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Hi everyone,

My internet has been out at home so I just got caught up.

The appointment with the Infectious disease specialist went ok for my friend's child. He didn't mention lyme and he's checking for a bunch of stuff I feel will come out negative.

I think I am going to suggest that she try this enzyme Rachel's taking because I do think he reacts to chemicals in foods. He gets very sensitive to sounds, noise, and environments. He seems to get a headache very quickly after eating certain foods.

Then maybe he can take that sulfate strip test??? IS that the one you order the test strips for?

Rachel, what kind of sulfation pathway test are you taking?

April

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So my gyno from Ann Arbor called today which was good as i was getting anxious.. the exact same infection that has come up four times now came up again-- strepptecochas beta B (sure it's not spelled like that!). Of course the path is antibiotics. But she explained it in a way that seemed to make more sense. having an infection V having your system colonized = longer AB treatment for the latter. So I am supposed to start Amox for 2 weeks this time.. i don't get what 4 more days will do but i don't have any other options at this point. It is not getting better on it's own or with other things i've tried.. But if this doesn't work she said there's this other drug that's also an antidepressant that i could slowly start taking.. i don't know. i'm sort of bummed to have to take ANOTHER AB for this stupid thing--but i do trust this Dr more than the others at least! The last Gyno just told me to use Vagisil which Dr S (new better Dr) said today to stop if i hadn't already (i had) because it can make it much worse! YAY! The only snag in the plan is that my health insurance stops August 1st!

In other news, my friend Sam is being trained in Reflexology have ANY of you ever tried this??? It is soooo amazing / the most relaxing thing you will ever experience. Basically the thought behind it is that your entire body is mapped out on your feet--so it's really great at getting in and working on internal things that you can't otherwise get at! It's amazing. It's my new obsession. Well.. that and Battlestar Galactica~ hee hee!

This is a totally random question, what brand of deodorant do you guys use? I need it here in 100 degree weather...but all the ones I try seem to not work. :ph34r: So, any ideas?

I use "Liken Plant" by Earth Science and it works wonders and is of course unscented!

~Katy

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I got food allergy results...

I'm VERY allergic/intolerant to almonds! :o I eat quite a bit of them for fat for mepron. <_< Whole wheat, spelt, barley, gliadin wheat and gluten are all really high too. How is that possible if it's been over a year since I had any of that stuff?! :o

Eggs are high too, so are peanuts (which I almost never eat), but dairy isn't reacting at all! :) Pineapple is high also, along with garlic. I'm surprised more sulfur things didn't come up.

My question is, how on earth is gluten (all the ones above) SO high...I'm really strict with CC and label reading, etc. I NEVER ever cheat...what gives?

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Kassandra,

If I remember correctly, the results can be accurate even if you haven't had the offending food for quite some time.....I want to say 3 years or more. Your body just doesn't like the gluten foods, which would make sense if you're celiac.

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You're not gonna believe this but I use baking soda!

I think I'll be using baking soda forever now. :)

That was my thought too. I used baking soda for awhile when I was so chemically sensitive. It can irritate the skin though.

Sherry

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Happy Birthday Donna!!! :D

I guess I'm late for the party. :P

Well....its still your birthday for 3 more hours.....so hopefully you're enjoying your night. :)

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rachel-

which enzymes are you on again? Do they really seem to be helping?

I take No-Fenol, AFP Peptizyde and Zyme Prime...all from Houston Nutraceuticals.

Yes, they do seem to help me. I'm kind of sensitive to Zyme Prime so I only take a small amount of that one...not a whole capsule.

I've been off the enzymes for a couple weeks now because of the stool tests....hoping to get back on them soon.

I take No Fenol by itself a couple times a day to try to reduce the phenol load in my body.

Its not like I can eat whatever I want....and I'm still sensitive to things which the enzymes dont address....but I do feel like they help enough that I keep taking them....and am anxious to get back on them.

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Kassandra,

Was it allergy (IgE) testing that you had....or intolerance (IgG)??

About the sulfur....if you have problems with sulfur its not caused by the foods....its usually caused by your body's inabilty to metabolise the sulfur into sulfate.

Your immune system wouldnt produce antibodies against the foods....its not actually the food itself thats causing the problem. Any reactions that you get from sulfur is not allergic....it comes from having too much sulfur in the system. Its more of a toxicity thing....there arent any antibodies involved.

