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B-12

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

When I got debilitated by Lyme disease and it’s co-infections in 2007, I was a vegetarian. The usual kind, I ate vegetables and grains, lots of tofu, cheese and eggs. I ate too many cookies and probably not enough protein. I had been a vegetarian for about 9 years at that point.

In 2008, when I found a doctor who diagnosed my infections, he told me I needed to eat meat. Yeah, whatever. I tried to avoid it for a long time, succumbing only to little capsules of krill oil.

Human bodies cannot produce B-12. We get it from other animals (and nutritional yeast), either flesh or dairy. Our liver can store quite a bit of it, allowing us to go for extended periods without it.  But when we run out, our nerves are strongly affected, among the various cells that need it to function. People with poor digestion or absorption also need help getting B-12 (usually intramuscularly).

At some point, he had me start taking B-12 shots. They were amazing. The first few had very noticeable effects on me. I had energy. I even got as close to hyper as I get, which means wide awake past bedtime.

Since then, mostly because my mother insisted on me going to Italy with her, I started eating seafood. Seafood was the last thing I gave up. Beef and pork were no-brainers because I couldn’t digest them, even back in 1997. Chicken stopped tasting like food at some point, and once it stopped being appetizing, it got hard to ingest. I gave up seafood because of the poisons in the waters in 1998 (medical waste and industrial contamination including mercury).

Now I eat some fish, maybe once or twice a week. Sometimes, instead of fish, I’ll have shellfish (lots of cholesterol which I need). I’m careful to choose foods that have low or no mercury or other known contaminants. I try to aim for foods that aren’t overfished. I do my best.

Once I started eating fish regularly, the B-12 shots didn’t seem so necessary, at least psychologically. I restarted them a few weeks ago. Now that I’m getting them, I can tell that I need them. I still don’t digest and absorb nutrients from my food as well as a healthy person. So my B-12 tends to run out without sufficient replenishment through non-oral means.

I had a B-12 shot today. It gave me energy. And it’s keeping me up tonight.

Coiling

Back on the dailies.

  • Babesia, chest, 5 minutes; liver, 5 minutes; ilium, 1 minute each side; knees/elbows, 1 minute
  • Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes; chest, 2 minutes; face, 2 minutes

Detox

I went to yoga class today. It was very challenging. One thing I liked was that the room was warm, no air-conditioning. My muscles loosened up. I sweated plenty. I could stretch more, but my balance is still a big challenge. I got tired half-way through. At the end, I got a big headache, again. It seems like my energy gets unstuck then goes for a joyride until it crashes into my skull.

  • homeopathic support
  • kombucha
  • juiced greens
  • artichoke (1 fresh)
  • skin brushing
  • yoga
  • BioMat
  • B-12 shot

Body

I could not fall asleep last night. It took more than an hour, maybe two. I was restless and awake. I woke up after a few hours, kind of hot and damp. Then I got up to go to the bathroom and got cold. So I slept the rest of the night on the BioMat on level 1.

I was wrecked this morning. My limbs felt like lead. It was hard to move and my fine motor coordination was not functioning well. The consolation was that my pain level in my hands and feet were down to a 5 and 4 respectively (on a 10 point scale).

During yoga my shoulders, especially on the left side, were popping and crunching loudly. They hurt, too.

I was nauseated after each meal, but less than yesterday and the day before, and for less time each time.

I was exhausted and wired. So I took a pseudo-nap, lying still with my eyes closed for a timed half-hour, to get myself to calm down.

I had to do some computer work this afternoon and I couldn’t focus and couldn’t make decisions. I’m all over the place.

Lastly, my skin is breaking out more. I’m thinking that I’ve peeled away another layer of Candida and it’s coming out in the skin in my neck and shoulders.

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