Wow, it’s been a long time — years! — since I’ve written a blog update for Dr. Strange Itch, and so much has happened!
In January 2016 I developed pain like I’d never known before. Full body pain where it hurt if I moved. As long as I was sitting still, I was fine; if I moved a muscle, ligament, tendon, bone, it hurt. Bending over to pick up after my dog — excruciating pain. Just walking my dog — excruciating pain. Getting out of the car after driving any period of time, my feet didn’t want to work for the first ten minutes and I just hobbled. I was getting up at night several times; I had skin tags; I noticed dark marks under my arms that weren’t there before and actually, I remember this, started searching the internet for natural recipes to get rid of the dark marks. What could it be? I wondered if it had something to do with the natural deodorant recipe I made and used. For years I was developing eye styes that would come and go, come and go, and in late 2015 I developed a whopper over my right eye that still, here in 2018, I can still feel the residue of it. It disappeared eventually so that no one can tell it was there, but I can still feel a thickness where it was.
I did not want to go to the doctor and get a diagnosis and start a long journey of taking pills for one condition, and having to fix the side effect by taking three more kinds of pills. That’s not how I see the world. I wanted to research this for myself and figure out what was going on. When I found descriptions of rheumatoid arthritis, yeah, that rang a bell; all of those symptoms sounded just like what was going on for me.
In May 2016 I ran across a young lady’s YouTube channel where she talked about the pain she had, and the pain her mom and all of her aunts had. Her female family members more or less just resigned themselves to the fact that they were going to develop this pain, and die from it in their early 50s. She was a young mom with an 18-month-old baby who was beginning not to be able to hold her baby because of the pain, and she was afraid she was going to drop the baby. She had to do something NOW.
She quit eating grains. Within five days, she said, enough pain in her wrists went away so that she wasn’t afraid anymore to hold her baby. It only got better from there. She started losing weight. She revamped her whole lifestyle. She only had a little white rice now and then. Pretty soon the pain was gone.
I watched a few of her videos and walked out to my kitchen, opened up my cupboards — I’ve been through this before, when I had hives — and started cleaning things out. Anything with grains had to go. I had big plastic storage tubs in the basement, brought them upstairs, filled them up with the (expensive!) grains and things that I was going to stop using for a while, just to see if this made any difference, and stored those tubs in the basement. Out of sight, out of mind.
It wasn’t an instant fix, not like the young lady on YouTube. And it was actually very revealing. It took a few months for me to actually feel any positive change.
What I noticed right away, though, was that I was a carboholic. I was addicted. I needed grains.
The first two weeks off grains, I was just like what I’d imagine an alcoholic to be: craving my carbs. When am I going to eat my next bowl of organic cereal with lots of organic milk, organic bananas, and organic sugar? After breakfast, a few hours later, I’d be ready for lunch: pasta, or a toasted cheese sandwich, or a tuna salad sandwich with tomato soup, a bag of chips, an apple. And dinner: lasagne, pizza, a burger and fries — all organic, of course.
Let’s not forget bread. I had a bread machine and constantly supplied myself with organic home-baked bread and butter. That was my mainstay.
Going grain-free the first couple of weeks, the cravings were constant. All I could have to eat was “what’s inside the burger” — the burger without the bun. No bun, no rice, no quinoa, no home-baked bread. How am I going to eat now?, I wondered. How do I feed myself now? Grains are cheap. Grains are filling. I wondered how my grocery budget was going to survive this.
The constant carb cravings went away a few weeks later, and I started making a grain-free “bread” with nuts and eggs and almond flour that worked very well for me. That helped me transition into the bread-free lifestyle and I don’t even think of bread anymore. Well, maybe twice during the winter. Not often.
It took a few months of no grains to see the weight begin to drop off and begin to feel the pain going away. Sometime in September I’d say I was 70% pain-free. My right shoulder was killing me, though; and there was still a good bit of pain going on, but it was so much better than before.