Its the same with phenols and other food compounds. There are no antibodies involved in those kinds of reactions. Its just that they are building up to toxic levels and the circulating toxins cause inflammation/damage/symptoms.

April,

There is no test available to directly test the sulfation pathway. Heres an explanation.

http://www.nourishinghope.com/nourishing_h...y_sulfatio.html

There are alot of tests that can be done to look for certain abnormalities.....but no specific test for the pathway itself.

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In other news, my friend Sam is being trained in Reflexology have ANY of you ever tried this??? It is soooo amazing / the most relaxing thing you will ever experience. Basically the thought behind it is that your entire body is mapped out on your feet--so it's really great at getting in and working on internal things that you can't otherwise get at! It's amazing. It's my new obsession. Well.. that and Battlestar Galactica~ hee hee!

~Katy

Hi Katy,

We used this because it is a Chinese method of diagnosis and treatment. Actually the head and ears also have meridians that correspond to the whole body.

We've had some interesting experiences with it, both with diagnosis and treatment. Some Chinese people walk on smooth rocks everyday to stimulate the bottoms of their feet.

Sherry

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I got food allergy results...

I'm VERY allergic/intolerant to almonds! :o I eat quite a bit of them for fat for mepron. <_< Whole wheat, spelt, barley, gliadin wheat and gluten are all really high too. How is that possible if it's been over a year since I had any of that stuff?! :o

Eggs are high too, so are peanuts (which I almost never eat), but dairy isn't reacting at all! :) Pineapple is high also, along with garlic. I'm surprised more sulfur things didn't come up.

My question is, how on earth is gluten (all the ones above) SO high...I'm really strict with CC and label reading, etc. I NEVER ever cheat...what gives?

I second Rachel's question about IGE or IGg. Intolerances can be acquired and may improve when you don't encounter the food. Some allergies can be life-long no matter how much you avoid. I know you are quite careful about CC, right?

Sherry

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Hi Katy,

We used this because it is a Chinese method of diagnosis and treatment. Actually the head and ears also have meridians that correspond to the whole body.

We've had some interesting experiences with it, both with diagnosis and treatment. Some Chinese people walk on smooth rocks everyday to stimulate the bottoms of their feet.

Sherry

OWWW smooth rocks sound really nice... it's neat isn't it!

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Dear Sherry,

TF probably is something not many bodies like if they are highly toxic. Anyone with metals has to be cautious about that. I hope my supplements set alright, too! :unsure: I need to call and ask about the risk of cross-contamination. Being highly-sensitive, I cannot risk even a microscopic speck of gluten getting into my system.

This way, if I do not open it, we can get our money back if I am unable to take it.

Reflexology is fascinating. I would love to learn more about it. Woman's World has an article on it this week. Some of these techniques are supposed to even ease childbirth! The Chinese are pioneers in this field. If only more Western civilizations were open to the ancient ways!

You are right. IgE testing is different from IgG. When they do blood testing, those are not always accurate. Food allergies should not be tested with IgE. None of the proper results will show up.

I can see why you are nervous about stopping Zith. When something helps you, why would you want to change anything? Fear of feeling worse is the main concern. This is why trying supplements is even difficult for so many of us. Highly sensitive bodies do not like much of anything.

Dear Rachel,

We will be anxious to hear what comes of the OAT testing you are doing. Sulfur testing is something I would like to pursue as well. Great Plains seems to be a great lab. Thank you for the link by the way on sulfur pathways! ;) Meanwhile, maybe you will have better luck with your next CDSA test. I am glad to hear the cheese is not bothering you.

Most tests do not bother me at all. However, the invasive ones I had before are something I shall not do again. It was a horrific experience I dare not repeat. Blood tests I really do not mind, but stool tests are another story. :lol: Something tells me most people do not like doing those.

I think affordability is the primary reason more people do not get testing. This is the reason I have been unable to pursue anything. Even people with insurance are not necessarily better off. Many people I know who do have it usually must beg insurance to pay basic expenses that should never be questioned. Healthcare is quite a tragic things in our country nowadays.

You are right. There is a quite a dramatic difference between the usefulness and accuracy of IgG and IgE allergy tests. IgE only shows a reaction on the skin. I had scratch testing done before, and it is not known to be accurate for foods at all. IgG tests are much more definitive for foods.

