Dr. Wahls Second Webinar

Hello All,

I did attend the webinar yesterday and I do have the recorded link for you here:

Dr. Wahls Expert Series Webinar 2

This one was about balancing hormones. Interesting for me whereas I am on Premarin, off and on (mostly on) six years. I haven’t worried about cancer because I’m on them due to a total hysterectomy. Therefore, less in me that can get cancer. I am checked annually for breast cancer and I have no family history of it. But, they brought up other points. So, check out the Webinar. Also, we had Diane V Capaldi (Paleo Boss Lady) as the intro speaker. There is no cost for these, they are free.

I am working at returning to Wahls Paleo Plus Level III (Nutritional Ketosis). I stocked back up on full fat coconut milk and bit the financial bullet and bought my digestives. They will help me with the rebounding eating styles that requires readjustments. I don’t buy an exorbitantly high priced one. I buy Digest Basic by Enzymedica from my local natural market, $20.00 for 90 caps, then I limit them, one cap per meal so, two per day, which lasts me 45 days.  But, it did put me $18 over my $40 monthly budget for supplements. Ahem……..long sigh……., so hard to balance finances with this. I do think it was wise to get them though. Once in the swing of Ketosis, I hope to find away to use Liquid Magnesium Glycinate ($40 a month) again, because it was a big help in keeping me out of the ketosis flu. Somehow next month, I am going to get very creative and strict with my finances. January is when I will begin. Right now, I am back fasting and am mostly eating the third level, except for leftover food from level II, that being, dried cranberries, banana’s, gluten free flour, gluten free spaghetti (two servings left).  I won’t replenish these after I’ve used them up. I’m planning on January to give me a little more leeway through the Christmas season all the while adding in ketosis habits.

Hope all is well and all are ready for the Christmas month!

 

Bonne Sante

 

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The Sleepy’s

I had a wonderful exercise session today. I skipped Sunday and Monday to give myself some recuperation time following the event I worked on Saturday. I don’t cancel exercise too often. It felt good to be moving, to feel the endorphin’s rising and my mood lifting as it always does. My walking gets better weekly and sometimes daily along with my memory. It was nice to have someone not remember my name and me remember there’s! That’s a switch.

Tonight, I listened to a live webinar from Dr. Wahls. They will send a recorded version tomorrow. I’ll talk more about it then. I am working my way back into Level III. I was only off ten days or so. I really missed Level III. It is that big of a difference for me. I am going through the “sleepy’s” again, which happens to me as I adjust to the third level. Dr. Wahls does level III ten months a year and level II two months. I figure that is probably good to give the body a break from Ketosis thereby allowing foods your not able to eat on level III, not because they are bad, because to maintain ketosis, there are foods that must be avoided. I was only on level III three months. I made tremendous gains while on it. I want that level of healing and that level worked best for me, though all the levels have healed.

Tonight’s a short one. The sleepy’s remember.

 

Bonne Sante

Hup, two, three, four….

I am in the process of rehabilitating with the goal of hopefully weaning off of disability and going back to work full time successfully for the first time since 2004. Is it possible? I believe it is. What do I want to be when I grow up? I am an impassioned and driven individual. I hope to have a job that further’s public knowledge and access to these answers that truly work in arresting autoimmune illnesses like nothing else out there. Diet, physical therapy, meditation and decreasing stress, supplements and natural household and personal care products. Someone mentioned today that I should take a break mentally from the seriousness of working the Protocol. To do well at anything difficult, it requires commitment and a great deal of energy. If a person decides to become a doctor, build a business, tackle alcoholism or reverse MS, it requires a huge commitment if one is to be successful. This is what I believe. If I am given a way out of a devastating illness, I feel responsible to do something about helping to get the word out to others. I would like that to be my job.  I have the skill set and experience for it. My strongest skills and experience are sales, organizing events, public speech, writing, coaching and enthusing others, tenacity and hard work.

