Sunday, October 14, 2012
My journey on SP has come to an end. Many of you know I became very ill a year ago this month.
I began to have severe vertigo spells, headaches, and painful neck aches. I went on a FMLA, the school fired me which was within their right as they have less than 25 employees. I was kicked off disability and went on unemployment even though I was too ill to work.
Recently I have released my western medicine doctors. High technology didn't find a cure but did find that I have bursitis on my vertebrae. No doctor will say that this is the reason for my troubles but all of the doctors have prescribed endless prescription drugs none of which has helped me in the slightest.
I read the book Wheat Belly and gave up gluten. But that wasn't enough, I also gave up all grains and decided to pursue a healing diet at least for awhile because I discovered that I have long been unable to absorb food. For 30+ years I've followed the American Heart Association recommendation to eat low fat and eat 4-6 servings of whole grains daily. But I got fatter and fatter despite regular exercise and really clean eating.
I decided recently to go for regular acupuncture treatments and kinestiology/chiropractor treatments. I've gone on the GAPS diet which is a diet designed to heal what is known as the Leaky Gut Syndrome. This diet is a way of healing the intestinal lining so that one can begin to absorb food. A leaky gut actually is the situation in the body where toxins and or advanced gliadin end-products enter into the blood stream and are deposited everywhere in the body and in particular cause visceral fat. This is a very simplistic version of the science behind this diet.
I am finally beginning to lose weight, but I have a long row to hoe in order to reverse the damage. I am doing this diet because I am sick, weak and tired, and make no mistake about this, I'm losing weight but but only result of healing my intestines.
Guess what I'm eating? Fatty foods. I eat ghee, bone broth with fat, full fat yogurt, full fat cheeses, vegetables, meats and all of the things that we've been told not to eat since the late sixties. I realize now that wheat and other grains are not healthy for me and I suspect hundred of thousands if not millions of American. Our corporate farmers devised a hybridized version, a dwarf variety of wheat that would allow the revolution of growing, harvesting and delivering wheat to people on a grand scale. Remember when our grocery stores were small? I believe it's because we didn't need large stores to hold the processed wheat, corn glucose products pushed on us like crack. I know these are sweeping statements but I've had a lot of time to read about and think about this. My body is changing so fast and my energy levels are returning to how I felt in my 20's and 30's.
As a Farm-Based Educator I have a rare and auspicious opportunity to do things very different. I am looking into permaculture practices that allow for a healing of soils and prorogation of life for growing and living creatures. I have learned valuable lessons here on SP and made many friends. I can be found and befriended on Facebook. Julie Drigot is my name there and you can also find information about Little Prairie Homestead. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Please lets stay in touch and please be well. I will keep this post open for awhile because I would like to hear from others but I am moving in another direction and grateful to be.