I certainly am interested in the phenols, salicylates, and sulfur foods impact on the body. I feel these items may be issues for me. Histamine is also a likely culprit. Tomatoes and strawberries are both high in those, if I recall correctly. I used to break out in rashes as a toddler after eating them.

I realized I owe you a late Happy Birthday! If I recall correctly, your birthday is in late May. Since I have not been able to post as often recently, keeping up with these things has gotten more difficult. I cannot allow myself get behind on anything again! It drives me crazy!

Dear Donna,

Happy late birthday! I know your special day was yesterday, but I was unable to get down to the computer.

Did you get to do anything special? We have a lot of June birthdays in our family. It seems everyone you know always has a birthday at the same time as everyone else.

I missed Carla's send-off, too. :( She is so lucky to go to Miami! Laying on the beach would be nice. Hearing the waves crashing is so calm and relaxing. The sunset would be amazing!

Dear Katy,

Insurance is certainly good to have if it pays enough. I am not covered and have not been since I was 22 or so. Many plans cover college students until the age of 23. Dad had a PPO with United Healthcare when he was with IBM, and they paid for all testing. If only I had that type of coverage now, I could actually get some answers.

That is wonderful news that your gynocologist has found out what infection you have! This must be a huge sigh of relief! Dealing with a situation "down yonder" can be quite embarrassing and frustrating. The Amoxy should do the job. Let us know how it goes!

Reflexology is cool! Woman's World had a segment on it this week. I also read about the Okinawa Diet someone else on here mentioned the other day. You can get information from all kinds of places. Researching is always my favorite thing to do.

Dear Julie,

I wonder how Susie UK is doing as well. Maybe I should PM her? There are a lot of others we have not seen in forever. Do you know if anyone has heard from Ami, Claire, Kat, Lisa, Rinne, Rpm999, or anyone else that has not been on here in a while? I saw Kristina post on another thread the other week, but think I am going to e-mail her and see how she is doing.

Dear Kassandra,

Cramping and bleeding is no fun! :( I am in a similar situation. For the past three years, I have had bleeding on and off all of the time! Plus, my menstrual blood is brown and has a bad odor. I am worried that this could be something serious. In the meantime, I hope your biopsy is okay!

Due to the yeast, I have terrible body odor. I tried a lot of deoderants, and few did much for me. I am currently using Women's Mitchum for Women. It does not have aluminum in it, but likely has other unhealthy chemicals. I have noticed avoiding tomato products helps, because they tend to be very moldy. The smell actually comes out from under my arms when I eat processed tomato products! :ph34r:

Your trip to Lake Arrowhead sounded fun. I am glad you enjoyed it, even though you are worn out. How was the 80th birthday party for your grandmother? The hard part for me would be looking at a big, beautiful cake with all of that delicious icing on it! There is just something really fun about turning your entire mouth blue and then sticking your tongue out at people! :lol:

What a bummer about your food sensitivities! Of course, eating almonds daily can cause you to develop a sensitivity. People with food allergies always have that trouble. Rotation diets are a good way to prevent that. I need to be doing one, but cannot figure out how to do it without going broke. Plus, Mom and Dad steal food I can eat, and then complain when I am out of food! :angry: They are so selfish!

Like you, I am paranoid careful with cross-contamination. I know IgG can still reveal sensitivities after avoiding the offending foods. As Andrea said, it may take a while for them to stop showing up. Sometimes it feels like you need to wear a hazmat suit or live in a bubble with this disease. Gluten seems to be everywhere, let alone any other foods you may be reacting to.

Dear Birdy,

Thank you for the information on disability! I hope I can find something to help. I am desperate to get out of here, away from my parents. I am so depressed by their negative energy and oppressive environment, I cannot stand it. All they do is blame me for the lack of money. It amazes me how we always have it for her new shoes, his pens off of E-Bay, or some stupid thing they want. She complains how I dress when I go to appointments, and I have clothes I have worn since high school!

This is why they have holes in them! :rolleyes: Nothing I own is in style anymore. I just feel as if I am sitting around waiting to die. I deserve better than this. I would just assume blow a moon roof in my skull than have to live here any longer. The you recommended sounds good. If Amazon does not have a copy that is affordable, perhaps the library will have one. My parents have no idea about money, though. They refuse to even use coupons I clipped.

