*Warning -- Health info following -- Don't continue if you think it's TMI*
I've been busy doing some research on a new diet and preparing for that.
I have always had seasonal hayfever but when we lived in WA ('98-'02), they became year round allergies and much worse and in the early spring of 2000 I developed moderate pesistant asthma and severe sinus problems and later, nasal polyps. In June '02 I had surgery to remove the 2 polyps (which were ping pong ball size -- yuk) and open up the sinuses after I had undergone a couple of years of agressive antibiotic and steroid treatments. Several month long courses of antibiotics along with occasional prednisone steroid courses didn't do anything except make me gain lots and lots of weight (about 70 lbs). I went through allergy testing twice and did the allergy shots for awhile. I even went, at my own expense, to a naturopathic doctor seeking relief. I know I feel better when I eat right. I am a big believer in you are what you eat. If you insert junk, then you get bad health. I know this is a bit simplistic, but overall, quite true.
I found a copy of "The Allergy and Asthma Cure" by Dr. Fred Pescatore. I had read a couple of other diet books by him and was curious to see what his "Cure" was.
Last Mon I started a cleansing phase which I plan on doing for at least 2 weeks, hopefully 3. I had withdrawl headaches and was so, so tired most of the week. Yesterday was the first day that I didn't have one. I would come home from work and sit in my chair and promptly fall asleep. It was all I could do to fix dinner, then I would doze some more while watching tv. I was in bed between 9 and 10 all last week. Normally it is between 11-12 when I go to bed. I was about ready to give up. Today is the first day that I'm starting to feel good. After these first weeks are over, I will slowly add back foods that I have eliminated and see if I have any reaction to them. Then I will begin the healing diet. He says it will take about 3 months to start healing if you are good and follow the diet faithfully and 6 months or longer if you are somewhat lax.
I spent all day Sat. shopping online for the supplements he recommends, finally being able to narrow it down to 2 stores that had what I needed. It is such a pain not to be able to run over to the local health food store. I can't read all the ingredients on the German vitamins and don't want to get something I don't need or want. There are a few Reform Haus here but not quite like us in the States, with all the Whole Foods markets and such.
Here's hoping and praying that I have the strength to stick with this and see little improvements to keep me motivated. I've lost 6 lbs. already. I'm sure it was a lot of water weight but it was something and a small encouragement. I cut out diet sodas and coffee too--only water.
Here's hoping that I'm not so tired this week and can get some knitting in.