasting” to my diet, the Thinness has appeared.  And again it’s not all falling off at once; it’s a gradual process.  I know I’m down at least a size from where I was in January.

Last summer I bought three Speedo bathing suits at the Goodwill because they were pretty:  one size 14 and two size 16s.  Mostly I wore one of the 16s when I’d put on a bathing suit.  This summer I’ve been sunning myself for 20 minutes a day during “peak sun hours” between 10 and 2, for the Vitamin D benefits, wearing my size 14 Speedo.  I noticed my body was changing for the better in how it looked in the 14.

A couple of days ago I bought a new Speedo in size 10 kind of as “inspiration” for Gaining Still More Thinness.  I thought I wouldn’t be able to get into it for weeks or months.  I tried it on yesterday morning and it FITS!  I look better in that one than I do in the 14.  My new “inspirational” size 12 shorts are a little more snug than I want to be wearing all day long, but my other clothes are getting bigger and baggier by the week.  Before long I will be down to the size 10 where I’m most comfortable, but I’m in no big hurry to get there.  I am enjoying these changes.

A week or two ago I ran across a few YouTube videos with a woman talking about having two years of intense pain that basically came from nowhere — hey, that sounds familiar — and she said she is now pain free.  I’ve been checking out her videos and I like them.  Recently she posted a body healing meditation that I’ve listened two a couple of times now, and I like it.  She recommends doing it once a week.  I’ll post it here and also in the Links over at the sidebar.

Here’s to Gaining still more Thinness, Flexibility, Ease, Grace, Youthfulness, Strength, and Joy!


And now an update.  It is July 2017.  I am a couple of weeks away from my 60th birthday.  A week to 10 days ago I discovered the YouTube channel of Dr. Eric Berg, who makes fantastic detailed videos about all kinds of health issues.  I’ve been doing BioAcoustics work since last October, and his videos are SO helpful to teach me what’s going on with the reports I can generate — what is cortisol?  Vitamin B12, what does that have to do with anything?  What’s an adrenal body type?  Why do I still have inflammation?

After watching a few dozen of his videos and looking at my own voiceprint charts and seeing sugar, sucrose, fructose, sugar sugar sugar…I decided I had to quit sugar.  Sugar, I learn, is an inflammatory.  I have an insulin problem.  I can see that in my voiceprint charts.  If I’m waking up to pee through the night, and I was, I need to quit the sugar and start consuming 7-10 cups of vegetables a day and some healthy fats.  This will help me get my adrenals back into balance and will help me drop that belly that magically appeared out of nowhere when I hit menopause.

Of course he also recommends getting pasta-cereal-bread-crackers — he’s got his cute little phrase — out of your diet completely.  I did that already.  Now I’ve hidden my collection of sugar in the pantry in a faraway place where I don’t see it every day.  And I have some fabulous sugars — coconut palm sugar (natural, wonderful); maple syrup and powdered maple syrup (organic); raw local honey (which I keep because I use it in recipes) (and binge on over winter, using it in tea).  I have to quit them all.  I thought that because I quit using white table sugar, I was doing the right thing.  Nope.  All sugars means all sugars.

What to use for sweetening?  I have stevia leaf.  Real leaf, something I bought from Frontier Natural Co-op, years ago.  It’s not manmade stevia, manufactured in some way; it’s the real leaf.  You can blend it in with your smoothie in your Vitamix when you’re blending the 7-10 cups of raw vegetables you harvested from your garden this morning with the wheatgrass juice powder you bought online at his recommendation.  Real stevia leaf is not glycemic, it’s very sweet, a little goes a very long way, and you use it *when* you need it and not before; it will taste great when you first use it, but after it sits around a bit it gets strange tasting.

So we’ll see how this goes.  I’ll update the photos.  Here’s me in December 2016, after going down two dress sizes since May 2016:







And these two are from a couple of days ago, June 2017, after stopping sugar for about two days.  I can tell I have lost some belly fat and I’m pretty sure I’m into ketosis — fat-burning, not sugar-burning.  I have all the happy signs of ketosis.  I’m not crashing in the afternoon, I’m able to go a loooooooong time between meals, I don’t have to eat until noon or after and I’m not hungry when I get up, I’m not getting up to pee at night anymore (after only a few days of this!) (yay!), I’m remembering my dreams after not remembering them for a long time.  My focus is good.  Inflammation is down.  Right shoulder pain is gone.  Any other complaints I would have had at this time last year…not there anymore.


And another Update!  It’s been just about six months since I posted my previous update. I’m doing Bulletproof Coffee in the mornings now, and eat one meal a day (usually).  I have no cravings.  No sugar, no carbs over Christmas; I wasn’t even tempted.  I have discovered that adding a few drops of stevia liquid and a few drops of peppermint flavoring to my morning coffee is Totally Awesome; my coffee blended in the Vitamix is a thousand million percent better than anything Starbucks or any other coffee shop ever had to offer.

