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Kassandra,

You look FABULOUS in your picture!!! :D :D :D

Ditto.

Carla,

I like your photo too. You certainly can't tell that your hair is damaged on the ends. Mitch thinks you look a lot healthier. He just saw your picture tonight. :)

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Sounds like a great appointment. Once I get my condo refinanced (and get the carpet out LOL) I think I MAY think about taking some regularly spaced trips up there to see Dr. E or Dr. Amy.

Does this mean that she wont be coming down for more frequent visits?

I better start looking through my mail to make sure I dont miss the scheduling...hopefully she's coming in March but I havent heard anything.

Jin,

As far as I know Dr. Amy doesnt go to L.A. I'm in the Bay Area....I see her when shes here.

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I recall that Lymetoo was pretty big on mangosteen juice. She really raved about how much it had helped her.

Yes, she was raving about it, so it was one of the reasons I decided to buy it when I saw it. I didn't go looking for it, but when I saw it I thought I'd try it.

I don't need help with c so it's not the right stuff for me, LOL.

Carla,

I like your photo too. You certainly can't tell that your hair is damaged on the ends. Mitch thinks you look a lot healthier. He just saw your picture tonight. :)

Thank you. :) Maybe it's just because I've seen the larger version of this picture. :lol: People are telling me I look a lot different/healthier. When I go back and look at old pictures, I can see what they're talking about. Everyone told me I didn't "look" sick, but now everyone is noticing I look healthier! :lol: I guess that's a blessing.

I cut my bangs after I took this pic, too. LOL I never let anyone else cut my bangs .... they always cut them too short.

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Dear Birdy,

Nausea is a common symptom of Candida die-off. I have it constantly. It really could be anything. A combination of things could be the cause. My body is pretty out of whack.

I desperately need to get off the sugar as well. That is my big no-no I have so much trouble with. The 6WBMO should really help with this. I decided I may wait another week so I get to eat some brownies and other stuff I have been wanting before I start. Then I will not feel so deprived and be likely to cheat.

My makeover has not gone anywhere yet. It snowed last week, so Wednesday the beauty school was closed. I have an appointment for next Wednesday, so we will see what we do next! :lol: Right now, deep conditioning a couple of times per week is important. Healthy hair is happy hair, and when you do all of this processing, it needs more than ever!

Was it Dr. J you have been seeing? Someone told me about him having his license revoked. It is a true tragedy. That is why so many LLMDs are in California. They are protected by law there. I hope your last EAV reveals a lot.

Dear Kassandra,

Your new avatar is great! You look really nice in it. Are you wearing your EM? I cannot wait to get some. All of that stuff has rave reviews!

Thank goodness you did not have strep! Still, there is no telling what it was. Sore throats can be a result of a lot of things. You may even have been having a Lyme flare. I got one when I herxed from Amoxy the other month.

Nausea is the worst thing I deal with. Fatigue is difficult to handle, but is more manageable. I just need to pace myself. Limiting my daily activity is mainly what needs done for it. Rest is key to avoiding a flare of symptoms.

Hopefully, that leg pain will not resurface. Sometimes, my pain is so bad I just want to curl up in a ball and not move. Even whey I lay there though, I cannot get comfortable. When it rains, it is really bad. Fibromyalgia usually does do that.

Mangosteen juice is very popular. A lot of people like it. This fruit is tropical, I think. They may sell it around here, and I just never noticed. Since going out is a rare treat for me, it would be easy to overlook this.

C is uncomfortable. Increasing the Mag could work. Just being careful about the abx is necessary. There could be something else out there that will work. Figs worked for Rachel for a while. Can you eat those?

Brown rice protein powder would not appeal to me, either. I did not know the Jarrow was made with brown rice. I thought it was white rice. Most protein powders taste bad. Perhaps a different brand of eggwhite powder would set better than the kind you were using?

