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Dr. Hyman's 7 Keys to Wellness & Bad Parenting

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Awesome info and all in one place. Brilliant. Can't believe this info is free for the taking. Will thank him (and have thanked him indirectly by buying MANY of his books), and pay it forward for others. And try to live it!


On another note, I have a confession. As I ungrumpify myself by not being in constant pain, I have to do some soul searching about my parenting through the years. I have been kinda short-tempered sometimes, other times I feel like Mother Theresa given the circumstances. I let A LOT of things roll without dealing with it because I did not have the energy to deal with her problems AND mine. I drew on my own experiences of how I felt when I was a child: I didn't want to be authoritative for sure (and I wasn't). However, I may have been a cross between permissive and helicopter (or hellycopter? So said a counselor to Dd once, and Dd has never let me forgot it- Grrr). Well, I can only say Dd didn't have all her chips (because of me), and I kinda nagged or gave too long of explanations for a kid w/ADD (can we say bo-ring? lol)
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I'm not a professional mother, what can I say? I'm just sorry for some of the things I've said, so I've confided in daughter about my being human - which she knew, but hearing it again was good for her soul. I think it takes away some of the burdens she may put on herself because of my lofty expectations. Because of the stress in my life, I've had to be overly conscientious about details (my brainfog. SO glad it's gone). It's my thing: details. Hers? So NOT details. Is this my lesson in life? ;0)

Well, my goal is to be more loving, and give her more hugs; because I think even at 21 she needs them more than ever. When she brings up the parenting style of another parent, I remind her that their kids are not her (shuts her up) lol.

As I get better, I hope she gets better by watching me. It's easier to model when you're healthier, that's for sure.

Today I needed a day to regroup and organize home, so I didn't go to my IV glutathione appt. Will do so on Friday (they're closed Th). Time for bed (already?). I love when the time flies and I look forward to tomorrow. I'm learning to be productive again. Sweet!


"Parents: They lie to you, because you ruined their lives." LOL

I don't think that, but those hands look awfully familiar from my own childhood nightmares! I also had recurrent nightmares about Frankenstein chasing me (I hid in the back seat of a car - bwa ha ha); also, a floating-in-fog Fu manchu Buddha guy w/looong fingernails chasing me (I hid under the kitchen sink - ha again!)... funny memory.

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FOREVER4ME 7/20/2010 11:49PM

    Great Blog!
My son has ADD. I give him herbal supplements that work for him. Generally he has no medication on week end or summer holidays. As he is getting older he seems to be doing much better or perhaps as his parent I;ve been trained to deal with him better and yes we are both human.

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    Your dreams are very strange. LOL. I had real boogie men to contend with.

There are no perfect parents like I tell my son. His chief complaint about the trauma of his childhood is that his dad once ate the leftover chili without sharing it. I tell him to get over it. Some kids really have something to b---- about. Like me. LOL.

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GIRLINBRAZIL 7/15/2010 12:29PM

    Great post!


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DBCLARINET 7/15/2010 11:33AM

    You sound like you're doing better than the majority of mothers out there because you ARE willing to admit that you're human and are trying to improve.

And at 21, she especially needs hugs more than ever. My parents are not very tactile people, and now at 27, married, and trying to forge ahead with my own life, I would love huggy-lovy parenting when I'm visiting.

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BOOKLOVER60 7/15/2010 10:05AM

    Thanks for this post. I can relate to your feelings about parenting (I'm older than you, and my kids are older than yours). When I think about what excellent parents my own children turned out to be, I'm unbelievably grateful and awe-struck.

I love that poster and can relate to it as a parent and (of course) as someone who was once a child, with flawed parents of her own.

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MITECU 7/15/2010 8:21AM

    Thanks for the link.
My boys are grown and I know I've said and done things I regret, but they've grown into awesome young men. I couldn't be prouder.
PS-Those hands kept trying to open my closet door when I was a little girl.

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JANETX62 7/15/2010 2:46AM

    Thank you for the link, I have read the first page , and I will definatley continue reading it, as I get chance through out the day, your such a wealth of imformation, and I'm sure your an excellent mum.

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CHRISTINEM777 7/15/2010 12:35AM

    I just posted a comment earlier today referring to one of Dr. Hymans articles!

You sound like a wonderful mom. I have 2 young children, one with ADD - it can be challenging at times, LOL but God I love them so much and I hope and pray they always know that.

