Drastic experiments around an autoimmune condition reveal all.
I am more and more compelled to return to a whole food diet, but without space for a garden, it feels impossible. Farmers markets can only provide so much.
“Taste free” diet.. 🤣.
Wow, that’s a miserable issue you’ve been dealing with.
I question a lot of autoimmune diagnosis, because the label gets applied to reactions from unidentified external causes. That’s more often allergy and hypersensitivity, not autoimmune.
Lots of people have reversed health conditions by adopting clean diet. That’s going to damage corporate pharma. You can see the corporate push towards all processed food.
I think you’re on the right track to cut out highly processed foods and supplements.
Also, the liver breaks down histamine. Keeping a happy liver will help. It’s not too hard to grow a supply of local weeds that nourish the liver. They practically grow themselves.
I take supplements because of the ubiquitous nutrient depletion of the soil. As much as we want to believe we can get our nutrition from food, the food supply, including meat, is deplete upon harvest and continues to lose nutrition in its journey to your kitchen... Of course the exception perhaps being that it's grown by you or someone else who uses regenerative practices and has successfully regenerated the soil.
My mom takes a million supplements,,,and then goes to Walmart and buys some of the cheapest food she can find. She has it backwards, and it is not helping her physically, though it seems to give her some sense of security. One of the reasons I have such a big garden, so I have access to as much whole food veggies as I can eat. That and wild venison and fish. Living with my parents, I also buy food, especially high quality, local dairy, eggs and meat.
Supplements are mostly to make people who are chronically ill feel like if they didn't take supplements they would be dead.
Thanks for all the comments so far! This seems to have touched a nerve. Any theories as to why?
I love reading personal stories like this. I feel like I'm surrounded by people with all sorts of ailments who are constantly looking for answers and relief. They also are eating completely shit food yet make absolutely no connection between their illnesses and their diets. And most doctors don't even ask about diet. Even people who attempt to eat well are sabotaged by hidden additives. So glad you're feeling better! Hope it continues.
I buy super clean potato chips - two ingredients: potato chips, olive oil. I accidentally picked up the same chips but with jalapeño. The ingredient list was immense! I thought, “why, why would you do this?” Why create a healthy simple product and then follow it up with trash? I assume it is because it will sell. People won’t read the label and assume it is clean. Then they will get the MSG kick.
OUTSTANDING piece, Lisa!
To quote an old Neil Diamond song: "Except for the names, and a few other changes, you could say the same about me...the story's the same one...".
I too, eliminated all supplements (and medications) except Thyroid medication, and I have been working with my Primary and have currently reduced my thyroid medication from 150 mcg to 75 mcg and plan to go lower. I have currently added back only Vit. D and use a liquid version that is Vit. D + Olive oil as the only ingredients. I'm trapped in a building all day at my job and get very little sunlight most days. I also plan to include this in an upcoming VERY LONG SERIES called My HyperParathyroid Journey.
You also had a very astute observation about oral absorption of Glutamates. I like your approach of carefully and thoughtfully experimenting on yourself. Again, much like my journey has been. As I like to say "No-one cares more about your health than you"!
Here are two good sources on Manufactured free Glutamates (which supplements and commercially prepared food are full of) ((https://www.truthinlabeling.org/names.html ) (https://nourishedblessings.com/where-can-glutamate-be-found/ )
FYI: I have also found ways to be able to eat out at a few restaurants successfully, but it is still dependent on the crew and management working at the time you are there. Very few of them have a clue about this problem, and have to be given precise instructions. It also irritates me to no end that I have to call it an "Allergy" to get results instead of "Toxic Poisoning" which is what it really is.
Looking forward to hearing more from you on this subject.
Lisa, do you have any recommendations for a postpartum patio garden? I’m currently taking a multivitamin but don’t love it for all the reasons discussed. It’s arguably better than nothing // highly artificial protein bars or something (?) but I’ve been either pregnant or breastfeeding for 2.5 years and I’m sure my nutrient depletion is so real. Would love to hear any thoughts if you have them?
Just re-read this and it reminds me of a line from an old Neil Diamond song "Except for the names and a few other changes, you could say the same about me. The story's the same one". You're absolutely on the right track. Food is the disease. And the cure.