Dear Julie,

I will keep all of your C arsenal in mind. You never know when you will need it. I often took alfalfa tablets before. They are gentle on your system. It does turn your stool green, but that is a side-effect that is tolerable.

Mangosteen is a fruit. It probably is from Asia or Hawaii. They have hundreds of fruits no one has even heard of in Hawaii. Someone on the forum sent me a site a while back about all of the unusual fruits where he lives. I was amazed! B) Too bad those links did not work. I bet mangosteen juice can be Googled.

Thank you for posting the toxin binders again. I do have Rachel's posting in a Word document, but having an extra list is good. You never know when your computer is going to lose things. Sometimes they do it to make us mad. Electronics have a mind of their own! <_<

Nightsweats are something I have as well. Even when I sleep during the day, I have gotten them. My blood sugar plays a role in this. However, Babs is likely since I may have Lyme. As yours did, they appeared during hormonal peaks.

Your liver detoxing probably is causing a lot of this. Since estrogen must be filtered through the liver, it makes perfect sense. All of the congestion being released probably will cause a flare in symptoms. It is sort of like a herx. In fact, it is one.

Dear Rachel,

OMG! I cannot believe you slept so long from the pizza! You could have gone into a coma or something! :unsure: Stay away from the pizza! Pizza poisoning is serious. I bet the histamine overloaded your system.

Maybe your Keto will arrive soon. Just do not overdo it. Culinary pleasure is good, but you do not want to have a setback. It was interesting you mentioned the nightsweats being food related. When I eat chocolate, mine are worse. I think it is the dairy in it.

I forgot you were in the Bay Area, not L.A.! Kassandra is there. Dr. Amy would be far from Las Vegas, then. What a bummer! Someone has got to be near ICEY besides that rude naturopath she just saw in Reno!

Dear Carla,

You are right. What was I thinking? I will go back and edit the post. This way, no one will know who they are. So many people read this site. I do not want her being a victim of identity theft or anything.

That is great Morgan is home! You guys should have fun. Any special plans while she is in town? Did she get to see that anime clip I sent her for her paper a while back? I was wondering about that.

They always do cut the bangs too short! :angry: My mother said the same thing. She used to be a beautician. It is so annoying! You did a great job on your bangs, by the way! ;)

Dear Patti,

Poor Allo! 17 is up there. Arthritis is a major problem for a lot of older animals. We had a Standard Schnauzer live to be nearly 15, which was unheard of. Tasha Bear had a very difficult time getting anywhere the last couple of years of her life. Despite this, she would follow you anywhere! :) All of us will pray for Allo. Have you ever thought about massage or acupuncture treatments for him?

I am glad to hear you read along, even if we do not get to see you much. Judy has not popped in for a while. How is she? Could you say hello for us? I sure miss her.

Surprisingly, I am not freaking out about my hair. Since my best friend's wedding is not until late April, I figure we have some time to get it the way I want. My parents are determined to work on it until it gets there! :lol: It can be done. Thank you for the reassuring words, too! It will keep me from worrying so much about it.

Dear Donna,

Your condo will look fantastic! Once that approval is official, things will change for the better. Getting that mold out of there is essential for your health. Everything will fall into place. Just keep moving in this direction!

I was going to ask you about the metals challenge. You mentioned the other month about doing one in February. This would be good to do. It could tell a lot. Will they analyze your minerals as well?

Not everyone wants the salt and pepper look. Some people are fortunate enough to have no gray for a long time. Mom thought she was going gray, but it turned out it was blonde! :lol: She does get some silver in there, too. You hardly notice it, though.

Dear Sherry,

My great-grandmother hardly had any gray when she died in her 80s. Mom's side of the family has young genes. Everyone thinks I am much younger than I am. That is actually good. So many people look older than they are already.

Your lymphs being clogged probably are making you feel tired. They can aggravate a lot of things when they are stopped up. Carla hurt after rebounding one day. The Levaquin probably does not help, either. I am just shocked it did not work for you. How odd!