It is good your MRI came back okay. That is probably only one of a few tests I have not had done. Doing it without contrast is important when you have metal problems. The chelator seems to be helping you! I am so happy to hear your skin is clearing up!

Dear Nora,

Thank you for the link about the new book! This sounds interesting. I would like to get a hold of this book, too! There are so many I want to read! The connection between Autism and gluten is quite extensive.

Dear Patti,

That is something when your husband likes the deoderant crystal! :o You know how men are. They ignore everything we say, then wonder why we talk twice as much as they do. This is because we always are stuck repeating ourselves. Explaining anything to a man can at times be likened to bashing your head against concrete or a brick wall.

I hope things are going to start being on an up-swing. I am so tired of living like this. Something has got to give. It is truly infuriating that I must be treated like a second-class citizen in a home where I am the only one who does any work. Mom told me the other day she was in no hurry for me to move out. Of course she is not, since they both have their maid and chef with me here!

Dear Mia,

Let us know how the acupuncture session goes! It may take a little bit before you notice anything. There are practitioners around here. They do not have anyone doing ART or BioSet, though. I did find a naturopath up in Indy that does. If I end up being able to see him later, I could stay with my aunt and cousin up there in New Whiteland.

Dear Andrea,

I am sorry to hear you are all still ill. I hope you feel better soon. Colds are a royal pain to get over for a lot of people. Still, I must say I prefer them to food poisoning. My system has still not recovered from that. Someone told me now that there are more suspected sources such as spices of the Salmonella St. Paul strain!

What you said about food sensitivities and allergies is similar to what I have read. Even after avoiding the irritating foods, your system may still be on high alert for them. Gluten is particularly tough on the immune system in Celiacs. Yeast will really aggravate the system, and when it is present can cause further sensitivity. Candida is notorious for causing food intolerances and Leaky-Gut Syndrome.

I wonder if mercury is causing my eczema? No matter what, it is there. All of the sudden, my neck just breaks out in splotches. Yeast can cause eczema as well, though. That I know I have for sure. I also have skin reactions to dust, dustmites, mold, dog fur, ragweed, pollen, and other things.

Dear April,

Your friend's child sounds like me. I am terribly sensitive to sounds and light. The phone ringing makes me feel like jumping through the ceiling, like one of those cats in cartoons. I have always had a terrible time with dyes, which I wonder if that is phenol or salicylate related, or if it is something else. Scented products also bother me. It sucks being chemically sensitive. :(

Yeast does cause terrible body odor! This is so embarrassing to deal with. You know no matter how much you wash, the smell is still there. Onions and garlic do not help that any. I hope I do not have issues with sulfur, but it is possible considering how strong the scent of onions and garlic is under my arms when I have been eating them.

How are your daughter's legs doing now? I know she was having a terrible time with them. You said the iron helped. I cannot tolerate iron at all in supplements. Natural forms are alright, but any kind of man-made iron like the type they put in foods can make me very sick.

Dear Martha,

Was it you or Candice (LittleMissAllergy) that talked about doing the Okinawa Diet? Someone mentioned it the other day. I just saw an article about that. It is very interesting! This got me thinking, too.

You must be curious about mercury poisoning in Japan. They eat a lot of fish and seafood. So, how come they do not seem as poisoned by mercury? Are the waters in Japan less polluted than those here? Or, is there something else the Japanese know that is protecting them from mercury? Perhaps it is all of the seaweed they consume. It tends to purify the blood and body.

Dear Everyone,

Thank you so much on the compliments for my hair! Christine did such a great job matching it, you cannot tell the new growth from what she dyed, except for the highlights. I probably will go blonder next time. Mom did not realize my hair was growing in darker like my father's. I told her it was, but she did not believe me. It sucks because I am not going to be able to get my hair done again due to money.

I am upset because I am not going to get my blood drawn yet again. It feels like I am never going to feel good. I am losing weight lately, too. The thyroid is likely the cause. You do not normally eat chocolate daily and lose weight. Not that I am complaining, because for a while, I was not losing any weight when I tried. My parents do not take this seriously at all about the Western Blots it feels like, and I am so tired of their crap!

