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Visiting my naturopath

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I saw my naturopath, Dr. Darin Ingels, on Saturday. He was astonished to see me walk in without a cane or limp. He was equally astonished that I drove myself there without my mother, who had accompanied me to every visit with him for two years. This was my first visit in a year and a half.

We went through my medical history since then. I asked for a different multivitamin because the ones I used to get from him had a formula that worked better with my stomach than what I’ve been taking.

We talked about the mulberries and other foods I’ve added in. I learned that many fruits and vegetables that come in red/purple varieties have malvin (the food chemical I’m allergic to) in the varieties that aren’t red or purple. Thus, my mulberry plan is foiled. I also learned some new things about food allergies and their effects on symptoms…but that’s for another night.

The upshot is that in addition to mulberries, I can forget about white peaches and yellow plums.

 

The good news is that my allergic reaction to small quantities of malvin aren’t as drastic as they once were, although by the end of a week of eating them daily, my abdomen was pretty swollen.

The other thing we did was talk about a constitutional homeopathic remedy. He decided to give me the same one as two years ago because my symptoms are returning. Only, this time, he is giving me a stronger dose because I am stronger. It is a one dose treatment. Then we wait to see what changes.

I asked if I would get a huge night sweat and a three week cold after I took it. He smiled and said facetiously, “I certainly hope not.” Usually, there is an exacerbation of some symptoms immediately after an appropriate remedy, then gradual improvement in the patient, hopefully with lessening of symptoms. Last time, I definitely got stronger (I was extremely weak at the time) and a few symptoms improved until I started up on antibiotics again.

I don’t know what the remedy is. He won’t tell me because he doesn’t want any false responses from thinking I’m supposed to have a particular reaction. He also told me last time that when his patients have looked up the remedies on the internet, they get insulted or want to try something else, even if the one they have is working. Since I trust him, I told him I won’t ask until I graduate to a different remedy.

(So far, I know it begins with the letter C and is used to treat psoric conditions.)

Now I’m trying to decide when to take it. I’m going on a retreat this weekend and I don’t want to be having extra symptoms. If I could have taken it Saturday, I would have. But I have to wait until Wednesday, then I leave Thursday morning. So I’m thinking I’ll wait until I get back and take it Sunday night or Monday.

Still, it is sitting next to the computer, calling me, promising to make me feel like I’m heading in the right direction. I want to take it now.

Coiling

I think I need to coil more for Lyme. If, after a week or two of no food allergen consumption, my symptoms reside a bit, I’d like to start coiling for Lyme weekly. For now, I’m aiming for every ten days, which means today. I’ve got my fingers crossed for a low level Herx during my weekend away.

  • Lyme, lower back, 5 minutes
  • Babesia, ilium, 1 minute each side; knees/elbows, 1 minute; chest, 10 minutes
  • Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes; chest, 2 minutes

Detox

My big detox activity today was cleaning my apartment. Now that the cat is gone, I got rid of all the fur and random scattered bits of litter that my broom could find. I also laundered all the sheets and towels and many of the furniture coverings to reduce the amount of fur floating around.

  • kombucha
  • lemon water
  • skin brushing

Body

I’m still having a lot of symptoms. No night sweat last night, which I appreciated. But my sleep was light and easily disturbed.

My headache has officially drained from the right side of my head and pooled in the left. Still have light and sound sensitivity and pain in my eyes. Still lots of tension in my neck and shoulders.

In the new and yogic category, I had the good pain in my biceps and triceps from class yesterday.

My back is bothering me a lot. It is the tender, sore pain that often precedes my menstrual cycle. It is a strong enough pain that it distracted me all day, making me want to lie down, until I was lying down and it still hurt.

My joints feel inflamed although there is no visible difference. But they feel sore and like they’re crowded on the inside when I move them, and stiff when I’m still for too long. My hands, wrists and elbows are especially painful.

My abdomen is still swollen and hard. It is the same size as yesterday. My bowels are still uncomfortable, but the gas is no longer copious.

The good news is that the itch on my chest is almost completely resolved. I’m almost sure, now, that it was a reaction to the mulberries.

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