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CAUTION: Do not read this if you are squeamish about bodily functions.

First off, since I’m sure my dedicated followers are worried about me….HAHAHAHAHA! Anyway, first off, my pain is much better now. I feel like I can perform all my activities to almost the level I used to. (That is if I were to get back into shape.) Changes to my diet and chiropractic care are proving to be the answer for me.

So in July I went on a trip to Florida and ended up with some EXPLOSIVE diarrhea. I thought it was something in the water. But it didn’t go away when I returned, and in fact my symptoms increased to include nausea and decrease in appetite as well. I got tested for parasites (this process is disgusting by the way, I recommend avoiding it at all costs) and the tests came back negative.

Now what? I’m waiting for test results to see if I have inflammatory bowel disease. (This is an equally, if not more so, disgusting test). I’m hoping for positive results at this point because if it comes back negative then what? Is all this nausea, decrease in appetite, watery poops, hip pain and general discomfort all in my head?

I should find out in a couple of weeks. On a positive note, at least my lack of appetite has helped me lose 15 pounds!

Here is a photo of my cat I am watching for friends for about a year or so while they are off conquering the world. (This is for everyone who clicks on this site hoping for cat photos).


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Update on The Peanut Incident

It has been over three months since the peanut incident and I have not broken out into hives since. I still am not exactly certain what caused that breakout but I have a suspicion. I told my integrative chiropractor that I am always miserable when “chenopods” come into the pollen count. She says…”oh, chenopodium?” To which I reply…”sure….” with a puzzled look on my face. Since I was feeling miserable that day in her office she did her testing magic on me and agreed that I was indeed reacting negatively to that particular pollen. She then proceeded to magically desensitize me to the pollen using homeopathic drops. It worked wonders! It helped me feel better and it continued to decrease my pain. Obviously this pollen allergy is contributing to my general inflammation.

What does this have to do with the peanut incident? Well you see, while one can be allergic to pollen alone, there is a small possibility one could also be allergic to the food that is producing the pollen. This particular pollen comes from leafy plants like spinach and beets. Now, I had been taking a supplement that contained beets. My theory is that the micro-current therapy combined with the beet supplement is what caused the hives.

Here’s the scary part. I originally went the urgent care office, worried about this skin reaction getting worse, and the doctor there gave the opinion that what I had was not hives…but contact dermatitis. She thought I touched something with my legs I guess that caused the reaction. Maybe she thought it was my laundry detergent, who knows. But she gave me some steroid cream and some kind of prescription.  But based on my extensive internet research, very reliable I know, I was concerned that her diagnosis might not be correct. My integrative chiropractor agreed. She politely uttered, “I am going to disagree with the urgent care doctor. I think it’s hives.” She told me not to take whatever destructive medications the doctor has provided and instead gave me primrose pills. They worked like a charm in just a couple of days. Sometimes the natural medicine is just better folks!

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What the F**K!

Last night I went to a baseball game and the only thing I could eat at the ball part were peanuts. “America’s #1 In-Shell Peanut” to be exact. I washed them down with a naturally gluten free hard cider.


For dinner, I had a gluten-free garden burger on gluten free bread topped with a bunch of stuff I have eaten many times before. And my friend purchased me a gluten free shrimp salad-roll from a restaurant which I dipped in red chili sauce.

Then, I’m just sitting there minding my own business, doing my micro-current stuff, when my legs start itching. I’m thinking I got bitten at the ball game. Although I had been wearing jeans… maybe not.

To my utter horror, I discover upon entering into my PJ’s, that I have broken out into hives all up and down my legs.


The next day (today), my legs get a little better but I break out on my wrist and upper, inner, arms.

Would it be hilarious that I might be allergic to peanuts or shellfish instead? I’m not sure what it would be.

I didn’t change laundry detergents and I double checked with the restaurant to see if the roll had any dairy….nope.

Any ideas?

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It works! I complained to my doctor that all my pain was getting worse! She said the pain in my shoulder blade could be coming from my neck and that I might have a micro-tear in the discs. Her test for this condition was positive so she sent me home with a micro-current machine. Basically, my neck acts to complete a circuit and a pre-programmed machine sends a current at different frequencies through my neck. I place one probe behind my neck and the other in front and just lay there for about 30-40 minutes, and that’s it!