If this sounds obsessive to anyone, well sit out of life for twelve years and then be given the against the known odds opportunity to dive back in and work. Like the person cured from terminal cancer or one who has lost his family and then given a new one ten years later, its a rising from the ashes. That’s dramatic I know, but so is this. When I got home today to my apartment building, I ran into a neighbor that I see from time to time. We don’t know each other, but we are always cordial. I have not seen this particular neighbor for months. I got my mail and got on the elevator with her. I was carrying two laden bags filled with frozen meat. She looked and looked again, then blurted out, “You can walk! I thought I recognized you, but didn’t realize it was you at first because you can’t walk. What happened?” I briefly explained that I was on a diet for autoimmune illnesses and that I had MS and it was healing me. Almost daily I am hearing comments like this. Who doesn’t want a job that makes a difference. Further, I have the added flexibility to work both Canada and the United States. The plan is to go back to work after one year on the Wahls Protocol, that is in four months. How this will play out, I’m not sure yet. In the mean time, I will keep working to rehabilitate.

I’ve decided to work back into nutritional ketosis. I did feel better on it. Its true, it isn’t as flexible as levels I and II, but, there is a big difference in how I feel on level III versus level II. Its worth the added planning to make sure I have what I need to stay in ketosis during the financially lean second half of the month. That is what has been tough for me. The meat purchase I made today will help. I bought enough meat for two months from a high quality butcher in Strathmore (forty-five minutes from Calgary). Something I planned and put aside money for, knowing that we had a planned trip with a friend. Butcher shops are the way to go. I can’t believe how much cheaper they are. This one is cheaper then anything in Calgary, because it doesn’t have to deal with the high, high rent of being in Calgary. For example, same high quality bacon as what is sold at the natural market from local farms. Difference is $10 in Calgary, $6 away for a pack of bacon. Everything was priced this way. I also need to make arrangements to get the second carpal tunnel surgery done. Ugh! Call me a big baby, but I don’t want to go through that again. I think after Christmas will be best. Exercise tomorrow!

Marching on…..

 

Bonne Sante

 

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What a day!

Whenever I lose a little confidence about the next step in this journey that I am on, I have a leap forward that restores that confidence. Today was such a day. I walked two blocks to the bus stop this morning, (not new) to meet friends. After coffee with them, I walked two and a half blocks (not new) to WINS, a used clothing store because my clothes are two sizes too big for me (smile). I shopped and tried on clothes for two and a half hours without a rest (new). After I paid, I was handed two medium sized garbage bags, about 15 lbs each. For a moment, I panicked. I thought, especially after all this shopping, I can’t carry these home (the norm). First, I thought, “A cab.” But, a cab ride from there is $40 at least. Defeats the purpose of saving money buying used. I told myself, “We’re working out, that’s all.” I went to the bus station with my two bags, took the bus back to my neighborhood and walked the two blocks to my house with the bags. I was strong, I didn’t slow down and I didn’t trip once (new). When I got to my house, I was still strong, I wasn’t struggling for the door (new). Seven months ago, I couldn’t walk half a block with a walker (was)!

My walking has been getting progressively better week by week on the Protocol. I’ve progressed from the walker to the cane, walking better, stronger, then, without the cane, slowly, staring at the ground, then, without having to stare anymore at everything that is a half inch high lest I trip. What has been the same has been that at some point, I am fatigued and I have to sit down for at least 30 to 40 minutes to regain strength in my leg. That’s what didn’t happen today. Might happen tomorrow, but it didn’t happen today. This just keeps getting better. It made me cry happy tears. I called family to share what happened.

On the job front, I have decided to not apply for any other part time work. If I don’t hear from the one that I did apply to, then I will have the second carpal tunnel surgery done, which my Neurologist really thinks I should do. I agreed. I told him, “I’m almost over it (emotionally, in regards to the first carpal tunnel surgery I had).” On the other hand, if the job calls me in and I am hired, then the surgery is not meant to be, at least for now. If the job doesn’t answer, then working right now is not meant to be, so that I can better concentrate on rehabilitation, whilst dealing with the money situation the best I can.

Exercise tomorrow, I will have new physio exercises to add to my circuit training routine. Upward and onward!

 

Bonne Sante

 

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The next phase is upon me!