And my photos now?  After six months of eating no carbs and no sugar — and frankly doing no exercise at all, here we go:

When I took the above photos (black top, black & white skirt) I was about a size 12-14.  Now I’m wearing a size 6-8 Lands’ End vest, size 10 (or 8) jeans (depending on the manufacturer), and I’m somewhere between a small and a medium.

I have not been a size small since junior high.  And that was for a very fleeting time.  Misses size 12-14 was always my average size, since about 10th grade.

I’m not done yet.  Once I totally get rid of that little poochy thing just below my belly button, and discover the waist I never had, I will be ready to eat some fruit again.  Not until then.

Less fat in my coffee would help speed things up; some actual exercise twice a week would speed things up too.  I’m in no hurry and I’m absolutely thrilled with how I feel and look.  I am so excited!!  I am pain free and drug free, and 60 and a half years old.

Mango Pineapple Fire Freeze

I visited Oregon four times in the summer and fall of 2014 before finally moving here in November 2014.  It was a hot summer and I discovered Dutch Brothers.  I’m not so excited about their coffee or their mocha, but man, that summer they had a frozen mango drink spiked with hot pepper that was absolutely to die for.  I ordered it every time I could, with whipped cream on top.  They were amazing.  Once I moved here…those awesome hot spicy frozen mango delights disappeared.  They didn’t make the next season’s menu.

I hadn’t really thought about them until tonight when I suddenly got the urge to take one cup of pineapple juice and three cups of ice and throw that in the VitaMix together.  Aha, I said to myself, then add some cayenne pepper and turmeric and it’ll be healthy — how about some ginger too!

I mixed that up until the blender stopped suddenly, then tasted it.  Whoa, this was great — but…could be better.  Mango.  Mango is what it’s missing.

IMG_1004I emptied the pineapple & crushed ice cube mix into a tall glass and pulled about 3 slices of dried mango out of the jar, put those in the empty VitaMix, added a cup of water and 1/4 teaspoon of the real herb stevia.  Not the white processed powdered stevia, but the actual herb plant stevia.  I’m following the Blood Type O diet at the moment, and most sweeteners are on the “nope” list.  Stevia is a natural sweetener and is okay to use.  I bought the stevia in bulk years ago and sweeten my yerba mate’ with it.

I blended that, added in the pineapple and ice and hot spice mix, blended that all together, and wow, amazing!  This is almost exactly what the Dutch Brothers hot spicy mango freeze tasted like.

It’s going to be 106 here on Saturday and 102 on Sunday.  I’m all ready for it.  Mango Pineapple Fire Freeze, here I come.

So here’s the recipe:

1 cup organic sugar-free pineapple juice
(I didn’t use a cup measure; I used one of the glasses out of my cupboard)
3 cups of ice from the ice-maker
approximately 1/8 teaspoon cayenne red pepper
approximately 1/4 teaspoon dried ginger
approximately 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
2-4 slices of dried mango
1 cup of water IMG_1005
(less water, more ice, if you want it to be more like a slushy to eat with a spoon)
1/4 teaspoon stevia herb

Blend it all and enjoy its healthy hot & spicy deliciousness.

This is a perfect recipe for the Blood Type O diet, by the way!

Update:  It was so good I had to try it a second time.  This time I threw all of the ingredients into the VitaMix at the same time and turned it on.  It stopped quickly, and I stirred it up a little and turned it on again, and again the blender whirred for a bit and then stopped before completing the cycle.  This happened oh, a dozen or more times.  I added a bit more water.  That helped, but not much.

What I learned:  do it the way I accidentally did the first time, only in reverse.

Next time I whip it up here’s what I’ll do.  First add the dried mango slices, the pepper, ginger and turmeric and stevia, 1 cup of water, 1 cup of pineapple juice, and blend.  Then add one cup of ice cubes at a time and blend, going for three cups total, or to the consistency you want.


Almond Milk & Hemp Seed Hot Breakfast

IMG_0983I’m back to working with a Blood Type O diet due to inflammation in my joints and muscles.  I reorganized my kitchen cupboards and my pantry and my refrigerator to “hide” all grains (including rice), multigrains, breads, anything with gluten in it, and make the pantry more accessible to the stuff I need to be using.  I actually alphabetized my pantry shelves.  Seriously.  The dried blueberries sit on the shelf next to the almonds and are at the opposite end from the walnuts.  This is the only way I could think of to organize my shelves and know where stuff is, now.

So the top shelf in the pantry is for the “this is awesome for you” Type O Blood Diet foods.  The shelf below that is for the “neutral” foods.  The shelf below that is for the “only once in a great while” foods.  And the cupboard above the fridge, the one that’s almost impossible to reach unless I get on a 2-step stepstool, that’s where I keep the stuff that, so the theory goes, is going to make me hurt.

There’s a lot of fish and meat on this diet.  Meat for breakfast?!  Things like whole wheat toast for breakfast are forbidden.

For the first few days, a plate of tuna with olive oil and lemon juice and a sprinkling of my pink salt with dulse added in…that was just fine.  That and a banana, groovy.