That’s about the time I discovered Sharry Edwards and her BioAcoustics work, which is amazing. I’ve become a BioAcoustics Research Associate and have another website about that, and a business: www.biofrequenciesclinic.wordpress.com. I got into it because it makes total sense to me that you can heal anything through tones and sounds. I’ve done it myself, on myself, when I fell in 2007 and dislocated my shoulder. It was freakishly painful; I had no drugs to ease the pain; ibuprofen didn’t budge it; and on a whim I just started making tones and sounds, and felt the connection between my voice and the pain, and voila! The pain went away for a few moments and I could sleep and rest for a while. This is how I got through the worst of the pain and my dislocated shoulder healed itself. Two weeks later it popped itself back into place. It took a year, and some massage therapy sessions, and I was good as new. I wanted to see what the BioAcoustics could do for my 30% residual body pain.
This is a technology that analyzes everything in the body through the voice. Sharry has done 30+ years of work on this technology and now has it on a portal on the internet; it’s being constantly updated and upgraded and improved. I took some voiceprints and started the analysis and geez, there is SO much to learn. I didn’t know what I was seeing; I didn’t know how to interpret what my results were; and it was all right there in front of me, but I didn’t know what it was. I gave myself the sounds and tones for the “worst” that was in my body, and it was good, but it really didn’t give me the pain relief I needed.
It was the summer of 2017 that I was doing research for another client that I was looking through YouTube to find an answer for what the heck is some biochemical in the body that was showing up, and I ran across Dr. Eric Berg’s videos. I did my research for that mystery substance, and noticed Dr. Berg is a wealth of medical knowledge. He’s a medical encyclopedia, right there online, all for free.
I looked up “inflammation.” I knew I had inflammation. And there it was: insulin resistance. I watched a few of his videos about insulin resistance, and ding-ding-ding, the bell went off in my head. That’s what I had. How to get rid of insulin resistance? The first thing: stop consuming sugar.
Well, I thought, yeah. I HAVE stopped consuming sugar. I don’t use white table sugar anymore. Is that what you mean?
NO, that’s not what that means. NO SUGAR means no honey, no maple syrup, no agave nectar, NO FRUIT, no dried fruit, no dried beans, no grains that can ferment in your gut into sugar, no milk, none of that. I’d already quit the biscuits-pasta-cereal-crackers-cookies-pancakes-waffles a year before. So now I have to quit sugar? Okay, sure; let’s give this a shot.
For two days I went without sugar. TWO DAYS. After TWO DAYS there was no pain.
AS IN NO PAIN. None. Anywhere.
I could bend over without wincing. I could get out of a car without giving my feet fifteen minutes to “warm up” and not hobble anymore.
I went through my pantry and cupboards and fridge and freezer again, and got rid of all forms of sugar, all fruit (except berries), dried fruit, dried beans. I haven’t had any sugar since June 2017, and I don’t do cheat days. I do have berries, since I grow them and they are low on the glycemic index.
My weight has gone down some more, and even though I still have that muffin top, it’s a size 6 muffin top, not a size 18 muffin top. I understand that those of us who have a fatty liver (me) and insulin resistance (me), it’s going to take up to three years to get back to where I should be. I know that I’ve been hypoglycemic since age 6. I still remember that scary shaky cold clammy going-to-faint feeling I had going through the cafeteria line at school when it had been too long since I’d eaten, and eating lunch made that feeling go away. That’s 55 years of hypoglycemia to repair. I’m glad I’ve got this figured out now and if it takes a couple more years for me to find the waist I know is in there, I’m patient.
During this past year my right shoulder pain has gone away. That’s because I’m drinking apple cider vinegar and lemon every day a couple of times a day, and my gallbladder isn’t backed up anymore and impinging on my phrenic nerve. My skin tags have fallen off. Skin tags are a sign of insulin resistance. The dark armpits have gone away; that was another sign of insulin resistance. The eye stye has gone away; that was another sign of insulin resistance. I’m not getting up to pee numerous times at night; that was another sign of insulin resistance. My muscles are much more flexible; I’m beginning (after a year now) to feel more energy; I’m walking my dog at least an hour a day, and I feel good; I can cross my legs and bend like a pretzel — something I couldn’t have dreamed of doing in 2016; I think my vision is improving; I eat one meal a day, usually; I have no cravings.