Sincerely,

Jin

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Dear Sherry,

TF probably is something not many bodies like if they are highly toxic. Anyone with metals has to be cautious about that. I hope my supplements set alright, too! :unsure: I need to call and ask about the risk of cross-contamination. Being highly-sensitive, I cannot risk even a microscopic speck of gluten getting into my system.

This way, if I do not open it, we can get our money back if I am unable to take it.

Reflexology is fascinating. I would love to learn more about it. Woman's World has an article on it this week. Some of these techniques are supposed to even ease childbirth! The Chinese are pioneers in this field. If only more Western civilizations were open to the ancient ways!

You are right. IgE testing is different from IgG. When they do blood testing, those are not always accurate. Food allergies should not be tested with IgE. None of the proper results will show up.

I can see why you are nervous about stopping Zith. When something helps you, why would you want to change anything? Fear of feeling worse is the main concern. This is why trying supplements is even difficult for so many of us. Highly sensitive bodies do not like much of anything.

Dear Rachel,

We will be anxious to hear what comes of the OAT testing you are doing. Sulfur testing is something I would like to pursue as well. Great Plains seems to be a great lab. Thank you for the link by the way on sulfur pathways! ;) Meanwhile, maybe you will have better luck with your next CDSA test. I am glad to hear the cheese is not bothering you.

Most tests do not bother me at all. However, the invasive ones I had before are something I shall not do again. It was a horrific experience I dare not repeat. Blood tests I really do not mind, but stool tests are another story. :lol: Something tells me most people do not like doing those.

I think affordability is the primary reason more people do not get testing. This is the reason I have been unable to pursue anything. Even people with insurance are not necessarily better off. Many people I know who do have it usually must beg insurance to pay basic expenses that should never be questioned. Healthcare is quite a tragic things in our country nowadays.

You are right. There is a quite a dramatic difference between the usefulness and accuracy of IgG and IgE allergy tests. IgE only shows a reaction on the skin. I had scratch testing done before, and it is not known to be accurate for foods at all. IgG tests are much more definitive for foods.

I certainly am interested in the phenols, salicylates, and sulfur foods impact on the body. I feel these items may be issues for me. Histamine is also a likely culprit. Tomatoes and strawberries are both high in those, if I recall correctly. I used to break out in rashes as a toddler after eating them.

I realized I owe you a late Happy Birthday! If I recall correctly, your birthday is in late May. Since I have not been able to post as often recently, keeping up with these things has gotten more difficult. I cannot allow myself get behind on anything again! It drives me crazy!

Dear Donna,

Happy late birthday! I know your special day was yesterday, but I was unable to get down to the computer.

Did you get to do anything special? We have a lot of June birthdays in our family. It seems everyone you know always has a birthday at the same time as everyone else.

I missed Carla's send-off, too. :( She is so lucky to go to Miami! Laying on the beach would be nice. Hearing the waves crashing is so calm and relaxing. The sunset would be amazing!

Dear Katy,

Insurance is certainly good to have if it pays enough. I am not covered and have not been since I was 22 or so. Many plans cover college students until the age of 23. Dad had a PPO with United Healthcare when he was with IBM, and they paid for all testing. If only I had that type of coverage now, I could actually get some answers.

That is wonderful news that your gynocologist has found out what infection you have! This must be a huge sigh of relief! Dealing with a situation "down yonder" can be quite embarrassing and frustrating. The Amoxy should do the job. Let us know how it goes!

Reflexology is cool! Woman's World had a segment on it this week. I also read about the Okinawa Diet someone else on here mentioned the other day. You can get information from all kinds of places. Researching is always my favorite thing to do.

Dear Julie,

I wonder how Susie UK is doing as well. Maybe I should PM her? There are a lot of others we have not seen in forever. Do you know if anyone has heard from Ami, Claire, Kat, Lisa, Rinne, Rpm999, or anyone else that has not been on here in a while? I saw Kristina post on another thread the other week, but think I am going to e-mail her and see how she is doing.

Dear Kassandra,

Cramping and bleeding is no fun! :( I am in a similar situation. For the past three years, I have had bleeding on and off all of the time! Plus, my menstrual blood is brown and has a bad odor. I am worried that this could be something serious. In the meantime, I hope your biopsy is okay!