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Dotslady Downer

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sometimes I feel like Debbie Downer with all the stuff I know about food. lol Food: it'll kill ya! lol

Apparently, this is why other people run screaming for their lives, or feel guilty for eating ANYTHING around me ... heck, even "I" do! I'm SO much fun to go to dinner with?

Watch this unaired clip from SNL when Betty White hosted:

And, emoticondon't eat that! whatever it is. (sometimes you just gotta laugh!)

*trombone* "wah waah"

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WENJW51 8/8/2010 6:40PM

    LOL... you're far from a downer! emoticon

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MEDICMOM316 7/13/2010 10:16AM

    Yeah, I know how you feel. I love that sketch/character; thanks for making it available to see again!

I was amazed when I looked at your weight loss ticker-- WOW! You are really doing great. Keep up the good work. I believe one of the hardest things to losing weight [and keeping it off] is know how our own body works and you certainly have done a lot of homework to find out about yourself. Congratulations on that.

Keep up the great work; it is all worth it.

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CINDYTW 7/12/2010 9:28PM


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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/12/2010 10:37AM

    LOL. We all have to pick our own poison. The healthiest people are probably those who exercise like maniacs and just eat barely enough of the purist veggies to keep from being emaciated. And of course you have to have inherited perfect genes as well. In other words - we are all doomed. Something is going to get you. We are programmed to die.

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DOTSLADY 7/11/2010 10:40AM

    Poekster, try this one:

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NLKABAT65 7/11/2010 10:34AM

    That was funny. Thanks for sharing! :)

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POEKSTER 7/11/2010 4:35AM


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I consider my FIBROMYAGLIA 90% cured!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

...with an alkaline and anti-flammatory diet. I am 90%+ better.

I've written about it before, and won't bore you with any more. I just have to tell you how VONDERFUL emoticon I feel. I have been a miserable person for a long time with pain that doesn't show. emoticon I "look" happy, and I try to be on the outside, but people in pain, YOU know, "it" gets to you and wears you down. You struggle to get back up emotionally, to get things done, to not be a burden to your family or a drain on society. You talk ad nauseum about it with people who understand, or not; you don't care, cause you need to dump or unload the weightiness of such a life. Or your squelch your pain; bottle it up, and try to say it doesn't exist. All this wears you out nonetheless. I know. I've been there, done that, bought the t-shirt, and now am throwing it away (wouldn't donate it cause I wish this on noBODY)!

As for what I'm eating; I'm not all organic, but would like to be. I just try my best to eat lots of veg and fruit, some protein and good fat at every meal. The nightshades I'll continue to avoid for at least three months, maybe six. We'll see. I'm still counting the DAYS at this point. Same with not having dairy. I find myself thinking, okay, maybe I can have fat-free dairy??? :) Maybe I can incorporate it once or twice a week? But I'm not gonna do it until I reach goal ... I hope. I'm human. I'll want potato chips. I've already had them and they aggravated my leg pain. Now I wonder if I'll always be this sensitive and never be able to change up my diet? I don't know at this point.

I went to a cupcake/coffee shop last night with a friend. I could have the 'water' and that was about it (they had tea but I didn't recognize the brand/didn't know gluten status). Everything was inflammatory (caffeine, dairy, sugar, gluten). It's a lonely job being fibro-free in a fibro-inflammatory-rich world. lol
I have lost 9 lbs since last blog entry- hello! The universe is talking! emoticon

Here's another guy's experience with curing his fibro (warning: he throws the "F" bomb once): It seems I'm not alone.

Here's his take on inflammation (he's a cusser and now talks w/his mouth full, what can I say: his msg is en pointe!): , and

or more on inflammation, beautifully said by Dr. Mark Hyman: , and the plan he talks of here: (He refers to his book, The UltraSimple Diet, but you could also read UltraMetabolism or UltraMind ... most everything comes down to finding your hidden delayed food allergens, & detoxing from processed and inflammatory foods...)

His blog:
UltraSimple Diet amazon:

More links on fibro and diet: and their site: (there's another link on this page, but you don't have to buy anything - the info's all here for free) :)

How to do an elimination diet for fibro:


Or you could research yourself online how to do a green smoothie detox. First consider incorporating green smoothies into your normal menu, then work it so you do a three day cleanse (talk to your naturopathic doc, I don't know your health issues). The gut lining regenerates in three days, hence the three day idea. If you need some recipe ideas: .