Those new supplements should give you some progress. Fibrin makes people feel tired when it is excessive. Let us know how these things work out! This will be interesting to see about. Not many people I know have been treated with these supplements.

Chelators are kind of complicated. So much has to be considered for this. I doubt anything would set well with me at this point. At least BioSet will tell you if your body accepts things or not. Wasting money is nice to avoid.

What is tapping? Is it for detox? I have heard of it, but I doubt it is the same type of tapping I do. Mine is on the top of my head. Pressing your memory buttons is basically what it is.

I hope you and Donna get to meet. That would be really great! I hope to meet someone from here someday. I live so far from everyone, though. Carla is the closest, and Cincy is quite a drive from here.

Dear babysteps,

I appreciate the natural shampoo info! :) Using stuff without chemicals is good when you can. Too many items I use are loaded with toxins. Make-up is one of them. Beauty products can be dangerous.

Writing the company is probably best to find out if they will strip color or not. You have to be careful about that. Tea tree oil can be added to what you already use. There must be a specific amount minimum in order to be effective. That is the trick.

Nightsweats are something I have had since I was a teenager. Right when puberty started, they began building. I may have Lyme Disease, but food does affect it to a point. My blood sugar tends to get low, and that is part of it. However, I know eating chocolate with dairy in it worsens it.

Dear Andrea,

That would be great if you and Donna get together! Seeing Dr. E or Dr. A would be good for her. They are both great. I have heard nothing but good things about them so far. Not many doctors have that reputation.

I wrote ICEY back. I hope she can get a hold of Scott. Thank you for your input on the LED. Since your children have done it, that helps. This is cold laser therapy, right?

Dear April,

Thank you for your info on Genova and the link for sulfur pathway testing! I know ICEY will appreciate it. Her daughter is in bad shape. I know this has to be some of her trouble. They need to identify the cause of her inability to detox, treat it, then pursue detox and Lyme treatment.

Dear tom,

Mangosteen probably did not help much when you were still eating soy. Since you have such a major reaction to it, any benefit would have been muted. Your gut was still destroyed. Any nutrients from it would not be absorbed. You might want to give it another try now.

Dear Charlie,

Binders are something I do not know as much about as I would like. Charcoal is not for everyone. It also makes problems with absorption if taken with food or supplements. Right now, I want to be cautious and not attempt detox until I know it will not harm me more than help me. Chlorella is good for detox, but that does not set well with many people. In fact, you may have tried that already.

I was taking B-12 in powder form. I mixed it with applesauce everyday. It might not have tasted good, but it also provided me with an energy boost. The nausea was better until I stopped it, too. We originally bought the bonemeal powder for the dog, but ended up buying his food instead of making it. So, I decided to use it for myself. I needed the calcium anyway.

Any form of seed does not agree with me. I am not sure why, but abdominal cramping and D usually result. That is always less than pleasant. Cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil is great if you can have it. Avocado is a high histamine food, but you may be able to handle it. Julie suggested this already. Coconut milk or cream is fattening, and could help you put on some pounds.

Sincerely,

Jin

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Jin, I don't know, I'll have to ask her.

The picture was before I cut them. :) Now they don't hang in my eyes anymore, but they're not above my eyebrows either, LOL.

I feel GREAT! We belong to a really nice family fitness center ... it's huge. I lifted weights, then I shot some hoops with a couple of my kids, then I played racquetball with Morgan, so we were there about two hours. It was invigorating. :)

I hope everyone else is doing well today.

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Thank you for your input on the LED. Since your children have done it, that helps. This is cold laser therapy, right?

Cold laser is different but I couldn't tell you the differences. Dr E does both.

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Had a BioSET appointment today...It was VERY interesting and productive I think, and unfortunately very expensive, lol. I came home with SIX NEW things she wants me to take...plus I had to buy two things I was running low on.