Dr. Wahls celebrated 10 years on her Protocol yesterday. She had a wonderful talk with updates of where she and her team are with everything including research. See her live video here: Terry Wahls 10th Anniversary video talk

Things ramped up today. I began physio today, which was great. I had the consultation several weeks ago. I was given three exercises then to start for my drop foot leg and its hip flexor paralysis. One of the exercises I couldn’t do at all. That was the first one the physical therapist had me show him. Physio, “Is that your drop foot leg?” Me, “Yes.” Physio, “So you’ve been doing the exercise, that’s better than I expected.” I think, two things, I am faithful with my exercise, I have worked the exercises into my regular exercise routine. I am directed to do these exercises everyday, but my routine is just four days a week in the gym, that’s when I do them, four days a week. The reason I am further along then the what the exercise would do is because of the Wahls Protocol diet. Everyday, I am stronger in some way and exercise and physio are only two factions of it. Two important parts, but it is the whole shebang that makes the bigger difference. For example, I have never stopped exercising, exercising is a big part of my life, it did not by its self stop the progression of MS. However, as apart of the eating lifestyle of whole foods, targeted supplements, less toxic environment, physio, e-stim, and exercise, all combined is arresting this dreaded disease.

So how are things ramping up? Well physio for one. I will go every two weeks for a total of nine visits. Today I had a call to make the appointment with the MS psychiatrist, which was set in December. When I got home, I had a letter from the Optimist program who will be helping me with rehab for a possible return to full time work. And yesterday, I applied for a part time job. They may never call me, but I applied. It seemed like a job that was a perfect fit. It was customer service which is varied responsibilities for a company that is a non profit whose mission is to help the disabled live life to their fullest potential. The customer service is for their recreation center which has a large swimming area featuring a salt water pool. And, they are fifteen minutes away by bus.

Why am I considering part time work when I have a big job ahead of me to further rehabilitate before trying for a full time job? Because I just don’t make enough money to support the Wahls protocol and live. The first four months, I have a credit line that I borrowed $200 from every month. That’s maxed three months now. I have not made any payments on the line since I began the Protocol and I am $200 short every month. Although, on the credit line, I am not required to make payments as long as I pay its interest, which I do, but that is not good for your credit rating. I am paying my bills and I am sticking to the bare minimum for the diet, some months I get supplements and some months I don’t. Its becoming stressful. In my world there are no mistakes, I feel that I could handle a part time job. I will need a lot of energy to get through all the rehabilitation and homework that comes with it along with keeping up the Wahls Protocol. But, I am talking part time, not full time. If it is meant to be, it will fall into place and it will be okay, and if it isn’t meant to be and I have to wait, then I have to wait and I’ll get by and it’ll still be okay. That’s my take on this. In the mean time, I can take this a day a time and remember that today, I have all the money I need provided I die at 12 midnight tonight.

 

Bonne Sante

 

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Support = Strength

My neurology appointment went well, I do have a Doctor I like. They, my Doctor and his nurse, are very familiar with Dr. Wahls Protocol, asking questions like what level are you on, have you been strict in adhering to it. My Doctor put me on the waiting list for the Optimus Program and on a list for the MS psychiatrist. The point of each is to help me figure out if I can work, what I can do and what I cannot do and to help me psychologically deal with my fears over the risks of attempting full time work. I believe in the Protocol, but it is not a one hundred percent cure for MS. What it is is something I can manage my illness with. In some cases it has reversed some of the damage on MRI’s, but in no one’s case are they fully restored, except in cases early on in the disease process and beginning the diet then, physically these people fare the best, but still are not cured. They need to stay on the Protocol, for even a short time off it, the MS symptoms are back. My Doctor was adamant that I am not ready to try to work yet, he wants to see me complete the physio and Optimus program before I try. I agree, I explained that five months is what I am thinking. He said maybe longer. It will take two to four months to be excepted into the program and to see the Psychiatrist. I start nine weeks of physio Monday for my leg. Really excited about that. He said that I will need all my energy for rehabilitation. I agree with that too. I am still considering a simple part time job, maybe eight to ten hours a week to help offset the cost of the Protocol.