I have a friend whose Dd has GI issues (IBS-C, IBS-A). I've known she should be gf for five years (her teeth are mottled, it's a clue, + other stuff), but she's a young lady and I'm friends with mom, not her. I keep my mouth closed for the most part, but sometimes mention what I've heard or read, and to their credit she got a celiac test two years ago. Negative. They didn't believe in non-celiac gluten sensitivity (at that time). She went to doc who told her to take flaxmeal and Metamucil, and a medication for life for her IBS. THEN daughter brought up, "Should I try gf diet?" "Oh, yes!" doc says, "try it for six months then come back and I'll do an endoscopy." Um, doc, you should do the endoscopy NOW, not after she's repaired her villi w/gf diet! Daughter has been gf for 4 days and feels better. Hence my reasoning to do gf/smoothies for at least three days.

Here's one on glutathione deficiency: (check other links about it there also). Thank you, Al Gore, for inventing the internet. :P It's saving my quality of life.

I started 600mg IV glutathione therapy (IV is a more direct path vs supplements, though I've been taking glutathione supportive supplements for a long while already) on Wednesday, and go for weekly treatments until necessary (til my health bank balance is full or my real bank balance is empty). It's $75/session, so I hope I'm not a 'regular.' I don't know WHY my "natural" doc didn't talk to me about this; the treatment is AT his office(?!) by the nurse he told me to get the Myer's Cocktail from. grrr. As usual I figured it might help by researching online, asked my holistic MD, and she referred me to my naturally-bent doc. Bizarre. I will keep you posted.

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TINCEY2001 7/21/2010 8:47AM

    Thanks for the info and congrats on your successes. It's amazing the amount of research we have to do for ourselves when we have fibro. My doctors have been pretty clueless for the msot part and I have even been laughed at for bringing up subjects that they were ignorant about. I have a lot more faith in my own ability to heal myself now (at least to increase my good days and decrease the bad ones). SP is a wonderful tool for those of us with these debilitating illnesses and I am already seeing some improvement and look forward to getting even fitter and healthier.

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JANETX62 7/13/2010 2:52AM

    Well done on the weight loss, and I'm glad your feeling better

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 7/12/2010 11:43PM

    I was diagnosed with fibro 11 years ago, but I think the biggest aggravator of it for me was lipitor. My pain was so bad that the physical therapist thought I'd end up in the nursing home due to how incapacitating it was. After I quit that it improved but still had it quite strong. When I started eating lots of whole natural foods, especially greens knocked it almost fully gone. I also drink an awful 'greens powder' each day, but that stuff is absolutely amazing.

But, sometimes I just (have) to eat some tomatoes cause I love them so much (but they cause a severe flair), or some bell peppers (same thing). Several weeks ago I had half a bell pepper on my salad every day for 10 days, and I got to be in so much pain I could hardly walk. Two days without bell peppers the pain was 90% gone again. Oh, oranges will do the same thing to me too.

Had to laugh when you talked about not being any fun to eat out with. Well, I do the non-gluten, avoid sweets, and avoiding all my allergy foods - and also now have to be very low sodium (500-750 mg ideally), so just imagine how much fun I'll be to go out with from now on. ; -D


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IRMANATOR 7/12/2010 10:13PM

    So glad your feeling better!!

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CINDYTW 7/12/2010 9:19PM

  That's great for you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon SO happy you are doing so much better!! Oh and buying organic is painful to the wallet but once you start you don't want to go back. The taste of real food is much different! I am spoiled for life now, even on junk foods! A Cascadian Farm tater tot is NOT the same as a regular one, and I don't even like the regular now! I just started replacing things I ran out of with organic versions, and then being more careful with meal planning and budgeting to help offset the cost.

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MADAMEAJA 7/11/2010 1:04PM

    I a convert and a believer. Thanks for sharing. I wish I could convince my suffering sister to jump on the green smoothie band-wagon.

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MEDICMOM316 7/11/2010 9:13AM

    I am going to look/read the articles you have indexed and find out more. BOTH husband and I have FM but it is complicated by a multitude of other health issues. Thanks for the info!

How did you come to the Alzheimer's Support team? Just curious.

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POEKSTER 7/11/2010 4:44AM

    THANX DOT ... and watch the game tonight ... you have Dutch friends you know LOL

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RHALES199 7/11/2010 12:28AM

    emoticon--- and congrats on 'loosing' those 9 lbs! Will chat more later!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/10/2010 10:05PM

    It's great to see you feeling so well and losing weight. I feel so much better when I stay on my plan. It's hard to do but worth it in the long run.