We don't have anything specific that we are testing for anymore so they usually just ask how I"m feeling and if anything in particularl is bothering me. This time was a little different. Denise asked me a couple of questions about candida and I said it was probably raging since I've been binging on chocolate. She asked if I was having symptoms, and I said just nasal congestion which gets worse when I eat chocolate and the skin burning thing. She said the skin burning sounded like neuropathy and that led to a discussion of molds and lyme.

She asked if Dr. S had me on any medications and I said no. She went to talk to Anna, then Anna came back with her. They both looked a little surprised that he hadn't started me on anything, but I explained about the mold situation and that he wouldn't even give me cholestyramine. So they gave me a homeopathic thing to detox mold. YAY!!! I'm happy about that. They also gave me something to help with candida symptoms.

Then, since Anna was there too, I asked about the miasms, especially the cancer miasm. They said it was sort of like a predisposition thing. :o was my expression, lol. I said that was interesting and told them about my enlarged ampulla and how the labs couldn't decide if the cells were precancerous or not...they finally gave up trying and my doctor pronounced me well. Then Anna looked like :o

So, I now have something to detox miasms, lol. Yay!!

That also led to a discussion about my gallbladder...so I have something that will sort of thin out the bile and help it to drain, and a gallbladder terrain to take. :P

For lyme they gave me something called serra peptase...that didn't test badly for me, but the dose is low. They also wanted me to take Cumanda and Banderol, but I'm already on that fortunately.

Then Denise asked if they'd ever cross checked mold and lyme...nope, so we did that. Holy heck, TONS of stuff came up. A whole bunch of different kinds of aspergillus. I had a really large glass full of vials, lol. After my treatment my nose felt really weird...kind of like when I was having allergy issues. It's calmed down a bit now.

So that was my fun time at BioSET...before that I hung out with my mom and aunt and was able to go to a couple of hardware store to get TONS of paint sample cards.

Donna is a happy girl. :P

I'm grateful because I would look absolutely horrid with black hair and that is the only dye anyone in China would know how to do, LOL!

:lol:

Does this mean that she wont be coming down for more frequent visits?

I better start looking through my mail to make sure I dont miss the scheduling...hopefully she's coming in March but I havent heard anything.

I'm not sure...I haven't heard anything at all about her coming yet. I'm hoping she'll come down more frequently though...that'd save a lot of expense (assuming I can EVER get in, lol).

I was going to ask you about the metals challenge. You mentioned the other month about doing one in February. This would be good to do. It could tell a lot. Will they analyze your minerals as well?

I'm not sure about the minerals...I'm HOPING he'll go for the challenge...it's not a definite thing though. :(

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Hey everyone,

Hey I also hear that marijuana is good for histamine levels. It keeps them low. I wonder if this could work?

Lisa

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Donna, that sounds so useful. I hope that the new treatments help. Especially the mold stuff.

I'm doing so-so today. Skipped the ecoffee today and I really notice it. Dr E said the sample of coffee I brought with me was not good at all (supposedly organic). Since I never drink coffee I really don't know if it is that particular kind or an allergy. I'm using an organic I found here, but I am going to try going without and see what happens.

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Carla,

I'm SO jealous of your day, lol!

Everyone,

I went to a Lyme Support Group meeting and found out all kinds of interesting things. It was great to hear them speak very highly of my Dr. Just reassured any feelings I already have about him. :)

It was also great to meet other people going through this. Today's topic was on HBOT and it was very interesting. It sounds like it would work for some, but the thought of making my ears hurt turned me off, lol!

Overall, exhausting day. Ready for bed, but it's only 6.30. :lol: LOL!

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Hey everyone,

Hey I also hear that marijuana is good for histamine levels. It keeps them low. I wonder if this could work?

Lisa

Thats interesting Lisa! :huh:

I dont know if I'd ever be brave enough to try it (for the sake of scientificness ;) ).