Due to the yeast, I have terrible body odor. I tried a lot of deoderants, and few did much for me. I am currently using Women's Mitchum for Women. It does not have aluminum in it, but likely has other unhealthy chemicals. I have noticed avoiding tomato products helps, because they tend to be very moldy. The smell actually comes out from under my arms when I eat processed tomato products! :ph34r:

Your trip to Lake Arrowhead sounded fun. I am glad you enjoyed it, even though you are worn out. How was the 80th birthday party for your grandmother? The hard part for me would be looking at a big, beautiful cake with all of that delicious icing on it! There is just something really fun about turning your entire mouth blue and then sticking your tongue out at people! :lol:

What a bummer about your food sensitivities! Of course, eating almonds daily can cause you to develop a sensitivity. People with food allergies always have that trouble. Rotation diets are a good way to prevent that. I need to be doing one, but cannot figure out how to do it without going broke. Plus, Mom and Dad steal food I can eat, and then complain when I am out of food! :angry: They are so selfish!

Like you, I am paranoid careful with cross-contamination. I know IgG can still reveal sensitivities after avoiding the offending foods. As Andrea said, it may take a while for them to stop showing up. Sometimes it feels like you need to wear a hazmat suit or live in a bubble with this disease. Gluten seems to be everywhere, let alone any other foods you may be reacting to.

Dear Birdy,

Thank you for the information on disability! I hope I can find something to help. I am desperate to get out of here, away from my parents. I am so depressed by their negative energy and oppressive environment, I cannot stand it. All they do is blame me for the lack of money. It amazes me how we always have it for her new shoes, his pens off of E-Bay, or some stupid thing they want. She complains how I dress when I go to appointments, and I have clothes I have worn since high school!

This is why they have holes in them! :rolleyes: Nothing I own is in style anymore. I just feel as if I am sitting around waiting to die. I deserve better than this. I would just assume blow a moon roof in my skull than have to live here any longer. The you recommended sounds good. If Amazon does not have a copy that is affordable, perhaps the library will have one. My parents have no idea about money, though. They refuse to even use coupons I clipped.

It is good your MRI came back okay. That is probably only one of a few tests I have not had done. Doing it without contrast is important when you have metal problems. The chelator seems to be helping you! I am so happy to hear your skin is clearing up!

Dear Nora,

Thank you for the link about the new book! This sounds interesting. I would like to get a hold of this book, too! There are so many I want to read! The connection between Autism and gluten is quite extensive.

Dear Patti,

That is something when your husband likes the deoderant crystal! :o You know how men are. They ignore everything we say, then wonder why we talk twice as much as they do. This is because we always are stuck repeating ourselves. Explaining anything to a man can at times be likened to bashing your head against concrete or a brick wall.

I hope things are going to start being on an up-swing. I am so tired of living like this. Something has got to give. It is truly infuriating that I must be treated like a second-class citizen in a home where I am the only one who does any work. Mom told me the other day she was in no hurry for me to move out. Of course she is not, since they both have their maid and chef with me here!

Dear Mia,

Let us know how the acupuncture session goes! It may take a little bit before you notice anything. There are practitioners around here. They do not have anyone doing ART or BioSet, though. I did find a naturopath up in Indy that does. If I end up being able to see him later, I could stay with my aunt and cousin up there in New Whiteland.

Dear Andrea,

I am sorry to hear you are all still ill. I hope you feel better soon. Colds are a royal pain to get over for a lot of people. Still, I must say I prefer them to food poisoning. My system has still not recovered from that. Someone told me now that there are more suspected sources such as spices of the Salmonella St. Paul strain!

What you said about food sensitivities and allergies is similar to what I have read. Even after avoiding the irritating foods, your system may still be on high alert for them. Gluten is particularly tough on the immune system in Celiacs. Yeast will really aggravate the system, and when it is present can cause further sensitivity. Candida is notorious for causing food intolerances and Leaky-Gut Syndrome.

I wonder if mercury is causing my eczema? No matter what, it is there. All of the sudden, my neck just breaks out in splotches. Yeast can cause eczema as well, though. That I know I have for sure. I also have skin reactions to dust, dustmites, mold, dog fur, ragweed, pollen, and other things.