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HONEYBEAR06 7/10/2010 8:04PM

    Wow, that's great to hear that your fibro is almost gone. It shows you that diet is a huge part of our health.

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SARAHTAIT 7/10/2010 7:40PM

    Wow-from a fellow fibro sufferer I have to admit that I was told-lose the weight and you will feel bettr so I did. But my pain is worse than ever. So now you are telling me that if I eat a certain way I can be pain free. Of course I am skeptical. I have tried everything else in the book to be pain free. But am I willing. this point I would cut my head off to be pain free. Ok-I need the info on what to do if you would share it with me. I read about some of it but I need much more than don't eat nightshade veggies if I'm not sure what they are and gluten free doesn not compute. No dairy is fine by me....caffeine is a problem....but I can give it up!!! No coffee though will be hard but what about decaf coffee??? Seems there are sooooo many things I will have to change....maybe a slow go. But where can I find more info please?? Thanks in advance and I will check out the other sites you mention.

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Fibro Foods to Avoid

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The short list:

1. Aspartame and other fake sugars (never have, gross)
2. Food additives including MSG and nitrates (no MSG check, nitrates - no prob)
3. Sugar, fructose, and simple carbohydrates (check, poo! fruit? still having some, check)
4. Caffeine, incl coffee, tea, colas, chocolate (check, check, check, poo!/check - I've cheated)
for coffee substitute-gf herbal tea. may not be safe for a celiac, but if you're not, it's an option to look at.
5. Yeast and gluten (check and check - you KNOW what gf diet did for my pain! yay!)
6. Dairy (poo) :( I love plain yogurt (I thought taking out sugar was good, but it's not enough - there are opioids in dairy, well, and gluten: )
7. Nightshade Plants: Tomatoes, chili and bell peppers, potatoes, and eggplant (booo!) (more info here: , - she uses dairy in some of her recipes which is a no-go for this fibro diet)
8. my add: ALCOHOL (WRECKS your stomach lining and prevents absorption of very important B vitamins)

The long WebMD article/list w/explanations:

emoticon I can imagine there are fibro people out there reading the list and crying with me. I have been sugar-free, but not fructose free. Man, that's rough. Fructose, too? I believe it's a blood sugar balancing act. And my body wants it low. I feel best when my bg is about 80-90. Guess when that is? When me belly is empty!
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Anti-inflammatory protocols I've read about, but do your own homework:

1. Get a leaky gut test!! It's worth it to know if you could be sending large inflammatory proteins into your bloodstream/body. (Make sure you don't have celiac: ). Leaky gut info from Genova Diagnostics (phone doc to order a test kit) .

2. Elimination diet to find food responses.

3. Eat anti-inflammatory foods (grain fed saturated fats are inflammatory and have aracadonic acid. Try lean meats like grass-fed bison, wild game & seafood, organic-if-you-can meat, & eggs. Yolks are great so have a few depending on your inflammation level, but if you need more protein, have extra whites, but w/the yolks. Eggs have a great, if not perfect amino acid profile but only when yolk & white are together, I've read; also, they're easier to digest.)

Keep your liver clean (veggies, lemon water, garlic, onions, water, greens, sulphur veggies, milk thistle...) I'm thinking clean gut/liver = less pain. Watch pain and other medications, esp NSAIDS because they can damage your gut lining and liver. If your liver's busy detoxing chemicals, meds, food allergens or unhealthy fats, it can't work it. It's a slug, and so are you.

4. Take fish oil. Lots of it. I'm currently taking 3500 - 5175 grams a day depending on my diet. As you know, we can't make our own EFAs (essential fatty acids). I had a heart attack cause I ate too much AA, not any EFA. My liver could not keep up with repairs needed with exertion, along with low serotonin and other hormones (ie no energy in my mitochondria).

5. Consider pancreatic enzymes. I'll report in another blog my experience. Help your woeful sweet gut do its job. As we age, a lot of us have less stomach acid to digest our food, and that's why you hear people say they have a tough time digesting red meat - they have low stomach acid. Read here for info on low HCL: (I may have shared this before):

Anti-inflammatory other stuff:
Curcumin (Dr. Blaylock likes this, as does the doc who wrote Anti-Cancer).
Devil's Claw
Chondroitin, glucosamine, and/or MSM. DH swears by it for his arthritis. I'm going to try next.