This is a big job working to heal as much as I can and then testing whether full time work is realistic. As I said, it may never be, and if it is, then it has to be the right job. School is a possibility, to gain a certificate in something. I have a lot of skills and experience, but no certificate or finished degree. I’m not going to worry about that right now. I am going to finish my resume and look into a simple local part time job. And I am going to continue to work hard at rehabilitation. It felt good to not have to argue with my Doctor about what I am trying to do. My MS Clinic is a leader in MS research and clinical studies. I asked if my Doctor was involved with the University of Calgary’s MS research studies. He said no. Just the same, I offered, “If they ever do a clinical study of the Wahls Protocol, I’ll volunteer for that.”, said with a Cheshire Cat grin. I am on track and moving forward. To feel that I can pursue purpose and goals fills me with happiness. I will do the most of what I can do, I’m just not sure what that is yet. I am grateful for the support. Let the healing continue!

 

Bonne Sante

Let the chips fall where they may

Good news for me today! I got word that my physical therapy for my left leg, gait and balance is approved. I’ll call the physio place that I am approved for tomorrow and set up the next appointment. I’m approved for roughly nine or ten visits, which is what was recommended. I took the opportunity to ask my disability worker if I could meet with her in two months for a face to face visit to discuss my plan to go back to work in five months. This Friday, I see my Neurologist, who I saw not long before I started the Wahls Protocol. He does know that I have been following this and they know that I’ve discontinued my MS drug. I want to ask for help with counseling and preparation to work. I need all the help I can get with this.

Yesterday, I had a pretty good test of my stamina. This is how I fared. I went to the gym per usual with the usual schedule of one hour swimming, shower, rest thirty minutes, then thirty minutes circuit training with weights. What was unusual was a visit with friends who picked me up at the Leisure Centre. We had lunch and decided to go to a “Maker’s Fair”. Which was a very interesting fair of art and science. It did require a lot of walking on top of working out that morning. I did weaken dramatically after an hour and a half, where I was teetering a lot and was visibly struggling. After two hours, I was light headed and nauseous. That was my cue to rest, whether I liked it or not. I sat in the foyer on the stairs and cooled off, the other problem was the hot spots at the last location I was moving through. I let my friends know where I was. One came back and helped me up a flight of stairs to a lounge to have coffee. We sat in a nice spot, they had picnic tables overlooking the event. We sat, sipped coffee and chatted while we watched the Fair from above. It was nice of her to stop to keep me company for an entire hour. I did revive my leg enough to be able to continue on. I spent another hour walking the event and stood in one place for an extra half hour at a very interesting booth we went for a second time to see. All told, I was at the event from approximately 12:30 till its end and 15 minutes past that, 5:15. Leaving the event, I needed my friends, to give me an arm on each side to climb a slightly elevated hill. I was tired. Got home, ate dinner, wrote my blog and cancelled my exercise for this morning. Where I am stronger is my stamina before fatigue happens, is noticeably stronger by all who know me. But, fatigue does still happen.

The assistance I needed for the uphill climbs on stairs and slanted hill were because of fatigue. This is exactly what I need to take into account when considering employment possibilities. Hence, no walking the whole shift with a job that can afford me to sit when my body demands it: This will be criteria number one. The second issue, I left home at 7 am to swim at 8 am. I got home at 6:30 pm and knew that I would need to cancel exercise in the morning. This will not be an option for back to back days at work. Will need to closely regard this. Does this mean that working full time is out of the question. No! Just means that my combination of duties will need to be what I’ve known, a combination of varied action that allows me to walk, and sit intermittently. A friend suggested a stay at home job. That could work too. I could do that as well. I’m good with computers, writing, and telephone work. I’m also self disciplined and could organize my time at home and be efficient. As I traverse the waters of what I can I do, I will ultimately leave the final outcome of what my job will end up being up to my Higher Power. My job is to do everything I can to prepare myself and then let the chips fall where they may.

I wonder where they will fall…………….hmmmmmm.

 

Bonne Sante

 

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New/Old Concepts Reunited

Eons ago, it feels like, I worked at a Fish restaurant called Fishland. In the kitchen, sometimes my duties were to prep before we opened. While the cooks prepped the chicken for landlubbers, I made homemade tarter sauce, which was simply equal amounts of relish and mayonnaise. We had two dishwashers from Jamaica. They exclaimed, when the cooks threw out the chicken bones, skin, fat, and innards, “Why are you throwing out half the chicken? That’s all good!” I thought, but its just the bones, icky innards and everyone knows that the skin and fat are bad for you. All these years later, here I am, learning that we were wrong and they were right.