I know how badly cigarettes affect me and I know how alot of herbs affect me....so I'm thinking it probably wouldnt go over too well. :unsure:

It might be high in molds...but I'm not sure??

I couldnt find any info about it keeping histamine levels low but I did find a page which talks about how it has shown to be effective in treating asthma. Asthma is an allergic response so if marijuana controls asthma symptoms....it very likely does act as an antihistamine in some way.

I would probably still be too scared to test it though. :P

http://www.rxmarijuana.com/lisa.htm

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Yay...I'm back to eating lots of foods again! :D

I havent had any problems with anything I've eaten today....except a cereal that I had for breakfast. The cereal is plain....like a cheerio type cereal but with only about 4 ingredients.

It caused head swelling, fluid retention, brainfog, bloating and a sore throat. :(

There was no milk in the cereal....nothing but the cereal and water.

I'm eating lots of things that arent gluten-free but this is the only thing that doesnt specifically say "unbleached wheat flour" on it. It just says "wheat flour". Does that mean its bleached?? :unsure:

How can I tell if its bleached or unbleached?? Unless it says "unbleached wheat flour"....should I just assume its bleached? The cereal is white in color. <_<

The only wheat products I've had problems with are the ones that didnt specifically say unbleached...the same thing happened with some tortillas I bought.

As far as the enriched stuff...I notice that most stuff either says "enriched" or has a list of the vitamins included in the ingredients. So far I think its been pretty easy to avoid enriched products. Does anyone know if this *has* to be listed in the ingredients?? Is there any way I could end up buying enriched products that were not labeled as such??

I hope not because that would make things really confusing for me. :rolleyes:

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Hum Rachel interesting post. I don't know. I just might ask for some medical marijuana to see. :P

Lisa

P.S.

Hope it doesn't give me any uncontrollable munchies.

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Yay...I'm back to eating lots of foods again! :D

...

Does anyone know if this *has* to be listed in the ingredients?? Is there any way I could end up buying enriched products that were not labeled as such??

I hope not because that would make things really confusing for me. :rolleyes:

Don't know the answer to that one. I think I'd assume it was enriched unless it specifically said it wasn't, or it said 100% whole wheat.

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I looked it up last night...

I guess if it says 100% whole wheat it hasnt lost any of its nutrients.

If it says unbleached, enriched or bleached then its been refined and lost some nutrients during that process. When its been enriched they have put back the B vitamins that were lost.....including folic acid which I definately dont want.

I think 100% whole wheat along with other whole grains (that havent been refined) is high in folic acid and other vitamins.

Right now I'm not looking for nutrition....theres lots of very nutritious food that my body hates because I cant break down the natural chemicals. Avocados is one....its high in both salicylates and amines....it sucks...I really love avocado but its messed me up way too many times now. :(

I think me and Carla might be the only ones here eating wheat but I'll post what I found anyway. :P

Flour power: 100 percent whole wheat bread is bread made from 100 percent whole wheat flour. Whole wheat flour is made from all three parts (starchy endosperm, germ and bran) of the grain. Any packaging claiming 100 percent whole wheat flour will provide whole grain nutrition.

Read the label: If the front of the wheat bread packaging reads "100 percent whole wheat" anywhere, then by law it has to be just that. However, if the packaging just says "100 percent wheat" or "wheat bread" it is more than likely baked with enriched wheat flour.

Loopholes: Some descriptions, if included in the first ingredient, indicate that the loaf is not 100 percent whole wheat. These terms include (but are not limited to) "enriched," "unbleached" and "bleached." Bread is 100 percent whole wheat only if the label states whole wheat flour as the only wheat flour ingredient.

Not 100 percent sure? The following words are a good indication a bread is not 100 percent whole wheat:

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Heres a description of why and how flours are bleached...

Unbleached flour has become a quite common description on baking recipe. Whether it is in cookery books or blogs, it always sounds healthier. Isn't it? So, what is the antagonist of unbleached flour made of and why is it, that bleached flour sounds like the bad guy of the baking wolrd.

