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Not a (well) controlled experiment

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I’ll start with two things I mentioned in passing yesterday: my diet and my juicing recipe.

Juicing Recipe

The juicing recipe is easy. At present, my mother puts the following in the juicer and I drink it.

  • 1/2 a cucumber (peeled)
  • 2 carrots (not peeled, but scrubbed until there is no dirt)
  • 1/2 a bunch of parsley
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • plenty of romaine lettuce
  • 2 leaves of collards or swiss chard

I squeeze in some fresh lemon juice when I drink it. The lemon juice makes it much more palatable, even though I can’t taste any lemon flavor at all.

My recipe comes from watching Crazy Sexy Cancer, reading a bunch of recipes on the internet and talking to a few other Lyme combatants and survivors who juiced during treatment.

Rose’s Wacky Diet

My diet is a disaster, but a very simple one. I have a list of food allergies as long as I am tall which makes the list of foods I can eat pretty straightforward. Then, as a person with a chronic infection, I have a high protein requirement. With very low blood pressure I need quite a bit of salt.

For most of the past 2.5 years, I have been avoiding all grains. (I took a break in Italy for obvious reasons.) I couldn’t give them up when my doctor first told me to. I avoid them because candida (and a variety of other species of fungi that grow in people who take antibiotics for extended periods of time) are much more efficient at deriving calories and nutrients from starches than humans are. So by eating grains, I was making my chronic yeast infection much worse. It turns out that many bacteria, including Lyme, are also more proficient than we are in processing the starches in grains. So two reasons to avoid them.

Then, there is the wheat question. I don’t have the gene that causes Celiac disease. Gluten (a protein found in wheat) does, however, exacerbate inflammation when it is already present. I did an experiment on myself because I thought my doctor was adding excessive restrictions to my diet. (This was before I gave up all grains.) I gave up wheat for a few weeks. Then I had pasta. Wham, all my joint pain was way worse the next day. I strayed a few times. Same reaction each time, only more noticeable after I gave up grains altogether.

At the present time, I need more calories. I get a lot of calories from “good” fats: olive oil, flax seed oil, nuts and coconuts. (Coconuts have saturated fats which I need to supplement because I’m mostly vegetarian with occasional seafood.) At this point, I’m treating the candida and I’m off antibiotics, so I am supposed to slowly introduce grains.

I did this yesterday with some steel cut oatmeal. Steel cut oatmeal has more protein and fiber in it than instant oatmeal because of what is kept and what is discarded when it is processed. I loaded it up with peanut butter and whey protein powder to slow down my body’s digestion of all that starch, hoping to prevent my blood sugar from spiking. I don’t know if it did. But I feel pretty awful today.

Not a controlled experiment

It didn’t occur to me that the oatmeal might make me feel bad until I woke up this morning wishing for a Worf-style spine replacement. This conflicts with my other test to see if coiling my back rather than my abdomen for Lyme will cause a more intense Herx reaction. My hypothesis is that it would because I think the major colonies are in my sacrum and lumbar spine. But to test it, I have to avoid other variables that might contribute to increased symptoms.

That being said, the most intense symptoms are in my spinal column, head and eyes. Those aren’t where I usually feel the effects of ingesting grains. Usually, every joint is on fire the next day. So maybe…

I don’t really want to repeat this experiment, but I think I’ll have to on my next Lyme coiling day.

Coiling

I made today a light coiling day since I’m already suffering. I did Bartonella as planned, but cut back by 30 seconds. I skipped coiling my joints for Lyme since I’m backed up on cleaning out Lyme toxins.

Besides the parts listed above, my hands are really aching. I’m starting to sense that I have coiled them too much because I have to hold the coil on other body parts and that I’m not locally detoxing in my hands fast enough. So the Babesia/hand connection is moving on to the phase where I stop coiling my hands for Babesia and see if the bone, tendon and muscle pain returns.

Summary

  • Candida, abdomen, 5 minutes
  • Bartonella, abdomen, 2 minutes

Detox

The activities were the basics:

  • body brushing
  • kombucha
  • juiced greens
  • homeopathic support
  • lots of water with lemon juice
  • Colestid (as soon as I finish writing)

I really wanted a bath, but I was out for most of the day with my dad supporting him in getting in charge of his health. When I came home, I was too tired to run a bath.

I’m starting to think about doing a castor oil pack on my liver each day. I’m not quite ready to add that in to the mix, but I may start after the next colonic (probably next Wednesday). As usual, I have to think about something for a while before I manage to start doing it.

Herxing

Now I can say for sure I’m Herxing. Here are my clues: I couldn’t stay asleep and I was in bed for only 7.5 hours. My symptom profile is changing, which, this time, means that my spine is in severe pain that I didn’t have yesterday. My headache has increased in severity. (I think the headache was already there because I hadn’t cleaned up the Herx from coiling for Bartonella so frequently.) My eyes are involved. For me, eye pain always comes with Herxes. Plus the floaters in my vision that started a few hours after I coiled for Lyme have been continuously with me all day and show no signs of fading. Finally, I don’t feel like talking to anyone. That is an infrequent occurrence for me and usually a sign that I’m Herxing. One last thing: I have a sharp pain in the upper left portion of my abdomen, just under my rib cage, when I touch a certain spot. Spleen? Edge of my liver?

I still have my other problems. The muscle pain has died down a bunch but isn’t gone. My finger joints and toe joints are killing me. My left shoulder is bothering me and has been out of whack all day. My ears hurt. My knees are better than yesterday, but not quite pain-free. My feet are a bit stiff and slightly painful. Many joints are popping when I adjust positions. It’s hard to write this list because my head hurts so much. I think I need to stop for tonight.

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