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What it means to take charge of your health ...

Discussion in 'General Treatment' started by xchocoholic, Nov 14, 2009.

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    xchocoholic Senior Member

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    Hi All,

    A freind of mine was just telling me how she still has a headache every day despite seeing multiple doctors and having X tests ... And it hit me. Many people just don't know the importance of taking charge of their health or what this really means. And it doesn't mean going to the doctor every time you have a health problem ... :rolleyes ::)

    I just figured this out myself in back 2005, so I'm not being critical of anyone. I just want to try to help so that you don't waste your time like I did. Those ads on tv telling us to see our doctors for every little thing don't help. But, whether it's a traditional or holistic doctor you see, your health is your responsibility. Trust me, after awhile you'll understand that this is good news. :D

    I see a great integrative doctor now but even she can't predict how I'm going to react to a food or supplement and expects me to watch for this myself. It's a matter of getting to know your body by watching for your reactions. Just be prepared for it to take awhile for you to get to know how your body works and go slowly when introducing new foods or supplements. It's all a matter of trial and error ... but you'll get the hang of it. I've heard this process of undoing chronic health issues referred to as unravelling an onion. You end up peeling off a layer at a time until it's gone ...

    IMHO, it's important to start with diet. The elimination diet is the best way to do this that way you get the most common food intolerances out of the way. This is best approached slowly too as gluten and dairy are known to act as opiods and will cause withdrawal symptoms. Also, eliminate any foods you know are a problem. I would expect it to take a full year after figuring out what all foods you're intolerant to to see all the benefits from this protocal. Anything less is a waste of time as our livers, guts, etc need time to heal after removing the offending foods.

    Those food intolerance tests are helpful but not always correct either. I didn't have antibodies to dairy but I still get raccoon eyes from it after 3 days. It took me a few times to figure this out but if I hadn't been watching for this I would never have caught it either. And I'm positive for egg whites but really don't know how they affect me ... I just don't eat those.

    Same goes for supplements, it's all trial and error but go slowly. Just as an example .. some do well with melatonin alone, but I didn't. I tried just taking melatonin for several months and figured out that I needed the theanine and 5HTP too. Of course, I tried the theanine and 5HTP separately too but I really need the combo ... And even then I've had to play with the dosages so that I wasn't sleepy the next day and I have to take a little more if I've been glutenned. I've been waking up feeling refreshed and ready to go for at least a month now that I've figured this out ...

    That's what gets me about the one drug or one supplement / protocal fits all attitude from medical professionals, both traditional and holistic. It just doesn't work that way ...

    IMHO, there's no reason to HERX when taking a supplement. When your body can handle it, you won't herx. Besides, what kind of damage are you doing to your body when you're herxing ? A herx is our body's way of telling us it
    doesn't like what we're doing and should be listened to.

    Even though, the way our bodies process chemicals is all theoretically the same, in reality it's different. My liver isn't working properly so I've had to be very careful with supplements. But some of yours may be just fine. Our gut bacterias are all different so we may require different probiotics and digestive enzymes. I can't handle even minute amounts of gluten but some people are fine with it. (Granted, some foods should just be avoided but that's a different thread.;) ) Someone else's kidneys may be weak and therefore they aren't eliminating toxins properly, etc etc ... ok, that's me too ... so, it's impossible to have a one size fits all regime for us.

    JM2 cents ... HTH ... X

    ETA .. Of course, I'm not saying that we shouldn't go see a doctor if we have severe pain or another symptom that we can't get under control but expecting them to FIX a chronic illness without first learning how our bodies work is a waste of time ...
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    Doctorj on glutamates ... gluten, dairy, soy and corn

    I found this info several years ago and it helped me understand why these foods were so bad for us ... HTH .. marcia

    http://dogtorj.net/id16.html

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    Doctorj on glutamates ... gluten, dairy, soy and corn

    http://dogtorj.net/id16.html


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