And, I’ve become a Certified Dr. Berg Health Coach. I’m learning about eating 7-10 cups of vegetables a day and what amazing things kale does for the body. I’m eating moderate amounts of protein, some good healthy fat, and the excess weight is staying off. I feel amazing.
All those things I wondered about and learned through the making of this blog — leaky gut, L-glutamine, the allergy elimination diet, toxins, and much more — Dr. Berg has a video on all of it; probably a dozen. Recently he did one on leaky gut. I was so proud of myself for figuring out my own solution to leaky gut, and I was close, but Dr. Berg has a different answer.
So now I’m monitoring my health myself. If I have a health question, I just go to Dr. Berg’s YouTube channel and look it up. He’s amazing. YouTube is amazing. If he doesn’t have the answer to my question (which he probably does) there are a few other keto or health channels that will have the answer. If I wonder how my Vitamin D levels are doing at the moment, or if I have enough choline going on in my body (choline heals a fatty liver), or if the insulin levels are still too high (insulin resistance was my main issue over this past year), all I have to do is take my own voiceprint and do my own analysis and see what’s going on, and make needed changes from there. Am I low on Vitamin D? Now that we’re moving into the dark phase of the year here in the Pacific Northwest? Just do the voiceprint and check, and if that’s the case, give myself the frequency / tone for Vitamin D3 — and also K2. And, take a Vitamin D3/K2 supplement, as Dr. Berg suggests.
In April I fell while I was out walking Kona, that first lovely beautiful sunny first day in the spring that it felt so good being outside and I didn’t want to waste it. Kona saw another dog, had to go play with that one, and yanked hard — and I fell and popped my L-3 vertebra. I know it was the L-3 because as soon as I could, I got home (ow) and rested (ow) and dragged myself to the computer (ow) and did my voiceprint analysis (ow ow ow, just get it done) and found out it was the L-3 and some muscles that were out of whack, and set up my tone list (ow) and dragged my subwoofer from my office to my bedroom so I could listen to tones overnight (OW OW OW OW OW!!!!!). It was a 10-week recovery time; I’m fine now; but my oh my, the pain. I got through that with the tones, with the help of my brilliant cranio-sacral therapist who did Reiki and massage and a ton of other amazing things, with the help of a Dr. Berg video showing how to correct an old tailbone injury, with the help of a couple of energy healers, and with support from my amazing neighbors who stepped in and did things like insist that they mow my yard for me all summer long. My L-3 popped back into place about a week after the fall (ow) a couple of hours after my second massage therapy session, and has been healing ever since then.
This week I raked, mowed my own lawn, I’ve been gardening and pulling weeds and walking my dog again, all without pain. I need to rest a little now and then where before the fall I wouldn’t have, but this is fine. I haven’t had the subwoofer in my bedroom for a couple of months now. I’m so grateful for the BioAcoustics technology, and for Dr. Berg’s advice and wisdom. And I’m most grateful for Goodwill, where I can take my old clothes and buy new, smaller clothes and not spend a fortune. A year ago I was so excited to be buying and fitting into size 12’s. Now I’m in 6’s. Now that I’ve been walking an hour a day for the past two weeks, I’m hoping for more body sculpting to take place. I’m ready to see that waist I never had!
That’s about it. Lots of health changes for me. I’ve learned so much. I feel so much better. The only drug I’ve taken over these past two years is ibuprofen, which got me over the extreme pain after the fall, which I took for about a week. I didn’t even take any pain meds when I got a tooth pulled a year ago in July; I just used BioAcoustic tones.
And that’s my October 2018 health update.