Interesting to me, in the early 90’s I worked with a nurse who’s daughter was in the Peace Corp in Africa (I don’t remember where). Alice would go to Africa for a month every year to be with her daughter. She told us about an odd (to all of us) cultural situation her first time visiting this place in Africa. Out to the best restaurant in the area, Alice ordered Filet Mignon, which turned out to be the cheapest cut of meat on the menu, because, the more fat was in it, the more it was worth and the better it was, Filet Mignon is one of the leanest cuts.

My grandmother was from Calabria, Italy, she immigrated through Ellis Island around 1920 to Worcester, MA. This was her tomato sauce or as my father called it, gravy not sauce.

  • 2-28 oz can tomatoes, 4 cans tomato paste, 8 cans water
  • Chopped garlic and fresh parsley
  • Olive oil to lightly fry garlic before adding the other ingredients (fat)
  • Oregano, basil, crushed red pepper, and bay leaves, salt and pepper
  • Parmesan cheese (preferably Reggiano)

Meatballs (she didn’t brown them, just dropped them in) (fat)

  • 1 lb ground pork (fat)
  • 1 lb fatty hamburger (fat)
  • 2 eggs (fat)
  • fresh parsley, garlic and Parmesan cheese (fat)
  • 1 tbsp fennel seed
  • Bread crumbs or soaked and torn up stale bread, the same volume as the ground meat
  • salt and pepper

Italian sausage (these would’ve been handmade from D’errico’s Market) browned drain the fat. (fat)

Pig Skin Braciole: Stuffed with Parmesan cheese, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper, rolled up and tied with string. We kids fought over this, much like the salt pork in homemade baked beans. (fat)

Simmer, uncovered four to six hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with fresh Italian bread and more Parmesan cheese.

My mother made this every Sunday for my father. My grandmother taught her, so she could cook it. My mother was Irish, she loved my father’s mother. I never got to know her, I have vague memories of her, she died when I was five years old. We called her Nonny. Note all the (fat) in this. My father showed me a slice of Capicola, he called it “Gabagool”, he pointed out the ribbed fat. This was from D’errico’s, so it had huge slabs of fat through it. He explained to me, that the more fat, the better it is.

That’s what my father taught me, that and that organ meat was everyone’s favorites in the family as children. Then society taught me this:

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This is the Dr. Wahls pyramid that I am learning to follow:

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In her book she has three levels of diet. Wahls, Wahls Paleo and Wahls Paleo Plus. The last listed is a Nutritional Ketosis or Hunter Gatherer diet. Each one has its own pyramid. In each chapter is a wealth of research, and information about each food and its benefits along with the science of each level and why this heals more than that. Most important to note is that this in no way takes the place of the book. I wouldn’t be able to adequately follow this diet without the book, which is inexpensive to purchase on Amazon. It is a reference guide that I turn to over and over and have had to reread to completely understand all these new/old concepts, depending on how you want to look at it.

My Dad would’ve loved this diet, except for the no Italian bread, no cheese and no “macaroni” part. I get homesick sometimes, lately I’m talking a lot about Massachusetts and thinking about my family. Most are long gone. Ugh, a blue note. I don’t want to end in a downer. Whenever I share my grandmother’s sauce, I honor her memory and I relive half my life eating that sauce. I could have it on the Wahls Protocol. I have to omit the cheese and I would need to substitute the bread crumbs for maybe ground hemp hearts, or ground almonds, or ground flax seed. Something like that. On Wahls other two levels, gluten free bread is a suitable substitute. And on level’s I and II, gluten free pasta is okay, level III, no pasta. But, this sauce is so good, you don’t need it.

Mangia!

 

Bonne Sante

 

Picture of my father in the late 1930’s around four or five years old.

Wahls food pyramid taken from my copy of The Wahls Protocol “How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine by Terry Wahls, M.D.

Good Taste?

As I wrote yesterday, I am losing hair in unusual amounts. After some research for the other problems, which were sleepiness and depression, I learned that my dilemma was probably not enough protein and saturated fats on my Nutritional Ketosis diet. After increasing my fat and protein intake, this was proved to be true. It occurred to me, that maybe that is also the reason for the hair loss. I began research and read in a GQ article about various reasons for hair loss, that one could be not enough protein. I thought, “Aha!” You’d think that that would’ve been my first thought, but no, I did not equate the symptoms till I read that. I will wait two weeks and see, now that I’ve increased both my protein and fat, if my hair loss improves too.