After the first home treatment the pain in my neck was virtually gone. I found that I could turn my neck so that my chin went all the way to my shoulder, which I haven’t been able to do in a long while due to pain. I think I didn’t notice the pain in my neck as much before because my other pains were so much worse. I am so happy I found this solution!

I completed the micro-current therapy a total of 6 times over 5 days. There is still a tiny bit of numbness in my shoulder blade and my neck makes squishy sounds when I turn it, so I’m not all the way there yet. We will see what the next steps will be.

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This is Important!

The last time I went to see my doctor I told her that things had really been improving for me on my gluten, dairy and corn free diet. I was feeling less head fog, less congestion and less itchiness in my eyes. My skin rash had cleared and I felt more energetic. But, I said, the thing I originally came in for, pain in my shoulder blade and hips, had increased!

Her explanation? My left hip flexor had started working again just through my elimination diet. But my right one is still inactive. Since one side is now working harder than the other my body has twisted up even more.

I think it’s also because I am feeling more energized and have been increasingly more active. Although my martial arts experience is in Karate, I have recently been training in Jiu-Jitzu and Aikido. These arts are exacerbating my pain. But I NEED to do them! (You fellow martial artists understand.)

THIS IS THE IMPORTANT PART. My doctor said that the main cause of my right hip flexor being inactive is my gall bladder! She asked me if I still had mine and said a lot of people have had to have it removed because of a poor diet, or because of eating something for years they are intolerant or allergic to without knowing it. She says mine is not functioning correctly and that by addressing these issues now we are likely saving my gall bladder!

New supplement: gall bladder support, also a glass of water with a half a lemon squeezed into it in the mornings immediately upon waking – before breakfast. She also said that raw beats are great for gall bladder function.

Beet Salad Recipe:

1/2 medium beet (raw and grated)

1/2 medium carrot (raw and grated)

Olive oil

chopped garlic (marinated in olive oil)

Fresh lemon (squeezed into salad)

Sea salt (or “real salt”)

mixed greens


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The Outback Steakhouse

We stopped to eat at the Outback Steakhouse yesterday. I ordered grilled shrimp and steamed broccoli. I said I did not want the bread nor the butter than came with the shrimp when I ordered because of a new diet I was on, but the waiter didn’t seem too bothered, I wish he had been paying attention.

The disappointing thing is that the shrimp and the broccoli came both smothered in butter. I knew this after I tasted the broccoli, and I had already eaten a shrimp before the waitress told me it was also cooked in butter.

This depressed me.

The waitress said the broccoli was cooked in butter and with spices. But when they brought me a new broccoli it was very plain. What happened to the spices I wonder? More depressing.

I wish I had taken a photo of the sorry looking shrimp they sent me. It was dried out and the spices had been tossed on top (at least I got some). But it was like the cook only knew one way to cook it and couldn’t adjust. I know its possible to cook delicious shrimp in oil.

Then, about 5 minutes after eating the butter infected food I felt my sinuses start to swell up. Later that evening my eyes became itchy and goobery. I feel better this morning, the day after this incident. It is beginning to look like butter is one of the foods that will be on my permanent list.

The question now is, what exactly am I allergic/intolerant to. Once I figure it out, I’ll deal.

I would love to hear from others if they have a butter related allergy or intolerance! Since I’m new to this, feel free to share your experiences! Thanks!

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The Elimination Diet

It sucks!

Surprising Foods I can no longer have because they have corn, dairy or gluten: peach salsa, garden burgers, some italian salad dressings, BBQ sauce, flavored drinks (high fructose corn syrup), some pickles (malt vinegar), soy sauce, some chocolates, imitation crab meat, some rotisserie chickens, some curry powers, licorice, some french fries, baked beans. It’s just everywhere! This is why I was overwhelmed. Who can keep up with all this???

So I’ve been doing the best that I can. I check all the ingredients on foods I purchase at the grocery store, but it is nearly impossible to avoid foods when I am eating out.  In spite of the difficulties, I have been doing okay!

After a couple of weeks, I am finding that I feel a lot better. The rash I had on my face has cleared up. My sinuses are the clearest they have ever been that I can remember, and when I take a deep breath, I find that my lungs expand more than they have in decades. My brain fog is beginning to clear and my eyes do not bother me anymore at all!

Something is definitely going on!

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