Dear April,

Your friend's child sounds like me. I am terribly sensitive to sounds and light. The phone ringing makes me feel like jumping through the ceiling, like one of those cats in cartoons. I have always had a terrible time with dyes, which I wonder if that is phenol or salicylate related, or if it is something else. Scented products also bother me. It sucks being chemically sensitive. :(

Yeast does cause terrible body odor! This is so embarrassing to deal with. You know no matter how much you wash, the smell is still there. Onions and garlic do not help that any. I hope I do not have issues with sulfur, but it is possible considering how strong the scent of onions and garlic is under my arms when I have been eating them.

How are your daughter's legs doing now? I know she was having a terrible time with them. You said the iron helped. I cannot tolerate iron at all in supplements. Natural forms are alright, but any kind of man-made iron like the type they put in foods can make me very sick.

Dear Martha,

Was it you or Candice (LittleMissAllergy) that talked about doing the Okinawa Diet? Someone mentioned it the other day. I just saw an article about that. It is very interesting! This got me thinking, too.

You must be curious about mercury poisoning in Japan. They eat a lot of fish and seafood. So, how come they do not seem as poisoned by mercury? Are the waters in Japan less polluted than those here? Or, is there something else the Japanese know that is protecting them from mercury? Perhaps it is all of the seaweed they consume. It tends to purify the blood and body.

Dear Everyone,

Thank you so much on the compliments for my hair! Christine did such a great job matching it, you cannot tell the new growth from what she dyed, except for the highlights. I probably will go blonder next time. Mom did not realize my hair was growing in darker like my father's. I told her it was, but she did not believe me. It sucks because I am not going to be able to get my hair done again due to money.

I am upset because I am not going to get my blood drawn yet again. It feels like I am never going to feel good. I am losing weight lately, too. The thyroid is likely the cause. You do not normally eat chocolate daily and lose weight. Not that I am complaining, because for a while, I was not losing any weight when I tried. My parents do not take this seriously at all about the Western Blots it feels like, and I am so tired of their crap!

Sincerely,

Jin

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Rachel,

It was IgG tests.

Oh...ok.

Then you're not actually allergic to the foods....so you may not always react to almonds or the other things that tested positive. Intolerances can be temporary. Seems like you're pretty intolerant to gluten though! Good thing you're avoiding it. :)

My intolerance testing didnt show ANY high reactive foods and only a handful of spices with very low reactivity...even though I actually react to *everything*. It was because I dont have antibodies to the foods...but I cant process the things like salicylates, sulfur, amines, etc.

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Dear Rachel,

Those antibody tests do not seem to mean much. My blood work was negative when I had it tested for Celiac in late 2000. Obviously, that was not very accurate. It is horrible that we spent $300 on that test!

I am not sure, but my reactions could have to do with amines and other similar components as well. Some people have said that if Lyme is my trouble, it is causing severe gluten intolerance.

The thing is, I am not sure I want to give my hopes up on that. We have a family history of digestive troubles, and my mother's side of the family is of short stature. Both are of Irish descent. Then there is the fact that I have had stomach problems all of my life, and that my mother and her siblings spit up all formulas and had to be put on 2 percent milk. I also have a typical history of a Celiac with the anemia, gallbladder removal, and Thyroid disease.

At least now I may know why I do not tolerate cinnamon anymore. RiceGuy and I correspond, and he found some great information. It just so happens that cinnamon is good at killing Candida! I used to be able to eat cinnamon and not get sick. This may explain why now it makes me as ill as gluten! Perhaps it causes an extreme die-off reaction?

Sincerely,

Jin

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Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes. Nothing fun YET, just an endoscopy and biopsy tomorrow, lol!

BUT, on the weekend it's Vegas baby! Between my surgery and biopsy, etc. and my friends' schedules, we've put off my real birthday celebration until AUGUST! :lol: Then I get dinner at my friend's house. She just emailed me that she'll have steak and baked potatoes in my honor! Yum!

I've had reflexology done before and it IS really amazing. The place where I get my massages does it. The lady that owns the place used to work on me eons ago, and she always started with the feet. She'd tell me exactly what was going on in my life just by working on my feet. She gave me a little map and a golf ball so that I could massage my own feet whenever I needed to. I think they probably still do that, they just don't tell me what they find, lol. They always start with the feet.