I have been trying new foods since I began the Wahls Protocol seven months ago. Some of the new experiences were good, others not so good. What I have learned about myself and that which took me by surprise was that I am a picky eater. I have never viewed myself in that light and have always considered myself to be open to most tastes. In the conventional North American diet, that is true. But, not on this one. Many things I have excepted with gusto, like fermented foods like Kombucca Tea and Nutritional Yeast, ground bison, the darkest of chocolate, the loss of my sweet tooth and black coffee. Foods that are hard for me to accept are oily fishes (best ones for Omega 3’s), organ meats, and seaweed. The best way to get your nutrients, if possible is always eating them, but if this is not possible, then the easiest way to deal with that if you can’t stomach eating any of this, is with supplements in the form of desiccated liver pills, spiralina capsules, and fish oil capsules or fermented fish oil.

First, Omega 3’s: It is suggested to take fish oil. If taking fish oil that is not fermented then it is suggested to also take a mixed E tocotrienols. If taking a fermented fish oil, then it is not necessary to take the mixed E. There are only a few places in North America that make fermented fish oil i.e. cod liver oil (the old fashioned stuff). You know the stuff mother’s tried to force their kids to take 60 or more years ago. I bought that, and I tried hard to learn to just take it. I mean, com’on, I only need take 2 grams of it daily. I invested $68 in a four month supply bottle. To my credit I did last a whole month. I’d shoot it with the dropper that came with it. But, its just disgusting! That leaves me with two solutions: Learn to like salmon, or take fish oil with the vitamin E. I opted for fish oil with vitamin E.

Second, Seaweed: Daily servings of seaweed, algae or spiralina powder are mandatory on Wahls levels II and III and with good reason. There are healing attributes for the brain and the thyroid. In short its a powerful source for iodine which acts as a natural metal toxin remover from the body. This is something that I really need to figure out a way that will be doable for me. I first bought spiralina capsules which worked out great, except they are pricey and money is an issue for me. I tried the loose powder because it is cheaper and I bought it in bulk, but its beyond disgusting, to me. I have a friend who has no problem hiding it in her smoothie, but to me, it just ruined my smoothie. Then, I tried to take both the fermented fish oil and the spiralina together in a shooter (shot of water mixed with 1/4 tsp spiralina and the 2 grams fermented fish oil. I lasted three weeks doing this. I think that this is what did it in for both of them for me. I bought some products to try to learn a way to eat seaweed. I bought SeaSnax, a dried kelp salty snack. I took one bite last night and to me its just hard spiralina, I don’t care how much salt and onion powder you put on it, that’s all I could taste. So, that was a disaster. I have algae noodles, which the package claims have a neutral flavor and therefore should take the flavor of whatever there tossed with. But, I am afraid to try them. What a baby I am turning out to be, jeesh, who knew?! Although, I think I should get an A for effort, as you can see, I am working hard to find a solution to this, because, I understand why its important. Medicine, I have a vision of my younger five year old brother with his mouth clamped tight refusing the teaspoon of cough medicine, spilling off the spoon, thereby making my mother swear up a storm. That’s my brother, that’s not me. And yet, look at me, its me.

Third and last, organ meat: My father was Italian, he’s deceased now since 1995, he was an old world eater and organ meat was an important part of his diet, it was food he relished. He ate cow’s tongue and head cheese (which is brain pieces suspended in a gelatin mass in the shape of cold cuts), the organs from a whole chicken, that my mother would throw away claiming that there were none. I have my mother’s disdain for organ meat. I settled on desiccated liver pills, which worked out well, but I ran out and can’t always replenish them due to lack of funds. Still working this out. Raw oysters can be eaten as an organ meat serving. Weirdly enough, I love raw oysters and have been eating them since my early 20’s after my friend dared me to eat one, we were drunk. Surprised me to learn that night that I love them. There is a restaurant in the neighborhood that has a special once a week on oysters and they even have the choice of west or east coast oysters, there is a big difference. I’m accustomed to east coast, the west coast oysters have a strong after taste that east coast don’t have. But, its still more than I can afford to do on a regular basis. For this month, I’ll be ordering desiccated liver pills. I’m thinking, it is only required that I consume 12 oz of organ meat per week. The suggested dose is four pills a day, I wonder if I could take four pills three times a week and have it be the same as three servings a week. That would stretch the supply out more than double, making them last longer and saving me money. I really can’t wait to begin making a pay check. However, it is important not to jump the gun on that and do it right, thereby giving me the best chance to succeed.

