I mentioned yesterday in my post about homeopathy that the naturopath I went to did a battery of food allergy tests. The results revolutionized my life.
Between the time when I was disabled by Lyme, Bartonella and Babesia and when I had the tests, my abdomen was hard, swollen and sore all the time (as in all day, every day) for over a year. I had chronic diarrhea. I was nauseated from the time I woke up until 1pm or 2pm. Then I would have lunch and be nauseated for another 2 hours. Same with dinner. My jaw bone hurt everyday. That was the signal that I was hungry. I certainly didn’t feel hunger in my stomach.
Once I had a list of foods to avoid, it took about a month for the nausea to calm down. I still had it all morning until 2pm, but not after meals. The diarrhea became intermittent. After about 4 or 5 months, the swelling in my abdomen went down. Sometime in there, I felt hungry again for the first time. The jaw pain subsided and became an indication that my stomach was upset. How do I know the food allergies caused all this? Well, I can cause all the symptoms to recur by eating one of the foods on the allergy list in a more than trace amount. Initially, even a trace amount would cause the problems to recur. I did a series of sublingual homeopathic drops that reduced my body’s reaction to the food allergens.
The method Dr. Ingels used was electrodermal screening with a device called Orion. He has an explanation on his website of how it works. (Click the words Non-invasive Allergy Assessment to expand the page and see what it’s about.) But simply, I held a metal rod in one hand and he put an electrode on the tip of one of my fingers on the other hand. Then he measured the resistance/conductance of different currents that are associated with particular foods. It was fast and painless.
Here is my list of food allergies:
- Cow-based dairy (casein is the protein I’m allergic to)
- Red and purple foods, such as berries, red cabbage, beets
- Night shade vegetables, such as tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, peppers
- Spinach (but not other leafy greens)
Needless to say, as an Italian-American, I started to cry because all my comfort foods were off the list. (Except wheat, but I’ll explain why I avoid that another day.)
Then there is something that didn’t show up because it isn’t an allergy: eggs. I have a rare, but medically observed in other people, neurological reaction to eggs. So I call it an allergy and save myself the grief of explaining it.
A double-B day. I hope I don’t have as much of a reaction this time as I did on Monday night.
- Bartonella, abdomen, 4 minutes 15 seconds
- Babesia, chest, 1 minute
- Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes
- homeopathic support
- juiced greens
- skin brushing
- BioMat/infrared heat (3 hours asleep on level 1)
- castor oil pack on liver
The night sweat last night was not so bad. I woke up a bit better than previous days. Still lots of pain in my back, but nothing unbearable. My feet were still bothering me.
I was pretty tired again today, but alert. I didn’t spend as much time lying down. The headaches were still there, on and off, all day, but not as intense and not as distracting. My joints are bothering me. My neck and shoulders are still bothering me. My digestion is still a bit off, but it’s more in my stomach than my intestines.
I think I’m doing well enough to coil for Lyme tomorrow, assuming I don’t get knocked out by a Herx from coiling for the other illnesses tonight.