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Reading Tea Leaves

Saturday, April 23, 2011

My little experiment with coiling for Babesia to end a bout of fatigue was partially successful. I had enough energy to get moving this morning and go for a walk by 1pm. The success did not last the full day, and I’ve had heart symptoms this afternoon and evening. In fact, I woke up with them and took magnesium citrate this morning along with the magnesium glycinate I take every morning.

Still, when I look back at yesterday’s post, I’m certain that no Vulcan would say, “The cadet’s logic is sound.” My rationale doesn’t make sense as a logical flow.

Really, it is more on the order of a list of several different thoughts that corroborate my intuition. My intuition (once you block out the various sources of inspiration that got me thinking in this direction) is based on the fact that each time I took drugs for Babesia, I had huge improvements in energy as long as I was on them. Then, last time I had major fatigue, I started coiling for Babesia, and had an improvement overnight. I think that’s what convinced me to coil for Babesia yesterday–day 3 in bed with fatigue.

The whole thing with my liver was a side experiment. That had more inconclusive results. My liver didn’t hurt as much for most of the day. By the evening, I could feel the pain again. Either way, it never fully disappeared.

Interpreting symptoms is like reading tea leaves, murky, shifting, inconclusive and hard to test. I’m sure my symptoms objectively point to some definitive sources. But I’m never fully certain of what they are. There are some symptoms coming from the Herxes and lower level die-offs from all 4 infections. But there are also similar or identical symptoms coming from the infections themselves. Since I’ve been coiling at a rather conservative pace for the past month, I think I should err on the side of coiling more rather than less until I sense I’ve done too much.

Coiling

With yesterday’s good but insufficient results, I’ve decided to add more time coiling for Babesia, an additional 30 seconds on each of the two body parts. I’ve also decided to go for it with the Bartonella and hit 5 minutes tonight, as planned.

  • Bartonella, abdomen, 5 minutes
  • Babesia, chest, 2 minutes; liver, 1 minute
  • Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes

Detox

I went out and got turmeric on my walk today. Then I came home and made my favorite scrambled tofu. It’s a bit tricky since I’ve lost the recipe (again…). I didn’t know the exact proportion of spices and I forgot that I used to add curry powder. Oops. It was okay without the curry powder, thank goodness, because it’s tricky to figure out which spices grow on which kinds of plants that might cause an allergic response.

My basic recipe is:

  • 1 lb soft or semi-firm tofu
  • 1 to 1 1/2 TBSP ghee
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 1TBSP coriander
  • 1tsp turmeric
  • sea salt and black pepper as desired

I heat the ghee and mustard seeds until they pop. Then I add the cumin and coriander (and in former days, 1/2tsp curry powder) and let it sizzle for a moment. Then I break the tofu into the frying pan and put the turmeric on top. I break up the tofu even more with a spatula while distributing the turmeric more evenly. Then I add salt. Cook it for a bit. Note that I don’t drain the tofu (put something heavy on it and let it sit for a while) before I cook it because I like this dish wet enough to contain the spices.

In the old days, when I could eat onions and red peppers, I would dice and saute them with the spices before adding the tofu. Today, I added in some frozen peas after the turmeric was distributed. I add the freshly ground black pepper and some additional salt when it’s done cooking.

It was tasty. I ate half a pound today for lunch. Tomorrow I’ll make and eat the other half.

Otherwise, my detox was on par with normal. The one thing I changed was that I added half a lime to the juiced greens along with some ginger.

  • homeopathic drops
  • kombucha
  • juiced greens
  • lime water
  • skin brushing
  • BioMat
  • castor oil pack on liver

Body

Despite waking up with energy, I was not in great shape this morning. The weather turned cold and damp overnight. These kinds of days bother my spine and my lower back. Both hurt incessantly all day along with my finger joints.

I had some heart symptoms, pounding and pressure, in the morning which resolved with magnesium citrate. They came back in the late afternoon and I haven’t been able to shake them.

My liver is still tender, but until fairly late this evening, only hurt when I pushed on it. Now it feels sore even when I’m not touching it. I have some tenderness on the left side of my upper abdomen as well.

I’m having lots of vision floaters tonight, a mild earache in both ears (right side worse), a headache (worse on the right side), pain in my hands (all day, much pain) and wrists, and soreness in the rest of my many joints, and I’m doing the infamous Lyme shrug.

My digestive system is doing its own detoxification. There is a lot of noise in my abdomen. I’ve had more fecal matter than usual. I’ve been very hungry when I eat alternating with no apetite. Odd.

One final note, I got a headache last night as I got in bed, a few hours after I did the Babesia coiling. I think that was the die-off reaction. I slept through most of it and woke without head pain.

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