We’ll just keep a workin’ at’er.

 

Bonne Sante

A puzzle worth solving

It can be very complex being your own doctor. No longer do I blindly give over my life to the medical system while I take no part in learning how my body works.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been my own advocate since 2004 from the first time I fought that statement, “Its stress.” To the final time, this past winter, a MRI, once again, gave proof that it wasn’t just “stress”. Though I’ve said repeatedly how I wished it was just that. Of course, paradoxically, stress is a big contributor to disease. My worse physical attacks have been while under extreme duress. The difference I speak of here, is where my answers are coming from, namely other sciences and unconventional doctors. So, in a way, still from Doctors just not the normal route. These Doctors require, so that I can be most successful, that I know my body and the sciences that govern it of nutrition and environment.

I’ve followed the Wahls Protocol as closely as I can for it is very precise and extremely detailed. There is volumes to learn. I don’t want that to sound discouraging, it required that I put the same amount of energy that I had put into living disabled into a changed mindset of getting well. I just needed a route that could be effective. And this was it. No longer hopeless, I had hope. No longer did I have to sit idly by and be a victim. I could actually do something about this and not wait for the day I would be bedridden. As I follow this, there is always something else to work on. For example, I’m still largely adjusting to living on a Nutritious Ketosis diet. The most recent issue, which I’ve blogged about as it was ongoing, was feelings of depression and overwhelming sleepiness. After a couple weeks of this, I finally found an article which I gave a link to on that particular day on my blog. The answer was that I wasn’t eating enough fat for my body’s energy needs on the Ketosis diet and I wasn’t eating enough protein, the bare minimum was all I was having. Since increasing both, my energy is increasing, my depression has dissipated and the sleepiness has completely lifted. So, that was it. It required me to do research, find what I was missing nutritionally, thanks to Dr. Wahls and my willingness to learn forming a base knowledge of Ketosis from which to start from, having read Wahls book several times, articles on the net, other’s experiences on the Wahls Facebook group, I found my answer.

At present, I am working on figuring out why I am losing so much hair. I have thick hair and woe to the person who lives with me, they gotta deal with that too. I’ve always lost a lot of hair and incredibly, my hair remains thick. But, this, is too much and unusual, and coming right from the roots. My intuition says it is the Ketosis diet, I am lax on a few things as I had mentioned in a previous blog, one of which is bone broth, another seaweed and still another organ meat. I feel the answer probably lies with one of these, or a supplement I need to take, like Q10. I will research what could cause hair loss nutritionally, then go from there. No longer is it a call to the Doctor, or just do nothing at all. I am my own Doctor and I am responsible to find the answers. The good news? The answers are out there! If its there, being the tenacious sort that I am, I’ll find it.

I do crosswords daily. Its one of my cognitive exercises and something I enjoy doing. I was intimidated by crosswords for years, I’d try one every now and then, and unless it was super easy, I’d give up after a minute or two. See, on a harder puzzle, I would suspect the answer, but have no confidence in my choice, then give up. Until I lived with a friend for two years who is an avid crossword enthusiast. You know the type, does the Sunday New York Times puzzle, one of the those. I started doing some of the medium puzzles lying around the house in books that had the answers in the back, and I began to realize that those answers I suspected, were nine out of ten times correct, but weren’t proven yet by the “crossword”. I changed my attitude. I filled in the word with what I felt was probably it even if I couldn’t prove it yet, and I began solving crossword puzzles. I’m still not great, but I do the medium ones with ease now and can do half of some hard ones.

This is like that, trust your intelligence, trust your intuition, do the foot work and you’ll reap the rewards. You just have to want it bad enough.

 

Bonne Sante

 

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