Things on my list to tackle next:
1. Bacon and deli without nitrites/nitrates (I think Target has Hormel). I don't like to make it, so it won't be often. Scratch this. Thinking of all the aracadonic acid. I doubt the bacon is free-range(?)/'wild' or has not eaten corn. I watched a Dirty Jobs show about a pig farmer in Vegas. The pigs ate the most disgusting leftovers from casinos - can you imagine how the heat cooks it all? (not saying I'd eat Vegas pigs, but ew).
2. Phase out flavored tuna packets: "natural flavors"
3. Continue w/no dairy. Still a daily angst. Persevere. Write about it when you want some, just don't give!
4. Big tomato fan! Love peppers! Need new recipes for salsa, Greek salads and ceviche. I will embark on nightshades after my green peppers are gone and I'm a full week dairy free. One thing at at time, right? :P

What a food quadmire! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I have reduced the excess lactid acid in my hams and quads by dissing dairy, which is but part of my quest.

I now realize my residual stiffness is not part of my muscle pain, so I wonder if I have osteoarthritis. Don't give me flack for my neuroticism! lol The initial link/article brought up a good point and is probably why some doctors don't believe in fibro: the pain is secondary to a primary dis-ease, syndrome, problem. For me that would be celiac (my route to a leaky gut), which is gut and other organ inflammation; and arthritis is a cousin, which is joint inflammation. My pointing finger knuckles are larger. I don't know if but I could have it elsewhere ie hips? This is not something I've ever looked into. Would that show on a DEXA scan? (holistic doc said probably not). Both osteo and rheumatoid arthritis run on my paternal side, and osteo on maternal.

I haven't mentioned it, but in May I DID finally get in to see a dermatologist after 6 weeks for a 5 min appt: my "toe" blister is called a 'myxoid cyst' and is related to osteoarthritis (go figure). He said to leave it alone, that it might even disappear on its own. It actually seems to have worsened from when I saw him. From online, NOT the doc(?), I surmise I could try to pin pop it. Doc said surgery would be painful, to put it off. No problem. :) Anyway, it'll be interesting if it goes away with the new changes in my diet. please oh please oh please. pics here:

If you are alarmed at the list and think you possibly could never give up your favorite foods, really, consider that you're addicted. I was/am. I know. There are casomorphins in dairy ( ) and opioids gluten grains wheat, rye, barley and cross-contaminated oats (have shared links in other blog entries). Caffeine (coffee and chocolate) is addicting, right? Sugar's hard to give up, right? Nightshades can and are (tobacco is in the nightshade family): addicting - I LOVE tomatoes and eat them almost daily. MSG and additives are often excitotoxins which are addicting. Alcohol is addicting (see Dr. O'Bryan blog entry - what not to eat for a healthy gut). Try to ask people to give up their wine, and they whine, right? It's the first thing that pops out of people's mouths when I tell them I don't eat grains: "What? I could NEVER give up bread or pasta!" (said that one myself! lol) "What? I could never give up cheese and wine!" I know, I know. But I'm doing it.

I can't help but think I come by my addictions honestly. My father is addicted to grains, milk and alcohol, and I swear his gut is the root of his Alzheimer's. It made our lives miserable. My mother's side has drug addiction, tobacco addiction, and diabetes, so food addiction.

Our culture revolves around our addictions:

-Burger joints (gluten, nightshades: potatoes & ketchup, caffeine, MILKshakes, beef - not sure that's an addiction :P),
-Pizza joints (gluten and dairy, nightshades, caffeine, alcohol),
-Donut joints (gluten, yeast, sugar, caffeine w/dairy),
-iHop or Waffle House (gluten, dairy, caffeine, sugar, even their eggs have gluten :( ).
-Starbucks (caffeine, dairy, pastry - gluten, yeast, sugar),
-Mrs. Fields (gluten, choc caffeine, and sugar),
-Sandwich shops (gluten, caffeine),
-Bars and nightclubs (alcohol and tobacco), or wine-tastings (dairy and alcohol)
-School lunches (gluten and dairy), but don't get me started on subsidies ...

Have you been to the mall lately? Candy stores, cotton candy, pretzel shops ... phew. How about a gas station or 7-11-type store? It's loaded with a veritable mixture of all addictions. And maybe some bananas or apples by the register (yeah!).