First I will start to explain why, bleaching (whitning agent to be more precise) agent are used during the milling process of wheat flour. Experienced bakers will all, teel you the same thing: freshly milled flour makes a weak gluten, a slack dough and a dense loaf.

In fact, wheat flour as to be aged, naturaly or chemicaly*, to allow the gluten development and improve its baking properties. The natural process of oxydation of the flour helps freeing the glutenin protein's end sulfur groups to react with each other and form even longer gluten chains that give the dough greater elasticity.

The down side of this process is that the yellowish flour becomes progressively paler as the xanthophyll pigments are oxydized to a colorless form.

The second explaination is of a cultural aspect. Our western society has become used to immaculate white bread. The demand of white bread has progressively overthrone the old traditional greyish, yellowish bread from my childhood.

Now, once the phenomenon of the color changes in air aged flour was understood, millers started to use bleaching agents, "I'll give their little name later, to whiten flours". Then, our consumptions habits changing and the increase in the demand of white bread (in opposition the the old traditional bread) as made its use the norm.

What are these bleaching agents?

The first that was used is called azodicarbonamide. When it reacts with flour, it behaves as a hydrogen acceptor, and is quickly and completely converted to biurea, which is stable even during baking. The reaction occurs only during wetting of the dough. Acceptable doses for flour treatment range between 0-45 ppm

. It is also used in the production of foamed plastics and the manufacture of gaskets. In the UK, the H.S.E has identified azodicarbonamide as a respiratory sensitiser (a possible cause of asthma) and determined that products should be labeled with "May cause sensitisation by inhalation." The use of azodicarbonamide as a food additive is banned in Australiaand in Europe.

The others are:

Organic peroxides: named benzoyl peroxide, it is a radical initiator. Homolytic cleavage of the weak oxygen-oxygen bond forms free radicals which trigger further reactions. It is also used in treatment of acne and in tooth whitening and hair dye. It is potential cancerogene and may act as a mutagen. It is also banned in Europe.

Calcium peroxide: (CaO2) is a solid peroxide with a white or yellowish color. For all practical purposes calcium peroxide is insoluble in water but will dissolve in acid to form hydrogen peroxide . When in contact with water it will immediately begin to decompose releasing oxygen. In agriculture it is used as a fertilizer, and is also used in the presowing treatments of rice seeds.

Also, calcium peroxide has found use in the aquaculture industry as it is used to oxygenate and disinfect water, and in the ecological restoration industry as it is used in the treatment of soils. It is banned in Europe as a food additive. Its E number is E930.

Nitrogen dioxide: is the chemical coupound NO2. This reddish-brown gas has a characteristic sharp, biting odor. NO2 is one of the most prominent air pollutants and a poison by inhalation. It is banned in the EU and Australia.

Chlorine dioxide: is a chemical compound of formula ClO2. This greenish-yellow gas crystallizes as orange crystals at −59

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Hey Charlie! Good to see you.

Rachel had posted a list of toxic binders a while back, apple pectin I know is one in addition to the charcoal.

I went back and found the list:

Cholestyramine

Fiber (non-psyllium)

Modifilan

Apple pectin

Butyrate

Bentonite

Activated Charcoal

If I remember correctly apple pectin was the weakest of the binders, so if you had difficulty with other things maybe the apple pectin would be a good one for you to start with?

Can you ask your Doc about when to take it around your eating schedule?

What kinds of foods can you tolerate? Are you ok with avocadoes? Raw veggies? Potatoes? Smoothies?

I am thinking bumping up your smoothies with more calories and fat.

What about Carla's "fudge"?

Hey, thanks for the list.

As for foods, I'm not sure as I've been on a very restrictive diet for a while. But I seem to tolerate nightshade foods better than legumes/nuts/nut and seed butters. Avocadoes I don't know, bought them once to try but they went bad before I got around to using them.