So I haven't been taking any supplements for about a week now. One of the papers they gave me for prep for the scope tomorrow was to avoid herbal supplements for 7 days. I've only been taking Cumanda, liposomal glutathione, the gallbladder detox and the miasm detox. I haven't taken any of the neurotransmitter stuff or the melatonin. I WAS sleeping okay without it until the last three days. :( This morning I woke up at 1:00 and didn't go back to sleep! Yesterday it was 2:00 and the morning before it was 3:00! Can't wait to get back on the neurotransmitter stuff, lol.

Some of the sleeplessness might be anxiety over the scope, some might be the lack of supplements or it may be some combination of both...whatever, I'm tired, lol. :P

Andrea, the package is in the mail! :)

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Reflexology is fascinating. I would love to learn more about it. Woman's World has an article on it this week. Some of these techniques are supposed to even ease childbirth! The Chinese are pioneers in this field. If only more Western civilizations were open to the ancient ways!

Dear Katy,

Insurance is certainly good to have if it pays enough. I am not covered and have not been since I was 22 or so. Many plans cover college students until the age of 23. Dad had a PPO with United Healthcare when he was with IBM, and they paid for all testing. If only I had that type of coverage now, I could actually get some answers.

That is wonderful news that your gynocologist has found out what infection you have! This must be a huge sigh of relief! Dealing with a situation "down yonder" can be quite embarrassing and frustrating. The Amoxy should do the job. Let us know how it goes!

i wouldn't doubt that reflexology would help with childbirth. it's amazing. it has a melding technique--it goes with the with fibers and tissues, which is really different from alot of types of massage.

eh... the news isn't that wonderful. iv'e know what bacteria it is for months-- this is actually the 3 time i've been told. and i've already done 10 days of amox.. so i'm a little skeptical as to the effectiveness of THIS round.. and worried it will just make me sicker RE YEAST... but we shall see~! thanks for the response! you're awesome Jin.

~Katy

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Some of the sleeplessness might be anxiety over the scope, some might be the lack of supplements or it may be some combination of both...whatever, I'm tired, lol. :P

Andrea, the package is in the mail! :)

I'd definately put my vote in for the anxiety, but all could be contributing.

I'll be anxiously awaiting the package.

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Dear April,

Your friend's child sounds like me. I am terribly sensitive to sounds and light. The phone ringing makes me feel like jumping through the ceiling, like one of those cats in cartoons. I have always had a terrible time with dyes, which I wonder if that is phenol or salicylate related, or if it is something else. Scented products also bother me. It sucks being chemically sensitive. :(

Yeast does cause terrible body odor! This is so embarrassing to deal with. You know no matter how much you wash, the smell is still there. Onions and garlic do not help that any. I hope I do not have issues with sulfur, but it is possible considering how strong the scent of onions and garlic is under my arms when I have been eating them.

How are your daughter's legs doing now? I know she was having a terrible time with them. You said the iron helped. I cannot tolerate iron at all in supplements. Natural forms are alright, but any kind of man-made iron like the type they put in foods can make me very sick.

The other day I kept my friend's little boy that is so sensitive and he had been so overstimulated that he couldn't stop crying for mommy and he wouldn't open his eyes. It's almost like he *couldn't* open his eyes or he would be stimulated more. I finally got him to sleep and he felt much better after a 2 hour nap. Poor guy!

My daughter's legs were doing much better, then the other night they started hurting again. I thought the iron was helping but actually I learned later that what was happening is the bones were growing faster than the muscles. So, I rub on the muscles to tell the brain to stimulate growth there. I give her lots of magnesium to relax the muscles, too. This new protocol seems to help.

She does become iron deficient easily and it usually shows around the same time as the leg pain, so I am not sure if it exacerbates it or not. I do know that getting the iron into normal levels this past time, didn't help the leg pain.

Thanks for asking, Jin!

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Donna,

How long til you know the results of the scopes?

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Today we got our annual water report in the mail. Guess what was over the limit. Yes, it was arsenic. I am so livid at this town right now. This just proves many of my health problems are from the water. Does anyone know of a safe way to detox arsenic out of my body. I am doing the detox foot pads that take out arsenic, but i didnt know what else i could do.

paula

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I'm sorry Paula. I don't know what would be effective for detoxing and it would depend on what would work for you as well. Chlorella might work, but I don't know if you can handle it.

Maybe others will have better ideas.

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