A new salad restaurant opened in town. I hope it catches on. It's worth every penny to get real nutrient-dense food. I'm choosing my battles I guess. It's hard, and I'm not perfect but it's SO helping. :)
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For those fibro sufferers linking here from EDITED: JULY 15, 2013: THIS IS AN INCOMPLETE LIST but it got me started. The original article it was taken from has been changed to not include the exact foods (last time I checked) anymore (don't they want you to get well, hmm?). Please don't take my advice regarding supplements and such - I've since learned how individual we are and what may help me might not help you. HOWEVER, the idea is right on the money - anti-inflammatory diet is key for fibro sufferers. I hope to come back with links here for more info. My page has been down the past year and I've noticed how many people are being directed here from my stats: I am opening it up again for YOU! I have figured it out and would so like it if someone else could try this way of eating and corroborate my experience. I know of some fibro sufferers who simply go gluten-free/paleo and are better! Unfortunately, that wasn't my row to hoe. I had to hoe a lot more rows - lol. Please check back again for more current blog entries which might help. I'm in the middle of moving my daughter out, putting up my house for sale and moving and don't have a lot of time to be present here. My best wishes to you on your journey. Thank you for reading. I hope something clicks and helps you. :) LOW-HISTAMINE DIET is what has helped me in addition to the above. It's complicated. I'm on FB, so look for Dot SLady there. (What's up w/facebook not allowing one-named persons!?) I have a lot of references and links in my feed - keep scrolling and read, read, read! If it helps, please comment because other people need to catch on!

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GGMOM06 9/26/2010 11:42AM

    emoticon I have Fibro/Arthritis and not sure what else. I only know i hurt 24/7 and it's pain that wakes me up not a restful night sleep. I have (bc of low carbs) gave up potatoes,bread and pasta(unless sometimes when we go out)Ihave been checking Nutrition for inflamatory foods, also anti-inflamatory foods. I have given up dairy, except the Atkins shake i drink(it has dairy protein?) 1st ingred. is water! When i drink it my tummy gurgles and growls maybe i shouldn't drink it? I always ate tomatoes,peppers and more during summer, have not so much this summer. It is so confusing to give up things that (cocoa) that are "good" for you. Not candy, i use cocoa,cinnamon and flaxseed in a muffin i make in mwave(Atkins) I walk 2-8 miles almost everyday,hard to do when your feet and body are screaming at you to stop BUT i can't or i stiffen up so bad i walk like i'm 200 yrs old.and been dead 100 of that,lol. Just sitting for anything and i'm stiff, now my knees have decided i'm not enough pain, sooo they have added to my problem. Sorry i guess i have gone on way to long, i too feel "better" when i don't eat much of anything(it just doesn't work for long,lol) Thanks for all the info. emoticon

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2CATS2LOVE1 7/6/2010 2:27PM

    My Mom is 93; a wise woman. She eats EVERYTHING but SMALL portions. She is English Canadian so has black tea possibly 6 times per day. She simply LOVES her tea. She uses milk in each cup she has. Well, we are not all like that, obviously. And, I hate milk. (except ice cream!). She told me once, "I think our bellies are like a garbage disposal. Put too much in and it backs up on us. Add a little at a time and it works right." Hmm, I have never forgotten this. Low carb still works BEST for me. Now, if I could just give up that coffee addiction!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/29/2010 10:06AM

    I feel for fibro patients. What does that leave you to eat? Packing peanuts? LOL.

I have always found that I feel best when I'm starving as well. Research does show it helps longevity but then there is quality of life. I'm not sure I want to live longer if every minute I am miserable. I will make sacrifices within limits.

Most of the things you mentioned were easy for me to give up. I gave up many of them years ago. I will keep the chocolate, peppers, and dairy.

I can't stand egg yolks.

One advantage of living in a rural area is there are no pretzel shops, cotton candy shops, Starbucks, IHOPS, Mrs. Fields, Donut shop, etc. LOL.

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CINDYTW 6/27/2010 9:49PM

  Uh...WOW! That's all I can say about that! That list is overwhelming!! God bless you! emoticon

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DBCLARINET 6/27/2010 8:37PM

    Wow, that's a lot of great information. I'm not fibro, but I think that's good for everyone to know.

I made a good nightshade-free "mystical red sauce" (that's what they called it) that works wonders in place of spaghetti sauce. I've been eating mine over spaghetti squash with mushrooms as a side dish with meat. It's really easy: a pound of cut up carrots, two or three beets, some onion, and whatever Italian-type seasonings you want. Boil it all up until it's soft, then stick the veggies in the food processor and add as much of the boiling water as you want until you get the desired thickness/thinness. Saute some garlic in some olive oil, add it, and let it all simmer. It's really good, and you'd never know it wasn't tomato sauce.