And I don't actually drink smoothies or anything, just something I'm thinking of trying to concoct from different ingredients. Most of the ideas suggested here like oils, seed butters, coconut oil/milk, etc. I've already considered or even bought and stored in the cabinet to try in the future. Guess it's just a matter of trying these things and seeing what happens.

If you are having an allergic reaction to food, try a little baking soda in water, my allergist has me use that. Alka seltzer gold is what he has in the office and offers if we have a reaction while testing.

Also, vitamin C, you can really push up the dose unless it gives you the big D. My allergist told me I can take 2000mg, and if the symptoms return in 3-4 hours, repeat it again.

The only other thing I can think of for binder is chlorella or spirulena.

My nutritionist recommended buffered C to me as well as activated charcoal a couple years ago. Chlorella I already have though I haven't used it yet. Probably gonna try it relatively soon though.

Charlie,

I did M-B12 self administered shots last year but I discontinued since I wasnt noticing any benefit.

I'm pretty sure I'm having problems with histamine build up and I learned that b12 increases histamine so I'm definately avoiding it. Folic acid is another one that I've avoided for the same reason....but that one really gives me noticeable worsening of symptoms. I'm pretty sure its the main reason I've never tolerated the multi vitamins....especially the B's.

Histamine is released by the body during allergic reactions, correct? So wouldn't anybody having a lot of allergic reactions have issues with histamine buildup or is it not that simple? My mind's shot right now and I don't know much about the histamine aspect in the first place so any info would be appreciated. I'm pretty sure that a number of people who I've seen report benefits from MB12 have food issues so I'm assuming there's more to the equation.

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For lyme they gave me something called serra peptase...that didn't test badly for me, but the dose is low. They also wanted me to take Cumanda and Banderol, but I'm already on that fortunately.
I'm on Serra Peptase ... it's part of Full Cowden. It breaks up fibrin.

Cowden uses Cumanda and Quina alternating (two weeks each, 36 hours off in between), and Samento. It doesn't use Banderol anymore.

Hey everyone,

Hey I also hear that marijuana is good for histamine levels. It keeps them low. I wonder if this could work?

Lisa

I thought about it when I had no appetite, couldn't sleep, and was in a lot of pain .... but I really didn't want to introduce that into a house with kids. ;)

Carla,

I'm SO jealous of your day, lol!

You were supposed to be enouraged. ;)

I was just saying to someone yesterday how much your symptoms are like mine used to be .... and your diet like mne was, too.

How can I tell if its bleached or unbleached?? Unless it says "unbleached wheat flour"....should I just assume its bleached? The cereal is white in color. <_<

I think if you're looking for unbleached, you need to be sure it says unbleached (unless it's "whole wheat" because that would also be unbleached).

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You were supposed to be enouraged. ;)

I was just saying to someone yesterday how much your symptoms are like mine used to be .... and your diet like mne was, too.

;) I am encouraged. It's exciting to think that one day I will have my life back. It has been such a long time since I was healthy that I really can't imagine being able to be a "normal" person. <_<

Yea, our symptoms are very much alike. Hopefully my recovery will be very much like yours...FAST! LOL! :lol:;)

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Charlie,

I know this sounds really gross... but have you thought about using organ meats? Apparently they have a higher fat content than the muscle meat. :ph34r:

Everyone,

I'm almost certain I have Babesia. <_< Yesterday I went to a contradance (was only able to dance about half the time :() and during the middle of the second-to-last dance I started having airhunger. :blink: I accidentally accepted someone's offer to dance the last dance, and a friend asked me to dance the ending waltz.... :( He knows about my health problems and said that he could tell I was having difficulty breathing. :( :(

Also, I've been having hotflashes :ph34r: and 17 is just too young for those! :lol: And last night I had the worst nausea... but I was half asleep... and didn't quite feel like waking up fully to deal with it. :(

Has anyone done Tai Chi? I've been looking into it as an alternative/supplement to yoga. :)

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Histamine is released by the body during allergic reactions, correct? So wouldn't anybody having a lot of allergic reactions have issues with histamine buildup or is it not that simple?