This morning, I wanted oatmeal.  Or rice.  Or something like that.  Warm.  In a bowl.  A little bit sweet.

And this is what I came up with.

Start with:
3 cups water in the VitaMix
1/4 cup almonds
~~blend to make Almond Milk~~
Then add — and I didn’t measure anything, just threw it in, so my measurements are approximations:
1 Tablespoon blueberries-ish
6 apple slice rings-ish
1 teaspoon dried ginger-ish 
3 dates (make sure the pits are removed)
~~blend on the Soup setting to make it hot~~
Pour into your bowl or mug and add 1 or 2 Tablespoons of hemp seeds and eat like a very thin oatmeal, or drink like a very thick chai.

What else sounds good to throw into the mix?

GMO food for thought

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Article: Maybe You Aren’t Actually Gluten Intolerant. Maybe You’re Just Poison Intolerant.

VERY interesting article here.  From the article at this link: Shot 2015-05-18 at 5.23.05 PMtolerant-maybe-youre-just-poison-intolerant/

“Over the past couple of years, I had the unpleasant experience of having bloodwork done to confirm that I am gluten intolerant, only to have it come back and say, “Nope, you’re just crazy.” The same thing happened to my good friend Melissa Melton, who was terribly ill before she cut wheat out of her life. It’s happened to scores of other people, who pass the test for the anti-gliadin antibodies but still know that their health issues directly correlate with what they eat…

“Now we may know why. The tests were right. I’m not gluten intolerant.  I’m poison intolerant.

“I read a mind-blowing article last night that put it all together for me. (Please go read the entire piece by Sarah, the Healthy Home Economist.)

“Standard wheat harvest protocol in the United States is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several days before the combine harvesters work through the fields as withered, dead wheat plants are less taxing on the farm equipment and allows for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest.”


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L-Glutamine powder

A Facebook friend of mine posted this link to my timeline this morning:

It’s a wonderful post by Amy White, a restorative nutritional consultant, about her experiences with L-Glutamine and how using it has reduced her sugar and carb cravings.

I’ve written in various places on my own blog about my experiences with L-Glutamine and how using it cured my hives.  Once I developed hives in early 2012, I would break out after eating just about anything; once I found L-Glutamine and started using it, after six months of being miserable with hives, I healed my leaky gut in just a few weeks and no more hives.

I don’t have any L-Glutamine around the house anymore…hmm…but do have sugar and carb cravings, for sure.  Amy talks about using L-Glutamine capsules.  I used L-Glutamine powder, purchased from Amazon for around $25 for a one-pound jar.

Amy’s article has lots of information and references about the use of L-Glutamine and I’d highly recommend checking it out!

leaky gut: adding glutamine to the diet

I’ve been pondering leaky gut syndrome lately…do I have it, don’t I have it?  Could be that the hives I currently am experiencing are due to a leaky gut.

This article talks about people with leaky gut: changing the diet, adding glutamine, resolving the leaky gut, and the possible link between leaky gut syndrome and heavy metal toxicity.

I’ve already talked about the “NASA” mattress poisoning problem I dealt with.  In December and January I detoxed my body from a good deal of whatever that was, and from what I could read online it sounded the most like heavy metal poisoning.  Could that be what’s going on?

And this website talks about how to fix your leaky gut.  An excerpt:

7 Steps to Optimal Digestive Health

To heal your inner tube of life you simply need to:

  • Eat whole unprocessed foods. Make sure to include plenty of fiber from foods like vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.
  • Eliminate food allergies. If you think you have food sensitivities, try an elimination diet. Cut out gluten, dairy, yeast, corn, soy, and eggs for a week or two and see how your gut feels and what happens to your other symptoms.
  • Treat any infections or overgrowth of bugs. Parasites, small bowel bacteria, and yeasts can all inhibit proper gut function. You must treat these infections if you want to heal.
  • Replenish your digestive enzymes. When you don’t have enough digestive enzymes in your gut, you can’t properly convert the foods you eat into the raw materials necessary to run your body and brain. Take broad-spectrum digestive enzymes with your food to solve the problem.
  • Rebuild your rain forest of friendly bacteria. Take pro-biotic supplements. They will help you rebuild the healthy bacteria so essential to good gut health.
  • Heal your gut lining. Use gut-healing nutrients such as glutamine and zinc to repair the lining in your gut so it can resume its normal function.

Fixing your digestion may take some time, but it can be done. And it is absolutely essential if you want to achieve vibrant health.  So work on your inner tube of life using the steps above and watch as your symptoms (and those extra pounds) disappear.

Edit, December 14, 2014:  I do believe now that what I’ve had is a leaky gut, and I believe that I healed it using l-glutamine.  I’ve found other articles and comments in the two and a half years in between these two posts commenting on the connection between lack of magnesium in the diet and leaky gut, and inflammation, and how a lack of magnesium, causing inflammation, leads to fun things like leaky gut, ADHD in kids, and all sorts of fun body problems we shouldn’t need to deal with.  Here’s Dr. Claudia Pillow’s blog, for example, discussing these things, and giving recipes to get you going.


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