It's not a replacement for salsa, but maybe you can find a use for it!

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RHALES199 6/27/2010 8:07PM

    good info....thanks for sharing!
I've never seem a Fibro no- food list. But It makes sense.
A lot of the things on that list are also things that people with Painful Bladder Syndrome (aka Interstitial Cystitis) can't have, either. Interesting...
We have a place about 2 miles from our house that opened over a year ago. it's called ''Souper Salad"....i want to go there, but haven't gotten to yet... one time I was in the area at night, it seemed busy, plus, well, after a year it's still open, so I'm guessing that business has been good!

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IAM_HIS2 6/27/2010 3:08PM

    Thanks--some of the stuff my body let me know every time I eat it. But most of the stuff will be a one item at a time remover. Thanks you for the list. emoticon it won't be easy for me.

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SARAHTAIT 6/27/2010 12:40PM

    Wow-I am totally overwhelmed at the information! Now where to begin. Aspartame-no problem but the rest-whew!! Got a lot of work cut out for me but if it will help with the pain it will be soooooo worth it. The question remains what can you eat then?? chicken, fish, salad but no tomato,eggs,green veggies,fruit, and that is all I can think of.....
Thanks so much for sharing this info!!!

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SISTERDOE 6/27/2010 12:29PM

    I know, I know... one change at a time. I've GOT to get back off the sugar for certain!

Informative blog - thanks!

Gentle hugs,

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Feeling Awesomer

Friday, June 25, 2010

and I hope it continues :).

Sometimes I need a emoticon in the head (I've tried quitting dairy several emoticon times now). My hospital stay showed me some light. emoticon Nah, not the heart attack emoticon, but the menu emoticon! I ate REAL paleo emoticon emoticon, not my usual "kinda-sorta" paleo with dairy cheats emoticonin emoticon. I lost 2 pounds. I must be a stubborn mule because I want what I want sometimes: well, since my dx. You give up A LOT when you go gf. Didn't want to give up my yogurt or half & half in coffee (gave up coffee, and NOW decaf, too). I never had lactose intolerance so I didn't think dairy bothered me. Sooo, since I had neuros tested, knowing I have even the smallest of a leaky gut, AND how I feel now only four days into dairy-free? I'm feeling awesomer than ever! emoticon

Leaky gut allows proteins into the blood which shouldn't be there. The opioids in dairy cross the blood brain barrier. This promotes inflammation and can cause depression. emoticon emoticon

I have to be honest, at this point anyway, I'm a wantin for food that is "satisfying" - "satisfying" : whole fat Greek yogurt, esp Greek Gods' pomegranate. French fries and/or mashed potatoes w/gravy. And my fave, potato chips. *sigh* I gotta do what my body tells me, and what I have to hope for is that once I'm unleaky or repaired that once in a while I can "cheat" ??? I'll hang on to that for now until I can work it out of my system. I sound like an addict, don't I?

I have more energy. emoticon When the emoticon wants to go out to get some emoticon, I usually don't want to get out of my office chair, so I roll over to the door. Now I zoom up and out of the chair no problem :). I'm still stiff a bit after sitting too long, but this is an encouraging development. Just had to share.

I'm also not eating as much because of it. I need emoticon and am trying to eat what I have before another Sam's Club purchase.

My fasting blood glucose last week was 92. Today it's 80. Eating green, protein, coconut oil, fish oil, veggies mostly. I'm outta fruit except for frozen which I've used in my smoothies. emoticon only about 2-3 miles and emoticon just a bit. Relaxing! in the emoticon. Trying to be generous with myself and being okay with it. Sometimes I'm hungry in the middle of the night.

Still working on the emoticon. TravaCor is helping a bit. Progesterone cream is helping a bit. But last night? Probably needed some carbs before sleep. It was rough. And I missed the roofer this morning. Or he forgot. bah.

No light in the bedroom (need to tape off the smoke alarm light-it's green/yellow but drives me nuts): no emoticon, no phone. The emoticon in the next room is off, not blinking in sleep mode. The night light in the bathroom is red rather than white to block blue light which helps promote melatonin production. All window shades and doors are closed. Earplugs and eyeshades on. Cool temp. Cute emoticon emoticon. Trying to reset circadian rhythm to retire by 11p - so far so good - but goal is to start retiring by 9p and bed by 10p. I started bad rhythm walking after dark in the summer when it was cooler - not so helpful.