Yes...histamine is released during allergic reactions but it is also naturally present in many foods. There is a specific enzyme that degrades histamine so that it can be eliminated from the body. If that enzyme is missing or not functioning as it should histamine can buildup to intolerable levels.

Mercury is known to disrupt enzyme systems in the body....which is one reason for the development of food intolerances. When the body cannot break down these chemicals people become sensitive to various natural or synthetic chemicals in food...(salicylates, amines, food dyes, sulfites, etc.).

The same thing can happen with gluten and casein since the dppv enzyme is required to digest these foods.

People who are lacking the enzyme to degrade histamine can easily show symptoms of excess histamine when eating foods that naturally contain lots of histamine (fish, cheese, fermented foods, egg whites, chocolate, tomato, alcohol, vinegar, etc.).

They might not be "allergic" to these foods but their body is not handling the histamine and the rise in histatime levels produces allergy symptoms.

Even though I've been so reactive to nearly everything I have never tested positive for allergies and even my food intolerance testing (over 100 foods) came up pretty clean...no significant reactions. Thats why I put more focus on other possibilities...mostly chemical reactions rather than reactions to the foods themselves.

I'm on Serra Peptase ... it's part of Full Cowden. It breaks up fibrin.

Yes...this addresses hypercoagulation. :)

Donna...Serra Peptase wont treat Lyme directly but it can help your immune system and any antibacterials get to the Lyme by breaking down the fibrin layers. Hypercoagulation is something I think everyone with chronic illness probably should address.

Its on Dr. Amy's list of enzymes used to treat hypercoagulation.

I think if you're looking for unbleached, you need to be sure it says unbleached (unless it's "whole wheat" because that would also be unbleached).

Thanks Carla!

Thats pretty much what I wanted to know...and if "whole wheat" means that is hasnt been bleached.

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and if "whole wheat" means that is hasnt been bleached.

I tried to Google this and couldn't really find much, though I did find some interesting things out about wheat. :) In general, I don't think whole wheat is bleached .... but be careful because if a product isn't 100% whole wheat, it can have other flour in it that may or may not be bleached.

There are different ways to make whole wheat .... stone ground is the oldest way .... but to mass produce it, it is made in a similar way to white flour and the rest of the wheat is added back.

So, this topic might need more research to be 100% sure, but I'm pretty sure whole wheat isn't generally bleached.

I usually eat Ezekiel Bread .... it's sprouted grains that are supposed to be both healthier and easier to digest ... no bleached flour (no flour at all).

Sorry about the air hunger, Birdy. Mine has been really bad. I had trouble playing my flute today (I got light headed, which is bad because I stand to play). I'll be asking about it at my appt. Tues. Other than that, I feel great.

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Thanks for the info on the serra peptase. I knew I had heard the name but didn't really know exactly what it was. I took one this morning, and will take the second one before bed. Carla, how are you taking it? I think Denise or Anna said to take it in the morning and before bed (apart from something, lol), but I told Denise if she didn't write everything down I'd forget...sure enough. I wrote down all the dosages, but didn't get the when of it all.

So yesterday I took one dose of the fungal and mold detox. Those two she said I could take together, so I just decided to start them both the same day. By evening I had the worst headache...have it a little bit again today. Also didn't sleep well at all last night...tossing and turning and lots of dreams. I don't know if any of that is connected with the new stuff. My money is on the fungal stuff though. :P

This morning I started the serra peptase. I may or may not wait a day or two to start any more...I'm really anxious to start the miasm detox.

Oh, and I forgot something else that was interesting. My energy was pretty good yesterday UNTIL I started touching the vials. She said that as soon as I started touching the vials my energy started dropping. Her next comment was "your body does not like this at all"!

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