I'm trying to talk emoticon neighborhood emoticoninto not installing street lamps (dues have jumped from $400 to $1000/year already - no thanks!) cause it disrupts nature's circadian rhythm, too. I don't want it blaring in my bedroom windows. Some neighbors leave their lights on all night. Light pollution - blech. Let's get back to nature. Or help me get back to MY nature. lol. They think I'm nuts. lol I don't care! I know I'm right. One neighbor wants 'em so she can see snakes in the road walking over to another neighbor's. I said, 'Get a flashlight!" (It's cheaper.)

I want to tell the neurologist about giving up dairy, not supplements emoticon! Since taking out dairy I have more energy to exercise MODERATELY to try to build up my serotonin more slow-ly than pushing in a 5K for some stupid time that doesn't matter a hill o'beans. I can find competitiveness later. Dr. Murphree, fibro whiz doc says to drink grape juice with your 5-HTP (for me, the TravaCor) before bed, so the insulin can transport your dinner protein (l-tryptophan) into your brain. I'm gonna try sweet potato before I go to a juice because I'm concerned about blood glucose skyrocketing.

Here's a great Ron Hoggan (author, Dangerous Grains) article about depression and food allergies:

And, I don't consider this an "allergy" per se, but a delayed food intolerance/sensitivity. Here's another's experience w/dairy allergy, as she puts it:

And yes SP friends, still planning on looking into chiropactor, acupuncture, and also Myer's Cocktails. :)

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ILLINITEACHER52 7/11/2010 6:43AM

  Welcome to the dairy free world! (My outlook on life is much better without dairy - in addition to feeling better physically.) We have so many more options these days - almond, rice or hemp milk. (Note: There are rice or soy "cheeses" but many have casein, the milk protein, in them, so be careful. Evidently that is where my allergy is so I need to avoid those too.)

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2CATS2LOVE1 7/6/2010 2:16PM

    I ate just HORRIBLY yesterday! I had not one but TWO mangos, and ice cream at Cold Stone w/ a choc dipped waffle bowl!!! Aaaargh!!!
Well, I paid for it this morning being in the bathroom TWICE and very gassy. (Sorry for the explicit words) Won't do that least not soon. Dairy doesn't agree w/ me either. Neither does fruit. I do best on low carb. It's the only diet where I don't get gastro problems. I can however eat cheese. CONGRATS on losing that 2 lbs. So did I!

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CINDYTW 6/27/2010 9:45PM

  I feel your pain with the dairy!! I am off again too, hopefully for good now, and am trying REALLY hard to acquire a taste for vegan cheese! emoticon

I have felt a lot better pain wise after seeing a chiropractor for the last 6 months or so...I would highly recommend it if you look into them and find the right one. Get recommendations from people...there are bad ones!

I am glad there is an upside to the lack of dairy...maybe it will help keep you motivated to stay off...such a struggle! emoticon

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LADYZHERRA 6/26/2010 3:22PM

    Discovering your food allergies/sensitivities makes a big difference! Glad to hear that you're doing better!

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SWIMLOVER 6/26/2010 12:30PM

  I am also glad you are feeling better. emoticon on the
weight loss!

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GGMOM06 6/25/2010 9:59PM

    emoticon What do you eat for meals? I thought i had celiac but blood work says no. My TC is 276,Trygliserides 405 so i gave up meat and not eating much dairy. I do like cheerios and skim milk w/banana before bed. So now i am taking 5mg of Valium before bed. I was taking Melatonin. Works a little. What is Trava Cor? I have Fibro too. I don't take 5HTP but could try,grape juice doesn't set well with me though. Glad you feel so good! emoticon

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AINTSKEERD 6/25/2010 6:00PM

    I'm glad you're feeling better-and emoticonon the two pounds!
Interesting lactose revelation. I recently read 'Skinny Bitch' and they talk quite a bit on our (brainwashed) need for milk products. It seems your experience would support their view.

Keep up the great work, Dots!

xoxo tam

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XENA47 6/25/2010 2:40PM

    Interesting article. Eliminating grains has certainly helped improve my depression symptoms.

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    Sounds like you have turned the corner and are doing great. It so nice when you are able to I.D. the problem and eliminate it.

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KARRYB1 6/25/2010 1:30PM

    Glad your feeling better. Being good makes for feeling good! emoticon

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